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#305842 - 03/04/18 04:58 PM Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018 [Re: Golem]
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Sir Roger Bannister, first athlete to break four-minute mile, dies aged 88

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Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to break the four-minute mile, has died. He was 88.
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A statement released on behalf of his family said he had died in his sleep “surrounded by his family, who were as loved by him as he was loved by them. He banked his treasure in the hearts of his friends.”

After Bannister broke the mile record, running three minutes, 59.4 seconds at the Iffley Road sports ground in Oxford on 6 May 1954, he collapsed into a pack of men, his body feeling “like an exploding flashbulb”. Then came the words that revived him quicker than any pick-me-up. “Result of event eight: one mile. First, RG Bannister of Exeter and Merton colleges, in a time which, subject to ratification, is a new track record, British record, European record, Commonwealth record and world record three minutes and …” The rest of the sentence was drowned by cheers.

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#305975 - 03/14/18 04:06 AM Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018 [Re: Golem]
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It's like the Great Library at Alexandria burning down all over again.

Stephen Hawking, modern cosmology's brightest star, dies aged 76

The Guardian UK
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#305976 - 03/14/18 05:18 AM Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018 [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
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Originally Posted By: Jeffery J. Haas
It's like the Great Library at Alexandria burning down all over again.

Stephen Hawking, modern cosmology's brightest star, dies aged 76

The Guardian UK

RIP Professor Hawking. Bow

It was kinda neat that only last week Professor Hawking was asked his thoughts about what existed before the Big Bang, and Professor Hawking said: Nothing

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#306260 - 04/05/18 10:46 PM Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018 [Re: Golem]
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WWE Hall of Famer ‘Luscious’ Johnny Valiant dies after being struck by pickup truck

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“Luscious” Johnny Valiant, a wrestling star of the 1970s and ’80s and a Hall of Famer, died Wednesday of injuries he suffered when he was struck by a pickup truck as he crossed a busy street in Ross Township, Pa.

The 71-year-old, whose real name was Thomas M. Sullivan, was pronounced dead at Allegheny General Hospital on Pittsburgh’s North Side, WWE announced Wednesday night. The accident occurred at about 5:30 a.m., Ross Detective Brian Kohlhepp told Triblive.com.

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#306261 - 04/06/18 04:18 AM Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018 [Re: Golem]
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His one last takedown. And damn it was a good one!
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#306792 - 05/20/18 07:25 PM Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018 [Re: Golem]
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Patricia Morison, Star of the Original ‘Kiss Me, Kate,’ Dies at 103

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Patricia Morison, the glamorous star who originated the role of the shrewish actress diva in the delightful 1948 Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate, has died. She was 103.

Morison, who also appeared on stage opposite Yul Brynner in The King and I in such films as The Song of Bernadette (1943), died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles of natural causes.

With a mane of exuberant, dark hair that reached her hips, Morison often was cast as a villainess or “the other woman” on the big screen.

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#306823 - 05/23/18 04:58 AM Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018 [Re: Golem]
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As a heavily hormonal teenage Jew-talian in the 1960's I was ravaged by a double dose of religious, social, cultural and sexual guilt.
Philip Roth's novel "Portnoy's Complaint" taught me that it was okay to laugh at my life lessons, and that I might just even be "normal".
Roth provided enough of that laughter to last a lifetime.
And then I discovered his other books.
I never got to thank you, Mr. Portnoy. (Roth)

Rest in Mirth.

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#306824 - 05/24/18 03:52 AM Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018 [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
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I came from a family of readers. When they got a good paperback, they'd share it with their favorite family members. I was about 17 when my 60-some-year-old aunt read Portnoy's Complaint. I was over at her house one day and she took me into her bedroom and showed me the book. She said, "I'd like to loan it to you, but it really is awful. Funny, but awful ... like, look here at page ..." And she read me the tuna-sandwich-finger-smelling thing. My aunt cracked up and said she didn't want to get in trouble with my dad (her brother). She loaned it to me a couple of months later. I guess I'd grown up enough.
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#306825 - 05/24/18 07:49 PM Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018 [Re: Spag-hetti]
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Originally Posted By: Spag-hetti
I came from a family of readers. When they got a good paperback, they'd share it with their favorite family members. I was about 17 when my 60-some-year-old aunt read Portnoy's Complaint. I was over at her house one day and she took me into her bedroom and showed me the book. She said, "I'd like to loan it to you, but it really is awful. Funny, but awful ... like, look here at page ..." And she read me the tuna-sandwich-finger-smelling thing. My aunt cracked up and said she didn't want to get in trouble with my dad (her brother). She loaned it to me a couple of months later. I guess I'd grown up enough.


In other words, you had a very modern thinking aunt!
I think I might have been either fifteen or sixteen when my oldest brother handed it to me.
My mother asked why "he was complaining". I hadn't started the book yet so I had no idea what the meaning of the title was, and my brother had only said, "it's really funny".

A couple of weeks later Mom had a hissy fit over it, seems she'd heard a few things about it, and the beginnings of a row ensued, but I was already nearly finished with it.
Dad tamped down the smoke and anguish with his classic, "just don't upset your mother" line, which really amounted to a wink and a nudge.
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#306827 - 05/25/18 06:10 AM Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018 [Re: Golem]
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Like 15 year old boys would never think of masturbation unless they read Complaint.

Back when I was in High School anybody who didn't masturbate was beyond weird. Probably involved with incest or farm animals!

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