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orthodoc 10-02-2013 10:52 AM

Oh no ...
RIP, Tom Clancy.

plthijinx 10-02-2013 10:59 AM

I read a few of his novels whilst on my "hiatus from society", one of them twice. But, as always, the books are always better than the movie.

limegreenc 10-02-2013 11:13 AM

For the past 10? years, Clancy has used other writers to make his money. Yes he created the outlines, but it was HIS name at the top of the page. Yes a fabulous storyteller also great film adaptions.

Pete Zicato 10-02-2013 02:35 PM

That is some crazy synchronicity. I just pulled out Red Storm Rising a couple of nights ago to re-read. I'm up to the Iceland thing.

plthijinx 10-02-2013 04:56 PM


Originally Posted by Pete Zicato (Post 878152)
That is some crazy synchronicity. I just pulled out Red Storm Rising a couple of nights ago to re-read. I'm up to the Iceland thing.

second time huh? that good? i haven't read it yet. in fact, i haven't read any clancy since my hiatus.

orthodoc 10-02-2013 06:27 PM

This thread reminds me that I should look up Tom Clancy on amazon and order a few of his titles for my father, who loves political thrillers. I'm immigrating my Dad at the beginning of November, but for this month he's stressed with getting ready and could use some brain candy.

limegreenc 10-02-2013 09:46 PM

He is way over my head...but I enjoyed the movie "hunt for red October with alec Baldwin and sean connery

Pete Zicato 10-02-2013 10:05 PM


Originally Posted by plthijinx (Post 878171)
second time huh? that good? i haven't read it yet. in fact, i haven't read any clancy since my hiatus.

It's the sort of thing Clancy does so well. The intermingling of a dozen story lines. He leaves you at a cliff hanger and switches to another thread. It keeps you turning pages. I also like the hardware details he throws in. Aircraft, submarines, whatever. He does his research.

Gravdigr 10-03-2013 10:30 AM

I've read several of his books, always a good read.

LOVED 'The Hunt For Red October'.

RIP Mr. Clancy.

Undertoad 10-03-2013 02:29 PM

What did he die of?

glatt 10-03-2013 02:41 PM

That's the question. I'm not seeing it reported in all the two articles I skimmed.

Gravdigr 10-03-2013 02:47 PM

FFS...This is from, and is just ridiculous:


As you’ve undoubtedly heard, legendary author Tom Clancy has died. He was just 66 years old. While an illness is said to be the official cause of death, that hasn’t stopped the internet from throwing around alternative speculation.

Could Tom Clancy have been murdered by people within the federal government? One theory goes that the author was too good at predicting events and had become a threat to the nation. This man predicted everything from 9/11 to the Bin Laden raid with razor-like accuracy. To silence him, the feds had him killed — and they did so during the shutdown of the government so that as few people as possible could potentially ruin the plot … so says this theory.

Or, could he have committed suicide? Maybe he utilized his amazing speculative ability and saw something disastrous coming. Thus, in order to avoid a more painful demise, he decided to bow out gracefully now.

Personally, I believe the official word that his health failed. Some say it’s fishy that this illness took him so quickly — but that happens all the time, unfortunately.

Regardless of the manner, I hope you rest in peace, Tom Clancy.

Gravdigr 10-03-2013 02:55 PM

FWIW, it's been my experience that "after a brief illness" usually refers to cancer.

Fuck cancer.

Gravdigr 10-03-2013 02:56 PM

66 yr old male...Ima guess prostate/colon cancer.

glatt 10-03-2013 03:09 PM

He looked like he was in his 60's when I started reading his stuff 20 years ago. He never looked very healthy.

Clodfobble 10-03-2013 08:51 PM

Pancreatic cancer and leukemia can take you extremely quickly too. Once worked with a guy who seemed completely fine, went in for some minor issues, got a diagnosis of leukemia and was dead just a week or two later.

infinite monkey 10-03-2013 11:54 PM

Yep, pancreatic cancer can take a woman who survived for 20 years after a breast cancer diagnosis. Thanks for the reminder.

jake6567 10-22-2013 05:28 AM

Vicki Sue Robinson, a singer that was truly "Unsung." She should have been much more popular than she really every was.

Undertoad 10-22-2013 09:09 AM

Yabbut she died in 2000?

monster 10-27-2013 05:14 PM

Lou Reed

Undertoad 10-27-2013 07:15 PM


Undertoad 10-27-2013 07:22 PM

Aw Marcia Wallace! Mrs Krabappel and the receptionist on Bob Newhart.

