Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
Sad news out of Hollywood. Actor Meshach Taylor has died from cancer. I met Meshach several times during the height of his run as Anthony on “Designing Women,” and he was always extremely nice towards his fans. As you can see above, he had a beautiful autograph too. Rest easy Meshach! Thanks for all the laughs you’ve given us!
Photos and autographs courtesy of my obtained in person autograph collection.
I’m very sad to say that two legends from totally different walks of life have passed away. Hall of Fame baseball player Tony Gwynn and announcer Casey Kasem have been very influential in my life. Tony Gwynn was one of the best players around during my baseball fandom and the awesome thing is, for every time I ever saw him – which was a lot, he was ALWAYS a nice guy. He always took the time to sign autographs for fans and as you can see above, he had a really cool signature. I always had a huge respect for someone so popular to remain so nice, year after year, even after his career had skyrocketed.
Radio personality (and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo), Casey Kasem has also died. My brother and I listened to his top 40 countdown all the time and because of it, I discovered a lot of music that has completely and utterly rocked my world. I used to go to a Super Bowl party every year that had a lot of famous people at it and I saw Casey and his wife often at that party. They were always extremely nice. He was as uplifting and inspirational in person as he was on the radio.
Both Casey Kasem and Tony Gwynn had been ill for a long time, so I am glad they are free from suffering and I will always think of you both fondly and I hope your messages of love will be learned and understood by the next generation.
Rest in peace and happy trails, gentlemen! Thanks for always being nice to me!
Photos by G. Art by Anton S. Kandinsky.
Anton S. Kandinsky
I’ve been seeing in various social media that users are reporting the death of artist Anton Kandinsky. Several art galleries have also taken to posting “RIP Anton Kandinsky,” so there must be truth to the story. This is very sad. I really like Kandinsky’s art as it provides good social commentary for the gluttonous times we live in. The details of his passing are unknown, but once again, users have posted that he died in his New York studio. I met Kandinsky at one of his art openings once and he was very nice. I was wearing a T-shirt by fellow artist Homo Riot and he said that he liked the shirt. He was worried that in the selfie I took of us that I didn’t get enough of the art in the background so he insisted on taking a second photo. If you are unfamiliar with his art, I encourage you to look it up as you will find it’s very cool. Rest in peace Anton! 🙁
China-Ism by Anton S Kandinsky
Anton S Kandinsky and Geoffrey Dicker
Anton S. Kandinsky
Photo by G.
Lou Reed and Moby on stage in 2007
Horrible news in the music world. Rock god Lou Reed has died at age 71. I’m a huge Velvet Underground fan as well as also having loved Lou’s solo career, so I am not doing so well as I write this. Lou opened the door for all musicians to come after him by being one of the first art rockers. Songs like “Heroin” and “Walk on the Wild Side” took you on the trip without getting your hands dirty and songs like “Perfect Day” and “Sunday Morning” are amongst the prettiest tracks ever recorded. I saw Lou Reed out and about in New York many times and for the two good experiences I had with him, I had probably 5 times as many bad ones. But that was Lou Reed and I will miss seeing him. I wish peace and blessings to his partner Laurie Anderson at this difficult time. Happy trails, Lou. Thanks for a lifetime of amazing music. Rest in peace!
Photo and autograph courtesy of the G archives.
Sad news! Actress Marcia Wallace has passed away at the age of 71, according to the internet. Marcia Wallace was receptionist Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show and was also the voice of Mrs. Krabappel on The Simpsons. I met Marcia many times over the years and she was always super sweet. I remember the first time I saw her flash her signature smile in person, it really lit up my day. May she rest in peace.