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Title: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on January 26, 2009, 07:51:42 pm

Founding member of Howard Morrison Quartet dies

Updated at 8:11pm on 26 January 2009

A founding member of the Howard Morrison Quartet, Gerry Merito, has died.

Mr Merito penned comedy-style hits for the quartet during its heyday in the 1960s, including My Old Man's an All Black and Battle of the Waikato.

He also had a solo career.

Sir Howard Morrison says he is pleased he had a chance to perform with Mr Merito again in December while filming a Maori Television special on the quartet.


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Post by: Daffyd on January 26, 2009, 07:58:09 pm
I thought he looked a bit frail in the show. Good that they all got together one last time.

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Post by: Calliope on January 28, 2009, 09:09:19 am
John Updike, a Lyrical Writer of the Ordinary, Is Dead at 76
John Updike, the kaleidoscopically gifted writer whose quartet of Rabbit Angstrom novels highlighted so vast and protean a body of fiction, verse, essays and criticism as to earn him comparisons with Henry James and Edmund Wilson among American men of letters, died today at a hospice outside Boston. He was 76 and lived in Beverly Farms, Mass.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Calliope on February 02, 2009, 10:53:41 pm
Ingemar Johansson: world heavyweight boxing champion


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: donquixotenz on February 03, 2009, 07:02:01 am
Gerry Merito, has died.

great man, great loss.
Will be missed by many from the Thistle where he often entertained.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on February 04, 2009, 07:39:11 am
Millard Fuller, who founded Habitat for Humanity International along with his wife, has died, officials said Tuesday. He was 74.
 Fuller died early Tuesday "after a brief illness," said a statement on the Web site of the organization he currently headed, Fuller Center for Housing, in Americus, Georgia.

"Family and friends are mourning the tragic loss of a great servant leader and a genuine heart," the statement said.

Fuller had suffered from chest congestion for three to four weeks, said Holly Chapman, spokeswoman for the Fuller Center. He died about 3 a.m. en route to a hospital, she said.

With his wife, Linda, Fuller founded Habitat for Humanity International in 1976.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on February 08, 2009, 09:49:26 am
Actor James Whitmore

Craggy-faced film, television and stage actor James Whitmore has died at 87, the Los Angeles County, California, Sheriff's Department confirmed Saturday.

 Details of his death and funeral arrangements were not available.

Whitmore notably portrayed Harry Truman, Will Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt in one-man stage shows and created memorable characters in many movies and TV shows, including "The Twilight Zone."

According to entertainment Web site IMDb.com, Whitmore won a Tony award in 1948 for his gritty Broadway portrayal of an Army sergeant in "Command Decision" but was replaced by Van Johnson in the film version.

Whitmore won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the 1949 film "Battleground." He was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1976 for "Give 'Em Hell, Harry," the film version of his one-man show about Truman.

The actor won an Emmy in 2000 for his performance as Raymond Oz in a three-episode arc on the ABC legal drama "The Practice," according to IMDb.com.

Movie fans may remember his subtle portrayal of aging prison inmate Brooks Hatlen in 1994's "The Shawshank Redemption" with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.

He played U.S. Navy Adm. William F. Halsey in the World War II epic "Tora! Tora! Tora!" and was an imperious ape in the 1968 classic "Planet of the Apes."

Whitmore looked natural in cowboy boots and hat, appearing in such TV series as "Bonanza," "The Virginian" and "Gunsmoke."

He also did commercials for Miracle-Gro plant foods.

According to IMDb.com, Whitmore was born in 1921 in White Plains, New York. He was married four times: twice to Nancy Mygatt, for four years in the '70s to actress Audra Lindley, and since 2001 to actress Noreen Nash.

He was the father of three children, including actor-director James Whitmore Jr.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Calliope on February 08, 2009, 09:54:24 am
God you are quick Lovelee - I was just reading that in the NYTimes.(http://img56.imageshack.us/img56/8929/smiliebleh7qp.gif)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on February 08, 2009, 09:55:26 am
.. even with a codeine addled brain LOL
its probably not necessary to invoke Gods name and mine in the one breath  :-*

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 10, 2009, 11:32:00 am
NZer who commanded jet fighter squadron dead

Monday, October 09, 2009
Otago Daily Times

New Zealand fighter pilot Warren Schrader, who commanded the only Royal Air Force squadron to fly jets in combat in World War 2, died on Friday in Whangaparaoa, north of Auckland, at the age of 87.

Schrader, who took over 616 (Meteor) Squadron in the last days of the war, flew only six operational flights in the jets before Germany surrendered but continued to lead the unit until the end of October 1945, a month after it returned to England from Europe.

He ended the war as a Squadron Leader with a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and bar.

In an interview with New Zealand Aviation News in September, Schrader remembered that he was posted to command 616 Squadron at the beginning of May 1945 after leading 486 (NZ) Squadron, on Tempests, the previous month.

"I had shot down an Me109 Messerschmitt in the early morning with 486 and was refuelling and rearming at our base in Fassberg, Germany when the Air Officer Commanding told me it was essential that a Meteor should shoot down a German aircraft, preferably an Me 262 jet fighter, for political reasons. That's how I got on to Meteors."

Schrader had destroyed 9˝ German aircraft in aerial combat in his month with 486 Squadron, a huge tally in such a short time, and was probably chosen on that account.

He didn't manage to achieve an air "kill with 616 Squadron, also based at Fassberg, but destroyed several aircraft on the ground.

Schrader had no time for a conversion course to learn how to fly jets. He more or less jumped from a Tempest into the cockpit of a Meteor, went solo and then immediately began "ops". He flew two sorties on May 02, three the next day and one the day after before combat flying was suspended.

Warren Edward Schrader was born in Wellington on March 27, 1941. He joined the RNZAF a few days before his 20th birthday, learned to fly at Wigram and then underwent further training in Canada.

He flew with 165 Squadron on Spitfires in the summer of 1942, taking part in sweeps and patrols before flying air cover for the ill-fated Dieppe operation on August 19.

Soon after, Schrader was posted to Malta with 1435 Squadron which was involved with ground attacks and shipping strikes in the Mediterranean area. He later flew with the Squadron from Sicily and Italy and was credited with two Me109s, shot down in the same dog fight.

Schrader instructed in Egypt for six months before returning to England in early 1945 and a transfer to 486 Squadron.

He was promoted squadron leader and given command of the New Zealanders when the previous CO was shot down and killed, and led it successfully until his posting to the Meteors.

With his 2˝ German aircraft destroyed in the air in the Mediterranean and his 9˝ in Europe, Schrader tallied a total of 12 confirmed kills.

"One of the things I'm proud of," he told Aviation News, "is that there were no probables and no damageds."

His first DFC was awarded for his service in Malta, the second for his time with 486.

Schrader was promoted Wing Commander and left the Meteor squadron to command a three-squadron wing of Mustangs based at Hornchurch, outside London, before a stint at the Central Flying School.

He could have had a career in the post-war RAF but returned to New Zealand in mid 1946 and joined National Airways Corporation, forerunner to Air New Zealand.

He flew Lodestars, DC3s, Viscounts, Friendships and Boeing 737s before retiring as the airline's chief pilot in 1976.

He is survived by his wife and two sons and their families. An older brother, Gordon, a bomber pilot who joined the RAF pre-war, was a wing commander at the time of his death in a motor vehicle accident in India in 1943.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: guest49 on February 10, 2009, 11:41:00 am
Warren Edward Schrader was born in Wellington on March 27, 1941.

Mustve been just about the youngest pilot in WWII.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 10, 2009, 12:02:15 pm
Warren Shrader was a real hard-case character. I remember being at a formal aviation-themed dinner once where he was the guest speaker. He had a real dry form of humour delivered in a dead-pan way very similar to John Clarke (of Fred Dagg fame), and had everybody just about splitting their sides with laughter, even though he kept a completely straight face.

One of the best bits of storytelling I have ever seen from him was a tale he told on a documentary that was made in 1993 to commemorate twenty-five years of Boeing 737 operations in New Zealand. Warren was one of NAC's senior captains when they purchased the first 737s and was one of a handful of senior pilots sent to Seattle to learn how to fly the Boeings, then return to NZ and teach the other pilots who had been selected to operate them. He actually delivered the second Boeing 737 (ZK-NAD) on its direct flight from Boeing Field in Seattle to Wellington non-stop (with lots of rubber fuel-bladders tied down in the cabin). During the first few months of operation in NZ, the 737s were flown by two captains and with a Boeing test pilot sitting in the jump seat to give further instruction. On one of the early scheduled flights from Auckland to Wellington, conditions were extremely rough in Wellington, so Warren and the other captain, both of whom had many years of experience flying DC-3s, Vickers Viscounts and Fokker Friendships in and out of Wellington in extremely wild weather conditions, decided to see for themselves just how good the 737 really was and continue with the approach to Wellington instead of diverting elsewhere. They didn't however tell the Boeing test pilot what they were planning to do. His tale on that documentary of the Boeing test pilot just about crapping his pants, while the two Kiwi pilots did what was virtually routine to them, was an absolute classic piece of storytelling, all delivered in Warren's dead-pan dry style! You often see that documentary bundled with other NZ aviation stuff on DVD in The Warehouse. It is titled: BOEING 737 — 25 Years in Kiwi Service.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Newtown-Fella on February 10, 2009, 01:05:29 pm
i think his dob should read March 27th 1921



Warren, Edward. RNZAF NZ411944. Dearly loved husband of Val and much loved father of Gordon and Neil, loved fatherinlaw of Annie, Gill and Gail; treasured granddad to Yvette and Scott and special greatgrandfather of Julia and Emma. Passed away peacefully in his 88th year on February 6, 2009 at Whangaparaoa. A celebration of Warren's life will be held at the Silverdale and Districts RSA, 43A Vipond Rd, Whangaparaoa on Tuesday 10 February at 10am, followed by a private cremation. Condolences to 34/65, Tauranga Place, Orewa.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Calliope on February 18, 2009, 11:16:38 am
Diane Holland: actress on television show Hi-de-Hi!

The actress Diane Holland played the gloriously snooty ballroom dancing instructor Yvonne Stewart-Hargreaves in the hugely popular holiday camp sitcom Hi-de-Hi! which ran on BBC One from 1981-88.

Yvonne and her equally supercilious husband, Barry, (Barry Howard) are presumed to have had a successful dancing career in ballrooms throughout the country but are horrified to have ended up working in a brash and breezy holiday camp where, as well as teaching clumsy campers the rudiments of the valeta, they are forced to join in such activities as donkey races and fancy-dress competitions. In one episode the couple reluctantly lead a barn dance with Barry dressed as a country yokel and Yvonne as Bo-Peep. “This is too much,” snaps Yvonne. “All we have left in this dreadful place is our dignity.”

The series, written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, was based on Perry’s experiences working as a Butlins Redcoat after the war and was set in the fictional holiday Maplin’s Holiday Camp in 1959. Characters included the wily camp host Ted Bovis (Paul Shane), the boozy Punch and Judy man Mr Patridge (Leslie Dywer), the over-excitable chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw (Su Pollard), the Welsh Valleys girl Gladys Pugh (Ruth Madoc) and the suave entertainments officer Jeffrey Fairbrother (Simon Cadell).

The bickering Barry and Yvonne (“Barry, don’t be so common”) were not the main stars of the show but often had the best lines. In the episode No Dogs Allowed the couple are seen in their chalet — where they sleep in single beds — and Barry is convinced that he can hear noises coming from next door. “All I can hear is very loud snoring,” he says. “It’s the story of my life,” replies Yvonne witheringly.

Barry Howard said: “We were marvellously bitchy in the series and said all the things that real-life husbands and wives would have liked to have said.”

Off-screen, Holland, who was the sister-in-law of Jimmy Perry, was a private person who shunned the showbusiness limelight. “I am not at all like Yvonne,” she said. “I would hate people to think that.”

Born in 1930, she began her career as a singer and dancer in variety and was first spotted by Jimmy Perry when she was a member of the dance troupe the Page Hatton Trio.

She spent many years working in provincial theatre both in legitimate theatre and in variety where she was noted for her brilliant comedy timing.

She was also adept at serious roles and broke into television in the early Sixties playing the troubled Sarah Maynard in the long-running ITV soap Crossroads. She appeared in episodes of Poldark and Bergerac and she co-starred with Joss Ackland and Denholm Elliott in the Tales of the Unexpected story The Stinker (1980).

Especially chosen by Perry and Croft to play the role of Yvonne Stewart-Hargreaves in Hi-de-Hi! she quickly became a household name. During the run of the show she received a fan letter from a troop of servicemen in the Falklands War and became their official sweetheart.

In 1982 she played Celia Littlewood in Grace and Favour, Perry and Croft’s follow-up to Are You Being Served? More recently she had been seen in Casualty and she played the Maiden Aunt in the Royal Ballet television production of The Nutcracker.

She had been suffering from bronchial pneumonia. She never married.

Diane Holland, actress, was born on February 28, 1930. She died on January 24, 2009, aged 78


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on February 23, 2009, 09:50:19 am
ELO Bass Player Kelly Groucutt Dead At 63

LONDON (AP) -- Kelly Groucutt, former bass player with 1970s rock hitmakers ELO, has died at age 63.

Groucutt's management said the musician died Thursday in Worcester, central England, after having a heart attack.

Formed in Birmingham, England, in 1971 by local musicians Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood, ELO — short for Electric Light Orchestra — combined rock 'n' roll with orchestral arrangements replete with string sections, choirs and symphonic sweep.

Groucutt joined ELO in 1974 after leaving his previous band, Sight and Sound. He played bass and sang during ELO's heyday as one of the world's biggest rock acts. ELO had a string of British and U.S. chart hits during the 1970s and early 1980s, including "Livin' Thing," "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Don't Bring Me Down."


Groucutt left the band in 1983 but later toured with several successor acts, including ELO Part II and The Orchestra.

He is survived by his wife Anna and four children.

"It is with great sadness that I have to inform the fans that Kelly Groucutt died on the afternoon of 19th February 2009 of a heart attack," a representative for the artist posted on his official website. "Our hearts and thoughts go out to Anna and Kelly's family. He touched all of our lives with his love, kindness and generosity as well as his talent for music and song. He was a true and wonderful friend who loved every second of life and he will be greatly missed by us all.

Funeral details were not immediately available.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Calliope on February 27, 2009, 09:48:22 am
Odetta, Voice of Civil Rights Movement, Dies at 77

The poet Maya Angelou sat perched on a tall stool in Riverside Church in Manhattan on Tuesday night, both mimicking and remembering the folk singer Odetta, her longtime friend, who died on Dec. 2 at 77.

“We were both tall black ladies with attitude, and most people were really scared of us,” Ms. Angelou told a crowd that filled the pews and balconies as Pete Seeger warmed up offstage. “To be in the ’50s, black and turned away from almost everything and to say, ‘I have come here to stay’ and to be a sister of somebody who had courage is no small matter.”

The occasion was a celebration of an artist who gave rhythm and voice to the civil rights era — who “sang us into freedom,” as Ms. Angelou put it. The event had both a neighborly and a historical feel. Many in the crowd were New Yorkers who had grown up to Odetta’s music, listening to her and her guitar in Greenwich Village coffeeshops, in concert halls or in Central Park. Born Odetta Holmes in Birmingham, Ala., she had made Manhattan her home.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Newtown-Fella on February 27, 2009, 04:58:47 pm
'Eastenders' star Wendy Richard dies

LONDON - British actress Wendy Richard, whose four-decade television career included roles as a sexy sitcom shop assistant and a working class matriarch on the soap opera EastEnders, has died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 65.

Richard's agent, Kevin Francis, said she died in a London clinic with husband John Burns by her side.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on March 05, 2009, 02:26:42 pm
Horton Foote, the Pulitzer Prize- and Academy Award-winning screenwriter of "To Kill a Mockingbird,"

has died, according to officials at the Hartford Stage theater, where he was working on a production of several of his plays.

He was 92.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on March 10, 2009, 10:11:04 pm
Former All Blacks No 8 Graham Mexted has died in Wellington aged 82.

Mexted, whose son Murray was also an All Blacks No 8, played six matches for the All Blacks between 1950-51, including a sole test appearance in the 11-8 win over the British Lions at Eden Park in 1950.

He also was picked for New Zealand's 1951 tour of Australia, where he failed to win test selection but played in five matches, scoring five tries.

Graham Mexted was also part of the Wellington team which lifted the Ranfurly Shield from Waikato in 1953. He played 38 matches for Wellington.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Calliope on March 10, 2009, 10:17:19 pm
Jimmy Boyd, Actor and Child Singer, Dies at 70

Jimmy Boyd, who as a skinny, red-headed kid of 12 recorded “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” then reprised it dozens of times on television variety shows in the 1950s and went on to an acting career in movies and television, died on Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 70 and lived on a sailboat moored in Santa Monica Bay.


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Post by: Calliope on March 10, 2009, 10:21:44 pm
Notable deaths of 2009:


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Calliope on March 23, 2009, 11:36:00 am
TV star Jade Goody dies of cancer
UPSHIRE, England (Reuters) - Jade Goody, a one-time dental assistant whose final days were as closely chronicled in the media as her controversial appearances on reality television, died of cervical cancer Sunday.

The 27-year-old mother of two, who married her boyfriend in a televised ceremony only last month, died in her sleep at her home in Essex, southeast England.

"Jade died at 3.55 a.m. this morning," her tearful mother Jackiey Budden told reporters outside the house. "Family and friends would like privacy at last."


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Post by: Newtown-Fella on March 23, 2009, 04:53:38 pm
Attacked pensioner's 'four months of hell' ends

The elderly woman attacked in a home invasion in November, who celebrated her 100th birthday last month, has died.

An autopsy is to be held today on 100-year-old Thelma Lawrence who died in hospital four months after she was allegedly assaulted in her Rangiora Avenue home.

Neighbours were alerted to the incident when they heard her screaming as she fought off her attacker for 10 minutes until police arrived at 2am on November 13.

Mrs Lawrence, who celebrated her milestone birthday last month, passed away in her Palmerston North hospital bed. Her three daughters were present.

The man charged with the attack, 20-year-old Glen Patrick Joseph Walsh, was committed to trial facing charges of sexual assault, assault and burglary.

He is currently on bail awaiting his next appearance on April 9.

Detective Sergeant Gary Milligan said at this stage no further charges had been laid.

A post mortem would be carried out today.

Mrs Lawrence's daughter, who did not wish to be named, said the death had left a "big, big hole".

She suffered "four months of hell", with constant flashbacks while in hospital.

They had been preparing her to be put in a rest home before she died on Thursday night.

They were called in last Sunday when nurses found she had taken ill. She got progressively worse from there, she said.

"She was just too weak to cope. We were lucky to have her that many years."

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, she said.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Newtown-Fella on April 26, 2009, 04:54:06 pm
`Golden Girls' star Bea Arthur dies at 86


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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on April 30, 2009, 06:13:41 pm

Defender of her ‘good boy’ Tim dies

By EVAN HARDING - The Southland Times | Thursday, 30 April 2009

When Tim Shadbolt was elected for his seventh term as mayor at the 2007 local body elections, he rushed to tell his mum that he would be the country's longest serving mayor.

Her response: "Yes, that's all very well but when are you going to get a real job."

Mr Shadbolt said his mother, Josien Weersma-Shadbolt-Kral who died this week in Invercargill aged 93 always ensured he kept his feet on the ground.

But she also defended him to the hilt. During his radical years at university his mother wrote numerous letters to Prime Minister Keith Holyoake saying her son was "really a good boy, you know".

Of Dutch descent, Mrs Weersma-Shadbolt-Kral was born in West Timor, with her father in the Dutch Colonial Service.

She lived in Indonesia and the Netherlands for the first 18 years of her life before moving to New Zealand.

Her first husband, Donald Shadbolt, a fighter pilot, was killed when training in England for the Korean War. Mr Shadbolt was aged five and his brother Rodney two.

They returned to New Zealand and she remarried. She worked for many years as a trained nurse and ran a family orchard in Nelson.

She spoke five languages, was well travelled and was a woman of the world, Mr Shadbolt said.

But first and foremost she was a mother to her three sons.

When he first became Invercargill Mayor in 1993 she visited regularly before moving permanently to the city in 1997.

"She found the people to be very good," Mr Shadbolt said. She also told her friends she was proud of her son, he said. "She loved the fact I was mayor but she would never tell me because she was scared I would get a swollen head."

Her final 10 years were spent living at the Rowena Jackson Retirement Village where the nurses treated her with love and compassion, Mr Shadbolt said.

Mrs Weersma-Shadbolt-Kral's funeral is today, at Invercargill's Eastern Cemetery.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Newtown-Fella on May 05, 2009, 02:31:26 pm
NZ's first Maori mayor dies
Tue, 05 May 2009 11:25a.m.

Residents of the south Waikato town of Murupara are mourning the death of New Zealand's first Maori mayor.

Percy Marunui Murphy, who was also Ngati Manawa's last remaining 28th Maori Battalion warrior, died in Rotorua on Sunday night.

Mr Murphy enlisted in the famed Maori Battalion as a 16-year-old old.

He saw action in Italy, where he was seriously wounded and had to have his right leg amputated.

He was one of four Murphy brothers to fight for their country in World War 2 in which two - Michael and Edward - were killed in action while a third - Jim - was captured and made a prisoner of war.

Following the war, Percy Murphy became a successful businessman and then a community leader, serving the new Murupara Borough Council with distinction as New Zealand's first Maori mayor for three consecutive terms from 1960 to 1969.

"He was instrumental in helping develop Ngati Manawa lands from a huge liability to a successful enterprise today," Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tawhiuau principal Pem Bird said.

Mr Murphy also served many years as secretary of Rangitahi Marae. He retired to Rotorua in 1975 but maintained an active interest in Ngati Manawa affairs, particularly his marae Rangitahi.

Mr Murphy will lie in state at Rangitahi until tomorrow, when he will be buried at the cemetery of Ngati Hui, his hapu.

Mr Murphy is survived by his wife Martha, six children, five children grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on May 06, 2009, 09:42:27 am
Dom DeLuise dies at 75

Dom DeLuise, who spiced up such movies as "Blazing Saddles," "Silent Movie" and "The Cannonball Run" with his manic delivery and roly-poly persona, has died, his son's publicist told CNN.

 Publicist Jay Schwartz did not disclose the cause of death, but DeLuise, 75, had been battling cancer for more than a year.

DeLuise was surrounded by family when he died in a Santa Monica, California, hospital Monday night, son Michael DeLuise told CNN affiliate KTLA-TV.

DeLuise was most famous for his supporting roles in a number of Mel Brooks films, including 1974's "Saddles" -- in which he played a flamboyant musical director who led dancers in a number called "The French Mistake" -- and 1976's "Silent Movie," in which he played the assistant to Brooks' director Mel Funn. He was also in the Brooks-directed "The Twelve Chairs" (1970), "Spaceballs" (1987) and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (1993).

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on May 11, 2009, 04:25:18 pm
NZs Oldest woman dies

Ruby Billings, believed to be New Zealand's oldest woman, died peacefully in a Hamilton rest home on Saturday.

Mrs Billings had featured in the Waikato Times several times over the years, the most recently last month when she turned 109.

Maeroa Lodge facility manager Paula McFarlane said Mrs Billings kept good health, but deteriorated quickly in the last couple of days.

"She was quite remarkable really. She will be very much missed by everyone here."

She had lived in care since the late 1980s in Maeroa Lodge in Hamilton's Forest Lake and Wilson Carlile in Hamilton East before that.

Staff at Maeroa Lodge had a soft spot for Mrs Billings, ringing the newspaper each time she had a birthday when she would satisfy her sweet tooth with a sponge cake.

She outlived two husbands and two sons and had nine grandchildren, 24 great and 10 great-great grandchildren. Her funeral will be held in Hamilton tomorrow.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on May 11, 2009, 04:32:46 pm
Good innings Ruby. RIP(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/23emrose.gif)

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Post by: Lovelee on May 14, 2009, 04:19:12 pm
NZ opera singer dies
New 1:33PM Thursday May 14, 2009

New Zealand opera singer Dame Heather Begg has died in Sydney, less than a month after adding the title Dame to her name.

Dame Heather, 76, died on Tuesday after a long illness, her death notice said.

Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand announced on April 17 that her title had been redesignated from Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order Of Merit (DCNZM) to Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DNZM).

Government House had announced her redesignation early because of her ill-health.

Dame Heather was appointed a DCNZM in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2000 for her services to opera.

She also had an OBE.

The Government decided in March to restore the titles of knights and dames to the honours system.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on May 24, 2009, 05:20:52 pm
US 'Viagra scientist' dies at 92

Updated at 3:13pm on 24 May 2009

An American scientist whose work helped lead to the development of the anti-impotency drug Viagra has died.

Robert F. Furchgott, who was 92, shared the Nobel Prize in 1998 for his work showing that the gas nitric oxide played an important role in the cardiovascular system.

The discovery that the gas could help enlarge blood vessels was a factor in the development of Viagra by the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Newtown-Fella on May 27, 2009, 08:49:27 am
Respected literary scholar dies

Auckland University staff and students are mourning the loss of emeritus professor of English Terry Sturm who died yesterday.

Prof Sturm was a member of the faculty of arts for 25 years and was a leading critic and scholar of Australasian writing, especially New Zealand popular fiction.

He played a leading role in placing New Zealand literature at the centre of the academic curriculum. In 1990, he was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to literature.

Prof Sturm was born in Auckland in 1941 and began his distinguished career at Auckland University.

He undertook postgraduate work at Cambridge University and at the University of Leeds. He then lectured in English Literature at the University of Sydney from 1967-1980, when he left to take a professorial chair at Auckland University.

He edited various standard literary reference works including The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature in English (1990, 1998), the drama section of the Oxford History of Australian Literature and the New Zealand section of the Routledge Encyclopaedia of Post-colonial Literatures in English (1994).

Prof Sturm's literary biography An Unsettled Spirit: The Life and Frontier Fiction of Edith Lyttleton ( 2003) was the product of 15 years of research in New Zealand, Australia and England.

Assisted by a Marsden Fund grant, he spent the past recent years researching and writing a definitive literary biography, The Writings of Allen Curnow: a Study of Cultural Identity in New Zealand in the Twentieth Century.

In 2005, he edited a selection of Curnow's verse written under his pseudonym Whim Wham, Whim Wham's New Zealand: The Best of Whim Wham 1937-1988 (2005).

Prof Sturm was involved in literary arts administration for many years. He was on the NZ Literary Fund and the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council (1982-92) and in 1997 became first convenor of the humanities panel of the Marsden Fund.

Prof Sturm made a major contribution to the study of New Zealand and Australian literature and his scholarship was recognised nationally and internationally.

As an academic, he was top of his field; he was also deeply valued as a colleague and friend, the university said today.

He leaves behind his wife Linda and three sons, Jonathan, Mark and Tim and their families.

The funeral will be held in the university's Maclaurin Chapel on Friday.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Nitpicker1 on June 02, 2009, 09:16:27 am
Curtain call for Danny La Rue   (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/20emstar.gif)

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Post by: Newtown-Fella on June 02, 2009, 07:08:09 pm
Cork-born Danny La Rue dies at 81

TRIBUTES WERE last night paid to Cork-born entertainer and female impersonator Danny La Rue who passed away at his home in Kent on Sunday night at the age of 81 following a short illness.

La Rue, whose real name was Daniel Patrick Carroll, was born in Madden’s Buildings near Blackpool in Cork on July 26th, 1927, but his father died when he was just 18 months old and his mother moved the family to London when he was nine.

Years later, when firmly established as Britain’s leading cross- dressing artist, La Rue joked to an audience at a show in Cork: “See what they did to me in England – I left in short pants and I’ve come back in a frock.” He was a regular visitor to Cork in the 1960s and 1970s, where he performed to a packed Cork Opera House.

La Rue’s last performance in his native Cork was in 2005 when he played for a week at the Everyman Palace Theatre.

Declan Hassett – a playwright, former theatre critic of the Irish Examiner and author of a book on Cork comedians, Make ’Em Laugh – recalled seeing La Rue’s performance in the Everyman Palace Theatre during that run.

“It turned out to be his final visit home and his audience loved the performance in the Everyman Palace – Danny was very nostalgic and deeply moved by the great reception he got,” said Mr Hassett.

Everyman Palace director Pat Talbot said he was “deeply saddened” to learn of La Rue’s passing and similarly recalled how emotional he became at playing in his native city after an absence of over 20 years.

“We brought Danny over as part of Cork’s tenure as Capital of Culture in 2005 and he was very grateful and very humbled by our invitation – he played for a week and went down superbly well and was really moved by the reaction.

“He hadn’t played here since the early 1980s and he actually thought Cork might have forgotten him. He used to go to Mass every morning in St Augustine’s . . . Older people in the congregation had recognised him and came up to him afterwards and younger people started coming up to him – he was very emotional about the reception he got both in the streets and every night here at the Everyman Palace.”

Mr Talbot said La Rue was a devout Catholic and open about his homosexuality and saw no contradiction in that. “He was a very compassionate man and very generous – he had been very wealthy but lost his money due to bad business decisions, but he regularly helped out friends in hard times.”

La Rue’s career as a female impersonator began when he donned a wig and eyelashes during a stint in the Royal Navy at a concert party at the end of the second World War. He spent years in repertory and variety before becoming a West End star in the late 1950s He opened his own nightclub in London in 1964, where celebrities such as Judy Garland, Warren Beatty, Shirley MacLean, Shirley Bassey, Noel Coward, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Elizabeth Taylor were all patrons.

A regular on TV on The Good Old Days , La Rue received an OBE in the 2002 queen’s birthday honours list, but he suffered a stroke in 2006. He appeared in a biographical show Hello Danny in 2007.


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Post by: Calliope on June 03, 2009, 12:46:40 am
On Mother Kelly's Doorstep


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Post by: Newtown-Fella on June 04, 2009, 01:12:57 am
Australia's last WW1 digger, oldest man dies

Australia's oldest man and last remaining World War I digger Jack Ross has died, aged 110.

Mr Ross died peacefully in his sleep at the Golden Oaks Nursing Home in the central Victorian city of Bendigo about 4am this morning.

As an 18-year-old Mr Ross enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in January, 1918 and trained at the wireless training school before he was posted to the 1st Battalion at Broadmeadows camp in Victoria.

But the war ended before he could be posted overseas and he was demobilised on Christmas Eve.

He served Australia again in World War II as a member of the volunteer defence corps.

Mr Ross was awarded the 80th Anniversary Armistice Remembrance medal in 1998 to commemorate the end of WWI.

He also received the Centenary Medal for his contribution to Australian society in the 100 years since federation.

In civilian life Mr Ross worked for the Victorian railways for more than 45 years before retiring in 1964.

He is survived by his daughter Peggy, son Robert, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on June 04, 2009, 07:34:22 am
Well done Mr Ross.  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/23emrose.gif)

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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Post by: Lovelee on June 05, 2009, 10:09:28 am
Oscar-nominated actor David Carradine, star of 70s TV series Kung Fu and the Kill Bill movies, has been found hanged and half-naked in the wardrobe a Bangkok hotel room, according to reports.

The 72-year-old star was "found hung in a closet" by a maid on Thursday morning according to a report on Thailand's The Nation news site.

Photos: Kill Bill actor David Carradine

The newspaper also quotes an unidentified police source as saying Carradine was believed to have committed suicide and hanged himself with a curtain cord, while staying at a suite at the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel.

According to the newspaper report, Carradine had been staying at the hotel since Tuesday, while filming his latest film, Stretch, and failed to turn up for a meal with the rest of the crew on Wednesday.

However, they did not raise the alarm, believing the acting veteran was simply resting.

Reports say Carradine was found by a hotel maid with a rope around his neck and body at 10am the following morning.

"I can confirm that we found his body, naked, hanging in the closet," said investigating police, according to Foxnews.com.

The star's personal manager, Chuck Binder, told the website that the death is "shocking and sad. He was full of life, always wanting to work ... a great person."

One of my favs --- didnt know he was 72!!  :o

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Newtown-Fella on June 24, 2009, 08:00:33 am
Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon dies

Ed McMahon, the loyal "Tonight Show" sidekick who bolstered boss Johnny Carson with guffaws and a resounding "H-e-e-e-e-e-ere's Johnny!" for 30 years, has died at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 86.

Publicist Howard Bragman says McMahon died early Tuesday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Bragman didn't give a cause of death, saying only that McMahon had a "multitude of health problems the last few months."

McMahon had bone cancer, among other illnesses, according to a person close to the entertainer, and had been hospitalised for several weeks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to release the information.

McMahon also was known for hosting a TV talent show, "Star Search."


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Newtown-Fella on June 24, 2009, 08:33:05 am
 Professor dedicated his life to people of the Pacific Islands

Emeritus Professor Ronald Crocombe, one of the Pacific's most esteemed and highly regarded academic fathers, has died in Auckland, aged 79.

Dr Crocombe, known affectionately as Papa Ron, suffered a heart attack and died last Friday while on his way to the airport in Auckland.

He was returning to his home in Rarotonga - after arriving in New Zealand from Tonga - where he was inducted as a fellow member of Tonga's Atenisi University, with five other international academics.

Dr Crocombe, who was born in Auckland and who grew up in the King Country, was well-known for his work and passion for the Pacific Islands and the advancement of Pacific people.

He was highly regarded in Pacific circles and among academics for his work in establishing Pacific Studies as a study subject in various universities around the Pacific, including those in New Zealand.

The founding director of the University of the South Pacific's Institute of Pacific Studies, Dr Crocombe was the author of several books, including Asia in the Pacific Islands: Replacing the West.

In the 1960s he served as director of Australia National University's New Guinea Research Unit and in 1989 was appointed emeritus professor.

Around 200 people - including various academics, politicians and members of the Pacific community - paid tribute to Papa Ron at a memorial service at the Pacific Islands Church in Newton, in Auckland, on Sunday.

Minister of Pacific Island Affairs Georgina Te Heuheu said Dr Crocombe's wise and thoughtful contributions to the development of the Pacific over many years would be missed.

She paid tribute to Dr Crocombe, saying: "Not only will he be missed by his family, but by people and communities across the Pacific."

Dr Crocombe's final services were held in his native homeland in Rarotonga, where he was laid to rest yesterday.

He is survived by his wife and long-time collaborator Marjorie Tuainekore, his children Tata, Ngaire, Kevin, Sam, and 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

* Achievements

Founding father of Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific.

Taught at the university for 20 years.

Served as director of Australia National University's New Guinea Research Unit.

Helped encourage and also contributed to the establishment of Pacific Studies as a subject in other Pacific universities, including The University of Auckland.

Inducted as one of six fellows of the Atenisi University in Tonga.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on June 26, 2009, 09:57:52 am
Farrah Fawcett, the blonde-maned actress whose best-selling poster and "Charlie's Angels" stardom made her one of the most famous faces in the world, died Thursday. She was 62.
Farrah Fawcett rose to fame in the 1970s, thanks to a best-selling poster and the hit show "Charlie Angels."

Fawcett's death was confirmed by Paul Bloch, one of her representatives at Rogers and Cowan, an entertainment public relations firm.

Fawcett, who checked into a hospital in early April, had been battling anal cancer on and off for three years.

Bloch told CNN that Ryan O'Neal, Fawcett's romantic partner since the mid-1980s, and her friend Alana Stewart were with Fawcett at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California, when she died.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on June 26, 2009, 10:08:16 am
Its been a long hard battle for her.  RIP Farrah.(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/24emrosesad.gif)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: dragontamer on June 26, 2009, 10:46:40 am
Poor lady.  I couldn't get over reading she was only on Charlie's Angels for 1 season.  How many repeats did we watch as kids?

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Nitpicker1 on June 26, 2009, 11:05:26 am
bye bye Michael Jackson  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/24emrosesad.gif)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on June 26, 2009, 11:09:14 am
ooo Id wait for official confirmation - we may well just be being hopeful and listening to bullshit media  ::)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Nitpicker1 on June 26, 2009, 11:44:04 am
http://www.tmz.com/ (http://www.tmz.com/)
Michael Jackson Dies
Posted Jun 25th 2009 5:20PM by TMZ Staff

We've just learned Michael Jackson has died. He was 50.

Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We're told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.

A source tells us Jackson was dead when paramedics arrived. A cardiologist at UCLA tells TMZ Jackson died of cardiac arrest.

Once at the hospital, the staff tried to resuscitate him but he was completely unresponsive.

We're told one of the staff members at Jackson's home called 911.

La Toya ran in the hospital sobbing after Jackson was pronounced dead.

Michael is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince "Blanket" Michael Jackson II.

Story developing...

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on July 02, 2009, 12:12:42 pm
Veteran actor Karl Malden, who won an Academy Award for his role in "A Streetcar Named Desire," has died at age 97, his manager said Wednesday.

Karl Malden died in his sleep at his Los Angeles home, his manager says.


Malden appeared alongside Marlon Brando in two of director Elia Kazan's classic films of the 1950s -- "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "On the Waterfront." He won the best supporting actor Oscar for "Streetcar," which was released in 1951, in 1952 and was nominated for his role as a priest crusading against crooked union bosses in "On the Waterfront."

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on July 02, 2009, 12:13:54 pm
Looks like its kill of the celebrities time ..
Last time this happened it was Lady Di, Mother Theresa and John Denver  ::)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on July 02, 2009, 12:16:15 pm

And Mollie  ;D  what a laugh she was.

Death of actress Mollie Sugden
Updated at 9:39am on 2 July 2009

British actress Mollie Sugden has died at the age of 86.

Best known for playing Mrs Slocombe in the long-running BBC TV comedy Are You Being Served?, she died in hospital after a long illness.

Sugden found early TV success with comedy programmes and Coronation Street.

She made her an impact in the late 1960s in The Liver Birds, then in 1972 came Are You Being Served?, which was set in a department store.

One of the programme's writers says Sugden was a "marvellous character" who would never turn down a chance to make people laugh, no matter how undignified it was.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on July 05, 2009, 05:06:55 pm
Infamous record label owner Allen Klein, who played a key role in the demise of the Beatles and also nabbed control of some of the Rolling Stones' best-known songs, died in New York on Sunday after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, a spokesman said. He was 77.
During a career spanning more than 50 years, the New Jersey-born accountant enjoyed a reputation as a savvy gangster-like figure. His ruthless business practices were reviled by many, but he also earned grudging respect for bullying labels into giving rich deals to his clients.

"Don't talk to me about ethics," he told Playboy magazine in 1971. "Every man makes his own. It's like a war. You choose your side early and from then on, you're being shot at. The man you beat is likely to call you unethical. So what?"

It did not hurt his reputation when he was sentenced to two months in prison in 1979 for tax evasion.

He once said John Lennon hired him to protect his interest in the Beatles because he and wife Yoko Ono wanted "a real shark - someone to keep the other sharks away."

His company, ABKCO Music & Records, is one of the biggest independent labels in an industry controlled by multinational corporations. The spokesman said it would remain family-controlled.

Two of Klein's three adult children work at the company, including son Jody who runs ABKCO. (The acronym stands for Allen and Betty Klein Co., Betty being his wife.)


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Nitpicker1 on July 06, 2009, 04:49:33 pm
Don't forget  Dennis "Mossie" Hines

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 10, 2009, 12:41:40 am

Eminent airman dies

The Marlborough Express | 12:43PM - Thursday, 09 July 2009

Highly decorated World War II airman Wing Commander Hugh Miller, survivor of a ditching in the North Sea after a horror bombing operation before winning plaudits for dramatically cutting accident rates at training units, has died in Blenheim.

Mr Miller died on Tuesday at Ashwood Park Retirement Village at the age of 95.

Mr Miller had moved to Blenheim to be close to family, including daughters Rosy Parsons, the wife of Tom Parsons, who is principal of Queen Charlotte College, and Mary Rix-Miller and Bridget Byrne, of Blenheim. He is survived by wife Marygold, son James and daughters Rosy, Mary, Bridget and Cathy.

Hayden Hugh James Miller ended the war with an OBE, a DFC, an Air Force Cross and no fewer than four mentions in dispatches.

Born on March 31, 1914, Mr Miller was teaching at a Hamilton school when he decided he wanted to be an airman. He was granted an RAF short-service commission in 1939 and reached England three days before the outbreak of war.

His first posting, to 77 Squadron in Yorkshire at the height of the Battle of Britain in 1940, was a taste of things to come.

He took all day on a slow train to reach the squadron's base at Linton-on-Ouse and arrived to find he was on operations that night."They were so short of pilots at that stage," he later remembered.

Mr Miller did 10 trips as a second pilot, then was given command of his own Whitley, an ungainly, antiquated, twin-engined aircraft that was unheated and carried only rudimentary navigation aids.

On Guy Fawkes night, 1940, Mr Miller bombed Turin, lumbering over the Alps to Italy. On the return leg, the bomber encountered atrocious weather. Strong winds pushed the aircraft far to the east and the radio operator could not get bearings or fixes. The bomber and its four-man crew were hopelessly lost.

The airmen guessed they might be over France's Cherbourg Peninsula. Instead, they were over the North Sea when daylight broke, flying up England's east coast but out of sight of land and headed for the Arctic.

Mr Miller's desperate decision saved them. "I said, `let's turn northwest and see if we can find something that way'."

At last, they were flying towards England, but still didn't know it.

Finally, after a numbing 12 hours and 50 minutes and out of petrol, Mr Miller made an amazing landing in three-metre waves alongside a navy patrol boat that just happened to be there.

The patrol crew told Mr Miller he had ditched just outside a minefield on England's northeast coast.

Awarded the DFC after his tour finished, Mr Miller spent most of the rest of the war at bomber units, refining training and maintenance manuals and pilot training instructions in an attempt to cut hundreds of accidental deaths. His OBE, AFC and mentions in dispatches were awarded for his outstanding work in this field.

The citation for the OBE, awarded in 1946, noted that his year-long work at one station had taken that unit from having one of the highest numbers of accidents to having the lowest.

Mr Miller transferred to the RNZAF in late 1943 and was part of the New Zealand contingent at the Victory Parade in London in June 1946.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Nitpicker1 on July 11, 2009, 08:44:35 am

Ozzy Osbourne's dog has been killed and eaten by a coyote.

The 60-year-old rocker is "devastated" his beloved pet - a Pomeranian named Little Bit - was attacked by the wild animal at their Los Angeles mansion on Tuesday (07.07.09), while Ozzy and his wife Sharon watched Michael Jackson's memorial on TV.

Daughter Kelly wrote on her Twitter account: "My dad's dog Little Bit was eaten by a coyete last night in L.A. and he is devastated. She was his other women (sic)!"

The couple were so engrossed in the lengthy ceremony - which included performances by Stevie Wonder and Mariah Carey - they couldn't hear the pooch's barks for help.

Friends of the veteran Black Sabbath singer have joked the attack was revenge for Ozzy's mistreatment of animals in his younger days.

The wild rocker infamously once bit the head off a dove and chewed off the head of a bat thrown to him while he was performing on stage.

One pal said: "Maybe the coyote was friends with the dove's family? So many people are linked in Hollywood. Whatever the case it's still Ozzy two, animal kingdom one!"

Little Bit had been with the couple since she was a puppy, when they rescued her from mistreatment at a puppy ranch.

Ozzy recently claimed he and Sharon have 18 dogs, all of which have been rescued from the local stray dog shelter.

He said: "We get them from the pound now. When I get home it's like I've got four new dogs."

Sharon added: "Word's got out in Los Angeles, 'Anybody who finds a stray dog, call the Osbournes, they'll take it!"

http://nz.entertainment.yahoo.com/69779/ozzy-osbourne-dog-eaten/index.html (http://nz.entertainment.yahoo.com/69779/ozzy-osbourne-dog-eaten/index.html)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: DazzaMc on July 11, 2009, 08:45:30 am
Imagine the language!!


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Nitpicker1 on July 12, 2009, 10:41:22 am
Daniel Jimeno Romero, 27, from Alcala de Henares  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/23emrose.gif)

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Post by: Newtown-Fella on July 12, 2009, 08:37:49 pm
Pioneer of homes for the masses dies in Mt Maunganui

A builder who pioneered pre-cut timber frames for New Zealand homes, Barry Beazley, has died, aged 80, at Mount Maunganui.

Beazley Homes were popular with first-home buyers in New Zealand from the 1950s to the 1970s, and their L-shaped floorplans were sold with an advertising jingle, "Easily a Beazley Home", the Bay of Plenty Times reported.

Beazley Homes were established by Mr Beazley's late father, Fred, known as "Radiata Fred" , and in 1962 his Tauranga business and one run by Barry Beazley at Mt Maunganui were merged into a single company based there.

Barry Beazley was best known for pioneering the idea of pre-cutting timber framework for wood homes which initially enabled him to send out more than 40 house kits a week from Mount Maunganui by truck, rail or ship around New Zealand and overseas.

In 1972 Beazley Homes and PTY Homes Ltd (Putaruru) formed a joint venture company called Waitemata Properties Ltd to specialise in home building in Auckland.This was a return to Auckland for the family, as Barry Beazely's grandfather Albert, began building homes there with his son Fred.

In 1972, the company used a joint venture, Merritt-Beazley Homes Ltd, in Christchurch, to cover the South Island, according to Fletcher Challenge archives.

Mr Beazely was a developer as well as a builder. At one point he named some Mt Maunganui streets such as Moorea Place, Tahara Crescent and Matavai Street on his return from a holiday in Tahiti.

Gobray Crescent is said to be named after Mlle Gobray -- whom he met in Tahiti -- who was once (former French president) Charles de Gaulle's mistress.

Fletcher Holdings Ltd bought up Beazley Homes in 1973, and made it part of Fletcher Residential Ltd. In the same year, Beazley Homes was awarded the New Zealand Export Award of the Year, after constructing more than 16,000 houses in New Zealand.

Mr Beazley moved to Australia and, with his son Mark, developed a steel modular home system which became known as Force 10.

Barry Beazley is survived by his wife Doreen and children Linda and Mark. He had three grandchildren, Alice, Phoebe and Riki.

His funeral will be held tomorrow.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Newtown-Fella on July 14, 2009, 07:19:26 pm
Mr Young died yesterday, aged 95.

He was the Miramar MP from 1966 to 1981, and served in the National government as works and development minister.

Mr Young was the high commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1982 to 1985.

He was born in Kawakawa, Northland, in November 1913, and served with the 2nd (New Zealand) Division during World War 2.

He married wife Joan in 1946 and they had five children.

One of these Annabel is also a former National MP.

"Although I did not know Mr Young very well, he was a stalwart of the National Party and was a prominent parliamentarian in his time," Mr Key said.

"I want to convey my sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Young."


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on July 15, 2009, 11:13:20 am

Just getting Elizabeth Taylors plot ready  :-\

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Newtown-Fella on July 15, 2009, 11:30:46 am

Just getting Elizabeth Taylors plot ready  :-\

that is sick and in bad taste ...!!

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on July 15, 2009, 11:32:42 am

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Calliope on July 15, 2009, 03:31:57 pm
Grieving Elizabeth Taylor hospitalised (Source: Reuters)

ReutersElizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson

Elizabeth Taylor is still crying over the death of Michael Jackson and has now been admitted to hospital.

The 77-year-old movie legend, who has long suffered from ill health, was taken to a Los Angeles hospital from her Beverly Hills home.

New York Post columnist Cindy Adams says Taylor is still deeply grieving for Jackson, who died suddenly in June aged 50.

"The heart's gone out of her," Adams said in her column.

"She's suffering weakness, tiredness, exhaustion, emotional draining. She hasn't stopped crying. She and Michael were devoted to one another."

Taylor was denied access to the late pop star's funeral and memorial service, as she was a friend of Michael's and not the Jackson family.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on July 15, 2009, 03:50:27 pm
No she hasnt - Im just making her spot ready for her.  She needs to be comfy  :)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on July 15, 2009, 03:59:58 pm
hmm havent seen a pic of her for ages.




Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on July 18, 2009, 04:45:28 pm
Walter Cronkite has passed away at the age of 92.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on July 20, 2009, 01:04:03 pm

Angela's Ashes author Frank McCourt dies

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: enemyoftheleft on July 20, 2009, 05:05:15 pm
Angela's Ashes author Frank McCourt dies

did he die in a house fire ;D ;D ;D

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on July 20, 2009, 05:07:00 pm
Not on this occasion.  ;D 

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Newtown-Fella on August 10, 2009, 10:45:45 pm
Paul Holmes' mother dies

Chrissie Hobson, mother of broadcaster Paul Holmes, died today. She was in her mid-80s.

Mrs Holmes, from the Hawkes Bay, died suddenly but peacefully sitting in her chair about 11.30am, TVNZ said tonight.

"All Kiwis are probably aware of the very, very special bond Paul had with his mother Chrissie and we pass on our most sincere condolences to the entire Holmes family at this time," said TVNZ's head of news and current affairs, Anthony Flannery.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on August 11, 2009, 07:57:21 am
Commiserations Mr Holmes.  It has been a particularly difficult time for them all no doubt.(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/23emrose.gif)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on August 12, 2009, 09:41:29 am
Farewell Eunice.(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/23emrose.gif)  You have left a wonderful legacy having founded the Special Olympics.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: enemyoftheleft on August 14, 2009, 10:13:20 pm

RIP Les,and thanks for working with Gibson to produce one of the worlds sexiest guitars...........and i have 2 ;D

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 15, 2009, 01:27:37 pm

From the Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com)

Guitar legend and multitracking innovator Les Paul dead at 94

By LINDSAY BARNETT | 10:26AM PDT - Thursday, August 13, 2009


Les Paul | 1915-2009 — Les Paul and his wife, Mary Ford, perform on guitar. Paul, 94, the guitarist and inventor who changed
the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording, has died. — Associated Press/November 05, 1951.

Guitar legend, inventor and pop music hit-maker Les Paul has died at age 94.  Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital, surrounded by friends and family, in White Plains, New York.

From The Times' obituary (http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-les-paul14-2009aug14,0,6971065.story):

“One of the finest pickers on the American music scene, Paul was often cited as a major influence on other guitarists, including Chet Atkins, who called him "one of my idols."

But for many other music fans, it was Paul's innovations that will ensure his legacy. They include an early electric guitar as well as new ways to create multiple tracks and echo effects for recordings, which he used in his recordings with Ford and which were later were broadly adopted by other musicians.”

The music world was never the same after Paul introduced multi-tracking in the late 1940s. (Having taken time off from a lucrative career playing guitar with such singers as Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, Paul holed himself up in a garage right here in L.A., eventually emerging with his first multitracked hit, "Lover.")  With his then-wife Mary Ford, he recorded a litany of hits like "How High the Moon," "Mockingbird Hill" and a singular version of old favorite "Tennessee Waltz." 

Beyond his innovative recording-studio creations, Paul was an extraordinarily gifted guitar player; his famous solo on Crosby's hit "It's Been a Long, Long Time" is viewed by many as one of the best guitar solos ever recorded.  When Paul's arm was injured in an automobile accident, he even made a famous request of his doctors — when told that his arm would remain locked in the position in which it was set, he asked that it be set at an angle so he could still play the guitar.  And one of rock music's most instantly recognizable guitars — created by the Gibson Guitar Corp. using Paul's guitar-building concepts — even bears the name Les Paul (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibson_Les_Paul).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4E8OrHAMa4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4E8OrHAMa4)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0ffdwBUL78 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0ffdwBUL78)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeuVBZZjz7k (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeuVBZZjz7k)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6geIf6z-Xw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6geIf6z-Xw)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zt-TIgR9Qc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zt-TIgR9Qc)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Ferney on August 15, 2009, 04:25:16 pm

Son and Mr F have just finished making a Les Paul guitar.   

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 20, 2009, 03:43:03 pm

Gliding champ, Ray Lynskey dies

The Marlborough Express | 12:00 NOON - Thursday, 20 August 2009

Former world gliding champion Ray Lynskey, of Marlborough, has died, aged 54, after a short illness.

The well-respected member of the aviation fraternity became world champion in 1995 in Omarama, Otago.

Mr Lynskey was also the first glider pilot to complete a 2000- kilometre non-stop flight. In 1990, he flew from Woodbourne Airport to Lumsden in Southland, then to Wairoa in Hawke's Bay and back to Blenheim. His Nimbus 2B glider covered 2026km in 15 hours that day, at an average speed of 135kmh at heights of up to 28,500ft.

Marlborough Gliding Club vice-president Mike Dekker said Mr Lynskey's illness was a great shock to the gliding world.

"Ray has been a great inspiration to many, many people through the years," he said.

"It's sad to see him go."

Mr Dekker said Mr Lynskey had recently increased the amount of gliding he was doing.

"We were all expecting great achievements from him."

Mr Lynskey was a trend-setter among the international glider fraternity. He pushed the limits, but did not take undue risks.

"He was someone who kept to himself, but he was a deliberate and methodical person in terms of setting his goals and he worked steadily towards them.

"He was a measured sort of a pilot. He didn't take risks. He was careful and calculating."

Mr Lynskey was a Marlborough Gliding Club committee member and its chief tow pilot. He recently sold a hangar to the club, which Mr Dekker said had helped the club.

His funeral will be held at his hangar at Omaka Aerodrome at 1.30pm on Saturday.


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Post by: Lovelee on August 24, 2009, 10:03:15 pm

Maori lose revered leader

Tainui are mourning the loss of one of their leaders who died as the week-long celebrations to mark the anniversary of Tuheitia Paki's coronation came to an end.

Tui Adams, a well-respected Maniapoto kaumatua, died on Saturday, and Maori leaders gathered at Turangawaewae Marae yesterday to pay their respects to the man they called a "true gentleman".

Tainui chairman Tuku Morgan said a man like Dr Adams could never be replaced.

"He was often the first speaker on the celebration day of the coronation and that is the sign of his importance for the tribes of the Tainui waka," he said.

"When you lose someone like him you lose a whole lot of knowledge that few others have."

Te Wananga o Aotearoa chief executive Bentham Ohia said Dr Adams' death would leave a gapping hole in Tainui and Maoridom. "Koro Tui was a man steeped in learning, who carried himself with humility and a quiet dignity.

"He was an exceptionally generous man who committed his life to sharing the knowledge he had acquired, and in nurturing a passion for learning in others.

"His passing leaves a great sadness in me and among the multitudes of people he touched. He was a deep well of knowledge that will be greatly missed."

Dr Adams was a bedrock of support for Te Wananga o Aotearoa co-founder and Tumuaki Rongo Wetere.

A commitment continued, following the resignation of Dr Wetere, when Mr Ohia was appointed chief executive of Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

Dr Adams was a kaumatua of Te Wananga o Aotearoa and senior tutor of Te Arataki Manu Korero programme, a programme he co-founded with Dr Wetere.

Te Arataki Manu Korero assists Tainui elders to understand Tainui tikanga and history. It was set up by Dr Adams to ensure the continuity of Tainui traditions and identity with a specific focus on kaumatua the traditional repositories of Maori knowledge.

The programme has continued to be successful and has been adopted by many iwi throughout the country.

He was a recipient of the Queen's Service Medal in 2000 for services to the Maori community and in 2003 received an honorary doctorate from the University of Waikato.

Dr Adams was to be taken from the Ngaruawahia marae to Te Tokanganui-a-noho Marae in Te Kuiti this morning.


We were discussing a meeting with Koro Tui this afternoon  :-[

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on August 26, 2009, 07:00:19 pm
Senator Ted Kennedy has died of brain cancer at age 77.


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Post by: Newtown-Fella on August 29, 2009, 04:16:33 pm
Sir Jack Harris dies aged 103

Sir Jack Harris, who ran one of the country's biggest import/export businesses, has died at the age of 103.

NZ's oldest first-time author, Sir Jack published his "Memoirs of a Century" two years ago, spanning 100 years since his grandfather set up a business in New Zealand during the goldrush era.

After celebrating his 103rd birthday on July 23, he commented: "I am in my 104th year, have lived a long time and am really quite well -- not bad really for an old chap. Must be in the blood."

He died at a rest home in Whitby, near Porirua, on Wednesday.

Born in London in 1906 and educated at Cambridge, Sir Jack Wolfred Ashford Harris inherited his baronetcy from his father, Liberal MP Sir Percy Harris, in 1952.

Moving to New Zealand to save the family business during the depression, he met his wife-to-be Patricia Clapin Penman Harris , a liberal feminist, atheist, columnist and writer, on a ship to Australia.

Sir Jack's first impression of Wellington was unfavourable.

"It was very small, rundown. I thought I had come to the end of the world.

But Sir Jack made a huge impact as a pioneering manufacturer and civic leader in New Zealand, becoming chief executive of Bing Harris and Co import/exporters.

Tragedy struck in 1996 when his beloved Waikanae homestead Te Rama went up in flames, along with hundreds of precious artworks and antiques.

Sir Jack and his wife, who died six years ago, had a daughter and two sons.

A service for Sir Jack will be held at Waikanae Funeral Home on Thursday.


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Post by: Lovelee on September 01, 2009, 05:49:49 pm
NEW YORK - A wire-haired dachshund that held the record as the world's oldest dog has died on Long Island at age 21 - or 147 in dog years.

Chanel died Friday of natural causes at her owners' home in Port Jefferson Station, a village 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of New York City.

Guinness World Records officials honored Chanel as the world's oldest dog in May at a 21st birthday bash hosted by a pet food company at a Manhattan dog hotel and spa.

Owners Denice and Karl Shaughnessy adopted Chanel from a pet shelter in Virginia, when she was 6 weeks old.

They say Chanel in her later years wore tinted goggles for her cataracts and favored sweaters because she was sensitive to the cold. But they say she remained lively for her age.



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Post by: Newtown-Fella on September 14, 2009, 10:48:03 pm
Kiwi Battle of Britain flying ace dies

Squadron Leader John Pattison, one of the few remaining New Zealanders who flew in the Battle of Britain, has died in Hastings at the age of 92.

Shot down by an enemy fighter during the battle and badly wounded, he recovered to have a distinguished war and be made a member of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and win the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and France's Legion d'Honneur.

He also commanded 485 (NZ) Spitfire Squadron late in the war.

Mr Pattison, who worked on his father's Waipawa farm pre-war, learned to fly on Tiger Moths at Bridge Pa, Hastings, and had logged just 20 hours when World War 2 began.

He volunteered immediately and after getting his wings in April 1940 and commission the following month sailed for England in June 1940.

Desperately short of pilots as the Battle of Britain developed, Mr Pattison and others like him were rushed through training by the Royal Air Force and posted to active squadrons.

Mr Pattison had just three hours on a Miles Master trainer and then the briefest conversion course on Spitfires, before joining 266 Squadron on August 27 at the height of the battle.

Thrown in against hordes of enemy aircraft, Pattison's squadron became split up on his first operational flight and the New Zealander became lost over the Thames Estuary.

He eventually tacked on to a Hurricane but ran out of fuel and made a wheels up landing on a field bristling with anti-invasion obstacles.

Mr Pattison was greeting by pitchfork-wielding farmers who thought he was a German.

Posted later to 92 Squadron at Biggin Hill, Mr Pattison was soon shot down by a Messerschmitt 109 and badly wounded by a cannon shell in the thigh and spent the next eight months in hospital.

In June 1941 Mr Pattison was posted to a training unit in Wales as an instructor but notched a black mark when he flew under the Severn railway bridge and lost three months seniority as a penalty.

In April 1942 he joined 485, one of the three squadrons in the Kenley Wing. Late that month while escorting Hurricane bombers attacking Calais, 485 was jumped by a large force of Focke-Wulf 190s and lost four Spitfires.

Mr Pattison's engine was hit and knocked out by a cannon shell and his cockpit filled with smoke.

He glided his stricken fighter across the Channel, baled out near the English coast and was rescued 90 minutes later.

After a year flying attacks over France, Mr Pattison was posted as a chief flying instructor, then joined 66 Squadron flying Spitfire IXs equipped with bombs which were used in attacking V-weapon launch sites, in the pre-invasion offensive and as cover on the D-Day landings.

In September 1944, Mr Pattison was named commanding officer of 485 Squadron, the third last of 10 485 COs. He led the New Zealanders until February 1945.

Mr Pattison returned to New Zealand in January 1946 with a record of two enemy aircraft destroyed and many ground vehicles to his credit.

He farmed for the rest of his working life in Waipawa before retiring to Havelock North.

Of his wartime flying Mr Pattison told an aviation researcher in 1993: "Wonderful times to have lived through and fantastic mates."

He recovered completely from his thigh wound but in 1993 he had a cataract operation on his right eye that his surgeon thought was caused by a metal splinter "from the exhaust of my Spitfire when coming in to land."

John Gordon Pattison, born in Waipawa January 27, 1917, and educated at Wanganui Collegiate, died on Friday. He is survived by his wife, four sons and their families.


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Post by: Newtown-Fella on September 14, 2009, 10:53:46 pm
Ian Malcolm: Die-hard Nats supporter was a natural salesman

Ian Malcolm was a good talker, a good salesman, ever the optimist and a die-hard supporter of the National Party.

He grew up in Roseneath and went to Roseneath Primary School and Wellington Technical College.

Then, following his father, who was permanent ways engineer for Wellington City Council, he started work in 1942 as an electrical apprentice in Railways' electric track division.

After transferring to the design office in 1948, his supervisor suggested he go to night school to become an electrical engineer. Later he worked on plans for the electrification of the main trunk line between Wellington and Auckland.

Leaving Railways in 1953, he joined the National Electric and Engineering Co (NEECO) in Auckland as a power sales engineer. He was a natural salesman and by 1956 was the merchandise sales supervisor at NEECO's head office in Wellington.

He was 39 in 1966 when he was appointed managing director, a post he held until 1980 when the company was taken over by Cable Price Downer. He left rather than become involved in the restructuring - he did not want to be involved in firing people.

Keen to get back to being a salesman, he set up his own trading company, IL Malcolm Ltd. It imported and exported a range of products, but electrical motors were a mainstay as he kept the company going for 30 years.

The family home was first in Cavendish Sq, Strathmore, but after a stroke, which partially paralysed him, he and his wife moved to a house in Miramar that did not have stairs. He recovered well.

Mr Malcolm was a prolific letter writer, tendering his advice to prime ministers and putting his invariably conservative views in regular letters to the editor.

At times his advice could be unintentionally amusing, such as in the letter he wrote to prime minister Jenny Shipley on how she should tackle a United States trade barrier.

"Could I suggest that, as you have recently formed a relationship with Mr Clinton, that you give him a ring and ask for his help. In years of business I have found that sometimes, in difficult circumstances, you have to appeal to the top man."

Mrs Shipley thanked him graciously.

Asked before the last election if he would still vote National if the party were led by a monkey, he said he would "as they would replace him if he wasn't any good".

He was community spirited and generous with his time and money, supported the Salvation Army, served on the boards of Queen Margaret College and the Boys & Girls Institute and was a Rotarian for more than 35 years. He is survived by his wife.
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Ian Leith Malcolm,  businessman: born Wellington,  February 6, 1927; married Elizabeth  Tait 1953, 1 son 2 daughters; died Wellington, August 16, 2009, aged 82.


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Post by: Lovelee on September 15, 2009, 01:50:32 pm
Actor Patrick Swayze has died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

Publicist Annett Wolf says Swayze died this morning with his family by his side.

He spoke out about his illness in March 2008, but continued working on TV series The Beast as he underwent treatment.

In an interview broadcast in January 2009, Swayze said that he might have only two years to live.

Swayze became a star in 1987 after his performance in Dirty Dancing.

The 1990 film Ghost cemented his status as a screen favourite.

He was married to Lisa Niemi for 34 years, but the couple did not have children


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on September 17, 2009, 05:43:36 pm
Mary Travers of 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, has died, according to her publicist. She was 72.

Travers died from side effects of treatment from a bone-marrow transplant after battling leukemia, publicist Heather Lylis said.

The singer was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in November 1936 and grew up in New York's Greenwich Village. As a teenager, she performed in a Broadway review, but stepped on to the folk music scene in the 1950s. She emerged as an iconic folk singer while performing with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul.

Peter, Paul and Mary came together while singing "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in Noel Paul's New York City apartment. They went on to play gigs at coffee houses and later on the radio.

"As a performer, her charisma was a barely contained nervous energy -- occasionally (and then only privately) revealed as stage fright," Paul said.

Their music reflected the 1960s and the 1970s, a time of turmoil as the civil rights and anti-war movements moved into full swing.

Travers applied her recognition to rally behind those progressive movements. In 1963, the trio performed its hit song "If I Had a Hammer" at the Washington march where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famed "I Have a Dream Speech," her publicist said.

"We've learned that it will take more than one generation to bring about change," Travers once said. "The fight for civil rights has developed into a broader concern for human rights, and that encompasses a great many people and countries. Those of us who live in a democracy have a responsibility to be the voice for those whose voices are stilled."

Travers advocated against U.S. government moves in Central America in the 1980s. She went on a mission to El Salvador and later spoke out against the country's regime. She also opposed American funding of a militant group in Nicaragua set on overthrowing an elected government there, according to her publicist.

Peter, Paul and Mary recorded hits still recognized now, including "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Puff the Magic Dragon" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone." They performed together for nearly 50 years, winning five Grammys and releasing 13 Top 40 hits, six of them in the Top 10 charts.

Their debut album, "Peter, Paul and Mary" was on the Top 10 chart for 10 months. Travers also recorded four solo albums in the 1970s.

Their last performance was in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on May 20.

Those closest to Travers say she valued her friendships.

"Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of my relationship with Mary Travers over the last almost 50 years is how open and honest we were with each other, and I include Noel Paul Stookey in this equation," Yarrow said in a statement.

"Such honesty comes with a price, but when you get past the hurt and shock of realizing that you're faulted and frequently wrong, you also realize that you are really loved and respected for who you are, and you become a better person."

She is survived by her husband, Ethan Robbins; her daughters Alicia and Erika; her sister, Ann Gordon; and her granddaughters Wylie and Virginia.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: enemyoftheleft on September 17, 2009, 05:57:50 pm
Keith Floyd.....one of the first celebrity chefs


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Calliope on October 15, 2009, 10:39:39 pm
Al Martino, the smooth-voiced baritone who had a string of hits in the 1950s and ’60s with sentimental ballads like “Here in My Heart” and “Spanish Eyes” and then found wider fame as Johnny Fontane, the wedding singer in “The Godfather,” died on Tuesday at his home in Springfield, Pa. He was 82.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/15/arts/music/15martino.html?ref=todayspaper (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/15/arts/music/15martino.html?ref=todayspaper)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on October 23, 2009, 10:24:11 am
Don Lane - (i'll find a link soon)

This dude (american/aussie) funny as and on late night TV in OZ for deacdes with Moonface (Bob Newton)

Saw him show up that key bender guy some years ago .... he screamed at him 'your a charlatan and a bloody fake'  tossed all the keys all over the studio, told him to piss off.  Then had to come back and aplogise - this was all live TV  ;D

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on October 24, 2009, 09:36:15 am
The funny man seen many times on popular game shows died at a New York hospice, said Paul Dver, Sales' longtime friend and manager.

"We have lost a comedy American icon," Dver said. "I feel the personal loss, and I also feel the magic that he had around him being gone. That's a much more severe loss than a loss of a friend."

Sales was known for his long-running children's show "Lunch With Soupy Sales," which started in 1953 and began his trademark slapstick pie-throwing antics. The comedy show featured skits that culminated in Sales getting walloped with pies in the face. What are your memories of Sales?

"Soupy was the last of the great TV comics when you talk about Ernie Kovacs, Red Skelton, right down to Howdy Doody," Dver said. "But it was bigger than that, because he used a children's format aimed at the kids and then he would forget he was doing a kids' show and do a wild, unrehearsed, wacky improv for a half-hour every day for 15 years."

He could also inflame the authorities. One New Year's Day, upset at being asked to work, he asked his youthful audience to send him those "green pieces of paper" from their parents' wallets. Though he didn't receive much -- he told The New York Times he received only a few dollars -- he was suspended for a week for the prank.

Later in his career, he was a regular on TV game shows, such as "Hollywood Squares," "To Tell the Truth" and "What's My Line?"


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on November 02, 2009, 07:51:45 am
Radio pioneer Bickerstaff found dead by trick-or-treaters

Halloween trick-or-treaters were given a fright when they found talkback radio personality Tim Bickerstaff dead in his Whitianga home on Saturday.

The teenagers saw the 67-year-old diabetic through a window, but when their door-knocking failed to rouse him, they entered the house and set off his medic alert bracelet, the New Zealand Herald reported.

He died of a massive heart attack, his men's health products company Herbal Ignite said today.

Bickerstaff became known as an outspoken radio host and sports critic during 40 years on the airwaves.

He began his broadcasting career as a TV sports reporter with the New Zealand Broadcasting Service in Rotorua, Dunedin and Wellington.

He then worked for 3DB in Melbourne in the 1960s before he returned to Auckland with his young family and began broadcasting with Radio I.

Bickerstaff pioneered talkback on Sportsline with Geoff Sinclair on Radio 1 before moving onto more general talkback with his two-hour Radio Pacific show.

He and wife Sue separated 15 years ago, and she and their children Scott and Brenda live in Queensland.

Bickerstaff began Herbal Ignite 13 years ago, and the company said it was Bickerstaff's willingness to be upfront and controversial about erectile dysfunction which led him to launch natural supplements and help other men talk about their health.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Calliope on November 17, 2009, 09:25:40 am
Edward Woodward
Edward Woodward, who died on November 16 aged 79, was a fine actor whose talents tended sometimes to be obscured by the huge popular successes of his bleak television series, Callan and The Equalizer.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/tv-radio-obituaries/6581645/Edward-Woodward.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/tv-radio-obituaries/6581645/Edward-Woodward.html)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 17, 2009, 09:32:35 am

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on November 17, 2009, 11:09:49 am
Another victim of prostrate cancer.         Ronnie Corbet once made the observation that it was because of Edward Woodward there was a D in the english language otherwise he would have been Ewar Woowar. 

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Alicat on November 17, 2009, 11:12:07 am
RIP Edward Woodward.

I loved him as Callan and always thought that he would make the PERFECT Bodyguard when he was the Equaliser.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on December 27, 2009, 03:19:05 pm
Last of Kon-Tiki crew dies

The last member of the 1947 Kon-Tiki raft expedition, Knut Haugland, has died in Norway.

The expedition, in which six people crossed the Pacific on a balsawood raft, was launched by anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl to demonstrate that South Americans in pre-Colombian times could have settled in Polynesia.

Mr Haugland first came to prominence as a member of the Norwegian resistance in World War II, the BBC reports.

He was honoured by the British for his part in helping disrupt Nazi Germany's plans to create heavy water for its nuclear weapons programme.

After the war he was recruited by Thor Heyerdahl as a radio operator for the Kon-Tiki expedition.

The crew sailed a raft made of traditional materials across the Pacific from Peru.

Thor Heyerdahl died in 2002 at his home in Italy, at the age of 87.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: DazzaMc on December 27, 2009, 05:17:30 pm
I've been hunting for a Obituary Mention of Jack Guard (the boat builder) who died last week in Nelson... if anyone stumbles across it could they please post it in here?

Thanking you!

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Calliope on January 12, 2010, 08:06:04 am
Art Clokey, Animator Who Created Gumby, Dies at 88
Art Clokey, the animator who half a century ago created Gumby, that most pliant of pop-cultural figures, died on Friday at his home in Los Osos, Calif. He was 88.
His son, Joe Clokey, said he died in his sleep.

Asparagus green and fashioned from clay, Gumby made his television debut in 1956 on “The Howdy Doody Show.” The next year, he became the star of “The Gumby Show,” in which he embarked on a string of gently quixotic adventures with his supple steed, Pokey. The series was one of the first extended uses of stop-motion animation on television.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/11/arts/television/11clokey.html?ref=todayspaper (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/11/arts/television/11clokey.html?ref=todayspaper)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on January 12, 2010, 08:10:15 am
 :(  Aww I loved Gumby!!

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Newtown-Fella on January 26, 2010, 01:00:45 pm
Wellington identity Bill Brien dies

 Celebrated Wellington publican, policeman and rugby stalwart Bill Brien has died aged 73.

Mr Brien, who witnessed New Zealand's last execution in 1957 and ran the city's Rose and Crown pub for 19 years, was renowned for his community work.

He was awarded Rotary International's highest award in 2000 and made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2008. He suffered a stroke in late 2008, and died on Sunday night.

Francie Russell, his partner of 16 years, described Mr Brien as a "very generous person" who loved Wellington. He helped numerous city community and sporting organisations through his long-term role as a trustee with Pub Charity.

He is survived by two children from a previous relationship, daughter Josephine Brien, 46, and son John Brien, 43. "We'll all miss him very much," Ms Russell said.

Mr Brien grew up on a dairy farm near Thames and joined the police at the urging of a local officer. After only a year in the job, he had to assist at the 1957 hanging of Walter James (Jim) Bolton, the last man executed by New Zealand.

He still felt ambivalent about it when he spoke to The Dominion Post in 2005. "There are a lot of people who should be taken completely out of society, but whether the death sentence is the way to do that, I don't know," he said.

After being involved in two shootings in the 1960s, one of which left him wounded, he wrote a report that led to the founding of the armed offenders squad.

Later he became a publican, first with a syndicate that owned the Brunswick Arms, where he was almost 30 years ahead of his time when he trialled a smoking ban in 1976. He then became the face of the Rose and Crown - a watering hole for former All Blacks and a goldmine of sports memorabilia.

On the corner of Willis and Williston streets, it closed in 2003.

Mr Brien belonged to the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, the Halberg Trust, the Wellington Rugby Union and Athletics Wellington.

"Now that I'm retired, I have never been so bloody busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way," he told The Dominion Post in 2008.

He was a repeated finalist in Wellingtonian of the Year awards and a Rotary member for nearly 40 years.

He was the first and only patron of the Centurions Rugby Football Club, a group of devoted Wellington rugby followers. President John Burrows said his death had left a huge hole in Wellington's rugby scene. "I can't speak highly enough of him. He did so much for rugby."

Mick Bremner said Mr Brien, his friend of 50 years, had a knack of drawing people in, while still being "self-effacing".

Hospitality Association chief executive Bruce Robertson said: "He was an extraordinary bloke." Mr Brien was a publican who "knew everybody".

His funeral service will be at the Wellington Football Club, Hataitai Park, at 2pm on Friday.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on February 07, 2010, 02:16:04 pm
Jazz legend Sir John Dankworth dies, aged 82

Sir John Dankworth, a mainstay of the British jazz scene for over 60 years, has died in hospital.

The saxophonist was 82. He wrote the theme tune for The Avengers and served as musical director to the likes of Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald.

Sir John, who was knighted in 2006, was married to singer Dame Cleo Laine. The couple met in 1950 while he was auditioning for singers with his band, the Dankworth Seven.

He also leaves a son and a daughter, both jazz musicians.

Sir John founded the London Symphony Orchestra Summer Pops in 1985, and was a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on February 13, 2010, 06:33:58 am
The man who invented the Frisbee, one of the world's most popular toys, has died at his home in Utah in the United States.

Walter Frederick Morrison was 90 and had been suffering from cancer.

He conceived and developed his aerodynamic plastic disc in the 1950s, and more than 200 million have been sold worldwide.

Frisbee historian Phil Kennedy says Mr Morrison got the idea from playing with a metal cake pan on the beach in California.

The platter's novel aerodynamic shape allowed it to hover briefly or travel long distances, kept aloft by its rotation.

Morrison sold the production and manufacturing rights to his "Pluto Platter" in 1957.

The name Frisbee was later adopted because that was the nickname given to the platter by college students in New England.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on March 15, 2010, 04:08:47 pm
Actor Peter Graves, best known for TV's "Mission: Impossible," was found dead at his home, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on March 16, 2010, 01:17:19 pm

He Ping Ping, aged 21   (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/24emrosesad.gif)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on March 16, 2010, 03:08:31 pm
I wonder if he was in Honey I Shrunk the Kids  :-\

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on March 23, 2010, 11:26:47 am
Nanaia Mahutas mum, Raiha has passed away this morning. (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/24emrosesad.gif) RIP dear lady.

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Post by: Calliope on March 27, 2010, 11:34:26 pm
Fess Parker, actor, was born on August 16, 1924. He died on March 18, 2010, aged 85


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Post by: Calliope on April 05, 2010, 02:38:10 pm
 US actor John Forsythe, who enjoyed a long career on stage, film and on television shows such as "Dynasty," has died after a battle with cancer, his family said in a statement.

"He was 92 years old and, thankfully, he died as he lived his life ... with dignity and grace, after a year-long struggle with cancer," the statement said.

Forsythe passed away on April 1 in Santa Ynez, California, northwest of Los Angeles, near Santa Barbara, after having suffered a bout of pneumonia.

The actor's career spanned more than five decades as he started work in New York on Broadway in plays such as the Pulitzer Prize winning "Teahouse of the August Moon" and on live television shows like "Studio One."

Forsythe moved to Los Angeles and began working in TV where his association with Hollywood producer Aaron Spelling led to his role as Blake Carrington in "Dynasty," for which he won two Golden Globe best actor awards.

He was the voice of "Charlie" in the original 1970s TV series "Charlie's Angels" and in two feature films, "Charlie's Angels" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle."

Forsythe is survived by his wife, Nicole, son, two daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


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Post by: akadaka on April 09, 2010, 09:21:16 pm

gone to the "great swindle" in the sky..........hope he catches up with sid ;D

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 23, 2010, 10:07:47 pm

Jazz singer Beaver dies, aged 59

NZPA | 7:30PM - Sunday, 23 May 2010

Beverley “BEAVER” Jean Morrison — R.I.P.

Well-known New Zealand jazz singer and actress Beverley "Beaver" Jean Morrison has died.

