Ad astra: another passing.

Posted by: donikatz

Ad astra: another passing. - 08/06/09 07:08 PM

John Hughes, definitive 80s Brat Pack director
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/06/09 09:50 PM

One of the sad thoughts that occurred to me when we made the journey to Oregon was that someone famous would be the first to be noted in this forum. It is ironic that he was the director of some memorable comedies.
Posted by: donikatz

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/07/09 07:25 AM

Cameron Frye from Ferris Bueller is still one of my all-time favorite movie heroes.
Posted by: donikatz

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/13/09 10:36 AM

Les Paul, inventor of the electric guitar and great musician. Caught one of his weekly Iridium shows a few years ago.
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/13/09 01:25 PM

Originally Posted By: donikatz
Cameron Frye from Ferris Bueller is still one of my all-time favorite movie heroes.


Next time you watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off, give it a spin with the Fight Club theory in mind.

According to the Fight Club theory, Ferris Bueller doesn't actually exist; he's Cameron's Tyler Durden, a figment of Cameron's imagination through which Cameron acts out and does all the things he'd secretly like to do, including stealing his father's car.
Posted by: donikatz

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/13/09 04:34 PM

Whoah... Hey, that totally makes sense. I'll never see Ferris the same way again. Which is probably a good thing, because he was kinda a douche... wink
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/13/09 11:35 PM

Originally Posted By: donikatz
Les Paul, inventor of the electric guitar and great musician.


And still playing into his 90s, right up until he took sick.
Posted by: donikatz

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/17/09 06:43 AM

Rashied Ali, free-jazz Coltrane drummer.
Posted by: donikatz

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/18/09 10:28 AM

Bob Novak, conservative blowhard... err... pundit. Wish I could say I'll miss him...
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/18/09 11:39 AM

I won't miss him either but he was a fellow human being so I salute his passing. Ultimately, all of us live and die in vain.
Posted by: Gregg

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/18/09 06:08 PM

Nobel Prize winner Kim Dae Jung
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/19/09 02:22 AM

Jack McGeorge, former Marine, weapons inspector for the United Nations in Iraq, former chairman of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, BDSM educator and activist, chemical warfare ordnance disposal expert and consultant for the Army Special Forces, and counterterrorism expert for the US Customs Service.
Posted by: vntgntks

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/25/09 10:34 PM

Ted Kennedy

Richard
Posted by: donikatz

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/25/09 11:01 PM

Wow, you beat me to it. I sure hope you're in a diff time zone and not here @ 2am like I am...
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/26/09 03:28 AM

Obituary of Ted Kennedy in the New York Times
Posted by: donikatz

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/09/09 04:25 AM

Bob Spinrad, computing pioneer
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/10/09 05:42 PM

James Krenov, 1920-2009, cabinetmaker, author, and teacher
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/11/09 09:35 PM

Larry Gelbart, scriptwriter for M*A*S*H and other Hollywood, TV, and Broadway comedies.
Posted by: vntgntks

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/12/09 06:20 PM

I am in California.
Richard
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/13/09 03:12 PM

Norman Borlaug, arguably the greatest human being who has ever lived. By the time he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970, he was credited with personally and directly saving the lives of over one billion people, or nearly one-fifth of the world's population.
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/13/09 03:22 PM

Here is the obituary in the New York Times:

Norman Borlaug, 95, Dies; Led Green Revolution
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/14/09 08:37 AM

Vera Lynn http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090914/ap_en_ot/eu_britain_forces__sweetheart_4
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/14/09 05:38 PM

the Dirty Dancer himself, Film star Patrick Swayze dead at 57: reports | U.S. | Reuters

much too young.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/14/09 05:47 PM

Your link takes me to the Reply page to MMT3's post. I think that you pasted the wrong URL so you might want to fix it.
Posted by: donikatz

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/14/09 07:21 PM

Weird coincidence, I just finished watching season one (and only, I guess) of Swayze's The Beast last night...
Posted by: kiwichris

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/14/09 08:28 PM

That comes as a surprise, I thought she was well gone blush
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/14/09 09:41 PM

We already have one thread specifically devoted to death.
Must we endure another?

Posted by: kiwichris

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/15/09 01:19 AM

Ahhh as I recently discovered, she ain't dead yet! blush blush shocked
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/15/09 01:57 AM

sorry thought that is where it was going.... since it is a wrong post I never should have posted it...do not know how to cancel it
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/15/09 03:37 AM

If you are timely (within 24 hours of posting), there will be an Edit button at the bottom of your original post. Click it and then select the option to delete the post.
Posted by: Gregg

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/15/09 06:09 AM

You could request that your post be added to the other thread, and this thread removed by a moderator or administrator.
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/15/09 08:58 AM

tks jon its hell to get old
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/15/09 08:59 AM

tks to you also Gregg
Posted by: Larry

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/16/09 05:31 PM

Henry Gibson of Laugh-In fame.

He also played the gay Nazi in the first Blues Brothers movie.
Posted by: donikatz

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/16/09 08:29 PM

Mary of Peter, Paul, and
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/25/09 06:09 PM

The great pianist Alicia de Larrocha.
Posted by: Larry

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/27/09 09:49 AM

Originally Posted By: jchuzi
The great pianist Alicia de Larrocha.


I had the privilege of meeting her when I was a student around 1971 (Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville). My piano teacher at the time, Ruth Slenczynska, was a good friend of hers. Both women are very tiny, less than five feet tall. But boy could they whip that Steinway D into submission. Miss Slenczynska, now living in New York, is now around 84 and is suffering from macular degeneration I hear. Laroccha was 86
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/27/09 06:27 PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and language maven William Safire (79) died in Rockville, MD of pancreatic cancer.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/28/09 02:48 AM

You beat me to it.
The Times never let on that he was even ailing; he was just "on hiatus".
Given his diagnosis, I am impressed that he carried on with his Sunday Magazine column until just a couple weeks ago.
He will certainly be missed.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/03/09 08:36 AM

Fighter for tolerance and freedom, and last surviving leader of the '43 and '44 Warsaw uprisings, cardiologist and atheist Marek Edelman (90) died of 'old age' in Warsaw, Poland.
Posted by: Gregg

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/13/09 05:55 AM

Has Death taken another Holiday?
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/13/09 09:03 AM

Hardly, (s)he's only paying selective attention... shocked smirk
Posted by: donikatz

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/13/09 11:55 AM

Late on this one, but:

Irving Penn, icon of fashion & celeb photography
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/14/09 07:18 AM

Al Martino
Posted by: donikatz

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/14/09 01:15 PM

Captain Lou Albano, wrestling icon
Posted by: donikatz

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/14/09 01:18 PM

Bruce Wasserstein, dealmaker and my boss's boss's boss's boss's boss. Best wishes to the Wasserstein family.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/23/09 04:49 AM

Soupy Sales, Slapstick Comedian, Dies at 83

From today's NY Times

It seems that every day brings another "end of an era". Are we feeling old yet?

And, unreported in the obit, there was of course the equally infamous episode, albeit unknown/unseen to the TV viewing world at the time, with the totally naked woman behind the door, as a prank on Soupy, who was sincerely taken aback but never truly speechless. That bit, with a couple of different camera angles, has been broadcast in at least one retrospective of the Soupy Sales Show.
Posted by: macnerd10

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/08/09 04:27 PM

Vitaly Ginsburg , 93, famous Russian physicist, Nobel prize winner (2003).
Beside being a great scientist, he was a well-known and vocal atheist, and a fighter against clericalization of Russian society.
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/08/09 11:36 PM

Originally Posted By: macnerd10
Vitaly Ginsburg , 93, famous Russian physicist, Nobel prize winner (2003).
Beside being a great scientist, he was a well-known and vocal atheist, and a fighter against clericalization of Russian society.

Okay. The wiki also says:
Quote:
Ginzburg identified himself as a secular Jew, and following the collapse of communism in the former USSR, he was very active in Jewish life, especially in Russia, where he served on the board of directors of the Russian Jewish Congress. He is also well known for fighting anti-Semitism and supporting the state of Israel.

So, color me confused.

I'm not sure why these obituaries are getting more and more obscure, and why the word "atheist" seems to matter so much (at this point). The dude is dead, so -- as far as that goes -- he's finally finding out what's what right now. Anyway, the word atheist seems to be overloaded somewhat. Was he anti-God or was he anti-establishment-who-claim-to-be-God's-representatives-on-Earth? [i.e., sounds more like a social/political/religious matter than one of philosophical/spiritual/metaphysical concern.] A n y w a y.

So what's next... do we start declaring whether these dead folks were straight or gay? How many partners they had? Hmm, haven't any "famous" Devil worshipers died around here yet?

grin crazy
Posted by: macnerd10

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/09/09 01:03 AM

This is really ridiculous this time. Ginsburg's Jewish interests were not that public but his fight against clerics who wanted to introduce the Church's beliefs and rituals to schools and every avenue of society's life really was. Not so many people so openly declared war on Church establishment. He also was a fighter against charlatans in science and self-proclaimed gurus who kind of became more numerous lately in certain countries including Russia.
To answer your question, he was a non-believer as well.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/09/09 02:46 PM

Originally Posted By: Hal Itosis
So what's next... do we start declaring whether these dead folks were straight or gay? How many partners they had? Hmm, haven't any "famous" Devil worshipers died around here yet?

grin crazy

While I agree with your basic premise that certain personal details are not necessarily relevant here, there are decedents whose faith or outspoken lack of it defined them in crucial ways. Based on Alex’s information, it seems to me that Ginsburg's main beef was with the 'faith establishment' and its increasing intrusion into daily life in his society. In contrast, Marek Edelman's horrific war experiences made him abjure God, and determined his outspoken stance on the responsibilities of Man, both individually and in the aggregate.
Posted by: dkmarsh

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/05/09 09:03 PM


Malcolm Wells, 83, pioneer in earth-sheltered architecture.
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/08/09 02:06 PM

I guess folks are living longer these days.
Oh well, here are some reminders for Dec. 8:

Jim Morrison is born in Melbourne, Florida, 1943
John Lennon is shot and killed in New York City, 1980



EDIT -- I had meant to post these a few days ago, but never got around to it:

Dec. 4

Tommy Bolin dies of a heroin overdose in Miami, 1976
Frank Zappa dies in his Laurel Canyon home shortly before 18:00, 1993

(interestingly perhaps, on Dec. 4th the Montreux [Switzerland] Casino burned down during a Frank Zappa concert in 1971 -- as immortalized by Deep Purple's song "Smoke On The Water").


Dec. 5

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies in Vienna, Austria, 1791


Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/13/09 06:45 PM

Retired High School teacher, College professor and B-minus designer of the current US flag Robert_G._Heft (67), died yesterday in Saginaw, Michigan.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/13/09 07:04 PM

First US winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, economist and columnist Paul Samuelson (94), died at home in Belmont, MA.
Posted by: Gregg

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/17/09 06:47 AM

Televangelist and University founder Oral Roberts
Posted by: Gregg

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/17/09 06:48 AM

Son Nephew of Walt, Roy Disney

(Thanks, Artie!)
Posted by: Gregg

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/17/09 06:50 AM

Actor Gene Barry
Posted by: macnerd10

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/17/09 02:15 PM

Yegor Gaidar (53) the mastermind behind Russia's controversial "shock therapy" and the leader of free-market reform of Russian economy.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/17/09 09:52 PM

Roy was Walt's nephew...son of his brother Roy.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/24/09 06:57 AM

Kim Peek Megasavant
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/12/10 08:02 AM

Last surviving protector of Anne Frank, preserver of her diary and keeper of the Achterhuis Miep Gies (100), died after a brief illness in Hoorn, north of Amsterdam.
Posted by: dboh

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/13/10 04:23 AM

Now Miep was a real hero. Jon Blair's 1995 documentary on Anne Frank points this out, as does Francine Prose's recent book about Anne.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/20/10 03:22 AM

Kate McGarrigle, Canadian Singer and Songwriter, Dies at 63
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/20/10 06:55 AM

Ouch! I heard some talk about her on NPR yesterday, but completely missed the fact that she'd died. When I read your post it hit me like the cannonball from the Swimming Song, a Loudon Wainwright III tune from the McGarrigle sisters' debut album.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/20/10 08:42 AM

The McGarrigles' music (lyrics and harmonies) go right to the heart, often in the most bittersweet ways, equally to be savored and enjoyed by the soul.
Matapedia (in the album of the same name) is one such. (The older we get, the more encounters we have like that.)
For more on the family and the music, check out mcgarrigles.com .
Posted by: Gregg

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/20/10 02:54 PM

I'm tempted to post the passing of the Senate health care reform bill, but I won't. wink
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/22/10 08:14 AM

Brussels School Ligne clair cartoonist and creator of comics series Alix and Lefranc Jacques Martin (88) died yesterday in upper Pully, near Lausanne, Switzerland.
Posted by: dboh

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/25/10 04:47 AM

If anyone listens to NPR, Donald Bordelon of New Orleans::

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122863517
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/25/10 10:58 AM

I'm amazed at the lack of **detail** from the news media concerning efforts to rescue 6 Americans buried under the Hotel Montana in Haiti. I mean, it's a little late now... but i can't help but remember all those car chases that CNN would lock on to for 3 or 4 uninterrupted hours at a time. One idiot in a car is granted the nation's undivided attention. Those 4 students and 2 faculty got maybe 2 minutes coverage here-and-there, in the days immediately following the earthquake. I bet if one of Tiger's girlfriends was trapped under there we'd have had hourly updates... at least.

The official death toll is now over 100,000 btw.

EDIT: also worth mentioning (for those who might not know) is that those students weren't visiting the islands to party and get wasted, etc. They were down there providing some sort of assistance to the poorest of the poor. What should be a deeply moving human-interest story doesn't seem to have mattered much to the various network news "producer$" out there.

Oh well... what's this i hear about Bradgelina then? crazy

Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/25/10 11:08 AM

Originally Posted By: alternaut
Brussels School Ligne clair cartoonist and creator of comics series Alix and Lefranc Jacques Martin (88) died yesterday in upper Pully, near Lausanne, Switzerland.

88 ?  Well... what did you expect? wink
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/25/10 11:34 AM

Originally Posted By: Hal Itosis
88 ?  Well... what did you expect? wink

89? smirk
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/25/10 11:43 AM

Last Saturday erstwhile wunderkind, virtuoso and and first in many things piano Earl Wild (94) died at home in Palm Springs, CA, of congestive heart failure.
Posted by: Pendragon

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/28/10 10:39 AM

J.D. Salanger

Holden Caufield & Pencey Prep.

Ah, my impressional youth...
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/28/10 10:59 AM

From The New York Times:
J.D. Salinger, Enigmatic Author, Dies at 91
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/04/10 11:57 AM

Dick McGuire
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/07/10 11:20 AM

Jazz saxophone and clarinet player, band leader and writer of film and TV scores (including the theme tune of 60s British TV series The Avengers) Sir John Dankworth (82) died yesterday in London, England.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/07/10 11:35 AM

A skeptic's skeptic:

Geoffrey Burbidge, Who Traced Life to Stardust, Is Dead at 84
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/07/10 02:37 PM

Looks like we skipped Pernell Roberts the other day.
He's riding 'round that big Ponderosa in the sky now.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/07/10 03:14 PM

Yes, I was thinking about Adam, but got distracted... blush
Posted by: dkmarsh

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/20/10 01:39 PM


Alexander M. Haig Jr., Commanding White House Aide, Dies at 85.

"He knew, the Reagan aide Lyn Nofziger once said, that 'the third paragraph of his obit' would detail his conduct in the hours after Mr. Reagan was shot and wounded on March 30, 1981."

And sure enough, it does! shocked
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/15/10 06:39 AM

Peter Graves
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/18/10 03:01 PM

Fess Parker
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/18/10 03:26 PM

That brings back memories! I loved watching Davy Crockett when I was a kid. My grandfather, a furrier by trade, made coonskin caps for all the grandchildren. I don't know if they were really made from raccoons but at that tender age, I didn't even think about it.

Fess Parker, rest in peace.
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/18/10 03:50 PM

kids today just wouldn't get it. so long, Davy.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/19/10 02:04 AM

RE kids today just wouldn't get it

Yeah, they'd get it. The king of the wild frontier is timeless, as are/were Hoppy (Hopalong Cassidy), Roy Rogers, et alii.
Now, Swamp Fox might be a different story, but Leslie could pull it off.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/25/10 03:00 AM

Robert Culp
Posted by: Gregg

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/27/10 09:07 AM

Chet Simmons
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/02/10 12:08 PM

Farewell Charlie
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/02/10 07:37 PM

Eugene Allen (90), butler for 8 US presidents, died of renal failure in a Takoma Park (MD) hospital.
Posted by: Trooper1420

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/19/10 02:04 PM

Carl Macek

http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/04/carl_macek_1938-2010.php

Macek helped bring anime to the US mainstream, mostly in the form of Robotech.

Posted by: Gregg

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/10/10 05:59 AM

Lena Horne
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/11/10 05:39 AM

Frank Frazetta.
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/23/10 02:10 PM

Martin Gardner, 1914-2010 R.I.P.

Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/26/10 06:18 PM

Art Linkletter, 97
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/28/10 01:33 PM

Gary Coleman, died Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 42.
Posted by: Gregg

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/29/10 10:03 AM

Dennis Hopper
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/01/10 08:12 AM

Last Saturday French-American feminist artist Louise Bourgeois (98) died of a heart attack at Beth Israel Medical Center, NYC.
Posted by: Gregg

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/05/10 05:55 AM

John Wooden
99 years young

The story mentions the name of the court at UCLA. And now, the rest of the story...

