Dr Ing. Ferry Porsche

Porsche Cisitalia
Porsche Cisitalia

Austrian technical automobile designer and automaker-entrepreneur Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche was born 19 September 1909. Ferry Porsche attended school at Wiener Neustadt and Stuttgart, concentrating on mathematics. He had an older sister, Louise Piëch, who was five years his senior. Early in his childhood he picked up the nickname “Ferry” rather than the usual nickname “Ferdy”, as Ferdy reminded his parents too much of a typical coachman nickname. Ferry Porsche learned to drive when he was only 10 years old. At age 12 he drove a real race car, the Austro-Daimler Sascha, which had just won its class at Targa Florio, Sicily, in 1922.In 1923, the family moved to Stuttgart, due to senior Ferdinand Porsche’s unrest about the squandering financial destiny of Austro-Daimler. He joined the Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft at Stuttgart-Untertürkheim where he achieved the position of technical director. Ferry Porsche stayed at the plant together with his father because of his increasing interest in design issues and The local town authorities allowed him to drive, at 16 years of age. After finishing school, Ferry Porsche lived in Stuttgart and began working for Bosch Company in 1928. In 1930, he was taking additional lessons in physics and engineering, however he never formally enrolled in any university.

Ferdinand Porsche senior enjoyed success particularly with his racing cars which excelled at the race tracks His personal preference for designing compact cars differed with the current policies of Daimler-Benz, who were in favor of more luxurious Mercedes-Benz models and he left in 1929. During the 1930s, Stuttgart had already established itself as a center for the automobile industry. Germany’s most important car companies had settled in the region by then. He worked temporarily as the technical director of Steyr AG in Austria and opened a consulting office of automobile design, in Stuttgart which was an ideal location for the new Porsche design company. When Porsche senior opened his offices in April 1931, his son Ferry (then age 21) was by his side. The firm was called “Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche GmbH Konstructionsbüro für Motoren, Fahrzeuge, Luftfahrzeuge und Wasserfahrzeugbau”, meaning that Ferdinand Porsche’s firm specialized in construction and consultation for engines, automobiles, airplanes, and motorboats. Porsche GmbH was founded in 1931 by Adolf Rosenberger, Ferdinand Porsche and Dr. Anton Piëch. Rosenberger was the financial backer, and also brought technical knowledge and racing skill to the equation. Father and son were accompanied by renowned engineers.

Auto Union Silver Arrow

During the early 1930s, Germany’s economic crisis was at its peak. The country was about to be politically dominated by the National Socialists, who were about to take the government belligerently. In addition to the financial and political crises, Porsche also faced a lack in personnel, altogether greatly limiting the company’s prospects initially. Porsche soon obtained contracts from important German automotive firms, such as Wanderer, Auto Union, Zwickau, Zündapp and, starting in 1933, the new German National Socialist regime. Some of these projects had historical impact, such as the mid-engine Auto Union Silver Arrow race cars, designed by Porsche. Porsche developed a relatively “amicable” relationship with Adolf Hitler, ever since the firm became involved in military projects. In fact, historical evidence points out that Porsche’s firm was probably Hitler’s favourite. Porsche readily and eagerly worked for the regime and designed the most effective tanks used in World War II. The Porsche family may or may not have had a pacifist outlook although Porsche assisted Porsche’s Jewish partner and financial backer, Adolf Rosenberger to escape Germany. As It’s quite likely that Porsche GmbH would not have existed were it not for Rosenberger, Despite Rosenberger’s contribution to the development of German automobiles and German auto racing when Hitler came to power in Germany, Rosenberger, a Jew, was arrested for “Rassenschande” racial crimes), and imprisoned at KZ Schloss Kislau near Karlsruhe. He was released, supposedly due to unconfirmed efforts on his behalf by Porsche, but he was forced to leave Germany immediately. While in France, Rosenberger represented Porsche GmbH’s business interests. Ferry Porsche managed a group of departments ranging from design to customer relationship management. They were: “controlling of testing”, “coordinating of the design engineers”, and “keeping good relations with clients”.

