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"My husband of 10 years suddenly wants to have a polygamous relationship" – East Coast Radio

Posted: October 13, 2021 at 7:51 pm

Polygamous relationships are still a hot topic.

READ:Polyandry: SA wants to legalise women having multiple husbands

Just in case you don't know,polygamy is defined as a "marriage in which a spouse of either sex may have more than one mate at the same time".

While there are many avid supporters of the practice, there are just as many who are against this type of relationship.

READ:Meet the 'Extreme Sisters' who share everything... including their boyfriend!

But who are we to judge? As long as all parties within the relationship are happy and living their best lives, then you do you.

What can cause some issues in a relationship is when your partner suddenly changes.

READ:"My boyfriend has completely changed and I think it's because he is cheating"

People in relationships grow together, but they also grow apart. You might think you know everything about your soulmate, their likes, dislikes, and all their deepest, darkest secrets until they one day pull the rug out from right under you.

This has just happened toHlengiwe.

READ:"I recently discovered that my parents have been lying to me my entire life"

She has been married to her husband, her best friend, for 10 years and she thought they were content in their relationship.

Her husband had grown up in a polygamous family but from the get-go, the two of them had decided that they would be strictly monogamous and that polygamy was not an option for them.

READ:It takes two: Your partner cheated but who is really to blame?

Until now.

Hlengiwe decided to share her story and write to Stacey and J Sbu because she is in desperate need of advice.

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We asked KZN to also share any bits of wisdom they might have and this is what they had to say:

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‘It was a lie and I was humiliated’- Wifes polygamy shock on TV – TimesLIVE

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What we have learnt out of this is that people dont understand how they should behave when they are being approached to become second wives.

"They come with the understanding that they are better, or that they are approached because they can do better than the first one. That is the biggest challenge, he said.

I think we can as a society, as people, teach one another the reason why men would want a second wife. It is not based on shortcomings of the first wife. It is generally based on an idea to expand the family.

For the first time people said it was good that the show has brought this up, that we as a society have a better understanding on what was going on.

University of Zululand lecturer Shalo Mbatha, the author of Zulu Empire Decolonised, said that according to Zulu culture, when a husband decides to take another wife, he has to inform the current wife or wives.

He does not ask for permission. If the wife or wives dont agree or do not like it, it wont stop the man from going ahead. It is done in a dignified manner and in private. Non-family members are never involved or present when the husband makes the announcement.

As for what Bheki Langa did, it will remain a mystery because as a Zulu man, he knows the drill, she said.

Former journalist and consumer activist Ncumisa Ndelu, who organised the baby shower in Durban, said she did not like the humiliation on the show.

For starters, these women are not even given time to process the fact that their husbands have been unfaithful. They are put on the spot during the lowest moment of their lives, she said.

Having said that, we need to address this is happening in our communities because the show would not have content if these things were not playing out in our communities.

In May, the home affairs department gazetted a new green paper for the Marriage Act that includes a proposal to recognise polyandry. This would allow women to be married to more than one man at the same time.

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Man from Benin balances 735 eggs on his head to enter Guinness World Records (video) – Pulse Ghana

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"Most eggs carried on a single hat, 735 by Gregory Da Silva" @guinnessworldrecords captioned the video.

Gregory Da Silva is seen in the video balancing the eggs meticulously to ensure none falls.

Amazingly, he was able to get several hundreds of the eggs arranged in a hat placed on his head successfully to register his name in the globally renowned records book.

Meanwhile, the family of the Ghanaian herbalist who had more than 100 children before dying early this year is unhappy that their hero has not been included in the Guinness World Records.

Torgbui Kofi Asilenu was a herbalist who lived at Amakrom in the Upper West Akyem District of the Eastern region and majored in plant medicine for fertility.

He said in 2017 that despite having over 100 children then, he was still interested in producing more till his last breath.

Following his death in February this year, his children have expressed displeasure about the non-inclusion of their fathers name in the Guinness Book of Record.

According to them, their fathers achievement of marrying 15 wives and siring over 100 children with 280 grandchildren is unprecedented and will hardly ever happen anywhere in the world.

Oscar Asilenu, one of the children who spoke on behalf of his siblings said: We are not happy. In the era and time we are in now, no one has done what our father has done and nobody can do it again. It cant happen that someone will marry 15 wives and have more than 100 children ever again. Therefore, we think his name should be in the Guinness book of records.

