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.
Legendary Comedian Phyllis Diller Dies at Age 95, Heaven Just Got a Little More Funny … Rest in Peace
Comedian Phyllis Diller, who paved the way for today’s female comics, died this morning in her sleep at her LA home at the age of 95 surrounded by her family.Her career bean in the 1950′s, but Diller’s fame grew when she co-starred with Bob Hope in 23 television specials and three films in the 1960s. Phyllis Diller was a trend setter and pioneer in the industry; however, she was best known for her off the wall whit and self-deprecating humor was a thing of humerus beauty. Watch the video below and tell me she does not sound like a female Rodney Dangerfield. She was an original and funny as hell. Phyllis Diller – Rest in Peace.
Phyllis Diller on The Ed Sullivan Show
DILLER, VIA “THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW” CIRCA 1969: “Would you believe that I once entered a beauty contest? I must have been out of my mind. I not only came last, but I got 361 get well cards.” (Newsy)
She was a self-described “cartoon,” a zany housewife-turned-comedian with an electrified hairdo who broke into the male-dominated world of stand-up comedy in the 1950s with an outlandish wardrobe and a barrage of self-deprecating jokes punctuated by her trademark guffaw.
“I spent seven hours today at the beauty parlor; hell, that was just for the estimate,” Phyllis Diller would say on stage, firing off one joke after another. “I’m in the 14th year of a 10-day beauty plan.”
Diller, whose stand-up career spanned nearly 50 years, died in her sleep Monday at her longtime home in Brentwood, said her agent, Fred Wostbrock. She was 95.
Sherman Hemsley, Actor Who Played George Jefferson on ‘The Jeffersons’ Dead at Age 74 … Rest in Peace
Sherman Hemsley, the actor best known for his role as George Jefferson of the 1970′s sitcom ‘The Jefferson’s” has passed away at the age of 74. Of course Sherman Hemsley got his TV start as the next door neighbor of Archie Bunker on “All in the Family” before finally “moving on up to the East side and getting his own starting role in the Jefferson’s. Oh, how I loved the Jeffersons and the sparring that Archie Bunker and George Jefferson got into. Both were comedic icons.
Sherman Hemsley, Rest in Peace
That was thanks to the deft comic touch of Broadway and TV veteran Sherman Hemsley, who died Tuesday at age 74 at his home in El Paso, his agent, Todd Frank, said the El Paso Sheriff’s Department confirmed .
Born in 1938, the South Philadelphia native served in the Air Force and paid his way through drama school by working at the post office. He kept that day job even after moving to New York to pursue acting roles.
Hemsley was starring in the early ’70s musical Purlie when All in the Family producer Norman Lear handpicked him to play the Bunkers’ next-door neighbor in working-class Queens, N.Y. You could say George Jefferson’s reputation preceded him — he was mentioned as early as 1971 but Family fans never saw him, the explanation being that he wouldn’t even step foot in his racist neighbor’s house until Hemsley finished his theatrical run and formally joined the cast in 1973.
After much bickering and name-calling — George loved to call Archie a “honky” — the two men began to change each other’s attitudes about race, and viewers got to see life from the point of view of George, an entrepreneur with his own dry-cleaning shops, and his wife, “Weezy” (Isabel Sanford).
More from the New York Times.
High-strung and irrepressible, George Jefferson quickly became one of America’s most popular television characters, a high-energy, combative black man who backed down to no one — something that had rarely been seen on television. At the same time, however, he was vain, snobbish and bigoted (“honky” was one of his favorite epithets directed at whites), and flaunted his self-regard like a badge. Each week, his wife or their irreverent maid, Florence (played by Marla Gibbs), would step up to scuttle his wrongheaded schemes or deflate his delusions of grandeur.
How sad, one of my favorite actors of all times has passed away … Rest in Peace Ernest Borgnine.
Oscar winning actor Ernest Borgnine has died at the age of 95. Another one of Hollywood’s true icons has passed away. Borgnine died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from renal failure with his wife and children at his side according to Harry Flynn, his longtime spokesman.
Ernest Borgnine: 1917 – 2012, Rest in Peace
Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917, in Hamden, Connecticut and his carrier spanned 60 years. The film and TV star was such an accomplished actor who starred in such movies as From Here to Eternity, ‘The Poseidon Adventure, The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch, Ice Station Zebra Escape from New York and one of my personal sleeper favorites, ‘The Neptune Factor’. He also stared in TV shows like McHale’s Navy, Airwolf and
Born in Connecticut to Italian immigrants, Borgnine — originally Ermes Effron Borgnino — began taking theater classes after serving in the Navy during World War II. He had joined the service after graduating from high school during the Great Depression and had been discharged in 1941, but re-enlisted after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor launched the United States into World War II.
He made the move to films and then television in 1951, racking up more than 200 credits in projects ranging from the era of live television drama to the children’s cartoon “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
More at the NY Times.
- Actor Andy Griffith, best known as Sheriff Andy Taylor passed away yesterday at age 86. RIP Andy.
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