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    Kellogg's executives approached Post in 1963 at Keebler Co. with an idea for a new breakfast pastry to put in a toaster.




    William “Bill” Post, the man credited with inventing the iconic toaster pastry Pop-Tarts, has died at 96.

    Post worked as the plant manager for the Michigan-based Hekman Biscuit Co., later known as Keebler Co., when Kellogg’s asked the company to create a new breakfast product.

    The Pop-Tarts inventor began his career as a part-time worker in high school washing trucks at Hekman. After serving in the Army Air Corps in occupied Japan during World War II, Post returned to the company and worked up the corporate ladder.

    By age 21, Post was the personnel manager of the company and worked in all aspects of the business, including sales and production. That’s when Kellogg’s executives approached him.

    The executives had an idea for something "like a piece of pie, the shape of a slice of bread, fork marks around the edge, two pieces of dough with some filling in" to put in a toaster. Post took the idea and turned it into a real product, according to Kellanova.

    Pop-Tarts debuted to the public in 1964 with four original flavors: strawberry, blueberry, brown sugar cinnamon and apple-currant. The toaster pastry remains a favorite among customers 60 years later, with around 3 billion sold in 2022.

    In 1967, Post moved to Illinois and began working at the Keebler corporate offices. He retired as a senior vice president at 56 but stayed on as a consultant per Kellogg's request for the next 20 years.
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    How sad. That store where you go in to buy some ziploc bags and come out with a pair of socks, a fish scale scraper, a kitchen sink vegetable marinater, three packets of mothballs, a set of chair leg foot covers and some chopstick rests, none of which you realised you needed when you went in.

    Hirotake Yano, the billionaire founder of Japanese discount retailer Daiso, has died of heart failure, aged 80.

    In a statement released on Monday, the firm said he passed away on 12 February and a private funeral had already been held by close family members.

    Daiso is a so-called 100 yen ($0.67; £0.53) store, similar to pound shops.

    Mr Yano opened his first discount retailer in 1972 and was seen as a pioneer of the dollar shop business model.

    "It's with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Founder and Former President of Daiso Industries Company Limited, Mr Hirotake Yano, last Monday," Daiso said on its website.

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    The son of Jewish immigrants, he was a pilot in World War II who later created patents to mass-produce artificial conifers.

    Before he became known as the father of artificial Christmas trees, Si Spiegel was a valiant Army aviator. In the closing days of World War II, he was piloting his B-17 Flying Fortress in an armada of 1,500 Allied bombers that pummeled Berlin. Struck by antiaircraft flak, two of the plane’s four engines lost power as Mr. Spiegel reversed course to return to England.

    Rather than bail out over Germany and risk being captured as a prisoner of war — especially given that he was Jewish — Mr. Spiegel managed to crash-land in Soviet-occupied Poland. After being stuck there for weeks, he improvised a daring escape, using parts of his own plane to jury-rig another B-17 that had crashed nearby, then flying to an American base in Italy.

    Mr. Spiegel, who died at 99 on Jan. 21 at his home in Manhattan, was among the last surviving American B-17 pilots of World War II, his granddaughter Maya Ono said. But Mr. Spiegel, a machinist by training, has another legacy: He was considered a pioneer of the mass-produced artificial Christmas tree.

    The son of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, he was raised in a religious neighborhood in Brooklyn and never had a Christmas tree, natural or artificial, in boyhood.

    “I don’t necessarily think my grandpa associated himself with the trees and Christmas as much as he did with the machinery that he built to make the trees,” Ms. Ono said, “and then later in life, the systems he created to build a successful business and the relationships he cultivated.”

    For Mr. Spiegel, becoming the king of artificial Christmas trees was a fluke, but his religion did play a part. After the war, he applied to be a commercial pilot, but was told he was barking up the wrong tree.

    “They were blatant about it,” he said in an interview with the New York State Military Museum in 2010. “It wasn’t that they gave you some excuse. They told you, ‘We don’t hire Jews.’”

