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WJZZ, WJLB jock Larry ‘Doc’ Elliott passes

We’re sorry to report that Detroit radio personality (WJZZ, WJLB, WCHB) Larry “Doc” Elliott, who we remember as “Doc in Detroit” and “Doc in the Morning,” died Wednesday at age 61 from complications of a stroke. Elliott had been ailing for some time and was under hospice care. Fans still remember the Marconi Award winner’s smooth delivery on ’JLB and WJZZ (“26 degrees bouncing off your body ... bundle up!”). Elliott’s daughter, Shelarri Anderson, who started a GoFundMe page to help with his medical (and now funeral) expenses, confirmed his death to the radio trade All Access. She told All Access: “I want to thank everyone who has been so supportive. For those wishing to still contribute to the fund established, you can still do so. Your kindness will help to alleviate some of the medical financial responsibilities and assist with the costs associated with the memorial service and final resting place. Your help would be welcomed and appreciated.”

He is survived by his wife Theresa, his mother, Allie B. Worthy, daughters Lagita, Nepherterra, Shelarri, Larryn, Sincerely and Sierra; sons Larry Jr., Daniel and Jonathan, a sister, two brothers and three granddaughters.

Happy birthday er, wedding

After the June 26 Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage equality, the already festive Aug. 8 birthday celebration for David C. McKnight, owner of Emerald City Designs, morphed into an even more over-the-top wedding, to the surprise and delight of friends enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at his Northville home. The nuptial festivity was announced by an airplane hauling a sky banner overhead with the message: “Happy Birthday David! Will you marry me 2Day — Love Jim.” Jim is Jim Dunn, McKnight’s partner of 20 years. While guests absorbed the banner’s message, a bagpiper started playing and escorted guests onto the front yard, where David’s Emerald City Designs had set up an outdoor wedding site with 88 chairs and a floral backdrop made up of hydrangea and baby’s breath, trimmed with sheet moss, all in a breathtaking 22 minutes. Presto, change-o — no wonder he’s known as “the magic man behind the curtain.” The music quickly changed into a wedding-appropriate string trio from Go 4 Baroque, and the Rev. Kathleen Reid entered to perform the ceremony. McKnight and Dunn spoke their vows and exchanged rings, and after it was legal, guests tossed white rose petals at the pair before adjourning to the flower- and candle-bedecked terrace for dancing under the stars.

Nethercott retires; Matrix seeks new leader

After leading the Matrix Theatre Company for 24 years, founder and CEO Shaun Nethercott is retiring Sept. 30 to spend more time with family in Wyoming and to write. Matrix’s board of directors will conduct a national search for her replacement to lead the nonprofit. September is the kickoff for Matrix’s 25th season, and among the plays premiering: Caridad Svich’s original bilingual play “agua de luna (psalms for the rouge),” commissioned to capture the spirit of southwest Detroit, will make its world premiere at the Matrix in February 2016. “Low Hanging Fruit,” produced in partnership with The Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy, will have its Midwestern premier in March 2016 at the downtown YMCA’s Marlene Boll Theatre.

Happy birthday

... to Rhonda Ross Kendrick, “child of Motown” — Diana Ross and Berry Gordy Jr., to be exact — who turns 44 today.

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