Political pundit Ann Coulter has never been shy about her love for the Grateful Dead, but Billboard recently made her take that love to the next level by publishing what is essentially an open love letter to the grateful group. She explains that she probably saw 67 shows, though her count was imprecise, and mostly between 1991 and 1995.“Other than a few shows in high school and college, I mostly followed them as a practicing lawyer from around 1991 to August 1995 when I had a bunch of Deadhead friends and we all had plenty of disposable income, so I saw a lot of shows in those four or five years.”She explains that there was a faction of Deadheads within her community growing up, which is how she became familiar with the group. “Contrary to some people’s image of the Dead, they were huge in my very affluent WASP hometown of New Canaan, Conn. There was a faction in favor of making “Truckin’” our prom song, but the sense of the senate went for some schmaltzy rainbow song instead. I bet no one from my high school class can remember what it was. We would have remembered “Truckin.’””“But still – you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a Deadhead dancing,” she writes in the article, putting her love for the Dead on full blast. She continues to talk about Deadheads, saying, “I like Deadheads because they’re very friendly, open-minded, individualistic people — not fake-open-minded and not a “mob of individualists.” Sometimes they’d ask why we’d decline the joints friendly Deadheads would pass around, but they were so charming about it. They weren’t offended or snippy, just genuinely interested. Deadheads are intellectually curious individuals.”Then she goes back to the band and starts naming some of her many favorite tunes:I can never pick a “favorite” song, just as I can’t pick a favorite Scalia dissent, but among the ones I love are: “Tennessee Jed,” “Althea,” “Stagger Lee”, “Eyes of the World,” “Loose Lucy,” “Franklin’s Tower,” “Deal,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “Unbroken Chain,” “Cassidy”, “Pride of Cucamonga,” “Uncle John’s Band,” “Ripple,” “Casey Jones,” “I Will Take You Home,” “Passenger,” “Mississippi Half-Step,” “Good Lovin’” and of course, the famous Mickey Hart rap version of “Fire on the Mountain.”It breaks my heart that the band never played “Pride of Cucamonga” in concert. That would have been as big a story as Brexit and probably would have rocked the stock market just as much. She recalls one final Grateful Dead concert experience at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, saying, “The Dead’s best venues were the outdoor concerts. I’ve been to a few, including one outside of Kansas City on the Fourth of July, but my fave was Shoreline Amphitheatre — a beautiful outdoor arena built on a landfill. The weather was great, you could buy California chardonnay by the glass and I had a bunch of Cornell deadheads out there. By day, we’d go around San Francisco or go sailing, and, by night, we’d go to see a psychedelic rock group.”And there you have it, an inside look at Ann Coulter’s love for the Grateful Dead. Read the full letter here.
EC AquaTrojans stay undefeated as they hosted the Batesville Bulldogs on Tuesday night. EC Girls won 115-59. EC Boys won 140-31.Individual winners include: Mackenzie Schantz-200 Free, 500 Free; Alex Ketcham-200 Free; Grace Crane-200IM, 100 Fly; Jacob Weber-200 IM, 100 Back; Alexis deLong-50 Free, 100 Back; Chandler Witte-50 Free; Brooklynn Gill- 1 meter diving; John Crawley- 1 meter diving; Jackson Ketcham-100 Fly, 500 Free;Olivia Nixon-100 Free; Gavin Daniels-100 Free;Klay Shipman-100 Breast.EC won all 6 relays.East Central hosts their I-74 rivals, Harrison Wildcats, on Thursday as we honor our senior class. Come out and support the AquaTrojans!!!Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.
Oct. 9, 2007 Box Score PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida Volleyball team improved to 22-2 on the season with a three game sweep of Valdosta State 30-21, 30-16, 30-24. Jamie Nichols (So. / Crawfordville, Fla.) and Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil) lead the offensive charge for the Argos, combining for 22 kills. Ten different West Florida players recorded a kill in the match, as the Argos out-hit Valdosta State 50-27 in Kills.The win moves the 24th ranked Argos to 7-0 in the Gulf South Conference, while the Blazers drop to 0-7 in the Conference and 9-15 on the season. Nichols and Danielle Spitzer (Sr. / Birmingham, Ala.) started out hot, combining for four early kills in game one, to give the Argos a comfortable lead, which was never challenged. Gualberto and Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil) had the hot hand in game two, and then Kara Gonzalez (Fr. / St. Augustine, Fla.), Louann Rusch (So. / Homestead, Fla.), and Robin Law (Fr. / Pheonix, Ariz.) lead the attack in game three. Law finished with three kills and 6 digs, while Kara Gonzalez finished with 7 kills in only 11 attempts. Rusch pitched in with three kills and four digs in game three alone.Setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico) recorded 39 Assists and 10 digs, as she set up the Argos big hitters. Defensively, UWF had four players with double-digit digs, lead by Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.) with 21. Kimberly Clark (Jr. / St. Petersburg, Fla.) had 11 digs, while Rapach added 10 digs. Meanwhile, Stephanie Kirrstetter lead the Blazers with 10 kills and 16 digs. Laura Boos chipped in with 19 digs for Valdosta State, while Niki Patriarca recorded 12 Assists.Valdosta State was holding their opponents to a .159 Attack percentage on the season; however, the Argos pounded out a .259 percentage, with three players hitting over .400; Nichols, Gualberto, and Kara Gonzalez. The Argos are on the road in Missouri for three matches this weekend, and then return home for a conference match up with West Georgia on October 19th at 7:00 pm Print Friendly Version Share UWF Volleyball Rolls Past Valdosta State to 13th Straight Win