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Sohum lost a very colorful human being this morning. Chris Mayner was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. He had been having some serious health problems. Apparently he passed away in his sleep.
He’s survived by his life partner Patrick.
I didn’t know Chris well, but he was a client of mine. I had worked with him several times at KMUD. I really enjoyed his music selections. He was a lovable character from my experience.
Apparently, he made a bit of a stir at the Academy Awards last night.
From the Nation:
Gore’s main appearance of the night came when the former vice president joined actor Leonardo DiCaprio for one of those deliberately hokey Oscar night versions of a public service announcement.
Ostensibly, they were at the podium to tell the viewing audience that, in DiCaprio’s words, “this show has officially gone green.”
“Which means,” Gore chimed in, “that environmentally intelligent practices have been integrated fully into every aspect of the planning and production of these academy awards. And you know what? It is not as hard as you might think. We have a long way to go, but all of us can do something in our own lives to make a difference.”
After steering the curious to http://www.oscar.com for environmental tips from the Academy and the National Resources Defense Council, DiCaprio got down to the meat of the moment, declaring, “Now, although our time is almost up, I want to say I’m very proud to be standing next to such an inspirational leader in the fight against global warming. You are a true champion for the cause, Mr. Gore.”
“Now,” DiCaprio continued, “are you sure, are you positive that all this hard work hasn’t inspired you to make any other kind of major, major announcement to the world here tonight?”
Smiling like the Cheshire Cat that he can be for at least a few more months, Gore said, “Well, I do appreciate that, Leo. And I’m kind of surprised at the feelings welling up here actually. You’ve been very convincing. Even though I honestly had not planned on doing this, I guess with a billion people watching, it’s as good as time as any. So, my fellow Americans, I’m going to take this opportunity right here and now to formally announce my intention…”
The music that stirs up when a stunt-double-thanking winner goes on just a little too long roared up, silencing Gore, who exited the stage to laughter and more, much more, applause.
A nice show yesterday afternoon. They’re getting older, and emphasizing theater over acrobatics. It was a lot of fun.
The occasional political humor drew a mixed response – awkward silence with scattered applause. There was a joke about Iraq that I didn’t quite pick up due to the little two-year-old distraction sitting next to me, which drew the aforementioned response and an “oh nice!” from a woman across the aisle, and a responsive “oh, stupid!” from a cranky woman right behind me. Such is cultural life in the “purple state” of Humboldt.
The whole family went with friends. Even my two-year-old watched part of it. She was engaged for a good 45 minutes before losing attention, which is longer than I’d expected. I wasn’t certain bringing her was even appropriate, but tickets were gifts from friends who wanted to treat the whole family so we made the effort. So I left early with her, while my son enjoyed the rest of the performance with Mom.
As I said before, the Arkley Center is beautiful and the acoustics are fine. My one complaint about the balcony seats is that they’re too close together. When my two-year-old can reach from her seat and kick the seat in front of her disturbing everyone in the row, you know they’re tight. I felt scrunched, and I’m not tall.
Looked like a good turnout, and I heard a lot of kids in the audience having a great time.