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Old 12-17-2013, 10:09 AM   #1
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The Death Thread!!!!!!

There's already a thread about Peter O'Toole.
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:13 AM   #2
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:26 AM   #3
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Ray Price died? He was one of the greatest country singers of all time, basically pioneering the honky tonk ballad/country shuffle. He was an amazing talent and continued to tour until just a few years ago, well into his 80's. RIP.
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RIP Judith Schafernak, 1941-2013



Judith Schafernak's gardens were featured in national magazines, and she became a master flower show judge, landscape design critic and lecturer on floral design.

Her accomplishments defied the fact she had battled rheumatoid arthritis since she was 2.

"You never would have known that Judy had lived since childhood with a crippling, painful disability," said Judy Cimaglio, a fellow longtime member of the Plum Grove Garden Club. "I have never known someone with the strength, willpower and stamina Judy had."

Over the years, Mrs. Schafernak organized numerous flower shows at McCormick Place in Chicago. In 1977 she won "Best Show" nationwide from the National Council of State Garden Clubs, and she was president of Garden Clubs of Illinois from 1991 to 1993.

"She was brilliant, a multitasker, persistent, persuasive and excelled at every project took on," Cimaglio said. "A lifelong love of flowers and interest in gardening led Judy up the garden path to the presidency of Garden Clubs of Illinois."

Mrs. Schafernak, 72, of Palatine, died Friday, Nov. 29, at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. The cause was complications related to rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disorder that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues and also affects other organs.

"She was very positive, despite the pain she endured, and never lamented her lot in life," said her daughter Daria Hoffman. "As a child she had to take all kinds of medicines, and as she got older she took different drugs that were still in the trial phase. She did whatever was needed to live as normal a life as possible."

Born Judith Theresa Gron, Mrs. Schafernak grew up on Chicago's North Side and graduated from Steinmetz High School. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she met her future husband, Dale. The couple lived in Addison before moving to Palatine in 1972.

In the early 1970s, Mrs. Schafernak and her husband joined the Plum Grove Garden Club in Palatine and began cultivating their own garden. He grew vegetables. She grew flowers and herbs. Together they worked on the landscaping.

"They were a team," Hoffman said. "When one needed assistance, the other was right there to help out."

The couple's award-winning gardens were featured in magazines such as Better Homes & Gardens and Traditional Home, Hoffman said.

"People would marvel at the abundance of her floral garden," she said. "Every corner you'd turn to there'd be something beautiful and different. Her mini roses were just gorgeous."

Mrs. Schafernak spent hours tending to her gardens, and up until a few months ago was still pruning and watering her plants.

"She was outdoors almost every day on her little garden cart making sure there wasn't a single weed anywhere," Hoffman said.

Mrs. Schafernak also is survived by two other daughters, Krina Koenen and Melissa Laurenson; a son, Kristian; seven grandchildren; and four stepgrandchildren.

Services were held.
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Sad loss to gardening! RIP. Thanks for your contribution Mrs. Shaefernak!
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RIP Charles R. Baumgartner

Baumgartner, Charles R. Age 75, of Evanston. Retired employee of IL Bell Telephone. Veteran, U.S. Armed Forces. Beloved son of the late Helmuth and Josephine. Visitation Wednesday, December 18th, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at HABEN Funeral Home & Crematory, 8057 Niles Center Rd., Skokie. Graveside Service and Interment, Thursday, December 19th, at 11:00 a.m., at the family lot. Funeral info: (847)673-6111 or www.habenfuneral.com.
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RIP Kenneth Bartosz

Kenneth A. Bartosz, 74, of Glenview, passed away December 5, 2013. Beloved husband for 56 years of Dianne nee Humel; loving father of Susan (Steve) Schwaegler, Mary (Paul) Luce, Sara Bartosz, Laura (Joseph) Dinelli, Donald (Johnine) Bartosz, Joseph Bartosz, and Karyn (Eric) Froseth; cherished grandfather of 13 and great grandfather of 2; dear brother of the late Bruce Bartosz. Visitation Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 3 to 9 pm at N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home, 1240 Waukegan Rd., Glenview (just south Lake Ave. west side). Funeral mass Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1775 Grove St., Glenview. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sr. Paulanne's Needy Family Fund, 1775 Grove St., Glenview, IL 60025.Funeral information 847-998-1020 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chi....EPeN8FOi.dpuf
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ugh, Bartosz is gone??
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I know, right? WTF???
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That's the band director who's funeral I went to last week. Arguably did more for the world than anyone else listed in the thread thus far.
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That's the band director who's funeral I went to last week. Arguably did more for the world than anyone else listed in the thread thus far.
Then I share in your loss!

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Horace Silver is special to me because when I was getting fed up with studying jazz, an instructor finally brought out some Horace Silver. His stuff was so much fun to play.



