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Title: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on February 04, 2005, 04:48:00 pm
Lot of death notices today.
 
 Max Schmeling, German Boxer, Is Dead at 99
 

 
 Max Schmeling, the German boxer whose legendarily brief 1938 heavyweight title bout against Joe Louis was so fraught with political and racial overtones that it was called "the undercard of World War II," died Wednesday at his home in Hollenstedt, Germany, near Hamburg. He was 99 years old.
 
 In one of boxing's most memorable nights and surely among the most electrifying 124 seconds in the history of sport, Louis, then heavyweight champion of the world, crushed Schmeling before 70,000 fans at Yankee Stadium.
 
 For Louis, the first-round knockout was sweet revenge: two years earlier, in what many consider one of the greatest upsets in heavyweight history, Schmeling had knocked out the undefeated, heavily-favored Louis in the 12th round.
 
 The Nazis had embraced Schmeling after his victory over Louis, touting him as proof of German racial superiority. Schmeling never joined the Nazi Party himself. But from the moment Hitler came to power in 1933, he had walked a tightrope, seeking simultaneously to please the Nazis while maintaining his relations in New York, the world capital of boxing, where he made most of his money and where a large percentage of the boxing community - managers, promoters, fans - was Jewish.
 
 In later life Schmeling came to be known as one of sport's finest ambassadors and a generous man who would help to pay a stricken Louis' medical bills.
 
 
 Actor Ossie Davis Found Dead in Hotel
 
 Ossie Davis, the imposing, unshakable actor who championed racial justice on stage, on screen and in real life, often in tandem with his wife, Ruby Dee, has died. He was 87.
 
 Davis was found dead Friday in his hotel room in Miami Beach, Fla., according to officials there. He was making a film called ``Retirement,'' said Arminda Thomas, who works in his office in suburban New Rochelle and confirmed the death.
 
 
 Ernst Mayr, 100, Premier Evolutionary Biologist
 
 Dr. Ernst Mayr, the leading evolutionary biologist of the 20th century, died on Thursday in Bedford, Mass. He was 100.
 
 Dr. Mayr's death, in a retirement community where he had lived since 1997, was announced by his family and Harvard, where he was a faculty member for many years.
 
 He was known as an architect of the evolutionary or modern synthesis, an intellectual watershed when modern evolutionary biology was born. The synthesis, which has been described by Dr. Stephen Jay Gould of Harvard as "one of the half-dozen major scientific achievements in our century," revived Darwin's theories of evolution and reconciled them with new findings in laboratory genetics and in field work on animal populations and diversity.
 
 One of Dr. Mayr's most significant contributions was his persuasive argument for the role of geography in the origin of new species, an idea that has won virtually universal acceptance among evolutionary theorists. He also established a philosophy of biology and founded the field of the history of biology.
 
 "He was the Darwin of the 20th century, the defender of the faith," said Dr. Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis, a historian of science at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
 
 
 Eric Griffiths, 64, Member of Band That Became Beatles, Dies
 
 ric Griffiths, a guitarist for the Quarrymen, the rock and skiffle band led by John Lennon that eventually evolved into the Beatles, died on Saturday at his home in Edinburgh. He was 64.
 
 The cause was pancreatic cancer, said Rod Davis, who played banjo in the original group.
 
 Mr. Griffiths was born in Denbigh, Wales, and moved with his family to Liverpool at a young age. On his first day at Quarry Bank School when he was at 11, he met two students, John Lennon and Pete Shotton, who, Mr. Griffiths later said, shared an interest in "music, girls and smoking."
 
 The friends began to play skiffle, the ragtag mix of American blues and early rock 'n' roll that captivated English youth in the mid-50's. The band rehearsed at Mr. Griffiths's home while his mother was at work, and began to perform in Liverpool. Along with other revolving members, Lennon and Mr. Griffiths played guitar, Mr. Shotton played washboard percussion, Bill Smith played tea-chest bass and Colin Hanton played drums.
 
 At a concert on July 6, 1957 - a hallowed date in Beatles lore - the Quarrymen were heard by a 15-year-old Paul McCartney, who soon joined the group. The next year George Harrison joined as another guitarist and Mr. Griffiths was asked to switch to bass. The instrument was prohibitively expensive, so he left the group and joined the British merchant navy. He first heard "Please Please Me," the Beatles' first No. 1 hit, on the radio while on duty in the Persian Gulf.
 
 John Vernon, 'Animal House's' Wormer, dies
 
 LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- John Vernon, a stage-trained character actor who played cunning villains in film and TV and made his comedy mark as Dean Wormer in "National Lampoon's Animal House," has died. He was 72.
 
 Movie fans may know him best for his role in "Animal House" as Dean Wormer, who is bent on expelling the hard-partying Delta fraternity house. The movie, starring John Belushi and Tim Matheson, is one of the most popular comedies ever made.
 
 Vernon went on to work with other celebrated filmmakers including Alfred Hitchcock ("Topaz," 1969); Don Siegel ("Dirty Harry," 1971), and Clint Eastwood ("The Outlaw Josey Wales," 1976).
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Guiny on February 04, 2005, 05:45:00 pm
The John Vernon one was the saddest I think. He had some good roles.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on February 04, 2005, 05:47:00 pm
Ruby Dee would probably disagree with Rob Gee.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Rob_Gee:
  The John Vernon one was the saddest I think. He had some good roles.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on February 05, 2005, 06:15:00 am
Do flies actually "drop"? I mean they don't just pop-off in mid-flight do they? I see them on window sills on their backs buzzing frantically before expiring. And why do flies always go to window sills to die?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on February 07, 2005, 05:16:00 pm
Merle Kilgore Dies
 
 Country music songwriter/manager was seventy
 
 Country music songwriter, recording artist and manger Merle Kilgore died Sunday night of congestive heart failure related to treatment for lung cancer. He was seventy.
 
 Kilgore wrote several million-selling hits, including "More and More" for Webb Pierce, "Wolverton Mountain" for Claude King and "Johnny Reb" for Johnny Horton. He also co-wrote Johnny Cash's 1963 hit song "Ring of Fire" with Cash's then-future wife June Carter, and served as best man at the couple's wedding.
 
 Born Wyatt Merle Kilgore in Chickasha, Oklahoma, in 1934, Kilgore grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, working as a DJ and singing on local radio stations. At the age of eighteen, he was signed to Imperial Records and wrote "More and More" -- a number Number One country hit for Pierce in 1954. Kilgore continued his recording success throughout the Sixties, by releasing several solo albums and scoring hits with songs like "Love Has Made You Beautiful" and "Dear Mama."
 
 In 1962, Kilgore moved to Nashville, where he became a behind-the-scenes force, managing Hank Williams Jr.'s career for more than thirty years.
 
 Kilgore was voted the Country Music Association's first-ever Manager of the Year in 1990, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1998. He also appeared in several movies, including Coal Miner's Daughter and Nashville.
 
 Kilgore is survived by his wife, Judy, and five children: sons Steve and Duane Kilgore and daughters Pam Compton, Kim Pomeroy and Shane McBee.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on February 07, 2005, 05:41:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Rob_Gee:
  The John Vernon one was the saddest I think. He had some good roles.
It's people like you that lead to negative stereotypes of Americans.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on February 07, 2005, 11:00:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Rob_Gee:
  The John Vernon one was the saddest I think. He had some good roles.
It's people like you that lead to negative stereotypes of Americans. [/b]
Too right!   ;)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Guiny on February 08, 2005, 09:47:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
 It's people like you that lead to negative stereotypes of Americans. [/QB]
Brave, brave, brave man. I'll just leave it at that.   :cool:
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on February 11, 2005, 12:52:00 pm
Playwright Arthur Miller dead at 89
 
 
 ROXBURY, Connecticut (AP) -- Arthur Miller, the Pulitzer prize-winning playwright whose most famous fictional creation, Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman," came to symbolize the American Dream gone awry, has died, his assistant said Friday. He was 89.
 
 Miller, who had been hailed as America's greatest living playwright, died Thursday night at his home in Roxbury of heart failure, his assistant, Julia Bolus, said Friday. His family was at his bedside, she said.
 
 His plays, with their strong emphasis on family, morality and personal responsibility, spoke to the growing fragmentation of American society.
 
 "A lot of my work goes to the center of where we belong -- if there is any root to life -- because nowadays the family is broken up, and people don't live in the same place for very long," Miller said in a 1988 interview.
 
 "Dislocation, maybe, is part of our uneasiness. It implants the feeling that nothing is really permanent."
 
 Miller's career was marked by early success. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman" in 1949, when he was just 33 years old.
 
 His marriage to Marilyn Monroe in 1956 further catapulted the playwright to fame, though that was publicity he said he never pursued.
 
 In a 1992 interview with a French newspaper, he called her "highly self-destructive" and said that during their marriage, "all my energy and attention were devoted to trying to help her solve her problems. Unfortunately, I didn't have much success."
 
 "Death of a Salesman," which took Miller only six weeks to write, earned rave reviews when it opened on Broadway in February 1949, directed by Elia Kazan.
 
 The story of Willy Loman, a man destroyed by his own stubborn belief in the glory of American capitalism and the redemptive power of success, was made into a movie and staged all over the world.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on February 11, 2005, 01:18:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by ggw™:
  Miller, who had been hailed as America's greatest living playwright, died Thursday night at his home in Roxbury of heart failure,
Err....don't we ALL die of heart failure?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: thirsty moore on February 11, 2005, 01:27:00 pm
Jimmy Smith (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15770-2005Feb10.html).  I saw him play once on a bill with Lou Donaldson a few years ago at the Blue Note.  Some drunk kept pestering him, and Smith basically told the guy to fuck off.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on February 11, 2005, 01:29:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by econo:
  Jimmy Smith (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15770-2005Feb10.html).  
He was great on NYPD Blue.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on February 11, 2005, 02:19:00 pm
One less Doobie:
 
 Doobie Drummer Dead (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=795&ncid=689&e=12&u=/eo/20050209/en_music_eo/15884)
 
 The Doobies are mourning one of their brothers.
 
  Keith Knudsen, longtime drummer for jukebox-filling 1970s band the Doobie Brothers, died Tuesday at age 56 after a battle with pneumonia.
 
 He died at a hospital outside San Francisco, where he spent more than a month fighting the disease, band manager Bruce Cohn told the Associated Press.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on February 14, 2005, 11:30:00 pm
Sister Lucia (http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=35248)
 
 I guess the Pope will be next.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on February 15, 2005, 06:22:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Bombay Chutney:
  One less Doobie:
 
 Doobie Drummer Dead (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=795&ncid=689&e=12&u=/eo/20050209/en_music_eo/15884)
 
 The Doobies are mourning one of their brothers.
 
  Keith Knudsen, longtime drummer for jukebox-filling 1970s band the Doobie Brothers, died Tuesday at age 56 after a battle with pneumonia.
 
 He died at a hospital outside San Francisco, where he spent more than a month fighting the disease, band manager Bruce Cohn told the Associated Press.
DOOBIE DOOBIE DONE!!!!!!!  :D
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on February 20, 2005, 08:02:00 pm
Tammy/Gidget (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=4&u=/ap/20050220/ap_on_en_mo/obit_dee)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: palahniukkubrick on February 21, 2005, 01:16:00 am
Even more flies: Hunter S. Thompson shot himself:
 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40737-2005Feb20.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40737-2005Feb20.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on February 21, 2005, 04:22:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by palahniukkubrick:
  Even more flies: Hunter S. Thompson shot himself:
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40737-2005Feb20.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40737-2005Feb20.html)
wow.
 
 that's the first one in a while that really hit me ... i read his column on espn.com all the time, love his books ... fucking sucks ...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: palahniukkubrick on February 21, 2005, 04:36:00 pm
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Originally posted by HoyaSaxa03:
   
Quote
Originally posted by palahniukkubrick:
  Even more flies: Hunter S. Thompson shot himself:
   http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40737-2005Feb20.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40737-2005Feb20.html)  
wow.
 
 that's the first one in a while that really hit me ... i read his column on espn.com all the time, love his books ... fucking sucks ... [/b]
if you like his column you'll probably love his article on bush vs. kerry in last year's  rolling stone (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/_/id/6562575?pageid=rs.PoliticsArchive&pageregion=mainRegion)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on February 22, 2005, 06:13:00 pm
Former punter Reggie Roby, a 16-year NFL veteran and three-time Pro Bowl selection, died Tuesday after being found unconscious at home by his wife. He was 43.
 
 http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/3412576 (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/3412576)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chancegardener on February 22, 2005, 06:16:00 pm
First Creed, now Blink.  Hallelujah !!!
 
 From Billboard 2/22/05:
 
 Blink-182 Going On Indefinite Hiatus
 
 Confirming recent speculation that something was amiss in the Blink-182 camp, the band today announced it was going on an indefinite hiatus "to spend some time enjoying the fruits of their labors with loved ones." In a statement, the trio added, "While there is no set plan for the band to begin working together again, no one knows what tomorrow may bring."
 
 Rumors that the band had split began circulating after Friday's all-star tsunami benefit concert in Anaheim, Calif. Blink was scheduled to play but pulled out of at the last minute due to "unexpected circumstances."
 
 Fuel was added to the flames when Dave Navarro, who performed at the benefit with his cover band Camp Freddy, posted on his blog that Blink didn't perform because they had broken up. He later clarified his posting, saying, "I shouldn't repeat things that aren't confirmed and I apologize to the band and their fans. Honestly, it was a mistake."
 
 Blink's four studio albums and one live set have sold a combined 10.7 million copies in the United States to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group has posted 10 top 10 hits on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, including the No. 1s "All the Small Things" and "I Miss You."
 
 
 -- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on February 22, 2005, 06:26:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by chancegardener:
  Blink-182 Going On Indefinite Hiatus
I think the drummer guy is having a reality show on MTV (ala Jessica Simpson and Dave Navarro) and it's causing problems for the rest of the band.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on February 28, 2005, 06:59:00 pm
I'm shocked you Apple guys didn't post this.  He's credited with the great steal from Xerox, but he did so much more with it than Xerox ever did.  A brilliant, outside the box thinker:
 
 Macintosh creator Raskin dies at 61
 Apple employee 31 conceived easy to use machine
 
 The Associated Press
 Updated: 6:54 a.m. ET Feb. 28, 2005
 
 
 SAN JOSE, Calif. - Jef Raskin, a computer interface expert who conceived Apple Computer Inc.'s groundbreaking Macintosh computer but left the company before it came to market, has died.  He was 61.
 
 Raskin died Saturday night at his home in Pacifica, Calif., his family said in a statement.  In December, he told friends he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
 
 Raskin joined Apple in 1978 ‚?? as its 31st employee ‚?? to start the young company's publications department.  At the time, computers were primarily text-based and users had to remember a series of arcane commands to perform the simplest tasks.
 
 In 1979, Raskin had a different idea: A computer that's priced affordably, targeted at consumers and extremely easy to use.  A small team, under his command, was put together at Apple to pursue his concept that would eventually become the Macintosh.  "His role on the Macintosh was the initiator of the project, so it wouldn't be here if it weren't for him," said Andy Hertzfeld, an early Mac team member.
 
 Raskin, who worked as a computer science professor before joining Apple, was well aware of the research being done in computer interfaces at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center.  He worked to bring it to the attention of Apple executives.  "Jef was incredibly enthusiastic about what he saw at Xerox PARC," said Dave Burstein, who is working on a film about Raskin's life.
 
 Raskin also named the Macintosh after his favorite apple, though the name was slightly changed because of a trademark issue with another company.
 
 Raskin led the project until the summer of 1981, when he had a falling out with Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder.  He left the company entirely the following year.  "One of the biggest things I give Jef credit for was putting together the very beginnings of the Mac team with some extraordinary people who didn't necessarily have the credentials, but had everything else to do something great," Hertzfeld said Sunday.
 
 When the Mac was unveiled in 1984, it radically changed the personal computer industry.  No longer were users forced to type commands.  Instead, its interface mimicked a physical desktop with folders and filing cabinets.  Documents could be dragged from one area to another.
 
 The final Mac, however, was priced at an unaffordable $2,495 when it first appeared on the market and sales were disappointing after the first few months.  But the concepts behind the Mac interface quickly found their way into other software, including Microsoft Corp.'s Windows.
 
 After leaving Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple, Raskin founded another computer company, Information Appliance, and designed another computer that incorporated his ideas.  He also wrote a book, "The Humane Interface," which was published in 2000.
 
 Raskin continued to work on software that incorporates his ideas on interfaces.  The first release is scheduled to take place in the next few months, Burstein said.
 
 While best known in the computer industry, Raskin also pursued other interests.  He conducted the San Francisco Chamber Opera Society and played three instruments.  His artwork was displayed at New York's Museum of Modern Art. He also received a patent for airplane wing construction.
 
 He was an accomplished archer, target shooter and occasional race car driver, friends said.  "He believed in having fun, too," Burstein said.  "The people who worked with him at Apple talk about how important were the toys and the games and the sense of joy that he demanded."
 
 Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
 
 URL:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7044932/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7044932/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on March 06, 2005, 08:43:00 pm
For some reason, I thought that this guy died several years ago. Must of just retired.
 
 Chuck Thompson (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=531&ncid=531&e=9&u=/ap/20050307/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_obit_thompson)
 
 It happened almost right around the corner from me.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: hitman on March 07, 2005, 01:23:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguär:
  For some reason, I thought that this guy died several years ago. Must of just retired.
 
 Chuck Thompson (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=531&ncid=531&e=9&u=/ap/20050307/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_obit_thompson)
 
 It happened almost right around the corner from me.
He had to stop announcing in 2000 because of macular degeneration in his eyes.  He couldn't see the events on the field anymore, and couldn't read copy.  It was a real shock.  He was supposed to be a guest at a Baltimore Colts benefit I attended yesterday, and he was rushed to the hospital early in the morning.  Already by 11am when the benefit started, people knew that he had a heart attack and stroke, and that he was on life support.  Bad news travels fast.  
 
 It's a shame.  He was a good man, and a great asset to sports and Baltimore.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on March 09, 2005, 11:38:00 am
Joe Carter, Guitarist in Country Family, Dies at 78
 
 
 MACES SPRINGS, Va. (AP) - Joe Carter, a member of the famous Carter Family of country music, died on Wednesday at his home here. He was 78.
 
 The cause was cancer, his family announced.
 
 Mr. Carter, who played guitar and sang bass, was a cornerstone of the preservation of old-time mountain music and helped build the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Va., which presented shows of country and bluegrass music every weekend.
 
 Mr. Carter was 5 months old when he traveled with his parents, A.P. and Sara Carter, from Maces Springs to Bristol in 1927 for a recording session that has been called "the big bang of country music." It started the careers of A.P., Sara and her cousin Maybelle Carter as the Carter Family trio.
 
 Joe Carter, who performed at the Carter Family Fold, was the last direct connection to anyone who was at that original session, his friend Tim White said Thursday.
 
 Marty Stuart, Tom T. Hall and John Carter Cash, son of Johnny and June Carter Cash, are listed among the pallbearers for Mr. Carter's funeral tomorrow. June Carter Cash was Maybelle Carter's daughter.
 
 Joe Carter is survived by three daughters and seven grandchildren.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on March 10, 2005, 10:01:00 am
Country singer Chris LeDoux dead at 56
 
 CHEYENNE, Wyoming (AP) -- Chris LeDoux, a former world champion bareback rider who parlayed songs about the rodeo life into a successful country music career, died Wednesday from complications of liver cancer. He was 56.
 
 LeDoux checked into the hospital this week, according to Judy McDonough, spokeswoman for Capitol Nashville, his recording company.
 
 LeDoux described his music as a combination of "Western soul, sagebrush blues, cowboy folk and rodeo rock 'n' roll."
 
 By 1989, he had released 22 albums. They were mostly cassettes produced by his parents, which he sold at concerts and rodeos, sometimes out of the back of a pickup truck. He had a loyal, if limited, fan base.
 
 But LeDoux soon became a country star, teaming with Garth Brooks for the Grammy-nominated, top 10 hit "Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy" in 1992.
 
 Brooks has long cited LeDoux as one of his biggest influences.
 
 He recorded songs about cowboys, the ups and downs of rodeo life and his adopted home of Wyoming. In 1976, he became the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's world bareback champion.
 
 In 2003, he released his 36th album, "Horsepower," and celebrated career sales of more than 5 million albums.
 
 Among his other songs were "Hooked On An 8 Second Ride," "Copenhagen," "This Cowboy's Hat," "Even Cowboys Like a Little Rock and Roll," "Riding for a Fall" and "Honky Tonk World."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on March 15, 2005, 10:39:00 am
Danny Joe Brown, the lead singer of the Southern rock band Molly Hatchet, died of complications from diabetes, his family said Monday. He was 53.
 
 Story here (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=495&ncid=689&e=2&u=/ap/20050315/ap_en_mu/obit_brown).
 
 Full disclosure:  I actually own a Molly Hatchet album.  And it's not even "Flirtin' With Disaster".
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on March 15, 2005, 10:52:00 am
Barebacking is certainly not without its risks.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  Country singer Chris LeDoux dead at 56
 
 CHEYENNE, Wyoming (AP) -- Chris LeDoux, a former world champion bareback rider who parlayed songs about the rodeo life into a successful country music career, died Wednesday from complications of liver cancer. He was 56.
 
 LeDoux checked into the hospital this week, according to Judy McDonough, spokeswoman for Capitol Nashville, his recording company.
 
 LeDoux described his music as a combination of "Western soul, sagebrush blues, cowboy folk and rodeo rock 'n' roll."
 
 By 1989, he had released 22 albums. They were mostly cassettes produced by his parents, which he sold at concerts and rodeos, sometimes out of the back of a pickup truck. He had a loyal, if limited, fan base.
 
 But LeDoux soon became a country star, teaming with Garth Brooks for the Grammy-nominated, top 10 hit "Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy" in 1992.
 
 Brooks has long cited LeDoux as one of his biggest influences.
 
 He recorded songs about cowboys, the ups and downs of rodeo life and his adopted home of Wyoming. In 1976, he became the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's world bareback champion.
 
 In 2003, he released his 36th album, "Horsepower," and celebrated career sales of more than 5 million albums.
 
 Among his other songs were "Hooked On An 8 Second Ride," "Copenhagen," "This Cowboy's Hat," "Even Cowboys Like a Little Rock and Roll," "Riding for a Fall" and "Honky Tonk World."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on March 17, 2005, 12:41:00 am
Got this info from The Lovetones.
 
 "this is sad news..i had the great fortune of having one of my colorsound songs remixed by the silver apples..you can find it on the silver apples remix album here..
 www.artist-shop.com/3rdstone/ (http://www.artist-shop.com/3rdstone/)
 he will be missed
 
 Dear All,
 
 Simeon from Silver Apples emailed to give the sad news that Danny Taylor, Silver Apple's original drummer passed away last Thursday night (10th March) in Newyork.
 Danny had been rushed to hospital that night but could not be revived.
 There are no further details at present.
 
 Danny has a son, who until only a few years ago never knew his father's amazing past and his contribution as one half of the ledgendary Newyork duo who were pioneers of a destinct and original electronic and experimental sound that even today is still revered by fans from all over the world.
 
 If anyone would like to send condolences, please email them to me and I will forward them on accordingly.
 
 Please forward this news onto whomever you think would like to be informed.
 
 Many Thanks
 
 Jack"
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on March 21, 2005, 03:05:00 am
Wonder if his coffin will open with side flaps (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/obit_delorean)?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on March 24, 2005, 02:40:00 pm
From AP via  WP (http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A62582-2005Mar24?language=printer):
 
 Guitarist Rod Price of Foghat Dies at 57
 
 The Associated Press
 Thursday, March 24, 2005; 9:39 AM
 
 WILTON, New Hampshire - Guitarist Rod Price, founding member of the blues boogie band Foghat, died Tuesday after falling down a stairway at his home, a family friend said. He was 57.
 
 The London native's solos drove Foghat to three platinum and eight gold records during the band's quarter-century career. After many years of touring he settled in Wilton in 1994.
 
 Many in town knew Price as a loving father who never missed his son's baseball, soccer or basketball games. Fewer people knew of Price's musical background.
 
 Price had played with Champion Jack Dupree, Eddie Kirkland, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon and Honey Boy Edwards.
 
 In recent years, Price concentrated on his blues projects, cutting several CDs and giving private guitar lessons at his home.
 
 ¬© 2005 The Associated Press
 
 .... And that on the heels of  this (http://crossword.uniontrib.com/news/education/20050319-9999-6m19foghat.html):
 
 Teen's love of 'Slow Ride' inspires quest
 
 
 Song replaced bell used to signal lunch
 By Chris Moran
 UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
 March 19, 2005
 
 CHULA VISTA ‚?? A song can champion a cause, but in the case of a clever and persistent high school senior, the song is the cause.
 
 Daniel Dorman's tale begins with a ring and ends with an overpowering anthem. He used Gandhi-inspired tactics to confirm the power of one person to change the world ‚?? or at least high school lunch period.
 And, as Daniel explains, "Every story sounds better with the name 'Foghat' in it."
 
 The ring is, by Daniel's reckoning, an "E-sharp" bell that dismisses fifth period and calls Bonita Vista High School students to lunch. It annoys Daniel, and once he decided it needed to be replaced, there was only one worthy substitute: "Slow Ride," the classic rock staple by 70s rockers Foghat.
 
 So Daniel went to Principal Ramon Leyba and asked: How about playing "Slow Ride" in place of the lunch bell?
 
  <img src="http://crossword.uniontrib.com/uniontrib/20050319/images/foghat300.jpg" alt=" - " />
 Daniel Dorman (right) hugged Matt Smith as "Slow Ride" played on Bonita Vista High School's public address system.
 
 Leyba was amused, and told Daniel that he'd look into it. Really, though, Leyba thought that was the end of it. But Daniel was just getting started.
 
 "Gandhi beat the British Empire by not eating," Daniel said, so getting his school to broadcast "Slow Ride" was surely attainable. Also, the 17-year-old said, "I have a lot of free time."
 
 He put it to use with a three-page letter that eloquently made the case for "Slow Ride." He launched a petition drive for Proposition Slow Ride and gathered 300 signatures. He secured the band's endorsement. Foghat sent him what drummer Roger Earl calls "Fogstuff" ‚?? CDs, autographed photos and the like ‚?? and wished him well.
 
 Daniel didn't get any follow-up from Leyba after the meeting, so he and his friends devised messages in their Web design class to be delivered to Leyba daily. The first featured a photo of Daniel and an ultimatum that the principal had 10 days to play Foghat. If Leyba didn't play "Slow Ride," Daniel would go on a hunger strike. It was followed the next day with a photo of Daniel holding up nine fingers.
 
 When the countdown reached six days, Leyba called him in. Leyba agreed to play it, but just once. He said it wasn't possible to wire the song into the school's bell system, and he would not waste staff time playing "Slow Ride" each day.
 
 It was a high point for a boy who had almost dropped out of school before he got to high school. Daniel and his mom say the trouble started when he made a threat against a teacher in a moment of frustration. It wasn't a serious threat, but in the wake of the Santana High School shootings that year, administrators didn't take any chances.
 
 Daniel was transferred to Fifth Avenue Academy, a Chula Vista school that specializes in tough cases. He thrived there for two years and then entered Bonita Vista High in 11th grade.
 
 Daniel previously distinguished himself at Bonita Vista High by having an apprentice ‚?? a student who followed him everywhere, addressed him as "The Daniel," performed menial tasks for him and dressed like him. That meant wearing a derby hat and carrying a pocket watch.
 
 Daniel had 10 applicants for a second apprentice. They submitted r√©sum√©s providing references, listing favorite television shows and answering questions such as, "If Daniel were to decide to miss school to watch 'Montel,' would the apprentice write down a short synopsis of what Daniel missed that day at school?"
 
 Yesterday at 12:36 p.m., the music played, and Daniel's story had a triumphant ending.
 
 And it has an epilogue. Foghat's Earl called Daniel last weekend. The drummer thought back to his high school days and wondered what would have happened back if he had asked his principal to play Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On."
 
 "He probably would have kicked me out," Earl said, but this Leyba "seems like a reasonable fellow."
 
 So when the band plays at Sycuan Casino this summer, Daniel and three of his buddies will be there as guests of the band. Earl said Leyba's invited, too.
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Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on March 24, 2005, 03:26:00 pm
my god, that guy is absolutely hilarious ... great article, thanks for posting it ...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on March 24, 2005, 04:56:00 pm
How did y'all miss this one?
 
 Molly Hatcher singer Danny Joe Brown, 53
 
 By Sean Piccoli
 Pop Music Writer
 Posted March 12 2005
 
 Danny Joe Brown, a founding member of Southern rockers Molly Hatchet, and singer and co-writer of the band's biggest hits from the late '70s, died on Thursday at his home in Davie of complications from pneumonia. He was 53.
 
 The lone voice in a six-piece band that featured three lead guitarists, Mr. Brown, a Jacksonville native, matched the clamor of Molly Hatchet's music with a big, muscular growl on songs such as Flirtin' with Disaster, Whiskey Man and Gator Country. Mr. Brown co-founded Molly Hatchet in Jacksonville in 1975. The band adopted a hard-rocking sound inspired in part by the boogie and blues of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
 
 
 Molly Hatchet also gained a reputation for partying hard, and after 2 million-selling studio albums and constant touring, Mr. Brown quit the band in 1980, citing exhaustion. He put out a solo album and rejoined Molly Hatchet in the 1980s.
 
 Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Panciera Memorial Home, 4200 Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood. Services are 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cooper City Church of God, 9191 Stirling Rd., Cooper City, with burial at Lauderdale Memorial Park in Fort Lauderdale.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on March 24, 2005, 04:56:00 pm
Ska pioneer Justin Hinds passes on
 Entertainment
 By Basil Walters Observer staff reporter
 Friday, March 18, 2005
 
 Justin Hinds of Justin Hinds and the Dominoes fame lost his battle with lung cancer on Wednesday night, Splash understands. He would have been 63 on May 7.
 
  <img src="http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/images/20050317T200000-0500_77047_OBS_SKA_PIONEER_JUSTIN_HINDS_PASSES_ON_1.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 One of the pioneers of the ska era, Hinds who has been ailing for some months, was born in 1942, in Steertown, St Ann. In the early 1960s when Bob Marley and the Wailers making their mark at Studio One and on the Beverly's label, Justin Hinds and the Dominoes (Dennis Sinclair and Junior Dixon) were making their presence felt on the Duke Reid's Treasure Isles label.
 
 Arguably the most prolific group for producer Duke Reid in that period, the Justin Hinds-led Dominoes, drawing heavily from the Bible and popular Jamaican proverbs, recorded some of the finest ska songs including King Samuel, The Higher Monkey Climb, Jump Out A Frying Pan and Baddaration.
 
 But it was the dawn of rock steady which gave Hinds and his backing vocalists, Sinclair and Dixon their signature tune, Carry Go Bring Come.
 
 Although not as prominent in Jamaica in later years, Justin Hinds is a household name in Europe, especially in France where the former Island Record artiste who last performed in Jamaica on Stars "R" Us in January, enjoyed a huge fan-base.
 
 "I'm saddened to hear of his passing. The last time I saw him was in January at the show "Stars R Us" where Tommy Cowan and myself prayed for him backstage," Lloyd Parkes, leader of We the People Band, told Splash. Both Parkes and Cowan are members of the Christian faith.
 
 Michael Barnett, of MKB Productions, promoters of the popular vintage showcase, Heineken Startime, bemoaned the fact that Justin Hinds had not been given the recognition he so richly deserved.
 
 "It's a pity he has passed away without getting the recognition that was due to him, even though he was well respected in Europe, especially in France. I'm happy that I was able to get the chance to work with him on Heineken Startime in December 2003. This was his only appearance on Startime, due to his heavy tour schedules, we were unable to pin him down for other performances," Barnett said.
 
 In his tribute to Justin Hinds, President of the Jamaica Federation of Musicians (JFM) Desmond Young said, "Justin Hinds was one of the pioneers that impacted on the imagination of our people and the wider international community due to his immense catalogue. On behalf of the JFM, condolences to family and close friends."
 
 Noted saxophonist, Dean Fraser, said respect is due to Justin Hinds as he (Fraser) just came from a tour of Europe where the name of late singer kept coming up. "We were talking about him (Justin Hinds) the whole time."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on March 24, 2005, 05:01:00 pm
Finally, someone other than than Traci Lords, Tim Russert, and Johnny Unitas, who shared my birthday.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
  Ska pioneer Justin Hinds passes on
 Entertainment
 By Basil Walters Observer staff reporter
 Friday, March 18, 2005
 
 Justin Hinds of Justin Hinds and the Dominoes fame lost his battle with lung cancer on Wednesday night, Splash understands. He would have been 63 on May 7.
 
   <img src="http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/images/20050317T200000-0500_77047_OBS_SKA_PIONEER_JUSTIN_HINDS_PASSES_ON_1.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: thirsty moore on March 24, 2005, 05:02:00 pm
Carry Go Bring Come may be Justin Hinds and the Dominoes signature tune, but Rub Up Push Up is just as good!
 
 I saw Justin Hinds and The Dominoes at Phantas sometime in the late 90's.  What a great time.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on March 24, 2005, 05:08:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  How did y'all miss this one?
 
 Molly Hatcher singer Danny Joe Brown, 53
 
Bombay Chutney (http://www.930.com/cgi-bin/ubb-cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=009136;p=1#000027) didn't.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on March 24, 2005, 05:18:00 pm
Ooops, you're right. I guess I was too busy mourning that Chris LeDoux guy to notice.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by beetsnotbeats:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  How did y'all miss this one?
 
 Molly Hatcher singer Danny Joe Brown, 53
 
Bombay Chutney (http://www.930.com/cgi-bin/ubb-cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=009136;p=1#000027) didn't. [/b]
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Post by: nkotb on March 24, 2005, 05:51:00 pm
Barney Martin, 'Seinfeld' father, dead
 
 LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Barney Martin, a former New York City detective who went into show business and became best known for playing Jerry Seinfeld's father Morty on the comedian's hit television series, has died. He was 82.
 
 Martin died of cancer Monday at his Studio City home, according to his publicist, Jennifer Glassman.
 
 Born March 3, 1923, in the New York City borough of Queens, Martin served as a navigator in the Air Force during World War II before starting a 20-year career as a New York City police detective.
 
 Martin showed a talent for making deputy police commissioners laugh during presentations. In the 1950s, he began writing on the side for comedy shows such as "Name That Tune" and "The Steve Allen Show."
 
 Martin got his start in film when Mel Brooks featured him in "The Producers" in 1968. That role launched Martin into Broadway theater, where he appeared in several musicals, including "South Pacific," "The Fantasticks," All American" and "How Now Dow Jones."
 
 He is credited with creating the role of Roxy's unappreciated husband, Amos Hart, in the musical "Chicago."
 
 Martin also appeared in several television series in the 1990s, including "The Tony Randall Show," "US," "Sydney" and "Zorro and Son."
 
 In "Seinfeld," Martin was the third actor to play the part of Seinfeld's father and became the one most identified with the role of the Florida retiree.
 
 He said at the show's wrap party in 1998: "Playing Jerry's dad was like having whipped cream on top of a mountain of ice cream."
 
 He is survived by his wife and son. A daughter died in 2002 of cancer.
 
 CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/03/24/obit.martin.ap/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on March 24, 2005, 07:23:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  Finally, someone other than than Traci Lords, Tim Russert, and Johnny Unitas, who shared my birthday.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
 [qb] Ska pioneer Justin Hinds passes on
 Entertainment
 By Basil Walters Observer staff reporter
 Friday, March 18, 2005
 [/b]
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, COWBOY!
 
  <img src="http://www.chuckleberrys.com/greeting-cards/cb002.jpg" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on March 24, 2005, 10:38:00 pm
Thanks, but my birthday is May 7, the day the guy was born, not March 18, his death date.
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguär:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  Finally, someone other than than Traci Lords, Tim Russert, and Johnny Unitas, who shared my birthday.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
 [qb] Ska pioneer Justin Hinds passes on
 Entertainment
 By Basil Walters Observer staff reporter
 Friday, March 18, 2005
 [/b]
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, COWBOY!
 
   <img src="http://www.chuckleberrys.com/greeting-cards/cb002.jpg" alt=" - " /> [/b]
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Post by: ratioci nation on March 28, 2005, 12:16:00 am
Ex-Crowded House drummer's suicide
 
 
 MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) -- Drummer Paul Hester from the New Zealand bands Split Enz and Crowded House has been found dead in a park in the southern Australian city of Melbourne, apparently after committing suicide, a fan Web site says.
 
 Australian police on Monday confirmed the body of a man in his 40s was found in Elsternwick Park near Hester's Melbourne home. Police said the death was not suspicious, but they would not release the man's name.
 
 "I am devastated. I have lost one of my best mates," former Crowded House singer Neil Finn told Sydney's The Daily Telegraph newspaper.
 
 Hester, 46, failed to return home from walking his two dogs on Saturday night, said the newspaper on Monday.
 
 The Web site, frenz.com, said "...Paul Hester of Split Enz, Crowded House, Largest Living Things, and many other great projects, has taken his own life."
 
 "It is not a hoax or a rumor. At this point, it has been confirmed though we have no other details at this time."
 
 Hester played in several Melbourne bands before joining New Zealand band Split Enz in 1983.
 
 He and Neil Finn formed Crowded House with bassist Nick Seymour in 1985. Hester quit Crowded House in 1994.
 
 Finn, along with brother Tim, is on tour in Britain.
 
 "I was a big fan and liked him enormously," Australian entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins, who worked with Hester during his Crowded House days, said.
 
 "He was really well respected. He was a great drummer and a great singer and a great band member," Wilkins said.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on March 30, 2005, 03:10:00 am
Sorry if this is a repeat as I haven't been here since Sunday night. It's not in this thread yet which surprised me.
 _______________
 
 Johnny Cochran (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050330/ap_on_re_us/obit_cochran)
 
 (Article was too long and boring to post. Follow the link above if you are interested.)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on March 30, 2005, 12:55:00 pm
Hey, did you hear?   Johnnie Cochran is dead..?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SPARX on March 31, 2005, 05:04:00 pm
Some sad news for Guitar Wolf fans...
 >
 > For those of you who may have gotten to see or hear Guitar Wolf, you
 > will be saddened to learn of the passing of Billy Bass Wolf (Hideaki
 > Sekiguchi).
 > Billy, the one and only Bass Wolf, passed away from a heart attack
 this
 > morning in Tokyo. He was 38. >
 > Post thoughts/condolences/remembrances here:
 > http://www.garagepunk.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=15955 (http://www.garagepunk.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=15955)
 >
 > From Guitar Wolf's BBS:
 >
 > Vigil and funeral information is as follows:
 > Vigil: 18:00p.m. (non-relatives 19:00p.m.) on Tuesday, April 5
 > Funeral: 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m., The Hearse to Leave at 11:00a.m. on
 > Wednesday, April 6
 > Place: Rinkaisaijo http://www.rinkaisaijo.or.jp (http://www.rinkaisaijo.or.jp)
 > 1-3-1, Tokai, Ohta-Ku, Tokyo
 > Phone: 81-3-5755-2833
 > *Since there is NO parking lot, we kindly ask you not to drive to
 the
 place.
 > We announce that all shows will be cancelled.
 > We hope to have your understanding.
 >
 > Rest in peace,
 > kopper
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on March 31, 2005, 06:00:00 pm
Pope Given Last Rites -- according to "Breaking News" banner on www.cnn.com (http://www.cnn.com)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on March 31, 2005, 06:13:00 pm
I guess the lesson here is try to avoid getting urinary tract infections.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
  Pope Given Last Rites -- according to "Breaking News" banner on www.cnn.com (http://www.cnn.com)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bags on March 31, 2005, 06:23:00 pm
He wasn't drinking his cranberry juice.  Too busy listening to God, probably.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on March 31, 2005, 07:39:00 pm
Don't count the pope out until you see the box go into the hole.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on April 01, 2005, 10:57:00 am
Frank Perdue (http://www.wtop.com/index.php?sid=464004&nid=25)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on April 01, 2005, 11:20:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
  Frank Perdue (http://www.wtop.com/index.php?sid=464004&nid=25)
Being from the Eastern Shore, his passing really hurts.  I never met him, but I know people who are related to people who met him. R.I.P.
      <img src="http://live.psu.edu/still_life/2004_09_22_careerfair/images/career_fair11.jpg" alt=" - " />
 Because of people like Frank, many places on the shore smell a lot like the downwind side of a chicken rendering plant.
 
 I  briefly worked at a chicken slaughterhouse (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/daily/aug99/chicken1.htm).  It's hard work.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on April 01, 2005, 11:32:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
  Frank Perdue (http://www.wtop.com/index.php?sid=464004&nid=25)
<img src="http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000002KE4.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on April 01, 2005, 11:37:00 am
Frank's Song (http://tinyurl.com/4bzwm)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on April 01, 2005, 02:41:00 pm
News Flash:  Bob Marley Still Dead
 
 story (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20050401/wl_uk_afp/afplifestylebritain_050401173110)
 
 BBC asks long-dead Bob Marley for interview
 
 LONDON (AFP) - A red-faced BBC apologised for requesting an interview with Bob Marley, the Jamaican reggae legend who died 24 years ago.
 
 
 BBC Three, one of the public broadcaster's digital TV channels, sent an e-mail to the Bob Marley Foundation saying it wanted to do a documentary about his hit song "No Woman No Cry".
 
 It said the project would involve Marley -- who died of cancer in May 1981 at the age of 36 -- "spending one or two days with us", and that "it would only work with some participation from Bob Marley himself".
 
 In a statement, the BBC said: "We are obviously very embarrassed that we didn't realise that the letter to the Marley Foundation did not acknowledge that Mr Marley is no longer with us."
 
 Marley would have been 60 last February 6, a date that was celebrated with great fanfare by his legion of fans worldwide.
 
 A BBC press officer, contacted by AFP in London on Friday, confirmed that the gaffe was not an April Fool's joke.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: brennser on April 01, 2005, 02:44:00 pm
as of 1.46pm yahoo is reporting the pope has died
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: markie on April 01, 2005, 02:53:00 pm
Is that a cue for some priest jokes? ,I hear your voice go, "if you must" Oh OK then since you insist:
 
 
 A priest in a confessional REALLY has to go to the bathroom and recruits a janitor nearby to sit in for him for a few minutes while he runs to the toilet...
 
 Relunctant, the janitor steps in... views the chart of penance, and the first confession starts.
 
 "Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.... I lied to my mother."
 
 using the chart, the janitor fogives the sin and applies the appropriate penance.
 
 Second person comes in... "Forgive me father, I cheated on my husband."
 
 Same thing.. he gives the chart's penance... and prays it's the last time.. hoping for the return of the priest.
 
 The third patron comes in: "Forgive me father, for I have sinned... I was screwing my wife and hit the wrong hole."
 
 The janitor freezes... not knowing what to say. He can't find the sin on the chart... but he does hear alterboys practicing for mass.. and figures they can help.
 
 He ran to the alter and said "Quick.. alterboys... do you know what father gives for sodomy?"
 
 Together in stereo.. the boys say "Usually milk and cookies!"
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: brennser on April 01, 2005, 02:59:00 pm
as of 2pm yahoo is reporting the pope has not died   :roll:
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on April 01, 2005, 03:03:00 pm
The Yahoo headline changed from "Pope reported Dead" to "Pope's Condition Worsens".
 
 Wow - Worse than dead?  That's pretty bad.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on April 01, 2005, 03:08:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Bombay Chutney:
 
 Wow - Worse than dead?  That's pretty bad.
thats kinda how i felt this morning!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Arthwys on April 02, 2005, 04:45:00 pm
Pope is dead. RIP
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on April 12, 2005, 03:30:00 pm
Femminist & lousy lay, Andrea Dworkin (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050411/ap_on_re_us/obit_dworkin).
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bags on April 12, 2005, 04:10:00 pm
She was one intense broad, that Dworkin.  In the late 80s and early 90s I got pretty feminists to admire -- Naomi Wolff and Susan Faludi.
 
 "Men who want to support women in our struggle for freedom and justice should understand that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it is important to us that they stop the crimes of violence against us."
 Dworkin, Andrea
 On Feminism
 
 "All personal, psychological, social, and institutionalized domination on this earth can be traced back to its source: the phallic identities of men."
 Dworkin, Andrea
 On Power
 
 "The common erotic project of destroying women makes it possible for men to unite into a brotherhood; this project is the only firm and trustworthy groundwork for cooperation among males and all male bonding is based on it."
 Dworkin, Andrea
 Human Fellowship
 
 "Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice. Rape, originally defined as abduction, became marriage by capture. Marriage meant the taking was to extend in time, to be not only use of but possession of, or ownership."
 Dworkin, Andrea
 On Marriage
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on April 12, 2005, 04:25:00 pm
<img src="http://www.w3bdevil.com/forums/Rape-DidntKnow.jpg" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on April 15, 2005, 10:34:00 am
Junior Delgado Dies (http://www.jamaica-star.com/thestar/20050413/ent/ent3.html)
 
 JUNIOR DELGADO, A roots-reggae singer who enjoyed a purple patch during the 1970s, has died. Musicians close to Delgado said he passed away in London on Monday at the age of 49.
 
 The cause of death was not given.
 
 Delgado is best known for the dancehall hit Trickster, which introduced him to the mainstream in the mid 1970s. Later that decade, he had Top 20 hits in Merry Go Round and Fort Augusta which were produced by Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.
 
 He also wrote songs for his good friend, Dennis Brown, Jacob Miller and Althea and Donna.
 
 Saxophonist Dean Fraser, who played on Merry Go Round, remembered Delgado as a "hardcore protest singer". Added Fraser: "He never had many big hits in Jamaica but he always had a good following in England."
 
 Delgado was born Oscar Delgado Hibbert at Luke Lane in downtown Kingston. In a 1994 interview with The Gleaner, he said his first recording was the song Reaction which came in 1970 for producer Joe Gibbs.
 
 He continued to record for Gibbs as a solo act and with the harmony group, Time Unlimited, releasing several grassroots hits like African Sound and 23rd Psalms.
 
 But, his first major hit came alongside the teenaged Brown with whom he struck up a solid partnership in the mid 1970s, recording a cover of The Heptones' Party Time, which was done for Brown's DEB label.
 
 Trickster was Delgado's biggest hit song as a solo artiste for DEB, which was followed by Tition, a critique of corrupt politicians.
 
 In the late 1970s, Delgado hooked up with Dunbar and Shakespeare, then the hottest production team in reggae with their revamped Taxi label. Merry Go Round and Fort Augusta remain two of Delgado's biggest hits.
 
 Delgado lived in England for much of the last 20 years, touring Europe and working as a producer. Among the acts he produced for his Incredible Music label were singers Michael Rose, Frankie Paul and Yami Bolo.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on April 15, 2005, 12:42:00 pm
Rock and blues pianist Johnnie Johnson dies
 
 (AP) -- Johnnie Johnson, a rock 'n' roll pioneer who teamed with Chuck Berry for hits like Roll Over Beethoven and No Particular Place to Go, died Wednesday. He was 80.
 
 Johnson died at his St. Louis home. The cause of death was not immediately known, said publicist Margo Lewis. He had been hospitalized a month ago with pneumonia and was on dialysis for a kidney ailment, said John May, a friend and fellow musician.
 
 Though he was never a household name, Johnson and Berry's long collaboration helped define early rock 'n' roll. Johnson often composed the music on piano, then Berry converted it to guitar and wrote the lyrics. In fact, Berry's Johnny B. Goode was a tribute to Johnson.
 
 After he and Berry parted ways, Johnson performed with Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley, among others. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 in the ''sidemen'' category.
 
 ''He left the indelible imprint of his sound,'' May said. ``He was able to transition through any musical style because he just loved to play music.''
 
 Johnson was born in Fairmont, W.Va., and began playing piano at 4. He moved to Chicago after World War II, where he played jazz and blues in clubs. He moved to St. Louis in the early 1950s, forming his own R&B band, the Johnnie Johnson Trio.
 
 Johnson is survived by his wife and children.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on April 15, 2005, 12:51:00 pm
Jerry Byrd
 
 Jerry Byrd is probably cited by more steel players as the single most influential player in their early musical development than any other musician. He almost singlehandedly defined the steel sound of early Nashville and created an extremely personal style whose trademark vibrato and lush tunings became the most-imitated way to play Hawaiian music.
 
 Jerry Byrd was born March 9, 1920 in Lima, Ohio. His country and western steel guitar playing can be heard in his work with such artists as Chet Atkins, Jethro Burns, Marty Robbins, Hank Snow, Roy Clark, Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, Burl Ives and numerous others. His work with Hank Williams was done on a Rickenbacker BD-6 lap steel tuned to C6 tuning. This guitar is now in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
 Byrd has been a lifelong exponent of traditional Hawaiian music. In the 1960's, he grew weary of the super-hyped, pressure cooker world of commercial country music. Byrd moved to Honolulu in the early 1970's and has become a revered and much honored presence for his efforts at teaching native Hawaiian youths about steel guitar - ironically, their own instrument! He is a consummate master of all the basic Hawaiian tunings such as C6th (his signature tuning) B11th, E13th, C#m9, F#m9, and several more. He has composed several tunes that have become steel guitar standards including "Steelin' the Blues" and "Steelin' the Chimes".
 
 His 1950's records can be found in used vinyl stores, on eBay, or on cassette from Tom Bradshaw.
 
 There are a couple of Jerry Byrd CDs available. By far the best one currently available is Steel Guitar Hawaiian Style, Lehua SLC-7023. It includes lush Hawaiian standards such as "Pau'au'au Waltz" and "Sand"(350K .AU) as well as uptempo march tunes. It's available from Scotty's Music,314-427-7794 or Tower Records,1-800-ASK-TOWER.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on April 15, 2005, 01:08:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  Jerry Byrd
 
Did he die?
 
 Or is that post just for informational purposes?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on April 15, 2005, 01:12:00 pm
He died, though I couldn't find any news sources confirming this....though it is mentioned on his fan club website.
 
 
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Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
   
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Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  Jerry Byrd
 
Did he die?
 
 Or is that post just for informational purposes? [/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on April 30, 2005, 09:23:00 am
Psychobilly pioneer & one man band, Hasil Adkins (http://www.hasiladkins.com/).
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on April 30, 2005, 05:55:00 pm
Guitarist Bryan Ottoson of American Head Charge, the Twin Cities' best-known metal band, was found dead in a tour bus Tuesday in North Charleston, S.C.
 
 A band spokeswoman said Ottoson, 27, died in his bunk between stops on the group's tour with Mudvayne. The cause of death was uncertain, pending an autopsy.
 
 MTV News quoted a North Charleston police source that said Ottoson was found with a bottle of prescription drugs and that he had consumed a lot of alcohol the previous night. The band's publicist could not confirm or deny that.
 
 American Head Charge's latest CD, "The Feeding," came out in March and made it to No. 15 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart.
 
 In an interview before the album's release, Ottoson talked about how the band struggled with drug addiction and other personal demons after the disappointing sales of its 2001 CD, "The War of Art," which it made with renowned rock producer Rick Rubin.
 bryan ottoson
 Bryan Ottoson
 Charles Hall
 Special to the Star Tribune
 
 "We hit rock bottom in every way," Ottoson said.
 
 American Head Charge rose to the top of the local metal scene in the late-1990s with wild, nearly violent stage shows and a hard-hitting industrial sound. By 2001, the band had earned a coveted slot on the Ozzfest tour and a record deal with Rubin's American Recordings.
 
 Ottoson joined the band after the recording of "The War of Art." He came to the group after stints in Black Flood Diesel and A-Pod, two other popular local rock bands.
 
 The other members of American Head Charge were flying back to the Twin Cities from Atlanta and were unavailable for comment Wednesday.
 
 The group's tour with Mudvayne was enjoying strong ticket sales, helped by the fact that Mudvayne's new CD debuted at No. 1 in the nation this week. Mudvayne canceled its show Tuesday but is expected to continue touring.
 
 Ottoson's death hit hard at local rock station 93X (93.7 FM), which frequently played Head Charge's songs. Its staff plans to have a giant memorial card for fans to sign at this week's Audioslave and Slipknot concerts.
 
 "Everyone here at 93X considered Bryan a very good friend, and we all cheered when he officially joined the band," said marketing director Wendy Ellis. "We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his mother, American Head Charge and the fans. This is a tragic loss."
 
 Sage Robinson, publicist for the band's record label, DRT/Nitrus, said, "We all thought of Bryan as a wonderful guy, a real sweetheart and a great musician. So there's definitely a terrible sadness."
 
  Here's A link (http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1500451/20050420/american_head_charge.jhtml?headlines=true) and  Another link (http://www.startribune.com/stories/919/5360035.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SPARX on May 02, 2005, 03:32:00 pm
Rock-a-billy artist Hasil Adkins, a one-man band whose screaming vocals and freestyle approach to rhythm landed a cult following, has died at 67.
 
 Adkins' body was found Tuesday at his Madison home, where he lived alone. The cause of death has not been determined but it does not appear to be suspicious. The body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office, Boone County Sheriff's Deputy J.M. Thompson said Wednesday.
 
 "Someone had gone to check on him and had found him," Thompson said.
 
 Guitar. Harmonica. Drums. Foot-rhythm instruments. Adkins played them all - often while singing. A yodel, screaming and a high-pitched female's lark were some of his many voices.
 
 The son of a coal miner, Adkins learned to played guitar before he was 10. He claimed the only time he practiced his songs was on stage.
 
 Known to his fans as The Haze, Adkins struggled for decades to get noticed. In a 2002 interview, he said he mailed out thousands of tapes and records over a 30-year period while fishing for a record deal.
 
 Even Richard Nixon got one, courtesy of U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va. The president's reply to Adkins came on White House stationery in 1970: "I am very pleased by your thoughtfulness in bringing these particular selections to my attention."
 
 "Hasil was one of a handful of artists I think (who) are truly unique and truly individual. There aren't very many people whose music you can identify in seconds. But he was one of them," said Michael Lipton, a Charleston musician and writer who wrote stories about Adkins for newspapers and magazines and later became friends with Adkins.
 
 "And like those kinds of singular artists, they have good nights and bad nights, on a good night it was the most rhythmic, primal music I think I've ever heard," Lipton said Wednesday.
 
 "On a bad night, it was still good."
 
 Adkins was the original star of Norton Records, a label built around the primal recordings Adkins produced in his mountain home, beginning in the Eisenhower era.
 
 "People told me they wondered how I could stick with it, so many heartaches and letdowns. I had 'em by the hundreds, millions I guess," Adkins said. "I said, well, I didn't start to quit."
 
 Adkins, who claimed to have written more than 7,000 songs, first emerged hooting and wailing in the 1950s, only to disappear again. European fans kept the rock-a-billy rage alive, and when the Cramps did an early 1980s remake of Adkins' "She Said," his records suddenly became hot again.
 
 What Adkins sang about was just as unique as his delivery, which was fueled by a 2-gallon-a-day coffee habit.
 
 New York-based Norton Records combined new and previous recordings to release "Poultry in Motion," a collection of 15 Adkins songs about chicken from 1955 to 1999.
 
 His "Chicken Walk" and "The Hunch" became two short-lived dance fads.
 
 There also were tunes like "Chocolate Milk Honeymoon" and "Boo Boo The
 Cat."
 
 Despite his antics, acquaintances described Adkins as good hearted.
 
 "He'd do anything for you, sing any song for you if he knew it," said Juanita Pridemore of Washington Heights.
 
 Adkins often performed at Charleston's Empty Glass bar, where some out-of-town acts stipulated that he open for them.
 
 "It was just amazing. It was like nothing you've ever heard," said Leslie Nahodil, a Boone County nurse who met Adkins during his occasional visits to her hospital's emergency room. "It was just pure,
 homespun, country rock-a-billy music." (AP)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on May 02, 2005, 06:19:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by SPARX:
  Rock-a-billy artist Hasil Adkins, a one-man band has died at 67.
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Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SPARX on May 02, 2005, 07:46:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Ginger Vitus:
   
Quote
Originally posted by SPARX:
  Rock-a-billy artist Hasil Adkins, a one-man band has died at 67.
<img src="http://www.w3bdevil.com/forums/Old-BTF.jpg" alt=" - " /> [/b]
One of a kind that Hasil.Only reason he was a one man band was coz he thought when he heard Johnny or Jerry Lee on the radio and was told that was Johnny Cash or whomever,he actually thought they were playing everything,so he learned to do it all:  http://www.deuceofclubs.com/write/adkins.htm (http://www.deuceofclubs.com/write/adkins.htm)                                                                                                                         RIP Hasil!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on May 05, 2005, 07:12:00 pm
A salute to Hack (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050505/ap_on_re_us/obit_hackworth).
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on May 06, 2005, 02:54:00 pm
www.hackworth.com/ (http://www.hackworth.com/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on May 18, 2005, 02:39:00 pm
The Riddler (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050518/ap_en_ot/obit_gorshin) Frank Gorshin Dies at 72
 
 "He put up a valiant fight with lung cancer, emphysema and pneumonia," Mrs. Gorshin said in a statement.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on May 29, 2005, 08:47:00 am
WWII combat vet & Green Acres star Eddie Albert (http://edition.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/05/27/obit.eddie.albert.ap/). RIP
 
 
 BTW, Team Dupek just loves Green Acres.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on May 29, 2005, 09:02:00 am
You can add The Voice of Fred Flintstone (http://apnews.myway.com/article/20050520/D8A751F00.html) and  The Voice Of Tony The Tiger (http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/05/24/ravenscroft.ap/index.html) to the RIP list.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SPARX on May 30, 2005, 07:56:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Ellis D. Fleischbach:
  WWII combat vet & Green Acres star Eddie Albert (http://edition.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/05/27/obit.eddie.albert.ap/). RIP
 
 
 BTW, Team Dupek just loves Green Acres.
Green Acres 2 hour special on TV Land memorial day starting at 8pm.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Yank on May 31, 2005, 01:30:00 am
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Originally posted by SPARX:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Ellis D. Fleischbach:
  WWII combat vet & Green Acres star Eddie Albert (http://edition.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/05/27/obit.eddie.albert.ap/). RIP
 
 
 BTW, Team Dupek just loves Green Acres.
Green Acres 2 hour special on TV Land memorial day starting at 8pm. [/b]
And let's not forget the star of Green Acres who died some time ago.....
 
 http://www.tvland.com/shows/greenacres/character5.jhtml (http://www.tvland.com/shows/greenacres/character5.jhtml)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on May 31, 2005, 10:40:00 am
Arnold got more fan mail than the other cast members.  Eva Gabor was disgruntled because of it.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SPARX on May 31, 2005, 07:57:00 pm
My fave,without a doubt,is Hank Kimble.Although the show would've been much less without "good ole" Mr. Haney.He's the one who knew how to push Oliver to the edge.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on June 01, 2005, 10:00:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by SPARX:
  My fave,without a doubt,is Hank Kimble.Although the show would've been much less without "good ole" Mr. Haney.He's the one who knew how to push Oliver to the edge.
BTW, Hank was also in the science fiction cult film A BOY AND HIS DOG.  He fought on Iwo Jima, too.  I love all of the Acres cast.  Have you read THE HOOTERVILLE HANDBOOK?
 
 Without a doubt, SPARX is the kewlest 0930 bboard member.  You rawk (http://www.yourethemannowdog.com/)!  <img src="http://www.slowtalk.com/graemlins/pig.gif" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SPARX on June 01, 2005, 04:19:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Ellis D. Fleischbach:
   I love all of the Acres cast.  Have you read THE HOOTERVILLE HANDBOOK?
 
  [/QB]
No,but I do have every episode of G.A. taped.Last thing I read on par would be Laura Palmers Diary and Bill Clinton's Little Black Book.Must research this handbook of which you speak.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on June 01, 2005, 08:38:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by SPARX:
   I do have every episode of G.A. taped.Last thing I read on par would be Laura Palmers Diary
Hooterville Handbook (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0312088116/qid=1117672654/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/104-2843359-5207144?v=glance&s=books&n=507846) on Amazon, but you can find it cheaper on eBaY.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on June 02, 2005, 01:42:00 am
I'm more a Beverly Hillbillies fan myself.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SPARX on June 02, 2005, 01:51:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguär:
  I'm more a Beverly Hillbillies fan myself.
They all come from the same gene pool   :D    :cool:                                           http://www.poobala.com/hooterville.html (http://www.poobala.com/hooterville.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on June 02, 2005, 11:00:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguär:
  I'm more a Beverly Hillbillies fan myself.
The Beverly Hillbillies was unique...a parody of The Grapes of Wrath.   Who would've thunk it?   I don't know how they pulled it off.  Even Hogan's Heroes was tasteful, by that standard.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on June 02, 2005, 04:29:00 pm
NBA great George Mikan dies
 Associated Press
 Posted: 36 minutes ago
 
 George Mikan, professional basketball's first dominant big man who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five championships, died at a Scottsdale rehabilitation center, family members said Thursday. He was 80.
 
 Mikan had suffered from diabetes and kidney failure. One leg was amputated several years ago, and he recently was hospitalized for six weeks for treatment of a diabetes wound in the other leg. He also underwent kidney dialysis three days a week.
 
 Last Saturday, he was moved from the hospital to the rehabilitation center, his son, Terry, said. He died Wednesday night, according to family members.
 
 Six-foot-10, nearsighted with thick glasses, Mikan was so effective as a center at DePaul that he forced the NCAA to adopt the goaltending rule.
 
 As a professional, Mikan dominated from the moment he arrived.
 
 Mikan's Lakers won five league titles in the first six years of the franchise's history. A rough player, Mikan led the league in personal fouls three times and had 10 broken bones during his playing career. He averaged 23.1 points per game in seven seasons with Minneapolis before retiring because of injuries in 1956. Mikan was the league's MVP in the 1948-49 season, when he averaged 28.3 points - a phenomenal total in that era - in leading the Lakers to the NBA title.
 
 "He obviously was the first of the real high-profile players," Boston Celtic great Bob Cousy said when told of Mikan's death. "He literally carried the league. He gave us recognition and acceptance when we were at the bottom of the totem pole in professional sports. He transcended the game. People came to see him as much as they came to see the game."
 
 A statue was erected in honor of the NBA Hall of Famer at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
 
 "When I think about George Mikan, I skip all the Wilt Chamberlains and Kareem Abdul-Jabbars and I call him the 'The Original Big Man,"' current Minnesota star Kevin Garnett once said. "Without George Mikan, there would be no up-and-unders, no jump hooks, and there would be no label of the big man."
 
 Long before the term was invented, Mikan was the league's first superstar.
 
 "It was certainly fair to say he was the Michael Jordan of his time, but I take it another step," Vern Mikkelsen, Mikan's Hall of Fame teammate, once said. "He was Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, all rolled into one in our time.
 
 "Everywhere we went, George was immediately recognized not just because he's tall but because he was immaculately dressed and he had the glasses on and he had a big smile on his face. He was inundated, absolutely inundated."
 
 Teams and leagues were often short-lived in pro basketball's early days. Mikan's first title came with the National Basketball League, his second with the Basketball Association of America. The rest were with the NBA, formed when the two league's merged in 1949.
 
 Mikan coached the Lakers for part of the 1957-58 season, and was commissioner of the American Basketball Association in 1967, introducing the 3-point line and the distinctive red, white and blue ball.
 
 "We were trying to get the network television contract, and I thought the typical brown ball was very hard to see in a large auditorium," Mikan said. "I decided on a ball with different-colored panels of red, white and blue for three reasons. First, it was patriotic; second, the TV viewability was just fantastic; and third, because of the salability of the ball. The young kids really liked it. In fact, we ran product comparison tests and the youngsters invariably chose our ball over the others."
 
 In recent years, Mikan spoke out against the small pensions given to those who played in the league before 1965. Terry Mikan said most of his father's awards and memorabilia had been sold. Mikan received a monthly pension check of $1,000, his son said.
 
 Born June 18, 1924 in Joliet, Ill., Mikan didn't play high school basketball, but when he entered DePaul, first-year coach Ray Meyer worked to transform him, monitoring exercises and drills that led to a devastating hook shot with either hand.
 
 Mikan was the tournament's MVP when DePaul won the 1945 National Invitation Tournament, scoring 53 points against Rhode Island.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on June 03, 2005, 03:25:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Ellis D. Fleischbach:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguär:
  I'm more a Beverly Hillbillies fan myself.
The Beverly Hillbillies was unique...a parody of The Grapes of Wrath.   Who would've thunk it?   I don't know how they pulled it off.  Even Hogan's Heroes was tasteful, by that standard. [/b]
Oh, Hogan's Heroes is another favorite of mine!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on July 01, 2005, 07:39:00 pm
R&B Crooner Luther Vandross Dies at 54
 - By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Music Writer
 Friday, July 1, 2005
 (07-01) 15:55 PDT New York (AP) --
 
 Grammy award winner Luther Vandross, whose deep, lush voice on such hits as "Here and Now" and "Any Love" sold more than 25 million albums while providing the romantic backdrop for millions of couples worldwide, died Friday. He was 54.
 
 Vandross died at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, N.J., said hospital spokesman Rob Cavanaugh. He did not release the cause of death.
 
 Since suffering a stroke in his Manhattan home on April 16, 2003, the R&B crooner stopped making public appearances ‚?? but amazingly managed to continue his recording career. In 2004, he captured four Grammys as a sentimental favorite, including best song for the bittersweet "Dance With My Father."
 
 Vandross, who was still in a wheelchair at the time, delivered a videotaped thank you.
 
 "Remember, when I say goodbye it's never for long," said a weak-looking Vandross. "Because" ‚?? he broke into his familiar hit ‚?? "I believe in the power of love."
 
 Vandross also battled weight problems for years while suffering from diabetes and hypertension.
 
 He was arguably the most celebrated R&B balladeer of his generation. He made women swoon with his silky yet forceful tenor, which he often revved up like a motor engine before reaching his beautiful crescendos.
 
 Vandross was a four-time Grammy winner in the best male R&B performance category, taking home the trophy in 1990 for the single "Here and Now," in 1991 for his album "Power of Love," in 1996 for the track "Your Secret Love" and a last time for "Dance With My Father."
 
 The album, with its single of the same name, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts while Vandross remained hospitalized from his stroke. It was the first time a Vandross album had topped the charts in its first week of release.
 
 In 2005, he was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for a duet with Beyonce on "The Closer I Get To You."
 
 Vandross' sound was so unusual few tried to copy it; even fewer could.
 
 "I'm proud of that ‚?? it's one of the things that I'm most proud of," he told The Associated Press in a 2001 interview. "I was never compared to anyone in terms of sound."
 
 Vandross' style harkened back to a more genteel era of crooning. While many of his contemporaries and successors belted out tunes that were sexually charged and explicit, Vandross preferred soft pillow talk and songs that spoke to heartfelt emotions.
 
 "I'm more into poetry and metaphor, and I would much rather imply something rather than to blatantly state it," he said. "You blatantly state stuff sometimes when you can't think of a a poetic way to say it."
 
 A career in music seemed predestined for the New York native; both his parents were singers, and his sister, Patricia, was part of a 1950s group called the Crests.
 
 But he happily toiled in the musical background for years before he would have his first hit. He wrote songs for projects as varied as a David Bowie album ("Fascination") and the Broadway musical "The Wiz" ("Everybody Rejoice (Brand New Day)"), sang backup for acts such as Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand, and even became a leading commercial jingle singer.
 
 Vandross credited singer Roberta Flack for prodding him to move into the spotlight after listening to one of his future hits, "Never Too Much."
 
 "She started crying," he recalled. "She said, `No, you're getting too comfortable (in the background). ... I'm going to introduce you to some people and get your career started.'"
 
 Vandross' first big hit came as the lead vocalist for the group Change, with their 1980 hit, "The Glow of Love." That led to a recording contract with Epic Records, and in 1981, he made his solo recording debut with the disc "Never Too Much." The album, which contained his aching rendition of "A House is Not a Home," became an instant classic.
 
 Over the years, Vandross would emerge as the leading romantic singer of his generation, racking up one platinum album after another and charting several R&B hits, such as "Superstar,""Give Me The Reason" and "Love Won't Let Me Wait."
 
 Yet, while Vandross was a household name in the black community, he was frustrated by his failure to become a mainstream pop star. Indeed, it took Vandross until 1990 to score his first top 10 hit ‚?? the wedding staple "Here & Now."
 
 "I just wanted more success. I didn't want to suddenly start wearing blond wigs to appeal to anyone," he told the AP.
 
 "This is the same voice that sang Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola, NBC 'proud as a peacock,' ... America, the world, has heard the voice, so there's no reason that that music shouldn't have gone the complete distance, I mean, to number one."
 
 Another frustration for Vandross was his lifelong battle with obesity. Health problems ran in his family, and Vandross struggled for years to control his waistline. When he first became a star, he was a hefty size; a few years later, he was almost skinny. His weight fluctuated so much that rumors swirled that he had more serious health problems than the hypertension and diabetes caused by his large frame.
 
 Vandross' two sisters and a brother died before him. The lifelong bachelor never had any children, but doted on his nieces and nephews. The entertainer said his busy lifestyle made marriage difficult; besides, it wasn't what he wanted.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on July 01, 2005, 08:00:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by vansmack:
  In 2004, he captured four Grammys as a sentimental favorite, including best song for the bittersweet "Dance With My Father."
 
it feels like every fucking grammy is awarded to "sentimental favorites" ... it doesnt happen as much in any of the other big, reputable awards
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on July 04, 2005, 01:17:00 pm
First, Luther Vandross! Now,  Obie Benson of The Four Tops has passed away.  (http://apnews.myway.com/article/20050702/D8B3H2580.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: hitman on July 04, 2005, 09:45:00 pm
Shelby Foote (http://nytimes.com/2005/06/29/books/29foote.html)
   Brian Pohanka (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/04/national/04pohanka.html?)
 
 For anyone interested in the Civil War.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on July 06, 2005, 02:18:00 pm
James Stockdale, Perot Running Mate, Dies
 
 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
 Published: July 6, 2005
 Filed at 11:41 a.m. ET
 
 SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Retired Vice Adm. James Stockdale, Ross Perot's 1992 presidential running mate who received the Medal of Honor after enduring 7 1/2 years in a North Vietnamese prison, died Tuesday. He was 81.
 
 The Navy did not provide a cause of death but said he had suffered from Alzheimer's disease. He died at his home in Coronado.
 
 In the 1992 presidential election, Stockdale became independent candidate Perot's vice presidential running mate, initially as a stand-in on the ticket but later as the candidate.
 
 Stockdale gave a stumbling performance in the nationally televised vice-presidential debate against Dan Quayle and Al Gore and later said he didn't feel comfortable in the public eye.
 
 "Who am I? Why am I here?" he asked rhetorically in his opening statement. Toward the end, he asked the moderator to repeat a question, saying, "I didn't have my hearing aid turned on."
 
 During the Vietnam War, Stockdale was a Navy fighter pilot based on the USS Oriskany and flew 201 missions before he was shot down on Sept. 9, 1965. He became the highest-ranking naval officer captured during the war, the Navy said.
 
 Stockdale was taken to Hoa Lo Prison, known as the "Hanoi Hilton." His shoulders were wrenched from their sockets, his leg had been shattered by angry villagers and a torturer, and his back was broken. But he refused to capitulate.
 
 Rather than allow himself to be used in a propaganda film, Stockdale smashed his face into a pulp with a mahogany stool.
 
 "My only hope was to disfigure myself," Stockdale wrote in his 1984 autobiography "In Love and War." The ploy worked, but he spent the next two years in leg irons.
 
 After Ho Chi Minh's death, he broke a glass pane in an interrogation room and slashed his wrists until he passed out in his own blood. After that, captors relented in their harsh treatment of him and his fellow prisoners.
 
 Stockdale spent four years in solitary confinement before his release in 1973.
 
 He received 26 combat decorations, including the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest medal for valor, in 1976. The citation reads, "By his heroic action at great peril to himself, he earned the everlasting gratitude of his fellow prisoners and of his country."
 
 He retired from the military in 1979, one of the most highly decorated officers in U.S. Navy history, and became president of the Citadel, a military college in South Carolina. He left in 1981 to become a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford.
 
 Stockdale came to know Perot through Sybil Stockdale's work establishing an organization on behalf of families of prisoners held during the Vietnam War.
 
 When Perot ran again in 1996 as the candidate of his Reform Party, Stockdale had rejoined the Republican Party.
 
 He is survived by his wife and four sons.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on July 06, 2005, 02:38:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
  James Stockdale, Perot Running Mate, Dies
 
 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
 Published: July 6, 2005
 Filed at 11:41 a.m. ET
 
 SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Retired Vice Adm. James Stockdale, Ross Perot's 1992 presidential running mate who received the Medal of Honor after enduring 7 1/2 years in a North Vietnamese prison, died Tuesday. He was 81.
 
