Jan. 15th, 2015 05:32 am
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My co-worker died yesterday.
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"Neil Armstrong was a quiet self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step on to the moon. The modest man who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter million miles away has died. He was 82."

I remember as a child with my toy plastic Saturn V rocket following along with his mission. I'd separate each section as it came off on the real rocket. When he landed we cheered! When he went out onto the surface we cheered again. To me it was humanity's proudest moment. Goodbye Neil Armstrong.
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I've read many of Harry's books over the years. But my favorite must be The Stainless Steel Rat which introduced us to Slippery Jim DeGriz the greatest thief in the galaxy who was pressed into service of the government. I've even been recently listening to the Stainless Steel Rat books at Audible and have enjoyed them as much when I read them when I got my copies from the old SF Book Club. Rest well Harry Harrison.
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So long Andy you were a big part of my television watching youth. RIP
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Truly a legend. SF will miss you.
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M had to have Hickory our big stripey cat put down today. Hickory had been in bad health for a couple months now and was not using the box. Everything just seemed to be pain for her. M tells it better here. I will miss her.
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It's funny hearing that Mike Wallace died today has struck a cord with me. For many years I always thought of him as the best reporter on television he had a no nonsense style that really cut through the BS of the people he interviewed and he wasn't afraid to ask the tough questions either.
I really hope someday we can get more like him to ask the tough questions with less grandstanding and to dig for the truth. To me that is what journalism is missing now. We need less drama and more truth. Sometimes the truth is boring but it really needs to be said.
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M.A.R. Barker created the fantasy world Tekumel a very different sort of gaming world not based on European fantasy tropes but on an original ideas that he created years before D&D was created. Tekumel was never as well known as other gaming worlds but the people who did know about it were usually great fans. RIP M.A.R. Barker.
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Dick Tufeld, voice over artist and voice of the Robot in Lost in Space, 1926-2012

I always thought the coolest thing about Lost in Space was the Robot and its voice.


Jun. 17th, 2010 09:33 am
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Went to my sister-in-laws funeral yesterday. It was a long day of travel for us. About a four hour dive each way. The funeral was what you would expect. Very sad. My brothers kids held up well until the ceremony then they both broke down some. It will be a difficult time for both of them in the coming months but at least school is out right now allowing them to grieve without the pressure of classes and other school stuff.

On the way back we stopped at the Tanger outlet. Found a big and tall store and bought a few shirts. Nice to find lots of stuff in my size. Will have to stop by there again.


Jun. 12th, 2010 10:47 am
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My sister in-law passed away early this morning. She was put in Hospice on the 3rd, her cancer had not been getting better for several months now. At least they were able to take away some of her pain. My thoughts and prayers go out to my brother and his two children.
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Just got up and saw this on one of my SF feeds.

Sci-Fi Storm. Veteran actor/stuntman Bob May, who donned the metal suit of Robot B9 (primarily know as just "Robot" for most of the series), passed away earlier today from congestive heart failure at the age of 69.

He wasn't the voice of the Robot but he did have the harder job acting in that huge stuffy suit. He was younger than I thought.

It's funny back when GURPS Robots first came out. I tried to do a GURPS version of the Lost in Space robot for the old All of the Above APA. One of these days I should go back to that file and update it to 4th edition.

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Patrick McGoohan passed away yesterday. He played many roles but I will always know him as number 6.
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It's hard to say something about the one person that really helped define my sense of humor. I remember listening to his albums, as an eight or nine year old kid, that my friends older brothers bought and we would play them for hours and laugh. We would memorize them and do skits based on them, we even recorded them on to cassette tapes. He was the first comedian that I saw in live concert. He will be missed.

Bob Englehart
Hartford Courant
Jun 24, 2008
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Heard about his death last night. Looking at my book shelf I have a large selection of his books. Thieves World series, the Myth series, and the Phules series. Robert Lynn Asprin will be missed.
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Just heard that Dave Stevens passed away from Leukemia. He was 52. I've been a fan of his work for sometime. The Rocketeer was my personal favorite. The pulp adventures and beautiful art what more do you need.
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All I can say is thank you for shaping the hobby that I have been involved in for the last 30 plus years. Rest in Peace.


Feb. 15th, 2008 08:18 pm
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Went to my Uncle Bill's funeral yesterday. Drove to Rockford and met up with my parents and my younger brother Russ. We went to the church and I got to see lots of relatives that I hadn't seen in a long time. The funeral was both a sad and joyful event with many fond remembrances. My cousins Sherri and Karla both stood up and spoke about several of them. My uncle Bill was a quiet man with fun sense of humor. One of the things I remembered was many Christmases ago they gave all us cousins these little transistor radios I kept mine for several years and I kept taking it apart and putting it back together. I'd use this old tube type oscilloscope and check wave patterns and other things on that radio. I'm pretty sure it was what got me interested in electronics in the first place, which later became my job. So in a lot of ways I can thank my uncle Bill for helping me find my career. Thank you uncle Bill.


Feb. 11th, 2008 08:37 pm
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Just as I read about Steve Gerber, creator of Howard the Duck among other things, passing away. I got a call from my parents that my uncle Bill had passed away too. He had had a stroke a few years back so it was expected but its still a shock. I'm feeling a bit down.


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