Local resident and Altadena Patch reader Donna Barnes-Roberts has the following tribute to Coffee Gallery Backstage promoter Bob Stane, who has been named the Music Legend Award winner at the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest:
Yes, the venerable Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest has named Bob Stane as their Legend Award winner for 2012. Bob has made a career of keeping the music alive at various venues including the Ice House in Pasadena until his sort-of-retirement in the 70's. He now runs the relaxed and enjoyable The Coffee Gallery Backstage on Lake Ave., in Altadena. Through his many years of providing a place for musicians and entertainers to play, he has helped along a long list of yesterday and today's legends. For that we are all grateful. And he has again won the hearts of those of us who love having such a world-class venue in our own backyard. Thank you Bob.
Besides running the Coffee Gallery Backstage, Stane and a friend were also responsible for in Pasadena as a guerilla art installation. The fork has since been reinstalled as a permitted piece of public art.