Ed Koch, Former Mayor of NYC Dead at the Age of 88, December 12, 1924 – February 1, 2013 … Rest in Peace
Ed Koch, the former New York City mayor from January 1, 1978 to December 31, 1989 died Friday morning at the ager of 88. Koch died at 2 a.m. from congestive heart failure at the New York-Presbyterian Columbia Hospital. What a tremendous loss, Ed Koch was one in a million. For anyone who followed politics and lived in the NYC area at the time, you knew Koch for his huge personality, tenacity, humor, ability to take on the tough issues and get them done. Koch is forever known for asking the public with his trademark saying, “How’m I doin?” Maybe today’s politicians should take the time and care enough today to do the same. Koch was a liberal Democrat, but he was never afraid to speak his mind and let people how he felt, right or wrong. His unbridled candor was stuff that today’s 24-7-365 news and social media would have loved to have been a part of. For that, I may not have always agreed to his policies or his politics, but I did respect him. Koch was a politician who did not hide behind lies, spin or political correctness, how refreshing.
December 12, 1924 – February 1, 2013
Edward I. Koch, the master showman of City Hall, who parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as mayor of New York with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified his city of golden dreams, died Friday morning at age 88.
Mr. Koch’s spokesman, George Arzt, said the former mayor died at 2 a.m. from congestive heart failure. He was being treated at New York-Presbyterian Columbia Hospital.
Mr. Koch had experienced coronary and other medical problems since leaving office in 1989. But he had been in relatively good health despite — or perhaps because of — his whirlwind life as a television judge, radio talk-show host, author, law partner, newspaper columnist, movie reviewer, professor, commercial pitchman and political gadfly.
Barack Obama could learn a lot from Democrat Ed Koch’s handling of the economy. It is too bad that Ed Koch was not the president today, unlike Bill Clinton who said at the 2012 Democrat that even he could not have turned around the US economy, which paved the way for Obama’s reelection. Back in his day, Koch turned around NYC’s economy and brought it back from the brink of bankruptcy. However, one of NY City’s biggest mistakes was in 1989 when Koch ran for a fourth term as Mayor but lost the Democratic primary to David Dinkins, who was an epic one term failure.
Most important, he is credited with leading the city government back from near bankruptcy in the 1970s to prosperity in the 1980s. He also began one of the city’s most ambitious housing programs, which continued after he left office and eventually built or rehabilitated more than 200,000 housing units, revitalizing once-forlorn neighborhoods.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who released a statement this morning, said, ” He was a great mayor, a great man, and a great friend. In elected office and as a private citizen, he was our most tireless, fearless, and guileless civic crusader. Through his tough, determined leadership and responsible fiscal stewardship, Ed helped lift the city out of its darkest days and set it on course for an incredible comeback. We will miss him dearly.”
Ed Koch, Rest in Peace.
This is truly the death of an American Hero … US Army Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf has died at the age of 78.
Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf has passed away in Tampa, FL at the age 78 from complications from pneumonia. Many remember Gen. Schwarzkopf as the commander of the United States led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991 during Desert Storm. Schwarzkopf had a long and distinguished military career after graduating from West Point.
An American Hero: General Norman Schwarzkopf – Rest in Peace
Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn’t care much for his popular “Stormin’ Norman” nickname.
The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander’s reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 from complications from pneumonia, knew him as a friendly, talkative and even jovial figure who preferred the somewhat milder sobriquet given by his troops: “The Bear.”
That one perhaps suited him better later in his life, when he supported various national causes and children’s charities while eschewing the spotlight and resisting efforts to draft him to run for political office.
He lived out a quiet retirement in Tampa, where he’d served his last military assignment and where an elementary school bearing his name is testament to his standing in the community.
From the New York Times comes the explanation of Schwarzkopf’s bravery. He was awarded a Silver Star for his actions. This one just one of three Silver Star that he was awarded during is service in Vietnam.
On May 28, the colonel ordered his helicopter down to rescue troops who had wandered into a minefield. Some were airlifted out, but he stayed behind with his troops. A soldier tripped a mine, shattering his leg and wounding the colonel, who crawled atop the thrashing victim to stop him from setting off more mines. Three other troopers were killed by an exploding mine, but the colonel led the survivors to safety. The incident sealed his reputation as a commander willing to risk his life for his men.
