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Bernie Brillstein Dies

ImageBoy, here's a huge departure in the show business world: Bernie Brillstein has died. The Associated Press announced this earlier today in a brief dispatch saying "that Brillstein died of heart disease at a Los Angeles hospital at about 9 p.m. Thursday night. He was 77."

The name "Brillstein" is as well-known as any in Hollywood, off-screen or on, and he had a vital role in some of the cultural landmarks of the last half century, including "Saturday Night Live" and "The Sopranos," latter of which he helped launch along with longtime partner (and now Paramount chief) Brad Grey. He managed John Belushi, worked with Jim Hensen (and may have repped him too for all I know - Brillstein did work with "Sesame Street" in the early days) and was closely tied with other "SNL" alum, and has worked with - and I believe been close friends with - Lorne Michaels going back to the early days. He also produced "NewsRadio," "Just Shoot Me," "Mr. Show," "Dana Carvey," "It's Garry Shandling," "Alf," and waaaay back when, "Hee Haw."

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Chef is toast! Isac Hayes suffered death by treadmill today.

Bernie Mac died from a cold yesterday.

Who will it be tomorrow?

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Jerry Reed of CCR and Smokey & the Bandit fame, dead at 71.

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Don LaFontaine, the voice behind thousands of Hollywood movie trailers, has died. He was 68.

LaFontaine's agent Vanessa Gilbert says the voiceover artist died Monday as a result of complications from the treatment of an ongoing illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

LaFontaine has been a fixture in Hollywood for decades, working on about 5,000 movie trailers. Much of his fame stems from his trademark movie-trailer catch phrase, "In a world where..."


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Ike Pappas, a longtime CBS newsman who reported the shooting death of presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald on the radio as it was happening, has died at age 75.

Pappas died Sunday in a hospital in Arlington, Virginia, of complications of heart disease, his family said.

Pappas was among the reporters at the Dallas police station waiting for Oswald to be moved two days after President Kennedy was assassinated. Pappas had just asked him, "You have anything to say in your defense?" when a shot rang out.

"Oswald has been shot!" Pappas said on the air, adding, "Mass confusion here, all the doors have been locked. Holy mackerel!"

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World's oldest person dies in Shelbyville
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Posted: November 27, 2008

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — Edna Parker, who once taught in a two-room schoolhouse and became the world’s oldest person more than a year ago, has died at age 115.

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Edna Parker (left), shown on her 114th birthday on April 20, 2007, lived at the same Shelbyville nursing home as 7-foot-7-inch Sandy Allen (right), recognized by the Guiness World Records as the world's tallest woman. Allen died August 13, 2008, at age 53. - DAYLA THURSTON / The Shelbyville News

UCLA gerontologist Dr. Stephen Coles said Parker’s great nephew notified him that Parker passed away Wednesday at a nursing home in Shelbyville. She was 115 years, 120 days old.
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Parker was born April 20, 1893 in central Indiana’s Morgan County and had been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest person since the Aug. 14, 2007, death in Japan of Yone Minagawa, who was four months her senior.

Coles maintains list of world’s oldest people and said Parker was the 14th oldest validated supercentenarian in history. Maria de Jesus of Portugal, who was born Sept. 10, 1893, is now the world’s oldest living person, according to the Gerontology Research Group.

Parker had been a widow since her husband, Earl, died in 1938 of a heart attack. She lived alone in their farmhouse until age 100, when she moved into a son’s home and later to the Shelbyville nursing home.

Although she never drank alcohol or tried tobacco and led an active life, Parker didn’t offer tips for living a long life. Her only advice to those who gathered for a celebration when she became the oldest person was: “More education.”

Her two sisters also lived long lives — Georgia was 99 when she died and Opal was 88 — but she outlived her two sons, Clifford and Earl Jr. She also had five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren.

“We don’t know why she’s lived so long,” Don Parker said days before his grandmother’s 115th birthday this year. “But she’s never been a worrier and she’s always been a thin person, so maybe that has something to do with it.”

Parker taught in a two-room school in the Shelby County town of Smithland for several years until she wed her childhood sweetheart and next-door neighbor, Earl Parker, in 1911. The same year, she graduated from Franklin College with a teaching certificate.

But as was the tradition of that era, her teaching career ended with her marriage. Parker traded the schoolhouse for life as a farmer’s wife, preparing meals for as many as a dozen men who worked on her husband’s farm.

Parker recalled last year that her chores included helping maintain the family’s barn and butchering chickens for Sunday post-church supper. She noted with pride that she and her husband were one of the first owners of an automobile in their rural area.

