There used to be a time when only die-hard comic book fans knew what Stan Lee looked like. His likeness appeared in many of the Marvel comic books for the 60s, 70s, and 80s, but to the average person, he was nothing more than a guy with some shaded glasses.
Then Hollywood started putting the guy in some movies. He’s never had a very big part, but to honor the man for helping to create some of the most legendary superheroes (and some of the biggest moneymakers for the movie business), Lee has been given customary cameos in almost every major movie that has been made from characters he helped create.
Those who have seen The Amazing Spider-Man (which should be most of you faithful readers, by now) were treated to one of his best and funniest cameos yet. And with more Marvel movies coming down the pike, he’s sure to show up many times again. This gave us a chance to look back on his many appearances over the years and assemble a list of his ten best cameos.

10. The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) – Jury Foreman

This makes the list mainly because it is his first cameo in a Marvel movie, playing the jury foreman. Sure, it was a made-for-TV movie, but you’ve gotta start somewhere. Plus, he actually gets a line in this one (which amounts to him saying the Hulk is “a big guy!” right before the jury box is ripped apart). We’re not sure if this earned Lee a SAG or AFTRA card, but it was the first step for him.

9. X-Men (2000) – Hot Dog Vendor

Like his appearance in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, this gets a mention because it was a first. With X-Men as the first Marvel movie to kick off the string of superhero films we have today, it was a nice gesture for Bryan Singer to let Stan the Man grab some screen time when Senator Kelly washes up on the beach. Ironically, Lee would only make one other cameo in an X-Men movie (X-Men: The Last Stand), even though there have been five movies made in the franchise.

8. Fantastic Four (2005) – Willie Lumpkin

Stan Lee’s appearance as postman Willie Lumpkin in the first Fantastic Four movie gets points for actually being something more than a walk-on role. In the comics, Willie actually gets some ink. Sadly, the character wasn’t developed in the sequel, so it ranks a little lower by being underutilized.


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July 20, 2012 will mark the 38th anniversary of the Turkish Invasion. After 38 years, one third of Cyprus is still occupied. This month, despite Turkish threats, Cyprus took over the EU Presidency. Yet, developments have been alarming; with Turkeynot only interfering with the sovereign rights of the Cypriot Republic but it is also threatening US-business interests in the area. It is also in violation of Article 49 of the Geneva Convention by forcibly colonizing the occupied part of the island with population from inner Turkey at the expense of the local Turkish Cypriot residents.
June 5, 2012 upon the urging of Cypriot-American and Greek-American organizations nationwide, US Representatives Bilirakis of Florida and Engel of New York introduced House Resolution 676 and Senators Menendez & Snowe introduced Senate Resolution 47 condemning Turkish policies of threatening Cyprus in its effort to develop its natural resources and criticizing it for its policy of forced population transfers into occupied Cyprus from Turkey's inland.

Kormakitis (photo below)  is a small village in northwest Cyprus. In 1974 Kormakitis was bombed by the Turkish Army.The Population of the Village was 100% Maronites (successors of the ancient Lusignan Dynasty from western France).The School was abandoned in1974.

Today, we urge you to support these two resolutions currently in Congress that are calling for the reunification of Cyprus and remind the US Elected officials that WE DO NOT FORGET...

Abandoned cars from the 1970s at a garage in Famagusta...

Hotel Salaminia in Famagusta. A once-thriving tourist attraction, 
since the 1974 Turkish invasion the city has been fenced off by the 
Turkish military - its infrastructure in decay...


At various points in his essays—notably in “Why I Write” but also in his popular column “As I Please”—George Orwell gave us an account of what made him tick, as it were, and of what supplied the motive for his work. At different times he instanced what he called his “power of facing unpleasant facts”; his love for the natural world, “growing things,” and the annual replenishment of the seasons; and his desire to forward the cause of democratic socialism and oppose the menace of Fascism. Other strong impulses include his near-visceral feeling for the English language and his urge to defend it from the constant encroachments of propaganda and euphemism, and his reverence for objective truth, which he feared was being driven out of the world by the deliberate distortion and even obliteration of recent history.
As someone who had been brought up in a fairly rarefied and distinctly reactionary English milieu, in which the underclass of his own society and the millions of inhabitants of its colonial empire were regarded with a mixture of fear and loathing, Orwell also made an early decision to find out for himself what the living conditions of these remote latitudes were really “like.” This second commitment, to acquaint himself with the brute facts as they actually were, was to prove a powerful reinforcement of his latent convictions.
Read with care, George Orwell’s diaries, from the years 1931 to 1949, can greatly enrich our understanding of how Orwell transmuted the raw material of everyday experience into some of his best-known novels and polemics.