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In the autumn of 2000, we at Outsports had run the story of Greg Congdon, a high school football player in Troy, Penn., who had been run off the team because he was gay. At the same time, 100 miles away, a very different football story was unfolding.

Defensive tackle Brian Sims was the captain of the Bloomsburg University football team. He had grown up an Army brat with two Army colonels for parents. The family settled in Pennsylvania for Brian's high school career, and he ultimately suited up for the nearby Bloomsburg. Playing in Division II, the team's record midway through the 2000 season was 4-2, and they were setting their sights on a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship. What he and his teammates didn't know was that they were in the middle of what would become the longest season in Division II history; And Sims was about to tell them he was gay.

Actually, Sims said he didn't come out to his team: "My team came out to me."

Someone Sims had dated shared a class with the quarterback of the football team, Eric Miller. Sims believes that the jilted lover wanted Sims kicked off the football team, so he told Miller that he had been dating Sims. Soon after, Sims was out on the town with Miller and longtime friend and teammate Fran Gregor. After a couple drinks, Miller asked Sims if he was gay.

It was the question Sims had been fearing for years. He knew many of his teammates probably suspected that he was gay, and he was right.

"He's the captain of the football team, he's a good-looking guy," Gregor, his good friend and teammate through high school and college, said. "In the dorms, there were nights when girls would literally stumble into our room and climb into bed with him. And five minutes later, they would leave."

At the time, Sims was actively dating men. While living with nine of his teammates, he was able to hide his romantic life from these very close friends. He had first realized he was attracted to men in junior high school and in high school had a long-term affair with a fellow athlete. It wasn't until he was in college that he realized he was gay, and it wasn't until that night that he told any of his friends.

Despite his suspicion, Gregor never talked about Sims' sexual orientation until that night. No one did. Not having talked about it with anyone, Sims feared how divulging that he was gay would change his team and how he fit on it.

"I knew it was going to happen, I just didn't know how or when," Sims said. "I feared it would change the dynamic in the locker room. You're spending four or five hours a day with your friends, and that's what I played for. I cared that my team would still be comfortable around me. I was concerned that in the locker room guys would be uncomfortable around me."

Despite the fear, Sims told them he was gay. They spent much of the rest of the night talking about the revelation, mostly making sure that Sims was in good shape emotionally. Word spread to the rest of the team slowly. It was before MySpace and Facebook; In 2000, no one was Tweeting about anyone's sexual orientation. The guys Sims told that night didn't hold a team meeting, but slowly more and more teammates found out.

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"I think it genuinely came as a shock to most people," Gregor said. At 6-feet, 260 pounds, Sims didn't fit the mold that most of the guys on the team had for gay men. In his senior year, he bench pressed 225 pounds 37 times. He was a "guy's guy": No limp wrist and no feather boas. "I wouldn't call Brian your stereotypical gay man, whatever that may be."

As teammates found out, in the locker room no one moved away from Sims. No one shied away from him. His being gay became just more fodder for locker room teasing, like someone's fat mom. Sims said he also became the dumping ground for every question his teammates had about gay people.

"Straight guys tend to be the most curious about sex, in general," Sims said. "My team asked me everything you can possibly ask a gay guy about sex, and in the crudest terms possible."

Both Sims and Gregor said they never heard a single negative comment about Sims' sexuality the rest of the year. Part of that was the timing. They were in the middle of a season for which they all had high hopes, and by the time most of the team found out about Sims, they had started talking about the playoffs. After starting the season 1-2, they ran off 11 straight wins and reached the 2000 Division II National Championship game. With the preparation and frenzy surrounding the team as they inched closer to the playoffs and then started winning playoff games, the sexuality of one of the team's most respected players was the furthest from players' concerns.

"We made a hell of a run that year, going to the national championship game," Gregor said. "Everyone was just really focused on the goal at hand, and [Sims being gay] was just put on the backburner. It didn't play a major role on our team. I don't think anybody was concerned that it would get out to the press or anything."

It also helped that Sims was good. Very good. He was the captain of the team and he was a first-team all-conference player that year. While his team got beaten badly by Delta State in the national championship game, 63-34, Sims said he recorded three sacks in the game.

"By the time it happened, I was the longest-running starter on the team," Sims said. "I had a lot of success on the football field. And I think that bought me a certain amount of leeway with this group."

