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  • Last surviving Enola Gay crewman dies in Stone Mountain

    07/29/2014 3:47:56 PM PDT · by iowamark · 41 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 7/29/2014 | Mike Morris and Steve Visser
    The last surviving crewman of the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, died overnight at his Stone Mountain home. Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, 93, was the navigator on the Aug. 6, 1945 flight that dropped the “Little Boy” atomic bomb. With the 2010 death of Morris Jeppson, Van Kirk became the only one of the dozen crew members left. For a number of years, he lived at a retirement community in Stone Mountain where by chance he found himself sharing the place with James Starnes, an Atlantan who had a front-row seat at history. Starnes...
  • Ebola kills senior doctor at Liberia’s largest hospital, health official says

    07/27/2014 10:41:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    The Associated Press, ^ | Published on Sun Jul 27 2014 | Jonathan Paye-Layleh
    MONROVIA, LIBERIA—One of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, a government official said Sunday, as an American doctor was treated in the West African country after contracting the disease, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat the spread of the deadly virus. Dr. Samuel Brisbane is the first Liberian doctor to die in an outbreak the World Health Organization says has killed 129 people in Liberia, and more than 670 in several West African countries. A Ugandan doctor working in the country died earlier this month. ... Dr. Kent Brantly, an American helping respond to the...
  • Bel Kaufman, Who Told What School Was Really Like, Dies at 103

    07/25/2014 5:31:03 PM PDT · by Borges · 16 replies
    NYT ^ | 7/25/2014 | Margalit Fox
    Bel Kaufman, a former New York City schoolteacher whose classic first novel, “Up the Down Staircase” — shot through with despair and hopefulness, violence and levity, all manner of bureaucratic inanity and a blizzard of official memorandums so mind-bendingly illogical as to seem almost Kafkaesque — was hailed as a stunningly accurate portrait of life in a gritty urban school when it was published in 1965, died on Friday at her home in Manhattan. She was 103.
  • Bishop Tony Palmer, Pope Francis’ Friend, Dies in Motorcycle Crash

    07/21/2014 10:03:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 7/21/14 | Kathy Schiffer
    Tony Palmer, the charismatic young preacher who enjoyed a friendship with Pope Francis, has apparently died in a motorcycle accident. Not a Catholic, Palmer was bishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, a group that is inspired by the “middle way” of classical Anglicanism and considers itself part of the Convergence Movement. News is spotty at this point; but according to Archbishop Charles Hill, presiding prelate at Ambassadors for Christ Ministries of America (AFCMOA) in Atlanta, Palmer was in an accident while riding a motorcycle in the U.K. After hours of surgery, Bishop Palmer died on Sunday, July 20,...
  • LEGENDARY ACTOR JAMES GARNER DEAD AT 86

    07/20/2014 12:04:12 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 109 replies
    tmz ^ | july 19, 2014
    Legendary actor James Garner -- star of "The Rockford Files" and "The Notebook" -- has died ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us an ambulance was dispatched to the actor's home in Los Angeles around 8PM Saturday evening ... and he was dead when they arrived on scene. We do not know his cause of death at this time.
  • Actor James Garner dead at 86

    07/20/2014 4:04:40 AM PDT · by blueyon · 181 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | 7/20/14 | News.com.au
    logo-news-com-au Hollywood actor James Garner, star of The Rockford Files and The Notebook has died at the age of 86, according to reports. Garner was found dead when an ambulance arrived at his Los Angeles home around 8pm on Saturday, TMZ reports.
  • Elaine Stritch, Tart-Tongued Broadway Actress and Singer, Is Dead at 89

    07/17/2014 10:15:22 AM PDT · by Borges · 20 replies
    NYT ^ | 7/17/2014 | ROBERT BERKVIST and BRUCE WEBER
    Elaine Stritch, the brassy, tart-tongued Broadway actress and singer who became a living emblem of show business durability and perhaps the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim’s wryly acrid musings on aging, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89.
  • Vanity--word spreading of passing of Johnny Winter

    07/16/2014 9:05:54 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 32 replies
    7/17/14 | raccoonradio
    Via blues show host Holly Harris: "Very sadly we are hearing that Johnny Winter passed away today in Zurich, Switzerland while on tour. Really, really sad news. More details by tomorrow" Had pleasure of doing a phone int. with him and his band in Feb.--he will be missed; an influence for so many
  • Blues Great Johnny Winter Dead

