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Born in Canandaigua NY, Pete Kennedy grew up the youngest of 5 Irish kids. His dad "Ham" was elected as Mayor of the city of Canandaigua and served 14 years while his youngest son Pete stole the title "Mayor". Ham earned the title and Pete pilfered it.
Pete helped a bunch of his buds at St. Marys School to found an actual radio station that played music over the PA system during lunch. Many of the nuns were less than impressed by the musical selections this young mob played over WSMR. Later, "Mayor" also served as captain of his beloved Canandaigua Academy football team the Braves.
After successfully graduating from SUNY Geneseo where he spent many hours "studying" humanity while DJing and bartending at the world famous Inn Between, he headed to the bright lights of the big city of Rochester NY where he's been rockin' Rochester radio waves for 25 years, now crankin' great tunes on 100.5 the Drive.
When not heckling callers and having fun with them on air, he's actively out working' the streets at various community and charitable events. Last year alone he was involved in over 120 events and has plans for many more in 2012.
The story of the "fake" interpreter for the deaf at the Nelson Mandela memorial service keeps getting more bizarre! Now we have learned that the "interpreter" has been hospitalized in the past in a mental hospital!
Thamsanqa Jantjile, now infamous worldwide because of his lack of deaf interpretation skills at the memorial, claims he was hallucinating while on stage. In an interview with the Johannesburg Star newspaper he said "I was alone in a very dangerous situation". How dangerous can it be when there are 70 heads of state with security details at the service, including the President of the United States who was standing three feet away from him with plenty of armed Secret Service agents not far from there?
The man who has sparked worldwide outrage in the deaf community goes on to say that while on stage he was "hearing voices in his head" (ironic for a man interpreting for the deaf) and he "saw visions of angels". Wow! This dude was hosting quite the party in his noggin while the world was mourning.
And how much money did Thamsanqa Jantjile pocket while gaining worldwide infamy? The equivlant of $85 in American dollars! That's how much the South African government was willing to pony up to honor the founder of their modern day land? $85? That's all Nelson Mandela was worth?
Think about that when you pay $85 or more for a Christmas gift this week. Or fill your gas tank, or spend $85 at Tops or Wegmans prepping for the Christmas party or meal you're hosting. And a valuable lesson that the So. African government learned: you get what you pay for. And it's better to give than receive during the holidays!
Would it not be great to receive an unexpected million bucks for Christmas? There is a new millionaire amongst us who will be introduced Fri. morning. This woman (who I have now fallen in love with) bought her Mega Millions ticket Nov. 15 at the Wegmans on E. Ridge Rd. in Irondequoit. Her 5 numbers matched the winning numbers drawn, and she hit the second prize worth a cool mill. How 'bout that for Christmas?
This leads us to Friday's Mega Millions jackpot which will be at least $400 million! That's worth a payout of at least $216 mil after taxes. What would you do with that cash? Let the dreaming begin, just in time for Christmas! Good luck, and don't forget who reminded you to buy that lucky ticket....
This seems too unbelievable but is actually true! The national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa says a man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake." Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa's government said it is preparing a statement.
Bruno Druchen says the unidentified man seen around the world on television next to leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama "was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for."
Do you believe that? My questions: how does security allow this to happen when there are 70 world leaders with massive security teams part of the service? Who would have the guts to try to pull off such a stunt at such a monumental historical event? And how many heads will roll after this embarrassment on the world stage?
I guess now is a time to remember that Nelson Mandela believed in forgiveness....you don't need an interpreter to know that.