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R.I.P. prolific actor Christopher Plummer: https://news.avclub.com/r-i-p-prolific-actor-christopher-plummer-1846207003

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Christopher Plummer, the actor best known for his work in The Sound Of Music and Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World, has died. Per Deadline, Plummer’s death was confirmed by his manager of 46 years, Lou Pitt: “Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self deprecating humor and the music of words. He was a National Treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come. He will forever be with us.” Plummer died peacefully in his Connecticut home. He was 91.

Truly an American/Canadian icon.  He will be missed.

 

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Marty Schottenheimer, NFL coach with 200 wins, dies at 77: https://apnews.com/article/nfl-charlotte-los-angeles-chargers-football-north-carolina-1970bcb9df70f8efa02f62dcc0f1ae2f

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Marty Schottenheimer, who won 200 regular-season games with four NFL teams thanks to his “Martyball” brand of smash-mouth football but regularly fell short in the playoffs, has died. He was 77.

Schottenheimer died Monday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, his family said through Bob Moore, former Kansas City Chiefs publicist. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014. He was moved to a hospice on Jan. 30.

Schottenheimer was the eighth-winningest coach in NFL history. He went 200-126-1 in 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington and San Diego Chargers.

His success was rooted in “Martyball,” a conservative approach that featured a strong running game and tough defense. He hated the then-Oakland Raiders and loved the mantra, “One play at a time,” which he’d holler at his players in the pre-kickoff huddle.

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Truly an NFL coaching icon.  He will be missed.

 

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Larry Flynt has died: https://news.avclub.com/larry-flynt-has-died-1846244281

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Larry Flynt has died. Having involved himself in issues ranging from America’s most lurid sexual desires, to its most high-minded liberal ideals, Flynt was a dedicated pornographer, provocateur, and a self-styled advocate for free speech. His work as the founder of Hustler magazine brought him from the world of Midwest nightclubs, to the brink of death, and into the highest courts in the land, almost always with an eye on how to raise his profile (and more money) from the dedicated mining of outrage and lust. He died today at the age of 78. Heart failure has been reported as the cause of death.

Born in Kentucky in the 1940s, Flynt involved himself in the business of vice early and often, working as a bootlegger before ultimately opening a series of nudity-focused Hustler nightclubs throughout Ohio. Flynt moved from club ownership to publishing in the 1970s, attempting to undercut Playboy and its ilk by offering far more hardcore imagery in his new magazine, often focused on the degradation of women. Flynt put Hustler on the map in 1975 with the purchase and publication of nude photographs of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, shot by paparazzi while she was on vacation—becoming a millionaire basically overnight due to the increased attention and sales the photos brought.

What followed was a long career of deliberate provocation, reaching its potential apex in 1978, when Flynt was shot by a man who later revealed he’d been outraged by an interracial photo shoot in Hustler. Partially paralyzed, Flynt continued to run his publishing empire, engaging in numerous legal battles with the likes of Jerry Falwell and other anti-pornography crusaders. Flynt also became increasingly engaged in politics, throwing support behind left-leaning figures like Bill Clinton, and offering cash rewards for stories of conservative leaders caught in sexually compromising positions.

Flynt, and the publishing empire he created, remain controversial to this day. He was sued by a secretary for sexual harassment in the mid-2000s, and was accused by one of his daughters, Tonya Flynt-Vega, of sexually abusing her as a child. (Flynt denied the charges.) He is survived by four children and his wife, Elizabeth Berrios, who he was married to from 1998 until his death early this morning.

 

 

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Conservative Radio Personality Rush Limbaugh Dead At 70

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/539213-rush-limbaugh-dead-at-70

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Rush Limbaugh, the radio host who revolutionized conservative talk radio and became the medium's biggest and most influential star, is dead at the age of 70.

His death was announced on his program by his wife, Kathryn Limbaugh. The Hill has reached out to "The Rush Limbaugh Show" for further comment.

His death comes a little more than a year after his announcement of a diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer.
 
Limbaugh's reign on talk radio spanned more than three decades and at its peak reached an audience of more than 15 million listeners. He was first syndicated in 1988.
 
He was a provocateur who became a hero to conservatives but deeply angered and offended others with his remarks on race, gender and a host of political issues.
 
"One thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me," Limbaugh told his listeners last year.
 
The fiery conservative host was a top supporter of former President Trump and as recently as October hosted Trump for a two-hour interview. In April, the former president awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
 
“Because of people like you and Sean Hannity and Mark Levin and so many others — your friends at 'Fox & Friends' in the morning — people are getting it," Trump told Limbaugh at the time.
 