    07/17/2014 5:06:17 AM PDT · by 4yearlurker · 64 replies
    AP
    AP is reporting that blues guitar great Johnny Winter has died in a Zurich hotel room.
  • Alice Coachman Davis, 1st black woman to win Olympic gold, dies

    07/14/2014 8:18:02 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    WSFA 12 ^ | July 14, 2014 | WALB News Team
    ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Alice Coachman Davis, the first black female to win Olympic gold, died Monday. She was 90 years old. Coachman Davis suffered a stroke in April, and died at an Albany hospital Monday morning.
  • Red Klotz, loser of thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters, dies at 93

    07/14/2014 8:28:59 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 14, 2014 | Matt Bonesteel
    Red Klotz, who owned, coached and played for a number of teams that toured with and lost to the Harlem Globetrotters — most famously the Washington Generals — died Saturday in his sleep in Margate, N.J., the Press of Atlantic City reported. He was 93. Klotz was a prep basketball standout in Philadelphia, twice being named that city’s high school player of the year before going on to play at Villanova. He was on the Baltimore Bullets’ 1947-48 NBA championship team. At 5 feet 7, he is tied with six others as the third-shortest NBA player ever, and was the...
  • Lorin Maazel, 1930-2014

    07/13/2014 11:30:51 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 14 replies
    Th Wasington Post ^ | July 13 at 1:18 PM | Anne Midgette
    I am stricken to hear of the death today of Lorin Maazel at his home, Castleton Farms, Virginia, in the middle of the festival that he and his wife Dietlinde Turban-Maazel founded there, and that now continues without him. He was 84 years old and had been suffering from what Nancy Gustafson, Castleton’s executive director, described as an unexplained illness following a kind of collapse from fatigue after spending much of the spring jetting back and forth between Asia, Europe and North America for various high-profile conducting gigs. The official cause of death was “complications following pneumonia.” He had appeared...
  • Rip Tommy Ramone, Last Of The Ramones

    07/12/2014 8:48:01 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 22 replies
    NEWS 4 SAN ANTONIO ^ | 12 JULY 2014 | NEWS 4 SAN ANTONIO
    Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday. Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, said Ramone died on Friday. Frey didn't have additional details. Ramone — born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary — was 65. Tommy Ramone, a drummer, co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist DeeDee Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone. The band members weren't related and had different last names, but took the common name Ramone. The...
  • Eileen Ford, Founder of Ford Models, Is Dead at 92

    07/10/2014 12:26:18 PM PDT · by Borges · 14 replies
    People ^ | 7/10/2014 | TIM NUDD
    Eileen Ford, who co-founded Ford Models with her husband Jerry in 1946 – essentially inventing the modern modeling business, and exerting enormous influence on the world's views of human beauty – has died at 92.
  • Jim Brosnan, Who Threw Literature a Curve, Dies at 84

    07/10/2014 10:16:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 4, 2014 | Bruce Weber
    Jim Brosnan, who achieved modest baseball success as a relief pitcher but gained greater fame and consequence in the game by writing about it, died on June 29 in Park Ridge, Ill. He was 84. The cause was an infection he developed while recovering from a stroke, his son, Timothy, said. In 1959, Brosnan, who played nine years in the major leagues, kept a diary of his experience as a pitcher, first with the St. Louis Cardinals and later, after a trade, with the Cincinnati Reds. Published the next year as "The Long Season," it was a new kind of...
  • Former Sen. Alan Dixon, 86, dies at his downstate home

    07/06/2014 1:43:31 PM PDT · by Borges · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/6/2014 | Kim Geiger
    Alan Dixon, who served two terms in the U.S. Senate from Illinois, died this morning at his home in downstate Fairview Heights, according to his son. Dixon had been experiencing heart problems in recent months, his son Jeff Dixon said. He would have turned 87 on Monday. Dixon, a Democrat, served in the Senate from 1981 until 1993. He was defeated by Carol Moseley Braun in the Democratic primary, his first political loss in more than 40 years of public life.
  • Billionaire conservative activist Richard Mellon Scaife dies