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Horace Silver brought groove, funk and Latin flair to jazz. He made it feel good.
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:24 AM   #14
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Pick up a Real Book, and about 1/4th of the tunes were either written by Horace Silver, or are based on his renditions!
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Good to finally see one megathread for all of this. RIP, everyone!
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NPR is reporting Horace is still alive.

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And the jazz publication that reported it, pulled the article.
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:57 AM   #19
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Ray Price. RIP

My band opened up for him for three different shows. Great band. At one time, GREAT singer. He always had three violins and one viola onstage when I saw him.

You guys who like "old" country, make sure you pay attention to several of his songs.
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RIP Ronnie Biggs

And by 'RIP' I really mean 'Good Fucking Riddance'.

I can't for the life of me understand why some people seem to glorify violent criminals like him. It's not like he was Robin Hood - he stole from the country to give to himself. Self-serving scumbag.
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And Abe Vigoda is still alive!
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RIP AL Goldstein

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Al Goldstein, the scabrous publisher whose Screw magazine pushed hard-core pornography into the cultural mainstream, died on Thursday at a nursing home in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. He was 77.

The cause was believed to be renal failure, his lawyer, Charles C. DeStefano, said.

Mr. Goldstein did not invent the dirty magazine, but he was the first to present it to a wide audience without the slightest pretense of classiness or subtlety. Sex as depicted in Screw was seldom pretty, romantic or even particularly sexy. It was, primarily, a business, with consumers and suppliers like any other.

The manifesto in Screw’s debut issue in 1968 was succinct. “We promise never to ink out a pubic hair or chalk out an organ,” it read. “We will apologize for nothing. We will uncover the entire world of sex. We will be the Consumer Reports of sex.”

Mr. Goldstein, who lived to shock and offend and was arrested more than a dozen times on obscenity charges, stuck around long enough for social mores and technology to overtake him. By the time his company went bankrupt in 2003, he was a no longer a force in the $10-billion-a-year industry he pioneered. But for better or worse, his influence was undeniable.

“He clearly coarsened American sensibilities,” Alan M. Dershowitz, the civil liberties advocate and Mr. Goldstein’s sometime lawyer, said in 2004.

“Hefner did it with taste,” Mr. Dershowitz added, referring to Hugh Hefner, the founder and publisher of Playboy, which predated Screw by 15 years. “Goldstein’s contribution is to be utterly tasteless.”

Apart from Screw, Mr. Goldstein’s most notorious creation was Al Goldstein himself, a cartoonishly vituperative amalgam of borscht belt comic, free-range social critic and sex-obsessed loser who seemed to embody a moment in New York City’s cultural history: the sleaze and decay of Times Square in the 1960s and ‘70s.

A bundle of insatiable neuroses and appetites (he once weighed around 350 pounds), Mr. Goldstein used and abused the bully pulpit of his magazine and, later, his late-night public-access cable show, “Midnight Blue,” to curse his countless enemies, among them the Nixon administration, an Italian restaurant that omitted garlic from its spaghetti sauce, himself and, most troubling to his defenders, his own family.

“I’m infantile, compulsive, always acting out my fantasies,” he told Playboy in 1974. “There’s nothing I’ll inhibit myself from doing.”

Alvin Goldstein was born on Jan. 10, 1936, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, one of two sons of Sam and Gertrude Goldstein. His father was a news photographer.

Mr. Goldstein spent much of his childhood stuttering, wetting the bed, getting beaten up by bullies and amassing the portfolio of grudges that would fuel his passions. A lifelong habitué of psychoanalysts’ couches, he blamed a meek father and an adulterous, insensitive mother for his complexes.

Before he found his calling, Mr. Goldstein served in the Army, captained the debate team at Pace College and briefly followed his father’s footsteps into photojournalism, shooting Jacqueline Kennedy on a 1962 state trip to Pakistan and spending several days in a Cuban prison for taking unauthorized photos of Fidel Castro’s brother, Raúl. He married miserably, sold insurance successfully by day and sought solace in pornographic movie houses and brothels by night.

After his marriage failed, Mr. Goldstein drifted. According to Gay Talese’s book “Thy Neighbor’s Wife,” Mr. Goldstein ran a dime-pitch concession at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair; sold rugs, encyclopedias and his own blood; drove a cab; and landed a job as an industrial spy, infiltrating a labor union. That experience so appalled him that he wrote an exposé about it for The New York Free Press, a radical weekly.

The article did not make the splash Mr. Goldstein was hoping for, but he became friends with one of The Press’s editors, Jim Buckley, and persuaded him that there was money to be made covering the growing commercial sex scene, which the establishment press mentioned only to vilify.

