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May 30 2006 04:21 PM

CRAIG "Ironhead" Hey ward, an NFL running back for 11 years, passed Saturday from a brain tumor. He was 39.

Frayed Knot
Jun 06 2006 07:30 PM

Billy Preston - 59

Edgy DC
Jun 06 2006 08:22 PM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Jun 08 2006 08:19 PM

I had no idea.

He played with Beatles, the Stones, and the Monkees. What more is there?

Of course, then he went to jail.

Jun 08 2006 07:35 PM

Back when I was a kid and we were big WWF fans, we watched one Saturday morning as:

]John P. Tenta joined the WWF in November 1989, making his debut during a normal television performance. For his introduction, Tenta was planted in the audience as a normal spectator. During the show Dino Bravo, managed by Jimmy Hart, challenged then rival The Ultimate Warrior to a strength competition. In order to demonstrate, Bravo and Hart suggested that they pick a random audience member to come into the ring and sit on the back of Bravo and The Ultimate Warrior as they did push-ups to see who could do the most. The Ultimate Warrior agreed and Hart, after pretending to look around the audience, centered his attention on very large Tenta who was sitting in the audience in casual clothing and appeared surprised. Tenta came down into the ring and proceeded to sit on Bravo's back as he did a set of push-ups, however during The Ultimate Warrior's set, Tenta jumped down onto the prone Ultimate Warrior using a seated senton that was adapted to be his signature move. The victorious Bravo and Tenta celebrated as the latter was inaugurated into the WWF as a heel with Hart as his manager.

One of the biggest dudes I've ever seen in person (him and, obviously, Andre The Giant), Earthquake passed away yesterday of bladder cancer at age 42.

(l to r) The Natural Disasters: Earthquake, manager Jimmy Hart, and Typhoon.

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 08 2006 08:01 PM

42? He looked 42 in the ring.

Jun 08 2006 08:46 PM

I was gonna say....he must have been older than 42.

RIP Earthquake.

Jul 26 2006 11:05 AM



Frayed Knot
Jul 26 2006 03:43 PM

Mako was survived by his children, Great White and Hammerhead.

Aug 09 2006 10:26 AM

I wanted to post this obit, I knew Dr. O'Rourke from work and he was a wonderful man, what I didn't know was what a truely great man he was and what a great life he lived.