    He briefly enrolled at City College of New York to become an engineer, but after his time at war he found the academic routine unsettling and stultifying. After a short stint as a radio announcer in New Mexico, he returned to New York.

    Capitalizing on his early Army training, he was hired as a machinist but couldn’t keep a regular job because of his role as an organizer for the United Electrical Workers Union, which had been branded by its parent Congress of Industrial Organizations as being riddled with communists. (Mr. Spiegel was later president of Local 1709 of the Machinists Union, which belonged to the AFL-CIO.)

    In 1954, he finally landed a permanent position with the American Brush Machinery Company, which was based in Mount Vernon, N.Y. He operated machines that manufactured brushes from wire and other materials for various industrial functions, including cleaning and scrubbing wood and metal finishing.

    Artificial Christmas trees had been manufactured for decades, originally from the same animal hair bristles used for toilet brushes, then from aluminum and finally from different forms of plastic.

    After American Brush unsuccessfully branched out into the Christmas tree business, Mr. Spiegel, by then a senior machinist, was tasked with closing the artificial tree factory. Instead, he began studying natural conifers, tweaked the brush-making machines to emulate the real trees and patented new production techniques.

    He left the renamed American Tree and Wreath Company in 1979 and two years later founded the Hudson Valley Tree Company, which began mass-producing 80,000 trees a year on an assembly line that turned one out every four minutes.

    By the late 1980s, his company was generating annual sales of $54 million and employed 800 workers in Newburgh, N.Y., and Evansville, Ind. He sold the Hudson Valley Tree Company in 1993, retired as a multimillionaire and turned his attention to cultural, educational and social justice philanthropy.

    Si Spiegel was born on May 28, 1924, in Manhattan. His mother, Massia (Perlman) Spiegel, a seamstress and suffragist who was born in Bessarabia, named him after Issai or Isaiah, the biblical prophet who expressed the utopian dream that “neither shall they learn war anymore.” His Ukranian-born father, David, owned a hand-laundry in Greenwich Village.

    After graduating from Straubenmuller Textile High School in Manhattan in May 1942, he worked operating grinding machinery for a manufacturer of industrial equipment for four months, then enlisted in the Army.

    He graduated from aircraft mechanics school at Roosevelt Field on Long Island, but was frustrated: He wanted to fly planes, not fix them.

    “How would I fight Hitler with a wrench?” he told The New York Times in 2021.

    He was referred to Mitchel Field two miles away where he became an aviation cadet. During his training, he married Frankie Marie Smith in New Mexico; after the war, they divorced.

    He was deployed to Eye, England, near the North Sea, where his diverse crew consisted of one other Jew, five Catholics, a Mormon and a criminal who had been given a choice of going to jail or joining the Army.

    Returning from his 33rd mission, the mammoth Feb. 3, 1945, air raid on Berlin, Mr. Spiegel managed to belly-land on a frozen potato field in Reczyn, Poland. While the crews’ families were informed that their kin were missing in action, they were held by Russian troops.

    Uncertain what to do with putative allies, the Russians awaited orders from their superiors. But instead of staying put, Mr. Spiegel and his fellow officers surreptitiously removed an engine and a tire from their own plane to repair another hobbled B-17 that had crashed nearby. They bartered for fuel and, on March 17, the combined crews escaped to Foggia, Italy, where they were able to notify their families back home that they had survived. Mr. Spiegel led two more missions, then returned home to New York on Aug. 31, 1945, but he would go back to England and Poland for reunions of his crew from the 849th Bomb Squadron of the 490th Bomb Group.

    Mr. Spiegel joined Pete Seeger’s Good Neighbor Chorus and in 1949 attended Camp Unity, a communist-affiliated summer camp in Wingdale, N.Y., where he met Motoko Ikeda, the daughter of Japanese immigrants who had settled in California. During the war, she and her family had been incarcerated in an internment camp in Wyoming; after, her parents returned to California, and she went to New York. She and Mr. Spiegel married in 1950. Ms. Spiegel, who became an artist, died in 2000.

    Since then, Mr. Spiegel had lived alone on the Upper West Side, not far from where he was born.

