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Old 12-27-2012, 11:03 PM   #301
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One of Henry Fonda's 12 Angry Men: Jack Klugman...


You might catch "A Game of Pool" this New Years Eve, a Top 10 Twilight Zone he co starred with Jonathan Winters.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:27 AM   #302
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Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf (August 22, 1934 – December 27, 2012) was a United States Army general who, while he served as Commander of U.S Central Command, was commander of coalition forces in the Gulf War.

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Old 12-29-2012, 02:38 AM   #303
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Harry Carey Jr. of John Ford films...

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Dim day in CA

Huell Howser, who was 67, was a beloved TV personality who explored and showcased California's history, traditions and communities. He had several California-centric shows throughout his decades-long career, but is best known for "California's Gold," produced at KCET studios in Los Angeles, Calif.

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Old 01-08-2013, 11:53 AM   #305
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One of Henry Fonda's 12 Angry Men: Jack Klugman...

Not just one of them, the last of them.

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Here's a nice excerpt from Harry Carey Jr.'s memoir, on Glenn Kenny's blog.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:32 PM   #306
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Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf (August 22, 1934 – December 27, 2012) was a United States Army general who, while he served as Commander of U.S Central Command, was commander of coalition forces in the Gulf War.


I had the honor of getting to know Norman very well from 1999 to 2005. He and his wife are amazing. It is a little know fact that Norman spent a big part of his military life and all his life after devoted to raising the standard of living for military service members. He had a hell of a sense of humor and hated to lose anything, especailly poker!
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:22 AM   #307
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Reg Presley of The Troggs

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21332048

Band is most famous for the song "Wild Thing" and others but I always especially enjoyed this number from them...

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Old 02-06-2013, 10:54 AM   #308
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R.I.P. Reg Presley. My favourite tune from The Troggs has always been "I Can't Control Myself".



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Three weeks ago (Jan. 14) was the death of Conrad Bain who played Mr. Drummond on the immensely popular TV show, "Diff'rent Strokes". He was from Lethbridge, Alberta and in the Canadian army during WW2.

The lyrics to the "Diff'rent Strokes" theme sum up my attitude towards the various disagreements here at The Raven (and life in general). Listen to the song!

Now, the world don't move to the beat of just one drum.
What might be right for you, may not be right for some.
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Everybody's got a special kind of story. Everybody finds a way to shine.
It don't matter that you got not a lot. So what?
They'll have theirs, you'll have yours and I'll have mine!
AND TOGETHER WE'LL BE FINE!


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Old 02-08-2013, 06:20 PM   #309
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Stuart Freeborn

The man who made Yoda.






http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/08/mo...t-98.html?_r=0
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:10 PM   #310
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President Hugo Chavez

This is a biggie, historically speaking:

President Hugo Chavez 58

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro, surrounded by other government officials, announced the death in a national television broadcast. He said Chavez died at 4:25 p.m. local time....

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If the news about Peyton is true RIP Broncos chances of winning a Super Bowel this year....
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:42 AM   #312
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...winning a Super Bowel this year....

They have medication for that. Though, I don't think it's something anybody wants to 'win'.

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This is a biggie, historically speaking:

Yeah, it is. I was stunned. How will The Undertaker come back now?



WWE's Paul Bearer Dead at 58.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:13 AM   #313
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Yeah, it is. I was stunned. How will The Undertaker come back.

We've known WWE to have pulled some great Kayfabe's but this taking it too far.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:49 PM   #314
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Stompin' Tom Connors passed away today at age 77:
http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/...t-77-1.1185264

Classic Canadian song:
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:24 PM   #315
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Stompin' Tom Connors passed away today at age 77:
http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/...t-77-1.1185264

Classic Canadian song:
Yeah, Stompin' Tom was a bona-fide Canadian legend. R.I.P., Tom and the Good ol' Hockey Game.

However...the same day he died, Alvin Lee also died. A British guy well versed in American R&B music.

If you like good, LIVE music...watch all 11 minutes of Alvin Lee at Woodstock:

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Old 03-23-2013, 04:29 PM   #316
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Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe dies, aged 82

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Nigerian author recognised for key role in developing African literature has died in Boston, where he was working as a professor

Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian novelist seen by millions as the father of African literature, has died at the age of 82.

African papers were reporting his death following an illness and hospital stay in Boston this morning, and both his agent and his publisher later confirmed the news to the Guardian.

Simon Winder, publishing director at Penguin, called him an "utterly remarkable man".

"Chinua Achebe is the greatest of African writers and we are all desolate to hear of his death," he said.

