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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Filming John Mellencamp "A Ride Back Home" at IU

While looking for something in the Indy Star this morning, I came across this short behind-the-scenes video of John Mellencamp singing and shooting a video that was filmed on campus at IU's awesomely beautiful Beck Chapel.  http://www.iub.edu/tour/cmps7.shtml

This intimate chapel, which I've been in many times over the years for either ceremonies or weddings, is located just east of the main entrance to The IMU, the Indiana Memorial Union 
-"the largest student union in the world" as we were always quick and proud to remind visitors- which is in the original part of campus, complete with a very comfortable hotel, huge bookstore, and tons of offices, restaurants and lounges to eat, study or people watch, some even with fireplaces, which is especially great in the winter when your nose and eyeballs feel frozen. 

This huge building was where I spent the most majority of my time on campus in Bloomington when I wasn't in class, because the two student organizations I was most involved with had their offices located there, in The Tower: the IU Student Alumni Council, and the IU Student Athletic Board, SAB, which is the group that works intimately with IU's Athletics Dept. in many different areas.

At one of the popular apartment complexes I lived in off-campus, I twice had two female housemates, the second time being with two very cute sisters, one blonde and the other brunette, who had appeared in one of John's very first videos, which was also filmed on campus.
They never tired of telling people about it.

This was back when the geniuses at CBS Records had him recording under the name Johnny Cougar. (Because Dash Riprock was already taken on The Beverly Hillbillies, I guess.)
Ironically, the same record executive who came up with that particular name had also re-christened David Jones as David Bowie.  Well, one out of two isn't so bad!

Attending IU when I did, from 1979-'83, it was right when John -from nearby Seymour- was really starting to make a reputation for himself as someone with talent and heart who gives it his all every show.
John has literally given millions of dollars in donations to IU over the past 25 years, 
http://www.iuinfo.indiana.edu/homepages/4-21-2000/text/mellencamp.htm  and actually has a building named after him on campus, the John Mellencamp Pavillion.
John's nephew, also named John Mellencamp, is a starter on IU's perennial top Top Ten soccer team, which is a seven-time NCAA champion, most recently in 2004.  http://iuhoosiers.cstv.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/mellencamp_john00.html

After lots of close calls, our first NCAA soccer title came in December of 1982 in a multiple overtime game win at Fort Lauderdale's Lockhart Stadium, which I was fortunate enough to attend because it coincided with IU's Christmas Break, a great bit of serendipity for me.
After the victory, after celebrate with my friends up in the stands and then down on the sidelines, we headed for the Sheraton Yankee Trader Hotel where the team was staying, where fans, players, coaches, school officials and parents and family partied long into the night.

Speaking of Hoosier soccer, since I haven't mentioned it previously, one of the great things about having the Big Ten Network on DirecTV is actually being able to watch IU soccer games, especially those at home at Armstrong Stadium, which is also home to The Little 500 Bike Race, a.k.a. "Little Five."  http://www.iub.edu/tour/cvrs4.shtml

Also making an appearance on this video is singer Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town.
This article has a nice photo of John with his wife Elaine Irwin-Mellencamp, who is the popular face of Almay products, and whose TV ads. like her beautiful smile, are very hard to miss.

The Indianapolis Star
Mellencamp films new video at IU's Beck Chapel
February 17, 2009

and http://www.indystar.com/section/comment?&key=20090216.indystar.BG902160395.article.ENTERTAINMENT&s=a

After initially embedding the Mellencamp video here, I was running into lots of problems with the audio coming on -and staying on!- so I've chosen to replace it with a link to John's own website, where you can see it without any audio or video problems.


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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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View of Rio De Janeiro from my room.

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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Sept. 1962. #MLK I was a young kid living in #Memphis with my family that April night in 1968 when we returned home from a trip to #McDonalds and like so many nights before, I raced to the TV set in the living room to beat my two younger sisters to be the one who turned on the TV. As my parents walked in and settled down on the family couch, to see what was on TV, literally, within one minute, came the Breaking News that Dr. King had been shot elsewhere in the city. And the news only got worse as the night went on as news soon confirmed that Dr. King had died as a result of the assassination attempt, and soon there was widespread looting and violence in Memphis, the very things he had adamantly opposed. Eventually came the news that the city was under curfew, and sometime before midnight, because my family lived in a new-ish apt. complex that was on the same road as the nearby Armory, my parents and I and many of our neighbors watched in silence from the sidewalk/curb as tanks driven by members of the mobilized National Guard drove towards downtown Memphis, because the city's powers-that-be had decided that this would show the people who was boss. As my mother tells the story, one of my neighbors remarked on the irony of U.S. Army tanks being used to try to stop violence by Americans who were upset about the murder of a great man who had won the #NobelPeacePrize. It was the first time I remember ever hearing this strange word: #irony.

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When you leave but bring the spare key because it is yours to keep.

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2 0 1 7. I made new mistakes and old ones again. I learned things I didn't know and I things I had already learned the hard way but needed to repeat either way. I fell in love again and again, with the same man, and realized that is the way to do it. I stopped thinking life happened to me and started enjoying taking control of what tomorrow would entail. I wrote even when it hurt and I apologized even when they didn't. I almost gave up but woke up and stood up and spoke up and didn't budge and moved on and forgave myself for not always knowing what to do. I decided the most important thing is to be proud of who I become and to make sure she is someone to be proud of. All I truly have is the opportunity to be whoever I want to be, and knowing that is everything.

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I'm not the only poet in this relationship ❥

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The boyfriend of Mikaela -Malin and Jennifer's sister- wrote above: "Honey, you are my everything, my dream, my imagination, my reality, my future. Sounds like something that I would write to someone special -and have!
FYI: There are 10 photos below, including a rare one of yours truly!