Saturday, January 31, 2009

Molly Ivins died 2 years ago

Columnist Molly Ivins was born as Mary Tyler Ivins on August 30, 1944 in Monterey, California. She said many clever thoughts. Ms. Ivins died on January 31, 2007 in Austin, Texas.

George Abbott died 14 years ago

Librettist (of the play The Boys from Syracuse) George Francis Abbott was born on June 25, 1887 in Forestville, New York. Mr. Abbott died on January 31, 1995 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Sidney Sheldon died 2 years ago

TV show creator (of Hart to Hart) and author (of Master of the Game) Sidney Sheldon was born as Sidney Schechtel on February 11, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Sheldon died on January 30, 2007 in Rancho Mirage, California.

Pierre Boulle died 15 years ago

Author (of Planet of the Apes) Pierre Boulle was born as Pierre-François-Marie-Louis Boulle on February 20, 1912 in Avignon, France. Mr. Boulle died on January 30, 1994 in Paris, France.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Jimmy Durante died 29 years ago

Singer, comedian, and actor (in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World) Jimmy Durante was born as James Francis Durante on February 10, 1893 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Mr. Durante died on January 29, 1980 in Santa Monica, California.

Freddie Prinze died 32 years ago

Actor (in Chico and the Man) Freddie Prinze was born as Frederick Karl Pruetzel on June 22, 1954 in New York City, New York. Mr. Prinze died on January 29, 1977 in Los Angeles, California.

Robert Frost died 46 years ago

Author (of the poem The Road Not Taken) Robert Lee Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California. Mr. Frost died on January 29, 1963 in Boston, Massachusetts.

H.L. Mencken died 53 years ago

Journalist, satirist, and author (of The American Langage) Henry Louis Mencken was born on September 12, 1880 in Baltimore, Maryland. He said, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.” Mr. Mencken died on January 29, 1956 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Emma Tillman died 2 years ago

Supercentenarian Emma Tillman was born as Emmaline Fanchon Tillman on November 22, 1892 in Gibsonville, North Carolina. Ms. Tillman died on January 28, 2007 in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jack Paar died 5 years ago

TV show host (of The Tonight Show) Jack Paar was born as Jack Harold Paar on May 1, 1918 in Canton, Ohio. Mr. Paar died on January 27, 2004 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Claude Akins died 15 years ago

Actor (on Movin’ On and B.J. and the Bear) Claude Marion Akins was born on May 25, 1926 in Nelson, Georgia. Mr. Akins died on January 27, 1994 in Altadena, California.

Andre the Giant died 16 years ago

Actor (in The Princess Bride) Andre the Giant was born as André René Roussimoff on May 19, 1946 in Coulommiers, France. He died on January 27, 1993 in Paris, France.

Mahalia Jackson died 37 years ago

Singer Mahalia Jackson was born as Mahala Jackson on October 26, 1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ms. Jackson died on January 27, 1972 in Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Jeane Dixon died 12 years ago

Astrologer Jeane Dixon was born as Lydia Emma Pinckert on January 5, 1904 in Medford, Wisconsin. Ms. Dixon died on January 26, 1997 in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Robert Shaw died 10 years ago

Conductor (of the Robert Shaw Chorale) Robert Shaw was born on April 30, 1916 in Red Bluff, California. Mr. Shaw died on January 25, 1999 in New Haven, Connecticut.

Jonathan Larson died 13 years ago

Composer and playwright (of Rent) Jonathan Larson was born on February 4, 1960 in White Plains, New York. Mr. Larson died on January 25, 1996 in New York City, New York.

Ava Gardner died 19 years ago

Actress (in Show Boat) Ava Lavinia Gardner was born on December 24, 1922 in Brogden, North Carolina. Ms. Gardner died on January 25, 1990 in Westminster, London, England.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chris Penn died 3 years ago

Actor (in Beethoven’s 2nd) Chris Penn was born as Christopher Shannon Penn on October 10, 1965 in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Penn died on January 24, 2006 in Santa Monica, California.

Gordon MacRae died 23 years ago

Actor and singer (in Carousel) Gordon MacRae was born as Albert Gorden MacRae on March 12, 1921 in East Orange, New Jersey. Mr. MacRae died on January 24, 1986 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

L. Ron Hubbard died 23 years ago

Author (of Dianetics) L. Ron Hubbard was born as Lafayette Ronald Hubbard on March 13, 1911 in Tilden, Nebraska. Mr. Hubbard died on January 24, 1986 in San Luis Obispo County, California.

