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On 10/13/2020 at 5:32 PM, Joe Summer said:

Conchata Ferrell, who played the wisecracking housekeeper on "Two And A Half Men." She was 77.

If there was ever a female version of "that guy," it was her.

Hot L Baltimore, anyone?

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45 minutes ago, Eephus said:

Well, she was married six times.  Odds are one of them was a dork.

Admit it, she's an ex-wife of yours, isn't she?

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2 hours ago, Tom Servo said:

Admit it, she's an ex-wife of yours, isn't she?

Redheads aren't my type

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This is a relatively obscure name for non-music fans, but one-time King Crimson bassist and vocalist Gordon Haskell has died at age 74.

Haskell had been childhood friends with Robert Fripp, and when Greg Lake quit King Crimson in 1970, Fripp brought in his old friend Haskell as a last-minute replacement. Haskell contributed to 2 of King Crimson's albums (In the Wake of Poseidon and Lizard) but left the band in 1971 because his heart was set on playing folk and jazz standards. He released a solo album in 1971 and spend the next thirty years living and playing in obscurity.

Then, the strangest thing happened. In 2001, a DJ for the BBC began playing his song "How Wonderful You Are". Out of nowhere, it became the most requested song in the history of the BBC, eventually rising to #2 on the charts. Suddenly, Gordon Haskell was a pop star at age 55. He followed up with several albums in the adult jazz/folk/pop vein before semi-retiring a few years ago.

Not sure how he died but his Facebook page announcing it a few hours ago. RIP

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25 minutes ago, [scooter] said:

This is a relatively obscure name for non-music fans, but one-time King Crimson bassist and vocalist Gordon Haskell has died at age 74.

Haskell had been childhood friends with Robert Fripp, and when Greg Lake quit King Crimson in 1970, Fripp brought in his old friend Haskell as a last-minute replacement. Haskell contributed to 2 of King Crimson's albums (In the Wake of Poseidon and Lizard) but left the band in 1971 because his heart was set on playing folk and jazz standards. He released a solo album in 1971 and spend the next thirty years living and playing in obscurity.

Then, the strangest thing happened. In 2001, a DJ for the BBC began playing his song "How Wonderful You Are". Out of nowhere, it became the most requested song in the history of the BBC, eventually rising to #2 on the charts. Suddenly, Gordon Haskell was a pop star at age 55. He followed up with several albums in the adult jazz/folk/pop vein before semi-retiring a few years ago.

Not sure how he died but his Facebook page announcing it a few hours ago. RIP

That's too bad. Wake and Lizard aren't as strong as the debut or the albums from the Wetton/Bruford era, but they've each got some high points. Had no idea about his "other career."

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37 minutes ago, zamboni said:

amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing he lasted this long. Davis was in the first dinosaur all-star band that played the Nevada showroom circuit in the 90s. The drummer/singer from Rare Earth, someone from Iron Butterfly and a couple other lesser hasbeens were in it with him. a friend of mine (who happened to be portraying Charlie Daniels in Reno's first Legends show) said they rocked out and insisted i come with.

i've never liked the idea of old people rock&rolling, no matter how famous. just don't look nor feel right to me. and, if i was ever going to change my mind, this show made sure i didn't. Davis was loaded. that's OK - so was i. but this was the first time i ever saw a rocker who'd been aged to senility by his bad habits. i mean, i knew a guy - One-Shirt Eddie - who'd lived in the Nevada streets since the 60s selling coupons, workin slot teams & hustlin 47 other ways to keep himself in opiates and even he looked OK for 60. but Spencer's bandmates had to prop him at the mike, lurch thru songs at his pace, cover for his memory lapses just because he was the only one whose name everybody knew. truly, truly pitiful. God bless him for making it thru another 25 years. RIP -

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Spencer Davis had a memorable cameo in Married With Children back in 1992, along with Richie Havens (RIP), John Sebastian, Robby Krieger, Mark Lindsay, and Peter Noone. Plus, Axel Bundy playing the salami harmonica.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5tkn2z (starts at 12:00 mark)

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3 hours ago, Pip's Invitation said:

Davis dated Christine McVie in her pre-fame days. 😲

She was way in over her head.

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1 minute ago, zamboni said:

She was way over his head.

But it sure felt nice. 

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Aw man. James Randi was a big influence when I was hitting middle school and was trying to figure out the world.

I remember seeing him show up some "psychic" phony on TV back in the early 80s ... maybe on That's Incredible or Real People? Some show like that.

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9 minutes ago, Doug B said:

I remember seeing (Randi) show up some "psychic" phony on TV back in the early 80s ... maybe on That's Incredible or Real People? Some show like that.

This television appearance on What's My Line? is one I definitely remember:

Randi tests James Hydrick's psychic claim (extended version) - part 1 of 2

Randi tests James Hydrick's psychic claim (extended version) - part 2 of 2


TL:DW -- Dude claims he can move pencils and phone-book pages with his mind. Dude does so in front of a studio audience, oohs and aahs. Randi devises a test to thwart the dude's trickery. Randi shows the assembled audience what time it is.

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I just yesterday read a blurb that said for years every morning he would take a business card and write "I, James Randi, will die today, _____", date it, sign it, and stick it in his wallet.  And every day, he would tear up yesterday's card write a new one.  He finally quit after something like 20 years, lamenting that he just "had never gotten lucky".

 

RIP Amazing Randi

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8 hours ago, Doug B said:

This television appearance on What's My Line? is one I definitely remember:

Randi tests James Hydrick's psychic claim (extended version) - part 1 of 2

Randi tests James Hydrick's psychic claim (extended version) - part 2 of 2


TL:DW -- Dude claims he can move pencils and phone-book pages with his mind. Dude does so in front of a studio audience, oohs and aahs. Randi devises a test to thwart the dude's trickery. Randi shows the assembled audience what time it is.