    07/04/2014 9:55:17 AM PDT · by Borges · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/4/2014 | Jeremy Diamond
    Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire publisher and banking heir who financed conservative causes that included attempts to discredit Bill Clinton while he was president, has died. He was 82. Scaife's death on Friday followed his disclosure less than two months ago that he had terminal cancer, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, one of his newspapers. He was heir to the banking, oil and aluminum fortunes of the Mellon family and used his estimated $1.4 billion wealth to underwrite conservative crusades and groups that included the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute and the American Enterprise Institute.
  • Richard Mellon Scaife, Influential U.S. Conservative, Dies at 82

    07/04/2014 9:54:14 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 4, 2014 | Robert D. McFadden
    Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh philanthropist and reclusive heir to the Mellon banking fortune, whose support for right-wing causes laid the foundations for America’s modern conservative movement and fueled the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died on Friday. He was 82. Mr. Scaife’s death was reported by the The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a newspaper he owned. He had announced recently that he had cancer. Decades before David and Charles Koch bankrolled right-wing causes, Mr. Scaife and Joseph Coors, the beer magnate, were the leading financiers of the conservative crusade of the 1970s and ’80s, seeking to reverse the liberal traditions...
  • WWII hero, Olympian Louis Zamperini dies at 97

    07/03/2014 10:50:46 AM PDT · by maddog55 · 13 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 03 July 2014 | Unknown
    An Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, has died. Louis Zamperini was 97. Universal Pictures studio spokesman Michael Moses says Zamperini died Wednesday. "Having overcome insurmountable odds at every turn in his life, Olympic runner and World War II hero Louis Zamperini has never broken down from a challenge," the Zamperini family said in a statement. "He recently faced the greatest challenge of his life with a life-threatening case of pneumonia. After a 40-day long battle...
  • Louis Zamperini, ‘Unbroken’ Olympian and war hero, dies at 97

    07/03/2014 7:16:56 AM PDT · by Pelham · 17 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 3, 2014 | Philip Caulfield
    Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic runner and war hero who survived 47 days at sea and three years in a Japanese POW camp after his plane crashed in the Pacific during World War II, died of pneumonia late Wednesday. He was 97. "After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives," Zamperini's family said in a statement, according to Deadline. "His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days." The Olean, N.Y., native's astonishing...
  • Actor Bob Hastings dies at 89: Star of 'McHale's Navy' began his career on the radio at an early age

    07/01/2014 8:20:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    The Burbank Leader ^ | July 1, 2014 | Alicia Banks
    Robert "Bob" Francis Hastings, Sr., a radio actor who found his footing in television, notably for portraying "yes man" Lt. Elroy Carpenter on the popular sitcom "McHale's Navy," has died. He was 89. Hastings died Monday at his Burbank home. He had pancreatic cancer, his third bout with the illness in 15 years.
  • Paul Mazursky dies at 84; director chronicled trends of '60s and '70s

    07/01/2014 1:56:32 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 1, 2014 | Elaine Woo
    Paul Mazursky, the Oscar-nominated writer-director who excelled at mining the urban middle class for laughs as well as tears in such movies as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "Blume in Love," "An Unmarried Woman" and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," has died. He was 84. Mazursky died of pulmonary cardiac arrest Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to family spokeswoman Nancy Willen. A gentle satirist of contemporary society, Mazursky at his best chronicled the social trends of the late 1960s and the '70s, including its touchy-feely self-improvement fads, shifting rules for love and sex,...
  • Frank M. Robinson (1926-2014)

    06/30/2014 6:31:59 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Locus ^ | June 30, 2014
    Author, editor, and pulp magazine scholar Frank M. Robinson, 87, died June 30, 2014. Robinson lived in San Francisco and had suffered from health problems in recent years... His first novel, The Power (1956, filmed in 1967), was an extremely successful SF thriller — one of the first of that genre. In the ’70s and ’80s, he co-wrote a number of technothrillers (most with SFnal elements) with Thomas N. Scortia: The Glass Inferno (1974, filmed as The Towering Inferno) ...
  • Meshach Taylor of 'Designing Women' dead at 67

    06/29/2014 10:07:03 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | June 29, 2014 | Joe Sutton and Ben Brumfield
    Another familiar Hollywood face bid farewell late Saturday -- actor Meshach Taylor. He died at age 67 at his Los Angeles area home, his agent Dede Binder said. Many may remember him from "Designing Women," where he played assistant Anthony Bouvier.
  • (Soul Legend)Bobby Womack, a Cleveland-Born Rock Hall Member, Dies at 70

