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Matilda, my 15 year old cat I've had since she was a kitten passed this morning.

Condolences, Wayne. My brother in law got killed in a bike accident this afternoon. 38yo, father of two, 6 and 3 yo kids. I can't find words to say how stupid and nonsensical is this.

Dorothy Hoover, my Grandmother, passed from COVID complications yesterday. I guess she had a good 92 year run.     

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Larry McMurtry, author of The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove, and Brokeback Mountain dies at 84.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-56542882

I’m always going to remember him though for All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers, a novel about not fitting in in San Francisco, while wasting time at the cinemas, a book I read when I moved to San Francisco and wasted lots of time in cinemas. 

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G. Gordon Liddy, Mastermind Behind Watergate Burglary, Dies at 90

This is the obit he deserves. 

Born George Gordon Battle Liddy in New Jersey in 1930, he is said to have been a frail boy who was inspired by the rousing radio speeches of Adolf Hitler that residents in his German American neighbourhood were listening to at the time.
"If an entire nation could be changed, lifted out of weakness to extraordinary strength, so could one person," he wrote in his autobiography Will, recalling how he roasted and ate a rat at the age of 11 in order to overcome his fear of rodents.

Some of the extreme ideas he, and colleague Howard Hunt, a former CIA officer, came up with - from plotting to kill Nixon critics to kidnapping anti-war protesters - never got the go-ahead, but their plan to bug the Democratic National Committee offices did.

Also https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/30/us/g-gordon-liddy-dead.html?referringSource=articleShare

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I got some terribly sad news last night from one of my sisters that a close family friend lost her baby in week 40 of her pregnancy. It would have been her and her husband's second child. I can't even imagine how devastated they must be.

It is very, very sad.

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Another week of loss in music and acting. RIP to some greats. 

Trombonist Curtis Fuller. I'm going to have to spin some Curtis this week.

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https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/05/14/arts/music/curtis-fuller-dead.amp.html

Pervis Staples of the Staples Singers. Not particularly into the music but a great legacy nonetheless.

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https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/05/14/arts/music/pervis-staples-dead.amp.html

Actor Norman Lloyd at 106! I think of him from St. Elsewhere but did not know the depth or the incredible duration of his 70+ year Hollywood career or his amazing list of colleagues and associates. 

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https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/05/11/movies/norman-lloyd-dead.amp.html

And don't forget Witchiepoo! HR Pufnstuf actress Billie Hayes. She was scary and creepy in a lovable way when I was a kid.

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https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/05/13/arts/television/billie-hayes-witchiepoo-dead.amp.html 

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RIP the 21 who died of hypothermia while competing in a 100km (60 miles) mountain marathon in China. 172 went missing and after a massive mountain rescue effort the majority were found and got off the hill.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-57216601

 

In the UK, a route like that has to have marshals at intervals, and you are required to carry weatherproofs, a route map and a compass.

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