Monday, February 19, 2018

Ali

I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want. — Muhammad Ali By Kyle Magin Were Muhammad Ali born 50 years earlier than 1942, he’d have been lucky to get a shot at the heavyweight boxing title of the world, and...

What I know of Don Solem

Donald L. Solem, 74, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at his home in Mill Valley. Donations can be made in his name to SupplyBank.org. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was chatting up Dick Spotswood at some cocktail reception for some ballot measure in the fall of 1997. I had no idea who Dick Spotswood was, but he was next to...

The things we learn from the people who are gone

On May 29, 2011 in the Wardak province of Afghanistan, CPT Joseph W. Schultz’s humvee led a convoy in the central eastern part of the country. A roadside bomb detonated when his vehicle was in range and Joe, along with Staff Sergeant Martin Apolinar and Sergeant Aaron Blasjo, died instantly. By Andrew J. Pridgen Joe Schultz left this earth not by...

Gene Wilder wasn’t funny which is what made him hilarious

Gene Wilder died on Sunday night at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83. By Andrew J. Pridgen Funny never dies. That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I heard of Gene Wilder’s death on Monday. Some things are eternal and as long as there’s memes and late-night cable, there will always be room in this world for...

The most notable death of 2016: The GOP

We have bid a permanent farewell to many of the good, the loving, the beautiful, the creative and The Purple this year, but none more notable and significant than the Republican Party. By Andrew J. Pridgen I imagine the people I know who are lifelong conservatives, either fiscal or social—call them what you will—those who claim the party of Lincoln,...

Rage On!

Jake LaMotta is dead at age 95. Of the best, he was the last standing. By Andrew J. Pridgen Several times over the course of this web site’s four years of existence, I’ve reached out to this email: nick@princemarketinggroup.com in attempts to get an interview with Jake LaMotta. It is because of the scarred and flawed and damaged LaMotta I started...

For Tanya

Mother, survivor, teacher, community activist, writer and editor Tanya Canino passed away on Friday, Sept. 9. She was 55. By Andrew J. Pridgen It was no secret that Tanya Canino and I didn’t share the same newsroom philosophy. Also, she took my job. So, yeah, we had kind of a rough start. For most of 2007, I was interim editor of...

Lead from the Front: A Memorial Day tribute

My buddy CPT Joe Schultz, a Green Beret, was killed in action—on Memorial Day. By Andrew Pridgen On May 29, 2011 in the Wardak province of Afghanistan, CPT Joseph W. Schultz's humvee led a convoy in the central eastern part of the country. A roadside bomb detonated when his vehicle was in range and Joe, along with Staff Sergeant Martin Apolinar...

I am none of the surprised that 2016 stole Alan Thicke from us just under the wire

…Oh I will waste another minute on my crying tonight. By Andrew J. Pridgen Saturday, August 27, 2016 might be one of the greatest sports days of my life. It started in an Uber in West Hollywood looking for a liquor store that sold Colt 45 Blast en route to Dodger Stadium and ended with a toast at famed hole-in-the...

Lack of response to the Wine Country fires shows how much Donald Trump really f*cking hates California and wants us to die

...Ditto the rest of the West Coast By Andrew J. Pridgen Let's stop pretending that it's just a coincidence Donald Trump has golfed five of the last eight days as Northern California continues to burn at the cost of more than 40 confirmed dead, 99 missing, thousands of structures reduced to ash, hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and first...