Larry Fine died 34 years ago

Comedian and actor (with the Three Stooges) Larry Fine was born as Louis Feinberg on October 5, 1902 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Fine died on January 24, 1975 in Woodland Hills, California.

Friday, January 23, 2009

We're all made of parts.

Johnny Carson died 4 years ago

TV host (of The Tonight Show) and comedian Johnny Carson was born as John William Carson on October 23, 1925 in Corning, Iowa. Mr. Carson died on January 23, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.

Bob Keeshan died 5 years ago

Actor (on Captain Kangaroo) Bob Keeshan was born as Robert James Keeshan on June 27, 1927 in Lynbrook, New York. Mr. Keeshan died on January 23, 2004 in Windsor, Vermont.

Nell Carter died 6 years ago

Actress (in The Grass Harp) and singer Nell Carter was born as Nell Ruth Hardy on September 13, 1948 in Birmingham, Alabama. Ms. Carter died on January 23, 2003 in Beverly Hills, California.

Freddie Bartholomew died 17 years ago

Actor (in Captains Courageous) Freddie Bartholomew was born as Frederick Llewellyn March on March 28, 1924 in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Bartholomew died on January 23, 1992 in Sarasota, Florida.

Allen Collins died 19 years ago

Guitarist (with the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd) and songwriter Allen Collins was born as Larkin Allen Collins, Jr. on July 19, 1952 in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Collins died on January 23, 1990 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Salvador Dali died 20 years ago

Painter (of The Persistence of Memory) Salvador Dali was born as Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech on May 11, 1904 in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. Mr. Dali died on January 23, 1989 in Figueres, Catalonia. Spain.

Terry Kath died 31 years ago

Guitarist (with the rock band Chicago) Terry Alan Kath was born on January 31, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Kath died on January 23, 1978 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Heath Ledger died 1 year ago

Actor (in The Patriot) Heath Andrew Ledger was born on April 4, 1979 in Perth, Western Australia. Mr. Ledger died on January 22, 2008 in New York City, New York.

Ann Miller died 5 years ago

Dancer, singer, and actress (in Kiss Me, Kate) Ann Miller was born as Johnnie Lucille Ann Collier on April 12, 1923 in Chireno, Texas. Ms. Miller died on January 22, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.

Telly Savalas died 15 years ago

Actor (on Kojak) and singer Telly Savalas was born as Aristotelis Savalas on January 21, 1922 in Garden City, New York. Mr. Savalas died on January 22, 1994 in Universal City, California.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Peggy Lee died 7 years ago

Singer (of Fever and Is That All There Is?) Peggy Lee was born as Norma Deloris Egstrom on May 26, 1920 in Jamestown, North Dakota. Ms. Lee died on January 21, 2002 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California.

Susan Strasberg died 10 years ago

Actress (in Picnic) Susan Elizabeth Strasberg was born on May 22, 1938 in New York City, New York. Ms. Strasberg died on January 21, 1999 in New York City, New York.

Billy Tipton died 20 years ago

Pianist and saxophonist Billy Lee Tipton was born as Dorothy Lucille Tipton on December 29, 1914 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Billy Tipton died on January 21, 1989 in Spokane, Washington.

James Beard died 24 years ago

Chef and author (of these) James Andrew Beard was born on May 5, 1903 in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Beard died on January 21, 1985 in New York City, New York.

Jackie Wilson died 25 years ago

Singer (of (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher) Jackie Wilson was born as Jack Leroy Wilson, Jr. on June 9, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Wilson died on January 21, 1984 in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

Ann Sheridan died 42 years ago

Actress (in The Man Who Came to Dinner) Ann Sheridan was born as Clara Lou Sheridan on February 21, 1915 in Denton, Texas. Ms. Sheridan died on January 21, 1967 in Los Angeles, California.

Carl Switzer died 50 years ago

Actor (as “Alfalfa” in Our Gang) Carl Dean Switzer was born on August 7, 1927 in Paris, Illinois. Mr. Switzer died on January 21, 1959 in Mission Hills, California.