Dr. James F.X. O'Rourke, age 86, died August 4, 2006 in Calvary Hospital after a difficult battle with cancer. He was born in Manhattan on March 11, 1920 and grew up in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, where he attended Manhattan Prep and Manhattan College, graduating at the age of 19. He studied at Georgetown Medical School and graduated in 1943 at the age of 22, the youngest doctor in the nation that year, because of a school year shortened by World War II. At the end of his first year at Georgetown, Jim O'Rourke married his college sweetheart, Evelyn Cooke, who died in 2003, having celebrated their 62nd anniversary. To support their growing family in D.C., he drove a cab and played football for the minor-league Washington Presidents, owned by George Marshall, then owner of the Redskins and a friend of the N.Y. Giants, Jack Mara. Upon graduation, Jim returned to New York for an internship at St Vincent Hospital, while he surreptitiously continued his football career with the NY Giants, a team understaffed because of the war. He played three exhibition games in August and September, but was cut when the Giants re-activated some retired stars to fill the player vacuum. The cut was timely as Sr. Loretta Bernard of St Vincent's came across an earlier Herald Tribune article by Red Kline with a mention of the “promising candidate“ and confronted her young intern with the evidence. After a stint at Ft. Bragg with Evelyn, two children and a third on the way, Capt. O'Rourke was shipped overseas with the 397th Regiment of the 100th Division, 3rd Battalion. In his tour as a field surgeon on the front lines in France, he saw much action. He won a purple heart for shrapnel wounds and a Bronze Star for crossing enemy lines with two buddies to save a fallen American soldier. He was also commended for slipping into the German town, Neustadt, to deliver a baby in transverse arrest. Decades later, the “baby,“ Mrs. Schneider, by then an American citizen living in Chicago, tracked him down for a happy phone reunion. Promoted to Major, his company earned the nickname, “O'Rourke's Raiders,“ when German soldiers surrendered the town of Altbach to his medical team as the company moved in to set up a field hospital. As chronicled in “Regiment of the Century,“ the town was taken without a shot fired. Near the end of the war, at a medal ceremony for hundreds of soldiers, presided over by Gen. Eisenhower and held at the Stuttgart Opera, Maj. O'Rourke sang “Recondita Armonia“ from Tosca with the Stuttgart Symphony as back up. After the war, Dr. O'Rourke set up a private general practice in Kingsbridge, subsequently completing a residency in Ophthalmology at the Columbia Presbyterian Eye Institute. His decision was inspired by the death of his medical school friend, Brian Murphy, from cancer of the optic nerve. He opened a practice in Manhattan and was affiliated with Columbia Presbyterian, St. Vincent's and Bellevue, where he also taught in the residency program. He was a Diplomat and Fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Jim and Evelyn and their five children moved to North Yonkers in 1948, where they lived for the next thirty years, but for three years in Eastchester, and welcomed eight more offspring to the fold. Dr. O'Rourke opened a second office in Bronxville and expanded his hospital affiliations to Yonkers General, St. Joseph's and St. John's Riverside. Yonkers became more than just an address for Jim and Evelyn. Dr. O'Rourke's life-long friends and interests were developed during his years there. He moved his medical practice to a Yonkers office. He was a founding member and football coach of the Colt's Boys Club. An excellent athlete, he played tennis, winning many singles and doubles championships at the Amackassin Club. He took up squash at the Riverdale Avenue YMCA and won the Yonkers City Championship for many years running. Beyond athletics, his talents were many; he was blessed with a beautiful tenor voice and was a gifted piano player. A parishioner of the Monastery Church of the Sacred Heart, he sang in the Men's Choir. He was an admired raconteur, known for his colorful Irish jokes replete with brogue and impeccable comic timing. He was adept at sleight of hand and dazzled children of all ages with the disappearing coin that invariably found its way into the unsuspecting child's nose or ear. In 1963, he was elected and served two terms as Councilman of the 3rd Ward in Yonkers. When John Flynn became State Senator, Vice-Mayor O'Rourke assumed the mayoralty, and subsequently was elected to a second term. He became County Leader of the Republican Party in Westchester and headed the NY State Committee to Elect Ronald Reagan in the 1980 campaign. Under the auspices of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, Dr. O'Rourke organized and operated as a volunteer the first Westchester County Drug Rehabilitation Program. Dr. O'Rourke was a founder, director, and for a period of years, Chairman of the Board of the Hudson Valley Bank, established in 1972. He was actively involved in the Hudson Valley Foundation, sponsoring his annual pet project, the “Tennis for Charity“ tournament, which raised funds to aid local organizations. He was a founding member of “The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick“ in Westchester, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He served as Trustee for the NYS Facilities Corp. and sat on the Board of the NYS Public Health Council. In 1988 Dr. and Mrs. O'Rourke moved north to Scarborough to be nearer to family. He was a parishioner and daily communicant at St. Theresa Church in Briarcliff Manor, where he sang for a time in the choir. He was a member of Sleepy Hollow Country Club, where he took up golf at the age of 74, to the amusement of his family, who finally found the chink in his armor. He was appointed Director of the Ophthalmology Department at Westchester Medical Center and Associate Chairman and Professor of Ophthalmology at New York Medical College, positions he held until shortly before his death. A man of remarkable strength and stamina, despite his illness he was still treating patients two months before his death. The commendations presented to Dr. O'Rourke are too many to mention in full, but he was very humbled to be named a Knight of Malta in 1963. Ronald Reagan appointed him Regent of the Armed Services Medical School for an 8 year term. In 2003 Jim and Evelyn were honored by the Cardinal's Committee of the Laity at a dinner supporting the Inner-City Scholarship Fund of Westchester. After listening to the litany of praise about the O'Rourkes and hearing Dr. O'Rourke sing a stirring rendition of “Danny Boy,“ Wellington Mara quipped, “Had I known he was going to turn out this well, we wouldn't have cut him from the Giants.“ Besides his own varied and colorful career, Dr. O'Rourke was an eyewitness to many historic events. He was in the first group of army personnel that followed the liberating forces into Buchenwold Concentration Camp and attested to the horrific scene there. While a Councilman, Dr. O'Rourke traveled in 1963 with members of a Yonkers Baptist congregation for the “March on Washington“ and heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his famous “I Have a Dream“ speech at the Lincoln Memorial. In 1969, Jim and Evelyn were in the stands at the Kennedy Space Center to witness the launch of Apollo 11, the first manned moon landing mission. Dr. O'Rourke is survived by his thirteen children and their spouses, James and Nancy O'Rourke, Colleen and Loren Kensinger, Brian and Nancy O'Rourke, Kathy and Jim Rittinger, Kevin and Chris O'Rourke, Eileen and Wilson Hoffnagle, Mary and David Wojtusiak, Sean and Lori O'Rourke, Ann and John Romanovsky, Michael O'Rourke, Tara Howard, Kerry and John Malitoris, and Brendan and Kathryn O'Rourke. He is also survived by twenty-seven grandchildren, four of whom are married, one great-grand child and a brother, Richard O'Rourke. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Evelyn, his brother, Jack, and his son-in-law, John Howard. Dr. O'Rourke was one of those rare men who touched, influenced and helped thousands of people in his lifetime; he will be deeply missed. The family will receive visitors at Waterbury and Kelly Funeral Home in Briarcliff Manor on Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Theresa, Briarcliff Manor with interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Dr. O'Rourke to the Inner-City Scholarship Fund of Westchester, 1011 First Avenue, NY, NY 10022. WATERBURY & KELLY FUNERAL HOME 1300 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor (914)941-0838

