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Obituaries -- names from the old Forum
(starting with the earliest)

Johnny Carson
Spencer Dryden (drummer)
Phillip Johnson (architect)
Samuel Francis (essayist)
Sandra Dee (actress)
John Raitt (Broadway performer)
Peter Benenson (founder of Amnesty International)
Ossie Davis (actor)
Bobby Short (singer)
George F. Kennan (diplomatic great)
John DeLorean (car by his name)
Andre Norton (SF writer)
Terry Schiavo (cause celebre for the resuscitate-everyone group)
Mitch Hedberg, comedian
Pope John Paul II
Saul Bellow, novelist
Prince Rainier of Monaco
Andre Dworkin (radical feminist)
Peter Rodino (led impeachment against Nixon)
Col. David P. Hackworth (promoter of advancement through military ranks)
David Sutherland, D&D artist
Chet Helms, rock impresario
Gaylord Nelson, former US Senator
James W. Stockdale (POW hero, Perot's VP choice)
James Doohan (Montgomery Scott in the original Star Trek)
General William Westmoreland (top US general in the Vietnam War)
Peter Jennings, ABC TV news anchor
John Johnson, editor of Ebony and Jet  Magazines
Barbara bel Geddes, actress
Robert Moog, inventor of Moog synthesizer
Jude Wanninski, conservative thinker
Chief Justice William Rehnquist
Bob Denver (Gilligan of Gilliigan's Island)
Don Adams (Maxwell Smart of Get Smart)
M. Scott Peck, self-help guru
Simon Wiesenthal, hunter of Nazi war criminals
August Wilson (no live link)
Nipsey Russell, comedian
Rosa Parks, pioneer of the Civil Rights struggle in the South
Peter Drucker, management expert
Link Wray (discoverer of the "Power Chord" in rock
Pat Morita, actor
Alfred Anderson, last soldier to hear the guns go silent for the Christmas truce
Stan Berenstain (co-writer of the Berenstain Bears of child literature)
Clarence Laking, last Canadian WWI veteran
Senator Eugene McCarthy
Richard Pryor, comedian
someone identified as the Queen of Bootleggers
Senator William Proxmire ("no Golden Fleece to line his coffin!")
Jack Anderson, journalist
Shelly Winters, actress
Wilson Pickett (obscure)
Lew Rawls, singer
Coretta Scott (Mrs. Martin Luther) King
(Western Union telegram services)
Al Lewis ("Grandpa Munster")
Betty Friedan (Feminine Mystique)
Wendy Wasserstein, writer
Friedrich Engel, Nazi war criminal, a/k/a "Butcher of Genoa" -- bad guys make history too.
Peter Benchley (Jaws)
Dave Tatsuno, secret photographer of the Topaz 'relocation' camp
Phil Brown, actor
Curt Gowdy, sportscaster
Andreas Katsoulas (SF writer)
Don Knotts, comedian
Claude R. Kinsey, escaper from a Nazi POW camp
Darren McGavin, actor
Octavia Butler, novelist
Dennis Weaver, actor
Harry Brown, financial writer
Jack Wilde, child actor
Dana Reeve, handicap advocate
Kirby Puckett, HOF baseball star
Ali Farka Toure (sorry, link dead)
Gordon Parks, photographer
Luna (dead link)
Slobodan Milosevich (dictator, kleptocrat, and war criminal -- roast in Hell!)
Maureen Stapleton, actress
Buck Owens, country music performer
Lyn Nofziger and Casper Weinberger, two figures of the Reagan Presidency on the same day
Stanislas Lem (Solaris)
Gene Pitney, singer-songwriter
Reverend William Sloane Coffin
Muriel Spark, novelist
Arthur Winston, perfect attendance on his job as a Los Angeles bus terminal worker (missed only the day on which he buried his wife)
Scott Crossfield, first test pilot to fly at Mach II
Tom Dundee, folk singer
Jane Jacobs, social critic
John Kenneth Galbraith, economist
Louis Rukeyser, business journalist
Jean-François Revel, French social critic
Floyd Patterson, boxer
Jaroslav Pelikan, scholar on Christianity
Lew Anderson (Clarabelle the Cow on Howdy Doody)
Frankie Thomas, actor (Space Cadet)
Senator Lloyd Bentsen (great one -- and Texas is largely a political sewer now)
Marshall Fenwick, study of popular culture

Desmond Decker, reggae singer
Leon Wiel 109, who won decorations for heroism in both WWI and WWII for France
Frank Muther, survivor of Bataan Death March who got a memorial started
Ken Lay, one of the biggest economic criminals ever (Enrob Corporation)
Aaron Spelling, RV producer
Arf Mardin, pop music figure
Syd Barrett, guitarist for Pink Floyd
Jim Baen, SF writer
June Allyson
Mickey Spillane, mystery writer
Elmer Hendl, one of the most decorated WWI military chaplains
Jack Warden, actor
Harry Oliveri, inventor of the Philly cheesesteak sandwich (medical nightmare)
Ta Mok, Khmer Rouge mass murderer (Roast in Hell!)
Pamela Waechter, murder victim
Elizabeth Schwartzkopf, opera singer
Susan Butcher, dog-driving champion at Iditarod
Arthur Lee, rock musician
James Van Allen, physicist (Van Allen radiation bands)
Alfredo Stroessner, Paraguayan dictator
Glenn Ford, actor
Steve Irwin, wildlife showman
Ann Richards, former Texas Governor (successor would be George W. Bush)
Jeff Cooper, rewrote the Marine Corps 'book' on the use of small arms
Ed Benedict, creator of The Flintstones
Freddy Fender, Tejano musician
Christopher Glenn, TV/radio journalist 
William Styron, novelist Sophie's Choice
Ed Bradley, TV journalist
Jack Williamson, SF writer
Jack Palance, actor
Milton Friedman, economist
Bob Altman, movie director
Boz Burrell, bassist
Jean Kirkpatrick, former Ambassador to the United Nations
Moses Hardy, last African-American veteran of WWI
Chilean dictator Pinochet (Roast in Hell!)
Elizabeth Bolden, then the oldest living person (116 in 2006)
Lamar Hunt, billionaire
Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records
James Brown, "Godfather of Soul"
US President Gerald R. Ford
Sadam Hussein, horrific tyrant, warmonger, and serial mass murderer. Roast in Hell! (I called him "Satan Hussein").
Peter Boyle, actor
Del Reeves, country music singer
Mamofuko Ando, inventor of ramen noodles
Yvonne de Carlo "Lily Munster"
Benny Parsons, auto racer and commentator
Art Buchwald, political cartoonist
world's oldest person (age 115 in 2007, WWI vet)
his successor, then 114 in 2007
Molly Ivins, liberal columnist in the lion's den for liberals (Texas)
Anna Nicole Smith, gold-digger
Lothar-Guenther Buchheim, author of Das Boot
Arthur Schlesinger, historian
Brad Delp, lead singer for Boston

My first post there:

Quote:Much delayed. I see Johnny Carson as one of the leading characters of the Silent Generation, a prime example of a memorable contributor to the American character.

The Silent may have had the largest collection of self-effacing comics, and as such types as Johnny Carson, Alan King, Bob Denver, and Richard Pryor leave the scene through death, we are going to miss them as we become more deadly in our seriousness in increasingly-dangerous time.

We need to poke fun at ourselves when egos bloat among people whose egos have no justification. But even without deaths we notice that the likes of Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore, and Bill Cosby no longer creating the humanistic comedy that we once thought the norm.

The Silent, a generation that many of us remember from youth (I was born in 1955) are now... old.

Comedy is not as easy an art as it looks.

Jack Stone, eccentric character
Kurt Vonnegut, author
Boris Yeltsin, first President of the Russian Federation
David Halberstam, political critic
Bobby Puckett, novelty singer "Monster Mash"
Mstislav Rostropovich, cellist (first of my entries as an obituary -- others to get asterisks)*
Walter Schirra, astronaut
Jerry Falwell, television preacher
Phillip Kaiser, diplomat
Stanley Miller, biologist
Don "Mr. Wizard" Herbert, TV star
John Barber, tuba player
lady Bird Johnson, former US First Lady
Ingmar Bergman, great Swedish director
Tom Snyder, TV host
former King Zahir Shah of Afghanistan (couldn't the world have left well enough alone?)
Michelangelo Antonioni, Italian director
Bill Walsh, football coach (San Francisco 49ers)
Lee Hazlewood, singer-songwriter
Rocco Petrone, director of launch operations at NASA during the 1960s
E. Howard Hunt, political dirty work in Watergate
Brooke Astor, heiress and philanthropist
Leona Helmsley, entrepreneurial bully and convicted criminal for tax fraud
Noah Charles Pierce (dead link)
Richard Jewell, wrongly-accused of terrorist act
Luciano Pavarotti, opera tenor
Madeleine L'Engle, writer of children's books
Sir Tasker Williams, WW 2 Hero
Robert Jordan, fantasy writer
Marcel Marceau, mime
Lois Maxwell, actress
Robert Goulet, singer
Porter Wagoner, country music singer

Fup, senior cat at Powell's Book Store
Washoe, chimp who used sign language
Norman Mailer, writer
Paul Warfield Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay that dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima*
Beverly Sills, opera singer
Laraine Day, actress
second-to-last survivor of the RMS Titanic
Ira Levin, novelist*
Dick "Don't squeeze the Charmin" Wilson
Vladimir Kryuchkov, KGB chief and plotter against Gorbachev *
Evel Knievel, stunt motorcyclist

Quote:Two disparate, elderly figures of music:

Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)

It's been a bad year for classical music -- Mstislav Rostropovich, Beverly Sills, Luciano Pavarotti, and now Stockhausen.

-- and

Ike Turner (1931-2007)*

Floyd Red Crow Westerman (dead link)
Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria
Dan Fogelberg, singer-songwriter

Bill Strauss, 60; Political Insider Who Stepped Over Into Comedy
(the William Strauss of the theory)

Oscar Peterson, 1925-2007 *

The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

oldest then-living American WWI veteran
Benazir Bhutto, President of Pakistan -- assassinated
Dr. Erich Kastner, last German veteran of WWI
Joyce Carlson, animator for Disney
Bobby Fischer, chess grandmaster and political kook
Suzanne Pleshette, comedienne*
Heath Ledger, actor
Brad Renfro, child film star*
former Indonesian dictator Suharto*
Gordon Hinckley, LDS (Mormon) President
Christodoulos, Greek Orthodox leader
Margaret Truman Daniel, daughter of Harry Truman, and novelist
Shell Kepler, actress

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, meditation guru
Joshua Lederberg, polymath scientist*
Charles Fawcett, player character
Roy Scheider, actor
Tom Lantos, US Congressman and Holocaust survivor
Earl Butz, politician
Imad Mugniya, Hezbollah terrorist and mass-murderer (Roast in Hell!)*
Pearl Witherington, British spy in WWII*
William F. Buckley, editor of  the National Review when it was readable.
Buddy Miles, drummer
Myron Cope, sports announcer (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Luis Edgar Devia Silva, drug trafficker and Marxist rebel in Colombia (Roast in Hell!)*
Janet Kagan, SF writer
Gary Gygax, creator of Dungeons and Dragons
last French survivor of WWI
Arthur C. Clarke, science-fiction author ("2001: a Space Odyssey")
Ivan Dixon, actor and director
Vicki van Meter, young aviator
Paul Scofield, actor*
Richard Widmark, actor
Dith Pran, photojournalist and survivor of the Cambodian Killing Fields*
last Turkish veteran of WWI
Charlton Heston, actor
Edward Lorenz, mathematician*
Albert Hofmann, discoverer of LSD
Mildred Delores Jeter Loving, wife in the marriage in the US Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia
Irving Robbins, entrepreneur (Baskin-Robbins)
Irena Sandler. Polish "Righteous Gentile"*
Hamilton Jordan, political strategist for President Jimmy Carter
John Phillip Law, actor
Robert Mondavi, vintner
Robert Asprin, SF author
Dick Martin, comedian and TV executive "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In"
Sidney Pollack, actor and director*
Harvey Korman, comedian*
Yves Saint-Laurent, clothing designer
Bo Diddley, guitarist*
Franz Kunstler, last Austro-Hungarian veteran of WWI
Jim McKay, sports announcer (Wide World of Sports).
Grigory Romanov, potential alternative to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985*
Eric Wujcik, role-play game designer
Tim Russert, television political journalsit
Cyd Charisse - dancer for Hollywood movies*
George Carlin, stand-up comedian
Leonard Pennario, classical pianist*
former Senator Jesse Helms (Reactionary, North Carolina)

Quote:[Image: quote_icon.png] Originally Posted by Pink Splice [Image: viewpost-right.png]

Jesse Helms.
Not to make light of a death, even of someone whose politics I abhor, but I wonder whether one of the last things that he heard was that Barack Obama -- a BLACK MAN -- had a chance to win Jesse Helms' beloved State of North Carolina?

Over his dead body, indeed!

Jesse Helms -- your man in the Senate if you were a racist and male chauvinist supporting tobacco and low wages.

He is a prime example of the operation of the generational theory as a mechanism of history; the exponents of obsolete passions and practices vanish from the scene through discreditation, senescence, and death. Part of progress is the removal of the questionable from history. To be sure that removes some harmless practices like powdered wigs and long written S's as well as nostalgic crazes for the not-so-great musical and artistic fads of youth who have since gone past elderhood into the Great Beyond -- but also such nonsense as "scientific racism", Earth-centered cosmology, feudalism, and slavery. It's certain that someone again will combine Jesse Helms' anti-intellectualism, opportunism, primitivism, and perhaps some now-novel form of bigotry -- perhaps someone now in elementary school.

Sure, we might miss someone like Hubert Humphrey far more... but good causes exist for someone like a Hubert Humphrey getting an early start in electoral politics and going far. Jesse Helms is irreplaceable, if only because his philosophy, useful as it was to some, was obsolete when he expressed it.

Tony Snow, former White House Press Secretary
Michael DeBakey, cardiac surgeon
Estelle Getty, actress*
Jo Stafford, singer from the Big Band era
Norman Dello Joio, composer*
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Soviet dissident and novelist*

Quote:It's hard to overstate the Crisis that the Russians had from the Bolshevik Revolution to the end of the Second World War. I can't imagine anyone going through such times as a teenager (which Solzhenitsyn was during the forced collectivization and the Great Purge) and World War II as a young adult (Solzhenitsyn was 21 at the time of the Nazi invasion of the USSR) without facing severe conflicts about the basic realities of life.

Solzhenitsyn is not going to fade quickly from the scene. He remains the #1 dissident, now posthumous, of the Soviet Union and as such the primary alternative to the official Soviet explanation of the human condition in the USSR until the 1980s -- or those of émigré writers who had their own axes to grind, such as a desire to restore the Romanov dynasty or establish a right-wing dictatorship that would re-establish the class privilege that their families once had. The official Soviet explanation of things is itself largely discredited, having been forced to fit one narrow view of a self-serving elite. The reality of the Soviet Union was more out of A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich than out of the official, glowing story of wise leadership "building Socialism".

He will remain controversial. He was more forgiving of Tsarist Russia and white émigrés than had been popular elsewhere -- among nations once under tsarist dominion. As a Russian patriot and nationalist his literary authority is likely to be used by those who would seek to re-establish Russian hegemony over peoples who have no fond memories of either tsarist or Soviet rule. He denounced the idea that the tsarist order sowed the seeds of the viciousness of the Soviet order and suggested that even the tsarist régime would have likely brought genuine progress without the terror, repression, and bloodletting of Soviet times if it had been given the chance -- contrary to much common perception outside of Russia.

