The R.I.P. Thread

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Top guy.

Came in from work today and thought he must have picked up because Artist Taxi Driver had posted a video of an interview with him in his cab... got a bit urther down and realised it was a tribute. :(
 

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Gloria Katz, scriptwriter and script doctor (American Graffiti, Star Wars), 76 :

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/n...writer-star-wars-script-doctor-was-76-1164737

She said that Lucas had "a lot of reservations" about his script for his follow-up, Star Wars (1977), as filming was about to begin. "He said, 'Polish it — write anything you want and then I'll go over it and see what I need,'" she said. "George didn't want anyone to know we worked on the script, so we were in a cone of silence."

Katz noted she and Huyck tried to add as much humor as possible and wrote about 30 percent of the film's dialogue. They also shaped Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia to be a woman who "can take command; she doesn’t take any shit … instead of just [being] a beautiful woman that schlepped along to be saved," she said.
 

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Gloria and Willard also wrote Howard the Duck, which, erm, has a good ending I suppose. RIP.
 

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President George H.W Bush, 41st President of the United States dead at 94.
George H. W. Bush, the 41st US president, dies.
Incidentally, my wife and I stayed just down the road from the Bush Compound in Kennebunkport, Maine back in June of this year. It was impressive to say the least (that's it between the trees)!
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I'm not going to get into politics, but on a personal note he was the White House incumbent while I was studying U.S. politics at school and his death makes me feel old!

He was also a naval aviator during WW2 and was shot down. Amazingly (as they said on BBC News when they screened it) there is footage of him being rescued, it'll likely be repeated during tributes.
 

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H was also a naval aviator during WW2 and was shot down. Amazingly (as they said on BBC News when they screened it) there is footage of him being rescued, it'll likely be repeated during tributes.
I didn't know that.

That being so, I will raise a literal glass to him.

Whatever else he may or may not have done, the desire to kill Nazis (or brutal nationalists) is one of the qualities I admire most in a man.

Aviation in those days was pretty far from plain sailing; good on him.
 

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I didn't know that.

That being so, I will raise a literal glass to him.

Whatever else he may or may not have done, the desire to kill Nazis (or brutal nationalists) is one of the qualities I admire most in a man.

Aviation in those days was pretty far from plain sailing; good on him.
It was in the Pacific. He was lucky to be rescued by a submarine.
 

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It was in the Pacific. He was lucky to be rescued by a submarine.
I've read several accounts of aviators who crashed at sea and none of them is fun.

If you bail and out and your chute works, you still have a good chance of perishing.

If you ditch and pray, you have a very good chance of being killed or seriously injured, and if you come out on the right side of those odds you still run the same lottery as those who floated down.

Edit: found the footage you mention:

 

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This isn't a famous person but I hope it is okay to post it here. Beaten in his own home, a senseless death for a brave man who survived all the atrocities of WW2 only to die at the hands of some useless thugs.

RIP Mr Gouldstone.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-46411792

A 98-year-old World War Two veteran who was attacked and robbed in his home has died in hospital.

Peter Gouldstone was found with bruising and a head injury at a house in Evesham Road, in the Bounds Green area of north London, on 6 November.

Mr Gouldstone was left suffering severe injuries including two bleeds to the brain and extensive bruising on his body in the attack, described by police as "brutal and senseless".

He died in the early hours of Friday.
 

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Paul Sherwen - Legendary cycling commentator. With Phil Liggett he provided some of the best sports commentary ever. If you ever heard any of the other commentators of professional cycling none come close to those two. The way they could effortlessly weave accurate cycling commentary with facts about the landscape the cyclists raced through made them hypnotic even to none cycling fans.

He wasn't too shabby a cyclist either.
 

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Tributes have poured in for a soldier who fired Edinburgh Castle’s iconic One o’clock Gun.
Sergeant James Shannon, AKA Shannon the Cannon, died aged 58.
He officially took on the One o’clock Gun role in 2006 shortly after the death of long-time gunner “Tam the Gun”, Sergeant Thomas McKay, who had fired the timepiece since the 1970s. A Territorial Army recruiting sergeant, Shannon was the 29th person to undertake the post of One o’clock gunner.


https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman....ner-shannon-the-cannon-dead-aged-58-1-4838998
 

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Paul Sherwen - Legendary cycling commentator. With Phil Liggett he provided some of the best sports commentary ever. If you ever heard any of the other commentators of professional cycling none come close to those two. The way they could effortlessly weave accurate cycling commentary with facts about the landscape the cyclists raced through made them hypnotic even to none cycling fans.

