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I Am Devastated That Dear Oliver Mtukudzi Is Dead; He Was My Age — I Will Miss Him.

by Anura Guruge


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On my 90-minute walk this morning, dear, beloved Oliver Mtukudzi came to mind. I was going through the holiday-related events coming up over the next few weeks and remembered the ‘circus‘ I got tickets to at the Dartmouth HOP. It then came to mind that one of the last concerts we had been to at the HOP was that of Oliver Mtukudzi. And what a night that had been. I got to talk to him. I talked to him about cricket.

I also realized that I haven’t listened to Oliver in some time. These days, when I am at my PC, I mainly listen to music, which is NOT OFTEN, via YouTube. Much easier than any other option at my disposal. As I mention in one of the two posts cited above, though we have hundreds of CDs in this house, I only have 10 (one more since that post) in my office, and two of them happened to be by Oliver! That alone says something.

So, I invoked YouTube and banged in ‘oliver mtukudzi‘. The usual list came up and I, as I knew I would, started off with ‘Neria’. That was so, so GOOD. Ah, ah, ‘Neria’.


I then started looking at the YouTube list when I saw: “The best of Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi. Tribute“.


Ah? ‘Tribue’. Ah? I had a horrible feeling what that signified. And, alas, I was right. Damn. I wish I was wrong (as I am most of the time).

Diabetes. 66.

That could be I. Oh, Oliver. Why?

He was a GREAT MAN. He was GOOD MAN. He was MAN that gave so many joy.

Oliver Mtukudzi was A MAN.


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by Anura Guruge

Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day 2016 — The Sunset In Alton, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


All these around 4:30pm on Monday, January 18, 2016,
MLK Day 2016.

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Nature’s Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (2016).

by Anura Guruge


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Gene Amdahl, Of IBM Mainframe Fame — Video From 1984 Talking About PCs.

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>> Gene Amdhal passing.
>> Gene Amdhal tribute video.
>> Gene Amdhal & I.
Gene Amdhal + Anura Guruge 1995
>> IBM Hursley pictures.
>> “Think” sign.

>> Hursley’s John Fairclough …

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Gene Amdhal
(16 November 1922 – 10 November 2015)

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1984 video of Gene Amdahl.

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I had hoped to find quite a few videos on YouTube that I would be able to share with you. This was the only one I managed to locate so far.

Good video. IF you have never met the great man this video will give you a very good feel as to his personality. As you will hear he was very soft spoken with a noticeable Scandinavian accent though he was born in South Dakota. He was also a very gentle man albeit with an iron resolve which you could sometimes clearly see in his eyes. Always very deliberate and thoughtful in what he says.

1984. Watch the video. He got the PC architecture part 100% right! Wow.

Now listen to Lore Harp at the 3:13 mark. Listen to what she has to say about PC CLONE vendors. Wow, talking about getting something WRONG. Great contrast here. Gene gets it right and she is dead wrong. Funny.

I, as you can see, as is my wont, is trying to pull together as much media of Gene in one place for future reference. IF you have any photos or videos of Gene that you would like to SHARE please let me know. I will work with you. Thank you.


Gene Amdahl, Father Of IBM Mainframes — A Tribute Video On YouTube.

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Gene Amdhal
(16 November 1922 – 10 November 2015)

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YouTube Gene Amdhal tribute video

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Gene Amdahl, Father Of IBM Mainframes, Passed Away November 10, 2015 (Aged 92). Very Sad. GREAT Loss.

Gene Amdhal + Anura Guruge 1995

Gene Amdhal & I, 1995.

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Gene Amdhal, the father of IBM mainframes (my passion and profession for 35 years), is one of my all time heroes — alongside the likes of Winston and Nelson!

He was a GREAT MAN and a wonderful human being.

I was privileged to have met him twice, once in 1975 and the other in 1995.

In 1975, as a 21 year old, in my first year at IBM, I was sent to a 2-day Gene Amdahl seminar, at a hotel at Heathrow Airport, London. I sat in the front row in open awe.

In 1995 he paid me the ultimate compliment by attending one of my networking seminars and allowing me to join him at breakfast and dinner, before and after my presentation. Doing a seminar with Gene Amdahl in the audience was such an honor. Over dinner he asked me: : ‘Bob Metcalfe, that thing he invented … how is it doing?’

Well, I did a long post about Gene Amdahl and I last year. Best to read that if you are interested.

Suffice to say that I am greatly saddened. I knew that this day would come. 92 wasn’t a bad innings. Of that I am glad. There was still more he could have given us BUT I am thankful for what he did give us. Great loss.

Thank YOU for everything Gene.

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‘Sandwich Fair’, New Hampshire, 2015 Shows: ‘The Peacheaters’ & ‘The Bel Airs’.

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Sandwich 2015 — the shows.
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Sandwich 2015 — schedule.

