Category Archives: People Who Died, Died

Happy Birthday!

No, not you, Jesus — first we have a real immortal. Ludwig van Beethoven December 16, 1770 – March 26, 1827

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He DID Build That

The talented and quirky author W.P. Kinsella died over the weekend. Or, as they say in show biz, “He’s dead, Jim.” I’m glad he received some recognition, although it irks me that he’s best known as the guy who wrote … Continue reading

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

In 1983, David Bowie announced the amibitous schedule for his Serious Moonlight Tour: 50 American cities, one show in each except for New York (two) and Philadelphia (three). Bowie loved Philadelphia, and we loved Bowie. Guido and I had been … Continue reading

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Imagine

On this day in 1980, some armed mutant shot and killed John Lennon. Many words have flowed to describe that assassination’s enduring personal impact, but I always go back to this short piece from Ray Davies, writing 30 years later. … Continue reading

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Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo

Walk On the Wild Side was a song everybody knew and got a kick out of, ‘way ahead of its time as was its creator, Lou Reed. But I didn’t know until seeing the obituary in today’s New York Times … Continue reading

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Dirt Nap Ditty

Red Mascara, who became New Jersey’s most persistent lobbyist with his 55-year bid to make a ditty he had written the official song of the state of Sinatra and Springsteen, died on June 20 at his home in Phillipsburg, N.J. … Continue reading

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By The Way — Which One’s Pink?

Actually, they ALL are. Thanks and godspeed to Don Featherstone, inventor of the ubiquitous pink flamingo lawn ornament. In memory, South Floridians will be flying theirs at half-neck for the remainder of the week.  

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