Archive for ‘obituaries’

January 28, 2013

Journalist and historian Stanley Karnow dead at 87

The Pulitzer Prize winning foreign correspondent, author, historian, and documentarian died Sunday at the age of 87.

Stanley Karnow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist who produced acclaimed books and television documentaries about Vietnam and the Philippines in the throes of war and upheaval, died on Sunday at his home in Potomac, Md. He was 87.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said Mr. Karnow’s son, Michael.

For more than three decades Mr. Karnow was a correspondent in Southeast Asia, working for Time, Life, The Saturday Evening Post, The Washington Post, NBC News, The New Republic, King Features Syndicate and the Public Broadcasting Service. But he was best known for his books and documentaries.

Karnow was one of a crop of print journalists whose reporting during the Vietnam War pointed out the discrepancies between the upbeat statements of the U.S government and military, and the far more complicated and less sundry reality on the ground.

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August 27, 2012

Space pioneer Neil Armstrong, who did the actual moonwalk, dead at 82

Neil Armstrong, who in 1969 captured the attention of millions of television viewers and the world who took ‘one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’ when he became the first man to set foot on the moon died Saturday at age 82, from complications due to heart surgery Armstrong had undergone in July.

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July 16, 2012

Jon Lord, ‘Deep Purple’ Keyboardist dies

The hard rocker passed away in London today at the age of 71, following  a long bought with pancreatic cancer.


July 11, 2012

Ernest Borgnine, award winning fim and television actor dead at 95


Ernest Borgnine, the heavy-set actor with the gap toothed grin whose over half a century of acting included an Academy Award-winning performance in the 1955  film classic “Marty” and a staring role  in the television sitcom “McHale’s Navy”, died of kidney failure Sunday at Ceader Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at the age of 95.

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February 29, 2012

Davy Jones, ‘Monkees’ singer dead at age 66

Davy Jones, the mop topped British lead vocalist and guitarist of ‘The Monkees’ died Wednesday in his Florida home at the age of 66. Reports indicate that the cause of death was a heart attack.

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July 15, 2011

‘Pleasent Street Video’ shuts down, efforts continue to preserve its movies for the Forbes Library

'Pleasant Street Video' clerk Bill Dwight (left) alongside store co-owner and Manager Dana Gentes (right).


 End credits rolled and like an old cowboy drenched in Technicolor, ‘Pleasant Street Video’ metaphorically rode off into the sunset of local memory at 6pm last night, closing  its doors for the final time.

    The  announcement that the small independent movie rental store that has animated the corner of Pleasant and Armory streets in downtown Northampton for the past twenty-five years would be closing in July; came last month after five years of declining revenue.

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June 4, 2011

“Gunsmoke” star James Arness dies at age 88


Actor James Arness (Pic courtesy of

  James Arness, the actor best known as Marshall Matthew Dillon on the classic western “Gunsmoke” died Friday at the age of 88 due to natural causes. 
      Arness was a household fixture as the Western lawman on the CBS television show that ran from 1955 to 1975, making it the longest running drama series in television history.
May 31, 2011

Bob Paquette, Western Massachusetts host of “Morning Edition” dead at 55

Bob Paquette (Picture courtesy of WFCR)

  Note: The biographical information and quotes in this post were derived from a number of other websites.

  Bob Paquette, the local host and Senior News Producer of  Morning Edition carried on Western Massachusetts NPR stations 88.5 WFCR and WNNZ; died this past weekend in Bloomfield, CT at the age of 55.

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May 3, 2011

Bin Laden is dead (and reactions)


    Honestly, I was hoping to do a big hard news article using several sources and recounting much of the history of  the U.S hunt for Osama Bin Laden, news of the raid, and how it affected U.S policy over the last ten years, but I forgot to save the post.

  Hopefully this much more modest and personal post will suffice.

As we all know, late Sunday night President Barack Obama in a televised address from the East Room of the White House, announced  that Al-Queda mastermind Osama Bin Laden was killed in a U.S raid.

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April 12, 2011

Film maker Sidney Lumet, dies at 86


Sidney Lumet 1924-2011

  Sidney Lumet, the cinematic mind that brought to life such motion picture classics as Twelve Angry Men, Serpico , Dog Day Afternoon , Network, and many others; died Friday night at the age of 86. Reports indicate that lymphoma was the cause of death. 

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