The venerable New York Times flubbed and thus tipped their cards about how they feel about women. Shame shame. All humans have the capability to excel in both personal and professional aspects of their life. One would expect “a big fancy obit” to lead to lead with the stellar professional details. This can be interpreted as one of the many things that contributes to “rape culture.”
Princess in Sweden’s best-known love story dies at 97
By Patrick Lannin, Reuters
STOCKHOLM — The British-born Swedish princess whose secret 33-year romance with her royal husband became Sweden’s best-known love story, died on Sunday at the age of 97, the court said.
Princess Lilian was the commoner wife of Prince Bertil, who died in 1997. They met and fell in love in London during World War Two, but had to keep their relationship secret for decades for the sake of the crown and to avoid a constitutional crisis.
“It is with sorrow that I have learnt that H.R.H. (Her Royal Highness) Princess Lilian is dead,” Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said in a statement.
The details of this story are startling and heartbreaking. A healthy 37 year old man man perishes when his bedroom is swallowed by a sinkhole. A weeping brother who recounts his attempted rescue. The relative clutching a tattered family bible carefully salvaged by precision backhoe work by solemn demolition crews. Jeffrey Bush was only 37 when he lost his life. What about the rest of his family? The house was in their family for generations. These are tough times for a working class family to have such tragic losses. Imagine losing everything you own and news crews from around the world watch you literally pick thru what you have left.
Sources say “sinkhole season” has only begun in Florida and another has been found 2 miles away. I hope tragedies like these lead to better uses of land and water resources. People’s lives may depend on it, and not hypothetical future generations but people living in Florida today. Don’t let Jeffrey Bush’s death be for naught.
Florida sinkhole now considered victim’s grave
March 5, 2013 | www.freep.com
After demolition work Monday revealed the giant sinkhole that swallowed a Tampa-area man as he slept Thursday night, crews began filling in the chasm presumed to be his grave.
During a brief ceremony at 4 p.m., the family of 37-year-old Jeffrey Bush placed a teddy bear, a photo, notes and flowers into the bucket of a backhoe, which dropped them into the estimated 60-foot-deep hole in Seffner, about 15 miles east of Tampa. Then came a truckload of gravel, the first in the process of filling in the yawning hole that took Bush without warning.
This story makes me very sad. Every holiday shopping season Americans are urged to spend spend spend, and spend even more if we REALLY love someone. These pressures squeeze working people, the under employed, and the poor the hardest. I somehow think Mr. Shepler’s shoplifting was related to the holidays and those pressures. Dumb luck can also be horribly unfair and tragic luck. The punishment did not fit the crime.
Police: Fleeing shoplifter struck, killed by car in Reading, Pa.
6abc.com | Story posted 2012.12.14
Police say a 22-year-old eastern Pennsylvania man was struck by two cars and killed after police say he shoplifted pants from Walmart and was fleeing from security.
The man was identified as Tyler Shepler of Muhlenberg Township in Berks County.
Investigators say Shepler was trying to steal a few pairs of jeans Thursday afternoon when security officers stopped him in the lobby of the store.
Police say he ran across the parking lot and through a grassy area onto the highway, where one car hit him and knocked him down and another car ran him over.
After he was hit, police said they found Shepler lying on the ground gasping.
He was taken to Reading Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
If you were born after 1960 you probably enjoyed Andre Cassagnes invention.
Inventor of Etch A Sketch dies in France at 86
AP | Feb 2, 2013
BRYAN, Ohio (AP) – Andre Cassagnes, the inventor of the Etch A Sketch toy that generations of children drew on, shook up and started over, has died in France, the toy’s maker said.
Cassagnes died Jan. 16 in a Paris suburb at age 86, said the Ohio Art Co., based in Bryan in northwest Ohio. The cause wasn’t disclosed Saturday.
“Etch A Sketch has brought much success to the Ohio Art Company, and we will be eternally grateful to Andre for that. His invention brought joy to so many over such a long period of time,” said Larry Killgallon, president of Ohio Art.
