The R.I.P. Thread

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I think it has only just been reported the actor Stephen Moore, famous in sci-fi circles for having voiced Marvin the Paranoid Android in both the radio and the television adaptations of the novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, died on 4 October.

R.I.P.
I think his last work was as Marvin in the radio sequels to HHGttG, which is nice. Perfect casting, he really did have a terrific voice. He was Adrian Mole's dad as well as umpteen other things. Solid career. RIP.
 

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SOURCE: https://www.apnews.com/bccf6f678de1469382936ccd0e202e9e

The notion of an individual spacewalk was the stuff of science fiction in 1965. Leonov was the first human to engage outer space as something more than "spam in a can." In a way, his spacewalk represented the first time a human was really in space rather than merely traveling in space as encapsulated cargo.

His spacewalk (and indeed his entire mission) didn't go as planned, and it could well have been disastrous. Leonov wasn't just the first spacewalker; he was the first person who had to improvise to survive a spacewalk:

https://gizmodo.com/50-years-ago-the-first-spacewalk-nearly-ended-in-trage-1692303108

Later he would command the Soviet side of the first joint Soviet / American space mission.

Go now untethered, Alexei Arkhipovich - rest in peace ...
Just a few years back the Russians produced a decent biopic about the life and times of Alexei Leonov called First Time (Vremya Pervyh). So, in his memory, here's a taster (no subtitles, but it is largely visual);

 

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Just a few years back the Russians produced a decent biopic about the life and times of Alexei Leonov called First Time (Vremya Pervyh). So, in his memory, here's a taster (no subtitles, but it is largely visual);

It's available on Amazon Prime with subtitles, called Spacewalker and very good it is too.
 
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Rest In Power Elijah.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper’s son who rose to become the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, died early Thursday of complications from longstanding health issues, his office said. He was 68.

Cummings was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor in his black-majority district , which encompasses a large portion of Baltimore as well as more well-to-do suburbs. Cummings’ long career spanned decades in Maryland politics. He rose through the ranks of the Maryland House of Delegates before winning his congressional seat in a special election in 1996 to replace former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who left the seat to lead the NAACP. Throughout his career, Cummings used his fiery voice to highlight the struggles and needs of inner-city residents. He was a firm believer in some much-debated approaches to help the poor and addicted, such as needle exchange programs as a way to reduce the spread of AIDS.

Cummings was born Jan. 18, 1951. In grade school, a counselor told Cummings he was too slow to learn and spoke poorly, and he would never fulfill his dream of becoming a lawyer. It steeled Cummings to prove that counselor wrong. He became not only a lawyer, but one of the most powerful orators in the statehouse, where he entered office in 1983. He rose to become the first black House speaker pro tem. He would begin his comments slowly, developing his theme and raising the emotional heat until it became like a sermon from the pulpit.

In 2015, when the death of black Baltimore resident Freddie Gray sparked the worst riots the city had seen in decades, Cummings was in the streets, carrying a bullhorn and urging crowds to go home and respect a curfew. He spoke at Gray’s funeral, asking all lawmakers in the church to stand up to show Gray’s mother they would seek justice for her son.

https://www.apnews.com/472ab99bda374c3ba906366d2f0a6d00
 

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Tragic news out of Santa Barbara, California:
Ron Ely: Tarzan star's wife stabbed to death by their son
The wife of Ron Ely, star of the 1960s Tarzan TV series, was stabbed to death by their son at their California home on Tuesday evening, say police.

Officers called to the Santa Barbara house found Valerie Lundeen Ely, 62, dead with "multiple stab wounds".

Authorities said police cornered 30-year-old Cameron Ely outside the home, deemed him a threat and shot him dead.

