Tricks, repeat? The best Super Bowl gimmicks

first_imgIn this Feb. 5, 2006, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (86) leaps into the end zone past Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant on on a 43-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Antwaan Randle El in the fourth quarter during the Super Bowl XL football game in Detroit. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)Trick plays stand out in a Super Bowl a little like clown suits at a cocktail party.In this highest-of-high-stakes contest, the appetite for NFL coaches whose strategies lean more conservative than not is typically low for gadgets and gimmicks. Surprising the other team with a safety blitz or deep pass, sure, but the risk of true trickery can be steep with a title on the line.Yes, the reward of a valuable touchdown remains. Mess up a trick play in a game of this magnitude and lose a close one in the end? Well, good luck living that decision down, coach, for the rest of your career.Perhaps another gimmick or two will emerge next week in Arizona when New England plays Seattle. The Patriots threw a touchdown pass to left tackle Nate Solder in the AFC championship game, after all, and the Seahawks scored on a fake field goal toss by punter Jon Ryan to spur their comeback victory for the NFC title.For now, here’s a list of the best trick plays in Super Bowl history:‘AMBUSH’ IN MIAMIOnside kicks are expected at the end of the game when the trailing team is running out of time, but New Orleans stunned Indianapolis and everyone else watching the game by recovering the kickoff to start the second half in Miami after the 2009 season.The play was called “ambush,” a stutter-step tap by rookie kicker Thomas Morstead out of a standard formation that came with the Colts leading 10-6. The Saints responded with their first touchdown six plays and 58 yards later and went on to win 31-17.Payton was inspired by his mentor Bill Parcells, one of the boldest coaches in history. Payton drew praise from President Barack Obama at the White House ceremony for the first-time champions.“I make some tough decisions every day, but I’ve never decided on an onside kick in the second half of the Super Bowl. That took some guts,” Obama said.SECOND-HALF SPARKTwenty-three years earlier, Parcells was the coach who saw the opening for a surprise with his team trailing at the break. The New York Giants lined up for a punt on fourth-and-1 near midfield when backup quarterback Jeff Rutledge moved up behind center before the snap. He took it 2 yards on a sneak, and Phil Simms had them in the end zone five plays later for a 16-10 lead over Denver at the Rose Bowl stadium.Later in the third quarter, Parcells struck again. With the Broncos focused on stopping the run, Joe Morris took a handoff he flipped back to Simms, who found Phil McConkey wide open for a 44-yard completion on the flea flicker. With a touchdown on the next play, the Giants were up by 16 points and went on to win handily.STICK IT TO ‘EMThe Super Bowl after the 1977 season was held in New Orleans, where Dallas had a 10-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. After Denver lost a fumble on a sack at its 29-yard line, Cowboys coach Tom Landry called for the kill shot. Running back Robert Newhouse took a pitch and ran left before stopping to throw right to Golden Richards for the game-sealing touchdown.Newhouse said later he was nervous in the huddle because of an excess of Stickum, the now-banned substance once used by skill-position players to grip the ball more easily, on his hands.“Preston Pearson handed me this rag, and I was in there scrubbing it all,” Newhouse said in an interview with The Dallas Morning News.LET ‘EM HAVE ITTrick plays aren’t only for the offense. Green Bay, the champion after the 1996 season, was going for back-to-back titles the following year in San Diego. With the game tied after the two-minute warning, Packers coach Mike Holmgren liked his team’s chance of scoring another touchdown with the ball back better than stopping Denver on second-and-goal from the 1. So they let Terrell Davis into the end zone without trying to tackle him.The strategy almost worked. The Packers had 105 seconds left and drove to the 31, but the Broncos held on for the 31-24 victory.STEELERS SURPRISELeading Seattle by four points early in the fourth quarter in Detroit after the 2005 season, Pittsburgh got the ball back with an interception at its 5-yard line. A return, a penalty and three plays later, coach Bill Cowher made a bold call.Running back Willie Parker handed off to wide receiver Antwaan Randle El on a first-and-10 reverse from the Seahawks 43. Then Randle El, a former college quarterback at Indiana, halted his run and heaved the ball to a wide-open Hines Ward for the 21-10 final score. That’s the only touchdown pass by a wide receiver in Super Bowl history.“When we called it, my eyes lit up and I had to try to not give it away,” Randle El said.___AP NFL websites: and read more

Penguins Parade set for 11 AM Wednesday, June 14!

first_imgCITY, COUNTY & PITTSBURGH PENGUINS TO HOST STANLEY CUP VICTORY PARADE WEDNESDAYSent 06/12/2017 @ 2:31 pmPITTSBURGH, PA (June 12, 2017) – The City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County today announced that a victory parade for the 2017 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins will take place in downtown on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Parade Route The parade route will follow a similar route as previous championship parades that took place in 2009 and 2016 but will now end at Point State Park. The route will begin on Grant Street at Liberty Avenue, travel along Grant Street to the Boulevard of the Allies, turn right onto the Boulevard of the Allies, turn right onto Commonwealth Place and will end at the intersection of Penn Avenue and Commonwealth Place, at the entrance of Point State Park. A stage will be set up on the lawn (city side) of Point State Park for celebratory remarks from Pittsburgh Penguins personnel. Public Works and event personnel will set up equipment and barriers Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. Road closures and parade route barricade installation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Spectator Recommendations The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety advises all spectators planning to be in attendance for the celebration to prepare for hot and humid weather conditions. It is advised that all guests plann accordingly with attire and hydration.last_img read more

Stephen F. Austin’s Roberts Named Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin senior center Porsha Roberts has been named Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Honorable mention this week goes to McNeese State freshman forward Frederica Haywood, Northwestern State junior guard Janelle Perez and Lamar junior guard JaMeisha Edwards. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland women’s basketball sports information directors. Porsha Roberts had a huge week to help the Ladyjacks earn two more Southland Conference victories last week as she averaged 16 points, eight rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.5 steals per game. She led the team in scoring in both games on the road. Roberts matched a career-high with 32 points on Saturday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on 12-for-21 shooting to propel her team to a big 74-62 win. This marks the second time this season Roberts has earning player of the week.center_img Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player.last_img read more

Confident Federer back under the lights in New York

first_imgRoger Federer returns to action under the lights at the U.S. Open on Monday with confidence after he breezed into the fourth round following two five-set thrillers.The third-seeded Swiss, chasing a record-extending 20th grand slam title, faces German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber, a man he holds a perfect 11-0 career over.Federer believes his back problems are behind him and that he can look forward after easily beating Feliciano Lopez in the third round.“I needed to get over the fear of the back issue. Then I think the wobble I had in the second round was due to my preparation,” he said.“I think now I’m just trusting my movement better. My serve is there. My mind is there. I can finally focus on playing tennis and not so much about the past.”Opening proceedings on Arthur Ashe Stadium are world number one Karolina Pliskova and Jennifer Brady, who is one of three American women hoping to join Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams in the last eight.Also on centre court, CoCo Vandeweghe takes on Czech Lucie Safarova and Madison Keys faces fourth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, pushing the heavy-hitters’ contest between former champion Juan Martin del Potro and Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem to the Grandstand.World number one Rafa Nadal, who is on a semi-final collision course with Federer, takes on Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov in the second match at Arthur Ashe stadium.last_img read more

Bat Week: the super powers of bats (photos)

first_imgPale Spear-nosed Bats, Phylbostomus discolorPowers: Omnivory and Speaking BatThe pale spear-nosed bat is widely distributed from Mexico to Brazil. They like to mix up their diet, eating nectar, fruit, flowers, pollen, insects, and even frogs. These bats also communicate with each other displaying vocal learning and turn taking, which are fundamental hallmarks of human language, with sonic and ultrasonic vocalizations.Pale Spear-nosed Bats, Phyllostomus discolor. Photo: Julie Larsen Maher Animals, Bats, Environment, Mammals, Photos, Wildlife This photo post comes via Mongabay’s partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wild View blog.Under this partnership, we publish occasional original contributions from Wild View that highlights an animal species or group.In this post, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Sarah H. Olson and Julie Larsen Maher write about bats on the occasion of Bat Week, which runs from October 24-31. Sure, you may know that bats echolocate to control insect populations, but bats have other offbeat super powers. According to fossil records, bats have been around for at least 50 million years, and over that time, they evolved different survival strategies and abilities.Currently bats represent 20% of all mammal species known on earth, but they are increasingly being threatened by human activities. For example, an introduced fungal disease, white-nose syndrome, affects hibernating bats and can destroy entire colonies. Conservationists are exploring ways to protect the world’s only flying mammal by preserving rural and urban bat habitat and using scientific studies to gain new insights.When bats inevitably come up in conversation this Halloween, you can help spread the word about unsung bat super powers – and be a hero for bats.Celebrate Bat Week 2018 from October 24-31.Hammer-headed Bat, Hypsignathus monstrosus. Photo: Sarah OlsonHammer-headed Bat, Hypsignathus monstrosusPowers: Sonic Attraction The males of this species tend to gather at a lek, a site in the forest canopy where they compete for females, attracting them with their honking calls. Their moose-like nose and lip-folds help create the harmonics of love for this species and also illicit human adoration.Hammer-headed Bat, Hypsignathus monstrosus. Photo: Sarah OlsonIndian Flying Fox, Pteropus giganteusPower: Supersize VegetarianAs the species name suggests, this giant of a bat has a wingspan that can reach nearly five feet across. Despite their size, these bats are frugivorous (fruit-eaters) or nectivorous (nectar-eaters) and in India, they’ve documented these bats help propagate 21 species of plants.Indian Flying Fox, Pteropus giganteus. Photos: Julie Larsen MaherIndian Flying Fox, Pteropus giganteus. Photos: Julie Larsen MaherRodrigues Flying Foxes, Pteropus rodricensisPower: Immovable Endemic to a small, isolated island in the Indian Ocean, this bat has survived on Rodrigues since its arrival hundreds of thousands of years ago. Deforestation and overhunting exacerbated natural population declines from cyclones leading to a tiny population of about 70 bats in 1970s. Thanks to conservation efforts to restore habitat and captive zoo populations, the bat population on the island has recovered to 20,000 individuals, and is hopefully here to stay.Rodrigues Flying Foxes, Pteropus rodricensis. Photos: Julie Larsen MaherRodrigues Flying Foxes, Pteropus rodricensis. Photos: Julie Larsen MaherRodrigues Flying Foxes, Pteropus rodricensis. Photos: Julie Larsen MaherRodrigues Flying Foxes, Pteropus rodricensis. Photos: Julie Larsen MaherProboscis Bats, Rhynchonycteris nasoPower: CamouflageThese bats range through Central and South America. When roosting, they form a line and are hidden against the bark of trees.Proboscis Bats, Rhynchonycteris naso. Photo: Julie Larsen MaherProboscis Bats, Rhynchonycteris naso. Photo: Julie Larsen Maher Townsend’s Big-eared Bat, Corynorhinus townsendiiPowers: Arial Acrobat This bat has an unusually small mass to wing surface area ratio making it highly maneuverable in its pursuit of moths and other insects. Young pups can fly within a few weeks of birth in early summer. As adults, this agile bat can hover in a stationary position and fly at speeds of 12 mph to capture prey. Their gigantic ears are pointed forward during flight, providing highly sensitive directional echolocation, and possibly contribute to aerodynamic lift.Townsend’s Big-eared Bat, Corynorhinus townsendii. Photo: Nathan FullerMore information at www.science4bats.orgAuthor biosSarah H. Olson, PhD, is an Associate Director of Wildlife Health for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Julie Larsen Maher is WCS Staff Photographer and editor of Wild View. She takes photos at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s five New York-based wildlife parks and global field locations.Editor’s note: Sharp-eyed readers caught a few errors in the original version of this post, including misspellings of Pteropus giganteus, Desmodus rotundus, and Phyllostomus discolor as well as Rhynchonycteris naso being identified as Balantiopteryx infusca. These have been corrected. Additionally, there was considerable debate over the first photo captioned “common vampire bats” — mammalogists and biologists suggested no less than five different species, so we changed the photo to a bat we know is a vampire. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Madagascan Rousette Bats, Rousettus madagascariensisPowers: Aerial Seed Bombing This fruit bat eats forest figs, seeds and all. Combine that with a fast gut transit time of around 30 minutes that doesn’t appear to affect the germination rate of the seeds, and an ability to poop midflight, and this bat is a talented Johnny Figseed. They are near-threatened on the IUCN Red List.Madagascan Rousette Bats, Rousettus madagascariensis. Photos: Julie Larsen MaherMadagascan Rousette Bats, Rousettus madagascariensis. Photos: Julie Larsen MaherAfrican Straw-colored Bat, Eidolon helvumPower: First-class Flyer Straw-colored fruit bats hang out in huge colonies. They are tireless travelers when foraging with a tendency to fly beyond local food sources to find their favorite fruits and flowers. Near-threatened on the IUCN Red List, their numbers are decreasing in some areas due to heavy harvesting for bushmeat.African Straw-colored Bat, Eidolon helvum. Photo: Julie Larsen MaherAfrican Straw-colored Bat, Eidolon helvum. Photo: Julie Larsen MaherAfrican Straw-colored Bat, Eidolon helvum. Photo: Julie Larsen MaherAfrican Straw-colored Bat, Eidolon helvum. Photo: Julie Larsen Maher Article published by Rhett Butler Common Vampire Bat, Desmodus rotundusPower: Super-powered Saliva The saliva of this cave-dwelling bat contains proteins that stop blood from clotting while it is feeding on a host. One of the major anticoagulants in the saliva of this bat also reduces inflammation. Researchers are investigating properties of vampire bat saliva to help inform the development of therapies for stroke patients.Vampire bat. Photo courtesy of WCSlast_img read more

Drug shortages in Region 2

first_img…patients complain of being asked to purchase basic medicationResidents in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are complaining of having to purchase basic medication owing to the lack of drugs and medical supplies at the two public hospitals and health posts there.Many of the residents related that often they were given prescriptions to purchaseRegional Chairman Devanand Ramdattmedication from pharmacies which most of them cannot afford.When contact was made with Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt on the shortages of drugs, he acknowledged same to be true. Ramdatt said that an analysis of the Region’s Budgetary Allocations and Expenditures for 2017 shows that Region Two was given $186, 099,000 in its 2017 Budget. Of this amount, Ramdatt said, only $2,000,000 were released up to the end of September 2017.He said it must be made clear that the regional health officials have done all that was necessary to secure the much-needed financial resources to procure drugs and medical supplies.At a recent meeting held at the Finance Ministry, the matter was discussed and a commitment was given that available funds from the Region’s allocation would be released.Ramdatt said while he was pleased with such a decision, his major concern was for the authorities to closely review the systems that were in place so that Region Two could have adequate medical supplies.“Our people in Region Two are faced with the burden of having to spend their own cash to purchase medications. Patient care providers/staff in the health sector are finding it difficult to work without basic medical supplies,” Ramdatt further explained.“We are already in October, the final quarter of this year, and approximately $184,000,000 remain unspent under this budgetary line and patients/residents are suffering,” Ramdatt added.last_img read more

