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Maya Angelou. File photo/Wikimedia.
Brainwashed_In_Church May 29, 2014 at 06:08 pm
Computers and virtual machines can write poetry (and play chess) better than humans can anyway.Read More Poets are obsolete.
Jim B. May 29, 2014 at 06:10 pm
Andy, you are a troll and an ahole.
SA May 30, 2014 at 12:20 pm
Power to the People! @ Jim you should get a handle on your anger issues.
Maggie Castanon-Hill
P May 1, 2014 at 08:00 am
We will miss he dearly as she was family to all of Curtis st. :(
Rabia Keeble May 2, 2014 at 12:06 am
Beautiful lady, may God have mercy on her soul
Dorothy Bevard May 18, 2014 at 10:47 pm
She was a warm, wise and cheerful presence on Curtis St; she and her equally loving and wonderfulRead More family will be sorely missed. I hope they find comfort in having had such an kind and compassionate mama and abuela.
Pete Seeger closes the Clearwater Festival two years ago with a song. Credit: Ossining-Croton-on-Hudson Patch
Amy Smolens January 28, 2014 at 03:28 pm
This is a beautiful rendition of Where Have All the Flowers gone, sung w/ his grandson and ArloRead More Guthrie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXqTf8DU6a0
Blake Yeaman January 28, 2014 at 03:37 pm
God bless Pete. I was just watching his PBS film "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song" thisRead More weekend and a second time yesterday, the day he passed. Amazing to read about this today. He did way more than most believe. I recommend watching the film. I got it from Netflix. He received The National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts (1994).
Kei January 29, 2014 at 01:12 pm
A contrarian view: http://www.steynonline.com/6052/changing-his-tune
A memorial display on the BART path (Ohlone Greenway) in North Berkeley, where Steve Maranzana, a 39-year-old assistant manager at UC Berkeley, died in a bicycle crash on Dec. 20, 2013. Photo credit: Charles Burress, Dec. 23, 2013
lmj December 31, 2013 at 11:59 am
I wanted to express my condolences and let you and your family know that my prayers will be withRead More you. It is in times like these where the bible can be of great comfort because it tells us about a hope we can have for our dear loved ones. The scripture at Revelation 21:4 is encouraging. If you would like to know more or would like to speak about this hope please feel free to contact me via email at lyds1186@gmail.com
John Paul ("JP") Koehn of Albany died Nov. 21 in a traffic accident linked to high winds. Photo courtesy of his family
lmj December 31, 2013 at 12:05 pm
I am very sorry for your loss it is times like this where that the bible can be of comfort to usRead More because it sates that we can have a hope for our loved ones who have passed away. Revelation 21:4 was especially encouraging to me when my uncle passed. If you would like to learn about my hope, or if you would just like to contact me feel via email at lyds1186@gmail.com
Former Albany Mayor Bill Lewis died Nov. 21, 2013 at age 79. Photo courtesy of his family
Robert Zweben November 26, 2013 at 10:38 am
I am sad to hear this new. Bill was a wonderful person. He contributed to Albany in so many ways. IRead More first me him through Albany Little League. He and Jack Rosano coached together for many years.. Bill also served on the Little League Board and was President at least a couple of times. As a coach he exemplified to the players a spirit of winning with grace and dignity. Bill was elected to the City Council in 1978. He served for two terms and was selected as Mayor as well. Bill showed respect for all who came to express opinions before the City Council, no matter whether he agreed with the opinion. He was fair minded and cared about making Albany a better community. I believe Bill's spirit will be greatly honored if those who participate in community activities or government remembered Bill and try to emulate the many fine qualities he stood for. I will miss him. Robert Zweben
joan larson November 28, 2013 at 09:24 am
Giving THANKS for having known Bill and for all the wonderful memories.
Monica Riley, who received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and produced groundbreaking work in the genomics and other areas of biology, died Oct. 11, 2013 at age 87 in Richmond. Photo courtesy of her family and reprinted by permission from Lifetouch
lmj December 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm
At this time id like to offer my condolences to your family. I did not know Monica, But I am sureRead More that those in her community appreciated all the work that she did and loved her dearly. It is at times like this when the bible can be of comfort because it offers hope for out dear loved ones. If you would like to learn more about the hope that i personally have feel free to contact me at lyds1186@gmail.com
Albany Bulb dweller Patrick Leach died at age 46 on the Bulb from congestive heart failure on Oct. 17, 2013. Photo courtesy of Katherine Cody
Gustav Blitzz October 28, 2013 at 08:30 am
I personally believe that Dorothy undermines Albany's values and should be (#1 )- be considered aRead More troll and (#2 )- banned. It is now obvious that her misinterpretation of Ricardo's words got him expelled. I encourage all Bulb readers to ask for a ban of totalitarian dorthy manser who is subverting and weakening the moral fabric of our civil society.
Rochelle Nason October 28, 2013 at 09:47 am
Amber, I am sorry for your loss and the loss to your whole circle of friends. Also very sorry toRead More see the troll popping up here - an obituary thread should be a place for people to share memories and consoling thoughts, it is particularly offensive to see abuse posted here. Best wishes.