There was no report of 81-year-old Ely being injured during the attack in the luxury suburb of Hope Ranch.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50074653
 
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I think his last work was as Marvin in the radio sequels to HHGttG, which is nice. Perfect casting, he really did have a terrific voice. He was Adrian Mole's dad as well as umpteen other things. Solid career. RIP.
He was also in Radio 4's highly enjoyable Three Ivans, Two Aunts and an Overcoat - adaptations of several short stories by Nikolai Gogol. Narrated by the similarly wonderfully voiced, and similarly no longer with us, Brian Cant.
 

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Conductor and harpsichordist Raymond Leppard has died at the age of 92.

In recent years, he had lived in America. His recordings, especially of the baroque repertoire, will be remembered by collectors of the LP era, though some of his arrangements were regarded as inauthentic. He was never a hair-shirt conductor.

Forteans will recall his score for Peter Brook's film of Lord of the Flies. RIP. :(
 

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Ivan Milat, the notorious Australian backpack killer and subject of True Crime podcasts has shuffled of this mortal coil to finally meet his maker.
Casefile podcast did a multipart about the murders earlier this year titled Case 109 Belanglo
 

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Grumpy Cat, the feline famous on the internet for her permanent scowl, has died aged seven, her owners say.
A statement says she died on Tuesday following complications from a recent urinary tract infection.
The cat from Arizona had "helped millions of people smile".
Grumpy, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, went viral in 2012 after photographs of her sour expression emerged online. Her image quickly spread as a meme.
According to owner Tabitha Bundesen, her facial expression was caused by feline dwarfism and an underbite.
Grumpy Cat travelled the world making television appearances and in 2014 even starred in her own Christmas film.
Madame Tussauds in San Francisco unveiled a waxwork of her in 2015.

 

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Grumpy Cat, the feline famous on the internet for her permanent scowl, has died aged seven, her owners say.
A statement says she died on Tuesday following complications from a recent urinary tract infection.
The cat from Arizona had "helped millions of people smile".
Grumpy, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, went viral in 2012 after photographs of her sour expression emerged online. Her image quickly spread as a meme.
According to owner Tabitha Bundesen, her facial expression was caused by feline dwarfism and an underbite.
Grumpy Cat travelled the world making television appearances and in 2014 even starred in her own Christmas film.
Madame Tussauds in San Francisco unveiled a waxwork of her in 2015.

She died in May. :Givingup:

https://forums.forteana.org/index.php?threads/the-r-i-p-thread.30162/page-252#post-1860690
 

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A prophet, in the old-school biblical meaning of the word, has passed earlier this year. This bloke shaped me more, philosophically, spiritually politically and theologically, than any other human in history. I never got to speak with him, but I did have the dubious honour of bumping into his beer-gut by accident one of his tours in the early 90s. As I mumbled a meek apology, he gave me a grin and a wink. We'd have been mates. RIP Smithy. I very sad.
https://www.eternitynews.com.au/aus...kers-rally-to-farewell-their-mate-john-smith/



Bikers rally at John Smith Funeral
Tony Kerrigan, Sight Magazine.







Australia | Obituary
Hundreds of bikers rally to farewell their mate John Smith
And Bono sent a tribute







Dean Troth | March 26th, 2019 12:45 PM | 10

Hundreds of “1%” bikers from outlaw motorcycle clubs across Australian, heard the gospel preached loud and clear but lovingly last weekend.

They had gathered together peacefully – for the first time ever – in a church in a small seaside village near Geelong, to pay their respects to a great bloke and say goodbye to a mate, known affectionately to most simply as ‘Smithy’.
The gathering included patched members of rival outlaw clubs including the Hell’s Angels, the Bandidos, the Gypsy Jokers, the Coffin Cheaters, the Rebels and the Immortals.​
According to Rev Mark Johnstone, Senior Pastor of The Wave Baptist Church in Ocean Grove, the church was “full to overflowing with more than 1000 people from all walks of life,” on Saturday to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev Dr John Smith, Founder-in-Chief and International President of God’s Squad Christian Motorcycle Club, a pioneering counter-cultural mission to the marginalised and despised.