Gregor agreed: "Had he been a scrub sitting on the bench and not really part of the team, I'm sure he would have gotten ridiculed and made fun of. I'm sure it would have been a much worse road for him had he not been a good player and the captain of the football team."

On the contrary, Sims said because he was a good player many of his teammates found the positive side of having an openly gay man on their team.

"It became a funny sense of pride for a lot of my teammates and close friends," Sims said. "Pennsylvania is not an extremely liberal state, especially central Pennsylvania. Football players are not what I would consider particularly exposed people, especially college football players. But I think it became a sense of pride for all of them. ‘Not only is this guy an All-Conference player, and not only is he a starter, and not only is he a good friend of mine, but I'm all right with the fact that he's gay.' And I started seeing a lot of that."

Sims remembered one night when he was on a date. They were sitting in the back of the room at a candlelit table enjoying a quiet evening. Several of his teammates came in and were sharing some drinks at the bar. Out of Sims' earshot, one of the other patrons apparently made a comment about the two fags on date.

"Three or four guys on my team literally picked him up and threw him out the door," Sims said.

Many of his teammates came to him over the coming months, pulling him aside to privately apologize for anything they may have said over the years that offended him. He specifically remembered a 6-foot-3, 350-pound teammate "crying his eyes out" thinking he may have offended Brian in the past. "It was very affirming for me," Brian said.

Still, after the season ended and Sims had graduated, Gregor, who was there for one more semester, said players did talk more about Sims' sexuality and asked more questions about it. And as new players came in and younger players rose up the ranks, the story of the "gay captain" grew.

"After he graduated, it was more talked about after he left," Gregor said. "Younger guys who didn't really know him talked about it. Guys would say, ‘I can't believe that guy was gay and was the captain of the football team.' I won't say it became a legend, but it was more talked about after he left than it was when he was there."

About four years ago, Sims brought his now-fiance to a team reunion. Both of them were accepted with open arms. Sims said he "lost track of him halfway through the night because he was off with half of the football team getting bombed somewhere."

Sims said would have liked a shot at the NFL, but a 6-foot defensive tackle wasn't on anyone's radar screens, and he was never given the chance in college to play fullback or linebacker. Instead, he got his J.D. from Michigan State and now works for the Philadelphia Bar Association. One of his most recent projects was to draft a resolution on behalf of the Bar Association in support of recent state legislation protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He is also on the Board of Directors for Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia.

"Our Constitution is very specific," Sims said. "It either says separation of church and state or equal protection. And there's not a valid policy argument to be made for why there isn't complete 100% equal rights for LGBT folks. There just isn't. The only argument that can be made has to trace back to religions norms. I happen to pay taxes to a government that says it won't base how it treats me on what a religion has to say about me."

Talking about the law and legal protection for gay people, it's clear Sims is as passionate about this work as he was at any time on the football field.

"My experience will be the norm soon. Pretty soon, it's not going to matter if you're a gay guy on a football team, and you're parents aren't going to freak out if they find out you're gay. Will it be different? Interesting? Yes. But it's so close to not being an issue, and I want to push us beyond that point."


