Archive for the ‘Death notices’ Category

A dark week in early December

December 4, 2017

A week of death, punishment, and destruction. This week: deaths on M W F, punishment on Tu, destruction on Th.


(#1) John Cleese as the host on Monty Python’s “It’s Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart” show

Hello again, and welcome to the show. Tonight we continue to look at some famous deaths. Tonight we start with the wonderful death of Genghis Khan, conqueror of India.

Well, acually, today, the 4th, is Frank Zappa (1993). Friday, the 8th, is John Lennon (1980). And Wednesday, the 6th, is Wolfie M. himself (1791). Tomorrow, the 5th, is Krampusnacht, when the Christmas demon Krampus punishes naughty children (the night before St. Nicholas rewards the good ones, on his feast day). And Thursday, the 7th, is Pearl Harbor Day, the anniversary of the Japanese bombing of the naval base in Honolulu, which brough the United States into World War II.

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Fay Zwicky

July 4, 2017

From today’s issue of The Australian, “Acclaimed poet Fay Zwicky dies in Perth at 83” by Paige Taylor:

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Don Coleman

June 19, 2017

Family stuff.

From my cousin Eleaner Severin Houck, this death notice from the Reading (PA) Eagle:

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Margalit Fox, Bruce Weber, and more

April 30, 2017

The immediate impetus for this posting is a “Fresh Air” piece on NPR on the 27th, “For ‘New York Times’ Obit Writers, ‘Death Is Never Solicitous Of A Deadline'”, in which NYT writers Margalit Fox and Bruce Weber were interviewed in connection with the appearance of the documentary Obit (released on 4/15/16) in theaters:

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Bruce Weber and Margalit Fox have written obituaries for thousands of people, ranging from heads of state to the inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch. They are featured in the new documentary Obit.

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hockey puck

April 11, 2017

From the Bloomberg site on 4/6/17, a death notice: “Don Rickles, Comedian Who Turned Insults Into Art, Dies at 90”, by Laurence Arnold, which notes:

“The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang credits Rickles, circa 1963, with repurposing ‘hockey puck’ to mean ‘a stupid or useless person.’”

There’s some question about when Rickles first used the insult to address someone, but no one seems to have asked

🏒Why hockey puck?🏒

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Theo Zwicky

February 3, 2017

Another chapter in the great book of Zwickys. From The Guardian on 2/1/17, “Theo Zwicky obituary”, an affectionate reminiscence by Peter Vacher:

My friend Theo Zwicky, who has died aged 89, was Europe’s best-known collector of jazz films and photographs. His archive, Mr Jazz Photo Files, in Zurich, was consulted extensively by magazine editors and jazz writers, myself included, when it came to finding rare illustrations for their books and articles.

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Beer pong

February 3, 2017

Erin McKean posting on Facebook this morning:

Ok I JUST REALIZED why my grocery store puts these two items so close together

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Ping pong balls, crappy cheap beer. All that’s missing is the red Solo cups.

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Howard at 57

December 30, 2016

My iCalendar told me that today would be Howard Arthur Faye’s 57th birthday. I was startled, and then even more startled when I checked and saw that Howard had died over 21 years ago (born 12/30/59, died 6/2/95).

I came to know Howard through the lgbt newsgroup soc.motss (way back), where he was a notable presence: funny, perceptive, contentious, sharp-tongued, full of enthusiasms (for music, food, ideas, and, especially, wines). (We finally got to meet face-to-face in L.A. in January 1993.) Howard lived life fully, no matter what came his way. I was reminded of my great admiration for the way Carrie Fisher, Prince, and George Michael lived their lives, openly and fearlessly.

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Eleanor Zwicky Justice

December 15, 2016

Another in a series of postings on the Zwicky family, this time a death notice, for my first cousin Eleanor Zwicky Justice, news that came to me from my other first cousin Eleanor, Eleanor Severin Houck (daughter of my aunt Bertha Zwicky Severin), who got it in snail mail from Eleanor Justice’s younger brother Henry A. (for Arnold) Zwicky in Greensboro NC. The cousinhood network works, but slowly: Eleanor Zwicky Justice died back in May. (more…)

Diversity on screen

September 4, 2016

In the New York Times yesterday, an obituary, “Jon Polito, a Favorite in Coen Brothers Films, Dies at 65” by Daniel E. Slotnik. Beginning:

Jon Polito, a character actor who often played law enforcement figures and gangsters and had memorable turns in many films by Joel and Ethan Coen, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 65.

The cause was complications of multiple myeloma, his husband, Darryl Armbruster, said.

A mustached, balding, husky and burlap-voiced presence onscreen, Mr. Polito appeared in more than 200 films and television series, often as the heavy. He could convey the swagger and haplessness of a two-bit crook, the authority of a hardened homicide detective, the unctuous ingratiations of a yes man — as well as a sense of vulnerability, desperation and weakness.

… He met Mr. Armbruster, an actor, on Oct. 16, 1999, and they married on that day last year.

Polito in a characteristic role:

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