Edgy DC
Aug 09 2006 10:29 AM


Aug 16 2006 06:41 AM

[url=]Bruno Kirby, 57[/url]

'City Slickers' star
Bruno Kirby dead


LOS ANGELES - Bruno Kirby, a veteran character actor who co-starred in "When Harry Met Sally," "City Slickers" and many other films, has died at age 57, his wife said yesterday.

Kirby died Monday in Los Angeles from complications related to leukemia, according to a statement from his wife, Lynn Sellers. He had recently been diagnosed with the disease.

"We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from Bruno's fans and colleagues who have admired and respected his work over the past 30 years," his wife said.

Kirby was perhaps best known for his roles opposite Billy Crystal in 1989's "When Harry Met Sally" and 1991's "City Slickers." Other film credits included "Good Morning, Vietnam," "The Godfather: Part II" and "Donnie Brasco." More recently, he played Phil Rubenstein on the HBO series "Entourage."

Sep 05 2006 09:28 PM

Johnny Dickshot
Sep 25 2006 09:56 AM


Former BAD COMPANY bass player RAYMOND 'BOZ' BURRELL has died at his Spanish home. He was 60 years old. Burrell fronted art-rock band KING CRIMSON before founding Bad Company with PAUL RODGERS and SIMON KIRKE of FREE and MICK RALPHS of MOTT THE HOOPLE in 1973. The group enjoyed global success with hits including CAN'T GET ENOUGH and FEEL LIKE MAKING LOVE.

The band's record label Swan Song released a statement which reads, "It is with deep regret and profound sorrow that we announce the death of our dear friend and colleague Raymond 'Boz' Burrell, one of the original members and bass player in Bad Company. "Boz died on September 21, 2006 at his residence in Spain. We express our gratitude to Boz for his important contribution to Swan Song and to the music of his generation.
"We extend our sincere condolences to his wife and family".

Sep 25 2006 10:16 AM

Dewey Redman, died in early September.

