Pedro Arias De Avila Biography

In 1513, King Ferdinand had appointed de Avila to be a governor to the Isthmus of Darien because Vasco de Balboa had been governing the land unofficially since 1511. Even Pedrarias was already old; he sailed with his wife to the land of Isthmus of Darien in the year 1514. He was given the title as the Captain General and also bearing the title as the Governor of the Castilla de Oro. Along his journey, the king had allowed Pedrarias to bring along with him 2, 000 armed men.

Pedrarias had arrived at his destination on June 29, 1514. As an educated man, he then started the trial and followed the proper process in the execution of Balboa. Pedrarias had deemed Balboa as a very dangerous rival and to the fact that almost all of the people who were original settlers of the land were already on Balboa’s side. They had a judicial hearing to the case of Balboa. The hearing was progressing until such time that it was postponed until further notice. The rivals had then talked it out and have their own agreements. Balboa even had an engagement to Pedraria’s daughter who was still in Spain at that time. Balboa and his men had prepared a couple of ships on the Pacific to help him escape the trial. But during the time of Balboa set sail, he was arrested by Pedrarias together with his men. After arresting Balboa, Pedrarias continued the interrupted judicial hearing. Years later, Balboa and his men died on the scaffold at Acla in the year 1519.

During the time Pedrarias had a complete control of the land and the people, they had then planned to make a number of expeditions. Andres Niño together with Gil Gonzales had discovered the coast of Costa Rica and Nicaragua while Pascual de Andagoya went to Peru and his work was then continued by Diegode Almagro and Francisco Pizarro. Years on the service, a new governor; Lope de Sosa is ready to sail and replace Pedrarias. But, the supposed to be new governor got ill in his cabin and then died before he reached Darien.

Pedrarias continuing in his good service had moved to Nicaragua. He then went back to Darien in the year 1527 before he was replaced by Pedro de los Rios as governor. He then sailed back to Nicaragua where he faced a lot of difficulty because his people are voicing grievances. He also got into a trouble with a subordinate; Gil Gonzales who in the long run he beheaded.

Pedrarias died on May 30, 1531 after his long years of expedition and good quality services. He died in the town of Leon; a town where he had also founded. Pedrarias was a great man and is very much dedicated to his service. He had attained his uttermost triumph and satisfaction and he did not let any of his rivals bring him down.

Red Farmer’s Biography

One of the original legendary “Alabama Gang” Charles Lawrence “Red” Farmer was born on the 15th October 1932 (his birth year is uncertain) in Nashville, Tennessee, moving to Miami, Florida with his mother in the mid 1940s’ after his parents separated.

It wasn’t until 1958 that Red moved to Hueytown on a part time basis with Bobbie and Donnie Allison, racing there during the summer months and returning in the winter to his family to work as an electrician. During this time construction work was slow and often Red had to support his wife, children and his mother in law on unemployment money. Finally, in 1962 Red took his family to live in Hueytown, Alabama and that is where they have settled, considering it their home town.

His first race was in 1948 at Opa-locka Speedway in Florida, driving an old 1934 Ford Coupe for a friend’s father. He won his first prize money of around $300 at the Dixie Speedway at Midfield in a 1936 coup and the following day won again in the feature at Montgomery, giving him around $600, giving him more money than he had had in a long time.

After moving to Hueytown Red continued to work as an electrician until after a few years he gave it up to concentrate on racing full time and so began an incredible journey over the next sixty or so years. Ray has accrued an incredible estimated 700 to 900 victories on dirt, asphalt and superspeedways, has won the NASCAR Modified championship in 1956, and then claimed three Late Model Sportsman (now Busch Series) titles in 1967-70-71. Four times he was voted NASCAR’S Most Popular Driver and he’s been inducted into the Talladega/Texaco Walk of Fame, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Farmer was the 1999 recipient of the Alabama Governor’s Award, annually given to an individual or organization for their contribution to auto racing. Perhaps the most prestigious award that Farmer has earned was being named in 2000 as one of NASCAR’S 50 Greatest Drivers of all time.

He has been married to wife, Joan for over 55 years and has three children, two daughters, Cindy and Bonnie and one son, Michael. He also has nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Red is still active as a NASCAR racing driver and regularly races at the Talladega Short Track and also works as consultant with ARCA team.

