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RIP Leonard Nimoy (March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015)

As Ann Curry tweeted this afternoon, “Spock made being different cool.” There was a time in Leonard Nimoy’s life that he regretted the inseparability of himself and his most famous character. He was to make peace with it, though; so … Continue reading

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RIP Joe Cocker (May 20, 1944 – December 22, 2014)

One truly amazing and original voice went silent today. Joe Cocker OBE, a man who had more soul than most of us have blood cells, has lost his battle with lung cancer. It’s hard to say whether he was best … Continue reading

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RIP Tom Magliozzi (June 28, 1937 – Nov. 3, 2014)

Another regrettable loss – just over two years ago we said goodbye to Car Talk, a truly legendary National Public Radio property. Today, as reported by NPR, we sadly say goodbye to Tom Magliozzi, one of Car Talk’s irreplaceable Tappet … Continue reading

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RIP Jack Bruce (May 14, 1943 – Oct. 25, 2014)

Fond farewell to a music legend—songwriter, vocalist, and one of the most influential bass players to ever stride the earth. Jack Bruce, certainly best known for his lead role in the trio that defined “supergroup” (pardon to those who mistakenly … Continue reading

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RIP Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)

First thing I thought, upon hearing that Robin Williams was gone, was that he’d been making me laugh for as long as I can remember. I realized almost at once that this wasn’t quite true.I was ten or so when … Continue reading

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RIP Tommy Ramone (Jan 29 1949 – July 11 2014)

Correct me if you must that he was born Erdélyi Tamás. Insist if you must that he and Johnny and Dee Dee and Joey weren’t really brothers. I won’t start believing that now, because I never stopped believing that Rock … Continue reading

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RIP Ann B. Davis (May 5, 1926 – June 1, 2014)

You just know she made the best PB&J ever. It would have been tough under any circumstances to say goodbye to the one and only Alice: She helped raise a couple hundred million of us. She was pretty damned good … Continue reading

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RIP Bob Hoskins (Oct. 26, 1942 – April 29, 2014)

Fondest farewell to a phenomenal actor, Robert William Hoskins Jr. Undoubtedly best known for his starring role in 1988′s Who Framed Roger Rabbit, his film and screen resume is long and impressive, dating from the early seventies, and numbering well … Continue reading

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RIP Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014)

There aren’t many left from the golden era (i.e., Depression-era) of Hollywood. And there aren’t many left from that first generation of child actors. In both categories, perhaps in every category, Little Miss Miracle stood alone. The story of child … Continue reading

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RIP Phil Everly (Jan 19 1939 – Jan 3 2014)

We’re not only losing the stars of early rock and roll, that dwindling cadre of 1950s musical pioneers… we’re also losing, day by day, most of its fans. It’s been barely an average human lifetime since guitars were electrified, voices … Continue reading

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RIP to four icons

It’s been a rough week for artists’ mortality. In the course of five days we’ve lost four cultural treasures: Three from the golden eras of film, and one who changed the nature of country music. Joan Fontaine (Oct. 22 1917 … Continue reading

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RIP Lou Reed (March 2, 1942 – Oct 27 2013)

The man who put pop art into pop rock is no more. Lou Reed founded the Velvet Underground in 1964—probably just a bit too early for his revolutionary glam-style of songwriting and performing. He persevered, and by the seventies the … Continue reading

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RIP Sir David Frost (April 17, 1939 – August 31, 2013)

A fond farewell, with thanks, to standout broadcast journalist David Frost, who died yesterday at the age of 74. His resume was long and distinguished, and included stints as a comedian and game-show host. He’s most remembered, though, as a … Continue reading

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RIP Helen Thomas (Aug 4, 1920 – July 20, 2013)

She was a White House correspondent throughout the administrations of nine presidencies, and she counted herself friend to none of them. Opinionated, tenacious, journalistically incorruptible — Helen Thomas was the Grand Dame of the Washington press corps not by seniority … Continue reading

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RIP Richard Matheson (Feb 20, 1926 – June 23, 2013)

A sad farewell to one of the most prolific and influential writers of whom most people have scarcely heard (which is a terrible thing to say in an obiturary, but it happens to be true and in saying it, I … Continue reading

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