Famous People Born in Space City

Posted by on May 11, 2015

Houston is a relatively young city. It was founded in 1836 on 6,642 acres of land. Today, Houston is the biggest city in Texas (where everything is big) and the fourth biggest in the US. With a population of about 2.2 million people from almost any culture and ethnicity you can think of, it would be strange if no one famous ever came out of it. Here are three of some of the well-known people to come out of the Space City.

Kenny Rogers

Singer, songwriter, Grammy award winner, and namesake and franchise owner of the fast food chain with the best corn muffins, Kenny Rogers was born in Houston in 1938. He is best know for his country music, and scored one of his biggest hits when he recorded the duet “Islands in the Stream” with Dolly Parton in 1983. Rogers also tried his hand at acting in the 1980s series The Gambler among other, and he was pretty good for a true blue country singer. He now also has a record label, Dreamcatcher Entertainment.

Howard Hughes

The eccentric central figure played by Leonardo di Caprio in the movie The Aviator was born in Houston on Christmas Eve in 1905. Howard Hughes was heir to his family’s oil tool millions, and he invested it on films and his passion for flying. He was an excellent pilot and a shrewd producer. However, his main claim to fame was his bizarre behavior after a flying accident. He became a recluse and obsessive-compulsive. There were many rumors about what he did behind closed doors. He died in 1976, and this aroused public interest because of the fake wills that started surfacing.

Marlen Esparza

The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Marlen Esparza was born in Houston in 1989. She grew up among people that were passionate about boxing. By the time she was 16, she managed to snag the National Championship, the youngest ever. She earned a place on the Olympic boxing team as a flyweight in 2012 and won a bronze medal.

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Letting Love Back Into Law: The Tale of John Eddie Williams, Jr.

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015

From the very beginning, John Eddie Williams was always meant to be a lawyer.

His mother was endlessly fascinated with legal procedures and the law in general, and ended up pointing him into the direction of this practice. Perhaps he was always destined for this route. Williams goes on record to say that ever since he was younger, his mother used to tell people: “Johnny is going to be a lawyer!”

His beginnings were inspired by passion and curiosity because of that – and because he grew up with a father and a grandfather who were union longshoremen, he has always had an affinity and deep set compassion for the rights of individual workers. When he had first begun practicing law, he worked for an impressive firm that mostly had big name brand corporations as clients. This inspired him to start his own firm with the dedication to represent the proverbial “little guy” from “the bad guys.”

Some of his cases have included asbestos-related injury lawsuits, major plant explosions, and catastrophic injuries. Perhaps one of his most notable cases is that he represented the entire state of Texas against the tobacco industry, which resulted into the largest settlement in the history of the United States. He brings forth this same passion, integrity, and perseverance which has led him to have been once the president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Houston Trial Lawyers Association.

Having had graduated as cum laude from Baylor University in 1976 and graduating as first from Baylor University School of Law in 1978, he was the recipient of the Baylor Lawyer of the Year award in 2002 and was awarded Baylor Alumnus of the Year 2012-13. John Eddie Williams, Jr. has certainly done his mother, his family, his school, and his people proud, staying strong and firm in his beliefs, showing that there is still love in law.

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Justice After an Airplane Accident

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015

It has been said that the world was never the same again after that one dreadful day in 2001 – and it was no accident. Fear of flying has only increased due to reports such as these and, as of more recent times, there have been more incidents that make people justifiably anxious with airborne travel. That is why, with the continuous advancement of technology, people work tirelessly in order to improve the system, never wanting for such incidents to occur again.

Though not as common as accidents that occur on land or sea, according to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, the aftermath of an airplane accident is so much more devastating. Sometimes, there is truly nothing that could have been done as perhaps the accident was born out of unforeseeable and uncontrollable circumstances. However, after all the devastation that airplane accidents have caused, it is the responsibility of all the crew and the manufacturers of these aircrafts to ensure passengers of only the safest form of transport that is possible. If an accident is caused due to negligence, you are warranted to take legal action in order to receive justice and due financial compensation.

There is no lack of warning or horrid stories from the past about the aftermaths of airplane accidents. It makes it that much more painful to have an accident that should have been preventable but wasn’t. If this is the case and you are looking for some closure and recompense for your loss, it is advisable for you to seek legal aid immediately.

The only thing that you need to be concentrating on is trying to get your life back together, or as normal as it can be again, after such a traumatic experience. However, seeking legal action will allow for those responsible for such a horrible situation to be accountable for their mistake or negligence and give the bereaved some semblance of peace that can only be achieved by a closed case.

