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Farewell @CaptainRanty

Dick Puddlecote

Farewell @CaptainRantyI was just heading out last night when the very sad news appeared on Twitter that fellow blogger and friend Captain Ranty… 820 more words

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Death of Colin Grainger

by John Kersey

I was saddened to learn that Colin Grainger, known to the blogosphere as Captain Ranty, has died. He was a past chairman of Freedom2Choose, campaigning for the rights of smokers, an advocate of Lawful Rebellion and a passionate, often ranty, opponent of the prevailing establishment. 228 more words

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Terry Pratchett

I’ve mentioned my love of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series here before.  His satirical fantasy world helped poke good humor and righteous outrage at human foibles and failings, small and large.   215 more words

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Leonard Nimoy

I don’t really feel like a song today.  My inner Sci-fi geek is too sad.

Now if only we had a Genesis planet to send Leonard Nimoy’s body to so he could be reborn, and we could have more years with his talent and good humor.

Live long and prosper.

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Lesley Gore, 'It's My Party' Singer-Songwriter, Dies At 68

NEW YORK (AP) – Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst, “It’s My Party,” and followed it up with the hits “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” ”You Don’t Own Me” and the feminist anthem “You Don’t Own Me,” died Monday. 325 more words

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Yuba City Veteran Was Oldest Survivor Of Pearl Harbor Attack From USS Arizona

YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) – The oldest living crew member of the battleship USS Arizona to have survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has died in Northern California at the age of 100. 368 more words

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A.J. Masters

Art wasn’t famous.  He played in bars and restaurants, small gatherings and festivals.  He made some records of his own, but they weren’t exactly chartbusters, so he made a living writing songs and playing with other musicians in Nashville (with some side trips into other jobs to pay the bills).   177 more words

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