Friday, October 31, 2008

Rosalind Cash died 13 years ago

Actress (in The Omega Man) Rosalind Cash was born on December 31, 1938 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ms. Cash died on October 31, 1995 in Los Angeles, California.

River Phoenix died 15 years ago

Actor (in Stand by Me) River Jude Phoenix was born on August 23, 1970 in Metolius, Oregon. Mr. Phoenix died on October 31, 1993 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Federico Fellini died 15 years ago

Film director (of Casanova) Federico Fellini was born on January 20, 1920 in Rimini, Italy. Mr. Fellini died on October 31, 1993 in Rome, Italy.

Joseph Campbell died 21 years ago

Mythologist (featured in The Power of Myth) Joseph John Campbell was born on March 26, 1904 in White Plains, New York. Mr. Campbell died on October 30, 1987 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Robert Goulet died 1 year ago

Actor and singer (in Camelot) Robert Gerard Goulet was born on November 26, 1933 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Mr. Goulet died on October 30, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

Honey died 2 years ago

Sweetest-dog-ever Honey was born in September 1993. She had a full and active life. Honey died on October 30, 2006 in Louisiana.
There once was a sweet dog named Honey,
Who often would act, oh, so funny.
Car windows she’d roll
And not charge a toll.
She had no real need for green money.

Steve Allen died 8 years ago

Composer (of This Could Be The Start of Something Big) and TV show host (of The Steve Allen Show) Steve Allen was born as Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen on December 26, 1921 in New York City, New York. Mr. Allen died on October 30, 2000 in Los Angeles, California.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Lloyd Bochner died 3 years ago

Actor (in Harlow) Lloyd Wolfe Bochner was born on July 29, 1924 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Bochner died on October 29, 2005 in Santa Monica, California.

Franco Corelli died 5 years ago

Opera singer Franco Corelli was born on April 8, 1921 in Ancona, Italy. Mr. Corelli died on October 29, 2003 in Milan, Italy.

Duane Allman died 37 years ago

Singer (in The Allman Brothers Band) Howard Duane Allman was born on November 20, 1946 in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Allman died on October 29, 1971 in Macon, Georgia.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I ain't mastered Vista yet!

Let's see. There was Win 3.0, Win 95, Win 98, Win 2000, Win XP, Win Vista... So, is this this really coming?

Porter Wagoner died 1 year ago

Singer (who had worn Nudie suits) Porter Wayne Wagoner was born on August 12, 1927 in West Plains, Missouri. Mr. Wagoner died on October 28, 2007 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Frank De Vol died 9 years ago

Arranger (of the Teddy Bears’ Picnic) and composer Frank Denny De Vol was born on September 20, 1911 in Moundsville, West Virginia. Mr. De Vol died on October 27, 1999 in Lafayette, California.

Morey Amsterdam died 12 years ago

Actor (on The Dick Van Dyke Show) Morey Amsterdam was born on December 14, 1908 in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Amsterdam died on October 27, 1996 in Los Angeles, California.

Xavier Cugat died 18 years ago

Bandleader Xavier Cugat was born as Francisco d'Asís Javier Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deleufo on January 1, 1900 in Girona, Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Mr. Cugat died on October 27, 1990 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Allan Lane died 35 years ago

Actor (and voice of Mr. Ed) Allan "Rocky" Lane was born as Harry Leonard Albershart on September 22, 1909 in Mishawaka, Indiana. Mr. Lane died on October 27, 1973 in Woodland Hills, California.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Hoyt Axton died 9 years ago

Singer and songwriter (of Joy to the World) Hoyt Wayne Axton was born on March 25, 1938 in Duncan, Oklahoma. Mr. Axton died on October 26, 1999 in Victor, Montana.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Richard Harris died 6 years ago

Actor (in Camelot) and singer (of MacArthur Park) Richard Harris was born as Richard St. John Harris on October 1, 1930 in Limerick City, Ireland. Mr. Harris died on October 25, 2002 in London, England.

Vincent Price died 15 years ago

Actor (in Edward Scissorhands) Vincent Price was born as Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. on May 27, 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Price died on October 25, 1993 in Los Angeles, California.

Roger Miller died 16 years ago

Singer (of Me and Bobby McGee) and songwriter (of King of the Road) Roger Dean Miller was born on January 2, 1936 in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Miller died on October 25, 1992 in Los Angeles, California.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Rosa Parks died 3 years ago

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born as Rosa Louise McCauley Parks on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Ms. Parks died on October 24, 2005 in Detroit, Michigan.

