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R.I.P. Writer Lorenzo Semple, Jr.

I found out late.

RIP Lorenzo Semple Jr

Best known for the Batman TV series, the 1960s.

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R.I.P. Founder Patrick J. McGovern

PCWorld Founder and IDG Chairman Patrick J. McGovern dies at 76

Although I wasn’t fond of the way he did business in the way it affected me personally, he has to be acknowledged as having some great foresight.

He had a sense of humor about himself too. In one presentation slide, a cartoonist drew him in a state of surprise and his wig was airborne above his head. He let that stand and everyone in his various companies who saw that slideshow also saw that cartoon.

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R.I.P. Writer Bob Thomas

Bob Thomas, dean of Hollywood reporters, dies

He did a variety of wonderful biographies of Hollywood figures, some of which I read several times.

Rest well, you did great work while here.

Wikipedia: Bob Thomas

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R.I.P. Actor, Writer, and Director Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis, Chicago actor, writer and director, dead at 69

Well this is a shock.

The second shock, for me at least, was that he was 69 years old. I had no idea.

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R.I.P. Paul Colby, Owner Of The Bitter End

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Paul Colby, owner of Greenwich Village folk and rock haven The Bitter End, dies at 96

Goodbye Paul Colby: Famed Owner of The Bitter End Passes Away

A legendary rock club that I went to more than once.

He launched many careers.

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R.I.P. Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Award-winning Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in Manhattan

Dammit.

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R.I.P. Producer Arthur Rankin, Jr.

Animation Legend Arthur Rankin Jr. Dies at 89

I don’t know how his stop-motion productions look to people who are used to the computer-assisted animation of movies such as Toy Story and The Incredibles. Do they look crude by comparison or does their charm still enchant viewers?

All I know is that when they originally aired as specials, they really were special.

Rankin’s business partner, Jules Bass, is apparently still alive.

They were a hell of a team.

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R.I.P. Actress Alexandra Bastedo

Alexandra Bastedo: The Champions actress dies aged 67

Alexandra Bastedo website

I think The Champions was the first TV series with people who had actual super powers but never wore costumes.

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Bob Grant, Radio Host, Is Dead

Bob Grant, Father of Conservative Talk Radio, Dead at 84

He railed against gays, against blacks, against Hispanics, against Democrats — against virtually anyone and everyone who did not agree with or share his mythical vision of an America that never really existed except as an all-White all-1950s pre-Civil Rights mirage.

I wasted many, many hours listening to him in the 1970s.

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Al Goldstein Is Dead

Al Goldstein, Pioneering Pornographer, Dies at 77

I cannot title this post R.I.P. because my feelings about him lean more towards Rot In Hell. That’s probably my own shortcomings showing. But I doubt that. History will be the final judge. As it is of us all.

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