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#25725 - 04/14/13 11:45 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
MarkG Offline


Registered: 08/06/09
Comedian Jonathan Winters dead at 87. Winters died Thursday evening of natural causes at his home in Montecito, California

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#25759 - 04/17/13 11:46 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: freelance]
Virtual1 Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
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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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#25773 - 04/19/13 03:36 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: MarkG]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
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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#25777 - 04/19/13 06:27 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: ryck]
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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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#25819 - 04/29/13 05:28 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: MarkG]
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#25873 - 05/06/13 04:35 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: MicroMatTech3]
ryck Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
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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#25878 - 05/07/13 02:04 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: ryck]
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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
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#25879 - 05/07/13 02:43 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Pre-CGI visual effects wiz Ray Harryhausen (92) died today in Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK.

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#25882 - 05/08/13 05:07 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
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Still one of my favorite movies, especially the bit with Poseidon holding back the Clashing Rocks.

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#25883 - 05/08/13 05:14 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
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Loc: Paradise....on the central Ore...
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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#25884 - 05/08/13 05:16 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: MacManiac]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Vermont
very cool.
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#25917 - 05/13/13 04:02 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: roger]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
Pop psychologist Joyce Brothers.
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#25996 - 05/30/13 06:07 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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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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#26005 - 06/01/13 01:51 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
Memorable actress Jean Stapleton, who played Edith Bunker in All In The Family.
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#26037 - 06/09/13 09:36 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Scottish mainstream and SciFi novelist Iain (M.) Banks (59) died today of gall bladder cancer.
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#26038 - 06/09/13 02:05 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
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Registered: 08/03/09
Loc: Portland, Oregon, USA
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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#26039 - 06/09/13 02:54 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: tacit]
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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.


Edited by alternaut (06/11/13 12:27 PM)
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#26077 - 06/17/13 02:00 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
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#26089 - 06/18/13 05:32 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
Journalist Michael Hastings at 33.


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#26098 - 06/19/13 12:28 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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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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#26104 - 06/19/13 04:29 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
James Gandolfini, played Tony Soprano in The Sopranos.
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#26105 - 06/19/13 04:41 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: jchuzi]
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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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#26145 - 06/25/13 04:55 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Tucson
Science fiction and fantasy writer Richard Matheson.

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#26166 - 07/02/13 03:56 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
ryck Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
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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#26167 - 07/02/13 03:57 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: ryck]
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frown
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