    06/27/2014 10:28:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Cleveland ^ | June 27, 2014 | Ron Rutti
    Bobby Womack, the Cleveland-born influential R&B singer-songwriter, died Friday. Although no details have been released about his death, the Los Angeles resident revealed in a interview last year with the BBC that he had Alzheimer's disease. The Associated Press reported he had numerous other health issues, including prostate cancer. Womack, 70, was brought to California from Cleveland by singer Sam Cooke in 1962, after a change in singing style by Womack and his brothers caused their father to throw them out of their home near East 63rd Street and Central Avenue. The boys first largely sang gospel, but when they...
  • Ex-US Sen. Howard Baker Jr. dies

    06/26/2014 11:16:33 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 51 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 6/26/14 | DONNA CASSATA and ERIK SCHELZIG
    Former Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., a moderate Republican known as the politician who inquired what President Richard Nixon knew during the 1973 Senate Watergate hearings, has died. He was 88.
  • Julius Rudel, Longtime City Opera Impresario, Dies at 93

    06/26/2014 8:45:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 26, 2014 | Robert D. McFadden
    Julius Rudel, the Austrian-born conductor who raised the New York City Opera to a venturous golden age with highbrow music for the masses and a repertory that, like him, bridged the Old and New Worlds, died on Thursday at his home in New York. He was 93. His death, announced by his son, Anthony, came eight months after his beloved and financially struggling City Opera filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors.
  • Eli Wallach dies at 98; actor best known for two classic westerns

    06/25/2014 4:30:47 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 39 replies
    Eli Wallach, a veteran stage, screen and television actor who was closely identified with Tennessee Williams' plays on the New York stage but gained fame in Hollywood for a string of films in which he specialized in playing bandits, thieves, mafia dons and other criminals, has died. He was 98..
  • Eli Wallach, dead at 98

    06/25/2014 1:36:40 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    EW.com ^ | June 25, 2014
    Eli Wallach, the actor best known for his roles in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and The Godfather franchise, has died. He was 98.
  • 'Good, the Bad and the Ugly' Star Eli Wallach Dies at 98

    06/25/2014 12:39:44 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 33 replies
    IMDB ^ | 25 June 2014
    Eli Wallach, the enduring and artful character actor who starred as weaselly Mexican hombres in the 1960s film classics The Magnificent Seven and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, has died. He was 98. Wallach, who won a Tony Award in 1951 for playing Alvaro in Tennessee Williams’ original production of The Rose Tattoo, made his movie debut as a cotton-gin owner trying to seduce a virgin in Elia Kazan’s Baby Doll (1956) and worked steadily well into his nineties, died Tuesday, his daughter Katherine told The New York Times. No other details of his death were
  • Las Vegas entertainment legend Steve Rossi dies of cancer at 82 (Allen & Rossi)

    06/23/2014 9:11:26 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | June 22, 2014 | John Katsilometes
    Steve Rossi was never at the end of his story. He always had one more tale to tell, another tantalizing anecdote, more delicious detail to unveil about his time as a member of the legendary comedy team Allen & Rossi. “There are things I’ve never told anyone about when we were on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ with The Beatles that nobody has heard,” Rossi would say in the later months of his life, as if bracing for a big finish. “We experienced so much. We’ll get together soon and talk about it.” An entertainer with deceptive range and a magnetic...
  • Charles Barsotti | New Yorker cartoonist, 80

    06/22/2014 7:26:47 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 17 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | June 22, 2014
    Charles Barsotti, 80, whose clean-lined cartoons, often depicting dogs, kings, or overbearing businessmen, were a staple of the New Yorker magazine for decades, died June 16 at his home in Kansas City, Mo. The cause was brain cancer, his daughter Wendy Barsotti said. In Mr. Barsotti's world, an adult dog offers this suggestion to a puppy: "My advice is to learn all the tricks you can while you're young."
  • Statement by John Raisian, Director of Hoover Institution, Stanford Univ. - Fouad Ajami has died

    06/22/2014 4:41:57 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    It is with profound sadness that we learned of the passing of Fouad Ajami, who lost his battle with cancer on Sunday. Fouad is truly one of the most brilliant Middle East scholars of our time. His Hoover Institution family will forever miss his superb scholarship, quick wit and gentle spirit. As we reflect upon a man whose life and intellectual contributions influenced so many, our thoughts and prayers go to his lovely wife, Michelle. Fouad Ajami was born September 18, 1945 in Arnoun, Lebanon. Ajami was a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, and more recently the Herbert and...
  • Blackadder 'Nursie' actress Patsy Byrne dies aged 80

