Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

We were privileged to have him in our midst … and we are now even more rudderless ….

David Ogden Stiers (1942-2018)

M*A*S*H of course, and his narration of the New York documentary by Ric Burns was masterful. It’s part of the reason I moved here.

Rose Marie (1923-2017)

Charles Manson (1934-2017)

Buh Bye …

Hugh Hefner (1926-2017)

George Romero (1940-2017)

Little kid me was scared … a lot:


Michael Cimino (1939-2016)


I watched Heaven’s Gate a few years back to see for myself. No amount of re-editing, re-imagining, or explaining can save it from being the trainwreck that it is. It is a Western with a five minute roller-skating sequence in it. It is 325 minutes long (and I mean long). Joe Queenan writes about it here, in what is the funniest movie review I’ve ever read. It bankrupted a studio and ruined several careers, including Cimino’s.

Cimino was, by all accounts, an autocratic, difficult, Ayn-Rand-loving director and human being. And now he’s dead. RIP.