Celebrity Deathwatch 2016 #0001-0002

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Ed Vezey, 96, last survivor of the USS Oklahoma, which was sunk by the Japs at Pearl Harbor.

Fucks given: 1.

Pat Harrington Jr., 86, Schneider on One Day at a Time.

Fucks given: 1; he was entertaining I guess, but I only watched the show so I could spank it to Valerie Bertinelli.

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Gene Amdahl, 92, computer scientist, chief architect of IBM’s mainframe computers, possibly coined the term “FUD“.

Fucks given: 3.5

Rex Reason, 86, actor; star of This Island Earth, which was the movie they watched in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.

Fucks given: 2

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Sandy Berger, 70, unelected government scumbag who worked for President Clinton and smuggled classified documents out of the National Archives in his pants to cover up any potential Clinton administration culpability for 9/11.

Fucks given: fuck that guy.

George T. Sakato, 94, Congressional Medal of Honor winner; fought with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (the one made up mostly of Japanese-Americans) in WWII.

Fucks Given: 17, one per Nazi he killed on 29 October 1944:

After his platoon had virtually destroyed two enemy defense lines, during which he personally killed five enemy soldiers and captured four, his unit was pinned down by heavy enemy fire. Disregarding the enemy fire, Private Sakato made a one-man rush that encouraged his platoon to charge and destroy the enemy strongpoint. While his platoon was reorganizing, he proved to be the inspiration of his squad in halting a counter-attack on the left flank during which his squad leader was killed. Taking charge of the squad, he continued his relentless tactics, using an enemy rifle and P-38 pistol to stop an organized enemy attack. During this entire action, he killed 12 and wounded two, personally captured four and assisted his platoon in taking 34 prisoners. By continuously ignoring enemy fire, and by his gallant courage and fighting spirit, he turned impending defeat into victory and helped his platoon complete its mission. Private Sakato’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.

Percy Foster, 35, dwarf porn star who looked like Gordon Ramsay; apparently he was eaten by badgers.

Fucks given: 5; he was truly the Laurence Olivier of celebrity-chef-lookalike dwarf porn stars.

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Yogi Berra, 90, baseball player and manager who was famous for his humorous quotes.

Fucks given: I had no idea he was still alive.

Mark and Debby Constantino, ??, some sort of “reality” TV stars on some ghost hunting show?

Fucks given: 0, never heard of them.

Sidney Phillips, 91, U.S. Marine who fought in the Pacific, wrote about it afterwards, and was one of the characters on the miniseries The Pacific.

Fucks given: 2, I keep meaning to watch The Pacific but haven’t had a chance to watch more than the first couple of episodes.

Catherine Coulson, 71, The Log Lady on Twin Peaks.

Fucks given: .75

Mark Singer, 67, architect.

Fucks given: not sure, my former employer was friends with this guy and I believe I met him once or twice, but I can’t remember.

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Ben Kuroki, 98, only Japanese-American to fly bomber missions over Japan in WWII.

Fucks given: 1

Judy Carne, 76, British actress, was on Laugh-In and had some minor one-time roles on some other 60’s shows (Bonanza, Big Valley, Man From U.N.C.L.E., etc.)

Fucks given: 0; while I’ve seen clips of Laugh-In, it was before my time.

Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 75, shortest person evar.

Fucks given: 0

Jean Darling, 93, and Dickie Moore, 89, members of Our Gang / The Little Rascals in the late 20s/early 30s.

Fucks given: 0.

Frederick “Dennis” Greene, 66, the black guy from Sha Na Na.

Fucks given: 1; I remember Sha Na Na from their television variety show in the late 70s and had no idea they were an actual band (who played at Woodstock a few months after being formed) until later.

Alan Steel, 79, star of Hercules Against the Moon Men.

Fucks given: none currently, but I may update this after I watch the MST3K version of HAtMM.

UPDATE:  Will be watching this tonight:

Avery Dennis, Sr., 86, former trustee of the Shinnecock Indian Nation.

Fucks given: 0, I just wanted to say Shinnecock.

Martin Milner, 83, star of Adam-12 and Route 66.

Fucks given: 3, I used to watch Adam-12 all the time.

