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Visionaries of the Rock & Roll World

 

Visionaries of the Rock & Roll World

by Amy Lignor

 

In Cleveland sits a museum completely devoted to the celebration and preservation of rock & roll music. From the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s amazing educational programs to their extensive Library & Archives, this organization makes sure that all those who have inspired and entertained the world continued to be remembered.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

And now, with six new artists—as well as one individual being recognized with an Award for Musical Excellence—the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is presenting the “Class of 2017.”

Inductee: Joan Baez. If there was a poster child for “charisma” this woman would be it. Her powerful voice continues to give strength to the world, and her words have never gone out of style. “We Shall Overcome,” (1963) was one of many platforms she gave to people who wanted to get their voices heard. She championed civil rights, human rights and stood up against discrimination of any type, as her music career crossed over with ease from folk music to mainstream. Being in the business for over 50 years now, with over 30 albums to her name, Baez still performs all over the world, encouraging one and all to stand up for their beliefs.

 

Inductee: ELO. The classic rock and roll sound of the Electric Light Orchestra – more popularly known as ELO – remains a mainstay on all classic rock radio stations. Beginning in Birmingham, England in 1970, their first single, “10538 Overture,” was an ode to the Beatles. Little did they know then, however, that their name would also become synonymous with ‘greatness.’ Commercial success was reached by ELO when their fourth album, Eldorado, scored them their first U.S. top 10 single “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head” and went on to become their very first gold album. The Beatles were not the only band the U.K. produced that America is still extremely grateful for – ELO is most definitely another.

 

Inductee: Journey. The amazing sound of Journey sums up rock and roll at its very best. Formed in 1973, the band did well when first starting off by blending jazz with rock. But it was in 1977, when they found Steve Perry, that Journey became a household name. With Perry, they refined their path, releasing one of the biggest hit records of all time – Escape – in 1981. Perry had the voice of a balladeer which caused him to go out and earn a successful solo career until making his way back to Journey in 1995.

 

Inductee: Pearl Jam. Alternative rock and roll enthusiasts are still screaming at the top of their lungs for this group that puts on the most unpredictable live concerts that any band has ever created. Pearl Jam began in Seattle, Washington, and was well-known only in Seattle’s underground community. In 1991, when they released their debut album, Ten, Pearl Jam went from unknowns to a commercial success, conquering the world. Explosive voices, they mixed everything from heavy metal to hardcore punk to classic rock – blending it all together to create a sound no one had ever heard before. And they are still doing it today!

 

Inductee: Tupac Shakur. Everyone knows the story. Some are fans; some are not. But whether you liked him on a personal level or not, Tupac’s lyrics made him the perfect anti-hero. Race relations, rap, and the treatment of young black men in America were among a few of the complex subjects that he would touch upon in order to break down the walls of hip-hop and create what some feel is an art form. Using his voice to preach activism and express a broad range of emotions that went from rage to love, his first solo album, 2Pacalypse Now, generated acclaim and brought about controversy. In a career that lasted only five years, Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide, while he became a star on-screen. The impact he and his words had on people continues to this day.

 

Inductee: Yes. Talk about endurance. This is one band that still understands exactly how to change with the times. If you look back at their long career, Yes has been able to put out records that span hard rock, progressive rock, contemporary and more. The band created epics. Remember “Close to the Edge?” “The Gates of Delirium?” Their sound continues to fill stadiums in the 21st-century. It is amazing to hear Jon Anderson use his perfect alto tenor voice to hit the highest of high notes almost forty-five years after forming the band. Yes is one group that may just make it another fifty years.

 

And the Award for Musical Excellence goes to…Nile Rodgers. From NYC, it was in 1977 that he formed the band called CHIC, bringing a funk/disco sound to the dance floors across America. By producing Sister Sledge’s superhit, “We are Family,” Nile rose to the top of the charts as a producer and helped to create albums for everyone from Diana Ross to Madonna. Producing film scores, releasing solo albums – this is one man who has yet to even slow down and take a breath.