(I, the composer of this post, believe that a right-wing Russia might have approached the brutality and repression of Lenin, Khrushchev, and Brezhnev because of the tendency to make the more primitive forms of repression more severe and more pervasive as technology advances. Russia in 1917 was nearly as likely to go to the Hard Right as to the Hard Left, and I could hardly expect the White reactionaries to have established democracy. That some White reactionaries, most infamously the racist "philosopher" Alfred Rosenberg, introduced such bilge as The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion to a receptive Nazi movement demonstrates that tsarist Russia and the White movement weren't wholly benign. Stalin's unique insanity fueled the terror that only the Nazis, Khmer Rouge, and Iraqi Ba'athists could imitate. I am convinced that a conservative Russia would have fostered economic growth and such progress as widespread literacy and universal schooling -- but likely with inequities enforced with consummate brutality by standards of elsewhere).

Bernie Brillstein, TV executive*
Bernie Mac, comedian
Isaac Hayes, musician*
Don LaFontaine, TV voiceover artist
Bill Meléndez, animator*

Quote:[url=]José Cuauhtemoc "Bill" Meléndez (November 15, 1916 – September 2, 2008) was a Mexican-born American character animator, film director, and film producer, known for his cartoons for Warner Brothers and the Peanuts series. Meléndez provided the voice of Snoopy and Woodstock in the latter as well.

A native of the Mexican city of Hermosillo, Sonora, Meléndez was educated in U.S. public schools in Douglas, Arizona, and later in Los Angeles at the Chouinard Art Institute (which would later become California Institute of the Arts).


In 1938, Meléndez was hired by Walt Disney to work on animated short films and feature-length films such as Bambi, Fantasia, and Dumbo. While there, he worked to unionize the rank and file animators he was working with. A member of the Screen Cartoonists' Guild, he left as part of the 1941 Disney animators' strike and never returned as an employee.

Warner Brothers

Three years later, he joined Leon Schlesinger's team at the Warner Brothers studios, where, as a member of the Bob Clampett, Art Davis and Robert McKimson units, he animated on a number of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck shorts (as "J.C. Melendez"). UPA put him on their payroll in 1948 to work on many television commercials, as well as the Gerald McBoing-Boing and Madeline shorts.

Bill Meléndez Productions

After a decade at two smaller production houses, Meléndez founded his own production company in 1964. Bill Melendez Productions helped produce the annually broadcast Christmas special A Charlie Brown Christmas, for which he won an Emmy Award and the George Foster Peabody Award despite having to work on short notice and with a tight budget. Meléndez performed the voice of Snoopy, who normally in the specials does not talk. Melendez was the only animator authorized to work on Charles Schultz's Peanuts characters.

Meléndez went on to do over 75 half-hour Peanuts specials, including the 1989 miniseries This is America, Charlie Brown, as well as four feature-length motion pictures – all with partner Lee Mendelson.

In 1979, he directed a made-for-TV animated version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with Warner Bros. for the Children's Television Workshop.

Amongst the other comic strip characters he animated were Cathy and Garfield, as well as the 1992 special Frosty Returns.

Other work

In addition to animation, Meléndez was once a faculty member at the University of Southern California's Cinema Arts Department.

Don Haskins, who changed the way basketball is played:

Published: September 8, 2008]Don Haskins, the Hall of Fame coach who transformed college basketball when he started five black players on a Texas Western team that defeated an all-white University of Kentucky squad for the 1966 N.C.C.A. championship, died Sunday. Haskins, who lived in El Paso, was 78.

“I just played my five best players,” Haskins once said in recalling Texas Western’s stunning 72-65 triumph over Kentucky. “In my mind, kids were kids, and I had some that could play.

“I didn’t really know until after the game and I got bushels full of hate mail how important that game was,” he added.

As the longtime college basketball coach Rick Majerus once put it: “It was one of the most socially meaningful victories in the history of sports. The Schmeling-Louis fight of college basketball.”


The five Texas Western starters — Bobby Joe Hill, David Lattin, Willie Worsley, Harry Flournoy and Orsten Artis — did more than triumph over one of college basketball’s most storied programs in the Kentucky Wildcats, coached by the renowned Adolph Rupp and led that season by Pat Riley. The victory drew attention to the racially exclusionary policies in the Southeastern Conference and elsewhere, and it contributed to the collegiate recruitment of black players nationally.

David Wallace, novelist

(This is about when a bunch of large business started dying in what looked like a replay of the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929).

Richard Wright (Not the author -- one of the founding members of Pink Floyd).*
Stan Winston, special effects expert*
Miroslav Havel, master of the art of (Waterford) Glass*
Paul Newman, one of the greatest actors ever*
Boris Yefimov, propaganda cartoonist for the Soviet Union, and one of the last prominent figures of the Lost Generation (age 107 in 2008).*
House Peters, Jr. ("Mr. Clean")

Roy K. Moore -- FBI investigator*

Associated Press Writer

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Roy K. Moore, an FBI agent who oversaw investigations into some of the most notorious civil rights-era killings, including those depicted in the movie "Mississippi Burning," has died. He was 94.

Moore's daughter, Sandra Giglio, said he died Sunday in a Madison, Miss., nursing home of complications from pneumonia and other ailments.

Moore, a former Marine and native of Oregon, had established a solid reputation in the FBI when bureau director J. Edgar Hoover sent him to Mississippi in 1964 after the disappearance of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman.

Nearly two months later, their bodies were dug out of an earthen dam in Neshoba County. "Mississippi Burning," released in 1988 and starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe, was based on the case.

Bill Minor, a veteran Mississippi journalist who covered the civil rights struggles, said Monday that Moore established the first "full-fledged FBI bureau" in Mississippi and set his sights on the Ku Klux Klan.

"Those who underestimated the bulldog determination of Roy Moore and the corps of agents he assembled - many of whom had never been to Mississippi when Moore got the job - made a mistake," Minor wrote in a 1971 article republished in his 2002 book "Eyes on Mississippi."

Nineteen men were indicted in 1967 on federal charges of violating the civil rights of Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman. Seven were tried and convicted and served six years or less in prison.

The federal trial ended in a hung jury for Edgar Ray Killen, a part-time preacher and saw mill operator. However, the case was reopened decades later and Killen was convicted of manslaughter in state court in 2005 and sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Giglio said Moore was respected by his law enforcement colleagues.

"The men that worked for him said he was tough and strict but they really respected his work ethic," Giglio said. "And he was a good dad and he was a good husband. His job took him away a lot and demanded a lot, but he was there for us."

Moore retired from the FBI in 1974 and worked as a security expert in the banking industry. He also stayed active in civic organizations, his daughter said.

Giglio said Moore made such an impression on her husband and her sister's husband that both men joined the FBI after getting to know him.

"I guess he was a pretty good recruiter in that way," she said.

Services for Moore are at 2 p.m. Friday at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland, Miss.

© 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Edie Adams, actress and singer.
Tony Hillerman, novelist
Studs Terkel, journalist and author*
Marilyn Ferguson, New Age writer.
Madelyn Dunham, grandmother of Barack Obama, who would soon be elected President of the United States
Michael Crichton, author
three terrorists executed Indonesia for the Bali bombings (Roast in Hell!)*
Miriam Makeba, South African musician
Mitch Mitchell, rock drummer
Betty Jones, entrepreneur (the Slinky).
Joern Utzon, Danish architect -- Sydney Opera House
world's oldest person at the time
Odetta Holmes, folk singer
Betty Page, actrress
Van Johnson, actor*
Majel Barrett Roddenberry, voice actor (computer voice in Star Trek)
Paul Weyrich, guru of American right-wing politics*
W. Mark Felt, FBI agent, "Deep Throat" in exposure of Watergate scandal
Mark Everett, child actor gone very bad (criminal), hostage standoff*
Yueri Glazkov, Soviet cosmonaut*
Eartha Kitt, entertainer*
Samuel Huntington, historian*

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Quote:Samuel P. Huntington died at age 81:

[Image: quote_icon.png] Originally Posted by Harvard University

'One of the most influential political scientists of the last 50 years'

By Corydon Ireland

Harvard News Office

Samuel P. Huntington - a longtime Harvard University professor, an influential political scientist, and mentor to a generation of scholars in widely divergent fields - died Dec. 24 on Martha's Vineyard. He was 81.

Huntington had retired from active teaching in 2007, following 58 years of scholarly service at Harvard. In a retirement letter to the President of Harvard, he wrote, in part, "It is difficult for me to imagine a more rewarding or enjoyable career than teaching here, particularly teaching undergraduates. I have valued every one of the years since 1949."

Huntington, the father of two grown sons, lived in Boston and on Martha's Vineyard. He was the author, co-author, or editor of 17 books and over 90 scholarly articles. His principal areas of research and teaching were American government, democratization, military politics, strategy, and civil-military relations, comparative politics, and political development.

"Sam was the kind of scholar that made Harvard a great university," said Huntington's friend of nearly six decades, economist Henry Rosovsky, who is Harvard's Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Emeritus. "People all over the world studied and debated his ideas. I believe that he was clearly one of the most influential political scientists of the last 50 years."

"Every one of his books had an impact," said Rosovsky. "These have all become part of our vocabulary."

Jorge Dominguez, Harvard's vice provost for International Affairs, described Huntington as "one of the giants of political science worldwide during the past half century. He had a knack for asking the crucially important but often inconvenient question. He had the talent and skill to formulate analyses that stood the test of time."

Huntington's friend and colleague Robert Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, called him "one of the giants of American intellectual life of the last half century."

To Harvard College Professor Stephen P. Rosen, Beton Michael Kaneb Professor of National Security and Military Affairs, "Samuel Huntington's brilliance was recognized by the academics and statesmen around the world who read his books. But he was loved by those who knew him well because he combined a fierce loyalty to his principles and friends with a happy eagerness to be confronted with sharp opposition to his own views."

Huntington, who graduated from Yale College at age 18 and who was teaching at Harvard by age 23, was best known for his views on the clash of civilizations. He argued that in a post-Cold War world, violent conflict would come not from ideological friction between nation states, but from cultural and religious differences among the world's major civilizations.

Huntington, who was the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard, identified these major civilizations as Western (including the United States and Europe), Latin American, Islamic, African, Orthodox (with Russia as a core state), Hindu, Japanese, and "Sinic" (including China, Korea, and Vietnam).

"My argument remains," he said in a 2007 interview with Islamica Magazine, "that cultural identities, antagonisms and affiliations will not only play a role, but play a major role in relations between states."

Huntington first advanced his argument in an oft-cited 1993 article in the journal Foreign Affairs. He expanded the thesis into a book, "The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order," which appeared in 1996, and has since been translated into 39 languages.

To the end of his life, the potential for conflict inherent in culture was prominent in Huntington's scholarly pursuits. In 2000, he was co-editor of "Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress." And just before his health declined, in the fall of 2005, he was beginning to explore religion and national identity.

"His contributions ranged across the whole field of political science, from the deeply theoretical to the intensely applied," said Putnam, author of a lengthy appreciation of Huntington in a 1986 issue of the journal PS: Political Science and Politics. "Over the years, he mentored a large share of America's leading strategic thinkers, and he built enduring institutions of intellectual excellence."

And Putnam added a personal note. "What was most rare about Sam, however, was his ability to combine intensely held, vigorously argued views with an engaging openness to contrary evidence and argument. Harvard has lost a towering figure, and his colleagues have lost a very good friend."

Timothy Colton, the Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies at Harvard, remarked on his old friend's breadth of intellectual interests. He used the American political experience as a pivot point (Huntington's doctoral dissertation was on the Interstate Commerce Commission), but soon deeply studied a globe-spanning range of topics.

"He was anchored in American life and his American identity, but he ended up addressing so many broad questions," said Colton, who had Huntington as a Ph.D. adviser at Harvard in the early 1970s. "His degree of openness to new topics and following questions where they take him is not as often found today as when he was making his way."

Huntington's first book, "The Soldier and the State: The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations," published to great controversy in 1957 and now in its 15th printing, is today still considered a standard title on the topic of how military affairs intersect with the political realm. It was the subject of a West Point symposium last year, on the 50th anniversary of its publication.

In part, "Soldier and the State" was inspired by President Harry Truman's firing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur - and at the same time praised corps of officers that in history remained stable, professional, and politically neutral.

In 1964, he co-authored, with Zbigniew Brzezinski, "Political Power: USA-USSR," which was a major study of Cold War dynamics - and how the world could be shaped by two political philosophies locked in opposition to one another.

Brzezinski, a doctoral student at Harvard in the early 1950s who was befriended by both Huntington and Rosovsky, was U.S. National Security Adviser in the Carter White House from 1977 to 1981. In those days, said Rosovsky, the youthful Huntington, though an assistant professor, was often mistaken for an undergraduate.

According to his wife Nancy, Huntington was a life-long Democrat, and served as foreign policy adviser to Vice President Hubert Humphrey in his 1968 presidential campaign. In the wake of that "bitter" campaign, she said, Huntington and Warren Manshel - "political opponents in the campaign but close friends" - co-founded the quarterly journal Foreign Policy (now a bimonthly magazine). He was co-editor until 1977.

His 1969 book, "Political Order in Changing Societies," is widely regarded as a landmark analysis of political and economic development in the Third World. It was among Huntington's most influential books, and a frequently assigned text for graduate students investigating comparative politics, said Dominguez, who is also Antonio Madero Professor of Mexican and Latin American Politics and Economics. The book "challenged the orthodoxies of the 1960s in the field of development," he said. "Huntington showed that the lack of political order and authority were among the most serious debilities the world over. The degree of order, rather than the form of the political regime, mattered most."

His 1991 book, "The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century" - another highly influential work - won the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, and "looked at similar questions from a different perspective, namely, that the form of the political regime - democracy or dictatorship - did matter," said Dominguez. "The metaphor in his title referred to the cascade of dictator-toppling democracy-creating episodes that peopled the world from the mid 1970s to the early 1990s, and he gave persuasive reasons for this turn of events well before the fall of the Berlin Wall."

As early as the 1970s, Huntington warned against the risk of new governments becoming politically liberalized too rapidly. He proposed instead that governments prolong a transition to full democracy - a strand of ideas that began with an influential 1973 paper, "Approaches to Political Decompression."

Huntington's most recent book was "Who Are We? The Challenges of America's National Identity" (2004), a scholarly reflection on America's cultural sense of itself.

Samuel Phillips Huntington was born on April 18, 1927, in New York City. He was the son of Richard Thomas Huntington, an editor and publisher, and Dorothy Sanborn Phillips, a writer.

Huntington graduated from Stuyvesant High School, received his B.A. from Yale in 1946, served in the U.S. Army, earned an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1948, and a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1951, where he had taught nearly without a break since 1950.

From 1959 to 1962, he was associate director of the Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. At Harvard, he served two tenures as the chair of the Government Department - from 1967 to 1969 and from 1970 to 1971.

Huntington served as president of the American Political Science Association from 1986 to 1987.

Huntington was director of Harvard's Center for International Affairs from 1978 to 1989. He founded the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, and was director there from 1989 to 1999. He was chairman of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies from 1996 to 2004, and was succeeded by Jorge Dominguez.

Huntington applied his theoretical skills to the Washington, D.C., arena too. In 1977 and 1978, he served in the Carter White House as coordinator of security planning for the National Security Council. In the 1980s, he was a member of the Presidential Commission on Long-Term Integrated Strategy.

Huntington is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nancy Arkelyan Huntington; by his sons Nicholas Phillips Huntington of Newton, Mass. and Timothy Mayo Huntington of Boston; by his daughters-in-law Kelly Brown Huntington and Noelle Lally Huntington; and by his four grandchildren.

There will be a private family burial service on Martha's Vineyard, where Huntington summered for 40 years.

In the spring, there will be a memorial service at Harvard. Details are pending.

As I recall, Howe and Strauss had plenty of references to his theories.

Harvard's color is crimson -- right?
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Some of the intellectual foundation of Howe and Strauss' theory.
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

Christine Maggiore, pseudoscientific crank (AIDS denial)*
former US Senator Claiborne Pell
Helen Suzman, South African politicain and Apartheid opponent*
oldest living person of the time
Donald Westlake, mystery writer
"Willie", pet cat of the George W. Bush White House*
Father Richard John Neuhaus, Lutheran clergyman converted to Catholicism and influential theologian
Patrick "The Prisoner" McGoohan, Irish-English actor*
Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican-born US actor*
Trammell Crow, real-estate developer*
John Clifford Mortimer, British barrister
Andrew Wyeth, painter
Bill Stone, last British veteran of both World Wars
William Murray Werber, baseball player and businessman -- last living teammate of Babe Ruth*
John Updike, writer
Lukas Foss, conductor and composer*
Gerry Niewood, Coleman Mellett,   musicians in the Chuck Mangione band - airplane crash*
Paul Harvey, radio huckster and right-wing ideologue*
Kelly Groucutt, rock musician
Leonore Annenberg, philantrhropist*
Natasha Richardson, British actress*
Jade Goody, British reality TV star
Jack Dreyfus, entrepreneur in mutual funds*
Maurice Jarre, film composer*
George Kell, HOF baseball star and broadcaster (Detroit Tigers)*
John Hope Franklin, historian
Raul Recardo Alfonsín, Argentine politician, freely-elected successor of a nasty military regime*
Alan Livingston, record executive (getting the Beatles on contract with Capitol Records
John Colin Campbell Jordan, British neo-Nazi*

Quote:Good riddance to a fascist pig!

   John Colin Campbell Jordan (19 June 1923 - 9 April 2009) was a leading figure in postwar Neo-Nazism in Britain. In the far-right nationalist circles of the 1960s, Jordan represented the most explicitly 'Nazi' inclination in his open use of the styles and symbols of the Third Reich.

   Through organisations such as the National Socialist Movement and the World Union of National Socialists, Jordan advocated a pan-Aryan "Universal Nazism".

   Although later unaffiliated with any political party, Jordan remained an influential voice on the British far right.

   At Cambridge Jordan had formed a "Nationalist Club", from which he was invited to join the short-lived British Peoples Party, a group of former British Union of Fascists members led by Lord Tavistock, heir to the Duke of Bedford. Jordan soon became associated with Arnold Leese and was left a house in Leese's will, which became the Notting Hill base of operations when Jordan launched the White Defence League in 1956. Jordan would later merge this party with the National Labour Party to form the British National Party in 1960, although he would split from this after a quarrel with John Bean, who felt that Jordan's open National Socialism was a bar to progress.

   Jordan then founded the National Socialist Movement (in 1962, this later became the British Movement in 1968) along with John Tyndall. In August 1962, Jordan hosted an international conference of National Socialists at Guiting Power in Gloucestershire. This resulted in the formation of the World Union of National Socialists, of which Jordan was the commander of its European section throughout the 1960s, and at which he was elected "World Führer" with George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party as his deputy. On 16 August, Jordan and Tyndall, together with Martin Webster, Denis Pirie and Roland Kerr-Ritchie were charged under the Public Order Act 1936 with attempts to set up a paramilitary force called Spearhead, based on the SA of Nazi Germany. Undercover police had observed Jordan leading the group in military manoeuvres. He was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment.

   In October 1963, while John Tyndall was still in prison, Jordan, who had just been released, married Tyndall's fiancée, Françoise Dior, the former wife of a French nobleman and the niece of the French fashion designer Christian Dior. This hasty marriage, on 5 October 1963, was ostensibly to prevent her deportation as an undesirable alien. When Tyndall was eventually released, the marriage caused friction, and he split with Jordan in 1964 to form the Greater Britain Movement. In 1967 Jordan was again prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned for 18 months under the Public Order Act 1936 for distributing a leaflet “The Coloured Invasion”, a vituperative attack on black and Asian people.

   In the Leyton byelection of 1965 Jordan was punched at a public meeting by Denis Healey, then Secretary of State for Defence. The fracas came about because the far right were using the by-election to stir up inter-racial hatred to defeat the Labour candidate (and Foreign Secretary) Patrick Gordon-Walker. He had already been defeated in the October 1964 general election in the Smethwick constituency after racist campaigning tactics by the successful Conservative candidate, Peter Griffiths.

   Jordan reorganised the National Socialist Movement as the British Movement in 1968, but in 1974 he was obliged to step down from the leadership in favour of Michael McLaughlin. His demise was further accelerated by his arrest for shoplifting lingerie from Marks and Spencer. Magistrates in Birmingham convicted him of the offence, and he was fined £50 on 15 June 1976.

   In the 1980s, Jordan revived Gothic Ripples, originally Leese's publication, as his personal political project.

   Jordan maintained ties to groups led by Kevin Watmough, such as the White Nationalist Party and the British Peoples Party as well as the American National Socialist Workers Party. In 2000, he expressed scepticism over the efforts of the British National Party to soften its hard right stance.

   Colin Jordan died at his Pateley Bridge home on 9 April 2009.

   Source: Wikipedia.

   What a schmuck -- someone who stands for the ideology that so many of his heroic British peers sacrificed greatly to fend off in those heroic months of 1940 and 1941!

JG Ballard, British novelist
former US Representative Orton Ballard (D-Utah)
Mark "the Bird" Fidrych, colorful baseball pitcher
David Kellerman, CEO of Fannie Mae, suicide*
Beatrice Arthur, actress*
Delara Darabi, victim of harsh judicial process in Iran*
Jack Kemp, American politician and Republican VP nominee in 1996
Dom DeLuise, comedian*
Roh Moo-hyun, former President of South Korea*
Eonald Takaki, academic*
David Carradine, actor
Ernest R. May, historian
Koko Taylor, Blues singer
Silvio Sergio Bonaccorsi Barbato, Air France 447, Brazilian conductor*
John Eddy, astronomer*
Ed McMahon, actor, sidekick (Johnny Carson), voiceover artist*
Farrah Fawcett, actress
Michael Jackson, singer
Billy Mays, pitchman
Karl Malden, actor*
Steve McNair, retired NFL quarterback, humanitarian -- murder victim
Robert S. MacNamara, public administrator
Oscar Mayer, entrepreneur (cold cuts)
Walter Cronkhite, TV journalist.


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We lost a great one, a journalist with some credibility for his dispassionate delivery of the news on a medium that intellectual elites despised. Flawed as the format of 30-minute news at 6:30 PM is, and even he recognized its limitations (Read a newspaper!), it was far less flawed when he and such GI contemporaries as Howard K. Smith, Chet Huntley, and David Brinkley competed for early-evening audiences. Millions accepted it as their sole source of news, and they almost got away with it (not that I suggest doing so now, as those who relied upon the evening news broadcasts on ABC, CBS, and NBC were shown to have been more likely to get the War in Iraq wrong). With him and GI newspeople on TV, TV news had newspaper connections; after him, TV news eventually became more like entertainment if not outright propaganda at its absolute worst.

world's oldest man at the time
Corazon Aquino, Philippine President and successor to a nasty dictator*
Budd Schulberg, screenwriter*
John Hughes, director
Mike Seeger, folk singer*
Les Paul, musician
Robert Novak, journalist
Jonathan Laster (brother of one of our posters -- we can get sentimental)
Senator Edward Kennedy*
Dominick Dunne, TV star
Larry Knechtel, rock musician
Larry Gelbart, screenwriter*
August Niels Bohr, Danish physicist (son of Niels)*
oldest woman of the time -- and she was proud to vote as an African-American for Barack Obama
Framl Batten, founder of The Weather Channel
Norman Borlaug, agronomist (Green Revolution)*
Patrick Swayze, actor
the real Norma Rae
Jody Powell, Press Secretary for President Jimmy Carter*
Henry Gibson, comedian
Mary Travers, singer (Peter, Paul, and Mary)
Irving Kristol, neo-conservative thinker*
Bill Safire, journalist?
Alicia de Larrocha, classical pianist*

(someone as unworthy of mention as could be)
Susan Atkins, murderer (Tate-LaBianca slayings associated with the Manson cult)
Marek Edelman -- Holocaust survivor, Polish political acticist and cardiologist*
Isaac Gelfand -- Soviet and Russian mathematician*
Lü Zhengcao -- last living general of the Chinese Communist revolution*
Al Martino -- smooth singer*
George Tuska, comic book artist*
Elizabeth Clare Prophet, survival cultist preacher
Ignacio Ponseti -- innovative physician*
Soupy sales -- comedian
Yoshiro Muraki -- Japanese set designer (for some Kurosawa films)*
Claude Lévi-Strauss, French anthropologist*
Vitaly Ginzburg -- Soviet nuclear physicist*
Mr. Fatahian -- victim of political persecution in Iran*
Lino Lacedelli -- Italian mountaineer, first person to scale K2.
Albert Crewe -- atomic physicist
H C Robbins Landon -- British musicologist
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

Erich Boehme -- editor, Der Spiegel 
John Allen Mohammed, "Beltway sniper" -- executed
Lino Lacedelli, Italian mountaineer, first to fully scale K2
Albert Crewe, physicist
Liam Clancy, Irish folk musician
Kálmán Markovits --member of the 1956 Hungarian water polo team that overpowered its Soviet counterpart in the wake of the crushed Hungarian Revolution*

Paul Anthony Samuelson -- writer of the most heavily used economics textbook for the survey course in college, at one time.*

Quote:Paul Anthony Samuelson (May 15, 1915 – December 13, 2009) was an American economist known for his contributions to many fields of economics, beginning with his general statement of the comparative statics method in his 1947 book Foundations of Economic Analysis. Samuelson was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal in 1947 and was sole recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1970, the second year of the Prize.

Samuelson was born in Gary, Indiana on May 15, 1915. In 1923 Samuelson moved to Chicago; he studied at the University of Chicago and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1935. He then completed his Master of Arts degree in 1936, and his Doctor of Philosophy in 1941 from Harvard University. As a graduate student at Harvard, Samuelson studied economics under Joseph Schumpeter, Wassily Leontief, Gottfried Haberler, and the "American Keynes" Alvin Hansen. Samuelson comes from a family of well-known economists, including brother Robert Summers, sister-in-law Anita Summers, and nephew Larry Summers. He died on December 13, 2009, at the age of 94.

His professional positions include:

* Coming to M.I.T. in 1940 as an Assistant Professor of Economics and was appointed Associate Professor in 1944.
* Serving as a staff member of the Radiation Laboratory from 1944 to 1945
* Professor of International Economic Relations (part-time) at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1945.
* Professor at M.I.T. in 1947 and then an Institute Professor.
* Guggenheim Fellow from 1948 to 1949.

Samuelson's book Foundations of Economic Analysis (1947, Enlarged ed. 1983), is considered his magnum opus. It is derived from his doctoral dissertation at Harvard University, and makes use of the classical thermodynamic methods of American thermodynamicist Willard Gibbs.[2] The book proposes to:

* examine underlying analogies between central features in theoretical and applied economics and
* study how operationally meaningful theorems can be derived with a small number of analogous methods (p. 3),

in order to derive "a general theory of economic theories" (Samuelson, 1983, p. xxvi). The book showed how these goals could be parsimoniously and fruitfully achieved, using the language of the mathematics applied to diverse subfields of economics. The book proposes two general hypotheses as sufficient for its purposes:

* maximizing behavior of agents (including consumers as to utility and business firms as to profit) and
* economic systems (including a market and an economy) in stable equilibrium.

In the course of analysis, comparative statics, (the analysis of changes in equilibrium of the system that result from a parameter change of the system) is formalized and clearly stated.

The chapter on welfare economics "attempt(s) to give a brief but fairly complete survey of the whole field of welfare economics" (Samuelson, 1947, p. 252). It also exposits on and develops what became commonly called the Bergson–Samuelson social welfare function. It shows how to represent (in the maximization calculus) all real-valued economic measures of any belief system that is required to rank consistently different feasible social configurations in an ethical sense as "better than," "worse than," or "indifferent to" each other (p. 221).

There are 388 papers to date in Samuelson's Collected Scientific Papers. Stanley Fischer (1987, p. 234) writes that taken together they are unique in their verve, breadth of economic and general knowledge, mastery of setting, and generosity of allusions to predecessors.

Samuelson is also author (and since 1985 co-author) of an influential principles textbook, Economics, first published in 1948, now in its 19th edition. The book has been translated into forty-one languages and sold over four million copies. Written in the shadow of the Great Depression and World War II, it helped to popularize the insights of John Maynard Keynes. A main focus was how to avoid, or at least mitigate, the recurring slumps in economic activity. Samuelson wrote: “It is not too much to say that the widespread creation of dictatorships and the resulting World War II stemmed in no small measure from the world’s failure to meet this basic economic problem [the Great Depression] adequately.” This reflected the concern of Keynes himself with the economic causes of war and the importance of economic policy in promoting peace.

Samuelson is co-editor of Inside the Economist's Mind: Conversations with Eminent Economists (Blackwell Publishing, 2007), along with William A. Barnett, a collection of candid interviews with top economists of the 20th century.

Samuelson is considered one of the founders of neo-Keynesian economics and a seminal figure in the development of neoclassical economics. The following is an excerpt on the reasons for awarding him the Nobel Prize:

More than any other contemporary economist, Samuelson has helped to raise the general analytical and methodological level in economic science. He has simply rewritten considerable parts of economic theory. He has also shown the fundamental unity of both the problems and analytical techniques in economics, partly by a systematic application of the methodology of maximization for a broad set of problems. This means that Samuelson's contributions range over a large number of different fields.

He was also essential to creating the Neoclassical synthesis, which incorporates Keynesian principles with neoclassical principles and dominates current mainstream economics. In 2003, Samuelson was one of the 10 Nobel Prize winning economists signing the Economists' statement opposing the Bush tax cuts.

Samuelson was one of the first economists to generalize and apply mathematical methods developed for the study of thermodynamics to economics. As a graduate student at Harvard, he was the sole protegé of the polymath Edwin Bidwell Wilson, who had himself been the sole protegé of Yale's great physicist Willard Gibbs. Gibbs, the founder of chemical thermodynamics, was also mentor to American economist Irving Fisher and he influenced them both in their ideas on the equilibrium of economic systems.

Samuelson’s 1947 magnum opus Foundations of Economic Analysis, from his doctoral dissertation, is based on the classical thermodynamic methods of American thermodynamicist Willard Gibbs, specifically Gibbs' 1876 paper On the Equilibrium of Heterogeneous Substances.

