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September 2, 2005

You’re Part of Me Still
Posted by Patrick at 12:45 AM *

Fats Domino found.

Comments on You're Part of Me Still:
#1 ::: wesley dremun ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 01:00 AM:

He doesn't look fat to me.

#2 ::: Kip Manley ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 02:25 AM:

Nor is he especially reminiscent of a domino.

#3 ::: Lois Aleta Fundis ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 04:15 AM:

But he had the Domino Effect.

This news makes me really happy.

#4 ::: Connie ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 07:12 AM:

The news made me happy, too -- I thought my emotional reaction to the NO news couldn't get any worse, and then I heard this grand old musician was missing.

(Sounds like his manager, who's been with him for most of a lifetime, made himself such a pain in the ass for the authorities that they went out and retrieved Fats et al just to shut him up. Now that's earning your 10%.)

Now if they just find Allen Toussaint alive and well....

#5 ::: adamsj ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 07:44 AM:

Allen Toussaint (last I heard) had been in the Superdome--he'd gotten a note to his daughter--and then evacuated. Irma Thomas is safe--she went to Baton Rouge before it hit.

#6 ::: Xopher (Christopher Hatton) ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 07:49 AM:

You'd think Fats Domino would be rich from owning that pizza chain.

#7 ::: John Farrell ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 08:59 AM:

Thanks God. Soon as I saw your posting I thought, Oh Jesus, he's dead....

#8 ::: adamsj ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 09:37 AM:

For all the grief managers get for being "ten-percenters", they can surely earn the money. Anyone remember the story "Songs from a Broken Instrument" from the mid-nineties? Beautiful.

#9 ::: Chris Clarke ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 10:09 AM:

Allen Touissant is in New York. The linked page has a list of NOLA musicians known to be safe, and a few still unaccounted for.

#10 ::: mary ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 10:10 AM:

Any word on Dr. John?

#11 ::: Lucy Kemnitzer ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 10:50 AM:

My son has volunteered to go to LA to help in the rescue and relief. (He's an EMT but his license has lapsed while he was finishing his degree, now he's applying for med school)

He did the same in 2001, but that time they didn't actually use him. This time I think they will. But his orientation isn't till next week -- I hope that's because our county has produced that many volunteers, not because the Red Cross can't get it together any faster. I suspect the former: ever since the Loma Prieta earthquake and all the out of town help we got, it's been traditional for our county to respond to disasters in other places.

#12 ::: Christopher ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 12:49 PM:

Dr. John was on tour when the hurricane hit, well out of harm's way.

#13 ::: chris ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 01:03 PM:

I'm glad for Fats and for his friends and family. But it occurs to me that he doesn't mean more to them than a lot of people who have died meant to their friends and families. As a single data point in this damned, preventable hecatomb, it's pretty cold comfort. The fact that he's famous is really neither here nor there.

#14 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 01:52 PM:

I assume he had a car and at least enough gas money that he could have gotten out of town. What the hell was he doing there? I keep hearing about people deciding to "ride it out". Was he thinking this was no big deal? Did people consider the warnings to be cries from chicken little? Do we need some sort of tsunami/hurricane/suitcase-nuke disaster warning system? This can't all be "we stayed because we couldn't afford to leave". Either the warning was too late. Or people considered evacuation wsa an overreaction.

#15 ::: Rhandir ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 01:55 PM:

Hey, uh, could you change the text from "Fats Domino Found" to "Fats Domino is safe" or "Fats Domino is alive". The ambigouity is a little scary, and the primary reason I clicked on the outbound link.

#16 ::: adamsj ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 02:16 PM:

chris, I don't care about Fats Domino because he's famous--Anne Rice lives there, but I haven't fretted about her--but because I care about him in a not-entirely-impersonal way.

#18 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 04:40 PM:

"I'm glad for Fats and for his friends and family. But it occurs to me that he doesn't mean more to them than a lot of people who have died meant to their friends and families. As a single data point in this damned, preventable hecatomb, it's pretty cold comfort. The fact that he's famous is really neither here nor there."

That's a bit harsh, don't you think? There is no individual tragedy to which one can't say "oh, very well, but look at all these other people's tragedies, too." And yet as specific individuals we can't help but care about other specific individuals. I care about Fats Domino because I care about American pop music, in which he's an important figure. I was pretty sure that some of Making Light's other readers shared my sentiments in this regard. Loftily hectoring us about how other people have died, just because we expressed some care about one particular person, is neither insightful nor impressive.

#19 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 04:48 PM:

My biased reaction was that Fats Domino is worth more to this country than the Shrub. I'd pay to listen to Domino. I'd pay to not listen to Shrub.

#20 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 07:23 PM:

More on Fats:

http://www.salon.com/wire/ap/archive.html?wire=D8CCCED0B.html

#21 ::: Lin ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 10:47 PM:

I'm glad for Fats and for his friends and family. But it occurs to me that he doesn't mean more to them than a lot of people who have died meant to their friends and families. As a single data point in this damned, preventable hecatomb, it's pretty cold comfort. The fact that he's famous is really neither here nor there.

We've invited Fats Domino into our lives by listening to his music. As I am worried sick about those people I know in N'awlins, I am also concerned about Fats Domino. Just concerned. My neighbor is worried sick about his people -- and concerned about Fats Domino. And the guy down the street, who doesn't know anybody in N'awlins, is concerned about Fats Domino. We each are worried sick about our small corner of the catastrophe -- and concerned about Fats Domino. But there are a lot of us with that concern.

The club member who has important things happen in his life gets listed in the club newsletter. The local important person gets listed in the local fishwrapper. The regional important person gets listed in the big city newspaper. And the person who is known nationwide or internationally gets the big headlines. That's what "being famous" means.

Fats Domino is not more important to each of us. He's important to more of us.

#22 ::: Bruce Adelsohn ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 11:33 PM:

Apparently, there's some concern for Alex Chilton. He was last heard from Monday, per this thread.

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