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It’s been a long off-season.  While football returned in full force yesterday, or Thursday night if you want to be technical, it hardly served a major interest for Miami Dolphins fans.  Sure it would have been nice to see the NY Jets not have another late game comeback thanks to the disasterous play of the Tony Romo, or a loss to the Bills in KC instead of a slaughter over the Chiefs.  It was football.  But it wasn’t Miami Dolphins football.
So the long off-season took one extra day to get the team back on the field.  The wait is now hours and not days.  Tonight at 7:00 pm the Dolphins will take on the visiting New England Patriots.  Is it a must win game?  Not even close.  It’s the first game of the season.  It will however go a long way in determining the fan support that the Dolphins will get at home throughout the season.
Miami is struggling to sell tickets.  Tonight’s game is officially a sell-out but it was close.  Next weeks Houston game is far from being sold out.  A win tonight and those seats may get bought up after all.  A loss and you can bet your savings account in Vegas that the game will have a lot of empty orange seats next week.  (I’ll even take a picture of it to prove it).
Tonights game is vital to the support from the fans.  A loss puts the team one back in the division.  Far from insurmountable.  It puts the team behind the eight ball to start the season with yet another home loss.  The Texans are no slouch either and the only team in the NFL the Dolphins have never beaten.  Home or away.  Two home losses in a row will be devastating after last years home performance.  The Dolphins can cure that with a win tonight.
It’s not like the Dolphins didn’t have a chance to beat the Patriots last year at home.  The Dolphins were playing a very solid football game and in fact looked to have the upper hand early.  The Dolphins actually led the Patriots 7-0 after one and after two Chad Henne interceptions, the Dolphins ended the half with a 7-6 lead.  Then the special team meltdown occurred.
Following the game, special teams coach John Bonamego would lose his job and the Dolphins would struggle the rest of the season.  Will a new year bring different results?
Keys to tonight’s game:
5:  Stopping the Patriot TE’s:  The Patriots have two of the best young TE’s in the league in Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski.  The Dolphins have struggled to defend opposing TE’s for the last five or six years.  It’s not an exaggeration.  Opposing teams actually have game planned their TE’s to be their primary receivers when playing the Dolphins in that time span.  Kevin Burnett, the free agent pick-up from San Diego will have to change that.  He and Karlos Dansby will need to have a big game tonight keeping Tom Brady’s outlet receivers covered.  Brady is no escape artist in the pocket but he knows exactly where his players should be.  If the Dolphins take away those outlets, Brady will struggle.
4:  Miami’s defensive line:  The Patriots have revamped their offensive line.  They will be tested tonight by Mike Nolan’s speed, coverage, and stunt blitzes.  Expect Miami to come fast and often to keep Brady out of rhythm.  The Dolphins are going to have to bring a mix of run blitzes and pass rush blitzes as the Patriots will likely try to establish a balance between both.  The Dolphins are susceptible to giving up big runs when the over emphasize the blitz.  It will be the jobs of the safeties to lend support on the line.  Miami’s corners should have a decent match-up with New England’s receivers.  The Patriots do not possess the deep threat receiver they have in the past.
3:  Chad Henne and Brandon Marshall:  Last year Henne threw three pics against New England.  Two of them to Rob Ninkovich.  He must use what he has learned from this off-season.  Poise and smart play.  The Patriots will blitz him unless they find it easy enough moving the line of scrimmage against Miami’s suspect offensive line.  If they can get pressure on Henne without blitzing, they will be able to sit in coverage, take away the Dolphins running game, and it will result in a hellish night for the Dolphins offense.  Henne must “lead” the team tonight.  Not just play quarterback.
Brandon Marshall missed the off-season player only workouts but he and Chad Henne seemed to develop a better relationship over training camp.  It’s imperative that the Dolphins get Marshall the ball and allow him to make plays.  If Henne and Marshall can work from the same page, they will be able to exploit weaknesses in the Patriot defense.
This can go two ways.  His coming out party or the same old Chad Henne.  If Henne is going to be a leader, he needs to do it in big games.  Tonight is a big game on a national stage.
2:  Dolphins running game:  If you are looking for a 100 yard effort tonight by a Dolphins tailback, forget it.  It won’t happen.  The Dolphins simply do not have that kind of runner on their roster right now.  Daniel Thomas is questionable for the game tonight and rookie FB/TE Charles Clay is out.  While Thomas will see his share of touches, the onus of the Dolphins running game falls tonight on the shoulders of Reggie Bush.  Bush is more likely to play a larger part in the passing game.
The Dolphins will try to run the ball and the Patriots will likely shadow Bush.  Bush is far more dangerous in the passing game and the Dolphins will likely feed him the ball out of the back-field in both designed passing plays and as a dump off receiver.  Bush is going to need to have his blocking skills in order as well as the Patriots should find a way to get pressure on Henne from the right side of the Dolphins line.  If Bush can’t complete his blocking assignments, expect to see a lot of Lex Hilliard tonight.
1:  Miami’s offensive line:  The line has been offensive the entire pre-season.  There are more questions on the right side than at any time in Tony Sparano’s three previous years.  It’s time to drop the “genius” from Tony’s resume as it pertains to the line.  He simply hasn’t got the job done and this year looks like nothing different.  Anchoring the right tackle spot will be Marc Columbo who is a Dallas retread for Sparano.  This pre-season, you would think he spent time in Spain doing bull fights rather than Texas doing rodeo.  He has played that bad.
Vernon Carey’s switch to guard has yet to pay dividends which makes it harder for rookie Mike Pouncey to learn his job.  The Dolphins offensive production tonight and specifically the production of the running game and Chad Henne lie on the play of the offensive line.  New England will attack it and newcomer Albert Haynesworth is looking t make a statement about his conditioning and level of play.
The Dolphins must win the trench battle and wear down the New England defensive front.  If they can do that, they will control the clock, the ball, and the rest can lie on the shoulders of Bush and Henne.
How to beat the Patriots:
If I am coaching the Dolphins tonight, my game plan is far from simple.  Brian Daboll has to mix it up and find the mismatches that will give his offense the best chance of moving the ball.  Putting Brandon Marshall in motion will create positive mismatches in the New England schemes.  Moving Reggie Bush into the slot will also have the same effect.  I would alternate series using four and five wide-receiver sets and two tight end sets with quick passes and I would concentrate on running directly at Haynesworth.  He is a load but he will wear out quickly in the Miami humidity.
Brian Daboll has said that Chad Henne has no restrictions.  So they need to use that to their advantage.  Henne won’t hit on all of his deep balls and I suspect that nerves will play a part in his touch passes being off early.  They still need to take those deep shots and Clyde Gates could be the guy to get down field in a hurry.  Attacking the New England defense is the way to win on offense.  This can’t be about ball control.  Put points on the board and force the Patriots to play a passing game on offense then defensively, keep pressure on Brady every time he drops back to pass.
Then, when the Dolphins are winning…don’t make the special teams the deciding factor.
Prediction - I hate predicting games.  So many variables play a part.  I like the Dolphins chances tonight but a lot of that hinges on the play of the offensive line.  The Dolphins can’t win if the line play is average or worst.  So far, they haven’t shown they can play an average game.  I am however hoping and assuming that Brian Daboll hasn’t used his playbook throughout the pre-season.  I expect the Dolphins to use more blocking stunts and pulling tonight which we haven’t seen this pre-season at all.  It’s because of that, I believe that the Oline may be able to pull it together long enough for it to work.

