Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Book ends

The woman pictured in the 2008 picture below will turn 70 years old on October 30:

Like Charlton Heston (who some of us knew as Moses roughly 40 years ago), she was born in Evanston, Illinois.

Her mother was a direct descendant of some of the original Mayflower passengers

Since I, and most of my friends, am now over 60 years old, the age of 70 no longer means being “ancient”. To paraphrase Simon and Garfunkel a little, it won't seem strange to be 70 for most of us, but it surely will be a little weird for this lady.

For most of her life, she made a living as a musician, and she lasted far longer than many of her contemporaries. Like many people who came of age in the 60’s, she led a lifestyle that was very much removed from the lives led by her Puritan ancestors. She was married twice, and has also admitted to having a few affairs along the way, even when she was still married.

She was arrested three times by California police for “talking while drunk”, and she usually managed to do something controversial whenever she wound up on T.V.

She eventually retired from music to pursue another interest that is not well known to the public, but which she is surprisingly good at: art.

Her name is Grace Slick, and attached below are some samples of some of her paintings:

Although the image at the top of the page looks to be of someone who’s REALLY old, the picture below is what she looked like when she performed at Woodstock in 1969:

If you want to hear “White Rabbit” just one more time, click on the link below:

Grace Slick at Woodstock.

So, Grace, wherever you are, Happy Birthday, but don’t forget to take your pills.

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