Chief Jay Strongbow
April 3, 2012
Wrestling great Chief Jay Strongbow, one of
the first Superstars to enter the WWE Hall
of Fame, passed away Tuesday at the age of
83. The WWE legend reportedly suffered a
fall at his home last year and never fully
The man, whose real name was Joseph
Scarpa, helped lay the groundwork for
countless other Superstars from Bret Hart
to Tatanka in the years to come after
beginning his career in the late 1940s.
According to a tweet from former WWE
Superstar Matt Hardy, Saddened to hear
about the passing of Chief Jay Strongbow.
Chief was a major factor in helping Jeff and I
get our break at WWE. RIP Chief…"
Billed from Pawhuska, Oklahoma, Strongbow
joined WWE in 1970 and would become one
of its biggest stars for a pair of decades,
holding the tag-team belts four times with
April 6, 2012
One of most popular artists in America,
"Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade, died Friday
at his home in Los Gatos, Calif., his family said.
He was 54, and his family issued a statement
that his death appeared to be from natural
"Thom provided a wonderful life for his family,''
his wife, Nanette, said in a statement. "We are
shocked and saddened by his death.''
His paintings are hanging in an estimated 1
out of every 20 homes in the United States,
the San Jose Mercury News reported. Fans cite
the warm, familiar feeling of mass-produced
works of art while it has become fashionable
for art critics to dismiss his pieces.
Kinkade lived with his wife and was the father
of four girls.
April 7, 2012
Mike Wallace, of CBS's "60 Minutes" news
show who once declared there was "no such
thing as an indiscreet question," has died at
the age of 93, the network said on Sunday.
Wallace died on Saturday evening with his
family by his side at Waveny Care Center in
New Canaan, Conn., where he spent the past
few years, CBS said in a statement and on its
Sunday morning news broadcast.
Wallace - one of 60 Minutes‘s original
correspondents when the show debuted in
1968 - was known for his hard-nosed
interviews with world leaders and anyone
making headlines. He retired from his full-time
60 Minutes position in 2006 and last appeared
on the broadcast in 2008.
April 8, 2012
Jack Tramiel, the man who helped to create the
Commodore 64 and shaped the world of video
games that we know today, passed away Sunday,
reports Forbes. He was 83.
Tramiel was born to a Jewish family in Poland. In
1939, he and his family were sent to Auschwitz.
Tramiel was rescued in 1945 by the U.S. Army,
but not before his father perished. Not long after,
he immigrated to the United States and joined the
U.S. armed forces, where he learned to repair
office equipment. Upon leaving the army, he set
up a small business repairing typewriters in New
York City. He later relocated to Toronto, Canada,
to form a bigger operation, one that would
eventually produce the Commodore 64.
The Commodore 64 was part of Tramiel's mantra
of creating "computers for the masses, not the
classes." The competition was stiff, including Atari
and Apple, but the C64 would end up becoming
one of the most successful computers of its day.
April 18, 2012
Famed television personality Dick Clark died of a
heart attack Wednesday morning in Los Angeles,
his spokesman confirms. Clark was 82.
Clark is best known for hosting long-running
television shows such as "American Bandstand,"
the game show "Pyramid" and "Dick Clark's New
Year's Rockin' Eve."
He was nicknamed "America's oldest teenager"
and maintained his youthful looks into his 70s.
Clark had been in St. John's Hospital in Santa
Monica, Calif., after undergoing an outpatient
procedure Tuesday night. He suffered the heart
attack following the procedure and attempts to
resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
Clark is survived by his wife, Kari, and his three
April 13, 2012
Jonathan Frid, who played Barnabas Collins in 'Dark
Shadows' show, dead at 87
Actor Jonathan Frid, who played imposing and
elegant vampire Barnabas Collins on the gothic soap
opera "Dark Shadows," has died at 87. Frid passed
away on April 14 from natural causes in his native
"Dark Shadows" ran from 1966 to 1971, drawing 20
million viewers at its peak. Frid joined the show in
1967 and his character, an elegant vampire recently
freed from his chained coffin and returning to his
family's estate, Collinwood, quickly became the
Frid also starred in "Dial M for Murder" and "Murder in
the Cathedral," among other movie roles, and he
starred on Broadway and on tour in a popular revival
of "Arsenic and Old Lace." But it was as Barnabas
that he is best known, thanks in large part to the
show's undeniable cult status and regular fan
conventions that also serve as cast reunions.
'Amarillo Slim' Preston
April 29, 2012
Amarillo Slim, who has died aged 83, was
four times the World Poker champion and
arguably did more than any player to
popularise the game.
in 1970 Slim’s best friend, the one-time
Dallas bootlegger Benny Binion, invited him
to take part in the first World Poker
Championships. The venue was the
Horseshoe, Binion’s casino in Las Vegas
renowned for accepting any bet, no matter
how big. Playing a variant of poker known as
Texas Hold ’Em, Slim did not win that year;
but he returned in 1971, and triumphed in
1972, walking off with the $60,000 pool.
His victory proved transformative for the
game. Slim embarked on a publicity tour, and
soon detoxified poker’s image. Drawing on
Western folklore and characterising the game
with an aggressive lexicon of “showdowns”
and “shoot-outs”, he became poker’s most
April 30, 2012
Known for frequently playing judges, and
Chicago stage productions of The Chicago
Conspiracy Trial and in an adaptation for
BBC Radio), he also performed the role of
"Big Daddy" in Tennessee Williams' Cat on
a Hot Tin Roof with the Arizona Theater
Company during the 1988 season. He was
also Laszlo Gabo on the 1986-87 sitcom
What a Country!.
Among his most famous characters for
movies and TV were Lt. Scanlon, the oily
Internal Affairs officer in Barney Miller, Dr.
Salik in Battlestar Galactica TV series and
his appearance in Star Trek V: The Final
Frontier, directed by William Shatner, who
called him "a wonderful actor".