Alabama Gang legend Red Farmer will be honoured at the track where he still races at age 77. It has been announced that Talladega Short Track will host the Red Farmer Classic on the 15th of May, 2011 at the dirt track in Eastaboga across from Talladega Super-speedway. In honour of Red’s number – 97- the super late model race will be 97 laps and will pay $9,700 to win. Red replied to this honour by saying,”Having a race named after him “is quite an honour, especially since they want to do it every year” when asked during an interview for the Stock Car Magazine. When asked if any track stood out as his favourite Red replied;

“Any track I win on is my favourite. But I guess Daytona and Talladega were two of my favourite tracks. That’s unusual for a short track driver. Of course, I loved Birmingham and Huntsville and Montgomery, tracks we ran Thursday, Friday and Saturday for 20 years. We ran Huntsville on Thursday night, Birmingham, Friday night and Montgomery on Saturday night. Then we would go find a big race somewhere. Sometimes we would go all the way up to Manassas, Virginia, and run on Sunday, or up in Tennessee somewhere. We ran four nights a week a lot of times. Basically, I was always a short track driver, but I like Daytona and Talladega. I like the super-speedways”.

He was asked if he preferred dirt or asphalt tracks and he replied;

Nothing but dirt. That’s one thing I really enjoy anymore. It’s just a lot more fun. I’ve got two dirt cars, Super Late Model dirt cars, right now. I’ve got a GRT and a C.J. Rayburn chassis. I’m building a new engine for next year. I’ll be starting my 58th year in 2006. My grandson has a car. We’re building him a crate motor class to start running with. I don’t even care anything about short track asphalt racing anymore. To me it is dull compared to a good dirt track race. You go see a World of Outlaws Super Late Model race with Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, Rick Eckerd, Darrell Lanigan, and Dale McDowell and those guys run on a half-mile dirt track and you’ll never go back and watch another asphalt race. You watch those guys put on a show and that are what I really enjoy it. I just love the dirt tracks sideways, broadside, running up the cushion and it’s a lot more fun racing to me than asphalt is. On asphalt you can set up a car and go back the next year and never have to change it. It’s the same every week. But you go to a dirt track and you’ve got to work on it all the time. One time it’s moist, sometime it is dry slick, sometimes it blacks over, and you have to continually work all night long to keep up with the track. It’s just a lot more interesting to me.

Interesting Facts and Career Highlights of Moses Malone, NBA Biography

After Moses Malone made the unheard of jump from high school to the NBA back in 1974, many wondered how he could pass up the chance for a free education at college. 20 years later, nobody questioned the decision he made back in ’74. A twelve time NBA All Star and 3 time MVP, Moses Malone was a superstar by the time that most players were rookies just entering the league.

Moses had an amazing sense of where a basketball would end up after bouncing off the rim. Malone would u that skill to become the most dominant rebounder of his era. The most amazing aspect of this is that although he once passes up a college education for the basketball court, Malone is now recognized as one of the games most knowledgeable teachers from his generation. He guided the careers of such young stars that were coming into the league such as, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Willis, and Shawn Bradley. After Malone was done playing basketball his skill lived on in another generation of stars that eventually passed on the same knowledge when their careers came to an end.

Moses Malone played for the:

  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Washington Bullets
  • Houston Rockets
  • Buffalo Braves
  • St. Louis Spirits
  • Utah Stars

Some of his career highlights were:

  • National Basketball Association 587 offensive rebounds in 1979
  • NBA basketball champion in 1983
  • 3 time NBA Most Valuable Player
  • 5 time NBA Rebounding champion
  • 12 time NBA All Star selection
  • All Time NBA free throw leader

Interesting Sports Facts about Moses Malone’s basketball career

  • Malone was the most valuable player on one of the greatest teams in sports history. The 1983 76er won the NBA title, losing just one basketball game in the playoffs.
  • Malone holds the honor of being the last ABA alumnus to play in the NBA. His 21 professional seasons surpassed Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s record for the longest term of service in professional basketball.
  • Malone and his mother barely made ends meet when he was growing up in a small shack. The windows were broken, the roof leaked, the doors didn’t ose, the plumbing hardly ever worked and there were places in the wall where you could actually see through to the outside. The first thing that Moses did after signing with the Utah Stars was to immediately buy his mom a house in suburbia. The house that they had formally lived in was condemned and demolished by the city.