User:Joseph A. Spadaro

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Joseph A. Spadaro
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Can two adjoining states join together (versus secede) and we now have only 49 states? What is they are non-adjoining states?

Shakespeare ... (1) lines split funny; (2) words that "rhyme" move/love; (3) how to translate to foreign language?

Computer - slight pause - typing errors - what is it - how to avoid it

bald = maternal grandfather

crime = twin = visual ID = dna = reas doubt = impunity>?

crime in Vatican - who investigates, charges, are there courts, jails, etc

why vitamins exceed Daily Allow? like 800%

sign language nuances kid vs child / fall v autumn / mad vs angry / etc

verb was/is ... ex: Hilary Edmund was/is first man to climb Everest

"fastest" person to be canonized a saint (closest date after death) ... can living person be canonized

Rx for animals / how to conduct drug tests / informed consent / FDA oversee?

Son of Sam law - cannot profit from book/movie after conviction ... what about pre-conviction?

postal obligations if you don't place stamp in upper right

Brady Bunch reverse cast

is swearing a natural reflex when get hurt? ( but, contra, M. Theresa )

word cowboy - related to a cow

political science - why "science"

how do you calculate area for "weird" shapes like the borders of a state?

news TV broadcasts - people walking around in back ground

TV camera / scene / both angles / back and front / how / hidden / or take every scene 2 times

copyright laws - other countries obligation to follow US law

lottery tix - scratch off - big prize won already

death row - no mafia hitmen

serial killer title for mafia hitmen?

priest turns pages for main priest - why

repeat a 2nd time means do it 2 or 3 times>?

Juvenile executions[edit]

To do list[edit]



In 2005, the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Roper v. Simmons (543 U.S. 551). In a 5-4 decision, the Court concluded that the execution of juvenile offenders constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment" in violation of the Eighth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment Amendments to the United States Constitution. As a result of this ruling, the death sentences of 71 juveniles offenders in the United States were invalidated. These 71 offenders were incarcerated on death rows in the following twelve states: Texas (29); Alabama (13); Mississippi (5); Arizona (4); Louisiana (4); North Carolina (4); Florida (3); South Carolina (3); Georgia (2); Pennsylvania (2); Nevada (1); and Virginia (1). The defendant himself in the Roper case, Christopher Simmons, was not under a sentence of death at the time of the ruling, as the Missouri Supreme Court had previously commuted his punishment to life in prison without parole.

Academy Awards[edit]

  • old/ young
  • oldest living; earliest born; etc.
  • historical list -- oldest / youngest
  • Academy Awards (and nominations) that have been revoked or rescinded

Dmytro Bulatov[edit]

Gamma Phi Gamma[edit]

I believe that it Would be appropriate to contact the fraternity and get accurate information on it's founding and what they stand for among other things so that there isn't a single page saying that one of their pledges lost a nut and that's all. It not only reflects poorly on the fraternity and what they believe, but also on Wilmington College as a whole — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gamma Phi Gamma1212 (talkcontribs) 07:24, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia only uses information that is confirmed by reliable published sources. It does not accept what organisations say about themselves. If an organisation is notable only for an incident that reflects badly on it, so be it. However the Gamma Phi Gamma article probably ought to be deleted anyway. Maproom (talk) 09:03, 24 January 2014 (UTC)
Basically, the only information on the local fraternity chapter is obituaries noting things like 'graduated from Wilmington College, where he was a member of Gamma Phi Gamma' and the news articles covering the Pledge Loses Testicle In Frat Hazing Ritual At Wilmington College one event. The article started by Ktr101 likely will be deleted/redirected per WP:BLP1E. The current place for such information would be articles such as Wilmington College (Ohio) or Hazing in Greek letter organizations if it could be added in a way that maintains the context of the topic. -- Jreferee (talk) 14:34, 24 January 2014 (UTC)
Being the oldest local fraternity in America certainly is more than enough for notability, and I am more than willing to expand it, so I will try to do so later today. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 16:32, 24 January 2014 (UTC)
I would say if their claim to be the oldest surviving is true, then it would count for notability, but verifying that claim could be difficult. And after a few minutes googling for them ("gamma phi gamma" "wilmington college" -testicle -hazing 1907), not much shows up.Naraht (talk) 19:15, 24 January 2014 (UTC)
Verifying that statement might well require library rather than online research. DES (talk) 20:02, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Academy Award acting performances[edit]