Cecil B. DeMille died 50 years ago

Director (of The Greatest Show on Earth) Cecil Blount DeMille was born on August 12, 1881 in Ashfield, Masachusetts. Mr. DeMille died on January 21, 1959 in Hollywood, California.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Nedra Volz died 6 years ago

Actress (on Diff’rent Strokes and in Lust in the Dust) Nedra Volz was born as Nedra Gordonier on June 18, 1908 in Montrose, Iowa. Ms. Volz died on January 20, 2003 in Mesa, Arizona.

Al Hirschfeld died 6 years ago

Caricaturist Albert Hirschfeld was born on June 21, 1903 in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Hirschfeld died on January 20, 2003 in New York City, New York.

Audrey Hepburn died 16 years ago

Actress (in My Fair Lady) Audrey Hepburn was born as Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. Ms. Hepburn died on January 20, 1993 in Tolochenaz, Switzerland.

Barbara Stanwyck died 19 years ago

Actress (in Titanic (1953) and on The Big Valley) Barbara Stanwyck was born as Ruby Catherine Stevens on July 16, 1907 in New York City, New York. Ms. Stanwyck died on January 20, 1990 in Santa Monica, California.

Johnny Weissmuller died 25 years ago

Swimmer and actor (in Tarzan the Ape Man) Johnny Weissmuller was born as Peter Johann Weissmuller on June 2, 1904 in Temesvár, Austria-Hungary. Mr. Weissmuller died on January 20, 1984 in Acapulco, Mexico.

Monday, January 19, 2009

John Stewart died 1 year ago

Songwriter (of Daydream Believer) and singer (in The Kingston Trio) John Stewart was born on September 5, 1939 in San Diego, California.
Mr. Stewart died on January 19, 2008 in San Diego, California.

Suzanne Pleshette died 1 year ago

Actress (on The Bob Newhart Show) Suzanne Pleshette was born on January 31, 1937 in New York City, New York. Ms. Pleshette died on January 19, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

Denny Doherty died 2 years ago

Singer (with The Mamas & the Papas) and songwriter Denny Doherty was born as Dennis Gerrard Stephen Doherty on November 29, 1940 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Mr. Doherty died on January 19, 2007 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Wilson Pickett died 3 years ago

Singer and composer (of In the Midnight Hour) Wilson Pickett was born on March 18, 1941 in Prattville, Alabama. Mr. Pickett died on January 19, 2006 in Ashburn, Virginia.

Tony Franciosa died 3 years ago

Actor (in A Face in the Crowd and on Finder of Lost Loves) Tony Franciosa was born as Anthony George Papaleo, Jr. on October 25, 1928 in New York City, New York. Mr. Franciosa died on January 19, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.

Hedy Lamarr died 9 years ago

Actress (in Algiers) Hedy Lamarr was born as Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler on November 9, 1913 in Vienna, Austria. Ms. Lamarr died on January 19, 2000 in Orlando, Florida.

Carl Perkins died 11 years ago

Singer, songwriter (of Blue Suede Shoes), and guitarist Carl Lee Perkins was born on April 9, 1932 in Tiptonville, Tennessee. Mr. Perkins died on January 19, 1998 in Jackson, Tennessee.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Jester Hairston died 9 years ago

Composer, songwriter, and actor (on Amen) Jester Hairston was born on July 9, 1901 in Belews Creek, North Carolina. Mr. Hairston died on January 18, 2000 in Los Angeles, California.

Rusty Hamer died 19 years ago

Actor (on Make Room for Daddy) Rusty Hamer was born on February 15, 1947 in Tenafly, New Jersey. Mr. Hamer died on January 18, 1990 in DeRidder, Louisiana.

Carl Betz died 31 years ago

Actor (on The Donna Reed Show) Carl Betz was born on March 9, 1921 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Betz died on January 18, 1978 in Los Angeles, California.

Curly Howard died 57 years ago

Comedian (in the Three Stooges) Curly Howard was born as Jerome Lester Horwitz on October 22, 1903 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Howard died on January 18, 1952 in San Gabriel, California.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Art Buchwald died 2 years ago

Humorist and columnist (with The Washington Post) Arthur Buckwald was born on October 20, 1925 in Mount Vernon, New York. Mr. Buchwald died on January 17, 2007 in Washington, D.C.