“I like to think of myself as an original. I have my own sound. That's not easy to come by, I worked on it for many years. But I like to think that I sound like Dewey Redman” –Dewey Redman

Dewey Redman once described himself as “survivor.” He survived criticism of the “free” music he played with Ornette Coleman in the late 60s, well before the jazz public was ready for the unusual harmonies of what was then known as “avant garde.” He survived prostate cancer (diagnosed in the late 90s), coming back to perform and record in the 21st century, playing into his 70s and outliving, outplaying many of his early cohorts. And he survived a fair amount of oversight, these days known more as the father of modern lion, Joshua Redman, despite his years as a singular artist with a very different style than his offspring. Dewey passed away on September 2nd at age 75 due to liver failure. Probably his music will finally receive the level of recognition it always deserved.

Growing up in the 30s in Ft. Worth, Texas, Dewey heard Duke Ellington on his parents’ records. He also traces his musical inclinations to a man he later realized was most likely his uncle, the great bandleader Don Redman, whom he never met. At first he sought trumpet lessons, “because it had three keys. I figured I could work that out.” However, he was discouraged when the school music teacher told him “your lips are too big.” Instead, Dewey started out on clarinet in a church band at 13 and later played in his high school marching band with another young musician named Ornette Coleman. He was largely self taught, having “learned by trial and error and watching other saxophone players do what I do and asking them questions. That's the best lessons in the world.”

Redman played alto and tenor in his college jazz band at Prairie View A & M, finally settling on the tenor. After a stint in the Army and years of teaching music while gigging on weekends, he moved to California in 1959, working with Pharoah Sanders and Wes Montgomery around the Bay Area; he moved to New York in the late 60s where he became a part of the avant garde scene with old pal Ornette Coleman. In addition to his work with Coleman, he displayed a talent for adapting to a wide range of styles, playing with Old and New Dreams (Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell), Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett, Carla Bley, and Haden’s Liberation Orchestra, and leading his own ensembles. “I like to play it all-styles as far as I can, because in my band we are playing the so-called avant-garde, a little be-bop, ballads, blues. I also play the musette… it comes from the Middle East. I try to do a variety of styles, because one style bores me.”

Redman was a more popular performer in Europe than in the U.S., noting that “I especially like to play in Europe, because the appreciation for jazz is much greater than it is in America outside of New York, New Orleans and Chicago. America is not as great for me as Europe.” Free or bop and everything in-between, Dewey released more than a dozen recordings under his own name, and twice recorded with son Joshua on Coincides and African Venus. Last spring, Redman celebrated his 75th as part of the SF Jazz season (directed by son Joshua) in San Francisco, performing with a quartet anchored by Twin Cities’ giants Gordon Johnson (bass) and Phil Hey (drums), with Frank Kimbrough on keys. He reconnected with Johnson and Hey at the Twin Cities’ Hot Summer Jazz Festival in June. Noted Phil Hey, "He was a great artist and a very cool guy. I never met anyone who loved music more."

Dewey was still blowing strong at the end. He played his last gig just a week earlier in Manhattan at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square, with his quartet including Frank Kimbrough, John Menegon and Tani Tabaal.

With his “limitless capacity for improvisational invention” (Jazz Times), Dewey Redman was one of the last of the great “Texas Tenors,” but perhaps more than any other, had a sound that defied classification, a style that was free yet melodic, beyond mainstream yet always accessible. It was a sound that, like Dewey himself, endured despite the ever-changing norms of the jazz audience.

“What I reach for first when I play is sound. Technique maybe, but there is technique in sound.” –Dewey Redman

Oct 07 2006 12:06 AM

[url=]RIP Buck[/url]

Taken when the Negro League Museum Traveling Exhibits visited Shea during the season. Did not get to say any words to him though.

Updated: Oct. 6, 2006, 11:32 PM ET
Former Negro Leaguer O'Neil dies
Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Buck O'Neil, baseball's charismatic Negro Leagues ambassador who barnstormed with Satchel Paige and inexplicably fell one vote shy of the Hall of Fame, died Friday night. He was 94.

Bob Kendrick, marketing director for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, said O'Neil died at a Kansas City hospital.

