First up, 2021 Q1, RIP.
The vaccination rate is chugging along under the focused planning and action of the Biden administration, masking, and social distancing. So maybe we are turning the corner in the pandemic soon. Here’s to RIP 2021 Q2 and COVID-19.
Thank goodness for Joe Biden; what would we have done without him and his operation Warp Speed. :-J
And kudos to Al Gore; I’m sure he assisted in the development of the vaccine – he’s such an innovator.
The Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen’s “strength and stay” for 73 years, has died aged 99.
A statement from Buckingham Palace on Friday said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
He grew up nearly penniless, and was known when young to describe himself as “a prince of no particular distinction.”
The article continues with information on his character, sense of duty, commitment to the Navy and then after marriage to what he saw as his role of Royal consort.
He was noted for non-PC remarks that might have reflected his sense of humor, or else hisupbringing (in a less multiculturally aware, age).
@f00l He also had a sense of humor that was relatable, even in the milieu of the Royal Family. Here he is greeting the queen on her birthday on her morning walk around Buckingham Palace, disguised in full Beefeater dress uniform.
Joye Hummel, although not the originator of Wonder Woman (it was started 3 years prior and she worked for the woman who dreamed her up), wrote more than 70 early Wonder Woman comic book scripts (though 1947), died at 97.
@Cerridwyn News coverage with his bio revealed a thoroughly decent man. His years as VP made that office into an active party in the administration. Then he chose Ferrari as his running mate. RIP, sir.
Rusty Young of POCO, one of my top 3 groups . I’ve seen them probably 15 times and they were always great. Tight harmonies and that pedal steel guitar…
See you later in the Heart of the Night
/youtube Poco heart of the night
The internet was never designed to be secure. The internet was designed to move pictures of cats…
“Somehow… the global economy has moved into our world. And we’re just sitting here, like, ‘Man, we built this in 1983. We didn’t think you’d be moving trillions of dollars on this.'” The answer? “Some of us got to go out and fix it.”
I’m glad we had Dan around to fix it.
Rest In Packets.
Bobby Unser, “Rapid Robert”, Three Time Indianapolis 500 winner, passed away at the age of 87.
I used to watch many of the major races, and recall Bobby and his contemporaries vying for the various championships. Racing now is not what it was those decades ago, as I’m sure the adult fans then would have said about the racers of their youth. The Unsers were an amazing family of drivers.
Actor Charles Grodin
Grodin died at his home in Wilton, Connecticut on Tuesday (5/18), the New York Times newspaper reported. The actor’s son, Nicholas, told the newspaper his cause of death was bone marrow cancer.
The entertainment world honors a legend today, celebrating the life of comedian Paul Mooney. The writer, actor, and comic died on Wednesday, May 19, at 5:30 a.m., due to a heart attack. According to his cousin Rudy Ealy, Mooney’s health had been deteriorating for some time.
Mooney had a groundbreaking career writing for comedian Richard Pryor, on Sanford and Son, Good Times, In Living Color, and on Chappelle Show, where he also appeared in sketches like the infamous “Negrodamus.” “It’s a tough one,” Chappelle told TMZ of the loss. “I want to shout out every comedian on Earth, the best who ever did it, paved the way today, his legacy will live forever. He did everything from Richard Pryor Show to Chappelle’s Show. He’s one of the first Black people ever in the Writers Guild. Paul Mooney will be sorely missed and wildly remembered. I’ll see to that.”
Here is an article on the sketch written by Mooney for Richard Pryor and Chevy Chase, during SNL’s first year.
The sketch is said to be the most legendary and discussed moment of SNL’s first year. It is said to have inspired Arsenio Hall, Robert Townsend, “In Living Color” creator Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Dave Chappelle.
How Paul Mooney made SNL a cultural phenomenon with one legendary Richard Pryor-Chevy Chase sketch
By Bethonie Butler
Eric Carle’s picture books were often about insects. Spiders, lady bugs, crickets and of course, that famous caterpillar, all as colorful and friendly as Carle himself. The Very Hungry Caterpillar — probably Carle’s best-known work — came out in 1969 and became one of the bestselling children’s books of all time.
According to a family statement, Carle “passed away peacefully and surrounded by family members on May 23, 2021 at his summer studio in Northampton, Massachusetts.” He was 91 years old.
Over the course of his career, Carle illustrated more than 70 books for kids. He didn’t get started on that path until he was nearly 40, but he found great inspiration in his own childhood. Born in Syracuse, N.Y., Carle remembered an early life filled with art, light and walking through nature holding his father’s hand.
Gavin MacLeod was a sitcom veteran who played seaman “Happy” Haines on “McHale’s Navy,” Murray on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, and the very different, vaguely patrician Captain Stubing on “The Love Boat,” has died. He was 90. 2021-05-30
Ed Asner, one of two surviving members of the cast, said Saturday that his “heart is broken.”
“Gavin was my brother, my partner in crime (and food) and my comic conspirator,” he wrote in a tweet. “I will see you in a bit Gavin. Tell the gang I will see them in a bit. Betty! It’s just you and me now.”
Billie Hayes, whose portrayal of the flamboyantly and comically wicked witch Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf, died of natural causes April 29 at Cedar’s Hospital in Los Angeles. She was 96.
(May 3, 1935 – July 28, 2021), was an American inventor and marketing personality, and founder of the direct response marketing company Ronco. He made appearances in infomercials for the Showtime Rotisserie and coined the phrase “Set it, and forget it!” as well as popularizing the phrase, “But wait, there’s more!” on television as early as the mid-1950s.