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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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March 27, 1967
First Bob Dylan compilation released.
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits is the first compilation album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on March 27, 1967 on Columbia Records, original catalogue number KCS 9463.
It contains every Top 40 single Dylan enjoyed through 1967. It peaked at #10 on the pop album chart in the United States, and went to #3 on the album chart in the United Kingdom.
Certified five times platinum by the RIAA, it is his best-selling album in the U.S.
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March 26, 1967
King of Powerlifters breaks the 600lbs bench press barrier.
Born to a relatively poor family in Los Angeles, 1939, Pat was a relatively undersized kid who was often the subject of incessant bullying from other neighborhood kids. He lived in a rough suburb and toughness and fortitude was a necessary requirement for physical survival.
As his strength grew, Casey switched his training venue to Redpath’s Gym. He started bodybuilding training, winning the 1956 Mr George Washington contest and placing fifth in the Teen Mr. America event at the age of 16 years old. By the age of 17 he was already benching in excess of 400lbs. This was an era where a 400lb bench press was a rare feat!
Pat Casey went on to be known as the “King of Powerlifters”. He was the first man to bench 600lbs (615lbs) and squat at 800lbs. He retired after that. He had promised his wife Carol that when he broke 600 on the bench he would bag it.
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March 25, 1967
Martin Luther King marches against Vietnam War.
On March 25 1967, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. led 5,000 people down State Street in Chicago to protest the war in Vietnam. This was the first anti-war march that Dr. King had joined, and one more step in his increasingly vocal opposition to the war.
His first statement against this war was made on February 25 at an anti-war conference in California, along with several Senators who also opposed the war. He said it was immoral and also took money and attention from the anti-poverty program. A week before the Chicago march he agreed to participate in the Spring Mobilization Against the War in New York City on April 15.
After the walk down State Street on March 25, Dr. King addressed a rally. The following are excerpts of his speech:
Poverty, urban problems and social progress generally are ignored when the guns of war become a national obsession. When it is not our security that is at stake, but questionable and vague commitments to reactionary regimes, values disintegrate into foolish and adolescent slogans.
America is a great nation but honesty impels me to admit that our power has often made us arrogant. We feel that our money can do anything. We arrogantly feel that we have some divine, messianic mission to police the whole world. We are arrogant in not allowing young nations to go through the same growing pains, turbulence and revolution that characterizes our history.
We arm Negro soldiers to kill on foreign battlefields but offer little protection for their relatives from beatings and killings in our own South.
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March 24, 1967
World Trade Views.
President Johnson issues proclamation 3771. This is what he said.
The exchange of goods and services builds a foundation for mutual trust among nations. It sustains our hopes for the attainment of a better world, in which all peoples may live in peace.
Expanding trade with nations around the world accelerates the pace of economic progress at home and abroad.
—It enlarges the opportunities for United States businessmen to sell more products and services in world markets. Since 1960, U.S. exports of merchandise have risen by 50 percent. In 1966, they exceeded $29 billion, close to $3 billion more than the year before.
—It provides employment for more American workers. About three and a half million Americans are engaged, directly or indirectly, in the production, transport and marketing of our exports. The growth of this trade will create jobs for many more workers in both rural and urban areas throughout the United States.
—It widens the range of materials and consumer goods available at competitive prices in the domestic marketplace.
—It helps the developing countries make fuller use of their energies and resources.
—It encourages the international exchange of ideas, knowledge, and experience.
Vigorous expansion of our export volume is essential. We have succeeded in reducing the deficit in our balance of payments, but we must make still further improvement.
The principal objective of our foreign trade policy is to promote the increase of peaceful, profitable commerce among our Nation and others.
World Trade Week reaffirms and supports this objective.
Now, Therefore, I, Lyndon B. Johnson, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week beginning May 21, 1967, as World Trade Week; and I request the appropriate Federal, State, and local officials to cooperate in the observance of that week.
I also urge business, labor, agricultural, educational, professional, and civic groups, as well as the people of the United States generally, to observe World Trade Week with gatherings, discussions, exhibits, ceremonies, and other appropriate activities designed to promote continuing awareness of the importance of world trade to our economy and our relations with other nations.
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March 23, 1967
Tough times at NASA.
