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    Terry Jones ‏@sunterryjones 7h7 hours ago
    Just been informed of death of legendary Edmonton sportscaster Al McCann at age 84. Host of CTV telecasts of CFL football-Canada Cup hockey.
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    Author and humourist, Terry Pratchett, 66

    In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.

    Terry faced his Alzheimer's disease (an 'embuggerance', as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.
    http://www.pjsmprints.com

    Terry Pratchett was a huge influence on my life and how I view the world and through his prodigious output will continue to be on many others. My kids are already enthusiastically reading his works.

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    IMO Pratchett's best book was Good Omens (co-authored with Neil Gaiman), one of the funniest books ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    IMO Pratchett's best book was Good Omens (co-authored with Neil Gaiman), one of the funniest books ever.
    Good Omens is amazing. I have a copy signed by him but I've never been able to get to a Gaiman signing so I can get the set.

    My favourite Pratchett book, though, is Small Gods. It managed to cover religion, philosophy, politics, and human nature all in one brilliant funny package. It also gave me words I live by:

    “What have I always believed? That on the whole, and by and large, if a man lived properly, not according to what any priests said, but according to what seemed decent and honest inside, then it would, at the end, more or less, turn out all right.”
    ― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

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    Terry was a lovely man. I had the good fortune to meet him twice (briefly) and hear him speak, and I adored all his books. He was sharp and funny and sarcastic and sometimes angry and very human in the best way.

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    ^Due to the comments made in regards to Mr. Pratchett I'm going to download a couple of his books to my ipad.
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    I read a lot more then TV, except news wrestling and the Oilers/Esks games, I'm on the computer or reading a book. Too caught up in the Warhammer 40K Horus Heresy series. Space opera at its best. I'm well aware of Terry Pratchett's work just ask Audrey's books. I've never read any of his stuff but he left behind legacy. Audrey's keeps Pratchett's books downstairs in the basement. His books are usually aimed at the young adult crowd, sad to hear of his passing.
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    Terry wrote a number of very fine YA novels, but most of his books are not aimed at young adults. Mind you, many young adults love them, too. I was always happy to recommend them to anyone.

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    CBC News Alerts ‏@CBCAlerts 19m19 minutes ago
    Cynthia Lennon dead at 75: BBC. Lennon was first wife of former #Beatle #JohnLennon; marriage lasted from 1962-68.
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    Crystal Cathedral founder Robert Schuller dies

    ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Turnbull View Post
    Author and humourist, Terry Pratchett, 66

    In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.

    Terry faced his Alzheimer's disease (an 'embuggerance', as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.
    http://www.pjsmprints.com

    Terry Pratchett was a huge influence on my life and how I view the world and through his prodigious output will continue to be on many others. My kids are already enthusiastically reading his works.
    Seems that I need to expand my reading list too...


    Obituary: Sir Terry Pratchett - BBC News

    "He fought a running battle against critics who said fantasy could never be considered as literature.

    "Stories of imagination," he said witheringly, "tend to upset those without one." "

    http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-25401679

    Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66 - BBC News

    "The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds," said Larry Finlay of his publishers Transworld."

    http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-31858156

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Guy66 View Post
    Crystal Cathedral founder Robert Schuller dies

    ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88.

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    Used to watch him sometimes with my mother at her house. I was surprised by the high profile guests he would have on. One of my mothers favourites, my mother will be 92 on May 2 and she still drives her car. Lookout everybody , jk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbones View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by North Guy66 View Post
    Crystal Cathedral founder Robert Schuller dies

    ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...obit/70824954/
    Used to watch him sometimes with my mother at her house. I was surprised by the high profile guests he would have on. One of my mothers favourites, my mother will be 92 on May 2 and she still drives her car. Lookout everybody , jk
    From what little I saw of him, Schuller was more liberal than most of the other televangelists, in terms of tolerance for other faiths and belief systems. I remember a show where he was interviewing a guy who did what sounded like some sort of psycbabbly healing thing in hospitals, and the guy was explaining the terms he uses instead of "God" or "Jesus" if the patient is a non-believer. Schuller didn't jump in to say that non-believers were all damned.

    And, this being a forum where people follow architecture, I'm sure at least a few other posters will agree that Philip Johnson's Crystal Cathedral was an impressive piece of design.

