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Alex Garcia
“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”
“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”


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Don't be disappointed if I ignore your hangout request. I can't be available 24 hours and I can't have long conversations. I mostly use hangouts with family. Private posts are the best alternative if you don't want to post public questions
I don't work for Google but I am a Google Top Contributor for Google+, meaning I get to work for free but I don't have secret contacts to make things happen. For more information go to
Born in Argentina
Lived in 3 different countries
Blood type: Red
Married, 2 kids.
Personal Computer user since 1981
Internet user since 1995.
Social network user since 2007.
Facebook disliker since Feb 2009, but stucked in there until Google entered the ring.
Have driven on both sides of the road.
Bilingual: Spanish and English
Favourite movies: Singing in the rain, Back to the Future, Gattaca.
Favourite music: Too many to make a list.
These days I listen to 97.3fm Brisbane.
Love reading. Always a book in hand. Ebook lately.
Interested in: Singularity and understanding what's the next step in human evolution.

My favourite quotes
LEARN from yesterday, LIVE for today and HOPE for tomorrow"
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why it is called 'the present'."
"Consider the postage stamp. Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there."--Josh Billings
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."--Douglas Adams
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" - Albert Einstein (disputed)

Bragging rights
I am a proud user of Google+ since July 1st, 2011.
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May 4, 1968
Dancer's Image wins Derby...not.
The 94th Kentucky Derby was won by Dancer's Image. Despite the thoroughbred's history of pain in his ankles, jockey Bobby Ussery rode to victory and finished 1½ lengths ahead of Forward Pass.
Three days later Dancer's Image would be disqualified after failing a drug test. Forward Pass would be declared the winner 4 years later after several legal battles.
Dancer's Image was plagued by sore ankles during his career. On the Sunday prior to the Kentucky Derby, his handlers had a veterinarian give him a dose of phenylbutazone, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory commonly used to relieve inflammation of the joints. At the time, it was illegal for phenylbutazone to be in a horse's system on race day at Churchill Downs; however, Dancer's Image's connections believed the medication would clear his system in time for the Derby.
The controversy filled the sporting news of every media outlet in North America and was the cover story for Sports Illustrated magazine, which referred to it as the sports story of the year.
Controversy and speculation still surround the incident, and the New York Times calls the ruling the "most controversial Kentucky Derby ever". Many years after the disqualification, owner Peter Fuller still believed he was a victim of a set-up, due to his being a wealthy civil rights sympathizer from Boston who offended the Kentucky racing aristocracy by donating Dancer's Image's $62,000 prize for a previous victory to Coretta Scott King two days after her husband's murder.
Fuller said he had anticipated that someone might interfere with his colt and asked Churchill Downs officials to provide extra security before the race, but they denied the request.
By 1986, phenylbutazone was so commonly used that in that year's Kentucky Derby, thirteen of the sixteen entrants were running on the medication.
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May 3, 1968
Agreement to meet in Paris.
The United States and North Vietnam agreed that their representatives would meet in Paris on May 10 to begin the first discussions on the format for peace talks to end the Vietnam War. That didn't mean that they will stop attacking each other.
For five months, the negotiations stalled as North Vietnam demanded that all bombing of North Vietnam be stopped, while the U.S. side demanded that North Vietnam agree to a reciprocal de-escalation in South Vietnam; it was not until October 31 that Johnson agreed to end the air strikes and serious negotiations could begin.
The sides first met on May 10, with the delegations headed by Xuân Thuỷ and U.S. ambassador-at-large W. Averell Harriman.
Negotiations can be really slow though. It took almost 5 years to reach the Paris Peace Accords, officially titled the Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam. It was signed on January 27, 1973.
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May 2, 1968
Israeli TV.
Regular public television broadcasting was introduced to Israel with the debut of Channel 1 of the Israel Broadcasting Authority. The launch date, planned just nine weeks earlier, was set for Israeli Independence Day, which was celebrated annually on 5th day of Iyar of the Hebrew calendar and fell on May 2 in 1968. Live coverage of the independence day military parade in Jerusalem was the first program. The first station-produced entertainment series would be Siach Lochamim, a drama, in 1969.
Television in Israel existed since 24 March 1966, as an educational tool. The Israeli Educational Television was funded by the Rothschild Foundation and acted as part of the Ministry of Education. The first transmissions were lessons to school students in various subjects, filmed in black and white, and intended to be received by 32 schools across the country.
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May 1, 1968
Winds of change in France.
US was not the only country going through social changes. It seems the world was a revolution in 1968
The volatile period of civil unrest in France during May 1968 was punctuated by demonstrations and massive general strikes as well as the occupation of universities and factories across France. At the height of its fervor, it brought the entire economy of France to a virtual halt.
