August 6, 2012
Composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch, best
known for the song "The Way We Were," died
Monday, August 6th. He was 68 years old.
Hamlisch collapsed after a brief illness, his family
In a career that spanned over four decades,
Hamlisch won virtually every major award: three
Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, and
three Golden Globes.
Hamlisch composed more than forty motion
picture scores, including his Oscar-winning score
and song for “The Way We Were,” and his
adaptation of Scott Joplin’s ragtime music for
“The Sting,” for which he received a third Oscar.
August 13, 2012
Johnny Pesky, the former Boston Red
Sox shortstop and manager whose name
was given to the right- field foul pole at
Fenway Park, died yesterday at the age of
Pesky died at the Kaplan Family Hospice
House in Danvers, Massachusetts, the
Red Sox said in a statement.
Enlarge image Johnny Pesky, Shortstop
Linked to Fenway Foul Pole
Boston Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky
salutes the fans before a game against
the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during
the American League Division Series at
Fenway Park in Boston on Oct. 3, 2007.
Pesky played for Boston from 1942-52 -- taking off from 1943-45 to serve in the military during World War II --
and was a .307 career hitter. Pesky’s No. 6 is one of the Red Sox’s eight retired numbers and he was inducted
into the inaugural class of the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1995.
“We have lost a dear and beloved friend,” Red Sox owner John Henry said in a statement. “Johnny was happiest
when wearing the Red Sox uniform. He was able to do that for 61 wonderful years. He carried his passion for
the Sox, for Fenway Park, and for baseball everywhere he went, and he was beloved in return. We will miss him.”
Pesky, who also played for the Detroit Tigers and Washington Senators, retired in 1954 with 1,455 hits --
including 17 homers -- and 404 runs batted in.
Pesky was Boston’s manager in 1963 and 1964, posting a 146- 175 record, and he had a five-game managerial
stint with the team in 1980. He was also a Red Sox radio and television analyst for six seasons from 1969-74
before returning to the field as the team’s first base coach from 1975-84.
Pesky then was a special assistant to the Red Sox general manager until 1992 and was an interim manager for
the club’s Triple-A minor-league affiliate in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, in 1990. He was special assistant for Red
Sox player development from 1993-99 and had held the position of special assignment instructor since 2000.
“The national pastime has lost one of its greatest ambassadors,” MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said in a
statement. He “was an embodiment of loyalty and goodwill for the Boston Red Sox and all of Major League
August 14, 2012
Actor Ron Palillo, who played Arnold Horshack on the
1970s television series "Welcome Back, Kotter," died at
his home in Palm
Beach Gardens, Fla. He was 63.
Jacqueline Stander, an agent for Palillo, told NBC News
that the actor had a heart attack and passed away in
Palillo starred as Horshack, the goofball of the high
school group known as the Sweathogs on the hit
series. The show aired from
1975-79 and featured a young John Travolta as Vinny
August 16, 2012
The television actor, who received an Emmy Award for his
work in My World and Welcome to It and is well-known for his
roles on Star Trek and Murder, She Wrote, died in his
California home from congestive heart failure. Windom was 88.
He attended the University of Kentucky, among several other
higher-education institutions, and decided to pursue acting.
Windom also appeared on episodes of The Twilight Zone and
the '60s comedy series The Farmer's Daughter, where he
played a Minnesota congressman, a position served in real-life
by his great-grandfather, whom he was named after.
The award-winning actor also landed film roles, including a
part in To Kill a Mockingbird, as the prosecuting attorney who
faced off against Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch in court.
Windom is survived by his wife of 37 years, Patricia, and four
children, Rachel, Heather, Hope and Rebel.
August 19. 2012
Tuskegee airman George Hickman, 88, dies in Seattle
George Hickman, a Tuskegee airman decorated as
among the first black pilots to fly for the U.S. military
during World War II, died over the weekend.
His wife, Doris, confirmed to the Associated Press
that he died on Sunday morning in Seattle. He was
Hickman had a long association with the sports
community in Seattle, working as an usher at
University of Washington sporting events as well as
NFL football games with the Seattle Seahawks.
August 20, 2012
Phyllis Diller was 37 when she did her first comedy gig.
But despite her late start, when Diller died on Aug. 20
at age 95, she’d nevertheless enjoyed one of the
longest uninterrupted careers in show biz history.
She became famous as a brassy, bombastic loud
mouth. At first, though, Diller wasn’t at all sure she
should even try standing up in front of an audience.
Groundbreaking female comic Phyllis Diller, With wild
hair and a wild laugh to match, was known for an
eccentric and sometimes cynical stage persona. In her
private life, Diller was an atheist who wanted to be
remembered as having made kindness her religion.
One of the first female stand-up comedians, Diller
appeared in such 1960’s television classics as The Ed
Sullivan Show, Laugh-In, and The Tonight Show. Diller
appeared in more than two dozen movies, including
three with Bob Hope, with whom she also appeared on
numerous TV specials and traveled with to Vietnam to
entertain U.S. troops. Her self-deprecating humor and
zany appearance was a fixture of popular culture in the
second half of the 20th century.
August 25, 2012
Jerry Nelson, who voiced such memorable
characters as The Count and Sherlock Hemlock
on Sesame Street, as well as Floyd of the
Electric Mayhem and Kermit's cousin Robin for
The Muppets has died at age 78.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in
Washington D.C., Nelson's first puppetering
job with The Muppets came in 1965 on The
Jimmy Dean Show, where he took over for
Frank Oz portraying Rowlf the Dog. Joining
Sesame Street in its second season run, he
received many notable characters including
Sherlock Hemlock, The Amazing Mumford,
Herry the Monster and Muppet show heckler
Statler. But, he would find his most famous
and notable character in Count von Count.
Augest 24, 2012
Character actor Steve Franken, best known for
his work on TV's "The Many Loves of Dobie
Gillis," has died of cancer in Los Angeles, his
family said. He was 80.
Franken's wife, Jean, confirmed his Aug. 24 death
to The New York Times. The type of cancer he
suffered was not specified.
The New York-born actor's film credits include
"The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu," "Which Way
to the Front?," "Hardly Working," "The Missouri
Breaks," "The Party" and "The Americanization of
Emily." He was a frequent guest on TV shows
such as "Bewitched," "Love, American Style,"
"Mission: Impossible" and "Seinfeld."
Franken is survived by his wife and their
daughter, Anne; two daughters from his
marriage to ex-wife Julia Carter -- Emily Franken
and Abigail Glass -- and two grandchildren, the
August 25, 2012
Neil Armstrong was a soft-spoken engineer who
became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot
he made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small
step onto the moon. The modest man, who had
people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a
quarter-million miles away, but credited others for
the feat, died Saturday, August 25th. He was 82.
Armstrong died following complications resulting
from cardiovascular procedures, his family said in a
statement. Armstrong had had a bypass operation
this month, according to NASA. His family didn't say
where he died; he had lived in suburban Cincinnati.
Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that
landed on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most
daring of the 20th century's scientific expeditions.
His first words after becoming the first person to set
foot on the surface are etched in history books and
the memories of those who heard them in a live
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for
mankind," Armstrong said.