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66. Four people of various celebrity died within a day of each other, and you know what, I only knew 3.
Sat Jun 22, 2013, 06:06 AM
Jun 2013

I AM CLOSING THIS DOWN as it is veering off message. but am cutting/pasting the OP here, and putting it in my journal.
It makes the point that we all know and follow people but in America, in such a big and vast country, it isimpossible for all of us to know by name every single person.

44 President (actually only 43), how many can name all of them and in their correct order?
How many people know Millard Fillmore's vice president? (note, that is a trick question, as he did not have one).
Everyone has their favorites and those they know, but favorites are not the same to everyone.

If it would be that simple, everyone would agree who was the greatest pitcher of all time, Sandy Koufax or Bob Gibson.
--------------------------------------the following was the post in the OP that I closed down.--------------------

Four people of various celebrity died within a day of each other, and you know what, I only knew about 3 of them.
And I venture to guess most people in America also would say the same thing.

Four people of various celebrity died within a day of each other, and you know what, I only knew 3.

The greatest writer in Rolling Stone magazine history died, and I read him all the time, and his books.
His name was Chet Flippo. I even had the pleasure of meeting him and talking to him. Loved his writing style both in Rolling Stone and his books, and later on the CMT.com site.

I knew about 90 year old Slim Whitman even before his comeback on latenight tv, and later on Mars Attacks!!!
(and who didn't in their shower try to do what he did).

I knew about as did everyone James Gandolfini and I can honestly say I never saw the Sopranos as I don't get HBO,
though according to my latest cable bill, it will be available under our plan free of charge(except the bill is going up ten dollars
to get it free).

However, the other,Michael Hastings, I never heard of.
I heard of him because of the accident, and they say he wrote for blogs and articles and had some articles in Rolling Stone.

However, I get a subscription to Rolling Stone. I wrack my brain, and I can't recall ever seeing his name in it.

I buy it for old times sake, and the music stuff and Hollywood stuff.

The NY Times, well, after Jayson Blair and Judith Miller, and their getting rid of Frank Rich (who pegged it 100% correct about the President and the hatred of him), and what it was from day one), I don't really read the news in the Times.

Ironically, their obituaries are the one thing I still buy it for, and the Sunday Crossword puzzle, and their entertainment stuff.
Without the obits, I wouldn't know some great character actors died.

But through the years, the people I have listened to, most people in America never heard of any of them.
I listened to WLIB for years, with Gary Byrd and Mark Davis and I watch Al Sharpton.
Can't recall him being mentioned on any of the three (but I am sure Gary and Mark are names foreign to most people too.

There are 325 plus million people in America.

It's nothing personal, it is the truth.

And I bet others would agree with me.

In my travels the last 2 days, I asked everyone I saw about the 4.
They all heard of James. A few remembered Slim. One person besides me knew Chet.
No one knew this writer/blogger Michael Hastings.

It's a matter of perspective.

It's what it is. It is not putting him down, or elevating the others. It's not an insult.

It is my opinion. Of course you are welcome to disagree with me.

