Saturday, March 27, 2010

Alberto Arroyo, the Mayor of Central Park

Remember this guy? I do. They called him the Mayor of Central Park. He was the father of jogging, circling the Central Park Reservoir countless times during his life, a city landmark in and of himself.

John Ciambotti

 John Ciambotti, third from left. Ah, the '70s.
Bass player with Clover backed up Elvis Costello on his first album -- via the L.A. Times. "My Aim is True" is a great recording. Listen to John's line on "Blame It on Cain" -- it puts him up there with Larry Graham and James Jamerson.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Daphne Margaret Sybil Désirée Park, Baroness of Monmouth

One of the top intelligence officers of the 20th century, she faced death several times -- via the Times of London and the Guardian. Here's an interview from a few years back in the Telegraph as well.

John Mastrangelo/Johnny Maestro

Johnny Maestro, far right, and the rest of The Crests in their heyday.

Doo-wop frontman sang "16 Candles" -- via Yahoo News

Elinor Smith

This amazing aviatrix was a queen of the air -- via the Wall Street Journal

Jim Marshall

Legendary rock photographer -- via the New York Times

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tom Hobbs

Reference librarian was obituary expert -- via the Guardian

Marva Wright

A beautiful, brilliant blues singer from New Orleans. I have heard her and am better for it. Via the New Orleans Times-Picayune (

John Hicklenton

Comic artist who created Judge Dredd -- Via

Phil Johnson

New Orleans' WWL TV legendary, award-winning newsman -- via WWL TV

Phil Wood

A renowned craftsman of bicycle hubs such as the one pictured above. Via the Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Society of Professional Obituary Writers

The obit writers' convention takes place in Philadelphia April 22-24, according to Editor & Publisher

Monday, March 22, 2010

Pierrot Bidon

Showman and innovator reinvented the circus -- via the Guardian

Max Salpeter

Brilliant violinist -- via the Guardian

Jerry Adler

Harmonica virtuoso was younger brother of fellow mouth-harp genius Larry -- via the New York Times

Margaret Moth

Fearless combat photographer. Shot in the face in Sarajevo, she recuperated and was back at work at the site of her wounding six months later. An amazing life -- via CNN

Wolfgang Wagner

Composer's grandson led opera festival for decades -- via the New York Times, the Guardian