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The Gnomon
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Posted: 2008-05-18 11:15 am   Permalink

It's more along the lines of honoring the fallen, Bead, many of whom have disapperaed from public view for ages.

This one is a few days late. One of the few vineyards I toured and tasted during my visits to Northern California was the Robert Modavi vineyard. I also visited Beringer (mainly because of Falcon Crest), but Mondavi was my favorite; especially, the walks through the vineyard and the tastings.

Robert Mondavi, 94; vintner was a powerful ambassador for California wine
One of the best-known figures in American viticulture, he had little formal training in making wine. His exile from the family business became the stuff of legend.


Robert Mondavi, the pioneering Napa Valley vintner whose drive and salesmanship revolutionized the way the world thought about California wine, died peacefully Friday at his Yountville, Calif., home, a spokeswoman for the Robert Mondavi Winery said. He was 94.

Robert Mondavi obit


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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2008-05-19 6:16 pm   Permalink

John Phillip Law has passed. A bit late in the notice, I just found out.

Sad news indeed.

Even more so that we just watched Danger Diabolik over the weekend.

Rest in peace, Pygar.



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pappythesailor
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Posted: 2008-05-21 11:21 am   Permalink

News update: Mary Jo Kopechne-- still dead.

Teddy Kennedy, not so much.


 
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Bogielocks
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Posted: 2008-05-21 11:15 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-05-21 11:21, pappythesailor wrote:
News update: Mary Jo Kopechne-- still dead.

Teddy Kennedy, not so much.



WOW...

That's water under the bridge...

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The Gnomon
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Posted: 2008-05-22 12:14 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-05-21 23:15, Bogielocks wrote:
Quote:

On 2008-05-21 11:21, pappythesailor wrote:
News update: Mary Jo Kopechne-- still dead.

Teddy Kennedy, not so much.



WOW...

That's water under the bridge...

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I'm with pappy on this. I was growing up in CT when Chappaquiddick happened. Mary Jo was a shining star on the Bobby Kennedy team. Most people back then seemed to have the impression that Teddy insisted on driving her back to where she was staying after a gathering at the Kennedy beach house (if I recall correctly) and that Teddy was most probably drunk and trying to hit on her when he lost control of his car at the entrance to the bridge he drove off.

Chappaquiddick Incident Summary

I'm pretty sure that great things would have happened in her career based on her service in Bobby's campaign. I've never let that one go myself. I understand it, but she was a victim. I can appreciate how Teddy has conducted himself since her death and the assassinations of his brothers, and I hope Teddy conquers this latest challenge, but for me, Mary Jo has never been water under the bridge.


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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2008-05-23 11:52 pm   Permalink

Photojournalist Cornell Capa
April 10, 1918 - May 23, 2008

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Posted: 2008-05-25 10:39 am   Permalink

Dick Martin of 'Laugh-In' Fame Dies

LOS ANGELES (May 25) - Dick Martin, the zany half of the U.S. comedy team whose "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" took television by storm in the 1960s, making stars of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin and creating such national catch-phrases as "Sock it to me!" has died. He was 86.

TV funnyman Dick Martin died on Saturday at the age of 86, following a long battle with respiratory troubles. During his 50-year career in television he appeared on dozens of sitcoms.

Martin, who went on to become one of television's busiest directors after splitting with Rowan in the late 1970s, died Saturday night of respiratory complications at a hospital in Santa Monica, family spokesman Barry Greenberg said.

"He had had some pretty severe respiratory problems for many years, and he had pretty much stopped breathing a week ago," Greenberg said. Martin was surrounded by family and friends when he died just after 6 p.m., Greenberg said.

"Laugh-in," which debuted in January 1968, was unlike any comedy-variety show before it. Rather than relying on a series of tightly scripted song-and-dance segments, it offered up a steady, almost stream-of-consciousness run of non-sequitur jokes, political satire and madhouse antics from a cast of talented young actors and comedians that also included Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Jo Anne Worley and announcer Gary Owens.

Presiding over it all were Rowan and Martin, the veteran nightclub comics whose standup banter put their own distinct spin on the show.

Like all straight men, Rowan provided the voice of reason, striving to correct his partner's absurdities. Martin, meanwhile, was full of bogus, often risque theories about life, which he appeared to hold with unwavering certainty.
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Posted: 2008-05-25 4:04 pm   Permalink

Very sad. Watching that show were some of my very earliest memories as a kid.

 
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BettyBleu
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Posted: 2008-05-26 9:52 pm   Permalink

Director Sydney Pollack dies at 73 in Los Angeles

Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack, a Hollywood mainstay who achieved commercial success and critical acclaim with the gender-bending comedy "Tootsie" and the period drama "Out of Africa" while often dabbling as a television and movie actor, has died. He was 73. Pollack died of cancer Monday afternoon at his home in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, surrounded by family, said publicist Leslee Dart. Pollack had been diagnosed with cancer about nine months ago, said Dart.




 
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The Gnomon
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Posted: 2008-05-27 06:53 am   Permalink

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"He had had some pretty severe respiratory problems for many years, and he had pretty much stopped breathing a week ago," Greenberg said. Martin was surrounded by family and friends when he died just after 6 p.m., Greenberg said.

"Laugh-in," which debuted in January 1968, was unlike any comedy-variety show before it. Rather than relying on a series of tightly scripted song-and-dance segments, it offered up a steady, almost stream-of-consciousness run of non-sequitur jokes, political satire and madhouse antics from a cast of talented young actors and comedians that also included Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Jo Anne Worley and announcer Gary Owens.



They neglected to mention Goldie Hawn, who was their resident airhead. They also featured lots of cameo appearances such as Sammy Davis Jr, who showed up from time to time as a courtroom judge. He'd always sing, "Here come da judge, here come da judge..."

Even back then you has to realize that it would be amazing if Rowan and Martin would survive beyond their 70s. Dan Rowan pretty much chain smoked throughout each show. Even if he hadn't been a smoker, the second-hand smoke from hanging with Dan should have given Dick respiratory problems.

We're lucky to have experienced their art. Their Laugh-In creation has had a strong influence in comedic delivery through entertainment media since then. It would be great for someone to start a new Laugh-In.




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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2008-05-27 09:16 am   Permalink

Folk singer Bruce U. "Utah" Phillips died of congestive heart failure on May 23, 2008. He was 73.

Utah Phillips Page

Canadian Press: Utah Phillips

His composition "Moose Turd Pie" was a favorite on Dr Demento's radio show.


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Posted: 2008-05-29 06:51 am   Permalink

Bob Dale has passed away at 83.
He was a San Diego news man (mostly weather) in San Diego for over 40 years. He wore the bowtie.
In the 60s he also hosted a national TV show about animals filmed at The San Diego Zoo.
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Posted: 2008-05-29 09:02 am   Permalink

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Posted: 2008-05-29 6:39 pm   Permalink

Ahh man, Harvey Korman died.


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Posted: 2008-05-29 10:03 pm   Permalink

That stinks about Harvey Korman. He was fantastic on the Carol Burnett show but I preferred his work in Blazing Saddles and as The Great Gazoo!



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