Physical therapist realizes his dream

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsOWNER: Rodney Shorey ESTABLISHED: 2006 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Three DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We’re an outpatient physical therapy clinic, treating all orthopedic conditions and age groups. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yes. BUSINESS NAME: Woodland Hills Physical Therapy BUSINESS ADDRESS: 22151 Clarendon St., Woodland Hills, CA 91367 PHONE: 818-884-4810 WEB SITE: WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? I wanted to create a clinic that offers quality services but on a smaller, personal level. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? I’ve been a therapist for 11 years and have always dreamed of having my own clinic. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? 18 months. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? I worked part time in other clinics and spent the rest of the time locating the space, converting it into a clinic, buying all the equipment and finalizing all contracts and licenses. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS, AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? $125,000. We used money we’d saved for years, along with equity from our home. WHOM DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? My wife, Jennifer. She’s in business for herself, so she has been able to guide me. I also spoke with colleagues who’ve started clinics. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? The time, effort and pain that was involved in the process. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $200,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? We want to hire a third therapist and continue growing. To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free questionnaire, call 818-713-3677.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bad example

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may be the most famous politician that California has ever had, but he shouldn’t be above the law. After the governor suffered minor injuries in the now-infamous accident last weekend in which his motorcycle was struck by a car backing out of a driveway, it’s been revealed that he didn’t have the proper license to operate that motorcycle. It’s barely a crime, really. But the authorities aren’t doing the governor any favors by not citing him. Indeed, ‘fessing up to being improperly licensed was no big admission to “the people’s” governor, who showed earlier this month that he has no problem owning up to his mistakes. Still, it’s symbolic. When authorities ignore celebrities who break the law – even just a minor infraction – they reinforce the idea that ours is a two-tier system of justice.last_img read more

