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Michael McCaskey, former chairman of the Bears, died at the age of 76

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Michael McCaskey, former chairman of the Bears, died at the age of 76

LAKE FOREST, LAKE – Michael McCaskey, who led the Chicago Bears for almost three decades after the death of his grandfather, George Halas, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer, the team said. He is 76 years old.

Yale’s graduate and the oldest of Ed and mother of team leader of 11 Virginia McCaskey children, Michael joined the family business in 1983 as president and CEO after the death of Halas, an NFL founder and franchise. He replaced Ed McCaskey as chairman in 1999 and remained in that role until brother George McCaskey took over in 2011.

The Bears made 12 playoff appearances and won their Super Bowl singles title during Michael McCaskey’s tenure leading the franchise. He was selected as NFL Executive of the Year by his colleagues after the 1985 championship season.

“Mike has succeeded in everything when he took over George S. Halas after the death of ‘Papa Bear’ in 1983,” the McCaskey family said in a statement. “We thank Mike for overseeing the best team in NFL history, and for his years of service to the Bears and to us. The eldest of 11 siblings has many assignments given to him, not all of them are fun, but Mike handles them gracefully and patiently. “

Although his death was not caused by a novel coronavirus, McCaskeys said they could not “gather and mourn together now” because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Our hearts are directed at those who have lost loved ones because of COVID-19,” they said. “Our focus in the coming days is to celebrate Mike’s life, and to be a source of whatever support we can give to (son) John and (daughter) Kathryn and their loved ones.”

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He also survived from his 97-year-old mother and grandson, Jackson.

“Michael McCaskey is proud to carry the legacy of NFL grandfather and pioneer George Halas as president and team leader and play an important role in the success and popularity of the Bear,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “The impressive 1985 season of the Bears and the Super Bowl XX victory helped propel the NFL further to the global stage. Michael was the driving force in growing the NFL international footprint with the first American Bowl game in London featuring Bears and Dallas Cowboys in 1986. He is also dedicated to serving his community. “

McCaskey served on several NFL committees. He also played a role in the Bears moving their headquarters from the original Halas Hall at Lake Forest College to a sophisticated home nearby in 1997, giving them indoor training facilities on their own campus.

Halas Hall was recently expanded to include four outdoor training fields and 305,500 square feet of indoor training and office space.

McCaskey co-founded the Bears charity foundation in 2005, which has provided more than $ 21 million to more than 100 agencies in the Chicago area focusing on education, young athletics, medical research, and health awareness.

He is also a member of the NFL Long-Term Planning Committee, Expansion Committee, Stadium Committee and Finance Committee.

McCaskey spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer to teach science, English and music to middle school students in Ethiopia. He obtained his doctorate in business from Case Western Reserve University in 1972 and taught organizational behavior and management courses at UCLA for three years before joining the faculty at Harvard Business School.

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“His fierce love for the Bear is unmatched, as is his intellectual ability and thirst for knowledge about various things,” said Bear president Ted Phillips. “Michael shows the presence of a professor who can be challenging, but also inspiring. I will be eternally grateful for the many opportunities for growth he has given me, and for his trust and support. Michael always tries to do things the right way with high character and with the best interests of the Bears is always the most important.

“Michael is a good man, going too fast. He led the only Chicago Bears Super Bowl championship team in 1985, and I know he still smiles about that magical season. “

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets Ptix.bm For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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CRISTANO RONALDO CAN MAKE UP A GIANT IN CARIOCA AND PORTUGUESE TECHNICIAN SAYS ‘There will be room’

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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