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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".

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

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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.


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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.



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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.


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Welp, there was David Koch. Hmm


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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.

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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.


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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.

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