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Steve “berto” Bertolacci
Works at For Rent Media Solutions
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Lives in Virginia Beach, VA
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Do you know who this is a photo of? Chances are you don’t, but don’t feel bad because probably not one American in one million does, and that is a National tragedy. His name is Eugene Jacques Bullard, and he is the first African-American fighter pilot in history. But he is also much more then that: He’s also a national hero, and his story is so incredible that I bet if you wrote a movie script based on it Hollywood would reject it as being too far-fetched.

Bullard was an expat living in France, and when World War 1 broke out he joined the French Infantry. He was seriously wounded, and France awarded him the Croix de Guerre and Medaille Militaire. In 1916 he joined the French air service and he first trained as a gunner but later he trained as a pilot. When American pilots volunteered to help France and formed the famous Lafayette Escadrille, he asked to join but by the time he became a qualified pilot they were no longer accepting new recruits, so he joined the Lafayette Flying Corps instead. He served with French flying units and he completed 20 combat missions.

When the United States finally joined the war, Bullard was the only member of the Escadrille or the French Flying Corps who was NOT invited to join the US Air Service. The reason? At that time the Air Service only accepted white men.

Now here is the part that almost sounds like a sequel to ‘Casablanca’: After WWI Bullard became a jazz musician in Paris and he eventually owned a nightclub called ‘L’Escadrille’. When the Germans invaded France and conquered it in WW2, his Club, and Bullard, became hugely popular with German officers, but what they DIDN’T know was that Bullard, who spoke fluent German, was actually working for the Free French as a spy. He eventually joined a French infantry unit, but he was badly wounded and had to leave the service.

By the end of the war, Bullard had become a national hero in France, but he later moved back to the U.S. where he was of course completely unknown. Practically no one in the United States was aware of it when, in 1959, the French government named him a national Chevalier, or Knight.

In 1960, the President of France, Charles DeGaulle, paid a state visit to the United States and when he arrived he said that one of the first things he wanted to do was to meet Bullard. That sent the White House staff scrambling because most of them, of course, had never even heard of him. They finally located him in New York City, and DeGaulle traveled there to meet him personally. At the time, Eugene Bullard was working as … An elevator operator.

Not long after Eugene Bullard met with the President of France, he passed away, and today very, very few Americans, and especially African-Americans, even know who he is. But, now YOU do, don’t you? And I hope you’ll be able to find opportunities to tell other people about this great American hero that probably only 1 American in 1 Million has ever heard of.
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Not my favorite beer or spring water, but great ad. #BigCaucus
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They should probably start redirecting the crazy beam to the next president.
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This is one of the key differences between the candidates and their campaigns.
 
Famed feminists Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright drew attention this weekend when they separately shamed young women for supporting... http://trib.al/6skZhhS
Famed feminists Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright drew attention this weekend when they separately shamed young women for supporting Bernie Sanders.
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Best #SlowJam PSA to date...
 
OMG! This is the best thing I've seen in a while. Kudos to the Mayor and the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band.
This weekend, 2.5 miles of the 101 Freeway will be closed in what authorities are calling the "Slow Jam." On Thursday, the mayor released a slow jam of his own to raise awareness.
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At what point does the old news come back through the media circus and become the new thing they scare us with again?
 
"Resilient health systems would be a high payoff investment even if catastrophe never comes."
Lawrence H Summers argues that the threat to global wellbeing from pandemics over the next century could be comparable to climate change.
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At what point will they just start referring to global warming in the past tense?
 
Natural cycles alone cannot sufficiently explain the global atmospheric warming observed over the last century.
A study shows, in detail, the reason why global temperatures remain stable in the long run unless they are pushed by outside forces, such as increased greenhouse gases due to human impacts.
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You have to love these kinds of shorts. They pack so much story into a short timeline with no dialog.
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This is my real me profile (as different from the work one). I tend to post random things during the off hours, and post work things to work peeps during work hours. So if you ever wonder why it switches so wildly, that's why. But in general, I try to post the funny things.

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My copy from LinkedIn:I direct and oversee all aspects of For Rent Media Solutions' objectives and goals in regards to increasing site traffic and user to lead conversion through organic means. My team and I research new traffic streams, industry trends, and product enhancements that align with the goals of the organization. I lay out the goals and over-arching strategy for how FRMS changes the websites to increase market share and quality. I rely on analytic and qualitative assessment, extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. I Report to the Vice President of Sales.
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Director of Search Strategies
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The people running the store are really friendly and helpful even when hit with a rush of customers. They also notarize on Saturday which is hard enough to find. Anyway, great service!
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Mojitos is one of the best little places at the ocean front. It's small, so seating is limited, but once you get your food, it's worth the wait. I could eat the dolamates (sp?) all day.
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I like the star of David on top. It's a nice touch.
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