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Harry Anderson, Night Court Star, Dies at 65

Harry Anderson, the amiable actor who presided over the NBC comedy Night Court for nine seasons, has died at his home in Asheville, N.C., according to a local media report. He was 65.Anderson was found at his home by police officers early Monday morning, according to a report by WSPA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Greenville, NC.No foul play was suspected, police told the station.

Anderson was a magician turned actor who was known as a rabid fan of jazz singer Mel Torme. The affection for Torme was woven into his TV alter ego, Judge Harry Stone, a quirky character who ruled the bench at a Manhattan night court. The sitcom was a mainstay of NBC from 1984 to 1992. Anderson earned three consecutive Emmy nominations for his work on the show from 1985-1987.

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Carl Kassel-long time NPR voice passes on at 84

https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/npr/528656453/npr-newscaster-carl-kasell-dies-at-84-after-a-lifelong-career-on-air

Not much anybody can say bad about Carl. I've listened to his voice for years, and years. He's been off the air for a number of years, but occasionally, he'd drop by to voice a short broadcast.

Pretty sure Carl prceeded Bob Edwards at NPR national hqs. in DC. He'll be missed!



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Gawdspeed, Carl.

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David Edgerton, a Founder of Burger King, Is Dead at 90

David R. Edgerton, who helped start what became the worlds second-largest hamburger chain, Burger King, but then agreed to sell the company for what proved to be a bargain price just as the industry was about to take off, died on April 3 in Miami. He was 90.

The cause was complications of surgery after a fall, his friend and accountant Betty Amos Righetti said. His death was announced in a paid notice in The Miami Herald, but it was otherwise not widely reported.
A business contemporary of Raymond A. Kroc, who built the McDonalds chain into the industry leader, Mr. Edgerton started Burger King with $12,000 after managing Howard Johnsons restaurants in Miami and Orlando, Fla.

At the time, he had been preparing to open a Dairy Queen with a hamburger section in Jacksonville, Fla. But he changed his mind and sold the business to acquire Insta Burger King, a 15-cent hamburger business in Miami. He took it over in March 1954.

He soon persuaded James W. McLamore, who owned the nearby Brickell Bridge Restaurant, to join him in what was then a novel food-service business model: a restaurant with a limited menu, fast service and low prices, with customers going inside to place orders and pay in advance.

At the time, fast-food restaurants typically had carhops bring orders to a customers car.

In a 1998 memoir, The Burger King: Jim McLamore and the Building of an Empire, Mr. McLamore described Mr. Edgerton as a creative conceptual thinker but also as someone who never focused very much on details, particularly those concerning financial matters.

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Early on, Mr. Edgerton estimated that profits were running at an eye-popping 28 percent of sales. But the books he was looking at turned out to be an assortment of papers stuffed into a peach basket showing that Insta Burger had actually lost money in its first few months.

It was hard for the partners at first. We were losing our butts, Mr. Edgerton said in a 2014 interview for this obituary. Paying himself $50 a week, he added, We starved together.

A major problem was the frequent breakdowns of the Rube Goldberg-like Insta broiler they had inherited. One day, Mr. McLamore wrote, the machine began to malfunction just at the moment Dave was standing in front of it, and the grinding of its metal parts sent him into a rage.

By Mr. McLamores account, Mr. Edgerton reached into his toolbox and grabbed a hatchet and sank it into the stainless steel mechanism, destroying it. He then shouted, red-faced, I can build a better machine than this pile of junk!

Three weeks later, Mr. Edgerton and a mechanic who ran a machine shop had produced a continuous-chain broiler, which would set a standard for all Burger King broilers and become a model for equipment in the industry.

But it was the creation of the companys signature item, the Whopper, that saved the venture.



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NPR's Carl Kasell, who brought gravitas and goofiness to the airwaves, dies at 84
His resonant and reassuring voice helped define NPR as an emerging force in news broadcasting. He joined the public radio network in 1975 and, four years later, helped inaugurate Morning Edition. He later became the comic foil on the news quiz show Wait Wait ... Dont Tell Me!

Kasell died Tuesday from complications from Alzheimer's disease in Potomac, Md., NPR reported.

