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4 hours ago, Hastur said:

RIP director Richard Donner(Superman, Lethal Weapon, Goonies, Ladyhawke among others).

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I was the project architect for his and wife Lauren Schuler-Donner's Maui house a long time ago. The nicest people in every interaction I had with them, especially Dick, who was larger than life in stature and personality.

Went there once with them and my boss during bidding- hosted us at their house we were going to tear down and rebuild. Very low key folk- opposite of almost all of the rich and famous clients I've worked for. Ended up watching one of those Entertainment tonight type tv shows one night with him and some buddy old hollywood dude (worked with/for Groucho, iirc) passing a joint around. I hate these shows, but to them it was news about their pals and prompted anecdote after anecdote about the hollywood scene and life...for some reason really strange and amazing at the time for me.

he owned the danny glover fishing boat from lethal weapon (he directed)- took us out fishing on it a couple times (also passing a joint around)....amazing time.

I remember him talking about some local issue he was supporting (in a huge way) and I commented how cool it was to affect change in such a large way. He responded that it didnt matter how much you were able to give to support your cause (time, money, whatever), just that you gave something/anything of yourself. Thats always struck me.

One of the last nights there during another pass the dutchie session, conversation turned to Ladyhawke, a movie I loved and didn't know he had directed. I had just rewatched it recently and was going to bust his balls about the godawful Alan Parsons Project soundtrack. As soon as I started mentioning it (before I could get to the ball-busting), he cut me off excitedly and told me that the soundtrack was his favorite music and had a special place in his heart- he had met Lauren on the shoot and they bonded somehow over the music. I was SO happy and relieved not to have put my foot in my mouth on that one. Not sure how long they'd been married at that point, but it was clear he absolutely doted on and was still crazy about her.

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rip Dick Donner, and sincere condolences to Lauren. A genuinely amazing man and couple.

eta...Lauren has been the exec producer for all the xmen movies since the beginning- hugely successful and talented. At that time, they were in production on the first one and i mentioned that we had heard that a friend of ours was up for a role as the lazer eyes guy in it. I was completely wrong... our actor friend must have  exaggerated how "up" for it he was. She was pissed. And our friend never worked in an xmen movie after that :lol: :oldunsure:. He ended up doing pretty damn well, so no harm.

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Robert Downey SENIOR has passed away at age 85

Downey Sr. also acted, and directed several other films that gained a cult following. But 1969’s “Putney Swope” was given a mainstream release and thus exposed his work to a wider audience, which was shocked (even appalled) by much of what they saw at the time. The devastating satire of Madison Avenue follows what happens when an African American activist is given a free hand at an ad agency.

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On 7/6/2021 at 10:21 AM, Mr. Mojo said:

 

Great story EF!

I would have asked Mr. Donner about his experience directing Nightmare At 20,000 Feet - still one of the best original TZ episodes.

I had no idea.

In the Movies ive walked out of thread, The Toy got mentioned....had no idea that was him too.

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12 hours ago, Charlie Steiner said:

I'll remember him mostly as Conan's dad, the dude that broke Philo Beddoe's arm in Any Which Way You Can, and the Russian officer in Red Dawn. He wrote the book on how to make a secondary character anonymous and iconic at the same time.

This.

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2 minutes ago, Corporation said:

Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndoff passed at 71.  The most shocking wrestling moment of my life when he turned heel and clotheslined Hulk Hogan.  As a little one, I just couldn't process what was going on.

https://www.cagesideseats.com/wwe/2021/7/12/22574030/mr-wonderful-paul-orndorff-dies

He was my first favorite wrestler. :sadbanana:

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2 minutes ago, STEADYMOBBIN 22 said:
5 minutes ago, Corporation said:

Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndoff passed at 71.  The most shocking wrestling moment of my life when he turned heel and clotheslined Hulk Hogan.  As a little one, I just couldn't process what was going on.

https://www.cagesideseats.com/wwe/2021/7/12/22574030/mr-wonderful-paul-orndorff-dies

He was my first favorite wrestler. :sadbanana:

He was great.  Found the clip, you can watch from the beginning but I remember freaking out at this point.  It was real to me dangit!

https://youtu.be/8i416ELznMc?t=170

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On 7/10/2021 at 6:43 PM, identikit said:

William Smith, dead @ 88

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i found him the most compelling of the beefy villains, because he was soooo hot and intense, one would always wonder what he had to be that mad about (the Smuckers theory of rage) and worry that he would insult your fatal injury by sweeping your loved one away in his arms after scattering your bits across the land. RIP, as long as you're not resting mine...