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In Need Of A Lawyer? Take These Tips To Heart

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014

A long-standing joke about lawyers is that they are actually “liars” who will take any money from you that they can. Don’t become a statistic and fuel this joke – select a lawyer that will really work for you! Read this article for tips on selecting someone that really knows their stuff.

Ask for a free consultation. Many lawyers will offer a free consultation, so you can have your questions answered. During the consultation, you can also see if you are comfortable with that lawyer. Always go to more than one free consultation so you have a good mix of lawyers to choose from.

A good tip to remember when looking to hire a lawyer is to make sure you find a lawyer that has the necessary experience that you’re looking for. If you’re going to court soon for a criminal case, it wouldn’t make sense to bring on a divorce lawyer, you’ll need a criminal lawyer.

Make sure that you have a decent interaction with any attorney before you invest any money. You may have to spend a good amount of time with your lawyer, so it is important that you choose one that you don’t have any issues working with. Take the time to sit down with any potential attorneys and see if you get a good feel for them.

Use Google to your advantage when it comes to hiring a lawyer. Look for reviews about any attorney you are considering. Some lawyers like the Abel Law Firm have reviews right there on their website. If the general consensus is that the attorney you are interested in is lazy and incompetent, you should do your best to look for another attorney to handle your case.

Instead of becoming a victim who must pay high bills for little quality service, do your homework and find a reliable lawyer. You can easily find someone that will help you in the courtroom. Remember these tips next time you find yourself in a sticky situation, so you can come out on top!

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The da Vinci Surgical System – The Means to A Perfectly Accurate and Infection-free Surgical Procedure?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013

In the year 2000 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the da Vinci Surgical System, a multi-armed robotic surgical equipment designed to help surgeons perform surgeries with the greatest ease and accuracy. Though only controlled by a trained surgeon using a console, the capability of the da Vinci in carrying out surgical procedures through minimally invasive approaches has been lauded by a number of surgeons due to the surgical system’s precision, consistency and efficiency in highly delicate procedures in hard-to-reach body parts.

As of this year (2013) more than 2,000 da Vinci Surgical Systems have already been sold worldwide, including in Europe and Japan and the number of surgeries performed (involving prostatectomies, hysterectomies and urologic/ gynecologic) using the unit has already exceeded a million (400,000 in the US). The only drawback other hospitals have from having their own unit is the unit’s high cost, which is more than $1 million; there is a need for, at least, another hundred thousand dollars annually for maintenance.

The da Vinci Surgical System was manufactured by the American company Intuitive Surgical Inc., which has ties with S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100. Though surgeries where the unit is used take about an hour longer, cost of hospital stay is reduced since incisions made by da Vinci are smaller (and, therefore, less painful), requires only some stitches and heals quickly, allowing patients fast recovery.

Despite the training and utmost care during procedures, surgeons who have used the da Vinci Surgical System needed about half a dozen surgeries before getting really comfortable with it. This is because of the need to finally get used to losing that tangible feel of tissues and organs. This multi-armed robotic device has four major components which allow surgeons to effectively perform minimally invasive surgeries where 1cm incisions are precisely made and probability of infection is eliminated. These components include:

  • The Surgeon console, which provides a magnified 3-D image of the surgical area. The surgeon, who is seated a number of feet away from the operating table, operates the instruments in real-time through the console.
  • The Patient-side cart includes the robotic arms which come in direct contact with the patient. In 2003 Intuitive Surgical Inc. added another arm to the device which reduced the need for an operating room nurse by one. Besides the endoscope arm, the device’s other arms handle surgical instruments.
  • The Endowrist instruments, which can be detached to allow switching from one robotic arm to another, using quick-release knobs, include functions like clamping, suturing and tissue manipulation. Attached to the robot’s perfectly steady hands (though replicating the every movement of the surgeon’s wrist, the robotic device is able to totally filter out hand tremors), these instruments allow surgeons to make key-hole or tiny surgical incisions which means minimal loss of blood and almost non-existent scars.
  • The 3-D Vision System allows the surgeon to see everything 10-15 times larger. Images are displayed brightly, clearly and in real time. With fogging and distortions of images eliminated, incisions are made in perfect precision and accuracy.

Cases of deaths (5 were reported last year) and injuries due to surgical robot malfunction have surfaced, it is true. Though, compared to open or traditional surgery, the numbers are very minimal. Many surgeons still maintain that the da Vinci Surgical System, the only robotic system which the FDA has approved for soft-tissue surgery, is the safest and most accurate way of performing minimally invasive surgeries.

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