Word of Palmdale man’s death a grave mistake

first_imgPALMDALE – For a dead man, Richard Robinson looks remarkably well. He grows tomatoes, fishes, watches television with his girlfriend. He’s got a strong voice and handshake. In his estimation, the 73-year-old makes the world’s best omelette and is a master of the German chocolate cake. Written out of existence by his own brother in a shady estate deal years ago, presumed long gone by his family, Robinson appears healthy and vigorous as he hails visitors in his tidy Palmdale home. “I’m supposed to be dead! … Deceased!” he says, laughing. “But the good Lord took care of me.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The whole tale unfolds like something out of a movie, with a long-lost sister, brothers who wandered the world, a doggedly persistent asset finder, the family home snatched under dubious circumstances and a tearful reunion. Robinson, a Navy veteran and former forklift operator living in quiet retirement in the Antelope Valley, stands, amazed, in the center. It all began more than 80 years ago in Lake Charles, La., where Wilbur and Isabelle Robinson made their home and raised nine children. Viola, James, Wilbur Jr., Elneda, Walter, Joseph, Noble, Richard and Rosemarie grew up close, playing and going to school together. They eventually scattered across the country. Elneda graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles in 1944, working at a sandwich counter downtown before moving to Washington with her first husband, a Navy man. Seven years later, after Isabelle passed on, baby brother Richard came out to live with Elneda. He loved her and looked up to her as an example of a fine, churchgoing woman. He couldn’t find steady work, so he lied about his age and enlisted in the Navy. His older brother, Wilbur Jr., was already a sailor, and it seemed like a pretty good way to make a living for a restless young wanderer like Richard. Long stretches at sea made it hard to stay in touch, but the family managed to do so until 1959. While Richard was on leave, they met for dinner with Elneda, Wilbur Jr., Viola and Rosemarie – all enjoying a good meal before saying goodbye for what would be the last time. Richard, who served as a cook on an aircraft carrier and a minesweeper, went off to Vietnam a few years later. Contact grew infrequent. When he got out in 1968, he sent letters to Elneda’s Seattle home, only to get them back, unopened. He went looking for her, went back to the family place in Louisiana, sent more letters. Nothing. He’d already lost touch with the rest of the family but kept trying to find them whenever he had a chance. He settled into a new life, living in Long Beach, working at a sheet metal factory and driving a forklift. All the while, Wilbur Jr. was living in Los Angeles, with each brother unaware the other was there. In the early 1990s, the family home came up for sale, and Wilbur Jr. fell in with a disreputable Beverly Hills attorney who later got kicked off the State Bar’s rolls for a long string of misconduct. Described as a smart, cunning man who struggled with a drinking problem, Wilbur Jr. wanted a larger share of the estate. “Wilbur wanted to get all the money himself,” Richard Robinson said. “And when people want money, they’ll do anything. He hadn’t seen me in years, so he just said I was dead.” Still alive With the help of the attorney, Wilbur Jr. had his youngest brother declared legally dead, as well as another sibling, Walter. This paved the way for him to split the deed with Elneda and Joseph, who died in 2004. Elneda fretted that Richard wasn’t really gone, felt that he’d tried to find her somehow, but just didn’t know where she was. Finally, reluctantly, she agreed he must be dead. Wilbur Jr. got sick with cancer, dying in 1996. The attorney apparently plundered his estate, making off with $200,000 worth of cash and valuables, including antique guns, coins and his prized Lincoln Continental. Some of the money remained, floating in limbo in an account maintained by the state of California. Enter Margaret Galasso, who runs the Spring Hill, Fla.-based Finders Assets Recovery Service, who turned up Wilbur Jr.’s name in a database of unclaimed money. She works from home, tracking down lost funds for celebrities, including Carol Channing, Ben Vereen and Jennifer Tilly. Since Wilbur Jr. had already died, she began looking for next of kin. The project dragged on until recently, when she obtained a list of relatives and noticed that there were two Richard Robinsons with the same birth date, one supposedly dead, the other living in Palmdale. Galasso plunged in like a detective, tracking down Robinson’s neighbor and learning a bit about the older gentleman’s background. He sounded awfully similar to the man Wilbur Jr. had claimed was six feet under. “He sounded pretty good to me,” she said. “I didn’t believe it. I said to myself, Could it be possible he’s really alive? It was the first time I’d seen someone dead come back to life.” ‘That’s my brother’ So she called Robinson, catching him in the middle of dinner one night several weeks ago. She started asking questions about Wilbur Jr., to which he replied, “Oh, that’s my brother.” An astonished Galasso then told Robinson that his brother had declared him legally dead. Then she dropped a bigger bomb – Elneda, whom he hadn’t seen in 47 years, was alive and living in Shoreline, Wash. Married and comfortable, his elder sister is now an 83-year-old retired nurse known as Elneda Mallory. Galasso called her house and asked Elneda’s husband, Alba, whether his wife had a strong heart and could take some surprising news. Sure, he replied, and put his wife on the line. Galasso said hello and said a man wanted to speak with Elneda. “He said, `Hi, Sis!”‘ Elneda Mallory recalled. “And I thought, I don’t have a brother anymore. No one calls me Sis. But he knew about the church we went to, the neighbors we had, all kinds of things about how we grew up.” And the tears flowed. They talked and found how they’d wandered apart. They promised to stay in touch forever. “Every day before, we’d pray together,” said Gloria Workman, Richard’s longtime girlfriend. “I asked God to help him find his people again. And when he did, I felt so excited, I just couldn’t sleep.” Thanksgiving reunion The past few weeks have been a blur to the families. Richard and Elneda now speak by telephone several times a day and exchange letters and photographs. She tried to arrange for him to attend her 50th anniversary celebration in Shoreline this weekend, but it didn’t work out. Now, the families intend to reunite at Thanksgiving. Richard used to dream of this, as his ship patrolled the coasts of Vietnam, that he’d get together with his people for a big, old-fashioned meal. Though the family’s a lot smaller than it was in his dreams, he’s no less ecstatic. “When she comes down here, we’re going to lay down the red carpet,” he said. “We’re going to eat and go over all the old times. This is really something, huh?” They’re even wondering now whether Walter, declared dead in the same deal that cut Richard out of the inheritance, might still be alive. Galasso’s on the hunt and believes the other brother might be living in Arizona on an Indian reservation with a girlfriend. Whatever the case, the brother and sister kept apart for so long are just happy to know the other is alive. After 47 years, they have a lot of catching up to do. “I cried my eyes out, but I was crying for joy,” Mallory said. “I was so happy, and I thank God every day for finding my little brother. When I see him again, I’ll do my best not to cry, so I can act like the big sister I am.” (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img