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Dave Simons: An Update From Dave!

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This has been a horrid week for everyone - God knows why it's all hit at once, but it has and we have to deal with it. For those who aren't aware, this is the latest medical update from Dave Simons, as posted on his Dave Simons Appreciation page on Facebook.

"I got out of the Brooklyn V.A. Hospital recently. Overall, I'm very happy with the service they gave me. The Brooklyn VA might be even a bit nicer than the Manhattan VA, if possible.

"Many tests were done--CAT scans, blood tests, MRI, and of course blood pressure every five minutes.

"After about six days, it seemed that they had enough data to put together a picture. I am most definitely in stage 4, which is incurable. The best that can be done is to retard the advance of the cancer by use of radiation. Later chemotherapy will be used.

"The doctor also gave me 6-12 months to live. This, however, is not graven in adamantium. Its more like an average, and there's no reason why I couldn't be the …

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Potted Review: Four-Color Heroes!

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Right from the start allow me to state - this CD was sent to me by Andrew Boscardin. I've never met Andrew, never even spoken to him, nor emailed him, but he sent me his music to review, which I'm more than happy to do. I'm not sure if Andrew knew I'd enjoy this disc, but I did. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

If you like your jazz smoking hot and Scotch On The Rocks cool all the same time then you're gonna dig this puppy. I unwrapped it and put it on the CD player in the car and found myself just sitting there, long after I'd stopped, just soaking it all in and wondering just where Dean and Frank might be. It's smooth, it's freeform and it's everything that I've always loved in jazz music - sweet vibes, cool horns, subtle guitar, understated drums and driving bass lines - my only gripe is that, at 60 minutes long, it's just to short. I could have sat back and listened to this for hours on end, thankfully I have a CD player th…

Frank Springer: 1929 - 2009

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I hate waking up to such news as it always depresses me even more, but Frank Springer has passed away. According to his friend, Jeff Jaworski, Frank had been in ill health with prostate cancer for a while and had been hospitalised since February of this year. He slipped away peacefully on Thursday at his home. I only spoke to Frank once, when I interviewed him, on his birthday of all times, back on December 6th, 2007. Ironically, although I wasn't aware of it at the time, that was his birthday, so I sent over a nice little present both as a thank you and as a happy birthday. Frank was very giving of his time and I'm damn happy to have been able to have had the opportunity to speak to Frank, even if only for a few hours and let him know how much I appreciated his work way back when, especially his inking over Frank Robbins.

Frank will be missed.

Frank Springers family have requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the DC-MD-VA Chapter of the

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