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new Posted: 11:49PM Apr 22, 2017

Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the 1970s sitcom "Happy Days," has died. She was 56.
According to TMZ, Moran's body was found unresponsive Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana. The cause of death is unknown.
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new Posted: 03:39PM Apr 23, 2017

So young. RIP Erin.

The sound of the wild, but if there is no one there, does anyone hear their howls?
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new Posted: 09:53PM Apr 25, 2017

Erin Moran died of stage 4 cancer.
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new Posted: 11:16PM Apr 25, 2017

When I first heard she died, I remembered hearing about her drinking and wondered if that played a part. Maybe the drinking was because she knew she was fighting cancer and this was not disclosed earlier; or I just missed that.

Anyway, rest in peach Erin... you made us laugh on Happy Days!

"That's one of the remarkable things about life. It's never so bad that it can't get worse." Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes
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new Posted: 04:15PM May 10, 2017

Michael Parks was born in April, 1940, in Corona, Calif., and grew up as the son of a baseball player. He died on Tuesday at age 77. Cause of death has not been reported yet, but his assistant said it was "Life"...

His first screen roles included playing a nephew named Tom in 1961 on the ABC sitcom The Real McCoys and the role of Park on a 1962 Gunsmoke episode.

Parks also appeared on legal dramas like Perry Mason and Sam Benedict, and had roles on Then Came Bronson; Dynasty and the spinoff series The Colbys; and David Lynch's Twin Peaks, where he played the Canadian drug runner Jean Renault.

Parks' movie credits included Ben Affleck's Argo, the horror/crime hybrid From Dusk Till Dawn and dual roles in the Kill Bill franchise as Texan Ranger Earl McGraw in the first film and Esteban Vihaio in the sequel. And he played a villain in Smith's horror films Red State and Tusk.
Parks is survived by his wife, Oriana, whom he married in 1997, and a son, the actor James Parks.

On a personal note, I remember him best from Then Came Bronson... a lone motorcycle rider touring the country, some touted as the first easy rider on television. It only lasted a couple seasons, but it was an enjoyable show.

"That's one of the remarkable things about life. It's never so bad that it can't get worse." Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes
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new Posted: 02:45AM May 11, 2017

I remember Michael Parks in Then Came Bronson. It started in 1969 and that was the beginning of my motorcycle riding days. I had always ridden on the back of my hubby's big Honda, but that fall he bought another Honda from a friend. He told me it was a Honda Dream and I told him it looked more like a nightmare.

I have to giggle remembering some of the things I let go back in my younger days. While I was watching Michael Parks riding all over the country the motor of my Honda Dream was overhauled in the middle of my kitchen table. But by Spring my Dream was back together and I was out riding just like the big boys. I never did make it up to Sturgis, SD for their big rally up there but I was out riding every weekend that summer. Our son was four and he took over riding backseat on dad's bike. But just because they say a family that bikes together stays together - nope.

In those days a motorcycle rider on TV was a fan gatherer. Of course we had all heard of the Hell's Angels so on the weekends it was our turns to ride the white line. And I know Michael would have been welcome to ride in our group, well at least with me.

Ride that cycle on up the Stairway to Heaven, Michael. You will be missed. RIP

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new Posted: 10:45AM May 11, 2017

One of my older brothers had a couple self built motorcycles. He and his buddies spent hours welding and putting their bikes together. They were modified to fit themselves and definitely based on Harley Davidsons. I remember visiting him shortly after he got married and living in an apartment complex. Walked into the house and there in the middle of the living room was his motorcycle. He refused to park it in open parking lot; dripping oil and everything.

He was also in a movie with his "gang" of friends. Black Angels... about a motorcycle gang. His second bike was a trike and in the movie, he is seen standing out of the crowd as his bike was always in the rear beings it was too wide to have another bike riding side by side. It was not a popular movie, when it came out on the big screen, it lasted ONE week. My brother didn't even get to see it beings his wife was working on the day the rest of the gang went... and she wanted to see it with him so they planned on going during week two. 30 years later, I found the VHS tape on ebay and bought it for him. He was thrilled to final see it and when it was over he laughed so hard...what a terrible movie. Anyway, this was around the same time Then Came Bronson came out... I didn't get my first bike until 75. Kawasaki 400...

