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The passings parade

Facebook was abuzz yesterday with the news of the death of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse at the age of 27…and at the risk of being thought a terrible person, I’m not entirely sure I understand why this came as a surprise to so many people.  Winehouse was certainly a major musical talent (though I will admit I wasn’t… Continue reading The passings parade

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The passings parade

Because I had already covered the deaths of legendary comedy scribes Sherwood Schwartz and Sam Denoff in a post this week, I gambled that what I sometimes refer to (and I’m not proud of this, but honesty is the best policy) the “celebrity death parade” would be a little shorter and quicker to accomplish.  However, if we… Continue reading The passings parade

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The passings parade

In putting together this week’s memoriam to certain celebrity notables from the world of film, TV, music and other areas of interest I was convinced (at first) that we seemed to be bidding a fond farewell to a few individuals who made noise in the acting profession…but upon checking their dates of death realized that… Continue reading The passings parade

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The passings parade

It was my father who phoned me Friday to let me know that country music legend Ferlin Husky died on St. Patrick’s Day from heart failure at the age of 85—which is sort of unusual in that I’m usually the one who lets him know if a notable has gone to their greater reward…after I try… Continue reading The passings parade

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But that’s not all, folks…

Sorry about the recent inactivity on the blog, good people.  Originally, I had planned to have this post ready towards the end of 2010—but I was having such a good time with the Christmas festivities at both Rancho Yesteryear and the ‘rents that my efforts to get it finished in time proved futile.  (And my parents, Wilder… Continue reading But that’s not all, folks…

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R.I.P, Art Linkletter

Today is indeed a day of sadness for fans of old-time radio and classic television—broadcast pioneer Art Linkletter, at one time called “America’s top master of ceremonies,” has passed away at age 97. During Radio’s Golden Age, Linkletter was the announcer/host of two immensely popular programs—the daytime House Party (1945-67) and the nighttime “stunt show” People are Funny. The latter… Continue reading R.I.P, Art Linkletter

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Mr. Reaper is back in business

My friend Jaime Weinman referred to the last spate of show business passings as “the war on celebrities,” and with the recent deaths of Edward Woodward, Paul Wendkos, and David Lloyd it would appear that Death is not planning on taking a holiday soon. Ken Ober, the host of the popular MTV game show Remote Control,… Continue reading Mr. Reaper is back in business