A few months after moving into her son Clifford’s home, Parker came close to death. One winter night, Clifford and his wife returned home from a high school basketball game to find her missing. Don, their son, says he discovered his grandmother in the snowy darkness near the farm’s apple orchard. He scooped up her rigid body and rushed back to the house.

“She was stiff as a 2-by-4. We really thought that was the end of her,” he said.
But Parker recovered fully, suffering only frostbitten fingertips.

Coincidentally, Parker lived in the same nursing home, Heritage House Convalescent Center, as 7-foot-7 Sandy Allen, whom Guinness recognized as the world’s tallest woman until her death in August.

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Guitar legend-inventor Les Paul dies at age 94

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By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY (AP) – 30 minutes ago

NEW YORK — Les Paul, the guitar virtuoso and inventor who revolutionized music and created rock 'n' roll as surely as Elvis Presley and the Beatles by developing the solid-body electric guitar and multitrack recording, died Thursday at age 94.

Known for his lightning-fast leads, Paul performed with some of early pop's biggest names and produced a slew of hits, many with wife Mary Ford. But it was his inventive streak that made him universally revered by guitar gods as their original ancestor and earned his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the most important forces in popular music.

Paul, who died in White Plains, N.Y., of complications from pneumonia, was a tireless tinkerer, whose quest for a particular sound led him to create the first solid-body electric guitar, a departure from the hollow-body guitars of the time. His invention paved the way for modern rock 'n' roll and became the standard instrument for legends like Pete Townshend and Jimmy Page.

He also developed technology that would become hallmarks of rock and pop recordings, from multitrack recording that allowed for layers and layers of "overdubs" to guitar reverb and other sound effects.

"He was truly the cornerstone of popular music," said Henry Juskiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar, which mass produced Paul's original invention. "He was futurist, and unlike some futurists who write about it and predict things, he was guy who actually did things."

Paul remained an active performer until his last months: He put out his very first rock album just four years ago, and up until recently played every week at a New York jazz club.

The news of his death prompted an outpouring of tributes from the music world.

"Les lived a very long life and he got to a lot of his goals, so I'm happy for him in that respect. ... At least he realized that he was legend in his own time while he was alive" said Richie Sambora, Bon Jovi's guitarist and a friend of Paul's, on Thursday. "He was revolutionary in the music business."

Said Kiss' Paul Stanley: "The name Les Paul is iconic and is known by aspiring and virtuoso guitar players worldwide. That guitar is the cornerstone of a lot of great music that has been made in the last 50 years."

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Laugh-In's Henry Gibson dead at 73

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For some reason I thought that Henry Gibson was a lot older than 73, but the character actor with the huge resume passed away from cancer at that age yesterday in Malibu.

One of the more famous TV credits on that resume was Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, the influential 60s comedy show that no one under 30 has ever seen. He also appeared in shows like Bewitched, The Beverly Hillbillies, Deep Space Nine, Coach, MacGyver, Evening Shade, Sisters, Newhart, Magnum, P.I., and Simon and Simon.

More recently, TV fans know him from his many appearances as a judge on Boston Legal and his voice work on King of the Hill (he played Bob Jenkins). He was also in several movies, including Magnolia (he played Thurston Howell???), The Nutty Professor, Nashville, The Blues Brothers, Wedding Crashers, and a ton of others.

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Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary Dead From Cancer at 72

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Mary Travers, who with Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow performed some of the most enduring folk anthems of the 1960s as Peter, Paul and Mary, has died at age 72. Her spokeswoman, Heather Lylis, told the AP the cause was complications from leukemia, and that Travers passed away at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut today. The singer had undergone a bone marrow transplant and was “feeling fabulous” in 2006, but her condition deteriorated this year and she was no longer able to perform.

Travers was born in Kentucky but attended high school in New York’s West Village, where her family lived in the same building as folk icon Pete Seeger. She became a disciple of the Weavers and performed with Seeger before Yarrow and his manager Albert Grossman (who later steered Bob Dylan’s career) recruited her for the trio. After seven months of rehearsals, the group made its debut in 1961 performing songs carefully arranged by Milk Okun. Their self-titled debut came out the following year and boasted the Grammy-winning “If I Had a Hammer,” as well as “Lemon Tree” and Seeger’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.” They hit Number One with “Leaving on Jet Plane” from 1967’s Album 1700, but made a large impact off the charts as leading voices of protest.

In 1963, the group famously performed Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “If I Had a Hammer” at the March on Washington, and released the latter on second LP Moving, which also boasted Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” and “Puff (The Magic Dragon).” Their gentle harmonies and sharp performances became calling cards of pivotal ’60s gatherings, from civil-rights demonstrations to anti-war rallies — and Travers was a striking onstage figure, flipping back her stick-straight blonde hair as Yarrow and Stookey strummed alongside her. Their rendition of “Blowin’ in the Wind” shipped 300,000 copies in two weeks and brought the song newfound attention; Peter, Paul and Mary went on to do a cover of Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” that hit Number Nine.