When UCLA first approached Wooden to ask if he would like having the court named the John Wooden Court, he said no. Only if his departed and beloved wife's name were included would the Wizard of Westwood give his blessing. So the response was that UCLA would be happy to name it the John and Nell Wooden Court. The former coach again said no. As the story indicates, the court is named the Nell and John Wooden Court, as he insisted.
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/14/10 04:22 AM

Jimmy Dean
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/14/10 11:39 AM

George Steinbrenner who, ironically, is purported to have said: "I will never have a heart attack. I give them."
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/14/10 01:33 PM

Perhaps he gave himself dispensation to be on the receiving end... shocked wink
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/23/10 11:18 AM

Daniel Schorr, 93.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/02/10 12:02 PM

Mitch Miller
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/12/10 05:14 PM

Nouvelle Vague filmmaker, movie nut and (as director of the 1959 movie Les Bonnes Femmes) major influence on the AMC TV series Mad Men Claude Chabrol (80) died today of heart failure in Paris, France.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/13/10 02:36 AM

For those of us old enough to remember "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers", Kevin McCarthy died at age 96.
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/24/10 04:32 AM

Eddie Fisher
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/30/10 03:08 AM

Tony Curtis, 85.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/30/10 05:51 AM

Tony Curtis (aka Bernie Schwartz) obituary
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/11/10 09:43 AM

Joan Sutherland, soprano extraordinaire.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/16/10 01:53 PM

Barbara Billingsley, aka June Cleaver
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/16/10 03:05 PM

Benoit Mandelbrot

someday it will be understood.
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/18/10 02:38 PM

Philippa Foot, philosopher and ethicist, author of several books on morality and rationality, and creator of a number of thought experiments on morality, the most common of which is the so-called Trolley Problem.

She was one of the first people to propose that morality was not a subjective or outside force, and that it was in fact rooted in rational decision-making.
Posted by: Pendragon

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/19/10 03:52 AM

Belva Plain

…became a best-selling author at age 59 and whose multigenerational family sagas of Jewish American life won a loyal readership in the millions, died on Tuesday at her home in Short Hills, N.J. She was 95.
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/19/10 02:29 PM

Tom Bosley
Tom Bosley Tom Bosley
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/21/10 06:32 PM

Bob Guccione
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/27/10 04:18 PM

Alex Anderson, Creator of Rocky and Bullwinkle

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Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/27/10 08:08 PM

Funny, funny cartoons...and, could there be anything more hilarious than Fractured Fairy Tales?
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/28/10 03:16 PM

Danno
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/04/10 06:04 AM

John Gavin, Who Helped Put First Man on Moon

“If a project is truly innovative, you cannot possibly know its exact cost and exact schedule at the beginning,” Mr. Gavin told Technology Review. “And if you do know the exact cost and the exact schedule, chances are that the technology is obsolete.”
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/04/10 10:03 AM

Sparky Anderson

even non-baseball fans will likely know his name.
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/07/10 10:28 AM

Jill Clayburgh, 66.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/11/10 05:51 AM

Italian/American producer and Oscar winning movie mogul Dino De Laurentiis (91) died in Los Angeles per cause naturali.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/29/10 05:07 AM

Leslie Nielsen. Surely he will be remembered (don't call him Shirley).
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/06/10 06:48 AM

Don Meredith
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/16/10 02:38 AM

Bob Feller
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/16/10 09:52 AM

Richard Holbrooke

What an unfortunate time to lose this man.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/16/10 10:19 AM

Blake Edwards
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/18/10 06:58 AM

Gary Chapman
Posted by: Dermot Trellis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/18/10 12:32 PM

Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart)
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/19/10 11:38 AM

Originally Posted By: Dermot Trellis

What a character... more "out there" than Zappa himself.
[though not nearly as musically sophisticated]
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/20/10 08:37 AM

Originally Posted By: Hal Itosis

What a character... more "out there" than Zappa himself.
[though not nearly as musically sophisticated]

Yes, a certain rawness. I still have a mint vinyl of Ice Cream For Crow.

ryck
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/27/10 05:22 AM

Teena Marie
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/27/10 08:05 PM

Dangers of Text Messaging and Driving
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/28/10 05:55 AM

It's bad enough that people kill themselves with irresponsible behavior like texting while driving. What bothers me even more are the people killed or maimed for life by those engaging in such irresponsible behavior. I lost count of the drivers I see using laptops, shaving, reading or doing who knows what else behind the wheel other than paying attention to their driving. Just unbelievable. frown
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/29/10 12:53 PM

Billy Taylor
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/31/10 03:22 PM

Grant McCune , maker of R2-D2 and Jaws, among other things
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/01/11 08:04 AM

Denis Dutton
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/01/11 01:01 PM

Geraldine Doyle, the inspiration for the WWII-era "We Can Do It" poster and often mistaken for "Rosie the Riveter". (The actual Rosie the Riveter, Rosalind P. Walter, died some time ago.)
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/04/11 12:54 PM

Singer/songwriter Gerry Rafferty (63) died today in Bournemouth, UK, of kidney and liver failure.
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/04/11 09:30 PM

Anne Francis -- aka "Honey West".
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/05/11 04:19 AM

Originally Posted By: alternaut
Singer/songwriter Gerry Rafferty (63) died today in Bournemouth, UK, of kidney and liver failure.


so sad. City to City is a desert island disc for me.
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/05/11 01:16 PM

Originally Posted By: roger
so sad. City to City is a desert island disc for me.

Though "Baker Street" got played to death in the late 80's, i think the song "The Ark" should have been more popular. (i dig that one anyway).
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/06/11 04:27 AM

Originally Posted By: Hal Itosis
Originally Posted By: roger
so sad. City to City is a desert island disc for me.

Though "Baker Street" got played to death in the late 80's, i think the song "The Ark" should have been more popular. (i dig that one anyway).


indeed. and I love Mattie's Rag, and of course, Right Down the Line.

his last album, Life Goes On, is very good, and underscores the loss.
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/09/11 08:39 PM

Cyrril M. Harris
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/13/11 05:39 AM

David Nelson
Posted by: dboh

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/20/11 02:58 PM

Reynolds Price, one of the best of the Southern writers.
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/21/11 10:26 AM

Originally Posted By: MicroMatTech3


requires subscription after the first attempt
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/21/11 10:46 AM

Subscription (paid) or Registration (free)? The latter works fine for me.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/21/11 03:27 PM

Originally Posted By: Virtual1
Originally Posted By: MicroMatTech3

requires subscription after the first attempt

Clear your NY Times cookies to regain access to the article.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/24/11 02:19 AM

Jack LaLanne
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/28/11 02:22 PM

Daniel Bell
Posted by: macnerd10

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/29/11 07:58 PM

Milton Babbitt
The inventor of electronic synthesizer
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/31/11 11:38 AM

Oscar winning (Bond movie score) composer John Barry (77) died last night from a heart attack in Glen Cove, NY.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/06/11 01:47 PM

Thin Lizzy singer/guitarist Gary Moore (58) was found dead in his hotel room in Estepona, Spain earlier today.
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/06/11 03:03 PM

so many young musicians lately.
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/08/11 11:57 AM

Ken Olsen
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/14/11 05:34 PM

George Shearing
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/15/11 02:22 AM

Kenneth Mars
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/28/11 03:52 AM

Duke Snider, center fielder extraordinaire of the Brooklyn Dodgers. I saw him play many times at Ebbets Field and used to get into hot debates with a cousin who was a Yankee fan and favored Mickey Mantle as the best center fielder in baseball. Being a Yankee fan was anathema to Brooklynites in those days. Ah, the memories!

Looking back objectively (hah!), I have concluded that of the New York center field trilogy of Snider, Mantle and Willie Mays, Mays was actually the best. I hope that Duke doesn't find out about this in the Great Cooperstown in the Sky.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/28/11 05:57 AM

Originally Posted By: jchuzi
Being a Yankee fan was anathema to Brooklynites in those days. Ah, the memories!

Likewise with many Canadians (certainly on the prairies). I still recall my Mother, whose ear was always 'glued to the radio' during the World Series, cheering on her "Brooklyn Bums".

ryck
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/28/11 08:02 AM

I to was a loyal bum fan.Growing up in upper Manhattan where there weren't too many Bum fans…I still remember smashing my globe radio when Bobby Thompson hit the homer….Ah memories
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/28/11 12:13 PM

> [...] of the New York center field trilogy of Snider, Mantle and Willie Mays, Mays was actually the best..

Being a born Brooklyn Dodger fan, and having lived up Bedford Avenue from Ebbets Field and seen Dem Bums play many times, it still doesn't bother me to acknowledge that Willie Mays was not just the best, but far and away the best, of the three centerfielders and, arguably, the best player ever to play the game... period!!!
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/28/11 02:21 PM

Agreed, Artie. Hard evidence exists; just watch The Catch. Here's another film of The Catch.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/28/11 02:51 PM

It was criminal when MLB banned him for being a casino greeter. :BOO: :HISS:
Posted by: macnerd10

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/28/11 10:27 PM

Jane Russell
Posted by: Dermot Trellis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/11 03:16 AM

When Players Like Duke Snider Were Also Neigbours (New York Times, March 1)
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/11 04:39 AM

That's a great article. It brings back memories of Gil Hodges, the first baseman for the Dodgers. His house was on my way when I walked to junior high school. I never had the pleasure of meeting him but all of us kids knew where he lived. I had heard that Roy Campanella (the catcher) used to sit on his front stoop and talk baseball with the neighborhood kids.

It certainly was a different world. Baseball (and other games) were actual sports instead of cash cows for rich owners. Televised baseball involved announcers who actually said relevant things. I remember watching Dodger games on TV when Red Barber was the announcer (before he went to the hated Yankees). He wasn't afraid of dead air time and didn't fill up the spaces between plays with meaningless stuff. He would say things like, "Here comes the pitch; strike two." and then remain silent until the next pitch. Today, it's completely different and the only way that I can watch a ball game is to turn off the volume. The announcers say things just for the sake of filling air time and trying to make themselves look knowledgeable. (The same can be said of so-called "newscasters".)
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/11 06:39 AM

I had the pleasure of meeting Gil Hodges when he was manager of the Washington Senators.One of the finest men I ever met….FYI
His hands were huge
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/11 07:46 AM

> It brings back memories of Gil Hodges, the first baseman for the Dodgers. His house was on my way when I walked to junior high school.

You must have lived pretty close to me, Jon, because I lived right around the corner from Hodges (26th - N/O).
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/11 07:51 AM

> His hands were huge

My friends and I occasionally bowled at Gil Hodges Lanes, and one night we were on the lane adjoining the one Gil was bowling on...shared the ball return.

You wouldn't believe the size of the finger holes in his ball; they, not his thumb-hole, were at least 1 1/2" in diameter...astonishingly huge!

I've heard it said that he could wrap his hand completely around a baseball.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/11 07:56 AM

> The announcers say things just for the sake of filling air time and trying to make themselves look knowledgeable.

And, in the case of the New York announcer with the sterling reputation, for the sake of hearing his own voice. frown :bronxcheer:
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/11 08:39 AM

Trivial afterthought... In case you were unaware of this, Rocky Graziano lived across Bedford Avenue from Gil Hodges (on the same block); I think it was the uncharacteristic white house close to Ave M.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/11 10:15 AM

Originally Posted By: artie505
> It brings back memories of Gil Hodges, the first baseman for the Dodgers. His house was on my way when I walked to junior high school.

You must have lived pretty close to me, Jon, because I lived right around the corner from Hodges (26th - N/O).
I lived on E. 42 St. (J & K) and went to JHS 240. Later, I attended Midwood HS and Brooklyn College.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/11 11:19 AM

Originally Posted By: artie505
Trivial afterthought... In case you were unaware of this, Rocky Graziano lived across Bedford Avenue from Gil Hodges (on the same block); I think it was the uncharacteristic white house close to Ave M.
I know what those houses were like (definitely middle-class). Quite a contrast to Derek Jeter's house.
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/11 12:05 PM

this
Jon.. thought you and artie may be interested in this
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/11 12:36 PM

I guess you walked past Gil's house on (was it) Ave K; I lived around the corner from where he ultimately lived on Bedford, between M & N (where Rocky also lived), a considerably less modest section of Brooklyn.

But were you going to Hudde? That was on Nostrand, and you wouldn't have walked as far as the house on K.

(Edit: I went to Tech, and I think we've already established that we were classmates at Brooklyn...June '65.)
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/11 12:40 PM

Thanks for the link, Jay-bird; I wasn't aware that Reiser was that talented.

He pre-dated my interest in baseball and fit right in with my hatred of history...of any sort.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/11 12:50 PM

Originally Posted By: artie505
But were you going to Hudde? That was on Nostrand, and you wouldn't have walked as far as the house on K.
Yep, I went to Hudde (JHS 240). Maybe I was wrong about the location of Gil's house? I used to walk up K to Nostrand and was told that Gil lived on a side street (I don't remember the number) just before Nostrand. But then, kids said all kinds of things and I believed too many of them. Oh: You're right about being classmates at BC, class of '65. I was a biology major but spent my free time hanging around the music department.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/11 01:11 PM

Great article, Jay-bird. Like Artie, most of it predates me (I was born in 1945). The name "Reiser" rang a bell but I don't remember anything about him.
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/11 01:17 PM

and I in 1935…..Did you ever read THE BOY"S OF SUMMER?I read it years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed it
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/11 02:43 PM

I tried Google, but I couldn't find any of Gil's addresses.

The Bedford Ave house I remember is unquestionably the correct one, because I've got "inside" info on it; the common knowledge in my neck of the woods was that pre-BA he lived on the north side of Ave K between 27 & 28 (but maybe a third address predated that one).

I was born in '43 and majored in Eco/Accounting at BC, with, thanks to unlimited cuts, a dual major in cafeteria. grin
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/15/11 05:38 AM

Owsley Stanley
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/16/11 06:00 AM

Joe Morello
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/19/11 02:22 AM

Warren M. Christopher, a key figure in peace efforts in Bosnia and the Mideast as secretary of state in the Clinton administration, has died, a spokeswoman for his law firm said Saturday. He was 85.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/23/11 05:21 AM

Hollywood Golden Age actress Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (79) died today in Los Angeles.
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/23/11 05:25 AM

Originally Posted By: alternaut
Hollywood Golden Age actress Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (79) died today in Los Angeles.


a true legend.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/26/11 01:02 PM

First female Vice Presidential candidate representing a major American political party Geraldine Anne Ferraro (75) died today from multiple myeloma at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/07/11 11:27 AM

Baruch Blumberg, Nobel Prize-winning physician who first discovered and identified the Hepatitis-B virus and created the vaccination against it.
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/08/11 12:16 PM

Jean Jennings Bartik, one of the first computer programmers.
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/09/11 11:17 AM

Sidney Lumet
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/09/11 06:22 PM

James Edward Little known Canadian hero who put his life on the line for American Diplomats.
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/13/11 10:02 AM

Sidney Harman (of Harman/Kardon).
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/27/11 07:35 AM

Phoebe Snow
Posted by: dkmarsh

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/01/11 07:13 PM


Osama bin Laden.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/01/11 08:07 PM

"Hot d@*n!"

(Comment of Keith Urbahn, chief of staff for the former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, upon hearing rumors of the news.)
Posted by: dkmarsh

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/02/11 03:11 AM


The seven-page obituary in the Paper of Record.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/02/11 05:32 AM

Obama poker face (2:28), reacting to a comment of Seth Meyers (2:16), the day after issuing the hit order.
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/05/11 03:58 AM

Jackie Cooper, 88
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/05/11 07:04 AM

The last British Royal Navy combat veteran from World War I, Claude Choules (110), died in his sleep at Gracewood Hostel, Perth, Australia.
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/06/11 02:33 AM

Arthur Laurents, 93, West Side Story playwright.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/17/11 03:01 PM

Baseball great Harmon Killebrew.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/03/11 07:25 AM

Pathologist, painter, composer, and proponent of the right to die for terminal patients Jack Kevorkian (83) died in a hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan of kidney related problems.
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/03/11 10:29 AM

James Arness of Gunsmoke fame.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/15/11 07:47 AM

The Coasters lead singer Carl Gardner.
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/18/11 08:41 PM

Clarence Clemons

"Lonesome Day"
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/24/11 02:03 PM

Peter Falk, Columbo, 83
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/24/11 02:04 PM

Peter Falk
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/08/11 05:59 PM

Betty Ford
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/23/11 09:23 AM

Gifted but controversial singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her home in Camden (UK) earlier today, joining a long list of musicians who died at age 27.
Posted by: dboh

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/23/11 10:37 AM

Very sad. Time to pull out that Neil Young song again. Every junkie's like a setting sun.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/08/11 06:38 AM

WWII resistance heroine 'The White Mouse' Nancy Wake (98) died yesterday in a London, UK nursing home for retired veterans.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/22/11 11:28 AM

Honourable Jack Layton, leader of Canada's Official Opposition. Although this death is most meaningful to Canadians, the personal qualities that any politician should aspire to are evident in this letter written only two days ago.
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/27/11 06:43 AM

From the looks of it, it won't be long
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/27/11 07:40 AM

oh, that makes me very sad.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/27/11 12:12 PM

He's a trooper; many, if not most, people would have given up long ago.

It'll be a sad end to a glorious life! frown
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/27/11 03:43 PM

The photo of Steve Jobs is almost certainly a fake:

http://i.imgur.com/WV5Y0.jpg
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/27/11 04:23 PM

Originally Posted By: MicroMatTech3
The photo of Steve Jobs is almost certainly a fake:

http://i.imgur.com/WV5Y0.jpg

I'm afraid, though, that that's the only good news. frown
Posted by: Dermot Trellis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/28/11 02:42 AM

Jerry Leiber

This only came to my attention today, almost a week late.

For me his best lyric was:
Quote:
I can make a dress out of a feedbag, and a man out of you.
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/28/11 07:10 AM

Originally Posted By: MicroMatTech3
The photo of Steve Jobs is almost certainly a fake:

http://i.imgur.com/WV5Y0.jpg


ah, thanks.
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/10/11 05:55 PM

Cliff Robertson, 88

...JER
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/19/11 03:04 PM

Dolores Hope, wife of Bob Hope, 102
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/27/11 09:52 PM

St. Louis sculptor, entrepreneur and founder/creator of the City Museum Bob Cassily (61) died in an accident while working on his current brainchild Cementland.
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/05/11 03:48 PM



Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011)


Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/05/11 03:50 PM

http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/

very sad. what a legacy. he will be missed.

Posted by: macnerd10

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/05/11 03:55 PM

Definitely... RIP.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/05/11 03:56 PM

Shocking, even though not exactly unexpected. He remained in the saddle pretty much until the end, adding one more remarkable feat to a remarkable life.
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/05/11 04:29 PM

I think it was a good thing that he got the chance to "hand over power". That will help people stay confident in the future of Apple. They don't have to deal with an "oh no Steve is dead, what are we going to do?" type reaction from everyone.

