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THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED (FEBRUARY 3, 1959):  Buddy Holly and his grave in City of Lubbock Cemetery, Lubbock, TX; Ritchie Valens and his grave in San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, Cal.; The Big Bopper and his grave in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, TX, and the 21-year-old pilot of the doomed plane, Roger Peterson and his grave in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery, Storm Lake, IA. Bottom picture: the ever-changing memorial at the actual crash site near Clear Lake, IA.


On February 3, 1959, rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with the pilot, Roger Peterson. The event later became known as “The Day the Music Died”, after singer-songwriter Don McLean so referred to it in his song “American Pie”.

At the time, Holly and his band, consisting of Waylon Jennings, Tommy Allsup, and Carl Bunch, were playing on the “Winter Dance Party” tour across the Midwest. Rising artists Valens and Richardson had joined the tour as well.

The long journeys between venues on board the cold, uncomfortable tour buses adversely affected the performers, with cases of flu and even frostbite. After stopping at Clear Lake to perform, and frustrated by such conditions, Holly fatefully decided to charter a plane to reach their next venue in Moorhead, Minnesota. Richardson, who had flu, swapped places with Jennings, taking the latter’s seat on the plane, while Allsup lost his seat to Valens on a coin toss.

Soon after take-off, late at night and in poor, wintry weather conditions, the pilot lost control of the light aircraft, a Beechcraft Bonanza, which subsequently crashed into a cornfield, leaving no survivors.


TROY (2004)

Director - Wolfgang Peterson, Cinematography - Roger Pratt

“I’ll tell you a secret. Something they don’t teach you in your temple. The Gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.”

I was pretty intimidated. Prince was trying to make me at ease. He wrote on a piece of paper: W-R-E-C-K-A-S-T-O-W. He said, “What’s that?” I don’t know. He said, “Say it again.” He said, “Say it faster. What is it?” I said, “I don’t know.” He said, “Where do you buy your records?” I was just this suburban Norwegian coming into that whole thing. We all laughed, and that kind of broke the ice. He ended up putting that bit into a movie [“Under the Cherry Moon”].
—  Paul Peterson

「The books of POI」

114 “Wolf and Cub”
Only the Paranoid Survive (Andrew S. Grove)
This guy spent so much time being someone else
he probably doesn’t know who he is anymore

116 “Risk”
A Random Walk down Wall Street (Burton Malkiel)
Banking is mostly looking clever and wearing the right clothes
and we’ve managed the second part

201 “The Contingency”
Ayacucho Quechua Grammar and Dictionary (Gary John Parker)
Deterministic chaos : An Introduction (Heinz Georg Schuster)
Camera Obscura, de l'idéologie (Sarah Kofman)
he’s my friend
He saved my life
And I won’t do this without him

202 “Bad Code”
Flowers for Algernon(Daniel Keyes)
I wanted to thank you for finding my friend Hanna
giving her a proper burial
I won’t forget it

221 “Zero Day”
Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
Give me your phone.
Let’s go somewhere more private.

222 “God Mode”
The Ghost in The Machine (Arthur Koestler)
in the beginning  

304 “Reasonable Doubt”
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
Up to me
I’d shoot your sorry ass
Unfortunately it’s not
So I have to protect you
Now what’s this book about?

312 “Aletheia”
Peterson Field Guides to Eastern Birds (Roger Tory Peterson)
What if I build a machine
with lots of memory, one that could think?
Even if you could
even if you could fill it with all my memories
it still wouldn’t be me

508 “Reassortment”
Twelve O'Clock High (Beirne Lay, Jr & Sy Bartlett)
Some time ago
you gave me a book
advice for these troubled times
I would like to return the favor
War requires sacrifices

Age of Ultron #10 (2013)

Penciler: Alex Maleev, Bryan Hitch, Butch Guice, Brandon Peterson, Carlos Pacheco, David Marquez, & Joe Quesada
Inker: Alex Maleev, Paul Neary, Butch Guice, Brandon Peterson, Roger Bonet, Tom Palmer, David Marquez, & Joe Quesada
Colourist: Paul Mounts & Richard Isanove
Letterer: Cory Petit
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis