Friday, November 13, 2009

Thu Nov 12, 2009

Dean Cain - Encourage Vaccination Against Influenza
While influenza continues to lead news stories on a daily basis, many Americans have yet to get their seasonal influenza vaccine. That’s why Dean Cain, of TV Superman fame, has joined with the American Lung Association’s Faces of Influenza educational initiative to encourage people to get vaccinated. The campaign, which features celebrities and everyday people with personal ties to the disease, is designed to put a “face” on influenza to demonstrate the influenza does not discriminate and everyone is at risk for contracting it. The recent H1-N1 influenza outbreak is a strong reminder that influenza is not like the common cold. In fact, seasonal influenza is a serious respiratory illness that results in an estimated 226,000 hospitalizations and approximately 36,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Dean George Cain was born July 31, 1966 in Mt. Clemins, Michigan to Sharon Thomas and Christopher Cain. Dean's natural father George Tanaka left Deans mother and older brother Roger before Dean was born and Dean has never nor ever wants to meet his natural father. In his eyes the man who raised him and gave him his name is the only man deserving of the title Dad. Dean made his first major acting appearance in his fathers film The Stone Boy, but football was what Dean really cared about. In 1984 Dean received a football scholarship from Princeton University where he excelled at his sport and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills four years later. Unfortunately he never got to be on a trading card; before he could play one season game Dean hurt his knee and was told by doctors that if he wanted to play basketball with his kids when he was forty, then he had to give up the sport he loved. So, Dean moved on to acting. Dean did commercials for everything from Bally's fitness clubs, to beer, to McDonalds, to Diet Coke before getting bit parts on television shows like A Different World and Life Goes On. In 1992 Dean was cast as Brenda's new boyfriend on Beverly Hills 90210. This gave Dean more exposure for his next audition to star as The Man Of Steel on a new Superman series titled Lois Lane's Daily Planet. Dean was neck and neck with another unknown actor by the name of Kevin Sorbo. In the end Dean got the role of the brainy reporter with a secret identity while Kevin moved on to become Hercules. On September 12, 1993 the series, now titled Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman premiered on ABC at 8:00PM, not the 10:00 time slot originally planned. The series ran for four years, ending on June 14, 1997 with a cliffhanger never to be resolved. After the series ended Dean moved on to other things. Best Men, which was made during the 1996 hiatus of Lois & Clark, was released to theaters in England and eventually to the US on video in 1998. Tracked/Dogboys premiered on Showtime, Futuresport on ABC in October 1998 and began filming a new television pilot titled Rag & Bone for CBS with Robert Patrick (the newest star of The X Files). Unfortunately the show never got picked up. Dean was also busy with his personal life as well. Having had a long list of romances which included Brooke Sheilds, Ami Dolenz, Pamala Anderson, and Gabrielle Reece; Dean began dating country singer/newcomer Mindy McCready in 1997. They became engaged in early 1998 but eventually broke up in July 1998. In that time Dean had also directed two of Mindy’s music videos. Deans career continued with more movies, and more charitable events. In July 1999 Dean appeared in St. Louis with other celebrities for a basketball tournament to help inner city fans. Dean also took time out to visit with his fans. Later that year he became host of TBS's new series Ripley's Believe It Or Not which ended its run in 2004, but continues on in syndication. Dean started to keep his personal life private, but he couldn’t keep quiet the news that came out at the end of 1999, his former girlfriend Samantha Torres was pregnant with his child. They had decided then not to get back together as a couple, but to both be involved in their child's life. On June 11, 2000 Christopher Dean Cain was born. Dean and Samantha now share custody of their son. Since Chris' birth Dean has made many movies and TV guest appearances including winning the first round of Celebrity Blackjack on The Game Show Network in July 2004, but lost in the finals to Caroline Rhea. In September 2004 Dean's new show Clubhouse premieres on CBS where Dean costars along side Christopher Lloyd, Mare Winningham and Jeremy Sumpter. Unfortunately only five episodes aired before CBS pulled it. The rest aired on HDTV after many fans demanded all 11 episodes that were filmed be shown. Since then Dean has appeared in guest spots on Hope & Faith, and Las Vegas and numerous films.

