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    Post 2020 Notables - Passages

    A thread to note time's passage.
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    RIP former NBA Commissioner David Stern, Age 77

    Former NBA commissioner David Stern died Wednesday afternoon, the league announced. He was 77 and had been in serious condition following surgery for a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 12.

    Stern’s wife, Dianne, and their family were with him at his bedside, the league said in a statement.

    “For 22 years, I had a courtside seat to watch David in action,” current NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "He was a mentor and one of my dearest friends.

    “We spent countless hours in the office, at arenas and on planes wherever the game would take us. Like every NBA legend, David had extraordinary talents, but with him it was always about the fundamentals — preparation, attention to detail, and hard work.”

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    After posting this:

    Pick your names and list them here--
    the folks who shouldn't live in fear
    Of mortality's sudden silent creeper:
    The wraith we know as Grim Reaper

    1. Alex Trebek
    2. Jimmy Carter
    3. Little Richard
    4. Willie Mays
    5. Michael J. Fox
    6. Henry Kissinger
    7. Michael Douglas
    8. Mel Brooks
    9. Johnny Depp
    10. Pete Davidson
    I later chose to scuttle the traditional FOO "dead pool" thread for 2020 .

    Not going to promote it. Unwilling to keep score. Wondering why it seemed a good idea in the first place.

    Noting renowned "passers - on" is healthier for the spirit than predicting someone's demise, would you agree ?

    Cynically prognosticating departures from our mortal coil isn't the wicked good fun it used to be. It's just a bit wicked and borderline morbid.

    * * * * * *

    Better to tip the cap as the hearse glides past, as it unlocks impressions of the departed. We can benchmark these transitions in tense-- from present to past -- as the Foo always has, taking note of heroes, villains, and others who leave this world behind.

    Have at it.
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    Default Don Larsen, the only man to pitch. . .

    . . .a perfect game in a World Series, passed today in Hayden Lake, Idaho. He was 90 years old.

    669 World Series games have been played since 1903.

    NYT Obit: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/01/o...rsen-dead.html

    Spokesman-Review with the local angle https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...ake-transplan/
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    Quote Originally Posted by RenoZag View Post
    I posted this earlier today. . .



    * * * * * *
    And then chose to. . .

    . . .scuttle the FOO "dead pool" idea this year.

    Not going to promote it. Unwilling to keep score. Wondering why it seemed a good idea in the first place.

    (Pauses and briefly considers the media meme that lit the earlier excursions. . . )

    Noting renowned "passers - on" is healthier for the spirit than predicting someone's demise, would you agree ?

    Cynically prognosticating departures from our mortal coil isn't the wicked good fun it used to be. It's just semi-wicked.

    * * * * * *

    Better to tip the cap as the hearse glides past, as it unlocks impressions of the departed. We can benchmark these transitions in tense-- from present to past -- as the Foo always has, taking note of heroes, villains, and others who leave this world behind.

    Have at it.
    I was actually going to suggest this. We don't really guess anymore and honestly, it is more a tribute to those that pass. Thanks for doing this Reno.
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    Sounds like a good idea.
    This post is for March Madness seeding purposes only.

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    Sam Wyche, former NFL coach, Age 74

    https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/...-wyche-dies-74

    Wyche received a heart transplant a few years ago, as documented here: https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/...sgiving-112416

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    WWE Hall of Famer Rocky "Soul Man" Johnson, father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has passed away at the age of 75.

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    BobZag. . .

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    Terry Jones, a founding member of Monty Python and a beloved comedian, screenwriter, film director, poet, historian and author, has died. He was 77.

    His agent confirmed his death to the BBC. He had been suffering from dementia, which was revealed publicly by his son, Bill, in September 2016. It left him unable to speak.

    "We are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones," his family said in a statement.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ne...mpression=true

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    Morgan Wootten, a basketball coach for 46 years at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., who brought his school national recognition and produced dozens of college and professional stars, died Jan. 21 at his home in Hyattsville. He was 88. By the time he retired in 2002, Mr. Wootten had won 1,274 games and lost 192, for a winning percentage of .869. In 2000, he became just the third high school coach to be inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

    Mr. Wootten’s most famous victory, in 1965, ended the 71-game winning streak of Power Memorial Academy of New York City and its 7-foot-2 Lew Alcindor, later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The victory established DeMatha’s national reputation and served as a forerunner of national media coverage of high school sports, particularly basketball.

    Many of Mr. Wootten’s players went on to play college and professional basketball, including Adrian Dantley, Kenny Carr, Danny Ferry, Sidney Lowe and Adrian Branch.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...455_story.html

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    PBS NewsHour co-founder Jim Lehrer, a giant in journalism known for his tenacity and dedication to simply delivering the news, died Thursday at the age of 85.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/b...hrer-dead.html

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