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39 minutes ago, STEADYMOBBIN 22 said:

He was my first favorite wrestler. :sadbanana:

Also a favorite of mine. I grew up a WCCW/NWA fan, but outside of Hogan, Orndorff was my favorite to watch in the WWF. Mentioned in the wrestling thread, but if you go back and watch the Main Event of the first Wrestlemania, he is the clear MVP. He worked most of the match, took most of the bumps, and since Piper wouldn't let anyone pin him, Orndorff had to do the favor.

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Former Louisiana Gov (elected like 4 different times over decades) Edwin Edwards has passed.  He was an interesting character for sure.  His third wife Trina was 50 years his junior and at the risk of getting in trouble, quite the stunner.  

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48 minutes ago, General Malaise said:

Former Louisiana Gov (elected like 4 different times over decades) Edwin Edwards has passed.  He was an interesting character for sure.  His third wife Trina was 50 years his junior and at the risk of getting in trouble, quite the stunner.  

Best pure politician of my lifetime.  I still remember his campaign against David Duke - his slogans were "Vote for the Crook - It's Important" and "Vote for the Lizard, not for the Wizard."  :lmao:  Brilliant.

Yes, @timschochet, I voted for the Democrat. 

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1 hour ago, General Malaise said:

Former Louisiana Gov (elected like 4 different times over decades) Edwin Edwards has passed.  He was an interesting character for sure.  His third wife Trina was 50 years his junior and at the risk of getting in trouble, quite the stunner.  

The years i lived in Reno in the 80-90s, my running buddy dated a Nawlins girl named Fancy who was a hostess-with-the-mostest on the casino scene. When a joint would send a jet to pick up a whale, Fancy would likely be aboard. She was not a str8up pro cuz, if she didnt want to, she wouldnt bed even the whaliest whale but, if she did and you left a stack 'o purp on the dresser, she was OK widdat. I loved Fancy because she had the best stories, pharma-grade drugs and was the Einstein of personality reads. I learned more about human behavior from Fancy before she died (tragically, in her mid-30s) than i ever learned about anything from anyone ever.

And Fancy looooooooooooooooooooved her Governor Eddie. They spoke the same Nawlins hustler language, had the same outlook upon what this life is fo and very similar talents for goin' about gittin' it, cher. As a result of knowing Fancy (it just didnt all work as Francine), i know a LOT of stories about Eddie Edwards. I honor his passing by not telling a single damn one. RIP -

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1 hour ago, wikkidpissah said:

The years i lived in Reno in the 80-90s, my running buddy dated a Nawlins girl named Fancy who was a hostess-with-the-mostest on the casino scene. When a joint would send a jet to pick up a whale, Fancy would likely be aboard. She was not a str8up pro cuz, if she didnt want to, she wouldnt bed even the whaliest whale but, if she did and you left a stack 'o purp on the dresser, she was OK widdat. I loved Fancy because she had the best stories, pharma-grade drugs and was the Einstein of personality reads. I learned more about human behavior from Fancy before she died (tragically, in her mid-30s) than i ever learned about anything from anyone ever.

And Fancy looooooooooooooooooooved her Governor Eddie. They spoke the same Nawlins hustler language, had the same outlook upon what this life is fo and very similar talents for goin' about gittin' it, cher. As a result of knowing Fancy (it just didnt all work as Francine), i know a LOT of stories about Eddie Edwards. I honor his passing by not telling a single damn one. RIP -

Perhaps though a couple of Fancy stories?