In a statement, Achebe's family requested privacy, and paid tribute to "one of the great literary voices of all time. He was also a beloved husband, father, uncle and grandfather, whose wisdom and courage are an inspiration to all who knew him."

A novelist, poet and essayist, Achebe was perhaps best known for his first novel Things Fall Apart, which was published in 1958. The story of the Igbo warrior Okonkwo and the colonial era, it has sold more than 10m copies around the world and has been published in 50 languages. Achebe depicts an Igbo village as the white men arrive at the end of the 19th century, taking its title from the WB Yeats poem, which continues: "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."

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Old 03-24-2013, 09:21 AM   #317
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Joe Weider

As a scrawny teen, I admit to spending a decent chunk of change on Joe Weider weight-gainer, and studying his approved weight lifting techniques. I never ended up looking like like Arnie, but he put a dream within my grasp, and within the reach of many others.

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Weider popularized bodybuilding worldwide, creating a multimillion-dollar empire of magazines such as Muscle & Fitness, Men's Fitness and Shape, and discovered Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Joe Weider, a Los Angeles-based bodybuilding pioneer who created a multimillion-dollar fitness publishing empire and mentored a young Arnold Schwarzenegger from the time the future actor and California governor was a struggling unknown, died Saturday, a family spokeswoman said. He was 93.

Weider, who discovered a teenage Schwarzenegger at a bodybuilding contest in Europe and sponsored the young Austrian's move to the U.S., died of heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital, said Charlotte Parker, his longtime publicist.

A masterful marketer, entrepreneur and promoter with a rags-to-riches — and scrawny-to-brawny — story of his own, Weider had a faith in the power of bodybuilding that he compared to a religious fervor. He popularized the sport worldwide, riding the health and fitness wave with such publications as Muscle & Fitness, Flex, Men's Fitness and Shape, which was for women.

"When you push yourself to the limit in the gym, you begin to get feelings of vigor and power and self-esteem," he told a visitor in 1989, as quoted in the New York Times. "Body builders don't walk on their powerful legs — they float. They actually feel a little sorry for the average person, struggling to feel worthwhile, wasting his vitality, watching his body deteriorate."

On Saturday, Schwarzenegger mourned the loss of a man he called a father figure.

Weider "was the godfather of fitness who told all of us to 'Be Somebody with a Body," the former governor said in a statement. "He taught us that through hard work and training we could all be champions."

Joseph Weider was born Nov. 29, 1919, in a tough section of Montreal, where his parents struggled to make a living. His father worked as a pants presser in a factory, and at age 12, Weider left school to work, first as a grocery delivery boy and later as a short-order cook.

To keep from being threatened by neighborhood toughs, Weider made his first barbells out of scrap metal and began lifting weights. He became obsessed with muscle-building and at 17, over the objections of his mother, started his first magazine, a newsletter he printed on a mimeograph machine.

He soon convinced a major magazine distributor to put the publication, Your Physique, on newsstands and sales took off. In 1946, he and his younger brother Ben hosted the first Mr. Canada contest and formed the International Federation of Bodybuilders the same night.

In 1965, Weider created one of bodybuilding's premiere events, the Mr. Olympia competition, later adding other contests that drew weightlifters from around the world.

In 1972, recognizing that the sport needed a charismatic star, he paid for Schwarzenegger's move to California, setting him up in a Santa Monica apartment, paying him a weekly $100 stipend and splashing his victories across the covers of his magazines.

Weider, who taught Schwarzenegger about business, also helped him land his first movie role in the 1969 film "Hercules in New York," by telling producers the Austrian weightlifter was a German Shakespearean actor — "even though I barely spoke English," the former governor said in his statement.

Other young bodybuilders Weider mentored and promoted included Lou Ferrigno, then an unknown from New York, who went on to stardom as television's "The Incredible Hulk." In 1976, Ferrigno moved west at Weider's request to train for the Mr. Olympia contest, but said Weider encouraged him to audition for the television show.

"I knew … that sooner or later people would recognize that the human body is the highest form of art," Weider told The Times in 1989. "We were building champions, we were beginning to run shows all over. Arnold came on the scene; Lou Ferrigno came on the scene. These guys were bigger than life.... Bit by bit, it began to catch on."

While he had staunch supporters, he also had critics, who complained about his outsized ego and bruising business style. Weider at times called himself the Jesus Christ, the Gandhi and the Karl Marx of his field.

At its height, Weider's muscle magazine included 16 publications, with a combined circulation of 4 million copies a month. In 2003, he sold the magazines to American Media Inc. for $357 million.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Weider, who for many years wrote a fitness column for one of his publications.

