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Posted: 06:28PM Jan 6, 2018
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Jerry Van Dyke, star of the ABC sitcom Coach and brother of Dick Van Dyke, died on Friday in Arkansas from unknown causes. In 2015, he and his wife Shirley Ann Jones, were involved in a car accident from which his health was affected. He was 86.

Van Dyke's manager confirmed his death to the Associated Press, noting the actor died at his ranch in Hot Spring County with his wife by his side. The cause was not immediately known.

Born in Danville, Illinois in 1931, Van Dyke pursued stand-up comedy came into the spotlight in 1962 when he appeared as Stacey Petrie on the Dick Van Dyke Show. (Van Dyke is the second Dick Van Dyke show actor to pass in recent days. Rose Marie, who played the wisecracking Sally Rogers, died Dec. 28 at 94.)

He was known to have passed up a spot on a good show to be the star of My Mother the Car... a 1928 Porter, that's mother my dear... I think it lasted one year, maybe part of two?


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Posted: 08:09PM Jan 6, 2018
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U.S. astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon in 1972 and even smuggled a corned beef sandwich into orbit during a career that made him the only person to fly with three NASA space programs, has died at age 87, officials said on Saturday.

Young, who went to space six times, died on Friday night at his home in Houston following complications from pneumonia, National Aeronautics and Space Administration spokesman Allard Beutel said in an email.

The former U.S. Navy test pilot was the ninth person to set foot on the moon, an experience shared by three others after Young. He eventually became one of the most accomplished astronauts in the history of the U.S. space program.

He flew into space twice during NASA's Gemini program in the mid-1960s, twice on the Apollo lunar missions and twice on space shuttles in the 1980s. He was the only person to fly on all three types of programs.

"Astronaut John Young's storied career spanned three generations of spaceflight. We will stand on his shoulders as we look toward the next human frontier," NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot said in a statement.

Young, described in a NASA tweet as "our most experienced astronaut," retired in 2004 after 42 years with the U.S. space agency.

The Apollo 16 mission in April 1972, his fourth space flight, took Young to the lunar surface.

As mission commander, he and crewmate Charles Duke explored the moon's Descartes Highlands region, gathering 200 pounds (90 kg) of rock and soil samples and driving more than 16 miles (26 km) in the lunar rover to sites such as Spook Crater.

Recalling his lunar exploits, Young told the Houston Chronicle in 2004: "One-sixth gravity on the surface of the moon is just delightful. It's not like being in zero gravity, you know. You can drop a pencil in zero gravity and look for it for three days. In one-sixth gravity, you just look down and there it is."


"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: 09:47AM Feb 21, 2018
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Billy Graham died today at the age of 99. He was responsible for transforming American religious life through his preaching and activism, counseling multiple presidents, and bringing Christianity to millions. His leadership summits and crusades in more than 185 countries and territories forged powerful global links among conservative Christians, and threw a lifeline to believers in the communist-controlled Eastern bloc. Dubbed "America's pastor," he was a confidant to U.S. presidents from Gen. Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush. In 1983, President Reagan gave Graham the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. When the Billy Graham Museum and Library was dedicated in 2007 in Charlotte, former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton attended. Beyond Graham's public appearances, he reached untold millions through his pioneering use of prime-time telecasts, network radio, daily newspaper columns, evangelistic feature films and globe-girdling satellite TV hookups. Graham's message was not complex or unique, yet he preached with a conviction that won over audiences worldwide. By his final message in 2005, Billy Graham had reached over 210 million people with his message. He was an example to all Christians and arguably the most important person in the 20th century in Christianity's development.

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Posted: 12:20PM Feb 21, 2018
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Billy Graham- I never saw him in person, though he did have a crusade in Los Angeles in the mid 70's and I was trying to arrange to go to it but could not secure the time off (I was in the Navy at the time and had to secure time. Though I did watch a few of his crusades on TV in the late 60's and early 70's. He had a way about his delivery.

In the last few years I have really come to respect his "rule" and wonder why most men who are in a place of authority do not follow it. It has become known as the Billy Graham Rule; he was never alone with a female other than with his wife, and would leave doors open whenever one would enter for even a little bit.

It is adopted as a display of integrity, a means of avoiding sexual temptation, and to avoid any appearance of doing something considered morally objectionable, but Billy Graham was criticized as being sexist, because he felt the woman's place in life is to cook, clean... you know the duties they almost all did before World War 2 when they went to work in the industries to cover for their husbands who went into the service.