GRIDLOCK!!!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on July 06, 2005, 02:39:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
  James Stockdale, Perot Running Mate, Dies
phil hartman did one hell of a james stockdale
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on July 14, 2005, 05:35:00 pm
<img src="http://www.tonkco.com/computercoach/graphics/charlie-tuna.png" alt=" - " />
 Charlie the Tuna‚?? creator drowns (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8513614/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Chip Chanko on July 14, 2005, 10:06:00 pm
Q and Not U broke up (http://www.qandnotu.org/news/index.html).
 
 edit: oops...old news (http://www.930.com/cgi-bin/ubb-cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=010537).
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SPARX on July 17, 2005, 10:37:00 pm
Driver charged with triple murder in crash
 Woman allegedly had a death wish
 
 By Brian Cox and Lolly Bowean, Chicago Tribune.                                            
 Three Chicago musicians who worked regular jobs by day and rocked at
 night were killed when a young woman bent on ending her life barreled
 into their car on a Skokie street, law enforcement officials said
 Friday.
 
 Jeanette Sliwinski, 23, has been charged with three counts of
 first-degree murder after telling police investigating Thursday's
 crash at Niles Center Road that she had been in a fight with her
 mother and "wanted to end it all," authorities said.
 
 Sliwinski, of the 8900 block of Parkside Street, Morton Grove, was
 going at least 70 m.p.h. eastbound on Dempster Street and had run
 three red lights when she rammed her 2000 Ford Mustang into the car
 carrying the three co-workers who were out for lunch, authorities
 said.
 
 Killed were Michael Dahlquist, 39, of the 4800 block of South Ashland
 Avenue; John Glick, 35, of the 2800 block of West Palmer Street; and
 Douglas Meis, 29, of the 4500 block of North Lincoln Avenue, all in
 Chicago. Condolences buzzed across music-related Web sites as
 friends and fans shared the news. The men were in the prime of their
 lives, and more concerned about touching people with their art than
 making hit records, friends and relatives said.
 
 "They were people who were so smart and brilliant and amazing," said
 Rebecca Crawford, Glick's wife. "Everyone feels cheated that they
 haven't been able to accomplish what they set out to do."
 
 Dahlquist, who moved to Chicago from Washington state five years ago,
 played drums for Silkworm, a band praised by critics for its
 independence and eagerness to experiment.
 
 Glick grew up in Boston and moved to Chicago six years ago. He was a
 guitarist and singer with the Returnables. Meis played drums with
 Glick's wife in a band called The Dials, described by Matt Priest, a
 talent buyer, as "loud and noisy but super melodic and super poppy."
 
 "Michael was friendly to an extreme. He was a very outgoing and upbeat
 guy," said Tim Midgett,who played bass and guitar with him.
 
 Without Dahlquist, the band is over, he said. "He can't be replaced."
 
 By day, the three worked together at Shure Inc. in Niles, which
 manufactures microphones and other audio electronic products, said
 Paul Applebaum, company vice president.
 
 The deaths "really devastated a lot of people here," Applebaum said.
 "We are trying to make some sense of it ourselves. These people were
 highly respected and well-liked around here."
 
 Sliwinski, who is in fair condition at St. Francis Hospital in
 Evanston, declined to be interviewed, hospital spokeswoman Christine
 Rybicki said. Sliwinski also has been charged with two counts of
 aggravated battery, authorities said.
 
 People who answered the door at her Morton Grove home declined to
 comment.
 
 Skokie police said Sliwinski was not tested for alcohol or drugs.
 
 Police did not say if she was wearing a seat belt at the time of the
 crash.
 
 The three men were stopped at a red light at about 12:20 p.m. when
 their Honda Civic was rammed from behind, said Colleen Daly, Cook
 County assistant state's attorney.
 
 Daly said Sliwinski made no attempt to stop. Her car pushed the Honda
 into the car in front of it, injuring two others, and a fourth vehicle
 received minor damage, the prosecutor said.
 
 The Honda and Ford went airborne and flipped over, with one of the
 victims being ejected. The brakes in Sliwinski's car were functioning
 properly, Daly said.
 
 The Cook County medical examiner's office Friday ruled the deaths
 homicides.
 
 "She said she wanted to end it all when she ran into the back of the
 car," Daly said.
 
 
 Cook County Circuit Court Judge Consuela Bedoya ordered that Sliwinski
 be held without bond Friday. She is under guard at the hospital.
 
 Prosecutors may seek the death penalty, Daly said.
 
 Cook County court records show Sliwinski pleaded guilty April 5, 1999,
 to retail theft and was sentenced to community service. On Jan. 21,
 2000, she pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol as a minor and paid a
 $100 fine, records show.
 
 Applebaum said grief counselors were helping Shure employees Friday.
 
 "Some people who knew them had to leave work," said Applebaum, adding
 that customers also were upset and offering sympathy.
 
 "The remarkable thing is how many people said they knew these people
 personally," he said.
 
 Glick was a senior marketing specialist and had been with Shure since
 June 2001. Dahlquist was a senior technical writer who started with
 the company in October 2001. Meis started in December 1998 and was a
 customer service specialist.
 
 Crawford said she was still in shock over the deaths.
 
 "The three of them created an enormous amount of laughter and
 happiness in others lives," she said. "They had a certain exuberance
 about life that is really hard to come by."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on July 17, 2005, 10:53:00 pm
That is really fucking sad.  I hope that bitch rots in jail for a long long time.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: amnesiac on July 18, 2005, 10:06:00 am
Motorist held in fatal crash seeks forgiveness
 
 By Brian Cox
 Special to the Tribune
 Published July 18, 2005
 
 
 A woman accused of killing three Chicago men in Skokie last week when she rammed her car into their vehicle in an alleged attempt to kill herself issued a statement from her hospital bed asking for forgiveness.
 
 "I pray and beg for forgiveness from everyone who is saddened by the deaths," Jeanette Sliwinski said in a written statement. The statement was released Saturday by attorney Thomas Needham on behalf of Sliwinski and her parents, Ted and Ursula.
 
 On Friday, Sliwinski, 23, of the 8900 block of North Parkside Avenue, Morton Grove, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery in connection with the fatal crash Thursday at Niles Center Road and Dempster Street.
 
 Killed were Michael Dahlquist, 39, John Glick, 35 and Douglas Meis, 29, police said. The three were friends and part-time musicians. Police said they worked at Shure Inc. in Niles.
 
 Prosecutors said Friday that after the crash Sliwinski told investigators she intentionally drove her speeding car into the men's vehicle in an attempt to kill herself.
 
 They said witnesses reported that Sliwinski drove her 2000 Ford Mustang at least 70 m.p.h. eastbound on Dempster and that she ran three red lights before she hit the men's vehicle, which was stopped at a red light.
 
 "If we had an explanation for what happened, we would tell you what it is, but we have no explanation. We have only our heartfelt grief and prayers," the statement said. "We are all praying for the families of these fine young men and for the many friends whose lives were touched by their music and love."
 
 Two people in another car stopped at the intersection received non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, police said.
 
 Needham said Sunday that Sliwinski was under police guard at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston in fair condition.
 
 On Friday, a Cook County judge ordered Sliwinski be held without bail when she is released from the hospital.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on July 18, 2005, 10:08:00 am
I was saddened, and I forgive her, but she still must do her time for the crime.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: hitman on July 19, 2005, 02:22:00 am
Jim Parker from the Baltimore Colts dead at 71.  
 
 I actually met him, and he was such a wonderful person.  It's a true shame.  Present day football players can't hold the jockstraps of these old gridiron greats.
 
  web page (http://www.thewbalchannel.com/nfl/4738223/detail.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on July 19, 2005, 09:14:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  I was saddened, and I forgive her, but she still must do her time for the crime.
Clearly you are more troubled by the premise of The Wedding Crashers than these deaths....
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on July 19, 2005, 09:52:00 am
Not true.
 
 I don't know how you could possible make a stupid statement like that.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Hello, My Name is Chaz:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  I was saddened, and I forgive her, but she still must do her time for the crime.
Clearly you are more troubled by the premise of The Wedding Crashers than these deaths.... [/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on July 19, 2005, 10:20:00 am
Funny...I find myself asking the same question about your posts on a daily basis.
 
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
 
 I don't know how you could possible make a stupid statement like that.
 
   
Quote
Originally posted by Hello, My Name is Chaz:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  I was saddened, and I forgive her, but she still must do her time for the crime.
Clearly you are more troubled by the premise of The Wedding Crashers than these deaths.... [/b]
[/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on July 19, 2005, 10:26:00 am
Well I don't make stupid comments pretending to know your feelings. You made a stupid, uninformed statement about mine.
 
 I actually read about that accident over the weekend, and it really made me quite sick and sad. I was going to post it on this thread, but didn't get around to it.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Hello, My Name is Chaz:
  Funny...I find myself asking the same question about your posts on a daily basis.
   
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
 
 I don't know how you could possible make a stupid statement like that.
 
   
Quote
Originally posted by Hello, My Name is Chaz:
     
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  I was saddened, and I forgive her, but she still must do her time for the crime.
Clearly you are more troubled by the premise of The Wedding Crashers than these deaths.... [/b]
[/b]
[/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on July 19, 2005, 10:51:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  Well I don't make stupid comments pretending to know your feelings.
but you make stupid uninformed comments about almost everything else.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Guiny on July 19, 2005, 10:52:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by hitman:
   Present day football players can't hold the jockstraps of these old gridiron greats.
 [/URL]
Nor would they want to, that's pretty gross.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on July 19, 2005, 10:53:00 am
You obviously just haven't gotten around to it yet then.
   
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  Well I don't make stupid comments pretending to know your feelings.
   
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on July 19, 2005, 10:57:00 am
Naw, I'll let you have the market on that type of stupid comment.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Hello, My Name is Chaz:
  You obviously just haven't gotten around to it yet then.
   
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  Well I don't make stupid comments pretending to know your feelings.
   
[/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on July 19, 2005, 11:10:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  Naw, I'll let you have the market on that type of stupid comment.
 
 
cause we dont need a monopoly around here!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on July 19, 2005, 12:06:00 pm
Westy's dead (http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/18/obit.westmoreland.ap/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on July 21, 2005, 03:33:00 pm
I think I actually saw this guy play when I lived in London in the Summer of 89...
 
 Ska 'Godfather' Aitken dies at 78  
 Singer Laurel Aitken, known as the "Godfather of Ska", has died at the age of 78.
 Aitken, who was raised in Jamaica before emigrating to the UK, died of a heart attack.
 
 "Laurel was a great man and a good man, the Godfather of Ska and someone who was deeply loved," Mark Wyeth, promoter of Club Ska live music nights, said.
 
 Aitken was at the forefront of the ska movement, and had the first recording released on the Island Records label.
 
 Born Oliver Stephens, his family moved from Cuba to Jamaica when he was 10.
 
 His early singing career saw him entertaining tourists singing calypso for the Jamaican Tourist Board at Kingston Harbour.
 
 Aitken's first recording was the 1957 single Roll Jordan Roll, followed by Boogie Rock.
 
 He moved to London in 1960, where the demand for Jamaican music was growing.
 
 As well as appealing to the African and West Indian population in the UK, he also drew in skinheads and mods.
 
 Although he semi-retired in the 1970s, basing himself in Leicester, he still performed with a number of ska bands, and retained a cult following.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: amnesiac on July 21, 2005, 03:40:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  I think I actually saw this guy play when I lived in London in the Summer of 89...
 
 Ska 'Godfather' Aitken dies at 78  
 Singer Laurel Aitken, known as the "Godfather of Ska", has died at the age of 78.
 Aitken, who was raised in Jamaica before emigrating to the UK, died of a heart attack.
 
 "Laurel was a great man and a good man, the Godfather of Ska and someone who was deeply loved," Mark Wyeth, promoter of Club Ska live music nights, said.
 
 Aitken was at the forefront of the ska movement, and had the first recording released on the Island Records label.
 
 Born Oliver Stephens, his family moved from Cuba to Jamaica when he was 10.
 
 His early singing career saw him entertaining tourists singing calypso for the Jamaican Tourist Board at Kingston Harbour.
 
 Aitken's first recording was the 1957 single Roll Jordan Roll, followed by Boogie Rock.
 
 He moved to London in 1960, where the demand for Jamaican music was growing.
 
 As well as appealing to the African and West Indian population in the UK, he also drew in skinheads and mods.
 
 Although he semi-retired in the 1970s, basing himself in Leicester, he still performed with a number of ska bands, and retained a cult following.
Very sad news. I think he played Phantasmagoria way back when that was still around. Really regret missing that show...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on July 21, 2005, 03:51:00 pm
Sad indeed.  I'll have to bust this out when I get home:
 
  <img src="http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000005HPT.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by amnesiac:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  I think I actually saw this guy play when I lived in London in the Summer of 89...
 
 Ska 'Godfather' Aitken dies at 78  
 Singer Laurel Aitken, known as the "Godfather of Ska", has died at the age of 78.
 
Very sad news. I think he played Phantasmagoria way back when that was still around. Really regret missing that show... [/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: amnesiac on July 21, 2005, 04:35:00 pm
Hope I still have this:
 
   <img src="http://www.artistdirect.com/Images/Sources/AMGCOVERS/music/cover200/drd800/d844/d84453co86s.jpg" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: thirsty moore on July 21, 2005, 04:50:00 pm
I was on a big first wave ska binge the summer he played Phantas and went to see him.  That was a good summer at Phantas.  Justin Hinds played a gig there as well.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on July 24, 2005, 05:27:00 pm
Probably only a few of us know who this legend is, let alone care. A real shame because he was great in his day! Even Elton John's contribution was incredibly good...and I can't stand Elton John.
 
 FYI: The 'John' part of Elton John's name came from this man.
 _____________________
 
 LONG JOHN BALDRY 1941-2005 (http://www.nme.com/news/113110.htm)
 
 British blues man LONG JOHN BALDRY has died aged 64.
 
 The singer had been fighting a chest infection for four months and passed away yesterday (July 22) at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada, BBC News reports.
 
 Baldry had a single number one hit in 1967 with ‚??Let The Heartaches Begin‚??, but had been sighted as a strong influence on Eric Clapton, and was friends with Sir Paul McCartney.
 
 A pioneer of British rock n roll, Baldry performed during the early days at the Cavern in Liverpool before going on to work with the likes of Rod Stewart and Elton John, both of whom appeared on his solo album ‚??It Ain't Easy‚??.
 
 Emigrating to Canada in 1991, Baldry became know for his voice over work and in 1998 won a Grammy nomination for his Disney narration.
 
 He continued to record solo albums, and also played the voice of Sonic The Hedgehog‚??s nemesis Dr Robotnik in the video game.
 ____________________________
 
 This is the album to get (but the cover looks a little different from my LP):
 
  <img src="http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/dre600/e680/e68061mv18p.jpg" alt=" - " />
 click me (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE4721DD947AD7220EE933851C8A651EB1DDB50DAA91321435992B63E45913A66C474FFA596F8B672AB7BABE02CA45A0A9FCFE457F4D6653E2DED93&sql=10:5kd2vwvta9qk)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on July 25, 2005, 01:30:00 pm
Ex-con, crime writer and movie star, Ed Bunker, dies at 71  (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20050725/ts_alt_afp/afpentertainmentus_050725153422)
 
 1 hour, 56 minutes ago
 
 Crime novelist Edward Bunker, who learned to write in prison and appeared in the movie "Reservoir Dogs," has died in hospital in Burbank, California. He was 71.
 
 Bunker, a diabetic, died on July 19 from complications arising from surgery to improve circulation in his legs, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing Bunker's longtime friend, screenwriter Robert Dellinger.
 
 Bunker's hard-boiled and unapologetic crime novels were informed by his personal experiences in a society of criminals in general and by his time in the penal system in particular.
 
 He started on a criminal career at a very early age, and became a repeat prison inmate, serving time for bank robbery, drug dealing, extortion, armed robbery and forgery.
 
 The turning point in his life came with the 1973 publication, while he was still in prison, of "No Beast So Fierce," a novel about a paroled thief whose attempt to reenter mainstream society fails.
 
 When he was paroled in 1975, Bunker, who had spent eighteen years of his life in various institutions, turned his back on the criminal life to earn a living writing and acting.
 
 His other novels dealing with crime and life behind bars included "The Animal Factory," "Little Boy Blue" and "Dog Eat Dog."
 
 As well as Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs," in which he played the character Mr. Blue, Bunker also appeared in such movies as "The Running Man," (1982) and "Tango and Cash" (1989).
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on July 26, 2005, 10:01:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguär:
 [QB] His other novels dealing with crime and life behind bars included "The Animal Factory,"
Did anyone see the film version of this?  Tom Arnold was great as an extra-creepy con who stuck his finger upside Edward Furlongs bunghole.  He should have gotten an Oscar nod for that one, IMHO.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: hitman on July 26, 2005, 08:06:00 pm
Yeah..that was a pretty messed up flick, especially when Willem Dafoe started missing shit (fresh from the toilet) with rice and smearing it all over his face.  I felt like I was going to vomit.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Random Citizen on August 07, 2005, 12:32:00 am
Buena Vista Social Club Singer Ferrer Dies
 By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press Writer
 Saturday, August 6, 2005
 
 (08-06) 18:19 PDT HAVANA, Cuba (AP) --
 
 Ibrahim Ferrer, a leading voice with the hugely popular Buena Vista Social Club of vintage Cuban performers, died Saturday, his representative in Cuba said. He was 78.
 
 The Montuno production company did not give a cause of death, but Ferrer's colleagues said he suffered from emphysema and was feeling ill earlier in the week.
 
 Known for his trademark cap and graying mustache, Ferrer was a wiry, animated figure who clearly enjoyed performing Cuba's traditional "son" music of the 1940s and 1950s for new generations of fans.
 
 Among a group of older Cuban performers recruited by U.S. musician Ry Cooder, Ferrer performed on the "Buena Vista Social Club album" that won a Grammy in 1999, and was among those appearing in the film of the same name.
 
 "I felt like he was my brother," said fellow Buena Vista performer, the guitarist Manuel Galban. "He was a great musician and a great companion."
 
 Also in 1999, Ferrer was featured in one of a string of albums that followed, "Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer," and won a Latin Grammy for best new artist in 2000.
 
 Two other well-known members of the original Buena Vista group, singer Compay Segundo and pianist Ruben Gonzalez, died in 2003.
 
 Originally from Cuba's eastern city of Santiago, Ferrer was born on Feb. 20, 1927, during a dance at a social club after his mother unexpectedly went into labor.
 
 Ferrer was still a boy when he began singing professional with Santiago groups in 1941. By the late 1950s, he was a well-known singer performing regularly with the late, great bandleader Pacho Alonso.
 
 He also made guest appearances with other legendary names, including Benny More and Orquesta de Chepin.
 
 Alonso's group moved to Havana in 1959, and Ferrer came along, remaining with the group for more than two decades. By the early 1980s, Ferrer had left the musical scene, but came out of retirement to perform with the Buena Vista group.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SalParadise on August 07, 2005, 05:32:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Random Citizen:
  Buena Vista Social Club Singer Ferrer Dies
 By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press Writer
 Saturday, August 6, 2005
 
 (08-06) 18:19 PDT HAVANA, Cuba (AP) --
 
 Ibrahim Ferrer, a leading voice with the hugely popular Buena Vista Social Club of vintage Cuban performers, died Saturday, his representative in Cuba said. He was 78.
 
 The Montuno production company did not give a cause of death, but Ferrer's colleagues said he suffered from emphysema and was feeling ill earlier in the week.
 
 Known for his trademark cap and graying mustache, Ferrer was a wiry, animated figure who clearly enjoyed performing Cuba's traditional "son" music of the 1940s and 1950s for new generations of fans.
 
 Among a group of older Cuban performers recruited by U.S. musician Ry Cooder, Ferrer performed on the "Buena Vista Social Club album" that won a Grammy in 1999, and was among those appearing in the film of the same name.
 
 "I felt like he was my brother," said fellow Buena Vista performer, the guitarist Manuel Galban. "He was a great musician and a great companion."
 
 Also in 1999, Ferrer was featured in one of a string of albums that followed, "Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer," and won a Latin Grammy for best new artist in 2000.
 
 Two other well-known members of the original Buena Vista group, singer Compay Segundo and pianist Ruben Gonzalez, died in 2003.
 
 Originally from Cuba's eastern city of Santiago, Ferrer was born on Feb. 20, 1927, during a dance at a social club after his mother unexpectedly went into labor.
 
 Ferrer was still a boy when he began singing professional with Santiago groups in 1941. By the late 1950s, he was a well-known singer performing regularly with the late, great bandleader Pacho Alonso.
 
 He also made guest appearances with other legendary names, including Benny More and Orquesta de Chepin.
 
 Alonso's group moved to Havana in 1959, and Ferrer came along, remaining with the group for more than two decades. By the early 1980s, Ferrer had left the musical scene, but came out of retirement to perform with the Buena Vista group.
descanse en paz.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on August 08, 2005, 12:36:00 am
ABC News Anchor Peter Jennings Dies at 67 (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050808/ap_on_en_tv/obit_jennings)
 
 By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
  35 minutes ago
 
 Peter Jennings, the suave, Canadian-born broadcaster who delivered the news to Americans each night in five separate decades, died Sunday. He was 67. Jennings, who announced in April that he had lung cancer, died at his New York home, ABC News President David Westin said late Sunday.
 
 "Peter has been our colleague, our friend, and our leader in so many ways. None of us will be the same without him," Westin said.
 
 With Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather, Jennings was part of a triumvirate that dominated network news for more than two decades, through the birth of cable news and the Internet. His smooth delivery and years of international reporting experience made Jennings particularly popular among urban dwellers.
 
 Jennings was the face of ABC News whenever a big story broke. He logged more than 60 hours on the air during the week of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, offering a soothing sense of continuity during a troubled time.
 
 "There are a lot of people who think our job is to reassure the public every night that their home, their community and their nation is safe," he told author Jeff Alan. "I don't subscribe to that at all. I subscribe to leaving people with essentially ‚?? sorry it's a cliche ‚?? a rough draft of history. Some days it's reassuring, some days it's absolutely destructive."
 
 Jennings' announcement four months ago that the longtime would begin treatment for lung cancer came as a shock.
 
 "I will continue to do the broadcast," he said, his voice husky, in a taped message that night. "On good days, my voice will not always be like this."
 
 But although Jennings occasionally came to the office between chemotherapy treatments, he never again appeared on the air.
 
 "He knew that it was an uphill struggle. But he faced it with realism, courage, and a firm hope that he would be one of the fortunate ones," Westin said. "In the end, he was not."
 
 Broadcasting was the family business for Jennings. His father, Charles Jennings, was the first person to anchor a nightly national news program in Canada and later became head of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.'s news division. A picture of his father was displayed prominently in Jennings' office off ABC's newsroom.
 
 Charles Jennings' son had a Saturday morning radio show in Ottawa at age 9. Jennings never completed high school or college, and began his career as a news reporter at a radio station in Brockton, Ontario. He quickly earned an anchor job at Canadian Television.
 
 Sent south to cover the Democratic national convention in 1964, the handsome, dashing correspondent was noticed by ABC's news president. Jennings was offered a reporting job and left Canada for New York.
 
 As the third-place news network, ABC figured its only chance was to go after young viewers. Jennings was picked to anchor the evening news and debuted on Feb. 1, 1965. He was 26.
 
 "It was a little ridiculous when you think about it," Jennings told author Barbara Matusow. "A twenty-six-year-old trying to compete with Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley. I was simply unqualified."
 
 Critics savaged him as a pretty face unfit for the promotion. Using the Canadian pronunciations for some words and once misidentifying the Marine Corps' anthem as "Anchors Aweigh" didn't help his reputation. The experiment ended three years later.
 
 He later described the humbling experience as an opportunity, "because I was obliged to figure out who I was and what I really wanted to be."
 
 Assigned as a foreign correspondent, Jennings thrived. He established an ABC News bureau in Beirut, and became an expert on the Middle East. He won a Peabody Award for a 1974 profile of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
 
 On the scene at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Jennings was perfectly placed to cover the hostage-taking of Israeli athletes by an Arab terrorist group. He and a crew hid in the athletes' quarters for a close-in view of the drama.
 
 Jennings returned to the evening news a decade after his unceremonious departure. In 1978, ABC renamed its broadcast "World News Tonight," and instituted a three-person anchor team: Frank Reynolds based in Washington, Max Robinson from Chicago and Jennings, by then ABC's chief foreign correspondent, from London.
 
 Following Reynolds' death from cancer, ABC abandoned the multi-anchor format and Jennings became sole anchor on Sept. 5, 1983.
 
 Starting in 1986, Jennings began a decade on top of the ratings. His international experience served him well explaining stories like the collapse of European communism, the first Gulf War and the terrorist bombing of an airplane over Lockerbie, Scotland. He took pride that "World News Tonight," as its name suggested, took a more worldly view than its rivals. Fans responded to his smart, controlled style.
 
 "When it's clearly an emotional experience for the audience, the anchor should not add his or her emotional layers," Jennings said in an interview with the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.
 
 Two-thirds of local broadcasters responding to a 1993 survey by Broadcasting & Cable magazine said Jennings was the best network news anchor. Washington Journalism Review named him anchor of the year three straight years.
 
 With Americans looking more inward in the mid to late-1990s, NBC's Tom Brokaw surpassed Jennings in the ratings. ABC was still a close No. 2, however. When Brokaw stepped down in November 2004, followed shortly by Rather, ABC began an advertising campaign stressing Jennings' experience ‚?? an ironic twist given how his ABC News career began.
 
 But ABC was never able to learn whether Jennings could take advantage of his role as an elder statesman; his cancer diagnosis came only a month after Rather left the anchor chair.
 
 Jennings was proud of his Canadian citizenship, although it was occasionally a sore point with some critics. When Jennings spoke at the dedication of a museum celebrating the U.S. Constitution in 2003, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told him, "not bad for a Canadian."
 
 Jennings whispered back his secret: He had just passed a test earning him dual citizenship in the United States.
 
 "My decision to do this has nothing to do with politics," Jennings told The Associated Press at the time. "It has nothing to do with my profession. It has everything to do with my family."
 
 Restlessly curious, Jennings pushed ABC News to use the turn of the century for a massive historical study. He co-wrote a book, "The Century," with Todd Brewster and anchored a marathon 25-hour special ending Jan. 1, 2000. Jennings and Brewster also traveled the backroads to write "In Search of America."
 
 Jennings also led a documentary team at ABC News, which struck a chord in 2000 with the high-rated spiritual special "The Search for Jesus."
 
 "I have never spent a day in my adult life where I didn't learn something," Jennings told the Saturday Evening Post. "And if there is a born-again quality to me, that's it."
 
 Like Rather and Brokaw, Jennings wasn't entirely comfortable stuck to a studio. He traveled around the world to cover stories and, when he didn't journey to Asia to cover the aftermath of the tsunami less than four months before his cancer diagnosis, it was noticed.
 
 He is survived by his wife, Kayce Freed, and his two children, Elizabeth, 25, and Christopher, 23.
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Post by: Venerable Bede on August 08, 2005, 10:34:00 am
Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook; Quit Over Iraq War
 
 Associated Press
 Sunday, August 7, 2005; C10
 
 Former British foreign secretary Robin Cook, 59, who quit Prime Minister Tony Blair's cabinet in 2003 to protest the Iraq war, died Aug. 6 after collapsing on a Scottish mountain while walking with his wife.
 
 Scotland's Northern Constabulary said Mr. Cook collapsed on Ben Stack in the Scottish Highlands. He was taken by coast guard helicopter to a hospital in Inverness, where he was pronounced dead.
 
 Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, filling in for a vacationing Blair, called Cook "the greatest parliamentarian of his generation."
 
 Mr. Cook served as foreign minister from 1997 until 2001, when he was demoted to leader of the House of Commons. His resignation speech, days before the Iraq war began in March 2003, received a rare standing ovation from lawmakers.
 
 "Why is it now so urgent that we should take military action to disarm a military capacity that has been there for 20 years, and which we helped to create?" he asked.
 
 Renowned as an intelligent lawmaker and skilled debater, Mr. Cook remained a high-profile figure despite his withdrawal from government, and he became an increasingly vocal opponent of Blair's policies.
 
 Some supporters believed that Mr. Cook should have been leader of the Labor Party. But Mr. Cook -- a short, bearded redhead -- declined to oppose Blair when he was elected Labor leader in 1994, declaring, "I am not good-looking enough."
 
 Instead, he accepted the post of foreign secretary after Blair's 1997 landslide election victory.
 
 But Mr. Cook's promise of an "ethical dimension" to British foreign policy often came back to haunt him, particularly after he sanctioned the sale of 16 Hawk jet fighters to Indonesia in 1999 despite the country's widely criticized human-rights record in East Timor.
 
 Another diplomatic miscalculation came during a trip to India and Pakistan, when he suggested that Britain could mediate any negotiations over the disputed territory of Kashmir. The remark irritated both countries.
 
 Mr. Cook was praised by many for his tough-minded handling of the 1999 Kosovo crisis, but that and other successes were partly overshadowed by the scandal of ending his 28-year marriage to his first wife, Margaret, at an airport as they were about to leave on vacation.
 
 Warned by Downing Street that a tabloid newspaper was about to disclose his longtime affair with his secretary Gaynor Regan, Mr. Cook immediately told his wife that he was leaving her. She wrote a book accusing her former husband of being depressed and a drunk, saying that his intelligence and ability were unmatched but that he had "absolutely no natural courtesy or sympathy."
 
 Mr. Cook later married Regan.
 
 Mr. Cook was educated at Edinburgh University, where he studied English literature and began a career in Labor politics. He was first elected to parliament in 1974.
 
 Survivors include his wife and two sons from his first marriage.
 
 ¬© 2005 The Washington Post Company
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Post by: Jaguär on August 14, 2005, 12:32:00 am
Oscar-Winning Art Director Golitzen Dies (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050813/ap_en_mo/obit_golitzen)
 
 Sat Aug 13, 3:09 PM ET
 
 Alexander Golitzen, an art director and production designer who shared Academy Awards for his work on 1943's "Phantom of the Opera," 1960's "Spartacus" and 1962's "To Kill a Mockingbird" during a career that spanned decades, has died. He was 97.
 
 Golitzen died July 26 of congestive heart failure at a health care center in San Diego, said his daughter, Cynthia Garn.
 
 Golitzen worked on more than 300 movies. He earned more than a dozen Oscar nominations for art direction, beginning with the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock movie "Foreign Correspondent" and ending with "Earthquake" in 1974.
 
 Others included 1961's "Flower Drum Song" and 1969's "Sweet Charity."
 
 The Moscow-born Golitzen and his family fled the Russian revolution and ended up in Seattle. Golitzen attended the University of Washington, where he earned an architecture degree, and moved to Los Angeles.
 
 In Los Angeles, he became an assistant to a fellow Russian, MGM art director Alexander Toluboff. He went on to work at United Artists and later was supervising art director at Universal, where he oversaw movies for three decades.
 
 He also designed the set for the Academy Awards show several times.
 
 Along with his daughter, Golitzen is survived by his wife, Frances; son, Peter; five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
 ___
 
 Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com (http://www.latimes.com)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on August 14, 2005, 11:46:00 pm
Ebony & Jet publisher John H. Johnson passed away! (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/brief_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001011325)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on August 18, 2005, 11:56:00 pm
Punk Promoter Esther Wong Dies at 88
 
 The Associated Press
 Wednesday, August 17, 2005; 6:01 PM
 
 LOS ANGELES -- Esther Wong, who booked a who's who of punk rock and new wave bands at her popular Madame Wong's clubs in the 1970s and '80s, has died. She was 88.
 
 She died Sunday at her Los Angeles home, her daughter, Melinda Braun, said Wednesday. She had suffered from emphysema and cancer.
 
   
 Wong, who earned the nickname the "godmother of punk," showcased such popular groups as the Police, X, the Go-Gos, Oingo Boingo, the Motels, the Knack, the Textones and Plane English early in their careers, giving many groups their first major break.
 
 The native of China originally booked Polynesian bands to play at her restaurant, but when hardly anyone showed up to hear them she decided to take a chance on rock acts. Almost overnight in 1978, hundreds of people began showing up at her Chinatown restaurant to hear the new sounds, and she opened a Madame Wong's West in Santa Monica that same year.
 
 "Before, I didn't think I'd ever like rock music," she told the Los Angeles Times in 1979. "Now I can turn it on, and it doesn't bother me."
 
 As her clubs flourished, Wong quickly became known as a no-nonsense proprietor. She once halted a performance by the Ramones until the band members left the stage and cleaned up the graffiti they had put on a bathroom wall. She rarely booked female singers, calling them "no good, always trouble," and she was known to go into the audience to try to sniff out marijuana smokers.
 
 "She would always take any problem or situation head-on, she was not afraid of anyone," her daughter told The Associated Press.
 
 Wong auditioned performers by listening to their tapes, often while driving in her car, until she said her habit of flinging bad music out the window nearly got her in trouble.
 
 "One day I almost hit the highway patrol car that was right next to me," she told the Times in 1980.
 
 Born and educated in Shanghai, Wong traveled the world as a child with her father, who was an importer.
 
 She moved to Los Angeles in 1949 when the Chinese government fell to the communists, working for two decades at a shipping company before opening her restaurant.
 
 She closed the original Madame Wong's in 1985 and Madame Wong's West in 1991.
 
 Wong is survived by her second husband, Harry Wong; a son, Frank Wong; her daughter, Braun; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
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Post by: beetsnotbeats on August 22, 2005, 09:08:00 am
Bob Moog (http://www.moogmusic.com/)
 
 ASHEVILLE, N.C. ‚?? August 21, 2005 ‚?? Bob died this afternoon at his home in Asheville, N.C. He was 71. Bob was diagnosed with brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme or GBM) in late April 2005. He had received both radiation treatment and chemotherapy to help combat the disease. He is survived by his wife, Ileana, his five children, Laura Moog Lanier, Matthew Moog, Michelle Moog-Koussa, Renee Moog, and Miranda Richmond; and the mother of his children, Shirleigh Moog.
 
 Bob was warm and outgoing. He enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. He especially appreciated what Ileana referred to as "the magical connection" between music-makers and their instruments.
 
 No public memorial is planned. Fans and friends can direct their sympathies or remembrances to www.caringbridge.com/visit/bobmoog. (http://www.caringbridge.com/visit/bobmoog.)
 
 Bob's family has established The Bob Moog Foundation dedicated to the Advancement of Electronic Music in his memory. Many of his longtime collaborators including musicians, engineers and educators have agreed to sit on its executive board including David Borden, Wendy Carlos, Joel Chadabpe, John Eaton, David Mash, and Rick Wakeman. For more information about the foundation, contact Matthew Moog at mattmoog@yahoo.com.
 
 We'll miss you Bob.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on August 24, 2005, 02:19:00 am
RIP, Dr. Moog.    :(  
 
 Coolest assembly that I ever attended was while I was in junior high school. The assembly was to see Robert Moog, himself, demonstrate and perform his invention, the Moog synthesizer. A very special day with a special man.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on August 24, 2005, 01:58:00 pm
Had he even invented the darn thing at such an early date?   :(    
 
 Coolest assembly that I ever attended was while I was in junior high school. The assembly was to see Robert Moog, himself, demonstrate and perform his invention, the Moog synthesizer. A very special day with a special man. [/b][/quote]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on August 24, 2005, 02:14:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguär:
  RIP, Dr. Moog.      :(    
 
 Coolest assembly that I ever attended was while I was in junior high school. The assembly was to see Robert Moog, himself, demonstrate and perform his invention, the Moog synthesizer. A very special day with a special man.
wow!!! very cool. didnt you also attend the assembly where Bell demonstrated his new invention, "the telephone"?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: amnesiac on September 02, 2005, 10:58:00 am
From  Pitchfork (http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/news/05-09/02.shtml):
 
  R.L. Burnside Dead at 78
 
  James Gregory reports :
 Celebrated blues singer-guitarist R.L. Burnside died at St. Francis hospital in Memphis, Tennessee Thursday morning, following an almost 3 week stay. While no official cause of death has been announced, a representative from Burnside's label, Fat Possum Records, explained that he had suffered a heart attack the previous year, and "never fully recovered." Burnside was 78 years old, and is survived by his widow Alice Mae, twelve children, and multiple grandchildren.
 
 Born in Harmontown, Mississippi, Burnside was primarily a farmer and fisherman for much of his life, performing intermittently from the 1960s onward. While known regionally for his live shows, he gained mainstream exposure after becoming the first artist signed to Fat Possum in 1991. Burnside would go on to release ten critically-hailed albums for the label between 1992 and 2004, with his last studio LP A Bothered Mind issued in August of last year.
 
 His eclectic blues shuffle and openness to experimentation (via indie and hip hop flourishes) attracted the attention of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, who backed Burnside on 1996's A Ass Pocket of Whiskey. His 2001 album Burnside on Burnside received a Grammy nomination for best Traditional Blues Album, and his music has been featured in numerous films and television shows, including HBO's ‚??The Sopranos‚?Ě.
 
 A post on the Fat Possum website notes that memorial donations for Burnside‚??s family are currently being accepted, and can be sent to the following address:
 
 Freeland & Freeland Trust Account
 Burnside Memorial
 P.O. Box 269
 Oxford, MS 38655
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on September 02, 2005, 08:17:00 pm
Ol' Westy, Julias Westheimer, died either yesterday or the day before. Sorry, too lazy to search for an obit.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on September 03, 2005, 11:28:00 pm
Chief Justice Rehnquist Dies at Home (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050904/ap_on_go_su_co/renquist)
 
 17 minutes ago
 
 Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died Saturday evening at his home in suburban Virginia, said Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg.
 
 A statement from the spokeswoman said he was surrounded by his three children when he died in Arlington.
 
 "The Chief Justice battled thyroid cancer since being diagnosed last October and continued to perform his dues on the court until a precipitous decline in his health the last couple of days," she said.
 
 Rehnquist was appointed to the Supreme Court as an associate justice in 1971 by President Nixon and took his seat on Jan. 7, 1982. He was elevated to chief justice by President Reagan in 1986.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on September 04, 2005, 10:07:00 am
Mary J.Bilge
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on September 04, 2005, 01:00:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by clouds R²:
  A national day of mourning will be observed on Tuesday, September the 6th.  Flags will be held at half staff.  Hurricane relief efforts will be suspended on that day to honor the late Justice Rhenquist.
Shame there's nothing left in DC to name after him!!  :roll:
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bags on September 06, 2005, 12:28:00 pm
Two Bush Supreme Court appointees...my greatest fears realized.    :o
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on September 06, 2005, 12:30:00 pm
Armstrong, Crow announce engagement
 Associated Press
 
 
 AUSTIN, Texas -- Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and rock star Sheryl Crow are engaged.
 
 The cyclist announced the engagement in a statement and said he asked Crow on Wednesday while they were in Sun Valley, Idaho.
 
 No wedding date has been set, although it could be a spring wedding, Armstrong spokesman Mark Higgins said Monday night.
 
 Armstrong retired in July after winning his seventh straight Tour de France.
 
 The marriage will be the second for Armstrong, who has three children with ex-wife Kristin. It will be the first for Crow.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bags on September 06, 2005, 01:02:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by vansmack:
  Armstrong, Crow announce engagement
 Associated Press
You dawg you, in the "dropping like flies" thread.  What a stitch!!   ;)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on September 06, 2005, 01:12:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Bags:
 You dawg you, in the "dropping like flies" thread.  What a stitch!!    ;)  
It's like I told Samckette.  I said Baby, if I ever get ball cancer and recover and you stick with me, then I win 7 Tour de France‚??s, I won‚??t leave you for some over aged washed up rocker.  
 
 But no promises on Avril Lavigne.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on September 06, 2005, 02:33:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Bags:
  Two Bush Supreme Court appointees...my greatest fears realized.     :o  
but they're both replacing republican-appointed justices ... could be much much worse
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on September 06, 2005, 03:31:00 pm
Our little buddy and favorite beatnik....    :(  
 
 Bob Denver, TV's Gilligan, Dead at 70 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050906/ap_en_tv/obit_denver)
 
 2 minutes ago
 
 Bob Denver, whose portrayal of goofy first mate Gilligan on the 1960s television show "Gilligan's Island," made him an iconic figure to generations of TV viewers, has died, his agent confirmed Tuesday. He was 70.
 
 Denver died Friday at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in North Carolina of complications from treatment he was receiving for cancer, his agent, Mike Eisenstadt, told The Associated Press. Denver's death was first reported by "Entertainment Tonight."
 
 Denver had also undergone quadruple heart bypass surgery earlier this year.
 
 Denver's wife, Dreama, and his children Patrick, Megan, Emily and Colin were with him when he died.
 
 "He was my everything and I will love him forever," Dreama Denver said in a statement.
 
 Denver's signature role was Gilligan. But he was already known to TV audiences for another iconic character, that of Maynard G. Krebs, the bearded beatnik friend of Dwayne Hickman's Dobie in the "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," which aired from 1959 to 1963.
 
 "Gilligan's Island" lasted on CBS from 1964 to 1967, and it was revived in later seasons with three high-rated TV movies. It was a Robinson Crusoe story about seven disparate travelers who are marooned on a deserted Pacific Island after their small boat was wrecked in a storm.
 
 The cast: Alan Hale Jr., as Skipper Jonas Grumby; Bob Denver, as his klutzy assistant Gilligan; Jim Backus and Natalie Schafer, as rich snobs Thurston and Lovey Howell; Tina Louise, as bosomy movie star Ginger Grant; Russell Johnson, as egghead science professor Roy Hinkley Jr.; and Dawn Wells, as sweet-natured farm girl Mary Ann Summers.
 
 TV critics hooted at "Gilligan's Island" as gag-ridden corn. Audiences adored its far-out comedy. Writer-creator Sherwood Schwartz insisted that the show had social meaning along with the laughs: "I knew that by assembling seven different people and forcing them to live together, the show would have great philosophical implications."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on September 06, 2005, 03:33:00 pm
Mary J.Bilge
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bags on September 06, 2005, 06:07:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by HoyaParanoia:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Bags:
  Two Bush Supreme Court appointees...my greatest fears realized.      :o  
but they're both replacing republican-appointed justices ... could be much much worse [/b]
I know, could be.  And the hope is that, like many previous justices, their decisions are less predictable than expected, based on what their appointing Commander-in-Chief might plan for...I'm just crying like a baby 'cuz I can.    ;)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on September 06, 2005, 06:52:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by clouds R²:
  Hurricane relief efforts will be suspended on that day to honor the late Justice Rhenquist.
its what Justice Rhenquist would've wanted....
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: amnesiac on September 08, 2005, 01:57:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by palahniukkubrick:
  Even more flies: Hunter S. Thompson shot himself:
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40737-2005Feb20.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40737-2005Feb20.html)
Hunter S. Thompson's  suicide note (http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/_/id/7605448/?rnd=1126202125710&has-player=true&version=6.0.12.872):
 
  No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun -- for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax -- This won't hurt.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on September 08, 2005, 02:21:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by amnesiac:
  Hunter S. Thompson's  suicide note (http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/_/id/7605448/?rnd=1126202125710&has-player=true&version=6.0.12.872):
 
  No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun -- for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax -- This won't hurt.
That's just eery.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on September 12, 2005, 07:30:00 am
Another classic leaves us. I always loved this guy's music.
 
 LEGENDARY BLUES MUSICIAN DIES (http://www.nme.com/news/113660.htm)
 
 CLARENCE ‚??GATEMOUTH‚?? BROWN, the GRAMMY-award winning guitarist and singer, has died at the age of 81.
 
 Brown passed away in Texas on Saturday (September 10) surrounded by his family at his brother‚??s home in Orange.
 
 The guitarist had been battling lung cancer and heart disease and was said to be ‚??devastated‚?Ě after his home in Slidell, Louisiana was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
 
 According to BBC News, his booking agent Rick Cady said: ‚??I'm sure he was heartbroken, both literally and figuratively. He evacuated successfully before the hurricane hit, but I'm sure it weighed heavily on his soul."
 
 During his career ‚?? which spanned over half a century - Brown recorded with Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder and Frank Zappa.
 
 Brown was born in Louisiana, but raised in Texas and gained the ‚??Gatemouth‚?? nickname for his deep voice.
 
 He cited his father ‚?? a railway worker and fiddle player ‚?? as his greatest musical influence, saying, ‚??If I can make my guitar sound like his fiddle, then I know I've got it right."
 
 The guitarist career‚??s took off in the late 1940‚??s and he went on to record such tracks as ‚??Okie Dokie Stomp‚?? and ‚??Ain‚??t That Dandy‚?? but becoming frustrated by the limits of blues guitar, he started to move into jazz and country.
 
 Colin Waters, who is currently writing Brown‚??s biography, said; ‚??He is one of the most underrated guitarists, musicians and arrangers I've ever met, an absolute prodigy.‚?Ě
 
 He added: ‚??He never wanted to be called a bluesman, but I used to tell him that though he may not like the blues, he does the blues better than anyone."
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Post by: on September 12, 2005, 09:34:00 am
Mary J.Bilge
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on September 26, 2005, 03:13:00 pm
Maxwell Smart
 
 Don Adams of 'Get Smart' Dies at 82
 By BOB THOMAS, Associated Press Writer
 20 minutes ago
 
 LOS ANGELES - Don Adams, the wry-voiced comedian who starred as the fumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart in the 1960s television spoof of James Bond movies, "Get Smart," has died. He was 82.
 
 Adams died of a lung infection late Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, his friend and former agent Bruce Tufeld said Monday, adding the actor broke his hip a year ago and had been in ill health since.
 
 As the inept Agent 86 of the super-secret federal agency Control, Adams captured TV viewers with his antics in combatting the evil agents of Kaos. When his explanations failed to convince the villains or his boss, he tried another tack: "Would you believe ... ?" It became a national catchphrase.
 
 Smart was also prone to spilling things on the desk or person of his boss ‚?? the chief (actor     Edward Platt). Smart's apologetic "Sorry about that, chief" also entered the American lexicon. The spy gadgets, which aped those of the Bond movies, were a popular feature, especially the pre-cell-phone telephone in a shoe.
 
 Smart's beautiful partner, Agent 99, played by Barbara Felden, was as brainy as he was dense, and a plot romance led to marriage and the birth of twins later in the series.
 
 Adams, who had been under contract to NBC, was lukewarm about doing a spy spoof. When he learned that Mel Brooks and Buck Henry had written the pilot script, he accepted immediately. "Get Smart" debuted on NBC in September 1965 and scored No. 12 among the season's most-watched series and No. 22 in its second season.
 
 "Get Smart" twice won the Emmy for best comedy series with three Emmys for Adams as comedy actor.
 
 CBS picked up the show but the ratings fell off as the jokes seemed repetitive, and it was canceled after four seasons. The show lived on in syndication and a cartoon series. In 1995 Fox network revived the series with Smart as chief and 99 as a congresswoman. It lasted seven episodes.
 
 Adams never had another showcase to display his comic talent.
 
 "It was a special show that became a cult classic of sorts, and I made a lot of money for it," he remarked of "Get Smart" in a 1995 interview. "But it also hindered me career-wise because I was typed. The character was so strong, particularly because of that distinctive voice, that nobody could picture me in any other type of role."
 
 He was born Donald James Yarmy in New York City on April 13, 1926, Tufeld said, although some sources say 1923 or 1927. The actor's father was a Hungarian Jew who ran a few small restaurants in the Bronx.
 
 In a 1959 interview Adams said he never cared about being funny as a kid: "Sometimes I wonder how I got into comedy at all. I did movie star impressions as a kid in high school. Somehow they just got out of hand."
 
 In 1941, he dropped out of school to join the Marines, lying about his age. In Guadalcanal he survived the deadly blackwater fever and was returned to the States to become a drill instructor, acquiring the clipped delivery that served him well as a comedian.
 
 After the war he worked in New York as a commercial artist by day, doing standup comedy in clubs at night, taking the surname of his first wife, Adelaide Adams. His following grew, and soon he was appearing on the Ed Sullivan and late night TV shows. Bill Dana, who had helped him develop comedy routines, cast him as his sidekick on Dana's Jose Jiminez show. That led to the NBC contract and "Get Smart."
 
 Adams, who married and divorced three times and had seven children, served as the voice for the popular cartoon series, "Inspector Gadget." In 1980, he appeared as Maxwell Smart in a feature movie, "The Nude Bomb," about a madman whose bomb destroyed people's clothing.
 
 Tufeld said funeral arrangements were incomplete.
 
  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050926/ap_en_tv/obit_adams (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050926/ap_en_tv/obit_adams)
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Post by: on September 26, 2005, 04:03:00 pm
Get Smart was a fantastic program.
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Post by: SPARX on September 26, 2005, 09:36:00 pm
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Originally posted by Ellis D. Fleischbach:
  Get Smart was a fantastic program.
Agent 13 was the coolest!
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Post by: on September 26, 2005, 09:42:00 pm
I liked Siegfried & Shtarker.
 
 "This is KAOS, we don't beep beep beep."
 
 www.wouldyoubelieve.com/cast.html (http://www.wouldyoubelieve.com/cast.html)
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Post by: Random Citizen on October 03, 2005, 06:32:00 pm
Actor Nipsey Russell Dies
 
 (New York-WABC, October 3, 2005) - Actor Nipsey Russell, known as "the poet laureate of television," passed away yesterday afternoon at Lenox Hill Hospital.
 Eyewitness News has learned Russell died of cancer, confirmed his longtime manager, Joseph Rapp. He was in his early 80s.
 
 Rapp said Russell was born in 1923, although some reports had him born in 1924. The manager said his age was never clear because Russell did not retain a birth certificate.
 
 Russell achieved his first major role as Officer Anderson in "Car 54, Where Are You?"
 
 He appeared on a string of game shows and variety shows, such as the "Dean Martin Roasts," "Laugh-In," "Jackie Gleason Show," among many others.
 
 Russell delighted audiences with short poems, earning him the nickname "the poet laureate of television." He appeared on "The Tonight Show" and many other very popular talk shows of the day.
 
 While he did not appear in many film roles, he will be remembered for his role of the Tin Man in the 1978 "The Wiz." The movie was a box office failure, but since the movie has been considered a cult classic.
 
 (Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) (Copyright 2005 WABC-TV)
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Post by: on October 07, 2005, 03:32:00 pm
Nipsey (http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A20HIDRW118WAL/ref=cm_pdp_home_pytaistripe_picture_profile/103-2036328-4803806) isn't dead!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguär on October 15, 2005, 09:06:00 am
Big Audio Dynamite Guitarist Dies (http://www.nme.com/news/big-audiodynamite/21265)
 
 Nick Hawkins dies aged 40
 Former Big Audio Dynamite member Nick Hawkins has died.
 
 The guitarist passed away at home on October 10 after suffering a heart attack. He was 40 years old.
 
 Hawkins, who was born in Luton, joined Mick Jones in Big Audio Dynamite in 1990, playing with the band until 1997, when he left.
 
 Hawkins subsequently relocated to Las Vegas, and recently worked on an album for his wife, Jo Beng. He was working on a solo album when he died called 'Dusk Till Dawn', which was due for release in 2006.
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Post by: on October 18, 2005, 11:00:00 am
Former SNL-er  Charles Rocket (http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,17593,00.html?tnews)
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Post by: Jaguar on October 21, 2005, 06:15:00 pm
'Little Rascals' Actor Gordon Lee Dies  (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051021/ap_en_ce/obit_lee)
 
 4 minutes ago
 
 Gordon Lee, the chubby child actor who played Spanky McFarland's little brother Porky in the "Little Rascals" comedies, has died. He was 71.
 
 Lee died Sunday in a Minneapolis nursing home after battling lung and brain cancer, said Janice McClain, his partner of 13 years.
 
 Lee played one of the younger members in the "Our Gang" shorts in the 1930s, appearing in more than 40 of them from 1935 to 1939. The comedies, produced by Hal Roach, became known as "The Little Rascals" when shown on TV in the 1950s.
 
 Among the films Lee appeared in were "Bored of Education," which won the Oscar for best one-reel short subject in 1937; "Our Gang Follies of 1936"; "The Awful Tooth"; and "Roamin' Holiday."
 
 In a 1998 interview with the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, the Texas-born Lee said he was 2 years old when his mother sent his picture to studio executives who were seeking an actor to play McFarland's brother.
 
 "We were on the next train to L.A. and I had a contract within a few days," Lee said. "Fat kid got lucky."
 
 "My memories are not about making movies. We played with our toys and the adults played with theirs (the cameras)," he said.
 
 He and Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas teamed up against older boys Spanky and Alfalfa in many of the comedies. The Porky character is credited with originating the catchphrase "otay."
 
 In the interview, Lee recalled a warm friendship with his black costar when they were kids and praised their interracial relationship on screen, saying, "Buckwheat played an absolute equal part in the Gang."
 
 Lee told friends his career ended when a growth spurt made him thinner. "They wanted Porky to be a chunky fellow, so they looked for someone else," McClain said.
 
 He was born Eugene Lee in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1933. His adoptive parents began calling him Gordon after Gordon Douglas, who directed many of the films Lee appeared in. He kept the first name as an adult.
 
 Lee was a schoolteacher, living in Colorado for a time. He moved to Minnesota after he retired to be closer to his only son, Douglas, said a friend, Tracy Tolzmann. In recent years, Lee sold autographed photos of himself as Porky, Tolzmann and McClain said.
 
 "Before that he felt like he was forgotten," McClain said. "It really made him feel good about himself."
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Post by: beetsnotbeats on October 21, 2005, 07:22:00 pm
A local legend passes on.
 
  Jazz Singer Shirley Horn Dead At 71 (http://www.wusatv9.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=43896)
 
 Jazz singer and native Washingtonian Shirley Horn has died at the age of 71.
 
 A family member has told 9 News that Horn passed away Thursday night.
 
 Born May 1, 1934, in Washington, D.C., Horn attended Howard University's Junior School of Music as a teenager, where she studied classical piano. She later began playing piano gigs at local nightclubs and restaurants.
 
 One day, after a gentleman with a giant teddy bear walked in a dining room where she was performing and promised to give her the bear if she would sing "Melancholy Baby" for him, it launched her career as a vocalist.
 
 A superior ballad singer and a talented pianist, Horn put off potential success until finally becoming a major attraction while in her 50s. She put together her first trio in 1954 and was encouraged in the early '60s by Miles Davis and Quincy Jones.
 
 She recorded three albums during 1963-65 for Mercury and ABC-Paramount but chose to stick around Washington D.C. and raise a family instead of pursuing her career.
 
 In the early '80s she began recording for SteepleChase but Shirley Horn really had her breakthrough in 1987 when she started making records for Verve, an association that continues to the present day.
 
 In recent years, complications from diabetes led to the amputation of her right foot and later Horn lost much of her right leg. She was forced to give up the piano bench for the first time in more than six decades, changing a major aspect of her performances; the ability to sing and play the piano at once.
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Post by: ggw on October 25, 2005, 02:20:00 pm
Wellington Mara -- a hundred times the man Dan Snyder will ever be.
 
 NFL pioneer Mara dies
 
 Giants owner was last of NFL's founding generation
 Updated: Tuesday October 25, 2005 12:16PM
 
 NEW YORK (AP) -- Wellington Mara of the New York Giants, one of the NFL's most influential owners for more than a half century and the last of the league's founding generation, died Tuesday. He was 89.
 
 Mara, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997, died of cancer at his home in Rye, the team said.
 
 Mara's influence went far beyond the Giants. He clearly was one of the most important figures in NFL history.
 
 "Wellington Mara represented the heart and soul of the National Football League," NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said. "He was a man of deep conviction who stood as a beacon of integrity."
 
 One of Mara's greatest contributions came in the early 1960s. He and brother Jack, owners of the biggest team in the biggest market, agreed to share television revenue on a leaguewide basis, dividing the huge amounts of money available in cities like New York with smaller markets from Pittsburgh to Green Bay.
 
 Part of that agreement meant that the Giants ceded the right to sell their own games to television for a leaguewide contract, in those days with CBS. That concept of revenue sharing allowed the NFL to thrive and remains in place today.
 
 He also served during the 1970s as chairman of the NFL's Management Council, which negotiated labor contracts, and as a member of the competition committee.
 
 In 1989, he and group of older owners wanted Pete Rozelle's successor to be Jim Finks, then the New Orleans general manager, rather than Tagliabue, then a league lawyer. Mara thought the league should be run by a football man.
 
 But Mara and several other old-guard owners finally agreed to break a stalemate of four months by throwing their votes to Tagliabue and he became one of the new commissioner's staunchest supporters, a man Tagliabue often leaned on for advice.
 
 Tagliabue wasn't the only one who sought out Mara. His advice also was invaluable to other owners, league officials, media and even fans.
 
 "When Well Mara stood to speak at a league meeting, the room would become silent with anticipation because all of us knew we were going to hear profound insights born of eight decades of league experience," Tagliabue said.
 
 Mara became a Giants' ballboy at age 9 on Oct. 18, 1925 after his father, Timothy J. Mara, bought the team. He stayed fully involved in its operation for almost 80 years, except for three years while in the Navy during World War II. Until he became ill last spring, he attended most practices and every game.
 
 In 1930, at 14, his father made him co-owner with older brother Jack, and he ran the club until several years ago when son John took over day-to-day operations.
 
 But from 1979 on, while the team was run by general managers George Young and Ernie Accorsi, Mara had final say on football decisions. He was the one who decided to fire Jim Fassel after the 2003 season and replace him with Tom Coughlin.
 
 "I've never had more respect for anybody in this business, or in any business, or in any walk of life, than Wellington Mara," said Coughlin, an assistant on earlier Giants teams. "To say Wellington Mara is one of a kind, I would endorse that wholeheartedly."
 
 Before last Sunday's game against Denver, Coughlin told his players of Mara's condition. The Giants won on a touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Amani Toomer with 5 seconds left. In the locker room after the game, the players chanted "Duke, Duke, Duke" -- Mara's nickname.
 
 Manning later said he had been told by one of Mara's grandsons that the owner awakened in time to see the winning play, then smiled and went back to sleep.
 
 "Wellington Mara is the face of not only the New York Giants but the NFL," tight end Jeremy Shockey said. "He's a pioneer and the guy that everybody looks up to."
 
 When former players became ill, Mara would find them doctors, pay their medical expenses and arrange help for their families. Many old-timers were on the payroll as scouts or advisers. Even in this era of sophisticated scouting, it wasn't unusual for Young or Accorsi to get a call from a former player recommending the Giants look at some prospect.
 
 In most cases, the team was well aware of the prospect, but Mara never dropped any of those old "scouts" from the payroll.
 
 Mara always considered himself a football man first, running the on-field operations through the 1950s until 1979 while Jack and then Jack's son Tim ran the business end. The team was successful during the '50s and early '60s with such stars as Frank Gifford, Y.A. Tittle, Sam Huff and Roosevelt Brown and a coaching staff that included Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi as assistants.
 
 But after losing to Chicago in the 1963 NFL championship game, the Giants began a long slide, failing to make the playoffs again until 1981 as Wellington and Tim, by then the co-owner, feuded.
 
 In 1979, on the commissioner's recommendation, the Maras agreed to hire Young as general manager and the team again became a power.
 
 It won Super Bowls in 1986 and 1990 with Bill Parcells coaching a team that starred Lawrence Taylor and Phil Simms and stout defenses. The 1990 team featured one of the best coaching staffs assembled: future head coaches Coughlin, Bill Belichick, Al Groh, Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel and Ray Handley.
 
 Parcells left after that season and the Giants slipped into the middle of the pack.
 
 They made the Super Bowl again after the 2000 season, losing to the Baltimore Ravens, owned by Art Modell, Mara's close friend and longtime partner in league matters. Mara never openly criticized Modell's move of a team that had been the Giants' chief on-field rival during the '50s and '60s, and they celebrated getting to the Super Bowl together.
 
 In 1991, Tim Mara and his family sold their share of the team to Robert Tisch. Tisch and Mara were officially co-owners and Tisch ran much of the business affairs. But it was always clear this was Wellington's team -- for many years they were known by New York headline writers as "the Maramen."
 
 Mara is survived by wife Ann, 11 children and 40 grandchildren.
 
 There was no immediate word on funeral arrangements.
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Post by: ggw on November 21, 2005, 10:32:00 am
Link Wray (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051121/ap_en_mu/obit_wray_1)
 
 COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Guitar master Link Wray, the father of the power chord in rock 'n' roll who inspired legends such as Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and Pete Townsend, has died.
 
 Wray, 76, died at his home in Copenhagen Nov. 5, a statement from his wife and son on his Web site said. No cause of death was given, but his family said his heart was "getting tired." He was buried quietly after a service at Copenhagen's Christian Church Nov. 18.
 
 "While playing his guitar he often told the audience, 'God is playing my guitar, I am with God when I play,'" his wife, Olive, and son, Oliver Christian, wrote. "We saw you go with God, you were smiling."
 
 Wray developed a style considered the blueprint for heavy metal and punk music. Frequently seen playing in his trademark leather jacket, he is best known for his 1958 instrumental "Rumble," 1959 "Rawhide" and 1963's "Jack the Ripper." His music has been featured in movies including "Pulp Fiction," "Independence Day" and "Desperado."
 
 Wray, who was three-quarters Shawnee Indian, is said to have inspired many other rock musicians, including Pete Townsend of the Who, but also David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Steve Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen. All have been quoted as saying that Wray and "Rumble" inspired them to become musicians.
 
 "He is the king; if it hadn't been for Link Wray and 'Rumble,' I would have never picked up a guitar,'" Townsend wrote on one of Wray's albums. Neil Young once said: "If I could go back in time and see any band, it would be Link Wray and the Raymen."
 
 The power chord ‚?? a thundering sound created by playing fifths (two notes five notes apart, often with the lower note doubled an octave above) ‚?? became a favorite among rock players. Wray claimed because he was too slow to be a whiz on the guitar, he had to invent sounds.
 
 When recording "Rumble," he created the fuzz tone by punching holes in his amplifiers to produce a dark, grumbling sound. It took off instantly, but it was banned by some deejays in big cities for seeming to suggest teen violence.
 
 "I was looking for something that Chet Atkins wasn't doing, that all the jazz kings wasn't doing, that all the country pickers wasn't doing. I was looking for my own sound," Wray told The Associated Press in 2002.
 
 He was born Frederick Lincoln Wray Jr. in 1929 in Dunn, N.C. His two brothers, Vernon and Doug, were also musicians. The three became a country hit as "Lucky Wray and the Palomino Ranch Hands." Later, after "Rumble," they became "Link Wray and the Raymen," or Wraymen, as it was sometimes spelled. Later, the brothers' relationship soured after a dispute about the rights to "Rumble."
 
 In 1978, he moved to Denmark and married Olive Julie Povlsen. They raised their son in a three-story house on an island where Hans Christian Andersen once lived.
 
 Though he went out of style in the '60s, he was rediscovered by later generations. He toured the United States and Canada since the mid-1990s, playing 40 shows this year. In 2002, Guitar World magazine elected Wray one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on November 21, 2005, 10:44:00 am
Giants owner Robert Tisch.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on November 21, 2005, 10:58:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
  Link Wray (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051121/ap_en_mu/obit_wray_1)
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Post by: Frank Gallagher on November 21, 2005, 01:05:00 pm
Chris Whitley...watch this space!
 
 What's the odds he makes it through Christmas?
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Post by: on November 22, 2005, 01:07:00 pm
Resquiat in Pace:
  <img src="http://samugliestdog.com/Sam162edited.jpg" alt=" - " />
  Sam (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10152429/), the ugliest dog
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on November 25, 2005, 10:42:00 am
Actor Pat Morita Dies at 73 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051125/ap_on_en_mo/obit_morita)
 
 LOS ANGELES - Actor
 Pat Morita, whose portrayal of the wise and dry-witted Mr. Miyagi in "The Karate Kid" earned him an Oscar nomination, has died. He was 73.
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Post by: Random Citizen on December 10, 2005, 05:27:00 pm
Comedian Richard Pryor Dies at 65
 Published: December 10, 2005
 
 LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Richard Pryor, the caustic yet perceptive actor-comedian who lived dangerously close to the edge both on stage and off, has died, his ex-wife said Saturday. He was 65.
 
 Pryor died of a heart attack at his home in the San Fernando Valley sometime late Friday or early Saturday, Flyn Pryor said.
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Post by: SPARX on December 10, 2005, 05:54:00 pm
McCarthy Dies: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,178341,00.html (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,178341,00.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on December 11, 2005, 03:29:00 pm
Robert Sheckley (http://story.northkoreatimes.com/p.x/ct/9/cid/dd8845aa60952db2/id/39d1118a148dbb3d/)
 
  Richard Pryor (http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B1F5A85F-8176-4136-995E-9E40EFCC9EF2.htm)
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Post by: Jaguar on December 17, 2005, 04:33:00 pm
Pulitzer-Winning Columnist Anderson Dies (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051217/ap_on_re_us/obit_jack_anderson)
 
 By CONNIE CASS, Associated Press
  59 minutes ago
 
 Jack Anderson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning muckraking columnist who struck fear into the hearts of corrupt or secretive politicians, inspiring Nixon operatives to plot his murder, died Saturday. He was 83.
 
 Anderson died at his home in Bethesda, Md., of complications from Parkinson's disease, said one of his daughters, Laurie Anderson-Bruch.
 
 Anderson gave up his syndicated Washington Merry-Go-Round column at age 81 in July 2004, after Parkinson's disease left him too ill to continue. He had been hired by the column's founder, Drew Pearson, in 1947.
 
 The column broke a string of big scandals, from Eisenhower assistant Sherman Adams taking a vicuna coat and other gifts from a wealthy industrialist in 1958 to the Reagan administration's secret arms-for-hostages deal with Iran in 1986.
 
 It appeared in some 1,000 newspapers in its heyday. Anderson took over the column after Pearson's death in 1969, working with a changing cast of co-authors and staff over the years.
 
 A devout Mormon, Anderson looked upon journalism as a calling. Considered one of the fathers of investigative reporting, Anderson was renowned for his tenacity, aggressive techniques and influence in the nation's capital.
 
 "He was a bridge for the muckrakers of a century ago and the crop that came out of Watergate," said Mark Feldstein, Anderson's biographer and a journalism professor at George Washington University. "He held politicians to a level of accountability in an era where journalists were very deferential to those in power."
 
 Anderson won a 1972 Pulitzer Prize for reporting that the Nixon administration secretly tilted toward Pakistan in its war with India. He also published the secret transcripts of the Watergate grand jury.
 
 Such scoops earned him a spot on President Nixon's "enemies list." Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy has described how he and other Nixon political operatives planned ways to silence Anderson permanently ‚?? such as slipping him LSD or staging a fatal car crash ‚?? but the White House nixed the idea.
 
 Over the years, Anderson was threatened by the Mafia and investigated by numerous government agencies trying to trace the sources of his leaks. In 1989, police investigated him for smuggling a gun into the U.S. Capitol to demonstrate security lapses.
 
 Known for his toughness on the trail of a story, he was also praised for personal kindness. Anderson's son Kevin said that when his father's reporting led to the arrest of some involved in the Watergate scandal, he aided their families financially.
 
 "I don't like to hurt people, I really don't like it at all," Anderson said in 1972. "But in order to get a red light at the intersection, you sometimes have to have an accident."
 
 Anderson began his newspaper career as a 12-year-old writing about scouting activity and community fairs in the outskirts of Salt Lake City, Utah. His first investigative story exposed unlawful polygamy in his church. He was as a civilian war correspondent during World War II and later, while in the Army, wrote for the military paper Stars and Stripes.
 
 After he went to work with Pearson, the team took on communist-hunting Sen. Joseph McCarthy, exposed Connecticut Sen. Thomas Dodd's misuse of campaign money, and revealed the CIA's attempt to use the Mafia to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
 
 Anderson also wrote more than a dozen books.
 
 He was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1986. In a speech a decade later, he made light of the occasional, uncontrollable shaking the disease caused.
 
 "The doctors tell me it's Parkinson's," he said. "I suspect that 52 years in Washington caused it."
 
 He is survived by his wife, Olivia, and nine children.
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Post by: ggw on December 19, 2005, 08:06:00 pm
"The Oddfather" - Vincent Gigante, Organized Crime Leader Who Feigned Insanity, Dies at 77
 
 By SELWYN RAAB
 
 Vincent Gigante, who feigned mental illness for decades to camouflage his position as one of the nation's most influential and dangerous Mafia leaders, died today in federal prison in Springfield, Mo., officials told The Associated Press. He was 77.
 
  <img src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2005/12/19/nyregion/19cnd-giga.184.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 Mr. Gigante died while serving a 12-year sentence imposed in 1997 after he was convicted of racketeering and conspiring to kill other mobsters. Officials at the prison medical center where he died did not provide the cause of death but noted that he suffered from heart disease.
 
 Mr. Gigante, whose nickname was "Chin," painstakingly maintained the fiction that he was incompetent until April 2003, when he appeared before Judge I. Leo Glasser in Federal District Court in Brooklyn and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. Specifically, he acknowledged running a con on the legal system that delayed his racketeering trial from 1990 to 1997 while his sanity was being examined.
 
 As part of the plea, three more years were added to his prison term, but he avoided a lengthy trial on the other charges, which amounted to an accusation - long denied or sidestepped by Mr. Gigante - that he headed the Genovese organized crime family.
 
 His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, offered the explanation that "I think you get to a point in life - I think everyone does - where you become too old and too sick and too tired to fight."
 
 For Mr. Gigante, the guise that he adopted in the mid-1960's - behavior that won him the nickname Oddfather - took considerable effort to maintain. He could often be seen shuffling around his Greenwich Village neighborhood in pajamas, bathrobe and slippers, mumbling to himself and appearing to be a disturbed but harmless person. Law-enforcement agents, prosecutors and Mafia defectors described his behavior as a staged performance calculated to evade prosecution for his activities as head of a crime family that under his leadership became the wealthiest and most powerful in the nation.
 
 Based on information from informers and electronic eavesdropping on gangsters, F.B.I. and New York City law-enforcement officials ranked Mr. Gigante as the pre-eminent Mafia leader in the early and mid-1990's, and prosecutors identified him as the dominant force in the early 1990's inside the Commission, the Mafia's ruling body, which resolves significant disputes among the five major families in the New York region. His reach, law-enforcement officials said, extended as well to Philadelphia and New England, where he exercised veto power over the appointments of mob bosses in those areas.
 
 Salvatore Gravano, the No. 2 figure in the Gambino crime family before he defected in 1991, testified that even Mr. Gigante's archrival, John Gotti, grudgingly acknowledged Mr. Gigante's craftiness. "He's crazy like a fox," Mr. Gravano quoted Mr. Gotti as saying of Mr. Gigante after a summit meeting of New York City mob leaders in 1988. Mr. Gotti was the boss of the Gambino family until his own imprisonment forced him to relinquish undisputed control in the late 1990's. He, too, died in a prison hospital, of cancer in June 2002.
 
 Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and federal and state prosecutors regarded Mr. Gigante as the most elusive Mafia leader of his era and the most difficult to bring to trial. "He was probably the most clever organized-crime figure I have ever seen," said John S. Pritchard 3rd, a former F.B.I. supervisor, who led a squad that investigated the Genovese family in the 1980's.
 
 Disputing the government's contentions, Mr. Gigante's lawyers and relatives maintained that he had been mentally disabled since the late 1960's, with a below-normal I.Q. of 69 to 72. His defenders steadfastly denied that he was associated with the Mafia, asserting that it was ludicrous to believe that someone so mentally subpar was capable of heading a major crime organization.
 
 The Rev. Louis Gigante, a Roman Catholic priest, former New York city councilman and a builder of low-income housing in the Bronx, characterized the relentless investigations of his older brother as persecution by agents and prosecutors who were biased against Italian- Americans.
 
 Organized-crime experts and mob turncoats said that Mr. Gigante was apparently willing to humiliate himself publicly as the price for escaping the long prison sentences that were being meted out to other Mafia leaders.
 
 According to federal and state investigators, each of the family's 200 "made" or inducted soldiers and about 1,000 associates - the name for others who voluntarily cooperate in illegal activities but who are not sworn members -were obligated to funnel part of their loot to Mr. Gigante, as much as $100 million a year in the early 1990's.
 
 The family's fortune, the experts said, flowed largely from a vast network of bookmaking and loansharking rings and from extortions of construction companies in the New York City area seeking labor peace or sweetheart contracts from carpenters, teamsters and laborers' unions that were dominated by Mr. Gigante's lieutenants.
 
 Mob deserters in the mid-1990's testified in criminal and civil cases that the Genovese gang's other lucrative enterprises included the control of cartels that rigged bids and inflated prices in the private garbage-hauling industries of New York City and Westchester County; kickbacks from shipping and trucking companies on the New Jersey waterfront in exchange for labor peace; protection payoffs from merchants at the Fulton Fish Market; and the control of many union jobs at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.
 
 Mr. Gigante's influence even extended over the San Gennaro Street Festival in Little Italy until a 1995 crackdown by New York City officials and federal prosecutors resulted in allegations that the Genovese family operated gambling games at the festival, extorted payoffs from venders and pocketed thousands of dollars donated to a neighborhood church.
 
