R.I.P. Imad Naffa, local titan of Twitter

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Imad Naffa — a local businessman who gained an international following on Twitter in recent years — passed away unexpectedly earlier this week at age 49.

Naffa, a civil engineer, had amassed more than 50,000 Twitter followers, making him one of the most-followed people in Fresno. Recently, he had been asked to speak overseas about his social media following, which connected him with like-minded engineers and social media enthusiasts around the world. You can read more about Naffa and plans for his funeral, scheduled for this weekend, in his Bee obituary:

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In an odd twist: Naffa’s Twitter account — @imadnaffa — is still active, as some of his Tweets are automated.

Remembering 9/11: Links to check out


911map.jpg With the 10th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 coming up Sunday, there are all kinds of things going on to mark the occasion. I thought I’d share some links.

  • This interactive map from the New York Times lets people share a comment about where they were on 9/11/
  • This NYT audio file shares the talks between air traffic controllers and others as the attacks happened. It’s a different perspective that’s pretty engrossing.
  • The Bee has a special section coming out Sunday. You can get some of the info today here.
  • Here’s a list of local events commemorating the anniversary.
  • Here’s a list of TV specials on 9/11.

Donald’s weekend picks


I’ll be there tonight for the opening. StageWorks Fresno’s local premiere of “Ragtime” features a cast of 30, a seven-piece orchestra, an intimate setting at the Cal Arts-Severance Theatre and the direction of Joel Abels, who did such wonderful things with his company’s recent production of “The Light in the Piazza” in the same space. The show runs Thursdays-Sundays through Sept. 25. It’s a small theater, so I’d get tickets early. For a rundown on the major characters in “Ragtime,” check out my cover story in Friday’s 7 section. I posted an interview with Harrison Mills, who plays Coalhouse Walker Jr., yesterday on the Beehive.


Five Things You Should Do This Weekend



… As we remember the tragedy of 9/11.

Local legends Wild Blue Yonder play a reunion gig Saturday night at Fulton 55 — the band’s first official show since 2002. For the uninitiated: The Wild Blue Yonder grew out of popular Tower District music club The Wild Blue in the ’70s and ’80s. Its members are now scattered around the state, but are all heading home for the show. Read more in this short feature from today’s Bee. [Tickets]

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