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I think I knew what this had to be before anything else on the list.

Almost twenty years later, and this video still mesmerizes me.
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...to mourn Prince's passing in the only appropriate way.

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[livejournal.com profile] jay_lake passed away this morning, June 1 at 5:45am Pacific time. His partner Lisa and friends were with him. He will be missed.

If you want to make a contribution in Jay’s name, please make it to:
Clayton Memorial Medical Fund
P.O. Box 5703
Portland, Oregon 97228

Pizza and Hawaiian shirts on Friday. Don't forget.
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My thoughts are with [livejournal.com profile] wcg and his family today, as they grieve the loss of his wife, [livejournal.com profile] pagawne. Details are in Bill's journal.
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Condolences to the family and friends of Dennis Netto, a.k.a DENNIS ERECTUS of KOME/San Jose from its "Come Radio" heyday of the 1980s. Don West shares, "Dennis was an original and talented shock jock who pre-dated the notoriety of Howard Stern. Dennis worked briefly in Texas, but San Jose was his home. Even long after he left the station and KOME closed, selling its frequency to KUFX, people in the area still talk of him, and remember his remarkable style."

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Emmy winner Kathryn Joosten, whose emotional death scene as Karen McKluskey gave Desperate Housewives' recent series finale its biggest emotional punch, died yesterday of lung cancer in Westlake Village, CA. She was 72.


Prior to her Housewives success, Joosten was best known for playing Mrs. Landingham, secretary to Martin Sheen's President Bartlet, on The West Wing.

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This was the only response I could come up with this morning when [personal profile] gridlore greeted me with the news that Greg Ham was dead.

I have a quintessentially child-of-the-80s story to tell about this video, or rather the special from which it came. It was being broadcast on HBO, which we couldn't afford, and nobody I knew owned a VCR yet - we certainly didn't.

We did own a radio, however. And KFOG was simulcasting the special in stereo... I held onto that cassette, with the ad carefully cut out of TV Guide and glued to a piece of typing paper I had cut to fit in the case, for years - long after I actually owned anything I could play it in.

I actually found a site a couple of months ago that is selling DVD transfers of the special for $10, and while I know it's little better than a bootleg bought out of the back of someone's car, I was tempted to get it then, and moreso now.
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(04-18) 13:04 PDT LOS ANGELES, CA (AP) -- Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the year-end countdown from Times Square on "New Year's Rockin' Eve," has died. He was 82.

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From [livejournal.com profile] hazelchaz's latest Ribbon Rundown, entitled "Everything's on hold":

Kathie Spiss passed away two nights ago.

You may recall that I've said that the two little old ladies in Tucson that run RV Awards have had major health issues. Well, Janet, the one with the broken limbs from the motorcycle accident, has been healing nicely, and has been running the shop while Kathie's been fighting cancer. Kathie's brother came to town to help with things, Janet hired on an assistant, Kathie moved into a hospice for a short stay, and now she's gone.

RV is behind on their orders but is trying to get caught up. I have not yet been told about a memorial service. If it's on a weekend, I might be able to drive out for it.

Where does that leave your ribbon orders?

If I've sent you an order number, i.e. if you were in one of my earlier orders, you're probably fine. I think.

If you were in the last-minute batch, I've sent in your order but I don't know if Janet and her new helper will get to it in time. I'm exploring options if it turns out they can't, so that you can get your ribbons before Gallifrey. I'll be in touch.

(crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nerd_plumage)
kshandra: "80's Child" in hot pink on black background (80s Child)
Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize y'alls neighborhood

The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom

And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller

May you find the peace you so lacked in this life, Michael.


Mar. 2nd, 2009 07:23 pm
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My sister-in-law [livejournal.com profile] laurellady is dead.

Take all the time you need for that part to sink in - I know it's kind of abrupt, but that's pretty much how I found out about it. I was in the bedroom reading, with the intention of taking a nap, when [livejournal.com profile] gridlore came in to tell me about [livejournal.com profile] madelineusher's post.

