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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2007-11-19 11:23 am   Permalink

The Fabulous Moolah
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/06/sports/06moolah.html?em&ex=1194498000&en=89e29b5cca94fe96&ei=5087%0A

and now

Mr. Whipple
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071119/ap_en_tv/obit_wilson


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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2007-11-26 10:53 am   Permalink


Kevin DuBrow, lead singer for the popular 1980s heavy metal band Quiet Riot, was found dead inside his Las Vegas home on Sunday. DuBrow was 52-years-old.

http://www.transworldnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?id=28935&cat=16

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Rob Roy
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From: Ventura, CA
Posted: 2007-11-27 4:33 pm   Permalink

Dead: The inventor of Gatorade.

http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-obit-cade&prov=ap&type=lgns


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The Gnomon
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From: MD-DC-VA
Posted: 2007-11-28 09:32 am   Permalink

Sean Taylor

American football: Redskins' Taylor dies after shooting
Monday 11/26/2007

WASHINGTON (AFP) Washington Redskins star defender Sean Taylor died early Tuesday morning after being shot Monday at his home in Miami, the National Football League club announced Tuesday.

The 24-year-old safety died in a Florida hospital where he underwent nearly seven hours of emergency surgery Monday to repair a severed femoral artery, the team announced.

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He was one of the best players on the Skins. Even gone, he is still currently a league leader in interceptions. A little more than a week ago there were two back-to-back break-ins at his Miami area home. Nothing was stolen. On one of the break-ins, they say that a knife was left on his bed. Naturally, his fiancee and 18 mo daughter were scared. It has been repoted that Sean, who was on injured reserve, went down to Miami to check out the situation. In the early morning hours of the day he was to return to Washington, someone started trying to bash in his back door. Sean had his fiancee and daughter hide under the covers of his bed, he grabbed a machete that he kept nearby and went to see what was going on. When he incountered the invader, the guy shot Sean in the groin area hitting his femoral artery, then left. By the time that help arrived, Sean had lost a lot of blood and slipped into a coma from which he never recovered. This is a yet to be solved mystery.


 
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ikitnrev
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Posted: 2007-11-30 1:45 pm   Permalink



Evel Knievel, the hard-living motorcycle daredevil whose jumps over Greyhound buses, live sharks and Idaho's Snake River Canyon made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69.

Knievel's death was confirmed by his granddaughter, Krysten Knievel. He had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable condition that scarred his lungs.

Knievel had undergone a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying of hepatitis C, likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills.

Immortalized in the Washington's Smithsonian Institution as "America's Legendary Daredevil," Knievel was best known for a failed 1974 attempt to jump Snake River Canyon on a rocket-powered cycle and a spectacular crash at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. He suffered nearly 40 broken bones before he retired in 1980.

Although he dropped off the pop culture radar in the '80s, Knievel always had fans and enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years. In later years he still made a good living selling his autographs and endorsing products. Thousands came to Butte, Mont., every year as his legend was celebrated during the "Evel Knievel Days" festival.

"They started out watching me bust my ass, and I became part of their lives," Knievel said. "People wanted to associate with a winner, not a loser. They wanted to associate with someone who kept trying to be a winner."



 
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Bogielocks
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From: New Bedford, MA
Posted: 2007-11-30 2:08 pm   Permalink

I wanted to be Evel when I was a kid. He was a childhood hero of mine. Well, that changed later in life, he turned out to be like a white OJ, minus murder..

I still have a bunch of Evel news articles from his Snake River jump, and my two childhood T-Shirts..



 
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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2007-11-30 3:05 pm   Permalink

I was way into Evel, I got to shake his hand when I was 9 at a Toy's R Us appearance.

Later on when I realized he was a creep I finally washed that hand.


 
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BettyBleu
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Posted: 2007-11-30 4:17 pm   Permalink

I hope to God they strap a rocket to the coffin and shoot him over Snake River Canyon.

 
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The Gnomon
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From: MD-DC-VA
Posted: 2007-12-03 07:10 am   Permalink

This past week was a rough one. A lot of people bit the dust.

Sean Taylor, Washington Redskins safety was shot and killed as mentioned earlier.


Friday November 30 was particularly lethal:

Shawn Springs, Washington Redskins corner back lost his NFL dad, Ron Springs, who had been in a coma.

Washington DC Area radio and TV (WPGC and BET) personality, Donnie Simpson lost his dad Calvin, who had been ill and suffering for years.

Washington DC Area radio and TV (WPGC and BET) personality, Darian Morgan (aka Big Tigger) lost his dad on the same day.

Evel Knievel as mentioned.


 
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Shipwreckjoey
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Posted: 2007-12-09 9:52 pm   Permalink

Karlheinz Stockhausen - Aug 22, 1928 - Dec 5, 2007

The Godfather of Electronica and one of the 20th century's greatest composers.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7133571.stm

Like most musical geniuses and pioneers, he never received the acclaim that he deserved...but I'm sure he didn't sweat it.


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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2007-12-12 1:59 pm   Permalink

Ike Turner, Rock Pioneer and Ex-Husband of Tina Turner, Dies at San Diego Home at Age 76
12-12-2007 1:36 PM

SAN DIEGO (Associated Press) -- Ike Turner, whose role as one of rock's critical architects was overshadowed by his ogrelike image as the man who brutally abused former wife and icon Tina Turner, died Wednesday at his home in suburban San Diego. He was 76.

He did pass away this morning" at his home in San Marcos, in northern San Diego County, said Scott M. Hanover of Thrill Entertainment Group, which managed Turner's musical career.