In 1947, based on the Le Chatelier principle of thermodynamics, a principle taught to Samuelson by Wilson in lecture, he established the method of comparative statics in economics. This method explains the changes in the equilibrium solution of a constrained maximization problem (economic or thermodynamic) when one of the constraints is marginally tightened or relaxed. The Le Chatelier principle was developed by French chemist Henri Louis le Chatelier, who is notable for being one of the first to translate Gibbs’ equilibrium papers (in French, 1899). Samuelson’s use of the Le Chatelier principle has proven to be a very powerful tool and found widespread use in modern economics. Attempts at neo-classical equilibrium economics analogies with thermodynamics generally, go back to Guillaume and Samuelson.

Stanislaw Ulam once challenged Samuelson to name one theory in all of the social sciences which is both true and nontrivial. Several years later, Samuelson responded with David Ricardo's theory of comparative advantage: That it is logically true need not be argued before a mathematician; that is not trivial is attested by the thousands of important and intelligent men who have never been able to grasp the doctrine for themselves or to believe it after it was explained to them.

For many years, Samuelson wrote a column for Newsweek. One article included Samuelson's most quoted remark, and a favorite economics joke:

To prove that Wall Street is an early omen of movements still to come in GNP, commentators quote economic studies alleging that market downturns predicted four out of the last five recessions. That is an understatement. Wall Street indexes predicted nine out of the last five recessions! And its mistakes were beauties.

Source: Wikipedia

Yes, he was the author of my Economics 1 textbook in college. It read much like a chemistry text, which is a compliment.

Oral Roberts, televangelist
Fred Honsman, right-wing radio (KDKA) commentator

Jennifer Jones, actress*
Roy Disney, intellectual property magnate (nephew of Walt, and the last family member in the corporate operation*
Brittany Murphy, actress
Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazer -- Iranian clergy and critic of the clerical dictatorship*
Abdurrahman Wahid, former Indonesian President*

-- begin 2010 --

Tiger expert, Billy Arjan Singh

Began as a hunter of the ultimate macho prize (the Indian tiger, the most fearsome land predator that a man could face before World War II ) to its protector toward the end of his life.  Oh, how times change!

Jean Carroll, stand-up comedian of the 1940s and 1950s
James von Brunn, who shot up the Holocaust Museum

Quote:One of the lowest bolgie of Dante's Inferno, almost certainly, if not in the recent annex established for Nazis and Stalinists, the bolgia that Dante never visited because he was born too soon to do so.

What a shock it would be if he found upon his death that God is... Jewish! And, of course, that He hates Nazis as the most egregious and damnable of blasphemers as well as murderers, torturers, and thieves.

He was a piece of work before he reached advanced age, so I don't have any sympathy for him.

Oh, in case you think it is a religious statement on my part -- I suggested that Serb butchers of Muslims would find it quite unpleasant to discover after death that God is Allah and that Muhammad is His Greatest Prophet.

Miep Gies, who harbored Anne Frank's family and discovered the diary
Teddy Pendergrass, musician
Glenn Bell, founder of Taco Bell
Robert Parker, police fiction writer (Spenser)
Ali Hassan al-Majid, a/k/a "Chemical Ali", Iraqi war criminal

Comment on him:

Quote:He was one of the worst persons to have ever lived, one of the few who could be compared to the worst Nazi war criminals, Japanese war criminals of World War II, Stalinist henchmen, or Khmer Rouge without being a Nazi, Japanese military figure of World War II, Stalinist, or Khmer Rouge.

Hanging is gentle in contrast to what his eternally-damned soul now experiences. Even being mauled to death by a tiger is gentler.

... As I have said of Dante's Inferno, Dante wrote his Inferno a few centuries too early; he didn't have a bolgia nasty enough for Nazis, Stalinists, Japanese political and military leaders of World War II, Khmer Rouge, and leading Ba'athists of Iraq. Maybe it is simply so disgusting that it defies description even by the Great Poet.
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former US Senator Charles Mathias, one of the last real liberal Republicans in the Senate
Pernell Roberts, American actor
J.D. Salinger, writer of The Catcher in the Rye, the book that we were absolutely not supposed to read but dideven if we were good kids
Howard Zinn, writer
Jean Simmons, actress
Kate McGarrigle, folk singer
Peter Calvocoressi, head of the cryptographic unit that did incalculable damage to the Nazi war machine*
Dick McGuire, Basketball Hall of Famer*
former US Representative John Murtha
Walter Morrison, inventor of the Frisbee
Phil Harris, a star of Deadliest Catch
former US Congressman Charlie Wilson, early supporter of anti-Soviet resistance in Afghanistan
Irina Arkhipova, Russian opera singer*
Al Haig, soldier and political operative
Orlando Zapato Tamayo, Cuban dissident (hunger strike)*
David Soyer, American cellist*
Sylvia Pressler, judge who opened Little League baseball to girls
Merlin Olsen, football star and actor
Dorothy Janis, one of the last silent film actors. Not Silent generation -- silent movies!*
Doris "Granny D" Haddock, American politician
Cory Haim, actor
Fess Parker, actor "Daniel Boone"
Pak Nam-Gi, North Korean purge victim*
Stewart Udall, Secretary of the Interior under JFK and LBJ*
Wolfgang Wagner, German musical figure*

Quote:Wolfgang Wagner (30 August 1919 – 21 March 2010) was best known as the director (Festspielleiter) of the Bayreuth Festival, a position he initially assumed alongside his brother Wieland in 1951 until the latter's death in 1966. From then on, he assumed total control until he retired in 2008, although many of the productions which he commissioned were severely criticized in their day. He had been plagued by family conflicts and criticism for many years. He was the son of Siegfried Wagner, the grandson of Richard Wagner, and the great-grandson of Franz Liszt.

His mother, Winifred Wagner (née Williams-Klindworth), was English. He was born at Wahnfried, the Wagner family home in Bayreuth in Bavaria. In addition to his elder brother Wieland (1917-66), he had an elder sister Friedelind Wagner (1918-1991), and a younger sister Verena Wagner (Verena Lafferenz, born 1920).

During the 1920s Winifred Wagner was an admirer, supporter and friend of the Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler, who became a regular visitor to Bayreuth. Wolfgang Wagner first met Hitler in 1923, when he was four years old, and the Wagner children were encouraged to call him "Uncle Adolf" or "Uncle Wolf" (his nickname). When Hitler became Chancellor in 1933, he showered favours on the Wagner family. Wolfgang was a member of the Hitler Youth but never joined the Nazi Party. He joined the German Army in 1939. During the Polish campaign he was severely wounded in the arm, and he was discharged as medically unfit in June 1940 (Hitler visited him in the hospital).

Wolfgang worked with his older brother Wieland Wagner in 1951 on the resurrection of the Bayreuth Festival following Germany's collapse after the Second World War. Since that time, the festival has run on an annual basis. On Wieland's death in 1966, Wolfgang became the sole director of the festival and, under his directorship, the famous Bayreuth Festspielhaus underwent extensive renovations. He stepped down on 31 August 2008 when the year's festival had finished.

Both brothers contributed productions to the Bayreuth Festival, but Wolfgang did not enjoy the same critical reception as Wieland did. Like his brother, Wolfgang favoured modern, minimalist stagings of his grandfather's works in his productions. As director of the festival, Wolfgang commissioned work from many guest producers, including innovative and controversial stagings such as the 1976 production of the Ring Cycle by Patrice Chéreau. However, he confined the stagings at the festival to the last ten operas by his grandfather that make up the Bayreuth canon established under the direction of his grandmother Cosima Wagner.

Wolfgang attracted some criticism for what was seen as his autocratic sway over the Festival, much of which comes from within the Wagner family itself. Wieland's daughters, Daphne and Nike Wagner, have accused their uncle of ill-treating their branch of the family, saying that he drove them and their mother out of the family home following their father's death and destroyed the scenery, models and correspondence with artists relating to their father's work. Wagner writer Barry Millington notes two rather inconsistent threads of criticism about Wolfgang's role in managing the presentation of the family's connection with the Nazis. Daphne accuses him of blackening her father's name by releasing information on Wieland's connection with the Bayreuth satellite of the Flossenbürg concentration camp, while Wolfgang's own son, Gottfried, accuses him of having tried to suppress all information about the Wagner grandchildren's connection with the Nazis.

Nonetheless, he helped make the Bayreuth one of the most popular destinations in the world of opera. There was a ten-year waiting list for tickets. In 1994, he invited Werner Herzog (who had staged Lohengrin at Bayreuth in 1987) to make a documentary about the festival, which was released under the title Die Verwandlung der Welt in Musik (The Transformation of the World into Music).

Source: Wikipedia
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

Jaime Escalante -- Bolivian-born American schoolteacher who showed that underestimated kids could do tough math in high school*
Miguel Cuellar, baseball pitcher*
John Forsythe, actor*
Anatoly Dobnrynin, long-time Soviet ambassador to the USA*
Lech Kaczynski, President of Poland... killed in plane crash along with his wife and several Polish officials* The damage to Polish political life in that plane crash resembles the damage of a military coup.
Benjamin Lawson Hooks, former NAACP President*
Darryl Gates, retired controversial police chief of Los Angeles*
Juan Antonio Samaranch, long-time President of the International Olympic Committee*
Paul Schäfer Schneider, ex-Nazi, child molester, using a community that he founded as a place for the dirty work of the Chilean military dictatorship. (Roast in Hell!)
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

Ernie Harwell, long-time voice of the Detroit Tigers on radio broadcasts*

Quote:   William Earnest "Ernie" Harwell (January 25, 1918 – May 4, 2010) was an American sportscaster, known for his long career calling play-by-play of Major League Baseball games. For 55 years, 42 of them with the Detroit Tigers, Harwell called the action on radio and television. In January 2009, the American Sportscasters Association ranked Harwell 16th on its list of Top 50 Sportscasters of All Time.

   Ernie Harwell grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, working in his youth as a paperboy for the Atlanta Georgian; one of his customers was writer Margaret Mitchell. He was an avid baseball fan from an early age; he became visiting batboy for the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association at the tender age of five and never had to buy a ticket for a baseball game since then.

   Ernie attended Emory University where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and where he helped edit The Emory Wheel. After graduating, Harwell began his career as a copy editor and sportswriter for the Atlanta Constitution and as a regional correspondent for The Sporting News. In 1943, he began announcing games for the Crackers on WSB radio, after which he served four years in the Marines.

   In 1948, Harwell became the only announcer in baseball history to be traded for a player when the Brooklyn Dodgers' general manager, Branch Rickey, traded catcher Cliff Dapper to the Crackers in exchange for breaking Harwell's broadcasting contract. (Harwell was brought to Brooklyn to substitute for regular Dodger announcer Red Barber, who was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer.)

   Harwell broadcast for the Dodgers through 1949, the New York Giants from 1950–1953 (including his call of Bobby Thomson's "shot heard 'round the world" in the 1951 National League pennant playoff game on NBC television), and the Baltimore Orioles from 1954–1959. Early in his career, he also broadcast The Masters golf tournament, as well as pro and college football.

   In 1960, Harwell became the "voice" of the Tigers, replacing Van Patrick. George Kell had begun doing Tigers radio and TV broadcasts in 1959, and was instrumental in bringing Harwell to Detroit. "George called and said, 'I recommended you and the Tigers asked me to get in touch with you.'" Harwell said. "I came and that was it."

   Harwell teamed with Ray Lane in the broacast booth from 1967-72. In 1973, Paul Carey replaced Lane, forming the Tigers' best-known broadcasting team, until Carey's retirement after the 1991 season.

   On December 19, 1990, the Tigers and radio station WJR announced that the station wanted to go in a "new direction" and that 1991 would be Harwell's last, as his contract was "non-renewed". Fans across Michigan and throughout the baseball world were outraged, but the ballclub and the radio station (who eventually wound up blaming each other for the decision) stood firm: "(Harwell's firing is) not going to change no matter how much clamor is made over it," said team president Bo Schembechler. (The former University of Michigan football coach, a legend in his own right in the Wolverine State, continued to face harsh criticism before quitting in 1992, when owner Tom Monaghan sold the team). Rick Rizzs was hired away from the Seattle Mariners to call Detroit's games in 1992, teaming with Bob Rathbun; predictably, they were not as popular as Harwell and Carey had been.

   Harwell worked a part-time schedule for the California Angels in 1992. The following year, the Tigers were purchased by Mike Ilitch, who made it one of his first priorities to bring Harwell back. The 1993 season concluded with a three-person radio team (Rizzs, Rathbun and Harwell) with Ernie calling innings 1–3 and 7–9 of each game. Rizzs returned to Seattle following the 1993 season. From 1994 to 1998, Harwell called television broadcasts for the Tigers. In 1999, he resumed full-time radio duties with the Tigers, teaming with analyst Jim Price and continuing in that role through 2002. During spring training of that year, Harwell announced that he would retire at the end of the season -- this time on his own terms; his final broadcast came on September 29, 2002. Dan Dickerson replaced Harwell as the lead radio voice for the Tigers.

   Nationally, Harwell broadcast two All-Star Games (1958, 1961) and two World Series (1963, 1968) for NBC Radio, numerous ALCS and ALDS series for CBS Radio and ESPN Radio, and the CBS Radio Game of the Week from 1992 to 1997. He also called the 1984 World Series for the Tigers and WJR.

   Following his retirement, Harwell came back briefly in 2003 to call a Wednesday Night Baseball telecast on ESPN, as part of that network's "Living Legends" series of guest announcers. In 2005, Harwell guested for an inning on the Fox network's coverage of the All-Star Game (which was held in Detroit that year), as well as an inning on the ESPN Radio broadcast. For Game 3 of the 2006 American League Division Series between the Tigers and New York Yankees, he provided guest commentary on ESPN's telecast for two innings, called an inning of play-by-play on the Tigers' radio flagship WXYT, and guested for an inning on ESPN Radio. Harwell also called one inning of Game 1 of the 2006 World Series for WXYT.

   Harwell served as a guest color commentator for two Tiger games on FSN Detroit on May 24 and 25, 2007. Harwell worked the telecasts (alongside play-by-play man Mario Impemba) as a substitute for regular analyst Rod Allen, who took the games off to attend his son's high school graduation. (Harwell had filled in for Allen once before, on a 2003 telecast.)

   He also appeared as a guest on an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast in Detroit on July 1, 2007. His typical sense of humor was on display. He talked about working beside the deep-voiced Paul Carey ("next to him, everyone sounds like a soprano") for 19 years, "which seemed like 30." He then asked Jon Miller and Joe Morgan how long they had worked together. "19 years." Harwell grinned at both of them, "Uh-huh, uh-huh."

   Harwell occasionally did vignettes (small video clips) on the history of baseball for Fox Sports Detroit's magazine program Tigers Weekly.

   He was known for his low-key delivery, southern accent (Detroit "Ti-guhs"), and conversational style. Some of his trademark phrases were:

   * "That one is long gone!" (His trademark home run call, with an emphasis on "long")
   * "He stood there like the house by the side of the road, and watched it go by." (After a called strikeout)
   * "Called out for excessive window shopping." (Also after a called strikeout)
   * "It's two for the price of one!" (After a double play)
   * "A fan from (insert a city) will be taking that ball home today." (When a fan would catch a foul ball)
   * "The Tigers need instant runs." (When the team was behind in the late innings)

   Harwell would also begin the first spring training broadcast of each season with a reading from Song of Solomon 2:11-12 (KJV): "For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land."