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Sandwich 2014 Roderick Russell.
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Sandwich Fair 2014 preview.

>> For pictures from Sandwich 2013.
>> Sandwich 2013 — Favorite Vendors.
>> Sandwich Fair 2012.

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Sandwich Fair, N.H., 2015, Full Schedule.

Sandwich Fair, N.H., 2015 — Featured Shows.


Of course ‘Annie and The Orphans‘, in particular, and Roderick Russell, increasingly so, do not need any introductions. But some of the other names are nowhere near as well known. So I went looking for them so that YOU can get a feel as to which shows you want to see — and possibly even help you decide which day you want to attend (if like us, you can only make it to one of the days).


The Peacheaters” are a Massachusetts-based
Allman Brothers‘ tribute band.

Here is there (rather engaging) Website with an embedded YouTube video.

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There are to my amazement multiple
‘The Bel Airs’ groups around the country.

Well here are “The Bel Airs“, from New England,
that are playing at Sandwich.

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Click to access their FUN Website — one of the most entertaining I have seen in a long time.

This, on “The Bel Air” Website is PRECIOUS.
Aaahhh! Love it. A working jukebox.

How clever. How cool. Check it out.
(Technically it is very easy to implement. The cleverness was coming up with the idea. Bravo! Kudos.)

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“Blood, Sweat & Tears” In Wolfeboro, N.H., For “Great Waters”, On July 10, 2015.

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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.

>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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This was quite the concert. It was BIG in every way. The ‘Great Waters‘ BIG signature event for the year. BIG BAND! Nine people on stage plus a guest artist (the new drummer’s sister) and three or four tour management types. More equipment than I have ever seen and this was like the 20th concert I have worked as a stagehand for ‘Great Waters‘. We thought that dear Gordon Lightfoot (which was a great show) set the highwater mark when they came with a 53′ truck, packed to the gunwales, with equipment. This group that crisscrosses the globe doing concerts here, there and everywhere, on the other hand, travel light. They use drums and even some guitars rented locally and a full sound system, with TWO (2) 48-channel mixing boards — one of the audience the other for the stage — supplied locally. I have never seen or unloaded (and then re-load at 10:30pm) SO MANY monitors.

And it was BIG SOUND. It was loud as it is supposed to be. I liked it (and yes in my advanced age I am very likely going deaf). I have always liked loud music. But quite a few of those that had BOUGHT tickets and attended complained it was too loud! “Great Waters” even supplied, FREE, ear plugs and had a notice that the music would be loud. That all seems a bit strange and stupid to me. Why would you come to a concert like this IF you don’t like loud music? Why pay $50 or $80 to attend this concert and then use earplugs? Very strange people.

I will readily admit that I have never been a fan of BS&T. Yes, they are definitely of my era and 90% of the audience were around my age. Maybe it was because I was in Britain in their heyday. Plus, though Charlie Bird Parker’s son, Bird Jr., was my best friend when I lived in Paris 1968 – 1969, I have never been a great fan of brass. But there were 4 pieces I liked very much. The flue was a BONUS — shades of Jethro Tull. The new drummer (as of February 2015), from New Zealand, Dylan Eilse was awesome. It is said that he is the BEST drummer ever in the 40 year history of BS&T! His sister made a guest appearance on bass guitar. I got to chat with both. Very nice people. I also liked David Gellis, the lead guitarist. He is said to have been in the group 30 years. But you can see that he still loves every second of it. He was HAMMING for me when I was taking photos from the wings. That is cool! He was wearing a lovely shirt — but it probably cost more than my camera. I know he would have given it to me IF I had asked but I am still way TOO big.

It was a good experience. Some 600+ attended — in some cases paying some BIG bucks. They seem to love it — despite some complaining that it was too loud. They bopped, they cheered, they shouted. And that is all that matters. Making sure the punters are happy. Devanee and I, bar a 2 hour break, were at Kingswood from 11 am to 11pm. It was fun. Lot of work, but fun work. Nice people. That always makes the difference — though 96% of those that come to perform are VERY PERSONABLE.

I personally don’t get this BS&T ‘setup’. It is NOT the originals NOR is it a tribute band per se. Basically it is the latter. A tribute band. I personally think it would work BETTER if it was a tribute band and they emulated the originals, as much as they can, as did ‘1964‘ — the Beatles’ tribute band.

But, it was all good. We enjoyed it. 






In Respectful Memory Of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: Auld Lang Syne From South Africa. 25 Days To Hogmanay.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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My personal tribute,
to my personal HERO,
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.


By a South African group. Quite cute. Kind of catchy. A tad too fast for me. But, I can enjoy it. It is fun. Nice guitar rift.

By a South African group. Quite cute. Kind of catchy. A tad too fast for me. But, I can enjoy it. It is fun. Nice guitar rift.