Raúl Juliá died 14 years ago

Actor (in The Addams Family) Raúl Juliá was born as Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay on March 9, 1940 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mr. Juliá died on October 24, 1994 in Manhasset, New York.

Gene Roddenberry died 17 years ago

Creator (of Star Trek) Gene Roddenberry was born as Eugene Wesley Roddenberry on August 19, 1921 in El Paso, Texas. Mr. Roddenberry died on October 24, 1991 in Santa Monica, California.

Edith Head died 27 years ago

Costume designer Edith Head was born as Edith Claire Posener on October 28, 1897 in Searchlight, Nevada. Ms. Head died on October 24, 1981 in Los Angeles, California.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Adolph Green died 6 years ago

Lyricist and playwright (with Betty Comden, of Singin’ in the Rain) Adolph Green was born on December 2, 1914 in the Bronx, New York City, New York. Mr. Green died on October 23, 2002 in New York City, New York.

Maybelle Carter died 30 years ago

Musician and singer (in the Carter Family) Maybelle Carter was born as Maybelle Addington on May 10, 1909 near Nickelsville, Virginia. Ms. Carter died on October 23, 1978 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Christian Dior died 51 years ago

Fashion designer Christian Dior was born on January 21, 1905 in Granville, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France. Mr. Dior died on October 23, 1957 in Montecatini, Tuscany, Italy.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Arthur Hill died 2 years ago

Actor (in The Andromeda Strain) Arthur Hill was born as Arthur Edward Spence Hill on August 1, 1922 in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada. Mr. Hill died on October 22, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.

Mary Wickes died 13 years ago

Actress (in the Father Dowling Mysteries) Mary Wickes was born as Mary Isabelle Wickenhauser on June 13, 1910 in St. Louis, Missouri. Ms. Wickes died on October 22, 1995 in Los Angeles, California.

Cleavon Little died 16 years ago

Actor (in Blazing Saddles) Cleavon Jake Little was born on June 1, 1939 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Mr. Little died on October 22, 1992 in Sherman Oaks, California.

Tommy Edwards died 39 years ago

Singer (of It’s All in the Game) Tommy Edwards was born on October 15, 1922 in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Edwards died on October 22, 1969 in Richmond, Virginia.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Elliott Smith died 5 years ago

Singer and songwriter (of Miss Misery) Elliott Smith was born as Steven Paul Smith on August 6, 1969 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Smith died on October 21, 2003 in Los Angeles, California.

Maxene Andrews died 13 years ago

Singer (in The Andrews Singers) Maxene Angelyn Andrews was born on January 3, 1916 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ms. Andrews died on October 21, 1995 in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

John T. Scopes died 38 years ago

Teacher (in the Scopes Monkey Trial) John Thomas Scopes was born on August 3, 1900 in Paducah, Kentucky. Mr. Scopes died on October 21, 1970.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Jane Wyatt died 2 years ago

Actress (in Lost Horizon) Jane Wyatt was born as Jane Waddington Wyatt on August 12, 1910 in Campgaw, New Jersey. Ms. Wyatt died on October 20, 2006 in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California.

Jack Elam died 5 years ago

Actor (in Kismet) Jack Elam was born as William Scott Elam on November 13, 1920 in Miami, Arizona. Mr. Elam died on October 20, 2003 in Ashland, Oregon.

Burt Lancaster died 14 years ago

Actor (in Elmer Gantry) Burt Lancaster was born as Burton Stephen Lancaster on November 2, 1913 in New York City, New York. Mr. Lancaster died on October 20, 1994 in Los Angeles, California.

Joel McCrea died 18 years ago

Actor (in Private Worlds) Joel Albert McCrea was born on November 5, 1905 in South Pasadena, California. Mr. McCrea died on October 20, 1990 in Los Angeles, California.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Martha Raye died 14 years ago

Actress (in Tropic Holiday) and singer Martha Raye was born as Margaret Reed on August 27, 1916 in Butte, Montana. Ms. Raye died on October 19, 1994 in Los Angeles, California.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Gwen Verdon died 8 years ago

Dancer and actress (in Walking Across Egypt) Gwen Verdon was born as Gwyneth Evelyn Verdon on January 13, 1925 in Culver City, California. Ms. Verdon died on October 18, 2000 in Woodstock, Vermont.

