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Posted: 2006-03-02 12:50 pm   Permalink

Oliver! star Jack Wild dies at 53

Actor Jack Wild, who played The Artful Dodger in 1968 film Oliver!, has died at the age of 53.
Wild was nominated for an Oscar when he was just 16 for the role. He also starred in late-1960s US children's fantasy TV series HR Pufnstuf.
He suffered from mouth cancer after years of heavy drinking and smoking and had his voice box and tongue removed.
Wild's agent Alex Jay said the actor "died peacefully at midnight last night after a long battle with oral cancer".
Wild was diagnosed with the disease in 2000 and was unable to speak, drink or eat after having surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
He had to communicate through his wife and his meals were delivered in liquid form via a tube that went straight into his stomach.
Wild recently said: "Until I was diagnosed with mouth cancer, I'd never heard of it.

"What I learned very quickly was that my lifestyle had made me a walking time bomb. "I was a heavy smoker and an even heavier drinker and apparently together they are a deadly mixture."
The former child star from Royton, near Oldham, made his TV debut aged 13. He had a string of screen credits when he was chosen to star as the pickpocketing urchin in the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver!

The role saw him appear alongside Oliver Reed and Harry Secombe in one of the final films to be directed by British movie legend Carol Reed.
The film's success helped Wild land the starring role in popular children's series HR Pufnstuf, in which he played a boy with a magic flute on a psychedelic island.

The vivid and outlandish stories and imagery led to a spin-off film, Pufnstuf, in 1970. But his acting career failed to take off and his TV and film roles became patchy in quality and frequency as the years progressed.
He said he spent the "70s and 80s in a drunken haze" but had been sober since 1990 and returned to screens with a small role in 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. He was reunited with Ron Moody - who played Fagin in Oliver! - in independent film Moussaka & Chips last year.
The actor's agent Alex Jay said: "He said he wanted The Entertainer played at his funeral, because he always saw himself as an entertainer. "We had lots of work lined up for him this year, it's very sad.

"He was working really hard on his autobiography, which was almost finished, and he had great plans for that.
"He always looked at the positive side of things. He always looked at the sunny side, despite all the things that he had been through.
"There was always a next day. He always got on with it. He wasn't one to sit back. "Even in his drinking days, he was always very careful about being photographed with a drink or cigarette in his hand because he didn't want to encourage young people."

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Published: 2006/03/02 12:16:24 GMT


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Posted: 2006-03-13 12:10 pm   Permalink

Actress Maureen Stapleton Dies at 80 By ADAM GORLICK, Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Maureen Stapleton, an Oscar-winning character actress whose subtle vulnerability and down-to-earth toughness earned her dramatic and comedic roles on stage, screen, and television, died Monday. She was 80.

The longtime smoker died from chronic pulmonary disease in the Berkshire hills town of Lenox, where she had been living, said her son, Daniel Allentuck.

Stapleton, whose unremarkable, matronly appearance belied her star personality and talent, won an Academy Award in 1981 for her supporting role as anarchist-writer Emma Goldman in Warren Beatty's "Reds," about a left-wing American journalist who journeys to Russia to cover the Bolshevik Revolution.

To prepare for the role, Stapleton said she tried reading Goldman's autobiography, but soon chucked it out of boredom.

"There are many roads to good acting," Stapleton, known for her straightforwardness, said in her 1995 autobiography, "Hell of a Life." "I've been asked repeatedly what the 'key' to acting is, and as far as I'm concerned, the main thing is to keep the audience awake."

Stapleton was nominated several times for a supporting actress Oscar, including for her first film role in 1958's "Lonelyhearts"; "Airport" in 1970; and Woody Allen's "Interiors" in 1978.

Her other film credits include the 1963 musical "Bye Bye Birdie" opposite Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke, "Johnny Dangerously," "Cocoon," "The Money Pit" and "Addicted to Love."

In television, she earned an Emmy for "Among the Paths to Eden" in 1967. She was nominated for "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom" in 1975; "The Gathering" in 1977; and "Miss Rose White" in 1992.

Brought up in a strict Irish Catholic family with an alcoholic father, Stapleton left home in Troy, N.Y., right after high school. With $100 to her name, she came to New York and began studying at the Herbert Berghof Acting School and later at the Actor's Studio, which turned out the likes of Marlon Brando, Paul Newman and Julia Roberts.

Stapleton soon made her Broadway debut in Burgess Meredith's 1946 production of "The Playboy of the Western World."

