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  • William Blum, U.S. Policy Critic Cited by bin Laden, Dies at 85

    12/12/2018 5:59:24 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 11th 2018 | Sam Roberts
    William Blum, who raged against United States foreign policy in relative obscurity for decades until one of his published anti-imperialist broadsides received a surge in sales thanks to a surprise public tribute from Osama bin Laden, died on Sunday in Arlington, Va. He was 85. His son, Alexander, said the cause was kidney failure. Mr. Blum had been hospitalized after being injured in a fall in his apartment in October. Mr. Blum (pronounced “bloom”) was a computer programmer for the State Department who aspired to become a career Foreign Service officer and “take part in the great anti-Communist crusade,” he...
  • Utahn Melvin Dummar, who claimed to be a Howard Hughes heir, dies

    A Utah man who repeatedly made headlines around the world in the 1970s has died. Melvin Dummar was a gas station operator in Box Elder County in 1976 when he suddenly seemed to be on the verge of becoming a multi-millionaire. He was named an heir to the fortune of eccentric and secretive billionaire Howard Hughes. Dummar's name was contained in a handwritten will discovered in the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. The document became known as the "Mormon Will" because someone had mysteriously dropped it on a desk at the...
  • 'Dynamite Kid' Tom Billington dead at 60 (professional wrestler)

    12/05/2018 11:11:19 AM PST · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    CANOE -- Slam! Sports - Wrestling ^ | December 5, 2018 | Greg Oliver
    The death of "The Dynamite Kid" Tom Billington came on Tuesday, his 60th birthday, his health battles post-wrestling front and centre for years, proof that there was a huge price paid to be one of the most innovative, influential professional wrestlers in history. How influential was he? Even the curmudgeonly Bad News Allen Coage once gave Dynamite Kid props: "Pound for pound, Dynamite Kid was probably the best wrestler ever because you've still got these young guys today trying to emulate him in the ring. He was one of my favorites to work with. In our matches, the people just...
  • ‘F Troop’ and ‘Mama’s Family’ actor Ken Berry dies at 85

    12/02/2018 12:38:57 PM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    CBS 4 INDY ^ | DECEMBER 2, 2018 | CBS4 Web
    Actor Ken Berry has died at the age of 85. His ex-wife, actress Jackie Joseph, announced Berry’s death on Facebook on Saturday, saying “With very deep sorrow, I must inform friends of Ken Berry that he died a short time ago.” Berry was known for his television roles in “F Troop,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Mayberry R.F.D.” and “Mama’s Family.” His “F Troop” costar Larry Storch also took to Facebook to honor Berry.
  • ‘I love you, too’: George H.W. Bush's final words to his son just before the 41st president...

    12/01/2018 5:09:41 PM PST · by Morgana · 64 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | DECEMBER 1, 2018 | Megan Sheets For
    FULL TITLE: ‘I love you, too’: George H.W. Bush's final words to his son just before the 41st president peacefully passed away aged 94 surrounded by family in Houston A longtime friend of George Herbert Walker Bush has painted a peaceful picture of the 41st president's final days on earth before he passed away aged 94 surrounded by family at his home in Houston, Texas. James A Baker III, both Bush's friend and former secretary of state, told the New York Times that the 94-year-old had been fading over the last week - spending most of his time sleeping, not...
  • David Mamet on Ricky Jay, a Great Astonisher and ‘Truest Friend’

    11/29/2018 10:13:49 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 28 Nov 2018 | David Mamet
    Here is Hollywood, where the young, the beautiful and the inspired come to live lives of disappointment marbled with betrayal. They spin gold into flax, striving to placate the unworthy sufficiently so as, one day, to be admitted to their number. Who might be immune? Only a philosopher. Ricky Jay came to Hollywood as an acolyte in 1972. He was 26 years old, and had been practicing magic since childhood. He was a world-class card manipulator and thought to be the youngest performer ever to play “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He came to study with the masters of close-up. They...
  • Stephen Hillenburg, Creator of 'SpongeBob SquarePants,' Dies at 57

