The preeminent bluegrass fiddler -- via the Bluegrass Blog. Interestingly, he began in swing, with influences such as Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and Marion Sumnner. He played with Bill Monroe, father of the genre, longer than another other musician did.His smooth, legato feeling-full style is absolutely the gold standard.
Friday, July 8, 2011
First Lady and anti-addiction activist -- via the New York Times. She had a hard life. She was honest and unpretentious. She spoke her mind, supporting equal rights for women, legalized abortion, and other unpopular subjects. She was a user; she got clean, then she helped others. Good job! Beautiful tribute via CNN.
Stage producer, director and artistic director of the American Conservatory Theatre -- via the San Francisco Chronicle.
Otto von Habsburg aka the Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary aka Franz Joseph Otto Robert Maria Anton Karl Max Heinrich Sixtus Xavier Felix Renatus Ludwig Gaetan Pius Ignatius von Habsburg
The last crown prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and subversive activist -- via the New York Times. He worked for freedom, most notably as an organizer of the Pan-European Picnic, a demonstration that enabled the defection of hundreds of East Germans in 1989, triggering the collapse of the Iron Curtain.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Baseball Hall of Famer -- via the New York Times. A combative disciplinarian, he led the Red Sox of the "Impossible Dream" to the AL pennant and the brutal 1967 World Series at the hands of my hero, Bob Gibson. He ignited the A's dynasty with back-to-back World Series victories; he even dragged the Padres to their first Series in 1984. Before managing, he served for 13 years on five teams in a number of positions.
Author of science fiction, detective stories and comic-book plots -- via forums.bdfi.net.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Auto mechanic, baseball fan, cap collector and vintage car expert and hobbyist -- via morristowngreen.com.
Social activist and founder of the first shelter for homeless women -- via the Boston Globe.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
"Poet, scholar, writer, philosopher, and cultural critic" -- via overmanfoundation.wordpress.com.