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2011….A look back

GREETINGS FROM the home office in Dublin Ohio and the lull between Christmas and one of my favorite days of the year.

 

New Year’s Day is a GREAT TIME OF THE YEAR! It is a day filled Pork, Saur Kraut and college football games (ok…no College Bowl Game this year), with new beginnings and new outlooks, as well as new “resolutions” even if they only last a few months (ok…maybe weeks, hours?).

I love New Years Day! It is a fresh start, and I take it literally. In addition to all of the resolutions I write down to try and better myself, I also give myself a shiny new haircut to go with the shiny new year (I shave my head every year-really wish I would have gotten that new Kashmir Skull Cap for Christmas!!!).

New Years Day can be great for working on our faults, making good on promises we made (or need to make), or just letting the bad of the past year be gone, and look forward to what is to come in the upcoming year (well…let’s just hope the Mayans were wrong).

New Year’s Eve is a night of magic, saying goodbye, parties, and even romance for some. It is a night that means something different to everyone. Some like me, relish in this night, others couldn’t care less. That is what makes this night GREAT it means something different to everyone and we all handle/celebrate it differently. No matter if at home watching the ball drop alone, out & about at a party with friends, or in a room full of strangers in a town you don’t know, even just that last dance with the special someone in your life (I have done all), make this New Years a GREAT MOMENT IN TIME! And whatever you are doing…plan on making the next New Year, EVEN BETTER!

 “We will open the book . . . Its pages are blank . . . We are going to put words on them ourselves . . . The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” – Edith Lovejoy Pierce  

 

This time of year as we look back I really enjoy the smiles that were earned over the last 12 months, and enjoy looking down at the physical and mental scars that shape the tattoos that we will carry the rest of our lives. The memories or physical attributes that make us say “oh yea…I remember when.”

“Tattoos and memories and dead skin on trial 
For what it’s worth it was worth all the while”-Green Day  

 

“Scars are souvenirs you never lose, the past is never far.
And did you lose yourself way out there?
Did you get to be a star?
Don’t make you sad to know that life is more than who you are?
Grew up way too fast and now there’s nothing to believe.
….Reruns all become our history.”-Goo Goo Dolls

We must embrace the good and the bad so we can move forward in a “complete” and healthy way.   

While we ALL can celebrate NYE in some way, this week some celebrated 2 others Holidays based on faith, traditions, and ethnic backgrounds. AND there is one, many (including me) do not know about-but it is awesome!;

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States honoring universal African-American heritage and culture, observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. It features activities such as lighting a candle holder with seven candles and culminates in a feast and gift-giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–1967.

Some celebrated the last day of Hanukkah
Tuesday evening marked the eighth and last day of Hanukkah.
Jewish people honor the event by lighting the candles on the menorah – one candle for each day of Hanukkah. It celebrates a miracle that happened almost 2,000 years ago when a temple lamp ran out of oil.

ONE WE CAN ALL RELATE TO! Good Riddance Day
Out with the Old, in with the New!
Saying goodbye to your worst memory from 2011 once and for all on Good Riddance Day!
Whether you’re bidding farewell to pink slips or parking tickets, credit cards or Valentine’s Day cards, the one percent or the 99 percent, your bad memories from 2011 will be destroyed, never to be seen again. This is a chance to start fresh in 2012!

Good Riddance Day is inspired by a Latin American tradition in which New Year’s revelers put artifacts from the previous year into giant dolls and set them on fire.
http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/good-riddance-day/index.aspx

So Happy New Year to all of you. And as Auld Lang Syne is playing and the couples are kissing at Midnight, I DO NOT AGREE with the song lyrics.

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?
CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
CHORUS
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.
CHORUS
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

I DON’T want an old acquaintance to be “forgot” and “never brought to mind”…cause I enjoy most of my “acquaintances,” and friends. For one person, memories (and a few emails) are all I have…to smile. For the others; the a**holes, the bad folks, the people who hose, the people who hate, etc…those people are also valuable remembrances to be “brought to mind”-memories of why those feelings are brought up, and also to remind…I don’t want to be like them! But as the song does say…I hope someday to have “that drink” where the “pint glass” is full of kindness.

Cheers! As the Holiday Decorations begin to come down, the couples pucker up, the parties wind down, the new calendars are purchased, and “the ball” drops slower than my sinus infection that I am fighting, I hope everyone has a Happy New Year-May your worst days of 2012 be your best days of 2011!

The following is one of my favorite things to do (it better be, since it took me over 10 hours to put together! This is a look back on promises made (and those not kept), look back at some of the lives we lost, as well as “semi-anticipated” Top Lists in Movies, Music, Tours, Sports, and quotes. PLUS at the bottom is a list of events to bring in NYE. 

2011 RESOLUTIONS A LOOK BACK:

RESOLUTIONS FOR 2011! This was written as acknowledgement of faults and areas wanting to better self and in turn others. Every year, by making public, I hope others will help me hold myself accountable for the things I want to change: let’s look back as to how I did?

1.) Work on understanding, accepting, and appreciating my relationship with God.

This is always ongoing, but I am in a better place?

2.) WAKE UP EVERYDAY AND BE THE BEST I CAN BE (Always give 100%, but realize 100% of each day is different-and be ok with that!) Even on my worst days, still better than some of my best in the past.

3.) Each day do something for someone else-in turn not only bettering them, but self as well. There is a lot that can be learned by doing for others, and I am enjoying that education.

4.) Continue to ATTEMPT to find the good in EVERYTHING. Not every day is great, but if I can (and do) choose to make it a Good Day!

5.) Everyday find/see the “God Today” in the Lil Moments of daily miracles. Do this every day, and life is much better!

6.) Three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.-Jimmy V Maybe not every day, but I try to!

7.) Start the “Flame” Foundation. I have the paperwork

8.) Get Personal Training Certificate. Had the chance, and didn’t go to the class that weekend

9.) Run an ORGANIZED Half Marathon. NOPE but my knees are getting better

10.) Be THE FIRST DJ TO PLAY THE GRAND OLE OPRY. Not YET!

11.) Average 52+ Gigs this year, with 26 being on road-and continuing to.
Learn from experiences with tour activation folks. Had gigs for 48 weeks of the year and over 72 gigs! AND…26 were on the road!!! All while learning a lot!

12.) Work less-or at least smarter. Be more diversified in areas where monies can be made, so as to not “depend” on any one area. I am enjoying making more, with less stress and a heck of a lot less work

13.) Work as hard for others as I do for myself (and Vice Versa). Ok…this is kinda wearing me out!

14.) Make time for fun, and for work (Good Start from Last Year, but need to keep working on this, and even enjoy/be ok with downtime). I am really enjoying the “fun” in life!

15.) Go on vacation (Take an extra Day or two on road trips, and go somewhere WITHOUT WORK). Have done this a few times, fun seeing this great country, and being with friends and extended family!

16.) Learn that not everyone is a friend, and accept that sometimes you get screwed, but at no fault of anyone-and try every day to right any of the wrongs I have done to others. Sh*t happens, and just try to make sure that others don’t feel as if I am screwing them.

17.) Volunteer (Continue at Ronald House, Start at Zoo, and find other organizations to help). Have helped a few, had to back off RMH for last part of the year, and no Zoo.

18.) Be in better shape-not for vanity, but for health/fitness. Goal Weight is 150 pounds, 29inch waist, and be able to bench weight 15 times (and try not to care about my size-THIS WILL BE HARD!). Got down to 168. Have a 28 inch waist, and DESTROYED BENCH by benching own weight 26 times!

19.) Find my “One Thing.” Still looking, but enjoying the search.

20.) Personal. Not there yet (but hope to start with maybe “that drink”)

21.) Continue to Read/Write more (concentrate on songs, poems). Some are being cut as I type!

22.) Continue to be open with feelings/emotions. Like diarrhea of emotions!

23.) Be so freakin positive it can help someone-or at very least pi**es someone off!!! It helps to make the bad days be better, fun to help try and make someone else smile, and those that get pi**ed…they are even more fun!

24.) Work on being more diverse with knowledge, interests, etc. I am trying to be like a sponge. I KEEL at Jeopardy now (well except Math Categories)

25.) Go to away Buckeye Game (Miami in 2011?) No, but maybe the Gator Bowl?

26.) Double my current “cooperate client list.” Gained Many, only lost a couple. Been a great year!

27.) Make Business Firsts 35 under 35. Nope next stop 40 Under 40

28.) Eat better, or at very least-more consistent. Eating much better! AND FEELING GOOD!!!

29.) Continue to pay down debt. Still working on that, at least I don’t owe any friends.

30.) Let more “stuff” role off back-remembering being upset only hurts/affects me. Takes a lot to bother me anymore.

31.) Develop side business’ and help others do the same. Have a lot of side gigs that help me with incomes and help others.

32.) Play following gigs (Cincy Blind Pig Marathon, Cleveland Rock & Roll
Marathon, Jamboree in the Hills, Country Concert, ALL Country Thunder Concerts across the Country, Arizona 1/2 Marathon, Country Jam, Red, White, & Boom (IN SOME ROLE), Capital City 1/2, Crew Games, All Buckeye Home games, continue to develop relationship with Jackets-don’t limit to this list! AND IF/when someone else does get over me, find out how/why and learn…WHILE BEING HAPPY FOR THEM. Had chance at Cincy (I was already booked), and in talks with Cleveland for 2012. Did White, & Boom, Capital City 1/2, Crew Games, All Buckeye Home games, GREAT relationship with Jackets, and some other amazing events, with even more for 2012!

33.) Manage Time Better. Not sure how, but making use of down time.

34.) Publish list of quotes (I say every year-I REALLY WANT TO DO THIS THIS YEAR)-NOPE

35.) Better someone else’s career, and understand not everyone is me, and some will do better than me, others will fail-BE OK AND ENCOURAGE BOTH. It happened, and others failed…the failure still bothered me.

36.) Rock at least 4 Major Events. 4 my a**!!! It was a GREAT YEAR!!!

37.) Organize a fundraiser for each quarter of the year (and find ways to take Army Navy Fundraiser to $5000.00!!!). Army Navy did not pan out and I am rather embarrassed I could not help more than I did.

38.) Smile More. My cheeks hurt!

39.) Go to Doctor/get help when things/body parts ache/hurt. Maybe not doctor, but do get help, and take easy when I am hurtin’.

40.) Find acceptance can’t do what used to do FAILURE IS NOT ONLY HUMBELING-But also the first step to success. Still working on this.

41.) BUFFETT (at least 3 shows, and start using his business plan)-DID NO SHOWS (but did have tixx), but livin in the shoes (or sandals) of my heroes.

42.) Manage Money Better. Did a lil better

43.) Clean Garage (I still have a couple days)

44.) Mentor More (in many areas; Business, Physical Fitness, being a better person, and help self/others FIND ACCOUNTABILITY). Doing this is fun, and probably helps me more than anyone else.

45.) Go Back to School. Still want/need to do.

46.) Learn to speak Spanish. No Hablo Espenol

47.) QUIT WORRYING-Everything happens for a reason, find the good in all. I worry less than Alfred E. Newman!

48.) NEVER BACK DOWN!!! (NEVER Make anyone else feel they have to either!). I am being tenacious BUT not in ways of past.

