Tag: death

  • Christine Sherman

    My grandmother died last week. I wrote about it in my newsletter. It is reprinted here for posterity when Substack goes dark eventually. — She was my grandmother, but of course she was more than that. She was a human being with thoughts and wants and needs and she was not shy about telling you…

  • Retronauts on the 20th Anniversary of Gunpei Yokoi’s Death

    Gunpei Yokoi’s legacy is one of sensible choices and thoughtful compromise. I admire him greatly as a professional. [Jeremy Parish has a retrospective on Retronauts.com][link]: >Yokoi liked to create gadgets. More than that, he liked to come up with clever hacks. He had a keen eye for simple but unexpected ideas that would translate into…

  • WWE wrestling star Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan dies aged 72

    RIP, Brain. He’s arguing with a gorilla in a suit right now if there’s any justice in the universe. Source: [Legendary WWE wrestler and commentator Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan dies aged 72 after losing battle with throat cancer][link] [link]: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4894270/WWE-wrestling-star-Bobby-Brain-Heenan-dies.html “WWE wrestling star Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan dies aged 72 | Daily Mail Online”

  • Conservatory Of Flowers Live Stream of Amorphophallus Titanum Bloom

    The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park is doing [a live stream of their Amorphophallus titanum, aka Corpse Flower, blooming][link]. This plant blooms once every 10 years, and during the bloom grows almost two times its normal size and emits a foul stench for two days before shriveling up and starting over. It’s pretty…

  • Ooooh Yeeeeaah. DIG IT!

    [ESPN’s Bill Simmons on the death of a man who, for many of us, typified pro wrestling in the 1980s][link]. Hulk Hogan was always more popular, but Macho *was* wrestling in a way Hogan could never touch. [link]: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/110524 “Bill Simmons: Macho Man brought together the die-hards, the bandwagon fans and the ’80s – ESPN”

  • ‘Empire Carpet Man’ Elmer Lynn Hauldren dead at age 89

    [Rest in Peace][link]. Watching Cubs games as a kid I probably say his Empire Carpet commercials hundreds of times. Everyone who grew up near Chicago remembers the jingle instantly. Once more for old time’s sake: 588-2300 EMPIIIIIRE. [link]: http://www.suntimes.com/5053412-417/empire-carpet-man-elmer-lynn-hauldren-dead-at-age-89.html “‘Empire Carpet Man’ Elmer Lynn Hauldren dead at age 89 – Chicago Sun-Times”

  • A Letter From Lois Lane

    Joanne Siegel, widow of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, passed away on February 12th of this year. [She’d been working on writing a letter to Time Warner’s CEO, Jeffrey L. Bewkes.][link] Joanne is widely known to be the inspiration for Lois Lane, and even at 93 she fit the part. Time Warner’s action in all of…

  • The Good Doctor & Friends

    Hunter Stockton Thompson took his own life on February 20th, 2005. (image via [mildredpickles][via]) [via]: http://mildredpickles.tumblr.com/post/3461391908/have-posted-something-similar-to-this-before-but “Mildred Pickles tumblr”

  • ‘I Wanted to Join the Fight Against Hitler’

    [Baseball great Bob Feller passed away this week at the age of 92. He left his Cleveland Indians during the prime of his career to fighting WWII, enlisting two days after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.][link] [link]: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/17/sports/baseball/17reflect.html?_r=1 “Joining the Navy After Pearl Harbor, in Bob Feller’s Own Words – NYTimes.com”

  • Alex Anderson, Secret Creator of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dies

    [Rocky and Bullwinkle is one of the finest television programs ever made, and Alex deserves any credit he can get.][link] [link]: http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,2027264,00.html “Rocky and Bullwinkle Creator Alex Anderson Dies – TIME”

  • Tony Wilson’s Headstone

    [A fitting tribute:][link] >Factory Records founder Anthony H Wilson died in August 2007. Just over three years later, a memorial headstone designed collaboratively by Wilson’s long-term associates Peter Saville and Ben Kelly with Paul Barnes and Matt Robertson, was unveiled in The Southern Cemetery in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester. [link]: http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2010/october/peter-saville-anthony-wilson-headstone “Creative Review – Saville and Kelly’s…

  • George Steinbrenner Dead At 80

    [Even as a visceral anti-Yankees guy, this brings me no joy. Steinbrenner demanded the best from his staff and players at all times.][link] [link]: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/14/sports/baseball/14steinbrenner.html?_r=2&hp=&pagewanted=all “George Steinbrenner, Yankees’ Owner, Dies at 80”