That January, the president also celebrated Limbaugh's signing of a long-term contract with Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of IHeartMedia.

No matter what you thought of his politics, Mr. Limbaugh was a true American Icon. He will be missed.

 

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'There was no one better than Cliz' | Longtime radio voice of Purdue basketball dies at 74

https://www.jconline.com/story/sports/2021/02/27/larry-clisby-longtime-radio-voice-purdue-basketball-dies-74/6850941002/

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The tributes poured in. 

From former players. From current players. From fans. 

"There was no one better than Cliz," former Boilermaker standout Robbie Hummel tweeted. "A true legend as the voice of the Boilers and someone I consider myself lucky to call a friend. I’ll cherish the time we spent together at Purdue."

Larry Clisby, the radio voice of Purdue men’s basketball for more than 40 years, died Saturday morning at his home in Florida. Clisby was 74.

"Thank you CLIZ!" Forever in our hearts," current Purdue guard Eric Hunter, Jr., posted on Twitter. 

Clisby retired from play-by-play duties after calling 1,189 Boilermaker games after last season. He began calling Purdue games in 1984.

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Truly a Purdue and Lafayette area icon.  He will be missed.

 

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G. Gordon Liddy, Watergate mastermind, dead at 90: https://apnews.com/article/g-gordon-liddy-dead-d64dac896ea0c73e19079b19e171cf21

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G. Gordon Liddy, a mastermind of the Watergate burglary and a radio talk show host after emerging from prison, died Tuesday at age 90 at his daughter’s home in Virginia.

His son, Thomas Liddy, confirmed the death but did not reveal the cause, other than to say it was not related to COVID-19.

Liddy, a former FBI agent and Army veteran, was convicted of conspiracy, burglary and illegal wiretapping for his role in the Watergate burglary, which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. He spent four years and four months in prison, including more than 100 days in solitary confinement.

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When Nixon took office, Liddy was named a special assistant to Treasury and served under Treasury Secretary David M. Kennedy. He later moved to the White House, then to Nixon’s reelection campaign, where his official title was general counsel.

Liddy was head of a team of Republican operatives known as “the plumbers,” whose mission was to find leakers of information embarrassing to the Nixon administration. Among Liddy’s specialties were gathering political intelligence and organizing activities to disrupt or discredit Nixon’s Democratic opponents.

While recruiting a woman to help carry out one of his schemes, Liddy tried to convince her that no one could force him to reveal her identity or anything else against his will. To convince her, He held his hand over a flaming cigarette lighter. His hand was badly burned. The woman turned down the job.

Liddy became known for such offbeat suggestions as kidnapping war protest organizers and taking them to Mexico during the Republican National Convention; assassinating investigative journalist Jack Anderson; and firebombing the Brookings Institution, a left-leaning think tank in Washington where classified documents leaked by Ellsberg were being stored.

Liddy and fellow operative Howard Hunt, along with the five arrested at Watergate, were indicted on federal charges three months after the June 1972 break-in. Hunt and his recruits pleaded guilty in January 1973, and James McCord and Liddy were found guilty. Nixon resigned on Aug. 9, 1974.

After the failed break-in attempt, Liddy recalled telling White House counsel John Dean, “If someone wants to shoot me, just tell me what corner to stand on, and I’ll be there, OK?” Dean reportedly responded, “I don’t think we’ve gotten there yet, Gordon.”

Liddy claimed in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that Nixon was “insufficiently ruthless” and should have destroyed tape recordings of his conversations with top aides.

Liddy learned to market his reputation as a fearless, if sometimes overzealous, advocate of conservative causes. His syndicated radio talk show, broadcast from Virginia-based WJFK, was long one of the most popular in the country. He wrote best-selling books, acted in TV shows like “Miami Vice,” was a frequent guest lecturer on college campuses, started a private-eye franchise and worked as a security consultant. For a time, he teamed on the lecture circuit with an unlikely partner, 1960s LSD guru Timothy Leary.

In the mid-1990s, Liddy told gun-toting radio listeners to aim for the head when encountered by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. “Head shots, head shots,” he stressed, explaining that most agents wear bullet-resistant vests under their jackets. Liddy said later he wasn’t encouraging people to hunt agents, but added that if an agent comes at someone with deadly force, “you should defend yourself and your rights with deadly force.”

