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Post by wlu_lax6 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:13 pm

Richard Gordon, one of only 24 people to visit the moon (he never set foot on it).

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Post by Johnny Carwash » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:04 pm

John Hillerman, aka Higgins from Magnum P.I.

Trivia: He was actually from Texas. One of the most convincing Americans-as-British performers I can remember.
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Re: Worthy of mention, too obscure for own thread

Post by sancarlos » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:27 am

Johnny Carwash wrote:John Hillerman, aka Higgins from Magnum P.I.

Trivia: He was actually from Texas. One of the most convincing Americans-as-British performers I can remember.

Also, Howard Johnson in Blazing Saddles. RIP.

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Post by wlu_lax6 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:53 am

Valery Rozov, World Record BASE Jumper. Wing suit accident.

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Post by brian » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:55 am

World record BASE jumpers seem to die young a lot. Strange coincidence.
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Re: Worthy of mention, too obscure for own thread

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Re: Worthy of mention, too obscure for own thread

Post by Pruitt » Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:28 pm

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Strangest title ever?

And sadly Malcolm Young of AC/DC
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Re: Worthy of mention, too obscure for own thread

Post by sancarlos » Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:21 pm

The core of AC/DC's music was blues-based rhythm guitar riffs. And that was Malcolm Young. RIP.
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Post by wlu_lax6 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:09 am

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Post by rass » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:42 pm

Della Reese

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Post by Pruitt » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:29 pm

Wow! Can you imagine the drugs in the dressing rooms of Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor?

I remember Della Reese - when I was a kid, she was a game show and talk show fixture.
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Re: Worthy of mention, too obscure for own thread

Post by sancarlos » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:38 pm

Pruitt wrote:Wow! Can you imagine the drugs in the dressing rooms of Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor?

I remember Della Reese - when I was a kid, she was a game show and talk show fixture.

Yeah, that's pretty much how I remember her, too - variety shows, game shows and talk shows.
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Post by bfj » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:38 pm

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Post by Pruitt » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:40 pm

Might be too soon...

But when I was young, Jim Nabors was one of those stars that was on everything. Current series, reruns, variety shows... (remember, this is back in the days of 8 channels)

And man, he was just the worst. Even worse than Ken Berry.
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Re: Worthy of mention, too obscure for own thread

Post by Giff » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:50 am

He and Rock Hudson were the first two people I associated as gay.
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Post by Pruitt » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:39 am

Christine Keeler

Central figure in a long ago English scandal.

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On a happier note - thanks to Jamaican legends The Skatalites, her name will live forever. Or at least wherever ska music is played.

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Post by rass » Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:14 am

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Re: Worthy of mention, too obscure for own thread

Post by Pruitt » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:17 pm

Old Time French Rocker Johnny Hallyday

How big was this guy in France? 1,000,000 out for his funeral procession, and eulogized by the PM.
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Post by rass » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:59 pm



Damn that's young. All-time great name.
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Post by degenerasian » Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:02 pm

Pruitt wrote:Old Time French Rocker Johnny Hallyday

How big was this guy in France? 1,000,000 out for his funeral procession, and eulogized by the PM.


He was huge. The French Elvis. "Le Rocker Nationale"

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Post by rass » Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:47 am

Pat DiNizio

NJ guy (from a couple of towns over), NJ band. I have no idea whether then use of underrated would be warranted here, but The Smithereens have a lot of great songs.

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Post by sancarlos » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:21 am

Great live band, too. RIP.

This is one of the first songs that my daughter learned the bass line to. Great bass line.

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Post by brian » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:30 am

I feel like The Smithereens are one of those bands who basically only play variations on one song, but it's a really good song.
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Post by Pruitt » Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:22 pm

Barry Sherman - One Of Canada's Richest Men

He and his wife were found murdered in their home.

Really bizarre - going to be a huge story up here.
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Post by rass » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:21 pm

His company uses (or used to use?) our software.
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Post by A_B » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:24 pm

Presumably the company still exists.
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Post by rass » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:28 pm

A_B wrote:Presumably the company still exists.


Yeah. Risking stepping on a joke if that's what that was, I just can't remember if they're still with us. I think they are.
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Post by Pruitt » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:39 pm

His company is Apotex. Massive makers of generic drugs.

Murder-suicide is what the police are apparently investigating (not based on police statements - just what the press is saying).
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Post by brian » Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:10 pm

Movie idea: You’re told on your wedding day by a wizard/witch/whatever that at some point you and your wife will die in a murder-suicide. Don’t know when, don’t know how, don’t know who does who. You know, she doesn’t. You slowly go insane.
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brian wrote:Movie idea: You’re told on your wedding day by a wizard/witch/whatever that at some point you and your wife will die in a murder-suicide. Don’t know when, don’t know how, don’t know who does who. You know, she doesn’t. You slowly go insane.


Interesting...

