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    ^ Thankfully I never went to a rave if that was the sort of "music" a chap had to endure! An evening of that and i would be on the RIP unfamous folks list!

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    Horses for courses, Airport.
    I'm sure you had fun doing whatever you were doing when some of us were chanting Nicholas Parsons and having one of the times of our lives.

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    And then there were two.

    Donald Stratton, one of last three remaining survivors of USS Arizona attack, dies at 97




    Donald Stratton, a sailor severely burned while aboard the doomed USS Arizona during the Japanese surprise attack Dec. 7, 1941, died Saturday at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was 97.

    His passing leaves only two living survivors of the battleship, Lou Conter and Ken Potts.


    Stratton’s wife of 69 years, Velma, and son Randy announced his death in a Facebook post Sunday, saying they were beside him when he “passed away peacefully.”

    “One of Donald’s final wishes was that people remember Pearl Harbor and the men aboard the USS Arizona,” the posting said. “Share their story and never forget those who gave all for our great country.”

    Stratton spent much of his latter life doing just that, and in 2016 he published the memoir “All the Gallant Men,” recounting the surprise attack, and his injuries, recovery and subsequent return to combat in World War II.


    Stratton often summed up the happenchance of being aboard the Arizona on the morning of the attack with, “Everybody had to be someplace. We were there.”


    The attack that turned the Arizona into an inferno killed 1,177 sailors and Marines, and Stratton barely made it off alive, burned over two-thirds of his body.


    Born July 14, 1922, Stratton was raised in the small Nebraska town of Red Cloud and joined the Navy in the fall of 1940, he wrote in the memoir, which was coauthored by Ken Gire. Within a couple of months, he was one of the roughly 1,500 men serving aboard the USS Arizona. He was assigned to one of the ship’s five portside anti-aircraft guns.


    On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, he stepped onto an outside deck, catching sight of Japanese dive bombers attacking Ford Island, the berthing point for the eight massive warships of Battleship Row: California, Maryland, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Arizona.

    With no time to fire up the Arizona’s boilers to steam out of port, the ship’s broad side became an easy target. At one point, a bomb ignited the forward magazines, causing a catastrophic explosion.


    “Men stumbled around on the deck like human torches, each collapsing into a flaming pile of flesh,” Stratton wrote. “Others jumped into the water. When they did, you could hear them sizzle.


    “My T-shirt had caught fire, burning my arms and my back. My legs were burned from my ankles to my thighs. My face was seared. The hair on my head had been singed off, and part of my ear was gone.”


    Stratton and a handful of sailors huddled together likely would have died if not for a sailor aboard the nearby repair ship Vestal who managed to toss a rope across to the burning ship.


    “We had to go hand over hand on that line, and that was probably 70 or 80 feet,” Stratton wrote. “You know, you get to the middle of the line and it starts uphill again. That was really tough, with my hands and everything burned.”


    About two weeks after the attack, he was transferred to a hospital specializing in burn treatment on Mare Island near San Francisco to begin a long recovery, which included a treatment using maggots to east away the dead and diseased skin left from the burns.


    He was medically discharged from the Navy in September 1942 and returned to Red Cloud.


    But as the following weeks passed in his hometown, he came to realize that “everything innocent and trusting and
    carefree” had been ripped from him with the attack, and he was overwhelmed with the urge to be back in the Navy.

    He was allowed to reenlist in February 1944 but was required to repeat basic training.
    Back aboard ship, he saw action in New Guinea, the Philippines and Okinawa.

    He left the Navy at war’s end, but he couldn’t give up the sea. He worked for a diving company off the coast of California, and later on oil drilling platforms at sea.


    USS Arizona survivors are allowed to have urns of their cremated remains entombed in the sunken hulk of the ship, which is now a memorial site.


    Stratton said in the past that instead, he would be buried in Nebraska.


    National Park Service historian Daniel Martinez, a longtime friend, explained Stratton’s thinking during a news conference in 2014.


    “He said to me that he came so close to being burned alive that cremation probably wasn’t the way to go,” Martinez said.

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    Larry Tesler, scientist behind cut-copy-paste computer command, dies aged 74



    The cut-copy-paste computer command is used by many people every single day, but sadly its inventor has passed away at the age of 74.

    Larry Tesler was a key figure in the computer industry, working at several famous tech firms, including Apple, Amazon and Yahoo.

    However, he was best known for creating the cut-copy-paste computer command during his time at
    Xerox in the 1970s.

    Xerox tweeted the sad news last night, writing: “The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler.

    “Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas. Larry passed away Monday, so please join us in celebrating him.”


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    the cut-copy-paste computer command
    More usefull than the Croc and chicken shit

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    Got to love the Yanks, flat earther proves darwinism

    'Mad' Mike Hughes dies after crash-landing homemade rocket


    A US daredevil pilot has been killed during an attempted launch of a homemade rocket in the Californian desert.


    "Mad" Mike Hughes, 64, crash-landed his steam-powered rocket shortly after take-off near Barstow on Saturday.


    A video on social media shows a rocket being fired into the sky before plummeting to the ground nearby.


    Hughes was well-known for his belief that the Earth was flat. He hoped to prove his theory by going to space.

    and there's more

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    Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak dies at 91


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    Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak died in hospital at the age of 91 on Tuesday, sources told Ahram Online.
    Mubarak had entered the intensive care unit after undergoing surgery two weeks ago, his son Alaa and lawyer Farid El-Deeb announced earlier this month.
    The former president was ousted by a popular uprising that started in January 2011. The autocrat ruled Egypt from 1981 until 11 February 2011.
    Alaa Mubarak tweeted on 24 January that his 91-year-old father had undergone an operation and that his condition was “stable.” He provided no details about the surgery.
    Since his downfall, Mubarak stood trial in a number of criminal cases on various charges, but received only one final conviction on corruption charges in 2016, alongside his sons Alaa and Gamal. Mubarak had already served his sentence in detention while awaiting trial in other cases.

    BREAKING: Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak dies at 91 - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online
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    Clive Cussler, best-selling author behind Dirk Pitt adventure novels, dies at 88

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    Clive Cussler, the best-selling author behind the popular adventure novels about the heroic Dirk Pitt, has died at 88.
    A cause of death has not been revealed publicly for the author, who died Monday, his son told TMZ.


    Mr. Cussler, who kicked off his writing career in 1965, published dozens of books that spanned numerous genres and included both fictional and nonfiction subject matter.


    He introduced the multi-talented Pitt to the world during the mid-1970s with “The Mediterranean Caper” and went on to feature the quick-thinking protagonist in 25 books over the years.

    The fictional book series included the popular “Raise the Titanic!” and “Sahara,” both of which were adapted into movies.


    The “Raise the Titanic” flick came out in 1980 and starred Richard Jordan as Pitt, while Matthew McConaughey played the character in the 2005 film version of “Sahara.”


    Mr. Cussler’s most recent book in that series, “Celtic Empire,” was published in 2019.


    Beyond his writing career, Mr. Cussler was the founder of the non-profit National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), which strives to discover and conserve the findings of shipwrecks. The NUMA team has come across more than 60 wreck sites.


    Mr. Cussler’s first nonfiction release, “The Sea Hunters,” came out in 1996 and chronicles his experiences looking for shipwrecks.


    The author was granted a doctorate in 1997 from the SUNY Maritime College’s board of governors in recognition of his findings in “The Sea Hunters,” with the book serving in place of a thesis.


    A TV series, also called “The Sea Hunters,” was inspired by the book and premiered on National Geographic in 2002.


    Mr. Cussler was born in Aurora, Ill., and grew up in Alhambra, Calif. He and his first wife, Barbara Knight, were parents to three children: Teri, Dirk and Dayna. Years after Barbara died in 2003, Mr. Cussler married Janet Horvath.


    Dirk co-authored his father’s final three books.


    Overall, Mr. Cussler’s books have combined to sell more than 100 million copies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Mr. Cussler, who kicked off his writing career in 1965, published dozens of books that spanned numerous genres and included both fictional and nonfiction subject matter.
    He sure did and I read them all as soon as they were published. The man knew how to spin a tale.
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    Mr. Cussler’s most recent book in that series, “Celtic Empire,” was published in 2019.
    Must get his last.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    He sure did and I read them all as soon as they were published. The man knew how to spin a tale.

    Must get his last.
    It's just a shame the cretins in Hollywood don't know how to cast Dirk Pitt.

    I mean they had that poofter in one and Matthew McConnahawhey in the other, and both movies were shit.

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    James Lipton, longtime host of 'Inside the Actors Studio,' has died at 93

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    Jack Welch: Legendary General Electric boss dies at 84

    Jack Welch: Legendary General Electric boss dies at 84 - BBC News

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    Bobbie Battista dead - veteran CNN news anchor dies aged 67 after cervical cancer battle

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    Bobbie Battista has died today at the age of 67 after a four-year battle with cancer.

