Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fond Farewell - James Van Doren (1939-2011)

James Van Doren, designer of the popular skateboard shoe company, Vans, died from cancer on October 12. In 1966, James started the Van Doren Rubber Company in Anaheim, California which made rubber-soled canvas shoes. James ran the company from 1976 to 1984 and helped to innovate the special clingy sole that made the shoe popular with the skateboard culture. The popularity of the shoe was furthered by the film "Fast Times at Ridgemont High". In the film, Jeff Spicoli, the main character, a wise-cracking, slacker, wears checkerboard Vans slip-ons. James Van Doren was 72.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fond Farewell - Heavy D (1967 - 2011)

Jamaican-born Hip-Hop artist, Heavy D, who called himself the "overweight lover", has died due to respiratory problems. Although Heavy D was one of the top rap stars during the 1980's, with 3 platinum records in the US, his career spanned 25 years in rap, record producing, acting and singing. He worked with both Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, and sang the theme songs for the television shows "In Living Color" and "MADtv." Heavy D was only 44 years old.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fond Farewell - Joe Frazier (1944-2011)

American Boxing legend Joe Frazier has died from liver cancer. "Smokin' Joe" won 32 out of 37 fights during his boxing career, 27 of which were Knock Outs. In 1996, he wrote an autobiography called "Smokin' Joe: The Autobiography of a Heavyweight Champion of the World, Smokin' Joe Frazier". In recent years until 2009, Mr. Frazier owned a boxing gym where he trained young boxers. Former rival, Muhummad Ali upon hearing of his death said - "The world has lost a great champion. I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration."

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fond Farewell - Andy Rooney (1919-2011)

New York native, Andy Rooney has died at age 92. Mr. Rooney's 62-year-long career spanned roles as a reporter, writer, and producer. Andy Rooney never shied away from sharing his heart spoken opinions on controversial topics and he never pulled a punch. He even received three Emmy Awards for his commentaries. His clarity of vision was the mainstay of his 33-year-long career on the popular news series, "60 Minutes." He received a Lifetime Achievement award in 2003.

Below, Andy Rooney speaks on modern art. He has proven to us that he has earned the right to his confidence and bravado. Andy Rooney died Friday night at New York hospital after complications from minor surgery.