Even after the funeral, names are popping up which we never thought of. This tells you that he has done a great thing which we cant take out of history.

Interestingly, although Oscar Asilenu thought his father has done well by marrying many wives and bearing numerous children, he is not prepared to continue his legacy.

I am a Christian. I will not advise anyone to go into polygamy. However, anyone who finds himself in that situation should be able to manage it, he said as quoted by 3news.com.

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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning – Daily Post Nigeria

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Good morning! Here is todays summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says President Muhammadu Buhari is Nigerias most popular politician in generations. The Vice President said this during an interactive session with top officials of Nigerias High Commission in the United Kingdom during the weekend.

2. Suspected members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the militant arm of the separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), have written to Ukwulu Community in Dunukofia LGA of Anambra State, warning them of plans to attack the community over failure to observe sit-at-home order. According to sources, members of the community woke up on Sunday morning to a notice pasted in parts of the area, warning them of not adhering to the exercise.

3. The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, on Sunday, urged the Benin Republic government to release Yoruba nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo fondly called Sunday Igboho, from detention unconditionally. Adams, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, also congratulated Igboho on his 49th birthday anniversary, saying the best way to appreciate God in the life of the Yoruba nation agitator is to continue to live for humanity.

4. Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has written a letter to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), threatening to sue the AGF if he fails to recover $62bn from international oil companies as ordered by the Supreme Court. Falana said this in a letter on Sunday titled, Request for Compliance with Judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in suit No SC. 964/2016 between Akwa Ibom & Two Others v Attorney-General of the Federation.

5. The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, says only God can take his life. Tinubu stated this on Sunday at a welcome-back event held in his honour at the State House in Marina, Lagos. The event was attended by House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his deputy, Femi Hamzat; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, among other APC chieftains in Lagos.

6. The Chairman Emeritus of DAAR Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi, on Saturday said one of the greatest errors of his life was going into polygamy. According to him, contrary to the impression that he entered into polygamy because of his wealth, he revealed that it was due to internal family challenge. He stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja at the weekend as part of the activities to mark his 70th birthday.

7. The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), on Sunday, said that the planned strike by its affiliate members, Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), has been suspended. Mr Tayo Aboyeji, the South-West Zonal Chairman of NUPENG, disclosed this in an interview on Sunday.

8. Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has picked holes in the zoning formula adopted by the party, saying the decision to hang the Presidency in the air is dangerous. According to Bode George, there should be no ambiguity about the fact that the Presidency should go to the South with the zoning of the chairmanship position to the North.

9. The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has pledged N2 million cash reward to any person with vital information on the identity and activities of unknown gunmen terrorising the state. He assured that the identity of the informant would remain secret. He made this known at the weekend during a one day prayer summit, held at the newly built Christian Ecumenical centre, Abakiliki city capital.

10. The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said that a group of drug cartels have abducted an unnamed retired personnel of the agency after officers arrested a 19-year-old female drug dealer, Mngunengen Achir, in Benue State. The Spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said this on Sunday in Abuja in a statement.

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CF Industries Holdings, Inc. Announces Planned Board of Directors Leadership Transition – Yahoo Finance

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DEERFIELD, Ill., October 13, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF), a leading global manufacturer of hydrogen and nitrogen products, today announced a planned transition of leadership roles for its board of directors.


Stephen A. Furbacher, current chair of the CF Industries board, will retire at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders in May 2022

The board has elected Stephen J. Hagge, current independent director of CF Industries, as incoming chair, effective January 1, 2022

The board has elected John W. Eaves, current independent director of CF Industries, as incoming chair of the compensation and management development committee, effective January 1, 2022

"I am honored by the trust placed in me by my fellow directors to serve as chair of CF Industries board of directors," said Stephen J. Hagge. "On behalf of the board, I want to thank Steve Furbacher for his nearly 15 years of service to CF Industries. His leadership has been an integral part of making CF Industries and its board of directors what they are today. We look forward to building on the progress we have made under his guidance as we work together to create long-term value for stakeholders."

"Serving on CF Industries board of directors has been a tremendous privilege for the past 15 years," said Stephen A. Furbacher, current chair. "I am most proud of the work we have done to broaden the boards skills, experiences and diversity in recent years. This purposeful effort has strengthened the boards ability to be an effective advocate for stakeholders and a valued resource for management in the years ahead."