49.) NEVER BE BROKE! It has been a good year, and allowed for a lot less stress

50.) AS ALWAYS NEVER LIMIT TO JUST THIS LIST. Create a TO DO, or WANNA DO list daily. I fill up a to do list everyday with new goals!
PLEASE JOIN ME: 

NYE DEC 31, SATURDAY: Join me as I rock the Budweiser Terrace as The Blue Jackets take on The Washington Capitals at Nationwide Arena

My Crew and DJ Pish rock Yogi’s  NYE Party
My Crew-DJ. Steve and DJ Scoobie Rock The Filling Station NYE Party

 

SUNDAY:
January 1st NEW YEARS DAY join my buddies from M3Ssports and Premier Racing, as I rock the Start Line, and the Post Party for the for the “First in The First” www.m3ssports.com/events/first-on-the-first.htm

 


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TIME TO BOOK YOUR 2012 Events
“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”- WARREN BUFFETT

Now through Jan 2nd I am offering an “Ultimate Gift” for you, loved ones, or any friends/family. This time of year is especially popular for engagements, and for putting together wedding plans for 2012. If you or someone you know is getting married, we can make their day special. We have been in the entertainment and wedding industry for over 25 years. Our expertise will make you or your friend’s wedding, a moment to remember. Refer us now through Jan 2, 2012 and receive 25% of contracted rate. Call 614-580-3118 to secure your date, or go to www.rmsexton.com

COMING SOON PUBLIC EVENTS:
Every Friday join my buddy DJ Chris O at The Filling Station kicking off your weekend with all your favorite hits, and some of the cheapest drinks in town

JANUARY 6th PBR 2012 Kick Off at Madison Square Garden

January 13 Join Chris O as he covers the Budweiser Party Terrace as The Jackets take on The Phoenix Coyotes!

January 14th Pending event that will re-shape local entertainment, and I am proud we are even being consider to usher in this new concept!

January 27th Join me as I rock with some of Nashville’s Greatest Stars celebrating our buddy, James Gage’s Birthday at Peddler’s Lounge in Grove City

 

 

THOUGHT(s) FOR THE WEEK:
12 Things Happy People Do Differently
“I’d always believed that a life of quality, enjoyment, and wisdom were my human birthright and would be automatically bestowed upon me as time passed.  I never suspected that I would have to learn how to live – that there were specific disciplines and ways of seeing the world I had to master before I could awaken to a simple, happy, uncomplicated life.”
-Dan Millman

Studies conducted by positivity psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky point to 12 things happy people do differently to increase their levels of happiness.  These are things that we can start doing today to feel the effects of more happiness in our lives.

1.       Express gratitude. – When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value.  Kinda cool right?  So basically, being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of happiness.  And that’s without having to go out and buy anything.  It makes sense.  We’re gonna have a hard time ever being happy if we aren’t thankful for what we already have.

2.        Cultivate optimism. – Winners have the ability to manufacture their own optimism.  No matter what the situation, the successful diva is the chick who will always find a way to put an optimistic spin on it.  She knows failure only as an opportunity to grow and learn a new lesson from life.  People who think optimistically see the world as a place packed with endless opportunities, especially in trying times.
3.       Avoid over-thinking and social comparison. – Comparing yourself to someone else can be poisonous.  If we’re somehow ‘better’ than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, it gives us an unhealthy sense of superiority.  Our ego inflates – KABOOM – our inner Kanye West comes out!  If we’re ‘worse’ than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, we usually discredit the hard work that we’ve done and dismiss all the progress that we’ve made.  What I’ve found is that the majority of the time this type of social comparison doesn’t stem from a healthy place.  If you feel called to compare yourself to something, compare yourself to an earlier version of yourself.

4.       Practice acts of kindness. – Performing an act of kindness releases serotonin in your brain.  (Serotonin is a substance that has TREMENDOUS health benefits, including making us feel more blissful.)  Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside.  What’s even cooler about this kindness kick is that not only will you feel better, but so will people watching the act of kindness.  How extraordinary is that?  Bystanders will be blessed with a release of serotonin just by watching what’s going on.  A side note is that the job of most anti-depressants is to release more serotonin.  Move over Pfizer, kindness is kicking ass and taking names.

5.       Nurture social relationships. – The happiest people on the planet are the ones who have deep, meaningful relationships.  Did you know studies show that people’s mortality rates are DOUBLED when they’re lonely?  WHOA!  There’s a warm fuzzy feeling that comes from having an active circle of good friends who you can share your experiences with.  We feel connected and a part of something more meaningful than our lonesome existence.

6.       Develop strategies for coping. – How you respond to the ‘craptastic’ moments is what shapes your character.  Sometimes crap happens – it’s inevitable.  Forrest Gump knows the deal.  It can be hard to come up with creative solutions in the moment when manure is making its way up toward the fan.  It helps to have healthy strategies for coping pre-rehearsed, on-call, and in your arsenal at your disposal.

7.       Learn to forgive. – Harboring feelings of hatred is horrible for your well-being.  You see, your mind doesn’t know the difference between past and present emotion.  When you ‘hate’ someone, and you’re continuously thinking about it, those negative emotions are eating away at your immune system.  You put yourself in a state of suckerism (technical term) and it stays with you throughout your day.

8.       Increase flow experiences. – Flow is a state in which it feels like time stands still.  It’s when you’re so focused on what you’re doing that you become one with the task.  Action and awareness are merged.  You’re not hungry, sleepy, or emotional.  You’re just completely engaged in the activity that you’re doing.  Nothing is distracting you or competing for your focus.

9.       Savor life’s joys. – Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy.  It’s easy in a world of wild stimuli and omnipresent movement to forget to embrace life’s enjoyable experiences.  When we neglect to appreciate, we rob the moment of its magic.  It’s the simple things in life that can be the most rewarding if we remember to fully experience them.

10.    Commit to your goals. – Being wholeheartedly dedicated to doing something comes fully-equipped with an ineffable force.  Magical things start happening when we commit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to get somewhere.  When you’re fully committed to doing something, you have no choice but to do that thing.  Counter-intuitively, having no option – where you can’t change your mind – subconsciously makes humans happier because they know part of their purpose.

11.    Practice spirituality. – When we practice spirituality or religion, we recognize that life is bigger than us.  We surrender the silly idea that we are the mightiest thing ever.  It enables us to connect to the source of all creation and embrace a connectedness with everything that exists.  Some of the most accomplished people I know feel that they’re here doing work they’re “called to do.”

12.    Take care of your body. – Taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person you can be.  If you don’t have your physical energy in good shape, then your mental energy (your focus), your emotional energy (your feelings), and your spiritual energy (your purpose) will all be negatively affected.  Did you know that studies conducted on people who were clinically depressed showed that consistent exercise raises happiness levels just as much as Zoloft?  Not only that, but here’s the double whammy… Six months later, the people who participated in exercise were less likely to relapse because they had a higher sense of self-accomplishment and self-worth.
http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/08/30/12-things-happy-people-do-differently/
SONG(s) FOR THE WEEK:
AMAZING
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2j279pZxTY 

I have 3 years NCAA Eligibility…makes me wanna get on the field, oh hell…makes me wanna bet on the Bowl games

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J10aEpRRtww

One for the Teachers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XC9ApgSiEtU#!

Just feelin’ this for some reason…”Yea!”-as Sammy says, (and YEP I had the red suit!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9thvSfq8w2o

LOT’S of great memories, and one amazing night with the top down with this one…kinda sad, it was all too true!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6c8a90PWIM&feature=artistob&playnext=1&list=TL7MbaBkKKHKY

WOW!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76aOIbReCuw&ob=av2e
HOLIDAY SONGS TO BRING IN THE NEW YEAR!:

But the very next day…you gave it away, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8gmARGvPlI

Transition from giving…to receiving “Better Days in 2012”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOp4NAq6EHI

Well…?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owrOm_C0Cvw

CLASSIC SONG…and I had the same night in this song a few years ago!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhjYbfK9vrk

HEY 2011…THANK YOU!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwQZQygg3Lk&ob=av2e

I GOTTA FEELIN’ 2012 will be even better?!?!?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSD4vsh1zDA&ob=av3n

GREAT take on THE SONG to bring in 2012, BUT…I don’t wanna have “Old acquaintance be forgot”!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcVJBLV2Ryw

2012…IT AIN’T OVER!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uFalk1y38I&ob=av2e

DID YOU KNOW?:
Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Maybe it’s much too early in the game
Ah, but I thought I’d ask you just the same
What are you doing New Year’s
New Year’s Eve?

Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight
When it’s exactly twelve o’clock that night
Welcoming in the New Year
New Year’s Eve

Maybe I’m crazy to suppose
I’d ever be the one you chose
Out of a thousand invitations
You’d receive

Ah, but in case I stand one little chance
Here comes the jackpot question in advance
What are you doing New Year’s
New Year’s Eve?

Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight
When it’s exactly twelve o’clock that night
Welcoming in the New Year
New Year’s Eve
What are you doing New Year’s Eve?
IRONY:

Kim Jong-il travelled by train because he was terrified of flying. He died on Dec. 17 while riding a train.

HELP:
Help yourself after the Holiday?

How to sell gift cards online for extra money

If you have unused gift cards or you received some for Christmas that you will never use, consider selling them and putting the cash in your wallet to use on things you really need. There are several online sites that allow you to sell your gift cards electronically and get cash back by check, Paypal or in the form of a gift card to a store you like to shop at.

Trustworthy sites like Cardpool, GiftCards.com andPlasticJungle buy the gift cards from you online and offer instant payment through Paypal, MoneyGram, an Amazon gift card or a check in the mail. You can also opt to purchase a discounted gift card at hundreds of retailers nationwide including Lands’ End, Macy’s, Best Buy, Walmart, Pottery Barn, Old Navy, Home Depot, and DSW.
www.examiner.com/frugal-living-in-providence/how-to-sell-gift-cards-online-for-extra-money?cid=dflo-facebook-122711-GiftCards

GREAT READ:

A man walks in a bar, ask the bartender for a glass of water. The bar tender pulls out his shot gun shoots & barely misses the guy in head! The man once gaining his composure says THANK YOU! & leaves him a large tip.

Why? Simple, the man had a severe case of the HICCUPS! Moral of that great story is simple; sometimes it takes a moment of utter FEAR to overcome a severe problem or challenge we face. Once that FEAR is overcome, there is joy & relief that allows us to move on to greater heights than ever before!

              

MUST WATCH:

This sums up 2011…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zls4Ao3GyM&feature=share

 

PASSING-A Look Back in tribute on all The Lives Lost in 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIxHKaagXvI&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHQmQCE1OwU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAmV3zWvli8

JANUARY:
Maj. Richard “Dick” Winters, 92. The man who fought in several major battles in World War II and whose quiet leadership was chronicled in the book and television miniseries “Band of Brothers.”Jan. 2.
Malangatana Ngwenya, 74. A Mozambican painter, poet and politician who became one of Africa’s most famous artists for his work drawing on the country’s rocky history. Jan. 5.
Vang Pao, 81. A revered former general in the Royal Army of Laos, who led thousands of Hmong guerrillas in a CIA-backed secret army in the Vietnam war.

Jan. 6.

Jiri Dienstbier, 73. A reporter turned dissident who joined Vaclav Havel to help topple one of Eastern Europe’s most repressive regimes, then served under Havel in Czechoslovakia’s first post-communist government. Jan. 8.

