BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 27 December, 2014


27 December, 2014

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Paul Krugman: Tidings of Comfort (NY Times)
You surely haven't heard this in the news, but 2014 was a year in which the federal government showed that it can do some important things very well.

Tom Danehy: Tom loves youth sports, and he's mad at the Arizona Interscholastic Association for sports inequity (Tucson Weekly)
There's a mean joke about a guy who has one good hand, but his other hand has been badly mangled in an accident. He goes into a church and prays, "Please God, make my hand like the other one." He hears a thunderclap, then looks down to see that he now has two mangled hands. More on that later.

Andrew Tobias: Elephantine Gifts
Wha'd YOU get this year? I hope: health, love, and a robust Internet connection. Truly, nothing more is required. (Food? Shelter? They are a necessary condition of health, so already covered in that list. Money? A necessary condition of having food and shelter. A job? Abner and I should certainly hope not* - but same deal, if you need one to get money as a necessary condition to the rest. The list is complete: health, love, and a robust Internet connection.)

Luis Prada: The One Lesson You Need to Learn This Holiday Season (Cracked)
The holidays are about kindness. Well, the kindness is hidden beneath mounds of credit card debt from all the gifts you're buying for your loved ones and for the bastards you barely tolerate from your office Secret Santa pool. The kindness is in there, somewhere. So there's no better time of year to tell a personal tale of a tiny moment in my own life when kindness, happiness, respect, and all of those wonderful holiday feelings were something more than some words printed on the $25 Macy's gift card I give my mom every Christmas.

Pauli Poisuo: 7 Physical Mutations That Helped Famous Careers (Cracked)
We bet every one of you reading this has one weird thing about your body you'd change if you could -- maybe you have an eye that's slightly lower than the other, or a nasty little scar on your lower back where your tail used to be. We all want to be perfect. But not so fast. As a whole bunch of famous people can tell you, a horrible deformity and/or physical mutilation can be the difference between failure and stardom. For instance ...

Fitzgerald Smith: 7 Celebrity Careers That Launched by Accident (Cracked)
Hollywood is filled with plenty of rags to riches stories. Jim Carey worked as a janitor, Demi Moore was a debt collector, Brad Pitt used to wear a chicken suit while handing out fliers and Sharon Stone worked (works?) at a McDonald's. But some actors' beginnings can be attributed to not hard work, but sheer chance or accident. Such as...

JibJab 2014 Year in Review: "2014, You Are History!" (YouTube)
Did data breaches, ice bucket challenges, and the wild events of 2014 really #BreakTheInternet? Find out in JibJab's 2014 Year in Review -- it's one for the history books!

Sweet Hat Bro (YouTube)
"Patrick Stewart's wife Sunny Ozell got him a hat for Christmas and recorded his embarrassment for all of us to enjoy. The man looks like he's in pain, but he's a good enough sport to stand still for this humiliation." - Neatorama

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Richard Pryor was the first recipient of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Who was the second recipient?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What TV character had a boss named Cosmo G. Spacely?

      George Jetson                                                      Source

The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from 1962 to 1963, then later as part of the weekday/weekend morning programming block called The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, until 1987. New episodes were produced from 1984-1987 as well. It was Hanna-Barbera's Space Age counterpart to The Flintstones.

Cosmo G. Spacely is George's boss, originally voiced by Mel Blanc. Frank Welker voiced a teenage version of Mr. Spacely in the Jetsons Christmas Carol and Jeff Bergman voiced Spacely in some scenes in Jetsons: The Movie after Blanc's death, as Blanc died during the production of Jetsons: The Movie. This means the character has the distinction of being the last character to be voiced by legendary voice actor Blanc.