    Her death was confirmed by CNN executive producer David Gelles, who tweeted: "Former CNN anchor Bobbie Battista has passed away at the age of 67, after a four year battle with cervical cancer.

    "Battista was one of the original CNN Headline News anchors when the network launched in 1981. She anchored several news programs on CNN including 'TalkBack Live'."

    Bobbie was a beloved part of the TV network, serving as an anchor for various programmes over her 20-year stint there.

    She was the face of huge breaking news stories, including the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986 and the September 11th terror attacks in New York in 2001.

    Tributes have been flooding in for the presenter, with fans fondly remembering her days at the helm of CNN's news broadcast.


    "The #CNN family lost a good one today. Journalist Bobbie Battista died at 67 after a battle with cervical cancer, per a family spokeswoman. Battista was one of the original CNN Headline News anchors when the network launched in 1981, later hosted "Talk Back Live. May she RIP," wrote her colleague Lisa Mirando.

    Bobbie left CNN in 2002 but returned from semi-retirement in 2007 when she was named the face of a new national network called Retirement Living TV.

    At the time, she said: "This call just came out of the blue last June when they asked me to come up and audition for the show. They'd already hired someone and I was just going to be filling in.


    "I started filling in for the network over the summer and they offered me the job in September."

    Bobbie Battista dead - veteran CNN news anchor dies aged 67 after cervical cancer battle - Mirror Online

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    Boss-eyed bobbie.

    Remember her most for the coverage of the OJ saga.

    RiP

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    Former UN chief Javier Pérez de Cuéllar dies aged 100





    Former UN chief and Peruvian Prime Minister Javier Pérez de Cuéllar has died aged 100.

    Mr Pérez de Cuéllar's son told local radio station RPP he died at his home in Peru.

    During his two terms as UN Secretary General, he brokered peace agreements in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.


    A key achievement was negotiating a ceasefire between Iran and Iraq in 1988 after eight years of conflict.


    António Guterres, the current UN Secretary General, said in a statement that he was "profoundly saddened" by the news.


    "He was an accomplished statesman, a committed diplomat and a personal inspiration who left a profound impact on the United Nations and our world," Mr Guterres added.


    In a tweet, Peru's President Martín Vizcarra called Mr Pérez de Cuéllar "a full-hearted democrat who dedicated his entire life to work to enlarge our country".

    Mr Pérez de Cuéllar studied law at the Catholic University of Lima before embarking on a diplomatic career with Peru's foreign ministry.

    He served in embassies across Europe and Latin America, and joined Peru's delegation to the first UN General Assembly in 1946.


    At the UN he presided over the influential Security Council and, as a special representative,
    brokered a peace deal between Greece and Turkey in 1974, following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.


    In 1981 he was named as the UN's fifth Secretary General - its first from Latin America - and led the international body during some of the most critical years of the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union.


    Aside from the Iran-Iraq war, by the end of his second term in 1991, he had helped to end hostilities in Western Sahara, and civil wars in El Salvador, Cambodia and Nicaragua.


    As UN chief, he also secured the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan, and mediated Namibian independence from South Africa.


    He made an unsuccessful bid for Peru's presidency in 1995, losing to the country's deeply divisive leader Alberto Fujimori.


    After Mr Fujimori's resigned in 2000 amid a bribery scandal, Mr Pérez de Cuéllar briefly served as Foreign Minister and Prime Minister, helping the interim government to deliver free and fair elections.


    The country's newly-elected President Alejandro Toledo later appointed him as ambassador to France.


    A funeral is planned for Friday.

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    This is what they mean when they say "Jazz Legend". RIP.

    Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, known for work with John Coltrane, dies at 81

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    NEW YORK – The influential jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, known for his work with the John Coltrane quartet, has died, his family announced Friday. He was 81 years old.

    One of the most revered jazz pianists in history in an elite class with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans and Chick Corea, Tyner’s work is considered to have shaped the trajectory of modern jazz piano and made him a top band leader for decades.

    Alfred McCoy Tyner, born in 1938 in Philadelphia, began taking piano lessons at age 13. He kicked off his career in his early 20s with the Jazztet, led by Benny Golson and Art Farmer.


