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Five Olympiads Artist LeRoy Neiman dies at 91

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Painter and sketch artist LeRoy Neiman, best known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes, died Wednesday at age 91.

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Leading Film Critic Andrew Sarris has Died at 83

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Andrew Sarris, a leading movie critic during a golden age for reviewers who popularized the French reverence for directors and inspired debate about countless films and filmmakers, died Wednesday. He was 83.

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Former 'Goodfellas' Gangster Henry Hill Dies in LA

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Henry Hill, who went from small-time gangster to big-time celebrity when his life as a mobster-turned-FBI informant became the basis for the Martin Scorsese film "Goodfellas," died Tuesday. He was 69.

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Ray Bradbury Dies at Age 91

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Ray Bradbury has died at age 91, and with him dies an imagination that sparked the imagination of so many readers. John Hockenberry remembers his first Bradbury novel, The Illustrated Man, which came as part of his membership to a science fiction book club. John was joined by science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson, known for his award-winning Mars trilogy.

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Ray Bradbury, Author of 'Fahrenheit 451,' Dies

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Ray Bradbury, the science fiction-fantasy master who transformed his childhood dreams and Cold War fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters, and, in uncanny detail, the high-tech, book-burning future of "Fahrenheit 451," has died. He was 91. Listen to WNYC host Leonard Lopate interview Bradbury on July 16, 1990.

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Folk Musician Doc Watson Dies in NC Hospital at 89

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Doc Watson, the Grammy-award winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world for more than a half-century, died Tuesday at a hospital in Winston-Salem, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager. He was 89.

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Donna Summer, The Queen Of Disco, Dies At 63

Thursday, May 17, 2012

In years following Vietnam, people wanted to dance and Donna Summer provided a soundtrack.

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Carlos Fuentes, Legendary Mexican Writer, Dies

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fuentes was one of the premiere and most prolific authors in the Spanish language. Along with contemporaries like Gabriel García Márquez, Fuentes shone a global spotlight on Latin American culture.

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Former NFL Player Junior Seau Is Dead; Possible Suicide

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

He was a star linebacker with the San Diego Chargers, and also played with the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. Reports from California say he may have shot himself.

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NY Rock DJ Pete Fornatale Dies at 66

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pete Fornatale, 66, died on Thursday after suffering a brain hemorrhage earlier this month. He was one of those DJs who came along at a time when the popular culture was throbbing with change and the music both drove it and reflected it back.

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Davy Jones: He Was the Cute One

Thursday, March 01, 2012

WQXR News Host Kerry Nolan pulled her very first diary out of the closet yesterday. On the page for December 30, 1966, she had very carefully written, “TODAY Davy Jones turns 21…” There were little hearts drawn all over the page.

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Davy Jones Of The Monkees Has Died

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

He thrilled many a young girl's heart back in the '60s. Among the songs he'll be remembered for: Daydream Believer.

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Don Cornelius, 'Soul Train' Creator, Dead Of Gunshot Wound

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Soul Train became one of the longest-running shows on television and it was credited as one of the first to feature black artists prominently.

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Judge Robert Carter, An 'Architect Of Desegregation,' Has Died

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

He was a key member of the legal team that convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to outlaw segregated public schools in 1954's landmark Brown v. the Board of Education decision.

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Remembering British Cartoonist Ronald Searle

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

British artist and cartoonist Ronald Searle died on December 30 at age 91 at his home in southern France. Best known as the creator of the "St. Trinian's School" series, and illustrator of the "Molesworth" books, Searle was revered as one of the greatest British graphic artists. Celeste Headlee remembers Searle's life and career.

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Kim Jong-il's Pop Culture Eulogy

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Along with "supreme leader" and "our Father," Kim Jong-Il was also known as "Dear Leader." And certainly, there were few tyrants that satirists dearly loved lampooning more than the self-loving, eccentric late dictator. From "co-starring" as the singing antagonist in "Team America: World Police" to being portrayed as a wife-abducting weatherman on "30 Rock," Kim Jong-il's legacy is in large part an absurd one. Celeste Headlee remembers one of the world's most eccentric evil dictators.

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Christopher Hitchens: 'Atheist Intellectual,' 'Noble Contrarian'

Friday, December 16, 2011

He was "the Cicero of the saloon bar" and a "polemicist who slashed all, freely, with wit," headline writers say. Hitchens died Thursday at the age of 62, after a long battle with cancer.

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Remembering Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Only writer, commentator, contrarian, public intellectual, and noted atheist Christopher Hitchens knows now whether he has indeed gone off to some grim North Korea in the sky. Hitchens, who once imagined the idea of an afterlife as "like living in North Korea," died Thursday in Houston at age 62. The cause was complications from esophageal cancer, which he was diagnosed with while promoting his memoir "Hitch-22" in 2010. A brilliant essayist and author of polemics that took on Henry Kissinger, Mother Theresa, and organized religion, Hitchens remained defiant until the end.

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Remembering 'M*A*S*H' Star Harry Morgan

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Character actor Harry Morgan died Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. In a career that spanned over a hundred movies and numerous television shows, Morgan was best known to audiences for his definitive role as Colonel Sherman T. Potter in the long-running series "M*A*S*H." Morgan was 96, and had recently been treated for pneumonia.

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'Col. Potter' Has Died: Actor Harry Morgan Was 96

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

He came into our living rooms as the fatherly colonel in M*A*S*H, as Officer Bill Gannon in Dragnet and in guest star roles on other series from Murder, She Wrote to The Love Boat.

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