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Re: Ad astra: another passing.
...JER #22488 07/09/12 12:43 AM
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Ernest Borgnine, 95


I just saw that elsewhere. He was still acting at age 94... amazing!


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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.


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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.


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Re: Ad astra: another passing.
donikatz #22556 07/17/12 02:12 PM
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The Queen of country music Kitty Wells.


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roger #22681 07/24/12 10:50 PM
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Sherman Hemsley (George Jefferson), 74, natural causes.


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donikatz #22682 07/24/12 10:59 PM
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Physicist and first female NASA astronaut Sally Ride (61) died yesterday of pancreatic cancer in La Jolla, CA.


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alternaut #22693 07/25/12 07:41 PM
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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.


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tacit #22694 07/25/12 08:58 PM
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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.

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tacit #22695 07/25/12 09:09 PM
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...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


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grelber #22706 07/26/12 05:47 AM
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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


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tacit #22717 07/26/12 05:03 PM
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Not all married people with other lovers are estranged from their spouses. smile

I might add: even after they divorce.


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alternaut #22718 07/26/12 05:17 PM
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The estrangement was meant in a relative sense (pun definitely intended): O'Shaughnessy would have been a lot closer than Hawley.

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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?


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

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Great link! He certainly nailed Truman Capote.

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donikatz #23062 08/14/12 01:28 PM
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An early influence on women's emancipation, Helen Gurley Brown


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


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donikatz #23163 08/20/12 10:33 PM
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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.



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donikatz #23178 08/21/12 02:27 PM
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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.


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donikatz #23228 08/25/12 07:17 PM
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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.


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Re: Ad astra: another passing.
alternaut #23232 08/26/12 02:34 PM
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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.

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