I always wanted to be closer to her. We had a fair number of (what I thought were) significant things in common - both bigger girls, both poly, both chronically depressed - and the few times we did have the chance to talk, we always seemed to have such a rapport. And when I learned that she and [livejournal.com profile] isomeme were splitting up, and that her mental health was a factor in it, I had so much empathy for her, because my relationship with [livejournal.com profile] dafydd ended similarly. (I had - have - empathy for both of them, really, because I'm far enough away from it now that I know dafydd made the right decision, and that we're both healthier people as a result.) But I didn't know how to reach out to her...I guess nobody did, really.

[livejournal.com profile] madelineusher called me about an hour ago; Doug and I both got to talk to her, and she actually laughed while she was on the phone with him. We'll be worried about her for a while, but it sounds like she's got support where she is.

...I'm just gonna sit here and be weirded out for a while.
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[livejournal.com profile] muskrat_john just made me cry in the middle of the office.

Now, who's up for a game of Talisman? I have all the expansions except the City board. Or do y'all want to wait until I've picked up the new edition?
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After collecting [livejournal.com profile] supersniffles and [livejournal.com profile] firestrike at the airport and having dinner at Taxi's ("because where else do we eat when the three of us are together?"), we headed off to the bar for part two of [livejournal.com profile] dwo's wake. It was PACKED when we got there. Wall to wall people...and wall to wall love. And something tells me we will never see that much Guinness on the bar at one time again. *quiet smile*

We were there long enough for Cindi and me to sing twice each. I'd asked [livejournal.com profile] kor27 to pull my songs out of David's envelope (one of several people to do so, which makes me happy); I wound up with the theme from Mahogany (which sounded good) and "My Immortal" by Evanescence (which I kinda fumbled on the bridge, but had [livejournal.com profile] cekyr0 by my side and countless other folks singing along, so I muddled through). I'm not ordinarily fond of that song...but I've had David singing it in my head since I left last night, and somehow it's not so bad.

Dropped Matt & Cindi off at the House of Pink and got home shortly after midnight; took a while to unwind enough to actually get to sleep. And man, 0540 came way too early. At least I'm only emotionally hung over this morning; I imagine some of the folks who were there last night are in far worse shape. Still and all, I could use a little bolstering today. Random text messages, hits on my hug counter - it's all good.

And never, EVER be afraid to tell the ones you love that you love them.
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...and find out one of the regulars from the bar is dead.

Rest in peace, [livejournal.com profile] dwo. I'm sorry we didn't get to know one another better.

In reading this post, you now know as much as I do, folks. I trust I'll hear more tonight.
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Phil Frank, whose cartoons graced the pages of The Chronicle and other newspapers for more than 30 years, died Wednesday only a few days after he announced his retirement because of illness.

I'm a little disturbed by how hard this is hitting me...I was heartbroken on Monday when [livejournal.com profile] gridlore read me the article announcing Phil's retirement, but I never got the impression that he was terminal.
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(copied largely from a comment I left elsewhere)

Author Madeleine L'Engle, whose novel "A Wrinkle in Time" has been enjoyed by generations of schoolchildren and adults since the 1960s, has died, her publicist said Friday. She was 88.

Amazingly, I only read L'Engle for the first time in the past decade. [livejournal.com profile] dafydd introduced me to the books...and then, at a time when I most needed to learn how to Be, he Named me. The Naming at the end of A Wind in the Door was his contribution to my graduation from therapy. I needed that concept so desperately in my life, and I will ever be grateful, both to dafydd for sharing it with me, and L'Engle for sharing it with the world.
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I had a feeling, as I was pulling into the garage on my way home from work. And when [livejournal.com profile] gridlore immediately stood up as I opened the door, I knew. [livejournal.com profile] murphymom had called earlier, but told him to wait till I was home to tell me. As I noted to her on the phone when I called back, it wasn't though she was going to be any less dead.

As you might guess from the last statement, I'm in a really bizarre headspace right now. She asked me not to cry for her; I'm actually doing pretty well so far on that score. We'll see how long that lasts.

We are now at the mercy of the booking department at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills; the service could be this weekend, or it could be Tuesday. [livejournal.com profile] charlottesmtms, email me your number so I can give you a holler once I'm in the area.
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