Peter Yates, 81. A British film maker who sent actor Steve McQueen screeching through the streets of San Francisco in a Ford Mustang in “Bullitt.” Jan. 9.

Margaret Whiting, 86. A sweet-voiced performer known for sentimental ballads who sold millions of records in the 1940s and 1950s. Jan. 10.

David Nelson, 74. He starred on his parents’ popular American television show “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” Jan. 11.

Mississippi Winn, 113. A former domestic worker believed to be the oldest living African-American in the U.S. and the seventh oldest person in the world. Jan. 14.
Susannah York, 72. One of the leading stars of British and Hollywood films in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Jan. 15.
Don Kirshner, 76. A rock promoter who helped launch performers such as Prince, the Eagles, Lionel Ritchie and Ozzy Osbourne. Jan. 17.

R. Sargent Shriver, 95. First Peace Corps director, ambassador and leader of the War on Poverty in the U.S. but best known as a Kennedy in-law. Jan. 18.

Ed Mauser, 94. The oldest living member of a 101st Airborne Division company that became known as the “Band of Brothers” and fought some of the fiercest battles of World War II but kept his Army service secret even from his family. Jan. 21.
Jack LaLanne, 96. The fitness guru who inspired U.S. television viewers to trim down, eat well and pump iron for decades before diet and exercise became an American obsession. Jan. 23.
Samuel Ruiz, 86. A retired Roman Catholic bishop and staunch defender of Indian rights who served as a mediator in talks between the Mexican government and leftist Zapatista rebels. Jan. 24.

Nora Sun, 72. A former U.S. trade counsel and granddaughter of the founder of Asia’s first republic in China, Sun Yat-sen. Jan. 26. Injuries suffered in a car

FEBRUARY:
Maria Schneider, 58. A French actress who was Marlon Brando’s young co-star in Bernardo Bertolucci’s steamy “Last Tango in Paris.” Feb. 3.
J. Paul Getty, 54. The troubled grandson of one of the world’s richest men who lost an ear in a grisly kidnapping in Italy. Feb. 3.

Maria Altman, 94. A refugee from Nazi-occupied Austria whose successfully fought to recover Gustav Klimt paintings looted from her Jewish family. Feb. 7.

Ratu Josefa Iloilo, 91. A Fijian tribal chief who as president made crucial decisions backing the military takeover of the South Pacific country. Feb. 7.

Christian J. Lambertson, 93. A scientist and doctor who invented a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus used by the military in World War II and later coined the term “scuba,” an acronym by which such systems are widely known. Feb. 11.

Betty Garrett, 91. The vivacious Broadway star who played singer Frank Sinatra’s sweetheart in two MGM musicals before her career was hampered by Hollywood’s blacklist in the 1950s. Feb. 12.

George Shearing, 91. A Britsh-born jazz pianist who wrote the standard “Lullaby of Birdland” and headed a famed quintet. Feb. 14.

Suze Rotolo, 67. Artist and girlfriend of singer Bob Dylan, who was his lyrical muse when he came to prominence in the early 1960s. Feb. 25.

Judith Coplon, 81. Convicted of being a Soviet spy after she was caught with secret U.S. documents at a meeting with a Russian agent in 1949 but later acquitted. Feb. 26.

Necmattin Erbakan, 85. A longtime leader of Turkey’s Islamic political movement and briefly the country’s prime minister in the first Islamic-led coalition in the country’s modern history. Feb. 27.

Duke Snider, 84. Baseball Hall of Famer for the “Boys of Summer” who helped the Dodgers bring their only World Series crown to Brooklyn. Feb. 27.

Frank Buckles, 110. The last surviving American veteran of World War I who also survived being a civilian prisoner of war in the Philippines in World War II. Feb. 27.

Jane Russell, 89. The voluptuous actress who starred in the controversial film “The Outlaw” and who, as a pin-up girl, set GIs’ hearts to pounding during World War II. Feb. 28.

Annie Girardot, 79. The perky, gravelly voiced actress who became one of France’s most enduring and modern stars. Feb. 28.

MARCH:
Mikhail Simonov, 81. An aircraft designer whose heavily armed and far-flying Sukhoi fighter jet became the star of the Soviet defense industry and a cash cow for post-communist Russia. March 4.

Alberto Granado, 88. He accompanied Ernesto “Che” Guevara on a journey of discovery across Latin America that was immortalized in Guevara’s memoir and on the screen in “The Motorcycle Diaries.” March 5.

Owsley “Bear” Stanley, 76. A 1960s counterculture figure who worked with the Grateful Dead and was a prolific LSD producer. March 12.

Joe Morello, 82. A legendary American jazz drummer whose virtuosity and odd time signatures made him an integral part of the Dave Brubeck Quartet on such recordings as “Take Five.” March 12.

Carel Boshoff, 83. Founder of an all-white separatist community who sought to preserve the culture of Afrikaners as South Africa moved from a white-ruled apartheid government to a democracy. March 16.

Michael Gough, 94. The British actor best known for playing Bruce Wayne’s butler in a series of Batman movies. March 17
Ferlin Husky, 85. A pioneering American country music entertainer in the 1950s and early `60s known for hits like “Wings of the Dove.” March 17.

Farley Granger, 85. The 1950s American teen screen idol who starred in Alfred Hitchcock classics such as “Rope” and “Strangers on a Train.” March 20.

Pinetop Perkins, 97. Grammy-winning bluesman, who for years played the rickety bars of the Mississippi Delta and performed with musicians such as Ike Turner, Sonny Boy Williamson and slide guitarist Robert Nighthawk. March 21.

Mayhew “Bo” Foster, 99. A World War II U.S. Army pilot who transported Nazi official Hermann Goering for interrogation in an unarmed, unescorted plane. March 21.

Elizabeth Taylor, 79. The violet-eyed American film goddess whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life and enduring fame and glamour made her one of the last of the classic movie stars and a template for the modern celebrity. March 23.

Warren M. Christopher, 85. The attorney-turned-envoy who tirelessly traveled to Bosnia and the Middle East on peace missions as U.S. secretary of state in the Clinton administration. March 25. Complications from bladder and kidney cancer.
Olga Ulyanova, 89. A chemist and niece of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin who wrote books praising her uncle and family. March 25.

Geraldine Ferraro, 75. A relatively obscure Democratic congresswoman who became the first woman on a major U.S. party ticket when she ran for vice president in 1984 and emboldened American women to seek office. March 26. Complications from blood cancer.

Harry Wesley Coover Jr., 94. Known as the inventor of the popular adhesive Super Glue. March 26.

Jose Alencar, 75. A former vice president and millionaire textile magnate who shared eight years of government with Brazil’s first working-class President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. March 29.

Robert Tear, 72. A versatile Welsh tenor who appeared in opera houses around the world and made more than 250 recordings. March 29.

APRIL:
Ange Felix Patasse, 74. He led the desperately poor Central African Republic for a decade before being ousted in a coup in 2003. April 5.

Dr. Baruch S. Blumberg, 85. He shared the Nobel Prize in medicine for his discovery of the hepatitis vaccine. April 5.

Sidney Lumet, 86. The award-winning director of such American film classics as “Network,” “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon” and “12 Angry Men.” April 9.

William Nunn Lipscomb, Jr. 91. A Harvard professor who won the Nobel chemistry prize in 1976 for research on the structure of molecules and chemical bonding and mentored several future Nobel laureates. April 14.

Juan Pedro Domecq Solis, 69. One of Spain’s foremost breeders of fighting bulls and a descendant from a famous sherry producing family. April 18.
Pietro Ferrero, 47. Chief executive of the Ferrero Group holding company that produces Nutella, Tic-Tac mints and other confections and a scion of one of Italy’s richest families. April 18.

Grete Waitz, 57. The Norwegian runner who won nine New York marathons and the silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. April 19.

Tim Hetherington, 49. A British-born, Oscar-nominated film director and photojournalist. April 20.

Hubert “Hub” Schlafly, 91. A key member of a team that invented the teleprompter and rescued soap opera actors, newscasters and politicians from stumbling over their words on live television. April 20.

Jess Jackson, 81. The founder of the Kendall-Jackson winery and owner of two most widely recognized thoroughbreds in recent years. April 21.

Norio Ohga, 81. As chairman he transformed the Japanese electronics maker Sony into a global software and entertainment empire. April 23.

Max van der Stoel, 86. A former Dutch foreign minister and a U.N. human rights representative who became a thorn in the side of the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. April 23.

Sathya Sai Baba, 84. A Hindu guru revered by millions worldwide. April 24.

Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, 86. The outspoken beauty who served as South Vietnam’s unofficial first lady early in the Vietnam war and earned the nickname “Dragon Lady” for her harsh criticism of protesting Buddhists and communist sympathizers. April 25.

Poly Styrene, 53. The braces-wearing British singer who belted out the punk anthem “Oh Bondage, Up Yours” with the band X-Ray Spex. April 25.
Orlando Bosch, 84. A Cuban exile militant who was acquitted in Venezuela in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner. April 27.

Ernesto Sabato, 99. An Argentine writer who led the government’s probe of crimes committed by the military dictatorship. April 30.

MAY:
Henry Cooper, 76. One of Britain’s most popular sportsmen who was best known for knocking down Muhammad Ali when he was still known as Cassius Clay. May 1.

Osama bin Laden, 54. Terrorist leader whose money and preaching inspired the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. May 2. Killed during a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs in Pakistan.

Rene Emilio Ponce, 64. A Salvadoran army general and former defense minister accused of ordering the 1989 killing of six Jesuit priests and two others during the country’s civil war. May 2.

Jackie Cooper, 88. One of the most popular child movie stars of the 1930s who later had a successful career as a television director and still appeared in films. May 3.

Arthur Laurents, 93. The director, playwright and screenwriter who wrote such enduring productions as “West Side Story” and “`Gypsy” as well as the film classics “Rope” and “The Way We Were.” May 5.

Claude Stanley Coules, 110. The last known combat veteran of World War I who had a 41-year-military career that extended into World War II. May 5.

Seve Ballesteros, 54. A five-time major champion whose incomparable imagination and fiery personality made him one of the most significant figures in modern golf. May 7.

Robert Stempel, 77. A former General Motors chief executive and engineer who led the development of the catalytic converter but was ousted in a boardroom coup. May 7.
Lidia Gueiler, 89. The only woman ever to have been Bolivia’s president. May 9.
Burt Reinhardt, 91. One of CNN’s first presidents and an American television pioneer who is credited with helping to build the global news network in its formative years. May 10.

Wallace McCain, 81. A billionaire frozen food mogul and philanthropist who helped turn a small Canadian french fry plant into the global McCain Foods empire and later went on to control meat processor Maple Leaf Foods. May 13.
Michael William Coplestone Dillon Onslow, 73. The 7th earl of Onslow and a cheerful advocate of removing nobles such as himself from the House of Lords. May 14.
Harmon Killebrew, 74. The baseball slugger for the Minnesota Twins and for many years the face of the team. May 17.

Garret FitzGerald, 85. A beloved figure who as Ireland’s prime minister in the 1980s was an early architect of peace in Northern Ireland. May 19.

Randy “Macho Man” Savage, 58. A larger-than-life personality from professional wrestling’s 1980s heyday known for his raspy voice and brash style. May 20.