That pancreatic cancer is insane, how swiftly it moves. And this just goes to show you, money can't necessarily buy you a long and healthy life. I'm sure he had the best care money could buy.
Posted by: Dave

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/05/11 04:32 PM

From AC360 on Twitter:
Quote:

AC360 Anderson Cooper 360°
From #SteveJobs family: "In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family." More on @AC360
1 minute ago


Posted by: macnerd10

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/05/11 05:27 PM

Steve Jobs
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/05/11 05:59 PM

CNN just had shots of flowers people left at the Apple Stores.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/05/11 10:14 PM

Excellent!

The loss can hardly be put into words; it is unlikely that the void created by Steve's death will be filled any time soon...if ever.

Edit: Paraphrasing Abraham Lincoln, the world has noted and will long remember.
Posted by: dkmarsh

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/06/11 03:48 AM


The front page at wired.com (no permalink; it's the actual home page) currently features a collection of tributes from various luminaries, including this poignant observation from President Obama:

"...there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented."
Posted by: macnerd10

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/06/11 10:30 AM

We need to introduce the "like" button here!
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/06/11 12:11 PM

While I think I know what you mean, I prefer the slightly more involved personal effort of a post over the racking up of Like-button clicks. That's what FB etc. is for. smirk
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/06/11 12:21 PM

A Cup of Tea, a Light, and Your Stereo
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/06/11 01:24 PM

Originally Posted By: dkmarsh
... including this poignant observation from President Obama

Poignant indeed. I noticed this particular quote in several overseas newspaper obits.
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/06/11 04:14 PM

Originally Posted By: alternaut
While I think I know what you mean, I prefer the slightly more involved personal effort of a post over the racking up of Like-button clicks. That's what FB etc. is for. smirk

<Like>

[actually, i kinda agree with Alex]
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/06/11 05:56 PM

laugh laugh
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/17/11 03:35 PM

Edgar M. Villchur
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/17/11 03:45 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting him once or twice at the annual Trustee's Meeting of the Maverick Concerts, Woodstock's summer festival of world-class chamber music. While AR speakers were not to my taste (they sounded good to me but not like real music), I admired the engineering that went into them and respected their quality. Back in the 1960s, I was shopping for stereo equipment and I auditioned the AR3 as well as lesser models but I settled on the Altec Lansing 604E, which I still have and enjoy.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/20/11 10:12 AM

Former dictator of Libya Muammar Qadhafi (69), died from gunshot wounds while fleeing from his birth place and final stronghold Sirte, Libya.
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/20/11 10:39 AM

Originally Posted By: alternaut
Former dictator of Libya Muammar Qadhafi (69), died from gunshot wounds while fleeing from his birth place and final stronghold Sirte, Libya.


I'm amazed he was there, I thought he'd fled to Saudi Arabia or something like that? Owell, he never caledl any elections, but the people have voted anyway.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/20/11 03:47 PM

Originally Posted By: alternaut
Former dictator of Libya Muammar Qadhafi..........

Oh, so that's how you spell it. And here I thought it was Qadaffy.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/20/11 05:11 PM

Not to worry (or to rejoice for that matter): Arabic-roman transliterations are notoriously variable because of the fact that several Arabic sounds don't have exact equivalents in English. So, pretty much anything goes, with that 'anything' running into millions of Google hits. And whatever we might decide to settle on, it would be different yet for languages other than English...

I suppose the official version would be the way the person(s) in question would spell it, which I'm told was something like Gathafi, as in Muammar's (passport version: Moammar!) eldest son Mohammed Gathafi's passport. But apparently different versions of the family name have been reported for other members of you-know-who.

That said, and given the fact that the newsworthiness of the name is now bound to fall on harder times, I' suspect we'll have to transition to another multiply-spellable name.

Any suggestions? laugh
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/21/11 06:54 AM

Originally Posted By: alternaut
Any suggestions? laugh

Yes, but it's a suggestion to myself to leave the punny stuff to Jon wink (my attempts just come out sounding daffy), although I do appreciate learning something new about languages.
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/24/11 10:57 PM

John McCarthy, pioneering computer scientist, inventor of LISP, and AI researcher.
Posted by: Pendragon

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/05/11 03:41 AM

Andy Rooney Television commentator, writer and producer, WW II reporter.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/08/11 02:36 AM

Joe Frazier
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/08/11 03:32 AM

He once came into "The Riv" when I was tending bar, and I was shocked by how short (5' 11 1/2") he was; his stockiness was quite amazing, though, and I think it made him appear to be even shorter than he actually was.

I'll never forget Melissa, his waitress, asking me "He wants Tanqueray and Courvoisier; which glass should I use?"

In the same glass??? I poured it into a highball...it was as two-fisted a drink as I've ever heard of and would have been insulted to have found itself in a brandy snifter.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/08/11 03:46 AM

5' 11 1/2" is short!!? Not by my standards (I'm 5' 6").
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/08/11 11:32 AM

Tributes paid to former boxing champion Joe Frazier
Posted by: dboh

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/09/11 03:21 PM

Quote:
He once came into "The Riv" when I was tending bar, and I was shocked by how short (5' 11 1/2") he was; his stockiness was quite amazing, though, and I think it made him appear to be even shorter than he actually was.


I was about 6 feet away from an overall-wearing-but-shirtless Mike Tyson in Vegas in 1990. He too was shorter than I'd thought and also very stocky. No less intimidating, though.
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/07/11 03:04 PM

Harry Morgan.
("Col. Potter")

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0604702/

[not to be confused with harry potter]
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/07/11 03:13 PM

> Harry Morgan.
(Col. Potter)


...as well as Sgt. Joe Friday's sidekick on Dragnet.
Posted by: MacManiac

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/08/11 04:05 PM

The Dragon Lady......Anne McCaffrey.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/08/11 04:42 PM

Originally Posted By: MacManiac

I read perhaps the first handful of the "Dragonriders" books in my mid-late 20s, and I found them wearing thin pretty quickly, but I can see why they were so successful as young adult novels. (I've never read Harry Potter, but it sounds like I'd find it to be vastly preferable reading.)

"The White Dragon" was the last of the series that I bought, and I gave up on it after about 40 pages; pretty damn near every noun in the book was preceded by an adjective, and it...well, it left me at a loss for adjectives. (The book read like she wrote it for a penny a word.)

On the other hand, though, I just picked up a hardcover copy of the compilation of "Dragonflight," "Dragonquest," and "The White Dragon" for my sister (Edit: She's 66.), whose original hardcover disintegrated from having been read repeatedly.
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/08/11 06:22 PM

As a young (about 11 year old) child, the Dragonriders of Pern was hands-down my favorite series.

About a decade or so ago, I went back and re-read the series with adult eyes. Or rather, I tried to. I couldn't make it all the way through. Both from a technical perspective and from a storytelling perspective, they simply aren't good books.

Technically, the writing has a lot of flaws. Continuity errors, weird writing style (as you observed), plot holes, poor characterization, you name it. From a storytelling perspective, I found the plots contrived, and I didn't like the subtle undercurrents of misogyny. I also found it interesting that the society described in the book is a slave society, but she glosses over that point to such an extent that the 11-year-old me didn't even notice.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/16/11 08:43 AM

British-American critic and "aggressive humanist" Christopher Hitchens (62) died yesterday of pneumonia in the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/17/11 06:11 PM

Hitchens' book God Is Not Great has been on my Amazon wish list for a while. Perhaps it mightmake an appropriate gift to myself for Newtonmas.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/18/11 09:31 AM

Writer, dissident and last president of Czechoslovakia Václav Havel (75) died earlier today at his home in Hrádeček north-east of Prague, Czech Republic.
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/18/11 06:15 PM

Supreme Leader / President for Life / Dictator of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), the beloved Kim Jong II. So I wonder who they'll have to "look forward to" next...
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/18/11 06:23 PM

Originally Posted By: Virtual1
So I wonder who they'll have to "look forward to" next...

Third son Kim Jong-un?
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/19/11 09:01 AM

I was doing some reading on Kim and he's quite the character. (aren't all the dictators? every one of them seems to have several extremely eccentric behaviors) The most interesting nugget I read is he apparently has 3-4 billion of his country's cash stashed in foreign banks "in case he has to flee the country". Wow, talk about "golden parachute". I think that alone should make anyone lose all respect for him. And I am getting sick of seeing videos of people breaking down in tears and sobbing at the announcements... that simply can't be authentic.

Regardless of who he gets replaced with, I think it will be an improvement. The other interesting factoid about him is he basically realized that with his total control of the country and personal cash he'd taken, he was untouchable by sanctions. He really didn't care if the entire world was punishing his country, as long as he wasn't being hurt then it was fine. A ruler that cares only for himself and not the least bit for his people is very hard to deal with on an international level. Hopefully whoever replaces him won't be that way. Even if the military takes over, at least they'll be a group that can be negotiated with. I think Kim was about as bad as it gets as far as a selfish leader can go.

Y'know what would be really amazing? is if whoever takes over finds that foreign cash and pulls it back home and uses it for something constructive, like feeding their starving people.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/19/11 11:32 AM

Originally Posted By: Virtual1
I think Kim was about as bad as it gets as far as a selfish leader can go.

Muammar Gaddafi had 200 billion stashed away. Imagine...he could spend 11 million every day for fifty years, never earning a penny of interest, before getting to the bottom of that pile.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/20/11 12:45 AM

> Y'know what would be really amazing? is if whoever takes over finds that foreign cash and pulls it back home and uses it for something constructive, like feeding their starving people.

This is heartening, although not necessarily hopeful:

Originally Posted By: Wikipedia
When Jong-un was 18, Fujimoto (My insert: Kim Jong-il's former personal chef) described an episode where Jong-un questioned his lavish lifestyle and asked, "We are here, playing basketball, riding horses, riding Jet Skis, having fun together. But what of the lives of the average people?"

Edit: I doubt that finding that cash will be much of a problem. (I wonder how much will be found here?)
Posted by: Pendragon

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/21/11 10:19 AM

Norman Krim, Who Championed The Transisor

Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/06/12 10:11 AM

For years this thread has been remembering both well and lesser known individuals who passed away. Of course, FineTunedMac and its predecessor MacFixIt forums weren't the only ones doing this. Equally obviously, these threads were hardly exhaustive, or even meant to be.

Somewhat belatedly—although both Life and Death are proceeding as usual—I'm linking here to the Wikipedia list of a small selection of those who passed away in 2011, most of which didn't make it to 'our' list. Given a few free moments at the end beginning of the year, it seems appropriate to pass our eyes over these names and give tribute to those we may have missed.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/20/12 05:20 AM

Sarah Burke an elite athlete and a role model for young people throughout the world, gone too soon.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/20/12 05:25 AM

Indeed.
But what's hard to fathom is that her hospital stay in Utah runs over the half-million-dollar mark and isn't apparently covered by insurance. I would have thought that anyone in that profession would (have to) be covered by at least $1 million in accident/life insurance. Even back-country skiers are now required to carry rescue insurance, especially in BC after a spate of expensive rescues, at least to my understanding.

EDIT: Apparently the money concerns have been dealt with:
Sarah Burke's family receives enough donations to offset medical costs .
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/20/12 09:46 AM

At Last... Etta James


"Born Under A Bad Sign" (1998)

Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/20/12 10:33 AM

When mentioning Etta, we shouldn't forget her discoverer, the 'Godfather of Rhythm and Blues' Johnny Otis (90), who died last Tuesday at his home in Altadena, CA.
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/20/12 09:45 PM

Originally Posted By: alternaut
When mentioning Etta, we shouldn't forget her discoverer, the 'Godfather of Rhythm and Blues' Johnny Otis (90), who died last Tuesday at his home in Altadena, CA.

wow... interesting. i knew about Shuggie, but not his dad.
[and weird too... what with that 3-day difference and all.]
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/22/12 02:31 PM

Joe Paterno, 85 Lung Cancer
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/25/12 03:15 PM

James Farentino, actor, 73
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/27/12 04:44 AM

Robert Hegyes "Welcome Back Kotter" actor who played Epstein.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/02/12 07:57 AM

Controversial sculptor, musician, artist and 'voracious art consumer' Mike Kelley (57) died in his home in LA.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/02/12 03:14 PM

Angelo Dundee, trainer of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard.
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/04/12 01:09 AM

Ben Gazzara
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/05/12 06:13 PM

The New England Patriots!!! cool smile grin
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/07/12 12:04 AM

Roger Boisjoly, rocket engineer for Morton Thiokol who tried to stop NASA managers from launching the Challenger on the day of the disaster.
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/07/12 08:53 AM

Originally Posted By: artie505

Hmm... so making it to the final game and them coming in 2nd for the entire season (over all other teams except one) means they're "dead"?

I guess i just don't get sports (or maybe it's only the fans who bemuse me). wink


PS- true story: i fell asleep dozed off with 9 minutes left in the 4th quarter... that's how involved i was.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/07/12 10:02 AM

Originally Posted By: tacit
....rocket engineer for Morton Thiokol who tried to stop NASA managers from launching the Challenger on the day of the disaster.

I never knew that. Thanks. My most vivid memory is seeing my six year old daughter so moved that she cried. I'll pass the link along.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/07/12 11:34 AM

My wife had applied for the privilege of being on that flight in the Teacher In Space contest. She submitted a long essay and really wanted to go. This is one time that I was glad that she didn't get her heart's desire. tongue
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/07/12 12:06 PM

Originally Posted By: Hal Itosis
Originally Posted By: artie505

Hmm... so making it to the final game and them coming in 2nd for the entire season (over all other teams except one) means they're "dead"?

I guess i just don't get sports (or maybe it's only the fans who bemuse me). wink


PS- true story: i fell asleep dozed off with 9 minutes left in the 4th quarter... that's how involved i was.

Death in sports is real only at the moment; it's evanescent! (I assume the current rallying cry in New England is "The Pats are dead! Long live the Pats!")

(Out-uninvolving you, though, I didn't even watch the game...neither TV nor inclination...just picked up on an occasional score update; my "rooting" for the Giants was limited to an expression of extreme faith in Eli's credentials as the best "MONEY" QB in the game.)
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/08/12 01:35 PM

Dick Tufeld, voice actor for Robbie the Robot on Lost in Space.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/12/12 02:21 AM

On the even of the Grammy Awards, singer, actress, producer, and model Whitney Houston (48) died yesterday in her room at the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA.
Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/12/12 11:25 AM

Houston: "The Star Spangled Banner"
January 27, 1991: Super Bowl XXV
(10 days into the Persian Gulf War)



Posted by: Hal Itosis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/29/12 09:58 AM

Davy Jones:



Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/10/12 09:08 AM

French comics and movie design artist Jean (Mœbius) Giraud (73) died of cancer in Paris, France earlier today.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/17/12 12:01 PM

117th Coptic Pope "Baba" Shenouda III (88) died of cancer in Cairo, Egypt.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/17/12 12:40 PM

Thai creator of Krathing Daeng (Red Bull) energy drink Chaleo Yoovidhya (79) died today of natural causes at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand.
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/22/12 02:48 PM

Another star dies from cocaine... this just continues to baffle me.

If I found myself wealthy, my health would become a very high priority. Why do they do it? Just because they can? Stuuuuupid! what else can I say?
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/22/12 03:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Virtual1
Why do they do it? Just because they can?

I wonder if some of it is brought on by the fact of being a rock star and whether it starts with the heavy touring that is needed to get to the top.

You're flying to new dates every day, back and forth through time zones, performing in front of 120dB SPL PA systems. Someone drags you off to meet city VIPs right after the concert where booze is plentiful, you're dragged back to the hotel and shot up with something to make you sleep, in the morning you need something to wake up....and on it goes.

My guess is that the weaker succumb to a need for something to push it all back, and then they're into a whole other problem.
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/29/12 02:35 AM

Earl Scruggs, 88
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/29/12 09:33 AM

I just changed some post titles above back to the original. When posting to this thread (and most others) it's best not to change the post title. Replies automatically and quite possibly inappropriately copy the new title, which then wreaks havoc on subsequent searches. Thanks!
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/29/12 02:36 PM

Originally Posted By: ryck

I wonder if some of it is brought on by the fact of being a rock star and whether it starts with the heavy touring that is needed to get to the top.


You might be on the right track, but not because of heavy touring schedules. Managers and record label executives have quite a track record of being drug users, and might be less inclined to sign a person who doesn't party with them.
Posted by: dboh

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/30/12 04:16 AM

Quote:
Why do they do it?


Wealth doesn't alleviate misery, it just makes the numbing agents more affordable. Comfortably numb, as Pink Floyd sang…
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/05/12 05:57 PM

Ferdinand Porsche
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/08/12 07:44 AM

mike wallace
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/08/12 09:21 AM

Thomas Kincade. A news report said that his works are so popular that it's estimated a Kincade picture hangs on the wall of every twentieth American home.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/08/12 10:02 AM

Mike Wallace, CBS Pioneer of ‘60 Minutes,’ Dies at 93
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/08/12 10:17 AM

Looks like Jay-bird beat you to the punch, just around the corner of the previous page. Regardless, I lift my hat to the Master-interviewer one last time.
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/09/12 02:25 PM

Originally Posted By: Jay-bird


93? wow. I had no idea he was that old. And we lost Andy Rooney just last November too.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/10/12 12:59 AM

Jim Marshall, creator of Marshall amplifiers.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/11/12 01:06 PM

Panafricanist, longtime prisoner, early fighter against French colonialism and first president of post-independence Algeria Ahmed Ben Bella (93) died today at his home in Algiers, Algeria.
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/18/12 12:38 PM

Dick Clark (82), of a heart attack (following a stroke in '04)
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/19/12 12:48 PM

Levon Helm
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/22/12 07:21 AM

Chuck Colson
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/22/12 09:51 AM

Levon's gone ...

.. up on Cripple Creek (which I'm listening to as I write this). Rock on!

Expats are especially sad, and not just those who drove Old Dixie down.

The tributes to him are legion, just as he was legend.

And to top it off: Now would be a good time to relive "The Last Waltz" (The Band's farewell concert at the Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco in November 1976 – movie released in 1978, out on DVD).
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/04/12 01:58 PM

Beastie Boys singer Adam Yauch
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/06/12 10:34 AM

George Lindsey
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/08/12 10:29 AM

Much sadness.

