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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.

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    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. . .



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    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.
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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.

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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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    Al Kaline. Hall of gamer. Youngest batting champ ever. Straight to the majors from high school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corky View Post
    Al Kaline. Hall of gamer. Youngest batting champ ever. Straight to the majors from high school.
    Won a batting title at age 20 (.340, when no one was off to war). In 22 big league seasons had more walks than strikeouts. A different era. This guy was a player.


    RIP Mr. Kaline.

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    James Drury, 85, star in the Western TV series The Virginian, which ran from 1962 to 1971. The show was 90 minutes long; you don’t see that anymore.

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    John Prine, Who Chronicled the Human Condition in Song, Dies at 73

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/a...core-ios-share

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    Linda Tripp, whose secret conversations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998, died on Wednesday, according to a report. She was 70.

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    Grant Imahara from mythbusters dies of a brain aneurysm. Seemed like a really cool nerd, my peeps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tummydoc View Post
    Grant Imahara from mythbusters dies of a brain aneurysm. Seemed like a really cool nerd, my peeps.
    Yeah, that one sucks. Only 49. He was a brilliant guy. I wanna get off this ride.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tummydoc View Post
    Grant Imahara from mythbusters dies of a brain aneurysm. Seemed like a really cool nerd, my peeps.
    That's so sad.

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    John Lewis, civil rights icon and longtime congressman, dies


    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/0...ongress-036212
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rangerzag View Post
    John Lewis, civil rights icon and longtime congressman, dies


    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/0...ongress-036212
    An icon, IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rangerzag View Post
    John Lewis, civil rights icon and longtime congressman, dies


    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/0...ongress-036212
    Barack Obama shared this moving tribute a few hours ago.

    America is a constant work in progress. What gives each new generation purpose is to take up the unfinished work of the last and carry it further - to speak out for what's right, to challenge an unjust status quo, and to imagine a better world.

    John Lewis - one of the original Freedom Riders, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the youngest speaker at the March on Washington, leader of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Member of Congress representing the people of Georgia for 33 years - not only assumed that responsibility, he made it his life's work. He loved this country so much that he risked his life and his blood so that it might live up to its promise. And through the decades, he not only gave all of himself to the cause of freedom and justice, but inspired generations that followed to try to live up to his example.

    Considering his enormous impact on the history of this country, what always struck those who met John was his gentleness and humility. Born into modest means in the heart of the Jim Crow South, he understood that he was just one of a long line of heroes in the struggle for racial justice. Early on, he embraced the principles of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience as the means to bring about real change in this country, understanding that such tactics had the power not only to change laws, but to change hearts and minds as well.

    In so many ways, John's life was exceptional. But he never believed that what he did was more than any citizen of this country might do. He believed that in all of us, there exists the capacity for great courage, a longing to do what's right, a willingness to love all people, and to extend to them their God-given rights to dignity and respect. And it's because he saw the best in all of us that he will continue, even in his passing, to serve as a beacon in that long journey towards a more perfect union.

    I first met John when I was in law school, and I told him then that he was one of my heroes. Years later, when I was elected a U.S. Senator, I told him that I stood on his shoulders. When I was elected President of the United States, I hugged him on the inauguration stand before I was sworn in and told him I was only there because of the sacrifices he made. And through all those years, he never stopped providing wisdom and encouragement to me and Michelle and our family. We will miss him dearly.

    It's fitting that the last time John and I shared a public forum was at a virtual town hall with a gathering of young activists who were helping to lead this summer's demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd's death. Afterwards, I spoke to him privately, and he could not have been prouder of their efforts - of a new generation standing up for freedom and equality, a new generation intent on voting and protecting the right to vote, a new generation running for political office. I told him that all those young people - of every race, from every background and gender and sexual orientation - they were his children. They had learned from his example, even if they didn't know it. They had understood through him what American citizenship requires, even if they had heard of his courage only through history books.

    Not many of us get to live to see our own legacy play out in such a meaningful, remarkable way. John Lewis did. And thanks to him, we now all have our marching orders - to keep believing in the possibility of remaking this country we love until it lives up to its full promise.

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    Reverend C.T. Vivian:


    https://www.chicagotribune.com/natio...3xa-story.html


    (on the same day as John Lewis)
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    Diego Maradona, who scored the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal

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