What a Week!

Crazy, crazy week that has kept me from posting because I’ve been up to my eyeballs in the crisis-of-the-day. From my netbook revolting on me (and subsequent transfer, as we speak, of irreplacable files to a new computer) to my stove almost killing someone (and the subsequent replacement, delivery and installation of all new appliances), to a full of medical appointments past week, I’ve barely been able to sleep let alone blog. Stay tuned in the next few days for new posts along with extra ones to make up for the ones I missed. Thanks for understanding. :)

VIRGIN GROUP FOUNDER BRANSON AND BROADCAST JOURNALIST O’BRIEN INTERVIEW TO BENEFIT UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM OF MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER

US Fed News Service, Including US State News December 22, 2011 HOUSTON, Dec. 19 — The University of Texas System of MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release:

Jan. 4 A Conversation With a Living Legend(R) in Dallas Supports Cancer Research, Patient Care The 22nd annual A Conversation With a Living Legend(R) , in Dallas, benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, showcases Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, in an interview with broadcast journalist Miles O’Brien. Supported by Dallas-Fort Worth area business and community leaders, the luncheon, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Hilton Anatole, benefits research and patient care initiatives at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Andrews Distributing Company and AT&T are this year’s event underwriters. Co-chairs are Stephanie and Hunter Hunt. Ana and Don Carty are honorary chairs.

One of the world’s most recognized and respected brands, Virgin encompasses air and rail travel, leisure and hospitality, telecommunications, media, health and wellness, space tourism and clean energy through more than 400 branded companies in 29 countries with branded revenues of $21 billion. The Virgin family of airlines includes Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia and Virgin Blue.

Branson founded Virgin at age 20 as a mail order record retailer and later expanded it into a record shop and recording studio. Virgin Music became one of the top six record companies in the world. here md anderson cancer center

In 1986, Branson crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a boat in the fastest recorded time ever. The next year his Virgin Atlantic Flyer was the first hot air balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Branson realized his dream of opening the world’s first commercial space tourism business with the launch of Virgin Galactic, designed to take passengers to suborbital space.

In 1999, Branson was knighted for “services to entrepreneurship.” In 2004, he launched Virgin Unite to tackle tough challenges facing the world. In 2007, he joined Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel and Desmond Tutu to form The Elders, a group that seeks sustainable solutions to global humanitarian issues. In 2010, he launched the Carbon War Room to advance climate change efforts. He recently formed Ocean Elders with Ted Turner and others to promote ocean conservation, protect the ocean’s habitat and wildlife and preserve its ecosystems and species biodiversity. see here md anderson cancer center

Branson is the author of “Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way,” (Crown Business, 1998) “Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons in Life” (Virgin Books, 2006) and “Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur” (Virgin Books, 2008). His latest book is “Screw Business as Usual” (Portfolio/Penguin Group USA, December 2011).

Miles O’Brien is a 30-year broadcast news veteran whose career reflects a lifelong passion for aviation, space, science and technology. Based in Washington, D.

C., O’Brien is science correspondent for “PBS NewsHour.” He has produced several documentaries for PBS programs “Frontline” and “Blueprint America.” He is chief correspondent for the National Science Foundation series “Science Nation” and the Discovery Science Channel series “Innovation Nation.” O’Brien also is managing editor and a founder of a series of shuttle launch webcasts hosted at www.

SpaceflightNow.com.

He worked as a CNN correspondent, anchor and producer based in Atlanta and New York for more than 16 years. In February 2003, he led the network’s coverage of the Space Shuttle Columbia loss.

A third generation general aviation pilot, O’Brien is the owner of a small single-engine airplane and frequently flies himself to and from assignments.

Since its inception in 1990, A Conversation With a Living Legend in Dallas has raised more than $10.5 million. With every $1 million the event raises,

2 thoughts on “What a Week!

  1. I'm so glad to hear your silence is as simple as day to normal BS!! Its nice to have you back well and blogging. P.s. I've been plagued with a zillion ants in the house the last two days…. Some weeks are like that lol

  2. Me too, Heather! Now these problems I can solve. When the worst things going on in my life are that my every mechanical thing I touch turns to chaos and that the doctors visits are just to tell me that I'm pretty much fully healed and in even better shape labs-wise than I've been in years, these types of problems I can work with, I can solve. If only we all were so blessed, right?

    I hate ants as much as I hate mice – and both seem to be issues from time to time for everyone. Makes the time when you don't have to deal with either that much more sweet. :) Good luck getting rid of the little pests.

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