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Posted on October 1 at 8:31 a.m.
"It was a tragedy to lose her [Winehouse] so young." Say that again! And at 26, truth be told Winehouse hadn't even gotten started.
There's another subject I wish the interviewer had touched upon. And that is the great man's memories of Cole Porter, America's Poet Laureate of Music. Will we see another like him in music? Imagine someone composing, "You say either/and I say either/you say neither/and I say neither..." Porter's fantastic play with words and a command of the English language so fine that I wish either Purdue or Notre Dame would award Porter a posthumous Doctorate in Linguistics!
On Living Legend: Tony Bennett
Posted on September 30 at 11:51 a.m.
On SBCC Wins Top Award for Serving Latino Students
Posted on September 30 at 11:45 a.m.
Like that ol' man river, he just keeps rollin' along! Here's hoping that no one will ever write Bennett's biography but Bennett himself. He might try putting down his life's story in a documentary format. I'm sure that he could assemble a group of trusted associates to help him copy and paste those long ago bits and pieces of his-story.
Posted on September 16 at 9:09 a.m.
I might add this. If there is a local chapter of it, it is hoped that Mexican Big Brothers/Big Sisters take a proactive role in lessening, even reversing, these social trends by sitting in on court proceedings, juvenile and adult, to identify root causes of social dysfunction, with applicable approaches to remedy, as in close Latino/law enforcement interface at public fora.
On Unfair Sentencing in Santa Barbara?
Posted on September 16 at 8:50 a.m.
From an historical standpoint, news that certain elements of the Latino community are at odds with law enforcement is a curious cultural turnaround. And here's hoping only small elements of an otherwise stable and highly productive community are so affected.
Once upon a time, the Santa Barbara Latino was perhaps one of the most successfully assimilated ethnic groups in the county. The Latino has been hugely identifiable in home ownership and business pursuits. It has always supported a tight, conservative family unit culturally akin to another highly successful ethnic group, Americans of Italian descent. The pursuit of education has been divided between Catholic and public schooling. In sports, the Latino, like its cultural component, the previously referred to Italians, was always a standout.
So these reports hopefully represent only small segments of an otherwise enormously productive, conservative and self sufficient community, the Santa Barbara Latino!
Posted on September 2 at 8:35 a.m.
And, yes, I know the Potter was of a much earlier period in SB history.
On Obituary for Daniel E. Signor
Posted on September 2 at 8:30 a.m.
I enjoyed EVERYTHING prepared at Mom's! And the ambience was so nice.
As time goes by, my hopes are that documentaries capturing certain periods in Santa Barbara, say, the fabulous fifties, will include memories of Mom's and other icons now departed, The Kopper Koffee Pot, the old Potter Hotel, among others. I digress.
Thanks once more for the memories, Danny!
Posted on September 1 at 8:43 a.m.
Thank you, Trying2. I suspected the referenced was our "Danny." Even with the passage of time, the eyes mist a little on reading about the loss -- and it is a loss -- of someone like Danny. His welcoming smile told all guests to Mom's Italian Village that they were special.
It was an honor to know you, Danny.
Posted on August 30 at 5:18 p.m.
Can this name be associated to a once favorite Italian eatery?
Posted on May 26 at 10:10 a.m.
Dr. Otey Scruggs was respected and well liked by all who knew him. It was never a doubt whatsoever that his sound core values in times of deep social concerns would lead him to success in life. Never! His only marriage to the former Barbara Fitzgerald of Massachusetts brought him happiness and a wonderful family. In many ways, his marriage mirrors that of Dr. William H. "Bill" Cosby and his wife, Dr. Camille Hanks, both educators and philanthropists.
My condolences to family, colleagues, and friends.
On Obituary for Otey Scruggs