Celebrity Deathwatch 2015 #0141-0144

Yvonne Craig, 78, actress who played Batgirl and a green chick on Star Trek.

Fucks given: .25

Melody Patterson, 66, actress who played Wrangler Jane on F-Troop.

Fucks given: .5 she was hot.

Side note – It’s interesting how short-lived some of these old, at least somewhat iconic TV shows were.  Turns out F-Troop was only on for 2 seasons, and Batman only ran 3 seasons.

Augusta Chiwy, 94, inspiration for Anna the Nurse in the Bastogne episode of Band of Brothers.

Fucks given: .25

Justin Wilson, 37, IndyCar driver.

Fucks given: 1

Celebrity Deathwatch 2015 #0132

Fred Eckhardt, 89, beer writer.

Fucks given: lots and lots.  I’m totally bummed by this.

Once about 12 years ago* I was at the Portland Spring Beer Fest.  Fred was there, wandering around with his spiked helmet, and the Hair of the Dog booth was pouring Fred.  I really tried to get a sample of Fred and then find Fred so I could get a picture with both, but I couldn’t make it happen.

* back when the Portland Spring Beer Fest was good.

Celebrity Deathwatch 2015 #0125-0127

Don Joyce, 71, member of Negativland.

Fucks given: 13.  Not a good year for Negativland, as this is the second member to die this year.

E.L. Doctorow, 84, author of Ragtime and Billy Bathgate.

Fucks given: 0, have avoided reading his work and watching movies based on his work.

Dieter Moebius, 71, German electronica / krautrock musician.

Fucks given: 3


Celebrity Deathwatch 2015 #0121-0124

Alex Rocco, 79, actor who was in a bunch of stuff.

Fucks given: 0; don’t really recognize him.

George Coe, 86, actor who was in a bunch of stuff.

Fucks given: 3, because he voiced Woodhouse on Archer.  I totally do not recognize him as an “original cast member of Saturday Night Live,” as is claimed here; I suspect the show may have always had a 90-minute format, however the syndicated reruns of the ’70s episodes I watched during the ’80s were cut to 60 minutes, so perhaps he was cut out.

Bernat Martínez, 35, and Dani Rivas, 27, motorcycle racers

Fucks given: 0.

Celebrity Deathwatch 2015 #0120

Jules Bianchi, 25, Formula 1 driver for Marussia (which is now Manor), died of head injuries sustained last year at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Fucks given: 5.

I watched this race live (since it started at 11pm or midnight on Saturday night), but the crash wasn’t caught by any of the TV cameras.  Basically, it was raining and another driver skidded off the track and crashed, they put up a yellow flag and brought a crane out to move the other car, then Bianchi skidded off the track at the exact same spot and this happened:

After that he was in a coma and never regained consciousness.

Side note: Marussia last year was battling with Caterham for the position of second-worst team.  They were neck and neck until the Monaco Grand Prix, where Bianchi came in 9th* place and scored the first (and only) championship points for the team.

* actually he finished 8th, but had a 5-second penalty which dropped him to 9th.

Celebrity Deathwatch 2015 #0113-0118

Jerry Weintraub, 77, movie producer.  Did Karate Kid, Oceans 11, and some other crap.

Fucks given: 0.  Honestly, I never actually liked The Karate Kid.

Paul Lioy, 68, environmental scientist who studied the health effects of the dust from the World Trade Center attacks.


Irwin Keyes, 63, actor who had a weird condition causing him to have an unusual facial bone structure, which led to him getting a lot of tough guy / henchman roles.

Fucks given: .25, I vaguely recognize him as one of those guys who was in things.

Caspar Bowden, 53, privacy advocate who warned that the NSA was spying on everyone.

Fucks given: 3

Omar Sharif, 83, famous actor.

Fucks given: 3

Satoru Iwata, 55, game designer and President/CEO of Nintendo.

Fucks given: 1 I guess; I was never really into Nintendo.  Growing up I had a pong system, an Atari 2600, and a Colecovision; then later played games on my Amiga, then much later bought an Xbox.  I have never owned a Nintendo product.

Celebrity Deathwatch 2015 #0110-0112

Burt Shavitz, 80, founder of Burt’s Bees (which he sold to Clorox in 2007 for almost a billion dollars).

Fucks given: 3.

Amanda Peterson, 43, actress; biggest role was in Can’t Buy Me Love.

Fucks given: 0.  Can’t Buy Me Love annoys me because I saw it with a girl who I would rather not think about and, in fact, would prefer to have never met.

Side Note: they did a black version of Can’t Buy Me Love called Love Don’t Cost a Thing.

Blayne Alexander, early 40s?, member of Idiot Stare and Insight 23

Fucks given: A bunch, he was sort of an acquaintance/friend of a (bunch of) friends.  This actually happened a while ago, but it just occurred to me that I neglected to post this at the time.

Celebrity Deathwatch 2015 #0106-0107

Patrick Macnee, 93, John Steed on The Avengers (not The Avengers) and Sir Denis Eton-Hogg in This Is Spinal Tap.

Fucks given: 3

Susan Ahn Cuddy, 100, first Asian-American woman to join the U.S. Navy and the first female gunnery officer in the U.S. Navy.  Later worked for the NSA.  Interestingly, her brother Philip was an actor who played Master Kan on Kung Fu.  (Not the blind guy, the other guy).

Fucks given: 1