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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Recent Celebrity Deaths

Recent Celebrity Deaths:

  • Bob May (Jan. 20, 2009): the body inside the robot in "Lost in Space." He did not do the voice, Will Robinson!
  • Sir John Mortimer (Jan. 19, 2009): British playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and radio dramatist. He was a personal hero of mine for creating the character Horace Rumpole for Rumpole of the Bailey.
  • Ricardo Montalban (Jan. 14, 2009): He was Khan in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." Yes, he was the voice of fine Corinthian leather and Mr. Roarke, but mostly he was Khan, Jim!
  • Majel Barrett (Dec. 18, 2008): played Nurse Chapel and other characters in Star Trek, widow of Gene Roddenberry.
  • Forrest J. Ackerman (Dec. 10, 2008 ): a general sci-fi advocate, writer, magazine editor. He invented the term sci-fi and was an agent to some of the glitterati of science fiction, including Asimov, Bradbury, and, believe it or not, Ed Wood, Jr.


Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sir Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is known for his Discworld fantasy series and supporting research for a cure for dementia has received a knighthood. His support for research came on the heels of his diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Well done, Knight Commander.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Eartha Kitt, 1927-2008

Eartha Kitt: singer, dancer, actress, played Batwoman and Helen of Troy, "the most exciting woman in the world" (according to Orson Welles), died at the age of 81 on Christmas day.


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