In Memoriam

Jim Perry, Dead at 82

Jim PerryJim Perry was 82. He was the host of game shows such as Card Sharks, $ale of the Century and Definition, filmed at CFTO-TV's studios.

The clip above features Dave Devall as the announcer, Dan Matheson and Pat Marsden. Dan Matheson was fired by Bell Media earlier this week.

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Not So Good, Al

I can't tell you how many times I dropped the phrase "not so good, Al" these past two decades. I can tell you I say it often as a way to express disappointment.

The Al in that phrase was Al Delvecchio, owner of Arnold's malt shop on Happy Days. Al Delvecchio was played by Al Molinaro, who passed away yesterday at the age of 96.

Not so good, Al.

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Maureen O'Hara, Dead at 95

Maureen O'HaraMaureen O'Hara was 95. She was the actress who appeared in classics ranging from the grim How Green Was My Valley to the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street.

More recently, she appeared as John Candy's feisty mother in Only the Lonely.

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Yogi Berra, Dead at 90

Yogi BerraYogi Berra was 90. He spent almost all of his 19-year career with the New York Yankees, winning the World Series 13 times and MVP award thrice.

His famous Yogi-isms are still heard daily. Here's a selection:

  • It ain't over till it's over
  • It's like deja-vu all over again
  • It ain't the heat; it's the humility
  • Baseball is 90% mental - the other half is physical
  • I never said most of the things I said... Take it with a grin of salt
  • If you don't know where you're going, you might end up some place else
  • He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious
  • You can observe a lot by watching
  • The future ain't what it used to be
  • Never answer an anonymous letter
  • When you come to a fork in the road, take it
  • I always thought that record would stand until it was broken
  • If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be
  • Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't go to yours


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Moses Malone, Dead at 60

Moses MaloneMoses Malone was 60. He was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player three times — twice as a member of the Houston Rockets after the 1978-79 and 1981-82 seasons, and once with the Philadelphia 76ers, following a 1982-83 season that also saw him earn Finals MVP honors for leading the Sixers to the NBA championship.

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Wes Craven, Dead at 76

Wes CravenWes Craven was 76. He was the iconic horror director known for his work on films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream and  The Last House on the Left.

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Al Arbour, Dead at 82

Alger Joseph Al Arbour was 82. He is second to Scotty Bowman for most wins and games coached in league history. As coach of the New York Islanders, he led the team to four Stanley Cups in a row, stringing together 19 straight playoff series victories, a professional sports record.

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Frank Gifford, Dead at 84

Frank GiffordFrank Gifford was 84. He played with the New York Giants his entire NFL career, from 1952 to 1964, and went to the Pro Bowl at three different positions.

If you're my age, you know him best as part of the broadcast booth of "Monday Night Football."

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Christopher Hyndman, co-host of CBC's Steven and Chris, Dead at 49

Christopher HyndmanChristopher Hyndman was 49. He was co-host of the afternoon talk show Steven and Chris on CBC-TV. Prior to their CBC show, the real-life couple starred in Chic with Steven and Chris, Design Rivals and Designer Guys.

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Rowdy Roddy Piper, Dead at 61

Rowdy Roddy PiperRowdy Roddy Piper was 61. He was a WWF / WWE superstar who also starred in John Carpenter’s "They Live."

He was also my favourite wrestler when I followed the WWF in the mid-80s. I'd tune in weekly to hear him on the Piper's Pit.

His "For Everybody" was the best track on The Wrestling Album. JYD, Jimmy Hart and Captain Lou contributed gems, but Hot Rod stole the show.


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