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My Annual Year-End In Memorium - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
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My Annual Year-End In Memorium
of the famous faces lost to us this year. This isn't a complete list but it does have all those who passed in 2012 that left a memory for me. These men and women entertained, gave laughter, changed the world, went through good times and bad, informed and educated and each stands forever in my mind - maybe for one bright moment or a lifetime.


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mab_browne From: mab_browne Date: December 31st, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Surprising how many of these people I did have some sort of emotional connection to. Interesting. :-) And happy New Year to you.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 1st, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

I know...and every year, it gets more difficult

as I grow older. Now I understand what my mother once said (after John Wayne passed away),
"My whole life is dying".

I could never imagine Christmas back "in the day" without Andy Williams' Christmas special, or New Year's without Dick Clark (sorry, Ryan, but you're just not Dick), and Nora Ephron has given all women so much even if her films were called "Chick Flicks" (but come on, even guys love When Harry Met Sally - which I'm watching right now - and the same with Sleepless in Seattle!), and her writings always made me laugh - they were so true to life, with the humor always there. And do I have to say anything about Davy Jones? Or how many of us squabbled over the Monkees the way we did the Beatles (as to who was their favorite or the cutest, or the sexiest)?

And the news without the honesty and honor of Mike Wallace and his entire generation of real journalists?

Maybe the most sad for me (they were all sad) was Tony Scott's death - besides loving his movies (Top Gun for instance), the idea that he reached a point where he felt suicide was
the only way out and then jumped off a bridge I've driven over a million times? *shivers*

I could go on, but you know what I mean. :(
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alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 1st, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: It's amazing how many

You nailed it. God, how I loved Jack K - and not just for The Odd Couple, but Quincey too! I LOVED that show. And yes, I remember Larry better for I Dream of Jeannie too - even though the rest of the country will always see him as JR Ewing.

Borgnine was one of those actors who never failed to surprise with his performances - and then his total sweetness when met in person. He had a bumpy life, but man, he was special. To this day, I think my favorite performance was as the put-upon husband to Bette Davis' stubborn wife determined to give her daughter (Debbie Reynolds) the perfect wedding in the movie, "The Catered Affair". And in From Here to Eternity? OMG. And of course, Dominic in Airwolf!
kinkthatwinked From: kinkthatwinked Date: January 1st, 2013 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
The Monkees was one of my first fandoms; the news about Davy Jones was like hearing one of my childhood friends died. And after all those years out of the spotlight, Larry Hagman passes away as soon as Dallas makes a comeback and he has a job again? Jeez. But what really floored me was Whitney Houston. Even with all her problems, I never expected her to go out like that, and certainly not so soon.

R.I.P. to all of them.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 1st, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

I agree 100% with everything you said

Davy Jones was a TOTAL shock, and Whitney...Lord, we lost a major talent and now we're left with a family trying to make a buck from her passing, thanks to, imho, the bain of television: Reality shows (as opposed to reality challenge/game shows) that make the non-famous - famous for nothing more than...God only knows.

I always thought Whitney had the best upbringing, based on the way she talked of her family and how important God was in their lives - and yet now, that same family seems to think it's fine to make money on the premise of "Going on without Whitney". Oops, sorry, a bit of a rant there. Sorry. :( But honestly, aren't there far better ways to remember Whitney than watching her greedy in-laws and part of her family give us drama each week? *shivers*
thenightsfall From: thenightsfall Date: January 1st, 2013 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)
We lost a lot of special ones this year. Thank you for doing them this honor.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 1st, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

We did *nods*

I felt bad not to include everyone, but each year it gets harder, so I decided to post only those who had a real impact on me, you know?
thenightsfall From: thenightsfall Date: January 2nd, 2013 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: We did *nods*

::nods:: It makes sense to focus on the ones that had an impact on you personally. It seems there were a lot of them this year for we Baby Boomers.
syrenslure From: syrenslure Date: January 1st, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for this, there were a couple of people that I didn't know had passed, and it is a nice tribute to all of these figures.

I also didn't know that Sally Ride was gay/bisexual. It's just a little thing, but I am glad that she was able to be happy without it being a big public thing. She was one of my childhood heroes for her work on Challenger.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 1st, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

That's why Sally was included

She chose a difficult career, being not only a physicist but of course, choosing to join NASA with the dream of becoming an astronaut - which made her a target immediately since the US was just as hard on the idea of women in space as they were/are with women in the military. I personally don't think she was bi-sexual, but rather that her first marriage was one of convenience (it only lasted what, four, five years?), done to stifle possible rumors? It was only following her death the world found out she'd had a life partner (and her co-author for the several books aimed at children regarding space) for 27 years.

She did so many great things, all quietly and gracefully, receiving little notice or praise until after her death. She was a true role model for women everywhere. What's sad today is that she's still known as not "The first LGBT astronaut" but, "...is the first known LGBT' astronaut", meaning none others have 'come out' - at least not that I know of? Hopefully we're moving closer to the day when such preferences will mean nothing more than being a brunette versus a blonde! *fingers crossed*
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