 In the 1980's, after the authorities said Mr. Gigante had assumed undisputed command of the Genovese family, he conducted his activities in a starkly unorthodox fashion for a Mafia leader.
 
 Most days, in the early evening, Mr. Gigante, a hulking man who was about six feet tall and weighed 200 pounds, would emerge from his mother's walkup apartment building on Sullivan Street in Greenwich Village. Sometimes dressed in a bathrobe and pajamas and sometimes wearing a windbreaker and shabby trousers and always accompanied by one or two bodyguards, he gingerly crossed the street to the Triangle Civic Improvement Association, a dingy storefront club that served as his headquarters. Inside, he played pinochle and held whispered conversations with men who agents said were his trusted confederates.
 
 After midnight, according to F.B.I. surveillance reports, he would be driven to a townhouse near Park Avenue at East 77th Street, that was owned by Olympia Esposito, who was characterized by Mr. Gigante's lawyers as his common-law wife and the mother of three of his eight children, Vincent, Lucia and Carmella Esposito.
 
 F.B.I. agents, who in 1986 observed the townhouse from a nearby rooftop post, said that soon after arriving, Mr. Gigante would change into more elegant clothes, carry on conversations with associates, and read or watch television before retiring. About 9 or 10 the next morning , he would reappear in his shabby downtown clothes and be driven back to Sullivan Street or a nearby apartment occupied by his relatives at 505 LaGuardia Place.
 
 "It was hard to understand what enjoyment he got out of being a mob boss," said Ronald Goldstock, the former director of the New York State Organized Crime Task Force. "His only pleasure appeared to be the pure power he exercised."
 
 Vincent Gigante (pronounced ji-GANT-tee) was born on March 29, 1928, in New York City and grew up on the same streets in Greenwich Village where he would spend most of his adult life. He was one of five sons of Salvatore Gigante, a watchmaker, and Yolanda Gigante, a seamstress, both of whom had immigrated from Naples. His mother usually addressed him as "Cincenzo," a diminutive of Vincente, and his boyhood friends shortened that into his lifelong nickname, "Chin."
 
 A lackadaisical student, Mr. Gigante graduated from P.S. 3, an elementary school in Greenwich Village and dropped out of Textile High School in Manhattan in the ninth grade.
 
 Police detectives said that as a teen-ager, he became a prot√©g√© of Vito Genovese, who was a potent Mafia leader in the United States and in Italy from the 1930's to the 1960's and whose name still describes the organized-crime group he headed until his death in 1969. The gang was founded in the 1930's by one of the nation's most notorious criminals, Charles (Lucky) Luciano, who was deported to Italy and who died in 1962.
 
 Mr. Genovese is believed to have endeared himself to the Gigantes when Vincent was a boy with a loan to pay for surgery needed by Mrs. Gigante.
 
 Between age 17 and 25, Mr. Gigante was arrested seven times on an array of charges: receiving stolen goods, possession of an unlicensed handgun, auto theft, arson and bookmaking. Most were dismissed or resolved by fines. His only jail sentence in that period was 60 days for a gambling conviction.
 
 When arrested in his early 20's, he listed his occupation as a tailor. But as a strapping youth with quick fists, he was better known as a prize fighter. Mr. Gigante, from age 16 to 19, fought as a light heavyweight in clubs around town, winning 21 of 25 light-heavyweight bouts, according to Nat Fleischer's Ring Record Book. Club boxers in those days fought four- and six-round contests in neighborhood arenas, usually getting a percentage of the tickets they themselves sold. One of Mr. Gigante's managers was a Greenwich Village neighbor, Thomas (Tommy Ryan) Eboli, who later became the boss of the Genovese family.
 
 Former New York City detectives who were assigned to organized-crime intelligence units said that Mr. Gigante earned his Mafia spurs as an enforcer in the 1950's. But his prominence in the underworld surged in 1957, when Mr. Genovese wrested control of a mob family from Frank Costello, who had been a close friend of Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky and was one of the best-known underworld figures in America.
 
 Mr. Costello retired abruptly as a boss after a gunman grazed his scalp with a bullet in the vestibule of his apartment building on Central Park West. A doorman identified the 29-year-old Mr. Gigante as the shooter, but Mr. Costello testified that he was unable to recognize his assailant and Mr. Gigante was acquitted in 1958 on charges of attempted murder.
 
 A year later, he was convicted with Mr. Genovese in Manhattan on federal charges of heroin trafficking. Mr. Gigante, who listed his profession as the superintendent of a tenement on Bleecker Street, was sentenced to seven years in prison. The sentencing judge said he would have imposed a longer sentence but was swayed by a flood of letters from residents of Greenwich Village and Little Italy attesting to Mr. Gigante's good character and his work on behalf of juveniles.
 
 He was paroled after five years and detectives said that soon afterward he was promoted from soldier to the rank of capo, or captain, overseeing a group of Mafia gangsters known as a crew, in Greenwich Village.
 
 Although his headquarters was in Lower Manhattan and he spent his nights farther uptown, Mr. Gigante had a home in Old Tappan, N.J., where he lived with his wife, the former Olympia Grippa, and their three daughters and two sons. They are Yolanda Fyfe, Roseanne D'Cola and Rita Gigante, and Salvatore and Andrew.
 
 In 1969, he was indicted in New Jersey on a charge of conspiracy to bribe the entire five-member Old Tappan police force to alert him to surveillance operations by law enforcement agencies. The accusation was dropped after Mr. Gigante's lawyers presented reports from psychiatrists that he was mentally unfit to stand trial.
 
 Mafia informers and defectors said that Mr. Gigante gained control of the Genovese family in a peaceful transition in the early 1980's when the group's acting boss, Philip Lombardo, stepped down because of ill health, and Mr. Gigante's main rival, Anthony Salerno, was imprisoned for life on racketeering charges. Mr. Salerno died in federal prison in 1992.
 
 As a new godfather, Mr. Gigante quickly imposed extraordinary security measures. Genovese soldiers and associates were forbidden to utter his name or nickname in conversations or telephone calls. When references to him had to be made, capos and soldiers would silently point to their chins or form the letter "C" with their fingers.
 
 Mr. Gigante was indicted in 1990 with 14 others on federal charges in Brooklyn that they had conspired to rig bids and extort payoffs from contractors on multimillion-dollar contracts with the New York City Housing Authority to install windows.
 
 At his arraignment, he appeared in court in his familiar pajamas and bathrobe and a peaked cap. Because of defense contentions that he was mentally and physically impaired, his case was severed from the other defendants and legal battles ensued for seven years over his competence to stand trial.
 
 A superseding indictment in 1993 brought more serious accusations against him. Mr. Gigante was charged with being the head of the Genovese family and sanctioning the murders of six mobsters and conspiring to kill three others, including John Gotti, the boss of the Gambino family.
 
 Mr. Gigante, the indictment asserted, wanted Mr. Gotti eliminated because he had violated Mafia protocol by arranging the assassination of the previous Gambino boss, Paul Castellano, without seeking Mr. Gigante's approval.
 
 The evidence in both indictments stemmed mainly from deserters from the Genovese and other mob families who entered the Government's Witness Protection Program.
 
 At sanity hearings in March 1996, Mr. Gravano of the Gambino family, and Alphonse D'Arco, the former acting boss of another New York Mafia organization, the Lucchese crime family, testified that Mr. Gigante was lucid during top-level Mafia meetings and that he had acknowledged to other gangsters that his eccentric behavior was a pretense.
 
 Mr. Gigante's lawyers elicited testimony and reports from psychiatrists and psychologists that from 1969 to 1995, he had been confined 28 times in hospitals for treatment of hallucinations and that he suffered from "dementia rooted in organic brain damage."
 
 In August 1996, Judge Eugene H. Nickerson of Federal District Court in Brooklyn ruled that Mr. Gigante was mentally competent to stand trial on murder and racketeering charges. The judge found that at least until 1991, Mr. Gigante had engaged in an "elaborate deception" with the help of his relatives to deceive psychiatrists about his condition.
 
 Before the trial began, Mr. Gigante, who had open-heart surgery in 1988, had another cardiac operation in December 1996, putting his fitness to stand trial in doubt once again. Mr. Gigante had pleaded not guilty and had been free for years on $1 million bond.
 
 During the monthlong trial in 1997, a gaunt-looking Mr. Gigante sat in a wheelchair, looking blankly into space as witnesses testified and lawyers argued. He did not testify. After three days of deliberations, the jury on July 25, 1997, convicted him on charges of running multimillion-dollar rackets as the Genovese family chief and of conspiring unsuccessfully in the late 1980's to murder Mr. Gotti and a Genovese family defector.
 
 But he was acquitted of ordering three other gangland slayings and the jury was deadlocked on accusations that he ordered four other murders.
 
 Imposing a sentence of 12 years - instead of a possible maximum of 27 years -and a $1.25 million fine, Judge Jack B. Weinstein of Federal District Court in Brooklyn reflected in December 1997 on Mr. Gigante's career.
 
 "He is a shadow of his former self," the judge said, "an old man finally brought to bay in his declining years after decades of vicious criminal tyranny."
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Post by: Bombay Chutney on December 28, 2005, 10:45:00 am
NEW YORK - Michael Vale, the actor best known for portraying sleepy-eyed Fred the Baker in Dunkin' Donuts commercials, has died at age 83.
 
 Vale died Saturday in New York City of complications from diabetes, son-in law Rick Reil said.
 
 Ads featuring Fred, who uttered the trademark line "Time to make the doughnuts," ran for 15 years until Vale retired in 1997.
 
 Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin' Donuts said in a statement that Vale's character "became a beloved American icon that permeated our culture and touched millions with his sense of humor and humble nature."
 
 Vale was born in Brooklyn and studied acting at the Dramatic Workshop in New York City with classmates Tony Curtis, Ben Gazzara and Rod Steiger.
 
 A veteran of the Broadway stage, film and television, Vale appeared in more than 1,300 TV commercials. His movie roles included a jewelry salesman in "Marathon Man." He also appeared in "Guerrilla Girl," a 1953 movie starring Helmut Dantine, and "A Hatful of Rain" (1957), starring Don Murray and Eve Marie Saint.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on December 28, 2005, 10:54:00 am
Vincent Schiavelli (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4561328.stm), actor who appeared in Better Off Dead... (http://www.moviequotequiz.com/othersounds/ThisWasYourAssignment.wav) & The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The Eighth Dimension.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on December 28, 2005, 03:46:00 pm
Joseph L. Owades, Inventor of Light Beer, Is Dead at 86
 
 Joseph L. Owades, a biochemist whose recipe for a light beer, among other contributions to the science of brewing, made him a leader in the industry, died Friday at his home in Sonoma, Calif. He was 86 and also had a home in San Francisco.
 
 The cause was heart failure, his family said.
 
 Dr. Owades (pronounced oh-WAY-dees) became involved with brewing by way of his research into the properties of yeast and the starches found in malt. He was looking for and found an enzyme that prompted yeast to digest all of the starch.
 
 His discovery resulted in a beer without residual carbohydrates and with fewer calories, or what became known as light beer. Such a brew using his enzyme was first mass-produced by Rheingold Brewing, his employer at the time, which marketed the low-calorie brew under the Gablinger's label. Years later, after the Miller Brewing Company bought Gablinger's, it became Miller Lite.
 
 His process for making low-calorie beer gave rise to many successful specialty brands from new and independent smaller breweries. In 1975, he became a consultant to this growing part of the business as the founder and director of the Center for Brewing Studies in Sonoma, Calif.
 
 Joseph Lawrence Owades was born July 9, 1919, to immigrant parents on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He graduated in 1939 from City College.
 
 An early interest in chemistry led him to Polytechnic Institute, now Polytechnic University, in Brooklyn and a master's degree in 1944 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1950. His dissertation was on cholesterol.
 
 After serving in the Navy during World War II, he began as a research chemist working on fermentation for Fleischmann's Yeast in 1948. From 1951 to 1969 he was a vice president and technical director at Rheingold in Brooklyn.
 
 He held similar positions at Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis until 1972 and at the Carling Brewing Company in Boston until 1975, when he founded the Center for Brewing Studies, originally in San Francisco.
 
 As a consultant, he advised clients like New Amsterdam Brewing in New York, Anchor Brewing in San Francisco and Boston Brewing, where he assisted in the introduction of Samuel Adams Lager.
 
 He also advised Rheingold, once No. 1 in New York but absent since the mid-1970's, when it staged a comeback in the New York area in the late 1990's.
 
 Dr. Owades is survived by his wife of 36 years, Ruth Markowitz Owades; two sons, Stephen H., of Cambridge, Mass., and William, of Rochester; and a brother, Henry M., of Norwalk, Conn.
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Post by: RonniStar on January 01, 2006, 12:09:00 pm
'Old School' Actor Cranshaw Dies at 86
 
  From This website: (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20060101/D8ERL9IG0.html)
 
 Dec 31, 11:04 PM (ET)
 
 LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patrick Cranshaw, who achieved cult-like status as fraternity brother "Blue" in the 2003 comedy "Old School," has died. He was 86.
 
 The veteran character actor died of natural causes Wednesday at his home in Fort Worth, Texas, his personal manager, Jeff Ross, told the Los Angeles Times.
 
 During a career that spanned nearly 50 years, Cranshaw had dozens of roles, including a bank teller in "Bonnie and Clyde" and a demolition derby owner in "Herbie: Fully Loaded" (2005). Other credits included "Bandolero" (1968), "Best in Show" (2000) and "The Hudsucker Proxy" (1994), as well as television series "Mork & Mindy" and "The Dukes of Hazzard."
 
 But he was probably best known for his role as elderly frat boy Joseph "Blue" Palasky in "Old School," starring Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn.
 
 In the hit comedy, he was about to wrestle two topless girls but dies of an apparent heart attack from overexcitment. After singing "Dust in the Wind" at Blue's funeral, Ferrell's character calls out in agony: "You're my boy, Blue!"
 
 Fans would yell the signature line whenever they saw the actor. He was even invited to meet with the Texas Rangers when they played the Angels in Anaheim.
 
 "It was a great experience and an acknowledgment for him," Ross said. "He loved the recognition and would turn back and say, 'I'm your boy Blue.'"
 
 Cranshaw was born in Bartlesville, Okla., in 1919 and became interested in acting while entertaining American troops before World War II.
 
 He is survived by three children, Jan Ragland, Joe Cranshaw and Beverly Trautschold.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on January 01, 2006, 06:03:00 pm
Derek Bailey
 
 Restlessly creative guitarist forever pushing at the boundaries of music
 
 John Fordham
 Thursday December 29, 2005
 The Guardian
 
 On and off over the past decade, I would meet Derek Bailey in the same Chinese restaurant in Dalston, north London. As well as being a wonderful raconteur, the Yorkshire-born guitarist regularly blew holes in convenient wisdoms sitting smugly on some shelf in my head. His provocativeness was not oneupmanship, or a parade of erudition; it was the way his brain was wired. He had done the same for musicians and listeners all over the world for 40 years or more as a free-player and a freethinker, a Frank Zappa for the world of spontaneous performance.
 
 Bailey, who has died aged 75 of complications from motor neurone disease, was a guru without self-importance, a teacher without a rulebook, a guitar-hero without hot licks and a one-man counterculture without ever believing he knew all the answers - or maybe any at all. With his passing, the world has lost an inimitable musician and an implacable enemy of commercialised art.
 Bailey once described his friend John Zorn, the American avant-garde composer and improviser, as "a Diaghilev of contemporary music" for his catalytic influence. But he could as easily have been describing himself. He worked with performers as different as free-jazz piano legend Cecil Taylor, cool school saxist Lee Konitz, Harlem bop-and-swing hoofer Will Gaines, naked Japanese improvising dancer Min Tanaka, fusion guitar star Pat Metheny and the drum virtuoso Tony Williams. In later years, he collaborated with Japanese art-of-noise rock band the Ruins, and - when he had already passed 70 - with young drum and bass DJs.
 
 Singlemindedly devoted to unpremeditated improvisation, Bailey published a book on the subject in 1980 called Improvisation: Its Nature and Practice in Music. Twelve years later, it led to Jeremy Marre's revealing Channel 4 four-parter On the Edge: Improvisation in Music, an ambitious venture that Bailey both scripted and presented. The project tracked the improvising impulse through the most radical interpreters of Mozart, the methods of the organist at the Sacr√© Coeur, Paris, in baroque music or the blues, and in locations from the Hebrides to the Ganges.
 
 Bailey was born to George and Lily Bailey, in the Abbeydale district of Sheffield. His father was a barber, his uncle a professional guitarist who gave the boy his first instrument and some haphazard lessons. By a process of osmosis from musicians he met, sustenance from odd jobs, record-listening (bebop guitar pioneer Charlie Christian was his early model) and some later self-education in theory and arranging, Bailey became a pro on the UK dance-band and studio circuit in the early 1950s. By 1965, he was playing Blackpool seasons for Morecambe and Wise.
 
 By that time, he had begun rehearsing regularly with two adventurous younger players in Sheffield - classical percussionist turned jazz drummer Tony Oxley and bassist (later to become classical composer) Gavin Bryars. The three formed the group Joseph Holbrooke (named after an obscure British composer whose work they never played), and, from 1963 to 1966, its jazz beginnings in John Coltrane and the Bill Evans Trio were crossbred with ideas from John Cage, Stockhausen, serialism, Oxley's labyrinthine rhythm variations, and much more. Gradually, the group moved from jazz into a non-idiomatic approach - free-improvisation.
 
 From 1966, Bailey began visiting the Little Theatre Club, a West End bolthole where the drummer John Stevens ran all-comers' sessions and young improvisers (including Evan Parker, Trevor Watts and Paul Rutherford), jazz virtuosi (Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler) and contemporary classical players like Barry Guy gathered. With various versions of Stevens' Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Oxley's sextet, the Music Improvisation Company (electronics, percussion and Parker's sax) and the trio Iskra 1903 (with trombonist Rutherford and bassist Guy), Bailey began to build a completely new vocabulary for the guitar.
 
 Though he never abandoned the conventional instrument, he was mixing warped chordal ideas, serialism's lateral melodies, Cage's elevation of silence, pedal-operated electronics and a brittle attack borrowed from percussionists. From 1970, he also ran the Incus Records label, first with Oxley and Parker, then with his partner (and later third wife) Karen Brookman - their Hackney flat is still the Incus HQ.
 
 Bailey's Diaghilev qualities came to the fore in 1976, when he began his Company project, an improvisers' festival that involved 400 players each year up to 1994 in Britain, the US and Japan, with Zorn, Lee Konitz, saxist Steve Lacy, classical violinist Alexander Balanescu, bassoonist Lindsey Cooper and composer/saxist Anthony Braxton among those taking part. He also invited dancers, performance-artists, electronica-specialists and avant-rockers to join in, with the artists deciding who would improvise with who.
 
 He likened improvisation to spontaneous relationships and conversation - full of accidental harmonies, misunderstandings, passion and indifference. Though a sophisticated instrumentalist himself, he did not mind playing with people who had comparatively few skills; something interesting might always happen. He worked with bassist Bill Laswell and drummer Tony Williams in the trio Arcana in 1995, and collaborated with Pat Metheny and two percussionists on The Sign Of Four in 1996.
 
 He described that encounter to me thus: "The equipment I use I bought in Canal Street 15 years ago. Pat's sitting in the middle of what looks like the console of a 747, with four guitars and a distortion unit that could be used for dispersing mobs. There were two guys with huge percussion kits, and I'm making a lot of noise, and then he switches this thing on, and it's like there's three dogs playing around a little, and suddenly an elephant lands on top of them."
 
 Yet for all that raw-noise energy, Bailey continued to be a delicate acoustic improviser, often unaccompanied or in duets. Just in time, he was caught by the ideal biographer, Ben Watson, in the book Derek Bailey and the Story of Free Improvisation. And, though his combativeness never left him, he seemed to take heart from the musical eclecticism and dissolution of idiomatic differences he had done so much to encourage.
 
 "The kids don't mind whatever it is these days," he told me once. "Maybe there's a lot of stuff out there now that is by its nature odd. But they seem to be able to take anything. Which is great to somebody like me. I find it very comfortable. In an uncomfortable sort of way." Karen survives him, as does Simon, the son of his second marriage.
 
 Richard Williams writes: The least typical recording Derek Bailey ever made also turned out (not that he would have appreciated the compliment) to be one of the great jazz recordings of the last 40 years. Titled simply Ballads, and recorded in 2002 for John Zorn's Tzadik label, it consisted of solo guitar meditations on 14 songs from the standard repertoire, including Laura, Body and Soul, What's New, Stella by Starlight and You Go to My Head.
 
 Although this was the last project one might have expected from a professed enemy of composed music, it was no surprise to discover that in these songs - their musical and emotional contours long since flattened by overuse - Bailey found brand new angles and meanings, thanks to the application of his highly personal imagination and unique instrumental language. Extraordinary renditions, indeed, and utterly spellbinding.
 
 By the time he recorded another solo CD for Tzadik, entitled Carpal Tunnel, three years later, his refined technique had all but disappeared. No longer able to grasp a plectrum with his right hand, he adapted by striking the strings with his thumb. The album's title came from the condition, carpal tunnel syndrome, that was said by doctors to explain his reduced dexterity. In fact, it marked the onset of the motor neurone disease from which he died.
 
 In these pieces, the spiky elegance of Ballads is replaced by a halting delicacy reminiscent both of Japanese koto music and of the last paintings of Willem de Kooning, when illness had robbed the great abstract expressionist of the power to do anything other than trace a haunting shadow of the shapes and colours that had once burst from the canvas.
 
 ¬∑ Derek Bailey, improvising guitarist, born January 29 1930; died December 25 2005
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: kosmo vinyl on January 03, 2006, 10:17:00 am
Pretty Gruesome this one...
 
 
  Bryan Harvey (ex House of Freaks guitarist) found murdered in Richmond (http://www.wtvr.com/Global/story.asp?S=4307968)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on January 03, 2006, 12:31:00 pm
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Originally posted by kosmo vinyl:
  Pretty Gruesome this one...
 
 
  Bryan Harvey (ex House of Freaks guitarist) found murdered in Richmond (http://www.wtvr.com/Global/story.asp?S=4307968)
...sounds like a job for Marg
 
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Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on January 06, 2006, 09:49:00 am
From  CNN: (http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/01/06/china.gang.of.four.ap/index.html)
 
 Last of China's 'Gang of 4' dies
 
 Friday, January 6, 2006; Posted: 5:48 a.m. EST (10:48 GMT)
 
 BEIJING, China (AP) -- Yao Wenyuan, the final surviving member of the Gang of Four that terrorized China during the violent 1966-76 Cultural Revolution by persecuting thousands of people, has died, the government said Friday. He was 74.
 
 Yao's death on December 23 was blamed on diabetes, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. It didn't say where he died or explain the delay in reporting his death.
 
 The Gang of Four, reportedly given its name by then-Chinese leader Mao Zedong, directed the purge of moderate party officials and intellectuals during the Cultural Revolution. Yao was the group's propagandist, later dubbed the killer with a pen by state media.
 
 Led by Mao's wife, Jiang Qing, the Gang of Four and its allies inflicted physical and emotional damage that still reverberates in Chinese society, despite loosened social controls and economic reforms that have raised living standards.
 
 Nearly every Chinese city dweller who was alive at the time can tell of a relative or friend who was beaten, harassed or driven to suicide, often by tormenters who took advantage of the unrest to avenge grudges.
 
 The violence pitted neighbor against neighbor, wrecked the economy and forced a generation of intellectuals to work in the countryside.
 
 A month after Mao's death in 1976, the Gang of Four members were arrested, marking the end of the Cultural Revolution.
 
 Yao, a Shanghai journalist, was convicted of trying to gain power by persecuting officials and members of the public and spent 20 years in prison before his release in 1996. It was not known what he did in the 10 years after his release.
 
 Evidence at his televised trial included a diary entry in which he asked: "Why can't we shoot a few counterrevolutionary elements? After all, dictatorship is not like embroidering flowers."
 
 On Jiang's orders, Yao fired the first salvo of the Cultural Revolution, writing a review condemning a popular Beijing play as an attack on Mao. He was rewarded with a seat on the party's ruling Politburo.
 
 Yao later confessed to falsifying evidence against Deng Xiaoping, who was purged during the Cultural Revolution but emerged as China's supreme leader in 1978.
 
 "His weapon to kill people was the pen," a government magazine said in 1981 after Yao's conviction.
 
 Jiang died in 1991 in custody, reportedly by suicide. Another member, Wang Hongwen, died in 1992. The third member, Zhang Chunqiao, died last May.
 
 The Gang of Four received most of the official blame for the political violence as the government tried to shift attention away from the role played by others, including thousands of officials.
 
 Yao served his sentence in Qincheng jail outside of Beijing, where the Gang of Four once held victims in solitary confinement.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on January 06, 2006, 09:51:00 am
From  CNN: (http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/01/06/obit.cowsill.ap/index.html)
 
 Cowsills member dead; missing since Katrina
 Barry Cowsill was bassist for '60s singing family
 
 Friday, January 6, 2006; Posted: 8:32 a.m. EST (13:32 GMT)
 
 NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- Barry Cowsill, a member of the popular 1960s singing family The Cowsills, was found dead on a wharf nearly four months after he disappeared when Hurricane Katrina flooded the city. He was 51.
 
 Cowsill's body, recovered December 28 from the Chartres Street Wharf, was identified with dental records Tuesday, said Dr. Louis Cataldie, head of the state hurricane morgue in Carville.
 
 The coroner had not determined the cause of death but believed it was related to the devastating storm, which struck the city August 29.
 
 Cowsill, who lived on and off in New Orleans, had not been heard from since he left phone messages for his sister September 1, his family's Web site said.
 
 "They tell us he'd been dead for quite some time," Richard Cowsill, his brother, said in a telephone interview Thursday. "We love him and we're going to miss him, but he's in a much better place, in my mother's arms."
 
 The Cowsills -- the inspiration for the TV series "The Partridge Family" -- recorded a series of top hits between 1967 and 1970, including "The Rain, The Park and Other Things," "Indian Lake" and "Hair." They also were spokespersons for the American Dairy Association, appearing in commercials and print ads for milk.
 
 Four Cowsill brothers played in the band: Barry on bass, Bill on guitar, Bob on guitar and organ, and John on drums. Their mother, Barbara, and little sister, Susan, eventually joined the group.
 
 The Cowsills got their start in Newport, Rhode Island, where by 1965 they had a regular gig at a club. They were spotted by a producer for NBC's "Today" show who booked them for an appearance that led to a record deal.
 
 The band broke up in the 1970s, amid acrimony that left some members estranged from each other for several years.
 
 "It wasn't just the end of a business, it was the end of a family," Bob Cowsill said in a 1990 interview.
 
 Barbara Cowsill died in 1985.
 
 In addition to his siblings, Cowsill is survived by two daughters and a son.
 
 Richard Cowsill said no memorial service was planned and that his brother would be cremated. "He always said when I leave this place, you better party. And that's what we're planning to do," he said.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on January 06, 2006, 12:10:00 pm
Lou Rawls...
 
 Who's now going to inspire my annual donation to the United Negro College Fund?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on January 07, 2006, 08:17:00 pm
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Originally posted by kosmo vinyl:
  Pretty Gruesome this one...
 
 
  Bryan Harvey (ex House of Freaks guitarist) found murdered in Richmond (http://www.wtvr.com/Global/story.asp?S=4307968)
Two Charged in Slaughter of Va. Families (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060107/ap_on_re_us/richmond_slayings)
 
 By LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press Writer
  40 minutes ago
 
 Two men were captured Saturday and charged in the brutal killings over the past week of seven people from two Richmond families, slayings that police hadn't publicly tied together until now.
 
 Police Chief Rodney Monroe said Ray Joseph Dandridge and Ricky Gavon Gray, both 28, were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and auto theft.
 
 He said the charges stem from the slaying Friday of Percyell Tucker, 55, Mary Baskerville, 47, and her daughter, Ashley Baskerville, 21; and from the New Year's Day killings of Bryan Harvey, 49, his wife, Kathryn, 39, and their two young daughters, Stella, 9, and Ruby, 4.
 
 Monroe said both of the men have ties to the Philadelphia area, but he could not be more specific.
 
 The investigation into Friday's triple homicide led police to Dandridge and Gray, Monroe said. He said investigators also found evidence linking them to the four killings in the Harveys' home, but he declined to give specifics.
 
 Monroe said that Tucker and Baskerville's home was ransacked and that police believed robbery was the motive. He said investigators also believe robbery may have been the motive in the Harvey family killings.
 _____________
 
 Hope they string these fuckers up!!!
 (Assuming they are truly the guilty ones.)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on January 08, 2006, 10:23:00 am
Will it be classified as one of those "Hate" crimes....that are oh, SO fashionable nowadays?
 
   
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Originally posted by kosmo vinyl:
  Pretty Gruesome this one...
 
 
  Bryan Harvey (ex House of Freaks guitarist) found murdered in Richmond (http://www.wtvr.com/Global/story.asp?S=4307968)
Two Charged in Slaughter of Va. Families (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060107/ap_on_re_us/richmond_slayings)
 
 By LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press Writer
  40 minutes ago
 
 Two men were captured Saturday and charged in the brutal killings over the past week of seven people from two Richmond families, slayings that police hadn't publicly tied together until now.
 
 Police Chief Rodney Monroe said Ray Joseph Dandridge and Ricky Gavon Gray, both 28, were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and auto theft.
 
 He said the charges stem from the slaying Friday of Percyell Tucker, 55, Mary Baskerville, 47, and her daughter, Ashley Baskerville, 21; and from the New Year's Day killings of Bryan Harvey, 49, his wife, Kathryn, 39, and their two young daughters, Stella, 9, and Ruby, 4.
 
 Monroe said both of the men have ties to the Philadelphia area, but he could not be more specific.
 
 The investigation into Friday's triple homicide led police to Dandridge and Gray, Monroe said. He said investigators also found evidence linking them to the four killings in the Harveys' home, but he declined to give specifics.
 
 Monroe said that Tucker and Baskerville's home was ransacked and that police believed robbery was the motive. He said investigators also believe robbery may have been the motive in the Harvey family killings.
 _____________
 
 Hope they string these fuckers up!!!
 (Assuming they are truly the guilty ones.) [/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on January 13, 2006, 04:24:00 am
I shall shed a tear...
 
 Founder of Liverpool's Cavern Club, home of The Beatles, dies (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060112/ennew_afp/afpentertainmentmusic_060112173103)
 
 
 Thu Jan 12, 12:34 PM ET
 
 The man who founded The Cavern nightclub, the venue that launched The Beatles on the road to global superstardom, has died.
 
 Alan Sytner, who opened the venue in Liverpool, northwest England, as a jazz bar in January 1957 died on Wednesday after falling ill on holiday in France, local newspapers in Liverpool reported. No age was given.
 
 The Cavern, where the four-piece of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr gained a fanatic following in the 1960s, was inspired by an underground club in Paris called Le Caveau Francais.
 
 Sytner sold the club in 1959 and went on to found a luxury car dealership.
 
 The club's current owner, Bill Heckle, said: "This is very sad news for anyone connected to the Cavern.
 
 "Alan had the vision to create the conditions which acted as a vehicle for all of the talent that was around in the Merseybeat era.
 
 "You could even argue that without the Cavern The Beatles would never have gone on to achieve what they did."
 
 The original Cavern, which was built in a basement in the city's Mathew Street, was knocked down and is now the site of a car park. A replica on the same street is a major tourist attraction.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on January 15, 2006, 11:01:00 am
Oscar Winner Shelley Winters dead at age 85 (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20060115/D8F539GO0.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on January 15, 2006, 11:40:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by RonniStar:
  Oscar Winner Shelley Winters dead at age 85 (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20060115/D8F539GO0.html)
"Has the distinction of currently being the highest ranked female performer on The Oracle of Bacon's list of the top 1000 performers based upon their "center of the film universe" average number. Winter's average link number is 2.696842, placing seventeenth on the list. The places her well above Kevin Bacon, who is currently ranked 1161st, despite being the original focus of the quirky game of linking actors through their co-stars."
 
 May the source (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001859/bio) be with you.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on January 19, 2006, 06:48:00 pm
Soul Legend Wilson Pickett Dies At 64 (http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001882031)
 
 Soul/R&B legend Wilson Pickett died of a heart attack today (Jan. 19) at a hospital near his Virginia home, according to a spokesperson. He was 64.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on January 19, 2006, 08:52:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Bombay Chutney:
 Soul Legend Wilson Pickett Dies At 64
Excuse me, would you have any Rock Salmon?
 
 No, I'm sorry - we only have Soul!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: markie on January 20, 2006, 02:35:00 pm
It was midnight on the murder mile,  Wilson Pickett's (http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/story/0,,1691201,00.html) finest hour.
 
 
 I thought he died years ago.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on January 20, 2006, 02:57:00 pm
Nah, I used to see him picking up fresh produce at the Springfield Whole Foods.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by MTB-Markie:
  It was midnight on the murder mile,  Wilson Pickett's (http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/story/0,,1691201,00.html) finest hour.
 
 
 I thought he died years ago.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: markie on January 20, 2006, 03:14:00 pm
Umm, I am never sure when to take you seriously.
 
  picture from 1999:
 
   <img src="http://www.alamhof.org/picketw3.jpg" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on January 20, 2006, 03:27:00 pm
Though it says he did live in Northern Virginia, I never saw Wilson Pickett at Whole Foods in Springfield.
 
 I did once see ggw and his woman at the Whole Foods in Springfield.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on January 24, 2006, 01:43:00 pm
Paul McCartney's monkey (http://www.soundgenerator.com/news/index.cfm?articleid=6877)
 
  Bon Jovi (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10961012/from/RSS/), almost
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Random Citizen on January 25, 2006, 12:15:00 am
Actor Chris Penn Found Dead (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvg/story?section=entertainment&id=3843191)
 
 SANTA MONICA - Actor Chris Penn died in Santa Monica. The brother of Sean Penn was 43.
 Santa Monica police say there is no sign of foul play in the death of Actor Chris Penn. The actor and brother of Sean Penn was found dead in a Santa Monica residence.
 
 Chris Penn was seen in many movies - including "Reservoir Dogs" "Footloose," "Corky Romano" and "Mulholland Falls." Santa Monica police are currently on the scene investigating the circumstances.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Arlette on January 25, 2006, 12:43:00 am
Note to self:  it's time to re-evaluate your life when you hear about a celebrity death and you think, "shit, this has to go on the Dropping Like Flies thread on the 9:30 board", only to go there to discover it's already been posted.  
 
 Sad.  About my life, I mean.  Kinda sad, I guess, about Chris Penn.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on January 25, 2006, 01:48:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Random Citizen:
  Actor Chris Penn Found Dead (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvg/story?section=entertainment&id=3843191)
 
 Santa Monica police are currently on the scene investigating the circumstances.
He was supposed to be at Sundance this week to premier his new movie "Darwin Awards" - conspiracy theorists may begin.....
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on January 25, 2006, 02:08:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by vansmack:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Random Citizen:
  Actor Chris Penn Found Dead (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvg/story?section=entertainment&id=3843191)
 
 Santa Monica police are currently on the scene investigating the circumstances.
He was supposed to be at Sundance this week to premier his new movie "Darwin Awards" - conspiracy theorists may begin..... [/b]
It's a publicity stunt!   :p
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on January 25, 2006, 02:38:00 pm
Only the good die young.  I suppose Sean will live to be 96..?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on January 25, 2006, 05:34:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
 
Quote
Originally posted by vansmack:
 [qb]  It's a publicity stunt!     :p   [/b]
That's the first thing I thought, then I remembered that he missed our party on Sunday and nobody would do that, not even for a stunt!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on January 30, 2006, 08:31:00 pm
Video artist Nam June Paik dead at 74
 
 Monday, January 30, 2006; Posted: 2:53 p.m. EST (19:53 GMT)
 
 MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Nam June Paik, the avant-garde artist credited with inventing video art in the 1960s by combining multiple TV screens with sculpture, music and live performers, has died. He was 74.
 
 The Korean-born Paik, who also coined the term "Electronic Super Highway" years before the information superhighway was invented, died Sunday night of natural causes at his Miami apartment, according to his Web site.
 
 Song Tae-ho, head of a South Korean cultural foundation working on a project to build a museum for the artist, said he learned of Paik's death from Paik's nephew, Ken Paik Hakuta, in New York.
 
 Paik's work gained international praise from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, among others, and much of it is on display at the Nam June Paik Museum in Kyonggi, South Korea.
 
 "He really led the development of a new art form, bringing the moving image into the modern art world," said John Hanhardt, senior curator of film and media arts at the Guggenheim.
 
 Hanhardt called Paik a true friend and a prophet.
 
 "He foresaw that video would be an artist's medium, that it would be in museums," he said. "It's a heroic achievement."
 
 In a 1974 report commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, Paik wrote of a telecommunications network of the future he called the "Electronic Super Highway," predicting it "will become our springboard for new and surprising human endeavors." Two decades later, when "information superhighway" had become the phrase of the moment, he commented, "Bill Clinton stole my idea."
 
 He also was often credited with coining the phrase, "The future is now."
 
 Trained in music, aesthetics and philosophy, he was a member of the 1960s art movement Fluxus, which was in part inspired by composer John Cage's use of everyday sounds in his music. Another Fluxus adherent was the young Yoko Ono.
 
 Paik made his artistic debut in Wiesbaden, West Germany, in 1963 with a solo art exhibition titled "Exposition of Music-Electronic Television." He scattered 12 television sets throughout the exhibit space and used them to create unexpected effects in the images being received. Later exhibits included the use of magnets to manipulate or alter the image on TV sets and create patterns of light.
 
 He moved to New York in 1964 and started working with classical cellist Charlotte Moorman to combine video, music and performance.
 
 In "TV Cello" they stacked television sets that formed the shape of a cello. When she drew the bow across the television sets, there were images of her playing, video collages of other cellists and live images of the performance.
 
 In one highly publicized incident, Moorman was arrested in 1967 in New York for going topless in performing Paik's "Opera Sextronique." Said one headline: "Cops Top a Topless 'Happening.' " In a 1969 performance titled "TV Bra for Living Sculpture," she wore a bra with tiny TV screens over her breasts.
 
 Another of Paik's pieces, "TV Buddha," is a statue of a sitting Buddha facing its own image on a closed-circuit television screen, while "Positive Egg," has a video camera aimed at a white egg on a black cloth. In a series of larger and larger monitors, the image is magnified until the actual egg becomes an abstract shape on the screen.
 
 Paik also incorporated television sets into a series of robots. The early robots were constructed largely of bits and pieces of wire and metal; later ones were built from vintage radio and television sets.
 
 Famous worldwide, Paik never forgot his native Korea. In 1986, public television showed Paik's "Bye Bye Kipling," a mix of taped and live events, mostly from Paik's native Seoul; Tokyo; and New York. Two years later, Paik erected a media tower, called "The more the better," from 1,003 monitors for the Olympic Games at Seoul.
 
 Paik was left partially paralyzed by a stroke in 1996.
 
 Funeral services will be held this week in New York, Hakuta told South Korea's Yonhap news agency.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on January 30, 2006, 08:37:00 pm
BTW, this Saturday, February 4, 2006 marks the one year anniversary of  Dropping Like Flies (http://www.930.com/cgi-bin/ubb-cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=009136;p=1#000000). Six pages. That's a lotta death. How'd ya know, ggw?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on January 30, 2006, 09:10:00 pm
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Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on January 31, 2006, 11:21:00 am
Anthony Franciosa, actor, 77 (http://slick.org/deathwatch/mailarchive/msg01904.html)
 
 ...was once married to the above corpse, Shelley Winters
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on January 31, 2006, 11:23:00 am
Coretta Scott King, rip.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eltee on January 31, 2006, 01:22:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  Though it says he did live in Northern Virginia, I never saw Wilson Pickett at Whole Foods in Springfield.
He lived in Ashburn, died at Reston Hospital.
 They have Whole Foods in Springfield?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on January 31, 2006, 02:13:00 pm
Yes, on Old Keene Mill Road, just a short walk from my house.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by El Sugartastic:
 
 They have Whole Foods in Springfield?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on February 06, 2006, 04:29:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Betty Friedan, the cigar-chomping patriarch of "The Munsters" whose work as a basketball scout, restaurateur and political candidate never eclipsed her role as Grandpa from the television sitcom, died died Saturday, after years of failing health. Her manifesto "The Feminine Mystique" became a best seller in the 1960s and laid the groundwork for the modern feminist movement. She was 85.
 
 Friedan died at her home of congestive heart failure, according to a cousin, Emily Bazelon. "To say that we will miss her generous, cantankerous, engaging spirit is a profound understatement," Bazelon said.  
 
 Friedan's assertion in her 1963 best seller that having a husband and babies was not everything and that women should aspire to separate identities as individuals, was highly unusual, if not revolutionary, just after the baby and suburban booms of the Eisenhower era. Sporting a somewhat cheesy Dracula outfit, Friedan became a pop culture icon playing the irascible father-in-law to Fred Gwynne's ever-bumbling Herman Munster on the 1964-66 television show. She was also one of the stars of another classic TV comedy, playing Officer Leo Schnauzer on "Car 54, Where Are You?" The feminine mystique, she said, was a phony bill of goods society sold to women that left them unfulfilled, suffering from "the problem that has no name" and seeking a solution in tranquilizers and psychoanalysis.  
 
 But Friedan's life off the small screen ranged far beyond her acting antics. A former ballplayer at Thomas Jefferson High School, she achieved notoriety as a basketball talent scout familiar to coaching greats like Jerry Tarkanian and Red Auerbach. "A woman has got to be able to say, and not feel guilty, `Who am I, and what do I want out of life?' She mustn't feel selfish and neurotic if she wants goals of her own, outside of husband and children," Friedan said.  
 
 Her book, about a family of clueless creatures plunked down in middle America, was a success and ran through 1966.  
 
 "That book changed women's lives," Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, which Friedan co-founded, said Saturday. "It opened women's minds to the idea that there actually might be something more. And for the women who secretly harbored such unpopular thoughts, it told them that there were other women out there like them who thought there might be something more to life."
 
 Unlike some television stars, Friedan never complained about getting typecast and made appearances in character for decades.  
 
 "Why would I mind?" she asked in a 1997 interview. "It pays my mortgage."  
 
 In the racial, political and sexual conflicts of the 1960s and '70s, Friedan's was one of the most commanding voices and recognizable presences in the women's movement. Just two years short of her 80th birthday, a ponytailed Friedan ran as the Green Party candidate against incumbent Gov. George Pataki, while going to court in a losing battle to have her name appear on the ballot as "Grandpa Friedan."
 
 As the first president of NOW in 1966, she staked out positions that seemed extreme at the time on such issues as abortion, sex-neutral help-wanted ads, equal pay, promotion opportunities and maternity leave. She also reprised her role of Schnauzer in the movie remake of "Car 54," and appeared as a guest star on television shows such as "Taxi," "Green Acres" and "Lost in Space."  
 
 But at the same time, Friedan insisted that the women's movement had to remain in the American mainstream, that men had to be accepted as allies and that the family should not be rejected. "Don't get into the bra-burning, anti-man, politics-of-orgasm school," Friedan told a college audience in 1970. It forever locked Friedan in as the memorably twisted character; decades later, strangers would greet her on the street with shouts of "Grandpa!"  
 
 She lived in New York City and Washington, D.C., and had a summer house in Sag Harbor, N.Y.  
 
 She is survived by her wife, Karen Ingenthron-Lewis, three sons and four grandchildren.  
 
 She said the funeral will be Monday at Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on February 06, 2006, 04:50:00 pm
February 6, 2006
 Al Lewis, the Cantankerous Grandpa of 'The Munsters', Is Dead at 95
 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
 
 Al Lewis, the cigar-chomping patriarch of "The Munsters" whose work as a basketball scout, restaurateur and political candidate never eclipsed his role as Grandpa from the television sitcom, died on Friday after several years of failing health. He was 95 and lived on Roosevelt Island.
 
 Bernard White, program director at WBAI-FM in New York City, where the actor was the longtime host of a weekly radio program, announced the death during the Saturday slot in which Mr. Lewis usually appeared.
 
 Sporting a somewhat cheesy Dracula outfit, Mr. Lewis played the irascible father-in-law to Fred Gwynne's ever-bumbling Herman Munster on the 1960's series. He was also one of the stars of another classic TV comedy, playing Officer Leo Schnauzer on "Car 54, Where Are You?"
 
 But Mr. Lewis also led many other lives off the small screen.
 
 A ballplayer in high school, he achieved some fame as a basketball talent scout.
 
 Later in life he operated a successful Greenwich Village restaurant, where he was a regular presence, chatting with customers, posing for pictures and signing autographs.
 
 In 1998, just two years short of his 90th birthday, Mr. Lewis ran as the Green Party candidate against Gov. George E. Pataki.
 
 Mr. Lewis campaigned against the death penalty and called for reforming drug laws, while fighting an ultimately unsuccessful legal battle to have his name appear on the ballot as "Grandpa Al Lewis." Though he did not defeat Mr. Pataki, he did collect more than 52,000 votes.
 
  <img src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2006/02/05/nyregion/lewis.thumb_450.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 Mr. Lewis was born Alexander Meister upstate in Wolcott, N.Y., before his family moved to Brooklyn, where as a 6-foot-1 teenager he began a lifelong love affair with basketball.
 
 He later became a vaudeville and circus performer, but his career took off with television.
 
 As Officer Leo Schnauzer, Mr. Lewis played opposite Mr. Gwynne's Officer Francis Muldoon in "Car 54, Where Are You?" ‚?? a comedy about a Bronx police precinct that was broadcast from 1961 to 1963.
 
 One year later, the two appeared together in "The Munsters," taking up residence together at the fictional 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
 
 The series, about a family of clueless creatures plunked down in Middle America, was a success and ran through 1966.
 
 It forever locked Mr. Lewis in as the memorably twisted character; decades later, strangers would greet him on the street with shouts of "Grandpa!"
 
 Mr. Lewis never complained about getting typecast, and made appearances in character for decades. "Why would I mind?" he asked in a 1997 interview. "It pays my mortgage."
 
 Mr. Lewis rarely slowed down, opening his restaurant and serving as host of his WBAI radio program. In the 90's, he was a frequent guest on the Howard Stern radio show, once sending Mr. Stern diving for the delay button by leading an undeniably obscene chant against the Federal Communications Commission.
 
 He also popped up in a number of movies, including "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and "Married to the Mob."
 
 He enjoyed a reprise of his role of Officer Schnauzer in the movie remake of "Car 54," and was a guest star on shows like "Taxi," "Green Acres" and "Lost in Space."
 
 In 2003, Mr. Lewis was hospitalized for an angioplasty. Complications during surgery led to an emergency bypass and the amputation of his right leg below the knee and all the toes on his left foot. He spent the next month in a coma.
 
 But a year later, he was back offering his recollections of a seminal punk band on a DVD called "Ramones Raw."
 
 Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife, Karen Ingenthron-Lewis, three sons and four grandchildren.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on February 06, 2006, 04:59:00 pm
Other reports listed him as 82 years old, which would mean he was 40 when he started playing Grandpa.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
 [QB] February 6, 2006
 Al Lewis, the Cantankerous Grandpa of 'The Munsters', Is Dead at 95
 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on February 06, 2006, 05:07:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
  February 6, 2006
 Al Lewis Dead at 95  
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Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on February 06, 2006, 11:31:00 pm
Gene Mcfadden, 1949-2006 (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/02/03/db0302.xml&sSheet=/portal/2006/02/03/ixportal.html):
 
 
Quote
Gene McFadden was born in Philadelphia in 1949 and formed his first band, the Epsilons, with his schoolfriend John Whitehead. Fellow members included Arthur Conley, for whose solo hit, Sweet Soul Music, McFadden and Whitehead were to provide the backing vocals.
 
 In 1966 the Epsilons were discovered by Otis Redding, who became their manager, signing them to the Stax label in Memphis and using them as his backing singers.
 
 But the following year they lost their patron when Redding was killed in a plane crash. Without his considerable influence, the band began to lose direction and returned to Philadelphia, although they later released a single, The Echo (1969), which was a minor hit. Stax, however, was in financial difficulty and showing little interest in Redding's former prot√©g√©s, so McFadden and Whitehead formed a new group, Talk of the Town, and joined Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia-based record label, Philadelphia International Records (PIR).
 
 While Talk of the Town had little success in their own right, Huff and Gamble spotted McFadden and Whitehead's song-writing talents and asked them to write for other recording artists. Whitehead came up with the idea for Backstabbers after discovering that a friend was trying to steal his wife: They're smiling in your face/All the time they want to take your place.
 
 McFadden added the Otis Redding-style soul tune, and the song, which was recorded in 1972 by the O'Jays, gave PIR its first major hit.
 
 During the course of the next six years McFadden and Whitehead wrote 22 hits for PIR, most of which exemplified the smoother, upbeat "Philly soul" sound. The best known of these were For the Love of Money, another hit for the O'Jays, Wake Up Everybody and Where Are All My Friends, for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and I'll Always Love My Mama, for the Intruders.
 
 During the mid-1970s, as Talk of the Town, they released Super Groover (All Night Mover), Bumpin' Boogie and I Apologise, none of which made a dent in the charts. Their luck changed in 1978 when, as McFadden and Whitehead, they recorded Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now, which they had originally written for the O'Jays.
 
 Joyful, funky and a celebration of all that was good about disco, the song was a huge international hit and reached No 13 and No 5 in the American and British pop charts respectively.
 
 Its rousing and inspirational message (Don't you let nothing, nothing/ Stand in your way) was perfect for the melting pot that was the disco dancefloor, and it was later covered and sampled by numerous other artists, translated into Spanish and Japanese and recorded in both the reggae and gospel style.
 
 It was even adopted by Philadelphia's baseball and American football teams and used in an advertisement for McDonald's hamburgers.
 
 McFadden and Whitehead followed it up with two singles, I Heard It in a Love Song, and I've Been Pushed Aside, and two albums, but with little success.
 
 Their songwriting and producing proved more lucrative and they went on to work with the Jacksons, James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Gloria Gaynor and Stevie Wonder.
 
 By the mid-1980s, however, McFadden and Whitehead began to forge separate career paths, although they reunited to perform their old hits on the disco nostalgia circuit.
 
 In 2004 John Whitehead was shot and killed by an unknown assailant while fixing his car outside his home in Philadelphia. McFadden, who was suffering from cancer and died last Friday, was devastated by the murder.
 
 He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 38 years, their two daughters and two sons.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on February 08, 2006, 12:26:00 pm
<img src="http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y25/team_dupek/1cd124e9.jpg" alt=" - " />  Bring Out Yer Dead!
 
  Not dead yet... (http://uk.news.launch.yahoo.com/dyna/article.html?a=/08022006/344/body-shut-says-daryl-hall.html&e=l_news_dm)
 
 &
 
  I'm getting better... (http://launch.yahoo.com/read/news/29402170)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on February 10, 2006, 11:37:00 am
Actor Franklin Cover, neighbor to 'The Jeffersons,' dies at 77 (http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2006-02-10-cover-obit_x.htm?POE=LIFISVA)
 
 Actor Franklin Cover, neighbor to 'The Jeffersons,' dies at 77
 
 
 LOS ANGELES (AP) ‚?? Franklin Cover, who became a familiar face as George and Louise Jefferson's white neighbor in the long-running TV sitcom The Jeffersons, has died, his publicist said Thursday. He was 77.
 
 Cover died of pneumonia Sunday at the Lillian Booth Actor's Fund of America home in Englewood, N.J., said publicist Dale Olson. He had been living at the home since December 2005 while recuperating from a heart condition.
 
 In his nearly six decades in show business, Cover made numerous appearances on television shows, including The Jackie Gleason Show,All in the Family,Who's the Boss, Will & Grace,Living Single,Mad About You and ER.
 
 He began his career on the stage, appearing in Shakespeare's Hamlet and Henry IV, and later in numerous Broadway productions, including Any Wednesday,Wild Honey and Born Yesterday.
 
 But Cover was best known for his role as Tom Willis, who was in an interracial marriage with a black woman, in The Jeffersons.
 
 He and his wife lived in the same "deluxe apartment building" that Sherman Hemsley moved his family to after making money in the dry-cleaning business. There, Cover often played a comic foil to Hemsley's blustering, opinionated black businessman. The show ran from 1975 to 1985.
 
 Cover also appeared in several films, including The Great Gatsby,The Stepford Wives and Wall Street.
 
 He is survived by his widow, Mary, a son and a daughter.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on February 10, 2006, 11:49:00 am
His tv wife, Helen Willis, was played by Roxie Roker. In real life, she was Lenny Kravitz' mom, and weatherman Al Roker's cousin.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Thom Foolerie:
  Actor Franklin Cover, neighbor to 'The Jeffersons,' dies at 77 (http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2006-02-10-cover-obit_x.htm?POE=LIFISVA)
 
 Actor Franklin Cover, neighbor to 'The Jeffersons,' dies at 77
 
 
 LOS ANGELES (AP) ‚?? Franklin Cover, who became a familiar face as George and Louise Jefferson's white neighbor in the long-running TV sitcom The Jeffersons, has died, his publicist said Thursday. He was 77.
 
 Cover died of pneumonia Sunday at the Lillian Booth Actor's Fund of America home in Englewood, N.J., said publicist Dale Olson. He had been living at the home since December 2005 while recuperating from a heart condition.
 
 In his nearly six decades in show business, Cover made numerous appearances on television shows, including The Jackie Gleason Show,All in the Family,Who's the Boss, Will & Grace,Living Single,Mad About You and ER.
 
 He began his career on the stage, appearing in Shakespeare's Hamlet and Henry IV, and later in numerous Broadway productions, including Any Wednesday,Wild Honey and Born Yesterday.
 
 But Cover was best known for his role as Tom Willis, who was in an interracial marriage with a black woman, in The Jeffersons.
 
 He and his wife lived in the same "deluxe apartment building" that Sherman Hemsley moved his family to after making money in the dry-cleaning business. There, Cover often played a comic foil to Hemsley's blustering, opinionated black businessman. The show ran from 1975 to 1985.
 
 Cover also appeared in several films, including The Great Gatsby,The Stepford Wives and Wall Street.
 
 He is survived by his widow, Mary, a son and a daughter.
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Post by: definitivedoodle on February 11, 2006, 02:37:00 pm
R.I.P
 
 JDilla.
 
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Post by: Arlette on February 12, 2006, 08:27:00 pm
"Jaws" author Peter Benchley.  Only 65.  For some reason, I would have thought him much older.  After I saw Jaws as a kid I couldn't go near the beach or even a lake.  I still have an irrational fear of the water and unknown "things" that swim down there.  
 
 NEW YORK (AP) -- Peter Benchley, whose novel "Jaws" terrorized millions of swimmers even as the author himself became an advocate for the conservation of sharks, has died at age 65, his widow said Sunday.
 
 Wendy Benchley, married to the author for 41 years, said he died Saturday night at their home in Princeton, New Jersey.
 
 The cause of death, she said, was idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive and a fatal scarring of the lungs.
 
 Thanks to Benchley's 1974 novel, and Steven Spielberg's blockbuster movie of the same name a year later, the simple act of ocean swimming became synonymous with fatal horror, of still water followed by ominous, pumping music, then teeth and blood and panic.
 
 "Spielberg certainly made the most superb movie; Peter was very pleased," Wendy Benchley told The Associated Press.
 
 "But Peter kept telling people the book was fiction, it was a novel, and that he no more took responsibility for the fear of sharks than ["Godfather" author] Mario Puzo took responsibility for the Mafia."
 
 Besides his wife, Peter Benchley is survived by three children and five grandchildren.
 
 A small family service will take place next week in Princeton, Wendy Benchley said.
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Post by: sacriforce on February 19, 2006, 12:30:00 pm
Harold Hunter
 RIP
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Post by: on February 20, 2006, 06:15:00 pm
Lead singer of The Cowsills dies at 58 (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11453243/from/RSS/)
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Post by: SPARX on February 25, 2006, 07:44:00 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060225/ap_on_en_tv/obit_knotts (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060225/ap_on_en_tv/obit_knotts)                                                                                            LOS ANGELES -     Don Knotts, the skinny, lovable nerd who kept generations of television audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The     Andy Griffith Show," has died. He was 81.
 
 
 Knotts died Friday night of pulmonary and respiratory complications at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, said Paul Ward, a spokesman for the cable network TV Land, which airs "The Andy Griffith Show," and another Knotts hit, "Three's Company."
 
 Unspecified health problems had forced him to cancel an appearance in his native Morgantown in August 2005.
 
 The West Virginia-born actor's half-century career included seven TV series and more than 25 films, but it was the Griffith show that brought him TV immortality and five Emmies.
 
 The show ran from 1960-68, and was in the top 10 of the Nielsen ratings each season, including a No. 1 ranking its final year. It is one of only three series in TV history to bow out at the top: The others are "I Love Lucy" and "Seinfeld." The 249 episodes have appeared frequently in reruns and have spawned a large, active network of fan clubs.
 
 As the bug-eyed deputy to Griffith, Knotts carried in his shirt pocket the one bullet he was allowed after shooting himself in the foot. The constant fumbling, a recurring sight gag, was typical of his self-deprecating humor.
 
 Knotts, whose shy, soft-spoken manner was unlike his high-strung characters, once said he was most proud of the Fife character and doesn't mind being remembered that way.
 
 His favorite episodes, he said, were "The Pickle Story," where Aunt Bea makes pickles no one can eat, and "Barney and the Choir," where no one can stop him from singing.
 
 "I can't sing. It makes me sad that I can't sing or dance well enough to be in a musical, but I'm just not talented in that way," he lamented. "It's one of my weaknesses."
 
 Knotts appeared on six other television shows. In 1979, Knotts replaced Norman Fell on "Three's Company," playing the would-be swinger landlord to John Ritter,     Suzanne Somers and     Joyce DeWitt.
 
 Early in his TV career, he was one of the original cast members of "The Steve Allen Show," the comedy-variety show that ran from 1956-61. He was one of a group of memorable comics backing Allen that included     Louis Nye,     Tom Poston and Bill "Jose Jimenez" Dana.
 
 Knotts' G-rated films were family fun, not box-office blockbusters. In most, he ends up the hero and gets the girl ‚?? a girl who can see through his nervousness to the heart of gold.
 
 In the part-animated 1964 film "The Incredible Mr. Limpet," Knotts played a meek clerk who turns into a fish after he is rejected by the Navy.
 
 When it was announced in 1998 that     Jim Carrey would star in a "Limpet" remake, Knotts responded: "I'm just flattered that someone of Carrey's caliber is remaking something I did. Now, if someone else did Barney Fife, THAT would be different."
 
 In the 1967 film "The Reluctant Astronaut," co-starring     Leslie Nielsen, Knotts' father enrolls his wimpy son ‚?? operator of a Kiddieland rocket ride ‚?? in     NASA's space program. Knotts poses as a famous astronaut to the joy of his parents and hometown but is eventually exposed for what he really is, a janitor so terrified of heights he refuses to ride an airplane.
 
 In the 1969 film "The Love God?," he was a geeky bird-watcher who is duped into becoming publisher of a naughty men's magazine and then becomes a national sex symbol. Eventually, he comes to his senses, leaves the big city and marries the sweet girl next door.
 
 He was among an army of comedians from Buster Keaton to     Jonathan Winters to liven up the 1963 megacomedy "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." Other films include "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" (1966); "The Shakiest Gun in the West," (1968); and a few Disney films such as "The Apple Dumpling Gang," (1974); "Gus," (1976); and "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo," (1977).
 
 In 1998, he had a key role in the back-to-the-past movie "Pleasantville," playing a folksy television repairman whose supercharged remote control sends a teen boy and his sister into a TV sitcom past.
 
 Knotts began his show biz career even before he graduated from high school, performing as a ventriloquist at local clubs and churches. He majored in speech at West Virginia University, then took off for the big city.
 
 "I went to New York cold. On a $100 bill. Bummed a ride," he recalled in a visit to his hometown of Morgantown, where city officials renamed a street for him in 1998.
 
 Within six months, Knotts had taken a job on a radio Western called "Bobby Benson and the B-Bar-B Riders," playing a wisecracking, know-it-all handyman. He stayed with it for five years, then came his series TV debut on "The Steve Allen Show."
 
 He married Kay Metz in 1948, the year he graduated from college. The couple had two children before divorcing in 1969. Knotts later married, then divorced Lara Lee Szuchna.
 
 In recent years, he said he had no plans to retire, traveling with theater productions and appearing in print and TV ads for Kodiak pressure treated wood.
 
 The world laughed at Knotts, but it also laughed with him.
 
 He treasured his comedic roles and could point to only one role that wasn't funny, a brief stint on the daytime drama "Search for Tomorrow."
 
 "That's the only serious thing I've done. I don't miss that," Knotts said.
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Post by: Arlette on February 26, 2006, 12:12:00 am
I meant to post this earlier this week.  The gold standard in sports broadcasting, Curt Gowdy, passed away this week.  For any of us old folks who were in any way interested in sports, he was the man.  And anyone who grew up in New England/Boston and was a BoSox fan, he was the real deal.
 
 http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11478921/ (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11478921/)
 
 Keith Olbermann's tribute:
 
 Childhood unofficially ended for several generations of sports fans Yesterday.  Curt Gowdy died.  It is impossible to comprehend his ubiquitousness in the sports world from the 1960's to the late 1970's.  A peck of controversial comments by sports casters and sports heroes alike, consider the impossibility of anyone producing a resume that looked like this.
 
 Curt Gowdy announced 13 World Series and nine Super Bowls, eight Olympics, 14 Rose Bowls, 24 college basketball championships and 16 baseball all-star games.  Nearly all of that resume here at NBC.  Plus, there were two years announcing the games of the New York Yankees and 10 of the Boston Red Sox.  Never overselling, rarely yelling, Curt Gowdy sounded, in the words of essayist John Updike, like everybody's brother-in-law.
 
 And there was a sincerity to the man.  NBC sportscaster Al Michaels told me on the radio on Monday that when he was a student at Arizona State he asked Gowdy for career advice and Gowdy responded by listening to tapes of Michaels' college broadcasts.  Curt Gowdy suffering for several years from leukemia, died in Florida on Monday.  He was 86 years old.
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Post by: RonniStar on February 26, 2006, 05:45:00 pm
Darren McGavin, RIP (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20060226/D8G0UQ2G0.html)
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Post by: beetsnotbeats on February 27, 2006, 02:23:00 pm
From  CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/02/27/obit.weaver.ap/index.html):
 
 LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Dennis Weaver, the slow-witted deputy Chester Goode in the TV classic western "Gunsmoke" and the New Mexico deputy solving New York crime in "McCloud," has died. The actor was 81.
 
 Weaver died of complications from cancer Friday at his home in Ridgway, in southwestern Colorado, his publicist Julian Myers said.

 
 Damn, three actors in two days. They really are dropping like....
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Post by: frostytheswami on February 27, 2006, 04:18:00 pm
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  Actor Chris Penn Found Dead (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvg/story?section=entertainment&id=3843191)
 
 Santa Monica police are currently on the scene investigating the circumstances.
He was supposed to be at Sundance this week to premier his new movie "Darwin Awards" - conspiracy theorists may begin..... [/b]
It's a publicity stunt!    :p  [/b]
A toxicology report has shown late actor Chris Penn was highly intoxicated with a combination of substances including marijuana and morphine at the time of his death last month. The Reservoir Dogs star's official cause of death was an enlarged heart, which weighed over 1.54 pounds, and would have been exacerbated by the cocktail of drugs in his system. Besides marijuana and morphine, Penn's system also contained Valium, codeine and an antihistamine. The 40-year-old brother of Sean Penn, weighed over 20 stone (280 pounds) at the time of his death and had a history of drug abuse. He was found dead in his Santa Monica, California, apartment on 24 January.
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Post by: on March 03, 2006, 04:19:00 pm
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 March 3, 2056
 
 Hollywood, CA, (AP wire service)
 
 One of these generic interchangeable perfect pretty actors died today but no one is sure exactly which one or can tell them apart or even remember their names.
 
 Their only claim to fame is having starred in a gimmicky Hollywood motion picture called Buggery Mountain in 2005, considered "ground-breaking" in those simpler times, due to a contrived homosexual angle which was little more than the usual elitist slap at mainstream American culture and anything held dear or cherished by ordinary citizens, in this case cowboys and their dreaded heterosexual masculinity.
 
 The same was done to Marines in an earlier Oscar-winning picture called American Buttfuck.
 
 It's plain and simple hostility and sniffing contempt masking as "art" in a cheesy soap opera's clothing.
 
 It's not like 50 to 100 years ago when comic actors like Don Knotts had personality, presence, and a humanity which transcended their work and left the public feeling as if they'd lost a friend when they died.
 
 Instead of being associated with some mere sociopolitical bill of goods or narcissistic agenda.
 
 In their wake are these sculpted icy-cold "artistes" and craftsmen and Scientologists who are emotional and personal blank slates a million miles removed from their audience and are awarded for doing cheap Truman Capote impressions or donning Hopalong Cassidy gear and sucking each other off.
 
 This in lieu of anything like original thought or genuine risk-taking.
 
 Or anything stemming from the heart and viscera, as opposed the mind, pseudo-intellect, and colon.
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Post by: chaz on March 07, 2006, 09:32:00 am
Dana Reeve, widow of Christopher Reeve, dies at 44
 
   
 SHORT HILLS, New Jersey (AP) -- Dana Reeve, who fought for better treatments and possible cures for paralysis through the Christopher Reeve Foundation, named for her late actor-husband, has died, the foundation said. She was 44.
 
 Reeve died late Monday of lung cancer, said Kathy Lewis, President and CEO of the foundation.
 
 "On behalf of the entire Board of Directors and staff of the Christopher Reeve Foundation, we are extremely saddened by the death of Dana Reeve, whose grace and courage under the most difficult of circumstances was a source of comfort and inspiration to all of us," Lewis said in a statement.
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Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on March 07, 2006, 10:12:00 am
Kirby Puckett, rip.
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Post by: Guiny on March 07, 2006, 11:12:00 am
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Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer:
  Kirby Puckett, rip.
I second that.
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Post by: on March 07, 2006, 11:20:00 am
A very lucky duo...
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  Dana Reeve, widow of Christopher Reeve, dies at 44
 Reeve died late Monday of lung cancer, said Kathy Lewis, President and CEO of the foundation.
 
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Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on March 07, 2006, 11:38:00 am
Wow, this is turning into a big week for dying.
 
 March 7, 2006, 9:13AM
 African musical legend Ali Farka Toure dies in Mali
 
 
 Associated Press
 
 BAMAKO, Mali ‚?? Ali Farka Toure, a traditional African musician who won two Grammy Awards, died Tuesday in his native Mali after a long illness. He was in his late 60s.
 
 Mali's Culture Ministry said Toure died at his home in the capital, Bamako, after a long struggle with an unidentified illness, the ministry.
 
 Toure, one of Africa's most famous performers, played a traditional Malian stringed instrument called the gurke.
 
 He was best-known overseas for his 1995 collaboration with American guitarist Ry Cooder on Talking Timbuktu, which netted him his first of two Grammys.
 
 He won another Grammy this year in the traditional world music album category for his In the Heart of the Moon album, performed with fellow Malian Toumani Diabate.
 
 Across his deeply impoverished west African nation, people mourned Toure's passing and radio stations suspended regular play, sending Toure's signature lilting sounds out over airwaves instead.
 
 Toure was born in 1939 in the northern Sahara Desert trading post of Timbuktu. Like many Africans of his generation, the exact date of his birth was not recorded.
 
 Toure learned the gurkel at an early age, later also taking up the guitar. He cited many Western musicians for inspiration, including Ray Charles, Otis Redding and John Lee Hooker.
 
 Toure spent much of his older age in his childhood town of Niafunke, which has become a pilgrimage spot for many music-loving Africans and tourists seeking one of the original progenitors of a genre known as Mali Blues.
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Post by: Jaguar on March 07, 2006, 09:12:00 pm
Add another one to this week's toll.
 
 I loved his photographs.
 
 Filmmaker Gordon Parks Dies at 93 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060308/ap_on_en_mo/obit_parks)
 
 By POLLY ANDERSON, Associated Press Writer
  31 minutes ago
 
 Gordon Parks, who captured the struggles and triumphs of black America as a photographer for Life magazine and then became Hollywood's first major black director with "The Learning Tree" and the hit "Shaft," died Tuesday, a family member said. He was 93.
 
 Parks, who also wrote fiction and was an accomplished composer, died in New York, his nephew, Charles Parks, said in a telephone interview from Lawrence, Kan.
 
 "Nothing came easy," Parks wrote in his autobiography. "I was just born with a need to explore every tool shop of my mind, and with long searching and hard work. I became devoted to my restlessness."
 
 He covered everything from fashion to politics to sports during his 20 years at Life, from 1948 to 1968.
 
 But as a photographer, he was perhaps best known for his gritty photo essays on the grinding effects of poverty in the United States and abroad and on the spirit of the civil rights movement.
 
 "Those special problems spawned by poverty and crime touched me more, and I dug into them with more enthusiasm," he said. "Working at them again revealed the superiority of the camera to explore the dilemmas they posed."
 
 In 1961, his photographs in Life of a poor, ailing Brazilian boy named Flavio da Silva brought donations that saved the boy and purchased a new home for him and his family.
 
 "The Learning Tree" was Parks' first film, in 1969. It was based on his 1963 autobiographical novel of the same name, in which the young hero grapples with fear and racism as well as first love and schoolboy triumphs. Parks wrote the score as well directed.
 
 In 1989, "The Learning Tree" was among the first 25 American movies to be placed on the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The registry is intended to highlight films of particular cultural, historical or aesthetic importance.
 
 The detective drama "Shaft," which came out in 1971 and starred Richard Roundtree, was a major hit and spawned a series of black-oriented films. Parks himself directed a sequel, "Shaft's Big Score," in 1972.
 
 He also published books of poetry and wrote musical compositions including "Martin," a ballet about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 Parks was born Nov. 30, 1912, in Fort Scott, Kan., the youngest of 15 children. In his 1990 autobiography, "Voices in the Mirror," he remembered it as a world of racism and poverty, but also a world where his parents gave their children love, discipline and religious faith.
 
 He went through a series of jobs as a teen and young man, including piano player and railroad dining car waiter. The breakthrough came when he was about 25, when he bought a used camera in a pawn shop for $7.50. He became a freelance fashion photographer, went on to Vogue magazine and then to Life in 1948.
 
 "Reflecting now, I realize that, even within the limits of my childhood vision, I was on a search for pride, meanwhile taking measurable glimpses of how certain blacks, who were fed up with racism, rebelled against it," he wrote.
 
 When he accepted an award from Wichita State University in May 1991, he said it was "another step forward in my making peace with Kansas and Kansas making peace with me."
 
 "I dream terrible dreams, terribly violent dreams," he said. "The doctors say it's because I suppressed so much anger and hatred from my youth. I bottled it up and used it constructively."
 
 In his autobiography, he recalled that being Life's only black photographer put him in a peculiar position when he set out to cover the civil rights movement.
 
 "Life magazine was eager to penetrate their ranks for stories, but the black movement thought of Life as just another white establishment out of tune with their cause," he wrote. He said his aim was to become "an objective reporter, but one with a subjective heart."
 
 The story of young Flavio prompted Life readers to send in $30,000, enabling his family to build a home, and Flavio received treatment for his asthma in an American clinic. By the 1970s, he had a family and a job as a security guard, but more recently the home built in 1961 has become overcrowded and run-down.
 
 Still, Flavio stayed in touch with Parks off and on, and in 1997 Parks said, "If I saw him tomorrow in the same conditions, I would do the whole thing over again."
 
 In addition to novels, poetry and his autobiographical writings, Parks' writing credits included nonfiction such as "Camera Portraits: Techniques and Principles of Documentary Portraiture," 1948, and a 1971 book of essays called "Born Black."
 
 His other film credits included "The Super Cops," 1974; "Aaron Loves Angela," 1975; and "Leadbelly," 1976.
 
 Recalling the making of "The Learning Tree," he wrote: "A lot of people of all colors were anxious about the breakthrough, and I was anxious to make the most of it. The wait had been far too long. Just remembering that no black had been given a chance to direct a motion picture in Hollywood since it was established kept me going."
 
 Last month, health concerns had kept Parks from accepting the William Allen White Foundation National Citation in Kansas, but he said in a taped presentation that he still considered the state his home and wanted to be buried in Fort Scott.
 
 Two years ago, Fort Scott Community College established the Gordon Parks Center for Culture and Diversity.
 
 Jill Warford, its executive director, said Tuesday that Parks "had a very rough start in life and he overcame so much, but was such a good person and kind person that he never let the bad things that happened to him make him bitter."
 ___
 
 Associated Press writer Garance Burke in Kansas City, Mo., contributed to this report.
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Post by: on March 12, 2006, 09:23:00 am
New Jersey native son, Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Kuklinski)
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Post by: Venerable Bede on March 13, 2006, 08:57:00 pm
Former game show host Peter Tomarken killed in SoCal plane crash
 - By DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press Writer
 Monday, March 13, 2006
 (03-13) 16:41 PST Santa Monica, Calif. (AP) --
 
 Peter Tomarken, host of the hit 1980s game show "Press Your Luck," and his wife were killed Monday when their small plane crashed in Santa Monica Bay shortly after takeoff on a volunteer medical transportation flight, authorities said. Searchers were looking for a third person reported aboard.
 