volkswagen-beetle3In 1935, Ferry married Dorothea Reitz, whom he met at Daimler-Benz. The couple had four children: Ferdinand Alexander, Gerhard, Hans-Peter and Wolfgang and remained married until her death. In 1938, when his father moved to the new Volkswagen plant at Wolfsburg, Ferry became deputy manager of the Stuttgart bureau and relocated the design departments to Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.Ferdinand Porsche’s old yearning had been to create a small compact car. The work had originally been supported by Zündapp, until backing away soon after due to commercial reasons. There was much interest in producing “an affordable car for the German family”. Originally, it was called Porsche (Model) 60 but it was soon officially renamed as the KdF-Wagen or Volkswagen (people’s car). In 1939, when the Volkswagen factory opened in Wolfsburg, Porsche senior became its general manager. Adolf Hitler had also decided to promote German race cars at the Grand Prix Motor Racing competitions. Therefore, the government had called for a concourse of the state-of-the-art racers of the time. Daimler-Benz easily won a bid. In 1932, Ferdinand Porsche met with Adolf Hitler personally and their bid was finally accepted. Ferry Porsche Was involved in the conception, testing and construction of those race cars, In 1933, their first race car was developed with a 4.5 litre V-16 engine and an aluminum framework. In 1934, Wanderer and others merged to form Auto Union, and the senior Porsche became the chief designer of their race cars. Both racing teams, Daimler-Benz and Auto Union, dominated all the competitions of the 1930s. In 1938, Ferdinand Porsche senior left the Auto Union racing team when his contract expired.

During the war, Porsche designed motorized weaponry, like tanks, for Germany. To avoid the aerial bombings of Stuttgart, Ferry Porsche brought part of the design departments to Gmünd/Carinthia and Zell am See, in Austria. Meanwhile, Porsche senior stayed at Wolfsburg, working for the Germans until the end of the war. The production of compact civilian cars at that factory had been halted, to produce small military jeeps called Kübelwagen. After Hitler’s fall, the French government requested formally to Porsche family to build a French version of the compact Volkswagen, in November 1945, even by bringing the pieces of Wolfsburg’s facilities which had survived. However A group of French producers, led by Jean Pierre Peugeot, resisted this.

Later During an official appointment at Wolfsburg, both Porsche’s father and son as well as Anton Piëch, a Viennese attorney who was Louise Porsche’s husband, were arrested together as criminals of war, on December 15. Without any trial[citation needed], a bail of 500,000 francs was officially asked for each of the Porsche’s. It could be afforded only for Ferry Porsche who moved then to Austria, in July 1946. His father was taken instead to a prison at Dijon. After his release, Ferry Porsche attempted to return to Stuttgart but he was barred by the forces of occupation. In consequence, in July 1946, he brought all the structure of the company to Gmünd/Carinthia, Austria, Where, Together with his sister Louise, Ferry took on the management of the company.

Porsche 356 speedster
Porsche 356 Speedster

They obtained two contracts for automobile design. One was for the construction of racecars for the Cisitalia racing team. The other was for the design of their own car, which later became known as the Porsche 356. As a result of Carlo Abarth’s mediation, Ferry Porsche inked a contract with Piero Dusio to produce Grand Prix racing cars again. The new model was called the Porsche 360 Cisitalia, and it had a supercharged mid-mounted engine displacing 1.5 liters and four-wheel drive. Ferdinand Porsche also designed the Porsche 356, with a unique chassis and body while using Volkswagen components. The 356 had an air-cooled, rear-mounted, 4-cylinder engine producing 35 hp. Production of the 356 began in 1947. Despite its compact size, the car was popular with wealthy customers and remained in production for many years and by 1965 had sold nearly 78,000 units.

Unfortunately During his 20 months of captivity at the medieval jail of Dijon, Porsche (senior) was forced to collaborate on designs for Renault and their later popular 4CV. The precarious conditions of the location harmed his health seriously. In 1947, the junior Ferdinand Porsche gathered the amount of the stipulated bail, and his Father was liberated on 1 August 1947, together with Anton Piëch. Once in Austria, the senior F. Porsche reviewed the designs of the 360 Cisitalia and the 356. The senior Ferdinand Porsche was rather sick. Noting this, sentimentally, Ferry took him to revisit Wolfsburg’s plant which was flourishing with the massive production of the Volkswagen Beetle—which was carried out under supervision of the British occupation. On November 1950, senior Ferdinand Porsche suffered a stroke which disabled him until his death, on 30 January 1951, aged 75.