Spacely is president of 'Spacely Space Sprockets', where George Jetson works. Mr. Spacely is the stereotypical tough boss, constantly yelling at George for his perceived poor work performance. A typical videophone call from Spacely starts with him yelling "JETSON!!!" at the top of his lungs. Mr. Spacely's aggressive behavior is in contrast with his extremely short, rotund stature, the three hairs combed over his bald head, and his toothbrush mustache.        Source

Randall was first, and correct, with:
   I believe Cosmo Spacely was George Jetson's boss

  George, of course, was from The Jetsons:

  "The Jetsons" was a Hanna Barbera cartoon family that originally played in prime-time back in the early 60's.
  Unless I'm mistaken, "The Jetsons" was a futuristic take-off of an earlier, quite successful cartoon program, "The Flintstones"

  ...and "The Flintstones" was a cartoon take-off on an earlier very successful TV program, "The Honeymooners"

  "The Honeymooners" ran on TV in the early 50's and starred Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows as Ralph and Alice Kramdon.
  Also starring were Art Carney and Joyce Randolph as Ed and Trixie Norton.

  "The Honeymooners" was about a couple of middle-class working guys and their wives in "real-life" as opposed to the comparatively "perfect" lives of, say, Leave it to Beaver's folks or Ozzie and Harriet Nelson.
  Anyway... Fred and Wilma, Barney and Betty were basically blue-collar cartoon versions of Ralph and Ed, Alice and Trixie

  So, knowing a good thing (think $$$) when they saw it, Hanna-Barbera figured they might be able to make lightning (again, $$$) strike twice, but instead of another prehistoric cartoon working-class buffoon, they created a FUTURE working-class protagonist.

  Thus, George Jetson was basically the future version of Fred Flintstone...

  . . . .

  ...and Spacely was George's boss

Alan J wrote:
   George Jetson

mj said:
   The owner of Spacely Sprockets
  Employed George Jetson, who used the money he earned to take care of his
  boy, Elroy, daughter, Judy, and Jane, his wife. It also kept Astro (no
  doubt a descendent of Scooby Doo) in dog food and paid for maintenance
  on Rosie the household robot.

Charlie replied:
   George Jetson
  Cosmo was (is? will be?) another demonstration of why capitalism and democracy are fundamentally incompatible.

Marian responded:
   George Jetson

Adam answered:
   George Jetson.

Deborah wrote:
   From the Jetson's - Cosmo G. Spacely owned Spacely's Sprockets and was George Jetson's boss. I still remember the theme song.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   George Jetson

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
   George Jetson had a greed-headed baldy boss, named Cosmo G. Spacely. He reminded me of this war criminal.

Harry answered:
   George Jetson

DJ Useo replied:
   George Jetson worked for Mr. Spacely.
  Jetson slaved 4 hours a week, & sometimes had to push the button twice a shift!
  What a slave driver! Lol!
  I think Spacely has the funniest tiny feet.

BttbBob   responded.
   Oh, it's that dorkmeister, George Jetson... Not a bad guy, really... But, Jeesh...
  Such a dweeb... ya know what I mean?

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MAM   wrote:
   George Jetson ~ Cartoon character in the animated series The Jetsons.

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Last Night

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Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', followed by '48 Hours'.

NBC opens the night with the FRESH, but taped weeks ago, 'WWE Tribute To The Troops', followed by a RERUN 'The Mysteries Of Laura', then a RERUN 'SNL', hosted by Jimmy Fallon, music by Justin Timberlake.
'SNL', is a RERUN with Martin Freeman hosting, music by Charli XCX.

ABC starts the night with the movie 'Norbit', followed by '20/20'.

The CW offers an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ men', then an old 'Family Guy', followed by another old 'Family Guy'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Bones', followed by a RERUN 'Sleepy Hollow'.

MY has an old 'Burn Notice', followed by another old 'Burn Notice'.

A&E has all old 'Criminal Minds' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park', followed by the movie 'Jurassic Park III', then the movie 'Jurassic Park'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 1 - The Eleventh Hour
 [7:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 2 - The Beast Below
 [8:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 3 - Victory of the Daleks
 [9:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 4 - The Time of Angels
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Flesh and Stone
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 6 - Vampires in Venice
 [12:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 7 - Amy's Choice
 [1:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 8 - The Hungry Earth
 [2:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 9 - Cold Blood
 [3:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 10 - Vincent and The Doctor
 [4:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 11 - The Lodger
 [5:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 12 - The Pandorica Opens
 [6:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 13 - The Big Bang
 [7:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 1 - The Impossible Astronaut
 [8:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Day of the Moon
 [9:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 4 - The Doctor's Wife
 [10:00PM]    The Graham Norton Show - Season 16 - Episode 12 NEW
 [11:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 5 - The Rebel Flesh
 [12:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 6 - The Almost People
 [1:00AM]    The Graham Norton Show - Season 16 - Episode 12
 [2:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 11 - The God Complex
 [3:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 12 - Closing Time
 [4:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 13 - The Wedding of River Song
 [5:00AM]    Doctor Who: Earth Conquest    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has the movie 'Ocean's Twelve', followed by the movie 'Fast Five', then the movie 'Fast Five', again.

