OBITUARY: Scott Carpenter (1925-2013)

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Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter died today of complications arising from a stroke. Kevin Long (Formerly known as "Republibot 3.0") wrote a review of Carpenter's autobiography, which seems like a more fitting obituary than anything I could say. Here's the link:


R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen

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On Tuesday, animation wizard Ray Harryhausen passed away in his London home at the age of 92.

Generations of film-makers, as well as ordinary people, were inspired by the painstakingly created animated creatures Harryhausen designed and built for such films as "Jason and the Argonauts" and "One Million Years BC."


TV Is My Home Town

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Recently, I was thinking about Warren Stevens, who played "Doc Ostrow" in "Forbidden Planet," and was in a zillion other genre credits as well including Star Trek TOS and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. He passed away last January, and was in his 90s. Honestly, I hadn't realized he was still alive until he died. His passing made me sad in an oddly personal way, despite my never having met him, my never having been specifically overwhelmingly impressed by a performance he gave, and whom I'd already assumed was dead.


OBITUARY: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

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The first human being to set foot on a foreign celesial body, making a giant leap for mankind, has died. Dr. Neil Armstrong was a patriot and a pioneer. In 1969 he, along with Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and their pilot Michael Collins, fulfilled Kennedy's promise of putting a man on the moon before the close of the 1960's. Sadly, President Kennedy was not alive to see the fulfillment of this promise. Everyone else in the entire world, however, watched in profound awe as Dr. Armstrong stepped the Apollo 11's LEM, The Eagle, and uttered the now famous words, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."



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