That is some major cultural appropriation there.

Randi ruled.

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On 10/22/2020 at 2:40 AM, Mrs. Rannous said:

That is some major cultural appropriation there.

Randi ruled.

Allo, Bruce.

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On 10/21/2020 at 6:23 PM, Doug B said:

This television appearance on What's My Line? is one I definitely remember:

Randi tests James Hydrick's psychic claim (extended version) - part 1 of 2

Randi tests James Hydrick's psychic claim (extended version) - part 2 of 2


TL:DW -- Dude claims he can move pencils and phone-book pages with his mind. Dude does so in front of a studio audience, oohs and aahs. Randi devises a test to thwart the dude's trickery. Randi shows the assembled audience what time it is.

Wearing a mask would have been a better control, imo. Granted, "psychics" will always rationalize an excuse for why it won't work...mask blocks the flow of energy, etc.

Rip Randi. Hope you find some real magic.

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4 hours ago, El Floppo said:

Wearing a mask would have been a better control, imo.

He wanted to change the conditions in the smallest way possible and without giving away the "secret".

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I feel like Qanon and other conspiracies would never gain traction if everyone was exposed to the work of James Randi.

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Jerry Jeff Walker.  RIP Mr. Bojangles.

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3 hours ago, D-Day said:

Jerry Jeff Walker.  RIP Mr. Bojangles.

Awwww, ####. I'm a hi-concept guy, music-wise - a guy on a stool with a guitar had to be real special to do anything for me. 'cept for Jerry Jeff, and the more of a snootful he had behind him the better. The human circus, in all & none of its glory in his recklessly careful handling. I am in his debt. RIP -

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13 hours ago, JaxBill said:

RIP Billy Joe Shaver

He's gonna cross that river

Damn. Lotsa stories about that dude in Houston. A good friend of mine got punched by him in a bar fight. Not an unusual occurrence for Billy Joe from what I understand. I always joked to my buddy that he was lucky he didn't get shot.

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On 10/21/2020 at 6:23 PM, Doug B said:

This television appearance on What's My Line? is one I definitely remember:

Randi tests James Hydrick's psychic claim (extended version) - part 1 of 2

Randi tests James Hydrick's psychic claim (extended version) - part 2 of 2


TL:DW -- Dude claims he can move pencils and phone-book pages with his mind. Dude does so in front of a studio audience, oohs and aahs. Randi devises a test to thwart the dude's trickery. Randi shows the assembled audience what time it is.

There’s a Netflix documentary about him that was great. 

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Tough week for Outlaw country. 

Billy Joe was aquitted for shooting a man in the face in a bar parking lot due to self defense. Billy Joe said, "I shot him right between the Mother and the F*****. Did him up right."

I always thought that was the baddest line I ever heard.  

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Travis Roy, 45

Inspirational college hockey player at Boston University who was paralyzed during his first college shift.

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Nick Vermeil let me know today that our former employer, a legendary interior designer and hilarious and talented man died yesterday. He had a good run and seemed to have lived a good, long life. Still sucks.

RIP David Easton

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Category: This Is The Color Of Snow

Sean Connery:  What is yellow?

Buzzzzzzz!

Alex Trebek:  Incorrect.

Sean Connery:  Are you sure I made some yesterday.  Spelled your name in a snowbank, of course....

It was in your mother's handwriting, haa haaaaaaa.  She was holding the pen.

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2020 is terrible. RIP Mr. Connery

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4 hours ago, Kal El said:

2020 is terrible. RIP Mr. Sir Connery

 

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3 minutes ago, Leroy Hoard said:

Simply the best Bond ever.  I am both shaken and stirred

That's the chicago way

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35 minutes ago, Tom Servo said:

 

My apologies, I had forgotten he had earned a knighthood.

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1 hour ago, Kal El said:

My apologies, I had forgotten he had earned a knighthood.

No big deal, GB.

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10 hours ago, Bracie Smathers said:

Category: This Is The Color Of Snow

Sean Connery:  What is yellow?

Buzzzzzzz!

Alex Trebek:  Incorrect.

Sean Connery:  Are you sure I made some yesterday.  Spelled your name in a snowbank, of course....

It was in your mother's handwriting, haa haaaaaaa.  She was holding the pen.

Connery: I’ll take “swords” for 200.

Trebek- that’s “S” words, so, words that start with the letter s, here we go...”a tool with teeth, used to cut down trees...”

 

Connery- “WHAT IS EXCALIBUR!!!”

 

 

One thing is certain, another highlander is more powerful today.

 

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It will be interesting to see if SNL acknowledges Connery's passing since the Jeopardy skit was such a regular piece.

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8 hours ago, Tom Servo said:
13 hours ago, Kal El said:

2020 is terrible. RIP Mr. Sir Connery

 

There's no "Sir Connery".  It's Sir Sean or Mr Connery.

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5 hours ago, Mrs. Rannous said:

There's no "Sir Connery".  It's Sir Sean or Mr Connery.

I see. In the interest of accuracy, let's run through this again:

RIP Sir Sean, you were a legend.

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5 hours ago, Kal El said:

I see. In the interest of accuracy, let's run through this again:

RIP Sir Sean, you were a legend.

it's actually Sir Thomas. Sean was his middle name...

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3 hours ago, wikkidpissah said:

it's actually Sir Thomas. Sean was his middle name...

Sir Thomas it is, the point is, I'm sorry he's gone.

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