The 59-year-old entertainer was known for her involvement in theatre troupe Blerta and for singing the theme song for soap opera Gloss in the 1980s.

She also appeared in New Zealand films Skin Deep and Should I Be Good, about the Mr Asia drug syndicate.

Beaver died this morning after a six-year battle with sarcoma, TVNZ reported.

She had two daughters with actor Bill Stalker.

Her Should I Be Good co-star Hammond Gamble told NZPA he had been informed of Beaver's death by one of her daughters this morning.

Her friends and family had not expected Beaver to be with them much longer, Mr Gamble said.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/music/3729062/Jazz-singer-Beaver-dies-aged-59 (http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/music/3729062/Jazz-singer-Beaver-dies-aged-59)

• See: BEAVER — R.I.P. (http://xtranewscommunity2.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,7502.0.html)

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Post by: Magoo on May 29, 2010, 09:52:18 am

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Post by: nitpicker1 on May 29, 2010, 07:56:30 pm

slideshow full of memories

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Post by: Calliope on May 30, 2010, 10:29:37 am
Acting legend Dennis Hopper dies

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10637110 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10637110)

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Post by: Magoo on May 30, 2010, 12:22:38 pm

RIP Pat.(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/23emrose.gif)

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Post by: nitpicker1 on June 01, 2010, 01:21:56 am
Prominent Maori film maker dies
May 31, 2010, 5:28 pm

Prominent New Zealand film director Merata Mita died after collapsing outside Maori Television's Auckland studios today.

Mita collapsed at around 1.15pm in Newmarket and died after resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful, Maori Television spokeswoman Sonya Haggie said.

Mita was known for her documentary films such Bastion Point and Patu, about the 1981 Springbok rugby tour of New Zealand, and the feature film Mauri.

"The staff and management of Maori Television wish to pass on their sincere condolences to her whanau," Ms Haggie said.

Ms Haggie was not aware of the cause of her death and said the broadcaster did not wish to say anything else out of respect for Mita's family.

NZ On Screen said Mita was "a passionate advocate for Maori creative control" and a "key figure in the story of Maori filmmaking".

She was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the latest New Year Honours for services to the film industry.


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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 02, 2010, 04:49:45 pm

‘Double All Black’ Eric Tindill dies aged 99

By MARK GEENTY - The Dominion Post | 11:46AM - Monday, 02 July 2010

FINAL INNINGS: Former New Zealand rugby and cricket test
player Eric Tindill is pictured in a 2003 photo at an exhibition
of rugby photos. — CRAIG SIMCOX/Dominion Post.

ERIC TINDILL, who was the oldest surviving All Black and test cricketer, died yesterday. He was 99 years and 226 days.

His passing was confirmed today by Paul Tindill, his oldest son.

Born in Nelson on December 18, 1910, Eric Tindill last year overtook Englishman Francis McKinnon, who lived to be 98 years and 324 days, as the world's oldest surviving test cricketer. The oldest surviving test rugby player was Scotland's Mac Henderson, who was 101 years and 309 days when he died last year.

Nicknamed Snowy, Tindill achieved the unique distinction of playing both rugby and cricket tests for New Zealand, and later refereeing test rugby and umpiring test cricket.

Of the country's other double rugby-cricket internationals, George Dickinson and Curly Page played only in cricket tests, Charlie Oliver, Jeff Wilson and Brian McKechnie played only in rugby tests and Bill Carson never played a test in either sport.

A halfback and five-eighth, Tindill emerged from Wellington's Athletic rugby club.

His solitary All Blacks test was against England in London in January 1936, which they lost 13-0. The match was forever known for Russian Prince Alex Obolensky's two tries for England. Tindill made 14 appearances on that British tour and played 16 All Blacks matches in all.

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/News%20Story%20Pix%202010/3981748s-02Aug10.jpg) (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/News%20Story%20Pix%202010/3981749s-02Aug10.jpg)
ON THE DRIVE (left): Eric Tindill the cricketer on the drive in a picture from the 1930s.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY (right): All Blacks halfback Piri Weepu presents Eric Tindill with a
birthday cake to mark the “double All Blacks'” 99th birthday in 2009.
 — CRAIG SIMCOX/Dominion Post.

A left-handed batsman and wicketkeeper, Tindill's international cricket career spanned nearly a decade, either side of World War Two in which he served as a member of the NZEF.

He played five tests between 1937 and 1947. He toured England in 1937 and Australia in 1937-38 as well as playing in home series in 1936-37, 1938-39, 1945-46 and 1946-47.

Tindill also had the distinction of catching the great Australian batsman Sir Don Bradman off the bowling off Jack Cowie in Adelaide in 1937-38. It was the only time Bradman played against a New Zealand side.

An outstanding sporting allrounder, Tindill also played football and table tennis for Wellington.

On retirement he continued to play a big role on the national sporting scene.

Tindill refereed the All Blacks' first two tests against the touring Lions in 1950 in Dunedin and Christchurch and then the second test against the Wallabies in Dunedin in 1955.

Then, in the 1958-59 season he returned to Lancaster Park and umpired New Zealand's cricket test against England.

He served as secretary of the Wellington Cricket Association and became a a selector for both Wellington and New Zealand.

In 1995 Tindill was inducted into the New Zealand sports hall of fame.

In 2005 he was officially recognised as a legend of Wellington sport in one of his last public appearances.

According to the allblacks.com website, the oldest surviving All Black is now Maurice McHugh, 93, who played three tests between 1946-49.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/sport/local-sport/3981816/Double-All-Black-Eric-Tindill-dies-aged-99 (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/sport/local-sport/3981816/Double-All-Black-Eric-Tindill-dies-aged-99)

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Post by: TokGal on October 06, 2010, 08:59:57 am
British slapstick star Norman Wisdom dies at 95

Norman Wisdom, the British comedian and actor best known for his slapstick comedy roles, has died at the age of 95.
Wisdom, who had suffered from a series of strokes in the past six months, died peacfully Monday evening at Abbotswood Nursing Home on the Isle of Man, according to his family.

"He was a superstar," former British broadcasting executive Michael Grade told British media.
"He was the second [Charlie] Chaplin. Norman was a comic genius."

The London-born Wisdom, who Chaplin called his "favourite clown," was bitten by the performance bug while serving in the army and acting in revues. At one gig, he caught the eye of acting legend Rex Harrison, who urged him to pursue a career in show business.

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Post by: Calliope on October 12, 2010, 10:39:16 am
Farewell Joan.

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 12, 2010, 06:40:51 pm
British slapstick star Norman Wisdom dies at 95

I saw a few Norman Wisdom movies when I was a kid.

He was hillariously funny, although I suspect his form of humour probably wouldn't be appreciated today.

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Post by: Bruno Bastardo on October 12, 2010, 09:23:56 pm
Joan Sutherland - great diva and fine human being. Could teach Kiri Te K a lot about humility.

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Post by: akadaka on November 03, 2010, 06:25:02 pm

shit i saw this dude a few weeks ago surfing and he was full on.RIP andy and thanks for the shows >:(

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Post by: Magoo on November 03, 2010, 06:29:02 pm
How tragic.

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Post by: robman on November 03, 2010, 06:37:29 pm
Goes to show... anybody, anytime, anyplace...

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Post by: Magoo on November 29, 2010, 03:41:11 pm

Thanks for the laughs. (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/23emrose.gif)

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Post by: nitpicker1 on November 29, 2010, 04:24:01 pm

Airplane was a classic...

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Post by: Calliope on November 29, 2010, 10:06:01 pm
Sorry he's gone but I always found his humour to be OTT

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Post by: Calliope on December 17, 2010, 09:58:42 pm
Blake Edwards, Prolific Comedy Director, Dies at 88

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/17/movies/17edwards.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/17/movies/17edwards.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on January 04, 2011, 07:49:34 am
Pete Postlethwaite at 64.

He was wonderful in period dramas and latterly on Sky in Sharpe  as  Obadiah Hakeswill.   


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Post by: Alicat on January 04, 2011, 07:34:22 pm
Pete Postlethwaite at 64.

He was wonderful in period dramas and latterly on Sky in Sharpe  as  Obadiah Hakeswill.   


There is a delightful movie called BRASSED OFF that he plays a lead role in. I've watched the movie a number of times - it is all about a Brass Band in a mining town. The music is great and a true British classic.

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Post by: Magoo on January 04, 2011, 08:12:24 pm
I think I have seen that one Ali... will look it out again.   

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Post by: akadaka on January 17, 2011, 05:49:49 pm

Cold Chisel drummer Steve Prestwich has died at the age of 56, less than two weeks after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

 shit less than 2 weeks....must have been a rabid tumour :-\

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Post by: Lovelee on January 17, 2011, 06:07:52 pm
.. he might have helped himself  ;D

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Post by: akadaka on February 13, 2011, 09:03:04 pm

so long frank...will miss the random friday nights coffee and chats at the Borders book shop in Queen st     :(


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Post by: Magoo on February 14, 2011, 05:43:38 am
(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/23emrose.gif) Gone to soon.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on February 14, 2011, 07:44:43 am
Aww Aka .. u knew him .. he was sooo young!!

My favourite Granpa!!

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Post by: Lovelee on March 14, 2011, 11:32:49 am
Joe Morello, jazz drummer for Dave Brubeck Quartet, dies at age 82 -



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Post by: Magoo on March 14, 2011, 11:38:37 am
Take 5 Joe. (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/24emrosesad.gif)

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 19, 2011, 10:35:59 pm

From the Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com)....

Owsley Stanley dies at 76
— ‘Acid King’ of the '60s psychedelic era

He reputedly made more than a million doses of LSD,
much of which fueled Ken Kesey's notorious Acid
Tests — rollicking parties featuring all manner of
psychedelic substances, strobe lights and music.

By ELAINE WOO - Los Angeles Times | Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Owsley “Bear” Stanley, left, and the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia in 1969.
Stanley, a 1960s counterculture legend who flooded the flower power scene
with LSD and was an early benefactor of the Dead, died in a car crash in his
adopted country of Australia. He was 76. — Photo: Reuters.

NEARLY EVERYONE familiar with the history of the 1960s has heard of Timothy Leary (http://articles.latimes.com/1996-06-01/news/mn-10774_1_timothy-leary) and Ken Kesey (http://www.latimes.com/topic/entertainment/ken-kesey-PECLB002777.topic), the pranksters who spread the gospel of psychedelics to the countercultural generation. But far fewer remember Owsley Stanley.

Stanley, who died Saturday at age 76, was arguably as pivotal as Leary and Kesey for altering minds in the turbulent '60s. Among a legion of youthful seekers, his name was synonymous with the ultimate high as a copious producer of what Rolling Stone once called "the best LSD (http://www.latimes.com/topic/health/drugs-medicines/lsd-HEDAR00193.topic) in the world … the genuine Owsley." He reputedly made more than a million doses of the drug, much of which fueled Kesey's notorious Acid Tests — rollicking parties featuring all manner of psychedelic substances, strobe lights and music. Tom Wolfe (http://www.latimes.com/topic/arts-culture/tom-wolfe-PEHST002139.topic) immortalized Stanley as the "Acid King" in the counterculture classic "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" (http://www.tomwolfe.com/KoolAid.html) (1968).

The music that rocked Kesey's events was made by the Grateful Dead (http://www.latimes.com/topic/entertainment/music/grateful-dead-%28music-group%29-PECLB0017764617.topic), the iconic rock band of the era that also bears Stanley's imprint. His chief effect on the band stemmed not merely from supplying its musicians with top-grade LSD but from his technical genius: As the Dead's early sound engineer, Stanley, nicknamed "Bear," developed a radical system he called the "wall of sound," essentially a massive public address system that reduced distortion and enabled the musicians to mix from the stage and monitor their playing.

"Owsley was truly important in setting the example of someone who would go to almost any length, beyond what anyone would think reasonable, to pursue the goal of perfection … sonic perfection, the finest planet Earth ever saw," Grateful Dead publicist Dennis McNally said Monday. "They never would have done that without Bear. Furthermore, the greater San Francisco scene never would have been what it was without the opportunity for thousands of people to experience psychedelics, which would not have happened without Bear."

Stanley, who moved to Australia (http://www.latimes.com/topic/intl/australia-PLGEO00000163.topic) more than 30 years ago, was driving his car in a storm near the town of Mareeba in Queensland when he lost control and crashed, said Sam Cutler, a longtime friend and former Grateful Dead tour manager. He died at the scene. His wife, Sheilah, sustained minor injuries.

Described by Cutler as a man who held "very firm beliefs about potential disasters," Stanley relocated to Australia because he believed it was the safest place to avoid a new ice age. He was a fanatical carnivore who once said that eating broccoli may have contributed to a heart attack (http://www.latimes.com/topic/health/physical-conditions/heart-attack-HEISY000062.topic) several years ago. In his later years he was mainly a sculptor and jeweler, and his works were sought by many in the music industry, including the Rolling Stones (http://www.latimes.com/topic/entertainment/music/the-rolling-stones-%28music-group%29-PECLB004371.topic)' Keith Richards (http://www.latimes.com/topic/entertainment/music/keith-richards-PECLB003531.topic), Cutler said.

"He was a very sophisticated man," Cutler said, "an amalgam of scientist and engineer, chemist and artist."

With artist Bob Thomas, Stanley designed the Dead's distinctive logo: a skull emblazoned with a lightning bolt. He also recorded about 100 of the band's performances, many of which later were released as albums. He once said that he considered preserving the live concerts one of his most important accomplishments.

Born Augustus Owsley Stanley III in Kentucky on January 19, 1935, he was the grandson of a Kentucky governor and son of a naval commander. His nickname, Bear, reputedly was inspired by the profuse chest hair he sprouted in adolescence.

He studied engineering briefly at the University of Virginia before dropping out and joining the Air Force, where he trained as a radio operator. After completing his military service in 1958, he moved to California and worked at a variety of jobs, including a stint at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cańada Flintridge. He also studied ballet, Russian and French.

He enrolled at UC Berkeley (http://www.latimes.com/topic/education/colleges-universities/university-of-california-berkeley-OREDU00000197.topic) in 1963 as the Free Speech Movement was erupting and drugs such as LSD began flowing. He got his first taste of LSD in April 1964. "I remember the first time I took acid and walked outside," he told Rolling Stone in 2007, "and the cars were kissing the parking meters."

That experience convinced him that he needed a steady and trustworthy supply. He found a recipe at the campus library. Then, with a chemistry major named Melissa Cargill, he started a lab and began manufacturing a very pure form of the drug.

His lab was raided twice; Stanley spent two years in prison. According to "A Long Strange Trip", McNally's history of the Grateful Dead, Stanley estimated that he had produced enough LSD to provide about 1.25 million doses between 1965 and 1967.

After his release from prison in 1972, he returned to the Dead and began working on a new sound system, a monolithic collection of speakers and microphones that channeled the music through a single cluster of equipment. The band introduced it in 1974 at San Francisco's Cow Palace, but it was too expensive to sustain and Stanley later gave most of it away. But his ideas were later adopted by concert equipment makers.

Not everyone was a fan of the system. "It was always malfunctioning," Country Joe McDonald, of the '60s psychedelic band Country Joe & the Fish, said in an interview Monday. "The Grateful Dead and their extended family were like a unit, a nine-headed hydra. They did things their own way. People loved it. It was part of their mystique." Stanley, whom McDonald knew slightly and remembered as "kind of an obnoxious" person, "fit in really well."

For a brief time Stanley was the Grateful Dead's main financial backer and put them up in a pink stucco house in Watts, where he had moved his LSD lab. A 1966 Los Angeles Times profile described Stanley roaring up to a Sunset Boulevard bank on a motorcycle with wads of money crammed in his helmet, pockets and boots. The Times' and other accounts described him as an LSD millionaire, a status Stanley denied. But it inspired a Dead song, "Alice D. Millionaire" (http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv=Q2W0vcKttHs). He also was immortalized in a Steely Dan composition, "Kid Charlemagne" (http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv=ylr2D4Pwn58), and in a Jimi Hendrix (http://www.latimes.com/topic/entertainment/music/jimi-hendrix-PECLB002336.topic) recording of the Beatles' "Day Tripper", in which Hendrix can be heard calling out "Owsley, can you hear me now?"

Stanley downplayed his influence on the psychedelic explosion, explaining that he began producing LSD only to ensure the quality of what he ingested.

"I just wanted to know the dose and purity of what I took into my own body. Almost before I realized what was happening, the whole affair had gotten completely out of hand. I was riding a magic stallion. A Pegasus," he told Rolling Stone. "I was not responsible for his wings, but they did carry me to all kinds of places."

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Pete and Starfinder; daughters Nina and Redbird; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

• elaine.woo@latimes.com (elaine.woo@latimes.com)

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-owsley-stanley-20110315,0,3733346.story (http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-owsley-stanley-20110315,0,3733346.story)

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Post by: Lovelee on March 24, 2011, 09:40:12 am

Dame Elizabeth

We have just lost a Hollywood giant. More importantly we have lost an incredible human being," British singer Elton John said in a statement.


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Post by: Lovelee on April 19, 2011, 02:08:19 pm
Michael Sarrazin, best known for starring opposite Jane Fonda in 1969's "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?," has died in Montreal after a brief battle with cancer. He was 70.

Sarrazin died Sunday surrounded by family.

In Sydney Pollack's Depression era-set "Horses," which was nominated for nine Oscars and won a single statuette for Gig Young's supporting role, Fonda played a suicidal woman who heads to Hollywood and meets up with Sarrazin's character, an aspiring director. The two enter a grueling dance marathon, during which she tries to convince him to shoot her and put her out of her misery.

Among Sarrazin's other memorable roles were Irvin Kershner's 1967 con-artist movie "The Flim-Flam Man," in which he played the reluctant apprentice to grifter George C. Scott, and the Paul Newman-directed 1970 film "Sometimes a Great Notion," playing Newman's misunderstood half-brother.


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Post by: Magoo on April 20, 2011, 08:34:45 pm

Gone too soon Kerry.

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Post by: Lovelee on April 20, 2011, 10:02:06 pm

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Post by: Calliope on April 21, 2011, 12:12:06 am

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Post by: Lovelee on June 04, 2011, 10:54:25 am
. Assisted suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian passed away early Friday morning at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, north of Detroit.

Long-time associate and friend Jeffrey Fieger said Kevorkian died of a pulmonary embolism around 2:30 am. He was 83-years-old.

"Last night, I got a call about 10:30 from one of the doctors, telling me that he had taken a turn for the worse," Kevorkian's attorney Mayer Morganroth said, according to CBS station WWJ.

Kevorkian had been hospitalized for nearly two weeks with kidney and respiratory problems.

"He had a cancerous legion, but that they felt was operable. But everything seemed to be, shall we say solvable, except he got pulmonary thrombosis, a clot that came into the lungs, and that bottomed out very quickly," Morganroth said.

Kevorkian passed with his niece, Ava Janus, and Morganroth by his side.
Born in 1928, in the Detroit suburb of Pontiac, Kevorkian graduated from the University of Michigan's medical school in 1952 and became a pathologist.

Kevorkian said he first became interested in euthanasia during his internship year when he watched a middle-aged woman die of cancer. She was so emaciated, her sagging, discolored skin "covered her bones like a cheap, wrinkled frock," Kevorkian wrote.

After building a suicide device in 1989 from parts he found in flea markets, he sought his first assisted-suicide candidate by placing advertisements in local newspapers. Newspaper and TV interviews brought more attention.

On June 4, 1990, he drove his van to a secluded park north of Detroit. After Janet Adkins, 54, of Portland, Ore., met him there, he inserted a needle into her arm and, when she was ready, she flipped the switch that released a lethal flow of drugs.

He later switched from his device to canisters of carbon monoxide, again insisting patients took the final step by removing a clamp that released the flow of deadly gas to the face mask.

Kevorkian earned the nickname "Doctor Death" in the 1990?s when he admittedly assisted in the suicides of more than 130 terminally ill patients. He told CBS News, he never regretted his actions.

In 1998 the Michigan legislature and then Governor John Engler passed a law banning assisted suicide in an effort to stop Kevorkian. In response, Kevorkian released his two page manifesto calling lawmakers unethical and corrupt.

"On this issue, they call it unethical to help end suffering and quickly, but it is ethical to let someone starve and thirst to death in a long period of time. Now that is a corruption of medical policy," Kevorkian said.

He was convicted in 1999 and spent more than eight years behind bars for the death of Lou Gehrig's disease patient Thomas Youk of Waterford, who said he wanted to die but lacked the ability to do it himself - a suicide that was seen around the world on "60 Minutes."

Kevorkian's life story became the subject of the 2010 HBO movie, "You Don't Know Jack," which earned actor Al Pacino Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his portrayal of Kevorkian.

Ruth Holmes knew Kevorkian for 16 years. She was his jury consultant and close friend. He also lived with her.

"This is a man who will go down as a great American hero. I think it's too close in time for what he actually stood for, but he was so much more than the man you saw on television. He had a just marvelous personality," Holmes said.
Holmes said she does not think Kevorkian was afraid of dying.

"I think he wanted everyone to be prepared for their own death. I don't believe that he was afraid of death, but I believe that he was a man who wanted everyone to have the knowledge of how to ease the transition from life to death at their call," Holmes said.

Morganroth and Kevorkian's niece are currently discussing funeral plans. They are thinking about a private burial and shielding the memorial away from the public.


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Post by: nitpicker1 on June 04, 2011, 10:58:34 am
He left it too long

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on June 04, 2011, 02:18:15 pm
83 years too long.    Pity his father hadn't had a wank that day.  ::)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 04, 2011, 03:11:23 pm


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on June 07, 2011, 12:06:13 pm

Shrek, the hermit sheep that became a jet-setting celebrity, died at his Bendigo home yesterday but his legacy will live on, says his owner.

"It's been a fantastic journey but he's left us with a legacy and it will continue," said John Perriam of Bendigo Station.

Aged 16, and said to be in pain through age-related illnesses, Shrek was put down yesterday morning, on the advice of a vet.

"His wellbeing was our number one priority. He's been under the care of a vet and we were told it was time to spare him any more pain. He was coming up 16 and that's an incredible age for a sheep. "

"It was a hard decision in some respects, but it's fitting his journey ended the way it did, so peacefully, " Mr Perriam said.

Shrek gained international fame in 2004. The story of how shepherd Ann Scanlan caught the sheep with the mammoth fleece that had avoided being shorn for six years captured international attention. Media from around the world reported on Shrek being shorn of his 22kg fleece.

He became the subject of three books and featured prominently in a fourth, raising funds for the Tarras School near Bendigo and the Cure Kids charity, lifting the profile of the wool industry and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A marketing man once told Mr Perriam the worldwide exposure about Shrek contributed $100 million to the economy.

Josie Spillane of Cure Kids said Shrek had raised more than $150,000 for the charity, which funded medical research into life-threatening illnesses affecting children.

The royalties from Mr Perriam's books, Dust to Gold and Shrek - The Story of a Kiwi Icon, would continue to generate funds for the cause.

"Shrek has given Cure Kids a phenomenal fundraising opportunity and exposure and without the tenacity of the Perriams - John and Heather- this wouldn't have happened," Mrs Spillane said.

Ms Scanlan said she initially thought Mr Perriam was "stark raving mad" for publicising the fact that a sheep had evaded shearing for so long. "You don't show people you've got woollies like that up in the hills."

Mr Perriam said mail arrived for Shrek at Bendigo Station almost every day and he had a huge fan base of people from all walks of life.

"We'll continue to tell people about Shrek and raise funds for the causes we've supported. His story isn't over."

Shrek will be cremated and his ashes scattered on Bendigo Station and on Aoraki Mt Cook "so he can watch over the South Island high country, the home of his ancestors".

A service will be held in his honour at the Church of the Good Shepherd at Tekapo and Mr Perriam said a bronze statue of the famous sheep would probably be placed in the village of Tarras.

Highlights in the life of a celebrity

* April 2004: Found by musterer Ann Scanlan on Bendigo Station

* April 28, 2004: Shorn live on national television in Cromwell with the removed fleece weighing 22kg.

* May 3, 2004: Met Prime Minister Helen Clark and Chilean president Ricardo Lagos at Parliament

* February 18, 2005: Flew to Auckland as guest of Pet Expo

* November 28, 2006: Shorn on iceberg 90km off Otago coast by Jim Barnett

* November 28, 2008: Retired, after being shorn at Auckland's Sky Tower observation deck (328m).

* May 2010: Brought out of retirement to visit Eden Park, Auckland, to promote book and to attend Cure Kid charity event in Queenstown.

* April, 2011: Meets Masterchef New Zealand chef Simon Gault and is filmed for a new television series featuring the celebrity chef.


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Post by: nitpicker1 on June 21, 2011, 10:08:36 am

'Jackass' star Ryan Dunn dies in fiery US crash
7:18 AM Tuesday Jun 21, 2011
Jackass star Ryan Dunn, who along with his castmates made Americans cringe and snicker through vulgar stunts in their multimillion-dollar TV and movie franchise, was killed early on Monday in a fiery car crash. He was 34.


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Post by: Lovelee on June 21, 2011, 10:18:05 am
For those watchers of Jackass .. if you saw the one where one of the guys stuck a toy car up him bum and then went to a doc to have it xrayed .. Ryan was the support chap for him  ;D ;D

Bloody lunatics!  LOL

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Post by: Newtown-Fella on June 21, 2011, 12:20:02 pm
he was once my neighbour .....

The dealing's done for Kenny the Busker

The Courtenay Place busker who had his amplifier confiscated in a long-running noise dispute with former mayor Mark Blumsky has died.

John Adams, 64, better known as Kenny the Busker, had a brain tumour and died at a home for the elderly in Churton Park on June 6.

The country music singer, known for wearing a cowboy hat and his heavy reliance on Kenny Rogers' song The Gambler, became embroiled in a mostly good-humoured battle with Mr Blumsky in the 1990s after the mayor sided with Courtenay Place apartment dwellers who were annoyed about the levels of night-time noise from Mr Adams' sound system.

When he lost that battle, Mr Adams diversified his entertainment routine to include a recitation of classic poems and prose.

Two of his friends approached The Dominion Post yesterday expressing concern about whether members of his family in the United States, believed to include a brother in Texas, were organising a funeral service for Mr Adams.

Robin Yee, of Newtown, said Mr Adams, who spent his final years living in a Dixon St flat, deserved a decent sendoff.

"He was not well off. When he had the amp, he made a dollar but he ran out of money when he could not sing. He was a person who wanted the best for people."

Stephen Cotterall said people who frequented Courtenay Place bars in the past 15 years would remember Mr Adams, who performed outside the old Shanghai Restaurant.

"He tried to entertain people as they walked around at night.

"He was a Christian and had a great deal of personal integrity."

Mr Adams' body is with the Wilson Funeral Home in Newtown. A spokesman said instructions had been received from the executor of his will in the US.

"We've been instructed Mr Adams will be cremated and there will be no funeral service."

Mr Yee said he was considering helping to organise an alternative, private service for his old mate.

Mr Blumsky, who is now New Zealand high commissioner in Niue, could not be contacted for comment last night.



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Post by: Newtown-Fella on June 21, 2011, 12:36:35 pm
Girl who battled life of sickness dies

Aria MacDonald, the five-year-old girl who endured two liver, kidney, pancreas and small bowel transplants to fight a rare condition, has died in hospital.

Aria, from Auckland, received the transplants at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in February and May last year but was then diagnosed with post-transplant cancer. She suffered infection after infection as she tried to recover. 

Her mother, Anita MacDonald, announced the news on the family's blog. ''Her [Aria's] five years of life has been one of hardships, struggles, pain, suffering and sorrow; yet we know that she has gone to a place where she need not be bothered by these things any longer.''

She was born with a rare condition that stop her digesting food. Her cancer - a rare complication of organ transplants - was caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, which also causes glandular fever.

Aria turned five two weeks ago, and the family had hoped to take her to Disney World to celebrate, but Aria was too ill.


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Post by: Lovelee on June 23, 2011, 12:03:53 am


A Brazilian woman listed by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person has died, just weeks shy of her 115th birthday.

The title now reverts to a woman in the United States.

Maria Gomes Valentim died of multiple organ failure, said Helerson Lima, a spokesman for the nursing home where she lived. Valentim would have turned 115 on July 9.

Guinness said early today (NZ time) on its website that Valentim, "the first Brazilian super-centenarian to hold the title," died at the age of 114 years, 347 days.

On May 18, Guinness determined that Valentim was 48 days older than the person previously considered the world's oldest human, Besse Cooper from Monroe, Georgia.

"With Maria's passing, the title of Oldest Living Person reverts back to American Besse Cooper, age 114 years 299 days," Guinness said.

The Georgia woman's son, Sid Cooper, said today that his mother is doing well at her Monroe retirement community.

"She's gained some weight, she's eating real good," Sid Cooper said.

"Her memory is still really good," he added. "She remembers things from a long time ago and recognises people."

Guinness verified that Valentim was born on July 9, 1896, in the city of Carangola in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. She lived there all her life.

Last month, Guinness said on its website that Valentim, who was known as "Grandma Quita," attributed her longevity to a healthy diet: eating a roll of bread every morning with coffee, fruit and the occasional milk with linseed.

Valentim's family told reporters that she had a stubborn streak and always made a habit of minding her own business. They also said that her father lived to be 100.

"She says she has lived long because she has always taken care of her own life - and not meddled in the lives of others," granddaughter Jane Ribeiro Moraes, 63, told a local newspaper in May.

Valentim married her husband, Joao, in 1913. He died in 1946.

Valentim is survived by four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. Her only son died at age 75 in the early 1990s.

Valentim was scheduled to be buried Tuesday afternoon at the Carangola cemetery.


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Post by: Lovelee on June 25, 2011, 11:10:30 am
Actor Peter Falk, who rose to fame on a rumpled raincoat and a shambling manner as the TV detective Lt. Columbo, has died at 83.

Falk died peacefully at his home in Beverly Hills, California, on Thursday evening, according to a statement released to CNN by a family friend. The cause of death was not released. In 2008, Falk's daughter said he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.


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Post by: Lovelee on July 09, 2011, 01:52:33 pm
Former first lady Betty Ford has died at age 93, says the director of late President Gerald Ford's library and museum.

She was the co-founder of the Betty Ford Center for the treatment of addiction, in Rancho Mirage, California.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on July 17, 2011, 08:03:00 am
A leading figure in the revival of the Maori language, central to the creation of Maori immersion schools, has died.

Dame Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira, of Ngati Porou, generated interest in te reo Maori through her influence as an artist, writer, scholar, intellectual, organiser and teacher. Newstalk ZB has reported her death.

Dame Katerina was born in Tokomaru Bay in 1932, and leaves behind nine children and 50 grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.


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Post by: Lovelee on July 22, 2011, 05:29:08 pm

Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan, New Zealand's longest serving female MP, has passed away, the Labour Party has confirmed.

The former Cabinet Minister and Labour MP died in the ''last couple of days'', Labour MP Parekura Horomia said this afternoon.

''She was a great Maori leader and certainly she will be sadly missed. She was one of the real great New Zealand woman leaders too because she did a lot of firsts.''

Whetu, of Ngai Tahu, was Labour MP for Southern Maori for 29 years, from 1967 till 1996. She famously travelled up to 40,000km each year getting around her electorate.

She was born in 1932, and pioneered educational, welfare, cultural, and community programmes for Maori people for over 30 years.

When she appointed to the Order of New Zealand in 1993, her citation said she had worked towards the "harmonious relationship between the Maori and European New Zealand communities and advocated on behalf of Maori in order to remove disparities between the two cultures".

She was Minister of Tourism, Associate Minister of Social Welfare, and Minister for the Environment.

She was also instrumental in the establishment of the Waitangi Tribunal, was the founding President of the New Zealand Maori Students' Federation and as Vice-President of the Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association in 1960, she advocated the student health counselling service, the instigation of tuition in te reo, and the offering of New Zealand history courses at university.

Her citation also said she advocated for Maori news on radio and television, the protection of Maori fishing grounds, the Tangata Whenua vote, and she pioneered preventative health education in Maori.

It is understood she died in Wellington.  A public service would be held on August 12, Mr Horomia said. No further details of the service were available.


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Post by: Lovelee on July 24, 2011, 09:51:56 am
Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her apartment in London on Saturday, the UK Press Association reported. She was 27.

Last month, Winehouse canceled the remainder of her 12-city European concert tour.

The singer had a history of battling drugs and alcohol. Winehouse recently left a British rehab program that a representative said was intended to prepare her for the European concerts.


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Post by: robman on July 24, 2011, 10:18:55 am
A bit sad, no surprises though...

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Post by: Newtown-Fella on July 24, 2011, 11:54:04 pm
Chief District Court Judge Russell Johnson has died today after a short illness.

Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias said the Chief Judge was an outstanding judicial leader and a dear friend and cherished colleague to all judges, across all courts.

"Chief Judge Johnson was someone who exercised the authority of office scrupulously, with care for all and no airs.  He was generous, good-humoured, and measured in all he did.  He was a fine lawyer and, as Chief Judge, led from the front."

Dame Elias said Judge Johnson took the mission of the District Courts very seriously and worked to serve all communities.

He was also an accomplished judicial administrator, earning the admiration of officials and the heads of other benches, as well as the gratitude of his own judges, she said.

"Russell Johnson was great New Zealander.  He was a man of great kindness and decency who loved his country and its people.  He is a loss to us all.  Those who were privileged to work with him and call him a friend feel particularly bereft.  And their thoughts and love are with Margaret Johnson and the family."


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Post by: Justic on July 25, 2011, 03:42:26 am
Chief District Court Judge Russell Johnson has died today after a short illness.

Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias said the Chief Judge was an outstanding judicial leader and a dear friend and cherished colleague to all judges, across all courts.

"Chief Judge Johnson was someone who exercised the authority of office scrupulously, with care for all and no airs.  He was generous, good-humoured, and measured in all he did.  He was a fine lawyer and, as Chief Judge, led from the front."

Dame Elias said Judge Johnson took the mission of the District Courts very seriously and worked to serve all communities.

He was also an accomplished judicial administrator, earning the admiration of officials and the heads of other benches, as well as the gratitude of his own judges, she said.

"Russell Johnson was great New Zealander.  He was a man of great kindness and decency who loved his country and its people.  He is a loss to us all.  Those who were privileged to work with him and call him a friend feel particularly bereft.  And their thoughts and love are with Margaret Johnson and the family."


RIP Sir.  Your humble, respectful approach to others and the committment you made to domestic violence will not be forgotton

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on July 25, 2011, 10:20:13 am
He will be sorely missed - why do the good die young?

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Post by: nitpicker1 on July 27, 2011, 10:48:27 am

...some of the other great influential music artists who have all died at the age of 27 and are subsequently members of this tragic group include,

Robert Johnson,
Brian Jones,
Jimi Hendrix,
Janis Joplin,
Jim Morrison,
Kurt Cobain,
To see a full list of musicians who have died at this age click on the wikipedia link here ...


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Post by: Newtown-Fella on July 27, 2011, 02:54:00 pm
Talkback radio giant dies

Geoff Sinclair, one of the original giants of talkback radio, has died, aged 79.

The former school teacher specialised in a folksy, warm kind of talkback that set a benchmark for decades.

He had a strong voice and a great laugh and seemed to find practically anything interesting.

A distinctive looking man, he summed up his style in an autobiography entitled "You Might Be Ugly - But You're Nice!"

He grew up in Auckland's Point Chevalier in a family of 10 that included his more famous brother, historian and academic Sir Keith Sinclair. All his brothers and sisters went into education.

Geoff had an early introduction into broadcasting as a child, becoming a "quiz kid" on 1ZB in Auckland.

He trained as a teacher and began working at Ponsonby Primary School.

Sinclair taught for years at Avondale College and among his more famous pupils was John Banks, Auckland's one-time mayor, now seeking to get back to Parliament as an MP.

He began working as a sport journalist, helping create Rugby News magazine and providing columns.

In the early 1970s the new Radio I introduced talkback radio to the New Zealand airways.

Boss Gordon Dryden said Sinclair and the late Tim Bickerstaff were the best ever pairing on radio.

Step-son Brent McAnulty says at the time it was regarded as "quite inflammatory" but by current standards seems now to be gentle.

He fronted shows on Radio Pacific and later the ZB network.

Sinclair was sports editor of the Sunday News and produced two long-running columns, Downtown and Pub Sky.

But his most memorable column is probably remembered everyday by thousands driving over the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

For more than a decade Sinclair kept a half-page column called Watchman's Island - named after the small islet between the bridge and Herne Bay, in the Sunday News.

With its small human tales of life in Auckland, it had thousands of followers.

Sinclair died following a long illness.

His funeral, to be held on Friday, is likely to be a celebration of a rich life, McAnulty says.

"He packed a lot into life."

He leaves behind a widow, five children and two grandchildren.


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Post by: nitpicker1 on July 29, 2011, 02:19:43 am

Maori Women's Welfare League president dies
Last updated 08:04 28/07/2011

The national president of the Maori Women's Welfare League. Meagan (Wowie) Joe, has died after a long battle with breast cancer.

Joe died at her home yesterday, the day after sher 58th birthday.

She had been president of the league since 2008.

Her body was to lie at the Pukemokimoki Marae in Napier until Friday when she was to be taken to the Waipapa-a-iwi Marae at Mohaka for a funeral on Saturday.

Joe worked in the public sector for more than 25 years and helped to develop a parenting programme for Maori fathers of young children.

Maori Women's Welfare league general manager Jacqui Te Kani told Radio New Zealand Joe, who commanded respect without demanding it, was a great loss.

The Maori Party praised her as an outstanding woman who strove to make a significant contribution to her community, country and whanau.

Joe died shortly after the league lost a High Court battle to prevent Destiny Church co-leader Hannah Tamaki from standing as president.

The court ruled in favour of the wife of self-styled Bishop Brian Tamaki after the league removed her name from voting papers but said members of 10 new league branches established by the church were not valid and members of those branches could not vote.


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Post by: Newtown-Fella on August 01, 2011, 06:19:16 pm
Fulton Hogan chief dies from meningitis

Meningitis has claimed the life of Fulton Hogan CEO Bill Perry.

Mr Perry was rushed to Christchurch Hospital early on Saturday morning and died several hours later from an aggressive infection.

Fulton Hogan managing director, Nick Miller, says the company is deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden and unexpected death - and the sympathies of the entire company are with his wife Nicole and their three children.

He says Bill Perry was a charismatic leader who led from the front - a big man, with a big heart, totally committed to his family and someone who was always at his best in a crisis.


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Post by: Lovelee on August 06, 2011, 11:54:20 am
An elderly couple found dead in their Nelson home on Tuesday had died two days earlier, according to a death notice.

Bob and Betty Jackson, aged 88 and 84 respectively, died in an apparent double suicide.

Police were alerted by a visitor to the house that the couple were not answering their door and meals left at the address had not been taken inside, Detective Sean Young, of Nelson police, said.

Police entered the house and found the Jacksons dead in an apparent assisted suicide/suicide, he said.

A death notice in today's Dominion Post said they died on July 31 - two days before they were found.

The couple were members of the Nelson chapter of Exit International, a voluntary euthanasia group formed by Australian doctor Philip Nitschke.

Nelson Exit International spokesman Christopher Vine told the Nelson Mail the couple had attended meetings of the group in the city.

"They acquired the knowledge they needed and said that for family reasons they wouldn't be coming any more," Mr Vine said.

They were "lovely people - very sweet, very gentle".

"I think they were very, very devoted, and just felt the life of one without the other wasn't worth it."

Mr Young said no one else was being sought in relation to the incident and the couple's deaths had been referred to the coroner.


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Post by: Magoo on August 06, 2011, 12:43:10 pm
(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/24emrosesad.gif)(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/24emrosesad.gif)  Somethings are just too hard.         I have a friend sitting with her hand on the power switch of her husbands life support system.    She has the permission, just not the strength.

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Post by: Lovelee on August 06, 2011, 01:27:46 pm
thats sad  :(

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Post by: TokGal on August 07, 2011, 11:20:51 am
Farewell to a brave boy who battled rare disorder

Ryan Hosking bravely battled the odds for eight years but this week he died of a unique genetic disorder that baffled doctors.

Although he didn't survive to see his All Black heroes contest the Rugby World Cup, his body has been laid out in his All Black jersey ahead of his funeral on Tuesday.

Ryan was born with a very rare genetic disorder called Hexasomy 15q - he is the only person in the world known to have the disorder.

His parents Michael and Michelle said there were five cases of partial Hexasomy 15q in the world, but he was the only one with all his cells affected.

"He was a very special boy," said Michelle. "The doctors didn't expect him to reach milestones but he did. He smiled and laughed. He was such a happy placid boy."

Ryan was also born with a heart murmur and suffered from epilepsy. He overcame many hurdles, surviving major heart and hip surgery as well as countless chest infections.

"He had his first epileptic fit at eight months, then more things started to happen like chest infections and bronchial pneumonia," said Michael.

"His longest time in Starship was 35 days - that was hard. He was having trouble swallowing and had to be fed through a tube. He was 15 months when we were told he had to have heart surgery."
The major surgery to repair holes in his heart was a success.

"That changed him; he started to grow and develop in his own way. The first time we heard him laugh was when we were looking at some American show with canned laughter and we were laughing, next thing we heard Ryan giggling away."

The couple had to fight for two years to gain funding for alterations to their home for Ryan's wheelchair.
"We went through a lot," Michael said. "It was only when we went to our MP Jonathan Coleman that the ball started rolling and we got approved for $50,000 worth of alterations like the ramp and hoist for Ryan.

"Our lives have been on hold. Everything we did we did for Ryan. I got made redundant and am still looking for work. Michelle had to go part time to look after Ryan. It's been hard but he was a joy. We are proud to be his parents."

He couldn't walk or talk but, from the age of 5, he could ride horses with North Shore Riding for the Disabled.

The group is aimed at encouraging confidence, independence and wellbeing for people with disabilities, through therapeutic horse riding. Ryan loved the horses and loved riding. In lieu of flowers, his parents are asking for donations for the group.
Michael said the couple tried to give their son a life that was as normal as possible. He attended Wairau Valley Special School and spent a lot of time at the Wilson Home Centre.

He had so many friends. He loved school and he loved his teacher Pen Adams. He starred in the school production of Alleycats. He loved music," Michael said.
But his health deteriorated after a lung infection this winter.
"Winter was his worst time of year. He suffered from colds and flus and they lasted for weeks. After the lung infection he went into Wilson's for respite but developed a fever. He was okay and we got him home last Friday but he wasn't the same Ryan. He just wanted to sleep," his father said.

On Wednesday morning, his parents found he had stopped breathing.
"We called 111 and I started doing CPR," Michael said. "The ambulance turned up and four of them were working on him but he passed away."
Ryan will be farewelled at the St Leonard's Chapel at the Wilson Home Centre in Takapuna.
"We miss his smile, his big brown eyes and his beautiful dark curly hair but he is in a better place," his dad said. "He is up there running around, kicking a ball, eating lollies - things he never got to do on Earth."

This brought me close to tears..

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Post by: Lovelee on August 07, 2011, 09:14:57 pm
Peter Rowley was giving an after-dinner speech when he got the news that his mate, Billy T. James, was dead.

It was at Wellington Rugby's annual awards; he told the audience, news that reduced many of them to tears.

"There were a lot of hard, really hard, rugby players there. It wasn't just 'bugger' and get on with it, it was everyone crying and hugging each other. It was very moving and a testament to the effect he had."

William James TeWehi Taitoko was 42 when he died, his transplanted heart giving up just fewer than two years after the operation. Suddenly the gags, the infectious giggle, the outrageous characters were gone.

Twenty years have passed since the loss of a comedian and performer with a talent so exceptional that New Zealanders loved him in a way they have not loved anyone since.

The jokes this comedian and consummate entertainer told weren't subtle, nor were they new and on paper not that funny. But it was impossible not to laugh when Billy T. came on the telly in a black singlet, yellow towel draped around his neck, to deliver his Te News segment with lines like: "Well known entertainer Ray Woolf was invited to the birthday party of another well-known entertainer, Howard Morrison OBE.

Anyway, he was the only Pakeha there. Ray said they ended up playing pin the tail on the honky."

Funniest person who ever lived, according to one of his 154,994 Facebook fans. Ask round the comedy and entertainment circuit why no one has come close to equalling his fan base and the reasons are varied:attitudes have changed, James had less competition and was in the right place at the right time, TV opportunities have dried up, or the right talent isn't around.



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Post by: Newtown-Fella on August 08, 2011, 12:36:30 pm
Nancy Wake dies in London

New Zealand-born World War Two heroine Nancy Wake has died, aged 98.

She passed away in a hospital in London.

Nancy Wake received numerous honours for her work with the French Resistance, including the George Medal, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, the MĂdaille de la RĂsistance and the Croix de Guerre.
In 2006 she was awarded the New Zealand RSA's highest honour, the RSA Badge in Gold.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Ferney on August 08, 2011, 01:26:24 pm
Aww sad but what a life.
Nancy Wake deserves a thread of her own.   :)
I read her autobiography years ago, also the book the Aussie Peter Fitzsimmons wrote not that long ago.
New Zealand never gave her the recognition she deserved until 2006.   
The NZ news piece doesn't mention her french husband Henri who was executed by the Gestapo.

If they honour her wishes, her ashes will be scattered over France.

I'm sad.   :'(

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 06, 2011, 01:05:43 pm

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies

Radio New Zealand News | 12:50PM - Thursday, 06 October 2011

APPLE co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs has died, the company has announced.

Mr Jobs died on Wednesday at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues.

The Silicon Valley icon who gave the world the iPod and the iPhone resigned as chief executive of the world's largest technology corporation in August, handing the reins to current chief executive Tim Cook.

He had contracted a rare form of pancreatic cancer.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/87576/apple-co-founder-steve-jobs-dies (http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/87576/apple-co-founder-steve-jobs-dies)

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Post by: Newtown-Fella on October 08, 2011, 01:12:26 pm
Actress Diane Cilento dies

Silver screen actress Diane Cilento, a famed arts lover and one-time wife of Sean Connery, has died in North Queensland at the age of 78.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh on Friday paid tribute to the renowned actress, who died overnight.

Known as feisty and free-spirited, Cilento won wide acclaim in the 1950s and '60s and was nominated for an Oscar for her role as the seductive Molly in Tom Jones in 1963.

She also attracted fame as the wife of Connery, who at that time was playing the iconic James Bond. She later married playwright Anthony Shaffer.

Born on the Sunshine Coast, Cilento began her acting career in New York and London as a teenager and worked in the theatre as a writer, director and instructor.

Later in life she moved back to Queensland to build and run Karnak Playhouse, a regional centre for the arts based at Mossman.

Ms Bligh said Cilento had made a valuable contribution to the arts scene across the state.

"While she was originally known as a glamorous international film star, her work in later years in the far north showed her commitment to the arts," Ms Bligh said.

"I know that Ms Cilento will be sorely missed by many in the industry. I offer my sincere condolences to her family, friends and all those who enjoyed her important contribution to the arts here in Queensland."


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Post by: Newtown-Fella on October 13, 2011, 02:29:28 pm
Southern Opera founder Chris Doig passes away


International opera singer, sports administrator and Southern Opera founder Chris Doig died in Christchurch this morning after a long illness.

Doig, 62, who had battled bowel cancer for several years, last appeared in public last week at the Placido Domingo concert in Christchurch.

His personal connection with the Spanish tenor brought him to New Zealand for a one-off concert that raised money for Canterbury arts organisations.

Doig was made made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in June.

He was an opera star, artistic mover and shaker, former New Zealand Cricket chief executive and member of the New Zealand Rugby Union board.

NZRU chairman Mike Eagle said Doig's passing was very sad.

"Chris' contribution to New Zealand through sport, art and entertainment is immense.  This is a very sad day for us all. On behalf of the NZRU and the New Zealand rugby community, I extend our heartfelt love and thoughts for Chris' wife Suzanne, and their family."

In an interview with The Press in June, Doig said he was treating his cancer as ''another project that I have to deal with''.

''I've led such an amazing life that I have no regrets. I'm sanguine about the whole thing. I'm certainly not angry or pissed off,'' he said.

''I just happen to be incredibly pragmatic about it, perhaps because I've had such a charmed life.''


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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 13, 2011, 03:17:31 pm

About ten years ago, Christopher Doig did something no other opera singer has ever done.

During a South Australia performance of Richard Wagner's entire epic tetrology, Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle), which involved a performance of all four component operas in one go (17 hours long, the first time it had been done since Wagner was alive), Christopher Doig playing the lead role of Wotan sang for the entire 17-hour performance, unlike the other opera stars who shared the roles with their understudies. And this was after three performances of the four operas spread over four nights during the three previous consecutive weeks. After that amazing performance (which received rave reviews), Christopher Doig retired as an opera singer while he was absolutely at the top of his game and came back to NZ and took on sports administrator roles in both cricket and rugby.

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Post by: Magoo on October 13, 2011, 03:55:29 pm
The unbeatable battle. (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/24emrosesad.gif)

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Post by: nitpicker1 on October 16, 2011, 09:04:42 am

Coronation Street veteran dies
7:57 AM Sunday Oct 16, 2011 

Coronation Street veteran Betty Driver has died at the age of 91.

She had been in hospital for some time with pneumonia.

Driver first joined the show in 1969, and continued pulling pints at the Rovers for the next 42 years.

Although her character Betty Turpin is famous for Lancashire hotpot, Betty Driver was reportedly a vegetarian.

- Newstalk ZB

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: TokGal on October 17, 2011, 12:34:50 pm
Indy 500 champ killed in fiery crash

Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died today in a fiery 15-car wreck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when his car flew over another on Lap 13 and smashed into the wall just outside turn 2.

Wheldon was 33. Drivers were told of Wheldon's death in a meeting about two hours after the fiery, smoky crash that many drivers said was the worst they had ever seen.

The British driver won the Indianapolis 500 twice, including this year.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Newtown-Fella on October 24, 2011, 10:43:05 am
Top government advisor dies in Wellington

Sir Frank Holmes, a leading New Zealand economist and government advisor for half a century, died this morning, aged 87.

A bomber pilot in the Pacific during the World War 2, Mr Holmes became a long time economics professor at Victoria University, where he remained Emeritus Professor of the Institute of Policy Studies until his death.

Mr Holmes' career saw him work advising several governments, both on domestic economic policy and foreign trade.

Economic adviser to the Royal Commission Monetary, Banking and Credit Systems in 1955, he later served as two terms on the Monetary and Economic Council, set up in 1961 by the Holyoake government.

Mr Holmes was involved in debates on New Zealand's trade policies, including agreements with Australia and concessions to New Zealand when Britain joined the European Economic Community, which became the European Union.

A founder of the Institute of Policy Studies at Victoria University where he wrote a series of studies of trade relationships with senior officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Mr Holmes also worked extensively in the private sector, including as economics manager of Tasman Pulp and Paper Company and chairing the National Bank of New Zealand's Southpac Finance subsidiary.

Mr Holmes was knighted in 1975 for services to economics and education.

Made a justice of the peace in 1960, Mr Holmes was awarded two honorary doctorates, one in law from Otago University in 1997 and one in commerce by Victoria University in 2004.

Political commentator Colin James said while much of Mr Holmes' career saw him arguing for a less regulated economy, he was not simply a free marketeer, working closely with Labour governments and earning the respect of former Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Mr James said Mr Holmes died peacefully about 2am today after a short illness.

He is survived by his son Ross, 9 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.

A service will be held in St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, Wellington, on Monday 31 October at 1pm.


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Post by: Newtown-Fella on October 29, 2011, 11:51:38 am
Business leader Roger Kerr dies

Business leader Roger Kerr has died overnight after a long battle with cancer.

The Business Roundtable chief executive had been gravely ill for the past couple of weeks.

He died late last night "peacefully" at home with his wife and family, Roger Partridge, chairman of the Business Roundtable, said.

"I'm upset," he said. "It's a huge loss for his family and New Zealand. He is an iconic New Zealander who has done more for this nation, than any other."

Kerr was diagnosed with melanoma three years ago and found it had spread last October.

His illness was particularly difficult for his wife, Catherine Isaac, who is running for the ACT party this election.

Kerr's doctors told him the average life expectancy for his type of aggressive cancer was six to nine months. He had been "fighting a battle" ever since, Partridge said.

Before his Business Roundtable role, Kerr was a senior figure both in the New Zealand Treasury and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He was a director of the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand, a member of the Council of Victoria University of Wellington, and a member of the Group Board of Colonial Limited in Melbourne from 1996 to 2000.

He received the 2001 NZIER Qantas Economics Award, and was awarded the Tasman Medal by the Melbourne-based Tasman Institute in 1994 in recognition of his contribution to public policy.

In 2005 he was awarded the Charles Copeman Medal by the HR Nicholls Society for distinguished service in the cause of New Zealand and Australian workplace relations. He was a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management (FNZIM) and a member of the Institute of Directors.



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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 29, 2011, 02:21:04 pm

If Roger Kerr had managed to get his way, ALL workers (apart from himself and the rich-prick mates he represented) would have been getting paid $3.50 per hour, would have been expected to lick the bosses' arse and be grateful, and would have been sacked if they had dared to speak out against it, while naturally the good Mr Kerr (and his rich-prick mates) would have been enriching themselves at anyone else's expense.

Roger Kerr and his ilk have always worshipped self-enriching (at the expense of everyone else) GREED!!

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Post by: Newtown-Fella on October 29, 2011, 02:45:34 pm

If Roger Kerr had managed to get his way, ALL workers (apart from himself and the rich-prick mates he represented) would have been getting paid $3.50 per hour, would have been expected to lick the bosses' arse and be grateful, and would have been sacked if they had dared to speak out against it, while naturally the good Mr Kerr (and his rich-prick mates) would have been enriching themselves at anyone else's expense.

Roger Kerr and his ilk have always worshipped self-enriching (at the expense of everyone else) GREED!!

rather sad when an OVERPAID Train Driver has to say negative about someone who has contributed moire to NZ business than a lowly train driver ....

its rather interesting that members of the BRT arent train drivers but then again they arent chief execs or directore of companies ....
and i guess Union Bosses arent members either ...

weird with all the power that unions think they have but really but then again oh dear how sad .... next

Business Roundtable members are chief executives or directors of major New Zealand businesses. 


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Post by: Magoo on October 29, 2011, 03:59:04 pm

About ten years ago, Christopher Doig did something no other opera singer has ever done.

During a South Australia performance of Richard Wagner's entire epic tetrology, Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle), which involved a performance of all four component operas in one go (17 hours long, the first time it had been done since Wagner was alive), Christopher Doig playing the lead role of Wotan sang for the entire 17-hour performance, unlike the other opera stars who shared the roles with their understudies. And this was after three performances of the four operas spread over four nights during the three previous consecutive weeks. After that amazing performance (which received rave reviews), Christopher Doig retired as an opera singer while he was absolutely at the top of his game and came back to NZ and took on sports administrator roles in both cricket and rugby.

There was an interview on Concert this morning with Sir Donald McIntyre ( Munich) who was a great personal friend of Christopher Doig which was worth listening to.

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Post by: Alicat on October 29, 2011, 04:27:52 pm

About ten years ago, Christopher Doig did something no other opera singer has ever done.

During a South Australia performance of Richard Wagner's entire epic tetrology, Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle), which involved a performance of all four component operas in one go (17 hours long, the first time it had been done since Wagner was alive), Christopher Doig playing the lead role of Wotan sang for the entire 17-hour performance, unlike the other opera stars who shared the roles with their understudies. And this was after three performances of the four operas spread over four nights during the three previous consecutive weeks. After that amazing performance (which received rave reviews), Christopher Doig retired as an opera singer while he was absolutely at the top of his game and came back to NZ and took on sports administrator roles in both cricket and rugby.

There was an interview on Concert this morning with Sir Donald McIntyre ( Munich) who was a great personal friend of Christopher Doig which was worth listening to.

NZ has produced some fine internationally respected Opera Singers - Christopher Doig was one of them. I have never heard a bad word about him. he was well known for his hard work in both the music and sports arena. He is a sad loss. Sir Donald McIntyre is another great NZer who has done us proud.

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Post by: nitpicker1 on November 05, 2011, 06:00:31 pm

Maori TV broadcaster dies
Last updated 13:17 05/11/2011

Popular Maori TV broadcaster Te Kauhoe Wano died in Piha on Friday.

It is not yet known how the 49-year-old sports commentator died.

His body has been taken to Parihaka Pa marae in New Plymouth this weekend ahead of his burial early next week.

Wano, who was known as TK, worked as a commentator on the te reo channel during the Rugby World Cup and hosted a show about his surfing safaris with his twin brother, Wharehoka Wano, on Maori TV.

He was also a te reo advocate who was a member of the Te Reo o Taranaki movement.


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Post by: Newtown-Fella on November 07, 2011, 09:25:02 am
Tamaki MP Allan Peachey passes away

National MP Allan Peachey died yesterday after a long battle with cancer.

The Tamaki MP died at his North Shore home at about 11am. He was 62-years-old.

He was diagnosed with cancer five years ago and was in remission. He had been doing well until doctors found a small tumour in July.

In September Peachey told the East and Bays Courier he had been given the all clear and was on the mend.

However, Peachey's electorate agent Murray McKinnon said today that he took a turn for the worst last weekend and knew by last Monday that he did not have long to live.

He says the MP of six years will be sorely missed.

"He was a fantastic guy to work for."

"He has made an enormous difference in the electorate, particularly in the area of education."

Prior to becoming Tamaki MP in 2005 he spent 13 years as principal of New Zealand's largest school, Rangitoto College.

Peachey pulled out of this year's election last month, saying at the time that he was disappointed he couldn't stand for a third term.

"I didn't quite know it was going to end here. I had a terrible year," he said.

The MP started 2011 with a collapsed lung and then had problems with his wisdom teeth before doctors found the cancer in July.

"This year has taught me that I'm not as strong as I used to be."

Peachey said he was proud to have been part of some exciting changes in the electorate.

"I'm really excited by the improvements at Selwyn College and the work I've been able to do with other schools with recapitation," he says.

Tamaki, Ruapotaka, Glenbrae, Glen Innes and Panmure Bridge primary schools have been given permission to expand to include year 7 and 8 students.

He is survived by his wife Jeanette and four children.



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Post by: Newtown-Fella on November 08, 2011, 05:27:32 pm
Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier dies



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Post by: Newtown-Fella on December 05, 2011, 10:02:18 am
Former MP Alamein Kopu passes away

Former MP Alamein Kopu has died.

She worked extensively in the community, mainly on rehabilitation programmes for criminals and drug users.

She was the centre of a storm in 1997 after resigning from the Alliance Party, through which she'd been elected on the party list the year before, to go it alone in the House.

For that move, Alamein Kopu became known as the "waka jumping" MP.

Fellow MPs complained she was never in Parliament and did little work - her response was to blame racism and say apartheid was alive and well in New Zealand.

Mrs Kopu died in Rotorua yesterday, aged 68.


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Post by: akadaka on December 16, 2011, 04:05:24 pm
Jason Richards loses his cancer fight - age 35


way way too young :(

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Post by: Magoo on December 16, 2011, 04:31:09 pm
How sad.

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Post by: Newtown-Fella on December 16, 2011, 04:58:05 pm
Poroporoaki ki Te Pae ki Omeka Ruha

The Maori Party is very sad to hear of the passing this morning of Te Pae ki Omeka Ruha, of Te Whanau a Apanui and Ngati Porou.

"Auntie Pae was a stalwart of the Maori language movement, the Maori Women's Welfare League, Te Atarangi, and many other organisations promoting Maori language, culture and social development," said Co-leader Dr Pita Sharples.

"Pae trained as a teacher, and education has been the driving force of her life. She taught for many years at the Correspondence School, at a time when te reo Maori was not widely available in secondary schools.

"She was also a founding member of Nga Kaiwhakapumau i te Reo, the Wellington Maori Language Board, a staunch supporter of Te Ataarangi, and a long-time trustee of Te Upoko o te Ika, the first Maori radio station.

"She was a leading judge of kapa haka and language and cultural competitions. In everything she did, Pae was a stickler for accuracy, for correct language, and proper application of tikanga tuku iho," said Dr Sharples.

"Pae was a proud life member of the Maori Women's Welfare League, and travelled to all their national conferences," said Co-leader Tariana Turia. "She was a steadying influence and a voice of wisdom to younger members of the League. She was always willing to lend her support to rising generations, and attended huge numbers of hui to offer her guidance and mana.

" She was also an original member of Te Atamira Taiwhenua, the national Maori advisory group to the Department of Internal Affairs. Her wisdom and indepth knowledge of te Ao Maori has also been of direct benefit to the public service in so many ways.

"Pae was awarded the QSM and ONZM for her services to Maori people, and she recently became a Hunter Fellow in recognition of her contribution to Victoria University, particularly her staunch support to their marae since its inception in 1986. So it is appropriate that she should lie at Te Herenga Waka marae, before returning to her ancestral home among Te Whanau a Apanui," said Mrs Turia.
E te whaea, e te kuia, haere, haere, haere ki o tipuna i te Po!


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Post by: nitpicker1 on March 01, 2012, 07:18:46 am
Davy Jones of The Monkees dies aged 66         Comments (165)



157 replies when I first read the story,  188 at the time of this modification 8.23am

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Post by: nitpicker1 on April 06, 2012, 06:22:52 am

5 April 2012 Last updated at 16:56 GMT

Guitar amp pioneer Jim Marshall dies aged 88

Guitar amp innovator Jim Marshall, dubbed "the Father of Loud" for creating kit used by some of the biggest names in rock, has died aged 88.

Mr Marshall, who originally owned a music shop in London, founded Marshall Amplification 50 years ago.

Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain are among the musicians who used Marshall amps.

A statement posted on the company's website http://www.jimmarshall.co.uk/  called him a "legendary man" who led a "truly remarkable life".


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Post by: nitpicker1 on April 07, 2012, 08:09:51 am

Sir Peter Tapsell dies

Newstalk ZB
April 6, 2012, 6:30 pm

The first Maori Speaker of the House, Sir Peter Tapsell, has died.

He passed away in his sleep last night at his farm at Ruatoria.

He entered Parliament as a Labour MP in 1981 and remained until 1996.

Sir Peter was speaker of the House from 1993 to 1996.

Peter Tapsell was born and raised in Rotorua and educated at the local boys' high school.

He studied medicine at the University of Otago and overseas and was made MBE in 1968 for his services to medicine in the field of orthopaedics and to the Maori people.

He then stood for Labour in Rotorua, twice not being elected, but finally being voted in as local MP in 1981.

In the 1996 election he lost his seat to New Zealand First candidate Tuariki Delamere.

In retirement Sir Peter was involved in a number of organisations, and was patron of Monarchy New Zealand.

Sir Peter Tapsell was 82.

He was the father of two sons and two daughters.
His body is being taken to Maketu Marae tomorrow ahead of a tangi


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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on April 11, 2012, 05:16:36 pm

Wellington actor Grant Tilly dies

“He was like a force of nature on stage.”

The Dominion Post | 2:11PM - Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Grant Tilly, who was a keen model car collector. — ANDREW GORRIE/Fairfax NZ.

WELLINGTON actor and artist Grant Tilly (http://www.nzonscreen.com/person/grant-tilly?tab=biography), who was a co-founder of Circa Theatre, has died in Wellington, aged 74.

Tilly starred in many stage and television productions including Foreskin's Lament, The Daylight Atheist, Gliding On and Middle Aged Spread.

Circa Theatre (https://twitter.com/#!/CircaTheatre/status/189889742563840000) this afternoon issued a statement on Twitter and Facebook regarding Tilly's passing:

"It is with extreme sadness that we note the death of Grant Tilly. Grant was a founding member of the Circa Council and one of the country's most talented and best known actors. He made a great contribution to the theatre scene in New Zealand. He will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends."

Fellow actor and Circa Council member Sue Wilson said Tilly was "one of our finest actors".

Grant Tilly with pieces from his art exhibition at the South Coast Gallery in 2007.

Grant Tilly with cartoonist Tom Scott in 2006. — DIEGO OPATOWSKI/Fairfax NZ.

Grant Tilly and Dorothy McKegg in Circa's production of Spreading Out in 2004.

Cartoonist, Tom Scott, who wrote The Daylight Atheist — in which Tilly played the solo role as an angry, bitter and alcoholic father —  described Tilly as a fantastic actor and artist.

"He was like a force of nature on stage. Some of the best performances I have seen...Grant at his best had no equal."

He would also be remembered for his delicate and evocative Wellington cityscapes, which illustrated a series on Wellington by David McGill which ran for many years in The Evening Post.

Even in later years when his health and eyesight were failing, he still had tremendous energy and he did some terrific sculptures and paintings.

"He should have been more celebrated in life than he was."

Tilly designed Circa theatre in 1976 when it was first established in the old Ilott building in Harris Street and also designed the present Circa theatre, near Te Papa.

He won actor of the year at the annual Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards in 2009 for playing an 80-year-old Otago farmer in Home Land, by New Zealand playwright Gary Henderson.

Actor Dorothy McKegg with Grant Tilly in a scene from Middle Age Spread at Circa Theatre in 1977.

Grant Tilly, left, with former Prime Minister Helen Clark, centre, and Ray Henwood in 2000.
 — Photo: The Dominion.

Tilly was married twice. He had three sons by his first wife Fay and a daughter by his second wife Ruth.

He grew up and was educated in Wellington.

He studied drama in the Britain in the 1960s but then returned to the capital.

The Mount Cook resident officially retired in the late 1990s, but he continued to perform in plays such as Tom Scott's The Daylight Atheist.


Related stories:

  • Actor and artist tells tales in print (http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/features/arts/5894047/Actor-and-artist-tells-tales-in-print)

  • Farmer drama wins NZ play of the year (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/archive/national-news/158626/Farmer-drama-wins-NZ-play-of-the-year)

  • Come to Tilly's circus (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/kapi-mana-news/2568597/Come-to-Tillys-circus)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/culture/6724128/Wellington-actor-Grant-Tilly-dies (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/culture/6724128/Wellington-actor-Grant-Tilly-dies)

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Post by: Newtown-Fella on April 28, 2012, 01:33:03 pm
All Black legend Sir Fred Allen dies aged 92

All Black great Sir Fred Allen has passed away.


Sir Fred, who at age 92 was the oldest living All Black, had been battling ill health for some time and was in full-time care on the Whangaparoa Peninsula.

He passed away at 3.30am on Saturday morning.

Despite illness, Sir Fred tried to remain as active as ever in recent times.

Earlier this week he unveiled a bridge on Sir Fred All Walk of Honour  at Auckland Memorial Park, Silverdale.

Both his late wife, Norma, and son, Murray, are buried at Auckland Memorial Park.

Sir Fred, who was born in Oamaru in 1920, was one of the great servants of New Zealand rugby.

He is among the rare group of players to have both played and coached the All Blacks.

The star first-five played 21 matches for the All Blacks, including six tests, between 1946-49.

He signalled his retirement from test rugby by throwing his rugby boots into the sea while on the All Blacks' return from their disappointing 1949 tour to South Africa.

He would have debuted for the All Blacks earlier in the life had it not been for the outbreak of World War II in 1939.

Prior to making the All Blacks, he was one of the star players of the legendary New Zealand Defence Force's Kiwis rugby team which toured Europe in the months following the end of WWII.

The side also included his great mate and fellow future All Black sensation, Bob Scott.

After ending his playing days, Sir Fred took up coaching.

He was an All Black selector between 1964-65 and then coached the men in black between 1966-68.

His coaching tenure, which saw him known as 'The Needle', included the All Blacks winning all 14 tests under his control.

Allen's tremendous service to New Zealand rugby as a player, coach and administrator was honoured many times, including in late 2002 when he was presented with a silver tray in a special lifetime achievement award ceremony at the New Zealand Rugby Football Union's awards.

''I was thrilled by that,'' Allen told Sunday News at the time.

''Over the years I've probably been a little outspoken at times toward the New Zealand Rugby Football Union.

''I've felt at times they haven't done the right thing. At times it seems that there had been a bit of jealousy toward me that I was unbeaten as a coach.

''So to get this type of recognition from the NZRFU was something special to me.''

Author and close friend Les Watkins - who co-wrote last year's top-selling book, Fred The Needle: The Untold Story of Sir Fred Allen - today remembered his mate as ''one of the greatest gentlemen in the business''.

''He is one of the finest, most-inspiring man I have ever come across,'' Watkins said.

''He remade New Zealand rugby after the war. He played a bit role in ressurecting rugby and promoting it after the war.''


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Post by: Ferney on April 28, 2012, 03:17:14 pm
Sir Fred certainly was a legend.   (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/24emrosesad.gif)

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Post by: Alicat on April 28, 2012, 03:44:50 pm
The legendary All Black captain and coach, Sir Fred "The Needle" Allen has died at age 92.
Allen was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to rugby in 2010. He had previously been awarded an OBE in 1990.
The New Zealand Rugby Football Union awarded him the Steinlager Salver in 2002, and in 2005 he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.
During World War II he served as a lieutenant in the 27th and 30th Battalions, settling in Auckland upon his return.
He played for Auckland and the All Blacks from 1946 to 1949, playing 21 games in the black jersey including 6 tests and all as captain.
But it is as an All Blacks coach that "The Needle" will be most remembered, winning all 14 tests during his reign from 1966 to 1969.
Allen's wife Norma passed away in September 2009, and his only regret in accepting the Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit was that she was not there to share it with him.
At the time of his award, John Key said: "This honour gives the people you have touched the chance to show their appreciation for your hard work, your dedication and your achievements.


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Post by: nitpicker1 on April 28, 2012, 05:55:08 pm

He was an All Black selector between 1964-65 and then coached the men in black between 1966-68

When men were men and rugby was a sport, not a business.  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/24emrosesad.gif)

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Post by: Newtown-Fella on June 04, 2012, 12:50:46 am
Former Deputy PM Sir Brian Talboys dies

Former Deputy Prime Minister Sir Brian Talboys has died at the age of 90.

Sir Brian, who represented the Southland electorate of Wallace for eight elections from 1957, served as a Minister in the National Governments of Sir Keith Holyoake and Sir Robert Muldoon. He was Deputy Prime Minister under Muldoon from 1975 to 1981.

Born in Whanganui in 1921, Sir Brian served in the air force during World War II. After the war, he settled in Southland as a farmer and entered politics, winning the Wallace seat in 1957.

He was agriculture minister, science minister and then education minister under Holyoake, before becoming deputy leader of the National Party in Opposition in 1974, under Muldoon.

After National's victory in the 1975 election, he became deputy prime minister and served in that role for the first two terms of the Muldoon Government, retiring in 1981.

Invercargill MP Eric Roy described Sir Brian as a formidable intellect and articulate speaker and a passionate Southlander.

"He served New Zealand excellently,'' Mr Roy said.


SERVANT OF NZ: Sir Brian Talboys in 1978.

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Post by: Calliope on July 04, 2012, 11:41:09 am
Andy Griffith Dies

Andy Griffith, who made homespun Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in The Andy Griffith Show and the rumpled defence lawyer in Matlock, has died. He was 86.

Griffith died at his coastal home, Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie said in a statement.

"Mr Griffith passed away this morning at his home peacefully and has been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoke Island," Doughtie said, reading from a family statement.

The family will release further information, the sheriff said.

He had suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2000.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10817256 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10817256)

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Post by: Alicat on July 04, 2012, 11:42:51 am
Andy Griffith Dies

Andy Griffith, who made homespun Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in The Andy Griffith Show and the rumpled defence lawyer in Matlock, has died. He was 86.

Griffith died at his coastal home, Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie said in a statement.

"Mr Griffith passed away this morning at his home peacefully and has been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoke Island," Doughtie said, reading from a family statement.

The family will release further information, the sheriff said.

He had suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2000.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10817256 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10817256)

A show from my childhood - RIP Andy Griffiths (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/15emunlove.gif)

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Post by: Calliope on July 05, 2012, 12:02:49 pm
Eric Sykes, the widely-acclaimed British comedy actor and writer, has died.

He was 89.

Sykes was one of the most popular comic actors of his generation, appearing in shows in London's West End into his 80s.

He began his career writing scripts for BBC shows, co-writing 24 episodes of the classic radio comedy "The Goon Show" with the late Spike Milligan.

He appeared in the "Sykes and a" sitcom about a brother and sister living together in west London, which ran in the 1960s and 1970s. He went on to write and act in theatre shows and movies, including an appearance in "The Others" starring Nicole Kidman and in the Harry Potter film "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

Sykes also wrote scripts for Peter Sellers and other major British actors.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv/7224508/British-comedian-Eric-Sykes-dies (http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv/7224508/British-comedian-Eric-Sykes-dies)

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Post by: Newtown-Fella on July 08, 2012, 04:51:00 pm
British comedian Eric Sykes dies


Eric Sykes, the widely-acclaimed British comedy actor and writer, has died.

He was 89.

Sykes was one of the most popular comic actors of his generation, appearing in shows in London's West End into his 80s.

He began his career writing scripts for BBC shows, co-writing 24 episodes of the classic radio comedy "The Goon Show" with the late Spike Milligan.

He appeared in the "Sykes and a" sitcom about a brother and sister living together in west London, which ran in the 1960s and 1970s. He went on to write and act in theatre shows and movies, including an appearance in "The Others" starring Nicole Kidman and in the Harry Potter film "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

Sykes also wrote scripts for Peter Sellers and other major British actors.

Manager Norma Farnes said that Sykes died following a brief illness and was with his family when he passed away, but did give the cause of his death or specify if Sykes had been at home or in a hospital.

TV star and former Monty Python member Michael Palin said Sykes was "one of the nicest, most decent men in the business and one of a kind."

"To me, he was a great inspiration, both as a writer and performer," Palin said.

Comedian Stephen Fry paid tribute on Twitter, writing: "Oh no! Eric Sykes gone? An adorable, brilliant, modest, hilarious, innovative and irreplaceable comic master. Farewell, dear, dear man."

Comedy writer Eddie Braben said Sykes was a "monumental man of comedy, an inspirational figure for those who aimed for comedy success." He said Sykes' death leaves "an enormous gap in the field of fun. His was the comedy of innocence. He didn't raise any bruises, only laughter."

Sykes was survived by his wife, Eith Eleanore Milbrandt, and his four children.

Farnes could not immediately be reached to confirm details of funeral arrangements.


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Post by: Newtown-Fella on July 09, 2012, 12:43:16 pm
Oscar-winner Ernest Borgnine dies at 95



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Post by: Justic on July 12, 2012, 09:59:01 pm
A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.
RIP my dear sister 28/06/2012

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Post by: Alicat on July 12, 2012, 10:11:54 pm
A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.
RIP my dear sister 28/06/2012

So sorry to hear of your loss (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/15emunlove.gif)

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Post by: Calliope on July 12, 2012, 11:33:51 pm
A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.
RIP my dear sister 28/06/2012

My thoughts are with you.

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Post by: nitpicker1 on July 13, 2012, 10:09:34 am

 :o (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/09emcrook.gif) sorry about that, Justic

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Post by: Justic on July 13, 2012, 11:08:16 pm
Thanks for the kind thoughts.  I am still getting my head around the fact that she has gone.

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Post by: nitpicker1 on July 21, 2012, 06:15:27 pm

Friends pay tribute to motorcyclist

Sat, 21 Jul 2012 1:26p.m.

Friends of the 71-year-old motorcylist who died on the Waikato Expressway yesterday say he had negotiated some of the toughest roads in the world on his touring bike.
Bryan Wyness was a well-known motorcycle enthusiast, and was one of six "silk riders" whose 20,000-kilometre journey from Venice to Beijing was recorded in a book by economist Gareth Morgan.
"Bryan has negotiated some of the toughest roads in the world, through Central Asia through all sorts of four-wheel-drive and off-road tracks in New Zealand, through 20 Brass Monkeys in snow and ice and to die on a normal stretch of road on hard pack is a little ironic," friend Mike O'Donnell told Fairfax Media.
Mr Wyness, who was known as "The Captain", was riding the same BMW F650GS touring bike he used on these journeys when he died yesterday only a short ride from his home. The accident at Rangiriri happened about 7:50am.
He was travelling in the left southbound lane of the expressway when he lost control and veered into the right-hand lane and crashed.
Mr Wyness was a commissioner of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission.
He had a 40-year career in the aviation industry, working most recently as an independent aviation consultant in safety, operational risk management and aviation regulatory policy advice.
He had held all senior management roles in flight operations at Air New Zealand and flew Boeing 747-400s.
He was a top mini-racing driver, had run 40 marathons and had overcome cancer.


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Post by: Newtown-Fella on July 22, 2012, 11:20:42 pm
ACT mourns loss of former party President

The ACT Party was today deeply saddened by the news that former ACT Party President Michael Crozier has passed away.

"Michael lived a full life with many fine adventures, and he died peacefully at home on Saturday, July 21 2012, with his family by his side," ACT Party President Chris Simmons said.

"Michael grew up in Christchurch and completed a PhD in Physics before going on to work in the US, and the UK. He moved back to New Zealand where he eventually became Chief Scientist in the Ministry of Defence.

"Michael joined ACT in 1996 and held numerous roles, including Chair in the North Shore Electorate, Regional Chair on the ACT Board, and Deputy President, before he stepped up to the role of Party President in 2009 - retiring in 2010. In all this, his partner June Toose and his family gave him invaluable support.

"Politically, Michael believed that people are happiest if they can make the most of their potential; and that, by a happy coincidence, our country performs best if everyone contributes as much as they are able.

"Out of his great intelligence and kind heart he aimed to help others to be the best they could be. Michael will be sorely missed," Mr Simmons said.

A non-theistic service will be held at St-Matthews-in-the-City, corner of Hobson and Wellesley Street, Auckland on 26 July 2012 at 1.00pm to celebrate his life.