"That's one of the remarkable things about life. It's never so bad that it can't get worse." Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes
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new Posted: 02:41PM May 12, 2017

I always joke about being so short, that at least my feet touch the ground. Well they do unless I am on the seat of a motorcycle, and then I need stilts. Or the bike has to be a low-rider. One of the guys we used to camp with was also a motorcycle nut. He had a Kawasaki 750 cc. We were camping near his home so he brought it down to the camp ground, knowing that I was bike crazy. He asked if I wanted to take a ride and I assumed he meant behind him. Sure, sure and I proceeded to get ready to crawl up behind him. No. No. I mean do you want to drive this bad boy? OH! WOW! But it is so big, I don't know. But then he crawled off it and I realized the seat was very near the ground. And the bike had really good balance to it.

I didn't get that feeling that if I let it dip to one side that it would fall over. So I crawled on and road around town for a bit and then took to the country roads around the town. I think if I could have afforded one I would have gone into debt to buy my own. My "WISH CYCLE" has always been an Electra Glide. But of course I not longer do anything but wish and dream. My daughter and granddaughter had a pair of scooters they had when they were both going to college to get back and forth to classes across the campus. Still think I could handle one of them, but . . .

We have a movie star in our family too. You may have seen the video of the janitor having trouble with the girl's restroom. The girls were forever kissing the mirror, leaving him a great mess to clean up. He goes to the principal, asks to have the girls meet in the bathroom. He does his speech about how hard it is to clear the lipstick off the mirror, and as he is talking, he goes into a stall, dips the mop into the toilet and turns back around and uses the mop on the mirror to clean the lipstick off. The faces on the girls will give you a chuckle. And if you knew my nephew, he is such a natural in this, to those of us who know him, it doesn't even appear he is acting. And he was lucky enough to have it go viral with over 16 million getting a laugh out of it.

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new Posted: 11:31PM May 12, 2017

I mean no disrespect to those who Died today... but sometimes, posts created other posts... I think we need to put this to rest... and if anymore comments are desired, maybe moving this to general topic Family comments would be correct... but to sort of put a cap on this, I did look up the utube video... and laughed hard watching it unfold. View it here and after we laugh through it, let's return to the topic... fair?

Ok, system says message too long... so shorten it as you know it needs to work. /janitor-lipstick-solution/

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new Posted: 10:22PM May 13, 2017

Can you imagine the number of Famous People we lost his year (2017) World Wide and we are not even half of a year:


January 1
Tony Atkinson, British economist (b. 1944)
Derek Parfit, British philosopher (b. 1942)
January 2
John Berger, British art critic, novelist and painter (b. 1926)
Viktor Tsaryov, Russian footballer (b. 1931)
January 3
Igor Volk, Ukrainian-born Russian cosmonaut (b. 1937)
January 4
Ezio Pascutti, Italian footballer (b. 1937)
Georges Prêtre, French conductor (b. 1924)
Milt Schmidt, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1918)
January 6
Octavio Lepage, Venezuelan politician, former Acting President of Venezuela (b. 1923)
Bayezid Osman, Turkish royalty (b. 1924)
Om Puri, Indian actor (b. 1950)
January 7
Nat Hentoff, American music critic and political commentator (b. 1925)
Mário Soares, 17th President and 105th Prime Minister of Portugal (b. 1924)
January 8
Nicolai Gedda, Swedish operatic tenor (b. 1925)
Ruth Perry, Liberian politician, former Chairwoman of the Council of State (b. 1939)
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 4th President of Iran (b. 1934)
James Mancham, 1st President of Seychelles (b. 1939)
Peter Sarstedt, English singer-songwriter (b. 1941)
January 9
Zygmunt Bauman, Polish-British sociologist (b. 1925)
Roberto Cabañas, Paraguayan footballer (b. 1961)
January 10
Roman Herzog, 11th President of Germany (b. 1934)
Oliver Smithies, British-American Nobel geneticist (b. 1925)
January 11
François Van der Elst, Belgian footballer (b. 1954)
January 12
Giulio Angioni, Italian writer and anthropologist (b. 1939)
William Peter Blatty, American writer and film director (b. 1928)
Graham Taylor, English footballer and manager (b. 1944)
January 13
Gilberto Agustoni, Swiss cardinal (b. 1922)
Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, British photographer (b. 1930)
January 14
Zhou Youguang, Chinese linguist (b. 1906)
January 15
Jimmy Snuka, Fijian-born American professional wrestler (b. 1943)
January 16
Eugene Cernan, American astronaut (b. 1934)
January 18
Peter Abrahams, South African-born Jamaican writer (b. 1919)
Obed Dlamini, 6th Prime Minister of Swaziland (b. 1937)
January 19
Miguel Ferrer, American actor (b. 1955)
January 20
Carlos Alberto Silva, Brazilian football manager (b. 1939)
January 21
Veljo Tormis, Estonian composer (b. 1930)
January 22
Jaki Liebezeit, German drummer (b. 1938)
January 23
Dmytro Grabovskyy, Ukrainian cyclist (b. 1985)
Gorden Kaye, English comic actor (b. 1941)
January 25
John Hurt, British actor (b. 1940)
Mary Tyler Moore, American actress (b. 1936)
January 26
Mike Connors, American actor (b. 1925)
Barbara Hale, American actress (b. 1922)
January 27
Emmanuelle Riva, French actress (b. 1927)
January 28
Geoff Nicholls, British keyboardist (b. 1944)
January 31
John Wetton, British musician (b. 1949)