    11/27/2018 10:21:17 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 20 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | November 27, 2018 | Evan Real
    Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of Nickelodeon's animated megahit SpongeBob SquarePants, died Monday. He was 57. Hillenburg died from ALS; he was diagnosed with the disease in March 2017. Nickelodoen paid tribute to him in a tweet on Tuesday: "We are sad to share the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Today, we are observing a moment of silence to honor his life and work."
  • Bernardo Bertolucci, 'Last Tango In Paris' Director, Dies At 77

    11/26/2018 6:47:38 AM PST · by Borges · 30 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/26/2018 | Emily Sullivan
    Bernaldo Bertolucci, the Oscar-winning director whose groundbreaking films set in turbulent times, including Last Tango In Paris and The Last Emperor, died Monday at 77. His publicist confirmed to Variety that Bertolucci died Monday morning in his home from cancer. Bertolucci's provocative five decades as a filmmaker left audiences thrilled and shocked thanks to his brazen subject matter and pristine visual talent. A key figure in Italian cinema, Bertolucci is the only filmmaker of his nationality to have won the Academy Award for best director. His best films depicted "human nature as it messily expresses itself among others, in society,"...
  • Willie Naulls, Knicks All-Star and Celtics Champion, Dies at 84

    11/26/2018 2:18:15 PM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 25, 2018 | Richard Goldstein
    Willie Naulls, a four-time All-Star forward with the Knicks, a member of three consecutive N.B.A. championship teams with the Boston Celtics and one of pro basketball’s early black stars, died on Thursday at his home in Laguna Niguel, Calif. He was 84. The cause was respiratory failure resulting from Churg-Strauss syndrome, a rare condition that can restrict blood flow to vital organs and tissues, his wife, Dr. Anne Van de Water Naulls, said. A fine outside shooter and a rugged rebounder at 6 feet 6 inches and 225 pounds or so, Naulls was an All-American at U.C.L.A. in 1956, his...
  • Nicolas Roeg, Director of David Bowie's 'The Man Who Fell to Earth,' Dies at 90

    11/24/2018 2:03:04 PM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | November 24, 2018 | Duane Byrge, Mike Barnes
    The London native, who started out as a cinematographer, also guided Mick Jagger in 'Performance' and helmed 'Walkabout,' 'Don't Look Now' and 'Bad Timing.' Nicolas Roeg, the British cinematographer turned director who employed his visual flair on such films as David Bowie’s The Man Who Fell to Earth and the horror masterpiece Don’t Look Now, has died. He was 90. Roeg, who also called the shots for two other rock stars, Mick Jagger in Performance (1970) and Art Garfunkel in Bad Timing/A Sensual Obsession (1980), died Friday night, his son, Nicolas Roeg Jr., told the BBC.Roeg, known for the lighting composition,...
  • William Goldman Dies; Oscar Winning Writer Of ‘Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid’ Was 87

    11/16/2018 7:09:37 AM PST · by Borges · 29 replies
    deadline ^ | 11/16/2018 | Mike Fleming Jr
    I have been informed by friends of the family that William Goldman died last night. He was 87. Goldman, who twice won screenwriting Oscars for All The President’s Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, passed away last night in his Manhattan home, surrounded by family and friends. His health had been failing for some time, and over the summer his condition deteriorated. We will be following this and building out the story today, but I wanted to let Deadline readers know straight away. From his scripting work to his books like Adventures in the Screen Trade, Goldman is...
  • Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, 'Hee Haw' star, has died

    11/15/2018 9:35:27 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 196 replies ^ | Nov 15, 2018 | KRISTIN M. HALL
    TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) — A publicist said country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century, has died. Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla.
  • 'Little House on the Prairie' actress Katherine MacGregor dead at 93