No flowers please; donations to St John Northern Region, Private Bag 14902, Panmure, Auckland 1741.


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Post by: Newtown-Fella on July 23, 2012, 10:10:12 pm
Author Margaret Mahy dead at 76


Children's book author Margaret Mahy, one of New Zealand's most acclaimed literary figures, died today.

Mahy, 76, died in Christchurch this afternoon after a brief illness, according to multiple reports.

"...One of New Zealand's greatest-ever writers - I put her up there with Katherine Mansfield," wrote book blogger Graham Beattie in an online tribute to her.

Ms Mahy, who wrote her first story when she was 7, has won numerous awards and honours for her contribution to New Zealand and children's literature.

She has written more than 120 books which have been translated into 15 languages. She has also won many of the world's premier children's book awards, including the Carnegie Medal and the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Her book A Lion in the Meadow, published in 1969, launched her global career and she became a full time writer in 1980.


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Post by: Magoo on July 24, 2012, 08:22:44 am

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Post by: Magoo on August 04, 2012, 04:14:42 pm
He was just right in every role he played in my opinion.

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Post by: nitpicker1 on August 04, 2012, 04:27:41 pm

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Post by: Magoo on August 08, 2012, 09:08:48 am
Another very talented man gone but will be long remembered.

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Post by: nitpicker1 on August 08, 2012, 10:18:51 am

Robert Hughes, Art Critic Whose Writing Was Elegant and Contentious, Dies at 74
Published: August 6, 2012

...With a Hemingwayesque build and the distinctively rounded vowels of his native Australia, Mr. Hughes became as familiar a presence on television as he was in print, over three decades for Time magazine, where he was chief art critic and often a traditionalist scourge during an era when art movements fractured into unrecognizability. ...


a VERY colourful character,  read the link - more at wikipedia

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Post by: Alicat on August 08, 2012, 07:36:55 pm
Another very talented man gone but will be long remembered.

RIP (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/15emunlove.gif)

He composed some truly great songs.

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Post by: Alicat on August 08, 2012, 07:38:20 pm
The music from A CHORUS LINE is brilliant. I have the DVD of the movie of the show, but went and saw the stage production in the 1990's in Wellington. What a fantastic and colourful show it was.

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Post by: Ferney on August 17, 2012, 02:57:04 pm
Don't know quite what to say but Mr F passed away suddenly recently.  He went off to work one morning and never came home.  Its like I keep expecting him to walk through the front door.  Our 12 yr grandson lives with us as his father is working in Oz and he has taken it really hard....says Gdad said he was going to live forever.  My 2 older kids have been brilliant and both took a week off work and stayed here with us.  Mr F's brother and his wife got on a plane hours from the UK hours after they got the news so that was brilliant.  Everyone has gone home now so its just me, the grandson and the cat. 
The champion fisherman (as people called Mr F) has gone. 
I've been really stressed about work but a company we do work for has come in and is doing it for me. They are going to buy it and have offered me work which I'm going to take as suits me to work about 15 hours a week to keep me out of trouble !

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Post by: ssweetpea on August 17, 2012, 03:07:09 pm
Sorry to hear of your loss Ferney(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/34emhug2.gif) I think you need one of these.

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Post by: nitpicker1 on August 17, 2012, 03:31:22 pm

oh Ferney this is a tough time for you, his grandson will be devastated too. 
  and letting us know will have been difficult for you, so thankyou.

So pleased your business and job have been re-organised, his absence will leave such a big gap in your daily routine. 

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Post by: Magoo on August 17, 2012, 04:05:13 pm
I am so sorry to read your sad news Ferney.     I hope that your happy memories will sustain you through these days of sadness. 

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Post by: Alicat on August 17, 2012, 06:42:28 pm
Ferney - I am so sorry to hear your sad news. (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/15emunlove.gif)

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Post by: Ferney on August 17, 2012, 11:11:27 pm
Thankyou for your kind thoughts and thankyou Nitz for I know you have been here too.

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Post by: Calliope on August 18, 2012, 12:23:20 am
Sorry to hear your news Ferney.

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Post by: Calliope on August 21, 2012, 11:13:48 am
 Phyllis Diller, the housewife turned humorist who aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself, has died at age 95 in Los Angeles.

Her longtime manager, Milton Suchin, says Diller died Monday morning (early Tuesday NZT) in her sleep. She had survived a near-fatal heart attack in 1999.

Diller was a staple of nightclubs and television from the 1950s until her retirement in 2002. She was famous for her distinctive laugh and portrayed herself as a bizarre housewife with a husband named "Fang."

She would tell audiences that "I bury a lot of my ironing in the back yard."

Diller was nearly 40 when she began performing, with five children and a successful career as an advertising copywriter. At the time, women were a rarity in the world of stand-up comedy.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/7515388/Comedian-Phyllis-Diller-dies (http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/7515388/Comedian-Phyllis-Diller-dies)

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Post by: Magoo on August 25, 2012, 02:32:54 pm

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 26, 2012, 01:45:46 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Neil Armstrong, first person to walk on moon, dies at 82

Neil Armstrong's ‘giant leap for mankind’ as he set foot on the lunar surface in 1969
climaxed a monumental achievement in human history. Despite his fame, the former
fighter pilot shrank from the spotlight and called himself a ‘nerdy engineer’.

By ERIC MALNIC | 2:17PM - Saturday, August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong inside the Apollo 11 lunar module after his historic walk on the surface of the moon.
 — Photo: NASA/August 25, 2012.

PHOTOS: Neil Armstrong dead at 82 (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-na-neil-armstrong-dies-pictures,0,3002577.photogallery)

PHOTOS: Apollo 11 mission (http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-na-apollo40th-pictures,0,6121649.photogallery)

NEIL ARMSTRONG, the U.S. astronaut who was the first person to set foot on the moon, firmly establishing him as one of the great heroes of the 20th century, has died. He was 82.

Armstrong died following complications from cardiovascular procedures, his family announced Saturday.

When he made that famous step on July 20, 1969, he uttered a phrase that has been carved in stone and quoted across the planet: "That's one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind."

Armstrong spoke those words quietly as he gazed down at his, the first human footprint on the surface of the moon. In the excitement of the moment, the "a" was left out — either because Armstrong omitted it or because it was lost in the static of the radio transmission back to Earth.

For the usually taciturn Armstrong, it was a rare burst of eloquence seen and heard by 60 million television viewers worldwide. But Armstrong, a reticent, self-effacing man who shunned the spotlight, was never comfortable with his public image as a courageous, historic man of action.

"I am, and ever will be, a white-sock, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer," Armstrong once told a National Press Club gathering.


How many other nerdy engineers flew 78 combat missions as a Navy jet fighter pilot during the Korean War? Logged more than 1,000 hours as a test pilot in some of the world's fastest and most dangerous aircraft? Or became one of the first civilian astronauts and commanded Apollo 11, the first manned flight to land on the moon?

In the years that followed the flight of Apollo 11, Armstrong was asked again and again what it felt like to be the first man on the moon. In answering, he always shared the glory: "I was certainly aware that this was the culmination of the work of 300,000 to 400,000 people over a decade."

Neil Alden Armstrong was born August 5th, 1930, on his grandfather's farm near Wapakoneta, Ohio.

His father, Stephen Armstrong, was a civil servant who audited county records in Ohio and later served as assistant director of the Ohio Mental Hygiene and Corrections Department. The family of his mother, Viola, owned the farm.

For more than a decade, his family lived in a succession of Ohio cities to accommodate his father's job before settling down in Wapakoneta.

After his father bought him a ride in a Ford Trimotor transport plane in 1936, Armstrong rushed home and began building model airplanes and a wind tunnel to test them.

A good student, Armstrong was a much-decorated Boy Scout and played the baritone horn in a school band. But aviation always came first.

In 1945, he started taking flying lessons, paying for them by working as a stock clerk at a drugstore. On his 16th birthday, he got his pilot's license but didn't yet have a driver's license.

Upon graduating from high school in 1947, he was awarded a Navy scholarship to Purdue University. When the Korean War started in 1949, Armstrong was called to active duty.

After flight training, Armstrong was assigned to the carrier Essex, flying combat missions over North Korea. Although one of the Panther jets he flew off the carrier was crippled by enemy fire, he nursed the plane back over South Korea before bailing out safely. Recognized as an outstanding pilot with a flair for leadership, he received three Air Medals before finishing his active duty in 1952.

He returned to Purdue and earned a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering in 1955.

Within months, he was a civilian test pilot for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He was soon stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert, chronicled by author Tom Wolfe as the home to pilots with "The Right Stuff."

Aviators were closely scrutinized there, evaluated carefully as they pushed high-performance aircraft to "the edge of the envelope" and quizzed repeatedly about the scientific implications of their work.

"A lot of people couldn't figure Armstrong out," Wolfe wrote. "You'd ask him a question and he would just stare at you with those pale blue eyes of his.

"And you'd start to ask the question again, figuring that he hadn't understood, and — click — out of his mouth would come forth a sequence of long, quiet, perfectly formed, precisely thought-out sentences, full of anisotropic functions and multiple-encounter trajectories or whatever else was called for.

"It was as if his hesitations were just data punch-in intervals for his computer."

Armstrong had dated a sorority beauty queen, Janet Shearon, at Purdue, and they were married in 1956. For a while they lived in a small shack without indoor plumbing in the San Gabriel Mountains overlooking Edwards.

Children soon followed. A son, Eric, in 1957 and a daughter, Karen, two years later. The couple had a second son, Mark, in 1963, a year after Karen died of a brain tumor. True to form, Armstrong did not speak publicly about the tragedy or any other aspects of his family life.

Instead, he concentrated on his work.

By 1963, NASA was striving to fulfill President John F. Kennedy's goal of beating the Soviet Union in the space race and putting an American on the moon. Kennedy wanted some civilian astronauts, and Armstrong was one of the first.

In 1966, he made his first space flight, with fellow astronaut David R. Scott. Their ship, Gemini 8, was docking with an unmanned Agena rocket when a malfunctioning thruster sent the interlocked space vehicles tumbling uncontrollably.

Unperturbed, Armstrong disconnected the two vehicles, brought Gemini 8 back under control and made a safe emergency landing in the Pacific. NASA officials cited his "extraordinary piloting skill."

Two years later, a lunar landing training vehicle he was piloting suffered control failure just 200 feet off the ground. Armstrong ejected, parachuting to safety.

On January 1st, 1969, he was named commander of Apollo 11, the first manned spaceship scheduled to land on the moon. His crewmates were fellow space veterans Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Five months later, the massive Apollo 11 spaceship was nudged carefully onto the launch pad at what was then called Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The vehicle was as long as a football field, tipped on end. It consisted of the command module Columbia, which would carry the three astronauts on their 238,000-mile journey and in which Collins would orbit the moon; the lunar lander the Eagle, which would carry Armstrong and Collins down to the lunar surface; and a huge Saturn booster rocket to hurl the whole thing into space.

On July 16th, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off. Two and a half hours later, after an orbit and a half around the Earth, onboard rockets fired to send the spaceship on its three-day trip to the moon.

Once in lunar orbit, Armstrong and Aldrin clambered into the Eagle and descended toward the lunar surface, leaving Collins to circle above them.

The landing wasn't easy. The lunar surface was rockier than expected, and Armstrong had to pilot the fragile craft horizontally until he found a safe, flat spot.

On July 20th, 1969, at 1:04:40 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the small spacecraft came to rest gently near the moon's dry Sea of Tranquillity.

"The Eagle has landed," Armstrong radioed back to Earth.

At New York's Yankee Stadium, 16,000 fans stood up and cheered.

Six hours and 52 minutes later, as an onboard television camera sent grainy but stunning images back for the world to see, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on lunar soil.

There had been some dispute over who would be first, Armstrong or Aldrin, but Donald "Deke" Slayton, head of the astronaut corps, said he made the decision.

"Neil was the commander," Slayton once said. "He had the seniority, and that was all there was to it."

Aldrin stepped out of the Eagle a few minutes after Armstrong. The pair spent about 21/2 hours on the lunar surface, collecting dozens of soil and rock samples, setting up seismic equipment, planting an American flag and taking photographs.

"Isn't this fun?" the usually reserved Armstrong remarked jocularly at one point, patting Aldrin on the shoulder as they bounded about in the low lunar gravity.

As they climbed back into the Eagle, they left behind a plaque that reads: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon. We come in peace for all mankind."

Within hours, the Eagle had lifted off from the moon, rejoined the Columbia and the three astronauts were on their way back to Earth.

On July 24th, 1969, Apollo 11 splashed down in the Pacific about 950 miles south of Hawaii. To assure they weren't carrying any lunar organisms, the astronauts were placed in quarantine for 18 days. President Nixon waved to them through a window of their isolation chamber.

On August 13th, 1969, the nation saluted them. They appeared in a parade in New York City in the morning and another in Chicago in the afternoon. That night, they were honored by 1,400 at a state dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Nixon gave them each the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

Then the trio left on a 22-nation tour, during which they met the queen of England, the shah of Iran and the pope.

The public adulation eventually dimmed for Aldrin and Collins — but not Armstrong. He was in demand, and whenever he made a public appearance people clamored for his autograph.

It all made him uncomfortable.

He worked a NASA desk job in Washington for a couple years and after earning a master's degree in aeronautical engineering at USC, he returned to Ohio. For a decade, he taught aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

He bought a secluded, 200-acre dairy farm near Lebanon, Ohio, and occasionally ventured into town for a quiet lunch at a local cafe. The town respected his privacy and he said he enjoyed doing the moderate physical work required on a farm.

When called by his country, he responded, serving in 1985 on the National Commission on Space and in 1986 as vice chairman of the presidential commission that investigated the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

He continued to fly, piloting a light plane he kept at a nearby airport. He served on the boards of several large corporations, and as chairman of AIL Technologies, an aerospace electronics firm on Long Island, New York.

He even surprised everyone and did a television commercial for Chrysler.

In 1994, Armstrong divorced his wife of 38 years. Shortly afterward, he married the former Carol Knight, a woman 15 years his junior, and receded further from public life.

The closest he came to describing what the Apollo 11 mission meant to him was during a Life magazine interview several weeks before the flight.

"The single thing which makes any man happiest is the realization that he has worked up to the limits of his ability, his capacity," Armstrong said. "It's all the better, of course, if this work has made a contribution to knowledge, or toward moving the human race a little farther forward."

Information on survivors was not immediately available.

Malnic, a former Times staff writer, prepared a draft of this story before he died in 2010

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-neil-armstrong-20120826,735,911920,full.story (http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-neil-armstrong-20120826,735,911920,full.story)

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 26, 2012, 02:47:53 pm

It's interesting that the Los Angeles Times had prepared a draft of their news story two years ago in 2010.

I wonder how many other draft, prepared obituary news stories are being sat on by news media organisations, waiting for the day when the people they are written about die, then they are presumably pulled out and updated, then published.

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 26, 2012, 07:39:47 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEOvou30T_I (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEOvou30T_I)

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 27, 2012, 09:58:16 pm


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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 27, 2012, 09:58:37 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Armstrong: a never-read eulogy recalls danger of his feat

By LAURA J. NELSON | 5:40AM - Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Apollo 11 crew — from left, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin — conduct
an equipment check in their command module. — Photo: MCT/August 26, 2012.

TWO DAYS before Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, speechwriter William Safire sent 12 sentences to President Nixon’s chief of staff.

The title of his memo: “In the event of moon disaster.”

Getting the astronauts to the moon was one thing, Nixon had been told. Getting them home was quite another.

“The most dangerous part of the moon mission was to get that lunar module back up into orbit of the moon and join the command ship,” Safire told Tim Russert in 1999 on an episode of “Meet the Press”, just after the memo was released. “If they couldn’t, and there was a good risk that they couldn’t, then they would have to be abandoned on the moon — left to die there.”

Had Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin been stranded on the moon, left to choose between starvation or suicide, Nixon would have given the following address.

Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.

They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.

In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.

In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.

For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.

Those words by Safire never had to be spoken.

Armstrong, 82, died Saturday a national hero, just after the 43rd anniversary of his footstep that changed history.

Along with the flag Armstrong and Aldrin planted on the moon, they left a plaque. It is inscribed with other words that Safire wrote:

"Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-armstrong-eulogy-moon-20120825,0,5041703.story (http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-armstrong-eulogy-moon-20120825,0,5041703.story)

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Post by: Alicat on September 02, 2012, 11:01:39 am
Veteran entertainer Max Bygraves dies aged 89 after battle with Alzheimer's

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2196740/Max-Bygraves-dead-Veteran-entertainer-dies-aged-89-battle-Alzheimers.html#ixzz25G3XvS00

Veteran comedian and entertainer Max Bygraves has passed away, it was revealed today.
The beloved performer died at his daughter's home last night after suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, his son Anthony confirmed.
The 89-year-old singer, who topped the bill numerous times at the London Palladium, emigrated from his home in Bournemouth to Australia in 2005.

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Post by: Newtown-Fella on September 28, 2012, 01:30:21 am
Legendary Singer Andy Williams Has Died at 84

ST. LOUIS — Andy Williams, the silky-voiced, clean-cut crooner, whose hit recording “Moon River” and years of popular Christmas TV shows brought him fans the world over has died, his publicist said. He was 84.

Williams died Tuesday night at his home in Branson following a yearlong battle with bladder cancer, his Los Angeles-based publicist, Paul Shefrin, said Wednesday.



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Post by: Alicat on September 28, 2012, 08:06:16 am
Legendary Singer Andy Williams Has Died at 84

ST. LOUIS — Andy Williams, the silky-voiced, clean-cut crooner, whose hit recording “Moon River” and years of popular Christmas TV shows brought him fans the world over has died, his publicist said. He was 84.

Williams died Tuesday night at his home in Branson following a yearlong battle with bladder cancer, his Los Angeles-based publicist, Paul Shefrin, said Wednesday.



RIP Andy (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/15emunlove.gif)

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Post by: akadaka on October 22, 2012, 04:31:34 pm

a bit before my time but some of you might remember him :(

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Post by: Lovelee on October 22, 2012, 05:40:26 pm
Awww I remember my Grandad listening to the rugby on the radio on Saturdays - along with the smell of lamb cooking and fresh mint sauce.

(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/23emrose.gif) another rugby great gone

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Post by: Newtown-Fella on October 22, 2012, 06:01:33 pm
(http://static.stuff.co.nz/1350881026/849/7847849.jpg)PROUD: Sir Wilson Whineray was a proud rugby player, pictured here with the Rugby World Cup in 2009.

another might Totara has fallen (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/23emrose.gif)

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Post by: Alicat on October 23, 2012, 09:51:59 am

another might Totara has fallen (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/23emrose.gif)

Well said.

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Post by: Newtown-Fella on November 01, 2012, 06:08:44 pm
Lady June Blundell dies at 90

Lady June Blundell, the regional patron of St John, cuts a ribbon to officially open the newly-refurbished Thames Ambulance Station.

 One of the longest serving members of the Order of New Zealand has died.

Lady June Blundell, 90, died yesterday afternoon at Auckland Hospital after a short illness.

Lady June was raised in Wellington and was a Samuel Marsden Collegiate School old girl.

She received the country’s highest honour on 6 February 1988, a year after the Order was established, in recognition of her outstanding service to New Zealanders and the Crown.

She was also the widow of the late Sir Denis Blundell, New Zealand's first resident Governor-General (1972-77).

Current Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, expressed his sorrow today.

"Lady June dedicated her life to the service of others.

"A softly spoken person who never sought the limelight, she worked quietly and tirelessly on behalf of many community organisations and charities."

She was active in St John throughout her life, was the founding patron of the Child Cancer Foundation, and contributed to the establishment of CanTeen in 1988.

She was also involved with the Homai College for the Blind, Save the Children New Zealand, and the Asthma Foundation.


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Post by: Alicat on November 08, 2012, 08:16:13 am
Dad's Army star Clive Dunn dies

British actor Clive Dunn, best known as a bumbling old butcher in the popular World War II sitcom Dad's Army, has died.

Dunn passed away on Tuesday (local time), his agent Peter Charlesworth said, adding that he believed the actor died in Portugal where he has lived for many years. He was 92.

As Lance-Corporal Jones in Dad's Army - a hit television series in the 1960s and 1970s about a group of local volunteer members of the Home Guard - Dunn was famous for catchphrases such as "Don't panic!" and "They don't like it up 'em."
He also had a No. 1 hit song with Grandad in 1971, which he performed several times on TV music show Top of the Pops.

Dunn was born in London in 1920 and enrolled in an acting academy after leaving school.

He played several small roles in films in the 1930s before serving in the army in World War Two, ending up in prisoner-of-war and labour camps for four years.

After the war he worked in music halls before enjoying success as Jones in Dad's Army.

Underlining his ability to play characters far older than his real age, he followed Dad's Army with a five-year run in children's comedy series Grandad as an elderly caretaker.

According to the BBC, he is survived by his wife Priscilla Morgan and two daughters, Jessica and Polly.

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Post by: Alicat on November 08, 2012, 08:17:21 am
I have the entire Dad's Army DVD Collection.

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Post by: Magoo on November 08, 2012, 11:13:18 am
RIP Mr Dunn.   Watching some video clips of him on TV1 news.    A good innings and left a marvelous legacy.

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Post by: akadaka on November 08, 2012, 03:31:38 pm
many years ago i went to a Dads Army appreciation society meeting in Cambridge.Rum by a bloke called Dave Homewood who i think KTJ might know as he is involved in warbirds etc as well.


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Post by: Alicat on November 10, 2012, 07:07:47 am
Coro Street star Bill Tarmey dies

Actor William "Bill" Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth on Coronation Street for more than 30 years, has died.

He was 71.

His family confirmed to British media he died on Friday morning while on holiday in Tenerife, Spain, and asked for "privacy as they grieve for a wonderful husband, father and brother". 

He leaves behind his childhood sweetheart Alma, who he had been married to for 50 years, and two children.
Having played one of the Street's most beloved characters since 1979, Tarmey left the soap in 2010 in an emotional storyline. 

As well as suffering ill health himself, Tarmey left Coronation Street to help care for his son Carl, who was battling a brain tumour.

He told ITV Granada earlier this year: "If this hadn't happened, they would've had to drag me out of there screaming. It was a wonderful bloody job, especially for an old coffin-dodger."

Tarmey was a heavy smoker all his life and at the age of 35 suffered a severe heart attack and then a stroke a year later. 

He underwent bypass surgery after suffering another heart attack in 2002. 

Jack and his nagging wife Vera were considered British icons by many, and the loveable rogue who had a soft-spot for pigeons was one of the most popular characters.

Tributes from Coronation Street co-stars have been pouring in. 

Liz Dawn, who played Tarmey's on-screen wife Vera Duckworth until 2008, said: "I am totally bereft. He will always be remembered by everyone he came into contact with because he was such a kind and generous man."

Vicky Entwistle, who plays Janice Battersby on the soap, said Tarmey would be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to have worked with him.

"He was just such a lovely man to have around," she said. 

"So warm and always full of fun. The character of Jack was such a jack the lad, there was that wonderful mischievous side to him. He was so well loved by everyone - just a beautiful kind man."

On the show, Jack had been left heartbroken for two years as he carried on after Vera died.

They were reunited one last time in Tarmey's final episode as they appeared to be dancing together while a dying Jack drifted in and out of consciousness.

Some 11 million people across the UK tuned in to watch Jack pass peacefully in his armchair.


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Post by: Magoo on November 10, 2012, 07:21:43 am
He was a wonderful Jack.   Goodnight Mr Tarmey

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Post by: nitpicker1 on November 10, 2012, 08:25:50 am

coincidence or history repeating? Note the date.  His last appearance was broadcast on 8 November 2010

 End of an era as Coronation Street's Jack Duckworth joins wife Vera in the soap afterlife
By Emily Sheridan
 UPDATED:18:01 GMT, 3 November 2010

...Jack's death will be screened on ITV1 at 8:30pm on Monday, November 8.


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Post by: Newtown-Fella on November 16, 2012, 02:53:20 pm
All Black great Bob Scott dies

FINE PLAYER: Bob Scott dies aged 91.

 Rugby watchers of the 1940s and 1950s continue to swear there has never been a better fullback than All Blacks great Bob Scott, who died today, aged 91.

An All Black from 1946-54, even the small amount of film available of his career is enough to convince those who were never lucky enough to see Scott play that he was a supreme player.

Black and white footage shows his magnificent body control, his ability to swerve, feint and sidestep to beat on-rushing forwards, his tremendous punting and his flair.

Those skills would have stood up even under today's searching spotlight, giving reason for many to label him one of the finest-ever All Blacks.

Veteran commentator Winston McCarthy wrote: ‘‘For me there will never by anyone as great as Scott.''

Celebrated South African No 8 Hennie Muller described him as ‘‘altogether, the greatest footballer I've ever played against in any position''.

Until Scott's arrival, the mantle of the world's greatest ever fullback belonged to compatriot George Nepia.

Yet, good as Nepia was, Scott's all-round ability and vision forced a re-evaluation.

Nepia himself was emphatic that he never saw a player to touch Scott, who brought a new dimension to the custodian role.

He wasn't just the last line of defence, but also a source of attack.

His later instructional book ‘‘Bob Scott on Rugby'' carried the

tagline: ‘‘in which is expressed the conviction that attack is the art of rugby football''.

The New Zealand Rugby Union today paid tribute to Scott who

passed away early this morning at his home in Whangamata on the Coromandel.

"It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bob Scott who was the oldest living All Black," said NZRU chairman Mike Eagle.

"Bob was a much admired player, regarded by many as the complete fullback who played the game with passion and courage.

"Many will remember Bob as one of the greatest players to pull on the No15 jersey and he was certainly a hugely popular member of the teams he played for. "I am sure in coming days he will be fondly remembered across New Zealand and in particular at the Ponsonby Rugby Club from where he was first selected for Auckland and the All Blacks and the Petone Rugby Club where he was heavily involved after finishing playing for the club in 1956.

"We extend our condolences to his family at this sad time."

Born in Wellington on Waitangi day in 1921, Robert Wiliam Henry Scott grew up in Auckland as one of six children during the Depression years and suffered extreme poverty.

But he was always gifted at sport and by the time World War 2 began, he was regarded as a brilliant rugby league, rugby and soccer player, all of which he played competitively to a high level.

A natural sportsman, he also represented Auckland at softball and in later years became a fine golfer and lawn bowler.

He served with the Army Service Corps in the Middle East and Italy during the war, describing driving trucks of ammunition to the front lines as the most lonely experience of his life.

Scott was chosen in Charlie Saxton's famous Kiwis Army side of 1945-46, with he and prop Johnny Simpson having to seek special dispensation because they had earlier played rugby league.

All Blacks selection followed and, in Australia in 1947, his goal kicking was quite brilliant. He totalled 72 points in six matches, including 15 in the second test.

Two years later in South Africa, he played marvellously but suffered kicking woes and was unable to land crucial goals which would have on occasion turned defeat into victory.

He blamed himself for the 0-4 series defeat, yet his captain Fred Allen and teammates laughed at the suggestion, saying it was Scott's ability which kept the All Blacks in with a chance.

Scott and his wife Irene were still struggling to establish their lives in 1950 - they never owned a car until 1957 - and he retired to concentrate on business.

But after pleading from the national selectors, he made a comeback for the 1953-54 tour of Britain and France.

It was one long triumph for Scott, who was feted wherever he went and turned in a series of breathtaking displays, the peak being the Barbarians match at Cardiff, won 19-5 by the All Blacks.

Scott's entries into the line and his linking with his forwards that day foreshadowed by three decades the development of fullback play.

He retired again, but when he was 35 he was once more asked to return to international rugby, to take on the 1956 Springboks.

‘‘I felt fit enough. My rugby would have been fine,'' he said.

‘‘But I was worried the pressure of the situation might have affected my kicking. Eventually I turned down the invitation, but I regarded it as the biggest compliment of my rugby career.''

Even before television arrived to lift sportsmen to superstardom, Scott was a celebrity.

In 1954 when he announced he was transferring from Auckland to Petone to run a menswear shop, the Petone Recreation ground was booked out for the season in just a few hours.

Scott had another string to his bow.

He could place-kick goals bare footed from halfway, a thought which would make today's top kickers cringe.

In all, he scored 840 points in first-class rugby, a record at the time.

During his nine-year international career, Scott played 52 matches for New Zealand, including 17 tests.

Scott retired to Whangamata and kept a close eye on rugby, often attending test matches and casting a benevolent eye over today's All Blacks.


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Post by: nitpicker1 on November 16, 2012, 04:35:12 pm

He could place-kick goals bare footed from halfway, a thought which would make today's top kickers cringe  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/Animated%20emoticons/48_WalkingHomeCrying.gif)

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Post by: akadaka on November 25, 2012, 03:03:45 pm
Puerto Rican boxing great Hector Camacho dies


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Post by: Lovelee on December 06, 2012, 07:56:30 am


Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering style in pieces such as "Take Five" caught listeners' ears with exotic, challenging rhythms, has died.

He was 91.

Brubeck died on Wednesday morning (local time) of heart failure after being stricken while on his way to a cardiology appointment with his son Darius, said his manager Russell Gloyd.

Brubeck would have turned 92 on Thursday.

Brubeck had a career that spanned almost all American jazz since World War II. He formed The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951 and was the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time magazine - on November 8, 1954 - and he helped define the swinging, smoky rhythms of 1950s and '60s club jazz.

The seminal album "Time Out," released by the quartet in 1959, was the first ever million-selling jazz LP, and is still among the best-selling jazz albums of all time.

It opens with "Blue Rondo a la Turk" in 9/8 time - nine beats to the measure instead of the customary two, three or four beats.

A piano-and-saxophone whirlwind based loosely on a Mozart piece, "Blue Rondo" eventually intercuts between Brubeck's piano and a more traditional 4/4 jazz rhythm.

The album also features "Take Five" - in 5/4 time - which became the Quartet's signature theme and even made the Billboard singles chart in 1961. It was composed by Brubeck's longtime saxophonist, Paul Desmond.

"When you start out with goals - mine were to play polytonally and polyrhythmically - you never exhaust that," Brubeck told The Associated Press in 1995. "I started doing that in the 1940s. It's still a challenge to discover what can be done with just those two elements."

After service in World War II and study at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., Brubeck formed an octet including Desmond on alto sax and Dave van Kreidt on tenor, Cal Tjader on drums and Bill Smith on clarinet. The group played Brubeck originals and standards by other composers, including some early experimentation in unusual time signatures. Their groundbreaking album "Dave Brubeck Octet" was recorded in 1946.

The group evolved into the Quartet, which played colleges and universities. The Quartet's first album, "Jazz at Oberlin," was recorded live at Oberlin College in Ohio in 1953.

Ten years later, Joe Morello on drums and Eugene Wright on bass joined with Brubeck and Desmond to produce "Time Out."

In later years Brubeck composed music for operas, ballet, even a contemporary Mass.

In 1988, he played for Mikhail Gorbachev, at a dinner in Moscow that then-President Ronald Reagan hosted for the Soviet leader.

"I can't understand Russian, but I can understand body language," said Brubeck, after seeing the general secretary tapping his foot.

In the late 1980s, Brubeck contributed music for one episode of an eight-part series of television specials, "This Is America, Charlie Brown."

His music was for an episode involving NASA and the space station. He worked with three of his sons - Chris on bass trombone and electric bass, Dan on drums and Matthew on cello - and included excerpts from his Mass "To Hope! A Celebration," his oratorio "A Light in the Wilderness," and a piece he had composed but never recorded, "Quiet As the Moon."

"That's the beauty of music," he told the AP in 1992. "You can take a theme from a Bach sacred chorale and improvise. It doesn't make any difference where the theme comes from; the treatment of it can be jazz."

In 2006, the University of Notre Dame gave Brubeck its Laetare Medal, awarded each year to a Roman Catholic "whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the church and enriched the heritage of humanity."

At the age of 88, in 2009, Brubeck was still touring, in spite of a viral infection that threatened his heart and made him miss an April show at his alma mater, the University of the Pacific.

By June, though, he was playing in Chicago, where the Tribune critic wrote that "Brubeck was coaxing from the piano a high lyricism more typically encountered in the music of Chopin."

More acclaim came his way when it was announced that he would be a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors at a ceremony in late 2009.

Brubeck told the AP the announcement would have delighted his late mother, Elizabeth Ivey Brubeck, a classical pianist who was initially disappointed by her youngest son's interest in jazz. (He added that she had lived long enough to come to appreciate his music.)

Born in Concord, California, on December 6, 1920, Brubeck actually had planned to become a rancher like his father. He attended the College of the Pacific (now the University of the Pacific) in 1938, intending to major in veterinary medicine and return to the family's 45,000-acre spread.

But within a year Brubeck was drawn to music. He graduated in 1942 and was drafted by the army, where he served - mostly as a musician - under General George S. Patton in Europe. At the time, his Wolfpack Band was the only racially integrated unit in the military.

In an interview for Ken Burns' PBS miniseries "Jazz," Brubeck talked about playing for troops with his integrated band, only to return to the US to see his black bandmates refused service in a restaurant in Texas.

Brubeck and his wife, Iola, had five sons and a daughter. Four of his sons - Chris on trombone and electric bass, Dan on drums, Darius on keyboards and Matthew on cello - played with the London Symphony Orchestra in a birthday tribute to Brubeck in December 2000.

"We never had a rift," Chris Brubeck once said of living and playing with his father. "I think music has always been a good communication tool, so we didn't have a rift. We've always had music in common."

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Post by: Magoo on December 06, 2012, 12:09:31 pm
Take 5 Dave. (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/43emrainbow.gif)

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 12, 2012, 06:03:31 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Famed sitarist Ravi Shankar dies at 92

The Indian musician hobnobbed with The Beatles and pioneered
the benefit concert with the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971.

Associated Press | 8:49PM - Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Beatle George Harrison, left, with Ravi Shankar in 1967.

RAVI SHANKAR, the revered master of the sitar who introduced Indian music to much of the Western world, died Tuesday in San Diego County. He was 92.

Shankar was a hippie musical icon of the 1960s, playing at Woodstock and hobnobbing with The Beatles.

In 1966 the Indian musician met Beatle George Harrison, who became his most famous disciple and gave the musician-composer unexpected pop-culture cachet. Harrison labeled Shankar "the godfather of world music."

Shankar continued to give virtuoso performances into his 90s, including one in 2011 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

In New Delhi, the Inidan prime minister's office confirmed Shankar's death and called him a “national treasure.”

The sitarist also pioneered the concept of the rock benefit with the 1971 Concert For Bangladesh. To later generations, he was known as the estranged father of popular American singer Norah Jones.

Shankar collaborated with Harrison, violinist Yehudi Menuhin and jazz saxophonist John Coltrane as he worked to bridge the musical gap between the West and East.

Photograph gallery: Ravi Shankar (http://www.latimes.com/news/la-ravi-shankar-20121211,0,831049.photogallery)

Describing an early Shankar tour in 1957, Time magazine said “U.S. audiences were receptive but occasionally puzzled.”

His close relationship with Harrison, the Beatles lead guitarist, shot Shankar to global stardom in the 1960s.

Harrison had grown fascinated with the sitar, a long necked, string instrument that uses a bulbous gourd for its resonating chamber and resembles a giant lute. He played the instrument, with a Western tuning, on the song “Norwegian Wood”, but soon sought out Shankar, already a musical icon in India, to teach him to play it properly.

The pair spent weeks together, starting the lessons at Harrison's house in England and then moving to a houseboat in Kashmir and later to California.

Gaining confidence with the complex instrument, Harrison recorded the Indian-inspired song “Within You Without You” on the Beatles' “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”, helping spark the raga-rock phase of '60s music and drawing increasing attention to Shankar and his work.

Shankar's popularity exploded, and he soon found himself playing on bills with some of the top rock musicians of the era. He played a four-hour set at the Monterey Pop Festival and the opening day of Woodstock.

Though the audience for his music had hugely expanded, Shankar, a serious, disciplined traditionalist who had played Carnegie Hall, chafed against the drug use and rebelliousness of the hippie culture.

“I was shocked to see people dressing so flamboyantly. They were all stoned. To me, it was a new world,” Shankar told Rolling Stone of the Monterey festival.

While he enjoyed Otis Redding and the Mamas and the Papas at the festival, he was horrified when Jimi Hendrix lit his guitar on fire.

“That was too much for me. In our culture, we have such respect for musical instruments, they are like part of God,” he said.

In 1971, moved by the plight of millions of refugees fleeing into India to escape the war in Bangladesh, Shankar reached out to Harrison to see what they could do to help.

In what Shankar later described as “one of the most moving and intense musical experiences of the century,” the pair organized two benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden that included Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and Ringo Starr.

The concert, which spawned an album and a film, raised millions of dollars for UNICEF and inspired other rock benefits, including the 1985 Live Aid concert to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia and the 2010 Hope For Haiti Now telethon.

Ravindra Shankar Chowdhury was born April 7th, 1920, in the Indian city of Varanasi.

At the age of 10, he moved to Paris to join the world famous dance troupe of his brother Uday. Over the next eight years, Shankar traveled with the troupe across Europe, America and Asia, and later credited his early immersion in foreign cultures with making him such an effective ambassador for Indian music.

During one tour, renowned musician Baba Allaudin Khan joined the troupe, took Shankar under his wing and eventually became his teacher through 7 1/2 years of isolated, rigorous study of the sitar.

“Khan told me you have to leave everything else and do one thing properly,” Shankar told The Associated Press.

In the 1950s, Shankar began gaining fame throughout India. He held the influential position of music director for All India Radio in New Delhi and wrote the scores for several popular films. He began writing compositions for orchestras, blending clarinets and other foreign instruments into traditional Indian music.

And he became a de facto tutor for Westerners fascinated by India's musical traditions.

He gave lessons to Coltrane, who named his son Ravi in Shankar's honor, and became close friends with Menuhin, recording the acclaimed “West Meets East” album with him. He also collaborated with flutist Jean Pierre Rampal, composer Philip Glass and conductors Andre Previn and Zubin Mehta.

“Any player on any instrument with any ears would be deeply moved by Ravi Shankar. If you love music, it would be impossible not to be,” singer David Crosby, whose band The Byrds was inspired by Shankar's music, said in the book “The Dawn of Indian Music in the West: Bhairavi”.

Shankar's personal life, however, was more complex.

His 1941 marriage to Baba Allaudin Khan's daughter, Annapurna Devi, ended in divorce. Though he had a decades-long relationship with dancer Kamala Shastri that ended in 1981, he had relationships with several other women in the 1970s.

In 1979, he fathered Norah Jones with New York concert promoter Sue Jones, and in 1981, Sukanya Rajan, who played the tanpura at his concerts, gave birth to his daughter Anoushka.

He grew estranged from Sue Jones in the 80s and didn't see Norah for a decade, though they later re-established contact.

He married Rajan in 1989 and trained young Anoushka as his heir on the sitar. In recent years, father and daughter toured the world together.

When Jones shot to stardom and won five Grammy awards in 2003, Anoushka Shankar was nominated for a Grammy of her own.

Shankar, himself, has won three Grammy awards and was nominated for an Oscar for his musical score for the movie “Gandhi”.

Despite his fame, numerous albums and decades of world tours, Shankar's music remained a riddle to many Western ears.

Shankar was amused after he and colleague Ustad Ali Akbar Khan were greeted with admiring applause when they opened the Concert for Bangladesh by twanging their sitar and sarod for a minute and a half.

“If you like our tuning so much, I hope you will enjoy the playing more,” he told the confused crowd, and then launched into his set.

http://www.latimes.com/news/la-famed-sitarist-ravi-shankar-dies-at-92-20121211,0,3239939,full.story (http://www.latimes.com/news/la-famed-sitarist-ravi-shankar-dies-at-92-20121211,0,3239939,full.story)

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Post by: Lovelee on December 12, 2012, 06:07:32 pm

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on December 12, 2012, 06:27:26 pm
I remember his rise to fame in the 60's.   Two talented daughters.

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Post by: Newtown-Fella on December 17, 2012, 05:06:27 pm
Long-serving priest dies at 100

Marist priest George "Chalky" Duggan died in Upper Hutt recently, aged 100.

 Long-serving Marist priest George "Chalky" Duggan, once described as "chief among the divine publicists" by a Wellington journalist, has died in Upper Hutt, aged 100.

He died at St Joseph's Home of Compassion yesterday, where an official blessing from Pope Benedict had been conferred upon him on his 100th birthday earlier this year.

Duggan was a lecturer based on the hill overlooking the Mission Vineyard for many years at Mount St Mary's, Greenmeadows, in Hawke's Bay.

He was also a regular contributor to letters to the editor pages of numerous publications throughout New Zealand and abroad.

A West Coaster, Fr Duggan, SM, was ordained in 1936 in Rome on the feast of St Thomas Aquinas, whose work he studied.

His nickname "Chalky" originated from a boxer named Chalky Duggan.

Duggan was born in Runanga near Greymouth and was educated by the Mercy Sisters and Marist Brothers in Greymouth and Reefton.

His secondary education was at St Bede's College, Christchurch, where he was dux in both 1927 and 1928.

He won a University National Scholarship in 1928 - the first St Bede's student to do so.

A spokeswoman for the Catholic Church said his colourful and non-compromising denunciation of what he considered to be aberrant or erroneous theology and doctrine meant that he was often engaged in feisty exchanges of view in letters to the editor columns of numerous publications.

Those who knew him personally however knew a very different man from his public persona. 

He was a keen sportsman, a counsellor and a man skilled in the domestic arts of cooking and preserving, the church spokeswoman said.

In recent years, he became increasingly frail, and lived in the care of the Silverstream Home of Compassion, supported by his Marist confreres at the neighbouring Marian Court.

Despite impaired hearing, he enjoyed visitors and conversation and happily recounted stories of his many and wide experiences.


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Post by: Lovelee on December 28, 2012, 03:09:40 pm
Stormin' Norman

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf -- the commander of U.S. forces during the first Iraq conflict -- has died in Tampa, Florida.

Schwarzkopf became popularly known as "Stormin' Norman" during 1991 Gulf War that booted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's forces out of neighboring Kuwait.

Operation Desert Storm lasted just over a month as Schwarzkopf's international coalition made quick work of the Iraqi troops.

Schwarzkopf had retired in Tampa where he held his last assignment as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command.

Schwarzkopf was 78 years old. Cause of death is unclear, at this point.

Side note about "Stormin' Norman" -- aside from his military success he was also largely responsible for Katie Couric's rise to fame.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/12/27/general-h-norman-schwarzkopf-dead-dies-gulf-war-iraqi-kuwait-stormin-norman/#ixzz2GJQktiV1

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: akadaka on January 04, 2013, 02:56:51 pm
Patti Page  >:(


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on January 04, 2013, 06:24:25 pm
Yeh and How much is that Doggie in the Window  :'(

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on January 04, 2013, 06:35:54 pm
She had a lovely voice.

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Post by: nitpicker1 on February 01, 2013, 08:59:45 am

Broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes dies

Home » News » National

Fri, 1 Feb 2013

for the record see

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: donquixotenz on February 01, 2013, 09:04:05 am
 you will be remembered.

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Post by: Magoo on February 01, 2013, 09:18:27 am
The unbeatable battle.   

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on February 08, 2013, 09:15:16 am
Pioneer of pirate radio passes away

Ross Goodwin .. a great boss and sadly taken to young!

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Post by: nitpicker1 on February 19, 2013, 06:11:32 am

18 February 2013 Last updated at 15:07 GMT

Richard Briers, The Good Life star, dies aged 79

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Post by: Magoo on February 19, 2013, 06:48:55 am
We always enjoyed any show Richard Briers was in.   Played a good part in Monarch of the Glen and especially as Tom.    Exit stage left Richard.(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/24emrosesad.gif)

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Post by: Alicat on February 19, 2013, 07:00:13 am
We always enjoyed any show Richard Briers was in.   Played a good part in Monarch of the Glen and especially as Tom.    Exit stage left Richard.(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/24emrosesad.gif)

I loved The Good Life - he worked so well with Felicity Kendall and he was also great in Ever Decreasing Circles with Penelope Wilton (and the very wickedly sexy Peter Egan).

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Post by: nitpicker1 on February 26, 2013, 06:25:03 am

Broadcaster Phillip Leishman dies
NZ Newswire
February 26, 2013, 6:32 am
Veteran television presenter Phillip Leishman has died, after a battle with cancer. ...


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Post by: Magoo on February 26, 2013, 07:59:56 am

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 06, 2013, 10:23:01 am

Hugo Chavez dies after cancer battle

Associated Press | 11:08AM - Wednesday, 06 March 2013

HUGO CHAVEZ: The 58-year-old has ruled Venezuela for 14 years.

VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader's 14-year rule of the South American country.

The death was announced by Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech.

The flamboyant 58-year-old leader had undergone four operations in Cuba for a cancer that was first detected in his pelvic region in mid-2011. His last surgery was on December 11 and he had not been seen in public since.

"It's a moment of deep pain," Maduro, accompanied by senior ministers, said, his voice choking.

Chavez easily won a new 6-year term at an election in October and his death will devastate millions of supporters who adored his charismatic style, anti-US rhetoric and oil-financed policies that brought subsidised food and free health clinics to long-neglected slums.

Detractors, however, saw his one-man style, gleeful nationalizations and often harsh treatment of opponents as evidence of an egotistical dictator whose misplaced statist economics wasted a historic bonanza of oil revenues.

Chavez's death paves the way for a new election that will test whether his socialist "revolution" can live on without his dominant personality at the helm.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/8388566/Hugo-Chavez-dies-after-cancer-battle (http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/8388566/Hugo-Chavez-dies-after-cancer-battle)

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 22, 2013, 11:52:29 am


George Lowe, born January 15th 1924, died March 20th 2013.

The Telegraph | 8:38PM GMT - Thursday, 21 March 2013

GEORGE LOWE loading film into his camera. — Photo: GEORGE LOWE Collection/Polar World.

GEORGE LOWE, the mountaineer, who has died aged 89, was both a key member and the last survivor of the 1953 British expedition that conquered Everest.

Lowe played a crucial part in the party’s success, displaying phenomenal strength and stamina to ferry kit up to the South Col, just shy of the peak, from where his fellow New Zealander and friend Edmund Hillary, with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, pushed on to the summit itself. Spending day after day at altitudes of more than 23,000ft, Lowe often had to wade through waist-high snow to ensure everything was where it needed to be.

According to John Hunt, the expedition’s leader, Lowe “put up a performance which will go down in the annals of mountaineering as an epic achievement of tenacity and skill”. It was nothing less, Hunt added in his memoir The Ascent of Everest (1953), than an “astonishing feat of endurance”. Such was the effort that at one point Lowe himself felt “hollow and weak”.

When Hillary and Norgay were descending from the summit of Everest, it was Lowe, coming up from the South Col camp, who was the first to meet them. He handed Hillary a mug of warm lemonade and heard Hillary’s famous exclamation: “Well we knocked the bastard off!” Hillary also passed Lowe a fragment of marine limestone. Millions of years previously the rock had formed part of the sea-floor; by 1953, however, it was a souvenir from the highest point on the planet.

Lowe had displayed superb ice-craft over 10 days in spearheading a route up the Lhotse face, immediately below the South Col. But he was not just a climber. He also carried with him a Kodak Retina II, capturing many images that effectively made him deputy to the official expedition cameraman, Tom Stobart. And when the party reached altitudes that Stobart, weakened by a dose of pneumonia, was unable to endure, Lowe provided the photographic record.

The film of the triumph, The Conquest of Everest, was itself a great success, and nominated for an Oscar. With his reputation on ice and with film assured, Lowe was recruited as official photographer in the Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1957-58, which made the first successful overland crossing of Antarctica via the South Pole.

Lowe joined the 12-man party of the expedition leader, the British explorer Vivian Fuchs, which set out from Shackleton Base on one side of the continent, while Hillary led the support party from the Scott Base on the other side dropping supplies and establishing depots.

Fuchs relied on Lowe’s expertise to spot crevasses that were, Lowe later noted, “wider, deeper and harder to detect” than any he had previously encountered, and which posed a mortal threat to the tractors, dog-teams and snowmobiles they used to get around.

In the event Hillary reached the Pole first, on January 3rd 1958. The teams met when Fuchs arrived on January 19th, but while Hillary flew out, Fuchs continued on overland and arrived at Scott Base on March 2nd after a journey of 2,158 miles.

Wallace George Lowe was born in Hastings, on New Zealand’s North Island, on January 15th 1924, the seventh of eight children. His father was a fruit grower. Aged nine he shattered the bone in his left arm just above the elbow after falling off the steps of the veranda at home. The bone would not set correctly, and had to be re-broken seven times. His subsequent skill as an ice-climber was all the more remarkable as the accident left the limb almost entirely without strength.

He was educated in Hastings and soon developed an interest in photography, playing truant to hang around the studio of the aviator Piet van Asch, who was taking large landscape photographs from the air. Lowe even joined van Asch on several flights.

After qualifying as a schoolteacher, Lowe spent the immediate post-war years teaching at a primary school. In school holidays, however, he trained as a mountain guide, frequently teaming up with Hillary, five years his senior, in the Southern Alps, where they perfected their technique on such peaks as Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.

In 1951 the two men joined a four-man, four-month, New Zealand expedition to the Himalayas. The team had hoped, before setting off, to conquer one 20,000ft-plus summit; in the event they scaled six.

On the strength of this experience, he and Hillary were invited in 1952 to join Eric Shipton’s assault on Everest’s neighbour, Cho Oyu (26,850ft), a journey which would also involve exploring the Barun Valley in the same region. Their talents ensured that both secured their places on what was to prove the historic Everest expedition of the following year. However, planning in 1952 was not always up to the meticulous standards that Hunt would set. Running short of supplies on the return journey to the Indian border, Hillary was forced to bargain with locals for one abundant foodstuff: bananas. According to Lowe, an ensuing competition saw Lowe consume 120 in a single day. Hillary won their battle by eating 134.

After his return from the Antarctic in 1958, Lowe settled in England and joined the Department of Education and Science as an Inspector of Schools, which he remained until his retirement in 1984. In 1989 he helped found the Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust in Britain, established to improve conditions for Sherpas in the Himalayas; Lowe served as chairman until 2003.

With his ready wit, mobile face and gift for mimicry, George Lowe was an entertaining and amusing companion. Few of his companions will forget his imitation of Cheyne-Stokes breathing patterns, a condition suffered by some people at high altitude.

In his book Because It Is There (1962) Lowe recounted his experiences on his two major expeditions. He contrasted Hunt’s open style of leadership with that of Fuchs, who appeared to him to reach all decisions in camera. Lowe left no doubt as to which style he preferred. With other members of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition, Lowe received in 1958 the Polar Medal (with Antarctic clasp). He was also commemorated in Mount Lowe, a 3,000ft peak in the Shackleton Range.

He was appointed OBE for services to mountaineering and exploration.

He counted himself Edmund Hillary’s oldest friend. Before his own death, Hillary wrote the foreword to The Conquest of Everest: Original Photographs from the Legendary First Ascent, which Lowe compiled with Huw Lewis-Jones and which is to be published imminently. According to Hillary, Lowe “saved my life a few times over the years. Down in Antarctica, I remember when we were trying to get our ship, Theron, clear of the ice and I was standing with George on an ice-floe, cutting a channel. A steel cable fouled the propeller just as a rope-end flicked and locked around my ankle. Quickly, yet calmly, George managed to knock it free before it came tight. A moment later and I would have been sucked under...”

Lowe’s home in Derbyshire was filled with boxes of souvenirs from his climbing adventures — slides, press clippings and the like. But above all he treasured the fragment of rock from the summit that Hillary had given him, and which he kept on his desk. “It was always fairly simple,” he noted recently, “The mountains were a deep source of real happiness. They dispense a lion’s share of sorrow too, but it’s the joy that always wins out.”

His first marriage, to Susan, a daughter of Lord Hunt, was dissolved. He is survived by his second wife, Mary, and by three sons of his first marriage.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9946849/George-Lowe.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9946849/George-Lowe.html)

Kiwi mountaineer George Lowe dies age 89

The New Zealand Herald (http://www.nzherald.co.nz) | 9:50AM - Friday, March 22, 2013

GEORGE LOWE has died at the age of 89. — Photo: The Telegraph.

NEW ZEALANDER George Lowe, the last surviving climber from the team that made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, has died. He was 89.

Lowe's widow, Mary, said he died on Wednesday at a nursing home in Ripley, central England, after an illness.

One of two New Zealanders on the 1953 British expedition, Lowe helped establish the final camp 1000 feet below the mountain's summit on May 28th, 1953.

The next day, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the peak.

As Sir Ed descended the next day, he told Lowe: "Well, George, we knocked the bastard off."

Lowe directed a film of the expedition, The Conquest of Everest, and also made The Crossing of Antarctica, a movie about a trans-Antarctic expedition later in the 1950s.

He is survived by Mary and three sons.

Born and raised in Hastings, Lowe spent most of his life abroad following the 1953 ascent. A school teacher before Everest, Lowe returned to education after the expedition, spending a decade at a school in Chile, the last eight years as rector.

Lowe met his wife later in England when both were "Her Majesty's [school] Inspectors", and married in 1980.

It was the second marriage for both, Lowe's first wife being Lord Hunt's daughter, Sue.

Lowe was a life-long friend of Sir Ed, and was the best man at his first wedding.

In 2008, Lowe told the Herald he was happy it was Sir Ed who stood on the summit first, and was enormously proud of the team effort that put his friend up there.

"In 1953, it was the team that climbed it. That was the thing. It's not like today where all the climbers have to go up to the top. The team had succeeded."

"[Today] it's an ego trip for the individual climber."

He was also pleased Sir Ed who got the attention following the ascent.

"I'm absolutely delighted I didn't have the life that Ed's had. Ed was the right one. I would have been a bugger. I wouldn't have had the diplomacy that Ed's had."

Double amputee and former mountaineer Mark Inglis said climbers of Lowe's era were "inspirational".

"They were just so tough. We used to learn from those who have gone before and the amazing thing that those guys did was they went to places that no other human being had ever been, which was amazing."

Lowe played a major role in motivating future generations to look to take up mountaineering, he said.

"New Zealand has just such a phenomenal record of inspirational mountaineers and most of the public never hear of them."

Many of them had lost their lives in the "dangerous sandpit that we play in," Mr Inglis said.

• Read Lowe's account of Hillary's successful Everest climb HERE (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10487575).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7FC9L56nmU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7FC9L56nmU)
Sir Edmund Hillary, accompanied by fellow New Zealand climber George Lowe, arrives in Auckland
and alights from a flying boat to a hero's welcome from a proud Kiwi public.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10872850 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10872850)

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Post by: Magoo on March 22, 2013, 12:45:07 pm
I always thought it was a shame that only a couple of the people in the team became famous.  They couldn't have knocked the bugger off without support.
Well done Mr Lowe.

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 22, 2013, 12:59:03 pm

When my Mum finished at teacher training college, she moved to Hastings and got a job teaching at the school where George Lowe was one of the teachers.

They used to appoint a mentor to look after the junior teachers just out of training college, and my Mum's mentor was George Lowe. They taught in adjacent classrooms.

My Mum told me that George was a real character and had lots of larger-than-life tales about his alpine adventures. When he was selected for the 1953 Everest expedition, he applied for unpaid leave from his teaching job, but the Hawke's Bay Education Board turned him down and insisted that he keep teaching. So George told them where to stick their job and buggered off anyway. After the successful expedition, George returned to Hastings with his mate Ed and headed for Parkvale School to catch up with his old workmates and pupils, bringing Ed along with him. Mum said that all the members of the Hawke's Bay Education Board turned up at the school and tried to put themselves in the limelight, but George told them to bugger off, that he was at the school to introduce Ed to the school staff and pupils, and not to pander to the tossers who tried to stop him from being part of the expedition.

When I was a kid, my Mum seemed to have an amazing knowledge of the 1953 Everest Expedition. When you are a kid, you never question your parents' knowedge, but as I got older I often wondered how come my Mum seemed to have so much intimate knowledge of the conquest of Everest. It was only many years later into adulthood that she told me about her association with George Lowe and how she had got all her information straight out of the horse's mouth from George Lowe and Ed Hillary.

As a matter of interest, the members of the expedition and in particular Ed Hillary, made no secret of the fact that the success of the expedition was largely due to George Lowe. George was regarded as the foremost ice climbing expert in the world in the early 1950s and that was the reason why he was on the expedition. When they got bogged down on the Lotse Face, it was George who literally dug them out of the hole and cut a route up the face over an epic period of about ten days of working hard at high altitude.

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 22, 2013, 11:13:10 pm

Last climber from Hillary's Everest team dies

Associated Press | 8:01AM - Friday, 22 March 2013

GEORGE LOWE. — Photo: Hawke's Bay Today.

NEW ZEALANDER George Lowe, the last surviving climber from the team that made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, has died, his wife said Thursday. He was 89.

Mary Lowe said her husband died on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) at a nursing home in Ripley, central England, after an illness.

Lowe and his friend Sir Edmund Hillary were the only two New Zealanders on the 1953 British-led attempt to climb the world's highest peak.

Lowe was part of a small group that established the final camp 300 metres below the mountain's summit on May 28th, 1953. The next day, Hillary and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal reached the 29,035 foot (8,850 metre) peak.

As Hillary descended the next day, he greeted Lowe with: "Well, George, we knocked the bastard off."

"He and Hillary climbed together through life, really," said travel writer Jan Morris, who was part of the Everest expedition as a journalist for The Times newspaper.

"And when it came to the point near the summit, George had to play a subsidiary role. He climbed very high, he climbed to top camp and said goodbye to Hillary then helped him come down. He played a very important role."

Morris said she was now the expedition's only survivor.

She said Lowe was "a gentleman in the old sense — very kind, very forceful, thoughtful and also a true adventurer, an unusual combination."

VICTORIOUS: One of two New Zealanders on the 1953 British expedition, Lowe (right) helped
establish the final camp 1000 feet below the mountain's summit on May 28th, 1953.

Hillary, who died in 2008, inevitably got much of the media attention — and a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. Mary Lowe said her husband "didn't mind a bit."

"He had a wonderful life," she said. "He did a lot of things, but he was a very modest man and he kept quiet about it."

"He never sought the limelight. Ed Hillary didn't seek the limelight either — but he had it thrust upon him."

Born in Hastings, New Zealand, in 1924, Lowe began climbing in the Southern Alps and met Hillary, another ambitious young climber with whom he forged a lifelong bond.

In 1951, he was part of a New Zealand expedition to the Himalayas, and in 1953 he and Hillary joined the British Everest expedition led by John Hunt.

Kari Herbert of Polarworld, which is due to publish Lowe's book "Letters From Everest" later this year, said Lowe's efforts had been crucial to the expedition's success.

"He was one of the lead climbers, forging the route up Everest's Lhotse Face without oxygen and later cutting steps for his partners up the summit ridge," she said.

Lowe directed a film of the expedition, "The Conquest of Everest". He also made "Antarctic Crossing" after participating in the 1955-58 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, the first successful overland crossing of the continent.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the documentary category.

Lowe later made expeditions to Greenland, Greece and Ethiopia, taught school in Britain and Chile, lectured on his expeditions and became Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools for England.

He was a founder of the Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust UK, a charity set up to support the mountain residents of Nepal.

Lowe is survived by Mary and by three sons from his first marriage to John Hunt's daughter Susan: Gavin, Bruce and Matthew.

Mary Lowe said a memorial service would be held next month.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/8459131/Last-climber-from-Hillarys-Everest-team-dies (http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/8459131/Last-climber-from-Hillarys-Everest-team-dies)

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Post by: Newtown-Fella on March 26, 2013, 12:22:43 pm
Tributes flow in for Barbara Anderson


 The Government has paid tribute to one of New Zealand's finest writers, Barbara Anderson, who died in Auckland yesterday.

Anderson, a late starter to writing, was 86.

"Barbara Anderson was one of our finest writers, and also one of the most inspiring, becoming an internationally successful author in her sixties," Arts Minister Chris Finlayson said.

"After completing Bill Manhire's creative writing degree at Victoria University, she went on to write acclaimed short stories, novels, and autobiography."

"In 2011 she received the Arts Foundation's Icon Award, its highest honour recognising senior artists for their lifetime's work, following the award of an honorary doctorate by Otago University in 2008.

"She made a significant contribution to New Zealand literary culture and to Wellington's writing community, and will be greatly missed."

"I offer my condolences to her family and friends."

Anderson's publisher Fergus Barrowman said she would be remembered for her outlook on New Zealand life.

"No one else has captured the social texture of New Zealand with the same vivacity and wit as Barbara," Barrowman, of Victoria University Press, told Radio New Zealand.

"One of the great things about her was that she could be comic and highly entertaining while never losing sight of the serious undercurrents in her fiction."

Anderson novels included Portrait of the Artist's Wife, The House Guest, Proud Garments and Girls' High.

She wrote her first book aged 63 after attending  Bill Manhire's creative writing course at Victoria University.

Her final work was her life story, Getting There: An Autobiography, published in 2008.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: akadaka on March 26, 2013, 06:06:20 pm
thought i was up to the play with arty things through mrs aka but i can honestly say i have never heard of her,has anybody else???

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on March 26, 2013, 06:41:36 pm
Neither have I.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Newtown-Fella on March 26, 2013, 10:37:18 pm
ive catered for Lady Barbara and her husband Sir Neil [ a Vice Admiral died 2010 ] when they lived in Karori

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on March 27, 2013, 09:19:58 am
ive catered for Lady Barbara and her husband Sir Neil [ a Vice Admiral died 2010 ] when they lived in Karori

That explains it. Sorry for your loss, newt.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: donquixotenz on March 27, 2013, 09:41:55 am

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Newtown-Fella on March 29, 2013, 06:17:37 pm
Warren Freer former New Zealand politician of the Labour Party 1947 - 1981


One of the country's longest serving politicians died this morning.

Former Labour politician Warren Freer held the Mount Albert seat for 34 years from 1947 to 1981, an electorate subsequently held by former Prime Minister Helen Clark and now party leader David Shearer.

Freer was a staunch socialist and served as a cabinet minister in the third Labour government, holding portfolios in trade and industry and energy resources.

He died after a long illness and is survived by his wife and two sons .


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on March 30, 2013, 03:44:33 pm

Final curtain call for Richard Griffiths. 

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Gecko on March 30, 2013, 03:51:11 pm
suprised he got to 65.he was a very hard working and very big man

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Newtown-Fella on March 30, 2013, 04:55:06 pm

Final curtain call for Richard Griffiths. 

but wait theres more .................. [ just got to wait till someone somewhere wakes up and starts talking ]

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on March 31, 2013, 05:11:19 pm


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on March 31, 2013, 05:15:23 pm
I believe the bodies are trapped in the wreckage.  Very sad.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on April 09, 2013, 01:14:29 am

Ex-Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies

BBC NEWS | 12:02PM GMT - Monday, 08 April 2013


Margaret Thatcher: A life in pictures (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-10879520)

FORMER Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died at 87 following a stroke, her spokesman has said.

Lord Bell said: "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning."

Baroness Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990.

She was the first woman to hold the post. Her family is expected to make a further statement later.

Baroness Thatcher, born Margaret Roberts, became the Conservative MP for Finchley, north London in 1959, retiring from the Commons in 1992.

Having been education secretary, she successfully challenged former prime minister Edward Heath for her party's leadership in 1975.

She won general elections in 1979, 1983 and 1987.

Baroness Thatcher's government privatised several state-owned industries. She was also in power when the UK went to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22067155 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22067155)

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Post by: Lovelee on April 09, 2013, 12:34:46 pm

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Newtown-Fella on April 16, 2013, 02:02:23 pm
Hello Sailor founding member Dave McArtney dies

Dave McArtney

Dave McArtney, a founding member of Kiwi bands Hello Sailor and The Pink Flamingos, has died at home in Auckland.

McArtney rose to fame after founding Hello Sailor with fellow guitarist-vocalist Harry Lyon and frontman Graham Brazier in 1975.

The group built a huge following on the back of singles including Gutter Black, which was written and sung by McArtney.

He went on to found the popular band The Pink Flamingos in the 1980s.

His Hello Sailor bandmate Harry Lyon said McArtney was a loyal and longstanding friend who leaves behind an incredible body of creative work.

He and the other remaining members of Hello Sailor were planning to get together later today to "shed a tear" over their lost bandmate.

"We used to call him Dunkirk Dave. Because he's that guy you want to see on your right shoulder when you go over the top."

Lyon said he started his first band with McArtney while they were both in school in 1963.

"He's more than just bandmate. It's friendship that holds us together."

The Herald understands McArtney had cancer.

Staff and students at music teaching institute MAINZ, where he had worked as a tutor for 10 years, were going to be being told the news this morning.

McArtney has two adult children.

John Dix, the author of Stranded In Paradise: New Zealand Rock And Roll, 1955 To The Modern Era said news of McArtney's death was "devastating", in a post on Facebook this morning.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on April 30, 2013, 08:37:47 am
Tributes flow for Parekura Horomia

Newstalk ZB staff, Newstalk ZB
April 30, 2013, 5:52 am
 ...Acting leader Grant Robertson says the former Maori Affairs Minister will be sadly missed, not just by Labour, but by all his political colleagues...

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Lovelee on May 11, 2013, 09:43:24 am

The woman known to New Zealand and Australian TV viewers as "Mrs Marsh" through her commercials for Colgate toothpaste, has died at her home in Noosa on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

The popular TV campaign which began in the late 1970s featured Barbara Callcott as Mrs Marsh, who snapped a stick of chalk which had been dipped into a glass of dyed water, to show how the toothpaste penetrated enamel to protect teeth.

Colgate says Ms Callcott continued working with children through education programs promoting oral health, until this month.

Colgate staff were saddened by the news and extend their condolences to Barbara's family," Chris Pedersen, Managing Director, Colgate, said in a statement.

"In honour of her legacy, Colgate will be initiating an education grant in her name in recognition of her contribution to oral health education," Mr Pedersen said.



Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 20, 2013, 02:29:47 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Actor James Gandolfini dies in Italy at age 51

The Associated Press | 5:41PM PDT - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Actor James Gandolfini at the Roxy. Gandolfini played a supporting role in the film “Not Fade Away”, written by David Chase.
 — Photo: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/November 30, 2012.

JAMES GANDOLFINI, whose portrayal of a brutal, emotionally delicate mob boss in HBO's "The Sopranos" helped create one of TV's greatest drama series and turned the mobster stereotype on its head, died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51.

In a statement, the cable channel, and Gandolfini's managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders, said he died Wednesday while on holiday in Rome. No cause of death was given.

"Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving," said Armstrong and Sanders.

HBO called the actor a "special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone, no matter their title or position, with equal respect." The channel expressed sympathy for his wife and children.

Gandolfini played mob boss Tony Soprano in the groundbreaking HBO series that aired from 1999 to 2007. His film credits included "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Killing Them Softly", and he amassed stage credits as well.

He shared a Broadway stage in 2009 with Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden in a celebrated production of "God of Carnage", where he earned a Tony Award nomination for best actor. He had also been in "On the Waterfront" with David Morse and was an understudy in a revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 1992 starring Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange.

Gandolfini's performance in "The Sopranos" was indelible and career-making, but he refused to be stereotyped as the bulky mobster who was a therapy patient, family man and cold-blooded killer.

After the David Chase series concluded with its breathtaking blackout ending, Gandolfini's varied film work included comedies such as "In the Loop", a political satire, and the heartwarming drama "Welcome to the Rileys", which costarred Kristen Stewart. He voiced the Wild Thing Carol in "Where the Wild Things Are".

In a December 2012 interview with The Associated Press, Gandolfini said he gravitated to acting as a release, a way to get rid of anger. "I don't know what exactly I was angry about," he said.

"I try to avoid certain things and certain kinds of violence at this point," he said last year. "I'm getting older, too. I don't want to be beating people up as much. I don't want to be beating women up and those kinds of things that much anymore."

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-actor-james-gandolfini-dies-in-italy-at-age-51-20130619,0,2157518.story (http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-actor-james-gandolfini-dies-in-italy-at-age-51-20130619,0,2157518.story)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on June 25, 2013, 03:38:01 pm
Farewell Tony.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Magoo on June 25, 2013, 03:39:04 pm
RIP Mick Aston.   The world will be a duller place without Micks colorful jumpers.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Alicat on July 21, 2013, 12:08:42 pm
Influential British comedian Mel Smith dies


British comedian Mel Smith, who became a household name for a series of television sketch shows in the 1970s and 80s which colleagues said had inspired a generation of comics, has died of a heart attack, his agent said overnight (NZ time).

Smith, who died yesterday (NZ time) aged 60, found fame starring in hugely popular shows Not The Nine O'clock News and Alas Smith and Jones and went on to direct the films Bean and The Tall Guy.
"I still can't believe this has happened," said Griff Rhys Jones, his comedy partner in his best-known TV shows.

"To everybody who ever met him, Mel was a force for life. He was a gentleman and a scholar, a gambler and a wit."

Together, they formed Talkback, a highly successful independent TV production house that spawned many hit British comedies including the Ali G series, which gave Sacha Baron Cohen his first big television break.

Talkback was sold to Pearson TV in 2000 for 62 million pounds (NZ$119 million).

"Mel Smith's contribution to British comedy cannot be overstated," said Tony Hall, the Director General of the BBC.

"On screen he helped to define a new style of comedy from the late 1970s that continues to influence people to this day."


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Post by: nitpicker1 on July 24, 2013, 06:48:12 pm

Kiwi archeologist who discovered 'Hobbit' species dies

Published: 3:56PM Wednesday July 24, 2013
Source: AAP

The archaeologist who discovered a new species of mini-human known as "the Hobbit" has been hailed as a scientific "game-changer" following his death from cancer.

New Zealand-born archaeologist, Mike Morwood, from the University of Wollongong led the research team that discovered the remains of Homo floresiensis on the Indonesian island of Flores, between Bali and Timor, in 2003.

He died of cancer in hospital in Darwin yesterday. ...


and even more:

Hobbit bones test evolution theory

Published: 7:55PM Friday July 31, 2009
Source: AAP
Australian research has thrown a question mark over long-held beliefs of human evolution thanks to never-before-tried technology on a set of "hobbit bones" found in Indonesia ...

read the rest of this at

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: AuntyRotter on September 02, 2013, 08:52:05 am

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 08, 2013, 09:33:25 am

From the Los Angeles Times....

Rochus Misch dies at 96; Hitler's bodyguard was unrepentant

In numerous interviews over the years, Rochus Misch did not
express regret for his service or doubts about ‘the boss’.

By STEVE CHAWKINS | 8:32PM - Friday, September 06, 2013

Hitler's bodyguard and telephone operator Rochus Misch in 1944.
 — Photo: Associated Press.

ROCHUS MISCH never expressed regret over his wartime service or doubts about the man he and his comrades called "the boss."

Misch was Adolf Hitler's bodyguard, messenger and telephone operator. He had tea and cookies with Hitler's sister in Vienna. He delivered a congratulatory bouquet from Hitler to a young musician who had just announced his engagement. He was in the next room of the infamous Berlin bunker (http://www.military-history.org/articles/inside-the-fuhrerbunker.htm) when Hitler and Eva Braun, the longtime mistress who two days earlier had become the Nazi leader's wife, killed themselves on April 30th, 1945.

Misch, the last survivor of the entourage holed up in Hitler's underground lair, died in Berlin on Thursday. He was 96.

His death was confirmed to the Associated Press by Burkhard Nachtigall, an author who helped Misch write his 2008 memoir, "The Last Witness".

In numerous interviews over the years, including a lengthy 2004 oral history with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (http://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn514881), Misch said he had no knowledge of the millions of deaths by genocide at Nazi concentration camps.

"I ask you, if Hitler really did all the terrible things people now say he did, how could he have been our Fuhrer?" Misch said in a 2005 Salon interview. "How is that possible?"

At the war's end, Misch was captured by Russian soldiers invading Berlin, tortured in prison and sent to work camps in Kazakhstan and Siberia until his release in 1953. He was never charged with a war crime. Summoned as a witness to the Nuremberg trials, he was not called to testify.

A former member of an elite Nazi SS guard, Misch drew outrage from critics with his nonchalant approval of Hitler decades after the war.

"He is the most unrepentant and unapologetic Hitler supporter you could ever have the misfortune to meet," a reporter for the London Sunday Express wrote in 2003.

"It was a good time with Hitler," Misch said in the article, which was based on a 2½-hour interview. "I enjoyed it and I was proud to work for him."

Born in what is now Poland on July 29th, 1917, Misch was raised by his grandparents. His soldier father died of a battlefield wound three days before Misch was born. Three years later, his mother died of pneumonia.

Misch studied painting but in 1937 volunteered for a four-year tour in the German army, hoping, he later explained, to protect Europe from the incursions of Stalin. He was shot in the chest during the German invasion of Poland in 1939.

Impressing his commanding officers, the convalescing Misch won a spot on the unit that provided Hitler with personal aides and bodyguards. Recalling his first meeting with Hitler, at the Reich Chancellery, Misch told the BBC: "I felt cold, then hot. I felt every emotion."

"He wasn't a monster or a superhuman," Misch told the Express in 2011. "He stood across from me like a completely normal man with nice words."

Misch said accounts of Hitler as an aberrant personality suddenly flying into rages or plunging into depression never rang true.

When Misch married his wife, Gerda, on New Year's Eve in 1942, Hitler gave him 1,000 marks and 40 bottles of wine. When Gerda became pregnant in 1944, Eva Braun sent her a baby carriage.

Still, Misch on several occasions came across Hitler in what appeared to be moments of intense melancholy. Late one night in the German dictator's living room, Misch saw him in a trance-like state "staring at an oil painting of Frederick the Great that was flickering in the candlelight," he told the Express. "I felt like an intruder interrupting someone in the middle of prayer."

In 1944, Misch witnessed the attempted assassination of Hitler by top generals.

In the Reich's final days the next year, Misch was manning the bunker's phones when Hitler gathered his remaining staff for goodbyes. A little while after he and Braun disappeared into his office, someone discovered their bodies and Misch came running.

"I saw him slumped with his head on the table," he told the BBC. "I saw Eva on the sofa; her head was next to him, her knees drawn tightly up to her chest."

Hitler had shot himself and his wife had taken cyanide.

Not long afterward, Magda Goebbels, wife of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, ushered her six children into the bunker and had a doctor give them "some kind of sugary drink," Misch told the BBC.

"All of us knew what was going on," he said. "An hour or two later, Mrs. Goebbels came out crying."

She sat down and played solitaire to calm herself. The next day, she and her husband committed suicide.

After his release from Russian prisons, Misch ran a decorating store in Berlin with his wife. They lived just two miles from the site of Hitler's Fuhrerbunker.

Their daughter, Brigitta Jacobs-Engelken (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8237708.stm), in 2009 told the BBC a family secret: Brigitta's mother — Misch's wife, Gerda, who died in 1998 — was Jewish.

"I know it from my grandma," the daughter, an architect in Germany who worked to restore synagogues, said of the news that Gerda's mother had shared.

Misch, the good soldier, refused to accept it, his daughter said.

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 14, 2013, 05:39:28 pm

I wonder if many people attended Rochus Misch's funeral?  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/Animated%20emoticons/03_Huh.gif)

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 14, 2013, 05:39:46 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Ray Dolby dies at 80; engineer's sound system eliminated underlying noise

The Dolby Sound System was first used commercially in recording studios
nearly 50 years ago and then adopted by the film industry.

By DAVID COLKER | 8:36PM - Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ray Dolby, the inventor and engineer who founded Dolby Laboratories and pioneered noise-reducing and surround-sound
technology widely used in the film and recording industries, has died in San Francisco, the company announced Thursday.
He was 80. — Photo James Butler.

BEFORE AN audio revolution in the mid-1960s, just about all music, dialogue and other sounds played on tape recordings had one thing in common: hiss.

The bothersome, underlying noise seemed especially unavoidable during quiet passages on the once-ubiquitous cassette tapes.

But then came an engineering breakthrough that nearly wiped out the hiss, and made the inventor's name — Dolby — world-famous.

Ray Dolby, 80, died Thursday at his home in San Francisco. The company he founded, Dolby Laboratories, released a statement saying he had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease in recent years and in July was found to have acute leukemia.

The Dolby Sound System was first used commercially in recording studios nearly 50 years ago and then adopted by the film industry.

"You could divide film sound in half: there is BD, before Dolby, and there is AD, after Dolby," said Oscar-winning film and sound editor Walter Murch last year at the Hollywood Post Alliance Awards that honored Dolby.

Eliminating hiss, along with other sound enhancements invented by Dolby, allowed filmmakers to use far more sophisticated multi-track, surround-sound audio to transport audiences into fantasy worlds.

Perhaps no movie used this technology, in its early days, more effectively than "Star Wars" in 1977.

"Ray's pioneering work in sound played a pivotal role in allowing ‘Star Wars’ to be the truly immersive experience I had always dreamed it would be," the film's director, George Lucas, said in a statement Thursday.

Murch agreed. "‘Star Wars’ kicked it into another realm," he said Thursday, also citing "Apocalypse Now" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" as films whose impact probably would have not been the same without Dolby.

Although Dolby's original audio developments have been supplanted by digital sound regimens, Dolby Labs' products are still used in movie theaters, recording studios and consumer electronic devices around the world. More than 7.4 billion consumer products use Dolby technologies, according to the company, including personal computers, mobile devices and video game machines.

Last year, the Dolby name got another boost when it was placed atop the Hollywood theater from where the Oscars are telecast.

But Ray Dolby will probably be best remembered as the man who changed recorded sound.

"You saw a tape machine and saw ‘Dolby’," said British sound engineer John Kurlander, who worked on the Beatles' "Abbey Road" among numerous records and film tracks, "and they became inseparable."