Gravdigr 10-29-2013 04:39 PM

Bum Phillips was a walking quote machine:

Bum Phillips, talking about Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula:


He could take his'n, and whup yorn, and then take yorn, and whup his'n.

Lamplighter 11-15-2013 09:22 AM

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This is an article you have to read...

BBC News

Comedian Andy Kaufman 'faked his death', brother claims


Cult comedy star Andy Kaufman faked his own death
in 1984 and is still alive, his brother has claimed.

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Kaufman, best known for playing the incompetent Latka Gravas on
the 1970s sitcom Taxi, officially died from lung cancer in 1984.
But, appearing at an award show named in Andy's honour, Michael Kaufman
said he received a letter from his brother, confirming he was alive, in 1999.

He then introduced a woman who claimed to be Andy's 24-year-old daughter.
Her age would mean she was born five years after his death.

"He just wanted to be a stay-at-home dad, that's why he wanted to leave the showbiz,"
she explained at the New York event.


fargon 11-15-2013 11:27 AM

Maby he is hanging out with Elvis.

Gravdigr 11-16-2013 07:59 AM

I loved Latka. I hated Andy Kaufman.

monster 11-17-2013 10:26 AM

Doris Lessing

never read any of her work, but now reading her obits wondering if maybe I should...

infinite monkey 11-17-2013 10:29 AM


Originally Posted by monster (Post 883623)
Doris Lessing

never read any of her work, but now reading her obits wondering if maybe I should...

Oh wow. One of my college lit professors was a freak for Doris Lessing. Yeah, she's good. RIP.

Sundae 11-17-2013 10:34 AM

I know I have read at least one of her books. At least I really think I have. I hope so.

Will try to remember when I'm not supposed to be getting ready to go out (yes, it only happens a few times a year) and dallying here instead to heighton the tension.

Gravdigr 11-28-2013 02:35 PM

Brian Griffin

So long, Brian, we hardly knew ye.

monster 12-05-2013 05:06 PM

Expected though it was, I find myself unbelievably saddened by the death of Nelson Mandela, and pretty much lost for words. "Free Nelson Mandela" was the theme tune of my impressionable years. he had a good innings and still.... What a great person. The world is a much better place that he was in it and didn't take the easier path.

glatt 12-05-2013 05:42 PM

Yeah. He was a good guy. Sorry to see him go.

Gravdigr 12-08-2013 02:47 PM

Nelson Mandela was a great man. How else can you describe someone who was jailed for almost thirty years, for essentially no good reason, did what he did from prison, got out, and forgave his keepers, and became one of the most influential people on the planet.

I didn't do anywhere near 30 yrs, and I still haven't forgave the snitch pussy motherfucker that snitched on me...and I never will.

richlevy 12-08-2013 03:04 PM

Amy Winehouse singing 'Free Nelso Mandela'. Ironically they died about two years apart. She died at 27. He died at 95.

DanaC 12-15-2013 12:42 PM

Ahhh. This news makes me feel really sad. The great Peter O'Toole has died.

They broke the mould when they made him.

Gravdigr 12-15-2013 04:08 PM

Last time I saw him was a (then new) VHS copy of "Caligula".

monster 12-15-2013 06:36 PM

This made me smile from the BBC article

Broadcaster Michael Parkinson told Sky News it was hard to be too sad about the news of his passing, and smiled as he said: "Peter didn't leave much of life unlived, did he?"

too right, Michael. I'd like to be remembered that way. Must work on that.

Clodfobble 12-15-2013 09:35 PM

I was interested to learn that he apparently survived stomach cancer back in the 70s. That's one of the more fatal ones, and treatment wasn't as fantastic back then either.

Sundae 12-16-2013 03:53 AM

I bought Russell T Davies' Casanova twice (both DVDs lent out, neither returned) as well as watching it on transmission. The combination of talents involved was too fine not to spread the word. Davies, Peter O'Toole, Tennant (pre-Who) Penry-Jones, Lucas et al.

I liked the fact that Peter O'Toole was referred to by his full name, as if it was one word.

Even in comments from friends and colleagues on the radio today; Peterotoole.
Leslie Phillips said he was a wonderful actor, highly professional, a great ranconteur, but an intensely private man. Perhaps that's why people felt the need to gift him his whole name.