Board of Directors Leadership Transition

Stephen A. Furbacher has informed the board that he will retire and not stand for re-election to the board at CF Industries Annual Meeting of Stockholders in May 2022, under the general policy of the Company that no director having attained the age of 74 years shall be nominated for re-election or reappointment to the board. Mr. Furbacher will continue to serve on the board until his current term of office expires at the Annual Meeting. He has been an independent director since 2007 and served as chairman since 2014.

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Accordingly, the board of directors of CF Industries has elected Stephen J. Hagge, former president and chief executive officer of Aptar Group, Inc. and current independent director of the Company, as the incoming chair, effective January 1, 2022.

In this role, Mr. Hagge will coordinate the activities of the independent directors, coordinate the agenda for and moderate sessions of the independent directors, and facilitate communications between the other members of the board. He has been an independent director since 2010, most recently serving as chair of the compensation and management development committee and as a member of the audit committee.

CF Industries board of directors has elected John W. Eaves, executive chairman of Arch Resources, Inc. and current independent director of the Company, as the incoming chair of the compensation and management development committee, replacing Mr. Hagge in that role effective January 1, 2022. Mr. Eaves has been an independent director of the Company since 2017.

Board of Directors Overview

Following the retirement of Mr. Furbacher in May 2022, CF Industries board of directors is expected to have 11 members, consisting of ten independent directors and Tony Will, president and chief executive officer, CF Industries Holdings, Inc., who together represent a broad range of experience and skills. At that time, over half of the members of the board of directors will have joined since 2017 and the composition of the board will be 55% diverse (gender or racial/ethnic background).

The board of directors, through its corporate governance and nominating committee, regularly reviews the overall composition of the board and its committees to assess whether each reflects the appropriate mix of experience, qualifications, attributes, and skills that are relevant to CF Industries' current and future global strategy, business, and governance.

For biographical information about CF Industries board of directors, please visit the investor section of http://www.cfindustries.com.

About CF Industries Holdings, Inc.At CF Industries, our mission is to provide clean energy to feed and fuel the world sustainably. With our employees focused on safe and reliable operations, environmental stewardship, and disciplined capital and corporate management, we are on a path to decarbonize our ammonia production network the worlds largest to enable green and blue hydrogen and nitrogen products for energy, fertilizer, emissions abatement and other industrial activities. Our nine manufacturing complexes in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, an unparalleled storage, transportation and distribution network in North America, and logistics capabilities enabling a global reach underpin our strategy to leverage our unique capabilities to accelerate the worlds transition to clean energy. CF Industries routinely posts investor announcements and additional information on the Companys website at http://www.cfindustries.com and encourages those interested in the Company to check there frequently.

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Media Chris CloseDirector, Corporate Communications847-405-2542 cclose@cfindustries.com

Investors Martin JarosickVice President, Investor Relations847-405-2045 mjarosick@cfindustries.com

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CF’s Martavius Thomas and Kameron Easttam named Players of the Week – Camden News

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The wins keep stacking up for the Camden Fairview Cardinals (6-1) after they took down the Magnolia Panthers, 44-25. at home last week.

It was a stellar night for the entire team as they are just a few games away from securing their first conference title since 2012. There were several stars on both sides of the ball that made a tremendous impact to the Cardinals' big win over the Panthers.

On the offensive side of the ball for Camden Fairview, they were able to create a highly efficient gameplan that left the Panthers unable to slow down CF's rhythm. The offense for the Cardinals, led by junior quarterback Martavious Thomas, accumulated a total of 601 yards against the defense of Magnolia.

The defense of the Cardinals knew they were in a tough fight against a Panthers' offense that could consistently drive the ball down the field. There were several defenders for Camden Fairview that made an impact with junior defensive end Kameron Easttam having a standout performance.

Thomas and Easttam are Camden News's Offensive and Defensive Players of the week.

This is Thomas' fourth-time being Camden News's offensive player of the week this 2021 season. Thomas continues to be one of the most electrifying playmakers in the state of Arkansas with his explosive and dynamic running ability. In the game against Magnolia, Thomas had a nearly perfect game by throwing for 345 yards, four touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 157.9 on 20 completions.