    He is survived by his daughter, Sura Kazuko Ono; two sons, Ray Spiegel and Tamio Spiegel; his brother, Lee; and five granddaughters.

    Mr. Spiegel celebrated Jewish holidays with his children, but when they were young, a Christmas tree was a winter holiday staple — first a real one, then the best of his fake ones.

    “They were pagan symbols,” he told The Times. “My kids liked them.”

    His wife, too, upheld a cultural hallmark that wasn’t part of her upbringing: “Motoko was better at Jewish food than my mother,” he said. “She could cook in any language.”

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    Ewen MacIntosh, the Welsh actor and comedian best known for his role as Keith Bishop from the accounting office in the British version of The Office, has died at the age of 50.

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    The cause of death was not immediately known.
    “The very funny and very lovely Ewen Macintosh, known to many as ‘Big Keith’ from The Office, has passed away,” show creator Ricky Gervais wrote on X. “An absolute original. RIP.”
    The actor played accountant Keith Bishop in The Office and later reunited with Gervais on Netflix series After Life. MacIntosh also had roles in such U.K. comedies as Miranda and Little Britain.

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    Sterling Robert Cale, a Pearl Harbor survivor who served the United States throughout World War II, and also in Korea and Vietnam, and then met thousands of visitors as a volunteer at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, died Jan. 20 at his home in Aiea. He was 102.

    Cale’s son, Sterling Ventula Cale, remembered him as “a humble leader.”

    “He is the reason I am the man I am. Growing up with my father gave me that foundation. He taught me all the things that later on I would use in my military career for 23 years, and beyond.”

    “My mother used to get so mad at him because he’d give me a loaded .45 (pistol) to hold, or he’d show me how protective masking worked, but when I became an NBC NCO (Nuclear Biological Chemical warfare Non-Commissioned Office) I was one of only two guys in the entire platoon who know how to react going through a (simulated) chemical battlefield. Those are the things that I remember him for, and they did well for me, and then for me and my troops later in life.”

    Sterling Robert Cale was born and raised on a farm in Illinois. He enlisted in the Navy after high school and scored so high while training as a pharmacist mate that he was given his choice of duty station.

    Cale chose Hawaii.

    On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Cale had just gone off duty after an overnight shift as a hospital corpsman at the Pearl Harbor dispensary when he heard gunfire and saw puffs of smoke. At first he thought it was surprise training exercise, then he realized that the aircraft overhead were Japanese and the attack was for real. On his own initiative, Cale broke into an arms locker to get rifles for himself and several other sailors, an unauthorized act for which he was initially told he’d be court-martialed but was later commended for.

    Cale also distinguished himself by commandeering a small boat and leading two other sailors in pulling survivors — and the dead and dying — from among the patches of burning oil in the harbor. Cale’s training as a diver then got him assigned to the team that spent several days removing human remains from the sunken wreck of the USS Arizona.

    Pearl Harbor was only the start of Cale’s wartime serv[at]ice. He was sent to Guadalcanal in the South Pacific to serve as a medical corpsman with the Marines, and later as the pharmacist’s mate aboard a submarine.

    In 1948, Cale transferred to the Army and saw war-zone service in Korea and Vietnam. He retired with the rank of command sergeant major.

    Sterling Ventula Cale says he and his sister wondered for years why their father stayed away from the ocean when they went to the beach.

    “I finally asked my father 20 or 30 years later, and he said that whenever he stepped in or touched the Pacific, he’d immediately go back to Dec. 7, the burning flash in the burning oil and all that stuff. The PTSD. Because he was a strong swimmer he had to swim under the burning oil to get these guys — skin falling off, some already dead, some badly wounded, some dying.”

    Following his retirement from government service, Cale became a popular volunteer at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, speaking to school groups, signing copies of his book, “A True American: The Story of a Pearl Harbor Survivor, World War II, Korean and Vietnam War Veteran,” for visitors from around the world, and celebrating birthdays with family members and well-wishers outside the park bookstore.

