In Memoriam: Charlie Watts

“With Charlie, it was never about chops, it was about style. The Rolling Stones were smart enough to hire a jazz cat who would always put the roll in front of the rock, a guy who didn’t measure his worth by how many notes he played, whose ego was tempered by the primacy of his job: to put the song over, to make the band sound great. While others battled their drums, Charlie finessed his. He knew when to swing, he knew when to stomp. Charlie didn’t play drum solos, not because he wasn’t good enough to play them, but because he was good enough not to have to.”

Charles Robert Watts, 2 June 1941 – 24 August 2021

In Memoriam: Michael Collins

Michael Collins (Major General, USAF, Retired), October 31, 1930 – April 28, 2021

Michael Collins, the astronaut who took this photo, is the only human, alive or dead, that wasn’t in the frame of this picture when it was taken on July 21, 1969.

“This venture has been structured for three men, and I consider my third to be as necessary as either of the other two. I don’t mean to deny a feeling of solitude. It is there, reinforced by the fact that radio contact with the Earth abruptly cuts off at the instant I disappear behind the moon. I am alone now, truly alone, and absolutely isolated from any known life. I am it. If a count were taken, the score would be three billion plus two over on the other side of the moon, and one plus God knows what on this side.” – Michael Collins