Monday, December 8, 2008

Jim Morrison's birthday

O great creator of being
grant us one more hour
to perform our art
& perfect our lives.

-- Jim Morrison

I commemorate his birthday every year.

And, weirdly, tonight as I browsed the web looking for pictures, I came upon two articles related to Jim:

Jim Morrison's Father Dies
December 3rd, 200

Late Doors star Jim Morrison's father has died, aged 89. Rear Admiral George Morrison died of natural causes on November 17. A veteran of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Morrison was largely disowned by his rock star son, who insisted his parents were dead in early interviews.

In 1990, Morrison visited his son's grave in Paris, France and had a plaque installed.

Shortly after the Morrisons moved to Coronado, California in 2002, the admiral's wife died, and reports suggest he has been i n declining health ever since.

Rear Admiral Morrison's private memorial service was held last Wednesday at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California.

The feeling was mutual - the seaman rarely discussed his son as he rose up the ranks.

Image of Morrison aged 65 unveiled

Scientists have revealed what legendary rocker Jim Morrison may have looked like were he still alive now.

Researchers at the University of St Andrews used the latest technology to create a computer-generated image of the singer and poet.

The Doors' frontman, who died at the age of 27 in Paris in July 1971, would have been 65 now.

The image, put together by the university's perception laboratory, shows the singer as a greying pensioner, with familiar piercing eyes.

The team used an image of Morrison in his mid-20s as a starting point.

Professor David Perrett, of the university's school of psychology, said: "We used 'ageing' software to reproduce the natural effects of ageing, taking into account changes in skin texture, hairline and hair colour.

"The process of ageing was mimicked by changing the texture and shape of the original image to simulate the changes in the skin that would occur between the ages of 40 and 70."

The perception lab team has previously created images of Hollywood stars Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, who also died suddenly at a young age. Images of Elvis Presley aged 70 and John Lennon at 64 have also been developed.

It is hoped the software being developed at the lab could be used for assisting with missing person inquiries, particularly those who have not been seen for many years.

The same software can also be used to change sex and race.
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