In Memoriam

Sherwood Schwartz, Dead at 95

In MemoriumSherwood Schwartz was 95. He was the creator of such iconic shows as The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island, not to mention the ninth owner in the history of the Toronto Argonauts.

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Betty Ford, Dead at 92

In MemoriumBetty Ford was 92. She was the widow of late US President Gerald Ford and a co-founder of an eponymous addiction center in California.

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Dick Williams, Dead at 82

In MemoriumDick Williams was 82. He led the Oakland A’s to two of their three 1970s World Series championships and led the 1967 Red Sox and 1984 Padres to pennants.

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Nick Charles, Dead at 64

In MemoriumNick Charles was 64. He was CNN's first sports anchor and served in that role for nearly two decades. I spent many a night watching Nick Charles and Fred Hickman on "Sports Tonight."

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Peter Falk, Dead at 83

In MemoriumPeter Falk was 83. He marshaled actorly tics, prop room appurtenances and his own physical idiosyncrasies to personify Columbo, one of the most famous and beloved fictional detectives in television history.

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Clarence Clemons, Dead at 69

In MemoriumClarence Clemons was 69. He was a saxophonist with the E Street Band and a vital ingredient of Bruce Springsteen's sound and an invaluable onstage foil to "the Boss".

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Betty Fox, Dead at 71

In MemoriumBetty Fox was 71. She was Terry Fox's mom and she nurtured his legacy into one of international action and inspiration in the fight against cancer.

Every year I raise funds here and run in the Terry Fox Run. This year, I won't just be running for Terry, I'll be running for Betty, too.


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Carl Gardner, Dead at 83

In MemoriumCarl Gardner was 83. He was the original lead singer of the R&B group the Coasters, best known for the 1950s hits "Yakety Yak," "Searchin'," "Poison Ivy" and "Young Blood."

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Jack Kevorkian, Dead at 83

In MemoriumJack Kevorkian was 83. He was a former pathologist, dubbed as “Dr. Death” in the 1990’s for his “right-todie” campaign, who assisted in more than 130 physician-assisted suicides.

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Gil Scott-Heron, Dead at 62

In MemoriumGil Scott-Heron was 62. He was the poet, musician, and author known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and 80s, and for his collaborative soul works with musician Brian Jackson. He was the man behind such seminal pieces of music as “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” and “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”.

I'm late with this one... Gil Scott-Heron passed on Friday. I received the following note late last night via the contact form.

Hey Mike

No RIP for Gil Scott-Heron? He didn't really skip your generation did he?

I'm in my mid-thirties. I've been listening to music from various genres for as long as I can remember. Gil Scott-Heron's contribution to music has been seriously under reported.

In fact, I only know of "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" because one of my favourite albums of all time, It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, by one of my favourite bands of all time, Public Enemy, opens with this:

Peace. Armageddon has been in effect, go get a late pass... step. This time around the revolution will not be televised…step. London, England... consider yourselves... warned!

I'm getting a late pass myself. I have some catching up to do.

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