The tanks had trouble opening up a lane for the infantry through the
black volcanic sand that sloped steeply up the beach from the
waterline. The biggest problem was the many steel-reinforced “pillbox”
bunkers protecting the Japanese airfields.
“Bazookas and that sort of thing had no effect on them, because they
were so thick and well built,” Williams said in a 2017 interview. “The
only way to actually eliminate the enemy inside those pillboxes was by
The battle saw heavier than usual casualties. Williams had initially
been one of several demolition sergeants, but by Feb. 23, 1945, he was
the only one left. So, he bravely volunteered to go forward as the
last flamethrower to try to quell the devastating machine-gun fire
from the pillboxes.
In four hours, with only four riflemen to protect him, Williams
managed to wipe out seven pillboxes. He repeatedly prepared explosives
in a safe area, struggled back to where the enemy was, and then set
off the charges.
One time, he jumped onto one of the pillboxes from the side and shoved
the nozzle of his 70-pound flamethrower into an air vent pipe and
fired, killing everyone inside. Another time, he charged
bayonet-wielding enemies and killed them with one burst of flame.
His actions opened the way for the Marines to get around and behind the bunkers and continue the taking of the airfield and the island.
Larry Storch, the rubber-faced comic whose long career in theater, movies and television was capped by his “F Troop” role as zany Cpl. Agarn in the 1960s spoof of Western frontier TV shows, died Friday, 7/8/2022. Storch was 99.
@chienfou@macromeh Wow, who knew anyone from that show was still alive! Looks like he was the last one left, sadly. I vaguely remember my father watching it, but they must have been re-runs, cuz it ended before i was even born. I feel so “young”(ish)!
IMDB shows that the first episode was in mid-september when I was 10. Back in the day when new shows premiered in that time frame, there were only three major channels, and still there managed to be two shows you wanted to watch at the same time back before VCRs were even a thing. Now we spend 15 minutes trying to find something to watch from a selection of 100 plus channels and dozens of streaming options… go figure.
@chienfou@Kyeh@macromeh All very true! Overload is right, i just keep adding stuff to my “want to watch” queues until the point that i would have to live scores of lifetimes to watch it all! And speaking of the days before VCRs, that reminds me of the days before we got a TV with a remote, when we kids were the remote. Good times!
His list of creations includes the Assiti Shards universe which started when the town of Grantville West Virginia was thrown back in time to 1632 Germany, and other places and groups found themselves thrown back to ancient times, and even the Cretaceous era; probably his best known universe which spawned many books, some with and by other authors including anthologies of fan fictions.
My favorite was his Belisarius series cowritten with David Drake, where two (effectively) AIs were sent back to the time of the Byzantine Empire; one to try to create an empire of regimentation and control, strict eugenics and hereditary power, the other went to General Flavius Belisarius (a real historical character) to try to prevent that future.
Many other series were created or edited by Flint, including some humorous fantasy or crossovers which ended up bringing real sphinxes, Circe, and Arachne back to our world from realities manufactured by aliens (they came to Las Vegas! My home town, always a plus)
He left us a sizeable collection of awesome fiction. He was also one of the early and most effective advocates for removing copy protection from e-published books and docs, which will make it easier for all of us to retain our purchased collections no matter what happens to the publishers in the future.
Warner, best known for his roles in the movie “Omen” and “Tron” and had roles in “Titanic” “Time Bandits”, several Star Trek movies, and others. Early on he performed on the stage, and over the course of his career he also acted on television, including in “Twin Peaks” and Dr Who.
Beloved Acting Icon David Warner Dead at 80. Warner had an incredibly prolific career that spanned episodes of Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Twin Peaks, as well as films like Tron, Titanic, and The Omen.
He is best remembered as playing villains, as he stood at an imposing six-foot two. Genre fans would recognize Warner’s roles from the Star Trek films The Final Frontier and The Undiscovered Country, where he played St. John Talbot and Chancellor Gorkon, respectively. Furthermore, Warner became a Trek guest star icon when he appeared in the legendary TNG two-parter “Chain of Command,” playing the Cardassian interrogator Gul Madred in a tense standoff with Jean-Luc Picard.
@ircon96 Orinoco was definitely the break-out star of the Wombles. When you read the books it seems like Bungo was supposed to be the reader-identification character (not for me, I was all about Wellington), but was totally eclipsed by Orinoco. Also, Mike Batt wrote the best songs for him.
