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  • Diane J. Byard wrote on January 20, 2008 report

    YES...but he was not opinionated, he was EDUCATED~!!!!just fact!!! he did set the tone for the disco,as well as for the cinyco quarto, iivi and numerous trends!!!!!!which were HIS, stolen from him!!. AND IF he were still here he would b setting trends for a lotta STUFF, BUT ironically.. this is what we see in music universal. my father was an innovater WAYYYYY AHEAD OF HIS TIME!!!! RECOGNIZE. If you cant voice your opinion IN THIS WORLD, it is a very sad thing indeed to say someone is opionated. what is an opinion but what you think. are we to silence peoples opinions,,,hey maybe WE DONT LIVE IN AMERICA!!!! hey maybe you are right, but guess what...that is only your opinion. god help us all!

    dIANE jAmiLA byARD

  • John Kelman wrote on February 04, 2008 report

    Hi Diane,
    Thanks so much for writing, a real pleasure to hear from you. I'm a big fan of your dad's music.

    Just to be clear: unlike some, I don't think of opinionated as a necessarily negative term. One of Merriam-Webster's definitions of the term, in fact, is this: firmly or unduly adhering to one's own opinion.

    I don't think there's anything wrong with firmly adhering to an opinion - these days, we could use more of that (as long as, indeed, that opinion is educated!). We could use more people with informed and strongly held views (of course we shouldn't have one without the other).

    FYI, I'm a Canadian, but understand where you're coming from.

    So, I hope this explanation makes it clear that my using the term was not meant in disrespect; in fact, it was meant with the utmost of respect for your father.