Liddy always took pride in his role in Watergate. He once said: “I am proud of the fact that I am the guy who did not talk.”

Truly an American Villain.

 

 

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John McAfee Found Dead in a Spanish Prison Cell

https://reason.com/2021/06/23/john-mcafee-found-dead-in-a-spanish-prison-cell/

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John McAfee wanted to be free, and he wanted you to be free. Facing the reality that the U.S. government was not likely going to let him breathe another free breath, the 75-year-old software entrepreneur and 2016 Libertarian Party presidential hopeful was found dead via hanging in a Spanish jail on Wednesday just hours after news had broke that he was finally being extradited to face tax charges back home.

McAfee, who had been locked up in Spain for eight months, had long admitted that he had not paid income taxes in many years and never intended to.

Most famous for founding the antivirus software company bearing his own name, McAfee stopped working there in 1994, and over the past few years had became a colorful promoter of cryptocurrency, famously vowing to eat his own dick if Bitcoin didn't break $1 million in 2020.

In between those ventures his life was a living men's magazine profile, with one Wired feature already optioned for a long-discussed feature film. He was known for cavorting with wild woman, waving around guns, manufacturing drugs, filming sloppy cocktail videos on his boat, discussing the finer points of fornicating with whales, and generally being the loud archetype of the untamable male id.

A trickster, McAfee wanted us all to know years ago that if in the future he seemed to have killed himself, he most certainly did not, posting an image of himself in 2019 with a tattoo reading "whack'd." A couple of weeks into his Spanish incarceration, he tweeted that "I am content in here. I have friends. The food is good. All is well. Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine."

His Twitter feed from prison contained some of his usual musings on high-level math anomalies, data security, software designers as spies, hackers' invincibility, and mordant prison wisdom such as "Today a man facing a difficult situation asked if I knew of painless ways to kill himself. Having little experience in such, I was of not much help. The amazing thing is that the tone of the discussion was like discussing the weather. Prison is a strange environment."

A week ago he tweeted, and pinned, that "The US believes I have hidden crypto. I wish I did but it has dissolved through the many hands of Team McAfee (your belief is not required), and my remaining assets are all seized. My friends evaporated through fear of association. I have nothing. Yet, I regret nothing."

Having had the pleasure of many, many hours in McAfee's company—all reporter/subject stuff, though he relished that dynamic—I can tell you that John McAfee was a trip, and loved a life of interacting, mindfucking, communicating, and miscommunicating, striving to both be understood and to twist your understanding to his momentary whims.

One of the first things he told me when we met for a story on his 2016 campaign was "Don't care about me, please. Commune with me. Dance with me. Laugh with me. But for God's sake, if you care about me, keep the fuck out of my life."

When he launched a more haphazard 2020 Libertarian run in exile, on the run from an indictment he knew was coming, he told me, "Aren't we supposed to be standing up and risking things, putting ourselves on the fucking line" for freedom? "Well I'm doing it. Please, God, give me credit for that."

Our last conversation, as I recall, was in June 2019 from Cuba during his months as an international fugitive prior to his Spanish capture in October 2020. He had been enjoying his time in Cuba and delighted in outraging the sensibilities of Libertarians appalled by his partying in a totalitarian state. To John McAfee, the world was a totalitarian state, just not one powerful enough to stop him from partying in it.

If speculations abound as to whether his suicide was real, that is exactly as he would have wanted it. McAfee was a man of appetites, a man of dreams, a rogue and a scoundrel who made his mark on the world because of his flaws and not despite them. He would simultaneously chase windmills and laugh at those who think they'd ever catch one.

"Libertarians are not going to get elected this year, maybe forever, and if we pretend we are we are fools in the eyes of those whose support we are trying to get," he told me in 2019. "Questions like, 'What are you going to do your first day in office?'" he said. "It makes me vomit. Serious people are watching us here. Please, God, get real with yourself."

Still, he'd also tell you, with burning sincerity before coming in third for the 2016 nomination: "Let's win. Of course the nomination will be the simplest way. I'm old. I tire easily. But I'm not gonna stop. I'm not going to give in to frustration and fear. I will not let this [current system of government oppression] go on to my children, on the backs of my blood. I will not do that. I'm not giving up."

McAfee was electric, jolting those around him to a more vibrant, if more confusing and confused, life. His persona, both public and private, made the world seem more exotic, mysterious, perplexing; he told you to his face how much he lied; he warned you being near him could lead you to being shot or abducted; he told you he was about to win when he was about to lose; and he also told you he knew he was going to get an indictment out of Tennessee, and he turned out to be right about that.

