Thursday, January 28, 2010

J.D. Salinger, 91

When I was around six so Santa brought me a record player and a bunch of Disney LP’s to play for Christmas. Of course my parents weren’t as generous as Santa and those were the only two records I owned for a long time. I started pulling stuff from my Dad’s old collection like Alan Sherman, Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass Band and (now) one of my all time favorites The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' and on it, the last song on the second side, “A Day In the Life” is one of my all time favorites. I remember listening to that very last cord fade out into nothing… so awesome.
I was in third grade when Lennon got shot. I brought the Sgt Pepper album in and Lori G. colored John Lennon’s face in with red crayon. I was sooooo mad. Years later that album, with Lori’s artwork, disappeared out of the family stereo record rack my Mother had No idea where it went to . Years later, right before vinyl became extinct, I bought another copy. I went looking for it before I went away to college and that to was gone (along with my Led Zeppelin ‘Houses of the Holy’ but not my two Poison LP’s) again my Mother had No clue where it went to.
OK rant over… The point of all of this is that I really liked The Beatles so in seventh or eighth grade after hearing all about Mark David Chapman I went out and bought Catcher In The Rye just so I could find out for myself why this asshole would want to shoot Lennon… I didn’t get it… not sure if I even do now.

One of J.D. Salinger was a published author before he was drafted in the army in 1942 some of his works appeared in magazines such as The New Yorker and The Saturday Evening Post. He wrote his most famous and controversial novel Catcher in Rye in 1951. He received a lot of unwanted attention after Catcher was released and in 1953 fled Manhatten to New Hampshire and became somewhat of a recluse and was seen rarely in public but often riding his Jeep on his Cornish, NH compound. He married his second wife in 1955 and they had two children a son and daughter. At this time he continued to write for a few hours a day but not specifically for publication but just because he loved to. One of the few novels he published after (which was actually a bunch of previous released short stories) Catcher was ‘Franney and Zooey’ (funny I lent that novel out and it to disappeared… seems to be a reoccurring theme).

He was approached by Hollywood numberous times to make Catcher into a movie but rejected them all (one of the letters can be read here).

Salinger passed away of natural causes at his home in Cornish.

January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010



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Zelda Rubinstein, 76

I was raised in a two-paycheck household. Mom & Dad both worked and for awhile there Mom was working full time as well as going to college. Because of this situation I grew up in one big hurry-up-and-wait atmosphere. It was like “Hurry up, get ready we had to leave the house now, now, now!!!! I’m already 10 minutes behind schedule and I still have to drop you off at school!!!! Spoiled brat!” and then 20 minutes later was “Quit whining!!! I don’t care if it’s 6:45 and they don’t unlock the doors until 7am and school doesn’t start until 8:30 get out of the car and sit outside in this 50 morning weather and wait”.

So as life would have it I was 12 and my friend K had a slumber party on a Friday night. Everyone else’s parents picked them up by noonish on Saturday leaving just me hanging out which wasn’t a bad deal because K was my bestest friend in the whole wide world. It was the middle of November and we were stuck out in a house in the middle of Armada so K’s dad took us out, rented some movies and got some pizza. The first movie was FireFox with Clint Eastwood and then, after it got dark, we watched the second movie, Poltergeist. I remember my mom coming in during the middle of it, talking with K’s mom (loudly) and then asking me if I was ready to go… Now. I started to get up but K’s mom AND dad both said that we were in the middle of watching a movie and I couldn't leave now. It was awesome… I got to sit around until I was ready to go. I got to watch that entire movie, uninterrupted and the only time I was scared was when that creepy psychic lady was on the screen. That creepy psychic lady was Zelda Rubinstein.

Zelda Rubinstein attending both the University of Pittsburgh, the University of California and had been a technician at a blood bank before changing career paths and entered acting at age 47. Her first major screen role was in 1981’s awesomely craptastic film "Under the Rainbow” (“The peweral is in de liver”). In 1982 she was cast as Tangina Barrons in Poltergeist (25th Anniversary Edition) a role that she reprised in two sequels.

She was advocate for little people’s rights (she was 4'3") as well as one of the first actors involved in promoting public awareness and education for HIV/AIDS.

Ms Rubinstein suffered a heart attack in December and had been hospitalized at Cedars Sinai in Los Angles. From all that I’ve read is that she didn’t have any family but it was reported that her family and a close companion decided to remove her from life support due to kidney and lung failure shortly after her heart attacked. It seemed like she was making some improvement but on January 27, 2010 she passed away.

R.I.P. - March 28, 1933 – January 27, 2010


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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Pernell Roberts, 81

I've been watching M*A*S*H since I was in utero. Seriously. I, like many others, have probably watched every episode made like 10 times. I firmly believe that I understand the complexity of the characters and because of that I stand by the fact that the Henry Blake years were the best and that was mainly because of the Wayne Rogers and his IN-credible performance of Trapper John (B.J. blows).
The sad thing is as much as love Trapper I never knew until a couple of years ago that Trapper John M.D. was kind of a M*A*S*H spin off. I know it seems pretty obvious... how many people are named Trapper... let alone the Trapper John.
Anyway... the actor that played Trapper John M.D., Pernell Roberts, was a real life Koren War Vet. I'm not sure if any of that experienced crossed over into the hospital melodrama but it couldn't have hurt, right.
Mr. Roberts started his acting career onstage in the 50's, graduating to movies in 1958 and then easing into the role of Adam Cartwright on the long running series Bonanza. In addition to acting he was also a the captain for "Battle of The Network Stars" for a couple of seasons as well as a civil rights activist and marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama in 1965.
The actor was married four times and had one son (who was killed in motorcycle accident in 1989).
He passed away on January 24th after battling pancreatic cancer in his home in Malibu, his fourth wife Eleanor was by his side.

