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Ambassador Fine Cigars Davidoff’s fastest-growing retailer in the United States

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SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING Cigar Smoking Can Cause Cancers Of The Mouth And Throat Even If You Do Not Inhale




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The Piano Guys We caught up with pianist Jon Schmidt from Internet sensation The Piano Guys. Schmidt talks about their innovative music and new album.

From Art to Zack: Artist Zack Jones Artist Zack Jones talks about the inspiration behind his drawings, paintings and camera art.

The Coyote It is not uncommon to see coyotes roaming Arizona neighborhoods. But what do we really know about them? And what would you do if you came across one?

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ON THE COVER: PLEXUS The Opportunity of a Lifetime A company in Scottsdale is changing lives and the way people think about Network Marketing.

Sandy’s Aftermath Hurricane Sandy was the worst storm to hit the East Coast in decades. Even though it left a trail of devastation, the human spirit will overcome the destruction and bounce back.

The World Rallies Behind Malala A follow-up on the heroic actions of Malala Yousafzai.

Up Close and Personal with Wild and Exotic Animals One of Arizona’s most exciting attractions is the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium. What’s new at the zoo? We’ll tell you!



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From the Editor Paging Books with J.J. LaBarber Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich

CEO Series: A One-on-One with Mayor Greg Stanton

Stanton is the mayor of the City of Phoenix


A Geek’s Confession


Speaking Out!


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Big Tech Companies, Big Legal Battles



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Elections: Bought and Paid For by the Highest Bidder

World Report Turning 50 Transitions Fashion Trends Crossword Puzzle The Thunderbirds’ Enduring Legacy


Spotlight: Pippa Middleton Shakespeare in Southern California Tekknowvations Spotlight: New Pro Soccer Team in Phoenix


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Sandy’s Anger Through Pictures

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t’s often said that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and that’s precisely what we illustrate in our feature Sandy’s Horrific Aftermath. Words cannot describe the terror and devastation the superstorm unleashed on the East Coast. Communities riddled with massive destruction—homes leveled, gigantic trees uprooted, debris strewn throughout neighborhoods … for many of our fellow Americans, it was a lifealtering experience that will take them years, if not decades, to recover from— not to mention the tens of billions it will cost to repair the damage. On a lighter note, among our other stories in this issue we feature the innovative group The Piano Guys, who instantly became an Internet sensation. Our one-on-one this time around shines the spotlight on Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who after a year in office has shown through his actions that he cares about the interests of Phoenicians and all Arizonans. Please enjoy this issue, and if you would like to share your comments or provide feedback, I invite you to drop me a note at Happy New Year to you, and thank you for your continued support.



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NEW FEATURE MyLIFE Magazine has a new pictorial fold out format that will showcase important topics facing the world today. Pictures, and especially photographs, carry with them implicit narratives. And that’s exactly what this new feature will portray. On pages 27-33, you’ll find a collection of photos that are intended to reveal the extent of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. There’s a reason Sandy was dubbed “Frankenstorm.” Through these photos, you’ll see why.


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Next Issue In our March-April issue, we will look at the world’s largest arboreal mammal—the orangutan. The feature will also include other endangered species. Though once found abundantly throughout Southeast Asia, the orangutan’s habitat has disappeared by more than 80 percent. Today, they can be found only on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. This majestic creature is nearing extinction. Scientists estimate that only between 15,000 and 24,000 orangutans remain in the world.

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Napoleon Hill: The Emperor of Success and Motivation


es … Napoleon Hill, the author of Think and Grow Rich, could easily be referred to as “The Emperor of Success and Motivation.” He spent years researching and promoting his “subjects,” who have become known as the leaders of American industry: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, George Eastman, Theodore Roosevelt, William Jennings Bryan, Charles Schwab and W. Clement Stone—with whom Hill had an especially singular professional liaison. Hill’s mission? To find out what made these men so successful. Many had no college education. Some had gone bankrupt on more than one occasion. So, what changed their luck? What common bond did they all uncover that made them successful? Hill’s masterpiece has been a motivational classic since it first appeared in 1937. By 1970, when Hill died, Think and Grow Rich had sold more than 70 million copies worldwide. It has been published in most major languages. Now, to the book. Hill explains that he first learned the moneymaking secret of success from one of the wealthiest men in the world—Andrew Carnegie. Hill met the renowned industrialist at what was supposed to have been a threehour interview that turned into a “three-day marathon” get-together in which Carnegie offered to introduce Hill to the most powerful people in America—if he would undertake learning the secrets of their success from each of them and then turn those secrets into a philosophy of personal achievement that could be used by the common man. Carnegie told Hill that he believed “… any person can achieve greatness if they mylife

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understand the philosophy of success and the steps to achieve it. It is a shame that each new generation must find the way to success by trial and error, when the principles are clear-cut.” It was Carnegie’s belief that the magic formula, which gave him a stupendous fortune, ought to be placed within reach of people who do not have the time to investigate how others make their money. He emphasized that if it were properly taught, it would revolutionize the entire educational system, and the time spent in school could be reduced to less than half. Hill’s basic creed is that every failure or misfortune holds the seed of an equal or greater success. Once again, he deals with how you see things, and whether you see failure as a defeat—or, as an opportunity to learn a lesson that will help you succeed the next time.

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Hill’s concept of success-consciousness is the basis of the theory behind the bestseller Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, which he co-authored with W. Clement Stone. In their book, they use the initialism PMA to refer to the state of mind that results from approaching life with a Positive Mental Attitude. Stone practiced that philosophy every day of his life, and he believed that this, combined with Hill’s principles of success, was the reason he had achieved so much in life. As Stone defines it, PMA is much more than what we consider to be positive thinking. NOTE: With only $100 and a burning desire to succeed, Stone turned himself into a master salesman and built a multimillion-dollar insurance empire. As his success grew, he made a point of analyzing his achievements and identifying each technique that worked for him. He would then formulize the technique into a written theory, and it would become part of his personal PMA philosophy. Now, it’s time to test your skills. How many pages of Think and Grow Rich will you have to read before you determine their inherent secret for success? Will it be 12 pages? 112 pages? More? Hill stated, “You can’t really get Think and Grow Rich by reading it only once. There is just as much written between

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the lines as there is in the lines themselves.” Jamie Copland, CEO of Sentry Enterprises and publisher of MyLIFE Magazine and TRAVELHOST Magazine, commented, “I know many industry executives who still mandate that all new hires read Hill’s book. And every odd year, I pull it from the bookshelf and reread it as a continuing motivational incentive.” How about you? Have you read it? If not, do yourself a favor and grab a copy. It’s guaranteed to be a game-changer for you in business—and in life.

Napoleon Hill was born in 1883 in Wise County, Virginia. He began his writing career at age 13 as a “mountain reporter” for small-town newspapers and went on to become one of America’s most beloved motivational authors. His work stands as a monument to individual achievement and is the cornerstone of modern motivation. Hill’s most famous work, Think and Grow Rich, is one of the best selling books of all time. He established the Napoleon Hill Foundation as a nonprofit educational institution whose mission is to perpetuate his philosophy of leadership, self-motivation and individual achievement.

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piano guys Whatever inspired Aristotle to say, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” may have been ancient Greece’s equivalent to the music made by The Piano Guys. BY ED MARTINEZ AND MARY L. HOLDEN


usic is math-based, so let’s write an equation: Jon Schmidt + Steven Sharp Nelson = The Piano Guys. One plus one is two, right? Well, in the case of this group, the math doesn’t match the lyrics of the story! While there is only one literal “piano guy,” there are actually five “Piano Guys” in all. The two musicians in the group (Schmidt—the pianist, and Nelson, a cellist) include three more on their team: Paul Anderson (producer/videographer), Tel Stewart (videographer/editor) and Al van der Beek (music studio technician). The Piano Guys have a take on music that is a bit different. The two musicians match different songs or compositions together in very creative ways. Think of Vivaldi’s music marrying the soundtrack from “The Bourne Identity.” Think Coldplay’s “Paradise” under the influence of Africa. Think cellos on “Star Wars.” These musicians have taken the concept of addition to an entirely new level—perhaps an entirely new playing field! Since we’re all about math, let’s explore the power of one. Jon Schmidt got started with music when he was in junior high school. “I was very inspired by Billy Joel,” he said. Joel had just put out his first album at the time. “I tried to learn some of his songs, and it helped me realize how to play by ear and how to compose. And that was probably one of the greatest things that ever



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happened in my life—to have something positive to consume [my] time … and then actually turn it into a professional career. I started writing songs, putting out CDs … and people started buying them and before I knew it, I had a thousand people showing up to hear me play the piano. I was selling tickets and making some good money in college.” Here are more numbers that The Piano Guys like: 1,917,979 and 20,720. Their version of “Bring Him Home” (from “Les

Misérables”) had 1,917,979 views and 20,720 likes on YouTube at press time. Schmidt answered some questions about The Piano Guys for MyLIFE magazine. MyLIFE: You met Steven Sharp Nelson when he was 15 years old. Tell us about your 20-year friendship.

Schmidt: He was 15 years old when I first heard of him. I’m actually 10 years older. He was playing backup cello for a local artist at a benefit concert we were doing, and I was impressed. I asked him to play a tune on my set. Pretty soon, we were doing all my shows together. He does something that nobody else does—the way he plays his cello. He’ll hit it like a percussion instrument. He’ll pull out a tape drum and be playing along that way. And then he has electric cellos … with extra strings on them. It’s amazing—he’s a one-man symphony at the end of the day. Pianists and guys that do what I do are a dime a dozen, but when I had the chance to join together with

MyLIFE: Congratulations on your debut album, released in October. Your sound is a blend of classical music and pop. Did that happen by accident or is that how you planned it? Schmidt: My parents are German immigrants and I was raised on classical music— but then being introduced to Billy Joel, who is a rock pianist—I was able to bring those two elements into my life, to have them in the music that I wrote and I arranged. It’s the same for Steve—he’s very classically oriented and he also grew up listening to the music on the radio. Then Al van der Beek—he produced his own albums—his genre was more hip/hop. So

their kids introduced them to our music. That’s something that’s really cool to hear. MyLIFE: What things outside of music are important to you? To the group? Schmidt: We are all family guys—and that is number one for us. We’re all a little bit older. In fact, when we signed with Sony, we told them that we don’t want a record deal unless we can put our families first. We feel that is the greatest source of our inspiration. If we can keep the important things in play, then we write our best music—then we give our best performance. We feel like we’ve experienced a lot of miracles—and you know, we really rely heavily upon our faith.