At age 24, she became a success as Serafina Delle Rose in Tennessee Williams' Broadway hit "The Rose Tattoo," and won a Tony Award. She appeared in numerous other stage productions, including Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic" and Neil Simon's "The Gingerbread Lady," for which she won her second Tony in 1971.

She starred opposite Laurence Olivier in Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Stapleton's friendship with Williams was well-known and he wrote three plays for her, but she never appeared in any of them.

Along the way, she led a chaotic personal life, which her autobiography candidly described as including two failed marriages, numerous affairs, years of alcohol abuse and erratic parenting for her two children.

She often said auditioning was hard for her, but that it was just a part of acting, a job "that pays."

"When I was first in New York there was a girl who wanted to play 'St. Joan' to the point where it was scary. ... I thought 'Don't ever want anything that bad," she recalled. "Just take what you get and like it while you do it, and forget it."

Cast throughout her career in supporting roles, Stapleton was content not playing a lead character, Allentuck said.

"I don't think she ever had unrealistic aspirations about her career," he said.

Beside Allentuck, Stapleton is survived by a daughter, Katharine Bambery, of Lenox and a brother, Jack Stapleton, of Troy, N.Y.
She was in one of my top 20 movies of all time: Johnny Dangerously. Very sad.

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Posted: 2006-03-13 5:55 pm   Permalink


Ex-Game Show Host, Wife Die in Plane Crash

By DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press Writer
52 minutes ago

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - A former TV game show host and his wife were killed Monday morning when their small plane crashed into Santa Monica Bay, authorities said. Rescue crews were searching for a third person also aboard the plane.


The bodies of Peter Tomarken, 63, host of the hit 1980s game show "Press Your Luck," and his wife, Kathleen Abigail Tomarken, 41, were identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

The plane was on its way to San Diego to ferry a medical patient to the UCLA Medical Center, said Doug Griffith, a spokesman for Angel Flight West, a nonprofit which provides free air transportation for needy patients.

Griffith said the pilot was a volunteer for the group. According to the FAA, the plane was registered to Tomarken and he was the pilot.

The plane apparently had engine trouble and was headed back to Santa Monica Airport, located about two miles inland, but went down about 9:35 a.m. just off shore, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer.

Rescue boats and divers searching for the third person believed to be aboard the plane were clustered about a half-mile southwest of the Santa Monica Pier where the plane went down in about 19 feet of water.

Luis Garr said he didn't hear the engine but heard the splash as the plane "kind of landed into the water."

"It's a big splash, a huge splash. ... Then it started going down," Garr said. "The wings were still floating so I was, `Get out! Get out!' because the door was still available to get out and nobody came out. So the plane kept going down, down, down."

Tomarken's death was first reported by "Entertainment Tonight."

"Press Your Luck" was known for contestants shouting the slogan "Big bucks! No whammies!"

Tomarken's agent, Fred Wostbrock, said his client's first game show was "Hit Man!," which ran 13 weeks on NBC, followed by the four-year hit "Press Your Luck" on CBS. He also was on "Bargain Hunters," "Wipe-Out" and "Paranoia."

"He was always a fun guy to be around, and he just loved the genre of game shows," Wostbrock said.

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Posted: 2006-03-14 04:49 am   Permalink

Ante 'Tony' Rodin -- longtime Original Joe's owner
- Marianne Costantinou, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, March 12, 2006

Forget the boardroom and the golf course. Deals and friendships were just as likely forged at Original Joe's restaurant in the Tenderloin.

Mayors and judges, athletes and actors, hookers and homeless, the chic and the old fogies -- they all came to the landmark San Francisco restaurant at 144 Taylor St. for some good old-fashioned Italian cooking, gigantic portions at low prices, and the casual, friendly atmosphere.

For 62 years, Ante "Tony" Rodin presided as folks from every walk of life jostled for a counter seat in front of the open charcoal grill or plopped down in horseshoe-shaped Naugahyde booths or ponied up to the long wooden bar. To Mr. Rodin, it didn't matter what they did for a living or how much money they made -- as long as they made enough to pay the tab. To him, they were all his customers, and he treated them all the same, with courtly manners and a warm gentleness.

Mr. Rodin came to the restaurant virtually every day, from the moment he founded it in 1937 with a couple of friends to the last few years when his health started to fail. Old age finally caught up with him last Tuesday. He was 93 and lived for nearly 60 years in the same stucco house in Cow Hollow he had built for his family soon after his restaurant business had taken off.

