Wednesday, September 25, 2013

In the final episode of  The Dukes of Hazzard

In the final episode of The Dukes of Hazzard, Boss Hogg is shot at by a former associate, the bullet striking a wallet he had kept in his pocket and being lodged in several credit cards. ASUS X53S laptop keyboard

  • Narrator Waylon Jennings takes note of the situation and says, "I bet he's glad he didn't leave home without them" (referring to his credit cards).

On the 1997 film Hercules during the song "Zero to Hero", the credit card is "Grecian Express". HP G71-445US laptop keyboard

The 1989 movie Major League also parodied the campaign. In one scene, in which every player is dressed in a tuxedo, the Cleveland Indians tell viewers of the film why every player carries the American Express Card with much of the explanation done one line at a time by players Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger), Lenovo 3000 G530 4151 laptop keyboard

Eddie Harris (Chelcie Ross), Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn (Charlie Sheen), Pedro Cerrano (Dennis Haysbert), and Roger Dorn (Corbin Bernsen), and Manager Lou Brown (James Gammon). The scene ends with Willie "Mays" Hayes (a tuxedo-clad Wesley Snipes) sliding into home plate in front of the rest of the team, holding up his card and saying to the viewers: "The American Express Card. Don't steal home without it." SONY VAIO VGN-CS110D/W laptop keyboard

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  • In Batman & Robin Batman pulls out a Bat-Credit card and says he never leaves the cave without it.

Yakov Smirnoff's book cover, America on Six Rubles a Day ISBN 978-0-394-75523-6 depicts a Russian card with the slogan "Don't leave home."  ACER Aspire 5610Z Laptop Keyboard

American Express continues to use celebrities in their ads. Some notable examples include a late 1990s ad campaign with comedianJerry Seinfeld, including the two 2004 webisodes in a series entitled "The Adventures of Seinfeld & Superman." In late 2004, American Express launched the "My life. My card." COMPAQ Presario CQ60-201EP Laptop Keyboard

brand campaign (also by Ogilvy & Mather) featuring famous American Express cardmembers talking about their lives. The ads have featured actors Kate Winslet, Robert De Niro, Ken Watanabe and Tina Fey,Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, fashion designer Collette Dinnigan, SONY Vaio PCG-K23 Laptop Keyboard

comedian and talk show hostess Ellen DeGeneres, golfer Tiger Woods, professional snowboarder Shaun White, tennis pros Venus Williams and Andy Roddick, Real Madrid manager José Mourinho, and film directors Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, M. Night Shyamalan and most recently singer Beyoncé Knowles. SONY 147664712 Laptop Keyboard

In 2007, a two-minute black-and-white ad entitled "Animals" starring Ellen DeGeneres won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Commercial.

Many American Express credit card ads feature a sample American Express Card with the name "C F Frost" on the front. This is not a fabricated name, as Charles F. Frost was an advertising executive from Ogilvy & Mather.[48] SONY Vaio PCG-K215S Laptop Keyboard

In addition, American Express was one of the earliest users of cause marketing, to great success.[49] A 1983 promotion advertised that for each purchase made with an American Express Card, American Express would contribute one penny to the renovation of the Statue of Liberty. The campaign generated contributions of $1.7 million to the Statue of Liberty restoration project. TOSHIBA Satellite L775D-S7226 Laptop Keyboard

What would soon capture the attention of marketing departments of major corporations was that the promotion generated approximately a 28% increase in American Express card usage by consumers. Building on its earlier promotion, American Express later conducted a four-year Charge Against Hunger program, which generated approximately $22 million for a charity addressing poverty and hunger relief.  HP G42-164LA Laptop Keyboard

In 2006, as part of Bono's Product Red, American Express launched the American Express Red Card with campaign starred by supermodel Gisele Bündchen. The card, currently available only in the United Kingdom, makes a donation to fight AIDS with every purchase made using the card. In May 2007, American Express launched an initiative called the Members Project.[50][51] Lenovo 04W0872 Laptop Keyboard

Cardholders were invited to submit ideas for projects and American Express is funding the winning (provide clean drinking water) project $2 million.

In April 1986 American Express moved its headquarters to the 51-story Three World Financial Center in New York City. HP Envy 15 Laptop Keyboard

After the events of September 11, 2001, American Express had to leave its headquarters temporarily as it was located directly opposite to the World Trade Center and was damaged during the fall of the towers. The company began gradually moving back into its rehabilitated building in 2002. GATEWAY NX570X Laptop Keyboard

The company also has major offices in Fort Lauderdale, FL; Salt Lake City, UT; and Phoenix, AZ. It has a technology center in Weston, FL. The main data center is located in Phoenix.

