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RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 07-17-2017

In my attempted allusion to a great movie in which Martin Landau had an impressive role (North by Northwest) and its director Alfred Hitchcock, I shall offer my attempt to emulate the morbid humor so characteristic of the great director:

I hope to soon see the demise of the posts and threads of spammer George Harnon, or whatever. I shall offer no obituary for those posts or the posting-privileges of that cheat.


RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 07-19-2017

Japan had its own Greatest Generation. It's unfortunate for Japan and the Japanese that their country ended up on the wrong side of history, but here's a physician who did some things right in some of the worst conditions in which to do medicine:  


Shigeaki Hinohara (日野原 重明) (Shigeaki Hinohara; 4 October 1911 – 18 July 2017) was a Japanese physician. In 1941 he began his long working association with St. Luke's International Hospital in central Tokyo and worked as a medical doctor throughout the wartime firebombing of the city. From 1990 he served as the hospital's honorary director. He was also Sophia University's Grief Care Institute director emeritus. He was honorary chairman of the Foundation Sasakawa Memorial Health Cooperation. Hinohara is credited with establishing and popularizing Japan's practice of annual medical checkups.

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Hinohara became an honorary member of the [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Japanese_Cardiovascular_Society&action=edit&redlink=1]Japanese Cardiovascular Society
and received the Second Prize and the Order of Culture. He was honored by Kyoto Imperial University, Thomas Jefferson University and by McMaster University by receiving an honorary doctorate.

Hinohara died on 18 July 2017 in Tokyo at the age of 105.[3][4]


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shigeaki_Hinohara

Comment: The Japanese have one of the world's highest life expectancies.


RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 07-24-2017

Lonnie Alfred "Bo" Pilgrim (May 8, 1928-July 21, 2017) was the founder of Pilgrim's Pride, which at one time was the largest chicken producer in the United States. Pilgrim founded Pilgrim's Pride when he opened a feed store in 1946 in Pittsburg, Texas, with his older brother, Aubrey.

In 1989, when the Texas Senate had a debate on a bill to gut state workers' compensation laws, Pilgrim handed out $10,000 US checks on the Senate floor. Pilgrim was a supporter of the bill, and also overwhelmingly contributed to the gubernatorial and presidential campaigns of George W. Bush.

In addition to his holdings in Pilgrim's Pride, he is also principal shareholder of NETEX Bancorporation, a bank holding company which operates Pilgrim Bank, a bank with branches in Pittsburg and nearby Mount Pleasant.

Pilgrim gave the maximum amount allowed by law to Jeb Bush's 2016 Presidential Campaign.[1] He was a frequent contributor to conservative politicians. For several consecutive years he would donate $25,000 to the NRCC.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonnie_%22Bo%22_Pilgrim

Comment: an underrated 'player' in the foundation of the anti-worker ideology behind Movement Conservatism. He helped ensure that Texas went far to the Right of America on the whole, essentially making Texas a single-Party state.


RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 07-26-2017

Barbara Sinatra, a former model and showgirl who was the fourth and last wife of singer Frank Sinatra, died Tuesday, July 25, 2017, according to multiple news sources. She was 90.

Frank Sinatra preceded her in death nearly 20 years ago. The couple married July 11, 1976. They remained married until his death May 14, 1998. It was the singer’s longest-lasting marriage.

The former Barbara Marx Blakeley was born March 10, 1927, in Bosworth, Missouri.

In 1986, the couple founded the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center in Rancho Mirage, California, a nonprofit organization that provides individual and group therapy for young victims of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

She wrote a book about her life with the entertainer titled “Lady Blue Eyes: My Life With Frank.” In the book, she recalled one of her visits to Frank Sinatra’s home in Palm Springs, California. At the time, she was married to Zeppo Marx, one of the Marx Brothers and a neighbor of the singer. During a game of charades, she was the timekeeper. When Sinatra’s time was up, he grew angry, grabbed the clock from her hands, and threw it against a door.

In a 2011 interview with Andrew Goldman for The New York Times Magazine, Sinatra was asked whether the clock incident gave her pause in getting involved with the star.

“I never felt danger around him. He was always very much a gentleman, and he really cared about treating me well,” she told the writer.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thedailyreporter/obituary.aspx?n=barbara-sinatra&pid=186188863


RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 07-26-2017

Snooty (July 21, 1948 – July 23, 2017) was a male Florida manatee that resided at the South Florida Museum's Parker Manatee Aquarium in Bradenton, Florida. He was one of the first recorded captive manatee births, and at age 69, he was the oldest manatee in captivity,[1] and possibly the oldest manatee in the world. Due to his hand rearing from birth, Snooty was never released to the wild and was the only manatee at the museum's aquarium that had regular human interaction.[2]

During 1948, Samuel J. Stout, owner of the Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company, acquired a permit from the State of Florida to own a single manatee, a female he had named Lady. On July 21, 1948, Lady gave birth to a male calf Stout named "Baby". Due to his permit allowing him to keep only a single manatee, he had to find a new home for the calf. Around the same time, the city of Bradenton in Manatee County wished to acquire a manatee for their 1949 De Soto Heritage Festival, and learned of the birth of Baby at the Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company.

After De Soto Celebration Association member Walter Hardin acquired a permit for a manatee exhibition, the city built a tank on the municipal pier and arranged for Stout to bring Baby from Miami to Bradenton for the festival. Afterwards, Stout returned with the manatee to Miami, but Stout was still only legally allowed to keep a single manatee.

