Skip to comments.Tony Snow: A Tribute -- by Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull
Posted on 07/19/2008 5:45:14 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
Some people ask me, usually vehement liberal Americans, how I could count amongst my few real friends, an arch-Republican spokesman for the Bush administration.
Well, Tony and I disagreed on most things political and came to robust verbal blows on the subject of climate change but thats the charm of friendship. Life would indeed be a bore if all of your buddies agreed with everything you said and tap-danced to the same tired riff.
I like to think that Tony was a professional journalist and political commentator first and White House spokesman second. He could, I rather think, have filled the post of Press Secretary for an Obama or McCain administration with equal aplomb, dignity and bonhommie.
An old-fashioned gentleman is how my wife described him. Once, after Shonas harassment by long-distance phone to his office in the White House, I asked Tony, Did you ever get to meet Margaret Thatcher? No, he replied. Well, you just did, I offered, to his great amusement.
With a family history of associated genetic risk, the long battle with colon cancer finally proved too much for even the ever-optimistic, ambitious T. Snow. His last email to me, less than three months before his death spoke of a planned family summer vacation in Italy, book deal, lecture tours and meeting up in August at our concert where I really wanted to get Tony up on stage at Wolftrap to have a flutey moment together, if only for one last time. Sadly, that will not now happen. But the memories of a good American, loyal to citizen and nation, will remain a treasure.
Tony badgered me for a couple of years to get a colonoscopy after my brothers death from liver failure following his own colon cancer. I finally did just that and, although I never discussed the results with Tony, I am glad that I took his stern advice, not to put too fine a point on it. Good, solid advice to all middle-aged gents, especially where such cancer has been the unfortunately bountiful fruit of the family tree. Think on it, brothers. I shall renew my acquaintance with the one-eyed camera-snake later this year to check out that wondrous organ once again and will be thinking of the Snowman as I drift off into the land of nod, invitational buttocks gently parted. And, on waking, I will be all the better prepared for the outcome, whether good or not-so-good, having known and learned a little of life from Robert Anthony Snow. June 1, 1955 July 12, 2008
Tonight on O’Reilly’s program he had a tribute to Tony.
Some wonderfully moving clips of Tony playing the flute.
We have lost a dear dear friend when we lost Tony and the world is so much poorer for his loss.
RIP, Mr. Snow.
The next time you try to make me listen to Jethro Tull on the phone, from 2400 miles away, I’ll listen, just because of his good taste in friends.
At least, this friend.
I’ll admit that my opinion of Ian Anderson was negative. Until now.
Classy tribute. Unlike many liberals, Mr. Anderson knows that everything in life isn’t about politics.
Most liberals have been taught that anyone who disagrees with them is a hateful person to be scorned.
I believe Mr. Anderson’s liberalism does not run as deep as he would like to think.
A very nice tribute to Tony from Ian Anderson.
Bupm for later.
Rock and Roll PING
I sat in the audience a couple of years ago at a Ian Anderson concert in Washington, DC, emceed by Tony.
Tony played several pieces with Ian...including a couple of great flute duets.
(mind drifting off to "Aqualung" ...)
OK, I wanted to get to the end of the posts before saying anything, until I came to yours. Ian has been making music for over 40 years under the Tull banner. I would urge all of you to give it a listen. The musicianship is unsurpassed (which album? Pick one! Songs from the Wood and Heavy Horses are my current faves, but I own all 40 albums.) Good man, good mind, good music. By UK standards probably a conservative, just my guess. He is in my top three of people I would like to meet before I move on.
Tony's gone, but he's still with us.
Thanks for the ping. You know that the Snowflakes are always
ready to hear wonderful things about their Tony! :D
Yes, he is, my friend.
That is a happy thought and a good thing.
Saw him in concert in the 70s and it was one of the most memorable I’ve seen and that includes Elvis.
Just read “Curcumin is the yellow pigment of turmeric, the primary ingredient in curry powder. Laboratory tests have shown that curcumin helps dissolve the abnormal amyloid formations of Alzheimer’s disease.”.
Eat lots of curry; doctor (Mojid Fotuij at Johns Hopkins)also recommended curcumin 200mg per day capsules.
Look after yourself, noname, and stay strong.
Thank you for those 2 wonderful words “Snowflake Ping”, saveliberty! Hope we see them for many days to come.
a good-n-healthy bump for you