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Posted: 01:04AM Oct 7, 2011
idiot_originalA
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The local news last night commented that unlike a president, or premier or king, or significant member of government or monarchy, Steve Jobs was given the courtesy of intrusion into prime time television to announce his death. His legacy as a significant impact on the world as a whole was shown great respect with such a timely reaction. That was, i feel, a very kind recognition.

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Posted: 11:48AM Nov 5, 2011
jaycr*us
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Andy Rooney died today, he was 92. I always enjoyed him on 60 Minutes.

It's not what you know, it's what people think you know.
Posted: 01:41AM Nov 7, 2011
idiot_originalA
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the news article that made it's way from yahoo to ap wires for many newspapers did a good writeup on Andy Rooney. he had quite a lifetime of journalism, and was definately in his element. 60's minutes closing of their short tribute to him was so appropriate. if he had it to do all over again, he would have (done the same things) i have one of his books. i need to find it and read it this time.

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Posted: 08:37PM Nov 7, 2011
shawneeo*us
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Rest in Peace, Andy Rooney! He was HIMSELF, the best thing a person can be.

Life... can be so many things... how can anyone ever think they are RIGHT? HAhahahahahahaha!!!!!
Posted: 11:31PM Nov 7, 2011
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Today... 67 year old Smokin Joe Frazier passed away after a battle with cancer. My sister in law passed away Saturday from cancer, so this just stood out to me.

I am old enough to remember his fighting days. As a matter of fact, which is something I never say if it is not true... I was in the Navy in 1975 and my ship was in the Phillipines when the Thrilla in Manilla occurred.

I bought a t-shirt with both Frazier's and Ali's name on it when I was there (still have it in my attic!)... but no, I did not go to the fight. Ok, so the comment about saying not true if not so means little just because I was in the area; but I thought it was cute to say. I truly regret not going to the fight, we had the chance to go (shipboard option), but Boxing was not really my cup of tea then, or now.

Muhammad Ali beat Frazier during the 15th round. I do recall that. Joe Frazier had beat Ali in an earlier encounter and is the ONLY one to ever beat Ali. He was the Heavy Weight Champion of the World for 4 fights before George Foreman (Grills) beat him and took the title (I think this was in 1971).

Anyway, the fight in Manilla was probably one of the greatest fights of the century. Frazier was basically blinded by Ali by the start of the 15th round, and so the fight was stopped.

RIP Joe, your fire is no longer smokin, but your memory continues on.


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"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
Posted: 02:36PM Dec 7, 2011
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TV - ENTERTAINMENT
'M*A*S*H' Star Harry Morgan Dies at Age 96

Published December 07, 2011

| Associated Press

Emmy-winning character actor Harry Morgan, whose portrayal of the fatherly Col. Potter on television's "M*A*S*H" highlighted a show business career that included nine other TV series, 50 films and the Broadway stage, died Wednesday. He was 96.

His daughter-in-law, Beth Morgan, told The Associated Press the actor died at his home in Brentwood, California, after having pneumonia.

Morgan appeared in mostly supporting roles on the big screen, playing opposite such stars as Henry Fonda, John Wayne, James Garner, Elvis Presley and Dan Aykroyd.

On television, he was more the comedic co-star, including roles on "December Bride," its spin-off "Pete and Gladys," as Sgt. Joe Friday's loyal partner in later "Dragnet" episodes and on CBS-TV's long-running "M*A*S*H" series, for which he earned an Emmy award in 1980.

Yet acting wasn't Morgan's first career choice.

Born in Detroit in 1915, Morgan was studying pre-law at the University of Chicago when public speaking classes sparked his interest in the stage. Before long, he was working with a little theater group in Washington, followed by a two-year stint on Broadway in the original production of "Golden Boy," with Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb.

Morgan made his way to Hollywood in 1942 "without any assurance that I would find work," he said in a 1976 interview with The Associated Press.

"I didn't have enough money to go back East, so I stayed around finding jobs mainly out of friendships."

He signed a contract with 20th Century Fox after a talent scout spotted him in the one-act play, "Hello, Out There."

One of his earliest films was "The Ox Bow Incident" in 1943 with Fonda. Other films included: "High Noon," "What Price Glory," "Support Your Local Sheriff," "The Apple Dumpling Gang" and "The Shootist."

Morgan began his television career in 1954 when the medium was in its infancy.

"Television allowed me to kick the Hollywood habit of typing an actor in certain roles," Morgan said, referring to his typical sidekick or sheriff portrayals on the big screen

In "December Bride," his first TV series, Morgan played Pete Porter. The CBS series lasted from 1954-1959, when he went on to star in his own series, "Pete and Gladys," a spinoff of "December Bride."

Demonstrating his diversity as a character actor and comedian, Morgan also starred in "The Richard Boone Show," "Kentucky Jones" and "Dragnet."

But it was his role as Col. Sherman Porter on "M*A*S*H" for which Morgan became best known.

"M*A*S*H was so damned good," Morgan told the AP. "I didn't think they could keep the level so high."

His acting career didn't stop after the popular series left the air in 1983 after 11 years -- one of television's most successful prime-time runs. Morgan went on to appear in several made-for-TV movies and other television series, such as "AfterM*A*S*H" and "Blacke's Magic."

