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RIP Frank Bonner
June 17th, 2021 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Frank Bonner passed away yesterday at the 79 from Lewy Body Dementia according to his daughter Desiree Boers-Kort.

Bonner is best known for playing the plaid-wearing, sleazy salesman Herb Tarlek who never stops flirting with Loni Anderson’s character on WKRP in Cincinnati. He will always be associated with the infamous Thanksgiving episode. However, I think his best episode was the one where they did a reality show with his family. It was so brilliant and ahead of its time, and it was because he was so believable in this episode that made it stand out.

He continued to act and had many great guest star roles throughout his career. He also worked behind the camera and directed several TV shows and movies, including every episode of TNBC’s City Guys.

Bonner will be remembered as a hard worker, loyal husband, and all-around fine person.

Today, let’s remember him by watching every episode of the timeless sitcom WKRP.


RIP B.J. Thomas
May 30th, 2021 under Obits. [ Comments: 4 ]

B.J. Thomas lost his batter with stage 4 lung cancer yesterday at the age of 78.

The award-winning singer is best known for his songs I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, Don’t Worry Baby, Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love, New Looks From An Old Lover, and Hooked on a Feeling. His tunes were a staple in the ’70s and are still as well known today.

So today, let’s honor him but listening to his catchy tunes. Even though they are sad love songs, they still make you smile.


RIP Gavin MacLeod
May 30th, 2021 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Gavin MacLeod passed away yesterday at the age of 90 after a few months of declining health, according to what his nephew told Variety.

The actor began his career in the late ’50s but did not get his big break until 1970. That was when he was cast as Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Show. He played that role throughout that sitcom’s 7-year run. When it ended, he immediately jumped ship to The Love Boat. He spent the decade as the Captain Stubing.

For 17 years, he was continuously on our televisions, and he is still on it nonstop. Thanks to those two shows that are still airing syndication. I know that because I record them every day on Decades and Me TV.

Today let’s honor him by laughing with him as he makes jokes about Ted Baxter or finding new ways to deal with his crew.


RIP Olympia Dukaksis
May 1st, 2021 under Obits. [ Comments: none ]

Olympia Dukakis passed away today at the age of 89 after suffering from declining health, according to NPR.

The actress had a long career that spanned six decades. However, the late ’80s were her time to shine. She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Moonstruck. She then followed it up by starring in the Look Who’s Talk franchise and Steel Magnolias.

Whatever she did before and after those movies, she always made an impression.

Today honor her by watching her in one of her many great roles.


RIP Jim Steinman
April 20th, 2021 under Meat Loaf/Jim Steinman, Obits. [ Comments: 2 ]

(This is a playlist of his great words put to music)

Jim Steinman, the greatest lyricist of my lifetime, passed away yesterday at the age of 73, according to Variety.

You might know Jim Steinman’s name, his face, or his voice, but you know his words. That is because he wrote the lyrics to at least one song that you have belted out. His stories can be heard in all of the songs on the three Bat out of Hell albums for Meat Loaf, Total Eclipse of the Heart with Bonnie Tyler, two of the Rock ballads for the movie Street of Fire, and It’s All Coming Back to Me Now for Celine Dion to name a very few.

When I was in fifth grade, I remember the first time I heard Air Supply’s Making Love Out of Nothing At All. I said I want that to be my wedding song. I didn’t know what the lyrics meant, but that didn’t matter. They touched me, and they still touch me. And I still want that song to my first song at the wedding I am never going to have.

Years later, I would hear the coming of age song Paradise By the Dashboard Light sung by Meat Loaf. I dreamed of losing my virginity to it. I didn’t. In fact, I have never sung it in the bedroom. But I have belted it out with plenty of men at bars or in the woods with the help of some alcohol. What woman hasn’t asked a man, “Will you love me? Will you love me forever?…”

Then years later, we wanted to know what is that one thing that Steinman and Meat would not for love.

I loved Steinman’s words so much; I made them an answering machine greeting. I took Meat’s spoken words from the opening of You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth. He says, “On a hot summer would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?” I said seductively, “Will he leave me a message?” He says, “Yes!” “Will he leave me his name?” “Yes!” “Will he leave me his number?” “Yes! On a hot summer night would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?” “Yes!” “I bet you say that to all the boys!” I did!

He didn’t only work with Meat; he also recorded Total Eclipse of the Heart and Holding Out for a Hero with Bonnie Tyler. Let’s be honest; we have all sung Total Eclipse of the Heart with passion at least once. It is not an easy song to sing because Steinman wrote Rock Operas with each one of his songs. That is why Celine Dion’s It’s All Coming Back to Me is her most powerful tune. The movie Streets of Fire was really on fire with his two epic tunes Tonight Is What It Means to Be Young and Nowhere Fast.

You need a voice to sing one of his songs as he intended. It is not an easy thing to do but try today. Let our voices rise him up to heaven. Although, my neighbors have already threatened to call the police if I don’t stop singing his songs.

Steinman might not have children, but his songs are his babies, and we can enjoy them forever. So let’s enjoy them as they are meant to be enjoyed. However, my cat would like ear pods, so she doesn’t have to hear me singing anymore. My neighbors in a four-block radius agree with her.

Thank you, Jim Steinman, for your words. I will always hold them dear to my heart.

If you want to know more about the making of one of the best-selling albums of all time, you can watch the documentary of the making of Bat Out of Hell on Tubi TV. I have had it in my My List for over a year. Today, I am finally watching it.


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