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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?

"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: 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
Posts: 2115

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
Posts: 6918

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
Posts: 2115

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
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