Saturday, February 28, 2009

Mike Smith died 1 year ago

Mike Smith was born as Michael George Smith on December 6, 1943 in Edmonton, North London, England. He was the lead vocalist in The Dave Clark Five. Mr. Smith died on February 28, 2008 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Ivan Pavlov died 73 years ago

Ivan Petrovich Pavlov was born on September 14, 1849 in Ryazan, Russia. He experimented with dogs. Mr. Pavlov died on February 27, 1936 in Leningrad, Soviet Union.

Alexander Borodin died 122 years ago

Alexander Borodin was born as Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin on November 12, 1833 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He composed In the Steppes of Central Asia and the Polovetsian Dances. Mr. Borodin died on February 27, 1887 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Peace results from world hearing it.

Bill Hicks died 15 years ago

Bill Hicks was born as William Melvin Hicks on December 16, 1961 in Valdosta, Georgia. He was a stand-up comedian. Mr. Hicks died on February 26, 1994 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Cornell Gunter died 19 years ago

Cornell Gunter was born as Cornelius E. Gunter on November 14, 1936 in Coffeyville, Kansas. He was a member of the singing group The Platters. Mr. Gunter died on February 26, 1990 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Karl Jaspers died 40 years ago

Karl Theodor Jaspers was born on February 23, 1883 in Oldenburg, Germany. He wrote the Philosophy of Existence. Mr. Jaspers died on February 26, 1969 in Basel, Switzerland.

Carl Menger died 88 years ago

Carl Menger was born on February 28, 1840 in Nowy Sacz, Poland. He founded the Austrian School of economics. Mr. Menger died on February 26, 1921 in Vienna, Austria.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tennessee Williams died 26 years ago

Tennessee Williams was born as Thomas Lanier Williams III on March 26, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi. He wrote the play A Streetcar Named Desire. Mr. Williams died on February 25, 1983 in New York City, New York.

Mark Rothko died 39 years ago

Mark Rothko was born as Marcus Rothkowitz on September 25, 1903 in Dvinsk. He painted this and these. Mr. Rothko died on February 25, 1970 in New York City, New York.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Don Knotts died 3 years ago

Don Knotts was born as Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia. He acted as “Barney Fife” on the TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. He also acted as “Ralph Furley” on the TV sitcom Three’s Company. Mr. Knotts died on February 24, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.

Henny Youngman died 11 years ago

Henny Youngman was born as Henry Youngman on March 16, 1906 in Liverpool, England. He was a violinist and comedian. Mr. Youngman died on February 24, 1998 in Manhattan, New York City, New York.

Dinah Shore died 15 years ago

Dinah Shore was born as Frances Rose Shore on February 29, 1916 in Winchester, Tennessee. She sang the song Buttons and Bows. Ms. Shore died on February 24, 1994 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Webb Pierce died 18 years ago

Webb Michael Pierce was born on August 8, 1921 in West Monroe, Louisiana. He sang the song I Ain’t Never. Mr. Pierce died on February 24, 1991 in Nashville, Tennessee.

George Gobel died 18 years ago

George Leslie Gobel was born on May 20, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois. He had been a regular on the TV show Hollywood Squares. Mr. Gobel died on February 24, 1991 in Los Angeles, California.

Johnnie Ray died 19 years ago

Johnnie Ray was born as John Alvin Ray on January 10, 1927 in Hopewell, Oregon. He sang the song Cry with The Four Lads. Mr. Ray died on February 24, 1990 in Los Angeles, California.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Melvin Franklin died 14 years ago

Melvin Franklin was born as David Melvin English on October 12, 1942 in Birmingham, Alabama. He sang in the group The Temptations. Mr. Franklin died on February 23, 1995 in Los Angeles, California.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Nouriel Roubini saw the train but not its cause or its cure.

Nouriel Roubini has been credited with correctly predicting the current “recession”. He can be seen in an interview on The Agenda with Steve Paikin in Canada in early 2008 here. But good vision does not imply great thinking. At about 6:50 in this segment, he said that “failure of markets led to this mess in the first place”. (Actually, it was intervention into and manipulation of markets that did it.)

It is one thing to see something coming and quite another to know what caused it or even how to fix it. I could be crossing a railroad track and suddenly see a train speeding towards me. I can quite correctly predict impending disaster. But that doesn’t imply that I have a correct theory as to how the train approached so quickly or how to stop it before it hits me. I just know I need to get off of the track.

Peter Schiff also saw the problem coming.