 

So there you have it. The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017. And, once again, voters have chosen the ‘best of the best’ to become part of music’s unforgettable history.

 

Gap-Toothed Bronze Bust Makes the Hall of Fame Greater

Gap-Toothed Bronze Bust Makes the Hall of Fame Greater

~ Amy Lignor

The Hall of Fame induction is a class-act event. It is a time when the best of the best get placed among the other ‘masters’ of the game who changed
football for the better when they were on the gridiron. The event is one that has nothing to do with reports of charges, arrests, etc., that seem to fill the profootballhalloffamewebsitepages of newspapers and sports media sites. It is a moment in time where the NFL looks as shiny as the Oscar statuette.

 

Canton, Ohio is the home of the Hall. Beginning in 1920, Canton won the right to build the Hall of Fame in their city, lobbying the NFL, and also owning the Canton Bulldogs – which were a successful team in the NFL once upon a time.

 

Inductees on Saturday night included: Michael Strahan, Derrick Brooks, Aeneas Williams, Andre Reed, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey and Walter Jones – men who were honored for their good work when it came to helping their teams achieve glory and success.

 

Undoubtedly, there is one among the list of inductees who is someone everyone knows; even people who don’t know anything about football laugh at his jokes and find him to be an excellent addition to their morning cups of coffee. Michael Strahan was a fantastic player in the NFL, but up on stage, he does not look the part of the mentor – white-haired, Yoda-‘esque’ type that many of the inductees mirror when they are given this honor. In fact, Strahan looks even better than he did in uniform, because his face has become even more of a presence in our everyday lives since his retirement in 2008.

 

Turn on your T.V. and you get Strahan. “Live with Kelly and Michael”; “Fox N.F.L. Sunday”; “Good Morning America”…and, probably most popular of all, his appearance with Kelly Ripa in the most campy (and most popular) movie TV had to offer this year: “Sharknado 2: The Second One.” And, no, that is not a joke. This is one of those television movie series that seem to have gotten fans from across the world to talk about it just as much as they did Twilight…course, the sharks were way cooler than the vamps.

 

But Strahan is a natural – the natural smile, the fun, he makes people feel good while also giving educated football news when it comes to that arena. Media loves the guy, and Strahan has become a household name. Oddly enough, he is a lot like the ‘Sharknado’ phenomenon, because fans want to sit and talk to the guy. They want to enjoy his company…and Strahan, oddly enough, feels the same way about them, which means this is one football master that has a long, long future that will not end just because the stadium lights are no longer on him.

 

It is no surprise for Strahan to be an inductee. We are talking about the Giants’ career leader in games played, as well as sacks. He is also the NFL record-holder for sacks in a season. Playing with New York from 1993 to 2007, Strahan was the captain of the 2007 Super Bowl XLII championship team, and his records of 216 regular-season games, and 141.5 sacks for his team will, most likely, stand as the ‘best of the best’ for a long time.

 

Yet, in the end, it’s his humor and kindness that everyone loves about Strahan. Even the headlines regarding his Hall of Fame bust have people smiling. Why is that? Because of HIS smile, of course. Seems that the Hall of Fame chief sculptor asks everyone to remain smileless when they are posing for him. Reason being, teeth apparently do not look good on a bronze bust. But Strahan did the one thing all fans wanted: He made sure that his signature, gap-toothed smile will most definitely be immortalized in Canton, Ohio.

 

This was work for the sculptor, to say the least. But fans of football, the New York Giants, and all the fans Strahan has made in his huge media career wish to thank him for his decision.

 

We wish to say congrats to ALL the inductees. You all deserve the honor. And, Michael, you continue to make us smile each and every day!

 

TenPoint — 20 Years of Exceptional Crossbow Manufacturing

 

TenPoint — 20 Years of Exceptional Crossbow Manufacturing

Made in the USA.

