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53 minutes ago, Don Quixote said:

Don Imus passed away. A bit racist, but Imus in the Morning was once part of my regular morning routine. Entertaining combo of politics, sports, and humor.

I'm a radio guy. My uncle had phonograph records of old radio shows from Bob Hope to Amos & Andy to Fibber McGee & Molly to the oddest entertainment concept ever with "radio ventriloquist" Edgar Bergen to the Goons. Grew up on Bob & Ray and legendary storyteller Jean Shepherd. Started in radio doing commercials when i was 20, news @ 21, my own locally-syndicated comedy show @ 22-4.  Thru it all, i never heard a better broadcaster than Don Imus, and i aped every move he made when my own talent didn't suffice. He ran NYC in the 70s - more than Woody Allen, Ed Koch, Andy Warhol & Lorne Michaels combined. You just weren't in touch w the city unless you heard his drive time show, no matter which end of the day you heard it on and every radio guy & gal for the last 40 years owes what they do to him as much as the late nite TV guys owe Carson & Letterman. I raised money for his children's ranch in the Pecos every year i lived in New Mexico and turned down the many chances i had to meet him out of an awe unlike i've ever felt for another human being (and i've been friendly w Jimmy Carter, Tom Hanks & Keith Richards in my time). Thank you for making what you did of your life, Mr. Imus - i'll mourn your passing as i've mourned your exile. RIP -

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Sue Lyon who played Lolita in Kubrick's adaptation of Nabokov's novel died at age 73.   She was 16 when she made Lolita but her career fizzled pretty quickly afterwards.

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40 minutes ago, Eephus said:

Sue Lyon who played Lolita in Kubrick's adaptation of Nabokov's novel died at age 73.   She was 16 when she made Lolita but her career fizzled pretty quickly afterwards.

She was also in Alligator 

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3 hours ago, HellToupee said:

She was also in Alligator 

Yup.  Her last film.  She played a TV news reporter.

I re-watched Alligator after Robert Forster's recent death.  It's still cheesy fun.

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4 hours ago, wikkidpissah said:

 

 i've been friendly w Jimmy Carter, Tom Hanks & Keith Richards in my time). 

Which one had the nicest wang?

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On 12/20/2019 at 6:41 PM, Eephus said:

NASCAR legend Junior Johnson died at the age of 88. 

Auto racing lost another huge contributor this month 

Bill Simpson 

https://racer.com/2019/12/16/racer-and-safety-pioneer-bill-simpson-dies-at-79/
 

He was a driver but was better known for his safety equipment. He developed the parachutes used by drag racers and fire proof driver suits (with help from his friend astronaut Pete Conrad) among many other things that saved lives and serious injuries. Also put Rick Mears in Rick’s first Indy Car.

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11 hours ago, E Street Brat said:

Which one had the nicest wang?

It's hard to look at Keef and not wonder if he's all wang

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19 hours ago, Eephus said:

Sue Lyon who played Lolita in Kubrick's adaptation of Nabokov's novel died at age 73.   She was 16 when she made Lolita but her career fizzled pretty quickly afterwards.

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Don't stand so close to me
Loose talk in the classroom
To hurt they try and try
Strong words in the staffroom
The accusations fly
It's no use
He sees her
He starts to shake he starts to cough
Just like the old man in
That famous book by Nabakov

 

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39 minutes ago, [scooter] said:

Neil Innes of The Rutles.

Dayum, my comedy roots are keeling over bigtime here with Imus & Innes. Monstrous fan of Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - basically the musical equivalent of Monty Python - their best-of record is still in my rotation. While the enormous personage of Viv Stanshall dominated the performances, Innes was behind virtually every idea, the can-do guy for the Bonzos, Pythons (musically) & Rutles. As a person of singular inspirations, the can-do guys have always been the MVPs of my public existence and Neil Innes, Esq was among the very best of those. RIP -

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1 hour ago, wikkidpissah said:

Dayum, my comedy roots are keeling over bigtime here with Imus & Innes. Monstrous fan of Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - basically the musical equivalent of Monty Python - their best-of record is still in my rotation. While the enormous personage of Viv Stanshall dominated the performances, Innes was behind virtually every idea, the can-do guy for the Bonzos, Pythons (musically) & Rutles. As a person of singular inspirations, the can-do guys have always been the MVPs of my public existence and Neil Innes, Esq was among the very best of those. RIP -

I didn't know Death Cab For Cutie got their name from one of Bonzo's songs.

 

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37 minutes ago, northern exposure said:

I didn't know Death Cab For Cutie got their name from one of Bonzo's songs.

 

yep.

listening thru Bonzo oeuvre this morning, i'm startled by how many satirical fetishes i've stolen from them over the years. they were sort of the musical ombudsmen of the British Invasion, keeping everyone on their toes. in this pre-Rutles, New Year's-themed ditty, they let Lennono know they'd crossed the line.

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2 hours ago, Eephus said:

 

LaBeef was born in Smackover, Arkansas,[2] the youngest of 10 children.[3] The family name was originally LaBoeuf.[4] He was raised on a farm growing cotton and watermelons, and received the nickname "Sleepy" because he had a lazy eye.[2] [\quote]
 

If Sleepy were coming up today he would’ve been called Tom LaBeef and the magic would’ve been lost

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8 hours ago, NREC34 said:

Do they still do that pool on e?

e has been assumed into internet heaven. 

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5 hours ago, Tom Servo said:

e has been assumed into internet heaven. 

so it is written, so shall it be done.

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16 hours ago, Joe Summer said:

:clap:to both links. But for that, and on a more somber note of much less hilarity and life-spelunking joy, I would have never known. RIP.