    By 1960 the inventive composer and pianist joined saxophonist John Coltrane’s famed quartet, playing on now iconic records including “A Love Supreme” and “My Favorite Things.”


    Tyner was the last living member of the classic quartet, who along with Coltrane included Jim Garrisson on bass and Elvin Jones on drums.


    Tyner went on to have a flourishing solo career and taught in his later years.


    Asked in 2008 his secret to longevity, Tyner told NPR: “I like carrot juice. Carrot juice is real good for you. Carrot and celery. Don’t forget celery.”


    “To me living and music are all the same thing,” he was quoted on his Facebook page as saying. “I play what I live.”


    “Therefore, just as I can’t predict what kinds of experiences I’m going to have, I can’t predict the directions in which my music will go. I just want to write and play my instrument as I feel.”



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    Max Von Sydow: The Exorcist and The Seventh Seal actor dies aged 90




    Actor Max Von Sydow, who appeared in films and TV series including The Exorcist, Flash Gordon and Game of Thrones, has died at the age of 90.

    His family announced "with a broken heart and infinite sadness" that the Swedish-born actor died on Sunday.
    Von Sydow's other film credits included Hannah and Her Sisters, The Seventh Seal and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

    He was nominated for two Oscars during his career - including best actor in 1988 for Pelle the Conqueror.

    His other Academy nomination was best supporting actor for his role in 2011's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

    Von Sydow had a fruitful run of 11 films with legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, including The Seventh Seal, in which he famously played chess with Death.


    Hollywood came calling, but he reportedly turned down the role of Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music.

    He agreed to cross the Atlantic to play Jesus Christ in The Greatest Story Ever Told in 1965, and his global success grew with memorable roles like the priest Father Lankester Merrin in 1973 horror The Exorcist.

    Von Sydow also appeared in Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, and played comic book villain Ming the Merciless in 1980's Flash Gordon.

    "I really enjoyed that film. I grew up reading Flash Gordon so it was sort of nostalgic for me," he once told The Times.

    In 1983, Von Sydow played evil again when he was cast as the sinister Ernst Blofeld in James Bond adventure Never Say Never Again.

    He was often typecast in Hollywood as the sophisticated villain,
    which the Associated Press said was down to him being "tall and lanky, with sullen blue eyes, a narrow face, pale complexion and a deep and accented speaking voice".


    But he once said in an interview: "What I as an actor look for is a variety of parts. It is very boring to be stuck in more or less one type of character."


    Describing him in 2007,
    the Los Angeles Times wrote: "Von Sydow is an inherently imposing screen presence with distinctive chiselled features. But in person, he is a warm, unpretentious man profoundly grateful for a career that he himself refuses to consider remarkable."

    Von Sydow was nominated for an Emmy in 1990 for his role in the HBO thriller Red King, White Knight.

    He continued acting late in life, voicing a character in The Simpsons in 2014, appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, and in three episodes of Game of Thrones as the Three-eyed Raven in 2016, which earned him a second Emmy nomination.


    Director Edgar Wright
    led the tributes on Twitter, writing: "Max Von Sydow, such an iconic presence in cinema for seven decades, it seemed like he'd always be with us.


    "He changed the face of international film with Bergman, played Christ, fought the devil, pressed the HOT HAIL button and was Oscar nominated for a silent performance. A god."


    Von Sydow was christened Carl Adolf, names which nod to his German ancestry.

    "After the war Adolf was not a good name," he explained in 2003. "And then when I got into theatre, people had trouble remembering the combination of Carl Adolf. So I thought I had to find something that people will remember and that sounds more artistic.


    "When I was in the army we used to put on a revue, and I had a number with a fictitious flea called Max that could perform all kinds of tricks. This was a great success. After that evening the colonel always called me Max."


    Von Sydow has four sons - two with his first wife Christina Inga Britta Olin. In 1997, he married Catherine Brelet in Provence and became a citizen of France five years later, meaning he relinquished his Swedish citizenship.


    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-51803195
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    Three Days for Condor, The Emigrants and Hamsun

    Brilliant actor

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    One of those faces you've seen in all manner of things.