Thomas passed for four touchdowns against the defense of Magnolia, who failed to lock down their coverages on the deep receiver core of Camden Fairview. Three of Thomas's touchdowns were in the second half of the game to several different receivers. Thomas had a ten-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Reed in the second quarter, a 15-yard touchdown pass to Michael Suell in the third quarter, a 45-yard touchdown pass to Reed in the third quarter and a five-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Copeland.

Thomas was highly efficient in spreading the ball throughout the field to cause chaos in the secondary of Magnolia.

On the defensive side of the ball for Camden Fairview, the line was highly active in creating multiple stops against the offense of Magnolia. While defensive tackle Mark Welch and defensive end Jacovey Barker continued to be efficient even while being focused on by the offensive line of Magnolia, it was Easttam that was the star of the defense.

This is Easttam's first time being named defensive player of the week.

The junior led the team in total tackles accounted for with seven while also accounting for one tackle for loss. Easttam has accumulated 32 solo tackles, ten tackles for loss, three sacks and two quarterback pressures in the 2021 season. With most of the pressure focused on Welch and Barker, that opened up more availability for Easttam to potentially make big stops for the Cardinals' defense. Easttam was constantly crashing into the backfield of Magnolia and put constant pressure on the quarterback.

Camden Fairview continues to show they have one of the most talented defensive line units in the conference and the region.

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Bull of the Day: Nutrien (NTR) – Yahoo Finance

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Nutrien NTR is benefiting from soaring fertilizer prices and a hot agriculture market. This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) is expected to grow its earnings by 178% this year.

Nutrien is the world's largest provider of crop inputs and services. It produces around 27 million tonnes of potash, nitrogen and phosphate products world-wide.

It also has a significant agribusiness, including its retail segment, Nutrien Ag Solutions.

Weather and Natural Gas Prices Disrupt the Fertilizer Market

Agricultural fertilizers, which includes the nitrogen fertilizers of ammonia and urea, as well as potash and phosphates, have seen soaring prices in 2021.

The record prices are a result of a combination of events including Hurricane Ida shutting down nitrogen plants in Louisiana, difficulty with logistics, soaring natural gas prices in Europe leading to shutdown of nitrogen production there, and China restricting phosphate and urea exports.

The result is record high prices in some fertilizers which were last seen during the golden 2008 rally.

But this time around, these "events" which have pushed up prices, are expected to continue to impact the market until the beginning of 2022, and maybe beyond.

Several fertilizer producers, including Nutrien, closed facilities in Louisiana during Hurricane Ida. That production has slowly been coming back online.

At the same time, soaring natural gas prices forced CF Industries to shut 2 of its nitrogen plants in the United Kingdom, which only came back online after intervention from the British government.

Other nitrogen producers apparently remain closed throughout Europe.

A Fertilizer Shortage?

On Sep 22, Nutrien told Reuters that it was sold out of its potash production in the third quarter in North America even though the company increased potash production earlier in the year.

And farmers, faced with record high fertilizer prices, may buy less or change crops to try and keep fertilizer costs down which could also impact sales volumes.

Analysts Raise 2021 and 2022 Earnings Estimates

In the face of the record high prices and all the industry disruptions, the analysts are still bullish on Nutrien.

One estimate was raised in the last week for 2021 and 2 are higher in the last month.

The 2021 Zacks Consensus Estimate has jumped to $5.01 from $4.93 in the prior 30 days and is up from $3.75 just 3 months ago.

That's earnings growth of 178% as the company only made $1.80 last year as the pandemic hit.

For 2022, 3 estimates have been raised in the last month, pushing the Zacks Consensus up to $5.83 from $5.43 in the last 30 days.

That's another 16% earnings growth.

Shares at All-Time Highs

Nutrien has only been a public company since 2018, when Agrium merged with Potash to form Nutrien.

But shares are up 48.2% on the strong agriculture market and rising fertilizer prices.

This is a new high for Nutrien shares.

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But for some perspective, shares are up just 28% since the 2018 merger compared to the S&P 500 which is up 60% during that time.

Nutrien is cheap, with a forward P/E of just 14.

Its fertilizer competitors are trading with even lower P/Es, however. Mosaic MOS has a forward P/E of 8.2 and CF Industries CF is trading at 13x.

Nutrien is also shareholder friendly, paying an industry leading dividend yielding 2.6%. Mosaic's dividend yields just 0.7% and CF Industries' 2%.

Nutrien will report third quarter results on Nov 1.

For investors looking for a way to play the agriculture bull market, Nutrien is one to keep on the short list.

