Monday, July 31, 2017

6word Portrait: J.K. Rowling

Wizardly created world wild about Harry.

Born this day in 1965.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

6word Portrait: Buddy Guy

Photo by Seth Arkin, 2017
Chicago's, world's greatest living blues legend.

Born 81 years ago today.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

6word Portrait: Geddy Lee

High-pitched Rush singer, sensational bass player.

Born this day in 1953.

Friday, July 28, 2017

6word Portrait: Mike Bloomfield

Masterful guitarist arose from Chicago 'burbs.

Born this day in 1943 (d. 1981)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

6word Portrait: Norman Lear

Created brilliant sitcoms with social commentary.

Born 95 years ago today.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

6word Portrait: Mick Jagger

Jumpin' Jack Flash gathers no moss.

Born this day in 1943.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

6word Portrait: Walter Payton

Extraordinary Bears rusher was pure 'Sweetness.'

Born this day in 1954 (d. 1999)

Monday, July 24, 2017

6word Portrait: Gus Van Sant

Director made Milk, Good Will Hunting...

Born 65 years ago today.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

6word Portrait: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Intensely versatile character actor; greatly missed. 

Born 50 years ago today (d. 2014)


Saturday, July 22, 2017

6word Portrait: Edward Hopper

Painted the melancholy solitude of life.

Born 135 years ago today (d. 1967)

Friday, July 21, 2017

6word Portrait: Ernest Hemingway

Iceberg theory. Plain sentences. The Hemingway.

Born this day in 1899 (d. 1961)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

6word Portrait: Carlos Santana

Photo by Seth Arkin, 2003
Fused Latin rhythms, rock and roll. 

Born 70 years ago today. 



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

6word Portrait: Brian May

Legendary Queen guitarist also an astrophysicist. 

Born 70 years ago today. 



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

6word Portrait: John Glenn

Fighter pilot, astronaut, senator, American hero.

Born this day in 1921 (d. 2016)

Monday, July 17, 2017

6word Portrait: Lou Boudreau

Indians championship manager/MVP; Cubs radio announcer.

Born 100 years ago today (d. 2001)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

6word Portrait: Ida B. Wells

Journalist, Chicagoan crusaded against racial injustice.

Born 155 years ago today (d. 1931)


Saturday, July 15, 2017

6word Portrait: Linda Ronstadt

'70s female superstar interpreter of song.

Born this day in 1946.

Friday, July 14, 2017

6word Portrait: Woody Guthrie

Inspired good folk across "This Land..."

Born 105 years ago today (d. 1967)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

6word Portrait: Harrison Ford

Han Solo. Indiana Jones. Blade Runner.

Born 75 years ago today.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

6word Portrait: Henry David Thoreau

Transcendentalist espoused "Civil Disobedience;" Waldenesque simplicity.

Born 200 years ago today (d. 1862)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

6word Portrait: Yul Brynner

The Magnificent King of Siam, forever.

Born this day in 1920 (d. 1985)

Monday, July 10, 2017

6word Portrait: Camille Pissarro

Oldest of the Impressionists, became Neo.

Born this day in 1830 (d. 1903)



Sunday, July 9, 2017

6word Portait: Tom Hanks

Genial star still makes a Splash. 

Born this day in 1956.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

6word Portrait: Marty Feldman

Wide-eyed comedian was Igor to please. 

Born this day in 1934 (d. 1982)



Friday, July 7, 2017

6word Portrait: Satchel Paige

Pitched longer, harder, better than anyone.

Born this day in 1906 (d. 1982)



Thursday, July 6, 2017

6word Portrait: Frida Kahlo

Mexican portraitist portrayed her pride, pain.

Born 110 years ago today.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

6word Portrait: Chuck Close

Creates ingenious portraits, long after paralysis.

Born this day in 1940.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

6word Portrait: Ron Kovic

Proud soldier, paralyzed, became anti-war activist.

Born on the 4th of July, 1946

Monday, July 3, 2017

6word Portrait: George M. Cohan

He's a real "Yankee Doodle Dandy."

...even if seemingly not actually born on the 4th of July, per Wikipedia

Born on this day in 1878 (d. 1942)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

6word Portrait: Larry David

Irascible Seinfeld scribe of curbed enthusiasm.

Born 70 years ago today.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

6word Portrait: Debbie Harry

Call her eternally cool (and hot).

Born this day in 1945.