Ray Milton Dolby was born January 18th, 1933, in Portland, Oregon, and his family moved to Palo Alto while he was still a boy. He took an early interest in music.

"I started playing the piano at 10, then moved to clarinet so I could play in the school orchestra," he told The Times in 1988. "Mainly, though, I was fascinated by the technology of music: how organs worked, how reeds vibrated, why things sounded the way they did."

While still in high school, he started working for the ground-breaking Ampex Corporation in Redwood City that made audio tape recorders and was developing new uses for magnetic tape. "I made a deal with my high school," Dolby said. "I was so far ahead in my credits that I didn't have to worry about getting into college, so I went to school three hours a day and worked five at Ampex."

He worked at the company with Charlie Ginsburg, who headed a small team that developed the first broadcast-quality videotape recorder, according to an MIT profile. Ginsburg, who died in 1992, said in a 1988 Times interview that Dolby played a vital role.

"I'd say that Ray essentially was the inventor of that whole system," Ginsburg said. "He had virtually no formal education then, no college, but he was already an outstanding inventory."

Dolby was also demonstrating a keen business sense at a young age. He didn't like to be called a "tinkerer" exploring new ideas for the sake of it. His work was more focused on an outcome. "An inventor knows what he wants to do," he said. "An inventor has to have taken out a patent."

"I had my first one at 19."

After serving in the Army, Dolby graduated from Stanford University in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and went on to Cambridge University in England where he received a doctorate in physics. He also met his wife, Dagmar, at the university where she was a summer student from Germany.

In 1963 he was eager to leave academia and embarked on a two-year appointment in India as a UNESCO science advisor. It was in that country, while working on noise-reduction systems, that he had a revelation regarding hiss. It involved separating high and low frequencies in order to clean out the noise. In a 1979 interview with Fortune magazine, he said the system "increases the desired tones, suppresses hiss and recombines the cleaned frequencies into very high-fidelity sound."

At the end of his India stint, he established the original Dolby Laboratories in London at a cost of $25,000. Last year, according to the company's fiscal 2012 annual report, it had sales of $926 million.

Dolby stepped down as chairman of the San Francisco company in 2009. He and his wife contributed to Bay Area charities, including $36 million to UC San Francisco for stem cell research.

Dolby is survived by his wife of 47 years, sons Tom and David and four grandchildren.

L.A. Times staff writers Elaine Woo and Devin Kelly contributed to this report.

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 13, 2013, 03:07:19 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Vo Nguyen Giap dies at 102; Vietnamese general led North to victory

The unpretentious communist general masterminded the defeat of French and American
forces and became known as one of the 20th century's military geniuses.

By DAVID LAMB, Special to the L.A. Times | 2:53PM - Friday, October 04, 2013

Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap is seen in front of a painting of himself and president Ho Chi Minh, left, at his home in Hanoi, Vietnam
in this picture taken August 25th 2008, his 97th birthday. Officials say Giap, the military mastermind who drove the French and the
Americans out of Vietnam, has died at age 102. He was the country's last famous communist revolutionary, and used ingenious
guerrilla tactics to overcome enormous odds against superior forces. — Photo: Na Son Nguyen/Associated Press.

VO NGUYEN GIAP, the communist general widely regarded as one of the military geniuses of the 20th century, who masterminded the defeat of the French and the war against the Americans in Vietnam, has died. He was 102.

Giap died Friday at a military hospital in Hanoi, the Associated Press reported, citing a government official.

Though Ho Chi Minh was the symbol of Vietnam's fight for independence and reunification, it was Giap who carved out the victories. From Dien Bien Phu to Khe Sanh to the Tet offensive, his name became synonymous with the battles that defined a chapter of world history and emboldened liberation movements from Africa to Latin America.

A man of little pretense and great ambition, Giap had no formal military training and used to joke that he was a self-taught general. His early nationalistic calling was as a writer and propagandist. Never having touched a gun, he protested when Ho ordered him to prepare for a war with France: "I wield a pen, not a sword."

But he followed orders, and on Christmas Eve 1944 he and a band of 33 partisans armed with knives and flintlock rifles attacked two isolated French outposts. Thirty years later, with the French gone and the U.S.-backed South Vietnamese forces now near collapse, his army was the world's third largest, numbering 800,000. Through three decades of war, he was his nation's supreme military commander, a service record with few, if any, parallels in modern times.

Giap understood what the French and Americans did not: that a peasant army, imbued with patience, nationalism and a willingness to endure untold suffering, could defeat a far more powerful force whose cause was not enthusiastically supported at home. Giap lost an estimated one million communist soldiers in winning Vietnam's independence as a unified state, but he never expressed the slightest doubt that such huge casualties were worth the sacrifice.

"Every minute, hundreds of thousands of people die on this Earth," Giap said in 1969, adding that he was prepared to fight as long as necessary for ultimate victory. "The life or death of a hundred, a thousand, tens of thousands of human beings, even our compatriots, means little."

Said General William Westmoreland, the U.S. commander in Vietnam during the 1968 Tet offensive: "Giap was callous. Had any American general taken such losses, he wouldn't have lasted three weeks."

In later life, Giap — a short, white-haired man with a round face and soft hands—had lived quietly in Hanoi in a downtown villa, deified by the city's residents as a national hero. His parlor was lined with busts and portraits of Marx, Lenin and Ho Chi Minh. He chatted with visitors in perfect French, sometimes receiving them in his military uniform, and could recall various campaigns — Napoleon's and his own — in brilliant detail.

He saw the war against the United States as merely an extension of the war against France and always believed that Washington's resolve eventually would wither, as had Paris' resolve. "You can kill 10 of my men for every one I kill of yours," he once said to the Americans, repeating what he had warned the French more than a decade earlier. "But even at those odds, you will lose and I will win."

Toward the end of his long life, Giap spoke out strongly, although unsuccessfully, on another issue. His was one of the most prominent voices to urge the Vietnamese government in 2009 to reconsider its plans for a vast Chinese-run bauxite mining operation in Vietnam's central highlands, which Giap and others said posed environmental and security risks. But the project proceeded.

Giap was born August 25th, 1911, in the village of An Xa, just north of what would become the Demilitarized Zone. His father was a scholarly rice farmer who taught Giap to read — the first book he read was a child's history of Vietnam — and who scrimped to send his son to the best schools available.

Young Giap attended the prestigious Quoc Hoc academy in Hue, whose alumni included Ho Chi Minh and Ngo Dinh Diem, an intense anti-Communist who would become prime minister of South Vietnam. Giap, then just 13, began reading Marx, organized student protests against France's ban on nationalistic activities and was expelled.

By 1938, he was a professional agitator. He had spent time in a French prison, earned a law degree from Hanoi University, taught history in a private school to support himself and married a communist militant, Minh Khai. They had one child, a daughter, Vo Hong Anh, who would become a nuclear physicist and who would win, in 1987, the Soviet Union's Kowolenskia Prize for Science.

Nationalistic fervor was building against the French at the onset of World War II, and in 1940, at the age of 28, Giap moved across Vietnam's border to Yenan in southern China. It is not clear whether he learned guerrilla tactics there from actual training or from reading, but it is known that the next year, at a communist gathering in China's Guangxi province, he first met Ho Chi Minh, then a widely known revolutionary who had not set foot in Vietnam for 30 years.

"Ho immediately took a liking to the young firebrand," historian Bernard Fall wrote, "and entrusted him with a most difficult mission: the organization of a communist military force inside Vietnam."

Back in Vietnam, Giap lived for the next four years in caves and jungles with a small band of cadres, organizing a resistance movement and hunted by French patrols. He wore sandals with soles made from automobile tires and, with his men, often ate bark and roots. The structure of the camp was egalitarian, and the chore Giap assigned himself was that of dishwasher.

In 1943, Giap received news that devastated him. Shortly after he had left Hanoi, his sister-in-law, returning from Paris, had been arrested by the French and executed as a revolutionary. His wife had been imprisoned on similar charges, and he learned that she had died in the French prison that eventually would house American POWs and become known as the Hanoi Hilton. Giap would later remarry and father five more children, but he once told an interviewer that news of Minh Khai's death "ruined" his life.

Giap's army, known as the Viet Minh, now a formidable guerrilla force, fought both Japanese occupiers and French colonialists during World War II. Giap hoped the United States would support Vietnam's bid for independence and told a crowd in Hanoi in 1946 to regard the United States as a "good friend" because "it is a democracy without territorial ambitions."

But the war between Vietnam and France started in earnest that year, and between then and 1954, when France surrendered at Dien Bien Phu — ending 71 years of colonial rule — Washington backed France with $4 billion in military aid. The battle for Dien Bien Phu claimed the lives of about 8,000 Viet Minh and 2,000 French.

Although the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff had rejected France's plea for American intervention in the final days of Dien Bien Phu, saying "Indochina is devoid of decisive military objectives," the United States, by the mid-1960s, found itself being drawn into the same quagmire that had trapped the French.

Facing the world's mightiest military power, Giap created the so-called Ho Chi Minh Trail to move supplies south and designed networks of tunnels in which his soldiers lived, cared for the wounded and planned battles. Armed by Moscow, Giap built an air defense system that the Americans themselves admitted was second only to NATO's in sophistication. He changed his tactics, from guerrilla skirmishes to main-force confrontation.

"Confuse your enemy," Giap wrote. "Keep him in the dark about your intentions."

In late 1967, wanting to draw the Americans away from the coast so he could attack South Vietnam's cities, Giap began building up his forces around an isolated U.S. base at Khe Sanh. The Americans reinforced their position and were besieged for 75 days. Remembering how the French had met their Waterloo, President Lyndon B. Johnson told his advisors: "I don't want another Dinbinphoo."

"Khe Sanh was not important to us," Giap told his biographer, Peter Macdonald. "It was only a diversion, but one to be exploited if we could cause many casualties and win a big victory."

While the world's attention was riveted on Khe Sanh, Giap turned 70,000 Communist troops loose in January 1968—on the first day of the lunar new year celebration—in a widespread attack against South Vietnam's cities. A suicide squad made it into the U.S. Embassy complex in Saigon.

Although Giap's forces suffered tremendous losses in what became known as the Tet offensive, the campaign shocked the American public, which had been told that North Vietnam was incapable of fighting much longer, and undermined public support for the war.

Under internal pressure to make peace at any price, the United States negotiated an end to the conflict in Paris in 1972. It agreed to withdraw all U.S. forces but did not insist that North Vietnam also withdraw its troops from the South. On January 6th, 1975, Giap launched a major attack against South Vietnam, estimating that his campaign to reunite Vietnam would take two years. Fifty-five days later, Saigon fell to North Vietnam to secure the victory Giap had sought all his adult life.

"If I had not become a soldier," he told writer Stanley Karnow, "I probably would have remained a teacher, maybe of philosophy or history. Someone recently asked me whether, when I first formed our army, I ever imagined I would fight the Americans. Quelle question! Did the Americans, back then, ever imagine that they would one day fight us?"

David Lamb is a former L.A. Times staff writer.

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 13, 2013, 03:07:33 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Astronaut Scott Carpenter dies at 88; second American to orbit Earth

One of seven original Project Mercury astronauts, he was briefly feared lost after
orbiting Earth three times and plunging into the Atlantic far from his target.

By STEVE CHAWKINS and ERIC MALNIC | 7:33PM - Thursday, October 10, 2013

President John F. Kennedy congratulates Scott Carpenter, with his family watching, on the astronaut's three-orbit flight in 1962.
 — Photo: Associated Press.

M. SCOTT CARPENTER, a college dropout and local ne'er-do-well who became the second American to orbit Earth, wasn't proud of the way his teen years took off.

"The local papers that say I was just a normal boy are trying to think of something not bad to say," he told Life magazine in May 1962, a few days before his historic flight in the Aurora 7 space capsule that made him the second American to orbit Earth. "I didn't study hard and I quit high school football because I couldn't devote myself to learning the plays. I stole things from stores and I was just drifting through, sort of a no-good."

After twice flunking out of the University of Colorado and getting into a serious accident driving home from a party, he had an epiphany in his hospital bed. He returned to college and studied hard. Three years later, he was a Navy pilot. A decade afterward, he was one of America's seven original Project Mercury astronauts.

Briefly feared lost after orbiting Earth three times and plunging into the Atlantic far from his target, he returned to parades and plaudits.

Carpenter, who in 1965 made history again with his experiments in an undersea research capsule, died Thursday morning at a Denver hospice, said his wife, Patty Carpenter, after having a stroke about three weeks ago. He was 88.

Carpenter's friend and fellow astronaut John Glenn said in an interview that Carpenter's death made him "sad and glad — sad of his death, and glad he is not suffering any more. We talked all the time, up to the time he was no longer able to talk."

Unlike Glenn, Carpenter rocketed into space just once, on May 24th, 1962.

After a flawless liftoff, problems arose.

NASA controllers on the ground felt Carpenter practiced too many maneuvers during his orbits, draining the spaceship's fuel and driving it slightly out of position. Because its nose was pointed too high when retrorockets fired to lower it from orbit, the capsule landed about 250 miles off course. Carpenter was well beyond the range of Cape Canaveral's radios, and no one knew where he was.

"We may have … lost an astronaut," veteran CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite solemnly told a broadcast audience of millions.

Then, after many tense minutes, a Navy pilot spotted Carpenter in a life raft beside the floating space capsule. Moments later, a helicopter deposited him on the deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid.

"We are relieved and very proud of your trip," President John F. Kennedy told him by telephone.

Carpenter apologized for "not having aimed better."

Despite some criticisms of his performance within NASA, Carpenter's flight was hailed as a success.

In a statement Thursday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden praised Carpenter for completing his mission "despite challenging circumstances". "We knew then that not only did America have what it took technologically, but our entire astronaut corps would be able to face the challenges ahead that would lead us to the moon and living and working in space," Bolden said.

Born May 1st, 1925, Malcolm Scott Carpenter had a tough childhood in Boulder, Colorado. His parents separated when he was 3. After his mother was placed in a tuberculosis sanitarium, he was raised by his grandfather Victor Noxon, a local newspaper publisher. In 1939, Noxon died and Carpenter, all of 14 years old, was more or less on his own.

After graduation from high school in 1943, he joined the Navy's V-5 flight training program at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. The war ended before he got his wings.

Returning to Boulder, he was on an upward trajectory, winning reinstatement to the Navy in 1949.

Unlike some of his fellow astronauts, Carpenter was never a combat pilot. During the Korean War, he flew on anti-submarine patrols and surveillance sorties over the Formosa Strait, the Yellow Sea and the South China Sea.

At the Navy's test-pilot school in Patuxent River, Maryland, he made a name for himself wringing out developmental fighter jets. After further training, and service as an air intelligence officer on the carrier Hornet, he applied for Project Mercury.

"I volunteered for this project for a lot of reasons," he said after being selected in 1959. "One of them, quite frankly, is that it is a chance for immortality."

Besides Carpenter and Glenn, the other Mercury astronauts were Alan B. Shepard Jr., Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper and Deke Slayton. Glenn, a former U.S. senator from Ohio, is the last surviving member of the group.

As their training progressed, the seven Mercury astronauts divided into two camps, Tom Wolfe wrote in "The Right Stuff". Wolfe said Glenn and Carpenter were the straight-arrow, church-going, family-oriented astronauts, while the others, led by Shepard, favored the looser lifestyles of "fighter jocks".

On May 5th, 1961, Shepard made the first American manned space flight, a suborbital trip that came almost a month after the world's first manned flight, by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Astronaut Virgil I "Gus" Grissom made America's second sub-orbital flight on July 21st, 1961.

Glenn made America's first orbital flight six months later. "Godspeed, John Glenn," Carpenter famously said as his friend lifted off.

Three months after that, it was Carpenter's turn. Although the trip ended well, grumblings about his inaccurate landing continued for years.

Flight director Chris Kraft charged that Carpenter's lack of discipline caused the sloppy landing and unnecessarily generated concern about his fate. Carpenter acknowledged pilot errors, but argued that he overcame "anomalous instrument readings, a tyrannical flight plan, unpleasant cabin temperatures and multiple and contradictory demands from the ground" to complete the mission.

On August 29th, 1965, Carpenter became the nation's first astro-aquanaut, descending 200 feet to the ocean floor off La Jolla to launch an undersea habitation called Sealab II.

He and three other men conducted experiments to determine how well humans can function in a high-pressure undersea capsule for extended periods. They mined ore from the ocean bottom, harvested fish, salvaged and refloated a sunken jet fighter and built an undersea petroleum-exploration platform.

"The sea is a tough adversary, a much more hostile environment than space," Carpenter said after emerging a month later. "But man has an incredible faculty to adapt in a hostile environment."

After his retirement from the Navy in 1969, Carpenter founded several small businesses and made occasional appearances on the lecture circuit. In 2003, he published his memoirs, "For Spacious Skies: The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury Astronaut", co-written by his daughter, Kristen Elaine Stoever.

He described his life as a "rare personal achievement and self-destruction of equal virtuosity: six cars totaled, four marriages, seven children. From all of them, somehow, boy and man always managed to walk away."

Carpenter, who had homes in Vail, Colorado, and West Palm Beach, Florida, married Rene Louise Price in 1948, Maria Roach in 1972, Barbara Curtin in 1988 and Patricia Kay Snyder in 1998.

In addition to wife Patty and Stoever, he leaves daughters Robyn Jay Carpenter and Candace Noxon Carpenter; sons Marc Scott Carpenter, Matthew Scott Carpenter, Nicholas Andre Carpenter and Zachary Scott Carpenter; one grandchild and five stepchildren.

Staff writer David Colker contributed to this report. Malnic, a former L.A. Times staff writer who died in 2010, prepared much of this report before retiring in 2006.

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 13, 2013, 03:38:58 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

War criminal Erich Priebke dies at 100; Nazi captain convicted in 1995

He evaded arrest for nearly 50 years in Argentina after acting as
second in command of the Gestapo headquarters in Rome.

L.A. Times Staff and Wire Reports | 4:49PM - Friday, October 11, 2013

Former Nazi SS officer Erich Priebke enters the military court in Rome on December 7th, 1995. Priebke was eventually convicted
in the massacre of 335 civilians in 1944. He died October 11th at 100. — Photo: Domenico Stinellis/Associated Press.

ERICH PRIEBKE, a former Nazi SS captain who evaded arrest for nearly 50 years after taking part in one of the worst atrocities by German occupiers in Italy during World War II, died Friday in Rome. He was 100.

Priebke was finally extradited to Italy from Argentina in 1995 to face trial for the 1944 massacre, and he was sentenced to life in prison. Because of his age, he was allowed to serve that sentence under house arrest at the home of his lawyer, Paolo Giachini.

Giachini announced the death and released a final interview conducted with Priebke in July during which the German denied that Nazis gassed Jews during the Holocaust and accused the West of having fabricated the crimes to minimize the Allies' own abuses during the war.

Priebke was tried and convicted for his role in the 1944 massacre of 335 civilians by Nazi forces at the Ardeatine Caves outside Rome. The massacre was carried out in retaliation for an attack by resistance fighters that killed 33 members of a Nazi military police unit a day earlier in central Rome.

Second in command of the Gestapo headquarters in Rome, Priebke admitted shooting two people in the caves and maintaining the list of victims but insisted he was only following orders.

Born near Berlin in 1913, Priebke had worked at a hotel on the Italian Riviera since his teen years. During the Nazi occupation of Italy, he worked as a translator for the SS.

In 1946, he escaped from a British prison camp on Italy's Adriatic coast. He arrived in Argentina in 1949, working first in a restaurant as a dishwasher and then a waiter before saving enough money to buy a delicatessen in an Andean resort town. He lived openly in the country, using his own name. He led the German-Argentine Cultural Assn. and traveled back and forth to Europe.

While searching for another suspected Nazi criminal, reporter Sam Donaldson and an ABC News crew came upon Priebke, who freely admitted who he was.

That started a lengthy extradition process that ended with Priebke boarding a plane in Argentina on Nov. 20, 1995, the 50th anniversary of the start of the Nuremberg trials, to stand trial in Italy.

"The importance is not the fate of this man," Tullia Zevi, an Italian Jewish community leader in Rome, told The Times in 1996. "The importance of this is that we can interrogate the defendant, ask certain witnesses to appear and broaden the scope of the trial. It is our duty to document things as they were. This is important today, when the trend in the apportioning of war guilt is toward revisionism."

The country's highest appeals court upheld his conviction and life sentence in 1998.

Efraim Zuroff, the Simon Wiesenthal Center's chief Nazi hunter who this year launched a new push to search for unpunished war criminals, said the case proves it is never too late to seek justice.

"Priebke was a classic example of a totally unrepentant Nazi war criminal," Zuroff said.

In his final interview, Priebke denied that gas chambers were used in Nazi concentration camps and that generations have been "brainwashed" into believing that they were.

Priebke was to be buried in Argentina, alongside his wife, Alice Stoll Priebke, who died in 2004.

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 26, 2013, 04:30:47 pm

Grand old lady Maude, 110, dies

By LOUISE BERWICK - The Southland Times | 5:00AM - Saturday, 26 October 2013

REMARKABLE LIFE: Maudie Wilson, aged 110, died on
Thursday. She is believed to be the oldest person
in New Zealand. — ROBYN EDIE/Fairfax NZ.

BELIEVED to be New Zealand's oldest woman, 110-year-old Maudie Wilson was well known for her independence, sweet smile, and gracious personality. She died on Thursday, surrounded by family.

Mrs Wilson was thought to be one of the oldest people to ever live in Southland — but that's not how her family will think of her.

Instead, they said, they would remember her appreciative personality, her warm heart and independence. Daughter Frances Tait said her mother had always been loving, and was a great mother.

Mrs Wilson was born in Invercargill in 1903, a year before the icecream cone was invented. She lived through two World Wars, a depression and saw 26 New Zealand prime ministers take office.

Having spent most of her adult life in Central Otago, she returned to Invercargill just over two years ago.

Mrs Tait said she would always remember her mother for her continuous gratitude and the way she was loved by her large family and her friends at Vickery Court, the rest home to which she had moved after falling and damaging her hip.

"She was always appreciative. She thanked everyone for everything that was done, even when she wasn't very well."

Until her accident, the widowed southern woman had lived on her own in Clyde, a sign of her determination and independence.

Mrs Wilson first met her husband-to-be, William, when she was nine. The couple were married in August 1929 at the newly built St Andrew's Church in South Invercargill.

They had three children, nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Her family is now planning her funeral, which will be held in Clyde next Wednesday.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/9329451/Grand-old-lady-Maude-110-dies (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/9329451/Grand-old-lady-Maude-110-dies)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 28, 2013, 01:46:22 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Lou Reed dead at 71

By TODD MARTENS | 12:29PM PDT - October 27, 2013

Lou Reed performs during a concert in Valencia. — Photo: Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images/July 7th, 2003.

LOU REED, anchor of New York rock band the Velvet Underground and widely regarded as one of pop's most influential musicians, has died, the Associated Press reported Sunday. He was 71 years old.

Though a cause of death has not yet been revealed, the Associated Press cited a "liver-related ailment."

After canceling a scheduled appearance at April's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Reed underwent a liver transplant.

In a statement after the surgery, he said he looked "forward to being onstage and performing."

His most recently released recorded album was "Lulu", a 2011 collaboration with heavy metal act Metallica.

Known as much for his acidic personality as his confrontational rock 'n' roll, Reed in 2008 recalled the founding mission statement that would define the Velvet Underground, a group heralded for its tales of urban depravity.

Speaking at the Austin, Texas, music industry conference South by Southwest, Reed said the band was forbidden from playing blues or R&B licks, wanting the act to stand as a direct contrast to much of what was popular in the mid-'60s.

"This is going to be city," Reed said of the Velvet Underground. "This is going to be pure."

Some of the act's best known songs include "Sweet Jane", "I'm Waiting for the Man" and "Heroin".

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-lou-reed-dead-at-71-20131027,0,1262185.story (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-lou-reed-dead-at-71-20131027,0,1262185.story)

From the Chicago Tribune....

Lou Reed, legendary rock pioneer, dead at 71

By GREG KOT | 6:43PM CDT - Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lou Reed performing on stage at the Zitadelle Spandau in Berlin, Germany, in 2011. — Photo: EPA.

LOU REED never had quite the notoriety or sales of '60s peers such as the Beatles or Bob Dylan -- his only major commercial hit was "Walk on the Wild Side." But his influence was just as vast, if not more so. Punk, post-punk and most strains of underground music of the last 40 years would not exist without the one-of-a-kind merger of music and words pioneered by Reed and his groundbreaking band, the Velvet Underground.

Reed died Sunday at 71 in Southampton, New York, of an ailment related to a liver transplant he underwent in May, his literary agent said.

He leaves behind one of the most profound musical legacies of any 20th Century artist. His lyrics suggested a new kind of street poetry, at once raw and literary. His music — conceived with John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker in the Velvet Underground — merged primitivism with sophisticated avant-garde ideas. The Velvets made four landmark studio albums before crumbling in 1970, each a template for the underground music to follow. The artists in their debt include R.E.M., David Bowie, the Sex Pistols, the Talking Heads, Roxy Music, U2 and Patti Smith, and stretch from Iceland (Bjork) to South America (Os Mutantes). In an interview with the Tribune in 1990, Roxy Music founder Brian Eno reiterated his famous remark about the Velvets — "Only a few thousand people bought the first Velvet Underground album, but every one of them formed a band" — and embellished it: "I should know. I was one of those people."

In a 1992 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Reed explained his daring mix of high and low art. He only wanted nothing to do with the middle-brow territory occupied by most rock music in the '60s and beyond.

"I was an English major in college (Syracuse University), for chrissakes," Reed said. "I ought to be able to put together a good lyric at the very least. It would be embarrassing if I couldn`t. And I really like rock. It`s party stuff, dance stuff and R&B stuff that we all grew up on and loved. But I wanted something that would engage you mentally, that you could listen to on another level. I just thought that would be the perfect thing in rock 'n' roll. That 10 years from now you could still listen to one of my albums because it wasn`t just a party record, but something that would engage you emotionally, intellectually, if not spiritually, on the level that a novel can. And because you also have music going on, you could do something that no other form could do, especially if someone is listening on headphones. You could really get their attention and really take them someplace. You`re joining the voice in their head with your voice-there`s no one else there."

Reed, born in Brooklyn in 1942, grew up in a middle-class family and went on to study at Syracuse University, where he was mentored by the famed poet Delmore Schwartz. His staunch interest in Beat literature and classic soul and doo-wop was perhaps underutilized in his job as staff songwriter for Pickwick Records in New York, but the for-hire tunesmithing sharpened his affinity for writing simple two- or three-chord melodies. "I wanted to be a writer, always did," he once said. "Ever since elementary school I was writing songs, and I`ve essentially been able to survive by writing. I consider myself really, really lucky."

That gift flourished in the Velvets, where he wrote such future classics as "Rock 'n' Roll", "Sweet Jane" and "Pale Blue Eyes". In the mid-'60s, he befriended Cale, a classically trained musician from Wales, who brought a cutting-edge sense of harmonics and texture to Reed's melodies. Cale in turn was astounded by Reed's skill with lyrics. "I'd never met anyone like Lou who could put words together like that. He would create these dangerous scenarios in the songs, in part because we were finding ourselves in these strange, dangerous scenarios all the time in New York."

Lou Reed looks on during a Q&A session after the world premiere of his first film “Red Shirley” at the Vision du Reel Documentary
film Festival in Nyon in 2010. — Photo: Reuters.

At a time when rock music was only just beginning to grapple with deeper subjects, Reed's songs put society's misfits, outcasts and pariahs at the center, and not in a judgmental way. The epic "Heroin" its dire scene set by the ebb and surge of the guitars and Cale's viola, focused on a junkie. As shocking as the subject matter was when Reed and his bandmates began performing it in New York City clubs in 1965, "Heroin" was a nuanced and tragic first-person portrayal of addiction. It's a song about free will as much as drugs, about how a desperate person might try to escape or erase a world that he no longer comprehends. The junkie lives for his fix, even as he realizes that it will some day "nullify" him.

"I don`t think I`ve backed away from any subject," Reed told the Tribune. "Though I look back at some of it and say, ‘Whoa!’ I try to play fair. If I write that way about you, then when it comes to me, I have to write that way, too. ... All the way back to ‘Heroin’, the idea was to tell stories from different points of view, with conflicting opinions. Some of it can seem very personal, or at least it comes across that way, because you're acting. And then you can write something equally personal that's completely at odds with what the first person said. Any great novel has lots of 'personal things' floating through it, whatever the character you're writing about."

The Velvets were embraced by Andy Warhol, who made the band part of his Exploding Plastic Inevitable. Warhol would project his art films on the band, dressed all in black, while dancers writhed and, in some cases, cracked whips. Reed's lyrics looked at transgressive subjects, whether sadomasochism ("Venus in Furs") or drug dealing ("Waiting for the Man"), with a storyteller's eye for detail and a poet's flair for wordplay. The music could be ferociously violent or deeply sensitive, expanding the vocabulary of the rock quartet to include Eastern, European, classical and experimental impulses.

But the band was never widely understood in its time, and Reed left at the start of the '70s to pursue a solo career. His work was soon championed by a new wave of bands out of England and New York, including the New York Dolls, Sex Pistols and Patti Smith, and Reed became the "godfather of punk." The Bowie-produced "Walk on the Wild Side" single and "Transformer" album in 1972 became key moments in the gender-bending glam movement.

Along the way, Reed went from a widely misunderstood, even reviled underground figure into an international man of letters, published author and respected artist. In Europe, the Velvets music became central to the so-called "Velvet Revolution" in Czechoslovakia during the late '80s, and Reed was later lionized by the first president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, for contributing to the democratic shift. His solo albums became more elaborate, conceptual works, such as the much-praised 1989 release "New York"; his 1990 collaboration with Cale in tribute to their late benefactor Warhol, "Songs for Drella"; and his deep dive into the work of Edgar Allen Poe, "The Raven" (2003). His last major project was a deeply divisive collaboration with Metallica, "Lulu". It was in keeping with a history that includes its share of controversial releases, such as the all-instrumental noise album "Metal Machine Music" in 1975 and the brutal rock opera "Berlin" in 1973. The latter "didn't get one positive review and was considered a disaster" when it first came out, Reed once remarked, "and now people think it's a masterpiece" upon its reissue several decades later. "I've learned it takes people time to figure out what I'm up to."

Embedded within this cycle of reluctant acceptance was Reed's defiant, sometimes downright icy public persona. He was notorious for chewing up interviewers who did not properly defer to him. His jousting with the late critic Lester Bangs is one of the great chapters in the rock-media civil war. But Reed once showed a different side when a Tribune reporter tried to interview him backstage at the 1990 Farm Aid concert in Indianapolis. Reed, hiding behind shades and giving mono-syllabic answers, was in no apparent mood to talk when the journalist sat down with him. Then the writer's tape recorder inexplicably stopped working.

"Here, let me take a look at that," Reed offered. "Let`s reload these batteries ... Have you checked the pause button?"

Then Reed took off his shades and peered up from the balky machine. "You know," he said, "we're just going to have to improvise."

Reed is survived by his wife, the musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-lou-reed-dead-20131027,0,4221650.story (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-lou-reed-dead-20131027,0,4221650.story)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 28, 2013, 02:58:50 pm

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 28, 2013, 05:18:51 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Lou Reed dies at 71; rock giant led the Velvet Underground

Also famous for solo hits such as ‘Walk on the Wild Side’, Lou Reed
influenced generations of artists and resonated around the world.

By STEVE CHAWKINS and RANDY LEWIS | 7:33PM PDT - Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lou Reed's “uniquely stripped-down style of guitar playing and poetic lyrics have had a massive influence
across many rock genres,” said Neil Portnow, president and chief executive of the Recording Academy.
Above, Reed circa 1970. — Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images/January 1st, 1970.

PHOTOS: Lou Reed | 1942-2013 (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-lou-reed-1942-2013-20131027,0,4169907.photogallery)

LIKE MANY unhappy teenagers, Lou Reed found more than a measure of solace in music.

"Listening to the radio absolutely transformed me," he told the Los Angeles Times in 1992 (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-1992-qa-with-lou-reed-1992-archive,0,7780429.story). "It was like a huge, major-league signal that there was another world, another life out there … that everything wasn't as horrible as where I was."

A giant of rock, Reed sent the same message — as deafeningly harsh as it often was — to generations of punk aficionados and mainstream fans for nearly 50 years. The guitarist whose dark vision colored music for decades and whose 1960s group the Velvet Underground inspired musicians around the world, died Sunday in Southampton, New York, according to his literary agent Andrew Wylie.

Reed, 71, died of complications from a May liver transplant, Wylie said. In March, Reed had canceled his scheduled appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

First as the Velvet Underground's principal songwriter and then as a solo artist, Reed continued to challenge musical and cultural conventions, becoming a pioneer of what came to be known as art rock and punk rock. Summing up Reed's influence, music producer Brian Eno once said that although the Velvet Underground sold only 30,000 copies of its debut album in five years, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."

On Sunday, Greg Harris, president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, said in a statement that Reed "cultivated a singular musical aesthetic that managed to be both arty and earthy, reflecting his college-educated yet streetwise-honed rock and roll narratives."

His work "provided the framework for generations of artists," Harris said, including Patti Smith, the Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, R.E.M. and U2.

Reed was inducted into the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (http://rockhall.com/inductees/the-velvet-underground) in 1996, well after he was established as a global figure. Vaclav Havel, the writer and Czech president who led the 1989 uprising known as the Velvet Revolution, extolled Reed and hosted him in Prague. In 1998, at Havel's request, Reed performed at a White House dinner in Havel's honor.

Although cutting edge, Reed was credited with "introducing avant-garde rock to the mainstream," Neil Portnow, president and chief executive of the Recording Academy, an industry group, said Sunday. "His uniquely stripped-down style of guitar playing and poetic lyrics have had a massive influence across many rock genres."

Reed reveled in his music's simplicity.

"One chord is fine," he once said. "Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz."

A sonic assault was as important to Reed as his emotionally raw lyrics, and fans delighted in both.

"I met Lou Reed and told him he gave me tinnitus at a concert in 1989 that never went away and it was worth it," comedy star Judd Apatow tweeted (https://twitter.com/JuddApatow/status/394563565085933569) Sunday.

John Cale, the Velvet Underground's original keyboardist and viola player, on Sunday called Reed "a fine songwriter and poet."

"I've lost my ‘school-yard buddy’," he said in a Twitter message.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 2nd, 1942, the son of accountant Sidney Reed and his wife, Toby, Reed grew up in the Long Island suburb of Freeport.

It wasn't a happy childhood for him or his family.

"Tyrannically presiding over their middle-class home, he slashed screeching chords on his electric guitar, practiced an effeminate way of walking, drew his sister aside in conspiratorial conferences and threatened to throw the mother of all moodies if everyone didn't pay complete attention to him," Victor Bockris wrote in his 1995 Reed biography, "Transformer".

When Reed was 17, his parents sent him to a psychiatric hospital where he was given 24 rounds of electroconvulsive therapy to curb his homosexual tendencies. Years later, in 1974, he released a song about the ordeal called "Kill Your Sons", a harsh condemnation of "two-bit psychiatrists" and a clueless family.

"They're gonna kill, kill your sons," he wrote, "until they run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run away."

In high school and at Syracuse University, he played rhythm guitar in bands, performing upbeat campus staples like "Twist and Shout". At the same time, he was cultivating the darker artist within, devouring the urban underworld stories of Hubert Selby Jr. and cementing a lifelong friendship with Syracuse instructor Delmore Schwartz, a talented poet who struggled with mental illness for decades.

Graduating from Syracuse with a bachelor's degree in English in 1964, Reed headed for New York City. The following year, he first performed with Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison and drummer Maureen "Moe" Tucker — a provocative bunch who came to call themselves the Velvet Underground.

The idea was to be exactly what the mid-'60s were not. The Velvet Underground aimed to rip the petals off flower power and focus on grimmer urban landscapes. It would not play blues or indulge in the popular R&B licks of the day, Reed vowed.

"This is going to be city," he said, reminiscing about the group's origin, at the 2008 South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas. "This is going to be pure."

The group's 1967 debut album, "The Velvet Underground and Nico", showcased "Heroin", an ode to the drug by a user who sang that being high made him "better off than dead":

When the smack begins to flow,

Then I really don't care anymore,

About all the Jim-Jims in this town,

And all the politicians makin' crazy sounds,

And everybody puttin' everybody else down,

And all the dead bodies piled up in mounds...

At the time, such subjects were off limits for song writers, Robert Hilburn, the Los Angeles Times' former rock critic, said (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-rock-critic-robert-hilburn-remembers-lou-reed-20131027,0,103313.story) on Sunday.

Reed "talked about heroin and illicit sex at a time when the music industry didn't want to hear it," Hilburn said. "Critics loved him, but it took him years and years to find an audience."

The pop artist Andy Warhol was a fan almost immediately. He made the Velvet Underground his studio's house band and gave the group a front-and-center position in his series of multimedia events called Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Lou Reed, right, with Andy Warhol. — Photo: Ebet Roberts/Redferns.

By the time the Velvet Underground dissolved in 1970, the group had released four albums and recorded enough material for the release of two others in the mid-1980s. Its best-known songs include "Sweet Jane" and "I'm Waiting for the Man".

As a solo performer in the 1970s, Reed had a distinctive persona.

"Back then he was publicly gay, pretended to shoot heroin onstage, and cultivated a ‘Dachau panda’ look, with cropped peroxide hair and black circles painted under his eyes," the New York Times reported in 1998. "But in 1980, Reed renounced druggy theatrics, even swore off intoxicants themselves, and became openly heterosexual, openly married."

Along the way, he tested even his most stalwart fans with the 1975 double album "Metal Machine Music" a compilation of guitar noise that has been called "one of the most perverse recordings of the modern era, at least by a mainstream artist."

Reed also had a number of smash hits on his own. In his 1972 album "Transformer", produced with David Bowie, he sang his famous "Walk on the Wild Side", an anthem to a variety of sexual experiences.

In the heat of the 1996 presidential campaign, he released "Sex With Your Parents", a song aiming "to mock and ridicule the right-wing Republican fundamentalists who are so abhorrent to every principle of freedom of expression."

His most recently released recorded work was "Lulu", a 2011 collaboration with the heavy metal act Metallica.

Reed was divorced twice. He is survived by his wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson, whom he married in 2008.

L.A. Times staff writers Todd Martens and Jessica Gelt contributed to this report.

http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-lou-reed-20131028,0,7964384,full.story (http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-lou-reed-20131028,0,7964384,full.story)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 31, 2013, 04:18:18 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Lou Reed album sales jump 607% after death

By RYAN FAUGHNDER | 12:34PM PDT - Thursday, October 30, 2013

Legendary musician Lou Reed. Album sales have seen a huge jump since his death on Sunday.
 — Photo: Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images/May 28th, 2010.

THE MUSIC of rock pioneer Lou Reed, the anchor for the legendary band The Velvet Underground, has seen a big sales boost since he died Sunday at age 71 (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-lou-reed-appreciation-20131028,0,2959412.story).

For the week ended October 27th, total sales of Reed's albums were 3,000, up 607% from the previous week's sales, which clocked in at less than 1,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

That time period includes less than a day after Reed's passing became public, so the tally will probably grow for the next week, especially considering that many people probably didn't learn about the news of the singer-songwriter's passing until Monday morning.

While Reed was never a big seller, he was a huge influence on the musicians that followed him. Music producer Brian Eno famously said (http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-lou-reed-20131028,0,7964384,full.story) that the Velvet Underground sold only 30,000 copies of its debut album in five years, but everyone who bought it started a band.

Lou Reed and Nico perform in 1972. — Photo: Mick Gold/Redferns/January 1st, 1972.

Reed's best-known solo album, "Transformer" (the one that features "Walk on the Wild Side", probably his best-known single), sold 1,400 copies for the week, up 527%, and digital download sales of "Walk on the Wild Side" jumped more than 700%. On the streaming service (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-lou-reed-dies-spotify-streams-rise-3000-percent-20131028,0,2648352.story) Spotify, plays of the track increased by 3,000% in the 12 hours after news of Reed's death broke.

Digital sales of Reed's songs have increased 590% to 17,000.

The Velvet Underground's catalog also saw a significant uptick, with album sales up 236% to about 3,000, while the best-selling record, unsurprisingly, was the debut "Velvet Underground & Nico", up 146%. The band's song sales quintupled to 5,000.

"Sweet Jane", from the 1970 album "Loaded", grew 521% to 1,000 downloads.

Related news stories:

 • Lou Reed put the underground front and center (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-lou-reed-appreciation-20131028,0,2959412.story)

 • After Lou Reed's death, Spotify streams rise 3,000% (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-lou-reed-dies-spotify-streams-rise-3000-percent-20131028,0,2648352.story)

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-lou-reed-album-sales-jump-20131030,0,2975168.story (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-lou-reed-album-sales-jump-20131030,0,2975168.story)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 04, 2013, 05:41:08 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

John Spence dies at 95; Navy diver and pioneering WWII ‘frogman’

John Spence was the first enlisted man in a secret group trained in stealth, explosives
and close-in combat for missions including the sinking of enemy ships.

By TONY PERRY | 1:05PM PST - Sunday, November 03, 2013

John Spence, shown in a 2012 photo, served as a combat “frogman” during World War II. He was the first diver to try out a
breathing apparatus that sent no bubbles to the surface, which would help swimmers approach their targets without notice.
He died Tuesday in Bend, Oregon. — Photo: Ryan Brennecke/Bulletin.

JOHN SPENCE, a diver often credited as the first U.S. combat "frogman" in World War II and an important figure in the rigorous training that led to the establishment of the Navy SEALs, has died.

Spence died Tuesday at a care facility in Bend, Oregon. He was 95.

Because much of what Spence and others did during the war was under the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner to the Central Intelligence Agency, stories of their bravery and resourcefulness were long classified as top secret.

Only in the late 1980s was the secrecy classification lifted, allowing Spence to finally tell friends and family members of his wartime experiences.

Rick Kaiser, executive director of the Navy SEAL Museum at Fort Pierce, Florida, said that Spence "fought for our country with nothing more than a Ka-Bar knife, a pack of explosives and a diving rig."

"In today's age of drone strikes and worldwide instant communications," Kaiser said, "it's hard to imagine going to war depending on nothing but your training, your cause and your teammates."

John Pitts Spence was born on June 14th, 1918, in Centerville Tennessee, where his father was the sheriff. He joined the Navy in 1936 and was trained as a gunner and "hard-hat" diver.

He served on the battleship Idaho, whose home port was San Pedro, left the Navy in 1940 and worked for Lockheed in Los Angeles County. He moved to rejoin the military after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Although he wanted to deploy as a gunner protecting merchant ships, Spence had the kind of diving experience that made him a natural for a clandestine group being organized by the OSS under the legendary Major General William "Wild Bill" Donovan.

Spence became the first enlisted man selected for the group, which was trained in stealth, demolition and close-in combat tactics, with the goal of sinking enemy ships and also blowing up underwater emplacements meant to thwart beach landings by U.S. assault troops.

During the training phrase, a new word was coined, based on the green waterproof suit that Spence was wearing.

"Someone saw me surfacing one day and yelled out, ‘Hey, frogman!’ The name stuck for all of us," Spence told maritime historian and filmmaker Erick Simmel.

In the initial training, Spence met a medical school student named Chris Lambertsen, who had developed a breathing apparatus that Spence was ordered to test. The device sent no bubbles to the surface, which would help swimmers approach their target without notice.

"The only sound was my own breathing," Spence told Simmel. "It made me feel kind of like Buck Rogers. Its classification was … on a par with the atomic program."

Lambertsen's breathing device, which he built in his garage, became the prototype for the apparatus still used by SEALs and other Special Forces troops.

Sent to England, Spence's unit prepared for a mission to attack a German submarine base on the French coast. But to Spence's dismay, the mission was scrubbed at the last moment for fear it would tip the Germans that the D-Day landings at Normandy were in preparation.

Spence made several forays into occupied France with British commandos, linking up with the French underground and rescuing downed airmen. Later he was assigned to a training command in the Bahamas as a scuba instructor preparing combat swimmers to support the war against Japan.

During the "island-hopping" campaign in the Pacific, Spence deployed aboard the destroyer Wadsworth. He manned a forward gun battery to provide covering fire for combat swimmers during the assault on Iwo Jima. During the prolonged battle for Okinawa, he fought off Japanese kamikaze planes in a battle described by historians as pitting "gunners who wanted to live against pilots who wanted to die."

After the war, Spence remained in the Navy until retiring in 1961 as a master chief gunner's mate. The first SEAL teams were organized in 1962 — one in Coronado, one in Virginia — with the enthusiastic support of President John F. Kennedy.

After leaving the Navy, Spence returned to Lockheed Corporation as a systems testing engineer. He lived in the San Fernando Valley and then in Oroville in Northern California. After the death of his second wife, Spence moved to Bend, Oregon.

Once the veil of secrecy was lifted, Spence was honored by the Army Special Forces and the Underwater Demolition Team SEAL Association. He received a green beret from the Army and, from the Navy, a Trident, the insignia worn by SEALs. He was honored at the Naval Academy.

Spence's third wife, Marilyn, died in 2002. He is survived by daughters Genevieve Ross, Yvonne Romano, Margot Kirkwood and Sharon Ogden, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-john-spence-20131104,0,5696985.story (http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-john-spence-20131104,0,5696985.story)

I learnt something from that....where the term FROGMAN came from....(http://www.smfboards.com/Smileys//smf/smiley.gif)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 11, 2013, 10:18:07 am

From the Los Angeles Times....

Eleanor Parker dies at 91; played baroness in ‘The Sound of Music

A versatile character actress, Parker appeared in more than three dozen
movies and was nominated three times for Academy Awards.

By SUSAN KING and ELAINE WOO | 10:36PM PST - Monday, December 09, 2013

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Eleanor Parker as the baroness in “The Sound of Music”. It took her many years to make peace with the fame
the role brought her, her son said. — Photo: 20th Century Fox/December 31st, 1969.

ELEANOR PARKER, a versatile leading lady of the 1940s, '50s and '60s who earned three Oscar nominations — none of which were for her best-known role as the baroness in "The Sound of Music" — died Monday in Palm Springs of complications of pneumonia. She was 91.

Her death was confirmed by her son, actor Paul Clemens.

Parker brought a coolness, reserve and elegance to her portrayal of the baroness who is determined to marry the handsome captain played by Christopher Plummer, only to lose him to his children's governess, Maria, portrayed by Julie Andrews.

"Eleanor Parker was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known," said Plummer in a statement Monday. "I hardly believe the sad news for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever."

The fame accompanying Parker's supporting but pivotal role in the enduring 1965 musical about the Von Trapp family was "something she came to make peace with" after many years, her son said Monday.

"It was a lovely role, and she was terrific in it," Clemens said, "but it was hardly her greatest role. It was only in the last 10 years of her life that she became glad she had done the film. People of all ages know it."

Her death came just four days after NBC aired its live version of "The Sound of Music", with Carrie Underwood as Maria, Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp and Broadway musical comedy star Laura Benanti as the baroness.

The striking redhead appeared in more than three dozen movies, acting opposite many of Hollywood's most sought-after leading men, including Clark Gable, William Holden and Glenn Ford.

Born in Cedarville, Ohio, on June 26th, 1922, she caught the acting bug as a youngster. At 15, she joined the Rice Summer Theatre on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, where she was offered a screen test by a 20th Century Fox talent scout.

Believing she would profit from professional stage experience, she turned down the test and continued her studies at the Pasadena Playhouse, where she was quickly offered another chance at Hollywood exposure, this time by a Warner Brothers scout. She did not agree to a test until she had finished her first year at the playhouse. She made her film debut in 1942 in a forgettable B movie, "Busses Roar".

Parker quickly proved to be more than just a pretty face. She was a character actress in a movie star's body — a nuanced, sensitive dramatic performer whether as a young woman on a ship bound for the afterlife in the 1944 drama "Between Two Worlds" or as John Garfield's resilient love interest in the 1945 classic "The Pride of the Marines".

She was so adaptable that she became known as "the star with 100 faces."

"I'm primarily a character actress," she once said. "I've portrayed so many diverse individuals on screen that my own personality never emerged."

She earned her first best actress Oscar nomination for the 1950 melodrama "Caged", in which she played a naive woman who is turned into a hardened criminal in prison. The next year, she received an Academy Award nomination for another difficult role in William Wyler's "Detective Story", starring as the wife of a police detective (Kirk Douglas) who harbors a dark secret that could destroy their marriage.

Parker earned her final Oscar nomination as a polio-stricken opera singer who makes a comeback in the glossy 1955 feature "Interrupted Melody". "That was her personal favorite," her son said. "She loved opera and learned to sing all the arias," although her singing was later dubbed in by soprano Eileen Farrell.

That same year, she appeared opposite Frank Sinatra in "The Man With the Golden Arm" and costarred with Robert Taylor in the western comedy "Many Rivers to Cross".

She continued to act in such films as 1959's "A Hole in the Head" and 1960's "Home From the Hill", but other than "The Sound of Music", her subsequent films were generally disappointments. Her last feature was the poorly reviewed 1979 Farrah Fawcett film "Sunburn".

She had a long career in television, including roles on shows including the 1969-70 NBC drama "Bracken's World", "The Love Boat", "Fantasy Island" and "Murder, She Wrote".

Parker, who lived in Palm Springs for more than 30 years, made one last TV movie, 1991's "Dead on the Money", before retiring.

ABC will air the original 1965 "The Sound of Music" on December 22nd.

Besides son Paul, she is survived by son Richard; daughters Sharon and Susan; stepdaughter Laurey; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 16, 2013, 10:29:36 am

From the Los Angeles Times....

Peter O'Toole dies at 81; nominated eight times for best-actor Oscar

Acclaimed for stage and film roles in a career spanning 50-plus years, Peter O'Toole
was best known for starring in 1962's epic “Lawrence of Arabia”.

By DENNIS McLELLAN | 12:37PM PST - Sunday, December 15, 2013

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Peter O'Toole once said his role in the 1962 epic movie ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ “was the touchstone of all things excellent
and changed my life completely.”

PETER O'TOOLE, who donned flowing white robes and rode a camel to movie stardom in David Lean's epic 1962 film "Lawrence of Arabia", receiving the first of his eight Academy Award nominations for best actor, has died. He was 81.

O'Toole died Saturday in a London hospital, his daughter Kate O'Toole said in a statement. The cause was not disclosed.

His best-known role was T.E. Lawrence, the enigmatic British Army officer who fought with Arab tribes during the 1916-18 Arab revolt against Turkish imperial rule.

O'Toole always relished talking about "Lawrence of Arabia", whose locations included Jordan, Spain and Morocco.

"How could one not, since it was the touchstone of all things excellent and changed my life completely?" he said in a 2001 interview with the Mail on Sunday, a British newspaper.

In a more than 50-year film career that began with a small part in Walt Disney's 1960 family adventure "Kidnapped", O'Toole earned best-actor Oscar nominations for "Becket" (1964), "The Lion in Winter" (1968), "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1969), "The Ruling Class" (1972), "The Stunt Man" (1980) and "My Favorite Year" (1982).

He received his eighth Oscar nomination for best actor in 2007 for "Venus", a bittersweet British drama about an elderly London actor facing his own mortality who becomes smitten with an actor friend's free-spirited young grandniece.

Four years earlier, with his glory days as a leading man seemingly long over, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced that the 70-year-old actor would be given an honorary Oscar for his "remarkable talents [that] have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters."

O'Toole asked the academy to defer the honor, saying he was "still in the game and might win the lovely bugger outright."

On stage at the Academy Awards ceremony, however, he expressed his delight in being honored and wryly observed: "Always a bridesmaid never a bride — my foot! I have my very own Oscar now to be with me till death us do part."

Over the years, O'Toole's many film roles included a 19th century seaman (in "Lord Jim"), a shy schoolmaster (in "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"), a flamboyantly autocratic movie director (in "The Stunt Man"), a faded alcoholic movie swashbuckler (in "My Favorite Year") and England's King Henry II — twice — (in "Becket" and "The Lion in Winter").

But "Lawrence of Arabia", which won seven Academy Awards including the Oscar for best picture, made O'Toole's film career.

His Oscar nomination came as a result of his adept handling of what a critic for Variety called "Lawrence's many moods" — from his "veiled insolence and contempt of high authority" to his "courage, pain, vanity and fanaticism."

And, the critic noted, O'Toole was sure to attract female fans.

Indeed, with blond hair and a tanned face setting off his piercing blue eyes, O'Toole cut a strikingly handsome figure as Lawrence. Or as Noel Coward famously quipped to O'Toole at a premiere party: "If you'd been prettier, it would have been ‘Florence of Arabia’."

Film historian and biographer Joseph McBride said O'Toole made "a number of important films," but "Lawrence of Arabia" was his "crowning achievement."

"There are a lot of handsome actors who speak lines well, but there are not as many actors who are as thoughtful and portray human beings in such a complex light as Peter O'Toole," McBride told The Times in 2007.

O'Toole recalled in the Mail on Sunday interview that on the first day of filming "Lawrence of Arabia" in the desert, Lean stood next to him and said, "Well, Pete, off we go on a great adventure."

"And it was!" exclaimed O'Toole. "I was a young man, keen to get on in the business, working with great people, living in a part of the world that fascinated me, and forming an enduring friendship with Omar Sharif," who played Sherif Ali.

While making the film, O'Toole recalled, he and Sharif would "film nonstop for 10 days and then have three or four days off.

"We had the use of a private plane to fly to Beirut — this was in its better days — and misbehaved ourselves appallingly! Terribly! Omar loved gambling, too, so we'd lose all our money at the casino — we once did about nine months' wages in one night — and then get up to the usual things young men get up to."

But the long months of playing the role of Lawrence took a toll on the actor.

"Lawrence!," O'Toole cried, tossing back a slug of Scotch during a 1963 interview in a Dublin hotel bar with writer Gay Talese for Esquire magazine. "I became obsessed by that man, and it was bad.

"A true artist should be able to jump into a bucket of [excrement] and come out smelling of violets, but I spent two years and three months making that picture, and it was two years, three months of thinking about nothing but Lawrence, and you were him, and that's how it was day after day, and it became bad for me personally, and it killed my acting later."

He was, he said, "emotionally bankrupt after that picture."

And seeing himself on screen in "Lawrence of Arabia" was not a pleasant experience.

"Oh, it's painful seeing it all there on the screen, solidified, embalmed," O'Toole told Talese. "Once a thing is solidified it stops being a living thing. That's why I love the theater. It's the Art of the Moment. I'm in love with ephemera and I hate permanence."

When he was cast in "Lawrence of Arabia", O'Toole already had earned a reputation as one of Britain's most acclaimed young stage actors.

He gained fame on the London stage in 1959 — and earned the London Critics Award for best actor of the year — playing the insubordinate Cockney private in Willis Hall's World War II-set anti-war play "The Long and the Short and the Tall."

In his review, theater critic Kenneth Tynan wrote: "In the case of Mr. O'Toole, I sense a technical authority that may, given the discipline and purpose, presage greatness."

O'Toole further burnished his theatrical reputation in England in 1960 playing Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice" and Petruchio in "The Taming of the Shrew" with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company at Stratford-on-Avon. And in 1963, he played Hamlet, under Laurence Olivier's direction, in the National Theatre Company production.

Despite a notoriously disastrous performance as Macbeth in 1980, O'Toole continued to return to the stage throughout his career.

"I do films for money," he once said, "and theater for pleasure."

He also did television, including winning an Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actor for his role as Bishop Cauchon in the 1999 TV mini-series "Joan of Arc".

Richard Burton, who co-starred with O'Toole in "Becket" and was one of his drinking cronies, once said that acting "is usually regarded as a craft and I claim it to be nothing more except in the hands of the few men who, once or twice in a lifetime, elevate it into something odd and mystical and deeply disturbing. I believe Peter O'Toole to have this strange quality."

O'Toole was as memorable off-stage as on.

Early on, he earned a reputation as a fun-loving heavy drinker — he claimed he once went for a drink in Paris and woke up in Corsica — a bar-room brawler, and a loquacious, Shakespeare-quoting raconteur.

"When you meet Peter O'Toole," Barbara Hershey, his co-star in "The Stunt Man" once said, "he does not disappoint."

He was born Peter Seamus O'Toole on August 2nd, 1932, in Connemara, Ireland. At least that's what most biographical references say. Exactly when and where O'Toole was born remains something of a mystery.

In the 1993 first volume of his autobiography, "Loitering with Intent: The Child", O'Toole wrote: "The family version of my date and place of birth is June, 1932, in Ireland; the same event is recorded as August of the same year at an accidental hospital in England; my baptism was in November, 1932, also in England."

O'Toole maintained, however, that "My nationality is Irish," and, for many years, he was known for wearing green socks, even, as Talese noted, with tuxedos.

The son of a popular Irish racetrack bookie and gambler, O'Toole grew up in Leeds, England, and attended Catholic schools.

After leaving school at 14, he landed a job as a copy boy at the Yorkshire Evening News. He remained at the paper, where he became a photographer's assistant and did some writing, until he was 18. He later described the experience as his "real education."

Required to perform two years of National Service at 18, he joined the Royal Navy, where he was trained as a signalman.

In 1953, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where he was one of the standouts among a class that included Albert Finney, Alan Bates and Richard Harris.

O'Toole then apprenticed at the Bristol Old Vic, where he played more than 70 roles in three years.

They included a notable performance as Hamlet, which spurred British theater director Peter Hall to later remark: "I could see then the sparks of genius — and that isn't using too fine a word."

In 1959, O'Toole married Welsh actress Sian Phillips after he reportedly proposed to her by saying, "Will you have my babies?" They had two daughters, Kate and Pat, and were divorced in 1979. O'Toole also had a son, Lorcan, with American model Karen Brown in 1983.

O'Toole, who once described himself as "essentially an indoor fellow" who liked to "go from one smoke-filled, ill-lit room to another," was forced to curtail his drinking after pancreatitis led to the removal of part of his intestine in 1975.

But, he said in a 1989 interview with Us magazine, "I wouldn't have missed one drop of alcohol that I drank."

On July 10th, 2012, the 79-year-old O'Toole announced in a statement that it was "time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage. The heart for it has gone out of me: It won't come back."

His acting life, he said, "has brought me public support, emotional fulfillment and material comfort" — as well as bringing him together "with fine people, good companions with whom I've shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and hits."

But, he said, "it's my belief that one should decide for oneself when it is time to end one's stay. So I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell."

Dennis McLellan is a former L.A. Times staffer.

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 19, 2013, 06:34:07 am

From the Los Angeles Times....

Ronnie Biggs dies at 84; British criminal helped pull 1963's ‘Great Train Robbery’

After fleeing to Brazil, Biggs lived with impunity until 2001,
when he voluntarily returned to Britain and prison. His saga
fascinated and repelled the country for nearly half a century.

By HENRY CHU | 1:14AM PST - Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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British train robber Ronnie Biggs was sentenced to 30 years
in prison for his role in 1963's Great Train Robbery in London.
He escaped and fled to Australia and, later, Brazil.
 — Photo: European Pressphoto Agency/July, 1963.

LONDON — Ronnie Biggs, one of the most famous criminals in British history, who helped commit the Great Train Robbery of 1963, broke out of prison, enjoyed a notoriously colorful life on the lam in Brazil and then gave himself up, in thoroughly British fashion, to a tabloid newspaper decades later, has died. He was 84.

Biggs died during the night, his official Twitter account said Wednesday morning; a woman at the nursing home where he was living, outside London, confirmed the news. He had been ill off and on for the past several years.

Biggs fulfilled a wish by going to his grave a free man, despite having been thrown back in jail after returning to England in 2001 and surrendering to authorities. In August 2009, the British government relented from its unyielding stance and released Biggs from custody, concluding that — at age 79 and nearly incapacitated in his hospital bed — he no longer posed a threat to society.

Biggs joked at his release that he would try to last until Christmas “to spite those who want me dead.” He lived four more years. By coincidence, he died hours before the BBC prepared to broadcast a new two-part dramatization of the Great Train Robbery on Wednesday and Thursday.

Biggs' last public appearance came in March, at the funeral of Bruce Reynolds, the robbery's mastermind. Frail, in a wheelchair, but still spirited, Biggs was caught on camera flashing an obscene gesture at a photographer.

His death brought to a close a long-running saga that has fascinated and repelled this country for nearly half a century, sparking heated debate over the competing demands of justice and mercy and whether Biggs was an unrepentant felon who was party to a violent crime or merely a lovable rogue who loved to party.

He certainly saw himself as the latter, cultivating an image as a catch-me-if-you-can figure who lived a playboy's life on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, merrily thumbing his nose at the authorities across the Atlantic while marketing himself as a tourist attraction to visitors he'd regale with stories — for a fee.

But Biggs also gave ammunition to his critics with statements like the one he made in a 1997 interview.

“I don't regret the fact that I was involved in the train robbery. As a matter of fact, I'm quite pleased with the idea I was involved, because it's given me a little place in history,” Biggs said. “I've made a mark for myself.”

His role in the robbery was almost an afterthought. The heist's mastermind, Bruce Reynolds, an antiques dealer who went by the nickname “Napoleon”, invited Biggs to join in late in the process of putting together a daring plan to ambush the Glasgow-to-London mail train.

By then, Ronald Arthur Biggs, who was born on August 8th, 1929, in Surrey, south of London, was a carpenter looking for some easy money. On his 34th birthday, in 1963, Biggs and 14 other masked thieves forced the mail train to stop by turning a track signal to red, swarming aboard under cover of darkness.

They beat the driver senseless with an iron bar; the man never fully recovered from his head injuries. Then they made off with 120 mailbags stuffed with unmarked currency amounting to 2.6 million pounds — well in excess of $65 million today. Biggs' share was a little less than 150,000 pounds.

The gang divvied up the loot in a farmhouse, which they paid some people to burn down afterward. But the arson did not go off as planned, leaving behind enough evidence for authorities to track them down.

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Police mug shots of Ronnie Biggs are seen on display at The National Archives in London, England. The National Archives have released
documentation relating to the hunt for Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs, showing attempts by Scotland Yard to have Biggs brought
back to the UK in the 1970's from Brazil. — Photo: Getty Images.

For the British, caught in the grip of imperial decline, the robbery was a national sensation, the “crime of the century.”

Authorities arrested and convicted more than a dozen people, including Biggs, in connection with the heist. But most of the stolen money was never recovered.

Barely 15 months into his 30-year sentence at Wandsworth Prison in London, Biggs managed to escape in July 1965 by scaling a 30-foot wall with a rope ladder. He fled in a furniture van and eventually washed up in Australia, spending much of his share of the stolen cash along the way on plastic surgery to alter his appearance.

But Scotland Yard — in particular, a detective named Jack Slipper — kept up its pursuit of him, which forced Biggs to look for a new fugitive-friendly haven. He chose Latin America.

“There's 100,000 Nazi war criminals hanging out there,” he said. “That's the place to go.”

In 1974, Slipper, who was Sherlock Holmes to Biggs' Professor Moriarty, was tipped off to the train robber's whereabouts by a British newspaper. He flew to Brazil for the collar.

“Nice to see you again, Ronnie,” Slipper said after strolling into his elusive quarry's hotel room in Rio.

But Biggs gave Slipper the slip. When it emerged that Biggs' Brazilian girlfriend was pregnant with his child, Brazil refused to extradite him, leading to a famous photo of the thwarted Slipper returning to Britain with an empty seat next to him on his flight.

Safe from deportation, Biggs began living large, his brazenness as much a source of head-shaking admiration in his native land as of anger over his continued cheating of justice, especially after the train driver beaten in the robbery, Jack Mills, died without ever being able to return to his job.

To make money, Biggs traded on his biggest asset: his notoriety as a convict on the run (though “on the run” meant plenty of time lying on Copacabana Beach in a skimpy bathing suit).

He charged tourists for the privilege of meeting him. He sold T-shirts that boasted: “I went to Rio and met Ronnie Biggs — honest!” He promoted a burglar-alarm system with the slogan “Call the thief” and recorded the song “No One Is Innocent” with the punk group the Sex Pistols.

“I've got no shame whatsoever. When you're hard up, man, and your back's against the wall, you hustle,” he said. “That's what I've done. I've become a good hustler, you know — a lousy thief but a good hustler.”

He was at the center of yet another imagination-defying episode when, in 1981, ex-British soldiers kidnapped Biggs and smuggled him to Barbados, apparently with the intention of turning him over to the British government. But Barbados police found Biggs aboard a drifting yacht and sent him back to Brazil.

In 1999, Biggs celebrated his 70th birthday with a party in Rio whose guest list included Reynolds, the former ringleader of the Great Train Robbery, who had spent 10 years in prison.

By then, however, ill health, if not the British authorities, was catching up to him. A series of strokes left Biggs barely able to walk.


In 2001, he announced that he wanted, at last, to go home to Britain, where his dream was “to walk into a Margate pub as an Englishman and buy a pint of bitter.” (Margate is a seaside town on England's southeastern coast.) Less-charitable observers said it was more likely that Biggs, broke and in need of decent medical care, wanted to return to sponge off of the National Health Service.

Biggs gave himself up to The Sun, Britain's biggest-selling tabloid, which chartered a private jet to fly him back home. He arrived on May 7th, 2001, wearing a cowboy hat and a Sun T-shirt.

“I'm coming back in style with my head held high,” Biggs told the tabloid. “I'm on my way and ready to finally face the music.”

He was arrested upon landing, then remanded to the high-security Belmarsh Prison in southeastern London to serve out the remaining 28 years and 9 months of his sentence.

Lawyers filed repeated appeals to spring him from jail. In truth, Biggs would spend much of the rest of his life in a hospital in eastern England rather than behind bars. The British government continued to reject his parole applications, ruling that he was “wholly unrepentant” over his crime.

Officials finally relented on “compassionate grounds” in 2009, at which point Biggs was unable to feed himself, ill with pneumonia and, according to his doctors, unlikely to recover. Still, the decision outraged many Britons who felt that Biggs had once again “cocked a snook” at justice.

The day before he turned 80, Biggs' walking papers came through by fax, and the guards who monitored him were withdrawn.

“Ronnie Biggs is free ... to die,” the front-page headline of The Times of London declared.

But he vowed not to go just yet.

“I've got a bit of living to do yet. I might even surprise them all by lasting until Christmas — that would be fantastic. I'll live on just to spite those who want me dead,” he told a newspaper.

Many years ago, Biggs said he deserved to be free.

Since his escape from Britain, “I've maintained an honest life. I've done nothing against the law. I fully believe I have wiped the slate clean,” he said. “If they say prison is to rehabilitate a person, then to my satisfaction, I am totally and completely rehabilitated.”

That, however, is a question that will no doubt live on.

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 22, 2013, 10:43:26 am

An obituary which contains an amazing survival story …

From the Los Angeles Times....

Kenneth Schechter dies at 83; Navy pilot performed heroic blind landing

Blinded by shell fragments during Korean mission, Navy pilot Kenneth Schechter
followed the instructions of a friend to safely land his plane.

By STEVE CHAWKINS | 6:00AM PST - Saturday, December 21, 2013

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Kenneth Schechter in 1995; because of misplaced Navy paperwork, Schechter was not awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross until he was in his mid-60s, after a congressman intervened to help.
 — Photo: Los Angeles Times.

THE stunned Navy pilot was gripped in pain, blood was pouring down his face and a good part of his warplane was destroyed.

But worst of all, Ensign Kenneth Schechter couldn't see. An enemy shell had smashed into his Skyraider and fragments pierced his eyes. Hurtling over the Korean coast at 200 mph, Schechter was suddenly enveloped in blackness.

"I'm blind! For God's sake, help me!" he cried into his radio. "I'm blind!"

Even before the anguished call, Lieutenant J.G. Howard Thayer knew something was wrong. One of the planes in his formation was inexplicably climbing toward a thick cloudbank at 10,000 feet, where it could easily disappear.

Thayer called out: "Plane in trouble, rock your wings. Plane in trouble, rock your wings."

Schechter, snapping out of semi-consciousness, did just that.

Over the next 45 minutes, the temporarily blinded Schechter followed one calm instruction after another from Thayer, his best friend on the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge. Severely wounded, Schechter finally managed a safe landing on a remote Army dirt strip. Thayer flew beside him, just feet away.

Schechter, who permanently lost the use of his right eye and whose skills and courage during the Korean War were finally recognized by the Navy with a Distinguished Flying Cross in 1995, died on December 11th in Fairfield, California. He was 83.

He had prostate cancer, his son Rob Schechter said.

After his military service, Kenneth Schechter became an insurance agent in the Los Angeles area. He also was active in Republican politics and a leader in various local causes, including the formation of a park district in La Cañada Flintridge.

But the event that defined much of his life occurred when he was 22 years old and on his 27th combat mission over Korea.

It was March 22nd, 1952, and Schechter was in a group of pilots ordered to bomb rail and truck lines. Flying at 1,200 feet, he was hit.

"Instinctively, I pulled back on the stick to gain altitude," he wrote in an account for the 2001 book, "Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul". "When I came to, sometime later, I couldn't see a thing. … I felt for my upper lip. It was almost severed from the rest of my face."

As Thayer gave step-by-step instructions, Schechter leveled his plane. He dumped his canteen over his head and, for a moment, saw his controls through a red-rimmed veil. But then — nothing.

"Get me down, Howie," he moaned. "Get me down."

Thayer guided his stricken friend toward the waters off Wonsan, where, he hoped, U.S. destroyers would pick him up.

But Schechter refused to bail out. On his second mission in Korea, he had seen his wing man, Lieutenant Commander Tom Pugh, leap into the same waters. Pugh drowned before help reached him.

"Jump out in that icy water blind? You'd have to be insane," Schechter said in a 1995 Los Angeles Times interview.

Thayer didn't argue. But the nearest air base was 30 miles away and he didn't think Schechter would make it.

Schechter was weakening. Thayer, close enough to see his friend's head slumping, looked around desperately for a field, a rice paddy, any place flat. Then he remembered the Jersey Bounce, a rutted strip that had been used by reconnaissance planes.

"Schechter, for all his loss of blood, handled his plane beautifully," a writer for the Saturday Evening Post recounted in 1954. "Spare energy and strength came from some reservoir God stores up for wounded men to draw on when a final, desperate effort is needed."

Approaching the trip's most difficult maneuver, Thayer told Schechter to lower his wheels.

"The hell with that!" Schechter barked, figuring a belly landing would be safer than slamming onto uneven ground with his wheels down.

Thayer remained unflappable.

"We're heading straight," he intoned. "Hundred yards to runway. You're 50 feet off the ground. You're level. You're OK. You're over the runway. Twenty feet. Kill it a little. You're setting down. OK, OK, OK. Cut!"

Thayer flew back to the Valley Forge, where sailors who had heard the tense transmission mobbed him with congratulations.

Schechter was flown to the hospital ship Consolation and then military hospitals in Pusan, Korea and San Diego.

He left the Navy months later but his final flight became famous. A 1954 film, "Men of the Fighting Lady (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047230)", dished up the incident with Hollywood license, making jets of the men's prop planes and staging Schechter's landing as a flaming wreck back on his carrier.

The son of European immigants in the garment trade, Schechter was born in New York City on January 30th, 1930, and grew up in Los Angeles.

He attended UCLA for two years before his active duty, later receiving a bachelor's degree from Stanford University. He went on to receive a master's degree from Harvard Business School.

In his mid-60s, Schechter asked Navy officials what had happened to paperwork that was filed decades earlier to support the issuance of medals.

It was never received, he was told.

"That first letter was heartbreaking," Schechter said in a 1995 Los Angeles Times interview. "It was a cold letter — like, don't bother me."

With aid from then-Congressman Carlos Moorhead (http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-carlos-moorhead-20111130%2C0%2C487562.story), (Republican-Glendale), Schechter was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on board the aircraft carrier Constellation in San Diego.

Schechter is survived by his wife, Sue, whom he married in 1955; daughter Anne Buckley; sons Rob and Jonathan; and seven grandchildren.

Thayer, who was best man at the Schechters' wedding, died in 1961. Then a lieutenant colonel, he crashed into the Mediterranean while guiding a fellow pilot whose plane's electrical system had failed. Neither man's remains were found.

Thayer received a Distinguished Flying Cross posthumously, in 2009.

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 24, 2013, 08:16:05 am

From the Los Angeles Times....

Mikhail Kalashnikov dies at 94; creator of the AK-47 assault rifle

Mikhail Kalashnikov's AK-47, sometimes called the Kalashnikov, became the world's most
ubiquitous weapon. For the most part, Kalashnikov defended his brainchild, designed
‘for the glory of the Soviet army’. But he admitted: ‘I am sad that terrorists use it’.

By STEVE CHAWKINS | 11:09AM PST - Monday, December 23, 2013

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Mikhail Kalashnikov, shown in Moscow in 2004, holds his creation, the AK-47. By some estimates, it is the world’s most abundant firearm,
with one for every 70 of the men, women and children on Earth. — Photo: Sergei L. Loiko/Los Angeles Times/May 6th, 2004.

INTERVIEWERS always asked Mikhail Kalashnikov the same question and he always gave the same answer: Yes, he could sleep at night. Quite easily, thank you.

Yes, his creation, the AK-47 assault rifle, had become the world's most ubiquitous weapon. Yes, it was available everywhere, and so easy to operate that uneducated children as well as professional soldiers could fire 650 deadly bursts a minute.

In Vietnam, the Viet Cong used AK-47s while moisture and muck sometimes jammed more precise American M16s. In Rwanda, some 800,000 Tutsi villagers were slaughtered with machetes and AK-47s. With its distinctive banana-shaped clip, the weapon was a favorite of Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, who had one nearby in almost every photograph. In Africa, Mozambique placed a silhouetted AK-47 on its flag, crossed with a hoe.

Over six decades, the AK-47 — sometimes called the Kalashnikov — became a staple in guerrilla raids and ghetto drive-bys. In his native Russia, its creator became a hero.

Kalashnikov, whose cheap, simple and rugged creation became the weapon of choice for more than 50 standing armies as well as drug lords, street gangs, revolutionaries, terrorists, pirates and thugs the world over, died Monday at a hospital in Izhevsk, the capital of the Russian republic of Udmurtia, according to Viktor Chulkov, a government spokesman. Kalashnikov was 94.

Kalashnikov had been a patient in the hospital's intensive care unit for about a month, according to the Russian newspaper Pravda.

A diminutive, white-haired man with the honorary rank of general, Kalashnikov was revered throughout Russia and the other republics of the former Soviet Union. A Kalashnikov museum in Izhevsk, the once-closed industrial city in the Urals where he spent much of his career, draws 10,000 visitors a month. Anniversaries of the gun's 1947 birth are duly noted; at a ceremony for its 60th birthday in 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin called it "a symbol of the creative genius of our people".

In a November interview with the Los Angeles Times, Russian arms expert Igor Korotchenko called Kalashnikov one of the greatest weapons designers of all time.

"If Colt designed a handgun which made all Americans equal, Kalashnikov invented a weapon which made it possible for many countries to fight for their independence and win it," said Korotchenko, a retired Russian colonel who edits Nastionalnaya Oborona, a Moscow-based national defense magazine.

Historians say the AK-47 and its spinoffs changed combat forever. While they aren't as accurate as other guns or as effective at long distances, they weigh only eight pounds and have few moving parts. Child soldiers can take them apart and put them back together in 30 seconds. They can tolerate sand, grit, mud and humidity. They work just as well in jungle and swamp as on city streets.

"Together these traits meant that once this weapon was distributed, the small-statured, the mechanically disinclined, the dimwitted and the untrained might be able to wield, with little difficulty or instruction, a lightweight automatic rifle that could push out blistering fire for the lengths of two or three football fields," wrote journalist C.J. Chivers in "The Gun", his 2010 book about the AK-47.

On top of that, the AK-47 — short for Avtomat Kaloshnikova 1947 — is everywhere. It can be purchased in some countries for "less than the cost of a live chicken," according to author Larry Kahaner. By some estimates, it is the world's most abundant firearm, with one for every 70 of the men, women and children on Earth.

Its spread "helps explain why, since World War II, so many ‘small wars’ have lingered far beyond the months and years one might expect," Kahaner wrote in the Washington Post. "Indeed, for all the billions of dollars Washington has spent on space-age weapons and military technology, the AK still remains the most devastating weapon on the planet, transforming conflicts from Vietnam to Afghanistan to Iraq."

In news reports over the years, Kalashnikov appeared to be of mixed minds about his brainchild. At one point, he spoke of establishing a fund for gunshot victims.

"I am proud of my weapon but I am sad that terrorists use it," he told the Russian online publication NEWSru.com (http://newsru.com) in 2009. "I wish I had invented a machine which people could use, which could do good for farmers — for example, a sowing machine."

But for the most part, he vigorously defended his namesake weapon.

"I designed the Kalashnikov for my motherland, for the glory of the Soviet army," he said, choking with emotion during a 1997 interview with the Moscow Times. "If it has fallen into the wrong hands, that is not my business."

In his later years, Kalashnikov was pleased to learn that former rebels in Africa were naming their firstborn sons "Kalash."

And he was proud that his tiny hometown on the Russian steppes had erected a bronze bust of its most famous son.

Newlyweds dropped by to lay flowers beside it, he told the Associated Press in 2007.

"They whisper, 'Uncle Misha, wish us happiness and healthy kids,'" he said. "What other gun designer can boast of that?"

Born on November 10th, 1919, in Kurya, a remote village in south central Russia, Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov was one of 18 children. Only eight survived to adulthood.