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39 minutes ago, Cjw_55106 said:

Former NBA commissioner David Stern 77

😪 He was one of the best commissioners in the four major sports

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46 minutes ago, Cjw_55106 said:

Former NBA commissioner David Stern 77

I feel like there were so many stories left to be told. RIP.

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David Stern took getting boo'd like a champ.  Pretty sure he enjoyed it. 

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1 hour ago, badmojo1006 said:

😪 He was one of the best commissioners in the four major sports

Admittedly not a high bar to clear, considering his contemporaries were Gary Bettman, Roger Goodell, and Bud Selig.

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32 minutes ago, Max Power said:

David Stern took getting boo'd like a champ.  Pretty sure he enjoyed it. 

He definitely enjoyed it. He encouraged it. Stern was like that scene in Scarface when Pacino said, "You need people like me so you can point your fingers and say that's the bad guy."

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1 hour ago, NREC34 said:

He’s taking the Patrick Ewing fix to the grave. 

And the MJ gambling conspiracy theory.

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7 minutes ago, The General said:

And the MJ gambling conspiracy theory.

And that whole thing of traveling never being called.

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Stern absolutely moved the NBA forward - and he deserves all those accolades - but it's taken the leadership of Silver to make it truly, truly sh***y to watch.

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Sam Wyche

they are coming fast and furious this year 

maybe it’s another ‘16

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1 hour ago, NREC34 said:

Sam Wyche

they are coming fast and furious this year 

maybe it’s another ‘16

Classic Wyche

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1 hour ago, NREC34 said:

Sam Wyche

they are coming fast and furious this year 

maybe it’s another ‘16

Loved Sam Wyche.  I moved to Cincinnati back in 1986, I lived there for 8 years and became a Bengals fan mostly because of the Sam Wyche era Bengals.  

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1 hour ago, Sullie said:

Loved Sam Wyche.  I moved to Cincinnati back in 1986, I lived there for 8 years and became a Bengals fan mostly because of the Sam Wyche era Bengals.  

I’ll never forget the day his team beat my oilers 61-7. Mainly because I was watching with my 2 brothers and dad, all of whom were bengals fans. 

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I was at the game where Sam Wyche got on the microphone and gave his famous "you don't live in Cleveland" speech.  It was a crazy game.  First of all, it was freezing.  I remember being a kid and wearing about 10 layers of clothes.  And still being frozen.  Steve Largent caught his 100th TD pass (which I think was a record at the time) during that game.  And I also remember Boomer throwing a TD pass and when the WR caught it, it began to snow like confetti.  But then the ref came on to announce a penalty and the snow immediately stopped.  Everyone in the section was sure God was a Bengals fan.  I'm guessing they probably don't think that anymore.

But the craziest part was, when Wyche started talking, no one knew who was talking.  Everyone was just kind of looking around confused thinking it was the Public Address announcer.  Then he dropped the "Cleveland" line and the entire stadium went nuts.  I had literally just moved to Cincinnati about 5 months prior and had no clue about the rivalry between the cities.  So the whole thing was kind of lost on me in the moment.  

On the ride home, I remember my friend's dad putting on talk radio and that's when we all learned it was Wyche who was talking.  

I was never a Bengals fan, but Wyche was one of my favorite coaches.  Sad to hear of his passing.

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Posted (edited)

Jack Sheldon

Kids of the '70's and '80's might better remember him as the voice of Conjunction Junction or Bill from Schoolhouse Rock.

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On 1/1/2020 at 3:25 PM, The General said:

And the MJ gambling conspiracy theory.

And Sonicsgate

:insidejob:

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1 hour ago, Wheezer34 said:

Jack Sheldon

Kids of the '70's and '80's might better remember him as the voice of Conjunction Junction or Bill from Schoolhouse Rock.

Read above and your mind grows flowered. ;)

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Buck Henry, 89

 

Buck Henry, the legendary screenwriter behind The Graduate and What’s Up, Doc? who also co-created Get Smart and was a regular presence in the early years of Saturday Night Live, died tonight of a heart attack at Cedars-Sinai Health Center in Los Angeles. He was 89.

 

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34 minutes ago, Walking Boot said:

Buck Henry, 89

 

 

 

A very funny guy.  Glad he went with dignity.  And a Cone of Silence.

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2 hours ago, Walking Boot said:

Buck Henry, 89

 

 

 

people that are younger than 45-40 will not appreciate Uncle Buck and his 'under water" glass cocktail table.  

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3 hours ago, Binky The Doormat said:

people that are younger than 45-40 will not appreciate Uncle Buck and his 'under water" glass cocktail table.  

Or Loraine Newman.  :wub:

 

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6 hours ago, Walking Boot said:

Buck Henry, 89

 

 

 

Big fan of his work. I appreciate how he seemed to keep the show a little off-kilter whenever he was on, and I think live TV could use a little more of that.

I've told this story here before, but it bears repeating on this occasion.  About 15 years ago, I needed some extra money so I started working at the new IKEA store that was being built near my house. In the office, one of the managers had a picture of the store's founder, Ingvar Kamprad, on his desk. The first time I saw it, I asked the manager why he had a picture of Buck Henry on his desk. He gave me one of these :mellow:,

Thanks for the laughs, Buck.

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9 hours ago, Walking Boot said:

Buck Henry, 89

 

 

 

THE comedy writer. His uncredited work is more vast and excellent than that for which he's famous. The greatest compliment that can be paid to him is that the most sought-after advice of all time on any theatrical or cinematic piece was Mike Nichols'. Mike Nichols sought the advice of Buck Henry. For over 60 years, the best beats and most elegant perversions. The Funny is crying today. RIP -

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