God’s Squad colours Tony Kerrigan Sight Magazine
The gathering included patched members of rival outlaw clubs including the Hell’s Angels, the Bandidos, the Gypsy Jokers, the Coffin Cheaters, the Rebels and the Immortals. Even though many may never have darkened the door of a church or dreamt of being in the same room as their rivals, there was a deep sense of calm and peaceful unity in the air, as hundreds listened to tributes, sang Wesleyan hymns, and were moved by testimonies of missions, local and international.
It was clearly a once-in-a-lifetime gathering, unlikely to ever happen again.
One of the most moving tributes was given by Sean Stillman, President of God’s Squad UK chapter, who represented members of God’s Squad in 16 countries around the world. He read out a tribute he had prepared for God’s Squad after its Founder died.
The beautifully crafted tribute listed the many names Smith was known by: “Kevin John Smith, Smithy, The Reverend Doctor, Bullfrog, John, The General. Our commander in chief, our founder, our president and for nearly five decades, our teacher,” and well as his many roles he played, “academic, a pastor, a preacher, a prophetic voice, an irritant to a comfortable church, an advocate for justice, the poor, the marginalised and the arts.”
The U2 singer wrote a piece of prose called “John ‘the Baptist’ Smith,” recounting how when he shared that “some churchy people” thought of him as a heretic.​
Stillman also spoke of Smithy’s ability to connect with myriad people in different contexts “whether it be in a smokey clubhouse bar, backstage at a rock ‘n roll gig, or in the corridors of political power, a chapel pulpit, a street corner talking to a complete stranger, sitting amid Indigenous communities, engaging in academic dialogue or crying in the pouring rain at a graveside.”
Before he began reading his own tribute, however, he wanted to read a note he’d received from an Irish singer named Bono. The U2 singer wrote a piece of prose called “John ‘the Baptist’ Smith,” recounting how when he shared that “some churchy people” thought of him as a heretic, Smith replied cheekily, “You mean like Jesus, matey?” He also described how Smith viewed the Bible as an “incendiary tract, not some handbook on religion or a sop for mankind’s fear of death but an epic poem about life” which spoke about culture, politics and justice.
“When Bob Dylan sang ‘always on the other side of whatever side there was’, he might have been singing about John, an outsider in an outsider community, an outlaw of a different kind preparing the way for the coming of a different kind of world, speaking truth to power,” wrote Bono. He also wrote on some of the tough conversations he’d had with Smithy. “He thought I’d gone soft and become too comfortable round the powerful, thought I was living too well. He was probably right – I still think about it.”
Aboriginal Christian leader from Queensland, Aunty Jean Phillips, provided the acknowledgement of country and first major tribute. She testified to John’s deep friendship with Aboriginal people across many decades, recalling a story from the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, that demonstrated his ‘heart for justice’ and willingness to stand in solidarity with Aboriginal people, even against the authorities and against injustice.
Grandchildren and his daughter Kathy spoke of the man they knew as “Daddy” or “Pa,” including one grandson who recalled how Smithy always “went that extra mile, especially for us grandkids”.
She shared how, though it had been hard not having him around while she was young, she felt his life had “come full circle” she was so grateful the family had been able to be with him at the end. While she said much of the service had been about a tribute to the “big JS”, “I knew him just as Daddy.”
Steve Drury, who worked with Smith’s ministry between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s, shared how he had witnessed Smith minister to hundreds of thousands of people face-to-face and millions more through media over the 10 years. He said he found Smith “compelling” and “hard to ignore”. He also spoke of Smith’s human rights advocacy work in the Philippines, Central America and Eastern Europe, including several times where Smith had put himself at risk, such as the time he and a colleague were arrested while protesting the demolition of homes by local militia on the Philippine island of Mindanao.
Drury said Smith, inspired by the ministry of John Wesley, spent thousands of miles and hours meeting with the poor and marginalised where lived, worked and socialised, “listening and engaging on their own terms.” He said Smith had a “deep understanding of culture” as well as empathy for people, an ability to craft messages and engage people and a love of music.
South Australia Uniting Church pastor, Ian Clarkson, spoke early about his first brief encounter with John Smith on a “blistering hot day” when he was passing through South Australia on one of God’s Squad’s first “sorties” through South Australia. He also said there was a great deal of “symbiosis” between John’s ministry and that of one of his heroes, John Wesley, the 18th Century evangelist and pioneer of Methodism.
Clarkson went on to preach from Acts chapter 17 and spoke how Jesus as our anchor and forerunner. He recalled asking Smith what he hoped to achieve when speaking to packed lecture halls at large university campuses across the country, with their lecturers standing along the walls. “I want to make their argument bleed,” was his reply.
“I just want them to realise that the materialist presuppositions of their professors are flawed and they bleed,” Smith said.
Not to be outdone, after all the sermon, the songs and the tributes had died down, as some rose to leave, John Smith appeared on the screen, in full-flight in a 9-min video-clip of him passionately urging those listening to investigate Jesus if they hadn’t and not to give up on Jesus even if they had become cynical about the church.
To represent the fact that “the world was indeed his parish”, the family placed Smith’s earthly remains inside a world globe. Following the service, the globe was carried by motorcycle down to Point Lonsdale Pier, where his wife Glena, family and close friends scattered his ashes, with a prayer from Smithy’s dear friend, Brouss Ngunanti Chambers and a traditional Maori blessing was sung.
 