In April 1949, arrangements were made to allow Baby to become a permanent resident of Bradenton's South Florida Museum, where a new 3,000-U.S.-gallon (11,000 L) round tank was completed in May for Baby. Baby began living in the tank on June 20, 1949. According to the book The Legacy: South Florida Museum, Stout arrived in Bradenton late at night and was unable to locate the museum's curator, Dr. Lester Leigh, to unlock the door, and received help from the sheriff and a group of prisoners to move Baby into his new home.[3] The manatee remained named Baby through November 1949, after which he became known as Baby Snoots, possibly by Stout, or popularly believed to have been inspired by Fanny Brice's The Baby Snooks Show. As the manatee aged, he became known simply as Snooty.[3]

In 1966, the South Florida Aquarium moved from the Bradenton Municipal Pier to its current location, where a new, larger 9,000-U.S.-gallon (34,000 L) pool was built for Snooty. He was also granted official mascot status for Manatee County, Florida. In 1993, the museum underwent renovations, and Snooty was moved to a 60,000-U.S.-gallon (230,000 L) pool. The pool was renovated in 1998 to allow for better care for Snooty and now two more companion manatees for rehabilitation (in accordance with the Manatee Rehabilitation Network, the Sea to Shore Alliance, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission). Since 1998, starting with Newton, the Parker Manatee Aquarium has helped in rehabilitation for 25 manatees.[2]

On July 23, 2017, two days after his 69th birthday, Snooty died as the result of drowning.[4] A hatch door that accesses a plumbing area had been accidentally opened, allowing the manatees access to an area. The younger and smaller manatees were able to go in an out of the area, but due to Snooty's size, he could not return through the hatch to access air. An investigation has been opened to determine how a hatch that was normally bolted shut became open allowing access to a restricted area.[5]

It had been discovered that Snooty was able to remember the voices of former keepers and remember training behaviors he learned when only one year old.[6]

Snooty had also been used in research with the Mote Marine Laboratory. In a 2006 study, it was shown that manatees such as Snooty were capable of experimental tasks much like dolphins, disproving the preconception that manatees are unintelligent.[7]

Snooty's birthday was a popular event at the South Florida Museum, the highlight of which was the presentation of a cake made of vegetables and fruits for Snooty while the visitors all sang Happy Birthday for him. Due to his known date of birth, Snooty is evidence for how long manatees are able to live.[2]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snooty


RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 07-27-2017

June Foray, actress best known for her cartoon voices

June Lucille Forer (September 18, 1917 – July 26, 2017), better known as June Foray, was an American voice actress who was best known as the voice of such animated characters as Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Lucifer from Disney's Cinderella, Cindy Lou Who, Jokey Smurf, Granny from the Warner Bros. cartoons directed by Friz Freleng, Grammi Gummi from Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears series, and Magica De Spell, among many others.

Her career encompassed radio, theatrical shorts, feature films, television, record albums (particularly with Stan Freberg), video games, talking toys, and other media. Foray was also one of the early members of ASIFA-Hollywood, the society devoted to promoting and encouraging animation, and is credited with the establishment of the Annie Awards, as well as instrumental to the creation of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2001. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring her voice work in television.[1]

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In the 1940s, Foray also began film work, including a few roles in live action movies, but mostly doing voice overs for animated cartoons and radio programs and occasionally dubbing films and television.[7] On radio, Foray did the voices of Midnight the Cat and Old Grandie the Piano on The Buster Brown Program, which starred Smilin' Ed McConnell, from 1944 to 1952. She later did voices on the Mutual Network program Smile Time for Steve Allen.[5] Her work in radio ultimately led her to recording for a number of children's albums for Capitol Records.[5]

For Walt Disney, Foray voiced Lucifer the Cat in the feature film Cinderella, Lambert's mother in Lambert the Sheepish Lion, a mermaid in Peter Pan and Witch Hazel in the Donald Duck short Trick or Treat. Decades later, Foray would be the voice of Grandmother Fa in the 1998 animated Disney film Mulan. She also did a variety of voices in Walter Lantz's Woody Woodpecker cartoons, including Woody's nephew and niece, Knothead and Splinter. Impressed by her performance as Witch Hazel, in 1954 Chuck Jones invited her over to Warner Brothers Cartoons.[5] For Warner Brothers, she was Granny (whom she has played on vinyl records starting in 1950, before officially voicing her in Red Riding Hoodwinked, released in 1955, taking over for Bea Benaderet), owner of Tweety and Sylvester, and a series of witches, including Looney Tunes' own Witch Hazel, with Jones as director. Like most of Warner Brothers' voice actors at the time (with the exception of Mel Blanc), Foray was not credited for her roles in these cartoons.[5]

Chuck Jones is reported to have said, "June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc, Mel Blanc was the male June Foray."[8]
She played Bubbles on The Super 6 and Cindy Lou Who, asking "Santa" why he's taking their tree, in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In 1960, she provided the speech for Mattel's original "Chatty Cathy" doll; [1] capitalizing on this, Foray also voiced the malevolent "Talky Tina" doll in the Twilight Zone episode "Living Doll", first aired on November 1, 1963.


Foray worked for Hanna-Barbera, including on Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, The Jetsons, The Flintstones and many other shows. In 1959, she auditioned for the part of Betty Rubble on The Flintstones, but the part went to Bea Benaderet; Foray described herself as "terribly disappointed" at not getting to play Betty.