February 1
Étienne Tshisekedi, 18th Prime Minister of Zaire (b. 1932)
February 2
Predrag Matvejević, Bosnian-Croatian writer and scholar (b. 1932)
Shunichiro Okano, Japanese football player and manager (b. 1931)
February 3
Dritëro Agolli, Albanian poet, writer and politician (b. 1931)
February 6
Alec McCowen, English actor (b. 1925)
Roger Walkowiak, French road racing cyclist (b. 1927)
Joost van der Westhuizen, South African rugby union player (b. 1971)
Raymond Smullyan, American mathematician (b. 1919)
February 7
Sotsha Dlamini, 5th Prime Minister of Swaziland (b. 1940)
Smail Hamdani, 11th Prime Minister of Algeria (b. 1930)
Richard Hatch, American actor, writer and producer (b. 1945)
Hans Rosling, Swedish medical doctor, academic, statistician and public speaker (b. 1948)
Tzvetan Todorov, Bulgarian-French philosopher and literary critic (b. 1939)
February 8
Viktor Chanov, Soviet-born Ukrainian footballer (b. 1959)
Peter Mansfield, British Nobel physicist (b. 1933)
Steve Sumner, English-born New Zealand footballer (b. 1955)
February 9
Piet Keizer, Dutch footballer (b. 1943)
February 10
Hal Moore, American lieutenant general and author (b. 1922)
February 11
Fab Melo, Brazilian basketball player (b. 1990)
Jiro Taniguchi, Japanese manga artist (b. 1947)
February 12
Al Jarreau, American singer (b. 1940)
February 13
Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (b. 1971)
Seijun Suzuki, Japanese film director and screenwriter (b. 1923)
February 16
Dick Bruna, Dutch writer, illustrator and graphic designer (b. 1927)
Bengt Gustavsson, Swedish footballer and manager (b. 1928)
George Steele, American professional wrestler and actor (b. 1937)
February 17
Tom Regan, American philosopher (b. 1938)
February 18
Omar Abdel-Rahman, Egyptian convicted terrorist (b. 1938)
Ivan Koloff, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1942)
Michael Ogio, Papua New Guinean politician (b. 1942)
Nadezhda Olizarenko, Russian-born Ukrainian Olympic track athlete (b. 1953)
February 19
Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (b. 1943)
Igor Shafarevich, Ukrainian-born Russian mathematician (b. 1923)
Danuta Szaflarska, Polish screen and stage actress (b. 1915)
February 20
Vitaly Churkin, Russian diplomat (b. 1952)
Mildred Dresselhaus, American physicist and educator (b. 1930)
February 21
Kenneth Arrow, American Nobel economist (b. 1921)
Desmond Connell, Irish cardinal (b. 1926)
February 25
Bill Paxton, American actor (b. 1955)
February 26
Ludvig Faddeev, Russian theoretical physicist and mathematician (b. 1934)
Eugene Garfield, American linguist (b. 1925)
February 27
Carlos Humberto Romero, 37th President of El Salvador (b. 1924)
February 28
Vladimir Petrov, Russian ice hockey player (b. 1947)