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Revolution Rewatch: 3 takeaways from 4-1 victory over CF Montreal – The Bent Musket

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The New England Revolution were able to walk away with another three points in Montreal.

While the Revs were putting up a goal-scoring clinic yours truly was regretting his decision to not bring a better jacket as I covered senior night girls soccer at a North Shore high school (Once again thanks to Seth Macomber for once again providing some great coverage of the match and the post-game press conference).

But with that comes a rare opportunity to look back and knowing what the scoreline looks like, take a deeper look into the game.

So lets get to our three takeaways.

1 - Gustavo Bou needs to work on his body language

While strikers always want to score goals, the body language that Gustavo Bou showed on the night is concerning.

Particularly early in the match on DeJuan Jones goal, Bou basically gave up on the play after the cross into the box wasn't going in his way. He put his hand up and completely checked out. Even after Jones scored, Bou wasnt racing over to celebrate with his teammates, he just walked back to midfield.

After Montreal was able to find the back of the net, Charlie Davies noted that too many players were walking around the pitch. While it wasnt just Bou, the striker definitely was guilty of this on multiple occasions. He also noted Bous poor body language as well.

Eventually, the strikers mood would improve as he scored a late goal that has him tied with Adam Buksa in the golden boot race, but even when Bou isnt scoring he needs to look like the exact same player and not checking out of the match.

2 - GO DJ

This was an amazing night for DeJuan Jones. Besides scoring a goal in the 10th minute, the left back had a complete 90-minute effort against Montreal.

Jones has shown his growth as a player since he is no longer a liability when he uses his left foot. He made some amazing passes and crosses and just hasn't looked afraid on the left flank.

The left back has been capable of blowing by defenders with ease and has done so well that he is even getting looks from European clubs.

Jones will be a key player as the postseason inches closer. His service into the box could be crucial if New England wants to make it to the MLS Cup Finals.

3 - Can Kap catch fire at the right time?

I will not belabor fans with the reminder that Wilfrid Kaptoum was a La Masia product and also played for Real Betis but against Montreal the midfielder was able to make an impact.

The Cameroonian didnt have a lot of time as he entered the game in the 80th minute replacing Tommy McNamara, but Kaptoum was able to secure the first MLS assist of his career six minutes later.

To Kaptoums credit, his pass to Bou was quite nice but he still has more work to do. His acquisition is still looking like a steep overpayment.

But that could change if Kaptoum is able to build momentum heading into the playoffs. Instead of just existing on the pitch, the midfielder needs to make an impact whether that be with crisp passes to get players in on goal or just making smart decisions.

If Kaptoum is able to get hot at the end of the regular season, its difficult to see any team being able to stop the Revolution.

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Dale Kildee, who represented Flint area in Congress for 36 years, dies at 92 – MLive.com

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Dale Kildee remembered for kindness, decency and tireless work ethic by Whitmer, Pelosi and others

FLINT, MI -- Dale Kildee, who served as the Flint areas congressman for more than 30 years, has died at age 92.

Kildee, a Democrat, who had the sixth-highest seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives when he announced he would not seek re-election a decade ago, was a former Flint school teacher and the son of an assembly line worker at Buick.

He won his first election to the state House in 1964, was elected to Congress in 1976, and was re-elected 17 straight times.

He died Wednesday, Oct. 13, according to the Kildee family and the office of U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Twp.

Dan Kildee, who replaced his uncle in Congress, said in a statement Wednesday, Oct. 13, that the family is mourning the loss of our beloved Dale.

First and foremost, Dale was family. Born into a large Catholic family that cherished our Irish heritage, Dale was an incredible uncle and role model, the statement says. Later, as I followed in his footsteps into a life of public service, Dale became a political mentor to me ...

(He) was always proud that he was from Flint, the birthplace of the modern labor movement. Throughout his work, Dale was kind, humble and dedicated to his constituents, Dan Kildee said. Dale never forgot who he worked for or the constituents who sent him to Congress. And Dale always brought civility and kindness to the political debate, something that we all could learn from today.

Before his departure from Congress, Kildee told MLive-The Flint Journal that he loved representing his hometown and surrounding areas in Washington.

Theres not a day that I dont love coming to work, he said then. There are some hard days, days where I work 36 hours straight, but I love the work.

