I had intended to blog when I got back from vacation because it was such a great week, spent in the sunshine and we had a relaxing wonderful time. But you know how Monday after vacations are...busy...catching up with things around work, and it was also time to get going on the holiday to do list. So I put it off until Tuesday.
I was sitting here at my desk when the first reports of the tragedy at Clackamas Town Center started coming in. At that point it was all we could do to just get through what needed doing and go home and wait for more news to come in. It was news we couldn't imagine hearing. Our dear friend and co-worker for 14 years was gone. How could this happen? Not Steve. No way.
Then the horror of what happened in Connecticut on Friday just brought us all to our knees.
This last Monday was the celebration of life for Steve Forsyth. He touched so many lives, and we heard so many stories about him as a son, brother, husband, father, and friend. Great stories. Simple stories. Funny stories. Steve was a great storyteller, so I'm sure the stories continued after the service as people went back to their homes, or to gather at the Corner Saloon, or on the way to the airport to fly back to places all over the country. People gathered to celebrate this man because he made a difference. He inspired, he mentored, and he made us laugh. He had so much more to do, and we all will miss him terribly.
We grieve for his family because he was a bigger-than-life-itself kind of man. Nobody can fill those shoes. But the thing I came away with after the service, was that it's now up to everyone who knew him to pass along the laughter, light and love that Steve gave to the world. Time to step up and be better people. Time to help and support others on that path. There was such a feeling of love from all who knew him, that I was no longer in despair, but lifted up.
Today I felt the need to write in this little blog. I don't care if nobody reads this, it's just something I needed to do. Mostly to remind myself to keep the light on. To shine in a dark place. To do what's needed. To be helpful and kind. To do this in honor of a friend who isn't here to do it himself.
It's on us now. I will gladly bear the task, even when tears are falling from my eyes.
2008- Bono receives the Man of Peace prize in Paris for his work to alleviate African debt, poverty and disease
2008 - Joe Walsh marries Marjorie Bach -- the sister of Ringo Starr's wife, actress Barbara Bach -- at a star-studded affair in Los Angeles.
2001- Actress Winona Ryder is arrested for shoplifting in Beverly Hills, California.
1997 - AC/DC's Back in Black goes 12-times platinum.
1997 - The Justice Department orders Microsoft to sell its Internet Explorer browser separately from its Windows operating system to prevent it from building a monopoly of Web access programs.
1997- Metallica's Reload is certified gold, platinum and double platinum.
1994- Mike Love is awarded a 30-percent share of Brian Wilson's settlement over back royalties from A-&-M Publishing. The decision affirms Love's role as lyricist on many of The Beach Boys' hits.
1985- Ian Stewart, road manager, sometime keyboardist and original member of The Rolling Stones, dies of a heart attack at 47. He also co-wrote and played on Led Zeppelin's "Boogie With Stu," from Physical Graffiti.
1980- Bruce Springsteen's The River goes platinum.
1974 - The Rolling Stones go into a Munich studio to start on what will be released in 1976 as Black and Blue.
1970 - Jim Morrison makes what will be his last concert appearance, as Doors play the Warehouse in New Orleans.
1969 - On the occasion of a show at Monmouth College in New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen changes the name of his band from Child to Steel Mill.
1967 - A London Appeals Court commutes Brian Jones' nine-month prison sentence for marijuana possession after three psychiatrists testify that the Rolling Stones guitarist could not survive nine months behind bars.
1964- Filming begins on Star Trek's pilot.
1964- The Beatles' "I Feel Fine," number-one in Britain, breaks into the U-S Top 10.
1930 - Baseball adopts the "ground-rule double" rule, making a ball that bounces into the stands no longer a home run.
1800- Washington, D-C is established as the capital of the United States.
2008- Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel are both nominated for Golden Globes for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture.
2001- Paul McCartney takes part in the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway, and dedicates his performance to the late George Harrison.
2001- Ted Turner purchases 12,000 acres in Nebraska for bison ranching.
1998- The Mars orbiter blasts off on a nine-month journey to the red planet. By the following September, scientists have lost touch with the probe.
1997- The Rolling Stones wrap up their U-S tour for 1997 at the T-W-A Dome in St. Louis. They return for a few more Bridges to Babylon dates in early 1998.
1990- A banner day for Led Zeppelin's trophy room: the band gets a diamond award (for sales of 10-million copies) for Led Zeppelin Four, five-times platinum plaques for Led Zeppelin Two, In Through the Out Door and Houses of the Holy, as well as quadruple-platinum awards for Physical Graffiti and Led Zeppelin, double-platinum for Presence and Led Zeppelin Three and platinum and gold for the band's box set.