I only know Gandolfini BainsBane Jun 2013 #1
wtf are you talking about? n/t leftstreet Jun 2013 #2
Michael Hastings? Ptah Jun 2013 #3
Here is link to the article: dixiegrrrrl Jun 2013 #25
Rent the Sopranos DVDs somewhere. You'll get sucked in and blow through them in brewens Jun 2013 #4
I am sure I would disagree with you if I could understand Vinnie From Indy Jun 2013 #5
he's saying that Michael Hastings wasn't very important Enrique Jun 2013 #6
Thanks! Vinnie From Indy Jun 2013 #7
excellent translation from gobblydegook to English! cali Jun 2013 #10
No, I am saying I never heard of him. I never heard of even one 2013 professional hockey players too graham4anything Jun 2013 #11
bullfuckingshit. then why an op about how you never heard of him? cali Jun 2013 #12
You know, it reminds me of a few years ago when that race car driver died graham4anything Jun 2013 #14
Mark Roth backwoodsbob Jun 2013 #17
They made a great doubles team. graham4anything Jun 2013 #22
I may not like everything you do here..but backwoodsbob Jun 2013 #27
Cool! Wish bowling was as big as golf. graham4anything Jun 2013 #31
yep backwoodsbob Jun 2013 #33
It's funny, the senior tour is getting more exciting than the pro tour graham4anything Jun 2013 #35
left hander?Cheater!!!!! backwoodsbob Jun 2013 #40
LOL. graham4anything Jun 2013 #44
do some research backwoodsbob Jun 2013 #47
Mine was 16, but I am too old for a 16.(better say 16 pound ball, someone might read this wrong). graham4anything Jun 2013 #48
look at the trackball series backwoodsbob Jun 2013 #52
thanks. graham4anything Jun 2013 #54
just tell them backwoodsbob Jun 2013 #53
if you ever get the chance backwoodsbob Jun 2013 #43
I have heard of something like that. That sounds like fun. graham4anything Jun 2013 #49
You are exactly correct. Iggo Jun 2013 #16
Hastings embarrassed Obama JW2020 Jun 2013 #42
Thanks, I honestly could not understand what the fuck the tiny seed of an idea was... Bonobo Jun 2013 #63
when hes not fantasising about droning muslims he comes up with some really incoherent stuff Monkie Jun 2013 #24
Of course you didn't actually know any of these people, while others actually did. Bluenorthwest Jun 2013 #8
...but he would give Ben Fong Torres a run for his money. Iggo Jun 2013 #18
It is fun to say. So is Lester Bangs for that matter. Bluenorthwest Jun 2013 #36
Not a fan of Hunter Thompson's style of writing. To each his own. graham4anything Jun 2013 #50
so you're proud of your abject ignorance? And you're name dropping? bwahahaha. cali Jun 2013 #9
This message was self-deleted by its author graham4anything Jun 2013 #13
I said nothing of the kind. put up or ferme la bouche. cali Jun 2013 #19
This message was self-deleted by its author graham4anything Jun 2013 #21
weasel words. yes, you said it. cali Jun 2013 #23
its a bit sick that a buffoon feels the need to ramble about dead people Monkie Jun 2013 #26
James Gandolfini is very relevant you know, what with wellness being in right now. graham4anything Jun 2013 #41
Post removed Post removed Jun 2013 #39
thanks. glad people remember that. cali Jun 2013 #45
You're welcome. n/t Moses2SandyKoufax Jun 2013 #51
"There are 325 million people in the world." Blue Cheese please. Fresh ground black pepper too. cherokeeprogressive Jun 2013 #65
Well, this makes more sense... rrneck Jun 2013 #15
Does that mean you are only 75%-25%? Fla_Democrat Jun 2013 #20
Not nice. dkf Jun 2013 #28
This message was self-deleted by its author JustJoe Jun 2013 #29
If you say "The guy who broke the General McChrystal story, where his staff was badmouthing the MADem Jun 2013 #30
No surprise you didn't know him. Hissyspit Jun 2013 #32
Well, that explains a whole lot. sabrina 1 Jun 2013 #34
I know Taibbi obviously. graham4anything Jun 2013 #38
I read the article by Mr Hastings about General McChrystle. I think it was in the southernyankeebelle Jun 2013 #37
That article I do know, didn't know he wrote that by name til it was brought up yesterday. graham4anything Jun 2013 #46
One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn't belong... JimDandy Jun 2013 #55
I defy most people who aren't political junkies to name the 44(actually only 43 different presidents graham4anything Jun 2013 #56
i am lousy at names questionseverything Jun 2013 #59
Yeah, yeah, yeah. You never heard of him, so he doesn't matter. Iggo Jun 2013 #57
Sometimes I get the sneaking suspicion... LanternWaste Jun 2013 #58
i don't believe you. HiPointDem Jun 2013 #60
These are the Daves I know Electric Monk Jun 2013 #61
"Some of them are David, but most of them are Dave." Iggo Jun 2013 #62
Dave? Dave's not here, man. Electric Monk Jun 2013 #64
Four people of various celebrity died within a day of each other, and you know what, I only knew 3. graham4anything Jun 2013 #66
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