But he’s not mentioned much any more, since his solution is not acceptable to interventionists and manipulators.

Skip Krugman's Nonsense

Today, on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Paul Krugman said that Congress's latest spending bill was "recycling". Well, it is, but not in the way that he meant it. To understand what got us to where we are today and what will get us out of it, read Thomas E. Woods Jr.'s column Tooth Fairy Economics and his book Meltdown.

Too True Not To Share

Someone forwarded the following:

Change In Tax Due Date

Your income taxes are normally due on April 15th unless that date falls on a Saturday or Sunday in which case they are due on Monday the 16th or 17th.

However there has been a recent change, and for the next 4 years, they will not be due until you are nominated to a cabinet position.

Please check with your personal tax advisor to confirm your status.

Don't be breathless.

Anthony Burger died 3 years ago

Anthony John Burger was born on June 5, 1961 in Cleveland, Tennessee. He was a great pianist and an arranger of songs in his books "Piano Classics" and "Piano Classics Volume Two". Mr. Burger died on February 22, 2006 on a cruise ship.

Andy Warhol died 22 years ago

Andy Warhol was born as Andrew Warhola on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a painter. Mr. Warhol died on February 22, 1987 in New York City, New York.

Amerigo Vespucci died 497 years ago

Amerigo Vespucci was born on March 9, 1454 in Florence, Italy. He was an explorer. Mr. Vespucci died on February 22, 1512 in Seville, Spain.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Morton Gould died 13 years ago

Morton Gould was born on December 10, 1913 in Richmond Hill, New York. He composed the music for the musical Billion Dollar Baby. Mr. Gould died on February 21, 1996 in Orlando, Florida.

Baruch Spinoza died 332 years ago

Baruch Spinoza was born on November 24, 1632 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He wrote Ethics. Mr. Spinoza died on February 21, 1677 in the Hague, Netherlands.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Sandra Dee died 4 years ago

Sandra Dee was born as Alexandra Cymboliak Zuck on April 23, 1942 in Bayonne, New Jersey. She acted in the movie Gidget. Ms. Dee died on February 20, 2005 in Thousand Oaks, California.

Gene Siskel died 10 years ago

Gene Siskel was born as Eugene Kal Siskel on January 26, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois. He critiqued movies with Roger Ebert on the TV show Siskel & Ebert at the Movies. Mr. Siskel died on February 20, 1999 in Evanston, Illinois.

Dick York died 17 years ago

Dick York was born as Richard Allen York on September 4, 1928 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He acted as “Darrin Stephens” in the TV series Bewitched. Mr. York died on February 20, 1992 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Kathryn Kuhlman died 33 years ago

Kathryn Kuhlman was born as Kathryn Johanna Kuhlman on May 9, 1907 in Concordia, Missouri. She was an evangelist. Ms. Kuhlman died on Feburary 20, 1976 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Percy Grainger died 48 years ago

Percy Grainger was born as George Percy Grainger on July 8, 1882 in Brighton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He composed the Lincolnshire Posy. Mr. Grainger died on February 20, 1961 in White Plains, New York.

Robert Peary died 89 years ago

Robert Edwin Peary was born on May 6, 1856 in Cresson, Pennsylvania. He explored the geographic North Pole. Mr. Peary died on February 20, 1920 in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Friedensreich Hundertwasser died 9 years ago

Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser was born as Friedrich Stowasser on December 15, 1928 in Vienna, Austria. He was the designer of the Hundertwasser House in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Hundertwasser died on February 19, 2000 off of New Zealand.

Grandpa Jones died 11 years ago

Grandpa Jones was born as Louis Marshall Jones on October 20, 1913 in Niagra, Kentucky. He was a banjo player and a singer. He acted on the TV variety show Hee Haw. Mr. Jones died on February 19, 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Johnny PayCheck died 6 years ago

Johnny PayCheck was born as Donald Eugene Lytle on May 31, 1938 in Greenfield, Ohio. He sang the song Take This Job and Shove It. Mr. PayCheck died on February 18, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Maggie McNamara died 31 years ago

Maggie McNamara was born as Marguerite McNamara on June 18, 1928 in New York City, New York. She acted in the movie Three Coins in the Fountain. Ms. McNamara died on February 18, 1978 in New York City, New York.

