Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Reads

Obituary: Is this an odd coincidence? The very same day Jefferson Airplane founding member Paul Kantner passed away, original female lead singer Signe Toly Anderson died after having spent her final days in hospice care.

She, too, was 74 like Kantner.

Following news of Anderson's death, the surviving founding members of Jefferson Airplane paid tribute to their one-time singer. "One sweet lady has passed on. I imagine that she and Paul woke up in heaven and said 'Hey what are you doing here? Let's start a band' and no sooner then said Spencer was there joining in!," Marty Balin wrote on Facebook, referring to the band's late drummer Spencer Dryden. "Heartfelt thoughts to all their family and loved ones."

Born in Seattle and raised in Portland, folk singer Signe Toly boarded Jefferson Airplane in the summer of 1965 after being asked to join the band by Balin following a San Francisco performance; soon after she would marry Merry Prankster Jerry Anderson.

Grace Slick joined the band later on.

"The Bathroom Soliloquy." That is a good description of Robert Durst. 48 Hours in this episode has an update on him.

He will be tried for the 2000 murder of Susan Berman this summer, provided he lives long enough.

Cosby is sunk further, no matter what the courts do.

Another obit to note: Michael Fedderson, son of producer Don Fedderson (My Three Sons, Family Affair), but known by his stage name of Mike Minor, died of cancer on January 25.

He was known for his role as Steve Elliott in the 1960s sitcom Petticoat Junction. His character married the character of Betty Jo Bradley, played by the producer and creator's daughter, Linda Kaye Henning, daughter of Paul Henning.

Coincidentally or not, the two of them later married in real life, a sort of match of television royalty.

However, after five years, the marriage went kaput. He had been married before he married Henning, and he married again, this time for good, after he and Henning divorced.

Minor was 75 years old.

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