And now, Robin Gibb, 62, another famous pop star from the British Invasion era, has died of cancer.
Those of us who are old enough to remember all that corduroy, pegged pants and bright Carnaby Street colors surely will remember how the Brothers Gibb, the Bee Gees, exploded on the scene with their 1967 international debut album, “Bee Gees 1st.” Klaus Voorman, one of the Beatles’ first fans in Hamburg, Germany, and the creator of the drawing for their Revolver album a year earlier, provided some colorful art for the Bee Gees cover, too.Back in those days, Fresno teens enjoyed a battle between two radio stations — KMAKE and KYNO — the developers of the radio format that became known as Top-40.
May 22, 2012 — Anybody who knows me well knows I’m not one who wants to just jump up on stage and play my guitar for people anymore.
Sure, that may have been my biggest ambition half a lifetime ago, and as much as I love playing in my living room, it’s just not such a high priority for me anymore.
These days I always feel kind of awkward and out of practice in that environment, and that makes me feel strangely uncomfortable.
Still, I took a week’s vacation recently and headed to Fresno to participate in the first annual Lane Family Concert sponsored by the Fresno Folklore Society.
Last week, as Iworked on a story about Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake’s 20th birthday, I remembered a time when I had a vague idea about the camp, a place for people with disabilities to experience a camp-like setting.
But it is so much more and when a volunteer opportunity arose, I got to see the caliber of the program that has gone on at Eagle Lake every summer since 1992.
May 22, 2012 — Memorial Day always brings family outings to the lake or the woods, barbecues, the Indianapolis 500, billed as the greatest spectacle in racing, and a three-day federal holiday weekend for most citizens.
But those fun-filled, lighthearted and exciting events are not the reason for the holiday celebrated across the nation next Monday, May 28.
Memorial Day is actually much more somber as we recognize the ultimate sacrifice of every soldier who died defending the United States in every war the country has ever fought.
All across our great land, American flags will decorate the graves of veterans, and many citizens will remember the contribution made by those who gave everything to preserve and protect the freedoms we enjoy today.
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