Gilles has been my racing hero ever since I first started following F1 back in 1980. And clearly for me, he is what a hero should be about. I will forever remember him in his red Ferrari # 27 coming out of a fast corner in an outrages power slide – completely in control.
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If I could talk to the trees, I hope that they would listen to me.
I would tell them of the great and gentle man that was my uncle, Frank. Of how he was a second father – a mentor of life and faith.
I would tell them of the lead he set forth to us all and one that I try to follow as a grandfather, father, uncle, brother, son, husband and friend.
I would tell them that he left us too soon, yet I am comforted in knowing that he watches and guides us throughout our lives.
I would tell them how he gave selflessly and would take nothing in return.
I would tell them how his faith and love in God was second to none and his devotion to his church was strong and unwavering.
I would tell them of the beautiful and wonderful family he has, who cherish and adore him and keep his memory alive every single day.
I would tell the trees that I love him and miss him greatly.
I hope that the trees would listen to me and that the shade they cast was a comforting embrace, passed on by my uncle Frank.
I Talk To The Trees (Chet Baker)
I Talk To The Trees
Blog post 3/17/2012: I Talk to the Moon.
Throw Back Thursday, classic song from Tears for Fears, Pale Shelter.
I still remember where I was when I heard the news that John Lennon had died from wounds from the gun of a deranged fan.
An artist on the cusp of a Renaissance, he was taken unfairly from his wife, his sons and his admirers and were left with the cold and hollow question… why?
Remembering the Walrus, remembering the Eggman.
My Favorite Things is the seventh studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Atlantic Records. It was the first album to feature Coltrane playing soprano saxophone, and yielded a commercial breakthrough in the form of a hit single that gained popularity in 1961 on radio, an edited version of the title song, “My Favorite Things.” In 1998, the album was a recipient of the Grammy Hall of Fame award.
[source: You Tube]
34 years have passed since cancer took the life of Hollywood legend and icon, Steve McQueen. The quintessential cool, anti-hero, left us at the young age of 50 back in 1980, but his presence, style and energy continues to be felt now and for the foreseeable future.
Starting with Baby Boomers in 1966, the Halloween classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, has been a must-see tradition in or home since I can remember.
Growing up in the 70’s and early 80’s, television viewing wasn’t like it is today, what with satellite, cable TV and the internet being so prevalent in our homes. It was limited to 3 major networks and a handful of independent stations. I remember that the highlight of the fall and early winter seasons would be all the holiday TV specials that would air and none was more anticipated during the Halloween season than the Charles M. Schulz classic. I remember my brother, sister and I rushing home and finishing our homework, doing whatever chores needed to be done and finishing our dinner in record time, just to be ready – on the couch, as 8pm came around. We would be so excited and thrilled i our pajamas as the first scenes came up on the screen of our families RCA TV – tuned to CBS channel 2.
For several years, through elementary school, junior high and even high school, nothing was more special during the month of October – just short of Halloween night itself, than to watch this classic animated TV special. As I got married and raised kids of my own, the VHS and later DVD copies of this timeless tale, helped continue the tradition with them during the month of Halloween. It’s uniqueness, a little less now as we have the option of watching it when and as many times as we wanted, unlike the days as boy when you had one day and time to watch it.
One of the best things about “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, is the wonderful music that was performed by the Vince Guaraldi Sextet. The hauntingly, beautiful “The Great Pumpkin Waltz,” that plays throughout the show. Other notable favorites in include “Breathless”, “Graveyard Theme”, “Trick Or Treat”, “The Red Baron” & “Fanfare”. Guaraldi’s wonderful jazz compositions are a strong component of what made this and other Charlie Brown specials stand out among what people would consider them as child’s TV shows. It gave it more “art” appeal, which put it in a category above other TV animation of the time. The music has stood the test of time and can be listened to outside of watching the animated shows.
The soundtrack for “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” was released that same year and has been long been out of print. Luckily for us, we can hear all of the great music through You Tube.
[source: You Tube]
I almost missed this event, having been focused on several client’s websites in the last few weeks. A chance mention in a Peterson Museum post on Facebook had me asking my wife if I could skip her birthday brunch that Sunday. Since we had already celebrated with dinner a few days ago, she kindly let me off the hook to attend.
Having attended several car events on Rodeo Drive over the years, I arrived early to secure a parking space close to the event as they are at a premium if you get there later in the morning.
As I walked along Rodeo, the street was already busy with a crowd of enthusiast and visitors ogling the Italian steeds parked along the palm tree lined street. I took several images in between the folks admiring and taking pictures as I headed south towards the corner of Wilshire and Rodeo. The level of rarity and historic significance of the cars I photographed was astounding. Le Mans, Mille Miglia and other race winners, custom one-offs and rare examples made this a truly unique automotive gathering in the history of the marquee.
I made my way to the press check-in and although securing a pass was not to difficult, the significance of having and using one here was more of a souvenir item as I witnessed several folks, including teens, obtaining one quite easily. I gathered the information I needed from the PR person and continued to circulate and capture images as best I could as the crowds had grown exponentially.
I headed to the stage area before mid-day, to view and capture images of the F60 unveiling. I was planning on meeting Luca di Montezemolo and maybe getting his autograph, but as he announced his “forced” retirement as President and Chairman of Ferrari S.p.A. – effective the following day, it did not surprise me that he was absent from today’s event.
The Ferrari executives were all driven up to the staging area in Ferraris with the California namesake ranging from the 250 GT California to the new California T. They included John Elkann, Chairman of FCA, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA and Chairman of Ferrari, Amedeo Felisa, CEO of Ferrari, and Piero Ferrari, Vice Chairman of Ferrari.
With Bruce Meyer and TV personality, Mario Lopez, serving as MC’s, the F60 America was unveiled with applause and cheers from the crowd. With the absence of Montezemolo from the celebration, I focused my attention on meeting and hopefully having Piero Ferrari autograph my press card. As I waited at the foot of the stairs leading to the stage, I found my opportunity and asked him for his autograph. We spoke briefly and shook hands before he retreated from the crowd that started to gather around him. A momentous occasion for me as I have been a fan and admirer of the Scuderia, his father and Ferrari in general since the late 70’s.
I continued to capture images, still under the euphoria of meeting Piero Ferrari and left the event knowing I attended a truly unique automotive celebration.
A report with images have been submitted to Sports Car Digest and will hopefully be published before week’s end.
If you would like a print for your wall at home, office or race shop, I offer quality prints of the images you see here and others that were captured during this event. You can purchase them here: Photo Store
UPDATE 10/16/2014: My report and images of the Ferrari celebration, have been published online at Sports Car Digest: Ferrari 60th Anniversary Gathering
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