Gustav Blitzz October 28, 2013 at 10:22 pm
How many bums are you letting into your dwelling Dorothy. Oh, none, why am I not surprised??
Albany native Mary Wallmann died Sept. 26, 2013 at age 86. She was the longtime Albany High librarian, a member of the Albany school board and a co-founder of the Albany Education Foundation. Photo courtesy of her family
Robert Marshall October 11, 2013 at 07:59 am
This is sad news to read this morning. She welcomed me into the fold of student service membersRead More helping in the library when I attended high school, though it seems virtually all of them were girls, and she always encouraged reading (I guess that goes without saying for a librarian!). One of her annual traditions was to give a big thick red Merriam-Webster Dictionary to any graduating library service students. Today, I rarely touch it, using the Internet for spelling and definition lookups. But, I cannot find myself donating it to a book drive because of the memories it brings back from my time in the high school library! Best Wishes to the Wallmann family. While John and Peter may have been her's by blood, she has hundreds of "sons" and "daughters" in her extended AHS family who will remember her fondly.
Moe Hong October 15, 2013 at 02:17 pm
I skipped class a lot in high school, and after chasing me out of the library a few times I thinkRead More she realized that it was better for me to be hiding in the library & reading than smoking cigarettes behind the school. She pushed me to give up empty junk reading and concentrate on good books, and I will always appreciate her for that.
Aaliyah Dennis December 8, 2013 at 08:40 pm
I remember her accompanying the choir, especially with our mid-terms and finals when I was at AHSRead More from 91-93 ... as well as her generosity in allowing me to always check out more books than the limit. She will definitely be missed.
Judy Lieberman, former Albany Assistant City Manager, died July 25, 2013 after a battle with cancer. Photo courtesy of her husband, Allen Samelson
Dan Hess July 27, 2013 at 03:43 pm
Judy was the City Liaison to the Albany Library Board and a strong advocate for libraries. LibraryRead More supporters will miss her warmth, humor and intelligence. - Ronnie Davis
Leah Flanagan July 29, 2013 at 09:14 pm
What terribly sad news, I've only just heard. I knew Judy for some years mostly via the LibraryRead More Board, and found her such a tremendously lovely person, thoughtful, warm, funny, and above all with that particular job, everlastingly patient. She will sincerely be missed. My heart goes out to Judy's family and friends. - Leah Flanagan
Citizens for East Shore Parks July 30, 2013 at 02:51 pm
Condolences to the Lieberman family. I didn't know Judy well but was impressed with her graciousnessRead More and dedication when working on the Codornices Creek restoration project. Thanks for a job well done. Patricia
Jewel Okawachi, a lifelong resident of Albany and former mayor, died at her Albany home on July 14, 2013. Photo courtesy of the Okawachi family
emraguso July 29, 2013 at 04:50 pm
I will miss Jewel -- and feel so grateful that I got to know her, even a bit. Feels like the end ofRead More an era...
Citizens for East Shore Parks July 30, 2013 at 02:47 pm
Condolences to Jewel's family. CESP appreciates the lifetime of service Jewel gave to the public.Read More She will be missed.
Emily Culpepper August 30, 2013 at 11:43 am
We have enjoyed meeting Jewel many times at family gatherings over the years. She was always a warmRead More presence and a friendly face. It was an inspiration to read about her life and legacy. Our love goes out to her family. Jewel will be remembered in so many ways. Jan Lake and Emily Culpepper
Iris Miranda March 1, 2013 at 04:09 pm
What a terrible loss, this young man seemed to have so much going for him. My thoughts and prayersRead More go out to his family.
AMC March 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm
A wonderful person. Very sad news.
Karin Lamb July 10, 2012 at 04:40 pm
When the park gets built it should be Armstrong Park.
Emilie Raguso July 11, 2012 at 10:13 am
Have you considered suggesting that to the city?
Charlie Cockey December 20, 2013 at 06:32 pm
Though I've always maintained my home in the Bay Area, I pretty much moved to the Czech RepublicRead More back in 2000, so lost track of a lot of friends, among them Stu Teitler. Iknew him for pretty much the whole time he lived out west, and had some wonderful times with him. Stuart was one of a kind, a grimy, grouchy, grousing guy, but we got along pretty famously. I would visit him, pore over his Lost Race collection, haggle and finagle for things I found, occasionally traded with him. We used to go scouting together - he'd call and invite me along, which was not only always fascinating but a total gas as well (smoky, though; he was a chimney, that's for sure). I remember once in a bookstore somewhere in Sacramento on a scouting trip with him, we both saw a desirable book way up on a high bookshelf. We charged, literally ran, across the shop and started leaping to get the thing, like a couple of guys from the hood playing hoopball. Took several jumps. I seem to remember that I won, gave me HUGE pride (you don't beat Teitler at much) - but for the life of me can't remember what it was (perhaps an Odd John, which would have been appropriate). I did beat him one other time, when we both were standing about 3 feet apart and spotted a gem on the shelf between us - I was quicker - again, no idea what the book was. The one I *DO* remember missing was Victor Saville's "Beyond the Great South Wall", a lost race book he was very keen on having - and grrrrr he got it. Snatched it right out of in front of me - because HE knew what the spine looked like and recognized it before I, who only knew the name, could read what it was.............. He loved coming over to my house and making me play free-form extemporaneous music on the guitar. Something about my rhythms moved him, and he would stand in the corner between my rocking chair and old lawyer's sectional bookcase and dance for hours while Alice cooked stuff in the kitchen. I'm pissed off that he's dead, which is appropriate, because he was generally pissed off at just about everything. Dammit - just dammit.
