(1919 – 2014)
An extraordinary man.
A wonderful life.
A powerful message.
An unwavering commitment.
It’s 1:03 am PST.
I was just about to turn in for the night and go to bed when I saw the sad news that Pete Seeger had passed away. He was 94.
Wow, what a life.
Please do yourself a favor, where ever you are. No matter what your political beliefs. No matter whether or not you know this man’s name or not, or understood what songs he sang or what he stood for.
We owe him a moment of our time today, and I beg you to give it to him. Take a few minutes to learn something about him, or listen to one of his songs (Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, Turn, Turn, Turn, We Shall Overcome, to name a few), or watch a video on YouTube and learn more about the things he believed in.
I can’t imagine a man who lived as full a life as Pete Seeger. I can’t envision a greater joy than giving and sharing his soul, as he did for nearly a century. I can’t fathom that on the very night after the evening that was to honor music, one of the pioneers of American music and spirit is no longer with us.
This land is your land, Pete Seeger. This land is my land, too.
Thanks to you and your music, this land was made for you and me. [See Footnote]
Juanita Moore died a few days ago.
If you don’t know that name, you’re not alone. I didn’t know it either.
But I do remember her most memorable film role, in what was (and remains) one of the most groundbreaking movies ever made. The name of that film is Imitation of Life.
This movie has special meaning to me, because it was one of my mother’s favorite films. We watched it together when I was young, and it made quite an impression. This isn’t to say it’s a movie for children. It’s not. In fact, it’s a very sad and troubling movie, which was way ahead of its time.
This part of the calendar hasn’t been kind to poker writers in recent years.
Two years ago, we lost Barry Tanenbaum. He was best-known as a Limit Hold’em specialist who not only wrote authoritatively about the game, but also played full-time for a living, mostly at the Bellagio, winning consistently over many years. SEE MY VIDEO TRIBUTE TO BARRY HERE
Then, last year at about this same time, Lou Kreiger passed away. Lou wrote a total of seven books on poker strategy, and was one of Card Player magazine’s most prolific contributors for nearly two decades. READ A REMEMBRANCE OF LOU HERE
Only yesterday did I learn of the very recent death of another fine writer and friend — Michael Cappelletti. He passed away on November 14th.
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I’ve just learned some very sad news. Michael “Little Man” Sica has passed away.
Sica may have been known as “Little Man” a nickname given for his smallish stature. But he was a giant of joy and one of the funnest and most decent people I’ve ever met in poker.
He lived in northern New Jersey and was a popular player in East Coast poker rooms and at major poker events over the past twenty years. I’ve seen him many times at WSOP Circuit events in Atlantic City. He also played at the WSOP in Las Vegas every year. SEE MIKE SICA’S WSOP RECORD HERE
I’ve enjoyed many meals and many laughs with Sica over the years. During all those times, I don’t remember him ever saying a bad word about anyone. He was full of smiles and good cheer, no matter what happened at the poker table. I hope he’s remembered for his positive attitude, because we need more of that, and more people like him.