Kildee said then that securing more than $100 million in funding for Bishop Airport and earmarks for Kettering University and Mott Community College were among his proudest achievements.

As a congressman, he was a reliable ally of the automotive industry and led several educational reforms including revisions to the No Child Left Behind policy, securing funding for Pell grants and supporting Head Start programs.

In 2010, he cemented his reputation as the Cal Ripken of Congress by casting his 20,000th vote.

At that time, he had missed just 28 votes since arriving in Washington in 1977 -- a 99.9 percent voting attendance record. Seventeen of the missed votes were due to a hospital stay in 1985.

Kildee said then that he was just following in the footsteps of his father, who worked on the line at the former Buick Motor Division in Flint and never missed a day of work.

In the state Legislature, his accomplishments included the creation of the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver, a program that gives free college education to Native American students.

Kildee was born on Sept. 16, 1929, in Flint, the second youngest of five children of Timothy and Norma Kildee. He grew up on the citys east side, first at a home on New York Avenue and then on Jane Avenue.

Flint Journal files say that as a 12-year-old boy, Kildee memorized President Franklin D. Roosevelts declaration of war on Japan on Dec. 8, 1941, a speech that called the attack on Pearl Harbor as a date which will live in infamy.

He won the American Legion Medal of Citizenship during his senior year of high school before graduating from St. Marys High School in Flint in 1947.

As a teenager and for years after, Kildee was torn between life in government and the priesthood. After graduation, he spent years as a seminary student, leaving two years before ordination.

He went on to receive his teachers certificate at the University of Detroit.

Kildee taught in Detroit from 1954 to 1956 before returning to Flint to teach Latin at Flint Central High School until 1964 when he was elected to the state House.

He met his wife Gayle, a French teacher, when both taught at Central. They married in 1965 and had three children.

He is survived by his wife and his children -- Paul, Laura, and David.

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Showbiz lives: Ron and Clint Howard on their breezy, brotherly Hollywood memoir – Norman Transcript

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"Clint, you're sideways."

"Well, I either have to be sideways or upside down. What's better?"

"Sideways," says Ron Howard, steady helmsman of about 30 features and documentaries. Brother Clint Howard, five years his junior and proud owner of more than 250 acting credits, nods with something like satisfaction. His image on the screen remains sideways, and his older sibling allows the slightest of smiling head shakes a silent "That's my brother."

In tank top and wildish white hair, Clint looks in character for a movie located deep in the woods of North Carolina, but he's in the state for an " Andy Griffith Show " fan event (Ron, of course, played young Opie on that '60s hit, while Clint had a beloved recurring role as Leon, the kid cowboy armed with a sandwich ). During a Zoom interview, Ron talks more than Clint, is more functionally illuminated and moves less. Gravity-defying Clint is side-lighted by a window, somewhat deferential to big brother but more animated and quick to guffaw.

The brothers had runs of acting success as kids, Ron on " Andy Griffith " and others and Clint all over, including as the non-ursine star of " Gentle Ben." After starring in " Happy Days," grown-up Ron directed such films as " Apollo 13 " and " A Beautiful Mind," winning Oscars for directing and producing the latter. Clint became one of the more recognizable character faces in movies and on TV shows such as "Star Trek" and "Mod Squad."

Now they're in their 60s and have together written a book of the Howards: " The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family," about their experiences growing up in the business and coming out more or less sane.

Ron had been approached over the years by publishers seeking an autobiography, but he hadn't wanted to do it. He says frequent collaborator Tom Hanks, a published author himself, told him: "'You probably should, but focus entirely on your childhood. That's what everybody's curious about.' And he was right."

The brothers have been asked all their lives about growing up in the business, but it took a major life milestone to spur them to finally put it all down.

"When our father passed away" in 2017, said Ron, "he was the second of our parents to pass; we had that experience of suddenly being grown men who were orphans. Preparing the memorial for Dad entailed a lot of looking back, which is not something I think either Clint or I particularly do a lot of." He adds that "Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown (whose Robert Langdon novels have been made into hit movies by Howard and Hanks) urged him to write the memoir jointly with Clint.

Clint says, "The way the book lays out is very much the rhythm of Ron and I's relationship. Ron is an awesome, awesome big brother. And yet we share 180-degree shifts in attitudes and perceptions about things. He was the first kid. He was a lot more sheltered than I was."

