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R.I.P. Writer Colleen McCullough

Colleen McCullough, Thorn Birds author, dies

Her second novel, The Thorn Birds, published in 1977, is remembered fondly for the TV adaptation that also starred Christopher Plummer. The author herself did not like the TV series (she used to refer to it as “instant vomit”) saying once: “Nah. I didn’t think that the director had any idea of what he was doing. The um, screen writer was a Baptist female from the mid-west, and I didn’t like Chamberlain in the role anyway.”

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R.I.P. TV Pioneer Joe Franklin

Joe Franklin dead at 88: Radio and TV icon was the spirit of a hard-working New Yorker

Pioneer. Spectacle. Legend.

The worst thing you could do was underestimate him. Beneath that bland façade was a sharp mind and an even sharper wit. His wit was so cutting and subtle, it usually went by people and hit them moments later: “Wait. What did he say?”

Unfortunately, the one thing he didn’t have was a sense of humor about himself:

Joe Franklin May Not Sue Uncle Floyd
Legal Notes; Joe Franklin Loses Ruling in Libel Case

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. TV Producer, Creator, Writer Brian Clemens

This tweet knocked all of the air out of me:

Television was something that was just there. As a kid, we were never told it was something made by people. It was like magic.

I devoured thousands and thousands of hours of it. And this was when there were only three broadcast networks (NYC also had three independent and one educational station).

To stand out in those countless hours of programs, you really had to do something extra-extra-extra special to make a kid curious enough to learn someone’s name in the credits.

The first name associated with TV I ever learned was that of Gerry Anderson.

The second was Brian Clemens.

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R.I.P. Actress Anita Ekberg

Anita Ekberg, ’50s Screen Star And Sex Symbol, Dies At 83

She’s one of those names you think you’ve seen everywhere. Oddly, looking at her filmography at IMDB, there’s only two movies I saw her in: Way, Way Out and If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium.

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R.I.P. Actor Rod Taylor

The Birds Actor Rod Taylor Has Died at 84

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What have you done? Thousands of years of building and rebuilding, creating and recreating so you can let it crumble to dust. A million years of sensitive men dying for their dreams… FOR WHAT? So you can swim and dance and play.

The Time Machine

Really, they don’t make them like him anymore. He was swell. Rest in peace.

Additional:

Wikipedia: Rod Taylor
The Complete Rod Taylor Site

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R.I.P Bess Myerson

Bess Myerson, Miss America and New York Official Tainted by Scandal, Dies at 90

Ms. Myerson’s tenure as consumer affairs chief under Mayor Lindsay lasted five years, beginning in 1969. Some Lindsay critics initially called her appointment “window dressing.” But she became highly visible in the job, issuing the first city regulation in the nation requiring retailers to post unit prices on a wide variety of products to make comparison shopping easier.

She pushed through consumer-protection laws against deceptive trade practices, chastised restaurants selling hamburgers that were less than 100 percent beef — she called them “shamburgers”— and criticized manufacturers for putting too many peanuts in jars labeled “mixed nuts.”

There was once a time when those in public office gave a damn for regular people. She was one of them.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. TV Producer, Writer Roberta Leigh

Roberta Leigh – obituary

Fiftysomething women who were little girls in the early 1960s will probably remember Sara and Hoppity (1962-63), a 50-episode television series about a little girl and her mischievous doll with one leg shorter than the other. Men of a similar vintage will recall Space Patrol (1963, Planet Patrol in America), a 39-episode science fiction series incorporating elements of Gerry Anderson’s Supermarionation techniques. It sold around the world, achieving the highest ratings of any children’s show up to that time, and even featured on the cover of Variety magazine.

Planet Patrol, as it was called in the U.S., was — still is — a trip.

When I saw it as a kid, I thought it was a Gerry Anderson production and was disappointed by the poor design. Seeing it as an adult, I marvel at how much more adult the stories were and how they tried to adhere to actual science. And the music itself, not at all like the orchestral Barry Gray, was arguably ahead of its time and had to have been influenced by Delia Derbyshire (who orchestrated the original theme for Doctor Who).

She was basically the “mother” of Gerry Anderson. He produced for TV her puppet shows well before he did his own. He’d probably argue that working for her “typecast” him. But it launched him on his legendary career and led him to create immortal TV series.

After the break, the first episode of Planet Patrol.

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R.I.P. Director Joseph Sargent

RIP director Joseph Sargent

His Filmography at IMDB had me nodding my head over and over at the things I saw that he directed.

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R.I.P. Writer Jeremy Lloyd

‘Allo ‘Allo! comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd dies

Jeremy Lloyd, co-creator of BBC comedies ‘Allo ‘Allo! and Are You Being Served?, has died aged 84.

Lloyd died in hospital after being admitted for pneumonia, his agent said.

He worked with fellow comedy writer David Croft on the popular comedy series set in a department store, which ran from 1972-85.

I loved Are You Being Served?. Britcoms are the best. They still derive their humor from the situation and not by having the characters fling cruel and too-often disgusting insults at one another.

You made millions laugh without feeling dirty. Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Singer Joe Cocker

Singer Joe Cocker dies at age 70: agent

One of the memorable moments of the original Saturday Night Live was Joe Cocker and John Belushi.

See an edited version (due to DMCA) video of that after the break.

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