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Did baseball fan Snippy miss this?


Rusty Staub, the godfather of baseball in Canada, a cult hero for generations of fans in New York and Montreal, a bon vivant and beloved teammate, and one of the most prolific athlete-philanthropists of all time, died Thursday of complications from multiple organ failure. He was 73.

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/in-memory-of-rusty-staub-one-of-the-most-underrated-players-in-baseball-history/



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I have Rusty Staub baseball cards and remember him as a very worthy baseball player.

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Once again another Jazz Giant pases from the scene unheralded. Cecil Taylor, pianist extraordinaire (IUHO) gone at 89, leaving behind a massive collection of music, and notations, and compositions from a wild imagination.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/06/obituaries/cecil-taylor-dead.html

Check out the vid clips within tu!



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Art Bell, a self-proclaimed expert on the paranormal who hosted a popular syndicated radio show for decades, has died at the age of 72 -- on Friday the 13th, appropriately enough.

Bell died in his home in Pahrump, Nevada, according to the Nye County sheriff's office.

Community Announcement -- Long time resident, and radio show host, Art Bell died today at 72 years old in his home in Pahrump Nevada. https://t.co/eNOYD97i4b

-- Nye County Sheriff (@NyeSheriff) April 14, 2018

He started out as a disc jockey but drifted into political talk radio in the 1970s and saw a ratings boost when he veered into the realm of conspiracy theories and the paranormal. He espoused his belief in alien abductions, ghosts, crop circles report -- and even that the Hale-Bopp comet that neared the Earth in 1986 was being followed by a UFO.

Soon, his late-night show "Coast to Coast" gained national syndication and allowed him to broadcast from his own Pahrump-based radio station, KNYE 95.1 FM. At the height of his fame, as many as 500 stations carried his show in the U.S. and Canada.

Bell also made cameo appearances (typically as himself) in movies like 2007's "I Know Who Killed Me" and TV shows like "Dark Skies."

In a 1999 interview with Larry King on CNN, Bell displayed the even-keeled tone and that made his out-there theorizing seem so reasonable and inviting.

"People are always demanding proof," he told King at one point. "These are things that are not easily proved."



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Milos Foreman...http://www.vulture.com/2018/04/oscar-winning-director-milos-forman-dies-at-86.html

Watched "OneFlew Over the Cuckoos Nest" starring Jack Nicholson the other night... Great film! IUHO that is!



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Art Bell, listened to him many nights driving to and from work in the wee hours. One I remember was the night he talked to a Time Traveler. Some strange stuff.

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Art Bell got me through the night working at the bridge. There was another clerk
that worked nights and we would talk about the shows. Have to give Art Bell credit
for getting a lot of topics discussed that were new to me. Mostly Art Bell secured the
"guest" that spilled the beans on about everything and Art remained the "perpetual skeptic".
A lot of information about things that you couldnt find out any other way other than
reading it in a book. Exciting radio shows in the middle of the night. I think I still have
about a dozen shows recorded on cassette. Art Bell was a chapter in my life.




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https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/outdoors-humor-columnist-patrick-mcmanus-dies-84-54455241

His books are a joy to read.. . 'They Shoot Canoes, Don't They' ... 



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R.Lee Ermey, best known for his Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, has died. He was 74.

Ermeys longtime manager announced the news via a tweet to Ermeys official Twitter account.

It is with great sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (The Gunny) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us, the tweet reads.

In addition to his role in Stanley Kubricks Oscar-nominated film, which earned him a best supporting actor Golden Globe nod, Ermey had several other mostly authority figure roles to his credit, including Sheriff Hoyt in 2003s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a police captain in Se7en, and the voice of the plastic army mens leader Sarge in Toy Story.

Ermey was a former United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and honorary gunnery sergeant, and served as a drill instructor during his tenure from 1961-1972. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan for one year until 1968, when he was moved to Vietnam and spent 14 months in country.

His first film role occurred when he was studying in the Philippines, and he played a First Air Cavalry chopper pilot in Apocalypse Now, also serving as a technical adviser to Francis Ford Coppola. He had a series of other small roles until his casting in 1987s Full Metal Jacket.

Ermey was originally meant to function only as a technical adviser to Kubrick, but when Kubrick was impressed by an instructional tape Ermey put together in which he went on long rants at extras, he instead cast him in the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. Kubrick allowed Ermey to improvise and write or edit his dialogue, and he said Ermey often only needed two or three takes to finish a scene both unusual for Kubrick films.

All told, Ermey had roles in some 60-plus films, as well as several voice credits, including The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Simpsons, and Family Guy.

On top of his voice acting, he hosted two programs for the History Channel: Mail Call, in which he provided expertise on military issues, both modern and historic, and Lock N Load with R. Lee Ermey, which focused on the development of different types of weapons.

 

 





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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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