When he was not on the set, Morgan enjoyed reading books about the legal profession and poetry. He also liked horses, which he once raised on his Northern California ranch.

Morgan is survived by his second wife, Barbara, and four sons from both marriages: Chris, Charlie, Paul and Danny.

RIP Mr. Morgan - We lost a great one. . . . .


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Take all sorrow out of life and you take away all richness, and depth, and tenderness. The capacity of sorrow belongs to our grandeur. It is the furnace that melts hearts together in love.
Posted: 06:10PM Dec 7, 2011
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I liked him when I first recalled seeing him on Dragnet. Rest in Peace Colonel Potter!

"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
Posted: 10:01PM Dec 7, 2011
caberetAus
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RIP Colonel.

I didn't know he lived in Brentwood, CA. That's not even a fancy, smancy town.

Harry Morgan always seemed to come across as a stand up guy. One you'd enjoy knowing. I hope that was true in RL. All the best to his family and friends.


"I discovered I scream the same whether I'm about to be devoured by a Great White or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot." Axl Rose
Posted: 12:29AM Dec 8, 2011
idiot_originalA
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The dry unexagerated tone of Henry Morgan in Dragnet added to the humor, portrayed in an almost self depricating way, out of style, ancient, so funny.
as the leader of the group in Mash, he found his apparent ideal role. he seemed to always be himself as he portrayed Colonel Potter, so at home with the role. It was stellar. His love for horses showed so clearly in one particular episode. It was a very touching scene.
We are lucky to have had such a fine person in our world.


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Posted: 05:24AM Dec 8, 2011
snowmonsterAusmod
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Amazingly, his first appearance in MASH, was not of Colonel Potter, but another colonel, or Sargent, not sure, visiting the 4077th, and he was a "wack job" - kind of out there. . . . and made very obvious racist comments towards a black serviceman in the unit. I think that's how it was, but he was a "guest star" on that episode. Very interesting. Not at all the character we came to now and love with Colonel Potter. I agree, he was a stand up guy that the world was lucky to have - very fine person.

Take all sorrow out of life and you take away all richness, and depth, and tenderness. The capacity of sorrow belongs to our grandeur. It is the furnace that melts hearts together in love.
Posted: 09:30AM Dec 8, 2011
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He was a Major General in his first show on MASH... the title was "The General Flipped at Dawn"

He also played in several westerns... usually an outlaw under a big name star. That was sort of his MO, he had no problem playing second or third fiddle to someone else.

Edit - I just goggled the title and corrected it. He was Major General Steele


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"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
Posted: 10:00AM Dec 8, 2011
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I wonder how long it took the producers to decide to bring him into the show once they knew McLean Stevenson (is that his name - Henry Blake) was leaving the show.

Take all sorrow out of life and you take away all richness, and depth, and tenderness. The capacity of sorrow belongs to our grandeur. It is the furnace that melts hearts together in love.
Posted: 02:41PM Dec 8, 2011
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I think I recall on one of the MASH reunion shows where that was brought up... and that his name came up right away... mostly because of his Major General role and how the producers felt he would fit right in. You make me wonder if this info is online somewhere... guess I should do some looking around later when I am done working.... just because it was asked!

"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
Posted: 03:12PM Dec 8, 2011
snowmonsterAusmod
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Well go dig for it - then share, cause I've always wondered.

Take all sorrow out of life and you take away all richness, and depth, and tenderness. The capacity of sorrow belongs to our grandeur. It is the furnace that melts hearts together in love.
Posted: 03:55PM Dec 8, 2011
jaycr*us
Posts: 2293

I was hoping to share that info with everyone but my computer is so slow right now.

I do remember "The General Flipped at Dawn". very funny


It's not what you know, it's what people think you know.
Posted: 04:18PM Dec 8, 2011
bradon182001*usmod
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God bless him, 96 years old. He lived a long, good life.

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Posted: 10:42AM Dec 19, 2011
caberetAus
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Warren Hellman's death was reported today.

He's a great feature here in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was involved in many things that favorably impacted the area, and was the backer of the weekend long Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. It's a delightful musical show with multiple stages spread out around Golden Gate Park. And it's absolutely free!

Here was a rich businessman that didn't blow his money on the trappings of wealth. Instead he gave back to the community in a truly visionary way.

They renamed the meadows where his festival occurred shortly before his death. His son reported that his father was "incredibly gratified" to hear that Speedway Meadow is being renamed, Hellman Hollow.

Thank you Warren Hellman! You will be missed.


"I discovered I scream the same whether I'm about to be devoured by a Great White or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot." Axl Rose
Posted: 01:10PM Dec 19, 2011
idiot_originalA
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Sounds like a great fellow.
any relation to hellman's mayo and other products?
i think it is wonderful he was aware of the recognition before his death.
bravo!


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Posted: 07:52AM Jan 23, 2012
snappytom*
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No one has died for a long time!

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Posted: 10:47AM Jan 23, 2012
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Penn State's legendary coach and college football's all-time wins leader, Joe Paterno, dies on lung cancer. I believe he was 85 years old.

Take all sorrow out of life and you take away all richness, and depth, and tenderness. The capacity of sorrow belongs to our grandeur. It is the furnace that melts hearts together in love.
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