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Famous Friday – Mark Visentin
Name: Mark Visentin
Birth Date: August 7, 1992
Place of Birth: Hamilton, Ontario
Claim to Fame: Mark Visentin will be the goalie for Team Canada in the 2010-11 IIHF U20 Ice Hockey Tournament in Buffalo, NY.
Mark plays for the Niagara Ice Dogs, currently has a 2.33 GAA, .921 save percentage, and a 13-4 winning record. The Phoenix Cayotes drafted him27th overall in the 2010 NHL entry draft.
He looks like a winner. He was a member of gold medal winning Team Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2009 and Team Orr at the 2010 Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game. Mark started playing hockey as a child in a backyard rink in Waterdown, Ontario.  His childhood idol is Curtis Joseph.  The one negative thing about Mark is that he is a Montreal Canadiens fan.
Famous Friday – Zach Anner
Name: Zach Anner
Birth Date: November 17th, 1984
Place of Birth: Buffalo, NY
Claim to Fame: Zach was one of the top 5 finalists  in Oprah’s “Search for the Next TV Star contest”.
Zach Anner came into this world a whole two months early on November 17th, 1984 in Buffalo, NY. He has a condition known as cerebral palsy.  He is known for exploiting his condition by getting to the front of the line at the Maid of the Mist and other attractions. After graduating from Kenmore West Senior High School with honors and a GED, Zach attended college at the University of Texas at Austin. There he worked on the sketch comedy show That’s Awesome, the mocumentary show The Wingmen, and the documentary Forgotten Lives.
Here is his Oprah audition video:

Famous Friday – Nikola Tesla
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Name: Nikola Tesla
Birth Date: 10 July 1856
Place of Birth: Smiljan, Croatia
Claim to Fame: His contribution to commercial electricity and the second industrial revolution was so great, that a monument was erected in his honour on both sides of the border.
He is is best known for his many revolutionary developments in the field of electromagnetism.  The standard of measurement in electromagnetism is known as a T (tesla).  For example, the strength of the Earth’s magnetic field at the equator is:   31 µT (3.1×10−5 T)
Each Fridays we will be be profiling a notable Niagara Falls native. If you would like to sponsor our Famous Friday post or suggest a person to be featured, please email us at niagarablog2010@gmail.com
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Famous Friday – The Great Farini

Name: William Leonard Hunt
Birth Date: June 10, 1838
Place of Birth: Lockport, New York
Claim to Fame: Also known as the Great Farini, William Hunt, made several tightrope performances at Niagara Falls. His feats included crossing a high wire with a man on his back, with a sack over his entire body, turning somersaults while on the rope, hanging from it by his feet, and even lowering a bucket into the Niagara River and using the water to wash his handkerchiefs.

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Famous Friday – Sir Casimir S. Gzowski

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Name: Sir Kazimierz Stanislaus Gzowski
Birth Date: March 5, 1813
Place of Birth: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Claim to Fame: First chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission (1885-93) Gzowski was born in Russia of Polish parents. Forced to emigrate, following participation in the Polish Rising of 1830, he came to Canada in 1841. An exceptionally able engineer, he first served as a government construction superintendent. He later organized a company which built the Grand Trunk Railway from Toronto to Sarnia, 1853-7, and the International Bridge across the Niagara River at Fort Erie in 1873. He was a founder of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers in 1887. A colonel in the Canadian militia, he was appointed Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the Queen in 1879 and knighted in 1890. Gzowski served as Administrator of Ontario 1896-97. more…

Famous Friday – James Cameron

james-cameron-oscarName: James Cameron
Date:
August 16, 1954
Place of Birth: Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada
Claim to Fame: Academy Award winning director, producer, screenwriter, editor, and inventor.  His films Titanic and Avatar are the highest grossing films of all time ($5 billion).

James Cameron grew up in Chippawa Ontario, a municipality of Niagara Falls, and attended Stamford Collegiate Secondary School in Niagara Falls Canada.

His writing and directing work includes The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2 (1991), True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997), and Avatar (2009). He is also a co-developer of the digital 3-D Fusion Camera System, a precursor to his invention of the now popular Blu-ray Disc format. His most recent film Avatar is up for 9 Academy Award this Sunday March 7th 2010. more…