   The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named Harwell as Michigan Sportscaster of the Year 19 times, and inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 1989. Harwell was also honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 as the fifth broadcaster to receive its Ford C. Frick Award, and was elected to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and the Radio Hall of Fame in 1998, among many other honors. In 2001, Harwell was the recipient of the prestigious Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting, awarded by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA). In 2009, Harwell was named the first recipient of the DSBA's Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award. The award, called the Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award, is named after the Hall of Fame Detroit Tigers announcer. Harwell is the first winner of the award. The award will annually honor an individual from the broadcast industry who has contributed outstanding time and effort to the betterment of sports broadcasting through a lifetime body of work. The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame inducted Harwell in 2008. In 2010 Harwell was named as a recipient of the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award from Fordham University radio station WFUV. The press box at Detroit's Comerica Park was officially named the "Ernie Harwell Media Center" following his retirement from broadcasting.

   Harwell's 1955 essay "The Game for All America", originally published in The Sporting News and reprinted numerous times, is considered a classic of baseball literature. He also authored several books, and penned an occasional column for the Detroit Free Press.

   Harwell also wrote popular music. His first recorded song was "Upside Down" on the Something Stupid album by Homer and Jethro in the mid-1960s. In the liner notes of the album, it says: "Detroit Tiger baseball announcer wrote this one, and we think it's a fine observation of the world today, as seen from the press box at Tiger Stadium. We were up there with Ernie one day and from there the world looks upside down. In fact, the Mets were on top in the National League." All told, 66 songs written by Ernie Harwell have been recorded by various artists. "Needless to say, I have more no-hitters than Nolan Ryan." – Ernie Harwell in article published May 31, 2005 in the Detroit Free Press

   Harwell made a cameo appearance in the 1994 film Cobb and in the made-for-television movies Aunt Mary (1979), Tiger Town (1983), and Cooperstown (1993). His voice can be briefly heard in the films Paper Lion (1968) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and in the TV movie The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004). Harwell appeared as an interview subject in the 1998 documentary film The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg and has contributed to numerous other baseball-themed documentaries and retrospectives over the years.

   The 1997 text-based computer simulation game APBA for Windows: Broadcast Blast features play-by-play commentary by Harwell.

   Harwell served as a spokesman for Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan. His contract with the organization, which began in 2003, ran for ten years with an option for another ten. Had Harwell fulfilled the entire contract (by which time he would have been 95 years old), Blue Cross had pledged to extend it for yet another decade. Harwell formerly ran a blog

   about healthy living and fitness for BCBS. He retired from it on March 5, 2009.

   A devout Christian, Harwell had long been involved with the Baseball Chapel, an evangelistic organization for professional ballplayers.

   In 2004, the Detroit Public Library dedicated a room to Ernie Harwell and his wife, Lulu, which will house Harwell's collection of baseball memorabilia valued at over two million dollars.

   On April 26, 2008 Harwell was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from The University of Michigan at their Spring Commencement ceremony. One week later, on May 3, 2008, he was presented with another Honorary Degree of Laws this time from Wayne State University.

   In late 2008 Harwell began to appear in television public service announcements for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, advising viewers about the DTV transition in the United States.

   Harwell was a member of the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy Board, an organization which attempted to save portions of Tiger Stadium. He offered to donate a large portion of his historic collection of baseball memorabilia, which he had collected over the course of his storied career, if part of Tiger Stadium could have been saved for a museum.

   On September 3, 2009, Harwell announced that he had been diagnosed with incurable bile duct cancer, and that he, his family and doctors had decided against surgery or other treatment of the condition.

   Harwell sat down for a 60 minute interview on an episode of MLB Network's Studio 42 with Bob Costas. The episode premiered November 17, 2009.

   Harwell lived in Farmington Hills, Michigan and moved to Novi, Michigan in the late 1990's where he lived until his death. At the time of his death at age 92, he still exercised regularly, did sit-ups, used a treadmill, and lifted weights. He was set to receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting on May 5 in New York City, just one day after his passing. Harwell considered Scully to be the best broadcaster of all-time. However, in accepting the award on Harwell's behalf, Al Kaline noted "We Tiger fans respectfully disagree."

Speaking of baseball -- how did I miss Robin Roberts?
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua -- former President of Nigeria*
Lena Horne -- American entertainer*
Frank Frazetta -- fantasy artist
Moshe Rosen, founder of Jews for Jesus*
Lieutenant John Finn, USN, oldest Medal of Honor recipient
Art Linkletter, early TV host
Gary Coleman, child TV star
Dennis Hopper, actor
John Wooden, college basketball coach
Rue McLanahan, actress
Manute Bol, retired Sudanese basketball player active in America and humanitarian*
Edith Shain, American nurse shown in one of the definitive post-WWII images of celebration
Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV)
Rodolfo Torre Cantú, Mexican politician  -- assassinated*
Louis Moyroud, French-American inventor photo typesetting *
Two figures of the New York Yankees -- announcer Bob Sheppard and owner George Steinbrenner*
Sir Charles Mackerras, Australian-born conductor*
Daniel Schorr, journalist (I met him in Berkeley!)
Ralph Houk, baseball manager
Robert Butler, gerontologist
Jack Tatum, "bad boy" football player 

Quote:Comment by KaiserD2

I saw the most famous incident in Tatum's career in 1978. I was living near Boston and rooting for the Patriots. It was the most horrible thing I have ever seen on an athletic field. The camera actually zoomed in on the trainers treating Stingley, trying, and failing, to get a knee-jerk reflex out of him. I knew what that meant.

It has now become apparent that football by its nature inflicts lasting, very serious injuries on those who play it and dooms them in many cases to early dementia and/or death. Yet it's hard to imagine it losing popularity all the same. Parents will allow kids to play a few years just for fun, and the ones who show promise will never give up the chance for glory at surreptitious (that is, collegiate) or official professional teams. And they'll figure, it can't happen to me.

American football is a little like our gun obsession--it sets us apart.

Mitch Miller, musician
Bobby Hebb, one-hit wonder as a songwriter  ("Sunny")
Robert Boyle, art director (including some Hitchcock masterpieces)*
Tony Judt, historian
Former US Senator Ted Stevens, air crash
Former, disgraced US Representative Dan Rostenkowski
Hannah Greeley Kaiser, mother of one of the posters
Bobby Thompson, baseball player
"Piper Bill", William Millin, bagpipe player on D-Day (depicted in The Longest Day)*
Peter Linz, motorcycle racer*
Corneille, originally Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo, Dutch artist*
Jefferson A. Thomas, one of the Little Rock Nine*
Edwin Newman, TV journalist
Kenneth Franklin Weaver, science writer for National Geographic*
Gennady Yanayev, leader of the 1991 coup against Mikhail Gorbachev*
Gloria Rose, actress*
George Blanda, football star
Eddie Fisher, singer
Greg Giraldo, comedian
Tony Curtis, actor
Michael Sobran, Far Right intellectual*
Dorothy Sucher, advocate for a free press in a USSC case
Werner Winter, German linguist
Leona Gage, disgraced Miss USA pageant winnter of 1957
Joan Sutherland, Australian opera singer*
Solomon Burke, soul singer
Barbara Billingsley, a/k/a June Cleaver in "Leave it to Beaver"*
Benoît Mandelbrot, French mathematician who introduced the fractal*
Tom Bosley, actor*
Bob Guccione, pornographer (Penthouse Magazine)*
Mary Emma Allison, "Trick or Treat for UNICEF"*
Ted Sorenson, JFK aide
Sparky Anderson, baseball manager (Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers)*
Michael Seifert, Nazi war criminal*
Antonio Cárdenas Guillén, Mexican drug cartel leader -- FBI Ten Most Wanted List. 
Shirley Verrett, opera singer*
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Polish classical composer*
Baby Marie Osborne 11/05/1911-11/11/2010 (one of the first child stars in cinema)*
Chalmers Johnson, historian
Alex Anderson, creator of cartoon characters Rocky and Bullwinkle
Leslie Nielsen, actor
Jill Claiborne, actress
Dino di Laurentiis, movie producer
Walter Matthau, actor
Ron Santo, baseball player*
Don Meredith, football star and star football announcer
Elizabeth Edwards, wife of John Edwards, 2004 Democratic nominee for Vice President
Blake Edwards, movie director
Bob Feller, Hall of Fame baseball pitcher*
Steve Landesberg, actor*
Teena Marie, ethnic-bending singer
Geraldine Hoff Doyle, inspiration for "Rosie the Riveter"*
the Kodachrome process
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

Fred Foy -- introductory voice for The Lone Ranger.
Gerry Rafferty -- singer/songwriter

...Before this shooting I had some belief that representative Gabrielle Giffords had a chance to become President of the United States.
Quote:The horrific shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others Saturday is hard enough to comprehend, even without knowing that one of the victims was a little girl.

Among the six killed and 13 injured reportedly in Tucson, Ariz. was 9-year-old third-grader Christina-Taylor Green*. Green had two personal connections to Major League Baseball; She was a daughter of Los Angeles Dodgers scout John Green and a granddaughter of former Philadelphia Phillies manager Dallas Green.

From the portrait painted in the Arizona Daily Star, she seemed like a neat little girl all on her own:

• Already a good speaker, her father said, Green recently was elected to the student council at her elementary school.
• Green told her parents she wanted to attend Penn State and make a career helping those less fortunate.
• She loved animals and dancing — especially ballet — along with hip-hop and jazz music.
• She was athletic, too; Green liked to go swimming with her 11-year-old brother, also named Dallas. She also was the only girl on her Little League baseball team. She played second base.

Her grandfather, 76, managed the Phillies when they won the World Series in 1980. He also managed the Yankees and Mets and was general manager of the Chicago Cubs.

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt released a statement:

"We lost a member of the Dodgers family today. The entire Dodgers organization is mourning the death of John's daughter Christina, and will do everything we can to support John, his wife Roxana and their son Dallas in the aftermath of this senseless tragedy. I spoke with John earlier today and expressed condolences on behalf of the entire Dodgers organization."

A budding political scientist, the young girl was there to meet Giffords when Jared Loughner allegedly opened fire.

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Dick Winters, a real person in the real Band of Brothers.
Col. William M. Bower, last surviving pilot of the Doolittle raid upon Japan.
R. Sargent Shriver, first head of the Peace Corps
Margaret Whiting, singer from the '40s and '50s.
Susannah York, actress
Frank Bessac, OSS agent and anthropologist
Ric Hesse, Chicago restaurateur
Jack LaLanne, fitness guru. As I said one time, "he looks all 60 of his 90 years".*
Pete Postlethwaite, British actor
Anna Yablonska, very young and promising Ukrainian poet -- terrorist attack.*
Daniel Bell -- neo-conservative intellectual*
Tura Satana, actress
Gary Moore (not the game-show host!), Northern Irish musician
Chuck Tanner, baseball manager*
Blanche Honeggger Moyse, Swiss-born conductor.* (no obvious relation to the Swiss composer Arthur Honegger)
George Shearing, British jazz pianist
Kenneth Mars, actor.
Cecil Kaiser, then believed the oldest former player of the Negro (baseball) League*
Ronald Hickman, race car driver and inventor of the Black & Decker Workmate*
Duke Snider, Hall of Fame baseball player*
Frank Buckles, last American WWI veteran
Jane Russell, actress
John Lounge, astronaut*
Mike DeStefano, comedian
David Broder, journalist
Owen Laster, literary agent
Hugh Martin, composer *
Leslie Collier, improved storage for smallpox vaccines*
Owsley Stanley, chemist
former Secretary of State Warren Christopher
Elizabeth Taylor, British-American actress
Geraldine Ferraro, 1984 Democratic nominee for Vice-President
Diana Wynne Jones, actress
Farley Granger, actor*
Paul Baran, Internet pioneer
Baruch Samuel Bloomberg, enemy of infectious diseases*
Sidney Lumet, director
William Donald Schaefer, huge figure in Maryland politics*
Grete Waltz, marathon runner -- female pioneer
Madeleine Pugh, TV writer
Tran Le Xuan, a/k/a Madame Nhu (the Lady Macbeth of the Republic of Vietnam?)
Phoebe Snow, singer
Enrique Arancibia, murderer and kidnapping enforcer of the brutal Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, stabbed to death* (Roast in Hell!)
Osama bin Laden (Roast in Hell!)
Robert W. Finzel --Chicago artist*
Jackie Cooper, actor
Charles Choules, last male WWI veteran
Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer*
Robert DeShaun "Tractor" Traylor -- professional basketball player who had shady eligibility while in college*
Bernard Greenhouse, cellist (Beaux Arts Trio)*
Thomas Fulton, physicist
Harmon Killibrew, Hall of Fame slugger*
Jeff Conaway, actor
Gil Scott-Heron, rap musician
former Texas Governor Bill Clements
Osamu Maruoka, Japanese terrorist hijacker (Japanese Red Army)*
Jack "Doctor Death" Kevorkian*
James Arness, actor
Rector Maksud Ibnugadzharovich Sadikov, Dagestani peace-seeker -- suspicious , violent circumstances*
John Hospers -- who won only sixteen fewer electoral votes than George McGovern in 1972*
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

Gunnar Fischer -- Swedish cinematographer, collaborator with Bergman
Clarence Clemons -- saxophonist
Yelena Bonner -- wife of Soviet dissident and physicist Andrei Sakharov*
Peter Falk, actor
Bil Haast -- used his body to create antivenins and lived to 100*
Otto von Habsburg -- Crown Prince of Austria, Hungary, and Bohemia*
Josef Suk -- great Czech violinist*
Dick Williams, baseball manager*
John Mackey, NFL tight end and first President of the NFL Player's Association*
Betty Ford, former First Lady
John S. Toll, academic
Sherwood Schwartz, screenwriter and TV producer (Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch)*
Karen Khachaturian -- composer. (Note: "Karen" is a male name in Armenian).*
Amy Winehouse -- singer
Steve Prefontaine, Olympic long-distance runner

General John Shalikashvili, US Army*
Lucian Freud, artist, grandson of you-know-who*
James Ford Steele, KKK terrorist, murderer* (Roast in Hell!)
Rudolf Brazda, last surviving homosexual victim of the Nazis*
Annette DiGregorio, actress
Ray Anderson, environmentalist
former US Senator Mark Hatfield*
Jerry Leiber, rock-and-roll lyricist*
Mike Flanagan, pitcher and other roles in the Baltimore Orioles' organization
David Edwards, blues musician*
Lee Roy Selmon, NFL star*
Betty Skelton, daredevil pilot
Huge loss to hockey with the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash*
75th anniversary, death of the thylacine*
Michael Stern Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg*
Cliff Robertson, actor*
former US Senator Charles H. Percy*
Eleanore Mondale, wife of Walter Mondale
Dolores Hope, widow of Bob Hope*
Anwar al-Awlaki, terrorist.*
Linda Latham, "Energy Star"
Don Lapre, marketing shyster, committed suicide as the Feds closed in on him*
Steve Jobs, head of Apple Computers
Al Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders Football Team
Dennis Ritchie, developer of the C language*
Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddafi (Roast in Hell!)
Elouise Cobell, treasurer of the Blackfeet Tribe, caught the federal government cheating on revenues to her tribe and won a lawsuit. Big!*

Herbert Hauptman, mathematician*
Robert A. Pritzker, industrial engineer and philanthropist*
Matty Alou, baseball star*
Andy Rooney, crusty commentator on 60 Minutes
Norman Ramsey, physicist*
George Frazier, former boxing heavyweight champion*
Benjamin McCoy, baseball star*
Jeno Paulucci, food entrepreneur (Jeno's, Michelina, Chun King)*
Frederick Meijer, founder of the hypermarket concept in America (Meijer, a big regional chain based in Michigan)*
Lynn Margulies, microbiologist
Ann McCaffrey, SF writer

Quote:No relation, but she was a near-neighbor at one time. She may be one of the last living Americans to remember Tsar Nicholas II as her ruler (but probably with no affection).