    R.D. Call, Actor in 'Born on the Fourth of July' and 'Last Man Standing,' Dies at 70

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    Character actor R.D. Call, who appeared in such films as Born on the Fourth of July, Waterworld, Last Man Standing and Murder by Numbers, has died. He was 70.
    Call died Feb. 27 of complications from back surgery in Layton, Utah, his family announced.
    He acted alongside Sean Penn in films including At Close Range (1986), Colors (1988), State of Grace (1990), The Weight of Water (2000), I Am Sam (2001) and Babel (2006) and worked for Penn the director in Into the Wild (2007).
    The Utah native also was in three movies helmed by Walter Hill: 48 Hrs. (1982), Brewster's Millions (1985) and Last Man Standing (1996).
    Call played Michael "Fivers" Dugan on the 1996-97 CBS drama EZ Streets, created by Paul Haggis and starring Ken Olin and Joe Pantoliano, and starred in the 1991 Stephen King miniseries Golden Years, also on CBS.
    The first of four children, Roy Dana Call was born Feb. 16, 1950. He grew up in Layton and in 1968 graduated from Davis High School, where as a senior he won a state acting competition by portraying Stanley Kowalski in a scene from A Streetcar Named Desire.
    After studying theater at Utah State University and Weber State University, Call came to Los Angeles in 1975 and joined Lee Strasberg's acting school and Lonny Chapman's L.A. Repertory Theater Group. He made his onscreen debut in 1979 on CBS' Barnaby Jones, episodes of which were directed by Penn's father, Leo Penn.
    Call would later work with both father and son in Judgement in Berlin (1988).
    His résumé also included Young Guns II (1990) and Other People's Money (1991) and such TV shows as Little House on the Prairie, Walker, Texas Ranger, Burn Notice and The X-Files.
    Call struggled for the past few years with major back pain and also had surgery in 2019 in an attempt to correct the problem. He recently celebrated his 26th year of sobriety.
    "R.D. was as tough as nails on the outside but a real gentleman on the inside," his family said. "He could be very intimidating at first sight or even a little scary to some. But once you got to know him, his directness turned into a kind fondness for getting to know people. He was who he was, honest, direct, genuine and funny...there was no pretense or phoniness."
    Survivors include his brother, Rick; his sisters, Quay and Cindy; his uncle, Lane; and his aunt, Evelyn.

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    Iconic chef Michel Roux dies aged 79

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    French chef and restaurateur Michel Roux has died after a lengthy battle with lung disease.


    Michel co-founded the UK's first Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Gavroche, with his brother Albert in 1967.

    Le Gavroche became the country's first eatery to receive three Michelin stars in 1982 and the brothers' Waterside Inn restaurant in Bray took three stars in 1985.


    Michel the terminal lung condition idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, reports
    The Mirror.


    In a statement, Michel's son Alain and his daughters Francine and Christine said: "It is with deep sadness that the Roux family announces the passing of our beloved grandfather, father, brother and uncle, Michel Roux OBE.


    "The family would like to thank everyone for their support during his illness. While many of you will share our great sense of loss, we request privacy for the family at this difficult time.



    They went on: "We are grateful to have shared our lives with this extraordinary man and we’re so proud of all he’s achieved.


    "A humble genius, legendary chef, popular author and charismatic teacher, Michel leaves the world reeling in his wake.


    "For many, he was a father figure inspiring all with his insatiable appetite for life and irresistible enthusiasm. But above all, we will miss his mischievous sense of fun, his huge, bottomless heart and generosity and kindness that knew no bounds.


    "Michel's star will shine forever lighting the way for a generation of chefs to follow."


    The foodie retired from his business at the Waterside Inn in 2002, handing over the reins to his son Alain - but refusing to give up food altogether.


    "A lot of what I do now is a continuation of what my father was working towards and what we worked towards together," Alain told the Caterer in 2010.


    "He still comes in and tastes all my dishes to give feedback."

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    Stuart Whitman, ‘Cimarron Strip’ Actor and Oscar Nominee, Dies at 92


