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R.I.P. Writer Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez, Literary Pioneer, Dies at 87

Mr. García Márquez was considered the supreme exponent, if not the creator, of the literary genre known as magic realism, in which the miraculous and the real converge. In his novels and stories, storms rage for years, flowers drift from the skies, tyrants survive for centuries, priests levitate and corpses fail to decompose. And, more plausibly, lovers rekindle their passion after a half century apart.

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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.

Some videos after the break.

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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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