Tag: Oscar

Saddened by the death of Oscar Grant

I am deeply saddened by the death of Oscar Grant. Most of you have heard the story in one form or another. Basically, police officers were called to a fight on the BART train. Somehow, Oscar Grant, an unarmed man, ended up getting shot. This all happened early in the morning of January 1, 2009. The police officer, Johannes Mehserle, was just sentenced to two years with credit for time served. The story that the officer told, which I do not believe, was that the officer was reaching for his TASER and instead pulled out his gun and fired. Involuntary manslaughter.

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Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson dies

Much has been written about Oscar Peterson. He died on Sunday at age 82. He was one of the jazz greats that didn’t kill himself with alcohol or other drugs. He lived a good long life. He was very productive. Some years he produced 4 or 5 albums. He played with everybody. His style strikes me as the anti-Miles. Miles Davis tried to eliminate notes. At the same time, he wasn’t John Coltrane either with his notes-on-notes. Oscar Peterson had plenty of notes but they cascaded and flowed. More clips and commentary here.  Of course, C&L have a little something to

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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