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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Taylor Hicks - Projects, Appearances & Hunter S. Thompson

You might be wondering what Taylor Hicks has in common with Hunter S. Thompson. Well absolutely nothing.

Tonight at the Greenhill School Gala, doors open at 6:30 p.m. Called the "Heart and Soul Gala" this year, Taylor Hicks is the featured performer according to past news sources. General Parking at Loos Stadium with shuttle transfers.

What seems strange, perhaps only to me, but the past several months there hasn't been any direct statements on the Greenhill School site regarding Taylor, nor information posted on his myspace regarding this event.

I'd think that the school would have pictures on the guy on their website as well as Mr. Hicks having something to say about it on his myspace. I'm not a member of the THHQ fan site so perhaps he's posted something on that site.

Curiously I'd think this Headquarters for all things Taylor Hicks would, as a feel-good promotion for him have a snippet featuring him contributing his time and talents to the fund-raiser at the Greenhill School.

Recently he performed for the Children's Miracle Network at their 25th anniversary bash in Orlando, Florida along with Donny and Marie Osmond. The Children's Miracle
Network raises funds for children's hospitals and helps 17 million kids every year.

Taylor Hicks has also been exploring the commercial side of success in having his name associated with products. There are many celebrities that go this route and make a substantial income from these endeavors.

Currently his name is being associated with a specialty door company and as reported in al.com A Memphis developer says he hopes to convince Starwood Hotels to build a Westin near an entertainment district planned adjacent to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

John Elkington, CEO of Performa Entertainment Real Estate, said Friday that Starwood, which manages the BJCC-owned Sheraton Birmingham, is awaiting results of a hotel study that was commissioned to determine if that area can financially support the higher rates of a Westin.

It seems that Taylor Hicks has been approached to possibly become a national commercial spokesman for the entertainment district. Many months back it was said that Mr. Hicks had signed a letter of intent to open a club in the district. No further news has followed up concerning this issue.

I'll check the news lines later today to see if Taylor Hicks has any further mention at the Greenhill Gala and of course try and follow up with any reports or reviews that may come out of this event.

Myself, this looks good to me, I'm an avid Hunter S. Thompson fan.

AFI Dallas International Film Festival - ‘Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson’.
When: Saturday, March 29, 12:15 p.m.
Where: Landmark Magnolia Theater and Bar, 3699 McKinney Avenue, Suite 100, Dallas

Directed By: Alex Gibney
Per report:"Few journalists have attained the notoriety of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. His legendary status is due as much to his scintillating writing as his outrageous antics. However, Thompson’s steadfast ability to remain true to his convictions created an entirely new style of journalism, dubbed “gonzo,” and has solidified his place in history as one of America’s most influential writers and rebels.

Focusing on the good doctor’s heyday—from 1965 to 1975—the film includes clips of never-before-seen or heard home movies and audiotapes, and passages from unpublished manuscripts.

Director Alex Gibney interviews a broad spectrum of Thompson’s peers and paints a three-dimensional portrait that reveals a man whose actions both attracted and repelled the people closest to him. What’s remarkable is how truly daring Thompson was in taking on the establishment and how absent that voice is today. His passing created a void that may never be filled, but Gibney’s terrific film at least helps preserve his legacy."
Favorite Hunter S. Thompson stories:

This guy was Genius:

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:

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