Virginia Mayo died 4 years ago

Actress (in A Star Is Born) Virginia Mayo was born as Virginia Clara Jones on November 30, 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri. Ms. Mayo died on January 17, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Ted Cassidy died 30 years ago

Actor (on The Addams Family) Ted Cassidy was born as Theodore Crawford Cassidy on July 31, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Cassidy died on January 16, 1979 in Los Angeles, California.

Ross Bagdasarian Sr. died 37 years ago

Pianist, singer, and songwriter (of The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)) Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. was born as Rostom Sipan Bagdasarian on January 27, 1919 in Fresno, California. Mr. Bagdasarian died on January 16, 1972 in Beverly Hills, California.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Brad Renfro died 1 year ago

Actor (in Tom and Huck and Apt Pupil) Brad Renfro was born as Bradley Barron Renfro on July 25, 1982 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mr. Renfro died on January 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

Harry Nilsson died 15 years ago

Singer (of Without You), songwriter (of “One” sung by Three Dog Night), and pianist Harry Nilsson was born as Harry Edward Nilsson III on June 15, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Mr. Nilsson died on January 15, 1994 in Agoura Hills, California.

Sammy Cahn died 16 years ago

Lyricist (of Teach Me Tonight, Let It Snow!, Let It Show!, Let It Snow!, Three Coins in the Fountain, and High Hopes) Sammy Cahn was born as Samuel Cohen on June 18, 1913 in New York City, New York. Mr. Cahn died on January 15, 1993 in Los Angeles, California.

Ray Bolger died 22 years ago

Actor (in The Wizard of Oz) Ray Bolger was born as Raymond Wallace Bulcao on January 10, 1904 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Mr. Bolger died on January 15, 1987 in Los Angeles, California.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Shelley Winters died 3 years ago

Actress (in The Poseidon Adventure) Shelley Winters was born as Shirley Schrift on August 18, 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri. Ms. Winters died on January 14, 2006 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Donna Reed died 23 years ago

Actress (on The Donna Reed Show) Donna Reed was born as Donna Belle Mullenger on January 27, 1921 near Denison, Iowa. Ms. Reed died on January 14, 1986 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Ray Kroc died 25 years ago

Entrepreneur (building the McDonald’s Corporation) Ray Kroc was born as Raymond Albert Kroc on October 5, 1902 in Oak Park, Illinois. Mr. Kroc died on January 14, 1984 in San Diego, California.

Blossom Rock died 31 years ago

Actress (on The Addams Family) Blossom Rock was born as Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald on August 21, 1895 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the sister of Jeanette MacDonald. Ms. Rock died on January 14, 1978 in Los Angeles, California.

Anaïs Nin died 32 years ago

Author Anaïs Nin was born as Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell on February 21, 1903 in Neuilly, France. Ms. Nin died on January 14, 1977 in Los Angeles, California.

Peter Finch died 32 years ago

Actor (in Network) Peter Finch was born as Frederick George Peter Ingle-Finch on September 28, 1916 in South Kensington, London, England. Mr. Finch died on January 14, 1977 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Jeanette MacDonald died 44 years ago

Singer (of Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life in Naughty Marietta with Nelson Eddy) and actress (in San Francisco) Jeanette Anna MacDonald was born on June 18, 1903 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the sister of Blossom Rock. Ms. MacDonald died on January 14, 1965 in Houston, Texas.

Humphrey Bogart died 52 years ago

Actor (in Casablanca) Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born on December 25, 1899 in New York City, New York. Mr. Bogart died on January 14, 1957 in Los Angeles, California.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Frank Shuster died 7 years ago

Comedian (in the group Wayne and Shuster) Frank Shuster was born on September 5, 1916 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Shuster died on January 13, 2002 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Stan Freeman died 8 years ago

Songwriter (for the musical I Had a Ball) and musician (playing the harpsichord on Rosemary Clooney’s recording of Come on-a My House) Stan Freeman was born as Stanley Freedman on April 3, 1920 in Waterbury, Connecticut. Mr. Freeman died on January 13, 2001 in Los Angeles, California.

Donny Hathaway died 30 years ago

Singer (of Where Is the Love with Roberta Flack) and songwriter (of Someday We’ll All Be Free) Donny Edward Hathaway was born on October 1, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Hathaway died on January 13, 1979 in New York City, New York.