Porsche 911 Carrera

In 1949, the general manager of Volkswagen, Heinz Nordhoff, approached junior Ferdinand Porsche for information about to improve the Beetle, in return he agreed to provide a share of the profits from each Beetle sold, the raw materials for building the sport Porsche ‘s vehicles, access to Volkswagen ‘s retailers and technical service and Ferry Porsche would become the only dealer of Volkswagen for all Austria. Ferry Porsche decided to reestablish the headquarters of the Porsche at Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. He brought most of his employees and opened on September 1949. Their first work was the development of an engine which was called Carrera.In 1950, the production of the Porsche 356 resumed and by 1967 they had produced 78,000 units. In 1951 a race version of the 356 debuted at Le Mans, and won in its category. Then in 1959, Porsche won the World Sportscar Championship, at Targa Florio, and in 1970 a Porsche 917 won the 24 hour Le Mans. Next Porsche began planning a successor to the 356. The project was originally called Porsche 901. However, Peugeot, had already trademarked automobile names with a zero amid two numbers. So The model was renamed Porsche 911. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche (who was also nicknamed “Butzi”) and Ferdinand Porsche’s nephew took charge on designing the new model. The 911 debuted in 1962 and Over time, it has evolved, but still kept the general shape and architecture since the beginning with a rear mounted high performance engine and remains in production today

Simon and Garfunkel

On 19 September 1981 American music duo simon & Garfunkel reunited for a free concert in New York’s Central Park. 1981. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel first formed the group Tom & Jerry in 1957 and had their first success with “Hey, Schoolgirl”. As Simon & Garfunkel they rose to fame in 1965, largely on the strength of the hit single “The Sound of Silence”. Their music was also featured in the classic film The Graduate (1967).They are well known for their vocal harmonies and were among the most popular recording artists of the 1960s. Their biggest hits – including “The Sound of Silence” (1964), “I Am a Rock” (1965), “Homeward Bound” (1965), “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” (1966), “A Hazy Shade of Winter” (1966), “Mrs. Robinson” (1968), “Bridge over Troubled Water” (1969), “The Boxer” (1969), and “Cecilia”.

They received several Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Their sometimes rocky relationship led to their last album, Bridge over Troubled Water,being delayed several times due to artistic disagreements, and as a result the duo broke up in 1970. It was their most successful album worldwide to date, reaching number one in several countries, including the United States, and receiving 8× platinum certificationfrom the Recording Industry Association of America, making it their highest-selling studio album in the U.S. and second-highest album overall. Simon & Garfunkel have, at times, reunited to perform and sometimes tour together. They have done so in every decade since the 1970 breakup, most famously for 1981’s “The Concert in Central Park”, which attracted more than 500,000 people, making it the 7th-most attended concert in the history of music. In 2004, they were ranked No. 40 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

From the very beginning of their fame, through the present time years after their break-up, Simon and Garfunkel have had an impact on the popular culture as evidenced by the many references to them made in television, film, music and other aspects of pop culture.Among the earliest pop culture references or homages came in the late 1960s, when the comedy television show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In had a running skit featuring members of the “Farkle” Family, including Fred & Fanny Farkle “and the twins, Simon and Garr Farkle”. In the early ’70s sitcom The Partridge Family, the two youngest Partridge children name their pet goldfish “Simon and Garfunkel”. The lyrics of Simon and Garfunkel songs continue to be referenced many times on television, long after their initial popularity. On an episode of How I Met Your Mother, Marshall commissions a Venn diagram in which one section represents the “people who are breaking his heart” while the other represents “people who are shaking his confidence daily”. The section where the two overlap is labelled “Cecilia”. The end of the “Lady Bouvier’s Lover” episode of The Simpsons contains one of the series’ many homages to The Graduate, and features a parody of “The Sound of Silence” over the closing credits. (“Hello grandpa my old friend/your busy day is at an end/your words are always sad and boring/they tell a tale that’s worth ignoring”.) In another episode, Mr. Burns spins around a lamp post singing, “Hello lamp post. What ya knowin’? I’ve come to watch your power flowin’”, a reference to the lyrics of “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”.