O'Neil had appeared strong until early August, when he was hospitalized for what was described as "fatigue." He was released a few days later but readmitted on Sept. 17. Friends said that he had lost his voice along with his strength. No cause of death was immediately given.

Always projecting warmth, wit and a sunny optimism that sometimes seemed surprising for a man who lived in a climate of racial injustice for so long, O'Neil remained remarkably vigorous well into his 90s. He became as big a star as the Negro League greats whose stories he traveled the country to tell.

He would be in New York taping the "Late Show With David Letterman" one day and then back home on the golf course the next day shooting his age, a feat he first accomplished at 75.

"But it's not a good score any more," he quipped on his 90th birthday.

O'Neil had long been popular in Kansas City, but he rocketed into national stardom in 1994 when filmmaker Ken Burns featured him in his groundbreaking Public Broadcasting Service documentary "Baseball."

The rest of the country then came to appreciate the charming Negro Leagues historian as only baseball insiders had before. He may have been, as he joked, "an overnight sensation at 82," but his popularity continued to grow for the rest of his life.

Few men in any sport have witnessed the grand panoramic sweep of history that O'Neil saw and felt and experienced in baseball. A good-hitting, slick-fielding first baseman, he barnstormed with Paige in his youth, twice won a Negro Leagues batting title and then became a pennant-winning manager of the Kansas City Monarchs.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

Edgy DC
Oct 07 2006 09:09 AM

It's cool to post baseball obits in the baseball section.

Thanks for the baseball, Buck.

Oct 16 2006 09:47 AM

SAN BENITO, Texas - Freddy Fender, the "Bebop Kid" of the Texas-Mexico border who later turned his twangy tenor into the smash country ballad "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," died Saturday. He was 69.

Fender, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in early 2006, died at noon at his Corpus Christi home with his family at his bedside, said Ron Rogers, a family spokesman.

Over the years, he grappled with drug and alcohol abuse, was treated for diabetes and underwent a kidney transplant.

Fender hit it big in 1975 after some regional success, years of struggling — and a stint in prison — when "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" climbed to No. 1 on the pop and country charts.

"Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" rose to No. 1 on the country chart and top 10 on the pop chart that same year, while "Secret Love" and "You'll Lose a Good Thing" also hit No. 1 in the country charts.

Edgy DC
Oct 16 2006 09:54 AM

Pretty cool that he died in Corpus, rather than in Vegas or some Godawful outpost.

Oct 23 2006 09:56 AM

She played Spock's mom, wow that's old

Oct 23 2006 07:41 PM

Poor little Nelson. RIP.

The break-up may have been bitter, but here's Nelson and Pedro at happier times.

Oct 31 2006 11:01 AM

="seawolf17"]RIP, [url=]Red Auerbach[/url].

As a Celtics fan growing up, I loved Red Auerbach. He was one of those guys I always wanted to meet; one of those guys I probably would be been stunned speechless if I ever got the chance to talk to him. I kinda figured he'd be around forever. Even though I don't care much about the NBA these fdays, I'm still nominally a Celtics fan, so this is a day of mourning just as the season is about to tip off.

Wow. CF-Seawolf similarity score rising. A great story about Auerbach:

There's a famous story about Red lighting one up at Legal Seafoods in Boston during the mid-'80s, when a female customer upbraided him, "You can't smoke in here! It says so on the menu!" Red told her to look at the menu again. The menu actually said, "No cigar smoking in here ... except for Red Auerbach." Another "W" for Red. True story.

Oct 31 2006 11:06 AM

On the radio this morning, Mike Lupica told a Red Auerbach story.
Mike's dad was 82 years old and needed a cane to walk, but he refused to get one. Mike mentioned it to Auerbach, who said "Give me your dad's number".
That day, Red called Mike's dad and said "What are you, a schmuck? I use a cane. Get one."
Mike's dad got a cane that same day.


Yancy Street Gang
Oct 31 2006 11:08 AM

Sweet story, but I don't believe a word Lupica says.

Oct 31 2006 11:19 AM

Yancy Street Gang wrote:
Sweet story, but I don't believe a word Lupica says.

