Nancy Reagan passes at age 94

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(CNN)   Former first lady Nancy Reagan, who joined her husband on a storybook journey from Hollywood to the White House, died Sunday.

She was 94.

Reagan died at her home in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure, according to her spokeswoman, Joanne Drake of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

“Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004. Prior to the funeral service, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the Library,” Drake said in a statement.

Ronald and Nancy ReaganSay what you will of Nancy Reagan — and the world is filled with her detractors — there was no wife more supportive of a husband than her.  She adored Ronald Reagan with all her might.  It was truly an American love story.

Any husband would be lucky to have a wife so devoted.

Ronald Reagan Uzi Out of BriefcaseIt was this day that hastened the death of Ronald Wilson Reagan.

A bit of Conservatism died with Ronald Reagan in 2004, at the age of 93.  His wife managed to live another year longer than her husband, and another 12 years longer after his passing.

Nancy Reagan is survived by Patti Davis and Ron Reagan — her two children with Ronald Reagan — and Michael Reagan, a son from Ronald Reagan’s first marriage to Jane Wyman. Maureen Reagan, Ronald Reagan’s daughter with Jane Wyman, died in 2001.

Nancy Reagan will be buried alongside her husband at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California.



Meadowlark Lemon passes

Meadowlark_Lemon_Signed_16x20A sad day indeed.

He was 83.

As part of the Harlem Globetrotters, I went to watch him play many times at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacratomato.


Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon, famed hoops jester, dies at 83

by Brandon Griggs

(CNN) George “Meadowlark” Lemon, the basketball star who entertained millions of fans around the world with his antics as a longtime member of the Harlem Globetrotters, died Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 83.

Lemon played 24 seasons and by his own estimate more than 16,000 games with the Globetrotters, the touring exhibition basketball team known for its slick ball-handling, practical jokes, red-white-and-blue uniforms and multiyear winning streaks against overmatched opponents.

He also was one of a handful of Globetrotters whose fame transcended sports, especially among children during the team’s heyday in the 1960s and 1970s. Lemon was immortalized in a Harlem Globetrotters cartoon series and appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” episodes of “Scooby Doo” and many national TV commercials.

Another piece of the past goodness and simpler times of America dies.

God bless you, George Lemon.

Let’s watch you at work.

You thrilled and entertained for years sir.  Rest in peace.



Patrick Macnee passes at age 93

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Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies

Actor Patrick Macnee, star of The Avengers TV series, has died in California at the age of 93.

The Briton, best known for playing John Steed in the 1960s television spy series, died at home with his family at his bedside, his son Rupert said.

Macnee also played roles in theatre, appearing on Broadway, and served in the Royal Navy during World War Two.

A statement on the actor’s website read: “Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories.”

He died peacefully at his home in California’s Rancho Mirage on Thursday, Rupert said.

A favorite television show of mine in the 1960s, I concomitantly fell in love with Diana Rigg as Emma Peel — who currently plays Lady Olenna Tyrell in HBO’s Game of Thrones.



Composer James Horner dies in plane crash

James Horner, a composer for movie scores, died yesterday in an aircraft accident, piloting his own small plane.

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James Horner, Film Composer for ‘Titanic’ and ‘Braveheart,’ Dies in Plane Crash

by Mike Barnes

James Horner, the consummate film composer known for his heart-tugging scores for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards, died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61.

Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, officials said. An earlier report noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down, but the pilot had not been identified.

His lengthy film résumé includes The Lady in Red (1979), Wolfen (1981), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1983), Red Heat (1988), Glory (1989), The Rocketeer (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993), Jumanji (1995), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Troy (2004) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).

James Horner ConductingLet me please unequivocally state that some of the best — probably the best — orchestral work is done today for movie soundtracks.  Probably some of the best music, period.

A sad day indeed.  Please play the video above for a remembrance, nicely done.