Saturday, May 23, 2009

Honoring one Special Veteran

The New York Times article about the swingin' memorial service got it right. The late Frankie Manning was a great dancer and great leader. Thanks to Frankie, the Lindy Hop has new and zealous ambassadors. More importantly, though, Frankie was a human anti-depressant, a beloved friend and muse who inspired people to make things—including art and design—not just dance routines. As he got older, he could still swing. What made him great, though, was his generosity, warmth, grace. He taught us to hang out as well as swing out. More on the graphics for the Frankie 95 weekend (not done by BTD) separately. And just to tie things into this Memorial Day weekend: he served in World War II.

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