Actor and director and photographer had Hollywood career from 1954 to his death. He changed film history with "Easy Rider," his performances, in that film and in other roles in "Hoosiers," "Blue Velvet," "Apocalypse Now," "True Romance," "River's Edge" and "The American Friend" are timeless triumphs -- via the L.A. Times
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Pioneer country artist was 101 -- via KDKA-TV. His best known composition was "Mother, Queen of My Heart," a hit in 1932; he and his Wildcats played with Gene Autry, Tex Ritter and many many more. He is thought to be the last man living who played with Jimmie Rodgers. He later became a well-known Pittsburgh radio personality.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
TV and radio host -- via the New York Times. It's difficult to remember now, but he was one of the most omnipresent personalities of his time. He hosted "People Are Funny" and "House Party," and was most famous for writing the book "Kids Say the Darndest Things," based on interviews with children. He could also be seen on our home's version of the Game of Life, above the statement, "I Heartily Endorse this Game."
Mary and Walace Stegner on their wedding day in 1934.Widow of writer Wallace Stegner -- via the Salt Lake Tribune. The obituary acknowledges that the concept of a woman helping her spouse achieve his artistic goals seems contra-feminist; however, it also includes this quote from Stegner, who obviously treasured her:
"She has had no role in my life except to keep me sane, fed, housed, amused, and protected from unwanted telephone calls, also to restrain me fairly frequently from making a horse's ass of myself in public, to force me to attend to books and ideas from which she knows I will learn something; also to mend my wounds when I am misused by the world, to implant ideas in my head and stir the soil around them, to keep me from falling into a comfortable torpor, to agitate my sleeping hours with problems that I would not otherwise attend to; also to remind me constantly (not by precept but by example) how fortunate I have been to live for fifty-three years with a woman that bright, alert, charming, and supportive."
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Mathematical gamesman, debunker of pseudoscience and writer -- via Discover magazine. Here's the New York Times obit, which contains a wonderful summation of his religious philosophy -- "He ultimately found no reason to believe in anything religious except a human desire to avoid 'deep-seated despair.' So, he said, he believed in God."