She did extensive voice acting for Stan Freberg's commercials, albums, and 1957 radio series, memorably as secretary to the werewolf advertising executive. She also appeared in several Rankin/Bass TV specials in the 1960s and 1970s, voicing the young Karen and the teacher in the TV special Frosty the Snowman (although only her Karen singing parts remained in later airings, after Rankin-Bass re-edited the special a few years after it debuted, with Foray's dialogue re-dubbed by an actress who was uncredited).[citation needed] She also voiced all the female roles in Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (1975), including the villainous cobra Nagaina.[citation needed] She played multiple characters on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, including Natasha Fatale and Nell Fenwick, as well as male lead character Rocket J. Squirrel (a.k.a. Rocky Squirrel) for Jay Ward,[9] and played Ursula on George of the Jungle; and also starred on Fractured Flickers.[citation needed]
In the mid-1960s, she became devoted to the preservation and promotion of animation and wrote numerous magazine articles about animation.[5] She and a number of other animation artists had informal meetings around Hollywood in the 1960s, and later decided to formalize this as ASIFA-Hollywood, a chapter of the Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (the International Animated Film Association).[10] She is credited with coming up with the idea of the Annie Awards in 1972, awarded by ASIFA-Hollywood, having noted that there had been no awards to celebrate the field of animation.[10] In 1988, she was awarded the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award.[11] In 1995, ASIFA-Hollywood established the June Foray Award,[12] which is awarded to "individuals who have made a significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation." Foray was the first recipient of the award. In 2007, Foray became a contributor to ASIFA-Hollywood's Animation Archive Project.[citation needed] She also had sat on the Governors' board for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and lobbied for two decades for the Academy to establish an Academy Award for animation; the Academy created the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2001 from her petitioning.[10]

In 2007, Britt Irvin became the first person ever to voice a character in a cartoon remake that had been previously played by Foray in the original series when she voiced Ursula in the new George of the Jungle series on Cartoon Network. In 2011, Roz Ryan voiced Witch Lezah (Hazel spelled backwards) in The Looney Tunes Show, opposite June Foray as Granny.


Foray also voiced May Parker in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends from 1981-1983, as well as Raggedy Ann on several TV movies, Grandma Howard on Teen Wolf, Jokey Smurf and Mother Nature on The Smurfs, and Magica De Spell and Ma Beagle in DuckTales. At the same time, she also had a leading role voicing Grammi Gummi on Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears, working with her Rocky and Bullwinkle co-star Bill Scott until his death in 1985.

Foray guest starred only once on The Simpsons, in the season one episode "Some Enchanted Evening", as the receptionist for the Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper Babysitting Service. This was a play on a Rocky & Bullwinkle gag years earlier in which none of the cartoon's characters, including narrator William Conrad, was able to pronounce "rubber baby buggy bumpers" unerringly. Foray was later homaged by The Simpsons, in the season eight episode "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", in which the character June Bellamy is introduced as the voice behind both Itchy and Scratchy.[citation needed] Foray appeared on camera in a major role only once, in Sabaka, as the high priestess of a fire cult. She also appeared on camera in an episode of Green Acres as a Mexican telephone operator. In 1991, she provided her voice as the sock-puppet talk-show host Scary Mary on an episode of Married... with Children. She played cameos in both 1992's Boris & Natasha and 2000's The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. Another on-camera appearance was as herself on an episode of the 1984 TV sitcom The Duck Factory, which starred Jim Carrey and Don Messick.


She was often called for ADR voice work for television and feature films. This work included dubbing the voice of Mary Badham in The Twilight Zone episode "The Bewitchin' Pool" and the voices for Sean and Michael Brody in some scenes of the film Jaws. She dubbed several people in Bells Are Ringing, Diana Rigg in some scenes of The Hospital, Robert Blake in drag in an episode of Baretta and a little boy in The Comic.[13]


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_Foray


RE: Obituaries - gabrielle - 07-31-2017

Jeanne Moreau (1928-2017)

Quote:Actress Jeanne Moreau, one of French cinema's biggest stars of the last 60 years, has died at the age of 89.

Moreau is probably best known for her role in Francois Truffaut's 1962 new wave film Jules et Jim.

She won a number of awards including the best actress prize at Cannes for Moderato Cantabile in 1960.

She also worked with Orson Welles on several films and won the Bafta Award for best foreign actress for Viva Maria! in 1967.
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Paying tribute, French President Emmanuel Macron said Moreau had "embodied cinema" and was a free spirit who "always rebelled against the established order".

Analysis - Nick James, editor of Sight & Sound magazine
Of the three most iconic French actresses of her generation - herself, Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot - Moreau was the one with the most on-screen authority. Post-war French cinema is unthinkable without her.

So many key directors owe important, often breakthrough successes to her - Louis Malle's Lift to the Scaffold and The Lovers, Francois Truffaut's Jules et Jim and Jacques Demy's Bay of Angels, for instance.

Her famous sensual presence was backed up with formidable timing and technique, so much so that every major director wanted to work with her - Orson Welles, Michelangelo Antonioni, Joseph Losey and Luis Bunuel among them.

She was, perhaps, the female equivalent of what Welles called a "king" actor - someone who cannot help but be the centre of attention. Certainly, over time, she became almost everyone's idea of the ultimate magnetic French movie star.

Moreau was born in 1928, the daughter of a French restaurateur and a Tiller Girl dancer from Oldham.
She pursued an acting career, despite her father's disapproval, and got her break in the 1957 films Lift to the Scaffold, which had a jazz score by Miles Davis, and The Lovers.

Known for her husky tones, her other films included 1961's La Notte, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni; Luis Bunuel's Diary of a Chambermaid (1964); and Tony Richardson's Mademoiselle (1966).

Welles, who worked with her on films including Chimes at Midnight and his adaptation of Kafka's The Trial, once described her as the greatest actress in the world.
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She famously turned down Mike Nichols' invitation to play Mrs Robinson in The Graduate, and instead reunited with Truffaut for 1968's The Bride Wore Black, an homage to Alfred Hitchcock.
She was also known for her singing voice and performed the refrain Le Tourbillon de la Vie in Jules et Jim.
Moreau had a prolific career and continued acting into her 80s.
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In an interview with the New York Times in 1989, she said: "I work more now because at this time of my life I am not disturbed from my aim by outside pressures such as family, passionate relationships, dealing with who am I - those complications when one is searching for one's self. I have no doubt who I am."