As word spread of his passing, many regulars dropped in Friday night to give condolences to his daughter, Marie Duggan, who has been running the restaurant for the past two decades.

They all had a story to tell about Mr. Rodin and how much Original Joe's has meant to them.

"Everyone knew he was the soul of this place," said Warren Hinckle, the veteran editor and newspaperman, recalling many a night spent at the bar as Mr. Rodin poured drinks, his Optimo cigar and a glass of Cutty Sark Scotch nearby to keep his customers company. "There's no other joint like this."

"Every drink was an honest drink," said Burt McGovern, an attorney who has been coming nearly every week for 30 years, on Wednesdays for the osso bucco or on Thursdays for the corned beef and cabbage. "He thought first and foremost of his customers."

"He was always kind and generous with everything he did," said Patricia Carson Major, an attorney who came with friends for lunch every Friday for 15 years when she worked nearby, and has been driving down from her home on Telegraph Hill for the past decade.

Upon learning that "Miss Patricia," as he called her, liked fresh vegetables, Mr. Rodin would often bring her a bag of Italian green beans he had grown in his garden. And often when she came with her friends, he'd treat them to a plate of fresh calamari as an appetizer.

"He was a very classy guy," said Major.

Mr. Rodin's generosity with others -- including his insistence on giving his customers giant portions, from three-quarter-pound burgers on a fat French roll to steaks and halibuts that tipped the scale past a pound -- stemmed from his own poor upbringing, said his daughter.

He was born in 1913 on a tiny island off the coast of Croatia. His mother died when he was 6 months old, and his father soon left him in the care of his grandparents to go off to fight in World War I. As soon as his father came back, he went off to join the merchant marine. And so, Mr. Rodin didn't really know his parents, a loss that later made him devoted to his wife and their two children, Duggan said.

Life on the island was impoverished, and Mr. Rodin felt hungry most of his childhood, she said. At age 13, he took off across the Adriatic Sea to Trieste, Italy, and got a job at an Italian family restaurant. The owners took a shine to Mr. Rodin, gave him a small place to live out back and put him in charge of their two young sons.

About a year later, Mr. Rodin decided to follow his father's footsteps, and he joined the merchant marine on an Italian ship. Once again, he was given kitchen duty. Though living conditions were crude, his six years on the ship were happy, said his daughter. He loved the sea.

"And he got to eat as much as he wanted," she said.

In 1930, the ship docked at San Francisco. He had heard it was a beautiful city. He had a childhood friend who lived there and an uncle in the fishing business in Monterey. He decided to get off and start a new life. He had $5 in his pocket and a shaving kit, said his daughter.

At first Mr. Rodin worked as a fisherman with his uncle, but soon tired of a life spent with sardines. So he moved in with his friend, who lived in San Francisco's Excelsior neighborhood. Since he had cooking experience, he would walk to North Beach each day and work at the Italian restaurants there.

One of the places Mr. Rodin worked was a restaurant on Broadway called New Joe's. One of the guys who worked there had run the restaurant for years, back when it was just a lunch counter, and he was eager to start a business of his own. Alas, he had no money to start a business. But Mr. Rodin had been saving his money. They took a look around, and spotted a restaurant in downtown San Francisco called Golden Pines that was for sale. It had sawdust on the floors and was far from the restaurants in North Beach. But the theaters were down the block, and office buildings from the Financial District were nearby.

They brought in another friend, and the three men decided to make a go of it. They named it Original Joe's because one of Mr. Rodin's partners wanted to take credit for making New Joe's such a success.

About a year later, Mr. Rodin's two partners decided to sell their share. And so, Louis Rocca joined Mr. Rodin and the two men remained partners till 1983, when Rocca retired and Duggan bought his share.

Though prices have gone up a teensy bit over the years, the menu has barely changed and the decor has been the same since a big renovation in the 1950s, Duggan said.

Otherwise, Original Joe's is as it was when Mr. Rodin opened it, she said. And that is how it will remain.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Rodin is survived by a son, Anthony of Modesto, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A wake will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at Duggan-Serra Mortuary in Daly City. A Mass of Christian burial will be Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's at 29th and Church streets in San Francisco. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.



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Posted: 2006-03-16 10:12 pm   Permalink

Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the Chicken Nugget, Dies

All Things Considered, March 16, 2006

Robert C. Baker, who founded Cornell University's Institute of Food Science and Marketing, died Monday. Baker was responsible for many innovations including chicken nuggets, chicken hot dogs and chicken steak.

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Posted: 2006-03-25 12:24 pm   Permalink

Buck Owens R.I.P.

(03-25) 09:10 PST Los Angeles (AP) --

Buck Owens, the flashy "rhinestone cowboy" who shaped the sound of country
music with hits like "Act Naturally," and helped introduce the genre to
mainstream America on the long-running TV show "Hee Haw," has died. He was

Owens died early Saturday at his home in Bakersfield, said family
spokesman Jim Shaw. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Owens underwent throat cancer surgery in 1993 and was hospitalized with
pneumonia in January 1997.

His career was one of the most phenomenal in country music, with a string
of more than 20 No. 1 records, most released from the mid-1960s to the

They were recorded with a honky-tonk twang that came to be known
throughout California as the "Bakersfield Sound," named for the town 100
miles north of Los Angeles that Owens called home. Outside the state, his
music was known as country's "California Sound."

"I think the reason he was so well known and respected by a younger
generation of country musicians was because he was an innovator and
rebel," said Shaw, who played keyboards in Owens' band, the Buckaroos. "He
did it out of the Nashville establishment. He had a raw edge."

Owens' aspirations, however, were less than that afforded by such lofty

"I'd like to be remembered as a guy that came along and did his music, did
his best and showed up on time, clean and ready to do the job, wrote a few
songs and had a hell of a time," he said in 1992.

An indefatigable performer, Owens played a red, white and blue guitar with
fireball fervor. He and the members of the Buckaroos wore flashy
rhinestone suits in an era when flash was as important to country music as

Among his biggest hits were "Together Again" (also recorded by Emmylous
Harris), "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail,""Love's Gonna Live Here,""My Heart
Skips a Beat" and "Waitin' in Your Welfare Line."

And he was the answer to this music trivia question: What country star had
a hit record that was later done by the Beatles?

"Those guys were phenomenal," Owens once said of rock music's most famous

Ringo Starr recorded "Act Naturally" twice, singing lead on the Beatles'
1965 version and recording it as a duet with Owens in 1989.

In addition to music, Owens had a highly visible TV career as co-host of
"Hee Haw" from 1969 to 1986. With guitarist Roy Clark, he led viewers
through a potpourri of country music and hayseed humor.

"It's an honest show," Owens told The Associated Press in 1995. "There's
no social message — no crusade. It's fun and simple."

Owens himself could be rebellious, choosing among other things to label
what he did "American music" rather than country.

"I took a little heat," he once said. "People asked me, `Isn't country
music good enough for you?'"

He also criticized the syrupy arrangements of some country singers, saying
"assembly-line, robot music turns me off."

After his string of hits, Owens stayed away from the recording scene for a
decade, returning in 1988 to record another No. 1 record, "Streets of
Bakersfield," with Dwight Yoakam.

He spent much of his time away concentrating on his business interests,
which included a Bakersfield TV station and radio stations in Bakersfield
and Phoenix.

"I never wanted to hang around like the punch-drunk fighter," he told The
Associated Press in 1992.

He had moved to Bakersfield in 1951, hoping to find work in the thriving
juke joints of what in the years before suburban sprawl was a truck-stop
town on Highway 99, between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area.

"We played rhumbas and tangos and sambas, and we played Bob Wills music,
lots of Bob Wills music," he said, referring to the bandleader who was the
king of Western swing.

"And lots of rock 'n' roll," he added.

Owens started recording in the mid-1950s, but gained little success until
1963 with "Act Naturally," his first No. 1 single.

Alvis Edgar Owens Jr. was born in 1929 outside Sherman, Texas, the son of
a sharecropper. With opportunities scarce during the Depression, the
family moved to Arizona when he was 8.

He dropped out of school at age 13 to haul produce and harvest crops, and
by 16 he was playing music in taverns.

He once told an audience, "When I was a little bitty kid, I used to dream
about playing the guitar and singing like some of those great people that
we had the old, thick records of."

Owens' first wife, Bonnie Owens, sometimes performed with him and went on
to become a leading backup singer after their divorce in 1955. She had
occasional solo hits in the '60s, as well as successful duets with her
second husband, Merle Haggard.

One of her two sons with Owens also became a singer, using the name Buddy
Alan. He had a Top 10 hit in 1968, "Let the World Keep on a-Turnin'," and
recorded a number of duets with his father.

In addition to Buddy, he is survived by two other sons, Michael and John.