1985 - General Electric Company agrees to buy R-C-A Corporation for $6.3 billion. The deal includes N-B-C Radio and Television.
1980 - President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating a $1.6 billion environmental "Superfund" that will be used to pay for cleaning up chemical spills and toxic waste dumps.
1976 - Bob Seger releases Night Moves. The album sells over five-million copies, and the title track becomes the veteran Detroit rocker's first Top 5 single.
1970 - The Doors perform at the Music Hall in Dallas. "Love Her Madly" opens the show, during which the band performs "Riders on the Storm" live for the first time.
1968- Filming begins on The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus in a London T-V studio. which is scrapped by The Stones for three decades.
1951- Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball.
1941- Germany and Italy declare war on the U-S.
1901- Marconi sends the first transatlantic radio signal.
1894 - The world's first motor show opens in Paris with nine exhibitors.
1719- The first recorded sighting of the Aurora Borealis is in New England.
1991- Alan Freed, the legendary disc jockey who coined the term "rock and roll," gets a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1977- Fleetwood Mac's "You Make Lovin' Fun" becomes the fourth Top 10 single from Rumours.
1976- Paul McCartney releases Wings Over America, a 30-song, triple-LP set recorded on his first post-Beatles U.S. tour.
1975 - The Who by Numbers is certified gold.
1971- Jealous of his girlfriend's interest in Frank Zappa, a man jumps onstage at London's Rainbow Theater and pushes Frank into the orchestra pit, breaking his leg and ankle and fracturing his skull.
1968 - Rehearsals for The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus take place in London.
1967 - Capitol Records signs The Steve Miller Blues Band for a then-astronomical $750,000.
1967- Otis Redding is killed when his chartered plane crashes into Lake Monona, outside Madison, Wisconsin. Just before going on tour, Redding recorded the future number-one hit "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay."
1965- The band previously known as The Warlocks plays its second show -- and first in San Francisco -- as The Grateful Dead. The concert takes place at the Fillmore Auditorium, six days after debuting their new name in San Jose.
1964 - Doctor Martin Luther King Junior receives the Nobel Peace Prize.
1964- Ringo Starr completes a 10-day hospital stay for a tonsillectomy.
1961- The Beatles agree to be managed by Brian Epstein. Their contract is signed six weeks later, on January 24th, 1962.
1953- The first issue of Playboy is published.
1906 - President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1901 - The first Nobel Prizes are awarded.
1896 - Alfred Bernhard Nobel -- the Swedish chemist who invented dynamite -- dies in San Remo, Italy. His will stipulates that income from his $9 million estate will be used for annual prizes for people judged to have made valuable humanitarian contributions.
It's been quite a busy year for guitarist Gary Hoey. He recently released his first blues CD, Deja Blues, with original tracks and outstanding covers of Born Under a Bad Sign and Goin' Down. It's available through his website, www.garyhoey.com. As a holiday treat, fans can register to win an autographed guitar to be given away on Christmas Day. His new CD isn't all that he's been up in 2012. Gary also co wrote and produced Lita Ford's latest CD Living Like a Runaway, and he's currently on the road with his annual HO HO HOEY holiday tour. Gary is a truly friendy, outgoing and cool guy. But don't just take my word for it. Listen in on our recent conversation right here.
1993- Frank Zappa dies of prostate cancer at his Los Angeles home.
1991 - Pan American World Airways ceases operations.
1988 - Roy Orbison gives his last concert, in Highland Heights, Ohio, two days before suffering a fatal heart attack.
1982 -University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker wins football's Heisman Trophy.
1980- In a press release, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones announce that they have decided not to continue as Led Zeppelin in the wake of John Bonham's death.
1976 - Former James Gang and Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin dies from a heroin overdose in a Miami hotel. He had been fronting his own band since Purple's July split.
1975 - KISS's fourth album, Alive!, becomes their fourth gold album.
1973 - Pioneer 10 reaches Jupiter.
1970- Supersession, an album documenting a jam session by Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills, is certified gold.
1969 - President Nixon, Vice-President Agnew and 40 U-S governors begin a fact-finding mission to discover the causes of the generation gap. They view films of "simulated acid trips" and listen to hours of "anti-establishment rock music."
1965 - The Grateful Dead play their first show under that name as part of a Ken Kesey Acid Test event in San Jose, California. They'd previously been known as The Warlocks.
1964 - Beatles for Sale, the group's fourth U-K album, is released. The album does not come in the U-S at the time. Instead, its 14 tracks are divided up on two albums that appear over the next six months -- eight on Beatles '65 and six on Beatles VI. It won't be released here in its original form until 1986.
