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I Had No Idea That ‘Jimi Hendrix’ Was Part-Cherokee Indian.

by Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access the PBS original.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Wikipedia (of course). Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimi_Hendrix

I had just always assumed that Jimi Hendrix was black. To be fair I had never given much thought to Indians shaping rock-and-roll — though I have often wondered why there aren’t as many famous Navajos as you would expect.

Given the volume of PBS we watch, we see quite a few of the previews and I do check their guide, on a regular basis, to make sure that I don’t miss something that I will regret.

So, it jolted me to hear Jimi being described as part-Cherokee. I had to DVR this ‘Independent Lens‘ show. I have watched a bit of it and it was good. I certainly recommend it. Check out the YouTube trailer above. That will convince you.

As for Jimi being Indian. He definitely wasn’t, from what I can see, even half-Cherokee. Was it a quarter? I think it was less, but I gather that even 1% black makes you black. So, I guess.

Interesting. Wonder if Jimi ever talked about his Cherokee ancestry. I will have to look into that.

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by Anura Guruge

The Asteroid Named After David Bowie, 342843 Davidbowie.

by Anura Guruge


From Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access Wikipedia original.

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Click to ENLARGE and enjoy. From ‘JPL Small-Body Database Browser’ (at ssd.jpl.nasa.gov).

It is a Main-Belt Asteroid and as such is always outside the orbit of Mars.

The 342843 is a sequence number, in that it is the 342,843rd confirmed ‘Minor Planet’ to have been discovered, Ceres (now a Dwarf Planet) having the honor of being the 1st, i.e., 1 Ceres. Pluto now that it is a dwarf is numbered 134340.

The name is optional and is initially put forward by the discoverer of the asteroid.

As of today 701,660 ‘Minor Planets’ have been catalogued as having been discovered. 19,712 of them, just a mere 2%, are named. Here is the list. So to have an asteroid named after you is, of course, special, BUT not that exclusive.

The ‘Beatles’ collectively and individually have asteroids named after them, viz. 8749 Beatles, 4147 Lennon, 4148 McCartney, 4149 Harrison & 4150 Starr. Some of the others include Carlos Santana, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Mike Oldfield, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Bee Gees, Buddy Holly etc. etc. Here is a list.

So David, as is due, has been honored as a ‘spaceman’. 

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by Anura Guruge