A sickly boy who built toy guns, he was the son of an illiterate mother and a barely literate father. After Stalin ordered the collectivization of farms in 1929, local officials slaughtered the Kalashnikovs' animals, seized their hardscrabble property, and sent the family to Siberia, transported in cattle cars with other dispossessed farmers.

Kalashnikov made it through ninth grade, taught by deportees in a school that lacked even paper. His father, broken by the ordeal, died during a blizzard. For days, the family sat indoors with the body. Kalashnikov recalled a man who, in happier times, would break out in song.

"It seemed to me that I was just about to hear him say something softly in his confident, deep voice," Kalashnikov wrote in "From a Stranger's Doorstep to the Kremlin's Gates", a 1997 memoir. "But no, he did not sing of the ‘sacred Baikal’, the tramp was not running down a narrow path, and the Cossack was not galloping across a valley.... There was only the vicious snowstorm raging around our hut."

As a teenager, Kalashnikov fled 600 miles to his hometown, gazed at the ashes of his torched family home, and headed with a friend to Kazakhstan. He picked up a job as a clerk for the Turkestan-Siberian Railway and was recruited into the Young Communist League, but for decades afterward feared that his family's exile would brand him an enemy of the state.

With World War II looming, he was drafted into the Soviet Army and was made a tank sergeant. Seriously wounded in 1941, he spent six months recovering, all the while sketching out designs for better Soviet guns. He'd seen his fellow troops struggle on the battlefield with cumbersome, 50-year-old rifles — and even then, they sometimes had to share weapons as Nazi soldiers mowed them down with automatics.

On leave, he returned to his old railroad office in Kazakhstan and, by his account, persuaded machinists there to help him craft a prototype weapon. It was a flop but got him a job in a military design bureau. Over five years, he fine-tuned it, drawing ideas from German and American weapons.

He also relied on colleagues, though historians argue over just who contributed what.

In 1947, he won a secret, state-sponsored contest for design of the Red Army's new mainstay weapon. His prototype assault rifles had made many cuts, having been drenched in salt water, dropped on concrete, and dragged through mud. Soldiers tested its ballistics by firing into dead animals, first requesting vodka for the task.

At last, a breathless assistant told him the Main Artillery Directorate had made its choice: "Today, you must dance, Mikhail Timofeyovich!"

Weeks later, the first AK-47s were in production. Soviet soldiers, who wore them in special pouches to hide their design, used them in the 1956 Hungarian uprising, killing thousands.

With the help of a huge Soviet propaganda campaign, Kalashnikov became known as a larger-than-life patriot. He was given a dacha — a lakeside summer lodge — and was named a deputy in the Supreme Soviet. While official biographies left out portions of his life — like his family's travails under Stalin — he became "an approved symbol of the proletariat," Chivers wrote.

But in later years, he had moments of resignation.

In Afghanistan and Chechnya, after all, the AK-47 had been used against the very Soviet troops it was meant to help.

Kalashnikov insisted his intent had been only to arm his countrymen.

But, as he told a French journalist in 2006, he still had to live with the rest of it.

"Where the goat is tied," he said, citing a favorite proverb, "there she must graze."

Kalashnikov is survived by a son, two daughters and two grandsons.

Correspondent Sergei L. Loiko contributed to this report from Moscow.

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: donquixotenz on January 04, 2014, 06:52:54 am

Actor James Avery, best known for his portrayal of Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died.

Celebrity news website TMZ says Avery, 65, died after an undisclosed illness "took a turn for the worse" following recent surgery.

The death was confirmed on Twitter by Fresh Prince co-star Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton), who said he was "deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly."

In addition to his work on the Fresh Prince, Avery was also known for providing the voice of Shredder in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series from the late 1980s and early '90s, and had a recurring role in That '70s Show.

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 04, 2014, 02:23:23 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers dies at 74

By RANDY LEWIS | 5:34PM PST - Friday, January 03, 2014

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The Everly Brothers — Phil, left, and Don — early in their career. — Photo: Rhino Records.

PHIL EVERLY, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers, died Friday in Burbank of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Patti Everly, told the Los Angeles Times. He was 74.

“We are absolutely heartbroken,” she said, noting that the disease was the result of a lifetime of cigarette smoking. “He fought long and hard.”

During the height of their popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s, they charted nearly three dozen hits on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, among them “Cathy’s Clown”, “Wake Up Little Suzie”, “Bye Bye Love”, “When Will I Be Loved” and “All I Have to Do is Dream”. The Everly Brothers were among the first 10 performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it got off the ground in 1986.

"They had that sibling sound," said Linda Ronstadt, who scored one of the biggest hits of her career in 1975 with her recording of "When Will I Be Loved", which Phil Everly wrote. "The information of your DNA is carried in your voice, and you can get a sound [with family] that you never get with someone who’s not blood related to you. And they were both such good singers — they were one of the foundations, one of the cornerstones of the new rock 'n' roll sound."

Robert Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, said on Friday, “When you talk about harmony singing in the popular music of the postwar period, the first place you start is the Everly Brothers.... You could say they were the vocal link between all the 1950s great doo wop groups and what would come in the 1960s with the Beach Boys and the Beatles. They showed the Beach Boys and the Beatles how to sing harmony and incorporate that into a pop music form that was irresistible.”

In addition to his wife, Everly is survived by his brother, Don, their mother, Margaret, sons Jason and Chris, and two granddaughters. Funeral services will be private.

• A full obituary will appear in Saturday's Los Angeles Times.

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Alicat on January 04, 2014, 04:10:19 pm

Actor James Avery, best known for his portrayal of Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died.

Celebrity news website TMZ says Avery, 65, died after an undisclosed illness "took a turn for the worse" following recent surgery.

The death was confirmed on Twitter by Fresh Prince co-star Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton), who said he was "deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly."

In addition to his work on the Fresh Prince, Avery was also known for providing the voice of Shredder in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series from the late 1980s and early '90s, and had a recurring role in That '70s Show.

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He was a superb actor - great timing.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 05, 2014, 10:01:00 am

From the Los Angeles Times....

An appreciation: Phil Everly, voice of desperate teenage love

By RANDALL ROBERTS - Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic | 11:50AM PST - Saturday, January 04, 2014

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Phil Everly, left, performs with his brother Don in Las Vegas in 1970. — Photo: Las Vegas News Bureau/EPA.

PHOTOGRAPH GALLERY: The Everly Brothers through the years (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-the-everly-brothers-through-the-years-photos-20140103,0,3572304.photogallery)

LOVE HURTS, and few American pop singers have conveyed the teenage depths of that despair as well as Phil Everly, who died Friday at age 74.

Teamed with his older sibling Don as the Everly Brothers, Phil's tenor injected the pair's repertoire — among the best known are "Bye Bye Love", "Wake Up Little Susie" and "All I Have to Do Is Dream" — with quivering harmony, embodying the roller-coaster confusion of young desire.

The pair, in communion on many of their classic hits with husband-wife songwriting team Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, examined the fear, the danger and the worst-case scenario stories of a young American middle-class generation so insulated from real world problems that accidentally falling asleep during a drive-in movie as in "Wake Up, Little Susie" could offer ample drama to drive a hit.

They did so with a mellifluous directness that would make Raymond Carver blush: "The movie wasn't so hot. It didn't have much of a plot. We fell asleep. Our goose is cooked. Our reputation is shot."

Through an essential half decade the Everlys ruled the charts. Along with Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, the Coasters, Buddy Holly and others, their three-minute wonders during that pre-Beatles period helped to both define the era and codify a musical form. And though Presley's hips are often cited as the rock 'n' roll culture-shocker of the time, and Chuck Berry's raucous way with narrative drive added R&B fuel, Don and Phil's sense of countrified melody and harmony sent heads spinning in another direction.

Elvis expressed of love making him "all shook up" with feeling. The Everlys seemed to forever live with a looming panic, singing of nights alone, sleepless, obsessed and "wondering who is kissing you" in their classic version of "Sleepless Nights" (later perfected by Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris).

Their version of rock used oft-spritely melodies to accompany lyrical journeys into darkness. "Cathy's Clown" explores the cuckold's humiliation: "I die each time I hear this sound. Here he comes — that's Cathy's clown."

In offering voice to the also-rans, the Everlys were musical Charlie Browns to Presley's Lucy, documenting souls whose anonymous lives and loves carried equal intensity. The message of "Bye Bye Love", is pretty simple: Love is gone, life is terrible but the world can still be thrilling when driven by a few major chords and a backbeat.

These songs weren't delivered by two bumpkins with a backwoods band. The early hits, many chosen with the help of Wesley Rose of country publishing powerhouse Acuff-Rose, featured Nashville guitarist and production master Chet Atkins and the brilliant session man Floyd Cramer on piano. Deep listening reveals so many amazing musical textures and micro-moments that you realize that the Everlys were a perfectly honed meeting of hit making and song craft — and the embodiment of a notion that Nashville had been driving toward through much of the 1950s.

Listening to those songs now, you can't help but imagine teenaged Liverpudlians Paul McCartney and John Lennon absorbing the Everly way around a phrase, or George Harrison practicing Atkins' and Sonny Curtis' subtle runs.

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Phil Everly and Don Everly performing on the LWT television show on January 1st, 1972. — Photo: Tony Russell/Redferns/Getty Images.

Their recordings offer a portal to avowed super-fans Simon & Garfunkel rehearsing the close harmonies of "Susie" in Queens. Robert Zimmerman of northern Minnesota has acknowledged that before changing his name to Dylan and moving east, he was Everly-educated in how a line pared to the bone and delivered with tenor-high longing could upend hearts and minds.

Phil’s voice in particular delivered words with a desire just this side of innocence. Love was an exciting, mysterious emotion, but dangerous. Like Phil's magnificently coiffed pompadour, the Everlys thrived within this precisely contained structure, impressively built but likely to collapse with a single misguided beat.

Perhaps most important, the Everlys suggested that softening the rhetoric didn't automatically result in treacle. Though Phil wasn't immune to emotional oversaturation during his career, he and Don helped prove that rock 'n' roll could be a big enough tent to contain both Little Richard and the Everlys' renditions of "Rip It Up", and could express soul without being sapped of spirit a la Pat Boone.

Though Phil was a better stylist than he was a songwriter, he penned one of the brothers' most enduring hits, "When Will I Be Loved?". A simple song that asks an overwhelming, universal question, it presents a  man ruined by cheaters and mistreaters, but still harboring hope. Linda Ronstadt also turned it into a hit in the 1970s, serving as reminder of the Everlys' timelessness.

The popular narrative of the Everly Brothers often ends when the British Invasion remade the pop landscape, but the pair continued to record, and within that period are enough gems to awe even the most snobby musical know-it-all.

In particular, the Everlys' post-Beatles double-whammy of "Beat & Soul" and "Rock & Soul" injected a more driving and amplified sound to accompany their harmonies — and some twisted electric guitar runs. Their updated, more rocking version of "Love Hurts" is particularly thrilling.

The Brothers' unsung country-rock 1968 gem "Roots" found Phil and Don returning to their thematic home to record an album that stands as pure an examination of country rock (and wah-wah pedals) as similarly timed efforts by the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Rolling Stones.

Volumes could be spent honoring Phil and Don's harmonies. Digging through their collected works isn't just a journey into a thick discography. It's revisiting an America on the verge of a grand shift, embodied, and emboldened, by two brothers genetically designed to deliver music together with a reassuring beauty.

Related news story....

 • Los Angeles Times OBITUARY: Phil Everly dies at 74; half of vocal duo the Everly Brothers (http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-phil-everly-20140104,0,1781104,full.story)

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 13, 2014, 04:41:50 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Franklin McCain dies at 73; one of the ‘Greensboro Four’

The teenager and three friends took the risk of staging a sit-in at a segregated lunch
counter; they were soon emulated by thousands of activists across the South.

By ELAINE WOO | 7:59PM PST - Friday, January 10, 2014

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Franklin McCain, second from left, and friends sit at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, on the second day of black students'
efforts in 1960 to desegregate the counter. — Photo: John G. Moebes/Corbis Images.

WHEN teenager Franklin McCain decided to make a stand against segregation at the F.W. Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1960, two thoughts weighed on him.

"If I were lucky, I would go to jail for a long, long time. If I were not quite so lucky," he recalled to a reporter five decades later, "I would come back to my campus … in a pine box."

The black teenager and the three close friends who joined him that day were not arrested — at least not that time. Nor did white Greensboro react violently to their "sit-in," although threats poured in.

But that day — February 1st, 1960 — proved crucial. "With no prompting from any of the existing civil rights organizations or black adult leadership," Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David J. Garrow wrote, "a new stage in the black freedom struggle had been launched."

The actions of the "Greensboro Four," as McCain and his friends were later called, were soon emulated by thousands of youthful activists across the South, most notably in Nashville, where a disciplined corps of students turned the sit-in into a model of nonviolent protest for the 1960s and beyond.

"It did become a signal date in the development of the sit-in campaign. No doubt about that," the Reverend James Lawson, the architect of the Nashville campaign who later headed Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, said of the Greensboro protest. "It is one of the historic dates in the struggle."

McCain, who continued to work for social justice during a long career with a Charlotte, North Carolina, chemical company, died Thursday at a Greensboro hospital of complications of pneumonia, said his son, Wendell McCain. He was 73.

The civil rights trailblazer did not see himself as a radical out to change the world, but he could not ignore the difficult realities of life for African Americans.

Born on January 3rd, 1941, in Union County, North Carolina, he grew up in Washington, D.C., where his businessman father and homemaker mother provided a comfortable home. In 1955, when he was 14, he was horrified by the murder of Emmett Till (http://articles.latimes.com/1985-10-07/news/mn-16511_1_emmett-till-s-name), also 14, who had been mutilated, shot and dumped in Mississippi's Tallahatchie River after being accused of flirting with a white woman.

"Emmett Till never had a chance. My young mind would never let me accept that or forget it," McCain told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2005.

In the fall of 1959, he enrolled at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, where he studied chemistry and biology. The three students who became his best friends were Ezell Blair Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), David Richmond and Joseph McNeil. They all lived in the same dormitory and studied together every night.

The study sessions turned into heavy discussions, often focusing on the friends' disillusionment with their parents, who told them that if they were polite, worked hard and earned good grades, the American dream would be theirs. "The Big Lie," McCain called it.

Although victories had been won, they were years in the past: Brown vs. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against separate-but-equal public schools, had been issued in 1954, and the Montgomery bus boycott that brought Martin Luther King Jr. to prominence ended in 1956. But in 1960, Jim Crow still ruled, with "whites only" signs on public facilities across the South.

"The more we talked, the more we felt we were living out the lie," McCain told the Charlotte Observer in 2010. "The only thing we'd done is dissected a system, criticized it and our parents … who tried to nurture us. We didn't like that feeling."

Instead of being "armchair activists," they decided to challenge the system.

The sit-in was not an original idea; black protesters in other states had tried the tactic sporadically in the late 1950s, to little effect. There was no reason to believe that the Greensboro Four would make a difference.

Nonetheless, on the afternoon of February 1st, 1960, McCain threw a coat over his ROTC uniform and joined Blair, McNeil and Richmond for the one-mile walk from campus to downtown Greensboro. They chose Woolworth's as their target because of its double standard: Its lunch counters in the North were integrated, but in the South they served only whites. "You could go in and buy your school supplies, but you couldn't sit at the lousy counter," McCain told the Washington Post in 1995.

The four college freshmen made a few purchases — McCain bought toothpaste and a composition book — and then approached the lunch counter, armed with the receipts that proved their money had been acceptable elsewhere in the store.

They sat down and ordered coffee, but a white waitress told them to leave. A black woman working behind the counter called them troublemakers and pointed them toward the counter where black customers were allowed to stand, but the young men did not budge. They left at closing time without being served.

At one point a white policeman had come in, slapping his nightstick in his hand.

Another chilling moment came when an elderly white woman got up from her seat and placed one hand on McCain's shoulder and the other on McNeil's. McCain steeled himself for a barrage of racial epithets, or worse. Instead, she told them she was proud of them and that she regretted they hadn't taken their stand sooner.

The next day they returned with nearly two dozen other students. The numbers grew through the week, with 1,000 students marching through downtown Greensboro by the fifth day.

A few weeks later, the Nashville students leaped into action, beating their Greensboro comrades to victory when their city's lunch counters were integrated in May. By then sit-ins had spread to more than 50 cities across the old Confederacy.

In Greensboro, success came on July 25th, 1960, when Woolworth's served four of its black employees at the lunch counter.

McCain graduated from North Carolina A&T in 1964 and for 40 years worked as a chemist and sales representative for the Celanese Corporation in Charlotte. In 1965 he married a fellow sit-in participant, the former Bettye Davis. She died in 2013.

Besides son Wendell, McCain is survived by sons Franklin Jr. and Bert, and seven grandchildren.

He traveled the country giving talks about the "the power in one and the few" to change the course of history.

"Never ask for permission to start a revolution," he told college students in Ohio a few years ago. "If there is something you want or need to do … just do it."

http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-franklin-mccain-20140111,0,3228562.story (http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-franklin-mccain-20140111,0,3228562.story)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: AuntyRotter on January 17, 2014, 09:19:44 am
Roger Lloyd-Pack Aged 69


A great character.   

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 21, 2014, 05:48:50 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Claudio Abbado dies at 80; Italian conductor with wide-ranging mastery

A former music director of opera houses in Milan and Vienna and symphonies in London
and Berlin, Abbado was known for attention to detail and respect for players.

By CHRIS PASLES | 9:00AM PST - Monday, January 20, 2014

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A photograph taken in London in 1983 shows Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, a former music director of Teatro alla Scala in Milan,
the Vienna State Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic. — Photo: AFP/Getty Images/September 14th, 1983.

CLAUDIO ABBADO, an Italian conductor whose wide-ranging mastery of symphonic and operatic repertory and attention to detail drew comparisons to more famous maestros Carlo Mario Giulini, Arturo Toscanini and Herbert von Karajan, has died. He was 80.

A former music director of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the London Philharmonic, the Vienna State Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic, Abbado died on Monday at his home in Bologna, the mayor's office announced.

The cause was not given, but Abbado underwent surgery for stomach cancer in 2000.

One of his last notable concerts was leading Mahler's "Third Symphony" — at 1¾ hours, the longest in the standard repertory — with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2007.

"Everything he did in this extraordinary performance was directed at sustaining an ensemble in which everyone listens intently to what all their colleagues are doing and responds instinctively," reviewer Andrew Clements wrote of the concert in England's Guardian newspaper. "The result was totally coherent and miraculously transparent. ... No one who heard this performance is likely to forget it; Abbado's Mahler, like Furtwängler's Wagner and Klemperer's Beethoven in previous generations, is just peerless."

Abbado last appeared in the Southland in 2001, when he conducted the Berlin Philharmonic in two concerts primarily of Beethoven symphonies at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

"Abbado has given the players a sense of freedom and individuality, without lessening the phenomenal ensemble playing that is Berlin's hallmark," wrote Times music critic Mark Swed.

Abbado achieved that combination through a lifelong devotion to meticulous preparation in rehearsal in order to achieve intense spontaneity in performance.

"I kept wondering when the blinding light of inspiration was about to hit us," a former concertmaster with the London Symphony said in 1987, speaking about Abbado's rehearsals.

"It never did. He has a highly analytical, careful approach, leaving nothing to chance. But in concert, the man seems to throw his reserve aside and go 150% all out for the music. It is electrifying. He can conserve everything until that moment. It is as though after the cerebral approach to making music in rehearsal, he allows himself the luxury of turning the emotional tap on."

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Italian conductor Claudio Abbado during the general rehearsals with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for their tour, in Rome, Italy.
Abbado died at the age of 80 in Bologna on 20 January 2014. — Photo: Riccardo Musacchio/EPA/February 8th, 2001.

Abbado was born June 26, 1933, into a musical Milanese family. His father was a professional violinist. His mother was a pianist. His brother was a pianist and composer who eventually became director of the Milan Conservatory. His sister studied violin.

A visit to La Scala when he was eight years old determined his future goal. "One day," he wrote in his diary after the performance, "I will conduct."

But first he threw himself into study of the piano and soon was accompanying his father in piano-violin duets. For a while, he was torn between piano, which he studied at the Milan Conservatory until 1955, and conducting, which he studied under Hans Swarowsky at the Vienna Academy of Music after graduating from the conservatory. Conducting won out.

A classmate and friend in Vienna was Zubin Mehta, future music director of the Los Angeles and New York philharmonics. In order to study the work of conductors in rehearsals, which were closed to students and the public, the two auditioned for the Musikverein Chorus. Once accepted in the bass section of the chorus, they scrutinized conductors such as Karajan and Bruno Walter.

After graduating, the two went to the Tanglewood Festival near Boston, where Abbado beat out Mehta to win the Serge Koussevitsky Prize for conducting in 1958. The award came with an offer to take over an American orchestra, but Abbado turned it down to return to Europe for further studies.

In 1963, he shared the prestigious Dimitri Mitropoulos prize for conducting with Zdenek Kosler and Pedro Calderon. The prize included a $5,000 award and a yearlong assistant conductor post at the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein. Of the three, Abbado was the only one to go on to a major international career. Still feeling insufficiently prepared, however, when the year was up Abbado returned to Europe for further study.

Abbado's specialty initially was 20th century music, but he quickly broadened his repertory to include Classical and Romantic music and opera. He usually conducted from memory. He said he had learned from observing Toscanini the importance of eye contact with musicians. But he found Toscanini's dictatorial attitude toward musicians offensive and always treated his players with quiet respect.

His career took off after Karajan invited him in 1964 to lead the Vienna Philharmonic in Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony at the Salzburg Festival.

Abbado served as music director at La Scala from 1968 to 1986 (he had made his house debut in 1960), premiering contemporary works by Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Luigi Nono, Kryzsztof Penderecki and Karlheinz Stockhausen as well as choosing unconventional versions of older works. Mussorgsky's original version of "Boris Godunov" was his last production there.

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Claudio Abbado conducts at the Lucerne Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 2007. — Eddy Risch/EPA.

Always interested in encouraging young musicians, in 1978 he founded the European Community Youth Orchestra. It excluded players from Eastern Europe, however, because their countries did not belong to the European Union, so in 1986 he formed the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra for musicians from Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and East Germany.

More recently, Abbado worked with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, the flagship of that country's extensive music education system, and mentored its conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, now the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In 1979, Abbado was named music director of the London Philharmonic, and he later became its principal conductor. He made many recordings with the orchestra until he left in 1988 to concentrate his activities in Vienna.

He was appointed music director of the Vienna State Opera in 1986 and stayed until 1991, when he resigned for health reasons. Among his new productions was a critically acclaimed version of Berg's "Wozzeck" that was recorded live and issued by Deutsche Grammophon.

In 1989, Abbado was elected chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic by the orchestra's musicians, succeeding Karajan. He was the first Italian-born music director of that orchestra and only the fifth director in its history.

News of his appointment caused disappointment and anger in New York because Abbado reportedly had agreed to succeed Mehta at the New York Philharmonic when the latter stepped down in 1991. Abbado said that the discussions had never gone further than a few polite conversations.

Over the years, Abbado had his ups and downs with the Berlin Philharmonic, where he introduced more 20th century music than had his predecessors. In 1998, German critics and musicians complained about his choice of repertory and his rehearsal techniques. Some saw the criticism as a reaction to Abbado's announcement earlier that year that he would not extend his contract when it expired in 2002. The tradition had been for Philharmonic music directors to remain in the post until their deaths.

Abbado said he had no complaints; he merely wanted more time for himself, "to read more, go skiing and sailing." Other musicians rallied to his defense, and after his cancer surgery in July 2000, the complaints died down and the relationship between conductor and players was said to improve markedly. Still, he was forced to cancel most of his engagements in the latter half of the year. When his contract expired at the end of the 2001-02 season, he was succeeded by Simon Rattle.

His discography lists well over 100 recordings, mostly for Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics and Sony Classics. Abbado's numerous awards included the International Ernst von Siemens music prize, one of the most prestigious awards in classical music, which he received in 1994.

His survivors include his second wife and four children.

Chris Pasles is a former Los Angeles Times staff writer.

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Post by: Calliope on January 28, 2014, 10:13:23 pm

Pete Seeger Dies at 94: Remember the American Folk Legend with a Priceless Film from 1947

in Life, Music | January 28th, 2014 Leave a Comment

We’ve got some sad news to report. Last night Pete Seeger, one of America’s national treasures, died at the age of 94. For nearly 70 years, Seeger embodied folk music and its ideals (“communication, entertainment, social comment, historical continuity, inclusiveness”) and became a tireless advocate for social justice and protecting the environment. In recent years, Seeger made his voice heard at Occupy Wall Street and even paid a visit to the 2013 edition of Farm Aid, where he sang “This Land is Your Land”. Above you can watch a film that brings you back to Seeger’s early days. Released in 1946, To Hear Your Banjo Play is an engaging 16-minute introduction to American folk music, written and narrated by Alan Lomax and featuring rare performances by Woody Guthrie, Baldwin Hawes, Sonny Terry, Brownee McGhee, Texas Gladden and Margot Mayo’s American Square Dance Group. In the film, Seeger is only 27 years old. We’ll miss you dearly Pete.http://youtu.be/Hr9FP93o8Ro (http://youtu.be/Hr9FP93o8Ro)

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 29, 2014, 01:35:28 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Pete Seeger dies at 94; balladeer was America's conscience

An advocate for peace and civil rights, Pete Seeger helped spark the folk
music revival with his five-string banjo and songs calling for justice.

By CLAUDIA LUTHER | 11:53PM PST - Moday, January 27, 2014

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Folk singer Pete Seeger performing in a one-man benefit concert in Berkeley, California, at the Berkeley Community Theater.
The American troubadour, folk singer and activist Seeger died on Monday, January 27th, 2014, at age 94.
 — Photo: Mark Costantini/Associated Press/February 25th, 1984.

PETE SEEGER, the iconoclastic American singer, songwriter and social activist who did battle with injustice in America armed with a banjo, a guitar and the transformative power of song, has died. He was 94.

Seeger died Monday at New York Presbyterian Hospital, his grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson told the Associated Press.

A veteran of the labor, peace and civil rights movements, Seeger remained relevant as an activist into his 90s. He was equally musician and revolutionary, playing a major role in the folk music revival that began in the late 1950s while helping to craft the soundtrack of 1960s protests through such songs as "We Shall Overcome", "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!".

"At some point, Pete Seeger decided he'd be a walking, singing reminder of all of America's history," Bruce Springsteen said at the all-star Madison Square Garden concert marking Seeger's 90th birthday in 2009.

"He'd be a living archive of America's music and conscience, a testament to the power of song and culture to nudge history along, to push American events towards a more humane and justified ends," said Springsteen, who had performed Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" with Seeger at the Lincoln Memorial concert marking President Obama's 2008 inauguration.

Gifted at connecting with audiences, Seeger called his ability to inspire regular folks to sing along his "cultural guerrilla tactic." "There's no such thing as a wrong note as long as you're singing it," he told the 15,000-strong crowd at his birthday celebration.

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Pete Seeger on May 16th 1997. — Photo: Pete Seeger handout image.

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Seeger plays the banjo and sings with Arlo Guthrie, back left, at the Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert at Severance Hall in Cleveland
in September 1996. — Photo: Neal Preston/Corbis.

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At a benefit celebrating his 90th birthday, Seeger performs at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 3rd, 2009.
 — Photo: Evan Agostini/Associated Press.

Seeger's life of music and political activism could be summed up in "The Hammer Song", the enduring anthem he wrote more than 60 years ago with his good friend Lee Hays to support the progressive political movement in the U.S. …

If I had a hammer,
I'd hammer in the morning,
I'd hammer in the evening,
All over this land/ I'd hammer out danger,
I'd hammer out a warning,
I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.

Popularized by Peter, Paul and Mary in the 1960s, the song embodied the heart of Seeger: his musicality, his activism, his optimism and his lifelong belief that songs could and should be used to build a sense of community to make the world a better place.

"I'd really rather put songs on people's lips than in their ears," he said.

Seeger inspired a generation of folk singers and musicians that included the Kingston Trio and Joan Baez, who once said: "We all owe our careers to Pete Seeger."

As a member of two influential folk groups, the Almanac Singers and the Weavers, Seeger wrote or co-wrote "We Shall Overcome", the anthem of the civil rights movement based on an early 20th century gospel song; "Where Have All the Flowers Gone", which became an anti-Vietnam War protest song; and another political anthem, "Turn! Turn! Turn!", which turned to a passage from the Bible — "to everything there is a season" — for the lyrics.

"Pete is America's tuning fork," author and oral historian Studs Terkel once said. "His songs capture the essence and beauty of this country."

Photographs of the tall, lanky Seeger in buoyant performance often show his head lifted, as if he had spotted his place in heaven and wanted to bring everyone else along. A storyteller known more for his charisma and message than for his voice, he is credited with single-handedly popularizing the five-string banjo. His was inscribed: "This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender."

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Pete Seeger, center, sings before a crowd of nearly a thousand demonstrators sympathetic to the Occupy Wall Street protests
at a brief acoustic concert in Columbus Circle in New York on October 21st, 2011. — Photo: John Minchillo/Associated Press.

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Seeger sings out at his 90th birthday benefit concert on May 3rd, 2009. — Photo: Evan Agostini/Associated Press.

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Pete Seeger plays his banjo on May 5th 2006 in Beacon, New York. — Photo: Frank Franklin II/Associated Press.

He was born May 3rd, 1919, in Patterson, New York, into a musical family that was rich in religious dissenters, abolitionists and Revolutionary solders and "shot through with pedagogues," according to Seeger.

His father, Charles Louis Seeger, was a noted musicologist and educator, and his mother, Constance de Clyver Edson, was a violinist and teacher. After his parents divorced, his father married Ruth Crawford, a composer.

Young Peter attended boarding school in Connecticut before enrolling at Harvard University, where he majored in sociology.

Never an enthusiastic student, he dropped out of Harvard in 1938 after attending an Appalachian song and dance festival in Asheville, North Carolina, with his father. While there he heard "Aunt" Samantha Bumgarner, who was "picking a banjo and singing old ballads and having so much fun," he later recalled.

Seeger fell in love with the old-fashioned five-string banjo. "I liked the rhythms," he said. "I liked the melodies, time-tested by generations of singers." Above all, he said, he liked the words.

"Compared to the trivialities of most popular songs, the words of these songs had all the meat of human life in them," Seeger said. "They sang of heroes, outlaws, murderers, fools. They weren't afraid of being tragic instead of just sentimental.... Above all, they seemed frank, straightforward, honest."

For a time, Seeger played banjo for children in his aunt's classroom. At 17, he met celebrated musicologist Alan Lomax, who hired him to transcribe songs from the Library of Congress collection. Through Lomax, he met Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, king of the 12-string guitar and a living archive of black American music, who broadened Seeger's musical horizons.

"I think of Lead Belly always sitting up straight and singing right out straight," Seeger once said, using a description that could apply to his own musicianship. "No slyness, no finagling, no tricks."

On March 3rd, 1940, at a "Grapes of Wrath" migrant worker benefit concert, Seeger met Guthrie. The renaissance of the American folk song could be pegged to that night, Lomax later said.

Seeger rejoined Guthrie and Millard Lampell in New York City, playing the "subway circuit" — left-wing fund-raising parties. They soon formed the Almanac Singers, which also included Hays and a changing cast of others. The group sang such activist tunes as "The Talking Union Blues" and the pacifist song "The Ballad of October 16th".

When the Almanac Singers prepared to play before about 1,000 longshoremen, Seeger later said he heard some of them say, "What the heck are these hillbilly singers coming here for? We have work to do." By the time the group was done performing, the union members were on their feet.

Singing for union causes became almost a religion for Seeger, who — along with Guthrie and Ledbetter — helped bring folk music from the country into the big cities, mixed with a heavy dose of politics.

Seeger offered a simple analysis of his partnership with Guthrie: "I didn't play too fancy — just gave him the right note at the right time with the right rhythm."

This same modesty led Seeger to try to share the credit and profits on songs he recorded. He was "a hunter and gatherer" who edited and adapted songs "from half-remembered hymns and renewable folk tunes, Bible verses and poets' words, traditional songs that need a little tinkering," the Los Angeles Times said in 1998. Seeger was the first to acknowledge his source material.

The Almanac Singers broke up with the advent of World War II and Seeger served in the Army Special Services, entertaining troops in the U.S. and the South Pacific. After the war, Seeger formed the Weavers with Hays and others.

After a slow start, they began attracting crowds, and then, as Seeger described it, "lightning struck": Bandleader and composer Gordon Jenkins "fell in love with our work" and got the group a recording contract.

The Weavers' early recording of Ledbetter's "Goodnight, Irene" was a big hit. Soon, they were on the charts with other tunes, including a classic, "On Top of Old Smokey", and "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine". In all, the group sold 4 million or so records — astonishing at the time — and played top nightclubs in America.

As the group's popularity grew, so did interest in Seeger's connection to the Communist Party, which he had joined at Harvard. He once believed the party would help the common man, he said, but had spurned it in disgust by 1949. Yet he never apologized for this earlier belief.

"I'd like to see a world without millionaires," Seeger said in 1993.

Called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955 to explain his Communist Party membership, Seeger refused to answer questions about his personal beliefs and was held in contempt of Congress. Sentenced to a year in jail, he served a few hours before being released. The case was dismissed years later.

The controversy shattered Seeger's career. He continued to record and make concert appearances but was barred from network TV for 17 years.

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Pete Seeger and his wife, Toshi, are shown on February 24th, 2009 in New York. — Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images.

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US folk singer and activist Pete Seeger performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, in New Orleans, Louisiana,
USA, April 25th, 2009. — Photo: Skip Bolen/EPA.

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Pete Seeger performing on stage during the Farm Aid 2013 concert at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs,
New York. — Photo: Hans Pennink/Associated Press.

By the early 1960s, he had returned to performing at schools and colleges and came to view the blacklist as a blessing in disguise: He was showing "a whole generation of young people you didn't need to depend on the commercial world to make a living."

With other, younger folk singers, Seeger joined the anti-Vietnam War effort in the mid-1960s and travelled to Hanoi on a peace mission in the early 1970s.

When he finally returned to television in 1967 on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" on CBS, his antiwar song, "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy", was censored. But after his performance was broadcast the next year, it was credited with helping to cement public opinion against the war.

He was also involved in environmental causes, including the cleanup of the Hudson River around his home near Beacon, New York. Seeger helped devise a plan to use a replica of a 19th century sloop, the Clearwater, to sail from port to port along the river to educate residents about the waterway's condition.

It was not uncommon to see Seeger, as he approached 90, holding a placard by the roadside near his upstate New York home as he stood with a small group protesting the war in Iraq.

As recently as 2011, he lent his voice to the Occupy Wall Street movement, leaning on two canes to march through crowds of New York City protesters before singing "We Shall Overcome" with a longtime collaborator, Woody Guthrie's son Arlo.

In August 2012, Seeger appeared on "The Colbert Report", accompanying himself on banjo and singing in a thin but clear voice his 1969 song "Quite Early Morning". Looking far younger than his 93 years, he credited "outdoor work," including splitting logs, with keeping him healthy.

Seeger was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994, the same year he was honored by the Kennedy Center. In 1996, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and won a Grammy Award for best traditional folk album for "Pete". A 2008 album, "Pete Seeger at 89", also won a Grammy. In all, he recorded dozens of albums and records, and compiled a series of instructional songbooks.

His wife, Toshi, whom he married in 1943, died in 2013. His survivors include son Danny and daughters Mika and Tinya Seeger-Jackson.

When people asked the ever-upbeat Seeger if he ever got discouraged, he'd reply: "I say ‘the hell with it’ every night around 9:30 then get up the next morning. Besides, if you sing for children, you can't really say there's no hope."

Claudia Luther is a former Los Angeles Times staff writer.

Former Los Angeles Times staff writer Valerie J. Nelson contributed to this report.

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From the Los Angeles Times....

Pete Seeger dies: The folk singer's movie and TV life

By OLIVER GETTELL | 12:19PM PST - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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Folk singer Pete Seeger, left, performing at the Rally for Détente at Carnegie Hall in New York. The American troubadour, folk singer
and activist Pete Seeger died on Monday, January 27th, 2014, at age 94. — Photo: Richard Drew/Associated Press/May 13th, 1975.

PETE SEEGER, the singer, songwriter and social activist who died  Monday at age 94, didn't have much of a movie career, making his mark with music instead. But the troubadour did pop up on screen from time to time, in documentaries, concert footage, his own TV series and even the odd comedy. Here's a look at some of Seeger's work on the big and small screens.


"To Hear Your Banjo Play" (1947)

In 1947, a young Seeger appeared in and narrated this 16-minute survey of folk music in the U.S. written by musicologist Alan Lomax. The short opens with Seeger playing "Sally Ann", after which Lomax calls to him from off-screen and says, "Hello there, Peter. What's that funny-looking guitar you're playing?"  Seeger also participated in a 2004 documentary about Lomax called "Lomax the Songhunter".

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"Pete Seeger: Live in Australia" (1963)

Seeger, who had landed on the McCarthy-era Hollywood blacklist, embarked on a 10-month world tour in 1963. This concert documentary captures a 105-minute show in Melbourne, in which he performs such songs as "If I Had a Hammer" and "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore".

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"Rainbow Quest" (1966)

As Seeger's blacklisting began to end in the mid-'60s, he hosted a regional folk-music program called "Rainbow Quest". This 1966 episode features Johnny Cash and June Carter.

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"The Internationale" (2000)

Ever the activist, Seeger participated in this documentary about the left-wing anthem "The Internationale". In the trailer below, Seeger says, "If there's a world here 100 years from now, this song will be part of that world."

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"Pete Seeger: The Power of Song" (2007)

Seeger himself was the subject of a documentary in 2007, a mix of interviews, archival footage and home movies illuminating his life and work that aired as part of PBS' acclaimed "American Masters" series. In the film, fellow musician Bonnie Raitt says Seeger's greatest gift "was shepherding songs of peace and justice."

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 12, 2014, 02:21:03 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Shirley Temple Black, iconic child star, dies at 85

By VALERIE J. NELSON | 3:21AM PST - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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LEFT: In this 1933 file photo, child actress Shirley Temple is seen in her role as “Little Miss Marker”. Shirley Temple, the curly-haired child star who put smiles
on the faces of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85. — Photo: Associated Press. | RIGHT: Shirley Temple and tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson
are shown in a scene from the 1935 motion picture “The Little Colonel”, one of four movies they appeared in together. — Photo: Associated Press.

SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK, who as the most popular child movie star of all time lifted a filmgoing nation’s spirits during the Depression and then grew up to be a diplomat, has died. She was aged 85.

Black died late Monday at her home in Woodside, California, according to publicist Cheryl J. Kagan. No cause was given.

From 1935 through 1938, the curly-haired moppet billed as Shirley Temple was the top box-office draw in the nation. She saved what became 20th Century Fox studios from bankruptcy and made more than 40 movies before she turned 12.

Hollywood recognized the enchanting, dimpled scene-stealer’s importance to the industry with a “special award” — a miniature Oscar — at the Academy Awards for 1934, the year she sang and danced her way into America’s collective heart.

After she sang “On the Good Ship Lollipop” in “Bright Eyes”. the song became a hit and the studio set up Shirley Temple Development, a department dedicated to churning out formulaic scripts that usually featured the cheerful, poised Shirley as the accidental Little Miss Fix-It who could charm any problem away.

Her most memorable performances included four films she made with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, a black dancer 50 years her senior and a favorite costar, she later said.

They were first paired as foils for cantankerous Lionel Barrymore in 1935’s “The Little Colonel”, in which 7-year-old Shirley tap dances up and down the staircase, remarkably matching the veteran Robinson step for step.

“I would learn by listening to the taps,” Temple told the Washington Post in 1998. “I would primarily listen to what he was doing and I would do it.”

Their dance routines in such films as the Civil War saga “The Littlest Rebel” (1935) and “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” (1938) reflected their off-screen rapport. They were the first mixed-race musical numbers to be seen in many parts of the country, according to “Who’s Who in Musicals”.

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Shirley Temple, the American child star  at five years of age, standing on her climbing frame at home.
 — Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

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A scene from “Curly Top”, starring Shirley Temple, left, and John Boles.

Two of her films released in 1937 were among Temple’s favorites — the John Ford-directed “Wee Willie Winkie”, in which she wins over a British outpost in India, and “Heidi”, a hit film that became a classic.

In her first film aimed squarely at children, Shirley sang “Animal Crackers in My Soup” to fellow orphans in 1935’s “Curly Top”. She danced with Jack Haley in “Poor Little Rich Girl” (1936), one of her best films and “a top musical on any terms,” according to movie critic Leonard Maltin.

A country desperate for relief from the excruciating economic hardships of the Depression fell in love with Shirley and her infectious optimism in “Baby Take a Bow”, the 1934 film that was her first starring vehicle.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt marveled how splendid it was “that for just 15 cents, an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles,” according to an American Film Institute history.

By 1935, lookalike Shirley Temple dolls, complete with her trademark curls, were selling at the rate of 1.5 million a year, part of a merchandising onslaught that included Temple-endorsed dresses and dishes.

Even bartenders got into the act. Although the 1930s origins of the non-alcoholic Shirley Temple cocktail have been debated, Temple told the Los Angeles Times in 1985 that the Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood had named the drink after her.

To learn her lines, Shirley essentially memorized the script as her mother, Gertrude Temple, read it aloud. When Barrymore forgot his lines while filming 1934’s “Carolina”, Shirley sweetly told him what to say, causing the star to “roar like a singed cat,” actor Robert Young later recalled.

She attributed her well-adjusted nature on and off the set to her “super mother” who “kept my head on straight” and “just dusted off” the adulation, Temple told the Los Angeles Times in 1989.

As she moved into her teens, she literally outgrew the movie business — audiences would not accept her in more mature roles — and Temple made her last film, “Mr. Belvedere Goes to College”, in 1949.

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Curly Top” (1935). Directed by Ian Cummings, the film stars John Boles, left, and Shirley Temple, right. Shirley sings one of her classic hits
Animal Crackers In My Soap”.

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American actress Shirley Temple presents the Best Actress Oscar to French-born actress Claudette Colbert in 1935 for her role in director Frank Capra's
film, “It Happened One Night”. — Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

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A photogra*h taken on June 26th, 1937, shows US film star Shirley Temple (1928-2014) arriving at her first main premiere for the film “Wee Willie Winkie”
in Hollywood. During 1934-38, the actress appeared in more than 20 feature films and was consistantly the top US movie star. — Photo: AFP/Getty Images.

A decade later, she briefly returned to Hollywood to narrate and sometimes star in fairytales on what was originally called “Shirley Temple’s Storybook”, a successful show that aired on television from 1959 to 1961.

It prompted one critic to write that it proved once again that Temple “could, if she wanted to, steal Christmas from Tiny Tim,” Anne Edwards wrote in the 1988 biography “Shirley Temple: American Princess”.

Politics consumed much of her adult life after she married businessman Charlie Black in 1950 and was known as Shirley Temple Black.

An active Republican, she ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1967. Two years later, she was appointed the U.S. delegate to the United Nations by President Nixon.

From 1974 to 1976, Temple was the U.S. ambassador to the West African nation of Ghana and later served as White House chief of protocol for President Ford. She also was an ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992, a “substantive job” that was the best she ever held, Temple told the Washington Post in 1998.

Initially short on diplomatic experience, she got an assist from her childhood. People on the street in Prague would often stop her and pull a memento from their wallets — their membership card from Czechoslovakia’s 1930s-era Shirley Temple fan club.

That recognition “was very helpful when you want to explain your country’s position on various foreign affairs,” she said in the Washington Post article.

The money she made as a child had long since evaporated.

At 22, she discovered that all but $28,000 of her $3.2-million income from the movies had vanished because of her family’s lavish lifestyle and bad investments made by her father, George Temple, a bank manager who left his job to oversee her career.

She “felt neither disappointment nor anger,” Temple wrote in her 1988 autobiography. “Perhaps years spent ignoring such matters had insulated me from disillusion. The spilt-milk parable surely played a role in my equanimity, as did the power of bloodline and family ties.”

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Nine–year–old Shirley Temple presents to Walt Disney a special Oscar for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” recognized as a significant screen innovation
which has pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon. Event was the 1938 Academy Awards. — Photo: Walt Disney Productions.

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On January 31st, 1938, Shirley Temple, a mere nine years old but the top box–office attraction of 1938, cuts the cake at a party celebrating the 55th
birthday of president Franklin D. Roosevelt. A trainload of Hollywood stars and moguls traveled from California to the nation's capital for the event.
 — Photo: Los Angeles Times archives.

Her brothers were 9 and 13 years old when she was born April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica to a mother who had suppressed a desire for her own career in the arts, according to Edwards.

When Shirley was barely 3, her mother enrolled her in a Los Angeles dance studio run by former Ziegfeld girl Ethel Meglin, who trained young children to work in film and advertising.

In publicity interviews, her mother always claimed that Shirley was accidentally “discovered” in a dancing class that was for recreation, but from the start, Gertrude made the rounds of casting directors with her young daughter.

At the dance studio, she was soon spotted by a talent scout and cast in a low-budget series called “Baby Burlesks” in which she parodied such adult actresses as Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo.

Her career took off when she signed with Fox in 1934 — she made 10 films that year alone. Her baby-doll image was so valuable to the studio that the 6-year-old’s birth certificate was altered to shave a year off her age. She did not discover the deceit until her 13th birthday, Temple recalled in her autobiography.

By then, she was officially unemployed, released from her contract in 1940 after her final two films flopped at the box office. With the advent of World War II, Temple’s endless optimism on screen went out of fashion, and she enrolled in the Westlake School for Girls. She had brought more than $32 million into Fox’s coffers, Edwards wrote.

She continued to make mostly forgettable movies until she was 21. The best of her post-child starring roles may have been the spunky Army brat she played in 1947’s “Fort Apache” which paired her romantically on screen with John Agar, whom she married at 17 in 1945.

The brother of one of Shirley’s classmates, Agar was a 24-year-old Army Air Corps sergeant when his marriage to Temple propelled him into acting. They had a daughter but divorced in 1949.

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Newlyweds Shirley Temple and Sergeant John Agar Jr. cut their wedding cake beneath a tent on the lawn of the Temple estate on September 19th, 1945.
 — Photo: Associated Press.

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Former child movie star, US Shirley Temple Black, left, is greeted by US President Bill Clinton, right, during a reception at the White House
on December 6th, 1998. — Photo: Chris Kleponischris/AFP/Getty Images.

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Shirley Temple Black accepts the Screen Actors Guild Awards life achievement award at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, in Los Angeles
on January 29th, 2006. — Photo: Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press.

On vacation in Hawaii in 1950, Temple met the dashing Black, who was working at a shipping company and had never seen any of her films.

“He was an intensely interesting and fascinating man to me,” Temple said when Black died at 86 in 2005. “I fell in love with him at first sight. It sounds corny, but that’s what happened.”

During the Korean War, Black rejoined the military and worked as an intelligence officer in Washington, where his wife became interested in politics, according to a 2001 Los Angeles Times article.

After moving to California, Black started a fishing and hatchery company and consulted on maritime issues. The couple added two more children to their family and moved to the Bay Area in 1954.

In 1972, after undergoing a modified radical mastectomy, Temple held a televised news conference from her hospital room to encourage other women to have check-ups.

When Temple received a Kennedy Center honor in 1998, President Clinton said that “she was the first child actor ever to carry a full-length A-list picture” and “had the greatest short-lived career in movie history, then gracefully retired to ... the far less strenuous life of public service.”

Temple often underplayed her years as the little screen star whose blinding smile and bountiful talent rescued a studio. “Sometimes one scores a bull’s-eye purely by chance,” she wrote in her autobiography.

Of the shadow that always followed her, Temple told Time magazine in 1967: “I always think of her as ‘the little girl’. She’s not me.”

Temple is survived by a son, Charlie Jr.; two daughters, Lori and Susan; a granddaughter and two great-granddaughters.

Valerie J. Nelson is a former Los Angeles Times staff writer.

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Gecko on February 22, 2014, 02:57:12 pm

must admit I thought all her previous hissy fits we just attention seeking but this time she cracked it!

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Alicat on February 22, 2014, 04:31:12 pm

must admit I thought all her previous hissy fits we just attention seeking but this time she cracked it!

When she said she was taunted on Twitter etc I thought - 'simple solution is not to be a part of twitter. When you put yourself out there ... you put yourself out there!

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 25, 2014, 03:26:36 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Maria von Trapp dies at 99; member of ‘Sound of Music’ family

By ASSOCIATED PRESS | 5:58AM PST - Saturday, February 22, 2014

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Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member and second-eldest daughter of the musical family whose
escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for “The Sound of Music”, has died. She was 99.

STOWE, VERMONT — Maria von Trapp, a member of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for “The Sound of Music”, has died, her brother said Saturday.

Von Trapp, 99, died at her home in Vermont on Tuesday, Johannes von Trapp said.

“She was a lovely woman who was one of the few truly good people,” he said. “There wasn't a mean or miserable bone in her body. I think everyone who knew her would agree with that.”

Maria von Trapp was the last surviving member of the seven original Trapp Family Singers made famous in “The Sound of Music”. Their story was turned into the film and Broadway musical.

She was the third child and second-oldest daughter of Austrian Naval Captain Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp. Their seven children were the basis for the singing family in the 1959 Broadway musical and 1965 film, which won the Oscar for best picture. Maria von Trapp was portrayed as Louisa in the film and musical.

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The Von Trapp Family Singers in 1948 — from left, Baroness Maria von Trapp and her daughters, Johanna, Eleanore, Agathe, Hedwig, Rosmary, Martina, Maria.

The Sound of Music” was based loosely on a 1949 book by von Trapp's second wife, also Maria von Trapp, who died in 1987. It tells the story of an Austrian woman who marries a widower with seven children and teaches them music.

In 1938, the family escaped from Nazi-occupied Austria. After they arrived in New York, the family became popular with concert audiences. The family eventually settled in Vermont, where they opened a ski lodge in Stowe.

Von Trapp played accordion and taught Austrian dance with sister Rosmarie at the lodge.

Rosmarie von Trapp, Johannes von Trapp and Eleonore Von Trapp Campbell were born to Georg von Trapp and his second wife.

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 11, 2014, 01:55:25 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

William Guarnere dies at 90; member of legendary WWII ‘Band of Brothers

South Philadelphia native, who lost a leg at the Battle of the Bulge,
received the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts for combat.

By JOHN F. MORRISON | 4:50PM PST - Monday, March 10, 2014

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William “Wild Bill” Guarnere participates in the Veterans Day parade in Media, Pennsylvania, in 2004. Guarnere was one of the World War II veterans
whose exploits were dramatized in the TV mini-series “Band of Brothers”. — Photo: Jacqueline Larma/Associated Press/November 11th, 2004.

WILLIAM GUARNERE didn't have to go to war.

At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, he was building tanks at the old Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, a job considered crucial to the war effort and good for an exemption from military service.

But Guarnere didn't take it. He enlisted in the Army paratroops on August 31st, 1942, and went to battle.

"Wild Bill" Guarnere, the nickname he earned as a fearless combat soldier against the Germans, was a member of the legendary "Band of Brothers" — Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division — celebrated in books and an HBO mini-series (http://www.hbo.com/band-of-brothers) in 2001.

Guarnere, a South Philadelphia native who was awarded the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts among other decorations in World War II combat, lost a leg at the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium in 1944 and returned home to live a productive life unimpaired by his injury, died Saturday of a ruptured aneurysm. He was 90.

Guarnere had a special grudge against the Germans. His older brother, Henry, had been killed in combat at Monte Cassino in Italy, and he wanted revenge.

He made his first combat jump on D-Day, June 6th, 1944, the Allied invasion of Normandy. Easy Company landed behind enemy lines right into a firefight raging in the town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise.

"I couldn't wait to get off the plane," he said in a 2010 interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I killed every German I could. That's why they called me ‘Wild Bill’."

His unit was assigned to secure the village of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont to block Germans retreating from Utah Beach, one of the five beaches in the Normandy invasion.

When his unit encountered a detachment of German soldiers, Lieutenant Richard Winters told his men to wait for his command to fire. But Guarnere couldn't wait. He opened fire with his submachine gun and wiped out most of the German patrol.

Later that day, Winters' unit attacked a group of four large howitzers at Brecourt Manor. Guarnere was a platoon sergeant when his force of only a dozen men attacked an enemy unit of about 50.

He was wounded in mid-October 1944 when he was shot in the right leg by a sniper while riding a motorcycle he had liberated from a farmer near the Rhine River. He fell off the bike, broke his right tibia and took shrapnel in his back.

He was sent to a hospital in England. While recovering, he feared he would be assigned to another outfit, and he managed to flee the hospital. He was caught, court-martialed, busted to the rank of private and sent back to the hospital.

He warned authorities that he would just go AWOL again to get back to his outfit. The hospital officials finally relented and sent him to the Netherlands, where he rejoined Easy Company.

Guarnere was in time to participate in the ferocious Battle of the Bulge after the German army had made a breakthrough in the bitter winter of December 1944.

He lost his right leg in a German artillery barrage while helping a wounded comrade.

He received the Silver Star medal for the action at Brecourt Manor on D-Day and later received two Bronze Stars for valor and two Purple Heart medals for his wounds.

Guarnere and another Easy Company veteran from Philadelphia, Edward "Babe" Heffron teamed with journalist Robyn Post to write a 2007 book, "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends: Two WWII Paratroopers from the Original Band of Brothers Tell Their Story".

Guarnere was played by actor Frank John Hughes in the TV mini-series, based on the Stephen Ambrose book (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5882.Stephen_E_Ambrose) of the same title.

Born in Philadelphia on April 28th, 1923, Guarnere was the youngest of the 10 children of Joseph and Augusta Guarnere. While working nights at the locomotive works, he graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1941.

After the war, Guarnere worked for manufacturing firms in Philadelphia, among other jobs.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, the former Frances Peca; two sons, Eugene and William Guarnere Jr.; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

John Morrison writes for the Philadelphia Daily News and McClatchy Newspapers.

http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-william-guarnere-20140311,0,4074832.story (http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-william-guarnere-20140311,0,4074832.story)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 15, 2014, 03:45:24 pm

From the Los Angeles Times....

Hal Douglas dies at 89; voice artist in film and TV

Hal Douglas' gravelly voice narrated trailers of movies such as
Lethal Weapon’ and ‘Marley & Me’, in addition to TV commercials.

By DAVID COLKER | 7:00PM PST - Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Hal Douglas, one of the leading voice-over artists for films, commercials and TV shows, died at 89
on his Lovettsville, Virginia, farm. — Family photo: Sarah Douglas.

HAL DOUGLAS was a movie star, but only until the feature film started.

Douglas, who was one of the most sought-after voice artists working in film and television, did the narration for so many movie trailers that he could not recall how many he recorded even in a given week. But some of the most prominent films for which he was the voice of the trailers were "Men in Black" (1 and 2), "Philadelphia", "Lethal Weapon", "Marley & Me" and "Forrest Gump".

Comedies, dramas, sci-fi blockbusters, documentaries — he did them all, not to mention thousands of TV show promotions and commercials.

"It's really narration in all of its own forms," said Douglas in a 2006 Los Angeles Times interview (http://articles.latimes.com/2006/dec/24/entertainment/ca-working24). "One takes what comes — that is the working craft."

Douglas, 89, died on March 7th at his home in Lovettsville, Virginia. He was diagnosed four years ago with pancreatic cancer and then had a stroke in October, said his daughter, Sarah Douglas.

He did not have booming tones, like some others who did movie trailers. His was a more gravelly sound, infused with character. "I never thought of it as a great voice," he said in a video interview (see below) with documentary filmmaker Casimir Nozkowski. "It's always verging on hoarseness, rarely crystal clear. So much so that that's become my voice. It's a unique sound."

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Douglas, who mostly worked at home in a studio set up for his narration work, tuned his voice to whatever trailer was at hand, whether airborne action flick "Con Air" ("This summer, check your weapons, take your seat and say your prayers"), heartstring-tugging "Marvin's Room" ("Sometimes the people you know the least are the ones you need the most") or the Jerry Seinfeld comedy "Comedian", in which Douglas appeared on-screen in a trailer that parodied trailers (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0328962) ("In a world where laughter was king").

On TV, he did promotional spots for shows on ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as the A&E, WB and History cable networks.

"I get direction, but for the most part it is kind of working in the dark to an extent," he said in the Times interview. "I don't do character voices per se, but depending upon the emotion, try to approach it as an actor."

He had to especially adapt his approach when he did commercials, including those for high-end cars and over-the-counter remedies. "You get associated with Mercedes Benz, you've got class," he said wryly in the video interview of one client. "When you do Carter's Little Liver Pills, however, you're at the other end."

He was born Harold Cohen on September 1st, 1924, in Stamford, Connecticuit. His family later changed the last name to Cone and then, when he was seeking acting work, he took the name Douglas.

He studied theater at the University of Miami in Florida and worked as a radio announcer before trying his luck as an actor in New York. But wanting "a salary at the end of the week," he worked in advertising for a decade, which he felt equipped him to sell products and productions in voice-over work.

Douglas worked steadily until about four years ago, his daughter said. One of his last trailers was for the animated "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs".

"People have been telling me," he said in the Los Angeles Times interview, "they have been hearing me since they were children."

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife, Ruth; sons Jeremy and Jon; and three grandchildren.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8Yi93AFBJM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8Yi93AFBJM)

http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-hal-douglas-20140314,0,725445.story (http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-hal-douglas-20140314,0,725445.story)

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Post by: Calliope on March 18, 2014, 10:13:20 am
http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/9839587/Two-Fat-Ladies-chef-Clarissa-Dickson-Wright-dies (http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/9839587/Two-Fat-Ladies-chef-Clarissa-Dickson-Wright-dies)

 British celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright, best known as one half of the eccentric television culinary duo Two Fat Ladies, has died at the age of 66, her agents said on Monday.

The former barrister, who had fought a well-documented battle with alcoholism, shot to fame in the 1990s with Jennifer Paterson in a BBC TV show in which the two women sped around Britain on a motorbike and sidecar searching for good food.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Alicat on March 18, 2014, 10:16:26 am
Shock death of former All Black captain Oliver

One of the rugged men of Manawatu and All Blacks rugby, Frank Oliver, has died suddenly at home in Palmerston North aged 65.

It came as a shock yesterday within the Manawatu community, where Oliver had lived for 34 years, because he was considered almost indestructible in his playing days.

Oliver played 43 matches for the All Blacks including 17 tests.

Oliver's son and Manawatu loose forward James had been working with his father on Sunday on a property James had bought.

''We're really surprised and pretty shocked at finding out,'' James said.

''He was really healthy and working up until the day he died.''

Each morning he would rise at 5am, but not so yesterday morning.

Frank Oliver worked every day at his sawmilll near Palmerston North.

''It was a big surprise,'' James said .

''He was still full of life, wasn't sick and had plenty of years left in him.''

He said his father closely followed Manawatu rugby and James' fortunes with the Varsity side.

James added his father's death left a big hole because Frank was someone he saw every day.

The cause of death is not yet known.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made, James said.


Oliver's debut test was at Johannesburg in 1976 and his last test was against the Springboks at Wellington in 1981.

He captained the All Blacks in three tests in the 1978 home series against Australia when Graham Mourie was injured.

In more recent times he was a coach of the Hurricanes from 1996 to 1999 (45 games) and the Blues in 2001. Until the end of last season his rugby interest centred around watching his son James playing for Massey University and the Manawatu Turbos. Another son, Anton, was an All Black hooker between 1996 and 2007.

Until his death, Frank was still running his sawmill business just outside Palmerston North adjacent to Massey University.

He always said he "liked the logs" after having been a logging contractor in the forests around the lower North Island.

Dunedin-born, Oliver's career started in Southland with Invercargill Marist. He played 64 games for Southland in 1976-77, eight for Otago from the Tokomairiro club in 1978-79, and 54 for Manawatu from 1980 to 1983 from Palmerston North Marist, retiring from the game aged 34.

After captaining a World XV in South Africa in 1979, he shifted to Palmerston North where his brother-in-law and fellow All Black Mark Donaldson was playing for Manawatu.
He was a key cog when Manawatu won the national championships in 1980.

He was a hard-nosed player, with a reputation as an enforcer and possessed a colourful turn of phrase. He proved to be an astute coach after working for the Manawatu Rugby Union as a coaching co-ordinator, then as a staff coach for the New Zealand Rugby Union and as New Zealand under 19s coach in 1993-94.

After coaching in the grades for Marist, he took over the Marist seniors with Bill Gleeson and won the Hankins Shield in 1992.

Oliver was soon employed as the Manawatu representative coach in 1995-96, but even under his guidance they couldn't escape the second division.

When the Manawatu and Hawke's Bay teams merged to form the controversial Central Vikings for the 1997-98 seasons, Oliver coached them to win the second division in his second season.

One of his philosophies was if one of his teams suffered a heavy loss, the same XV was sent out the next week to put it right.

Name: Francis "Frank" Oliver

Date of birth: 24 December 1948

Place of birth: Dunedin

School: Lawrence District High

Test debut: 18 September 1976, v South Africa in Johannesburg (lost 15-14)

Test stats: 17 caps, 4 points (1976-1981)

Provincial stats (1969-1983): Southland 64 caps, Otago 8 caps, Manawatu 54 caps

Coaching: Manawatu (1995-1996), Central Vikings (1998-1999), Hurricanes (1996-1999), Blues (2001)


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 22, 2014, 03:01:49 am

GOOD RIDDANCE to TRASH — Fred Phelps “kicks the bucket”

From the Los Angeles Times....

Fred Phelps dies at 84; Westboro Baptist's preacher of hate

A disbarred lawyer, Fred Phelps led a small Kansas church that picketed military
and celebrity funerals, preaching a doctrine of divine retribution against gays.

By STEVE CHAWKINS | 9:25AM PST - Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Fred Phelps preaching at Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. "You can't preach the Bible without preaching hate," he once said.
 — Photo: Charlie Riedel/Associated Press.

FRED PHELPS, a publicity-hungry Kansas pastor who picketed hundreds of military funerals because he believed America was too sympathetic to gays, died early Thursday in Topeka, Kansas. He was 84.

His daughter, Margie Phelps, confirmed his death to the Associated Press but did not give the cause.

With his small Topeka congregation, Phelps also demonstrated at funerals and memorials for Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, former Mormon leader Gordon B. Hinckley and heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio — any observance, regardless of any connection to gay issues, where cameras might be rolling.

Convinced that the deaths of U.S. soldiers were divine retribution for the nation's increasing acceptance of homosexuality, Phelps and his followers carried signs like: "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "God Hates the USA/Thank God for 9/11". A disbarred attorney, Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church were sued numerous times but won a landmark freedom of speech case in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Despite its name, his church is unaffiliated with any denomination. Its Web address, more reflective of its founder's theology, contains an anti-gay slur. The congregation is heavily composed of his relatives, including many of his 13 children and 54 grandchildren.

Two of his estranged sons, Nate and Mark, have said that Phelps' clan "excommunicated" him last year. The church declined to comment.

Phelps came to national attention in 1998 leading anti-gay pickets at the Casper, Wyoming, funeral of Matthew Shepard, a gay 21-year-old who had been lashed to a fence post and beaten to death. Five years after the funeral, Phelps returned to Casper with plans to erect a granite monument inscribed: "Matthew Shepard Entered Hell October 12th, 1998".

Phelps was denounced by many conservative Christian leaders, including the Reverend Jerry Falwell, who called him a "hatemonger" and "emotionally unbalanced."

Phelps jubilantly acknowledged spreading the message of hate.

"He's saying I preach hate? You can't preach the Bible without preaching hate!" Phelps told the Los Angeles Times in 1999.

"Looky here, the hatred of God is an attribute of the Almighty," he said. "It means he's determined to punish the wicked for their sins!"

An attorney for many years, Phelps handled civil rights cases in Kansas and elsewhere in the Midwest. In Topeka, he worked on behalf of black students claiming school discrimination and black bar patrons who accused police of abusive tactics during a 1979 drug raid. In 1987, he was honored by the Bonner Springs, Kansas, branch of the NAACP for his "steely determination for justice during his tenure as a civil rights attorney."

Privately, however, he was intensely prejudiced against African Americans, his estranged son Nate Phelps told the Telegraph, a British newspaper, in 2013. When Coretta Scott King died in 2006, Phelps picketed her funeral, condemning civil rights leaders for "giving away the movement" to homosexuals.

Phelps' funeral protests were intensely contested in court. In 2006, Phelps and six of his followers picketed a funeral for Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, a Marine killed in Iraq. Considering the case in 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such demonstrations, no matter how odious, were legal as long as protesters obeyed state and local laws setting a minimum distance between themselves and mourners.

In his dissenting opinion, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote that the nation's commitment to free speech is not a license for "vicious verbal assault."

Eleven of Phelps' children are said to be attorneys, including Margie Phelps, who represented the church before the Supreme Court.

Born in Meridian, Mississippi, on November 13th, 1929, Phelps was the son of a railroad detective. An Eagle Scout, he was bound for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point when he attended a revival meeting and felt a calling to preach. In 1947, he was ordained a Southern Baptist minister.

He graduated from John Muir College in Pasadena, a forerunner of Pasadena City College, where he led a 1951 campaign against "promiscuous petting" and "evil language". He also attended Arizona Bible Institute, where he met his wife, Margie Simms, whom he married in 1952.

In 1964, he received a law degree from Washburn University in Topeka. He was disbarred by Kansas in 1979 after suing a court reporter, bullying her on the witness stand and calling her a "slut". Ten years later, after federal judges complained that he had made false accusations against them, he agreed to stop practicing in federal courts.

For Phelps and his followers, public condemnation by powerful opponents was a healthy sign; it proved that the voices of Westboro Baptist Church were the only righteous ones in a world clamoring with sinners.

When the BBC released a 2007 documentary about the Phelps clan called "The Most Hated Family in America", Fred's daughter Shirley saw only one failing, according to the Telegraph: "She wished it had been called ‘The Most Hated Family in the World’."

Related news stories:

 • Don't protest Fred Phelps' funeral, Kansas LGBT group says (http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-fred-phelps-funeral-20140320,0,985439.story)   (March 20th, 2014)

 • Little sorrow seen as anti-gay preacher Phelps said to be near death (http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-fred-phelps-westboro-20140317,0,7229792.story)   (March 17th, 2014)

http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-fred-phelps-20140321,0,4718547.story (http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-fred-phelps-20140321,0,4718547.story)

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on April 07, 2014, 05:18:25 pm

Mickey Rooney dead at 93

By TMZ staff | 7:37PM PST - Sunday, April 06, 2014


MICKEY ROONEY, who spent nearly his entire life in show business, died today. He was 93.

Rooney had been in ill health for quite some time. We're told death was attributed to natural causes.

He was one of the most famous child actors in entertainment history. He played the role of Andy Hardy in "The Hardy Boys" in 20 films.

Rooney also teamed up with Judy Garland for "Babes in Arms" which was a huge hit back in 1939.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB8Yww-k6Sc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB8Yww-k6Sc)

He was the first teenager ever to be nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in "Strike Up the Band" in 1940.

Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor starred in one of the biggest movies of the 40s — "National Velvet" — which launched Taylor's career.

Rooney also starred with Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's".

Rooney appeared most recently in "The Muppets" in 2011 with Amy Adams and Jason Segal and "Night at the Museum" in 2006 with Ben Stiller.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWp7xzpDLGw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWp7xzpDLGw)

The 5' 2" Rooney was married 8 times. One of his wives was Ava Gardner.

Rooney's last few years were filled with family strife. He claimed elder abuse (http://www.tmz.com/2011/04/06/mickey-rooney-chris-aber-restraining-order-tro-settlement-stepson-fortune-steal) at the hands of his step-son Chris Aber and won a $2.8 million judgment (http://www.tmz.com/2013/10/16/mickey-rooney-settlement-lawsuit-elder-abuse-insurance) against him last year for siphoning money from his accounts.

Rooney testified before the U.S. Senate to discuss her personal story of abuse.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djB7W2vh-Yk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djB7W2vh-Yk)

Photograph gallery:

 • Remembering Mickey Rooney (http://www.tmz.com/photos/2014/04/06/remembering-mickey-rooney/images/2014/04/06/163003063-jpeg)

http://www.tmz.com/2014/04/06/mickey-rooney-dead (http://www.tmz.com/2014/04/06/mickey-rooney-dead)

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on April 09, 2014, 11:55:59 pm


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 17, 2014, 08:51:08 pm

from The Dominion Post....

Militant unionist Con Devitt dead at 86

By CPAUL EASTON | 5:00AM - Wednesday, 16 July 2014

PROUD TO BE A SOCIALIST: Leading unionist Con Devitt,
boss of the Boilermakers’ Union and the Trade Union
Federation, was at the centre of many big industrial
disputes in the 1970s and '80s.

HE WAS a proud union man, an enemy of Rob Muldoon but a friend to many.

Con Devitt, a leading union figure from the 1970s and '80s, died suddenly in Wellington on Sunday. He was 86.

To many, he was the baleful face of the militant unionist, fresh from the shipyards of Scotland and determined to wreak havoc in New Zealand. That was certainly the view held by former prime minister Sir Robert Muldoon.

The powerful Devitt-led Boilermakers' Union was knee deep in some of the biggest industrial disputes of the day, from wrangles over Wellington's BNZ Centre to festering disputes at Marsden Point oil refinery, the Kawerau pulp and paper plant, and the Kinleith timber mill.

Ken Douglas, former head of the Council of Trade Unions, said yesterday that his old friend had been unfairly maligned.

"There was a shortage of boilermakers. Con understood labour market forces and he was very effective at getting the best deal for his members. In overall terms, he made a very significant contribution to the union movement in Wellington."

Devitt was persecuted "quite viciously" for his role in union politics, Douglas said. "It was not a pleasant time for any militant union official, and he was a militant union official."

Away from the picket lines, Devitt was "a very engaging personality — full of humour and wit, and I certainly enjoyed his company".

Devitt gave as good as he got to his enemies. In 1979, he told a group of medical students that Muldoon was paranoid. "I'm sure some of you could assist him later when he gets worse."

Devitt is survived by his wife Joyce.

Family friend Helen Mulholland saw another side of the big gregarious Scot, who spoke with a thick Glaswegian accent despite decades in New Zealand.

"He and Joyce were always taking in waifs. Con would find these homeless people, bring them in and, get them some food and try and find them a job."

"I once said to Joyce: ‘Aren't you scared with all these people coming in?’ She said: ‘Not with Con beside me’."

The couple endured police raids as the government's dislike of Devitt increased, Mulholland said.

Devitt moved on to head the Trade Union Federation.

In 1995, he told The Evening Post he was proud to be socialist. It was, he said, "a good-sounding word".

His niece Maureen said from Scotland yesterday that Devitt had a "marvellous life".

"We used to ring him up and ask how he was going, and he's ‘Oh, it's great, I'm fighting with everyone’."


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The Bank of New Zealand building under construction on the
corner of Willis and Willeston streets on 10th July 1981.
 — Photo: Ross Giblin/The Evening Post.

THE slow rise of Wellington's BNZ Centre came to represent the power of militant unions in the 1970s — and Con Devitt's name would forever be associated with the protracted construction of the black monolith.

Myriad delays meant that, although the 103-metre-high building was designed in the late 1960s, it wasn't occupied until 1984.

The Devitt-led Boilermakers' Union claimed the exclusive right of its members to weld the structural steel, as industrial action added six years to the project.

Among the more memorable boilermakers' stoppages was one prompted by union delegate "Black Jock" McKenzie's dissatisfaction with his company-issue boots.

The industrial strife was so bad that New Zealand architects were deterred from designing future buildings in steel.

The BNZ Centre, now called the State Insurance Building, finally opened at a cost of $93 million — more than four times over budget.

In 1995, Devitt insisted the union was made a scapegoat for the problems that plagued the project. Design flaws and faulty materials also caused delays, while disputes between the main contractor and sub-contractors were common.

"At one stage, our members were sitting across the road drinking coffee all day on full pay while the contractor and the BNZ sorted out their problems."

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/10270609/Militant-unionist-Con-Devitt-dead-at-86 (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/10270609/Militant-unionist-Con-Devitt-dead-at-86)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 18, 2014, 07:50:06 am

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 30, 2014, 02:26:55 pm

from the Los Angeles Times....

Theodore Van Kirk, last surviving member of Enola Gay crew, dead at 93

By JAMES QUEALLY | 4:00PM PDT - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, the last surviving member of the plane that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in World War II,
has died. He was 93. — Photo: Associated Press.

THEODORE VAN KIRK, the last surviving member of the Enola Gay flight crew that bombed Hiroshima in the final stages of World War II, died on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. He was 93.

Van Kirk, who went by the nickname “Dutch” and was the crew's navigator, died at the retirement home where he lived in Georgia, according to the report.

When Van Kirk spoke to a Los Angeles Times reporter in April 2010, he was 89 and had just become the final survivor of the famed crew.

“It’s a very lonely feeling,” he said.

The Enola Gay dropped the first atomic payload in U.S. history over Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945.

The bomb, nicknamed “Little Boy”, left 80,000 people dead in the initial explosion, and thousands more died from radiation poisoning. A second bombing in Nagasaki killed at least 60,000 people three days later, prompting the Japanese surrender and effectively ending the war.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-enola-gay-van-kirk-dead-20140729-story.html (http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-enola-gay-van-kirk-dead-20140729-story.html)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 12, 2014, 12:13:57 pm

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   (click on the picture to read the news story)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on August 13, 2014, 09:07:35 am
Poor fella money problems depression and he hung himself
sad life its hard being a star.

reminds me of a song


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Alicat on August 13, 2014, 09:57:47 am
Tragic death of Deirdre Elliott - 1987 Mobil Song Quest Winner


Sydney based New Zealand Mezzo-soprano Deirdre died after falling down some stairs at her sister's home. Deirdre never regained consciousness and died in Auckland Hospital.

Deirdre won the prestigious Mobil Song Quest judged that year by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. She won further scholarships enabling her to study for two years at the Royal Northern Manchester. Deirdre lived for 11 years in the UK performing widely in Europe before moving to Sydney to join Opera Australia's permanent ensemble of singers.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 13, 2014, 10:31:25 am

from the Los Angeles Times....

Robin Williams' ‘spark of madness’ let him soar above his demons

By DAVID HORSEY | 5:00AM PDT - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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ROBIN WILLIAMS did not have a mere spark of madness, he was a bonfire.

Given the apparent circumstances of his death — severe depression leading to suicide — some might ask if he burned too hot for his own good. Was the “spark of madness” truly the precious gift he considered it to be? Or is it a dangerous thing that we need to smother with rationality and restraint?

“You’re only given one little spark of madness,” Williams said. “You mustn’t lose it.” I very much doubt the “madness” of which he spoke had anything to do with mental illness. Rather, it is the spark of impulse, insight, enthusiasm and inspiration that is essential to creativity. It is defined negatively as madness only by the forces of conventionality and conformity, by the powers-that-be who are threatened and undermined by original thinkers, rebels, contrarians and comedians.

A rapid-fire rush of comic insight was the hallmark of Williams’ performances. He perceived the absurdities and ironies of politics, sex, identity, life and death at such a quick pace, he left us breathless with laughter and amazement.

In the midst of his manic hilarity, though, there was most often a trace of melancholy in his face and poignancy in his voice. You could see that he knew, all too well, that the human foolishness he so fiercely lampooned was tragic, not comic. It is that tragic sense that made him such a good dramatic actor; why this comic genius could inhabit serious roles, as he did in “Good Will Hunting”, “The World According to Garp”, “What Dreams May Come”, “The Dead Poets Society” and many other fine movies.

By all accounts, he was a generous and gracious man, but he struggled with his own flawed humanity — the addictions to cocaine and alcohol that kept luring him back and that contributed to his mortal fight with depression. If he’d been less on fire with creative madness, would he have been less susceptible to the things that tormented him and, perhaps, finally killed him? If he’d been more drab and restrained, would he still be alive?

I’m only guessing, but I suspect his troubles may have been with him either way. From my own observations of life and human folly, I’d argue it was his brilliant, explosive spark of madness that helped Robin Williams soar above his demons for so long.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-robin-williams-20140811-story.html (http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-robin-williams-20140811-story.html)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 13, 2014, 10:33:44 am

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 13, 2014, 06:44:15 pm

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A little spark of madness

By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist (mmorford@sfgate.com) | 5:30PM PDT - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams.

VERY MUCH did not want to write about Robin Williams.

Because futility. Because senselessness. Because it feels, at its core, utterly inadequate to attempt to unpack any potential meanings in Williams’ suicide, given how, like war, like disease, like abuse and ultraviolence and the endless slaughter of innocents worldwide, it requires going dark, digging into the bleak, shadowy regions of the human psyche, when all we ever really find there is phantasms, demons, glooms.

No meanings anywhere. No place to land. Just void.

Is it not true? To delve into the particularly gnarled portions of modern existence is to tacitly acknowledge that most of them are, by nature, quite thoroughly intractable, illusory, impossible to fully understand or process? Psychology and psychiatry are just elaborate educated guesses. Neuroscience is still shockingly primitive. Technically speaking, we really don’t know much of anything about the strange, divine kaleidoscope that is the human soul.

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The best way to remember him.

Nevertheless, we have to try? We have to at least look? This is important? These are not statements.

Jesus, it’s not like we’re lacking in other opportunities, you know? It’s not like we have insufficient examples of suffering, savagery and loss in the world, such that our karma requires someone as gloriously gifted — and apparently, quietly tormented — as Robin Williams to exit this world in the way he did, so we may more thoroughly examine our psychosis and our frayed pathways.