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2 hours ago, elguapo07 said:

Perhaps though a couple of Fancy stories?

jeepers....either my awe of Fancy or my sexism (my Mary was incredibly storyworthy but i rarely spin linear remembrances of her - might not have any actual stories except i worked a long time on a memoir of her) or her wish for confidentiality about her whaling tales must have overwhelmed my storytelling inclinations, but there's not a Fancy story in my repertoire. my significant memory of her was how colorfully she swore (she used the word "####chop" so insidiously it would make boys cry), how liquidly she could shift from coarse to glamorous and the effect she had on my wife.

Mary saw life as a contest and got disastrously mean when bettered, simply unable to endure a slight, real or imagined, without escalation. Plus, she was high all the time. This should have turned the evenings she & i & my pal Vito & his gal Fancy spent together into dark nights of the soul, or at least of the police blotter. I mean, she was the only non-gamer of the quartet, and i'm afraid even brilliant psych nurses dont cut it at that level. Anyhow, I'm ashamed not to have an incident fresh in my mind to describe how Fancy disarmed my Mary at every turn and kept the temperature of our encounters sizzling but never fevered. Remarkable.

i'm gonna hafta sift memory (she's been dead going on 30 yrs now) for a story revolving around one my rare visits to her apartment at the Holiday (now Renaissance) Hotel. If Blanche DuBois & Judy Jetson had a pied a terre (she mostly housesat rich folks houses) together in a gambling town, that would be close. I'll get back to you onnat. I'm a li'l mad, cher, for the ####chop that i am right now.

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19 hours ago, wikkidpissah said:

The years i lived in Reno in the 80-90s, my running buddy dated a Nawlins girl named Fancy who was a hostess-with-the-mostest on the casino scene. When a joint would send a jet to pick up a whale, Fancy would likely be aboard. She was not a str8up pro cuz, if she didnt want to, she wouldnt bed even the whaliest whale but, if she did and you left a stack 'o purp on the dresser, she was OK widdat. I loved Fancy because she had the best stories, pharma-grade drugs and was the Einstein of personality reads. I learned more about human behavior from Fancy before she died (tragically, in her mid-30s) than i ever learned about anything from anyone ever.

And Fancy looooooooooooooooooooved her Governor Eddie. They spoke the same Nawlins hustler language, had the same outlook upon what this life is fo and very similar talents for goin' about gittin' it, cher. As a result of knowing Fancy (it just didnt all work as Francine), i know a LOT of stories about Eddie Edwards. I honor his passing by not telling a single damn one. RIP -

And I would bet they are ALL true.  

One of my best friends from college hailed from Crowley, LA.  His dad worked with the Edwards brothers as an attorney.  And, well....I'll just copy/paste his words from yesterdeee:

 

Political commentary on Facebook is not my thing, and never will be. However, I will always write in praise of the interesting, astute, and charismatic.

Edwin Edwards and his brother Nolan founded the law firm in Crowley where my father worked from 1969 to 1996. Being a young lawyer is dizzying under the most normal of circumstances, but Dad was able to regale us with numerous tales from his time with Edwin. I thought it best to enumerate a few that capture his character and his connection to my family.

Edwin first ran for governor in 1971. My parents had a convertible when they first got married, and the plan for the 1971 Rice Festival was for Edwin to ride on my parents’ convertible for the parade. Alas, Mom was washing her hair and did not hear the doorbell when someone arrived to pick up the car. Instead, he had to walk the parade route. Many people remarked that they liked that he was a man of the people since he walked instead riding in a car.

For friends from elsewhere, there may have never been a more consistently entertaining politician. Edwin delivered some real zingers during the 1983 election when he was on 60 Minutes. He wanted to try out some of his material before the interview, so he called his old law firm and tried out the line “Dave Treen is so slow it takes him an hour and a half to watch 60 Minutes.” Dad loved it that they got to hear some of his best quips before they went to press.

Finally, few can claim that they had their first beer poured by a governor. One time at my parents’ house they were visiting with Edwin and Nolan in the living room. They did not drink, but Dad was enjoying a beer. I entered the room in pajamas with a Dixie bathroom cup. Edwin poured some beer into it. And there it was- my first sip of beer.