"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: 12:43PM Feb 21, 2018
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Sad To hear that Billy Graham pasted away, RIP.

Randy you mentioned he did a crusade in Los Angeles in the 70's. I was still in High School in the late 70's and he did a live crusade in Ohio where I lived at our High School. I was able to attend and see him in person. Yes we missed a few days of school due to set up and tear down. Enjoyed his crusade very much.
Posted: 03:06PM Feb 21, 2018
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Blue, even after I posted it, I kept thinking I saw him in person in Orange County in the late 69's... I was attending Calvery Chapel which had Saturday night revivals and what I thought at the time to be good music from different Christian bands. I can not find the link to confirm. My second thought is that they did a live telecast on a big screen with Billy Graham in a remote place. It does not matter if I did or didn't, he was just someone who I always respected and believed in. Your school adventure is one you probably won't forget, anymore than my going to the first Calvery Chapel in TENT... large tent like what you would see at a circus.

"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: 09:37AM Feb 24, 2018
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Randy so true on the memories. Time does fly. The other memory that I will not forget is I drove John Glenn across town from a Parade to meet up with his wife. Yes we had a pleasant talk during the drive. Interesting the people you meet when your younger and then see they have passed away and are famous.

June 15, 2002 is a well burnt in the mind memory also.
Posted: 07:58PM Mar 3, 2018
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David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role as Major Charles Winchester on the classic TV show M*A*S*H, has died at the age of 75, The Oregonian reports. According to his agent, Mitchell Stubbs, the actor died peacefully in his Newport, Ore., home after a battle with bladder cancer.

Stiers first joined M*A*S*H in its sixth season, filling the void left by Larry Linville's Major Frank Burns, who departed the series at the end of Season 5. Stiers received back-to-back Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1981 and 1982. He earned his third nomination in 1984 for his supporting role as William Milligan Sloane, founder of the U.S. Olympic Committee, in the NBC miniseries The First Olympics: Athens 1896.


"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: 01:55PM Mar 4, 2018
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Sir Roger Bannister died peacefully in Oxford on March 3, aged 88.

LONDON (AP) -- It was shortly after 6 p.m. on May 6, 1954, when Roger Bannister saw the flag fluttering oh-so gently. The attempted race was on. Bannister churned around the cinder track four times. His long arms and legs pumping, his lungs gasping for air, he put on a furious kick over the final 300 yards and nearly collapsed as he crossed the finish line.

The announcer read out the time: ''3...''

The rest was drowned out by the roar of the crowd. The 3 was all that mattered.
Bannister had just become the first runner to break the mythical 4-minute barrier in the mile - a feat of speed and endurance that stands as one of the seminal sporting achievements of the 20th century.

The black-and-white image of Bannister, eyes closed, head back, mouth wide open, straining across the tape at Oxford's Road track, endures as a defining snapshot of a transcendent moment in track and field history.

Bannister died peacefully in Oxford on Saturday at the age of 88. He was ''surrounded by his family who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them,'' the family said in a statement Sunday. ''He banked his treasure in the hearts of his friends.''


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Posted: 11:21PM Mar 13, 2018
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Stephen Hawking died Wednesday after complications due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. He was 76.

The world-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist was best known for his work on black holes. Hawking theorized that, contrary to the prevailing scientific belief that black holes were inescapable for all forms of matter and energy, they actually emitted a form of radiation ― now known as Hawking radiation. He also played a key role in the mathematical effort to unify Einstein's general theory of relativity with the emergent field of quantum physics.

Hawking used his position as one of the world's most famous scientists as a platform to discuss a wide range of issues, from the existence of extraterrestrial life to the nature of philosophy. He skyrocketed to public prominence in 1988, when he published his first general-audience book, A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. The cosmology treatise has sold approximately 10 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling science books of all time.

In 1963, when he was just 21 years old, Hawking was famously diagnosed with the debilitating motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Though 80 percent of those with ALS die within five years of diagnosis, and Hawking's own doctors gave him roughly two years to live, he survived for decades, perhaps longer than any other patient with the disease in medical history. Hawking used a wheelchair to move around and a sophisticated computer system to speak for much of his time as a public figure.

The physicist's inspiring ― and turbulent ― personal story was dramatized in the 2014 movie "The Theory of Everything," which was based on a memoir by Hawking's first wife, Jane Wilde.