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Harvest Moon

Sept. 22, 2010:  For the first time in almost 20 years, northern autumn is beginning on the night of a full Moon. The coincidence sets the stage for a "Super Harvest Moon" and a must-see sky show to mark the change of seasons.
The action begins at sunset on Sept 22nd, the last day of northern summer. As the sun sinks in the west, bringing the season to a close, the full Harvest Moon will rise in the east, heralding the start of fall. The two sources of light will mix together to create a kind of 360-degree, summer-autumn twilight glow that is only seen on rare occasions

Keep an eye on the Moon as it creeps above the eastern skyline. The golden orb may appear strangely inflated. This is the Moon illusion at work. For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, a low-hanging Moon appears much wider than it really is. A Harvest Moon inflated by the moon illusion is simply gorgeous.
The view improves as the night wears on.
A Moon-Jupiter conjunction on Aug. 26, 2010. Credit: Tom Cocchiaro.
Northern summer changes to fall on Sept. 22nd at 11:09 pm EDT. At that precise moment, called the autumnal equinox, the Harvest Moon can be found soaring high overhead with the planet Jupiter right beside it. The two brightest objects in the night sky will be in spectacular conjunction to mark the change in seasons.
The Harvest Moon gets its name from agriculture. In the days before electric lights, farmers depended on bright moonlight to extend the workday beyond sunset. It was the only way they could gather their ripening crops in time for market. The full Moon closest to the autumnal equinox became "the Harvest Moon," and it was always a welcome sight.
This one would be extra welcome because it is extra "Harvesty."
Usually, the Harvest Moon arrives a few days to weeks before or after the beginning of fall. It's close, but not a perfect match. The Harvest Moon of 2010, however, reaches maximum illumination a mere six hours after the equinox. This has led some astronomers to call it the "Harvestest Moon" or a "Super Harvest Moon." There hasn't been a comparable coincidence since Sept 23, 1991, when the difference was about 10 hours, and it won't happen again until the year 2029.
A Super Harvest Moon, a rare twilight glow, a midnight conjunction—rarely does autumn begin with such celestial fanfare.
Enjoy the show!