    06/22/2014 3:41:54 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 22nd June 2014 | BBC News
    'British actress Patsy Byrne, best known for playing Nursie in Blackadder II, has died aged 80. She died on Tuesday at Denville Hall, a retirement home for actors, in Hillingdon, north-west London. The Kent-born actress joined the Royal Shakespeare Company after drama school and took on TV and theatre roles. She played Nursie - a kind but dim-witted nursemaid to Elizabeth I - in the second series of BBC comedy Blackadder in 1986. Byrne joined the RSC after studying drama at the Rose Buford College in Kent. Her other roles included the ITV sitcom Watching and the classic police series...
  • Carlton A. Sherwood, Reporter Behind 2004 Kerry Film, Dies at 67

    06/21/2014 5:52:43 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6-21-2014 | DOUGLAS MARTIN
    Carlton A. Sherwood, an investigative journalist and former Marine who lurched between accolades and controversy, most prominently with a 2004 film about the chagrin of Vietnam War veterans over John Kerry’s turning against the war as a naval officer, died on June 11 in Philadelphia. He was 67. The cause was congestive heart failure, his wife, Susan, said Friday. The Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the nation’s largest owner of local television stations, planned to show Mr. Sherwood’s film shortly before the 2004 election...(but)
  • Kevlar Inventor Stephanie Kwolek Dead at 90

    06/20/2014 12:05:59 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    GMA via Yahho News ^ | 6/20/14 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    As one of the few pioneering female chemists in the 1960s, Stephanie Kwolek invented the flexible, tougher than steel fibers that were used to create life-saving body armor for law enforcement and soldiers. Kwolek died this week at the age of 90, her co-workers at DuPont, the chemical company where Kwolek worked, confirmed to ABC News. "She leaves a wonderful legacy of thousands of lives saved and countless injuries prevented by products made possible by her discovery," DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman said in a statement.
  • Johnny Mann, composer, voice of 'Chipmunk,' dies in Anderson

    06/20/2014 9:27:08 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    WYFF Channel 4 Greenville South Carolina ^ | June 20, 2014 | Janice Limon
    ANDERSON, S.C. — Johnny Mann, the Hollywood composer who worked with the likes of Nat King Cole, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, died late Wednesday night in Anderson, according to sources close to the family. They say Mann died at his home. He was 85 years old... Along with being musical director of the original "Alvin and The Chipmunks" TV series, he sang the voice of "Theodore"...
  • Songwriter Gerry Goffin dies at 75

    06/20/2014 6:59:52 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/19/14 | Rachel Wells
    Gerry Goffin, a hit songwriter and former husband of Carole King, died early Thursday. He was 75. Together with King, he wrote such classics as "The Loco-Motion," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Up on the Roof."
  • Legendary Pianist Horace Silver Dies At 85

    06/19/2014 2:36:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | June 18, 2014 | Walter Ray Watson
    Pianist Horace Silver, whose potent and catchy combination of blues, funk and Latin sounds shifted the jazz landscape in the 1950s and '60s, died Wednesday morning at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He died of natural causes, according to his son, Gregory Silver. He was 85. As a bandleader, Horace Silver mentored some of the hottest musicians of his era. As a composer, he devised numerous jazz standards still played today. Silver grew up in Norwalk, Conn. He was 11 when he and and his father stumbled upon a swing band one warm Sunday night. It was the orchestra...
  • Lyricist Gerry Goffin, Carole King's ex-husband and prolific writing partner, dies at 75

    06/19/2014 3:16:10 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    AP via US News & World Report ^ | June 19, 2014 | Mark Kennedy
    Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Up on the Roof" and "The Loco-Motion," died early Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75... Goffin, who married King in 1959 while they were in their teens, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including "Pleasant Valley Sunday" for the Monkees, "Crying in the Rain" by the Everly Brothers, "Some Kind of Wonderful" for the Drifters and "Take Good Care of My Baby" by Bobby Vee. The...
  • Daniel Keyes (1927-2014)