 The bodies of Tomarken, 63, and wife Kathleen Abigail Tomarken, 41, were identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office, said coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey.
 
 Tomarken appeared in at least four other game shows in addition to "Press Your Luck," which was well known for contestants shouting the slogan "Big bucks, no whammies!"
 
 The pilot was a volunteer for Angel Flight West, a nonprofit organization that provides free air transportation for needy medical patients, said organization spokesman Doug Griffith, who withheld the pilot's name. The plane was flying to San Diego to pick up a passenger who needed to get to UCLA Medical Center for treatment, he said.
 
 The Beech A36 went down about 9:35 a.m. while apparently trying to return to Santa Monica Airport because of engine trouble, said FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer. The airport is about two miles inland from the ocean.
 
 The plane, found in 19 feet of water 200 yards offshore, was registered to Tomarken, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.
 
 Rescue boats and divers converged on the scene, about a half-mile southwest of Santa Monica Pier. The aircraft, appearing largely intact, was later towed onto the beach.
 
 Witness Luis Garr told KNBC-TV that the plane was silent as it "kind of landed into the water."
 
 "I didn't hear any engine. It's a big splash, a huge splash, huge splash. Then it started going down. The wings were still floating so I was, `Get out! Get out!' because the door was still available to get out and nobody came out. So the plane kept going down, down, down. It was just the tail. A surfer started swimming toward the plane and he was the first one on the scene. The lifeguard showed up. ... It had gone down."
 
 Tomarken's agent, Fred Wostbrock, said his client's first game show was "Hit Man!," which ran 13 weeks on NBC, followed by the four-year hit "Press Your Luck" on CBS.
 
 "He was always a fun guy to be around, and he just loved the genre of game shows," Wostbrock said.
 
 In 1987, Tomarken was on ABC with a show called "Bargain Hunters," and then went to the syndicated "Wipe-Out" in 1990. He returned to game shows in 2000 with the program "Paranoia."
 
 URL: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2006/03/13/state/n161753S15.DTL (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2006/03/13/state/n161753S15.DTL)
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Post by: Jaguar on March 14, 2006, 12:47:00 am
Actress Maureen Stapleton Dies at 80 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060314/ap_en_mo/obit_stapleton;_ylt=Aj_reA1h42_maEtBMuS94HSs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3YXYwNDRrBHNlYwM3NjI-)
 
 (Not to be confused with Jean Stapleton)
 
 By ADAM GORLICK, Associated Press Writer
 2 hours, 26 minutes ago
 
 Maureen Stapleton, an Oscar-winning character actress whose subtle vulnerability and down-to-earth toughness earned her dramatic and comedic roles on stage, screen, and television, died Monday. She was 80.
 
 The longtime smoker died from chronic pulmonary disease in the Berkshire hills town of Lenox, where she had been living, said her son, Daniel Allentuck.
 
 Stapleton, whose unremarkable, matronly appearance belied her star personality and talent, won an Academy Award for her supporting role as anarchist-writer Emma Goldman in Warren Beatty's 1981 film "Reds," about a left-wing American journalist who journeys to Russia to cover the Bolshevik Revolution.
 
 To prepare for the role, Stapleton said she tried reading Goldman's autobiography, but soon chucked it out of boredom.
 
 "There are many roads to good acting," Stapleton, known for her straightforwardness, said in her 1995 autobiography, "Hell of a Life." "I've been asked repeatedly what the 'key' to acting is, and as far as I'm concerned, the main thing is to keep the audience awake."
 
 Stapleton was nominated several times for a supporting actress Oscar, including for her first film role in 1958's "Lonelyhearts"; "Airport" in 1970; and Woody Allen's "Interiors" in 1978.
 
 Her other film credits include the 1963 musical "Bye Bye Birdie" opposite Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke, "Johnny Dangerously," "Cocoon," "The Money Pit" and "Addicted to Love."
 
 In television, she earned an Emmy for "Among the Paths to Eden" in 1967. She was nominated for "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom" in 1975; "The Gathering" in 1977; and "Miss Rose White" in 1992.
 
 After moving to the Berkshires, Stapleton was a regular at the Candlelight Inn, a favorite gathering spot for actors that has since closed, said Elizabeth Aspenlieder, an actress with the Lenox-based Shakespeare & Co. acting group.
 
 "Maureen would be sitting at the bar, ferociously playing charades," said Aspenlieder, who remembered Stapleton as a fun-loving eccentric who would often be seen wearing a housedress and pair of furry boots.
 
 "She was always warm and inviting," Aspenlieder said.
 
 Brought up in a strict Irish Catholic family with an alcoholic father, Stapleton left home in Troy, N.Y., right after high school. With $100 to her name, she came to New York and began studying at the Herbert Berghof Acting School and later at the Actor's Studio, which turned out the likes of Marlon Brando, Paul Newman and Julia Roberts.
 
 Stapleton soon made her Broadway debut in Burgess Meredith's 1946 production of "The Playboy of the Western World."
 
 At age 24, she became a success as Serafina Delle Rose in Tennessee Williams' Broadway hit "The Rose Tattoo," and won a Tony Award. She appeared in numerous other stage productions, including Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic" and Neil Simon's "The Gingerbread Lady," for which she won her second Tony in 1971.
 
 She starred opposite Laurence Olivier in Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Stapleton's friendship with Williams was well-known and he wrote three plays for her, but she never appeared in any of them.
 
 Along the way, she led a chaotic personal life, which her autobiography candidly described as including two failed marriages, numerous affairs, years of alcohol abuse and erratic parenting for her two children.
 
 She often said auditioning was hard for her, but that it was just a part of acting, a job "that pays."
 
 "When I was first in New York there was a girl who wanted to play 'St. Joan' to the point where it was scary. ... I thought 'Don't ever want anything that bad," she recalled. "Just take what you get and like it while you do it, and forget it."
 
 Cast throughout her career in supporting roles, Stapleton was content not playing a lead character, Allentuck said.
 
 "I don't think she ever had unrealistic aspirations about her career," he said.
 
 Beside Allentuck, Stapleton is survived by a daughter, Katharine Bambery, of Lenox and a brother, Jack Stapleton, of Troy, N.Y.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on March 14, 2006, 12:24:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Venerable Bede:
  Former game show host Peter Tomarken  no whammies!"
He must've gotten a Whammy.
 
   <img src="http://www.choiceshirts.com/images/PL/-0/PL-00129A-md.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 BTW, the Whammy was created/animated by Savage Steve Holland, the animator who directed the classic film, Better Off Dead
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on March 14, 2006, 04:59:00 pm
Miss Deaf Texas struck by train, killed
 
 http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/14/beauty.queen.death.ap/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/14/beauty.queen.death.ap/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on March 25, 2006, 02:32:00 pm
'Hee Haw' Co-Host Buck Owens, 76, Dies (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/25/AR2006032500491.html)
 
 
 By GREG RISLING
 The Associated Press
 Saturday, March 25, 2006; 11:59 AM
 
 LOS ANGELES -- Singer Buck Owens, the flashy rhinestone cowboy who shaped the sound of country music with hits like "Act Naturally" and brought the genre to TV on the long-running "Hee Haw," died Saturday. He was 76.
 
 Owens died at his home, said family spokesman Jim Shaw. The cause of death was not immediately known. Owens had undergone throat cancer surgery in 1993 and was hospitalized with pneumonia in 1997.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on March 27, 2006, 09:25:00 am
Conductor Alfredo Silipigni, RIP (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20060327/D8GJN3KO7.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: thirsty moore on March 27, 2006, 11:05:00 am
Swell Maps Nikki Sudden Dies (http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002236579).
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: BookerT on March 27, 2006, 11:16:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by econo:
  Swell Maps Nikki Sudden Dies (http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002236579).
jesus christ is this sad. i specifically broke my velvet lounge ban to go see him...
 
 check out his album  robespierre's velvet basement (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005YDFG/sr=8-1/qid=1143472419/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-7082295-6847018?%5Fencoding=UTF8), one of the best jangle pop records ever.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on March 28, 2006, 05:49:00 pm
March 28, 2006
 Caspar W. Weinberger Dies at 88
 By DAVID STOUT
 
 Caspar W. Weinberger, who held high positions under three Republican Presidents and oversaw the biggest and costliest military buildup in peacetime history as Ronald Reagan's secretary of defense, died today, his family said. He was 88.
 
 Mr. Weinberger's wife of 63 years, Jane, was by his side when he died, said his son, Caspar Weinberger Jr.
 
 Until his death, Mr. Weinberger was chairman of Forbes Inc.
 
 A self-assured man and a tenacious debater, Mr. Weinberger served in Washington off and on for almost two decades. Many felt his record was marred late in life by questions about his role in the Iran-contra affair ‚?? questions a presidential pardon left unresolved ‚?? but his r√©sum√© was impressive by any standard.
 
 Under President Richard M. Nixon, he was chairman of the Federal Trade Commission; deputy director and later director of the Office of Management and Budget, where he earned the nickname Cap the Knife by smilingly arguing against requests for more money; and secretary of health, education and welfare.
 
 He remained as secretary of H.E.W. under President Gerald R. Ford until 1975, when he left Washington for his native California. He said his wife, Jane, could better cope with her arthritis there.
 
 It was after he returned to the capital as defense secretary for President Reagan in 1981 that Mr. Weinberger made his real mark. In seven years in that post, he was an implacable cold war hawk when it came to the Soviet Union.
 
 His mission, he said early on, was "to rearm America." Previous efforts to get along with the Russians without demanding good behavior in return had reinforced "the Soviet prison wall," which Mr. Weinberger said "stretches all the way from the Balkans to the Baltic."
 
 Nor was vigilance against Moscow enough. "If we value our freedom, we must be able to defend ourselves in wars of any size and shape and in any region where we have vital interests," he said in a speech in Chicago in 1981. And the rise of the charismatic Mikhail Gorbachev in the mid-1980's did not soften those views. "I don't think just because he wears Gucci shoes and smiles occasionally that the Soviet Union has changed its basic doctrines," Mr. Weinberger said in 1987, as he was leaving office.
 
 So while other parts of the federal bureaucracy were cringing under the cut-to-the-bone philosophy of the Reagan White House (as the old Cap the Knife might have desired), Mr. Weinberger demanded billions more for long-range nuclear arms, ships, planes and tanks. "This is not a one-year program for summer soldiers," he warned in 1981.
 
 He was true to his word. Year after year, he fought for ‚?? and usually won ‚?? big increases in Pentagon spending.
 
 In April 1982, he conceded that the United States had more long-range missiles than did the Soviet Union. But, he warned, the Soviet missiles were more accurate than America's.
 
 Mr. Weinberger also tried to alleviate the ancient problem of rivalries among the services. He ordered the branches to find more roles for women. He delegated more planning authority to the chiefs of staff and the service secretaries so he could devote more time to policy.
 
 The only blemish in his 35 years of public service came in 1992, five years after he left the Cabinet. That year, he was indicted on felony charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with the covert sale of arms to Iran and the diversion of some of the proceeds to the Nicaraguan rebels, or contras.
 
 The tangled transactions, which came to be known as the Iran-contra affair, were against the declared policy of the United States. Subsequent investigations depicted President Reagan as determined to win the release of American hostages held in the Middle East and eager to obtain the help of Iranian "moderates" to do so.
 
 Mr. Weinberger told a special committee of Congress in 1987 that he was aghast when he first heard White House aides talk about cultivating Iranian moderates. He testified that he had considered the idea "almost too absurd to comment on," and he said as much in a staff memorandum at the time. He told Congress that he thought, erroneously, that he had killed the proposal.
 
 A special commission headed by John Tower, a former Republican Senator from Texas, criticized Mr. Weinberger for not advising the president more vigorously. Mr. Weinberger rejected the criticism as unfair.
 
 The special Iran-contra prosecutor, Lawrence E. Walsh, obtained an indictment accusing Mr. Weinberger of concealing voluminous notes that would have cast more light on the roles of President Reagan and Vice President George Bush in the scandal. The notes were scrawled in his almost illegible handwriting in some 5-by-7-inch notebooks that he had donated to the Library of Congress after leaving office.
 
 The notebooks, some 1,700 of them, lay undisturbed until prosecutors learned of them. To Mr. Weinberger and his backers, the little books were personal diaries, with jottings about the family dog as well as policy. To prosecutors, they were evidence the former secretary had tried to bury.
 
 Mr. Weinberger furiously denied the charges, declaring that the prosecutor had pressured him to plead guilty to a lesser count in return for giving damaging testimony against Mr. Reagan, testimony Mr. Weinberger said would have been false.
 
 Mr. Weinberger was to have stood trial in 1993. But on Christmas Eve 1992, President Bush ended Mr. Weinberger's legal troubles, pardoning him and several other officials caught up in the scandal.
 
 Early in his tenure as defense secretary, Mr. Weinberger learned that the sprawling military bureaucracy sometimes had a life of its own and that he could not change an entrenched culture overnight. In 1981, David A. Stockman, the Reagan budget director, who ought to have been a Weinberger soulmate, pronounced the Pentagon "a swamp" of waste and inefficiency.
 
 "Maybe he was talking about the Pentagon of a few years ago," Mr. Weinberger bristled. "The Pentagon is not a swamp. It is very dry land."
 
 But two years later, Mr. Weinberger acknowledged that some fiscal absurdities had sprung up under his watch as well as under previous, Democratic ones. A common metal bolt that cost 80 cents in 1980 had somehow become worth $17.59 in 1982, for instance.
 
 Though he oversaw the spending of astronomical sums as Pentagon chief, Mr. Weinberger sometimes unleashed the budget-cutter in his political personality. Shortly after asking for $30 billion more in military spending for the first two years of the Reagan administration, he announced $1.7 billion in spending cuts through elimination of some projects and postponement of others. In 1985, he canceled the development of an antiaircraft gun that had already cost $1.8 billion and was expected to cost $3 billion more. It just did not work very well, and there was no use throwing good money after bad, the secretary explained.
 
 Mr. Weinberger was soft-spoken, almost courtly in personal encounters. He showed a soft side in 1983, when he vetoed a plan for dogs to be shot so military doctors could practice treating wounds. (He owned a collie at the time.)
 
 By mid-1985, there were signs that his influence was waning. Some Congressional leaders had wearied of his demands for more and more money, and he was conspicuously omitted from President Reagan's entourage to the Geneva summit meeting with Mr. Gorbachev.
 
 Mr. Weinberger resigned on Nov. 5, 1987. His wife had undergone treatment for cancer, and he said he wanted to spend more time with her at home. "That's the long and the short and the tall of it," he said.
 
 Not everyone believed him entirely. By many accounts, Mr. Weinberger differed often with Secretary of State George P. Shultz, whom he considered too eager to negotiate with the Kremlin. And some of Mr. Weinberger's critics thought it was no coincidence that his resignation came just weeks after the stock market plunged, heralding a time of retrenching and the end of the Pentagon joy ride.
 
 Caspar Willard Weinberger was born in San Francisco on Aug. 18, 1917. His father, Herman, was of Bohemian descent and worked his way through college to become a lawyer. His mother, Cerise, was from an English background.
 
 Mr. Weinberger graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, in 1938. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1941 and enlisted in the Army the same year. Decades later, when men with stars on their shoulders had to defer to him, he ruefully recalled that one of his first jobs in the Army was at a camp in California, digging ditches for sewers.
 
 Mr. Weinberger went to officers' candidate school at Fort Benning, Ga., was sent to the Pacific after being commissioned, served more than three years with the 41st Infantry Division and landed on the intelligence staff of Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
 
 He was a clerk for a federal judge from 1945 to 1947, then started a private practice in the San Francisco area. He broke into politics in 1952, winning a seat in the California Assembly. He was re-elected without opposition in 1954 and 1956. A 1955 poll of newspaper reporters who covered the Legislature selected him as the most able California lawmaker.
 
 Mr. Weinberger was defeated in a run for attorney general of California in 1958. From 1959 to 1968, he wrote a semiweekly newspaper column on state government and was moderator of a public-affairs television program. He was vice chairman of the Republican State Central Committee of California from 1960 to 1962 and chairman from 1962 to 1964.
 
 Mr. Weinberger served as chairman of a commission on reorganizing the California state government from 1966 to 1968 and was appointed state director of finance by Gov. Ronald Reagan early in 1968. The two had a warm relationship, even though in 1966 Mr. Weinberger had opposed Mr. Reagan in favor of a fellow San Franciscan in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Mr. Weinberger was also considered a turncoat by some conservative Republicans because he gave only token support to Barry Goldwater's Presidential campaign in 1964.
 
 As California's finance director, Mr. Weinberger ran an office that had long been considered weak in the state government. By most accounts, he revitalized it.
 
 Around that time, he was asked to sum up his political philosophy. He replied with a Republican bromide: "Liberal on human affairs and conservative on fiscal ones."
 
 His service under Governor Reagan, and their friendship, burnished Mr. Weinberger's credentials in conservative eyes, enough so that President Nixon asked him to be chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. Taking office in January 1970, Mr. Weinberger promised to be an ally to consumers.
 
 To the annoyance of some conservatives in the administration, Mr. Weinberger took on as an aide one William Howard Taft 4th. Mr. Taft had the right name and the right Republican pedigree, but some businessmen thought he had a blemish on his resume: he had been an investigator for Ralph Nader. (Mr. Taft later served as a deputy defense secretary under Mr. Weinberger.)
 
 In the summer of 1970, President Nixon named Mr. Weinberger deputy director of the new Office of Management and Budget. When the director, George P. Shultz, became treasury secretary in May 1972, Mr. Weinberger took Mr. Shultz's old job.
 
 In November 1972, President Nixon needed a new secretary of health, education and welfare (to replace Elliot L. Richardson, who had moved to Secretary of Defense). Mr. Weinberger was a natural for the H.E.W. post, in view of Mr. Nixon's stated opinion that the health agency had become "bloated."
 
 Democrats wondered, in the words of Senator Harold E. Hughes of Iowa, if Mr. Weinberger could "make the transition from budget hatchetman to advocate of people programs." Ten Democratic senators thought he could not, and voted against him in February 1973. He was confirmed, 61-10.
 
 As his critics had predicted, Mr. Weinberger did try to kill or rein in dozens of H.E.W. programs, including some for hospital construction and school aid. But his stewardship was not marked by the wholesale federal retreat on health issues that some liberals had feared.
 
 One reason was that Mr. Weinberger embraced some causes that liberals (and not a few conservatives) liked. He tried to get Congress to pass legislation limiting the tar and nicotine content of cigarettes. He envisioned national health insurance. He prodded his own department to protect the civil rights of mentally retarded people who were considered for sterilization. And at his insistence, a better American diet became official departmental policy.
 
 Another reason he could not live up to his sobriquet of Cap the Knife as H.E.W. secretary was that much of the department's spending was simply beyond his control. The enormous sums paid out for Social Security, Medicare and welfare programs were fixed by law, and often included automatic cost-of-living increases.
 
 So in the end, Mr. Weinberger presided over an expansion at the H.E.W., an irony that prompted him to warn upon his departure of the perils of Big Government.
 
 After resigning from the Ford Administration in 1975, Mr. Weinberger became a special counsel to the Bechtel engineering companies. President-elect Reagan turned to him in 1980 for advice on economic issues, opening the door for his career-culminating tenure at the Pentagon.
 
 Mr. Weinberger enjoyed the theater, opera and ballet and for a time reviewed books for California newspapers.
 
 Mr. Weinberger is survived by a daughter, Arlin Weinberger; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, in addition to his wife and son. Caspar Weinberger was second only to Robert S. McNamara in longevity as defense secretary. Characteristically, he fired some parting shots in his farewell ceremony on Nov. 17, 1987, complaining that previous presidents and lawmakers had allowed the American military to become weak and flabby.
 
 "We began by doubting the war in Vietnam," he lamented, "and we ended by doubting ourselves."
 
 Not even his bitterest foes doubted his patriotism or his intellectual power. But many critics thought he had encouraged Pentagon spending that was wasteful by any standards and for any circumstances.
 
 In the summer of 1993, a three-year study by the General Accounting Office, an investigative arm of Congress, concluded that under Mr. Weinberger the Pentagon had understated the cost of some weapons by billions of dollars, overstated their effectiveness and exaggerated the threat of the Soviet Union.
 
 Deriding the study as revisionist history written by bean-counters, Mr. Weinberger said its authors showed no understanding of how the world really was in the cold war era.
 
 "Yes, we used a worst-case analysis," he said. "You should always use a worst-case analysis in this business. You can't afford to be wrong. In the end, we won the cold war, and if we won by too much, if it was overkill, so be it."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on March 30, 2006, 09:10:00 am
Eugene Landy, psychologist to Beach Boys' Brian Wilson
 
 Honolulu -- Eugene Landy, the psychologist who was denounced as a Svengali for his controversial relationship with Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson, has died. He was 71.
 
 Landy died March 22 in Honolulu of respiratory complications of lung cancer, said William Flaxman, a longtime colleague.
 
 He earned notoriety in the late 1970s after he began treating Wilson, whose career had disintegrated in a haze of drugs and phobias after a decade at the top of the musical charts.
 
 Hired in 1975 by Wilson's wife, Landy took control of the rock star's life, monitoring him 24 hours a day with a team of assistants to keep him off drugs and junk food; Wilson's weight had ballooned to more than 300 pounds.
 
 Landy grew so close to Wilson that he participated in Wilson's comeback as his manager and artistic collaborator -- an ethical breach that eventually caused the psychologist to give up his license to practice in California.
 
 Born in Pittsburgh, Landy was the only child of Jules, a physician, and Frieda, a psychology professor. He claimed to have dropped out of school after the sixth grade because of severe dyslexia and worked odd jobs, eventually winding up in radio as producer of a program aimed at teenagers. He later became a record promoter.
 
 By the time he met Wilson, he had a Beverly Hills clinic and a celebrity clientele.
 
 
 A pioneer of what he called "24-hour therapy," Landy was known for a show-business clientele that at one time included rocker Alice Cooper and actors Richard Harris and Rod Steiger.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on April 05, 2006, 10:26:00 am
Gene Pitney (http://uk.news.launch.yahoo.com/dyna/article.html?a=/05042006/325/u-s-singer-gene-pitney-dies-cardiff.html&e=l_news_dm)
 
   <img src="http://www.engrish.com/image/engrish/crack-power.jpg" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on April 05, 2006, 03:29:00 pm
Wonderstuff drummer
 
 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4877120.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4877120.stm)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Dr. Anton Phibes on April 05, 2006, 03:37:00 pm
Another Beat Farmer...........has bitten the dust............
 
 
 http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/obituaries/20060403-9999-1m3blue.html (http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/obituaries/20060403-9999-1m3blue.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on April 05, 2006, 03:42:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Jonas Grumby:
  Another Beat Farmer...........has bitten the dust. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/obituaries/20060403-9999-1m3blue.html (http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/obituaries/20060403-9999-1m3blue.html)
He wrote the gem Gun Sale at the Church.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on April 08, 2006, 02:06:00 pm
Maggie DIxon, Army's Women's Basketball Coach Passed Away on Friday (http://sports.myway.com/news/04072006/v6835.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: definitivedoodle on April 11, 2006, 09:41:00 am
D-12 Rapper Proof Shot And Killed
 
 
 D-12 member Proof was shot and killed in Detroit this morning (April 11) at an after hours club on Eight Mile Road.
 
 Proof, born Deshaun Hotlon, was murdered at the Triple C club around 4:30 am and another man was seriously wounded, both with gunshots to the head.
 
 The identity of the second man was released and despite initial reports, a police source told AllHipHop.com that the second man, an unnamed 35-year-old, remained in hospitalized in critical condition.
 
 The second man shot may have been fellow D-12 group member Bizarre, but police have not released the victims identity as of press time.
 
 One witness was being questioned by the police, who are still seeking suspects.
 
 The rapper was signed to superstar rapper Eminem's Shady Records as a member of the platinum selling group, D-12.
 
 The group, which features members Eminem, Kon Artis, Proof, Swift , Bizarre and Kuniva, released their debut album Devil's Night in 2001. The group followed with D12 World in 2004, which produced the hit single "My Band."
 
 Proof followed with a solo album titled Searching for Jerry Garcia in 2005, released on his own label, Iron Fist Recordings.
 
 Proof was an influential figure on the Detroit rap scene, hosting legendary battles at the Hip Hop Shop.
 
 In the movie 8 Mile, Mekhi Phifer was chosen to embody Proof as the character "Lil Tic."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on April 12, 2006, 05:43:00 pm
June Pointer, youngest of the four Pointer Sisters (http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=entertainmentNews&storyid=2006-04-12T203333Z_01_N12345155_RTRUKOC_0_US-POINTER.xml)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on May 11, 2006, 11:31:00 pm
Former Boxing Champ Floyd Patterson, RIP (http://sports.myway.com/news/05112006/v6903.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on May 18, 2006, 09:18:00 am
Ramrod (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/05/18/MNGGDITL9I1.DTL)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Dr. Anton Phibes on May 25, 2006, 10:12:00 am
This guy helped turn me on to some really cool music!!
 
 
 http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/05/25/obit.copeland.ap/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/05/25/obit.copeland.ap/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on May 26, 2006, 06:40:00 am
this guy put me in business
 
 there might not be a 930 Club without him
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: kosmo vinyl on May 26, 2006, 07:29:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Dr. Jonas Sulk:
  This guy helped turn me on to some really cool music!!
 
 http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/05/25/obit.copeland.ap/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/05/25/obit.copeland.ap/index.html)
Thats really sad news... IRS records brought some great music to the attention of the world.  May have to rethink tonights DJ set and turn it into a tribute...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on May 26, 2006, 08:51:00 am
He was the brother of the IRS founder, not the IRS guy himself.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by kosmo vinyl:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Dr. Jonas Sulk:
  This guy helped turn me on to some really cool music!!
 
  http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/05/25/obit.copeland.ap/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/05/25/obit.copeland.ap/index.html)  
Thats really sad news... IRS records brought some great music to the attention of the world.  May have to rethink tonights DJ set and turn it into a tribute... [/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: kosmo vinyl on May 26, 2006, 08:54:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Chaz Nakatestes, Breaststroking Guy:
  He was the brother of the IRS founder, not the IRS guy himself.
 
   
Quote
Originally posted by kosmo vinyl:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Dr. Jonas Sulk:
  This guy helped turn me on to some really cool music!!
 
   http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/05/25/obit.copeland.ap/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/05/25/obit.copeland.ap/index.html)  
Thats really sad news... IRS records brought some great music to the attention of the world.  May have to rethink tonights DJ set and turn it into a tribute... [/b]
[/b]
gee thanks for pointing out my error
   :roll:
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Dr. Anton Phibes on May 26, 2006, 09:38:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Seth Hurwitz:
  this guy put me in business
 
 there might not be a 930 Club without him
I kinda of figured that was the case....FBI & IRS were 2 companies that helped build my musical foundation......now,if I could find my old IRS records t-shirt & sweatshirt with the logo on front and entire artist roster printed on the back.....
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on May 26, 2006, 09:43:00 am
R.I.P. - The King of Ska
 
 
 Reggae star Desmond Dekker dies (http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/05/26/dekker.death.ap/index.html)
 
 Friday, May 26, 2006; Posted: 7:18 a.m. EDT (11:18 GMT)
 
 LONDON, England (AP) -- Desmond Dekker, who brought the sound of Jamaican ska music to the world with hits such as "Israelites," has died, his manager said Friday. He was 64.
 
 Dekker, who lived in England, collapsed from an apparent heart attack at his home on Thursday, manager Delroy Williams said.
 
 "It is such a shock, I don't think I will ever get over this," Williams said.
 
 Dekker's 1969 song "Israelites," a Top 10 single in both Britain and the United States, was the first international hit produced by Jamaica's vibrant music scene. With its haunting vocals and irresistible rhythm, it introduced the world to ska, a precursor to reggae.
 
 "Desmond was the first legend, believe it or not," Williams said. "When he released 'Israelites' nobody had heard of Bob Marley -- he paved the way for all of them."
 
 Born Desmond Dacres in 1941, Dekker worked as a welder in Kingston before signing with Leslie Kong's Beverley's record label and releasing his first single, "Honor Your Father and Your Mother," in 1963. It was followed by Jamaican hits including "King of Ska."
 
 Some of his most popular songs celebrated the culture of violent street toughs, or "rude boys" -- "Rude Boy Train," "Rudie Got Soul" and "007 (Shanty Town)," which featured on the soundtrack of the seminal Jamaican film "The Harder They Come."
 
 He also had a hit with "You Can Get It If You Really Want," written by his label-mate Jimmy Cliff.
 
 The songs made Dekker a hero of British youth, and he moved to the country in the 1970s.
 
 Dekker's career suffered after the 1971 death of his mentor Kong, and he was declared bankrupt in 1984. But he retained a strong British following until his death and performed regularly. Dekker had been due to play across Europe over the summer, including dates in Ireland, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
 
 Dekker, who was divorced, is survived by a son and a daughter. Funeral details were not immediately available.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: kosmo vinyl on May 26, 2006, 09:46:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Dr. Jonas Sulk:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Seth Hurwitz:
  this guy put me in business
 
 there might not be a 930 Club without him
I kinda of figured that was the case....FBI & IRS were 2 companies that helped build my musical foundation......now,if I could find my old IRS records t-shirt & sweatshirt with the logo on front and entire artist roster printed on the back..... [/b]
i have one of those as well  :D
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on May 28, 2006, 08:57:00 pm
The Principal From The Breakfast, Dead at 67 (http://www.comcast.net/entertainment/index.jsp?cat=ENTERTAINMENT&fn=/2006/05/28/402056.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on May 29, 2006, 12:13:00 am
i think the HFStival died today.
 
  RIP.  ;)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on June 06, 2006, 01:55:00 pm
Billy Preston (http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/06/obit.preston.ap/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Guiny on June 08, 2006, 09:42:00 am
AIRSTRIKE KILLS AL-ZARQAWI.
 
 I'm sure most of you are saddened by this.   :(
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Post by: on June 08, 2006, 04:15:00 pm
And OJ is gonna dedicate his life to hunting for the REAL killers.
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Post by: on June 21, 2006, 11:36:00 am
Duane Roland (http://www.antimusic.com/news/06/june/2107.shtml), one of the founding members of Molly Hatchet has died. He was 53...
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Post by: RonniStar on June 24, 2006, 03:20:00 pm
Aaron Spelling, RIP (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20060624/D8IEH1S80.html)
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Post by: on June 25, 2006, 01:51:00 pm
Claydes Charles Smith (http://uk.news.launch.yahoo.com/dyna/article.html?a=/24062006/323/kool-gang-co-founder-dies.html&e=l_news_dm) the lead guitarist and co-founder of US rhythm and blues group Kool and the Gang
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Post by: Dr. Anton Phibes on June 26, 2006, 03:02:00 pm
Arif Mardin
 
 http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/26/obit.arif.mardin.ap/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/26/obit.arif.mardin.ap/index.html)
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Post by: jitterthug on June 27, 2006, 02:07:00 pm
Moose (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1189150/), the Jack Russell terrier who played Eddie for over a decade on the Emmy-winning TV series Frasier, has died. He was 16-and-a-half (115 in dog years). Moose died on Thursday night of old age at his home near Los Angeles, according to his trainer Mathilde Halberg.
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Post by: on June 27, 2006, 02:40:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Mingler Nipsey:
  Moose (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1189150/), the Jack Russell terrier who played Eddie for over a decade on the Emmy-winning TV series Frasier, has died. He was 16-and-a-half (115 in dog years). Moose died on Thursday night of old age at his home near Los Angeles, according to his trainer Mathilde Halberg.
Moose could have made a Chinese man very full.  He'll be missed.
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Post by: RonniStar on July 01, 2006, 01:20:00 pm
Malcolm Durham, drag racing‚??s first black superstar (http://www.nhra.com/apcm/templates/news_template.asp?articleid=13617&zoneid=8) died from lung cancer at 66.
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Post by: Random Citizen on July 05, 2006, 10:18:00 am
Hmm, how convenient...
 
 Enron's Ken Lay Dies Of Massive Heart Attack (http://www.nbc4i.com/money/9469557/detail.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on July 05, 2006, 03:17:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Random Citizen PDX:
  Hmm, how convenient...
 
 Enron's Ken Lay Dies Of Massive Heart Attack (http://www.nbc4i.com/money/9469557/detail.html)
He was probably waytoo stressed out from that long prison sentence he received.
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Post by: jm1 on July 11, 2006, 09:51:00 am
Syd Barrett dies
 Pink Floyd legend passes away aged 60
 Pink Floyd legend Syd Barrett has died at his Cambridgeshire home, according to online reports.
 
 The singer, 60, who suffered from an LSD-induced breakdown while at the peak of his career in the Sixties, died last Friday (July 7) from complications related to diabetes.
 
 His brother Alan confirmed his death today (July 11), telling The Guardian: "He died peacefully at home. There will be a private family funeral in the next few days."
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Post by: RonniStar on July 11, 2006, 11:36:00 am
Veteran Actress June Allyson, Dead at 88 (http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060711/D8IPPLO02.html)
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Post by: SPARX on July 11, 2006, 02:01:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by jm1:
  Syd Barrett dies
 Pink Floyd legend passes away aged 60
 Pink Floyd legend Syd Barrett has died at his Cambridgeshire home, according to online reports.
 
 The singer, 60, who suffered from an LSD-induced breakdown while at the peak of his career in the Sixties, died last Friday (July 7) from complications related to diabetes.
 
 His brother Alan confirmed his death today (July 11), telling The Guardian: "He died peacefully at home. There will be a private family funeral in the next few days."
Here's an article. RIP Syd:
 http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2265034,00.html (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2265034,00.html)
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Post by: RonniStar on July 13, 2006, 12:16:00 pm
Kasey Rogers, actress from Bewitched, dead at 80 (http://entertainment.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=227415&GT1=7703)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Fico on July 13, 2006, 12:19:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Random Citizen PDX:
  Hmm, how convenient...
 
 Enron's Ken Lay Dies Of Massive Heart Attack (http://www.nbc4i.com/money/9469557/detail.html)
Wait a second, Ken Lay had a heart??
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Post by: jm1 on July 13, 2006, 04:15:00 pm
Comedian Red Buttons dead at 87
 Won Oscar for 'Sayonara,' known for participation in roasts
 
 LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Red Buttons, the carrot-topped burlesque comedian who became a top star in early television and then in a dramatic role won the 1957 Oscar as supporting actor in "Sayonara," died Thursday. He was 87.
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Post by: RonniStar on July 16, 2006, 09:11:00 pm
This Just In!  The Chairman of Hooters of America, Inc. was found dead yeaterday! (http://www.comcast.net/news/index.jsp?cat=GENERAL&fn=/2006/07/16/435488.html&cvqh=itn_hooters)
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Post by: kosmo vinyl on August 04, 2006, 12:42:00 am
Arthur Lee of Love - 8/3/06 as announced by his management tonight.  First Syd and now Arthur...
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Post by: Jaguar on August 11, 2006, 01:55:00 pm
Mike Douglas (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060811/ap_en_tv/obit_douglas)
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Post by: RonniStar on August 11, 2006, 04:06:00 pm
James Van Allen, RIP (http://www.space.com/news/ap_060809_vanallen_obit.html)
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Post by: RonniStar on August 14, 2006, 11:13:00 pm
An Ebay Executive was killed in bike accident (http://www.theksbwchannel.com/news/9674159/detail.html?subid=22101162&qs=1;bp=t)
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Post by: Dr. Anton Phibes on August 16, 2006, 02:48:00 pm
One of the best character actors working today.
 His "Sinatra lovin'" limo driver in Spinal Tap will always be a classic! Later,Bruno Kirby...
 
 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060816/ap_on_en_mo/obit_kirby (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060816/ap_on_en_mo/obit_kirby)
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Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on August 16, 2006, 03:32:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Dr. Jonas Sulk:
 His "Sinatra lovin'" limo driver in Spinal Tap will always be a classic!
that was a GREAT scene
 
 ------------------
 
 DRIVER: Excuse me...are you reading ‚??Yes I Can‚?Ě?
 
 GROUPIE: Yeah, have you read it?
 
 DRIVER: Yeah, by Sammy Davis Jr.?
 
 GROUPIE: Yeah.
 
 DRIVER : You know what the title of that book should be? ‚??Yes I Can if Frank Sinatra Says it‚??s Okay‚?Ě. ‚??Cause Frank calls the shots for all of those guys. Did you get to the part yet where uh...Sammy is coming out of the Copa...it‚??s about 3 o‚??clock in the morning and uh...he sees Frank? Frank‚??s walking down Broadway by himself....
 
 (Limo window raised by Nigel)
 
 DRIVER: Fuckin‚?? limeys.
 
 MARTY: Well you know, ah...they‚??re not uh,...used to that world.
 
 DRIVER: Yeah yeah.
 
 MARTY: You know Frank Sinatra it‚??s a different world that they‚??re in.
 
 DRIVER: You know, it‚??s just that people like this...you know... they get all they want so they don‚??t really understand, you know...about a life like Frank‚??s. I mean, you know when you‚??ve loved and lost the way Frank has, then you uh ...you know what life‚??s about.
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Post by: Deathprod on August 20, 2006, 03:04:00 pm
It is with extreme sadness that we report the passing away of Joseph Hill, the lead singer of the veteran reggae group Culture.
 Joseph suddenly took ill and passed away in Berlin, Germany, on the morning of August 19, 2006 while the group were in the middle of a European tour.
 
 Joseph Hill (born January 22, 1949) enjoyed a lengthy career in reggae music and will be greatly missed by both fans and peers. The group plans to finish its current European tour and honor all other commitments with Joseph's son Kenyatta standing in on lead vocals as a tribute to his father.
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Post by: ggw on August 24, 2006, 02:54:00 pm
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aBHxMNyrmgFs (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aBHxMNyrmgFs)
 
 Bruce Gary, Drummer for The Knack, Is Dead at 55
 
 By Zachary R. Mider
 
 Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Drummer Bruce Gary, who set the distinctive beat of the Knack's 1979 hit ``My Sharona,'' one of the best-selling singles of the decade, died Aug. 22. He was 55.
 
 Gary's death was announced on the band's Web site today. He died from complications of lymphoma in Tarzana, California, the Associated Press said, citing his mother.
 
 ``My Sharona,'' on the band's first album, ``Get The Knack,'' was the top-selling pop single in the U.S. for six weeks in 1979, and the album went platinum -- a recording industry certification denoting sale of a million copies -- in seven weeks, according to the Knack's Web site. Six million copies of the album ultimately sold worldwide, according to lead singer Doug Fieger's Web site.
 
 Gary went on to collaborate with musicians from George Harrison to Bob Dylan. He also produced a popular CD of drum samples, ``Bruce Gary's Drum Vocabulary,'' that can be added to songs in professional and home recordings, AP said.
 
 In 1994, ``My Sharona'' returned to the pop charts as part of the soundtrack to the film ``Reality Bites,'' the band said.
 
 Gary's death came three weeks after Fieger, the lead singer, underwent surgery in Los Angeles for brain tumors, the band's Web site said.
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Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on August 24, 2006, 03:21:00 pm
I always thought "Good Girls Don't" was their best song...
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Post by: RonniStar on August 31, 2006, 02:09:00 pm
Actor Glenn Ford, Dead at 90 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060831/ap_on_en_tv/obit_ford)
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Post by: Random Citizen on September 04, 2006, 12:54:00 am
Crocodile Hunter killed by stingray (http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,20349890-5005961,00.html)
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Post by: SPARX on September 04, 2006, 01:03:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Random Citizen PDX:
  Crocodile Hunter killed by stingray (http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,20349890-5005961,00.html)
Crikey!!!
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Post by: chaz on September 04, 2006, 09:20:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Random Citizen PDX:
  Crocodile Hunter killed by stingray (http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,20349890-5005961,00.html)
Only a matter of time until the video surfaces online.
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Post by: on September 06, 2006, 09:49:00 am
Contrary to poasted news stories, Irwin did not pull the stingray barb out of his chest. As a point of fact, he pushed it in deeper.
 
 BTW, his wife Terri wasn't immediately informed of his death, as she was on a hike in the Tasmanian mountains. What a lucky bugger Steve was...how come my wife doesn't go away for long hikes in the mountains?!? I'm all for that. Count me in.
 
 http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20361926-2702,00.html (http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20361926-2702,00.html)
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Post by: RonniStar on September 11, 2006, 03:56:00 pm
This Just In!  Anna Nicole Smith's Son is dead! (http://uk.news.yahoo.com/11092006/325/anna-nicole-smith-s-adult-son-dies-bahamas.html)
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Post by: chaz on September 11, 2006, 04:30:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by RonniStar:
  This Just In!  Anna Nicole Smith's Son is dead! (http://uk.news.yahoo.com/11092006/325/anna-nicole-smith-s-adult-son-dies-bahamas.html)
Poor kid probably died of embarrassment.
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Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on September 11, 2006, 04:40:00 pm
Who knew Howard Stern was her attorney...
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Post by: RonniStar on September 26, 2006, 06:11:00 pm
Golf Great Bryon Nelson dead at 94 (http://sports.myway.com/news/09262006/v5084.html)
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Post by: on October 15, 2006, 10:37:00 am
For a couple of decades now, fans of classic Black Exploitation flicks have wondered what became of statuesque, stylishly attired ass-kicker Tamara Dobson of Cleopatra Jones fame. After the 1980's, It seemed the 6'2'' beauty had completely vanished from the face of the earth...Hollywood film revival organizers and authors of "Where are they now? " columns couldn't get a line on her, which led to speculation that perhaps she had married well and was living a reclusive life in a European villa or something equally romantic...Having been a successful model prior to her signature film series, Tamara seemed far too classy a lady to wind up on the skids like so many other obscure screen personalities. Well, the mystery has finally been solved...poor Tamara was quietly residing in Maryland, horribly ill with Multiple Sclerosis . She died this month at age 59 from pneumonia. For anyone who ever witnessed this amazing gal in action, particularly in scenes like her furious hand to hand battle with a dyked-out evil gang boss played by Shelley Winters, this news will probably elicit one of those reflective sighs that accompany the loss of anyone the world can't possibly replace.  
 
   <img src="http://www.briansdriveintheater.com/blacksploitation/tamaradobson/tamaradobson9.jpg" alt=" - " />
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Post by: RonniStar on October 15, 2006, 11:32:00 am
The Bebop Kid, Freddy Fender Dead at 69! (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20061015/D8KP1N000.html)
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Post by: Venerable Bede on October 22, 2006, 11:38:00 pm
Actor de la Rosa, Pedro's tiny good luck charm, dies
 Associated Press
 
 SANTO DOMINGO -- Nelson de la Rosa, the world's shortest actor and a ubiquitous good-luck charm for the Boston Red Sox during their victorious 2004 World Series run, died at a New York hospital on Sunday, his agent said.
 
 De la Rosa, who was about 2-foot-4, died of unknown causes, producer Andres Duran told The Associated Press. He was 38.
 
 He fell ill shortly after arriving in Miami on Friday from Chile, where the Dominican national had been working in a circus. On Saturday he flew to New York, where two of his brothers live, Duran said.
 
 Born and raised in a small village near San Miguel, in Santo Domingo province, the charismatic de la Rosa became internationally known when he appeared alongside Marlon Brando in the 1996 film "The Island of Dr. Moreau."
 
 The Internet Movie Database called him the world's shortest actor, and he was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the shortest known adult in 1989.
 
 After the baseball fan was introduced to then-Boston ace Pedro Martinez by a mutual friend, the two Dominicans became friends. De la Rosa became a regular presence in the team's clubhouse in the playoffs of the 2004 season, in which the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years.
 
 De la Rosa's body will be sent back to the Dominican Republic after an autopsy and then could be put on display in a museum, his agent said.
 
 De la Rosa is survived by his wife, a 9-year-old son, his mother and five siblings.
 
 Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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Post by: Bombay Chutney on October 23, 2006, 09:28:00 am
'Father Knows Best' star Jane Wyatt dies (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061023/ap_on_en_tv/obit_wyatt_33)
 
 LOS ANGELES - To the millions watching the 1950s TV show "Father Knows Best," actress Jane Wyatt was the wholesome stay-at-home mom who, the series' title notwithstanding, could be counted on every week to solve crises on the homefront.
 
 
 "Each script always solved a little problem that was universal," she told The Associated Press in 1989. "It appealed to everyone. I think the world is hankering for a family. People may want to be free, but they still want a nuclear family."
 
 Wyatt, who won three Emmy Awards, died Friday in her sleep of natural causes at her Bel-Air home, according to publicist Meg McDonald. She was 96.
 
 (more at the link)
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Post by: Jaguar on October 23, 2006, 04:37:00 pm
(I copied this from a friend's MySpace bulletin but she never posted her source so don't know what it's from. Google it if you must.)
 
 RUNAWAYS Drummer SANDY WEST Succumbs To Lung Cancer - Oct. 22, 2006
 
 Sandy West, drummer for the influential '70s band THE RUNAWAYS, died Saturday, October 21, 2006 after a long battle with lung cancer.
 
 She left an indelible mark on rock music as a founding member of THE RUNAWAYS, which featured fellow rockers Joan Jett, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie, and as a leading inspiration for a number of notable musicians, both male and female. Many young musicians can trace their inspiration directly to the first time they heard "Cherry Bomb".
 
 THE RUNAWAYS toured the world several times, often headlining with opening acts like TOM PETTY and CHEAP TRICK. Their discography includes over 60 albums, singles, bootlegs and compilations. Their music has been included in dozens of rock and punk collections, has appeared in several feature films, including "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway" and "Detroit Rock City", and and has been covered by numerous bands, from THE STREET WALKIN' CHEETAHS to GUNS N' ROSES. They were nominated for the Hollywood Rock Walk, and bootlegs of RUNAWAYS performances are still highly prized amongst rock and roll collectors around the world.
 
 After the band broke up, Ms. West continued to perform as a drummer, guitarist and vocalist with THE SANDY WEST BAND. As a solo artist she recorded a highly collectible EP CD and numerous videos, and continued to enjoy the adoration of a dedicated cult following.
 
 She will be remembered by more than one generation of fans as a strong part of their musical landscape, but her impact was felt far outside of the music industry as a loyal friend, loving confidante and strong defender of those she loved most. Her strength as a player, passion as a person, and dedication as a friend will be remembered always by friends, fans and fellow musicians alike.
 
 Commented Joan Jett: "I started THE RUNAWAYS with Sandy West. We shared the dream of girls playing rock and roll. Sandy was an exuberant and powerful drummer. So underrated, she was the caliber of John Bonham. I am overcome from the loss of my friend. I always told her we changed the world."
 
 RUNAWAYS vocalist and life-long friend Cherie Currie had this to say: "Sandy West was by far the greatest female drummer in the history of rock and roll. No one could compete or even come close to her, but the most important was her heart. Sandy West loved her fans, her friends and family almost to a fault. She would do absolutely anything for the people she loved. It will never be the same for me again to step on a stage, because Sandy West was the best and I will miss her forever."
 
 Funeral services for Sandy West are pending.
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Post by: RonniStar on October 29, 2006, 10:31:00 am
Hall Of Fame Coach Red Auerback, RIP (http://sports.myway.com/news/10292006/v5675.html)
 
 WASHINGTON (AP): His genius was building a basketball dynasty in Boston, his gift was straight talk, his signature was the pungent cigar he lit up and savored after every victory.
 
 Red Auerbach, the Hall of Famer who guided the Celtics to 16 championships - first as a coach and later as general manager - died Saturday. He was 89.
 
 Auerbach died of a heart attack near his home in Washington, according to an NBA official, who didn't want to be identified. His last public appearance was on Wednesday, when he received the Navy's Lone Sailor Award during a ceremony in the nation's capital.
 
 Auerbach's death was announced by the Celtics, who still employed him as team president. Next season will be dedicated to him, they said.
 
 "He was relentless and produced the greatest basketball dynasty so far that this country has ever seen and certainly that the NBA has ever seen," said Bob Cousy, the point guard for many of Auerbach's championship teams, who referred to his coach by his given name. "This is a personal loss for me. Arnold and I have been together since 1950. I was fortunate that I was able to attend a function with him Wednesday night. ... I am so glad now that I took the time to be there and spend a few more moments with him."
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Post by: bearman🐻 on October 29, 2006, 06:43:00 pm
Wow...that is truly sad about Sandy West. I always thought she was underrrated.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on October 30, 2006, 11:18:00 pm
The Last Man To Fought Ali is Dead! (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,226077,00.html)
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Post by: ggw on November 02, 2006, 12:10:00 am
November 2, 2006
 William Styron, Novelist, Dies at 81 (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/02/books/02styron.html?hp&ex=1162443600&en=f79ebb37c1d8486a&ei=5094&partner=homepage)
 By CHRISTOPHER LEHMANN-HAUPT
 
 William Styron, the novelist from the American South whose explorations of difficult historical and moral questions earned him a place among the leading literary figures of the post-World War II generation, died yesterday on Martha‚??s Vineyard, Mass., where he had a home. He was 81.
 
 The cause was pneumonia, coming after many years of illness, his daughter Alexandra Styron said.
 
 Mr. Styron‚??s early work, including ‚??Lie Down in Darkness,‚?Ě won him wide recognition as a distinctive voice of the South and an heir to William Faulkner. In subsequent fiction, like ‚??The Confessions of Nat Turner‚?Ě and ‚??Sophie‚??s Choice,‚?Ě he transcended his own immediate world and moved across historical and cultural lines.
 
 Critics and readers alike ranked him among the best of the generation that succeeded Hemingway and Faulkner. His peers included James Jones, Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer.
 
 ‚??I think for years to come his work will be seen for its unique power,‚?Ě Mr. Mailer said of Mr. Styron in a telephone interview a few years ago. ‚??No other American writer of my generation has had so omnipresent and exquisite a sense of the elegiac.‚?Ě
 
 For Mr. Styron, success came early. He was 26 when ‚??Lie Down in Darkness,‚?Ě his first novel, was published in 1951. It was a brooding, lyrical meditation on a young Southern girl‚??s suicide, as viewed during her funeral by members of her family and their friends. In the narrative, language plays as important a role as characterization, and the debt to Faulkner in general and ‚??The Sound and the Fury‚?Ě in particular was obvious. A majority of reviewers praised the novel for its power and melodiousness ‚?? although a few complained of its morbidity and its characters‚?? lack of moral stature ‚?? and the book established Mr. Styron as a writer to be watched.
 
 Although elated by the response, Mr. Styron balked at being pigeonholed as an heir to Faulkner. ‚??I don‚??t consider myself in the Southern school, whatever that is,‚?Ě he told The Paris Review in the spring of 1953, during one of the earliest of that magazine‚??s celebrated Writers at Work interviews. ‚??Only certain things in the book are particularly Southern.‚?Ě The girl, Peyton, for instance, ‚??didn‚??t have to come from Virginia,‚?Ě he said. ‚??She would have wound up jumping from a window no matter where she came from.‚?Ě
 
 Besides, he could have added, he had been reared in Newport News, Va., a city of the New South, whose leading industry was the shipyard where Mr. Styron‚??s father worked. And it was an area that Mr. Styron wanted to escape, with a rich history that he wanted to explore from afar.
 
 To the North and Europe
 
 So after moving North and writing ‚??Lie Down in Darkness‚?Ě in, and just outside, New York City, he traveled to Paris in 1952 and wrote a novella based on his experiences in the Marines. Published in 1953 in the first issue of the journal Discovery under the title ‚??Long March,‚?Ě it appeared as a Vintage paperback in 1955 as ‚??The Long March.‚?Ě
 
 After a year in Italy, in 1954 he moved to Roxbury, Conn., and set about completing his second novel, ‚??Set This House on Fire.‚?Ě A technical advance over ‚??Lie Down in Darkness,‚?Ě this novel was richer in its storytelling and, full of the latest in Continental existentialism, distinctly not Southern.
 
 It sold well. But still it remained a somewhat melodramatic portrait of a group of Americans in Italy, and while it was admired in France, it got largely negative reviews in the United States.
 
 In 1960, Mr. Styron returned home in his imagination by undertaking a project he had contemplated since his youth: a fictional account of an actual violent rebellion led by the slave Nat Turner that occurred in 1831 not too far from where Mr. Styron grew up.
 
 The timing of the book was superb, appearing in 1967 on the crest of the civil rights movement. Mr. Styron prepared for it by immersing himself in the literature of slavery.
 
 The reaction to ‚??The Confessions of Nat Turner‚?Ě was at first enthusiastic. Reviewers were sympathetic to Mr. Styron‚??s right to inhabit his subject‚??s mind, to speak in a version of Nat Turner‚??s voice and to weave a fiction around the few facts known about the uprising. George Steiner, in The New Yorker, called the book ‚??a fiction of complex relationship, of the relationship between a present-day white man of deep Southern roots and the Negro in today‚??s whirlwind.‚?Ě
 
 The book sold well all over the world. It won the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 1970 William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. But as the social turmoil of 1968 mounted, a negative reaction set in. Influential black readers in particular began to question the novel‚??s merits, and Hollywood, reacting to the furor, decided against making a movie version. In August, some of the angrier criticisms were published in ‚??William Styron‚??s Nat Turner: Ten Black Writers Respond,‚?Ě a book edited by the African history scholar John Henrik Clarke.
 
 Mr. Styron was accused of having misunderstood black language, religion and psychology, and of having produced a ‚??whitened appropriation of our history.‚?Ě In the furious debate that followed, several admirers of ‚??Nat Turner‚?Ě recanted, and the question was raised whether white people could even understand black history ‚?? a position that to some seemed racist in itself.
 
 Embittered, Mr. Styron withdrew from the debate and gradually moved on to his next project, ‚??Sophie‚??s Choice,‚?Ě a novel about a fictional Polish Catholic woman, Sophie Zawistowska, who struggles to survive the aftermath of her wartime internment in Auschwitz.
 
 Thorough Research
 
 Once again Mr. Styron read extensively, beginning with Olga Lengyel‚??s memoir of her family‚??s internment in Auschwitz, ‚??Five Chimneys,‚?Ě which had haunted him for decades. Hannah Arendt‚??s ‚??Eichmann in Jerusalem‚?Ě suggested the central plot development. After reading the memoirs of Rudolf H√∂ss, the actual commandant of Auschwitz, Mr. Styron made him a character in the novel.
 
 Working slowly and deliberately, Mr. Styron evolved a complex narrative voice in the novel, more Southern and garrulous than any he had used before. The voice ranged so widely that Mr. Styron was able all at once to answer the critics of ‚??Nat Turner‚?Ě and to document his extensive reading of Holocaust literature while distancing himself ironically from a youthful, somewhat callow version of himself in the book, a central character who somehow mixes up his revelation of Sophie‚??s tragedy with the comic rite of his own sexual initiation.
 
 Once again, Mr. Styron achieved commercial success and won prizes. ‚??Sophie‚??s Choice‚?Ě rose to the top of The New York Times best-seller list, won the 1980 American Book Award for fiction and was made into a successful movie, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, and an opera by the English composer Nicholas Maw. And once again, a Styron project aroused controversy.
 
 The initial reviews were mixed. Some critics seemed to find the complexity of the narrative troubling. But in time, critics focused on two particular objections. One was that the Holocaust so surpassed moral comprehension that it could not be written about at all; the only appropriate response was silence. The other was that even though non-Jews had also been victims of the death camps, for Mr. Styron to write about one of them, a Polish Catholic, was to diminish the true horror of the event, whose primary purpose, these critics pointed out, was the destruction of European Jewry.
 
 Mr. Styron stood his ground. To the criticism that the Holocaust was beyond art, he told an interviewer that however evil the Nazis were, they were neither demons nor extraterrestrials but ordinary men who committed monumental acts of barbarism. To the comment that he was wrong to write about a non-Jew, his response, in an Op-Ed essay in The Times, was that the Holocaust had transcended anti-Semitism, that ‚??its ultimate depravity lay in the fact that it was anti-human,‚?Ě he wrote. ‚??Anti-life.‚?Ě
 
 William Clark Styron Jr. was born on June 11, 1925, in Newport News, the only child of William Clark Styron, a shipyard engineer with roots so deep in the Old South that his mother had owned two slaves as a child, and Pauline Margaret Abraham Styron, whose ancestors were Pennsylvanians.
 
 Mr. Styron‚??s childhood was close to idyllic. Doted on by his family, an early reader fascinated with words, he made friends easily and happily explored the waterfront and environs of Newport News. In 1940, his father sent him off to Christchurch, a small Episcopal preparatory school in West Point, Va., for his last two years before college. He graduated in 1942.
 
 World War II shaped his college career. Enrolling in the Marines‚?? reserve officer training program, he started at Davidson College, a conservative Christian school. But unhappy with the school‚??s strict religious and academic standards, he was transferred to Duke University by the Marines in June 1943.
 
 Active duty followed in October 1944, and after nearly a year of hard training, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in late July 1945 and assigned to participate in the invasion of Japan. A month later, the atomic bomb attacks forced Japan‚??s surrender, and he was discharged in December, relieved yet frustrated by his lack of combat experience.
 
 He returned to Duke in the fall, where he renewed his friendship with Prof. William Blackburn, who had become his writing mentor. Graduating in the spring of 1947, he came away disdaining academic criticism and determined to be a novelist.
 
 He moved to New York City. ‚??I just found intellectual life here more congenial,‚?Ě he told an interviewer years later. After completing ‚??Lie Down in Darkness,‚?Ě he put in a second, three-month stint, in the Marines in the summer of 1951. When the novel won the Prix de Rome, which entailed a year‚??s expenses-paid residence at the American Academy in Rome, to begin in October 1952, he spent the preceding summer in Paris.
 
 This interlude involved him in the founding of The Paris Review; made him lifelong friends among the expatriate literary set there, among them Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton and Irwin Shaw; and gave him the time to write ‚??The Long March.‚?Ě The year in Italy provided him with the material for ‚??Set This House on Fire,‚?Ě and it was in Rome that he became reacquainted with Rose Burgunder, at the American Academy, after having been introduced to her the previous fall in Baltimore, her hometown.
 
 They were married in Rome in May 1953. She survives him. Besides Alexandra Styron of Brooklyn, Mr. Styron is also survived by two other daughters, Susanna Styron of Nyack, N.Y., and Paola Styron of Sherman, Conn.; a son, Thomas, of New Haven; and eight grandchildren.
 
 When the Styrons settled in their Connecticut farmhouse and began a family, his life became the ideal of any aspiring writer: productive yet relaxed, sociable yet protected. On the door frame outside his workroom, he tacked a piece of cardboard with a quotation from Flaubert written on it: ‚??Be regular and orderly in your life, like a good bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work.‚?Ě
 
 An Unusual Regimen
 
 The precept seemed to work for him, but it was an unconventional routine he stuck to: sleep until noon; read and think in bed for another hour or so; lunch with Rose around 1:30; run errands, deal with the mail, listen to music, daydream and generally ease into work until 4. Then up to the workroom to write for four hours, perfecting each paragraph until 200 or 300 words are completed; have cocktails and dinner with the family and friends at 8 or 9; and stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning, drinking and reading and smoking and listening to music.
 
 With Rose to guard the door, run the household, organize their busy social life and look after the children, Mr. Styron followed this routine over the next 30 years. He turned out his novels slowly, yet he found time not only for occasional short stories, novellas, a movie script and a play about his wartime scare with venereal disease, but also for essays, reviews and occasional pieces, the best of which he collected in ‚??This Quiet Dust and Other Writings‚?Ě (1982).
 
 His life seemed to expand outside the door of his workroom as well. In 1966 he bought a house on harborfront property on Martha‚??s Vineyard, where the family regularly vacationed and where he began to live from May through October. His circle of friends grew over the years to include Lillian Hellman, Art Buchwald, Philip Roth, James Jones, James Baldwin, E. L. Doctorow, Candice Bergen, Carly Simon, John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Mike Wallace and even Norman Mailer, with whom he had feuded fiercely early in their acquaintanceship.
 
 He traveled abroad frequently, especially to France, where he continued to be admired.
 
 Yet if the aura of his life was golden, it was also bordered with dark shadows. At only 13, he suffered the trauma of his mother‚??s death, which, perhaps because of the time and place he lived in, he was never allowed to mourn properly. A predisposition to depression was evident in his family‚??s emotional history. For whatever reasons, suicide is a recurrent theme in his fiction. By his own admission, he drank heavily partly to ward off ghosts.
 
 In the summer of 1985, when he turned 60, he suddenly found that alcohol no longer agreed with him. But giving it up brought on mood disorders for which he had to be medicated. These drugs in turn produced destructive side effects, and he was dragged into a deep, prolonged suicidal depression that did not lift until he was hospitalized from December through early February 1986.
 
 He recovered and wrote a harrowing account of his experience, which began as a lecture and became the best-selling book ‚??Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness‚?Ě (1990). Three years later he collected three stories previously published in Esquire magazine in a volume titled ‚??A Tidewater Morning: Three Tales From Youth‚?Ě (1993). Each treats the confrontation of mortality, and the title story deals with the death of his mother.
 
 Depression continued to stalk him, and he was hospitalized several more times. In ‚??Darkness Visible,‚?Ě he concluded, referring to Dante: ‚??For those who have dwelt in depression‚??s dark wood, and known its inexplicable agony, their return from the abyss is not unlike the ascent of the poet, trudging upward and upward out of hell‚??s black depths and at last emerging into what he saw as ‚??the shining world.‚?? There, whoever has been restored to health has almost always been restored to the capacity for serenity and joy, and this may be indemnity enough for having endured the despair beyond despair.‚?Ě
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Post by: Jaguar on November 09, 2006, 02:29:00 pm
Sad as I've always liked this guy.
 
 '60 Minutes' reporter Ed Bradley dies (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061109/ap_on_en_tv/obit_bradley)
 
 By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer
  26 minutes ago
 
 Ed Bradley, the award-winning "60 Minutes" correspondent who grew up in the tough streets of Philadelphia, was wounded while covering the Vietnam War and later became CBS's first black White House correspondent, died Thursday. He was 65.
 
 Bradley died of leukemia at Mount Sinai, CBS News announced.
 
 Bradley joined "60 Minutes" in 1981, 10 years after he started with the network as a stringer in Paris.
 
 Producer Don Hewitt, in his book "Minute by Minute," was quick to appreciate Bradley's work once he joined the "60 Minutes" crew.
 
 "He's so good and so savvy and so lights up the tube every time he's on it that I wonder what took us so long," Hewitt wrote.
 
 Bradley's consummate skills as a broadcast journalist and his distinctive body of work were recognized with numerous awards, including 19 Emmys, the latest for a segment that reported the reopening of the 50-year-old racial murder case of Emmett Till.
 
 He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Three of his Emmys came at the 2003 awards: a lifetime achievement Emmy; one for a 2002 "60 Minutes" report on brain cancer patients and for a "60 Minutes II" report about sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.
 
 Bradley grew up in a tough section of Philadelphia, where he once recalled that his parents worked 20-hour days at two jobs apiece. "I was told, `You can be anything you want, kid,'" he once told an interviewer. "When you hear that often enough, you believe it."
 
 After graduating from Cheney State College, he launched his career as a DJ and news reporter for a Philadelphia radio station in 1963, moving to New York's WCBS radio four years later.
 
 He joined CBS News as a stringer in the Paris bureau in 1971, transferring a year later to the Saigon bureau during the Vietnam War; he was wounded while on assignment in Cambodia. Bradley moved to the Washington bureau in June 1974, 14 months after he was named a CBS News correspondent.
 
 He later returned to Vietnam, covering the fall of that country and Cambodia.
 
 After Southeast Asia, Bradley returned to the United States and covered Jimmy Carter's successful campaign for the White House. He followed Carter to Washington, becoming CBS' first black White House correspondent ‚?? a prestigious position that Bradley didn't enjoy.
 
 He jumped from Washington to doing pieces for "CBS Reports," traveling to Cambodia, China, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. It was his Emmy-winning 1979 work on a story about Vietnamese boat people, refugees from the war-torn nation, that eventually landed his work on "60 Minutes."
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Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on November 09, 2006, 02:47:00 pm
Has this one been listed?
 
 WHEN New York indie actress Adrienne Shelley was found hanging in her bathroom last week, the police thought it was a case of suicide.
 
 
 But it turned out to be a killing, allegedly by a 19-year-old Ecuadorean construction worker who confessed to the police.
 
 His apparent motive - his fear of being deported, after Ms Shelley, 40, complained about the noise from the renovation of the flat below hers in Greenwich Village, New York.
 
 Diego Pillco, an illegal immigrant originally from Ecuador, was charged with second-degree murder yesterday and held without bail, reported The New York Times.
 
 Assistant District Attorney Marit Delozier said that Pillco had made written and videotaped statements to the police that he had argued with Ms Shelly after her complaint.
 
 She told the State Supreme Court in Manhattan: '(Pillco) said he fought with the victim, tied a sheet around her neck and dragged her to the bathroom and hung her from the shower rod.'
 
 She said that Ms Shelley, who left behind a 3-year-old daughter, had died from compression to the neck and not from a blow to her head.
 
 The New York Daily News reported that Pillco told the police in a confession that he had been afraid of being arrested and deported.
 
 His co-workers told the police that he had vanished shortly after his argument with Ms Shelly. He returned with a mark on his face, they said, which he blamed on a scuffle with another employee.
 
 Ms Shelley's husband, Mr Andry Ostroy, discovered her body several hours after he had dropped her off at the apartment last Wednesday.
 
 The police initially suspected suicide because there were no signs of a struggle and Ms Shelley had only a bruise over one eye.
 
 When they did not find a suicide note, they turned their attention to Mr Ostroy, a thrice-married, 47-year-old marketing executive.
 
 
 SNEAKER CLUE
 
 
 A sneaker print in the bathtub eventually led them to Pillco after they found a similar print in the flat below.
 
 Pillco, who is believed to have sneaked into the US through Mexico in July, apparently speaks little English.
 
 Ms Shelley, who was born Adrienne Levine, had appeared in independent films such as The Unbelievable Truth and Trust.
 
 She was also in the movie Factotum with Matt Dillon last year and had just finished working on a film she wrote and directed, Waitress, which is being considered for this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: terry on November 09, 2006, 03:23:00 pm
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Originally posted by Weird Little Self Loathing Man:
  Has this one been listed?
 
 WHEN New York indie actress Adrienne Shelley was found hanging in her bathroom last week, the police thought it was a case of suicide.
No way! She was my favorite actress back during her Hal Hartley's days. I really thought she would be the next big thing! Man oh man!
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Post by: on November 09, 2006, 04:07:00 pm
Those hard -working, well -behaved illegal aliens...why don't Americans want them here???  
 
 It's a wonder..?
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Post by: lbcardoni on November 10, 2006, 04:42:00 pm
Supposedly Gerald Levert passed away today
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Post by: ChampionshipVinyl on November 10, 2006, 06:25:00 pm
Jack Palance
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Post by: RonniStar on November 11, 2006, 09:49:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Tar Zen:
  Supposedly Gerald Levert passed away today
Here's The Offical Story! (http://apnews.myway.com/article/20061111/D8LAMUR01.html)
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Post by: Venerable Bede on November 16, 2006, 02:08:00 pm
APNewsAlert
 
 Thursday, November 16, 2006 09 56 AM
 
 (11-16) 09:56 PST San Francisco (AP) --
 
 A spokesman for his foundation says economist Milton Friedman has died at age 94.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on November 16, 2006, 02:20:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Venerable Bede:
  A spokesman for his foundation says economist Milton Friedman has died at age 94.
When I read that this morning, I was a little worried that you might need a whiskey night tonight...
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Post by: Venerable Bede on November 16, 2006, 02:29:00 pm
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Originally posted by vansmack:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Venerable Bede:
  A spokesman for his foundation says economist Milton Friedman has died at age 94.
When I read that this morning, I was a little worried that you might need a whiskey night tonight... [/b]
might have to huff it over to his house and pay my respects.
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Post by: Venerable Bede on November 17, 2006, 01:29:00 pm
Report: Michigan legend Schembechler dies after collapse
 
 November 17, 2006
 SOUTHFIELD, Michigan (Ticker) - Michigan coaching legend Bo Schembechler has died after collapsing Friday morning, Detroit-area television station WXYZ reported. He was 77.
 
 Schembechler collapsed at WXYZ's studios in Southfield as he prepared to tape the "Big Ten Ticket" show and was taken to Providence Hospital, the ABC affiliate said.
 
 He had a pacemaker implanted on October 23 after a previous episode at the studio.
 
 Schembechler won a school-record 194 games at Michigan from 1969-89.
 
 The second-ranked Wolverines visit top-ranked rival Ohio State on Saturday for a berth in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
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Post by: BookerT on November 17, 2006, 01:36:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Venerable Bede:
  Report: Michigan legend Schembechler dies after collapse
 
 November 17, 2006
 SOUTHFIELD, Michigan (Ticker) - Michigan coaching legend Bo Schembechler has died after collapsing Friday morning, Detroit-area television station WXYZ reported. He was 77.
 
 Schembechler collapsed at WXYZ's studios in Southfield as he prepared to tape the "Big Ten Ticket" show and was taken to Providence Hospital, the ABC affiliate said.
 
 He had a pacemaker implanted on October 23 after a previous episode at the studio.
 
 Schembechler won a school-record 194 games at Michigan from 1969-89.
 
 The second-ranked Wolverines visit top-ranked rival Ohio State on Saturday for a berth in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
what timing. maybe now people will start talking about that game tomorrow.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on November 17, 2006, 02:08:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Venerable Bede:
  Schembechler won a school-record 194 games at Michigan from 1969-89.
 
Is now the appropriate time to point out that he was 4-6 against the Irish?
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Post by: vansmack on November 17, 2006, 08:44:00 pm
November 17, 2006
 Ruth Brown, R&B Singer and Actress, Dies at 78
 By JON PARELES
 
 Ruth Brown, the gutsy rhythm-and-blues singer whose career extended to acting and crusading for musicians‚?? rights, died today in Las Vegas. She was 78 and lived in Las Vegas. Her death was announced by Howell Begle, her lawyer and executor. Ms. Brown had been on life support since suffering a heart attack and stroke on Oct. 29, he said.
 
 Ms. Brown sustained a career for six decades: first as a bright, bluesy singer who was called ‚??the girl with a tear in her voice‚?Ě and then, after some lean years, as the embodiment of an earthy, indomitable black woman. She had a life of hard work, hard luck, determination, sass and style. Sometimes it was said that R&B stood for Ruth Brown as much as for rhythm-and-blues.
 
 As the 1950‚??s began, Ms. Brown‚??s singles for the fledgling Atlantic Records ‚?? like ‚??(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean‚?Ě and ‚??5-10-15 Hours‚?Ě ‚?? became both the label‚??s bankroll and templates for rock ‚??n‚?? roll. She could sound as if she were hurting, or joyfully lusty, or both at once. Her voice was forthright, feisty and ready for anything.
 
 After Ms. Brown‚??s string of hits ended, she kept singing but also went on to a career in television, radio and movies ‚?? including a memorable role as the disc jockey Motormouth Maybelle in John Waters‚??s ‚??Hairspray‚?Ě ‚?? and on Broadway, where she won a Tony award for her part in ‚??Black and Blue.‚?Ě She worked clubs, concerts and festivals into the 21st century. ‚??Whatever I have to say, I get it said,‚?Ě she told an interviewer in 1995. ‚??Like the old spirituals say, ‚??I‚??ve gone too far to turn me ‚??round now.‚?? ‚?Ě
 
 Ms. Brown was born Ruth Weston on Jan. 12, 1928, in Portsmouth, Va., the oldest of seven children. She made her vocal debut when she was 4 and her father, the choir director at the local Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, lifted her onto the church piano. In summers, she and her siblings picked cotton at her grandmother‚??s farm in North Carolina. ‚??That made me the strong woman I am,‚?Ě she said in 1995.
 
 As a teenager, she would tell her family she was going to choir practice and perform instead at U.S.O. clubs at nearby naval bases. She ran away from home at 17, working with a trumpeter named Jimmy Brown and using his last name onstage. She married him, or thought she did; he was already married. But she was making a reputation as Ruth Brown, and the name stuck.
 
 The big-band leader Lucky Millinder heard her in Detroit late in 1946, hired her for his band and fired her in Washington. Stranded, she managed to find a club engagement at the Crystal Caverns. There, the disc jockey Willis Conover, who broadcast jazz internationally on Voice of America radio, heard Ms. Brown and recommended her to friends at Atlantic Records.
 
 On the way to New York City, however, she was seriously injured in an automobile accident and hospitalized for most of a year; her smashed legs would be painful for the rest of her life. She stood on crutches in 1949 to record her first session for Atlantic, and the bluesy ballad ‚??So Long‚?Ě became a hit.
 
