greatbear: (candle)
Leonard Nimoy, actor who played Mr Spock on Star Trek, dies aged 83.

“Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.”

You might be gone, but your influence on so many, especially in science and space exploration, will live long and prosper.

I'm really broken up about this.

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I was really saddened to read actress Jean Stapleton had died. Of course, she's most famous for her role as Edith Bunker, wife of America's most favorite bigot, Archie Bunker, in the series All In The Family. Her character was the perfect spoil for Archie, her seemingly limitless ability to know and do the right thing always came from the heart. AITF was must-see TV for me when it first aired, despite my relative youth at the time, I knew I was seeing something incredible on the small screen. Issues and controversy was examined in nearly every episode, be it politics, religion, homosexuality and gay rights, racial relations, you name it. Ms. Stapleton's portrayal of Edith allowed so many people to relate with her, she was Everyperson's aunt, grandma, mother. In the end, Archie would come to see that week's error of his ways, most often with Edith's heartfelt help. If I see the show in reruns while surfing channels, I always stop. I remember all those episodes, some practically word-for-word.

I also remember this scene, from 1980. I bawled my eyes out.

As "edgy" as television is considered these days, a show like this couldn't be made now. Too many people would get "offended" I'm sure. I feel fortunate that Norman Lear was able to completely destroy the boundaries of stuffy television series values and give us a show that not only changed television forever, but countless hearts and minds as well.

RIP, Jean Stapleton, and thanks for some of the fondest memories of my earlier days.
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Author Ray Bradbury has died at 91 years of age.

I know I should read more. I am a voracious reader, to the point where if I have a page turner on hand, I will almost always ignore the rest of the world until I am done. Because of that little quirk, I often avoid reading simply because I don't like being practically non-functional till the last page. Ray Bradbury's work had me neglecting my daily duties on several occasions. It was not a bad thing, however, by far.
greatbear: (candle)
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died from pancreatic cancer. I was watching Jeopardy tonight and the show was interrupted for the notice along with a capsule history of Steve and his days with Apple. He was only 56.

greatbear: (my little hercules)
I don't think I have to tell anyone that Elizabeth Taylor died recently, it's all over the news and blogs. But I just read where she has left the bulk of her estate to AIDS charities, including one she helped found in the 80s. Amazing. Even more astonishing is the gift will most likely be well in excess of half a billion dollars. That's with a "b", as in Carl Sagan's favorite word. Wow.

Ms. Taylor was an early champion of GLBT issues at a time when Ronnie Reagan would not lift a finger to help, much less even say the word "AIDS" at the most critical time of the crisis. To this day Republicans still vilify LGBT folk for their own political and monetary gain. As for you "gay Republicans" still talking up changing the party from within, stop with the delusions already.

Thank you, Ms. Elizabeth. Your diamond will truly shine forever.


Mar. 15th, 2011 01:22 pm
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So long, [ profile] beg1n/Jeff. Though I only knew you online, you had enriched my life since our virtual friendship began. Life handed you a lot of nasty stuff, but each time you came through it with your sense of humor and unstoppable positive outlook shining. You define inspiration, and I will miss you greatly.

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I found out moments ago via several friends' posts that Greg Garcia, known better in LJ circles as [ profile] beastbriskett has died after a long fight with cancer. I'm still stunned. Greg was an early LJ friend and his posts were always an enrichment to my day. Were I ever to make it out to the left coast, he was the first person I wanted to give a huge hug to and just hang out with. His positive attitude throughout his fight with cancer as well as his general upbeat outlook of hope even during very hard times should be an inspiration to all.

A while ago, he had posted this short video. When I had finished viewing it, I knew it had summed up his perspectives so perfectly.

You are my shooting star, Greg. May you rest in peace.


Aug. 13th, 2009 01:53 pm
greatbear: (candle)
Today the music world died yet again. Les Paul, guitarist extraordinaire and inventor of the fabled electric guitar that bears his name and a standard fixture all over the music world, has died. He was 94.

A heartfelt thank you for all the music over the years.

Somewhere, a guitar amp that's always set to 11, is turned all the way down to zero.

John Hughes

Aug. 6th, 2009 08:18 pm
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John Hughes, director of memorable movies Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Beuller's Day Off, National Lampoon's Vacation, Home Alone and many more, has died of a heart attack. He was only 59.

I found most of his movies to be pure entertainment, with honesty, heart and intelligence. He practically created his own genre of youth-oriented movies that had an appeal to a wider audience. How many people would utter the phrase "John Hughes movie"? I know I heard it often. He will be missed.
greatbear: (blackness)
Paul Newman died today. I will miss him, as will countless others. He was truly a class act, on screen and off.

Paul Newman - 1925-2008
greatbear: (candle)
George Carlin, comedian and anti-establishment hero, has died of heart failure. He was 71.

This man was a big influence on me as I was growing up. I will miss his social commentary and biting wit. The man was a genius, on many levels. And I will always love how he rankled the prudes of this country.

(Thanks to [ profile] parilous.)
greatbear: (blackness)
Actor Heath Ledger, most famous for his role as Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain was found dead in his Manhattan bedroom. Over-the-counter sleep medication was found nearby.

This is sad. I thought this man had his whole life and career ahead of him. Such a loss.
greatbear: (candle)
Dan Fogelberg, the mellow pop singer/lyricist most memorable for his popular era during the mid 70s to early 80s has died after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was only 56.

My favorite D.F. songs were from his earliest "Phoenix" era. More progressive than the ballads and folksy stuff in later years, but all of his work is known for engaging storylines. He'll be missed, but his work lives on.
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Evel Knievel, famed daredevil and standard fixture at orthopedic surgeons far and wide, has died at age 69.

This guy was a total sensation when I was growing up. I dont think there was anything he didnt want to jump with a motorcycle. So, that he did. On those not-so-rare occasions where he biffed the landing, betting pools would crop up to see how many bones were broken. Despite all the shattered bones and other complications, it was failing health that finally did the deed.

If it werent for Knievel, we'd probably have no "Jackass", BASE jumping, bungee jumping, or Black Friday.

He'll be missed by millions, but his feats of daring will live on forever.


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