@mossygreen I’m embarrassed to say I’d never seen them before, they were a little before my time & i assume they never made it to my local PBS station, so that might explain it, with the limited programming i had available to me as a kid in the pioneer days!
@ircon96 Super late response: it’s nothing to be embarrassed about, almost nobody in this country knows about the Wombles (literally everyone I know who does is either related to me or someone I told about them), and Orinoco is everyone’s spirit animal because of his firm commitment to sleeping, snacking, and wearing a floppy hat that 1) protects his eyes from the sun or 2) hides the fact he’s asleep.
/youtube the wombles dreaming in the sun
@mossygreen That makes me feel better! Lol… I tend to gravitate towards British productions, but occasionally one pops up that surprises me. And your description of Orinoco certainly checks all the boxes for me to be added to the club! Btw, that song is more than a little reminiscent of the Beatles… I like it!
@ircon96 Approximately 30 years ago my sister and I played the Wombles for her future (and eventually former) husband and his response was it’s like from a world where the Beatles were still popular (something along those lines, anyway) and we were like IT’S FROM THE EARLY '70’S, THE BEATLES WERE STILL POPULAR. ALSO THEY ARE STILL POPULAR NOW. I honestly am not sure what point he thought he was making, probably just they sound like the beatles, but I’m not sorry he’s my former brother-in-law.
From some list of the things that made people feel old: In the late 80’s, I was in a record store and heard a young woman of about 16 say to her friend “Did you know that Paul McCartney had a band before Wings?”
I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years.
Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. Her light, however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration.
Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.
One of my favorite stories of hers was when she described what happened when she was thinking of leaving Star Trek to do a play & was convinced to stay by none other than MLK, Jr. I would have loved to eavesdrop on THAT conversation!
This is from her L.A. Times obituary:
When they met at an NAACP fundraising event in Beverly Hills, King was appalled when she spoke of quitting, according to Nichols’ 2010 reminiscence on the Archive of American Television.
“The world sees us for the first time as we should be seen,” King told her. “Gene Roddenberry [‘Star Trek’s’ creator] has opened a door. If you leave, that door can be closed. Your role is not a Black role and not a female role — he can fill it with anything, including an alien.”
“I could say nothing,” she recalled. “I just stood there, realizing that every word he said was the truth.”
I always liked the ensemble cast of that show; it always felt like the characters really were best friends and battle buddies, and really would ‘be there’ for each-other when needed. And that they would go the distance.
Per the article, TC was featured in 158 of the 162 episodes that were made.
Olivia Newton-John, the Australian singer whose breathy voice and wholesome beauty made her one of the biggest pop stars of the '70s and charmed generations of viewers in the blockbuster movie “Grease,” died on Monday, according to a statement from her husband. She was 73.
@ExtraMedium For years, I had very mixed feelings about Olivia–I (of course) absolutely loved her in Grease, but felt that as far as her pop hits went, her voice was… OK, sweet but not strong, nothing remarkable, and that she was famous maybe more because of her looks. And then about a year ago, I was driving and listening to an oldies station, and they played a song of hers that I’d never heard, totally unfamiliar to me, but–I knew it was her. Immediately. And I thought to myself that I’d really done her a disservice. How can I say that a woman’s voice that I recognize immediately and cannot confuse with anyone else’s isn’t strong or unique? I can’t. So I relaxed into just loving her. I hope my local oldies station does a tribute day for her.
has passed away at the age of 89.
McCullough was as probably as good of a biographer as you could find, with subjects ranging from Theodore Roosevelt (“Mornings on Horseback”), John Adams (“John Adams”), and Harry Truman (“Truman”) to his book on the Wright Brothers. He also wrote history, with subjects ranging from the Johnstown flood to the Brooklyn Bridge, from the American Revolution (“1776”) to 19th century Americans in Paris (“The Greater Journey”). He wrote in a highly readable style that also depicted his subjects in highly human terms. Among other honors, he won the Pulitzer Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and numerous other honors. He was a writer’s writer, with a prose style that was as good as it gets.
He was also a wonderful speaker with a mellifluous voice that somehow seemed to mirror the best of the America he tried to chronicle, having narrated Ken Burns’s “The Civil War” and the Jeff Bridges film “Seabiscuit”. For eleven glorious years, he hosted the PBS series “The American Experience”.
