Monday, December 19, 2005

COM: Blogarithmic #79

Just a few notes tonight.

The Carpetbagger, quite easily the smarmiest film blog on the net, has introduced a new feature -- product placement in comments. Check out the NYT Charity solicitations there. Even if for a good cause, it takes blog-whoring to a whole other level.

I was perusing a chart in today's San Antonio Express-News that listed all the bowl games coming up with dates and times -- only the ones they had listed were last year's games -- like Tennessee and A&M in the Cotton Bowl, and USC vs. Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Oooooopppppssss.

It's always stunning to find out someone you know has died; worse, regardless of the distance (in time, space or familiarity), when the news comes via the newspaper. It's happened twice this week to me.

I read today of the passing of Jack Black. If it were not for him taking care of a slew of grandkids i wouldn't have had the pleasure of getting to know and coach Bryan Sheriff, one of the neatest kids i ever knew. And, it's odder that i saw Bryan just this week for the first time in many, many months with his son and wife.

I also read this week of the passing of Kimo Dunn, a fine San Antonio poet, who i know only because he made a habit of showing up whenever i was doing readings in SA or Leon Springs. I always had the feeling i was in the presence of a legend when he was around. He was, of course, but it was his aura that you got to know, not his press clippings.

Kerrville Daily Times
KERRVILLE — Mr. Jack Black, age 77, of Kerrville, Texas, passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, in a Kerrville hospital. He was born Aug. 17, 1928, in Gatesville, Texas to Q. P. Black and Hattie T. Gross Black. He moved to Kerrville in 1929 and resided here until 1954, when he moved to California. He was a member of the Iron Workers Union & Operating Engineers from 1955 until 1960, then was employed by the Aero Space Corp. until returning to Kerrville in 1971. He was employed by Reid Graham Company and then was a co-partner in Kerr Diesel Services, which he later relocated to his home. He finally retired in 1995 for health reasons, much to the dismay of the public. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was the Council Commander of W.O.W. for several years and was a member of the Baptist Church. He loved camping, fly fishing and motorcycles. He loved to spend time with his grandkids going to soccer games. He loved to cook out for the whole family. He married Donna R. Middleton on July 21, 1953, in Kerr County, and he thought she was the best cook in Texas. Survivors include his wife, Donna Black of Kerrville; a daughter, LaDonna Black Greeson of Bandera, Texas; a son, Larry W. Black of Kerrville; three sisters, Thelma Smith & husband, David of San Antonio, Joyce Pese of Comfort and Betty Taylor of Kerrville; two brothers, Floyd Black of Kerrville and Bill Blackof San Antonio; four grandchildren, Brian Sheriff, Shaylene Klein, Jennifer Greeson & Austin Crenshaw Black; four great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services for Mr. Black will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, at 2 p.m. at Grimes Funeral Chapels with Rev. Frankie Enloe officiating. Interment will follow in Nichols Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Brown, Curtis Mitchell, Herbert Middleton, Rob Middleton, Bryan Sheriff and Floyd Black, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Norman Apelt, Raymond Sherman, Fred Seavey, Thomas Duarte and Mike Jilek. The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimes by selecting the “Send Condolences” link. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

Dunn, 92, served in France on D-Day, wrote books and poetry
Carmina Danini, Express-News Staff Writer, Web Posted: 12/14/2005 12:00 AM CST
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Edward Clare "Kimo" Dunn, a career officer who was in France on D-Day, taught at West Point and was an author and poet, died of natural causes Monday. He was 92. A funeral Mass is slated today at 10 a.m. at Dodd Field Chapel at Fort Sam Houston, with interment in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In 1932, Dunn, born and raised in South Dakota, entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He graduated in 1936, along with Creighton W. Abrams Jr. and William C. Westmoreland, both of whom would go on to command U.S. forces in Vietnam, and Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the first African American Air Force general. One of Dunn's roommates at West Point was Bruce Palmer Jr., later Army vice chief of staff and the author of "The 25-Year War," an analysis about the failure of American military forces in Southeast Asia. "Kimo," Dunn's nickname, originated with a role — Kimo the Eskimo — he portrayed in a play as a young officer. "My mom liked it a lot," said Michael Dunn, one of his sons. "He was pretty well-known by that name. He also used it on his poems." Dunn served with the 4th U.S. Cavalry. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, prior to the landing on Utah and Omaha beaches by Allied forces, then-Lt. Col. Dunn led a detachment of the 4th and 24th Cavalry squadrons that landed on Iles St. Marcouf, France. Following the war, he earned a master's degree in history from Harvard University before heading to West Point where he taught social studies for three years. Later assignments included two years in Turkey and a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam before U.S. involvement increased. He retired in 1968 after a stint as 4th Army chief of staff at Fort Sam Houston. Given his background in history, Dunn wrote about two San Antonio institutions — USAA and the Patrician Movement. First to be published was "USAA: Life Story of a Business Cooperative," about the creation and early days of the insurance giant. It was followed by "Dawn at PM: A History of the Patrician Movement," founded by Monsignor Dermot Brosnan and which focuses on treatment for substance abuse problems, prevention and intervention. Dunn wrote three volumes of poetry. Dunn's wife, Jane Ellen, died in 2002. Their youngest son, Patrick Dunn, was killed in an auto accident in 1973. In addition to Michael Dunn, he leaves two other sons, Peter Dunn, also of San Antonio, and John Dunn of Belgium; four grandchildren' and three great-grandchildren.

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