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Yvette Lundy, a well-known member of the French Resistance and a Nazi concentration camp survivor, has died at the age of 103.

Authorities said she died on Sunday in the northern French town of Epernay.

Ms Lundy supplied fake papers to Jewish families, men fleeing forced labour, and escaped prisoners of war during the Nazi occupation of France.

In 2017, she was made a Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour, one of the highest civilian decorations in France.


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50284099
 

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A familiar face in Edinburgh who has raised a million pounds for charity over the years has passed away at 99. RIP
Tom Gilzean: Prolific charity fundraiser dies at 99
By Angie BrownBBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter
  • 28 minutes ago
A 99-year-old war veteran turned charity icon who raised £1m for good causes has died in Edinburgh.
Tom Gilzean, was regularly seen with his collecting tin and trademark tartan trousers on Princes Street and the Royal Mile.
He died in veterans' hospital Erskine House in the capital on Monday night following a series of small strokes.
His family said he died still wanting to collect money for charity. He would have been 100 next May.
etc
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-50302024
 

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The last remaining survivor of the Hindenburg disaster, Werner Gustav Doehner, has died at age 90.

Doehner was the only person left of the 62 passengers and crew who survived the May 6, 1937, fire that killed his father, sister and 34 others. He was just 8 years old at the time.

https://www.snopes.com/ap/2019/11/15/last-survivor-of-the-hindenburg-disaster-dies-at-age-90/
My wife has just bought me a small piece of fabric recovered from the Hindenburg's outer shell as a Christmas gift.
Whilst the Hindenburg disaster has always been history to me, it's news like this that seems to make it be slipping just that little bit farther and farther away in time.
 

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The live Hindenburg disaster commentary quote "Oh the humanity!" has become a jokey meme in recent decades, but see it in context and it's absolutely chilling.
 

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My wife has just bought me a small piece of fabric recovered from the Hindenburg's outer shell as a Christmas gift.
Whilst the Hindenburg disaster has always been history to me, it's news like this that seems to make it be slipping just that little bit farther and farther away in time.
We saw a TV documentary about the Hindenburg which showed the field where the disaster happened, still not built on. It was stated that there were still fragments of wreckage to be found if one looked hard enough.
 

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We saw a TV documentary about the Hindenburg which showed the field where the disaster happened, still not built on. It was stated that there were still fragments of wreckage to be found if one looked hard enough.
There's still a little of it floating about (geddit?). Not much, but it's a much sought after bit of history.
 
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