AMEX Bank of Canada was founded in 1853 in Toronto, however it currently has its headquarters of 3,000 employees in Markham, Ontario (a northern suburb of Toronto), as well as an office in Hamilton, Ontario. HP G61-336NR Laptop Keyboard

The company began operations as a bank on July 1, 1990 following an order-in-council made by the Brian Mulroney government on November 21, 1988. This decision was not without controversy as federal banking policy at the time would not ordinarily have permitted American Express to operate as a bank.[52] ASUS X53S Laptop Keyboard

It is also a member of the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) and is a registered member of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC), a federal agency insuring deposits at all of Canada's chartered banks.

American Express has several offices in the UK, including a 9-story European Service Center, HP Pavilion DV7-3065dx Laptop Keyboard

known as Amex House, in the Carlton Hillarea of Brighton, England. It is a large white tower block, built in 1977[53] and surrounded by several other smaller offices around the city. Amex House deals with card servicing, sales, fraud and merchant servicing. The official Europe, Middle East, and Africa HQ is located in the Belgravia district of Westminster, HP 519265-001 Laptop Keyboard

in central London, at Belgrave House on Buckingham Palace Road, SW1; other UK offices are based in Sussex at Burgess Hill. In November 2009, Brighton and Hove City Council granted planning permission for American Express to redevelop the Amex House site.  HP Compaq NW8440 Laptop Keyboard

It is anticipated, in line with the Council's plan for the Edward Street Quarter, that the existing Amex House will be demolished by 2016. More information on this development is available at[54]

The Japan, Asia-Pacific, and Australian Headquarters is co-located in Singapore, at 16 Collyer SONY VAIO VPCF126FM Laptop Keyboard

Quay, and in Sydney's King Street Wharfarea, with the new state-of-the-art building receiving greenhouse status due to the environmentally friendly workspace that it provides.

The headquarters of the Latin America and Caribbean division is in Miami.

American Express also has a significant presence in India. SONY VAIO VGN-N21E/W laptop keyboard

Its two centres are located at Gurgaon, Haryana and one at Mathura Road, New Delhi. The Indian operations of American Express revolves around the back office customer services operations apart from the credit card business for the domestic Indian Economy, arguably the American Express campus in Gurgaon is the largest employee location by head count forACER TravelMate 2403 Series laptop keyboard

Amex and supports business continuity objectives of Amex including during Hurricane Sandy, the center works 24/7 and includes a co-located second building which was recently transferred to a third party service provider but does much work for Amex.

For 2008, American Express was named the 62nd best company to work for in the United States by Fortune, ranking it number one for bank card companies.[55] DELL Vostro PP38L laptop keyboard

In October 2008, Amex Canada Inc. was named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc., which was announced by the Toronto Starnewspaper

Falmer Stadium, known for sponsorship purposes as the American Express Community Stadium, Lenovo Thinkpad X220 laptop keyboard

or simply The Amex, is a football stadium near the village of Falmer in Brighton and Hove and is the home of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.. The stadium was handed over from the developers to the club on 31 May 2011. The first competitive game to be played at the stadium was the 2010–11 season final of the Sussex Senior Cup between Brighton and Eastbourne Borough on 16 July 2011.[2] Compaq Presario CQ42-173TU laptop keyboard

 The first ever league game was against Doncaster Rovers, who were also the opponents in the last ever game played at Brighton's former stadium, the Goldstone Ground, 14 years earlier.

In May 2013 it was announced that on the 19th and 20th of September 2015 the stadium will host games of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. HP Pavilion dv6-2124eo laptop keyboard

The plans were initiated by Brighton & Hove Albion after the club's previous home, the Goldstone Ground, was sold by the club's former board (consisting of Greg Stanley, Bill Archer and David Bellotti) to developers in 1995 with no new home arranged.

When the club was evicted at the end of the 1996–1997 season, it ground-shared for two seasons at Gillingham’sPriestfield Stadium, 75 miles away in Kent. TOSHIBA Satellite P305-S8906 laptop keyboard

Two years later, the club returned to Brighton as tenants of Withdean Stadium, which was upgraded to Football League capacity requirements and later expanded when Brighton reached Division One (now the Football League Championship) in 2002 following two successive promotions. GATEWAY NX570X laptop keyboard

The site at Falmer was identified during the 1998–99 season and it was hoped that the stadium would be ready in the early to mid-2000s. However, subsequent delays in gaining planning permission meant that the club would have to wait until August 2011 before being able to play their home games there – more than a decade after the stadium was first proposed. HP Pavilion dv5-1044ca laptop keyboard

The stadium is also being considered for becoming a major music venue. On June 1 and June 2, 2012, Brighton DJ Fatboy Slim played two nights at the venue. The success of these shows may lead to the stadium becoming a regular music venue.