The protests reached such a point that political leaders feared civil war or revolution; the national government itself momentarily ceased to function after President Charles de Gaulle secretly fled France for a few hours. The protests spurred an artistic movement, with songs, imaginative graffiti, posters, and slogans.
“May 68” had an impact on French society that resounded for decades afterward. It is considered to this day as a cultural, social and moral turning point in the history of the country. As Alain Geismar—one of the leaders of the time—later pointed out, the movement succeeded “as a social revolution, not as a political one”.
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April 30, 1968
Showcasing the artificial garden of tomorrow.
Watch this edition of tomorrow's world in April 1968.
Beginning in 1965, the BBC's flagship science programme ran for nearly 40 years. The mix of quirky film reports and live experiments examined the changing state of current technology and put new inventions to the test.
You can find many of these reports at
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April 29, 1968
Hair opens in Broadway
Hair was not a brand-new show when it opened at the Biltmore Theater on this night in 1968. It began its run 40 blocks to the south, in the East Village, as the inaugural production of Joseph Papp’s Public Theater. Despite mediocre reviews, Hair was a big enough hit with audiences during its six-week run at the Public to win financial backing for a proposed move to Broadway. While this kind of move would later become more common, it was exceedingly rare for a musical at the time, and it was a particularly bold move for a musical with a nontraditional score. Hair, after all, was the first rock musical to make a play for mainstream success on the Great White Way. But the novelty of the show didn’t stop with its music or references to sex and drugs. Hair also featured a much-talked-about scene at the end of its first act in which the cast appeared completely nude on the dimly lit stage.
Hair tells the story of the "tribe", a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the "Age of Aquarius" living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. Claude, his good friend Berger, their roommate Sheila and their friends struggle to balance their young lives, loves, and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. Ultimately, Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or to succumb to the pressures of his parents (and conservative America) to serve in Vietnam, compromising his pacifist principles and risking his life.
Hair quickly became not just a smash-hit show, but a genuine cultural phenomenon that spawned a million-selling original cast recording and a #1 song on the pop charts for the Fifth Dimension.
The production ran for four years and 1,750 performances, closing on July 1, 1972.
The production was directed by Tom O'Horgan and choreographed by Julie Arenal, with set design by Robin Wagner, costume design by Nancy Potts, and lighting design by Jules Fisher. The original Broadway "tribe" (i.e., cast) included authors Rado and Ragni, who played the lead roles of Claude and Berger, respectively, and Lynn Kellogg as Sheila, Lamont Washington as Hud, Sally Eaton and Shelley Plimpton reprising their off-Broadway roles as Jeanie and Crissy, Melba Moore as Dionne, Steve Curry as Woof, Ronnie Dyson (who sang "Aquarius"), Paul Jabara and Diane Keaton (both Moore and Keaton later played Sheila).
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April 28,1968
Yours, Mine and Ours.
Before The Brady Bunch, there was a 1968 film directed by Melville Shavelson and starring Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda and Van Johnson. Before its release, it had three other working titles: The Beardsley Story, Full House, and His, Hers, and Theirs.
It was based loosely on the story of Frank and Helen Beardsley, although Desilu Productions bought the rights to the story long before Helen's autobiographical book Who Gets the Drumstick? was released to bookstores.
Screenwriters Madelyn Pugh and Bob Carroll wrote several I Love Lucy-style stunts that in most cases had no basis in the actual lives of the Beardsley family, before Melville Shavelson and Mort Lachman took over primary writing duties. The film was commercially successful, and even the Beardsleys themselves appreciated it.
The film received lukewarm critical reviews. Ebert gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars and praised the performances of Ball and Fonda.
It was a massive commercial success, earning nearly $26 million at the box office (on a tight budget of $2.5 million). It was the top-grossing film released by United Artists in 1968 and the 11th highest-grossing film of the year. (U.S./Canada).
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April 27, 1968
KFC opens in Australia
The slogan was "Finger-lickin' good".
First US fast food chain in Australia.
The first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet opened in Guildford in Sydney’s western suburbs on 27th April 1968, with a staff of 25. It was opened by a Canadian named Bob Lapointe and started the fast food revolution in Australia.
By January 1970, when Colonel Sanders visited Australia, there were 38 stores and they were opening at the rate of one a week. The company said they hoped to have 180 stores operating by the end of 1973. Stores were controlled by franchise holders. The parent company said at the time that they hoped that Kentucky Fried Chicken would become the first billion dollar food organisation in the world by the end of the 1970s.
The launch commercial, shot at the Guildford store, featured marching girls and all the fun of the fair.
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April 26, 1968
The Boxcar Event.
It's not related to Boxing and it's not related to car races or trains.
It was the largest hydrogen bomb ever tested by the United States, detonated underground at the Nevada Test Site, with a blast so powerful that it registered at 6.5 on the Richter Scale and shook buildings 100 miles away in Las Vegas. The crater formed by the weapon was 300 feet wide and 50 feet deep.
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