What director has directed the most Academy Award winning acting performances? What director has directed the most Academy Award nominated acting performances? Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 00:53, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

I believe it is either Billy Wilder or William Wyler, I get these 2 mixed up a lot. Wgolf (talk) 04:23, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
If you can't find anything, the lists of winners are here: Academy Award for Best Actor and Academy Award for Best Actress. You could go to each film and tally up the directors. With 86 winners in each category, it shouldn't take more than an hour or so to tally up. (As an aside, it's interesting to see that the actors' page has images but the actresses' page has none.) Dismas|(talk) 10:31, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
There are also Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. -- Jack of Oz [pleasantries] 10:47, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Unfortunately the IMDB's publicly available raw data files include director data but not awards data. I downloaded the directors file and then went to the official Oscar database to obtain lists of all movies that won or were nominated for acting Oscars. Unfortunately I then had to do a lot of hand-work to make the titles from the two sources consistent—e.g. Wait Until Dark vs. Wait until Dark; Casablanca (1942) (first release) or (1943) (first Los Angeles release); Life is Beautiful vs. La vita è bella. After that it was a small matter of programming to tabulate the results.

Anyway, the result was that Wgolf was right: William Wyler is the right answer in both categories. The directors of the greatest number of Oscar-winning acting performances are:

  • 10 William Wyler
  •  7 George Cukor
  •  6 Elia Kazan
  •  6 Woody Allen
  •  5 John Ford
  •  5 Martin Scorsese
  •  5 Sam Wood
  •  5 Fred Zinnemann
  •  4 Victor Fleming
  •  4 John Huston

And when you add non-winning acting nominations:

  • 20 William Wyler
  • 14 George Cukor
  • 12 John Huston
  • 12 Martin Scorsese
  • 11 Woody Allen
  • 11 Fred Zinnemann
  • 10 Clarence Brown
  • 10 John Ford
  • 10 Sidney Lumet
  • 10 Billy Wilder

Here are the 20 movies for Wyler. Boldface names indicate winners; italics indicate the supporting categories. Boldface dates indicate that Wyler himself was nominated as Best Director, and boldface titles indicate that he won. (The markup and name lists were mostly done by hand, so it's possible I goofed somewhere.)

  • Come and Get It (1936)— Walter Brennan
  • Dodsworth (1936)— Walter Huston, Maria Ouspenskaya
  • These Three (1936)— Bonita Granville
  • Dead End (1937)— Claire Trevor
  • Jezebel (1938)— Bette Davis, Fay Bainter
  • Wuthering Heights (1939)— Laurence Olivier, Geraldine Fitzgerald
  • The Letter (1940)James Stephenson, Bette Davis
  • The Westerner (1940)— Walter Brennan
  • The Little Foxes (1941)— Bette Davis, Patricia Collinge, Teresa Wright
  • Mrs. Miniver (1942)— Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers, Greer Garson, Dame May Whitty, Teresa Wright (yes, 5 acting nominations for one movie)
  • The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)Fredric March, Harold Russell
  • The Heiress (1949)Ralph Richardson, Olivia de Havilland
  • Detective Story (1951)— Eleanor Parker, Lee Grant
  • Roman Holiday (1953)Eddie Albert, Audrey Hepburn
  • Friendly Persuasion (1956)Anthony Perkins
  • The Big Country (1958)— Burl Ives
  • Ben-Hur (1959)Charlton Heston, Hugh Griffith
  • The Children's Hour (1961)— Fay Bainter
  • The Collector (1965)— Samantha Eggar
  • Funny Girl (1968)— Barbra Streisand, Kay Medford

Note incidentally that one of the movies on the list is a remake of another one on the list!

Thanks for an interesting question.

-- (talk) 12:22, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for doing all that leg work! By the way, which of the movies on the list is a remake of another one on the list? Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 22:08, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
I know Ben-Hur is a remake-but that was another director. And the original was before the first Oscars. (You know had the Oscars started 10 years earlier there be a lot more missing Oscar nominated films) Wgolf (talk) 22:19, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
The Children's Hour is a remake! Just found that out. Wgolf (talk) 22:23, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
The Children's Hour is a remake of These Three. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 04:07, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, all. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 15:28, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

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