Andy Devine died 32 years ago

Andy Devine was born as Andrew Vabre Devine on October 7, 1905 in Flagstaff, Arizona. He acted as "Hap" in the TV series Flipper. Mr. Devine died on February 18, 1977 in Orange, California.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Billy Cowsill died 3 years ago

Billy Cowsill was born as William Cowsill, Jr. on January 9, 1948 in Middletown, Rhode Island. He was the lead singer and guitarist with The Cowsills. Mr. Cowsill died on February 17, 2006 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Bob Merrill died 11 years ago

Bob Merrill was born on May 17, 1921 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He wrote the songs Love Makes the World Go ‘Round, Mambo Italiano, and (How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?. Mr. Merrill died on February 17, 1998 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Randy Shilts died 15 years ago

Randy Shilts was born on August 8, 1951 in Davenport, Iowa. He wrote And the Band Played On. Mr. Shilts died on February 17, 1994 in Guerneville, California.

Thelonious Monk died 27 years ago

Thelonious Sphere Monk was born on October 10, 1917 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He composed the song ’Round Midnight. Mr. Monk died on February 17, 1982 in Englewood, New Jersey.

Joseph Kearns died 47 years ago

Joseph Kearns was born on February 12, 1907 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He acted as "Mr. Wilson" in the TV series Dennis the Menace. Mr. Kearns died on February 17, 1962 in Los Angeles, California.

Molière died 336 years ago

Molière was born as Jean-Baptiste Poquelin on January 15, 1662 in Paris, France. He wrote the play L'école des femmes (The School for Wives). Molière died on February 17, 1673 in Paris, France.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Doris Troy died 5 years ago

Doris Troy was born as Doris Higginson on January 6, 1937 in the Bronx, New York City, New York. She co-wrote the song Just One Look. Ms. Troy died on February 16, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

William H. Masters died 8 years ago

William Howell Masters was born on December 27, 1915 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a researcher with the Masters and Johnson team. Mr. Masters died on February 16, 2001 in Tucson, Arizona.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ethel Merman died 25 years ago

Ethel Merman was born as Ethel Agnes Zimmermann on January 16, 1908 in Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York. She sang There’s No Business Like Show Business and Everything's Coming Up Roses. Ms. Merman died on February 15, 1984 in New York City, New York.

Wally Cox died 36 years ago

Wally Cox was born as Wallace Maynard Cox on December 6, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan. He acted on the TV show The Adventures of Hiram Holliday. Mr. Cox died on February 15, 1973 in Los Angeles, California.

Nat King Cole died 44 years ago

Nat King Cole was born as Nathaniel Adams Coles on March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama. He sang the songs Nature Boy, Mona Lisa, and Unforgettable. Mr. Cole died on February 15, 1965 in Santa Monica, California.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Frederick Loewe died 21 years ago

Frederick Loewe was born on June 10, 1901 in Berlin, Germany. He composed the songs for the musical My Fair Lady. Mr. Loewe died on February 14, 1988 in Palm Springs, California.

P.G. Wodehouse died 34 years ago

P.G. Wodehouse was born as Pelham Grenville Wodehouse on October 15, 1881 in Guildford, Surrey, England. He wrote A Gentleman of Leisure. Mr. Wodehouse died on February 14, 1975 in Southampton, New York.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Waylon Jennings died 7 years ago

Waylon Arnold Jennings was born on June 15, 1937 in Littlefield, Texas. He sang the song Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys with Willie Nelson... Mr. Jennings almost died fifty years ago... Mr. Jennings died on February 13, 2002 in Chandler, Arizona.

Martin Balsam died 13 years ago

Martin Henry Balsam was born on November 4, 1919 in the Bronx, New York City, New York. He acted as “Murray” in the TV sitcom Archie Bunker’s Place. Mr. Balsam died on February 13, 1996 in Rome, Italy.

David Janssen died 29 years ago

David Janssen was born as David Harold Meyer on March 27, 1931 in Naponee, Nebraska. He acted in the TV series The Fugitive. Mr. Janssen died on February 13, 1980 in Malibu, California.

Lily Pons died 33 years ago

Lily Pons was born as Alice Josephine Pons on April 12, 1898 in Draguignan, France. She was a soprano singer. Ms. Pons died on February 13, 1976 in Dallas, Texas.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

David Groh died 1 year ago

David Lawrence Groh was born on May 21, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He acted as “Joe” on the TV sitcom Rhoda. Mr. Groh died on February 12, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

Sammi Smith died 4 years ago

Sammi Smith was born as Jewel Faye Smith on August 5, 1943 in Orange County, California. She sang the song Help Me Make It Through the Night. Ms. Smith died on February 12, 2005 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Oliver died 9 years ago

Oliver was born as William Oliver Swofford on February 22, 1945 in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. He sang the song “Good Morning Starshine” from the musical Hair. Oliver died on February 12, 2000 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Charles Schulz died 9 years ago

Charles Monroe Schulz was born on November 26, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He created the cartoon series Peanuts. Mr. Schulz died on February 12, 2000 in Santa Rosa, California.