Comedy Central has 'Jeff Dunham: Arguing With Myself', 'Jeff Dunham: All Over The Map', 'Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos', and 'Jeff Dunham: Arguing With Myself'.

FX has the movie 'Here Comes The Boom', followed by 3 hours of old 'Mike & Molly'.

History has all old 'Pawn Stars' all night.

IFC  -   
 [9:00AM]    LETHAL WEAPON 2
 [11:30AM]    LETHAL WEAPON 3
 [2:15PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 4
 [5:00PM]    THE MATRIX
 [2:00AM]    GAMER

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Friends With Money
 [7:45AM]    Groundhog Day
 [10:00AM]    Spy Game
 [12:45PM]    Blade Runner
 [3:15PM]    Back to School
 [5:15PM]    Back to School
 [7:15PM]    Uncle Buck
 [9:00PM]    Last Action Hero
 [11:45PM]    Cliffhanger
 [2:15AM]    Cliffhanger
 [4:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Bad Girls
 [5:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Make-up    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie "Ragin' Cajun Redneck Gators', followed by the movie 'Robocroc'.

 [6:30 AM]      Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
 [8:30 AM]      Riffraff (1936)
 [10:30 AM]      Carry on Teacher (1962)
 [12:00 PM]      Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
 [2:00 PM]      The Night Of The Hunter (1955)
 [4:00 PM]      Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
 [8:00 PM]      The Black Stallion (1979)
 [10:15 PM]      The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1954)
 [12:00 AM]      Lord of the Flies (1963)
 [2:00 AM]      An American Hippie in Israel (1972)
 [3:45 AM]      The Big Cube (1969)
 [5:30 AM]      Keep Off The Grass (1969)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sunday   -  12/28/14

 [6:00 AM]      Dark Victory (1939)
 [7:45 AM]      Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
 [9:45 AM]      Jailhouse Rock (1957)
 [11:30 AM]      The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
 [1:30 PM]      The Age of Innocence (1993)
 [4:00 PM]      Anastasia (1956)
 [6:00 PM]      Adam's Rib (1949)
 [8:00 PM]      Dark Passage (1947)
 [10:00 PM]      Lady in the Lake (1947)
 [12:00 AM]      The King of Kings (1927)     SILENT 
 [2:45 AM]      The Story of a Cheat (1936)
 [4:15 AM]      The Pearls of the Crown (1937)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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In this Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 file photo, a gendarme from the Vatican's security forces stops a Ukrainian feminist group Femen activist after she snatched the statue of Baby Jesus from the Nativity scene set in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The Vatican says it has arrested the Femen activist who on Christmas Day bared her chest and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus in the life-size Nativity scene in the center of St. Peter's Square. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Lombardi said Friday that Ukrainian activist Yana Zhdanova was being held for questioning, and noted that the incident aimed to "intentionally offend the religious feelings" of numerous people. Possible charges include carrying out obscene acts in public, insults and theft.


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Egypt Axes Film


Egypt has banned the Hollywood biblical epic movie "Exodus: Gods and Kings" citing historical inaccuracies, the culture minister said Friday, a day after a similar move by Morocco.

Culture Minister Gaber Asfour told AFP that Ridley Scott's blockbuster was rife with mistakes, including an apparent claim that "Moses and the Jews built the pyramids".

"It is a Zionist film," he said. "It gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies and that's why we have decided to ban it."

The ban was decided by a committee comprising the head of the supreme council for culture, Mohammed Afifi, the head of the censorship committee and two history professors, said Asfour.




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Morocco Bans


Morocco has banned cinemas from showing the biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" just one day before the Hollywood blockbuster was due to be screened, media reports said Thursday.

