Kobe Bryant RIP

Kobe Bryant RIP
August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020

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Los Angeles International Airport (not my pic)

Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi, and seven other people, including the pilot, were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26, 2020 in Calabasas, California. The cause of the accident is most likely pilot error due to the foggy weather. Reports say they were traveling to a girl’s basketball game in Thousand Oaks when the helicopter crashed.

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Kobe Bryant (age 41) aka “Black Mamba”
(Los Angeles Lakers Retired Numbers 8 and 24)
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Kobe Bryant joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) after high school, and was a Los Angeles Lakers his entire 20 season professional basketball career.
He will be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame posthumously this year.

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Gianna Maria Onore “Gigi” Bryant, Kobe’s 13 year old daughter

Sarah and Payton Chester (mother and daughter)

John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli (father, mother, and daughter)

Christina Mauser (the assistant coach)

Ara Zobayan, the instrument certified helicopter pilot earned his commercial pilot’s license in 2007. He was also a certified flight instructor for instrument instruction.

“May the Four Winds blow them safely home.”
Our deepest condolences to Kobe’s wife, family, friends and fans.
Our deepest condolences to all the victims family and friends.

NOTE: The chance of dying in a helicopter crash
is greatly reduced if you don’t fly in a helicopter.

The helicopter crash site in Calabasas, California:

The Los Angeles Sheriffs Department has been using ATVs and horse mounted officers to protect the site from trophy seekers. The bodies were collected and delivered to the families. The wreckage was mapped by NTSB drones and investigators on the ground, then collected and transported to a yard in Arizona for forensic examination.

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The Kobe Bryant Memorial at LA LIVE and Staples Center (not my pic)

There have been non-stop tributes, vigils, and memorials,
as well as wall-to-wall worldwide media coverage.
The Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday was basically a memorial service.
The entire City of Los Angeles and every Lakers fan have been in mourning all week.
The Los Angeles Kings hockey team and Los Angeles Clippers basketball team have honored him. And there will be another huge tribute at Super Bowl 54 on Sunday too.

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From Kobe’s granitystudios.com webpage

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Music Makin’ Mama from Memphis!

Hank Snow – Music Makin’ Mama from Memphis!

The Canadian country music star who brought you great hits like “I’ve Been Everywhere!”, “The City of New Orleans” and the “Rhumba Boogie”!
(see our previous Blog post I’ve Been Everywhere, Man!)

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Hank Snow, the Singing Ranger

Hank Snow on the Perry Como Show in 1952:

Music Makin’ Mama from Memphis!
by Hank Snow

Listen to a story about a gal I know
She’s my music makin’ mama, I’m her hillbilly beau
She’s sweeter than the music when she tickles the strings
Sweeter than the flowers down in New Orleans
She’s my Music Makin’ Mama from Memphis, Tennessee.

She’ll play a little rhythm, do the boogie up right
A Tennessee polka, maybe blues in the night
Ever’body travels from near and far
To hear her when she picks it on that old guitar
My Music Makin’ Mama from Memphis, Tennessee.

You can hear her in the ev’nin’, when the sun sinks low
A-singin’ and a-pickin on that old banjo
You wanta jive when the words roll out of her mouth
Ever’body’s callin’ her the Queen of the South
She’s my fiddle playin’ mama from Memphis, Tennessee.

You gotta start dancin’ when she gets in the groove
Picks a big bass fiddle or yodels the blues
Plays a downbeat, offbeat, any old beat
A breakdown, a hoedown and does it up neat
She’s my bass pickin’ baby from Memphis, Tennessee.

You can tell when my baby is a-comin’ to town
All the jive-jumpin’ jitterbugs, they gather around
They keep a-yellin’ to my sweetie, now, honey, let’s go
My baby starts pickin’ and a pickin’ down low
My Music Makin’ Mama from Memphis, Tennessee.

She’ll play a little rhythm, do the boogie up right
A Tennessee polka, maybe blues in the night
Ever’body travels from near and far
To hear her when she picks it on that old guitar
My Music Makin’ Mama from Memphis, Tennessee.

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Clarence Eugene “Hank” Snow RIP (May 9, 1944 – December 20, 1999)

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The Hank Snow Hometown Museum
P.O. Box 1419 (148 Bristol Ave), Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada B0T 1K0
(902) 354-4675 or Toll-Free at 1-888-450-5525  info@hanksnow.com

Located on Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore Lighthouse Route,
1 minute off Hwy. 103 at Exit 19 in Liverpool, between Yarmouth & Halifax
(Hank was actually born in Brooklyn in Queens County, just outside Liverpool)

Summer: Open Daily Mid May to Mid October
Monday to Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday: Noon to 5:00pm
Off Season: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, Closed holidays and weekends

Tickets for the 27th Annual Hank Snow Tribute (August 17-20, 2017) on sale now!
Early Bird weekend passes are $60.50, taxes and fees included.
Buy them at ticketpro.ca or call 1-888-311-9090.
Dry RV Camping book through the Hank Snow Home Town Museum
call 1-902-354-4675. The price remains $40/wknd


21-MAR-13: Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool

The Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool – National Mall, Washington D.C.

Washington Monument, Reflecting Pool from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial - Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 Joshua Weisel)

Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial – Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

The Washington Monument is the most prominent structure in Washington, D.C.

The 555-foot, 5-1/8″ marble obelisk was built between 1848 and 1884 as a tribute to George Washington’s military leadership from 1775-1783 during the American Revolution. He led the Continental Army to victory, and then became the nation’s first president under the Constitution.  Construction took place in two major phases, 1848-56, and 1876-84.  The monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885, and officially opened to the public on October 9, 1888. http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc72.htm

The Washington Monument was closed for repairs from damage caused by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake on August 23, 2011, but is now open again!

Washington Monument National Park Homepage: http://www.nps.gov/wamo/index.htm

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