Julie London died 8 years ago

Singer and actress (in Voice in the Mirror) Julie London was born as Gayle Peck on September 26, 1926 in Santa Rosa, California. Ms. London died on October 18, 2000 in Encino, California.

Jon-Erik Hexum died 24 years ago

Actor (in Voyagers!) Jon-Erik Hexum was born as Jon Eric Hexum on November 5, 1957 in Tenafly, New Jersey. Mr. Hexum died on October 18, 1984 in Century City, California.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Teresa Brewer died 1 year ago

Singer Teresa Brewer was born as Theresa Breuer on May 7, 1931 in Toledo, Ohio. Ms. Brewer died on October 17, 2007 in New Rochelle, New York.

Joey Bishop died 1 year ago

Entertainer Joey Bishop was born as Joseph Abraham Gottlieb on February 3, 1918 in the Bronx, New York City, New York. Mr. Bishop died on October 17, 2007 in Newport Beach, California.

Jay Livingston died 7 years ago

Composer and songwriter (of Buttons and Bows with Ray Evans) Jay Livingston was born as Jacob Harold Levison on March 28, 1915 in McDonald, Pennsylvania. Mr. Livingston died on October 17, 2001 in Los Angeles, California.

Tennessee Ernie Ford died 17 years ago

Singer Tennessee Ernie Ford was born as Ernest Jennings Ford on February 13, 1919 in Bristol, Tennessee. Mr. Ford died on October 17, 1991 in Reston, Virginia.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hey, Joe the Plumber, Flush It Out of Your Mind.

Hey, Joe, don't waste your time asking the presidential candidates what effect their tax policies will have on your hoped-to-be business ownership. They don't have anything to do with it besides recommending suggestions. It's those 435 people in the House of Representatives about which you need to worry. They're the ones who originate all bills for raising revenue. And that translates into tax policy.

So let's stop all of the grandstanding and all of the empty air and focus on what a president actually should be doing - and doesn't do.

Deborah Kerr died 1 year ago

Actress (in Beloved Infidel) Deborah Kerr was born as Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer on September 30, 1921 in Helensburgh, Scotland. Ms. Kerr died on October 16, 2007 in Botesdale, England.

James A. Michener died 11 years ago

Author (of Texas) James Albert Michener was born on February 3, 1907 in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Mr. Michener died on October 16, 1997 in Austin, Texas.

Audra Lindley died 11 years ago

Actress (on The Ropers) Audra Marie Lindley was born on September 24, 1918 in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Lindley died on October 16, 1997 in Los Angeles, California.

Shirley Booth died 16 years ago

Actress (in Come Back, Little Sheba) Shirley Booth was born as Marjory Ford on August 30, 1898 in New York City, New York. Ms. Booth died on October 16, 1992 in North Chatham, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Cole Porter died 44 years ago

Composer and songwriter (of many songs) Cole Albert Porter was born on June 9, 1891 in Peru, Indiana. Mr. Porter died on October 15, 1964 in Santa Monica, California.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Freddy Fender 2 years ago

Singer (of Before the Next Teardrop Falls) Freddy Fender was born as Baldemar Huerta on June 4, 1937 in San Benito, Texas. Mr. Fender died on October 14, 2006 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Frankie Yankovic died 10 years ago

Polka musician Frankie Yankovic was born on July 15, 1915 in Davis, West Virginia. Mr. Yankovic died on October 14, 1998 in New Port Richey, Florida.

Harold Robbins died 11 years ago

Author (of The Dream Merchants) Harold Robbins was born as Harold Rubin on May 21, 1916 in New York City, New York. Mr. Robbins died on October 14, 1997 in Palm Springs, California.

Leonard Bernstein died 18 years ago

Conductor (of the New York Philharmonic) Leonard Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Mr. Bernstein died on October 14, 1990 in New York City, New York.

Keenan Wynn died 22 years ago

Actor (in A Piano for Mrs. Cimino) Keenan Wynn was born as Francis Xavier Aloysius James Jeremiah Keenan Wynn on July 27, 1916 in New York City, New York. Mr. Wynn died on October 14, 1986 in Los Angeles, California.

Bing Crosby died 31 years ago

Singer (in The Myth of Fingerprints) and actor (in Mr. Music) Bing Crosby was born as Harry Lillis Crosby on May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington. Mr. Crosby died on October 14, 1977 in Madrid, Spain.