Bill Hunter, 71. The archetype of a working class Australian with a distinctive accent, weather-worn face and a no-nonsense style who starred in films and on television. May 21.
Leonora Carrington, 94. A British-born painter, writer and sculptor considered one of the last of the original surrealists. May 25.

Gil Scott-Heron, 62. Widely considered one of the godfathers of rap music with his piercing social and political prose laid against the backdrop of minimalist percussion, flute and other instrumentation. May 27.

Sergei Bagapsh, 62. Leader of Abkhazia, a separatist region of Georgia aligned with Russia. May 29.

JUNE:
Albertina Sisulu, 92. A veteran of the anti-apartheid movement who was married to Nelson Mandela’s mentor. June 2.

Sammy Ofer, 89. A billionaire Israeli shipping magnate and philanthropist at the center of a scandal involving trade with Iran. June 2.

Jack Kevorkian, 83. Defiant proponent of doctor-assisted suicide who said he oversaw the deaths of 130 gravely ill people. June 3.

James Arness, 88. An actor who towered over the American television landscape for two decades as righteous Dodge City lawman Matt Dillon in “Gunsmoke.” June 3.

Harry Bernstein, 101. Wrote acclaimed memoir of an English childhood haunted by anti-Semitism “The Invisible Wall,” published when he was 96. June 3.

Lawrence Eagleburger, 80. The only career U.S. foreign service officer to rise to secretary of state and whose exuberant style masked a hard-driving commitment to solving tangled foreign policy problems. June 4.

Jorge Semprun, 87. A writer and politician who chronicled his own experience in the Nazis’ Buchenwald death camp, struggled against dictatorship in his native Spain and later became that country’s culture minister. June 7.

M.F. Husain, 95, a former movie billboard artist who rose to become India’s most sought after painter before going into self-imposed exile during an uproar over nude images of Hindu icons. June 9.

Brian Lenihan 52. A former finance minister who oversaw Ireland’s struggle to avoid national bankruptcy even as he battled cancer. June 10.

Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor, 96. A British travel writer who tramped across Europe in his teens and captured a German general in Nazi-occupied Crete during World War II. June 10.

Clarence Clemons, 69. The saxophone player for the E Street Band who was one of the key influences in Bruce Springsteen’s life and music. June 18.

Frederick Chiluba, 68. Zambia’s first democratically elected president who became increasingly autocratic during his decade in office. June 18.

Yelena Bonner, 88. A Russian rights activist and widow of Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov. June 18.
Peter Falk, 83. The American stage and screen actor who became identified as the rumpled detective title character on “Colombo,” which spanned 30 years in primetime U.S. television. June 23.

Christiane Desroches Noblecourt, 97. A pioneering Egyptologist who prodded Gen. Gamal Abdel Nasser to help salvage Nubia’s vaunted antiquities. June 23.

Itamar Franco, 81. A former Brazilian president who in the 1980s tamed inflation in Latin America’s largest country. July 2.

Otto Von Habsburg, 98. The oldest son of Austria’s last emperor and head of one of Europe’s most influential families. July 4.
Manuel Galban, 80. An award-winning Cuban guitarist who rose to international fame as a member of the Buena Vista Social Club musical collective. July 7.

Betty Ford, 93. The former U.S. first lady whose triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center in California. July 8.

Facundo Cabral, 74. One of Latin America’s most admired folk singers who was also a novelist. July 9.

Leo Kirch, 84. A German media mogul whose television empire collapsed in a spectacular bankruptcy nearly a decade ago. July 14.

Juan Maria Bordaberry, 83. Former president-turned dictator whose coup launched more than a decade of military rule in Uruguay. July 17.
Lucien Freud, 88. A towering and uncompromising figure in the art world for more than 50 years known for his intense realist portraits, particularly of nudes. July 20.
Elliot Handler, 95. With his wife, he grew Mattel Inc. from a small home-based picture-frame business into the largest U.S. toy maker and created the Hot Wheels brand. July 21.

Charles T. Manatt, 75. A former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic during the Clinton administration. July 22.

Nguyen Cao Ky, 80. The flamboyant former air force general who ruled South Vietnam for two years with an iron fist during the Vietnam war. July 23.

Amy Winehouse, 27. A dazzling, versatile singer who produced bitterly honest lyrics but who made headlines because of drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders and destructive relationships. July 23. Alcohol poisoning.

John Shalikashvili, 75. A retired U.S. Army general who was the first foreign-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and counseled President Bill Clinton on the use of troops in Bosnia and other trouble spots. July 24.

John Stott, 90. A minister who led a resurgence of evangelism in Britain and went on to become one of the most influential evangelical thinkers of the 20th century. July 27.

Pietro Sambi, 73. An archbishop and papal ambassador to the United States who helped bring about a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and clerical sex abuse victims. July 27.

AUGUST:
Delois Barrett Campbell, 85. A member of the award-winning Barrett Sisters who electrified audiences around the world with their powerful gospel harmonies. Aug. 2.

Baruj Benacerraf, 90. A Venezuelan-born immunologist who shared the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Aug. 2.

Bubba Smith, 66. Former NFL star and actor best known for playing Moses Hightower, the soft-spoken officer in the “Police Academy” films. Aug. 3

Jean-Claude Bajeux, 79. A former culture minister, scholar and steadfast human rights activist who targeted both Haiti’s long-ruling family dictatorship and the governments that followed. Aug. 5.

Andrzej Lepper, 57. A pig farmer-turned-firebrand populist who was briefly deputy prime minister in a shaky Polish government and who was later disgraced in a bribery and sex scandal. Aug. 5. Suspected suicide.

Hugh Carey, 92. A former New York governor who saved New York City from bankruptcy in the 1970s, staring down President Gerald Ford in the process. Aug. 7.

Marshall Grant, 83. The last surviving member of Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two who helped change the future of American music and popular culture with their boom-chicka-boom beat. Aug. 7.

Billy Grammer, 85. His 1958 hit “Gotta Travel On” hit the top of American pop music charts and led to a long career at the Grand Ole Opry. Aug. 10.

Ctirad Masin, 81. A controversial anti-communist fighter in the former nation of Czechoslovakia who eluded a massive East Bloc manhunt during the Cold War. Aug. 13.

Raoul Ruiz, 70. A Chilean-born filmmaker who made more than 100 films and rebelled against the conventions of movie-making. Aug. 19.

Albert “Doc” Brown, 105. A survivor of the Bataan Death March, a harrowing 65-mile (105 kilometer) trek in which 78,000 prisoners of war were forced to walk from Bataan, a province near Manila, to a Japanese prisoner camp. Aug. 21.

Jack Layton, 61. A folksy and charismatic political leader who guided his leftist New Democrat party to become the dominant opposition group in Canada’s Parliament while battling severe health problems. Aug. 22.

Vicco von Buelow, 87. A humorist known as “Loriot,” often cited by Germans as proof of their sense of humor. Aug. 22.
Frank Dileo, 63. An American music industry executive, who managed Michael Jackson’s career in the 1980s and returned as his manager in the superstar’s final days. Aug. 24.

Leonidas Kyrkos, 86. A veteran leftist politician who once nearly faced a firing squad and eventually became one of Greece’s most respected politicians. Aug. 28.

David “Honey Boy” Edwards, 96. An award-winning American musician believed to be the oldest surviving Delta bluesman, in Chicago. Aug. 28.

Betty Skelton Erde, 85. An aviation and auto racing pioneer once called the fastest woman on Earth. Aug. 31.

SEPTEMBER:
Sandor Kepiro, 97. A former officer in the Hungarian security force who was acquitted of Holocaust-era war crimes. Sept. 3.

Julio Casas Regueiro, 75. An accountant who fought in Cuba’s revolution and became a general, then used his training to run the military’s lucrative enterprises for two decades before becoming defense minister. Sept. 3.

Vann Nath, 66. An artist who was among only seven people to survive Cambodia’s most notorious prison of the 1970s Khmer Rouge regime and who later depicted the facility’s horrific torture. Sept. 5.

Salvatore Licitra, 43. A tenor known in his Italian homeland as the “new Pavarotti.” Sept. 5. Motorcycle accident.

Cliff Robertson, 88. Actor who portrayed President John F. Kennedy in the film “PT-109” and won an Oscar for playing a mentally disabled man in “Charly.” Sept. 10.

John Calley, 81. He ran three Hollywood studios that made such hits as “The Exorcist” and “Spider-Man.” Sept. 13.

Richard Hamilton, 89. A British pop artist pioneer who depicted former Prime Minister Tony Blair as a cowboy and designed a Beatles’ album cover. Sept. 13.

Charles H. Percy, 91. A Chicago businessman who became a U.S. senator and was once widely viewed as a top presidential contender. Sept. 17.

Robert Whitaker, 71. A photographer who shot some of the most famous – and infamous – images of The Beatles. Sept. 20.

Aristides Pereira, 87. Fought Portugal’s colonial rule in the Cape Verde islands and became the West African nation’s first president. Sept. 23.
Wangari Maathi, 71. The first African woman recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, who combined environmentalism and social activism. Sept. 25.
Phillip Matthew Hannan, 98. The popular former New Orleans Roman Catholic archbishop who sought to console a grieving U.S. with his eulogy for slain President John F. Kennedy. Sept. 29.

Anwar al-Awlaki, 40. An American-born Muslim preacher and savvy Internet operator, who became a powerful al-Qaida tool for recruiting in the West. Sept. 30.

Ralph Steinman, 68. A pioneering cell biologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for his discoveries about the immune system.

OCTOBER:
Arthur C. Nielsen Jr., 92. He led the company that grew into an international firm that produces the TV ratings known as “The Nielsens.” Oct. 3.

Steve Jobs, 56. The Apple founder and former chief executive who invented and master-marketed ever sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone. Oct. 5.

Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, 89. Civil rights activist who endured arrests, beatings and injuries from fire hoses while fighting for racial equality in the segregated South of the 1960s. Oct. 5.

Bert Jansch, 67. A virtuoso acoustic guitarist who was at the center of the British folk revival of the 1960s and 1970s. Oct. 5.

Robert Galvin, 89. He was Motorola’s chief executive for 29 years and took it from maker of police radios and television sets to one of the world’s leading electronic companies. Oct. 11.

James Van Doren, 72. The co-founder of Vans canvas shoes that were embraced by the skateboard culture and became a sensation in the U.S. when Sean Penn wore a checkerboard pair in the 1982 film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Oct. 12.
Dan Wheldon, 33. Race car driver who moved from his native England to the United States with hopes of winning the Indianapolis 500 race and went on to do so twice. Oct. 16.

Tadeusz Sawicz, 97. A Polish World War II airman believed to be the last surviving Polish pilot from the Battle of Britain. Oct. 19.

Moammar Gadhafi, 69. The last of the old-style Arab strongmen who ruled Libya for nearly 42 years with an eccentric brutality. Oct. 20.
Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, 80. Crown prince of Saudi Arabia who as defense minister closed multibillion-dollar deals to establish the modern Saudi armed forces. Oct. 22.

Jimmy Savile, 84. A veteran British broadcaster and famously eccentric culture figure. Oct. 29.

NOVEMBER:
Dorothy Rodham, 92. Mother of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton’s mother-in-law. Nov. 1.

Norman Ramsey, 96. Shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in physics for his research into atomic energy levels that led to the creation of the atomic clock and imaging machines. Nov. 4.

Andy Rooney, 92. The curmudgeonly commentator who spent 30 years talking about the oddities of life on American television. Nov. 4.

Alfonso Cano, 63. A bespectacled intellectual who rose from chief ideologist to maximum leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also known as the FARC. Nov. 4.

Joe Frazier, 67. One of the great heavyweight boxers of his era who was forever associated with three bouts he had with Mohammad Ali, including the “Thrilla in Manila.” Nov. 7.
Bil Keane, 89. Creator of the comic strip “Family Circus,” which entertained readers with a mix of humor and traditional family values for more than a half century. Nov. 8.

Heavy D, 44. He became one of rap’s top hit makers in the late 1980s and early 1990s with his charming combination of humor and positivity. Nov. 8.

Francisco Blake Mora, 45. Mexico’s interior minister and point man in the country’s deadly war against organized crime and drug cartels. Nov. 11.
Evelyn Lauder, 75. An executive at cosmetics giant Estee Lauder Cos. who helped create the pink ribbon campaign for breast cancer awareness. Nov. 12.

Karl Slover, 93. One of the last surviving actors who played one of the Munchkins in the 1939 classic film “The Wizard of Oz.” Nov. 15.

Basil D’Oliveira, 80. A South African-born cricket player for England who became a pivotal figure in the sport’s battle against apartheid. Nov. 19.

Anne McCaffrey, 85. Her vision of an interstellar alliance between humans and dragons spawned the science fiction “Dragonriders of Pern” novels. Nov. 21.
Eli Hurvitz, 79. The one-time laboratory dishwasher who transformed Teva Pharmaceutical Industries from a small Israeli medical company into the world’s largest genetic drugmaker. Nov. 21.

Danielle Mitterrand, 87. The widow of France’s first Socialist president, Francois Mitterrand, and who joined the World War II French resistance and later advocated many left-leaning causes and vociferously opposed capitalist excess. Nov. 22.

Svetlana Alliluyeva, 85. Known later in life as Lana Peters, she was Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s daughter whose defection to the West during the Cold War embarrassed the ruling communists and made her a best-stelling author. Nov. 22.

Tom Wicker, 85. The former New York Times political reporter and columnist whose career soared after his acclaimed coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Nov. 25.

Judy Lewis, 76. Conceived out of wedlock by movie stars Clark Gable and Loretta Young while they filmed “Call of the Wild” in the 1930s, for years one of the best kept secrets in Hollywood. Nov. 25.

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, 78. A millionaire’s son who became leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra in eastern Nigeria, plunging the country into civil war that killed a million people and brought television images of starving African children. Nov. 26.

Ken Russell, 84. An iconoclastic British director whose daring films blended music, sex and violence in a potent brew seemingly drawn from his subconscious. Nov. 27.

Ante Markovic, 87. The former Yugoslavia’s last prime minister who tried to prevent the country’s bloody breakup in the 1990s. Nov. 27.

DECEMBER:
Francois Lesage, 82. The heir of the legendary Maison Lesage embroidery atelier which has been long embellishing Paris’ couture houses’ most fantastic creations. Dec. 1.

Dev Anand, 88. A charismatic and flamboyant Indian film star for more than half a century. Dec. 3.

Socrates, 57. A former Brazilian soccer star known for his elegant style and deep involvement in politics. Dec. 4.
Patricia Dunn, 58. The former Hewlett-Packard chairwoman who authorized a board room surveillance probe that ultimately sullied her remarkable rise from investment bank typist to the corporate upper class. Dec. 4.
Violetta Villas 73. A Polish coloratura soprano who spurned opera for popular music and became a cabaret star in Las Vegas and then got trapped behind the Iron Curtain when she returned to care for her dying mother. Dec. 5.

Harry Morgan, 96. An actor best known for playing the fatherly Col. Sherman Potter on the TV show “M-A-S-H.” Dec. 7.

Jerry Robinson, 89. A comic book industry pioneer who helped create Batman sidekick Robin the Boy Wonder and their arch-nemesis The Joker. Dec. 7.

Diana Joy Colbert, 41. The wife of author Charles Bock whose battle with leukemia inspired widespread sympathy and support among the New York literary community. Dec. 8.

Cardinal John Foley, 76. For 25 years, he was the voice for American viewers of the Vatican’s Christmas Midnight Mass and he led an ancient Catholic order in the Holy Land. Dec. 11.

Boris Chertok, 99. A Russian rocket designer who played a key role in engineering Soviet-era space programs. Dec. 14.

George Whitman, 98. A pillar of Paris’ literary scene, whose eclectic bookshop Shakespeare and Company was a beacon for readers. Dec. 14.

Joe Simon, 98. He co-created Captain America along with Jack Kirby and was one of the comic book industry’s most revered writers, artists and editors. Dec. 14.

Christopher Hitchens, 62. An author, essayist and polemicist who waged verbal and occasional physical battle on behalf of causes left and right. Dec. 15.
Eduardo Barreto, 57, Uruguayan comic book artist. Dec. 16   Bob Brookmeyer, 81, American jazz valve trombonist, cardiopulmonary arrest.

Robert Easton, 81, American actor and dialect coach. Dan Frazer, 90, American actor (Kojak, As The World Turns), cardiac arrest. Dec. 17

John Bishop, 65, American soul and jazz guitarist, heart attack. Dec 18.

Ralph MacDonald, 67, American percussionist and songwriter.  Harley Sewell, 80, American football player (Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams). Patrick V. Murphy, 91, American police chief, New York City Police Commissioner (1970–1973). Ron Smith, 70, American radio host (WBAL). Dec 19.

Bettye Danoff, 88, American golfer, founding member of the LPGA. Bennie Ellender, 86, American college football coach (Arkansas State, Tulane). Dec 23

Columbus Zoo rhinoceros, Kijito. Dec 29

ENTERTAINMENT:
My Top Movies of 2011:

01.) The Music Never Stopped Roadside Attractions; J.K. SimmonsJulia Ormond, Mía Maestro, Lou Taylor Pucci


02.) Bloodworth Samuel Goldwyn Films;  Val Kilmer, Kris Kristofferson, Hilary Duff, Reece Thompson, Dwight Yoakam

03.) Country Strong; Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Leighton Meester, Garrett Hedlund

04.) Kill the Irishman Anchor Bay Entertainment; Ray Stevenson, Val Kilmer,Christopher Walken, Vincent D’Onofrio

05.) The Rite Warner Brothers; Sir Anthony Hopkins

06.) Atlas Shrugged: Part I Rocky Mountain Pictures; Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler

07.) The Muppets Walt Disney Pictures; Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, Alan Arkin,Jack Black, Billy Crystal, Zach Galifianakis, Kathy Griffin, Ricky Gervais, Emily Blunt, Ed Helms

08.) Moneyball Columbia Pictures; Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stephen Bishop,Kathryn Morris, Chris Pratt

09.) The Conspirator Roadside Attractions Robert Redford (director); James McAvoy,Robin Wright, Justin Long, Tom Wilkinson, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline,Alexis Bledel, Danny Huston, Johnny Simmons, Stephen Root

10.) Just Go with It Columbia Pictures; Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Brooklyn Decker, Nick Swardson, Dave Matthews

11.) Footloose Paramount Pictures /MTV Films; Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell, Miles Teller

12.) Courageous TriStar Pictures /Sherwood Pictures; Alex Kendrick, Kevin Downes, Ken Bevel, Ben Davies, Matt Hardwick

13.) Paranormal Activity 3 Paramount Pictures

14.) Take Me Home Tonight Relativity Media;Topher Grace, Teresa Palmer, Anna Faris, Michael Biehn, Dan Fogler, Michelle Trachtenberg

15.) Super 8 Paramount Pictures /Bad Robot; Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills

16.) Our Idiot Brother The Weinstein Company; Paul Rudd

17.) Bad Teacher Columbia Pictures; Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky (screenplay);Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch, John Michael Higgins, Phyllis Smith, Thomas Lennon, Eric Stonestreet Blue

18.) The Lincoln Lawyer Lionsgate; Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillipe, Marisa Tomei, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Pena, William H. Macy, Trace Adkins
19.) Zookeeper Columbia Pictures /MGM; Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, Adam Sandler, Cher, Jon Favreau, Sylvester Stallone, Joe Rogan, Ken Jeong, Nick Nolte, Judd Apatow,Maya Rudolph, Faizon Love

20.) Limitless Relativity Media / Rogue Pictures; Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, Johnny Whitworth

21.) Fright Night Touchstone Pictures /DreamWorks; Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette, David Tennant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

22.) The Ides of March Columbia Pictures George Clooney (director/screenplay); Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Jeffrey Wright

23.) Beastly CBS Films; Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens,Mary-Kate Olsen, Neil Patrick Harris, Peter Krause

24.) Win Win Fox Searchlight Pictures; Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan,Bobby Cannavale, Melanie Lynskey, Burt Young, Jeffrey Tambor,Alex Shaffer

25.) The Mechanic CBS Films; Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland, Tony Goldwyn

26.) The 5th Quarter 5th Quarter / Park Entertainment; Ryan Merriman, Aidan Quinn,Andie MacDowell

28.) Young Adult Paramount Pictures Jason Reitman (director);  Charlize Theron,Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, J.K. Simmon

29.) Warrior Lionsgate Anthony Tambakis, Cliff Dorfman(screenplay); Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Morrison, Nick Nolte,Frank Grillo, Maximiliano Hernandez, Erik Apple, Kurt Angle

29.) No Strings Attached Paramount Pictures Ivan Reitman; Ashton Kutcher, Natalie Portman, Cary Elwes, Kevin Kline, Greta Gerwig Romantic comedy

30.) J. Edgar Warner Bros. Clint Eastwood (director); Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Ken Howard,Judi Dench Biographical drama

31.) We Bought a Zoo 20th Century Fox Cameron Crowe (director); Matt Damon, Thomas Haden Church, Scarlett Johansson, John Michael Higgins, Patrick Fugit, Elle Fanning

32.)  32 Minutes or Less Columbia Pictures; Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson, Michael Peña

33.) Dolphin Tale Warner Bros; Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Nathan Gamble, Kris Kristofferson, Austin Stowell, Cozi Zuehlsdorff

34.) Soul Surfer TriStar Pictures /FilmDistrict; Dennis Quaid, AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt,Carrie Underwood

35.) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 20th Century; Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Devon Bostick, Peyton List, Steve Zahn Family comedy

36.) Scream 4 Dimension Films Wes Craven (director); Neve Campbell,Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Nico Tortorella, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Marielle Jaffe, Mary McDonnell, Erik Knudsen,Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, Anthony Anderson, Marley Shelton, Adam Brody,Alison Brie, Brittany Robertson, Aimee Teegarden

37.) X-Men: First Class 20th Century Fox /Marvel Studios; James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence,Oliver Platt, Zoë Kravitz, January Jones, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi, Jason Flemyng, Bill Milner, Morgan Lily

38.) Bridesmaids Universal Pictures; Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Matt Lucas,Chris O’Dowd, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper

39.) Captain America: The First Avenger Paramount Pictures /Marvel Studios; Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Neal McDonough, Stanley Tucci, Derek Luke

40.) Horrible Bosses Warner Bros. / New Line Cinema; Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell,Donald Sutherland, Julie Bowen Black