Steven and we became a team [with Anderson, Stewart and van der Beek], all of a sudden we had something that was one of a kind—and it’s been a real cool ride.

we have all these things coming together as we write. MyLIFE: What kind of feedback do you get on your music? Schmidt: Every time we release a song, we get thousands of comments. One of my favorite ones is from people who tell us that

MyLIFE: You mentioned something special about one of your listeners. What is that story? Schmidt: We did a music arrangement for “Bring Him Home” and we dedicated it to families of troops and people that have families serving overseas. We got a YouTube comment that came in from a guy serving in Afghanistan that said something like, ‘when I listen to this, it just really strengthens me—and I listen to it often—and it’s something that I share with my family— and they listen to it.’ Just to hear him say that brought him strength is amazing. Return now to Aristotle and his observation about sums and parts and the concept of the whole. Now check out the music of The Piano Guys and the team’s cinematography that matches the mood in this rendition of “Code Name Vivaldi” at Think urban landscape, espionage, speeding trains: in sound! There, now. It could make you wonder if the great philosopher might wish he were alive today, so he could listen too.


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From Art to Zack: Artist Zack Jones BY MARY L. HOLDEN


rt has a history. Prehistoric painters who left their mark on the world lived over 40,000 years ago. Humanity’s first camera was the human eye, but many years passed before someone took inspiration from its function to create a portable, mechanical “eye” to capture images that could be shared. Today’s artists create from this history— established by sight—that has unfolded over a vast amount of time. One current professional artist who represents this progression is Zack Jones. Self-taught, he draws, paints and uses a camera to create art. And, he houses his three-dimensional creations (pictures and videos of which may be seen on a computer screen) in a church built 140 years ago in his hometown of Malvern, Iowa. Jones bought the church and renovated it into a residence and a studio. His first show opened there in November 2012. What does it mean when a building meant for religion becomes an art studio? Perhaps society is changing to allow individual spiritual empowerment through 14


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personal creativity rather than through the structured practice of organized religion. If that’s the case, Jones is a great representative. “I was raised on a farm. No one in my family was an artist, and I am self taught. My first teacher was Bob Ross—I used to watch him on TV at my grandmother’s house. He’s the one who taught that you should paint with joy. When I was in high school I had an airbrush and I used it for things, but it had to be taken apart and cleaned every time I wanted to change the color!” Jones stepped into his artistic talent in 1999 at the age of 25, when he lived in Arizona. “I left a 9 to 5 job at Image Craft in Phoenix. I was doing darkroom work and felt uninspired. I was constantly looking for a hobby.” He went to an art store knowing nothing about paint, bought some oils and acrylics and played with them. His first painting was a selfportrait. At that time, Jones lived in Cave Creek, and one day he stopped in Galeria Bellas Artes, the studio of artist Sergio Ladron de Guevara. Karen Ladron de Guevara was there, and she introduced Jones to the artist who recognized the talent Jones had in his portfolio. A few weeks later, the two men were in a tuitionfree, teacher-student match. “Sergio taught me to paint things that were meaningful to me, and to paint with love. I helped him by doing a few chores, but he took me under his wing. Both he and Karen turned into surrogate parents.” When Jones visits Arizona, he stays at Spur Cross (north of Cave Creek; part of the Tonto National Forest) which he calls “the wild West.” He takes inspiration from the differences in landscape between Arizona and Iowa. “To go from cornfields to cacti is inspiring,” he said. In addition to taking photographs, renovating the church, drawing and painting, Jones has a goal to “reinvent small town Iowa. I moved away from here when I was 21 and when I moved back,

the town was not like how I remembered it. There used to be lots of locally-owned businesses but they left and the buildings were abandoned and condemned. I felt like the town I knew was dying, probably due to the Internet and the lure of driving 40 miles to a city to buy things at the big box stores. I wanted to do something about it—to bring some life back to the town, get people to patronize small business, have some fun.” As for his “art business” Jones runs events like classes, competitions, concerts and art shows. “I wonder why there is not a Made in America movement going on right now? It would bring jobs back and be a good fit for life in small towns where true craftsmanship of goods, art and food could happen—instead of mass production. I want the standard to be quality over quantity.” As an artist and a businessman, Jones is actively creating the changes he wants to see in his world—a world he sees in a small town, with lifestyle values like integrity and quietude, where philosophical concepts like truth, good and beauty are more easily recognized. He’s also producing quality art and furthering its storied history.

Zack Jones is also the artist behind MyLIFE’s political cartoons found on page 45 in this issue. where’s the leadership?


To view all cartoons from Jones, visit:

Up Close and Personal

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WORLD REPORT LOCAL Tucson Shooter Sentenced

Mesa, A High-Tech Startup Leader

Tucson, Ariz.

Mesa, Ariz.

Convicted shooter Jared Loughner appeared in court for sentencing in connection with the Tucson shooting that occurred on January 8, 2011. He killed six people in the incident and wounded 13 others, including former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head. A plea agreement was reached in lieu of a trial, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on the agreement. Loughner was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release.

The East Valley city now ranks no. 8 for high-tech startups in a recent survey released by a San Francisco business counseling service. Among the newest companies establishing their business in Mesa, Bridgestone America Tire Operations LLC—which plans to build a research facility there.

Blackwater Awarded Contract

Phoenix Coyotes

Arlington, Va.

The Glendale City Council voted, for the second time, in favor of approving the roughly $300 million sale and funding of the Phoenix Coyotes to suitor Greg Jamison.

The war in Afghanistan might not be winding down soon. The private security company Blackwater has been awarded a $22 million contract to house American troops in Afghanistan through 2015.

Jaguars Roam Arizona

Cancer Curing Case Dismissed

Tucson, Ariz.

Houston, Tex.

Is the jaguar returning to Arizona? Its range historically extended from South America through Central America to Mexico and followed along Mexico’s gulf coast into Arizona. A recent picture of what was believed to be one of the big cats was taken near a hunter’s trail southeast of Tucson. Arizona Game and Fish Department officials said outside experts agree with state biologists that the image captured was indeed a jaguar.

The Texas Medical Board dropped its case against Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, who reportedly has successfully cured patients with cancer using “antineoplastons.” Burzynski had been targeted by the board for his unconventional methods, despite having an apparently successful track record with patients.

Senate Amends NDAA

Grand Canyon Older Than Thought?

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Grand Canyon, Ariz. How old do you think the Grand Canyon is? Most geologists believe it’s about five to six million years old, but new findings by researchers at the University of Colorado indicate that Arizona’s great natural wonder may have been formed as far back as 70 million years ago—which is about the time that dinosaurs roamed the Earth. 16



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The amendment to the controversial and unconstitutional National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) spending bill was passed by the Senate in December. It clarifies the right to trial of “citizens and permanent legal residents” detained under the relevant sections of the revamped measure. Critics of the bill are quick to point out that although the amendment is a step in the right direction, it does not go far enough to protect American civil liberties.

Boehner Cleans House


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Beirut, Syria

The GOP, led by Rep. John Boehner, purged four fiscally conservative members from committees dealing with fiscal matters, citing their unwillingness to be “team players.”

Defiant Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has waged a war on his people for nearly two years, has vowed that he would “live or die in Syria.” Since the outset of the war, estimates of the human loss is as high as 40,000—many of whom are

NHL First Half Season Canceled

women and children.

New York City, N.Y.

Despite ongoing meetings between the players’ union and the NHL commissioner’s office, at press time, the NHL lockout remained in place, with the entire first half of the season already canceled.

Two States Legalize Marijuana Western Region of the United States

Colorado and Washington state became the first two states in the country to legalize recreational marijuana for anyone older than 21. The drug, however, is still illegal under federal law—putting the new state laws at odds with federal drug policy.

INTERNATIONAL U.N. Wants to Regulate the Internet Dubai, United Arab Emirates The United Nations held a conference in Dubai in December, at which it discussed plans to regulate the Internet. Critics of the U.N.’s plan to regulate and restrict the Internet say it will censor free speech and levy tariffs on e-commerce.

China’s Poverty Rises Beijing, China It was recently reported that 128 million residents of China make less than $1.25 per day, or less than $500 per year. Given that China has a population of 1.3 billion, this means that almost 62 percent of the country now lives in poverty.

German Nuclear Energy Berlin, Germany The German government recently announced its decision to switch to renewable energies within the next decade. Most Germans will see a 47 percent increase in their annual electric bill, starting in January 2013. Despite this increase, 72 percent of the country’s population supports the government’s decision.

Canada’s Grey Cup Toronto, Canada The Canadian Football League (CFL) held its annual Grey Cup (Canada’s equivalent of the Super Bowl) Football Championship game—which also honored the 100th year of the Cup’s existence. The Toronto Argonauts played the Calgary Stampeders, and the Argonauts won, 35-22.

European Economy Frankfurt, Germany The economies of the Euro-backed countries will remain weak for the foreseeable future, according to European Central Bank President Mario Draghi. He went on to state that each country is responsible for improving investor confidence by working harder to fix current financial issues. mylife

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turning 50 BY CRAIG TAYLOR

Nikita Khrushchev

the x-15 In 1963, veteran X-15 rocket ship pilot Joe Walker piloted his aircraft to a new world aircraft altitude record of about 67 miles or 315,000 ft., during a 10-minute flight. Walker, who was 41 at the time, also broke the world airplane speed record of 4,104 mph. The X-15 would eventually break additional records and reach an altitude of 354,200 feet later that same year. In 1967, the aircraft reached 4,520 mph.


kingdom Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom premiered on NBC on January 6, 1963. Originally hosted by Marlin Perkins, the show pioneered a format now common to nature shows, which builds a suspenseful story around the very real challenges faced by the show hosts and camera crews in the wild. Today, co-hosts of the original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Jim Fowler and Peter Gros (pictured here), study wild animals in their natural habitat and bring awareness about environmental issues facing the wild kingdom. Wild Kingdom now airs on the Animal Planet network.



