This year we lost some great people. Maybe I am just feeling nostalgic since many of these people I feel that I grew  up with.

Michael Jackson

(1958 – 2009) Who didn’t know who Michael Jackson was? I was a fan. The album Thriller lured me into his music. Creating a danceable album and using industry heavy weights like Eddie Van Halen.  The riff from Beat It is still a killer. Too bad drugs and lack of true friends killed him long before he was done. I wonder what would have come of his come back.

Patrick Swayze

(1952 – 2009) Two Words: Road House… Say no more.

Billy Powell

(1952 – 2009) Billy was the keyboardist for the legendary Southern Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. I think he is one of my favorite keyboard players of all time. Too bad much of his life he was haunted by the plane crash that killed several original band members but left him alive to cope.

Walter Cronkite

(1916 – 2009) I remember him broadcasting the news when I was young. He left an indelible mark upon my youth and the development of me becoming a news junkie.

Farrah Fawcett

(1947 – 2009) Sex Symbol of the 70’s. Was there any other reason to watch Charlie’s Angels?

Edward Kennedy

(1932 – 2009) US Senator, I was born to hate.  I am surprised he hasn’t been named a Saint by the current state of government.

Brittney Murphy

(1977-2009) I was a closet fan… I blame Clueless.

Dom DeLuise

(1933 – 2009) I loved Dom in Cannonball Run as Captain Chaos. I loved the banter between Dom and Burt Reynolds especially when Chaos would always refer to himself in the third person.

Paul Harvey

(1918 – 2009) I have fond memories of listening to Paul Harvey and riding with my Nana. And now we know the rest of the story.

Ed McMahon

(1923 – 2009) I was a huge Johnny Carson fan… Ed was a great side kick going along with all of what Johnny could come up with.

Ricardo Montalban

(1920 – 2009) He was the man of Fantasy Island.  He was also the spokesman for Chrysler which made me laugh. “People ask me Corinthian leather. well but of course. ”

Soupy Sales

(1926 – 2009) Sales reminds me of being a little kid and watching TV with my Grandma.

Karl Malden

(1912 – 2009) American Express Commercials and The Streets of San Francisco. TSSF played on the local independent TV station and I remember watching it most nights as there was nothing else on. Malden just brings back great memories of my youth and the severe limitations of watching TV in Penryn, CA in the 1970’s.

David Carradine

(1936 – 2009) Kung Fu… Nothing More Nothing Less Grasshopper.

Les Paul

(1915 – 2009) Les Paul… words don’t describe what this man has done for music.  If you want to have some inkling of what this man has done watch his movie, Chasing Sound.  From the electric guitar to multi-track recording much of the music technology was created by this prolific inventor. For the record I only play Les Paul.

John Hughes

(1950 – 2009) John Hughes captured much of my youth in film. From The Breakfast Club to Uncle Buck. Hughes captured teenage life in the 1980’s perfectly just watch “16 Candles”  (1984), “The Breakfast Club” (1985), “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986) and “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987). He wrote the screenplay for the popular 1990 film “Home Alone”.