On the Net:

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Posted: 2006-04-04 4:39 pm   Permalink

It saddens me to report Buddy Blue died last Sunday at his home here in La Mesa of an apparent heart attack. He was 48. Buddy was a founding member of The Beat Farmers, The Jacks, The Buddy Blue Band and his latest venture (with fellow Farmers Jerry Raney & Rolle Love) The Flying Putos. A Memorial will be held for Buddy this Friday. For more info, check out this site: www.buddyblue.com

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Posted: 2006-04-05 11:53 am   Permalink

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Posted: 2006-04-06 04:01 am   Permalink

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gene Pitney Found Dead in Hotel

Wrote 'He's a Rebel,' sang 'Town Without Pity'

LONDON, England (CNN) -- Gene Pitney, the singer and songwriter known for 1960s hits such as "Town Without Pity" and "24 Hours from Tulsa," has died while on a UK concert tour, his agent said.

Pitney, 65, was found dead just after 10 a.m. Wednesday (0500 ET) at the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff, Wales.

His agent, Jene Levy, told Reuters Pitney died on Wednesday morning after given a concert in the Welsh capital the previous day.

There was no immediate word on the cause of death. Friends said he was in apparent good health and his death came as a shock.

"We don't have a cause of death at the moment but looks like it was a very peaceful passing," said Pitney's tour manager, James Kelly, according to The Associated Press.

"He was found fully clothed, on his back, as if he had gone for a lie down. It looks as if there was no pain whatsoever."

South Wales police said they had been called to a hotel at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday morning and that the death was not being treated as suspicious.

Pitney was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on February 17, 1941.

His 40-year career included hits such as "It Hurts to Be in Love," "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance," "Every Breath I Take," "Town Without Pity," "Only Love Can Break a Heart" and the operatic "I'm Gonna Be Strong." His last U.S. hit was "She's a Heartbreaker" in 1968.

Pitney was also a highly regarded songwriter -- he wrote the Crystals' No. 1 hit, "He's a Rebel," Rick Nelson's smash "Hello Mary Lou" and Bobby Vee's "Rubber Ball." Some of his own hits, though -- "Only Love," "Liberty Valance" and "Tulsa" -- were written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

He was an early subject of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound -- Spector produced Pitney's version of Carole King and Gerry Goffin's "Every Breath I Take" as well as the Crystals' "He's a Rebel" -- and an early supporter of British bands such as the Rolling Stones.

Pitney recorded Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' "That Girl Belongs to Yesterday" and attended the session at which the Stones recorded "Not Fade Away," according to Allmusic.com.

Pitney was introduced to a new generation of fans in 1989 when he recorded "Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart" as a duet with Marc Almond, the UK's Press Association reported.

The single gave Pitney his first UK No. 1 -- 22 years after its first release, PA added.

In 2002 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Pitney's agent told Reuters that his wife, Lynne, had been told of his death. Pitney also leaves three sons, David, Todd and Chris.

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Posted: 2006-04-07 01:24 am   Permalink

Eugene Landy, Brian Wilson therapist, dead

Wednesday, March 29, 2006; Posted: 11:30 a.m. EST (16:30 GMT)

LOS ANGELES, Californai (AP) -- Eugene Landy, the psychologist who gained notoriety for his controversial treatment of and control over Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson, died March 22 of respiratory complications from lung cancer in Honolulu, said his longtime colleague, William Flaxman. He was 71.

Landy pioneered what he called "24-hour therapy," in which he worked with patients for long, uninterrupted periods. His show business clientele included rock musician Alice Cooper and actors Richard Harris and Rod Steiger.

He was best known, however, for his treatment of Wilson, the troubled founding member of the iconic California surf band.

Wilson's wife hired Landy in 1975 at a time when the musician had withdrawn socially to an alarming degree. Landy took control of Wilson's life, constantly monitoring him to keep him away from drugs and junk food.

Under Landy's care, Wilson's physical and mental health improved enough that he performed at the Beach Boys' 15th anniversary concert on New Year's Eve 1976. Despite his success, Landy was fired around that time by the band's manager, largely over a fee dispute.

Six years later, after Wilson had regressed to drugs and obesity, Landy was rehired. The psychologist said he was paid $35,000 a month for conducting 24-hour therapy from 1983 to 1986.

The California Board of Medical Quality Assurance later accused Landy of "grossly negligent conduct," alleging that his business dealings with Wilson had caused the singer "severe emotional damage, psychological dependence and financial exploitation."

Landy denied the charges and Wilson defended him, attributing his new solo career to Landy's therapy. "Dr. Landy saved my life," Wilson said in a statement at the time.