Maurice Sendak, Author of Splendid Nightmares, Dies at 83

“Dear Mr Sendak,
How much does it cost to get to where the wild things are? If it is not expensive, my sister and I would like to spend the summer there.”

(What higher praise ...?)
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/08/12 01:40 PM

Originally Posted By: grelber
Maurice Sendak

better known for Where the Wild Things Are . I know that book was on my shelf as a kid,
Posted by: dkmarsh

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/08/12 02:17 PM


Originally Posted By: Virtual1
better known for Where the Wild Things Are .

That's one of the "splendid nightmares" the headline is referring to ("splendid nightmares" being a description rather than a title).
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/09/12 04:25 PM

Vidal Sassoon
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/11/12 11:00 AM

Legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photographer and image editor Horst Faas (79), who covered the Vietnam war for Associated Press, died yesterday in Munich, Germany.
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/11/12 01:00 PM

Carroll Shelby, 89
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/17/12 09:39 AM

Queen of Disco Donna Summer (63) died of cancer at her home in Key West, FL.
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/18/12 11:01 AM

Dietrich_Fischer-Dieskau
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/18/12 01:22 PM

He was one of the truly great artists. I have his recording of Schubert's "Die Winterreise" (with Gerald Moore accompanying) and only listened to it a few times because the performance was so emotionally devastating that I couldn't bear it. That combo's recording of Schumann's "Dichterliebe" was equally intense. My then-fiancée (now my wife of 44 years) had studied that piece for a listening exam (she was a music major) and met me after the exam, completely in tears.

He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed.
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/21/12 01:51 AM

Robin Gibb
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/22/12 10:39 AM

Former Zenith engineer and inventor of the first wireless TV remote control Eugene Polley (96) died in Downers Grove, IL.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/22/12 08:52 PM

The CBC National News did quite a nice a piece on him this evening....even had an image of the "Flash-Matic". It looked like a green hand-held hair dryer.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/23/12 09:46 AM

Originally Posted By: ryck
... the "Flash-Matic". It looked like a green hand-held hair dryer.

Indeed! tongue
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/23/12 09:47 AM

ooh, almost steampunk!
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/25/12 08:05 AM

Originally Posted By: alternaut
Former Zenith engineer and inventor of the first wireless TV remote control Eugene Polley (96) died in Downers Grove, IL.


My first TV remote was a subaudible one, that would turn either the volume or power knob one click to the right depending on which of the two buttons you pressed. Is that the sort of thing he invented? I assume they're not talking about IR being the first?
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/25/12 09:12 AM

The Flash-Matic was—literally—a flashlight to be aimed at light sensors at the 4 front corners of a TV set. Each corner sensor had a different function, and users often forgot which one did what. On top of that the sun or other light sources could activate the sensors rather haphazardly. Despite these problems (or before people realized those) Zenith apparently sold 30,000 of them.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/27/12 02:39 AM

There's an "invention service" that mentions "remote control" as "one of the simplest products," and I never understood how they could say that until reading your post.
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/29/12 09:06 AM

I recall seeing an even simpler remote control once. It was a coat hanger bent on the end and duct taped to the channel knob, and a bend in the other end, to be twisted by hand while reclining in a recliner in the living room. (the tv of course was just at the end of the extended leg rest)

Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/29/12 12:45 PM

When I was very young, my parents moved from Idaho to Wyoming. I must have been...oh, probably about 5 years old at the time.

I remember only two things from the move. The first was that the moving van ran out of gas on the trip. My father walked to a gas station to get a can of gas, and then, lacking a funnel or spout or any other way to pour it into the truck's gas tank, he tried to make a funnel out of a styrofoam cup. Gasoline and styrofoam do...interesting things.

The second was staying in a horrible motel with green carpet and a stuffed fish on the wall. The TV set had a remote control that was wired into the television by a long cord, which is one way to make a TV remote, although a particularly inelegant one.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/02/12 05:32 AM

Doc Watson IMHO, maybe the best flat pick player ever.
Posted by: Dermot Trellis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/02/12 02:55 PM

I don't think it gets much better than this , from 1963:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUQmNGLvL3U
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/03/12 03:59 AM

Thanks for the link. Very enjoyable....it's now another in my list of musical events where I think: "It sure would have been great to have been there."
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/03/12 06:58 AM

Richard Dawson, most remembered for Family Feud
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/06/12 09:26 AM

Prolific writer and Sci-Fi legend Ray Bradbury (91) died last night in Los Angeles, CA.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/06/12 11:02 AM

Herb Reed , the last of The Platters...for those who remember doo-wop.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/17/12 10:19 AM

Cab driver Rodney (Why can’t we get all along?) King (47), whose violent arrest in March 1991 led to one of the worst race riots in US history, was found dead earlier today in his swimming pool in Rialto, CA.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/19/12 01:44 PM

Former Commander of the Egyptian Air Force and President Hosni Mubarak (84) was declared clinically dead at the Maadi military hospital in Cairo, Egypt, after suffering repeated heart failures and a stroke.

But:
- Egypt's Mubarak unconscious and on respirator, not clinically dead - two security sources tell Reuters
- washingtonpost - Mubarak's lawyer says ousted leader is not dead.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/19/12 05:50 PM

Perhaps this is a bit premature. We'll see as the day goes on.
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/25/12 07:55 AM

Originally Posted By: alternaut
But:
- Egypt's Mubarak unconscious and on respirator, not clinically dead - two security sources tell Reuters
- washingtonpost - Mubarak's lawyer says ousted leader is not dead.


The last few deposed dictators were quite publicly found to have stashed large chunks of their country's cash in private foreign accounts as a "golden parachute" of sorts. And to no one's surprise, the country tends to want that money back after the dictator escapes. I'd bet something like this is the primary reason behind them squabbling over the legally-dead status of Mubarak.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/25/12 08:36 AM

Possibly, but see Mubarak: wealth and allegations of personal corruption.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/25/12 08:38 AM

Lonesome George, the last of his kind.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/27/12 05:45 AM

US author, journalist, playwright and movie maker Nora Ephron (71) died yesterday in New York City from complications of leukemia.
Posted by: bob82xrp

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/28/12 02:53 PM

Eight days ago: Film Critic Andrew Sarris, age 83.
Posted by: Virtual1

Doris Singleton - 06/29/12 02:00 PM

Doris Singleton, who appeared in the 1950s US sitcom I Love Lucy, (she played the neighbor wife) has died at the age of 92.
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/30/12 02:45 PM

Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, 96, of unspecified causes, probably complications from Alzheimers
Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/03/12 08:34 AM

Andy Griffith
Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/03/12 08:37 AM

Doris Sams the inspiration for the movie "A League Of Their Own" about women's professional baseball during WWII.
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/08/12 02:09 PM

Ernest Borgnine, 95
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/08/12 05:43 PM

Originally Posted By: ...JER
Ernest Borgnine, 95


I just saw that elsewhere. He was still acting at age 94... amazing!
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/16/12 10:43 AM

Keyboard player and co-founder of the British hard-rock band Deep Purple Jon Lord (71) died today in the London Clinic, London, UK of a lung embolism while suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/16/12 12:21 PM

Leadership advisor and author of the bestselling '7 Habits of Highly Effective People' Stephen Covey (79) died today in a hospital in Idaho Falls, ID, of complications following a bicycle accident in April.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/17/12 07:12 AM

The Queen of country music Kitty Wells.
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/17/12 08:25 AM

Encyclopedia Brown author Donald J. Sobol
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/24/12 03:50 PM

Sherman Hemsley (George Jefferson), 74, natural causes.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/24/12 03:59 PM

Physicist and first female NASA astronaut Sally Ride (61) died yesterday of pancreatic cancer in La Jolla, CA.
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/25/12 12:41 PM

Sally Ride was not only the first American woman into space, but the first openly lesbian astronaut as well.

I was personally quite annoyed to see Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney gushing about Sally Ride being one of America's "greatest pioneers," considering that he supports policies that prevent her partner of 27 years from receiving any of Ms. Ride's pension benefits that a heterosexual partner of an astronaut would be entitled to.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/25/12 01:58 PM

The way I heard it was that she was a very private person and was only "outed" in her obituary (somewhat obliquely).

And although it doesn't really matter, you'll also note (at least from the New York Times obit) that she didn't divorce fellow astronaut, Steven Hawley, until 1987 — indicating that they were at least estranged since 1985.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/25/12 02:09 PM

Originally Posted By: tacit
...policies that prevent her partner of 27 years from receiving any of Ms. Ride's pension benefits that a heterosexual partner of an astronaut would be entitled to.

You mean a male heterosexual partner. shocked smirk But I agree that this discriminatory policy is disgusting. mad
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/25/12 10:47 PM

Originally Posted By: grelber
And although it doesn't really matter, you'll also note (at least from the New York Times obit) that she didn't divorce fellow astronaut, Steven Hawley, until 1987 — indicating that they were at least estranged since 1985.


Well, that doesn't necessarily follow. Not all married people with other lovers are estranged from their spouses. smile
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/26/12 10:03 AM

Originally Posted By: tacit
Not all married people with other lovers are estranged from their spouses. smile

I might add: even after they divorce.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/26/12 10:17 AM

The estrangement was meant in a relative sense (pun definitely intended): O'Shaughnessy would have been a lot closer than Hawley.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/01/12 02:30 AM

Gore Vidal, writer and world-class curmudgeon. How many of us who are old enough to remember his verbal sparring with William Buckley on television?
Posted by: dboh

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/01/12 03:54 AM

I do. I also remember his run-ins with Norman Mailer. I didn't see it but apparently head butts were involved. shocked
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/01/12 08:15 AM

Gore Vidal: In Quotes
Posted by: dboh

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/01/12 04:44 PM

Great link! He certainly nailed Truman Capote.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/08/12 03:59 PM

Stage and film composer Marvin Hamlisch
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/14/12 06:28 AM

An early influence on women's emancipation, Helen Gurley Brown
Posted by: ...JER

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/20/12 12:45 PM

Phyllis Diller, 95
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/20/12 01:32 PM

Film director Tony Scott, who reportedly committed suicide after battling with terminal brain cancer.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/20/12 03:33 PM

Songwriter and singer of the 60s generational anthem 'San Francisco' (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) Scott McKenzie (73) died last Saturday in Los Angeles, CA.

Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/21/12 07:27 AM

Last night long-time Ethiopian Prime Minister Legesse 'Meles' Zenawi (57) died in Brussels, Belgium of an infection while being treated for an undisclosed disease.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/25/12 12:17 PM



The first man to set foot on the moon ("That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind") Neil Armstrong (82) died earlier today from complications following coronary bypass surgery at a hospital in Columbus, OH.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/26/12 07:34 AM

Armstrong belonged to the relatively small group of people whose work was both dangerous and in the public eye, necessitating contingency plans in case something went wrong. Here is a copy of the speech William Safire prepared for Nixon to read 'in event of moon disaster'. This scan lacks the final two paragraphs of the speech, which is reproduced here in its entirety. Once safely back from the Moon, Armstrong commented: "It’s an interesting place to be. I recommend it.


Edit: today The Atlantic's InFocus blog added this picture gallery on Neil Armstrong. I figured a link to it would be appropriate here.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/02/12 01:21 PM

Sun Myung Moon, a messiah to some but a charlatan to many (myself included).
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/02/12 01:57 PM

Originally Posted By: jchuzi
....but a charlatan to many...

Not much doubt about that.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/04/12 06:48 PM

One of the great lyricists Hal David.
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/10/12 08:02 PM

Bill Moggridge, industrial designer who designed the first laptop, the Grid Compass, in 1979.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/18/12 03:50 PM

Chairman emeritus of the World Wildlife Fund and main champion and former Administrator of the EPA Russell Train (92) died yesterday at his farm in Bozman, MD.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/26/12 07:47 AM

Singer and TV show host "Mr. Christmas" Andy 'Moon River' Williams (84) died of bladder cancer at his home in Branson, MO.
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/27/12 08:06 AM

Herbert Lom
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/01/12 05:55 PM

Barry Commoner
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/21/12 09:29 AM

Former Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate George McGovern (90), whose campaign was the target of the 1972 Watergate break-in, died earlier today at a hospice in Sioux Falls, SD.
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/21/12 09:49 AM

A great man and a true patriot. and I never use those words lightly.

how different the world might be...
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/21/12 10:55 PM

Dr. Edward Donnall Thomas, winner of the Nobel Prize for developing bone marrow transplants to treat leukemia, sickle cell disease, and other blood diseases.
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/24/12 01:47 AM

Larry Hagman
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/24/12 07:43 AM

I didn't shoot him! shocked wink
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/24/12 08:46 AM

Originally Posted By: alternaut
I didn't shoot him! shocked wink

Tell it to the Judge!
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/26/12 01:39 PM

strange, we had quite a spate of droppers recently, and now appear to have fallen into a lull in the action
Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/26/12 02:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Virtual1
strange, we had quite a spate of droppers recently, and now appear to have fallen into a lull in the action

After many years as a hospital chaplain my wife has learned there is a definite tendency for dying people to live to some significant event such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, and anniversaries before giving up the ghost. Sometimes they don't make it to the desired date but still and all it results in a clustering of natural deaths around major holidays.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/26/12 03:14 PM

While I wholeheartedly agree with the holiday theory, that should produce many more clusters than we actually see, depending on the national and cultural backgrounds of both posters and decedents. The 'lull' here most certainly is a lack of effort on our behalf... wink
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/29/12 12:18 PM

XKCD has a good panel showing occurrence of dates in historical documents, it'd be interesting to see such a thing that quantifies the amount of people that die on a given day of the 365.

https://xkcd.com/1140/
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/05/12 08:31 AM

Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck (one day shy of 92) died today of heart failure in Norwalk, CT.

(Dave Brubeck, piano; Paul Desmond, saxophone; Joe Morello, drums, and Eugene Wright, bass)
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/14/12 12:07 PM

Yet another massacre by a gunman, this time at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. Current death toll 28, including at least 20 children. As if this weren't bad enough, such horrors will keep on happening regularly as the inevitable price of the (current interpretation of the) Second Amendment.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/14/12 12:33 PM

And the NRA will never understand why I consider their endorsement to be the kiss of death for any candidate (figuratively speaking, of course).
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/14/12 07:07 PM

It's an interesting day when the best news coverage I have seen on the massacre comes from news parody site The Onion (note: harsh language):

The onion
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/14/12 11:51 PM

It's just too too horrifying, too incomprehensible. Children..... the epitome of innocence, who never did anything to anybody.
Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/15/12 05:36 AM

Originally Posted By: ryck
It's just too too horrifying, too incomprehensible. Children….. the epitome of innocence, who never did anything to anybody.

It is impossible to assign rational motives to a person with a disturbed and totally irrational mind. In the killer's distorted thinking those children may have been seen as the cause of his own anger and self hate.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/17/12 04:26 PM

Senator Daniel Inouye
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/25/12 06:46 AM

One of the best character actors ever, Charles Durning.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/25/12 02:23 PM

A great character actor like Durning, surviving 12 Angry Men Juror # 5 Jack Klugman (90) died earlier today at his home in Woodland Hills, CA.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/27/12 04:12 PM

Norman Schwarzkopf
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/30/12 08:31 AM

Discoverer of Nerve Growth Factor, oldest Nobel Prize winner and still active scientist/Italian senator Rita Levi-Montalcini (103) died at home in Rome, Italy.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/31/12 10:56 AM

As noted by Wikipedia: Deaths in 2012.
Posted by: Dermot Trellis

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/06/13 03:57 AM

Harry Carey Jr., Sidekick to John Wayne, Dies at 91
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/20/13 01:38 PM

Stan Musial, Gentlemanly Slugger and Cardinals’ Stan the Man, Dies at 92. I saw Musial play at Ebbets Field against my beloved Brooklyn Dodgers. He was a feared and respected opponent.

Another one of the greats is gone...
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/01/13 05:43 AM

Lawyer, Congressman and three term "How'm I doing?" Mayor of New York City Ed Koch (88) died earlier today at a hospital in NYC of congestive heart failure.
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/04/13 01:42 PM

André Cassagnes, Etch A Sketch Inventor, Is Dead at 86
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/09/13 05:22 AM

John E. Karlin, Who Led the Way to All-Digit Dialing, Dies at 94
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/26/13 01:41 PM

C. Everett Koop, outspoken and apolitical as Surgeon General.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/27/13 12:22 PM

Cold war overnight piano sensation 'Van' Cliburn (78), died today at home in Ft. Worth, TX, of bone cancer.
Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/27/13 01:38 PM

Originally Posted By: alternaut
Cold war overnight piano sensation 'Van' Cliburn (78), died today at home in Ft. Worth, TX, of bone cancer.

He had hoped to be present for today's announcement of the finalists for this year's Van Cliburn piano competition. Sadly he didn't quite make it.
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/28/13 12:19 AM

Dale Robertson
Posted by: dkmarsh

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/14/13 04:36 PM


The Boston Phoenix, 47 years old.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/21/13 05:21 AM

Harry Reems, co-star (with the late Linda Lovelace) of Deep Throat.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/30/13 01:50 PM

Musician, legendary record producer, duet specialist and 'Pope of Pop' Phil Ramone (72) died in a Manhattan, NY hospital prior to surgery of an aortic aneurysm.
Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/04/13 12:25 PM

Roger Ebert long time Chicago Sun-Times movie critic.
Posted by: freelance

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/08/13 04:49 AM

Margaret Thatcher, 87.

Ref: Elvis Costello, Tramp The Dirt Down.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/08/13 05:03 AM

The 'Iron Lady', Britain's first female PM, the Right Honourable Margaret, Baroness Thatcher (87) died this morning after a stroke.


You beat me to it, Jerry!
Posted by: freelance

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/08/13 08:35 AM

Originally Posted By: alternaut
You beat me to it, Jerry!

I get up earlier than you.

I'm looking forward to the evening news to see if it's fawning or more critical. She called herself "The Iron Lady". I called her The Marmite Minister, because you either loved her or hated her.