    “My father was a very humble guy,” Sterling Ventula Cale said. “Like most of the servicemen of that era, they never said anything about their wartime experiences. Then one day we’re over here at the battleship Missouri with his grandsons, and he was talking to them about the signing (of the surrender documents Sept. 2, 1945), and other people on the ship heard him and they all started gathering around him. Someone asked ‘Were you there?’ and he said ‘Yes, I was,’ and he started talking about his experiences on Dec. 7 itself and all of those things.”

    “But remember, he’s been through three wars, and we’re just talking about one battle in one of them.”

    Cale celebrated his 102nd birthday in November.

    Survivors also include his daughter, Estralita Cale Hoover, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

    Funeral services will be held March 7 at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe.

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    Rich bloke born into money who purchased the obligatory establishment gong dies, 87.

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    A self-described voice of “the doomed, the damned, the weird,” he was known for satirical songs like “Elvis Is Everywhere” and “Destroy All Lawyers.”

    Mojo Nixon, the singer, songwriter and radio host who rocketed from the lunatic fringe of 1980s underground music to national attention with his rabble-rousing shots at celebrity culture like the 1987 hit “Elvis Is Everywhere” and snarky social commentary like the 1986 song “I Hate Banks,” died on Wednesday aboard a country music cruise. He was 66.

    His death was confirmed by Matt Eskey, the director of “The Mojo Manifesto,” a 2020 documentary about Mr. Nixon. He said that Mr. Nixon had a “cardiac event” while he was asleep as the Outlaw Country Cruise was docked in San Juan, P.R. He had been a host of the cruise. He lived in suburban Cincinnati.

    A statement posted by the film’s official Facebook page said Mr. Nixon had died “after a blazing show, a raging night, closing the bar, taking no prisoners.”

    Mr. Nixon caught fire in the 1980s by drawing together disparate strings of American eccentricity — the manic energy of Jerry Lee Lewis, the anti-establishment politics of punk rock, the antics of 1970s Elvis Presley and the pious theatrics of televangelists — and then spitting them back in the form of intentionally offensive songs like “Don Henley Must Die” and “Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Child.”

    His genre was primarily psychobilly, which blends punk, country and rockabilly with heavy bass lines, onstage theatrics and oversize doses of cultural detritus like B-grade horror movies, hot rods and biker gangs.

    His music could often be heard at the lower end of the radio dial, on college radio and other proto-alt-rock programming, alongside acts like Dread Zeppelin, Jello Biafra, and Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys — many of whom collaborated with Mr. Nixon over the years.

    Just as the director David Lynch was doing around the same time in film, Mr. Nixon sought to channel a deep vein of American weirdness as Reagan-era conservatism set the tone for much of the country’s culture. But unlike Mr. Lynch’s cerebral and macabre work, Mr. Nixon’s material was topical, profane and in your face.

    “I’m a rabble-rouser who does humorous social commentary within a rock ’n’ roll setting,” he told The New York Times in 1990. In another interview with the paper, he described himself as a voice of “the doomed, the damned, the weird.”

    Even his stage name — his real name was Neill McMillan — was a mash-up of two ends of American culture: “Mojo,” a synonym for unchecked sexual energy popularized by the Doors in their song “L.A. Woman,” and “Nixon,” as in Richard M., who for many people stood for all that was hypocritical and corrupt about cultural conservatism.

    How The Times decides who gets an obituary. There is no formula, scoring system or checklist in determining the news value of a life. We investigate, research and ask around before settling on our subjects. If you know of someone who might be a candidate for a Times obituary, please suggest it here.

    He came up with the name in 1983, he told The Times, while drinking at a bar during a bicycle trip across the United States. He choose it, he said, because “it’s two words that shouldn’t go together.”

    Mr. Nixon was sometimes written off as a spoof artist, a practitioner of the kind of corny, bawdy songs that blues and country artists called hokum (e.g., Johnny Cash’s “Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart”).

