Category: In Memoriam

RIP Arthur C. Clarke

RIP Arthur C. Clarke

| March 19, 2008 | Reply

The great author and visionary is no more. Arthur C. Clarke dies in his adopted home of Sri Lanka at the age of 90 due to health reasons. When we consider Clarke’s contributions to our society, these brief paragraphs may be the most telling: Planetary scientist Torrence Johnson said Clarke’s work was a major influence […]

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RIP Gary Gygax

RIP Gary Gygax

| March 4, 2008 | 1 Reply

It is being reported today that E. Gary Gygax has passed away in his home. I’ve not seen any confirmation of this news, but I’ve no reason to doubt the source. Gygax worked for Troll Lord Games and was close to several of the staffers there. They’d know well before almost anyone else. I’m considering […]

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RIP William F. Buckley, Jr.

RIP William F. Buckley, Jr.

| February 27, 2008 | 3 Replies

Shocking news. Kathryn Lopez has received word that William F. Buckley, Jr has died in his home in Connecticut this morning. I had heard that he was ill, but I had no idea of the severity of the illness. Buckley had, without a single doubt, the greatest influence on the development of my conservative thought. […]

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RIP Heath Ledger

RIP Heath Ledger

| January 22, 2008 | Reply

Heath Ledger is dead of what initially appears to be a drug overdose, though that’s by no means the final word. NEW YORK — Oscar-nominated actor Heath Ledger has been found dead at a downtown Manhattan residence, police said Tuesday, in what might be a drug-related death. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Ledger had an […]

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RIP Oscar Peterson

RIP Oscar Peterson

| December 25, 2007 | 1 Reply

Oh Man. Oscar Peterson, whose early talent and speedy fingers made him one of the world’s best known jazz pianists, died at age 82. His death was confirmed by Hazel McCallion, mayor of Mississauga, Ontario, the Toronto suburb where Peterson lived. McCallion told The Associated Press that he died of kidney failure. The Canadian Broadcasting […]

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RIP Dan Fogelberg

RIP Dan Fogelberg

| December 17, 2007 | Reply

I was away from the house pretty much all day yesterday, so I missed the sad news that Dan Fogelberg had passed away. I can not claim to be a fan of Fogelberg’s music, but there’s little denying that he was a skilled musician and songwriter, and that his music resonated strongly even today. Ed […]

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RIP Sean Taylor

RIP Sean Taylor

| November 27, 2007 | 2 Replies

For those of you who follow professional football, this is likely to be a big story. For every one else, a story of a young man who lived a dangerous life, managed to make a good name for himself, and died far too young. Washington Redskins starting strong safety Sean Taylor died in the hospital […]

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RIP Robert Jordan and, Perhaps, The Wheel of Time

RIP Robert Jordan and, Perhaps, The Wheel of Time

| September 17, 2007 | Reply

For those of you who have been faithfully reading Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” series for the past 17 years in the hopes that you will come to the end of the story, you’re not going to like this news story. Jordan has passed away of a rare blood disease at the age of […]

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RIP Bill Walsh

RIP Bill Walsh

| July 30, 2007 | Reply

Bill Walsh, arguably the greatest professional football coach of the last quarter century, has succumbed to leukemia at the age of 75. As a die-hard Redskins fan, I know very well how good a coach Walsh was. He and Joe Gibbs battled throughout the 1980s, their teams amassing impressive records and winning Super Bowls left […]

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RIP: David Halberstam

RIP: David Halberstam

| April 23, 2007 | 1 Reply

Oh, man. According to the San Mateo County coroner, famed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam was killed in a car crash Monday morning near the Dumbarton Bridge. Halberstam, 73, died and three others were injured after a three-vehicle crash in Menlo Park, the California Highway Patrol reported. Halberstam was one of the best chroniclers of […]

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