It was unclear why officials decided to ban the movie which had been given the green light by the state-run Moroccan Cinema Centre (CCM), which implements all rules concerning the industry.

Theatre managers said they received "verbal" instructions from the CCM not to begin screening the movie as planned on Wednesday, according to news website media24.

Hassan Belkady, who runs Cinema Rif in Casablanca, told media24 that he had been threatened with the closure of the business if he refused to implement the ban.



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Forgetting The Alamo

John Wayne

Time and Mother Nature are threatening to dismantle the Alamo. Not the original, but the replica 18th-century Spanish mission and Old West movie set John Wayne built for his Oscar-nominated 1960 movie and that for decades was a tourist mecca and film production site.

"It's not just something that represents history to a movie set - it is now history for sure," says Rich Curilla, the one-man curator and custodian of the now-closed Alamo Village.

Alamo Village, a 400-acre plot of land about 120 miles west of San Antonio, was carved out of a large ranch in the late 1950s for Wayne's directorial debut. Starring Richard Widmark as Jim Bowie and Wayne as Davy Crockett, "The Alamo" had an estimated $12 million budget, huge for its time.

The 4-foot-thick Alamo facade was modeled off a 1936 map of the historic building - drawn up for the Texas centennial that year - and set construction took nearly two years. Unlike the real Alamo, which is dwarfed by taller buildings in the heart of San Antonio, the view from Wayne's Alamo offered a panorama of iconic Texas and Western images.

Business at Alamo Village began to wane in the 1980s when traffic along the main east-west route through South Texas shifted north with completion of Interstate 10. It closed to the public after the last remaining owner died in 2009 and the property was divided among heirs. The land now primarily is used for cattle grazing and hunting.

John Wayne



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Patriarchy Pregnancy Terminated


A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support Friday after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die - a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland's strict ban on abortion in an age of medical innovation.

The three-judge Dublin High Court said that all artificial support for the woman should end more than three weeks after she was declared clinically dead. Her relatives gathered at a hospital in the Irish Midlands to bid farewell to the unidentified woman, who was in her late 20s and had two young children.

In their 29-page ruling, the judges accepted testimony from seven doctors who said the fetus couldn't survive for the extra two months of development needed to be delivered safely. The doctors detailed how the woman's body was becoming a lethal environment rife with infections, fungal growths, fever and high blood pressure.

The judges said the fetus faced "a 'perfect storm' from which it has no realistic prospect of emerging alive. It has nothing but distress and death in prospect."

Irish doctors have appealed for decades for clearer guidelines on when they may terminate a pregnancy. Irish law permits this only when deemed necessary to save the woman's life. Parliament passed the law last year after a 31-year-old woman, suffering a protracted miscarriage, was refused an abortion and died of blood poisoning.



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Crime and Lawsuits Cloud New Movie

'American Sniper'

The real-life story behind Hollywood's "American Sniper," rolled out this holiday season, has been a dark tale of lawsuits and a pending murder trial for the man accused of gunning down the movie's hero.

Iraq War veteran Eddie Ray Routh is to stand trial in February on charges of murdering Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL whose best-selling autobiography "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History" was the basis for the film from director Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper.

Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, took Routh to a shooting range on Dec. 2, 2013. Routh is accused of shooting Kyle and Littlefield to death and stealing Kyle's truck.

Kyle's estate has also had its troubles, with a jury in St. Paul earlier this year awarding former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in damages for a passage in Kyle's book about a supposed bar fight between the two that jurors found libelous.

'American Sniper'



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'Screech' Charged In Bar Stabbing

Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," was charged Friday with stabbing a man during a bar fight on Christmas.

Diamond, 37, faces charges of felony second-degree recklessly endangering safety charge, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.

According to the criminal complaint, Diamond told police that he and his fiancee went out to several bars Thursday night in Port Washington, about 30 miles north of Milwaukee. The couple, who lives in Port Washington, got into a tussle with two men and another woman at the Grand Avenue Saloon, the complaint said.

Port Washington police say they responded at 11:15 p.m. Thursday to a report of a stabbing at a bar. When police caught up with their SUV down the road from the bar, Diamond told police he had a "pen" in his hand when he grabbed one of the men, according to the complaint.

