Remembering Minnie Riperton

by M.C. Antil on July 12, 2014

Tonight in Los Angeles a handful of musicians will perform a tribute concert to the late Minnie Riperton, who died of breast cancer on this day 35 years ago. To most, Riperton was simply the one-hit wonder who in 1975 hit #1 on the pop charts with the self-penned “Lovin’ You” – which, much like […]


At long last, here it is: the final installment on my list of the most over-looked, poorly reported and/or under-appreciated deaths of 2012.  And of all those who we lost this past year, these five lives are five I felt strongest about making sure to include, as they either touched me personally, were the greatest at what […]


As I continued piecing together the stories behind this list of 40 people who died this past year, whose lives and impact were under-appreciated or mis-represented by many in the media, one thing became clear.  The deeper into the list I got, the harder it became to distill the legacies into two hundred or so words.  […]


In advance of the final part of my four-part list of some of the most overlooked or under-reported deaths of 2012, please enjoy some more of the varied and often esoteric names, faces and characters who left us in 2012, any number of whom may have touched your life and somehow escaped your notice. Widow of the […]


Below, please enjoy part three of my four part tribute to those we lost this year whose deaths and legacies were largely overlooked, or at least under-reported, by the mainstream media. 21.  Helen Gurley Brown In one sense she was just like so many others girls her age.  Born in Arkansas in the 20s; raised […]


You won’t find people like Charles Durning, Levon Helm, or for that matter even Fern Parsons, as they’ll most likely show up in Parts III or IV of my “most overlooked deaths of 2012,” which I should have posted in a week or so.  But below, in advance of that, are some of the more noteworthy film […]


This list could have been even longer, but here’s part one of my four-part list covering some of the many people whose passing this year, whose lives, and whose legacies, were given far too short a shrift by far too many in the mainstream media. 40. David N. Martin It remains the single most iconic and successful tourist and travel […]


Happy 70th Mr. Hendrix

by M.C. Antil on November 27, 2012

I just heard that guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, had he lived, would have turned 70 years old today. Wow. Jimi Hendrix, the lord and high master of the bent guitar string and all things heavy as a creaky, thinning-on-top, shriking 70 year old in need of, most likely, reading glasses, a hearing aid and — who knows […]


A New York Moment Revisited

by M.C. Antil on November 10, 2012

It was 1984, or maybe ‘85.  A friend of mine and I were in Manhattan, staying at the Hilton on Sixth Ave in the heart of Midtown.  At the time she’d been hosting an afternoon talk and call-in show on the local PBS affiliate in my old hometown of Syracuse, New York and was flown […]

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Andy Williams’ Finest Moment — One Humble Opinion

by M.C. Antil on September 28, 2012

To most, Andy Williams will always be the guy who somehow managed to pilfer Moon River right out from under the noses of Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer and Audrey Hepburn and make it his own. To others, he will be the voice behind the Andy Williams Christmas Album, one of the iconic slices of Sixties […]