 She wanted to keep singing ballads, but Atlantic pushed her to try upbeat songs, and she tore into them. During the sessions for ‚??Teardrops From My Eyes,‚?Ě her voice cracked upward to a squeal. Herb Abramson of Atlantic Records liked it, called it a ‚??tear,‚?Ě and after ‚??Teardrops from My Eyes‚?Ě reached No. 1 on the rhythm-and-blues chart, the sound became her trademark for a string of hits.
 
 ‚??If I was getting ready to go and record and I had a bad throat, they‚??d say, ‚??Good!‚??,‚?Ě she once recalled.
 
 Ms. Brown was the best-selling black female performer of the early 1950‚??s, even though, in that segregated era, many of her songs were picked up and redone by white singers, like Patti Page and Georgia Gibbs, in tamer versions that became pop hits. The pop singer Frankie Laine gave her a lasting nickname: ‚??Miss Rhythm.‚?Ě
 
 Working the rhythm-and-blues circuit in the 1950‚??s, when dozens of her singles reached the R&B Top 10, Ms. Brown drove a Cadillac and had romances with stars like the saxophonist Willis (Gator Tail) Jackson and the singer Clyde McPhatter of the Drifters. (Her first son, Ronald, was given the last name Jackson; decades later, she told him he was actually Mr. McPhatter‚??s son, and he now sings with a latter-day lineup of the Drifters.)
 
 In 1955, Ms. Brown married Earl Swanson, a saxophonist, and had a second son, Earl; the marriage ended in divorce. Her two sons survive her; Mr. Jackson, who has three children, in Los Angeles, and Mr. Swanson in Las Vegas. She is also survived by four siblings: Dilia Weston in Las Vegas, Lenard Weston in Long Island, and Alvin and Benjamin Weston in Portsmouth, Va.
 
 Her streak of hits ended soon after the 1960‚??s began. She lived on Long Island, raised her sons, worked as a teacher‚??s aide and a maid, and was married for three years to a police officer, Bill Blunt. On weekends, she sang club dates in the New York area, and she recorded an album in 1968 with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band. Although her hits had launched Atlantic Records ‚?? sometimes called ‚??The House That Ruth Built‚?Ě ‚??she was unable at one point to afford a home telephone.
 
 The comedian Redd Foxx, whom she had once helped out of a financial jam, brought her to Los Angeles in 1976 to play Mahalia Jackson in ‚??Selma,‚?Ě a musical about civil rights he was producing. She moved on to sing in Las Vegas and continued a comeback that never ended. The television producer Norman Lear gave her a role in the sitcom ‚??Hello, Larry.‚?Ě She returned to New York City in 1982, appearing in off-Broadway productions including ‚??Stagger Lee,‚?Ě and in 1985, she went to Paris to perform in the revue ‚??Black and Blue,‚?Ě rejoining it later for its Broadway run.
 
 Ms. Brown began to speak out, onstage and in interviews, about the exploitative contracts musicians of her generation had signed. Many hit-making musicians had not recouped debts to their labels, according to record-company accounting, and so were not receiving royalties at all. Shortly before Atlantic Records held a 40th-birthday concert at Madison Square Garden in 1988, the label agreed to waive unrecouped debts for Ms. Brown and 35 other musicians of her era and to pay 20 years of retroactive royalties.
 
 Atlantic also contributed nearly $2 million to start the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, which pushed other labels toward royalty reform and distributed millions of dollars directly to musicians in need, although it has struggled to sustain itself in recent years.
 
 ‚??Black and Blue‚?Ě revitalized Ms. Brown‚??s recording career, on labels including Fantasy and Bullseye Blues. Her 1989 album ‚??Blues on Broadway‚?Ě won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female. She was a radio host on the public-radio shows ‚??Harlem Hit Parade‚?Ě and ‚??BluesStage.‚?Ě In 1995, she released her autobiography, ‚??Miss Rhythm‚?Ě (Dutton), written with Andrew Yule; it won the Gleason Award for music journalism. She was inducted into the Rock ‚??n‚?? Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
 
 She toured steadily, working concert halls, festivals and cabarets. This year, she recorded songs for the coming movie by John Sayles, ‚??Honeydrippers,‚?Ě and was about to fly to Alabama to act in it when she became ill.
 
 She never learned to read music. ‚??In school, we had music classes, but I ducked them,‚?Ě she said in 1995. ‚??They were just a little too slow. I didn‚??t want to learn to read no note. I knew I could sing it. I woke up one morning and I could sing.‚?Ě
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Post by: kcjones119 on November 21, 2006, 01:51:00 pm
Robert Altman (http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Movies/11/21/obit.altman.ap/index.html), totally dead.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on November 24, 2006, 03:23:00 am
Renowned Jazz Singer Anita O'Day, dead at 87 (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20061124/D8LJ4KUO0.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on December 02, 2006, 11:31:00 pm
Journalist/Author Bebe Moore Campbell (http://www.blackamericaweb.com/site.aspx/bawnews/campbell1128)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on December 10, 2006, 02:04:00 pm
Former Chilean dictator Pinochet dies (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061210/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/chile_pinochet)
 
 3 minutes ago
 
 SANTIAGO, Chile - Gen.        Augusto Pinochet, the fierce anti-communist dictator who ruled Chile with an iron fist from 1973 to 1990, died Sunday from heart complications, the Santiago Military hospital reported. He was 91.
 
 The brief announcement by the hospital said Pinochet' condition worsened suddenly and doctors rushed him back to the Intense Care Unit, from which he had been removed only on Thursday while recovering from an acute heart attack he suffered one week ago.
 
 Relatives and friends of Pinochet were arriving at the hospital.
 
 Pinochet had been admitted a week earlier to the hospital with what doctors described as an acute had attack. He underwent an angioplasty procedure in which doctors enlarge the clogged artery to allow restoration of the blood flow to the heart,
 
 Pinochet died al 2:15 p.m. (1715 GMT), the hospital said.
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Post by: Bombay Chutney on December 13, 2006, 04:36:00 pm
`Raymond' dad Peter Boyle dies in NYC  (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061213/ap_en_tv/obit_boyle)
 
 NEW YORK -
 Peter Boyle, the actor who transformed from an angry workingman in "Joe" to a tap-dancing monster in "Young Frankenstein" and finally the comically grouchy father on "Everybody Loves Raymond," has died. He was 71.
 
 Boyle died Tuesday evening at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He had been suffering from multiple myeloma and heart disease, said his publicist, Jennifer Plante.
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Post by: azaghal1981 on December 14, 2006, 06:50:00 pm
Gerbils/Neutral Milk Guitarist Westbrook Passes On
 The Athens, Georgia music community, as close-knit as scenes come, experienced a tragic loss this past Monday as Will Westbrook,
 guitarist for Orange Twin- affiliated Elephant 6 offshoot the Gerbils, passed away.
 
 Will was also an Olivia Tremor Control collaborator, a player in Neutral Milk Hotel's live incarnation, and a celebrated photographer-- it's his portrait of NMH that appears on the Elephant 6 website.
 Will's untimely death-- said to extend from unspecified recent health problems-- prompted an outpouring of grief from the Athens community.
 
 "Will was a a great guy, and a madman as a guitar player," wrote Ben Crum of fellow Orange Twin act Great Lakes on his band's MySpace blog. "He will be sorely missed."
 
 Along with Scott Spillane and John D'Azzo, Westbrook formed the core of the Gerbils, who came together back in Louisiana in 1992, later relocating to Athens.
 They released a pair of albums and several singles over the years (also breaking up for a period), the most recent being 2001 LP The Battle of Electricity
 on Orange Twin.
 
 Some thoughts posted by J. Kirk Pleasant of former Athens band
 Calvin, Don't Jump! on the Elephant 6 message board touched on elements of Will's character unbeknownst to most. "He was very unassuming on stage," wrote Pleasant. "His beauty always lay in the very very subtle."
 
 "It took him forever to do anything... record a guitar solo, line up a photo, make a cup of coffee. If anyone ever goes by the transmetropolitan in Athens,
 notice the tile before the entrance. Will did those tiles and took years (as I recall) to finish the job. Every tile was perfect and he made sure that
 when he did anything, it was perfect.
 
 "He was an extraordinary photographer. I always admired him the most for that. His hands were perpetually cracked and dry. I keep seeing his hands in my
 mind today as this news sinks in. This is tearing me apart. I'll miss him."
 
 
 Very sad and kind of Bizarre; I just randomly decided to throw on the first Gerbils album monday morning.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on December 14, 2006, 08:04:00 pm
Music Pioneer Ahmet Ertegun Dies at 83  (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/arts/AP-Obit-Ahmet-Ertegun.html?_r=1&oref=slogin)
 
 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
 Published: December 14, 2006
 Filed at 6:33 p.m. ET
 
 NEW YORK (AP) -- Ahmet Ertegun, who helped define American music as the founder of Atlantic Records, a label that popularized the gritty R&B of Ray Charles, the classic soul of Aretha Franklin and the British rock of the Rolling Stones, has died, his spokesman said. He was 83.
 
 Ertegun remained connected to the music scene until his last days -- it was at an Oct. 29 concert by the Rolling Stones at the Beacon Theatre in New York where Ertegun fell, suffered a head injury and was hospitalized. He later slipped into a coma.
 
 ''He was in a coma and expired today with his family at his bedside,'' said Dr. Howard A. Riina, Ertegun's neurosurgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center.
 
 Ertegun will be buried in a private ceremony in his native Turkey, said Bob Kaus, a spokesman for Ertegun and Atlantic Records. A memorial service will be conducted in New York after the New Year's.
 
 Ertegun, a Turkish ambassador's son, started collecting records for fun, but would later became one of the music industry's most powerful figures with Atlantic, which he founded in 1947.
 
 The label first made its name with rhythm and blues by Charles and Big Joe Turner, but later diversified, making Franklin the Queen of Soul as well as carrying the banner of British rock (with the Rolling Stones, Cream, Led Zeppelin) and American pop (with Sonny & Cher, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and others).
 
 Today, the company, part of Warner Music Group, is the home to artists including Kid Rock, James Blunt, T.I., and Missy Elliott.

 
 He also had a local connection: Ertegun and his business partner Jerry Wexler borrowed money from Max "Waxie Maxie" Silverman to start their first label. That label failed but obviously they didn't quit there.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: distance on December 18, 2006, 09:33:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Surly Bonds:
  Hannah Barbera (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6191999.stm)
how old was that chick?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on December 24, 2006, 05:15:00 pm
The Who Wrote Elvis's hit single "Burning Love" has died (http://apnews.myway.com/article/20061224/D8M6S70O5.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ChampionshipVinyl on December 25, 2006, 12:34:00 pm
James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured ‚??Godfather of Soul,‚?Ě whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early Monday, his agent said. He was 73.
 
  James Brown  (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16349975/?GT1=8816)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Random Citizen on December 27, 2006, 01:02:00 am
Gerald Ford (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/26/AR2006122601257.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: BookerT on December 27, 2006, 04:24:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Random Citizen PDX:
  Gerald Ford (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/26/AR2006122601257.html)
"tragedy today as former president gerald ford was eaten by wolves. he was delicious." (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-89770458144460734&hl=en)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on December 27, 2006, 04:28:00 pm
Didn't he like, sleep with OJ or something?
 
 I wonder if his death will drive his wife to drink?
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Random Citizen PDX:
  Gerald Ford (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/26/AR2006122601257.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on December 29, 2006, 11:36:00 pm
<img src="http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/7/76/Saddam-AceOfSpades.jpg" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on December 30, 2006, 02:14:00 pm
Why do they ALWAYS happen in threes!
 
 James Brown
 Gerald Ford
 Sadam Hussein
 
 Weird....two of them were tyranical bullies too!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on January 08, 2007, 01:23:00 am
The daughter of Bart Bacharach & Angie Dickerson (http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070106/D8MG077O0.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on January 08, 2007, 10:45:00 am
Unofficial: Sneaky Pete Kleinow, member of the Flying Burrito Brothers and steel guitarist.
 Kleinow appears on numerous rock and country-rock albums, including those by:
 
 Jackson Browne
 Dillard & Clark
 The Byrds
 John Lennon
 Frank Zappa
 Little Feat
 Rita Coolidge
 The Steve Miller Band.
 Stevie Wonder
 Fleetwood Mac
 The Golden Palominos
 Yoko Ono
 Dion and the Belmonts
 Billy Joel
 Joan Baez
 the Bee Gees
 Booker T. and the MG's
 Gene Clark
 Joe Cocker
 Gordon Lightfoot
 Leonard Cohen
 The Rolling Stones
 Linda Ronstadt
 Dave Mason
 John Cale
 The Knack
 Joni Mitchell
 Doug Sahm
 Neil Sedaka
 The Eagles
 Robert Palmer
 The Ventures
 Peaches & Herb
 The Everly Brothers
 Jermaine Jackson
 Gladys Knight
 Carly Simon
 Sly & the Family Stone
 Ringo Starr
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on January 08, 2007, 11:56:00 am
Unofficial: Sneaky Pete Kleinow, member of the Flying Burrito Brothers and steel guitarist.
 
  <img src="http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y25/team_dupek/1cd124e9.jpg" alt=" - " />
  I'm not dead...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on January 10, 2007, 04:41:00 pm
I Found Out About This Story Last Night! (http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=1&id=39456)
 
 Iwao Takamoto, the animator who designed the cartoon canine Scooby-Doo as well as characters on such shows as The Flintstones and The Jetsons, died Jan. 8 after suffering a massive coronary, a spokesman told the Reuters news service. He was 81.
 
 Takamoto died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for respiratory problems, said Gary Miereanu, a spokesman for Warner Brothers Animation.
 
 Takamoto designed Scooby-Doo, his equally famished and cowardly master Shaggy, and their pals Velma, Daphne and Fred in the late 1960s while working at the Hanna-Barbera animation studio. The Great Dane's name was inspired by an improvised line at the end of Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night."
 
 He also designed the snickering dog Muttley, who was featured in a number of productions, and Astro, the family dog on The Jetsons. For The Flintstones, he created the Great Gazoo, a green alien.
 
 Takamoto's death comes exactly three weeks after that of Hanna-Barbera co-founder Joseph Barbera, who was 95; Barbera's business partner, William Hanna, died in 2001.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on January 10, 2007, 04:51:00 pm
It's funny, Ronnistar, this seems to be the only thread you ever post on. What's your fascination with death?   ;)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on January 10, 2007, 05:19:00 pm
 Lilly Munster  (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/01/10/obit.decarlo.ap/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on January 10, 2007, 05:19:00 pm
Ronnistar also poasts to the Celeb Crime Beat thread.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on January 10, 2007, 05:20:00 pm
Mary J.Bilge
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Dr. Anton Phibes on January 10, 2007, 05:24:00 pm
Lily rocked my world!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on January 12, 2007, 01:01:00 pm
Carlo Ponti
 
 (Sorry, too lazy to look for a link.)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on January 15, 2007, 01:58:00 pm
Jazz Performer Alice Coltrane Dies at 69
 17 hrs ago   Alice Coltrane, jazz performer and composer, dies at 69
 17 hrs ago    Jazz Performer Alice Coltrane Dies at 69  
 
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 The Associated Press
 Jan 14, 2007 7:13 PM (17 hrs ago)
 Current rank: # 523 of 13,027 articles
 
 LOS ANGELES - Alice Coltrane, a jazz performer and composer and wife of the late saxophone legend John Coltrane, has died. She was 69.
 
 
 Coltrane died Friday of respiratory failure at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, said her sister, Marilyn McLeod.
 
 For nearly 40 years, Coltrane managed the archive and estate of her husband, a pivotal figure in the history of jazz. He died of liver disease in 1967 at age 40.
 
 A pianist and organist, Alice Coltrane was noted for her astral compositions and for bringing the harp onto the jazz bandstand.
 
 Born Alice McLeod in Detroit on Aug. 27, 1937, she began learning classical piano at age 7. She studied jazz piano briefly in Paris before moving to New York, where she met her future husband in 1963.
 
 At that time, she was playing with bandleader Terry Gibbs, who has often taken credit for introducing the two.
 
 John Coltrane "saw something in her that was beautiful," Gibbs told the Los Angeles Times.
 
 She left Gibbs' band to marry Coltrane and began performing with his band in the mid-1960s. She played tour dates with Coltrane's group in San Francisco, New York and Tokyo.
 
 "John not only taught me how to explore but to play thoroughly and completely," Alice Coltrane said in comments published in "The Black Giants."
 
 After his death, she devoted herself to raising their children but continued to play.
 
 Early albums under her name, including "A Monastic Trio" and "Ptah, the El Daoud," received critical praise.
 
 Her last recording, "Translinear Light," came in 2004. Her last performances came in an abbreviated tour last fall with her saxophonist son, Ravi.
 
 Coltrane, a convert to Hinduism, was also a significant spiritual leader and founded the Vedantic Center, a spiritual commune now located in Agoura Hills.
  worguhesorguwr (http://www.examiner.com/a-508747~Jazz_Performer_Alice_Coltrane_Dies_at_69.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on January 15, 2007, 03:38:00 pm
Speaking of Jazz greats, I just read somewhere that Michael Brecker of the Brecker Brothers just died. Think he had leukemia or something.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: crevers on January 16, 2007, 11:02:00 am
For those of you who watch(ed) Bold and the Beautiful...
 
 Darlene Conley (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070116/ap_on_re_us/obit_conley)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on January 18, 2007, 11:28:00 am
 Art Buchwald  (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/books/01/18/buchwald.obit/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on January 19, 2007, 06:13:00 pm
 Who had Doherty?  (http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/news/bal-artslife-doherty0119,0,2033100.story?coll=bal-entertainment-headlines)    :D
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on January 22, 2007, 03:34:00 pm
Brent Liles - former Social D bassist.
 
 
 link (http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/homepage/abox/article_1550716.php)
 
 Early Social Distortion bassist ID'd in wreck
 
 Officials say that Brent Liles of Fullerton was bicyclist killed in Placentia crash.
 
 By ERIC CARPENTER
 The Orange County Register
 
 PLACENTIA ‚?? Officials on Saturday identified Brent Liles of Fullerton, former bass guitarist in one of the region's most influential punk rock bands, Social Distortion, as the bicyclist killed by a big rig on Thursday.
 
 Liles played bass on the group's groundbreaking "Mommy's Little Monster" recording in 1983 and went on to play with other well-known Orange County punk acts such as the group Agent Orange. He was 43.
 
 "Brent was a fun-loving guy who approached his bass playing with a lot of enthusiasm and that made him a lot of fun to be around," said Frank Agnew, a fellow musician and friend.
 
 Liles, wearing casual clothing, was riding a small dirt bicycle westbound on Orangethorpe Avenue just after 11:30 a.m. Thursday, California Highway Patrol officials said.
 
 As he entered the crosswalk at the Orange (57) Freeway, a big rig carrying a trailer turned right onto the on-ramp and accelerated, hitting Liles. He was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
 
 ======
 
 There's more at the link.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on January 22, 2007, 03:37:00 pm
Who would have guess the Ness would outlive two of his early bandmates...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on January 23, 2007, 01:00:00 am
Pro Wrestler, Bam Bam Bigelow (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/130570/pro_wrestler_bam_bam_bigelow_passes.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on January 23, 2007, 07:02:00 pm
Howard Hunt (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070123/ap_on_re_us/obit_e__howard_hunt)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on January 23, 2007, 07:13:00 pm
Sad story about Brent Liles....
 
 As a sidenote, the guy that wrote that article about Brent Liles, Eric Carpenter, was an original session player and live performer (horn section) of No Doubt, back when Gwen's brother Eric Stefani was running the band.
 
 Seriously, what would you guys do without my vast knowledge of The OC?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: anarchist on January 24, 2007, 02:22:00 am
alice coltrane and sneaky pete
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on January 29, 2007, 01:49:00 pm
awww
  poor Barbaro (http://www.examiner.com/a-534959~Barbaro_Is_Euthanized.html)
 
 Barbaro Is Euthanized
 
 By DAN GELSTON, The Associated Press
 Jan 29, 2007 12:37 PM (8 mins ago)
 Current rank: Not ranked
 
 KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. - Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized Monday after complications from his breakdown at the Preakness last May.
 
 "We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain," co-owner Roy Jackson said. "It was the right decision, it was the right thing to do. We said all along if there was a situation where it would become more difficult for him then it would be time."
 
 Roy and Gretchen Jackson were with Barbaro on Monday morning, with the owners making the decision in consultation with chief surgeon Dean Richardson.
 
 It was a series of complications, including laminitis in the left rear hoof and a recent abscess in the right rear hoof, that proved to be too much for the gallant colt, whose breakdown brought an outpouring of support across the country.
 
 "I would say thank you for everything, and all your thoughts and prayers over the last eight months or so," Jackson said to Barbaro's fans.
 
 On May 20, Barbaro was rushed to the New Bolton Center, about 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia in Kennett Square, hours after shattering his right hind leg just a few strides into the Preakness Stakes. The bay colt underwent a five-hour operation that fused two joints, recovering from an injury most horses never survive. Barbaro lived for eight more months, though he never again walked with a normal gait.
 
 The Kentucky Derby winner suffered a significant setback over the weekend, and surgery was required to insert two steel pins in a bone - one of three shattered eight months ago in the Preakness but now healthy - to eliminate all weight bearing on the ailing right rear foot.
 
 The procedure on Saturday was a risky one, because it transfered more weight to the leg while the foot rests on the ground bearing no weight.
 
 The leg was on the mend until the abscess began causing discomfort last week. Until then, the major concern was Barbaro's left rear leg, which developed laminitis in July, and 80 percent of the hoof was removed.
 
 Richardson said Monday morning that Barbaro did not have a good night.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on January 31, 2007, 10:10:00 am
 Sidney Sheldon  (http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2007-01-30-sidney-sheldon-obit_x.htm)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on January 31, 2007, 10:28:00 pm
Molly Ivins (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070201/ap_on_re_us/obit_ivins)
 
 Also, I read somewhere the other day that Robert Anton Wilson just died recently but saw no press on it whatsoever.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on February 05, 2007, 09:54:00 pm
Barbara McNair (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070206/music_nm/mcnair_dc)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on February 08, 2007, 04:53:00 pm
Well someone's got to mention it.
 
 Anna Nicole Smith has been found to be unresponsive and was rushed to a hospital. "Insiders" are saying that she has, in fact, died. Apart from all of her baggage, she did just have a baby, so that would be really sad, if true.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on February 08, 2007, 04:54:00 pm
Anna Nicole Smith dead
 
 http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/02/08/anna.nicole.collapses/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/02/08/anna.nicole.collapses/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on February 08, 2007, 05:33:00 pm
TrimSpa stock:
 
  <img src="http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/1615319/2/istockphoto_1615319_busines_graph.jpg" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on February 08, 2007, 05:41:00 pm
I think both Anna N. and her son were both murdered, by the family of the old man who she married and got all that money from, or by someone else interested in the $$.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on February 08, 2007, 06:33:00 pm
For Christ sake, why isn't Fidel Castro dead yet?!?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on February 08, 2007, 07:54:00 pm
No shit....I want smoke some Cubans....when Fidel goes, so does the embargo.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on February 08, 2007, 08:45:00 pm
Sorry - no smoking.  And no trans-fat.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on February 28, 2007, 04:42:00 pm
Billy Thorpe (http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003551467) becomes a child of the sun.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on March 07, 2007, 12:28:00 am
Ernest Gallo (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/06/AR2007030601793.html) goes to the great wine cellar in the sky.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: nkotb on March 07, 2007, 03:26:00 pm
Captain America (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/books/03/07/captain.america/index.html)
 
 RIP (http://www.newsarama.com/marvelnew/CapAmerica/DDream/Cap_pages-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: tigersscareme on March 07, 2007, 03:28:00 pm
that is so FUCKED UP!
 
 i'm wearing a captain america shirt today too...
 it's all my fault.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Venerable Bede on March 08, 2007, 02:22:00 pm
John Inman (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070308/tv_nm/inman_dc;_ylt=Apece4RsYzoMEBSGYjfYjKvMWM0F) from Are You Being Served?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Dr. Anton Phibes on March 08, 2007, 02:28:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Venerable Bede:
  John Inman (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070308/tv_nm/inman_dc;_ylt=Apece4RsYzoMEBSGYjfYjKvMWM0F) from Are You Being Served?
One of Gervais's influences for the "show within a show" that is "When The Whistle Blows" on Extras. "Is he having a laugh?"....man,I love the catchphrase sitcoms....
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Venerable Bede on March 09, 2007, 08:36:00 pm
Brad Delp (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/03/09/entertainment/e155834S05.DTL&type=entertainment), lead singer of Boston.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Random Citizen on March 11, 2007, 02:36:00 am
Comedian Richard Jeni (http://www.sheckymagazine.com/2007/03/richard-jeni-comedian.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on March 18, 2007, 09:08:00 am
 Crazy Ray  (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2802745)
 
  <img src="http://assets.espn.go.com/photo/2007/0317/nfl_a_jones_195.jpg" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on March 19, 2007, 11:06:00 am
Stuart Rosenberg, director of "Cool Hand Luke" and "Amityville Horror" (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20070319/D8NV96980.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on March 21, 2007, 12:43:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Venerable Bede:
  Brad Delp (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/03/09/entertainment/e155834S05.DTL&type=entertainment), lead singer of Boston.
Allow me to write a more fitting tribute:
 
      A "singer" from one of those 70's bands no one can tell apart with one-word names, such as Boston or Foreigner and what have you, has died.  We have no more idea who he is or was than we know which is Hall and which is Oates.  I wouldn't worry about it.
 
 Imagine what a disaster it's gonna be for Hall or Oates when either Hall or Oates dies ... None of those splashy reunion or revival concerts.
 
 But then again...Hall or Oates will be able to continue on as usual with pretty much anyone filling in for Hall or Oates because no one will know if it's really Hall or Oates or not.
 
 Except maybe for their fans, Mr. and Mrs. Hall and Mr. and Mrs. Oates.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on March 21, 2007, 09:38:00 am
Calvert DeForest, R.I.P. (http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2007_03_21.html#013139)
 
  <img src="http://www.newsfromme.com/images8/deforest.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 youtube of Larry "Bud" Melman in action! (http://www.youtube.com/v/fQ7PMG8c2gI)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on March 21, 2007, 11:13:00 am
geeks, bow your egg-heads:  John W. Backus, Inventor of Fortran (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/20/business/20backus.html?em&ex=1174622400&en=8e5d7b67d8e9ca13&ei=5087%0A)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Darth Ed on March 21, 2007, 11:29:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by beetsnotbeats:
  Calvert DeForest, R.I.P. (http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2007_03_21.html#013139)
 
   :(  That's some funny stuff.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on March 26, 2007, 10:34:00 am
<img src="http://www.acc.umu.se/~zqad/cats/1168705855-ascension.jpg" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Vas Deferens on March 26, 2007, 10:38:00 am
Is this your new hobby?  hehe
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by sweetcell:
   <img src="http://www.acc.umu.se/~zqad/cats/1168705855-ascension.jpg" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: bearman🐻 on March 26, 2007, 11:06:00 am
Frankly, I love the cats. They crack me up. Reminds me of the cat videos from the Built to Spill show last year.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on March 26, 2007, 12:11:00 pm
Pussy is good eating, if you can get past the taste.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on April 04, 2007, 11:19:00 pm
Christmas Story Director Killed in a car crash (http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070405/D8OA56D80.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on April 05, 2007, 11:41:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by RonniStar:
  Christmas Story Director Killed in a car crash (http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070405/D8OA56D80.html)
Bob Clark made a few really watchable films.  
 
 Porky's
 Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
 & the original
  Black Christmas
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on April 08, 2007, 09:56:00 pm
 Johnny Hart   (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/08/AR2007040800746.html?hpid=topnews)
 
  <img src="http://www.ecomallbiz.com/iwm14/nss-folder/stripcartoons/BC.1ss.jpg" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on April 09, 2007, 10:10:00 am
 'Animalize' Kiss guitarist dies (http://edition.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/04/09/music.kiss.reut/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on April 11, 2007, 11:27:00 pm
A big one that hurts:  Kurt Vonnegut. (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/11/books/11cnd-vonnegut.html?_r=2&hp=&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1176347214-mANKS76Y1K7vZ8BY77edKw&oref=slogin)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on April 13, 2007, 10:30:00 am
Stage & Screen Actor Roscoe Lee Browne (http://www.blackamericaweb.com/site.aspx/bawnews/browne413)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on April 14, 2007, 08:17:00 pm
Don Ho (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/obit_ho;_ylt=ApCelmb.cwx9EnJZXUkfYQhH2ocA)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on April 14, 2007, 08:45:00 pm
We occasionally see a humongous Hawaiian-looking woman on the Metro who we refer to as "Don Ho". She always wears a visor.
 
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Bombay Chutney:
  Don Ho (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/obit_ho;_ylt=ApCelmb.cwx9EnJZXUkfYQhH2ocA)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on April 14, 2007, 11:28:00 pm
Nobody mentioned the great Sol Lewitt (http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/04/09/arts/NA-A-E-ART-US-Obit-LeWitt.php) who died last week.  His retrospective at the Whitney a few years ago ranks among the best installations I have ever seen.  I walked in pretty ambivalent toward the guy, and walked out thinking he was a certifiable genius.
 
  <img src="http://www.picassomio.com/images/art/pm-15412-medium.jpg" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on April 15, 2007, 10:25:00 am
Isn't it ironic that just a few days ago a career was destroyed over the h-word ("ho") yet today we bemoan the passing of Don "Ho" with impunity?
 
 Is there a double-standard?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on April 16, 2007, 10:26:00 pm
James Nelson, the 1st man to play James Bond on screen (http://www.mi6.co.uk/news/index.php?itemid=4934)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Barcelona on April 17, 2007, 09:37:00 am
María Julia Hernández (http://www.economist.com/obituary/displaystory.cfm?story_id=8998321)
 
 Apr 12th 2007
 From The Economist print edition
 
 Mar√≠a Julia Hern√°ndez, fighter for human rights, died on March 30th, aged 68.
 
   <img src="http://www.economist.com/images/20070414/1507OB.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 WHEN forensic teams from Argentina dug in 1992 into the earth at El Mozote, in the mountains of eastern El Salvador, they first came upon a reddish rubble, mixed up with the roots of thorn-plants and weeds. A little deeper they uncovered small, thin skulls, some of them blackened by fire. Underneath these were bundles of what seemed to be brown rags: the blood-soaked cotton dresses, trousers and socks of what had once been children, killed more than a decade before. The pockets of some still held their lucky plastic toys.
 
 The forensic work at this, the most dreadful killing-field of modern Latin America, was memorably reported by Mark Danner in the New Yorker. But it might never have been carried out, and the massacre of 794 people, overwhelmingly civilians, in December 1981 might never have been forced to the world's attention, if Mar√≠a Julia Hern√°ndez had not been on the case. She was in charge of the Socorro Jur√≠dico, later the Tutela Legal, which during El Salvador's murderous civil war of 1980-92 kept track of human-rights abuses for the archdiocese of San Salvador. She was therefore the person to whom Rufina Amaya M√°rquez first told her story.
 
 
 Rufina had been the sole survivor of the massacre. When the troops of the elite Atlacatl battalion of the Salvadoran army had come to the village to flush out leftist rebels, she had been locked up with the other women. She had seen her husband beheaded with a machete; her baby daughter had been torn from her breast. But as the women were led away Rufina managed to hide beside a crab-apple tree, and the screaming of the others distracted the soldiers from seeing that she had gone. When night fell she crawled away into the maguey plants, her skirts knotted up so as not to hamper her, and dug a little hole into which she could press her face to weep without being heard.
 
 Miss Hern√°ndez took all this down. She was a homely, sympathetic sort, who in her old-fashioned print dresses looked much like a priest's housekeeper; but she had been a professor of law at the University of Central America in San Salvador, and would fix those who tried to deceive her with a stony, intellectual stare. Since 1978, as El Salvador slid into disorder, she had been compiling for the archdiocese a book of the dead. These were the corpses left by right-wing death squads in the city streets most nights, their faces dissolved by battery acid and their backs or chests scored with the tags of their killers. Her colleagues would take photographs, and relatives of the missing would come to her office to leaf through the portfolio in the hope, or fear, of finding them. But El Mozote was an atrocity beyond any of this.
 
 For years, with a lawyer's thoroughness and steely determination, Miss Hern√°ndez amassed the evidence. The government would not help; it denied that anything had happened, and dismissed Tutela Legal as a guerrilla front. The Reagan administration, intent on stamping out communist infection, agreed that Miss Hern√°ndez was a trouble-maker. She was undeterred. In 1989 six Jesuits were shot dead at her old university; Tutela Legal did the first investigation, and found that the army had ordered it. In 1991 her office published the first investigation into El Mozote, including the names of all the dead.
 
 The signing of peace accords the next year ended the civil war, set up a Truth Commission and led to the dig at the site of the massacre. Miss Hern√°ndez had the names of those responsible; but in 1993 the new government declared an amnesty for all of them. She kept going, campaigning to overturn the amnesty and to bring the killings before the Inter-American Court of Justice. On her death the case had been reopened and, with her help, evidence was slowly being gathered again. She was also publicising corruption and brutality in El Salvador's police force.
 
 The heart entire
 
 Her life was full of risks, cheerfully faced. Each day, settling to her work in a room as bare as a nun's cell, she began with a prayer: "Well, God, will I see you today, or will you leave me a bit longer, fighting?" Papers carrying death-threats were often pushed through the door. She drew strength from her dearest friend, Oscar Romero, who in 1977 had become archbishop of San Salvador and had set up the human-rights office. Like Christ calling the disciples, as she liked to remember it, he had summoned her from the university, "and I didn't really know how to [follow him], but I said yes." Once she went searching for the archbishop, out into the countryside, and found him saying mass for the campesinos under a tree. From him she learned to love and defend the poor; and when he too was murdered by a death squad, at the altar, in 1980, she felt bound to continue the work he had begun.
 
 She died relatively young, from a heart attack, in the same month that Romero had been killed and on the very day of his burial. Salvadorans found a fascinating symmetry in that. Miss Hern√°ndez had liked to show visitors where he was buried and to tell the story that, though he had been shot in the chest, his heart had been undamaged. She was sure it was still whole under the earth, evidence of his continuing power to encourage her, just as the reddish soil at El Mozote had preserved, in blood and bones, the truth.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on April 17, 2007, 12:38:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Barcelona:
  Mar√≠a Julia Hern√°ndez (http://www.economist.com/obituary/displaystory.cfm?story_id=8998321)
 
 Apr 12th 2007
 From The Economist print edition
 
 Mar√≠a Julia Hern√°ndez, fighter for human rights, died on March 30th, aged 68.
 
    <img src="http://www.economist.com/images/20070414/1507OB.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 WHEN forensic teams from Argentina dug in 1992 into the earth at El Mozote, in the mountains of eastern El Salvador, they first came upon a reddish rubble, mixed up with the roots of thorn-plants and weeds. A little deeper they uncovered small, thin skulls, some of them blackened by fire. Underneath these were bundles of what seemed to be brown rags: the blood-soaked cotton dresses, trousers and socks of what had once been children, killed more than a decade before. The pockets of some still held their lucky plastic toys.
 
 The forensic work at this, the most dreadful killing-field of modern Latin America, was memorably reported by Mark Danner in the New Yorker. But it might never have been carried out, and the massacre of 794 people, overwhelmingly civilians, in December 1981 might never have been forced to the world's attention, if Mar√≠a Julia Hern√°ndez had not been on the case. She was in charge of the Socorro Jur√≠dico, later the Tutela Legal, which during El Salvador's murderous civil war of 1980-92 kept track of human-rights abuses for the archdiocese of San Salvador. She was therefore the person to whom Rufina Amaya M√°rquez first told her story.
 
 
 Rufina had been the sole survivor of the massacre. When the troops of the elite Atlacatl battalion of the Salvadoran army had come to the village to flush out leftist rebels, she had been locked up with the other women. She had seen her husband beheaded with a machete; her baby daughter had been torn from her breast. But as the women were led away Rufina managed to hide beside a crab-apple tree, and the screaming of the others distracted the soldiers from seeing that she had gone. When night fell she crawled away into the maguey plants, her skirts knotted up so as not to hamper her, and dug a little hole into which she could press her face to weep without being heard.
 
 Miss Hern√°ndez took all this down. She was a homely, sympathetic sort, who in her old-fashioned print dresses looked much like a priest's housekeeper; but she had been a professor of law at the University of Central America in San Salvador, and would fix those who tried to deceive her with a stony, intellectual stare. Since 1978, as El Salvador slid into disorder, she had been compiling for the archdiocese a book of the dead. These were the corpses left by right-wing death squads in the city streets most nights, their faces dissolved by battery acid and their backs or chests scored with the tags of their killers. Her colleagues would take photographs, and relatives of the missing would come to her office to leaf through the portfolio in the hope, or fear, of finding them. But El Mozote was an atrocity beyond any of this.
 
 For years, with a lawyer's thoroughness and steely determination, Miss Hern√°ndez amassed the evidence. The government would not help; it denied that anything had happened, and dismissed Tutela Legal as a guerrilla front. The Reagan administration, intent on stamping out communist infection, agreed that Miss Hern√°ndez was a trouble-maker. She was undeterred. In 1989 six Jesuits were shot dead at her old university; Tutela Legal did the first investigation, and found that the army had ordered it. In 1991 her office published the first investigation into El Mozote, including the names of all the dead.
 
 The signing of peace accords the next year ended the civil war, set up a Truth Commission and led to the dig at the site of the massacre. Miss Hern√°ndez had the names of those responsible; but in 1993 the new government declared an amnesty for all of them. She kept going, campaigning to overturn the amnesty and to bring the killings before the Inter-American Court of Justice. On her death the case had been reopened and, with her help, evidence was slowly being gathered again. She was also publicising corruption and brutality in El Salvador's police force.
 
 The heart entire
 
 Her life was full of risks, cheerfully faced. Each day, settling to her work in a room as bare as a nun's cell, she began with a prayer: "Well, God, will I see you today, or will you leave me a bit longer, fighting?" Papers carrying death-threats were often pushed through the door. She drew strength from her dearest friend, Oscar Romero, who in 1977 had become archbishop of San Salvador and had set up the human-rights office. Like Christ calling the disciples, as she liked to remember it, he had summoned her from the university, "and I didn't really know how to [follow him], but I said yes." Once she went searching for the archbishop, out into the countryside, and found him saying mass for the campesinos under a tree. From him she learned to love and defend the poor; and when he too was murdered by a death squad, at the altar, in 1980, she felt bound to continue the work he had begun.
 
 She died relatively young, from a heart attack, in the same month that Romero had been killed and on the very day of his burial. Salvadorans found a fascinating symmetry in that. Miss Hern√°ndez had liked to show visitors where he was buried and to tell the story that, though he had been shot in the chest, his heart had been undamaged. She was sure it was still whole under the earth, evidence of his continuing power to encourage her, just as the reddish soil at El Mozote had preserved, in blood and bones, the truth.
Are we supposed to have heard of her before?  I thought that was a requirement for this thread?  Can I poast RIPs for just about any Tom, Dick or Harry?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on April 23, 2007, 10:03:00 am
Boris Yeltsin (http://wfrv.com/topstories/topstories_story_113094916.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Deathprod on April 23, 2007, 11:29:00 am
Andrew Hill
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on April 23, 2007, 07:04:00 pm
David Halberstam.  Car crash in SF.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on April 23, 2007, 07:12:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Shemp:
  David Halberstam.  Car crash in SF.
wow that really sucks, one of my favorites
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Summerteeth on April 26, 2007, 06:47:00 pm
Bobby Pickett.  Writer of "Monster Mash."
 
 In his honor, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo4tzrxyXsA. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo4tzrxyXsA.)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on April 26, 2007, 08:11:00 pm
Film lobbyist Jack Valenti (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070426/ap_en_mo/obit_valenti)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on April 29, 2007, 01:06:00 pm
Not being a sports fan, I have no clue who this guy is but figured some of you would be interested.
 
 Cardinals reliever Josh Hancock killed in car crash (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-cardinals-hancockkilled&prov=ap&type=lgns)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on May 01, 2007, 01:52:00 pm
Tommy Newsom, backup bandleader on 'Tonight Show' (http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1178008366327380.xml&coll=2)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on May 01, 2007, 11:30:00 pm
Former Redskin Linebacker Kevin Mitchell (http://sports.myway.com/news/04302007/v1137.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on May 01, 2007, 11:44:00 pm
I'm surprised the Grim Reaper (RonniSize) missed this one.
 
 'Newhart' sidekick Tom Poston dies at 85 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070501/ap_on_en_tv/obit_poston;_ylt=Ag3.FzMWkN8ZxaFRMwz0Hw4DW7oF)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on May 06, 2007, 09:29:00 am
Pioneer astronaut Wally Schirra dies at 84 (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18470469/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on May 12, 2007, 12:32:00 pm
<img src="http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y25/team_dupek/md15.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 I'm not dead (http://tinyurl.com/2k9tt3) yet...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on May 12, 2007, 09:18:00 pm
Don Ho's Daughter Found Dead (http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=261892&GT1=7702&)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: distance on May 15, 2007, 01:00:00 pm
new addition to this list coming soon?
 http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070515/NEWS07/70515037/0/BUSINESS01 (http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070515/NEWS07/70515037/0/BUSINESS01)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Got Haggis? on May 15, 2007, 01:38:00 pm
<img src="http://imgred.com/http://www.drudgereport.com/siren.gif" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on May 15, 2007, 01:39:00 pm
I guess he'll have his final proof that there is a hell.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: yinzer on May 15, 2007, 01:44:00 pm
what a damn shame.  he was proof that shit could respirate.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: distance on May 15, 2007, 01:46:00 pm
i'm sure it was because of the gays and the jews and such, just like 9-11.  he must have had it coming.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on May 15, 2007, 01:48:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Got Haggis?:
   <img src="http://imgred.com/http://www.drudgereport.com/siren.gif" alt=" - " />
LOL
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on May 15, 2007, 01:50:00 pm
Hoya's Motherboard
 
 Time of death: 3:16AM 5/15/2007.  So young, yet so proud, he'll never be forgotten.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on May 15, 2007, 01:52:00 pm
Jerry Falwell is gone.
 Tammy Faye is close.
 
 Pat Robertson had better be looking over his shoulder...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on May 15, 2007, 02:04:00 pm
Quote from a buddy of mine:
 
 "Hell oughta burn real hot for a good long while with all that blubber down there"
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on May 15, 2007, 02:29:00 pm
Hopefully Pat Robertson will be making this list soon too.  :D
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: miss pretentious on May 15, 2007, 02:35:00 pm
folks in my office have been offering up the glorious steve irwin ironic death options...
 
 i.e. murdered by a teletubby.
 heart stopped during anal sex.
 etc etc.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on May 15, 2007, 02:37:00 pm
If there is any sort of afterlife, Jerry Falwell's should consist of an eternal ass-fucking curtesy of a life-size Tinky Winky.
 
 Edit: Damn you beat me to the anal sex/teletubby jokes by a matter of seconds.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on May 15, 2007, 02:42:00 pm
I get it.  Jokes about dead VT students are not funny.  Jokes about dead evangelicals are.  Death can be funny.  It only depends upon whom.
 
 Kosmo should write this down, as it will come in handy in the future when it's time to delete certain poasts.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on May 16, 2007, 09:45:00 am
Daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. dies (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070516/ap_on_re_us/obit_king)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on May 16, 2007, 09:49:00 am
Death can be funny, but mass murder in your own backyard isn't.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Psychoda alternata:
  I get it.  Jokes about dead VT students are not funny.  Jokes about dead evangelicals are.  Death can be funny.  
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on May 16, 2007, 10:57:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes,Japanese Golfer:
  Death can be funny, but mass murder in your own backyard isn't.
 
     
Quote
Originally posted by Psychoda alternata:
  I get it.  Jokes about dead VT students are not funny.  Jokes about dead evangelicals are.  Death can be funny.  
[/b]
But Blacksburg is farther away than NYC!?!  Is NYC your backyard too?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on May 21, 2007, 11:03:00 pm
Actor/Dancer Carl Wright (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/252910/actordancer_carl_wright_passes_away.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: on May 24, 2007, 08:46:00 am
Yahweh Ben Yahweh, (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,270792,00.html) man of love.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ChampionshipVinyl on May 28, 2007, 10:57:00 am
Charles Nelson Reilly (http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=263605&GT1=7703)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: miss pretentious on May 28, 2007, 08:20:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by ChampionshipVinyl:
  Charles Nelson Reilly (http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=263605&GT1=7703)
i was about to post this.
 but sadly when i think of him, i think of alec baldwin portraying him on snl...instead of the man himself...
 
 'there's a troll in central paaark!'
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: miss pretentious on June 12, 2007, 10:56:00 pm
Mr. Wizard Goes to baking soda heaven.] (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070612/ap_en_tv/obit_herbert)
 i struggled as to whether this deserved its own post. *sigh*
 
 LOS ANGELES - Don Herbert, who as television's "Mr. Wizard" introduced generations of young viewers to the joys of science, died Tuesday. He was 89. Herbert, who had bone cancer, died at his suburban Bell Canyon home, said his son-in-law, Tom Nikosey.
 
 "He really taught kids how to use the thinking skills of a scientist," said former colleague Steve Jacobs. He worked with Herbert on a 1980s show that echoed the original 1950s "Watch Mr. Wizard" series, which became a fond baby boomer memory.
 
 In "Watch Mr. Wizard," which was produced from 1951 to 1964 and received a Peabody Award in 1954, Herbert turned TV into an entertaining classroom. On a simple, workshop-like set, he demonstrated experiments using household items.
 
 "He modeled how to predict and measure and analyze. ... The show today might seem slow but it was in-depth and forced you to think along," Jacobs said. "You were learning about the forces of nature."
 
 Herbert encouraged children to duplicate experiments at home, said Jacobs, who recounted serving as a behind-the-scenes "science sidekick" to Herbert on the '80s "Mr. Wizard's World" that aired on the Nickelodeon channel.
 
 When Jacobs would reach for beakers and flasks, Herbert would remind him that science didn't require special tools.
 
 "'You could use a mayonnaise jar for that,'" Jacobs recalled being chided by Herbert. "He tried to bust the image of scientists and that science wasn't just for special people and places."
 
 Herbert's place in TV history was acknowledged by later stars. When "Late Night with David Letterman" debuted in 1982, Herbert was among the first-night guests.
 
 Born in Waconia, Minn., Herbert was a 1940 graduate of LaCrosse State Teachers College and served as a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot during World War II. He worked as an actor, model and radio writer before starting "Watch Mr. Wizard" in Chicago on NBC.
 
 The show moved to New York after several years.
 
 He is survived by six children and stepchildren and by his second wife, Norma, his son-in-law said. A private funeral service was planned.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Venerable Bede on June 13, 2007, 01:30:00 pm
richard rorty (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/06/11/MNG73QD5D11.DTL)
 
 RICHARD RORTY: 1931 - 2007
 Philosopher couldn't be ignored
 Diana Walsh, Chronicle Staff Writer
 
 Monday, June 11, 2007
 
 Richard Rorty, one of the world's most influential cultural philosophers and a retired comparative literature professor at Stanford University, died Friday at his Palo Alto home from pancreatic cancer. He was 75.
 
 For decades, Rorty waged a public and controversial challenge to various conventional philosophical thought. He published a landmark book in 1979 titled "Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature" that became one of the best-selling philosophical works of all time. In it, Rorty argued against the concept of representation that leading philosophical scholars had been focused on for centuries.
 
 "The aim of the book is to undermine the reader's confidence in 'the mind' as something about which one should have a 'philosophical' view, in 'knowledge' as something about which there ought be a 'theory' and which has 'foundations,' and in 'philosophy' as it has been conceived since Kant," Rorty wrote in the book's introduction.
 
 During an academic career that spanned more than four decades, he penned a vast body of work, publishing numerous books, essays and magazine and newspaper articles. He said once that he had spent his career trying to find out "what, if anything, philosophy was good for.''
 
 His controversial views were harshly criticized, but they also drew support from advocates of pragmatic philosophy, and many believed he was the pre-eminent cultural philosopher of his time.
 
 "He believed that his ideas stood on their own, independent of his public persona. He embraced his critics with reasoned responses, always ready to question his own assumptions,'' his son Jay Rorty said on Sunday.
 
 Rorty's arrival at Stanford University in 1998 was seen as a major academic coup for the university. Rorty, whose teaching career began at Wellesley in 1958, spent most of his tenure at Princeton, where he taught from 1961 to 1982. He then moved to the University of Virginia from 1982 to 1998 before moving to Stanford. In 1981, he was one of the first recipients of a MacArthur genius grant.
 
 Seth Lerer, who was chairman of Stanford University's comparative literature department at the time, said hiring Rorty was a "signal both within the Stanford community and to the community of scholars nationally that this university is very serious about the place of humanities and literary study."
 
 Rorty's decision to teach in the comparative literature department and not in the philosophy department "reflected his belief that the dialectics of philosophy and literature are essentially part of the same conversation," according to a statement released by the university Sunday after his death.
 
 "He was such an unbelievably captivating presence as a lecturer and as a writer, and he was a model citizen,'' said Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, a professor of literature at Stanford who helped bring Rorty to the university. "He always had these large classes of undergraduates. He had this huge, high opinion of the students here."
 
 Although considered one of the world's brightest intellects, Rorty had a reserved manner in person, according to his son, but he was both kind and generous in his professional and personal life. For 20 years, Rorty sponsored a Fulbright scholar from abroad and always mailed copies of his books to anyone who asked for them.
 
 "He admired people deeply, loved literature passionately and took deep pleasure in his work,'' Patricia Rorty said.
 
 Rorty was born on Oct. 4, 1931, in New York City. He was just 15 years old when he entered the University of Chicago, earning a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1949 and a master's degree in philosophy in 1952. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at Yale University.
 
 Among his many awards, Rorty was slated to receive an honorary doctorate from Harvard University on June 7, but his failing health prevented him from traveling, his son said.
 
 Rorty is survived by his wife, Mary Varney Rorty, a biomedical ethicist; daughter Patricia Rorty of Berkeley; and sons Jay Rorty of Santa Cruz and Kevin Rorty of Richmond, Va.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: thatguy on June 26, 2007, 02:58:00 am
wwe wrestler chris benoit (http://www.abcnews.go.com/Sports/story?id=3315501&page=1)
 
 "Wrestling star Chris Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and their 7-year-old son, Daniel, were found dead in their suburban Atlanta home Monday. The deaths are being investigated as a possible suicide and double homicide, authorities told ABC News."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: nkotb on June 26, 2007, 07:18:00 am
Whoa.  Benoit was one of my favorites back in the day.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by thatguy:
  wwe wrestler chris benoit (http://www.abcnews.go.com/Sports/story?id=3315501&page=1)
 
 "Wrestling star Chris Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and their 7-year-old son, Daniel, were found dead in their suburban Atlanta home Monday. The deaths are being investigated as a possible suicide and double homicide, authorities told ABC News."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on June 27, 2007, 12:41:00 am
Speaking of dead athletes:
 
 Rod Beck Found Dead In His Home (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2914994)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: lbcardoni on June 27, 2007, 04:12:00 pm
Liz Claiborne (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19463584/?GT1=10056)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on June 27, 2007, 05:13:00 pm
Post from another board that I admit made me chuckle a little. Am I going to hell?
 
 
 "Husband strangles wife, smothers kid. Waits a day, kills self.
 The Aristocrats!"
 
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by thatguy:
  wwe wrestler chris benoit (http://www.abcnews.go.com/Sports/story?id=3315501&page=1)
 
 "Wrestling star Chris Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and their 7-year-old son, Daniel, were found dead in their suburban Atlanta home Monday. The deaths are being investigated as a possible suicide and double homicide, authorities told ABC News."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on June 27, 2007, 05:24:00 pm
Why do so many wrestlers die at young ages from unsettling events?
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by thatguy:
  wwe wrestler chris benoit (http://www.abcnews.go.com/Sports/story?id=3315501&page=1)
 
 "Wrestling star Chris Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and their 7-year-old son, Daniel, were found dead in their suburban Atlanta home Monday. The deaths are being investigated as a possible suicide and double homicide, authorities told ABC News."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on June 29, 2007, 07:25:00 pm
Film Critic Joel Siegel (http://www.showbuzz.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/06/29/people_late_great/main3000684.shtml)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on July 03, 2007, 07:51:00 am
Soap Opera Star Beverly Sills (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20070703/D8Q51VT00.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on July 03, 2007, 08:08:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by RonniStar:
  Soap Opera Star Beverly Sills (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20070703/D8Q51VT00.html)
*edit* Opera Star Beverly Sills
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: miss pretentious on July 03, 2007, 04:19:00 pm
teen that survived hate crime attack of sodomy with umbrella pole and beating kills self. (http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/02/Party.Attack.ap/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Marty666 on July 03, 2007, 04:31:00 pm
Beverly Sills went to the same summer camp as Nancy Spungeon, now they are both dead!
 
 Coincidence?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on July 03, 2007, 09:48:00 pm
Boots Randolph (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/03/AR2007070301650.html?hpid=moreheadlines) meets Benny Hill for a new gig.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on July 07, 2007, 01:08:00 am
Bill Pinkney, the last survivor of the original members of the musical group The Drifters (http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070705/D8Q6K25O1.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on July 16, 2007, 01:28:00 pm
Porn King, Jim Mitchell (http://www.mercurynews.com/search/ci_6377191)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on July 16, 2007, 01:35:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by vansmack:
  Porn King, Jim Mitchell (http://origin.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_6382297?nclick_check=1)
your link didn't work for me (asked me to register), but  this one (http://www.mercurynews.com/search/ci_6377191) did.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on July 16, 2007, 01:45:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by sweetcell:
  your link didn't work for me (asked me to register), but  this one (http://www.mercurynews.com/search/ci_6377191) did.
Duly noted and edited.  Thanks for the heads up.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Random Citizen on July 22, 2007, 12:30:00 am
Tammy Faye (Bakker) Messner (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070722/ap_on_re_us/obit_tammy_faye_messner)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on July 22, 2007, 01:08:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Random Citizen PDX:
  Tammy Faye (Bakker) Messner (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070722/ap_on_re_us/obit_tammy_faye_messner)
My mom says you can only say good things about people when they die.
 
 Tammy Faye is dead.  Good.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on July 24, 2007, 03:03:00 pm
Don Arden, the Suge Knight of his generation (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6913470.stm)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: jm1 on July 30, 2007, 09:08:00 am
Broadcast Pioneer Tom Snyder Dies
 
 
 (CBS) SAN FRANCISCO Legendary newsman and pioneer broadcaster Tom Snyder passed away Sunday in San Francisco from complications of leukemia.
 
 In 1965, Tom Snyder, along with Marciarose Shestack, made television history anchoring the first noon news show in the country. The show was broadcasted from the Eyewitness News studios in Philadelphia.
 
 In the 70s Synder gained national attention as the host of the the talkshow Tomorrow with Tom Snyder. His show aired late nights on NBC at the Tonight Show.
 
 Tom Snyder was 71.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on July 30, 2007, 10:01:00 am
Bergman: from tormented childhood to film icon (http://uk.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUKL3032974120070730)
 Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:22PM BST
 
 STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Considered by some to be the greatest film-maker ever, Ingmar Bergman exorcised a traumatic childhood through cinematic masterpieces that explored sexual anxiety, loneliness and the search for meaning in life.
 
 Bergman died on Monday. He was 89.
 
 In a career spanning half a century, in which he produced more than 50 films and 125 theatre productions, Bergman became Scandinavia's most acclaimed cultural personality.
 
 Films such as "Wild Strawberries", "Scenes From a Marriage", and his great classic, "Fanny and Alexander", elevated him to be one of the masters of cinema though it brought Sweden, his country, a reputation for melancholy.
 
 His private life often thrust him into the limelight. He was married five times to beautiful and talented women and had many liaisons with his leading actresses.
 
 He influenced scores of film-makers, including Woody Allen, who idolised Bergman and paid homage to the Swedish director's classic "The Seventh Seal" with his early comedy "Love and Death".
 
 "Above all there's Ingmar Bergman, who is probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture camera," said American Allen in a birthday greeting for Bergman when he turned 70.
 
 Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born in Uppsala on July 14, 1918. His father, a Lutheran minister who became chaplain to the Swedish King, caned and humiliated the sickly boy.
 
 "It was a life-and-death struggle: either the parents were broken or the child was broken," Bergman later recalled.
 
 Bergman has also talked of a deep love for his mother and his refuge in fantasy and taste for the macabre.
 
 Critics have traced the recurring themes of repression, guilt and punishment to the director's strict upbringing.
 
 Bergman told Reuters in a rare interview in 2001 that personal demons tormented and inspired him throughout his life.
 
 "The demons are innumerable, appear at the most inconvenient times and create panic and terror," he said at the time. "But I have learnt that if I can master the negative forces and harness them to my chariot, then they can work to my advantage.
 
 Never was the autobiographical link as clear as in "Fanny and Alexander", which he proclaimed as his grand finale as a film-maker.
 
 The film, produced in three- and five-hour versions, won four Oscars in 1984, one for best foreign language film. Bergman, shy and indifferent to prizes and gala ceremonies, chose to unplug the phone and sleep through the extravaganza in his Munich flat.
 
 "Fanny and Alexander" is a lavish panorama of an Uppsala upper-class family in the years preceding World War One. The boy Alexander, 10, and his eight-year-old sister Fanny are mentally and physically abused by their stepfather, the local bishop modelled on Bergman's father.
 
 The shy and weak Alexander uses supernatural powers to take a sinister revenge on his tormentor.
 
 SCRIPT-WRITING START
 
 His first script-writing effort, "Frenzy" in 1944, was about a sadistic school teacher. His directing debut two years later was a film titled "Crisis".
 
 Bergman played with toy theatres as a boy and the stage was always his first love. "I am much more a man of the theatre than a man of the film," he once said, and all through his career shared his time between stage and screen.
 
 In his later years, he devoted himself to stage work at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre, showing a preference for classic works of theatre.
 
 His international breakthrough in cinema came in 1955 with "Smiles of a Summer Night", a comedy of manners set in provincial Sweden at the turn of the century.
 
 Full international recognition came with the 1956 film "The Seventh Seal", set in the plague-ridden Middle Ages, in which a Crusader searching for God and the meaning of life plays chess with Death. It won the jury prize at the 1957 Cannes festival.
 
 In the following 10 years, he made "Wild Strawberries", "The Silence", which included a starkly sexual scene that provoked a clash with Swedish film censors, "The Virgin Spring", and "Through a Glass Darkly". The last two won Oscars as best foreign language films.
 
 A slim, hawk-nosed man with a penchant for baggy clothing, Bergman was hardly handsome by conventional standards but women were drawn to him.
 
 His four ex-wives, including a dancer, a director and a pianist, continued to speak highly of him as did the actresses with whom he had affairs, among them Norwegian Liv Ullmann, his companion of the late 1960s.
 
 His fifth wife was the elegant Countess Ingrid von Rosen, whom he married in 1971 and who became his business manager. He had nine children, four boys and five girls.
 
 Bergman continued to win acclaim in the early 1970s with "Cries and Whispers", the television mini-series "Scenes From a Marriage", and a televised version of Mozart's "The Magic
 
 Flute".
 
 In January 1976, Bergman was arrested during a rehearsal at the Royal Dramatic Theatre by plainclothes policemen, who took him away for questioning about alleged tax evasion.
 
 No charges were brought, but the humiliation he felt led to a nervous breakdown. Publicly condemning Swedish bureaucracy, he left his homeland for a long artistic exile in Munich.
 
 He directed three films abroad, one of them, "The Autumn Sonata", bringing together Liv Ullmann and the late Ingrid Bergman. The Swedish actress was not related.
 
 In 1984, he returned to the Royal Dramatic Theatre with an acclaimed version of "King Lear". He ended his self-imposed exile the following year and settled down at the national theatre with a string of classics.
 
 His last cinematic production was Saraband, a family drama made for television in 2003 that generated more high praise.
 
 Swedish actor Max von Sydow, who starred in 11 Bergman films, once said he and the director made a pact to haunt one another after death "in all friendliness", depending on who had the opportunity first.
 
 "I believe that it is hard to fully comprehend the contribution that Ingmar Bergman made to Swedish film and drama," Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said in a statement. "His works are immortal."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on July 30, 2007, 03:03:00 pm
 Former 49er coach Bill Walsh  (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/07/30/BAG57LR8OK21.DTL)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on July 30, 2007, 03:12:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Shemp:
   Former 49er coach Bill Walsh  (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/07/30/BAG57LR8OK21.DTL)
Damn.  I have a ticket to the 49ers Kickoff Lunch and was really hoping to meet him.  He went in the hospital a little over a week ago, but I held out hope.  He was an offensive genius.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on August 02, 2007, 12:35:00 pm
August 2, 2007
 Tommy Makem, Irish Singer, Dies
 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
 Filed at 9:14 a.m. ET
 
 DOVER, N.H. (AP) -- Acclaimed Irish singer, songwriter and storyteller Tommy Makem has died of cancer, ending a worldwide entertainment career that spanned more than five decades. He was 74.
 
 "It is with great sadness that I have to report Tommy Makem passed away tonight after a long bout with lung cancer," said a message posted on his web site Wednesday night. Makem died in Dover, where he lived.
 
 Makem grew to international fame while performing with the band The Clancy Brothers And Tommy Makem in the late 1950s and 1960s.
 
 Makem & Clancy Brothers do Dylan's "When the Ship Comes In" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6gX_52aCWQ)
 
 President Mary McAleese of Ireland led the tributes, saying Makem brought happiness and joy to fans all over the world.
 
 "Always the consummate musician, he was also a superb ambassador for the country, and one of whom we will always be proud," McAleese said.
 
 Liam Clancy also remembered his life-long music partner.
 
 "Tommy was a man of high integrity, honesty, and his courage really shone through towards the end," he told RTE Radio in Dublin, Ireland.
 
 Clancy and Makem teamed up after emigrating to the United States from Ireland in the late 1950s where they began careers in acting, before turning to music.
 
 Armed with his banjo, tinwhistle, poetry, stagecraft and his baritone voice, Makem helped spread stories and songs of Irish culture around the world.
 
 "He just had the knack of making an audience laugh or cry... holding them in his hands," Clancy said.
 
 In New Hampshire, Makem performed at the Statehouse this year for Gov. John Lynch's inaugural celebration.
 
 "It was known that he was not well, yet he played with typical passion and wit, evoking tears of joy and sadness from those assembled," Lynch said on Thursday.
 
 He called Makem a state, national and international treasure.
 
 "With a strong voice and even stronger spirit, Tommy inspired millions," Lynch said.
 
 An ailing Makem visited Belfast last month to receive an honorary degree from the University of Ulster and returned to his native Armagh.
 
 Makem was best known for songs such as The Green Fields of France, Gentle Annie and Red is the Rose.
 
 With the Clancy Brothers, he appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Tonight Show and on every major television network show in the United States, and they soon became the four most famous Irishmen in the world, according to a biography on his web site.
 
 They played to audiences from New York's Carnegie Hall and London's Royal Albert Hall to every major concert venue in the English-speaking world.
 
 Even while battling cancer, Makem was maintaining a performance schedule, with gigs listed through this fall.
 
 His web site reported that Makem once was asked if he planned to retire.
 
 "Yes, of course," he said. "I retire every night and in the morning when I awake I realize just how lucky and privileged I am to be able to continue doing the things I love to do."
 
 On the Web:
 
 www.makem.com (http://www.makem.com)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on August 06, 2007, 06:30:00 am
Lee Hazelwood (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Hazlewood)
 
 Break out your many and gorgeous editions of "Some Velvet Morning".
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on August 11, 2007, 06:48:00 am
Tony Wilson (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/manchester/6941392.stm)   :(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on August 12, 2007, 12:38:00 pm
 Merv Griffin  (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/08/12/griffin.obit.ap/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on August 14, 2007, 09:20:00 pm
not that i find pleasure in knowing anyone has left this earth...but ex-Yankees....
 
  Phil Rizzuto (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2974097)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: slappy on August 14, 2007, 10:53:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by le sonick:
  not that i find pleasure in knowing anyone has left this earth...but ex-Yankees....
 
  Phil Rizzuto (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2974097)
World Series wins
 Phil Rizzuto - 9
 Ted Williams - O
 
 Holy Cow!   :eek:
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on August 14, 2007, 11:15:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by slappy:
   
Quote
Originally posted by le sonick:
  not that i find pleasure in knowing anyone has left this earth...but ex-Yankees....
 
  Phil Rizzuto (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2974097)
World Series wins
 Phil Rizzuto - 9
 Ted Williams - O
 
 Holy Cow!    :eek:  [/b]
Baltimore 12
 Yankees 0
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: distance on August 15, 2007, 01:45:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by slappy:
   
Quote
Originally posted by le sonick:
  not that i find pleasure in knowing anyone has left this earth...but ex-Yankees....
 
  Phil Rizzuto (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2974097)
World Series wins
 Phil Rizzuto - 9
 Ted Williams - O
 
 Holy Cow!    :eek:  [/b]
i thought he won 7 and played in 9?
 though ted didn't play in any, did he?
 
 yogi's got 10.  fucking nuts.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bags on August 16, 2007, 09:43:00 am
Tony Wilson, Factory Founder
 
 August 15, 2007
 Tony Wilson, Impresario and a Founder of Postpunk Label, Dies at 57
 
 By BEN SISARIO
 Tony Wilson, a British television reporter who became one of the most
 influential figures in postpunk music with his Factory Records label, died
 on Friday in Manchester, England. He was 57.
 
 The cause was a heart attack, said his publicist, Andy Saunders. Mr. Wilson
 learned he had kidney cancer a year ago.
 
 Mr. Wilson was a 26-year-old reporter for Granada Television in Manchester
 when he had an epiphany at a sparsely attended Sex Pistols show. Attracted
 by the anarchic spirit of the band, he became a passionate advocate for the
 music scene that was starting to sprout up in the city. According to popular
 accounts, the bands Joy Division, the Fall, the Smiths and the Buzzcocks
 were all formed by people who had attended that same Sex Pistols concert.
 Mr. Wilson featured musicians on his television program and, in 1978, helped
 found the independent Factory label.
 
 As a record company, Factory was both a trendsetter and a farce. Releasing
 music by Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio and Happy Mondays, it
 helped define the minimal aesthetic of postpunk and followed the music‚??s
 transition into the hedonistic rave style known as Madchester. In its
 graphic design Factory was crisp and experimental.
 
 But Mr. Wilson, an intellectual prankster who was portrayed by the comedian
 Steve Coogan in the 2002 mock documentary ‚??24 Hour Party People,‚?Ě gave his
 artists unusually generous contracts, and seemed to view Factory as more of
 a whimsical Conceptual-art project than a business. Catalog numbers were
 assigned not only to musical releases but also to stationery, parties and
 even the dental work of one of the label‚??s founders. In 1983 New Order‚??s
 12-inch single ‚??Blue Monday‚?Ě became a best seller, but because of its
 elaborate packaging ‚?? it was designed to look like a floppy disk ‚?? Factory
 lost money on every copy.
 
 ‚??You either make money,‚?Ě Mr. Wilson once said, ‚??or you make history.‚?Ě The
 label went bankrupt in 1992.
 
 Factory No. 51 was the Hacienda, a Manchester nightclub that opened in 1982
 and became the center of dance culture in Britain. Madonna made her British
 stage debut there in 1984; that year Mr. Wilson also signed one of Factory‚??s
 biggest bands, Happy Mondays, after it came in last place in a battle of the
 bands contest at the Hacienda. The club became a notorious drug den, and it
 was shut down by the authorities in 1997.
 
 Anthony Howard Wilson was born in Salford, near Manchester, and graduated
 from Cambridge University. He was hired as a reporter at Granada, where he
 became a local celebrity for his flamboyant style and his music coverage.
 His program ‚??So It Goes‚?Ě featured the first television appearances of Elvis
 Costello and the Jam.
 
 Mr. Wilson, who was married and divorced twice, is survived by his
 companion, Yvette Livesey, as well as by a son, Oliver, and a daughter,
 Isabel.
 
 Mr. Wilson, who held onto his job at Granada while he ran Factory, started
 several labels after Factory shut down, most recently F4, but none lasted
 long. For the last 15 years his consuming project was In the City, a
 music-business conference in Manchester, which he founded with Ms. Livesey.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on August 16, 2007, 03:32:00 pm
Max Roach (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/08/16/obit.roach.ap/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on August 20, 2007, 10:43:00 am
"The Queen Of Mean"  Leona Helmsley (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20070820/D8R4Q8900.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: nkotb on August 21, 2007, 11:06:00 am
Herbert Kornfeld RIP
 
 Memorial Shirt (http://store.theonion.com/herbert-kornfeld-commemorative-tee-p-126.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: miss pretentious on August 21, 2007, 11:26:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by nkotb:
  Herbert Kornfeld RIP
 
 Memorial Shirt (http://store.theonion.com/herbert-kornfeld-commemorative-tee-p-126.html)
He died in May. Where have you been?
  White-On-White Violence Claims Life of Accounts Recieveable Supervisor (http://www.theonion.com/content/news_briefs/white_on_white_violence)
 
 Also, The Onion sponsored Web site for his business is fantastic.  See? (http://www.midstateoffice.com/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: nkotb on August 21, 2007, 11:34:00 am
Wow, really?  I'm way behind the times.  
 
 If it's not discussed on this forum or on Law & Order: SVU re-runs, I don't know about it.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by miss pretentious:
 He died in May. Where have you been?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on August 21, 2007, 10:03:00 pm
70s cabaret circuit singer Jon Lucien (http://blogs.livedaily.com/index.php/main/comments/831/jon_lucien_dead_at_65.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: slappy on August 23, 2007, 11:22:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by le sonick:
   
Quote
Originally posted by slappy:
   
Quote
Originally posted by le sonick:
  not that i find pleasure in knowing anyone has left this earth...but ex-Yankees....
 
  Phil Rizzuto (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2974097)
World Series wins
 Phil Rizzuto - 9
 Ted Williams - O
 
 Holy Cow!     :eek:   [/b]
Baltimore 12
 Yankees 0 [/b]
Texas 30
 Balmer 3
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on August 23, 2007, 12:54:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by slappy:
   
Quote
Originally posted by le sonick:
   
Quote
Originally posted by slappy:
     
Quote
Originally posted by le sonick:
  not that i find pleasure in knowing anyone has left this earth...but ex-Yankees....
 
  Phil Rizzuto (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2974097)
World Series wins
 Phil Rizzuto - 9
 Ted Williams - O
 
 Holy Cow!      :eek:    [/b]
Baltimore 12
 Yankees 0 [/b]
Texas 30
 Balmer 3 [/b]
haha. i thought that was a misprint.  i cant even make fun of Orioles fans today, i feel too bad.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SalParadise on August 24, 2007, 02:01:00 pm
fidel castro.
 
 no linkage because it hasn't been formally announced yet... but it should be later today...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on August 24, 2007, 02:08:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by SalParadise:
  fidel castro.
 
 no linkage because it hasn't been formally announced yet... but it should be later today...
Seriously?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SalParadise on August 24, 2007, 02:14:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
   
Quote
Originally posted by SalParadise:
  fidel castro.
 
 no linkage because it hasn't been formally announced yet... but it should be later today...
Seriously? [/b]
si.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on August 24, 2007, 02:22:00 pm
If you are right, I congratulate you on the scoop.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by SalParadise:
   
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
   
Quote
Originally posted by SalParadise:
  fidel castro.
 
 no linkage because it hasn't been formally announced yet... but it should be later today...
Seriously? [/b]
si. [/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SalParadise on August 24, 2007, 02:29:00 pm
i outggw'd ggw.
 
 i just got a phone call from family in miami. i think they're (media) waiting for kids to get home from school before they announce it. or maybe my cousin is just bullshitting me...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: bnyced0 on August 24, 2007, 02:33:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by SalParadise:
  i outggw'd ggw.
 
 i just got a phone call from family in miami. i think they're (media) waiting for kids to get home from school before they announce it. or maybe my cousin is just bullshitting me...
Well, actually that's all I can say at the moment...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: MISTER_X on August 24, 2007, 03:14:00 pm
http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/cuban-fm-dispels-rumors-about-castro/2007/08/24/1187462495675.html (http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/cuban-fm-dispels-rumors-about-castro/2007/08/24/1187462495675.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SalParadise on August 24, 2007, 03:36:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by RECTAL ITCH:
  http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/cuban-fm-dispels-rumors-about-castro/2007/08/24/1187462495675.html (http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/cuban-fm-dispels-rumors-about-castro/2007/08/24/1187462495675.html)
d'oh
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: miss pretentious on August 24, 2007, 04:21:00 pm
Fess up Sal... your source was...  PEREZ HILTON (http://www.perezhilton.com/)
 
 Sources reveal exclusively to PerezHilton.com that U.S. officials will be holding a press conference shortly to announce the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
 
 South Florida police organizations are calling in reinforcements before the announcement is made, we‚??re told.
 
