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  1. What's new in this club
  2. I love the show Cheyenne. He was in a ton of stuff. Especially loved him in the comedy, "Send Me No Flowers."
  3. actually he died 21 May 2018 , 9 days short of his 91st Bday . RIP and thanks for the memories . his best known role of Cheyenne is still shown in reruns on several cable channels . forgot he was one of the all-stars in 'The Dirty Dozen ' in 1967 .
  4. This is how I remember Clint...so yummy.
  5. (For me this is very sad. Clint was my favorite male actor growing up. Actually, I was madly in love with him, a " 6-foot-6 ruggedly handsome" hunk. Got to see him once and thought I was going to faint. Memories of young love I will cherish.) Clint Walker, Star Of TV's 'Cheyenne,' Dies At Age 91 Entertainment 13 Hours AgoThe Associated Press — By ANDREW DALTON - AP Entertainment Writer (AP Photo/Harold P. Matosian, File) FILE - In this June 20, 1963 file photo, actor Clint Walker and his wife arrive for the premiere of "Cleopatra" in Los Angeles. Walker, who played the title character in the early TV western “Cheyenne,” died Monday, May 21, 2018, of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Grass Valley, Calif. He was 91. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clint Walker, the towering, strapping actor who handed down justice as the title character in the early TV western "Cheyenne," has died, his daughter said Tuesday. Walker died Monday of congestive heart failure at a hospital in his longtime home of Grass Valley, California at age 91, his daughter, Valerie Walker, told The Associated Press. "He was a warrior, he was fighting to the end," said Valerie Walker, a retired commercial pilot who was among the first women to fly for a major airline. Clint Walker, whose film credits included "The Ten Commandments" and "The Dirty Dozen," wandered the West after the Civil War as the solitary adventurer Cheyenne Bodie in "Cheyenne," which ran for seven seasons on ABC starting in 1955. Born Norman Eugene Walker in Hartford, Illinois, he later changed his name in both public and private life to the more cowboyish Clint. He worked on Great Lakes cargo ships and Mississippi river boats and in Texas oil fields before becoming an armed security guard at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. There, many Hollywood stars, including actor Van Johnson, saw the 6-foot-6, ruggedly handsome Walker and encouraged him to give the movies a try, which Walker said he did after realizing the money would be better and the bullets would be fake. He soon found himself under consideration for his first role in "The Ten Commandments," starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner. He had a meeting with the film's legendary director Cecil B. DeMille, but was late after stopping to help a woman change a tire and feared he'd blown his shot. "He just exuded power," Walker said of DeMille in a 2012 interview for the archive of the television academy. "He looked me up and down and said, 'You're late young man.'" "I thought 'oh no, my career is over before it even started.'" Walker explained why he was late and said Demille responded "Yes, I know all about it, that was my secretary." Walker was cast as the captain of the pharaoh's guard in the movie that came out in 1956. He beat out several big names for the role of "Cheyenne," but speculated that it was because he was already under contract for much cheaper than the other actors would demand to Warner Bros., which produced the show. Based roughly on a 1947 movie, "Cheyenne" began as an hour-long program that originally was alternated with two other Westerns. The only one of the three programs to survive, it made Walker a star, although a restless one. He abandoned the role in 1958 in a contract dispute, and Ty Hardin was brought in briefly to replace him. He soon returned under better terms, and remained through the show's seven-season run. Walker's most memorable big-screen appearance came in 1967's "The Dirty Dozen," whose all-star cast included Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Charles Bronson. In it, Marvin baits the much-larger Walker into attacking him then throws him to the ground in a training demonstration to his World War II crew. He appeared in many other movies including the westerns "Fort Dobbs," ''Yellowstone Kelly" and "Gold of the Seven Saints" and in the Doris Day and Rock Hudson film "Send Me No Flowers" in 1964. He most recently lent his voice to 1998's "Small Soldiers." Walker nearly died in 1971 when a ski pole pierced his heart in California's Sierra Nevada. "They rushed me to a hospital where two doctors pronounced me dead," he recalled in 1987. "No pulse, no heartbeat; I was clinically dead." A third doctor detected life, and an operation saved him. He would fully recover, and go on to live another 47 years. In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 30 years Susan Cavallari Walker. ___ This story has been corrected to show that Walker did not work as a sheriff's deputy. http://start.att.net/news/read/article/the_associated_press-clint_walker_star_of_tvs_cheyenne_dies_at_age_91-ap/category/entertainment
  6. In John 4:24 KJV , the Bible tells us that "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." With all my experiences with the spirit realm, I am in agreement. I believe the only true freedom is in our spirits. The flesh remains behind when we cross over into the spirit realm, where Creator God (The Great Spirit) resides.
  7. Disabled people worldwide are taking offense at what we non visibly disabled and non disabled people say when we refer to him as "free now" . I had the same thought as many, that if there is an "after", then he is free from that body and that chair... but the disabled in chairs etc.. say it is a lessening of their worth to say they are free only when they die. Some were very angry. I don't know what Mr Hawking would prefer we say, or even if he believed in any kind of afterlife, but perhaps the people who are upset have a point. They say his chair WAS his freedom on this earth, as was his mind.... and to think that the only freedom for him came after death was to de-value his life here... though that was never my or anyone's intent. I might have, inadvertently sent a message which I had not intended but had wrongly thought through good intent. I am very sorry about that. I didn't know Mr Hawking, or even really know much of his work, but I do know, he was genius on a level which few achieve. I liked that his sense of humor was sharp, and any time he was written into a big Bang Theory episode I knew it would be good! I also know, he said we needed to stop trying to contact alien life, because if we found it, it would be to us like we are to ants or flies. Not good.
  8. a great loss for us and the world but freedom and peace for him ! RIP
  9. 'Remember To Look Up At The Stars.' Read Some Of Stephen Hawking's Most Memorable Quotes http://start.att.net/news/read/article/time-remember_to_look_up_at_the_stars_read_some_of_step-rtime/category/news Stephen Hawking quotes with images ~ https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=s1GpWsz_HKiM0gKJ6bmoAQ&q=Stephen+Hawking+quotes&oq=Stephen+Hawking+quotes&gs_l=psy-ab.3...878.89421.0.90051.
  10. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) FILE - In this March 6, 2017 file photo, Britain's Professor Stephen Hawking delivers a keynote speech as he receives the Honorary Freedom of the City of London during a ceremony at the Guildhall in the City of London. Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, has died, a family spokesman said early Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
  11. yes , it is very sad news . hope he can continue to write amazing songs . I too was lucky to see him perform back in the early 80s [I think ]
  12. (This is so sad, and thankful that I got to see him perform twice. ) Neil Diamond Reveals Parkinson's, Ends Touring News 22 Hours AgoAFP Neil Diamond dropped out of college to write songs and went on to become one of the best-selling singers of all time New York (AFP) - Neil Diamond, one of the best-selling singers of all time, announced Monday he was immediately retiring from touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Following his doctor's advice, the Brooklyn native who turns 77 on Wednesday scrapped Australia and New Zealand stops scheduled for March as part of a global tour to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a recording artist. However, Diamond said in a statement that he plans to "remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come." "It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years," the singer said, apologizing to his fans who had been anticipating the upcoming shows. In a nod to his signature song "Sweet Caroline," Diamond thanked his loyal fans, saying: "This ride has been 'so good, so good, so good' thanks to you." Diamond, who dropped out of New York University to start a career writing songs for stars such as The Monkees, found fame on his own by the late 1960s after emerging from the folk scene. As tastes shifted to louder and more provocative rock, Diamond won a fan base by going into softer fare that harked back to classic pop. The old-style crooner packed concerts with hits including "Sweet Caroline," "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" and "Cracklin' Rosie." An inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Diamond will be honored again on Sunday with a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys. Diamond recently appeared to be healthy, albeit frigid, as he appeared in a stocking cap on New Year's Eve in New York's Times Square to lead the packed crowd in a singalong of "Sweet Caroline." In a 2014 interview with AFP, Diamond said he tried not to be influenced by whatever was popular on the radio -- and that he could not imagine ever retiring. "I think it would be horrid for me, stopping would be very difficult," Diamond said. "It's part of who I am." Diamond had already performed 55 shows on his 50th anniversary tour, filling arenas across North America and Europe. Parkinson's disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects the body's motor system, often causing shaking and other difficulties in movement. The disease, which mostly commonly affects older people, is not fatal in itself but can become debilitating.
  13. Walkabout

    Legend Fats Domino Dies at 89

    yes it is sad , another piece of our childhood / teen years gone . to be honest though , I thought he had died few years ago. must have been a fake story like Betty White who has been reported dead more times than I can count . RIP and thanks for great memories !
  14. (I am proud to say that I had the thrill of meeting Fats in Las Vegas many years ago. After growing up listening to his music, it was a thrill.) FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2013 file photo, legendary musician Fats Domino is named "Honorary Grand Marshall" of the Krewe of Orpheus, the star-studded Carnival club that traditionally parades the night before Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Domino, the amiable rock 'n' roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music even as it honored the grand, good-humored tradition of the Crescent City, has died. He was 89. Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, coroner's office, said Domino died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Doug Parker, File) NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fats Domino, the amiable rock 'n' roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, has died. He was 89. Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, coroner's office, said Domino died of natural causes early Tuesday. In appearance, he was no matinee idol. He stood 5-feet-5 and weighed more than 200 pounds, with a wide, boyish smile and a haircut as flat as an album cover. But Domino sold more than 110 million records, with hits including "Blueberry Hill," ''Ain't That a Shame" — originally titled "Ain't It A Shame"— and other standards of rock 'n' roll. He was one of the first 10 honorees named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rolling Stone Record Guide likened him to Benjamin Franklin, the beloved old man of a revolutionary movement. "We've lowered the flag and we're playing his music all day," said Greg Harris, CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "Fats is the godfather of rock and roll," Harris said. "On behalf of the people of New Orleans, I am eternally grateful for his life and legacy," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a news release Wednesday morning. "Fats Domino added to New Orleans' standing in the world, and what people know and appreciate about New Orleans." "I can't wrap my arms around him being gone," said Quint Davis, producer of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and a decades-long friend of Domino. He said only two people from New Orleans have changed the music of the world: jazz legend Louis Armstrong and Fats Domino. Little Richard, another founding father of rock 'n' roll, said in a phone interview, "He was one of my greatest inspirations. God was tops — but earthly, Fats was it ... "He could play jazz. He could play anything," he said. "He was one of the greatest entertainers that I've ever known." Domino's dynamic performance style and warm vocals drew crowds for five decades. One of his show-stopping stunts was playing the piano while standing, throwing his body against it with the beat of the music and bumping the grand piano across the stage. His 1956 version of "Blueberry Hill" was selected for the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry of historic sound recordings worthy of preservation. Domino became a global star but stayed true to his hometown, where his fate was initially unknown after Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005. It turned out that he and his family were rescued by boat from his home, where he lost three pianos and dozens of gold and platinum records, along with other memorabilia. Many wondered if he would ever return to the stage. But in May 2007, he was back, performing at Tipitina's music club in New Orleans. Fans cheered — and some cried — as Domino played "I'm Walkin'," ''Ain't That a Shame," ''Shake, Rattle and Roll," ''Blueberry Hill" and a host of other hits. That performance was a highlight during several rough years. After losing their home and almost all their belongings to the floods, his wife of more than 50 years, Rosemary, died in April 2008. Domino moved to the New Orleans suburb of Harvey after the storm but often visited his publishing house, an extension of his old home in the Lower 9th Ward, inspiring many with his determination to stay in the city he loved. "Fats embodies everything good about New Orleans," his friend David Lind said in a 2008 interview. "He's warm, fun-loving, spiritual, creative and humble. You don't get more New Orleans than that." The son of a violin player, Antoine Domino Jr. was born Feb. 26, 1928, one of nine children. As a youth, he taught himself popular piano styles — ragtime, blues and boogie-woogie. He quit school at age 14, and worked days in a factory while playing and singing in local juke joints at night. In 1949, Domino was playing at the Hideaway Club for $3 a week when he was signed by Imperial record company. He recorded his first song, "The Fat Man," in the back of a tiny French Quarter recording studio. "They call me the Fat Man, because I weigh 200 pounds," he sang. "All the girls, they love me, 'cause I know my way around." In 1955, he broke into the white pop charts with "Ain't it a Shame," covered blandly by Pat Boone as "Ain't That a Shame" and rocked out decades later under that title by Cheap Trick and others. Domino enjoyed a parade of successes through the early 1960s, including "Be My Guest" and "I'm Ready." Another hit, "I'm Walkin,'" became the debut single for Ricky Nelson. Domino appeared in the rock 'n' roll film "The Girl Can't Help It" and was among the first black performers featured in popular music shows, starring with Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers. He also helped bridge rock 'n' roll and other styles — even country/western, recording Hank Williams' "Jambalaya" and Bobby Charles' "Walkin' to New Orleans." Like many of his peers, Domino's popularity tapered off in the 1960s as British and psychedelic rock held sway. "I refused to change," he told Ebony magazine. "I had to stick to my own style that I've always used or it just wouldn't be me." In 1988, all of New Orleans seemed to be talking about him after he reportedly paid cash for two Cadillacs and a $130,000 Rolls-Royce. When the salesman asked if he wanted to call his bank about financing, Domino smiled and said, "I am the bank." In 1998, he became the first purely rock 'n' roll musician to be awarded the National Medal for the Arts. But he cited his age and didn't make the trip to the White House to get the medal from President Clinton. That was typical. Aside from rare appearances in New Orleans, including a 2012 cameo spot in the HBO series "Treme," he dodged the spotlight in his later years, refusing to appear in public or even to give interviews. ___ Associated Press writers Hillel Italie in New York City and Kevin McGill in New Orleans contributed to this story. http://start.att.net/news/read/category/entertainment/article/the_associated_press-fats_domino_rock_n_roll_pioneer_has_died_at_age_89-ap
  15. Absolutely tragic and heartbreaking, to see all those faces in the photos but of course far more so for the families, friends and communities who will be affected for the rest of their lives. As always following the horrible events, an awful lot of questions to be answered, and some long hard looks at why their isn't more appropriate regulation in this modern world. I'm really hoping that out of this there is some real progress this time, common ground found between the opponents and proponents, and it doesn't lose momentum.
  16. The link is to a video with their names and images and only with background music. http://videos.vidible.tv/prod/2017-10/06/59d7a6b7e0fa170a91389ea9_568x320_v2.mp4?d-EJRKMtNm1yljB66Sgfe_chTBBF5d9Jtubjh0FRN6Xt_gjzuws3Y7Up3xpHMlKG The massacre in Las Vegas killed 58 people and wounded 489 who were crowded together into one field, but those deaths have been felt across the entire continent. The Clark County Coroner released the names of all 58 victims on Thursday. The list includes people from California to Massachusetts to the provinces of Canada. They range in age from 20 to 67. They were mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, grandparents and grandchildren. They worked in hospitals, police stations, schools, day cares, restaurants and fishing boats. They were at the Route 91 Harvest festival to celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries and a shared love of music. Here are all the victims of Sunday's shooting ~ Hannah Ahlers Age: 34 Heather Alvarado Heather Alvarado, 35, from Cedar City, Utah, was shot and killed while attending a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy Cedar City Fire Department) Age: 35 City: Cedar City, Utah When news spread that a shooting was underway at the music festival, the Cedar City (Utah) Fire Department immediately sent crews to the home of Albert Alvarado, a seven-year member of the department. They knew his wife was at the show. Soon, news came that she was dead. Heather Alvarado ran an in-home day care center and worked with the department's Ladies Auxiliary. The couple had three children who would come along when they went on cruises together. "This is part of our family," Fire Chief Mike Phillips said. "There's no question that we are going to feel the soreness and loss from this senseless act of violence from this coward for years to come." Dorene Anderson Dorene Anderson of Anchorage, Alaska, was shot and killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy Alaska Housing Finance Corporation) Age: 49 City: Anchorage, Alaska Anderson was at the concert with her husband when the shooting broke out. And now, their family is trying to recover from her loss. The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, where her husband, John, is employed, issued a statement from the family. "She...was the most amazing wife, mother and person this world ever had," the statement read. "We are so grateful and lucky for the time that we did have with her. "We are greatly appreciative and want to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers you have been sending us." Carrie Barnette Carrie Barnette, 34, from Riverside, Calif., was killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy of Janice Chambers) Age: 34 City: Riverside, Calif. Barnette bought a home in Riverside, Calif., last year and was working at the Pacific Wharf Café, a waterfront restaurant in the Disneyland companion park California Adventure. Friends and family described her as an upbeat, happy, animal-loving spirit who owned a basset hound and enjoyed country music. On Sunday, she took a bullet to the left side of her chest and died with a friend by her side, according to her cousin, Janice Chambers. Disney CEO Robert Iger, wrote, "We mourn a wonderful member of the Disney family: Carrie Barnette. "Tragic." Jack Beaton Age: 54 City: Bakersfield, Calif. Beaton was celebrating his 23rd wedding anniversary with his wife, Laurie, when the gunfire started. He told his wife to get on the ground and draped his body over hers to protect her. He was hit. He was bleeding profusely. But he had just enough time to tell her he loved her. "I love you, too. I'll see you in heaven," Laurie responded, according to her father, Jerry Cook. The couple had two children. Cook said Jack's behavior that night was typical for the 54-year-old roofer — a hands-on guy who made friends easily and had the ability to draw out the best in everyone. "Him covering Laurie to protect her — that's Jack," he said. Steve Berger Steve Berger was one of 58 people killed by a gunman in the Las Vegas massacre on Sun. Oct. 1, 2017. Berger was in Las Vegas with his friends celebrating his 44th birthday. (Photo: Submitted) Age: 44 City: Minnesota Berger was celebrating his 44th birthday with a trip to Las Vegas when the shooting broke out. His sister, Christine Moore, said the family struggled to figure out if he was one of the hundreds who were shot. Two days after the shooting, they got the call. Friends of Berger said he was shot somewhere on his torso and they tried to resuscitate him. But the shooting intensified where they were, forcing them to flee the area. Moore described her brother as a fun-loving, hard-working father of three who was born and raised in Wauwatosa, Wisc. Berger was a financial adviser working in Wisconsin. Candice Bowers Age: 40 Denise Burditus Denise Burditus of Martinsburg, W.V., was killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Photo: AP) Age: 50 City: Martinsburg, W.V. Tony Burditus knew he'd met his match way back in high school. In the decades since, he and Denise Burditus had two children and four grandchildren, with a fifth on the way. "In 32 years, it grew stronger every day," Tony Burditus told CNN. The couple was trying to escape the concert when she was struck. She went down immediately. Someone nearby helped mover her to a safer area, a nurse tried to help, and a stranger in a truck drove her to the hospital. But it was too late. Denise Burditus has spent her career in banking. Last year she decided to go back to school. Her husband said she spent all her free time studying, but still made time for their annual, month-long summer trip with the grandhilcdren — who called her "G-Ma" — and always kept her outgoing spirit. "Denise always had a smile on her face," he told CNN. "Denise never met a stranger." Sandra Casey Sandra Casey, a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School, was shot and killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Unified School District) Age: 34 City: Redondo Beach, Calif. Teachers at Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Middle School started their day Monday delivering tragic news to their students: one of their own died in the Las Vegas shooting. Casey, a Vermont native who moved to California, was a special education teacher at the school for nine years. She was engaged to be married and attended the concert with her fiancee. "Her parents ask for prayers and privacy for her sisters, coworkers, students and large extended family," Casey's family said in a statement shared by her mother's cousin, Linda O'Leary. District superintendent Michael Matthews said "We lost a spectacular teacher who devoted her life to helping some of our most needy students." Andrea Lee Anna Castilla Age: 28 City: Orange, Calif. Denise Cohen Age: 58 City: Carpinteria, Calif. When Jeff Rees thinks of his mother, one thing keeps coming to mind: her laugh. "When she would take me to the movies as a kid, I was just waiting to hear her laugh because it would just crack me up," he said. The 58-year-old California woman was in the crowd with her boyfriend, Derrick "Bo" Taylor, when the shooting started. By the time it was over, both were dead. "I feel sorry for all of the people in the world who never got a chance to meet her," Rees said. Austin Davis Age: 29 City: Riverside, Calif. Davis was a pipefitter with UA Local 364 who “had a bright future in our union," another union member, Daniel Kirkconnell, said. "Austin was supposed to be home playing softball and he made a last-minute choice to stay in Vegas for a little longer." Aubree Hennigan wrote on Facebook that Davis was “the love of my life” and “I will love you until my dying day baby.” Thomas Day, Jr. Age: 54 City: Riverside, Calif. Christiana Duarte Christiana Duarte, 22, of Torrance, Calif., was shot and killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Michael Duarte) Age: 22 City: Torrance, Calif. The 22-year-old was visiting Las Vegas with her parents, but went to the concert without them. Officials found her cell phone, they found her ID, but her family couldn't locate their daughter. Two days later, they got the word that she was among those who died. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a business degree, Duarte moved back home to California and had started working for the Los Angeles Kings. "She was incredibly driven, passionate about everyone and everything," said her friend, Maddie Noble. Stacee Etcheber Age: 50 City: Novato, Calif. As people around them started falling to the ground, Stacee Etcheber watched as her husband, an officer with the San Francisco Police Department, rushed to help them. Then they got separated. Then Etcheber got shot. Ever since, people throughout their hometown of Novato, Calif., have been mourningthe loss of Etcheber, a popular hair stylist and mother of two young children. An online fundraiser for her family had raised over $200,000 as of Thursday. "We're angry, devastated, frustrated," said Al Etcheber, Stacee's brother-in-law, during a new conference in Novato. Brian Fraser Age: 39 City: La Palma, Calif. Keri Galvan Age: 31 City: Thousand Oaks, Calif. A mother of three young children, Galvan, 31, attended the festival with her husband, Justin, and some friends as part of a weekend getaway. They were close to the stage when the shooting started. Galvan was struck in the head and her husband, a Marine who served in Iraq, tried to save her. "He gave her CPR, but she was already gone," said Galvan's sister, Lindsey Poole. Galvan was a server at Mastro's Steakhouse and had an uncanny ability to remember her customers' orders or their special occassion. "She's just constantly making sure everybody's OK," Poole said. Dana Gardner Dana Gardner, 52, of California, was one of the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: San Bernardino County) Age: 52 City: Grand Terrace, Calif. After becoming one of the victims of the massacre in Las Vegas, the outpouring of support for the 52-year-old grandmother has taken on many forms. Bob Dutton, the San Bernardino County (Calif.) assessor-recorder and county clerk heaped praise on Gardner, a 26-year employee of the county. "Known for her 'can-do' attitude and vibrant energy, Dana will be dearly missed," he wrote in a statement. There was an online fundraiser started by her daughter, who attended the show with Gardner. And on Tuesday, her sisters visited United Blood Services in Las Vegas to thank donors in person for what they were doing for all those injured in the attack. "She was a wonderful woman," they told ABC7 News. "Most wonderful mother, grandmother, sister." Angela Gomez Age: 20 City: Riverside, Calif. Rocio Guillen Age: 40 City: Anaheim, Calif. Charleston Hartfield Charleston Hartfield, a Las Vegas police officer, was among those slain by the Las Vegas shooter. (Photo: Sgt. Walter Lowell/Nevada National Guard) Age: 34 City: Las Vegas On a trip to visit victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting, President Donald Trump honored Hartfield, a military veterans and Las Vegas police officer who was off duty at the concert but started escorting people out of the venue when the shooting began. "Officer Hartfield was a proud veteran, a devoted husband and loving father," Trump said. "His death is a tragic loss for this police force, for this city and for our great nation." Steve Grammas, president of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, said he'd known Hartfield for seven years and that the officer liked to joke around with his colleagues. "People would say he was the funniest guy." Chris Hazencomb Chris Hazencomb (left) with his mother, Maryanne Hazencomb, in this family photo from the early 2000s. Chris Hazencomb was shot and killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Family Handout) Age: 44 City: Camarillo, Calif. As the clock approached 11 a.m. on Monday morning, Maryanne Hazencomb stood in a Las Vegas hospital room and gave the order to disconnect the ventilator that was keeping her son alive. Chris Hazencomb had shielded his best friend's wife after the shooting started. The graduate of Thousand Oaks High School, a sports junkie and country music fan, soon became the 58th victim in the shooting. His final act, using his 6-foot-5 body to protect his friend's wife, perfectly summarized how he lived his life, his mother said. She called him a constant helper, whether that meant doing a dirty job none of his coworkers at the Walmart Neighborhood Market wanted to do, or rescuing a less than social cat from the neighbor's roof. "You don't expect your kid to go before you go," she said. "He was good to everybody. He'd go out on the limb for everybody." Jennifer Topaz Irvine Jennifer Irvine (front, pink shirt) was among the victims of the shooting Sunday in Las Vegas. (Photo: Kyle Kraska) Age: 42 City: San Diego As the music blared, Irvine was holding hands with her friends, singing and dancing along when the bullet struck her. Kyle Kraska, a longtime friend, said those final moments encapsulated who Irvine was, an outgoing, fun-loving soul who was always surrounded by friends. "She was an adventurous person, a very social, loving, caring, inclusive person," he said. Irvine, a graduate of California Western School of Law, opened her own family law and criminal defense firm in 2011 and was a television commentator on criminal trials. But she also led a busy life outside of work, earning a black belt in taekwondo, doing yoga and snowboarding. Before she died, Kraska said she already had her eyes set on her next challenge: skydiving. Teresa Kimura Age: 38 Jessica Klymchuk Age: 34 City: Valleyview, Alberta, Canada Carly Kreibaum Carly Kreibaum, 33, of Sutherland, Iowa, was among the 59 people who were killed during the deadly mass shooting at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. (Photo: Special to The Register) Age: 33 City: Sutherland, Iowa The electronic welcome sign for tiny Sutherland, Iowa, scrolled a new, painful message Wednesday. “RIP Carly.” Kreibaum, 33, was remembered as a well-liked mother of two young children who married Chris Kreibaum. The couple lived on a farm. Residents of the small farming town were stunned that one of their own died in the Las Vegas massacre. “There’s 600 people in this town. And there were 22,000 people at that concert,” said Dan Wetherell, a local librarian and a cook at the Mugshots Bar & Grill. Rhonda LeRocque Rhonda LeRocque was killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at a country music