It’s a slogan well-known and oft repeated by Americans, who understand the sentiment not as a political slogan but in a patriotic spirit that is alive and well in Mogadore, Ohio, where TenPoint Crossbow Technologies is celebrating its 20th year as an entrepreneurial wonder of the outdoor industry.

Mogadore is where Rick Bednar, a veteran field archery champion and US Olympic athlete, set up shop and now heads the multi-Lifestyle4_1_1million dollar empire that lays claim to dozens of patents and a manufacturing facility that has fueled unprecedented growth in an industry that was in its infancy a decade ago. That empire also includes Wicked Ridge Crossbows, a subsidiary of the TenPoint brand that targets the entry-level market in a highly competitive business.

TenPoint today is a remarkable testament to Bednar’s vision and his steadfast desire to not simply be a part of a cottage industry but to lead it through quality engineering, innovation, high performance, and safety improvements. It’s a vision that actually began in the 1970s, when Bednar traveled the world as a member of the USA Pan Am, World Target and World Field Archery teams, and when he competed and won three NCAA Championships at the University of Akron and qualified for the 1976 Olympic Team. It’s a vision fostered by his parents, Archery Hall of Fame member Bill Bednar and his wife, Edith, whose Portage Archery Center was headquartered in Suffield, Ohio.

Rick and his sisters, Cindy and Joanna, grew up in an apartment adjoining the pro shop of Portage Archery, which still operates today as Hunter’s Outlet Archery Center and is a division of TenPoint Crossbow Technologies. After graduating from the University of Akron, Bednar worked for two years as director of new store expansion for the Cole National Corporation, then bought the family business in 1981. After adding a wholesale distribution business called PAC Distributing to the retail operation, Bednar garnered the interest of British entrepreneurs who wanted a national sales and marketing organization in the States to import and sell a line of crossbows designed by British custom gun maker Bernard Horton.

Thanks to Bednar’s efforts, which included convincing the Brits to move their manufacturing facilities to Mogadore, the Horton brand grew into a $4.5 million business in the six years he was its chief operating officer. In fact, Stark County, Ohio, named Bednar its New Entrepreneur of the Year in 1990.

But a stockholder dispute — Bednar and another investor, George R.  Gardner, an Easton Aluminum Top-Ten Arrow distributor, wanted to invest the company’s profits back into the company while the majority of Horton’s partners wanted to distribute them — Venom TP107_Processedled to Bednar’s departure from Horton. After waiting a year to satisfy a non-compete agreement, Bednar and a small group of investors launched Hunter’s Manufacturing in 1994, when the crossbow industry was small and dominated by the well-established Horton name. In 1995 Horton executives filed a complicated lawsuit designed to occupy Hunter Manufacturing’s operating capital and keep the fledgling company on the sidelines. It didn’t work. By the end of 1998, a moneyless settlement forced Bednar to change his company’s trade name to TenPoint Crossbow Technologies.

Despite the challenges, Bednar led his young company to double-digit growth in each of its first five years, and by 2002 when a pair of southeastern states joined three others in eliminating restrictions on crossbows during archery deer seasons, TenPoint was poised for tremendous growth. In the ensuing years 15 more states followed suit, allowing Bednar to increase his business from 20 employees to 100.

TenPoint has been issued 31 patents in the United States and two in Canada, with 19 more pending, far outpacing the technological reach of its competitors. Things didn’t go so well for Horton Archery, and just last year TenPoint purchased selected portions — machinery and equipment, trademarks, patents and licenses — of the bankrupt company.

Today, ‘Made in the USA’ is more than a slogan at TenPoint Crossbow Technologies. Rick Bednar joins his two sons, Phil and Steve, two sisters, and his nephew in designing, building, testing, marketing and selling crossbows with one goal in mind:  to be a world-class manufacturer of products that are recognized as an industry standard for safety, precision engineering, durability, performance and power.

 

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