Errol Flynn died 49 years ago

Actor (in The Sun Also Rises) Errol Flynn was born as Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn on June 20, 1909 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Mr. Flynn died on October 14, 1959 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Keene Curtis died 6 years ago

Actor (as the restaurant owner in Cheers) Keene Curtis was born on February 15, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Curtis died on October 13, 2002 in Bountiful, Utah.

Ed Sullivan died 34 years ago

TV show host (of The Ed Sullivan Show) Ed Sullivan was born as Edward Vincent Sullivan on September 28, 1901 in New York City, New York. Mr. Sullivan died on October 13, 1974 in New York City, New York.

Bea Benaderet died 40 years ago

Actress (on Petticoat Junction) Bea Benaderet was born on April 4, 1906 in New York City, New York. Ms. Benaderet died on October 13, 1968 in Los Angeles, California.

Clifton Webb died 42 years ago

Actor (in Titanic (1953)) Clifton Webb was born as Webb Parmalee Hollenbeck on November 19, 1889 in Beech Grove, Indiana. Mr. Webb died on October 13, 1966 in Beverly Hills, California.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ray Conniff died 6 years ago

Bandleader Ray Conniff was born as Joseph Raymond Conniff on November 6, 1916 in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Mr. Conniff died on October 12, 2002 in Escondido, California.

John Denver died 11 years ago

Singer (of Sunshine on My Shoulders) John Denver was born as Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. on December 31, 1943 in Roswell, New Mexico. Mr. Denver died on October 12, 1997 in Pacific Grove, California.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Redd Foxx died 17 years ago

Comedian and actor (on Sanford and Son) Redd Foxx was born as John Elroy Sanford on December 9, 1922 in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Foxx died on October 11, 1991 in Los Angeles, California.

Wayland Flowers died 20 years ago

Puppeteer (with Madame) Wayland Flowers was born on November 26, 1939 in Dawson, Georgia. Mr. Flowers died on October 11, 1988 in Los Angeles, California.

Édith Piaf died 45 years ago

Singer Édith Piaf was born as Édith Giovanna Gassion on December 19, 1915 in Belleville, Paris, France. Ms. Piaf died on October 10, 1963 in Plascassier, France.

Chico Marx died 47 years ago

Actor (in The Big Store) Chico Marx was born as Leonard Marx on March 22, 1887 in New York City, New York. Mr. Marx died on October 11, 1961 in Hollywood, California.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Happy 15th Anniversary to J & R

Christopher Reeve died 4 years ago

Actor (in Somewhere in Time) Christopher Reeve was born as Christopher D'Olier Reeve on September 25, 1952 in New York City, New York. Mr. Reeve died on October 10, 2004 in Mount Kisco, New York.

Teresa Graves died 6 years ago

Singer (with the Doodletown Pipers) and actress (in Keeping Up with the Joneses) Teresa Graves was born on January 10, 1948 in Houston, Texas. Ms. Graves died on October 10, 2002 in Los Angeles, California.

Orson Welles died 23 years ago

Actor (in Treasure Island) Orson Welles was born as George Orson Welles on May 6, 1915 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Mr. Welles died on October 10, 1985 in Los Angeles, California.

Yul Brynner died 23 years ago

Actor (in Westworld) Yul Brynner was born as Yuliy Borisovich Brynner on July 11, 1920 in Vladivostok, Far Eastern Republic. Mr. Brynner died on October 10, 1985 in New York City, New York.

Eddie Cantor died 44 years ago

Comedian, singer, and actor (in Strike Me Pink) Eddie Cantor was born as Israel Iskowitz on January 31, 1892 in New York City, New York. Mr. Cantor died on October 10, 1964 in Beverly Hills, California.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Jacques Brel died 30 years ago

Singer and songwriter Jacques Brel was born as Jacques Romain Georges Brel on April 8, 1929 in Schaarbeek, Belgium. Mr. Brel died on October 9, 1978 in Bobigny, Paris, France.

Oskar Schindler died 34 years ago

Industrialist (featured in Schindler's Ark and Schindler's List) Oskar Schindler was born on April 28, 1908 in Svitavy, Austria-Hungary. Mr. Schindler died on October 9, 1974 in Hildesheim, West Germany.

Miriam Hopkins died 36 years ago

Actress (in Barbary Coast) Miriam Hopkins was born as Ellen Miriam Hopkins on October 18, 1902 in Savannah, Georgia. Ms. Hopkins died on October 9, 1972 in New York City, New York.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Joan Hackett died 25 years ago

Actress (in The Group) Joan Ann Hackett was born on March 1, 1934 in East Harlem, New York City, New York. Ms. Hackett died on October 8, 1983 in Encino, California.

