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Old 05-14-2019, 06:12 PM
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Tim Conway has died at the age of 85.
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Old 05-14-2019, 11:06 PM
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Maybe not personally famous, but part of his famous group:

Navajo Code Talker who fought in WWII dies at 97 | myfox8.com
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:01 AM
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Robert Maxwell, World War II Hero Who Fell on a Grenade, Dies at 98
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:48 PM
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:16 PM
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The CBS Saturday night lineup (All in the Family, Bob Newhart, Mary Tyler Moore, The Carol Burnett Show) was a big deal back in my early high school days, and Tim Conway was huge part of that.

The Interrogator from The Carol Burnett Show (full sketch) - YouTube

Conway got his start in the television biz working at a couple of local stations in Cleveland, OH. After Conway got famous, he's come back and do guest appearances on WJW's Hoolihan and Big Chuck Show, which we Youngstowners could get if the atmospheric conditions were just so.

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Yesterday evening, I compelled the Li'l Puppet to watch both the Hot Dog sketch (one of the "Oldest Man" bits, mostly because I couldn't find the barbershop one) and the 2 versions of the Elephant Story bit*:






* 1st is the dress rehearsal. 2nd is the version recorded for the show, right before which Tim warned the cast, "the elephant story's gonna be different, so good luck to ya."
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Half the fun of The Carol Burnett Show was watching the other performers desperately trying not to crack up at Tim Conway's antics.
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:27 AM
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Architect I.M. Pei is dead at 102. His most famous (and controversial) building is no doubt the Louvre pyramid, but he designed numerous others; check the link for some photos of some of them. He actually designed the dorm at the first college I attended — sort of. They skimped on the building materials and as a result the outside tiles got slippery whenever it rained; he was not amused.

In any case, R.I.P.
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:42 PM
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:26 PM
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I had just been thinking about Grumpy Cat the day before her death. It's obviously my fault. Sorry.

Also, R.I.P. to Pulitzer Prizewinning novelist Herman Wouk (The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, Marjorie Morningstar, etc.), age 103 (!). Simon & Schuster editor Jonathan Karp called him "the Jackie Robinson of Jewish American fiction"; he arguably paved the way for other Jewish American authors such as Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, and so on.
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Tony Horwitz, RIP - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Author of the now-classic Confederates in the Attic, which did a lot to expose how awful nostalgia for the Confederacy is. Also it was hilarious. He was only 60 years old. A damn shame.

Biographer Edmund Morris, as mentioned in Loomis' write-up, has also died. (FTFNYT link, sorry.) R.I.P. to both.
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Maybe not personally famous, but part of his famous group:

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More than just one nation.

Louis Levi Oakes, last WW II Mohawk code talker, dies at 94
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Roky Erickson, Texas psychedelic music legend, has died

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Erickson released his eponymous debut as Roky Erickson and the Aliens in 1980. He recorded a steady stream of releases under that mantle up until 2004, while simultaneously releasing multiple LPs under his name alone. In 2010, Erickson released a joint album with Okkervil River called True Love Cast Out All Evil. A documentary about his life, You’re Gonna Miss Me, was released in 2005.

Erickson is cited as a highly influential figure among many contemporary rock artists, and in 2008, Erickson performed a string of comeback concerts featuring support from fellow Texan psych band the Black Angels. In 2015, 13th Floor Elevators reunited at Austin’s Levitation festival. It was the first time members of the original lineup had played together since 1967.
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A bad week for folk and blues music

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It's beginning to feel like 2016 all over again.
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It's beginning to feel like 2016 all over again.
Thankfully, America won't elect an elderly orange racist insult comic until 2020, so 2019 has that going for it.
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Oops, old news.

(I read that someone famous had died. I posted the link and then found the news item had mysteriously re-appeared although it was now several years old. I should have trusted my instincts as the first thought I had on reading the article was that I thought that person had died a while back).
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R.I.P. Malcolm John Rebennack, better known as the New Orleans music legend Dr. John, age 77.

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Billionaire king of coal Chris Cline dead in helicopter crash.

Knowing nothing about him and hearing the governor of West Virginia gush all over him and his generous philanthropy I was immediately skeptical.

Such a philanthropist, the wikipedia page listed two philanthropic donations in 2011 totalling 10 million, wow a whole whopping 0.5% of his estimated net worth, what a generous guy! I’m sure he even gave tours to the less rich on his mega yacht complete with submarine, and private island.

Again knowing only what the little wikipedia blurb said about him, it listed a ‘cute’ story where his Dad tasked him with filling bags of dirt for a penny as a kid and he managed to collapse their deck by destroying the foundation. Which feels damn fitting for a ‘king of coal’ but apparently his Father found this a sound business education and gave him the company where his political contributions allowed him to turn it into billions.

Now of course, I could be wrong and he could have actually been a good guy, but I’m immediately skeptical of any billionaire who is highly praised by politicians as being ‘generous.’ Especially one who views the cheap cost of coal as the best reason to keep using it. Basically anyone who has over a billion, a mega yacht and their own private island, that philanthropy list better be long and diverse for me to assume they were anything but an engorged leach.
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Arte Johnson, Emmy Award-winning comic actor dies at 90.

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