Dead Celebrity (Part 1)

Sadly everything was not always great back in the day. I have always been really bothered by the treatment of Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Rand) on the Original Series. While she did return in the movies she was basically forced out in season 1 for being sexually assaulted by a producer.

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How fitting.

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This was from October… I saw the Mingus Big Band in the late '90s, and I sat right in front of (like 6 feet away from) Ronnie Cuber. He kicked things off for them with this:

Many people might’ve heard him without realizing it – he played on the J. Geil’s Band’s Freeze Frame album, so that’s surely his bari sax riff near the end of the title track (after 3:22 or so):

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I get this. Anyone at her level of importance and influence and skill and and “break the barriers”-ness is going to have a legacy with elements that divide people. For every Corey Feldman interview and Roy Cohn defense, she’s opened a path for uncountable (literally in the truest sense of the word) women into the industry. And there are many, many male journalists who’ve done the same, and worse. What she did for journalism was good for women and men, and for journalism. It made the profession better. Objectively so, in my opinion. Other things were very very bad. Any accounting that doesn’t take both into account, in the same space, is not doing anyone any good.

IMO, of course.

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More on Barbara Walters from her colleagues…

…and on her legacy as a trailblazer in broadcast journalism:

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The drumming on this song is iconic…

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People who passed in 2022:

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Oh no…

I know her from her collabs with RTJ… including this, which subverts gender roles (listen to the end)…

And…

RIP…

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Drummers having a bad week.

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Damn

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Karen, described as “the man who designed the 1970s”, studied aeronautical engineering and took charge of Ogle Design as MD and chief designer in 1962 after previously working in the aircraft industry, and with Ford, Hotpoint and Phillips.

During his time at Ogle, he oversaw the design of the Bush Radio TR130 radio, the Raleigh Chopper, the Bond Bug, the Reliant Scimitar GTE, the Anadol A1 (FW5), a series of lorry cabs for Leyland, and the Marble Run toy.

He retired from Ogle in 1999 but continued to enjoy creating and designing.

Karen was appointed an OBE for his services to design and his sketchbooks are held at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Reflecting on his creations, he singled out Marble Run, as his “most inspired creation”.

And from 2017:

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Those waves are downright apocalyptic.

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So sad! I loved “She Devil” and “Remember Me!”. She was always a difficult but fascinating writer

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(Not a “Celebrity” by most standards but thought it might interest the comic mutants here.)

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