McAfee was accused of many crimes more grave than not paying the U.S. government off for the sin of earning money, including allegedly murdering a neighbor in Belize (which he denied, blaming Belize's corrupt government for the accusations). But that this force of nature spent his last days locked up is no sort of justice for the crimes the U.S. government sought to make him die in prison for.

John McAfee's very last tweet, his last coherent message to the world, five days ago, was a characteristic warning about the dangers of state power: "In a democracy, power is given not taken. But it is still power. Love, compassion, caring have no use for it. But it is fuel for greed, hostility,  jealousy….All power corrupts. Take care which powers you allow a democracy to wield."

Truly an American character and unique individual.  He will be missed.

 

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R.I.P. Ron Popeil, TV pitchman and inventor

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Ron Popeil has died. An pioneer in television marketing (and, to a lesser extent, the world of kitchen-adjacent gadgetry), Popeil is best known as the founder and face of Ronco, the company that helped transform “As Seen On TV!” into a mantra for a generation of overtly earnest TV pitchpeople. Per TMZ, Popeil died Wednesday morning at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, after experiencing a “severe medical emergency” on Tuesday night. Popeil was 86.

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Truly an American Icon.  He will be missed.

 

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Sudoku maker Maki Kaji, who saw life’s joy in puzzles, dies: https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-business-arts-and-entertainment-723bd1246300dbe094df16cab0a9fe8e

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Maki Kaji, the creator of the popular numbers puzzle Sudoku whose life’s work was spreading the joy of puzzles, has died, his Japanese company said Tuesday. He was 69 and had bile duct cancer.

Known as the “Godfather of Sudoku,” Kaji created the puzzle to be easy for children and others who didn’t want to think too hard. Its name is made up of the Japanese characters for “number” and “single,” and players place the numbers 1 through 9 in rows, columns and blocks without repeating them.

Ironically, it wasn’t until 2004 when Sudoku became a global hit, after a fan from New Zealand pitched it and got it published in the British newspaper The Times. Two years later, Japan rediscovered its own puzzle as a “gyakuyunyu,” or “reimport.”

Kaji was chief executive at his puzzle company, Nikoli Co., until July and died Aug. 10 at his home in Mitaka, a city in the Tokyo metro area.

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RIP Maki-san.  You will be missed.

The only game/time-waster I have on my cellphone is Sudoku.

 

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Truly a Rock and Roll Legend.  He will be missed.

 

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Actor Ed Asner, TV’s blustery Lou Grant, dies at 91: https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-tv-arts-and-entertainment-ed-asner-f68ac96f09acd7263a476786d3aeed80

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Ed Asner, the burly and prolific character actor who became a star in middle age as the gruff but lovable newsman Lou Grant, first in the hit comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and later in the drama “Lou Grant,” died Sunday. He was 91.

Asner’s representative confirmed the actor’s death in an email to The Associated Press. Asner’s official Twitter account included a note from his children: “We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning peacefully. Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on your head- Goodnight dad. We love you.”

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Truly an American Icon.  He will be missed.

 

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R.I.P. Norm Macdonald: https://www.avclub.com/r-i-p-norm-macdonald-1847674704

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Norm Macdonald, a veteran stand-up comedian, renowned cast member on Saturday Night Live on seasons 20 through 23, star of his own series The Norm Show, has died after privately battling cancer. He was 61.

His management firm Brillstein Entertainment confirmed his passing to Deadline. Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with Macdonald when he died, told the publication that the comedian had cancer for nearly a decade, though decided to keep it a secret between those closest to him. “He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him. Norm was a pure comic. He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly,” Hoekstra said in a statement to Deadline.

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Truly a great comic. He will be missed.  His impression of Burt Reynolds on SNL was hilarious.

 

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Totally bummed about Norm McDonald’s passing.  He was likely my favorite comedian.  He did some funny stuff early during COVID (the Bat Song and a stand up gig somewhere in LA which had a COVID-apocalyptic tilt).  Hugely respected by other comics…often referred to as a “comic’s comic”.

 

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Another quote from Norm I saw somewhere.  “The idiot sees the world as Good v. Evil.  The cynic sees the world as Evil v. Evil.  The truth is that the world has always been a battle of Good v. Good.”

I have to admit to listening to a TON of Norm these last 18 months and being absolutely stunned and saddened by his passing. 

 

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