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Tell us about your experience on NPS. But last year, with Manilow's health failing, Kief agreed to the commitment ceremony, said the friend. Manilow is afflicted with atrial fibrillation, a cardiac condition which leads to irregular heartbeat. Manilow, 71, and Kief, 66 pictured in November married at their acre compound in Palm Springs.
You're not gonna die, but you think you are,' he told Seven Magazine in It's like you have a flounder in your jacket. You think, 'Well, any second now it's just gonna explode.
If it goes on for a couple of days they have to stop it. He also suffers from serious hip problems that he blames on '30 years of jigging around on stage to Copacabana. Like Manilow, Kief was also married to a woman. He has a year-old daughter, Kristen, who works in the Manilow organization. The singer has long dodged questions about his sexuality. He is known for being so obsessively private that he won't even reveal his dogs' names. Even when Patricia Butler's biography outed him as gay he did not address the issue.
The book's publisher Chris Charlesworth told Daily Mail Online that lawyers at the time advised him to take out all reference to Manilow's sexuality. The ceremony was presided over by Manilow's long-time assistant Mark Hulett with neighbor Suzanne Somers acting as best man.
Some of Manilow's closest friends were completely unaware that the superstar had decided to go ahead and marry the man who has been his partner and manager for more than three decades.
Marty Panzer pictured with Manilow in said it was 'bizarre' that he was only just now hearing about the marriage of his long-time writing partner. In his blog, Charlesworth wrote: 'I protested. Not only was it fairly well known within the music industry that Manilow was gay but my author had done her research well and come up with quotes from friends and professional colleagues that confirmed Manilow was a gay man.
Eventually, Charlesworth said, they decided to 'publish and be damned. Charlesworth said the lawyer's advice was based on the fact that 'Manilow's fan base consisted primarily of single ladies of a certain age who believed he was 'available,' that this was part of his attraction as a singer and that the book could therefore be accused of implying that Manilow as being 'deceitful,' and that this — not the actual allegation that he was gay — was libelous.
Butler, the biography's Chicago-based author, told Daily Mail Online that when she started writing the book she had not realized that Manilow was gay, but her research confirmed it for her. Butler said she suspects that the reason to marry now was because society's attitudes toward homosexuality has relaxed so much over the past few years. Manilow's camp is still refusing to comment on the ceremony, which was first reported by the National Enquirer.
Panzer said he is always amazed how Manilow, 71, and Kief, 66, have stayed together so long in a business as well as a personal relationship. How many people stay together for 35 weeks these days? Another friend told Daily Mail Online that Kief is a 'Svengali' to Manilow and has pushed people out of the multi-millionaire singer's life and replaced them with his own relatives over the years. Tell us about your experience on NPS. Take a Short Survey. Subscribe What is RSS.
This 1,foot waterfall flows in the winter and spring, but for a couple days in February, you have the chance to see the setting sun catch the falls at just the right moment to make it appear to glow like fire. The art installation that launched a thousand Instagrams, Urban Light.
But make sure to also head inside the museum to see its prolific holdings of Asian art, Latin American art and Islamic art. The bad news is that for years, people dumped all their trash from bottles to batteries over the cliffs in this town near Mendocino. The good news? The tides have rendered glass that was dumped in the ocean into beautiful polished treasures that now dot the beach.
Don't take glass from the beach home, though — that's illegal. In this art installation on a jetty in the San Francisco bay, 25 organ pipes made of PVC and concrete located at various elevations produce subtle music when affected by the tides. It's best at high tide. If you love optical illusions, head to this Santa Cruz tourist spot and actual gravity hill. Lean kind of? Little was clarified, and it was not until the United States took possession of California and required rancheros to conduct surveys and make court appearances to retain their land that the confusing pattern of sales and trades were untangled.
Most rancheros were eventually able to prove ownership. Unfortunately, by this time, they had run out of cash and were forced to sell to pay the survey and daunting legal fees. Entrepreneurial Americans were delighted to capitalize on the opportunity. Settlement patterns at Point Reyes were forever changed when the Shafters acquired it.
Lords of Point Reyes for decades, the Shafter Brothers, Oscar and James , and son-in-law Charles Webb Howard , established large-scale, high-quality dairies that became prime examples of cleanliness, organization, and success.
Oscar was the first to arrive. A Vermont lawyer intent upon making his fortune and returning home as soon as possible, he left his family to journey to booming San Francisco.
His separation from them became intolerable when his two youngest children died while he was away. Still not willing to give up the promise of wealth, he convinced his wife to come, bringing their surviving daughter.
They thrived, and Oscar fathered four more California-born daughters. Oscar soon convinced his younger brother, James, also a lawyer, to join him. They became known as San Francisco's foremost authorities on title litigation. Using their title expertise, they began acquiring Point Reyes land.
When Oscar's oldest daughter married Charles Webb Howard, also a lawyer, the trio partnered to transform windswept Point Reyes into prosperous dairies. By , they had 3, cows on 17 dairies and were producing over , pounds of butter a year. All their dairies were operated by renters. When the most industrious of these renters tried to buy the dairy they worked, they failed. Many eventually left, establishing some of California's major dairies. Despite their boundless optimism about the promise of Point Reyes, they did not get rich from it.
Although they lived the opulent lifestyles of the wealthy of San Francisco, they were plagued by financial worries. Their children tried to hold on to the dairies, trying unsuccessfully to stop their decline despite aging ranches, sickening herds, and often unhappy tenants.
Finally, in , an era ended when the last of the Shafter Empire was sold, ushering in a new parade of owners. For centuries, Bolinas' remote lagoon made it the perfect secret harbor. Although it is not so documented, it is likely that the Russian expedition to Bodega Bay that nearly wiped out the local otters and fur seals hunted in Bolinas Lagoon.
During Spanish and Mexican rule, this remote lagoon was used by American, British, and Russian smugglers intent on avoiding tariffs and regulations. Later, when the Gold Rush of generated a huge market for lumber, Bolinas became the port for nearby timber operations and, briefly, quarrying limestone. By the late s, Bolinas had become home to a large community of idealistic hippies, many of whom had left San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury for a less populated paradise.
In , they succeeded in scrapping a master plan calling for a population of 28, by imposing a moratorium on new homes and defeating efforts to widen its access highway.
Instead, a plan was approved that made agriculture, fishing, and small business the town's economic base. Bolinas soon gained renown for its unusual structures and recreational drug use, illustrating disregard for building codes and drug laws. Although those days are gone, Bolinas remains a unique corner of this magnificent peninsula with some residents who continue to tear down road signs in hope tourists will not find it.
As soon as the Shafter dairies began to thrive, it became evident that Point Reyes needed a centrally located town for supplies, services, and entertainment. In , a hotel and saloon were built and the young town was named "Olema", meaning "coyote" in the Coast Miwok dialect.
Within three years, it had emerged as the region's commercial center with a post office, grocery store, saloon, butcher, livery stable, and two hotels. By , a wagon road from San Rafael was built and a stage coach arrived twice a week. Druids Hall was completed in The Shafters lobbied hard for a railroad to serve Point Reyes.
When it was finally built, it bypassed Olema, terminating, instead, two miles away.
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