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(Apr.08.09) -

Dave Arneson, Alternative Historian  ---»


Dave Arneson, the other half of the Gary Gygax Dungeons and Dragons team, died yesterday. I recall in high school, the 80’s sometime or other, when not embedded in GammaWorld, being fascinated with a magazine issue D&D Blackmoor module, “The Garbage Pits of Despair”, which was quite excellent, and, I now find out, by the […]

(Jan.16.09) -

John DeFrancis, Scholar of Chinese Language, Departed at 92  ---»


Sadly, John DeFrancis, one of the most influential scholars and teachers of Chinese language, died a week ago on Jan 2nd 2009, and no one even wrote an obituary until Jan 15th! Right on the heels of an excellent new show coming up at the Met, from January 23 – September 13, 2009 of paitnings […]

(Jan.14.09) -

The Prisoner… Patrick McGoohan, Dead! Where will the funeral take place?  ---»


A sad day for all on this island called earth… Patrick McGoohan, A man of many convictions, observations, and talents, and the extended prisoner tv show has departed, at age 80 in Los Angeles, city of Angels, ala the Daily Breeze… so let the (private) funeral bells toll…. Mr. Panoticon “I am not a number, […]

(Dec.11.08) -

Betty (Bettie) Page Dead  ---»


Dead at 85: Bettie Page (DVDs ») Her first name was often misspelled. From her obituary: On the beach at Coney Island in 1950, she met Jerry Tibbs, a police officer and photographer, who assembled her first pinup portfolio. By 1951, the brother-sister photographers Irving and Paula Klaw, who ran a mail-order business in cheesecake, […]

(Nov.05.08) -

Michael Crichton, Died  ---»


What? Michael Crichton, died? Too many good people, science fiction and other authors, going off into the noosphere lately… there will be a private funeral…. too sad. He was one of the most prolific authors, and an exquisite talespinner. Michael Crichton, around the web: His families in memorium (site is down?) Families statement on his […]

(Oct.31.08) -

Studs Terkel Obituary  ---»


Author and “Scrapper” extraordinaire Studs Terkel died today, October 31 2008. He was known for hanging out in hotel lobbies and watching people. Who was a better listener? What could be a better life? Funeral tones and obituary gazes for the working class. Studs Conversations with America. Obituary on the nytimes Obituary and biography on […]

(Oct.08.08) -

Frank Herberts Birthday  ---»


Yes, its that time of the year again. Frank Herbert’s birthday: October 8th, 1920. The man who brought us intelligent kelp, desert societies, matriarchs, and extensive otherworldlies from offshore Port Townsend, WA returns to haunt a world in crisis. The deserts are coming, but they wont be offworld. The green brain, environmental plagues, new forms […]

(May.13.08) -

Robert Rauschenberg Obituary  ---»


Artist Robert Rauschenberg has died. A technologist slash artist deeply involved in integrating movement, visual technique, and technology into aesthetics. “I really feel sorry for people who think things like soap dishes or mirrors or Coke bottles are ugly, because they’re surrounded by things like that all day long, and it must make them miserable.” […]

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