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Tyrone Power was one of the top leading men of Hollywood's golden era, from 1936 until his untimely death in 1958. He became an overnight star and leading man at the age of twenty-two and made about fifty films in a career that was cut short by a heart attack at the age of forty-four. On May 31, 1937, just six months after his breakout role in Lloyd's of London, his hands and feet were placed in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater. For three straight years - 1939 through 1941, Ty was named "King of the Movies" by fans. Some critics of the day viewed his huge box-office appeal as being largely due to his extraordinary good looks, but, many today say that he was quite a good actor, one of the most underrated of his era.

He appeared in a variety of film genres, showing a remarkable acting range. He made several musicals, including Alexander's Ragtime BandSecond FiddleRose of Washington Square, and The Eddy Duchin Story. He also was in several westerns, including Jesse JamesRawhidePony Soldier, and Brigham Young Frontiersman. Then there were the dramas, like Johnny ApolloWitness for the ProsecutionCrash Dive, and The Razor's Edge. Now and then, he even played in a comedy, like That Wonderful UrgeLuck of the Irish, and Love is News, to which he generally received very favorable reviews for his comedic style. His swashbuckler roles were among some of the best, and he is most closely identified by them -- The Mark of ZorroThe Black SwanPrince of FoxesThe Black Rose, and Captain from Castile. Tyrone Power appeared with some of the best actors and actresses of his era, and he was directed by some of the best directors. He seemingly lead a charmed life, traveling in circles of influential filmmakers, loved by moviegoers, and recognized as King of the Fox lot. It was not an easy road getting there, though.

Power was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1914, the only son of English born stage and screen actor Frederick Tyrone Edmond Power and his wife, actress Helen Emma "Patia" Reaume. Power was descended from a long theatrical line going back to his great-grandfather, the Irish born actor and comedian William Tyrone Power, sometimes referred to as Tyrone Power I, and known professionally as Tyrone Power (1795-1841).

During the first year of Tyrone Power's life, he lived in Cincinnati. His father was absent for long periods, due to his stage commitments in New York. Young Tyrone was a sickly child, and his doctor advised his family that the climate in California might be better for his health. 

The family moved to California in 1915, and there they welcomed a sister, Anne Power, into their family on August 26, 1915. The parents appeared together on stage and, in 1917, their movie, The Planter, was released. Tyrone Power, Sr., as he later became known, found himself away from home more frequently, as his stage career took him to New York. The Powers drifted apart, and they divorced around 1920.

After the divorce, Patia Power worked as a stage actress, performing in regional stage and with stage stock companies. In 1921, at the age of seven, young Tyrone appeared with his mother in the mission play, La Golondrina, at San Gabriel, California. In 1923, they returned to Cincinnati, where she became a drama and voice coach at the Schuster-Martin School of Drama. She also coached Tyrone in voice and dramatics at home. Tyrone went to Cincinnati-area Catholic schools.

As he grew up, Tyrone held a keen interest in acting, encouraged by his father. After graduating from Cincinnati's Purcell High School in 1931, at age seventeen, young Tyrone joined his father that summer to learn more from him about acting. He spent a few great months with his dad, observing him on stage and learning from him. The year would not end happily, however. In December 1931, the older Power became ill on the set of the movie, The Miracle Man. As young Tyrone held him in his arms, his dad died of a heart attack. 

His death brought young Tyrone not only great sadness but also an uncertain future of pursuing an acting career without the help of his father. Tyrone Power, Jr., as he was then known, was determined to follow in his father's footsteps. He went door to door, trying to get work as an actor, and, while many contacts knew his father well, they offered praise for his father but no work for him. He appeared in a bit part in 1932 in Tom Brown of Culver, a movie starring actor, Tom Brown. His experience in that movie didn't open any other doors, however, and, except for what amounted to little more than a job as an extra in Flirtation Walk, he found himself frozen out of the movies but making some appearances in community theater.

Discouraged he took the advice of friend, Arthur Caesar, to go to New York to get experience as a stage actor. Along the way, he stopped in Chicago, where his friend, Don Ameche, a radio personality, convinced him to stay awhile to work in radio. He wasn't able to get a foothold in radio, however, and he eventually went on to New York. There, he met Katharine Cornell, the great stage actress, who cast him as an understudy for Burgess Meredith, for the play, Flowers of the Forest. A better stage break came, though, when Cornell put him in the role of Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet. During this time, Hollywood scouts saw him and offered him a screen test. Katharine Cornell advised against going to Hollywood, without a little more stage experience, and Tyrone Power took her advice. Cornell gave him a substantial role in her next stage play, St. Joan. Once again, Hollywood scouts saw him and offered him a screen test. Cornell told him that he was ready.