March 1
Paula Fox, American writer (b. 1923)
March 3
Raymond Kopa, French footballer (b. 1931)
René Préval, 2nd Prime Minister and 38th and 40th President of Haiti (b. 1943)
March 5
Kurt Moll, German operatic bass (b. 1938)
March 7
Hans Georg Dehmelt, German-born American Nobel physicist (b. 1922)
March 8
George Andrew Olah, Hungarian-American Nobel chemist (b. 1927)
Joseph Nicolosi, American clinical psychologist (b. 1947)
March 9
Howard Hodgkin, British painter and printmaker (b. 1932)
March 10
Aníbal Ruiz, Uruguayan football coach (b. 1942)
John Surtees, British motorcycle racer and driver (b. 1934)
Robert James Waller, American author (b. 1939)
March 12Patrick Nève, Belgian racing driver (b. 1949)
March 13
Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (b. 1934)
March 16
James Cotton, American musician (b. 1935)
Torgny Lindgren, Swedish writer (b. 1938)
March 17
Laurynas Stankevičius, 7th Prime Minister of Lithuania (b. 1935)
Derek Walcott, Saint Lucian Nobel poet and playwright (b. 1930)
March 18
Chuck Berry, American singer and musician (b. 1926)
Miloslav Vlk, Czech cardinal (b. 1932)
March 19
Roger Pingeon, French road racing cyclist (b. 1940)
March 20
David Rockefeller, American banker and philanthropist (b. 1915)
March 21
Colin Dexter, English author (b. 1930)
Henri Emmanuelli, French politician (b. 1945)
Martin McGuinness, Irish politician (b. 1950)
March 22
Tomas Milian, Cuban-born American-Italian actor (b. 1933)
March 23
Lola Albright, American actress (b. 1924)
William H. Keeler, American cardinal (b. 1931)
March 25
Cuthbert Sebastian, Kittitian politician (b. 1921)
March 27
David Storey, English writer (b. 1933)
March 28
Christine Kaufmann, Austrian-born German actress (b. 1945)
March 29
Alexei Abrikosov, Russian-American Nobel theoretical physicist (b. 1928)
March 31
James Rosenquist, American artist (b. 1933)


April 1
Gösta Ekman, Swedish actor (b. 1939)
Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet (b. 1932)
April 4
Giovanni Sartori, Italian political scientist (b. 1924)
Karl Stotz, Austrian footballer and manager (b. 1927)
April 5
Arthur Bisguier, American chess Grandmaster (b. 1929)
April 6Don Rickles, American comedian and actor (b. 1926)
April 7
Tim Pigott-Smith, English actor and author (b. 1946)
April 8
Georgy Grechko, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1931)
April 9
Carme Chacón, Spanish politician (b. 1971)
April 11
Michael Ballhaus, German cinematographer (b. 1935)
April 15
Allan Holdsworth, British guitarist and composer (b. 1946)
Clifton James, American actor (b. 1920)
April 20
Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish sculptor (b. 1930)
Roberto Ferreiro, Argentine football player and manager (b. 1935)
Germaine Mason, Jamaican-born British Olympic high jumper (b. 1983)
April 21
Ugo Ehiogu, English footballer and coach (b. 1972)
April 22
Hubert Dreyfus, American philosopher (b. 1929)
Erin Moran, American actress (b. 1960)
Attilio Nicora, Italian cardinal (b. 1937)
Michele Scarponi, Italian road bicycle racer (b. 1979)
April 23
Imre Földi, Hungarian Olympic weightlifter (b. 1938)
František Rajtoral, Czech footballer (b. 1986)
April 24
Robert M. Pirsig, American writer and philosopher (b. 1928)
April 26
Jonathan Demme, American film director (b. 1944)
April 28
Vito Acconci, American artist and architectural designer (b. 1940)
April 30
Ueli Steck, Swiss rock climber and mountaineer (b. 1976)


May 1
Karel Schoeman, South African novelist (b. 1939)
May 2
Heinz Kessler, German politician and military officer (b. 1920)
May 3
Daliah Lavi, Israeli actress, singer and model (b. 1942)
May 4
William Baumol, American economist (b. 1922)
Timo Mäkinen, Finnish racing driver (b. 1938)
May 5
Adolph Kiefer, American Olympic swimmer (b. 1918)
Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, 6th President of Mauritania (b. 1953)
May 6
Steven Holcomb, American Olympic bobsledder (b. 1980)
May 9
Robert Miles, Italian electronic musician and record producer (b. 1969)
Michael Parks, American actor (b. 1940)
Qian Qichen, Chinese diplomat and politician (b. 1928)
May 12
Mauno Koivisto, 32nd Prime Minister and 9th President of Finland (b. 1923)

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new Posted: 11:45PM May 13, 2017

No disrespect to the dead... but so many of these I never heard of. I bet you could make the list 100 times longer if you include everyone who has died so far this year who has no fame to their name... but it is always an eye opener to see lists like these. I guess the question is, what makes someone "famous"?

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