Ernie Kovacs died 47 years ago

Comedian Ernie Kovacs was born as Ernest Edward Kovacs on January 23, 1919 in Trenton, New Jersey. Mr. Kovacs died on January 13, 1962 in Los Angeles, California.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Maurice Gibb died 6 years ago

Singer (in the Bee Gees) and songwriter Maurice Ernest Gibb was born on December 22, 1949 in Douglas, Isle of Man. Mr. Gibb died on January 12, 2003 in Miami Beach, Florida.

William Hewlett died 8 years ago

Entrepreneur (co-founding the Hewlett-Packard Company) William Redington Hewlett was born on May 20, 1913 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Mr. Hewlett died on January 12, 2001 in Portola Valley, California.

Agatha Christie died 33 years ago

Author Agatha Christie was born as Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller on September 15, 1890 in Torquay, Devon, England. Ms. Christie died on January 12, 1976 in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Edmund Hillary died 1 year ago

Explorer (of Mount Everest) Edmund Percival Hillary was born on July 20, 1919 in Auckland, New Zealand. Mr. Hillary died on January 11, 2008 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Paul Lynde died 27 years ago

Comedian and actor (on Bewitched) Paul Edward Lynde was born on June 13, 1927 in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Mr. Lynde died on January 10, 1982 in Beverly Hills, California.

Coco Chanel died 38 years ago

Fashion designer Coco Chanel was born as Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel on August 19, 1883 in Saumur, France. Ms. Chanel died on January 10, 1971 in Paris, France.

Dashiell Hammett died 48 years ago

Author (of The Thin Man) Dashiell Hammett was born as Samuel Dashiell Hammett on May 27, 1894 in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Mr. Hammett died on January 10, 1961 in New York City, New York.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Ali in Blunderland

He’s baaaaaack. Ali Velshi used to be a regular talking torso on CNN’s morning TV. Then something happened and we didn’t see him much. Perhaps it was because he was writing his book "Gimme My Money Back: Your Guide to Beating the Financial Crisis". Like all the other investment books before him, he promises... something.

Anyway, Ali’s back spouting out opinions again instead of reporting. This morning he said, “There is a school of thought that says we’d be worse off without the bailout [$350,000,000,000 given to the banks and insurance companies], and I’m one of them.” Well, that’s an opinion that needs revising. Don A. Rich's "The Real Cost of a Full Bailout" will help.

I think that Ali Velshi even admitted – or at least didn’t dispute – that we don’t even know on what that $350,000,000,000 – that’s three hundred fifty BILLLLLLLLLion dollars - was spent. It could have all been wasted - (clear throat here) - to maintain certain people’s status quo. For sure it will result in more inflation... or curtail the necessary deflation. (You don't believe in the value of deflation? Check out Jörg Guido Hülsmann's "Deflation: The Biggest Myths".)

Some might say that knowing that there was another $350,000,000,000 available helped people’s confidence. That’s ludicrous. Knowing that a bailout is there only allows people to be more reckless with their spending. It’s a perverse incentive. Having the people responsible for this mess to be accountable – accountable, not just “take” responsibility and then throw it away – is what was and is needed.

Arthur Lake died 22 years ago

Actor (as Dagwood Bumstead on Blondie) Arthur Lake was born as Arthur Silverlake on April 17, 1905 in Corbin, Kentucky. Mr. Lake died on January 9, 1987 in Indian Wells, California.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Yvonne De Carlo died 2 years ago

Actress (on The Munsters) Yvonne De Carlo was born as Margaret Yvonne Middleton on September 1, 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Ms. De Carlo died on January 8, 2007 in Woodland Hills, California.

Pat Buttram died 15 years ago

Actor (as Mr. Haney on Green Acres) Pat Buttram was born as Emmett Maxwell Buttram on June 19, 1915 in Addison, Alabama. Mr. Buttram died on January 8, 1994 in Los Angeles, California.

Reta Shaw died 27 years ago

Actress (on The Ghost & Mrs. Muir) Reta Shaw was born on September 13, 1912 in South Paris, Maine. Ms. Shaw died on January 8, 1982 in Encino, California.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Avery Schreiber died 7 years ago

Comedian and actor (in Robin Hood: Men in Tights) Avery Lawrence Schreiber was born on April 9, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Schreiber died on January 7, 2002 in Los Angeles, California.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Lou Rawls died 3 years ago

Singer (of You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine) Lou Rawls was born as Louis Allen Rawls on December 1, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Rawls died on January 6, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.

