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Ray Dolby: He Made Everything Sound Better

Posted on 09/13/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn the 1970s, “Dolby” was that button on your cassette deck that you pressed to magically eliminate static hiss that could easily mar the beauty of, say, Jimmy Page’s guitar solos on Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy. Of course, the noise-reduction technology pioneered by inventor Ray Dolby, who died on Sept. 12 at age 80 in San Francisco, did much more than that. Sound-improving innovations developed by his Dolby Labs have found their way into an estimated 7.4 billion …

At 96, Fred Stobaugh and His Love Song Are a Huge Hit

Posted on 09/11/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

EntertainmentA 96-year-old widower’s sweet song about his late wife not only has brought him national attention, he’s also achieved a new record: The oldest artist to have a song on Billboard‘s top 100 — beating out 85-year-old Tony Bennett, no less. Fred Stobaugh of Peoria, Ill., made the iTunes top 10 last month, alongside megastars like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Stobaugh lost his wife, Lorraine, in April. They met in 1938 at an A&W Root Beer stand where she …

A Pianist Who Plays for Charity

Posted on 08/30/2013 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeWhat did you do this summer? Hit the beach? Visit the in-laws? Take the grandkids to Disney World? Ask Mark Damisch and the 57-year-old Chicago lawyer will tell you he spent five weeks on tour playing piano concerts in Scandinavia and Russia to raise money for worthy causes. Damisch’s exhausting schedule – 21 concerts in six countries  – isn’t for the faint of heart. But he’s a pro at marathon travel. (He was in Copenhagen, Denmark, when we spoke.) This …

The Man Who Helped Bring the Beatles to America

Posted on 08/22/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyRemember Beatlemania? For that transcendent moment in boomer history, we owe thanks to concert promoter Sid Bernstein, who died on Aug. 21 at age 95 in New York City. In March 1963, Bernstein — then a lowly $200-a-week booker for General Artists Corp. — read of the hysteria that ensued at the Beatles’ shows in Great Britain. Even though British music stars had seldom made much of a splash in the U.S. market, Bernstein had a hunch about the Fab Four. He called …

Eydie Gormé: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Pop Diva

Posted on 08/12/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyEydie Gormé was the sort of entertainer that you could imagine a young Don Draper taking his first wife Betty to see in some swank late-1950s nightclub — or better yet, curling up with her on the couch to watch on the Philco TV as Gormé  appeared with husband-to-be Steve Lawrence on The Tonight Show, where the musical couple were regulars during the Steve Allen era. Gormé, who died on Aug. 10 at age 84 in Las Vegas, was a superstar of the …

‘Springsteen & I’: A Love Letter to The Boss

Posted on 07/25/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentI suppose it goes without saying that your level of enjoyment of the new documentary Springsteen & I, which premiered Monday night in movie theaters and screens again in select cities on July 30, will be in direct correlation to your proximity to New Jersey and/or your ability to recite all the lyrics to “Rosalita.” As I fall into that category of fist-pumping fans who have attended dozens of Bruce Springsteen concerts, I had a great time watching it. But it …