Sep 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm #1307822
Gram Parsons died this day in 1973. RIPSep 20, 2013 at 7:17 am #2026429
Daryl and DarylBPL Member
@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
This paragraph from Wikipedia caught my eye:
"To fulfill Parsons' funeral wishes, Kaufman and a friend stole his body from the airport and in a borrowed hearse drove it to Joshua Tree. Upon reaching the Cap Rock section of the park, they attempted to cremate Parsons' corpse by pouring five gallons of gasoline into the open coffin and throwing a lit match inside. What resulted was an enormous fireball. The police gave chase but, as one account puts it, "were encumbered by sobriety," and the men escaped. The two were arrested several days later. Since there was no law against stealing a dead body, they were only fined $750 for stealing the coffin and were not prosecuted for leaving 35 pounds (16 kg) of his charred remains in the desert. Parsons's body was eventually buried in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Metairie, Louisiana."Sep 20, 2013 at 8:17 am #2026442
just Justin WhitsonMember
Quite a colorful adventure! Personally, i will never understand why anyone cares about what happens to their body after they die.Sep 20, 2013 at 8:53 am #2026460
spelt with a tBPL Member
@speltLocale: SW/C PASep 20, 2013 at 9:55 am #2026485
just Justin WhitsonMember
Interesting Spelt !. I should specify that i do care about and understand the environmental aspect of dead bodies, just not about the sentimental attachment of, "my body needs to be buried here or there." or whatever, as highlighted by the excerpt of that article that Daryl shared.Sep 20, 2013 at 10:09 am #2026487
Hmmm my post disappeared. My apologies if this becomes a double post.
I didn't know much about Parsons' life and it was interesting to read about it.
This is how I want to go:Sep 20, 2013 at 10:32 am #2026496
I want to be stuffed with cuben and sent into space.Sep 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm #2026548
"I want to be stuffed with cuben and sent into space."
I have to wait until I die before I can have that happen? Aw shucks…Sep 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm #2026551
I had the pleasure of talking at length once with an integral member of the Flying Burrito Brothers. I won't say who it was, it was a "off the record" type of thing and I gave my word not to divulge.
He said that Gram was an extremely talented, gregarious and charismatic individual, but also somewhat arrogant, lacking in maturity and at times, a jerk. No suprise that he drank and drugged himself to death by the age of 26.
But his work was wonderful, and I know that talent and torment often go together. So I'll remember songs like Hickory Wind and Christine's Tune with great fondness, and hope that all may appreciate him.
DeanSep 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm #2026594
Sharon J.BPL Member
@squarkLocale: SF Bay area
"This is how I want to go:
Is it weird that as soon as I read that, I started listing all my favourite trees?Sep 20, 2013 at 7:32 pm #2026596
"Is it weird that as soon as I read that, I started listing all my favourite trees?"
No. What was weird was the PM asking "Hey Ian, I really like Dogwood trees… what can I do to help you speed up the process?"Sep 20, 2013 at 10:04 pm #2026630
Ken T.BPL Member
The name is vaguely familiar. Google filled in the blank. I was 6 in '73
Dude. How OLD are you?
As for disposal. Can't we do a chipper at the end of a pier? Waste not.Sep 20, 2013 at 11:48 pm #2026646
I'm almost 56. I was backpacking when you were still riding a tricycle. But I won't hold your "YOUTH" against you. :)
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