18 June 2013
JoneZen just dropped me a note with great news!
Hey Kim...thought I would share some exciting news with you. I was just nominated for the Los Angeles Music Awards in two categories...Best Hip Hop...and Best Social Media. Very exciting! Thanks for helping me out with the posts and stuff. Ill be sending you more stuff as it comes out. Hope you're well..
Laura Rain and the Caesars are a powerhouse Soul, Blues, and R&B quartet, fronted by the dynamic, soul fire, Laura Rain. Ms. Rain has cut her teeth in the trenches of the Motor City, and Los Angeles for well over a decade. Collaboratively formed in 2012, with producer, and guitarist George Friend; the Caesars blindside you with an electrified spin on vintage soul...they've got MY VOTE!!
OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Federal agents revived the hunt for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa on Monday, digging around in a suburban Detroit field where a reputed Mafia captain says the Teamsters boss' body was buried.
Authorities used excavation equipment to root around in the Oakland Township property, about 25 miles north of Detroit. The FBI halted the search for the day at about 7 p.m., and planned to resume their efforts on Tuesday.
Robert Foley, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, made a few brief comments during a news conference about the latest search for union leader who went missing in 1975. He said the warrant to search the property was sealed, and that authorities wouldn't be disclosing the details of what they were seeking.
Foley didn't mention the name of Tony Zerilli, the reputed Mafia captain who told Detroit TV station WDIV in February that he knew where Hoffa was buried. Zerilli, who promoting a book, "Hoffa Found," said the FBI had enough information for a search warrant to dig at the site, and that he had answered every question from agents and prosecutors.
Zerilli's lawyer, David Chasnick, said his client was "thrilled" that investigators were acting on the information. "Hoffa's body is somewhere in that field, no doubt about it," Chasnick said. He said his client wasn't making any public comments. Chesnick said Zerilli told him there used to be a barn in the field, and that Hoffa's body was buried beneath a concrete slab inside the barn.
OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, MI - JUNE 17: FBI agents direct a vehicle carrying digging machinery to a field to dig for the possible remains of former Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa June 17, 2013 in Oakland Township, Michigan. The agents were acting on a tip provided by Tony Zerilli, 85, a former mobster, who was released from prison in 2008. Hoffa, who had reported ties to organized crime, went missing in July of 1975.
OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, MI - JUNE 17: FBI agents search a field outside Detroit for the alleged remains of former Teamsters' union president Jimmy Hoffa June 17, 2013 in Oakland Township, Michigan. The agents were acting on a tip provided by Tony Zerilli, 85, a former mobster, who was released from prison in 2008. Hoffa, who had reported ties to organized crime, went missing in July of 1975.
It’s been almost 40 years since ex-Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. Now, a tip has police moving to dig under a Michigan driveway.
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17 June 2013
See Bobby's Career on Artist/Direct
Bobby Basachi aka Bobby East is an incredible guitar player in every style. Bobby won the Detroit Music Awards for best guitarist so many times they had to remove him from the category...Now that just aint right...LOL
Bobby has played with the best. He also played bass with Kid Rock in 2004 and replaced Kenny Olson on lead guitar in 2005.
Bobby has been a dear friend for years. He is Godzilla on guitar...he can scream anytime he wants to.
Detroit Dragway was a quarter mile long drag strip located in Brownstown Charter Township, Michigan on the corner of Sibley and Dix.
It opened in 1959 by Gil Kohn and the track became sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association in 1959. The "Dirty D" as it was also known was the host of the 1959 and 1960 U.S Nationals.
The track opened in 1959 and closed in 1998. In 1959 and 1960 the track hosted The U.S. Nationals. The U.S. Nationals were moved to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in 1961. The national event is still held there today.
Gil Kohn and promoter Ben Christ came up with the radio commercial "Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!" . This ad is used to promote events to this day. Voiced by the amazing Rube Weiss of Detroit's Soupy Sales and Johnny Gingers' shows.
The Summer Nationals of 1978 set the largest amount in prize money ever awarded at the track of $40,000. A typical weekend crowd was around 30,000 spectators. The track went downhill starting in the 1980s.