festival. (Photo: AP) Age: 42 City: Tewksbury, Mass. At first, Jason LeRocque thought his wife was ducking to avoid the gunfire. It turned out she was hit. Rhonda LeRocque was a devout Jehovah's Witness who met her husband at church and constantly volunteered for humanitarian missions, including rebuilding homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “She prayed on everything,” her mother Priscilla Champagne told the Boston Globe. “Very God-oriented. I’m sure that Jehovah God is upset that one of his beautiful, beautiful people is no longer in this world.” The couple was on a family vacation with their 6-year-old son. After the country music festival, they were planning to go to Disneyland. Victor Link Age: 55 City: San Clemente, Calif. Jordan McIldoon Age: 23 City: Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada Kelsey Meadows Kelsey Meadows was one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire at a country music festival. (Photo: Courtesy of Greg and Stacy Meadows via AP) Age: 28 City: Taft, Calif. Meadows was a substitute teacher at Taft Union High School in Taft, California, where she graduated in 2007. Taft Union High School principal Mary Alice Finn said she “was smart, compassionate and kind. She had a sweet spirit and a love for children.” The high school established a memorial scholarship fund in her honor. History Professor Lori Clune, who met Meadows during her time as a student at Fresno State University, said Meadows was "a gifted teacher who demonstrated a skill and passion for her chosen profession.” Calla-Marie Medig Canadian Calla Medig, 28, of Edmonton, Alberta, was a country music fan who traveled to Las Vegas for the Route 91 Harvest Festival. She was one of 58 people killed in the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting. (Photo: Scott Collingwood/Moxie’s Grill and Bar) Age: 28 City: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Growing up in the small Canadian town of Jasper, Alberta, Calla Medig loved her country music. She loved it so much she put a job promotion on hold so she could attend the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert in Las Vegas with her roommate. "She was promoted the day before she left for Vegas,” said Scott Collingwood, acting general manager at Moxie’s Grill and Bar in the West Edmonton Mall, where Medig worked. "She was well respected and well loved. When we announced she was to become a manager, people were hooting and hollering." James "Sonny" Melton Sonny Melton, with his wife, Heather, was one of the victims in the Las Vegas shooting that left more than 50 people dead on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy of Heather Gulish Melton) Age: 29 City: Big Sandy, Tenn. When the bullets started raining down on the crowd, Melton's first reaction was to protect his wife. "He saved my life," Heather Melton said. "He grabbed me from behind and started running when I felt him get shot in the back." Melton was a registered nurse at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn. His wife is an orthopedic surgeon there. The couple married in June 2016. Heather Melton wrote to USA TODAY, "I want everyone to know what a kind hearted loving man he was but at this point I can barely breathe." Patricia Mestas Age: 67 Austin Meyer Age: 24 City: Reno Adrian Murfitt Adrian Murfitt, 35, a commercial fisherman from Anchorage, seen here with his West Siberian Laika named Paxson, was one of the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy of Shannon Gothard) Age: 35 City: Anchorage For Adrian Murfitt, the country music festival was a group celebration after a successful fishing season off the Alaskan coast. His sister, Shannon Gothard, said Murfitt was every bit the Anchorage native — he played hockey "since he was just a little tot" and would spend months at sea as a commercial fisherman. Gothard said her brother was even talking about going in with a friend to buy their own boat. "He was my brother, so of course I thought he was an arrogant little cuss," she said, struggling to laugh. "But only I can say that cause he's my brother. He had this big, jovial, goofy laugh. He'd always try to do the right thing. He had a big heart." Rachael Parker Rachael Parker, a records technician at the Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Police Department, was shot and killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Police Department) Age: 33 City: Manhattan Beach, Calif. The first person anybody walking into the Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Police Department saw was Rachael Parker, a civilian employee of the department who served as a records technician and the front desk clerk. "She was one of the faces of the department," said Kristie Colombo, the department's community affairs officer. "She was always funny and smart and bubbly and always had a smile on her face." Parker was attending the music festival with three other department employees. One of them was on off-duty police officer who was also shot, but Colombo said he was expected to recover. Jennifer Parks Jenny Parks, an energetic and passionate kindergarten teacher and mother of two from Califiornia, was killed in the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Westside Union School District) Age: 36 City: Lancaster, Calif. Jenny Parks, an energetic kindergarten teacher and mother of two, was in her third year of teaching at Anaverde Hills Elementary School in Palmdale, Calif. Parks was at the concert with her husband, who suffered injuries to his arm and hand. Parks didn’t make it. Those who knew her praised her passion and the energy she brought to the classroom. "She was so proud to be a teacher and her spirit was something to behold," school officials said in a statement. "The students who were instructed by her knew what it was to love learning as Jenny instilled in them a sense of wonder, curiosity and excitement. "She will be sorely missed from our lives." Carolyn Lee Parsons Age: 31 City: Seattle Lisa Patterson Robert Patterson and his wife, Lisa Patterson, who was shot and killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Dennis Kim) Age: 46 City: Lomita, Calif. Religion and participation in the Catholic church defined Patterson, along with her experience coaching youth sports, said long-time friend Dennis Kim. He described Patterson and her husband, Robert, as beloved fixtures in the community just south of Los Angeles. She handled the books for the family's hardwood flooring business. One her children, Amber, is a special education major at Northern Arizona University. Her husband, who wasn't at the concert, stopped by a makeshift memorial in front of the Bellagio in Las Vegas on Tuesday and spoke with a local television crew. “I can’t believe she’s gone,” he told FOX5. “Once I didn’t hear from her for over a day, then I knew that something very bad had happened." John Phippen Age: 56 City: Santa Clarita, Calif. Melissa Ramirez Age: 26 Jordyn Rivera Jordyn Rivera, 21, of La Verne, Calif., was shot and killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Mike Schrader) Age: 21 City: La Verne, Calif. "I'm just in disbelief that someone so sweet and genuine that I got the privilege of knowing is now no longer here," Jasmine Orozco said of her college