The trio split up to work on solo projects in 1970, and Travers released five albums between 1971 and 1978. Their reunion disc Reunion came out in 1978, the year the group reformed to play a concert to protest nuclear power.

According to The New York Times, Yarrow released a statement calling Travers’ vocals “honest and completely authentic” like her personality. Stookey said “her charisma was a barely contained nervous energy — occasionally (and then only privately) revealed as stage fright.”

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Lake County GOP chair dies

Curley ran party for six years, township for 27 years

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CROWN POINT | John Curley, who served as both chairman of the Lake County Republican party and Winfield Township trustee/assessor, died Tuesday morning.

Friends and neighbors said the 66-year-old Winfield resident was found unconscious during a Tuesday morning exercise session at his home in Winfield.

Lake County officials, primarily Democrats, lowered the flags at the county government center at half staff in his honor.

Gov. Mitch Daniels said, "Against all the odds, John Curley worked tirelessly to give the citizens of Lake County a political choice and the kind of competition that is essential to reducing abusive and exploitative government.

"While most people would have been frustrated and discouraged by the challenge, he continued to be a cheerful believer in the system and in the possibility of reform. John will be missed by friends of good government and very difficult to replace."

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Tuesday, "I am sad to hear that we've lost John Curley. He was committed to having a vigorous two-party system to hold both sides accountable, and John will be remembered as an enthusiastic advocate for the loyal opposition in Lake County. His efforts on behalf of his community will be missed."

George Janiec, a Hammond Republican activist, said "John was a statesman, a self-made man and generous to a fault."

Curley ran a successful masonry businesses in Crown Point and Chesterton and served 27 years as trustee and assessor of the largely rural township east of here that blossomed into a bedroom community in the last decade.

State GOP officials named Curley the party boss in Lake in 2003 after complaints the party wasn't unified and was infiltrated by Democrats posing as Republicans. The party voted to retain him in office earlier this year.

Curley said repeatedly he tried to encourage viable candidates for public office, although the GOP remains a minority party in Lake County -- as it has been since the Great Depression era.

John Moos, Crown Point Republican city chairman, said Curley took over the party's affairs at a low ebb.

"He was in favor of the two-party system and trying to get us back in Lake County," Moos said. "John was concerned not only about Republican principles, but also human principles. His work as a trustee in Winfield for the poor he helped. He was an honest man."

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita said, "Being a local political party chairman is often a thankless, as well as a payless job. I'm sure many of us are thanking John now for all of his efforts. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time."

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Wrestling icon Captain Lou Albano passes away

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Posted Oct 14th 2009 6:07PM by Brad Trechak

Captain Lou AlbanoFor the most part, TV Squad doesn't cover professional wrestling, despite pro-wrestling and television being synonymous since the 1950's. It could be because wrestling is a world unto itself and there are certainly enough blogs out there that cover the subject. In this instance, an exception has been made since wrestling and TV icon Captain Lou Albano has passed away. He was 76.

He was known mostly for his work with the WWF (now the WWE) in the '8's and his participation in the first WrestleMania as well as several thereafter. Hell, he was instrumental in creating that event by participating in Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" music video which led to "The War to Settle the Score" on MTV which led to ... well, you know.

I met Captain Lou back when I worked on the indie professional wrestling circuit (a long story that perhaps will be written of more someday). He was a nice guy, but had a few quirks that kept him interesting. In short, he was like everyone else that worked in wrestling.

Professional wrestling, and quite possibly the entire TV industry, has died a little today. Rest in peace, Captain Lou.

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Remote Control host Ken Ober dead at 52

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Wow, it's one thing to write about the death of someone like Edward Woodward, someone who was older and not in good health, but it's another thing to write about the death of someone only 52. Ken Ober, who hosted the classic (well, in my mind it's a classic) MTV game show Remote Control in the late 80s, died yesterday of unknown causes.

If you've never seen Remote Control, it was a wacky pop culture trivia game show that supposedly was filmed in Ober's basement. Besides being a really fun game show (especially for someone raised on television), it costarred a lot of people who later became household names, such as Adam Sandler and Colin Quinn.

Oddly enough, Ober was a guest on an episode of The Equalizer and also appeared in other shows, including Who's The Boss, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and the original Parenthood series. He was the Comedian champ on Star Search and was also a producer, working on such shows as The New Adventures of Old Christine, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and Mind of Mencia.

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