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#40015 - 04/21/16 11:16 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Virtual1]
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Registered: 08/05/09
Loc: London, UK
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.
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#40123 - 04/29/16 04:34 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: freelance]
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Registered: 08/05/09
Loc: North of 49th ||
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.”

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#40164 - 05/01/16 03:18 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: grelber]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
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.
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#40577 - 05/19/16 04:02 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
Only three days after retiring from an impressive career, newsman Morley Safer.
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#40578 - 05/19/16 04:27 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: ryck]
grelber Offline


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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.

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#40851 - 06/04/16 03:24 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: grelber]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
Muhammad Ali, self-styled "The Greatest". That epithet was totally accurate. RIP Muhammad. frown
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#40852 - 06/04/16 06:06 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: jchuzi]
grelber Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Loc: North of 49th ||
Originally Posted By: jchuzi
RIP Muhammad. frown

May he forever float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. smirk

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#40853 - 06/04/16 06:17 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: grelber]
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Registered: 08/25/09
Loc: New York City
"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"

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#40854 - 06/04/16 06:25 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: jchuzi]
ryck Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
Whether in the ring, or standing up for those things in which he believed, Muhammad Ali was a magnificent human being.


Edited by ryck (06/04/16 06:26 AM)
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#40889 - 06/10/16 06:18 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: ryck]
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Loc: North of 49th ||
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.


Edited by grelber (06/11/16 01:24 AM)
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#40920 - 06/16/16 09:41 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: grelber]
grelber Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Loc: North of 49th ||
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.

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#40942 - 06/19/16 04:13 PM Anton 'Chekov' Yelchin [Re: donikatz]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
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.
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#40943 - 06/19/16 04:40 PM Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Virtual1]
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Restoring thread title.
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#40959 - 06/20/16 03:04 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Registered: 08/04/09
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Not a person but an institution in the Macintosh world MacNN just announced they are closing the end of this month.
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#41012 - 06/26/16 01:19 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: joemikeb]
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Registered: 08/25/09
Loc: New York City
Bill Cunningham, Fashion Photographer for New York Times
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/sty...dies-at-87.html

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#41027 - 07/01/16 07:05 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Loc: Okanagan Valley
The man who so often accurately predicted future events, Alvin Toffler.
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#41052 - 07/03/16 06:52 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Loc: Okanagan Valley
Survivor and chronicler of the holocaust, and Nobel Prize winner, Elie Wiesel.
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#41294 - 07/29/16 09:42 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Registered: 08/13/09
Loc: California
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".
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#41296 - 07/29/16 12:41 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Ira L]
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Registered: 08/05/09
Loc: North of 49th ||
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.

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#41536 - 08/22/16 05:39 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Registered: 08/25/09
Loc: New York City
Toots Thielemans, legendary jazz musician and harmonica player.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-37153355

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#41538 - 08/22/16 12:08 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: slolerner]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
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.


Edited by ryck (08/22/16 12:16 PM)
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#41617 - 08/29/16 12:43 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: ryck]
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Loc: New York State
One of the great comedians, Gene Wilder. I will always appreciate his portrayal of the title role in Young Frankenstein.
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#41624 - 08/30/16 08:30 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: jchuzi]
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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.




Edited by grelber (08/30/16 11:38 AM)
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#41625 - 08/30/16 10:48 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: grelber]
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Registered: 08/25/09
Loc: New York City
I am laughing just reading this. Thanks.

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#41627 - 08/30/16 04:26 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: slolerner]
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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?)
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