I dunno. I can just picture Red saying those exact words.
Can't you?

Mike had known Red from when Mike started out as a reporter in Boston. He said that when he moved to New York, Red called the owner of the Post and told him to treat Mike well. He added that he has been close with Red since that time, and that his dad had spoken to Red a few times before that call.

Some of what Lupica says (writes) is for maximum effect. But I'll give him this one.


Oct 31 2006 11:23 AM


Sweet story, but I don't believe a word Lupica says.

Me neither, Bob Ryan on the FAN yesterday was spouting similar stuff....

his bio say's he started his career in NY the post...

Willets Point
Nov 08 2006 11:19 AM

One of the greatest authors of our time, William Styron, 81. The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie's Choice are must-reads.

Edgy DC
Nov 08 2006 11:23 AM

I confess, I struggled with Confessions.

Ms. Edgy consumed it.

Willets Point
Nov 08 2006 03:50 PM

Just read Sophie's Choice then.

Edgy DC
Nov 08 2006 03:55 PM

The least I could do.

Nov 09 2006 12:31 PM

Ed Bradley, a Sixty Minute Man, and a great one.

Johnny Dickshot
Nov 10 2006 09:56 AM

Wow. Ed spoke at my college graduation.

Edgy DC
Nov 10 2006 10:05 AM

When I watched (haven't in years), it seemed that Ed got a lot of fluff assignments at 60 Minutes --- entertainer profiles like Paul Simon. He made them interesting nonetheless.

He and Harrison Ford were big friends, got their earrings together like 15-year-old girls.

Frayed Knot
Nov 10 2006 10:18 AM

Ed was a big music fan so I think some of the "fluff" might not have been fluff to him. He did Jagger, Dylan, Simon, Lena Horne and others on 60M.
And his piece on the Duke 'rape case' just a week or two ago was quite good.

A bunch of years ago Vin Scelsa had him on his radio show as a guest DeeJay (I forget where Vin was at that time). Can't remember any specific songs at this point - except that Ed was a good friend/big fan of Aaron Neville - but it was obvious that EB knew his stuff and I remember liking the show.

Nov 10 2006 11:43 AM

I haven't been an avid 60 Minutes viewer, well, ever, but the last two times I watched, for the Duke suspects interview, and the tour interview with U2, Bradley was the correspondent. Always thought he did a good job.

Nov 10 2006 12:29 PM

I always thought he got a pass because of his race-- would a white reporter be allowed to sport an earring?

SC= high. I'm channeling Rush Limbaugh.

Nov 10 2006 06:10 PM

Oscar-winning actor Jack Palance dies.

Nov 10 2006 06:22 PM

I remember him from Ripley's Believe it or Not...and his one-armed push-ups on the Oscar stage.

Nov 10 2006 09:28 PM

Nov 10 2006 09:33 PM

I remember him from Ripley's Believe it or Not

Loved that show as a kid, Shane is one fo my fave books and movies ever, I remember my Grandfather reading it when I was a kid and then giving it to me to read....then I remember years later when we got a VCR renting the movie and watching it with him.....he loved American Westerns.

Edgy DC
Nov 10 2006 10:11 PM

Vladimir Ilyich Palaniuk.

Edgy DC
Nov 21 2006 09:47 AM

Former Eagles defensive back Andre Waters goes down in an apparent suicide.

Nov 21 2006 11:56 AM

Robert Altman dies,age 81

Rockin' Doc
Nov 24 2006 09:22 AM

Former Baltimore Orioles 20 game winning All Star pitcher, Pat Dobson.

Nov 24 2006 10:38 AM

Hall of Fame Boxer, Connecticut's own Willie Pep.
Just heard that he died a few hours ago, and I couldn't find an obituary.

The tv news report said Pep was once voted one of the top 5 boxers of the 20th century.


Nov 24 2006 02:36 PM

Betty Comden, who teamed with Adolph Green to bring us some of the most memorable songs ever:


Nov 24 2006 06:58 PM

And the great Anita O'Day. I saw her last was a strange concert. I think she was a little senile...seemed to wander about the stage a bit. And of course she couldn't scat any more. And it all felt kind of exploitive...except that she still had an incredible feeling for the heart of a song.

