Many of my heroes and influences are the people I grew up with and some are those I have watched from afar. Many I've met and many I haven't. My heroes include my family, relatives, friends, colleagues, past and presentAcademy beatboxers, people of all walks, and the community. Here is a list of those you may or may not recognize who I have been inspired by and have been influenced by in one way or another.
- Maximus Ornelas (Sep 7, 2001 - Feb 26, 2017; age 15)
I have not met or known of Maximus George Ornelas until today when I stumbled upon his obituary article in the Yakima Herald and I read that he had passed on due to a severe asthma attack and that one of his passions is to beatbox.
I looked if he had a Facebook and discovered he had videos uploaded of him beatboxing and I watched them.. I can tell he was really into it and that he was very passionate about it. I also noticed that the photo used for the orbituary that he has on a Legend of Zelda hat.. that's one of my all-time favorite Nintendo Entertainment Series video games. It would have been nice to have met this young talented beatboxer.
My heart, thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to his family, his friends, Lacrosse Middle School classmates, Christian Worship Center pastors and congregation and all those that will greatly miss him. I am in agreement that he is with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! As a born again beatboxer and I too have experienced asthma attacks... so severe I nearly lost my life.
The testimony of Maximus is a miracle when I read the article and I felt compelled to reach out to his family by reaching out with my sincere message of condolences, prayers, encouragement, edification, and support.
- Gene Kelly (Aug 23, 1912 - Feb 2, 1996; age 83)
Gene Kelly is known for how he presented dance choreography in his MGM Grand classic such as "Singin' in the Rain," "An American in Paris" and "On the Town" that also featured Frank Sinatra to name s…