friend. Rivera grew up in La Verne and graduated from Bonita High School in 2014. She was in her fourth year of California State University, San Bernardino's Health Care Management program, according to the university. She studied abroad in London last summer, and her Facebook profile picture remains a snapshot of her outside Stonehenge, both hands forming coyotes, CSUSB's mascot. Quinton Robbins Quinton Robbins, one of the people killed in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire, Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Facebook via AP) Age: 20 City: Henderson, Nev. Robbins was an avid fisherman and snowboarder who spent his final moments with his sister, according to social media posts. "He was the most kind and loving soul," his aunt, Kilee Wells Sanders, wrote on Facebook. "Everyone who met him loved him ... He was truly an amazing person." Robbins studied at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and worked in recreation for the city of Henderson. His sister, Skylar Robbins, wrote on Twitter, "Laying next to you in the hospital bed all night was the hardest thing I've gone through, but you made me feel so at peace and I know you are with me." Cameron Robinson Cameron Robinson (Photo: GoFundMe.com) Age: 28 City: St. George, Utah Cameron Robinson lived in St. George but worked for the city of Las Vegas as a legal records specialist, according to the state's online transparency website. Robinson's sister, Meghan Ervin, confirmed that her brother was among the victims. Friends have remembered him on a GoFundMe.com page, which had raised over $23,000 by Wednesday to pay for funeral costs and help his family. "He loved to cook, entertain, run marathons, travel, go camping, boating, and the outdoors in general and above all surround himself with those he loved and others," the page read. "He is an amazing example to all and brought so much light to those he came in contact with." Tara Roe Tara Roe, 34, from Alberta, Canada, was shot and killed during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy Sophia Models International) Age: 34 City: Alberta, Canada A Canadian mother of two young boys who worked as an educational assistant and a model was attending the concert with her husband. After initially being listed as missing, officials confirmed that Roe, 34, was among the dead. The Foothills School Division in High River, Alberta, where Smith worked has received an outpouring of support as the district deals with sadness, shock and grief, Superintendent John Bailey said. Sophia Models International, where Roe worked for 10 years, also lamented the loss of her "friendly face" and "caring spirit." Roe's aunt, Val Rodgers, described her niece to the Canadian Press as “a beautiful soul.” “She was a wonderful mother and our family is going to miss her dearly,” Val Rodgers, Roe's aunt, told the Canadian Press. Lisa Romero-Muniz Age: 48 City: Gallup, N.M. Romero-Muniz spent all of her time around children. She had children and four grandchildren. She worked as a counselor at elementary, middle-school and high-school levels for Gallup-McKinley County Schools. Her colleagues and her students, flooded social media with glowing tributes to her. District superintendent Mike Hyatt said she, "was an incredible loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for students in many of our schools." Chris Roybal Age: 28 City: Corona, Calif. Brett Schwanbeck Age: 61 Bailey Schweitzer Age: 20 City: Bakersfield, Calif. Laura Shipp Laura Shipp, left, is seen in a photo with her only son, Corey Shipp. Laura Shipp was a former Thousand Oaks resident who died in the Las Vegas shooting. (Photo: COURTESY PHOTO) Age: 50 City: Las Vegas Shipp moved to Las Vegas five years ago to be closer to her son, Corey, a 23-year-old Marine who she had raised on her own. The two were separated for a moment during the concert when the shooting broke out. Her brother, Steve Shipp, rushed to Las Vegas and ran from hospital to hospital to find her. But they eventually got the call that she had died. Steve Shipp was grieving, but was more concerned over Shipp's son, who is serving in a unit based in Las Vegas. "He just lost the most important person in his life," he said. "She was his world and he was hers." Erick Silva Age: 21 Susan Smith Susan Smith, an office manager at Vista Elementary School in Simi Valley, Calif., was one of the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy of Simi Valley Unified School District) Age: 53 City: Simi Valley, Calif. Within hours of learning about the shooting, visitors started dropping off flowers outside Vista Elementary School, where Susan Smith was a popular office manager. "She's the hub...really the heart of the school," said Jake Finch, a spokesperson for the Simi Valley Unified School District. "She had a great sense of humor. She's patient and kind." Smith, an ardent country music fan who was married with two adult children, attended the music festival with two friends from the school district. Lesley Prince, a father of a Vista Elementary student, added flowers to a growing memorial to Smith. "She was just such a sweet person," Prince said with tears welling in his eyes. "She's the one who told me my daughter was accepted here." Brennan Stewart Brennan Stewart, 30, of Las Vegas, was killed in Sunday's mass shooting. (Photo: Handout) Age: 30 City: Las Vegas Friends and family of Stewart described him as a rowdy, fun-loving singer who was always the life of the party. But when the gunfire started, another side of Stewart came out. "Brennan was the kind of guy who always put others before himself, including up to the moment he lost his life," read a family statement. "Brennan shielded his girlfriend and helped others to safety." The amateur country-music songwriter has been the focus of a wide variety of tributes. Many people are rewatching his YouTube videos, including his rendition of "You Should Be Here" by Cole Swindell. Some are wearing cowboy boots in his honor. Others are planning a karaoke night to sing songs and collect donations for his large, extended family. For the family of Stewart, who worked for a custom-home builder in Las Vegas, that focus on the music is a perfect way to honor him. "If country music ever disappeared, I feel like I would too," he once wrote. Derrick “Bo” Taylor Lt. Derrick “Bo” Taylor, who commanded the state conservation camp near Camarillo, was among the fatalities from Sunday's Las Vegas shooting. (Photo: COURTESY PHOTO) Age: 56 City: Oxnard, Calif. The 29-year veteran of the Nevada Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation attended the concert with his girlfriend, Denise Cohen. By the time the chaos was over, both were dead. Taylor was a lieutenant and the commander of the state's conservation center, which houses inmates who fight wildfires. His supervisor, Capt. Timothy Ellis, called Taylor an "outstanding" officer. "He ran an absolutely great camp," Ellisa said. Taylor was survived by two adult sons. He had been scheduled to return to work Tuesday, Ellis said. Neysa Tonks Neysa Tonks, a single mother of three boys, was among the 58 victims of the Las Vegas shooter. (Photo: Courtesy Technologent) Age: 46 City: Las Vegas Tonks was a vivacious single mother of three who relished