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RIP Don Rickles
April 6th, 2017 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Don Rickles passed away today at the age of 90 from Kidney Failure according to The New York Times.

Rickles was legendary comedian who would make fun of everyone and didn’t care. You knew he was joking, so you didn’t get insulted by what he said. Instead you would laugh until it hurt and your pants were wet. He just had that way about him. Even Frank Sinatra grew to love him and there was time when the singer wanted to kill Mr Warmth.

Rickles has been doing late night television for over 50 years and was still appearing on them up until late last year. Forty years ago, he took part in the funniest late night moment and it lasted 2 episodes of The Tonight Show. His really good friend Bob Newhart was hosting and he was the guest. He grabbed Johnny Carson’s cigarette wooden box and it broke in two. He knew he was in trouble, but he didn’t know how much until the next day. That is when Carson returned to desk to find his heirloom broken. The host wasn’t happy about it and since Rickles was taping across the hall, he went and confronted him. It was a live moment that can never be duplicated because it was so funny and real. And there are not many hosts that have that type of relationship with their guests like that. It was a magical moment.

That is why Rickles will always be special to me, but to the younger generation he will be remembered as the voice of Mr Potato Head in the Toy Story movies.

No matter what you know him for, go get lost on the internet watching him roast people. It is the best way to keep his brilliant sense of humor alive. He is a one of kind and I am glad we got to know him.

Rickles is survived by his wife, Barbara of 52 years and their daughter Mindy.


RIP Chuck Barris
March 22nd, 2017 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Chuck Barris passed away yesterday at the age of 87 from natural causes according to Variety.
Long before there was Star Search, The Voice, American Idol and all those other talent shows, there was The Gong Show. It was created and hosted by Chuck Farris and he brought his own wacky flair to the show. Before he starred in his own game show, he had created The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game. Shows that either still air in syndication to this day or have been or will be rebooted. This summer The Gong Show returns to ABC with Will Arnett as the host.

Besides changing game shows forever, his “autobiographical” book Confessions of a Dangerous Mind became a big screen lauded film with Sam Rockwell starring as him in 2002. In the story, he claimed to be a CIA Assassin, something he later denied. A secret he took to his grave with him.

Today, you can honor him by rewatching that movie or re/discovering The Gong Show, The Dating Game or The Newlywed Game.


RIP Chuck Berry
March 18th, 2017 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Chuck Berry passed away today at the age of 90 in St. Charles County, Missouri according to ABC News.

Before there was Elvis Presley, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones there was Chuck Berry. He is one of the forefathers of Rock’n’Roll and his legacy will live on with his huge library of hits like Maybellene, Sweet Little Sixteen, Johnny B Goode and Roll Over Beethoven.

Even though he hadn’t released an album since in almost 40 years, he was still touring and playing his tunes up until 2014. In fact, the Nonagenarian was working on an album to celebrate his 9 decades on this Earth. As of now no other details have been released about it, but hopefully it will still get released.

Today, let us remember the Father of Rock’n’Roll by dancing to his music, I am sure he would like that way.


RIP Judge Wapner
February 26th, 2017 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Before there was Judge Judy, Judge Alex and Judge Hatchett, there was Judge Joseph Wapner who hosted People’s Court from 1981-1993. Today, he passed away at the age of 97 according to TMZ. Before he was a televsion Judge he served on the LA Superior Court for 18 years before retiring from the bench in 1979.

The television Judge is survived by his wife Mickey of 70 years and two sons.


RIP Bill Paxton
February 26th, 2017 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Bill Paxton passed away today at the age of 61 from complications due to heart surgery according to TMZ.

His people released this statement about his death, “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” the statement said. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker.”

While CBS and Warner Bros released this statement about the actor who was currently starring on their show Training Day, “We are shocked and deeply saddened this morning by the news of Bill Paxton’s passing. Bill was, of course, a gifted and popular actor with so many memorable roles on film and television. His colleagues at CBS and Warner Bros. Television will also remember a guy who lit up every room with infectious charm, energy, and warmth, and as a great storyteller who loved to share entertaining anecdotes and stories about his work. All of us here offer our deepest sympathy to his wife, Louise, and his two children.”

Paxton had a presence on the screen in movies like Weird Science, Twister, Aliens and Titanic to name a few, so when we saw the news today we feel like we lost someone we know well. He might not be with us, but his presence is still felt on the big and small screen. When it comes to that he was starring in the small screen version of the big screen version Training Day that airs on Thursday nights on CBS at 10p. Even though show is currently airing, all the ordered episodes have been filmed. No decision on the show’s future has been made because it is too early in the show’s run.

Today, remember him for the great actor and man he was.


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