This story had the perfect headline. Yes it is tragic, but what a way to go.
Bigfoot hoax ends badly: Montana jokester hit, killed by car
www.latimes.com | By Rene Lynch | August 28, 2012, 11:31 a.m.
A Montana man who was apparently trying to trigger a Bigfoot sighting by dressing up in a costume and darting out onto a dark stretch of highway was struck and killed by two passing cars, officials said.
Randy Lee Tenley, 44, of Kalispell, Mont., was apparently wearing a Ghillie suit at the time. That's a camouflage outfit -- sometimes used by military snipers or hunters -- designed to resemble dense, thick foliage.
"What we know so far is that we had a couple of guys out, allegedly trying to prompt a sighting of Bigfoot," Montana Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Butch Huseby told the Los Angeles Times. The officer added: "This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen. Really."
Few people are synonymous with a musical genre. Donna Summer like Elvis and Johnny Cash is one of those people. The story arc of her life and her attitudes towards what her career had come to represent is complicated and compelling. Summer died of lung related that wasn’t related to cancer. Cue her song “Last Dance.”
Empowering pop diva defined the disco era
May 18, 2012 | August Brown and Todd Martens | L.A. Times
DONNA SUMMER, 1948 – 2012
In 1975, Donna Summer released a pop single unlike any before it.
The singer, then an unknown in the U.S., was living in Germany and working with Italian producer Giorgio Moroder and lyricist Pete Bellotte. Together they came up with a breathy, minimalist number that sounded flagrantly sexy.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 News Desk 1 inches; 35 words Type of Material: Correction
Donna Summer: The obituary of singer Donna Summer in the May 18 LATExtra section described her self-titled 1982 album as her first for the Geffen Records label. Her first Geffen album was 1980′s “The Wanderer.”
Goodbye George. My guess is he never did like those darn goats.
Last Pinta giant tortoise Lonesome George dies
24 June 2012 | http://www.bbc.co.uk
Staff at the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador say Lonesome George, a giant tortoise believed to be the last of its subspecies, has died.
Scientists estimate he was about 100 years old.
Park officials said they would carry out a post-mortem to determine the cause of his death.
With no offspring and no known individuals from his subspecies left, Lonesome George became known as the rarest creature in the world.
One could say Nello had a sweet life.
Nello Ferrara, 93, invented Lemonheads, saw MacArthur in occupied Japan, sang with Sinatra
BY MAUREEN Oâ€™DONNELL Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org | www.suntimes.com | February 7, 2012
Nello Ferrara was a singer who liked to serenade people.
But to snackers with a sweet tooth, he was better known as the inventor of spicy-hot Atomic FireBalls and lip-puckering Lemonheads.
Mr. Ferrara, the chairman of Chicagoâ€™s Ferrara Pan Candy Co., died Friday at his home in River Forest at age 93.
The company produces treats including Red Hots, Black Forest Gummy Bears, Boston Baked Beans and Jawbusters.
Mr. Ferrara came up with the idea of spicy-hot Atomic FireBalls in 1954, after serving in Occupied Japan in the post-atom bomb era, according to his son, company CEO Salvatore Ferrara II.
Nello Ferrara was a young attorney when he worked on a U.S. Army war crimes tribunal in Tokyo. He often saw the jut-jawed, hard-charging General Douglas MacArthur.
At least she went swiftly.
‘Oldest sheep’ in the world dies on Lewis in Western Isles
28 February 2012Â |Â bbc.co.uk
A ewe thought to have been a contender for the title of world’s oldest sheep has died after falling off a cliff.
An ear tag on the blackface ewe, nicknamed Methuselina, showed that it was 25 years and 11 months old.
In 2009, her owner John Maciver, of North Tolsta, Lewis, put her longevity down to her still having most of her teeth, allowing her to graze easily.
That same year the recognised holder of the world’s oldest sheep title died at the age of 23.