Fernando Lamas died 26 years ago

Actor (in The Lost World) Fernando Álvaro Lamas was born as Fernando Álvaro Lamas y de Santos on January 9, 1915 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mr. Lamas died on October 8, 1982 in Los Angeles, California.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mario Lanza died 49 years ago

Singer Mario Lanza was born as Alfredo Arnold Cocozza on January 31, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Lanza died on October 7, 1959 in Rome, Italy.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Larry Walters died 15 years ago

Pilot (of a lawn chair) Lawrence Richard Walters was born on April 19, 1949 in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Walters died on October 6, 1993.

Denholm Elliott died 16 years ago

Actor (in A Room with a View) Denholm Mitchell Elliott was born on May 31, 1922 in Ealing, London, England. Mr. Elliott died on October 6, 1992 in Ibiza, Spain.

Bette Davis died 19 years ago

Actress (in Dark Victory) Bette Davis was born as Ruth Elizabeth Davis on April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Ms. Davis died on October 6, 1989 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.

Nelson Riddle died 23 years ago

Bandleader Nelson Riddle was born as Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. on June 1, 1921 in Oradell, New Jersey. Mr. Riddle died on October 6, 1985 in Los Angeles, California.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Rodney Dangerfield died 4 years ago

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield was born as Jacob Cohen on November 22, 1921 in Babylon, New York. Mr. Dangerfield died on October 5, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.

Eddie Kendricks died 16 years ago

Singer (in The Temptations) and songwriter Eddie Kendricks was born as Edward James Kendrick on December 17, 1939 in Springs, Alabama. Mr. Kendricks died on October 5, 1992 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Glenn Gould died 26 years ago

Pianist (especially of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach) Glenn Herbert Gould was born on September 25, 1932 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He said,”The G-minor Symphony consists of eight remarkable measures surrounded by a half-hour of banality.” [So he didn’t like Mozart’s?]...Mr. Gould died on October 4, 1982 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Janis Joplin died 38 years ago

Singer and songwriter Janis Lyn Joplin was born on January 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas. Ms. Joplin died on October 4, 1970 in Los Angeles, California.

Henrietta Lacks died 57 years ago

Cell donor - involuntarily - Henrietta Lacks was born as Henrietta Pleasant on August 18, 1920 in Roanoke, Virginia. Ms. Lacks died on October 4, 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Roddy McDowall died 10 years ago

Actor (in The Fantastic Journey) Roddy McDowall was born as Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall on September 17, 1928 in Herne Hill, London, England. Mr. McDowall died on October 3, 1998 in Los Angeles, California.

Woody Guthrie died 41 years ago

Singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie was born as Woodrow Wilson Guthrie on July 14, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. Mr. Guthrie died on October 3, 1967 in New York City, New York.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Nipsey Russell died 3 years ago

Comedian (on Toast of the Town) Nipsey Russell was born as Julius Russell on September 15, 1918 in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Russell died on October 2, 2005 in New York City, New York.

Gene Autry died 10 years ago

Actor and singer (on The Gene Autry Show) Orvon Gene Autry was born on September 29, 1907 in Tioga, Texas. Mr. Autry died on October 2, 1998 in Studio City, California.

Harriet Hilliard died 14 years ago

Actress (on The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet) Harriet Nelson was born as Peggy Lou Snyder on July 18, 1909 in Des Moines, Iowa. Ms. Hilliard died on October 2, 1994 in Laguna Beach, California.

Rock Hudson died 23 years ago

Actor (on McMillan & Wife) Rock Hudson was born as Roy Harold Scherer, Jr. on November 17, 1925 in Winnetka, Illinois. Mr. Hudson died on October 2, 1985 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I may want to be Vice President.

The Vice President of the United States doesn’t really do much except wait – for the President to become dysfunctional – and wait – to break a tie in the Senate – and wait – to certify the official Electoral College vote.

That doesn’t seem too difficult. So I may want to be Vice President. How about you?

E.B. White died 23 years ago

Author (of Charlotte’s Webb) Elwyn Brooks "E. B." White was born on July 11, 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York. Mr. White died on October 1, 1985 in North Brooklin, Maine.

Louis Leakey died 36 years ago

Archaeologist Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey was born on August 7, 1903 in Kabete, Kenya, Africa. Mr. Leakey died on October 1, 1972 in London, England.