The Departed - 2019

Posted by: Jeffery J. Haas

The Departed - 2019 - 08/10/19 06:39 PM

A History Roundtable feature that memorializes notable persons who have gone before us into eternity.
This thread replaces "The Passing Parade" which for many years was maintained by our own departed Ken Williams, also known here as "Golem".
Posted by: Jeffery J. Haas

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 08/17/19 12:15 AM

Peter Fonda, counter-culture icon, actor and filmmaker, dies at 79.

The Hollywood Reporter
Posted by: itstarted

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 08/17/19 01:24 AM

A few more....
Celebrities Who Died in 2019 - PEOPLE
Posted by: Jeffery J. Haas

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 08/21/19 12:36 AM

The animator of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", died today at 86.

‘Roger Rabbit’ animator Richard Williams dead at 86

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Richard Williams, an Academy Award-winning animator best known for his work on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” has died. He passed at his home in Bristol, UK on Friday at age 86.

A triple Oscar and triple BAFTA winner, Williams also did two of the “Pink Panther” films and “Casino Royale.”

His first film, “The Little Island,” was released in 1958 and won a BAFTA, while his animated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in 1971 was his first Oscar.

Williams later wrote a book, “The Animator’s Survival Kit” and was animating and writing until he died.
Posted by: Jeffery J. Haas

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 08/26/19 07:32 PM

Edward Lewis, a producer who helped break the Hollywood blacklist with "Spartacus" by hiring "subversive" screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, and who later shared an Oscar nomination with his wife for producing "Missing," about the death of an American writer in Chile, died July 27, 2019.



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Author Toni Morrison, the first black woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature, died on Aug. 6, 2019. Morrison, seen on Oct. 7, 1993, at her office in Princeton University in New Jersey, died following a short illness, her family said in a statement. She was 88.



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Chris Kraft, the creator and longtime leader of NASA's Mission Control, died July 22, 2019, just two days after the 50th anniversary of what was his and NASA's crowning achievement: Apollo 11's moon landing. Kraft, right, shown in a 1981 photo with President Ronald Reagan, was 95.

Posted by: Mellowicious

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 08/26/19 08:42 PM

I’m not really familiar with Chris Kraft, although he sounds like someone to be grateful to and for.

Anyone who gave Dalton Trumbo a job is a hero in my book, and Toni Morrison was damn near magical. I hope to take Obama’s advice and read/reread all her novels in the coming year.
Posted by: pdx rick

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 08/26/19 09:21 PM



Welp, there was David Koch. Hmm
Posted by: pondering_it_all

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 08/27/19 04:31 AM

If you read about David Koch, he was a curious mix of Libertarian and Republican politics and enormous philanthropy. From Wikipedia:

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]He was the 1980 Libertarian candidate for vice president of the United States and helped finance the campaign. He founded Citizens for a Sound Economy. He donated to political advocacy groups and to political campaigns, almost entirely Republican. He moved to the Republican Party in 1984; in 2012 he spent over $100 million to oppose the re-election of President Barack Obama. Through Americans for Prosperity and other dark money vehicles, he was a leading source of funding for climate change denial and attacks on environmental regulation, unions, and workers' rights. Greenpeace estimates that the Koch brothers put $127 million into 92 groups involved in preventing action on climate change. His companies are among the biggest polluters in the United States.

Beginning in 2006, the Chronicle of Philanthropy listed Koch as one of the world's top 50 philanthropists.

From 1982 to 2013, Koch contributed $18.6 million to WGBH Educational Foundation, including $10 million to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) show Nova. Koch contributed to several charities including Lincoln Center, Sloan Kettering, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the Dinosaur Wing at the American Museum of Natural History. The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, home of the New York City Ballet, was renamed the David H. Koch Theater in 2008 following a gift of $100 million for the renovation of the theater.

In July 2015 David Koch and his brother were commended by both President Obama and activist Anthony Van Jones for their bipartisan efforts to reform the prison system in the United States.[83][84] For nearly ten years the Kochs together advocated for several reforms within the criminal justice system which include reducing recidivism rates, simplifying the employment process for the rehabilitated, and defending private property from government seizures through asset forfeiture.[84][85] Allying with groups such as the ACLU, the Center for American Progress, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the Coalition for Public Safety, and the MacArthur Foundation, the Kochs maintained the current prison system unfairly targets low-income and minority communities at the expense of the public budget.
Posted by: pdx rick

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 08/28/19 02:51 AM

Originally Posted By: pondering_it_all
If you read about David Koch, he was a curious mix of Libertarian and Republican politics and enormous philanthropy.