Tyrone Power returned to Hollywood in 1936, where he was signed by 20th Century-Fox. He would be their top leading man for years to come. He got a false start at 20th Century-Fox, though, when he was assigned to Sing Baby Sing, at the request of Alice Faye, already a star for the studio. The director, Sidney Lanfield, didn't recognize his potential and removed him from the cast, telling him that he should find another line of work, as he would never become an actor. Faye intervened again on his behalf, and she convinced the studio to give him another chance. He was assigned to a small part in Girls' Dormitory. In this movie, he caught the eye of many fans, among them Hedda Hopper, who stayed for a second showing to find out who the young man was with just a few lines at the end of the movie. Following that, he was cast in a slightly larger part inLadies in Love, which starred Janet Gaynor, Constance Bennett, and Loretta Young. 

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It looked as though 20th Century-Fox was not going to pick up his option, however, and Tyrone Power then went to the office of director Henry King to ask him to consider him for a role. King was impressed with his looks and poise, and he insisted that Tyrone Power be tested for the lead role in Lloyd's of London, a role thought to already belong to Don Ameche. Despite Darryl F. Zanuck's reservations, he decided to go ahead and give him the lead role in the movie, once Henry King and Fox editor, Barbara McLean, convinced him that Power had a greater screen presence than did Don Ameche. He was 4th billed in the movie, but he had by far the most screen time of any other actor. He walked into the premiere of the movie an unknown, and he walked out a superstar, where he stayed for the remainder of his career.

20th Century-Fox relied heavily on Tyrone Power, putting him in many of their most important movies in the late 1930's and early 1940's. In these years, he starred in romantic comedies such as Thin Ice and Day-Time Wife; in dramas such as Suez, Blood and Sand, The Rains Came, and In Old Chicago; in the musicals, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Second Fiddle, and Rose of Washington Square; in the westerns, Jesse James and Brigham Young; in the war films, Yank in the R.A.F. and This Above All; and, of course, the swashbucklers, The Mark of Zorro and The Black Swan. He was loaned out one time, to MGM for 1939's Marie Antoinette. Darryl F. Zanuck did not feel that the movie showed Tyrone Power to best advantage, and he vowed to never again loan him out. Through the years, other studios asked for his services, but Zanuck stuck by his original decision.

Tyrone Power was one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors when he married French actress, Annabella, (birth name Suzanne Georgette Charpentier) on April 23, 1939. They met on the 20th Century-Fox lot, around the time they starred together in the movie, Suez. Annabella was a big star in France when 20th Century-Fox brought her over to America, and she was given the big buildup as the next great French star for Hollywood pictures. When Darryl F. Zanuck, 20th Century-Fox studio boss, realized the seriousness of the romance between her and his top male star, however, he strongly objected, fearing that Tyrone Power would lose part of his female fan base if he were married. Zanuck offered to give Annabella plum roles in movies to be filmed abroad, in order to get her out of the country and away from one of Hollywood's biggest heartthrobs.

When Tyrone Power and Annabella went against Zanuck's wishes and married, Annabella's career at 20th Century-Fox suffered greatly. After the marriage, Zanuck refused to assign her to movies for the studio, in punishment for their disobedience. This lack of movie work caused the very talented actress to seek stage work in order to help satisfy her desire to act. Tyrone Power appeared with his wife, Annabella, in several radio broadcasts, including the plays Blood and Sand, The Rage of Manhattan, and Seventh Heaven. He also appeared with her in the stage play, Liliom, in Country Playhouse, Westport, Connecticut, in 1941. He worked with other big names, in radio. Among those he starred with were Humphrey Bogart, Jeanne Crain, Loretta Young, Alice Faye, and Al Jolson.

In the early 1940's, Tyrone Power's movie career was interrupted by military service. In August 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, starting out as a private, having refused his studio's offer to get him an officer's commission. Upon completion of boot camp training at San Diego, he was selected for Officer's Candidate School at Quantico, where he was promoted to Second Lieutenant on June 2, 1943. Because he had already logged many solo hours as a pilot prior to enlisting in the Marine Corps, he was able to go though a short, intense flight training program at Corpus Christi, Texas, where he earned his wings and was promoted to First Lieutenant. Power served in the Pacific theater, with the VMR-352, carrying supplies aboard a R5C into the embattled Iwo Jima and carrying the wounded out, often under heavy fire.

