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R.I.P. Director Mike Nichols

Entertainment Icon Mike Nichols Has Died at Age 83

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R.I.P. TV Producer Glen A. Larson

Glen A. Larson Dies at 77

Glen A. Larson, creator of shows such as Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, and The Six Million Dollar Man, died Friday night at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. His son, James, confirmed with The Hollywood Reporter. Larson had been battling esophageal cancer.

Harlan Ellison famously called him “Glen A. Larceny,” for ripping off movies as TV series.

Still, many hours of my life went to view a few of his productions.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Car Talk Host Tom Magliozzi

‘Car Talk’ Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At 77

Tom Magliozzi, one half of the wisecracking Car Talk duo known as “Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers,” has died after complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 77.

I didn’t have any interest in cars. But their expertise, humor, and fearlessness made the show always interesting and something not to miss.

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R.I.P. Actor Marcia Strassman

Marcia Strassman, star of ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’ and ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,’ dies at 66

Best known to some people for her role as “Mrs. Kotter.”

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R.I.P. Actress Elizabeth Peña

Actress Elizabeth Pena Dies at 55

Elizabeth Pena, Co-Star of ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ and ‘La Bamba,’ Dies at 55

I liked her work.

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R.I.P. Lynsey de Paul, Singer

Singer Lynsey de Paul dies aged 64

Singer and songwriter Lynsey de Paul has died at the age of 64, following a suspected brain haemorrhage.

De Paul, who represented the UK in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Rock Bottom, had five top 20 UK chart hits, including 1972′s Sugar Me.

She became the first woman to win an Ivor Novello award for songwriting.

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R.I.P. Puppeteer John Blundall, The Man Who Created Parker

Tributes paid to Glasgow’s puppet master John Blundall

In the 1950s he worked as a floor manager at Granada Television, where he met Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

With them, John created puppets for 1960s cult shows Thunderbirds, Stingray and Fireball XL5, his most famous being Parker from the Thunderbirds.

Remembering John Blundall (1937 – 2014)

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R.I.P. Computer Pioneer Andrew Kay

Andrew Kay, Pioneer in Computing, Dies at 95

Mr. Kay came to the personal computer industry when he observed that his son-in-law was having trouble moving a bulky Apple II that came with a separate monitor. It occurred to him that an all-in-one machine would be more portable.

His “portable” weighed twenty-nine pounds.

That people were willing to lug that around should have been the moment everyone woke up to portable computing being serious and not a passing fad.

Today people carry phones in their pockets that are probably more powerful than a roomful of Kaypros.

He helped to push everyone forward. Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Joan Rivers

As everyone already knows, she died yesterday.

Yesterday I had things that kept me away from the keyboard most of the day. Then I forgot to do a post — and I found that out just now, when I went searching for the one I thought I did.

I think she might’ve set a new land record for cosmetic surgeries in her lifetime. While it’s tragic that the entertainment industry will force people to do that, Joan probably thought, “You want to play cosmetic surgery? I’ll beat you any day!” She was not a woman who ever intended to retire — because she found life so interesting and exciting all the time. Hundreds of clips have been broadcast in just the past twenty-four hours — and every single one of them reveal that about her.

We’ll probably never know why she died. TV reports today that she was under general anesthesia for a throat endoscopy. Her voice had been getting raspier. I suppose she was worried about a polyp or other possible growth. While unconscious, she had a heart attack. Whether something went wrong during the procedure or whether the heart attack just happened at that time, we might never know. She probably gently slipped away without ever realizing what was happening.

I won’t include a clip in this post. I wouldn’t know which one to choose.

Rest in peace. You made us all laugh.

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R.I.P. Su Pei, China Computing Pioneer

Pardon me if I have her name reversed. Google Translate has it as “Pei Su” and “Su Pei.”


Sina tech news obituary [Google Translate]

Pei Su life emphasizes the importance of innovation in research work, insist on doing China’s own computer. In 1958, she was responsible for design and development of a universal electronic digital computer 107 machine, which is China’s first self-developed universal electronic digital computer, with facts and actions prove that when the Chinese people have the ability and ambition to design and develop its own computer.

No Western news coverage I can find. No Wikipedia entry I can find.

With all the cries for more women in computing, I would have thought her death would be of some significance even in America.

Well, I note it here at least.

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