Category: In Memoriam

RIP Michael Crichton

RIP Michael Crichton

| November 5, 2008 | Reply

Wow….I had no idea he was even sick. Top-selling author Michael Crichton has reportedly died of cancer in Los Angeles. A posting on Crichton’s official website says that the author “died unexpectedly” after a “courageous and private battle against cancer” on Nov. 4. I really enjoyed Crichton’s books – Jurassic Park and Rising Sun were […]

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RIP Madelyn Dunham, Grandmother to Barack Obama

RIP Madelyn Dunham, Grandmother to Barack Obama

| November 3, 2008 | 2 Replies

This is not good at all. CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Senator Barack Obama’s grandmother, a central figure in his life who helped raise him during his teen-age years, died in Hawaii on Monday morning. Mr. Obama, who left the presidential campaign trail late last month to travel to Honolulu to bid her farewell, announced the death […]

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RIP Isaac Hayes

RIP Isaac Hayes

| August 10, 2008 | Reply

Oh, no. Soul singer and arranger Isaac Hayes, who won Grammy awards and an Oscar for the theme from the 1971 action film “Shaft,” has died, sheriff’s officials in Memphis, Tennessee, reported Sunday. His family found him unconscious, next to a treadmill that was still running. Medics rushed him to the hospital, but he was […]

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RIP Skip Caray

RIP Skip Caray

| August 4, 2008 | 2 Replies

Anyone who was a baseball fan even a little bit will recognize the voice of Skip Caray, the man who announced Atlanta Braves games for over three decades. He passed away in his sleep on Sunday at the age of 68 I was first introduced to Caray when my parents got cable television back in […]

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RIP Tony Snow

RIP Tony Snow

| July 12, 2008 | 2 Replies

Aw, man, this is not the first story I wanted to see when I opened my news feed today. Tony Snow, former White House Press Spokesman, columnist, reporter, television and radio show host, conservative par excellence, musician, husband, and father, passed away today at the age of 53. He has been fighting cancer for a […]

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RIP Jesse Helms

RIP Jesse Helms

| July 4, 2008 | 4 Replies

I’m going to wager that no story will draw as much ire from progressive bloggers and MSM pundits as the news that former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms has died at the age of 86. Helms was certainly a polarizing figure even before he joined Congress. He was a starwart defender of the tobacco industry, […]

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RIP Bo Diddley

RIP Bo Diddley

| June 2, 2008 | 1 Reply

The AP is reporting that guitar legend Bo Diddley has passed at the age of 79. He had suffered a heart attack and a stroke in recent months and his health had never quite recovered. Diddley is one of the Founding Fathers of guitar rock music. His trademark riff (about which I’ll say more later) […]

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Did the Left Kill Lance Cpl. Crutchfield?

Did the Left Kill Lance Cpl. Crutchfield?

| June 2, 2008 | 3 Replies

This story just crushes me. On leave from the violence he had survived in the war in Iraq, a young Marine was so wary of crime on the streets of his own home town that he carried only $8 to avoid becoming a robbery target. Despite his caution, Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield, 21, was shot […]

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RIP Harvey Korman

RIP Harvey Korman

| May 29, 2008 | 2 Replies

We have lost another great, great performer. LOS ANGELES — Harvey Korman, the tall, versatile comedian who won four Emmys for his outrageously funny contributions to “The Carol Burnett Show” and was seen to hilarious effect on the big screen in “Blazing Saddles,” died Thursday. He was 81. Korman died at UCLA Medical Center after […]

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RIP Charlton Heston

RIP Charlton Heston

| April 6, 2008 | Reply

Well, crap. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing “Ben-Hur” and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the ’50s and ’60s, has died. He was 84. The actor died last night at his home in Beverly Hills with his […]

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