In 1989, Landy admitted to a single charge of unlawfully prescribing drugs and surrendered his license to practice psychology in California for at least two years.

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Posted: 2006-04-10 7:55 pm   Permalink

I attended Buddy Blue's memorial service last Friday afternoon. I didn't know Buddy that well but I'm glad I went. A great sendoff for a helluva guy and a very talented and passionate musician. I think everyone should own at least one Buddy Blue CD. I've been listening to "Greasy Jass" for the last three days.


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Posted: 2006-04-11 07:51 am   Permalink


On 2006-04-10 19:55, Shipwreckjoey wrote:
I attended Buddy Blue's memorial service last Friday afternoon. I didn't know Buddy that well but I'm glad I went. A great sendoff for a helluva guy and a very talented and passionate musician. I think everyone should own at least one Buddy Blue CD. I've been listening to "Greasy Jass" for the last three days.


WTF?!?!? When did this happen? Why did this happen? Dammit, he wasn't much older than me.
Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Freelance, Ph.D., Th.D., D.F.S

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Posted: 2006-04-11 11:08 pm   Permalink

Allan Kaprow, who pioneered theatrical "happenings," dies at 78
Thursday, April 6, 2006

(04-06) 18:44 PDT SAN DIEGO, (AP) --

Allan Kaprow, an artist who in the 1950s pioneered an unrehearsed, nonverbal form of theater called a "happening" that was intended to shatter the boundary between art and life, has died. He was 78.

Kaprow, who taught for years at the University of California, San Diego, died Wednesday at his home in the San Diego suburb of Encinitas. He had been ill for some time and died of natural causes, said Tamara Bloomberg, a friend and associate.

Kaprow's happenings took place in real-life settings and involved unrelated or bizarre scenes acted out by any willing participant. The audience were people who just happened to be there.

A typical Kaprow happening involved people standing around Times Square in New York, waiting for a signal from a window. When the signal arrives, the are directed to fall down on a spot on the sidewalk. Then they are loaded into a truck and driven away.

"Contemporary artists are not out to supplant recent modern art with a better kind," Kaprow said in 1966. "They wonder what art might be. Art and life are not simply commingled; the identity of each is uncertain."

Born August 23, 1927, in Atlantic City, N.J., Kaprow called himself an "un-artist." He was primarily a painter and sculptor working with found objects.

After studying with composer John Cage, he decided to stage events he called happenings, beginning in 1958. He later filled a courtyard with tires, and, in Berlin, constructed a cinderblock wall with bread and jam as mortar and then knocked it down.

He is survived by his wife, Coryl, their son, Bram, and three children from a previous marriage.



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June Pointer, youngest Pointer Sisters, dies at 52

Family said singer had cancer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- June Pointer, the youngest of the Pointer Sisters -- known for the '70s and '80s hits "I'm So Excited," "Fire" and "Slow Hand" -- has died of cancer, her family said Wednesday. She was 52.

Pointer died Tuesday at Santa Monica University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center, the family said in a statement. She had been hospitalized since late February. The type of cancer wasn't disclosed.

She died "in the arms of her sisters, Ruth and Anita and her brothers, Aaron and Fritz, by her side," the statement said. "Although her sister, Bonnie, was unable to be present, she was with her in spirit."

The four sisters grew up singing in the choir of an Oakland church where their parents were ministers. Bonnie and June formed a singing duo and began performing in clubs around the San Francisco Bay area. Anita and Ruth later joined the group, which sang backup for artists such as Taj Mahal, Boz Scaggs and Elvin Bishop.

Their self-titled debut album was released in 1973, and the song "Yes We Can Can" became their first hit. They followed up with "That's A Plenty," which featured an eclectic mix of musical styles ranging from jazz to country and pop. They won a Grammy Award in 1974 for best country vocal performance by a group for the song "Fairytale."

Bonnie Pointer left the group in 1977 for a solo career.

The Pointer Sisters recorded several more albums, including 1984's "Break Out," which won two Grammys for "Automatic" and "Jump (for My Love)." The album's other hit song, "Neutron Dance," was prominently featured in the movie "Beverly Hills Cop."

June recorded two solo albums, and later left the trio.

Anita and Ruth still perform under the group's name. Ruth's daughter, Issa Pointer, is the trio's newest member.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

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June Pointer, youngest Pointer Sisters, dies at 52

I saw her in Atlantic City back in the 80's...walking through the mall I used to work in with her entourage. With her hair, I'd swear she was 7 feet tall.

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