I’ll leave the political dissertations to others. I just wanted to acknowledge and commemorate a long and interesting life and a profoundly entertaining individual who will live on in perpetuity through stories.

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Jeff Labar Guitarist for my Hometown Philly Glam Boys Cinderella passed away July 14 at 58. He was battling drinking issues over the last several yrs. No cause of death was given yet. Met Jeff a few times. Very nice guy 

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On 7/13/2021 at 6:22 AM, Ministry of Pain said:

Mac!

That was a funny show, one of the best sitcoms of the 80s, came on after Cosby and Family Ties to reach a more adult audience on Thursday Nights. 

RIP, Mac. I loved that show as a kid.

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3 hours ago, VandyMan said:

RIP, Mac. I loved that show as a kid.

It's getting rebooted, with John Laroquette back as Dan Fielding, and Big Bang Theory's Melissa Rauch on the bench as the daughter of the late Harry T Stone. 

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11 hours ago, DJackson10 said:

Jeff Labar Guitarist for my Hometown Philly Glam Boys Cinderella passed away July 14 at 58. He was battling drinking issues over the last several yrs. No cause of death was given yet. Met Jeff a few times. Very nice guy 

I like that band, sorry to hear this.

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15 hours ago, DJackson10 said:

Jeff Labar Guitarist for my Hometown Philly Glam Boys Cinderella passed away July 14 at 58. He was battling drinking issues over the last several yrs. No cause of death was given yet. Met Jeff a few times. Very nice guy 

Underrated hair band. Loved their first album. (Cassette) 

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19 hours ago, Mrs. Rannous said:

I reckon I'll go pick my nose and think of him.

The article in the Washington Post says he baked a laxative-filled cake for his high school vice principal.  How on Earth did he survive that?

It was considered a colon cleanse.

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3 minutes ago, Binky The Doormat said:

man ...going to a funeral today at 6pm on the golf course - and then a wake at the club bar.  Good friend, very good golfer and 20 yr player in our fake football league. 

Only 45 - brain cancer ...lasted a year.  

very sucky.  

 

tragic, jeez - way too young. 

condolences ✌

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On 7/25/2021 at 12:20 AM, The Man With No Name said:

no specific recollection, but any goy who does a yiddishe accent is essentially doing Jackie Mason. my "old Jew" has gotten me thru a lot of parental difficulties, and was the only surefire crack'emup bit i had for strident family moments. all i'd have to do is eat something me Ma made, brag about it like Jackie Mason having a conniption, Ma would automatically offer me seconds and i'd always reply "no, cuz if i hab anudda, i'm gonna hafta hab a toid". Thru 40 years and hundreds of attempts, any joke confusing a Yiddish-inflected  "third" for "turd" reduced my folks to jelly.

this all pays off to one of the weirdest days in my life. after my Mary died, i slid into a serious sinkhole with drugs. for months, friends tried at me, my boss (also a friend) had bailed me out of a lotta bad sitches at work and was pretty much telling me it was either rehab or fired but i was non-responsive. one gal finally got thru my fog and talked me into asking my uncle to use his hunting cabin for a "writing project" for the winter. i shipped my word processor and some personal articles from Reno to NH and flew to Boston.

like a lot of druggies, i got veryvery high on the plane knowing i would be stopping when we landed, so i was pretty tweaked when my parents greeted me at the gate. they sorta knew that detox was part of the reason for my upcoming hermitage but, like many of their gen, if they could gloss anything over they would. we had three hours in a car and this man in his mid 40s did not wanna spend it half-talking about his grief (they did NOT like Mary) and drug habit with his parents from the back seat of a Crown Vic.

so i did a spiel. high as a Bezos vanity project, i glommed onto the foist chance to do a "toid" joke and channeled Jackie Mason on crack for three hours driving thru New England's verdant italics. dont remember a word of it, of course, but to her dying day me Ma would recite segments of it to remind me of the most 'hilarious' hours of her life. she'd usually even contribute her own, in an Irish/Yiddishe accent "in a movie, i never laughed so much" 

so thank you, Mr Mason, for the hook you provided a world of goys. rest in peace, schmest in peace - what do i care?!

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