Julio Mirabelli @j-mirabelli ?

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  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Photographer who Captured Nation’s Grief, Succumbs to Cancer   5 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The photographer who took the famous picture of John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting his father’s coffin during the slain president’s 1963 funeral has died. Stan Stearns, 76, died of cancer on Friday, March 2, 2012 at a hospice in Harwood, Md.. Stan Stearns captured a nation’s grief when he photographed John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Out of the Mountain of Despair, a Stone of Hope   6 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Thousands of people spanning all ages and races honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during the formal dedication of the New Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Sunday October 16, 2011 in Washington. Aretha Franklin, poet Nikki Giovanni and President Barack Obama were among those who attended the ceremony. Some in the crowd arrived [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Remembering a Special Teacher   6 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Wilbur Conover was a grade six teacher who left his mark. So much so, that on the weekend of October 1st, 2011 more than a dozen of his former students gathered to celebrate their teacher, fifty two years later. Mr. Conover, however, wasn’t there. He was 58 years old when he started teaching, and has [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Real Life Norman Bates Preserves Mother   6 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The 1960 thriller Psycho, starring Anthony Perkins, who played Norman Bates, provided part of plot for this real life drama. One of the triumphs of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” was the shocking nature of Norman Bates preserving “Mother” for years. A real life scenario has unfolded in Tombstone, Arizona. A horror film-maker was arrested after the [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Catering to Hollywood’s Obsession with Death   6 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Prop houses in California have been suffering a slow death as a result of production companies moving to cheaper locations. But one entrepreneurial businessman has found his niche by catering to Hollywood’s morbid obsession with death. Vidal Herrera, a former deputy field investigator for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, has built a small but [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: WWI Flying Ace Billy Barker   6 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Born in Dauphne, Manitoba, “Will” Barker grew up riding horses, shooting, and working on his father’s farm and sawmill. He was an exceptional shot, and was particularly good at shooting on the move, even while on horseback. In December 1914, soon after the outbreak of the First World War, Barker enlisted in the 1st Canadian [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Julia Pastrana – The Bearded Lady   6 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The baby’s mummy was destroyed in 1976 by vandals and Julia’s mummy was stolen in 1979 but was later recovered and is resting in a sealed coffin at the Department of Anatomy at the Oslo University. Julia Pastrana, known as “the Bearded Lady” or the ¨Ape-Woman” was one of the most famous human curiosities of [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: The Black Dahlia   6 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Elizabeth Short’s arrest photo from 1943 when she was charged for underage drinking at the age of 19 – even though family and friends maintained that she didn’t drink or smoke. Media coverage at the time blamed her lifestyle choices for her murder despite any evidence that she was an “adventuress” as was claimed. Fascination [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Russian Woman Dies at Her Own Funeral   6 years, 5 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Waking up at your own funeral is probably on everyone’s top ten list of ‘the worst things that could happen’. That’s exactly what happened to a Russian woman in Kazan, who woke up to a room full of relatives mourning her death. Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov, 49, died from a heart attack caused by shock after waking up [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Marshall McLuhan is still relevant in our Global Village   6 years, 5 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Terms like “The medium is the message” and “global village”, are phrases that are commonplace in our internet world. The origin of these expressions come from a little office at St. Michael’s College on the University of Toronto campus and date back to the 1960s. Marshall McLuhan, professor, philosopher, scholar, coined these phrases almost thirty [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Dead Woman Discovered after Months in Foreclosed Home   6 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Kathryn Norris Kunzweiler was a private person, unemployed, twice divorced and didn’t have any close relatives. She had been receiving disability benefits and suffered from a condition causing her to become reclusive and fearful of going outdoors. She had no regular schedule and didn’t follow a routine. As a result, nobody noticed she was missing [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Woman’s Garden Became her Husband’s Grave   6 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Ruth Huber Bostic took very good care of her flower garden as her home continued to deteriorate from neglect. She was often heard talking softly while working in her flower beds. She was estranged from her family, and neighbors of the elderly woman said she would get angry when people would come to her door. [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Shoes on the Danube Promenade   6 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Danube divides the city into two: Buda and Pest, once independent cities, they united in 1873 to form the present day Hungarian capital. The Shoes on the Danube Promenade is on the Pest side of the river. To the unsuspecting tourist, many pairs of shoes along the banks of the Danube River in Budapest, [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Photographs Steal Souls   6 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail So beware the camera if you are hiding something. An intuitive person can use your photo to discern information about you however this doesn’t mean your deepest, darkest secrets will be revealed. A photo may be a window to your soul, but not a wide open door. Bernard F. Dick, in his book about Billy [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Guitar Cases to Coffins and Sexy Women   6 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Jonny Coffin is a guitar player, writer, surfer, designer, and inventor. Many years ago, he visualized a concept for an unusual shaped guitar case that would incorporate his style, while still being functional. Using carpentry skills he learned as a teenager, he conceived a guitar case which fit the outline of the guitar, but also [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: One Step Closer to Discovering the Fountain of Youth   6 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Turritopsis nutricula may indeed be Earth’s only immortal creature. Who wants to live forever? This question has been answered by an inconspicuous water creature who potentially does live forever. The Turritopsis nutricula (Immortal Jellyfish, to us) never dies naturally. It can do this because it can alter the state of a cell, transforming it into another [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Who Wants to Live Forever?   6 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The first Highlander movie starring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery was released in 1986 and is available on DVD. The premise of this movie is simple. You can live forever, but it has consequences and it always comes down to good versus evil. It is the story of Connor Macleod who was born in 1518 [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Dead Sea not Deadly at All   6 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Dead Sea, by name alone, doesn’t seem to be a place where you would want to spend any leisure time. Located near Amman, Jordan, the surface of the Dead Sea is over 1,300 feet below sea level. The very bottom of the sea, is over 2,300 feet below sea level, making it the lowest [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: The Paradox of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Funeral   6 years, 7 months ago · View

    Thumbnail “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. presented a paradox to the existing political establishment both in life and in death. He had what amounted to a state funeral, for a private citizen. Hundreds of national politicians came to pay tribute [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Adman Leo Greenland dies at 91   6 years, 7 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Leo Greenland, who died June 4, 2011, at the age of 91, was an unconventional advertising executive. He was known for taking the tough accounts and successfully promoting them to a doubting public. Take Leona Helmsley for instance. By the time Greenland’s agency landed the account Leona was not popular with anybody. He convinced her [...]

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