Dean Stanley Teele

“The art of management is the art of making meaningful generalizations out of inadequate facts.”

. . and the Oscar goes to

Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Oscar nominations of any actor. With her first nomination for her role in the 1978 film The Deer Hunter she has been nominated 21 times. Eight more than both Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, tied for second place. Katherine Hepburn received four Academy Awards for Best Actress.  In 2012, with a win for her performance in Iron Lady,  she became the fifth actor to win three competitive Academy Awards for acting (Walter Brennan, Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, and Jack Nicholson). Since then, Daniel Day-Lewis became the sixth actor to achieve that distinction, winning for his role in Lincoln.

. . . and the Oscar Nominees are

Who holds the record for the most nominations of any actor for an Academy Award (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences), most often referred to as an “Oscar”?

A Beautiful Mind

John Forbes Nash Jr. is the only person to have won both the Nobel Prize (Economics) and the Abel Prize (the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in the world of mathematics). Nash made fundamental contributions to mathematics, providing major insights into the role of chance and decision-making within complex systems – many found in our everyday lives. In 1959, symptoms of schizophrenia began to emerge and he spent several years being treated in psychiatric institutions. While he was able to return to academic life, the struggle with his illness and is battle to overcome it was the subject of a biography written by Sylvia Nasar’s, which subsequently became a major motion picture bearing the same title “A Beautiful Mind.” Sadly, Nash and his wife Alicia were killed in a car crash (a taxi in which they were riding) in 2015.

Nobel and Abel

Who is the only person to have won both the Nobel Prize and the Abel Prize?

The Sun Gets Around

By initially observing the movement of sunspots, scientist concluded that the Sun does rotate, but because the Sun is made up of gaseous elements and is not solid, the rotation is uneven. The rotations at the equator is about once in a little over 25 days, but at the poles about 36 days and varying in between. The Sun is also tilted on its axis of rotation (relative to the Earth and our point of view). But never look directly at the Sun without special protection for your eyes.

Mark Twain

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”