Planning permission was given by the unitary authority of Brighton and Hove in June 2002, with the intention of the stadium being ready for the 2005–06 season.[4]  HP Pavilion dv5-1050ed laptop keyboard

The plans for the stadium were fought by neighbouring Lewes District Council and local residents. While the stadium lies completely within Brighton and Hove, the once vacant field to the north-east of the site is in Lewes. Bennet's field as it is known is now used for parking. Lenovo 3000 G430 4153 laptop keyboard

Further complications were due to both vacant fields, and the campus of the adjacent University of Sussex, being included in the South Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, although outside the National Park. This led to the designation of the stadium plans being the subject of a separate planning inquiry by theOffice of the Deputy Prime Minister.  SONY VAIO VGN-CR23G laptop keyboard

John Prescott, then Deputy Prime Minister, approved the plans on 28 October 2005. However, Lewes District Council immediately mounted a new legal challenge to the stadium plan. In April 2006, Prescott admitted that he had given his approval based on the misconception that only a small part of the stadium site lay on the Lewes side, and withdrew it. HP Pavilion G6-1B87CL laptop keyboard

Hazel Blears, the Secretary of State responsible for planning, re-affirmed the approval on 25 July 2007. Her decision went against the advice of planning inspectors. Lewes district council, Falmer Parish council and the South Downs Joint Committee (the three main opponents) announced shortly afterwards that they would not mount a high court challenge. HP Mini 110-3004tu laptop keyboard

On 4 September 2007, the deadline for appealing the new grant of permission expired and the club received full permission to proceed.

On 27 November 2008 the Buckingham Group signed the construction contract for the new stadium[5] and began preparation work on the site on 17 December. HP Pavilion dv6-2150es laptop keyboard

The stadium is set three storeys down into the ground. 138,000 cubic metres of chalk was excavated for its construction, which was put on the field on the south side of Village Way. This has been estimated to prevent 20,000 lorry trips taking the chalk to landfill.[6]

Construction at the site officially started on 17 December 2008 and finished in May 2011. SONY 148084122 Laptop Keyboard

The stadium was designed with scope for expansion, and plans were put in place to increase the capacity.

The stadium was designed by London-based Architects, KSS.[7] The stadium capacity has been expanded, with an extra seating tier being installed above the East Stand (Family stand), which increases the stadium attendance to a total of about 30,000 seats. TOSHIBA Mini NB 505-SP0160 Laptop Keyboard

The deal with American Express Europe, Brighton and Hove's biggest private-sector employer, confirming the naming rights of the stadium was announced on 22 June 2010.

The stadium officially opened on 30 July 2011, hosting a friendly match against manager Gus Poyet's old club Tottenham Hotspur, the home-side narrowly losing 3-2. SONY VAIO VGN-CR520E Laptop Keyboard

The first competitive match was held on 6 August 2011, when Brighton beatDoncaster Rovers 2–1, after being 1–0 down.[9]

The stadium set its first record attendance with 21,897 against Liverpool. They were also the first away team to win a competitive match at the stadium, beating Brighton 2–1 in a League Cup tie in September 2011.[10] ACER Aspire 5610Z Laptop Keyboard

The stadium however witnessed it first ever league defeat in its history when fierce rivals Crystal Palace came from behind to win 3-1.[11]

On 2 January 2012, Brighton & Hove Albion submitted an application to Brighton and Hove City council to increase the stadium capacity by a further 8,000 seats as well as to add additional corporate boxes, new television facilities and a luxury suite.[12] TOSHIBA Satellite A110 Series Laptop Keyboard

 This was granted unanimously by Brighton & Hove City Council's Planning Committee on 25 April 2012. The stadium was expanded to 27,250 by the start of the 2012-13 season, 27,750 by December 2012 and will stand at 30,250 by the start of the 2013-14 season.

A new record attendance was set on 15 December 2012 when 26,684 saw Brighton draw 0–0 with Nottingham Forest.[13] HP Pavilion dv5-1104tu Laptop Keyboard

This record attendance was broken on 26 January 2013, when 27,113 attended a 3-2 defeat against Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup [14][15] Less than two months later and the record was broken again; this time 28,499 people watched Brighton beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on 17 March 2013.[16]

 This record was broken once again on 4 May 2013, on the last league game of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers, 30,003 attended the game.

The West Stand is the largest three-tiered stand, which holds 11,833 fans, including 14 luxury boxes and the premium fans' 1901 Club. HP Envy 15 Laptop Keyboard

The East Stand (including the Family Stand) holds 5,404 fans, with 10% reserved for away fans during cup games. The North Stand has 2,688 seats. The South Stand, is for visiting away supporters which contains 2,575 seats.

