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Bob Thompson: He Made Music to Sip Martinis By

Posted on 06/10/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyTo embrace the swinging bachelor lifestyle touted in Playboy magazine in the late 1950s and early ’60s, you needed a few accessories to set a properly free-spirited, licentious ambiance. They included a cocktail shaker, a turtleneck to wear inside your button-down shirt and the just-invented Lutron dimmer switch to turn the lights down low. You also needed some records that would show off the utter aural magnificence of your top-of-the-line hi-fi, and that’s where arranger, composer and bandleader Bob Thompson came …

LeRoy Neiman, the ‘Salvador Dali of Sports’

Posted on 06/21/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyWhen an ex-GI named LeRoy Neiman was trying to teach himself to paint in the late 1940s by studiously copying prints from books he checked out of the public library, the aspiring artist came to be fascinated with the work of French painter Paul Cézanne, whose daring experiments with color and brushstrokes helped create Modernism. But ultimately, Neiman — who achieved fame with riotously colorful portraits of athletes and sporting events — instead came to emulate another less lofty artist. …