    11/14/2018 11:59:16 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    AOL ^ | November 14, 2018 | Ryan Schwartz
    Actress Katherine MacGregor, best known to TV audiences for her role as town gossiper Harriet Oleson on the long-running family drama Little House on the Prairie, has died at the age of 93. According to The Hollywood Reporter, MacGregor died on Tuesday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s retirement home in Los Angeles. Little House star Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls Wilder) eulogized her former castmate in a touching Instagram post.
  • The Little House on the Prairie: Katherine MacGregor (Harriet Oleson) passed away

    She was one of the star characters in The Little House on the Prairie . Katherine MacGregor passed away at the age of 93 on Tuesday, November 13. A news announced by Melissa Gilbert on Instagram on November 14:"I just learned that Katherine MacGregor passed away yesterday, this woman taught me so much about comedy ... vintage jewelry ... life ... she was frank and incredibly funny ... a really talented actress she knew to play a terrible character with so much heart, her Harriet Oleson was the woman our fans loved to hate, a perfect antagonist What people outside...
  • Comic book genius Stan Lee, Spider-Man creator, dies at 95

    11/12/2018 11:20:55 AM PST · by Morgana · 41 replies
    wsbt ^ | November 12, 2018 | Sinclair Broadcast Group
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comic book genius Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. The creative dynamo who revolutionized the comics by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk, was declared dead Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee's daughter, J.C. Lee. As the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, he revived the industry in the 1960s by offering the costumes and action craved by younger readers while insisting on sophisticated plots,...
  • Douglas Rain, Stratford Festival actor and voice of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, dies at 90

    11/11/2018 1:13:41 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    CTV News ^ | November 11, 2018 | CTV Kitchener
    Douglas Rain passed away Sunday morning at the age of 90. The actor, one of the pioneers of the Stratford Festival, is best known for his role in Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Rain was the voice of the sentient computer HAL.
  • Oscar-winning Love Story composer Francis Lai dies at 86

    11/08/2018 8:31:22 AM PST · by Borges · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/8/2018
    He was best-known for winning the prize for composing the memorable piano theme to the 1970 film Love Story. Crooner Andy Williams also released (Where Do I Begin?) Love Story in 1971, which was a hit single, peaking at number nine in the US chart. Lai also wrote the score for the 1966 film A Man and a Woman, with one song later chosen as BBC's Panorama's dramatic theme music.
  • Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, Long-Serving Times Book Critic, Dies at 84

    11/08/2018 7:32:27 AM PST · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 7, 2018 | Robert D. McFadden
    Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, a nationally influential literary critic for The New York Times for three decades, who wrote some 4,000 reviews and essays, mostly for the daily column Books of The Times, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 84. His death, at the Milstein Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, was caused by complications of a stroke, his daughter, Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, said. In one of journalism’s most challenging jobs, Mr. Lehmann-Haupt was The Times’s senior daily book critic from 1969 to 1995, tackling two or three books a week and rendering judgments that could affect, for better or ill, literary careers as well...
  • Fr. Robert Taft, feisty ecumenist and liturgical historian, dies at 86

    11/03/2018 11:34:24 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 2, 2018 | John Burger
    Jesuit who became a Byzantine priest worked to help disparate parts of the Church understand one another Fr. Robert Francis Taft, preeminent historian of the Eastern Christian liturgy and an outspoken voice in relations between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, died at his home in Weston, Massachusetts, November 1, at the age of 86. Fr. Taft, who taught at a pontifical institute in Rome for several decades, is best known for his six-volume History of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Born into a family that had ties to a U.S. president and a senator from Ohio, he grew up...
  • Giants legend Willie McCovey dies at 80

    10/31/2018 5:26:12 PM PDT · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 63 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | October 31, 2018 | Daniel Brown
    “If you pitch to him, he’ll ruin a baseball,’’ rival manager Sparky Anderson once said. “There’s no comparison between McCovey and anybody else in the league.” He was the National League rookie of the year in 1959, the league’s MVP in 1969 and the comeback player of the year in 1977 when he kicked off a late-career renaissance by returning to the Giants after a three-year absence. In all, McCovey was a six-time All-Star whose career home run total ties him with Ted Williams for 18th on the all-time list. Before Barry Bonds passed him, McCovey had more home runs...