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Manuel Artesero, a superman better known as 'Manolo el del bombo' (Manolo the bass drummer), is a national institution in Spain. He has become instantly recognizable by his large beret, his number 12 jersey and, of course, his famous bass drum, which he hammers throughout each and every one of Spain’s international matches.


From Superfan, India&rsquos first super energy efficient ceiling fan

In 1857, India received the first electricity connection for homes and at that time, we were importing ceiling fans from the USA. In 1973, the first ceiling fan was manufactured in India by Greaves Cotton of India and Crompton Parkinson of England. From then, electric ceiling fans started to develop in India.

Energy Efficient Ceiling Fans

In the late 80s and early 90s as India faced an energy crisis and hence the government regulated the electric appliances by star rating which gave birth to energy-efficient and star rated ceiling fans. The rating was done by a government organization, BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) from 2006.

Super Energy Efficient Ceiling Fans

The industry was stagnant for a long time, until 2012. A new era of super energy efficient ceiling fans began in India with the launch of Superfan. It revolutionized the ceiling fan industry with its advanced technology. Superfan is the first fan that is developed in India, which runs at 35W. Just like Punkahs, which were indigenous and revolutionary, Superfans are also designed, developed and manufactured in India.

Ceiling fans are an integral part of comfy life and this electrical appliance has a very long history. The following infographic will tell more about it.

Superfan is designed and developed in India which is on par globally. The development of these power saving ceiling fans marked a new ceiling fan era [1].

1. N. C. Lenin, S. Padmanaban, M. S. Bhaskar, M. Mitolo and E. Hossain, “Ceiling Fan Drives–Past, Present and Future,” in IEEE Access, vol. 9, pp. 44888-44904, 2021, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3052899.


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Bhatia, also known as "the Superfan," became the first fan to join the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. According to his website, the Superfan has not missed a Raptors home game since the team was founded in 1995.

He expressed his gratitude for the honor on social media:

Thank you to the @Hoophall @[email protected] Thank you Jimmy Goldstein for the honour.Thank you to my manager Rinku for helping take the Superfan to another level. Thank you to my daughter Tia and my wife Arvinder for making the ultimate sacrifice for this Superfan. pic.twitter.com/dG0WiTZ83X

— Nav Bhatia Superfan (@superfan_nav) May 17, 2021

Along with joining the Hall, Bhatia even received his own custom ring to commemorate the honor.

I have absolutely no issues in making this a regular occurrence lol.

Honoured and humbled to receive this ring from @baronchampionshiprings and @hoophall

I wear this with immense pride and responsibility to carry on spreading the game I love. pic.twitter.com/FmisroHpII

— Nav Bhatia Superfan (@superfan_nav) May 17, 2021

I made a promise as a kid to my mom i would never remove my turban. Today it is in the Hall of Fame. Embrace what makes you different. It is your superpower. This is the crown I wear each day. Thank you mom. pic.twitter.com/s6cCjxbdhR

— Nav Bhatia Superfan (@superfan_nav) May 19, 2021

He also started the Nav Bhatia Foundation, a non-profit organization that is committed to building basketball courts for children in Canada and worldwide. His goal is simple -- to unite people through the game of basketball.


A Toronto Raptors 'superfan' became the first fan to ever be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame

There are basketball fans, and then there's Nav Bhatia.

Bhatia, a 69-year-old Sikh man, immigrated from India to Toronto in 1984 and fell in love with the Toronto Raptors. Bhatia made a living as a car salesman, eventually becoming successful enough to own several dealerships.

Bhatia told a PRI interviewer in 2019 that when he first started attending games, fans weren't used to seeing "brown people like me." In order to change that, Bhatia began purchasing around 3,000 tickets a year to send people to games, many of them Sikh.

In 2018, he launched a foundation to support his ticket purchases. The point of giving away the tickets, he told PRI, "was to tell them that we might look different, we are different, maybe, but deep inside, 99.99%, we have the same passion, which is [we] love basketball and [we] cheer for the same team, which is the Raptors." Bhatia now hangs courtside with that other major Raptors fan, Drake.

On May 17, Bhatia - along with Chris Webber, Paul Pierce, and Jay Wright - was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Bhatia's exhibit features a turban and a "Superfan" jersey.

"Today was a dream," Bhatia tweeted of the experience. "In the greatest building basketball has, the name Superfan Nav Bhatia will be immortalized. There is now a turban and the first fan honored within [the] Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame. I am overcome with emotions today."

Former actor and director Penny Marshall was also inducted, posthumously, as a fan of the LA Lakers.


Lessons in Survivor History- The Fall of the Superfan

This week saw a much more entertaining episode of Survivor. It was fantastic to see the blue collar tribe lose immunity and have to attend Tribal Council. However, once they got there, it seemed like Dan and Mike, despite being portrayed as socially awkward and certain to be voted out, were actually in the powerful position in the tribe. I’m not sure where that came from because it definitely isn’t the story that the edit has been telling us, but nonetheless, I was thrilled to see Dan and Mike, both huge fans of the show, in a safe spot.

After being confused by blue collar dynamics in the first episode, it was the portrayal of Max and Shirin that raised a lot of questions for me in the second. While it was no surprise that Max was voted out, and the seeds for this storyline had been there for the last two episodes, I was surprised that the editors chose to throw Max and Shirin, the biggest superfans out there, under the bus. They were both portrayed as on the outs solely because of how annoying they are to live with, and while we have been presented with a number of reasons that someone might find Shirin annoying, it seemed that Max’s most irritating trait was his love for the game of Survivor, something that I would expect the editors to celebrate him for instead of turning his love for the game into a cause for mockery. While I will be honest and say that I was not enjoying watching Max the Survivor player (I found his constant references to the television show to be a little gimmicky), I really didn’t enjoy the message of the last episode- that loving Survivor is acceptable (Jenn has been shown as someone who has seen every season), but being a superfan (like Max, Shirin, or Dan) makes you a bit of a freak.

Survivor has had a long history of superfans, from season two’s Mitchell Olsen to season 29’s Reed Kelly, and there were plenty of places that we could have looked for this week’s lesson in Survivor history. But for a player who prided himself in his encyclopaedic knowledge of the television show, but proved to have a poor grasp of the social aspect of the game, we are going back to season 18, Survivor: Tocantins, and 12 th place finisher Spencer Duhm.

Spencer played Survivor at the age of 18 and was a huge fan of the show. He had watched since the first season and knew the game extremely well. In his bio, he claimed that his knowledge would give him a huge advantage, describing himself as a fanatic. When he began the game on the Jalapão tribe, he was excited to start playing and realising ,what was for him, a childhood dream.

Unfortunately for Spencer, his game never really got started. He was never able to get himself into a good position, although he was able to survive his first two Tribal Councils. He was unable to form real bonds with the people on his tribe, and had the extra bad luck of being on a tribe that was down in the numbers and needed challenge strength. He was sent home before the merge in 12 th place.

The biggest flaw in Spencer’s game was his failure to understand the importance of the social game. While the other members of his tribe were creating bonds, Spencer was quiet, sitting back and not taking part in tribe conversations. Part of this was due to his desire to keep his sexuality under wraps- a lot of the tribal conversation revolved around relationships, and Spencer, not wanting to reveal that he was homosexual, hung back and didn’t take part. This reluctance to reveal anything about himself led to his tribemates seeing him as untrustworthy. When he gave a poor performance in a crucial challenge, Spencer was sent home.

We have no shortage of fans on season 30- unlike last season, I think the majority of this cast are applicants rather than recruits, and some applicants have applied multiple times. Before the season, most commentators believed that this would make for a superior season of Survivor with Jeff Probst’s enthusiastic backing of the season 30 cast adding fuel to people’s suspicions. Surely, with so many people that knew the game, we were going to see some outstanding strategy. And so far, this hasn’t been the case. Joaquin, who had no knowledge of the game going in, has proven more adept at the crucial skill of building relationships than any of the so called superfans.

Certainly, being a recruit does not mean that somebody is going to be terrible at the game. In season 14, eventual winner Earl Cole had not even seen the show until weeks before heading out to play. As recently as last season, we had Natalie Anderson, who had been recruited and had very little previous knowledge of Survivor, outwitting and outlasting those who had been watching the show for years. I do not think that you need to be a fan of the show to be successful at the game. But what is curious is how often the opposite seems to be true- that often, but not always, superfans seem destined for early, often humiliating exits.