    But his songs were sharper than that, often expressing a clear populist sentiment: “I Hate Banks,” “Burn Down the Malls” and “Destroy All Lawyers.” Even his songs taking shots at hitmakers like Don Henley and Debbie Gibson were really aimed at the music industry that crafted and sold them — he also wrote a song called “Bring Me the Head of David Geffen.”

    His crass lyrics were more than just potty humor for its own sake. At a time when music censorship and questions of taste were the stuff of congressional hearings and newsmagazine covers, he joined acts like the rap group 2 Live Crew and the comedian Andrew Dice Clay in poking a thumb in what they considered sanctimonious hypocrisy.

    In 1990, he even went on the buttoned-down CNN public affairs program “Crossfire” to debate the conservative commentator Pat Buchanan on whether warning labels should be placed on records with explicit lyrics.

    Whether he was fully serious or just an act, where Neill McMillan ended and where Mojo Nixon began, was always part of the myth he spun.

    “I just want to be a tiny piece of the great American crazy myth,” he said in 2017. “Not the story they tell in schools, not the story they tell in the movies, but the wild, crazy, free, nut job on the outskirts of town story.”

    Neill Kirby McMillan Jr. was born on Aug. 2, 1957, in Chapel Hill, N.C., to Mary and Neill McMillan. His father owned a radio station that played soul music. The family moved to Danville, Va., when Neill was a boy.

    He grew up listening to the Beatles and Jerry Lee Lewis, as well as to proto-punk acts like the MC5. He also nurtured his goofy anarchism — he was arrested at 14 after a one-man protest against Danville’s leash laws, under the banner “Free the Dogs.”

    Mr. Nixon attended Miami University in Ohio and, after graduating with a degree in political science in 1979, moved to London, where he tried to pierce the city’s punk scene but ended up playing country cover songs in the city’s bars.

    He returned to the United States to join Vista, a domestic service agency akin to the Peace Corps, and was sent to Denver. There he formed a punk band, Zebra 123, which he described as “the Clash meets Jerry Lee Lewis.” The band attracted the suspicion of the Secret Service after performing an “Assassination Ball” on the anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death.

    He later moved to San Diego, where he began performing with his close friend Richard Banke, better known as Skid Roper, who played washboard and mandolin. Their third album, “Bo-Day-Shus!!!,” was their first to make the national charts, thanks to the satirical song “Elvis Is Everywhere.”

    The song, which posited that Elvis Presley was responsible for everything from building the pyramids to making ships disappear in the Bermuda Triangle, and its accompanying video got the attention of MTV, which made him an occasional host in 1988. Mr. Nixon and Mr. Roper parted ways in 1989.

    Mr. Nixon went on to record several more albums, both solo and with other collaborators, including the backup band the Toadliquors. In recent years he hosted a show on SiriusXM satellite radio’s Outlaw Country channel, “The Loon in the Afternoon.”

    He is survived by his wife, Adaire McMillan; his sons, Rafe Cannonball McMillan and Ruben McMillan, a sister, Jane Holden McMillan; a brother, Arthur Reese McMillan; and a granddaughter.

    Mr. Nixon officially retired from music in 2004, but he “unretired” several times to release and promote compilation albums. He also acted in several major films: He played Jerry Lee Lewis’s drummer, James Van Eaton, in “Great Balls of Fire” and had small roles in “Super Mario Brothers” (1993) and the 1994 film adaptation of the 1960s television show “Car 54, Where Are You?”

    Mr. Nixon rarely broke character over his decades of performing, but one incident stood out for his legions of fans.

    He was onstage with the Toadliquors at the Hole in the Wall, a venue in Austin, Texas, in 1992, when someone told him that Don Henley of the Eagles, whom he had savagely maligned in one of his more popular songs, was in the crowd.

    “I took my guitar off, put it back on, did that like three times,” he told The Austin Statesman in 2014, “then got on the mic and said, ‘Don, do you want to debate? Do you want to fist fight?’”

    Instead, Mr. Henley joined him onstage to sing “Don Henley Must Die,” whose lyrics include the lines “You and your kind are killing rock and roll/It’s not because you are O-L-D/It’s ’cause you ain’t got no soul!”

