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RIP Moore, Sir Roger Moore
May 23rd, 2017 under James Bond, Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Sir Roger Moore passed away today in Switzerland at the age of 89 after a brief battle with cancer according to his children.

The actor had acted for decades before he landed the role of a lifetime as Bond, James Bond in 1972. He was first seen as the legendary spy in 1983’s Live and Let Die and played him again six more times until 1985 in A View to a Kill. To me, he will always be the quintessential 007 thanks to Moonraker. I can still remember watching that film with my dad as a child. That is when I was introduced to the Spy Who Loved Me, and I loved him. Like so many other people.

Today, let’s keep The Man with the Golden Gun alive by watching him being suave and sexy in one of many roles.


RIP Chris Cornell
May 18th, 2017 under Obits. [ Comments: 3 ]

Chris Cornell passed away last night after a concert in Detroit at the age of 52. His rep told Rolling Stone, “His wife, Vicky, and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.” While AP is reporting that the cause of death may be suicide.

Chris Cornell was a voice of his generation as the lead singer of his bands Soundgarden and Audioslave with hits like Black Hole Sun, Burden in My Hand, Blow Up the Outside World, Live to Rise, By Crooked Steps, Like a Stone and Be Yourself. Several of these tunes earned him Grammy nominations.

Today lets keep his voice alive by listening to his music and singing along with him.


Erin Moran most likely died of Stage 4 cancer
April 24th, 2017 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

When you heard the news that Erin Moran passed away at the age of 56 on Saturday, you have to admit you thought she either ODed or committed suicide. You didn’t want to, but with her past that is what you thought.

Harrison County Coroner’s office released this statement to WDRB, “On Saturday the 22nd day of April, 2017, Erin Marie Moran-Fleischmann passed away at her residence located in New Salisbury Indiana. A joint investigation into Mrs. Moran’s death was conducted by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Harrison County Coroner’s Office. A subsequent autopsy revealed that Mrs. Moran likely succumbed to complications of Stage 4 cancer.” Then they added, “Standard toxicology tests were performed and the results are pending however no illegal narcotics were found at the residence.”

Meanwhile her TV brother Ron Howard talked about his little sister on The Talk today and said, “What a great, irrepressible spirit, you know, and a wonderful talent, and you know she was always the kid on the set… the Erin event really did hit hard, and shock, I had no idea she was ill whatsoever. But when I think of her then, which is how I choose to, she was this feisty, spirited girl.” He continued with, “It was kinda a boys club; we had all the guys goofing around… I do remember a particular moment where we were in rehearsal… and somehow it was kinda turning into a shaving cream fight, and she did sneak up behind Henry Winkler with a pretty good shaving cream pie and get him.”

Another Happy Days costar talked about her on Twitter, Ted McGinley wrote, “#ErinMoran#RIPErinMoran. energetic blue eyes exploded with life, like her smile. Always kind to me. One of America’s best little sisters.”

Let’s remember her for her happier times and not the ones that weren’t that way.


RIP Erin Moran
April 22nd, 2017 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Erin Moran passed away today at the age of 56 according to ABC News.

The actress is best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days and its spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi. Even though she spent most of her childhood acting, she did not do that much of it after her iconic role ended. Moran’s biggest role after those shows was Celebrity Fit Camp: Boot Camp. Although she wasn’t acting, she was still appearing at conventions and even attended the RetroRama this past November looking as happy as ever.

Some of her costars paid their respects to her on Twitter. Henry Winker aka The Fonz said, “OH Erin… now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth …Rest In It serenely now.. too soon.” Ron Howard remember his TV sis with, “Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I’ll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens.” Don Most aka Ralph Malph honored her with, “So incredibly sad to hear about Erin. A wonderful, sweet, caring, talented woman.I can’t really comprehend this right now.Very painful loss.” Anson Williams told KABC’s George Pennacchio, “Erin was a person who made everyone around her feel better,” adding, “She truly cared about others first, a true angel. I will miss her so much…she is in God’s hands.” Long time friend and Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp teammate Willie Aames posted, “RIP to my old colleague and childhood friend ERIN MORAN. So Saddened to hear you have passed.”

When I was seeking out clips to post of her from Happy Days, the one that popped up is the one that is one of the reasons why I started smoking. Joanie was a nerd before she smoked and then she was cool when she did. That message stuck with me and few years later I started smoking (yes I started at young age), not realizing until years later, when I quit, that that episode and Grease played a big part in me smoking. The point of that story is that is how much Erin Moran meant to me when I was growing up and how sad her death is making me right now.

Let’s not remember her with sadness, let’s remember her with joy by watching videos of her as he role that made her a household name.


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.


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