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John Arthur Billman (December 1, 1919 – March 16, 2012) was an American football guard who played two seasons in the All-America Football Conference with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Rockets. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the eleventh round of the 1943 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Minnesota and attended Edison High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Billman played high school football for the Edison High School Tommies.
Billman played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers from 1939 to 1942. He played in the East–West Shrine Game on January 1, 1943. He graduated with in 1943 with a BA in Liberal Arts and an associates degree in Mortuary Science. Billman also joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon while at the University of Minnesota. Billman joined the Navy V7 program in 1941 and received orders for active duty the morning after his college graduation. He trained in motor torpedo boat operations and was a PT boat captain with Squadron 9 in the South Pacific.
Billman was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 92nd pick in the 1943 NFL Draft. He played in two games for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946. He played in two games for the Chicago Rockets in 1947. Billman joined his father in the mortuary business after his football career and expanded the business to include funeral chapels in Wayzata, Minneapolis and St. Louis Park. He joined the Naval Reserve as a personnel officer in 1948 and served on active duty from 1950 to 1952.
Control Data is the fifth album by vocalist Mark Stewart, released on June 18, 1996 through Mute Records. All tracks written by Mark Stewart and Simon Mundey, except “Scorpio” by Mark Stewart. Musicians Additional musicians and production Over the years there have been numerous planned casinos in Atlantic City that never opened. In November 1976, voters in New Jersey approved a referendum that legalized casino gambling in Atlantic City, and the Casino Control Act of New Jersey was signed by the governor on June 2, 1977.
In July 1978, American Land Company, headed by Steven Silverberg, announced plans to build a hotel-casino in the marina area, named The Marina Casino. However, later that year, he faced charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission for misleading investors in the project. He later sold an option on the land for the project to MGM Grand Hotels. In June 1979, a joint venture to construct a hotel-casino in the marina area was announced by American Motor Inns, Inc.
In 2006, AC Gateway LLC, headed by Wally Barr and Curtis Bashaw, purchased a number of properties near Albany Avenue and the Boardwalk in order to build a hotel-casino. These properties included the former Dunes and Sahara projects, along with the former Atlantic City High School site. A plan for a $1.5-billion mega-casino called the Atlantic Beach Resort & Casino was unveiled in 2008. The project was suspended in 2009 due to the economic downturn.
Atlantic Land Limited opened an office near New York Avenue in 1979, proposing to build a 31-story hotel-casino. However, by the next year, the office was closed. In May 1977, Edward Sims announced that his investor group would develop a hotel-casino, called the Atlantis, in the marina area. (This was no relation to the Atlantis Hotel and Casino, which was renamed from the Playboy Hotel and Casino in 1984.) In 1978, a portion of the land they owned was sold to Harrahs, contingent on getting it rezoned.
The Shelburne Hotel (Atlantic City) was leased to Japanese investors Rocky Aoki, owner of the Benihana restaurant chain, and Takashi Sasakawa, who planned to keep the existing hotel as well as add a 31-story tower and casino calling it the Benihana Hotel-Casino. In 1983 work crews began to renovate the hotel, however, disagreements between the Malmut family (owners of the hotel), the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, and outside investors led Akoi and Sasakawa to abandon the project after investing over $25 million in construction and renovations.
After the Benihana Hotel-Casino project stopped, the Shelburne Hotel (Atlantic City) was acquired in 1984 by Blumenfeld Development Corp. and the hotel was demolished. The company applied for a casino license on July 23, 1985. In 1986 a groundbreaking was held for the intended construction of the Carousel Club Hotel Casino. (It was originally called the Carnival Club Hotel Casino, but the name was changed after Carnival Cruise Lines sued them.) However, the company did not obtain sufficient financing and after foreclosure the property was sold to Bally’s Manufacturing Corp.