Charlie Cockey December 20, 2013 at 06:33 pm
Though I've always maintained my home in the Bay Area, I pretty much moved to the Czech RepublicRead More back in 2000, so lost track of a lot of friends, among them Stu Teitler. Iknew him for pretty much the whole time he lived out west, and had some wonderful times with him. Stuart was one of a kind, a grimy, grouchy, grousing guy, but we got along pretty famously. I would visit him, pore over his Lost Race collection, haggle and finagle for things I found, occasionally traded with him. We used to go scouting together - he'd call and invite me along, which was not only always fascinating but a total gas as well (smoky, though; he was a chimney, that's for sure). I remember once in a bookstore somewhere in Sacramento on a scouting trip with him, we both saw a desirable book way up on a high bookshelf. We charged, literally ran, across the shop and started leaping to get the thing, like a couple of guys from the hood playing hoopball. Took several jumps. I seem to remember that I won, gave me HUGE pride (you don't beat Teitler at much) - but for the life of me can't remember what it was (perhaps an Odd John, which would have been appropriate). I did beat him one other time, when we both were standing about 3 feet apart and spotted a gem on the shelf between us - I was quicker - again, no idea what the book was. The one I *DO* remember missing was Victor Saville's "Beyond the Great South Wall", a lost race book he was very keen on having - and grrrrr he got it. Snatched it right out of in front of me - because HE knew what the spine looked like and recognized it before I, who only knew the name, could read what it was.............. He loved coming over to my house and making me play free-form extemporaneous music on the guitar. Something about my rhythms moved him, and he would stand in the corner between my rocking chair and old lawyer's sectional bookcase and dance for hours while Alice cooked stuff in the kitchen. I'm pissed off that he's dead, which is appropriate, because he was generally pissed off at just about everything. Dammit - just dammit.
lmj December 31, 2013 at 01:16 pm
Although i did not know you dear loved one I would like to say that i am sorry for your loss and IRead More would like to offer my condolences and share a scripture for you to read in your spare time. it's at Revelation 21:4 and it give us hope for those that have passed. If you would like to hear more about my hope please feel free to contact me at lyds1186@gmail.com
Emilie Raguso May 24, 2011 at 11:44 pm
Kennan Salinero shared this information with Albany Patch: "It's rather a minor pointRead More concerning Evelyn's obituary, but I'd like to correct the issue about her care. She was actually financially pre-qualified for Piedmont Gardens, a continuing care facility. The main impediment was her fear of how it would be to move, and to not live in her own place. The night before she died she had asked me 'what if I don't like it?' and I had told her, 'well then, you just move back home.' Also, though Albert was 'grandpa,' according to a life-long friend, who went to boarding school with her in Switzerland, she had only met him once. She had shared the same information with me as well."
Mary Rees June 1, 2011 at 03:47 pm
Lou MacMillan, a long-time friend of Evelyn Einstein, sent these comments: "Though I may haveRead More met Evelyn when she lived on Creston in the early 1950s, I became friends with her when she worked at the Animal Shelter in 1975. Evelyn has been quite ill for a long time. I had been doing errands for her for several years. The doctors never knew what her illness was. They overdosed her with cortisone to keep her alive. This caused many side effects. I miss talking with her. She was well versed in many fields. Quite an encyclopedia of knowledge."
Lorrie Martinez April 6, 2011 at 07:02 pm
Tonny, Mieke, Luuk, Dimphy, Sam and family. My heart aches for you. Arlene, your life wasRead More unique, beautiful, wondrous and special. I believe your spirit lives eternally and you will be with your family always.
Dulce Catalan April 7, 2011 at 04:17 pm
Dear Mieke, Tonny, Dimphy and Luuk, We are so very sorry for your tremendous loss, , my whole beingRead More is with you, our deepest Sympathy. Thoughts and praying to comfort your Faith, to uphold you. Loving memories we all keep.
lmj December 31, 2013 at 01:06 pm
I did not know Arlene but I am very sorry for your loss and would like to take this time to let yourRead More family know that I offer my prayers and condolences to you. Its unfortunate that young lives can be lost too soon. I wanted to offer a scripture, Revelation 21:4 - This scripture gives us hope for our dear loved ones. If you'd like to know more about the hope in the bible please feel free to contact me via email at lyds1186@gmail.com
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