Called Lucky, she died in a heatwave in Australia.
Mr Maciver said Methuselina had also met an unfortunate end.
He said: “The sad news is Methuselina is no more.
“She passed away and I wouldn’t say peacefully. I found her at the bottom of a rock. She had gone over a cliff and met her demise that way at the grand old age of 25 years and 11 months.”
In an interview on CNN Tony Cornelius said of his father, Don “I don’t think my dad knew how much he was loved.” For many years DonÂ Cornelius hosted the TV show Soul Train, which he created. Then they cancelled Soul Train and his life got complicated. Eventually, at age 75 his problems were larger than his ability to cope with his them and Cornelius committed suicide.
It is hard to encapsulate the impact of Soul Train on modern culture. After the legal victories of the Civil Rights movement Soul Train played a huge role in the long cultural struggle that continues.The most important thing to remember is that Soul Train was more than dancing. It was the start of an all black foray into a very white world of television and entertainment.
Peace love and soul.
Remembering Don Cornelius: A visionary, cultural giant
By Starla Muhammad -Staff Writer | www.finalcall.com | Feb 8, 2012
(FinalCall.com) – For decades, millions of televisions were tuned in for folks to catch a glimpse of what was more than just an entertainment showâ€”it was a display of Black cultural expression and talent, Soul Train.
The impact and influence of its creator and host Don Cornelius, with his suave, cool demeanor and smooth deep voice, made Soul Train a necessary staple for those wanting a peek into the latest dance moves and fashion or to watch their favorite artists perform. But Don Cornelius and Soul Train were more than just entertainment.
The life and legacy of Mr. Cornelius left an indelible imprint on legions of people mourning his loss as a visionary who moved Black music into previously uncharted territory of national television exposure. Artists that might not have otherwise been seen owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Cornelius, who was instrumental in opening those doors.
The man whose signature phrase was â€œlove, peace and soul,â€ and who hosted the show from 1970 to 1993, was found dead Feb. 1 at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 75.
A Chicago native, Mr. Cornelius got his start in communications by broadcasting and covering the news at WVON-AM, the oldest Black-owned radio station in the city. His influence on current radio personalities at the station is still felt.
Matt McGill, host of WVONâ€™s morning show, compared Mr. Cornelius to John Johnson, the iconic founder of Ebony and Jet magazines telling The Final Call the Cornelius legacy is not just being instrumental in propelling Black music talent but also allowing everyday Black people an opportunity to see themselves.
â€œMore importantly it was the people that were on Soul Train dancing. It was everyday, average people who are just like us that we tuned in to see. The celebrities of course we wanted to see the Marvin Gayeâ€™s, the Jackson 5, everybody in between â€¦we wanted to see them,â€ said Mr. McGill.
â€œI think though the real story is how this brother carved out a career for himself and not just an ordinary career but an extraordinary career because weâ€™re talking about it right now. How do you go from being a Chicago police officer to making it in this country in television production at the highest level, I mean thatâ€™s the real story with Don,â€ continued Mr. McGill.
Mr. Cornelius funded the pilot for Soul Train with $400 of his own money. One of the men he pitched his idea to was George Oâ€™Hare, who at the time was a sales and promotion manager at Sears. As a volunteer for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mr. Oâ€™Hare had driven Dr. King to the WVON studio when he first met Mr. Cornelius in the late 1960s.
Mr. Oâ€™Hare said when he told the budding entrepreneur he was in advertising, Mr. Cornelius immediately asked him out for drinks and pitched his idea.
â€œHe talked about his dream in life â€¦ his dream was not like Dr. Kingâ€™s. His dream was to have a T.V. show and be a star on a show. And I said well Don Cornelius let me tell you, I said thereâ€™s nobody Black with a T.V. show and I donâ€™t know how youâ€™re going to do it,â€ Mr. Oâ€™Hare told The Final Call in a telephone interview.
