Speedo

The Speedo boomerang logo

Speedo is a swimsuit manufacturer that began on Bondi Beach near Sydney Australia. Speedo is currently the world's largest selling swimwear brand and manufactures products for both recreational and competitive swimming. Its trademark is a red boomerang-shaped logo.

History

The company was founded in 1914 by hosiery manufacturer Alexander MacRae as MacRae Knitting Mills in an effort to expand his company into swimwear. In 1928 the name Speedo was first adopted after the firm developed its racerback design of swimwear making it one of the first manufacturers to specifically produce athletic designs. The name was made up by a Captain Jim Parsons who won a company competition with the slogan "Speed on in your Speedos."

During World War II the manufacturer shifted nearly all of its production to war materials such as mosquito nets. Speedo resumed production after the war and became a publicly traded corporation in 1951. In 1955 Speedo introduced nylon into its fabric for competitive swimwear. The 1956 Olympics in Melbourne saw the widespread debut of the new fabric and the introduction of the style of men's briefs that has become associated with the brand. The company quickly expanded into the international arena from there until the present, boasting that 70 percent of swimming medals were won by athletes wearing its products in the Olympic Games of 1968, 1972, and 1976.

During the 1970's and 80's new fabrics such as lycra were incorporated into the company's swimwear design. During the late 1990's the company turned its attention to its aquablade and fastskin product lines of competitive swimwear. The designs employ new fabrics that the company claims will reduce resistance in the water by replicating biological skin characteristics of various marine animals such as sharks.

Male competitive swimsuit.

Though it still manufactures the traditional briefs and racerback designs that made the company famous, Speedo's latest competitive swimwear designs incorporate suits that provide greater coverage to the arms, legs, and even full body for their top end lineup. Their high-end suits often sell for in excess of $300 American for the Fastskin 2 series. The company also continues to manufacture recreational swimwear, goggles, earplugs, swim caps, towels, robes, sportswear and other logo clothing, watches, sandals, beach volleyball and triathlon products, lifeguard gear, and training supplies for competitive and recreational swimmers.

Popularity

Due to its apparent utilitarian value for both swimming and sunbathing, the bikini-type competitive swimsuits colloquially known as 'budgie smugglers' became popular among non-professional swimmers and beach-goers in many parts of the world. Men of all ages wear speedos at beaches and pools in Europe, Asia, and South America.

In the United States of America, however, the opposite trend has developed since the 1980s. While women's swimwear remains scanty, men's swimwear has evolved into boardshorts that are baggy and long enough to reach the knees, or below.

Analysts attribute this phenomenon to the unique and intriguing interplay of religion, conservatism and human sexuality in the US, as in an essayby Kevin Esser.

Athletes

Some athletes who have been sponsored by the Speedo brand include Greg Louganis, Janet Evans, Michael Phelps, Amanda Beard, Dawn Fraser, and Kosuke Kitajima.


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Some athletes who have been sponsored by the Speedo brand include Greg Louganis, Janet Evans, Michael Phelps, Amanda Beard, Dawn Fraser, and Kosuke Kitajima. Parallels include:. Analysts attribute this phenomenon to the unique and intriguing interplay of religion, conservatism and human sexuality in the US, as in an essayby Kevin Esser. Original series producer Glen Larson is a member of this church. While women's swimwear remains scanty, men's swimwear has evolved into boardshorts that are baggy and long enough to reach the knees, or below. Less apparent are references to the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (more commonly known as the Mormon church). In the United States of America, however, the opposite trend has developed since the 1980s. If the universe began then, the 21st century would have marked the seventh millennium.

Men of all ages wear speedos at beaches and pools in Europe, Asia, and South America. In the 1978 pilot episode, the president of the Colonies referenced that they were "approaching the seventh millennium of time." Some Bible scholars assert the seven days of creation described in the Book of Genesis occurred in the fourth millennium B.C. Due to its apparent utilitarian value for both swimming and sunbathing, the bikini-type competitive swimsuits colloquially known as 'budgie smugglers' became popular among non-professional swimmers and beach-goers in many parts of the world. He tries to convince members of the colonial fleet to follow him, as demons do in Christianity and Islam. The company also continues to manufacture recreational swimwear, goggles, earplugs, swim caps, towels, robes, sportswear and other logo clothing, watches, sandals, beach volleyball and triathlon products, lifeguard gear, and training supplies for competitive and recreational swimmers. The character Count Iblis in the 1978 series was inspired by the demon Iblis in Islamic mythology. Their high-end suits often sell for in excess of $300 American for the Fastskin 2 series. The word "Adama" in Hebrew means "Earth.".