But there it is. It happens anyway, and we can only entreaty to the Fates, God, the infuriating ambivalence of the universe: Was this really necessary?

No answer comes. This is the beautiful, brutal secret of the universe. No answer ever comes. It just keeps dancing.

So we try something else. Instead of endless processing, instead of failed attempts to define the indefinable and make sense of our various demons — in Williams’ case, depression, addiction and suicide — we instead try the next best thing: we ponder. We discuss. We reflect. Maybe we even make a few changes. Just to see.

At the very least, we open ours hearts a tiny bit more to those around us, as we realize Williams was far from alone in his torment, and even as we understand that there is no easy solution to any of it. Because this is life, stupid. There’s never an easy solution. There’s never a safe place to land. Just not how it’s built.

There is, however, some possibility. More love. More offerings of support and kindness. And, to my mind, more work to be done to see just how many of our beloved demons exist as a result of our own money-crazed, power-mad culture, our fetishes for violence and teardown, our cruel addictions to celebrity, perfection and the false gods of fame.

Really now, do we not invent many of our own demons, feed and coddle them, manufacture and amplify and make them into unstoppable armies? Given the size of the population, our rapacious rates of consumption, the dazzling reach of the Internet and the speed at which suffering can now gain traction and travel, we have more potential threats to the stability of our psyche — both personal and collective — than we’ve ever had before.

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An old San Francisco Chronicle shot, circa 1987, by Fred Larson.

What do you think? Do you feel the modern world is more fraught with relentless messages of hatred, odium, self-destruction than ever? It would certainly seem so. It’s a bit like environmental toxins. A hundred years ago they barely existed. Now? We swim in an inescapable chemical stew, our very air, water, food and furniture and technology and even cancerous toys loaded with so many freakish artificial compounds (http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2014/08/rainbow-loom-bracelets-phthalates-cancer-risk), we can’t even keep track anymore.

I digress. But only a little. Because most of what I’ve seen so far in the wake of Williams’ death is lots of powerful, informative outpourings about the illness of depression itself, its anguish and its savage mystery. Personal stories, anecdotes, shocking glimpses into the pain.

It’s all in turns hugely illuminating, frightening and sad, even as it remains impossible to locate exactly. Hell, even the late, hyper-articulate David Foster Wallace, prior to his own depression-induced suicide, couldn’t explain his illness’ source or its significance, only the staggering agony it induced (http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/200381-the-so-called-psychotically-depressed-person-who-tries-to-kill-herself).

But then, what of the popular Jungian notion that the dark side, the shadow is ever-present and ever lurking? What do we make of the idea that we are ever at the mercy of our own treacherous temptations and inherent flaws? What of the fear that whatever took down Williams is ever breathing at all our doors?

I’m not so sure of this. I’ve recoiled hard at the notion that the darkness is somehow built in, hard wired, that everyone has a shadow side and it’s only the thinnest veil of morals, laws, guilt, silly notions of God that keep everyone from murdering each other, and then themselves.

I’m much more taken of the Tantric notion of stuckness. Of dangerously stagnating energy, all those emotions, beliefs, convictions, patterns, traumas, memories that somehow take hold of us so deeply they actually begin to calcify, turn poisonous, convince us they’ve been there all along and that’s just the way we are and there’s nothing we can do about it.

I think even Williams would call bullshit on that one. No way are we hard-wired for doom. No way are we darkly predisposed to wipe ourselves out, to steal and murder and destroy like dumb zombies. As Williams’ own genius proved, we’re far more predisposed to laugh, to find joy, to relish the wonder and irresistible humor of existence itself, even amidst the pain and anguish. When all is said and done, isn’t that the best lesson of all?

Email: Mark Morford (etc@markmorford.com)

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http://blog.sfgate.com/morford/2014/08/12/a-little-spark-of-madness (http://blog.sfgate.com/morford/2014/08/12/a-little-spark-of-madness)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 13, 2014, 06:44:30 pm

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: guest49 on August 13, 2014, 08:04:11 pm
Strange that theres page after page dedicated to Williams - Lauren Bacall gets one mention in the entertainment columns.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 13, 2014, 08:20:59 pm

You're looking in the wrong place.

There is page after page after page of stuff dedicated to Lauren Bacall at the Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com) at the moment, including the LEAD story.

Robin Williams' death has been knocked off the front page there.

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 25, 2014, 12:30:37 pm

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Post by: nitpicker1 on August 26, 2014, 11:31:06 am

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Oh dear!  nemmind, the story did invite yas to "share this story on facebook"

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: akadaka on September 07, 2014, 08:34:32 pm
Johnny Cooper, musician, b 1928, Wairoa; d Septemer 2014, Lower Hutt. 

Johnny Cooper, who died in Lower Hutt this week, may have not only been one of the most unsung, but also one of the most modest heroes New Zealand popular music has ever had.

As a country singer in the early 1950s, billing himself as "The Maori Cowboy" he had big hits, and one, "Look What You've Done", which he wrote himself, became the quintessential Kiwi party song until "Ten Guitars" arrived. It's the song Jake and Beth Heke duet on in the movie "Once Were Warriors."

In 1955, with a group of Wellington jazz men, he became the first singer outside the United States to record a rock and roll song, cutting "Rock Around The Clock" in HMV's Lower Hutt studios.

His follow-up, "Pie Cart Rock and Roll", wasn't such a big hit, despite the magic chorus "Rockin' to the rhythm of the pea, pie and pud".

He turned his hand to promoting talent quests, where his discoveries included the country's first rock and roll idol, Johnny Devlin, Midge Marsden (who played in Bari and The Breakaways as a backing band for contestants) and the Fourmulya, whose song "Nature would be judged the greatest New Zealand rock song of all time.

Johnny himself was a friendly, deeply modest man, with a beautiful Billy T James laugh, and a good line in self depreciation. His pie cart song, he'd claim, was written in the hopes of free feeds while he was living in Whanganui.

As a promoter, working in a field not famous for people with generous spirits, he was decent and honest. Those of us who had any dealings with him hold fond memories, and mourn his loss.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on September 08, 2014, 09:01:46 am

TY, Akadaka

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 08, 2014, 01:16:36 pm

From Radio New Zealand's sound archives (you can download and listen to the programmes in MP3 format)....

 • Sounds Historical with Jim Sullivan — Sunday, 31st August 2014 (http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/soundshistorical/20140831) (Johnny Cooper is featured in the first hour at 8:18pm)

 • Johnny Cooper: The Māori Cowboy — Saturday, 6th September 2014 (http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nat-music/audio/20148648/johnny-cooper-the-maori-cowboy) (featuring several of Johnny Cooper's recorded tracks, plus a link to a programme broadcast in 2001)

from The Dominion Post....

Maori Cowboy a Kiwi rock'n'roll pioneer

By Fairfax NZ staff reporters | 5:00AM - Saturday, 06 September 2014

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COUNTRY CROONERS: Johnny Cooper, left, and his band the Range Riders, formed in 1952.
 — Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library.

A KIWI rock'n'roll pioneer has died, estranged from the world to which he gave so much and far from the giddy heights of his 1950s heyday.

Johnny Cooper, known as the Maori Cowboy, was the first person to record a rock'n'roll track in New Zealand — by some accounts he was the first to do so outside the United States — when he covered Rock Around The Clock in 1955.

His good friend and fellow musician Midge Marsden said the rocker died at his Lower Hutt home this week, aged 86, suffering from Alzheimer's disease and without a notifiable next of kin.

“It's one of those stories that's a bit sad in the end.”

It is not known exactly when Cooper died. Police were alerted to the fact he might be ill only when his doctor raised concerns on Thursday, Marsden said.

Originally a country singer, Cooper balked at the thought of recording his groundbreaking rock'n'roll track when HMV Records told him he had to.

“I remember him telling us he absolutely hated doing it,” Marsden said. “He said, ‘What's this rubbish? I'm not singing that’.”

But in the end he gave in, and the recording forever etched his name into New Zealand music history.

He was a man well ahead of his time. He started X-Factor-style talent shows in the late 1950s, including Give It A Go!, where Marsden first met Cooper and got his start in the industry.

He also coached and encouraged a young Johnny Devlin, later to become known as New Zealand's Elvis.

“To be fair I didn't really know much about him,” Marsden said of that first encounter. “He had a huge career before I met him, but he didn't really talk about it - he was a pretty humble character.”

Cooper also recorded New Zealand's first original rock'n'roll song, Pie Cart Rock'n'Roll, in 1955.

Younger people might recognise his song Look What You've Done My Baby, which featured in the film Once Were Warriors.

His musical talents took him around the world, leading three concert tours during the 1950s to entertain Kiwi troops in Japan and Korea.

During the last one, in 1956, he and his group were asked by a photographer to “pose beside the beautiful native trees of Tokyo”.

While Cooper sold thousands of records in his prime, he moved more into entertainment promotion in the 1960s, and became less prominent.

He did not so much fall from the limelight as ease himself into the shadows, Marsden said.

“His private life was exactly that — private. He was a transient in later life.”

Kerry Clout, who was Cooper's neighbour in Naenae for more than 30 years, said that, until a few years ago, he was a pillar of the community, always tidying the area and mowing lawns for free.

In recent years, he had begun to suffer from Alzheimer's but was still able to take care of himself.

But Clout said he rarely left the house over those years, and she did not see any family visiting him.

He would always greet her with a smile, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she took him hundreds of tributes and messages from fans and friends from as far afield as England for his birthday earlier this year.

Although it was a sad end, it was important to focus on all the good he did during his life, Clout said.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/10466516/Maori-Cowboy-a-Kiwi-rock-n-roll-pioneer (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/10466516/Maori-Cowboy-a-Kiwi-rock-n-roll-pioneer)

from The Dominion Post....

An unsung musical hero

Johnny Cooper, musician, born 1928, Wairoa; died Septemer 2014, Lower Hutt.

By PHIL GIFFORD | 10:52AM - Saturday, 06 September 2014

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INTO THE LIMELIGHT: Cooper in the early 1950s. He grew up
on a farm in Wairoa, and played guitar to the shearing gangs.
 — Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library.

JOHNNY COOPER, who died in Lower Hutt this week, may have not only been one of the most unsung, but also one of the most modest heroes New Zealand popular music has ever had.

As a country singer in the early 1950s, billing himself as “The Maori Cowboy” he had big hits, and one, “Look What You've Done”, which he wrote himself, became the quintessential Kiwi party song until “Ten Guitars” arrived. It's the song Jake and Beth Heke duet on in the movie “Once Were Warriors”.

In 1955, with a group of Wellington jazz men, he became the first singer outside the United States to record a rock and roll song, cutting “Rock Around The Clock” in HMV's Lower Hutt studios.

His follow-up, “Pie Cart Rock and Roll”, wasn't such a big hit, despite the magic chorus “Rockin' to the rhythm of the pea, pie and pud”.

He turned his hand to promoting talent quests, where his discoveries included the country's first rock and roll idol, Johnny Devlin, Midge Marsden (who played in Bari and The Breakaways as a backing band for contestants) and the Fourmulya, whose song “Nature” would be judged the greatest New Zealand rock song of all time.

Johnny himself was a friendly, deeply modest man, with a beautiful Billy T James laugh, and a good line in self depreciation. His pie cart song, he'd claim, was written in the hopes of free feeds while he was living in Whanganui.

As a promoter, working in a field not famous for people with generous spirits, he was decent and honest. Those of us who had any dealings with him hold fond memories, and mourn his loss.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/culture/10468041/An-unsung-musical-hero (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/culture/10468041/An-unsung-musical-hero)

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 12, 2014, 01:53:20 pm

from The Southland Times....

Wanaka pilot dies in Reno race

By CHE BAKER | 5:00AM - Friday, 12 September 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6JjvxxuTx8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6JjvxxuTx8)
Lee Behel at the 2012 Reno Air Races.

A JET PILOT who competed at the first Gigatown Wanaka jet race has been killed in a plane crash in Nevada.

San Francisco jet pilot Lee Behel, 62, who was a guest racer at this year's Warbirds Over Wanaka event, died after the single-engine experimental GP5 jet he owned crashed at the Reno national championship air races on Tuesday. The CBS 13 news station in Sacramento reported the plane Behel was flying fell apart in the air, as it was flying low through an obstacle course during the qualifying stage of the championships.

Warbirds Over Wanaka general manager Ed Taylor said Behel's death was a shock.

“Lee was a top pilot, a great ambassador for his country and a thoroughly nice guy. He told me that racing at Warbirds Over Wanaka was one of the best times he had had during his long aviation career.”

“I have been in touch with the other US pilots who raced here earlier this year and they are of course still coming to terms with the fact that Lee is no longer with us.”

Behel was a retired air force pilot and recorded two world records as part of the Nevada Air National Guard.

When speaking with The Southland Times at Warbirds, Behel said he began his jet racing career at the first ever jet race at the Reno championships.

“It's very exhilarating. It demands of lot of concentration and skill,” he said.

Jet racing is expected to return to the 2016 Warbirds Over Wanaka event.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/10483950/Wanaka-pilot-dies-in-Reno-race (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/10483950/Wanaka-pilot-dies-in-Reno-race)

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 14, 2014, 01:29:06 am

from the Los Angeles Times....

Ian Paisley dies at 88; Northern Ireland firebrand turned peacemaker

By HENRY CHU | 7:41AM PDT - Friday, September 12, 2014

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Ian Paisley attends a round of peace talks in St. Andrews, Scotland, on October 12th, 2006. — Photo: James Fraser/EPA.

IAN PAISLEY, the thundering Protestant preacher who helped fan the sectarianism of Northern Ireland’s “Troubles” but went on to lead a power-sharing government that included some of his most bitter Catholic enemies, died on Friday in Belfast. He was 88.

His wife, Eileen Paisley, announced his death in a statement. He had been in declining health.

Paisley was one of Northern Ireland’s most prominent figures of the last 50 years and one of its most polarizing, a big-jawed, stentorian-voiced leader who vowed “no surrender” in the fight to maintain British rule in the province.

He denounced peace-minded reformers as traitors, railed against the pope as the Antichrist and made himself a thorn in the side of British prime ministers from both major political parties during a conflict that claimed the lives of more than 3,500 people.

But in a remarkable turnaround, Paisley eventually came to accept the so-called Good Friday agreement in 1998 that ended armed conflict between Protestant loyalists and Catholic republicans. Nine years later, in a scene many thought they’d never witness, the octogenarian Paisley was sworn in as first minister of Northern Ireland’s power-sharing assembly, with a longtime leader of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, at his side as his deputy.

Once sworn enemies, Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness developed such a startling rapport that commentators soon dubbed them the Chuckle Brothers.

“We had the ability to sit down and talk to one another about the way forward, and we were agreed on how we should move forward,” McGuinness later recalled.

The two men worked well together until Paisley stepped down less than a year into the job, in 2008, partly because of his party’s concern over his growing closeness to McGuinness. That same year Paisley gave up his post as moderator of the breakaway Free Presbyterian Church that he had founded more than 60 years ago, and in 2010 he declined to run again for the seat in the British Parliament that he occupied for four decades. (His son won it instead.)

But Paisley remained a charismatic figure to his supporters and a commanding speaker. In early 2012, he delivered a farewell sermon at his Martyrs Memorial Church in Belfast, the Northern Irish capital.

“I am exceedingly happy that I’ve had the privilege of being the preacher here for 65 years, and that’s a long time,” he told his admiring congregants. “We have seen a miraculous work done, and we have seen a great change in our city in many ways.”

He was born Ian Richard Kyle Paisley on April 6th, 1926, in Armagh, the son of an independent Baptist pastor and a religious Scottish mother. He grew up in County Antrim, part of which he would later represent as a member of Parliament, and as a young man felt a calling to follow his father’s footsteps into Christian ministry.

Paisley’s theological training reinforced a fierce and inflammatory Protestantism that gave no quarter to the Roman Catholic Church, which he professed all his life to hate. He had no qualms about describing it as “the mother of all harlots” while insisting he had nothing against individual Catholics.

In 1963, his booming voice, imposing presence and religious invective catapulted him into the public eye when he led protests against a decision to lower the British flag on government buildings in Belfast upon the death of Pope John XXIII.

Paisley’s hard-line religious views were part and parcel of his strident unionism. A year later, his insistence that the Irish flag be removed from display in a Sinn Fein office in Belfast led to riots. And in 1969, Paisley was thrown in jail for heading an illegal counter-demonstration against Catholic civil-rights protesters demanding nondiscrimination in housing and employment.

He entered the British Parliament in 1970 and the European Parliament in 1979, where he created a stir several years later by interrupting a speech by Pope John Paul II, denouncing him loudly as the antichrist and getting himself ejected from the chamber.

Paisley initially viewed the 1998 power-sharing accord as a profound betrayal.

“The British government, in cahoots with Dublin, Washington, the Vatican and the IRA, are intent to destroy the province,” he wrote earlier that year. “The scene is set and the program in position to demolish the province as the last bastion of Protestantism in Europe.”

Yet by the middle of the next decade, Paisley, by then in his late 70s, had begun to mellow. The transformation was partly spurred, perhaps, by a spell of bad health in 2004, when he underwent tests for an undisclosed illness and later acknowledged that he had “walked in death’s shadow”. He appeared gaunt and frail in public.

His health improved, however. He once told an interviewer that his secret was “a glass of cider vinegar with some honey in it every morning. You should try it.”

In 2007, with his Democratic Unionist Party as the largest loyalist grouping in Northern Ireland’s regional assembly, Paisley became the province’s most powerful leader, its first minister. He was 81.

At his swearing-in, he invoked the Bible, saying that there was “a time for love and a time for hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

“From the depth of my heart, I can say Northern Ireland has come to a time of peace. How good it will be to be part of a wonderful healing in this province,” he declared. “Today, we are starting the road which I believe will take us to everlasting peace in our province.”

It was a speech his younger self may have had trouble imagining. Only a few years before, Paisley had declared in an interview: “All I can say is that I’ll not be changing. I will go to the grave with the convictions I have.”

In 2010, he was given a peerage and elevated to the House of Lords as Baron Bannside.

Besides his wife, Paisley is survived by three daughters, two sons and grandchildren.

http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-ian-paisley-dies-20140912-story.html (http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-ian-paisley-dies-20140912-story.html)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 14, 2014, 01:29:59 am

from The Guardian....

Ian Paisley, the Dr No of Ulster politics, dies aged 88

Tributes to DUP firebrand turned Northern Ireland peacemaker
pour in amid critcs' calls not to rewrite his history.

By HENRY McDONALD - Ireland correspondent | 6:58PM BST - Friday, 12 September 2014

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Ian Paisley has died at the age of 88. — Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images.

IAN PAISLEY — the Dr No of Ulster politics who eventually said yes to sharing power with his Irish republican enemies — has died aged 88. His widow, Eileen, confirmed the political veteran, whose name was synonymous with the Troubles and sectarianism, died on Friday morning.

Prime ministers and Irish premiers past and present, political allies, foes and a former IRA chief of staff paid tribute to Paisley's more recent role in securing devolution and power-sharing at Stormont.

Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's deputy first minister and one-time head of the Provisional IRA — which once debated internally whether to assassinate Paisley — was one of the first to warmly recall their time in government.

Minutes after Paisley's death was announced, he tweeted: “Very sad to learn that Ian Paisley has died. My deepest sympathy to his wife Eileen and family. Once political opponents — I have lost a friend.”

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Eileen Paisley, here with Ian at the National College of Ireland
in Dublin, confirmed the death of her husband.
 — Photo: Barbara Lindberg/Rex Features.

In a statement by his family, Paisley's wife said: “My beloved husband, Ian, entered his eternal rest this morning. Although ours is the grand hope of reunion, naturally as a family we are heartbroken. We loved him and he adored us, and our earthly lives are forever changed.”

Mrs Paisley said the funeral would be a private family occasion even though her husband had been Northern Ireland's first minister. However, it is understood a public memorial service will be held later this year. Paisley, or Lord Bannside as he was known in his later years, had a remarkable political journey. It started with him opposing mild reforms to the unionist-dominated Northern Irish state in the late 1950s and early '60s, and led to sharing power with his one-time mortal enemies, Sinn Féin, in the 21st century.

David Cameron described him as “one of the most forceful and instantly recognisable characters in British politics for nearly half a century”. The prime minister said Paisley's decision to enter a power-sharing government with Sinn Féin in 2007 had “required great courage and leadership, for which everyone in these islands should be grateful”. Paisley's successor as leader of the Democratic Unionists — the party Paisley founded in the early '70s — and as first minister, Peter Robinson, said: “It can truly be said of Ian that he was the founding father of the new Northern Ireland.”

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Ian Paisley leaves polling station after casting his vote in the referendum on
historic peace agreement. — Photo: Andrew Cutraro/AFP/Getty Images.

Robinson recalled being attracted to Paisley's politics from the late 60s. “I was drawn towards politics by the strength of Ian's message and by his charisma.”

He added: “A long and glorious period of Ulster history has now closed and already the province seems a little less colourful. Ian has taken his place in history alongside the greats of unionism, making our heritage even richer.”

“To have known him and stood alongside him for so many years has been one of the greatest privileges of my life.”

His long-time political rival and fellow MEP, the Nobel peace prize winner John Hume, said Paisley's overstated outbursts often overshadowed his understated constituency work for the people.

“History will record his political career as a journey – one which took [him] from the politics of division to a place where he accepted agreement as a solution, the need for power-sharing and respect for diversity — but history will also ask if he should have reached this point sooner.”

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Ian Paisley, of the Free Presbyterian church of Ulster, leads demonstration
outside Canterbury Cathedral. — Photo: Ronald Spencer/Associated News.

For other former political opponents Paisley's use of loyalist paramilitary muscle in a general strike to bring down the previous power-sharing government in 1974 resulted in more years of carnage and political deadlock.

John Cushnahan, a one-time leader of the centrist Alliance party, accused commentators on Friday of rewriting Paisley's history. Cushnahan said the “courageous and imaginative” power-sharing experiment of 1974, set up under the Sunningdale agreement, had been destroyed by a combination of IRA violence and the Paisley-led “fascist” Ulster Workers' Council strike.

“Tragically thousands more people were to lose their lives or suffer serious injury before Sinn Féin and the DUP embraced what [was] already on offer in 1974. The belated conversion of both should not result in an attempt to naively rewrite history,” he said.

Tony Blair, who was involved in the 1998 Good Friday agreement, said the Paisley he dealt with “began as the militant … He ended as the peacemaker.”

The former prime minister said: “Over time I got to know him well. He could be an uncompromising, even intransigent opponent. But he was also someone who loved Northern Ireland and its people.”

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Northern Ireland's first minister Peter Robinson has paid tribute to Ian Paisley.
 — Photo: Charles Mcquillan/Getty Images.

Blair's co-partner in pushing the Irish peace process forward, the former taoiseach Bertie Ahern said: “In my younger days I found him a very difficult character but we ended up very good friends. He was a valuable character in the peace process.”

He told RTE radio: “I grew to admire him. The more I got to know him, the more I grew to like him.”

Ahern said Paisley paid a high price politically and personally in his later years after some of his associates of the previous decades deserted him.

Many loyalist paramilitary veterans have been scathing about Paisley's record in using them and then disowning them in an attempt to distance himself and his party from violence by the UVF and UDA paramilitary groups.

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(L-R) Martin McGuinness, Dr Ian Paisley, Prime Minister Tony Blair
and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, in London, May 5th, 2007.
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They labelled him the “Grand Old Duke of York” who led them nowhere except to jail or the cemetery in his quest to become the leading force of unionism.

As the political world was coming to terms with his passing, followers of the Free Presbyterian church he founded were gathering at a makeshift shrine to their spiritual leader in East Belfast.

Dozens of people placed flowers at the Martyrs Memorial on Friday afternoon. It was a poignant spot for a Paisley memorial: after a final sermon in 2011 he was ousted in an internal coup by elders opposed to his political compromises. Paisley never preached in the church again.

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 14, 2014, 01:30:50 am

from The Telegraph....

Lord Bannside — obituary

Lord Bannside was, as Ian Paisley, the firebrand
leader of Protestant oppositon to a united Ireland.

By Telegraph reporters | 1:54PM BST - Friday, 12 September 2014

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Dr Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader. — Photo: PA.

LORD BANNISDE, who has died aged 88, was better known as the Reverend Ian Paisley, a towering figure who founded Northern Ireland’s Free Presbyterian Church and Democratic Unionist Party.

He took an uncompromising sectarian line before, during and after the “Troubles” — for the outbreak of which he bore some responsibility — yet ended his political life as First Minister sharing power with his old enemy, Sinn Fein.

Paisley was often dismissed by commentators outside the Province as a bigot and a buffoon. His political career was repeatedly written off, yet by its end he had outmanoeuvred his moderate Unionist rivals to become Ulster’s elder statesman, the spokesman for a majority of Unionists and undisputed leader of the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Few could have imagined such an outcome in the Sixties, when the young, uncouth firebrand first led working-class Protestants in vociferous opposition to the genteel Unionism of Terence O’Neill, then prime minister of Northern Ireland.

His fiery blend of sectarian preaching and political oratory, which drew heavily on the book of Revelation and the spicier parts of the Old Testament, proved highly potent during the 1974 Ulster Workers’ Strike, when Loyalists — enraged by plans for an all-Ireland dimension to their government — brought down the power-sharing administration established under the Sunningdale Agreement.

At the core of Paisley’s being was a visceral loathing of the Roman Catholic Church, which would have done credit to a 17th-century Ranter. He liked to whip his audiences into a frenzy with his rhetoric about “Old Red Socks” (the Pope); the “great whore... with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication” (the Roman Catholic Church); and about those who “breed like rabbits and multiply like vermin” (its adherents).

He once tried to ban a school production of The Sound of Music because crucifixes were to be carried on stage. As an MEP, he described the EU as a “beast ridden by the Harlot Catholic Church” and part of a plot against Protestantism.

Woe betide the Catholic who incurred Paisley’s wrath: “Priest Murphy,” he apostrophised a cleric who objected in 1958 to his holding meetings in Ballymoney Town Hall, “speak for your own bloodthirsty, persecuting, intolerant, blaspheming, political-religious papacy, but do not dare to be a spokesman of free Ulster men.”

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Ian Paisley addressing a meeting in Belfast in 1972. — Photo: Getty Images.

In Paisley’s version, the story of Ulster was a long catalogue of betrayal by Unionists and Westminster politicians. True Unionists were obliged to fight for themselves: “Come ye out from among them and be separate” had been the dominant biblical text of his childhood and was the essence of his message to his flock. For more than 40 years the self-styled “Voice of Protestant Ulster” articulated the instinctive fears of its grassroots that compromise and conciliation would lead inexorably to a united Ireland. To them, Paisley had saved the Province from this terrible fate.

The inflammatory force of Paisley’s rhetoric was intensified by his physical presence. At 6ft 4in and burly until his later years, he was “the Big Man” to his supporters. Yet he possessed both humour and warmth. As an MP at Westminster and Strasbourg, and later as a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, he scrupulously served his Catholic constituents as faithfully as his Protestant ones.

In the European Parliament, he co-operated amiably on Northern Ireland matters with his fellow Euro-MP, the nationalist John Hume. “I am anti-Roman Catholic,” he told his supporters, “but God being my judge, I love the poor dupes who are ground down under that system.”

In fact, Paisley held views on abortion and divorce and on the arrogance of the English political class that differed little from those of his Catholic counterparts. When in 1968 he met the Nationalist Bernadette Devlin at a secret tea party, they found themselves in broad agreement about the common grievances of the Protestant and Catholic working classes.

But there was never any hope of uniting in a common cause, for — as Paisley told Devlin — in the last analysis he would rather be British than fair. And since loyalty to the Union and to the Protestant religion were inextricably intertwined in Paisley’s mind, he persisted in his divisive fulminations about the Catholic Church.

Paisley’s anachronistic quality fascinated and appalled English observers, who seemed rarely to speak his name without the precursor “that dreadful man”. In Northern Ireland, however, the view of Paisley — among both Protestants and Catholics — was more complex. In his earlier years, his tireless exploitation of inflammatory rhetoric seriously damaged the image of Unionism abroad, and drove frightened Catholics closer to the IRA. The IRA leader Daithi O Conaill, asked about a rumour that there were plans to assassinate Paisley, replied that it would never happen: “Paisley is the best recruiting sergeant we’ve got.”

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Ian Paisley at a rally in Belfast. — Photo: Camera Press.

Moreover, while Paisley condemned Loyalist attacks on Catholics throughout his career, in the Eighties he flirted with the prospect of Protestant “people’s militias” and once conveyed journalists to a hillside in County Antrim at night to witness 500 men in military formation brandishing firearms licences. Loyalist paramilitaries criticised him for inciting them to violence, then distancing himself when it occurred.

The bulk of Unionists felt alienated from the rigidity of Paisley’s massive certainties. But when any whiff of compromise was in the air, his intransigence became a reassurance to people unable to break free from their history. He remained the most popular man in Ulster politics, topping the poll in every European Parliament election from 1979 to 1999.

In the 2003 Assembly elections, Unionists rejected the moderate Unionism of David Trimble and voted for Paisley and his party, not because they cared about his views on the Sabbath, but because they believed Paisley would not “sell out” to the Republic or Sinn Fein.

Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, the younger of two sons, was born on April 6th 1926 in the Catholic section of Armagh. His father, whose family was descended on both sides from early 17th-century Scottish settlers at Sixmilecross, County Tyrone, had served in Carson’s Ulster Volunteer Force during the 1912-13 Home Rule crisis. Later, James Paisley became a drapery store assistant and Baptist pastor who formed his own breakaway church at Ballymena, where Ian attended the Model School and the Technical High School.

In 1942 Paisley enrolled in the Barry School of Evangelism of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, a small sect that had broken with the mother Church in the 17th century. He was ordained by his father in 1946 and appointed minister at the Ravenhill Evangelical Mission Church in Belfast. He became active in the National Union of Protestants, which campaigned for the election of fundamentalist Loyalists to the Stormont Parliament.

In 1951 Paisley was invited to conduct a mission at Crossgar, County Down, where his uninhibited preaching split the congregation; in consequence he founded the Free Presbyterian Church, with himself as moderator: “We in Crossgar,” he declared, “are going back to the old standards and to preach the faith of our fathers.” Despite the opening in Belfast in 1969 of Martyr’s Memorial, one of the largest modern Protestant churches in Europe, the Free Presbyterian Church remained a minority faith with no more than 10,000 followers by 1981.

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Ian Paisley. — Photo: PA.

The foundation of his Church handicapped Paisley’s political career in that it was never recognised by the Orange movement. Paisley had joined the Orange Order after the war, and by 1951 was chaplain of two of its lodges. But the Orange Grand Lodge refused to recognise his ministry, and he made himself unpopular by launching an attack on a Grand Master who would not condemn the advertising of alcohol. Though he remained in demand as a preacher, Paisley finally left the Order in 1962 in protest at the attendance of the Lord Mayor of Belfast at a Requiem Mass.

Paisley’s dedication to the Lord never inhibited his appetite for publicity. In 1958 he denounced the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret for “committing spiritual fornication with the anti-Christ” by visiting Pope John XXIII. In 1962 he handed out Protestant pamphlets in St Peter’s Square and accused the Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey, of “slobbering on his slippers” when he met the Pope. In 1963, after John XXIII’s death, he expressed his satisfaction that “this Romish man of sin is now in Hell”.

Also in 1962, Paisley resigned from Ulster Protestant Action, which strove to keep jobs in Protestant hands and resist the “dark sinister shadow” of Dublin, to “concentrate on Church affairs”. But during the 1964 general election he provoked riots by objecting to an Irish tricolor outside the Republican headquarters in Belfast and sloganising against an ice cream shop of “Italian Papists on the Shankhill Road”.

The next year Paisley headed the opposition to the meeting in Belfast of O’Neill and the Taoiseach, Sean Lemass: “No Mass, No Lemass” read the placards, and “IRA murderer welcomed at Stormont”. In 1966 Paisley’s appeal for a “renewal of the spirit of Carson” resulted in the re-formation of the UVF, which is said to have carried out bomb attacks designed to look like IRA outrages, though Paisley was never directly implicated.

In July 1966, after several attempts, Paisley achieved a modest martyrdom by getting sent to jail for three months after insulting Presbyterian dignitaries for their “Romanising tendencies”. While inside he wrote an “exposition” on St Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, which won him an honorary doctorate from Bob Jones University in South Carolina; he took up the title of “Doctor” with enthusiasm.

Out of prison, Paisley agitated against O’Neill with a renewed intensity, attracting an eclectic range of followers including the pederast John McKeague (despite Paisley’s later campaign to “save Ulster from Sodomy”). O’Neill compared the rise of Paisley to the rise of Hitler, doing Paisley little harm with his more enthusiastic followers.

The foundation of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association in 1967, and signs of the IRA’s resurrection, intensified Protestant alarm. In October 1968 Paisley reacted to a civil rights march planned for Armagh by forcibly occupying the city centre. Three months later Loyalist thugs ambushed a civil rights march between Belfast and Derry at Burntollet Bridge, and at the end of January 1969 Paisley was sentenced to another three months in prison for his part in the Armagh fracas.

But it was O’Neill who suffered the consequences. On his release from prison, Paisley pressed him close at Bannside in elections for Stormont. When, that April, O’Neill agreed to universal suffrage in local elections his government began to fall apart, and a series of explosions in Belfast blew him out of office.

The province descended into near anarchy, and in August British troops were sent in to restore order. The British government’s hopes that support for Paisley was not widespread were dashed the next year when, on O’Neill’s elevation to the peerage, Paisley won his seat and went on to take North Antrim at the June 1970 Westminster election.

Paisley turned his fire first on James Chichester-Clark, who had succeeded O’Neill as Prime Minister, and then on his successor, Brian Faulkner. When Faulkner, with the support of Edward Heath’s government, resorted to the catastrophic policy of internment, Paisley denounced it as “the best bonus the IRA ever received”.

The imposition of direct rule in 1972 and the Provisional IRA’s bombing of the Four Step Inn in the Shankill Road gave Paisley the boost he needed to make the final break with moderate Unionism. He established the DUP to unite religious and political fundamentalism, institutionalising the split in Unionism that had long been inherent in his activities.

In March 1973, after a White Paper proposed a new Ulster assembly in which Catholic nationalists would be proportionately represented, Paisley got himself elected to the new body by promising to wreck it. He was as good as his word. The following January, a month after the establishment of a power-sharing executive under Faulkner, Paisley and his followers paralysed proceedings by occupying the seats reserved for it. It took eight policemen to remove him from the chamber. In May, a general strike of Protestant workers brought about the collapse of the executive and a return to direct rule.

Paisley’s rejection of any kind of power-sharing guaranteed political deadlock for the rest of the decade, and in 1979 his intransigence was vindicated when he topped the poll in the first European elections. His tactics were to list the number of Catholics in each member state and present himself as the Protestant champion who would cleanse the Romish “whorehouse” of Strasbourg.

He professed great hopes of the incoming Margaret Thatcher; so when she initiated talks with the Taoiseach, Charles Haughey, on “possible new institutional structures”, he was appalled. “Every man in Ulster,” Paisley bawled, “is now to declare himself whether he is on the side of the lying, treachery and betrayal of the British government, or whether he stands ready to defend, to the last drop of blood, his British and Irish heritage.”

Paisley could not prevent the signing of the 1985 Hillsborough Agreement, under which an Anglo-Irish conference was set up. Unable to sway the two governments, he turned his tactical gifts to undermining their potential allies in the official Ulster Unionists (UUP) under James Molyneaux.

At first Paisley and Molyneaux were united in opposing the Anglo-Irish Agreement and signed a joint declaration to the effect that “Ulster says No”. In 1986 they called a Loyalist strike that ended in a wave of violence. “Mrs Thatcher,” bellowed Paisley, “has declared war on the Ulster people. I have news for the Prime Minister. God is in his heaven. The day of glory for Margaret Thatcher is over. The day when she was hailed in robes of glory has passed. The robing of this woman is going to be the robes of shame, for God will take her in hand.”

That February, in the midst of this abuse, Mrs Thatcher invited Molyneaux and Paisley to Downing Street for a “chat”. It was typical of Paisley that when he emerged, he professed himself impressed by her sincerity — only to revert to polemics when he got home. As unrest escalated, the pact with Molyneaux came under increasing strain. By 1989 the UUP had agreed a policy of forging better relations with the Republic and the pact was broken.

Paisley’s tactics of alternating negotiation and walkout continued to obstruct progress under Mrs Thatcher’s successor John Major. In 1990, and again in 1992, Paisley agreed to join inter-party and inter-government talks, only to quit in protest at what he saw as the Republic’s territorial ambitions in the Province. The Downing Street Declaration of 1993 brought predictable accusations from Paisley that a “secret deal” had been done with the IRA. “You have sold Ulster,” he told Major, “to buy off the fiendish Republican scum.”

After the IRA and Loyalist paramilitaries declared a ceasefire in 1995, however, the British government sensed the tide turning in its favour; and when Paisley went to see Major he got a less friendly reception. Their brief conversation ended with Paisley being summarily ejected from Downing Street.

In deciding to go over the heads of the DUP and negotiate with the UUP under Molyneaux and later David Trimble, Major banked on Paisley misreading the public mood in the Province. And when in 1998, under the new Labour government, the people of Northern Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying the “Good Friday” Peace accord, it seemed the tide had turned decisively.

But it was too soon to dismiss Paisley, who took every opportunity to stir up Protestant fears of plots and secret deals, aided by the IRA’s endless procrastination over decommissioning . Devolved government was tried, and collapsed, four times, sitting for 30 months in total. As they felt the ground slipping from under them, the language of Trimble’s UUP and David Hume’s SDLP became more immoderate, but they were out-outraged by Paisley’s DUP and Gerry Adams’s Sinn Fein.

In the 1998 Assembly elections, hopes at Westminster for a poor showing by the DUP were confounded when the party came within an ace of toppling Trimble’s UUP as the largest party. The DUP took two seats in the power-sharing executive (Paisley, like the leaders of the SDLP and Sinn Fein, chose not to become a minister), but its ministers refused to attend meetings of the Executive Committee (cabinet) in protest at Sinn Fein’s participation. The Executive was suspended after the IRA was found to be using Sinn Fein’s Stormont office to track potential targets.

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Ian Paisley. — Photo: REX.

In the 2003 Assembly elections, the DUP overtook the UUP, achieving 30 seats to the UUP’s 27, and in the 2005 general election it very nearly wiped out the UUP, taking nine seats to the UUP’s one.

In October 2005 Paisley was sworn of the Privy Council, an honour to which he became entitled as leader of the fourth largest political party in the British Parliament.

Paisley was disarmingly honest about the strategy that had served him so well since his arrival on the political scene: “I may be in the driving seat, but I don’t necessarily have to drive,” he said. “I can sit in that seat with a poker and give Tony Blair a poke in the ribs, but I don’t need to come up with any formula or solutions. The government created this mess and the onus is on Blair to come up with the solution.”

Having established himself as both the key and the main obstacle to any return to power-sharing, Paisley continued to conduct his adversarial Punch and Judy show with Gerry Adams. Yet there were signs that he was mellowing, which coincided with a bout of serious illness in 2004; that autumn he travelled to Dublin for an amicable meeting with the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern.

When, in September 2005, a group under the Canadian General John de Chastelain confirmed that the IRA had finally decommissioned its arsenal, Paisley refused to accept their verdict, insisting: “You can’t build the bridge of trust with the scaffolding of lies and underhand deals.” And in July 2006 he told a rally in Portrush that Sinn Fein would join the government of Northern Ireland “over our dead bodies”.

Yet that October Paisley was party to the St Andrew’s Agreement — involving both the British and Irish governments — in which all parties agreed to fresh Assembly elections and a resumption of power-sharing in return for Sinn Fein accepting the Police Service of Northern Ireland. The elections confirmed him as leader of the province’s largest party, and on May 8th 2007, at the age of 81, he took office as First Minister, with Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness, a self-confessed former IRA commander, his deputy. Power-sharing was resumed with remarkably few difficulties, Paisley and McGuinness even attending events together until Paisley stepped down as First Minister on June 5th 2008, handing over to Peter Robinson, who would prove more intransigent.

Paisley retired as an MP at the 2010 election, being created a life peer as Lord Bannside, and in 2011 he stood down from the Assembly. That November he gave up the leadership of the Church he had headed for two-thirds of his life, retiring from the pulpit in January 2012. Yet he continued to insist: “I’ll not be changing. I will go to the grave with the convictions I have.”

Ian Paisley married, in 1956, Eileen Cassells. They had two sons, Kyle, a churchman, and Ian, MP for North Antrim and a former DUP assemblyman, and a daughter, Rhonda, a former Belfast councillor and television presenter.

Lord Bannside, born April 6th 1926, died September 12th 2014.

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from The Telegraph....

Ian Paisley was willing to sacrifice his beliefs for peace

By NORMAN TEBBIT | Friday, 12 September 2014

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Dr Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader. — Photo: PA.

FEW PEOPLE were so willing as Ian Paisley at the end to sacrifice so much of his beliefs to achieve a settlement in Northern Ireland.

Although many accused him of sacrificing principles for office, I think that it was a genuine acceptance on his part that unless sacrifices were made on both sides, there could be no settlement and only enduring strife in Northern Ireland. One hopes his political heirs will be as subtle as he eventually proved to be.

He will long be remembered as one of the builders of the settlement which is still probably the best thing that could have happened in the province.

• Lord Tebbit is one of Britain's most outspoken conservative commentators and politicians. He was a senior cabinet minister in Margaret Thatcher's government and is a former Chairman of the Conservative Party. He has also worked in journalism, publishing, advertising and was a pilot in the RAF and British Overseas Airways.

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from The Telegraph....

Ian Paisley is dead — the old hypocrite

By RUTH DUDLEY EDWARDS | Friday, 12 September 2014

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Dr Ian Paisley. — Photo: PA.

IN TUNE with the always reliably amoral musings of Peter Hain, commentators have been lining up to hail the Reverend Ian Paisley, the man of peace.

They do admit that it took him a while to move from the path of negativity to accepting the embrace of Martin McGuinness. But that, we are told, was because circumstances had changed and he had seen the light.

Paisley was born in 1926 and didn’t become a man of peace until in 2005 it suited him to become one in exchange for a peerage, international acclaim, and the right to have it on his tombstone that he was the First Minister of Northern Ireland.

A thundering bigot and a force for ill almost all of his life, he was never targeted for assassination by the IRA leadership because they were smart enough to realise he was their best recruiting sergeant.

As a Northern Irish evangelical Christian preacher, the life choices for Paisley were rather narrow, but he took full advantage of what were available. He wanted all the adulation and power that was going and to crow on top of whatever hill there was to be on top of.

Unfortunately for Northern Ireland, Paisley had exceptional eloquence, charisma and ruthlessness necessary to destroy any who stood in his way. I will never forget the experience of listening to his powerful preaching in his Martyrs’ Memorial Church. The true believers were rapt and ecstatic.

Paisley was only 25 when he fell out with the Presbyterian church in which he was a minister and so founded the much more fundamentalist Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. Distinguished for its abusive anti-Catholicism and its designation of all popes as anti-Christ, he was its supreme leader for almost 60 years. Then he made a U-turn on some of its core beliefs by going into government with unrepentant terrorists and taking on an office — that of First Minister — which involved responsibility for the protection of LGBT rights.

He was forced to resign as moderator, but he held on to the manse even though the church had bought him a retirement home. Paisley wasn’t motivated by financial greed, but he liked his comfort. And being a devoted father and very attached to his family, he liked storing up comforts for them too. In the interests of peace, Tony Blair gave Eileen Paisley a peerage to keep him company. Ian Junior inherited his father’s seat.

Normal unionist parties were too tame for Paisley. In 1950 he campaigned for the Ulster Unionist Party, but broke away to join the National Union of Protestants, from whom he split when its leader refused to become a member of his Free Presbyterians. After some years of the street agitation and general troublemaking in which he excelled, he did so well when contesting the constituency of Bannside against Captain Terence O’Neill, the Prime Minister, as to weaken him fatally and help bring him down.

Paisley founded the Democratic Unionist Party in 1971, which he ruled despotically until he had to step down from government in 2008. Even though nominally a constitutional politician, Paisley would use his magnetism and eloquence to convince generations of loyalists to hate and fear their Catholic neighbours. He was careful never to condone murder, but he inspired many to join the loyalist paramilitaries whom he disowned.

His political career consisted mainly of destroying every unionist leader who wanted to make peace with Irish nationalists, his most distinguished scalp being David Trimble, a man of vision and courage, who was downed by Paisley’s tribal appeals to reject the power-sharing deal with Sinn Fein, “the spawn of Satan”.

That he agreed a virtually identical deal himself was no surprise to Paisley-connoisseurs. He was well suited to holding office with Sinn Fein, whose mastery of hypocritical rhetoric rivalled his. What became known as the Paisley-McGuinness “Chuckle Brothers” routine was hailed by the credulous as a sign that old enemies were now united. What they had done, of course, was to take power and divide the spoils.

“Very sad to learn that Ian Paisley has died,” Martin McGuinness says. “My deepest sympathy to his wife Eileen & family. Once political opponents — I have lost a friend.”

I wonder how the victims of both these men feel today.

• Ruth Dudley Edwards is a historian and a prize-winning biographer and crime writer. Her eleven non-fiction books include The Pursuit of Reason: The Economist, 1843-1993 and Aftermath: The Omagh Bombing and the Families’ Pursuit of Justice. Her twelfth crime novel is Killing the Emperors, a satire on the world of conceptual art.

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on September 15, 2014, 11:54:23 pm

Dunedin Sound's Gutteridge dies

NZ Newswire

Updated September 15, 2014, 1:14 pm

One of New Zealand's more notable musicians behind "the Dunedin Sound", Peter Gutteridge, has died.

Gutteridge, in his early 50s, died on Monday morning, music critic Simon Sweetman wrote in a blog.

In the early 1980s, Gutteridge was a founding member of The Chills, The Clean and The Great Unwashed. He later went on to form Snapper.

Sweetman said he passed on news of Gutteridge's death so people could "grieve the passing of one of the heroes of New Zealand's alternative music".

"Gutteridge was one of the icons of Dunedin music, the Dunedin Sound - he had a wildness in his heart and in his head it seemed. He channelled that in ugly/beautiful measures in the music he wrote and played."

Snapper performed a reunion tour last year following Gutteridge's treatment for drug use.

Record label Flying Nun, responsible for many of the Dunedin bands in the 1980s, remembered Gutteridge as a great talent.

"All of us, and so many people around the world, have been touched and effected by his music, whether it be the swirling fuzz of the guitar or haunting piano melodies, Peter was a true hero of New Zealand music, and will deeply missed," the label said on its website.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this very sad time.
"Thank you Peter for all the music, may you rest in peace."


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 26, 2014, 01:17:08 pm

from the Los Angeles Times....

Jack Bruce, bassist with classic rock trio Cream, dead at 71

By MIKAEL WOOD | 12:16PM PDT - Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Jack Bruce, who died Saturday, performing in 2008. The bassist was best known for his membership in the band Cream.
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JACK BRUCE, whose muscular yet melodic bass lines helped power the bluesy British rock trio Cream, died Saturday aged 71, according to a post on the musician's Facebook page.

“It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend,” the note (https://www.facebook.com/JackBruceMusic/posts/10152809784802943) reads. “The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.” Rolling Stone reported (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/cream-bassist-jack-bruce-dead-at-71-20141025) that Bruce's publicist said the bassist died at his home in Suffolk, England.

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British musician Jack Bruce was best known as bass player and vocalist for the power trio Cream. — Photo: David Redfern/Redferns.

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Bassist Jack Bruce, left, drummer Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton of Cream perform live onstage at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2005 during
their first reunion concert. The band broke up in 1968. — Photo: Yui Mok/Associated Press.

Best known for such late-'60s hits as “White Room” and “Sunshine of Your Love”, Cream featured Bruce (who also sang) along with singer-guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker; each had previously established himself in the British blues-rock scene, leading many to regard the band as a so-called super group.

It worked quickly: “Fresh Cream”, the trio's first studio album, came out in 1966, followed by “Disraeli Gears” in 1967 and “Wheels of Fire” in 1968. “Goodbye”, the band's final disc (with several live tracks recorded at the Forum in Inglewood), appeared in 1969, though by that time the group had already broken up.

Bruce then began a long solo career before reuniting with Cream in 1993, when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and again in 2005 for concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York's Madison Square Garden. Bruce's most recent solo album, “Silver Rails”, came out in March.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDZqmF3zS04 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDZqmF3zS04)

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-jack-bruce-bassist-cream-dead-20141025-story.html (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-jack-bruce-bassist-cream-dead-20141025-story.html)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 20, 2014, 03:43:01 pm

Top aviator and Warbirds founder Trevor Bland dies

Fairfax NZ News | 4:20PM - Saturday, 20 September 2014

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The Roaring '40s at Warbirds Over Wanaka. — Photo: GAVIN CONWAY.

ONE OF New Zealand's top aviators and the founding president of the NZ Warbirds Association has died.

Trevor Bland, 78, died at Auckland Hospital this morning following a long illness. He is survived by his wife and four daughters and two step daughters.

Bland first served as a Vampire pilot in the Royal New Zealand Air Force in the 1950s before moving to RAF as an aerobatic pilot, where he made his name as one of the New Zealand's best known display pilots.

Later he rejoined the air force before becoming an Air New Zealand pilot.

Bland's passion for flight transcended outside of work hours and he owned a number of vintage planes.

In 1978, he founded the New Zealand Warbirds Association, which restores and preserve ex-air force service aircrafts.

Bland served as president for thirty years before stepping down seven years ago due to ill health.

Gavin Trethewey, former president of the Warbirds Association, said Bland will leave a legacy for the association's 400 members.

“We all look up to him enormously because of the fact that he was the founder of our association,” he said.

“He had very big shoes to fill.”

Bland's story is recorded in his biography, Rags to Rivets — the Trevor Bland story, by Ron Pemberton.

Funeral arrangements are yet to be confirmed.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/64354800/top-aviator-and-warbirds-founder-trevor-bland-dies (http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/64354800/top-aviator-and-warbirds-founder-trevor-bland-dies)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 23, 2014, 09:34:42 pm

from the Los Angeles Times....

Bobby Keys dies at 70; Rolling Stones saxophonist

By KRISTIN M. HALL | 5:45PM PST - Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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Bobby Keys, left, Mick Jagger, Mick Taylor and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones perform live onstage at Newcastle City Hall
in the United Kingdom on September 13th, 1973. — Photo: Ian Dickson/Redferns.

BOBBY KEYS, a saxophonist and lifelong rock ‘n' roller who played on recordings by Buddy Holly and John Lennon and performed the solo on the Rolling Stones' “Brown Sugar”, has died. He was 70.

Keys died on Tuesday at his home in Franklin, Tennessee, after a lengthy illness, according to his friend and fellow musician Michael Webb. Keys had been on tour with the Stones this year before his health prevented him from performing.

“The Rolling Stones are devastated by the loss of their very dear friend and legendary saxophone player, Bobby Keys,” the band said in a statement. “Bobby made a unique musical contribution to the band since the 1960s. He will be greatly missed.”

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Bobby Keys and The Rolling Stones perform at the Inglewood Forum in 1975. — Photo: Tony Barnard/Los Angeles Times.

Known for his raw, raucous style, the Lubbock, Texas, native was born on the same day as Keith Richards — December 18th, 1943 — and the Stones guitarist would often cite Keys as a soul mate and favorite musician. Besides “Brown Sugar”, Keys also played memorable solos on such Stones favorites as the 7-minute jam “Can't You Hear Me Knocking” and the country-styled “Sweet Virginia”. Other career highlights included John Lennon's chart-topping “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” and albums by Richards, George Harrison, Barbra Streisand and Eric Clapton.

“I have lost the largest pal in the world, and I can't express the sense of sadness I feel, although Bobby would tell me to cheer up,” Richards said in a statement.

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LEFT: Saxophone player Bobby Keys, during the sound check for the first night of the Rolling Stones' 1973 European World
Tour in Stadthalle, Vienna, on September 1st, 1973. — Photo: Michael Putland/Getty Images. | RIGHT: Rolling Stones
guitarist Keith Richards and saxophonist Bobby Keys perform at Arena Amsterdam September 22nd, 2003.
 — Photo: Rob Verhorst/Redferns.

Keys' career dated back to the 1950s, when as a teenager he played with fellow Lubbock native Holly and The Crickets. He met the Stones in the mid-'60s while they were on the same bill at a state fair in San Antonio, Texas, and was distraught that the British rockers had recorded a cover of Holly's “Not Fade Away”.

“I said, ‘Hey, that was Buddy's song’,” Keys recalled in Richards' memoir “Life”, published in 2010. “Who are these pasty-faced, funny-talking, skinny-legged guys to come over here and cash in on Buddy's song?”

But once Keys listened more closely, he decided the Stones were playing “actual rock and roll,” an opinion the Stones shared about Keys. He first recorded with them in the late 1960s and toured and recorded with them off and on over the following decades, his work featured on three of the group's most acclaimed albums: “Let It Bleed”, “Sticky Fingers” and “Exile on Main Street”.

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Bobby Keys of the Rolling Stones, right, joins from left, Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers Band, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead,
Trey Anastasio of Phish and Grace Potter of the Nocturnals at A Benefit for Headcount at The Capitol Theatre on September 7th, 2012,
in Point Chester, New York. — Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic.

In some ways, he was too close to Richards, developing a heroin addiction that led to his temporary estrangement from the group. But he was with them on every major tour over the past quarter of a century, dependably stepping up for his solo on “Brown Sugar”.

Keys' memoir “Every Night's a Saturday Night” was published in 2012, with a foreword by Richards. Keys recalled that he was first exposed to rock ‘n' roll through Holly's music — not on the radio, but at the grand opening of a Texas gas station near the home of Keys' grandparents. It was the first time he had heard an electric guitar played live.

“And right then and there, I knew I wanted to have something to do with that music,” Keys explained.

Kristin M. Hall writes for the Associated Press.

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-bobby-keys-20141203-story.html (http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-bobby-keys-20141203-story.html)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 23, 2014, 09:34:57 pm

from the Los Angeles Times....

Joe Cocker dies at 70; British blues-rock singer who rocked Woodstock

By RANDY LEWIS | 8:02PM PST - Monday, December 22, 2014

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Singer Joe Cocker performs at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, upstate New York, in August 1969. — Photo: Associated Press.

EVEN by the wild and woolly standards of rock music in the late 1960s, there was nothing right about Joe Cocker's career-making performance at the Woodstock summer music festival in upstate New York.

He wasn't handsome by any conventional measure, his voice sounded as though he'd just swallowed a length of rusty barbed wire and his body contorted to such extremes that anybody watching wondered if he was in the grip of an epileptic seizure.

Yet in writhing his way through the Beatles' “With a Little Help From My Friends”, which sounded light-years away from the Fab Four's bouncy pop version, the British blues-rock-R&B vocalist turned in what became one of the most indelible performances of that gathering of many of the greatest rock musicians of the era, and introduced a singer who became one of the most creative and soulful interpreters of other people's songs.

For Cocker — who died on Monday at his Colorado home at 70 after battling small-cell lung cancer in recent years — his instantly identifiable, highly idiosyncratic performance style, which became fodder for parody years later on “Saturday Night Live[/i]”
(http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-joe-cockers-other-legacy-john-belushis-impression-20141222-story.html)[/url], was simply the way he felt music.

“When I look at the old footage, I can't quite deal with it,” he told an interviewer in 2008, saying his contortions were how he thought he'd move if he could play an instrument, a talent that escaped him “because I have these fat thumbs.”

His ragged, tortured vocals became an ideal outlet for blues-rooted music that emulated and then transcended his lifelong admiration of soul singer Ray Charles.

“He was a blues singer without necessarily singing the blues,” Robert Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum, said on Monday. “He was the male equivalent of Janis Joplin, not only in the way he let the emotion of the song take over his entire being — his voice, his body, his soul — he also lived hard and his voice was not something he treasured in the way a lot of great singers do. He abused it, which gave it that vitality. But over time, that becomes a detriment.”

Indeed, Cocker's life often played out the way his anguished hit interpretations sounded when he reinvented the Boxtops' “The Letter”, the Beatles' “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window”, Leon Russell's “Delta Lady”, Dave Mason's “Feelin' Alright”, Arthur Hamilton's 1950s torch song “Cry Me a River” and Billy Preston's “You Are So Beautiful”.

He embodied, yet survived, the hedonistic excesses of the 1960s and '70s rock world, indulging in alcohol, heroin, PCP and, as he once put it, “just about every drug imaginable.”[/size]

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Joe Cocker performs with John Belushi on “Saturday Night Live” on October 2nd, 1976. — Picture: NBC.

Unlike Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and others whose battles with their demons led to early deaths, Cocker kept singing and recording — perhaps in part because of his hearty constitution from a hardscrabble early life in the steel town of Sheffield in northern England.

He faced serious financial troubles in the 1970s, '80s and beyond, but Cocker periodically resurfaced with hits that brought his voice before new generations of listeners.

In 1975, he recorded “You Are So Beautiful”, a song written by Preston originally as a gospel song about Jesus and then retooled as an expression of romantic love.

Cocker once said it “is probably the … strongest tune I ever did in just the simplicity in it.... There's a little thing at the end that goes ‘… to me’. You know the note?”

“When I sang it in the studio,” he told NPR in 2012, “I remember everyone pricking up their ears — the whole studio, the staff, the engineers. And you know, it kind of woke up something in me, that softer side that I have going for me. It comes into my mind a lot, that tune. It's just such a lovely melody.”

The soft side of the hard-living Englishman came to the fore again seven years later when he was invited to record a duet with singer-songwriter Jennifer Warnes for the film “An Officer and a Gentleman”. The pair won the Grammy Award for pop performance by a duo or group for “Up Where We Belong”, written by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jack Nitzsche and Will Jennings.

It was a far cry from the jagged material he first became known for.

“A lot of people wondered what had happened to the old gravel belter when they heard it and thought I'd softened up and gone all pop,” he said. “I like a ballad, but doing lighter stuff like that doesn't really suit me, because I've always been a rocker at heart, and I'll always return to my soul roots.”

He typically did so through a series of about 30 albums released throughout his recording career, which began inauspiciously in 1963 with a round of sessions featuring his band Vance Arnold & the Avengers.

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Joe Cocker performs at Woodstock in August 1994. — Photo: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times.

John Robert Cocker was born May 20th, 1944, the youngest son of Harold Cocker, a civil servant, and his wife, Madge. Early on he was attracted to the dark, pain-fueled singing of American singer Ray Charles, and to the scrappy music of English skiffle star Lonnie Donegan. At 12, Cocker joined his older brother Victor's skiffle band and made his first venture singing in public, then took the name Vance Arnold when he put together his own group.

They played clubs in Sheffield then got a slot opening for the Rolling Stones in 1963 for a show at Sheffield City Hall. He landed a solo contract with Decca in 1964 and put out a rendition of the Beatles then-current song “I'll Cry Instead”, to little notice. But it telegraphed his ability to put his own stamp on material by some of the most highly regarded songwriters of the era.

Joe Cocker's Big Blues Band followed soon, and again generated little real traction. He formed the Grease Band — the group that would support him at Woodstock just a few years later — in 1966 with keyboardist-songwriter Chris Stainton, the co-writer of “Marjorine”, which gave Cocker his first U.K. hit in 1968.

That's the year Cocker chose to take another whack at a Beatles song, and he radically reimagined “With a Little Help From My Friends” as a slow, screaming blues workout — future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was among the players backing him — in which Cocker engaged in an increasingly fervent call and response with the backup singers in the song's question-answer lyric.

Cocker's agonized cries took the song to a realm the Beatles hadn't imagined, and Paul McCartney on Monday said in a statement, “It was just mind-blowing, [he] totally turned the song into a soul anthem, and I was forever grateful for him for having done that.”

It was a major career boost when Cocker was booked to perform at Woodstock in 1969 along with more established rock heroes, including Hendrix, Joplin, the Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jefferson Airplane.

After Woodstock, he mounted the fabled Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour, a juggernaut with more than three dozen musicians, from which he made little money because of the massive overhead and indulgences that helped create the blueprint for what came to be known as the era of “sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll”.

Rock critic and author Anthony DeCurtis said at that time that “what Mad Dogs & Englishmen represented was ... the high-water mark of a certain kind of utopian impulse in popular music.”

The tour made a bona fide rock star out of American musician Leon Russell, the tour's bandleader, pianist, singer and arranger, but left Cocker's career on the ropes, setting a pattern of fits and starts because of his addictions that played out for almost three decades.

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Joe Cocker performs during a concert in Nice, France, on April 6th, 2013. — Photo: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images.

The successes of “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong” rejuvenated his career and finances for a time, income from the latter hit allowing him to buy a sizable ranch in Santa Barbara.

He attempted to lead a healthier lifestyle at several junctures, but it took him decades to quit drugs and alcohol entirely.

“It's not any fun having people tell you about things that you can't remember yourself,” he said in 1995, about six years before he got sober. “It's like your life never happened, like you went out on the road, did a whole tour and got back and can't remember any of it.”

He and his wife, Pam, married in 1987 and a few years later bought a 240-acre ranch in the mountains of Crawford, Colorado, about 250 miles southwest of Denver, where the singer devoted much of his time to growing tomatoes, walking his dogs, fly fishing, riding horses and playing billiards.

For all the pleasure he got from the more rural lifestyle, he periodically wondered whether he'd lose connection with his musical muse.

“I'm afraid if I quit for a while,” he told the Denver Post in 2008, “I may not be able to get it back.”

Although he periodically recorded gospel songs, much like his hero Charles, Cocker kept his spiritual beliefs largely private.

But he was never shy about touting the place music held in his life.

“When I think of some of the stuff I've been through,” he told the Chicago Tribune in 1986, “people ask me if I'll ever retire. But as long as my voice is in pretty good shape, why should I? ... I really do live for music. Without it, there isn't much left of me. I'd just be a lost soul.”

In addition to his wife and brother Victor, Cocker is survived by a stepdaughter, Zoey Schroeder, and two grandchildren, Eva and Simon Schroeder.

Los Angeles Times staff writer Christine Mai-Duc contributed to this report.

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-joe-cocker-20141223-story.html (http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-joe-cocker-20141223-story.html)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 16, 2015, 12:35:29 pm

Renowned architect Sir Ian Athfield dies, age 74 (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/65111371/Renowned-architect-Sir-Ian-Athfield-dies-age-74)

     (The Dominion Post | 1:12PM - Friday, 16 January 2015)

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He didn't survive long enough to receive his “GONG” in person from the Governor-General (the old tap on the shoulders with the sword).

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 19, 2015, 11:16:12 pm

from The Dominion Post....

Editorial: Athfield lives on in his work

EDITORIAL | 5:00AM - Monday, 19 January 2015

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SIR IAN ATHFIELD was a great Wellingtonian who changed the face of his city. If you seek his monument, as was famously said of another noted architect, look around you. Athfield lives on in concrete and steel and will be remembered long after a tribe of local bigwigs and lesser architects have passed into oblivion.

Ath's trademark was whim and eccentricity, and his wackiest creation was his own house. Here he could let his imagination run amok, unchained by the demands of the rich and powerful who commonly hired him. Not everyone loved or loves the house that writhes and sprawls down the hill below Khandallah. Some of his neighbours positively hated it. Athfield once claimed that the critics had killed his chooks and even left bullet holes in his house.

People loved and hated his buildings, but what mattered more was that they noticed them and argued. Athfield helped make architecture matter to people, as it should. It is the most public art, and the one that has most influence on our daily lives.

A lot of New Zealand architecture is bland and oppressive, like Te Papa. Athfield's buildings were never like that. Think what could have happened if he and the genius Frank Gehry had been chosen to design the national museum instead of failing even to make the short list. We might have had a masterpiece; we would certainly have had a building that lived in controversy. Instead, we have a giant nonentity.

Athfield's style is known to people who have no interest in architecture at all. Everyone knows the nikau pillars of the Wellington Library, a kind of visual joke or paradox that is pure Athfield. But more impressive, perhaps, are the great curved glass windows that form a wall of the library and look out to the harbour. This was a splendid design that was both striking and useful. Readers love the vast view that surrounds the pages they are studying, and flock to this great building.

Athfield said once that there was no one way to design a building and that the space between the buildings was as important as the buildings themselves. The civic centre is a triumph of this principle. Somehow Athfield welded this weird collection of buildings into a single harmony. This is civic space as a celebration of diversity.

Athfield's style is always recognisable but always adapted to the particular place. The Chews Lane redevelopment is a special success, a shaft of light in Gotham City. Sometimes it takes people years or even decades to see how superbly the building matches the landscape. The house he designed in 1980 for winemaker John Buck of Te Mata vineyard in Hawke's Bay raised a ruckus with the neighbours: they hated its concrete curves and waves. Now it is part of our heritage.

Athfield was a working-class boy who grew up in a drab part of southern Christchurch. His life was a sustained refusal to add to the dreariness of our built environment. His was a joyful architecture, and the joy will outlast the irritation, the back-biting and the bullet-holes. We owe a debt of gratitude to Ian Athfield.

Related news story:

Renowned architect Sir Ian Athfield dies, aged 74 (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/65111371/Renowned-architect-Sir-Ian-Athfield-dies-aged-74)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/editorials/65170660/Editorial-Athfield-lives-on-in-his-work (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/editorials/65170660/Editorial-Athfield-lives-on-in-his-work)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: akadaka on January 20, 2015, 03:48:32 pm

Coronation Street's Anne Kirkbride dies


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Alicat on January 21, 2015, 09:42:25 am

Coronation Street's Anne Kirkbride dies


She died young - 60 years old. Kirkbride was battling cervical cancer a few years ago. I guess it had spread. RIP.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 17, 2015, 12:07:40 pm

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Alicat on February 17, 2015, 12:19:17 pm

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I had a huge amount of respect for Celia Lashlie. She had balls. RIP (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/24emrosesad.gif)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 18, 2015, 01:40:27 pm

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 25, 2015, 11:47:20 am

from Radio NZ News....

Dame Thea Muldoon dies

7:36AM - Wednesday, 25 February 2015

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Dame Thea and Sir Robert Muldoon.

DAME THEA MULDOON, the wife of the late former prime minister, Sir Robert Muldoon, has died in Auckland aged 87.

Born Thea Dale Flyger, she had a strict upbringing in Huntly, and National Party meetings were one of the few places where she was allowed to go as a young, single woman.

She met Robert Muldoon when she was chairing a debate at a Young Nationals meeting. They were married in 1951.

As the wife of the prime minister from 1975 to 1984, she spoke regularly at functions, opened buildings, and visited the sick, very young and elderly.

Accordingly, she was the first prime minister's wife to have her own full-time secretary.

Dame Thea was made a dame in 1993 for her services to the community. She is survived by two of her three children.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/267024/dame-thea-muldoon-dies (http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/267024/dame-thea-muldoon-dies)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on February 28, 2015, 08:01:16 am

my bolding emphasis

Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies
By Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer | Associated Press – 58 minutes ago

Leonard Nimoy, world famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek' TV series and films, dies at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.

Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, with family at his side, said his son, Adam Nimoy. He was 83.

Although Nimoy followed his 1966-69 "Star Trek" run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public's mind he would always be Spock. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner's often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of TV and film's most revered cult series.
"He affected the lives of many," Adam Nimoy said. "He was also a great guy and my best friend."

Asked if his father chafed at his fans' close identification of him with his character, Adam Nimoy said, "Not in the least. He loved Spock."

His death drew immediate reaction on Earth and in space.

"I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love," Shatner said.

"Live Long and Prosper, Mr. #Spock!" tweeted Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, aboard the International Space Station.

Nimoy displayed ambivalence to the famous role in the titles of his two autobiographies: "I Am Not Spock" (1975) and "I Am Spock" (1995).

After "Star Trek" ended, the actor immediately joined the hit adventure series "Mission Impossible" as Paris, the mission team's master of disguises.

From 1976 to 1982, he hosted the syndicated TV series "In Search of ... ," which attempted to probe such mysteries as the legend of the Loch Ness Monster and the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart.

He played Israeli leader Golda Meir's husband opposite Ingrid Bergman in the TV drama "A Woman Called Golda" and Vincent van Gogh in "Vincent," a one-man stage show on the life of the troubled painter. He continued to work well into his 70s, playing gazillionaire genius William Bell in the Fox series "Fringe."

He also directed several films, including the hit comedy "Three Men and a Baby" and appeared in such plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire," ''Cat on a Hot Tim Roof," ''Fiddler on the Roof," ''The King and I," ''My Fair Lady" and "Equus." He also published books of poems, children's stories and his own photographs.

But he could never really escape the role that took him overnight from bit-part actor status to TV star, and in a 1995 interview he sought to analyze the popularity of Spock, the green-blooded space traveler who aspired to live a life based on pure logic.

People identified with Spock because they "recognize in themselves this wish that they could be logical and avoid the pain of anger and confrontation," Nimoy concluded. "How many times have we come away from an argument wishing we had said and done something different?" he asked.

more at

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on March 01, 2015, 12:41:46 pm
Invercargill identity Louis Crimp dies    

Last updated 12:42 27/02/2015


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 01, 2015, 01:06:07 pm

Louis Crimp is mentioned in the following threads at this group....

~-~ Act always was revolting ~-~ (http://xtranewscommunity2.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,8005.0.html)

What a Penis! (http://xtranewscommunity2.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,11678.0.html)

Ad man's race-referendum allies (http://xtranewscommunity2.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,12066.0.html)

Gareth Morgan fires the first shot of WWIII (http://xtranewscommunity2.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,12871.0.html)

One of Louis Crimp's mates? (http://xtranewscommunity2.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,13628.0.html)

The Invercargill bigot. (http://xtranewscommunity2.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,13633.0.html)

New Zealand has Louis Crimp .... America has Donald Sterling (http://xtranewscommunity2.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,14215.0.html)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on April 04, 2015, 03:21:16 pm
Judge Michael Brown dies aged 77

Gia Garrick, National  Saturday, 4 April 2015, 1:30PM

Members of the legal fraternity are tipping their hats to the man who revolutionised the way young people are treated by the courts.

Judge Mick Brown was New Zealand's first Principal Youth Court Judge, and was responsible for introducing a restorative approach.

He's died at the age of 77.

Lawyer Helen Bowen says he was responsible for a system that's so successful, it's often been copied and is widely used overseas.

She says he'd been practicing restorative justice anyway, by getting offenders into court and arranging meetings with victims.

Helen Bowen says Mick Brown was always ahead of his time.


 see also http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=174583

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 05, 2015, 10:48:00 pm
Aussie tycoon Alan Bond dies

Home » News » Australia

Fri, 5 Jun 2015
News: Australia

Alan Bond, the flamboyant Australian businessman who funded the country's historic 1983 America's Cup victory before losing his fortune and his freedom, has died.
The 77-year-old Bond had been in intensive care in a hospital in the city of Perth following a triple-bypass operation on Tuesday and never regained consciousness, according to his family.

"To a lot of people, dad was a larger than life character who started with nothing and did so much," his son Craig, one of three children, told reporters outside the hospital. "He really did experience the highs and lows of life."

Bond achieved international acclaim for helping to bankroll the winning yacht, Australia II, in its upset victory in the 1983 America's Cup, handing the New York Yacht Club its first ever loss in its 132-year history in the contest.

Born in Britain in 1938, Bond sailed with his parents to the port town of Fremantle in Western Australia in 1950, leaving school at 15 to become an apprentice signwriter.

But after marrying the daughter of a prominent businessman and politician at 18, Bond plunged into the construction and real estate businesses, becoming a millionaire at 21.

A string of audacious deals in gold, oil, property, brewing and television followed, making him one of the country's best known businessmen.

In 1987 Bond, an avid collector of Impressionist paintings, secretly bought Vincent van Gogh's "Irises" for a world record $49 million to hang in his luxurious Perth penthouse office.

He also bought a country estate containing a whole village in Britain, an island off Western Australia and a number of expensive yachts.

It was also in 1987 that he paid media mogul Australian Kerry Packer A$1.1 billion for the high-profile Channel Nine television network, but was later forced to sell it back to Packer at a fraction of the price

In 1997, Bond was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding his company, Bell Resources, of A$1.2 billion ($935 million). He served four years of the sentence and was released in 2000.

Bond was bankrupted for A$622 million, which was then the largest personal bankruptcy in history, before rebuilding at least part of his fortune. In 2008, he was estimated to have amassed a net worth of A$265 million by Business Review Weekly's annual Rich List.

Bond and his first wife Eileen divorced in 1992. His second wife Diana died in 2012


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 10, 2015, 01:40:14 am

from The New Zealand Herald....

Sir Peter Williams QC dies aged 80 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11462480)

8:39PM - Tuesday, June 09, 2015

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/News%20Story%20Pix%202015/20150609_PeterWilliams_zpsd6zcthm9.jpg) (http://media.nzherald.co.nz/webcontent/image/jpg/201524/SCCZEN_A_071112HOSMCWILLIAMS14_620x310.jpg)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 29, 2015, 02:32:45 pm


Oh well, sometimes it's better late than never

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 29, 2015, 11:40:23 pm


Oh well, sometimes it's better late than never

If you go back to the immediate previous page in this thread (page 15) and scroll down, you'll see where the death of the Invercargill bigot was noted back in February when he kicked-the-bucket. Good riddance to bad trash, eh?

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 15, 2015, 09:19:39 am



Actor best-known for playing the irascible, bald-headed bigot Alf Garnett in the television comedy series Till Death Us Do Part

Warren Mitchell, who has died aged 89, was the actor who created the monstrous Alf Garnett; the balding bigot with his Kipling moustache and West Ham scarf became the vehicle for some of the most iconoclastic satire ever seen on television.
Indeed, so believable was Mitchell in the role that he was regularly congratulated on his views by those members of the public who were precisely the target of him and writer Johnny Speight.
The character first appeared in 1965 as “Alf Ramsey” in a one-off BBC play by Speight. Mitchell, not yet 40, was the third choice for the part; the first was Peter Sellers. Alf’s convictions were made apparent from the first line as he looked as his watch while Big Ben struck 10: “That blaaady, Big Ben… fast again.” A series, Till Death Us Do Part, began the next year and ran until 1975.
Each week, from his armchair, docker Alf would treat all within earshot to his substantial prejudices, his favoured topics being race, permissiveness, feminism and the monarchy. Particular ire was reserved for the long hair of his son-in-law and for Edward Heath, the prime minister, for not having attended a “proper” school such as Eton.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Alicat on November 15, 2015, 06:19:24 pm



Actor best-known for playing the irascible, bald-headed bigot Alf Garnett in the television comedy series Till Death Us Do Part

Warren Mitchell, who has died aged 89, was the actor who created the monstrous Alf Garnett; the balding bigot with his Kipling moustache and West Ham scarf became the vehicle for some of the most iconoclastic satire ever seen on television.
Indeed, so believable was Mitchell in the role that he was regularly congratulated on his views by those members of the public who were precisely the target of him and writer Johnny Speight.
The character first appeared in 1965 as “Alf Ramsey” in a one-off BBC play by Speight. Mitchell, not yet 40, was the third choice for the part; the first was Peter Sellers. Alf’s convictions were made apparent from the first line as he looked as his watch while Big Ben struck 10: “That blaaady, Big Ben… fast again.” A series, Till Death Us Do Part, began the next year and ran until 1975.
Each week, from his armchair, docker Alf would treat all within earshot to his substantial prejudices, his favoured topics being race, permissiveness, feminism and the monarchy. Particular ire was reserved for the long hair of his son-in-law and for Edward Heath, the prime minister, for not having attended a “proper” school such as Eton.


An amazing actor - truly entertaining. RIP

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 18, 2015, 12:26:53 pm


All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu dies (http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all-blacks/74160034)

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/News%20Story%20Pix%202015/20151118_1447805976298s_zpsyqsgoxvk.jpg) (http://www.stuff.co.nz/content/dam/images/1/8/5/i/b/q/image.related.StuffLandscapeSixteenByNine.620x349.185i8y.png/1447805976298.jpg)

Only 40 years old too!  (http://www.smfboards.com/Smileys//smf/cry.gif)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 18, 2015, 02:34:14 pm

This article (from The Associated Press) is appearing as a lead news story on numerous mainstream American newspapers' websites....

from The Washington Post....

Jonah Lomu, who revolutionized rugby with size, speed, dies at 40

By STEVE McMORRAN | 8:39PM EST - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Washington%20Post%20Pix%202015/20151117_JonahLomu_zpslrgm1sll.jpg) (https://img.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1484w/2010-2019/Wires/Online/2015-11-18/AP/Images/NewZealandLomuDeadRugby-086a0.jpg)
In this October 19th, 2011 file photo, All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu watches Australia rugby players train in Auckland, New Zealand.
New Zealand Rugby Union says on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (NZ-time) All Blacks great Jonah Lomu has died. He was 40.
 — Photograph: Rob Griffith/Associated Press.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Jonah Lomu, who bulldozed opponents with his size and blistering speed only to be felled by a kidney illness that extinguished his meteoric All Blacks career, died suddenly on Wednesday. He was 40.

“Jonah was a legend of our game and loved by his many fans both here and around the world,” New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said. “We're lost for words. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jonah's family.”

The son of immigrants from Tonga, innately humble off the pitch, was at his devastating best at the 1995 and 1999 World Cups, scoring 15 tries in 11 games but never winning the trophy.

The stabbing death of a friend steered Lomu away from street gangs in the blue-collar suburbs of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, where he grew up.

Rugby gave him new direction. He channeled anger he felt about his father into the sport. Aged just 19 for the first of his 63 tests, he was a physical colossus for a winger — 1.96 meters tall (6-foot-4-inches); 119 kilograms (262 pounds) — and quite terrifying when pounding through defensive lines at speed.