She said there is no such thing as society and championed the individual and the free market. You could make a case that she caused the bank collapse. (If you were facile, like me...)
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/08/13 09:57 AM

Although not quite in the same league as Ms. Thatcher, Annette Funicello died of multiple sclerosis. I used to watch her when she was a mouseketeer but I never saw any of the beach party movies (nor do I regret that lapse in my otherwise exemplary youth).
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/08/13 10:07 AM

Originally Posted By: jchuzi
Although not quite in the same league as Ms. Thatcher, Annette Funicello died of multiple sclerosis.

Although they do have one thing in common....dreadful, lingering deaths. MS for Annette Funicello and dementia for Margaret Thatcher....reminders of how much more important good health is over anything else.
Posted by: freelance

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/08/13 10:19 AM

Originally Posted By: jchuzi
Although not quite in the same league as Ms. Thatcher...

Oh, I don't know about that! Unlike Thatcher, I had a huge crush on Annette. I used to sit in front of the telly with my Mouseketeer ears on watching her and Bobby. I mean, Britney who?
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/10/13 06:17 AM

British IVF pioneer and 2010 Nobel Prize winner Robert G. Edwards (87) died today in his sleep.
Posted by: MarkG

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/14/13 11:45 AM

Comedian Jonathan Winters dead at 87. Winters died Thursday evening of natural causes at his home in Montecito, California
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/17/13 11:46 AM

Originally Posted By: freelance
[quote=jchuzi]Oh, I don't know about that! Unlike Thatcher, I had a huge crush on Annette. I used to sit in front of the telly with my Mouseketeer ears on watching her and Bobby. I mean, Britney who?

Watching her and Bobby, or watching her Bobby? wink
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/19/13 03:36 PM

Winters was a brilliant comedian. I remember watching him on television decades ago with his "falling down funny" improvisations. And never once did he rely on foul language, references to body parts, or sexual double entendre. He just understood funny.
Posted by: MarkG

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/19/13 06:27 PM

He was a great one. One of the first improvisers, an inspiration to Robin Williams etc, According to Jack Paar, "If you were to ask me the funniest 25 people I've ever known, I'd say, 'Here they are — Jonathan Winters'."
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/29/13 05:28 PM

Janos Starker, Master of the Cello, Dies at 88.

See Bach: Suites for Solo Cello
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/06/13 04:35 PM

The article mentions "He adored Scotch and by his own account consumed it with abandon. For much of his life he smoked 60 cigarettes a day, though in old age he reduced the number to 25."

Remind me again why I quit smoking and am watching my diet.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/07/13 02:04 PM

Originally Posted By: ryck
Remind me again why I quit smoking and am watching my diet.

Because you understand biology and odds, and until you know your detailed 'specs' with regard to the former, you prefer to heed a conservative version of the latter... laugh
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/07/13 02:43 PM

Pre-CGI visual effects wiz Ray Harryhausen (92) died today in Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK.

Posted by: dboh

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/08/13 05:07 AM

Still one of my favorite movies, especially the bit with Poseidon holding back the Clashing Rocks.
Posted by: MacManiac

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/08/13 05:14 PM

I've met that skeleton personally....and the little 12 inch box he lived in.

About five years ago, Ray Harryhausen and his wife were in San Diego for a significant period while he provided technical consulting to Legend Films as they were digitally remastering and reproducing a classic film originally shot in black and white, "She" from 1935....the color and character of the film were what Ray was there to provide continuity and realistic inputs on so that the original impact of the film was preserved as it was provided with digital colorization. Although this Film Review is critical of colorizing a film originally shot in black and white, the background details are right on target.

I had the very real privilege of meeting and getting to spend time with an icon of the "Golden Age" of fantasy and science fiction....his insights on that time were most interesting. He talked at length of some of the late-night gatherings with such other icons as Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov.....
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/08/13 05:16 PM

very cool.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/13/13 04:02 PM

Pop psychologist Joyce Brothers.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/30/13 06:07 AM

Sci-Fi, fantasy and mystery grandmaster writer and pulp veteran Jack Vance (96) died last Sunday in his sleep at home in Oakland, CA.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/01/13 01:51 PM

Memorable actress Jean Stapleton, who played Edith Bunker in All In The Family.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/09/13 09:36 AM

Scottish mainstream and SciFi novelist Iain (M.) Banks (59) died today of gall bladder cancer.
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/09/13 02:05 PM

Banks is hands-down one of the greats of science fiction; his literary ambition and his intelligence stand alongside other giants of the field. His book Use of Weapons is one of the best works of fiction I've ever read. He will be sorely missed.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/09/13 02:54 PM

I couldn't agree more. Banks had an uncanny knack of exploring issues that turn out to hit much closer to home than it seems initially. That includes his own demise: when he was diagnosed a few months ago with the disease that killed him today, he was about to finish his latest and now final novel The Quarry (review 1, review 2) about the final weeks in the life of a man in his 40s who has terminal cancer.
His comment at the time when hearing the news about his own condition was that he was "officially very poorly"'. With typical dark humor he then asked his girlfriend to do him the honour of "becoming his widow", which she accepted. Remarkable.
Posted by: MicroMatTech3

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/17/13 02:00 PM

Niels Diffrient, Industrial Designer Who Blended Form and Function, Dies at 84.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/18/13 05:32 PM

Journalist Michael Hastings at 33.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/19/13 12:28 PM

Former Hongarian Foreign Minister and Premier Gyula Horn (80), who cut the Iron Curtain between Hungary and Austria on June 27 1989, died today in a Budapest hospital of brain-related ailments.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/19/13 04:29 PM

James Gandolfini, played Tony Soprano in The Sopranos.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/19/13 04:41 PM

Only 51...too bad! frown

I knew him casually; he was a gentleman...a nice, unpretentious guy.
Posted by: bob82xrp

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/25/13 04:55 PM

Science fiction and fantasy writer Richard Matheson.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/02/13 03:56 PM

Granite Mountain Hotshots who lost their lives battling the Yarnell Fire in Arizona.

Andrew Ashcraft, 29
Robert Caldwell, 23
Travis Carter, 31
Dustin Deford, 24
Christopher MacKenzie, 30
Eric Marsh, 43
Grant McKee, 21
Sean Misner, 26
Scott Norris, 28
Wade Parker, 22
John Percin, 24
Anthony Rose, 23
Jesse Steed, 36
Joe Thurston, 32
Travis Turbyfill, 27
William Warneke, 25
Clayton Whitted, 28
Kevin Woyjeck, 21
Garret Zuppiger, 27
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/02/13 03:57 PM

frown
Posted by: roger

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/02/13 06:39 PM

Such a tragedy.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/03/13 01:43 PM

Douglas C. Engelbart, Inventor of the Computer Mouse, Dies at 88
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/03/13 04:47 PM

In addition to the mouse and a variety of other computer-related items, Engelbart is also known for presenting what came to be called the Mother of All Demos, an effort still worth watching 45 years later:

Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/12/13 02:21 AM

Toshi Seeger, wife of Pete Seeger.
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/13/13 01:25 AM

bose
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/27/13 07:03 AM



Singer, songwriter, guitar player and Tulsa Sound architect J.J. Cale (74) died last night of heart failure at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA.



Documentary To Tulsa and Back (2005)
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/28/13 07:23 AM

'Europe's first lady of jazz', still active Dutch singer Rita Reys (88) died earlier today of a stroke in Breukelen, The Netherlands.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/01/13 10:25 AM

David Frost, respected TV personality and interviewer, who became famous for his interview of Richard M. Nixon.
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/02/13 08:00 PM

Famed science fiction writer Frederik Pohl. I read his story Starburst about 25 years ago and it has stuck with me since.
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/02/13 07:55 AM

Tom Clancy
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/27/13 05:25 PM

Lou Reed
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/29/13 02:12 PM

Bill Lowe, IBM lab manager responsible for designing the IBM Model 5350 Personal Comuter, the first IBM PC.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/06/13 02:46 AM

Nelson Mandela, one of the (few) truly great politicians and a truly great man.
Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/06/13 05:46 AM

Originally Posted By: jchuzi
Nelson Mandela, one of the (few) truly great politicians and a truly great man.

And let all the world say AMEN.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/06/13 08:20 AM

Originally Posted By: joemikeb
And let all the world say AMEN.

AMEN.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/15/13 10:32 AM

Peter O'Toole
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/04/14 02:44 AM

Phil Everly
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/04/14 02:55 AM

Bye, bye, love! frown
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/05/14 08:32 AM

Indeed.

Those close harmonies were wonderful.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/28/14 02:53 AM

Pete Seeger, a giant of folk music and a man with a conscience.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/28/14 06:25 AM

Amen.

"I woke up this mornin' and you were on my mind ..." (Sylvia Tyson, not Pete Seeger — but nonetheless ...)

Not an auspicious start to the day.

The New York Times obit nicely portrays the political swamp of the 1950s and 1960s, especially HUAC. The only bright lights were wonderful folk groups like the Weavers and for a short time 'Camelot'.

I marched with Pete Seeger on the UN – effete organization that it was and still is – in the fall of 1960. Ugly (cold, rainy) weather.

Time to go listen to my old Weavers LPs in tribute.

[By the bye, Jon, isn't Beacon in your bailiwick? How'd you like to buy 17 acres on the Hudson for $100/acre these days?]
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/28/14 08:58 AM

You're right; Beacon isn't too far away. The price for land these days is probably closer to $100 per square foot. shocked
Posted by: slolerner

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/30/14 10:47 PM

Quote:
Poster: alternaut
Subject: Re: Ad astra: another passing.

In addition to the mouse and a variety of other computer-related items, Engelbart is also known for presenting what came to be called the Mother of All Demos, an effort still worth watching 45 years later:


This is stunning. I am truly speechless and grateful to alternaut for posting.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/11/14 04:59 AM

Shirley Temple. My late cousin George had a crush on her when he was a child. My father, an inveterate prankster, phoned nephew George when he was about 5 and, without disguising his voice, claimed to be Shirley Temple. "Shirley" then admonished George to drink his milk.

Years later, when George was grown and had a family, my dad finally 'fessed up about this and George claimed that he had always wondered if the phone call was for real. Ah, memories...
Posted by: freelance

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/11/14 06:59 AM

Maybe I'll have a Shirley Temple tonight in her honor.

Hmmm... nah.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/11/14 06:42 PM

The "Stair Dance" is always worth a watch.

Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/12/14 04:46 PM

Another giant gone: Sid Caesar. My parents used to watch his television show (Your Show Of Shows) when I was very young but they didn't let me stay up past my bedtime, so I never saw it.

His life story supports the idea that comedians are the saddest people.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/13/14 09:52 AM

Originally Posted By: jchuzi
Another giant gone: Sid Caesar. My parents used to watch his television show (Your Show Of Shows) when I was very young but they didn't let me stay up past my bedtime, so I never saw it.

His life story supports the idea that comedians are the saddest people.


An interesting footnote to Sid Caesar's passing: his son Rick and I were in the same class in high school. Rick was just about the tallest person in the school at that time, at about 6'8" (although different heights have appeared in different sources) and played on the varsity basketball team. The year we were both seniors was the only time in school history that we went to and won the State finals and championship. I have no recollection of his father ever being around, at school events, etc.; although Rick and I traveled in different social circles at that time (agh, remember those joys of high school? crazy) .
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/18/14 08:20 AM

A very funny guy, David Brenner.
Posted by: Jay-bird

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/07/14 12:47 AM

Mickey Rooney
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/18/14 08:23 AM

Gabriel García Márquez, Conjurer of Literary Magic, Dies at 87
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/20/14 06:07 PM

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/03/14 10:38 AM

The soul of Mad Magazine Al Feldstein.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/03/14 06:24 PM

Together with William Gaines, Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Davis (artist) et al – my childhood heroes.
I still proudly display my E.C Fan-Addict Club Life Membership certificate.
And I still despise the Comics Code Authority for having torn away all the comics I held dear. But don't get me started ....
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/03/14 06:35 PM

I was devastated when they made Don Martin clean his act up. frown mad (Did you know that his license plate "number" was "SHTOINK"?)

Years ago, there was a guy at Boy Scout camp who was reputed to have a complete collection of Tales Of Crypt comics.

I'd have given anything just gain access!
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/03/14 06:51 PM

I guess you're going to get me started ...

I had subscriptions to all of the EC genres:
Frontline Combat, Two-Fisted Tales; Crime SuspenStories, Shock SuspenStories; Weird Science, Weird Fantasy; Mad, Panic; Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, The Haunt of Fear, The Crypt of Terror (aborted before it was published, prepaid subscription fee of $1.00 returned).

I regularly ironed my mind to keep it from becoming warped as the legions of decency swore would happen from exposure to those wicked, wicked comics.

Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/04/14 12:55 AM

Originally Posted By: artie505
I was devastated when they made Don Martin clean his act up. frown mad (Did you know that his license plate "number" was "SHTOINK"?)

….and who could forget "National Gorilla Suit Day, the way people's feet folded over curbs, or all the "One fine……"? I have a two volume set of Don Martin works from very early to the end. Kwonk!!
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/04/14 01:56 AM

Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Star of ‘77 Sunset Strip’ and ‘The F.B.I.’, Is Dead at 95
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/04/14 02:06 AM

This is the 60th anniversary of EC's peak and nadir.

Those were simpler times ... when TV was in its infancy and one's entertainment came via the radio waves, comic books and the movies.

Even the EC FAC Bulletin, a single-page two-sided newsletter, was (type)written and sent out quarterly by the editors, with the sign-off: E-C-ing you! – Your Grateful Editors.
Included were around-the-office gossip items such as: "The Harvey Kurtzman's new arrival arrived...a furshlugginer boy...Peter John (pronounced Potrzebie)." [September 1954]
Everything was run out of their office at 225 Lafayette Street in NYC.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/05/14 08:09 AM

Originally Posted By: grelber
Those were simpler times ... when TV was in its infancy and one's entertainment came via the radio waves, comic books and the movies.


"Simpler" is always relative. A generation prior to the one you are referencing might say "Those were simpler times…when stage shows were in their prime and entertainment came from live performances and music was played on instruments at home." smirk

But then again: What, me worry?
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/05/14 08:29 AM

Originally Posted By: Ira L
"Simpler" is always relative. A generation prior to the one you are referencing might say "Those were simpler times…when stage shows were in their prime and entertainment came from live performances and music was played on instruments at home." smirk
But then again: What, me worry?

Exactly. More accurately: Kilroy was here. Nicht wahr? smirk
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/07/14 11:06 AM

Farley Mowat dead at 92
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/13/14 01:32 PM

Swiss biomechanical surrealist artist and ('Alien') Oscar winner Hans Rudolf Giger (74) died yesterday at a hospital in Zürich, Switzerland from injuries sustained in a fall.
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/14/14 11:49 AM

Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart, early activist for women's rights and alternative relationships, co-credited with inventing the word "polyamory" to describe multiple committed romantic relationships.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/25/14 09:38 AM

Versatile character actor Eli Wallach.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/27/14 03:21 AM

John Harney. I mentioned him when I started My Cup Of Tea. John was a true gentlemen in every sense of the word. When his business began, it was only wholesale. My wife and I had heard of him and we phoned him at his warehouse in Salisbury, CT. He invited us to visit and try some teas (he did sell to local people on a limited basis). We followed the evolution of his tea company through the years and we visit the retail location in Millerton, NY fairly regularly.

One of the most striking things that John told us was that, in order to remain successful, you have to constantly reinvent yourself. You can never rest on your laurels and assume that you are so established that nothing bad can happen.

His son Michael and daughter-in-law Brigitte run the retail end, although Brigitte is more involved with that than Mike. Mike and brother Paul travel the world acquiring teas.

I shall miss John.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/28/14 07:12 AM

Soul singer Bobby Womack.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/02/14 02:23 AM

Paul Mazursky, Director Who Captured a Changing America, Dies at 84

Who can forget "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" (1969), "An Unmarried Woman" (1978), “Enemies, a Love Story,” (1989) and, my favorite, "Harry and Tonto" (1974)?
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/03/14 12:31 PM

Innovative and inspiring flautist Paul Horn.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/12/14 05:33 PM

Jazz bassist Charlie Haden
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/18/14 09:23 AM

Blues guitarist Johnny Winters.
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/18/14 10:57 AM

The 298 passengers and crew of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, courtesy of 'peace maker' Putin.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/20/14 04:38 PM

Bret Maverick aka Jim Rockford aka James Garner, Witty, Handsome Leading Man, Dies at 86
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/20/14 05:05 PM

frown   Maverick was practically a religion back in the day. I knew guys who stood at attention during the theme song (which I still remember), and others who danced, and Brother Bret was everybody's favorite. (He was always well-cast, and where would Harrison Ford be without him?)
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/30/14 07:06 AM

Navigator and Captain, Theodore Van Kirk, last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/11/14 03:50 PM

Great comedian and actor Robin Williams. He was one of the best and funniest.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/13/14 03:02 AM

Lauren Bacall
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/04/14 04:11 PM

One of the great comedians, Joan Rivers.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/20/14 06:10 AM

Thought provoking cartoonist Tony Auth.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/18/14 08:35 AM

Founder of Manhattan Transfer, Tim Hauser .
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/31/14 01:56 PM

The as-yet-unnamed Virgin Galactic test pilot killed in today's loss of the SpaceShipTwo. Opta ardua pennis astra sequi.

Edit: The test pilot has been identified as Michael Alsbury, 39.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/01/14 02:58 AM

Jack Bruce, founder, bassist and vocalist of Cream.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/03/14 04:01 PM

Tom Magliozzi, one of the Tappet Brothers of Car Talk. He and Ray were unique. I was saddened when they retired and Tom's loss is a heavy one.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/03/14 04:37 PM

An incredibly brave young lady, Brittany Maynard.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/23/14 08:31 AM

Joe Cocker, with a little help from his friends. smirk
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/23/14 09:17 AM

Originally Posted By: Ira L
Joe Cocker, with a little help from his friends. smirk

It is and it was and I mourn. If anyone ever tripped the light fantastic, he did.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/02/15 06:09 AM

Mae Keane, last of the Radium Girls.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/02/15 09:18 AM

Former NY Governor Mario Cuomo.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/03/15 07:57 AM

Many a youths' idle fantasy: Elly May Clampett, Donna Douglas in real life.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/01/15 04:58 AM

Nobel Prize winner, inventor of the laser, Charles Townes.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/27/15 04:02 PM

Leonard Nimoy. May all of us live long and prosper.
Posted by: MacManiac

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/15/15 02:24 AM

"Bugrit!!!"
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/16/15 04:15 PM

My neighbor for many years and renowned comic book artist, Herb Trimpe. He drew The Incredible Hulk and Wolverine, among others. He died suddenly Monday, April 13 after his daily jog, of an apparent heart attack. I extend my condolences to Patricia (his loving wife), Anna (his mother) and his children and grandchildren. May he rest in peace.

