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bamalamalu
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Joined: Mar 20, 2006
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Posted: 2008-02-26 7:05 pm   Permalink

Hawaiian music icon Aunty Genoa Leilani Keawe dies at 89

HONOLULU - Aunty Genoa Leilani Keawe, one of the most enduring and beloved voices in Hawaiian music, died Monday. She was 89.

Family members say the icon of traditional music in the islands died in her sleep at home in Papakolea. Her son, Eric K. Keawe of Keawe Records, says she had suffered health problems over the last decade but always managed to bounce back into the limelight.

Known widely as Aunty Genoa, she recorded more than 20 albums, dating back to vinyl 78 rpm and 33 1/3 rpm albums, and about 150 singles.

Born Genoa Leilani Adolpho, Keawe married Edward P. Keawe-Aiko. They had 12 children.

Keawe's life in music started in Laie, centre of Mormon culture in Hawaii. She sang with the island Mormon choir and said her sister, Annie, was a great influence on her music as they sang church songs together.

She began her professional career in 1939, singing for bandstand shows in Kailua and at the Officers Club before the Second World War with George Hookano and his band.

Keawe sang on the radio and on early TV, she became a regular on the "Lucky Luck Show," hosted by Robert Luck. She also sang on the nationally broadcast "Hawaii Calls" and at several clubs and hotels on Oahu.

She received many music awards and took traditional Hawaiian music across Asia, Canada, Switzerland, Brazil and many U.S. cities. She performed on a trip to Russia when she was in her 80s.


 
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mrtikibar
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Joined: Jul 07, 2002
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From: Neskowin, OR
Posted: 2008-02-27 10:09 am   Permalink

William F. Buckley Jr. died today at age 82.

Here's what Morton Blackwell has said about him:

Those who came of age politically in the 1980s or later can hardly comprehend the influence Bill Buckley had on the modern conservative movement.

He was, by far, the most attractive and thrilling conservative intellect for decades, and more than equal in debate to any liberal intellectual, as we learned on many occasions. Conservative students of my generation, confronted with an overwhelming liberal (and often unbearably smug) faculty, were greatly reassured by the knowledge that Buckley could smash the arguments of anyone on the liberal side.


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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2008-02-28 5:33 pm   Permalink

Mike Smith of 'Dave Clark Five' dies

LONDON - Dave Clark Five lead singer Mike Smith died of pneumonia Thursday, less than two weeks before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was 64.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080229/ap_en_mu/obit_mike_smith


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tiki5-0
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Joined: Jun 29, 2004
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From: Pomona, CA
Posted: 2008-02-29 08:22 am   Permalink

Boyd Coddington, a renowned Southern California hot rod and custom car designer and builder who starred in the cable reality-TV series "American Hot Rod," has died. He was 63.

Coddington, a longtime diabetic, died Wednesday at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier of complications stemming from a recent surgery, said publicist Brad Fanshaw.

Once described by Hot Rod magazine senior editor Gray Baskerville as "the Stradivarius of car building," Coddington was a onetime maintenance repairman and machinist at Disneyland who customized cars and built hot rods at home in his off-hours before opening Hot Rods by Boyd in Stanton in 1978.

"His cars set the standards for custom automotive design because rather than just take a selection of parts from other vehicles, he would design and manufacture virtually every part for the cars that he built," said Fanshaw, former president of Hot Rods by Boyd and Boyds Wheels.

"He was the first person to utilize billet aluminum in the manufacture of automotive wheels," said Fanshaw. "Prior to that, all custom wheels were made in a cast manufacturing process where the aluminum is melted and poured into a mold. Boyd developed the use of solid aluminum and machining it and sculpting it for the final wheel.

"It gave you a much stronger wheel, a much more beautiful wheel, and you had much more design latitude when you did it that way."

Two cars built and designed by Coddington are in the permanent collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, which had an exhibit of his cars in the mid-1990s.

"Boyd Coddington is one of those guys who'll go down in history as one of the great names in the customizing and hot rod world," said Dick Messer, the museum's executive director.

