The Forgotten Pete Townshend Solo Hit: ‘a Friend Is A Friend’ | Tampa Bay Times

At the top of the list of kids movies I’ve seen over the years is The Iron Giant and today’s Lost and Found is about Pete Townshend and the80s origins of The Iron Giant. By 1989, Pete Townshend had an established solo career away from The Who and decided his next project would be a concept music album adapting the 1968 Ted Hughes book The Iron Man in which Townshend played the part of the boy Hogarth. For the album The Iron Man: The Musical, Townshend created a video just for the song A Friend Is A Friend that shows his vision of what the Iron Man looked like. The album was adapted for the stage and the musical fared well in the UK in the early 90s. By the late 90s, Warner Brothers saw a movie in the musical and although the details and title of the movie were changed, in 1999, the animated The Iron Giant was released. The feature was the first movie directed by Brad Bird, who would go on to win Oscars for his classics The Incredibles and Ratatouille. For his efforts, Townshend was given an executive producers credit for The Iron Giant. For a band who once declared “I hope I die before I get old”, The Who will celebrate their 50th year anniversary this year with a short tour of Ireland and the UK. http://thewho.com/
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Splendor in the Glass | San Diego Reader

It should be noted that Romney has ties to the Granite State and was governor of neighboring Massachusetts, but in looking at the other GOP possibilities, why wouldnt voters think that Mitt might be worth another try? Romney insists hes not running, but so have many people who ended up doing just that. Next in line behind Romney in one New Hampshire poll was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The likelihood of his emerging from the primary process to be the GOP nominee is probably akin to the chances of someone selling ice cubes to Eskimos. Christie, you see, is considered a moderate and has been known to engage with Democrats, which makes him a flaming liberal to the true believers who make up the core of the Republicans primary electorate. In polls that dont include Romney, Christie and the other leading candidates seem to be running in a tight pack, with no one gaining much more than 10 percent of the support. There might be reasons for that.
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Observer-Reporter | Will GOP turns its eyes to Romney once again?

There were lots of tables set up with fruits, cheeses, wines, and desserts. Before I scarfed down four brownies, I thought I should at least check out the art. I was impressed by an artist named Susan Hirsch, who had large contemporary pieces. There was a guitar made of glass that I was surprised only took third place. I joked with Leslie, the artist who made it, “I’d love to see Pete Townshend get a hold of this.” She didn’t agree.
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