41.) The Lion King 3D Walt Disney Pictures Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff (directors); Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane,Ernie Sabella, Rowan Atkinson, Robert Guillaume, Madge Sinclair,Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings

42.) The Tree of Life Fox Searchlight Pictures Terrence Malick; Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Fiona Shaw, Joanna Going, Hunter McCracken

43.) Winnie the Pooh Walt Disney Pictures; Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny,Craig Ferguson, Travis Oates, Bud Luckey, John Cleese, Jack Boulter, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Wyatt Dean Hall, Huell Howser
44.) The Help Touchstone Pictures /DreamWorks Pictures; Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Mike Vogel, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson

45.) The Hangover Part II Warner Bros.; Scot Armstrong, Craig Mazin(screenplay); Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha,Jeffrey Tambor, Ken Jeong, Mike Tyson, Bryan Callen, Jamie Chung, Nick Cassavetes

46.) 50/50 Summit Entertainment; Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston,Philip Baker Hall

47.) War Horse Touchstone Pictures /DreamWorks Pictures Steven Spielberg (director); David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson,Peter Mullan, Tom Hiddleston, Niels Arestrup, Toby Kebbell, Stephen Graham

48.) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Warner Bros.; Tom Hanks,Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Zoe Caldwell, James Gandolfini, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright

49.) The Dilemma Universal Pictures Ron Howard (director); Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Channing Tatum, Queen Latifah

50.) Margin Call Roadside Attractions; Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany,Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci

51.) Spy Kids 4D: All the Time in the World Dimension Films; Jessica Alba, Daryl Sabara, Rowan Blanchard, Mason Cook, Joel McHale, Jeremy Piven, Antonio Banderas, Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega

52.) The Company Men The Weinstein Company; Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones,Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Craig T. Nelson

53.) Priest Screen Gems Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Lily Collins, Karl Urban, Maggie Q, Stephen Moyer, Christopher Plummer

54.) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Walt Disney Pictures Rob Marshall (director); Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane,Penélope Cruz, Kevin McNally, Stephen Graham, Sam Claflin, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Richard Griffiths, Keith Richards

55.) Cars 2 Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios; Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Tony Shalhoub, Guido Quaroni, Paul Dooley,John Ratzenberger, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Jenifer Lewis, Michael Wallis, Lloyd Sherr, Katherine Helmond, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer,Jason Isaacs, Thomas Kretschmann, Joe Mantegna, Peter Jacobson, John Turturro, Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave, Michel Michelis, Eddie Izzard,Bruce Campbell, Lewis Hamilton, Darrell Waltrip, David Hobbs, Jeff Gordon

56.) Transformers: Dark of the Moon Paramount Pictures Michael Bay (director); Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, John Turturro, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tyrese Gibson, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Duhamel, Alan Tudyk, Buzz Aldrin, Ken Jeong, Glenn Morshower, Lester Speight, Iqbal Theba, Keiko Agena, Elya Baskin Voices of Peter Cullen,Hugo Weaving, Charlie Adler, Robert Foxworth, Jess Harnell, Reno Wilson,Frank Welker, Tom Kenny, Leonard Nimoy, John DiMaggio, James Remar,Keith Szarabajka, Ron Bottitta, George Coe, Francesco Quinn, Greg Berg, Jim Wood

57.) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Warner Bros. Pictures; Daniel Radcliffe,Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Kelly Macdonald, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters

58.) Friends with Benefits Screen Gems; Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Clarkson, Richard Jenkins, Bryan Greenberg, Jenna Elfman

59.) New Year’s Eve Warner Bros. / New Line Cinema Garry Marshall (director); Halle Berry,Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Ludacris, Robert De Niro,Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Hilary Swank, Sofía Vergara

60.) The Sitter 20th Century Fox; Jonah Hill, Sam Rockwell, Ari Graynor, Max Records,Miriam McDonald, J. B. Smoove,

61.) The Art of Getting By Fox Searchlight Pictures; Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts,Alicia Silverstone, Elizabeth Reaser, Blair Underwood, Rita Wilson, Michael Angarano

62.) Red Riding Hood Warner Bros.; Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman,Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Billy Burke, Julie Christie, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas

Insidious FilmDistrict; Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Ty Simpkins

63.) Paul Universal Pictures; Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Seth Rogen, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, Jane Lynch, John Carroll Lynch, Joe Lo Truglio, David Koechner, Blythe Danner

64.) Hobo with a Shotgun Rhombus Media/Whizbang Films Inc./Yer Dead Productions; Rutger Hauer,Gregory Smith, Brian Downey

65.) The King’s Speech The Weinstein Company; Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall,Michael Gambon, Jennifer Ehle, Anthony Andrews, Claire Bloom

66.) Water for Elephants 20th Century Fox; Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz

67.) Larry Crowne Universal Pictures Tom Hanks (director/screenplay); Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Wilmer Valderrama, Pam Grier, Rami Malek, George Takei, Maria Canals Barrera, Grace Gummer, Rita Wilson, Jon Seda
68.) Thor Paramount Pictures /Marvel Studios; Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Jaimie Alexander, Colm Feore, Joshua Dallas, Tadanobu Asano,Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Kat Dennings, Samuel L. Jackson

69.) Green Lantern Warner Bros.; Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins, Geoffrey Rush, Angela Bassett, Temuera Morrison, Jay O. Sanders, Taika Waititi, Jon Tenney,Michael Clarke Duncan, Clancy Brown

70.) Prom Walt Disney Pictures; Danielle Campbell,Aimee Teegarden, Nicholas Braun, Thomas McDonnell

71.) Mr. Popper’s Penguins 20th Century Fox; Jim Carrey,Carla Gugino, Philip Baker Hall, Angela Lansbury, Ophelia Lovibond, James Tupper, Clark Gregg, David Krumholtz, Andrew Stewart-Jones

72.) Cowboys & Aliens Universal Pictures /DreamWorks Pictures Jon Favreau (director);  Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford,Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Noah Ringer, Clancy Brown, Paul Dano,Keith Carradine, Adam Beach, Ana de la Reguera, Abigail Spencer

73.) The Smurfs Columbia Pictures /Sony Pictures; Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria,Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin, Fred Armisen, John Kassir, Sofía Vergara, Paul Reubens, John Oliver, Kenan Thompson, B.J. Novak, Jeff Foxworthy, Wolfgang Puck,Gary Basaraba, Tim Gunn

74.) The Beaver Summit Entertainment Jodie Foster (director); Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster,Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Riley Thomas Stewart

75.) The Change-Up Universal Pictures David Dobkin; Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin

76.) Final Destination 5 Warner Bros. / New Line Cinema; Nicholas D’Agosto,Emma Bell, David Koechner, Miles Fisher, P. J. Byrne, Arlen Escarpeta,Courtney Vance, Tony Todd, Ellen Wroe, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

77.) The Rum Diary FilmDistrict; Johnny Depp, Amber Heard,Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi

78.) Like Crazy Paramount Vantage; Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence,Charlie Bewley

79.) The Descendants Fox Searchlight Pictures; George Clooney, Judy Greer, Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster, Shailene Woodley, Mary Birdsong, Nick Krause, Amara Miller

80.) Happy Feet Two Warner Bros.; Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Hank Azaria, Pink, Sofía Vergara, Common, Hugo Weaving,Magda Szubanski, Anthony LaPaglia, Richard Carter

81.) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Summit Entertainment; Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke, Rami Malek, Maggie Grace, Mackenzie Foy, Tracey Heggins, Judi Shekoni, Omar Metwally, Andrea Gabriel,Angela Sarafyan, Marlene Barnes, Lisa Howard, Patrick Brennan,Noel Fisher, Guri Weinberg, Lee Pace, Toni Trucks, Bill Tangradi, Erik Odom, Valorie Curry, Joe Anderson, Olga Fonda, Janelle Froehlich, Masami Kosaka, Sebastiao Lemos, Amadou Ly, Ty Olsson, Wendell Pierce, Carolina Virguez

82.) Hugo Paramount Pictures Martin Scorsese (director); Ben Kingsley,Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jude Law,Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Richard Griffiths, Emily Mortimer,Frances de la Tour, Helen McCrory, Michael Stuhlbarg

83.) My Week with Marilyn The Weinstein Company; Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Dominic Cooper, Julia Ormond, Zoë Wanamaker, Emma Watson, Judi Dench

84.) Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Warner Bros. Guy Ritchie (director); Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Eddie Marsan, Noomi Rapace, Stephen Fry, Geraldine James, Rachael McAdams, Kelly Reilly

85.) The Adventures of Tintin Paramount Pictures /Columbia Pictures /Nickelodeon Movies Steven Spielberg (director); Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook

86.) Dream House Universal Pictures; Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Marton Csokas, Elias Koteas, Jane Alexander

87.) Tower Heist Universal Pictures; Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy,Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, Casey Affleck, Téa Leoni, Stephen Henderson, Judd Hirsch, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Pena

88.) Rango Paramount Pictures /Nickelodeon Movies; Johnny Depp, Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher,Alfred Molina

89.) Rise of the Planet of the Apes 20th Century Fox; James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo

90.) The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) IFC Midnight; Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie

91.) A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Warner Bros. / New Line Cinema; John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Paula Garces,Danneel Harris, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Thomas Lennon, Danny Trejo,Patton Oswalt, Elias Koteas, David Krumholtz

92.) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Columbia Pictures /MGM; Daniel Craig,Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgård, Robin Wright Penn, Christopher Plummer, Joely Richardson, Steven Berkoff, Yorick van Wageningen

93.) Contagion Warner Bros. Steven Soderbergh (director);  Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, Bryan Cranston, Sanaa Lathan, Jennifer Ehle

94.) Glee: The 3D Concert Movie 20th Century Fox; Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley,Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, Heather Morris, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Naya Rivera, Harry Shum, Chord Overstreet,Darren Criss, Ashley Fink

95.) Gnomeo & Juliet Touchstone Pictures

96.) Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Paramount Pictures /MTV Films; Justin Bieber, Usher, Jaden Smith Concert/Documentar

Real Steel Touchstone Pictures /DreamWorks Pictures; Hugh Jackman,Kevin Durand, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Dakota Goyo

97.) The Green Hornet Columbia Pictures; Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christopher Waltz

98-100.) Reserved for whatever movies I may have missed

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MUSIC: MATT’s TOP 100+ SONGS OF 2011
1.) God Gave Me You-Blake Shelton

2.) Somewhere With You-Kenny Chesney

3.) Firework-Katy Perry

4.) Tattoos On This Town-Jason Aldean

5.) We Owned The Night-Lady Antebellum

6.) Just A Kiss-Lady Antebellum

7.) Crazy Girl-Eli Young Band

11.) The Man Who Can’t Be Moved-The Script

12.) Hello World-Lady Antebellum

13.) Pumped Up Kicks-Foster The People

14.) I Don’t Want This Night To End-Luke Bryan

15.) Someone Like You-Adele

16.) Barefoot Blue Jean Night-Jake Owen

17.) Colder Weather-Zac Brown Band

18.) Country Girl (Shake It For Me)-Luke Bryan
19.) The Time (Dirty Bit)-The Black Eyed Peas
20.) Blow-Ke$Ha