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Posted: 06:04AM Mar 14, 2018
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Very sad.

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Posted: 09:09AM Mar 28, 2018
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Linda Brown, who as a schoolgirl was at the center of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that rejected racial segregation in American schools, died in Topeka, Kan., Sunday afternoon. She was 76. The 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, involved several families, all trying to dismantle decades of federal education laws that condoned segregated schools for black and white students. But it began with Brown's father Oliver, who tried to enroll her at the Sumner School, an all-white elementary school in Topeka just a few blocks from the Browns' home. The school board prohibited the child from enrolling and Brown, an assistant pastor at St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, was angry that his daughter had to be shuttled miles away to go to school. He partnered with the NAACP and a dozen other plaintiffs to file a lawsuit against the Topeka Board of Education. Two years later the court unanimously ruled to strike down the doctrine of "separate but equal." The justices agreed that it denied 14th Amendment guarantees of equal protection under the law. Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, in a statement remarked, "Linda Brown is one of that special band of heroic young people who, along with her family, courageously fought to end the ultimate symbol of white supremacy – racial segregation in public schools. She stands as an example of how ordinary schoolchildren took center stage in transforming this country." Eventually Brown became an educational consultant and public speaker. When asked about her role in the historic case she told NPR it was her father who deserved the credit but added, "I am very proud that this happened to me and my family and I think it has helped minorities everywhere." Brown died Sunday on March 25.

All fields of science are just applied physics.
Posted: 12:34PM Apr 17, 2018
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Harry Anderson, the actor best known for playing an off-the-wall judge working the night shift of a Manhattan court room in the television comedy series "Night Court," was found dead in his North Carolina home Monday. He was 65.

A statement from the Asheville Police Department said officers responded to a call from Anderson's home early Monday and found him dead. The statement said foul play is not suspected.

On "Night Court," Anderson played Judge Harry T. Stone, a young jurist who professed his love for singer Mel Torme, actress Jean Harlow, magic tricks and his collection of art-deco ties.

He also starred in the series "Dave's World" and appeared on "Cheers" as con man Harry 'The Hat' Gittes.

Anderson prided himself on being a magician as well as actor.

He had a persona that was fun to watch and enjoy.


"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: 07:05PM Apr 17, 2018
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Former first lady Barbara Bush (The Enforcer), one of only two women in American history to have been both the wife and the mother of a U.S. president, died in her home in Houston on Tuesday at the age of 92.

Known for her shock of white hair and trademark pearls, Barbara Bush was quickly branded the nation's "grandmother in chief" when her husband, President George H.W. Bush, ascended to the White House in 1988.

Born Barbara Pierce in Manhattan, she was raised in the tiny New York City suburb of Rye, the third of four daughters born to Pauline and Marvin Pierce.

Mr. Bush is "broken-hearted to lose his beloved Barbara, his wife of 73 years," according to Jean Becker, chief of staff at the former president's office. "He held her hand all day today and was at her side when she left this good earth."

She was classy lady and her wit will be missed.


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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: 07:24PM Apr 17, 2018
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RGW4 wrote:
Born Barbara Pierce, she was raised in the tony New York City suburb of Rye, the third of four daughters born to Pauline and Marvin Pierce.

She was classy lady and her wit will be missed.


Funny I thought she was from the suburban town of Rye, New York. Never heard it called "tony"?

They said she still had all her wits about her when she died. RIP Barbara.
Posted: 08:53PM Apr 17, 2018
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Blue, that was copied from an article that went out fairly quickly; I bet it was supposed to be "tiny" not tony; so I changed it.

"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: 10:54AM Apr 19, 2018
bluegrasssAusmod
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It is good to have a retired Mod here to help guide down the right path. By the way are you going to the Funeral Saturday? It is at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, TX, USA.
Posted: 11:36AM Apr 19, 2018
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Can't, have a business yard sale planned. Got a whole lot of parts I need to get rid of as quickly as possible. Plus, I have zero plans to ever travel to Texas again for reasons I will not say here. You going?

"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: 02:12AM Apr 21, 2018
snappytomg
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I'd LOVE to!

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Posted: 06:02AM Apr 21, 2018
bluegrasssAusmod
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Randy would love too, but realistic where would you park/stand? Now the biggest problem is since I was struck by lightning and am in a wheel chair, how do I get to roll in without someone pushing me aside?
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