DanaC 12-16-2013 04:20 AM

Yeah, that is kind of odd. And sweet.

He was wonderful in Casanova. He was wonderful in everything.

Nobody could play dissolute and derelict charm quite like Peter O'Toole.

Gravdigr 12-16-2013 04:01 PM

Aw, shit, man. Billy Jack died.

Tom Laughlin was 82.

Billy Jack (paraphrasing):


I'm going to kick you in the right side of your face with my right foot. And there's not a damn thing you can do about it.

orthodoc 12-16-2013 05:37 PM

I love that quote.

xoxoxoBruce 12-16-2013 07:45 PM


Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 884587)
Brian Griffin

So long, Brian, we hardly knew ye.

Nope, he's back... resurrected on Family Guy Christmas special.
But Joan Fontaine is still dead.

footfootfoot 12-17-2013 09:55 AM

Peter O'Toole

monster 12-18-2013 07:45 AM

Ronnie Biggs

Rocking those deathpool points this month....

Sundae 12-21-2013 03:12 PM

David Coleman.
It's not even a cold Winter and it takes them anyway.


'The big Cuban opened his legs and showed his class'
David Coleman
Montreal Olympics, 1976

The man who gave his name to a commentary cock-up (the Colemanball) could sometimes be so bad he was good. Like here, for instance. As Cuban Alberto Juantorena - nicknamed 'El Caballo' (the horse) for his muscular appearance and nine-foot stride - powered to 400m and 800m gold medals in Montreal, Coleman began his fine foot-in-mouth tradition with this observation.
Actually this one might belong in the bummed out thread. For me.
Because I read Private Eye for years (and Colemanballs was their column) and because my bro and I laughed until we cried together over his howlers in print, by chance live or in compilations.

But he had a good and successful life, so it's not for me to be bummed.
And I think he'd laugh at that.

Gravdigr 12-23-2013 03:03 PM

Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of the AK-47, and AK-74, is dead at 94.


"I'm proud of my invention, but I'm sad that it is used by terrorists ... I would prefer to have invented a machine that people could use and that would help farmers with their work for example a lawn mower."
~Mikhail Kalashnikov

DanaC 12-31-2013 11:34 AM

Ah damn: John Fortune has died. Gutted.

Sundae 01-01-2014 10:19 AM

I don't get how that information was buried [oops] at the end of the news when "Schumacher is still alive, no change" was headlines.

Very sad. The passing of part of a comedy era.

Undertoad 01-10-2014 10:57 AM

This will be only for Philly people, but RIP Bill Conlin. Great baseball columnist... in the Hall of Fame... and then retired upon credible allegations of child abuse.

footfootfoot 01-10-2014 11:19 AM

And yet, Pete Rose is banned for life?

infinite monkey 01-10-2014 05:50 PM


Originally Posted by footfootfoot (Post 888834)
And yet, Pete Rose is banned for life?

Amen brother!

Let Pete in the Hall!

sexobon 01-10-2014 06:46 PM

He'll bet you they will.

Griff 01-10-2014 07:17 PM

The Hall looks more and more idiotic every year that goes by. You've got the child molesters voting on who is moral enough to go in...They look to be snubbing Mike Mussina now (not snubbed on morals just because stupidity).

infinite monkey 01-10-2014 09:29 PM


Originally Posted by sexobon (Post 888917)
He'll bet you they will.

He never betted on his own associations. ;)

infinite monkey 01-16-2014 06:10 PM

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Ahoy Professor. You taught me so much. You taught me that batteries sitting on a shelf could lose their power, then you taught me that coconuts will suffice just as nice.

RIP Russell Johnson.

Gravdigr 01-17-2014 01:49 PM

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Dave Madden, the band manager on "The Partridge Family" died at age 82.

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DanaC 01-17-2014 04:06 PM

Trigger from Only Fools and Horses died yesterday.

Sundae 01-18-2014 04:01 AM

I was going to post about it, but my inability to open more than one Window at a time made it impossible for me to find out his real name. Back on the iPad now, despite the fact it's not as keyboard-friendly.

Roger Lloyd-Pack.
Emily Lloyd is his daughter.

Merkins might know him best from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Barty Crouch (David Tennant's dad).

Griff 01-18-2014 04:28 PM

Ah, I remember his face. Not a big Potterite so I prolly saw him in something else...

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