Rest in Peace.
Actor Jack Klugman Best Known for Rolls in “The Odd Couple” and “Quincy” Dies in Los Angeles at Age 90
The Odd Couple reunited in Heaven … Jack Klugman passes away at age 90.
Jack Klugman, April 27, 1922 – December 24, 2012, Rest in Peace
Jack Klugman, the legendary TV actor best know for his roles as Oscar Madison, the NYC sportswriter and roommate of Felix Unger in the TV show ‘The Odd Couple’ and the crime fighting medical examiner in ‘Quincy, ME’ has passed away in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 90. The messy and impulsive Klugman was a great contrast Tony Randall in ‘The Odd Couple”. Its hard to believe the show was only on for 5 seasons. Later Klugman would play a crime fighting medical examiner from 1976 to 1983. It was the precursor of the present day CSI shows. Klugman died with his wife at his side.
“The Odd Couple” … One of the greatest comedies ever!
Jack Klugman, the prolific, craggy-faced character actor and regular guy who was loved by millions as the messy one in TV’s “The Odd Couple” and the crime-fighting coroner in “Quincy, M.E.,” died Monday, a son said. He was 90.
Klugman, who lost his voice to throat cancer in the 1980s and trained himself to speak again, died with his wife at his side.
“He had a great life and he enjoyed every moment of it and he would encourage others to do the same,” son Adam Klugman said.
Adam Klugman said he was spending Christmas with his brother, David, and their families. Their father had been convalescing for some time but had apparently died suddenly and they were not sure of the exact cause.
His good friend Tony Randall died in 2004 at age 84.
The Narcissist in Chief … Because it’s all about Barack Obama.
Unbelievable, Yesterday during the funeral for Democrat Hawaiian Senator Inouye in Washington, DC, President Barack Obama decided to make opportunity about himself and his life. This actually went on for 10 minutes. This president truly has issues. The politics of “I”. What an ego his dude has. As stated by the American Thinker, “Obama likes to see events through the lens of his own life’s chronology” Because it’s all about him.
Barack Obama referred to himself 63 times, Obama used the word “my” 21 times, “me” 12 times, and “I” 30 times.
UPDATE I: From Slate - President Obama was supposed to eulogize the memory of Sen. Daniel Inouye. Instead he told us about his favorite summer vacation.
Obama likes to see events through the lens of his own life’s chronology. Thus we learn that Inouye was elected to the Senate when Obama was 2 years old. Now you could make this relevant by describing how Inouye worked to send federal dollars (you don’t have to call it “pork” at a funeral) to transform Hawaii’s roads and schools, for example, so that the Hawaii Obama grew up in had the kind of facilities people on the mainland had long taken for granted. But no, we simply learn that Inouye was Obama’s senator until he left the state to go to college—something apparently more momentous than anything Inouye did during his decades in office.
US Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii died at the age of 88 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD from respiratory complications. He served in WWII, was a member of Congress and a US Senator since 1962. In 1959 when he was elected to the House because the first Japanese American elected to Congress. Since 2010 Sen. Inouye had been the Senate’s president pro tempore, which put him third in the line of succession for the presidency. Inouye was also a Medal of Honor recipient. Rest in Peace.
Daniel K. Inouye … Rest in Peace
Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, a highly decorated World War II combat veteran who used his status as one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington and the second-longest-serving senator in history to send billions of dollars to his home islands, died Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. He was 88.
Peter Boyland, a spokesman for the senator, said the cause was respiratory complications.
He cut a singular figure in the nation’s capital when he arrived in Washington in 1959 as a representative from the newest state and the first Japanese American elected to Congress.
Actor Larry Hagman of ‘Dallas’ and ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ Fame Dies at Age 81 in Texas from Complications of Cancer
Larry Hagman, the actor who played such iconic roles as Major Anthony Nelson and J.R Ewing of ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ and ‘Dallas’ fame, respectively, has passed away at the age of 81 due to complications of cancer. Hagman was surrounded by his family and friends in Texas and died peacefully as per a family statement. Never has an actor been so loved and hated as to the roles that Hagman portrayed. From the bumbling and comical character of astronaut Major Nelson and everyone’s dream to have a problem like how to deal with a Jeannie, Barbara Eden, to the ruthless, conniving and mischievous Dallas business man J.R. Ewing … Rest in Peace Larry Hagman.