In 1991 the weekend spectator turnout was around 500. The track was to be renovated with a multi-million dollar deal in 1994. Local politics never gave the track a chance to do so. The last year for the track was 1998.
"Big Daddy" Don Garlitz
Legends of Detroit Shirley Muldowney was known as the “first lady” of drag racing.
Shirley at age 16 never even knew how to drive a car. At age 18 she had learned how to drive from her husband, Jack Muldowney, and then appeared in her very first race in 1958.
Muldowney got her NHRA license in 1965. Muldowney made a change in classes she ran and jumped from dragsters to funny cars. She purchased her funny car from the legendary Connie Kalitta. From 1972 to 1977, Muldowney teamed up with Connie Kalitta.
Connie Kalitta was nicknamed the "Bounty Hunter". National Hot Rod Association Top 50 Drivers list Connie "The Bounty Hunter" Kalitta was ranked #21. Kalitta won 10 NHRA national events. Kalitta appeared in 22 finals.
Kalitta recorded a personal best pass of 4.58 @ 314 mph in 1999. Kalitta no longer drives, but is still very much involved in running Kalitta Motorsports which is based out of Ypsilanti, Michigan.
All the big time names were great, but it was all the small guys that made Detroit Dragway what it was.
15 June 2013
I just caught up on Seasons 4, 5, and 6 of Madmen...After the Sopranos ended so abruptly.. I was feeling adrift with no "show" to look forward to. Then Madmen appeared and I was addicted from day 1. It is a twisted type show with many unusual plot turns.. But it is riveting...
Mad Men is an American television period drama series created and produced by Matthew Weiner. The series premiered on July 19, 2007, on the American cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. The series sixth season, premiered on April 7, 2013.
Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later at the newly created firm Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (later Sterling Cooper & Partners).
According to the show's pilot, the phrase "Mad Men" was a slang term coined in the 1950s by advertisers working on Madison Avenue to refer to themselves. The focal point of the series is Don Draper (Jon Hamm), creative director at Sterling Cooper and the people in his life, both in and out of the office.
The plot focuses on the business of the agencies as well as the personal lives of the characters, regularly depicting the changing moods and social mores of the United States in the 1960s.
Jon Hamm/Don Draper Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/AMC
Mad Men has received 15 Emmy awards, including the award for Outstanding Drama Series in each of its first four seasons. Weiner — who is also Mad Men's head writer and an executive producer — was previously a writer for The Sopranos.
"Here was someone [Weiner] who had written a story about advertising in the 1960s, and was looking at recent American history through that prism." Weiner set the pilot script aside for the next seven years — during which time neither HBO nor Showtime expressed interest in the project—until The Sopranos was completing its final season and cable network AMC happened to be in the market for new programming.
"The network was looking for distinction in launching its first original series," according to AMC Networks president Ed Carroll, "and we took a bet that quality would win out over formulaic mass appeal...it certainly did just that...
14 June 2013
13 June 2013
NASCAR driver Jason Leffler
By Dave Warner
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died from injuries suffered when his car slammed into the wall of a dirt raceway in New Jersey, state police said.
The crash occurred during a race at the Bridgeport Speedway in Logan township in southern New Jersey, near Philadelphia, state police spokesman Sergeant Adam Grossman said.
Leffler, 37, of Huntersville, North Carolina, was rushed to the Crozier Hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead at 9:02 p.m., police said.
The raceway calls itself the "Fastest Dirt Track in the East." It consists of a spacious 5/8-mile high-banked dirt oval, where average speeds reach well over 100 miles per hour, according to the track's website.
Leffler was a two-time winner of the Nationwide Series. He had been racing for over a decade, with experience in so-called midget race cars as well as the Indianapolis 500, where he placed 17th in 2000, his website noted.
New Jersey State Police said in a Twitter posting that the accident was under investigation.
"NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Leffler who passed away earlier this evening," the organization said in a Twitter posting. "For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed."
(Additional reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Tim Gaynor and Peter Cooney)