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R.I.P. Actress Yvonne Craig

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Yvonne Craig’s Official Obituary

Yvonne Craig passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades, surrounded by her immediate family and comforted by Hospice yesterday night. She died from complications brought about from breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, her sister Meridel Carson and nephews Christopher and Todd Carson. A private service is being planned with no date set at the present time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: The Angeles Clinic Foundation by mail at 2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404 or by going into their website at www.theangelesclinicfoundation.org and following the “Donate” link.

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R.I.P. Activist Julian Bond

Julian Bond, Former N.A.A.C.P. Chairman and Civil Rights Leader, Dies at 75

Julian Bond, a charismatic figure of the 1960s civil rights movement, a lightning rod of the anti-Vietnam War campaign and a lifelong champion of equal rights for minorities, notably as chairman of the N.A.A.C.P., died on Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He was 75.

Locked away in a forgotten vault somewhere is the funniest Q&A session he ever did, in the 1970s on the Stanley Siegel Show, out of WABC-TV Channel 7 in NYC.

He did good.

He will be missed.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Dr. Frances Kelsey

Canadian doctor who kept thalidomide out of U.S. dies

The drug, made by the German firm Chemie Grünenthal, was approved for use in countries around the world, including Britain, Japan and Canada. But Dr. Kelsey, a novice medical examiner working for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at the dawn of the 1960s, remained skeptical about its safety. Her insistence on obtaining scientific evidence despite the drug company’s relentless lobbying kept thalidomide at bay in the United States.

I doubt anyone today at the FDA could stand up against a pharma company.

She was a hero.

Rest in peace.

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Dr. Frances Kelsey, Who Protected Americans from Thalidomide, Turns 100
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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.

Rest in peace.

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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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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.

Rest in peace.

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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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