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« Reply #880 on: January 19, 2013, 10:48:50 PM »


R.I.P. Conrad Bain.

R.I.P. Stan Musial....Great Man!
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« Reply #881 on: January 19, 2013, 10:53:27 PM »


" French designer Andree Putman dies aged 87 "

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/french-designer-andree-putman-dies-aged-87-family-164905649.html

 
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The internationally acclaimed French designer Andree Putman, whose many achievements include revamping the interior of the Concorde supersonic jet, died Saturday at her Paris home aged 87, her family said.

Putman helped coin the concept of the boutique hotel, gave her name to a skyscraper in Hong Kong, and designed movie sets and stores for luxury goods in a career that spanned nearly seven decades.

Seen by many as the Grande Dame of French design, the chic Parisienne was the subject of a retrospective at Paris city hall in 2010.

 

 R.I.P.
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« Reply #882 on: January 19, 2013, 10:56:19 PM »

" Nagisa Oshima, Iconoclastic Filmmaker, Dies at 80 "

 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/movies/nagisa-oshima-iconoclastic-filmmaker-dies-at-80.html

 

 Homage to Nagisa Oshima from David Bowie.

http://www.sonymusic.co.jp/Music/International/Arch/SR/DavidBowie/

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All of us who have had the privilege of working with Oshima-san will miss his spirit tremendously.
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« Reply #883 on: January 21, 2013, 07:48:00 AM »

RIP Michael Winner



So many films of his were "winners"

Sadly missed

http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/michael-winner-dies-142154883.html
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« Reply #884 on: February 11, 2013, 06:54:31 PM »


 " Baseball’s first woman scout dies at 100 "

 By Craig Calcaterra

 http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/11/baseballs-first-woman-scout-dies-at-100/related/

 
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There are a lot of “boys clubs” in baseball. The players. The media. Management. If you had to come up with a prototypical old boys club, though, you could do worse than naming scouts. Thanks to popular culture and various anecdotes it’s almost impossible for the first image that pops in your head when you hear the words “baseball scout” NOT to be an old guy. Maybe a grouchy one like Clint Eastwood.

But Edith Houghton cracked that boys club. Not last year or in the 1970s or something. She did it in 1946, holding the job until she left to go fight in the Korean freakin’ War. She severed in the Navy during World War II as well. Before that she played baseball on a number of industrial and semi-pro teams.

Edith Houghton: tougher and more accomplished than most of us put together.

Sadly, she died earlier this month at age 100. The beginnings of her story can be read here.  Some more in depth information can be found here. There’s probably a much longer story to be told as well.

 

 

 R.I.P. Edith.
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« Reply #885 on: February 11, 2013, 10:03:58 PM »

^ R.I.P., indeed. A remarkable woman.

Talking of female baseball pioneers, the Times recently ran the obituary of one of the inspirations for the film  A League of Their Own:

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Lavonne Paire Davis, Baseball Pioneer, Dies at 88


By WILLIAM YARDLEY

Lavonne Paire Davis, a star in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of the 1940s and 1950s and a consultant for the hit movie “A League of Their Own,” died on Saturday in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles. She was 88.

Her death was confirmed by Jeneane Lesko, a board member of the league’s players association.

Davis, who was known as Pepper Paire in her playing days, entered the league in 1944, the year after it was formed by Philip W. Wrigley, the chewing-gum magnate and owner of the Chicago Cubs. Wrigley had worried that World War II would deplete professional baseball of male players and force it to fold. That never happened, but his women’s pro league became popular anyway, and Davis became one of its most enduring players.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/sports/baseball/lavonne-paire-davis-baseball-pioneer-dies-at-88.html
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« Reply #886 on: February 12, 2013, 02:23:11 AM »

Yes most certainly a remarkable woman. Way ahead of her time.

R.I.P. Edith.

R.I.P. Lavonne Paire Davis too. Another amazing woman.
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« Reply #887 on: February 12, 2013, 09:10:41 PM »


R.I.P. Lavonne.