1955- Carl Perkins is inspired to write "Blue Suede Shoes." Playing at a Jackson, Tennessee high school dance, the rockabilly star notices a teenage boy reprimand his date for stepping on his shoes. When he gets home, he jots his observations -- which will become the lyrics -- on a brown paper bag.
1945 - The Senate approves American participation in the United Nations.
1991 - D-J Alan Freed receives a star on TheHollywood Walk of Fame.
1988- Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State University wins the Heisman Trophy.
1979- Eleven Who fans are trampled to death at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum during a rush to get into the festival-seating concert.
1977 - Wings' "Mull of Kintyre" becomes Paul McCartney's first post-Beatles chart-topping single in the U-K. It will pass the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" as Britain's best-selling single ever, a distinction it holds until "Do They Know It's Christmas."
1976 - The 40-foot-long inflatable pig being photographed for the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals breaks loose from its mooring at Battersea Power Station in south London. It rises to 18,000 feet before finally coming down in Kent.
1971- The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burns down during a concert by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Deep Purple, who are recording across the lake from the casino at the time, write and record "Smoke on the Water" about the incident.
1969 - John Lennon turns down the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.
1968- Aretha Franklin's Aretha Now, Iron Butterfly's In-a-Gadda-da-Vida and Cream's debut, Fresh Cream, are all certified gold.
1968 - The rules committee of Major League Baseball announces that, in 1969, the pitcher's mound will be lowered from 15 to 10 inches in order to "get more batting action."
1967- Surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa perform the first human heart transplant.
1965 - At a Rolling Stones concert in Sacramento, California, guitarist Keith Richards is knocked out by a shock from an ungrounded microphone. He recovers and finishes the show.
1964- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer makes its television debut.
1961 - The Beatles and Brian Epstein hold their first meeting to discuss his becoming their manager.
1956 - Wilt Chamberlain scores 52 points in his college basketball debut.
1931- Alka-Seltzer is introduced.
1828- Andrew Jackson is elected President of the United States.
2007 - Evel Knievel, the daredevil motorcyclist whose stunts made him a pop celebrity in the 1960s and '70s, dies in Florida at age 69.
2007- Montel Williams goes ballistic on a student intern at the Savannah Morning-News, telling her, "Do you know who I am? I'm a big star, and I can look you up, find where you live and blow you up."
2005- Julia Roberts, who didn't make a movie in 2005, tops The Hollywood Reporter's annual list of the most powerful actresses in Tinseltown.
2005 - Paul McCartney wraps up his Us tour in Los Angeles.
2000 - Creed picks up four awards at the first V-H-1 My Music Awards in L-A. Carlos Santana wins Man of the Year, while his "Smooth" single wins the Your Song Kicked Ass but Was Played Too Damn Much award.
1996 - Tiny Tim collapses and dies after a performance in Minneapolis.
1995 - President Clinton becomes the first U-S president to visit Northern Ireland.
1993 - Bad Company's debut album is certified five-times platinum.
1979 - Pink Floyd's The Wall is released in the U-K.
1979- The Who begin a U-S tour at the Masonic Auditorium in Detroit.
1975 - The Rolling Stones finish recording the Black and Blue album in Montreux, Switzerland.
1974- The Eagles' "Best of My Love" single is released.
1971 - Led Zeppelin play King's Hall Belle Vue in Manchester, England, their second Manchester show in a week.
1965- The day after the group's show there, the governor of Colorado declares it Rolling Stones Day in Denver.
2002 - Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and many others perform at a tribute concert for George Harrison at London's Royal Albert Hall.
2001. - George Harrison dies in L-A. The former Beatle loses a three-year battle with cancer.
1982- The Exodus album by Bob Marley and The Wailers is released.
1981 - Actress Natalie Wood, 43, drowns off Santa Catalina Island, California.
1979 - The original members of KISS play what will be their final show together until a 1996 reunion tour.
1978 - Neil Young's Comes a Time goes gold.
1977 - The Kansas album Point of Know Return is certified platinum.
1975- Bill Gates chooses the name Microsoft for the company he and Paul Allen have formed.
1969- John Lennon is convicted of cannabis possession and fined 360 dollars in London. Yoko Ono, who was arrested with him on October 18th, is acquitted.
1969- The Rolling Stones perform at Boston Garden. B-B King, Ike & Tina Turner and Terry Knight & the Pack open.
1969 - Black Sabbath, formerly known as Earth, plays the first gig under its new name in a Birmingham (UK) club.
1963 - President Johnson names a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.
1963 - "I Want to Hold Your Hand," The Beatles' fifth U-K single, is released. It will sell over a million copies in its first three days on sale there. The single that breaks them in America comes out here 27 days later.
1961- The Mercury spacecraft is launched with Enos the chimp on board. The vessel orbits the Earth twice before landing off Puerto Rico.