Though it still manufactures the traditional briefs and racerback designs that made the company famous, Speedo's latest competitive swimwear designs incorporate suits that provide greater coverage to the arms, legs, and even full body for their top end lineup. Several of the characters in the series have names corresponding to significant characters in Greek mythology, including Apollo and Cassiopeia. The designs employ new fabrics that the company claims will reduce resistance in the water by replicating biological skin characteristics of various marine animals such as sharks. The twelve colonies are named after the astrological signs of the Greek zodiac; for example, Scorpia (Scorpio), Caprica (Capricornus), and Aquaria (Aquarius). During the late 1990's the company turned its attention to its aquablade and fastskin product lines of competitive swimwear. A Battlestar Galactica video game has been published on the Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox platforms. During the 1970's and 80's new fabrics such as lycra were incorporated into the company's swimwear design. Marvel Comics published a short-lived comic book series based upon the show between 1978 and 1981.

The company quickly expanded into the international arena from there until the present, boasting that 70 percent of swimming medals were won by athletes wearing its products in the Olympic Games of 1968, 1972, and 1976. In the 1990s, original series star Richard Hatch co-wrote several new novels based upon the series as part of his efforts to spark a revival. The 1956 Olympics in Melbourne saw the widespread debut of the new fabric and the introduction of the style of men's briefs that has become associated with the brand. A number of Battlestar novels based upon the series have been published over the years, including a mixture of novelizations based upon televised episodes (including the pilot episodes of both the original series and Galactica 1980) and original stories. In 1955 Speedo introduced nylon into its fabric for competitive swimwear. As of January 2006, the second half of the second season began broadcasting in the United States, while the full season premiere ('Scattered') aired on Sky One in the UK on 10th January 2006. Speedo resumed production after the war and became a publicly traded corporation in 1951. The sampler strategy was similar to past efforts at NBC to assist other cable siblings' shows, such as a counter-programming block of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy opposite the Super Bowl airing on a competing broadcast network.

During World War II the manufacturer shifted nearly all of its production to war materials such as mosquito nets. NBC additionally aired three selected first season episodes as a sampler to entice new American viewers in advance of the second season premiere in July 2005. The name was made up by a Captain Jim Parsons who won a company competition with the slogan "Speed on in your Speedos.". Sci Fi Channel — on January 9, 2005, five days before the American debut of the series. In 1928 the name Speedo was first adopted after the firm developed its racerback design of swimwear making it one of the first manufacturers to specifically produce athletic designs. A highly edited version of the miniseries aired on NBC — a corporate sibling of the U.S. The company was founded in 1914 by hosiery manufacturer Alexander MacRae as MacRae Knitting Mills in an effort to expand his company into swimwear. Featuring critically acclaimed, veteran actors in Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, the new series began in earnest in October 2004 in the UK, and January 2005 in North America.

. This miniseries was so successful that Sci-Fi opted to develop this new, reimagined version of Galactica into a television series. Its trademark is a red boomerang-shaped logo. In December 2003, the American Sci Fi channel broadcast a four-hour miniseries that reimagined Battlestar Galactica. Speedo is currently the world's largest selling swimwear brand and manufactures products for both recreational and competitive swimming. A weekly new Galactica series on Sci-Fi followed in January 2005. Speedo is a swimsuit manufacturer that began on Bondi Beach near Sydney Australia. Edward James Olmos stepped into the role of Commander Adama.

Moore as the creative force behind it. Despite attempts to revive the series over the years, none came to fruition until it was reimagined in 2003 by the Sci-Fi Channel with Ronald D. This video, titled "Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming," was displayed at science fiction conventions but did not lead to a new series. Hatch even went so far as to produce a demonstration video in the mid-1990s which featured several actors from the original series combined with state-of-the-art special effects.

The original series maintained a cult fandom, which has supported efforts by Glen Larson and Richard Hatch (independent of each other) to revive the premise. Some syndication packages for Battlestar Galactica incorporate the episodes of this series. The show also included obviously recycled space battle sequences from the original program, to the great dismay of fans. This series was a quick failure due to its low budget, widely-panned writing, and ill-placed time slot (Sundays at 7:00 PM, a time slot generally reserved for family-oriented programming and, more specifically, 60 Minutes).

