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Obituaries

Ase -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 09:15:02 PM

Who is no longer with us

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Ase -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 04:15:02 PM -- 1 of 5199
"Cold cold empty void", "Grandma's food for worms now". Atheist hymns, by Jamie R.

This seemed to be a reasonable place for this, since we'll probably mostly announce popular culture icons (it is in news and media on TT, but there is no such place here).

Ase -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 04:15:12 PM -- 2 of 5199
"Cold cold empty void", "Grandma's food for worms now". Atheist hymns, by Jamie R.

Just read Rod Steiger died.

winger -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 04:49:35 PM -- 3 of 5199
If I wanted to share your point of view I'd sit on your lap.

No way. He was older than God wasn't he?

Ase -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 04:51:12 PM -- 4 of 5199
"Cold cold empty void", "Grandma's food for worms now". Atheist hymns, by Jamie R.

78, the thread on TT claimed.

Which is as old as my uncle.

CalGal -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 05:55:48 PM -- 5 of 5199
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Not that old, in a world that still has Katharine Hepburn, Eddie Albert and even (in a way) Ronald Reagan. I believe those are the three remaining folks who were stars in the 30s.

CalGal -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 05:57:23 PM -- 6 of 5199
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Oops. Add Jane Wyman to the list.

Actually, that's a good movie topic thread.

Ase -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 05:58:24 PM -- 7 of 5199
"Cold cold empty void", "Grandma's food for worms now". Atheist hymns, by Jamie R.

I wonder what shape Ronnie is in...

My parents are 70, and the past few times I was home they have told about people I know who has (or had) alzheimers. Living this far away, I get very out of the loop with being close to aging people, so when I'm there, I feel so sad to hear about these people who I remembered as vibrant, and intelligent and not terribly old being so gone that they recognize absolutely nothing.

winger -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 06:15:52 PM -- 8 of 5199
If I wanted to share your point of view I'd sit on your lap.

I guess Rod just looked older than God. I really did think he was older than that ...

StephanieD -- Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 06:40:15 PM -- 9 of 5199

I just sent the DVD of "In the Heat of the Night" to my dad for his birthday--it's his favorite movie.

Annie G -- Wednesday, July 10, 2002 -- 07:57:19 AM -- 10 of 5199
take deep breaths

On the plane coming home I watched Judy Dench in that movie about Iris Murdoch's descent into alzheimer's, & then death. Wow, what an outstandingly fabulous study of the end of life. Wow, just wow. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Andrea -- Friday, July 12, 2002 -- 03:11:15 AM -- 11 of 5199
Potato Beatrix

Oh, that movie hurt. Watching a brilliant mind crumble like that... there's very little sadder or scarier than that to me. And I was (am) a great Murdoch fan.

It was indeed wow, but...oh boy, painful.

Ase -- Friday, July 12, 2002 -- 01:15:05 PM -- 12 of 5199
"Cold cold empty void", "Grandma's food for worms now". Atheist hymns, by Jamie R.

Yeah. I haven't seen the movie. Perhaps I should, if I'm up to it.

I mentioned elsewhere my parents telling me about people I knew growing up who succumed to Alzheimers. Some now dead (the dad of my first big crush), one still living (head master of the school my siblings went to). It is just horrible to hear. I'm not sure if it is horrible for them, because they appear to be so terribly gone, but...

rtb -- Thursday, July 18, 2002 -- 06:22:37 PM -- 13 of 5199
Live from New York!

God, that movie really hit a nerve with me. I think possibly because I read Flowers for Algernon/Charley at an impressionable age. Ase, in the movie at least it is made as horrible as it ever could possibly be for the very reason that she is aware of what's going on and, if this makes any sense, she's as devastated by it as someone of her intelligence at its highest point would be, but as scared by it and as unable to cope with it as a person with the mental age of three would be. It's like, she got the worst of all worlds. Every now and then a flash of lucidity in which she would recognize how far she'd fallen, and then all the rest of the time increasing terror as the world becomes less and less understandable. And the fact that her personal sense of self and self-worth apparently always rode on her intelligence. Being brilliant was a major way she defined herself. And she retained enough awareness to watch, helpless but able to see it was happening, as it was taken from her. And then, when she was finally "terribly gone", the world was just a terrifying place because she had no skills to cope with anything.

But, on the lighter side, there sure was a lot of full frontal Kate Winslet nudity!

Brigit M -- Friday, July 19, 2002 -- 09:00:45 PM -- 14 of 5199

I am afraid to watch Iris, though I love her writing, and Judi Dench, and Kate Winslet. I'm not one to avoid bleak themes in movies, but that one frightens me.

StephanieD -- Wednesday, July 24, 2002 -- 04:20:25 PM -- 15 of 5199

Chaim Potok, writer of such novels as The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev, is dead. AP obituary is here.

Jenni S. -- Wednesday, July 24, 2002 -- 04:42:59 PM -- 16 of 5199
One raises the eyebrow

Damn. He was one of those authors I wished was more prolific. What a shame.

Jenni S. -- Sunday, July 28, 2002 -- 12:13:13 PM -- 17 of 5199
One raises the eyebrow

And dear old Leo McKern of Rumpole of the Bailey fame died last week. Still, at 82, he had a decent innings.

Arlene Green -- Sunday, July 28, 2002 -- 02:06:19 PM -- 18 of 5199
Moulton inspires metanoia.

I don't know how many of you remember Donna Dear from the TT politics folder...I just found out last night that she had died on the 6th of this month.

This is a hard hit for me. I worked with her on Yahoo and knew her outside TT in general. We didn't always agree but that didn't stop me from appreciating her. I'll miss her. She was amazing, annoying and incredible all in the same breath. For a glimpse of who she was:

Donna's Life--the short version

rachelkg -- Wednesday, August 07, 2002 -- 04:58:41 PM -- 19 of 5199
There's not an iota of kindness in you

http://www.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/TV/08/07/obit.robinson.ap/index.html

The first actor to play Gordon on Sesame St., Matt Robinson, has died.

Roscoe Orman, who's played Gordon since 1974, is still with us.

winger -- Wednesday, August 07, 2002 -- 05:05:46 PM -- 20 of 5199
If I wanted to share your point of view I'd sit on your lap.

Arlene, I'm sorry.

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