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‘Extraordinary’ artist David Bowie honored by NY Senate

British musician David Bowie arriving for the

British musician David Bowie arriving for the 17th Annual Glamour Women of the Year awards at Carnegie Hall in New York on Oct. 30, 2006. Credit: AFP/Getty Images / STAN HONDA

ALBANY — New York’s Senate on Thursday honored the late David Bowie for his long career as an influential musician, actor, activist and fashion trendsetter.

But Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) in 1992 saw a different side of Bowie, 69, who died of cancer on Jan. 10.

Boyle, then a campaign manager for Rep. Rick Lazio, found himself in the waiting room of the PBS television news program “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.” In the green room was the next guest, Iman, the supermodel who was raising awareness for the plight of Somalia. With her was her husband, rocker David Bowie.

“We were there for 45 minutes,” Boyle said in an interview Thursday. Bowie and Iman had just moved to New York and asked lots of questions about American government, Boyle said.

“They were so nice. You think of David Bowie being wild, but he was very interested in politics,” said Boyle, a fan. “He left a great impression on me. I learned you don’t judge a book by its cover. He was the consummate gentleman and who wanted to learn about his newly adopted home … it was certainly a thrill.”

The British publication The Sun has reported Bowie’s ashes may be spread over his 50-acre property in Woodstock.

The Senate resolution states in part: “It is the custom of this legislative body to pay tribute to the lives of those extraordinary artists of world renown who enriched the lives of others through their artistic endeavors; such an artist was David Bowie, whose extraordinary and innovative career will forever live in the hearts of many and continue to inspire generations to come … (senators) mourn the death of David Bowie, English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor for more than five decades.”

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