Friday, June 3, 2016

Muhammad Ali

Born Cassius Clay, Mohammad Ali is widely considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers in the history of the sport.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee
That motto described Mohammad Ali
Though George sold more grills,
Ali gave more thrills.
Death caught him, even though he was deadly.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Doris Roberts

Doris Roberts had a long and successful career on the screen and on stage.  But she will forever be known as the doting, if not suffocating, mother of Ray Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond."  She died in her sleep at age 90.

As Marie she'd always make your day
In a loving yet condescending way
making Deb and Frank squirm
And Robert feel like a worm
Because her favorite one was always Ray.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prince Rogers Nelson

Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis and spent most of his life there building a career and sound that was distinctive and influential.  In 2014 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in.  His success reached beyond musical hits like "Raspberry Beret," "Purple Rain," "1999," and "When Doves Cry."  The movie "Purple Rain" received many accolades for its groundbreaking work on the screen.

Many saw this nameless musician quite vain
But his symbolic artistry was anything but plain
So while his guitar and fans weep
And his royal body falls asleep
Will this downturn finally end his purple reign?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey was a founding member of the Eagles, a rock/pop/country band that survived for decades.  He played guitar and sang lead on many of their greatest hits. Some of his best known songs are "Hotel California," "Tequila Sunrise," and "Take it Easy."  He died at the age of 67.

As an Eagle Glenn sure could fly high
soaring now to the sweet bye and bye
For Frey has finally checked out
Escaping California, no doubt
We only pray that in leaving he does not fry.

Monday, January 11, 2016

David Bowie

David Bowie died after a long battle with cancer.  He was one of few musicians that could stay relevant in the pop music world for decades, ever changing his persona and style.  He was often seen as an outsider that fought for the underdogs in life.

Wondering if David was strange from birth
Hard to find a space cadet with anymore worth
He was a big fan of ch-ch-change
And in appearance, what a range
But in the end, he finally fell to Earth.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra was a Hall of Fame catcher who played for the New York Yankees from 1946 to 1963. He also managed both the NY Yankees and the NY Mets during the 60s, 70s, and 80s.  He was known as much for his "Yogi-isms," great colorful one-liners, as for his stellar play on the field.  He was beloved well beyond the range of New York Yankee fans.

Yogi Berra sure knew how to score
With his bat or his mouth he'd never bore
Some thought him full of bull
But he made Baseball Heaven so full
Cause nobody goes there any more

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dick Van Patten

Dick Van Patten was an actor best known for his role as Tom Bradford on the television comedy-drama Eight Is Enough.

Van Patten starred in lots of stuff
From movie bad guy to TV cream puff
Don't shed your tears
When it comes to years
For Dick we know 86 was enough

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Don Featherstone

Artist Don Featherstone is best known as the creator of the pink flamingo lawn ornament. Featherstone, who had 57 flamingos in his back yard, once explained, "We sold people tropical elegance in a box for less than $10. Before that, only the wealthy could afford to have bad taste,"

Don Featherstone was not just some schmoe.
He popularized the flamingo.
They might have been tacky,
or maybe just wacky,
but they're still above, and him below.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Hermann Zapf

Hermann Zapf was a German typeface designer, best known as the creator of Optima, Palatino and Zapf Dingbats.

Hermann Zapf designed some great fonts.
Palatino met our reading wants.
His collection of dingbats
were just right for cool cats.
So goodbye, and %^&!. ¡ ¢ £ ¤ ¥ ¦ § ¨ © ยช « ¬.

Friday, May 15, 2015

B.B. King

Riley B. (B.B) King was an American blues guitar player, winner of 16 Grammy awards, inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Blues Halls of Fame. His Gibson guitar "Lucille" is as famous as he is and he is credited with influencing many artists including Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

B.B. King was a blues guitaring icon
His licks that were as smooth as Teflon
From Memphis' Beale
He caressed Lucille
It's sad because now the thrill is gone.

Mort Reimer added: 

His fluid licks ruled, all agree.
With Lucille his spirit ran free.
The king of the blues
has paid his last dues.
The thrill is gone, and so is he.