Soul Train’s Don Cornelius Found Dead

The idea was simple — but groundbreaking: Create a live showcase for black music, modeled on “American Bandstand.”

Don Cornelius pulled $400 from his own pocket to launch the dance show on a local Chicago TV station in 1970. As host and executive producer of “Soul Train,” he was soon at the throttle of a nationally syndicated television institution that was the first dance show to cater to the musical tastes of black teenagers and also helped bring black music, dance, fashion and style to mainstream America.

In the process of presenting the soul, funk and R&B of the day, the Afro-haired, dapper Mr. Cornelius became a TV icon, his sonorous baritone welcoming viewers to “the hippest trip in America.”
Mr. Cornelius, 75, was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday after a family member found him in his home with a gunshot wound to his head, according to law enforcement sources. The wound appeared to be self-inflicted, but the death was being investigated by police and the coroner’s office. Continue Reading…

Carlos Zambrano’s off to the land of Oz

Hit the door on the way out you Cubbie rump!
Yes, Carlos Zambrano, talented, troubled, 30-year-old right-handed Venezuelan pitcher — Cubs organization since he was an employee of a lad 17-Finally in half crazy new Miami Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen sent to welcome in the arms of the mothership.
18 million dollar contract that Cub z 15 million dollar 2012 shows how badly new management to eat out of clown show Wrigleyville.
In return, the young Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad, a man who has gone 5-13 last season they made it all the difference to a tree ripened coconuts, was found.
When Cubs President Theo Epstein on a restaurant near Wrigley field in November a “contrite” met with Zambrano, new flagship cooler-water-in a nutshell “I’m fine, ‘ keeping ‘ I’m retired, smashing,” thought “we stink, ‘ fist-wielding, nutjob regret.
It does not rely on, “Epstein said the situation was verified, but that means”.
More telling, he said, “so we are not welcome to return unconditionally all on him, but we give her the right to make their way back.”
It was kind of a funny kind of meathead in the Foyer before the metal were quickly back on the road had been carrying explosives goofball.
There’s no way the ‘ OK ‘
Zambrano is a bunch of WINS left in him, but it is sure that he’s got more meltdowns. for example, Albert Belle for baseball, Milton Bradley, et al.
Epstein and underlings fast figured it out with Manny Ramirez dealt wacky wonders. Epstein in his Red Sox days, and it was just that Manny, Manny worked until just how many outs there and hitting home runs, but have forgotten your club’s faith did not destroy Ramirez. that’s just in my own world, A reality was when only with its steroid supplier with plate or was at the meeting.
That would help the Cubs dumping. how this talent is undeniable morale says is not so clear. Volstad?
But we also should consider the other side of the agreement: Z-big and small – in the end will be two DNA-related amoebas through a nervous and finally simply teeming swamp and be collected each other came together in the way of absorbing.
If nothing else, it should be fun for South Beach, right?
Guillen East South side boy who was there to comfort always Zambrano when he blew up North.
When big z in a gentle souled stting in canoe 2010 dustup Cubs, Derrek Lee to go after li ‘ L Z there misunderstood pitcher to a swank Chicago restaurant for dinner.
When big z said that he was retiring and last August, which had been there for them before the end of a game left the Cubs?
“People were texting [Guillen] that I was one of the night when everyone in the news saying I was retiring, was” disappointed and sad again Zambrano said.
Li ‘ L Z and big z were made for each other. not only are they the same first nation speak the language and understand the same culture, but they have exactly the same wires.
We F-bomb, Guillen, denouncing the defensive, nothing-is-blur-limit talk-a-thon, bizarre and irrelevant to anyone who crosses his family or his tweets threatened as master.
He’s the guy who said the Sox ‘ 2005 World Series Championship, ‘ I have the money to work in this work. I don’t work for nothing. ring this money?. [Voice] ring. “the man who threatened to ‘ Bobby Jenks ‘ throats to rip out,” said that they are taking retirement, Zambrano’s announcement, he said, “I think something bad. “
Marlins may simply state again
Sometimes a big league manager Guillen-a look more like Tony Montana impersonator, but he’s no dummy in the previous 97 years. this city was the world series victory and never cheap, Mark Buehrle, Marlins, Jose Reyes and Heath Bell is acquired, like stars and now will be a $ 110 million Payroll nudging, Almost three times when they claim their two world series payrolls.
Imagine two Championships in the last 14 years, Marlins. cub …
Raises the thought: what if l’il Z and big z click? What if big z mows down opponents calms and just?
What if the Marlins had the Cubs in the playoffs like they, unfortunately, end up in 2003?
Then we build a statue, Ozzie right? Because he is a miracle worker.