Her theatre career included a role in 1989 as a matchmaker in La Celestine, a 15th Century Spanish play by De Fernando de Rojas.
Moreau won one of France's highest acting honours, a Cesar for best actress, for The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea in 1992.
A feminist icon for many, the actress once declared: "Physical beauty is a disgrace."



RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 08-02-2017

Ara Parseghian, who died Wednesday at 94, restored Notre Dame football to glory from the mid-1960s to the mid-'70s. Parseghian went 95-17-4 in 11 years in South Bend and led the Fighting Irish to national titles in 1966 and 1973.

He coached in the most infamous tie in college football history, the 1966 "Game of the Century" against Michigan State. It was the biggest AP No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in 20 years and served as the de facto national title game (MSU didn't play a bowl game and Notre Dame didn't participate in bowls at the time). The game ended in a 10-10 deadlock after Parseghian chose to run out the final 1:10 rather than try to move the ball 40 yards into field-goal range. The (un)gamble paid off -- Notre Dame finished first in the AP and UPI polls over Michigan State and undefeated, untied Alabama.

Below is an overview of the rapid transformation Parseghian engineered in South Bend, and how dominant the Irish remained throughout his 11 seasons.


Instant impact

Notre Dame hired Parseghian from Northwestern after his Wildcats not only beat the Irish four times, but reached No. 1 in 1962. Parseghian delivered in his first season beyond anyone's dreams. He took over a team that had gone 2-7 in 1963 and privately hoped for a 6-4 record. Instead, the Irish started 9-0, climbed to No. 1 and came within 1:34 of defeating archrival USC in the season finale to win the national championship. Despite the disappointment, it remains the biggest year-to-year improvement in school history.

The Irish ascended to the top of the AP poll a staggering eight times in Parseghian's 11-year tenure. They had achieved that feat just twice in the 10 years prior to his arrival.

All-Americans

Parseghian coached 21 consensus first-team All-Americans during his time in South Bend, highlighted by his lone Heisman winner, quarterback John Huarte ('64). Parseghian ranks second in that category among Notre Dame's 23 total coaches.

(Frank Leahy 22)
Parseghian 21
(Lou Holtz 14)
(Knute Rockne 11)

Records vs. rivals

The Notre Dame-USC rivalry regained its position among the sport's top rivalries during Parseghian's tenure, but the Trojans and their head coach John McKay proved to be one of the few riddles Parseghian could rarely solve. Notre Dame went just 3-6-2 vs. USC in his 11 years, bookended by the USC's 1964 upset and the Trojans' 55-24 rout of the Irish in 1974, Parseghian's last regular-season game. USC spotted the Irish a 24-0 lead, then scored 55 points in 17 minutes. Parseghian's records against teams he faced at least five times:

(USC 3-6
Michigan State 7-2
Pittsburgh 11-0
Navy 11-0
Northwestern 9-0
Purdue 4-4
Army 6-0
Georgia Tech, Miami, Air Force 5-0)

Key numbers

[Image: numbers1.jpg]Parseghian's winning percentage (95-17-4). Since 1964, only two major college football coaches have a higher percentage with at least 10 years at one school: Alabama's Nick Saban is .857 in his 10 seasons from 2007 through 2016, and Oklahoma's Barry Switzer was .8368 from 1973 through 1988.

[Image: numbers2.jpg]The number of times Parseghian's teams lost consecutive regular-season games during his 11-year tenure. He's the only Irish coach to avoid that fate since Knute Rockne's hiring in 1918.

[Image: numbers3.jpg]The number of wins Notre Dame improved by in Parseghian's first season -- the best margin in school history.

[Image: numbers4.jpg]The number of NFL first-round picks to play for Parseghian, the most in Notre Dame history.

[Image: numbers5.jpg]Yards yielded per season by the Notre Dame defense under Parseghian. During his tenure, the Irish defense never finished below 15th nationally.

[Image: numbers6.jpg]Yards rushing per game averaged by the 1973 national championship team -- a school record.

[Image: numbers7.jpg]Points per game averaged by Parseghian's 1968 team -- a school record. The second-highest total was Lou Holtz's 1992 team (37.2).

[Image: numbers8.jpg]The number of wins Parseghian had against Notre Dame as the coach of Northwestern. Parseghian and University of Chicago's Amos Alonzo Stagg each went 4-0 against the Irish.

[Image: numbers9.jpg]Number of consecutive games No. 1 Texas had won before losing to Parseghian and Notre Dame in the 1971 Cotton Bowl.

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/20107101/the-numbers-ara-parseghian-legacy-notre-dame

....my comment: the great football coaches are great at recruiting good players capable of fitting into their systems, discipline of young men who may have rarely been away from home for more than a family vacation, and on-field strategy. The reputation of Notre Dame University is that the athletes graduate, a genuine attraction for parents -- never mind that South Bend, Indiana is a dump with few attractions. If you are in South Bend and you don't have a car, then you aren't going to Chicago, Grand Rapids, or even South Haven.

Notre Dame is to South Bend as Yale is to New Haven. If you have ever been to both cities you will understand the analogy very well.


RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 08-02-2017

(08-02-2017, 01:38 PM)X_4AD_84 Wrote:
(08-02-2017, 12:19 PM)pbrower2a Wrote: If you are in South Bend and you don't have a car, then you aren't going to Chicago, Grand Rapids, or even South Haven.  

Well there is the South Shore Line that goes into Chicagoland ... via Gary!

Cartman

The South Shore Line does not have a stop close to Notre Dame. The South Shore Line goes only so far east as the South Bend Airport on the extreme northwest side of town.


RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 08-04-2017

Editor
Further information: Cuisine of the United States § Modern cuisine

Judith Jones (née Bailey; March 10, 1924 – August 2, 2017)[1] was an American writer and proofreader, best known for having rescued the The Diary of Anne Frank from the reject pile.[2] Jones also championed Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking.[3][4] She retired as senior editor and vice president at Alfred A. Knopf in 2011.[5] Jones was also a cookbook author and memoirist. She won multiple lifetime achievement awards, including the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.