Nicholas Colasanto died 24 years ago

Nicholas Colasanto was born on January 19, 1924 in Providence, Rhode Island. He acted as “coach” on the TV sitcom Cheers. Mr. Colasanto died on February 12, 1985 in Studio City, California.

Eubie Blake died 26 years ago

Eubie Blake was born as James Hubert Blake on February 7, 1887 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a pianist, a lyricist, and the composer of I’m Just Wild About Harry. Mr. Blake died on February 12, 1983 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York.

Sal Mineo died 33 years ago

Sal Mineo was born as Salvatore Mineo, Jr. on January 10, 1939 in the Bronx, New York City, New York. He acted in Rebel Without a Cause. Mr. Mineo died on February 12, 1976 in West Hollywood, California.

J.C. Penney died 38 years ago

J.C. Penney was born as James Cash Penney on September 16, 1875 in Hamilton, Missouri. He founded the J.C. Penney stores. Mr. Penney died on February 12, 1971 in New York City, New York.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Peter Benchley died 3 years ago

Peter Bradford Benchley was born on May 8, 1940 in New York City, New York. He wrote Jaws and The Deep. Mr. Benchley died on February 11, 2006 in Princeton, New Jersey.

Frank Herbert died 23 years ago

Frank Herbert was born as Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr. on October 8, 1920 in Tacoma, Washington. He wrote Dune. Mr. Herbert died on February 11, 1986 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Roy Scheider died 1 year ago

Roy Richard Scheider was born on November 10, 1932 in Orange, New Jersey. He acted in Jaws and on seaQuest DSV. Mr. Scheider died on February 10, 2008 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Arthur Miller died 4 years ago

Arthur Asher Miller was born on October 17, 1915 in New York City, New York. He wrote the play The Crucible and many more. Mr. Miller died on February 10, 2005 in Roxbury, Connecticut.

Jim Varney died 9 years ago

Jim Varney was born as James Albert Varney, Jr. on June 15, 1949 in Lexington, Kentucky. He acted in Ernest Saves Christmas and The Beverly Hillbillies movies. Mr. Varney died on February 10, 2000 in White House, Tennessee.

Alex Haley died 17 years ago

Alex Haley was born as Alexander Murray Palmer Haley on August 11, 1921 in Ithaca, New York. He wrote Roots: The Saga of an American Family. Mr. Haley died on February 10, 1992 in Seattle, Washington.

Monday, February 9, 2009

David Wayne died 14 years ago

David Wayne was born as Wayne James McMeekan on January 30, 1914 in Traverse City, Michigan. He acted in The Andromeda Strain. Mr. Wayne died on February 9, 1995 in Santa Monica, California.

Bill Haley died 28 years ago

Bill Haley was born as William John Clifton Haley on July 6, 1925 in Highland Park, Michigan. He sang Rock Around the Clock with Bill Haley & His Comets. Mr. Haley died on February 9, 1981 in Harlingen, Texas.

Percy Faith died 33 years ago

Percy Faith was born on April 7, 1908 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was a bandleader and composer of My Heart Cries for You. Mr. Faith died on February 9, 1976 in Encino, California.

Sophie Tucker died 43 years ago

Sophie Tucker was born as Sonia Kalish on January 13, 1884 in Csarist Russia. She was a singer, comedian, and acted in Honky Tonk. Ms. Tucker died on February 9, 1966 in New York City, New York.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Iris Murdoch died 10 years ago

Iris Murdoch was born as Jean Iris Murdoch on July 15, 1919 in Dublin, Ireland. She wrote Under the Net. Ms. Murdoch died on February 8, 1999 in Oxfordshire, England.

Del Shannon died 19 years ago

Del Shannon was born as Charles Weedon Westover on December 30, 1934 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He sang Runaway. Mr. Shannon died on February 8, 1990 in Santa Clarita, California.