Rest in Peace: (September 21, 1931 – November 23, 2012)
“Larry was back in his beloved hometown of Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved the most. Larry’s family and closest friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday,” the family said in a statement that was provided to The Associated Press by Warner Bros., producer of the show. The 81-year-old actor was surrounded by friends and family before he passed peacefully, “just as he’d wished for,” the statement said.
The original pilot of I Dream of Jeannie … Major Nelson meets Jeanie for the first time at 2:12 mark
For those of you who are too young to know that TV used to actually have fantastic drama programming, not ridiculous ‘reality” tv on every channel and before a DVR was ever heard of, Friday nights from 1978 to 1991 were reserved to watch ’Dallas’. For those who think that the choosing of the Apprentice or who is the final one standing on Survivor, Dancing with the Stars or American Idol were events, it had nothing on the story line of “Who Shot J.R.” that captured the collective imagination and forever entered the American lexicon of individuals in the 1980′s.
On this day in 1980, 350 million people around the world tune in to television’s popular primetime drama “Dallas” to find out who shot J.R. Ewing, the character fans loved to hate. J.R. had been shot on the season-ending episode the previous March 21, which now stands as one of television’s most famous cliffhangers. The plot twist inspired widespread media coverage and left America wondering “Who shot J.R.?” for the next eight months. The November 21 episode solved the mystery, identifying Kristin Shepard, J.R.’s wife’s sister and his former mistress, as the culprit.
Warner Bros.”Dallas” executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin, and the show’s cast and crew released the following statement:
“Larry Hagman was a giant, a larger-than-life personality whose iconic performance as J.R. Ewing will endure as one of the most indelible in entertainment history. He truly loved portraying this globally recognized character, and he leaves a legacy of entertainment, generosity and grace. Everyone at Warner Bros. and in the “Dallas” family is deeply saddened by Larry’s passing, and our thoughts are with his family and dear friends during this difficult time.”
Former US Senator & 1972 Democrat Presidential Candidate George McGovern Dies at Age 90, Rest in Peace
George McGovern, the former Democrat presidential candidate and South Dakota Senator has died at age 90 in a Sioux Falls, South Dakota hospice surrounded by family and friends. McGovern was a U.S. House of Representatives from 1957 to 1961, a U.S. senator from 1963 to 1981, a Democrat President candidate in 1972 and a the face of his party’s liberal wing.
George McGovern, 1922 – 2012: Rest in Peace
Former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern died at a hospice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Sunday, at the age of 90.
McGovern’s family announced his passing in a statement, first reported by the Associated Press.
McGovern represented South Dakota’s first district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1957 to 1961, and was a U.S. senator from 1963 to 1981, where he was a champion of his party’s liberal wing.
McGovern was the Democratic presidential candidate in the 1972 election, losing in a landslide to then-president Richard Nixon.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter has Died from Complications of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at Age 82
82 year old Arlen Specter, the former US Senator of Pennsylvania from 1981 to 2011, has died Sunday at his home in Philadelphia from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Arlen Specter: (February 12, 1930 – October 14, 2012) – Rest in Peace
Specter, who announced in late August that he was battling cancer, died at his home in Philadelphia from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, said his son Shanin. Over the years, Arlen Specter had fought two previous bouts with Hodgkin’s disease, overcome a brain tumor and survived cardiac arrest following bypass surgery.
Arlen Specter (February 12, 1930 – October 14, 2012) was a United States Senator from Pennsylvania. Specter was a Democrat, but was a Republican from 1965 until switching to the Democratic Party in 2009. First elected in 1980, he represented his state for thirty years in the Senate. Specter was a moderate who staked out a spot in the political center.
Specter was born in Wichita, Kansas to an American mother and a father who immigrated from Russia. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and served with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Specter later graduated from Yale Law School and opened a law firm with Marvin Katz, who would later become a federal judge. Specter served as assistant counsel for the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of John F. Kennedy and helped devise the “single bullet theory.” In 1965, Specter was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia, a position that he would hold until he lost his re-election bid in 1973.