As I once commented after watching Fiddler on the Roof, Imperial Russia was a horrible place in which to be a Jew. It was also a horrible place in which to be... a Russian! (She was neither Russian nor Jewish, by the way).

Allen, Mich. —

Nellie (Galinis) Timm, 106, of Coldwater, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2011 at Sandy’s Adult Foster Care Home in Allen.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Coldwater with Rev. Fr. Dan Doctor officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov.29, 2011 from 4:00 - 6 :00 PM, with a Rosary to begin at 6:00 PM at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater.

Nellie was born June 15, 1905 in Rumbones, Lithuania to Joseph & Berniece (Adrmavcule) Yarmala. She married Peter Galinis in Dec. of 1927 in Lithuania, he preceded her in death in 1968. She then married John Timm in May of 1971, he preceded her in death on April 3, 1983.

Nellie came to the Coldwater area in 1928. She spent many years helping on the family farm before going to work at the former Pants Factory and then the Shaw Shoe Factory where she worked for many years. Nellie was an active member of St. Charles Church, where she had belonged to the Altar Rosary Society. She was a gifted singer and dancer and had been the Cantor at her former parishes in both Detroit and Lithuania, where she had also performed. Nellie was a skilled seamstress and enjoyed crocheting.

obituary, Coldwater (Michigan) Daily Reporter

Harry Morgan, superb actor. *
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

Christopher Hitchens, writer. 
Kim Jong-il, North Korean monarch in all but name, tyrant, and serial mass-murderer. (Roast in Hell!)

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Quote:[url=]Václav Havel, the dissident playwright who led the Czechoslovakian "velvet revolution" and was one of the fathers of the east European pro-democracy movement that led to the fall of the Berlin wall, has died aged 75.
Reports quoted his assistant, Sabina Tančevová, as saying Havel died at his weekend house on Sunday morning, and the news was announced on Czech television during an interview with the current prime minister, Petr Necas.
Necas called Havel "the symbol of 1989" and said he did "a tremendous job for this country".

Havel's state funeral is likely to draw a crowd of leaders, artists and intellectuals from around the world. Havel was a renowned playwright and essayist who, after the crushing of the Prague spring in 1968, was drawn increasingly into the political struggle against the Czechoslovakian communist dictatorship, which he called Absurdistan. His involvement in the Charter 77 movement for freedom of speech won him admiration around the world.
His commitment to non-violent resistance helped ensure the velvet revolution was bloodless. It also help ensured that the "velvet divorce" three years later, when the country split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, was equally peaceful.

Havel opposed the split and stepped down from his position as president in 1992, rather than oversee the process. However, he stood for the presidency of the Czech Republic early the following year and won. It was a non-executive position but Havel brought to it both moral authority and prestige on the world stage. He stayed in the position, despite bouts of ill health including lung cancer, until 2003.

His role in the east European revolutions of 1989 was second only to Lech Walesa's in Poland. As the twin inspirations of the pro-democracy movement, they were strikingly contrasting figures: Walesa a flamboyant, brash, working-class union agitator; Havel a soft-spoken intellectual from a well-to-do family, who was a reluctant politician.

He was one of a generation who came to political consciousness in the 1960s. Rock stars such as Frank Zappa were among his heroes and late in life he continued to sign his name with a small heart-shaped flourish.
His motto was: "Truth and love must prevail over lies and hate."

Robert James Gilbert Anderson, English Olympic fencer -- showed Hollywood stars how to do convincing combat*
Gordon Hirabayashi -- sociologist, involved in the USSC case Hirabayashi v. United States*
Richard Threlkeld, CBS correspondent*
Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, period-performance pioneer*
Cy Twombly, artist
Sandor Feher, Hungarian violinist, hero of the Costa Concordia sinking -- rescued children*
Etta James, singer
child-killer whom I will not name this time*
Joe Paterno, legendary Penn State football coach until disgraced*
Paavo Berglund, Finnish conductor*
Don Cornelius, emcee of Soul Train
Dorothea Tanning, artist and writer*
Angelo Dundee, trainer of Mohammed Ali
Last known WWI veteran, Florence Green
Whitney Houston, singer
Gary Carter, Hall of Fame Catcher. *

I remember seeing a Detroit Tiger game being broadcast from New York -- with the New York Mets. The Mets were honoring their retiring catcher Mike Piazza, and the greatest living catchers of the time were there except for Jorge Posada (with the Yankees, and obviously unavailable) . The Tigers then had Ivan Rodriguez, and he caught for the Tigers. Others in attendance were Johnny Bench, Gary Carter, Carlton Fisk, Bill Freehan, and Yogi Berra, If you believe in ghosts, then Roy Campanella was surely somehow in attendance. Since then Gary Carter and Yogi Berra have since left our world for that great Field of Dreams.

-- moi.

Harry C. McPherson, political wonk

Jan Berenstain, part of the creation of the Berenstain Bears.
Davy Jones, Monkee. 
Andrew Breitbart, hack journalist*
Donald Payne, US Representative, (D,NJ-10)
Ghiath Tayfour, Syrian boxing champion, likely murdered by gangsters (the Assad regime).*
Frank Rowland, Nobel-Prize chemist, professor at UC-Irvine*
John/Ivan Demjanjuk, traitor to humanity as a brutal guard at Nazi death camps. Gone to the Gulag that will never be abolished (Hell!)*
Lisa Laster, sister of one of my favorite posters.
Earl Scruggs, innovative banjo player*
Adreienne Rich, feminist poet
Miguel de la Madrid, former President of Mexico*

Leila Denmark, pediatrician living to age 114*. Considering the profession, what could be more ironic than a pediatrician being the oldest person recognized in Wikipedia for reasons other than reaching an advanced age! Many of her infant patients have lived full, long lives.

Quote:Leila Alice Denmark (née Daughtry; February 1, 1898 – April 1, 2012) was an American pediatrician. She was the world's oldest practicing pediatrician until her retirement in May 2001 at the age of 103. She was one of the rare supercentenarians renowned for reasons other than longevity; the only such person living to be 114. On December 10, 2011, at age 113 years 312 days, she became one of the 100 oldest people ever. At her death she was the 4th-oldest verified living person in the world and the 3rd-oldest verified living person in the United States.

Born in Portal, Georgia, Denmark was the third of 12 children born to Elerbee and Alice Cornelia Hendricks Daughtry. Her paternal uncle was Missouri Congressman James Alexander Daugherty.] She attended Tift College in Forsyth, Georgia, where she trained to be a teacher, but decided to attend medical school when her fiancé, John E. Denmark (1899-1990) , was posted to Java, Dutch Indies, by the United States Department of State and no wives were allowed. She was the only woman in the 1928 graduating class of the Medical College of Georgia, and married soon after graduation. Denmark is credited as co-developer of the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine in the 1920s and 1930s.

Following graduation, she accepted a residency at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to the Morningside-Lenox Park neighborhood with her husband. Denmark was the first physician on staff at Henrietta Eggleston Hospital, a pediatric hospital on the Emory University campus, when it opened. In private practice, she saw patients in a clinic at her home and devoted a substantial amount of her professional time to charity. She never refused a referral from the public health department. On March 9, 2000, the Georgia General Assembly honored her in a resolution.

Denmark outlined her views on child-rearing in her book Every Child Should Have A Chance, published in 1971. She was among the first doctors to object to cigarette smoking around children, and drug use in pregnant women. She believes that drinking cow's milk is harmful, and that children (and adults) should eat fruit instead of drinking fruit juices, and drink only water.

On her 100th birthday in 1998, she refused cake because there was too much sugar in it. When she refused cake again on her 103rd birthday, she explained to the restaurant's server that she had not had any food with sugar in it (other than natural sugar like fruit) in 70 years. She wrote a second book, published in 2002, with Madia Bowman titled Dr. Denmark Said It!: Advice for Mothers from America's Most Experienced Pediatrician.

Denmark lived in Alpharetta, Georgia until age 106, when she moved to Athens, Georgia to live with her only daughter, Mary Hutcherson. On February 1, 2008, Denmark celebrated her 110th birthday, becoming a supercentenarian. According to Hutcherson, Denmark's health deteriorated severely in the autumn of 2008, but improved until recently. In addition to Hutcherson, her only child, Denmark had two grandchildren, Steven and James, and two great-grandchildren, Jake and Hayden.

February 1, 2012, Leila Denmark became the 89th verified person to reach the age of 114.

At the time of her death, Leila Denmark was the 76th oldest ever woman and the 83rd oldest ever person on record.

Ferdinand Porsche, designer of the Porsche 911*
Thomas Kinkade, artist often derided for his marketing techniques*
Mike Wallace. Last journalist many people wanted to see interviewing him. *
Dick Clark. Rock music impresario.
Charles Colson. Nixon trickster, got a conscience, got religion, and regained some credibility

I said of him:

Quote:Unlike the others who have ('found God' after doing horrible things), he has been consistent. He also scrupulously avoided partisan politics. He has been a conservative (why should I expect that to change?); it is not the conservative values but instead selfish ambition that led him astray.

He pioneered it, so it may not have been a hustle. The really nasty ones are those who "find God" and then do nasty things to people -- like many in the Reagan and second Bush Administrations and among GOP leadership in the 112th Congress. I have no reason to believe that Chuck Colson didn't believe what he said after finding God. He has been consistent.

If anything, contemporary Movement Conservatism makes me nostalgic for the conservatism of forty years ago.

Ernest Callenbach, SF writer.
Levon Helm.
Moose Skowron, baseball star.
Junior Seau, American football star
George "Goober Pyle" Lindsey, comic actor*
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

Bob Stuart, game-show creator
Meow the cat, 39-pound house cat. That's animal abuse!
Maurice Sendak, French illustrator
Bruno Sassetti, jazz pianist*
Donna Summer, disco singer. Probably the only disco singer who had any talent.
Chuck Brown, pop singer
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German singer of Lieder.*
Albert Falco, captain of Jacques Cousteau's Calypso. (I consider Cousteau the greatest explorer of the 20th century).
Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, Libyan secret police officer connected to the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland  (Roast in Hell!)*
Paul Fussell, social critic*
Klass Carl Faber, Dutch Nazi traitor and war criminal. (Roast in Hell!)*
Vidal Sassoon, hair stylist and entrepreneur
Ray Bradbury, SF author
Frank Cady, TV grocer on three of CBS' old rural comedies*
Richard Dawson, actor and game-show host
Nolan Miller, clothing designer for Dynasty
Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Prize winner in economics*
Henry Hill, parasite. Aren't all gangsters parasites?* (Roast in Hell)!
Roger Garaudy, Holocaust-denying crank*
Rodney King, victim of police brutality 21 years earlier*
LeRoy Neiman, painter largely of athletic scenes*
Judy Friedberg , writer for Sesame Street.

...I once saw Sesame Street as one of the greatest TV series ever. It is definitely a kid's show, but it has enough clever writing that an adult who gets deputed to watch it with a child can relate to it. Writing a kid's show so that it has some adult appeal without compromising its educational utility is tricky in the extreme. I Love Lucy, Bonanza, The Andy Griffith ShowTaxi, and M*A*S*Hi, had no such problem.

"Lonesome George", a giant tortoise* Somehow I missed "Socks", the Clinton family cat, in this list...but I doubt that I will find another reptile in this list. I have horses and dogs, too. So to give some semblance of equal time for reptiles:

Quote:Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni, known as the Pinta Island tortoise, Pinta giant tortoise, Abingdon Island tortoise, or Abingdon Island giant tortoise, is a subspecies of Galápagos tortoise native to Ecuador's Pinta Island, believed to have become extinct in June 2012

The last known individual of the subspecies was a male named Lonesome George (Spanish: El Solitario Jorge/George), who died on 24 June 2012. In his last years, he was known as the rarest creature in the world. George served as a potent symbol for conservation efforts in the Galápagos and internationally.

George was first seen on the island of Pinta on 1 December 1971 by Hungarian malacologist József Vágvölgyi. The island's vegetation had been devastated by introduced feral goats, and the indigenous C. n. abingdoni population had been reduced to a single individual. It is thought that he was named after a character played by American actor George Gobel. Relocated for his safety to the Charles Darwin Research Station, George was penned with two females of a different subspecies. Although eggs were produced, none hatched. The Pinta tortoise was pronounced functionally extinct as George was in captivity. On 24 June 2012, Lonesome George died of unknown causes.

On 24 June 2012, at 8:00 am local time, Director of the Galápagos National Park Edwin Naula announced that Lonesome George had been found dead by his caretaker of 40 years, Fausto Llerena. Naula suspects that the cause of death was heart failure consistent with the end of the natural life cycle of a tortoise. A necropsy is planned to determine an official cause of death. He was believed to be over 100 years old, and he weighed 200 lbs. The event may have marked the total extinction of his subspecies. The reason for the ambiguity is that one or more individuals from the subspecies may still be living in captivity or on a neighboring island in the Galápagos.

Nora Ephron, writer

Andy Griffith*, beloved sheriff of Nottingham -- just kidding. Mayberry, North Carolina. I consider him the epitome of the self-effacing comedian who defines the most memorable and longest-lasting cultural achievement of the Silent Generation. We used to take this for granted, but as these comedians disappear from stage and screen we get too full of ourselves.

Sergio Pinnafarina*, auto designer (Ferrari)
Ernest Borgnine*, actor
Celeste Holm, actress*
Steven Covey, writer of self-help guides
18 July 2012 Damascus bombing -- mostly gangsters* associated with the Assad crime syndicate in Syria
Sally Ride, astronaut
August Kowalczyk*, last survivor of an escape from Auschwitz
Gore Vidal, writer
Garrett Reid, American football player
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

Marvin Hamlisch, film composer*
Helen Gurley Brown, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine*
Victor Poor, engineer -- essential to the Internet*
Tony Scott, director
Phyllis Diller, actress-comedienne
Scott McKenzie, songwriter "If you're going to San Francisco"
Stephen Van Buren-- NFL Hall of Fame*
Neil Armstrong, first man on the Moon
General Tomas Sedlacek -- Czechoslovak warrior of WWII, fought on both Eastern and Western fronts*
Hal David, songwriter
Sun Myung Moon, leader of the Unification Church*
Michael Duncan Clark, actor
Joe South, songwriter "Games People Play"
John Christopher Stevens, American diplomat, killed in anti-American violence in Libya*
Andy Williams, singer
Chris Economaki, racing announcer*
Bob Hobsbawm, English historian
Barry Commoner, ecologist
Arthur Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times
Antisa Khvichava, claimed to have lived 132 years (likely preposterous)*, unrecognized
Alex Karras, American football star and actor*
Jonathan Lewis, actor and suspected criminal
former US Senator Arlen Spector*
former US Senator and Democratic nominee for President in 1972, George McGovern
Stan Ovshinsky, machinist, expert on amorphous materials
Russell Means, American First Peoples activist
Jacques Barzun, French intellectual historian*
Gabrielle Roth, dancer
Elliott Carter, American classical composer and centenarian*
Lee McPhail, baseball executive, Hall of Fame*
Ajmal Kasab, convicted terrorist in the Mumbai horror, executed*
Jan Trefuka, Czech writer and dissident, signer of Charter '77*
Larry Hagman, actor*
Marvin Miller, former head of the baseball players' union*
Joseph Edward Murray, physician, first to successfully do a kidney transplant*
Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist
Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect, largely created its capital Brasilia
Ravi Shankar, introduced the sitar to Western audiences
Galina Vizhnevskaya, Russian opera singer*
Norman Joseph Woodland, entrepreneur
US Senator Daniel Inouye
Judge Robert Bork, jurist*
Jack Klugman, actor*
Charles Durning, actor*
General H. Norman Schwartzkopf, leader of the highly successful liberation of Kuwait
Parri Page, pop singer*
Gerda Lerner, historian
Aaeon Reddit, co-founder of Reddit
Conrad Bain, actor
Abigail Van Buren, "Dear Abby"
Earl Weaver, baseball manager; Stan "the Man" Musial, baseball great*
Taihō Kōki, Ukrainian-born sumo wrestler*
Sally Starr, Philadelphia kids' show hostess

Quote:my comment on her -- Back when every TV station seemed to have its locally-produced, unique programming most had some local character on some clubhouse program introduce some cartoons and some interesting guests. Then came the lengthened time for washday weepers and vapid talk shows. When independent channels began to proliferate such programming did not re-appear, but those channels filled with reruns. Too bad. The kids are missing something.