    Mr. Henley seemed to know the song by heart, and when they got to the chorus, Mr. Nixon let him take over, singing, “Don Henley must die, don’t let him get back together with Glenn Frey!”

    When the song ended, Mr. Henley shook hands with the band and left the bar. Then Mr. Nixon led the Toadliquors in a cover of the Eagles hit “Already Gone.”

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    Nikolai Ryzhkov, hapless Soviet premier who basically shitcanned the country, 94.

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    Born with H.I.V. in 1984, she began raising awareness on television when she was 6 years old.




    Hydeia Broadbent, who was born with H.I.V. and as a child became a leading voice in raising awareness about the virus and AIDS, died on Tuesday at her home in Las Vegas. She was 39.

    Her father, Loren Broadbent, confirmed the death. He did not cite the cause.

    Ms. Broadbent was 6 years old when she began telling of her struggle with H.I.V. on television, aiming to educate the public amid an epidemic that produced panic and stigma. Even when new treatments dramatically improved the long-term outcomes for people with H.I.V., she stressed that there was no cure and that infection was a life sentence, and she urged people to prevent its spread.

    In 1992, when she was 7, Ms. Broadbent was interviewed on Nickelodeon in a special program featuring Magic Johnson, the basketball star, who, after his own H.I.V. diagnosis, became a familiar face in the fight against H.I.V. and AIDS.

    “I want people to know that we’re just normal people,” Ms. Broadbent, her face crumpling as she fought through tears, told Mr. Johnson. He gently reassured her, “We are normal people.”

    Mr. Johnson posted a clip of the conversation on social media on Wednesday and wrote, “Hydeia changed the world with her bravery, speaking about how living with H.I.V. affected her life since birth.” He added, “Thanks to Hydeia, millions were educated, stigmas were broken, and attitudes about H.I.V./AIDs were changed.”

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    Richard Lewis, comedian and Curb Your Enthusiasm star, dies aged 76

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    Richard Lewis, Larry David’s co-star in Curb Your Enthusiasm and a beloved standup comedian has died at the age of 76.

    Lewis said last year that he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and was stepping off the standup stage. Despite that partial retirement, he was in the currently airing Season 12 of the Curb Your Enthusiasm show on HBO.
    Lewis died peacefully at his home in Los Angeles last night after suffering a heart attack, according to his publicist Jeff Abraham of Jonas Public Relations.

    “His wife, Joyce Lapinsky, thanks everyone for all the love, friendship and support and asks for privacy at this time,” Abraham said in a statement.
    “Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital and for most of my life he’s been like a brother to me,” David said in a statement shared by HBO. “He had that rare combination of being the funniest person and also the sweetest. But today he made me sob and for that I’ll never forgive him.”

    Jamie Lee Curtis, the romantic co-lead opposite Lewis in the ABC series Anything But Love, paid tribute to him on Instagram, writing: “He also is the reason I am sober. He helped me. I am forever grateful for him for that act of grace alone. He found love with Joyce and that, of course, besides his sobriety, is what mattered most to him. I’m weeping as I write this. Strange way of saying thank you to a sweet and funny man. Rest in laughter, Richard.”

    The acclaimed comedian was known for exploring his neuroses in frantic, stream-of-consciousness diatribes while dressed in all black, leading to his nickname The Prince of Pain.
    A regular performer in clubs and on late-night TV for decades, Lewis also played the reliably neurotic Prince John in Mel Brooks’s Robin Hood: Men In Tights.

    He reintroduced himself to a new generation opposite Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm, kvetching regularly.
    “I’m paranoid about everything in my life. Even at home. On my stationary bike, I have a rear-view mirror, which I’m not thrilled about,” he once joked onstage.
    To TV host and fellow comedian Jimmy Kimmel, Lewis said: “This morning, I tried to go to bed. I couldn’t sleep. I counted sheep but I only had six of them and they all had hip replacements.”