May 18, 1928 - January 24, 2010

Stupid Celebrity Gossip
NY Daily News

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Solange Magnano, 38

I've entertained the idea of getting plastic surgery. Bullshit - I've thought long and hard about it... getting as close as setting up an appointment. I ended up canceling it. What's the point of getting checked out only to know that there's no way in hell I could afford it.

Right now there are four places on my body that I'd like to get work done, one of those being my ass, to make it smaller or at least not so flat. But after the passing of Solange Magnano I'm not sure it's worth it.

Solange Magnano won the honor of being Miss Argentina in 1994. Since that time she's gone on to model, run her own modeling agency and be a mother of twin boys.

Solange Magnano went in to have a Gluteoplasty, also known as a procedure which involves placing implants in the buttocks then injecting the implants with a liquid (fat?). Unfortunatly it seems that the doctor missed the implant, the liquid traveled to her lungs and brains and due to a complications she suffered a pulmonary embolism and passed away three days later.

1971 - November 29, 2009

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Jack Wrangler, 62

I watch porn.
There I said it.

It's what I do to pass the time between bad dates.

I've watched a lot of porn. Softcore, hardcore, straight, gay, gonzo, midget, menstrual, chicks with dicks, foot fetish. Like I said, I watch a lot.

I never watched a Jack Wrangler porn. I'm not sure if I would actually want to watch one though basically because most of his work was in gay porn and... well... he's hot and I'd want to have him do me, not some other guy.

It wasn't all gay porn though. He did star in The Devil in Ms Jones 2, an entertaining series of films that starred greats such as John Holmes, Peter North and Scotty Schwartz.

From what I read his sexuality wasn't really all that apparent. He wasn't straight, he wasn't bi-sexual but still he was married to singer and actress Margaret Whiting (from Deeee-troit) in 1994.

Whatever makes you happy... right?

Jack Wrangler (John Robert Stillman) passed away due to complications from emphysema.

July 11, 1946 - April 7, 2009

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Socks, 96

Some people strive for fame… doing just about anything to get it. Birthin eight babies in one shot or shooting someone’s wife so you can eventually becoming a porn star/high class stripper. Other people just fall into it by being a vagrant on the streets of Little Rock.
Socks became the first feline of Arkansans when Chelsea Clinton adopted her (first pussy position was already taken by someone else). Socks eventually came along to DC when Bill won the election in ’92.
After the eight year Clinton soap opera ended in 2000 she shacked up with Betty Currie. I’m sure it was some sort of parting gift for being unusually loyal to Billy and helping cover up the Lewinsky mess.
Socks was suffering from a case of cancer of the jaw and was euthanized.
1989/1990 - February 20, 2009


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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Harold Alfond, 93

There's this website I visit weekly called TMI Tuesday. When I used to have a MySpace page I would get people clicking in specifically to check out how I answered that week. I think it's because TMI's questions are usually about sex... I don't seem to have a real good filter when it comes to that... besides chances are I'd never meet them in real life anyway.
One week there was a question about if you had a million dollars and had to give it away who would you give it to and why. I answered that I would split it up into fifths. 20% to an animal shelter, 20% to a music program like VH1's Save the Music, 20% to found a wildlife preserve, 20% split up among my friends kids for their college fund and the final 20% would be given to women that slave away on stripper poles everyday... they would have to prove their worthiness by showing me their skills though... I figure that portion of cash would be spent in about a week... I'm soooo addicted.
Well that's what I would do. Some people, like Harold Alfond, probably would have better ideas on how to give away a million dollars. More precisely, Harld Alfond, knew how to give away $100 million dollars. His foundation, the Harold Alfond Foundation provided to various colleges, sports programs and in 2007 he donated $7 million dollars towards cancer research which founded the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care.
Mr Alfond earned his money by starting Dexter Shoes in 1956 after a previous stint owning a shoe manufacturer. He's other claim to fame in the shoe industry is creating the first outlet store.
Mr Alfond passed away in Palm Beach, Florida from prostrate cancer.
1914 - November 16, 2007

Monday, March 19, 2007

Stuart Rosenberg, 79

In 1985 I was banished once again to summer camp. I wasn't really thrilled about the whole camp experience until 1987 when I lost my virginity... then it wasn't so bad. But before then I wasn't really all that into it; a lot of the girls didn't like me so I spent a lot of time by myself or reading or with my friend, A. (I found out in during my last summer there that the reason why no one wanted to hang out with me was because of A - whatever). But the point is that I read a lot. I would sit in my cabin and read everything I could get my hands on. The camp had it's own little library one of the books was "The Amityville Horror". Not really a good choice when you're in the middle of the forest in a creaky cabin with no electricity. After finishing the book the slightest sound would creep me out. For awhile there I laid awake most of the nights listening to the wind, woodland creatures and A snoring. But slowly I got over and by the time I made it home in August I begged my dad to rent the movie. That wasn't such a good idea either, just because it kinda sucked, well at least for me it did. The 2005 version wasn't much better but at least it had Ryan Reynolds shirtless, mmmm.

The 1979 file was directed by Stuart Rosenberg who in 1967 directed the classic "Cool Hand Luke" (audio). His directing career was pretty prolific with directing over 300 television shows as well as "The Drowning Pool", "Brubaker" and "The Pope of Greenwich Village". He won an Emmy for directing an episode of "The Defenders" and won a couple awards at the 1961 Berlin International Film Festival for "Question 7". He directed his last film, "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys", in 1991.

He passed away from a heart attack.

August 11, 1927 - March 15, 2007


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