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    Amway types used to love this guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    Amway types used to love this guy.
    Yeah, he was the king of that positive-thinking stuff that the multilevelers eat up.

    And he was from the same denomination(Christian Reformed) as the Amway founders. Not sure if that would have played a role, though, since Amway will pretty much latch onto anyone who says the stuff they like, regardless of denomination.

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    He was a nice hard working Dutchman , just like most of us.

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    Me being one. Lol

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    I wasn't putting him down just making an observation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    I wasn't putting him down just making an observation.
    Yeah, I wasn't putting him down either. Though I suppose that, at least for me personally, it's hard to say that someone had a following in Amway, without that being in some way a negative.

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    ^ It could have been that Amway "adapted" him and as far as I know, not in any official capacity.
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    James Best known for playing Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltraine on The Dukes of Hazzard has died at age 88

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    ^ I always liked him and thought he made the show better then it was.
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    Yup, he was very good

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    Without a Wiki I can't seem too recall what Roscoe named his dog. Sometimes he'd call him "Velvet ears" etc. i used too watch the Dukes all the time. The Other thing that made the show was it's location.
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    A little bit late but ‘Smokey’ McLeod deserves some recognition:


    Life & Times: Goalie overcame club foot to play pro hockey
    Don ‘Smokey’ McLeod (1946-2015)

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    I remember watching him play.

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    ^^^ Flash
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    ^ Right, now I remember because his dog was a Dachshund. We were watching the reruns on Shaw a few years ago.

    Another thing that made Dukes of Hazard was the extensive use of cb radio's. 10-4 codes and "Got your ears on" were well known phrases at the time. Where I grew up in the lower mainland cb radio's were very popular. They were must have items in the car next to the good old 8 track.
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    Geoffrey Lewis, the father of actress Juliette Lewis, has died. He was 79.


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    Richie Benaud, Australian cricket great.
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    Actor Jonathan Crombie, most famous for his role as the love interest in the television series of Anne of Green Gables, has died, CBC reported Saturday. He was 48 years old.
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    Ron Casat, one of the staples of Edmonton Folk Music Festival House Band:

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    It's with a heavy heart that we heard about the passing of Ron Casat. Aside from his many personal musical projects, Ron is likely best known to Folk Fest patrons as part of our House band, playing alongside Amos Garrett for over two decades on the festival stages. He will be missed.
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    Lois Lilienstein, of Sharon, Lois & Bram and Skinnamarink fame, dies at 78

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    ^ felt a little sad when I read that today

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    Sawyer Sweeten - one of the twins on Everybody Loves Raymond.

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    Gone............................and very quickly forgotten may I add.

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    Longtime Montreal Expos general manager Jim Fanning has died at the age of 87.
    Fanning was named the first GM of the Expos in 1968 and spent over 25 years with the team in a variety of roles.

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    Marcel Pronovost. (Joseph Rene Marcel Pronovost) (June 15, 1930 – April 26, 2015) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and coach. He played in 1,206 games over 20 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons and for the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs between 1950 and 1970. A top defenceman, Pronovost was named to four post-season NHL All-Star Teams and played in 11 All-Star Games. He was a member of four Stanley Cup championships with the Red Wings, the first in 1950, and won a fifth title with the Maple Leafs in 1967. Pronovost was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a player in 1978.

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    The youngest "Partridge Family" star Suzanne Crough died Monday at her home in Nevada ... TMZ has learned.

    she was 52

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    Default Louie Louie singer dies

    Jack Ely, singer with the Kingsmen, has died. He is best known for Louie Louie, a song inspired by the Caribbean which appeared, went away quietly and came back in a form so raucous that the American security services thought it should be outlawed, writes Alan Connor.
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    Very sad.
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    I just ran across this on the BBC site, about Jack Ely.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32520921
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    Ben E. King, singer of Stand By Me, dead at 76

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    ^ One of the great voices of soul. R.I.P.
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    Calvin Peete, 71, a Racial Pioneer on the PGA Tour, Is Dead

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    'Star Trek' Actress Grace Lee Whitney Dies at 85

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    Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate dies at 71.
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    Joanne Carson, ex-wife of former ‘Tonight Show’ host, dies at 83

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    This might be stretching it a bit,but a famous building on a Guess Who cover is gone.
    http://globalnews.ca/news/1990803/ba...o-album-burns/
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    ^ heh, that's got more stretch marks than a maternity ward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howie View Post
    ^ heh, that's got more stretch marks than a maternity ward.

