September 8, 2009
Despite the low attendance on the second night of “A Trip Down Memory Lane — A Tribute to Sam Cooke,” it was clear that those who were at Burbank’s Hampton Inn and Suites on Friday night were longtime fans of Motown, Sam Cooke or the special guest of the night, Bonnie Pointer, founding member of the popular sibling group, the Pointer Sisters. Organized by singer-songwriter Mike “Majik” Boyd, whose big personality reflected in his bright red shirt and shoes, the night featured classic Cooke hits such as “Cupid,” “Wonderful World” and “The Twist,” popularized by Chubby Checker in the 1960s — all sung by Boyd himself.
February 12, 2000
Sarah Steinberg, Weekend GLENDALE -- "Forever Plaid" at Glendale Centre Theatre is utterly captivating and keeps the feet tapping to a terrific musical score, including classic standards such as Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang." The songs showcase the phenomenal vocal talents of the actors who make up the Plaids, a musical quartet formed in the late 1950s that takes us on a journey circa 1964. The group, which met in the high school audio/visual club, has died after its car is broadsided by a school bus on the way to pick up plaid tuxedoes.
July 18, 2009
GLENDALE — Mike Boyd felt helpless when he watched news reports of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I would look at the news every day and see kid, after kid, after kid dying,” Boyd said. “I felt so much for our U.S. troops who were dying.” Instead of wondering what he could do to help the troops, Boyd went into action. He founded a series of “American Soldier Thank You” concerts to help raise funds for military personnel. “It was something I needed to do for them, knowing all the things they have done for us,” said Boyd, the founder of Burbank-based Singboy Productions.
September 15, 2007
Since the school start is fresh in the air, I’ve given myself permission to reminisce about my school years. When I was in school, I never thought I’d say this, but my teachers form the most significant part of my good memories from those years. I sound like a teacher’s pet, which I never was. But I see things differently now. I had to pull out my high school yearbook from Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento to dig out my teachers’ first names. Amusingly, I’d forgotten that the 14th page of my 1980 yearbook was decorated with a full-page image of Ayatollah Ruhallah Khomeini, the leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution.