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Entries from March 2009

Pity need not apply: voices of the paralyzed and afflicted sound very much like my uncle. You mourn the part of you that’s lost and enrich and rejoice in the majority that remains.

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Nobody does self-narrated portraits better than the New York Times. Here’s the paper’s spinal cord trauma page and a well-done story about an expermimental stem cell treatment for the recently paralyzed. In reading all this, I cannot help but wonder what Gordon would say or how he would react. One thing is for certain. He […]

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Tags: Pure Inspiration · Wheeling the Deal

Not Muzak to Gordon’s ears. During his heyday, the elevator music king gave him plenty of shots to feed the competition, or start his own mini-background music empire

March 26th, 2009 · No Comments

One sharp cookie, that Gordon, who incidentally, is the hero of my book, Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler. While Muzak was a formidable presence on the American music scene, today it’s an also-ran looking for relevance. In fact, it’s gone belly up, as this story reveals. Another bit of Americana falls […]

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Tags: The Music Biz

Something to cheer ya up, Irish-style, when there’s not much too cheery happening. The jokester is a boyhood idol, and one of my all-time favorite people. Notice how he can’t even give the punchline. Guess it got his goat.

March 20th, 2009 · No Comments

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Tags: Uncategorized

Smogtown getting good and Googled.

March 19th, 2009 · No Comments

In the months since we released our social history of one of the planet’s first true environmental crises, Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles, we’ve been scurrying around appearing on a bunch of terrific platforms. We’re talking the West Hollywood Book Festival, Patt Morrison’s NPR-syndicated radio show, “Deadline L.A.,” ABC public radio, […]

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Tags: Smogtown · Smogtown book

The BEST Nike Ad ever. You gotta an exuse? You better not.

March 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Nike might only have been a phenom waiting to spring when my outrageous uncle, Gordon Zahler, was about to snip his mortal coil, but I’m sure he would’ve had this terrific commercial playing on a loop for self-pitying friends.

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Tags: Pure Inspiration

Jet Pack dreamers: sign me and my adrenaline-junkie uncle up right now, no strings (or cables attached)

March 11th, 2009 · No Comments

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Tags: Outrageous Legends

Everybody who knew Gordon appreciated what an inspiration he was, even if he’d tongue lash you for saying it. Pound for pound, Ryan Davidson would give him a run for his money. Too young to die, he will never be forgotten.

March 4th, 2009 · No Comments

I’ve been swamped the last week or so on deadline, and I couldn’t live with myself unless I posted Ryan’s story. God bless you, boy. I know you’re “Fighting On!” in the sweet hereafter, where their is no pain and SC never loses. From the Wisconsin State Journal “Ryan Davidson never understood the big deal. […]

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Tags: Pure Inspiration