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The Dead Thread
King Bushwich the 33rd
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Joined: Jan 10, 2005
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From: Ling Cod Beach, CA 90803
Posted: 2006-04-27 2:29 pm   Permalink

Anthony James Ryan, who met the director Russ Meyer in a World War II training camp and was his right-hand man for some 60 years.

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060424/PEOPLE/60424008

Ryan did a little of everything for the “King of the Nudies.” He was an actor, producer, writer, production manager and cameraman.

Ryan played the handyman in “Eve and the Handyman” (1961), which followed Meyer’s huge hit “The Immoral Mr. Teas” and starred Meyer’s wife Eve Meyer, one of the first dozen Playboy Playmates. He also acted in “Wild Gals of the Naked West” (1962) and “Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers!” (1968).

He was a producer, writer and camera operator on “Vixen” (1968), the producer and production manager of “Cherry, Harry & Raquel!” (1970), a writer on “Up!” (1976), an associate producer and writer on “Black Snake” (1973) and “Vixen,” and the executive producer of “Supervixens” (1975).


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HelloTiki
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Joined: Jul 23, 2005
Posts: 440
From: Kailua, Hawaii
Posted: 2006-05-17 08:54 am   Permalink

Clarabell just died!
Honk. Honk......

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HelloTiki
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Joined: Jul 23, 2005
Posts: 440
From: Kailua, Hawaii
Posted: 2006-05-20 08:12 am   Permalink

Freddie is Deaddie. Freddie Garrity of Freddie & the Dreamers passed away at age 69.


The woman artist who designed the Coppertone "Tan Don't Burn" ad (with the little girl & the dog), a true "sign of summer", also passed on . Anyone got her name?


 
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naugatiki
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Joined: Jan 02, 2004
Posts: 837
From: Port Angeles, Wa
Posted: 2006-05-20 2:11 pm   Permalink

RIP Naked Guy



'Naked Guy' ex-student dies in jail
Berkeley nudist was in custody on assault, battery charges

Saturday, May 20, 2006; Posted: 3:39 p.m. EDT (19:39 GMT)

SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- The former college student known as the "Naked Guy," who gained notoriety in the early 1990s for attending class in the buff, has died in jail, authorities said.

Andrew Martinez, 33, whose stripped-down strolls at the University of California, Berkeley, got him expelled and prompted the city to adopt a strict anti-nudity ordinance, was found unconscious Thursday in a Santa Clara County jail, said jail spokesman Mark Cursi.

Officials are investigating the death as an apparent suicide.

He had been in custody since January 10 on charges of battery and assault with a deadly weapon, authorities said.

In 1992, Martinez organized a "Nude-In" protest at the university. He said he was trying to make a point about free expression.

The message caught on, and nude spottings spiked on campus. Martinez, who landed on national talk shows, was expelled the next year after the university banned nudity.


 
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Chongolio
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Joined: Oct 02, 2002
Posts: 2765
From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2006-05-25 6:13 pm   Permalink

Sad news from the Reggae/ ska world. Well miss your unique voice and uplifting tunes.

Info from the Steady ups and Tiki Tena at myspace.

Desmond Dekker - the man who rose to fame on Jamaica's airwaves with popular songs such as "The Israelites", "Intensified" and 007 - is dead.
The man who was christened Desmond Adolphus Dacres was born in July 16, 1941 died Thursday morning.

With his backing group, The Aces, Desmond Decker had the first international hit with The Israelites".

There are very few artistes left today who truly represented the best moments of the first decade of popular Jamaican music.

As a young man Desmond worked in a Jamaican welding shop. And his singing while working there served notice that he had quite a voice.

He had one thing in common with other Jamaican artistes such as Jimmy Cliff and Derrick Morgan, Desmond Dekker was produced by Leslie Kong of Beverly records.

He formed his group the Aces, which at times included Wilson James and various siblings from the Howard family, including Barry, Carl, Clive, and Patrick.

After changing his professional name to Dekker, in 1967 he and the group recorded 007 (Shanty Town), which made it to ..14 on the UK chart.

In 1963 his first break came with the single "Honour your father.

In 1968 the group won the festival song competition with the single - Intensified. His second album was also titled Intensified.

Another hit followed with the Israelites, this reached number one on the English pop charts in 1969.

The death of his guide and mentor Leslie Kong in 1971 was a tragic blow.

Desmond eventually migrated to England where he later modified his music for the English market.

His many hits and concerts made him a star among the English youths, who were then discovering the rhythmic patterns of reggae and who would ultimately imitate his Jamaican "rude boy" style.

Desmond became one of the leading lights of the music scene in Jamaica until the end of the 1960s and was particularly inspired and productive between 1966 and 1970.

He continued to perform and record into the 90's. With his death - he has gone down in history as one of those who paved the way around the world with the infectious beat - serving notice that reggae music had arrived.


 
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Joined: Jan 10, 2005
Posts: 1200
From: Ling Cod Beach, CA 90803
Posted: 2006-06-05 10:03 am   Permalink

Alex Toth
June 25, 1928 - May 27, 2006
Comic artist for Hanna Barbera
Designed characters for "Johnny Quest", "Super Friends" and the original "Space Ghost"

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002613059

http://www.tothfans.com


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cynfulcynner
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 1800
From: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Posted: 2006-06-15 12:29 am   Permalink


Robert Donner, 75; Character Actor Played Oddballs on TV, in FilmsBy Valerie J. Nelson
Times Staff Writer

June 14, 2006

Robert Donner, a character actor who specialized in playing eccentrics, including the crazed prophet Exidor on the popular sitcom "Mork & Mindy," has died. He was 75.

Donner, who appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, died Thursday of a heart attack at his Sherman Oaks home, said Michael Belson, his former agent.

On "Mork & Mindy," which aired from 1978 to 1982, Donner led an invisible cult called the Friends of Venus. Whenever the friends whom only Exidor could see got in the way, he uttered his signature phrase — "Mork! Is that you?" — to series star Robin Williams.

"Bobby was very, very skilled at comedy. He worked all the time in an era when they were phasing out character actors," said Michael Lembeck, whose father, Harvey, a comedic actor best known for his role on "The Phil Silvers Show," taught Donner at comedy-improv workshops. "And he had a very droll, very dry sense of humor."

That was evident in Donner's official biography, which mentions that he joined the Navy after high school, "serving three years, 11 months, 29 days, and six and one-half hours."

Born April 27, 1931, in New York City, Donner grew up in New Jersey, Michigan and Texas. After discovering the West Coast while in the service, he decided to stay and attended what is now Cal State Northridge.

While living in a Studio City apartment, he became friends with a neighbor who was also an actor. Clint Eastwood thought Donner was funny and urged him to study acting, according to Donner's biography.

With uncredited roles in two John Wayne westerns — "Rio Bravo" (1959) and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962) — Donner started building a career.

He seemed to revel in "spooky, oddball roles of the street evangelist/undertaker/obsessive lawman variety," according to the online database All Movie Guide.

Among Donner's film credits are "Cool Hand Luke" (1967), "Vanishing Point" (1971), "High Plains Drifter" (1973) and "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing" (1973). His final film, the family comedy "Hoot," was released last month.

"I guess I'm like the rest of my fellow character actors," Donner told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in 1988. "I keep my guns loaded and go where the action is."

On television, he also had a long-running role as Yancy Tucker on "The Waltons" in the 1970s. He appeared in dozens of television series, including "Columbo," "The Incredible Hulk," "MacGyver," "The Fall Guy," "Matlock" and "Falcon Crest."

He was a founding member of Harvey Lembeck's comedy-improv group, the Crazy Quilt Comedy Company, which counted John Ritter, Penny Marshall and Williams among its alums.

An avid golfer, Donner frequently played in celebrity tournaments and performed stand-up comedy at various fundraisers.

He is survived by his wife, Jill, and two brothers.

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naugatiki
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Joined: Jan 02, 2004
Posts: 837
From: Port Angeles, Wa
Posted: 2006-06-24 4:43 pm   Permalink

Rip Harriot The Tortoise

So who wins the dead pool?


http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/06/24/tortoise.die.ap/index.html

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Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
Posts: 1700
From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2006-06-25 09:09 am   Permalink

Aaron Spelling died Friday.

