This morning, I woke up to a most distressing email from the Frankie95 team. For those of you who don't know, Frankie Manning is one of the most influential dancers in the history of American dances. He was part of a troupe called Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, which traveled the world, rocking hollywood and royalty alike, bringing Lindy the fame and documentation that would pave the way for the lindy revival that started in the 80's. And when that revival happened, Frankie was still there, to teach hungry students. And when that revival got huge, Frankie was still there, travelling, teaching, entertaining, and inspiring lindy hoppers all over the world. Now, a few weeks before Frankie's 95th birthday, he's become very ill.
If you've never seen this clip, watch it right now. Frankie's wearing the mechanic's overalls, and his solo happens around 2:22.
So, Frankie "Musclehead" Manning, get well soon. With over a thousand people heading to New York soon, you know you've got a lot of well wishes headed your way.
"Dear Friends of Frankie,
As you might have heard, Frankie entered the hospital a week and a half ago, due to problems with his medication. Then on Friday, he was taken into the intensive care unit after he developed pneumonia. It is a very serious situation.
Although he cannot talk or move his limbs, he recognizes people and responds to their messages of caring and love. Throughout all of this, his spirit remains strong and his family and close friends are with him.
Please take some time during your day to send Frankie healing energy, prayers and love, and tell everyone you know to do the same. You can also send him a personal note of encouragement here:
Frankie Manning, PO Box 737648 , Elmhurst NY 11373
Frankie needs our support!
Of course, we will keep you all updated as his condition changes.
The Frankie 95 Team"
Whether it's grand themes of life, or what I had for breakfast, here's where I'll tell you what I think.