The episode “Bendin’ in the Wind” of Futurama, in a double send-up of Simon and Garfunkel and Battlestar Galactica, features the singing duo “Cylon and Garfunkel” performing a rendition of “Scarborough Fair” in which the robot Cylon’s singing is entirely monotone, and Garfunkel — who explains during the performance that he is the descendant of Art — states that he will give Bender the check “over my dead career!”In an episode of Saturday Night Live’s “Celebrity Jeopardy” parody, there was a category entitled “Members of Simon and Garfunkel”. The clue read, “Of Simon and Garfunkel, the one who is not Garfunkel.” Once the Sean Connery character rang in, he asked for the question to be repeated and said in response, “I Garfunkeled your mother!” This was one of the running gags of the parody. In another SNL skit, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis pose as Bon Jovi opposite band, Jon Bovi, but when accused of sounding exactly like Bon Jovi, they say, “Well, if you didn’t like that, you’re going to love our new opposite folk rock band, Gimon & Sarfunkel.” They then sing the opposite “Bridge over Troubled Water”, “Tunnel Under Peaceful Fire”. In an episode of Flight of the Conchords, the lead characters form a Simon and Garfunkel tribute band performing “Scarborough Fair”. Garfunkel himself later appears in the episode. In the episode “Unnatural Love”, the song “Carol Brown” is an homage to the Paul Simon song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”. The Nickelodeon sitcom How to Rock uses the artists’ family names as those of the main characters.

Lol Creme (10cc)

Lol Creme, English singer, musician, and director (10cc, Godley & Creme, Art of Noise, Producers, Doctor Father, Hotlegs, and The Magic Lanterns) was born 19 September 1947. Three of the founding members of 10cc were childhood friends in the Manchester area. As boys, kevin Godley and Lol Creme knew each other; Graham Gouldman and Kevin Godley attended the same secondary school; their musical passion led to playing at the local Jewish Lads’ Brigade.They achieved their greatest commercial success in the 1970s. The band initially consisted of four musicians—Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, and Lol Creme—who had written and recorded together for about three years, before assuming the “10cc” name in 1972.

10cc featured two strong songwriting teams, one ‘commercial’ and one ‘artistic’, but both teams injected sharp wit into lyrically dextrous and musically varied songs. Stewart and Gouldman were predominantly pop-song-writers, who created most of the band’s accessible songs. By way of contrast, Godley and Creme were the predominantly experimental half of 10cc, featuring an Art School sensibility and cinematic inspired writing. Every member was a multi-instrumentalist, singer, writer and producer. Most of the band’s albums were recorded at their own Strawberry Studios (North) in Stockport and Strawberry Studios (South) in Dorking, with most of those engineered by Stewart. Among their best known songs is “I’m Not in Love“.

Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Chic) was born 19 September 1952. He is the lead guitarist and co-founding member withBernard Edwards of the band Chic, which has been active since 1976.  he also recorded four solo act albums throughout the 80s and the 90s and has acted as producer and performer with many artists including Diana Ross, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna, Daft Punk and Avicii. He began his career as a session guitarist in New York, touring with the Sesame Street band in his teens led by Joe Raposo, and then working in the house band at The Apollo Theater, playing behind Screaming Jay Hawkins,Maxine Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, Betty Wright, Earl Lewis and the Channels, Parliament Funkadelic, and many other legendary R&B artists. Nile met bassist Bernard Edwards in 1970. Together they formed New York City (“I’m Doing Fine Now”). The band opened for The Jackson 5 on the American leg of their first world tour in 1973. Nile and Bernard then joined forces with drummer Tony Thompson, and worked and recorded as a Funk Rock band called The Boys.

The band continued playing mostly Local Bars. As the Big Apple Band, Rodgers and Edwards worked with Ashford & Simpson, Luther Vandross, and many others. Since another New York artist, Walter Murphy, had a band also called The Big Apple Band, Rodgers and Edwards were forced to change their band’s name to avoid confusion. Thus, in 1977 the band was renamed as Chic. Rodgers has stated that a major inspiration was a Roxy Music gig he saw in London: “It was a totally immersive artistic experience – the crowd were fly, the band were fly, the music was textual, they were saying ‘come into my world’.”Between gigs they recorded their first album with then-boss Luther Vandross, who provided background vocals on the group’s early recordings. The band scored numerous top ten hits and helped propel disco to new levels of popularity. Chic’s chart-topping songs “Le Freak”, “I Want Your Love”, “Everybody Dance”, “Dance, Dance, Dance”, “My Forbidden Lover”, and “Good Times” became club/pop/R&B standards.