    The Comedy Central channel named Lewis one of the top 50 standup comedians of all time and he earned a berth in GQ magazine’s list of the “20th Century’s Most Influential Humorists”. He also lent his humor for charity causes, including Comic Relief and Comedy Gives Back.
    “Watching his stand-up is like sitting in on a very funny and often dark therapy session,” the Los Angeles Times said in 2014. Philadelphia’s City Paper called him “the Jimi Hendrix of monologists”. Mel Brooks once said he “may just be the Franz Kafka of modern-day comedy

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    ^ Richard Lewis was a funny man. Reminded me to rewatch Curb Your Enthusiasm. What a great series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    ^ Richard Lewis was a funny man. Reminded me to rewatch Curb Your Enthusiasm. What a great series.
    Was indeed. RIP Richard.


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    Sorry...the devil made me do it...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy As Larry View Post
    Richard Lewis, comedian and Curb Your Enthusiasm star, dies aged 76
    Awful that he passed away and so many miss him. I live in the states and never paid much attention to him.

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    Late-Blooming Fashion Star Iris Apfel Dies at 102

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    Iris Apfel, the fashion icon recognizable for her oversized glasses and wild sartorial style, died at home in Palm Beach at the age of 102, The New York Times reported. A former interior designer, Apfel shot to fame in her 80s after the Metropolitan Museum of Art created a show around her colorful, eclectic, never-boring wardrobe. She modeled, sat in the front row at fashion shows, sold jewelry and scarves on the Home Shopping Network, collaborated with Ruggable, and became the subject of a documentary. “Oh it’s very surprising to me. I can’t get over it, I still don’t believe it,” Apfel told The Daily Beast in 2015 about her late-blooming celebrity. “I went to Brazil last year, and all these kids were jumping all over me at the airport. I couldn’t believe it. And they photographed me for Vogue and all kinds of stuff. I mean they carry on with me like I invented penicillin.”

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    Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney dies aged 84

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    Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has died aged 84 in a hospital in Palm Beach, Florida.

    The country's 18th prime minister died peacefully and surrounded by family, daughter Caroline Mulroney said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

    'On behalf of my mother and our family, it is with great sadness we announce the passing of my father, The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Canada's 18th Prime Minister. He died peacefully, surrounded by family.'


    Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney dies aged 84 in Palm Beach hospital | Daily Mail Online

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    Eric Carmen, Raspberries Frontman and ‘All by Myself’ Singer, Dies at 74

    Eric Carmen, who became an icon of early ’70s power pop as the frontman of the Raspberries before achieving solo success with hits like “All By Myself” and “Hungry Eyes,” has died at age 74.


    “It is with tremendous sadness that we share the heartbreaking news of the passing of Eric Carmen,” his wife, Amy Carmen, wrote on the singer’s website. wrote. “Our sweet, loving and talented Eric passed away in his sleep, over the weekend. It brought him great joy to know, that for decades, his music touched so many and will be his lasting legacy. Please respect the family’s privacy as we mourn our enormous loss. ‘Love Is All That Matters… Faithful and Forever.'”


    The latter quote from Carmen’s wife is a callback to the song “Love Is All That Matters,” from his 1977 solo album “Boats Against the Current.” No cause of death or exact date of death has been announced.

    While mostly known as a balladeer, in his early years the Cleveland-born musician was the primary singer and songwriter of the Raspberries, who rebelled against the heavy, glam and progressive-rock scenes of the early ’70s and threw back to the Beatlesesque pop they were raised on. Carmen was not only a deft (if deliberately derivative) songwriter but also a full-throttle rock and roll shouter in the Paul McCartney/ Steve Marriott tradition, and the author of several classic songs of the genre, including the band’s highly suggestive first and biggest hit, “Go All the Way,” as well as “I Wanna Be With You,” “Let’s Pretend,” “Tonight” and “Overnight Sensation.”


    The group was often lambasted at the time for being too pop or wimpy, but the Raspberries could be a powerhouse rock band when they chose to. Along with kindred spirits Badfinger, Big Star and Todd Rundgren, they created a model that has been revived multiple times over the decades, most vividly in the early ‘90s with bands like Teenage Fanclub, the Posies and even Nirvana: Kurt Cobain was a fan, as well as Bruce Springsteen — who contributed liner notes to a live reunion album — Kiss and Motley Crue.


