Friday, September 22, 2017

God Bless you Uncle Bill

Goodbye to William Stiveson: devoted father, grandfather, educator, Catholic and...devout football fan. By Andrew Pridgen It was late-August of 1992. “Uncle” Bill Stiveson was my high school’s vice principal. I was the incoming student body president. Early one morning, a few weeks before the start of school, I was down at his office working on something for the first assembly...

The unflinching realness of Bill Paxton made my life a better place to be

Bill Paxton died Saturday of complications from surgery at age 61. The Fort Worth-Texas native appeared in every man of a certain age’s top five favorite movies including: The Terminator (1984), Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), Predator 2 (1990), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), and Titanic (1997). By Andrew J. Pridgen I cannot understate the loss of...

I thought Soundgarden sucked …then I grew up

RIP Chris Cornell. Sorry I said such mean things about you when I was a teenager. I didn't mean it. I didn't "get it" at the time. By Andrew J. Pridgen I am one of the fortunate few who doesn’t subscribe to the notion that the music of my generation is the end-all. In fact, if we’re being honest here, most...

How to remember Erik Roner’s life without focusing on his death

Truckee resident Erik Roner, 39, died Monday in a skydiving accident at Squaw. The incident was the equivalent of a NASCAR driver perishing in a head-on on the way to the store to grab a gallon of milk. That said, Roner was a guy who lived without limits and died within them. I only hope his life is recalled...

9-11-15

Paul K. Sloan died on the 89th floor of the South Tower, World Trade Center on 9/11/01. To read more about him or make a donation in his name click here. By Andrew Pridgen My first contact with a family member in the immediate hours following the events of the morning of 9/11 was my sister. She’d been up all night...

Rearranging the deckchairs aboard ESPN

The Network is sinking and parent company Disney is hoping to tap a ‘90s business model—and audience—to fix it. By Andrew J. Pridgen ESPN, the ubiquitous hotel-lobby-bar-on-mute sports delivery juggernaut that used to buoy Disney’s media empire is now a once-venerable anchor dragging the Mouse down. As subscribers continue to cut the cord, ESPN finds itself bereft of a viable business...

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 day I fell for Alan Rickman

-OR- Why I always wish it was John McClain instead of Hans Gruber who gets pushed off Nakatomi Plaza. By Andrew J. Pridgen It's no secret my love for Die Hard. I love the fact that I always ask myself new questions every time I watch it: Why didn’t one of the German terrorists drown in the giant fountain of the lobby...

Jose Fernandez is the embodiment of a spirit we seem to have lost

"I think that what makes a player good is not out there on the field, it's who he is as a person. I know where I came from, and I know what I want." — Jose Fernandez, age 20 upon receiving 2013 National League Rookie of the Year honors. By Andrew J. Pridgen Jose Fernandez isn’t just special in memory. He is...

Why I Will Miss Anton Yelchin Like Crazy

Another good-bye, but this time a premature one By Andrew J. Pridgen I encountered Anton Yelchin at a q&a after the press and industry screening of a movie he starred in called “Like Crazy” at Sundance 2011. A beanie’d kid with fair skin and light eyes was sitting next to me in the dark theater and when the lights went up he...

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