Earl "The Pearl" Monroe - "Diabetes Restaurant"
Earl "The Pearl" Monroe – A basketball legend, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe dazzled fans and players alike with his on-court moves for 13 years, including a league championship in 1973. Now 64, Earl has type 2 diabetes and is working with Merck on the Diabetes Restaurant Month program and challenging local restaurants to transform popular menu items into delicious diabetes-friendly dishes to help show people with diabetes that it is possible to enjoy dining out and stay healthy. Basketball legend Earl "The Pearl" Monroe is teaming up with Merck & Co., Inc. on the first-ever Diabetes Restaurant Month program, to challenge restaurants in select cities to create diabetes-friendly menu items. Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1998, Earl has learned how to maintain a diabetes-friendly lifestyle with a healthy diet and regular exercise, and he aims to inspire others to do the same by making a few small changes in their daily lives, including making smart choices while dining out. Local restaurants cities across the country will feature diabetes-friendly dishes on their menus during the month designated as Diabetes Restaurant Month for that market. Diners are encouraged to try featured diabetes-friendly dishes at participating restaurants and log on to .

Lauren Ulm, "Lolo," is a vegan foodie and founder of who lives in Boston with her husband and two cats. She is not a chef, has never been to culinary school, and she's not a professional photographer (but she has fun pretending!) When she went vegan in 2002, the kitchen became her favorite room in the house, and still is today. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and has been featured in Vegetarian Times. Put the yum into your meals with more than 85 mouthwatering vegan recipes!When Lauren Ulm went vegan, she faced the typical onslaught of questions from acquaintances and more than the occasional wince from unsuspecting dinner guests. Vowing to prove that vegan food can be decadent and delicious—and not a bland stand-in for 'normal' food—she created a blog, What began as a hobby became an obsession, winning her not only legions of vegan and non-vegan foodie fans, but also the 2008 Best Veggie Blog Award from VegNews magazine.Here in her debut cookbook, Lauren shows that vegan food is anything but dull, with her creative and quirky twists on everything from crowd-pleasing appetizers to indulgent desserts, from easy weekend breakfasts to speedy weeknight dinners, plus holiday- and company-worthy fare you can serve with pride. Blueberry Waffles with Lemon Icing • Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake • Stuffed Banana Berry French Toast Sweet Chili Lime Tofu • Tahini Lemon Rice and Beans • Corn Fritters • Eggplant and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes Creamy Tomato Barley Risotto • Crispy Sesame Kale • Moroccan Spiced Root Vegetable Home Fries • Smoky Miso Tofu Sandwiches • Cannellini Bean Soup with Pan-fried Croutons • Chinese Broccoli Wontons in Ginger-Soy Sauce Chipotle Basil Corn Chowder • Baked Mac and Cheeze • Gnocchi with Thyme Vinaigrette • Lime Peanut Noodles with Seitan, Kale, and Carrots •

Janice Ruddock - Managing Director - "Wines of Nova Scotia"
The Winery Association of Nova Scotia was formed in 2002 to represent the interests of wine producers in Nova Scotia, to serve as a voice for local industry and to promote the growth and development of Nova Scotia wines. As a first order of business, a set of quality standards was developed. The Nova Scotia Wine Standards (NSWS) were adopted by the association’s membership in the summer of 2005. The Wines of Nova Scotia logo was created as a symbol of quality which members may use on their wines that are made from 100% locally grown grapes and fruit, and that meet the NSWS. For more information on how to use the logo, view the Wines of Nova Scotia Graphic Identity Specifications. The Nova Scotia wine industry has a climate and soil conditions that favour unique and distinctive grape varietals, an abundant supply of inexpensive land for potential development, unfettered by urban encroachment and strong transportation links and proximity to the large Eastern USA markets and Europe. Building awareness of a Nova Scotia Wine Country and expanding distribution of the Wines of Nova Scotia will increase local market penetration. The Winery Association of Nova Scotia is committed to building excellence throughout every aspect of the industry, forging partnerships and attracting potential investors, ultimately catapulting the Wines of Nova Scotia onto the world stage.

Steve Kleinedler "100 Words for Foodies"
The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries and of other reference titles published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are trained lexicographers with a varied array of interests and expertise. Most of the editors hold graduate degrees and have studied at least one foreign language. Several have degrees in linguistics or in the history of the English language. Others have degrees in science or sometimes other disciplines. All the editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work in association with consultants to ensure that the content of our publications is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible. Food terms make up one of the most fascinating parts of the English vocabulary. The TV Food Network talks about 24 hours a day. People talk about chefs and what they cook in daily conversation. In fact, we spend almost as much time discussing food as we do preparing and eating it. This latest book in the 100 Words series presents 100 mouthwatering food terms to be savored by fine diners, cooking fanatics, restaurateurs, and ordingary folks who wnjoy what they eat but can't always decipher the menu.

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