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Old 03-25-2013, 04:31 PM   #318
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Weider Brothers

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As a scrawny teen, I admit to spending a decent chunk of change on Joe Weider weight-gainer, and studying his approved weight lifting techniques. I never ended up looking like like Arnie, but he put a dream within my grasp, and within the reach of many others.
Ah, the Weider brothers. Two Jewish guys (of Polish descent) from Montreal who have now both passed away. Joe outlived his younger brother, Ben.

In my own family, my older brother was the muscle guy and he had lots of Weider products in his body-building days. Later on, I grew to admire Ben Weider after learning that he was also one of the world's experts on Napoleon and had the largest, private collection of Napoleonic 'artifacts'. So both Weiders each had an impact on mine & my brother's interests.

Ben died in 2008. Shortly before his death, he donated his entire Napoleonic collection to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and it's on permanent display.
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Some excerpts from their autobiography, "Brothers of Iron: Building the Weider Empire" (2006) by Joe and Ben Weider.

Ben Weider:
"I was born on February 1, 1923, a day when the temperature went from minus 11 Fahrenheit to plus 23, not bad for winter in Montreal. I love the cold here, as I love most everything about Canada and my city. For all the millions of air miles I've logged, I also stayed very close to home. It might take 45 minutes to walk from my office in the Weider Building on Bates Road to our old house at 4466 Colonial Avenue, which is only about five miles from where I live today. Every so often I drive through the old neighborhood, full of struggling blue-collar immigrants when I knew it and now called The Plateau and quite fashionable among young people in arts and entertainment. But I can blink away the years and see the past. I can see it wherever I am, actually, and every day something takes me back for a moment or two.

That said, there's no need to go into detail about my boyhood. If you read the story of Joe's early years, you have pretty much read mine. The major difference is that we were different kids...When Joe was 10 years old he had the brains and temperament of a 20-year-old, and a serious 20-year-old at that...Joe could have used some of my 'joie de vivre'. He also could have used my ability to speak the French language, which he never really picked up. Even as a boy I spoke so well that the other kids called me Frenchy, a nickname that stuck for years. Later, my ability to converse like a true French Canadian opened some important doors for Joe and me."


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As Ben wrote, the neighbourhood isn't "struggling" anymore and has become a trendy/hip place to live. One of my best friends had a nice condo just a few doors down & across the street from the location of the old, Weider home on Colonial Avenue (now called, Avenue Coloniale) so I've walked by it HUNDREDS of times without even realizing it because the building is NOT a known, "heritage site" (and I doubt the real estate agents nor people living there even know about it's significance either)! My brother & I found it thanks to the Weiders' autobiograpy in 2006 and were amazed that their home was just up the street from my friend's place. The building has obviously been renovated/re-faced since the '20s & '30s but it was never demolished like so many others in that section of the neighbourhood. The garage where Joe built his first set of barbells faces the back alley behind the building.

Here's the re-faced front (courtesy of GoogleMaps):



The original, Weider/IFBB building still operates today on Chemin Bates (formerly Bates Road) in Montreal:



Not only were the Weider brothers successful on their own, they were very instrumental in catapulting the career of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

R.I.P. Joe & Ben, who've both gone to The Great Barbell Bench in the sky.

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Two RIPs today

RIP Ralph Klein, former Alberta premier and Mayor of Calgary during the Calgary 88 Winter Olympics:
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/former-...dies-1.1216518

and secondly,

RIP Richard Griffiths, Harry Potter's Uncle Vernon:
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/richard-griffit...t-65-1.1216087

They referred to our ex premier as King Ralph, but Richard got to play the king in Pirates of the Caribbean 4.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:49 PM   #320
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Roger Ebert has just died. Two thumbs down...
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:18 PM   #321
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Roger Ebert has just died. Two thumbs down...
Aw, man, that's a crusher. May he & Gene Siskel debate in Heaven for all eternity...

(I'm flying back home tomorrow so this has inspired me to dig out my audio-cassette-tape recording of Siskel & Ebert's 1981 "Sneak Previews" (as their show was called back then) review of "Raiders of the Lost Ark".)
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Roger, you'll never be forgotten, least of all by this humble aspiring critic. Two Thumbs Up to you and your legacy.

*sniff*
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RIP Margaret Thatcher:
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/08/wo...html?hpt=hp_t1

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Man they are dropping like flies!

Today at 70 Annette Funicello passed, dang
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I remember "Annette" from the 1950's Mickey Mouse Club television show.

She was Walt Disney's first big star.

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