21.) Dirt Road Anthem-Jason Aldean

22.) Jar Of Hearts-Christina Perri

23.) Just A Dream-Nelly

24.) What Do You Want-Jerrod Niemann

25.) Good Life-OneRepublic
26.) Rolling In The Deep-Adele

27.) Party Rock Anthem-LMFAO

28.) F**Kin’ Perfect-P!Nk

29.) Reality-Kenny Chesney
30.) Born This Way-Lady Gaga

31.) For the First Time-The Script

32.) Homeboy-Eric Church
33.) Country Must Be Country Wide-Brantley Gilbert

34.) Sexy And I Know It-LMFAO
35.) Let It Rain-David Nail

36.) Raise Your Glass-P!Nk
37.) Easy-Rascal Flatts Featuring Natasha Bedingfield

38.) Moves Like Jagger-Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera

39.) One More Drinkin’ Song-Jerrod Niemann

40.) Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)-Pitbull Featuring T-Pain
41.) Voices-Chris Young
42.) Coming Home-Diddy – Dirty Money Featuring Skylar Grey

43.) If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away-Justin Moore

44.) The Edge Of Glory-Lady Gaga
45.) F**K You (Forget You)-Cee Lo Green

46.) The Breath You Take-George Strait

47.) Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)-Enrique Iglesias Featuring Ludacris & DJ Frank E
48.) You And Tequila-Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter

49.) Give Me Everything-Pitbull
50.) Back To December-Taylor Swift

51.) This-Darius Rucker

52.) Here For A Good Time-George Strait
53.) We R Who We R-Ke$Ha
54.) If I Die Young-The Band Perry
55.) Written In The Stars-Tinie Tempah Featuring Eric Turner
56.) You Make Me Feel So-Cobra Starship Featuring Sabi
57.) Knee Deep-Zac Brown Band Featuring Jimmy Buffett
58.) In The Dark-Dev
59.) I Can’t Love You Back-Easton Corbin

60.) Keep Me In Mind-Zac Brown Band

61.) Tonight Tonight-Hot Chelle Rae

62.) Honey Bee-Blake Shelton
63.) Teenage Dream-Katy Perry

64.) Tomorrow-Chris Young
65.) You Lie-The Band Perry
66.) Long Hot Summer-Keith Urban
67.) My Kinda Party-Jason Aldean

68.) Without You-Keith Urban
69.) Who Are You When I’m Not Looking-Blake Shelton
70.) Someone Else Calling You Baby-Luke Bryan
71.) Dj Got Us Fallin’ In Love-Usher Featuring Pitbull
72.) Put You In A Song-Keith Urban
73.) Yeah 3x-Chris Brown
74.) Animal-Neon Trees
75.) I Got Nothin’-Darius Rucker
76.) Cost Of Livin’-Ronnie Dunn
77.) Felt Good On My Lips-Tim McGraw

78.) Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not-Thompson Square

79.) Drink In My Hand-Eric Church
80.) As She’s Walking Away-Zac Brown Band Featuring Alan Jackson
81.) Baggage Claim-Miranda Lambert

82.) If I Die Young-The Band Perry
83.) Red Solo Cup-Toby Keith

84.) Love Don’t Run-Steve Holy
85.) Stereo Hearts-Gym Class Heroes Featuring Adam Levine

86.) The Show Goes On-Lupe Fiasco

87.) Didn’t I-James Wesley
88.) You-Chris Young
89.) Stereo Love-Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina
90.) I Love You This Big-Scotty McCreery

91.) Where Them Girls At-David Guetta Featuring Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj

92.) Please Don’t Go-Mike Posner

93.) The Lazy Song-Bruno Mars

94.) Take A Back Road-Rodney Adkins

95.) Farmer’s Daughter-Rodney Atkins
96.) Bait A Hook-Justin Moore

97.) Old Alabama-Brad Paisley Featuring Alabama

98.) Won’t Be Lonely Long-Josh Thompson

99.) On The Floor-Jennifer Lopez Featuring Pitbull
100.) Made In America-Toby Keith

101.) Lighters-Bad Meets Evil Featuring Bruno Mars

102.) Hold It Against Me-Britney Spears
103.) What The Hell-Avril Lavigne

104.) Till The World Ends-Britney Spears
105.) Rocketeer-Far East Movement Featuring Ryan Tedder

106.) Motivation-Kelly Rowland Featuring Lil Wayne

107.) Super Bass-Nicki Minaj

 

 

TOP TOURS of 2011
2011 turned out to be a resounding comeback year for the live music business, including a new record for the highest-grossing and most widely-attended tour of all time, U2’s three-year 360° tour.

The list of the Top 25 Tours comprises a healthy mix of genres and generations, from country stars Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney to classic rockers Bon Jovi and Roger Waters — and of course, a few pop divas like Gaga and Britney. Watch live videos from the year’s top 25 tours, and relive your moment in the front row.Artists are ranked by total gross earnings, according to Billboard Boxscore, from Nov. 1, 2010, to Nov. 8, 2011.

The Year in Touring:
1.) U2
Total Gross: $293,281,487     Number of Shows: 44
Total Attendance: 2,887,972   Number of Sell-Outs: 44

2.) Bon Jovi
Total Gross: $192,947,951     Number of Shows: 68
Total Attendance: 1,851,385  Number of Sell-Outs: 68

3.) Take That (WHO?!?!?)
Total Gross: $185,175,360    Number of Shows: 29
Total Attendance: 1,806,473   Number of Sell-Outs: 29

4.) Roger Waters
Total Gross: $149,904,965     Number of Shows: 92
Total Attendance: 1,362,993   Number of Sell-Outs: 92

5.) Taylor Swift
Total Gross: $97,368,416      Number of Shows: 89
Total Attendance: 1,356,720   Number of Sell-Outs: 87

6.) Kenny Chesney
Total Gross: $84,576,917      Number of Shows: 55
Total Attendance: 1,160,132   Number of Sell-Outs: 37

7.) Usher (really?)
Total Gross: $74,954,681        Number of Shows: 73
Total Attendance: 922,327   Number of Sell-Outs: 58

8.) Lady Gaga
Total Gross: $71,900,434      Number of Shows: 45
Total Attendance: 745,735   Number of Sell-Outs: 43

9.) André Rieu
Total Gross: $67,104,756     Number of Shows: 102
Total Attendance: 657,757   Number of Sell-Outs: 15

10.) Sade
Total Gross: $53,178,550        Number of Shows: 59
Total Attendance: 588,693   Number of Sell-Outs: 21

11.) Michael Bublé
Total Gross: $49,856,921        Number of Shows: 57
Total Attendance: 520,242   Number of Sell-Outs: 36

12.) Eagles
Total Gross: $49,759,190        Number of Shows: 24
Total Attendance: 286,684   Number of Sell-Outs: 3

13.) Katy Perry
Total Gross: $48,851,454        Number of Shows: 98
Total Attendance: 1,002,656   Number of Sell-Outs: 54

14.) Lil Wayne (sign of the Apocalypse?)
Total Gross: $46,300,000      Number of Shows: 69
Total Attendance: 712,000   Number of Sell-Outs: 14

15.) Justin Bieber
Total Gross: $44,124,922     Number of Shows: 35
Total Attendance: 567,544   Number of Sell-Outs: 27

16.) Glee Live! In Concert!
Total Gross: $40,854,811      Number of Shows: 40
Total Attendance: 485,852   Number of Sell-Outs: 40

17.) NKOTBSB
Total Gross: $40,415,307    Number of Shows: 51
Total Attendance: 609,426   Number of Sell-Outs: 22

18.) Journey
Total Gross: $39,069,939        Number of Shows:73
Total Attendance: 688,871   Number of Sell-Outs: 17

19.) Britney Spears
Total Gross: $37,100,000         Number of Shows: 39
Total Attendance: 396,000   Number of Sell-Outs:14

20.) Iron Maiden  (WOW!!!)
Total Gross: $33,085,671      Number of Shows: 33
Total Attendance: 473,285    Number of Sell-Outs: 17

21.) Kylie Minogue
Total Gross: $32,559,439         Number of Shows: 41
Total Attendance: 307,135   Number of Sell-Outs: 2

22.) Neil Diamond (Bap Bap Bah!)
Total Gross: $31,303,070      Number of Shows: 20
Total Attendance: 239,723   Number of Sell-Outs: 4

23.) Enrique Iglesias
Total Gross: $30,811,001      Number of Shows: 38
Total Attendance: 397,857   Number of Sell-Outs: 32

24.) Jason Aldean
Total Gross: $27,768,963      Number of Shows: 58
Total Attendance: 790,530   Number of Sell-Outs: 47

25.) Toby Keith
Total Gross: $27,313,132      Number of Shows: 52
Total Attendance: 673,668   Number of Sell-Outs: 19

BOOKS:

The top 10 best-selling books of 2012
1. “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson
2. “Bossypants” by Tina Fey
3. “A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard
4. “The Mill River Recluse” by Darcie Chan
5. “In the Garden of the Beasts” by Erik Larson
6. “A Dance with Dragons” by George R.R. Martin
7. “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain
8. “The Litigators” by John Grisham
9. “The Abbey” by Chris Culver
10. “Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle)” by Christopher Paolini

MILITARY:
Shot three times in robbery, Marine plugs bullet holes with his fingers

A U.S. Marine officer has told the incredible story of how he survived a street robbery by plugging bullet holes in his body with his fingers.

Lieutenant Colonel Karl Trenker, 29, of Miramar, Florida, was shot three times as he confronted two men who had stolen a gold chain from him.

He said he used his battlefield training from Afghanistan and Iraq to stem blood from chest wounds by shoving his finger into the gaping wound
http://dailycaller.com/2011/12/27/shot-three-times-in-robbery-marine-plugs-bullet-holes-with-his-fingers/#ixzz1hqY1l2HO

POLITICS:
Hillary 2012?
A robo-call being received in many States is pushing Hillary Clinton to enter the 2012 Presidential race. The call directs people to go to runhillary2012.net and sign a petition to persuade the onetime Presidential candidate to run again.
BUISNESS/PRODUCT OF WEEK:
Gorilla Styists?

A man visiting Bwindi National Park in Uganda identified as John probably had one of the most fulfilling, shocking, scary, exciting, awe-inspiring moments of his life.

The footage catches John getting groomed and thoroughly examined by a pack of baby gorillas and their mom, all while the huge daddy silverback stands close by (note: zip to 2:32 to get right to the grooming):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1eXS0o6r-Wk

WHAT THE HE**?:
Man Dies After Eating Cocaine Hidden in His Brother’s Butt

Deangelo Mitchell and his brother Wayne were taken into custody by the cops in South Carolina when the po-po suspected they had drugs in their car. While in custody, Deangelo convinced Wayne to eat the ounce of cocaine he had hidden in his a**. Then Wayne died.
http://m.gawker.com/5869824/
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?:
N.Y. teens suspended for Tebowing in school hallway

Just when everyone thought the trend of “Tebowing” had reached its zenith in the greater cultural Zeitgeist, it finds a way to completely jump the shark: On Wednesday, a group of high school athletes at a Long Island school were suspended for staging a spontaneous bout of Tebowing in their high school’s hallway.
http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/blog/prep_rally/post/N-Y-teens-suspended-for-Tebowing-in-school-hall?urn=highschool-wp9989

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WCeSD-7DzDI

SPORTS:

TOP SPORTS STORIES OF 2011:

Top national and international sports stories of 2011as determined through voting by members of The Associated Press:

1. PENN STATE The ouster of one of America’s most revered coaches, Penn State’s Joe Paterno, after shocking child sex-abuse charges against his former assistant was the top sports story of 2011. A grand-jury report suggested Paterno knew of accusations against longtime defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and did not do enough to pursue them. Within four days, Penn State’s board of trustees had done the once-unthinkable, firing JoePa after 46 seasons as head coach and the most victories in Division I.

