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Happy 100th Birthday Les Paul








” Les Paul designed a solid-body electric guitar in 1941, but by the time it was ready for production by Gibson in 1952, Leo Fender had already mass-produced the Fender Broadcaster four years earlier, thus beating Paul to popular credit for the invention. Nonetheless, the Les Paul acquired a devoted following, and its versatility and balance made it the favored guitar of many rock guitarists.
  An innovative musician and recording artist who developed the solid-body electric guitar, Les Paul was born Lester William Polsfuss on June 19, 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  By at least one account, Paul’s early musical ability wasn’t superb. “Your boy, Lester, will never learn music,” one teacher wrote his mother. But nobody could dissuade him from trying, and as a young boy he taught himself the harmonica, guitar and banjo.

  By his teen years, Paul was playing in country bands around the Midwest. He also played live on Chicago radio stations, calling himself the Wizard of Waukesha.” Read more




70 Facts About Les Paul


” One hundred years after his birth, the late Les Paul is remembered for many things: as a pioneer in the development of the solid body electric guitar; the creator of multitrack recording and other groundbreaking studio technologies and for his own successful music career.

  And, of course, he’s remembered as the Wizard of Waukesha, a man who for all of his incredible success always remembered where he came from. He was born in Waukesha, and he is buried in Waukesha.

  As a result, Paul’s legacy extends beyond his role as the father of modern music, argues Sue Baker, program director for the Les Paul Foundation. He was a humble Wisconsinite who continues to inspire to this day.

” Many of us go through life and think we’re not smart enough, we’re not talented enough,” Baker said. “If we learn Les’ story, we can see that if you have a vision for what you want to do, just go for it. Do not sit back and think you’re not good enough, because you are good enough.”

  Paul is “good enough” to be the subject of a series of celebrations this year, including a special Hard Rock Cafe concert in New York’s Times Square Tuesday featuring Joe Bonamassa, Journey guitarist Neal Schon, Milwaukee-born rocker Steve Miller and more noted musicians. There are also two events planned Tuesday in Waukesha, and several more happening in the Milwaukee area this year.

  In honor of what would have been Paul’s 100th birthday June 9, get to know the Wizard of Waukesha through this timeline of facts, largely provided by the Les Paul Foundation.

1. Paul was born Lester William Polsfuss on June 9, 1915 in his family’s apartment above his father’s business.

2. Paul grew up on St. Paul Ave. in Waukesha.

3. Paul’s mother gave her son the nickname “Red Hot Red” because of his red hair.

4. Paul had one sibling, his brother, Ralph.

5.As a child, Paul thought he would grow up to work at Waukesha’s Motor Works like most of the men in town.

6. Around age 7, Paul was inspired by a person he saw wind wire around a toilet roll to make a crystal set radio, sparking a lifelong interest in music and electronics.

7.Paul’s inventor idol was Thomas Edison.

8. When he was 8, Paul began playing his first instrument: a harmonica, given to him by a construction worker.

9. Paul built his own crystal radio when he was 9.

10. When he was 10, Paul put together a small orchestra. “


Here are the other 60 facts

The Les Paul Foundation


” The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to inspire innovative and creative thinking by sharing the legacy of Les Paul through supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. The Les Paul Foundation is an approved IRC 501(c) 3 organization.

The Les Paul Foundation

  • Awards grants to music, music engineering and sound programs that serve youth.
  • Establishes music-related scholarships at schools and programs for students.
  • Provides grants for medical research and programs related to hearing impairment.
  • Supports public exhibits displaying Les Paul’s life achievements.

  Determined to perpetuate support to the areas most important to him and on which he spent his life’s focus, Les created  his foundation.

  Through his foundation, Les continues to encourage music education and innovations in engineering and medical research, especially as it applies to hearing loss.”



NY Times Obituary


” Les Paul, the virtuoso guitarist and inventor whose solid-body electric guitar and recording studio innovations changed the course of 20th-century popular music, died Thursday in White Plains, N.Y. . He was 94.

  The cause was complications of pneumonia, the Gibson Guitar Corporation and his family announced.

  Mr. Paul was a remarkable musician as well as a tireless tinkerer. He played guitar alongside leading prewar jazz and pop musicians from Louis Armstrong to Bing Crosby. In the 1930s he began experimenting with guitar amplification, and by 1941 he had built what was probably the first solid-body electric guitar, although there are other claimants. With his guitar and the vocals of his wife, Mary Ford, he used overdubbing, multitrack recording and new electronic effects to create a string of hits in the 1950s.” Continue reading





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Has Apple Maps Found The Loch Ness Monster?







” Since its inception in the sixth century, the legend of the Loch Ness Monster has endured unreliable sightings, doctored photos and faked footprints, but a mysterious satellite image has given fresh hope to believers of the elusive Scottish sea creature.

  The image, taken by an Apple map satellite, depicts a shadowy form of around 100 feet in length with something akin to flippers in the water of the Loch Ness.”








” We’ve been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is,” Gary Campbell, president of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, told the Daily Mail.

” It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing. We’ve shown it to boat experts and they don’t know what it is.”








” After studying the image for six months, and with apparently no other obvious explanation, the Club has concluded that shadow is probably the Loch Ness Monster.”


The Telegraph has more








Lynda Petty, Wife Of Richard Petty, Passes Away



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” The NASCAR community is mourning the death of Lynda Petty, wife of seven-time NASCAR champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty.

  Lynda, 72, died Tuesday after a lengthy fight with cancer.”



Lynda Petty



” A mother of four children including NASCAR on FOX analyst Kyle Petty, Lynda Petty was diagnosed with central nervous system lymphoma in 2010 and underwent treatments at Duke University Medical Center. Her death was announced Tuesday afternoon by Richard Petty Motorsports.”


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The Legend that was Jeff Cooper

Cheaper Than Dirt on Jeff Cooper 

  “Along with John Moses Browning, Mikhail Kalashnikov, Eugene Stoner, Dan Shideler, and Elmer Keith, another man made huge waves in the firearms community with his life’s work. If you are new to the gun world, or if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t bothered to learn read up on some history, let me clue you on whom I’m talking about. Most gun experts recognize Jeff Cooper as the father of the Modern Technique of handgun shooting, and one of the 20th century’s foremost international experts on the use and history of small arms.”

Jeff Cooper