Actor urges kids to find calling

first_imgWhen Samuel L. Jackson was growing up, people encouraged him to be a doctor, lawyer or a teacher. But it was acting, he said, that gave him the greatest satisfaction. Jackson, who was in Shreveport, La., filming a movie, encouraged young Head Start pupils Friday to apply themselves in school and “find that one particular thing that makes you smile when you do it, that impresses your friends when you do it.” Most of the children were 4 or 5 years old, and some weren’t sure who he was. Jackson, a Morehouse College graduate, told them that education is key to doing whatever they want. For 30 years, the unassuming Bingenheimer – shy and thin, with a squeaky voice – has hosted “Rodney on the Roq” on local radio station KROQ-FM. He is known as the first DJ to play records by such bands as Blondie, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, Duran Duran, the Cure, Joan Jett, No Doubt, Blur, Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Coldplay. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! – Associated Press Disc jockey rocks the Walk of Fame Dubbed the “Mayor of the Sunset Strip,” Rodney Bingenheimer launched the careers of such bands as Blondie and Blur on his longtime radio rock show. On Friday, the L.A. disc jockey received some glitzy gratitude: a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “I can’t believe I started this in 1976 playing the Ramones,” Bingenheimer said in an emotional speech at the ceremony for the walk’s 2,330th star. Guests included Brian Wilson, the Bangles, Bingenheimer’s sister and hordes of cheering fans. last_img