Category: In Memoriam

RIP Mr. FORTRAN

RIP Mr. FORTRAN

| March 23, 2007 | 1 Reply

I never learned to program in FORTRAN, but I admired the folks who could. I tried a few times (and learned a bit of BASIC at the same time) but I could never make my mind think in the straight line it seems to take to be a computer programmer. The words “syntax error” seems […]

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RIP Cathy Seipp

RIP Cathy Seipp

| March 21, 2007 | Reply

Columnist and extraordinary blogger Cathy Seipp, who I mentioned earlier in the week was gravely ill, has succumbed to cancer. Her friend Lewis Fein made the announcement: We lost Cathy at 2:05 PM today. May her memory last, her family persevere and her friends endure this terrible loss. We’ll all have more to write shortly, […]

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RIP – Anna Nicole Smith

RIP – Anna Nicole Smith

| February 8, 2007 | 1 Reply

According to her lawyer, Anna Nicole Smith has died at the age of 39. She collapsed in a hotel where she was staying in Florida. I don’t really have any comment except to say that her death will be covered, I’m sure, with as much media hullabaloo as her life. I’m not sure that half […]

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RIP Gerald Ford

RIP Gerald Ford

| December 27, 2006 | 2 Replies

President Gerald R. Ford has died at the age of 93. My memories of Ford’s presidency are not great. I was relatively young when he was in office and, in the wake of the disastrous Carter term and a Reagan administration that was at least as successful as Carter’s was dismal, Ford never really got […]

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RIP – Ambassador Kirkpatrick

RIP – Ambassador Kirkpatrick

| December 8, 2006 | 1 Reply

I just got the news that Jeane Kirkpatrick has passed away. Kirkpatrick was, of course, one of the finest ambassadors our nation has ever sent to the UN. In addition, Kirkpatrick was a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, an author, a columnist, and a champion for human rights. She was, I believe, someone […]

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RIP Milton Friedman

RIP Milton Friedman

| November 16, 2006 | Reply

Milton Friedman, Nobel-winning economist has died at the age of 94. I am not an economics-minded person by any stretch of the imagination, but I always found Friedman easy to read, intensely interesting, and highly informative. He was a genius who has done as much for modern economic thought as just about anyone I could […]

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R.I.P. Oriana Fallaci

R.I.P. Oriana Fallaci

| September 15, 2006 | Reply

One of our finest warriors against global fascism, Oriana Fallaci, died of cancer in her home. Fallaci was, in the face of brutal tyrants, stone killers, and obsequious fascist appeasers utterly fearless. She had recently faced a prison sentence in her native Italy for nothing more than publishing a book critical of Islam. She possessed […]

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RIP – Kirby Puckett

RIP – Kirby Puckett

| March 6, 2006 | 1 Reply

Kirby Puckett has died. I know that most of you who aren’t baseball fans or who don’t live in Minnesota will recognize the name, but let me tell you. Kirby Puckett was one of hte finest baseball players who ever lived. He could do it all: hit for power, hit for average, drive in runners, […]

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RIP – Dennis Weaver

RIP – Dennis Weaver

| February 27, 2006 | Reply

If it’s true that they come in threes, then this is the third. Dennis Weaver is dead at the age of 81 at his home, from cancer complications. Most, I’m sure, will remember Weaver from his roles on “Gunsmoke” and “McCloud” and they shold. He made those roles memorable. I remember him most for a […]

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RIP – Darren McGavin

RIP – Darren McGavin

| February 26, 2006 | Reply

Another tremendous character actor is lost to us today. Darrin McGavin, known best to my generation as the father from “A Christmas Story” passed away at the age of 83. I still love “A Christmas Story” and the scene that always touches me comes up on Christmas Day, when the boys have opened all of […]

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