Category Archive: Fallen Heroes

Steven P. Jobs (1955-2011)

I was a Mac geek when being a Mac geek was certainly NOT cool. Before that, I was a computer nerd when being into computers and liking Apple products were even less cool. Now, I’m an enthusiastic Apple user and fan in an age where there are many who love and many who hate the …

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Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010)

Let’s face it. Most rock stars are complete fuck-ups. Whether through drugs or irresponsible behavior or just being so catchpenny as to be largely dismissible, it is all the more astounding that there are music personalities who stay the course, avoid the perils, make a profound impact on the music world, and remain actual human …

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Hitchcock On Tomorrow Show (Fall 1973)

Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 Long thought to be lost or destroyed, a complete recording has been found of one of the few hour-long interviews of Alfred Hitchcock. Originally broadcast as one of the first Tomorrow Shows with Tom Snyder in the Fall of 1973. This …

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The Lord of Coke and Hot Dogs Is DEAD!

Well, it appears that the worst has happened. The mighty Lord of Coke and Hot Dogs, previously rumored to be having a mere makeover, has been completely transmogrified into a lowly shill for antiques! Gone are His emblematic red and white colors, His sturdy cup and His rigid wiener, and even His crown of paper …

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Goodnight, Captain Chaos

Dom DeLuise (1933-2009) As a kid, I had developed a somewhat cohesive list in my head of movies that I really and truly love. Not a list guided by the critics or audience approval or even gauged by the judgment of my peers, but one that is all my own. Lesser people transparently call them …

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Marilyn Chambers (1952-2009)


“From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee… for hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee!” – Khan, quoting from Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” Ricardo Montalbán (1920-2009)

Forrest J. Ackerman (1916-2008)

From the Associated Press: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forrest J Ackerman, the sometime actor, literary agent, magazine editor and full-time bon vivant who discovered author Ray Bradbury and was widely credited with coining the term “sci-fi,” has died. He was 92. Ackerman died Thursday of heart failure at his Los Angeles home, said Kevin Burns, …

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George Carlin (1937-2008)

A publicist for George Carlin says the legendary comedian has died of heart failure at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. Jeff Abraham says Carlin went into St. John’s Health Center on Sunday afternoon, complaining of chest pain. Carlin died at 5:55 p.m. PDT. He was 71. (Story continues here). I’m sitting here, about to …

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