Sy Berger, 91, Dies; Created the Modern Baseball Trading Card
Baseball cards date to the 19th century, but for Mr. Berger, the decade after World War II was the perfect time to revitalize them. The Yankees, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants dominated baseball, providing a fertile marketing climate aimed at youngsters in the New York metropolitan area who had been born in the immediate postwar years. And throughout America, the arrival of television made it possible for youngsters to watch their baseball heroes in action.
Topps cards were the best. I didn’t collect the baseball ones. I did all the ones based on TV shows. Man, as a kid I’d be disappointed if a TV series didn’t get a Topps card set.
Nathaniel Branden, Ayn Rand’s Collaborator and Paramour, Dies at 84
The Times obit is dated yesterday. No one told me. And it never popped up in my Twitter timeline until today.
The three major players — Rand, Barbara, and now Nathaniel — are dead. Yet the noxious ideas they spread still poison us today.
‘Addams Family’ Star Pugsley Dies From Heart Attack
Ken Weatherwax — who played Pugsley on “The Addams Family” TV show — died at his home Sunday in California after having a heart attack.
He was just 59.
Ralph H. Baer, father of video games, passes away at 92
Dubbed the “Thomas Edison of the home TV game” by Popular Electronics Magazine in 1980, Baer’s Odyssey game system was the first home video game system. The patent for the idea was filed on August 10, 1970 and the system was released by Magnavox in 1972.
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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.
‘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.
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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