Max, Shirin, Dan, Mike, Carolyn and Jenn have all been depicted as big fans of the show. For Shirin, coming on the show was a lifelong dream, and she has spent time preparing for this experience. She talked about how she had prepared herself to slaughter chickens by practising on rabbits, an anecdote which impressed no one, and further alienated Joaquin, who compared Shirin to a sociopath in his confessional. Compare that to the attitude of the no collar tribe. When they won the chickens and chose to eat one of them, Hali asked Joe if he had ever done this before. Joe responded “No!” gleefully, and the two of them proceeded to kill the chicken effectively.

Dan has been trying to get on the show for years and claims to be an expert in talking to women. Yet after returning from Tribal Council, where the majority alliance had split the votes between Lindsey and Sierra to protect themselves from an idol play and sent Sierra’s main ally Lindsey home, Dan proceeded to alienate Sierra telling her everything that she had done badly in the game so far and leaving Sierra seething. Compare that to the way that no collar treated Will, who was in the same situation (he had received votes from the majority alliance to protect themselves from an idol play). They immediately embraced him, told him that nobody wanted him to go home, and then killed a chicken in his honour for his birthday. As a consequence, Sierra is desperate to turn against Dan and the rest of his alliance, whereas Will is staunchly loyal to Jenn and Hali, despite being in a situation where he could have ruined their games.

Max, Shirin, Mike and Dan have all been portrayed as annoying to varying degrees. Curiously though, when blue collar went to Tribal Council, Mike’s insistence on constantly working, which had seemed to be such a big issue, didn’t even play a part in the decision. Being a fan of the show has only been a positive thing for Jenn and Carolyn, who both credited their long time viewing of the show for being able to find an idol without a clue. Other than Jenn and Carolyn, we’ve seen the fans of the show deliver less than stellar social performances, and in the case of Max and Shirin, it seems to be that their love of Survivor is directly responsible for this.

The very first thing that Shirin said to her new tribemates was “I don’t know how big of a fan you guys are of the show or anything”- and this was in response to Max telling everyone she was a good cook. Max was seen telling a clearly bored Jenn all about the astrological signs of former winners. When discussing who to vote off, Jenn said “Why’d they let us know they knew so much about Survivor?”, almost making it seem that it was that fatal error that turned everyone against them.

I don’t think it was their superfan status that got Max voted out. I don’t think it was their incessant talking about the game, or the fact that Max can reel off the names of the post-swap tribes of One World that got Max voted out. However, I don’t think it helped. At Tribal Council, Shirin said to Jeff “I’m assuming everyone here appreciates my fandom”, which was met with eye rolls from everybody else. They clearly didn’t appreciate the incessant Survivor talk, but both Max and Shirin had other social problems that ended up being a bigger factor.

Jenn had so many wonderful confessions in this week’s second episode. Nearly every one of them was about how annoyed she was with Max and Shirin. She couldn’t stand either of them from the start. I think that both the no collar tribe and the blue collar tribe were already feeling some animosity towards the white collar tribe (no collar cheered blue collar on in the first immunity challenge and cheered when the white collar tribe lost immunity), and so Jenn was probably never going to love Shirin. But Shirin’s approach of immediately assuming that they were all family and therefore she should tell everyone her life story was the worst possible strategy to take. The no collar tribe see themselves as laid back, and they want to play the game with like-minded people (just look at the way that they voted out Nina, as much for not fitting in as for not being an asset in challenges). Shirin talked too much about everything- Jenn claimed that she knew her life story within 12 hours of meeting her. The secret scenes this week show Shirin regaling her new tribe with the monkey sex story. When she told it to the white collar tribe, it served to paint a big target on her back according to Tyler, and it had the same effect on Hali and Jenn (and presumably Kelly and Will also).

The bigger problem was the breaking off into an obvious twosome, strategising obviously, and making themselves look as untrustworthy as possible. When Will spoke about his vote, he didn’t bring up the constant referencing of Survivor trivia. He said “The debate tonight is between Max and Shirin who is the most annoying? I think it’s about neck and neck because neither one of them will shut up, and they won’t stop strategising.” While the rest of the tribe sat chatting together, Max and Shirin were huddled together, strategising about the need to blindside Will unaware that everyone was noticing their behaviour. Carolyn had no reason to stay with them- they ignored her completely. When Shirin caught Carolyn for their discussion in the water, she mentioned that they haven’t had any time together yet- she had clearly taken Carolyn’s allegiance for granted, and had done nothing to ensure that she still had Carolyn on her side.