As well as football matches, the stadium is also designed for other sports such as rugby and hockey, and music concerts, conferences and exhibitions.[17] HP 640892-001 Laptop Keyboard

 The stadium's drinking outlets offer real ales from two local breweries, Harveys and Dark Star, both organisations having supported the club's appeal for a new stadium at Falmer, along with special guest beers from breweries local to the away teams.[18]

The stadium also incorporates a banqueting and conference facility, a nursery school/crèche, HP G56-118CA Laptop Keyboard

720 square metres of teaching space for the University of Brighton, 1,200 square metres of office space, the club shop for tickets and merchandise and above it the 200 capacity bar/lounge named Dick's Bar after the club's life president, Dick Knight.

The stadium is close to the A27 Brighton by-pass,[19] TOSHIBA Satellite L550-ST5701 Laptop Keyboard

 linking it northbound to the A23 and M23 motorway towards London and southbound to the A270 and the city centre. There is pre-paid parking available for 2000 cars on the University of Sussex and the Falmer Academy sites. The club runs several park and ride services to the stadium. One of these is at Mill Road situated at the A23/A27 intersection, which holds 500 cars. Compaq Presario CQ42-228LA Laptop Keyboard

Another is at Brighton Racecourse, holding approx. 700 cars. The third site is at Mithras House (Brighton University) on the Lewes Road, holding approx 300 cars. Match tickets come with travel vouchers valid for train, bus, and park and ride. The stadium is served by Falmer railway station which is a nine-minute journey from Brighton railway station and seven minutes from Lewes railway station, both of which are served by trains from London. HP 488590-001 Laptop Keyboard

The Wealden Line Campaign promotes the creation of direct rail services from London via a "Brighton Main Line 2" (BML2). This would mean supporters could reach Falmer without the need to change trains at Lewes station or Brighton's busy main terminus.

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a transport interchange/coach park to the south of the stadium across Village Way; a 1,000-space car park at Falmer High School; alterations to the A27/A270 road junction, including a new flyover; a combined footpath/cycleway; a 150-space car park for club officials, players and disabled drivers; 220 cycle spaces.  HP AEUT3U00140 Laptop Keyboard

Shearson was the name of a series of investment banking and retail brokerage firms from 1902 until 1994, named forEdward Shearson[1][2] and the firm he founded, Shearson Hammill & Co. Among Shearson's most notable incarnations were Shearson / American Express, Shearson Lehman / American Express, Shearson Lehman Brothers, Shearson Lehman Hutton and finally Smith Barney Shearson. TOSHIBA Mini NB 505-SP0160 Laptop Keyboard

For its first eight decades, the firm operated independently and merged with a number of Wall Street's most venerable securities firms including Hayden Stone & Co. and Loeb Rhoades & Co.. In 1981, Shearson was acquired by American Expressand operated as a subsidiary of the financial services company before being merged with Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb in 1984 and E.F. Hutton & Co. in 1988.  Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E520 Laptop Keyboard

In 1993, Shearson was sold to Primerica, the predecessor of Citigroup, and merged with its retail brokerage business,Smith Barney to create Smith Barney Shearson'. The Shearson name was discontinued in 1994.

Shearson Lehman Hutton was the result of the combination of a number of venerable Wall Street firms over a 25 year period beginning in the early 1960s that included Lehman Brothers, TOSHIBA Satellite L505-S5984 Laptop Keyboard

Kuhn Loeb, E.F. Hutton, Hayden Stone & Co., Shearson, Hammill & Co., Loeb, Rhoades & Co., Hornblower & Company and Cogan, Berlind, Weill & Levitt, which ultimately came together under the ownership of American Express.

The Shearson name traces its origins to the formation of Shearson, Hammill & Co. a Wall SAMSUNG R522 Laptop Keyboard

Street brokerage and investment banking firm founded in 1902 by Edward Shearson and Caleb Wild Hammill.[4] The firm originally built its business as a stock broker as well as a broker of various commodities, particularly grain and cotton. The firm was a member of the New York Stock Exchange, the Chicago Stock Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.[5] HP 597635-001 Laptop Keyboard

Before forming the firm, Shearson had served as comptroller of U.S. Steel and of Federal Steel Company before that. Shearson, who was raised in Ontario, Canada began his career as an auditor for the Wisconsin Central Railroad before taking a position in the steel industry in 1898. Shearson was an active member of New York society.[1]  ACER TravelMate 4150 Series Laptop Keyboard

Hammill, who was raised in Albion, Michigan, moved first to Chicago and subsequently to New York in 1890.

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