Harriet E. MacGibbon died 22 years ago

Harriet E. MacGibbon was born as Harriet E. McGibbon on October 5, 1906 in Chicago, Illinois. She acted as Mrs. Margaret Drysdale on The Beverly Hillbillies. Ms. MacGibbon died on February 8, 1987 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Max Yasgur died 36 years ago

Max B. Yasgur was born on December 15, 1919. On his dairy farm in Bethel, New York, he staged the Woodstock Music and Art Fair on August 15-18, 1969. Mr. Yasgur died on February 9, 1973.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Dale Evans died 8 years ago

Actress and singer (with her husband Roy Rogers) Dale Evans was born as Frances Octavia Smith on October 31, 1912 in Uvalde, Texas. Ms. Evans died on February 7, 2001 in Apple Valley, California.

Doug Henning died 9 years ago

Illusionist (creating the appearance of magic) Doug Henning was born as Douglas James Henning on May 3, 1947 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Mr. Henning died on February 7, 2000 in Los Angeles, California.

Bobby Troup died 10 years ago

Actor (in Emergency!) and songwriter (of (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66) Bobby Troup was born on October 18, 1918 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Mr. Troup died on February 7, 1999 in Sherman Oaks, California.

Jimmy Van Heusen died 19 years ago

Composer (of Love and Marriage and many other songs) Jimmy Van Heusen was born as Edward Chester Babcock on January 26, 1913 in Syracuse, New York. Mr. Van Heusen died on February 7, 1990 in Rancho Mirage, California.

Matt Monro died 24 years ago

Singer (of Born Free) Matt Monro was born as Terence Edward Parsons on December 1, 1930 in Shoreditch, London, England. Mr. Monro died on February 7, 1985 in London, England.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Frankie Laine died 2 years ago

Singer (of Mule Train) and lyricist (of these songs) Frankie Laine was born as Francesco Paolo LoVecchio on March 30, 1913 in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Laine died on February 6, 2007 in San Diego, California.

Carl Wilson died 11 years ago

Singer and guitarist (in The Beach Boys) Carl Dean Wilson was born on December 21, 1946 in Hawthorne, California. Mr. Wilson died on February 6, 1998 in Los Angeles, California.

Joseph Cotton died 15 years ago

Actor (in Citizen Kane) Joseph Cheshire Cotton was born on May 15, 1905 in Petersburg, Virginia. Mr. Cotton died on February 6, 1994 in Westwood, California.

Danny Thomas died 18 years ago

Actor (on Make Room for Daddy) Danny Thomas was born as Amos Alphonsus Muzyad Yaqoob on January 6, 1914 in Deerfield, Michigan. Mr. Thomas died on February 6, 1991 in Los Angeles, California.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Franklin Cover died 3 years ago

Actor (as Tom Willis on The Jeffersons) Franklin Edward Cover was born on November 20, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Cover died on February 5, 2006 in Englewood, New Jersey.

L.L. Bean died 42 years ago

Entrepreneur (founding L.L. Bean) L.L. Bean was born as Leon Leonwood Bean on November 13, 1872 in Greenwood, Maine. Mr. Bean died on February 5, 1967 in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Barbara McNair died 2 years ago

Singer and actress (in The Body Beautiful) Barbara McNair was born on March 4, 1934 in Racine, Wisconsin. Ms. McNair died on February 4, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

Betty Friedan died 3 years ago

Author (of The Feminine Mystique) Betty Friedan was born as Betty Naomi Goldstein on February 4, 1921 in Peoria, Illinois. Ms. Friedan died on February 6, 2006 in Washington, D.C.

Ossie Davis died 4 years ago

Actor (in Roots: The Next Generations) Ossie Davis was born as Raiford Chatman Davis on December 18, 1917 in Cogdell, Georgia. Mr. Davis died on February 4, 2005 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Doris Kenner-Jackson died 9 years ago

Singer (in the Shirelles) Dorris Kenner-Jackson was born as Doris Coley on August 2, 1941 in Passaic, New Jersey. Ms. Kenner-Jackson died on February 4, 2000 in Sacramento, California.

Liberace died 22 years ago

Pianist and singer Liberace was born as Wladziu Valentino Liberace on May 16, 1919 in West Allis, Wisconsin. Liberace died on February 4, 1987 in Palm Springs, California.

Karen Carpenter died 26 years ago

Singer and drummer (in The Carpenters) Karen Anne Carpenter was born on March 2, 1950 in New Haven, Connecticut. Ms. Carpenter died on February 4, 1983 in Los Angeles, California.