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    Actor Stuart Whitman, an Oscar nominee for his role as a convicted child molester in the 1961 movie “The Mark,” died on Monday of natural causes surrounded by his family at his ranch house in Montecito, Calif., his son Justin told Variety. He was 92.
    Whitman had more than 200 film and television credits. His movies include “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines,” “The Longest Day,” “The Comancheros,” “The Sound and the Fury,” “Johnny Trouble,” “Hound-Dog Man,” “The Story of Ruth,” “Murder, Inc.,” “Convicts 4,” “Shock Treatment,” “Rio Conchos” and “The Day and the Hour.” Whitman made his film debut in 1951 in “When Worlds Collide.”
    He replaced Richard Burton in the role of Jim Fuller on “The Mark,” which earned him an Academy Award nomination for best actor. He lost out to Maximilian Schell, who won for “Judgment at Nuremberg.” Whitman portrayed a child molester who gets out of prison and seeks the aid of a psychiatrist, played by Rod Steiger, to try to lead a normal life.
    He starred as Marshal Jim Crown in “Cimarron Strip,” a 1967-68 CBS western series set in Oklahoma territory during the 1880s. His other TV credits include “The F.B.I.,” “Night Gallery” and “S.W.A.T.” Whitman made his last onscreen appearance on the 2000 CBS movie “The President’s Man.”
    Whitman was born on Feb. 1, 1928, in San Francisco as the oldest of two sons to Cecilia and Joseph Whitman. His father sparked his son’s show business gene while running for Congress and giving speeches at the old Tammany Hall theater in New York. He appeared in summer stock productions at 12. They arrived in Los Angeles in the mid-1940s, and his father worked for the post-WWI government-run Manhattan Project before becoming a lawyer, and, soon after, a real estate developer.
    After graduating from Hollywood High School in 1945, Whitman enlisted for three years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During his service, he won all but one of his 32 boxing matches. After his honorable discharge in 1948, he studied law, minoring in drama, at Los Angeles City College. Attending acting classes at night, he landed small roles in film and stage productions, and made his breakthrough in 1957’s “Johnny Trouble.”
    In 1958, he was cast alongside Gary Cooper in the film, based on the John O’Hara bestseller “Ten North Frederick.” He also shared one of Hollywood’s first interracial kisses with his co-star Dorothy Dandridge in the 1958 film “The Decks Ran Red.” Hundreds of film and television roles followed, concurrent with his activities in real estate development.
    “I didn’t need to act to make a living, but I had a real passion for it,” he told writer Nick Thomas. “I just loved to act.”
    He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Yulia Whitman; four children from his first marriage to the late Patricia LaLonde — Tony Whitman, Michael Whitman, Linda LaLonde Whitman and Scott Whitman — and one son, Justin Whitman, from his second marriage to Caroline Boubis Whitman. He’s also survived by seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The family asks that donations be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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    Country legend Kenny Rogers dies at 81
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    LOS ANGELES: Country music legend Kenny Rogers, whose career spanned six decades, has died at the age of 81, his family said.



    “Kenny Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of a hospice and surrounded by his family,” they said in a statement late Friday.

    “The family is planning a small private service at this time out of concern for the national Covid-19 emergency.”

    The Texas-born singer was known for a string of hits including The Gambler, Lucille and Islands in the Stream, a duet with Dolly Parton.

    Rogers started his career in the late 1950s and quickly became active in rockabilly, jazz and other genres that he brought into his country style. He went on to have 24 number one hits, was a six-time Country Music Awards winner and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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    Veteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango dies after contracting coronavirus





    Paris: Veteran Afro jazz star Manu Dibango died on Tuesday after contracting the new coronavirus, his music publisher told AFP.

    The 86-year-old Cameroonian, best known for the 1972 hit "Soul Makossa", is one of the first worldwide stars to die as a result of COVID-19.

    "He died early this morning in a hospital in the Paris region," his music publisher Thierry Durepaire said.

    A message on his official Facebook page confirmed that his death had come after he contracted COVID-19.

    "His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible," the message said.


    The saxophonist was one of the pioneers of Afro jazz and also fused funk with traditional Cameroonian music.

    His biggest hit was the B-side of a song to support the Cameroon football team in the African Cup of Nations but was picked up and popularised by New York DJs.


    In 2009, he accused Michael Jackson of borrowing one of his hooks for two songs on the legendary "Thriller" album.


    Jackson settled out of court.

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    Harlem Globetrotters legend Fred 'Curly' Neal dies at 77

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    Former Harlem Globetrotter Fred "Curly" Neal died at age 77 at his home in Houston, the exhibition basketball team announced Thursday.


    Neal's awe-inspiring ballhandling and legendary shooting skills made him one of the Globetrotters' featured players for 22 seasons, before he left the team in 1985. His bald head earned him the nickname "Curly," a reference to the hairless Three Stooges member Curly Howard.

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    US civil rights leader Joseph Lowery dies aged 98


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    The Reverend Joseph Lowery, co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died Friday, according to a statement by the Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights. He was 98 years old.

    The statement said Lowery died peacefully at home Friday night, surrounded by his daughters.