Nephrotic syndrome, a degenerative kidney illness, curtailed his career at his peak. Lomu tried making a comeback after a 2004 transplant but was forced to abandon hopes of playing the 2007 World Cup. He played his last match in 2006.

At the height of his career, Lomu had the ear of Nelson Mandela, charmed Hollywood comedian Robin Williams — who wore an All Blacks cap and called him “mate” — and visited parliaments and palaces.

His father, Semisi Lomu, was a factory worker, devoutly religious and a harsh disciplinarian. His mother, Hepi, held together the family living on a shoestring and acted as a buffer between father and son.

“At times he was the best dad that he could be,” Lomu said in a 2013 interview. “It was just when he drank, that's when me and him disagreed. He was quite violent when he was drunk.”

“Mum was always there to protect the kids. And when Dad got angry and wanted to bash us, she would get in the way. It builds up a lot of things inside of me.”

At age 1, Lomu was sent to Tonga to be raised by an aunt who, for the next five years, he thought of as his mother. On return to New Zealand, Lomu rebelled against the strict father, leading to their eventual estrangement, and gravitated toward the streets.

“It made me battle-hardened for rugby,” he said. “When I was playing, when I found it hard, I just thought of my father and that got me through it. That anger got me through it.”

After the death of his friend, Lomu found new direction at Auckland's Wesley College, a famous nursery of Polynesia rugby talent. There, he first showed the devastating combination of size fused with speed. Playing out on the wing, with time and space to hit his stride, he crashed through or cruised around opponents.

He played for New Zealand's under-19 team and starred in rugby sevens before his All Blacks debut in June 1994, aged 19 years, 45 days. He became a formidable scoring weapon after mastering the technique of test rugby, scoring 37 test tries.

Selected late to the All Blacks squad after an injury to John Timu, Lomu burst to international fame at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa. He scored seven tries in five matches, including four in a rampaging semifinal win over England.

But by then he also knew he was sick. He missed tests against South Africa in 1996 and almost all of the 1997 season.

In 1998, he won a gold medal in rugby sevens at the Commonwealth Games. At the 1999 World Cup in Britain, he scored eight tries in six games, including two in New Zealand's semifinal loss to France.

Lomu remained an All Black until 2002, but his health faded. He required dialysis three times a week. After his kidney transplant, he played with New Zealand’s North Harbour province and, with moderate success, for the Cardiff Blues in Wales.

“I was hoping that it would get better but it never did,” he said. “But, you know, I would never change anything.

This story is from The Associated Press.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/new-zealand-all-blacks-great-jonah-lomu-dies-aged-40/2015/11/17/318b593a-8d90-11e5-934c-a369c80822c2_story.html (https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/new-zealand-all-blacks-great-jonah-lomu-dies-aged-40/2015/11/17/318b593a-8d90-11e5-934c-a369c80822c2_story.html)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 18, 2015, 03:05:02 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPMZrPjW5cs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPMZrPjW5cs)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: reality on November 18, 2015, 04:04:59 pm
..good to see John Key paying respects to Jonah ...he had just seen Jonah and Nadene in London::)

Jonah Lomu remembered by John Key and parliament

Prime minister John Key has expressed his shock and sadness of the passing of Jonah Lomu today.

Key who is currently Vietnam tweeted his condolences for the All Black great.

He said  Lomu was an inspirational athlete "who was generally regarded as the first true global superstar of rugby union".

"He was the rare combination of size, speed and power, and was a game changer whenever he stepped onto the field," Key said.

"Jonah was not only a great ambassador for rugby union, he was a great ambassador for New Zealand, and he made a significant contribution to the community through his support of numerous charities," Mr Key says.

"I caught up with Jonah and his wife Nadene a few weeks ago in London during his Unstoppable charity tour. He was in great spirits and moved the audience with stories from his childhood, through to his time as an All Black and the illness which ultimately ended his rugby career. 

"On behalf of all New Zealanders, I thank Jonah for his contribution to New Zealand.

"My thoughts are with Nadene and his family at this time." 

...read more here..http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/74165414/jonah-lomu-remembered-by-john-key-and-parliament

 - Stuff

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 18, 2015, 04:23:59 pm

Now why am I not surprised that you turn out to be the clown who drags a politics story into an obituary thread.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: reality on November 18, 2015, 04:28:41 pm
...WHAT.. :o

..its nothing to do with politics..it is the leader of our nation paying tribute to a great sportsman   ::)

..its not always about you :o

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: reality on November 20, 2015, 03:26:35 am
...Good of John Key to make the offer

Public service for Lomu 'not impossible' says PM as Auckland also ponders service

Prime Minister John Key has not ruled out the possibility of a public service for Jonah Lomu but says the option is up to the family.

Speaking to media in Manila, Key said a state funeral for Lomu was "not impossible" but other options were also available, if the Lomu family wished.

Key said there was a "massive outpouring of support and love and grief" for the Lomu family, according to One News.

"That's to be expected given the man he was, so I think there would definitely be a desire from the public to show that in some formal way," Key said.

"Official memorials work well in that regard, but really it is a matter for the family to decide."

Auckland Council confirmed it had offered the Lomu family some form of public service but understood they were yet to decide.

The council said they will work with the family, New Zealand Rugby and the Government to consider how the city can best celebrate "one of Auckland's greatest sons".

"He was an icon who New Zealanders from every walk of life respected both for his prowess on the rugby field and for the way that he dealt with his health issues," Mayor Len Brown said.

A spokeswoman for Minister of Sport Dr Jonathan Coleman confirmed Key had left the door open for a public service but they understood it was early for the Lomu family who were still personally grieving.

Wife Nadene Lomu started a fundraising page on Thursday morning to support her husband's legacy.

"Jonah and I had big plans to make a difference in the world with all that he learnt and for the great husband, father inspiration and icon to the world he will always be and with that as a team together we were going to build a lasting legacy. Jonah has left this earth too soon leaving us all empty hearted," the Givealittle page said.

Nadene said she would finish building the legacy her husband created "when he burst onto the international stage leaving history and our hearts, changing the face of rugby".

 - Stuff

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Alicat on December 12, 2015, 10:03:49 pm
NZ Comedian Jon Gadsby Dies

Kiwi comedian and entertainer Jon Gadsby has died at home surrounded by family.

Family friend Tracey Chambers confirmed he passed away on Saturday evening after a battle with cancer at 7.45pm.

"Most of his family were with him and the rest of the family are coming to Christchurch and gathering. This is a very, very close family and while everyone knew Jon was unwell it's always a shock when the inevitable happens," she said


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on December 13, 2015, 06:08:04 am


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 19, 2016, 10:41:27 am

from BBC News....

Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey, 67, dies

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/News%20Story%20Pix%202016/bbc_20160119_GlennFrey_zpsf0serjdt.jpg) (http://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/1517D/production/_87779368_w3a0c8fq.jpg)
Glenn Frey died of complications from illnesses including pneumonia.

EAGLES guitarist Glenn Frey has died at the age of 67, the band has announced.

He died in New York City on Monday from complications arising from rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.

“Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us,” his family and fellow band members said.

The Eagles were one of the most successful bands of the 1970s, with multiple hit singles including Hotel California, in 1976.

Frey co-wrote Hotel California with singer Don Henley. He wrote a number of the band's biggest songs on his own, including Heartache Tonight and Lyin' Eyes.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35349025 (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35349025)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on February 29, 2016, 02:14:44 pm
Māori historian, educator and writer Dr Ranginui Walker has passed away at the age of 83.

Read more: http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/academic-ranginui-walker-dies----reports-2016022910#ixzz41WEUhOWe

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 02, 2016, 01:16:29 pm

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Cartoons%202016/20160302_RanginuiWalker_zpsw2ihj4g2.jpg) (https://twitter.com/domesticanimal/status/704737562779189248)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 03, 2016, 12:07:16 pm

from Fairfax NZ....

New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe has died (http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/cricket/77508007)

(http://www.stuff.co.nz/content/dam/images/1/a/5/9/x/k/image.related.StuffLandscapeSixteenByNine.620x349.1a59k7.png/1456963507182.jpg) (http://www.stuff.co.nz/content/dam/images/1/a/5/9/x/k/image.related.StuffLandscapeSixteenByNine.620x349.1a59k7.png/1456963507182.jpg)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 03, 2016, 12:28:47 pm

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/News%20Story%20Pix%202016/20160303_1456964208738s_zpsxd9s8c8z.jpg) (http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/cricket/77508211)
(click on the picture to read tributes to Martin Crowe)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Ferney on March 03, 2016, 09:37:17 pm
R.I.P.  Martin Crowe.      You were great to watch at Eden Park.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Alicat on March 04, 2016, 07:08:49 am
RIP Marty Crowe - great Sportsman - lovely man.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Molly on March 04, 2016, 07:48:53 am
I have watched this lovely mans progress over the last 2 years with particular interest and those of you who know me will understand why.       He has been incredibly brave and inspirational.   😢

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on March 04, 2016, 10:28:58 am
I have watched this lovely mans progress over the last 2 years with particular interest and those of you who know me will understand why.       He has been incredibly brave and inspirational.   😢
Seems to me that some people whose names are well known, can gain even more respect after their publicised affliction.

Catherine Pulsifer said that the true test of life does not occur when all is going well - the true test of life takes place when we are faced with challenges.

And from Zhuangzi:

“He who has mastered the true nature of life does not labor over what life cannot do. He who has mastered the true nature of fate does not labor over what knowledge cannot change.”


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Molly on March 04, 2016, 10:34:17 am
I have watched this lovely mans progress over the last 2 years with particular interest and those of you who know me will understand why.       He has been incredibly brave and inspirational.   😢
Seems to me that some people whose names are well known, can gain even more respect after their publicised affliction.

Catherine Pulsifer said that the true test of life does not occur when all is going well - the true test of life takes place when we are faced with challenges.

And from Zhuangzi:

“He who has mastered the true nature of life does not labor over what life cannot do. He who has mastered the true nature of fate does not labor over what knowledge cannot change.”


How true.    I am often in awe of where people find strength in their darkest days.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Alicat on March 05, 2016, 09:26:18 am

How true.    I am often in awe of where people find strength in their darkest days.

There are many of us who would say the same of you Molly (http://smfsupport.com/support/Smileys/smfnew/smitten.gif)

You are an amazing woman.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Molly on March 05, 2016, 01:22:48 pm
Thanks Ali.  (blush) :)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Alicat on March 10, 2016, 09:42:27 am
Jon English - much loved Australian Entertainer has died overnight ...

Australian singer Jon English has died, aged 66, due to post-operative complications.

English was well known for his work in music, television and on the stage, which started with his role in Jesus Christ Superstar in the 1970s.

A public service celebrating his life is set to be held.

A statement from the his talent representatives said at the time of his passing he was surrounded by family members, including his four children, wife Carmen, sister Janet and brother Jeremy, as well as other close family members.

Born in Hamstead, London in 1949, Jon came to Australia with his parents and siblings at the age of 12.

He was well known for his lead role of Bobby Rivers in 1991 in the television sitcom All Together Now.


I saw Jon English in MIKADO, PIRATES OF PENZANCE and HMS PINAFORE - the very modernised (piss take) of the Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas. He was brilliant and quite the showman.

RIP Jon and thanks for the wonderful memories (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/15emunlove.gif)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Molly on March 10, 2016, 11:49:45 am
How sad. 🌹

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Alicat on March 10, 2016, 01:28:23 pm
When Jon was in HMS Pinafore, he played Dick Deadeye. Rima Te Wiata played Buttercup. They had some amazing dialogue together early on in the show. The pair of them were ad libbing a little when Rima said a few of Jon's lines by mistake. Being a seasoned and very experienced actor, Rima was covering very well thank you very much. Jon stopped and looked at her - mischievous look on his face and said, "You have no idea where you are in the script do you?"  Rima smirked and said, "No." He said, "From the top then ...."  The audience were in fits. I'm known for being disapproving of bastardising songs however in the G&S Trilogy that was Mikado, Pirates and Pinafore, it was so hilarious and very well done that I saw Mikado twice, Pirates three times and Pinafore four times. Pinafore opening night was on complimentary tickets for helping out their principal keyboard player when she got into a little medical strife during Pirates - even so, I could have gone back every night to see all three shows over and over again. Each performance I saw had them (especially Jon) taking liberties even on the bastardised script.

Here I was hoping that Jon would be back with a retake on some of the other G&S productions.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 12, 2016, 02:10:21 pm

from The Guardian....

Sir George Martin, Beatles producer, dies aged 90

Ringo Starr announces death of revered producer who signed the band
to Parlophone and collaborated on almost all of their records.

By WILL WOODWARD | 10:44AM GMT - Wednesday, 09 March 2016

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George Martin had more claim than any other to be regarded as the “fifth Beatle”. — Photograph: Richard Saker/Rex/Shutterstock.

SIR GEORGE MARTIN, producer of the Beatles and the man Sir Paul McCartney described as a “second father”, has died aged 90.

Martin passed away at his home on Tuesday evening. The news was broken in a tweet from Ringo Starr, who wrote: “God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed.”

Sir Paul McCartney paid tribute to a “great man”, saying : “He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George.”

Martin signed the Beatles to Parlophone records when others had turned them down and produced all but one of their albums. He became and remained one of the most influential producers in popular music history and was often described as the “fifth Beatle”. His reputation stretched well beyond his 23 US and 30 UK No.1 singles.

“George Martin made us what we were in the studio,” Lennon once said. “He helped us develop a language to talk to other musicians.”

Adam Sharp, who represented both Martin and his son Giles, confirmed the news in a statement, adding: “In a career that spanned seven decades he was recognised globally as one of music's most creative talents and a gentleman to the end. The family ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”

Starr's tribute was quickly followed by Sean Ono Lennon, son of John and Yoko Ono, who said: “R.I.P. George Martin. I'm so gutted I don't have many words. Thinking of Judy and Giles and family. Love Always, Sean.”

Paying tribute, Nigel Godrich, producer of onetime Parlophone act Radiohead, called Martin “my hero”: “The definitive record producer … such a gentleman and was so kind to me. He did it all first … and best.”

Mark Ronson, producer and performer, said: “We will never stop living in the world you helped create.”

Quincy Jones, who has known Martin for five decades, wrote: “RIP to my musical brother George Martin. We were friends since 1964 and I am so thankful for that gift. Bless u & your precious posse forever.”

Tributes from other artists came in from Brian Eno, Lenny Kravitz, Liam Gallagher of Oasis, Flea of Red Hot Chilli Peppers and singer-songwriter Josh Groban, who said, “What an ear, what a life, what a legacy.”

Martin signed the Beatles in 1962 to his Parlophone label, where he had earned a reputation for comedy records by Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and a young Peter Cook and Jonathan Miller. The Goons connection quickly endeared him to the Beatles.

The Beatles had been turned down by several record labels including Decca when Martin invited them for an audience at Abbey Road in June 1962. While Martin was initially sceptical about their ability as musicians and songwriters, he took to their humour and personalities immediately. Memorably George Harrison told him “I don't like your tie for a start” when Martin asked him if they disliked anything about the set up.

Starr joined the band after Martin let it be known that he believed the Beatles' then drummer, Pete Best, was not up to scratch. When Starr arrived at Abbey Road for the recording of the Beatles' first single, Love Me Do in September 1962, Martin already had another session drummer, Andy White, in place and relegated Starr to playing the tambourine and maracas.

In November 1962, the band recorded Please Please Me, with Martin suggesting they speed the song up. As they finished, Martin told them from the control room: “Gentleman you have just made your first No.1 record” — which became true in the New Musical Express chart (although it was No.2 in the Record Retailer chart which became the official UK chart).

While others including the Beatles' schoolfriend and road manager Neil Aspinall would have been given the (almost certainly unwanted) title of fifth Beatle, Martin had more claim than the rest, because of the influence on their sound and the innovation in their production. This ran throughout their recording career, conspicuously so on songs as diverse as She Loves You, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever. His classical-influenced training embellished and enhanced the raw genius of Lennon and McCartney's songwriting.

Martin occasionally played piano on the Beatles' records, including the sped-up piano break on In My Life on Rubber Soul. The relationship between Martin, whose (somewhat) patrician voice belied his relatively poor background and the band matured and prospered through the peaks of Revolver and Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

In the statement he released, McCartney remembered how Martin had changed the Beatles' approach to music, citing the song Yesterday as an example.

“I brought the song Yesterday to a recording session and the guys in the band suggested that I sang it solo and accompany myself on guitar,” McCartney said. “After I had done this George Martin said to me, ‘Paul, I have an idea of putting a string quartet on the record’. I said, ‘Oh no George, we are a rock’n’roll band and I don't think it's a good idea’. With the gentle bedside manner of a great producer he said to me, ‘Let us try it and if it doesn't work we won't use it and we'll go with your solo version’. I agreed to this and went round to his house the next day to work on the arrangement.

“He took my chords that I showed him and spread the notes out across the piano, putting the cello in the low octave and the first violin in a high octave and gave me my first lesson in how strings were voiced for a quartet. When we recorded the string quartet at Abbey Road, it was so thrilling to know his idea was so correct that I went round telling people about it for weeks. His idea obviously worked because the song subsequently became one of the most recorded songs ever with versions by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and thousands more.”

The collaboration survived fame, fortune and the band's drugtaking, which the older producer turned a blind eye to at Abbey Road provided it was kept out of studio 2. It was not only because of the fractious environment around the breakup of the band that the Phil Spector-produced Let It Be album — the Beatles' second last studio album and the last to be released — is often regarded as the most disappointing.

Lennon riled at Martin after the band's break-up, complaining privately to McCartney in 1971 that his influence was over-stated. The consensus was warmer than that. Martin wrote in 1979: “Without my instruments and scoring, very many of the records would not have sounded as they do. Whether they would have been any better, I cannot say. They might have been. That is not modesty on my part; it is an attempt to give a factual picture of the relationship.”

Martin went on to produce many other acts that defined the sound of the early and mid-1960s, including the Beatles' fellow Liverpudlians and Parlophone stablemates Cilla Black and Gerry and the Pacemakers, as he became one of the most in-demand producers in the world. Gerry and the Pacemakers made a hit of How Do You Do It?, a cover version Martin had pressed the Beatles to record as their first single but they refused.

Later he went on to produce artists including Elton John, Celine Dion, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Beck and Neil Sedaka.

He also produced two James Bond themes: Goldfinger by Shirley Bassey and Paul McCartney and Wings's Live and Let Die.

Bond actor Sir Roger Moore said: “How very sad to wake to the news Sir George Martin has left us. He made my first Bond film sound brilliant!”

Martin's Air studios, first in Oxford Street and then Hampstead in London, and for much of the 1970s and 1980s in Montserrat in the Caribbean, became a favoured venue for established acts including the Police.

Martin was born in Highbury, north London, went to several schools in north London and Welwyn Garden City, and joined the Royal Navy in 1943, serving until 1947 without being involved in combat. He attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying the piano and oboe, and worked in the BBC’s classical music department and then EMI before taking over Parlophone from Oscar Preuss in 1955.

In 1948 he married Sheena Chisholm, with whom he had two children, Alexis and Gregory Paul Martin, the writer and screen producer. In 1966 he married Parlophone secretary Judy Lockhart-Smith, who survives him. They had two children, Lucie and Giles. George and Giles collaborated on the Beatles' Love album, the LP of a Las Vegas musical by Cirque de Soleil celebrating the Beatles songs.

He was knighted in 1996, a year before Paul McCartney. David Cameron, the British prime minister, tweeted: “Sir George Martin was a giant of music — working with the Fab Four to create the world's most enduring pop music.”


Read more on this topic:

 • George Martin obituary (http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/mar/09/george-martin-obituary)

 • Is Beatles' manager George Martin the puppet master? (http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/mar/13/beatles-george-martin-1969) (from the archive, 13th March 1969)

 • Paul McCartney discusses his relationship with George Martin — video (http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/oct/16/paul-mccartney-discusses-relationship-george-martin)

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/mar/09/george-martin-producer-of-the-beatles-dies-aged-90 (http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/mar/09/george-martin-producer-of-the-beatles-dies-aged-90)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 12, 2016, 02:10:50 pm

from the Los Angeles Times....

Keyboardist Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer dies at 71

By RANDALL ROBERTS | 2:10PM PST - Friday, March 11, 2016

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Keith Emerson attends the National Association of Music Merchants show in Anaheim on January 23rd, 2015.
 — Photograph: Paul A. Hebert/Invision/Associated Press.

KEYBOARD player Keith Emerson, whose innovative experiments on synthesizers in the 1970s introduced strange new sounds to arena rock, has died at the age of 71. The news was confirmed by his former bandmate, the drummer Carl Palmer. Along with Greg Lake, the trio combined to form the progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

The band became one of the bestselling rock bands of the arena-rock era. On albums including “Tarkus”, “Brain Salad Surgery” and “Pictures at an Exhibition”, ELP built works that helped expand the sound of rock music to include high-concept themes, multi-movement structures and state-of-the-art technology.

Wrote Palmer on his Facebook page:

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music, Keith Emerson. Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come. He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz. I will always remember his warm smile, good sense of humor, compelling showmanship, and dedication to his musical craft. I am very lucky to have known him and to have made the music we did, together. Rest in peace, Keith.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRYx0ySEhjk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRYx0ySEhjk)

One of Emerson's notable moments is his Moog solo on “Lucky Man”, ELP's most recognizable hit. Standing before a massive wall of plugs and wires, Emerson let loose on the machine while the technology was still in its infancy, and he embraced the mysteries inside its circuits to create previously unheard musical noises.

A rock showman with the chops to back it up, Emerson played his keyboards with the enthusiasm of a long-haired, blue-spangled Jerry Lee Lewis. The evidence is in the band's wild performance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agPk4--AGhQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agPk4--AGhQ)

Dismissed by many conservative rock critics of the era for the band's disinterest in mimicking the tropes of classic American rock 'n' roll, the members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer reveled in their musicianly skills. They enthusiastically traded basic structures and sounds for a kind of gymnastic maximalism, and in the process expanded the musical conversation at a key moment.

For example, here's Emerson stabbing his keyboard with a knife:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xggFzkyd288 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xggFzkyd288)

Emerson embraced inventor Bob Moog's keyboard just as the invention's tones were making its way into the culture. Recalled Emerson of the era, “I think Bob was as in awe of his invention as those of us who got to play it and incorporate it into our music. We all had different styles and ways of making it work for us.”

Emerson described his Moog as “the world’s most dangerous synth,” but night after night the player proved he could wrestle it into submission.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-keith-emerson-dies-elp-20160311-story.html (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-keith-emerson-dies-elp-20160311-story.html)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 13, 2016, 03:12:37 am

from the Chicago Tribune....

Death of Keith Emerson, keyboardist for Emerson, Lake & Palmer, investigated as suicide (http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-keith-emerson-dead-20160311-story.html)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on May 17, 2016, 03:18:53 pm
Jane Little, world's longest serving orchestra musician, collapses and dies on stage
May 17, 2016.
updated: 12:43pm
Jane Little, who debuted as a bassist in Atlanta in the US on February 4, 1945, at the age of 16 and never stopped playing, died on Sunday during a performance of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She was said to be the longest tenured orchestra musician in the world. She was 87.

"We can say that Jane was fortunate to do what she loved until the very end of her storied life and career," the symphony said in a Facebook post.

"The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was truly blessed to have Jane as part of our family for the past 71 years and we all miss her passion, vitality, spirit and incredible talent."

"Her footprints are permanently etched on that stage," wrote another admirer, Doug Ireland. "Everyone who ever attended a concert was amazed to see this tiny woman with that huge instrument!"

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The symphony was performing a pops concert called Broadway's Golden Age, according to its schedule. A spokeswoman said they were about 30 seconds from the last measures of There's No Business Like Show Business from Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, the encore to the concert, when Little collapsed and was carried backstage by her fellow bassists. She never regained consciousness.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 15, 2016, 01:52:00 pm

from the Wairarapa Times-Age....

Former Carterton mayor dies

10:20AM - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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Gary McPhee was a sitting member of the Greater Wellington Council.

A FORMER Mayor of Carterton and a sitting member of the Greater Wellington Council died suddenly at his home yesterday.

Police have confirmed the death of Gary McPhee, 60, was not regarded as suspicious and will be referred to the Coroner.

At this stage no further details have been given other than to say Mr McPhee was found dead at about 1pm at his home in rural Carterton.

Mr McPhee will be remembered as a very colourful character, who had diverse interests and who, when stepping down as Mayor of Carterton in 2010 after two terms, introduced Ron Mark to local body politics.

Mr Mark became his mayoral successor and remembers Mr McPhee as a “big guy in every way — he was superman.”

“Gary was in his happiest moments when he was helping someone else,” he said.

“He was larger than life. He's a big man, big in stature, big in heart, big on people, big on getting stuff done, and genuine, absolutely genuine.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11656892 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11656892)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 15, 2016, 01:52:18 pm

from The Dominion Post....

Wellington regional councillor Gary McPhee's
death suspected suicide

Family of former Carterton Mayor Gary McPhee suicide want his death
to be a timely reminder of the dangers of depression.

By PIERS FULLER | 12:31PM - Wednesday, 15 June 2016

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Former mayor of Carterton, and Greater Wellington councillor Gary McPhee was
found dead on Tuesday. — Photograph: Lauren Dougan/Fairfax NZ.

FAMILY of former Carterton mayor and Greater Wellington Regional councillor Gary McPhee want his sudden death on Tuesday to be a timely reminder of the dangers of depression.

Police were called to his rural Carterton address shortly after 1pm on Tuesday and found him unresponsive.

They attempted CPR but were unable to resuscitate the 60-year-old. His death is being treated as a suspected suicide.

Gary McPhee's younger brother Greg McPhee said the family had long been aware of Gary's battle with depression and they want to be open about what happened if it might help others.

Greg McPhee, who caught up with his brother last weekend, said though he seemed out of sorts he was at peace.

“I spent a bit of time with him on Sunday night and I just knew that things were all not well,” he said.

He wanted to be upfront about it in order to help others.

“That's the facts of the matter, we're not bullshit artists, we're not trying to gild the lily.”

“If we can be of any help to anyone in a time of crisis like that they're going through, it is of value to me and the family.”

People in his brother's position were vulnerable and mental health services could be inadequate, he said.

“He would have wished that anyone suffering the way that he did, that they surround themselves with the right people, but I think the whole mental health system is a minefield,” said Greg McPhee, who has also struggled with depression throughout his adult life.

Police believed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death, which had been referred to the coroner, senior sergeant Mike Sutton said.

McPhee was a prominent figure in the Wairarapa community and tributes have been pouring in on social media since news of his death.

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Flowers were placed at Greater Wellington regional councillor Gary McPhee's spot
at the council table. — Photograph: Joel Maxwell/Fairfax NZ.

At a Greater Wellington Regional Council meeting on Wednesday flowers were placed at McPhee's spot at the council table.

McPhee's fellow councillors were hushed as they entered the chambers for the meeting.

Chairman Chris Laidlaw said McPhee had integrity and wisdom, and a knack for “reading” people well.

“He was a man who stood up and supported what he believed in.”

After the words by Laidlaw, councillor Ken Laban stood up beside McPhee's empty seat.

“This is for you, mate,” he said, before speaking aloud the poem Mates, by World War II veteran Duncan Butler.

I've travelled down some dusty roads, both crooked tracks and straight. And I've learnt life's noblest creed, summed up in one word: mate.

After the poem, the council chambers stood for a minutes silence, and singing of the waiata Whakaaria Mai, before the meeting continued.

Gary McPhee is survived by a partner and two sons.


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http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wairarapa/81079894 (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wairarapa/81079894)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 16, 2016, 01:41:24 pm


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 19, 2016, 02:08:23 pm

from the Wairarapa Times-Age....

Death shocks district

By DON FARMER and EMILY NORMAN | 9:29AM - Thursday, June 16, 2016

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Gary and Sandy McPhee back home after
their wedding in Fiji in 2007.

THE sudden death of one of Wairarapa's most colourful characters and community leaders has shocked and saddened the district.

Former Carterton mayor Gary McPhee, 60, who was Wairarapa's sole representative on Greater Wellington Regional Council, died at his rural Carterton home on Tuesday where he was discovered about 1pm by police who tried to revive him by administering CPR without success.

The flamboyant ex-mayor, who stood 1.95m tall, was not only prominent in local body politics but also had a passion for Harley Davidson motorcycles and a bent for invention, one of his most unusual being the building of a motorcycle hearse.

Elected to Carterton District Council in 2001, Mr McPhee was never one to hide his light under a bushel, and was in the news before making his mayoral bid in 2004.

This involved Mr McPhee being banned from the Royal Oak Tavern in Carterton for six months for “causing trouble”.

The then 44-year-old had apparently caused a scene when found wielding a sword around the pub. He later told media he was just carrying the sword on his shoulder and was “showing off his craftsmanship” as he had made the sword himself.

Mr McPhee had said the incident was not a big deal and no one had been hurt.

In 2004, he tipped out sitting mayor Martin Tankersley and held the mayoralty until relinquishing it in 2010.

He is remembered as a colourful but effective mayor who was staunch in his support of his town, and not afraid to speak his mind.

During his mayoralty, Mr McPhee had a brush with the police after an incident in High Street, Carterton, where he is said to have been involved in a fracas in a flat in which a door was damaged. A confrontation with others had resulted in police being called.

Later Mr McPhee said he had “rightly or wrongly intervened” when visiting the premises, forcing open a door and confronting those inside. No charges had been laid and no official complaints were made.

Among the first to pay tribute to Mr McPhee yesterday was New Zealand First deputy leader Ron Mark, who was sought out by Mr McPhee to take over the Carterton mayoralty in 2010.

“And he wasn't taking no for an answer,” Mr Mark said.

“I always felt honoured and humbled by the fact that this Loss a shock to a community guy, who made such a huge impact on Carterton, chose me as someone he felt could succeed him.”

“I respected the hell out of him. He was larger than life. He's a big man, big in stature, big in heart, big on people, big on getting stuff done, and genuine, absolutely genuine.”

Mr McPhee opened the Buckhorn Bar and Grill in Carterton, and Mr Mark said the western-themed restaurant will “always stand as a testimony of his artisan skills, his artistic skills”.

South Wairarapa Mayor Adrienne Staples said she first met Mr McPhee at New Mayor's School more than 10 years ago, where he “absolutely stood out because he was a foot taller than everyone else”.

“Gary and I were elected to our respective mayoralties at the same time and right from the start I would say Gary was delightfully a square peg in a round hole,” she said. “He did things differently and was somebody very special.”

Mr McPhee had gone on record disclosing his battles with depression.

Carterton Mayor John Booth described Mr McPhee as the “Sheriff of Carterton” — “a man mountain with a heart of gold”.

“He was a hands-on person in the community. I had a lot of time for him.”

“When he was the mayor, he would visit businesses with a clipboard and pen and go into the shops asking, what do I need to fix? — He was that sort of mayor, connected and deeply committed to the Carterton community.”

“He was colourful, and a real man's man. I can recall that when I became mayor in 2014 he rang me up and said he was very proud to have another Gladstone man as mayor of Carterton. That is one of my fondest memories. We crossed paths several times at the Gladdie Pub where he would arrive on his motorbike and occasionally ask me, what are you drinking? I'll miss him terribly.”

Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson said she was “devastated” by the loss of Mr McPhee.

“It'll be a huge blow for his family and the Wairarapa community. He was a big man with a big heart and was part of our Governance Review Team for the past four or five years.”

Greater Wellington Regional Council chairman Chris Laidlaw could not be reached for comment.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11657567 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11657567)

from the Wairarapa Times-Age....

McPhee helped son get back on track

By DON FARMER | 9:26AM - Thursday, June 16, 2016

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Jesse McPhee at his home yesterday.
 — Photo: Emily Norman.

THE youngest son of former Carterton mayor Gary McPhee who died on Tuesday has described his dad as more than just a father and as his best mate who virtually gave up 10 years of his life to help him.

Jesse McPhee, 33, of Masterton, said he had been a "bit of a ratbag" in his young years and was on the verge of being estranged from his father when a serious crash in Wellington changed everything.

“I had moved back to Wellington after we had fallen out when my motorcycle and a bus collided.”

“I had head injuries, a broken jaw, smashed teeth, a broken collar bone, a punctured lung, broken ribs, a shattered femur, a dislocated kneecap, ankle injuries and ripped tendons and was six weeks in a coma.”

The young father of two said his father had come to the rescue in a huge way, putting aside his own life to become his son's fulltime carer.

“If it hadn't been for him I may never have got back into life.”

“He cared for me and brought me back by doing metalwork with me, we would go bushwalking and played squash together.”

“We were no longer just a father and son, we were best friends.”

“He nursed me back to health, without him I don't think I would ever have got out of rehab,” he said.

Jesse said his father was a “straight shooter” with high moral standards.

“He had a sense of what was right and what was wrong and he hated us doing anything wrong.”

Jesse said he had become so proud of his father and knew that many of his friends envied their close relationship.

He has bounced back to “about 98 percent” full health and ironically is now a bus driver.

“Funnily enough I drive buses for a living now.”

“If you can't beat them, join them.”

Although on ACC he has a school bus run and it was at the end of the run on Tuesday that he found out his father had died.

“I pulled into my father's place on the way home from the school run and a police officer, who thought I knew what had happened, came up to me and said, ‘Jesse I'm so sorry’.”

“I said, ‘for what?’”

“He said your father has passed, I said, ‘oh shit what bike was he on’.”

Jesse said he was so close to his dad he wouldn't go a week without seeing him or longer than three days without talking with him.

“We were amazingly close.”

Jesse is married to Natarsha and the couple have two children Jazmin, 9, and Lochlan, 5.

He has an older brother Harley who also lives in Masterton.

Both are sons of Gary and his former wife Wendy.

At the time of his death Mr McPhee was married to Sandy (nee Mansfield).

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11657560 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11657560)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 19, 2016, 02:15:09 pm
During his mayoralty, Mr McPhee had a brush with the police after an incident in High Street, Carterton, where he is said to have been involved in a fracas in a flat in which a door was damaged. A confrontation with others had resulted in police being called.

Later Mr McPhee said he had “rightly or wrongly intervened” when visiting the premises, forcing open a door and confronting those inside. No charges had been laid and no official complaints were made.

I remember that incident. There was a pad in downtown Carterton (above one of the main street shops) which was inhabited by a bunch of young fellas who were causing a lot of trouble, vandalism, etc., around the town. Word around Wairarapa is that late one evening, Gary was drinking in the bar at one of the local pubs when he received a phone call from a ratepayer complaining about these chaps damaging property around the town, and it was the last straw. Gary headed for the flat, kicked the door down, and dished out a bit of instant rough justice. The local “boys in blue” were not amused and he got a big lecture about how a Mayor should behave, but was let off with a stern warning.

After that incident, Gary McPhee became known around the district as the “Sheriff of Carterton!”

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 19, 2016, 02:25:29 pm

from the Wairarapa Times-Age....

Tribute to ‘larger than life’ councillor

Chairman joins mourning for Gary McPhee.

6:00AM - Saturday, June 18, 2016

GREATER WELLINGTON Regional Council chairman Chris Laidlaw was among the many mourners of former regional councillor Gary McPhee, who died suddenly this week.

In a press statement released by GWRC (http://www.gw.govt.nz/on-councillor-gary-mcphee-s-shock-passing), Mr Laidlaw described Mr McPhee as a “larger than life figure” who represented his Wairarapa constituents passionately around the council table.

“He did this by briefing himself on the issues, talking to locals and staff, and listening to discussion before offering his opinion,” Mr Laidlaw said.

“In spite of his struggle with illness he always delivered when it mattered. His advice was practical, pragmatic and to the point, which was much respected by fellow councillors and staff.”

“I knew him as a man of integrity and wisdom with a very shrewd ability to read people.”

Mr Laidlaw said Mr McPhee took an intense interest in the regional council's work and was “always keen to get his hands dirty and see how things worked. He spent a lot of time with landowners and staff discussing how to keep Wairarapa's rivers in check, hillsides from eroding and the mechanics of dealing with possums and the like,” he said.

“He got stuck in at community planting days and was known to pick up the barbecue tongs and cook for everyone at Wairarapa staff functions.”

“As a keen motorcyclist, Gary got involved in regional transport issues and was a powerful advocate for sending logs from Wairarapa to Wellington by train to take the pressure off our roads.”

“His intensely loyal representation of Wairarapa's people did not get in the way of working with his fellow councillors and he was often at the heart of finding a simple solution that suited everyone.”

“He was brave man and we will all miss him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends in this very difficult time.”

• A celebration of Mr McPhee's life will be held at the Carterton Events Centre on Monday, June 20th at 1pm followed by burial at the Clareville Lawn Cemetery.

• Messages to the McPhee family can be addressed to PO Box 185, Carterton 5743, or can be left on Gary's tribute page at Tributes.co.nz (http://www.tributes.co.nz/ViewMyTribute.aspx?id=11549).

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11658603 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11658603)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 20, 2016, 12:47:43 pm

On the way home from work I went to the New World supermarket at the north-end of the downtown area in Masterton. While driving home from there I noticed hundreds of Harleys in the carpark of The Farrier's next to the roundabout at the northern entrance to Masterton. Turning into my street (which is just around the corner from there) I discovered hundreds more Harleys parked along both sides of my street. Now, as I type this, they are all being started up and heading off down Villa Street, which already has heaps of Harleys being ridden along past the end of my street (presumably the ones from The Farrier's carpark).

No prizes, I guess, for working out where they are all heading. Look out Carterton, a shitload of loud thunder is heading your way!

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 20, 2016, 08:25:01 pm

from The Dominion Post....

Wellington regional councillor Gary McPhee
rumbles to his final resting place

“Sheriff of Carterton” farewelled with
thunderous procession of motorbikes.

By PIERS FULLER | 5:15PM - Monday, 20 June 2016

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Gary McPhee's coffin was carried on a sidecar beside his Harley Davidson
ridden by his son Jesse. — Photograph: Piers Fuller/Fairfax NZ.

THE send-off for the man who was instrumental in creating Carterton's Events Centre ended up being too big for the town's shining centrepiece.

Around 1,500 people turned out on Monday afternoon to bid farewell to former Carterton mayor and Greater Wellington regional councillor Gary McPhee, who died last week of a suspected suicide.

The extent of McPhee's network of friends, family and acquaintances was apparent with hundreds packing the town hall.

Hundreds more were in the foyer and in the courtyard watching a live video stream, and listening to eulogies by politicians and family members.

Following the 90-minute service hundreds of leather-clad bikers honoured the larger-than-life mayor in a funeral procession ride.

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A big screen was set up in the Carterton Events Centre foyer for mourners outside
the main auditorium. — Photograph: Piers Fuller/Fairfax NZ.

The column of bikes rumbled through the streets of Carterton in the wake of the Harley Davidson ridden by McPhee's son Jesse, a sidecar rigged to carry the coffin to Clareville Cemetery.

While speakers at the funeral did not shy away from addressing the depression that McPhee battled leading up his death, the funeral was overwhelmingly a celebration of his colourful life.

Current Carterton mayor John Booth recounted stories of how McPhee acted as the “town sheriff”.

McPhee took it upon himself to tackle what he perceived as a drug problem within the district by running the undesirable elements out of town not long after taking office in 2004, Booth said.

Proving that McPhee was on the side of justice, all charges against him for actions against people he suspected of dealing drugs were dropped, Booth said.

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Hundreds of bikers followed the casket through Carterton to Clareville Cemetery.
 — Photograph: Piers Fuller/Fairfax NZ.

Greater Wellington Regional Council chairman Chris Laidlaw said he and McPhee initially seemed to have little in common when he first met him at a regional council meeting.

McPhee, then still Carterton mayor, had attacked the regional council over the removal of public toilets on the summit of Rimutaka Hill Road.

But the two men later found they had a connection over similar motorbikes they owned.

McPhee told him recently that he believed Wairarapa needed “one united voice”, an allusion to local governance reform underway in the region.

New Zealand First MP and former Carterton Mayor Ron Mark wore a cowboy hat and snakeskin boots in honour of McPhee's love for western regalia, illustrated in the Wild West-themed restaurant he built in Carterton.

Mark noted that at 1.95-metres McPhee was a big man — and was also big enough to admit when he was wrong.

After initially opposing the construction of the multimillion-dollar Carterton Events Centre, McPhee became the facility's biggest advocate and helped push it through to completion.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/wairarapa/81262691 (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/wairarapa/81262691)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 21, 2016, 02:10:46 pm

from the Wairarapa Times-Age....

Bikers join big turnout at service for
former Carterton mayor Gary McPhee

By DON FARMER | 7:16AM - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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Mourners watch the big screen outside the Event Centre.
 — Photograph: Andrew Bonallack.

DEVOTED Harley-Davidson fan Gary McPhee saved the best to last — taking his final ride yesterday as guest of honour at the head of hundreds of roaring motorcycles of all colours and all makes and models.

The funeral cortege for the former Carterton mayor took over the town as bikers from throughout New Zealand paid their respects to the man whose action-packed life leaned heavily on his love of motorbikes and all things mechanical.

Earlier an estimated 1,500 people packed out the Carterton Events Centre and filled Holloway Street to attend a celebration of Mr McPhee's life, with many Carterton people claiming the service was the largest funeral gathering in the town's history.

Fittingly, Mr McPhee's coffin was transported to Clareville Cemetery by the motorcycle hearse he himself had made, with his youngest son Jesse at the controls of a Harley-Davidson, of course.

Mr McPhee, 60, died at his rural Carterton home last Tuesday after a battle with depression and the pain of severe arthritis.

He was mayor of Carterton from 2004 until 2010 and was Wairarapa's sole councillor on Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) at the time of his death.

The service opened to Roger Miller's King of the Road, a song Mr McPhee loved and which reflected his passion for adventure and country music.

It closed with Leon Russell's rendition of Back to the Island.

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Jesse McPhee motors in with his father's casket on Gary McPhee's hearse-bike.
 — Photograph: Andrew Bonallack.

In paying tribute to Mr McPhee, celebrant Norm Scirkovich — who was Mr McPhee's brother-in-law — spoke of the former mayor as a larger-than-life character who was a big man with an “even bigger heart”.

He loved to “get stuck in and fix things” whether that was of a mechanical nature or to right things around town but was also a talented artist, a man of loyalty and a good friend.

Carterton mayor John Booth said Mr McPhee had a monumental effect on the town and was a man who did not fit the mould of what “leaders should do or look like”.

“But that was what made Gary McPhee so bloody brilliant.”

“He was the people's mayor who could cut through red tape and bullshit.”

Mr Booth said Mr McPhee showed great vision and leadership and this had resulted in the building of the events centre “a facility we commissioned and which will prove to be his lasting legacy”.

GWRC chairman Chris Laidlaw said Mr McPhee brought practical wisdom to the council table. “I will always be grateful for his contribution.”

“He had a rare ability to read the mood, and to read people.”

“Gary had rock-solid integrity,” he said.

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Mourners outside the event centre watch former Carterton mayor Ron Mark say his piece.
 — Photograph: Andrew Bonallack.

Ron Mark, who became Carterton mayor after Mr McPhee retired from the role, described Mr McPhee as a problem solver and a man who had stamped his presence “not just on Carterton, not just on Wairarapa but on the whole of the wider Wellington region”.

Mr McPhee's two sons, Harley and Jesse, proclaimed their love for their father, and his sister Andrea Scirkovich told the gathering of the happy childhood Mr McPhee had enjoyed with his siblings.

David Mansfield, father of Sandy who was Mr McPhee's second wife, said he recalled Mr McPhee arriving at his home to ask for his daughter's hand in marriage after a whirlwind romance.

He said the huge man had filled the doorway and “what could I have been expected to say, especially as he was on his way to sort out gang members who had been harassing his boss”.

Mr McPhee had been an advocate for mental health and at the service it was revealed he had been having trouble in several areas, being unable to sleep and losing his memory.

He had also endured constant pain in the last few years.

His son Harley said he had heard in the days after Mr McPhee's death that the manner in which it happened had been “selfish” but that it had been far from a selfish act.


Related media:

 • VIDEO: Bikers join turnout at service for former Carterton mayor Gary McPhee (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/national/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503075&gal_cid=1503075&gallery_id=162040)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11660280 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11660280)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Alicat on August 25, 2016, 10:53:55 am
Former Newstalk ZB host Justin du Fresne dies

Former Newstalk ZB Wellington host Justin du Fresne has died following a brief illness.

The broadcasting veteran's career spanned 50 years on Newstalk ZB before he hung up his headphones in 2013. At the time The Dominion Post reported he'd been in the job since the 1960s, when he pioneered 2ZB's first radio pop music show.

He later took a break from radio, returning in the early 80s, remaining as ZB made its way into talkback.


I had the privilege of working with Justin throughout several of the City of Wellington Variety Concerts in the late 1980's into the 1990's. I was the Musical Director/Producer while he was one of the Comperes. Justin was fabulous to work with.

RIP Justin (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/15emunlove.gif)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 26, 2016, 01:51:20 pm

from The Washington Post....

Bob Hoover, pilot who escaped POW camp
by stealing a German plane, dies at 94

Mr. Hoover was a test pilot and stunt pilot revered by generations of aviators.

By MATT SCHUDEL | 7:36PM EDT - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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Legendary test and air-show pilot Bob Hoover in an undated photograph. — Photograph: Bob Hoover Archives.

BOB HOOVER, a World War II fighter pilot who escaped a POW camp and flew to freedom by stealing a German airplane and who spent decades testing aircraft, thrilling spectators at air shows and training military aviators, died on October 25th at a hospital in Torrance, California. He was 94.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said his daughter-in-law, Lynn Hoover.

Mr. Hoover, who learned to fly as a teenager in Tennessee, was among the country's most revered pilots. The renowned World War II airman General Jimmy Doolittle once called Mr. Hoover “the greatest stick-and-rudder man who ever lived.”

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Hoover with Chuck Yeager, left, on the 50th anniversary of the historic flight
that broke the sound barrier. — Photograph: Reuters.

In 1947, Mr. Hoover was a test pilot flying alongside Chuck Yeager when Yeager broke the sound barrier. Mr. Hoover taught dive-bombing maneuvers to Air Force pilots during the Korean War.

He flew more than 300 varieties of airplanes and knew virtually every significant figure in the history of aviation, from Orville Wright to Charles Lindbergh to Neil Armstrong (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/neil-armstrong-first-man-to-step-on-the-moon-dies-at-82/2012/08/25/7091c8bc-412d-11e0-a16f-4c3fe0fd37f0_story.html), the first astronaut to walk on the moon. During his decades as a stunt pilot, Mr. Hoover handled his plane so smoothly that he could pour a cup of tea while executing a 360-degree roll. One of the airplanes he used for aerobatics, a North American Rockwell Shrike Commander 500S, is housed in the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. ­Udvar-Hazy center in Chantilly, Virginia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9pvG_ZSnCc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9pvG_ZSnCc)

“He had such an intuitive sense of how to fly an airplane,” Dorothy S. Cochrane, a curator at the Air and Space Museum, said in an interview. “He had a stunning ability to be a part of the airplane and to figure out what was wrong and how to get out of it and recover. He just had that ability not only to do it himself but to communicate to others.”

As recently as last year, actor Harrison Ford credited lessons learned from Mr. Hoover with helping him survive a crash landing of a vintage airplane on a California golf course.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYlXG9jUClE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYlXG9jUClE)

During World War II, while based in North Africa and southern Europe, Mr. Hoover flew 58 missions as a fighter pilot with the Army Air Forces. On his 59th, on February 9th, 1944, he was shot down off the coast of southern France and was plucked from the sea by a German patrol boat.

He spent 16 months in a German prison camp before he and a fellow American climbed the fence and fled into the nearby woods. With the war coming to an end, German civilians were more cooperative, and a farm woman gave Mr. Hoover and his fellow escapee a gun.

“She said it would do us a lot more good than it did her, and she was right,” Mr. Hoover later told the Los Angeles Daily News.

He and his friend came upon a field with hundreds of damaged German warplanes. Mr. Hoover found one that had a full gas tank.

When a German mechanic approached, Mr. Hoover's friend pulled the gun on him.

“We told him unless he could get us airborne fast, we were going to kill him,” Mr. Hoover recalled years later.

The German plane's engine started, but Mr. Hoover's buddy refused to get aboard, vowing never to fly in another airplane. Instead, he took his chances on foot — and years later was reunited with Mr. Hoover.

The stolen plane had a German cross painted on the side, and Mr. Hoover was fearful of being attacked by Allied forces as he flew along the coast of Germany toward the Netherlands.

“I didn't have any maps or charts,” he said in a 2007 interview with the publication Airport Journals. “I knew that if I turned west and followed the shoreline, I would be safe when I saw windmills.”

He landed in a field and was quickly surrounded by Dutch farmers with pitchforks. Soon afterward, a British army truck rolled up, and Mr. Hoover was taken to safety.

Hailed as a hero, he noted that the prison camps were loosely guarded during the waning days of the war. “People made it sound like a great escape,” he said, “but the guards had deserted us.”

Robert Anderson Hoover was born on January 24th, 1922, in Nashville. His father was an office manager and bookkeeper.

Mr. Hoover began taking flying lessons at 15 and joined the Tennessee Air National Guard at 18.

After World War II, while serving in the newly formed Air Force, he was one of the test pilots in a project to break the sound barrier with the new Bell X-1 jet aircraft. When Yeager accomplished the feat in 1947, Mr. Hoover was flying the “chase plane” and took the first photographs of Yeager's faster-than-sound flight.

He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and other decorations before leaving the military in 1948. He then became a test pilot for General Motors, North American Aviation and North American Rockwell.

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Bob Hoover at the National Air and Space Museum, where he received an award for lifetime achievement in 2007.
 — Photograph: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post.

He lived for years in Palos Verdes Estates, California, and appeared at air shows around the world, flying a yellow P-51 Mustang or his white-and-green Shrike Commander. In Moscow in 1966, he was briefly detained because he outshone Soviet pilots while flying a Russian-built plane.

In one of his most daring maneuvers, Mr. Hoover turned off the engines of his airplane and flew it like a glider, coming to a silent stop on the runway.

After a 1989 accident, in which his airplane was filled with the wrong fuel, Mr. Hoover invented a new kind of nozzle to prevent such mistakes from happening again.

His wife of 68 years, the former Colleen Humrickhouse, died in February. Survivors include two children, Anita Eley of Greeley, Colorado, and Robert A. Hoover Jr. of El Segundo, California; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

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In this January 16th, 2015, file photo, Bob Hoover attends the 12th annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards at The Beverly Hilton
Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Robert A. “Bob” Hoover, a World War II fighter pilot who became an aviation legend for his skills
in testing aircraft and demonstrating their capabilities in air shows, has died at age 94. Bill Fanning, a close family friend
and a fellow pilot, says Hoover died early on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, in Southern California.
 — Photograph: Rob Latour/Invision/Associated Press.

In 1994, federal officials threatened to ground Mr. Hoover for failing medical tests. The outpouring from flying fans was so great that he was re-examined, and his pilot's license was reinstated. He retired from aerobatics in his late 70s and piloted his last plane when he was 85.

Filmmaker Kim Furst premiered a documentary about Mr. Hoover, Flying the Feathered Edge (https://www.amazon.com/Flying-Feathered-Edge-Project-Blu-Ray/dp/0986304425), in 2014. Mr. Hoover published at autobiography, Forever Flying (https://www.amazon.com/Forever-Flying-High-flying-Barnstorming-Autobiography/dp/067153761X), in 1996.

In his book, Mr. Hoover wrote, “Hell, I would fly an old Dodge truck if they put wings on the side.”

• Matt Schudel has been an obituary writer at The Washington Post since 2004.


Related Washington Post obituaries:

 • William H. Pietsch Jr., who led a commando team in World War II, dies at 94 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/2016/10/23/6f96aa30-957e-11e6-bb29-bf2701dbe0a3_story.html)

 • Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo astronaut who walked on the moon, dies at 85 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/edgar-d-mitchell-apollo-astronaut-who-walked-on-the-moon-dies-at-85/2016/02/05/9daf2e2c-cc40-11e5-88ff-e2d1b4289c2f_story.html)

 • Jerrie Mock, first female pilot to fly solo around the world, dies at 88 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/jerrie-mock-first-female-pilot-to-fly-solo-around-the-world-dies-at-88/2014/10/01/2b33543a-4984-11e4-a046-120a8a855cca_story.html)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/bob-hoover-pilot-who-escaped-pow-camp-by-stealing-a-german-plane-dies-at-94/2016/10/25/c3dfd16c-9ad2-11e6-a0ed-ab0774c1eaa5_story.html (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/bob-hoover-pilot-who-escaped-pow-camp-by-stealing-a-german-plane-dies-at-94/2016/10/25/c3dfd16c-9ad2-11e6-a0ed-ab0774c1eaa5_story.html)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 26, 2016, 06:40:49 pm

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(click on the picture to read the news story)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on November 29, 2016, 02:17:03 pm
Castro’s rotting in hell, but Cuba’s not free yet


The dancing in the streets of Miami tells you all you need to know: The people who knew Fidel Castro best, and are free to express their opinion, are ecstatic that he’s burning in hell.

He led a revolution promising liberty in the island nation — then instead transformed it into an island prison. Along with the rest of his inner circle, he lived a life of luxury — 20 homes, including a private island, Cayo Piedra, that his former bodyguard called a “millionaire’s paradise.”

He jailed, tortured and “disappeared” countless thousands of his people, including many who’d helped lead the revolution. His utter denial of basic human rights — freedoms of speech and assembly, for starters — drove more than a fifth of Cuba’s population into exile.

Castro deceived from the start, and fools around the world chose to believe the lies long after the truth was obvious. He took power claiming to be a nationalist, then came out as a fervent Communist — with firing squads for any who complained.

Yes, he removed US influence over his country — and sold it to the Soviet Union. His bid to host a Soviet atomic arsenal on the island brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

He outlawed not only private enterprise, but also labor unions, and put gays in concentration camps.

His policies impoverished what had once been the most prosperous nation in Latin America. The regime blamed the US embargo, without ever noting that the rest of the world hadn’t joined in: The problem was that Castro’s Cuba had next to nothing to export — beyond mercenaries, terrorism and secret police.

By the 1990s, he was even bragging about Cuba’s legions of prostitutes, who served the tourist trade he’d been forced to embrace to replace the subsidies he lost with the fall of the USSR.

In 2006, ill health forced him to hand power over to younger brother Raul, who continues the oppression.

So, while you cheer the death of one of history’s bloodiest tyrants, temper your joy: Cuba is not yet free.


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 29, 2016, 04:06:31 pm

Castro outlasted John F. Kennedy by many, many decades.

He also survived more than 600 failed assassination attempts.

And....Donald Trump's term as President of the USA will be but the timespan of a mere pimple on Castro's butt-cheek compared to the length of time Castro was Prez of Cuba.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 29, 2016, 04:06:44 pm

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on November 29, 2016, 04:16:28 pm
Castro was a murderous thug good riddance to bad rubbish
only the good die young

he only lived so long because he had the best of everything while his people suffered in poverty
goodbye to a worthless pile of commie crap

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 29, 2016, 04:28:50 pm

Clang clang....this thead has now moved on to the death of Ray Columbus.

If you wish to post shit about Cuba, then start a new thread....(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/Animated%20emoticons/19_HammerHead.gif)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on November 29, 2016, 05:20:58 pm
the progressive death of common sense

we all know what happens when we post a new thread some fool post a pile of shit all over it people get upset and send it to the biffo room
ray's dead how sad too bad soon we will all join him (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/Animated%20emoticons/19_HammerHead.gif)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 30, 2016, 08:31:44 am

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 14, 2016, 12:06:40 pm

from BBC News....

Scottish pilot who helped sink the Bismarck dies

Monday, 12 December 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLZg8DoT_5Q (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLZg8DoT_5Q)

A SCOTTISH VETERAN PILOT who helped to sink the Bismarck during World War Two has died at the age of 97.

Lieutenant Commander John “Jock” Moffat was credited with launching the torpedo that crippled the German warship in 1941.

The air strike carried out by the biplanes from HMS Victorious and HMS Ark Royal on 26th May 1941 was said to have been Britain's last hope of stopping the Bismarck.

Mr Moffat described flying through “a lethal storm of shells and bullets”.

Born in Kelso in June 1919, he joined the Navy as a reservist in 1938 and was posted to Ark Royal with 759 Naval Air Squadron after qualifying as a pilot.

In total, he served with four squadrons in a fleet air arm career spanning eight years.

After the war he trained as a hotel manager and remained with the profession for decades.

He took up flying again in his 60s and flew into his early 90s.

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In recent years he campaigned for the “No” side in the Scottish independence referendum, appearing alongside Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson in 2014 to make the defence case for the Union.

The air strike on the Bismarck was launched as the battleship headed to the relative safety of waters off the coast of France.

Mr Moffat and his crew took off in his Swordfish L9726 from the deck of Ark Royal and headed for the Bismarck, fighting against driving rain, low cloud and a gale.

Naval chiefs said he flew in at 50 feet, nearly skimming the surface of the waves, in a hail of bullets and shells, to get the best possible angle of attack on the ship.

At 21:05 he dropped the torpedo which hit its target, jamming the rudder of Hitler's flagship.

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The air strike was said to have been Britain's last hope of stopping the Bismarck.

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John Moffat flew the Swordfish through a hail of shells and bullets.

Speaking to BBC Scotland earlier this year, he said: “The Bismarck turned on its side and all these sailors seemed to be in the water — it lived with me for a long time.”

The battleship was forced to steam in circles until the guns of the Royal Navy's home fleet arrived the next morning.

“When Churchill gave the order to sink the Bismarck, we knew we just had to stop her trail of devastation at all costs,” he said.

"The great thing about the Swordfish was that the bullets just went straight through. After all, it was only made of canvas. It was like David and Goliath."

Mr Moffat's death was announced by the Royal Navy.


Read more on this topic:

 • NAVY WINGS: Fleet Air Arm Swordfish Pilot Lt Cdr John ‘Jock’ Moffat who Sank the Bismarck dies aged 97 (https://www.navywings.org.uk/news-blog/fleet-air-arm-swordfish-pilot-lt-cdr-john-jock-moffat-sank-bismarck-dies-aged-97)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-38297099 (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-38297099)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 12, 2017, 04:11:49 pm

from Fairfax NZ....

Footrot Flats creator Murray Ball has died

R.I.P. Murray Ball, creator of the iconic NZ cartoon Footrot Flats.

2:54PM - Sunday, 12 March 2017

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Cartoonist Murray Ball at his desk at his Gisborne home. — Photograph: Brett Mead.

FOOTROT FLATS creator Murray Ball has died. He was aged 78.

Longtime friend and collaborator Tom Scott said he received a call around 1pm on Sunday to say Ball had passed away.

It's understood Ball had been suffering from Alzheimer's and had been nursed at his Gisborne home for some time. He is survived by his wife Pam, and children.

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Footrot Flats stars Wal and Dog.

Scott, a cartoonist who was also born in Ball's hometown of Feilding, said Ball had given him his first break more than 30 years ago when he asked him to write a script for Footrot Flats, the movie.

“He was a hero of mine when I was growing up in the Manawatu. It was tremendous to think these great cartoons could be created by someone living just up the road, the didn't need to be things done overseas.”

Scott said a lot of of Ball's work was “fiercely political and fiercely egalitarian”.

“Those were Murray's two passion, he was passionate about injustice.”

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Murray Ball with wife Pam at his Gisborne home and his three dogs.
 — Photograph: Brett Mead.

Scott said he worked with Ball on the script for 1986 film Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale for two years, fine tuning the story of Wal and Dog.

Scott also recalled watching Ball play rugby for Manawatu against the touring Lions team in 1959.

“He was a sporting hero, he was a creative hero and then when I met him he was a hero of a man.”

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Arthur Waugh, Murray Ball's cousin who the cartoonist based his character Wal on.
 — Photograph: Marty Sharpe/Artwork montage: Richard Parker/Fairfax NZ.

Gisborne mayor Meng Foon also paid tribute Ball, a longtime resident of the city.

“Murray was a great friend of the Gisborne community and it is a very sad loss and we all give our condolences to his family and the Footrot Flats family.”

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Murray Ball shows his cartoons to border collie Finn, who was the inspiration for Dog
in Footrot Flats. — Photograph: The Ball Family.


Related stories:

 • All in the family for Footrot Flats (http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3154441)

 • Famous ‘Dog’ welcomes visitors to Feilding (http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/lifestyle/68840277)

 • Wal and Dog come home to Gisborne in form of life-sized bronze sculpture (http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/75720566)

 • Footrot Flats musical is a trip through Kiwiana history (http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/85729330)

 • Murray and me with love: Pam Ball (http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/love-sex/9239684)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/90340548 (http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/90340548)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 12, 2017, 04:11:59 pm

Although mainly known down-under for his iconic cartoon strip Footrot Flats, Murray Ball initially worked as a journalist for the Manawatu Times and The Dominion newspapers before becoming a freelance cartoonist and moving to Scotland. While there, he created his Stanley cartoon strip, which was published by Punch for many years. It became the longest-running cartoon strip ever to appear in Punch and Murray continued to draw it long after he moved back to New Zealand and settled in the Gisborne area, from where he created Footrot Flats.

The Ball family owned a farm at the end of Shelly Road on the outskirts of Gisborne and over a long period of time, Murray planted large parts of the farm in native forest and retired it from farming operations. Their farm contained The Town Hill (with the summit at 290 metres above sea level) and over many years, Murray laboured away at constructing a walking track which gradually climbed up to the summit, then descended via a different route through a number of bush-covered gullies. In the early 1990s, Murray opened the walkway to the public in partnership with the Department of Conservation. The view from the summit of The Town Hill is simply stunning, looking out over the city and Poverty Bay.

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Te Kuri Farm Walkway (https://www.walkingaccess.govt.nz/walkways-and-access/walkways-of-new-zealand/te-kuri-farm-walkway) (Walking Access Ara Hikoi Aotearoa website)

Te Kuri Farm Walkway (http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/east-coast/places/gisborne-area/things-to-do/te-kuri-farm-walkway) (Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai website)

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 14, 2017, 02:15:25 pm

from The Gisborne Herald yesterday (Monday)....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjOJvfY9YFg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjOJvfY9YFg)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 14, 2017, 02:17:15 pm

from The Dominion Post....

With a stroke of the pen, Murray Ball opened up possibilities

Footrot Flats creator Murray Ball gave cartoonist Tom Scott
the courage first to draw cartoons, and so much more.

By TOM SCOTT | 5:00AM - Tuesday, 14 March 2017

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Murray Ball with his dog, Finn, in 1993. — Photograph: Bill Kearns.

I WAS a primary school boy sitting on a plank of wood on the muddy sideline and didn't realise it at the time, but I first gazed upon Murray Ball one winter's afternoon in 1959 at the Palmerston North show grounds when the Junior All Black and son of an All Black marked the great, snorting, prancing Irish and British Lions winger, Tony O'Reilly, who was half man, half racehorse.

“Mostly O'Reilly beat me with sheer pace on the outside,” sighed Murray years later when I reminded him of the thumping Manawatu received, “Other times he sidestepped inside me. And then when he got bored with that he just ran over the top of me.”

Most rugby players get better and better in fond recall, but not Murray. Typically his nostalgia trode a fine line between lacerating honesty and mocking self-deprecation.

I remember still the exhilaration I felt when I stumbled across Murray's early editorial cartoons in the long-extinct Manawatu Times. They were nothing like the stolid, insipid, reactionary offering in other newspapers.

They burst off the page with a rude energy and undeniable humanity. Imagine a Giles cartoon if Giles had dropped acid.

And best of all they were drawn by somebody from Feilding, my home town.

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Cartoonist Tom Scott says Murray Ball was a huge influence on him.
 — Photograph: Monique Ford/Fairfax NZ.

If you wanted to be a rock star back then it was a hopeless cause unless you came from Liverpool.

Actually, if you wanted to be anything coming from Feilding made everything a hopeless cause, until quite literally at the stroke of a pen, Murray opened up possibilities.

Those possibilities expanded exponentially when seemingly overnight comic strips by Murray began surfacing in British publications.

Stanley the Paleolithic philosopher who graced the pages of Punch magazine for many years was clearly the work of someone of astonishing wit and fierce intelligence.

The black shearer's singlet wearing Bruce the Barbarian who appeared in a Left-wing journal was clearly the work of someone fiercely egalitarian.

If it is possible to be too egalitarian, Murray most certainly was.

Injustice and unfairness burn him and as a consequence the fruits of his success always made him uncomfortable.

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Tom Scott's tribute cartoon to his friend and mentor, Murray Ball.

When the imperfections of the real world bore down on him he departed England and retreated to a remote and beautiful part of New Zealand where he created a perfect world of his own, Footrot Flats.

Even here though, much like the terrifying croco-pigs in his movie Footrot Flats — The Dog's Tale, the familiar brutal honesty lurked beneath the surface.

Being invited by Murray to co-write that film with him was a turning point in my life.

To be asked was an honour in itself and to have the film succeed on both sides of the Tasman gave me the courage to write screenplays and stage plays of my own.

Through all weathers, in all seasons and over time in Footrot Flats Murray created a world every bit as delicate and true as a Katherine Mansfield short story, every bit as visceral and unsentimental as a Ronald Hugh Morrieson or Barry Crump novel, every bit as whimsical and nonsensical as a John Clarke or Billy T James comedy routine (both of whom appeared in his film) and visually every bit as arresting and instantly recognisable as a Rita Angus or Toss Woollaston painting.

To borrow from Dave Dobbyn, Murray gave us a slice of heaven.


Related story:

 • Footrot Flats creator Murray Ball has died (http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/90340548)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/90368523 (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/90368523)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 19, 2017, 12:36:48 pm

from the Los Angeles Times....

Chuck Berry dies at 90, a founding father of rock 'n' roll

By RICHARD CROMELIN | 3:25PM PDT - Saturday, March 18, 2017

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Rock and roll guitarist Chuck Berry performs his “duck walk” as he plays his electric hollowbody guitar at the TAMI Show on December 29th, 1964
at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. Other performers included James Browm, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles
and Jan & Dean. — Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

CHUCK BERRY, a founding father of rock 'n' roll who designed much of the music's sonic blueprint and became his era's most creative lyricist, has died. He was 90.

In hits such as “Maybellene”, “Johnny B. Goode” and “Sweet Little Sixteen”, Berry paired clarion guitar riffs and a relentlessly rhythmic blend of blues and country with buoyant vignettes celebrating teenage life and the freedom of 1950s America.

“He laid down the law for playing this kind of music,” Eric Clapton once said. John Lennon’s succinct summation: “If you tried to give rock 'n' roll another name, you might call it ChuckBerry.” The Encyclopedia of Popular Music states that Berry's influence as guitarist and songwriter is “incalculable.”

At a time when rock 'n' roll lyrics were secondary to the sound of the records, Berry's sophisticated depictions of adolescence — school, cars, growing up, courtship, the onset of adulthood — showed for the first time that the music could mirror and articulate the experience of a generation. In the mid-1950s, only the songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller worked similar territory.

Despite his profound musical influence, Berry's legacy is forever entwined with three high-profile scrapes with the law — he served time for armed robbery when he was a teenager, a violation of the Mann Act in 1962, and income tax evasion in 1979.

Those experiences, particularly the Mann Act conviction, are widely regarded as contributors to the guarded, difficult nature of Berry's personality. He wrote an autobiography in 1987 and performed regularly for most of his life, but Berry granted few interviews and rarely revealed much of himself. In director Taylor Hackford's 1987 documentary Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, he is a complex character, alternately charming and controlling.

Berry had six Top 10 hits from 1955 through 1964, and was a dynamic force on the frenzied rock 'n' roll tours of the '50s, with his piercing gaze and famous “duck walk,” in which he crouched low and scooted across the stage with one leg extended and his guitar held high.

A host of followers embraced his sound and songs. The early albums and concerts of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were peppered with such Berry works as “Rock & Roll Music”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Carol” and “Around and Around”. Their British Invasion peers, including the Animals and the Kinks, were similarly under his spell.

His fellow Americans were no less impressed. Berry's “Memphis” became a hit for both Lonnie Mack (an instrumental version) and Johnny Rivers. The rapid phrasing and energy of “Too Much Monkey Business” was a model for Bob Dylan's “Subterranean Homesick Blues”.

The honor wasn't always acknowledged. The Beach Boys' 1963 hit “Surfin' U.S.A.” was a near-copy of “Sweet Little Sixteen”. Berry, watchful over every dollar due, sued and won co-writing credit.

Similarly, the opening lines of the Beatles' “Come Together” were close enough to a lyric from “You Can't Catch Me” (“Here come up flattop, he was movin' up with me”) that Berry brought legal action and won a settlement.

Berry was part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's inaugural induction class in 1986. He received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984, was named to the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000 and received Sweden’s prestigious Polar music prize in 2014.

A recording of “Johnny B. Goode” was included among the cultural artifacts installed on the two Voyager space probes launched in 1977. On a subsequent “Saturday Night Live” sketch, comedian Steve Martin reported on the first communication from distant aliens: “Send more Chuck Berry”.

Charles Edward Anderson Berry was born October 18th, 1926, in St. Louis, one of six children. His mother, Martha, was a teacher and his father, Henry, was a carpenter whose enthusiasm for poetry and other literature made a deep impression on his children.

The family enjoyed a relatively comfortable life in the black neighborhood known as the Ville, but Berry did encounter racism in other parts of town — he once recalled being turned away from the Fox Theatre downtown when he tried to buy a movie ticket.

Berry sang in a choir at a Baptist church and in the high school glee club. His taste for entertaining was sharpened when he turned in a well-received performance of “Confessin' the Blues” at a high school talent show, and he soon took up the guitar.

When Berry was 17, he and two friends stole a car and robbed three businesses in Kansas City, Missouri. Berry received the maximum sentence of 10 years. Inside the Intermediate Reformatory for Young Men in Algoa, Missouri, he sang in a gospel group and learned to box, and was released after serving three years.

Back in St. Louis, he worked at an auto plant and as a hairdresser, and supplemented his income by playing guitar in local bands. He married in 1948, and he and his wife Themetta (Toddy) would have four children.

Berry admired traditional pop standards and such singers as Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, and he loved big-band music and jump blues, especially the entertaining, often comedic brand of Louis Jordan. Jordan's guitarist Carl Hogan was one of Berry’s instrumental models, along with Charlie Christian and blues stars Muddy Waters and T-Bone Walker.

Berry joined the Sir John Trio in 1952, teaming for the first time with pianist Johnnie Johnson, who would become an indispensable sideman on Berry's records. They performed blues and ballads, and also adapted country tunes into a “black hillbilly” style that proved very popular. They started drawing big crowds at the Cosmopolitan Club in East St. Louis, Illinois, and the band's name was soon changed to the Chuck Berry Trio as the singer-guitarist asserted his dominance.

In 1955, Berry headed to Chicago to meet one of his heroes, Muddy Waters. After a show, Berry got an autograph from the blues great, and asked for advice about making a record. Waters told him to contact Leonard Chess, the head of the famed blues label Chess Records.

Berry did, and returned in a week with a demo tape. Chess took the trio into the studio and drove them through repeated takes of “Ida Mae”, Berry's reworking of the folk tune “Ida Red”. Chess thought it had potential, but he had problems with the title. A box of mascara on a windowsill gave him his inspiration, and he renamed the tune “Maybellene”.

The record came out in July 1955 and reached No.5 on the pop singles chart. The success was accompanied by a cold slap of reality. The songwriting credit on the record went not to Berry alone, but also to influential disc jockey Alan Freed and to the owner of the building that housed Chess Records. Such maneuvers were common in the record business then, but Berry was taken aback. After a long fight, he was finally granted sole credit in 1986.

More hits followed, records that became essential pillars of the rock canon: “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Rock & Roll Music”, “School Day”, “Johnny B. Goode” and “Sweet Little Sixteen”.

Their common thread was the exuberance of Berry's sound and his vivid, lively language. His lyrics chronicled youthful culture with a keen, pithy eye, and his characters were constantly in motion, either around the dance floor, across the map, on the highway — inevitably in a Coupe de Ville, a V8 Ford, a “coffee colored Cadillac” or some other big American car.

Singing with a sharp, precise enunciation, he could drop in a French phrase, coin words such as “motor-vatin,” and craft indelible images — describing a girl who “wiggles like a glowworm, dance like a spinning top,” or colorfully capturing the excitement of rock 'n' roll: “You know my temperature's risin'/And the jukebox blowin’ a fuse …”

Despite being stung by racial prejudice in his life, Berry basked in a positive vision of his country in his songs. “New York, Los Angeles, oh how I yearn for you,” he sang in “Back in the U.S.A”. longing from abroad for the place “where hamburgers sizzle on an open grill night and day.”

Berry also tested the waters of social commentary. “Brown Eyed Handsome Man”, a playful but potent statement of racial pride, opened with the wry, “arrested on charges of unemployment …”

And “Too Much Monkey Business”, with its torrent of complaints (“Runnin' to and from/Hard workin' at the mill/Never fail in the mail/Yeah, come a rotten bill”), expressed the frustrations of a beleaguered breadwinner with a comical edge.

Berry showed that pop could be art, but he always insisted he was being merely pragmatic.

“I wrote about cars because half the people had cars, or wanted them,” he said in a 2002 interview with London's Independent newspaper. “I wrote about love, because everyone wants that. I wrote songs white people could buy, because that’s nine pennies out of every dime. That was my goal: to look at my bank book and see a million dollars there.”

Berry had opened a nightclub and was riding high in 1959 when he was charged with violating the Mann Act, a federal law that prohibits the interstate transport of women for “immoral purposes.” The prosecution stemmed from Berry's relationship with 14-year-old Janice Escalante, whom he had met in Juarez, Mexico, and brought to St. Louis. When he fired her from her job as a hat checker at the club, she went to the police.

Berry's first conviction was voided because of racially based misconduct by the judge, but he was convicted in a second trial and sentenced to three years in prison in October 1961.

Many felt that Berry’s race and his history of relationships with white women were a factor in the prosecution. Racial dynamics would be a subtext throughout his career, in which he helped bring down the black-white divisions in popular music and specifically set out to appeal to a white audience.

“He was a rebel, a guy who was incredibly complex, unbelievably thorny, and through his own headstrong nature and his own appetites was truly punished for his rebellion,” said Hackford, who formed a stormy relationship with Berry when he directed the 1987 documentary.

“He had the audacity to be a black man who wanted to get out there and perform for white kids and seduce white women, and he did, and he was punished for it. … If rock 'n' roll wants to lay claim to the music of rebellion, he led the charge.”

Berry was released after 20 months and returned to the charts with three more notable songs, “Nadine (Is It You?)” “No Particular Place to Go” and “Promised Land”.

That was the end of his significant record-making (his only No.1 hit would come in 1972 with the risqué novelty “My Ding-a-Ling”). But with the British Invasion bringing new attention to his legacy, Berry was a popular touring attraction. He appeared in the famed 1964 TAMI Show concert movie, and as the decade proceeded he adapted to the counterculture's festival and ballroom conventions.

He also collected cars and invested shrewdly in St. Louis real estate, and, less shrewdly, opened an amusement park called Berry Park. When it failed, the estate became Berry's home and headquarters. (“I wanted it to be like Disneyland or Six Flags,” he once said, “but it turned out to be One Flag.”)

In the 1970s he participated in rock 'n' roll revival tours, and after ending his relationship with his longtime band, including pianist Johnson, he began his practice of hiring a local group to wing it behind him in each city. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band once had the honor in their early days, but the overall result was inconsistency, and Berry's reputation suffered.

He played himself in the 1978 film “American Hot Wax”, which told the story of disc jockey Freed. Hackford's documentary, in which Keith Richards led an all-star band behind Berry in concert with such guests as Clapton and Linda Ronstadt, put him back in the spotlight. But though Berry spoke periodically about recording new material, nothing came of it.

But he kept playing, making a monthly appearance at the Blueberry Hill club in St. Louis as recently as this summer.

There were more legal dramas. He served four months in federal prison in Lompoc in 1979 for income tax evasion. In 1990, 60 women sued him for allegedly videotaping them in the bathroom of a restaurant at Berry Park. Berry denied the charges, but paid a settlement. And in 2000 Johnson sued him for royalties and credit, claiming the pianist had co-written Berry's hits. The court ruled against Johnson, who died in 2005.

In the end, Berry hadn't let down his guard.

“This is a guy who will always be an enigma,” said Hackford, “who will always be a mystery, who will always be the ultimate outsider, because he would not let anyone in.”

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-chuck-berry-snap-20170318-story.html (http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-chuck-berry-snap-20170318-story.html)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on April 10, 2017, 01:36:59 pm

R.I.P. John Clarke aka Fred Dagg.

from Fairfax NZ....

John Clarke, the man behind New Zealand cultural icon Fred Dagg, has died (http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/91400934)

from The Age....

Renowned satirist John Clarke dead at 68 (http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/renowned-satirist-john-clarke-dead-at-68-20170409-gvhg1r.html)

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 03, 2017, 05:45:33 pm

from The Washington Post....

Japanese survivor of Nagasaki atomic attack
bared his scars to plead against nuclear war

Sumiteru Taniguchi spent almost two years on his stomach as his wounds healed.
He would later devote the rest of his life to peace and disarmament.

By MATT SCHUDEL | 7:10PM EDT - Saturday, September 02, 2017

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Sumiteru Taniguchi, a survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, in 2015. — Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press.

ON August 9th, 1945, Sumiteru Taniguchi was delivering mail on his bicycle in Nagasaki, Japan. At 11:02 a.m., he noticed a rainbow-like flash and was thrown to the ground.

