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Five '70s & '80s TV Stars' Web Sites

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I was feeling nostalgic recently and decided to Google some of the TV stars I grew up watching. Turns out, many have their own Web sites, and one even has a blog.

1. Dick Van Patten

Boy did I love Van Patten on Eight is Enough, where he played Tom Bradford for 5 seasons. Still alive and well, Dick is now selling pet food at Natural Balance, Inc, with his partner and son, Jimmy Van Patten. I especially like "Dick's Corner" where he posts photos and keeps his audience up-to-date on his activities.

2. Bob Denver

bobdenver.jpgThough Gilligan passed away in 2005, at the time of his death, Bob Denver was busy with something called Little Buddy Radio, an online radio station. From the Web site: "Rocking airwaves around the world, it's Little Buddy Radio Online! The format, spanning all decades of musical memories, makes it possible for music lovers to 'Cruise Through Time" on Little Buddy Radio 24 hours a day. This station is owned and operated by The Denver Foundation, Bob's last legacy. He loved West Virginia and wanted his foundation to help the handicapped and disadvantaged in the area."

3. Erik Estrada

CHips.jpgFormer CHiPs star Erik Estrada is still acting, most recently in a show called Husband for Hire on the Oxygen network. But more interesting is the important work he's doing with the Safe Surfin' Foundation. From the Web site: "Erik has now joined forces with the Safe Surfin' Foundation & Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces around the country to protect our nation's children from the sexual predators who prowl the Internet looking for their next victim. Their Task Forces are located throughout the United States and stand ready to offer assistance to the law enforcement community, and to the citizens they are sworn to protect."

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4. Suzanne Somers

suzanneproducts.jpgThe pinup from the classic Three's Company is probably the most famous of the lot, and as such, you smart readers might already know this, but I sure didn't. She's now got her own line of products, which she sells at SuzanneSomers.com. From the site: "I have carefully selected and tested each item. As you know, I will not put my name on a product unless I truly believe it works. I have beauty products, fitness products, weight-loss products, books, tapes, jewelry and apparel! Now I can offer you all of these items with the ease and convenience of ordering online. We are working every day to bring you more products. Make sure you check in frequently as we will be updating the site constantly."

5. Lydia Cornell

toocloseforcomfot.jpgYes, former Too Close for Comfort star Lydia Cornell (the fetching blonde) is now blogging rather regularly over at her own Web site - topics seem to be about whatever is on her mind that day. Here's her blogger bio: "You're supposed to be married to the person who annoys you the most -- the most spiritual growth happens with your enemies. That's why the Arabs and Israelis live next door to each other, THEY JUST DON'T GET IT YET! I live in a house of men: I have three boys and two dogs including my husband. And they're all going through puberty. The dog gets more affection than I do; I have to compete with Chazzie for back rubs! We also have a bearded dragon who loves classical music. He sways his head to Handel's Water Music and Mozart."lydiablog.jpg

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6 Radiant Facts About Irène Joliot-Curie
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Though her accomplishments are often overshadowed by those of her parents, the elder daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie was a brilliant researcher in her own right.

1. SHE WAS BORN TO, AND FOR, GREATNESS.

A black and white photo of Irene and Marie Curie in the laboratory in 1925.
Irène and Marie in the laboratory, 1925.
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Irène’s birth in Paris in 1897 launched what would become a world-changing scientific dynasty. A restless Marie rejoined her loving husband in the laboratory shortly after the baby’s arrival. Over the next 10 years, the Curies discovered radium and polonium, founded the science of radioactivity, welcomed a second daughter, Eve, and won a Nobel Prize in Physics. The Curies expected their daughters to excel in their education and their work. And excel they did; by 1925, Irène had a doctorate in chemistry and was working in her mother’s laboratory.

2. HER PARENTS' MARRIAGE WAS A MODEL FOR HER OWN.

Like her mother, Irène fell in love in the lab—both with her work and with another scientist. Frédéric Joliot joined the Curie team as an assistant. He and Irène quickly bonded over shared interests in sports, the arts, and human rights. The two began collaborating on research and soon married, equitably combining their names and signing their work Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie.

3. SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE AN UNSTOPPABLE PAIR.

Black and white photo of Irène and Fréderic Joliot-Curie working side by side in their laboratory.
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Their passion for exploration drove them ever onward into exciting new territory. A decade of experimentation yielded advances in several disciplines. They learned how the thyroid gland absorbs radioiodine and how the body metabolizes radioactive phosphates. They found ways to coax radioactive isotopes from ordinarily non-radioactive materials—a discovery that would eventually enable both nuclear power and atomic weaponry, and one that earned them the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935.

4. THEY FOUGHT FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE.

The humanist principles that initially drew Irène and Frédéric together only deepened as they grew older. Both were proud members of the Socialist Party and the Comité de Vigilance des Intellectuels Antifascistes (Vigilance Committee of Anti-Fascist Intellectuals). They took great pains to keep atomic research out of Nazi hands, sealing and hiding their research as Germany occupied their country, Irène also served as undersecretary of state for scientific research of the Popular Front government.

5. SHE WAS NOT CONTENT WITH THE STATUS QUO.

Irène eventually scaled back her time in the lab to raise her children Hélène and Pierre. But she never slowed down, nor did she stop fighting for equality and freedom for all. Especially active in women’s rights groups, she became a member of the Comité National de l'Union des Femmes Françaises and the World Peace Council.

6. SHE WORKED HERSELF TO DEATH.

Irène’s extraordinary life was a mirror of her mother’s. Tragically, her death was, too. Years of watching radiation poisoning and cancer taking their toll on Marie never dissuaded Irène from her work. In 1956, dying of leukemia, she entered the Curie Hospital, where she followed her mother’s luminous footsteps into the great beyond.

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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