Unlike most of the other posts in this thread, this one is highly personal because I knew the man. May he rest in peace.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/15/15 01:23 AM

B. B. King, Defining Bluesman for Generations, Is Dead at 89
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/09/15 06:45 PM

Charles Manson Prosecutor, Vincent Bugliosi .
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/04/15 11:58 AM

Nicholas Winton, a British citizen who saved 650 Jewish children during the Holocaust by smuggling them out of Prague. He was 106 when he died.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/09/15 04:44 PM

Frank Gifford, a great player from my youth. At that time, football was actually a sport, not a vehicle for commercials and big money. (I now refuse to watch football because of the hype, violence, and commercialism.)

I never saw him play in person, but I used to watch NY Giants games on television, rooting for Gifford, Tittle, Shofner, and the whole crew.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/11/15 04:24 AM

You'd think that there'd be footage of Gifford's legendary one-handed catch, but I can't find any.

(You forgot to mention "Big Red".)
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/11/15 07:25 AM

Originally Posted By: artie505
You'd think that there'd be footage of Gifford's legendary one-handed catch, but I can't find any.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/new-york-giants/0ap3000000433606/Beckham-catches-worldwide-attention

close 'nuff wink
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/11/15 01:58 PM

Thanks for the link; I had actually found it before I posted, but the commercial with which the vid opened was so incredibly obnoxious that I closed the window immediately, particularly knowing that it wasn't Gifford.

I watched it this time - semi-tolerable commercial - and that was a great catch (I had already found a different vid of Beckham making a similar catch.), but don't forget that Gifford did it without "magnetic" gloves.

As I recall, he was coming across the middle, and he just plain bare-handed the ball...a diving catch! In my memory, it was a truly spectacular, not merely great, reception.(He probably had some stickum assistance, but that stuff didn't help all that much.)

I wonder about their comparative hand sizes.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/19/15 09:27 AM

Civil rights leader Julian Bond .
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/30/15 03:25 AM

Oliver Sacks Dies at 82; Neurologist and Author Explored the Brain’s Quirks

Plus an appraisal by Michiko Kakutani, Oliver Sacks, Casting Light on the Interconnectedness of Life

May we all go into that good night as gracefully as he.
Posted by: Virtual1

Wes Craven, Horror Maestro, Dies at 76 - 08/31/15 05:05 AM

Kept many of us from getting good night's rest by starting the Nightmare on Elm Street, among other things

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wes-craven-horror-maestro-dies-818806
Posted by: slolerner

Re: Wes Craven, Horror Maestro, Dies at 76 - 09/06/15 05:14 PM

Great stuff. Not a mere slasher, so many interesting levels to the Freddy movies (except Nightmare 2, which is just a slasher). Playing around in the sleep/wake worlds, the sequels playing on the characters' weaknesses instead of their fears, a boogie-man with good backstory. A self-funded, low budget thriller that became a big franchise.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2uKjYMgUHIQ
Posted by: jchuzi

Yogi Berra - 09/23/15 01:44 AM

Yogi Berra I saw him play at Yankee Stadium several times. He was one of the greats. RIP, Yogi.
Posted by: slolerner

Re: Yogi Berra - 09/23/15 12:41 PM

"It ain't over 'till it's over..." Not just one of baseball's greats, IMHO made baseball great.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/23/15 03:02 PM

Anybody remember "Me he for Yoo Hoo"?
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/23/15 03:55 PM

Some of the more widely quoted philosophy of Yogi Berra
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/24/15 01:48 AM

Yup! He said that stuff, too. grin

He did have a way with words, didn't he?
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/24/15 02:34 AM

Many times, his seemingly nonsensical pronouncements made a lot of sense (like "It ain't over till it's over.").
Posted by: slolerner

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/24/15 05:44 PM

To me, he was baseball. It was him, Billy Martin kicking dirt, the guys who made it fun and funny.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/15/15 02:42 PM

Canadian diplomat Ken Taylor who sheltered six Americans and helped them escape from Tehran in 1979.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/21/15 06:38 AM

Fifteen year-old hero, Zaevion Dobson, who gave his life to save his friends.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/28/15 12:14 PM

Not only a great basketball player, but a terrific entertainer too.. Meadowlark Lemon.
Posted by: Bob_00001

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/11/16 12:02 AM

David Bowie 1947-2016
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/11/16 04:58 AM

Yes, and rock music is quite a bit poorer today. Here's the New York Times piece.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/12/16 01:49 AM

David Bowie Allowed His Art to Deliver a Final [sic?] Message

Best passing ever! Totally within the man's ethos. Small wonder many thought it was a hoax. If anybody could return from beyond, it would be David Bowie. Ziggy and Major Tom got legs!
Posted by: slolerner

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/17/16 07:15 PM

His whole life was a work of art.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/20/16 10:39 AM

Eagles co-founder, Glenn Frey.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/23/16 04:09 PM

For all who haven't been paying attention, this thread has now had more than 500,000 - that's one half of one million - views.

Maybe we're pushing the wrong product? tongue
Posted by: alternaut

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/24/16 08:07 AM

Grelber’s post (previously at this location) about the flame icon associated with this thread was moved to ‘FineTuned Mac Feedback’ as a new thread, and renamed What's with the little flame icon?
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/25/16 08:18 AM

That is impressive, but don't forget it could be the same 12 people go back repeatedly! grin
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/26/16 03:48 PM

Another of the great character actors, Abe Vigoda.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/13/16 04:01 PM

Justice Antonin Scalia. Politics will be getting even more interesting...
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/15/16 12:35 PM

Originally Posted By: jchuzi
Justice Antonin Scalia. Politics will be getting even more interesting...

Word has it that the republicans on the hill are swearing on their mothers' graves that they won't confirm anyone that Obama sends them. Can't get more partisan than that...

Of course the irony is that they were lambasting the Dems a decade ago for "obstructing the democratic process" to them when the shoe was on the other foot.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/15/16 02:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Virtual1
Originally Posted By: jchuzi
Justice Antonin Scalia. Politics will be getting even more interesting...

Word has it that the republicans on the hill are swearing on their mothers' graves that they won't confirm anyone that Obama sends them. Can't get more partisan than that...

Or more in contempt of the Constitution, not that that hasn't been their attitude for a while.

This would be in a bright spotlight, though, and the potential effect on the election of the open politicization of the Supreme Court is even more frightening than the thought of its being in limbo for more, possibly way more, than a year.

But on the other hand, it would put them at risk of Hillary's winning and possibly carrying the Senate along with her, particularly with the possibility of Trump going indy and splitting their vote not out of the question. Wouldn't that be a kick in the head, not to mention the grand-daddy of all failed gambles?

But if that's truly where they stand, I'll pay for Clarence Thomas's seat next to Scalia on Charon's ferry.
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/16/16 05:03 AM

Originally Posted By: artie505
But on the other hand, it would put them at risk of Hillary's winning and possibly carrying the Senate along with her, particularly with the possibility of Trump going indy and splitting their vote not out of the question. Wouldn't that be a kick in the head, not to mention the grand-daddy of all failed gambles?

I think Trump splitting the vote is a given. As much as they currently despise Trump, the only real chance they have is if he wins the nom, because otherwise he's got no problem with splitting the reps, which will almost certainly cost them the election. I think at this point his "nuclear" threat is simply "either nominate me, or I guarantee the dems will win the election, regardless of who you nominate."

This puts them in the unpalatable situation of needing to support someone they don't like, to have a chance at stopping someone they like even LESS.

Honestly I don't think Trump cares if he loses. He's a bit of a diva, he loves the spotlight and he's getting all the airtime he could ever want. It's possible his NOT getting the nom may end up providing even more attention than if he got it. He simply has nothing to lose, he's in a win, win, WIN situation. (really, we're the only ones that might lose!)


Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/16/16 05:14 AM

Yup!

Quote:
Honestly I don't think Trump cares if he loses.

Wouldn't even surprise me if he's in it to lose; he has, after all, latched on to the same lucky charm that McCain did. tongue
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/17/16 12:50 AM

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Former UN Secretary-General, Dies at 93

While it is underplayed in the obit, Boutros-Ghali was more than just saddened by the failure of the UN to act properly in the Rwandan genocide.

The real villain in that tragedy was Kofi Annan, Boutros-Ghali's successor as Secretary-General, then head of UN peacekeeping. One might add that the Clinton administration was complicit, if not active, in the resulting inaction.

If one takes the time to go through the myriad cables sent between Major General Roméo Dallaire, UN force commander in Rwanda, and the security council via the office of Kofi Annan, the picture painted is obscene.

According to exegetical notes to the cables at the time (January 11, 1994):
"Dallaire urgently requested protection for an informant who outlined to him Hutu plans being made to exterminate Tutsis, to provoke and kill Belgian troops so as to guarantee Belgium's withdraw from Rwanda, and the location of Interhamwe arms caches. Everything Dallaire's informant told him came true 3 months later."
"Dallaire was told the UN didn't agree with his plan to raid the arm caches and furthermore, he must inform the president of Rwanda what he had learned from the informant, even though it was the president's own inner circle that was planning the slaughter of Tutsis."

A very readable exposé is Roméo Dallaire's Shake hands with the devil : the failure of humanity in Rwanda (Toronto: Random House Canada, 2003).

One of my favorite quotes of all time (and perhaps words to live by) is Boutros-Ghali's comment in 1993:
"The only way to deal with bureaucrats is with stealth and sudden violence."
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/19/16 07:25 AM

Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Dies at 89
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/01/16 01:28 AM

Let's just park it in the usual place so no one misses it ...

Originally Posted By: honestone
An excellent actor has passed away:

RIP: George Kennedy

I always enjoyed seeing George Kennedy in the numerous roles that he played. It would be difficult to say which was his best role.
Going to miss him.
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/02/16 04:51 AM

Originally Posted By: grelber
Let's just park it in the usual place so no one misses it ...

Originally Posted By: honestone
An excellent actor has passed away:

RIP: George Kennedy

I always enjoyed seeing George Kennedy in the numerous roles that he played. It would be difficult to say which was his best role.
Going to miss him.

Good lord, that man got around!
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001421/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/06/16 02:52 PM

Nancy Reagan, Influential and Protective First Lady, Is Dead at 94
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/07/16 05:54 PM

The inventor of email, Ray Tomlinson.
Posted by: slolerner

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/07/16 06:34 PM

Here's a photo of Ray Tomlinson's workstation:

http://openmap.bbn.com/~tomlinso/ray/ka10.html

Edit: I just noticed something, ryck. Your dog and my parrot seem to have the same 'expression.'
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/08/16 09:18 AM

one of those tall cabinets was probably where the 64kb (core ram) was stored.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/08/16 09:45 AM

Rev. Robert Palladino, Scribe Who Shaped Apple’s Fonts, Dies at 83
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/09/16 06:11 AM

Likely the most successful music producer ever, and the man who earned the name, the Fifth Beatle, George Martin.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/12/16 06:51 AM

Keyboardist with Emerson, Lake and Palmer... Keith Emerson.

And here, playing with another late, great.
Posted by: freelance

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/25/16 12:56 AM

It's not funny... Garry Shandling. 66.
Posted by: slolerner

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/30/16 07:56 PM

Patty Duke, Actress and Mental Health Pioneer.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/...0329-story.html
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/31/16 04:58 PM

Ronnie Corbett, best known for The Two Ronnies, dies aged 85

Shorter half of British TV's The Two Ronnies (with Ronnie Barker) whose standard sign-off — singularly apropos here — was ...
Ronnie C: It's good night from me.
Ronnie B: And it's good night from him.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/06/16 01:14 PM

Country music legend, Merle Haggard.
Posted by: slolerner

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/11/16 02:12 AM

Charles Hirch, NYC Chief Medical Officer on 9/11

http://nytimes.com/2016/04/11/nyregion/c...dies-at-79.html
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/21/16 09:37 AM

Prince died today, apparently of the flu? Considering all his unreleased recordings he'd amassed, I'd imagine we'll continue to get new works from him for some time to come.

http://www.tmz.com/2016/04/21/prince-dead-at-57/
Posted by: freelance

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/21/16 11:16 AM

I've got a greatest hits album I haven't listened to in ages. I'll have to dust it off and party like it's 1999. RIP.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/29/16 04:34 PM

K-Tel Founder And Infomercial Icon Philip Kives Dies At 87

Philip Kives was a Winnipeg business executive and innovative marketing genius. He is a rags to riches story, about a Jewish farm boy from Saskatchewan, who emerged as a promotional wizard and dominated markets around the world. (Wikipedia)

But wait. There's more ...

K-tel Pitchman Who Perfected ‘As Seen on TV’ Dies at 87

Philip Kives’s company, K-tel, saturated airwaves for decades with ads for gadgets like the Veg-O-Matic and compilation albums like “Hit Machine.”
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/01/16 03:18 AM

Daniel Berrigan. Whether or not you agreed with him, you had to respect his standing up for his principles. He may have been a radical, but in my view, he was usually right. To paraphrase Bertrand Russell: The reasonable man changes himself to adapt to the world. The unreasonable man tries to change the world to adapt to himself. Therefore, progress is always made by unreasonable men.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/19/16 04:02 PM

Only three days after retiring from an impressive career, newsman Morley Safer.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/19/16 04:27 PM

Originally Posted By: ryck
Only three days after retiring from an impressive career, newsman Morley Safer.

Another one of ours (from Hogtown) into the blue beyond. RIP.
His reportage from Vietnam had significant effect on bringing the war "home" and bringing it to an end.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/04/16 03:24 AM

Muhammad Ali, self-styled "The Greatest". That epithet was totally accurate. RIP Muhammad. frown
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/04/16 06:06 AM

Originally Posted By: jchuzi
RIP Muhammad. frown

May he forever float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. smirk
Posted by: slolerner

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/04/16 06:17 AM

"I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can't hit what his eyes can't see."

Great Netflix documentary, "I Am Ali"
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/04/16 06:25 AM

Whether in the ring, or standing up for those things in which he believed, Muhammad Ali was a magnificent human being.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/10/16 06:18 AM

Hockey legend Gordie Howe passed away this morning at 88

Gordie Howe, Mr Hockey for the Red Wings, Dies at 88

A Gordie Howe hat trick: a goal, an assist and a fight.

Mr Elbows' career actually spanned 6 decades — he played a shift in 1997 (with the IHL's Detroit Vipers, now defunct), just to be able to say that he did:
"The Vipers made headlines in 1997-98 by signing Hockey Hall of Fame winger Gordie Howe to a 1-day contract. Howe, 69 years old at the time of the game, suited up for the Vipers and played one shift. The publicity stunt was intended to drum up interest in the club as well as afford Howe the opportunity to play a professional hockey game in six consecutive decades." (Wikipedia)

In addition to his well-earned epithet, Mr Hockey, he's also known as "The Greatest" — not to take anything away from Muhammad Ali — even though Wayne Gretzky, "The Great One", edged him out in lifetime goals.

Gretzky reminisced that Howe said he should have been a center (rather than a winger) — which would have curtailed the amount of ice he would have had to cover — and that way could have played for another 20 years.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/16/16 09:41 AM

RE Gordie Howe:

If you didn't have the good fortune to hear/see the 27-minute eulogy presented by his son Murray, check out:

Touching Gordie Howe eulogy chock full of anecdotes

and/or the video of the entire eulogy courtesy of Sportsnet

Murray Howe Delivers Gordie Howe's Eulogy.
Posted by: Virtual1

Anton 'Chekov' Yelchin - 06/19/16 04:13 PM

On Sunday morning 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin, who plays Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, was killed in a freak accident with his own car in the driveway of his home in Studio City. "It appears he momentarily exited his car and it rolled backward, causing trauma that led to his death"

Stephen King called him a "crazily talented actor gone too soon," remembering Yelchin from one of his last roles in a 10-episode adaptation of King's "Mr. Mercedes". Yelchin will play a mentally deranged ice cream truck driver who's also an IT worker for a Geek Squad-like company named "Cyber Patrol".

"played a mentally deranged ice cream truck driver"... wow.
Posted by: artie505

Ad astra: another passing. - 06/19/16 04:40 PM

Restoring thread title.
Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/20/16 03:04 PM

Not a person but an institution in the Macintosh world MacNN just announced they are closing the end of this month.
Posted by: slolerner

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/26/16 01:19 PM

Bill Cunningham, Fashion Photographer for New York Times
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/sty...dies-at-87.html
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/01/16 07:05 AM

The man who so often accurately predicted future events, Alvin Toffler.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/03/16 06:52 AM

Survivor and chronicler of the holocaust, and Nobel Prize winner, Elie Wiesel.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/29/16 09:42 AM

Extraordinary illustrator Jack Davis.

While his work appeared in many publications, including movie posters, he may be best known as one of Mad Magazine's "usual gang of idiots".
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/29/16 12:41 PM

Originally Posted By: Ira L
Extraordinary illustrator Jack Davis.

Indeed. IMHO his most impressive artwork appeared in EC's horror comics (such as The Vault of Horror, Tales From the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, Crime SuspenStories, Shock SupenStories) and EC's war comics (eg, Two-Fisted Tales, Frontline Combat) — all of which became "banned" in the mid-1950s.
RIP, Jack.
Posted by: slolerner

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/22/16 05:39 AM

Toots Thielemans, legendary jazz musician and harmonica player.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-37153355
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/22/16 12:08 PM

I've got no idea how many albums I have with Toots Thielemans sitting in. Good band and orchestra leaders knew, as they did with other incomparable musicians, "If I want this done right, I have to get Toots."