Followimg The success of Chic’s first singles  Rodgers and Edwards produced Sister Sledge’s 1978 album, We Are Family, which included the singles, “He’s the Greatest Dancer” and “We Are Family”. “He’s the Greatest Dancer” was also sampled in 1998 on Will Smith’s “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”. Rodgers and Edwards then began record production with numerous artists, together or individually.In 1980 Rodgers and Edwards wrote and produced the album Diana for Diana Ross, yielding the smash hits “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out”. Chic’s song “Good Times” played a pivotal role in the explosion of hip hop music, as an interpolation of the song’s bass line and the record’s string-section sample was the bedrock of The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”, the first multiple-platinum Hip Hop single. The Chic Organization produced the smash hit “Spacer” for French disco act Sheila and B. Devotion and Deborah Harry’s 1981 solo album Koo Koo

Chic dissolved in 1983 after their final contractual Atlantic album, Believer and Soup For One (a film soundtrack).  Rodgers then began a solo career producing his first album Adventures in the Land of the Good Groove. Rodgers produced the 1983 album Talkback, by Canadian New Wave/New Romantic band Spoons, which included the hits “Old Emotions” and “The Rhythm”.Rodgers produced David Bowie’s biggest selling album Let’s Dance with several hit singles including “China Girl”, “Modern Love” and the title track, “Let’s Dance”. He produced the single “Original Sin” by INXS. Duran Duran worked extensively with Rodgers after he remixed their largest selling hit single, “The Reflex” in 1984 and followed up with “The Wild Boys” on their 1984 live album Arena. It was rumored that Rodgers had become a member of Duran Duran when they released the album “Big Thing”, but he only acted as a session musician on that album.That same year he produced Madonna’s blockbuster album Like a Virgin, including the hits “Material Girl” and, “Like a Virgin”. He also joined Robert Plant’s platinum selling studio band The Honeydrippers, on the album The Honeydrippers: Volume One. This period sparked Rodgers’ interest in soundtracks, the first of which were Alphabet City, Gremlins (“Out Out” – Peter Gabriel) Against All Odds (“Walk Through the Fire” – Peter Gabriel), That’s Dancing (“Invitation to Dance” – Kim Carnes),White Nights (numerous songs) and The Fly (“Help Me” – Bryan Ferry).

In 1985 Rodgers produced albums for Sheena Easton, Jeff Beck, Thompson Twins, Mick Jagger, and many others, he also performed at Live Aid with the Thompson Twins. He was awarded No. 1 Singles Producer In the World in Billboard magazine to close out the year.In 1986, he produced Duran Duran’s Notorious album, which yielded a No. 2 title track hit, “Notorious”. During a live set, Simon Le Bon introduced Rodgers by saying, “Well, this band went through a difficult time and it might not have made it if it weren’t for this gentleman.” Rodgers contributed to numerous other projects and appearances with members of the band throughout the 1980s. He also produced albums for Grace Jones, Earth Wind and Fire’s vocalist Phillip Bailey, and Al Jarreau. Rodgers performed on “Higher Love” with Steve Winwood, and records for Cyndi Lauper, Howard Jones, and David Sanborn. He then worked on the soundtrack forLaurie Anderson’s Home of the Brave. Rodgers formed the short-lived experimental band Outloud in 1987, with David Letterman’s guitarist, composer, and vocalist Felicia Collins and acclaimed French session musician, producer, composer, and keyboardist Philippe Saisse; the trio released a single album, Out Loud.In 1988 Rodgers composed his first orchestral soundtrack for the film Coming to America starring Eddie Murphy. Rodgers followed this with soundtracks for White Hot and Earth Girls Are Easy with The B-52’s. In 1989 he co-produced their comeback multi-platinum album Cosmic Thing, which had the hit singles “Love Shack”, “Roam”, “Cosmic Thing” and “Deadbeat Club”, he also produced Workin’ Overtime by, Diana Ross’, Dan Reed Network, Slam, and Duran Duran’s compilation, Decade.

