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sunnylea57 posted:
brucehayes posted:

Rush drummer Neil Peart.  I am shocked.

So sad. Battling brain cancer for 3 years and kept it quiet. 

This really hurts. Selfishly I’m glad I finally saw him perform live on their final tour. After what he had previously gone through (losing his wife and daughter in the same year) I was hoping he would enjoy a long retirement with his new family, Definitely raising a glass to him tonight.

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billhike posted:
sunnylea57 posted:
brucehayes posted:

Rush drummer Neil Peart.  I am shocked.

So sad. Battling brain cancer for 3 years and kept it quiet. 

This really hurts. Selfishly I’m glad I finally saw him perform live on their final tour. After what he had previously gone through (losing his wife and daughter in the same year) I was hoping he would enjoy a long retirement with his new family, Definitely raising a glass to him tonight.

Was a big fan as well. RIP

bomba503 posted:
billhike posted:
sunnylea57 posted:
brucehayes posted:

Rush drummer Neil Peart.  I am shocked.

So sad. Battling brain cancer for 3 years and kept it quiet. 

This really hurts. Selfishly I’m glad I finally saw him perform live on their final tour. After what he had previously gone through (losing his wife and daughter in the same year) I was hoping he would enjoy a long retirement with his new family, Definitely raising a glass to him tonight.

Was a big fan as well. RIP

Never a huge Rush fan but always appreciated the musicianship and interplay.   I tell you what tho, I listened to a replay of Jim Ladd’s interview with Neil from 2015 on deep tracks, and wow, what a force.  Highly intelligent, thoughtful, articulate, well read,  meaningful stuff to say.  Little did I know he was an author of 6 books.  I played some greatest hits when I got home afterwards and lamented I never got to see them live.  Hella drummer.

jabe11 posted:
bomba503 posted:
billhike posted:
sunnylea57 posted:
brucehayes posted:

Rush drummer Neil Peart.  I am shocked.

So sad. Battling brain cancer for 3 years and kept it quiet. 

This really hurts. Selfishly I’m glad I finally saw him perform live on their final tour. After what he had previously gone through (losing his wife and daughter in the same year) I was hoping he would enjoy a long retirement with his new family, Definitely raising a glass to him tonight.

Was a big fan as well. RIP

Never a huge Rush fan but always appreciated the musicianship and interplay.   I tell you what tho, I listened to a replay of Jim Ladd’s interview with Neil from 2015 on deep tracks, and wow, what a force.  Highly intelligent, thoughtful, articulate, well read,  meaningful stuff to say.  Little did I know he was an author of 6 books.  I played some greatest hits when I got home afterwards and lamented I never got to see them live.  Hella drummer.

I highly recommend reading Ghost Rider if you get the chance. It’s nothing to do with the band, but rather an account of his 55,000 mile motorcycle journey dealing with personal loss. And yeah, for a guy who really hated publicity his interviews were fantastic. 

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jcocktosten posted:
purplehaze posted:

Morgan Wootten.  One of only 3 high school basketball coaches to be admitted to the Hall of Fame.  Coached for 46 seasons with an overall record of 1274 wins and 192 losses.  A DC legend, who was called the "best basketball coach at any level," by no less than Dean Smith.

PH

Where at?  Dematha?

DeMatha, indeed. 

PH, John Wooden also said he knew of no finer coach than Wootten. I actually flew with friends while in college to see DeMatha in a tournament. They were that special.

DeMatha beat Power Memorial ( NYC) to break their 71 game winning streak when Lew Alcindor was the most dominant player in high school and a legend at Power Memorial. To name a few players that were coached by Wootten include, Adrian Dantley, Danny Ferry, Sidney Lowe, Derrick Whittenburg and James Brown before went on to Harvard to dominate the Ivy League and now at Fox covering the NFL. 

LEGEND! 

purplehaze posted:

Morgan Wootten.  One of only 3 high school basketball coaches to be admitted to the Hall of Fame.  Coached for 46 seasons with an overall record of 1274 wins and 192 losses.  A DC legend, who was called the "best basketball coach at any level," by no less than Dean Smith.

PH

Didn’t recognize the name and don’t even have to look it up. There could be only one place that he coached. Has to be DeMatha

bomba503 posted: 
Didn’t recognize the name and don’t even have to look it up. There could be only one place that he coached. Has to be DeMatha

Yup.  Not only a great coach, but a wonderful human being.  His mantra was "teacher first, coach second."  He had no intentions of being a basketball coach, but was told by the head nun at the orphanage where he was a teacher that he was now the basketball coach.  The nun was obviously had a great eye for talent.

PH

My son is 11 and a huge basketball fan, Kobe will be one he remembers 'Where he was".  I was 12 when Len Bias died right after being drafted by the Celtics, still remember my buddy riding his bike over to tell me (obviously way before the internet).  

Feel terrible for his wife and three daughters who have to struggle through the grief of losing Kobe and his daughter.  

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mangiare posted:

RIP- very tragic - That heli was is so high tech you should be able to fly it with the controls and no visuals.  

Agree. They took off from John Wayne so clearly were given clearance. Reports also say the pilot was in communication with local flight control although the hills can give you problems at certain altitudes with communication. 

when any crash occurs, the "experts" are interviewed in the immediate aftermath of the crash, and they typically say, "It's too early to speculate on what caused this".  Of course, what they mean is that it is the right time to speculate, but it is too early to know. 

I mean, if you're going to speculate, you may as well do so.  Might not be totally irrational to wait and see what the evidence is.  The fact that the helicopter seems to have turned back suggests to me that perhaps there was some mechanical issue detected by the pilot.  That's my speculation.

One month shy of her fourth birthday, Wrenley, the daughter of friends of ours. She was very sick most of her short life, and underwent a bone marrow transplant as well as many other procedures. The girl was a heck of a little fighter. This is twice in 2-1/2 months that friends have lost a child. I’m not a parent, but it’s impossible for me to think of something more painful that anyone could go through. 

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