Koch endowed NOVA - one of my favorite PBS shows - but there was a catch, he had to approve any show content that dealt with anything science - especially climate change.
Posted by: pondering_it_all

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 08/28/19 07:36 AM

A lot of his philanthropy was self-serving: For example all four Koch boys have or had prostate cancer, and David endowed millions of dollars to institutions that may find a cure one day. Just too late for him. He was a chemical engineer, so he gave money to PBS and others to improve science education. I guess he liked ballet, so he renovated the New York City's premier ballet theater. It's kind of like a rich guy supporting the opera: Nobody but the rich attend, but that's what they like so that's where their money goes.

I wonder if his wife and kids are going to go a bit more liberal with their charities, like Rupert Murdock's kid? BTW, his wife is just 57 and much more into charity and the arts than he was.
Posted by: pdx rick

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 08/28/19 11:38 AM

Originally Posted By: pondering_it_all
...I guess he liked ballet...

His wife did, she was the reason why the Arts were funded. smile
Posted by: Jeffery J. Haas

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 08/30/19 11:48 PM

Valerie Harper died this morning (Friday 8/30/2019) in Los Angeles.



She did a wide variety of roles, including a critically acclaimed sendup of Talulah Bankhead, on stage but was best known as Mary Richards' sidekick Rhoda Morganstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

She was eighty years young and she squeezed an extra eleven years out of a cancer diagnosis and a three months to live death sentence.

Posted by: pdx rick

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 08/31/19 03:15 AM

Originally Posted By: Jeffery J. Haas
Valerie Harper died this morning (Friday 8/30/2019) in Los Angeles.


RIP, Ms. Harper. Bow

(pro'lly inappropriate to say how much I really, r-e-a-l-l-y enjoyed her TV husband David Groh as a kid - so I won't. smile )
Posted by: NW Ponderer

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 08/31/19 03:09 PM

I always enjoyed Valerie Harper. cry
Posted by: Jeffery J. Haas

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 09/11/19 07:12 PM

T. Boone Pickens, oil man, corporate raider and philanthropist, died Wednesday at age 91 of natural causes.

T. Boone Pickens, the ‘Oracle of Oil,’ corporate raider and billionaire philanthropist

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“Yes, I’m for Donald Trump,” Pickens declared in May 2016. “I’m tired of having politicians as president of the U.S. Let’s try something different.”


I guess we'll never hear if he remained satisfied with his choice.
Posted by: Senator Hatrack

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 09/11/19 10:33 PM

T. Boone Pickens
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Now, don’t for a minute think I’m being morbid. Truth is, when you’re in the oil business like I’ve been all my life, you drill your fair share of dry holes, but you never lose your optimism. There’s a story I tell about the geologist who fell off a 10-story building. When he blew past the fifth floor he thought to himself, “So far so good.”

That’s the way to approach life. Be the eternal optimist who is excited to see what the next decade will bring. I remain excited every day, engaged and thrilled in the office and on the road. I thrive on that activity, and I'm going to stick to it, no matter the setback. And I am grateful to have such a strong support network that makes it all the more easy.

Thanks T. Boone Pickens for being an optimist!
Posted by: pondering_it_all

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 09/12/19 07:35 AM

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When he blew past the fifth floor he thought to himself, “So far so good.”


Well, we're all going to die in the end, so I think you need to think that way. I'm not saying you should not plan for the end, but it's just silly to say: "Let's get it over with."
Posted by: Jeffery J. Haas

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 09/13/19 04:50 PM

RIP Eddie Money - 1949-2019

His grandfather, father and brother were NYPD.
Eddie went through the training program but changed his mind and hit the streets from the very beginning as a singer, moving to the SF Bay Area in 1968.

He died this morning from complications of Stage 4 esophageal cancer and a recent bout of pneumonia from a recent cardiac surgery.

While I can't say I was a dedicated hardcore fan, a couple of his songs are part of the soundtrack of my life so he'll be missed.
Posted by: pdx rick

Re: The Departed - 2019 - 09/14/19 12:29 AM



My favorite Eddie Money track smile



RIP Mr Money Bow , cry