There was no immediate word on the cause of death, which was first reported by celebrity Web site TMZ.com.

Turner managed to rehabilitate his image somewhat in his later years, touring around the globe with his band the Kings of Rhythm and drawing critical acclaim for his work. He won a Grammy in 2007 in the traditional blues album category for "Risin' With the Blues."

But his image is forever identified as the drug-addicted, wife-abusing husband of Tina Turner. He was hauntingly portrayed by Laurence Fishburne in the movie "What's Love Got To Do With It," based on Tina Turner's autobiography


 
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mrtikibar
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Posted: 2007-12-20 8:07 pm   Permalink

Dan Fogelberg

The Free-Lance Star
IT'S NOT quite the same as losing Elvis or even, for that matter, John Lennon.

But my sense of immortality flagged a bit this week when I read about the death of Dan Fogelberg, a songwriter and folk/rock singer who was a favorite of mine.

The fact that he was only 56--not that much older than my 51--accentuated the loss of the "Power of Gold" and "Leader of the Band" writer to prostate cancer.

Yes, people in my generation have lost our share of favorite performers through the years.

To be sure, Lennon, Janis Joplin, Keith Moon, Jim Morrison, Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Croce, Duane Allman, Stevie Ray Vaughn and scads of other performers loved by us baby boomers have gone by the wayside.

But most of them went either from their own excesses, in accidents or had their brilliant careers snuffed out by a killer.

Somehow, having a favorite performer from your high school and college years succumb to prostate cancer pretty sharply undercuts the irreverent and immortal essence of rock 'n' roll.

While some see Fogelberg as a soft-rocker best known for tunes that play in malls and elevators, I have a stack of CDs with tunes that both rock and relate the wonders of life and love.

My first thought on hearing he had lost his long battle with cancer was remembering Fogelberg at a concert at Paramount's Kings Dominion.

That made me smile, because I attended the concert with a buddy who also enjoyed Fogelberg's range of music, from rock to jazz to country.

My pal and I hadn't thought a lot about who'd be at the concert; we were just glad to have the chance to see him at a nearby venue.

That evening featured Fogelberg alone, alternating between a guitar and keyboards.

I remember leaving with the thought that I had just seen someone who truly understood using music and words to tell a story and evoking emotion.

From "Longer" to "Dancing Shoes" to "Missing You" to "Rhythm of the Rain" and so many more tunes I'll listen to for years, he had a unique style and voice that used soft tones and harmonic melodies to reel listeners in.

While the loss of Fogelberg has made me accept the fact that this will occur more and more as the years go by, I'm not giving up on another rock 'n' roll connection.

It's the fantasy, surely shared by many jackleg musicians, where I'm at a concert for say, oh, the Dave Matthews Band.

Suddenly, an announcement's made about how the drummer has sprained his ankle and can't go on.

"Anyone out there who could fill in for him, get instantly famous and make a million bucks, please run up here right away," says the announcer.

Even when I'm 80, I'm not giving up on that one.

I'll still be out there with my sticks in my back pocket, and my feet tapping--even if they never call on me.
Rob Hedelt:


 
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cheeky half
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Posted: 2007-12-30 08:54 am   Permalink

B-movie queen and legendary blonde bombshell pinup JEANNE CARMEN died on Thursday after a battle with lymphoma. A 1950's Hollywood party girl and model, Carmen was known for claiming to be a close confidant of Marilyn Monroe, long rumored to have had lesbian affairs and a lover of such famous celebrities as Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.


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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2008-01-09 10:28 pm   Permalink

Johnny Grant, Hollywood's Honorary Mayor
May 1923 - January 2008

Johnny Grant Official Site

Master of Ceremonies of Hollywood Walk of Fame inductions.

Very well known to listeners of the Jim Healy radio show.

Jim Healy Tribute Site

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Rob Roy
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Posted: 2008-01-10 3:37 pm   Permalink

Sir Edmund Hillary

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=3190797

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Sir Edmund Hillary, the unassuming beekeeper who conquered Mount Everest to win renown as one of the 20th century's greatest adventurers, has died, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced Friday. He was 88.

The gangling New Zealander devoted much of his life to aiding the mountain people of Nepal and took his fame in stride, preferring to be called "Ed" and considering himself just an ordinary beekeeper.

"Sir Ed described himself as an average New Zealander with modest abilities. In reality, he was a colossus. He was an heroic figure who not only 'knocked off' Everest but lived a life of determination, humility, and generosity," Clark said in a statement.

"The legendary mountaineer, adventurer, and philanthropist is the best-known New Zealander ever to have lived," she said.

Hillary's life was marked by grand achievements, high adventure, discovery, excitement -- and by his personal humility. Humble to the point that he only admitted being the first man atop Everest long after the death of climbing companion Tenzing Norgay.

Sir Edmund Hillary, shown making a speech in Antarctica last year, died Thursday at 88. Although his 1953 climb of Mount Everest is a well-known accomplishment, Hillary was also one of the 20th century's great adventurers.

He had pride in his feats. Returning to base camp as the man who took the first step onto the top of the world's highest peak, he declared: "We knocked the bastard off."

The accomplishment as part of a British climbing expedition even added luster to the coronation of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II four days later, and she knighted Hillary as one of her first act.

But he was more proud of his decades-long campaign to set up schools and health clinics in Nepal, the homeland of Tenzing Norgay, the mountain guide with whom he stood arm in arm on the summit of Everest on May 29, 1953.


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