I was going to post about the queen earlier today and then I got a phone call from my sister that my dad passed away. Queen Elizabeth would be honored to be holding heavens door for my dad, he’s truly one of the good guys.
He’d been visiting from Florida for the summer and staying with my sister.
I’m crushed and can’t stop crying. Just 5 weeks ago my mom’s husband of 40 years died and today it’s my dad. I’ve been thinking for years about how lucky and blessed I am to still have both my parents. Today that’s all changed.
Losing a parent isn’t a thought that I was ever willing to sit with and wonder about how I was going to feel when that awful day came.
I can’t think of a more pleasant way to go than the way he did. A afternoon nap on the couch after lunch with my sister. He was most probably dreaming about a round of golf with his buddies and a evening swim. Hopefully heavens got the most beautiful golf course ever! R.I.P
@Lynnerizer I’m so sorry for what you’re going through, but I’m sure it’s a comfort that he got to visit with his girls and have such wonderful final days. Your post was a beautiful tribute to him and the love really comes through. Condolences to you & your family, I’m glad you’ll have each other for support. Be sure to take care of yourself in the coming days.
@Lynnerizer I’m so so sorry! It does sound like he went in the best possible way, but what a shock for you.
Queen Elizabeth herself said this:
“The pain of grief is just as much part of life as the joy of love: it is perhaps the price we pay for love, the cost of commitment."
Who Turned a Blind Eye to Rape and Defended a Sex Trafficker, Dead at 76. Rolling Stone
The right-wing lawyer and hypocritical pecksniff was known for probing Bill Clinton’s affair, mishandling sexual assault cases at Baylor, and helping Jeffrey Epstein secure a sweetheart deal.
Known for the eponymous Starr Report, a nauseatingly prurient fishing expedition, that uncovered nothing but a wholly consensual 20-month affair between a married man and an unmarried adult woman that included a grand total of 9 sexual encounters, described in pornographic detail at taxpayer expense. He blew $52 Million (in year 2000 dollars) and his shot at a robe on SCOTUS, later given to his protoge, Kavanaugh.
Starr also clearly thought cheating on your wife was fine when he did it, having an affair with his own PR adviser during the Clinton impeachment.
While he was Chancellor at Baylor University, Starr turned the school into a rapist’s paradise, so long as the offender in question could run a 4.4 40. Eventually forced to resign as the degree of violent criminality he had fostered became undeniable, Starr whined about how unfair it all was to focus on a few “episodes” on his way out the door.
His other post-Starr Report activities included defending Jeffrey Epstein, supporting a teacher who molested five students after word of these crimes came out (the Court ignored Starr’s recommendation to release the rapist pedophile and instead sentenced him to 43 years), and supporting Prop 8.
He was also fine with insurrection, defending TFG at his second impeachment.
Ken Starr’s legacy will likely be the starting point of endless, baseless investigations of Democrats. From Whitewater to Lewinsky, to Benghazi, to e-mails, to Seth Rich, and now, Hunter Biden’s laptop.
@mike808 If you’re going to claim all of those things are baseless, you’re kind of giving up your moral high ground and a claim to having principles. You don’t have to stoop like that.
Hunter Biden is legitimately under FBI investigation. He is also not an elected official, and not working in the white house. Attempts to implicate his father based upon what is publicly available require huge leaps of logic. The most “damning” testimony alleges that President Biden… walked over and said “hi” to his own son and some other people when they were in the same town. Hunter Biden is super shady, but he’s a private citizen and his shadiness is not really the issue that certain media outlets try to make it.
Republicans want to lock Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton up, but give Former President Trump a pass. Democrats say Clinton did no wrong by Trump should go to jail. These aren’t mutually exclusive position. They both deliberately mishandled classified materials. I was very concerned about what Clinton did, and I am even more concerned about what Trump did. Neither should get a pass just because they’re “on your team.”
Page Pate, 55
Attorney, trial lawyer with Georgia firm Pate, Johnson & Church, frequent legal commentator for major media outlets such as CNN and the NY Times, and founding member of the Georgia Innocence Project.
Louise Fletcher, whose riveting performance as the cruel and calculating Nurse Ratched in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” set a new standard for screen villains and won her an Academy Award, has died at age 88.