Thursday, March 29, 2012

Warren Stevens

Actor -- via the San Francisco Chronicle. Best remembered as Doc from "Forbidden Planet"; or, ifyou are a Trekkie, as Rojan in the original series episode "By Any Other Name."

Jerry "Boogie" McCain

Bluesman -- via the Gadsden, AL Times.

Giancarlo Cobelli

Actor, director and writer -- via

Wolfgang Rennert

Music director and conductor -- via Die Presse.

Larry Stevenson

Skateboard designer -- via the New York Times. He invented the kicktail!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Earl Scruggs

Bluegrass legend, banjo master -- via USA Today. I'm a lucky man -- I got to see him play.

Adrienne Rich

Poet -- via the Washington Post.

Wherever in this city, screens flicker
with pornography, with science-fiction vampires,
victimized hirelings bending to the lash,
we also have to walk . . . if simply as we walk
through the rainsoaked garbage, the tabloid cruelties
of our own neighborhoods.
We need to grasp our lives inseperable
from those rancid dreams, that blurt of metal, those disgraces,
and the red begonia perilously flashing
from a tenement sill six stories high,
or the long-legged young girls playing ball
in the junior highschool playground.
No one has imagined us. We want to live like trees,
sycamores blazing through the sulfuric air,
dappled with scars, still exuberantly budding,
our animal passion rooted in the city.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Milt Lee

Advocate for the poor and mentally ill -- via

Al Ross

Cartoonist -- via the New York Times.

David L. Waltz

Pioneering computer scientist -- via the New York Times.

Irving Ludwig

Violinist, conductor and music director -- via the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Adam Briesmeister

Actor, activist and substitute teacher -- via He died saving his friends from a house fire.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Lonnie Wright

Former football and basketball player -- via the Denver Post.

Dennis Bennett

Former MLB pitcher -- via the Klamath Falls, OR Herald and News.

Warren Luening

Trumpeter -- via

King Stitt aka Winston Sparkes

Reggae vocalist and DJ -- via the Jamaican Observer.

Polina Kadiyska

Dancer -- via the Philadelphia Inquirer.