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freddiefreelance
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Posted: 2005-06-09 7:01 pm   Permalink

MUSIC MAVERICK WARONKER DIES


Indie music maverick SI WARONKER has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90.

The Liberty Records founder passed away in his sleep on Tuesday night (07JUN05), according to reports.

A former child violin prodigy, Waronker was forced to cut short his music career in his native Germany in the late 1930s when his Jewish family was forced to flee from the Nazis.

He founded Liberty Records in 1955 and enjoyed success with LIONEL NEWMAN's THE GIRL UPSTAIRS and CRY ME A RIVER by JULIE LONDON.

His impressive roster, at various points, featured HENRY MANCINI, exotica icon MARTIN DENNY, EDDIE COCHRAN, BOBBY VEE and surf music legends JAN + DEAN.

Waronker sold the company in the early 1960s and its catalogue is now owned by EMI Records.


 
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freddiefreelance
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Posted: 2005-06-15 12:35 pm   Permalink

Lennon Sisters’ mom dies at 85

Published Wednesday, June 15, 2005
BRANSON (AP) - Isabelle "Sis" Lennon Miller, mother of the Lennon Sisters who starred on Lawrence Welk’s popular TV show in the 1950s, died last month at the age of 85. Her death of congestive heart failure in Branson on May 1 was announced yesterday by a Los Angeles-based publicist for the family.

The publicist, Sandi Padnos, said the death had not been made public earlier because of family concerns for privacy.

Padnos said a tribute to Miller is planned June 26 in the Los Angeles area but that the exact location was not being made public.

The Lennon Sisters - Dee Dee, Peggy, Kathy and Janet - made their national debut with Welk on his Christmas program in 1955. The girls - then 16, 14, 12 and 9 - soon became one of Welk’s most popular acts. They split from him in the late 1960s, and eventually had their own television show with Jimmy Durante.

Since 1994, the Lennons have been featured performers at The Welk Champagne Theatre in Branson.

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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2005-06-20 3:57 pm   Permalink

Lorna Thayer, who played waitress in 'Five Easy Pieces," dies at 85

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/11925052.htm

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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2005-06-27 11:08 am   Permalink

Knucklehead Smiff and Tigger have lost their voice

http://www.paulwinchell.com

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Turbogod
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Posted: 2005-06-27 11:32 am   Permalink

John Fiedler, voice of Piglet, has also died. The Curse of Winnie the Pooh has begun
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johntiki
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Posted: 2005-07-01 3:35 pm   Permalink

Luther Vandross - don't know the man or his music just know he's no longer among the living.
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Turbogod
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Posted: 2005-07-01 4:09 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-07-01 15:35, johntiki wrote:
Luther Vandross - don't know the man or his music just know he's no longer among the living.



No way! This is what happens when I go out to mow the lawn.

[ This Message was edited by: Turbogod on 2005-07-01 16:09 ]


 
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dogbytes
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Posted: 2005-07-08 3:56 pm   Permalink

Charlie the Tuna Creator Tom Rogers Dies ~ ironically while swimming alone in the family's backyard pool. resist the urge to say Sorry, Charlie

By Joe Holley
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 8, 2005; B06



Tom Rogers, 87, a retired advertising copywriter whose beret- and sunglasses-wearing hipster tuna became an icon of pop culture, died June 24 in Charlottesville, where he lived with his son's family. He drowned while swimming alone in the family's backyard pool.

Charlie the Tuna was the likably obtuse deep-sea striver who never lived up to the taste standards of Starkist Tuna. ("Sorry, Charlie. Starkist wants tuna that tastes good, not tuna with good taste.") The character was based on an acquaintance of Mr. Rogers's who was an habitue of the beat scene in 1950s New York City, said his son, Lance Rogers. A beat musician and part-time actor who called himself Henry Nemo, the man personified one of Mr. Rogers's favorite aphorisms: "The straightest distance between two points is an angle."

"Everybody knows somebody like that, an appealing character who's totally confident but totally wrong," Lance Rogers said.