Dec 15 2006 08:55 AM

A writer's memory of Lamar Hunt.

The article mentions animosity between the new AFL owners and Bears owner George Halas. One of the first exhibition games between AFL and NFL teams was between Hunt's team and the Bears. IIRC the Chiefs beat the Bears by a score of about 66-10. I always wondered if Lamar had given them a pre-game pep talk and told them what Halas had said about the quality of players in the AFL..

My own memory. After the first year of the American Football League, a reporter mentioned to Lamar's father, tycoon H.L. Hunt, that Lamar's team had lost $1 million in its initial season.The father replied, "I guess that means that he can keep doing that for another 179 years".


Yancy Street Gang
Dec 15 2006 09:18 AM

Wow. And I never heard of him.

Shows how NFL-ignorant I really am.

Frayed Knot
Dec 15 2006 10:10 AM

Record Biz giant [url=]Ahmet Ertegun[/url], 83.

Founded Atlantic Records.
Signed Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Led Zepplin ... minor acts like that.

Dec 26 2006 07:18 PM

the godfather of soul stopped me in my tracks everytime i heard one of his diddies.

papa's got a brand new bag, enjoy...

Johnny Dickshot
Jan 15 2007 11:40 PM

I'm sure Brecker did lots of more important stuff (that I never heard) but that solo in "Aja" is impossibly gorgeous.

Johnny Dickshot
Jan 18 2007 02:21 PM

And I didn't know Benny Parsons was sick.

Edgy DC
Jan 18 2007 02:24 PM

I'll admit that I don't remember the last time I read Buchwald and found him to be funny.

Frayed Knot
Jan 19 2007 10:39 PM

[url=]Denny Doherty[/url]

No more Papas left and only one Mama

Johnny Dickshot
Jan 19 2007 11:18 PM

Wrestler Bam Bam Bigelow, 45.

When a pro wrestler survives past 50 it's news. Bigelow apparently had a rough post-wrestling career, battling oxycontin & other painkiller addiction, owing money all over town, man, nearly killing himself and his girl in a drunken Harley wreck, etc.

Willets Point
Jan 25 2007 10:15 AM

Brent Liles former bassist for Social Distortion struck by a truck and killed while riding his bicycle.

Jan 25 2007 11:11 AM

In mine and my brother's case we didn't really have a choice.

Our parents called us both by our middle names from the outset. Why they didn't use those names as our first names I have no idea.

Frayed Knot
Jan 29 2007 09:57 AM

Former NY Ranger goaltender Lorne 'Gump' Worsley died.
To be noted both for reaching the Hockey HoF and for having one of the great names in sports history.

Edgy DC
Jan 29 2007 10:27 AM

Another member for my all-time Lorn/Lorne list.

Jan 29 2007 12:48 PM

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized Monday after complications from his breakdown at the Preakness last May.

"We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain," co-owner Roy Jackson said. "It was the right decision, it was the right thing to do. We said all along if there was a situation where it would become more difficult for him then it would be time."

Roy and Gretchen Jackson were with Barbaro on Monday morning, with the owners making the decision in consultation with chief surgeon Dean Richardson.

It was a series of complications, including laminitis in the left rear hoof and a recent abscess in the right rear hoof, that proved to be too much for the gallant colt, whose breakdown brought an outpouring of support across the country.

Jan 29 2007 06:58 PM

Poor Barbaro :(

Jan 29 2007 10:08 PM

soupcan wrote:
In real life I am a first initial middle name guy.

D. Soup Cann.

My brother too.

D. Tin Cann.

"I am not a crook."

What's your sister called, D. Aluminum Cann?

Anyway, the lady in Connecticut that turned a hundred and something to become the world's oldest person last week, died today. :(

Jan 30 2007 11:11 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sidney Sheldon, who won awards in three careers -- Broadway theater, movies and television -- then at age 50 turned to writing best-selling novels about stalwart women who triumph in a hostile world of ruthless men, has died. He was 89.

