Art Bell: 1945-2018

Death is no more than passing from one room into another— Helen Keller

img_7696Famed radio personality Art Bell passed away April 13, 2018 at the age of 72.  He was best known as a pioneering voice for all things paranormal. He hosted a nightly syndicated radio talk show program aptly named Coast To Coast AM. The program aired on more than 500 stations throughout the United States reaching millions of people; it was also simultaneously broadcasted over the Internet to millions of more listeners worldwide.

I have been a fan of Art Bell for years. Each night I looked forward to hearing his voice and listening to his guests. His radio shows entertained and educated me since I discovered his program in 1995. Art Bell may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. Art will always live on in re-runs and on a plethora of websites.

Bell’s success was a phenomenon of its own. Instead of embracing the norms of the day, Bell bucked the trend of political talk in the 1990s for a topic that he would make his own: paranormal. In the early years of his Coast To Coast AM program Bell was often asked by callers what inspired him to do a nightly program dedicated to conspiracy theories and paranormal activities. He often mentioned during his broadcasts that he “was crushingly bored talking about politics for 30 hours a week” and that is what prompted him to do something different.

ArtBellThe fledgling format launched Bell’s career into the stratosphere, no pun intended. It earned him massive ratings for an overnight radio program and gave him an endearing audience; more importantly to Bell, his show connected with people in ways contemporary radio programs of the time couldn’t do. It also gave a voice and outlet to millions of overlooked people.

Art Bell did cast a wide shadow across radio, if not the entire entertainment industry. His influence prompted hundreds of paranormal shows on both radio and television. He was even mentioned in National Treasure a major feature film starring Nickolas Cage, when a character named Riley Poole, portrayed by Justin Bartha, exclaimed during a conversation, “get Art Bell on the phone now!”

Bell had several “retirements” from Coast to Coast AM between 2000 and 2007.  He eventually turned over the reins of his juggernaut program to George Noory in 2003, although he did continue to work as a weekend host and do special programs on Halloween and New Year’s Eve. When personal tragedies and setbacks hit, Bell had a noticeable absence from the airwaves; however, these vicissitudes didn’t keep him down for long. Bell created and developed several projects including a short lived program for SiriusXM called Dark Matter and an internet radio show titled Midnight In The Desert in 2015. Bell officially retired Dec. 11, 2015 to spend more time with his family.


Bell spent his life exploring unearthly and bizarre events that defy explanation. Paranormal enthusiasts will certainly be talking about his passing on Friday the 13 for years to come. After all Friday the 13 is the most stigmatized day on the calendar, and its association with bad luck and the paranormal is undeniable. Although there is never a good time for a man like Art Bell to pass away, that freakish coincidence is somewhat comforting. It’s like he is giving fodder to the industry he helped build into a mainstream franchise.

It goes without saying that Art Bell will be missed by legions of fans, friends and colleagues, but his beloved family will be devastated forever. I wish to extend my condolences and deepest sympathies to his wife and children.

Thank you for sharing him with us over the years.

Art Bell Profile Coast to Coast

Art Bell Wikipedia


Mary Tyler Moore Immortalized In Bronze

A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate…, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile–Mara Buxbaum

Mary Tyler Moore’s passing was a huge blow to Hollywood and fans around the world; however, female journalist particularly took her passing extremely hard, but for far different reasons.

The television icon was more than just a ground breaking actress, brilliant business entrepreneur and philanthropist; she was a role model who also influenced a generation of women to become journalist.

Over a long career spanning decades, Mary Tyler Moore’s signature role was Mary Richards from the eponymously titled “Mary Tyler Moore” show.  The 70s sitcom was based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and centered around a young single career woman working as a news producer.

screen-shot-2017-02-28-at-9-49-51-pmThe series ran from 1970 to 1977; it received numerous awards for the cast, crew, and the star: Mary Tyler Moore (MTM). In fact, during its run the series won a record 29 Emmy Awards.  A record that stood for 25 years.

In 2001, MTM was immortalized by TVLAND when a life-sized bronze statue of Mary Richards tossing her tam into the air was unveiled. This iconic image captured the exuberance and excitement of a professional woman who ultimately did “make it on her own” in a new city and career.

When interviewed about being immortalized by a bronze statue, MTM said, “Forget about it, this is a unique situation. I never thought I’d have anything like that.”

0012The statue is exclusive to minneapolis and quite popular. Fans from around the state and the nation flock to the statue to pose for pictures and mimic the legendary hat toss.

When Minneapolis put the statue in storage due to downtown road construction, public outcry prompted city leaders to place it back on display.

