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Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby CorruptUser » Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:40 pm UTC

So we don't clutter up the N&A every time someone dies...

Janet Reno has died.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now

Postby Zohar » Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:59 pm UTC

In a very different vein, Francis from Cooking With Dog passed away yesterday. For those who don't know, Cooking With Dog is a fantastic, funny, and welcoming YouTube show about Japanese cooking. I hope they continue the channel.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now

Postby Soupspoon » Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:40 am UTC

Robert Vaughn.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now

Postby Liri » Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:38 pm UTC

Gwen Ifill died. I noticed that she was absent on PBS for election night. I thought Judy Woodruff seemed unhappy, but I figured it was just the election results.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Angua » Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:33 pm UTC

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

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Angua wrote:Zoboomafoo

But the lemur died two years ago.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

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Angua wrote:Zoboomafoo

I live about 10 minutes from the Duke Lemur Center. My class went on a field trip there in elementary or middle school.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Link » Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:38 am UTC

Shepherd Book Ron Glass.

Fuck you, 2016. Fuck you.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Zohar » Sun Nov 27, 2016 7:31 pm UTC

So, I saw Ron Glass come up a lot on FB and, like, can people name one other thing he was on? I'm not saying it's a good thing or a neutral thing that he died, but it feels like a lot of the people saddened by it are kind of fueled by the whole "2016 is terrible" thing.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby sardia » Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:21 pm UTC

An obituary thread, like the time vultures, only remind me of the passage of time and the limited time left. :-( Thanks, Obama.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby ObsessoMom » Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:20 pm UTC

I enjoy reading the obituaries of fascinating, admirable people I'd never heard of (such as journalist Ruth Gruber, who died a few weeks ago at age 105.

It makes me happy to think that the world is filled with many other fascinating, admirable people I've never heard of because they are still living. And there's still time for me to become fascinating and admirable, even if no one ever knows it. (Lots of fascinating, admirable people never get big, splashy obituaries. I'm sure I probably won't.)

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Soupspoon » Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:23 pm UTC

If we're talking about surprising people that you may never have heard of (rather than past celebrities that everyone, FCVO 'everyone', once knew about but deserve a final recognition after a period of obscurity) then I'm going to mention Eric 'Winkle' Brown, who died in February.

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Being an acquaintance of aeronautical figures dating back to the First World War and astronautical figues including such as Gagarin and Armstrong is the least of his accomplishments. And until about three years ago, I had not heard about him.

He then came into my consciousness through a mention and then interview on a radio programme, and started to be more publicly acclaimed in the UK in the last couple of years, but I'm not sure he got a more global recognition (beyond airman and aircraft 'society') before he left us. If a "fascinating obituries" thread had been around at that time, though, I would definitely have mentioned him then.


But I'm unsure whether that is to the spirit (NPI!) of this thread. Especially if we're really supposed to time-limit the reporting time...

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Liri » Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:43 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:So, I saw Ron Glass come up a lot on FB and, like, can people name one other thing he was on? I'm not saying it's a good thing or a neutral thing that he died, but it feels like a lot of the people saddened by it are kind of fueled by the whole "2016 is terrible" thing.

His is probably the only celebrity death I've been truly saddened by. I also rewatched a couple Firefly episodes just the day before, so I was fresh. I will admit a certain degree of selfish melancholy in knowing for certain we'll never know for certain what the Shepherd was all about.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now

Postby addams » Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:20 am UTC

Liri wrote:Gwen Ifill died. I noticed that she was absent on PBS for election night. I thought Judy Woodruff seemed unhappy, but I figured it was just the election results.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Thesh » Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:12 am UTC

Zohar wrote:So, I saw Ron Glass come up a lot on FB and, like, can people name one other thing he was on? I'm not saying it's a good thing or a neutral thing that he died, but it feels like a lot of the people saddened by it are kind of fueled by the whole "2016 is terrible" thing.

He was on a beloved show; of course people are sad. But to answer your question: Barney Miller. I used to watch that show on Nick at Night (IIRC). Abe Vigoda, also in Barney Miller as well as The Godfather, died recently as well.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby eran_rathan » Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:23 am UTC

Liri wrote:
Zohar wrote:So, I saw Ron Glass come up a lot on FB and, like, can people name one other thing he was on? I'm not saying it's a good thing or a neutral thing that he died, but it feels like a lot of the people saddened by it are kind of fueled by the whole "2016 is terrible" thing.

His is probably the only celebrity death I've been truly saddened by. I also rewatched a couple Firefly episodes just the day before, so I was fresh. I will admit a certain degree of selfish melancholy in knowing for certain we'll never know for certain what the Shepherd was all about.


spoilered for canon (and we do find out some of his back story, but not nearly enough, I feel):

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https://www.amazon.com/Serenity-3-Shepherds-Tale-Various/dp/1595825614

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

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Liri wrote:
Zohar wrote:So, I saw Ron Glass come up a lot on FB and, like, can people name one other thing he was on? I'm not saying it's a good thing or a neutral thing that he died, but it feels like a lot of the people saddened by it are kind of fueled by the whole "2016 is terrible" thing.

