Musician, Singer, Songwriter
When Kenny passed away, on August 18 at the age of 64, the world lost a pivotal figure in the development of rock music. Read story.
Physics Historian, Trekker, Los Padres Search and Rescue Team Member
UCSB Professor Emeritus Larry Badash’s popular class on “The Bomb” introduced generations of students to nuclear physics and its application. Read story.
Founding Drummer of Little Feat
Richie was a talented and influential drummer’s drummer whose innovative work also made him a popular session musician among rock’s elite. Read story.
Indy Staffer of 23 Years, WWII Vet, Local Hero
WWII Navy Vet, longtime Santa Barbaran, 23-year staffer for The Independent, Local Hero, father and friend to many. Read story.
Hospice of Santa Barbara Executive Director
“Life is good. In fact, it's divine!” It was 21 years ago. Gail sat on the steps of the stage with her hands clasped in front of her and said, “You’re all going to be with people as they are dying." Read story.
Author, Professor of Philosophy
Robert Wennberg, who taught philosophy at Westmont College for 37 years and authored several books, died on July 18 following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Read story.
Summer Solstice Celebrant
My mom came to visit me for solstice weekend one summer, to see what it was all about. Voila! The free spirit in her came alive. Read story.
Playwright, Poet, Political Activist, UCSB Professor
What most of us friends, his five bereaved children and stepchild, and his wife and three former wives (his life was complicated) know best is that what underlay all of his activities was an unquenchable kindness. Read story.
Uncle with Extra 21st Chromosome
My uncle was born with an extra 21st chromosome, but that is not the way we defined him. Read story.
Santa Rosa Island’s Last Living Legacy
Cowboy and Indian, E.K. Smith was Santa Rosa Island’s last living legacy. Read story.
I am standing on the stage in Campbell Hall in the fall of 1970. There is an enormously bright spotlight on me. I am wearing only a white hospital gown. Read story.
In Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden, he would sit under the wisteria on a bench in the same place daily. Read story.
Harry Truman’s speechwriter and cofounder of Santa Barbara-based Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Read story.
“Wonderful.” “Fun.” “Beautiful.” “Time goes fast.” I am the adult child of two deaf adults, and these were words that my mother repeated often before her passing. Read story.
There were no boundaries for Jen when it came to caring for people. She reached deep into their hearts to start the healing process. Every patient wanted Jen to be their nurse and doctors were eager for her to care for their patients. Read story.