When Tyrone left for military service, he and his wife were having marital troubles, but they committed themselves to working out their problems. When he returned from the war, he talked of how happy he was to see his wife waiting on the dock in Seattle for him. They took a second honeymoon to give him time to recover from his wartime experiences and to strengthen their marriage. In October of 1946 - just a few short months of his return from the war, she announced their separation, naming "incompatibility of careers" as the grounds. The years would drag on before they were finally divorced, in January 1949.

His first movie after coming back from the war was the drama, Razor's Edge. It was a huge movie for that year. Next up for release was a movie that Tyrone Power had to fight hard to make - the gritty film noir,Nightmare Alley. Darryl F. Zanuck was reluctant to allow him to make the movie, because Tyrone Power's handsome face and charming manner had made a lot of money for the studio, and he feared that the dark role might hurt his image with the fans. But he finally agreed, giving him A-list production values for what normally would be a B film. The movie was directed by Edmund Goulding, and, though the film died at the box-office, largely due to his studio's lack of promotion of the film, Tyrone Power received some of the best reviews of his career. Tyrone Power's venture into gritty drama was short lived, as he was seen next in a costume movie,Captain from Castile, directed by Henry King, who directed Tyrone Power in eleven movies. After making a couple light romantic comedies, That Wonderful Urge and The Luck of the Irish, Tyrone Power found himself once again in swashbucklers - The Black Rose and Prince of Foxes.

Soon after his separation from Annabella, Ty began a much publicized romance in 1946 with MGM star, Lana Turner. Gossip went into high gear when she visited him on the set of Captain from Castile, early in 1947. Their friends assumed that they would eventually marry. But, on September 1, 1947, Ty began a 32,000-mile journey, piloting his airplane, "The Geek", with Bob Buck, as co-pilot; Bill Agner, flight engineer, Bob Stevens, navigator, Bill Ritter, radio operator; Jim Denton, 20th Century Fox public relations; Bill Gallagher, Ty's secretary). The trip took them to Puerto Rico, Liberia, S.W. Africa, Italy, British Guyana, Gold Coast, South Africa, Ethiopia, Brazil, Belgian Congo, Portugal, Sudan, Ireland, Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada, Kenya, Greenland, England, Iceland, France, and Greece. The most important part of that trip was when they were in Rome, and Ty met the beautiful starlet, Linda Christian. Ty was vulnerable to another romance, since he was having doubts about Lana. Word had gotten back to him, while on the trip, that she had been seen "dating" Frank Sinatra. Lana always maintained that there was nothing more than friendship with Sinatra, but Ty was not convinced that this was true. He became romantically involved with Linda, while in Rome. On January 27, 1949, in the Church of Santa Francesca, with an estimated 8,000 - 10,000 screaming fans outside the church, Ty and Linda were married. Lana was left heartbroken.

Right away the couple said that they were eager to have children. Linda suffered three miscarriages before, happily, giving birth to daughter Romina, on October 2, 1951. A couple years later, on September 13, 1953, they welcomed daughter, Taryn. Despite the complete joy that the children brought to their lives, the marriage became increasingly unhappy, and the couple divorced in 1955.

As the 1950's rolled around, Power was becoming increasingly unhappy with his movie assignments, with such movies as American Guerrilla in the Philippines and Pony Soldier. He asked his studio to grant him permission to seek out his own roles outside 20th Century-Fox. Permission was granted, with the understanding that he would fulfill his fourteen-film commitment to 20th Century-Fox, in between his other movie roles. Immediately following the filming of American Guerrilla in the Philippines, he went into rehearsals for the stage version of Mister Roberts. He performed the title role in the play to sellout crowds for six months at the London Coliseum.

In 1953, he made The Mississippi Gambler for Universal Studios. He worked a deal to get a percentage of the profits, and he ended up making one-million dollars from the movie, a very large sum in those days. His movies had been very profitable for 20th Century-Fox, and the studio tried to get him to sign another contract with the studio when his contract ended. As enticement, they offered him the plum role that eventually went to Richard Burton in The Robe

He turned the role down and, instead, went on a year's tour with the stage play, John Brown's Body, based upon the narrative poem by Stephen Vincent Benet. He appeared on Broadway in the show, opposite Judith Anderson and Raymond Massey. (Anne Baxter toured in the production in the Judith Anderson role). The critics applauded his performances.

