sorry, someone else will have to cite his accomplishments, other than his WWII service record.
Bob Dole was a Republican of the old breed with honesty, integrity and a sense of humor. His wife as Secretary of Transportation made the most visible contribution to automobile styling in over half a century. He lived with a serious WWII disability without complaint all his political life.
The little community of folk singers I'm in was just rocked pretty hard with the passing of 2 giants in our circles. From the just recently created wiki pages:
John Scott Alarik (1951 – 2021) was an American folk singer and writer. Scott wrote for numerous national magazines, including Billboard, Sing Out, and Performing Songwriter. From 1991 to 1997, Alarik was editor and principal writer for the New England Folk Almanac. He was the primary folk music writer for the Boston Globe for many years. He was also a regular performer on Prairie Home Companion.
According to Folk New England, "Pete Seeger calls Alarik one of the best writers in America, and Dar Williams calls him 'the finest folk writer in the country.'"
Alarik was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 5, 1951, the son of George H. and Caroline (Thacker) Alarik. He began his folk singing career shortly after high school, often performing at a coffeehouse called Heads Together.
Alarik opposed the Vietnam War. At the age of 19 he joined the Resistance Movement. He was convicted of resisting the draft and served 19 months in federal prison.
Alarik has released five albums, and has appeared at legendary folk music venues such as Caffé Lena in Saratoga Springs, Godfrey Daniels in Pennsylvania, the Speakeasy in Greenwich Village, and the Old Vienna, Iron Horse, and Club Passim in Massachusetts.
Alarik is the author of two books, Revival and Deep Community. Revival (Peter E. Randall Publisher, 2011) is a novel set in the folk music community, which won the Winner, IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Popular Fiction. Deep Community (Black Wolf Press (May 15, 2003)) consists of a series of stories and reviews about the modern folk genre, along with interviews with notable American folk music personalities.
Bill Staines (February 6, 1947- December 5, 2021) was an American folk musician and singer-songwriter from New Hampshire who wrote and performed songs with a wide array of subjects. He also wrote and recorded children's songs.
Raised in Lexington, Massachusetts, Staines began his professional career in the early 1960s in the Cambridge area. He began touring nationwide a few years later. In 1975, he won the National Yodeling Championship at the Kerrville Folk Festival. He performed about 200 times a year and had appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and The Good Evening Show.
Staines's songs include "Bridges", "Crossing the Water", "Sweet Wyoming Home", "The Roseville Fair", "A Place in the Choir", "Child of Mine", and "River". They have been recorded by many other artists, including Peter, Paul and Mary, Makem and Clancy, Nanci Griffith, Mason Williams, The Highwaymen, Glenn Yarbrough, Skip Jones, Jerry Jeff Walker, Schooner Fare, Grandpa Jones, The Grace Family, Hank Cramer, Coty Hogue and Priscilla Herdman. He recorded 22 albums, 15 of which were still in print as of 2005. Staines's songs have been published in four songbooks, If I Were a Word, Then I'd Be a Song (1980); River; Music to Me: The Songs of Bill Staines, and All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir.
Staines was left-handed and played a right-handed guitar upside-down, with the bass strings on the bottom. Consequently, he had developed his own fingerings and picking style.
His memoir, The Tour: A Life Between the Lines, was published in 2004.
Staines's song "The Logging Song", from the album Whistle of the Jay, was featured in "Lumberjerk", episode 12 of season 18 of American Dad.
Staines lived in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, with his wife, Karen; his son, Bowen; and his springer spaniel, Andy, who appeared on the cover of his album Old Dogs. Bowen is also a folk singer.
Staines died on December 5, 2021 at the age of 74 from cancer. He had just made an announcement that he had to cancel his upcoming tour dates and that news was spreading like wildfire across facebook and other social media.
Michael wrote this song while with the First National Band:
"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." ~Mark Twain " *** “…far from science having buried God, not only do the results of science point towards his existence, but the scientific enterprise itself is validated by his existence.”- Dr.John Lennox
“A God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.” H. Richard Niebuhr, The Kingdom of God in America
“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of a doubt, what is laid before him.” — Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God is Within You (1894).
quote:Shakespeare died following kidney surgery in Florida, on 8 December 2021, at the age of 68. Reports state that the musician had been suffering from kidney related issues, including a rejected organ, and was on dialysis.
quote:Graeme Charles Edge (30 March 1941 – 11 November 2021) was an English musician, songwriter, and poet, best known as the co-founder and drummer of the English band the Moody Blues. In addition to his work with the Moody Blues, Edge worked as the bandleader of his own outfit, the Graeme Edge Band. He contributed his talents to a variety of other projects throughout his career. In 2018, Edge was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Moody Blues.
What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python
One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie
If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy
The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq
quote:In his irrepressible way, and with his distinctive voice, Madden left an imprint on the sport on par with titans like George Halas, Paul Brown and his coaching idol, Vince Lombardi. Madden’s influence, steeped in Everyman sensibilities and studded with wild gesticulations and paroxysms of onomatopoeia — wham! doink! whoosh! — made the N.F.L. more interesting, more relevant and more fun, for over 40 years.
Madden retired from coaching the Oakland Raiders in 1979, at age 42 and with a Super Bowl victory to his credit, but he turned the second act of his life into an encore, a Rabelaisian emissary sent from the corner bar to demystify the mysteries of football for the common fan and, in the process, revolutionize sports broadcasting.