Tag Archive: In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Glen Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017)

Country singer, songwriter, musician and actor Glen Travis Campbell passed away today at the age of 81 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. From 1969 to 1972, Campbell was the host of the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS, a music and comedy variety show that aired 91 episodes. Among his 80 songs that charted on …

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In Memoriam: Mary Tyler Moore (December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017)

Actress and beloved icon Mary Tyler Moore passed away in a Connecticut hospital today. She was 80 years old. In her name sake 70’s TV , Ms. Moore change the image of women in America. Mary Tyler Moore (December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017) was an American actress, known for her roles in the …

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In Memoriam: Debbie Reynolds (1932 -2016)

One day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, actress Debbie Reynolds has died at age 84. Ms. Reynolds was rushed by ambulance to Cedars Sinai Medical Center earlier on Wednesday after complaining of difficulty breathing. Her son Todd announced her passing saying that “she wanted to be with Carrie.” Reynolds began her rise …

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In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher (1956 -2016)

Actress, author and screenwriter Carrie Fisher died this morning in Los Angeles, California after a cardiac event she suffered on a flight from London, December 23. Best known for her role of Princess Leia Organa in the 1977 film “Star Wars,” Ms. Fisher also wrote seven books, the best known was “Postcards from the Edge” …

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In Memoriam: Grant M. Haist 1922 – 2015

Last week, during the period of sparse posting, I attended the funeral of a friend’s great uncle. I never met Grant Haist, who passed away at 93 in Naples, Florida, but I feel like I have known him all my life. Grant held a PhD in chemical engineering, and worked for 33 years at Eastman …

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In Memoriam: Mohammad Ali 1942 – 2016

The world lost an icon on Friday June 3 with the death of boxing champion and legend Mohammad Ali. He died at the age of 74 from septic shock due to a respiratory illness in a Phoenix, Arizona hospital. He was buried today in Louisville, Kentucky. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on January 17, 1942 …

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In Memoriam: Prince (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016), known by his stage name Prince, died at his Paisley Park studio in Minnesota, the state where he was born and raised. He was well known for his innovation and eclectic, flamboyant stage presence and wrote hundreds of songs for himself and other artists. He …

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In Memoriam: Justice Antonin Scalia (1936 – 2016)

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died this morning at a ranch in West Texas. He was 79. Scalia was appointed to the court in 1986, by President Ronald Reagan, as the first Italian American to serve on the high court. He was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1936 and brought up in New York City. …

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In Memoriam: David Bowie (1947 – 2016)

David Bowie, 69, died Sunday in New York City after a very private eighteen month battle with cancer. David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over four …

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In Memoriam: Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra 1925 – 2015

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra has left the stadium for the last time. The iconic Yankees catcher passed away early this morning.

He retired after 2,120 major league games with a batting average of .285, and hit 358 home runs in his career. He played in more World Series games than any other Major League Baseball player, was a three-time American League Most Valuable Player, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

He won 10 World Series with the Yankees, and a further three after his playing career finished in coaching roles.

Berra also became well known for an array of colourful quotes, such as: “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else”; “When you come to a fork in the road … take it”; “It’s like deja vu, all over again”; and, reflecting on his reputation: “I never said most of the things I said.”

His “Yogi-isms” were repeated by presidents, businessmen, celebrities and anyone else who wanted to sound wise, funny, folksy, or all three. The cartoon character Yogi Bear was named after him, something he did not appreciate. “I don’t know why I say these things,” he once told Reuters. “But people understand me.”  [..]

Berra, survived by three sons – Larry, Tim and Dale – as well as 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, was once asked by Carmen: “Yogi, you are from St. Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you played ball in New York. If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?”

Berra replied: “I don’t know, surprise me.”

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