Candida Royalle, 64, porn actress from the late 70s who went on to produce and direct feminist* porn and sell ergonomic vibrators.

Fucks given: 0, haven’t seen any of her movies.

* Which is about as awesome as one would expect:

Royalle’s films are not “goal oriented” towards a final “cum shot”; instead, her films depict sexual activity within the broader context of women’s emotional and social lives.

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Got some catching up to do…

Robert Conquest, 98, historian, author of The Great Terror.

Fucks given: 1.

Conquest sharply criticized Western intellectuals such as Beatrice and Sidney Webb, George Bernard Shaw, Jean-Paul Sartre, Walter Duranty, Sir Bernard Pares, Harold Laski, D. N. Pritt, Theodore Dreiser, Bertold Brecht and Romain Rolland for being dupes of Stalin and apologists for his regime, citing various comments they had made denying, excusing, or justifying various aspects of the purges.

After the opening up of the Soviet archives in 1991, detailed information was released that Conquest argued supported his conclusions. When Conquest’s publisher asked him to expand and revise The Great Terror, Conquest is famously said to have suggested the new version of the book be titled I Told You So, You Fucking Fools.

Coleen Grey, 92, actress, was in some stuff.

Fucks given: 0; don’t recognize her, although I am sure I have seen at least one of her performances, having watched quite a bit of Emergency!, Ironsides, Adam-12, and Bonanza as a child.

Johanna Quandt, 89, German secretary who became a billionaire by marrying her boss (Herbert Quandt, who ran BMW).

Fucks given: 0.

Les Munro, 96, last surviving member of Operation Chastise.

Fucks given: .5

Terrence Evans, 91, actor, was in some stuff.

Fucks given: 0.

Tony Lara, 50, star of Deadliest Catch.

Fucks given: 0; I hate these reality shows.

Susan Sheridan, 68, British voice actress, played Trillian in the original Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio series.

Fucks given: .25

Julian Bond, 75, politician and civil rights activist.

Fucks given: .25; honestly, I am only aware of him because of his appearance on Saturday Night Live.

OK, that’s all I can do for now, more later.

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Christopher Lee, 93, played Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, Scaramanga in The Man With the Golden Gun, Count Dooku in Star Wars II&III, the voice of Death in some animated Discworld movies that I did not know existed until just now, Dracula, etc.  Also fought with the SAS during WWII and hunted Nazi war criminals after the war.

Filming a scene in Return of the King (seen only in the extended version), when Grima Wormtongue (Brad Dourif) stabs Saruman in the back on top of the tower, Christopher Lee corrected Peter Jackson on the fact that when a person is stabbed in the back of the chest, they do not scream (as the director wanted), in fact the air is pushed out of their lungs and they “groan” with an exhalation of air, very quietly, as their lungs have been punctured.

From Peter Jackson’s DVD commentary: “When I was shooting the stabbing shot with Christopher, as a director would, I was explaining to him what he should do… And he says, ‘Peter, have you ever heard the sound a man makes when he’s stabbed in the back?’ And I said, ‘Um, no.’ And he says ‘Well, I have, and I know what to do.’”

Fucks given: All of them.

UPDATE:

 

Mighty Fine at 109

During a television interview in March, (Richard Overton, America’s oldest living WWII veteran) told a reporter that he doesn’t take medicine, smokes cigars every day and takes whiskey in his morning coffee.

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I may drink a little in the evening too with some soda water, but that’s it… Whiskey’s a good medicine. It keeps your muscles tender.

Other people who died in 2010

Last night I stumbled across the wikipedia bio of Alois Brunner, who died in 2010 at the age of 98.  He was an assistant to Adolf Eichmann and in 2003 was called “the world’s highest-ranking Nazi fugitive believed still alive.”

Key quotes from the page:

In a 1985 interview with a German magazine,

Brunner declared that his sole regret was not having murdered more Jews.

Then, in a 1987 interview with the Chicago Sun Times, he said,

All of [the Jews] deserved to die because they were the Devil’s agents and human garbage. I have no regrets and would do it again.

On the bright side, Mossad managed to blow off some of his fingers and take out an eye with letter bombs.