Fourth Installment of Frank Kresen’s Biography of John Stewart

Here is the next installment of Frank Kresen’s biography of John Stewart. John Stewart 4th Installment Ch 1 and previous installments if you missed them: Prelude: Flashback and Foreshadow Introduction: “On Becoming a Household Name” — or, “One Amp Short” Johnny They Hardly Knew Ye by Frank Kresen

Remembering Bob Reichenbach, The Friend of a Lifetime (1948-2013)

Yesterday the news came from Nicole Reichenbach that her father and my great and true friend Bob Reichenbach died on December 10th from complications from the stomach cancer he’d been fighting with incredible grace and courage for the last year.  I knew this was coming — but it has come too soon, and too unfairly.

A warrior-poet who honored his enemy, fallen and forgotten in Mindanao in 1913, remembered a century after his death

Those fallen in battle on either side of a conflict always have a story, and most of those stories are quickly lost and soon forgotten.  One story worth remembering of a hero who understood and honored his enemy is that of Lt. Ernest H. Johnson, a Nebraska volunteer who, like many American adventurers at the turn

What Steve Jobs had to say about death…..

From Steve Jobs 2005 Commencement Address at Stanford:   My third story is about death. When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33

Life is Cruel; Seve Ballesteros is Dead at 54

Celebrity deaths happen – we read about them every day. So why is it that some truly hurt, while others don’t? One that truly hurts me just happened — Seve Ballesteros, the Spanish golfer, has died at 54 from a brain tumor that he had been battling for more than two years. Seve was an

Pacquiao-Margarito: What We Can Learn From The Humility, Empathy, and Grace of Manny Pacquiao

Another Pacquiao fight — another drubbing of a much larger opponent, and Pacquiao’s legend as a boxer grows. But the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito produced not just a memorable pay-per-view experience worth every penny of the $64.95 it cost — it produced, for this observer at least, moments of clarity that helped

Freedom and Jeff: A Story That Truly Inspires

I just came across the story of Freedom, a bald eagle, and Jeff, a cancer survivor. I checked it out on Snopes because it’s the kind of thing that is so fantastic it might be the stuff of urban legend — but it’s not myth, it’s true — the story of an extraordinary friendship between

John Wooden On Success

Today’s is Final Four weekend, so perhaps it’s not entirely random that I came across a terrific interview by John Wooden, the Wizard of Westwood who led UCLA to unequaled success back during my formative years. I have always been intrigued by Wooden — such genius yet such balance, and humanity. The talk I found

Unforgettable: Death of Princess Diana

I was living and working in the Philipppines when Princess Diana died. I was in my apartment at the Hotel Danarra, watching on BBC, when the news broke: