September 24, 2009

Live at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh

July 21, 2009

"The sky is no longer the limit ... "

So says California teen Kimberly Anyadike, who made aviation history by becoming the youngest African-American female to fly coast-to-coast. I had to chance to chat with Kimberly and her mom recently; I couldn't help but flashback to the inspiring words of President Obama as he addressed NAACP convention delegates in New York ...

Click on arrow to listen to snippets of my conversation with Kimberly.

June 25, 2009

REMBERING THE "KING OF POP"

Shock waves in entertainment today, the man known as the 'King of Pop' dies suddenly of cardiac arrest. I was speechless upon hearing the news earlier this afternoon as were many of my friend and colleagues. No matter what you may think about him and his personal trials and tribulations, there's no denying the legacy he leaves behind in the entertainment industry.

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I never met Michael, but did get to meet his brother Marlon during his visit to KMJQ/Houston in 1986.




Michael Jackson, 50, Is Dead

By The New York Times


http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/25/michael-jackson-hospitalized/?em

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This post is written by Jon Pareles, Ben Sisario and Brian Stelter in New York and Brooks Barnes in Los Angeles.
Michael Jackson, the singer, songwriter and dancer who earned the title “King of Pop” in a career that reached unprecedented peaks of sales and attention, died Thursday, a Los Angeles city official said. He was 50.

Updates:
Reaction From Around the World Readers across the globe described what he meant to them and how they viewed the legacy of his music and career. Share your comments and photos here.


Michael's death came on the same day as the death of actress Farah Fawcett. Michael's passing, sudden and unexpected; Farah's very sad and much anticipated, as she allowed cameras to document her courageous battle with cancer for months. Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett, both legends in their own right. Both will be missed.


http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6429754.html

Your thoughts on the passing of two entertainment legends.

April 28, 2009

I WONDER WHAT DAD IS THINKING??

The Chevy Vega-GM/Lordstown, OH (1970's)

My first car was a Vega, a white one with maroon interior, purchased in 1980!


My dad was an auto worker who faithfully worked at an Ohio General Motors plant for decades, first as an hourly employee, later as a foreman, and before his retirement, parts manager. His duties for the latter, at one time included ordering parts from various suppliers around the country.

I remember vividly, the day he came home ranting about how he was asked to order this one particular part from Mexico. He said, "I refused to do it."

Of course you would have had to have known my dad to know what that statement actually meant. If he he didn't agree with something, he'd let you know in no uncertain terms for sure.  I was very young and didn't quite know what all of the fuss was about at the time.

Anyway, as the child of a auto worker in the 70s-80s, my siblings and I benefited from all of my dad's union benefits. We had a good life, and always sporting the newest cars-GM-made of course-thanks to my dad's employee discount. My favorite was that two-tone maroon Pontiac Grand Prix, which by the time dad brought that one home, I was a high school-er WITH a driver's license! HOTT DOG!!

So now, over 30 years later, GM is on the verge of collapse and planning to phase out the storied Pontiac brand. I--as do many others--watch in disbelief as the company frantically works to stay afloat.

Will it survive?

Dad is in heaven now, I wish I could ask him what he's thinking.

                            Dad and mom back in the day ...

Your thoughts on the auto crisis? Cast your vote in the poll.