Would have to be told in a flashback. And the person that the main character is marrying would have to have something - power, wealth - to make the curse something that they could live with. (Maybe)

And the final twist - the person's partner GOT THE SAME PROPHESY ON THE WEDDING DAY!!
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Pruitt wrote:
brian wrote:Movie idea: You’re told on your wedding day by a wizard/witch/whatever that at some point you and your wife will die in a murder-suicide. Don’t know when, don’t know how, don’t know who does who. You know, she doesn’t. You slowly go insane.


Interesting...

Would have to be told in a flashback. And the person that the main character is marrying would have to have something - power, wealth - to make the curse something that they could live with. (Maybe)

And the final twist - the person's partner GOT THE SAME PROPHESY ON THE WEDDING DAY!!


Yeah, this sounds better than like 95 percent of all horror movies to me already.

I thought about the divorce thing though -- that's part of the curse. Even if you try to divorce each other it's still gonna happen at some point*. But I like the idea of your wife (if it's told from the man's point of view) having some kind of wealth and/or power. Though it works better if you're actually in love with her and not just marrying her for that. But that might also explain why they'd have some evil shaman type character as an enemy as well.

I think as opposed to most horror movies you could do some interesting dramatic things as well. Explore the meaning of free will. Figure out how much you're willing or not willing to believe a prophecy you believe to be true. The hardest part might be coming up with a way that you would believe the person doing the cursing without just dismissing them as crazy. Though even that would be a strategy the cursed person might take for awhile.

Like the final twist as well. Could even do a final, final twist and have it be that there was mystical shaman/wizard and it was all just a self-fulfilling prophecy.

* - Hell in real life, murder/suicides probably happen 75-80 percent of time to divorced or separated couples anyway. That all could be sauce for the goose -- trying to keep the marriage together in an attempt to prevent the inevitable.
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Post by sancarlos » Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:39 pm

Maybe there's a way for Pruitt to work that into his next Paw Patrol script, and Brian can get a partial credit!
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Post by mister d » Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:41 pm

Bruce Willis is dead the entire time.
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Post by Pruitt » Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:48 pm

sancarlos wrote:Maybe there's a way for Pruitt to work that into his next Paw Patrol script, and Brian can get a partial credit!


I'll pitch the idea...

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Post by DaveInSeattle » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:21 pm

Since I'm here with my parents, this is a big deal for them...

Thomas Monson, President of the Mormon Church, Dies at 90

I'm sure they'll have some younger, more enlightened person ready to take up the mantle of leadership...

The 93-year-old Russell M. Nelson, a cardiothoracic-surgeon-turned-Mormon-apostle, is poised to become the 17th president of the nearly 16 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Ok...maybe not...

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DaveInSeattle wrote:Since I'm here with my parents, this is a big deal for them...

Thomas Monson, President of the Mormon Church, Dies at 90

I'm sure they'll have some younger, more enlightened person ready to take up the mantle of leadership...

The 93-year-old Russell M. Nelson, a cardiothoracic-surgeon-turned-Mormon-apostle, is poised to become the 17th president of the nearly 16 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Ok...maybe not...


Well the Quorum of 12 is not made up of anyone who has not been AARP Eligible for at least 12 years. Seems like a pretty straight forward leadership transition process. Less drama than waiting on white smoke as leadership negotiates voting blocks.

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Post by Pruitt » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:57 am

Aharon Appelfeld

Great writer - Holocaust survivor, so you can guess the themes.

"To The Land Of Cattails," "Badenheim 1939" and "The Iron Tracks" are all really good books.
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Post by sancarlos » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:19 am

Deadspin wrote:Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski has been found dead in his apartment in Pullman, Wash. Police are investigating the 21-year-old’s death as a suicide.

Hilinski did not show up to football practice today, so police were called to check on him this afternoon, according to the Pullman PD statement. He was found dead with an apparent gunshot wound to the head and a rifle next to his body, along with what has been identified as a suicide note.

Hilinski, a redshirt sophomore, appeared in eight games this season and was expected to be the team’s starter next year.
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wlu_lax6 wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:34 pm
DaveInSeattle wrote:Since I'm here with my parents, this is a big deal for them...

Thomas Monson, President of the Mormon Church, Dies at 90

I'm sure they'll have some younger, more enlightened person ready to take up the mantle of leadership...
The 93-year-old Russell M. Nelson, a cardiothoracic-surgeon-turned-Mormon-apostle, is poised to become the 17th president of the nearly 16 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ok...maybe not...
Well the Quorum of 12 is not made up of anyone who has not been AARP Eligible for at least 12 years. Seems like a pretty straight forward leadership transition process. Less drama than waiting on white smoke as leadership negotiates voting blocks.
So it was Nelson, right? They went even older?

At least he has a couple of younger counselors - one guy is 84 and the other is 85.
And his one problem is he didn’t go to Russia that night because he had extracurricular activities, and they froze to death.

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Post by Baloney » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:41 pm

"What a life. What a legend. Jason King is dead. Long live Jason King!"

King remained his best-known character, a globe-trotting playboy with an astonishing array of outfits. And it wasn't just his sartorial extravagance that inspired Mike Myers to create Austin Powers: King even uttered the phrase "groovy, baby" in one episode.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42731220

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