Sheldon died Tuesday afternoon of complications from pneumonia at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, said Warren Cowan, his publicist. His wife, Alexandra, and his daughter, author Mary Sheldon, were by his side.

I used to read his stuff a lot when I was younger...

Yancy Street Gang
Jan 31 2007 08:58 AM

I'll always be grateful to him for bringing me Barbara Eden in I Dream of Jeannie.

Jan 31 2007 09:21 AM

Barbaro never got to be a dad....poor fella.

Edgy DC
Jan 31 2007 09:38 AM

Tell me there isn't gallons of Barbaro semen in some breeder's freezer somewhere.

Willets Point
Jan 31 2007 09:44 AM

Edgy DC wrote:
Tell me there isn't gallons of Barbaro semen in some breeder's freezer somewhere.

"Dad, this ice cream tastes funny!"

Jan 31 2007 09:50 AM

I never put two and two together that Jeannie's Sheldon was the author.

Jan 31 2007 10:02 AM

Edgy DC wrote:
Tell me there isn't gallons of Barbaro semen in some breeder's freezer somewhere.

There might well be but The Jockey Club does not allow for that,Barbaro was a Thoroughbred and Jockey Club rules state that any offspring got from artificial insemination or embryo transfer is not a thoroughbred,that can only be got from a "live cover"....people in the trade say he could have erned over $1 million a year.

One of the reasons behind such a rule is that breeders feel that the market would become over-saturated with offspring of popular thoroughbreds and become less valuable.This rule does not cover other horse breeding,like that of standard horses and quater horses.

Infact artificial insemination is safer for the horse than a "live cover".

Jan 31 2007 10:02 AM

Edgy DC wrote:
Tell me there isn't gallons of Barbaro semen in some breeder's freezer somewhere.

And a coupla' hundred pounds of Barbaro in the freezer down at Alpo.


Yancy Street Gang
Jan 31 2007 10:34 AM

metirish wrote:
There might well be but The Jockey Club does not allow for that,Barbaro was a Thoroughbred and Jockey Club rules state that any offspring got from artificial insemination or embryo transfer is not a thoroughbred.

What about grandchildren? If a mare was inseminated with Barbaro's sperm, and had a colt, would that colt's future offspring be eligible for thoroughbredhood?

He'd be one extra generation removed from Barbaro, but I'd think he'd still have quite a bit of value.

Jan 31 2007 10:51 AM

I have no idea,but I would think not,Barbaro's bloodline lives on though,his parents have produced about 1,000 thoroughbreds combined,that's a whole lot of "covering".

Rockin' Doc
Jan 31 2007 01:08 PM

metirish - "...Barbaro's bloodline lives on though,his parents have produced about 1,000 thoroughbreds combined,that's a whole lot of "covering"."

There must be a red light hanging outside his parent's barn. Certainly, Barbaro's mother can't run any more, it must be a small miracle she can walk.

Edgy DC
Jan 31 2007 01:15 PM

I imagine the vast majority of his brothers are half brothers on his daddy's side.

Jan 31 2007 10:22 PM

Molly Ivins, one of the great newspaper columnists, died today. She was a wonderful writer who followed Texas and national politics for years.

Edgy DC
Feb 08 2007 04:05 PM

Anna Nicole Smith, DOA at a Florida hospital, at an age roughtly the same as mine.

Farmer Ted
Feb 08 2007 04:49 PM
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Weird. Just weird. Son dies as she was giving birth in Sept. The baby has an "unknown" father and a legal battle over who the kid is actually fathered by. A gazillion $ estate in limbo from her dead husband who married her at age 89 and died a year later...and that battle reahed the Supreme Court. You can't make this shit up, not even for a soap. Oh, and she once danced on the pole.

Feb 08 2007 05:47 PM

any guesses as to cause of death?

Feb 08 2007 05:54 PM

Edgy DC wrote:
an age roughtly the same as mine.

Cup size, I'm guessing, not so much.