Mr. Oâ€™Hare said when one of his clients approached him about advertising something in â€œsoul,â€ he had no idea what that was. Mr. Oâ€™Hare, a Caucasian, said he called Mr. Cornelius for an explanation. When it was explained, the 1970 pilot for the show began. That is how the first ad revenue was generated for the show, explained Mr. Oâ€™Hare.
â€œThen I got calls from all over the country because the store managers, when they would see people coming in the store the (customers) would say, â€˜I saw this on Soul Trainâ€™ and it got so big that they (advertisers) all started having their merchandise managers for appliances in different cities all over the country calling me to get the phone number to get on Soul Train,â€ said Mr. Oâ€™Hare.
Mr. Oâ€™Hare said then George Johnson, Black businessman and owner of Johnson Products, contacted him about advertising on the show to take the program national. With this development the creator of brands such as Soft Sheen hair products came together with a soon-to-be brother and Black business giants, a rarity for the time. In 1971 Johnson Products became the only Black advertiser to sponsor a nationally syndicated show, Soul Train.
â€œThatâ€™s when it broke all over the county and Soul Train became one of the greatest hits that we ever had as far as sales are concerned,â€ said Mr. Oâ€™Hare.
A facet to the legacy of Mr. Cornelius that is often overlooked is his journalism background he incorporated into Soul Train. Musicians are often relegated to performing but Mr. Cornelius would ask substantive questions, allowing artists to share their views and opinions.
â€œHe not only had musicians playing their music on his show, performing on his show, but he also gave wonderful interviews which gave the audience a chance to see behind the music,â€ said columnist and hip hop activist Truth Minista Paul Scott.
This type of penetrating look into artistry is missing today Mr. Scott told The Final Call.
â€œAny time you let people articulate questions in regards to the motivation behind their music, I think that puts them in some kind of position where they have to justify their words. We donâ€™t have that accountability right now,â€ said Mr. Scott.
â€œWe donâ€™t have a Don Cornelius to really ask the harder questions so right now weâ€™re experiencing this dumb(ing) down of Black music.â€
Artists, entertainers and other admirers took to social media sites express not only the personal impact of Mr. Corneliusâ€™ legacy but his broader legacy.
Radio personality, journalist and activist Davy D took to Twitter and posted, â€œDon took chances and exposed various [m]usic genres within Black music. He made sure we knew we were bigger than the dreaded disco label.â€
â€œAlthough many wonâ€™t admit it, [t]o me Don Cornelius & Soul Train was the foundation for MTV & other music outlets that initially (sic) dissed us,â€ he added.
Kangol Kid of legendary rap group UTFO has fond memories of performing on Soul Train in the 1980s. UTFO was the first rap group to perform an R&B ballad on the show.
â€œSoul Train was another form of schooling for me and Don Cornelius was the principal. It educated me to become the entertainer that I am today. The famous song â€˜Roxanne Roxanne,â€™ I say â€˜I can sing, rap and dance in just one showâ€™ and Soul Train taught me how to do that,â€ he told The Final Call.
The fact Soul Train presented a range of artists from singers, dancers and hip-hop artists greatly influenced him, said Kangol Kid.
By having rap artists perform on Soul Train, Don Cornelius was just being true to form, continued Kangol Kid. â€œAnything that was entertaining our people he did embrace and when hip hop became that he absolutely did what he always did, ignored everything else, and catered to his people and he did it well,â€ he added. Mr. Cornelius always had a door open for artists that deserved exposure and recognition not previously received, said Kangol Kid.
The legacy of Mr. Cornelius and Soul Train was not just limited to the United States. In a Feb. 1 interview on Rev. Al Sharptonâ€™s radio show, Grammy award winning artist James Mtume said in his travels throughout the world as an artist people all over were familiar with the show.
â€œIâ€™m traveling all around the world and Iâ€™m seeing people talking about Soul Train. Iâ€™m in Sweden and theyâ€™re talking about Soul Train, â€˜tell us about Soul Train.â€™ So the impact was international,â€ said Mr. Mtume.
