November 2009 Web Edition Issue #3
The Creator of Dynamation
"The Cyclops is weeping out of that one great eye."
At the ripe old age of 92 years young, Ray Harryhausen moved on to the next plane of existence. I knew Ray, not well but we certainly shared several conversations. He and I found we totally disagreed politically, but that was neither here nor there. When he pulled out his "kids" and handed them to me to hold (I was always quite fond of Medusa), I don't know if the light in my eyes was brighter than Ray's or not. God knows, his lit up like High Mass (as my grandmother would say).
Pictured Above: Ray Harryhausen with two of his "kids".Photo From: www.ccdblog.com
August 22, 1920 ~ June 5, 2012
A Legend Passes
When one has friends that are older and have been ill, the realization that you will outlive those friends makes the eventual loss obvious, but no less painful to bear. Brad and I are devastated at the thought of facing the rest of our lives without Ray.
An Extraordinary Loss
I know it took me awhile to come in here and say something about Hitchens because I was completely stunned to learn of his death. Yes, I knew he'd been diagnosed with cancer and I knew he'd been burning the candle at both ends for far too long - but didn't he make a lovely light?
I got drunk with him a couple of times in New York. It was most pleasurable. No, we weren't friends, we happened to be in the same bar and being a loud mouth, I tossed in my two cents and we were off and running. Arguing politics with Hitchens is like beating your head against a brick wall. I'm damned good at it (ask Garmon and Linaweaver - my living room used to be like an unexpurgated edition of Cross Fire) but Chris was always better. Better than me, certainly - but better than almost all of them.
The great political minds of our time, whether we agree with them or not:
Buchanan is still out there teaching the people the basics of politics, even though they won't listen to him and only trot him out when they want to look smart. Vidal is (I believe) swimming around in the bottom of a bottle of fine whiskey and trying to figure out why he lived longer than his father. The other two are dead. Vidal might as well be - in the speaking circuit at any rate - as at this point he doesn't discourse on the subject, he rambles and rants and oft times is spouting rhetoric that would make even Buckley blush with embarrassment. Buchanan's brain is still sharp and he's as brilliant an analyst/strategist as we've ever had in this country. Do I agree with his personal politics? No. Do I pay attention when he speaks on the subject in general? Hell yes!
But Hitchens is gone. That extraordinary power, that spectacular prose... that poisoned pen is now silent. His passing is a great loss. A class act all the way down the line and through his very last interview. Rest in piece, Chris. You did damned fine work while you were with us. I thank you for that. And I'll remember. You have my word on it, mate.
Good Bye Sarah Jane
Elisabeth Sladen was associated with Doctor Who for more decades than any writer, any Producer or any actor who played the Doctor. She became a symbol of "Doctor Who."
—William Alan Ritch
January 29, 2010
Captain Phil Harris on the dock in front of the Cornelia Marie.
Harris died on January 29, 2010. He was 53 years old.
Captain Phil Harris
Fishing Boat Captain and Reality TV Star
I never miss Discovery's Deadliest Catch, the reality TV show which chronicles the adventures and mis-adventures of the fleet of fishing boats out of Dutch Harbor in Alaska. The captains and crews of this fleet face ridiculous weather and deck conditions as they pursue and catch the crab that we enjoy on our dinner plates here in the lower 48 and all over the world.
— Jessie Lilley
November 16, 2009
Sad news to report this day, veteran character actor of television, stage and screen Edward Woodward has died. Woodward is known to Mondo Cult fans for his portrayal of Sergeant Howie in 1973's The Wicker Man. His brilliant turn in Breaker Morant stunned audiences when it opened and this writer fell for him, hook, line and sinker when she saw him in 1964 on Broadway in High Spirits, the musical adaptation of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. RIP Mr. Woodward. You are missed.
December 10, 2009
Gene Barry, star of television's Bat Masterson, hero in the George Pal version of War of the Worlds with Ann Robinson, and dapper leading man in television's The Name of the Game and Burke's Law, died Thursday, December 10, 2009, in Los Angeles. Mr. Barry was 90 years old.