He wasn't too shabby a cyclist either.
I met him and his partner in crime Phil Liggett quite a few times, and they were both very good company - they were also very much unreconstructed 'blokes' (I don't mean that nastily or disrespectfully!) some of whose comments off camera were very much NSFW!

They did hell of a lot between them to popularise cycling in the English-speaking world. It's a hard sport to commentate on, too, as diddly-squat happens during most of a six- or seven-hour stage. And while he may not have been a cycling great, riding seven Tours de France and winning two British road titles in a ten-year professional at a time when there were very few anglophone riders is one hell of an achievement that most pro riders and all amateurs can only dream of achieving. You had to be hard as nails as a domestique in the 70s and 80s.

Back in the day, I also once got a lift from London to Bath with the late David Duffield who was another great cycling proselytiser and commentator famous for his Duffieldisms ('these cyclists that look somehow like cattle in a mad way, only cattle on bikes'). I'm actually a big fan of the present twosome, Messrs Millar and Boulting, who also work well as a combination.
 

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I met him and his partner in crime Phil Liggett quite a few times, and they were both very good company - they were also very much unreconstructed 'blokes' (I don't mean that nastily or disrespectfully!) some of whose comments off camera were very much NSFW!

They did hell of a lot between them to popularise cycling in the English-speaking world. It's a hard sport to commentate on, too, as diddly-squat happens during most of a six- or seven-hour stage. And while he may not have been a cycling great, riding seven Tours de France and winning two British road titles in a ten-year professional at a time when there were very few anglophone riders is one hell of an achievement that most pro riders and all amateurs can only dream of achieving. You had to be hard as nails as a domestique in the 70s and 80s.

Back in the day, I also once got a lift from London to Bath with the late David Duffield who was another great cycling proselytiser and commentator famous for his Duffieldisms ('these cyclists that look somehow like cattle in a mad way, only cattle on bikes'). I'm actually a big fan of the present twosome, Messrs Millar and Boulting, who also work well as a combination.
I know a guy who road professionally in some of the lesser continental circuit tours and his ability on a bike was something to behold and I'm no bike noob either So Sherwen does indeed deserve a lot of respect.
 

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A friend of mine has died suddenly. I knew him since 1978, involved in so many campaigns and good causes together. Got drunk together so often. I was 18 when we first met, he was 21 and already cynical.

Rest In Power Alan.
 
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A friend of mine has died suddenly. I knew him since 1978, involved in so many campaigns and good causes together. Got drunk together so often. I was 18 when we first met, he was 21 and already cynical.

Rest In Power Alan.
A vid about Alan.


The cover pic on the vid was taken in 1984, thats me with the moustache and short dark hair.
 

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A friend of mine has died suddenly. I knew him since 1978, involved in so many campaigns and good causes together. Got drunk together so often. I was 18 when we first met, he was 21 and already cynical.

Rest In Power Alan.
Oh how awful - please accept my condolences ramonmercado. :hugs:
 

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Just listening to 6Music playing loads of Pete Shelley's music. What a brilliant ear for melody and lyrics. RIP.
 

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Shocking news. If I'd been a few years older I think the Buzzcocks would have been the band for me - perfectly formed pop/punk/post-punk songs with great riffs and lyrics. Saw them last year or the year before in Bristol and they were very, very good. So glad that I got the chance to see them. 'Ever Fallen in Love With' is one of the all-time great 'pop' songs.
 

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Shocking news. If I'd been a few years older I think the Buzzcocks would have been the band for me - perfectly formed pop/punk/post-punk songs with great riffs and lyrics. Saw them last year or the year before in Bristol and they were very, very good. So glad that I got the chance to see them. 'Ever Fallen in Love With' is one of the all-time great 'pop' songs.
oh my god I've seen the Buzzcocks more times than I care to remember. Very saddened by this.
 
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