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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Last stop before LA . . . The San Diego Zoo . . . Day 6 (ONLY)


Beginning in the mid-1970s, Linda Ronstadt's private life was given major publicity. It was fueled by a relationship with then-Governor of California Jerry Brown, a Democratic presidential candidate. They shared a Newsweek magazine cover in April 1979. They also made the cover of US magazine. Ronstadt and Brown took a trip to Africa which became fodder for the international press, and they made the cover of People magazine.

In the mid-1980s, Ronstadt was engaged ("ring on the finger and all") to Star Wars director George Lucas.

She has two adopted children, Mary Clementine and Carlos Sangria. Her daughter has made her a fan of musician Pink. Her son, who prefers heavier music, has introduced her to the music of Rob Zombie, AC/DC, Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, and Cradle of Filth among others. Of Zombie, Ronstadt says, "There's real power and energy (to his music)", and of AC/DC she says "I really love Back in Black. I appreciate it musically (and) how good the rhythm guitar player is." Ronstadt is a big fan of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, and even persuaded friend and noted New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani to start reading them.

Ronstadt has been outspoken on environmental and community issues. Ronstadt is a major supporter and admirer of sustainable agriculture pioneer Wes Jackson, saying in 2000 that "the work he's doing right now is the most important work there is in the (United States)", and dedicating the rock anthem "Desperado" to him at an August 2007 concert in Kansas City, Kansas .

In 2007 Ronstadt resided in the San Francisco area, while also maintaining her home in Tucson, Arizona. That same year she drew criticism and praise from Tucsonans for commenting that the local city council's failings, developers' strip mall mentality, greed and growing dust problem had rendered the city unrecognizable and poorly developed.

In 2009, in honor of Linda Ronstadt, the Martin Guitar Company has made a 00–42 model "Linda Ronstadt Limited Edition" acoustic guitar. Ronstadt has appointed the Land Institute as recipient of all proceeds from her signature guitar.

Who knew?


Jane said...

Great pictures as always! It has been a long time since I visited a zoo!


Melanie said...

Very cool pictures, although the fourth one down is kind of creepy.
So glad to see your grandson having a great time! :)

Susan said...

Awwwww, Sandie. That sounded like a blast. I love zoos! Susan

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It has been a long time since being at the San Diego Zoo but it is awesome! I love Linda Ronstadt! I saw her in concert and she was amazing.

Rose said...

fantastic. My 1st husband always felt that this was the best zoo. great photos. thanks

Life is good! said...

sooooo fun! animals and boys just mix well.

Crystal Mary said...

Hiya Sandie, I laughted when I saw your hubby...He has the same beard and hat as mine LOL...Your gandson looks a treasure...(kiss him all over the face)thats what I do to my grand children..Love them so!
Your zoo pictures are great, very good shorts..I liked that wriggly snake thing???
WHERE is a kangaroo???
Oh well...once you have seen me you have seen one of them.
Hugs to you..

BECKY said...

Great pictures, Chatty! Makes me want to go visit our zoo. The St. Louis Zoo is one of the best in the country. A few years ago, it was number 2 or 3, right behind the San Diego. Right now, though, it's too darn hot for that! Loved the bio on Linda Ronstadt, too. I've always liked her music, all her various genres!

Angela said...

Hey Sandie!

Great pictures! I like the one of Andy with his head beside of the otter.


Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I listened to my Linda Rondstadt album until it was WORN OUT! Oh, my... brings back some memories for sure!

As usual, great photos!

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

Great pictures....that is something I have never done went to a zoo. Trish

That corgi :) said...

loved the polar bear picture!! and GS with the otter and your hubby are both precious shots!! haven't been to the zoo in years, lots has changed I'm sure!!!

hope you had a great day!


Janine said...

Hi Dandy, I just want to say hello and thanks for stopping at my blog.
This San Diego Zoo must be great, i heard about it from the animals of the Movie "Madagascar" (hihi).
have a great weekend

Janine said...

Hi Dandy, I just want to say hello and thanks for stopping at my blog.
This San Diego Zoo must be great, i heard about it from the animals of the Movie "Madagascar" (hihi).
have a great weekend

Jenny said...

You always share such wonderful things on your posts!!

Doris Sturm said...

Oh, how I wish I were back in California - I still miss it very much! I love San Diego and the Zoo and much fun. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos. Looks like you enjoyed your visit!

Have a great weekend,
Doris (baking in South Georgia - in more ways than one LOL)

ocmist said...

You really got some great pictures at the zoo... Should have posted these for the next Show and Tail! I'll bet that Andy had a great time, but all that walking probably wore you OUT! Did you take any of the trams to save some on the feet? It's been year since we've been there. Mick is 33 now and was about 5 or 6 the last time we went.