life, her 14-year-old son recalled. "She lived life like it was her last each day," Greysen Tonks told CNN. "And she didn't care what anybody thinks." Technologent, the technology company for whom Tonks worked, established a GoFundMe page on behalf of Tonks' family and three boys, Kaden, Braxton and Greysen. On Thursday, it had raised nearly $189,000. She urged her friends and family to be positive, using the catchphrase "Don't be a hater," her mother Debbie Davis told CNN. "Even if you said you hated broccoli, she said, 'Don't be a hater,'" Davis said. "She was just a wonderful person with a huge light that we will not let be dimmed." Michelle Vo Michelle Vo, of California, was killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: New York Life) Age: 32 City: Los Angeles Vo had an “independent, strong personality” and loved traveling the world, even traveling to Europe alone a few years ago, her brother-in-law Paul Warren said. The daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, she loved the U.S. and “took full advantage of the freedoms she was given.” As a successful and ambitious life-insurance agent, Vo had prepared plans for what should happen in the event of her own death. "She had this fondness for beaches and she was very precise in saying, if she ever passed away, for her ashes to be spread on different beaches around the world," Warren said. "That’s where she wanted to be so that’s what we will be doing." Kurt Von Tillow Kurt von Tillow, a victim of the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo: Brent Hitchings) Age: 55 City: Cameron Park, Calif. Attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas had become a tradition for the von Tillow family – this year Kurt attended with his wife, daughter, son-in-law, sister and niece. Only his son, who had recently moved to Ohio for a new job, was missing. Von Tillow was known at his country club for his patriotism, often wearing a hat emblazoned with "U.S.A.” and an American flag-patterned shirt, and lavishly decorating his golf cart with flags on the Fourth of July. He loved golf, NASCAR, the Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco Giants, but more than anything he loved his family. "He love, love, loved his grandkids," close friend and neighbor Brent Hitchings said. "They call him Paw Paw." William Wolfe Bill Wolfe Jr. and his wife Robyn were celebrating their 20th anniversary at a Jason Aldean concert. Wolfe died as a result of the mass shooting that occurred during the concert. (Photo: Submitted) Age: 42 City: Shippensburg, Pa. At first, Bill Wolfe was reported missing after he was separated from his wife in the chaotic aftermath of the shooting. His relatives flew to Las Vegas to find him, and the people of his hometown of Shippensburg, Penn., held a prayer vigil at a local sports stadium hoping they would get good news. By Tuesday night, their worst fears were realized. The Shippensburg Police Department confirmed that Wolfe, a Pennsylvania Little League coach, was among the victims. Wolfe's aunt Dora Wolfe said the outpouring of support from the community has helped the family deal with their loss. "It's just so senseless," she said of the shooting. "Such a waste."
  17. Despite over 150 television and film appearances spanning six decades, including roles in the "Alien," "The Green Mile", "Pretty in Pink" and "The Avengers," Stanton was not a household name -- though his weathered, drooping face is instantly recognizable Los Angeles (AFP) - Harry Dean Stanton, whose grizzled looks and acclaimed acting talent earned him a prolific Hollywood career playing mainly supporting roles, died at a Los Angeles hospital on Friday. He was 91 years old. He "passed away from natural causes" at Cedars-Sinai medical center, according to his agent John S Kelly. Despite over 150 television and film appearances spanning six decades, including roles in the "Alien," "The Green Mile," "Pretty in Pink" and "The Avengers," Stanton was not a household name -- though his weathered, drooping face is instantly recognizable. One of his rare leading roles came in the 1984 road movie "Paris, Texas" where his turn as a father suffering from amnesia helped director Wim Wenders win the 1984 Palme D'Or. A close friend of Hollywood luminaries Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn and Marlon Brando, the drinker and smoker worked with David Lynch on TV's "Twin Peaks." "The great Harry Dean Stanton has left us. There went the great one," the filmmaker Lynch wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. "Everyone loved him, and with good reason. He was a great actor -- actually beyond great. And a great human being," Lynch went on. Stanton's more recent work includes playing polygamist patriarch Roman Grant in TV's "Big Love" and a voice role in animated feature "Rango" with Johnny Depp. One of his last appearances, "Lucky", the spiritual journey of an atheist also working with David Lynch, will be released in late September in the United States. Late American film critic Roger Ebert raved that "No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad." A passionate musician, he also founded the eclectic "The Harry Dean Stanton Band" known for its mix of mariachi, jazz and other genres. A keen harmonica player, he liked to sing the blues with Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson, and the mariachi repertoire which he played until the end of his life in a warm, whimpering voice. Born July 14, 1926 in Kentucky, Stanton was the eldest of three children of a hairdressing mother and a tobacco-growing Baptist. Stanton, whose roles were often strange mixes of tenderness and reserve, was the epitome of cool, actress Olivia Wilde said on Twitter. The actor himself told The New York Times Magazine back in 1986 that: "I know I’ve got the ability to bring a sense of menace to the screen. I have that specific competence, and it’s generally kept me working." Article ~ http://start.att.net/news/read/category/News/article/afp-us_actor_harry_dean_stanton_dead_at_91-afp IMDb ~ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001765/
  18. http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/comedy-icon-jerry-lewis-dies-91/story?id=49323636 Comedy icon Jerry Lewis dies at 91 Iconic comedian and actor Jerry Lewis has died, his publicist confirmed to ABC News. He was 91. “Sadly I can confirm that today the world lost one of the most significant human beings of the 20th century,” his rep Mark Rozzano said. Another representative, Nancy Kane, added, “Jerry Lewis died peacefully surrounded by friends and family at home.” Lewis was born Joseph Levitch on March 19, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey to parents who also loved performing. His father, Daniel Levitch, was a vaudeville entertainer, while his mother, Rachel Levitch, played the piano for a local radio station. A quadruple threat as a wildly successful actor, writer, producer and director, Lewis' career spanned seven decades. His particular brand of rambunctious clowning was often reviled by critics, but it was also hailed as brilliant by some of the biggest names in filmmaking. Woody Allen has referred to Lewis as one of his greatest influences. Steve Martin canonized him in "The Jerk." The late Robin Williams referred