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Re: Ad astra: another passing.
alternaut #25725 04/14/13 06:45 PM
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Comedian Jonathan Winters dead at 87. Winters died Thursday evening of natural causes at his home in Montecito, California

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freelance #25759 04/17/13 06:46 PM
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[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


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MarkG #25773 04/19/13 10:36 PM
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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.


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ryck #25777 04/20/13 01:27 AM
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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'."

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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.


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Re: Ad astra: another passing.
ryck #25878 05/07/13 09:04 PM
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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


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donikatz #25879 05/07/13 09:43 PM
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Pre-CGI visual effects wiz Ray Harryhausen (92) died today in Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK.



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alternaut #25882 05/08/13 12:07 PM
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Still one of my favorite movies, especially the bit with Poseidon holding back the Clashing Rocks.

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alternaut #25883 05/09/13 12:14 AM
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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.....


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very cool.


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Pop psychologist Joyce Brothers.


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Sci-Fi, fantasy and mystery grandmaster writer and pulp veteran Jack Vance (96) died last Sunday in his sleep at home in Oakland, CA.


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alternaut #26005 06/01/13 08:51 PM
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Memorable actress Jean Stapleton, who played Edith Bunker in All In The Family.


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Scottish mainstream and SciFi novelist Iain (M.) Banks (59) died today of gall bladder cancer.


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alternaut #26038 06/09/13 09:05 PM
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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.


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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.

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Journalist Michael Hastings at 33.

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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.


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alternaut #26104 06/19/13 11:29 PM
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James Gandolfini, played Tony Soprano in The Sopranos.


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jchuzi #26105 06/19/13 11:41 PM
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Only 51...too bad! frown

I knew him casually; he was a gentleman...a nice, unpretentious guy.


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donikatz #26145 06/25/13 11:55 PM
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Science fiction and fantasy writer Richard Matheson.

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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

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