    Known affectionately as the "Dean" of the Civil Rights Movement, Lowery was a part of pivotal moments in the nation's history – from early civil rights struggles to the inauguration of the country's first black president. Even in his 90s, Lowery's fervor never dimmed.

    At an appearance on the national mall in 2013, at the age of 91, he led the crowd in the chant "Fired Up? Ready to go?" The event marked 50 years since the 1963 March on Washington, which Lowery attended as a contemporary of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. At that 50th anniversary appearance,
    he warned that hard-fought gains were under attack.


    "We ain't going back," he said. "We've come too far, marched too long, prayed too hard, wept too bitterly, bled too profusely and died too young, to let anybody turn back the clock on our journey to justice."

    Joseph Echols Lowery was born in Huntsville, Alabama in 1921. He was the son of a teacher and a shopkeeper. The young Lowery experienced firsthand the brutalities of the Jim Crow South and would spend his life fighting for racial justice.

    One of the first protests he organized was as a young Methodist minister in Mobile, Alabama in the early 1950s. It was aimed at desegregating city buses.

    In a
    2011 oral history for the Civil Rights Project at the Library of Congress, Lowery recalled sitting in the bus seats reserved for whites. "Everybody cleansed themselves, purged themselves of weapons, and had prayer," he said. "And we took out on the bus route sitting in the front of the bus."

    From there, Lowery helped coordinate the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, the non-violent movement that desegregated the city's public transportation and led to the formation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

    As the new group's vice president, Lowery marched, survived jail, and had his property seized by the state of Alabama.

    In the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., Lowery led the delegation that delivered demands to segregationist Governor George Wallace. Wallace turned state troopers on marchers as they crossed Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge. The violent confrontation prompted passage of the
    Voting Rights Act.

    Four decades later, at a gathering of civil rights foot soldiers in Montgomery, Lowery reflected on that accomplishment, noting that the number of black elected officials in the country had gone from less than 300 in 1965 to nearly 10,000 by 2005.

    "It changed the face of the nation," said Lowery.


    In 1995, Lowery accepted an apology from former Alabama Governor Wallace."Thirty years ago he beat us," Lowery told NPR at the time. "Thirty years later he came to greet us. I think that's significant."

    Lowery was a gregarious figure with expressive, bushy eyebrows, and a signature soul patch below his lower lip. He remained at the helm of the SCLC for decades. His social consciousness spread to a broad range of issues, at home and abroad — from apartheid in South Africa and Palestinian liberation to police brutality and states' rights.

    The day before the 2016 election, he implored young people to get the polls, saying "We labored in vain if you don't vote."

    "There are long distance runners in this struggle and he was certainly one of those," says Stanford University history professor Clayborne Carson.

    Carson is the founding director of the Martin Luther King Research and Education Institute. He says Lowery was an activist even before the founding of the SCLC. "And he remained an activist long after lots of other people decided that the civil rights movement was over," Carson says. "I think he saw it in broader terms and from his teenage years to the end of his life he saw himself in the freedom struggle."

    Lowery pastored churches in Atlanta, and retired from the pulpit in 1992. But even in his retirement, Lowery remained at the forefront of social debates. He was among the first old-guard civil rights figures to advocate for LGBT rights.

    Lowery had a reputation as a rabble-rouser. He was not one to shy away from the truth in deference to decorum. Speaking at Coretta Scott King's funeral in 2006, he faced a front row packed with presidents and their spouses – two sets of Bushes, the Clintons and the Carters.

    "I'm gonna behave," he promised. But before long he was taking on President George W. Bush and the Iraq war. "We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there," he said to a standing ovation. "But Coretta knew and we know there are weapons of misdirection right down here."

    In 2008, Lowery backed then-Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for president. It was a split with many movement veterans who supported Hillary Clinton's campaign. President Obama asked the Rev. Lowery to give the benediction at his inauguration a year later. Lowery told NPR what it was like to get that phone call.

    "It struck me forcefully that hey, you're talking to, you really are talking to the 44th president of the United States," Lowery said. "And he's a fellow that looks like you." Lowery said despite fighting for voting rights so that one day there might be a black president, he never imagined he would live to see that day.

    He did, and offered a prayer for the occasion:"In the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back; when brown can stick around; when yellow will be mellow; when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen."

    Later that year, Mr. Obama awarded Lowery the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Lowery and his late wife Evelyn established the Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights at Clark Atlanta University. There, a new generation is learning to forge change through non-violent tactics.

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