2. NFL/NBA LOCKOUTS Football’s work stoppage lasted 4 1/2 months before an agreement was signed Aug. 5; it cost the league just one preseason game. Basketball’s dragged on for more than five months and wiped out 16 games of the normal 82-game schedule.

3. PACKERS WIN The Packers barely made the playoffs as a No. 6 seed last season, then won three road games to reach the Super Bowl and beat the Steelers 31-25 for the title. They rolled to a 13-0 start in 2011 until an upset loss to the Chiefs.

4. CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT Texas A&M bolted the Big 12 for the SEC in September and Missouri followed. The Big East lost Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC and West Virginia and TCU to the Big 12, then regrouped by adding some hardly Eastern schools: Boise State, San Diego State, Houston and SMU.

5. CARDINALS WIN St. Louis made the playoffs after trailing in the wild-card race by 10 1/2 games in late August and won the World Series after dramatic comebacks in game six against Texas, which had the Cardinals down to their final strike twice and led by two runs in the ninth and 10th innings. St. Louis won it on David Freese’s home run in the 11th before clinching the championship in game seven. Manager Tony La Russa retired after the victory parade.

6. OHIO STATE Football coach Jim Tressel resigned under pressure on May 30 after violating NCAA rules by not reporting violations he knew about. After a 6-6 season, Ohio State replaced Tressel with former Florida coach Urban Meyer.

7. MAVERICKS WIN Five years after blowing a series lead in the NBA finals to the Heat, Dallas and Dirk Nowitzki got revenge and redemption against Miami, winning the title in six games.

8. WHELDON DIES Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed Oct. 16 in a fiery 15-car crash during IndyCar’s season finale in Las Vegas.

9. SYRACUSE Fewer than two weeks after the Sandusky charges, ESPN reported that two former Syracuse ball boys accused longtime men’s basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine of molesting them.

10. WOMEN’S WORLD CUP Their country devastated by a tsunami and earthquake, Japan’s soccer players rallied in the final from a goal down late in regulation and again in overtime against the favored Americans to force penalty kicks, which they won 3-1.
http://www.kansascity.com/2011/12/27/3340573/top-national-and-international.html#storylink=cpy
BUCKEYES:
Go Bucks…beat Gators!!!

RELIGION:
‘Star Wars’ Chosen As Religion In Czech Republic On New Census
The Jedi Temple may have been destroyed in the Great Jedi Purge, but that hasn’t deterred some people from worshipping The Force.

According to CzechPosition.com, the results of the Czech Republic’s new census that were unveiled this month reveal that 15,070 citizens of the country listed their religion as Knights of the Jedi. While that may pale in comparison to the 1.08 million people who self-identified as Catholics and over four million who declined to list their faith, it’s still a sizable portion of people who believe — or jokingly claim to, in reaction to an intrusive census — in the intangible energy made famous by the “Star Wars” films.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/18/star-wars-a-religion-in-czech-republic_n_1156516.html?ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

 

BUISNESS:
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TIME TO BOOK YOUR 2012 Events
“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”- WARREN BUFFETT

Now through Jan 2nd I am offering an “Ultimate Gift” for you, loved ones, or any friends/family. This time of year is especially popular for engagements, and for putting together wedding plans for 2012. If you or someone you know is getting married, we can make their day special. We have been in the entertainment and wedding industry for over 25 years. Our expertise will make you or your friend’s wedding, a moment to remember. Refer us now through Jan 2, 2012 and receive 25% of contracted rate. Call 614-580-3118 to secure your date, or go to www.rmsexton.com

HEALTH:
I started taking Vitamin D supplements last year, and my entire mood has changed for the better!

Vitamin D is an essential micronutrient with a central role in maintaining health & the sun is one of the best ways to receive this vitamin. But with limited daytime in the winter you could be at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Get Vitamin D in the wintertime by drinking fortified milk & eating fortified cereals, eggs, salmon, tuna, mackerel & sardines. Take a Vitamin D supplement. The National Institutes of Health recommends a daily intake for adults being 5 mcg (200 IU) for males, female & pregnant/lactating women under 50. People 50-70 should get 10 mcg daily (400 IU) daily & 70+ should get 15 mcg daily (600 IU).

INSPIRATION:
“What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you.” – Mike Murdock

“Happiness and peace of mind are a matter of consciousness. We must create the harmony we desire. As we raise our level of consciousness we become more in tune with the true nature of our being. This type of awareness is not an accident; it comes from study and an understanding that we are truly creative.” – Bob Proctor

SUCCESS:
When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. ~Hellen Keller~

QUOTES: Top Quotes of 2011 from the Associated Press
1. “We are the 99 percent.” — slogan of Occupy movement.

2. “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there — good for you! But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.” — U.S. Sen. candidate Elizabeth Warren, speaking in Andover, Mass., in August.

3. “My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress.” — Billionaire Warren Buffett, in a New York Times op-ed on Aug. 15.

4. “I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.” — Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman in an Aug. 18 tweet.

5. “Oops.” — Presidential candidate Rick Perry after unsuccessfully attempting to remember the third federal agency he would eliminate during a Nov. 9 debate.

6. “When they ask me, ‘Who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan?’ I’m going to say, ‘You know, I don’t know. Do you know?”‘ — Then-presidential candidate Herman Cain in an interview by Christian Broadcasting Network on Oct.

7. “I am on a drug. It’s called ‘Charlie Sheen.’ It’s not available because if you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.” — Actor Charlie Sheen in a February interview with ABC News.

8. “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” — Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ last words on Oct. 5, as reported by his sister Mona Simpson in her eulogy.

9. “I can’t say with certitude.” — Then-U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner on June 1 when he was asked whether a lewd photograph was in fact him.

10. “Instead of receiving the help that she had hoped for, Mr. Cain instead decided to provide her with his idea of a stimulus package.” — Lawyer Gloria Allred on Nov. 7 discussing Herman Cain’s alleged sexual harassment of her client.

CLOSING:
‎”How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.” ~ Stephen R. Covey

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present. Appreciate the great you have now.

TO DO:

Here’s what’s happening in Central Ohio on This New Years Eve Weekend!

THURSDAY
Start Whistling, The Harlem Globetrotters bring their hilarious athleticism to Nationwide Arena for shows at 2pm and 7pm. For more info www.rmsexton.com

Get The Led Out, a Trib. To Led Zeppelin plays the historic Midland Theatre in Downtown Nerk. For more info http://www.midlandtheatre.org/
SATURDAY New Years Eve:
First Night Columbus-Throughout Downtown. 5 p.m. Fireworks at midnight
Admission: $10 for more info www.firstnightcolumbus.com
First Night Columbus, Central Ohio’s award-winning New Year’s Eve celebration is a community-oriented, family-friendly, alcohol-free event. There is something for everyone with more than 40 live performances including jazz, funk, ragtime, storytelling and magic, hands-on activities and a children’s festival. COSI will stay open until 11 p.m.

The Blue Jackets take on the Washington Capitals as part of the First Night Events (separate admission to the game). Doors open at 5:30pm, and I will be rocking the Nationwide Arena Concourse!
NYE on High at The Hyatt Regency Columbus, with performances by;
* THE PERSONNEL-Top 40,R&B Dance Band
* LT DAN’S NEW LEGS-Hip Hop
* THE REAGONOMICS-80’s Pop/Rock
* CHRIS LOGSDON-Acoustic Rock Favorites
* LOVE SICK RADIO – Rock/Pop
* MY SISTER SARAH-80’s/90’s Hip Hop/Top 40 Dance
* GRANNY SHOT – Rock & Roll Party Band
* SOUL KITCH’N – Supreme Funk & Soul
* BON JOURNEY – Bon Jovi/Journey Tribute Band
* DJ ANT DJ MARINO MONACO ELDORADO KARAOKE
Ticket prices are $129 per person and includes ALL live entertainment, plus hors d’oeuvres and beverages for the night. For more info: http://columbusregency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/offers/details.jsp?offerId=35707340&isBookable=true

Callahan’s Bar (Park Street District) NYE Party offering a night to party, play, and dance. $15.00 admission, CASH Bar, 4 rooms of dancing in a laid back atmosphere.

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Park Street Complex. For more info:  www.nyecolumbus.com
Ekoostik Hookah plays their annual “NYE Show” at The Newport Music Hall. For more info www.promowestproductions.com
Family New Year Eve Party at Magic Mountain Polaris and East
For more info: www.magicmountainfuncenter.com

New Year’s Eve Family Package & Party at Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort. Family Friendly Grand Ballroom Party with food and drinks, games, prizes and of course the final splashdown of 2011! For more info : www.fortrapids.com

Rock the Resort New Years Eve Dinner at The Cherry Valley Lodge with
The British Invasion. For more info: www.CherryValleyLodge.com

NYE at Captain Jack’s (Doors Open at  5pm), ONLY A $5.00 cover, LIVE MUSIC FROM Fat Dog at 10pm, balloon drop at midnight, free party favors (hats, horns, etc…), FREE CAB RIDES in the Heath/Newark area from Brown Distributing
SUNDAY:
Join me along with my friends from M3Ssports, and Premier Racing for the Annual First On The First, the M3S Sports holiday event that combines a 5k Run/Walk with a traditional New Year’s Day celebration. The 3.1-mile layout takes runners and walkers on tour of the area surrounding the OhioHealth campus in Westerville. After the race, grab a plate and enjoy a New Year’s Day feast complete with hot roasted pork, sauerkraut and black-eye peas. For more information; www.m3ssports.com/events/first-on-the-first.htm

MONDAY:
Go Bucks Beat The Gators!!!

CONTINUNING ALL WEEKEND:
Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. For more info: www.columbuszoo.org

Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park. For more info; www.ohiostateparks.org

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 45th Anniversary Retrospective. For more info: www.fpconservatory.org

FUNNIES:
Josh Sneed plays Friday and Saturday at The Columbus Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton

DVD:
Nothing says Happy New Year like unique ways to die? ‘Final Destination 5’ rated “R.”

A movie that you can feel free to wait till it is on cable, ‘Apollo 18’ rated “PG-13.”

My pick of the week, the funny, ‘30 Minutes or Less’ rated “R.”

ON THE MUSIC SHELVES:

Trent Reznor releases the soundtrack to ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

Follow us on the web at www.rmsexton.com, and there you can add us on facebook and twitter. We break concert and other event news plus you get exclusive behind the scenes information and pictures. On your hometown country station T-100, I’m Matt Sexton

COMING SOON PUBLIC EVENTS:
Every Friday join my buddy DJ Chris O at The Filling Station kicking off your weekend with all your favorite hits, and some of the cheapest drinks in town

 

JANUARY 6th PBR 2012 Kick Off at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!!!
January 13 Join Chris O as he covers the Budweiser Party Terrace as The Jackets take on The Phoenix Coyotes!

January 14th Pending event that will re-shape local entertainment, and I am proud we are even being consider to usher in this new concept!

January 27th Join me as I rock with some of Nashville’s Greatest Stars celebrating our buddy, James Gage’s Birthday at Peddler’s Lounge in Grove City
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