 Cuisine of the United States § Modern cuisine

Jones joined Knopf in 1957 as an assistant to Blanche Knopf[5] and editor working mainly on translations of French writers such as Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. Before that she worked for Doubleday, first in New York City and then in Paris, where she read and recommended The Diary of Anne Frank, pulling it out of the rejection pile.[6] Jones recalled that she came across Frank's work in a slush pile of material that had been rejected by other publishers; she was struck by a photograph of the girl on the cover of an advance copy of the French edition. "I read it all day," she noted. "When my boss returned, I told him, 'We have to publish this book.' He said, 'What? That book by that kid?'" She brought the diary to the attention of Doubleday's New York office. "I made the book quite important because I was so taken with it, and I felt it would have a real market in America. It’s one of those seminal books that will never be forgotten," Jones said.[2]

Jones's relationship with Julia Child similarly began when Jones became interested in Child's manuscript Mastering the Art of French Cooking, that had been rejected by a publishing house. After her years in Paris, Jones had moved to New York, where she was frustrated with the ingredients and recipes commonly available in the U.S. Jones said of the book Mastering the Art of French Cooking, "This was the book I had been searching for," and she got it published.[7] In America's postwar years, home cooking was dominated by packaged and frozen food, with an emphasis on ease and speed.

After the success of Child's cookbook, Jones continued to expand the resource options for American home cooks. "I got so excited by Julia's book and what it did for making people better cooks, and the tools that you needed to make it really work in an American city or small town, and I thought, If we could do this for French food, for heavens' sake, let's start doing it for other exotic cuisines!" Jones recalled. "I used the word "exotic," and that meant the Middle East with Claudia Roden, it meant better Indian cooking with Madhur Jaffrey."[8]

Major culinary authors Jones brought into print include Julia Child, Lidia Bastianich, James Beard, Marion Cunningham, Rosie Daley, Edward Giobbi, Marcella Hazan, Madhur Jaffrey, Irene Kuo, Edna Lewis, Joan Nathan, Scott Peacock, Jacques Pépin, Claudia Roden, and Nina Simonds.[9] The 18-book Knopf Cooks American series was Jones' creation.[10]

Jones was also the longtime editor of literary authors John Updike, Anne Tyler, John Hersey, Elizabeth Bowen, Peter Taylor, and William Maxwell.[11] Other major literary authors who were edited by Jones include Langston Hughes, Albert Camus, and Jean-Paul Sartre.

Jones wrote three books with her husband Evan, and wrote three on her own since his death: one on cooking for one person; a memoir of her life and food; and a cookbook for food that can be shared with dogs.
Jones contributed to Vogue, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Departures, and Gourmet magazines. In 2006, she was awarded the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.

She was portrayed by American actress Erin Dilly in the 2009 film, Julie & Julia.

“Learning to like cooking alone is an ongoing process. But the alternative is worse.”[12]

"For a long time, the women — and they were usually women — who wrote about food were treated as second-class citizens. All because they cook! I think that's opened up. A good writer gets some good assignments, and they're treated better somehow. It just takes time."[13]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Jones


RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 08-06-2017

Mark Wells White Jr. (March 17, 1940 – August 5, 2017) was an American politician and lawyer, who served as the 43rd Governor of Texas from 1983 to 1987. He also held office as Secretary of State of Texas (1973–77), and as Texas Attorney General (1979–83).

White was elected governor in the 1982 gubernatorial election defeating the incumbent Bill Clements.[1] A member of the Democratic Party, White sought to improve education, transportation, water resources, law enforcement, and taxes to lure new industry to Texas. He appointed the first Hispanic woman to serve as judge of a district court in Texas.[2] In the 1986 gubernatorial election, White lost to former Republican Governor Clements, 52.7% to 46.0%.[3]


As the state's forty-third chief executive from January 18, 1983 to January 20, 1987, White worked to "preserve and enhance... resources so that Texas would not fall back, but go forward as a state of the future".[4] His main concerns were the economy and education. By focusing on Texas' resources, White was able to work on many problems facing the state in the early 1980s. The Texas economy during the early and mid-1980s was volatile. The price of oil declined and pushed Texas into a recession. This led Governor White to "lay the groundwork for a more diversified economy--one less reliant upon the...swings of a single industry".[10]
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Governor White in Austin, 1983

White served as governor during Texas' sesquicentennial in 1986 and oversaw a number of the celebrations concerning that anniversary.[14]

Among White's appointments was Elma Salinas Ender as the first Hispanic woman to serve as judge of a district court in Texas.[2] From 1983 until her retirement in 2012, Ender was judge of the 341st Judicial District, based in Laredo.[15]

When he took office, Texas was ranked as one of the lowest performing states for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) also in teachers' salaries.[16] After taking office, White immediately appointed a committee on Public Education, called a special session of the legislature in 1984, and worked with lawmakers to pass the Educational Opportunity Act (EOA).[17]

By focusing on education, White was able to make Texas a "state of the future" with regard to its most important resource, its children.[16] Through his diligent work as Governor of Texas, many of the problems of the present and future were alleviated.[9]
Among White's advisors as governor were the Dallas industrialist H. Ross Perot and former State Senator Max Sherman, who left a brief stint in the administration to become dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin.[14]

In the 1986 gubernatorial election, White lost to former Republican Governor Clements, 52.7% to 46.0%.[3] Some believe that the wildly unpopular "no-pass, no-play" policies of the White administration, which prohibited any high school student athletes from participating in varsity sports if they were failing any single element of their overall class load, sealed the doom of a second term.[16] Clements polled 1,813,779 votes (52.7%) to White's 1,584,515 votes (46.1%) in the November 1986 general election and left office on January 20, 1987.[3]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_White#cite_note-20

"No-pass, no-play" -- High-school students who were flunking a course were unable to participate in sports.It seemed right to me at the time, and it does put priorities in line.