Mr. Mtume also praised the business acumen of Mr. Cornelius. â€œDon Cornelius was a brilliant businessman. He made a move like that. I find it humorous you know sometimes when today we talk about how difficult it is to do this or that. This brother pulled this off, way back then, 1971 I think was the first show and he did it with his own money,â€ said Mr. Mtume.
â€œDon Cornelius was a pioneer & a trailblazer. He was the first African-American to create, produce, host & more importantly OWN his own show,â€ NBA legend Ervin â€œMagicâ€ Johnson posted also via Twitter. The former all-star and who is now a successful entrepreneur purchased Soul Train in 2011 and announced plans to bring the show back to television. It went off the air in 2006. â€œSoul Train taught the world how to dance! I thank him for trusting me with his Soul Train brand and I will carry on his legacy through it. Donâ€™s contribution to us all is immeasurable,â€ added Mr. Johnson.
Mr. Oâ€™Hare said one of the things that stood out about Mr. Cornelius was an ability to â€œsell himself.â€ â€œI just realized that this guy is good. When you see something good, you know itâ€™s good,â€ he said. Mr. Oâ€™Hare credits his friend with being an â€œexampleâ€ in his life.
â€œDon was the personification in my opinion of one who knew what he wanted to do and said Iâ€™m going to do it and he did it.â€ said Mr. Oâ€™Hare. Don Cornelius was going after what was needed, he added.
Mr. Corneliusâ€™ was an innovator and entrepreneur during a turbulent time in the history of America including the volatile 1960s civil rights movement and an era in which the Black presence on television was practically nonexistent. This makes the success of Mr. Cornelius all the more relevant today, argue some analysts.
There will always be a need for Black television shows and Black opinion in media, said Mr. McGill. â€œYou can look at television today and compare it to television 20 years ago and it really doesnâ€™t seem like thereâ€™s been a lot of progress made as far as Black producers and shows that depict real Black life. Soul Train was a reality show. That was Black reality,â€ he said.
â€œYou look at television today and what we have that depicts African-Americans does not do that in a positive way,â€ said Mr. McGill. â€œWhen you look at where we are in the media today, Black representation in the media today, we are not better than we were 20 years ago and in some cases weâ€™re not even putting out the way we did 20 years ago.â€
â€œThereâ€™s always need for pioneers and people who are determined like Don Cornelius from our community to get out here and establish themselves the way that Don Cornelius did,â€ he said.
45 years ago this week one of the worst tragedies in America’s space program happened. Apollo I had a terrible fire,Â killing the 3 astronauts,Â Edward White, Virgil (Gus) Grissom, and Roger Chaffee inside. Of all the space tragedies this one speaks to me the most. Grissom, unlike many of his peers had such a difficult career. In the end he was just unlucky I guess.
I found some new, strong, and eerie images while researching this, but I placed them after the jump out of respect.
The Apollo 1 Disaster
Â© Copyright 2003, Jim Loy
On January 27, 1967, on launch pad 34, Edward White, Virgil (Gus) Grissom, and Roger Chaffee (shown on the left) died in a fire, during a preflight test. Their mission had been designated Apollo 204. After the accident, it was renamed Apollo 1. There were no Apollo 2 and 3 missions. The next manned mission was Apollo 7. Numerous problems developed with oxygen and communications, and the test dragged on and on. Various communications methods went awry. Then five and a half hours after they had entered the command module, Chaffee said, “Fire, I smell fire.” Two seconds later, White shouted, “Fire in the cockpit.” A few seconds later, they were dead from smoke inhalation.
Numerous things contributed to the disaster.
The test was performed in a pure oxygen atmosphere at nearly full atmospheric pressure. While this is considered hazardous, it had been done on all flights since the beginning of the Mercury program, as far as I can tell. After the accident, air was used while on the ground, and pure oxygen at reduced pressure was used once the spacecraft gained high altitude.