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Monday, August 29, 2016

RIP Gene Wilder

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 2:18 PM

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"Nowhere special. I always wanted to go there."

This year has been a terrible one when it comes to the deaths of beloved actors, musicians, writers and athletes that shaped our lives. David Bowie, Ali, Prince, Alan Rickman, Harper Lee, Phife Dawg, Garry Shandling, Michelle McNamara, Anton Yelchin, Elie Wiesel, Michael Cimino, Garry Marshall and Kenny Baker are just a few to have left us already.  
Today brought the passing of another legend, Mr. Gene Wilder. He passed away in his Stamford, Connecticut home from complications related to Alzheimer's Disease. He died holding the hands of his family as Ella Fitzgerald sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in the background. 
With films like "Young Frankenstein," "Blazing Saddles," "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "The Producers" and all of his work with Richard Pryor, Wilder created laughter like most people create oxygen. Hopefuly he is with Gilda now. 
The Source gives his family our love in this terrible time. 

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Bill Cosby has been formally charged with sexual assault.

Posted By on Sun, Jan 3, 2016 at 2:46 PM

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The time has come. No more innuendo or jokes or innocent until proven guilty handoffs. Bill Cosby has been charged with aggravated indecent assault for his drugging and raping of a former Temple University employee that rejected his sexual advances. He was charged, booked and bail was set at a million dollars (which he had already arranged payment of). There were only days left until the statute of limitations on this crime would have been up, just as they expired for some of the dozens of other women who have come forward about their own drugging and raping. While in some outlandish bizarro world, this could be some conspiracy to bring down someone who hasn't been relevant in over a decade, but the stories of these women are all so similar and horrifically told, one can't help but wonder what would be in it for anyone to lie about such terrible things. While it is true that we are all innocent until proven guilty, it is hard to find any innocence in Cosby. 
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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Get Pumped for the Final Four: Michael Jordan UNC Mixtape

Remember MJ's game-winning shot in 1982?

Posted By on Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Dope. Enjoy the final four y'all.

You need to use a flashplayer enabled browser in order to view this video

Where is everyone watching today's games?


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Monday, March 26, 2012

Boondocks is Gone Bust: You'll have to find somewhere else to grind

Boondocks announces that it will close March 31.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 4:18 PM

BoondockBoondocks is no mas, at least come the end of the month.

Everyone's favorite place to recreate MTV Spring Break will be closing March 31.

From the "Blackout Party" to the "Showgirls, no cover" events to the multiple spats of violence that culminated in a stabbing a last month, the excitement seems to have been too much for owner Howie Long, who has acknowledged the bar's shady reputation.

Check back soon for more details as we'll try to get Mr. Long on the phone for more info.


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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Local theatre director dies suddenly

Local theater director Pat Kmiec passes away unexpectedly.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Local theater director Pat Kmiec died overnight of an apparent heart attack, said friends Thursday morning.

Kmiec was directing Second Street Theater's production of Gina Galdi and Guest, which was to run for one month beginning Feb. 17. He was also set to direct And a Child Shall Lead for Bend Experimental Art Theatre. That show was set to run from May 10 through May 13.

Please check back for further information, which the Source will post as it becomes available.


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Friday, October 28, 2011

Who? Bend's favorite spotted owl died today, aged 26

Goodbye, Polka.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 12:02 AM

Polka was old for a Northern Spotted Owl. He died today at age 26 (likely from heartache, as his partner, Dot, died last year). Spotted owls typically don't make it much past 16 years of age.

The owls served an important role in their wildlife habitat at the High Desert Museum as their owlings went on to do great things. Some of Polka's offspring were released into the wild while others were sent to a breeding center in British Columbia. Polka was discovered in 1986 by a biologist studying in Corvallis and  by 2000 Polka was calling the HDM home.

According to a HDM press release, Polka and Dot were the nation's only captive breeding pair of Northern Spotted Owls, a threatened species.

You will be missed, Polka.


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Monday, March 14, 2011

Owsley Stanley, the Acid King, Passes on

Owsley Stanley, one of the godfathers of LSD, passed away.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 11:49 PM

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It’s one of those six degrees of separation things.

Reading the obit of Augustus Owsley Stanley III, I immediately flashed back (bad pun) to the sixties, life in Berkeley, Owsley as the world’s leading manufacturer of LSD and some connection to him I couldn’t quite put my finger on.

Trying to come up the connection, I recalled that without Owsley there would not have been Tom Wolfe’s Electric Cool-Aid Acid Test, Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze,” The Grateful Dead’s “Alice D Millionaire” or the aptly named rock group-Blue Cheer. Owsley was, and remained to his death, a legend in hipster circles. He was also, during my Bay Area years, a wanted man.

Thinking about him as a fugitive, I remembered my connection. I knew a major “chemist” of the era not because of his acid production, but as the inventor of a machine that could blow down into jackets and sleeping bags.


 

Before this chemist/inventor came along, sleeping bags and down jackets were filled by hand. With the machine, a set amount of down was easily blown into a jacket or bag’s baffles.

The chemist/inventor was one strange cat going by several aliases and disappearing from the Berkeley outdoor gear-making scene from time to time when word got around that the Feds were looking for him.

To make sure I had the right guy, I contacted an old friend from my down-filling days and asking him if our chemist/inventor was indeed an Owsley sidekick.

He e-mailed back: “He was indeed a confidant and had cooked with Owsley. When Owsley had to go underground, he kept in touch with him. He ended up being shot in the early ‘90s by the estranged husband of a woman he was involved with.”

There’s a book in there somewhere.

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