Mr. Rogers had a hand in creating other memorable ad mascots of the 1960s and '70s, the cookie-baking Keebler elves and the finicky feline in the 9 Lives cat food ads, Morris the Cat. He didn't originate the characters, his son said, but he infused them with distinctive personalities based on a lifetime of observing human nature as a screenwriter, aspiring novelist and copywriter.

Thomas Russell Rogers was born in Minneapolis and grew up during the Depression in a household run by his single mother. At times, he stayed with his grandparents in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

During Prohibition, he occasionally hung out at speakeasies, where he earned a little spending money cleaning floors and scurrying around town making deliveries for bootleggers, who presumed the police wouldn't suspect a kid. Although he was never a good student, he knew that he wanted to be a writer. When he wasn't observing speakeasy hustlers and small-time hoodlums, he was spending time at the public library. He was still a teenager when he sold his first story to a pulp detective magazine; his mother had to help him cash the twenty-dollar check.

In the early 1930s, he dropped out of high school and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, cutting trails and manning fire towers in the forests of northern Minnesota. Mr. Rogers made his way to Hollywood in the late 1930s. He considered himself a writer, although he landed a day job during World War II as a welder in a Northrop aircraft factory in Hawthorne, south of Los Angeles. He was always proud of having helped build the P-61, a double-tailed fighter-bomber known as "the Black Widow." It was the nation's first aircraft designed specifically as a night-fighter.

He also found work as a screenwriter and, increasingly, as a script doctor. He had a keen ear for dialogue, and studios began seeking him out to punch up their scripts.

In the late 1940s, he moved to New York City, where he lingered on the fringes of the beat scene, did some writing for the stage and radio and developed comedy sketches for nightclub comedians. He moved back to Minneapolis in 1951, married in 1953 and wangled a job with a local advertising agency. One of his gigs with the agency was to write and produce a weekly radio show with George Mikan, the star center for the Minneapolis Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

In 1960, he moved to Chicago to take a job as a copywriter with the Leo Burnett Co., which was just beginning its run as one of the hot agencies in the business. Leo Burnett was the agency that propelled Tony the Tiger, the Marlboro Man and the Jolly Green Giant into the pop-culture zeitgeist.

Charlie the Tuna sprang to life in 1961. Mr. Rogers, unlike most copywriters today, had total control over his creation -- how Charlie looked, the sound of his voice (supplied by veteran character actor Herschel Bernardi) and what he said about the product. Mr. Rogers stayed at Leo Burnett until 1980, when he retired and moved to Balsam Lake, Wis. There he took up cross-country skiing and worked on novels and a memoir of his childhood. He moved to Charlottesville in 1997.

Charlie appeared in 86 commercials and guest spots throughout the 1960s and '70s before he was retired as the Starkist spokesfish. He made a brief reappearance in the 1990s, when Starkist introduced its vacuum-packed "tuna pouches." Although Mr. Rogers was not part of the campaign, it was the same old Charlie, although slightly slimmer to suggest the health benefits of eating tuna.

Mr. Rogers's marriage to Ardyce Lind ended in 1992.

In addition to his son, survivors include two daughters, Valerie Rogers Ewing of Viroqua, Wis., and Sara Rogers DeVito of Salem, Wis.; and seven grandchildren.

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naugatiki
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Posted: 2005-07-11 6:30 pm   Permalink

Frances Langford is dead at 92, maybe not the most well known celebrity

http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/Music/07/11/obit.langford.ap/index.html


but check out this reference in the obituary with her husband,

...The couple built a Polynesian-themed restaurant and marina on the Indian River called the Outrigger Resort. She entertained locals and celebrities, including Hope, until Evinrude died in 1986 and she sold the property.





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Rob Roy
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Posted: 2005-07-20 09:11 am   Permalink

Scotty's dead.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/07/20/obit.doohan.ap/index.html

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original "Star Trek" TV series and motion pictures who responded to the command "Beam me up, Scotty," died early Wednesday. He was 85.

Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. (1330 GMT) at his Redmond, Washington, home with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side, Los Angeles agent and longtime friend Steve Stevens said. The cause of death was pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease, he said.

The Canadian-born Doohan fought in World War II and was wounded during the D-Day invasion, according to the StarTrek.com Web site. He was enjoying a busy career as a character actor when he auditioned for a role as an engineer in a new space adventure on NBC in 1966. A master of dialects from his early years in radio, he tried seven different accents.

"The producers asked me which one I preferred," Doohan recalled 30 years later. "I believed the Scot voice was the most commanding. So I told them, 'If this character is going to be an engineer, you'd better make him a Scotsman.' "

The series, which starred William Shatner as Capt. James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as the enigmatic Mr. Spock, attracted an enthusiastic following of science fiction fans, especially among teenagers and children, but not enough ratings power. NBC canceled it after three seasons.

When the series ended in 1969, Doohan found himself typecast as Montgomery Scott, the canny engineer with a burr in his voice. In 1973, he complained to his dentist, who advised him: "Jimmy, you're going to be Scotty long after you're dead. If I were you, I'd go with the flow."

"I took his advice," said Doohan, "and since then everything's been just lovely."


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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2005-07-20 09:35 am   Permalink

from yahoo;
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050720/ap_on_en_tv/obit_doohan

"The powerfully built Doohan, a veteran of D-Day in Normandy, spoke frankly in 1998 about his employer and his TV commander.

"I started out in the series at basic minimum_ plus 10 percent for my agent. That was added a little bit in the second year. When we finally got to our third year, Paramount told us we'd get second-year pay! That's how much they loved us."

He accused Shatner of hogging the camera, adding: "I like Captain Kirk, but I sure don't like Bill. He's so insecure that all he can think about is himself."
At 19, James escaped the turmoil at home by joining the Canadian army, becoming a lieutenant in artillery. He was among the Canadian forces that landed on Juno Beach on D-Day. "The sea was rough," he recalled. "We were more afraid of drowning than the Germans."

The Canadians crossed a minefield laid for tanks; the soldiers weren't heavy enough to detonate the bombs. At 11:30 that night, he was machine-gunned, taking six hits: one that took off his middle right finger (he managed to hide the missing finger on screen), four in his leg and one in the chest. Fortunately the chest bullet was stopped by his silver cigarette case."
-----WOW, smoking saved his life back then!


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cynfulcynner
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Posted: 2005-07-20 10:12 am   Permalink


I saw Doohan at a Star Trek convention in 1993; he was such a sweetie!


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tikivixen
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Posted: 2005-07-20 5:59 pm   Permalink

cynful cynner wrote:

"I saw Doohan at a Star Trek convention in 1993; he was such a sweetie!"

Me too! in the mid-80's. He was indeed a total dear. And, this depresses me still--a guy I knew took a picture of James kissing me on the cheek and then NEVER SENT IT TO ME. Argh. I have no idea where that guy is either. Oh well....



 
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Unkle John
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Posted: 2005-07-20 6:52 pm   Permalink

I too saw Scotty at a con, he told of a story about helping this girl who was on the verge of commiting suicide. I bumped into him at a hotel bar (same con?) I didn't notice him and I was in full Klingon uniform. I sat down a fe w stools from him and I'll never forget the look on his facewhen we looked into the mirror. We chatted about personal life and such. Very nice guy. I wished he was my unkle.

To honor him in true Klingon style, I promised to do this when he died: Tonight I'm going on my week long binger.
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dogbytes
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Posted: 2005-07-20 11:35 pm   Permalink

i know the wife of "Scotty's" agent ~ and was invited to a party where Scotty, Checkov and Sulu were in attendance. i've got pics somewhere. Mostly Doohan sat on the couch, pretty well buzzed. his wife is a sweetheart, treated everyone there, as if she's known you her whole life.

george takai was creepy, and hugged a little too long when taking pictures. Walter Koenig was just an angry dude. not a lotta fun to be around.

so that was my brush with the Trek Crew.


 
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