Obituary in Local New Mexico Paper Immortalizes Walter White

Walter White real obituaryBreaking Bad and the reign of Heisenberg may be over, but one group of fans funded one last hoorah in the form of a real obituary for the beloved and entirely fictional Walter White.

The obit, printed in the Albuquerque Journal, states that the 52-year-old teacher, research chemist and founder of a meth manufacturing empire “died Sunday after a long battle with lung cancer, and a gunshot wound.”

I liked the finale, if anyone cares, because it was subtle, like Walt’s life pre-meth, but I still think Skyler should have died during that knife fight, or maybe the break-in scene with the baby, or crossing the street.  Continue reading “Obituary in Local New Mexico Paper Immortalizes Walter White”

‘Sleepless In Seattle’ Writer/Director Nora Ephron Dead At 71 (May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012)

Nora Ephron, an accomplished directer, author, playwright and screenwriter, died yesterday from pneumonia, a complication of the leukemia she was diagnosed with in 2006.

She directed Sleepless In Seattle, Mixed Nuts, You’ve Got Mail, Julie & Julia and wrote those plus When Harry Met Sally and Silkwood, which was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1983 and would have won some if not for Terms Of Endearment.

Ephron lived a very interesting life. Born to screenwriting parents in New York and raised in Los Angeles, she interned briefly at the White House in 1961 under John F. Kennedy before graduating from college.

She later worked at Newsweek in the mailroom but by the 70’s she moved on and became a Carrie Bradshaw of that era, writing regularly for The New York Post at first and then Esquire about “sex, food and New York City.”  Continue reading “‘Sleepless In Seattle’ Writer/Director Nora Ephron Dead At 71 (May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012)”

Civil Rights Figure Rodney King Drowns At His Home (April 2, 1965 – June 17, 2012)

Rodney King was not influential in the early 90’s for speaking out against the LAPD or rioting. He did however, incite riots after a bystander videotaped him taking a vicious beating by the police.

Some might say that he was a sacrificial lamb, that the brutality he endured was in some way necessary because it really showed how differently African Americans were being treated at that time.

No one should have to suffer that kind of abuse just to prove a point. King’s “fame” came at a heftier price than public humiliation and broken bones.  Continue reading “Civil Rights Figure Rodney King Drowns At His Home (April 2, 1965 – June 17, 2012)”

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch Succumbs To Cancer (August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012)

The first time I ever heard and recognized rap, it was from the Beastie Boys. Since I’m old but not that old, this was in the 90’s, after the release of the B-Boys’ first two albums.

Granted, my era of Ill Communication and Hello Nasty is nothing to disregard.

Mix Master Mike, Adam Horovitz, Mike D, and Adam Yauch kept their eclectic music train going well into this decade.

All the members of The Beastie Boys are pivotal, and writing about the demise of one does not come easily.

Adam “MCA” Yauch was a practicing Buddhist, philanthropist, and one hell of a bassist and rapper. And not just a white rapper. A rapper, period (check out Stereogum’s list of his greatest moments).

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Berenstain Bears Co-Creator Janice Berenstain (July 26, 1923 – February 24, 2012)

Janice Berenstain, passed away last Friday at age 88 after suffering a stoke in Solebury, PA. Her collaborator and husband Stanley died of  lymphoma six years earlier. The two met at Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art at age 18 and married five years later.

They wrote and illustrated over 300 children’s books, putting their work in a league beside other mammal-themed hits like Norman Bridwell’s Clifford The Big Red Dog and Jean de Brunhoff’s Babar.

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Jerry Leiber (April 25, 1933 – August 22, 2011)

78 year-old Jerry Leiber (left) passed away today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA, of heart failure. Leiber is one-half of the songwriter duo responsible for the Ben E. King hits “Stand By Me” and “Spanish Harlem,” and “Hound Dog” originally sung by Willie Mae Thornton (made famous by Elvis) AND “Love Potion No.9” by The Clovers (which was covered by everyone from AC/DC to Neil Diamond to Robert Plant)

Leiber’s longtime partner in prolific platinum-hit-making glory was Mike Stoller (also 78) who composed music on piano while Lieber lyricized famous lines like:

Is that all there is to a fire?”
Is that all there is, is that all there is?
If that’s all there is
if that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing
Let’s break out the booze and have a ball
(“Is That All There Is?” 1969)…

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