Saturday, October 20, 2018

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...

If an over-financed, under-loved climber is injured or dead on Everest, it must be May

I couldn’t feign surprise by the news of injured guys in the very merry month of May Written by Kyle Magin Like that annoying Justin Timberlake meme or the resultant flora from April showers, there’s no more sure way to tell May has arrived than to find out some well-funded sociopath has harmed or killed himself (or, infrequently, herself) trying to...

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...

Frank Deford’s America is one team we won’t see repeat

He wrote about great dynasties and their eventual demise. Unwittingly, he chronicled the rise and downfall of the greatest dynasty of all. By Andrew J. Pridgen Frank Deford, 78, died Sunday at his home in Key West, Fla. He leaves behind a body of work that is the combination of that of millions of lesser men including 18 books (nine...

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...

Scott Weiland was the rock star you thought you could have been

Those who consider themselves knowers of music never paid much attention to Scott Weiland in his prime. His voice, not great. His lyrics, predictable. His moves, borrowed. His career, too long. But now that we’ve lived in the future long enough, we know there was no one better. By Andrew Pridgen Kurt Cobain was too beautiful and broken to be...

In Prince’s eyes I saw something better than myself

I realize this isn’t the only Prince tribute you’ll read today. But I want to talk about something specific, his eyes. By Andrew J. Pridgen After a couple beers tonight, I’ll start talking about Purple Rain; but not about the music or the motorcycle or the Oscar win from a now-defunct category because the Academy decided nobody could do Best...

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...

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...

Everything I needed to know about working, I learned from Bill Cunningham

Those who do not believe in a higher power may certainly be questioning the how-can-it-bes and the what-ifs of the great beyond this year as another of the our best and brightest bulbs has been unscrewed and permanently removed from the marquee. By Andrew J. Pridgen Bill Cunningham, The New York Times’s venerated street fashion photographer, died Saturday in Manhattan after...