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Lena Mary Calhoun Horne 1917-2010 )

"You have to be taught to be second class; you're not born that way."
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Peter Aurness, 1926-2010 )

"I think I have been hanging around so long, I guess they had to give a [Hollywood star] to me."
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Philip José Farmer, 1918-2009 )

Death, the Destroyer of Delights and the Sunderer of Society, had arrived at last.

Blackness. Nothingness. He did not even know that his heart had given out forever. Nothingness.

Then his eyes opened. His heart was beating strongly. He was strong, very strong! All the pain of the gout in his feet, the agony in his liver, the torture in his heart, all were gone.

It was so quiet he could hear the blood moving in his head. He was alone in a world of soundlessness.

A bright light of equal intensity was everywhere. He could see, yet he did not understand what he was seeing. What were these things above, beside, below him? Where was he?
          -- "To Your Scattered Bodies Go", Philip José Farmer
khaosworks: (Justitia)
Sir John Clifford Mortimer, 1923-2009 )

Knowing the law is not much help for an advocate. In fact it is a bit of a disadvantage. Cramps your style.
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I was familiar with him from Fantasy Island long before he entered our consciousness as Khan.

Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán Merino, 1920-2009 )

Ask not what the role can do for you; ask what you can do for the role.
khaosworks: (Prisoner)
Patrick Joseph McGoohan, 1928-2009 )

We're run by the Pentagon, we're run by Madison Avenue, we're run by television, and as long as we accept those things and don't revolt we'll have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche... As long as we go out and buy stuff, we're at their mercy. We're at the mercy of the advertiser and of course there are certain things that we need, but a lot of the stuff that is bought is not needed...

...We all live in a little Village... Your village may be different from other people's villages but we are all prisoners.
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Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, 1932-2008 )

We didn't have a background for her, so I created one. To me, she was from a different planet where they actually numbered people. She was one of a litter, let's say - The only time they would breed was when they needed people — they would clone them and try to get as much intelligence into each one as they could. As they were growing up they would take their place, and be given a position according to their excellence. She actually turned into Number One and therefore went onto a starship. It was a way of life, just a manner of being; she hadn't done anything particularly wonderful until she got there and met people. She was bred for excellence, that's all... That was the Number One character; that was my character.
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Betty Mae 'Bettie' Page, 1923-2008 )

I never thought it was shameful. I felt normal. It's just that it was much better than pounding a typewriter eight hours a day, which gets monotonous.
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Forrest J Ackerman, 1916-2008 )

It all began October 1926 when a little nine-year-old me was standing in front of a newsstand and the Hugo Gernsback magazine "Amazing Stories" jumped off the newsstand, grabbed hold of me and - most people are too young to know, but in those days magazines spoke - and that one said "take me home little boy. You will love me!" And everything grew from that.

My only encounter with Forry was eight years ago at Chicon 2000. I was in the Dealer's Room browsing (as you do) when I saw someone passing by out of the corner of my eye. I turned to give him room, and there he was - I recognised him from photos I'd seen before and was dumbstruck: here was Forrest J. Ackerman! The Forrest J Ackerman!

He looked at me, smiling, I stared back goggle-eyed at him, and the moment must have gone on a tad too long, because he then broke it by extending his hand and offering me a copy of his newsletter. I took it and finally had the presence of mind to stammer out a request for his autograph, which he graciously gave.

That incident (along with an encounter with Harry Harrison in the Green Room) prompted the writing of my signature song, Fanboy Soul.
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Joshua Benjamin Jeyaratnam, 1926-2008 )

I last saw him several months ago. He was elderly, yes, and needed an assistant to help him with his case notes, but he still argued his case himself and his mind and knowledge of the law was as sharp as ever. I always felt honoured just to speak with and hear him, to be in the presence of someone who had made such an indelible mark on Singapore's political history. Rest well, JBJ.
khaosworks: (Spider)
Paul Leonard Newman, 1925-2008 )

If you're playing a poker game and you look around the table and and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you.
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I think most if not all Singaporeans of my generation wore his shoes as children. The ubiquitous slogan was "First to Bata, then to school."

Thomas John Bata, 1914-2008 )

We were motivated by the knowledge that our enterprise was providing an entire region with new, previously unknown advantages, that its growth was contributing to the wealth and the education of the nation.
khaosworks: (Sigh)
José Cuauhtemoc Meléndez, 1916-2008 )

"They said, 'What kind of name is this? You're going to hog the credits. We'll call you Bill.'"
- Menlendez on how his Walt Disney colleagues reacted to his actual name
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Don LaFontaine, 1940-2008 )

We have to very rapidly establish the world we are transporting them to. That's very easily done by saying, "In a world where ... violence rules." "In a world where ... men are slaves and women are the conquerors." You very rapidly set the scene.
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Youtube stream remembering the late, great, George Carlin, telling it like it is. Warning: strong NSFW language.

But below, George in a less angry mode, doing one of my favourite of his routines: the difference between Baseball and Football.

khaosworks: (Despair)
George Denis Patrick Carlin, 1937-2008 )

I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.
khaosworks: (Spider)
Cyd Charisse, 1922-2008 )

I think that in all my dancing I play a role. To me, that’s what dancing is about. It’s not just steps.
khaosworks: (Spider)
Stan Winston, 1946-2008 )

Historically, anything that we can imagine, we make. The creative mind imagines it, and it's the human condition to make it real. That is the essence of humanity.
khaosworks: (Spider)
New York Times breaking news alert informs me, citing family reports, that Meet the Press host Tim Russert has just died of an apparent heart attack. He was 58.

Timothy John Russert, 1950-2008 )

The primary responsibility of the media is accountability of government, whether it's about lying under oath, which upset Democrats, or the mismanagement of responding to a hurricane, which happens to upset Republicans.
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Via Locus Online:

Death: Algis Budrys

SF author, critic, and editor Algis Budrys, born 1931, died this morning, June 9, 2008, at the age of 77. He began publishing in 1952 with short fiction in Astounding, Galaxy, and other magazines; notable stories include "The End of Summer" (1954), "Nobody Bothers Gus" (1955), "The Edge of the Sea" (1958, a Hugo nominee), "Wall of Crystal, Eye of Night" (1961), and "The Silent Eyes of Time" (1975, a Hugo nominee). His first novel was False Night (1954), revised in 1961 as Some Will Not Die; later novels included Who? (1958, a Hugo nominee), The Falling Torch (1959), classic Rogue Moon -- about matter transmission and an alien labyrinth on the moon, an expansion of novella "Rogue Moon" included in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame (1960, a Hugo nominee as a novel), The Amsirs and the Iron Thorn (1967), Michaelmas (1977), and Hard Landing (1993, a Nebula nominee). He wrote critical reviews for Galaxy and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in the 1960s and '70s, many collected in Benchmarks: Galaxy Bookshelf (1985, a Hugo nominee and winner of a Locus Award). Since the mid 1980s he was associated with the Writers of the Future program for new writers, sponsored by the Church of Scientology, and he edited many of the annual L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future anthologies from 1985 to present. He was also editor of magazine Tomorrow Speculative Fiction, which lasted 24 issues from 1993 to 1997, and was twice nominated for a Hugo Award in the semi-professional magazine category. In 2007 Budrys won a Pilgrim Award from the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) for lifetime contribution to SF and fantasy scholarship.

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