It would appear there is some truth to tragedy arriving in threes. In the past week, we’ve lost three valuable contributors to the human race. Thomas Kinkade, Ferdinand Porsche, and Jim Marshall. Perhaps whoever’s up there punching out peoples’ clocks just needed some entertainment. I can think of no better way to spend a day than jamming through an amp on top of a Porsche with a giant mural of some rural barn and sunset draped behind me. In fact, it sounds like the cover of one of those romance novels that has middle-aged women swooning all across the country. In any case, we’ve lost a few legends. So, I thought I’d keep a little tribute on the web to keep their memories alive.
Thomas Kinkade (January 19, 1958 – April 6, 2012) was an American painter of popular realistic, bucolic, and idyllic subjects. He is notable for the mass marketing of his work as printed reproductions and other licensed products via The Thomas Kinkade Company. He characterized himself as “Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light”, a phrase he protected through trademark but one originally attributed to the English master J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851). He also claimed to be “America’s most-collected living artist”.
James Charles “Jim” Marshall, OBE (July 29, 1923 – April 5, 2012) known as The Father of Loud or The Lord of Loud, was an English businessman, and pioneer of guitar amplification. His company, Marshall Amplification, has created kits used by some of the biggest names in rock, producing amplifiers with an iconic status. Marshall received an OBE honour for “services to the music industry and to charity”. Marshall has been listed as one of the four forefathers of rock music equipment along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover.
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche (11 December 1935 – 5 April 2012), nicknamed “Butzi”, son of Ferry Porsche, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, was a German designer whose best known product was the first Porsche 911.
While his grandfather and father were engineers, he was more involved into working out the appearance of a product. He never thought of himself as an artist or designer, but more as a technically talented craftsman in shaping.
- The light has died: RIP Thomas Kinkade (comicsbeat.com)
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- Popular painter Thomas Kinkade dies in Calif. (thenewstribune.com)
- Thomas Kinkade–“Painter Of Light”–Is Dead (buzzfeed.com)
- Thomas Kinkade Dead at 54 (blippitt.com)
- Thomas Kinkade, “Painter of Light” dies at 54 (vancouversun.com)
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- Jim Marshall of Marshall Amps, 1923-2012 (vinylstories.com)
- Jim Marshall, creator of Marshall amplifiers, dies aged 88 (walesonline.co.uk)
- National News: Jim Marshall, creator of Marshall amplifiers, dies aged 88 (coventrytelegraph.net)
- Guitar amp pioneer Jim Marshall, 88, has taken the stairway to heaven (digitaltrends.com)
- Paul Weller pays tribute to guitar amp pioneer Jim Marshall (digitalspy.co.uk)
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- “A product that is coherent in form requires no embellishment.” (nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com)
- Ferdinand Alexander Porsche and the Porsche 911 (metacool.typepad.com)
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- Ferdinand Porsche, 911 sports car designer, dies (seattlepi.com)
- Designer of the Porsche 911, Dies at 76 (nytimes.com)