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35 minutes ago, Shankopotamus said:

Stan Mikita, NHL hockey player and Waynes World donut shop owner.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/stan-mikita-led-blackhawks-1961-210419032.html

i'm not a big hockey guy, only really paid attention to it during the Numbah Fo-ah Bobby O-ah Bruins Era when i was a teenager but, from that, Stan Mikita will always be my image of the perfect centerman. RIP -

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Bob Silman- NYC engineer who saved Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and countless other seemingly impossible projects in and around NYC. I feel like I worked with his firm once a long time ago, or maybe took a class from him in gradschool... a real legend in NYC, and hopefully beyond. RIP. 

from the NYC article, about Fallingwater:

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But it was in rural Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh, that Mr. Silman earned a national reputation. There, Wright designed Fallingwater, one of the most breathtaking houses of the 20th century, for the Pittsburgh merchant Edgar J. Kaufmann and his wife, Liliane.

Fallingwater seems to erupt from the forest around it, with terraced slabs jutting up to 14½ feet — seemingly without support — over a waterfall in the Bear Run creek. The daring cantilevered design conferred celebrity status on Wright after its completion in 1937.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, southeast of Pittsburgh. Mr. Sillman was ultimately called in to prevent the home’s cantilevered reinforced concrete balconies from collapsing, employing what was called an “elegant” solution.CreditTory Struck/Silman

Even before that, however, Kaufmann wondered whether Wright had specified enough steel reinforcing bars in the concrete beams of the main cantilever. Wright resented the questioning, but Kaufmann saw to it that extra reinforcing bars were installed anyway.

Ultimately, that precaution was not enough. “In the mid-1990s we heard from an engineering student that his research showed Fallingwater might be in structural trouble,” Lynda S. Waggoner, the director emerita of Fallingwater, said in an email on Monday.

“According to his calculations, the cantilevers were under-engineered and in danger of failure,” she continued. Ms. Waggoner telephoned Mr. Silman. “After what seemed like minutes but was likely seconds, he responded, ‘I will have someone down there this week.’ ”

By then, one cantilevered slab was tilting about seven inches downwardfrom its original position, a condition known as deflection. Mr. Silman persuaded Fallingwater’s owner, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, to erect temporary steel shoring under the slab. In 2001, flagstone flooring and built-in furniture was removed from the slab to expose the concrete beams and perpendicular joists below.

Five cables — made of as many as 13 half-inch-diameter steel strands — were placed alongside three major beams, like tendons and bone, with six smaller cables placed alongside the joists. This steel network was anchored to the existing concrete piers under the house, then tautened to restore structural integrity to the cracked beams. (The operation has been likened to orthodontics.)

“Bob’s solution to the faltering cantilevers was elegant,” Ms. Waggoner said. “It preserved the material integrity of the building and minimized any incidental damage while preventing future deflections.”

The project, lasting six months, “ensured Fallingwater’s ability to continue to amaze visitors from the world over for generations to come,” she said.

 

 

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1 hour ago, El Floppo said:

Bob Silman- NYC engineer who saved Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and countless other seemingly impossible projects in and around NYC. I feel like I worked with his firm once a long time ago, or maybe took a class from him in gradschool... a real legend in NYC, and hopefully beyond. RIP. 

from the NYC article, about Fallingwater:

 

Wow, never heard of that.  I have a beautiful lithograph of FW in my home office.

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3 hours ago, Epic Problem said:

RIP 

And just yesterday I heard on the news that the reports of her being "gravely ill" were not correct and that she was alert, laughing and joking with family, etc.  Maybe she was just getting what she could in before it was her time....

RIP indeed...

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3 hours ago, [scooter] said:

 

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“American history wells up when Aretha sings. That’s why, when she sits down at a piano and sings ‘A Natural Woman,’ she can move me to tears—the same way that Ray Charles’s version of ‘America the Beautiful’ will always be in my view the most patriotic piece of music ever performed—because it captures the fullness of the American experience, the view from the bottom as well as the top, the good and the bad, and the possibility of synthesis, reconciliation, transcendence.” -Barack Obama, 2015

 

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14 minutes ago, Mrs. Rannous said:

I've also seen a lot of the Blues Brothers clip.  That performance was just so alive and fun.

"...you two are gonna walk right out that door... without your dry, white toast... without your four fried chickens... and without Matt ''Guitar'' Murphy!"

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2 hours ago, Mr. Ected said:

Probably the most played clip today. Just WOW.

Think Carole King was having fun? ;)

Saw that performance “live” when it first aired on CBS. Made me misty then (especially Carol King’s heartfelt and overwhelmed response to the surprise and honor of Aretha being there to sing for Carol). Makes me even more misty to watch it now. 

 

That is the very heart of why music is the most amazing art form known to man. All the senses, plus emotion, wrapped together in one and, sometimes, a truly magical moment like that performance makes you believe we’re all one in the universe. 

 

RIP Aretha. 

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On 8/16/2018 at 11:24 AM, [scooter] said:

The Queen passed while i was offline on summer vaca so i didnt respond here. Thx for this, a transcendent moment which i'm glad to have replace her "My count.........ry 'tis of thee" @ Obama's inauguration as my last video clip memory of her.

I love to sing, live to sing really. The greatest compliment i can give Aretha Franklin is that, unlike w Stevie, Marvin, Satchmo, Pavarotti even, i NEVER sang along when Aretha was doing her thing. Just listened. Rest in peace, beautiful darling

Speaking of Pavarotti, i linked this not long ago in this forum. Astounding.

 

 

 

On 8/26/2018 at 11:58 AM, badmojo1006 said:

Making people laugh with spoken word is harder than brain surgery or hitting a slider or just about anything i can think of. The greatest thrill of my life was watching an audience turn the corner & laugh along with the comic characters in my single, humble offering in this realm. No one did this monstrously difficult thing more joyfully nor voluminously than Doc Simon and everyone who has done so since owes him a debt as great as to Shakespeare.  RIP -

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