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    Blues legend B.B. King dies at 89

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    A legend indeed. Saw him at the Jube about ten or so years ago. R.I.P. Mr. King.
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    Former weatherman and Popcorn Playhouse host, Eric Neville:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Turnbull View Post
    Elijah Harper died on May 17 2013. I think you might have been reading the anniversary notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Guy66 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by overoceans View Post
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    Elijah Harper died on May 17 2013. I think you might have been reading the anniversary notice.
    I should remember not post things after spending late nights on airplanes. Brain not fully functional yet.

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    Eric Neville, Aug 7, 1938- May 15, 2015
    It is with a very heavy heart and immeasurable sadness that we have to announce the sudden passing of my wonderful father, Eric Neville, on Friday May 15. He suffered a sudden heart attack and passed very quickly, surrounded by family.
    He was an unstoppable force of positive energy, happiness and humour. He meant the world to us and many, many others.
    He worked at many radio stations in central Alberta before he came to Edmonton in 1963 to work at CFRN. (now CTV)
    He was mostly known for his work as CFRN's weatherman, and as Klondike Eric, on Popcorn Playhouse. He also hosted Kiddies on Camera, Sunshine Saturday, many outdoor sports shows.
    He loved being a part of so many children's lives and making them smile and laugh. He valued every child who came through the studio and tried to make it a memory that they would keep forever.
    He and my mother were constant companions for their 56 years together. My dad could fix anything, build anything, grow anything and his enthusiasm for technology was immeasurable. He could discuss metaphysics, politics, cars, boats, fishing, gardening, home renovations, music and animals. He loved us so much and our hearts are aching. We will all miss his sense of humour, his beautifully crafted stories, his endless energy and his ability to make everyone around him feel special. He was one in a billion. His motto was 'Be kind, be happy and leave the world a better place than you found it'.

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    John Nash, mathematician, 82.

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    British science fiction, fantasy and horror author Tanith Lee, 67

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    ^ Too bad I think I read one of her books back in the 80's.
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    Former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau
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    All Blacks rugby star Jerry Collins.
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    ^super sad one, him and his wife (who was driving), car accident in France. Great player, monster tackler off the flank. Baby daughter may survive.

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    Taraq Aziz has died in an Iraqui prison.

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    James Last: Big band leader dies at 86

    The German-born musician's manager said he died at his home "peacefully and in the presence of his family".
    Last sold millions of records with his trademark "happy music" - upbeat versions of pop and classical favourites performed by his orchestra.
    He appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in the spring as part of a farewell tour he announced after becoming seriously ill last year.



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    Christopher Lee passed away at age 93


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    Quote Originally Posted by jagators63 View Post
    Christopher Lee passed away at age 93


    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertain...4361?cid=bitly
    The end of a huge career.

    I remember watching a behind the scenes bit on The Two Towers where Peter Jackson said he was trying to describe to Lee the sound someone makes when they're knifed in the back. Eventually Lee, who had an extensive military career during WWII, got frustrated and said something along the lines of "I know exactly what it sounds like". Jackson let it be after that.

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    ^ They also mentioned that Lee, who was a major Tolkien geek, was the only cast member of LOTR who actually knew JRR Tolkien.
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    Dusty Rhodes: WWE Legend Dead at 69

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    Country music singer Randy Howard has been killed in a shootout with a bounty hunter trying to detain him, authorities said.

    He was 65

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    Quote Originally Posted by jagators63 View Post
    Dusty Rhodes: WWE Legend Dead at 69

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    I wouldn't say he's a legend but he was a HOF. His 2 sons Cody and Kevin are active wrestlers on the WWE roster.
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    ^She died June 3, 2010, resurrected June 4, 2010 to die again for her sins on Golden Girls.
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    Oops.
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    Eight is Enough actor Dick Van Patten has died
    While Van Patten first rose to fame as family dad Tom Bradford on the 1977-81 hit show Eight is Enough, he had been acting since he was a child, first appearing on Broadway at age 7. He went on to appear on Broadway 27 more times.

