Thanks for the Ride

It’s not every day that I write a post like this. Happy that two great friends are just completing a phenomenal 27-year run, yet sad that my weekly role in that is coming to an end… I’ll miss the weekly rides in to the Tribune Tower, traveling after dark makes it feel like the expressways are my own personal possessions. Its gotten to the point now where I schedule client meetings, visits with friends and […]

Thanks for Everything Mr. Jobs

If a butterfly flaps its wings in Cupertino… It’s not often that someone you’ve never met dies and you can’t help but think how profoundly different your own life would be had that person never lived… but that’s the case for me today with the passing of Steve Jobs. I look back on my own journey with gratitude for having found myself in San Francisco’s Bay Area in the late 80’s stationed there as a […]

Unrest in the Hollywood Hills

Having lived in the foothills of the Hollywood Hills back in the mid-80’s… the Hollywood sign was a Friday night destination on more than a few occasions… used to drink beer and listen to music up there in some of the very locations referenced in the following story, along Mulholland, Griffith Park over on Mount Hollywood… but it was in a simpler time before GPS was even a blip on anyone’s radar… apparently now, satellite […]

Hold On Tight! Here Comes Jane’s…

One of my top 20 bands ever, the thing that’s always been most disappointing about Jane’s Addiction is how long we have to wait for new material… this time around it has been 8 long years since their last studio album, 2003’s Strays… But when a new record is within view, the pain always seems to fade as we now look forward to the September 27th release of The Great Escape Artist featuring the classic […]

Harvey Pekar : 1939-2010

Soon I will be debuting a new category on this weblog entitled Patron Saints. Contained within it will be long-form posts concentrating on specific people… artists, musicians, cultural figures… creators that have influenced my own life and work both with their art as well as their inspiration. Harvey Pekar will be among those biographies. For the uninitiated, Harvey Pekar was an American comic book writer, music critic, and media personality, best known for his autobiographical […]

The Ultimate Mission From God

When I watched the Blues Brothers last week for about the fortieth time… I wasn’t aware that June 20th would be the 30th Anniversary of the movies release… But here it is, just saw a clipping in the newspaper. Amazing how fresh that movie remains, even today… Admittedly, I have a special bond with this movie as it landed right at the epicenter of my childhood, the Summer before I entered High School… Its heavy […]

Dennis Hopper : 1936-2010

Born in the one and only Dodge City, Kansas in 1936, Dennis Hopper was one of those actors that was in so many of my favorite movies. By all accounts, Hopper was tough to work with… a fierce temper, exacerbated by drugs and alcohol, left a wide trail of ex-wives and pissed off colleagues… but at the end of the day, an actor is remembered by the world at large for his work on film… […]

A Satisfying Purgatory

LOST was an exceptional television journey. I’m feeling mostly rewarded for having given the show my loyalty over the last 7 years. JJ Abrams, Jeff Lieber, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse and company crafted a beautiful, complex and challenging world… purgatory as it turns out… I enjoyed immensely the way the writers wrapped things up… ” What happens now?” Jack asks his Father… “There is no ‘now’ here,” Christian Shephard answers his son… of course there […]

Sideways Smiley Face : 1982-2010

Sideways Smiley Face (1982-2010) Sideways Smiley Face died on March 14, 2010, surrounded by his loved ones. The cause of death was over-use. Born on a Computer Science online bulletin board at Carnegie Mellon University, Mr. Face devoted his life to pointing out that the previous sentence was meant to be funny. He also gained worldwide recognition for his tireless efforts as a glib substitute for the words “I’m amused”. His other interests included frowning […]