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Re: Ad astra: another passing.
Hal Itosis #5707 11/09/09 10:46 PM
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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?

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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.


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alternaut #6410 12/06/09 05:03 AM
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Re: Ad astra: another passing.
dkmarsh #6508 12/08/09 10:06 PM
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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



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donikatz #6695 12/14/09 02:45 AM
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Retired High School teacher, College professor and B-minus designer of the current US flag Robert_G._Heft (67), died yesterday in Saginaw, Michigan.


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


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alternaut #6788 12/17/09 02:47 PM
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Yegor Gaidar (53) the mastermind behind Russia's controversial "shock therapy" and the leader of free-market reform of Russian economy.

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Gregg #6815 12/18/09 05:52 AM
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Roy was Walt's nephew...son of his brother Roy.


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donikatz #6954 12/24/09 02:57 PM
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donikatz #7466 01/12/10 04:02 PM
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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.


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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.

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grelber #7761 01/20/10 02:55 PM
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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.


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alternaut #7764 01/20/10 04:42 PM
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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 .

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Gregg #7769 01/20/10 10:54 PM
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I'm tempted to post the passing of the Senate health care reform bill, but I won't. wink

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donikatz #7817 01/22/10 04:14 PM
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Brussels School Ligne clair cartoonist and creator of comics series Alix and Lefranc Jacques Martin (88) died yesterday in upper Pully, near Lausanne, Switzerland.


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alternaut #7920 01/25/10 12:47 PM
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If anyone listens to NPR, Donald Bordelon of New Orleans::

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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


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alternaut #7926 01/25/10 07:08 PM
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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

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Hal Itosis #7928 01/25/10 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted By: Hal Itosis
88 ?  Well... what did you expect? wink

89? smirk


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donikatz #7931 01/25/10 07:43 PM
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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.


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