Rudolf Nureyev died 16 years ago

Dancer Rudolf Nureyev was born as Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev on March 17, 1938 in Irkutsk, Siberia. Mr. Nureyev died on January 6, 1993 in Paris, France.

Dizzy Gillespie died 16 years ago

Trumpeter, singer, and composer Dizzy Gillespie was born as John Birks Gillespie on October 21, 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina. Mr. Gillespie died on January 6, 1993 in Englewood, New Jersey.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Jean Kerr died 6 years ago

Author (of Please Don’t Eat the Daisies) Jean Kerr was born as Bridget Jean Collins on July 10, 1922 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Ms. Kerr died on January 5, 2003 in White Plains, New York.

Sonny Bono died 11 years ago

Singer, songwriter (of I Got You Babe), and entertainer (on The Sonny and Cher Show) Sonny Bono was born as Salvatore Phillip Bono on February 16, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Bono died on January 5, 1998 in South Lake Tahoe, California.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Les Brown, Sr. died 8 years ago

Bandleader and composer (of Sentimental Journey) Les Brown, Sr. was born on March 14, 1912 in Reinerton, Pennsylvania. Mr. Brown died on January 4, 2001 in Los Angeles, Calfornia.

Phil Lynott died 23 years ago

Singer (of Old Town) and musician (in Thin Lizzy) Phil Lynott was born as Philip Parris Lynott on August 20, 1949 in West Bromwich, England. Mr. Lynott died on January 4, 1986 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.

T.S. Eliot died 44 years ago

Author (of the poems The Waste Land and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats) T.S. Eliot was born as Thomas Stearns Eliot on September 26, 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Eliot died on January 4, 1965 in London, England.

Erwin Schrödinger died 48 years ago

Physicist (formulating the Schrödinger equation) Erwin Schrödinger was born as Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger on August 12, 1887 in Erdberg, Vienna, Austria-Hungary. Mr. Schrödinger died on January 4, 1961 in Vienna, Austria.

Albert Camus died 49 years ago

Author (of The Rebel) and philosopher Albert Camus was born on November 7, 1913 in Mondovi, Algeria. Mr. Camus died on January 4, 1960 in Villeblevin, France.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Juan García Esquivel died 7 years ago

Bandleader, pianist, and composer Juan García Esquivel was born on January 20, 1918 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Mr. Esquivel died on January 3, 2002 in Jiutepec, Morelos, Mexico.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Alan Hale, Jr. died 19 years ago

Actor (on Gilligan’s Island) Alan Hale, Jr. was born as Alan Hale Mackahan, Jr. on March 8, 1918 in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Hale died on January 2, 1990 in Los Angeles, California.

Erroll Garner died 32 years ago

Pianist (in Concert by the Sea) and composer (of Misty) Erroll Louis Garner was born on June 15, 1921 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Garner died on January 2, 1977 in Los Angeles, California.

Tex Ritter died 35 years ago

Singer and actor (of and in Deep in the Heart of Texas) Tex Ritter was born as Woodward Maurice Ritter on January 12, 1905 in Murvaul, Texas. He was the father of John Ritter. Mr. Tex Ritter died on January 2, 1974 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ray Walston died 8 years ago

Actor (on My Favorite Martian and Picket Fences) Ray Walston was born as Herman Walston on December 2, 1914 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Walston died on January 1, 2001 in Beverly Hills, California.

Cesar Romero died 15 years ago

Actor (on Batman) Cesar Romero was born as Cesar Julio Romero, Jr. on February 15, 1907 in New York City, New York. Mr. Romero died on January 1, 1994 in Santa Monica, California.

Victor Buono died 27 years ago

Actor (in Beneath the Planet of the Apes) Victor Buono was born as Charles Victor Buono on February 3, 1938 in San Diego, California. Mr. Buono died on January 1, 1982 in Apple Valley, California.

Maurice Chevalier died 37 years ago

Actor (in Gigi) and singer (of Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight) Maurice Auguste Chevalier was born on September 12, 1888 in Paris, France. Mr. Chevalier died on January 1, 1972 in Paris, France.

Hank Williams died 56 years ago

Singer, songwriter (of I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Cold, Cold Heart, and Hey Good Lookin’), and guitarist Hank Williams was born as Hiram King Williams on September 17, 1923 in Georgiana, Alabama. Mr. Williams died on January 1, 1953 in Oak Hill, West Virginia.