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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Eric Carmen........ ‘All by Myself’ Singer, Dies at 74
    Too bad

    He should have been shot for doing 'All by Myself'

    Awfull

    Rant over

    RIP.....all by yourself

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    Karl Wallinger, songwriter, World Party frontman, and Waterboys member dies

    KarlWallinger, the Welsh-born musician who played on hits including TheWaterboys' The Whole of the Moon, has died aged 66.
    The multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, who also fronted solo project World Party, died on Sunday.


    Paying tribute, Waterboys frontman Mike Scott said Wallinger was one of the"finest musicians I've ever known".
    No cause of death has yet been announced.


    Wallinger joined the Waterboys in 1983 and played a variety of instruments -including keyboard, percussion, and backing vocals - on their second and third albums.
    During his time with the group, they scored a major hit with The Whole ofthe Moon, widely considered an era-defining song of the 1980s.


    He left the Waterboys in 1985 and, from 1986 to 2000, released music under the name World Party.


    Wallinger also worked on Sinéad O'Connor's 1987 debut album, The Lion and the Cobra, and was one of many artists to feature on Peter Gabriel's Big Blue Ball.
    His writing credits with World Party included Ship of Fools, Way Down Now, and She's the One.


    In 1999, Robbie Williams' cover of She's the One became his second number one single as a solo artist.
    Discussing the song in a BBC interview in 2012, Wallinger said he wrote it in an afternoon.
    "It's funny. It just sort of came out in one go," he said.


    Wallinger suffered a brain aneurysm in 2001 and spent five years away from the spotlight after undergoing surgery, but later returned to touring.


    Writing on social media, Wallinger's daughter, Nancy Zamit, described him as a "musical juggernaut".
    Mr Scott wrote: "Travel on well my old friend. You are one of the finest musicians I've ever known."

    Karl Wallinger, songwriter, World Party frontman and Waterboys member dies

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    Sky tv reports Steve Harley lead of Cockney Rebel and some great music



    thanks for all the fun RIP

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    Another talented character actor with a 50+ year career.

    ‘Blood Simple’ And ‘Blade Runner’ Actor M. Emmet Walsh Dies At 88

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    On Tuesday, March 19th, M. Emmet Walsh passed away at 88 due to cardiac arrest at Kerbs Memorial Hospital in St. Albans, Vermont, surrounded by loved ones. His manager confirmed the news to Fox News Digital, marking the end of an era in cinema.
    M. Emmet Walsh gained fame for his portrayal of cunning and morally ambiguous characters, bringing a unique intensity and authenticity to his role. Among his most notable performances, Walsh delivered a chilling portrayal as the sleazy private investigator in the Coen Brothers’ neo-noir thriller Blood Simple. Also, his role as Bryant in Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking sci-fi classic Blade Runner solidified his status as a master of his craft.


    Born in Ogdensburg, New York, and raised in Vermont, Walsh graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in 1961. He moved to Los Angeles in 1970 to star in projects such as Little Big Man, What’s Up, Doc? and later Airport 77, establishing himself as a Hollywood actor.


    The late actor quickly gained a reputation for being a talented character actor with an unforgettable face, appearing in films like The Jerk opposite Steve Martin, 1981 Best Picture Oscar-winner Ordinary People, Reds, and Fletch. In 1985, Walsh won the first-ever Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead for the Coen Brothers’ movie Blood Simple. In 2018, he was awarded the Carney Life Achievement Award by his Blade Runner costar Harrison Ford at the annual Carney Awards.


    ‘Blood Simple’ And ‘Blade Runner’ Actor M. Emmet Walsh Dies At 88


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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Louis Gossett Jr., the first Black man to win a supporting actor Oscar and an Emmy winner for his role in the TV miniseries “Roots,” has died. He was 87.

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    ^ great scene.

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