 PerezHilton.com was the first media outlet in the world to break the news of Castro‚??s death. We posted THIS ITEM on it last week!!!!
 
 A Cuban broke the story of the oppressive ogre‚??s passing. We are soooo proud and happy!!!
 
 We‚??re so sad we can‚??t be in Miami this weekend.
 
 There‚??s gonna be a big ol‚?? party en Calle Ocho, mi gente!!!!
 
 In the words of Gloria Estefan‚?¶
 
 ‚??Quiero my Cuba libre pa que la gente pueda - pa que mi gente pueda bailar!‚?Ě
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on August 24, 2007, 04:24:00 pm
Find out who you've outlived (http://www.deadoraliveinfo.com/dead.nsf/Search.outlived?OpenForm&x=nf)
 
 I've outlived Bob Marley, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana and John Belushi.
 
 Oh SNAP
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SalParadise on August 24, 2007, 04:28:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by miss pretentious:
  Fess up Sal... your source was...  PEREZ HILTON (http://www.perezhilton.com/)
 
 Sources reveal exclusively to PerezHilton.com that U.S. officials will be holding a press conference shortly to announce the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
 
 South Florida police organizations are calling in reinforcements before the announcement is made, we‚??re told.
 
 PerezHilton.com was the first media outlet in the world to break the news of Castro‚??s death. We posted THIS ITEM on it last week!!!!
 
 A Cuban broke the story of the oppressive ogre‚??s passing. We are soooo proud and happy!!!
 
 We‚??re so sad we can‚??t be in Miami this weekend.
 
 There‚??s gonna be a big ol‚?? party en Calle Ocho, mi gente!!!!
 
 In the words of Gloria Estefan‚?¶
 
 ‚??Quiero my Cuba libre pa que la gente pueda - pa que mi gente pueda bailar!‚?Ě
it has to be true then!
 
 10,000 pigs will be roasted in miami tonight.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on August 24, 2007, 04:31:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Relaxer:
  Find out who you've outlived (http://www.deadoraliveinfo.com/dead.nsf/Search.outlived?OpenForm&x=nf)
 
Lenny Bruce
 John Lennon
 Vitas Gerulaitis
 Malcolm X
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: jd930 on August 24, 2007, 04:46:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Relaxer:
  Find out who you've outlived (http://www.deadoraliveinfo.com/dead.nsf/Search.outlived?OpenForm&x=nf)
 
 I've outlived Bob Marley, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana and John Belushi.
 
 Oh SNAP
Me too.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SalParadise on August 24, 2007, 05:22:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by SalParadise:
   
Quote
Originally posted by miss pretentious:
  Fess up Sal... your source was...  PEREZ HILTON (http://www.perezhilton.com/)
 
 Sources reveal exclusively to PerezHilton.com that U.S. officials will be holding a press conference shortly to announce the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
 
 South Florida police organizations are calling in reinforcements before the announcement is made, we‚??re told.
 
 PerezHilton.com was the first media outlet in the world to break the news of Castro‚??s death. We posted THIS ITEM on it last week!!!!
 
 A Cuban broke the story of the oppressive ogre‚??s passing. We are soooo proud and happy!!!
 
 We‚??re so sad we can‚??t be in Miami this weekend.
 
 There‚??s gonna be a big ol‚?? party en Calle Ocho, mi gente!!!!
 
 In the words of Gloria Estefan‚?¶
 
 ‚??Quiero my Cuba libre pa que la gente pueda - pa que mi gente pueda bailar!‚?Ě
it has to be true then!
 
 10,000 pigs will be roasted in miami tonight. [/b]
or maybe not..
 http://www.miamiherald.com/581/story/214415.html (http://www.miamiherald.com/581/story/214415.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on August 28, 2007, 03:19:00 pm
For those who see soccer as a major sport, some sad news: Sevilla Midfielder Antonio Puerta, dead at 22 (http://sports.myway.com/news/08282007/v3059.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on August 28, 2007, 03:24:00 pm
Who woulda thunk Castro would outlive this guy?
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by RonniStar:
  For those who see soccer as a major sport, some sad news: Sevilla Midfielder Antonio Puerta, dead at 22 (http://sports.myway.com/news/08282007/v3059.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: miss pretentious on August 29, 2007, 11:23:00 am
Some unfortunate news:  Hilly Kristal (http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-29-2007/0004653405&EDATE=) , the founder of legendary New York rock club CBGB, died Tuesday of complications from lung cancer. He was 75.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on August 29, 2007, 02:00:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by miss pretentious:
  Some unfortunate news:  Hilly Kristal (http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-29-2007/0004653405&EDATE=) , the founder of legendary New York rock club CBGB, died Tuesday of complications from lung cancer. He was 75.
Does this mean that brilliant plan to re-open CB's in Las Vegas is kaput?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Venerable Bede on August 29, 2007, 04:30:00 pm
Richard Jewell (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070829/ap_on_re_us/obit_jewell)-
 
 Former security guard Jewell dies By HARRY R. WEBER, Associated Press Writer
 25 minutes ago
 
 ATLANTA - Richard Jewell, the former security guard who was erroneously linked to the 1996 Olympic bombing, died Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
 
 Jewell, 44, was found dead in his west Georgia home, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said.
 
 "There's no suspicion whatsoever of any type of foul play. He had been at home sick since the end of February with kidney problems," said Meriwether County Coroner Johnny Worley.
 
 The GBI planned to do an autopsy Thursday, Bankhead said.
 
 Lin Wood, Jewell's longtime attorney, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that he was "devastated" by the news. He declined to comment further, saying he was in New York trying to get back to Atlanta.
 
 Jewell was initially hailed as a hero for spotting a suspicious backpack in a park and moving people out of harm's way just before a bomb exploded during a concert at the Atlanta Summer Olympics.
 
 The blast killed one and injured 111 others.
 
 Three days after the bombing, an unattributed report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution described him as "the focus" of the investigation.
 
 Other media, to varying degrees, also linked Jewell to the investigation. He was never arrested or charged, although he was questioned and was a subject of search warrants.
 
 As recently as last year, Jewell was working as a sheriff's deputy.
 
 Eighty-eight days after the initial news report, U.S. Attorney Kent Alexander issued a statement saying Jewell "is not a target" of the bombing investigation and that the "unusual and intense publicity" surrounding him was "neither designed nor desired by the FBI, and in fact interfered with the investigation."
 
 In 1997, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno expressed regret over the leak regarding Jewell. "I'm very sorry it happened," she told reporters. "I think we owe him an apology."
 
 The Atlanta newspaper never settled a lawsuit Jewell filed against it. The case was still pending as of last year. A lawyer for the newspaper did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
 
 Eventually, the bomber turned out to be anti-government extremist Eric Rudolph, who also planted three other bombs in the Atlanta area and in Birmingham, Ala. Those explosives killed a police officer, maimed a nurse and injured several other people.
 
 Rudolph was captured after spending five years hiding out in the mountains of western North Carolina. He pleaded guilty to all four bombings last year and is serving life in prison.
 
 Jewell told the AP last year that Rudolph's conviction helped, but he believed some people still remember him as a suspect rather than for the two days in which he was praised as a hero.
 
 "For that two days, my mother had a great deal of pride in me ‚?? that I had done something good and that she was my mother, and that was taken away from her," Jewell said around the time of the 10th anniversary of the bombing. "She'll never get that back, and there's no way I can give that back to her."
 
 A year ago, Gov. Sonny Perdue commended Jewell at a bombing anniversary event. "This is what I think is the right thing to do," Perdue declared as he handed a certificate to Jewell.
 
 Jewell said: "I never expected this day to ever happen. I'm just glad that it did."
 
 ___
 
 Associated Press Writer Greg Bluestein contributed to this story.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on August 30, 2007, 10:29:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Venerable Bede:
  Richard Jewell (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070829/ap_on_re_us/obit_jewell)-
 
 Former security guard Jewell dies By HARRY R. WEBER, Associated Press Writer
 25 minutes ago
 
 ATLANTA - Richard Jewell, the former security guard who was erroneously linked to the 1996 Olympic bombing, died Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
 
 Jewell, 44, was found dead in his west Georgia home, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said.
 
poor dude.  i was in centennial park in Atlanta when this happened.  kinda crazy, but it wasnt like as bad as they made it on TV.  at least it stopped the Hootie and the Blowfish concert.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on August 30, 2007, 01:03:00 pm
Did we list the guy who was the star of last years foreign film Oscar winner The Lives of Others?
 
 He died in July from stomach cancer.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on September 03, 2007, 11:23:00 pm
One of the New Bohemians (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070904/ap_en_mu/people_musician_shot).
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: alex on September 04, 2007, 08:30:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  One of the New Bohemians (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070904/ap_en_mu/people_musician_shot).
Kind of a crappy way to go...
 
 
Quote
DALLAS ‚??  Jeffrey Carter Albrecht, a keyboard player for the band Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, was shot to death early Monday while trying to kick in the door of his girlfriend's neighbor, police said.
 
 The neighbor, who was not immediately identified, was asleep in bed when he woke up around 4 a.m. to his wife screaming that someone was breaking into the house, according to a police report. The neighbor yelled through the door for Albrecht to leave and then fired his handgun through the door.
 
 Albrecht was shot in the head and died at the scene, police said.
 
 The neighbor believed a burglar was trying to break in and fired a shot through the door around 4 a.m., Dallas police spokesman Sgt. Gil Cerda said. The case is under investigation and no arrests have been made.
 
 News reports cited police saying Albrecht beat up his girlfriend and then tried to kick down the neighbor's door in a drunken rage. The couple had no history of domestic violence, but the girlfriend had bruises on her face, police said. She did not suffer serious injury.
 
 Albrecht apparently struck his girlfriend in the face several times and hit her in the back once she fell. She later managed to lock him out of the house, according to the reports.
 
 "He was at his girlfriend's house last night," said Danny Balis, Albrecht's roommate. "He left the house and went next door and ‚?? for whatever reason, which we don't know ‚?? he knocked on the neighbor's door. And from what I understand, he was persistent. I don't know if there was a verbal exchange, but the person panicked and fired a shot through the door."
 
 The death of Albrecht, who also played keyboard and guitar and sang in the Dallas rock band Sorta with Balis, stunned friends and those who knew him in the North Texas music community.
 
 "He is not a violent person," said Carrie Garcia, Sorta's manager. "He is cool as a cucumber, shy, always wanted to make a joke in a situation that may be a little tense."
 
 Albrecht, who went by his middle name, had been with the New Bohemians since 1999, according to the band's Web site. Albrecht played several times with Brickell's husband, Paul Simon, Garcia said. He also played with Texas musician Charlie Sexton, a renowned guitarist.
 
 Albrecht was working on a solo album that Balis called "the best thing he has ever done."
 
 "He was the best musician I've ever played with ‚?? no question," Balis said. "He could play anything. It's a shame not enough people outside of Dallas heard him."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on September 04, 2007, 02:30:00 pm
Steve Fossett?? (http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/09/04/fossett.missing/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on September 05, 2007, 01:10:00 pm
Congressman Paul Gillmor (R-Ohio) (http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/rep.-gillmor-dies-2007-09-05.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Venerable Bede on September 06, 2007, 01:35:00 am
Luciano Pavarotti (http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8RFOO900&show_article=1)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on September 06, 2007, 05:09:00 pm
Effi Barry (http://www.wtop.com/?nid=596&sid=1240597)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on September 17, 2007, 08:21:00 pm
Brett Somers (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070917/ap_on_en_tv/obit_somers)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on September 18, 2007, 06:36:00 am
Leona Helmsley...Effi Barry...Jake Einstein...
 
 all these icons of a certain era
 
 good thing I'm not getting any older like them
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on September 23, 2007, 10:32:00 am
A moment of silence for  Marcel Marceau (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/09/23/marceau.ap/index.html).
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Marty666 on September 23, 2007, 01:35:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by beetsnotbeats:
  A moment of silence for  Marcel Marceau (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/09/23/marceau.ap/index.html).
Im speechless
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on September 24, 2007, 11:35:00 am
 Ex-Rally Champion Colin McRae  (http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/news/story?seriesId=99&id=3022712)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on October 15, 2007, 07:16:00 pm
pour out a little drank in his memory:
 
 Rapper Big Moe, 33, Dies (http://www.click2houston.com/entertainment/14343634/detail.html)
 
 HOUSTON -- Big Moe, a Houston rapper whose 2002 album reached No. 3 on Billboard's hip hop charts, has died.
 
 Big Moe, whose real name was Kenneth Moore, was 33. He died Sunday afternoon at Houston's Ben Taub hospital after being hospitalized for more than a week, said Bryan McLeod, a spokesman for the county public hospital system.
 
 McLeod did not release a cause of death, but numerous hip hop Web sites said the obese rapper suffered a heart attack.
 
 Big Moe, who rapped and sang, was a member of the late DJ Screw's rap collective the Screwed Up Click. DJ Screw died of a heart attack in 2000 after a reported overdose of codeine-laced cough syrup.
 
 Big Moe often rapped about the drug and the titles of his first two albums made reference to it. His first album was called "City of Syrup" and his most successful offering was 2002's "Purple World," for the color most often associated with the drug.
 
 Big Moe's top two singles, "Barre Baby" and "Purple Stuff" were odes to the drug. He also released a third album, "Moe Life," in 2003.
 
 "He was a great influence to the music community here in Houston," said Swishahouse Records founder Michael "5000" Watts. "He was a good person and one of the founding fathers of the music movement here."
 
 He collaborated with various Houston rappers including Mike Jones, Z-Ro and Pimp C.
 
 Other Screwed Up Click members who have died are Big Hawk, who was shot to death last year, and his brother Fat Pat, killed in 1998.
 
     <img src="http://www.click2houston.com/2007/1015/14344730_240X180.jpg" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: saco on October 18, 2007, 02:11:00 pm
Joey Bishop (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071018/ap_en_ot/obit_bishop)
 
 
  Deborah Kerr (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071018/ap_on_en_mo/obit_kerr;_ylt=AkLRfyxQsNe.xlVtz68QbQ2s0NUE)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: jm1 on October 19, 2007, 09:03:00 am
Lucky Dube (http://wtop.com/?nid=114&sid=1272699)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on October 19, 2007, 03:23:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by jm1:
  Lucky Dube (http://wtop.com/?nid=114&sid=1272699)
:(  
 
 Reggae Star Killed in South Africa Carjacking
 By MICHAEL WINES
 
 JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 19 ‚?? A team of gunmen shot and killed Lucky Dube, an international reggae star and one of the nation‚??s best-known musicians, in an apparent carjacking attempt late Thursday that underscored the continuing peril of violent crime here.
 
 As the provincial police commissioner appointed seven veteran investigators to chase down the attackers, President Thabo Mbeki called on the nation ‚??to confront this terrible scourge of crime, which has taken the lives of too many of our people, and does so every day.‚?Ě
 
 The police said that Mr. Dube, 43, was shot by three hijackers in Rosettenville, just south of downtown Johannesburg, as he dropped off his 15-year-old son at his brother‚??s house. Mr. Dube‚??s son was in the car at the time, they said.
 
 The hijackers fled after Mr. Dube crashed his Chrysler into a tree. He died at the scene.
 
 The principal opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, said that ‚??the circumstances surrounding his murder again illustrate that violent crime in South Africa is out of control, and that the government‚??s remedies to address this scourge have failed.‚?Ě
 
 South Africans have reduced the murder rate by 41 percent since the nation became a democracy in 1994, experts say, but the pace of murder and other violent crimes remains among the world‚??s highest, and attacks on both ordinary citizens and high-profile figures, including politicians and the police, are a daily occurrence.
 
 The government has committed to reduce so-called contact crimes, in which criminals confront their victims, by 7 percent annually. Figures for the last annual reporting period, which ended in March, showed declines in attempted murders, assaults, rape and in several other categories.
 
 But homicides rose to 19,200, a 3.5 percent increase, reversing a longstanding drift downward. Aggravated robberies, in which criminals assault as well as rob victims, leaped by nearly 6 percent, to more than 126,000. And carjackings of the sort that killed Mr. Dube rose 6 percent, to a level not seen in four years.
 
 Those increases reflect a disturbing shift toward violence by certain kinds of criminals, said Dr. Johan Burger, a 36-year veteran of the South African Police Service who is an analyst for the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies.
 
 ‚??This is a change for the worse,‚?Ě he said. ‚??A psychosis of fear is spreading, and this has dangerous, dangerous implications if it is not stopped. I‚??m not at all convinced that we‚??re doing the right thing at the moment.‚?Ě
 
 While both politicians and the press were demanding more police officers to combat the rise in violent crime, he said, South Africa already exceeds international norms for the number of police needed for its population. To reduce the violence, he said, the nation needs to control illegal immigration, especially from war zones, which has fed a population of destitute aliens with military training and experience with violence.
 
 He also said the nation needed to reduce the vast gap between the nation‚??s wealthy class and a jobless underclass that has little hope of climbing out of poverty except by crime.
 
 On Friday, Mr. Dube‚??s Web site, www.luckydubemusic.com, (http://www.luckydubemusic.com,) said that his death ‚??leaves a great void in the music industry as 25 years of music suddenly ends in tragedy.‚?Ě
 
 Mr. Dube began as a singer of traditional African songs but swept to international stardom in the 1980s when he began singing reggae. He recorded 22 albums during his career and played with Peter Gabriel, Seal and other Western singers, but he spent most of his time in Africa, where his base of fans was strongest.
 
 He is survived by a wife and seven children.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Got Haggis? on October 21, 2007, 04:15:00 pm
RIP Paul Raven, bassist for Killing Joke, Ministry, Prong, and others.  Very very sad  :(
 
 http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=83206 (http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=83206)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on October 29, 2007, 12:17:00 pm
Country Legend Porter Wagoner (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20071029/D8SIVU281.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on October 29, 2007, 02:12:00 pm
This is what I imagine ggw looking like when he gets to 80.
 
  <img src="http://ak.imgfarm.com/images/ap/PEOPLE_PORTER_WAGONER.sff_NY137_20071026191547.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by RonniStar:
  Country Legend Porter Wagoner (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20071029/D8SIVU281.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on October 30, 2007, 09:29:00 am
Judy Mazel, founder of the Beverly Hills Diet (http://www.thatsfit.com/2007/10/29/beverly-hills-diet-founder-dead-at-63/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on October 30, 2007, 08:05:00 pm
Robert Goulet, 73 (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21552081/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Venerable Bede on October 31, 2007, 02:10:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by eros:
  Robert Goulet, 73 (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21552081/)
The Coconut Bangers Ball- It's a Wrap (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2zRGQX2QLo)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: bearman🐻 on October 31, 2007, 06:37:00 pm
Linda Stein, Seymour's ex-wife (http://www.nme.com/news/ramones/32213)
 
 This is so shocking and tragic to me. The interviews I've read and footage I've seen of her always made me feel like she was a really warm and interesting person. I cannot believe it.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on October 31, 2007, 06:45:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by bearman:
  Linda Stein, Seymour's ex-wife (http://www.nme.com/news/ramones/32213)
 
Wow.  Very sad.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on November 04, 2007, 01:35:00 am
The Fabulous Moolah (http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/news/62702/The-Fabulous-Moolah-Passes-Away.htm)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on November 10, 2007, 09:05:00 am
Pulitzer-winning author Mailer dies (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071110/ap_on_en_ot/obit_mailer)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on November 10, 2007, 11:45:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  Pulitzer-winning author Mailer dies (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071110/ap_on_en_ot/obit_mailer)
along with some of the beat writers, f. scott, and hemingway, mailer really got me into literature when i was a kid ... now, for some reason, i always think of george plimpton when i think of mailer
 
 mailer was pretty punk rock for his time
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Random Citizen on November 10, 2007, 12:06:00 pm
Noi Chudnoff (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/08/AR2007110802485.html?hpid=features1&hpv=local), owner of Go Mama Go! on 14th Street.
 
  :(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Mobius on November 10, 2007, 05:49:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Hoya Paranoia:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  Pulitzer-winning author Mailer dies (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071110/ap_on_en_ot/obit_mailer)
along with some of the beat writers, f. scott, and hemingway, mailer really got me into literature when i was a kid ... now, for some reason, i always think of george plimpton when i think of mailer
 
 mailer was pretty punk rock for his time [/b]
Ditto, except I wasn't a kid (college) and the george plimpton part.  Advertisements For Myself is one of my favorite reads ever.  His line to the effect of life is the search for the perfect orgasm has stuck with me.  RIP.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on November 12, 2007, 05:55:00 pm
great mailer obit by hitchens (http://books.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2209681,00.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on November 19, 2007, 03:23:00 pm
Mr. Whipple (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071119/ap_on_en_tv/obit_mr__whipple)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: tigersscareme on November 19, 2007, 03:29:00 pm
Quote
Mr. Whipple
aw...adam from Mythbusters will be sad.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bags on November 19, 2007, 03:46:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Hoya Paranoia:
  great mailer obit by hitchens (http://books.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2209681,00.html)
"This article has been removed as the copyright has expired."
  :(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on November 19, 2007, 04:41:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Bags:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Hoya Paranoia:
  great mailer obit by hitchens (http://books.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2209681,00.html)
"This article has been removed as the copyright has expired."
   :(  [/b]
ici? (http://www.slate.com/id/2177819/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on November 20, 2007, 12:33:00 pm
Patricia Crane, Ex-Wife of Bob Crane, RIP (http://television.aol.com/news/story/_a/hogans-heroes-actress-valdis-dies/20071120065509990001?ncid=NWS00010000000001)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on November 26, 2007, 01:30:00 pm
There are rumors/reports that Kevin DuBrow of Quiet Riot fame was found dead in Vegas this weekend.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on November 26, 2007, 01:31:00 pm
I want to know what circles you travel in such that people are spreading Kevin Dubrow rumors.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Relaxer:
  There are rumors/reports that Kevin DuBrow of Quiet Riot fame was found dead in Vegas this weekend.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bags on November 26, 2007, 01:43:00 pm
Monday, November 26, 2007
 
 QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali has confirmed the passing of the group's singer, Kevin DuBrow, at the age of 52. In an e-mail to The Metal Circus, which had requested a comment from Banali on the rumors of DuBrow's death, the drummer wrote, "Please respect  my privacy as I mourn the passing and honor the memory of my dearest friend Kevin DuBrow."
 
 Michael Politz of The Vegas Eye reported earlier today that DuBrow was found dead in his Las Vegas home on Sunday, November 25.  According to Politz, DubRow ‚?? whom Politz calls "one of my closest friends" ‚?? recently celebrated his 52nd birthday in New Orleans   "where he ate great food and even caught THE CULT at The House of Blues
 
 Although the band has yet to issue an official statement on the matter, bassist Kelly Garni, who was one of the founding members of QUIET RIOT, has posted the following message on the Randy Rhoads (late QUIET RIOT/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist) web site RandyRhoads.tk:
 
 "I ask this to all of you not only for myself but for other friends and family. I ask that no one here offer any speculation or opinions, theories or other things that could be construed as negative or, and I'm sorry for this, even sympathetic, right at this immediate time. I am already within hours of this having to deal with untrue rumors and speculation and that only adds fuel to that. There is a tendency for the subject of Kevin to incite flames on every board and now is not the time for that. I will explain to everyone here the facts and the truth in the next 24 to 48 hours as I realize this will effect us all. So please, until then, be patient. All details and other pertinate info will be passed on to you here when it becomes available to me. Thank you."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on November 26, 2007, 01:52:00 pm
And Layne Stayley is still dead.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on November 26, 2007, 01:54:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes,Japanese Golfer:
  I want to know what circles you travel in such that people are spreading Kevin Dubrow rumors.
 
   
Quote
Originally posted by Relaxer:
  There are rumors/reports that Kevin DuBrow of Quiet Riot fame was found dead in Vegas this weekend.
[/b]
Dude, it's a global market for information these days.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on November 26, 2007, 04:43:00 pm
 Kevin Dubrow, lead singer of Quiet Riot  (http://www.tmz.com/2007/11/26/quiet-riot-singer-found-dead-in-his-vegas-home/) From TMZ.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on November 26, 2007, 04:46:00 pm
Thanks for that one. Has anybody mentioned Robert Goulet yet?
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Shemp:
   Kevin Dubrow, lead singer of Quiet Riot  (http://www.tmz.com/2007/11/26/quiet-riot-singer-found-dead-in-his-vegas-home/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on November 26, 2007, 04:47:00 pm
Sorry.  RIF in the RIP thread.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Brian_Wallace on November 26, 2007, 05:22:00 pm
Quiet Riot's version of "Cum on Feel the Noize" pisses all over Oasis's version.  Plus Kevin Dubrow had better hair than the Gallaghers.  He will be missed.  Especially where I come from.  Land of Pennsylvania Rednecks/Heshers.
 
 Brian
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on November 27, 2007, 06:38:00 pm
Robert Cade, Gatorade Inventor (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Obit-Cade.html?ex=1353819600&en=e6c818d788f324ae&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on November 27, 2007, 07:42:00 pm
 Hall of Fame jockey Bill Hartack.   (http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=horse/news/BJN4114744.htm)  Guess how he went.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on November 27, 2007, 08:35:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  Pulitzer-winning author Mailer dies (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071110/ap_on_en_ot/obit_mailer)
Dead author wins bad sex award (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/books/11/27/mailer.sex.ap/index.html)
 
 anyone know what book this is from?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on November 28, 2007, 12:55:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by sweetcell:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  Pulitzer-winning author Mailer dies (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071110/ap_on_en_ot/obit_mailer)
Dead author wins bad sex award (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/books/11/27/mailer.sex.ap/index.html)
 
 anyone know what book this is from? [/b]
Caetle in the Forest
 
 
 It would be considered a horrible book if not for the fact that it was written by Mailer.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on November 30, 2007, 02:16:00 pm
Writer Who Sued Da Vinci Code Author Dan Brown has died! (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20071130/D8T832QO0.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on November 30, 2007, 05:20:00 pm
the motorcycle god himself, evil k.  
 
 "stand back jesus, i'm jumping the gates of zion."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Brian_Wallace on November 30, 2007, 05:43:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by walkonby:
  the motorcycle god himself, evil k.  
 
 "stand back jesus, i'm jumping the gates of zion."
"Now let me start by saying...  Good for you son!
    It's always good to see young people taking an interest in danger.
    Now a lot of people are going to be telling you you're crazy,
    and maybe they're right.  But the fact of the matter is:
    Bones heal.  Chicks dig scars.  And the United States of America
    has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world!"
    -- Captain Lance Murdoch,
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on December 04, 2007, 07:46:00 pm
Poker Legend David "Chip" Reese (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/poker/news/story?id=3141655)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on December 04, 2007, 07:52:00 pm
UGK rapper Pimp C was found dead this morning (Dec. 4) in his room at the Mondrian Hotel on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip. He was 33. Police found the rapper,
 whose real name was Chad Butler, dead in his bed after responding to a 911 call.
 
 UGK's publicist at Jive Records confirmed Pimp C's death to Billboard.com and said a statement will be issued soon.
 
 In August, UGK released "Underground Kingz," its first studio album in five years. The set, which spawned the popular single "Intl' Players Anthem" featuring
 OutKast, debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, a first for the group.
 
 UGK, which also features rapper Bun B, was derailed in 2002 when Pimp C was sentenced to eight years in prison on an assault charge. He was released on
 Dec. 30, 2005, at which point he quickly began working on new music.
 
 His 2006 solo album, "Pimpalation" reached No. 3 on The Billboard 200. But it was understood that his stint in jail affected the artist's mental and physical
 health dramatically, to the point where he was unable to promote "Underground Kingz" in a meaningful way.
 
 Pimp C had performed in Los Angeles Saturday night with labelmate Too Short.
 
 
  :(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on December 07, 2007, 03:43:00 pm
Karlheinz Stockhausen (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/12/07/obit.stockhausen.ap/index.html)
 
 On the CNN.com frontpage, the link is listed as "Avant-garde composer on 'Pepper' cover dies."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on December 07, 2007, 04:14:00 pm
Major loss.  :(
 
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by beetsnotbeats:
  Karlheinz Stockhausen (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/12/07/obit.stockhausen.ap/index.html)
 
 On the CNN.com frontpage, the link is listed as "Avant-garde composer on 'Pepper' cover dies."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on December 07, 2007, 04:16:00 pm
You think they'll send us home early?
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by azaghal1981:
  Major loss.   :(  
 
 
   
Quote
Originally posted by beetsnotbeats:
  Karlheinz Stockhausen (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/12/07/obit.stockhausen.ap/index.html)
 
 On the CNN.com frontpage, the link is listed as "Avant-garde composer on 'Pepper' cover dies."
[/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on December 07, 2007, 04:44:00 pm
They didn't when Pimp C's death was announced so I doubt it.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes,Japanese Golfer:
  You think they'll send us home early?
 
   
Quote
Originally posted by azaghal1981:
  Major loss.    :(  
 
 
   
Quote
Originally posted by beetsnotbeats:
  Karlheinz Stockhausen (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/12/07/obit.stockhausen.ap/index.html)
 
 On the CNN.com frontpage, the link is listed as "Avant-garde composer on 'Pepper' cover dies."
[/b]
[/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on December 11, 2007, 04:17:00 pm
 Results are in - Kevin Dubrow - cocaine overdose  (http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2007-12-10-dubrow-overdose_N.htm)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on December 11, 2007, 04:24:00 pm
after oprah, obama chances.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: jm1 on December 12, 2007, 05:17:00 pm
Ike Turner...R.I.P.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on December 13, 2007, 05:54:00 pm
Lynette Knackstedt, Guitarist for Skankin Pickle (http://www.punknews.org/article/26928)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: distance on December 15, 2007, 08:57:00 pm
some dude involved in banging nancy kerrigan (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071215/ap_on_re_us/obit_griffith)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on December 16, 2007, 10:37:00 pm
Dan Fogelberg (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/12/16/obit.fogelberg.ap/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sacriforce on December 17, 2007, 02:07:00 pm
damn. way too young.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on December 18, 2007, 12:38:00 am
Hawthorne Heights guitarist died from an overdose of antidepressants and some funky Polish version of Valium.
 
 http://www.wtop.com/?nid=596&sid=1311820 (http://www.wtop.com/?nid=596&sid=1311820)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on December 18, 2007, 07:24:00 am
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/pop/343960_crocodile18.html (http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/pop/343960_crocodile18.html)
 
 Seattle's Crocodile Cafe closes
 By JOHN MARSHALL
 P-I REPORTER
 
 Crocodile Cafe, R.I.P.
 
 Saturday night, the Belltown club was packed once again for sets by Robin Pecknold, J. Tillman and David Bazan, with the usual "Croc" good times under way and the bar doing brisk business. Nothing suggested that those in the crowd were witnesses to the venerable music venue's last waltz.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on December 24, 2007, 02:26:00 pm
December 24, 2007
 Oscar Peterson, Jazz Pianist, Is Dead
 By REUTERS
 TORONTO (Reuters) - Oscar Peterson, who sat atop the world of jazz piano for decades with his driving two-handed swing, technical wizardry and rapid-fire solos, died Sunday of kidney failure, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp reported. He was 82.
 
 One of jazz's most recorded musicians, both as leader and accompanist, Peterson came from working class beginnings in Montreal -- where his father let him pursue music only if he promised to be "the best" -- to become a major influence on generations of top-flight musicians.
 
 Since blasting onto the world stage with a famous appearance at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1949, the beefy high school dropout amassed armfuls of honorary degrees and awards, including a 1997 Grammy for Lifetime Achievement and an International Jazz Hall of Fame Award.
 
 Canada made him a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honor, as well as the first living Canadian to be depicted on a stamp. (Reporting by Jeffrey Jones)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on December 25, 2007, 10:39:00 am
Hollywood and Broadway Choreographer Michael Kidd (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20071225/D8TODNC00.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on December 27, 2007, 09:56:00 am
Benazir Bhutto (http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/12/27/pakistan.sharif/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on December 28, 2007, 08:14:00 pm
Orpheus Records.
 
 Lost their lease.  Sale starts on Tuesday January 2, 2008 (30% off all used vinyl).
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Barcelona on January 10, 2008, 07:15:00 pm
Edmund Hillary (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7182376.stm)
 
  <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4c/TenzingonSummit.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 Tenzing Norgay achieves the summit of Mt. Everest, May 29, 1953. Photograph taken by Edmund Hillary.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on January 11, 2008, 02:20:00 pm
Former Ice Skating Champion Christopher Bowman (http://sports.aol.com/story/_a/skating-champion-bowman-found-dead/20080111013209990001)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on January 15, 2008, 10:46:00 am
Maila Nurmi, whose "Vampira" TV persona pioneered the spooky-yet-sexy Goth aesthetic, has died, coroner's officials said. She was 85.  link (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080115/ap_en_ce/obit_nurmi).
 
   <img src="http://www.zombiereportingcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/vampira.JPG" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on January 15, 2008, 12:37:00 pm
Who do you think will get posted on this thread first...
 
 Britney Spears or Amy Winehouse?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: bearman🐻 on January 15, 2008, 12:39:00 pm
They both look pretty dour these days, but Winehouse really seems to have taken to the smack. Britney is the imminent trainwreck, but I think Winehouse is the keg of gunpowder with the fuse lit.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on January 15, 2008, 01:28:00 pm
dunno.  i think britney has a less serious habit (prescription amphetamines and laxitives aren't as bad as coke and heroin) and is surrounded by more people/care-takers who can intervene.  on the other hand, winehouse has proven herself to be a survivor.  i didn't think she'd last this long, maybe she's indestructable.  i'll give a slight edge to amy going down first, if only because the only person there to help her is in even worse shape than she is.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on January 15, 2008, 09:46:00 pm
Actor Brad Renfro, Dead at 25 (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20080116/D8U6LSAO0.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: miss pretentious on January 15, 2008, 10:25:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by RonniStar:
  Actor Brad Renfro, Dead at 25 (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20080116/D8U6LSAO0.html)
omfg. i had the biggest crush on him...like 12 year ago, when he was in 'the client.' crazy crazy.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: thirsty moore on January 16, 2008, 01:19:00 am
RONALD REAGAN!!!!
 
 Nevermind.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on January 17, 2008, 12:04:00 pm
Wham-O Co-Founder Richard Knerr Dies at 82 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/17/AR2008011700175.html?hpid=moreheadlines)
 
 Tags: Frisbee, Slip-n-Slide, Hula Hoop, Superball, Silly String
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on January 18, 2008, 07:54:00 am
Bobby Fischer (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080118/ap_on_re_eu/obit_fischer)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Mobius on January 18, 2008, 01:06:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  Bobby Fischer (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080118/ap_on_re_eu/obit_fischer)
Dies at age 64.  64 squares on a chessboard.  Makes you think.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on January 18, 2008, 01:32:00 pm
Back in high school, I was on the school newspaper.  One time, this guy from Sports Illustrated - William Nack - came in to talk to our class (he had two smokin' hot daughters who went to my school).  He told this story about trying to find and interview Bobby Fischer.  It  took him several months to track Fischer down and, when he finally did, and when he was standing just a few feet away from Fischer, Nack realized that Fischer had gone to a hell of a lot of lengths to not be found.  So Nack just turned around and walked away; without getting the interview he had spent months working on. I always loved that story.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on January 18, 2008, 02:02:00 pm
Two questions,
 
 When was chess ever a 'sport'?
 
 Why am I not surprised you were a geek involved with a high school newspaper?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on January 18, 2008, 02:33:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Mobius:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  Bobby Fischer (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080118/ap_on_re_eu/obit_fischer)
Dies at age 64.  64 squares on a chessboard.  Makes you think. [/b]
32 pieces...he's fucking lucky if you ask me..
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Mobius on January 18, 2008, 07:05:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Brain Walrus:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Mobius:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  Bobby Fischer (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080118/ap_on_re_eu/obit_fischer)
Dies at age 64.  64 squares on a chessboard.  Makes you think. [/b]
32 pieces...he's fucking lucky if you ask me.. [/b]
He died on 1/18/08.  1* 1 * 8 * 8 = 64.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on January 18, 2008, 07:21:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Mobius:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Brain Walrus:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Mobius:
     
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  Bobby Fischer (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080118/ap_on_re_eu/obit_fischer)
Dies at age 64.  64 squares on a chessboard.  Makes you think. [/b]
32 pieces...he's fucking lucky if you ask me.. [/b]
He died on 1/18/08.  1* 1 * 8 * 8 = 64. [/b]
BOLLOCKS!!
 
 He died in Europe so it's 18/1/08
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: nkotb on January 19, 2008, 10:39:00 am
That changes everything!!!!
 
 1 * 8 * 1 * 8 = 64
 
 Thanks for the clarification, Mankie  ;)
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Brain Walrus:
 He died on 1/18/08.  1* 1 * 8 * 8 = 64.
BOLLOCKS!!
 
 He died in Europe so it's 18/1/08 [/QB][/QUOTE]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on January 19, 2008, 11:46:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by nkotb:
  That changes everything!!!!
 
 1 * 8 * 1 * 8 = 64
 
 Thanks for the clarification, Mankie   ;)  
 
   
Quote
Originally posted by Brain Walrus:
 He died on 1/18/08.  1* 1 * 8 * 8 = 64.
BOLLOCKS!!
 
 He died in Europe so it's 18/1/08 [/b]
[/QB][/QUOTE]
 
 1 * 8 * 1 * 0 * 8 = 0
 
   :p
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on January 19, 2008, 12:09:00 pm
Georgia Frontiere; Owner Moved Los Angeles Rams to St. Louis (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/18/AR2008011803445.html)
 
 No, I don't care either but at least this thread is back on topic   :mad:
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: jm1 on January 19, 2008, 12:28:00 pm
...Sam the Butcher
 
 Sam the Butcher to the Deep Freeze
 Actor Allan Melvin, best known to "Brady Bunch" fans as Sam the Butcher, boyfriend of Alice -- has gone to the big meat market in the sky.
 
 Melvin died in Los Angeles on Thursday at age 84. His starred in old school hits like "The Phil Silvers Show" and "All in the Family" -- but will best be remembered as Ann B. Davis's meat makin' hottie.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on January 20, 2008, 03:08:00 am
'Newhart' Actress Suzanne Pleshette Dead At 70
 LOS ANGELES (CBS) ¬Į Suzanne Pleshette, the beautiful, husky-voiced film and theater star best known for her role as Bob Newhart's sardonic wife on television's
 long-running "The Bob Newhart Show," has died, said her attorney Robert Finkelstein. She was 70.
 
 Pleshette, who underwent chemotherapy for lung cancer in 2006, died of respiratory failure Saturday evening at her Los Angeles home, said Finkelstein, who
 is also a family friend.
 
 "The Bob Newhart Show," a hit throughout its six-year run, starred comedian Newhart as a Chicago psychiatrist surrounded by eccentric patients. Pleshette
 provided the voice of reason.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on January 20, 2008, 10:10:00 am
John Stewart of the Kingston Trio Fame and Writer of the Monkees' Daydream Believer  (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20080120/D8U9I8C00.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on January 21, 2008, 05:29:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by RonniStar:
  John Stewart of the Kingston Trio Fame and Writer of the Monkees' Daydream Believer  (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20080120/D8U9I8C00.html)
I just saw that - I'm totally bummed.  One of my all-time favorites - to me he's one of those artists from your childhood that you carry with you forever.  My folks used to play John Stewart cassette tapes when we were driving the motorhome across the country every summer.  I believe, even today, he ranks 28 on my last.fm chart.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on January 22, 2008, 05:52:00 pm
Heath Ledger (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22788914/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: miss pretentious on January 22, 2008, 05:54:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by vansmack:
  Heath Ledger (http://www.msnbc.com)
DAMN. beat me to it.
  NY Times (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/22/actor-heath-ledger-is-found-dead/index.html?hp)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on January 22, 2008, 06:18:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by miss pretentious:
   
Quote
Originally posted by vansmack:
  Heath Ledger (http://www.msnbc.com)
DAMN. beat me to it.
  NY Times (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/22/actor-heath-ledger-is-found-dead/index.html?hp) [/b]
Biggie
 Tupac
 Heath
 
 always in 3s
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: you be betty on January 22, 2008, 06:40:00 pm
this is so, so horrible and sad.  he was a really great actor.  i feel so awful for his kid.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on January 27, 2008, 05:26:00 pm
Suharto, Former Indonesian Dictator (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/28/world/asia/28suharto.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin)
 
 Ding dong
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on January 27, 2008, 07:36:00 pm
I'm stunned No mention this:
  Marlon brando's Troubled Son, Christian Brando (http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080127/D8UE4TJ00.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on January 28, 2008, 01:06:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by RonniStar:
  I'm stunned No mention this:
  Marlon brando's Troubled Son, Christian Brando (http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080127/D8UE4TJ00.html)
Maybe nobody gave a toss...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on January 31, 2008, 12:21:00 am
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on January 31, 2008, 12:40:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by azaghal1981:
   
NDE?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on January 31, 2008, 09:59:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by azaghal1981:
   
... did the person came back from the dead?    :eek:
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on January 31, 2008, 11:31:00 am
You can say that.
 
 
 Let's just say I need to make sure someone's dead via a legitimate source with a link in hand before posting another report.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on February 01, 2008, 06:18:00 pm
Montgomery County Council member Marilyn Praisner (http://www.foxbaltimore.com/template/inews_wire/wires.regional.md/3e82513c-www.foxbaltimore.com.shtml)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: TheREALHunter on February 04, 2008, 02:42:00 pm
From dischord.com:
 
 Sean Finnegan (of Void) Passes Away At 43
 2.4.08
 We are sad to announce that Sean Finnegan, the drummer from Void and an original member of the Dischord family, passed away on Wednesday January 30th of an apparent heart attack, he was 43. Sean's family will receive friends Monday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. at HARRY H. WITZKE'S FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Maryland. Sean played in Void while they we're active from 1980-1983 and was recently working on the set of the HBO production, "The Wire". An obituary and guest book can be found in the Baltimore Sun. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Sean's many friends and family members.
 
 In lieu of flowers Sean's family ask that donations may be made to the Fisher House, Walter Reed Hospital , Washington, D.C.
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Post by: evilizac on February 05, 2008, 08:36:00 pm
Om
 number 9 number 9 number 9
 Om
 number 9 number 9 number 9
 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080205/ap_on_re_eu/obit_maharishi_mahesh_yogi (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080205/ap_on_re_eu/obit_maharishi_mahesh_yogi)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on February 06, 2008, 12:59:00 pm
Barry Morse, actor from the 1960's crime drama "The Fugitive" (http://television.aol.com/news/story/_a/fugitive-actor-barry-morse-dies/20080205135509990003)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: bearman🐻 on February 11, 2008, 12:14:00 am
Roy Scheider (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/02/10/obit.scheider.ap/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on February 11, 2008, 12:31:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by bearman:
  Roy Scheider (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/02/10/obit.scheider.ap/index.html)
I just heard about this story right now. He not only starred in Jaws, but Blue Thunder and the series Seaquest DSV
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on February 11, 2008, 11:48:00 am
My Congressman, Representative Tom Lantos, Dead at 80 (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Obit-Lantos.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on February 11, 2008, 11:58:00 am
There's old Ronnistar, constantly on the celebrity deathwatch. Don't you hate it when one of us beats you to the punch?
 
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by RonniStar:
   
Quote
Originally posted by bearman:
  Roy Scheider (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/02/10/obit.scheider.ap/index.html)
I just heard about this story right now. He not only starred in Jaws, but Blue Thunder and the series Seaquest DSV [/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on February 13, 2008, 11:21:00 am
Henri Salvador, who brought rock music to France, dies at 90 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080213/ap_en_ot/obit_salvador)
 (*Headline used on Yahoo's homepage.)
 
 At the risk of sounding like my boy Brian Walalce, there's something odd about pairing 'brought rock music to' and 'at 90'.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on February 16, 2008, 01:37:00 pm
Area Man Honored To Be One Who Added Death Date To Heath Ledger's Wikipedia Page (http://www.theonion.com/content/news/area_man_honored_to_be_one_who)
 
   <img src="http://www.theonion.com/content/files/images/Area-Man-R.article_1.jpg" alt=" - " />
 Yardley [RonniStar?] and the computer with which he helped make history.
 
 February 16, 2008 | Issue 44‚?Ę07
 
 CEDAR RAPIDS, IA‚??Blake Yardley, 34, told reporters Monday that he felt extremely humbled to have been the individual who, amidst the chaos and sadness of actor Heath Ledger's recent untimely passing, had the foresight and due reverence to add the death date to the star's Wikipedia page.
 
 Saying that he is not looking for credit or public acclaim, the Wikipedia editor and Best Value Windows employee called his addition of "‚?? 22 January 2008)" to Ledger's online encyclopedia biography a distinct privilege, and something he will cherish for the rest of his life.
 
 "To have my name even associated with Heath Ledger's is a triumph in and of itself," Yardley said at a press conference held at his Cedar Rapids apartment. "But to be the one who was actually responsible for inserting that fateful month, day, and year, and to have essentially closed the parentheses on Mr. Ledger's life, fills me with a tremendous sense of humility, pride, and accomplishment."
 
 "I just want to thank Heath Ledger's family and friends for giving me the opportunity," Yardley added. "I'm sure they knew of his passing well before I did."
 
 According to Yardley, upon reading the news of Ledger's death on CNN.com, his first thoughts were for Ledger's parents, baby daughter, and Michelle Williams, the actor's former fianc√©e, . His next thought, for Ledger's Wikipedia page, came immediately, Yardley explained. So immediately, in fact, that, according to a list of IP addresses found in the entry's editing history, Yardley added the date into the free, user-generated online encyclopedia just three minutes after Ledger's death was first reported.
 
 "When I saw that the only thing following Mr. Ledger's name was '4 April 1979,' I knew it was my responsibility as a citizen and a member of the online community to do something," Yardley said. "Somebody had to click on the page's edit function, and, using the correct font and syntax, bring the acclaimed actor's life to the solemn close it rightfully deserved."
 
 Yardley said he had never met Ledger, but just weeks before his death watched A Knight's Tale on TBS and enjoyed it very much.
 
 Knowing that Ledger's Wikipedia page would be read by hundreds of millions of people, Yardley frantically wrote and rewrote the 15-character entry multiple times, repeatedly clicking on the "show preview" option to make sure the spacing was perfect.
 
 "I couldn't decide whether to write January as 'Jan.' or 'January,'" Yardley said. "I ended up spelling out the month because I thought it was the respectful thing to do. That's also how whoever added the day of Anna Nicole Smith's death did it."
 
 However, only moments after clicking on the "Save page" button, Yardley realized he had neglected to change the word following the closing parenthesis from "is" to "was." But when he attempted to make the correction, Yardley told reporters, he was "deeply saddened" to find that somebody, between the time he added the death date and the time the page went live, had already altered that portion of Ledger's biography.
 
 "I was shocked when I saw that," said Yardley, adding that he took a personal moment to grieve the lost opportunity. "But I guess that's how unpredictable life can be sometimes. One second you're on top of the world as the author of a crucial Wikipedia entry, and the next second it's all gone. Poof."
 
 Said Yardley: "If I could go back and change anything about that fateful day, that would surely be it."
 
 Though Yardley is proud of all his contributions to the user-moderated encyclopedia, he noted that this recent triumph brought with it a greater level of fame than any of his previous Wikipedia updates, which include the number of attendees at a 2006 Dave Matthews concert and the name of Bruce Willis's dog.
 
 "I don't want this to turn into some type of media spectacle," Yardley said. "I just want to continue doing what I do, far from the national spotlight, without worrying about who's keeping track."
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Post by: Relaxer on February 19, 2008, 04:25:00 pm
NO DEPRESSION MAGAZINE
 TO CEASE PUBLISHING
 AFTER MAY-JUNE ISSUE
 
 
 SEATTLE, WA - No Depression, the bimonthly magazine covering a broad range of American roots music since 1995, will bring to an end its print publication with its 75th issue in May-June 2008.
 
 Plans to expand the publication‚??s website (www.nodepression.net) with additional content will move forward, though it will in no way replace the print edition.
 
 No Depression published its first issue in September 1995 (with Son Volt on the cover) and continued quarterly for its first year, switching to bimonthly in September 1996. ND received an Utne Magazine Award for Arts & Literature Coverage in 2001 and has been nominated for the award on several other occasions (including in 2007). The Chicago Tribune ranked No Depression #20 in its 2004 list of the nation‚??s Top 50 magazines of any kind.
 
 Artists who have appeared on the cover of No Depression over the years include Johnny Cash (2002), Wilco (1996), Willie Nelson (2004), Ryan Adams‚?? seminal band Whiskeytown (1997), the Drive-By Truckers (2003), Ralph Stanley (1998), Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint (2006), Gillian Welch (2001), Lyle Lovett (2003), Porter Wagoner (2007), and Alejandro Escovedo (1998, as Artist of the Decade).
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: bearman🐻 on February 21, 2008, 11:06:00 am
Jim Jones, ex-guitarist of Pere Ubu (http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/news/48837-pere-ubu-guitarist-jim-jones-rip)
 
 Boy does this bum me out...I met Jim a couple of times and he was just the nicest guy. He signed a couple of posters for me once and was very chatty, very sincere.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on February 26, 2008, 06:06:00 pm
How have I not been beaten to this one yet?
 
 
  Joe Gibbs (http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/news/48925-joe-gibbs-legendary-reggae-producer-rip)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on February 26, 2008, 06:15:00 pm
Omar Little (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Little#Season_5) - requiescat in pace
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Post by: azaghal1981 on February 26, 2008, 06:19:00 pm
Most depressing TV death ever.  :(
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
  Omar Little (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Little#Season_5) - requiescat in pace
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Here's the thing on February 26, 2008, 09:31:00 pm
NOOOO! I haven't watched it yet!!!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on February 27, 2008, 01:03:00 pm
February 27, 2008
 William F. Buckley Jr. Is Dead at 82
 
 By DOUGLAS MARTIN
 
 William F. Buckley Jr., who marshaled polysyllabic exuberance, famously arched eyebrows and a refined, perspicacious mind to elevate conservatism to the center of American political discourse, died Wednesday at his home in Stamford, Conn.
 
 Mr Buckley, 82, suffered from diabetes and emphysema, his son Christopher said, although the exact cause of death was not immediately known. He was found at his desk in the study of his home, his son said. ‚??He might have been working on a column,‚?Ě Mr. Buckley said.
 
 Mr. Buckley‚??s winningly capricious personality, replete with ten-dollar words and a darting tongue writers loved to compare with an anteater‚??s, hosted one of television‚??s longest-running programs, ‚??Firing Line,‚?Ě and founded and shepherded the influential conservative magazine, National Review.
 
 He also found time to write more than 45 books, ranging from sailing odysseys to spy novels to celebrations of his own dashing daily life, and edit five more.
 
 The more than 4.5 million words of his 5,600 biweekly newspaper columns, ‚??On the Right,‚?Ě would fill 45 more medium-sized books.
 
 Mr. Buckley‚??s greatest achievement was making conservatism ‚?? not just electoral Republicanism, but conservatism as a system of ideas ‚?? respectable in liberal post-World War II America. He mobilized the young enthusiasts who helped nominate Barry Goldwater in 1964, and saw his dreams fulfilled when Reagan and the Bushes captured the Oval Office.
 
 To Mr. Buckley‚??s enormous delight, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., the historian, termed him ‚??the scourge of liberalism.‚?Ě
 
 In remarks at National Review‚??s 30th anniversary in 1985, President Reagan joked that he picked up his first issue of the magazine in a plain brown wrapper and still anxiously awaited his biweekly edition ‚?? ‚??without the wrapper.‚?Ě
 
 ‚??You didn‚??t just part the Red Sea ‚?? you rolled it back, dried it up and left exposed, for all the world to see, the naked desert that is statism,‚?Ě Mr. Reagan said.
 
 ‚??And then, as if that weren‚??t enough,‚?Ě the president continued, ‚??you gave the world something different, something in its weariness it desperately needed, the sound of laughter and the sight of the rich, green uplands of freedom.‚?Ě
 
 The liberal advance had begun with the New Deal, and so accelerated in the next generation that Lionel Trilling, one of America‚??s leading intellectuals, wrote in 1950: ‚??In the United States at this time liberalism is not only the dominant but even the sole intellectual tradition. For it is the plain fact that there are no conservative or reactionary ideas in general circulation.‚?Ě
 
 Mr. Buckley declared war on this liberal order, beginning with his blistering assault on Yale as a traitorous den of atheistic collectivism immediately after his graduation (with honors) from the university.
 
 ‚??All great biblical stories begin with Genesis,‚?Ě George Will wrote in the National Review in 1980. ‚??And before there was Ronald Reagan, there was Barry Goldwater, and before there was Barry Goldwater there was National Review, and before there was National Review there was Bill Buckley with a spark in his mind, and the spark in 1980 has become a conflagration.‚?Ě
 
 Mr. Buckley weaved the tapestry of what became the new American conservatism from libertarian writers like Max Eastman, free market economists like Milton Friedman, traditionalist scholars like Russell Kirk and anti-Communist writers like Whittaker Chambers. But the persuasiveness of his argument hinged not on these perhaps arcane sources, but on his own tightly argued case for a conservatism based on the national interest and a higher morality.
 
 His most receptive audience became young conservatives first energized by Barry Goldwater‚??s emergence at the Republican convention in 1960 as the right-wing alternative to Nixon. Some met in Sept., 1960, at Mr. Buckley‚??s Connecticut estate to form Young Americans for Freedom. Their numbers ‚?? and influence ‚?? grew.
 
 Nicholas Lemann observed in Washington Monthly in 1988 that during the Reagan administration ‚??the 5,000 middle-level officials, journalists and policy intellectuals that it takes to run a government‚?Ě were ‚??deeply influenced by Buckley‚??s example.‚?Ě He suggested that neither moderate Washington insiders nor ‚??Ed Meese-style provincial conservatives‚?Ě could have pulled off the Reagan tax cut and other reforms.
 
 Speaking of the true believers, Mr. Lemann continued, ‚??Some of these people had been personally groomed by Buckley, and most of the rest saw him as a role model.‚?Ě
 
 Mr. Buckley rose to prominence with a generation of talented writers fascinated by political themes, names like Mailer, Capote, Vidal, Styron and Baldwin. Like the others, he attracted controversy like a magnet. Even conservatives ‚?? from members of the John Birch Society to disciples of conservative author Ayn Rand to George Wallace to moderate Republicans ‚?? frequently pounced on him.
 
 Many of varied political stripes came to see his life as something of an art form ‚?? from racing through city streets on a motorcycle to a quixotic campaign for mayor of New York in 1965 to startling opinions like favoring the decriminalization of marijuana. He was often described as liberals‚?? favorite conservative, particularly after suavely hosting an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh‚??s ‚??Brideshead Revisited‚?Ě on public television in 1982.
 
 Norman Mailer may indeed have dismissed Mr. Buckley as a ‚??second-rate intellect incapable of entertaining two serious thoughts in a row,‚?Ě but he could not help admiring his stage presence.
 
 ‚??No other act can project simultaneous hints that he is in the act of playing Commodore of the Yacht Club, Joseph Goebbels, Robert Mitchum, Maverick, Savonarola, the nice prep school kid next door, and the snows of yesteryear,‚?Ě Mr. Mailer said in an interview with Harpers in 1967.
 
 Mr. Buckley‚??s vocabulary, sparkling with phrases from distant eras and described in newspaper and magazine profiles as sesquipedalian (characterized by the use of long words) became the stuff of legend. Less kind commentators called him ‚??pleonastic‚?Ě (use of more words than necessary).
 
 And, inescapably, there was that aurora of pure mischief. In 1985, David Remnick, writing in The Washington Post, said, ‚??He has the eyes of a child who has just displayed a horrid use for the microwave oven and the family cat.‚?Ě
 
 William Francis Buckley Jr., was born in Manhattan on Nov. 24, 1925, the sixth of the 10 children of Aloise Steiner Buckley and William Frank Buckley Jr. (According to "William F. Buckley, Jr., Patron Saint of the Conservatives," a biography written by John B. Judis, Mr. Buckley's sister Patricia said he was christened Francis instead of Frank because there was no saint named Frank. Later, in ‚??Who‚??s Who‚?Ě entries and elsewhere, he used Frank.)
 
 The elder Mr. Buckley made a fortune in the oil fields of Mexico, and educated his children with personal tutors at Great Elm, the family estate in Sharon, Conn. They also attended exclusive Roman Catholic schools in England and France.
 
 Young William absorbed his family‚??s conservatism along with its deep Catholicism. At 6, he wrote the King of England demanding he repay his country‚??s war debt. At 14, he followed his brothers to the Millbrook School, a preparatory school 15 miles across the New York state line from Sharon.
 
 In his spare time at Millbrook, young Bill typed schoolmates‚?? papers for them, charging $1 a paper, with a 25-cent surcharge for correcting the grammar.
 
 He did not neglect politics, showing up uninvited to a faculty meeting to complain about a teacher abridging his right to free speech and ardently opposing United States‚?? involvement in World War II. His father wrote him to suggest he ‚??learn to be more moderate in the expression of your views.‚?Ě
 
 He graduated from Millbrook in 1943, then spent a half a year at the University of Mexico studying Spanish, which had been his first language. He served in the Army from 1944 to 1946, and managed to make second lieutenant after first putting colleagues off with his mannerisms.
 
 ‚??I think the army experience did something to Bill,‚?Ě his sister, Patricia, told Mr. Judis. ‚??He got to understand people more.‚?Ě
 
 Mr. Buckley then entered Yale where he studied political science, economics and history; established himself as a fearsome debater; was elected chairman of the Yale Daily News, and joined Skull and Bones, the most prestigious secret society.
 
 As a senior, he was given the honor of delivering the speech for Yale‚??s Alumni Day celebration, but was replaced after the university‚??s administration objected to his strong attacks on the university. He responded by writing his critique in the book that brought him to national attention, in part because he gave the publisher, Regnery, $10,000 to advertise it.
 
 Published in 1951, ‚??God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of ‚??Academic Freedom,‚??‚?Ě charged the powers at Yale with having an atheistic and collectivist bent and called for the firing of faculty members who advocated values not in accord with those that the institution should be upholding ‚?? which was to say, his own.
 
 Among the avalanche of negative reviews, the one in Atlantic by McGeorge Bundy, a Yale graduate, was conspicuous. He found the book ‚??dishonest in its use of facts, false in its theory, and a discredit to its author.‚?Ě
 
 But Peter Viereck, writing in The New York Times Sunday Book Review viewed the book as ‚??a necessary counterbalance.‚?Ě
 
 After a year in the Central Intelligence Agency in Mexico City (his case officer was E. Howard Hunt, who went on to win celebrity for his part in the Watergate break-in), Mr. Buckley went to work for the American Mercury magazine, but resigned after spotting anti-Semitic tendencies in the magazine.
 
 Over the next few years, Mr. Buckley worked as a freelance writer and lecturer, and wrote a second book with L. Brent Bozell, his brother-in-law. Published in 1954, ‚??McCarthy and His Enemies‚?Ě was a sturdy defense of the senator from Wisconsin who was then in the throes of his campaign against communists, liberals and the Democratic Party.
 
 In 1955, Mr. Buckley started National Review as voice for ‚??the disciples of truth, who defend the organic moral order‚?Ě with a $100,000 gift from his father. The first issue, which came out in November, claimed the publication ‚??stands athwart history yelling Stop.‚?Ě
 
 It proved it by lining up squarely behind Southern segregationists, saying blacks should be denied the vote. After some conservatives objected, Mr. Buckley suggested instead that both uneducated whites and blacks should not be allowed to vote.
 
 Mr. Buckley did not accord automatic support to Republicans, starting with Eisenhower‚??s campaign for re-election in 1956. National Review‚??s tepid endorsement: ‚??We prefer Ike.‚?Ě
 
 Circulation increased from 16,000 in 1957 to 125,000 at the time of Goldwater‚??s candidacy in 1964, and leveled off to around 100,000 in 1980. It is now 155,000. The magazine has always had to be subsidized by readers‚?? donations.
 
 Along with offering a forum to big-gun conservatives like Russell Kirk, James Burnham and Robert Nisbet, National Review cultivated the career of several younger writers, including Garry Wills, Joan Didion and John Leonard, who would shake off the conservative attachment and go their leftward ways.
 
 National Review also helped define the conservative movement by isolating cranks from Mr. Buckley‚??s chosen mainstream.
 
 ‚??Bill was responsible or rejecting the John Birch Society and the other kooks who passed off anti-Semitism or some such as conservatism,‚?Ě Hugh Kenner, a biographer of Ezra Pound and a frequent contributor to National Review told The Washington Post. ‚??Without Bill ‚?? if he had decided to become an academic or a businessman or something else ‚?? without him, there probably would be no respectable conservative movement in this country.‚?Ě
 
 Mr. Buckley‚??s personal visibility was magnified by his ‚??Firing Line‚?Ě program which ran from 1966 to 1999. First carried on WOR-TV and then on the Public Broadcasting Service, it became the longest running show hosted by a single host ‚?? beating out Johnny Carson by three years. He led the conservative team in 1,504 debates on topics like ‚??Resolved: The women‚??s movement has been disastrous.‚?Ě
 
 There were exchanges on foreign policy with the likes of Norman Thomas; feminism with Germaine Greer and race relations with James Baldwin. Not a few viewers thought Mr. Buckley‚??s toothy grin before he scored a point resembled nothing so much as a switchblade.
 
 To New York City politician Mark Green, he purred, ‚??You‚??ve been on the show close to 100 times over the years. Tell me, Mark, have you learned anything yet.‚?Ě
 
 But Harold Macmillan, former prime minister of Britain, flummoxed the master. ‚??Isn‚??t this show over yet?‚?Ě he asked.
 
 At age 50, Mr. Buckley added two pursuits to his repertoire ‚?? he took up the harpsichord and became novelist. Some 10 of the novels are spy tales starring Blackford Oakes, who fights for the American way and bedded the Queen of England in the first book.
 
 Others of his books included a historical novel with Elvis Presley as a significant character, another starring Fidel Castro, a reasoned critique of anti-Semitism, and journals that more than succeeded dramatizing a life of taste and wealth ‚?? his own. For example, in ‚??Cruising Speed: A Documentary,‚?Ě published in 1971, he discussed the kind of meals he liked to eat.
 
 ‚??Rawle could give us anything, beginning with lobster Newburgh and ending with Baked Alaska,‚?Ě he wrote. ‚??We settle on a fish chowder, of which he is surely the supreme practitioner, and cheese and bacon sandwiches, grilled, with a most prickly Riesling picked up at St. Barts for peanuts,‚?Ě he wrote.
 
 Mr. Buckley‚??s spirit of fun was apparent in his 1965 campaign for mayor of New York on the ticket of the Conservative Party. When asked what he would do if he won, he answered, ‚??Demand a recount.‚?Ě He got 13.4 percent of the vote.
 
 For Murray Kempton, one of his many friends on the left, the Buckley press conference style called up ‚??an Edwardian resident commissioner reading aloud the 39 articles of the Anglican establishment to a conscript of assembled Zulus.‚?Ě
 
 Unlike his brother James who served as a United States senator from New York, Mr. Buckley generally avoided official government posts. He did serve from 1969 to 1972 as a presidential appointee to the National Advisory Commission on Information, and as a member of the United States delegation to the United Nations in 1973.
 
 The merits of the argument aside, Mr. Buckley irrevocably proved that his brand of candor did not lend itself to public life when an Op-Ed article he wrote for The New York Times offered a partial cure for the AIDS epidemic: ‚??Everyone detected with AIDS should be tattooed in the upper forearm to prevent common needle users, and on the buttocks, to prevent the victimization of homosexuals,‚?Ě he wrote.
 
 In his last years, as honors like the Presidential Medal of Freedom came his way, Mr. Buckley gradually loosened his grip on his intellectual empire. In 1998, he ended his frenetic schedule of public speeches (some 70 a year over 40 years, he once estimated). In 1999, he stopped ‚??Firing Line,‚?Ě and in 2004, he relinquished his voting stock in National Review. He wrote his last spy novel the 11th in his series), sold his sailboat and stopped playing the harpsichord publicly.
 
 But he began a new historical novel and kept up his columns, including one on the ‚??bewitching power‚?Ě of ‚??The Sopranos‚?Ě television series. He commanded wide attention by criticizing the Iraq war as a failure.
 
 On April 15, 2007, his wife, the former Patricia Alden Austin Taylor, who had carved out a formidable reputation as a socialite and philanthropist but considered her role as a homemaker, mother and wife most important, died. Mr. and Mrs. Buckley called each other ‚??Ducky.‚?Ě
 
 He is survived by his son, Christopher, of Washington, D.C.; his sisters Priscilla L. Buckley, of Sharon, Conn., Patricia Buckley Bozell, of Washington, D.C., and Carol Buckley, of Columbia, S.C.; his brothers James L., of Sharon, and F. Reid, of Camden, S.C., a granddaughter and a grandson
 
 In the end it was Mr. Buckley‚??s graceful, often self-deprecating wit that endeared him to others. In his spy novel ‚??Who‚??s on First,‚?Ě he described the possible impact of his National Review through his character Boris Bolgin.
 
 ‚?? ‚??Do you ever read the National Review, Jozsef?‚?? asks Boris Bolgin, the chief of KGB counter intelligence for Western Europe, ‚??it is edited by this young bourgeois fanatic.‚?? ‚?Ě
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on February 27, 2008, 02:12:00 pm
TLDR
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Venerable Bede on February 27, 2008, 03:55:00 pm
sorry stillerz fans
 
  Myron Cope (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080227/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_obit_cope;_ylt=AlLfp2j88Eun0E7jhoLyD40LMxIF)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on February 27, 2008, 04:05:00 pm
Buddy Miles passes away
 2/27/2008 1:01 PM
 By: News 8 Austin Staff
 
 
 Buddy Miles, 60, died Tuesday night in Austin with his family at his side.
 
 He was the drummer and co-founder of the legendary Band of Gypsys with Jimi Hendrix. Miles worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Stevie Wonder, Barry White, David Bowie and George Clinton.
 
 Miles recorded and produced the California Raisins commercials.
 
 A tribute show will be announced shortly and all are welcome to attend.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on February 28, 2008, 03:23:00 pm
Boyd Coddington, star of Discovery Series American Hot Rod (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20080228/D8V336F80.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on February 28, 2008, 07:26:00 pm
Dave Clark Five lead singer Mike Smith dead
 http://uk.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20080228/ten-uk-smith-3334b85.html (http://uk.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20080228/ten-uk-smith-3334b85.html)
 
 I bet his family are in bits and pieces over it!!
   ;)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on March 03, 2008, 01:05:00 am
Jeff Healy (http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/theampersand/archive/2008/03/02/guitarist-jeff-healy-dies-at-41.aspx)
 
 On a positive note, we can probably look forward to some memorial showings of Road House on TNT or USA.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on March 03, 2008, 10:05:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
  Jeff Healy (http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/theampersand/archive/2008/03/02/guitarist-jeff-healy-dies-at-41.aspx)
first post in a while in this thread that has made me sad  :(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on March 03, 2008, 02:41:00 pm
Porn baron Paul Raymond dies
 http://uk.news.yahoo.com/afp/20080303/ten-entertainment-britain-pornography-me-a56114e.html (http://uk.news.yahoo.com/afp/20080303/ten-entertainment-britain-pornography-me-a56114e.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on March 03, 2008, 06:22:00 pm
Italian tenor Di Stefano dies aged 86
 http://uk.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20080303/ten-uk-italy-tenor-d3877cb.html (http://uk.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20080303/ten-uk-italy-tenor-d3877cb.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: miss pretentious on March 03, 2008, 06:57:00 pm
It baffles me that three months into the year - with 12 people and total of 44 picks in our celebrity detah pool .. NOT ONE PERSON has died on our list. NOT ONE. ugh.
 
 I want my eleven 6-packs of beer plz.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on March 04, 2008, 03:33:00 pm
Gary Gygax, Dungeons & Dragons creator, dies (http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/03/04/obit.gygax.ap/index.html)
 
 MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (AP) -- Gary Gygax, who co-created the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons and helped start the role-playing phenomenon, died Tuesday morning at his home in Lake Geneva. He was 69.
 
 He had been suffering from health problems for several years, including an abdominal aneurysm, said his wife, Gail Gygax.
 
 Gygax and Dave Arneson developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 using medieval characters and mythical creatures. The game known for its oddly shaped dice became a hit, particularly among teenage boys, and eventually was turned into video games, books and movies.

 
 cont.
 
 I was in one of the earliest graduating classes of techies at Eleanor Roosevelt High (1982). Lotsa classmates played D&D but it never appealed to me.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: nkotb on March 04, 2008, 03:48:00 pm
<img src="http://us.movies1.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/fox_home_entertainment/futurama___monster_robot_maniac_fun_collection/_group_photos/billy_west2.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 Al Gore: To my left, you'll recognize Gary Gygax, inventor of Dungeons & Dragons.
 
 Gary Gygax: Greetings, it's a...[rolls dice]... pleasure to meet you!
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by beetsnotbeats:
  Gary Gygax, Dungeons & Dragons creator, dies (http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/03/04/obit.gygax.ap/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: slappy on March 17, 2008, 02:28:00 pm
Abba drummer dies in apparent accident ...
 David St. Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel yet to comment. (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/03/17/abba.drummer/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on March 18, 2008, 09:43:00 am
Anthony Minghella
 
 http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/Breaking-Film-director-Anthony-Minghella.3889444.jp (http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/Breaking-Film-director-Anthony-Minghella.3889444.jp)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Venerable Bede on March 18, 2008, 06:15:00 pm
Arthur C. Clarke (http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article3579120.ece)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on March 18, 2008, 06:20:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Venerable Bede:
  Arthur C. Clarke (http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article3579120.ece)
Ooh, do you think we'll get re-runs of the tv show he used to present?
 
 The something something world of Arthur C. Clarke
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Darth Ed on March 19, 2008, 02:09:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Venerable Bede:
  Arthur C. Clarke (http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article3579120.ece)
Fascinating YouTube video, recorded this past December, of Clarke reflecting on the occasion of his 90th "orbit around the sun":
 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLXQ7rNgWwg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLXQ7rNgWwg)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on March 24, 2008, 11:09:00 am
Cuban Bassist/Composer and Mambo Pioneer Israel Lopez (http://music.aol.com/news/story/_a/mambo-pioneer-israel-cachao-lopez-dies/20080322160209990001)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on March 24, 2008, 11:11:00 am
Corrinne Bailey Rae's husband (would have bet on Amy Winehouse's husband passing first)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on March 24, 2008, 12:06:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes,Japanese Golfer:
  Corrinne Bailey Rae's husband (would have bet on Amy Winehouse's husband passing first)
i love the headline on pollstar:
 
 Corinne Bailey Rae's Musician Husband Found Dead
 Monday, Mar 24, 2008 7:11AM
 The husband of Grammy-nominated British singer Corinne Bailey Rae has been found dead. >> more
 Tags: Corinne Bailey Rae
 
 talk about not having any pull of your own... even in death.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on March 24, 2008, 12:38:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by RonniStar:
  Cuban Bassist/Composer and Mambo Pioneer Israel Lopez (http://music.aol.com/news/story/_a/mambo-pioneer-israel-cachao-lopez-dies/20080322160209990001)
Bummer. I met "Cachao" a couple years ago.  Really nice guy.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on March 24, 2008, 01:03:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes,Japanese Golfer:
  Corrinne Bailey Rae's husband (would have bet on Amy Winehouse's husband passing first)
Not really...he's in the pokey at the moment isn't he?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on March 24, 2008, 01:06:00 pm
Beatles music empire supremo dies
 
 http://uk.news.yahoo.com/pressass/20080324/ten-beatles-music-empire-supremo-dies-5f8abb3.html (http://uk.news.yahoo.com/pressass/20080324/ten-beatles-music-empire-supremo-dies-5f8abb3.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on April 02, 2008, 04:14:00 pm
Klaus Dinger  :(
 
 http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/news/49691-neukraftwerk-drummer-klaus-dinger-rip (http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/news/49691-neukraftwerk-drummer-klaus-dinger-rip)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SPARX on April 02, 2008, 10:15:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by azaghal1981:
  Klaus Dinger   :(  
 
  http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/news/49691-neukraftwerk-drummer-klaus-dinger-rip (http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/news/49691-neukraftwerk-drummer-klaus-dinger-rip)
Yep, a real shame. I like that they linked a couple of cool vids with the article.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on April 04, 2008, 12:46:00 pm
Wayne Frost, aka breakdancing pioneer Frosty Freeze (http://news.aol.com/entertainment/music/music-news-story/ar/_a/breakdance-pioneer-frosty-freeze-dies/20080404070509990001)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on April 04, 2008, 12:57:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by RonniStar:
  Wayne Frost, aka breakdancing pioneer Frosty Freeze (http://news.aol.com/entertainment/music/music-news-story/ar/_a/breakdance-pioneer-frosty-freeze-dies/20080404070509990001)
oh no, that sucks, he was like, pretty much a badass.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RatBastard on April 06, 2008, 12:17:00 am
Charlton Heston RIP!
 
