Saturday, July 04, 2009

For all war heroes
Especially those born on the 4th of July

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A 21-year-old Connecticut Army National Guardsman from Ashford was killed Saturday while serving in Iraq, Maj. Gen. William A. Cugno announced Monday.

Spc. Robert Hoyt, a member of the C Company, 102nd Infantry Battalion from Bristol, was killed when his armored vehicle struck a bomb in Baghdad. The Connecticut unit was mobilized last year to help fill the ranks of Arkansas's 39th Infantry Brigade.

Amy Schlesing, a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette embedded with the 39th, reported that Hoyt was mortally injured when a truck rolled over him as he lay in the road after the Saturday blast.

The bomb, planted in the road south of Camp Taji, detonated beneath Hoyt's humvee. The blast blew an armored door off and threw him to the road. Hoyt's platoon was escorting tractor-trailer trucks loaded with confiscated Iraqi ammunition from Camp Taji to another base for destruction.

The truck driver following Hoyt's humvee was hit by shrapnel from the blast. In the post-explosion confusion, the truck rolled over Hoyt as he lay in the road.

"He was talking when we put him on the helicopter," said Capt. Derald Neugebauer, Hoyt's troop commander.

The second oldest of four children, Hoyt graduated from E.O Smith High School in Storrs and has family in the Ashford area. His younger sister attends E.O. Smith, school officials said.

"We don't believe it's really happened, but we know it's happened," his aunt, Terry Hoyt, told WTNH-TV. "The finality of it will be when he's put to rest."

Hoyt was not married and had no children, said Lt. Col. John Whitford, a spokesman for the Connecticut National Guard.

Sgt. 1st Class Brian O'Toole of Plymouth, the original platoon sergeant for the Connecticut group, called Hoyt a perfect soldier.

"If there is anything positive that comes out of Hoyt's death," he said, "it's that it brings the reality of Iraq home to Connecticut, reminding people of the sacrifice and reality of war. As for the guys, they're going to be all right," he said. "I think it'll hit harder when we get back to the states. It will hit us when we sit back and think, What the hell happened?"

"Specialist Hoyt was a valiant soldier who fought to protect and defend every one of us," Gov. M. Jodi Rell said. "We are all indebted to him for his service."

Friday, July 03, 2009

Former student done good!
Mike Mason, Investigative Reporter


January 7 – January 14
Once Upon a Time... (all cuts)
Donna Summer

January 21 – February 11
Supernature/Give Me Love/Love Is Here

February 18
Let's All Chant
Michael Zager

February 25 – March 11
Risky Changes
Bionic Boogie

March 18
Romeo & Juliet
Alec R. Costandinos & the Syncophonic Orchestra

March 25 – April 1
Come into My Heart (all cuts)
USA European Connection

April 8 – April 22
Voyage (all cuts)

April 29 – May 27
If My Friends Could See Me Now/Runaway Love
Linda Clifford

June 3 – July 8
Last Dance/After Dark/Thank God It's Friday/Take It to the Zoo
Donna Summer / Pattie Brooks / Love & Kisses / Sunshine

July 15 – July 29
Boogie Oogie Oogie
A Taste of Honey

August 5 – August 12
Hot Shot
Karen Young

August 19 – September 23
Dance (Disco Heat)?You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

September 30 – October 7
Keep on Jumpin/In the Bush

October 14
Instant Replay (all cuts)
Dan Hartman

October 21 – November 18
MacArthur Park Suite
Donna Summer

November 25 – December 30
Le Freak/I Want Your Love/Chic Cheer

Disco|30 years ago
Summer 1979

May 26 – July 7
Hot Stuff/Bad Girls
Donna Summer

July 14 – July 28
Born to Be Alive
Patrick Hernandez

August 4
I've Got the Next Dance
Deniece Williams

August 11
This Time Baby
Jackie Moore

August 18
Here Comes That Sound Again
Love De-Luxe

August 25 – September 1
The Boss (all cuts)
Diana Ross

September 8
Found a Cure
Ashford & Simpson

Michael Jackson|Thriller
Dir. John Landis

And this little piggy went to market.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Celebrity Death Watch
Patrick Swayze|Walter Cronkite|Mick Jagger

Patrick Swayze, Walter Cronkite, and Mick Jagger.

If not Mick, then Keith Richards, for sure.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mapplethorpe in Connecticut
Photography Exhibition in New Britain

Yeah, they spelled Robert Mapplethorpe's name incorrectly (while it rhymes with APPLE, it's pronounced MAPLE), but they've got credit for bringing the imagery of photography's most notable gay icons (including Ritts) to the state.

Check out the New Britain Museum of American Art's photography exbition of The Christopher Hyland Collection of photography here.

Monday, June 29, 2009

The NY Times, and the word "gay"

The Times — which would not even permit the use of the word gay until 1987

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Black Entertainment Television...

made possible, in no small part, by Michael Jackson.

Who got his start on WET.

White Entertainment Television.

Stonewall|40 Years



I can't sleep.


This is what you can expect to find when you are struck with insomnia, and finally decide you've had enough bonding time with your pillow.

All this, while my dog snores at my feet.




I told you!