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RIP Patti Page by American Elephant
January 3, 2013, 11:03 pm
Filed under: Music, News, Pop Culture | Tags: , ,

This song has been stuck in my head since I heard the news. What a beautiful voice. She will be missed!

Page died on New Year’s Day in Encinitas, Calif., according to publicist Schatzi Hageman, ending one of pop music’s most diverse careers. She was 85 and just five weeks away from being honored at the Grammy Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy.

Page achieved several career milestones in American pop culture, but she’ll be remembered for indelible hits that crossed the artificial categorizations of music and remained atop the charts for months to reach a truly national audience. [read more...]



Betty Ford, RIP by American Elephant
July 9, 2011, 1:35 pm
Filed under: History, News, Politics | Tags: , ,

Former First Lady Betty Ford, widow of the 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford, has died. She was 93.  An independent and  courageous woman, she shared the news of her breast cancer with the nation at a time when that sort of thing mostly wasn’t mentioned, and undoubtedly saved a lot of women’s lives. Later, she faced up publicly to her addiction to alcohol and pain pills — and founded the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage where thousands have been treated., a lasting legacy.

Hot Air called our attention to a video on the former First Lady, which is in a format we cannot post.  You will find it here.   Lest you be confused, Hot Air features one video and links to the one we link here, which is a more complete story.



Tony Snow Succumbs to Cancer by American Elephant

We were very saddened to hear that Tony Snow lost his long battle with cancer early this morning.

Tony Snow, the former White House press secretary and conservative pundit who bedeviled the press corps and charmed millions as a FOX News television and radio host, died Saturday after a long bout with cancer. He was 53.

A syndicated columnist, editor, TV anchor, radio show host and musician, Snow worked in nearly every medium in a career that spanned more than 30 years. [read more]

I loved watching Tony spar with the press — especially after the incompetent boob McClellan. It was a joy to see him bat them around like a cat with a ball of yarn, always one step ahead. It was reassuring to see that he was sometimes as exasperated with their biased inanities as the rest of us.

During a tenure marked by friendly jousting with journalists, Snow often danced around the press corps, occasionally correcting their grammar and speech even as he responded to their questions.

“Tony did his job with more flair than almost any press secretary before him,” said William McGurn, Bush’s former chief speechwriter. “He loved the give-and-take. But that was possible only because Tony was a man of substance who had real beliefs and principles that he was more than able to defend.”

Above all, it was always clear that Tony Snow was a very good and decent man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and three children.

President and Mrs. Bush’s statement.

Tributes pour in from journalists and politicians.

Watch Brit Hume’s tribute.

Watch Bret Baier tribute.

CBS tribute.

Nancy Pelosi releases classy statement. Good for her.



Merv Griffin: 1925-2007 by American Elephant
August 13, 2007, 6:17 am
Filed under: History, News, Pop Culture | Tags:

Merv Griffin

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Merv Griffin, the entertainer turned impresario who parlayed his “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” game shows into a multimillion- dollar empire, has died. He was 82. [read more]

May God rest his soul and comfort those who knew and loved him.




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