Post by codystarbuck on Aug 17, 2019 0:27:42 GMT -5
Peter Fonda has passed away, at 79, from cancer.
Son of Henry Fonda, brother of Jane, father of Bridget; known for Easy Rider, an Oscar nod for Ulee's Gold, biker films, like the Wild Angels, and all kinds of cult films, like my favorites Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry and Killer Force (with telly Savalas, Christopher Lee OJ Simpson and Maud Adams).
He based his character in Ulee's Gold on his own father, who he and Jane considered to be cold and distant, unable to share affection or feelings with his children. In his youth, Peter accidentally hot himself in the stomach (on his birthday!) and nearly died. His mother committed suicide in a mental hospital, though he didn't learn the circumstances until he was 15 (he was 10 when she took her life).
He fell in with the counter culture, to his father's consternation and made films with Roger Corman, which helped set up relationships that would lead to Easy Rider.
His father appeared in a small role, in Wanda Nevada, the only time they worked together. He appeared with bridget, in Bodies, Rest & Motion. He acted with Jane in Spirits of the dead, in a segment directed by Jane's husband, Roger Vadim.
Post by Slam_Bradley on Aug 24, 2019 16:04:30 GMT -5
Seeing reports on the web that Rick Loomis, founder of Flying Buffalo Games, has passed away. Loomis was instrumental in bringing Tunnels and Trolls to the public, helping start play-by-mail gaming with Starweb and just generally publishing innovative games with interesting systems. He spent a number of years on the GAMA (Game Manufacturers Assiciation) Board.
Post by codystarbuck on Aug 30, 2019 20:51:05 GMT -5
RIP to Valerie Harper, best known as Rhoda Morgenstern, on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda.
She started out as a dancer, on Broadway, in the late 1950s. Her roommate, Arlene Galonka, introduced her to Dick Schaal, of Second City, who introduced her to improv theater. She spent time working in theater, before moving to television. She became a tv icon on the Marie Tyler Moore Show, as neighbor and sassy best friend, Rhoda Morgenstern. originally, she and Mary are at odds, as Rhoda had claimed the apartment that Mary moves into. Mary wins her over and they became fast friends. Eventually, Harper was spun off into her own show, Rhoda, for 4 years, where she retuurned to New York, met a man and fell in love, eventually marrying, then divorcing.
Harper returned to tv in 1986 for the series Valerie, on NBC, for 2 seasons, before she was fired, in a salary dispute. She sued NBC and Lorimar, the production company and won a judgement against Lorimar.
She was politically active and campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment and other women's issues, becoming one of the celebrity faces of the movement, both on screen and off. She ran for SAG president, in 2001, losing a close race to Melissa Gilbert.
She returned to theater, playing Golda Meir and Tallulah Bankhead in one woman shows and was nominated for a Tony, for Looped.
in 2009 she was diagnosed with lung cancer, then in 2013 she revealed she had leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare disease where cancer cells spread into the membranes, surrounding the brain. The prognosis was that she wouldn't outlive the summer, of that year. She passed away, this morning, 8 days after her 80th birthday, and 6 years after her projected life expectancy.
Post by codystarbuck on Aug 30, 2019 21:09:23 GMT -5
Also passing away was 2 time Mr Olympia, World's Strongest Man competitor (5th, before dislocating a knee, in a competition where he was carrying a refrigerator), chiropractor and actor. He met Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1965 and they became close friends, for the rest of their lives, with Cloumbu acting as Arnie's best man, in his wedding to Maria Schriver. he appeared in an episode of the Streets of San Francisco (with Arnie), as well as Stay hungry and Pumping Iron. He often played small roles in Arnold's films, including a Pictish scout, in Conan, a terminator (in Reese's flashback) in the original terminator, a cop in Running Man, and a strongman in Big Top Pee Wee.
Columbu suffered a massive heart attack and drowned, off Sardinia, his home island.
Columbu and Valerie Harper ... I knew him through his bodybuilding ways with Arnold and Valerie was an amazing on Mary Tyler Moore and both of them were dynamite together and she'll be missed. I have a friend that went to see her portraying Tallulah Bankhead and she was overjoyed by her performance.
My favorite Valerie Harper's moments on Moore's show.
Post by codystarbuck on Sept 12, 2019 17:42:26 GMT -5
Rest in Peace to my mother, Cecilia Nettleton, 1937-2019.
She was born in East central Illinois, to James and Thelma Lucille Bower, the oldest of 4 daughters. She attended Illinois Wesleyan University, majoring in music. She became a music teacher, where she met my father Donald Nettleton, whom she married. Their first born child, Donald Jr, did not survive his first 24 hours of life. They had 3 more children, James, Jeffrey (me) and Joanna. Cecilia gave up teaching for motherhood, then went back to the working world. She was part of a pioneering generation of women who went into the workplace for a career, not just until marriage. She first sold cosmetics, then moved into real estate. Eventually, she combined her background in education and real estate to oversee real estate licensing educational programs in Illinois, Missouri and South Carolina. She was President of the Decatur Association of Realtors and Executive Vice President of the Springfield Board of Realtors. As such, she was a further pioneer of women in positions of leadership and authority. She retired to South Carolina, with my father, until his death in 2008, and, now, her own, today.
My mother was a strong-willed woman who worked hard to both serve people and lead them. She had a tendency to give advice as a command from on high, which often caused us to butt heads; probably because I inherited a stubborn streak from her. She wasn't a "feminist" of the Gloria Steinem type; but rather someone who advanced the cause of equal treatment for women by quietly proving her skills and ability and taking leadership roles because she was a leader. She was too honest to make a killing in real estate; but, carved out a career that she enjoyed (with ups and downs). She often worked long hours and weekends, which limited time with family, yet never neglected it. She taught us to be self reliant and to see a project through, and push for what we thought was right.
We disagreed on politics, religion and some other things; but, I always respected her, both for her ability to talk to people and for giving of herself in helping others. in her retirement she volunteered as hospitals, helping bring comfort to families, while loved ones were in care. She became a mother figure to my wife, after the loss of her own mother.
My mother loved music. She played piano and organ and continued to do so throughout her life, playing for church and at weddings and funerals. The last time we were together, she and I attended a concert, given by the student orchestra of her alma matter. We had no idea of the programming and I just hoped that there would be some pieces that I would enjoy, as some classical music is less exciting than others. To my delight, and hers, the theme was music of film, with many noted themes covered. We all especially enjoyed their rendition of the jazz music of Chicago, which they tore up. It was a wonderful evening and it was nice to share my mother's passion, for one last time.
My mother was a small woman, standing 5 ft 3; but with a powerful personality and a fire that you wanted on your side. When I reached the age to start school, the school system recommended waiting a year, because my birthday was mid-November, right on the cusp of the cut off. My parents said no, I was ready, and I started kindergarten, able to read, thanks to Sesame Street and the Electric Company. I more than held my own with my peers, graduating as co-valedictorian. With two parents who were teachers, you tended to excel in school, if for no other reason than we had encyclopedias and reading books in the house. She was a lifelong Republican; but refused to vote for Trump, someone she felt was a complete buffoon and scumbag. Considering she watched Nixon's funeral, that was a heck of a change.
The first comic book I ever got to pick out for myself was Shazam, #10. I was sick, with bronchitis, and my mother had taken me to the doctor and allowed me to pick one out, while we were at the pharmacist, getting my medicine. She never quite understood my love of comics; but, she never threw mine out.
I've mentioned before that it sucks to reach an age where you spend more time reading obituaries and knowing the people in them. It also sucks because you have to say goodbye to loved ones. We've lost a lot of family in the past decade, from my father, my wife's mother, two close friends, my wife's older sister, my dad's two brothers, and two beloved pets. Now, we have to let go of the last parent either of us had.
I can't think of any better tribute, than a piece of music, from a singer she loved....
Post by The Captain on Sept 13, 2019 7:18:10 GMT -5
Cody, condolences to you and your family for your loss. Your mother sounds like an amazing woman, and your obituary for her here is testament to that in how you so eloquently and lovingly describe not just her life's accomplishments but her character and impact on others.
"As a youngin' I used to share the colt 45 on the street corners with my friends. I'm not proud." - icctrombone
"If you are strong, be a protector. If you are smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons, so do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that." - Chris Pratt
The fact that there is a Highway to Hell but only a Stairway to Heaven should tell us all we need to know about expected future traffic.
RIP Eddie Money (i.e. Edward Joseph Mahoney), who passed from complications form cancer at age 70. His voice and songs were instantly recognizable and part of the soundtrack of my high school years.
I just saw that as I got back from Court. I wasn't the biggest fan but the guy could belt out a pop/rock song. His work was ubiquitous on MTV during high school and college and with bar-band covers, again during college. You pretty much couldn't go to a bar in Boise from 86-90 and not hear someone covering one of Money's songs.