His is probably the only celebrity death I've been truly saddened by. I also rewatched a couple Firefly episodes just the day before, so I was fresh. I will admit a certain degree of selfish melancholy in knowing for certain we'll never know for certain what the Shepherd was all about.


We got the answer in the comics.

Comics plot ahead...
Spoiler:
Shepherd is actually a stolen identity. He was a petty criminal joined the Independents before the war began, then murdered the "real" Book in order to become a deep cover mole. He moved up the ranks in the Alliance and sabotaged his own plan to annihilate a few rebellious worlds, killing thousands of Alliance soldiers in the process. Rather than execute him, the Alliance covered up the whole thing to avoid the humiliation, and he then devoted his life to avoiding violence and trying to find redemption. Then he decides to leave the abbey...

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Zohar » Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:49 pm UTC

Liri wrote:
Zohar wrote:So, I saw Ron Glass come up a lot on FB and, like, can people name one other thing he was on? I'm not saying it's a good thing or a neutral thing that he died, but it feels like a lot of the people saddened by it are kind of fueled by the whole "2016 is terrible" thing.

His is probably the only celebrity death I've been truly saddened by. I also rewatched a couple Firefly episodes just the day before, so I was fresh. I will admit a certain degree of selfish melancholy in knowing for certain we'll never know for certain what the Shepherd was all about.

That's fair. Also as people wrote, there are answers in some of the Firefly comics.

To be clear, I'm not upset that other people are feeling this way, just surprised.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Angua » Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:16 pm UTC

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Soupspoon » Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:29 am UTC

I'm led to believe that when I mention Manuel, of Fawlty Towers fame, this short character from that all-too-brief series will mean something internationally.

(There's a lot of radio he's famous for, as well, from narrating Narnia stories to being Dr John Watson in Sherlock Holmes dramatisations, but I'm not sure that travels so well. Tolliver Groat in the Going Postal TV film might be familiar with Pterry fans here, though)

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby ThemePark » Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:49 am UTC

Soupspoon wrote:I'm led to believe that when I mention Manuel, of Fawlty Towers fame, this short character from that all-too-brief series will mean something internationally.

(There's a lot of radio he's famous for, as well, from narrating Narnia stories to being Dr John Watson in Sherlock Holmes dramatisations, but I'm not sure that travels so well. Tolliver Groat in the Going Postal TV film might be familiar with Pterry fans here, though)

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby kalira » Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:47 pm UTC

John Glenn has died. He was, it turns out, the last surviving Mercury astronaut. 137 orbits of Earth -- 3 of them the first ones ever achieved by an American, and 134 achieved as a 77-year-old, the oldest man launched into space.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby CorruptUser » Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:02 am UTC

kalira wrote:John Glenn has died.



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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby flicky1991 » Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:43 pm UTC

Ah, I had heard about Glenn but didn't recognise the name so didn't bother looking him up. Now that I've seen a picture I realise I recognise him... from his guest appearance on Frasier.
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Postby Thesh » Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:21 pm UTC

I'd always pictured him looking a bit more like Ed Harris.
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Postby morriswalters » Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:38 pm UTC

I terrorized my mother so that I could stay home and watch him fly.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby WibblyWobbly » Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:13 pm UTC

Alan Thicke sudden heart attack at 69?

He wasn't as influential to me as John Glenn, but I watched the shit out of some "Growing Pains" when I was a kid.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby CorruptUser » Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:39 pm UTC

Dammit, why couldn't it have been his douchebag son instead?

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Postby flicky1991 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:44 pm UTC

2016 got Heimlich too... only a few months after all that publicity over him using his own manoeuvre himself.
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Postby Soupspoon » Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:24 am UTC

As an aside, but in line with the core theme of this thread, "Have more famous people died in 2016?", the answer (using that UK-centric rough-and-ready method of estimation) boiling down to yes, but you'd expect rises, and it was the first few months that were the most exceptional...

(I think people here would probably either appreciate or find reason wish to mock the More Or Less programme/podcast, BTW...)

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby eran_rathan » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:58 am UTC

well, damn.


Zsa-Zsa Gabor is the latest famous victim of 2016.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/18/movie ... .html?_r=0
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Postby poxic » Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:06 am UTC

I'm rather more surprised that she lasted this long.
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Postby Liri » Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:33 am UTC

She's definitely someone I figured was dead. I even looked her up a few months ago for some reason.
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Postby Soupspoon » Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:24 am UTC

That's sure been a life, even if recent years weren't so kind to her.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby flicky1991 » Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:22 am UTC

George Michael died... on Christmas Day. Not a good present.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby CorruptUser » Mon Dec 26, 2016 6:56 pm UTC

flicky1991 wrote:George Michael died... on Christmas Day. Not a good present.


2016, GO FUCK YOURSELF.


Ok I actually didn't know who George Michael was until yesterday, but apparently everyone else in my family did, and really, 2016 deserves it. The only George Michael song I actually know is Careless Whisper.


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