On April 28, 2009, Specter announced that, after 44 years as an elected Republican, he was switching membership to the Democratic Party, On May 18, 2010, Specter was defeated in the Democratic primary by Joe Sestak, who then was defeated by current Senator Pat Toomey in the general election. Toomey replaced Specter on January 3, 2011.
UPDATE I: Of course in typical liberal media bias CNN had to make the reference that Sen. Arlen Specter embodied a dying breed of liberal Republicanism before switching to the Democratic Party at the twilight of his political career. You mean a RINO? Hmm, so who embodies conservatism in the Democrat Senate? One, two, three … waiting?
Reverend Sun Myung Moon, the self-proclaimed messiah and founder of the Unification Church has died at the age of 92. Sun Myung Moon died two weeks after being hospitalized with pneumonia, The Unification Church and “Moonies” became infamous and was accused of using devious recruitment tactics and duping followers out of money and brainwashing its followers to join. Some called it a religions, other referred to it as a cult. The Unification Church has certainly come a long way from the Moonies selling flowers and trinkets on street corners at the airport. The religion in recent times appeared to be more of an investment business. A truely unique, bizarre and controversial figure has passed.
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the self-proclaimed messiah who turned his Unification Church into a worldwide religious movement and befriended North Korean leaders as well as U.S. presidents, has died, church officials said Monday. He was 92.
Moon died Monday at a church-owned hospital near his home in Gapyeong, northeast of Seoul, two weeks after being hospitalized with pneumonia, Unification Church spokesman Ahn Ho-yeul told The Associated Press. Moon’s wife and children were at his side, Ahn said.
Moon, born in a town that is now in North Korea, founded his religious movement in Seoul in 1954 after surviving the Korean War. He preached new interpretations of lessons from the Bible.
The church gained fame — and notoriety — in the 1970s and 1980s for holding mass weddings of thousands of followers, often from different countries, whom Moon matched up in a bid to build a multicultural religious world.
NY Times Obit:
Building a business empire in South Korea and Japan, Mr. Moon used his commercial interests to support nonprofit ventures, then kept control of them by placing key insiders within their hierarchies. He avidly backed right-wing causes, turning The Washington Times into a respected newspaper in conservative circles.
An ardent anti-Communist who had been imprisoned by the Communist authorities in northern Korea in the 1940s, he saw the United States as the world’s salvation. But in the late 1990s, after financial losses, defections and stagnant growth in the church’s membership, he turned on America, branding it a repository of immorality — he called it “Satan’s harvest” — and repositioned his movement as a crusade for moral values.
Neil Armstrong, First Man on moon Dead at 82 … One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind … Rest in Peace
An American hero has died … Armstrong captured the imagination of a generation and inspired many to follow their dreams and reach for the stars.
“While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves,” his family said.
Neil Armstrong, (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) – Rest in Peace
Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon has passed away at the age of 82 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His family Announced the death at 2:45 pm ET. A statement said he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. Armstrong underwent a heart-bypass surgery earlier this month to relieve blocked coronary arteries. Armstrong, the private hero, kept to himself and was a very private individual.
As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. As he stepped on the dusty surface, Armstrong said: “?That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Those words endure as one of the best known quotes in the English language.
Neil Alden Armstrong was 38 years old at the time and even though he had fulfilled one of mankind’s quests that had loomed for centuries and placed him at the pinnacle of human achievement, he did not revel in his accomplishment. He even seemed frustrated by the acclaim it brought.
“One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind”
Much, much more, on the life and times of Neil Armstrong:
Armstrong grew up in Ohio with a strong interest in flight and earned his pilot’s license while still a boy.
After flying combat missions during the Korean War, he became a test pilot and joined NASA’s astronaut program in 1962.
Armstrong’s pulse was measured at 150 beats per minute as he guided the lunar lander to the moon’s surface, NASA said.
Asked about his experience on the moon, he told CBS: “It’s an interesting place to be. I recommend it.”
To a true American hero, Rest in Peace.