David Crosby Dies

A founding member of two popular and enormously influential ’60s rock groups.

David Van Cortlandt Crosby was born on Aug. 14, 1941, in Los Angeles into families with deep roots in American history dating back to Dutch rule in New York in the 17th century. His mother, who was born Aliph Van Cortlandt Whitehead, descended from the prominent Van Cortlandt family[1]. His father, Floyd Crosby, an Academy Award-winning cinematographer whose credits included the classic western “High Noon,” was a member of the Van Rensselaer clan[2].

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Olivia Newton-John Dies

I believe love is what makes the world go round. No matter how old or young, love is why we are here. It is the very essence of one’s being. – Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John was born September 26, 1948, in Cambridge, England. Her father was born in Wales and her mother in Germany. Newton-John’s father was an MI5 officer on the Enigma project[1] at Bletchley Park who took Rudolf Hess into custody during World War II. Olivia was the youngest of three children and when she was six years old they moved to Melbourne, Australia where her father was a professor.

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