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I guess I didn't look up before I posted. Therefore, I suppose I can expect a sternly worded reprimand or maybe even time on paper from that PRICK MOD-Rater.

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Heard Barbara Bush did the big exit this morning. Ah yes, wife of #41, mother of #43,and grand old dame of a bunck of Republicunts.

She couldn't help it. She was born to it, and married in to it! Bye Bar!

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/18/politics/barbara-bush-death-reaction/index.html



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Randy Scruggs, Award-Winning Musician and Songwriter, Dead at 64

Multi-award-winning guitarist, producer, songwriter and studio owner Randy Scruggs died Tuesday, April 17th, following a brief illness, according to Music Row. He was 64.
A four-time Grammy winner who earned trophies for his instrumental work from 1989 to 2001, Scruggs was named CMA Musician of the Year in 1999, 2003 and 2006. As a producer he led recordings by Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Toby Keith, Alison Krauss and many others. The staggering list of artists on whose records he played included Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, George Strait, Bobby Bare, Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis, Vince Gill, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Ricky Skaggs, Tom T. Hall, Billy Joe Shaver, John Hartford, Vern Gosdin,Rosanne Cash, Pam Tillis, Marty Stuart, Bruce Hornsby, Miranda Lambert, Wilco and the Dixie Chicks.
Randy Scruggs was born in 1953, the younger brother of musician Gary Scruggs and older brother to Steve Scruggs, who died in 1992. Their parents were banjo great Earl Scruggs and pioneering business manager Louise Scruggs, who passed away in 2012 and 2006, respectively. At just 9 years old, Scruggs appeared alongside his father and partner Lester Flatt on the pair's popular syndicated TV series. Only four years later he was participating in his first recording session.
As a rock duo, Randy and Gary Scruggs recorded two albums for Vanguard Records in 1969 and '70, then formed the progressive country-rock band the Earl Scruggs Revue with the elder musician at the helm. A 1979 single by the group, "I Could Sure Use the Feeling," peaked in the Top 30.
In the early Eighties, when Earl Thomas Conley became the first-ever artist to top the country chart with four consecutive singles from the same LP, three of those songs were co-written by the artist with Scruggs. The pair also notched two additional Number Ones as co-writers. Others who cut his songs included Sawyer Brown ("Shakin'," "Out Goin' Cattin'"), Billy Joe Royal ("Love Has No Right") and Deana Carter ("We Danced Anyway" and "There's No Limit"). In the Eighties and Nineties, more than 100 of his songs were cut by major acts from Martina McBride to bluegrass band the Seldom Scene.
The 1989 recording of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken II, recorded at the musician's Scruggs Sound facility in Nashville, earned him another CMA award, for Album of the Year. Don Williams, Jason & the Scorchers, Charley Pride, Tanya Tucker, Andy Williams, Ronnie Milsap and Anne Murray were among those who also cut material there.
In 1998, Reprise Records released the exceptional all-star album Crown of Jewels. Credited as Scruggs' solo effort, the LP featured contributions from several artists with Emmylou Harris, Iris DeMent, John Prine, Joan Osborne, Trisha Yearwood, Amy Grant, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Delbert McClinton and Earl Scruggs among them.
Scruggs' guitar playing can be heard on the Johnny Cash: Forever Words project and on recent recordings by Loretta Lynn, Mo Pitney, Pistol Annies, Kellie Pickler, Bobby Bare and many others.
Scruggs is survived by his wife Sandy, his daughter, Lindsey, and his brother, Gary. No funeral service is planned but details of a memorial event are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Contributions in Randy Scruggs' name may be made to MusicCares or the T.J. Martell Foundation.



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"Snippy"'s eyes hurt.



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It makes Cy wonder, does Clavalin borrow books out of the large print section of the library?

Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs fell out over Earl's interest in pursuing other kinds of music, wanting to play with his sons.

Snippy, we shouldn't be nasty, in view of what our good buddy, Clavalin has had to endure, sorry, Clavalin.



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I also turn the closed captioning on to make up for lazy actors who cant or wont enunciate.



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Calvin wrote:

I also turn the closed captioning on to make up for lazy actors who cant or wont enunciate.


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I also turn the closed captioning on to make up for lazy actors who cant or wont enunciate.


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