Visitors to Minneapolis who wish to see the statue can find it quite easily at the visitor center. A Crow’s View suggests taking the light rail to the Nicollet Mall stop. This will allow people to avoid parking hassles and place seekers right at the statue’s location. After exiting the train, the statue is only steps away from the train station on the southeast corner of S. 5th St.

The visitor center’s hours are limited, but the statue can easily be seen from the large display windows if travelers show up after hours. Later in 2017, the city plans to return the statue outdoors for 24-hour access.

Visitor center hours are: 10:00 am–6:00 pm, Monday-Friday; and 12:00 pm–5:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday.


Visitor Center

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

MTM Statue Facts


Lost Talent & Artistry 2012-2015

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP–Leonard Nimoy

When a larger-than-life personality dies, a chain reaction is triggered. Iconic rocker David Bowie’s passing made international headlines. His parting sparked numerous memorials and tributes around the world; however, every year extremely talented celebrities pass away with very little fanfare. A Crow’s View would like to recognize four of those people over the last few years.

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 9.33.59 PMGeoffrey Lewis (79) passed away April 7, 2015. If you’ve watched anything from the 70s, 80s, and even the 90s, then you will know his face-if not his name. Lewis was a veteran of more than 200 film and television roles, including starring in multiple Client Eastwood features. His work on the original Salem’s Lot” helped launch Steven King’s successful screen adaption franchise.

In the 2000s, Lewis continued to work steadily in feature films and television. His appearances on “Dawson Creek,” Thomas Kinkade’s “Christmas Cottage,” and voice work on “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto” exposed Mr. Lewis to a younger audience. His children–daughter Juliette Lewis is the most known–have all taken up the family business as actors, directors or producers. It’s a safe bet that Lewis’ legacy will impact Hollywood for generations to come.

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Veteran actor Eli Wallach passed June 24, 2014, at the age of 98. You may not know his name, but you will know his work. He played Tuco in Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966); Dr. Herbert A. Morrison, in Nuts (1987); and Don Altobello, in The Godfather: Part III. Wallach was also a staple on television; guest staring in numerous series and made-for-TV movies.

Wallach gained rave reviews in his screen debut portraying Silva Vacarro in the 1956 sensual dark-drama Baby Doll, garnering him a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Supporting Actor” and winning a BAFTA Award for “Most Promising Newcomer to Film.” His career spanned six decades and included significant roles working with many of Hollywood’s most popular stars: Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Michael Landon and Barbara Streisand, to name a few.

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 10.10.04 AMChrissy Amphlett’s (53) untimely death on April 21, 2013, didn’t generate much attention. She is best remembered as the lead singer of the Australian rock band Divinyls. Her professional career peaked in 1991 when the band’s hit song “I Touch Myself” reached number one and four on the Australian and U.S. pop charts, respectively.

Amphlett was known for putting on a daring stage act that consisted of aggressively and provocatively performing on stage wearing a girl’s school uniform and fishnet stockings. Although she gained fame singing, Amphlett had a diverse resume’ that included a brief acting career, highlighted with a role in a 1988 musical production of Blood Brothers, starring Russell Crowe, and multiple soundtracks credits for television and feature films.

Before Chrissy Amphlett succumbed to cancer, it was her wish that the song “I Touch Myself” would become an anthem for breast cancer awareness. Near the anniversary of her death, her wish became a reality when the “I Touch Myself Project” launched in 2014. The campaign, featuring a who’s who video of Aussie celebrities singing her hit song, was a resounding success.

Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 8.46.43 PMLegendary hard rock pioneer Jon Lord (71), a founding member and keyboardist for Deep Purple, passed away July 16, 2012. In the late 1960s, Lord revolutionized the music industry when he plugged a Hammond organ directly into an amplifier; this produced a distinctive and innovative sound that would become his trademark.

Two years after Deep Purple split in 1976, Lord joined the band Whitesnake. His influence was instrumental in developing the band into one of the most popular acts throughout Europe and the UK, eventually braking into the US market.

When Deep Purple regrouped in 1984, Lord’s presence was evident in the title track “Perfect Strangers.” He toured successfully with the band till he departed in 2002 to pursue a solo career. “It was the longest hardest decision of my life, to leave the band I had founded, and had loved for nearly 35 years.” Lord’s groundbreaking achievements on keyboards are still in use today throughout the recording industry.

The celebrities profiled above are examples of tremendously talented and artistic people whose death went largely unnoticed. A Crow’s View encourages people to look “below the fold” and celebrate the lives of the remarkable people that are often overlooked by the media. In many cases they may have made a larger impact in life, than the credit they received in death.