Clint razzes his brother for his "half-ass jump shot" (Ron coached Clint's youth basketball team, leading them to a championship) and recalls how he demanded profit-sharing and other perks when acting in Ron's earliest short films.

Ron says, "Clint came out of the womb with a sense of humor, a raised eyebrow, a skeptic's view. He's an extrovert. I've always been impressed with his wit and his confidence, the way he faces the world. I've always been more cautious. Some of that probably came from my early years as a child actor, where I felt like I didn't quite fit in, like I was 'other.' I felt that in a way that Clint never seemed to or bend to."

Ron was a first-grader when he was cast on "Andy Griffith" in 1960; he was in eighth grade when it ended. When they weren't at a one-room studio school, he and Clint attended a string of Burbank public schools rather than highfalutin private ones; their parents held the bulk of their earnings in trust rather than indulging in a fancy Hollywood lifestyle. That also meant, however, that his celebrity status had its ups and downs.

"I watched Ron navigate being 'Opie-shamed' and picked on," says Clint. One of the more surprising nuggets in the book is that Ron frozen in the public consciousness as squeaky-clean TV nice characters got in plenty of fights as a kid, facing down bullies looking to take Opie down a peg, sometimes on his front lawn as his parents looked on. "I had a huge advantage of having Ron to be the wonderful example."

Ron says, "[Clint's boldness] was from my mom's side of the family; she was gregarious, she was energetic, she was funny. She was fearless. Dad's side of the family was more cautious. ... I mean, Dad had big dreams."

The book has its share of showbiz reminiscences: Tales of Burt Lancaster showing up at a production's motel to carry on a long-running affair; Harrison Ford and Paul Le Mat bombing poor "Opie" with beer bottles in a motel parking lot during the making of " American Graffiti "; Bob Gibson and Bart Starr appearing on "Gentle Ben." The volume and olfactory signatures of the sweat of some of young Ron's adult co-stars are among the more vivid recollections.

But more than anything, "The Boys" is about how their father, Rance Howard, and mother, Jean Speegle Howard, shaped them and their careers. Jean gave up her acting dreams early on in service of the family; Rance pursued his until the end while mentoring their sons in the business. Ron says the brothers' "survival" through the perils of Hollywood (including Clint's struggles with addiction, described in the book) had "everything to do with our upbringing and the kind of offbeat parental sensibility that affected us in such a powerful way."

In exploring that, the titular boys came to better understand their parents.

"Something I learned from [working on] the book: Our parents, they were eccentrics. They were outliers," says Ron. "They came from the Midwest [Oklahoma], and if you met them, you'd say, 'Salt-of-the-earth Americana stands before you.' But the reality was, what middle-of-the-road Middle American kid thinks, 'I'll just leave and go to New York or L.A.'? And they did that.

"They were too adventurous for Oklahoma and a little too cornpone for Hollywood. They were 'sophisticated hicks' my mom came up with that one."

A lot of actors would love to have Rance Howard's career close to 300 film and TV credits, plus some screenwriting along the way but the book's portrait of him professionally is of a constant scrapper: A working man struggling through long, painful dry stretches. All along, his sons' view of him as a loving, pragmatic guide stays steady. When very young Ron reads some, ahem, colorful (American) graffiti in the toilet stalls on the "Andy Griffith" set and asks his dad about it, Rance explains it in matter-of-fact detail. Likewise, the veteran performer coached his sons on their scenes not as if they were child actors but just actors: He didn't teach them to play cute for the camera but to listen and respond. He took them to movies such as " The Wild Bunch " in their youth.

"And on the other side," says Clint, "Ron and I both love Mom dearly. But we both have regrets, that we probably picked on her a little too much. In fact, I know we picked on her too much. We mention it in the book: Mom had her issues; Mom was probably OCD. Yet she was such a dynamic woman. ... Dad would never have been Dad without Mom."

"Working on the book, it was equally important to recognize the foibles and the actual heroism of our parents. Our story is kind of a survival story. The system sets kids up to fail," Ron says of Hollywood's long-established appetite for a kind of hermetically sealed cuteness that turns to ash along with job opportunities for child actors as they commit the sin of growing up.

"We could have failed spectacularly. Arguably, should have," he adds. "I began to recognize the great fortune but also a handful of turning points where things could have gone in a very different direction for me. With help from my parents and great fortune and some of my own personal tenacity, it sort of added up to a better outcome than I could have dreamed."

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