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On January 16, 1963, Premier Khrushchev made an explicit claim that the Soviet Union was in possession of a 100-megaton nuclear bomb in East Germany—ready for use. The claim became a clear indication to the United States that there was no way to contain the Soviets’ nuclear ambitions. In response, President John F. Kennedy assured Americans that the United States had “... many times more nuclear power than any nation on Earth.”

first geosynchronous communications satellite In 1959, the former Soviet Union made history when it launched Sputnik 1—the first artificial satellite to go into an elliptical low Earth orbit. The event gave birth to the Space Race—enthusiasm for space exploration was at fever pitch between the Soviets and Americans. Both sides would launch additional artificial satellites, reach orbital human spaceflight around the Earth and eventually pilot voyages to the Moon. The 1963 launch of Hughes’ Syncom, the world’s first geosynchronous communications satellite, revolved around the Earth once per day at a constant speed and kicked off the communications revolution. Today, more than 180 modern-day satellites circle the equator as Syncom once did.

Sir Winston Churchill Often referred to by historians as “the lion who roared when the British Empire needed him most,” and “the greatest statesman of the 20th century,” Churchill’s success was the result of his tremendous ability to inspire people. His command of the English language and decisive phrases were majestic. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy praised Churchill as a defender of freedom, wartime leader, orator, historian, statesman and Englishman. And, for the first time in the United States, Congress authorized the president to bestow an honorary citizenship upon a foreign national—Churchill. Kennedy’s opening remarks gave special tribute to one of Churchill’s greatest achievements: “He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.”

WILLIE MAYS By today’s standards, a $100,000-per-year contract in professional baseball is a miniscule amount. But 50 years ago, Willie Mays signed a contract for such an amount—and became the first major league baseball player to earn six figures. By comparison, the average high salary in 2012 was about $6 million (for New York Yankees players), and the average low salary (for members of the San Diego Padres) was just under $2 million. While many sports historians recognize Babe Ruth as the best hitter of all time in baseball, some believe that Willie Mays is the greatest allround player who ever lived. His most memorable moment? His incredible catch during Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.

“KIM” PHILBY In the 1930s the Soviet Union recruited almost 40 Cambridge University students as spies. Sympathetic to the communist movement and disillusioned with western politics and economics, Harold “Kim” (nicknamed after a spy character in a Kipling story) Philby succeeded in securing both British and American secrets at the highest levels of government for 30 years. British agents confronted Philby with enough evidence to convict him of espionage 50 years ago; however, he was allowed to go free. Philby escaped to Russia aboard a Soviet ship sent by the KGB. mylife

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hen you think about coyotes, the first thought that might come to mind could be cartoon artist Chuck Jones’ beloved Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon character Wile E. Coyote from the ’40s and ’50s. All these decades later, “The Coyote” can still be seen on TV, as determined as ever to catch the elusive Road Runner—who continues to leave the bedraggled Wile E. Coyote in the dust with the infamous “Beep! Beep!” I often stop to watch them when channel surfing—just to see Wiley E. Coyote get thumped over and over. Poor old Wile E. … he never catches a break. In real life, we hear their howls and often see coyotes strolling our Arizona neighborhoods. But what do we know about the coyote—Canis latrans in Latin, which means barking dog, also known as the American jackal, brush wolf or prairie wolf? In the past, people encountered coyotes only in Canada and the American West, but this canine is now found throughout North and Central America. Experts believe the spread of coyotes stemmed from Canada, rather than from the West. Several factors have drawn them to these regions: an absence of natural predators, more living space, a larger variety of prey, and wildlife regulations



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that are generally more favorable to the animal’s survival. While smaller than wolves, coyotes can grow to 35 inches in length (the tail is another 12-15 inches). They weigh between 15 and 45 pounds and stand roughly two feet tall. Their ears are proportionately large in comparison with the size of their head, yet their feet and paws are quite small relative to their body size. Coyotes communicate among themselves with high-pitched yips, yelps, howls and barks. Dens and burrows are their preferred living spaces—which they dig for themselves or inherit from other creatures. It’s documented that coyotes adapt quite well to people, as our increasing populations encroach into their space.Wildlife experts agree that coyotes can survive in urban and suburban settings. Coyotes living in the wild have a lifespan of eight to 10 years, whereas those in captivity or urban environments can extend that lifespan to 16 or 18 years or so. Coyotes travel in packs, also called bands or routs. They mate for life (sometime after the age of two), and each year the female gives birth to 8 to 10 pups, which are born blind and limp-eared. The pups remain that way for the first two to three weeks, after

which time their eyes open and their ears become erect. When they are two or three months old, the pups leave the den; sadly, only about 10 percent to 20 percent survive. Keen hunters, coyotes often hunt in pairs. Although they can travel 80 to 100 miles, they prefer staying closer to their homes. Even though the coyote’s diet has adapted to include just about anything, including fruits and vegetables, these nocturnal hunters prefer snakes, lizards, rabbits, squirrels, mice and even small deer. Predators of the coyote (other than man) include bears, wolves and mountain lions. Their most common enemy, though, is disease. Coyotes are clever and opportunistic predators. They have a rapid growth cycle—becoming full-grown in their first year.They have heightened hearing, excellent vision (better than dogs) and a superior sense of smell.They are also superb swimmers.You won’t outrun a coyote, as they can reach speeds exceeding 40 mph. And those six-foot backyard walls are not nearly high enough to keep a coyote out, as they have the ability to jump more than 12 feet. Coyotes will kill and eat cats and smaller dogs, although some people believe that coyotes confuse smaller dogs with other forms

of prey. Therefore, owners of cats and small dogs would be wise not to leave them unattended in backyards, especially in the early morning or evening times, when coyotes are on the prowl— unless your fence or wall is at least 15 feet high. Even if you are out with your small pet, be wary, as coyotes can be quite bold, and they are very quick. Dogs that are larger than a coyote will protect their territory and have been known to kill coyotes when challenged. If you confront a coyote and are in fear, the Arizona Fish and Game Department suggests taking the following actions: make loud noises; shout or wave your hands or objects such as a broom or stick; throw small stones in the direction of the coyote (remember, there’s no need to injure it—you only want to scare it away); or, if you’re close to a garden hose, spray the coyote. For the record, coyotes rarely bite people, and they’re not seen as a danger to humans. Over the last 30 years there have been fewer than 200 reported attacks on humans across the United States. Coyotes are likely to be part of our local landscape forever, so if you keep to your space, chances are Wile E. Coyote will also keep to his. mylife

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transitions BY CRAIG TAYLOR




Larry Hagman (Sept. 21, 1931 – Nov. 23, 2012) Although Larry Hagman appeared in dozens of television shows as a guest and regular throughout his acting career, he was best known for playing the cunning, malevolent oil tycoon J.R. Ewing in the nighttime TV soap opera Dallas. The primetime show ran between 1978 and 1991; Hagman appeared in 357 episodes. He also appeared in two subsequent “Dallas” TV movies: J.R. Returns, in 1996, and War of the Ewings, in 1998. And, in June 2012—more than 20 years after the last episode of the original series aired—the Fort Worth native returned to the new “Dallas” TV series on TNT.

It was the hit comedy series I Dream of Jeannie, which debuted in 1965 and ran until 1970, that made Hagman a star. In that show he portrayed a good-natured astronaut, Captain/Major Anthony Nelson, who is constantly pestered by a beautiful genie, played by actress Barbara Eden. Off screen, Hagman was a national spokesman for the U.S. Transplant Games in 1996, presented by the National Kidney Foundation—receiving the foundation’s Public Service Award for his efforts in bringing awareness to the importance of organ donation. He was also involved in many civic and philanthropic efforts and was known as one who always wanted to help the less fortunate. A staunch nonsmoker, Hagman was chairman of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout between 1981 and 1992.

Andy Williams

(Dec. 3, 1927 – Sept. 25, 2012)

It was the Oscar-winning song “Moon River” from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s and his musical-variety and family-oriented television shows that made Andy Williams a household name.

He debuted as a professional singer at the age of 8 along with his brothers as part of the Williams Brothers Quartet. In the 1940s the group was featured regularly on radio stations in Des Moines, Chicago and Cincinnati. Their talent captured the attention of Bing Crosby, and the Andrews brothers were chosen to sing backup vocals on Bing Crosby’s recording of “Swinging on a Star,” which became a hit in the mid-1940s. Many more hits would follow for Williams after he became a solo vocalist, including “Can’t Get Used to Losing You” and “Days of Wine and Roses,” which remained at the top of the charts for 16 weeks. The Andy Williams Show ran on NBC and CBS from 1962 to 1971 and was known for offering good, clean, family-oriented entertainment. The lineup featured artists such as The Osmonds, who were rocketed to stardom after appearing on the show. “We Osmonds also got labeled as being ‘goody goody’ and ‘too clean-cut,’ and we were told we would never make it in show business! Well, with Andy Williams’ help and opportunities that came our way to prove ourselves, with hard work, we did!” wrote Alan Osmond on the Osmond family’s official website. 22


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Hector “Macho” Camacho His story amazed many—the teenager who emerged from delinquency in East Harlem to become a boxing world champion in three weight classes.

In the ’80s and ’90s, Camacho was described as being incredibly agile, one who could land rapid punches with incredible precision. He won titles as a super featherweight, a lightweight and a junior welterweight. In his final bout, at 35 years old, he fought and lost to the welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya—in what became one of the most-watched events of 1997. Camacho’s trademark curl over his forehead, glitzy image and flamboyant personality often irritated many of his opponents, but that didn’t matter. As soon as he stepped into that ring, he was fearless. He gained the admiration and respect of other boxing champions, including Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya. However, his nature for violence and criminal behavior followed him into his adult life. He was arrested multiple times for domestic abuse, burglary and drug possession—even at the age of 49, he was arrested for allegedly beating one of his teenage sons. A trial for that incident was pending at the time of Camacho’s death.