    06/17/2014 4:52:46 PM PDT · by Borges · 21 replies
    Locus ^ | 6/17/2014
    Keyes is best known for his Hugo Award winning classic SF story “Flowers for Algernon” (F&SF, 1959), the Nebula Award winning and bestselling 1966 novel expansion, and the film version Charly (1968). Keyes was born August 9, 1927 in New York. He worked variously as an editor, comics writer, fashion photographer, and teacher before joining the faculty of Ohio University in 1966, where he taught as a professor of English and creative writing, becoming professor emeritus in 2000. He married Aurea Georgina Vaquez in 1952, who predeceased him in 2013; they had two daughters. Keyes began working in SF as...
  • Mr. Padre Passes: Tony Gwynn Loses Battle With Cancer

    06/16/2014 10:58:40 AM PDT · by kingattax · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Jun 2014
    Tony Gwynn, the left-handed right fielder who starred at San Diego State and then for the San Diego Padres, passed away Monday morning after a four-year fight with salivary-gland cancer. Gwynn's death comes a day after he received a contract extension to coach the San Diego State Aztecs baseball team. The fifty-four-year-old San Diego legend had been on medical leave. The bowling-ball shaped hitting machine batted .338 in twenty major league seasons, all with the Padres. He finished with 3,141 hits. In addition to his eight batting titles, Mr. Padre also collected seven Gold Gloves patrolling right field. The fifteen-time...
  • Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies

    06/16/2014 8:41:57 AM PDT · by Borges · 53 replies
    ESPN ^ | 6/16/2014
    Tony Gwynn, who banged out 3,141 hits during a Hall of Fame career spanning 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, has died of cancer at age 54, it was announced Monday.
  • Padres legend Tony Gwynn dies at 54

    06/16/2014 8:36:57 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    cbs8.com ^ | 6/16/14 | cbs8.com
    SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The San Diego Padres confirm this morning that baseball legend Tony Gwynn has died. The 54-year-old has been battling oral cancer for four years and has been plagued with additional health issues over the past several months.
  • Casey Kasem, king of the Top 40 countdown, dead

    06/15/2014 9:36:34 AM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    ap ^ | ANTHONY MCCARTNEY
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio broadcaster with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades, died Sunday. He was 82.
  • Casey Kasem Dead at 82

    06/15/2014 8:22:11 AM PDT · by Yossarian · 72 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6/15/2014 | Lesley Messer
    Casey Kasem has died. ABC News confirmed that the radio personality died today in a California hospital. He was 82. Born Kemal Amin Kasem in Detroit, the disc jockey began his career in nearby Flint before becoming an announcer on Armed Forces Radio Korea Network in 1952. Upon his return, he went on to work at radio stations in California, Ohio and New York before launching "American Top 40" in 1970. He hosted that show until 1988, and then a revived version from 1998 until 2004, when Ryan Seacrest took over. From 1988 until 1998, Kasem hosted a show called...
  • Report: HOF coach Chuck Noll, who won 4 Super Bowls, dies at 82

    06/13/2014 9:01:44 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | June 13, 2014 | Josh Katzowitz
    Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who led the Steelers to four Super Bowls in the 1970s, died Friday at the age of 82, according to numerous reports out of Pittsburgh. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Noll's wife, Marianne, found him unresponsive at 9:45 p.m. ET. She called 911, and paramedics pronounced him dead at 9:55 p.m. Noll had stayed out of the public eye in recent years with an illness that had been undisclosed.
  • Actress Carla Laemmle, a link to Hollywood's past, dies at 104

    06/13/2014 1:27:18 PM PDT · by Borges · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/13/2014 | Claire Noland
    *** She became a ballet dancer and actress and appeared in “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925) and “Dracula.” For that 1931 classic she spoke the film’s first lines: “Among the rugged peaks that frown down upon the Borgo Pass are found crumbling castles of a bygone age ... . “
  • Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos - obituary (conductor)

    06/12/2014 9:20:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | June 11, 2014
    Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, who has died aged 80, was a conductor who delivered memorable interpretations of the works of his Spanish compatriots while championing the Germanic canon on the Iberian P eninsula. His work took him to orchestras around the world, but he was best known for his associations with the Philharmonia in London and the Philadelphia Orchestra in the United States.
  • Eric Hill, creator of Spot the Dog, dies at 86

    06/12/2014 6:53:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | June 12, 2014 | Channing Joseph
    Eric Hill, whose effort to entertain his young son with a simple drawing of a mischievous dog named Spot blossomed into a popular series of children's books that have sold more than 60 million copies, has died at his home in central California. He was 86.