Thursday, November 30, 2017

6word Portrait: Magnus Carlsen

Norwegian World Chess Champion; highest-rated ever. 

Born this day in 1990


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

6word Portrait: Vin Scully

Dulcetly called Dodgers games for decades.

Born 90 years ago today.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

6word Portrait: Jon Stewart

Made acerbic condemnation a Daily Show.

Born 55 years ago today.

Monday, November 27, 2017

6word Portrait: Jimi Hendrix

Lord knows he’s a “Voodoo Child”

Born 75 years ago today (d. 1970)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

6word Portrait: Charles M. Schulz

Peanuts cartoonist observed life through Charlie.

Born 95 years ago today (d. 2000)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

6word Portrait: Joe DiMaggio

Photo by Seth Arkin, 1998
Where have you gone, Yankee Clipper?

Born this day in 1914 (d. 1999)

Friday, November 24, 2017

6word Portrait: Scott Joplin

“The Entertainer” who essentially created ragtime.

Born this day in 1868 (d. 1917)
(Birthdate likely inexact.)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

6word Portrait: Jerry Bock

Composed Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello

Born this day in 1928 (d. 2010)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

6word Portrait: Billie Jean King

A (tennis) champion for gender equality. 

Born this day in 1943.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

6word Portrait: René Magritte

"Ceci n'est pas une pipe." Surrealist. 

Born this day in 1898 (d. 1967)



Seth Saith article

Painting shown: The Treachery of Images (1929) 
French words translate to: This is not a pipe.

Monday, November 20, 2017

6word Portrait: Joe Walsh

Seems to me “Life’s Been Good”

Born 70 years ago today.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

6word Portrait: Savion Glover

Tapmaster brings in da noise, funk.

Born this day in 1973.



Saturday, November 18, 2017

6word Portrait: Alan Shepard

Pioneering astronaut first American in space.

Born this day in 1923 (d. 1998)

Friday, November 17, 2017

6word Portrait: Martin Scorsese

Singularly brilliant director with mob mentality.

Born 75 years ago today.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

6word Portrait: W. C. Handy

Composer, publisher, “Father of the Blues”

Born this day in 1873 (d. 1958)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

6word Portrait: Georgia O’Keeffe

Her floral masterworks represented intimate femininity.

Born 130 years ago today (d. 1986)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

6word Portrait: Claude Monet

Impressionist master painted water lilies, repeatedly.

Born this day in 1840 (d. 1926)

Monday, November 13, 2017

6word Portrait: Buck O’Neil

Negro Leagues icon became museum Monarch.

Born this day in 1911 (d. 2006)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

6word Portrait: Neil Young

Keeps on rockin’ in free world.

Born this day in 1945.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

6word Portrait: Kurt Vonnegut

He survived Slaughterhouse-Five. So it goes. 

Born 95 years ago today. (d. 2007)


Friday, November 10, 2017

6word Portrait: Carol Arkin (a.k.a. Mom)

She has meant everything to me.

Born this day in 1938.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

6word Portrait: Hedy Lamarr

Pretty. Darn smart. Actress. And inventor. 

Born this day in 1914 (d. 2000)



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

6word Portrait: Bonnie Raitt

Rootsy rocker "Something to Talk About."

Born this day in 1949.



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

6word Portrait: Marie Curie

Pioneering radioactivity researcher awarded Nobel twice. 

Born 150 years ago today (d. 1934)


6word Portrait: Albert Camus

This Stranger fought The Plague. Absurdly. 

Born this day in 1913 (d. 1960)


Monday, November 6, 2017

6word Portrait: Pat Tillman

Fought for country, sacrificing football, life. 

Born this day in 1976 (d. 2004)


Sunday, November 5, 2017

6word Portrait: Bill Walton

UCLA icon, NBA champion, devout Deadhead.

Born 65 years ago today.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

6word Portrait: Will Rogers

Never met man he didn't like. 

Born this day in 1879 (d. 1935)



Friday, November 3, 2017

6word Portrait: Colin Kaepernick

Refused to stand for racial injustice.

Born 30 years ago today.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

6word Portrait: Ray Walston

My Favorite Martian; Messrs. Applegate, Hand.

Born this day in 1914 (d. 2001)



6word Portrait: Anthony Kiedis

Lead singer, Red Hot Chili Peppers 

Born 55 years ago today.