I hope that these two remarkable women have seen " Trouble with the Curve "!! :)
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« Reply #888 on: February 12, 2013, 10:12:35 PM »

Lavonne certainly did, as she was a consultant on the production. 8)
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« Reply #889 on: February 17, 2013, 10:31:02 PM »

" Baseball’s first woman scout dies at 100 "

 By Craig Calcaterra

 http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/11/baseballs-first-woman-scout-dies-at-100/related/

 
 

 R.I.P. Edith.

The New York Times finally got around to publishing an obituary for Edith Houghton. She was not only apparently the first independently hired female Major League Baseball scout ... she seems to have been the last! (Well, not counting Mickey Lobel's probable future career after Trouble with the Curve.)

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Houghton, who died on Feb. 2 in Sarasota, Fla., at 100, liked to say that she was the first woman hired as a major league scout on her own. Her one known predecessor, Bessie Largent, had worked for many years in tandem with her husband, Roy, as a scout for the Chicago White Sox. But as Houghton pointed out to interviewers, although she never made a fuss about it, she worked solo for the Phillies from 1946 to 1951.

There are different accounts about why Houghton got the job. Some say she bowled over the Phillies’ president, Robert Carpenter, with an uncanny grasp of the game. Others mention the scrapbook she brought along, bulging with newspaper clippings documenting her impressive career as a player in the 1920s and ’30s on the women’s national baseball circuit known as the Bloomer Girls league.

Philadelphia sportswriters, bitter at the team’s decade-long swoon at or near the bottom of the standings, said the Phillies had hired her simply because they had nothing to lose.

But that she got the job at all constitutes one of the most unusual accomplishments by any woman in American sports.

Frank Marcos, senior director of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, baseball’s cooperative scouting service, said that in addition to being one of the first female scouts in baseball, Houghton was apparently also the last.

“We have been talking about this all day, making calls to clubs all over the country,” Marcos said in an interview Thursday, after news of Houghton’s death had begun to circulate widely. “And we know of no other part-time or full-time women scouts in baseball since then.”

He added: “Would I like to change that? Darn right.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/sports/baseball/edith-houghton-rarity-as-baseball-scout-dies-at-100.html
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« Reply #890 on: February 18, 2013, 07:38:37 AM »

Mindy McCready Dead From Apparent Suicide

A troubled soul, indeed.

R.I.P. Mindy McCready

11/30/75 - 2/17/13

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« Reply #891 on: February 18, 2013, 10:39:17 AM »

Tony Sheridan, Colleague of Beatles, Is Dead at 72

The closest thing you'll ever hear to Elvis singing with The Beatles are those early recordings they made with Tony Sheridan.  I don't know much about him, so I'm not saying he was copying Elvis, just that he sounds like him on those performances.  I haven't heard anything else but would like to.  Seems like he was rockin' until the very end.  God bless him.



5/21/40 - 2/16/13

R.I.P. Mr. Sheridan



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« Reply #892 on: February 18, 2013, 01:09:37 PM »

So sad, much loved comedian and actor Richard Briers has died.   Roobarb  :'(



http://uk.news.yahoo.com/richard-briers-dies-good-life-actor-aged-79-123152206.html
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« Reply #893 on: February 18, 2013, 01:24:06 PM »

R.I.P  Dr. Jerry Buss

Long time owner of the Los Angeles Lakers!
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« Reply #894 on: February 19, 2013, 09:05:22 AM »

Richard Briers will be sadly missed. Such a versatile actor, from comedy to Shakespeare. 

RIP Richard.
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« Reply #895 on: February 20, 2013, 09:55:53 PM »

The Newe York Times finally got around to publishing an obituary for Edith Houghton. She was not only apparently the first independently hired female Major League Baseball scout ... she seems to have been the last! (Well, not counting Mickey Lobel's probable future career after Trouble with the Curve.)

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/sports/baseball/edith-houghton-rarity-as-baseball-scout-dies-at-100.html

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(Well, not counting Mickey Lobel's probable future career after Trouble with the Curve.)