Dave Brubeck Legendary pianist, composer and bandleader Dave Brubeck was the first jazz artist to sell 1 million albums alongside his signature hit “Take Five”—and that was in the ’60s.

Brubeck was from Concord, California. His father was a cattle rancher and his mother was a classical pianist. While serving in World War II, Brubeck formed a band called The Wolfpack. After returning to civilian life, Brubeck followed his heart back to the Bay area, where he started experimenting with various music styles. In the early ’50s Brubeck joined forces with saxophonist Paul Desmond and created what became known as The Dave Brubeck Quartet. He believed that jazz presented the best face of America to the world. The quartet played in jazz clubs and toured in tandem with other jazz artists, including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan. In 1988, Brubeck, along with his former bassist Eugene Wright, had the honor of accompanying President Ronald Reagan to Moscow to perform at the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit. Brubeck introduced his music to fans the world over in a career that spanned more than six decades. Even people who didn’t know much about jazz or did not consider it to be mainstream were nevertheless very familiar with his name. In a 2010 interview, Dave Brubeck envisioned an afterlife in which he would again see his family and jazz friends. “If there’s a heaven,” he said, “let it be a good place for all of us to jam together and have a wonderful, wonderful musical experience.”


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When Sandy roared ashore in the mid-Atlantic on Oct. 29 with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, the ground was leveled, as if a nuclear bomb had been dropped, leaving cities a shambles. She unleashed her rage, flooding New York City’s subway system and leaving more than 2 million residents in that state without power. In New Jersey, Sandy caused massive flooding and outages, killing more than 100 people and leaving thousands homeless. Afterward, Sandy left 8.5 million without power in the mid-Atlantic region. Damage assessment estimates made by the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut total $82 billion. Sandy reaffirmed to the world that Mother Nature is no match for us mere mortals—even for those living in the most powerful country in the free world. Sandy’s vengeance crushed everyone, and everything, in her path like a colony of ants. But just like an ant colony, Americans immediately rallied and regrouped in great numbers. Their courage, determination and resilience rose just like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, and the Jersey shore became the epicenter for relief efforts. Even in the heat of a presidential election, if only momentarily, Sandy blew away party lines, personal beliefs and philosophical differences—enabling all Americans to join as one America, saving lives, and aiding their fellow citizen. So what did we learn from Sandy? Well, maybe it was that we didn’t have such a bad day after all. Maybe missing the bus, or getting that flat tire, or having a bad day at the office don’t really qualify as life-altering experiences when compared with losing everything you ever had. So, the next time you think you’ve had a bad day, or your 16-yearold is complaining because she didn’t get a smartphone, take a minute to reflect on the following pages. And if you believe in helping others and making a meaningful difference, you can still make a donation to organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army or the United Way, which continue to help the survivors of Sandy’s horrific devastation. mylife

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie toured many devastated areas following Hurricane Sandy and shared his personal thoughts on the destruction he witnessed. At a press conference, the governor said, “I know there has got to be sorrow, and you see that and the president has seen that today in the eyes—the faces of a lot of the folks he’s met. And that sorrow is appropriate; we’ve suffered some loss. Luckily, we haven’t suffered that much loss of life and we thank God for that. But we have suffered losses, and this is the worst storm that I’ve seen in my lifetime in this state. But we cannot permit that sorrow to replace the resilience that I know all New Jerseyans have. And so we will get up and we’ll get this thing rebuilt, and we’ll put things back together, because that’s what this state is all about and always has been all about.”

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg referred to Sandy as a “storm of historic intensity,” noting that the path of destruction it left “will last for sometime.” A solemn Bloomberg walked through many communities and visited with neighborhood residents who had suffered property damage and other losses in the storm. In the picture above, Bloomberg views the damage caused by fire that spread across a flooded neighborhood, which leveled many homes. The extent of the damage caused by Sandy wasn’t something the mayor had expected to see. People could be seen carrying plastic bags full of personal belongings, while others pulled their furniture to the curb. Still others could be seen frantically picking through the rubble—trying to find family photos and other personal articles of sentimental value.

by mary l. holden



he city of Phoenix is sixth in population status, after Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City. Population is about numbers. Governance is about commitment, responsibility and an x factor that just might be known as heart. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton was elected in 2011 with 56 percent of the vote. Although heart was not an official part of his campaign platform, Stanton grew up spending time helping others in need. He’s smart. And, he’s a giver. Now, after one year in office, this mayor has shown through his actions that he uses the brain of his heart, and the heart of his brain, to lead. His goal is to define, make possible and represent the best interests of Phoenicians and all Arizonans. What kinds of questions can you ask a politician who is a pioneer at governance with such heart-centered integrity and deep-rooted care about citizenry? Here are some—along with Stanton’s answers. MyLIFE: You grew up in Phoenix. What memories motivated your desire to lead this city? Stanton: One of my most important memories was the dedication of my parents to helping people in need. My mom and dad didn’t have much, but they had more than a lot of folks and that’s why they instilled the importance of giving to others. In that spirit, they founded the Christian Needs Network, a group of multi-faith volunteers who collected clothes, food and diapers for members of their community in need. As kids, we grew up as volunteers and understood the importance of giving back to the community and dedicating your life to helping others. MyLIFE: Part of your vision for Phoenix is to “increase transparency.” What kind of transparency do you want to see? Stanton: I believe that government needs an infusion of transparency and accountability, and it’s important that everyone at the city is committed to delivering both. Open and accountable government is good for taxpayers, and it is good for the city. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s the bedrock for creating stability and confidence that can attract business and quality jobs. So far I have already implemented many transparency initiatives: · I gave up my monthly show on Channel 11 to broadcast the



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formal city council meetings. · I moved formal council meetings to a later time to make it more convenient for the public to attend. · We are now broadcasting live the city council subcommittee meetings. · I have formed the city’s Ethics Review Task Force made up of citizens and chaired by former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley. MyLIFE: The way we communicate is changing, and sources of information have multiplied. Social media is at the forefront. How do you feel about this? Stanton: The way in which we communicate is changing, but in a more innovative way and a more transparent way. It’s also an easier way for Phoenix residents to get involved in city government. For example, when the city was putting together a budget for this fiscal year, we held community forums, but we also held the city’s first live, online budget hearing on and on Channel 11 and incorporated questions from Facebook, Twitter and email that we answered live on the air. I also use my Facebook and Twitter pages often to post events, photos and what I’m working on for you. You can find these at and

Name: Greg Stanton Year and place of birth: 1970, Phoenix Colleges attended: Marquette University (B.A.), University of Michigan (J.D.) Joined City of Phoenix as mayor: He was elected mayor in November 2011, and started serving in January 2012 Favorite charities: Big Brother/Big Sisters; Arizona Children’s Association; Rodel Charitable Foundation Family: Married to Nicole, a successful local attorney, with a four-year-old son and one-year-old daughter

@MayorStanton. I also make sure our community is informed about what I’m working on for them by sending out a monthly “Top 5” newsletter to let them know the top five things I’m working on for them. You can subscribe by emailing As far as my own ways to stay informed, I am an avid social media user. I also enjoy reading, various national news publications, and political and sports blogs.

MyLIFE: What would you like to know about the citizenry you lead, and how do you go about getting this information? Stanton: I’m lucky to have a very talented staff in my office as well as staff in the city that works on issues that span our city, from sustainability to neighborhoods. They provide me with research and background that I need when I need it. But I think some of the best information comes from residents themselves who take the time to come to our office or talk to MyLIFE: You lived on food stamps for a week. What did me on the street or at events, like my Coffee with the Mayor, you learn? or send me messages on Facebook or Twitter to tell me their Stanton: I was asked to participate in the SNAP challenge by the ideas or ask me questions. The people are the roots where Arizona Community Action Association, and I took it. I simulated ideas are generated and things get done. being on food stamps for a week, which averages out to $29. It was tough—I even lost a few pounds—but I know I am a better MyLIFE: There is a cause that is important to your family policymaker because of it. I learned that the best solution for our —what is it? brothers and sisters on food stamps is more jobs in our city, and Stanton: My wife, Nicole France Stanton, has been working that’s what I’m working on as mayor. hard on stopping bullying in Arizona. She has done some great work, including holding a successful Anti-Bullying Summit, MyLIFE: Are there any other social experiments you have one of the first of its kind in the nation. For more information done or plan to do to help you in your role as mayor? on how to get involved, go to Stanton: I definitely enjoy these kinds of challenges, because I know I’ll be a better policymaker because of it. I also participated MyLIFE: What is your role as mayor and dad teaching in the Wheelchair Challenge, where I played wheelchair basketball your two children about life? with the Wheelchair Suns, some of the most skilled and talented Stanton: I think as mayor, it’s more about what my children basketball players I have ever met. I had a great time and managed can teach me about life than the other way around. I go to work to even score a basket. I also played on the Phoenix Mercury every day, but when I come home I am reminded not only practice squad team, but that didn’t turn out so well—I went of my own children’s future, but also of all the families in up for a rebound against the Mercury’s Nakia Sanford and came Phoenix and the future of their children. And I’m reminded down with a broken nose. what I’m working so hard for every day, for our city’s, our region’s future success so that everyone has an opportunity to MyLIFE: What is the best way to overcome citizen/voter succeed and not only pursue happiness, but achieve it. apathy? Most of the good changes in the world come from the bottom Stanton: At the city, we are ground zero for making this happen. up. If transparent government is the key to managing a well-run Chances are, at the city, there is more than one issue that directly city, it is not enough for elected officials and appointed affects you as a resident, whether it be water rates or after-school officials to wash windows and open doors. Citizens should test programs or libraries. The best way to do this is to provide ways this transparency by looking into the windows and opening for residents to get involved and get involved easily. For example, doors. as part of the city’s general plan of how we want Phoenix to look in the next 10 years, we have established an interactive website called Interviewer’s note: It’s your turn. What questions do you, where you can submit your idea for Phoenix’s have about the lifestyle afforded to you by your city officials? future and score points based on feedback you get. You can win Give them a chance to show you their heart—give them a lunch with me and other rewards. chance to answer your interview. mylife