In September 1990, Epic Records released the Rodgers produced album,Family Style, shortly after the untimely death of guitar virtuoso Stevie Ray Vaughan. He also produced projects for David Bowie, Eric Clapton, The B-52s, David Lee Roth, Ric Ocasek, The Dan Reed Network, Cathy Dennis, Patty Griffin, jimmie Vaughan, The Stray Cats and many other artists, along with continuing soundtrack work on Thelma and Louise, Cool World and The Beavis and Butt-head Experience (co-writer of “Come to Butt-head”). After a 1992 birthday party where Rodgers, Bernard Edwards, Paul Shaffer and Anton Fig played old Chic hits to rapturous response. Rodgers and Edwards reformed a new version of Chic. They recorded a fresh crop of material for the album Chic-Ism and performed live worldwide.In 1995, he plays on the track Money from Michael Jackson’s album HIStory.In 1996, Rodgers was honored as the JT Super Producer of the year. He performed with Edwards, Sister Sledge, Steve Winwood, Simon Le Bon and Slash in a series of commemorative concerts in Japan, which provided a career retrospective. Unfortunately, his longtime musical partner and close friend Bernard Edwards died of pneumonia during the trip, a blow that Rodgers took very hard. A year later Rodgers returned to Japan to pay homage to his fallen partner.He started playing live concerts again while composing and producing music for film soundtracks: Beverly Hills Cop III, Blue Chips, The Flintstones and Feeling Minnesota (working with Bob Dylan) to name but a few.In 1998, Rodgers founded Sumthing Else Music Works record label and Sumthing Distribution, an independent music label distributor. Sumthing focuses on distributing a fast-growing new genre: video game soundtracks. Its titles include the complete Halo and Resident Evil franchises and other well-known Triple-A game soundtracks like Gears of War and Borderlands. Rodgers focused on many soundtrack projects, film and video games alike. Among them were: Rush Hour 2, Snow Dogs and Semi-Prostarring Will Ferrell, who co-wrote the title song “Love Me Sexy” with Rodgers.

In 2002–2003 he co-produced Astronaut, with the original five members of Duran Duran.Also in 2002, Rodgers appeared on the Red Hot Organization’s compilation CD, Red Hot and Riot. The CD, a tribute to the music and positive social message of afropop pioneer, Fela Kuti, featured Rodgers on remakes of Kuti songs, “Water No Get Enemy” and “Zombie (Part Two).” He appeared on “Water No Get Enemy” alongside influential hip hop and R&B artists, D’Angelo, Macy Gray, and The Soultronics and on “Zombie (Part Two)” with famous jazz trumpeteer, Roy Hargrove. All proceeds of the CD were donated to charities working towards greater AIDS awareness.The September 11 attacks prompted Rodgers to create the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) to help promote the healing process. To begin, he organized a re-recording of the song he and Edwards wrote for Sister Sledge called “We Are Family” with more than 200 musicians, celebrities, and personalities. Director Spike Lee filmed the “We Are Family” music video and director Danny Schechterfilmed a documentary depicting the recording sessions called The Making and Meaning of We Are Family. The film was chosen as aSundance Film Festival Special Selection in 2002. Rodgers then produced another “We Are Family” music video involving more than 100 beloved children’s television characters. The children’s music video airs as a public service announcement on Disney Channel,Nickelodeon, and PBS stations promoting a common humanity and celebrating the vision of a global family.Rodgers received the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) NY Chapter’s Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Heroes Award. On September 19, 2005, he was honored at the Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York when he was inducted for his many outstanding achievements as a producer, along with former bandmate Bernard Edwards.Chic has been nominated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame four times – 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Rodgers served as co-musical director for the tribute concert to Ahmet Ertegün at the Montreux Jazz Festival in the summer of 2006. The concert included performances by Chic, Robert Plant, Steve Winwood, Stevie Nicks, Kid Rock, Ben E. King, Chaka Khan, George Duke (co-music director),Paolo Nutini and many other artists who were signed to Ertegün’s Atlantic Records. A PBS documentary, Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built, uses footage from this show, as it was one of the last times Ertegün would be captured on video.Rodgers wrote an autobiography entitled Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny that was published in late 2011.

