Culture The Predator Shane Black The first alien hunter, the titular creature from 1987’s Predator, was a rush job.Before actor Kevin Peter Hall inhabited the suit—with its signature mandibles and dreadlocks—the Predator team tried out a different design, with Jean-Claude Van Damme inside a the long-limbed creature with the face of a praying mantis. But this first suit proved impractical for the arduous, on-location shoot, so the production enlisted Stan Winston, a make-up effects designer already renowned for his work on The Thing, The Terminator and 1986’s Aliens (for which he won his first Oscar), to design an alien practical enough for the Mexico jungle where Predator was shot. Along for the ride were Winston’s special effects proteges Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis. Stan Winston's alien hunter in 1987's "Predator." 20th Century Fox “We begged Stan not to take the job,” Gillis told Newsweek. “We only had eight weeks … [Read more...] about How ‘The Predator’ Creature Effects Team Expanded on the 1987 Action Classic
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David Dussault doesn't buy any doom-and-gloom about American manufacturing. His vision is to "revitalize American manufacturing through entrepreneurship." He founded P1 Industries in 2007 in his hometown of Schenectady. He is CEO and chairman and remains majority owner of the manufacturing company. Earlier this year, he launched a new company, Sp1ndle, aiming to change how manufacturers sell, buy, and connect. Last year, Dussault was among speakers in Syracuse at the annual Upstate Unleashed Conference of Upstate Venture Connect. He described himself as a 21st century manufacturer. What does that mean? Dussault gives this example: "When people think of a machinist, they might think of someone running a belt-driven machine in an old-school shop with hanging lights and dirt floors. "When you're a machinist in 2018, you're a software person. You have to be able to interpret 3D model blueprints, use a suite of software from AutoCAD to Mastercam to interpret data and convert it … [Read more...] about ‘Greatest leaders are the greatest team builders’: David Dussault on leadership
Sergio Marchionne at the New York Stock Exchange after FCA's trading debut on Wall Street in October 2014. In December 2011, Crain's Detroit Business and Automotive News reporters met with organizers from the North American International Auto Show, same as every year, to discuss the upcoming January show.The floor plan, a complex game of Tetris for the show's organizers, revealed a small, unmarked room near the Fiat Chrysler display in Cobo Center. Someone asked what, exactly, was that room.The 2012 Detroit auto show's chairman that year was Bill Perkins, owner of Bill Perkins Automotive Group. He bellowed a laugh."That's Sergio's smoking room," he blustered.Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, a well-known smoker, required a private room to enjoy his vice on the show floor. The hours following that anecdote were filled with frantic calls from Chrysler's communications apparatus condemning the notion that its top executive would have a smoking room — Michigan … [Read more...] about ‘Unconventional, but highly effective’: Hard-working Marchionne led with distinct style
Hugh Kellenberger Mississippi Clarion Ledger Published 3:52 p.m. UTC Jul 7, 2018 Jimbo Fisher. Joe Moorhead. Matt Luke. Dan Mullen. Chad Morris. Jeremy Pruitt. Those are the six new football coaches in the SEC this fall. One, Mullen, is already an SEC veteran that just changed zip codes. Luke coached in the league last year, just as an interim. Fisher is the national championship-winning coach brought in from Florida State to resurrect Texas A&M. Moorhead and Pruitt are coordinators getting their first shot at a Power 5 head coaching job. And Morris is the classic Group of 5 overachiever hired to turn around a struggling Power 5 program. But while how they got here may vary greatly, they’re all going to repeat much of the same rhetoric during the time leading up to their first game and their first season. These are the Seven Habits of Highly Effective New College Football Coaches. 1. “Aw shucks, we’re just glad to be here.” This starts early, with the … [Read more...] about The 7 habits of highly effective new college football coaches
Supported by Health By GINA KOLATAMARCH 26, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story It was one of those findings that would change medicine, Dr. Christopher Lewandowski thought.For years, doctors had tried — and failed — to find a treatment that would preserve the brains of stroke patients. The task was beginning to seem hopeless: Once a clot blocked a blood vessel supplying the brain, its cells quickly began to die. Patients and their families could only pray that the damage would not be too extensive.But then a large federal clinical trial proved that a so-called clot-buster drug, tissue plasminogen activator (T.P.A.), could prevent brain injury after a stroke by opening up the blocked vessel. Dr. Lewandowski, an emergency medicine physician at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit and the trial’s principal investigator, was ecstatic.“We felt the data was so strong we didn’t have to explain … [Read more...] about For Many Strokes, There’s an Effective Treatment. Why Aren’t Some Doctors Offering It?