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Message 53 of 817 (472555)
06-23-2008 9:13 AM
Reply to: Message 51 by Minnemooseus
06-23-2008 3:33 AM


Re: We will miss you, George Carlin!!!
Minnemooseus writes:

I'll make his photo my avatar for a while.

A great idea!

One idea I've had that I haven't mentioned before is to have a tribute week every now and then where everyone changes their avatar to the person they admire most, but I fear that we'd end up with 1/4 Darwin, 1/4 Einstein, 1/4 Jesus, and 1/4 miscellaneous.

--Percy


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Message 83 of 817 (568740)
07-14-2010 2:51 PM
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07-14-2010 2:42 PM


Re: James P. Hogan, writer, dead at age 69
Hogan worked for DEC at one time, and I once met him briefly in the Marlboro cafeteria, probably around 1979. His are some of the science fiction books I remember most fondly. I still remember the ending from Inherit the Stars, and I can almost but not quite remember the hero's name.

--Percy

Edited by Percy, : Add minor detail.


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Message 126 of 817 (641943)
11-24-2011 6:21 AM
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11-24-2011 5:04 AM


Re: Dennis Ritchie
rbp writes:

He died a few days after Jobs died, i was sad that it didnt get any media attention. Afterall, Jobs was nothing but a businessman.

Where I work it got attention right away.

You may be selling Jobs a bit short. He was the Thomas Edison of our time.

--Percy


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Percy
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Message 130 of 817 (642348)
11-27-2011 10:21 PM
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11-24-2011 10:12 AM


Re: Dennis Ritchie
Mr Jack writes:

You may be selling Jobs a bit short. He was the Thomas Edison of our time.

You have to be kidding me. No-one will know who Jobs was in 2091; they'll still know who Edison was.

I've been reading Isaaacson's biography of Jobs and just came across this near the end:

Isaacson writes:

Was he smart? No, not exceptionally. Instead, he was a genius. His imaginative leaps were instinctive, unexpected, and at times magical. He was, indeed, an example of what the mathematician Mark Kac called a magician genius, someone whose insights come out of the blue and require intuition more than mere mental processing power. Like a pathfinder, he could absorb information, sniff the winds, and sense what lay ahead.

Steve Jobs thus became the greatest business executive of our era, the one most certain to be remembered a century from now. History will place him in the pantheon right next to Edison and Ford. More than anyone else of his time, he made products that were completely innovative, combining the power of poetry and processors. With a ferocity that could make working with him as unsettling as it was inspiring, he also built the world's most creative company.

And he wasn't just a business man. Jobs is listed as one of the inventors on 212 different patents (Edison has 1093 patents).

But I agree with you rather than Isaacson. Jobs worked in an arena of short product lifetimes, and nothing he invented was iconic in the same way as movies, the phonograph, and light bulbs, so I don't see why he would be remembered by anyone but historians a century from now. Still, he was responsible for products like Apple II, the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad. He bought Pixar, drove animation technology forward, and made the company successful. He created industries like on-line music stores and app stores. It is for these reasons that I agree with Isaacson in ranking him way up there with Edison and Ford.

--Percy


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Message 190 of 817 (662396)
05-15-2012 10:38 AM
Reply to: Message 181 by nwr
05-04-2012 5:25 PM


Re: John A Davison, former member.
I somehow missed this when it was first posted.

However you felt about Salty in life (Salty was one of his on-line nicknames, and that's the name that has stuck with me), I'm sure we all appreciated his wit and indomitable spirit. He participated here for quite a while and contributed a great deal to the debate.

He's gone now, but if you read the obituary he left this life with grace while, evidently, still being true to himself. Those of us who are able should post whatever heartfelt appreciations we can muster to the condolences section at the end of the obituary:

Obituary: John A. Davison

--Percy

Edited by Percy, : Correct spelling in subtitle.


