Tag Archives: Remembrance

Dave Zirin :
SPORT | ‘I Just Wanted to Be Free’: The radical reverberations of Muhammad Ali

He redefined what it meant to be tough and collectivized the very idea of courage. By Dave Zirin | The Rag Blog | June 5, 2016 The reverberations. Not the rumbles, the reverberations. The death of Muhammad Ali will undoubtedly … Continue reading

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Thorne Dreyer :
A tribute to Maggie, my mother

‘Maggie’s absolute freedom, her hospitality, big floppy hats and committed heart put the art scene in Houston on the side of human rights and general soul.’ — Mimi Crossley, Houston Post By Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | May … Continue reading

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Ken Wachsberger :
Joe Grant: Happy birthday and goodbye, friend

Joe Grant, the publisher of ‘Prisoners Digest International,’ was one of the unsung legends of the underground press. By Ken Wachsberger | The Rag Blog | September 23, 2015 It’s always jarring to receive Facebook birthday reminders for friends who … Continue reading

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Hugh Grady and Thorne Dreyer :
METRO | Remembering David MacBryde, philosopher, activist, and friend

A sweet man of peace, The Rag Blog’s David MacBryde passed away in Berlin, Wednesday, September 9. AUSTIN — I lost a dear friend last Wednesday and The Rag Blog lost its “man in Berlin.” David MacBryde, a warm and … Continue reading

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Dick J. Reavis :
Former civil rights activist and political street vendor Charlie Saulsberry is dead at 70

Charlie, who was well-known around the UT campus in late-’60s Austin, ‘was a lefty, but always a heretic.’ By Dick J. Reavis | The Rag Blog | March 22, 2015 Charlie Saulsberry, 70, a familiar figure on the UT-Austin campus … Continue reading

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Mariann G. Wizard :
Richard Lee, 1940-2014: Farewell to an
enemy of the State

‘His life was tempered by his grasp of history, his sense of justice, and his refusal to conform.’ By Mariann G. Wizard | The Rag Blog | March 10, 2015 In writing this remembrance, I had vital assistance from Robert … Continue reading

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Dan and Christy Foster :
METRO | The unforgettable voice of John Clay

John Clay, whose unique musical vision reflected a vicious honesty tempered only by his darkly innocent sense of humor, is dead at 74. By Dan and Christy Foster | The Rag Blog | January 14, 2015 AUSTIN — Austin lost its most … Continue reading

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Harry Hurt III :
Let us now praise famous men: Remembering Mickey Leland, and opening the door to Cuba

My dear friend, the late Houston congressman Mickey Leland, once declared: ‘I am as much a citizen of the world as I am of this country.’ By Harry Hurt III | The Rag Blog | January 7, 2015 “Hello, Harry. … Continue reading

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James McEnteer :
Just passing through

Three human beings, who have given my own life color and joy, are gone now, fallen like leaves from deciduous branches. By James McEnteer | The Rag Blog | November 1, 2014 My brother died last year. He was a … Continue reading

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Bobby Bridger :
My relationship with Rod Kennedy in four acts

Kerrville was a great vision that all of us involved in Texas music shared, but — ironically — one that only someone of Rod’s unique talents as an impresario could actualize. By Bobby Bridger | The Rag Blog | April … Continue reading

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Steve Russell :
Pete Seeger: ‘To Everything, There Is a Season’

Asked by HUAC if he had sung for Communists, Pete replied: ‘I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody.’ By Steve Russell … Continue reading

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