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The Thunderbirds’ Enduring Legacy G


enerosity. It’s in our DNA. As human beings, we recognize that some are more fortunate than others and that not everyone has the same opportunities. So, some people work especially hard to give back. For 76 years, the Thunderbirds have been helping our local community and making a difference. They take pride in what they do, evident not just by their generous actions, but also by the iconic silver pendant, derived from Native American symbols, that they wear around their neck. Synonymous with the Thunderbirds is the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Valley of the Sun’s premier sporting event. Annual attendance at the event is usually around 500,000, and even more people are expected for the 2013 Phoenix Open. I asked Tournament Chairman Tom Altieri what we can expect this year at the Open. “The one thing I’m most excited about this year is we will have a new patriot outpost,” he said. In the past, the Thunderbirds have invited all military



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men and women to come to the event free of charge with their military ID. “This year, not only are they welcome to come free of charge, we are providing them a tent, their own tent—fully hosted—called the Patriot Outpost, located on the 18th fairway, where all past and present servicemen and women, and their families, can enjoy hosted foods and beverages.” The Thunderbirds have raised millions for Arizona charities from the monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open. In 2012 alone, they raised $5.5 million. In its history, which dates back to 1932, they have raised close to $80 million for Arizona charities. Organizations, including the Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Club and United Way, have benefited from the Thunderbirds’ generosity. The Waste Management Phoenix Open runs from January 28 through February 3. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

Economic Impact in Arizona Not only does the Waste Management Phoenix Open help to raise money for the less fortunate in Arizona—its economic impact in the state is huge. In a study released by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business showed that the 2012 Open pumped $222 million into Arizona’s economy. This was a 23 percent increase in comparison with a similar study performed in 2007. The impact was attributed to visitors’ spending, organizational spending, employment opportunities and tax revenue. Fans attending from out of town spent millions of dollars on lodging, food, entertainment and other types of goods and services during their stay in Arizona.

British socialite Pippa Middleton, sister of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has become a best-selling author by virtue of her first book, titled Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends. The book, a 416-page glossy guide, is about what Middleton knows best—how to party—and draws on her experiences working with her family’s business, Party Pieces, a London-based events and party planning company. Viking has published a U.S. edition that retails for $50.





Shakespeare in Southern California If Shakespeare were alive today, it’s a good bet that he’d live in Southern California. He would enjoy a ride on the Coaster to the hamlet of Carlsbad, for there is where he’d find a gem of a stage called the New Village Arts Theatre (now in its 12th season)—just steps away from the train station. And, he’d probably want to live next door to Justin Lang. Lang, a native of San Diego, grew up in what he describes as “low-income neighborhoods, playing with language before I knew what language was.” His official acting career started in 2002 as he skipped the role of student-in-a-desk and stepped into a different kind of education: learning, loving and personifying the characters in plays written by Shakespeare. What Lang possesses cannot be taught, yet … he teaches! He’s an ensemble member with the New Village Arts Theatre, and he is also the organization’s education and outreach director. Lang teaches students to lose their fear, to stop asking if they are “doing it right.” He encourages actors to “be open with the word play” and not to focus on being a great actor. Lang knows Shakespeare’s works so well that his best encouragement is: “Do his words justice and he will make you a genius!” If the English language was evolving in 1588, it has evolved to a very different point in 2012. “It takes about 15 or 20 minutes for the untrained ear to tune in to a play by Shakespeare,” Lang said. “The word ‘audience’ comes from audio—to hear.” His point is that modern audiences have been trained by television and computers to absorb more visual than auditory information and it takes some time to put on their “Shakespeare ears.” Lang said actors “must comprehend” their lines so that the viewer, who “apprehends” both scene and sound, can fully participate in the exchange. For example, one word, such as “O!” must first be well comprehended by the actor before it can be apprehended—handed to, dealt with, understood by—the listener. Now imagine that you are an audience member at a production by the New Village Arts Theatre—apprehending an actor who comprehends the fact that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone! Thanks to Justin Lang, the words of Shakespeare are not gone—they are still “ear.” —MARY L. HOLDEN

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Big Tech Companies, Big Legal Battles by warren jones


hat is innovation? What is advancement? What is the next big thing? We have always lived under the impression that new, original and innovative ideas are rewarded, and should be protected. But where does blatant copying end and the current trend begin? Is the innovator the first person to create something? Or is the innovator the person who takes a mundane product and makes it fly off the shelves? We are fairly comfortable with the idea that the Toyota Prius was the first hybrid vehicle the public embraced and fell in love with. When it was launched in the United States in 2001, it was the first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid ever; however, the first generation Prius failed to gain any traction with consumers. Lackluster design and minimal interior room made it a long-term resident on showroom floors. In 2003, a redesigned body, more interior space and upgraded hybrid technology increased sales and led to the Prius being instantly recognizable on the road. Since then the four-door midsize lift-back shape and style of the Prius has been interpreted by Ford, Chevy, Lexus, Nissan, Honda and others. Is this blatant copying? Or is this simply recognition of a good idea and working to stay up-to-date? Since spring 2011 Apple and Samsung have been involved in more than 50 lawsuits spanning at least 10 countries around the globe. The initial lawsuit came from Apple, claiming that Samsung had “blatantly copied” its iPhone and iPad, showing photos of Samsung phones and tablets before and after iPhone and iPad were launched. They are dramatically different. Physical keyboards and tiny screens were



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ditched in favor of wide screen displays. Cumbersome buttons, lights and switches have all been done away with as a more minimalist approach is being taken. But is this copying? Is this theft? Apple seems to think so, and while you may not think it’s of any importance to pay attention, you may want to think again. With Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Kodak, Cisco, Amazon and Nokia all currently locked in or recently involved in legal battles against Apple, legal costs, settlements and royalty payments are astronomical—a cost that will most likely end up being passed along to the consumer. But even more disturbing is Apple’s stance that innovation must be original. Let’s not forget, as a whole, Apple has put itself in the position it is in today by taking pre-existing products and making them beautiful and user friendly. Apple didn’t invent the computer, MP3 player, smartphone or tablet; the company simply made them fun, friendly and easy to use. The idea of obtaining a patent to protect yourself from others copying you is not new, nor is the idea that patents are valuable; however, the idea that patents are weapons to be used at the expense of the consumer, with little regard for how obvious or minuscule they are, is a new idea. Imagine if Henry Ford had patented the idea that his cars had four wheels and had held the position that other manufacturers blatantly copied him by making cars with four wheels. Granted, this example may be a little extreme, and there are many details and nuances involved in this ongoing dispute, but it perhaps highlights the crux of the issue: the U.S. patent system is flawed. If Apple ever makes a touchscreen desktop or laptop, it will be interesting to see if other computer manufacturers take legal action against Apple, because both of those devices already exist. Will these legal battles have a long-term effect on progress and innovation? The precedent is now being set for what is legally defined as copying and what isn’t. Will we fail to ever see flying cars because a movie studio says it created the first vision of one in The Man with the Golden Gun? No teleporters because Star Trek did transporters first? No lightsaber because of Star Wars? No neuralyzers because of Men in Black? The smartphone legal battles just might cause you to miss out on some amazing technology in the future.


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screens Samsung said it is finally ready to start production on its Flexible AMOLED screen technology. The completely flexible screen does not require glass or plastic protection and is bendable and flexible to fit myriad applications. The major benefit of a flexible display isn’t that the screen will have an awkward shape but rather that it will be lightweight and will be thinner and much harder to break than existing screens. Samsung hopes to have a device with this technology on shelves by mid-2013 and a full line of flexible AMOLED devices available by the end of 2014. Apple is rumored to be working on a flexible screen technology as well. —

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tablet The iPad Mini isn’t for everyone, and perhaps that’s what Apple intended. While its 7.9-inch screen lacks the retina quality display of its big brother, isn’t large enough to enjoy movies and doesn’t allow you to comfortably work with documents or spreadsheets, the iPad Mini is perfect for casual Web surfing or emailing. But where it truly shines is as an e-reader. If you’ve ever read a book on a full-sized iPad, it’s not an unpleasant experience, but the iPad Mini is far better. Smaller and lighter, it feels like you’re actually holding a book instead of a tablet. If you’re looking for your first iPad and your main function isn’t watching movies or working on documents, an iPad Mini might be the place to begin. iPad Minis are available at Apple retail stores, or at your local Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Target. Prices start at $329. —


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Elections: Bought and Paid


t’s great that we live in the United States where we boast about free and open elections, but this year’s campaign exposed several concerns. There was the never-ending barrage of destructive campaign ads that aired lies about candidates at all levels, along with their “dirty laundry”—while the world watched. There was also the unheard-of billions of dollars spent (by politicians collectively) while so many Americans are still struggling. And finally there was the harsh reality of how the now infamous “super PACs” are likely to dictate winners and losers in all future elections—unless major changes are made. How ironic that just seconds before declaring one’s candidacy, a person was seen as a responsible, hard-working father/mother, family man/woman, devoted husband or wife and caring human being … but as soon as the announcement was made, the hateful attacks against that same person began. Are we proud of those candidates who stooped so low as to slander, accuse, destroy and defame every human value of their political opponents? And every candidate was guilty, because they all willingly participated in the slaughter. The war of words and negative ads crossed every line of civility, ethics, honor, integrity and professionalism. The nonstop attacks left most viewers numb and demonstrated how every candidate was prepared to do, and say, anything to get elected … including sacrificing their own principles and values. Or did they? And yet, we as Americans still chose to award many of these same people with public office. Are you kidding me? If they were so willing to ditch their personal values and assassinate (and betray) the character of their “fellow opponents,” what makes you think they will act any differently after being elected? I’m still haunted knowing that many candidates spent tens of millions (some spent $30 million plus) for a single seat in Washington that pays a base salary of $174,000. Boy, those winners sure have a lot of favors and IOUs to pay back, don’t they? Oh well. As the saying goes: “We get what we pay for.” 42