 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080406/ap_on_en_mo/obit_heston (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080406/ap_on_en_mo/obit_heston)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on April 06, 2008, 08:12:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by RatBastard:
  Charlton Heston RIP!
 
  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080406/ap_on_en_mo/obit_heston (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080406/ap_on_en_mo/obit_heston)
Has someone been dispatched to pry all the guns from his cold, dead hands?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on April 06, 2008, 10:52:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by chaz:
   
Quote
Originally posted by RatBastard:
  Charlton Heston RIP!
 
   http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080406/ap_on_en_mo/obit_heston (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080406/ap_on_en_mo/obit_heston)  
Has someone been dispatched to pry all the guns from his cold, dead hands? [/b]
now all the columbine victims can kick his ass to hell.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on April 06, 2008, 11:10:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by walkonby:
  now all the columbine victims can kick his ass to hell.
Why would ALL the Columbine victims be in hell? Seems suspect that all 15 would be there.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on April 06, 2008, 02:48:00 pm
i said that they could kick "his" ass "to" hell.  where on earth did you draw a line to thinking the victims were there as well to begin with?
 
 it was a simple reference to the nra rally held by charlie after the tragedy in colorado, instead of canceling it.  sheesh.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on April 06, 2008, 03:08:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by chaz:
  Has someone been dispatched to pry all the guns from his cold, dead hands?
I'm on it.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on April 06, 2008, 03:34:00 pm
Wow, the last time I saw him was at an in-store apearance at a Bass Pro Shop near Charlotte maybe six years ago. If I had known I'd never run into him again, I would have stopped and chatted.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by RatBastard:
  Charlton Heston RIP!
 
  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080406/ap_on_en_mo/obit_heston (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080406/ap_on_en_mo/obit_heston)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on April 06, 2008, 03:37:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by walkonby:
  i said that they could kick "his" ass "to" hell.  where on earth did you draw a line to thinking the victims were there as well to begin with?
 
Oh, my apologies, I misread your quote. I understood what you were referencing, the guy was human scum.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Cash is King on April 06, 2008, 07:50:00 pm
Heston = Great American.  
 Or, at the very least, a great actor who believed in protecting the Constitutional freedoms of everybody(he marched with MLK in the pre-Civil Rights days).
 
 You can't possibly think otherwise. Unless of course you think that Cuba has a better health care system then America  :roll:
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: xneverwherex on April 14, 2008, 05:17:00 pm
Breakdancing Legend Dies
 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 09:18:16
 
 'Frosty Freeze' was 44
 Wayne "Frosty Freeze" Frost, a member of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, has died. He was 44.
 
 Frost was famous for his performance in the 1983 movie "Flashdance," a series of deft dance moves that helped set off the breakdancing craze at the height of hip-hop's golden years. He also appeared in such seminal hip-hop films as Wild Style, Beat Street and Style Wars, and the cover of The Village Voice in 1981.
 
 "He was one of the most charismatic b-boys that ever lived," Benson Lee, director of the documentary Planet B-Boy, told the Associated Press.
 
 Frost died on Thursday at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center after a battle with an unspecified long-term illness. Funeral arrangements are also unknown at this time.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on April 14, 2008, 07:41:00 pm
Wow, he died twice in one week.
 
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by xneverwherex:
  Breakdancing Legend Dies
 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 09:18:16
 
 'Frosty Freeze' was 44
 Wayne "Frosty Freeze" Frost, a member of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, has died. He was 44.
 
 Frost was famous for his performance in the 1983 movie "Flashdance," a series of deft dance moves that helped set off the breakdancing craze at the height of hip-hop's golden years. He also appeared in such seminal hip-hop films as Wild Style, Beat Street and Style Wars, and the cover of The Village Voice in 1981.
 
 "He was one of the most charismatic b-boys that ever lived," Benson Lee, director of the documentary Planet B-Boy, told the Associated Press.
 
 Frost died on Thursday at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center after a battle with an unspecified long-term illness. Funeral arrangements are also unknown at this time.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SPARX on April 15, 2008, 12:20:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes,Japanese Golfer:
  Wow, he died twice in one week.
 
 
   
Quote
Originally posted by xneverwherex:
  Breakdancing Legend Dies
 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 09:18:16
 
 'Frosty Freeze' was 44
 Wayne "Frosty Freeze" Frost, a member of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, has died. He was 44.
 
 Frost was famous for his performance in the 1983 movie "Flashdance," a series of deft dance moves that helped set off the breakdancing craze at the height of hip-hop's golden years. He also appeared in such seminal hip-hop films as Wild Style, Beat Street and Style Wars, and the cover of The Village Voice in 1981.
 
 "He was one of the most charismatic b-boys that ever lived," Benson Lee, director of the documentary Planet B-Boy, told the Associated Press.
 
 Frost died on Thursday at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center after a battle with an unspecified long-term illness. Funeral arrangements are also unknown at this time.
[/b]
Cryogenics
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: xneverwherex on April 15, 2008, 11:18:00 am
sorry - just saw planet b boy and it was on my mind but i obviously didnt scroll up enough. aside for the fact im somehow a week off in my head with what day it is. guess it means my mortgage payment is due  :(  
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes,Japanese Golfer:
  Wow, he died twice in one week.
 
 
   
Quote
Originally posted by xneverwherex:
  Breakdancing Legend Dies
 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 09:18:16
 
 'Frosty Freeze' was 44
 Wayne "Frosty Freeze" Frost, a member of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, has died. He was 44.
 
 Frost was famous for his performance in the 1983 movie "Flashdance," a series of deft dance moves that helped set off the breakdancing craze at the height of hip-hop's golden years. He also appeared in such seminal hip-hop films as Wild Style, Beat Street and Style Wars, and the cover of The Village Voice in 1981.
 
 "He was one of the most charismatic b-boys that ever lived," Benson Lee, director of the documentary Planet B-Boy, told the Associated Press.
 
 Frost died on Thursday at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center after a battle with an unspecified long-term illness. Funeral arrangements are also unknown at this time.
[/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on April 18, 2008, 09:01:00 am
E Street Band's Danny Federici dies (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/04/17/obit.federici.ap/index.html?iref=mpstoryview)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on April 23, 2008, 10:24:00 am
Two more: singers Al Wilson (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/04/23/obit.wilson.ap/index.html)
 and Paul Davis (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/04/23/obit.davis.ap/index.html).
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: jm1 on April 24, 2008, 12:02:00 pm
Kenneth Kieth Kallenbach
 R.I.P.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bags on April 24, 2008, 05:32:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by jm1:
  Kenneth Kieth Kallenbach
 R.I.P.
ohmigod.  Man, Kenneth Keith Kallenbach.  Old whack packers -- where do they go (before they die).
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on April 29, 2008, 09:00:00 pm
I may be tripping or something but I heard that Albert Hofmann died this morning at the age of 102. Can't factually confirm this yet though. Walkonby knows who he is.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on April 29, 2008, 09:08:00 pm
I read this on a blog or two but none of them cited credible sources.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  I may be tripping or something but I heard that Albert Hofmann died this morning at the age of 102. Can't factually confirm this yet though. Walkonby knows who he is.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on April 29, 2008, 09:57:00 pm
Same here which is why I wanted to qualify my statement.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on April 29, 2008, 09:59:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  I may be tripping or something but I heard that Albert Hofmann died this morning at the age of 102. Can't factually confirm this yet though. Walkonby knows who he is.
I misread this at first and thought we were talking about Abbie Hoffman and was like, "He's been dead for close to 2 decades... right?"
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Dr. Anton Phibes on April 29, 2008, 10:55:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  I may be tripping or something but I heard that Albert Hofmann died this morning at the age of 102. Can't factually confirm this yet though. Walkonby knows who he is.
You were right! He certainly "opened some doors" for the good Doctor Phibes over many years...
 
 http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-hofmann30apr30,0,5466127.story (http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-hofmann30apr30,0,5466127.story)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sacriforce on April 30, 2008, 01:08:00 am
"Albert Hoffman" is the most googled search term today according to current tv
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RatBastard on April 30, 2008, 12:41:00 pm
Indeed he has passsed on to the next level...
 
 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080430/ap_on_re_eu/obit_hofmann (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080430/ap_on_re_eu/obit_hofmann)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on April 30, 2008, 12:46:00 pm
Brings a whole new meaning to the thread title...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: miss pretentious on May 01, 2008, 01:19:00 pm
Guess I should have figured she'd be on suicide watch for my Death Pool.
  The DC Madam .. FTW (http://www.myfoxcolorado.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=6440244&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.3.1)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on May 13, 2008, 02:56:00 pm
Robert Rauschenberg
 
 http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/14/arts/design/14rauschenberg.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/14/arts/design/14rauschenberg.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Aphex on May 13, 2008, 02:59:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
  Robert Rauschenberg
 
  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/14/arts/design/14rauschenberg.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/14/arts/design/14rauschenberg.html)
Man that sucks.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on May 14, 2008, 09:15:00 am
Gospel Singer Joyce "Dottie" Rambo, RIP (http://www.livedaily.com/blog/2002.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Venerable Bede on May 16, 2008, 04:26:00 pm
Robert Mondavi (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/05/16/financial/f131238D60.DTL&tsp=1)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on May 26, 2008, 07:23:00 am
J.R. Simplot, potato and computer chip king! (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20080526/D90T0K3G1.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on May 26, 2008, 09:02:00 am
Dick Martin (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080526/ap_en_ot/obit_martin;_ylt=Ak7XIfTOaFT0nPhpXJxhkalxFb8C)
 
   :(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on May 27, 2008, 01:13:00 am
Sydney Pollack, Award-Winning Movie Director, Dies  (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=amc5CA0NKZi0&refer=home)
 
 May 26 (Bloomberg) -- Sydney Pollack, the actor, producer and Academy Award-winning director of ``Tootsie'' and ``Out of Africa,'' who used love stories, politics and humor to explore loss and human frailty, has died. He was 73.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on May 27, 2008, 10:13:00 am
 <img src="http://www.b12partners.net/mt/Religious_Man.png" alt=" - " /> (http://www.b12partners.net/mt/archives/2007/07/the-nietzsche-family-circus.html)
 
 Thelma Keane (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/books/05/26/obit.thelmakeane.ap/index.html?iref=newssearch), Bil Keane's wife and inspiration for the Mommy character of The Family Circus.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on May 29, 2008, 04:54:00 pm
Canucks defenseman Bourdon killed in a motorcycle crash
 
 SHIPPAGAN, N.B. -- Luc Bourdon, a promising rookie defenseman with the Vancouver Canucks, was killed Thursday in a motorcycle crash near his hometown. He was 21.
 
 Bourdon's sister, Eve Bourdon, confirmed the death but declined further comment when reached at the family's home in Shippagan.
 
 "Luc was a winner; he was a competitor," said Kent Hughes, his agent. "There was no quit in him. He persevered through a lot. He was a great guy and a great teammate."
 
 Police in Shippagan wouldn't confirm the identity of the victim but said a motorcyclist was killed in the early afternoon on a road between Shippagan and Lemeque. A report said Bourdon lost control of his motorcycle before hitting a tractor-trailer.
 
 Bourdon was the first-round draft pick of the Canucks in 2005, selected 10th overall. He split time this season with the Canucks and the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League. In 27 games with the Canucks, he scored twice and had no assists.
 
 He was a member of the Canadian team that won the gold medal at the 2007 world junior hockey championship in Vancouver and made the tournament's all-star team. He helped Canada win another gold at the 2007 tournament in Sweden.
 
  link (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/hockey/nhl/specials/playoffs/2008/05/29/bn.nhl.bourdon.killed.ap/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on May 30, 2008, 08:59:00 am
Harvey Korman (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080530/ap_en_mo/obit_korman;_ylt=Akl3Aewmfq8megzkaFdUoANxFb8C)
 
  :(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on June 01, 2008, 09:49:00 pm
Legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent dies at 71 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080602/ap_on_re_eu/obit_yves_saint_laurent)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on June 02, 2008, 11:29:00 am
Artist Alton Kelley (http://www.answers.com/topic/alton-kelley?cat=entertainment)
 
  more (http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=19029)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on June 02, 2008, 12:17:00 pm
Bo Diddley (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24933262/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on June 02, 2008, 01:41:00 pm
Who's going to replace him at V-Fest?
 
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by eros:
  Bo Diddley (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24933262/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on June 02, 2008, 09:04:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes,Japanese Golfer:
  Who's going to replace him at V-Fest?
 
 
   
Quote
Originally posted by eros:
  Bo Diddley (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24933262/)
[/b]
Diddley squat.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on June 02, 2008, 10:45:00 pm
Pringles can designer dies, ashes buried in own invention (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080602/ap_on_re_us/pringles_burial)
 
 I'd sure love to see the face of the person who opens the wrong can expecting a snack!    :eek:
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: BookerT on June 13, 2008, 03:29:00 pm
tim russert
 
 sunday mornings won't be the same...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: manimtired on June 13, 2008, 03:34:00 pm
i loved meet the press...bumbed
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on June 13, 2008, 03:44:00 pm
Whoa no way.
 
 That's sudden.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by BookerT:
  tim russert
 
 sunday mornings won't be the same...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on June 13, 2008, 03:50:00 pm
Damn.  Not two hours ago I was telling smackette how great it was that there was going to be a real debate on his show this weekend between Lindsay Graham and Joe Biden.  The "real" election was about to get started...
 
 Major bummer.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on June 13, 2008, 04:01:00 pm
i'm waiting for john mcnothing to blame this on obama.  roll them ads out now.  where are the swift boats?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on June 13, 2008, 04:33:00 pm
Wow, a bad day for NBC.
 
  Charlie Jones (http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/obituaries/20080614-9999-bn13jones.html)
 
 Tom Brokaw had better be looking over his shoulder.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on June 13, 2008, 11:01:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by BookerT:
  tim russert
 
 sunday mornings won't be the same...
Very sad.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on June 14, 2008, 06:24:00 pm
russert's death has hit me harder than any of the celebrity deaths of recent years ... i feel like i grew up with the guy ... the 1-hr dateline retrospective (been replayed on msnbc) was really good
 
 i've read good obituaries about the man, but this might be the best "story" about his death
  Tiny Town: Washington After A Fall (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/15/weekinreview/15leibovich.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: heather on June 15, 2008, 11:31:00 am
eee.  meet the press.  thunder road.  sad  :(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: jm1 on June 16, 2008, 04:43:00 pm
Effects guru Stan Winston dies of cancer at 62
 
 LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood special-effects maestro Stan Winston has died at age 62.
 
 Winston won visual effects Oscars for 1986's "Aliens, "1992's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and 1993's "Jurassic Park."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: nkotb on June 16, 2008, 04:44:00 pm
Wow...that's a total buzzkill.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by jm1:
  Effects guru Stan Winston dies of cancer at 62
 
 LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood special-effects maestro Stan Winston has died at age 62.
 
 Winston won visual effects Oscars for 1986's "Aliens, "1992's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and 1993's "Jurassic Park."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SPARX on June 23, 2008, 01:26:00 am
Wow! Thought he'd live forever!
 
   http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25322638/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25322638/)
 
 RIP George
 
 http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/g/george_carlin.html (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/g/george_carlin.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on June 23, 2008, 01:36:00 am
Now that one hurts.  :(   :(   :(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RatBastard on June 23, 2008, 04:52:00 pm
She made it all the way to 93!
 
 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080623/ap_en_tv/obit_dody_goodman (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080623/ap_en_tv/obit_dody_goodman)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on June 23, 2008, 04:58:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by RatBastard:
  She made it all the way to 93!
 
  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080623/ap_en_tv/obit_dody_goodman (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080623/ap_en_tv/obit_dody_goodman)
no offense at all to Dody Goodman, but this obit reminds me of the type they run on PBS's newshour ("our market research shows that you, our loyal viewer, are between the ages of 85 and 98, and that you'll therefore be saddened by today's tragic death of silent film legend Obadiah Chesterfield")
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: serpent boy on July 02, 2008, 10:55:00 pm
This sucks. I loved "Nenada" from the Desert Sessions, and Natasha added a lot to the QOTSA Lullabies era.
 
 ---
 
 http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003824001 (http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003824001)
 http://www.natashashneider.org (http://www.natashashneider.org)
 
 Eleven's Natasha Shneider Dies Of Cancer
 July 02, 2008 , 9:05 PM ET
 Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
 
 Eleven vocalist Natasha Shneider died today (July 2) of cancer. The age of artist, who was born in Moscow, is unknown.
 
 Shneider, her husband Alain Johannes and Jack Irons formed Eleven in 1990 following the latter's departure from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The rock group released five albums, the best known of which was a 1993 self-titled affair for Hollywood Records.
 
 "Reach Out," the single from the set, became Eleven's only track to dent the Billboard charts, reaching No. 40 on the Mainstream Rock tally.
 
 As the band's recorded output became more sporadic, Shneider and Johannes lent their songwriting and production talents to such projects as No Doubt's "Return of Saturn," Chris Cornell's "Euphoria Morning" and the Josh Homme-led "Desert Sessions." Of late, the pair had recorded and toured with Homme in Queens Of The Stone Age.
 
 A PayPal fund has been set up to defray costs associated with Shneider's medical care.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on July 03, 2008, 07:07:00 pm
Bozo (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080703/ap_on_en_tv/obit_harmon)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: jm1 on July 04, 2008, 11:11:00 am
Jessie Helms and Bozo. Same damn thing, huh?
 
 
 Conservative icon Jesse Helms dead at 86
 
 Raleigh, N.C. ‚?? Jesse Helms, the firebrand U.S. senator whose outspoken, conservative views polarized North Carolina and U.S. voters for decades, died at 1:15 a.m. Friday in Raleigh, according to John Dodd, president of the Jesse Helms Center.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 04, 2008, 02:28:00 pm
Fuck it...I'll say it.
 
 
 Happy 4th indeed!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: bearman🐻 on July 04, 2008, 05:03:00 pm
Holy crap...Natasha was SO freakin' talented. That is SO sad.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Herr Professor Doktor Doom on July 04, 2008, 07:14:00 pm
Jesse Helms and some of his buddies:
 
  <img src="http://www.displaysforschools.com/images/kkk2.jpg" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on July 12, 2008, 09:18:00 am
Wow, I finally got to post one of these!
 
 Tony Snow has melted.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on July 12, 2008, 07:32:00 pm
Experimental Filmmaker Burce Conner (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/07/08/BAKA11L94C.DTL)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: slappy on July 12, 2008, 09:52:00 pm
Dualistic death day.
 
 A douche bag that helped tell lies to support a bogus war and then Michael E. DeBakey who advanced humanity in countless ways including giving wounded soldier's the care they deserve.
 
 Michael E. DeBakey, 99, the father of modern cardiovascular surgery, who invented scores of medical procedures and instruments, developed the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital and established what later became the Veterans Administration hospital system.
 
 Over a 70-year medical career, Dr. DeBakey became one of the most influential and innovative heart surgeons in history. He changed the practice of cardiac surgery, performed the first successful heart bypass operaton and is credited with saving thousands of lives.
 
 Fuck Tony Stone.
 
 Glad to see Dr. DeBakey was able to have nice long life filled with invaluable contributions to society.
 
 I like to think of it as Karmic Darwinism.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: slappy on July 12, 2008, 09:58:00 pm
Dude was a player too.
 
  <img src="http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2008/07/12/PH2008071200275.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 Dr. Michael DeBakey, 69, Houston famed heart surgeon, poses with his wife Katrin, 34, for the first public photograph of their two month old daughter Olga Katrina, born on July, 29, 1977 in Houston.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on July 21, 2008, 02:13:00 pm
DJ K-Swift (http://allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2008/07/21/20322443.aspx)
 
   <img src="http://www.clubqueenkswift.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10001/kswift2.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 Popular female DJ K-Swift died this morning (July 21) in a swimming pool accident in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland AllHipHop.com has learned.
 
 
 K-Swift, born Khia Edgerton, was just 28-years-old, at the time of her death, although she started DJ‚??ing at the age of 11, due to the influence of other pioneering DJ‚??s like Cocoa Channel and Jazzy Joyce.
 
 
 K-Swift broke ground on Baltimore‚??s Radio One station 92Q Jams, where she rose to Female Mix Show Coordinator and was the only female in the country to hold the title.
 
 
 She was also a member of the Violator-All Star DJ Coalition, as well as a member of the all female squad the Murda Mami‚??s.
 
 
 "I'm at a loss for words right now,‚?Ě Murda Mami founder 1st Lady El told AllHipHop.com. ‚??K-Swift was not only one of my Murda Mami sisters, she was a great friend. She knocked down doors for women in this industry, so humble and hard working. Legendary in the club music scene and the number one DJ in Baltimore. She will be missed."
 
 
 In addition to being the only female record pool director in Baltimore (Direct Drive Record Pool), K-Swift also owned Club Queen Entertainment, a graphics management and production company.
 
 
 
 Details on her death will be released shortly.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on July 21, 2008, 02:21:00 pm
White men can't jump, Black men can't swim.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: evilizac on July 22, 2008, 02:08:00 pm
True Story,
 I used to watch Golden Girls almost religiously with my grandmother and my two gay (couple) uncles... I'd say I am mostly normal.
 Estelle Getty
 84
 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080722/ap_on_en_tv/obit_getty (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080722/ap_on_en_tv/obit_getty)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: slappy on July 29, 2008, 09:47:00 pm
Bennigans (http://consumerist.com/5030457/bennigans-files-for-chapter-7-bankruptcy-closes-restaurants-nationwide)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on July 29, 2008, 10:12:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by slappy:
  Bennigans (http://consumerist.com/5030457/bennigans-files-for-chapter-7-bankruptcy-closes-restaurants-nationwide)
Nearly got my first under age drinking arrest at the Bennigans in Anaheim.
 
 So I'm flirting with the waitress as we're drinking beers and I failed to notice that a girl I used to date was also there with friends. She quietly told the manager that I wasn't 21 (total whore move!).  Luckily, the waitress tipped me off and we left her a ton of money for the bill and split. As I was exiting the parking lot, I saw a cop pull up to the restaurant.
 
 Also very luck for me, I decided to head straight home from there and put my jeep in the garage.  An Anaheim PD parked his car down the street from my house and waited over an hour hoping that I might be coming home soon.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on August 03, 2008, 08:27:00 pm
Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn dies at 89 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080803/ap_on_re_eu/obit_solzhenitsyn)
 
 A man after my own true free spirit. He will be missed.   :(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Cash is King on August 03, 2008, 08:51:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn dies at 89 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080803/ap_on_re_eu/obit_solzhenitsyn)
 
 A man after my own true free spirit. He will be missed.    :(  
Very sad. This man was a hero, whose opinions were unique and refreshing when compared to all the sheep around him.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on August 04, 2008, 01:49:00 pm
I wonder how many people under 21 realize what a stud he was.
 
   
Quote
Originally posted by Cash is King:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn dies at 89 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080803/ap_on_re_eu/obit_solzhenitsyn)
 
 A man after my own true free spirit. He will be missed.      :(    
Very sad. This man was a hero, whose opinions were unique and refreshing when compared to all the sheep around him. [/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on August 04, 2008, 01:53:00 pm
Gerard McDonnell (and 8-10 others) (http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/04/ireland-mourns-its-latest-hero/index.html?hp)
 
 August 4, 2008,  10:22 am
 Ireland Mourns Its Latest Hero
 By Mike Nizza
 
    <img src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/06/04/arts/gerard531.jpg" alt=" - " />
 Gerard McDonnell, the first Irishman to climb K2. (Photo: patfalvey.com, via AFP ‚?? Getty Images)
 
 ‚??Let luck and good fortune prevail !!! Fingers crossed.‚?Ě
 
 Those words in a blog post began the last adventure of Gerard McDonnell, who would become one of nine victims of an avalanche at the most dangerous section of the most challenging mountain in the world.
 
 Indeed, Mr. McDonnell, 37, hoped to embody a superlative all his own: Becoming the first Irishman to reach the top of K2, a goal that earned a round of headlines as he prepared to climb.
 
 On Friday, he delivered. ‚??Irish adventurer tops the world,‚?Ě one Irish paper reported. ‚??Limerick native becomes first Irishman to scale K2‚?Ě said another.
 
 The news was relayed by Pat Falvey, a well-known Irish explorer who was posting updates (http://www.patfalvey.com/viewnews.php?id=43) from the mountaineers themselves.
 
 Friday began triumphantly when Maarten van Eck, who was running the expedition‚??s Web site, sent Mr. Falvey a message. ‚??The are on the Summit!!,‚?Ě he wrote. ‚??Gerard just became the FIRST Irishman to become a K2-summiteer.‚?Ě
 
 Still, there was caution, of course. ‚??The summit is only half way!‚?Ě Mr. Van Eck wrote before echoing Mr. McDonnell. ‚??Keep your fingers crossed.‚?Ě
 
 The bad news began rushing in the following day. Just hours after his moment of triumph, Mr. McDonnell was believed to be stuck above the avalanche in dire circumstances. Hope was dwindling by the hour.
 
 Mr. Falvey kept blogging about the expedition as it turned deadly. First, one climber was confirmed dead, and ‚??6 climbers were spotted motionless,‚?Ě probably including Mr. McDonnell. As his status remained ‚??unknown,‚?Ě a later update laid the heartrending situation bare, ‚??We still do not know were Gerard is.‚?Ě
 
 Soon, Mr. Falvey, who had climbed Mount Everest with Mr. McDonnell, and the McDonnell family became convinced that all hope had been lost. The next blog post would be a message from the family mourning and celebrating Ireland‚??s latest hero:
 
 The last few days have been a roller coaster of emotions as we celebrated with joy his historic achievement, and now must try to come to terms with the untimely loss of a great son, brother and friend.
 
 [‚?¶] He was a true and proud Irish man.
 Indeed, the nation‚??s pride was acknowledged hours later by President Mary McAleese, who described the loss as ‚??truly heartbreaking.‚?Ě
 In a column in The Irish Independent, Mr. Falvey assured Mr. McDonnell‚??s family and the nation that he ‚??died doing what he loved: touching the void.‚?Ě
 
 ‚??There will be no-one else sent up to look for them now because the risks are just too great,‚?Ě he wrote. ‚??We accept, as Ger‚??s family do, that he will not be coming down from that mountain.‚?Ě
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: earlx on August 04, 2008, 02:02:00 pm
Georgie James
 
 web page (http://www.georgiejames.com/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on August 04, 2008, 02:13:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by earlx:
  Georgie James
 
 web page (http://www.georgiejames.com/)
I'm not exactly mourning this loss.  I thought John Davis was a great drummer when he was in Q And Not U.  Georgie James was pleasant enough, but I think he should get back to tickling the skins for another frenetic post-funk-disco-punk outfit.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: earlx on August 04, 2008, 02:19:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
   
Quote
Originally posted by earlx:
  Georgie James
 
 web page (http://www.georgiejames.com/)
I'm not exactly mourning this loss.  I thought John Davis was a great drummer when he was in Q And Not U.  Georgie James was pleasant enough, but I think he should get back to tickling the skins for another frenetic post-funk-disco-punk outfit. [/b]
That seems unlikely in light of this:
 
 
  http://www.myspace.com/titletracksdc (http:// [url=http://www.myspace.com/titletracksdc) ]web page[/URL]
 
 I really liked Georgie James.  I still find myself listening to "Places" at least once a week.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on August 04, 2008, 02:28:00 pm
Those demos are all right.  Every Little Bit Hurt has a Jam-esque feel to it.  It Was Easy sounds like the Byrds.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by earlx:
 
  web page (http://www.myspace.com/titletracksdc)
 
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on August 09, 2008, 09:47:00 am
Actor/Comedian Bernie Mac (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20080809/D92EPRCG0.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on August 09, 2008, 02:12:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by RonniStar:
  Actor/Comedian Bernie Mac (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20080809/D92EPRCG0.html)
Gay?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on August 10, 2008, 04:35:00 pm
This one hurts:  Isaac Hayes (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/08/10/hayes.obit/index.html).
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: manimtired on August 10, 2008, 04:37:00 pm
when a celeb dies do you people honestly rush to this board to post it? oh wow..first!!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: 6949 on August 10, 2008, 05:27:00 pm
^ are you upset that beetsnotbeats beat you?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on August 10, 2008, 06:04:00 pm
Dibs for manimtired when Ted Nugent croaks.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on August 10, 2008, 07:04:00 pm
Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes, and Samual L.Jackson all were in a new movie to be released November 14,2008.
 
 i bet mr. jackson's sweating a bit right now.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: mr. pretentious on August 11, 2008, 10:46:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by beetsnotbeats:
  This one hurts:  Isaac Hayes (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/08/10/hayes.obit/index.html).
Poor Isaac.  He's singing with the thetans now.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on August 11, 2008, 11:01:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by mr. pretentious:
   
Quote
Originally posted by beetsnotbeats:
  This one hurts:  Isaac Hayes (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/08/10/hayes.obit/index.html).
Poor Isaac.  He's singing with the thetans now. [/b]
Actually, seeing as his thetan was deposited off the coast of California yesterday, he's probably just washed ashore and is looking for a new body to inhabit, or something like that.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on August 19, 2008, 10:58:00 pm
Dave Matthews Band saxophonist (http://news.yahoo.com/story//ap/obit_leroi_moore)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: nkotb on August 20, 2008, 09:53:00 am
My hopes that a live Bigfoot finding would finally convince my wife I should quit my job and become a cryptozoologist:
 
  Bigfoot Claim a Fake (http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/08/19/bigfoot.hoax/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on August 20, 2008, 10:45:00 am
http://www.irishexaminer.com/irishexaminer/pages/story.aspx-qqqg=ireland-qqqm=ireland-qqqa=ireland-qqqid=70278-qqqx=1.asp (http://www.irishexaminer.com/irishexaminer/pages/story.aspx-qqqg=ireland-qqqm=ireland-qqqa=ireland-qqqid=70278-qqqx=1.asp)
 
  <img src="http://www.irishexaminer.com/irishexaminer/pages/RonnieDrewxxx.jpg" alt=" - " />
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on August 26, 2008, 03:33:00 pm
http://www.azcentral.com/ent/celeb/articles/2008/08/26/20080826dre.html (http://www.azcentral.com/ent/celeb/articles/2008/08/26/20080826dre.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on August 27, 2008, 03:15:00 pm
Steve Foley, Replacements replacement drummer.
 http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003843194 (http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003843194)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on August 31, 2008, 11:54:00 pm
Shit this news is a few months old but just stumbled upon it online.  Most people probably have no idea who this guy was, but Matt Odietus, guitar player for the Candy Snatchers dies at 40.
 
 Had not seen him for a few years but was buddies with those guys when I lived in Richmond in the early 90's, and we've crossed paths from time to time over the years here and there.  Great band if it's your thing.
 
 Sad news.  
  RIP Matt (http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.Net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=99980)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RatBastard on September 01, 2008, 01:30:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by ggw‚?Ę:
  I wonder how many people under 21 realize what a stud he was.
 
   
Quote
Originally posted by Cash is King:
     
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn dies at 89 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080803/ap_on_re_eu/obit_solzhenitsyn)
 
 A man after my own true free spirit. He will be missed.       :(    
Very sad. This man was a hero, whose opinions were unique and refreshing when compared to all the sheep around him. [/b]
[/b]
DAMN how in the living hell did I miss this?  I really hope that he does not fade into oblivion in future generations.  What an amazing human being this man was.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: miss pretentious on September 02, 2008, 12:01:00 pm
Don LaFontaine, the voiceover king whose "In a world ..." phrase on movie trailers was much copied -- and much parodied -- has died, according to media reports. He was 68.
 
 http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/09/02/obit.lafontaine/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/09/02/obit.lafontaine/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: jm1 on September 02, 2008, 02:15:00 pm
Jerry Reed...
 
 http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/09/02/obit.reed.ap/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/09/02/obit.reed.ap/index.html)
 
 NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- Jerry Reed, a singer who appeared in the "Smokey and the Bandit" movies, has died of complications from emphysema at age 71, his longtime booking agent said Tuesday.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on September 14, 2008, 08:39:00 am
Novelist David Foster Wallace found dead by Suicide.
 
 That's a bummer. I tried a couple times to read Infinite Jest and could never get more than a few hundred pages into it. But his short stories were great.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: rich_WDC on September 15, 2008, 01:17:00 pm
PINK FLOYD's Rick Wright
 
 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/15/AR2008091501216.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/15/AR2008091501216.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Arthwys on September 15, 2008, 03:00:00 pm
Damn, didn't think to check this thread first...but really, the guy deserves his own thread.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on September 15, 2008, 06:14:00 pm
Forgot to post this: Former UFC Champion Evan Tanner (http://www.fightlinker.com/?p=3107)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 16, 2008, 12:17:00 am
Bummer? Suicide is a selfish act.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Relaxer:
  Novelist David Foster Wallace found dead by Suicide.
 
 That's a bummer. I tried a couple times to read Infinite Jest and could never get more than a few hundred pages into it. But his short stories were great.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Mobius on September 16, 2008, 01:02:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by wanderlust j. marshmallow:
  Bummer? Suicide is a selfish act.
 
   
Quote
Originally posted by Relaxer:
  Novelist David Foster Wallace found dead by Suicide.
 
 
[/b]
Judging people who lose a battle with depression is a selfish act.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: thatguy on September 16, 2008, 02:46:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by wanderlust j. marshmallow:
  Bummer? Suicide is a selfish act.
 
not always.  take a look at some of  emile durkheim's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89mile_Durkheim) work, specifically his book   Suicide.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on September 27, 2008, 11:00:00 am
<img src="http://www.prisonflicks.com/images/CHLLuke.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 What we have here is... a failure to continue living.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on September 27, 2008, 03:34:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Relaxer:
    <img src="http://www.prisonflicks.com/images/CHLLuke.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 What we have here is... a failure to continue living.
This made me a little sad when i heard it this morning.  Cool Hand Luke is one of my fave movies. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is another great one too.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on September 27, 2008, 08:37:00 pm
The salad dressing guy made movies too?
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by chaz:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Relaxer:
     <img src="http://www.prisonflicks.com/images/CHLLuke.jpg" alt=" - " />
 
 What we have here is... a failure to continue living.
This made me a little sad when i heard it this morning.  Cool Hand Luke is one of my fave movies. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is another great one too. [/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on October 07, 2008, 11:24:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by Mobius:
   
Quote
Originally posted by wanderlust j. marshmallow:
  Bummer? Suicide is a selfish act.
 
   
Quote
Originally posted by Relaxer:
  Novelist David Foster Wallace found dead by Suicide.
 
 
[/b]
Judging people who lose a battle with depression is a selfish act. [/b]
Experts ponder link between creativity, mood disorders (http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/conditions/10/07/creativity.depression/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on October 08, 2008, 01:18:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by sweetcell:
  Experts ponder link between creativity, mood disorders (http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/conditions/10/07/creativity.depression/index.html)
Thanks for posting this link. I took a class about 12 years ago on this very subject with Kay Redfield Jamison while I was at Johns Hopkins. Very fascinating subject. She had all of these world class experts come in to lecture like Norman Rosenthal, the guy who coined the term 'seasonal affective disorder'. Since then, it has given me a whole new understanding of people. Also, seasonal issues beyond the obvious holiday blues kinds of depression and related stressors.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on October 17, 2008, 10:18:00 am
Lifted from another board:
 
 "According to the Motown Alumni Association newsletter...
 
 Levi Stubbs Former Lead Vocalist of the Four Tops Dead at 70
 
 [The] most profound lead vocalist in American history, [Stubbs] died this morning at his Detroit home sources have confirmed. Stubbs, who suffered a series of strokes and other illnesses, had been sick for a number of years prior to today's news. It was most visible during the televised "50 year anniversary Celebration of the Four Tops" broadcast a few years ago."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on October 17, 2008, 10:27:00 am
I finally know who the hell Billy Bragg was singing about...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on October 17, 2008, 11:33:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes,Japanese Golfer:
  I finally know who the hell Billy Bragg was singing about...
Maybe the part about 'She takes off The Four Tops tape' shoulda clued you in.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on October 17, 2008, 11:39:00 am
Couldn't decipher that lyric, or any other from the song, for that matter.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Shemp:
   
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes,Japanese Golfer:
  I finally know who the hell Billy Bragg was singing about...
Maybe the part about 'She takes off The Four Tops tape' shoulda clued you in. [/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on October 20, 2008, 02:32:00 am
Mr. Blackwell
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on October 20, 2008, 10:05:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  Mr. Blackwell
Whatta bitch....
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on October 20, 2008, 11:51:00 am
it would be awesome if all the women wore bjork's swan dress and all the men wore pink tuxedos to the funeral.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on October 20, 2008, 12:42:00 pm
Dionne Warwick's Sister Singer Dee Dee Warwick (http://www.popeater.com/music/article/dee-dee-warwick-dionnes-sister-dies/217481)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on October 20, 2008, 12:54:00 pm
Wow, board appearances from ggw and ronnistarr in the same week! Thank god for the Feelies and DeeDee Warwick.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Vas Deferens on October 20, 2008, 12:58:00 pm
lol
 
 The Feelies were alright when they opened for Sonic Youth on July 4th. Certainly not worth the trip to NJ.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Charlie Nakatestes,Japanese Golfer:
  Wow, board appearances from ggw and ronnistarr in the same week! Thank god for the Feelies and DeeDee Warwick.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: nkotb on October 21, 2008, 10:21:00 pm
http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/10/21/obit.moore.ap/index.html (http://Rudy Ray Moore)
 
 RIP Dolemite  :(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on October 21, 2008, 11:12:00 pm
Quote
Originally posted by nkotb:
  Rudy Ray Moore (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/10/21/obit.moore.ap/index.html)
 
 RIP Dolemite   :(  
corrected.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: nkotb on October 22, 2008, 09:11:00 am
Ha...thanks.  That's what happens when you've overcome with grief.
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by sweetcell:
   
Quote
Originally posted by nkotb:
  Rudy Ray Moore (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/10/21/obit.moore.ap/index.html)
 
 RIP Dolemite    :(  
corrected. [/b]
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on October 24, 2008, 02:33:00 pm
Merl Saunders (http://www.glidemagazine.com/hiddentrack/in-memorium-merl-saunders-1934-2008/)
 
 
 We‚??re extremely saddened to report that Merl Saunders passed away this morning at the age of 74 in San Francisco. Saunders‚?? B-3 playing broke new ground and has influenced many of the Hammond performers that have followed him. He‚??s best known for his work with Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, but he has also performed with with Harry Belafonte, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt and Paul Butterfield.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on October 28, 2008, 01:31:00 pm
Gerard Damiano, 'Deep Throat' director, dead at 80 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081028/ap_on_re_us/obit_damiano)
 
 Sorry Rhett. I know you were a fan.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on October 28, 2008, 01:38:00 pm
I recall my mom telling me that my dad tried to take her to see it, but she insisted that they leave immediately.
 
 Never seen it myself, as far as I can recall.
 
 Was he someone you went to high school with?   :p  
 
 
 
Quote
Originally posted by Jaguar:
  Gerard Damiano, 'Deep Throat' director, dead at 80 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081028/ap_on_re_us/obit_damiano)
 
 Sorry Rhett. I know you were a fan.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on October 28, 2008, 01:55:00 pm
Rhett, believe me, you or your folks didn't miss a thing. As Dupek would say, it both sucked and blowed!
 
 Only saw it unwittingly when someone I use to work for put it on the video while we were either setting up or closing a nightclub I use to work for. Actually, I was very surprised as to how bad it was for reasons other than the obvious. Then again, I paid very little attention to it as I really didn't care about it.
 
 If you're up for porn, get something else. Anything has to be better than this crap.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on November 01, 2008, 11:14:00 am
Studs Terkel (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081101/ap_en_ce/obit_terkel;_ylt=ApPJk3BBybuaUt7VYSF5d_es0NUE)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on November 01, 2008, 11:17:00 pm
Oscar-winning producer of 'Platoon,' John Daly, dies at 71
  (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081102/ap_on_en_mo/obit_daly)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RatBastard on November 02, 2008, 09:05:00 pm
Shakir Stewart
 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081102/ap_on_en_mu/def_jam_executive (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081102/ap_on_en_mu/def_jam_executive)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: beetsnotbeats on November 03, 2008, 11:43:00 am
Yma Sumac (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/11/03/obit.sumac.ap/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on November 03, 2008, 07:44:00 pm
Obama's Grandmother (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/obama_grandmother)
 
 This has got to be a weird week for the man.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Sage 703 on November 05, 2008, 01:50:00 pm
Michael Crichton (http://www.etonline.com/news/2008/11/67369/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on November 12, 2008, 09:31:00 pm
Mitch Mitchell, drummer for Hendrix, found dead (http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/61861061)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eddie on November 13, 2008, 08:55:00 pm
Jimmy Carl Black  
 February 1, 1938 - November 1, 2008
 http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2008/11/jimmy-carl-black-1938-2008.html (http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2008/11/jimmy-carl-black-1938-2008.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: thirsty moore on November 13, 2008, 10:12:00 pm
Is Neil Peart next?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on November 14, 2008, 11:15:00 am
Quote
Originally posted by econo:
  Is Neil Peart next?
I was thinking Ginger Baker. He was always old. Also, much closer to the era of the other two.
 
 Then again, Neil is no youngster anymore either.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on November 14, 2008, 11:24:00 am
Maybe Levon Helm. He's already had throat cancer.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on November 14, 2008, 12:21:00 pm
Truly a sad moment. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081111/ap_on_fe_st/odd_ugly_dog_dies)   :(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on November 25, 2008, 05:13:00 pm
dunno if this is going to mean anything to anyone other than sonick:
 
 Kenny MacLean, bassist for the 1980s Canadian new-wave group Platinum Blonde, was found dead in his Toronto apartment Nov. 24. (http://live.pollstar.com/blogs/news/archive/2008/11/25/627843.aspx)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on November 30, 2008, 12:31:00 pm
Andrew McKelvey, the founder and former chief executive of Monster Worldwide Inc. (http://money.aol.com/news/articles/_a/bbdp/monster-founder-andrew-mckelvey-dies/262090)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: twangirl on December 12, 2008, 04:12:05 pm
Bettie Page
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on December 14, 2008, 02:21:01 pm
Bettie Page

Thank you, Bettie, for everything.

(http://images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/20081205/293.page.bettie.lr.120508.jpg)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Venerable Bede on December 21, 2008, 04:33:09 pm
dock ellis (http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-ellis21-2008dec21,0,3291785.story)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on December 25, 2008, 08:05:51 pm
Santa Baby's Eartha Kitt (http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/61935259)

Harold Pinter (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081225/ap_on_re_eu/eu_britain_obit_pinter)


...I think I'm next.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on December 26, 2008, 10:59:28 am
Johnny Cakes (http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b74986_sopranos_johnny_cakes_dead_of_apparent.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on December 29, 2008, 10:06:03 am
Delaney Bramlett
http://www.reuters.com/article/peopleNews/idUSTRE4BS07W20081229 (http://www.reuters.com/article/peopleNews/idUSTRE4BS07W20081229)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on December 29, 2008, 04:37:41 pm
Delaney Bramlett
http://www.reuters.com/article/peopleNews/idUSTRE4BS07W20081229 (http://www.reuters.com/article/peopleNews/idUSTRE4BS07W20081229)

i like how in this article

http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2008/12/29/delaney-bramlett-1939-2008/

the writer (in case you did not know bramlett) referenced "superstar" by the carpenters, covered by sonic youth, and that  it appears on the juno soundtrack. 
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on December 29, 2008, 04:51:48 pm

i like how in this article

http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2008/12/29/delaney-bramlett-1939-2008/

the writer (in case you did not know bramlett) referenced "superstar" by the carpenters, covered by sonic youth, and that  it appears on the juno soundtrack. 

Yeah, but apparently the writer didn't know that The Dream Syndicate recorded "Let It Rain" as a b-side so s/he is still unhip.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on January 07, 2009, 10:01:58 am
Listening to Jimmy Buffett can kill you:

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2009/jan/05/man-dies-after-fight-over-jukebox-selection-steamb/
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on January 07, 2009, 04:46:16 pm
Listening to Jimmy Buffett can kill you:

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2009/jan/05/man-dies-after-fight-over-jukebox-selection-steamb/

ididn'tdoit
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on January 13, 2009, 09:27:03 am
Andy DeMize of Nekromantix

http://psychobillydeluxe.com/?p=472 (http://psychobillydeluxe.com/?p=472)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on January 14, 2009, 05:28:29 pm
Ricardo Montalban  (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g2qvwJqGvWhocLyY20dKS5R0gL_wD95N5AN00)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on January 28, 2009, 02:37:31 pm
the keyboardist for Skynyrd

You guys really haven't kept up well on this thread lately. Where's RonniStar?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on January 28, 2009, 02:58:29 pm
in attempts to keep charlie happy:

the rabbit is dead: john updike (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/01/27/books/AP-Obit-Updike.html?_r=1&hp)

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on January 29, 2009, 11:57:46 pm
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master Helio Gracie (http://www.cagepotato.com/bjj-co-founder-helio-gracie-95-passes-away-rio)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: bellenseb on January 30, 2009, 12:03:36 am
John Martyn (http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/01/29/solid-air-singer-songwriter-john-martyn-dead-at-60/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on February 04, 2009, 08:37:50 pm
Lux Interior (http://www.thedailyswarm.com/headlines/cramps-lux-interior-rip/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on February 04, 2009, 09:21:03 pm
Lux Interior (http://www.thedailyswarm.com/headlines/cramps-lux-interior-rip/)
Sad sad news.  RIP Lux.   I had some great times seeing the Cramps and listening to the Cramps over the years.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: SPARX on February 04, 2009, 10:12:03 pm
Sad news indeed. I had at least a dozen of the best nights of my life seeing Lux and the band whip a crowd into a frenzy. He was one of the best frontmen I ever laid eyes on
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on February 05, 2009, 09:05:40 am
The Cramps were the first band I ever booked
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on February 05, 2009, 10:12:13 am
That's sad news, he was an incredible front man. I always wished the Cramps would've had a Love Shack type of hit, just to keep the income always rolling in. I must have played Psychedelic Jungle 500 times growing up.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on February 05, 2009, 10:57:48 am
Psychedelic Jungle was great...."you better leave your mouth at home...."

I remember seeing the cover of Bad Music for Bad People in the mall record store before I ever got into punk rock and underground music.  I thought it was so cool looking.  Probably another year or so before I ever heard the Cramps and got into all that stuff, but just seeing that cover opened my eyes a little to the braver world that awaited me.  I don't know why, but I just so vividly remember seeing that record jacket for the first time.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: andyrichter on February 05, 2009, 11:10:49 am
Wow. Very sad news indeed.  I feel very fortunate to have seen the Cramps, i think it was 03 or 04 at the 9:30 club.  What a wild and great show.  Lux was such an incredible showman.  My thoughts go out to Ivy. 
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on February 06, 2009, 01:15:13 pm
Buffalo Sringfield drummer Dewey Martin

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-dewey-martin6-2009feb06,0,6541056.story  (http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-dewey-martin6-2009feb06,0,6541056.story)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on February 10, 2009, 01:56:57 am
Buena Vista Social Club bassist Lopez dead at 76 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090210/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/cb_cuba_obit_cachaito_lopez)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on February 13, 2009, 12:25:55 pm
Ronettes Singer Estelle Bennett (http://www.spinner.com/2009/02/13/ronettes-star-estelle-ben-dies-at-67/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on February 13, 2009, 08:11:07 pm
music as we know it.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29187440/
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on February 13, 2009, 08:12:15 pm
michael jackson . . . . . almost . . . . .

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29186639/
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: bearman🐻 on February 18, 2009, 04:28:08 pm
Touch and Go Records
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: xneverwherex on February 18, 2009, 04:30:03 pm
Virgin Records Times Square officially closes its doors tomorrow. Lots and lots of sales!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on February 18, 2009, 05:32:40 pm
Touch and Go Records

thats horrible.  just horrible. maybe the T&G bands can join the soon to be coming Ticketmaster/Live Nation record label!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on February 25, 2009, 10:35:49 pm
From Pylon's Facebook and MySpace pages:

This past Monday evening, Randy Bewley had a heart attack while driving his van on Barber Street in Athens, GA. He was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center. Today, our bandmate and brother passed away at a little before 5 p.m. with his family and friends at his side. He will be missed, even as we celebrate his life and creativity. His guitar sound was as special as he was and always will be. Randy's guitar work defined not only a generation of sound but Randy himself. His visual art, painting and photos, combined with his signature sound formed a loose set of boundaries that helps understand him. His quiet devotion to family and friends will become a benchmark for those he leaves behind.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on March 18, 2009, 08:51:04 pm
Natasha Richardson dies after fall on ski slope (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/obit_natasha_richardson)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on March 19, 2009, 12:08:58 pm
Hip Hop Artist Commits Suicide In Front of Cops! News at 11 p.m. (http://www.theboombox.com/2009/03/18/dipset-rapper-commits-suicide-shoots-himself-during-police-show/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on March 19, 2009, 12:14:38 pm
When I clicked on your link, I thought it said:

Dipshit Rapper Commits Suicide

Hip Hop Artist Commits Suicide In Front of Cops! News at 11 p.m. (http://www.theboombox.com/2009/03/18/dipset-rapper-commits-suicide-shoots-himself-during-police-show/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on March 26, 2009, 03:27:21 pm
Dan Seals, who was England Dan in the pop duo England Dan and John Ford Coley and later had a successful country career, has died of complications from cancer. (http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-dan-seals27-2009mar27,0,41514.story)

(fyi, charlie, he did play country)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on March 26, 2009, 03:33:06 pm
Yesterday was a tough day for guys named "Dan".

My friend's husband, also named Dan, died yesterday. He was 37, and a big fan of bluegrass.

Dan Seals, who was England Dan in the pop duo England Dan and John Ford Coley and later had a successful country career, has died of complications from cancer. (http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-dan-seals27-2009mar27,0,41514.story)

(fyi, charlie, he did play country)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RatBastard on March 26, 2009, 07:08:06 pm
Damn, just damn.

http://www.pollstar.com/blogs/news/archive/2009/03/25/656669.aspx

Rest in peace.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on March 27, 2009, 10:12:16 am
Blender  (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/27/business/media/27blender.html?_r=1&ref=business)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on March 28, 2009, 12:11:06 pm
Alysheba  (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hFdIwBdL6tZRxfIe78M47Sqi3C5QD97748BO0)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Barcelona on March 31, 2009, 08:15:21 am
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/30/world/americas/30jagan.html?scp=1&sq=Janet%20Jagan&st=cse

Janet Jagan, Chicago Native Who Led Guyana, Dies at 88

Published: March 29, 2009

Janet Jagan, a daughter of a middle-class family from Chicago who became enmeshed in anticolonial politics in Guyana and rose to become the first woman to be president of that South American nation, died Saturday in Georgetown, the Guyanese capital. She was 88.

Mrs. Jagan died at a government hospital after suffering an abdominal aneurysm, Guyana?s health minister, Leslie Ramsammy, told Reuters.

Born Janet Rosenberg in 1920, she was a student nurse at Cook County Hospital in Chicago when she met Cheddi Jagan, a dentistry student at Northwestern University and the eldest of 11 children of an Indo-Guyanese family of sugar cane workers. His grandparents had arrived in British Guiana from India as indentured laborers.

They married, despite the fierce opposition of her parents, who were Jewish, and in 1943 they moved to British Guiana, where he established a dental practice and they both became involved in radical politics. In 1950, they founded the People?s Progressive Party, and in 1953, in elections under a new Constitution providing greater home rule, Dr. Jagan became chief minister. But the Jagans? Marxist ideas aroused the suspicions of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who sent warships and troops to topple the new government. The Jagans were jailed.

Even after the Jagans? release, colonial police watched their every move. ?I remember taking Cheddi Jr. to school one morning while a policeman was trailing me,? Mrs. Jagan once told The Stabroek News, a newspaper in Georgetown. ?When I bade him goodbye, walked up the street and looked back, I saw him looking through the school window, watching the policeman trailing me.?

A deepening racial rift between Afro-Guyanese, many of them descendants of African slaves, and Indo-Guyanese followed Churchill?s intervention. Dr. Jagan returned to power in 1957, and Mrs. Jagan became labor minister.

Again, their politics, along with their admiration for Fidel Castro?s revolution in Cuba, caused alarm in a foreign capital ? this time, Washington. According to long-classified documents, President John F. Kennedy ordered the Central Intelligence Agency in 1961 to destabilize the Jagan government. The C.I.A. covertly financed a campaign of labor unrest, false information and sabotage that led to race riots and, eventually, the ascension of Forbes Burnham, a black, London-educated lawyer and a leader of the People?s Progressive Party who had become a rival of the Jagans. He became president and prime minister in 1966.

After Guyana achieved independence that year, Mrs. Jagan remained active in public life as a member of Parliament and editor of the newspaper The Mirror. Mr. Burnham veered far to the left, nationalizing companies, banning imports including basic foods, and declaring Guyana a ?cooperative republic? in 1970.

By the end of Mr. Burnham?s rule, with his death in 1985, Guyana had become one of the Western Hemisphere?s poorest nations. In 1992, Dr. Jagan was elected president. During his time in office, Mrs. Jagan served briefly as ambassador to the United Nations.

After her husband died in 1997, she ran for president and won. At campaign rallies, her followers respectfully called her ?bhowji,? a Hindi term meaning ?elder brother?s wife.? But her government was plagued by street protests and tension with the opposition People?s National Congress.

After a mild heart attack in 1999, Mrs. Jagan stepped down, opening the way for her Moscow-educated finance minister, Bharrat Jagdeo, to become president, a position he still holds. This weekend, Mr. Jagdeo cut short a visit to the Middle East to return for a state funeral for Mrs. Jagan, according to news reports.

Mrs. Jagan is survived by her son, Dr. Cheddi Jagan Jr., a daughter, Nadira Jagan-Brancier, and five grandchildren.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RatBastard on April 09, 2009, 07:36:10 pm
A Silver Spring native passes on.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4055343
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on April 10, 2009, 10:14:35 am
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090410/ap_on_en_ot/obit_dave_arneson

now he can control all those imaginary people/animals/immortals with god's own twelve sided dice.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on April 10, 2009, 10:40:01 am
american power and might.

our military is being held at "bay" by four pirates in a lifeboat.  our country is officially a bunch of weak kneed pussies.  america should drop the eagle, and adopt a whimpering twat for a logo.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/world/africa/10pirates.html?partner=msnbcpolitics&emc=rss
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on April 12, 2009, 08:43:33 pm
american power and might.

our military is being held at "bay" by four pirates in a lifeboat.  our country is officially a bunch of weak kneed pussies.  america should drop the eagle, and adopt a whimpering twat for a logo.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/world/africa/10pirates.html?partner=msnbcpolitics&emc=rss

This just in! The standoff is over, and the Pirates, No Pun Intended, bite the bullets big time (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20090413/D97H88I00.html)! News at 11 p.m.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on April 13, 2009, 12:18:10 am
american power and might.

our military is being held at "bay" by four pirates in a lifeboat.  our country is officially a bunch of weak kneed pussies.  america should drop the eagle, and adopt a whimpering twat for a logo.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/world/africa/10pirates.html?partner=msnbcpolitics&emc=rss

Right - just fire at the thing.  Fuck the captain.

Weak-kneed pussies indeed....

'Somali pirates who had pulled off the first seizure of an American crewman in recent memory were soon staring at the hulls of the USS Halyburton, a guided-missile frigate equipped with helicopters, and the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship with missile launchers, attack planes and a crew of 1,000, which had joined the Bainbridge.'
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RatBastard on April 13, 2009, 06:56:33 am
american power and might.

our military is being held at "bay" by four pirates in a lifeboat.  our country is officially a bunch of weak kneed pussies.  america should drop the eagle, and adopt a whimpering twat for a logo.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/world/africa/10pirates.html?partner=msnbcpolitics&emc=rss

Oops, open mouth insert foot!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on April 13, 2009, 12:53:28 pm
i'll gladly be the total ass to have the incident end the way it did.  and here i thought the seals had fallen off the radar nowadays.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on April 13, 2009, 02:05:46 pm
Phillies broadcaster dies at Nationals Park.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4064793 (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4064793)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on April 13, 2009, 02:20:51 pm
Porn legend Marilyn Chambers (http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlLA/show_business/porn_legend_marilyn_chambers_dead_at_57_113890.asp)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on April 13, 2009, 06:14:22 pm
Mark 'The Bird' Fidrych  (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb/04/13/fidrych-death.ap/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eltee on April 22, 2009, 10:04:13 am

http://money.cnn.com/2009/04/22/news/Freddie_Mac_CFO/?cnn=yes (http://money.cnn.com/2009/04/22/news/Freddie_Mac_CFO/?cnn=yes)
David Kellermann, acting chief financial officer of mortgage company Freddie Mac
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on April 22, 2009, 11:04:43 am

http://money.cnn.com/2009/04/22/news/Freddie_Mac_CFO/?cnn=yes (http://money.cnn.com/2009/04/22/news/Freddie_Mac_CFO/?cnn=yes)
David Kellermann, acting chief financial officer of mortgage company Freddie Mac

in my line of work, this is some serious news.  we look at this and go . . .  oh shit, here we go.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on April 25, 2009, 03:58:45 pm
all gay men in the world are crying at this moment.

a glorious golden girl is gone.

 :'(

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30407408/
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: nkotb on April 25, 2009, 05:20:49 pm
RIP Ackmena

(http://bensbreakfastblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/ackmena.jpg)

all gay men in the world are crying at this moment.

a glorious golden girl is gone.

 :'(

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30407408/
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on April 29, 2009, 04:48:59 pm
Country Music Hitmaker Vern Gosdin (http://www.theboot.com/2009/04/29/vern-gosdin-dies-at-74/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on May 03, 2009, 10:43:39 am
Jack Kemp (http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/05/02/kemp.obit/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: thatguy on May 03, 2009, 11:46:29 pm
jon blank.  played in rezin and wino's band, among others.  r.i.p. 
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: MindCage on May 04, 2009, 10:13:44 am
Jack Kemp (http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/05/02/kemp.obit/index.html)

Oh the fond memories I have of Jack always yelling at me to stop playing those f#C*)(@# drums so loud while his son Jimmy was QBing on the field.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: MindCage on May 04, 2009, 10:14:31 am
jon blank.  played in rezin and wino's band, among others.  r.i.p. 

Very sad about this one :( :( I was shocked when I got the call the other morning.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Unsanity on May 04, 2009, 03:47:36 pm
Jon Blank dead??! Damn that is heartbreaking... Rezin was one of my fav local bands of all time. I feel lucky to have been present at the 9:30 Club Wino Band gig a few moths back, he was a great bassist with real grooves. That Bakerton Group show will Wino opening just won't be the same now.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: bearman🐻 on May 05, 2009, 10:55:06 am
A buddy of mine has an empty Absolut Citron bottle that he said Bea Arthur emptied in like 30 minutes. Then she proceeded to call Betty White a c**t. Twice.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Sage 703 on May 05, 2009, 11:29:14 am
Dom Deluise

http://www.tmz.com/2009/05/05/dom-deluise-dies/
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on May 05, 2009, 01:13:28 pm
Gay guys will invent any kind of story to explain an empty bottle of vodka laying around, won't they. That's quite a good one.
 :)
A buddy of mine has an empty Absolut Citron bottle that he said Bea Arthur emptied in like 30 minutes. Then she proceeded to call Betty White a c**t. Twice.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on May 05, 2009, 01:23:56 pm

12. WE HAVE LOST A LEGEND TODAY. GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY......


Dom Deluise

http://www.tmz.com/2009/05/05/dom-deluise-dies/
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RatBastard on May 08, 2009, 03:28:33 am
Another Free Bird...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090507/ap_on_en_mu/us_obit_evans
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on May 10, 2009, 11:59:58 am
Dominic DiMaggio, the bespectacled Boston Red Sox center fielder who made his own mark on the major leagues despite playing in the shadow of teammate Ted Williams and DiMaggio's Hall of Fame brother Joe, died early Friday at his Massachusetts home. He was 92.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4151140
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on May 15, 2009, 11:52:24 am
Wayman Tisdale  (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=4168852&campaign=rss&source=twitter&ex_cid=Twitter_espn_4168852)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RatBastard on May 19, 2009, 04:22:12 pm
Dolla (http://new.music.yahoo.com/dolla/news/police-man-arrested-in-la-killing-of-rapper--61988744)

Wouldn't it be ironic if they found out that TWO OF FIDDY CENT'S people did this? 
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RatBastard on May 19, 2009, 04:32:18 pm
^Breaking news on the above.  Cops now think that it was either a group of 20 people from the Nickleback crew or 100 fans from the band Pennywise that killed Dolla!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on May 26, 2009, 11:15:10 am
May 26, 2009
Jay Bennett, Ex-Member of Wilco, Dies at 45
By BEN SISARIO
Jay Bennett, a singer and songwriter who was a former member of the rock band Wilco, died on Sunday in Urbana, Ill. He was 45 and lived in Urbana.

The cause is still unknown. Representatives of his management company, Undertow Music Collective, said he died in his sleep. Edward Burch, a friend and collaborator, told The Chicago Sun-Times that an autopsy was being done. No information about survivors was available.

Last month Mr. Bennett complained on his MySpace page about severe pains in his hip. He needed hip-replacement surgery, he said, but did not have proper health insurance.

A burly, dreadlocked figure with a cracking, plaintive rasp, Mr. Bennett played in the Replacements-influenced power-pop band Titanic Love Affair during the 1990s, and released four solo albums. But he is best known for his role in Wilco, the Chicago band that expanded the earthy, folk-influenced sound of the alt-country genre with more abstract, experimental rock.

Mr. Bennett joined Wilco in 1994, shortly after the recording of the band?s first album, ?A.M.,? which was released the next year. Beginning with ?Being There? in 1996, he played keyboards, guitar and various other instruments, and gradually his role grew. With ?Summerteeth? in 1999 and ?Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,? released in 2002, Mr. Bennett became a key part of the band?s songwriting, often as a darker foil to the more fragile style of the lead singer, Jeff Tweedy. A perfectionist in the studio, Mr. Bennett took an active hand in the recording process.

He also played on ?Mermaid Avenue,? the band?s Grammy-nominated 1998 project with Billy Bragg, which set unpublished lyrics by Woody Guthrie to music, as well as on its sequel, ?Mermaid Avenue II,? in 2000.

But as documented in ?I Am Trying to Break Your Heart,? a 2002 film about the recording of ?Yankee Hotel Foxtrot? and the band?s extended struggle with its record company, Mr. Bennett and Mr. Tweedy frequently clashed in the studio, as Mr. Bennett bristled over the band?s increasingly noisy direction.

Mr. Tweedy fired Mr. Bennett from Wilco shortly before the release of ?Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,? which became the band?s commercial breakthrough. Relations between the two men remained chilly. This month Mr. Bennett sued for breach of contract, contending that he was owed royalties from his work on Wilco albums as well as money from the film. The suit has not been settled, a Wilco spokeswoman said.

In a statement on Monday, Mr. Tweedy said: ?We will miss Jay as we remember him ? as a truly unique and gifted human being and one who made welcome and significant contributions to the band?s songs and evolution.?

Born in Rolling Meadows, a suburb of Chicago, in 1963, Mr. Bennett graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, with degrees in secondary education, mathematics and political studies. He was working in a VCR repair shop when Mr. Tweedy recruited him for Wilco, and according to ?Learning How to Die,? Greg Kot?s 2004 book about Wilco, Mr. Bennett often worked there between tours.

In 2002, shortly after leaving Wilco, Mr. Bennett released ?The Palace at 4 a.m. (Part I)? with Mr. Burch. He also founded a recording studio in Champaign, called Pieholden Suite Sound, after a song on ?Summerteeth.?

Mr. Bennett released three more albums of country-tinged folk-rock, and on his most recent MySpace post said that he was hard at work on a new one, ?Kicking at the Perfumed Air.?

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on May 26, 2009, 11:43:17 am
a ghost is born
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on May 26, 2009, 01:21:11 pm
^Breaking news on the above.  Cops now think that it was either a group of 20 people from the Nickleback crew or 100 fans from the band Pennywise that killed Dolla!

i heard they didnt kill him, they just made change.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on May 26, 2009, 07:23:15 pm
The World's Oldest Blogger Maria Amelia Lopez (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20090526/D98DUKUG0.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on May 27, 2009, 02:59:39 pm
Zezel dies after battling blood disorder

TORONTO -- Peter Zezel, a center who played 15 NHL seasons after breaking into the league with the Philadelphia Flyers as a teenager, has died. He was 44.  Zezel struggled with the rare blood disease hemolytic anemia for the past 10 years and died on Tuesday.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=4207698
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on June 03, 2009, 10:35:39 pm
Koko Taylor (http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/03/obit.koko.taylor/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on June 04, 2009, 10:08:42 am
(http://www.nndb.com/people/840/000022774/david-carradine-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on June 04, 2009, 10:38:02 am
"Police investigation showed that he hung himself with a rope, the kind that is used with curtains."

"He was described as behind half naked."

Link  (http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009/06/04/headlines/headlines_30104421.php)

Thai police told the BBC the 72-year-old was found by a hotel maid sitting in a wardrobe with a rope around his neck and genitals on Thursday morning.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eltee on June 04, 2009, 10:44:46 am
No! Even as a kid I thought of him as his character and believed he'd live a long, peaceful life. RIP Grasshopper.
(that link has the details about the rope ::) c'mon)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on June 04, 2009, 10:56:52 am
(http://www.nndb.com/people/840/000022774/david-carradine-1.jpg),

say hello to...

(http://www.freewebs.com/igors_/michael_hutchence_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on June 04, 2009, 08:11:55 pm

"He was described as behind half naked."


do you think it was the right or the left half?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: babystew on June 06, 2009, 07:23:24 pm
Jeff Hanson, RIP.  http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/47108762.html (http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/47108762.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on June 18, 2009, 11:45:45 am
Clark Sabine of Statehood.

Quote
We are deeply saddened to tell you that Clark passed away on Tuesday evening at a hospice in Arlington, VA. He was first diagnosed with melanoma in February of 2008, and after a series of surgeries and treatments, we thought he was in the clear. In the fall the cancer returned and spread to other parts of his body. Experimental treatments were in the works, but we needed chemotherapy to shrink some of the tumors before beginning this treatment. In May, we found out that the chemo was not working and that the condition was terminal. Clark was 33 years old.

As a band, we had 10 songs in line for a second Statehood record, and we?ll talk about where we go with that in weeks to come. While Clark was in hospice care, he did some additional tracking with our friends Nikhil and Jason, and we listened to newer recordings to sort out details in the songs. Music was insanely important to Clark, and it gave him comfort to keep working on songwriting until the end.

Playing in a band with Clark was extraordinary and something to look forward to week in and week out. Often at practice we?d be laughing until we couldn?t breathe from Clark?s wild sense of humor and adventure. Anyone who knew him, even in passing, knows exactly what we mean. To say that he will be missed is an absurd understatement.

Thank you to everyone who gave Clark and the band support through these trying times. We will come back with more information as soon as we have it.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on June 18, 2009, 08:02:41 pm
Clark Sabine of Statehood.

Quote
We are deeply saddened to tell you that Clark passed away on Tuesday evening at a hospice in Arlington, VA. He was first diagnosed with melanoma in February of 2008, and after a series of surgeries and treatments, we thought he was in the clear. In the fall the cancer returned and spread to other parts of his body. Experimental treatments were in the works, but we needed chemotherapy to shrink some of the tumors before beginning this treatment. In May, we found out that the chemo was not working and that the condition was terminal. Clark was 33 years old.

As a band, we had 10 songs in line for a second Statehood record, and we?ll talk about where we go with that in weeks to come. While Clark was in hospice care, he did some additional tracking with our friends Nikhil and Jason, and we listened to newer recordings to sort out details in the songs. Music was insanely important to Clark, and it gave him comfort to keep working on songwriting until the end.

Playing in a band with Clark was extraordinary and something to look forward to week in and week out. Often at practice we?d be laughing until we couldn?t breathe from Clark?s wild sense of humor and adventure. Anyone who knew him, even in passing, knows exactly what we mean. To say that he will be missed is an absurd understatement.

Thank you to everyone who gave Clark and the band support through these trying times. We will come back with more information as soon as we have it.

That is sad.  That hospice is right up the street from me and I know quite a few folks who have either died there or in their care.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RatBastard on June 23, 2009, 08:28:16 am
Ed McMahon

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,528407,00.html
http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/06/23/obit.mcmahon/index.html
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on June 23, 2009, 09:12:29 am
Quote
Quote:
Ed McMahon died peacefully in his sleep at the UCLA Medical Center. [17] McMahon publicist and friend Howard Bragman has confirmed Ed McMahon died just past midnight on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. [18] Ed McMahon was 86. He was brutally sodomized by Gary B. Patek

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: brennser on June 23, 2009, 02:59:41 pm
May 26, 2009
Jay Bennett, Ex-Member of Wilco, Dies at 45

Jay Bennett autopsy: Accidental pain-killer overdose
Former Wilco member Jay Bennett died of a pain-killer overdose, the Champaign County coroner said Wednesday, and his office is investigating Bennett?s death as an accident.

Tests showed Bennett died from fentanyl, often prescribed to treat chronic pain, said the coronor, Duane Northrup. Bennett, who died May 24 at his home in Urbana, Ill., had posted a few weeks earlier on his MySpace site that he would need hip-replacement surgery. 

?A decade plus of multiple nightly stage jumps and various other rock and roll theatrics had finally taken a toll that I could no longer merely deal with or ignore,? he wrote, but added that he did not have health insurance to cover costs of the surgery.

Bennett, born in northwest suburban Rolling Meadows, was a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and engineer in Wilco from 1994 to 2001, when he departed the band acrimoniously. He sued Wilco founder Jeff Tweedy in early May, claiming that he was owed royalties for songs.

 
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on June 23, 2009, 03:07:03 pm
Quote
Quote:
Ed McMahon died peacefully in his sleep at the UCLA Medical Center. [17] McMahon publicist and friend Howard Bragman has confirmed Ed McMahon died just past midnight on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. [18] Ed McMahon was 86. He was brutally sodomized by Gary B. Patek


(http://icanhascheezburger.wordpress.com/files/2008/07/funny-pictures-cubicle-cat-spies-on-you.jpg)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on June 23, 2009, 03:07:52 pm
The guy had a triple major which included math and education. He could have easily gotten his teaching certificate, gotten a teaching job, and gotten health insurance.

May 26, 2009
Jay Bennett, Ex-Member of Wilco, Dies at 45

Jay Bennett autopsy: Accidental pain-killer overdose
Former Wilco member Jay Bennett died of a pain-killer overdose, the Champaign County coroner said Wednesday, and his office is investigating Bennett?s death as an accident.

Tests showed Bennett died from fentanyl, often prescribed to treat chronic pain, said the coronor, Duane Northrup. Bennett, who died May 24 at his home in Urbana, Ill., had posted a few weeks earlier on his MySpace site that he would need hip-replacement surgery. 

?A decade plus of multiple nightly stage jumps and various other rock and roll theatrics had finally taken a toll that I could no longer merely deal with or ignore,? he wrote, but added that he did not have health insurance to cover costs of the surgery.

Bennett, born in northwest suburban Rolling Meadows, was a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and engineer in Wilco from 1994 to 2001, when he departed the band acrimoniously. He sued Wilco founder Jeff Tweedy in early May, claiming that he was owed royalties for songs.

 

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on June 23, 2009, 04:05:20 pm
A) I didn't see Wilco has being much a "stage jump" band
B) I *really* didn't see Jay as being the stage-jumper, were there to be some during a Wilco performance
C) It's not the clothes that count, its what's in your heart
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on June 23, 2009, 04:10:18 pm
Kinda hard to pull off getting a teaching gig when you're walking around high on fentanyl patches.

But yeah you're right.

The guy had a triple major which included math and education. He could have easily gotten his teaching certificate, gotten a teaching job, and gotten health insurance.

May 26, 2009
Jay Bennett, Ex-Member of Wilco, Dies at 45

Jay Bennett autopsy: Accidental pain-killer overdose
Former Wilco member Jay Bennett died of a pain-killer overdose, the Champaign County coroner said Wednesday, and his office is investigating Bennett?s death as an accident.

Tests showed Bennett died from fentanyl, often prescribed to treat chronic pain, said the coronor, Duane Northrup. Bennett, who died May 24 at his home in Urbana, Ill., had posted a few weeks earlier on his MySpace site that he would need hip-replacement surgery. 

?A decade plus of multiple nightly stage jumps and various other rock and roll theatrics had finally taken a toll that I could no longer merely deal with or ignore,? he wrote, but added that he did not have health insurance to cover costs of the surgery.

Bennett, born in northwest suburban Rolling Meadows, was a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and engineer in Wilco from 1994 to 2001, when he departed the band acrimoniously. He sued Wilco founder Jeff Tweedy in early May, claiming that he was owed royalties for songs.