to him simply as "Maestro." And Eddie Murphy remade his classic, "The Nutty Professor," which became a box office smash in 1996. From Borscht Belt to Silver Screen Lewis first appeared onstage when he was 5 years old, singing "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" in the Borscht belt of New York's Catskills. His parents, known as Rae and Danny Lewis onstage, were both in show business. It was his father's lifelong, unattained dream to appear on Broadway, a goal he embedded in his son. As a child actor, Lewis developed a lip-synching comedy act. Though he had found moderate success, everything changed on July 25, 1946, when Lewis paired with lounge crooner Dean Martin, then a struggling singer himself. A singer quit last minute when Lewis was performing in Atlantic City and Lewis suggested Dean as a replacement. The two eventually merged their acts and were soon improvising insults and jokes, squirting seltzer water and throwing celery. The comedian became known for being the funny guy beside straight-laced Martin in their nightclub routine and later a radio program. When the two began to appear on television, such as "Toast of the Town," which was later renamed to "The Ed Sullivan Show," in 1948, they received national prominence. This led to a film career for both men, beginning with "My Friend Irma" in 1949 and its sequel, "My Friend Irma Goes West," released a year later. Lewis and Martin, who passed away in 1995, starred together in more than a dozen films throughout the 1950s, including "At War with the Army," "The Caddy" and "Pardners." Lewis Flies Solo -- and Soars After Lewis' career flourished in his duo act with Martin, he began taking on solo projects, from acting and producing, to directing and writing. In 1959, after several successful films, he signed an unprecedented contract with Paramount Pictures for $10 million plus 60 percent of the profits for 14 films over seven years. In 1960, Lewis took six months to write, produce, direct and play two roles in "The Bellboy," a successful and plotless film that consisted of gag after goofy gag. Lewis added professor to his list of roles in 1967 when he started teaching film direction at the University of Southern California. His students included George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. He even made several albums, including "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody," which has sold almost 4 million copies to date. 'King of Comedy' Makes Comeback and Gives Back The 1970s were not a good time for Lewis' career. He made few films, and what he did make floundered. In 1983, Lewis appeared in Martin Scorcese's "The King of Comedy," one of the few respected films he made at that time. Despite this career lull, a battle with an addiction to Percodan, open heart surgery, diabetes and prostate cancer, Lewis persevered. In 1995, he became the highest-paid performer in Broadway history for his smash comeback role as the Devil in "Damn Yankees." While Lewis was always considered a difficult man to work with, he eventually patched up his relationship with Martin, his greatest collaborator. In 1976, 20 years after they broke up their act, Frank Sinatra staged a public reunion, and the two became very close, especially in the years leading up to Martin's death in 1995. Lewis also made a name for himself as a humanitarian, namely thanks to his work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In fact, he served as chairman of the organization until 2011. He was perhaps best known for hosting an annual telethon to raise money for the association. From 1952 to 2010, the association reported he raised more than $2.6 billion. For his charitable work, Lewis earned countless honors. In 1977, he was even nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. And in 2005, he was honored with the prestigious Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his extensive charity work. He also received lifetime achievement awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2009 and the American Comedy Awards in 1997, and was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Lewis leaves behind his second wife, SanDee Pitnick, and six children, including musician Gary Lewis. His son Joseph died in 2009.
  19. Glen Campbell, 'Rhinestone Cowboy' Singer, Dies At Age 81 News 8 Hours Ago The Associated Press — By KRISTIN M. HALL - Associated Press http://start.att.net/news/read/category/news/article/the_associated_press-glen_campbell_superstar_entertainer_of_1960s_and_7-ap Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, Calif., in 2008
  20. (This loss is very personal to me, and I will explain why at the end of this article.) Acclaimed singer and actress Barbara Cook has died at 89 http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/entertainment/acclaimed-singer-actress-barbara-cook-died-89-article-1.3393769 ~ ~ ~ (I grew up with Barbara musically. My father was a Barbershopper, and my mother was a Sweet Adeline (4-part harmony). As the article states, "The Music Man" was her biggest Broadway hit. There was a barbershop quartet in the movie, The Buffalo Bills, who were friends of my father's, and in the movie they sang a duet with Barbara's character, Marian, the librarian. All the songs in the play are very popular for Barbershop quartets and choruses to this day, but the most popular is, "Lida Rose" and "Will I Ever Tell You. " I sang with my father's quartet, and, also in a school production of "The Music Man." Thank you Barbara for wonderful memories, and the gift of your beautiful voice, that I have, and will always cherish.)
  21. he was awesome in ' All Creatures Great and Small ' from the books by James Herriot and as Minister of Magic in Harry Potter. so many stars from Harry Potter have passed
  22. https://www.afp.com/en/news/206/british-actor-robert-hardy-dies-aged-91 British actor Robert Hardy dies aged 91 AT IMDb ~
  23. http://start.att.net/news/read/article/the_associated_press-sam_shepard_pulitzerwinning_playwright_is_dead_at-ap Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright, Is Dead At 73 IMDb ~ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001731/ IMDb Biography ~ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001731/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
  24. John Heard, ‘Home Alone’ Dad, Dies At 71 http://start.att.net/news/read/category/entertainment/article/variety-john_heard_home_alone_dad_dies_at_72-rpenskemc
  25. Oscar-Winning Actor Martin Landau Dies At 89 http://start.att.net/news/read/category/entertainment/article/the_associated_press-oscarwinning_actor_martin_landau_dies_at_89-ap FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2008, file photo, Tim Robbins, from left, Martin Landau and Bill Murray attend a special screening of "City of Ember" in New York. Landau died Saturday, July 15, 2017, of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said. Landau was known as the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show "Mission: Impossible," then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994's "Ed Wood." He was 89. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
  26. Simon, for posting the video of Lance. Really enjoyed it.

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