This is exactly the same mistake being made by Dan and Mike over on the blue tribe- they do realise that there is a possibility that Sierra might not be on the same page as them. They recognise the danger that she might flip over to join Tyler, Joaquin and Joe, and yet one of the first things they do when they get to camp is to leave her alone with them. As soon as she was left alone, Sierra wasted no time in telling the men how badly she had been treated by her original tribe, and told them that she was looking for new alliances. If she hadn’t been left alone, if Mike had tried to work on her emotions first, it could have worked out differently. As it was, the damage is perhaps not too bad, as their tribe is so physically strong that they are unlikely to visit Tribal Council before the merge anyway. But taking Sierra’s allegiance for granted, and leaving her alone while she was in such an emotional state was not good play by those who are such huge fans of the show.

In season 18, Spencer got a much softer edit than Max and Shirin did in season 30. Spencer was presented as naïve- a superfan who thought he understood the game, but was perhaps a little young and innocent to really play. We didn’t see him make any alliances (although he voted with the majority in both tribal councils that he attended, and so must have had some strategic discussions) and when it was clear that he would be going home, he didn’t appear to even try to save himself. Spencer seemed to be somebody that was too young to play the game. He wasn’t a victim of hubris he never felt like he was in control. Ultimately, although they may have had different edits, the reason that Spencer lost is the same reason that Max lost- he failed to create strong bonds within his tribe. The other person on the chopping block, Taj, had created a strong 2-person alliance with Stephen and had someone to advocate for her. Spencer didn’t have that. Because he neglected (or wasn’t able) to form those tight bonds, he was voted out.

Spencer’s biggest problem in the game was actually deliberate strategy on his part. He didn’t want to tell anyone about his sexuality as he felt that it would give them a reason to vote him out even if it was only subconscious. This led to him being guarded, which impeded on his ability to bond with the tribe. It is ironic that the strategy that he felt would allow him to blend in with the tribe and fly under the radar was actually the thing that made him stand out the most. While everyone else was getting to know each other and being open and vulnerable, Spencer’s unwillingness to join some conversations made him the social outcast and put a target on his back.

Shirin is now in the same position with her ally gone and Carolyn clearly not on her side. She seems like an easy option to vote out in the likely event that Nagarote lose the next immunity. I cannot think of a single challenge that they could possibly win, and although stranger things have happened, I expect to see them back at Tribal Council this week. If Shirin wants to save herself, she needs to turn her superfandom from a liability into her biggest asset.

In Survivor: Cagayan, Spencer (another superfan) was able to use his knowledge of the game to show the other players why keeping him was in their best interests. Shirin needs to do the same thing. She has to know that the merge is coming- in all likelihood, the merge will happen when there are 12 players left, which leaves only one vote- and she should appeal to Hali and Jenn, showing them that there is no benefit for them in voting her out, especially when both Carolyn and Kelly are so dangerous.

In a merge, there is no doubt that Kelly returns to her blue collar alliance. As far as Jenn and Hali know, the blue collars are still five people strong. They have no reason to think that Sierra was on the outs. This means that blue collar are the largest tribe left in the game, and that alone makes Kelly dangerous. At the merge, there is no way that Kelly is sticking around to be the fifth or sixth person in the no collar alliance when she seems to have a solid final three deal with Dan and Mike- both of whom are at times abrasive enough to bring to the end and beat. Kelly is not on the same side as Jenn and Hali, and they should get rid of her while they can.

Carolyn has proven that she will flip on an alliance, and Shirin could easily sell her as being untrustworthy. She also has Tyler and Joaquin to join up with, and there is no guarantee that she will remain with the no collar alliance either.

