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    1960s author and prankster, Paul Krassner has died at 87.

    Among many other things, Krassner named the counterculture group, the Yippies. I remember wishing I was older so I could do some of the cool stuff they were doing. (I'm older--and wiser now.)

    He died in my mom's favorite place, Desert Hot Springs (near Palm Springs).

    RIP Mr Krassner.
     

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    ^^^ I hadn't thought about the Yippies in a long time.

    RIP, Paul.
     
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    The legacy of 911 continues. I included the article as he was not a celebrity and thought it might be of interest.

    Mr. Cranston was only 48, so he was about thirty when the twin towers fell.

    Thank you for your service at a very challenging time in our Nation's history.

    RIP, Christopher.


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    NYPD Det. Christopher Cranston, who spent his career in Brooklyn’s 60th and 62nd Precincts, died of cancer Saturday.

    A retired NYPD detective who spent six grueling months working on the Ground Zero recovery effort has died from a 9/11-related cancer, his family said as they mourned him Sunday.

    Detective Christopher Cranston, 48, who spent his career in Brooklyn’s 60th and 62nd Precincts, died of cancer Saturday — and his grieving wife ripped into the U.S. senators who are blocking the renewal of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

    Clare Cranston said she called Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee from her dying husband’s hospital bedside, getting a staff member on the phone for Lee, and a recorded message for Paul.

    “I called up Sen. Lee and Sen Paul and I told them they need to sign the bill," she said. ”I opened with, ‘How did they sleep last night? Because I slept on a chair for the last 14 days."

    Paul (R-Ky.) and Lee (R-Utah) stood in the way of a unanimous consent request Wednesday that would have sent the $10.2 billion renewal of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund to the president’s desk. They backed down Thursday, agreeing to vote next week in return for having their own amendments considered.

    Cranston, who was living with his wife and children in Breezy Point on Sept. 11, 2001, worked on the pile and spent months sifting through debris at the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island.

    “He worked 12-hour tours, six days a week at the time, as did all the others,” she said.

    “At the time, we had four children, and the youngest was three months old. He had just come home at 3 o’clock in the morning from overtime the night before," she said.

    When she saw coverage of the attack on TV, she woke him up — and he went right to work. “He got his clothes on, and I didn’t see him for a few days after that. He went right to the scene.”

    He learned he had colorectal cancer on June 8 of last year, she said, but by then, it had already metastasized to his liver and spread, she said.

    Cranston and his wife celebrated their 20th anniversary on June 26.

    “We spent the day in chemo,” she said.

    “The 9/11 Devil (cancer) took Chris from his family and friends,” John Feal, an advocate for 9/11 responders, posted to Facebook Sunday.

    Cranston joined the NYPD in 1991 and became a detective shortly after 9/11, in November 2001. He left the force in 2013 as a member of the 60th Precinct detective squad, police said.

    “He was a gentle giant,” his wife said. “He was a hero.”

    Cranston is survived by five children. His son Chris, 19, recalled that his father loved going to Mets and Jets games with him. “He’s a great man," he told the Daily News. "He was really a mentor, really shaped me into who I am today. He’s in a better place now."


    By TREVOR BOYER and JOHN ANNESE
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    JUL 21, 2019 | 7:41 PM
     
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    Thank you for including this death, despite the fact he wasn't a celebrity.

    Just a heads-up, though: your post may be edited because we're not supposed to post an article in its entirety. (Damn those pesky copyright laws!) Better to post a link to the article along with a snippet of its content.

    RIP Det Cranston--the 199th 9/11 illness-related fatality. :(
     
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    Vocalist and keyboardist Art "Poppa Funk" Neville passed away today. He was 81.

    Art was a founding member of funk legends The Meters and The Neville Brothers (understandably!) and was instrumental in shaping the New Orleans funk sound.

    RIP, Art. Thanks for making some great music that entertained so many.
     
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    Point taken. Unfortunately the news app on my android isn’t as feature-friendly as the one on the (work provided) iPhone, so I deigned to just copy it all rather than type forever, which as a plus also brought over Mr. Cranston’s picture. (As a side note, copying an important obituary, other than for profit, arguably falls under the fair-use doctrine, so I’ll edit to add the source. If TPTB feel more is needed, I’m fine with that.
     
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    I totally enjoyed “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.”

    David Hedison, who starred as Captain Lee Crane on the 1960s ABC submarine series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, died Thursday in Los Angeles, a family spokeswoman announced. He was 92.

    RIP, Mr, Hedison. Thanks for being an early part of TV’s Sci-Fi journey...erm, voyage.
     
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    I hadn't even heard about David Hedison's death. :(

    I had quite the little girl crush on him way back when. :) I have this vague memory of my grandmother saying he was Armenian [like us], but had changed his name for show biz. I wonder...

    ETA: This is a nice article about him, which includes an unknown-to-me tidbit: one of his daughters is married to Jodie Foster.
     
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    Art Neville, of the Neville Brothers, has died at 81.