RE: Obituaries - Eric the Green - 08-07-2017

We might forget that deep red Texas had some good Democratic governors even after they went red in presidential elections, at least up until Ann Richards. I hadn't remembered Mark White until this reminder. It might account for why it's not at the bottom on most indices, despite having elected senators like Cruz and Cornyn.


RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 08-08-2017

Haruo Nakajima (中島 春雄 Nakajima Haruo) (January 1, 1929 – August 7, 2017) was a Japanese actor, best known for portraying Godzilla in twelve consecutive films, from Godzilla (1954) to Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972).


Nakajima was born in Yamagata, Japan. He was considered by many to be the best suit actor in the long history of the franchise.[1] At the time, Toho's visual effects director, Eiji Tsuburaya considered him completely invaluable,[1] and he was employed to essay the roles of most of the kaiju (Japanese monsters) during his career as a suit actor. After 24 years, he retired from suit acting upon completion of Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972), when the studio cycled him out of their contract actor system, after it split into several subsidiaries in 1970. He stayed employed by Toho for several years, and was transferred to a job at its bowling alley, located on the studio lot (now defunct).

Starting in the late 1990s, Nakajima made a series of personal appearances in Chicago, New York City, New Jersey, and Hollywood (in 2000) at various Japanese monster-themed conventions. He appeared at the Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank, California on April 8–10, 2011. His Japanese-language autobiography, 『怪獣人生 元祖ゴジラ俳優・中島春雄』 (Monster Life: Haruo Nakajima, the Original Godzilla Actor), published by Yosensha, was released on July 17, 2010.

(He also played a bandit in Seven Samurai ).


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haruo_Nakajima


RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 08-09-2017

Ernst Christof Friedrich Zündel (April 24, 1939 – August 6, 2017) was a German[3][4] publisher and pamphleteer known for promoting Holocaust denial.[5][6] He had been jailed several times: in Canada for publishing literature "likely to incite hatred against an identifiable group", and on charges of being a threat to national security; in the United States, for overstaying his visa; and in Germany for charges of "inciting racial hatred".[7][8][9] He lived in Canada from 1958 to 2000.

In 1977, Zündel founded a small press publishing house called Samisdat Publishers, which issued such neo-Nazi pamphlets as his co-authored The Hitler We Loved and Why and Richard Verrall's Did Six Million Really Die? The Truth At Last, which were both significant documents of the Holocaust denial movement. Verrall's pamphlet should not be confused with Barbara Kulaszka's book Did Six Million Really Die? Report on the Evidence in the Canadian "False News" Trial of Ernst Zündel, 1988.

On February 5, 2003, Ernst Zündel was detained by local police in the U.S. and deported to Canada, where he was detained for two years on a security certificate for being a foreign national considered a threat to national security pending a court decision on the validity of the certificate. Once the certificate was upheld, he was deported to Germany and tried in the state court of Mannheim on outstanding charges of incitement of Holocaust denial dating from the early 1990s. On February 15, 2007, he was convicted and sentenced to the maximum term of five years in prison. All these imprisonments and prosecutions were for inciting hatred against an identifiable group.[10] He was released on March 1, 2010.[11]

More on this creepy, cranky crackpot (Whoops! Wrong fascist allusion!) here.


RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 08-09-2017

Retired former major-league baseball stars Darren Daulton and Don Baylor.


RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 08-09-2017

Sigmund Sobolewski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈɕiɡmunt sɔbɔˈlɛfskʲi]; May 11, 1923 – August 7, 2017) was a Polish activist, lecturer and Holocaust survivor. He was the 88th prisoner to enter Auschwitz on the first transport to the concentration camp on June 14, 1940, and remained a prisoner for four and a half years during World War II. He was an opponent of Holocaust denial and was notable for having confronted modern neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers.

Sobolewski was born in Toruń, Poland, the son of the mayor of a small Polish town.[1]

Sobolewski was detained at Auschwitz at the age of 17 as a result of the anti-Nazi activities of his father.[2] Fluent in German, Sobolewski was pressed into service as a translator.[3]

"I survived also because I was young," said Sobolewski. "I didn't realize the seriousness of what was going on. Most of the people who survived were simple people; workers, peasants from Polish villages who couldn't read and write, but who were used to the hard work.[3] Lawyers, doctors, technicians, university graduates: many of them after three or four weeks in Auschwitz had committed suicide because they realized their chances of surviving were very, very slim."[4]

He was the sole surviving witness of the October 7, 1944 revolt at Auschwitz-Birkenau, when a group of Jewish prisoners blew up Crematorium Number 4 and attempted to escape. Sobolewski was on the fire brigade and was ordered to put out the fire. He witnessed the execution of 450 Jewish Sonderkommandos in retaliation.[5]

In a 1999 interview, he said, "I survived only to live with the nagging question, 'What distinguished me from [the Jews]?'"[6]

Sobolewski (who was also known in Canada as Sigmund Sherwood or Sigmund Sherwood-Sobolewski) traveled the world following the war and settled in Canada in 1949.[7] In 1967, he was engaged as an activist opposed to neo-Nazism. While living in Toronto, he was among the demonstrators at an event attended by 6,000 people at the Toronto Coliseum to "denounce the rise of neo-Nazi forces in Germany."[8] He went on a 7,000-mile trip across Europe to demand that West Germany compensate members of his Former Prisoners Association, all of whom had been in Nazi camps.[9] He also initiated his activity protesting against neo-Nazism by donning a facsimile of his Auschwitz prison uniform and picketing the appearance of a German neo-Nazi leader on Canadian television.[10]