Thelma Ritter died 40 years ago

Actress (in All About Eve and Titanic (1953)) Thelma Ritter was born on February 14, 1902 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Ms. Ritter died on February 5, 1969 in New York City, New York.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Nancy Killefer Quits to Help Eliminate Waste

Nancy Killefer was chosen by Barack Obama - or someone - to be in charge of the new government position - just what they need - of "chief performance officer". Her goal was to eliminate government waste and improve efficiency. But CNN reported that today - or maybe as soon as she said, "Yes." - she perhaps realized that it would be an "impossible dream". So as a figurative gesture to eliminating waste, she withdrew from the offer.

P.S. Let's not forget about that other Nancy.

Al Lewis died 3 years ago

Actor (on The Munsters) Al Lewis was born as Albert Meister on April 30, 1923 in New York City, New York. Mr. Lewis died on February 3, 2006 in New York City, New York.

Ernst W. Mayr died 4 years ago

Biologist and author (of Systematics and the Origin of Species) Ernst Walter Mayr was born on July 5, 1904 in Kempten, Germany. Mr. Mayr died on February 3, 2005 in Bedford, Massachusetts.

Audrey Meadows died 13 years ago

Actress (on The Honeymooners) Audrey Meadows was born as Audrey Cotter on February 8, 1926 in Wuchang, China. Ms. Meadows died on February 3, 1996 in Beverly Hills, California.

Nancy Kulp died 18 years ago

Actress (on The Beverly Hillbillies) Nancy Kulp was born as Nancy Jane Kulp on August 28, 1921 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Ms. Kulp died on February 3, 1991 in Palm Desert, California.

The Big Bopper died 50 years ago

Singer and songwriter (of Chantilly Lace) The Big Bopper was born as Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr. on October 24, 1930 in Sabine Pass, Texas. He died on February 3, 1959 near Clear Lake, Iowa.

Buddy Holly died 50 years ago

Singer and songwriter (of That’ll Be the Day and Peggy Sue) Buddy Holly was born as Charles Hardin Holley on September 7, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas. Mr. Holly died on February 3, 1959 near Clear Lake, Iowa.

Ritchie Valens died 50 years ago

Singer (of La Bamba) and songwriter Ritchie Valens was born as Richard Steven Valenzuela on May 13, 1941 in Pacoima, California. Mr. Valens died on February 3, 1959 near Clear Lake, Iowa.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Gene Kelly died 13 years ago

Dancer, actor, and singer (in Singin’ in the Rain) Gene Kelly was born as Eugene Curran Kelly on August 23, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Kelly died on February 2, 1996 in Beverly Hills, California.

Bert Parks died 17 years ago

Actor, singer, and TV host (of the Miss America pageant) Bert Parks was born as Bertram Jacobson on December 30, 1914 in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Parks died on February 2, 1992 in La Jolla, California.

Bertrand Russell died 39 years ago

Philosopher, mathematician, and author (of The Principles of Mathematics and Why I Am Not a Christian) Bertrand Russell was born as Bertrand Arthur William Russell on May 18, 1872 in Trellech, Monmouthshire, Wales. Mr. Russell died on February 2, 1970 in Penrhyndeudraeth, Wales.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Gian Carlo Menotti died 2 years ago

Composer and librettist (of Amahl and the Night Visitors) Gian Carlo Menotti was born on July 7, 1911 in Cadegliano-Viconago, Italy. Mr. Menotti died on February 1, 2007 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Irish McCalla died 7 years ago

Actress (in the TV series Sheena, Queen of the Jungle) Irish McCalla was born as Nellie Elizabeth McCalla on December 25, 1928 in Pawnee City, Nebraska. Ms. McCalla died on February 1, 2002 in Tucson, Arizona.

Heather O’Rourke died 21 years ago

Actress (in the Poltergeist films) Heather O’Rourke was born on December 27, 1975 in San Diego, California. Ms. O’Rourke died on February 1, 1988 in San Diego, California.

Jack Bailey died 29 years ago

Actor and TV host (of Queen for a Day and Truth or Consequences) Jack Bailey was born on September 15, 1907 in Hampton, Iowa. Mr. Bailey died on February 1, 1980 in Santa Monica, California.

Werner Heisenberg died 33 years ago

Theoretical physicist (proclaiming the uncertainty principle) Werner Karl Heisenberg was born on December 5, 1901 in Wurzburg, Germany. Mr. Heisenberg died on February 1, 1976 in Munich, Germany.

Buster Keaton died 43 years ago

Actor (in Three Ages) Buster Keaton was born as Joseph Frank Keaton on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas. Mr. Keaton died on February 1, 1966 in Woodland Hills, California.