Paul Gardner Allen (January 21, 1953 – October 15, 2018) was an American business magnate, researcher, investor, and philanthropist. He is best known for co-founding Microsoft Corporation with childhood friend Bill Gates in 1975, which helped spark the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s and became the world’s largest personal computer software company. Allen was ranked as the 44th-wealthiest person in the world by Forbes in 2018, with an estimated net worth of $20.3 billion at the time of his death.
Allen left active operations at Microsoft in early 1983 after a Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis, remaining on its board as vice chairman. He and his sister, Jody Allen, founded Vulcan Inc. in 1986, a privately held company that managed his various business and philanthropic efforts. He had a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio including technology and media companies, scientific research, real estate holdings, private space flight ventures, and stakes in other sectors. He owned the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association, and was part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer. In 2000 he resigned from his position on Microsoft’s board and assumed the post of senior strategy adviser to the company’s management team.
Allen was also the founder of the Allen Institutes for Brain Science, Artificial Intelligence and Cell Science, as well as companies like Stratolaunch Systems and Apex Learning. He gave more than $2 billion to causes such as education, wildlife and environmental conservation, the arts, healthcare, community services and more. In 2004, he funded the first manned private spaceplane with SpaceShipOne. He received numerous awards and honors in several different professions and was listed among the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007 and 2008. Allen was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009. He died of septic shock related to the cancer on October 15, 2018.
Octopus is a 414-foot (126 m) megayacht owned by the Jody Allen-controlled estate of the late Paul Allen. It is one of the world’s largest yachts. Launched in 2003, Octopus is a private vessel that is regularly lent out for exploration projects, scientific research initiatives and rescue missions.
Octopus has two helicopter pads on the main deck, a twin pad and hangars at the stern and a single pad on the bow; and a 63-foot (19 m) tender docked in the transom and a landing craft. There are a total of seven tenders aboard. The yacht also has a pool, located aft on one of its upper decks, and two submarines (one of them operated by remote control and capable of attaining greater depths). The latter was lent to Google Earth for the “Explore the Ocean” project. Side hatches at the water line form a dock for personal watercraft.
The exterior was designed by Espen Øino Naval Architects and built by the German shipbuilders Lürssen in Bremen and HDW in Kiel. The interior was by designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett of Seattle.
Allen’s yacht Octopus, owned by the billionaire Microsoft co founder. Luxury yacht Octopus is one of the world’s largest yachts. Octopus has a large helicopter hangar on the main deck, giving shelter to two helicopters. The yacht has a large glass bottom pool and a 10 person submarine. The submarine and the main tender (named Man of War) float into the yacht through a large hatch. The yacht has a music recording studio on the bridge deck. Other features include an observation lounge, a cinema, a juice bar near a gym, a salon and a medical centre. The owner has his dedicated deck, with a large study, a walk-in closet and an outside bar with whirlpool. There is a large VIP cabin, 4 guest cabins, a children’s cabin and two additional staff/doctors cabins. The exterior was designed by Espen Øino Naval Architects. The interior was designed by American designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett of Seattle. Paul Allen also owns the yacht Tatoosh and the Feadship Meduse. In January 2016 Tatoosh was involved in an accident. Her anchor chain damaged a coral reef in the Cayman Islands. The two helicopters on the Octopus bare the registration numbers N904AFand N76AF. The first one is a MD900 and the second a Sikorsky S-76C. On this page you will find exclusive interior photos of Octopus. Octopus is often referred to as the Bill Gates yacht, however Bill Gates is not the owner of the yacht Octopus. As far as SuperYachtFan knows Bill Gates does not own a yacht. In the winter season 2013/2014 Octopus went to Hamburg, Germany for a refit. In May 2014 Paul hosted a party on board Octopus during the Cannes International Film Festival. Guests included Dolph Lungren, Sharon Stone and Entourage star Adrian Grenier. Octopus is a member of Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER), a voluntary group ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange quick and easy assistance for anyone in distress at sea. Octopus has assisted on several occasions in recent years, including an air and sea search in the waters of Palau looking for missing police officers and their pilot. In March 2015 A research team led by Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced battleships. The ship was sunk during World War II and, despite numerous eyewitness accounts, the exact location of the ship was unknown. Using historical records from four different countries, detailed topographical data and advanced technology aboard his yacht, M/Y Octopus, Mr. Allen and his team discovered the wreckage in the Sibuyan Sea off the Philippines on March 1, 2015. Read more at Paul Allen’s personal website. In July 2015 Octopus was in Reykjavik, Iceland. The luxury yacht Octopus is not available for charter, but enquire for your ultimate charter experience on other yachts.
Yacht Name: Octopus
Yacht Length: 126 m (414 ft)
Guests: 26 in 13 cabins
Crew: 57 in 28 cabins
Yacht Value: US$ 250 million
Owners Name: Paul Allen
Owners Net Worth: US$ 18.2 billion
Owners Company: Microsoft
Owners Country: USA
Octopus carries two helicopters and a submarine.
Based on the true story of Matt Bondurant’s grandfather and two granduncles, The Wettest County in the World is a gripping tale of brotherhood, greed, and murder. The Bondurant Boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County, Virginia, during Prohibition and in the years after. Forrest, the eldest brother, is fierce, mythically indestructible, and the consummate businessman; Howard, the middle brother, is an ox of a man besieged by the horrors he witnessed in the Great War; and Jack, the youngest, has a taste for luxury and a dream to get out of Franklin. Driven and haunted, these men forge a business, fall in love, and struggle to stay afloat as they watch their family die, their father’s business fail, and the world they know crumble beneath the Depression and drought.
White mule, white lightning, firewater, popskull, wild cat, stump whiskey, or rotgut — whatever you called it, Franklin County was awash in moonshine in the 1920s. When Sherwood Anderson, the journalist and author of Winesburg, Ohio, was covering a story there, he christened it the “wettest county in the world.” In the twilight of his career, Anderson finds himself driving along dusty red roads trying to find the Bondurant brothers, piece together the clues linking them to “The Great Franklin County Moonshine Conspiracy,” and break open the silence that shrouds Franklin County.
In vivid, muscular prose, Matt Bondurant brings these men — their dark deeds, their long silences, their deep desires — to life. His understanding of the passion, violence, and desperation at the center of this world is both heartbreaking and magnificent.
Calvin Leon Graham (April 3, 1930 – November 6, 1992) was the youngest U.S. serviceman to serve and fight during World War II. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the United States Navy from Houston, Texas on August 15, 1942, at the age of 12.
Calvin Leon Graham
Seaman First Class Calvin Graham in 1942
|Born||April 3, 1930
|Died||November 6, 1992 (aged 62)
Fort Worth, Texas
|Allegiance||United States of America|
||United States Navy
United States Marine Corps
|Years of service||1942–1943
|Rank||Seaman first class – USN
Corporal – USMC
|Unit||USS South Dakota|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards|| Bronze Star Medal (1+1 “V” Device)
|1st Row||Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”|
|2nd Row||Purple Heart Medal||Navy Unit Commendation
with service star
|American Campaign Medal|
|3rd Row||Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
with two service stars
|World War II Victory Medal||National Defense Service Medal|
These fourteen sites along the Via Dolorosa are where the events of the Stations of the Cross happened, according to tradition. These 14 stops form a route ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher that pilgrims have walked for centuries and are the inspiration for the Stations of the Cross in many churches today.