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R.I.P. Writer Ann Rule

Ann Rule, 83, Dies: Wrote About Ted Bundy (a Friend) and Other Killers

Ms. Rule’s articles had been appearing in the magazine True Detective for more than a decade when, in the mid-1970s, fate delivered her biggest subject to her doorstep. She was working on a book about a series of unsolved murders in the Seattle area when the police in Utah arrested the man they believed to be the killer, a former law student named Theodore Robert Bundy.

The name did more than ring a bell. In the early 1970s Bundy had been a close friend and colleague, answering the suicide hotline with her on the night shift at the Seattle crisis center where they both volunteered.

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R.I.P. Writer E.L. Doctorow

E.L. Doctorow, Author of Historical Fiction, Dies at 84

Ragtime.

It was a phenomenon, that book.

And when it was made into a movie, James Cagney came out of retirement to be in it!

If Doctorow had written only that, he’d still be remembered as a significant figure in the world of writing.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Actor Theodore Bikel

Stage and film star Theodore Bikel dies in LA at 91

A towering talent who made every role memorable.

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A must-see is him starring in the Twilight Zone, in the episode “Four O’Clock.” In these days of hate, that episode should be mandatory viewing in all schools, every grade, every year.

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Wikipedia: Theodore Bikel
IMDB: Theodore Bikel

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R.I.P. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata

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R.I.P. Writer Tom Piccirilli

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This is awful news. If you’ve never read his work, do so. He was a hell of a writer and he will be missed.

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R.I.P. Actor Patrick Macnee

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Daniel Patrick Macnee
(6th February 1922 – 25 th June 2015)

Daniel Patrick Macnee died a natural death at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 93, with his family at his bedside, according to his son, Rupert.

Macnee was best known for playing the internationally recognized, charmingly elegant, quintessentially English, and slightly mysterious character of John Steed in the 1960s’ British television series, The Avengers. Patrick Macnee, along with co-stars Ian Hendry, Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg, Linda Thorson, Joanna Lumley, and Gareth Hunt, created a unique identity that has reverberated for nearly half a century. The pioneering television series aired throughout the 1960s, and The Avengers became known for its progressive approach to feminism, the female stars being more than a match for Steed…and a plethora of “diabolical master minds.” The programme was also known for its creative team’s interest in stories about cutting-edge technology,

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R.I.P. Actor Dick Van Patten

Dick Van Patten, TV star best known for ‘Eight is Enough,’ dead at 86

Perhaps best known for Eight is Enough, but he was one of those actors who was in practically everything on TV in the 1960s.

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R.I.P. Sculptor Donald Featherstone

Creator of pink plastic lawn flamingo dies

Donald Featherstone, creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo, the ultimate symbol of American lawn kitsch, has died.

His wife, Nancy, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that her husband died Monday at an elder care facility in Fitchburg after a long battle with Lewy body dementia. He was 79.

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R.I.P. Composer James Horner

RIP Star Trek, Aliens & Avatar composer James Horner

Oscar-winning composer James Horner, whose scores graced two Star Trek movies as well as many of James Cameron’s SF films, has been killed aged 61 in a plane crash.

Horner was piloting a small aircraft which came down about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, California on June 22nd.

His work was instantly memorable.

I first heard his scoring in the movie Battle Beyond the Stars. And then in Krull.

He soon graduated to major movies, with Star Trek, Aliens, A Beautiful Mind, and many more.

I don’t think there’s a single film composer left whose name I know whose music I like and look forward to like Horner’s.

Barry Gray, Jerry Goldsmith, Jerry Fielding, John Barry, Bernard Herrmann, and James Horner are now together. Heaven must be having one hell of a concert.

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R.I.P. Actor Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee dies at the age of 93

Lee’s most famous role for Hammer was playing Dracula, a role which became one of his most widely recognised although the actor wasn’t pleased with how the character was treated. “They gave me nothing to do!” he told Total Film in 2005. “I pleaded with Hammer to let me use some of the lines that Bram Stoker had written. Occasionally, I sneaked one in. Eventually I told them that I wasn’t going to play Dracula any more. All hell broke loose.”

He was in so many things!

But the most surprising — and delightful — role was his cameo in The Magic Christian.

Rest in peace.

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