Tuesday, December 11, 2007

"(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"

Last December, I wrote a post about "Remembering Otis Redding 39 years after his death in Madison's Lake Monona" that included a few paragraphs about my efforts to take some photographs of the Otis Redding Memorial in the William T. Evjue Rooftop Garden of the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. The post features a couple of photographs and an image of the headline in the December 11, 1967 Wisconsin State Journal, the day after the crash, as well as an imbedded YouTube video of Redding performing "Try a Little Tenderness."

This year, instead of writing another post about the tragedy, I decided to take a different approach and try for a larger audience. Yesterday afternoon, my feature story about Otis Redding was posted on msnbc.com. If you haven't read it yet, click HERE to go to the story. If you're from Madison, you'll probably recognize a couple of names in the story. If you're a member of the Madison Central High School Class of 1965, you may recognize a few more names. But the story isn't really about Madison, it's about Otis Redding -- a terrific singer and songwriter whose music still resonates today.

And now you know at least one of the reasons why I've been too busy to blog.

Remember, however, that I do maintain the alumni obituary archives and add to them daily, if necessary. There are two archives: one for obituaries published after 1990 (obituaries in chronological order) and one for obituaries published prior to 1990. The latter archive is very labor intensive, so there aren't as many posts there. I have, however, added a few new ones in the past couple of weeks, so if you haven't visited this archive recently, you may want to check it out now.

Update: My most trusted advisor just e-mailed me and suggested I clearly identify the members of the Class of 1965 who are featured in my msnbc.com story -- and since I usually heed his advice, here are the names: Ed Nelson and Michael Barr. Michael is also the subject of a wonderful feature story, written by Kristian Knuston, that's currently featured on the Isthmus Daily Page. In that story you'll notice he's referred to by his first name. Don't let the "William" confuse you: This is our Michael Barr.