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Noted and Passed

Posted: January 31, 2014 1:11 p.m.
Updated: February 3, 2014 5:00 a.m.

** Pete Seeger, who died recently at 94, had a profound influence on the American musical scene; the folksinger-songwriter was a catalyst for the folk music revival of the 1960s and he penned some of the great songs of that genre, including If I Had A Hammer, Where Have All The Flowers Gone and Turn, Turn, Turn. He also helped champion social change and was a consistent anti-war voice. Few people in the music world accomplished as much as he did, and he will be missed.

** One of the fine guys of South Carolina politics, Herb Kirsh, died last week. A Clover resident, Kirsh was at one time the longest-serving member of the General Assembly. He was a Democrat and a fiscal conservative, and he refused to switch parties when many urged him to. He was well liked and respected by elected officials from both sides of the aisle, which is rare nowadays.

** We tend to like plain-spoken people, especially those who achieve some degree of accomplishment and don’t let it go to their heads. That’s why we liked the comments of Charlotte’s Will Grier, who was named the national high school football player of the year by Parade Magazine. Said Grier, who will play football for Florida, "I’m just a southern boy who likes to go mudding in my Jeep, quail hunting and skeet shooting."

** Jay Leno has been a television superstar, dominating the ratings for his late-night talk show. His network, NBC, has not been as appreciative of him as it should have been despite his lofty status as the king of talk; the network demoted him once, and then brought him back, and now he’s leaving for good, still on top. He’ll do lots of stand-up comedy and other projects, but there are many who will miss his routines on the tube.

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