Because of Coddington's background as a machinist and his ability to make precision parts for his cars, Messer said, "his stuff was very finely put together. A lot of the stuff he did looked like jewelry rather than automotive parts."

Coddington, Messer added, "had a great design eye. And some of the big names in the automotive world today, particularly in customizing and design, worked for Boyd at one time or another," including celebrity designers Jesse James and Chip Foose.

Among the iconic cars to come out of the Boyd shop are CheZoom, which Fanshaw described as "an extreme reinterpretation" of the classic 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air; and the Aluma-Coupe, Boyd's reinterpretation of a 1933 Ford coupe that was hand-fabricated from aluminum.

Then there's the sleek CadZZilla, a radically re-powered and re-stylized 1948 Cadillac coupe designed by ZZ Top band member Billy Gibbons and automotive designer Larry Erickson.

"It was Boyd Coddington's masterful execution, along with his team members, that created perhaps one of the most memorable customized cars in recent history," Gibbons told The Times on Thursday.

Reflecting on Coddington's career, Gibbons said: "Boyd's contributions were on a par with George Barris and all the other American car customizers combined. He will be missed."

Coddington won the America's Most Beautiful Roadster Award seven times, including an unprecedented six times in a row. He also won the Slonaker Award, another prestigious automotive award in the hot rod industry.

Honored as Hot Rod magazine's "Man of the Year" in 1988, Coddington twice received the Daimler-Chrysler Design Excellence Award.

He also was inducted into the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame and the National Rod & Custom Museum Hall of Fame, among others.

His cars have been reproduced in Testors model car kits, made into a series of Mattel Hot Wheels toys and issued by the Franklin Mint as die-cast metal models. And one of the cars he designed and built -- a 1933 Ford coupe stylized with the trademark "Boyd Look" -- was featured on the cover of Smithsonian magazine, which profiled him in 1993.

In 1997, Ernst & Young named Coddington "Entrepreneur of the Year."


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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2008-02-29 08:48 am   Permalink

Another great musical legend: Raymond Kane - Slack Key guitar

Honolulu Star article
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Joined: Jan 10, 2005
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From: Ling Cod Beach, CA 90803
Posted: 2008-02-29 09:01 am   Permalink

Drummer Buddy Miles
http://www.buddymiles.com
born September 5, 1947 in Omaha, NE; died February 26, 2008
worked with guitarist Mike Bloomfield, Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana


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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2008-03-04 11:22 am   Permalink

Gary Gygax. Geeks and nerds of the World lament.

 
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2008-03-05 10:05 pm   Permalink



 
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JenTiki
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Joined: Jun 16, 2006
Posts: 1835
From: An island in the bay
Posted: 2008-03-05 10:12 pm   Permalink

He's not dead yet!!

 
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ravenne
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Joined: Jul 07, 2005
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Posted: 2008-03-05 10:50 pm   Permalink

.......yet
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bb moondog
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Joined: Apr 18, 2006
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From: Gilbert AZ
Posted: 2008-03-06 06:07 am   Permalink

...just his career.

 
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bb moondog
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From: Gilbert AZ
Posted: 2008-03-06 08:07 am   Permalink

holy CRAP..I just HEARD he had PANCREATIC CANCER..now I feel like an INSENSITIVE ASS...which is really not a NEW feeling for me..DAMN sorry, Patrick

 
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-03-06 09:10 am   Permalink

First Jeff Healy and now maybe Patrick Swayze someone has awoken the Road House Curse!

I hope Swayze can beat it.

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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2008-03-07 6:54 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-03-05 22:12, JenTiki wrote:
He's not dead yet!!



You posted in the wrong thread, Jentiki.

Try this one.....

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=13329&forum=13&36

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Rob Roy
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Joined: Dec 03, 2004
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From: Ventura, CA
Posted: 2008-03-18 4:45 pm   Permalink

Author Arthur C. Clarke dies.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/books/03/18/obit.clarke/index.html

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