Unfortunately for Shirin, it is going to be hard to make an appeal to Jenn and Hali when neither of them can stand her. Neither of them are strictly logical players- they pride themselves on playing with their hearts and being laid back. It amazed me that it was only after losing immunity that Jenn and Hali had a conversation about how they could convince Kelly to vote with them. Surely they could have looked at the other tribe and guessed that they were going to be headed to Tribal at some point before the merge. Max and Shirin saw their need for Kelly’s vote instantly, and aggressively pursued it. Hali described the no collar strategy as “we can just sit back and watch and our plan just comes to us”. And so far, it has. The gift of Carolyn’s vote just dropped into their laps there was no skill on the part of the no collars. And if their strategy of just sitting back and letting their plans come to them has worked so far, I don’t know how Shirin can convince them to abandon their strategy now and make a proactive move to set themselves up for the merge. Shirin isn’t going to stick with white collar anymore. She might be annoying, obsessed with monkey sex and the world’s worst whistler, but she’s a much more attractive ally than Kelly is- if only the no collar alliance can see it.

I hope that Survivor continues to cast superfans. I think they bring something amazing to the show. And I am always going to be rooting for a superfan who is living out their dream over someone who has never watched the show and is only looking to be on television. But for the superfans to truly impact the game, they need to stop being overawed by it. Both Spencer on season 18, and Max and Shirin this season, have spent most of their time on Survivor as spectators. If Shirin wants to continue in her dream, she needs to stop watching the game, calm her giddiness somewhat, and start actively participating- watching and noticing those around her, listening to them more than she is speaking, and trying to convince them to act in their own best interests without assuming that everyone will be acting in hers. She’s up against it, but there is a way out of her seemingly hopeless situation. I’ve loved her since I saw her awkwardly marching along the beach in her CBS intro video, so I will be hoping she can find it.

An Aussie who is an English teacher and a very busy mother of three very young kids. Despite this, I still manage to find time to obsessively watch heaps of reality TV, although Survivor will always be my favourite.


The Superfan - HISTORY

Toronto man is the first ever fan to be inducted into the basketball hall of fame

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Nav Bhatia, the Toronto Raptors' most dedicated superfan, has just become the first fan to be inducted into the world's most famous basketball hall of fame for 2021.

Bhatia, 69, who has attended every single Raptors home game since the franchise first launched at the Sky Dome in 1995, has officially been immortalized in Massachussett's Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Bhatia is the first honoree to grace the hall's new James Goldstein Superfan Gallery.

Nav Bhatia has just become the first fan to ever be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Photo by Andrew Bernstein.

Given that Bhatia's fandom is pretty much unparalleled across the NBA, this particular accolade makes sense.

Over the franchise's 25-year history, Bhatia has never missed a home game. Today, he runs the Superfan Foundation, which sends kids to Raptors games and promotes diversity across basketball fandoms.

His face has become synonymous with the Raptors fanbase, figuratively and literally. Giant cutouts of his head were used to cheer the Raps in 2019 and he was in a Tim Hortons commercial shortly after that.

Later that year, after the Raptor's won the championship, Bhatia became the first fan to ever be presented a championship ring.

Toronto Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia is now in a Tim Hortons commercial #Toronto #Raptors #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/AlJPjfxP1X

— blogTO (@blogTO) June 13, 2019

Bhatia was inducted into the Hall of Fame over the weekend, joining NBA superstars like the late Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett as part of the class of 2020.

"It is beyond my wildest dreams to be honored in the same building as some of the greats in the game," said Bhatia in a press release.

Sitting behind Bhatia's Hall of Fame glass is a superfan basketball, his famous courtside seat A12, custom superfan shoes, a replica of his championship ring, a bobblehead and the original Raptors jersey that Isiah Thomas gave him in 1998 that first dubbed him a Superfan.

The Raptors superfan has been immortalized in the hall with his jersey, custom sneakers, championship basketball and a turban. Photo courtesy of Push Marketing.

Also in the display is a white turban, a symbol of diversity across the Toronto Raptors fandom.

"As a practicing immigrant of Sikh faith, because of my turban and beard I have been on the receiving end of many discriminatory
remarks," said Bhatia.

"Basketball has helped me not only be confident with who I am but also has helped me to change the views of many towards South Asians. As we sit together to watch the game we love and cheer on our home team we realize we are more alike than different."


Triple H Reveals First Officially-Certified WWE Superfan, New WWE Documentary On Vladimir

(Photo Credit: Triple H)

WWE is set to release a documentary on a familiar face from WWE events over the years.

