Tuesday, November 27, 2007
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Ellen Elisabeth Tuomanen
Ellen Elisabeth Tuomanen, 88, of the Inn at Sprucewood, Durham, NH died at home on November 19, 2007 of cancer.
She was born in Drammen, Norway, on September 30, 1919, to William and Ingrid Gulbrandsen. She grew up in the mountains of Telemark where she was an avid ski jumper and became one of Norway's most accomplished opera singers. During World War II she was in the Norwegian Underground and participated in Operation Gunnerside to destroy the heavy water plant at Rjukan and prevent the completion of the Nazi atomic bomb. During reconstruction, she met and married Army Col. Reino Tuomanen who was the last American soldier to leave Norway. Upon coming to the United States as a war bride, she settled in Acton, Massachusetts and continued training as a soprano at the Longy School of Music in Boston. Her favorite role was as Leonora in Verdi's La Forza del Destino. She was a prominent soloist, voice teacher and choir director in the Boston area. Upon retiring she raised two grandchildren, first in New York City and then Memphis, TN.
Ellen is remembered as a very warm and elegant lady with Viking spirit and European charm. She loved snow, mountains, and pink carnations. Her husband Reino and sister Gerd predeceased her. She is survived by her two children: Elaine, a research physician in Memphis, TN, and Robert, a chemist/industrial hygienist in Kensington, NH and his wife, Marilee, a computer specialist. She is also survived by her two dearest friends, Betty Wald of Memphis and Thelma Freeman of Durham. Her four grandchildren proudly carry on her artistic talents: Mary Kay of Paris, France, Mark of Newmarket, NH, Laura Kirsi of Baltimore, MD, and Stefan of Memphis, TN. Their nickname of 'B' for Bestemor (Norwegian for grandmother) became the name everyone knew Ellen by.
Her many friends spread across the world may sign the online guest book at the Tasker Funeral Home (www.taskerfh.com). A private memorial service will be held for her family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN (www.stjude.org).
Sunday, November 11, 2007
New people meters from ARBITRON show radiostations appealing to minorities have FEWER listeners... Developing...
Holy obvious conclusions, Batman! You mean radio stations whose core concept is to appeal to a limited number of listeners ... appeal to a limited number of listeners?
Permission to completely and totally lose one's shit due to the unbefuckinglievableness of this news, sir?
PLEASE, please visit www.stephencolbert08.com and leave any comments and especially criticisms you may have of this manifesto. Thank you, loyal and noble readers.
Stephen Colbert’s manifesto, though I cannot claim to speak it with any authority or permission, is thus:
America is no longer just a Nation Indivisible - It is a Nation Undeniable. Why can it not be denied? Because only the truth can be denied; but America no longer deals in such trivialities as the truth. We have become a Nation of Truthiness. We have become a Nation that transcends reality in favor of Wikiality. We are a Nation of triumphant eagles, soaring high above the brutish bears stuck to the terra firma of outdated ideals. We are no longer just A Nation. We are THE Nation. The Colbert Nation. United We Stand. Tread On Us Do Not. The Buck Stopped Here Already.
For clarification, I recommend conducting research at www.stephencolbert08.com
I NEED YOU, NATION, TO CONSTRUCTIVELY CRITICIZE THIS MANIFESTO.
Now tell us what you think. The winning suggestion, as decided by a panel of four webmasterful judges, wins a hand-inked scroll with the manifesto done in the calligraphic style of your choice. No fibbin’!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Only problem is, it's not his blog. It's MY blog, but if they think we could be the voice of Colbert, well hell, that's about as flattering as journalistic incompetence can get!
from Colbert pulls out of race, says it's time for "nation to heal"
Comedian Stephen Colbert pulled out of the presidential race on Monday, a decision that came after the South Carolina Democratic Party voted 13-3 to keep him off the primary ballot in his home state.
In a statement on his website, Colbert said "Although I lost by the slimmest margin in presidential election history—only 10 votes—I have chosen not to put the country through another agonizing Supreme Court battle. It is time for this nation to heal.”
“I want to say to my supporters, this is not over,” Colbert said. “While I may accept the decision of the Council, the fight goes on! The dream endures! … And I am going off the air until I can talk about this without weeping."
Posted by Gary Fineout at 06:47 AM on November 6, 2007
Let's hear it for professional journalism.