Margo Mensing

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Introduction Each year beginning on my birthday, October 4, I create a presentation or performance centered in the life and accomplishments of a famous person who died at my current age. This year I am creating Stoptime: Louis Armstrong Festival, July 6, Saratoga Springs, New York. As Project Coordinator I am bringing together musicians, artists, and performers to create over a dozen events from 4 to midnight. I received a 2011 SPAF (Saratoga Program for Arts Funding) Artist Grant, partially funding this event. Louis Armstrong is the seventh in this series, the Dead at series. The choice for 2011 was simple—Armstrong is universally beloved. Armstrong is by far the most overwhelming subject. I began with J. Robert Oppenheimer at 63. The next year brought me to Jackie Kennedy, then Walt Disney, Donald Judd, Joan Mitchell, and Elizabeth Bishop.