It was announced on Saturday that “Superfan: The Story of Vladimir” will premiere on Peacock and the WWE Network this summer,

The documentary will tell the life story of Vladimir Abouzeide, one of the most dedicated and recognizable fans in WWE history. You can see the trailer for the doc below.

Vlad was actually at WrestleMania 37 Night One with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. They named him the first-ever officially-certified WWE Superfan, and presented him with a plaque.

“What better way to welcome back the @WWE Universe at #WrestleMania than naming Vladimir our first-ever officially-certified superfan. @StephMcMahon,” Triple H tweeted.

Stay tuned for more on Vlad working with WWE. You can see the doc trailer below, along with Triple H’s photos from backstage:


Meet the super fan who has cheered at the Olympics since 1992

Kyoko Ishikawa

By Emiko Jozuka, Blake Essig and Dan Campisi, CNN

Kyoko Ishikawa is not your average Olympics enthusiast.

Sporting a bandana, fans, whistle and traditional Japanese costume, the IT company president is a superfan who has attended every Summer Games since Barcelona 1992.

She even performs a Japanese cheer routine at each one and hopes to carry on the tradition this year.

“The purpose of my cheer activities is to share the message of love, friendship, and peace,” said Ishikawa, who is a self-acclaimed “international (Olympics) cheerleader.”

“The Games are the one opportunity where we can share that with people from around the world.”

Ishikawa might be upbeat however, with just one month until the opening ceremony of the Summer Games on July 23, many in Japan are still not convinced by assurances from the government and organizers that it’s possible to stage the Games safely.

Earlier in June, a British medical journal called for a “global conversation” on staging the Olympics. And a recent poll from Kyodo News found 86% of 2,000 people surveyed feared a rebound of Covid-19 cases if the mega event went ahead.

While overseas spectators were barred from coming to the Games earlier in March, just this week, Tokyo 2020 organizers agreed to allow up to 10,000 fans at events, providing the number does not exceed 50% of venue capacity.

That has left ticket holders like Ishikawa hopeful they’ll still be able to experience — in person — an Olympics like no other.

Olympic attraction

Usually at the Olympics, hordes of international fans pack stadiums and host cities.

The number of attendees can be staggering — for instance, a total of 8.3 million tickets were sold for the 1996 Games in Atlanta, Georgia, according to Guinness World Records. In comparison, 4.45 million tickets were initially sold for Tokyo 2020 but 840,000 were refunded after the postponement.

Ishikawa says she got hooked on that buzz from the crowds when she went to her first Olympics in Barcelona in 1992 as a student. It’s also where she met Naotoshi Yamada — or “Uncle Olympics” — who was known to have attended every Summer Games since Tokyo 1964 in his colorful Japanese costumes.

The pair hit it off and kept meeting up at every Summer Games. They were even planning to celebrate Tokyo 2020 together until Yamada died, age 91, in 2019.

Ishikawa, determined to continue Yamada’s legacy, is a fan who counts on showing her support vocally.

Others, however, communicate their fervor for the Games through mementos.

Namely Shlomi Tsafrir, an Olympics memorabilia collector who has an archive of over 100,000 artifacts and knick-knacks. He’s been hooked on the Olympics since 1998 when he opened a souvenir shop and loves using his collection as a talking point.

“I want more people to be interested in the history of the Olympic Games. Many of my Olympic memorabilia items come with a fascinating story behind them,” said Tsafrir.

Armchair fandom?

Since the Games’ postponement in March last year, organizers have coordinated preparations for holding the major international event amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan’s vaccination rollout has ramped up significantly in mid-June, with large-scale vaccination centers accepting bookings for people between ages 18 and 65, and an increasing number of companies and universities offering inoculations on site.

Despite this, Japan’s top coronavirus adviser said on June 18 that staging the Tokyo Olympics without spectators is “desirable” as it would be the lowest risk option amid the pandemic.

Responding to his concerns, Tokyo 2020 organizers and Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said this week they would not rule out an Olympics without spectators if a state of emergency is reinstated in Tokyo.

The capital shifted to a quasi-state of emergency on June 21, a day after the third state of emergency ended.

While Tsafrir still hopes he can go to the Games, he — like Ishikawa — must wait to find out if he’s among the lucky ones who can enter Olympic venues. Tokyo 2020 organizers will hold a fresh lottery to decide who will be able to watch in person for events with over 50% of the venue capacity already filled.

New kind of spectatorship

For Tsafrir, who likes to visit different Olympic cities and towns to acquire memorabilia, a successful Games sends a message to the world that life can resume, and that other big cultural and sporting events might come back in the future.

Tsafrir has table tennis and swimming tickets but said he wouldn’t be too disappointed if he can’t watch the events at the venues.

“Most people in the world will be watching the Olympics at home — and sometimes watching it on TV, you can get a better angle than sitting in the stadium,” Tsafrir added.

TV viewership is crucially important for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which draws 73% of its funding from broadcasting rights.

With medical experts warning of a resurgence of coronavirus as people move around the country, both Japan’s leader and top Covid-19 expert have urged people to try and watch the Games from home to prevent the spread of the virus.

“There are technologies that can create the feeling of being (at the Olympics) — we can stream (the Games) to the world and create a new way of cheering. I think Japan can create a new model for that,” Shigeru Omi, an infectious disease expert, said in a news conference last Friday.

And it’s not just medical experts and officials who are trying to find ways of adapting to a streamlined Games.

Surrounded by Olympics paraphernalia at her home in Tokyo, Ishikawa is pondering how she’ll make her brand of fandom work in a socially distanced world.

“We cannot meet face-to-face, but currently, we have technologies that still link and connect with the people from around the world. I’m thinking of how we can utilize that.”


The Superfan who Left her Entire Fortune to Charles Bronson

Celebrities often receive strange and extravagant gifts from their loyal and enthusiastic fans. However, one of the most generous fan gifts in history was given to the Hollywood star, Charles Bronson. In 1996, a woman from Louisville decided to leave her entire $300,000 fortune to Bronson, her favorite actor, in a handwritten will.

According to the New York Post, Audrey Knauer passed away in 1997 at the age of 55, leaving behind an estate worth $300,000. However, in a surprising turn of events, it was discovered that she had willed her entire fortune to Charles Bronson, in a handwritten note.

Publicity photo of Charles Bronson

The will hastily scribbled on the back of a list of emergency numbers, expressly stated that none of her fortune was to go to her family as she had originally intended. Rather, she wished her entire estate to go to her favorite actor, Charles Bronson, whom she had always admired.

Bronson as Dan Shomron in Raid on Entebbe (1977)

According to E-Online, Knauer is said to have written, “Under no circumstances is my mother, Helen, to inherit anything from me – blood, body parts, financial assets, etc. I bequeath to Charles Bronson, the talented character actor, and what he doesn’t want, he can pass thru (sic) to the Louisville Free Public Library”.

Louisville Free Public Library. Photo by Sfan00 CC BY 2.5

Knauer had never met Bronson, but she was an avid watcher of his films and kept a collection of newspaper clippings that referenced him. She particularly enjoyed watching his Death Wish films, and regularly rented them from the Louisville Free Public Library.

After her death, a portion of Knauer’s estate went directly to Bronson. However, the will was later contested by her remaining family, represented by her sister, Nancy Koeper, when they realized the size of the bequest.

Photo of Charles Bronson as Mike Kovac from the television program Man With a Camera.

It was suggested that Knauer was not psychologically stable when she wrote the will bequeathing her estate to Bronson. Instead, the family presented an earlier document, signed and witnessed by Knauer in 1977, which they argued should supersede the handwritten will. In this earlier testament, Knauer had ordered that her estate was to be divided between her relatives upon her death.

Koeper argued that Knauer was incapable of taking the decision to leave all of her possessions to Bronson, suggesting that she was not in sound mind when she wrote the will. She suggested that Audrey was obsessed with Bronson, to the point of mania. She obsessively followed his movies and his public life, spending hours in the public library searching for information about him.

Photo of Charles Bronson as Linc, the wagonmaster, from the television program The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters.

Koeper described her sister’s obsession as a search for a father figure, adding that Knauer had been attracted by the idea of Bronson as an avenging hero. Describing Knauer’s difficult life, she suggested that her fixation with Bronson was born out her own need to seek justice and revenge.

