May 2008
Sydney Pollack
May 26, 2008

Award-winning director Sydney
Pollack, a Hollywood mainstay
who achieved commercial
success and critical acclaim
with the gender-bending
comedy “Tootsie” and the
period drama “Out of Africa,
has died. He was 73.

Pollack died of cancer Monday
afternoon at his home in Pacific
Palisades in Los Angeles,
surrounded by family
Sydney Pollack
Harvey Korman
May 29, 2008

Harvey Korman, the tall, versatile
comedian who won four Emmys
for his outrageously funny
contributions to “The Carol
Burnett Show” and played a
conniving politician to hilarious
effect in “Blazing Saddles,” died
of complications from a from
rupture of an abdominal aortic
aneurysm. He was 81.

Mel Brooks said. “Harvey was
such a good solid actor that he
could have done Shakespearean
drama just as well and easily as
he did comedy.” Brooks
described Korman as a “dazzling”
comic talent.

“You could get rock-solid
comedy out of him. He could lift
the material. He always made it
real, always made it work, always
believed in characters he was
doing,” he said.

Harvey Korman archive
Harvey Korman
Alexander Courage
May 15, 2008
Star Trek Composer, Emmy
winner, was 88

Alexander (Sandy) Courage,
composer of the original Star Trek
theme and an Emmy-winning,
Oscar-nominated arranger for TV
and movies, died May 15 at the
Sunrise assisted-living facility in
Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 88
and had been in declining health
since 2005.

Courage's fanfare for the Starship
Enterprise, written in 1965 for the
first of two Star Trek pilots, was
heard throughout the three
original seasons of the show and
has been reprised in all of the Trek
feature films and several of the TV
series, especially Star Trek: The
Next Generation in the 1980s and

Courage's eight-note brass
signature for the Enterprise may
be the single best-known fanfare
in the world.
Alexander Courage
Joseph Pevney
May 18, 2008

`Star Trek' director Joseph
Pevney dies at 96

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) —
Joseph Pevney, who directed
some of the best-loved episodes
of the original "Star Trek"
television series, has died. He was

Pevney died May 18 at his home in
Palm Desert, said his wife, Margo.
Pevney directed 14 episodes of
the 1960s series, including "The
City on the Edge of Forever," in
which Capt. Kirk and Spock travel
back in time to the Depression,
and "The Trouble With Tribbles,"
in which the starship Enterprise is
infested with cute, furry creatures.

Pevney loved the series, said his
son, Jay.
Joseph Pevney
Dick Martin
Dick Martin
May 24, 2008

Dick Martin, the comedian and television
director who achieved TV immortality as
the co-host of "Rowan & Martin's
Laugh-In" (1968) as the comic foil to
straight man Dan Rowan, was born on
January 30, 1922 in Battle Creek,
Michigan. The young Martin was a writer
for the popular radio sit-com "Duffy's
Tavern" before teaming up with Rowan
in the 1950s. The duo achieved success
playing the nightclub circuit and Las
Vegas, leading to Martin's being cast in
a recurring role on "The Lucy Show"
(1962) as series start Lucille Ball's next
door neighbor "Harry Conners" when
Lucy's new series debuted in 1962,
Martin remained as a regular on "Lucy"
through the 1963-64 season.