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Old 01-28-2014, 03:33 AM   #26
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Re: Joseph Heller still dead, still at 76

I wonder how Danny Kaye is doing.
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:34 AM   #27
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I'm frightened to google Dick Van Dyke
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:35 AM   #28
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Newhart was recently in The Big Bang Theory. His timing is still masterful.
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:29 PM   #29
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I was surprised to see Merle Haggard was still alive...he performed the other night at The Grammys.
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:13 PM   #30
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The New York Times gave Pete Seeger 4 pieces and nearly three full pages of coverage yesterday; must have been 10,000 words. Was really surprising to me given the bourgeoisie lifestyle-brandery of the paper's readership, I don't think any lefties have read the Times in decades. Anyway, pretty tight imo.
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:22 PM   #31
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A lot of former lefties are now comfortably bourgeois suburbanites.
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:52 PM   #32
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Well I know that of course, but I still wouldn't expect them to want to read all that. Especially the political stuff. Particularly on Wednesday, when they publish the dining section. You don't want to bury that recipe for Superbowl clam dip or Asimov's fresh look at Savennières too far. My guess is the obit was written 40 years ago and they didn't bother to revise.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:14 PM   #33
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Sometimes a Seeger is only a Seeger.
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:08 AM   #34
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Peter Seeger was a piece of human garbage*. He should have been beaten to death with a baseball bat and his body burned in a trash bin. He was worse than Nixon.


*He did write a few great songs.
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:11 AM   #35
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Peter Seeger was a vile piece of human garbage*. He should have been beaten to death with a baseball bat and his body burned in a trash bin. He was worse than Nixon.


*He did write a few great songs.
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:17 AM   #36
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He's no Bob Newhart, that's for damn sure.
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:41 AM   #37
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wait...why was Pete Seeger a piece of garbage??
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:52 AM   #38
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Not that I know that much about Seeger or Zeno, but I would guess that it's because, despite a lifetime personally and professionally dedicated to peace and love and helping the disadvantaged, he was a commie and went to Hanoi during the war.
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:20 PM   #39
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I looked up this Nixon character to see what the deal was there too. Tons of them on Wikipedia, but the top result was Richard? If so, it looks like he died almost 20 years ago. He also visited Hanoi apparently, so that may be the connection there idk.
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:10 PM   #40
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I blame Kissinger for Nixon going soft on communism and visiting the ChiComs.

1951 Nixon woulda never done that.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:09 PM   #41
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And without Nixon doing that, it's quite possible China never would've been opened and that country of over a billion people would now be as radicalized and nutty as North Korea.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:49 PM   #42
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Still, a tip of the cap to Kissinger who is still alive and kicking at the age of 142.
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:14 PM   #43
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Still, a tip of the cap to Kissinger who is still alive and kicking at the age of 142.
Only the good die young.

And speaking of people that should be dead but are not (a title for a great thread by the way); I include Barbara Streisand. That ***** should have been hack to pieces years ago and the bloody chunks tossed to the fishes. You would have to search pretty far into the underworld of human scum to meet her match.

Lauren Bacall is still alive. No wait, I think she just died*. She was great and she knew how to whistle.

No, no: she is still alive and whistling.
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:26 PM   #44
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Why in the world are you spitting such invective at Seeger and Streisand?? I mean I don't really care for either, but I'm not wishing them ill, either.
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Old 01-31-2014, 11:31 PM   #46
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Why in the world are you spitting such invective at Seeger and Streisand?? ,,,,,,,,,


*Dom, I could just be having some fun you know.
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Old 02-01-2014, 12:10 AM   #47
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Well ok then
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Old 02-04-2014, 03:02 PM   #48
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There was a nice obit for Philip Hoffman in the Times yesterday. Every time I see one for somebody who passes young or unexpectedly I realize that the obit staff is not determining who gets included at the time of death, but rather they write them in advance, update the files as needed, and just add a few final things before publication. Which means that there is some ongoing process by which the staff decides who is important enough to bother writing up. This is fascinating to me. I wonder what the process is like, and what kind of criteria there is for inclusion. Is there some equivalent to a style guide for this decision? What people are just shy of being important enough to merit their own file? And does anyone work their way off that list over time and have their obit tossed out?
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Old 02-04-2014, 04:14 PM   #49
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lol...While I was in college I badgered the editor of a local paper to let me write some sports coverage articles on out school teams, as they didn't bother. Instead, he gave me a few obits to write of old, famous people. I was stunned they wrote obits before people had died. I wrote one for George Burns and one for James Cagney.

Then he let me write some sports ones.
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Heller, Seeger, Hoffman. These things always happen in threes.
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