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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:35 pm
 


Just a general thread for those who we lose as the days go past. Actors, musicians, writer, politicians, and others who (even if we don't know them personally) do end up affecting our lives to a great degree.

First off, a terrible tragedy just occurred in the last couple of hours. Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant, one of the all-time professional basketball superstars, dead at age 41 in a helicopter crash in California:

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/basketball/nb ... -1.5441090

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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who retired in 2016 as a five-time NBA champion and the fourth-leading scorer in league history with 33,643 points, was among five people killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. He was 41.

Bryant was said to have been travelling with at least three other people in his private helicopter when a fire broke out. Five people are confirmed dead and the cause of the crash is under investigation.


RIP, dawg. :(


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:28 pm
 


Think we need to make it clear this won't be the place to shit on anyone who has passed. Because that's definitely going to happen.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:03 pm
 


Tricks Tricks:
Think we need to make it clear this won't be the place to shit on anyone who has passed. Because that's definitely going to happen.

A very good point.

No negative comments in this RIP thread.

This will be just a thread of remembrance in a respectful manner.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:33 pm
 


Agreed. No political or nasty crap here.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:06 pm
 


Tricks Tricks:
Think we need to make it clear this won't be the place to shit on anyone who has passed. Because that's definitely going to happen.

Thank you!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:07 pm
 


R=UP This thread is long overdue!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:08 pm
 


fifeboy fifeboy:
Tricks Tricks:
Think we need to make it clear this won't be the place to shit on anyone who has passed. Because that's definitely going to happen.

Thank you!

And, I was never a big basketball fan, despite doing my undergrad at U of Louisville, but this guy was awesome, RIP.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:02 pm
 


Classic decent Englishman Christopher Tolkien, guardian of the Tolkien Estate and protector of his father's works, passes away at age 95:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/o ... -1.5430547

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Christopher Tolkien, who played a major role protecting the legacy of his father's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has died. He was 95.

The Tolkien Society and publisher HarperCollins UK confirmed Tolkien's death. The Centre Hospitalier de la Dracénie, a hospital in southern France, said the son of author J.R.R. Tolkien died there Thursday.

Tolkien's life work was closely identified with that of his father, J.R.R. Tolkien.

The writer's youngest son, he helped edit and publish much of his father's writings after the science fiction and fantasy master died in 1973.

Among the books he worked on were The Silmarillion, The Children Of Hurin, and other texts that flesh out the complex world his father created. He also drew the original maps that adorned the three Lord of the Rings books — The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King — when they were published in the 1950s.

Tolkien Society chairman Shaun Gunner said "millions of people around the world will be forever grateful to Christopher for bringing us" so many of his father's literary works.

"Christopher's commitment to his father's works have seen dozens of publications released, and his own work as an academic in Oxford demonstrates his ability and skill as a scholar," he said.

"We have lost a titan and he will be sorely missed."


With no Christopher Tolkien guiding and expanding the LOTR world there could very well never have been the development of the fantasy genre. There would have been something but it would have been mere swords & sorcery, not the deeper ethical universes that were inspired by JRR Tolkien's foundational works. No LOTR would mean no Game Of Thrones, among endless others that never would have come into being.

Christopher's greatest heroic moment IMO came when, during the hype created by the LOTR movies in the early 2000's, he went to war with Tolkien Enterprises, the American entertainment conglomerate that (along with Warner Brothers/New Line Entertainment) controls the licensing of all Tolkien-related products. The greasy Hollywood/Wall Street bastards had given approval for LOTR slot-machines to be made for distribution in casinos. Christopher found this beyond appalling, and the worst whoring-out of his father's creations imaginable, so he sued them until they put a stop to the wretched idea altogether. There's not much of that kind of dignity left in the this world where everything and everyone seems to be for sale. It was good to see one of the last of a much better generation of people (Christopher was a WW2 Royal Air Force veteran) put those who were so much lesser than himself into retreat.

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He said: "They gutted the book, making it an action movie for 15-25 year-olds."

He added: "Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his popularity and absorbed by the absurdity of the time.

"The gap that has widened between the beauty, the seriousness of the work, and what it has become, all of this is beyond me.

"Such a degree of commercialization reduces to nothing the aesthetic and philosophical scope of this creation. I only have one solution left: turn my head."


He will be greatly missed but his was a life well-lived. Thank you, sir.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:11 pm
 


It's sad that when something like this happens the media gets all teary eyed and focus's almost solely on the most famous person involved, in essence forgetting or minimizing the others.

In case people have forgotten or haven't been properly informed, there were 7 other victims who died in that helicopter crash. Which means there's alot more pain and suffering going on than just in Kobe Bryant's family.

So, a little respect and compassion for those other victims and their families would be in order.

Thoughts and prayers to all the victims of the tragedy and their families. [B-o]


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:15 am
 


About 150,000 people died yesterday... the same will happen today. :(


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:08 pm
 


raydan raydan:
About 150,000 people died yesterday... the same will happen today. :(



Living is the number one killer of Life.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:28 am
 


Last Battle of Britain 'ace' pilot Paul Farnes dies, leaving only two alive from 'The Few' who defended Britain against the Nazis' air attack in 1940

Wing Commander Farnes died peacefully at his home in Hampshire on Tuesday
He was a Hurricane pilot, one of 3k Allied airmen who fought the Battle of Britain
Farnes was an 'Ace' - a pilot who brought down five or more enemy aircraft

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... e-Few.html


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:31 pm
 


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John Andretti, NASCAR driver and nephew of Mario Andretti, dies from colon cancer

NASCAR driver John Andretti, a nephew of racing legend Mario Andretti, has died from colon cancer, according to a tweet from Andretti Autosport.
John Andretti was 56.

Statement on the passing of John Andretti #CheckItForAndretti pic.twitter.com/ku3gX2neOq
— Andretti Autosport (@FollowAndretti) January 30, 2020

"We will forever carry with us John's genuine spirit of helping others first and himself second," Andretti Autosport said.
Andretti raced all types of cars, but spent the most time in NASCAR's top series, running 393 races. He won twice, in the 1997 summer race at Daytona International Speedway and in 1999 at Martinsville, Virginia, winning for Petty Enterprises.

Andretti's father is Aldo Andretti, the twin brother of 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti. Mario Andretti was the only driver to win NASCAR's Daytona 500, the Formula One driver's championship and the Indy 500 during his career.

John Andretti raced 12 times at the Indy 500, and in 1994 he raced there and in a NASCAR event that night. He was the first driver to pull off the feat.
He announced in 2017 he had stage 4 colon cancer, NASCAR.com reported.



https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/30/us/john- ... index.html


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:46 pm
 


Tricks Tricks:
Think we need to make it clear this won't be the place to shit on anyone who has passed. Because that's definitely going to happen.


Concur.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:24 pm
 


Long time friend of mine and a WW II vet died yesterday. Spent his last years visiting schools and educating young people about the horrors of war.

RIP Bruce.


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