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The super PACs, a new phenomenon in the political arena, are totally controlled by the world’s “super elite”—the wealthiest of millionaires, billionaires, corporations and foreign entities. These contributors are legally able to hide behind the super PACs (like cowards) and conceal their identities from the world. Shouldn’t everyone who’s running for office be proud to share with the world the identity of those who support them? And should it not be the law, as well? Super PACs are moving the American political system backward, from transparency to more secrecy. Secrecy in politics conjures up thoughts of black-ops, corruption and sinister actions. These super PACs are in the (BIG) business of pushing their own personal agendas or whatever is good for them. They are not in business to serve the interests of most Americans. Whichever way each party’s spin doctors roll the dice, they’re all coming up 7’s. If left unchecked, it seems destined that future elections or ballot initiatives will be won by those whose super PACs spend the most money. Politics has been reduced to buying and selling. Ethics, honor, integrity or just simple principles and values—the very words that guided our founding fathers—have taken a backseat to the almighty greenback. These PACs can legally funnel millions or billions of dollars into any campaign they want, in any state they chose, in support of any candidate or whichever ballot initiative is up for a vote. They have already come knocking on Arizona’s front door, and they will continue to funnel vast sums of money into Arizona politics, which is guaranteed to alter our landscape and certain to impact the lives of all Arizonans. Now that’s a slippery slope. Here’s an example of how outside money interests and PACs influenced our local elections. In the race for the office of Maricopa County sheriff, incumbent Joe Arpaio’s campaign raised a war chest of more than $8 million, while challenger Paul Penzone raised roughly $500,000. The Arizona Republic reported that 80 percent of the Arpaio’s

For by the Highest Bidder funds (about $6.5 million) came from donations outside of Arizona. In contrast, Penzone’s $500,000 (which amounts to less than 7 percent of what Arpaio raised) came almost entirely from within the state. Arpaio won his re-election bid by roughly 10 percent of the vote, so the math tells me four things. Arpaio required almost 20 times more funding to defeat challenger Penzone. Arpaio’s 10 percent win cost about $700,000 for every percentage point he won by—a very costly race. Seems that Arpaio might well have lost, had it not been for the $6.5 million he received from his outside investors. And if 80 percent of his support in fact did originate from outside of Arizona (not just outside of Maricopa County), it shows that his popularity within the region he serves was not that strong. So, one could argue that the outsiders who donated to his campaign, rather than locals, were a major factor in his re-election. By all accounts, the election cost the Romney and Obama camps about $2.5 billion, with another $2 billion to $3 billion spent collectively by other

candidates at all levels, or somewhere between $5 billion and $6 billion in total. It simply cost too much, period! While we may be eager to shout to the world that America has free and open elections, the super PACs have changed that forever. Going forward, a more accurate message we send out to other countries might be “our leadership is BOUGHT and SOLD in secrecy to the highest bidder.”


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fo ll o w -u p STORY

The World Rallies Behind Malala

“I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is an education. And I’m afraid of no one.” —Malala Yousufzai BY JAMIE COPLAND


t all started with an assassination attempt on an innocent 15-year-old girl on her way home from school by members of the Taliban in Pakistan. The tragic event has mushroomed into a global cry for the right of all women, especially in the Middle East, to receive an education. When the Taliban stopped the truck that was carrying Malala Yousufzai and other schoolgirls, they demanded that those in the truck identify Malala, who had already received many death threats. A few girls, terrified of the gunmen, pointed her out. The Taliban then fired their weapons at the girls. Two of the other schoolgirls sustained non–life-threatening wounds, while bullets struck Malala in the head and neck. Within a week of the shootings, Malala, 44


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while in a medically induced coma, was transported to a hospital in Birmingham, England, that is well-known for treating British soldiers injured in the Afghan war. A week later, her family was flown to the United Kingdom to be with Malala while British doctors fought to save her life. Within several weeks, Malala, still in the hospital, was walking, reading, writing and smiling. By all accounts, she will make a full recovery. Her experience and her steadfast fight for educational rights

for all women in Pakistan have brought her campaign into the limelight. Millions around the world have heard her story and are supporting her plight. As a result of this 15-year-old girl’s heroic actions, the United Nations declared November 10 Malala Day—a day of action, to focus on Malala and the estimated 32 million girls like her worldwide who do not have the right to receive an education. In her hometown of Swat, government authorities are defying the Taliban by renaming a government college in Malala’s honor. Former U.K. prime minister Gordon Brown, who now serves as the U.N.’s special envoy on global education, delivered a petition to the Pakistani government containing more than a million signatures in honor of the young girl and her fight for women’s right to be educated. He called on Islamabad to enroll every Pakistani boy and girl in primary school. Other “millionname” petitions supporting Malala’s movement have either been completed or are in the works. The Pakistani government, the U.N., the World Bank and other international groups have established April 2013 as the deadline for the final draft of a plan to ensure that all of Pakistan’s school-aged children are enrolled in school by the end of 2015. Through her horrific tragedy, Malala started a global movement that is not likely to subside. Never say that one person cannot make a meaningful difference.


Up Close and Personal with Wild and Exotic Animals BY JONATHAN FUNK


ne of Arizona’s most exciting

Among the zoo’s main attractions are rare

attractions, visited by 500,000

white tigers, lions, panthers, rhinos, an

annual visitors—the Wildlife

albino alligator, otters and sea turtles. The

World Zoo & Aquarium—is not

venue also offers a huge stingray touch tank,

to be missed. It should be on everyone’s

a lory parrot feeding area, a kangaroo

“bucket list” as a premier venue at which to

walkabout, a giraffe feeding station, a shark

spend a day with family and friends.

tank, a petting zoo and much more. It has

In the mid ’80s, Mickey Ollson started

an African safari train ride, a log flume ride,

raising exotic birds in his West Valley

a children’s carousel and a sky ride that takes

backyard. It wasn’t long before school kids

you across the entire park. You’ll also find

from all over were coming to his home to see

snack shops, gift shops and Dillon’s, a

them. Almost 30 years later, Ollson’s dream

Kansas City-style barbeque restaurant.

and his love for animals have grown into one

which features the state’s first saltwater


crocodile and a 20-foot, 200-pound

Today, Ollson’s zoo sits on more than 60

reticulated python. The zoo hopes to add

acres in the West Valley. The park showcases

California sea lions by March and open a

Arizona’s largest collection of wild and exotic

new 15-acre Safari Park. According to Ollson, master planning is

The zoo is privately owned and operated and

under way for the 15-acre parcel south of

houses almost 6,000 animals.

the zoo and bordered on the west by Loop 303, which is also going through a major expansion. Preliminary construction of that parcel will likely begin in 2013 and is scheduled to open in 2014. It will feature North, Central and South American species as well as several ride attractions.

Feeding Stations Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald feeds a jaguar cub at the Baby Animal Nursery.



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Regardless of your age, the zoo is a great place to spend a day. If you have young children or grandchildren, you’ll find yourself visiting the zoo two or three times a year, as I do. And I can assure you that visiting the Wildlife World Zoo never gets old—it’s a blast for young and old alike.

Recent additions include Dragon World,

of Arizona’s most sensational travel destina-

animals. It also features 80 aquarium exhibits.

A Place Like No Other

The zoo is open every day, year-round, including holidays. It is located off Northern Avenue and Loop 303. For more information, call 623-935-WILD (9453) or go online to:




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FIESTA BOWL GLENDALE One of the top four college football bowl games in the country. University of Phoenix Stadium. Jan. 3 — FORTUNATE YOUTH FLAGSTAFF The Green Room. Jan. 3 — FLAGG GEM AND MINERAL SHOW MESA Its informal tailgate format offers a low-cost venue for field collectors and local mineral/lapidary clubs to share their latest finds with children, teachers, rock hounds and the general public. Mesa Community College. Jan. 4 – 6 — DAVE LOGAN FLAGSTAFF Flagstaff Brewing Co. Jan. 4 & Feb. 10 — GILBERT ART WALK GILBERT Gilbert Art Walk is a place for artists to bring their best visual art forms for exhibition and sale. The Gilbert Art Walk accepts artists in a wide variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, collage, threedimensional art, calligraphy, architecture, photography, conceptual art, printmaking, jewelry and many others. Water Tower Plaza in downtown Gilbert. Jan. 5 & 19; Feb. 2 & 16 — DOG OF THE MOON JEROME Spirit Room.

MUSIC IN THE GARDEN PHOENIX Rediscover beloved favorites from years past and welcome Valley legends to the Ullman Terrace stage at the Desert Botanical Garden for the first time, all while enjoying the stunning atmosphere. Jan. 6, 13, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 — TALK CINEMA SCOTTSDALE Talk Cinema showcases sneak previews of award-winning independent and foreign films before their theatrical release. Always a surprise, the films are personally selected from leading festivals by film critic Harlan Jacobson. Screenings are introduced and followed by moderated conversations hosted by distinguished guest speakers. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Jan. 8 & Feb. 5 — MASON REED JEROME Spirit Room. Jan. 8 — NAVAJO CODE TALKERS & NATIVE WORDS, NATIVE WARRIORS PHOENIX These two exhibits honor our American Indian soldiers by highlighting different aspects of Native language usage in military codes during wartime. Heard Museum. Through Mar. 3 — TUCSON PRESIDIO EXHIBIT: SYMBOLS OF OUR MEXICAN PAST TUCSON Tucson Presidio museum presents an exhibit featuring artifacts and text about some of Tucson’s lesser-known but important Mexican pioneers. Through Apr. 13 —

Jan. 5 — CROSSROADS OF THE WEST GUN SHOW TUCSON Offering hundreds of tables to meet the needs of everyone, from the once-a-year hunter to the avid collector. Pima County Fairgrounds. Jan. 5 – 6 — 48 48

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BUTTERFLY MAGIC AT THE GARDENS TUCSON See colorful butterflies fluttering in a special greenhouse and help support global efforts for sustainable conservation at Tucson Botanical Gardens. Through Apr. 30 —