In 1983, while a hotel owner in Fort Macleod, Alberta, he offered to pay for a trip to Auschwitz for Jim Keegstra, the Alberta teacher who taught the myth of a Jewish world-conspiracy and was a Holocaust denier. Keegstra declined the offer.[11] In 1989, then living in Fort Assiniboine, Alberta, he organized the first Remembrance Service at Edmonton's Holy Rosary Polish Catholic Church attended by local Jewish representatives. He told a reporter after that program that while it was bad to be a Catholic in Auschwitz, "to be a Jew there was hopeless," and that he was concerned that the "Nazi crimes against humanity will be forgotten and swept under the carpet".[10] He noted that he had advertised in a local newspaper for an assistant to help him with his memoirs, and received 43 responses. Only four of the respondents, he said, had heard of Auschwitz.[12]

In 1990, he retraced the route he travelled unwillingly 50 years earlier from Tarnów to Auschwitz-Birkenau to campaign for the creation of four "meditation gardens" at that death camp.[13] That same year, he organized a picket of Aryan Fest, a neo-Nazi festival organized by Terry Long in Alberta.[14] In 1991, he was among those in Chicago to accuse Polish Cardinal Józef Glemp, during his trip there, of being insensitive to Holocaust survivors.[15]

Sobolewski traveled the world lecturing audiences on his experiences in Auschwitz and warning against Holocaust denial,[4] including a speaking engagement as recently as 2009 to high school students in Alabama.[16] His life was the subject of the biography Prisoner 88: The Man in Stripes by Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum.[17]

Sobolewski died of pneumonia complicated by Alzheimer's disease at his home in Bayamo, Cuba, on August 7, 2017, at the age of 94. He was survived by his wife, Ramona Sobolewski, and their three sons.[10]

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Comment (and I hope that some Holocaust deniers see this): although Jews were the primary focus of Nazi efforts to exterminate objects of their virulent hatred, it is worth remembering the preliminary Holocaust against Polish gentile high-achievers was essential to the Shoah.
There is no ethical difference between one genocidal murder and another. A Pole with my level of education would have been a target for immediate murder upon the Nazi transformation of Poland from a sophisticated and cultured nation into one of the closest things to Hell on Earth, whether for a gentile Pole or a Jew of any kind.

This in no way cheapens the horror of the Holocaust against the Jews. The Nazis knew that they could never massacre Jews in places of mass incarceration except under the fog of war (as in much of the occupied Soviet Union) or in the one country that they completely wiped off the map by destroying its political, intellectual, and commercial elites. That was Poland, where practically nobody remained with the ability to interfere with the mass murders. Hitler could have never murdered Jews in the numbers that he wanted destroyed in such countries as Greece, Holland, Belgium, Norway, France, Hungary, and the interwar Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. His minions had to deliver them to sites of factory-like butchery in abattoirs with such names as Auschwitz, Sobibor, Majdanek, Treblinka, and Chelmno out of the range of retribution by the Royal Air Force and the (US) Army Air Corps that would have found a Nazi death squad an easy target even in Germany itself.

Hitler's minions found Poland a suitable place to do the mass killing of Jews of central, southeastern, and western Europe in a country whose very organization had been exterminated soon after Nazi conquest. The Poles who might have protested and resisted a massacre were not culpable; they were simply gone -- exterminated, often as early as the first week of September 1939.


RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 08-09-2017

Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, television host, and actor. He is best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, and for hosting a music and comedy variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television, from January 1969 through June 1972.[2]

During his 50 years in show business, Campbell released more than 70 albums. He sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album. He placed a total of 80 different songs on either the Billboard Country Chart, Billboard Hot 100, or Adult Contemporary Chart, of which 29 made the top 10 and of which nine reached number one on at least one of those charts. Campbell's hits include his recordings of John Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind"; Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Wichita Lineman", and "Galveston"; Larry Weiss's "Rhinestone Cowboy"; and Allen Toussaint's "Southern Nights".

Campbell made history in 1967 by winning four Grammys in the country and pop categories. For "Gentle on My Mind", he received two awards in country and western, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" did the same in pop. Three of his early hits later won Grammy Hall of Fame Awards (2000, 2004, 2008), while Campbell himself won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He owns trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM), and took the CMA's top award as 1968 Entertainer of the Year. Campbell appeared as a supporting role in the film True Grit (1969), which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Campbell also sang the title song, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Campbell


RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 08-13-2017

Heather Heyer, a murder victim (at least as I understand the circumstances) of the Alt Right:


Quote:RUCKERSVILLE, Va. ― The woman who was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday when a car plowed into a group of anti-racist demonstrators was a 32-year-old paralegal who was passionate about social justice.


   Heather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, told HuffPost that her daughter attended Saturday’s rally because she “was about bringing an end to injustice.”

   “Heather was not about hate, Heather was about stopping hatred,” Bro said through tears. “Heather was about bringing an end to injustice. I don’t want her death to be a focus for more hatred, I want her death to be a rallying cry for justice and equality and fairness and compassion.”

   According to The Associated Press, Heyer was struck as she was crossing the street. At least 19 others were injured in the crash, some critically, said police.

   20-year-old James Fields Jr. was arrested over the incident and charged with murder. Fields was one of thousands of members of the so-called “alt right” who were in Charlottesville attending Saturday’s “Unite The Right” march. The rally became violent after the white supremacists were confronted by anti-fascist groups.

   Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) tweeted condolences to Heyer’s family and said that “her bravery should inspire us all to come together.”


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/heather-heyer-charlottesville-victim_us_59902e7ee4b09071f69a41c0


In a few months I expect the legal process to have assembled a case and a jury in the event that there is no plea bargain.

...Fascism is made no better when it is identified as American than is a tornado when it is described as American.


