Saturday, March 25, 2017

To my father on his 70th

Today Craig A. Pridgen would have turned 70. This is what he taught me. By Andrew J. Pridgen The father of one of my best friends growing up had a study. It was down a long hallway of the second story of their house and it mostly sat empty—the darkest, most shadowy corner of the home. I never set foot inside...

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...

Yogi Berra took a little piece of heaven with him

“Mr. Berra,” his first Yankee manager Casey Stengel once said, “is a very strange fellow of very remarkable abilities.” He died Tuesday at age 90. By Andrew Pridgen I don’t believe in heaven. Not the kind they try to sell you on TV, anyway. There is no life in the clouds, no harps to greet you, no 24-hour Angel food cake...

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...

We owe it to Carrie Fisher to keep fighting

Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60 at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday in Los Angeles. Fisher once requested that her obit say she “...drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.” Done. By Andrew J. Pridgen With but four days left in 2016, it is impossible to address the passing of Carrie Fisher without putting it in the context of all...

Sunday Morning in America

The news says 50 people were killed by a bad guy with a gun at a gay club in Orlando last night. Pass the toast. Written by Kyle Magin Blame the guns. 20. No, 23. No, 50. And, 42 hurt. No, 53. Listen, just keep fucking hitting refresh. Blame poor mental health care. Post that Mr. Rogers quote about looking for the...

Which still from a Megadeth video will American life most closely resemble in 18 months?

For 30 years Megadeth has predicted a not-so-pretty end to this American experiment. Now that their dystopian views are coming into focus, it's time to ponder which of Megadeth's prognostications are most accurate. By Andrew J. Pridgen Ginger rocker and Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine has always been the literal red-headed stepchild of heavy metal. He awoke on April 11, 1983 hungover after...

Merle knew what it’s like to walk the Streets of Bakersfield. As it turns out, you might too

Oildale's favorite son Merle Haggard, country's only true believer and a man who made something out of dirt, died on his birthday April 6. He was 79. By Andrew J. Pridgen I recall with relative clarity one languid spring Friday afternoon scene at Robert’s Western World in Nashville listening to third-tier honky-tonk acts reverb off of our half-empty cans of Coors...

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...

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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