 

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on June 24, 2009, 03:04:40 pm
RIP: Andy Hughes, producer for The Orb, Basement Jaxx, and Kovak

http://www.tinymixtapes.com/RIP-Andy-Hughes-producer-for-The
http://www.trashmenagerie.com/blog/2009/06/23/the-orbs-andy-hughes-passes-at-the-age-of-44/

this happened on june 12... y'all be slackin'.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: gaaaaaaaaah on June 24, 2009, 03:10:11 pm
A) I didn't see Wilco has being much a "stage jump" band
B) I *really* didn't see Jay as being the stage-jumper, were there to be some during a Wilco performance
C) It's not the clothes that count, its what's in your heart
From what Jay said in his blog post, he injured himself stage jumping while playing with Titantic Love Affair, not Wilco.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on June 24, 2009, 03:16:49 pm
I actually recall Jay jumping around quite a bit onstage, certainly compared to the two dozen other people  who've ever been in the band.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: gaaaaaaaaah on June 24, 2009, 03:19:03 pm
Pat does a fair amount of jumping around these days.  And you could almost say what Nels does is "jumping."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on June 24, 2009, 03:24:39 pm
I forgot about Pat, I don't really pay him any attention.  :D

And Nels has health issues of his own, probably due to his stage antics...

Pat does a fair amount of jumping around these days.  And you could almost say what Nels does is "jumping."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: gaaaaaaaaah on June 24, 2009, 03:28:12 pm
I like Pat a lot.  He brings the cliche rock star moves to Wilco shows these days.  I appreciate him for that.

And I worry about Nels, especially after the interview in Ashes.  He goes all out all the time.  And he's not exactly young.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Sage 703 on June 24, 2009, 03:31:43 pm
Mark Sanford's political future: http://bit.ly/6VnuT
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: kosmo vinyl on June 25, 2009, 12:24:22 pm
Sky Saxon of the Seeds

http://www.austin360.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/music/entries/2009/06/25/rip_sky_saxon.html

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: bearman🐻 on June 25, 2009, 01:11:50 pm
Farrah Fawcett
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on June 25, 2009, 01:16:19 pm
(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc96/mdgarciab/farrah-fawcett.jpg)

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on June 25, 2009, 02:46:08 pm
Sky Saxon of the Seeds

http://www.austin360.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/music/entries/2009/06/25/rip_sky_saxon.html



This one hurts.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on June 25, 2009, 03:45:52 pm
(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc96/mdgarciab/farrah-fawcett.jpg)



I had such a crush on her when I was a kid.  I had that poster on my wall for a few years.  :(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on June 25, 2009, 06:10:31 pm
I had such a crush on her when I was a kid.  I had that poster on my wall for a few years.  :(

Steve Martin:

Boy oh boy, I am so mad at Farrah Fawcett-Majors. She is so conceited. She has never called me once And after the hours I've spent holding up her poster with one hand! Geez!

RIP Farrah
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on June 25, 2009, 07:49:26 pm
Patrick Swayze can rest easy for awhile.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on June 25, 2009, 08:49:23 pm
Do you think Wacko Jacko will come back as a Zombie?

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on June 25, 2009, 09:24:37 pm
holy shit . . . has the world gone crazy???

now there are rumours floating around that jeff goldblum has died on the set of his new movie, filming in that country where they eat kangaroos.  but still in rumour mode at the present time.  somehow i think it is false, but who knows.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on June 25, 2009, 09:25:20 pm
holy shit . . . has the world gone crazy???

now there are rumours floating around that jeff goldblum has died on the set of his new movie, filming in that country where they eat kangaroos.  but still in rumour mode at the present time.  somehow i think it is false, but who knows.
Perez says false. It's people playing up the "deaths come in 3's" thing.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on June 25, 2009, 09:28:23 pm
but we already had three with ed mcmahon.  i guess people who read perez have no clue who he is.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: kosmo vinyl on June 25, 2009, 09:30:23 pm
It's a rumour that has resurfaced again from the past
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on June 25, 2009, 09:31:15 pm
but we already had three with ed mcmahon. 
OH YEAH.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: wml7 on June 25, 2009, 10:00:35 pm
well does Caradine count too that makes 4
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on June 25, 2009, 10:51:26 pm
I'm more sad about Sky Saxon than any of these.  But 99.9% of the world doesn't know who he is and without google most of this board probably wouldn't either.

WTF....the Michael Jackson thread got locked.  I imagine that thread went right where you'd expect it to go.  Not my week.  I've started two threads....the first was deleted in about 2 minutes and the next gets locked.

You're pushing too hard, pushing too hard on me
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RatBastard on June 25, 2009, 10:56:10 pm
I'll be the first to admit that I did not recognize the name.  When I looked it up it caught me way off guard.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on June 26, 2009, 08:07:14 am

Apparently, we're only allowed to discuss #2 and maybe #3 at the 9:30 board watercooler.


Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: kosmo vinyl on June 26, 2009, 09:17:35 am
Just because someone else blogs it, doesn't mean that it needs to be reposted here.  While this board often operates in the gray area, this is one of those times when being distasteful isn't called for.  There are plenty of other outlets for that type of behavior.  Plus, I've already had to deleted an undignified comment about Farrah Fawcett from this thread....
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on June 26, 2009, 09:25:11 am
  i think that anyone who feels the need to post some insensitive remark about someone whos just died, is a complete and total loser who is simply crying out for some sort of attention or approval that they are not getting in real life.

  If your internet persona is cooler than your real persona, you have a real problem.

   in other news. my trash men were blaring MJ this morning as they picked up the trash.  I expect a full barage of classics this weekend when i'm at the club.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on June 26, 2009, 09:28:18 am
I understand the desire to keep things tasteful here.

However, it seems a bit freakish to delete any (even tasteful) mention that Michael Jackson was an alleged child rapist who by his own admission routinely shared his bed with 13 year old boys, and instead only celebrate his pop culture accomplishments.

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: kosmo vinyl on June 26, 2009, 09:31:12 am
I understand the desire to keep things tasteful here.

However, it seems a bit freakish to delete any (even tasteful) mention that Michael Jackson was an alleged child rapist who by his own admission routinely shared his bed with 13 year old boys, and instead only celebrate his pop culture accomplishments.



I'm sorry but I felt NONE of your comments were tasteful, so how about just dropping it OK.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on June 26, 2009, 09:32:23 am
  i think that anyone who feels the need to post some insensitive remark about someone whos just died, is a complete and total loser who is simply crying out for some sort of attention or approval that they are not getting in real life.

  If your internet persona is cooler than your real persona, you have a real problem.

   in other news. my trash men were blaring MJ this morning as they picked up the trash.  I expect a full barage of classics this weekend when i'm at the club.

you're such a hero to our species . . . i think i'll go write an epic poem about you.  i'll call it one thing for now, and then change its name every other week to something "cooler" than the last.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on June 26, 2009, 09:35:56 am
I'm more sad about Sky Saxon than any of these.  But 99.9% of the world doesn't know who he is and without google most of this board probably wouldn't either.

WTF....the Michael Jackson thread got locked.  I imagine that thread went right where you'd expect it to go.  Not my week.  I've started two threads....the first was deleted in about 2 minutes and the next gets locked.

You're pushing too hard, pushing too hard on me

and i apologize on both counts for the deleted thread and the locked michael jackson thread.  both were my fault, i do believe.  chaz and i know why the first one was deleted, and my silly (and yes tasteless) pictures posted of perhaps people that michael propositioned, set the clamp down super fast.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Charlie Nakatestes, Japanese Golfer on June 26, 2009, 09:37:23 am
What was distasteful about the article I copied and pasted from dailykos.com?

I understand the desire to keep things tasteful here.

However, it seems a bit freakish to delete any (even tasteful) mention that Michael Jackson was an alleged child rapist who by his own admission routinely shared his bed with 13 year old boys, and instead only celebrate his pop culture accomplishments.



I'm sorry but I felt NONE of your comments were tasteful, so how about just dropping it OK.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on June 26, 2009, 09:38:29 am
  i think that anyone who feels the need to post some insensitive remark about someone whos just died, is a complete and total loser who is simply crying out for some sort of attention or approval that they are not getting in real life.

  If your internet persona is cooler than your real persona, you have a real problem.

   in other news. my trash men were blaring MJ this morning as they picked up the trash.  I expect a full barage of classics this weekend when i'm at the club.

you're such a hero to our species . . . i think i'll go write an epic poem about you.  i'll call it one thing for now, and then change its name every other week to something "cooler" than the last.

  i definitely don't see you doing anything remotely as productive as writing a poem. but if you feel so inclined, go right ahead.  a poetry thread on this board would definitely add character and diversity.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: evilizac on June 26, 2009, 10:53:19 am
As a huge Michael Jackson fan as a child (and a person who was late to work this morning due to the need to learn the bass line to I want you back) I'd still like to make a few mildly tasteless jokes to boost my own morale...

#1. At least he'll be reunited with all of his better, younger more tasteful noses...

#2. Where is Weird Al's tasteful insights on the passing

and #3 looks like the end of Rockwell's comeback dream... won't someone please think of Rockwell...

as I read them I realize... not that funny... but it's done.

the hell with whatever else people may say there was a point in time when Michael Jackson was definitely the shit.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on June 26, 2009, 12:12:47 pm
In 10, 9, 8, 7, 6.....
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sonickteam2 on June 26, 2009, 12:13:56 pm
not to be dramatic.

but between walkonby and charlie and the inabilities of the moderators to care about tasteless trolls.

i am off this messageboard. proceed with your ignorance and feel free to make jokes about me, cause i wont hear them

some of you really need to rethink your values.

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: godsshoeshine on June 26, 2009, 12:30:15 pm
drama
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on June 26, 2009, 01:04:30 pm
not to be dramatic.

but between walkonby and charlie and the inabilities of the moderators to care about tasteless trolls.

i am off this messageboard. proceed with your ignorance and feel free to make jokes about me, cause i wont hear them

some of you really need to rethink your values.




(http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/8172/funr.png)


Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on June 28, 2009, 10:46:14 am
I'm more sad about Sky Saxon than any of these.  But 99.9% of the world doesn't know who he is and without google most of this board probably wouldn't either.

WTF....the Michael Jackson thread got locked.  I imagine that thread went right where you'd expect it to go.  Not my week.  I've started two threads....the first was deleted in about 2 minutes and the next gets locked.

You're pushing too hard, pushing too hard on me

I'm fully with you Chaz on this one. Was a real sad moment when I heard about Sky. He was really making a nice come back to those in the know in the realm of the new Psychedelia. Very sad. Guess it's time to re-upload "Pushing Too Hard" back on Air Atlantic Underground. Had taken it down to give it a breather.

Don't think this was mentioned here yet. Another sad musical moment for me, especially since I have always had a love of good electric guitar playing. Was fortunate enough to see and meet this band several times. Truly a very nice and completely down to earth group of guys who could kick ass on stage.

The Ventures? Bob Bogle Dies (http://www.pollstar.com/blogs/news/archive/2009/06/16/673176.aspx)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: distance on June 28, 2009, 12:26:00 pm
apparently billy mays?

it seems like a really bad time to be a 50 year old these days.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on June 28, 2009, 01:53:25 pm
apparently billy mays?

it seems like a really bad time to be a 50 year old these days.


BILLY MAYS!!! (http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/06/28/mays.death/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on June 28, 2009, 02:07:26 pm
Did his heart go Ka-Boom?

Shamwow Vince is now our greatest living TV pitchman. (And anyone who throws up that lame-ass Ron Popiel in disagreement is going to get a tongue lashing!)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on June 28, 2009, 02:45:16 pm
off topic (but there is a lot of death in it) and i didn't want to start a new thread just based on this.  i  just watched what had to be the most disturbing, yet probably prophetic, and brilliant films i have seen in a long long time.  children of men.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on June 28, 2009, 05:04:20 pm
off topic (but there is a lot of death in it) and i didn't want to start a new thread just based on this.  i  just watched what had to be the most disturbing, yet probably prophetic, and brilliant films i have seen in a long long time.  children of men.
You know, everyone seems to love that film but thought it was just ok.  Maybe I'll have to revisit.

If you want to see a great movie, check out "Let the Right One In".  It's a Swedish vampire flick, but unlike any vampire/horror movie I have ever seen.  Actually unlike any move I have ever seen period.  You yourself a favor and check it ouy.

PS - Be sure to turn on subtitles.  The english dub (as any dub usually is) is horrible and I'm pretty sure the DVD defaults to the dubbed soundtrack.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: kosmo vinyl on June 28, 2009, 05:41:18 pm
off topic (but there is a lot of death in it) and i didn't want to start a new thread just based on this.  i  just watched what had to be the most disturbing, yet probably prophetic, and brilliant films i have seen in a long long time.  children of men.

What's interesting about this movie is Michael Caine plays his character as futuristic elderly John Lennon
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on June 28, 2009, 05:58:13 pm
off topic (but there is a lot of death in it) and i didn't want to start a new thread just based on this.  i  just watched what had to be the most disturbing, yet probably prophetic, and brilliant films i have seen in a long long time.  children of men.

What's interesting about this movie is Michael Caine plays his character as futuristic elderly John Lennon

cough . . . do you taste strawberries?   ;D
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on June 29, 2009, 07:38:44 am
Fred Travalena can't fake death. (http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/06/29/fred.travalena.dies/index.html)

Gale Storm runs out of wind. (http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/06/28/obit.gale.storm/index.html)

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RatBastard on June 29, 2009, 06:42:39 pm
apparently billy mays?

it seems like a really bad time to be a 50 year old these days.


BILLY MAYS!!! (http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/06/28/mays.death/index.html)


His death removes on name from my list of folks to take out when I go nuts, climb a bell tower in Texas, and start shooting people.  This guy had to be the most annoying human on the planet.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on June 29, 2009, 08:07:56 pm
apparently billy mays?

it seems like a really bad time to be a 50 year old these days.


BILLY MAYS!!! (http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/06/28/mays.death/index.html)

Not mine, but I LOLed...

"They say celebs die in threes. Leave it to Billy Mays to throw in an extra COMPLETELY FREE!"
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RatBastard on June 30, 2009, 11:19:32 am
apparently billy mays?

it seems like a really bad time to be a 50 year old these days.


BILLY MAYS!!! (http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/06/28/mays.death/index.html)

Not mine, but I LOLed...

"They say celebs die in threes. Leave it to Billy Mays to throw in an extra COMPLETELY FREE!"


BIlly was number 5 if not higher. 
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on July 01, 2009, 03:59:04 pm
Karl Malden leaves home without them. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/01/AR2009070102607.html?hpid=moreheadlines)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: jeffml on July 04, 2009, 05:35:00 pm
Steve McNair - Rest In Peace
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: distance on July 04, 2009, 06:34:25 pm
glad i'm not famous.  if i keep a low profile, does that mean i'll be immortal?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on July 04, 2009, 06:37:29 pm
Steve McNair - Rest In Peace
One of the most underrated QBs in NFL history.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on July 05, 2009, 01:56:44 am
Bet a lot of champagne bottles will be cracked open over this one.

Music mogul Allen Klein dies at 77 (http://cnnwire.blogs.cnn.com/2009/07/04/music-mogul-allen-klein-dies-at-77/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on July 05, 2009, 11:14:14 am
Bet a lot of champagne bottles will be cracked open over this one.

Music mogul Allen Klein dies at 77 (http://cnnwire.blogs.cnn.com/2009/07/04/music-mogul-allen-klein-dies-at-77/)

with people and stories such as his . . . it's no wonder the music insdustry collasped into the state it is now.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on July 06, 2009, 01:17:30 pm
No, those aren't left over fireworks. They're more champagne corks popping.

Robert McNamara, ex-defense secretary, dies (http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/07/06/robert.mcnamara.obit/index.html)

We need one more for the triumvirant of evil.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: distance on July 17, 2009, 08:36:19 pm
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/17/walter.cronkite.dead/index.html
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RatBastard on July 18, 2009, 12:45:07 am
Cronkite was one of the last reporters ever on TV.  These douche bags like Geraldo, Oberman, Nancy Grace, and the others do nothing close to reporting news.  They opine, hype, sensationalize, spin, and conjecture to no end.  The whole "fair and balanced" thing that Fox uses is absurd.  Fairness and balance are not properties of news reporting, they are properties of subjective opinions being expressed.  RIP Walter.  You fucking kicked ass at your job like no one else in the profession.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Unsanity on July 18, 2009, 05:50:15 pm
Gordon of Peter & Gordon:

GORDON WALLER
July 17th 2009
We are deeply saddened to report that some time after 8:00 p.m. last night east coast time, Gordon Waller went into cardiac arrest and was taken to the emergency room. Despite intensive efforts on his behalf by hospital personnel, Gordon passed away early this morning. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

His partner of nearly five decades, Peter Asher, will be issuing a statement shortly. We hope you will join us sending love and condolences to his family.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eltee on July 21, 2009, 11:01:12 am
Frank McCourt, Sunday morning: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/19/AR2009071901588.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/19/AR2009071901588.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on July 21, 2009, 11:04:22 am
Frank McCourt, Sunday morning: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/19/AR2009071901588.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/19/AR2009071901588.html)
Always sad when someone dies, but Angela's Ashes wasn't anything special. I still don't know how he won a Pulitzer for that. Most questionable selection in my lifetime.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eltee on July 21, 2009, 11:20:51 am
I like the way he was able to tell a story from a boy's point of view of growing up Irish Catholic, dirt poor, and in Ireland. The stories are similar or spot on from what I have heard from my own family. It was good in my opinion.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bombay Chutney on July 22, 2009, 02:47:44 pm
John "Marmaduke" Dawson of New Riders of the Purple Sage
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on July 22, 2009, 02:49:33 pm
julian's america.   :'(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on July 22, 2009, 03:08:13 pm
julian's america.   :'(
Yeah, that was a little ridiculous. Its not as though I posted a new entry; sweetcell copy and pasted a NY Times article. If you were going to delete the entire thread, why now out of the blue instead of months ago. Could've at least let me know so I could copy all the entries and republish them off-site. Bewildering.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ryanbender87 on July 22, 2009, 03:44:49 pm
the taco bell dog:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/32085116?GT1=43001 (http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/32085116?GT1=43001)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 22, 2009, 03:52:59 pm
They yanked the whole thread?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: distance on July 22, 2009, 05:19:58 pm
"The topic or board you are looking for appears to be either missing or off limits to you."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on July 22, 2009, 05:24:15 pm
They yanked the whole thread?

Yeah.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on July 24, 2009, 06:34:19 pm
off to the great slime over the head gig in the sky.  i loved this guy from the best show of my childhood!!!

http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=422654&GT1=28103
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: slowgraffiti on July 24, 2009, 09:29:20 pm
off to the great slime over the head gig in the sky.  i loved this guy from the best show of my childhood!!!

http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=422654&GT1=28103

thought it was going to be marc summers. i would have been so blown.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on July 27, 2009, 02:11:30 pm
No dancing today.  :'(

Choreographer Merce Cunningham (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090727/people_nm/us_mercecunningham)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: brennser on July 31, 2009, 08:30:48 am
crossposted from the footy thread

Sir Bobby Robson 1933-2009

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/jul/31/bobby-robson-dies
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Vas Deferens on August 03, 2009, 03:18:31 pm
Space drummer:

http://www.spinner.com/2009/08/03/drummer-from-liverpudlian-band-space-dies-suddenly/
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: twangirl on August 03, 2009, 04:00:46 pm
Rockabilly pioneer Billy Lee Riley
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on August 03, 2009, 04:19:41 pm
Rockabilly pioneer Billy Lee Riley

I knew when I saw your name as the poster on the front page that I was going to be bummed out....
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on August 06, 2009, 05:26:05 pm
John Hughes

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i99e7b38cf6795ab06001811fba7bb00a
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on August 06, 2009, 07:55:56 pm
John Hughes

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i99e7b38cf6795ab06001811fba7bb00a

don't know what's sadder . . . his death, or the fact i mentioned it to some friends of mine (who are younger) and they said, "who in the hell is he?"
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eltee on August 06, 2009, 10:24:26 pm
John Hughes

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i99e7b38cf6795ab06001811fba7bb00a

don't know what's sadder . . . his death, or the fact i mentioned it to some friends of mine (who are younger) and they said, "who in the hell is he?"
There is a video clip (YouTube) from "Pretty In Pink", of Duckie dancing - the quote by the poster: "I heard he was in some old movie, and look it's really him, the guy from "Two And A Half Men"" ::)

I found this link 8 min of clips of his movies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3udQw0SBzM
(pretty good when compared to the videos of stills w/ background music!)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: jm1 on August 07, 2009, 02:01:15 pm
Willy DeVille


Willy DeVille, a singer who was founder and principal songwriter of the punk group Mink DeVille, has died in New York City. He was 58.

Publicist Carol Kaye says he died of pancreatic cancer. He died Thursday night at Cabrini Hospital.

She says the rock world has lost "another one of its influential pioneers."

Mink DeVille appeared in the 1970s at the legendary CBGB club in Greenwich Village. It was billed as one of the most original groups on the New York punk scene.

Its 1977 album "Cabretta" featured the song "Spanish Stroll." It was a Top 20 hit in the United Kingdom.

Willy DeVille was known for his blend of R&B, blues, Dixieland and French Cajun ballads.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: HoyaSaxa03 on August 07, 2009, 03:43:32 pm
There is a video clip (YouTube) from "Pretty In Pink", of Duckie dancing - the quote by the poster: "I heard he was in some old movie, and look it's really him, the guy from "Two And A Half Men"" ::)

i'd expect so much more cultural literacy from Two and a Half Men fans
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on August 07, 2009, 06:54:21 pm
WRT billie mays, julian prophetically asked:

Did his heart go Ka-Boom?

Autopsy: Cocaine a factor in Billy Mays' death (http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/08/07/florida.mays.cocaine/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: thirsty moore on August 11, 2009, 03:11:26 pm
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Vas Deferens on August 12, 2009, 11:08:06 pm
Andy Kessler
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on August 13, 2009, 12:29:02 pm
Les Paul:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32403755/ns/entertainment-music/?GT1=43001
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: slappy on August 13, 2009, 02:04:20 pm
Les Paul:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32403755/ns/entertainment-music/?GT1=43001
"Somewhere there's heaven ... that's where you are."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0B2Wtvznfc&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0B2Wtvznfc&feature=related)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: twangirl on August 15, 2009, 11:39:23 pm
Musician & producer Jim Dickenson
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Venerable Bede on August 17, 2009, 01:08:50 pm
Allen Shellenberger (http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-allen-shellenberger15-2009aug15,0,6837773.story), drummer for Lit.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on August 17, 2009, 05:11:56 pm
Allen Shellenberger (http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-allen-shellenberger15-2009aug15,0,6837773.story), drummer for Lit.
This news makes me come.
This news makes me complete.
This news makes me completely miserable.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on August 17, 2009, 05:12:26 pm
Oh sweet Jesus, yes, I was the first one to get to it. I thought for sure 3 or 4 other people would type it in faster than me.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: lagas on August 18, 2009, 12:05:24 pm
Robert Novak

http://www.suntimes.com/news/sweet/1721877,sun-times-columnist-robert-novak-dead-081809.article
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on August 18, 2009, 12:16:13 pm
Robert Novak

http://www.suntimes.com/news/sweet/1721877,sun-times-columnist-robert-novak-dead-081809.article
While he was a journalist's journalist for most of his years, his legacy is going to be forever stained with his near traitorous actions in the Valerie Plame incident.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: jitterthug on August 18, 2009, 12:39:05 pm
Character actor John Quade
(http://www.thelin.net/laurent/cinema/films/tt0075029/14767.jpg)

John Quade, who played the heavy in some Clint Eastwood movies and was the sheriff in the television mini-series ?Roots,? died on Aug. 9 at his home in the Southern California desert town of Rosamond. He was 71.

Mr. Quade had dozens of television and movie roles in a career that spanned more than a quarter-century. His movies included ?Papillon? , ?High Plains Drifter?, and ?The Outlaw Josey Wales.?

He is perhaps best remembered as the motorcycle gang leader in the Eastwood movie ?Every Which Way but Loose? and its sequel, ?Any Which Way You Can.?

He also played Sheriff Biggs in episodes of ?Roots.?

Before he entered acting, Quade worked in the aerospace industry. According to his widow, he built parts that are still on the moon.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on August 18, 2009, 05:54:07 pm
Robert Novak

http://www.suntimes.com/news/sweet/1721877,sun-times-columnist-robert-novak-dead-081809.article
While he was a journalist's journalist for most of his years, his legacy is going to be forever stained with his near traitorous actions in the Valerie Plame incident.

oh please, most people have already forgot about that incident . . . and if you do mention it they'll show up with an ak-47 and scream, "2nd amendment!"
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on August 18, 2009, 06:32:11 pm
and if you do mention it they'll show up with an ak-47 and scream, "2nd amendment!"

speaking of which: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/08/18/obama.protest.rifle/index.html

FUCK YEAH.

</threadjack> (or is it?)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: brennser on August 26, 2009, 07:47:21 am
Ted Kennedy
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on August 26, 2009, 12:47:53 pm
Ted Kennedy
Eunice Kennedy Shriver

i've been listening to the dead kennedys all morning in his honour.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on August 26, 2009, 01:53:46 pm
Ted Kennedy
Eunice Kennedy Shriver

i've been listening to the dead kennedys all morning in his honour.

The first song my phone played in the car this morning was "Forward To Death."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on August 26, 2009, 02:06:19 pm
Ted Kennedy
Eunice Kennedy Shriver

i've been listening to the dead kennedys all morning in his honour.

you've been waiting to use this one, haven't you?

your use of the british spelling of "honour" is intriguing.
Title: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: D.Enece on August 27, 2009, 09:23:38 am
From todays news.....
 
The Hillsborough County medical examiner?s office Friday said Mays had last used cocaine days before his death. The report said that although Mays died from heart disease, cocaine use was a contributing cause of death.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: wml7 on August 28, 2009, 07:14:02 pm
DJ AM
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on August 28, 2009, 07:52:21 pm
DJ AM

drug overdose.  sad.  guess we know why he was suing the plane crash.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: wml7 on August 28, 2009, 07:57:45 pm
I wonder if he was still talking to Travis Barker, sucks he survived a plane crash then to go like this.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: saintangelsin on August 28, 2009, 11:18:12 pm
I wonder if he was still talking to Travis Barker, sucks he survived a plane crash then to go like this.

They still were musical collaborators. I just hope this doesn't mean Blink is gonna cancel Sunday. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: James Ford on September 07, 2009, 04:59:57 pm
Echo And The Bunnymen keyboardist Jake Brockman died on Tuesday evening in a motorcycle accident.

Brockman, 53, was traveling on the Isle Of Man in the Irish Sea when he collided with a converted ambulance, according to a World Entertainment News article. He was taken to hospital, but died in an intensive care unit.

"Jake was always a classic bike enthusiast, he loved sailing thought he was invariably seasick," his wife Sally Mundy said in a statement. "Music was central to Jake's life."

Brockman joined Echo And The Bunnymen in 1989 and was to appear on their upcoming new album, The Fountain.

Unfortunately, this isn't the only motorcycle-related tragedy to affect Echo And The Bunnymen. Drummer Pete De Freitas died in a motorcycle accident in 1989.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on September 13, 2009, 08:10:15 pm
People Who Died: Jim Carroll, Poet and Punk Rocker, Is Dead at 60  (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/14/books/14carroll.html?_r=1)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on September 14, 2009, 07:55:53 am
People Who Died: Jim Carroll, Poet and Punk Rocker, Is Dead at 60  (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/14/books/14carroll.html?_r=1)
Bummer.  Somewhere I've got a signed copy of the basketball diaries that he signed at a reading in philly.  The book I got him to sign had been chewed up a little by a dog and he asked me jokingly "did your dog eat this?".  I answered yes and he seemed to think that was pretty funny.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bagley on September 14, 2009, 02:57:32 pm
Sad news about Carroll, saw him do a poetry reading at the old dc space where he read his poem about crab races-not the crustaceans-pretty funny....catholic boy's a great record
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eltee on September 14, 2009, 08:13:39 pm
Patrick Swayze
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on September 14, 2009, 08:27:42 pm
Patrick Swayze
Didn't this happen 15 years ago? Oh wait, that was his career.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on September 14, 2009, 08:33:39 pm
Patrick Swayze
Didn't this happen 15 years ago? Oh wait, that was his career.

when you go . . . i want to be there to make funny jokes about your "best of moments."  i'll start writing some notes this evening.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on September 14, 2009, 08:42:46 pm
Patrick Swayze
Didn't this happen 15 years ago? Oh wait, that was his career.

when you go . . . i want to be there to make funny jokes about your "best of moments."  i'll start writing some notes this evening.
That would be the greatest tribute imaginable.

"His corpse was kinda pale looking... and it wasn't even Labor Day yet!!"
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on September 16, 2009, 04:39:02 pm
NCAA President Myles Brand (http://web1.ncaa.org/web_files/NCAANewsArchive/SplashPage/mylesbrand/mainstory.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on September 16, 2009, 10:16:08 pm
Mary Travers (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/17/arts/music/17travers.html?_r=1&hp)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Bagley on September 17, 2009, 09:36:39 am
Henry Gibson
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on September 28, 2009, 02:04:41 pm
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (http://new.music.yahoo.com/julian-lennon/news/lucy-of-lucy-in-the-sky-with-diamonds-fame-dies--61994538)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on September 28, 2009, 03:56:08 pm
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (http://new.music.yahoo.com/julian-lennon/news/lucy-of-lucy-in-the-sky-with-diamonds-fame-dies--61994538)

2 Points that I learned today (and perhaps question a little bit):

(1) That song is not about drugs?
(2) People in developed countries still die of Lupus?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on September 29, 2009, 02:21:08 pm
DJ AM

drug overdose. 

"The toxicology report showed the 36-year-old had in his system cocaine, OxyContin, Hydrocodone or Vicodin, antianxiety drugs Xanax and Ativan, Klonopin which also controls anger, Benadryl, and Levamisole, a drug apparently used to cut cocaine." (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090929/ap_en_tv/us_dj_am)

wow.  that's some major-league cocktailing.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on September 29, 2009, 03:14:59 pm
"The toxicology report showed the 36-year-old had in his system cocaine, OxyContin, Hydrocodone or Vicodin, antianxiety drugs Xanax and Ativan, Klonopin which also controls anger, Benadryl, and Levamisole, a drug apparently used to cut cocaine." (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090929/ap_en_tv/us_dj_am)

wow.  that's some major-league cocktailing.

Raised the bar for me.  If I ever have a terminal illness, that's how I'm going out....
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eltee on September 30, 2009, 10:48:03 pm
http://www.countrystandardtime.com/news/newsitem.asp?xid=3307
Amy Farris
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on October 12, 2009, 12:03:52 pm
Stephen Gately, of Irish boy band Boyzone, dies in Spain
http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=436022&GT1=28102&
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on October 12, 2009, 12:18:05 pm
My Car

Seriously, I went outside this morning and someone hit-and-run asshole totalled the thing. I have no idea how their car was operational after doing that much damage.

MY FIRST INSURANCE CLAIM EVER!!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: wml7 on October 12, 2009, 12:21:28 pm
that's Richmond for you  ;D
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on October 12, 2009, 01:56:12 pm
My Car

Seriously, I went outside this morning and someone hit-and-run asshole totalled the thing. I have no idea how their car was operational after doing that much damage.

MY FIRST INSURANCE CLAIM EVER!!

perhaps they were upset at your future space of written grammar horribleness.  "and someone hit-and-run asshole"???? 
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on October 12, 2009, 03:25:45 pm
What? Someone hit and ran my asshole. I couldn't have been clearer!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on October 12, 2009, 03:47:19 pm
What? Someone hit and ran my asshole. I couldn't have been clearer!

And you didn't see him because it happened behind your back?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on October 12, 2009, 03:49:42 pm
And you didn't see him because it happened behind your back?
Obviously!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: bearman🐻 on October 13, 2009, 09:58:02 am
Brendan Mullen (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2009/10/local-punk-champion-masque-founder-brendan-mullen-dies.html)

Wow...that is a bummer.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on October 13, 2009, 04:24:26 pm
Blue Cheer's Dickie Peterson
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Unsanity on October 13, 2009, 10:14:33 pm
oh shit......no more Blue Cheer?!?!? I saw them at the Black Cat a few years ago and it was a great show which went criminally under attended. Dickie was shirtless and having a blast on stage. Pentagram's Bobby Liebling was front row rocking out like a 15 year old fan boy. The land of heavy psych has lost a true pioneer.

R.I.P. Dickie
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: thirsty moore on October 14, 2009, 12:12:22 am
Mary J. Bilge (lol)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: thatguy on October 14, 2009, 01:36:42 pm
captain lou albano

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/2009/10/14/2009-10-14_captain_lou_albano_legendary_wwfera_wrestling_manager_and_ci.html (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/2009/10/14/2009-10-14_captain_lou_albano_legendary_wwfera_wrestling_manager_and_ci.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: MonkeyPants on October 14, 2009, 02:53:19 pm
BYT says the lead singer from Sum 41 died...can't find it anywhere else though....
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on October 14, 2009, 03:06:52 pm
Awwwwwwwwwwe...I thought the Mario Bros cartoons were the greatest thing ever as a kid.


captain lou albano

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/2009/10/14/2009-10-14_captain_lou_albano_legendary_wwfera_wrestling_manager_and_ci.html (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/2009/10/14/2009-10-14_captain_lou_albano_legendary_wwfera_wrestling_manager_and_ci.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on October 14, 2009, 03:07:58 pm
BYT says the lead singer from Sum 41 died...can't find it anywhere else though....

i didn't know tmz was owned by fox.  does that mean i'm actually going to have to read perez now to get celeb gossip?  the horror.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: MonkeyPants on October 14, 2009, 03:23:12 pm
well, someone has updated his wikipedia page already with date of death, but nothing else...soooo weird...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on October 14, 2009, 03:29:13 pm
BYT says the lead singer from Sum 41 died...can't find it anywhere else though....
So wild if the cocaine-addled panty party kids actually break a mid-level news story. This is the one married (seperated?) from Avril, right?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on October 14, 2009, 03:33:31 pm
I have a hard time believing BYT could break any story hours before any other media outlet.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Vas Deferens on October 14, 2009, 03:37:33 pm
false rumor:

http://www.altpress.com/news/whibleyrumor.htm
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: nkotb on October 14, 2009, 03:38:49 pm
Yes!  Good god, blogging fucking blows.

false rumor:

http://www.altpress.com/news/whibleyrumor.htm
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: James Ford on October 14, 2009, 03:43:06 pm
Al Martino
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on October 14, 2009, 03:50:49 pm
Fucking morons. The world would be a better place if they had a drug cocktail/OD party heaven's gate style.

false rumor:

http://www.altpress.com/news/whibleyrumor.htm
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: MonkeyPants on October 14, 2009, 03:55:54 pm
Post of the Week!
Fucking morons. The world would be a better place if they had a drug cocktail/OD party heaven's gate style.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: slappy on October 15, 2009, 11:15:51 am
Does anyone know how the singer of Blink182 died?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on October 15, 2009, 11:17:08 am
Does anyone know how the singer of Blink182 died?
My dreams... albeit a few months too late to save ShitFest.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: edbert on October 15, 2009, 12:24:45 pm
     captain lou albano

here's a station ID he did for whfs circa 1982 (600k mp3)...
http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=1da79c0c37205ebe4c17ca8801618ef7e04e75f6e8ebb871 (http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=1da79c0c37205ebe4c17ca8801618ef7e04e75f6e8ebb871)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on October 21, 2009, 03:01:35 pm
This isn't the most recent of  news at this point but I just heard about it.  Thee Michelle Gun Elephant guitarist Futoshi Abe.  For those that have never heard them do yourself a favor and check out Gear Blues.  Crazed rock 'n roll of the very highest order.

http://twitchfilm.net/news/2009/07/thee-michelle-gun-elephant-guitarist-futoshi-abe-dead-at-forty-three.php

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on October 22, 2009, 08:27:52 am
Vic Mizzy
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on October 23, 2009, 01:07:14 am
Mayella Ewell (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091022/people_nm/us_wilcox)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on October 23, 2009, 06:26:28 am
Soupy Sales (http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/10/23/soupy.sales/index.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: bearman🐻 on October 27, 2009, 02:25:12 pm
http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/10/27/dead.celebrities/index.html

Had a private tour with my buddy Scott Michaels (who is quoted in this article) earlier this year, looks like I'm competing with Ryan Seacrest now. Cool.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: bearman🐻 on October 29, 2009, 12:57:06 pm
This one sucks...Chuck Biscuits. Super nice guy when I met him. Sigh.

http://inlog.org/2009/10/29/r-i-p-chuck-biscuits-1965-2009/
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Frank Gallagher on October 29, 2009, 02:10:00 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8331106.stm

My God!!! That's seriously 'effd up.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on October 29, 2009, 04:58:27 pm
August Coppola -- father to Nicolas Cage and brother to filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola -- has died at the age of 75. (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hqpqOnSFCYwa0b5vIpvgg54bXxPgD9BKUAQ02)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Got Haggis? on October 30, 2009, 02:27:13 pm
Chuck Biscuits isn't dead, it was a hoax.

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/music/story/2009/10/30/hoax-death.html
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: bearman🐻 on October 30, 2009, 02:47:27 pm
HA! That's classy.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on October 30, 2009, 02:50:04 pm
No.  That's fucked up.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on October 30, 2009, 02:53:51 pm
Read the very last paragraph. Wouldn't surprise me in the least if he sent it himself because he just wanted to be left alone.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Got Haggis? on October 31, 2009, 09:46:42 am
yeah he wanted to left alone...with his cereal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBv9TReG4MU
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on October 31, 2009, 01:18:45 pm
yeah he wanted to left alone...with his cereal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBv9TReG4MU


That guy is the Dupek of Halloween cerals!

Makes you wonder where the throat cancer came from with all those dyes and other garbage loaded up in them. Not saying that's definitely the source but could be.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on November 03, 2009, 06:09:39 pm

Claude Levi-Strauss
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on November 03, 2009, 06:33:44 pm

Claude Levi-Strauss

woa... heavy.

but to tell you the truth, i didn't realize he was still alive.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on November 03, 2009, 07:12:27 pm

Claude Levi-Strauss

I was going to make a joke about between him and Don Fisher SF has lost a lot of it's fashion philanthropists, but you two and maybe venerable would be the only one's that would get it.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on November 03, 2009, 07:27:07 pm

I was going to make a fine young cannibals joke but I was sure no one would get it.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on November 03, 2009, 07:57:58 pm

I was going to make a fine young cannibals joke but I was sure no one would get it.

You underestimate sweetcell, but I'll admit that I would not have not have gotten it immediately though it made perfect sense in hindsight.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: kosmo vinyl on November 08, 2009, 04:06:34 pm
I'll admit the crass level on putting this latest passing in this thread is high....

http://gothamist.com/2009/11/08/wburg_party.php

Brooklyn Drummer Dies After Fall Down Elevator Shaft in Williamsburg

The man who died was Gerhardt (Jerry) Fuchs, drummer for the bands The Juan Maclean and Maserati (and former drummer for !!!); the latter just recently ended a tour. A friend writes that he is survived by his parents, two sisters, a brother, and "an impressive canon of records on which he's performed, countless mouth-agape audiences in awe of his work, dozens of heart-crushed former bandmates, and an endless parade of true friends around the world."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Vas Deferens on November 08, 2009, 09:15:38 pm
Very, very sad day. I'm still in shock. The Juan Maclean (at least live) will never be the same without him. RIP Jerry.

I'll admit the crass level on putting this latest passing in this thread is high....

http://gothamist.com/2009/11/08/wburg_party.php

Brooklyn Drummer Dies After Fall Down Elevator Shaft in Williamsburg

The man who died was Gerhardt (Jerry) Fuchs, drummer for the bands The Juan Maclean and Maserati (and former drummer for !!!); the latter just recently ended a tour. A friend writes that he is survived by his parents, two sisters, a brother, and "an impressive canon of records on which he's performed, countless mouth-agape audiences in awe of his work, dozens of heart-crushed former bandmates, and an endless parade of true friends around the world."
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on November 11, 2009, 01:08:32 pm
Carl Ballantine disappears. Sorta. (http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-carl-ballantine5-2009nov05,0,6542290.story)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Got Haggis? on November 16, 2009, 05:46:39 pm
RIP Ken Ober - host of MTV's Remote Control

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2009/11/ken_ober_host_o.html
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on November 16, 2009, 10:04:28 pm
I always like Ken Ober, any thoughts on how he died?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on November 16, 2009, 10:20:51 pm
I always like Ken Ober, any thoughts on how he died?

the chair he was sitting in went into the wall.

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: thirsty moore on November 17, 2009, 11:47:05 am
The Washington Blade, walkonby's source of all news.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: kosmo vinyl on November 17, 2009, 12:11:45 pm
Edward Woodward star of The Equalizer, Breaker Morant and The Wicker Man

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/16/AR2009111602636.html
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on November 17, 2009, 03:59:46 pm
The Washington Blade, walkonby's source of all news.
See, that's like really unfair, man. His homosexuality isn't what defines walkonby, it's his crazy conspiracy theory beliefs. Weekly World News is where he gets his 411.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on November 17, 2009, 06:17:41 pm
The Washington Blade, walkonby's source of all news.
See, that's like really unfair, man. His homosexuality isn't what defines walkonby, it's his crazy conspiracy theory beliefs. Weekly World News is where he gets his 411.

actually . . . i like the christian science moniter.  it's where i get all my inside fashion gospel gossip.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on November 17, 2009, 08:05:15 pm
The Washington Blade, walkonby's source of all news.
See, that's like really unfair, man. His homosexuality isn't what defines walkonby, it's his crazy conspiracy theory beliefs. Weekly World News is where he gets his 411.

actually . . . i like the christian science moniter.  it's where i get all my inside fashion gospel gossip.

Are you a Catholic priest?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: wml7 on November 17, 2009, 08:48:24 pm
he's a cat preacher  ;D
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: shemptiness on November 17, 2009, 09:04:26 pm
Sy Syms  (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postmortem/2009/11/retailer-sy-syms-dies.html?hpid=news-col-blog)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on November 17, 2009, 11:59:55 pm
he's a cat preacher  ;D

(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/funny-pictures-cat-eats-a-church.jpg)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on November 19, 2009, 06:17:54 pm
November 20, 2009
Jeanne-Claude, Collaborator With Christo, Dies at 74 (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/20/arts/design/20jeanne-claude.html?hp)
By WILLIAM GRIMES

Jeanne-Claude, who collaborated with her husband, Christo, on dozens of environmental arts projects, notably the wrapping of the Pont Neuf in Paris and the Reichstag in Berlin and the installation of 7,503 vinyl gates with saffron-colored nylon panels in Central Park, died Wednesday in Manhattan, where she lived. She was 74.

The cause was complications of a brain aneurysm, her family told The Associated Press.

Jeanne-Claude met her husband, Christo Javacheff, in Paris in 1958. At the time, Christo, a Bulgarian refugee, was already wrapping small objects. Three years later, they collaborated on their first work, a temporary installation on the docks in Cologne, Germany, that consisted of oil drums and rolls of industrial paper wrapped in tarpaulin.

To avoid confusing dealers and the public, and to establish an artistic brand, they used only Christo?s name. In 1994 they retroactively applied the joint name ?Christo and Jeanne-Claude? to all outdoor works and large-scale temporary indoor installations. Other indoor work was credited to Christo alone.

Their working methods, as described on their Web site, remained constant throughout the years. After jointly conceiving of a project, Christo made drawings, scale models and other preparatory works whose sale financed the project. Working with paid assistants, they did the on-site work: wrapping buildings, trees, walls or bridges; erecting umbrellas (?The Umbrellas,? 1991); spreading pink fabric around islands in Biscayne Bay near Miami (?Surrounded Islands,? 1983).

?We want to create works of art of joy and beauty, which we will build because we believe it will be beautiful,? Jeanne-Claude said in a 2002 interview. ?The only way to see it is to build it. Like every artist, every true artist, we create them for us.?

Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon was born on June 13, 1935, in Casablanca, where her father, an officer in the French military, was stationed. After attending schools in France and Switzerland, she earned a baccalaureate in Latin and philosophy in 1952 from the University of Tunis.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by their son, Cyril Christo.

After working with stacked oil barrels, Jeanne-Claude and Christo moved to New York in 1964 and embarked on ever more daring projects, grander in scale and more theatrical in conception. Seemingly, there was nothing too large to be wrapped. In the late 1960s, they wrapped the Kunsthalle in Bern, one of many buildings to come. At the Documenta exhibition in Kassel, Germany, in 1968, they erected, with the assistance of two giant cranes, an inflated cylindrical fabric ?package,? in appearance a bit like a stretched-out Michelin Man, that stood nearly 280 feet tall.

The collaborations became communal events, during construction and after. Enormous numbers of viewers were attracted to ?The Umbrellas,? installed simultaneously in Ibaraki, Japan, and at the Tejon Ranch in Southern California in 1991. ?The Gates,? a series of flapping bannerlike panels installed in Central Park in 2005, also attracted big crowds during the two weeks that the work lasted, with each visitor handed a small sample of the saffron fabric.

Before Jeanne-Claude?s death, she and Christo were at work on two projects: ?Over the River,? a series of fabric panels to be suspended over the Arkansas River in Colorado, and ?The Mastaba,? a stack of 410,000 oil barrels configured as a mastaba, or truncated rectangular pyramid, envisioned for the United Arab Emirates.

Like all of their projects, these were intended to be temporary, a quality at the heart of the artistic enterprise. Whether executed in oil drum or brightly colored fabric, the art of her and her husband, Jeanne-Claude said, expressed ? the quality of love and tenderness that we human beings have for what does not last.?

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on November 20, 2009, 06:43:12 pm
poor julian and his silver spoons.  "what you talking about willis?"  i enjoied the thread while it lasted, though i knew it would not last long.  it made me . . . cum diamonds and pearls as i set  forth eyes to read it.  boo hiss to those meany moderators.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on November 20, 2009, 07:55:25 pm
poor julian and his silver spoons.  "what you talking about willis?"  i enjoied the thread while it lasted, though i knew it would not last long.  it made me . . . cum diamonds and pearls as i set  forth eyes to read it.  boo hiss to those meany moderators.

So what you're saying here is that if Jule's gets his own blog he'll at least have an audience of one?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: brennser on November 24, 2009, 06:22:36 pm
Abe Pollin RIP
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on December 05, 2009, 07:12:53 pm
Jack Rose
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Vas Deferens on December 05, 2009, 07:55:30 pm
Any details? I just saw it on twitter.

Update: He died of a heart attack.

Jack Rose
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on December 06, 2009, 03:06:25 am
Terrible. :(


Anyone who's seen him live knows how much of a privilege/pleasure it always was.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: snailhook on December 06, 2009, 06:10:43 am
jack's death has hit me like a ton of bricks. nathan from the black twigs called me early this afternoon and i've been in shock since.

jack played one of the very first shows i ever booked, and played my house 6 times, once for my birthday in 2005. i probably booked jack more than anybody else, as i thought him to be the best acoustic guitarist on earth. he was a cranky bastard, very opinionated, but he had a warm heart and was a good friend. i saw him two weeks ago when he came out to see chris forsyth, and he was happier than i'd ever seen him, gloating about the successful UK tour he just had with the twigs. he was making a living off of his music (which he never compromised), which is something most of us will never be able to say.

he was only 38. cause of death was apparently a massive heart attack, though i wouldn't be surprised if he had something that he was unaware of. 38 is much too young.

RIP, jack. you certainly touched my soul and affected many others. thanks for making me laugh and for talking about the brilliance of chrome and robbie basho and why most indie-rock is totally boring bullshit. you will be missed.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Epstein on December 06, 2009, 02:57:12 pm
truely bummed his work with pelt floored me and followed him since

he was set to play test fest III...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on December 06, 2009, 03:39:56 pm
So sorry to hear about Jack Rose - particularly for Snailhook who I know was a great fan as well as a friend. I only saw Jack once, when he opened for YLT at the Birchmere. I talked to him after the show and he seemed like a genuinely good guy. He was definitely a great musician.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on December 06, 2009, 05:30:42 pm
truely bummed his work with pelt floored me and followed him since

he was set to play test fest III...
I was looking forward to that. It had been too long since he last played DC ("No More Bush" show in August of '08).


Terrascope tribute page (http://www.terrascope.co.uk/Features/Jack_Rose_Obituary.htm)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Got Haggis? on December 15, 2009, 04:39:52 pm
Oral Roberts
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Vas Deferens on December 16, 2009, 07:47:09 pm
Chris Henry
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on December 17, 2009, 11:13:58 am
Chris Henry just got sent to the showers
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on December 17, 2009, 11:14:07 am
So to speak
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Vas Deferens on December 20, 2009, 03:28:25 pm
Brittany Murphy
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on December 20, 2009, 05:32:05 pm
nice edit on the chris henry there, joe marshmallow or whatever the hell you're called these days
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on December 22, 2009, 07:48:04 pm
The Rain Man (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2009/12/kim_peek_the_real_rain_main_ha.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: slappy on December 24, 2009, 11:34:28 am
Sportscaster George Michael  :(
Takin' the Sports Machine to the next level.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eltee on December 29, 2009, 03:32:41 pm
http://newsroom.mtv.com/2009/12/29/the-rev-dead/
Avenged Sevenfold Drummer The Rev

(for the record, I don't know their music nor do I receive news from MTV...found via Google news.;))
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: thirsty moore on December 30, 2009, 12:44:00 pm
Rowland S. Howard
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: thirsty moore on December 30, 2009, 12:44:35 pm
http://newsroom.mtv.com/2009/12/29/the-rev-dead/
Avenged Sevenfold Drummer The Rev

(for the record, I don't know their music nor do I receive news from MTV...found via Google news.;))

So you typed in Avenged Sevenfold Drummer in Google news?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on December 30, 2009, 11:52:30 pm
rush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on December 31, 2009, 11:36:23 am
Rowland S. Howard
Bummer.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on December 31, 2009, 12:28:17 pm
rush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ?

not yet: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/rush-limbaugh-resting-comfortably-honolulu-hospital/story?id=9453986
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eltee on December 31, 2009, 03:08:14 pm
http://newsroom.mtv.com/2009/12/29/the-rev-dead/
Avenged Sevenfold Drummer The Rev

(for the record, I don't know their music nor do I receive news from MTV...found via Google news.;))

So you typed in Avenged Sevenfold Drummer in Google news?
Google is my home page. The headline was there under entertainment...
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Firebutt McGee on December 31, 2009, 06:15:28 pm
rush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ?

not yet: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/rush-limbaugh-resting-comfortably-honolulu-hospital/story?id=9453986

UGH. Didn't he OD on ambien and booze not too long ago? Wasn't that also for "back pain"? Fuck him.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on December 31, 2009, 06:34:18 pm
People like Rush, Cheney, Henry Kissinger and David Rockefeller, etc., never die. They have no hearts to fail. They just keep spreading their evilness all over the land for the rest of us, with hearts, to continually suffer.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: hutch on January 04, 2010, 02:44:10 pm
Lhasa de Sela.

A real bummer.

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on January 04, 2010, 03:18:04 pm
artie lange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: xneverwherex on January 04, 2010, 04:04:06 pm
Remy Zero Drummer Gregory Slay Dies at 40 

sad, sad news :( and so young!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: hutch on January 05, 2010, 01:15:31 pm
SANDRO!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on January 05, 2010, 04:12:47 pm
(http://thesuperficial.com/2010/01/05/0105_tila_casey_00.jpg)

no, the one on the right
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on January 05, 2010, 05:32:53 pm
when did it become fashionable and cool for "famous" people to give the finger in pictures . . . which has of course led to everybody thinking it is cool to give the finger in pictures?









. . . . waiting for someone to post a picture of somebody giving me the finger.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: gaaaaaaaaah on January 05, 2010, 05:40:13 pm
(http://justwilliam1959.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/johnny-cash-finger.jpg)

Probably there.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on January 05, 2010, 05:43:28 pm
when did it become fashionable and cool for "famous" people to give the finger in pictures . . . which has of course led to everybody thinking it is cool to give the finger in pictures?

The Cash pic is a great answer, but somewhere along the line famous people learned that the paparazzi couldn't sell a picture to most mainstream magazines if you are giving the finger in the shot.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: dyecraig on January 05, 2010, 11:01:32 pm
Willie Mitchell - producer of Al Green's classic 70's lps on the Hi label, Memphis TN
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eltee on January 05, 2010, 11:01:42 pm
Remy Zero Drummer Gregory Slay Dies at 40 

sad, sad news :( and so young!
Just read the news, x. Sad.
Didn't know he wrote the theme to Nip/Tuck.
Former Remy Zero drummer Gregory Slay has died at age 40. The cause was cystic fibrosis, Spinner reports. After the band split in 2003, Slay won an Emmy for the theme to Nip/Tuck. ?Gregory inspired all who had the chance to see him perform, to hear the music that he made or just to be around his bountiful spirit,? the band said in a statement.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on January 05, 2010, 11:34:23 pm
Oh man. While I'm pretty buzzed off the H's (Hendricks and Hennessey VSOP) and stunned at the US' phenomenal collapse in the last 4 minutes of the 3rd period in what looked like a sure hallmark IIHF WJC win, let me comment on Gregory Slay's passing.

I know I'm probably going to get slagged for this, but I really liked Remy Zero when they came out. That first album was all kinds of astronomical and a local radio station in Richmond put together a "Birthday Bash" where they blocked a couple of streets in Shockoe Bottom and brought like 12 bands to town for $5. Most were terrible: Cake, Sugarcult, etc. But 3 were really awesome: Abandoned Pools, Pete Yorn, and Remy Zero. It was the one time I got to see Remy Zero.

I must say, I was disappointed. I have never seen a band with such obvious talent among all the members unable to find a sustainable dynamic. It was like a classic middleweight fight, with every member punching and counter-punching, trying to put themself forward as the de facto frontman, wanting their skills to shine through, to be a sonic Town on a Hill we'd all look up to, but inevitably unable to knock the other members out of the occasion. As sport, it would've been beautiful, but as a group performance it was as embarrassing as it was unyielding.

And ultimately, that's the elements that drove Remy Zero apart relatively young. Had the members simply embraced an insouciance to individual accolade, they could've left their mark, but as it stands, they reside as fickle gossamer in the back of my Julian brain. Whenever I think of Remy Zero, I think of Woody Allen's character's favorite joke from Annie Hall about the two women at the restaurant where the one comments about how bad the food was and the other says, "Oh, I know... and what small portions." Remy Zero was that restaurant... what terrible discord, what shallow selfishness ripped them to shreds, and yet what small portions they left behind. What a loss. What a pointless, pointless loss.

-julian
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on January 06, 2010, 12:22:58 am
Oh wait, the US came back to win this in OT. Fuck that guy.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: xneverwherex on January 06, 2010, 01:41:28 pm
cant believe i missed that game. the world juniors have been exciting to watch!

Oh wait, the US came back to win this in OT. Fuck that guy.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on January 07, 2010, 02:52:45 pm
(http://wpcontent.answers.com/wikipedia/en/f/f7/%27Beginning%27,_magna_on_canvas_painting_by_Kenneth_Noland,_Hirshhorn_Museum_and_Sculpture_Garden,_1958..jpg) (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2010/01/07/ST2010010702279.html?sid=ST2010010702279)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on January 07, 2010, 03:33:39 pm
Oh wait, the US came back to win this in OT. Fuck that guy.

POTW.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on January 07, 2010, 04:14:05 pm
artie lange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ?

oh wow!!!  man that sucks.  i hope he gets all the help he needs and makes a hell of a comeback!

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_seVd99frSks/Sw3M1xk_NQI/AAAAAAAAAJk/GquFdzG5e2w/s400/funny-pictures-sad-cat-blackandwhite.jpg)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on January 09, 2010, 11:35:27 am
(http://images.usatoday.com/news/_photos/2005/05/14/gumby-inside.jpg)

goodbye . . . mister genius.  you made my childhood.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: killsaly on January 10, 2010, 12:56:07 am
Ive been neglecting the Stern show as of late... I didnt even hear about Artie till reading this.  Shit, what the hell.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eltee on January 10, 2010, 02:29:32 pm
Good observations about Remy Zero, Julian. Check out some of Gregory's side projects / music.
Also, I'm not sure of the entire connection or back story, but I think he played drums for Laura Burhenn last spring.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Got Haggis? on January 11, 2010, 11:13:33 am
Ive been neglecting the Stern show as of late... I didnt even hear about Artie till reading this.  Shit, what the hell.

Lisa G broke down on air this morning about Artie.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on January 13, 2010, 04:40:07 pm
There's a rumor floating around that Jay Reatard has fled this mortal coil
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: nkotb on January 13, 2010, 04:59:12 pm
That doesn't look good:

http://www.goner-records.com/board/index.php

There's a rumor floating around that Jay Reatard has fled this mortal coil

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on January 13, 2010, 05:16:31 pm
That doesn't look good:

http://www.goner-records.com/board/index.php

There's a rumor floating around that Jay Reatard has fled this mortal coil


that goner recs board won't load for me, but i found this: http://www.spinner.com/2010/01/13/jay-reatard-death/

Memphis garage rocker Jay Reatard has died at 29. Goner Records, which has put out several of Reatard's releases, confirmed the news on its website, saying "It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend Jay Reatard. Jay died in his sleep last night. We will pass along information about funeral arrangements when they are made public."

According to news outlet Commercial Appeal, Reatard -- whose real name was Jay Lindsey -- was found dead in his Midtown Memphis home at 3:30AM Wednesday morning. Memphis police spokesperson Jennifer Robinson said that an investigation is ongoing.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on January 13, 2010, 05:25:33 pm
Been an awful couple months for the music world. :(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on January 13, 2010, 05:30:39 pm
There's a rumor floating around that Jay Reatard has fled this mortal coil

My first thought on this was that he was pulling a Johnny Quid from RocknRolla, but it's not looking good.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: nkotb on January 13, 2010, 05:34:05 pm
HeWhoCannotBeNamed

There's a rumor floating around that Jay Reatard has fled this mortal coil

My first thought on this was that he was pulling a Johnny Quid from RocknRolla, but it's not looking good.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on January 13, 2010, 05:38:46 pm
There's a rumor floating around that Jay Reatard has fled this mortal coil

My first thought on this was that he was pulling a Johnny Quid from RocknRolla, but it's not looking good.

Man I just watched 3/4 of this movie the other day and vehemently disliked it
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: wml7 on January 13, 2010, 05:58:57 pm
http://consequenceofsound.net/2010/01/13/jay-reatard-confirmed-dead/

More about Jay
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on January 13, 2010, 05:59:31 pm
Man, I feel really bad that I see a story like that and my immediate thought goes to: cocaine.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: killsaly on January 13, 2010, 06:01:34 pm
There's a rumor floating around that Jay Reatard has fled this mortal coil

My first thought on this was that he was pulling a Johnny Quid from RocknRolla, but it's not looking good.

Man I just watched 3/4 of this movie the other day and vehemently disliked it
Thats sad about Jay....
I might be in the minority, but i liked that movie.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: wml7 on January 13, 2010, 06:01:55 pm
Saw him open up for the pixies when they just played DAR.  First time seeing him and I was quite impressed, sad news and so young.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: godsshoeshine on January 13, 2010, 06:22:39 pm
:(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on January 13, 2010, 08:40:27 pm
Man I just watched 3/4 of this movie the other day and vehemently disliked it
I might be in the minority, but i liked that movie.

I'm in the Realxer camp on this one.  You're lucky you turned it off - they had the audacity to announce a sequel at the end featuring Johnny Quid.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on January 14, 2010, 12:59:21 am
Teddy Pendergrass
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Venerable Bede on January 14, 2010, 03:55:50 am
wax trax co-founder dannie flesher (http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/2010/01/wax-trax-cofounder-dannie-flesher-dies-at-57.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on January 14, 2010, 11:16:38 am
http://consequenceofsound.net/2010/01/13/jay-reatard-confirmed-dead/

More about Jay

Well that really sucks.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: wml7 on January 14, 2010, 09:25:18 pm
hmmmm, now reports saying could be homicide with Reatard
http://consequenceofsound.net/2010/01/14/jay-reatard-death-investigated-as-homicide/
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Vas Deferens on January 19, 2010, 10:30:43 am
RIP Kate McGarrigle   :'(
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on January 20, 2010, 05:13:17 pm
hmmmm, now reports saying could be homicide with Reatard
http://consequenceofsound.net/2010/01/14/jay-reatard-death-investigated-as-homicide/

i love the comment on the story, claiming jay would freebase coke (while with liquor store) out of a skull shaped bong and leaving large amounts of money lying around that he would light on fire while out of his gourd . . . yeah, that part was good.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Darth Ed on January 20, 2010, 06:09:03 pm
Saw him open up for the pixies when they just played DAR.  First time seeing him and I was quite impressed, sad news and so young.
Same here on all accounts. I'm stunned. My friends and I were all very impressed by his performance at the Pixies show. What a loss.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: kosmo vinyl on January 22, 2010, 11:46:12 am
The Life and Death of Alan Carton, 23, the RIAA-Defying Creator of @diditleak

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/archives/2010/01/the_life_and_de.php
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on January 22, 2010, 05:32:18 pm
The Life and Death of Alan Carton, 23, the RIAA-Defying Creator of @diditleak

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/archives/2010/01/the_life_and_de.php
Jeez..this was a sad, sad read.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Ardamus on January 22, 2010, 07:37:12 pm
http://www.allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2010/01/22/22104395.aspx (http://www.allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2010/01/22/22104395.aspx)

rest in peace to Apache.

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on January 23, 2010, 01:51:26 am
Robert B Parker, Novelist of the Spenser detective Series (http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2010/01/19/spenser_novelist_robert_parker_dies_in_mass/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Venerable Bede on January 25, 2010, 02:29:09 pm
http://www.allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2010/01/22/22104395.aspx (http://www.allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2010/01/22/22104395.aspx)

rest in peace to Apache.


i thought you were talking about this guy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viL3E_1zqU4)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on January 25, 2010, 04:24:51 pm
Jean Simmons (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100125/ap_on_en_mo/us_obit_jean_simmons_1)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on January 27, 2010, 09:08:02 pm
Howard Zinn is history. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/27/AR2010012704219_pf.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on January 28, 2010, 02:14:45 pm
JD Salinger
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=9688535 (http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=9688535)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on January 28, 2010, 04:20:37 pm
JD Salinger
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=9688535 (http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=9688535)

now lennon can slap the inspirational bitch.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Relaxer on January 28, 2010, 04:51:46 pm
wait, yoko died?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on January 28, 2010, 07:12:42 pm
wait, yoko died?

darling . . . when it comes to inspiration, ono is the loneliest number.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: eros on January 28, 2010, 08:51:13 pm
Go into the light, Carol Ann (http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/01/28/zelda.rubinstein.obit/index.html?hpt=T2)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on January 28, 2010, 09:38:29 pm
wait, yoko died?

darling . . . when it comes to inspiration, ono is the loneliest number.

Good one!

Evil never dies; therefore, Ono lives on to torment our weary souls.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: StoneTheCrow on January 29, 2010, 05:59:28 pm

Jeez..this was a sad, sad read.


It sure was.  But that kid was amazing.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: vansmack on January 30, 2010, 04:24:33 pm

Jeez..this was a sad, sad read.

Agreed.


It sure was.  But that kid was amazing.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on February 03, 2010, 03:42:40 pm
hmmmm, now reports saying could be homicide with Reatard
http://consequenceofsound.net/2010/01/14/jay-reatard-death-investigated-as-homicide/

Cocaine toxicity and alcohol (http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/feb/03/medical-examiner-cites-cocaine-toxicity-alcohol-de/)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on February 10, 2010, 05:37:29 pm
Capt. Phil Harris of TV's 'Deadliest Catch' dies after stroke
http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/TV/02/10/obit.captain.phil.deadliest.catch/index.html
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on February 10, 2010, 06:41:00 pm
Capt. Phil Harris of TV's 'Deadliest Catch' dies after stroke
http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/TV/02/10/obit.captain.phil.deadliest.catch/index.html
I'm surprised he lived this long.  Was it last season he was taken off the boat with some sort of lung issues?  This guy was the color of paste and looked like he was ready to keel over at any moment.  I like that show and dig most of the captains.  I liked him too.  He had a bunch of his boys on the boat with him.  Sad.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: azaghal1981 on February 10, 2010, 09:00:50 pm
Fightclub DC (http://www.myspace.com/fightclubdc)


Another DIY space that DC doesn't have.

First Lighthouse and Kansas House and now this. Bummer.


Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on February 11, 2010, 11:57:02 am
no way!!!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100211/ap_on_en_ot/eu_britain_obit_mcqueen

drug overdose?   killed?  he was only 40!!!  good lord.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on February 11, 2010, 01:15:13 pm
no way!!!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100211/ap_on_en_ot/eu_britain_obit_mcqueen

drug overdose?   killed?  he was only 40!!!  good lord.
9/11 pales in comparison to this tragedy.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on February 11, 2010, 01:44:17 pm
no way!!!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100211/ap_on_en_ot/eu_britain_obit_mcqueen

drug overdose?   killed?  he was only 40!!!  good lord.
9/11 pales in comparison to this tragedy.

but was it an inside job . . . where the police photos will be released ten years from now?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on February 11, 2010, 04:02:30 pm
no way!!!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100211/ap_on_en_ot/eu_britain_obit_mcqueen

drug overdose?   killed?  he was only 40!!!  good lord.

Suicide.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/12/fashion/12mcqueen.html?hp
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: RonniStar on February 12, 2010, 07:36:49 pm
Walter Fredrick Morrison, The Inventor of the Frisbee (http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20100211/NEWS06/100211042/0/BUSINESS/Frisbee-inventor-dies-at-90)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: kosmo vinyl on February 14, 2010, 04:58:22 pm
Knack lead singer Doug Fieger dies of cancer

http://detnews.com/article/20100214/METRO/2140317/Knack-lead-singer-Doug-Fieger-dies-of-cancer
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: sweetcell on February 19, 2010, 07:52:53 pm
Dale Hawkins Dies at 73; Rockabilly Author of ?Susie Q?
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/18/arts/music/18hawkins.html
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: betao on February 19, 2010, 08:49:45 pm
Fuddrucker's in Richmond. The only one in the city. Going to be replaced by a Buzz & Ned's BBQ.

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/entertainment/dining/article/W-WTAB0211_20100210-192008/323443/

I dont know, seemed like the right place to put this. Sad news for us Richmonders.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: James Ford on February 19, 2010, 09:11:33 pm
Fuddrucker's in Richmond. The only one in the city. Going to be replaced by a Buzz & Ned's BBQ.

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/entertainment/dining/article/W-WTAB0211_20100210-192008/323443/

I dont know, seemed like the right place to put this. Sad news for us Richmonders.

Wow, if that's sad new in Richmond, Richmond must really be lacking good food.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on February 19, 2010, 09:19:17 pm
Fuddrucker's in Richmond. The only one in the city. Going to be replaced by a Buzz & Ned's BBQ.

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/entertainment/dining/article/W-WTAB0211_20100210-192008/323443/

I dont know, seemed like the right place to put this. Sad news for us Richmonders.

Wow, if that's sad new in Richmond, Richmond must really be lacking good food.
Yeah, really, betao? Losing a cruddy chain restaurant is sad news? 1 North Belmont shutting down was sad news. Enoteca Sogno and Verbena getting moved/permanently remodeled is sad news.

To each their own I guess.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: betao on February 20, 2010, 03:03:44 pm
Well, to each their own indeed. I love the place and have fond memories of going there when I was young (used to live very close to it). Maybe it's just a personal thing I guess.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on February 20, 2010, 05:29:57 pm
Well, to each their own indeed. I love the place and have fond memories of going there when I was young (used to live very close to it). Maybe it's just a personal thing I guess.

I much prefer Fudds to Five Guys. FG won't cook anything less than well-done (i.e. dried the hell out) while I can get medium-rare at Fudds. FG is far more likely to get onions in my order  >:(. Really, Five Guys is by far the most overrated restaurant I know.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: betao on February 21, 2010, 12:13:38 am
What I like better about Fudds are their buns made from scratch. Those things are delicious.

I dont know, I have a personal thing for Fudds. I have fond memories of when I was a kid playing rec soccer, and having our post-season parties there. I'll miss it even if others wont.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: hutch on February 21, 2010, 02:17:48 am
Well, to each their own indeed. I love the place and have fond memories of going there when I was young (used to live very close to it). Maybe it's just a personal thing I guess.

I much prefer Fudds to Five Guys. FG won't cook anything less than well-done (i.e. dried the hell out) while I can get medium-rare at Fudds. FG is far more likely to get onions in my order  >:(. Really, Five Guys is by far the most overrated restaurant I know.

What are you saying? That the people who like FG are "overrating" it?

THe place is doing gangbusters business and like 10 new ones opening up every day..

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: James Ford on February 21, 2010, 09:11:06 am
Well, to each their own indeed. I love the place and have fond memories of going there when I was young (used to live very close to it). Maybe it's just a personal thing I guess.

I much prefer Fudds to Five Guys. FG won't cook anything less than well-done (i.e. dried the hell out) while I can get medium-rare at Fudds. FG is far more likely to get onions in my order  >:(. Really, Five Guys is by far the most overrated restaurant I know.

What are you saying? That the people who like FG are "overrating" it?

THe place is doing gangbusters business and like 10 new ones opening up every day..



And Bud Light is the most popular beer in America.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: chaz on February 21, 2010, 11:40:59 am
Well, to each their own indeed. I love the place and have fond memories of going there when I was young (used to live very close to it). Maybe it's just a personal thing I guess.

I much prefer Fudds to Five Guys. FG won't cook anything less than well-done (i.e. dried the hell out) while I can get medium-rare at Fudds. FG is far more likely to get onions in my order  >:(. Really, Five Guys is by far the most overrated restaurant I know.
The original FG on Columbia Pike in Arlington was so fucking good.  They got their buns from a bakery right next door.  Not sure why that one closed, but it was great.  I tried Elavation Burger in arlington the other day.  Tasty, but totally overpriced.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on February 21, 2010, 12:13:50 pm
does the fact that five guys, not fg, but five guys . . . being owned by ex members of the redskins have anything to do with their popularity here?  kind of like if five members of the steelers opened a bakery hut called the "working man's bunns" franchise across pennsylvania?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on February 21, 2010, 01:12:58 pm
Well, to each their own indeed. I love the place and have fond memories of going there when I was young (used to live very close to it). Maybe it's just a personal thing I guess.

I much prefer Fudds to Five Guys. FG won't cook anything less than well-done (i.e. dried the hell out) while I can get medium-rare at Fudds. FG is far more likely to get onions in my order  >:(. Really, Five Guys is by far the most overrated restaurant I know.

What are you saying? That the people who like FG are "overrating" it?

THe place is doing gangbusters business and like 10 new ones opening up every day..

They are certainly convenient.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Justin Tonation on February 21, 2010, 01:15:26 pm
Oh shit! We almost forgot.

Al Haig is no longer in control. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/20/AR2010022001270.html)
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: ggw on February 21, 2010, 01:59:49 pm
Five Guys is not owned by ex-Redskins. Mark Moseley works for the founders-owners.

Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on February 21, 2010, 02:13:29 pm
Five Guys is not owned by ex-Redskins. Mark Moseley works for the founders-owners.



oh . . . and here all this time i thought 5 guys meant 5 ex-redskins players opened it.  where i live out in the country, they opened a 5 guys right off the interstate exit ramp.  perfect location one would think.  it lasted less than a year due to the locals thinking it was crap.  the space is now a mexican restaurant and does excellent business.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on February 21, 2010, 03:25:22 pm
Well, to each their own indeed. I love the place and have fond memories of going there when I was young (used to live very close to it). Maybe it's just a personal thing I guess.

I much prefer Fudds to Five Guys. FG won't cook anything less than well-done (i.e. dried the hell out) while I can get medium-rare at Fudds. FG is far more likely to get onions in my order  >:(. Really, Five Guys is by far the most overrated restaurant I know.

Sounds like you and I enjoy and avoid the same foods. But, you forgot to add all the extra grease that Five Guys adds!  :-X :( :'( :-\ >:(

That place is one of the most disgusting places that I've ever eaten on Earth! Ate there once, years ago, with Markie, Lulu and Kosmo and have avoided the place since. Felt sick the entire night from all the grease in their horrible food. Was also flabbergasted because I couldn't for the life of me figure out why so many others had raved about the place. It was definietly a new low in my  life.
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: walkonby on February 22, 2010, 11:09:48 pm
dick . . . . . . . . ?
Title: Re: Dropping Like Flies
Post by: Jaguar on February 23, 2010, 02:34:22 pm
If you keep eating at 5 Guys, you may make this list sooner than later.

According to this article (http://health.yahoo.com/experts/eatthis/46018/americas-worst-french-fries-and-what-you-should-eat-instead):

Worst Regular Order of Fries
Five Guys Fries (large)
1,464 calories
71 g fat (14 g saturated)
213 mg sodium