I was in the wrong market for Sally Starr, but I remember the general pattern. There might be a "Ranger Jim" on WJIM-TV in Lansing (get it?) or some 'cowboy', sea captain, or... whatever. That character let kids be kids.

 Patty Andrews, last of the Andrews Sisters*
Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City
Essie Mae Washington-Williams, long-hidden BLACK daughter of eventual US Senator Strom Thurmond*
Paul Tanner, last surviving member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra*
Frank Braun, American inventor of small appliances*
George Aratani, founder of the Kenwood and Mikasa firms*.
Wolfgang Sawallisch, German conductor*.
Van Cliburn, concert pianist*
Bonnie Franklin, actress*
Marie-Claire Alain, French organist*
Hugo Chávez, Venezuelan soldier, demagogue, and dictator*
Ieng Sary, Khmer Rouge leader and criminal against humanity* (Roast in Hell!)
Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist-Schmenzin, last surviving member of the July 20 Plot against Satan Incarnate the Antichrist Adolf Hitler *
Edgar Killen, KKK terrorist, owner of the plot on which three martyrs of the Civil Rights Movement were hidden*
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-born novelist*
Roger Ebert, film critc
Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister*
Mildred Daniel Manning, last surviving "Angel Nurse" at Bataan*
Annette Funicello, child actress on the Mickey Mouse Club
Jonathan Winters, comedian*
Elizabeth Marie Tallchief, ballerina*
Sir Colin Davis, British conductor*
Carmel Kaine, Australian-born British violinist*
János Starker, Hungarian cellist*
former US Representative (D-PA) Robert Edgar*
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

Margaret Groeing, inspiration for the cartoon character Marge Simpson
Dr. Joyce Brothers, psychologist and columnist*
Jorge Rafael Videla, brutal Argentine dictator* (Roast in Hell!)
Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for the Doors
Henri Dutilleux, French composer*
Jean Stapleton, "Edith Bunker"
Senator Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, died in office*
"Deacon" Jones, American football star*
Esther Jane Williams -- turned swimming into an art form for the movies*
"Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez, satanist and serial killer, now with his buddy in Hell*... One of the vilest people I have ever heard of.
Kakiemon Sakaida, Japanese potter and designated a Living Treasure*
Kenneth Geddes Wilson, theoretical physicist*
Slim Whitman, country singer
James Gandolfini, actor*
Gary David Goldberg, scriptwriter and TV producer*
Douglas Carl Engelbart, engineer and inventor*
Douglas Dayton, founder of Target Stores*
Lo Hsing Han, heroin kingpin active in Burma/Myanmar* (Roast in Hell!)
Senji Yamaguchi, atomic-bomb survivor and peace advocate*
Sabawi Ibrahim al-Tikriti, director of the Mukhabarat, the secret police of Saddam Hussein (Roast in Hell!)
William H. Gray, clergyman turned US Representative
Nadezhda Popova, Soviet pilot and one of the first military female pilots in the USSR
Stephen Rakes, Boston businessman, suspicious death allegedly connected to fugitive Whitey Bulger*
Helen Thomas, journalist
Ossie Schechtman, who supposedly scored the first basket in the National Basketball Association*
Arthur Donovan, American football star*
Karen Black, actress
Anatoly Yuriyovych Onoprienko, Ukrainian serial killer, 52 victims (Roast in Hell!)*
David Frost, British journalist and TV star*
Governor-General of Grenada Sir Paul Scoon, in office during the American invasion of Grenada*
Rochus Misch, last survivor of Hitler's bunker*
Cal Worthington, colorful car dealer in greater Los Angeles "This is my dog spot"... "Spot" of course was never a dog.
Ray Dolby, sound engineer (Dolby Labs)*
Frederik Pohl, SF author
Eiji Toyoda, Japanese industrialist (Toyota)*
Ken Norton, boxer*
Hiroshi Yamauchi, Japanese industrialist (Nintendo)*
Evelyn Lowery, wife of civil rights leader Dr, Joseph Lowery*
Adalbert Brunke, German-born South African clergyman, supporter of Nelson Mandela*
Tom Clancy, novelist
Vo Nguyen Giap, North Vietnamese general, drove out the French from northern Vietnam and the US from southern Vietnam*
Ruth Rogan Benento, inventor of wash-and-wear fabrics*
Philip Chevron, guitarist
Scott Carpenter, astronaut
Erich Priebke, Nazi war criminals (Roast in Hell!)*
Tom Foley, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives*
"Bum" Phillips, American football coach*
Jovanka Budisavljević Broz, former First Lady of Yugoslavia (wife of Josip Broz Tito)*
Vladimir Keils-Borok, physicist involved in forecasting earthquakes*
Lou Reed, singer
Former US Representative Ike Skelton
Manfred Rommel, German politician, son of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel*
thousands, Hurricane Yolanda*
John Kenneth Taverner, British composer*
Paul Crouch, televangelist*
Paul Walker, actor*
Nelson Mandela, political dissident and political prisoner of racist South Africa who became President of the post-racist South Africa
Peter O'Toole, actor
Tom Laughlin, actor
Joan Fontaine, actress
Ray Price, country musician
George Rodrigue, artist*
Janet Dailey, romance novelist
Larry Lujack, Chicago dee-jay
Edgar Bronfman, businessman and entrepreneur*
Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 (one of the best rifles ever made)
George Jerome Waldo Goodman, a/k/a Adam Smith, author and economics broadcaster*
Saul Zaentz, entertainment mogul*
Alicia Rhett, actress, best known as "India Wilkes:" in Gone With the Wind*
Phil Everley, one of the Everley Brothers
Amiri Baraka, born as LeRoi Jones, poet
Sir Run Run Shaw, Chinese movie mogul
Russell Johnson, the Professor from Gilligan's Island
Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor*
Pete Seeger, folk singer
Maximilian Schell, Austrian actor*
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, actor
Joan Mondale. Wife of Walter.
Vasiľ Biľak. Czechoslovak traitor -- signed the letter asking for Soviet assistance through the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia*
Ralph Kiner, baseball star and commentator*
Shirley Temple, child star and diplomat
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

Saul Zaentz, entertainment magnate*
Alicia Rhett, "India Wilkes" in Gone With the Wind*
Phil Everley, one of the Everley brothers
Amiri Baraka, originally LeRoi Jones, poet
Sir Run Run Shaw, Chinese movie magnate
Russell Johnson, actor "the Professor" from Gilliigan's Island
Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor*
Pete Seeger, folk singer
Maximilian Schell, Austrian actor*
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, actor
Vasiľ Biľak, Czechoslovak Commie, one of those who 'invited' an invasion by the Soviet Union*
Ralph Kiner, baseball star and TV announcer*
Shirley Temple, child star and diplomat
Sid Caesar, comedian*
Ralph Waite, actor
John Henson, puppetteer (like his father)
Bob Casale, guitarist
Maria Agatha Franziska Gobertina von Trapp, matriarch of the musical von Trapp family
Alice Herz-Sommer, then oldest-living survivor of the Holocaust. Pianist and music teacher.*
Harold Ramis, actor
Maurice Faure, French politician*
Frank Jobe, physician, known for "Tommy John surgery"  that extends pitching careers
Autumn Radtke, Bitcoin figure
William Clay Ford, football executive
Porky Chedwick, Pittsburgh-area DJ, promoter of "race" music*
former Florida governor Reuben Askew*
Ray Still, oboist*
Tony Benn, British politician*
Fred Phelps, crusader against gay rights*
Lawrence Walsh, prosecutor in  Iran-Contra Arms scandal
Robert Strauss, political operative and diplomat
Adolfo Suárez González, first democratically-elected prime minister in post-Franco Spain
Ralph Cookerly Wilson, last surviving owner of an AFL team*
Gina Pellón, Cuban-born French artist
Charles Humphrey Keating, Jr., convicted bank fraudster of the 1980s*
Mickey Rooney, actor*
Charles Sumner Jones, founder of the National Association of Black Journalists*
Mar Emmanuel III Delly, Iraqi Christian clergyman during the US invasion of Iraq*
Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez*, Colombian author
Conrado Eugenio Marrero Ramos, Cuban baseball player
Jesse Winchester, singer
Al Feldstein (Mad Magazine)
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. actor*
Bob Hoskins, actor
Bill Dana (not the comedian) , test pilot*
Wojciech Jaruzelski. Polish general, imposed martial law, gave way to democracy in Poland*
Maya Angelou, poet*
Oscar Dystel, founder of Pocket Books*
Chester Nez, last of the original Navajo code talkers
Tony Gwynn, baseball star
Casey Kasem, rock music promoter*
Stephanie Louise Kwolek, inventor of Kevlar*

What's so important? It changes the nature of law enforcement. Bullet-proof vests make killing a cop and surviving the attempt much more difficult. l

Eli Wallach, actor
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

Saul Zaentz, entertainment magnate*
Alicia Rhett, "India Wilkes" in Gone With the Wind*
Phil Everley, one of the Everley brothers
Amiri Baraka, originally LeRoi Jones, poet
Sir Run Run Shaw, Chinese movie magnate
Russell Johnson, actor "the Professor" from Gilliigan's Island
Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor*
Pete Seeger, folk singer
Maximilian Schell, Austrian actor*
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, actor
Vasiľ Biľak, Czechoslovak Commie, one of those who 'invited' an invasion by the Soviet Union*
Ralph Kiner, baseball star and TV announcer*
Shirley Temple, child star and diplomat
Sid Caesar, comedian*
Ralph Waite, actor
John Henson, puppetteer (like his father)
Bob Casale, guitarist
Maria Agatha Franziska Gobertina von Trapp, matriarch of the musical von Trapp family
Alice Herz-Sommer, then oldest-living survivor of the Holocaust. Pianist and music teacher.*
Harold Ramis, actor
Maurice Faure, French politician*
Frank Jobe, physician, known for "Tommy John surgery"  that extends pitching careers
Autumn Radtke, Bitcoin figure
William Clay Ford, football executive
Porky Chedwick, Pittsburgh-area DJ, promoter of "race" music*
former Florida governor Reuben Askew*
Ray Still, oboist*
Tony Benn, British politician*
Fred Phelps, crusader against gay rights*
Lawrence Walsh, prosecutor in  Iran-Contra Arms scandal
Robert Strauss, political operative and diplomat
Adolfo Suárez González, first democratically-elected prime minister in post-Franco Spain
Ralph Cookerly Wilson, last surviving owner of an AFL team*
Gina Pellón, Cuban-born French artist
Charles Humphrey Keating, Jr., convicted bank fraudster of the 1980s*
Mickey Rooney, actor*
Charles Sumner Jones, founder of the National Association of Black Journalists*
Mar Emmanuel III Delly, Iraqi Christian clergyman during the US invasion of Iraq*
Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez*, Colombian author
Conrado Eugenio Marrero Ramos, Cuban baseball player
Jesse Winchester, singer
Al Feldstein (Mad Magazine)
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. actor*
Bob Hoskins, actor
Bill Dana (not the comedian) , test pilot*
Wojciech Jaruzelski. Polish general, imposed martial law, gave way to democracy in Poland*
Maya Angelou, poet*
Oscar Dystel, founder of Pocket Books*
Chester Nez, last of the original Navajo code talkers
Tony Gwynn, baseball star
Casey Kasem, rock music promoter*
Stephanie Louise Kwolek, inventor of Kevlar*

What's so important? It changes the nature of law enforcement. Bullet-proof vests make killing a cop and surviving the attempt much more difficult. l

Eli Wallach, actor*
former US Senator and Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker*
Ernie Ball, Welsh golfer, last living person to have competed in the Masters tournament*
Richard Mellon Scaife, financial backer of the American Right*

Tome Erdelyi aka Tommy Ramone
Paul Horn, jazz flutist
Lorin Maazel, conductor
John Siegenthaler, journalist and assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy


"During the Freedom Rides of 1961, Seigenthaler was sent in his capacity as assistant to Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights John Doar[10] to be chief negotiator for the government, in its attempts to work with Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson. After several days of refusing to return calls, Patterson finally agreed to protect the Riders, but their state trooper escort disappeared as soon as they arrived in Montgomery on May 20, 1961, leaving them unprotected before the waiting white mob.[11]

Seigenthaler was a block away when he rushed to help Susan Wilbur,[12] a Freedom Rider who was being chased by the angry mob. Seigenthaler shoved her into his car and shouted "Get back! I'm with the Federal government"[13] but was hit behind the left ear with a pipe. Knocked unconscious, he was not picked up until police arrived 10 minutes later, with Montgomery Police Commissioner Lester B. Sullivan noting, "We have no intention of standing police guard for a bunch of troublemakers coming into our city." "

He was featured in a recent PBS doc about the freedom riders.

