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Re: Obituaries

Postby fangz1956 » 2014 Jan 04 15:14




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Re: Obituaries

Postby Wise One » 2014 Jan 04 22:16

The Everly Brothers are American musical icons.
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Re: Obituaries

Postby fangz1956 » 2014 Jan 10 16:31

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Re: Obituaries

Postby Neck-aint-red » 2014 Jan 11 13:42

Thanks. Here's more.

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Re: Obituaries

Postby fangz1956 » 2014 Jan 28 07:02

WOW! A true legend has passed on.

Pete Seeger Songwriter & Champion of Folk Music





Just for the record, my Granny is a part of this video. How cool is that?

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Re: Obituaries

Postby Wise One » 2014 Jan 28 11:15

Pete Seeger is perhaps my greatest hero. He accomplished more by simple force of his humanity and artistic creativity than any other American I have known.

And I count myself lucky to have known him personally. I spent a full day with him, starting at the cabin he built with his own hands in Beacon NY high above the Hudson, and the rest of the day on a video shoot for a TV public service announcement I produced. I was floored when, after sending a complete stranger a note asking him to perform it it, he said yes and spent the whole day with us, gratis ***.

Decades later I talked again with him and his wife Toshi over a glass of wine on the occasion of his appearance as a speaker at the National Press Club. In that "speech" I observed, again, something I'd noticed the day we met and talked the first time in his house. The man was seemingly incapable of having a conversation that did not also have music. We would talk normally for a few minutes and he would grab his banjo to play/sing a few bars of something that synced perfectly with whatever subject we were dealing with. So it was with his NPC speech, at least half was musical illustration of verbal points he was making. Amazing.

Below is a photograph, one of several I took on that day, on the Palisades of the Hudson River. Note the circular writing on Pete's banjo reading, "This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender", an idea he borrowed from his friend and mentor Woody Guthrie.

*** His contribution of personal time as a highly paid musician of the time was gratis, but with a twist shedding further light on his amazing commitment. He said, because he supported his musicians' union, we must pay him union scale wages for the day ... and he would write a personal check in the same amount as a contribution to my organization. We did, and he did. Remarkable.
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Postby fangz1956 » 2014 Jan 29 07:12

Thanks for sharing that story. It serves to make the man most of us only knew through music, more real, more human, more compassionate.

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I'm shocked and saddened. I love this man's work. :angel5:
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Re: Obituaries

Postby fangz1956 » 2014 Feb 11 07:36

Ever looked at someone and thought "the wheel is turning but the hamster is dead"?

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Re: Obituaries

Postby nudgewink » 2014 Feb 11 09:47

She was a showbiz Phenom!

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Re: Obituaries

Postby Wise One » 2014 Feb 13 22:46

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Something you may not have known: The Waltons had several connections to this area. The writer and narrator was Virginian Earl Hamner, and the director of the pilot "The Homecoming" was Fielder Cook, a W&L graduate and family friend. The fictional setting was near Charlottesville.
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Re: Obituaries

Postby Wise One » 2014 Feb 14 00:46

Sid Caesar ... my very favorite sketch from Your Show of Shows. A great man and a great comedian.



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Re: Obituaries

Postby fangz1956 » 2014 Feb 14 08:23

I always thought he was a stitch....and still do. They don't make funny like that anymore. :sigh:
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Re: Obituaries

Postby fangz1956 » 2014 Feb 24 20:19




RIP Egon.......a million laughs over the years. Thanks for that. :angel5:





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Postby fangz1956 » 2014 Feb 26 16:34

Ever looked at someone and thought "the wheel is turning but the hamster is dead"?

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David Brenner, 78, a real comedian...

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He was a comedian, and would have thought it a real hoot certainly, if fangz, someone who he didn't know, posted on a local chat forum that he had died, and that some dude he didn't know named AO posted how he had once met David Brenner in such-n-such a place back in the day, and how David was a bit funny, and charming, if he wasn't, DEAD.

"You might find it of interest to note I was also coincidentally in Hollywood when that very photo of David was taken."

I can hear him say something droll like that...

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Re: Obituaries

Postby Wise One » 2014 Mar 16 09:19

Ah, David.
I feel a little guilty, because I could see this coming.
Several times I almost, but not quite, advised him to exercise more regularly, eat a high fiber diet, and lay off carcinogenic sugar substitutes.
But, truth be told, I was still pissed off at him for stealing my socks when we were roomies.
So I withheld advice that might have saved his life.
Mine was a lingering and irrational grudge.
I'm not proud of it, but sometimes that's just how it is.
RIP, David.
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Re: A Truly Great American Passes

Postby Kevsky » 2014 Mar 30 08:34

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Jeremiah Denton

Mr Denton had a political career serving as a US Senator from Alabama. He was the first Republican elected in Alabama since Reconstruction.

Denton's political career was closely tied to President Reagan's political fortunes. He was elected in the Reagan landslide of 1980 and then defeated when the GOP lost the US Senate in 1986.

Mr Denton, and so many others who served in Vietnam, were simple men who endured hardship and served the US with honor. They are just the latest heroes in a time line that goes back to Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, D-Day and more recently, Iraq.

These men really stand out, specially when compared with some of the lightweights serving in public office today. They make us proud of being US citizens.

RIP Mr Denton and we salute your service!


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Re: Obituaries

Postby Wise One » 2014 Apr 06 23:47

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Re: Obituaries

Postby fangz1956 » 2014 May 28 14:01








WOW.....what a lady and what a great loss. :angel5: :angel5:
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