“When I looked up,” he said in a 1994 interview later broadcast on PBS, “the house I had just passed had been destroyed. The last house to which I distributed mail was still there. I also saw a child blown away. Big stones were flying in the air and one came down and hit me, then flew up again into the sky.”

Mr. Taniguchi, who was 16 at the time, was about one mile from the center of the explosion of the second atomic bomb dropped by U.S. forces on Japan. The city of Hiroshima had been leveled three days earlier. More than 200,000 people were estimated to have been killed in the two blasts.

Within a week of the Nagasaki bombing, Japan surrendered, bringing an end to World War II. Mr. Taniguchi's struggles were just beginning.

After a long, painful recovery, he devoted the rest of his life to peace and disarmament, often baring his scars as a symbol of the horrors of nuclear war.

“I realized that I must live on behalf of those who died unwillingly,” he told author Susan Southard for her 2015 book, Nagasaki (https://www.amazon.com/dp/product/0670025623).

Mr. Taniguchi died August 30th in Nagasaki at age 88, according to a statement from a group he helped lead, the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations. The cause was cancer.

As Mr. Taniguchi tried to climb to his feet after the explosion, “the skin of my left arm, from the shoulder to the tip of my fingers, was dripping like rags,” he said. “I put my hand to my back, but there was no clothing. I could only feel something slimy.”

He retrieved the scattered letters from his mailbag.

“I didn't feel any pain and there was no blood,” he said. “But all my energy seemed to vanish.”

He was carried to a grassy spot on a hill and placed alongside other victims.

“When the morning came,” Mr. Taniguchi said in 1994, “no one lying with me was still alive.”

He was not rescued for three days. He was eventually taken to a Japanese military hospital. His skin was stripped away from his back, exposing his muscles. He spent almost two years lying on his stomach, while his back was suppurating with infections.

“The doctors were clueless about how to treat me,” he said.

In January 1946, a film crew from the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey came to the hospital and recorded Mr. Taniguchi being treated for his wounds. The three minutes of silent color film were so gruesome that they were not shown in public for more than 25 years.

“From shoulders to waist, his raw, bloodred tissue glistens under the lights,” Southard wrote in Nagasaki (https://www.amazon.com/dp/product/0143109421).

Burns and blisters covered much of the rest of his body.

“He cried every time he heard the instrument cart approaching,” Southard wrote, “and when the nurses removed the gauze from his back, he screamed in pain and begged the nurses to let him die. ‘Kill me, kill me’, he cried.”

(https://img.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_900w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2017/09/02/Obituaries/Images/Japan_Obit_Nagasaki_Bomb_Survivor_14599-46f10.jpg) (https://img.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1484w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2017/09/02/Obituaries/Images/Japan_Obit_Nagasaki_Bomb_Survivor_14599-46f10.jpg)
In this 2015 photo, Sumiteru Taniguchi shows a photo of himself taken after the 1945 atomic bomb attack on Nagasaki, Japan.
 — Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press.

Mr. Taniguchi was not released from the hospital until 1949. He later went back to his job as a mail carrier and was not considered completely healed until 1960, although he continued to have medical problems throughout his life. He dealt with keloid scars and tumors and, despite his ramrod straight posture, never went a day without pain.

At a 2010 United Nations conference to review terms of a treaty on the nonproliferation of nuclear arms, Mr. Taniguchi held up a picture of himself as a young man, with his back exposed on the hospital bed.

“I am not a guinea pig, nor am I an exhibit,” he said. “But you who are here today, please don't turn your eyes away from me. Please look at me again.”

He became one of several prominent hibakusha, or “atomic bomb-affected people,” who spoke out about their suffering, often despite public ridicule of their disfigurement.

“We never received any professional psychological counseling,” Mr. Taniguchi told The Guardian newspaper of Great Britain in 1988, “but in our group of 60 people we've tried to do it for each other — at least to make the survivors talk about that day. We've saved some people from killing themselves.”

Mr. Taniguchi became a determined advocate for the elimination of nuclear arms. He often traveled overseas to speak at conferences, including in the United States, and called for the Japanese government to pay the medical expenses incurred by the survivors.

He noted that the United States had never shown remorse for the damage caused by atomic weapons, but he was even harsher toward his own country.

“No one in the Japanese government has ever apologized about getting involved in that war, either,” he said.

After the end of World War II, Japan adopted a constitutional provision renouncing war and prohibiting the deployment of military forces outside the country's borders. Amid 70th-anniversary observances of the atomic attacks in 2015, new legislation was passed and signed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe allowing Japanese forces to take part in international conflicts.

Mr. Taniguchi denounced the change in policy, calling it a betrayal of the country's pacifist principles.

“I am worried about what will happen to the world,” he said, “when there are no more atomic bomb survivors.”

Sumiteru Taniguchi was born January 26th, 1929, in Fukuoka, Japan. According to Japanese news reports, his mother died when he was an infant. His father worked for the railroad before being conscripted into the military.

Mr. Taniguchi spent much of his childhood with his maternal parents in Nagasaki before going to work for the postal service at 14.

When he was 24, Mr. Taniguchi had an arranged marriage that was put together by friends and family members.

“My wife never saw me before the wedding and was not told about my injuries,” he told the Chicago Tribune in 2001. “She cried a lot on our honeymoon. It wasn't the scars so much that frightened her, but fear how long I would survive.”

His wife, Eiko, applied lotion to her husband’s scars and massaged his back. She died last year. Survivors include two children; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In 1986, Southard, who later wrote the book Nagasaki (https://www.amazon.com/dp/product/B015MVMZFE), was enlisted as a translator when Mr. Taniguchi came to Washington. She often visited him in Nagasaki and once asked him to describe the significance of his survival, amid such suffering.

“Just that I lived,” he said. “That I have lived this long. I have sadness and struggle that goes with being alive, but I went to the very last edge of life, so I feel joy in the fact that I'm here, now.”

• Matt Schudel has been an obituary writer at The Washington Post since 2004.


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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Donald on September 03, 2017, 06:01:08 pm
Wow.. lived to 88 after being the victim of a nuclear attack....

..mmmm...any idea where the next nuclear attack might be.....would like to be there😉

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 03, 2017, 06:07:18 pm

I'd like you to be there too.....right at ground-centre.

Mind you, nobody would bother about writing an obituary for YOU, because you're just a stupid nobody.

It would be no great loss.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Donald on September 03, 2017, 06:16:15 pm
Ktj...."I'd like you to be there too.....right at ground-centre"

...do you think that if I got close enough....I could live to 95..…🙄

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Donald on September 12, 2017, 04:56:13 pm
....haha..some bought houses.....other suckers bought lefty fake news Yankee rag subscriptions👌

Hillary Clinton's $2 million pre-election fail

Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

Hillary Clinton has revealed that she paid US$1.6million (NZ$2.2 million) for a home in her New York neighborhood so that Secret Service would have a place to live after she was elected president.

The Democratic hopeful told Jane Pauley during an appearance on CBS Sunday Morning over the weekend that she plunked down the money to purchase her neighbor's home back in August 2016 to make the transition easier come that November, according to Daily Mail.

"I know something about what it takes to move a president and I thought I was going to win," explained
Hillary said that she still very much enjoys her second home, despite losing the election just three months after she bought the property.

In fact, it was there that she wrote parts of her new memoir "What Happened", which will be released on Tuesday.

Pauley revealed on Sunday that Clinton wrote the book at the dining room table of her nearby second home, detailing her thoughts on the election she lost to President Donald Trump.

The three-bedroom home sits on 1.5 acres of land and is just feet away from their own property.

With that purchase, the Clintons were also able to establish their Old House Lane homes as a compound and close down the street to local traffic only, with their security detail checking all cars that travel down the road.

The home also has an in-ground pool, stone wall surrounding the yard and a large garden, which Hillary has spoke about working in after her loss last November.

I started the campaign knowing that I was going to have to work extra hard to make women and men feel comfortable with the idea of a woman president," Hillary said of her prospects in the 2016 race.

"It doesn't fit into the stereotype we all carry around in our head. And a lot of the sexism and misogyny was in service of these attitudes like: 'We really don't want a woman commander and chief.'"

Hillary also said during the interview that she will not be seeking elected office again in the wake of her most recent defeat.

"As an active politician, it's over," Hillary told Pauley.

"I am done with being a candidate."

Hillary will kick off her book tour tomorrow with a stop at Barnes & Noble in New York City's Union Square.
Nz herald

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 12, 2017, 06:01:55 pm

Jeeeeezus....what a stupid fuck-wit you are.

Imagine the sort of gutter-mentality figure it takes to desecrate an OBITUARY thread.

I guess you just displayed to the world that you oozed out of SCUMSVILLE.

It wouldn't surprise me if you also spray-painted abusive filth on gravestones in cemeteries too!!

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Donald on September 12, 2017, 06:54:19 pm
😳...are you secretly filming me😜

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 28, 2017, 04:29:24 pm

Well....he won't be sticking his dick into young women a fraction of his age anymore, eh?

Hugh Hefner, Playboy Founder and Leader of the '60s Sexual Revolution, Dies at 91 (http://)


Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Donald on September 28, 2017, 04:35:00 pm
Ktj...."Well....he won't be sticking his dick into young women a fraction of his age anymore, eh?"

...haha....do I detect some secret (but not very well disguised) envy there....replacing the women with boys of course.....you wouldn't be catholic by any chance😳

...typical lefty...if I can't have it....nobody should🙄

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 18, 2017, 11:51:58 pm

from The Washington Post....

OBITUARY: Daphne Caruana Galizia, journalist
who assailed the powerful, dies in car bombing

Her reporting, based on the Panama Papers, made her one of
Malta's most prominent journalists before her death at 53.

By HARRISON SMITH | 9:37PM EDT - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese investigative journalist who exposed her island nation's links with the so-called
Panama Papers, died when a bomb destroyed her car. — Photograph: Malta Independent/Associated Press.

THE FIRST ATTACK came in 1995, when Daphne Caruana Galizia's front door was doused with fuel and set ablaze. She told her three children that the fire had simply been caused by candles, left outside for too long. Privately, she believed that she was targeted for retaliation. Her collie was killed soon after, left in front of her home with a slit throat.

A reform-minded political columnist, Mrs. Caruana Galizia had written an editorial for the Sunday Times of Malta, her country's largest newspaper, calling for the commander of Malta's armed forces to resign because his children had been linked to drug trafficking.

Fearing for her family's safety, she took her own children out of school and for several weeks stayed away from her home in Bidnija, a small town in the hills of one of Europe's smallest countries.

Nothing more came of the story. But in 2006, shortly after she published an article critical of neo-Nazi groups in Malta, a stack of tires was arranged behind her house and set on fire. “My brother happened to be coming home at night and noticed the fire,” her son, Matthew Caruana Galizia, said in a phone interview. “If he hadn't noticed, we probably would have been burned alive.”

Mrs. Caruana Galizia, who faced what her family described as an escalating series of retaliatory attacks for her independent reporting on Maltese politics, died on October 16th after her Peugeot 108 exploded near her home in Bidnija. She was 53.

Malta police are investigating the case with assistance from the FBI, as requested by Malta's prime minister, Joseph Muscat. If Mrs. Caruana Galizia is found to have been targeted, she will be the 28th journalist killed for her work this year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (https://cpj.org).

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Forensic experts walk in a field after a powerful bomb blew up a car and killed Mrs. Caruana Galizia.
 — Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters.

Mrs. Caruana Galizia was in some ways an unassuming muckraker. Though she established herself early in her career as a scorching political commentator, since 2004 she had run Taste & Flair, a lifestyle magazine published by the Malta Independent newspaper.

Writing and editing the magazine's stories, mainly about Maltese cuisine, was her day job. In her free time, she posted articles to a blog called Running Commentary (https://daphnecaruanagalizia.com), a website that made her Malta's most prominent investigative reporter and, as Politico wrote in one recent profile (http://www.politico.eu/list/politico-28-class-of-2017-ranking/daphne-caruana-galizia), “a one-woman WikiLeaks”.

On some days, the site drew more than 400,000 readers, a figure that dwarfed the audience of Malta's main newspapers and nearly equaled the country's population. Her posts ranged from commentary on the country's “19th-century” treatment of women to more salacious items, including a report that a Maltese government minister was seen in a German brothel. The minister denied the story and in February received a warrant to freeze Mrs. Caruana Galizia's bank accounts (https://daphnecaruanagalizia.com/2017/02/minister-economy-policy-officer-frozen-bank-accounts-statement-issued-media).

Her recent work was fueled by the Panama Papers (https://panamapapers.icij.org), a 2016 leak of more than 11 million documents that linked government officials around the world to secretive offshore shell companies. Mrs. Caruana Galizia's work occurred independently of the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative effort led by the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (https://www.icij.org) (ICIJ), in partnership with the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and more than 100 other media organizations. (Her son Matthew is a software developer and data journalist with ICIJ.)

In blog posts based on documents from the Panama Papers, she tied Muscat's government — including his wife, chief of staff and energy minister — to several shell companies. She alleged that officials had been receiving illicit payments funneled by the government of Azerbaijan, a former Soviet satellite state.

Officials denied the charges, and Mrs. Caruana Galizia soon faced a deluge of libel threats and suits. In addition, her bull terrier was poisoned and nearly killed earlier this year, Matthew Caruana Galizia said, and one of her younger sons, a Maltese diplomat, was recalled from his post in New Delhi without explanation. Before her death, Matthew said, his mother had planned to sue the government, arguing that the diplomatic ouster was intended as retaliation for her reporting.

“Everyone knows Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine, both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way,” Muscat said after Mrs. Caruana Galizia's death.

Malta's government had been in a state of near-disarray since Mrs. Caruana Galizia began publishing her allegations, with Muscat holding snap elections in June in an attempt to solidify his four-year hold on power. Shortly before the election, Ken Mifsud Bonnici, an adviser to the European Commission, wrote that Malta was facing “a veritable collapse of the rule of law”.

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Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese investigative journalist who was killed by a car bomb. — Photograph: Reuters.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday (https://www.facebook.com/matthewcaruanagalizia/posts/10159419399490035), Matthew Caruana Galizia wrote that his mother “was assassinated because she stood between the rule of law and those who sought to violate it, like many strong journalists.” He blamed the “incompetence and negligence” of the police and government for her death.

“This is what happens when the institutions of the state are incapacitated,” he continued: “The last person left standing is often a journalist. Which makes her the first person left dead.”

Daphne Anne Vella was born in the resort town of Sliema on August 26th, 1964. Her father owned a business that imported and installed elevators, and her mother was a homemaker. She married Peter Caruana Galizia in 1985.

Mrs. Caruana Galizia joined the Times of Malta two years later, working as a reporter and then a columnist before moving to the Malta Independent as an associate editor in 1992. As a columnist, she developed a flair for fiery, opinionated writing that carried over to her blog.

In 1997, she received a bachelor's degree in archaeology from the University of Malta.

In addition to her husband, survivors include their three sons and her mother and father.

Mrs. Caruana Galizia's last post, published a half-hour before her death, described her increasing frustration over a lack of accountability for government corruption. In a court hearing that morning, the prime minister's chief of staff, Keith Schembri, said he had not been able to respond to accusations of corruption because of a “medical condition”.

“There are crooks everywhere you look now,” she wrote (https://daphnecaruanagalizia.com/2017/10/crook-schembri-court-today-pleading-not-crook). “The situation is desperate.”

• Harrison Smith is a reporter on The Washington Post's obituaries desk. He was born in Dallas and joined The Post in 2015.


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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 21, 2017, 12:59:59 pm

from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times....

Mastermind of murderous cult

CHARLES MANSON, 1934 — 2017

By MILES CORWIN | 12:01AM PST — Monday, November 20, 2017

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Charles Manson. — Photograph: Associated Press.

CHARLES MANSON was an unlikely figure to evolve into the personification of evil. A few inches over five feet, he was a petty criminal and small-time hustler. And his followers bore little resemblance to the stereotypical image of hardened killers. Most were in their early twenties, middle-class white kids, hippies and runaways who fell under his charismatic sway.

But in the summer of 1969, Manson masterminded a string of bizarre murders in Los Angeles that both horrified and fascinated the nation and signified to many the symbolic end of the 1960s and the idealism and naiveté the decade represented.

Considered one of the most infamous criminals of the 20th century, Manson died of natural causes at a Kern County hospital at 8:13 p.m on Sunday, according to Vicky Waters, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He was 83.

Sentenced to death for the crime, Manson escaped execution when the state Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional at the time. He spent decades behind bars, an unrepentant and incorrigible inmate who'd been cited for behavioral issues more than 100 times.

Manson did not commit the murders himself; instead he persuaded his group of followers to carry out the killings. The crimes received frenzied news coverage, because so many lurid and sensational elements coalesced at the time — Hollywood celebrity, cult behavior, group sex, drugs and savage murders that concluded with the killers scrawling words with their victims' blood.

Los Angeles residents were terrified by the crimes. Before the killers were apprehended, gun sales and guard dog purchases skyrocketed and locksmiths had weeks-long waiting lists. Numerous off-duty police officers were hired to guard homes in affluent neighborhoods and security firms tripled in size.

Manson and four of his followers — Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles “Tex” Watson — were convicted of murdering actress Sharon Tate, the wife of movie director Roman Polanski, in their Bel-Air home on August 9, 1969, along with four others.

Watson had been a high school football star. Krenwinkel a former Sunday school teacher. Van Houten a homecoming princess from Monrovia. And Atkins once sang in her church choir. Linda Kasabian, a pregnant 20-year-old with a baby daughter, who said she was asked to go along that night because she was the only one with a valid driver's license, testified against the others in return for immunity from prosecution. Atkins died in 2009 in prison; the others remain incarcerated.

Tate, 26, who was eight months pregnant, pleaded with her killers to spare the life of her unborn baby. Atkins replied, “Woman, I have no mercy for you.” Tate was stabbed 16 times. “PIG” was written in her blood on the front door.

The next night they killed Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in their Los Feliz home. Manson picked the house at random, tied up the couple and then left the killings to the others. They cut “WAR” in Leno LaBianca's flesh and left a carving fork in his stomach and a knife in his throat. Using the LaBiancas' blood, they scrawled on the wall and refrigerator in blood “DEATH TO PIGS” and “HEALTER SKELTER”, the mis-spelled title of a Beatles song. Before leaving, they helped themselves to some watermelon in the refrigerator, leaving behind the rinds.

“People were so terrified because these seemed to be murders without a motive,” said lead prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, who died in 2015. “They weren't robberies or burglaries. It was so random. If you're not safe in your home, where are you safe? And these murders were particularly brutal. On the two nights there were 169 stab wounds.”

The 9½-month trial — the longest in U.S. history at the time — was as bizarre as the crimes.

A group of young female followers with shaved heads gathered outside the courthouse and conducted a 24-hour vigil for Manson. One morning Manson entered the court room with an X carved into his forehead and his followers soon did the same. During the trial, Manson jumped over his attorney's table and made a dash for the bench. While the bailiffs were dragging him out of the courtroom, Manson shouted to Judge Charles H. Older, “In the name of Christian justice, someone should chop off your head!” The judge began packing a .38-caliber revolver under his robe. Van Houten's attorney, Ronald Hughes, disappeared during the trial and was later found dead. Prosecutors suspected he was another Manson victim.

Bugliosi argued during the trial that Manson orchestrated the murders as part of a plan to spark a race war that he called Helter Skelter. Blacks would win the war even though, according to Manson, they were inferior to whites. Then he and his followers would survive by living underground near Death Valley and would eventually take over power. In a later trial, Manson was convicted in the slayings of musician Gary Hinman and Donald “Shorty” Shea, who worked at the San Fernando Valley ranch where the family lived for a time.

In 1972, the death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment when the state Supreme Court abolished the death penalty. Since then, Manson and his followers have been eligible for parole hearings. Only one of those convicted in the nine murders — Steve Grogan, who was involved in the Shea shooting — has been paroled. Atkins died in 2009 while incarcerated in Chowchilla.

Manson — who had spent more than half of his life in prison before the conviction — was housed at Corcoran State Prison since 1989. He broke prison rules dozens of times for violations including possessing cellular phones and a hacksaw blade, throwing hot coffee at a staff member, spitting in a guard's face, fighting, refusing to obey orders and trying to flood a tier in his cellblock. Long ago, he turned the X on his forehead into a swastika. He was denied parole 12 times and had numerous disciplinary violations. His last parole hearing was in 2012, which he declined to attend.

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Sharon Tate, right, is shown with film director Roman Polanski at their wedding in London in 1968.
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The body of actress Sharon Tate is removed from her Benedict Canyon estate where she and four other people were murdered
during the night of August 9, 1969. The next night, Rosemary and Leno LaBianca were slain. — Photograph: Associated Press.

Doris Tate, Sharon's mother, became a victims' rights advocate after the murders and helped collect more than 350,000 signatures on petitions opposing parole for Manson and his followers. After her death in 1992, her daughter Patti Tate appeared at Manson family hearings opposing parole.

More than 40 years after the mass murders, Manson — whose wild-eyed stare was immortalized on a Life magazine cover — remains a figure of fascination, a homicidal anti-hero for a new generation. Rock groups have played songs that he wrote. Merchants peddle T-shirts bearing Manson's likeness, as well as belt buckles, caps, necklaces, rosaries and cigarette lighters. Manson memorabilia is sold on the internet.

“Manson became a metaphor for evil, and evil has its allure,” said Bugliosi, who wrote — with Curt Gentry — the bestselling non-fiction book Helter Skelter (https://www.amazon.com/dp/product/039308700X) about the case. “People found him so fascinating because unlike other mass murderers who did the killings themselves or participated with others, Manson got people to kill for him.”

Manson received in prison an average of four fan letters a day, said Stephen Kay, who helped prosecute the case. When he turned 80, Manson and a 27-year-old fan obtained a marriage license. But it expired before the paperwork was completed.

Kay said he attended 60 parole hearings to argue against Manson family members' release before retiring from the district attorney's office in 2005. Manson, Kay said, evolved into the focal point of satanic worship in the U.S.

“At one parole hearing outside San Quentin in the late 1980s, there were about 40 satanic worshipers dressed in black outside the prison chanting for his release,” Kay said. “Then there's these young people today who are intrigued by his mystique since he's America's most famous criminal. But they don't know what he's really about, what he really did.”

Manson has been portrayed as the dark prince of the counterculture, the sinister consequences of a permissive era. The man and his crimes, however, are more a product of parental neglect, a failed foster care system and barbaric juvenile justice institutions.

Charles Manson was born on November 12, 1934, to an impoverished 16-year-old single mother named Kathleen Maddox. “No Name Maddox” appeared on the Cincinnati hospital's birth certificate because the father had not been identified. His mother later was briefly married to a man who provided his stepson with a last name.

Shortly after Manson was born, Kathleen would tell relatives she had to run off for an hour or two, leave her son, and then return days or weeks later. When Manson was 5, his mother and her brother robbed a West Virginia service station and knocked the attendant unconscious with a Coke bottle. They were sentenced to five years in state prison. Manson was sent to live with an aunt and uncle. The happiest day of his life, he has said, was when his mother was released from prison. The feeling did not last long. He spent the next few years in tow, as his mother embarked on a journey through the Midwest, staying at a series of seedy hotel rooms and drinking heavily.

“By the time I was 12 I'd missed a lot of school, seen a few juvenile homes and no longer believed all my mom's lovers were ‘uncles’,” he said in Manson in His Own Words (https://www.amazon.com/dp/product/0802130240), as told to Nuel Emmons. “One night I was awakened by the sound of [my mother and her current boyfriend] arguing. The words I remember most were his: ‘I'm telling you, I’m moving on. You and I could make it just fine, but I can't stand that sneaky kid of yours’.”

His mother then attempted to place him in foster care, but no home was available, so the court sent Manson to a facility for troubled boys in Indiana. After 10 months, he ran away and returned to his mother, but she told him she didn't want him. He ran off again, broke into a grocery store for enough cash to rent a room. After a series of burglaries, armed robberies, arrests and escapes from juvenile institutions, he was sent to a reform school in Indiana.

Manson was only 13, a small, slight, unhappy boy. He was frequently beaten with a strap by the staff and, shortly after he arrived, he was gang-raped by several older boys, he wrote. After a guard discovered the assault, he told Manson, “You, Manson, go wash your face and stop all your crying.”

During his three years in reform school, he ran away 18 times. By the time he was 18 he had been transformed from prey into predator. He was convicted of holding a razor blade to the throat of another boy and raping him. When he was finally released from reform school, he wasn't out for long. He was arrested for stealing cars and violating parole and, at the age of 22, was sentenced to his first term at an adult prison: three years at the Terminal Island federal penitentiary. Older inmates taught him how to be a pimp, and during a few brief interludes between prison sentences he had turned a few girls out on the street.

Manson's music and his quasi-spiritual rap, which later had impressed followers, were forged during his stays in prisons during the next decade. At McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary, he met Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, the sole survivor of the Ma Barker gang, who taught him how to play steel guitar. He read science fiction and books on Eastern religion and learned about Scientology from a bank robber. On a prison form, he listed his religion as “Scientologist”.

Manson was married twice before he was sentenced to the Terminal Island federal prison and had a son with each wife.

In 1967, he was scheduled to be released from Terminal Island with no friends or family on the outside who wanted to see him, no trade and no prospects for a job.

“I told the officer who was signing me out, ‘You know what, man, I don't want to leave!’,” Manson wrote. “‘I don't have a home out there! Why don't you just take me back inside’. The officer laughed and thought I was kidding. ‘I'm serious, man! I mean it, I don't want to leave!’ My plea was ignored.”

He hitchhiked to Berkeley during the Summer of Love, a time when the Bay Area was a mecca for young, idealistic hippies. They were easy prey for a street-smart conman like Manson. He soon put to use everything he had learned in prison. He played guitar on the street to attract women, intrigued them with his metaphysical monologues and, like the pimp he once was, manipulated and exploited young women and used them to attract male followers.

The followers took copious amounts of LSD, but Manson always abstained or took a much smaller dose and then orchestrated orgies in order, he claimed, to break down sexual taboos. The family survived by petty crimes and raiding supermarket dumpsters. Before the Summer of Love was over, Manson had eight followers, most of them women. They piled into an old school bus and roamed the West Coast before ending up in Los Angeles.

In the spring of 1968, two female Manson family members who were hitchhiking were picked up by Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys. They introduced him to Manson and the family briefly lived with Wilson at his Pacific Palisades home. Wilson introduced Manson to Terry Melcher, a record producer who was Doris Day's son, and Manson played a few of the songs he wrote. Melcher had considered signing him, but eventually passed, embittering Manson. The family eventually moved to the Spahn Ranch, a little-used 500-acre property in the Santa Susana Mountains above Chatsworth.

In August 1969, Manson handed Watson a gun and a knife. “He said for me to take the gun and knife and go up to where Terry Melcher used to live,” Watson testified. “He said to kill everybody in the house as gruesome as I could. I believe he said something about movie stars living there.”

There was a secondary motive for the Tate murders, Bugliosi wrote in “Helter Skelter” (https://www.amazon.com/dp/product/039308700X): “As Susan Atkins put it … ‘The reason Charlie picked that house was to instill fear into Terry Melcher because Terry had given us his word on a few things and never came through with them.’ But this was obviously not the primary motive, since … Manson knew that Melcher was no longer living at the [house].”

Along with Tate, they killed Jay Sebring, a Hollywood hairdresser; Voytek Frykowski, a friend of Polanski; Abigail Folger, Frykowski’s girlfriend and the heir to the Folger coffee fortune; and Steven Parent, 18, who was visiting the resident of the guest house and was just leaving the property.

The next night Manson led followers to a Los Feliz neighborhood he was familiar with, picked a house at random and tied up the LaBiancas with leather thongs. After Manson took off, the couple was murdered.

“Many people I know in Los Angeles,” Joan Didion wrote in The White Album (https://www.amazon.com/dp/product/0374532079), “believe that the Sixties ended abruptly on August 9, 1969, at the exact moment when the word of the murders … traveled like brushfire through the community, and in a sense this is true…. The paranoia was fulfilled.”

More than 40 years later, the notoriety of Charles Manson and the murders he plotted endures.

“Most homicides and trials get a lot of attention and then fade,” Bugliosi said. “Maniacs who kill to satisfy their urges do not resonate. Manson was different. As misguided as the murders were, he claimed that they were political and revolutionary, that he was trying to change the social order, not merely satisfy a homicidal urge. That appeals to the crazies on the fringes of society.”

Manson was nonchalant after he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to San Quentin's death row. He told prosecutors they were simply sending him home.

“Prison is my home,” he once said in an interview, “the only home I ever had.”

Miles Corwin is a former Los Angeles Times staff writer.

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 21, 2017, 01:00:13 pm

from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times....

The human side of Charles Manson

By DAVID L. ULIN | 12:01AM PST - Monday, November 20, 2017

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Charles Manson was denied parole on May 23, 2007, his 11th rejection since 1978. — Photograph: Associated Press.

CHARLES MANSON died on Sunday night after being admitted to a hospital in Bakersfield on Wednesday. The infamous cult leader, who was convicted along with three of his followers in 1971 of the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others, was 83 years old.

How do we assess Manson? If early reports are any indication, it is with the same lack of nuance, the same hyperbole on which we've long relied. The Associated Press described him on Thursday as “a demonic presence, the living embodiment of evil” and quoted former special correspondent Linda Deutsch, who covered his trial: “In addition to killing seven people, he killed a whole counterculture.”

The temptation to see Manson in apocalyptic terms is understandable.

In her 1978 essay The White Album (https://www.amazon.com/dp/product/0374532079), Joan Didion wrote, “On August 9, 1969, I was sitting in the shallow end of my sister-in-law's swimming pool in Beverly Hills when she received a phone call from a friend who had just heard about the murders at Sharon Tate Polanski's house on Cielo Drive…. There were twenty dead, no, twelve, ten, eighteen. Black masses were imagined, and bad trips blamed.”

In a nation now grappling with mass killings one after another, the actual number of Manson's victims seems almost minimal, even quaint. But it's worth remembering the terror stirred by the murders, the chaos they implied. Tate was 8½ months pregnant when she died; the killers wrote “Pig” across the front door in her blood. The following night, the Manson family killed Leno and Rosemary LaBianca at their home in Los Feliz, scrawling “Healter Skelter” (sic) on the refrigerator, also using the victims' blood.

I was a child on the other side of the country, and I recall my own fear in the wake of the killings, the disturbing satanic details, the violation of the safety of home.

That my children now take such realities for granted suggests something of how desensitized we as a culture have become.

Manson, though, was no devil but a human being, as his death makes clear. I don't say that to soften or absolve him. But I don't believe in demons; people are frightening enough. Indeed, to accept Manson as a person, to see him through the filter of his humanity, is to acknowledge what we resist: that he was perhaps not so utterly different from the rest of us.

Manson's history was horrific; his mother did time in prison for armed robbery when he was young and he lived with relatives who tormented him in the name of making him tough. In the 2013 biography Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson (https://www.amazon.com/dp/product/1451645163) Jeff Guinn traced one such incident, in which his uncle made him go to first grade in a dress as punishment for having cried in class.

A quarter-century later, after his release from the federal penitentiary at Terminal Island in San Pedro, Manson moved to San Francisco and began to collect the drifters and young women who would become his so-called family.

One of Manson's inspirations was Dale Carnegie, whose 1936 book How to Win Friends and Influence People (https://www.amazon.com/dp/product/0671027034) offered him tips on manipulating others to his ends.

Among his successful strategies? Convincing his acolytes to commit the murders he planned, then claiming innocence since he did not actually kill anyone.

This is, of course, horrific, venal — and recognizably human at the same time. Just look at the news; evasion of responsibility is our new national pastime. You might say Manson was ahead of his time, spinning out a series of false narratives about race war and his own messianic status that ensnared his followers.

Although much has been made of his efforts to join the Southern California music scene (he befriended Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, among others), it's a stretch to suggest Manson's turn to murder was a reaction to his failed rock star fantasies.

And those who blame it all on the counterculture are equally misguided. The hippies had their dark side — just look at all the people who got lost in drugs and dissolution — but Manson did not so much reflect that as prey upon it. All he really had in common with the “peace and love” ethos were its trappings: sex, drugs, long hair and an obsessive fascination with the Beatles, whose lyrics he interpreted as a series of coded messages.

For those who have faith in an afterlife, I suppose there's some solace in imagining he will get his karmic comeuppance. But perhaps it would make more sense to see him as an agent of the hells we create on Earth.

Manson was a killer, yes, and he was a psychopath, but he was never otherworldly. The violence and the hatred he embodied may be his most human attribute.

David L. Ulin is a contributing writer to Opinion at the Los Angeles Times.

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Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 21, 2017, 01:15:17 pm

The Los Angeles Times is full of articles and features about Charles Manson at the moment. Quite understandable, I suppose, when you consider the infamous murders occured in the Los Angeles basin. However, I've got a subscription to the Los Angeles Times and as well as unrestricted access to their online articles and their vast archive of news stories dating way back into the 19th century, I get access to an e-format version of the print edition when it comes out each day, usually sometime between 9pm and 10pm (NZ-time). I was sound asleep when the print edition was released last night (due to the fact I was starting work at 4am), but after I got the first three trains ready to go this morning and placed the first service to the platform, I had 45-minutes to spare until departure time of that train, so I logged-in and gained access to Monday's print edition. In it, I discovered the two articles posted above, so I read them. They provide an insight into why Charles Manson turned out to be the person he was. I guess it shows that if you abuse a kid, they can get programmed to be an arsehole as they grow up.

Title: Re: Obituaries
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 23, 2017, 02:29:26 pm

from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times....

The perfect place for his apocalyptic vision

Haight-Ashbury incubated Manson's ‘Helter Skelter’

By JOE MOZINGO | 12:01AM PST — Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Charles Manson is led to court for a preliminary hearing on December 3, 1969. — Photograph: John Malmin/Los Angeles Times.

HE could have been just another grifter.

When Charles Manson rolled into California from Appalachia in 1955 in a stolen Mercury, his big ambition was to be a pimp.

In prison at Terminal Island for trying to cash a forged $43 check, he talked tradecraft with the veteran pimps inside, dabbled in Scientology and read Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People (https://www.amazon.com/dp/product/1439167346), waiting to get out and try what he learned on vulnerable women.

Sprung in 1967, he visited a parolee he knew who happened to be living in Berkeley. If the convict had resided in Fresno or Barstow, Manson might have seen his modest criminal ambitions come to be, and the world at large would never have heard his name.

But Manson landed dead center in the country's countercultural carnival, just a couple of months before the Summer of Love. The moment he saw the sidewalk gurus in Haight-Ashbury luring young flocks of believers, he found a new calling, the perfect gig for a conniver desperate for attention.

The ensuing free-for-all of sex, drugs and Dumpster-diving lasted less than two years. As Manson's family started to sputter like its converted school bus, he kept it running on a fuel of doomsday prophecies, convincing his followers that an apocalyptic race war called “Helter Skelter” was coming.

He masterminded a killing rampage to serve his most insectile needs.

He had to get a killer who was likely to snitch on him released from jail, by making it appear as if the real culprit were still at large. And he needed to keep his believers from realizing he was a fraud, by making his own prophecy come true. He orchestrated the murders to look as if they were committed by black militants.

The wretched motive behind the murders was a simple con job.

But the fact that he and his family looked like hippies and did lots of LSD gave a new breed of magazine journalists just what they wanted to see: the dark side to the youth movement they'd helped invent.

Manson became the first of many people and events to end the '60s.

To stay in the limelight, he played the madman role to epic effect.

But he didn't have preternatural brainwashing powers.

He didn't turn California into the Paradise Lost that so many writers had been waiting for.

He didn't even terrify the state in the way a true sadist, Richard Ramirez, the “Night Stalker” would 15 years later.

He was a scab mite who bit at the perfect time and place to be enshrined in baby boomer lore.

MANSON grew up without a father, with an alcoholic mother who was in and out of prison. He was shoplifting by age 9 and relentlessly acting out for attention. Pinwheeling in and out of institutions, he never lasted long on the streets. As a slightly built young man in reform schools and then prison, he learned to spook predators by acting insane.

Before he was released for the final time in 1967, Manson had become enthralled with the Beatles and the worship they evoked in young people. He decided he was going to be even more famous than the Fab Four, and this quest — the archetypal Hollywood story — is what turned so evil.

He used the hippie-guru role as an entree into showbiz circles.

In San Francisco, at 32, Manson looked for those women who were “broken” and alone — anyone with a bad or missing father was a key target. He listened to them, told plain-looking women they were beautiful, acted as if he understood their depths and filled the role of father.

They called him Jesus Christ and took off in an old black school bus to claim his stardom in Los Angeles, where the scab mite, like so many others, crawled around looking for hosts.

They found a place to crash with hippies in Topanga Canyon, a house called the Spiral Staircase. They scooped up new girls willing to submit themselves to Manson's sexual initiation.

His biggest break came when Dennis Wilson, the drummer for the Beach Boys, picked up two of Manson's girls hitchhiking on Sunset Boulevard. He took them back to his house, an old hunting lodge in Pacific Palisades that was once part of Will Rogers' old ranch. They left without recognizing his name. But Manson knew who he was.

Later that night, when Wilson pulled into his driveway in his Ferrari, the house lights were on. Manson emerged from the house, according to biographer Jeff Guinn, “smiling and waving as if he were the host greeting a guest.”

The family moved in and lived off Wilson's wealth for months, while Manson relentlessly worked him and his friends — Gregg Jacobson, a songwriting partner, and Terry Melcher, a wunderkind producer — for a record deal. He ordered his “girls” to have sex with them whenever the men wanted, wrote Guinn in Manson: His Life and Times (https://www.amazon.com/dp/product/1451645171)

Manson talked his way into jam sessions with Neil Young, the Mamas and the Papas and others.

Young recalled him being “a little uptight, a little too intense,” according to Young's biography, yet he and Wilson saw potential in Manson's singing. The ones who could actually give him a record deal did not. They strung him along, enjoying the girls, avoiding confrontation.

Wilson got tired of Manson leeching off him and moved out of the rented house instead of confronting him. The family took up residence at the Spahn Ranch near Chatsworth, where many of Hollywood's westerns — “Bonanza”, “The Lone Ranger”, “Zorro” — had been filmed. The girls made their stay worthwhile to the old, half-blind owner.

Every night, Manson gave his “children” LSD before his daily sermons, so that his banal and incoherent ramblings would be received as the word of God. He said his record would tell the world about the war to come.

Manson was quickly reaching a turning point in the cult game. The prospect of a record deal was slipping away, and some of his followers were becoming antsy, even dubious.

“The constant danger for gurus is that they must keep producing new wonders for their followers,” Guinn wrote. “They can't let the act get stale or seem to be wrong about something or, worst of all, to fail publicly.”

So he doubled down on Helter Skelter. They needed to start preparing.

They found an isolated compound in the Panamint Mountains of Death Valley, and his followers began earnestly looking for the opening to a bottomless pit where they would hide.

At the same time, Manson was still desperately trying to get an audition with Melcher.

When Melcher agreed to watch him perform at Spahn Ranch in May of 1969, Manson stopped all preparations for Helter Skelter. He still just wanted to be famous.

But Melcher left unimpressed.

Events spiraled quickly after that.

Manson started shaking down anyone he could for money to get the dune buggies and supplies they needed for the desert. He had an associate, Bobby Beausoleil, go to Topanga and hold the owner of the Spiral Staircase hostage until he gave up all his money.

When the owner threatened to go to police, Manson told Beausoleil, “You know what to do.” Beausoleil stabbed him to death and wrote “POLITICAL PIGGY” in blood, with a paw print, the symbol of the Black Panthers, to pin the murder on black militants.

Beausoleil was arrested near San Luis Obispo with the victim's Fiat. The bloody knife was in the tire well. Manson panicked, knowing police would pressure him to talk. Feeling caged, he sent his followers out to kill more people on two hot August nights, scrawling similar notes, so it looked as if the true killer was still stalking prey and police would be forced to release Beausoleil. And this would foment Helter Skelter, and his “children” would see that he truly was God.

But most important, Manson didn't commit the murders himself, so in his mind, he wouldn't go to prison for them.

Nine people died in the carnage, including the actress Sharon Tate. The lurid details of the first night's murders at the Tate house — “PIGS” scrawled in blood on a wall; speed, pot and LSD found in the Porsche of one of the slain — set off wild rumors and paranoia around Los Angeles.

“The murder was still etched across every conversation three months after the event, with the killers still at large to make nightmares of the city,” wrote Barry Farrell in Life magazine.

Speculation ran rampant about the sexual and drug proclivities of Tate and her husband, director Roman Polanski, and Hollywood in general.

“Every story promotes the murders into assassinations, crimes of logical consequence in which some vision of the victims' way of living makes them accomplices in their own deaths,” Farrell wrote. “It is as if no one is satisfied with the crime until it can be perceived as a political act — the murder of a lifestyle.”

Joan Didion described the sense that drugs and open sex had upended the old traditions so swiftly that anything could happen.

“Everything was unmentionable but nothing was unimaginable,” she wrote in The White Album” (https://www.amazon.com/dp/product/0374532079). “This mystical flirtation with the idea of ‘sin’ — this sense that it was possible to go ‘too far’, and that many people were doing it — was very much with us in Los Angeles in 1968 and 1969…. The jitters were setting in.”

The morning Los Angeles woke to hear of five people murdered on Cielo Drive, “the tension broke,” Didion wrote. “The paranoia was fulfilled.”

But when the Manson family was arrested for the crimes four months later, the critical gaze shifted from the sins of Hollywood to the sins of America's youth — the fear that any flower child from Sioux City or Peoria could be brainwashed into becoming a sex-crazed killer.

“The Dark Edge of the Hippie Life”, Life magazine proclaimed on its cover about the Manson family.

“The Los Angeles killings struck innumerable Americans as an inexplicable controversion of everything they wanted to believe about the society and their children,” wrote the magazine's Paul O'Neill, “and made Charlie Manson seem to be the very encapsulation of truth about revolt and violence by the young.”

Speed, needles and the violent ethos of hard drugs had already taken over in Haight-Ashbury.

Just five days after police connected the murders to Manson, the Altamont Speedway Free Festival opened, billed as “Woodstock West”. But fights erupted in the crowd, and the Hells Angels, hired for security, brawled with spectators, fatally stabbing a man who had pulled a gun.

In psychedelic terms, the end of 1969 turned into the sour acid trip that had you lockjawed in terror.

During that one week that December, the '60s died twice. And so began the sense of a cultural skid-out, tracking from the Spahn Ranch to the drug deaths of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to the kidnapping of Patty Hearst and buckets of cyanide-laced Kool-Aid in Jonestown, Guyana.

Manson went to trial with three followers involved in the murders. The trial was a freak show like America would not see until the Jerry Springer era. Manson, a fresh X gouged in his forehead, relished the crowds that had come to see him. He ranted and made threats and crazy demands. His main soldier, Susan Atkins, fell into histrionic cries of stomach pain at one point. Other female family members converged outside the Hall of Justice — copycat Xs in their foreheads — posing for pictures with gawkers, playing patty-cake on the sidewalk.

Manson and the three others were sentenced to die in the gas chamber, but when the death penalty was abolished in 1972, he would get his regular parole hearings and TV interviews, and the public was sentenced to never forget him.

He embellished his X into a swastika, and kept up the insane act he learned as a kid — telegraphing the reality stars to come — a tabloid mainstay, a scab mite itching our consciousness to the very end.

Joe Mozingo is a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 23, 2017, 02:58:03 pm

from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times....

Manson failed as a rocker in the '60s

After the murders, songs by the Beach Boys hanger-on drew morbid curiosity.

By RANDALL ROBERTS | 2:00AM PST — Tuesday, November 21, 2017

STARTING IN THE 1970s, not long after Charles Manson directed his followers to murder seven people over two bloody nights in Los Angeles, the convicted killer's music and notoriety fueled a small underground industry.

The allure was centered on Manson's only album, recorded in Los Angeles in 1967 and '68 and issued a year after the 1969 murders. Manson, it turns out, was a failed folk rock artist who desperately sought the attention of a Los Angeles music scene then thriving in the studios, labels and clubs along Sunset Boulevard.

He didn't get it, and that rejection by insiders including the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and record producer (and Doris Day's son) Terry Melcher helped ignite Manson's rage.

Called Lie: The Love and Terror Cult (https://www.amazon.com/dp/product/B000CNF4G0), Manson's album was issued on an imprint branded Awareness and featured 14 Manson originals, including “Gar-bage Dump”, “Sick City” and “Look at Your Game, Girl”.

Songs from it have been covered by bands including Guns N' Roses and the Lemonheads, and punk singer-writer-DJ Henry Rollins produced some Manson jailhouse recordings that have never been officially released.

Most notably, “Lie” features a Manson-penned song titled “Cease to Exist”, which became the center of a dispute between him and the Beach Boys after the band reworked the song, changing lyrics, the tone and renaming it “Never Learn Not to Love”.

Manson had barged his way into the world of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson after the musician picked up two women hitchhikers from Manson's posse. For a while he and members of the so-called family lived at Wilson's Sunset Boulevard home (which was formerly Will Rogers' hunting lodge). Manson even lobbied to be on the Beach Boys' imprint, Brother Records.

During a 2016 interview with The Wall Street Journal, the Beach Boys' Mike Love recalled going to a dinner party with bandmate Bruce Johnston at Dennis Wilson's house. The Manson family was there, and after dinner, he said, most took LSD.

“We were the only ones with clothes on,” Love, who declined the drug, said of his and Johnston's arrival. “It was quite unusual.”

The Beach Boys issued “Never Learn Not to Love” as the B-side to “Bluebirds on the Mountain” in early December 1968. Manson was said to be furious that the Beach Boys hadn't credited him for his work, and that they'd changed some of his precious words. “Submission is a gift,” Manson's version goes. “Go on, give it to your brother / Love and understanding / Is for one another.”

Within months of the release, Manson's family had stolen some of Dennis Wilson's gold records, totaled his Mercedes and cost him a reported $100,000.

The murders of victims including Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca occurred in the summer of 1969. The No.1 record at the time was Zager & Evans' one-hit wonder “In the Year 2525”.

Manson and many family members were arrested in October of that year. Jury selection into his role in the murders began in June 1970.

It was around then that the owner of Awareness, Phil Kaufman, pressed Manson's album. Kaufman was a famous tour manager, perhaps best known for absconding with the body of the late country rocker Gram Parsons after he died at the Joshua Tree Inn — and then lighting fire to the artist and his coffin in the desert.

Kaufman came to put out “Lie” after meeting Manson in the mid-1960s at the Terminal Island federal correctional facility near the L.A. harbor. Kaufman was in prison for a felony marijuana conviction, and Manson was jailed for crimes including forgery and pimping.

After Manson was arrested in the murders but before being convicted for his part of them, recalled Kaufman in a 2013 interview, “we made a deal. [Manson] said, ‘Put out my record and you can have all the rights to my music’. So I did.”

Kaufman remembered pressing a few thousand copies — but said that “half of those were stolen by the family when they broke into my house. They tried three more times, and the last time I chased them off with a gun, so I never saw them again.”

A year later a Spanish label called Movieplay issued a European version titled “12 Canciones Compuestas y Cantadas por Charles Manson”. The noted avant-garde label ESP-Disk put out an edition in the early 1970s, and the notorious imprint Come Organization issued a version in 1981. During the compact disc era, the record is said to have sold thousands of copies.

The mid-1980s saw the release of a record of songs by Manson's followers called “The Manson Family Sings the Songs of Charles Manson”. Recorded in 1970 and featuring home-recorded renditions of Manson's unpublished songs, the album features contributions from family members including Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Sandra Good and Steve “Clem” Grogan.

By law, Manson wasn't allowed to collect royalties — those are supposed to go to victims' families — but a number of well-known and respected artists have used Manson's music and image for shock value, ensuring his songs are not totally forgotten.

In the 1980s and '90s, the Manson family's mystique fueled a mythology that inspired art by Sonic Youth, Front Line Assembly, the punk artist Raymond Pettibon and his brother Greg Ginn's band Black Flag.

Cease to Exist” has been covered by artists including Redd Kross, the Lemonheads and G.G. Allin. Guns N' Roses recorded “Look at Your Game, Girl” for its record “The Spaghetti Incident?

Trent Reznor made his classic album “The Downward Spiral” at the Benedict Canyon home where Manson's followers murdered Tate, who was eight months pregnant at the time.

Reznor's seeming glorification ended during a random encounter with Tate’s sister. According to Reznor in a 1997 interview with Rolling Stone, she said, “‘Are you exploiting my sister's death by living in her house?’ For the first time the whole thing kind of slapped me in the face,” Reznor said, adding that “I don't want to be looked at as a guy who supports serial-killer bull….”

And long removed from teenage rebellion, Redd Kross member Jeff McDonald expressed regret for covering Manson to MTV in 2012. The band's take on “Cease to Exist” appears on 1982's “Born Innocent”, and McDonald said the move was largely done to annoy the band members' parents.

“It was more just the aesthetic and we did it and dropped it after a while. But we're associated with it, which is kind of a bummer,” McDonald told MTV, adding, that he eventually concluded that “we can't perpetuate this thing.”

Manson's “Lie: The Love and Terror Cult” is currently available on all the major streaming services through a deal with ESP-Disk, which was approached by Awareness Records' Kaufman for better distribution and has since reissued it on CD and vinyl.

This reporter's opinion: The record's not very good, filled with drug-addled, period-piece rants about loss of ego, the comfort of home (“And as long as you got love in your heart / You'll never be alone”) and eating food from trash cans (“I don't even care who wins the war / I'll be in them cans behind my favorite store”).

But then, serial killer John Wayne Gacy's clown paintings were bad too. That didn't stop weirdo collectors from snatching them up.

In the '90s when I worked in a St. Louis record store, we couldn't keep “Lie” in stock. Young, impressionable punks — dudes, mostly — lapped it up. They also bought records by hardcore band Ed Gein's Car and songs about the New York killer known as the Son of Sam and Utah murderer Gary Gilmore.

Minus Manson's background, all evidence suggests the cult leader didn't have the talent to make it in the business.

Mechanical Man” features this god-awful series of couplets:

I had a little monkey
And I sent him to the country
And I fed him ginger bread
Along came a choo choo
And knocked my monkey koo koo
And now my monkey's dead.

When it comes to Manson and the murders, silver linings are hard to come by. But at least his decades in prison had one positive: his chance to release more music ceased to exist.

Randall Roberts is a staff writer covering music for the Los Angeles Times, and pens the weekly California Sounds music column.

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 23, 2017, 03:32:42 pm

from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times....


Remembering Manson's victims

3:00AM PST — Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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The victims of the Manson family’s rampage in Benedict Canyon on August 9, 1969: Voytek Frykowski, left, Sharon Tate, Steven Parent, Jay Sebring
and Abigail Folger. The next night, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were slain in their Los Feliz home. — Photographs: Associated Press.

IN THE NEARLY FIVE DECADES since the notorious murders stunned Los Angeles, there has been endless fascination and revulsion surrounding Charles Manson and his cult “family”.

Manson did not fade quietly during his decades behind bars but continued to make headlines with interviews, bad conduct in prison and, more recently, health issues.

Manson's victims have sometimes gotten lost in the shadows of the mass killer's attention.

Here's who they were:

Benedict Canyon murders

August 9, 1969: The nighttime quiet of Benedict Canyon is broken by screams and gunshots. Police find a chilling scene: On the lawn lies a man's body, stabbed, bludgeoned and shot. Nearby is the body of a woman. “PIG” is written in blood on the front door. Inside are the bodies of Sharon Tate, the pregnant actress who rents the house with husband Roman Polanski, and hairstylist Jay Sebring. A fifth body is found outside.

The victims:

Sharon Tate, 26: An actress best known for her role in “Valley of the Dolls”, she was married to film director Polanski. She pleaded with the killers to spare the life of her unborn child, due in two weeks.

Jay Sebring, 35: A Hollywood hairdresser and former boyfriend of Tate's. Among his clients was David Geffen, head of Geffen Records, which recently released a Guns N' Roses album with a song written by Manson.

Voytek Frykowski, 32: A friend of Polanski's, he came from a wealthy Polish family and was staying with Polanski and Tate.

Abigail Folger, 25: The heir to the Folgers coffee fortune, she was romantically involved with Frykowski.

Steven Parent, 18: Visiting the resident of a guest house on the estate, he was just leaving as the murderers arrived and became their first victim.

Los Feliz murders

August 10, 1969: At a Los Feliz house the next night, another nauseating murder scene. Leno and Rosemary LaBianca have been stabbed. “DEATH TO PIGS” is scrawled in blood; on the refrigerator is the misspelled title of a Beatles song: “HEALTER SKELTER”. The writings eventually help police link the slayings.

The victims:

Leno LaBianca, 44, and Rosemary LaBianca, 38: Owners of a chain of L.A. grocery stores. Their house was chosen by Manson, who tied them up, then left the killing to others.

Other murders

July 31, 1969: Musician Gary Hinman is found stabbed to death in his Old Topanga Road home. The phrase “POLITICAL PIGGY” is scrawled in blood on his wall. Manson follower Bobby Beausoleil is arrested driving Hinman's Volkswagen bus.

Gary Hinman, 34: A musician who befriended the Manson group. Family members tortured him for two days at his Topanga home before killing him in a dispute over money.

August 25, 1969: Donald “Shorty” Shea, a horse wrangler at the Spahn Movie Ranch near Chatsworth, is slain. It's believed Manson's followers killed him for fear he was a police informant.

Donald “Shorty” Shea, 35: An aspiring actor and a ranch hand. His dismembered body was found eight years later.

The aftermath

October 1969: Raids on the remote Barker Ranch near Death Valley link some of the killings to a band of young, hippie-looking petty criminals.

Manson, a fledgling songwriter who knew Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, had been to the Benedict Canyon house when the group's producer lived there.

June 15, 1970 — January 25, 1971: After their arrests in 1969, Manson, Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel are tried for murder. All are found guilty and sentenced to death.

October 1971: Charles “Tex” Watson, tried separately, is found guilty and sentenced to death.

February 18, 1972: The death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment when the state Supreme Court abolished the death penalty. Now the convicts are eligible for parole hearings.

The killers: Where are they now?

Patricia Krenwinkel was a secretary when she met Manson at a party. She quit her job the next day and joined Manson's family.

She was found guilty of seven counts of murder in the killings, including stabbing the LaBiancas to death and writing “DEATH TO PIGS” on the wall in the victims' blood.

Krenwinkel, along with Susan Atkins and Leslie Van Houten, later condemned Manson and urged young people not to think of him as a hero.

After Atkins' death, Krenwinkel, now 69, became California's longest-serving female inmate. According to state prison officials, Krenwinkel is a model inmate involved in rehabilitative programs at the prison.

She is being housed at the California Institution for Women in Corona. Late last year, state parole officials postponed a decision on setting Krenwinkel free after her attorney made new claims that she had been abused by Manson or another person. The inquiry into the allegations took nearly six months. On June 22, parole commissioners again denied parole for Krenwinkel.

Leslie Van Houten: A jury found that the former homecoming princess was guilty of holding down Rosemary LaBianca in her Los Feliz home while an accomplice stabbed her. She was convicted of murder and conspiracy in 1978 at her third trial for the crimes, just months after she'd been released on bail after a hung jury verdict.

Van Houten said she was introduced to Manson by a boyfriend and came to view him as Jesus Christ, believing in his bizarre plan to commit murders and spark a race war.

She is serving her life sentence at the California Institution for Women in Corona, prison officials say, and has been disciplinary-free her entire sentence.

Van Houten, 68, told a parole board in 2002 that she was “deeply ashamed” of her role in the killings. “I take very seriously not just the murders but what made me make myself available to someone like Manson.”

A state review board recommended parole for her in April, but Governor Jerry Brown reversed that decision. She had previously been denied parole 19 times.

In September, the board again recommended parole.

Charles “Tex” Watson, Manson's self-described right-hand man was sentenced to death for his part in the killings but was later given life in prison after the death penalty was overturned.

In prison, Watson married, divorced, fathered four children and became an ordained minister.

Watson, 71, is housed at the Mule Creek Prison in Ione, California, about 40 miles outside Sacramento, where he works as a janitor and attends Bible studies and services in the prison chapel, according to the ministry's website. He has been denied parole 17 times. His most recent parole hearing was held on October 27, when a panel once again found him unsuitable for release from prison for at least five more years.

Susan Atkins, a former topless dancer who became one of Manson's closest disciples, died in prison in 2009 at age 61.

Atkins, called the “scariest of the Manson girls” by a former prosecutor, confessed to killing actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski, who was stabbed 16 times as she pleaded with the killers to spare her unborn son, and then hanged.

At Atkins' sentencing, at which was condemned to death, she taunted the court, saying, “You'd best lock your doors,” and “watch your own kids.”

Her sentence was later converted to life in prison.

In prison, Atkins embraced Christianity and apologized for her role in the crimes, and prison staff advocated unsuccessfully for her release in 2005.

She was denied parole 13 times.

Bruce Davis, 75, was convicted in 1972 for taking part in the killings of Gary Hinman, an aspiring musician, and Donald “Shorty” Shea, a stuntman and a ranch hand at the Chatsworth ranch where Manson and his followers lived.

Both murders occurred before the Tate-LaBianca killings, in which Davis did not participate.

Hinman's body was found in his home, with the words “POLITICAL PIGGY” drawn on the wall with his blood.

In January 2016, Goveror Jerry Brown rejected his parole, the third time a governor has done so, saying that Davis remains a danger to public safety. In his decision, Brown said that the “horror of the murders committed by the Manson family in 1969 and the fear they instilled in the public will never be forgotten.”

Davis has been denied parole 30 times.

The final word

“People are saying that this should be some kind of relief, but oddly enough it really isn't. While Charlie may be gone, it's the ones that are still alive that perpetrate everything, and it was up to their imaginations for what brutal things were going to be done. In an odd way, I see them as much more dangerous individuals.”

— Debra Tate, the sister of Sharon Tate, in an interview with ABC News

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 23, 2017, 03:50:19 pm

from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times....

EDITORIAL: Let the Manson obsession die

The infamous cult leader became a pop culture fixture.
It is long past time for the world to move on.

By the LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD  | 4:00AM PST - Tuesday, November 21, 2017

CHARLES MANSON's bizarre plan to ignite a race war was unknown to Los Angeles in August 1969, as were his pathetic collection of young, rapt followers, his bizarre misinterpretation of Beatles lyrics, and Manson himself. What L.A. knew at the time was that seven people had been brutally murdered in two homes, apparently by invasion-style killers who left little clue as to motive. Crime was up nationwide, the turbulent 1960s were nearing their finale and the world seemed to have lost its mind. The city was terrified.

The closest modern comparison may be disco-era New York, eight years later, when a killer who called himself Son of Sam stalked the streets with a .44 caliber revolver, shot 13 people and wrote mocking notes to police.

David Berkowitz did his own killing (although he has claimed that cultists or demons were partly to blame) and Manson did none of his, instead sending his hangers-on to do his grisly work.

In both cases, though, the killers instigated urban panic, gained media notoriety before being caught and, afterward, cemented their presence in the public mind and popular culture, assisted by endless news stories, books, documentaries and dramas.

Manson and Berkowitz were rank amateurs by the murderous standards set by more recent killers, who acted in single spasms of violence — without cultish followings and with motives varying from marital spite (as in the Sutherland Springs, Texas, and Rancho Tehama, California, shootings) to religio-political (as in the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack) to the still-unknown (as with the Las Vegas mass shooting in October). But in the near future the names of those killers will be recalled only sporadically, perhaps with the help of a quick Google query and a check of Wikipedia. The Son of Sam nickname may linger in New Yorkers' memory, but the name David Berkowitiz is fading.

But we will remember Manson.

Why is that? After the murders and the trial, Manson did nothing but sit in prison — as befits someone who misused his odd power over others by directing them to commit multiple murders. He forfeited his freedom and died an inmate.

But the rest of us have kept him alive. While some media organizations (although not this newspaper) have made a point not to repeat the names of suspected mass killers in the belief that doing so gives them unwarranted fame, there is no such decorum with Manson. He is a fixture in the popular imagination, a point underscored in the film Natural Born Killers, itself a send-up of the intimate link between mass murder (or serial killings or spree killings or one of the other carefully categorized distinctions) and pop culture. “Yeah, it's pretty hard to beat the king,” admits Woody Harrelson's clearly envious Mickey Knox in the 1994 movie. Guns N' Roses recorded a middling song Manson wrote. Pop act Marilyn Manson named himself partially after the killer.

It's hard to argue that Manson's notoriety did him any good. Although he was sentenced to death, he was spared after a court ruling striking down California's death penalty statute. But he never got parole, despite repeated pleas for release.

Neither did any of his followers. Susan Atkins died in prison. Patricia Krenwinkel remains locked up, as does Charles “Tex” Watson. A parole board ruled in favor of Leslie Van Houten earlier this year, but it remains to be seen whether Governor Jerry Brown will reject the decision, as he did a year ago.

The place of the Manson killings in the public mind may help ensure that none of the surviving murderers is ever paroled, leaving this nagging thought: If these killings had not resonated as they did, and were just seven scattered murders, would the five have been released long ago? Is parole actually granted or withheld based on the crimes themselves and on evidence of remorse and rehabilitation, as it should be, or instead based on the publicity that can be marshaled for or against the inmates?

It is very much a live question, as California re-envigorates its parole system in response to last year's Proposition 57. For Manson himself, though, there never was much of a question at all. He was such a troublemaker in prison that he was almost certainly never going to be released. He's been effectively dead to the world for more than 40 years, except to the extent that we insisted on keeping him alive in print, on television, in pop music and film. It would be nice if now, finally, we would just let him die.

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 20, 2017, 11:01:51 pm

from The Washington Post....

Cardinal Bernard Law, Boston archbishop at center of church
sex-abuse scandal, dies at 86

He resigned in 2002 amid the darkest crisis to face the Catholic Church in the modern era.

By EMILY LANGER | 1:55AM EST — Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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Cardinal Law speaks at a Mass of healing at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston in 2002. — Photograph: Matt Stone/Reuters.

CARDINAL BERNARD F. LAW, the Boston archbishop who became one of the most influential Catholic leaders in the United States before resigning in 2002 amid revelations that he and other prelates had known for years of rampant child molestation by parish priests, a scandal that has been called the church's darkest crisis of the modern era, has died at 86.

The Vatican announced in a statement that Cardinal Law died “after a long illness,” without offering further details. He had been recently hospitalized in Rome.

For more than half a century, Cardinal Law dedicated himself to the church, an institution that became his home after his itinerant upbringing as the son of a commercial and military aviator. As he rose from parish priest to Boston archbishop — the steward of one of the most Catholic American cities — he promoted traditional Catholic doctrine and envisioned the church as a guarantor of social justice in the 20th century.

He began his ministry in segregated Mississippi, where he used his authority as editor of a diocesan publication to denounce racism. Later, as a bishop in Missouri, he made room at a seminary for about 200 Vietnamese men religious who had left their home after the fall of Saigon in 1975.

Law's theology transcended scripture to encompass affordable housing and literacy education. Poor countries, like poor parishes, he argued, at times deserved debt forgiveness from their creditors. Years before Pope John Paul II began his historic efforts to mend the church's scarred relationship with the Jewish community, Cardinal Law sought interreligious dialogue.

On matters of theology, he shared John Paul's doctrinal conservatism. He became one of the pope's “point men” in the United States, said David Gibson, an authority on the Catholic Church, as John Paul sought to reshape its ranks by identifying like-minded priests and installing them as bishops, archbishops and cardinals.

But controversy engulfed Cardinal Law in the early 2000s, when a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation by The Boston Globe (http://www.boston.com/globe/spotlight/abuse), later dramatized in the Academy Award-winning film Spotlight (https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/watching-oscars-will-be-very-personal-this-year-because-im-in-spotlight/2016/02/23/5ecf08d8-d502-11e5-9823-02b905009f99_story.html), led to revelations that church officials had covered up sexual abuse in the priesthood for decades by shuffling alleged offenders among parishes.

Cardinal Law was never accused of committing sexual abuse, and he denounced the offense as a “terrible evil”. But for many Catholics as well as non-Catholics, he became a symbol of the church's failure to protect the young from priests who exploited the trust that traditionally accompanies their role.

“While I would hope that it would be understood that I never intended to place a priest in a position where I felt he would be a risk to children,” Cardinal Law said in an apology in November 2002, “the fact of the matter remains that I did assign priests who had committed sexual abuse.”

In the course of legal proceedings arising from the scandal, Cardinal Law was called to give depositions in several civil cases and, in February 2003, appeared before a criminal grand jury considering potential indictments of him and other high-ranking Boston-area prelates.

Later that year, then-Massachusetts attorney general Thomas F. Reilly concluded that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the Boston archdiocese or its leaders. But his office released a report (http://www.bishop-accountability.org/downloads/archdiocese.pdf) on the matter, declaring that “the mistreatment of children was so massive and so prolonged that it borders on the unbelievable.”

Although not bearing sole responsibility for the wrongdoing, Cardinal Law, the report found, “had direct knowledge of the scope, duration and severity of the crisis experienced by children in the Archdiocese; he participated directly in crucial decisions concerning the assignment of abusive priests, decisions that typically increased the risk to children.”

Among the most notorious offenders in the Boston area was Father John J. Geoghan. Church documents unearthed as the scandal was uncovered showed that Cardinal Law had known of accusations against Geoghan and still permitted the priest to continue his pastoral work. In all, Geoghan would be accused of abusing 150 children, mainly boys, over decades and in numerous parishes.

Another priest, Peter J. Frost, was removed from active ministry in 1992 and later described himself in a letter to Cardinal Law as a “sex addict,” also revealing that one of his victims had committed suicide.

In later correspondence, Cardinal Law told Frost he hoped the priest would one day “return to an appropriate ministry, bringing with [him] the wisdom which emerges from difficult experience.” Frost was ultimately removed from the clerical state.

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In a 2002 civil deposition related to the case of Paul R. Shanley, a priest who was later defrocked and then convicted in 2005 of child rape and other charges, Cardinal Law presented himself as a leader who had delegated many personnel matters to his subordinates.

He attributed the shroud of secrecy about abusive priests to concern for victims and their privacy. A victims' lawyer pressed him on the point, suggesting that “there have been other focuses, have there not, Cardinal Law?”

“There have been and there are,” he replied, according to an account in The Globe (http://www.boston.com/globe/spotlight/abuse/stories2/081402_law.htm).

“One of those has been to avoid scandal in the church?” the lawyer asked.

“That's correct,” Cardinal Law said.

As reports mounted of coverups in dioceses around the world, some church leaders argued that they had been ignorant of the trauma of sexual abuse and that they had treated offending priests not as criminals, but as sinners deserving of mercy. That defense was insufficient for many victims and other critics, who charged that church officials — exemplified by Cardinal Law — had guarded their ranks at the expense of children.

“Many could read his career as a cautionary tale about the perils of power in the church,” said Gibson, a national reporter for the Religion News Service and author of The Coming Catholic Church (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0060530707) (2003). “He became a creature of and a victim of the clerical culture…. There were bishops right, left and center who did the same things that he did.”

Cardinal Law stepped down as archbishop on December 13th, 2002, and later moved to Rome, where he served, until shortly before his 80th birthday, as archpriest of a basilica. His stature, achieved after years of ecclesiastical leadership, made his downfall particularly painful for the faithful who continued to love the church while recognizing that it had grievously erred.

An itinerant childhood

Bernard Francis Law was born on November 4th, 1931, in Torreón, Mexico. His father, a pilot, was Catholic; his mother was Presbyterian before converting to her husband's faith.

As a youth, Cardinal Law made frequent moves with his parents, including to Colombia, Panama and the Virgin Islands. In St. Thomas, he was elected president of his mostly black senior class, according to a biographical sketch in the book Boston's Cardinal: Bernard Law, the Man and His Witness (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0739103415) (2002).

He studied medieval history at Harvard University, from which he graduated in 1953. After completing his religious training at St. Joseph Seminary in Louisiana and the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio, he was ordained in 1961.

His first assignment was in the Natchez-Jackson diocese in Mississippi. Amid boiling racial hatred, the young priest helped found and then led an interfaith council on human relations. A Unitarian minister who served with him was shot, according to the biographical sketch, and the home of a rabbi was bombed. Cardinal Law reportedly received death threats.

Later, in Washington, he joined the organization now known as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and led a committee on interreligious understanding. He served as bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau in Missouri before succeeding Humberto Medeiros as archbishop of Boston's 2 million Catholics in 1984. The next year, he was elevated to cardinal, a prince of the church.

In Boston, Cardinal Law was credited with helping to ease race relations during the divisive court-ordered busing for public schools. He urged voters to make abortion, which the Catholic Church opposes, “the critical issue” in elections. Politically well-connected, he spoke as frequently as once a month with George H.W. Bush during his presidency, The Boston Globe reported.

In international affairs, Cardinal Law became a visible envoy for the church. He met with Cuban leader Fidel Castro eight years before John Paul's historic visit to the Communist country in 1998, traveled to Vietnam, and led humanitarian relief efforts after natural disasters in Latin America.

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Cardinal Law was pursued by reporters as he arrived in Rome in April 2002. — Photograph: Associated Press.

In 2002, as the sexual-abuse scandal intensified, The Washington Post interviewed Thomas H. O'Connor, a historian at Boston College who had followed Cardinal Law's career. Reflecting on his accomplishments, O'Connor paraphrased a line from Shakespeare's tragedy “Julius Caesar”.

“There's going to be a lot of good,” the historian said, “interred with his bones.”

‘Betraying the sacred trust’

Cardinal Law's public response to sexual abuse within the clergy could be traced at least to 1992, when he was confronted by claims that a former Massachusetts priest, James R. Porter, had molested dozens of children in the 1960s. Cardinal Law decried “the tragedy of a priest betraying the sacred trust of priestly service” but described abusive clergy as “the rare exception”.

In 1993, Porter was sentenced to 18 to 20 years in prison. Three years later, a Waltham, Massachusetts, woman filed the first in what would be a raft of lawsuits against another priest — Geoghan — whom she said had abused her three sons.

Through a lawyer, Cardinal Law admitted that, as archbishop in September 1984, he was advised of accusations that Geoghan had molested seven boys. Geoghan nonetheless was transferred to another parish, where he was permitted to lead altar boys. Reports of abuse continued.

“It is most heartening to know that things have gone well for you and that you are ready to resume your efforts with a renewed zeal and enthusiasm,” Cardinal Law wrote to Geoghan in 1989, as reported by The Boston Globe, after moving the priest to his new parish. Church records showed that Geoghan had been medically cleared for work.

In 1998, under Cardinal Law's leadership and with John Paul's approval, Geoghan was defrocked. He was strangled in 2003 by a fellow inmate at a correctional facility in Massachusetts, where he was serving a prison sentence for fondling a boy at a pool.

The Boston archdiocese reached settlements with many of Geoghan's reported victims. Such settlements, made in dioceses across the United States, were estimated to have cost the church more than $2 billion.

In January 2002, Cardinal Law issued a public apology for his reassignment of Geoghan. In the same announcement — belatedly, to many critics — he said that priests would be required to notify law enforcement authorities of alleged sexual abuse.

In the ensuing months, Cardinal Law came under growing pressure to resign. His public expressions of remorse culminated with his remarks in November 2002, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, where he said that “the forgiving love of God gives me the courage to beg forgiveness of those who have suffered because of what I did.”

He acknowledged the “devastating effects of this horrible sin” — substance abuse, depression, in some cases suicide — and sought to assuage the sense of shame many victims suffer by assuring them that the perpetrators were to blame. He urged anyone living “with the awful secret of sexual abuse by clergy or by anyone else to come forward so that you may begin to experience healing.”

“No one is helped by keeping such things secret,” he said. “The secret of sexual abuse needs to be brought out of the darkness and into the healing light of Jesus Christ.”

His resignation came the following month. Cardinal Law later was a chaplain at the Sisters of Mercy of Alma convent in Clinton, Maryland, and maintained posts on Vatican committees, including the one that nominates bishops.

He assumed his post at the papal basilica of Saint Mary Major in 2004. After John Paul's death in the next year, Cardinal Law participated in the conclave that selected Joseph Ratzinger, later Benedict XVI, as the new pope.

Cardinal Law had no known immediate survivors.

In his apology at the Boston cathedral, he reflected on the priests whom he had known in his youth, and who had made an enduring impact on his life.

“They represented all that was good to me,” said Cardinal Law. “Like countless others, I placed great trust in them.”

• Emily Langer is a reporter on The Washington Post's obituaries desk. She has written about national and world leaders, celebrated figures in science and the arts, and heroes from all walks of life.

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 01, 2018, 01:11:22 pm

from STUFF/Fairfax NZ....

Auckland journalist Pat Booth dies aged 88

By HARRISON CHRISTIAN | 4:18PM — Wednesday, 31 January 2018

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Veteran journalist Pat Booth. — Photograph: Fiona Goodall.

AUCKLAND JOURNALIST Pat Booth has died aged 88.

Booth was known for his stories about the “Mr Asia” drug syndicate in the 1970s, and his coverage of the Arthur Allan Thomas case in the same decade.

He was assistant editor of the Auckland Star when he attended Thomas' retrial in 1973, and became concerned about the police case.

Thomas was wrongfully convicted of the murders of Harvey and Jeannette Crew after police fabricated evidence against him; one of the first cases of major public erosion of trust in police.

Booth wrote a book, “Trial by Ambush”, campaigning for Thomas to be pardoned.

The campaign was ultimately successful, with Thomas receiving a Royal Pardon and compensation of $950,000 for his nine years in prison.

A Royal Commission report stated officers had used a rifle and ammunition taken from Thomas' farm to fabricate evidence against him.

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Pat Booth talks to Allan Thomas and Ray Thomas, family members of Arthur Allan Thomas.

It was also Booth who dubbed Kiwi drug trafficker Marty Johnstone “Mr Asia” in a series of stories for the Auckland Star in 1978.

He uncovered Johnstone's international drug syndicate and pursued it for more than a year — a crusade that led to death threats and break-ins at his family home.

Booth died in a Kumeu rest home on Wednesday.

Fairfax Media's former head of Auckland suburban newspapers, Matthew Gray, worked under Booth when he was editor-in-chief, and was mentored by him before taking on the role himself.

He said Booth was a stalwart of his community and a formidable investigative journalist.

“He was a man of superior intellect and wit, and it was a privilege to work with him and to benefit from his wisdom,” said Gray.

“He certainly led the way in New Zealand journalism and it was great to see him in action and just be a part of the whole Pat Booth world, and it's a great shame that he's passed on; there will never be another one like him.”

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Pat Booth's legacy will be long remembered, former colleagues say. — Photograph: Fiona Goodall.

PJ Taylor, news director for STUFF's Eastern Courier and Papakura Courier, described Booth as a “pioneering journalism legend”.

“People often struggle to remember the names of journalists in New Zealand, but Pat Booth was one that stuck,” said Taylor.

“It was a sign of respect for his integrity and impartiality that Pat Booth was probably the only journalist in Auckland that could hold a senior journalism job and be a people's elected representative, at the same time.”

“That was during the early 2000s, when Pat was a much-admired East Auckland resident and chairman of the Howick Community Board, in the former Manukau City Council jurisdiction, while being our editor-in-chief at Suburban Newspapers Ltd.”

Outside of the general news rounds, Booth was also an avid sports fan and penned a biography about the All Black Don “The Boot” Clarke, which was a national best-seller, Taylor said.

“His passing is really the end on an era for the pioneering campaigning journalist.”

More than 60 years after he started as a rookie reporter at the Hawera Star, Booth was a columnist for Fairfax Media (https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/local-blogs/off-pat/?page=39) in his later years. He was also a member of the Waitemata District Health Board for more than a decade.

The DHB's chief executive Dr Dale Bramley said Booth's legacy would be long remembered.

“Pat always had the community at heart. He was a great New Zealander who always got to the truth of the matter and endeavoured to make things better for his fellow man.”


Related to this topic:

 • Off Pat — The world of Pat Booth (https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/local-blogs/off-pat)

 • Waitemata DHB says goodbye to renowned journalist (https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/north-shore-times/70057690)

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Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 14, 2018, 07:26:05 pm

from The Washington Post....

Stephen Hawking, physicist who came to symbolize the power
of the human mind, dies at 76

Hawking overcame a devastating neurological disease to probe the greatest mysteries
of the cosmos and become one of the planet's most renowned science popularizers.

By JOEL ACHENBACH and BOYCE RENSBERGER | 12:01AM EDT — Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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Physicist Stephen Hawking sits on stage during an announcement of the Breakthrough Starshot initiative with investor Yuri Milner in New York April 12th, 2016.
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STEPHEN W. HAWKING, the British theoretical physicist who overcame a devastating neurological disease to probe the greatest mysteries of the cosmos and become a globally celebrated symbol of the power of the human mind, has died at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76.

His family announced the death but did not provide any further details.

Unable to move a muscle, speechless but for a computer-synthesized voice, Dr. Hawking had suffered since the age of 21 from a degenerative motor neuron disease similar to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Initially given two years to live, a diagnosis that threw him into a profound depression, he found the strength to complete his doctorate and rise to the position of Lucasian professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge, the same post held by Isaac Newton 300 years earlier.

Dr. Hawking eventually became one of the planet's most renowned science popularizers, and he embraced the attention, traveling the world, meeting with presidents, visiting Antarctica and Easter Island, and flying on a special “zero-gravity” jet whose parabolic flight let Dr. Hawking float through the cabin as if he were in outer space.

“My goal is simple,” he once said. “It is