Damn, I loved 90210. Granted, not as much as either Love Boat or Fantasy Island, and not so much after Shannon left...
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cynfulcynner
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 1800
From: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Posted: 2006-06-26 5:40 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-06-25 09:09, Tiki-Kate wrote:
Aaron Spelling died Friday.



NO ONE in my dead pool picked Spelling, but one person picked Patsy Ramsey and moved into second place!


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alohabros
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Joined: Feb 04, 2004
Posts: 533
From: westernus
Posted: 2006-06-27 12:23 pm   Permalink

... art the dog...r.i.p...

 
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cynfulcynner
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 1800
From: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Posted: 2006-06-29 01:48 am   Permalink


Eddie the feisty dog in 'Frasier' dies
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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

(06-27) 13:12 PDT Los Angeles (AP) --

The scrappy dog known as Eddie on TV's "Frasier" has died.

The 16-year-old Jack Russell terrier, whose real name was Moose, passed away of old age Thursday at the Los Angeles home of trainer Mathilde Halberg, Halberg told People magazine.

The canine character Eddie drove Kelsey Grammer's lead character crazy for 10 years on the show.

Moose was naturally "extremely mischievous," Halberg said.

Moose also played the older dog Skip in 2000 film "My Dog Skip" and was retired in recent years.


URL:
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2006/06/27/entertainment/e131200D16.DTL
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Cool Manchu
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Joined: Aug 03, 2003
Posts: 561
From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2006-07-11 08:10 am   Permalink

Pink Floyd legend Syd Barrett dies
Musician a major influence on British psychedelia
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/07/11/britain.floyd/index.html

LONDON, England (CNN) -- Syd Barrett, the eccentric guitarist who founded Pink Floyd but later left the music business to live quietly and somewhat reclusively, has died at the age of 60, according to a spokeswoman for the band.

A spokeswoman for Pink Floyd told the Press Association: "He died very peacefully a couple of days ago. There will be a private family funeral."

The singer and guitarist, born Roger Keith Barrett on January 6, 1946, founded the band in 1965 with Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. (Its name was derived from two American bluesmen, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.)

He wrote many of the early hits for the avant-garde rock band, including the 1967 album "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" and the band's first hit singles, "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play."

His songs were odd and charming combinations of childlike lyrics and swirling melodies, often augmented with strange arrangements. The titles alluded to space, the occult and sometimes nonsense: "Astronomy Domine," "Lucifer Sam," "Chapter 24."

Consider some lyrics of "Bike," from "Piper": "I know a mouse, and he hasn't got a house / I don't know why, I call him Gerald / He's getting rather old, but he's a good mouse."

Pink Floyd, taken under the wing of Beatles engineer Norman Smith, had early success, but Barrett, suffering from mental problems and heavy drug use, started demonstrating erratic behavior, including catatonia during concerts. He left the band in 1968. He was replaced by David Gilmour, who had joined the band as its fifth member earlier that year.

Barrett put out two noted solo albums, "The Madcap Laughs" and "Barrett," both in 1970.

In 1975, during the recording of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" album, Barrett showed up unannounced at the studio -- ironically, during the recording of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," a song about him. He had become overweight and shaved his eyebrows; the other members didn't recognize him at first.

"Wish You Were Here" was dedicated to Barrett.

Much of British psychedelic music was influenced by Barrett, and a number of musicians have credited him, according to Allmusic.com.

Barrett had since lived in anonymity in the eastern English city of Cambridge. According to The Associated Press, he suffered from diabetes.

The spokeswoman said a low-key, private funeral would be held. She did not disclose the cause of death.


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Kenike
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Joined: Jul 24, 2003
Posts: 1205
From: McKinney, TX
Posted: 2006-07-11 6:30 pm   Permalink

That's a bummer...shine on you crazy diamond.



 
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cheeky half
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Joined: Nov 22, 2002
Posts: 795
From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2006-07-17 09:50 am   Permalink

"Delightfully tacky, yet unrefined"

The chairman of Hooters, Robert Brooks, has died.....

Age 69


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