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#309056 - 10/24/18 09:32 PM Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018 [Re: Golem]
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James Karen, Actor in 'Poltergeist' and So Much More, Dies at 94

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James Karen, the instantly recognizable character actor who moved the cemetery’s headstones — but not the bodies — as the developer Mr. Teague in the modern horror classic Poltergeist, has died. He was 94.

The incredibly prolific Karen, who also was noteworthy in such films as The China Syndrome (1979) and The Return of the Living Dead (1985) and on the finale of NBC’s Little House on the Prairie — he’s the dastardly reason the town of Walnut Grove was blown up — died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home, his wife, Alba, said.

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Another one of those, "you may not recognize his name but you'll know him when you see his picture" folks.

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#309297 - 11/08/18 05:54 PM Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018 [Re: Golem]
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Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, Long-Serving Times Book Critic, Dies at 84

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Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, a nationally influential literary critic for The New York Times for three decades, who wrote some 4,000 reviews and essays, mostly for the daily column Books of The Times, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 84.

His death, at the Milstein Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, was caused by complications of a stroke, his daughter, Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, said.

In one of journalism’s most challenging jobs, Mr. Lehmann-Haupt was The Times’s senior daily book critic from 1969 to 1995, tackling two or three books a week and rendering judgments that could affect, for better or ill, literary careers as well as book sales. He was a critic until 2000.

Readers and colleagues called him a judicious, authoritative voice on fiction and a seemingly boundless array of history, biography, current events and other topics, with forays into Persian archaeology and fly fishing.

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#309310 - 11/08/18 09:39 PM Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018 [Re: Golem]
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Francis Lai, Oscar-Winning ‘Love Story’ Composer, Dies at 86

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French composer Francis Lai, who won an Oscar for “Love Story” and penned the beguiling theme for “A Man and a Woman,” has died at the age of 86, the mayor of Nice announced on Wednesday. No cause of death was reported.

Lai’s plaintive piano melody for “Love Story,” the 1970 tearjerker that made stars of Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw, was his biggest hit, earning him an Oscar and a Golden Globe. His soundtrack recording was all over radio in early 1971, reaching no. 37 as a single and no. 2 as a soundtrack album. When lyrics were added to the melody, Andy Williams sang “Where Do I Begin” to no. 7 on the charts that same year.

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#309346 - 11/11/18 09:21 PM Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018 [Re: Golem]
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Douglas Rain, Stratford Festival actor and voice of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, dies at 90

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Douglas Rain passed away Sunday morning at the age of 90.

The actor, one of the pioneers of the Stratford Festival, is best known for his role in Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Rain was the voice of the sentient computer HAL.

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#309347 - 11/12/18 04:35 AM Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018 [Re: Golem]
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I didn't see this noted earlier, and it most assuredly should have been. Joachim Ronneberg, hero of Telemark, dies at 99 (The Australian). Ronneberg, who was only 23 at the time, led a group of Norwegian saboteurs who may have saved the world. Seriously. They destroyed the Nazi's heavy water supply that had taken them 18 months to accumulate (which was part of their effort to create an atomic weapon). The most amazing part of their story was that they escaped by skiing 250 miles to Sweden without being encountered, despite a manhunt involving 3000 German soldiers.

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#309349 - 11/12/18 06:28 AM Re: The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018 [Re: NW Ponderer]
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Pretty ironic isn't it? A small group of Norwegians on skis and an English homosexual mathematician (Turing) did more to defeat the Nazis than countless soldiers, planes, and warships.

WWI was all about the industrialization of warfare, with machine guns, poison gas, etc. WWII was all about intelligence, with encryption, game theory, and physics. War is becoming an exercise in pure intellect, and Russia meddling in our elections via internet may actually be WWIII.

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