He has additionally stayed active in music since the reunion of The Chic Organization by touring and producing live events. In recent years, he has continued to collaborate with an array of musicians.In October 2011, Rodgers worked with singer Adam Lambert in New York on a song entitled “Shady” for Lambert’s second album, Trespassing. Both Rodgers and Lambert tweeted enthusiastically about the collaboration, and Rodgers also mentioned it on his blog Planet C.In February 2012, Rodgers announced that he is collaborating with electronic band Daft Punkfor their latest album, “teasing out their R&B influences”.During a live interview for the UMFTV at the 2013 Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Rodgers confirmed that he was working with Daft Punk as well as recording multiple tracks with Avicii, and mentioned work with Chase & Status and Felix da Housecat .On March 31, BBC Four broadcast a documentary about his music life, Nile Rodgers: The Hitmaker., starting from the point that Chic was formed until now, with the stories about how he was involved in producing numerous hits and albums for some of the world`s best artist and bands.In 2013, Rodgers appeared on Daft Punk’s chart-topping album, Random Access Memories. Rodgers co-wrote and played guitar on three tracks: “Give Life Back to Music”, “Lose Yourself to Dance”, and “Get Lucky” Which rose to number 1 in the UK on the 28 April 2013 and went on to be certified as Rodgers’ first million-selling single. Rodgers also appears in televised trailer advertising the album. Rodgers has expressed a wish to perform the song live alongside Daft Punk, but that he will not perform it in his own shows as he feels it is not “his” song to play. In August 2013, the track “Mandou Bem” was released by the Brazilian band Jota Quest. In January 2011, Rodgers revealed on his website that he has prostate cancer, which was diagnosed in October 2010. As a result, he has started a “Cancer Blog”, detailing his status and upcoming projects, as of 2013, he was pronounced all clear.

International Talk like A Pirate Day _Yaaarrrrrr!

FlyspagmonSeptember 19 is International Talk Like A pirate Day. According to beliefs held by the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Pastafarians, pirates are “absolute divine beings” and the original Pastafarians. Furthermore, Pastafarians believe that the concept of pirates as “thieves and outcasts” is misinformation spread by Christian theologians in the Middle Ages and by Hare Krishnas. Instead, Pastafarians believe that they were “peace-loving explorers and spreaders of good will” who distributed candy to small children, adding that modern pirates are in no way similar to “the fun-loving buccaneers from history”. In addition, Pastafarians believe that ghost pirates are responsible for all of the mysteriously lost ships and planes of the Bermuda Triangle. Pastafarians celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19.

The inclusion of pirates in Pastafarianism was part of Henderson’s original letter to the Kansas State Board of Education, in an effort to illustrate that correlation does not imply causation. Henderson presented the argument that “global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of pirates since the 1800s. A chart accompanying the letter shows that as the number of pirates decreased, global temperatures increased. This parodies the suggestion from some religious groups that the high numbers of disasters, famines, and wars in the world is due to the lack of respect and worship toward their deity. In 2008, Henderson interpreted the growing pirate activities at the Gulf of Aden as additional support, pointing out that Somalia has “the highest number of pirates and the lowest carbon emissions of any country”.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is the deity of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Pastafarianism, a movement that promotes a light-hearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public schools. Although adherents maintain publicly that Pastafarianism is a genuine religion, it is generally recognized by the media as a parody religion. The “Flying Spaghetti Monster” was first described in a satirical open letter written by Bobby Henderson in 2005 to protest the Kansas State Board of Education decision to permit teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public school science classes.cin that letter, Henderson satirized creationist ideas by professing his belief that whenever a scientist carbon dates an object, a supernatural creator that closely resembles spaghetti and meatballs is there “changing the results with His Noodly Appendage”. Henderson argued that his beliefs were just as valid as those of intelligent design, and called for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism to be allotted equal time in science classrooms alongside intelligent design and evolution. After Henderson published the letter on his website, the Flying Spaghetti Monster rapidly became an Internet phenomenon and a symbol of opposition to the teaching intelligent design in public schools.

Pastafarian tenets are generally satires of creationism. They are presented both on Henderson’s Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monsterwebsite, where he is described as “prophet”, and in The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, written by Henderson and published by Villiard Press in 2006. The central belief is that an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. Pirates are revered as the original Pastafarians (a portmanteau of pasta and Rastafarian). Henderson asserts that a decline in the number of pirates over the years is the cause of global warming (a reminder of the concept that correlation does not imply causation). The FSM community congregates at Henderson’s website to share ideas about the Flying Spaghetti Monster and crafts representing images of it, as well as to discuss “sightings” of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.Because of its popularity and exposure, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is often used as a contemporary version of Russell’s teapot – an argument that the philosophic burden of proof lies upon those who make unfalsifiable claims, not on those who reject them. The Flying Spaghetti Monster has received criticism from proponents of intelligent design. Pastafarians have engaged in religious disputes, including in Polk County, Florida, where they played a role in dissuading the local school board from adopting new rules on teaching evolution.