^Yes, that will be just in our mind!!  8)


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In 1925, the Bobbies toured Japan, playing men's college teams for $800 a game. As a team they were less than spectacular, but the Japanese press had only good things to say about Edith.

http://www.exploratorium.edu/baseball/houghton.html

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The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed Houghton in 1986 for an article about the discovery of a Philadelphia woman’s journal in the archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Written by one of Houghton’s teammates on the Bobbies, it described their two-month tour of Japan.

“For young women in 1925 — to be playing baseball and to be going to Japan — well, that was pretty exciting,” Houghton told the interviewer. “I wish I could remember more about it. But I was so young then.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/sports/baseball/edith-houghton-rarity-as-baseball-scout-dies-at-100.html?_r=0

 Incredible story that she was only 13!!..... :o  She was really great!!  8)  O0
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« Reply #896 on: March 13, 2013, 10:03:03 PM »

Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, believed to be the last surviving member of the conspiracy to assassinate Hitler in July, 1944, has died at the age of 90.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/world/europe/ewald-heinrich-von-kleist-anti-hitler-plotter-dies-at-90.html

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Like many Germans involved in efforts to kill Hitler, Mr. von Kleist was a soldier — a lieutenant in the German Army — but his family had long been active in the German resistance. In January 1944, he was 22 and recuperating in Berlin from wounds he suffered in combat when he was approached by Col. Claus von Stauffenberg to join an assassination plot.

At the time, Lieutenant von Kleist led a unit that was scheduled to meet with Hitler to show him new Army uniforms. Colonel von Stauffenberg asked Lieutenant von Kleist to take along hidden explosives, which he would then detonate at the meeting.

“I found it a very difficult decision, I must say,” Mr. von Kleist recalled in an interview for a 1992 documentary, “The Restless Conscience.”

He asked for a day to decide, and he traveled home from Berlin to talk with his father, Ewald von Kleist-Schmenzin. His father had been arrested many times for resistance activity.

“The next morning, my father said, ‘Why are you here again?’ “ Mr. von Kleist recalled. “I said, ‘Well, I have difficult decisions I have to make.’ He said, ‘What is it?’ And I told him. And he said at once, ‘Yes, of course you have to do it,’ and I said, ‘Yes, but I have to blow up with the colonel.’

“He got up from his chair, went to the window, looked out of the window for a moment, and then he turned and said: ‘Yes, you have to do that. A man who doesn’t take such a chance will never be happy again in his life.’ ”

 Lieutenant von Kleist agreed to go through with the plan, but Hitler canceled at the last moment — he frequently changed his schedule late in the war — and Colonel von Stauffenberg and others began devising a new plan.

In July 1944, as other conspirators in the plot were being discovered and arrested, Colonel von Stauffenberg, whose Army role gave him access to top leaders, decided to leave a bomb under a table during a meeting of Hitler and his aides at Wolf’s Lair, his field headquarters in East Prussia. Lieutenant von Kleist was among several conspirators whose job was to wait in Berlin to be ready to stage a coup once Hitler’s death was confirmed.

After the bomb went off, but failed to kill Hitler, the Nazis rounded up and executed more than 5,000 plotters and their supporters, including Stauffenberg and Lt. Kleist's father. But he survived—arrested, but eventually released to the front. He became a publisher after the war.

R.I.P.

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« Reply #897 on: March 15, 2013, 02:40:17 PM »

Malachi Throne has passed away.  Besides It Takes A Thief, I only really remember him from Star Trek and Batman.

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Rest in peace, sir.


 
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« Reply #898 on: March 18, 2013, 06:29:30 AM »

'One Day At A Time' actress Bonnie Franklin dies

Bonnie Franklin passed away on March 1.  I used to love One Day At A Time and always thought she was perfect in that comedy.  I don't recall seeing her in anything since, maybe a guest appearance on another show. 

R.I.P. Ms. Franklin

 
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« Reply #899 on: March 21, 2013, 03:38:56 AM »

This is a little late.  On March 7th Kenny Ball the jazz trumpeter died aged 82.

I so enjoyed his music. If his name doesn't tell you who he was perhaps the music "Midnight in Moscow", "When I'm Sixty Four" and "Samantha" will remind you.



RIP Kenny

He'll be joining the jazz greats for an impromptu jam session. We have lost a number of the greatest jazz men over the last year. 
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