Untamed, Tyrone Power's last movie made under his contract with 20th Century-Fox, was released in 1955. That same year, The Long Gray Line, a hugely successful John Ford film was released by Columbia Pictures. Columbia released The Eddy Duchin Story, also huge at the box-office, the following year. His old boss, Darryl F. Zanuck, pressed him into service for the lead role in 1957's The Sun Also Rises, adapted from the Ernest Hemingway novel. Released that same year were Abandon Ship and John Ford's Rising of the Moon (narrator only). Tyrone Power's last role turned out to be one of his most highly regarded, cast against type as the accused murderer, Leonard Vole, in Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution, directed by Billy Wilder. 

On May 7th, 1958, Tyrone Power married Deborah Ann Montgomery Minardos, a dark-haired Southern beauty. The couple soon had the happy news that Debbie was going to have a baby. Tyrone Power hoped for a boy to carry on his name, though he adored his two little girls. He confessed to his friends that he was sure that, this time, he would have a boy.

In September of 1958 Tyrone Power and his wife went to Madrid, Spain, so that he could begin filming the epic, Solomon and Sheba, to be directed by King Vidor. He had filmed about seventy-five percent of his scenes when, on November 15, 1958, he was stricken with a massive heart attack, as he was filming a dueling scene with his frequent co-star and friend, George Sanders. He died enroute to the hospital. Yul Brynner was brought in to take over the role of Solomon. The filmmakers used some of the long shots that Tyrone Power had filmed, and an observant fan can see him in some of the scenes, particularly in the middle of the duel.

Tyrone Power was buried at Hollywood Cemetery, now known as Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, California, at noon, on November 21, 1958, in a military service. (Tyrone Power had remained in the Marine reserves after his active duty was over. At the time of his death, he was a major.) The memorial service was held at the Chapel of the Psalms, Hollywood Cemetery, with Chaplain Thomas M. Gibson, U.S.N.R. officiating. The active pallbearers were officers of the United States Marine Corps. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Laughton, Raymond Massey, Tommy Noonan, Theodore Richmond, Murray Steckler, Cesar Romero, Watson Webb, Milton Bren, James Denton, George Sidney, George Cohen, Lew Schreiber, Lew Wasserman, and Harry Brand. Cesar Romero gave the eulogy, using in it a tribute written by Tyrone Power's good friend and frequent co-star, George Sanders. Sanders had written the tribute on the set of Solomon and Sheba, within the first few hours after Power's death. It read as follows: "I shall always remember Tyrone as a bountiful man, a man who gave freely of himself. It mattered not to whom he gave. His concern was in the giving. I shall always remember his wonderful smile, a smile that would light up the darkest hour of the day, like a sunburst. I shall always remember Tyrone Power as a man who gave more of himself than it was wise for him to give, until in the end, he gave his life." Flying over the service was Henry King, who directed him in eleven movies. Almost 20 years before, Tyrone had flown with King, in King's plane, to the set of Jesse Jamesin Missouri. It was then that Tyrone Power got his first experience with flying, which would become such a big part of his life, both in the U.S. Marines and in his private life. In the foreword to Dennis Belafonte's The Films of Tyrone Power, King said, "Knowing his love for flying and feeling that I had started it, I flew over his funeral procession and memorial park during his burial, and felt that he was with me." Tyrone Power was laid to rest, by a small lake, in one of the most beautiful parts of the cemetery. His grave is marked by a unique tombstone, in the form of a marble bench. On the tombstone are the masks of comedy and tragedy, with a transcription from Shakespeare's Hamlet, as follows:

There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow
If it be now, tis' not to come;
If it be not to come, it will be now;
If it be not now, yet it will come;
The readiness is all. 1

Good Night, Sweet Prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to they rest.2

On January 22, 1959, Tyrone and Debbie Power's son, Tyrone William Power IV, was born in Los Angeles. Ty's greatest wish, to have a son to carry forth his name, was fulfilled. And, years later, his son would carry on the name when he and his wife had a baby boy - Tyrone Keenan Power.

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