NASA halted further training for three scheduled U.S. manned space missions and disbanded their three-member crews, pending an overhaul of the Apollo program in light of the January 27 fire that killed the astronauts of Apollo 1. See
Wally Schirra, Donn F. Eisele and Walter Cunningham had been the backup crew for Apollo 1 and would have been part of a rescheduled mission.
James McDivitt, David Scott and Rusty Schweickart had been set for a summer launch of Apollo 2,
and Frank Borman, Michael Collins and William Anders would have been on Apollo 3 in the autumn.
This is what happened later:
Schirra, Eisele and Cunningham would go up together on Apollo 7 in 1968.
Borman and Anders would orbit the Moon (with Jim Lovell) on Apollo 8 in 1968
McDivitt, Scott and Schweickart would test the lunar module on Apollo 9 in 1969.
Collins would remain in lunar orbit on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
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March 22, 1967
The Iron and Steel Act (UK).
On this day private steel companies were nationalized and British Steel Corporation was created as a government company.
It assumed ownership of 14 major steel companies in the United Kingdom: Colvilles Limited;
Consett Iron Company Limited;
Dorman, Long & Co. Limited;
English Steel Corporation Limited;
G.K.N. Steel Company Limited;
John Summers & Sons Limited;
The Lancashire Steel Corporation Limited;
The Park Gate Iron and Steel Company Limited;
Richard Thomas & Baldwins Limited;
Round Oak Steel Works Limited;
South Durham Steel and Iron Company Limited;
The Steel Company of Wales Limited;
Stewarts and Lloyds Limited;
and The United Steel Companies Limited.
These companies commanded some 200 wholly or partly owned subsidiaries in the United Kingdom and overseas in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Africa, South Asia, and South America. They represented 90% of the UK steel production with a workforce of 268,500.
Between 1967 and 1974 employment in the British steel industry fell to 197,000. And by 1990 it had fallen again to 51,000.
50 years later, four of the world’s ten largest steel producing countries are in Asia and Oceania: China, Japan, India, and South Korea. China is the world’s largest steel producing country and accounted for nearly half of global production in 2015 at 49.5 percent. UK does not appear in the top 10.
See production by country in 1967 and 2015

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March 21, 1967
Steve McQueen hands and feet prints.
Steve McQueen gets the honor of having his handprints immortalized in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Terence Steven "Steve" McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) was an American actor. Called "The King of Cool", his "anti-hero" persona developed at the height of the counterculture of the 1960s and made him a top box-office draw of the 1960s and 1970s.
McQueen received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles. His other popular films include The Cincinnati Kid, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, and Papillon, as well as the all-star ensemble films The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and The Towering Inferno.
In 1974, he became the highest-paid movie star in the world, although he did not act in films again for four years. McQueen was combative with directors and producers, but his popularity placed him in high demand and enabled him to command large salaries.
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March 20, 1967
Happy Together.
The 1967 song from the Turtles' album of the same name was released as a single in February 1967. The song knocked The Beatles' "Penny Lane" out of the number one slot for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 starting on March 20th. It was the group's only chart-topper in the United States.
"Happy Together" reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart in April 1967 and number 13 on Top 100 Singles of 1967 in Canada
The song was written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, former members of a band known as The Magicians. The song had been rejected a dozen times before it was offered to the Turtles.
1967 proved to be The Turtles most successful year on the music charts. "She'd Rather Be with Me" reached number 3 on the US charts in late spring and actually out-charted "Happy Together" overseas, reaching #4 in the UK.
Two successive Top 15 songs followed: "You Know What I Mean" and "She's My Girl". Golden Hits was released later that year, charting in the top 10.
After watching various videos of this song, once again is proven that you don't have to be the best to be #1. Being in the right place at the right time will do it.
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March 19, 1967
Slow motion replay.
Ampex introduced the commercial HS-100 instant replay deck in 1967. This unit was essentially a hard disk used to record analog video rather than digital computer data. The disc rotated at 1800 RPM and had a 30 second record capacity. Each concentric track stored one frame of video, so freeze frame was achieved by holding the head stationary, and slow motion by moving the head across the surface (backward or forward) at less than 30 frames per second.
In March, 1967, the Ampex HS-100 color video magnetic disc recorder was used for rapid playback in normal, slow, or stop action, for the "World Series of Skiing" program from the U.S. Ski Championships in Vail, Colorado, marking the beginning of instant replay on commercial television.
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