In this 1980 sequel series, the fleet finds Earth and covertly protects it from the Cylons. Despite the early success of the premiere, the weekly series failed to deliver and Galactica 1980 was unceremoniously cancelled after only ten episodes. Again, it was decided this new version of Galactica would be made into a weekly series. A new television movie entitled Galactica 1980 was rushed into production.

A suitable concept would be needed to draw viewers, and it was decided that the arrival of the Colonial Fleet at contemporary Earth would be the storyline. Larson to consider a relaunch of the series. During the autumn of 1979, ABC executives met with Galactica's creator Glen A. Citing declining ratings and cost overruns, ABC cancelled Battlestar Galactica in April, its last episode "The Hand of God" premiering on April 29, 1979.

During the eight months after the three-hour pilot episode aired, 17 original episodes of the series were aired (five of them two-parters), totaling 25 hours of broadcasting. It was first broadcast on ABC on September 17, 1978. Opening on July 7, 1978, the theatrical release did quite well given modest expectations. To defray costs, the pilot was recut as a theatrical release which played in Canada, Europe and Japan.

The three-hour-long pilot episode starred Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict. The three-hour pilot was released in theaters, and instead of two additional movies, a weekly television series followed. Initially, Battlestar Galactica was envisioned by Larson as a series of made-for-TV movies (a three-hour pilot and two two-hour episodes) for the ABC television network. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed in 1980.

Universal promptly countersued, claiming Star Wars had stolen ideas from the 1972 film Silent Running (notably the robot "drones") and the Buck Rogers serials of the 1940s. In fact, 20th Century Fox sued Universal Studios (the studio behind Battlestar Galactica) for plagiarism, claiming that it had stolen 34 distinct ideas from Star Wars. Battlestar Galactica was finally produced in the wake of the success of the 1977 film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Larson, the Executive Producer of Battlestar Galactica, has stated in interviews that he originally conceived of the Galactica premise in the late 1960's, which he originally called Adam's Ark. However, he was unable to get the project greenlit for many years.

Glen A. . The title is sometimes formatted with a colon as Battlestar: Galactica, but it is more commonly seen without. Under the leadership of the famed military leader Commander Adama, the Battlestar Galactica and her crew take up the task of leading the "ragtag fleet" of survivors into space in search of a fabled refuge known as Earth.

Of all the Colonial Fleet, the Battlestar Galactica appears to be the only ship which survived the attack. The last few thousands of human survivors flee into space aboard any spacecraft they can reach. The Colonies have long been at peace with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons, but with the cooperation of a human collaborator named Baltar, the Cylons launch a sudden, coordinated, and unprovoked attack on the Colonies, laying waste to the planets and devastating their populations. In a distant part of the galaxy, there exists a civilization of humans who live on planets known as the Twelve Colonies.

All of the Battlestar Galactica productions share the same general premise. There are also a series of book adaptations, original novels, comic books, and video games that have been based on the concept. Battlestar Galactica is a franchise of American science fiction films and television series, the first of which was produced in 1978. In Mormon theology, the star closest to the Throne of God is called Kolob.

The system which is believed to be the original home of the human race is Kobol. The beings on the Ship of Light say, "as you are, we once were; as we are, you may one day be", a parallel to the Mormon belief that even God was once a human being. Marriages in the Battlestar Galactica mythos as well as in the Mormon religion are sealed for eternity. A president who is assisted by two counselors and a Quorum of the Twelve Apostles preside over the Mormon Church.

A Council of Twelve, headed by a president, governs the colonies. In The Book of Mormon is the teaching that during the reign of king Zedekiah (about 600 BC), two separate groups left Jerusalem and ended up in the Americas; a remnant (or 'thirteenth tribe') of the twelve tribes of Israel. Therefore, when Moses led them from Egypt back to their promised land, they are divided into thirteen tribes for purposes of inheritance. As Israel's favorite son, Joseph received a double inheritance.

In the Old Testament, Israel had twelve sons. But there are some parallels that may have inspired this 'Thirteenth Tribe' idea:

    . In Mormonism, there is no doctrinal or cultural reference to a 'Thirteenth Tribe'. Central to the plot of the series is a legendary thirteenth colony, somewhere far distant from the twelve that are known.

    The race of humanity is led by Commander Adama, whose name bears similarity to that of Adam, the first human.

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