    Edit: I don't quite know how, but I totally missed @rootabaga's post about this.
     
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    NASA's first Flight Director, Chris Kraft, has died at 95.

    Just think of all the amazing things he was a part of.

    He certainly lived a long, productive life. RIP.
     
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    Wow, we lost a lot of good people in the last few days. I’ve read enough NASA lore that Chris Kraft has been in my vocabulary for a long time. Quite a journey he took us on. RIP, Chris...and as they so often said around NASA back in the day, Godspeed.
     
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    If anyone deserve recognition it's people like Detective Cranston. I went to New York City back in 2003 and went and paid my respects. Something very cool and out right amazing was people would be on their phones or pda's they would get to the observation area/walk way going past that infamous pit and people would cease using their electronic devices, no one spoke as they passed. Once past it they would resume their conversation or businesses.
    By the time I went the majority of the wreckage had been removed. But there were still people walking around in that pit searching for stuff, remains.
     
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    Just a few days ago I heard a statistic that reminded me of, or reinforced, the scope of the 9/11 tragedy. They said that only 40% of victims in the WTC have been positively identified. The anguish the other 60%'s families feel must be awful--no closure, nothing to bury, nowhere to go to mourn... :(
     
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    When I went , I was watch the people in the pit, as I was watching I observed one person who I assume was a police officer stop mid stride bend down and brush the dirt off something. The officer knelt to inspect the item then signal to the others in the pit, within in seconds there were probably two dozen people around this officer.
    A crime scene tech took several pictures then the item was place in a evidence bag and then place in a white box. The box was escorted by several individuals to a white van with a offical new York City logo on the side. it was a very solemn event. I am assuming that they either found a bones or bones or something else a watch, bracelet
    After the fact item was found several people were on their hands and knees careful inspecting the dirt. I believe that they found two more items, I left after that.
    There was this incredible sense of loss about the place, even if you didn't know anything about 9/11 you would know immediately from just standing in the observation area that something incredibly tragic happened there
     
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    Thanks for sharing, @joe71. Your words paint a poignant, and sad, story.
     
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    Given the subject (Neil Armstrong) and nature of this thread, particularly on the heels of Mr, Kraft’s death and the 50th anniversary date marked by Saturday last, I thought this a preferable place for this somewhat heartbreaking story regarding the (likely premature) death of the first man to walk on the moon. Thanks again for your dedication, Mr. Armstrong.

    https://apple.news/AVPBWi6_jQ6iNY4-NXrIJPA
     
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    Thanks for sharing.

    It's quite a long article, but well worth a read.
     
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    NY Times has a pay wall, can't read the article as I don't have an account of course.
     
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    Okay I have several thoughts and opinions on the article.
    First Mr.Armstrong himself. In this day and age everyone wants their 15 minutes of Fame plus ten years:rolleyes:
    With Armstrong you get a sense after about five minutes of fame and being shower with affection and admiration he was good.
    I think after those five minutes was up and he made public appearances, I believe he was a watch watcher. The type of person who attends something but not entirely because they want to but more because circumstances require it w
    I also think that he might have stayed out of the public spot light in order to give his family a normal life.
    His death. First any surgery brings risk . Yes there varying degrees of said risk but none the less risk remains.
    The wires that were supposed to help with his pace maker, did the nurse remove them on her/his own or under supervision of a doctor?
    The one thing I noticed that most of the medical experts pretty much agreed on in around about way was the decision to take him to the cather lab instead of the o.r
    The settlement.
    Okay I am trying not to judge, and I could be totally wrong , but this whole law suit the $6 million? Seems to me that this was about the sons getting paid.
    What was Mr. Armstrong net worth when he passed $8-$10 million probably from his teaching /NASA career combine with any writing or speaking engagement
    I think we know that had he wanted to with. the right public relations firm he could have had ten times that amount.
    I have read plenty of articles about family members passing and law suits that follow, most of the time I understand it's corporate greed that lead to some safely feature or policy being scrapped because it meant less for share holders.
    However I have read plenty where either a parent or child dies and the surviving parties sues and reason (0ne of the reasons) for the law suit is so the surviving party can reclaim any loss wages the deceased might have earned that the next of kin could have benefit from.
    Simply put I can't help but think that his kids are simply riding the coat tails of their fathers fame.
    Another thing is Mr. Armstrong had this surgery when he was in his 80's
    Overall he had an incredible life
    Rest in peace Mr Armstrong
     
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    Lots of people die, die. Most of my friends they've died.
     
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    The good Boxer ( when boxing was relevant ) Pernell " sweet pea " Whitaker died last week.. R.I.P
     
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    RIP Rutger Hauer.

    Blade Runner,Ladyhawke and The Hitcher are the ones I remember the most
     
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    "Blind Fury" made an impression on me.
    I'll miss that guy.
     
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    Just saw about Rutger Hauer, another truly great actor who was truly under appreciate
    Why was it every time he played a bad guy you ended up getting mad each time he lost?
     
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