Port Washington police found in the car a switchblade, the point of which was covered in what appeared to be blood. Diamond later told police he accidentally stabbed the man while trying to defend his fiancee, according to the complaint.

Dustin Diamond



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Imposes Token Rationing


Just when Russians thought it could not get any worse with the ruble tumbling as fast as the oil prices on which their economy depends, the people of St Petersburg are waking up to rationing.

But in President Vladimir Putin's hometown, the martyr city that survived a nearly 900-day siege in which thousands starved to death in World War II, it is not food and drink that is being rationed, but metro tokens.

In one of the most bizarre episodes of panic buying in a nation notorious for its hoarding instincts in times of trouble, people have been buying up to 85,000 extra metro tokens a day so they can save three rubles (five cents) when the price goes up on January 1.

With more than 1.8 million sold so far in December the authorities had to step in and ban cashiers from selling people more than two tokens at a time.

Signs of panic buying have emerged in recent weeks with many hard-pressed households hoarding sugar and buckwheat, one of the country's main staples, as the ruble at one point lost one quarter of its value in just two days.




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Mulls Bigger Role For Women


A struggle for women's rights is brewing within Israel's deeply conservative ultra-Orthodox community, where women, largely shut out of politics, are beginning to demand greater representation in the country's parliament.

More than 20 percent of Israeli lawmakers are female, but not one woman serves from the country's two ultra-Orthodox, or haredi, parties. In haredi communities, women are expected to manage a home, raise children and provide an income for the family, often while the husband studies Torah.

Those beliefs remain firmly entrenched, but in the run-up to the March 17 elections, traditional views of the role of women in haredi politics are being challenged in mainstream and ultra-Orthodox media - a shift that activists say marks a major stride toward more equitable representation.

Secular women, in contrast, serve at all levels of government and society. Israel is one of the few nations to have elected a female head of government. Golda Meir served as prime minister from 1969 to 1974.

Some haredi women are now demanding change. A group called "No Voice, No Vote" has pledged to boycott haredi parties that don't include female lawmakers.



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Can't Keep Up With Demand


Bob Wheeler still gets the question sometimes when people find out he runs the company that builds those shiny aluminum campers: "Airstreams? They still make those?"

Not only are the retro-looking "silver bullet" travel-trailers still being built by hand at the same western Ohio site that has produced them for 60 years, but the company also can't roll them out of there fast enough to meet the demand these days.

The instantly recognizable silver bubble design - inspired by airplane fuselages - hasn't been tweaked much since the first Airstreams took to the open road in the 1930s on the way to becoming an American icon. The polished campers have cameoed in Hollywood movies and even quarantined the Apollo 11 astronauts when they got back from the moon. They have also inspired a legion of devotees who socialize with one another at Airstream caravans and rallies all over the world - including an annual Ohio jamboree known as "Alumapalooza."

Airstream builds 50 travel-trailers every week at the plant in Jackson Center, all gleaming and aerodynamic and riveted by hand. The backlog is about three months, and ground has already been broken on a major expansion at the factory north of Dayton that eventually will increase production capacity by 50 percent.



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In Memory

Buddy DeFranco

Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco - who collaborated with Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and other top singers and musicians of his era - has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday.

DeFranco's wife, Joyce, said he had been in declining health in recent years.

DeFranco, a member of the American Jazz Hall of Fame, performed at venues around the world for 75 years and recorded with musicians including Sinatra, Holliday, Art Tatum, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett. He conducted the Glenn Miller Orchestra for eight years from 1966 to 1974.

He was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and later named a Living Jazz Legend in a Kennedy Center ceremony.

DeFranco was recognized 16 times with the Playboy All-Star award for top jazz clarinetist in the world.

DeFranco began his career as a teenager in Philadelphia and went on to play with legendary bands including ones led by Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Gene Krupa and Charlie Barnett.

Composer Nelson Riddle wrote the musical "Cross Country Suite" in 1958 for DeFranco, and Nat King Cole introduced DeFranco when he premiered the work at the Hollywood Bowl.

The annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival is held each spring at the University of Montana. DeFranco's family asked Friday that contributions in his memory be given to the festival.

DeFranco is survived by his wife and his son, Chad DeFranco.

Buddy DeFranco





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