Koeper and Bronson were not, however, the only parties that stood to gain from Knauer’s unusual bequest. Her note stipulated that should Bronson not wish to keep the money, it should be donated to the Louisville Free Public Library.

Charles Bronson and Patricia Owens in the film X-15 (1961) – publicity still

Bronson had originally suggested that he was going to donate all of the money to the library. This would have constituted one of the largest gifts in the institution’s history.

Speaking to the New York Post, library director Craig Buthod noted that this would have a profound effect on the services the library was able to offer the local community. The bequest would allow them to buy 20,000 new books, or to keep the summer reading program going for several years.

Apparently, Bronson did offer the library $10,000, but they declined this offer, hoping that they would stand to gain much more in the event of a successful appeal. However, Bronson and Koeper eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed sum, and the library ended up with nothing.

We will never know if Audrey Knauer was in fact of sound mind when she wrote her will bequeathing her estate to Bronson. However, this unusual case is an important reminder of the lengths some fans will go to in order to show their appreciation of their favorite celebrities.


The Superfan - HISTORY

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 27, 2002

Keeping cool in the era before the advent of air conditioning was always a real challenge for people trying to cope with the heat and humidity of what a once-popular song called “the good old summer time.” What folks actually contended with for decades was more like the &uotsummertime blues.&uot

However, to help contend with the sometimes horrid heat about 50 to 60 years ago, a local firm devised a rugged electric fan which became a real asset for area residents. And to help understand more about the Superfan once made by Queen Stove Works of Albert Lea, maybe a nostalgic look back at how people tried to cope with the summertime heat and humidity would be logical.

Back in the 1880s and 󈨞s when women wore long skirts and working men had to function without the benefits of the gasoline engine or electricity, there weren’t too many options available to avoid the higher temperatures of a heat wave.

About the only option then usable in a hot home was to open all the doors and windows and hope some kind of breeze would blow in to help cool the place. At night, those with upstairs bedrooms felt they had the cooler places to sleep.

Like cattle in a pasture, uncomfortably warm people a century or more ago tended to look for shade or a place by a body of water. The younger generation had the option of going swimming in a nearby stream or lake. Many children also had the option of following the ice man around on his route and begging for small chunks of frozen water which had been in cold storage since winter. People living in mountainous areas could ride the trains or hitch up their horses to the carriages and head for higher elevations.

About a century ago a personal way to stay cool and move air around became very popular. Small folding fans which could be kept in a purse were among the first items to be imported from China and Japan. The American version was a piece of cardboard cut in a fan shape with a finger or thumb hole at the base. On one side of this fan was artwork with a scenic or patriotic motif. The reverse side featured an advertising message from the sponsor of this once very desirable give-away item. In fact, cardboard fans on a stick handle are still used as advertising give-aways by some firms.

On overly warm Sunday mornings, the hymnals, missals, and even weekly bulletins in the churches became handy devices to be used as temporary fans to move air around and hopefully create a slight breeze around the faces of worshipers.

With the advent of electricity, it didn’t take some gadget lover very long to figure out a way to mount a small propeller blade on the shaft of a motor. Thus, the electric fan soon evolved into window, desk and ceiling models. These three, plus other variations, have been used through the years to move hot air around and hopefully cool the environment.

One of the sturdiest and most practical of the nation’s electrical fans originated in Albert Lea in the era prior to, during, and after World War II as a product of Queen Stove Works. In fact, this Superfan was intended to be a cool companion for the firm’s Superflame line of fuel oil furnaces.

The Superfan, when in the upright position, had the motor and fan blades on the bottom and the air vents near the top. This arrangement was intended in part as a safety measure to keep the fingers of children and careless adults away from the blades.

This fan could be used to cool kitchens and remove food odors. Another logical use for the Superfans was to cool bedrooms on hot sultry nights. Two other uses for this versatile fan were to aid with the distribution of radiator and hot air heat during the cooler part of the year. And still another use for this fan was to circulate air in the portion of the home being used to dry clothes hanging on a line.

Queen Stove Works is no longer a part of the city’s commercial life. One of their prime products, Superfans, have become nostalgic reminders of an era before the advent of even more powerful fans and home air conditioning units.


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