Investing $175 apiece, the two men published the first issue of Screw in November 1968: a 12-page Baedeker to the underworld featuring blue-movie reviews, nude photos, a guide to dirty bookstores and a field test by Mr. Goldstein of an artificial vagina.

Although they had difficulty finding a willing distributor for a tabloid whose first cover featured a photograph of a bikini-clad brunette stroking a large kosher salami, Screw’s circulation soon reached 100,000 — or so Mr. Goldstein claimed (it was never audited) — and the magazine stepped up its ambitions.
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As quasi-legal, discreetly misnamed “massage parlors” multiplied across the city in the early 1970s, Mr. Goldstein assigned himself to visit and rate each one. He claimed that his early, enthusiastic review of the movie “Deep Throat” helped turn it into hard-core pornography’s first bona fide mainstream hit.

An issue in the 1970s with frontally nude photos of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sold more than a half-million copies, Mr. Goldstein said — a fraction of the seven million Playboy sold in those days, but enough to raise Mr. Goldstein’s profile considerably.

With renown came obscenity arrests and lawsuits, which Mr. Goldstein in turn milked for maximum publicity. (He also wrote countless scathing editorials accusing his accusers of hypocrisy, often accompanied by crude photo collages showing them engaged in humiliating sex acts.) Mr. Goldstein, claiming First Amendment protection, beat most of the charges, occasionally paying nominal fines.

In 1973, though, a United States Supreme Court decision made it easier to prosecute pornographers. Before then, one legal test for obscenity was whether a publication was “utterly without redeeming social value.” The 1973 decision broadened the definition to include material that lacked “serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value,” and it empowered communities to set local standards for whether such material was obscene.

This led federal prosecutors to direct some postmasters in Kansas to order copies of Screw. Upon delivery, Mr. Goldstein was charged with 12 obscenity and conspiracy counts and faced up to 60 years in prison.

His lawyers argued that the anticensorship diatribes in Screw made the magazine sufficiently political, though Mr. Goldstein himself ridiculed this defense, insisting that a reader’s erection “is its own redeeming value.” After three years and two trials his conviction in the first was overturned, and the second ended in a hung jury. Mr. Goldstein’s company, Milky Way Productions, paid a $30,000 fine in return for the dropping of personal charges against him and Mr. Buckley.

Mr. Goldstein also won a copyright suit filed by the Pillsbury Company after Screw depicted its signature doughboy in flagrante, and an invasion-of-privacy suit filed by an actress in a cracker commercial that Mr. Goldstein repurposed for “Midnight Blue.”

Screw made Mr. Goldstein rich enough to afford a townhouse down the block from Bill Cosby on the Upper West Side. But as time went on and hard-core pornography became widely available, the magazine seemed less and less radical, and he began losing interest.

“There is a pattern to American life that what is avant-garde becomes commonplace,” Mr. Goldstein said in 1981. “The mass market eventually assimilates that which is innovative or revolutionary.”

Mr. Goldstein began a dozen other magazines, with titles like Death, Smut, Cigar and Mobster Times, all of which failed. He bought a mansion in Pompano Beach, Fla., where he made an abortive run for county sheriff in 1992.

Gradually, Mr. Goldstein’s empire declined. The Village Voice and other newspapers, many of them free, siphoned off the ads for escort services that were Screw’s mainstay. Mr. Goldstein failed to stake out strong positions in the booming sectors of video and Internet pornography.

Meanwhile, his vendettas came to seem more petty and personal. He was convicted in 2002 of harassing a former secretary in the pages of Screw, though that conviction, too, was overturned. After his son, Jordan, disinvited him to his graduation from Harvard Law School, Mr. Goldstein published doctored photos showing Jordan having sex with various men and with his own mother, Mr. Goldstein’s third ex-wife, Gena.

Mr. Goldstein eventually married five times. His survivors include his son. Mr. Goldstein was long estranged from his fifth wife, Christine.

In quick succession starting in 2003, Mr. Goldstein lost his company, his Florida mansion and a series of subsistence jobs in New York, including one as a greeter at the Second Avenue Deli. In 2004, while living in a homeless shelter, he was arrested and charged with stealing books from a Barnes & Noble store.

His long decline found him bouncing from his in-laws’ floor in Queens to Veterans Affairs hospitals to a cramped apartment in Staten Island paid for by his friend, the magician Penn Jillette, to the Brooklyn nursing home where he spent most of his final years.

There were some late bright spots, though. He was briefly a star catering salesman for a Manhattan bagel store. He blogged for Booble, a website devoted to the pornography business.

And at age 69, he was nominated for best supporting actor at the Adult Video News Awards for his age-defying role in “Al Goldstein & Ron Jeremy Get Screwed.”

“Only in America,” Mr. Goldstein said.
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Actors/actresses lost in 2013

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