RE: Obituaries - pbrower2a - 08-13-2017

Bad guys die, too. The Interior Minister (the police apparatus) of Romania until his arrest during the Romanian Revolution of 1989. Good riddance!


Tudor Postelnicu (13 November 1931 – 12 August 2017) was a Romanian Communist politician, who served as Interior Minister from October 1987 until the 1989 Revolution.

Born in Provița de Sus, Prahova County, he left school after the sixth grade in 1943. Until 1947, he was an apprentice at a foundry in Moreni, subsequently working there as an iron lathe operator until 1951. He joined the Romanian Communist Party's (PCR; later PMR and then PCR again) Union of Communist Youth (UTC; later UTM) in 1945, a year after the King Michael Coup brought the party out of illegality. From 1950 to 1951, he was secretary of his factory UTM committee; from 1954 to 1956, he was first secretary of the Câmpina raion UTM committee; and from 1956 to 1959, he was secretary of the Ploieşti regional UTM committee. From 1956 to 1960, he belonged to the UTM's central committee for revision. In 1959, he became an adjunct member of the bureau of the UTM's central committee, also serving as head of its organisational section; he became a full member of the bureau in 1962. Additionally, he sat on the UTM's central committee from 1960 to 1964.[1]

Postelnicu furthered his education at the cadre school of the UTM's central committee, finishing in 1954; at the Ștefan Gheorghiu Academy, which he graduated in 1967; and at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, where he took equivalence examinations and entered the doctoral programme in 1977.[1]

After joining the PMR in 1953, Postelnicu was promoted through its ranks. He first became an instructor at its mass organisation section; holding the same job at the central committee's organisational section from 1964 to 1969. He was secretary of the Olt County party committee from 1969 to 1971, and then from 1971 to 1976 secretary of the Buzău County party committee. From 1976 to 1978, he was first secretary in the same county, and president of the executive committee of its people's council (equivalent to today's county councils).[1]

From March 1978 to October 1987, Postelnicu headed the country's secret police, the Securitate, holding ministerial rank as a secretary of state.[2] In this capacity, he orchestrated a campaign against the dissident writer Paul Goma, who had left the country in 1977, with the goal of discrediting him in Romania and abroad. The aim was to depict Goma as an agent of foreign powers and Hungarian irredentists, while among Iron Guard circles in Western Europe and the United States, Goma would be presented as being under Mossad influence obtained through his Jewish father-in-law.[3]

Following his Securitate stint, he served as Interior Minister in the Constantin Dăscălescu cabinet.[1] In November 1979, he joined the PCR's central committee, and was a supplementary member of its political executive committee (CPEx) from November 1984 to December 1989. He also sat in the Great National Assembly for Teleorman and then Prahova County from March 1980 to December 1989.[2] Political scientist Vladimir Tismăneanu describes him as part of a group of "deeply subservient" and "utterly incompetent" figures with whom dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu surrounded himself in the 1980s.[4]

Postelnicu was arrested during the 1989 Revolution, on the night of 22-23 December. Tried at the Bucharest Military Tribunal, he was sentenced in February 1990 to life imprisonment and confiscation of all his personal property, for complicity in genocide.[2] The well-publicised proceedings have been described as a "show trial"; Postelnicu and three other prominent defendants pleaded guilty after delivering rehearsed, self-critical testimony that they later renounced.[5] The phrase he used to explain his actions became famous: "Am fost un dobitoc!" ("I was an idiot").[3] In April 1993, upon a request by the state prosecutor, the Supreme Court of Justice annulled the earlier sentence, instead convicting him of complicity in aggravated manslaughter and attempted manslaughter, and reducing his sentence to seven years' imprisonment and eight years' deprivation of civic rights.[2] That month, a new trial began; he and eight others were charged with carrying out Ceauşescu's orders for the summary execution of three people who attempted to hijack a bus to the West in 1981. The Bucharest Military Tribunal convicted all nine in 1993.[6] In 1994, the court accepted his personal request for conditional release on grounds of health.[2] He was again incarcerated from January 1998 to October 1999, when he was granted conditional release a second time.[7] Postelnicu died in a Bucharest hospital in 2017, following a long illness that left him attached to a ventilator near the end of his life.[8]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tudor_Postelnicu


RE: Obituaries - gabrielle - 08-13-2017

(08-13-2017, 01:07 PM)pbrower2a Wrote: Heather Heyer, a murder victim (at least as I understand the circumstances) of the Alt Right:


Quote:RUCKERSVILLE, Va. ― The woman who was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday when a car plowed into a group of anti-racist demonstrators was a 32-year-old paralegal who was passionate about social justice.


   Heather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, told HuffPost that her daughter attended Saturday’s rally because she “was about bringing an end to injustice.”

   “Heather was not about hate, Heather was about stopping hatred,” Bro said through tears. “Heather was about bringing an end to injustice. I don’t want her death to be a focus for more hatred, I want her death to be a rallying cry for justice and equality and fairness and compassion.”

   According to The Associated Press, Heyer was struck as she was crossing the street. At least 19 others were injured in the crash, some critically, said police.

   20-year-old James Fields Jr. was arrested over the incident and charged with murder. Fields was one of thousands of members of the so-called “alt right” who were in Charlottesville attending Saturday’s “Unite The Right” march. The rally became violent after the white supremacists were confronted by anti-fascist groups.

   Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) tweeted condolences to Heyer’s family and said that “her bravery should inspire us all to come together.”


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/heather-heyer-charlottesville-victim_us_59902e7ee4b09071f69a41c0


In a few months I expect the legal process to have assembled a case and a jury in the event that there is no plea bargain.

...Fascism is made no better when it is identified as American than is a tornado when it is described as American.

Her facebook cover photo reads: "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."


She sounds like a real SJW snowflake type.  Ragnarok would have hated her.

May she rest in peace.