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‘Saturday Night Live’ Announcer Don Pardo Dead At 96

‘Saturday Night Live’ Announcer Don Pardo Dead At 96

All it took for Don Pardo to become a nationally-known voice was for him to say “hello” to an NBC supervisor while taking a tour while vising 30 Rockefeller Plaza. He’d been with NBC since 1944. By 1975, NBC needed an announcer for a late-night sketch comedy show, “NBC’s Saturday Night,” later known as “Saturday [...]

Jim Jeffords Dead At 80

Jim Jeffords Dead At 80

The former Vermont Senator is remembered for leaving the Republican Party in 2001, switching to Independent, and thus making the Democrats the majority. “In order to best represent my state of Vermont, my conscience, and principles I have stood for my whole life, I will leave the Republican Party and become an Independent,” Jeffords said [...]

Lauren Bacall Dead At 89

Lauren Bacall Dead At 89

TMZ reports that Lauren Bacall died of a stroke Tuesday. Bacall — who famously stared with and married Humphrey Bogart — starred in a slew of movies, including “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “How to Marry a Millionaire” and “Designing Woman.” One of Bacall’s biggest movies was with Bogart — “Key Largo” in 1948. She [...]

Minnesota GOP Deputy Chair Tweets Stupidity About Robin Williams, Then Doubles Down

As one who believes in second chances, I could chock Chris Field’s initial Tweet up to a poor choice that was badly timed. The subsequent Tweets? Minnesota’s Republican Party Deputy Chair may very well be the Mike Mulligan of verbal digging. He hasn’t lost any of the well-developed tact he showed when he suggested that [...]

<i>Politico</i> Reporter Ruffles Feathers With Robin Williams Tweet

Glenn Thrush mentioned that the death of Robin Williams wasn’t at the top of his list to be concerned about, and that didn’t sit well with many Tweeters. Feel very bad about Robin Williams. But he’s not exactly at the top of my feel-bad-about-shit-going-wrong-in-the-world list… Sorry. — Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) August 12, 2014 And then: [...]

Last Surviving Hiroshima Bomb Crew Member Dies

Theodore Van Kirk, called “Dutch”, was 24 when he became the navigator of the Enola Gay, the aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Hirsoshima, The attack on Japan on 6 August 1945 killed an estimated 140,000 people. Van Kirk said he had “no regrets” about the mission and defended its morality, saying it helped to [...]

Man’s Obituary: ‘Please Don’t Email Me, I’m Dead’

A Pennsylvania man left behind some advice in his obituary: it doesn’t cost anything to be nice and never stick a knife in an electric outlet. The self-written obituary  has captured the Internet’s attention and launched the 53-year-old into posthumous fame. Kevin McGroarty’s obituary, published in the PA Times Leader, explains that he died Tuesday “after [...]

James Garner Dies At 86

James Garner Dies At 86

Garner was best known for “The Rockford Files.” He died of natural causes. Garner was one of the first actors to amass success in both television and film … and he starred in a long list of classic films — as well as a co-starring role in the ’94 big screen version of “Maverick” starring [...]

New Orleans’ Oldest Jazz Musician Dies At 103

A long-lived New Orleans musician whose career spanned a remarkable nine — yes, nine — decades, as old as jazz itself, has passed away: Trumpeter Lionel Ferbos, New Orleans’ oldest jazz musician, died on Saturday days after his 103rd birthday, local media reported. Ferbos stayed active long after reaching his century and last performed in public [...]

Blues Legend Johnny Winter Dies At 70

There is no word yet on the cause of death. Winter was a leading light among the white blues guitar players, including Eric Clapton and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, who followed in the footsteps of the earlier Chicago blues masters. Winter idolized Waters — and got a chance to produce some of the blues [...]

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