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Message 293 of 817 (713952)
12-18-2013 12:28 PM
Reply to: Message 291 by Diomedes
12-18-2013 9:49 AM


Re: Appropriate for this thread for certain values of "great."
This isn't the topic, but hearing about Camping's passing I was curious how followers had reacted to the failures of his prophecies and found this article:

A Year After the Non-Apocalypse: Where Are They Now?

I found this paragraph particularly enlightening - it explains a lot of discussions here:

I was struck by how some believers edited the past in order to avoid acknowledging that they had been mistaken. The engineer in his mid-twenties, the one who told me this was a prophecy rather than a prediction, maintained that he had never claimed to be certain about May 21. When I read him the transcript of our previous interview, he seemed genuinely surprised that those words had come out of his mouth. It was as if we were discussing a dream he couldn’t quite remember.

--Percy


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Message 314 of 817 (718480)
02-06-2014 9:00 PM
Reply to: Message 313 by ramoss
02-06-2014 3:48 PM


Re: RIP Ralph Kiner
After his career Ralph Kiner did New York Mets television broadcasts with Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy for years and years, and at end of each game he interviewed a ballplayer on Kiner's Korner. Nolan Ryan began his career with the Mets and Kiner broadcast Ryan pitching many times.

--Percy


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Message 321 of 817 (719470)
02-14-2014 10:35 AM
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02-14-2014 10:27 AM


I haven't seen it mentioned yet so I'll just add that Shirley Temple continued working in the entertainment industry after her film career ended, mostly television, and she also served as a United States diplomat. My favorite film was Captain January.

--Percy


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Message 323 of 817 (720437)
02-23-2014 12:41 PM


Maria von Trapp

  
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Message 398 of 817 (751137)
02-27-2015 3:10 PM
Reply to: Message 396 by Diomedes
02-27-2015 2:36 PM


I might have related this story once already. Paul Nimoy, Leonard's nephew, was on my high school's tennis team in 1969, and after the season he invited team members to a barbecue at his house where his uncle would be attending. Having never watched Star Trek, and having only a vague idea of who Leonard Nimoy was, and not really knowing Paul since he was on the JV and I was on the varsity, I did not attend, to my everlasting regret.

--Percy


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Message 446 of 817 (768695)
09-13-2015 7:56 AM


Titus
Titus, Roman emperor, on this date in 81:

--Percy


  
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Message 449 of 817 (768954)
09-15-2015 8:58 AM


Jumbo
P. T. Barnum's circus elephant (hit by a train in 1885)

RIP


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Message 458 of 817 (771497)
10-26-2015 1:23 PM
Reply to: Message 456 by ringo
10-26-2015 12:40 PM


Re: RIp Mareeen OHara
The Quiet Man.

Favorite line: "Impetuous! Homeric!"


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Message 507 of 817 (779793)
03-08-2016 11:10 AM


Nancy Reagan: 1921 - 2016
From the New York Times:

quote:
Mrs. Reagan was a fierce guardian of her husband’s image, sometimes at the expense of her own, and during Mr. Reagan’s improbable climb from a Hollywood acting career to the governorship of California and ultimately the White House, she was a trusted adviser.
...
Mrs. Reagan was a trusted adviser to her husband, President Ronald Reagan, and a fierce guardian of his image. She championed efforts to fight drug abuse and Alzheimer’s disease.

Retrospective from today's NYT: Nancy Reagan, the Happiest First Lady

--Percy

PS: As was said way back in Message 271, maybe the tribute thread can be used for tributes, and if someone wants to discuss how horrible were Thatcher and Reagan they can open a thread over at Coffee House.

Edited by Percy, : Add link.


  
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Message 634 of 817 (823962)
11-20-2017 12:47 PM


Jana Novotna, Tennis Champion
Probably unknown to most here, she won Wimbledon in 1998. In her losing Wimbledon final effort in 1993 she cried and was comforted by the Duchess of Kent during the awards ceremony. She has died of cancer at the young age of 49.

NYT: Jana Novotna, Czech Winner of Wimbledon, Dies at 49

Not fair. Not fair. Just not fair.

--Percy


  
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