Meet Roxanne Walker…The South Carolina Broadcasters Association named Roxanne Radio Personality of the Year in 2002. She has been honored for her political opinion commentary by the Greenville Chapter of Women in Communications.
Roxanne resides in Taylors, SC with her husband Alan and the best dog in the world Allie.
The man who taught me the power and meaning of unconditional love has died. Bodo Clifford Wieringa passed away on May 3rd. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/greenvilleonline/obituary.aspx?n=bodo-wieringa&pid=174779874&fhid=5704 I hadn’t seen Clifford in years but I will never forget him. Clifford and his wife Resi were foster parents to many children over the years. I met the Wieringa’s when I was serving as a volunteer guardian ad litem for an especially difficult child.
The distinctive opening notes to the Carole King song “So Far Away,” send a wave of memories flowing over me recently at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York. We were watching “Beautiful the Carole King musical. The Broadway musical tells the story of Carole King’s songwriting career which began when she was just 16 years old. King skipped a couple of grades in high school and was a college student when she began pitching songs. As a pianist she had musical chops and creating the music was never an issue, she needed help with lyrics and that’s where Gerry Goffin her first husband comes in. He was the lyrical man, one of their first big hits with the Drifters was “Some Kind of Wonderful.” Music empresario Don Kirshner pairs the two and when Carole becomes pregnant they get married. While King and Goffin were cranking out hits like “The Locomotion” sung by their babysitter, Little Eva, their friends and songwriting competitors Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil were dreaming up iconic songs like, “On Broadway,” and “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.” The two couples while competitive also became good friends. The play provides insight into Carole and Gerry’s difficult marriage and her insecurities as well as the story behind some of their songs including “Up on the Roof” and “You’ve Got A Friend.”
I’m trying to finish Dick Cheney’s interview in this month’s Playboy but can only read short bits at a time before my blood pressure begins to rise and a torrent of profanity spews from my lips. This “so called” interview, is really a diatribe with soft ball questions from Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen. Cheney fields cream puffs like “You played a central role (Cheney helped write it) in the development of Bush’s energy policy. How would you characterize the Obama administration’s record in that area?” Cheney lies his ass off about everything and Rosen questions nothing. I find it incomprehensible that this war criminal who set up subsidies for big oil behind closed doors, violated the Geneva Convention’s ban on torture and lies about it, has the audacity to inflict his views on the American public at all for any reason.