Thu May 1 19:48:37 EDT 2008
Nice to see Dick's mention of Ralph Gleason. I've always felt that we in
the SF Bay Area were very lucky to have him here. He was a close friend of
my Mom's, and we would often attend live music venues with him (including
the first "acid-test" at Longshoreman's Hall here in SF.) Ralph was a great
friend to music and musicians as well as being a gifted writer. Just the
mention of Ralph's name brings back many fond memories (or it could be the
pain pills, oh never mind...) I used to have some great videos of a TV show
that he used to host with many amazing live musical performances. I went
looking for one of those videos the other day, and couldn't find them. I
was looking for a Wes Montgomery performance that I remembered from the
show. As far as I am concerned, no one has ever been able to fill his shoes
at the critic's desk at the Chronicle. Another local critic certainly worth
mentioning though, is Grover Sales, who, sadly, is also no longer with us.
He was another close friend of my mom's for many years, and I can remember
driving to Monterey for the festival in his old 1950's Morgan (you know the
one with the leather belt over the hood.) Grover was another very talented
writer who also had a broad range of musical interests and knowledge. It
seems like every generation has fewer and fewer "giants" in every field of
endeavor that really stand out, but I suspect (and hope) that this is just
the perspective that each generation feels as they get older.
The Jackie Payne-Steve Edmonson Band
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dick Waterman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2008 11:18 AM
Subject: NBC: Journalist stamps
> Some of you might know that I was a newspaperman for some years back in
> the 1950s and early 1960s and I actually rediscovered Son House while on a
> writing assignment for "The National Observer," a Sunday paper owned by
> Dow Jones.
> Anyway, while I have been honored to have friendships with Muddy Waters
> and Son House and B. B. King, it is people that Edward R. Murrow and Ernie
> Pyle and Ralph J. Gleason that taught me to love the printed word.
> The US Postal Service has just issued a set? of "American Journalists"
> stamps that honor Eric Sevareid, John Hersey, George Polk and others.
> I know this has no business on a blues list but I am buzzed with happiness
> that some of my heroes are being recognized. Back in the early 1940s,
> Edward R. Murrow broadcast live from London during the bombing. He brought
> together the brightest minds in radio journalism and they were called
> "Murrow's Boys."
> Sadly, all are gone except for Walter Chronkite and Andy Rooney . . .
> Dick Waterman
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