ARIZONA NATIONAL HORSE SHOW SCOTTSDALE Arizona’s largest livestock show. Exhibits and competitions. WestWorld. Jan. 9 – 13 — HEELS, HEMLINES AND HIGH SPIRITS: SHOE FASHION PHOENIX Join Elizabeth Semmelhack, curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, for a walk through shoe fashion of the 1920s, as raised hemlines put our feet on display. Phoenix Art Museum. Jan. 9 — ARIZONA FINE ART EXPO SCOTTSDALE This award-winning and nationally recognized event unites an impressive gathering of 100 nationally celebrated artists who passionately produce art in studios. North Scottsdale. Jan. 10 – Mar. 24 — COMEDIAN RON WHITE: A LITTLE UNPROFESSIONAL FLAGSTAFF Yavapai College Performance Hall. Jan. 10 — MARICOPA COUNTY HOME AND GARDEN SHOW PHOENIX Hundreds of exhibitors at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Jan. 11 – 13 — THE CHEEKTONES – MARTY LOVE SEDONA Oak Creek Brewing Co. Jan. 11 — CAVE CREEK BALLON FESTIVAL CAVE CREEK Hot air balloons, live music and entertainment. Jan. 12 — GLENDALE GLITTER & GLOW BLOCK PARTY GLENDALE Entertainment, hot air balloons, street performers and more. Jan. 12 — LATE NITE CATECHISM SCOTTSDALE Spontaneous, clever and outrageously fun, Late Nite Catechism stars ariZoni Theatre Award-winning actress Patti Hannon as quick-tempered Sister. Ruling her classroom with an iron fist, she teaches her students—who happen to be the audience. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Jan. 12 – Apr. 27 — LATE NITE CATECHISM III, ’TIL DEATH DO US PART SCOTTSDALE In this popular sequel to Late Nite Catechism, Sister offers up the latest dogma fresh off the Web, some hilarious lessons on love and marriage and her own outrageous version of The Newlywed Game. Each Late Nite performance is unique and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Jan. 12 – Apr. 27 — MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS PHOENIX The world’s premier indoor motocross series, Monster Energy Supercross, comes to Chase Field. Experience heart-stopping action as riders from all over the world compete on the most challenging courses in the sport. Jan. 12 —

BRIDAL FASHION DEBUT PHOENIX Hundreds of the Valley’s wedding professionals help you plan your wedding. Phoenix Convention Center. Jan. 12 – 13 — CROSSROADS OF THE WEST GUN SHOW MESA Offering hundreds of tables to meet the needs of everyone, from the once-a-year hunter to the avid collector. Centennial Hall. Jan. 12 – 13 — SUNDAY A’FAIR SCOTTSDALE Sunday A’Fair features free outdoor concerts in Scottsdale Civic Center Park by the Valley’s top musicians, along with a fine arts and crafts market and fun activities for children and families. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs or picnic baskets and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of great entertainment. Jan. 13, 20, 27 — FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY PHOENIX Mobile food trucks line the streets of downtown Phoenix selling a variety of cuisine. Musical entertainment included. Fridays — ASU CONCERTS AT THE CENTER: PARTNERS IN TIME SCOTTSDALE Partners in Time features outstanding faculty artists from the ASU School of Music, along with their student partners, performing masterpieces from the chamber-music repertoire. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Jan. 14 — BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE Whether you’re in the market to buy a world-class classic car or you just enjoy looking at them, this event is not to be missed. Jan. 14 — AVIATION DAY AT THE CAPITOL PHOENIX This premier event is a statewide industry opportunity to promote the variety and vitality of aviation in Arizona and to meet with state legislators personally and individually. Jan. 15 — KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL SCOTTSDALE Blending performance with lively commentary, Siegel offers witty insight into the lives of the great composers, explaining each work before performing it in its entirety. Claude Debussy: The Passionate Sensualist features the composer’s humorous homage to Samuel Pickwick, the enchanting Girl with the Flaxen Hair and the ravishing Isle of Joy. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Jan. 15 — SAN FRANCISCO OPERA: WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART’S THE MAGIC FLUTE SCOTTSDALE One of the world’s foremost producers of opera, San Francisco Opera brings films of its renowned productions to audiences in Scottsdale through its Grand Opera Cinema Series. Filled with ritual and symbolism, Mozart’s final masterpiece is a playful but profound look at man’s search for love and his struggle to attain wisdom and virtue. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Jan. 16 — mylife

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what’s hot RM AUCTIONS PHOENIX Held annually at the beautiful and majestic Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, RM Auctions’ Arizona auction is one of the premier events on the collector car calendar, attracting enthusiasts and collectors from around the world to Phoenix each January. Jan. 18 — ARIZONA ANTIQUE MARKET PHOENIX Arizona State Fairgrounds. Jan. 18 – 20; Feb. 15 - 17 — ARIZONA FAMILY HISTORY EXPO MESA Learn how you can trace your roots. Mesa Convention Center. Jan. 18 – 19 —

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF DAILY. The destination has been there as long as anyone can remember. The rail line for more than a century. With 5 classes of vintage train service to select from, traveling to the Grand Canyon by rail may have you thinking of the past, but soaking up the present.

CHICK COREA AND GARY BURTON: DUETS SCOTTSDALE The remarkable partnership between two of jazz music’s foremost musical pioneers has proceeded to grow, flourish and produce no fewer than three Grammy Award-winning albums over the years. Their latest collaborative release, Hot House, explores their unique take on “standards” by a host of composers, from Kurt Weill and Antonio Carlos Jobim to Thelonious Monk and John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Jan. 18 —

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CHANDLER MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL CHANDLER Food, music, dance, displays, storytellers and more at the Chandler Public Library. Jan. 19 —

Authorized concessioner of the National Park Service & U.S. Forest Service.

RUSSO AND STEELE SCOTTSDALE This five-day signature event offers auction excitement and hundreds of classic cars. Jan. 16 – 20 — CLINT BLACK SCOTTSDALE Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of country music’s brightest stars. His many talents have taken him even further, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music industry. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Jan. 17 — NATIVE TRAILS SCOTTSDALE Celebrating its 11th season, Native Trails takes audiences on a cultural journey to the First Nations of Arizona and North America through traditional native music, dance and art. The event also features American Indian artisans selling specialty items such as jewelry, baskets, flutes and paintings. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Jan. 17, 19, 24, 26 & Feb. 7, 14, 16, 21, 28 — GOODING & COMPANY CAR SCOTTSDALE Gooding & Company is recognized the world over as a leading automotive auction house specializing in the finest antique, classic, sports and racing cars. Jan. 18 – 19 — 50


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APACHELAND DAYS GOLD CANYON Celebrating the anniversary of Apacheland Movie Ranch. Living history demonstrations, gunfights, Native American dancers. Jan. 19 – 20 — CROSSROADS OF THE WEST GUN SHOW PHOENIX Offering hundreds of tables to meet the needs of everyone, from the once-a-year hunter to the avid collector. Arizona State Fairgrounds. Jan. 19 – 20 — KRIS KRISTOFFERSON FLAGSTAFF Yavapai College Performance Hall. Jan. 19 – 20 — REINVENTING RADIO: AN EVENING WITH IRA GLASS SCOTTSDALE The affable host and producer of public radio’s This American Life, Ira Glass travels the country meeting everyday people from all walks of life to discover “unexpected stories that happen to be true.” Mixing taped excerpts and music live onstage, Glass offers a behind-the-scenes look at the quirky hit show and its unique approach to broadcast journalism, including some of his favorite tales, where he and the staff find them and what makes them so compelling. Jan. 19 — THE ANDREAS KAPSALIS & GORAN IVANOVIC GUITAR DUO SEDONA Oak Creek Brewing Co. Jan. 19 —

P.F. CHANG’S ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MARATHON PHOENIX This annual event runs through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, making for a world-class event, while live bands and cheer squads support participants’ efforts. Jan. 20 — THE MODERN SPIRIT IN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN PHOENIX Join architect Richard Jensen and designer Caesar Chaves for a discussion of how the “modern spirit” filtered into buildings and graphics of the era. Jan. 23 — HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO SCOTTSDALE Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is among the most original and forward-thinking forces in contemporary dance, critically acclaimed for its exuberant, athletic and innovative performances. Jan. 25 – 26 — AMAZING ARIZONA COMIC CONVENTION PHOENIX The 2013 Amazing Arizona Comic Con. features a dynamic guest line-up. With this year’s event expanding to 3 days and a move to a larger facility at the Phoenix Convention Center, Amazing Comic Con has quickly become the premier destination for comic books and pop culture in the Southwest. Jan. 25 – 27 — MILITARY VEHICLE SHOW PHOENIX Many privately owned military vehicles of all nations and types. Vendors and food. The public is invited to bring their own military vehicles for show. Meet new people into heavy machines. Find out about future Phoenix area MV trail rides, camp outs, displays and picnics. If you like military vehicles, you will enjoy this event. Peoria Sports Complex. Jan. 26 – 27 — WASTE MANAGEMENT OPEN SCOTTSDALE Come and see why this event is considered “The Greatest Show on Grass.” Jan. 28 – Feb. 3 —

ASU CONCERTS AT THE CENTER: THE ROMANTIC VIOLA SCOTTSDALE The lush and expressive sounds of the viola are captured in a poignant and mesmerizing program of works written for viola and piano by Johannes Brahms, Ernest Bloch and Frank Bridge. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Jan. 28 — COMEDIAN BRIAN REGAN FLAGSTAFF Ardrey Auditorium. Jan. 30 — ROY SCHNEIDER SEDONA Oak Creek Brewing Co. Jan. 31 — PHOENIX QUILT, CRAFT & SEWING FESTIVAL PHOENIX Find a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle arts and craft supply exhibits from many quality companies. Arizona State Fairgrounds. Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 — VIRGINIA G. PIPER CONCERT SERIES: VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SCOTTSDALE Recognized for his artistic depth and his warm, charismatic personality on the podium, Grammy Award-winning conductor Bramwell Tovey leads the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and Edward Top’s Totem, along with a performance of Grieg’s beloved Piano Concerto featuring internationally acclaimed Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Jan. 31 — THE GREAT CANADIAN PICNIC PHOENIX Hockey, curling, snow boot relay, bean bag toss, calf roping, face painting, fake tattooing, food and live entertainment. Feb. 2 — CARNAVAL DO BRAZIL TEMPE The event will host a variety of Brazilian bands, musicians, drummers, performers, dancers, costumes and, of course, amazing Brazilian food and drinks! TBD in Feb. —


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what’s hot SEDONA MARATHON SEDONA For the 8th year in a row, more than 2,000 runners will participate in 5K, 10K, half or full marathon races that will take runners through the scenic Coconino National Forest District, known for its magical red rock formations, and onto the streets of what Good Morning America has chosen as one of the Top 10 most beautiful cities in the United States. Feb. 2 — GEM, MINERAL & FOSSIL SHOWCASE OF TUCSON TUCSON The “world’s largest event of its kind” has museum-quality exhibits and vendors of gems, minerals, fossils, meteorites, beads, art, jewelry and supplies at nearly 40 locations. Feb. 2 – 17 — GOLD RUSH DAYS WICKENBURG Shootouts, a rodeo, a carnival, live music and more. Feb. 8 – 10 —

SEDONA YOGA FESTIVAL SEDONA An authentic, from-the-heart yoga and healing arts conference in beautiful Sedona. Patrons can choose from more than 50 yoga classes, healing arts workshops and master panel talks throughout the conference weekend. The main property will host a vendor village amid a pristine meditation garden in the breathtaking Verde Valley. Feb. 7 – 11 —

23RD ANNUAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HOOP DANCE CONTEST PHOENIX Experience the fast-paced precision and grace of hoop dancing at the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest. More than 70 top Native hoop dancers from the United States and Canada compete for cash prizes and the World Champion title. Visitors can enjoy dance performances as well as delicious frybread and other American Indian foods. Heard Museum. Feb. 9 – 10 — 52


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ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL APACHE JUNCTION Escape to the Arizona Renaissance Festival, where pleasure and celebration are the only orders of the day, as decreed by the king! Feb. 9 – Mar. 31 — SUBWAY D-BACKS FANFEST PHOENIX The Arizona Diamondbacks fan appreciation day at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. Feb. 9 — PARADA DEL SOL PARADE SCOTTSDALE Parada del Sol is a nonprofit corporation that provides financial and volunteer support to charities that provide heath care, resources and community programs that benefit the underserved. The Parada del Sol is able to provide these resources through the production and promotion of the Parada del Sol Rodeo, the Parada del Sol Parade and various charitable events. Feb. 9 —

GREATER PHOENIX JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL PHOENIX The festival brings films with Jewish themes from all over the world to the Greater Phoenix community. Valleywide. Feb. 10 – Feb. 24 — OTT AND THE ALL-SEEING I FLAGSTAFF The Green Room. Feb. 10 — SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN HORSE SHOW SCOTTSDALE One of the largest Arabian shows in the world. A must-see Scottsdale signature event with parties, shopping, food and decorated barns. WestWorld. Feb. 14 – 24 — WATERFRONT FINE ART, WINE & CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL SCOTTSDALE This event features works from more than 150 uniquely talented artists from throughout the United States. Scottsdale Waterfront. Feb. 15 – 17 —


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LA FIESTA DE LOS VAQUEROS TUCSON The Tucson Rodeo Grounds hosts the first major outdoor event on the PRCA circuit, with more than 650 cowboys and cowgirls competing for $420,000 in prize money. Feb. 16 – 24 — FOURTH ANNUAL WALK IN THE WILD AT THE PHOENIX ZOO

Over 150 Menu Items Breakfast•Lunch•Dinner

PHOENIX Strut, run or prowl your way through the 5K route inside the zoo while

Served all day•Everyday

you learn about the Sumatran tiger. Feb. 16 —


Voted Best in the Valley


Best Diner • Best Burger and Shake Best Kid Friendly • “Best Ever”

An enchanting gathering of wedding professionals whose purpose is to make a Sedona wedding the most perfect day of your life. Feb. 16 —



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The Integrated Medical Services (IMS) Arizona Marathon will, again, be sweeping through the West Valley! With the full (Boston Marathon qualifying) marathon, a half marathon, marathon relay, and a 5K walk/ run. Feb. 17 — INTERNATIONAL SPORTSMEN’S EXPOSITION PHOENIX


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Academy Award winners, up-and-comers and old friends will complement and enhance the week-long experience surrounding the 145 films to be screened at the 19th Annual Sedona International Film Festival.


Three days of professional rodeo action, a carnival that features 30+

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The conference boasts more than 20 speakers from around the globe

This match play tournament on the PGA Tour circuit features the Official

and a plethora of exhibitors, and covers a large variety of topics related

World Golf Rankings’ top 64 pro golfers playing for a $1.4 million grand

to the UFO phenomenon including technology, government cover-ups,

prize at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain.

exopolitics, black projects, crop circles, alien visitation and more.

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Astrophysicists, nuclear physicists, abductees and former top-secret-clearance military personnel make up just a portion of

FOUNTAIN HILLS GREAT FAIR FOUNTAIN HILLS This will be another world-class gathering of artists. The festival will

the festival’s highly decorated and influential speakers. Feb. 27 – Mar. 3 —

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Did we miss your favorite event? Please tell us about it! Visit and provide as much information as you can—we’ll take care of the rest.

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PHOENIX COYOTES HOCKEY Vs. Nashville Predators Wed., Jan. 2 at 8:00 p.m. Arena

Vs. Edmonton Oilers Sat., Jan. 17 at 7:00 p.m. Arena

Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Mon., Jan. 21 at 5:00 p.m.

@ Anaheim Ducks Fri., Jan. 4 at 8:00 p.m.

@ Dallas Stars Tue., Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Vs. San Jose Sharks Thu., Jan. 10 at 7:00 p.m. Arena

Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Sat., Jan. 11 at 6:00 p.m. Arena

@ Chicago Blackhawks Tue., Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Arena Arena

Vs. Dallas Stars Vs. New York Rangers Sat., Jan. 5 at 6:00 p.m. Arena

@ Winnipeg Jets Mon., Feb. 11 at 6:00 p.m.

@ Nashville Predators Thu., Feb. 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 29 at 7:00 p.m. Arena

Vs. Washington Capitals Sat., Feb. 16 at 7:00 p.m. Arena

@ Anaheim Ducks Fri., Feb. 1 at 8:00 p.m.

Vs. Boston Bruins

@ Calgary Flames Mon., Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. Arena

Sat., Feb. 2 at 8:00 p.m. Arena

@ Colorado Avalanche Wed., Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

@ San Jose Sharks Tue., Feb. 5 at 8:30 p.m.

Vs. Edmonton Oilers Sat., Feb. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Arena

Vs. Detroit Red Wings

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@ Los Angeles Kings Mon., Jan. 14 at 8:30 p.m.

Thu., Feb. 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Vs. Detroit Red Wings Tue., Jan. 15 at 7:00 p.m. Arena

Vs. Chicago Blackhawks

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Sat., Feb. 9 at 6:00 p.m. Arena

Vs. Calgary Flames Sun., Feb. 24 at 5:00 p.m. Arena

Vs. Vancouver Canucks Tue., Feb. 26 at 8:00 p.m.

PHOENIX SUNS BASKETBALL Vs. Philadelphia 76ers Wed., Jan. 2 at 7:00 p.m. US Airways Center

Vs. Utah Jazz Fri., Jan. 4 at 7:00 p.m. US Airways Center

Vs. Memphis Grizzlies Sun., Jan. 6 at 6:00 p.m. US Airways Center

@ Milwaukee Bucks Tue., Jan. 8 at 6:00 p.m.

@ Boston Celtics Wed., Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m.

@ Brooklyn Nets Fri., Jan. 11 at 5:30 p.m.

@ Chicago Bulls Sat., Jan. 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Mon., Jan. 14 at 7:00 p.m. US Airways Center Vs. Milwaukee Bucks Thu., Jan. 17 at 7:00 p.m. US Airways Center

There’s some good news for soccer fans in the Valley. The Phoenix Football Club will join the United Soccer League’s Pro League (USL League) this year. Former Scottish soccer player David Robertson will coach the new team, called the Phoenix FC Wolves—named after the Mexican wolf. The Wolves have already begun signing contracts with professional soccer players; the first was with former Aberdeen FC forward Darren Mackie. Mackie is a renowned Scottish Premier League veteran who has competed in 364 matches during a period of 14 years with Aberdeen FC. He has scored more than 69 goals in his career. Robertson, who was a six-time Scottish Premier Champion with Aberdeen FC, said, “With Darren’s leadership and experience, Phoenix FC is positioned to immediately compete for a USL PRO Championship.” The team has also signed midfielder/defender Reid Schmitt and forward Aaron King. Schmitt is from Phoenix and played for Desert Vista High School and Mesa Community College. He also played for FC Tucson of the Premier Development League. King is a seasoned player known for his quick feet, size and technical abilities. He’s expected to be a formidable offensive force for the Wolves. The team is in discussions regarding a home stadium for its inaugural season, which will begin this spring. The USL schedule runs from April through August. For more information, visit

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PHOENIX SUNS BASKETBALL @ Sacramento Kings Wed., Jan. 23 at 8:00 p.m.

@ Golden State Warriors Sat., Feb. 2 at 8:30 p.m.

@ Portland Trail Blazers Tue., Feb. 19 at 8:00 p.m.

Vs. L.A. Clippers Thu., Jan. 24 at 8:30 p.m. US Airways Center

@ Memphis Grizzlies Tue., Feb. 5 at 6:00 p.m.

@ Golden State Warriors Wed., Feb. 20 at 8:30 p.m.

@ San Antonio Spurs Sat., Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

@ New Orleans Hornets Wed., Feb. 6 at 6:00 p.m.

Vs. Boston Celtics Fri., Feb. 22 at 7:00 p.m. US Airways Center

@ Dallas Mavericks Sun., Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m.

@ Oklahoma City Thunder Fri., Feb. 8 at 6:00 p.m.

Vs. San Antonio Spurs Sun., Feb. 24 at 6:00 p.m. US Airways Center

Vs. L.A. Lakers Wed., Jan. 30 at 8:30 p.m. US Airways Center

Vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Sun., Feb. 10 at 6:00 p.m. US Airways Center

Vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Tue., Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Vs. Dallas Mavericks Fri., Feb. 1 at 7:00 p.m. US Airways Center

@ L.A. Lakers Tue., Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

@ San Antonio Spurs Wed., Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

































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