Joep Lange, AIDS expert, former President of the International AIDS Society*
Elaine Stritch, actress
James Garner, actor*
Theodore VanKirk, last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima*
James Brady, Press Secretary crippled in assassination attempt on then-President Ronald Reagan*
Robin Williams, comedian*
Lauren Bacall, actress*
Frans Bruggen, flutist and early-music pioneer*
my mother, Parkinsonism victim*
Don Pardo, radio and TV announcer*
James Wright Foley, photojournalist lynched by ISIS*
Emmaanuel G. Knarsis, Greek historical linguist and centenarian*
Richard Attenborough, British actor and film director/producer*
John G. Sperling, educational entrepreneur (University of Phoenix)*
John Walker, traitor/spy* (Roast in Hell!)
Steven J. Sotloff, American journalist, lynched and murdered by ISIS*
Joan Rivers, comedienne*
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A food chain*
Gerald Wilson, jazz musician*
Polly Bergen, actress*
Christopher Hogwood, early music performer*
Jean-Claude Duvalier, Haitian dictator and kleptocrat, bled a very poor country for his indulgence before being overthrown* (Roast in Hell!)
Elizabeth Pena, actress*
one of Greece's Greatest Generation, Ioannis Charalambopoulos*
Christophe de Margerie, French oil executive*
Oscar de la Renta, Dominican-Republic born fashion designer*
Stephan Hessel, advocate of the Arab Spring*
Oscar Taveras, baseball player*
Brittany Maynard, advocate of patient rights*
Thomas Louis Magnozzi, NPR's Car Talk
Big Hank, rapper
John Doar, enforcer of civil rights*
Alvin Dark, baseball star and manager*
Jayne Byrne, former Chicago mayor
Carl Sanders, former Governor of Georgia, led the state away from segregation*
Mike Nichols, director*
Roberto Gómez Bolaños, a/k/a Chespirito and televisiion executive, Mexican comedian*
Viktor Tikhonov. Soviet/Russian hockey coach*
Jean Beliveau, Canadian hockey player*
Ralph Bear, inventor of Pong*
Ken Weatherwax, actor
Lydia Mordkovich, Russian violinist*
Arthur Gardner, actor and film producer*
Joe Cocker, musician*
Louise Rainer, first person to win two Academy Awards (after fleeing Hitler)*
Edward K. Hermann, actor*
Mario Cuomo, former New York Governor
Donna Douglas, actress "Beverly Hillbillies"
former US Senator Edward Brooke*
Stuart Scott, sports broadcaster
victims of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo*
Rod Taylor, actor*
Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress
Ervin Drake, songwriter*
Tony Verna, inventor of instant replay*
Ethel Lang, last living person born under Queen Victoria*
former US Senator Wendell Ford*
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
Ernie Banks, "Mr. Cub", Hall of Fame baseball star*
Edgar Froese, electronic musician
Charles Hard Townes, physicist and educator*
Rod McKuen, poet, singer, songwriter
Colleen McCullough, Australian novelist
Richard Karl Freiherr von Weizsäcker, former President of the German Federal Republic*
Kenji Goto, Japanese photojournalist, lynched and murdered by ISIS*
Charles Sifford, golfer -- first African-American to play in the PGA*
Dean Smith, basketball coach
William Casper, golfer*
Lelsey Gore, singer
Eugenie Clark, ichthyologist (sharks and poisonous fish)*
Earl Francis Lloyd, first black NBA player*
Leonard Nimoy, actor, "Spock" on Star Trek -- our favorite Vulcan*
Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov -- Russian liberal politician*
Michael Graves, architect*
Terry Pritchett, fantasy writer
Charles Bednarik, American football player*
Lee Kwan Yew, first Prime Minister of Sngapore*
Hans Erni, Swiss artist*
oldest living person at the time
Robert Schuller, TV preacher
Elmer Lach, great hockey player*
Sarah Brady, gun-control advocate*
Lon Simmons, sports broadcasting voice in the San Francisco Bay Area
Stan Freberg, multifaceted TV figure*
Raul Castro, former Arizona Governor, not to be confused with Fidel's brother*
Judith Malina, German-born American film and stage actress*
Lauren Hill, college basketball player and cancer victim*
Günter Grass, German author (The Tin Drum)*
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Iraqi general and war criminal* (Roast in Hell!)
Sawyer Sweeten, child actor*
Sid Tepper, songwriter*
Władysław Bartoszewski, Polish politician and survivor of the Polish Underground*
Jayne Meadows, actress*
Jane Nidetch, founder of Weight Watchers*
Ben King, singer
Maya Mikhaylovna Plisetskaya, Russian ballet dancer and administrator*
Stuart Archer, British recipient of the George Cross for gallantry and heroism, only one not in military action (bomb disposal)*
Jim Wright, former Speaker of the House*
Elizabeth Wilson, stage actress, many awards*
Liquori "Coco" Tate and Benjamin "BJ" Deen, police officers killed in duty in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Rutger Gunnarson, Swedish musician, ABBA*
Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, Deputy leader of the Infernal State, killed in airstrike. (Roast in Hell!)
victims of a Philadelphia-area train crash
B.B. King, jazz musician*
Abu Sayyaf, ISIS oil minister. Kidnapper and rapist of an American female captive* (Roast in Hell!)
Anne Meara, comedienne*
Beau Biden, son of the US VP and promising politician*
Betsy Palmer, actress
Leonard Merullo, last living person to play in a World Series (1945!) involving a Chicago Cub* (The Cubs have a good chance this year)
Tareiq Aziz, foreign minister of Iraq under Saddam Hussein*
Vincent Bugliosi, prosecuting attorney in Los Angeles, wrote Helter Skelter about Tate-LaBianca murders*
Christopher Lee, British actor
Randolph Coleman, jazz saxophonist*
Walter Weller, violinist and conductor*
Kirk Kerkorian, entrepreneur*
Ralph Richards, founder of Comcast*
Gunther Schuller, wide-ranging musician*
Dick Van Patten, actor*
Joseph de Pasquale, violist*
Yevgeny Maksimovich Primakov, Soviet and Russian diplomat, tried to broker a settlement in First Gulf War (Saddam Hussein was the cause of the failure)*.
Chris Rock, rock bassist*
Sir Nicholas George Winton, organizer of a rescue of Jewish children from Czechoslovakia just before WWII*
Charlie Sanders, football star*
James Horner, film composer
Ken Stabler, quarterback*
Omar Sharif, Egyptian-born international actor*
Satoru Iwato, President of Nintendo*
Lithang Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, Tibetan clergyman and political prisoner*
Alan Curtis, hadpsichordist*
George Coe, actor*
Theodore Bikel, actor*
E L Doctorow, novelist*
Wayne Carson, songwriter
Bobbi Brown, singer*
Ivan Moravec, Czech pianist*
Wolfgang Gönnenwein, German conductor and musicologist*
James H. Allen, a/k/a "Rusty Nails", kid-show host in Portland, Oregon*
George Robert Acworth Conquest, historian of Communist terror and mass murder*
Lynn Anderson, country singer
Juan Manuel Guillermo Contreras Sepúlveda, head of the brutal secret police of Pinochet's Chile, international terrorist. (Roast in Hell!)

Quote: By coincidence I have a little Chilean wine -- I just drank a toast to this nasty man's death. Cheers!

Gestapo, KGB, SAVAK, BOSS, DINA, Mukhabarat -- they are much the same despite the differences of ideology.
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Frank Gifford, American football star and sports announcer*
Julian Bond, civil rights leader*
Khaled al-Asaad, Syrian archaeologist, protector of antquities at Palmyra, executed for doing so by ISIS*
Harry Volkman, one of the first celebrity weathermen
Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, #2 man in ISIS, killed in air strike. (Roast in Hell!)
Wang Dongxing, bodyguard of Mao Zedong and politician*
Augusta Marie Chiwy, heroine of the Battle of the Bulge*
Quote:Augusta Marie Chiwy (6 June 1921 – 23 August 2015) was a Belgian nurse who served as a volunteer during the siege of Bastogne. She worked with US Army doctor John "Jack" Prior and fellow Belgian nurse Renee Lemaire, treating injured soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge.

Chiwy, the daughter of a Belgian veterinarian from Bastogne and his Congolese wife, was born in the Belgian Congo. She returned to Belgium at the age of nine. In 1940, when she was 19, she went to Leuven to be trained as a nurse.

On 16 December 1944, the day the Germans launched their offensive, Chiwy returned to her family in Bastogne for Christmas. At that time the town seemed safely in American hands, but within days was surrounded by German troops advancing into Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. Chiwy attended to civilian and military casualties with her uncle, a doctor, until 21 December, when she volunteered to serve as a nurse at the first-aid station of the 20th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division, commanded by Dr. John Prior. Chiwy worked at the aid station in the Rue Neufchateau, and even donned an Army uniform in order to go out into the field to collect the wounded while under fire.

On 24 December 1944, the first aid station was hit by a German bomb, killing over 30 wounded men and another volunteer nurse Renee Lemaire. Chiwy was with Prior in an adjoining building and was blown through a wall, but survived unhurt. She continued to assist the American forces until the siege was finally lifted two days later.

After the war Chiwy worked at a hospital treating spinal injuries, married a Belgian soldier and had two children.

She rarely spoke of her experiences after the war, and it was assumed in some historical accounts of the battle that she had died there. British historian Martin King, while researching his book Voices of the Bulge, finally tracked her down in a retirement home near Brussels, hearing her story, and bringing her to public attention.

Stephen Ambrose makes a passing reference to her in his book Band of Brothers, under the name "Anna", and she also briefly appears in the television series based on the book, portrayed by Rebecca Okot.

In July 2015 a documentary film about Chiwy entitled Searching for Augusta: The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne, produced by Martin King and directed by Mike Edwards, won the Emmy Award for Historical Documentary.

Chiwy died on 23 August 2015 near Brussels, Belgium.

On 24 June 2011, Chiwy was made a Knight in the Order of the Crown. The medal was presented in the name of King Albert II of Belgium by Belgium's Minister of Defence Pieter De Crem. On 12 December 2011, Chiwy was awarded the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service by the United States Department of the Army. It was presented to her by the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman.

Wayne Dwyer, self-help author
Dean Jones, actor*
Moses Malone, American basketball player*
Wes Craven, filmmaker*
Sir David Valentine Willcocks, British conductor and overall musician, heavily involved with choral music*
Jackie Collins, author of books few people admit reading*
Yogi Berra, baseball catcher and colorful character*
Eric Arturo Delvalle Cohen-Henríquez, Panamanian politician ousted by Manuel Noriega and returned later*
Grace Boggs, political activist
John Berg, art director for Columbia Records* (noteworthy album covers)
Maureen O'Hara, Irish actress*
former US Senator and actor Fred Thompson
Günter Schabowski, East German political figure, literally opened the Berlin Wall (if by mistake)*
Ahmed Abdel Hadi Chalabi, Iraqi politician*
George Barris, car customizer*
Helmut Schmidt, former Chancellor of the German Federal Republic*
Robert Craft, conductor*
P.F. Sloan, singer-songwriter*
Joseph Engelberger, physicist, engineer, and entrepreneur* Robots.
Scott Wieland, singer
Brian Rush, one of the best posters on the old T4T forum
Douglas Tompkins, founder of The North Face and Esprit*
Akiyuki Nosaka, Japanese polymath*.
Kurt Masur, German conductor
Ozell Sutton, Marine, civil rights advocate, and associate of Governor Winthrop Rockefeller in his reforms of Arkansas racial realities
René Saorgin, French organist
Meadowlark Lemon, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)
Natalie Cole, singer
Wayne Rogers, "Trapper John" on M*A*S*H *
Gilbert Kaplan, entrepreneur and conductor, if of only one work (Mahler's Symphony #2, the fitting successor of Beethoven's Ninth)*
Gisela Raquel Mota Ocampo. Mexican politician, assassinated on her inauguration day
Vilmos Zsigmond, cinematographer*
Pierre Boulez, conductor and composer*
second-in-command of the Infernal State, killed in an airstrike (Roast in Hell!)
David Bowie, rock musician
last known survivor of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906*
Monte Irvin, baseballplayer*
Alan Rickman, actor
Dan Haggerty, actor (associated with bears)

Quote:Bears and humans have much in common (similar diets, territoriality, ferocity, aggression, intelligence, capriciousness, cunning, upright gait, and occasionally size). Both species see in each other much of what they dislike about themselves.
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Glen Frey, singer/songwriter*
Jimmy Bain, rock musician
Abe Vigoda, actor*
Paul Katner, Jefferson Airplane
Aurèle Nicolet, Swiss flutist*
Richard Taber, ecologist
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

Bob Elliott, comedian
Maurice White, singer-songwriter*
Edgar Mitchell, astronaut*
Antonin Scalia, US Supreme Court Justice*
Denise "Vanity" Matthews. Raunchy singer associated with Prince.
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egyptian-born diplomat
Harper Lee, author (To Kill a Mockingbird)
Umberto Eco, Italian writer
John Caldwell, cartoonist (MAD Magazine)*
Peter Mondavi, vintner*
George Kennedy, actor*
Nancy Davis Reagan, former First Lady
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor, pioneer of early music*
Beatles producer George Martin
Keith Emerson, rock keyboarder*
Loyd Shapley, Nobel economist*
Hillary Whitehall Putnam, philosopher*
Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto*
Phife Dog, hip-hop musician
Joe Garagiola, baseball star and media personality*
Garry Shandling, comedian
Earl Hamner, scriptwriter*
Imre Pozsgay, Hungarian Communist who made possible the transition to democracy*
Ken Howard, actor*
Mother Mary Angelica, founder of Catholic cable TV Eternal World Television Network*
Patty Duke, actress
Gato Barbieri, jazz saxophonist
Joseph Medicine Crow-High Bird*


Quote:(A)ffectionately known as CrowJoe to friends, was a historian and author of the Crow Nation of Native Americans. His writings on Native American history and reservation culture are considered seminal works, but he is best known for his writings and lectures concerning the Battle of the Little Bighorn. During his lifetime he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Bronze Star Medal and the Légion d'honneur. During World War II, he became the last war chief of the Crow Tribe, and was the last living Plains Indian war chief. He was a founding member of the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders & Youth.

After spending the latter half of 1942 working in the naval ship yards in Bremerton, Washington, Medicine Crow joined the Army in 1943, became a scout in the 103rd Infantry Division and fought in World War II. Whenever he went into battle, he wore his war paint beneath his uniform and a sacred eagle feather beneath his helmet. Medicine Crow completed all four tasks required to become a war chief: Touching an enemy without killing him, taking an enemy's weapon, leading a successful war party and stealing an enemy's horse.

He touched a living enemy soldier and disarmed an enemy when he turned a corner and found himself face to face with a young German soldier:

“ The collision knocked the German's weapon to the ground. Mr. Crow lowered his own weapon and the two fought hand-to-hand. In the end Mr. Crow got the best of the German, grabbing him by the neck and choking him. He was going to kill the German soldier on the spot when the man screamed out 'momma.' Mr. Crow then let him go. ”

He also led a successful war party and stole an enemy horse – not one, but fifty horses from a battalion of German SS-officers, singing a traditional Crow honor song as he rode off. He is the last member of the Crow tribe to become a war chief. Of his story, documentarian Ken Burns said, "The story of Joseph Medicine Crow is something I've wanted to tell for 20 years." Medicine Crow was interviewed and appeared in the 2007 Ken Burns PBS series The War, describing his World War II service.
Zaha Hadid, architect
Merle Haggard, country musician
Sir David John Cameron MacKay, British engineer*
Doris Roberts, actress*
Marie Barone, actress
Pastricio Aylwin, democratic successor to Chilean dictator Agosto Pinochet*
Prince, singer
Dayko, a Labrador retriever, rescuer of victims of the Ecuadorian earthquake. *
J.J. Harper, Georgia KKK leader*

Quote:Imperial Wizard of Georgia KKK dies after shootout with police

According to Georgia police, J.J. Harper was well-known in Georgia for his role in the local chapter of the KKK:

Law enforcement confirmed Harper's involvement in the white supremacy movement.

"Yes, he was. He had a membership drive on the courthouse steps," said Deputy David Grantham with the Dooly County Sheriff's Office.

During the standoff, Harper told officers and various news outlets that "someone was going to die today".

Harper shot multiple rounds at officers before walking back inside his home.

Agents confirm they fired a round at Harper before a gunshot was heard inside the home.

Police were called to the home after a domestic dispute. Harper kept police at bay for roughly eight hours, telling those on site that "someone is going to die today."


Suicide by cop by one of America's leading fascists. What a stupid way to go... but what can one expect from the Klan?

Former US Senator Conrad Burns*
Harry Wu, Chinese dissident*
Reverend Daniel Berrigan

three more already recognized on new Forums.

Project completed.
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

Just in time, for the old T4T forums are gone.
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

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