Monday, June 21, 2010

6/21 - Becky Burgoyne, Kate Lang Johnson, Genevieve Shaw Brown ,

 Beckey Burgoyne "Perfectly Amanda - Gunsmoke's Miss Kitty: To Dodge and Beyond"
Beckey Burgoyne, an elementary school teacher from Illinois and daughter of a farmer, has penned her first book Perfectly Amanda, Gunsmoke s Miss Kitty: To Dodge and Beyond. Burgoyne was driven to write this biography of Amanda Blake based on her deep admiration of the actress and the strong woman she portrayed on television s Gunsmoke. Born in Danville, Ill., Beckey Burgoyne has lived in Illinois and Indiana all of her life. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., Burgoyne has always had a passion for the theater and English. Putting her two loves together, it only made sense that her first book would be about the famous actress who inspired her in so many ways. As an elementary school teacher since 1992, Burgoyne has taught math, science and physical education classes. Outside of teaching and spending time with her family, she also loves flowers and the theater. The self-proclaimed Flower Lady has been designing, planting and caring for 15 flowerbeds at her local bank for the last 10 summers. She is also involved in the choir/drama department at her church and has taken part in their Christmas and Easter dramatic musical productions for the past 15 years. She also works with the Danville Light Opera, a local community theater group, whenever she can. As a wife, mother, full-time teacher and now a published author, however, Burgoyne doesn t find a lot of free time. Perfectly Amanda, Gunsmoke s Miss Kitty: To Dodge and Beyond was the result of Burgoyne s lifelong love for and admiration of the great actress Amanda Blake and her Gunsmoke character, Kitty Russell, the owner of the Long Branch Saloon and love interest of Marshal Matt Dillon on the legendary Western series. As a young girl, Burgoyne was greatly influenced by Miss Kitty. She admired her independent nature and contentment with choosing a career over homesteading. As television didn t often portray women with such strength and strong will, Miss Kitty was truly an inspiration and an excellent role model for a new generation of women. To honor all that she stood for, Burgoyne put pen to paper for this biography.

Kate Lang Johnson portrays Tori Fairchild, the privileged, pragmatic and manipulative daughter of an American ambassador, in NBC's  " Persons Unknown. "  Johnson 's television credits include a recurring role on " Days of Our Lives, " and appearances on  " Ugly Betty; "  "Life "  " ER "  "The Young and the Restless "  "Drake and Josh; "  "Malcolm in the Middle;"  "Summerland; "  " CSI: Miami; "  " Boston Public; " and  " The Bold and the Beautiful. "  Her film credits include  " Echoboom " ;  " Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon ";  " Tom 51 " ;  " Berkeley " ; and  " Fired Up. "  From Academy Award-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie "The Usual Suspects ", who is executive-producing with Heather McQuarrie, and executive producer Rémi Aubuchon, comes  "Persons Unknown" a one-hour mystery drama in which a group of seven strangers must come together to solve the puzzle of their lives. All of the seven strangers have been taken from their everyday lives and have arrived in a deserted town with no recollection of how they got there

Genevieve Shaw Brown -  Senior Editor -Travelocity

Everywhere you look there are signs of a rebounding economy and travel and vacations are no exception. According to Travelocity's annual Traveler Confidence Report, which gauges travelers’ plans and attitudes, nearly half of respondents plan to increase their travel in 2010 as compared to 2009. While the most recent Travelocity data shows summer airfares are on the rise, hotel and cruise rates can still be found at rock bottom prices and this summer is a great time to take advantage.

Caramel lovers rejoice. Mars Chocolate North America announced today the nationwide availability of the MILKY WAY® Brand Simply Caramel Bar, a new total caramel experience, which provides caramel fanatics with more of what they crave about MILKY WAY® Bar: the brand’s famous rich, creamy caramel.
The indulgent MILKY WAY® Brand Simply Caramel Bar, a decadent blend of MILKY WAY® Bar’s pure, smooth caramel covered completely in Mars’ real milk chocolate, is now available at stores throughout the country, including club, convenience, grocery and drug stores; and mass, specialty and value retailers. “The MILKY WAY® Brand Simply Caramel Bar is a delicious addition to our MILKY WAY® Brand family that really makes the caramel the star,” said Debra A. Sandler, chief consumer officer for Mars Chocolate North America. “Our new Simply Caramel Bar celebrates consumers’ love for the MILKY WAY® Bar and their love for rich, luscious caramel, to provide the ultimate smooth and creamy snacking experience.” For more than 85 years, MILKY WAY® Brand has had a sweet history. Created in 1923 in the kitchen of Frank Mars, the original MILKY WAY® Bar introduced the world to its now famous combination of milk chocolate, nougat and caramel. The first ever “filled” candy bar, the MILKY WAY® Bar sold for a nickel in 1923. The smooth and delicious caramel found in MILKY WAY® Bars comes from a mixture of milk, sugar and a few other secret ingredients.  The original MILKY WAY® Bar was named after a famed malted milk drink of the day and designed to replicate the taste of malted milk shakes, which were the rage during the 1920s. As times changed and soda shops declined in popularity, the MILKY WAY® Bar has stood the test of time and is a true American classic.