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    ‘Titanic’ composer dies in California plane crash: reports

    Hollywood composer James Horner, who scored the Oscar-winning film “Titanic” and its mega-hit theme song “My Heart Will Go On”, died in a plane crash in southern California on Monday, U.S. media reported.

    Horner, 61, won two Academy Awards for his work on “Titanic”, one for the score and one shared with lyricist Will Jennings for best original song - “My Heart Will Go On”, performed by Celine Dion.

    Horner also composed the music for “Aliens”, “The Karate Kid”, “Braveheart” and a string of other major films. His scores for “Avatar”, “A Beautiful Mind” and “House of Sand and Fog” earned Oscar nominations.

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    Edmonton Lawyer Alex Pringle dies of cancer.
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    James Horner in a plane crash. Wow. I loved some of his music.

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    Loved this show and The Prisoner



    Patrick Macnee, Star of The Avengers TV Series, Dies at 93

    "The actor was best known for portraying John Steed on the 1960s British television series, The Avengers. The spy drama made its U.S. debut in 1966 and ran for 8 seasons with Macnee appearing in all but two episodes.

    The classic series was progressive in its depiction of women as equals to men. "It was the first show that put its leading man and leading lady on an equal footing, and showed a woman fighting and kicking and throwing men around," Macnee told The Express in 2010. That was a radical departure in its time.

    His The Avengers character was also notable for his use of an umbrella rather than a gun. "Mr. Macnee became outspoken and, in later years, took every opportunity to express his disapproval of the proliferation of guns in private hands," the statement says. "

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    Reminds me of my late father. My dad and I used to watch The Avengers together. John Steed was a hero to me back then. He was one cool cat and Tara King, mmm ya.

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    ​Omar Sharif, a Star in ‘Dr. Zhivago,’ Dies at 83

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    Former Oakland Raiders QB Ken Stabler dead at 69

    Ken Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1974, has died as a result of complications from colon cancer. He was 69.

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    RIP Snake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Guy66 View Post
    Former Oakland Raiders QB Ken Stabler dead at 69

    Ken Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1974, has died as a result of complications from colon cancer. He was 69.

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    It was 1977 but not 74

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    Jon Vickers, 88. A great Canadian talent.
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    ^ Any relation to Howie Vickers from The Collectors?
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    ^ Could be, I suppose. I really don't know.
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    Amanda Peterson, star of the 1980s teen movie "Can't Buy Me Love," found dead on July 5th.

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    Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, dead at 22:

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    Gone............................and very quickly forgotten may I add.

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    ^ And now back to reporting to more significant lives lived......

    Conservative trailblazer Flora MacDonald dies aged 89
    If Flora MacDonald had been born 20 years later, she might well have been Canada’s first female prime minister. As it was, the Cape Breton-born politician, who died early Sunday morning in her 90th year, broke down the invisible door that barred women from high office in Canada.

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    Celebrated Stratford director Robin Phillips dies aged 73

    Acclaimed director Robin Phillips – known for bringing his avant-garde take on Shakespeare to the Stratford Festival stage in the late seventies – has died. He was 73 when he passed Saturday morning.

    He also served as director of the Citadel Theatre from 1990 to 1995, and directed productions on Broadway (Jekyll & Hyde) and the Canadian Stage Company (Larry’s Party and the Elephant Man).

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    More on Robin Phillips impact on the Edmonton theatre scene:

    Edmonton theatre stars remember legacy of Robin Phillips

    In Phillips’s four and a half years in Edmonton, he directed 38 productions, changed the Citadel logo, made the Citadel’s Shakespearean stage the Maclab (his favourite) more visually resonant. When he did The Royal Hunt of the Sun, the playwright Peter Shaffer came from England to see it. When he did Aspects of Love, which toured the U.S. and Australia for a couple of years, Andrew Lloyd Webber came to check out his musical.

    Not everything worked out; Phillips was a controversial leader. He proposed a club for the Citadel’s Zeidler Hall (vetoed by Citadel founder Joe Shoctor), and a cabaret for the Rice (time lag: it’s now a cabaret). The board nixed plans for a Toronto run of the Citadel’s Music Man. He tried cancelling complimentary tickets for everyone from sponsors to city councillors. No go. He cancelled the Teen Fest, allowed the Kids’ Fest to flee to St. Albert, and ticked off the country’s coterie of kids’ entertainers by referring to Sharon, Lois & Bram as Boris, Porridge and Spam.

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