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Tragedy Comes In Threes – Thomas Kinkade, Ferdinand Porsche, and Jim Marshall


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

The Painter Of Light

Thomas Kinkade

Thomas Kinkade (January 19, 1958 – April 6, 2012) was an American painter of popular realisticbucolic, 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”.

Jim Marshall

The Lord Of Loud

Jim Marshall

James Charles “Jim” MarshallOBE (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 FenderLes Paul and Seth Lover.

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche

Butzi

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche

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.

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