Too bad he didn't get one more month, and be able to attend the hometown festival in his honour.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/29/16 12:43 PM

One of the great comedians, Gene Wilder. I will always appreciate his portrayal of the title role in Young Frankenstein.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/30/16 08:30 AM

Despite the accolades for his other endeavors, my favorite memories of Wilder center on his role in The Producers which I saw first run in December 1968. When I left the theater, I had to sit in my car for a half hour because I couldn't stop laughing hysterically*, replaying certain scenes in my head — in particular, the one where Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and Leo Bloom (Wilder) find themselves in Brooklyn looking for the playwright of "Springtime for Hitler":

Stopped before a brownstone, they ask a stereotypic Jewish bubbe (grandmother) sticking her head out a window if she knows of him, to which she replies (in stereotypic Yiddish accent), "Oh, you mean the Nazi. He's up on the roof with his pigeons." They climb the stairs to the roof where they encounter an extremely paranoid Franz Liebkind (Kenneth Mars), wearing a WWII-vintage SA helmet with a big blob of pigeon dropping on it, guarding his pigeons which he has been using to send messages back to the home front (Nazi Germany).

Not to be outdone are the numerous vignettes of Bialystock's dalliances with the elderly ladies qua marks.

As film critic Leonard Maltin points out, the film gets better with every viewing ... and I must be up to number 20 by now.

"If you got it, baby, flaunt it!"

FYI: The movie review in The New York Times back in the day did not exactly go into raptures about the movie; they seem to have changed their tune over the past 5 decades.

* EDIT: I left out the bit that due to my tears of laughter and paroxysmal breathing, all the windows in the car misted up; even though it was Xmas time, the mist didn't freeze. And the theater was located in a mall in Hartsdale, NY.


Posted by: slolerner

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/30/16 10:48 AM

I am laughing just reading this. Thanks.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/30/16 04:26 PM

The media have been hyping Young Frankenstein, but as far as I'm concerned it's merely second rate compared to The Producers!!!

(I don't know about Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner, but can you imagine what it might have been to have been Anne Bancroft living with Mel Brooks?)
Posted by: slolerner

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/30/16 04:32 PM

"This is bedlam! Will the dancing Hitlers please wait in the wings? We are only seeing singing Hitlers."
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/30/16 04:40 PM

"Work?"

???

"Oh!!!"

Frau Blucher and her big bazooms had absolutely nothing on Ulla!
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/05/16 04:41 PM

Hugh O’Brian, dashing TV star of ‘Wyatt Earp’, dies at 91
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Our next president?!! - 09/07/16 04:43 AM

Blazing Saddles would win my vote for best Wilder film
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Our next president?!! - 09/26/16 03:11 AM

One of the greatest golfers, Arnold Palmer
Posted by: artie505

Ad astra: another passing. - 09/26/16 06:28 AM

How'd this thread's title get changed to "Our next president"?
Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/26/16 08:44 AM

Originally Posted By: artie505
How'd this thread's title get changed to "Our next president"?

It didn't. Perhaps you mis-clicked.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/26/16 08:46 AM

You overlooked the two posts that precede mine. (I meant on the right side of the Forums page; it never changes on the left side of the Lounge page once the initial edit period has ended.)
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/26/16 09:42 AM

Somehow Virtual1's post (#41652) attracted the wrong title. From that point, as is usual with "Ad astra", everyone just "replies" to the previous post, thus perseverating the thread's title.

But how Virtual1 was able to pull that off — since it's not likely he did it on purpose — is a wonderment. confused
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/26/16 11:38 AM

A while back I reverted the title of this same thread to its correct one, and if I remember correctly it was V1 who had somehow accomplished the change that time, too.

He once described how he "tabs" through posts (I was completely unable to fathom what he said.), and I wonder if it's something he does during that procedure that somehow results in the changes being made?

What say you, V1?
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/30/16 10:10 AM

Originally Posted By: artie505
A while back I reverted the title of this same thread to its correct one, and if I remember correctly it was V1 who had somehow accomplished the change that time, too.

He once described how he "tabs" through posts (I was completely unable to fathom what he said.), and I wonder if it's something he does during that procedure that somehow results in the changes being made?

What say you, V1?


A bit OT, but here's my usual run. I have Safari set to open new windows in tabs, and to select newly opened tabs automagically.

I go to the main forum list, and shift-cmd-click all of the yellow forums. (forums with new posts). This opens each forum in a new tab, leaving the forum list tab up.

Then I switch to the first forum tab, and shift-cmd-click each of the yellow thread. (threads with new posts) The last one I simply click, so it moves the forum tab to the last post. I then read threads, cmd-w closing each one as I finish it, sometimes replying.

When I get through all the posts in a forum, the next forum tab comes up, and I repeat the previous step of opening the new threads.

When I close the last thread from the last forum, I'm back at the forums list tab. I refresh that, and usually all the forums change from yellow. If I missed something, I go to it.

I can only guess that safari or a cookie's state got messed up during that process when I hit Reply on a message.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/01/16 11:10 PM

Got it! Thanks.

I wonder if this mystery will ever be solved.
Posted by: MacManiac

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/26/16 08:20 AM

Bob Hoover

I had the very special privilege to dine with him at an event in Hollywood a few years ago....we exchanged some interesting flying tales and I learned the reason why he used a back-handed pouring technique when he did the "pour a glass of tea" video while performing a barrel roll maneuver. Seems that when he poured it normally, his hand blocked the shot from the camera....up until that point, I just thought he was showing off!!!!
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/10/16 07:11 PM

Canadian author, poet, singer, songwriter Leonard Cohen.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/10/16 11:54 PM

Leonard Cohen, Epic and Enigmatic Songwriter, Is Dead at 82

Of his life and oeuvre: Hallelujah!

He and the other creative geniuses who sprouted in the 1960s composed the musical background in many of our lives and made those lives sing, as they do even today.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/12/16 12:14 AM

Robert Vaughn, Star of ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.,’ Dies at 83
Posted by: Pendragon

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/14/16 02:23 PM

Gwen Ifill: Award-Winning Political Reporter and Author, Dies at 61
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/16/16 07:17 AM

Blues and jazz pianist who defied categorization, Mose Allison.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/23/16 11:37 AM

Remembered for one thing (unfortunately): Ralph Branca. Stealing bases is legal in baseball, but not stealing signs. Oh well...

And in a related article, Pitches Pitchers Would Like to Take Back
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/24/16 09:48 PM

Florence Henderson, ‘Brady Bunch’ Mom and TV Icon, Dies at 82

http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/florence-henderson-brady-bunch-dead-at-82-1201926558/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Henderson
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/26/16 06:25 AM

Love him or hate him, he had a big influence on US policy. Fidel Castro
Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/27/16 12:31 PM

Ron Glass from the TV comedy detective series Barney Miller, the cult Sci-Fi series Firefly and its movie follow-on Serenity fame.
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/28/16 04:52 AM

Originally Posted By: jchuzi
Love him or hate him, he had a big influence on US policy.

Interesting dichotomy, widespread mourning in cuba while cubans in florida were mostly partying and celebrating. Not sure if perspective or government coordinated or what. I suppose it all depends on if you were on the receiving end of his bad tendencies.
Posted by: tacit

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/28/16 09:48 PM

Originally Posted By: Virtual1

Interesting dichotomy, widespread mourning in cuba while cubans in florida were mostly partying and celebrating. Not sure if perspective or government coordinated or what. I suppose it all depends on if you were on the receiving end of his bad tendencies.


There are two classes of Cubans in Florida.

The first wave is exiled Batistas, members of the upper class under President Batista when Castro came to power. Fulgencio Batista was a fantastically corrupt (think Donald Trump meets Vladimir Putin) kleptocrat and totalitarian dictator, and the Cubans who fled Castro were the wealthy oligarchs who (pre-Castro) controlled most of Cuba's resources and almost all of its wealth. They and their descendants looted whatever they could when they fled. When they settled in Miami, many of them were still extremely wealthy, though not as wealthy as they had been before Castro deposed Batista.

These Cubans are still wealthy and politically connected. They still nurse lifelong grudges against Castro, and feel that he took what was rightfully theirs. So they are, unsurprisingly, cheering his death.

The second class is the post-Castro refuges. Most of them are impoverished and few have political connections; they have very little power, and may be anti-Castro, pro-Castro, or ambivalent. (Some of the refugees were prisoners when Castro came to power, freed by Castro under the condition that they leave the country.)
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/29/16 05:44 AM

Originally Posted By: tacit
The second class is the post-Castro refuges. Most of them are impoverished and few have political connections; they have very little power, and may be anti-Castro, pro-Castro, or ambivalent. (Some of the refugees were prisoners when Castro came to power, freed by Castro under the condition that they leave the country.)

I seem to recall hearing that Castro "opened his jails" on Florida. A rather bizarre thing to do, but makes sense in a certain context. What, you're accepting any refugees from Cuba? Here, we don't want these, take them!" Cuba wins big, US gets a political win with a social loss. Castro was probably greatly entertained by the whole affair.

Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/29/16 08:14 AM

Originally Posted By: Virtual1
I seem to recall hearing that Castro "opened his jails" on Florida. A rather bizarre thing to do, but makes sense in a certain context. What, you're accepting any refugees from Cuba? Here, we don't want these, take them!" Cuba wins big, US gets a political win with a social loss. Castro was probably greatly entertained by the whole affair.

As I recall the great majority of the "prisoners" Castro released to the United States were political not criminal prisoners. So Castro got rid of most of the Cuban troublemakers and turned what was becoming a nasty embarrassment into a magnanimous gesture. Had the U.S. failed to accept the released prisoners it would have made us appear as the villains in the eyes of the international community and our own people. So no matter what your opinion of him, Fidel Castro, once again, proved himself to be a brilliant political strategist. By-the-way the vast majority of those prisoners released to the United States are now hard working tax payers making substantial contributions to the culture and economy of this country. So don't sell them short either.

Castro very successfully played the role of an international political buffoon to lull the U.S. and the U.N. into consistently underestimating him. He was demonstrably an economic and social failure but his political buffoonery kept the U.S. and other world powers off his back and enabled him to retain power in Cuba long after his time had passed. The U.S. trade sanctions were successful in impoverishing the Cuban people but they also set up a "them and us", "big bully and little victim" situation that enabled Castro and his cohorts in remain in power.

To me, Castro and his political strategies are terrifyingly similar to those of our apparent president elect, Donald Trump. 👺
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/29/16 09:44 AM

Originally Posted By: tacit
These Cubans are still wealthy and politically connected. They still nurse lifelong grudges against Castro, and feel that he took what was rightfully theirs. So they are, unsurprisingly, cheering his death.


During and after World War II many Jews fleeing Europe were not allowed to enter the United States. Cuba accepted them. When Castro came into power, the Jewish community feared that a Communist government would not allow freedom of religion (or worse; cf. Soviet Union with whom Castro had strong ties), so they left for the United States, which by that time allowed them entrance.

Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/29/16 10:14 AM

Originally Posted By: Ira L
During and after World War II many Jews fleeing Europe were not allowed to enter the United States.

The same dismal behavior was exhibited by the Dominion of Canada.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/08/16 03:43 PM

A true hero has passed: John Glenn
Posted by: Bob_00001

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/14/16 12:08 PM

Bob Washington, the Voice of K-Tel.
http://ajournalofmusicalthings.com/bob-washington-voice-k-tel-tv-commercials-died/
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/15/16 09:35 AM

Alan Thicke, classic TV dad ("Growing Pains"), songwriter (themes for "Wheel of Fortune", "Diff'rent Strokes" and more) and late-night TV host ("Thicke of the Night").
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/18/16 04:08 PM

Zsa Zsa Gabor, who proved that you don't need talent to succeed. Still, she had some great quips, including "How many husbands have I had? Do you mean apart from my own?"
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/22/16 09:26 AM

Lou Harris, pollster extraordinaire, dead at 95.

Where was he in this last election? tongue
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/27/16 10:40 AM

Carrie Fisher, who had a successful career and an unhappy life. May she rest in peace.
Posted by: Paddy

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/27/16 01:59 PM

Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, at the age of 96.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/27/16 02:13 PM

I read Watership Down as an adult and loved it. It may be classified as a children's story, but it has so much more that it should appeal to adults. Many things in that book will go over a young person's head.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/27/16 11:29 PM

Originally Posted By: jchuzi
I read Watership Down as an adult and loved it. It may be classified as a children's story, but it has so much more that it should appeal to adults. Many things in that book will go over a young person's head.

One mustn't forget Shardik and The Plague Dogs.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/29/16 03:07 AM

Originally Posted By: jchuzi
Carrie Fisher, who had a successful career and an unhappy life. May she rest in peace.


And now, tragically, her mother. Debbie Reynolds
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/29/16 10:10 AM

This year can easily be characterized as a "dumpster fire" of a year. (Read into that anything that you will.)
To say more than that would be overkill.
{Hey, I'm a poet and don't know it. smirk ]
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/02/17 10:20 AM

Still in last year, William Christopher, better known as Father Mulcahy on the TV series of M*A*S*H.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/09/17 08:28 AM

One of the most beloved trees in America, Pioneer Cabin Tree in California felled by storms
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/26/17 03:43 PM

Comic and dramatic actress, Mary Tyler Moore, Some of the best belly laughs I've had were while watching exchanges between Mary and Lou in the newsroom.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/27/17 09:05 AM

"Mannix" TV star Mike Connors, at nearly 92 years.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/28/17 12:41 AM

John Hurt, British Actor Who Vanished Into His Roles, Dies at 77
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 01/28/17 12:41 AM

Barbara Hale, ‘Perry Mason’ Actress [Della Street], Dies at 94
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/15/17 03:20 PM

Stuart McLean, creator of and famed for "The Vinyl Café" in its many incarnations, as well as a national treasure qua storyteller extraordinaire

CBC radio personality and Vinyl Cafe host Stuart McLean has died

Addendum: "Canada's Storyteller: A Tribute to Stuart McLean" will be aired today (Feb 16) on CBC Radio One at 1300 local time. Following the airing it should be available as a podcast (cbc.ca/podcasts).
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/16/17 08:37 AM

Diversely talented musician Al Jarreau.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/18/17 05:49 PM

Rock and roll great Chuck Berry. I remember his songs from my misspent youth.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/18/17 06:02 PM

I often find myself singing Chuck Berry songs to myself...know many of the lyrics by heart; in my mind he and early Elvis WERE Rock 'n' Roll!!!
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/19/17 02:05 PM

Jimmy Breslin From the obituary: "Love or loathe him, none could deny Mr. Breslin’s enduring impact on the craft of narrative nonfiction."
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/07/17 06:40 AM

The equal opportunity offender, comedian Don Rickles.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/14/17 05:11 PM

Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/23/17 07:39 AM

The second James Bond, who replaced Sean Connery: Sir Roger Moore
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/28/17 06:57 AM

Co-founder, with his brother Duane, of the Allman Brothers Band Gregg Allman.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/10/17 09:11 AM

Adam West, who played Batman in the 1966 TV series. His straight-faced, straight-laced portrayal was hysterically funny.

One thing that I remember: Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) was escorting a date to her apartment. She said, "Want to come in for some milk and cookies?" Wayne replied, "Did you say milk and cookies?" And then, in an aside to the audience, he said, "Man does not live by crime-fighting alone."
Posted by: MacManiac

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/10/17 09:20 AM

Holy mortality, Batman.....
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/17/17 02:57 AM

Great character actor Martin Landau. I first saw him in Mission Impossible in the 60s. He was fantastic as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/28/17 02:49 AM

Great voice actress, June Foray. The world is a sadder place without Rocky and Natasha. Imagine what the producers would have done with the current political mess.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/28/17 11:10 PM

Originally Posted By: jchuzi
Great voice actress, June Foray. The world is a sadder place without Rocky and Natasha. Imagine what the producers would have done with the current political mess.

She certainly was talented, and the fact that she did Rocky and Natasha's vastly different voices underscores it!
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/01/17 12:23 AM

Jeanne Moreau, Femme Fatale of French New Wave, Is Dead at 89

For those of us who were adolescents when she appeared on the scene in the nouvelle vague, enough said.

This article is a nice little trip down Memory Lane.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/01/17 09:21 AM

Acclaimed actor (Oscar-nominated) and playwright (Pulitzer Prize-winning) Sam Shepard.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/08/17 10:32 AM

Haruo Nakajima, the First Actor to Play Godzilla, Dies at 88 I remember the original movie from 1954 (I was 9 years old and loved it). Raymond Burr was in the movie as well. As I recall, the dubbed English dialogue was rather hilarious. One line (if memory serves): "Tokyo has been totarry obriterated."
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/08/17 05:24 PM

The most famous singer/songwriter/guitarist ever to come from Delight, Arkansas, Glen Campbell.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/21/17 11:23 AM

The comedian who also raised $1.5 billion to help defeat muscular dystrophy, Jerry Lewis.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/22/17 01:34 AM

Originally Posted By: ryck
The comedian who also raised $1.5 billion to help defeat muscular dystrophy, Jerry Lewis.

Correction: $4.5 billion
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/22/17 02:40 AM

Originally Posted By: grelber
Originally Posted By: ryck
The comedian who also raised $1.5 billion to help defeat muscular dystrophy, Jerry Lewis.

Correction: $4.5 billion

Originally Posted By: The New York Times
...the telethon raised about $2 billion during the more than 40 years he was host.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/02/17 02:02 AM

Shelley Berman, Stand-Up Comic Who Skewered Modern Life, Dies at 92

I certainly remember this bit (and many other bits) from his stand-up (sit-down) shtick:
"If you’ve never met a student from the University of Chicago, I’ll describe him to you. If you give him a glass of water, he says: 'This is a glass of water. But is it a glass of water? And if it is a glass of water, why is it a glass of water?' And eventually he dies of thirst."
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/03/17 06:08 PM

Steely Dan co-founder, and guitarist... Walter Becker.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/28/17 02:31 AM

Hugh Hefner, Who Built Playboy Empire and Embodied It, Dies at 91 Paul Anka may have written "My Way" for Frank Sinatra, but it just as easily could have been written for Hef. Hef truly did his way. RIP, Hef.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/02/17 10:56 AM

Long-time host of "Let's Make a Deal" Monty Hall.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/03/17 06:43 PM

Tom Petty, a Mainstay of Rock With the Heartbreakers, Dies at 66

One of the greats! frown
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/09/17 10:45 AM

Y.A. Tittle I never saw him in person, but I watched him on television when he played QB for the New York Giants. He and Del Shofner made a great pass-catching combination. RIP, YA.
Posted by: freelance

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/10/17 04:12 AM

Dad took me to a 49ers/Colts game when I was 12. It wasn't much fun, as the Colts kicked our butts. But I did get to see Y.A and Johnny Unitas. (I had to look all this up, as I don't remember the game making all that much of an impression on me – I liked the horseshoe on the side of Baltimore's helmets. I have always preferred watching sports on television.)
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/18/17 07:20 AM

Canadian music icon, Gord Downie, lead singer, songwriter for The Tragically Hip.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/18/17 09:04 AM

Originally Posted By: ryck
Canadian music icon, Gord Downie, lead singer, songwriter for The Tragically Hip.

And he was still performing — in all his many personas — right down to the wire. smile
Posted by: Virtual1

Fats Domino: Rock and roll legend dies aged 89 - 10/25/17 08:47 AM

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-41753839

The American rock and roll artist was best known for his songs Ain't That A Shame and Blueberry Hill.

The New Orleans singer sold more than 65 million records, outselling every 1950s rock and roll act except Elvis Presley.

His million-selling debut single, The Fat Man, is credited by some as the first ever rock and roll record.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/31/17 09:32 AM

Regardless of your politics, Native American activist Russell Means, always kept his principles in the forefront.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/17/17 01:59 PM

It's been almost 2 years since Stuart McLean died, but finally the following announcement from Vinyl Cafe Producer Jess Milton:

CBC HOLIDAY SPECIAL

As I’ve mentioned before, we recorded our final Vinyl Cafe show in Thunder Bay, Ontario on November 22nd, 2015.

I’m delighted to announce that this December, CBC Radio will be airing that show – our final Vinyl Cafe Christmas Concert. The very last show that Stuart performed before he died.

The show will air three times on CBC Radio 1:

Sunday, December 17th @ 12 noon
Tuesday, December 19th @ 11 pm
Thursday, December 21st @ 1 pm
(local time, half an hour later in NFLD)

You will also be able to listen via podcast and on some public radio stations in the USA (check with your local station to see if they are carrying the special).

The special features holiday music by The Once and the Vinyl Cafe Orchestra. It also includes “The Christmas Card”, a new Dave and Morley Christmas story.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/19/17 11:28 PM

Charles Manson, Wild-Eyed Leader of a Murderous Crew, Dies

Finally. crazy mad
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/20/17 03:15 AM

Late and unlamented. To paraphrase Mark Twain, I could not attend the funeral but I sent a note saying that I approved.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/20/17 06:48 AM

All 'round nice guy, country music star, Mel Tillis.

In the 70's, a friend and I had a small radio production company which prepared a series of short shows with country music performers. When we interviewed Mel Tillis (who was a peach of a guy) we asked him about his stutter and why it was that he stuttered in speech but not while singing.

He thought it was because the music had a beat to follow, and further conjectured that, if he walked around with a bass drum strapped to his back, he'd be fine. However, he said, "People would think I was crazy as hell."

He then told one of the funniest stories in our series.

Another country star of the time, Faron Young, was a good friend of Tillis who always teased him about his stutter. Then Young was in a dreadful car accident that cut away most of his tongue.

Tillis told us: "I raced over to the hospital and up to Faron's room, and said: "I g, g,... I g, g,... I g, g, got you now!"
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/22/17 12:40 PM

Very brave young Afghan police officer, Basam Pacha.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/04/17 12:54 PM

America' favourite gas jockey and later, favourite Marine, Jim Nabors.
Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/04/18 08:04 AM

The creator of Beetle Bailey — [url=comicskingdom.com/blog/2018/02/02/a-tribute-to-mort-walker-1923-2018]Mort Walker[/url].
Posted by: MacManiac

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/04/18 04:48 PM

Your attempted link came a cropper, so here's another try.....

Mort Walker
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/21/18 04:29 PM

Billy Graham, 99, Dies; Pastor Filled Stadiums and Counseled Presidents
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/26/18 10:10 AM

TV and Stage Comedienne, Nanette Fabray.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/14/18 02:51 AM

Stephen Hawking, Who Examined the Universe and Explained Black Holes, Dies at 76
Posted by: Virtual1

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/14/18 06:44 AM


That one hits especially hard...

https://i.imgur.com/QPz832X.jpg
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/19/18 01:36 AM

Overlooked: Ada Lovelace, Computer Pioneer

Lovelace thought of math and logic as imaginative, and her writings in the mid-1800s earned her recognition as the first computer programmer.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/27/18 04:56 PM

Linda Brown, Symbol of Landmark Desegregation Case, Dies at 75
Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/28/18 05:58 AM

Originally Posted By: grelber
Overlooked: Ada Lovelace, Computer Pioneer[/url]

Lovelace thought of math and logic as imaginative, and her writings in the mid-1800s earned her recognition as the first computer programmer.

Ada's skills as a mathematician and computer programmer have not been overlooked in the computing world. She has been remembered by giving her name to a Programming Language, a computer virus, and a crypto currency.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/18/18 08:50 AM

Harry Anderson of TV show "Night Court" fame.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 04/18/18 12:30 PM

The matriarch and the most likable/lovable member of the Bush clan ...

Barbara Bush, First Lady and First Mother, Dies at 92

Mrs Bush avoided controversial issues while in the White House and became known for her straight talk, lack of pretension and self-deprecating humor.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/23/18 01:19 AM

Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85
Posted by: MG2009

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/23/18 06:37 AM

RE: Mrs Bush avoided controversial issues while in the White House and became known for her straight talk, lack of pretension and self-deprecating humor.


--------------


Ahem. Except for that "little" matter of telling New Orleans in 2005 they would be better off now because of Hurricane Katrina.

smirk
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/26/18 07:09 AM

Star of TV series "Cheyenne" and one of the Dirty Dozen, Clint Walker died at the age of 90.
Posted by: Urquhart

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/26/18 10:41 PM

Alan Bean, fourth man on the Moon, dies at 86.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/20/18 08:28 AM

Adrian Cronauer, the original "Good Morning, Viet Nam!", and the inspiration for Robin William's character in the movie of the same name.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/16/18 09:59 AM

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, at 76.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/17/18 08:58 AM

Check the first tune in this compilation 14 year old Aretha singing in church ...both amazing and predictive.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/26/18 09:34 AM

Senator John McCain
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/26/18 09:39 AM

Playwright Neil Simon
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/07/18 09:45 AM

A man of many talents, or at least many roles, Burt Reynolds.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/08/18 10:54 AM

Another man of many talents, Gene Wilder.
Posted by: Urquhart

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/10/18 10:23 AM

Originally Posted By: jchuzi
Gene Wilder
Whoa. Deja vu. Wasn’t that like two years ago?
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/10/18 10:58 AM

Originally Posted By: Urquhart
Originally Posted By: jchuzi
Gene Wilder
Whoa. Deja vu. Wasn’t that like two years ago?
Oops! You're right. I saw that on the BBC website and didn't look at the date. I wondered why the NY Times didn't have anything about this.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 09/19/18 12:39 PM

I can't help but admire this wonderful rogue: Alan Abel, Hoaxer Extraordinaire, Is (on Good Authority) Dead at 94
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/08/18 01:34 AM

Montserrat Caballé, Revered Spanish Prima Donna

She ranks very close to the top of the list of sopranos to whom I love to listen; I've got her right behind Maria Callas and Leontyne Price.
Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/16/18 07:33 AM

Paul Allen co-founder of Microsoft
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 10/21/18 09:30 AM

The other Microsoft founder, and the man who came up with the company's name, Paul Allen.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/13/18 12:24 AM

Stan Lee Is Dead at 95; Superhero of Marvel Comics
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 11/13/18 12:49 AM

"S" for the wisdom of Solomon!

I hate his characters after Captain Marvel, but I've got to give him credit for having created them.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/01/18 10:42 AM

George H.W. Bush He had integrity and intelligence. Unfortunately, even is son is looking good compared to #45.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 12/14/18 12:43 PM

The great jazz singer, Nancy Wilson. Do yourself a favour and check out her version of Can't Take My Eyes Off of You.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/04/19 03:21 AM

Our longtime contributor Pendragon, aka Harvey Rubinstein.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/04/19 04:06 AM

I'm sorry to hear that. frown

I've always enjoyed Harv's posts, and I'll miss them, but I'll particularly miss his sig - "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. ~Voltaire" - which was posted years before the election of #45 but has taken on new significance since that unhappy day, so in his memory, I've taken the liberty of appending my sig with his...preceded by "In Memory Of Harv".

If there's a consensus that it's presumptuous - I hope that's not the case, because I think that having posted it, Harv would appreciate its being perpetuated. - or if the bosses object, I'll delete it forthwith.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/04/19 05:01 AM

Regardless of other opinions, I thoroughly approve of the amendment to your signature and am moved by it. RIP, Harv.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/04/19 06:13 AM

Originally Posted By: jchuzi
... I thoroughly approve of the amendment to your signature and am moved by it. RIP, Harv.

Ditto.

Was Harv's passing an expected transition?
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/04/19 06:50 AM

I don't know any details beyond what was posted in my link. We can only hope that his passing was peaceful and painless.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/04/19 07:00 AM

Originally Posted By: artie505
...... I've taken the liberty of appending my sig with his...preceded by "In Memory Of Harv".

Nice thought and quite fitting.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/05/19 02:20 AM

Julie Adams, Seized by Creature in ‘Black Lagoon,’ Dies at 92

Ah yes {sigh} ... the dream of adolescent boys (and beyond).
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/05/19 02:42 AM

Originally Posted By: grelber
Julie Adams, Seized by Creature in ‘Black Lagoon,’ Dies at 92

Ah yes {sigh} ... the dream of adolescent boys (and beyond).

Wasn't that Fay Wray's niche?

More: Later filled by Diana Rigg.
Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/05/19 11:19 AM

Originally Posted By: artie505
Ah yes {sigh} ... the dream of adolescent boys (and beyond).

Wasn't that Fay Wray's niche?

More: Later filled by Diana Rigg. [/quote]

Fay Wray was long before my time, but I was well past adolescence when I fell in love with Diana Rigg (a.k.a. Emma Peel). I mourned the day she left the show and Linda Thorsten (a.k.a. Tara King) was a thoroughly inadequate substitute for Emma Peel. My wife tolerated my infatuation with Emma/Diana on a look but too far away to touch basis.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/05/19 11:37 AM

Originally Posted By: joemikeb
... but I was well past adolescence when I fell in love with Diana Rigg (a.k.a. Emma Peel). I mourned the day she left the show and Linda Thorsten (a.k.a. Tara King) was a thoroughly inadequate substitute for Emma Peel. My wife tolerated my infatuation with Emma/Diana on a look but too far away to touch basis.

Exactement. Amen, brother.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/05/19 02:38 PM

Originally Posted By: joemikeb
Fay Wray was long before my time, but I was well past adolescence when I fell in love with Diana Rigg (a.k.a. Emma Peel). I mourned the day she left the show and Linda Thorsten (a.k.a. Tara King) was a thoroughly inadequate substitute for Emma Peel.

I thought the Million Dollar Movie, which played it practically incessantly, made King Kong (and Fay Wray) part of the "time" of many generations that followed the one that first saw it in theaters. (More: Or was the Million Dollar Movie I'm thinking of strictly a New York thing?)

Right on about Linda Thorson; She was a disaster as Tara King, but Joanna Lumley as Purdey, in The New Avengers, did an excellent job of resurrecting the franchise; I don't remember ever having seen Honor Blackman.
Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/05/19 05:55 PM

I never heard of "Million Dollar Movie" so I searched DuckDuckGo and found several references to it as a production of WOR channel 9 NY/NJ but no references outside of that area.

Certainly it never made it out to the rustic regions of Texas where I lived. We didn't get a tv station until the mid '50s and Million Dollar Movie ran from 1955 until 1965. The most exciting show we had was live wrestling from the local Sportatorium.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/05/19 06:33 PM

I belatedly remembered that Million Dollar Movie aired on Channel 9, which was a local station that probably couldn't push its signal much farther than PA/CT, if that far.

King Kong was a staple on the Million Dollar Movie, seemingly running for weeks on end.

In connection with my dad's learning how to repair TVs to supplement his teacher's salary we had one in '46 or so, in the reeeally early days of TV, so I remember shows and characters most people my age have never heard of.

(If you can locate it, there's a fascinating documentary about ‎Merian C. Cooper, who was responsible for King Kong, and whose 1925 movie Grass is also marvelous watching.)
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/06/19 09:52 AM

WOR Channel 9 made it at least into Westchester County (and probably out into Long Island and New Jersey, maybe even Pennsylvania and Connecticut).
It ran Million Dollar Movies — eg, Mighty Joe Young, King Kong, etc — one right after the other, day and night. Good stuff.
Frankly, I preferred The Late Show and The Late Late Show, which often ran lesser known but outstanding films night after night in the late '50s.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/06/19 10:54 AM

Channel 9 broadcast out of Secaucus, NJ, so the Million Dollar Movie definitely reached NY, NJ, and eastern PA, but CT might be a stretch. I watched it in Brooklyn, Westchester makes sense, and Long Island probably depended on how far east you lived,

Did it really run all day? I remember its having started out as a pre-dinnertime show and later extending to a second feature, but I didn't pay all that much attention to it after seeing King Kong for the 50th or 60th time. Mighty Joe Young...yeah...kinda, but Joe just plain wasn't Kong!

You forgot the Late Late Late show.

I did the 3 movie overnight many times during my Brooklyn College years...when I should have been doing homework or studying, and you're correct about its offerings having been better, much better, in fact, than those of the Million Dollar Movie.

The Late Show was yesteryear's TCM.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/08/19 09:13 AM

One of the all-time great actors, Albert Finney. HIs portrayal of Tom Jones was incomparable.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/08/19 09:20 AM

The only baseball player to win the Most Valuable Player in both the American and National Leagues, and the first African-American MLB manager, Frank Robinson, dies at 83.
Posted by: freelance

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/09/19 12:50 AM

Albert Finney played lesser roles in his last films, but one that stands out for me (because I'm a sentimental fool) is Ridley Scott's A Good Year, wherein he plays Russell Crowe's uncle. Lovely film, excellent actor.
Posted by: joemikeb

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/13/19 12:07 PM

Mars Rover

Twelve years into a mission that was scheduled to last for ninety days. Rover traveled 25 miles on the Martian surface, took thousands of pictures, and changed the scientific view of Mars. Well Done Rover!
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 02/21/19 09:04 AM

"Fight Back!" star and consumer advocate David Horowitz.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/07/19 11:07 PM

Renowned Island poet Patrick Lane dies at 79

His and wife Lorna Crozier's poetry is exquisitely sensual.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/12/19 01:03 AM

A man who was on more hit records than most rock stars, great session drummer Hal Blaine.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 03/12/19 09:29 AM

What?! Nobody here liked Luke Perry?
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/10/19 05:54 PM

Kendrick Castillo, heroic student who put his friends' lives ahead of his own.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/13/19 06:58 AM

Another passing: Doris Day I grew up knowing her as a movie star and singer. RIP, Doris.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/15/19 01:08 AM

Tim Conway, Beloved TV Bumbler, Is Dead at 85

Funny funny man.

His bit about the Siamese elephants attached at their trunks trumpeting on The Carol Burnett Show which 'wasted' the cast on screen does the same to me every time I recall it ... even 40-some years later. Laughter is the best medicine.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 05/28/19 08:50 AM

Bill Buckner.
Unfortunately he will be most remembered for his 1986 World Series error, but he was a National League batting champ, and will always be remembered fondly by Los Angeles Dodger fans for his years of play with that team.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/02/19 07:47 AM

One of my favourite singers, Leon Redbone.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/08/19 08:06 AM

And, yet another, Dr John.
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 06/08/19 09:17 AM

RE Leon Redbone & Dr John
Sad to lose them, but their talent and music live on ... if you're lucky enough, you've got them on vinyl.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/03/19 05:38 AM

Extraordinary automobile executive, Lee Iacocca, whose book "Where have all the leaders gone?" is particularly poignant these days.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/04/19 08:49 AM

Very Inter-est-ing. Laugh-in alumnus and comic actor Arte Johnson died at age 90.
Posted by: Ira L

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/05/19 09:47 AM

What! Me worry? Mad Magazine passes on at the age of 67.
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/05/19 10:53 AM

frown 4 mad
Posted by: grelber

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/05/19 10:56 AM

Originally Posted By: Ira L
What! Me worry? Mad Magazine passes on at the age of 67.

Reminiscence:
I remember the first issue vividly. The first story was Hoo Hah!
I also remember vividly that my mother confiscated the issue and tossed it out. I immediately went out, bought a replacement and hid it.
All that started my "love affair" with EC Comics (as long-time participants in FTM will remember). My collection financed the purchase of a Volvo 142E in 1973.
Posted by: jchuzi

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/12/19 04:41 PM

The World According to Mad Magazine; Gro...ercent correct.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 07/14/19 07:23 AM

Although it was TV that helped kill Mad (Saturday Night Live, et cetera), it was TV that also paid homage.
Posted by: ryck

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/06/19 03:10 PM

Important American author, Toni Morrison at 88.

A television announcement of Toni Morrison's death included a snippet from a 1993 interview and, although it didn't include the question, it seems she was asked about dealing with racism and white supremacy.

“There’s a certain kind of moral leadership that could help.

I mean the contempt for poor people, the contempt for difference that is everywhere - in education, in politics, everywhere - is not just a school responsibility. Imagine raising your children to despise other people. Imagine living in a world in which you’re perfectly willing to trash all of your big cities, to flush all of the big cities down the toilet because of the word inner-city, which means those people who live there. Or to trash your whole public school system, to sink it in other words, because of the contempt for those people.

But, if the racist white person - I don’t mean the person who is examining his consciousness and so on - doesn’t understand that he or she is also a race….it’s also constructed, it’s all also made and also has some kind of serviceability. But, when you take it away - I take your race away and there you are, all strung out, and all you got is your little self, and what is that? What are you without racism? Are you any good? Are you still strong? Are you still smart? Do you still like yourself?

These are the questions….I mean, if you can only be tall because someone is on their knees, then you have a serious problem.”
Posted by: artie505

Re: Ad astra: another passing. - 08/06/19 03:53 PM

Originally Posted By: ryck
...if you can only be tall because someone is on their knees, then you have a serious problem.”

As eloquent as it is accurate!