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May 132014
 

Jay Leno Is An Ameri canComedian And Television host

Jay Leno (James Douglas Muir “Jay” Leno¬† born April 28, 1950) is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and television host. Leno was the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009. Beginning in September 2009, Leno started a primetime talk show, titled The Jay Leno Show, which aired weeknights at 10:00 p.m. (Eastern Time, UTC-5), also on NBC. After The Jay Leno Show was canceled in January 2010 amid a host controversy, Leno returned to host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 1, 2010. Leno hosted his last episode of the Tonight Show on February 6, 2014. That same year, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

Charity
In 2001, along with his wife, he donated $100,000 to the Feminist Majority’s campaign to stop gender apartheid in Afghanistan, to educate the public regarding the plight of women in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Mavis Leno is on the board of the Feminist Majority.

In 2009, he donated $100,000 to a scholarship fund at Salem State College (now Salem State University) in honor of Lennie Sogoloff, who gave Leno his start at his jazz club, Lennie’s-on-the-Turnpike.

In August 2012, Leno auctioned his Fiat 500 which was sold for $385,000 with all the proceeds going to a charity that helps wounded war veterans recover by providing them temporary housing.

Love Ride
Since 1985 Jay Leno has been the grand marshal for the Love Ride, a motorcycle charity event which since its founding in 1984 has raised nearly $14 million for charities benefiting muscular dystrophy research, Autism Speaks, and in 2001, the September 11 attacks recovery. Leno arrived at the 45th Primetime Emmy Awards in his Hispano-Suiza Aero.

Vehicle collection
Leno owns approximately 886 vehicles (769 automobiles and 117 motorcycles). He also has a website called “Jay Leno’s Garage,” which contains video clips and photos of his automobiles in detail, as well as other vehicles of interest to him. Leno’s Garage Manager is Bernard Juchli. Jay Leno’s collection boats two Doble steam cars, a sedan and a roadster that were owned by Howard Hughes.

Jay Leno has a regular column in Popular Mechanics which showcases his car collection and gives advice about various automotive topics, including restoration and unique models, such as his jet-powered motorcycle and solar-powered hybrid. Leno also writes occasional “Motormouth” articles for The Sunday Times, reviewing high-end sports cars and giving his humorous take on automotive matters.

Leno opened his garage to Team Bondi, the company that developed the critically acclaimed video-game L.A. Noire, which is set in Los Angeles in the late 1940s. Leno’s collection contains almost 100 cars from this period, and allowed the team to recreate their images as accurately as possible.

May 232012
 

Kim Kardashian got flour-bombed; Kim to support charity for women, more.

Kim Kardashian helps women improve their lives

Except of Kim Kardashian’s brief marriage on which we didn’t comment (after all, not only celebrities mess up their personal lives!) we kept up with some of the turbulent events in the Kardashians’ lives.

We’re not fans of the family or their reality show. But even we couldn’t help but notice that the shrewd sisters are not only spectacularly successful in business but gradually becoming – if not respectable – than likeable!
It seems that they begun noticing the world around them, took interest and – lo and behold – action to make things better!

Khloe Kardashian hosted a toy drive for the Children’s Hospital of Dallas last year. Kim Kardashian was pitching in for Los Angeles Mission and other causes in the past. This time Kim pledged her support for Dress for Success Worldwide. (To quote from Dress for Success Website: “The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.”) She’s even planning to donate some of the profits from the sales of fragrance (True Reflection) to the charity.

We may not admire careers built on a flash in the pan, but we acknowledge charitable affords: way to go Kardashian sisters!
Perhaps the troubled siblings are beginning to grow up. If their hearts match their exteriors we may all become fans, eventually.

Kim Kardashian Flour-Bombed

We’ve heard it; we’ve seen it: a member of the public, allegedly offended by Kim wearing real fur, “attacked” her with a bag of flour ruining Kim’s perfect hair and makeup, not to mention her outfit. Kim didn’t press charges; dusted herself off – literally! – and completed the event.

Altogether, not a world-shattering event; just a bit of disorderly conduct, responded to in a surprisingly classy way by Kim. The larger questions behind the otherwise minor incident are:
1/ the issue of personal safety of celebrities
2/ the definition of a socially-acceptable, civil behavior

As for Kim Kardashian’s security; it failed to protect her from a relatively harmless attack. (It would have failed also if the attack wasn’t harmless.)
As for the alleged animal rights’ activist – and let’s be clear: I don’t condone wearing animal skin as a garment – it seems to be a case of a confused fame-seeker. A young woman who decided to snatch some attention for herself at a public event, at the expense of another.

I have expressed my feelings about the Kardashians on US Celebrity Blog in the past and I’m not a fan. Still, in this case I find Kim’s conduct praiseworthy. I also believe that the behavior of the thrill-seeker should be punished, at the very least by a citation. Having differing convictions doesn’t justify ANY form of physical assault with flour or otherwise. The flour-bombing was inappropriate, there are safer, smarter and more effective venues for expressing one’s views.

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