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Glen Campbell has passed away. He was the singer of "Gentle on My Mind", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Galveston", "Honey Come Back", "Witchita Lineman", "Rhinestone Cowboy", "Where's the Playground, Suzie", and countless other
pop/country crossovers.
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Haruo Nakajima has died.  He was best known for playing Gojira (Godzilla) but also played a number of other movie monsters.

I imagine that Greatcon is painting cardboard box buildings as fast as they can in preparation for the welcoming bash.  RAAAR! *radioactive breath* RAAAAAAR! 
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 June Foray has passed away.  She played Rocky the Squirrel and hundreds of other characters.

I guess she wanted to celebrate her 100th birthday at GreatCon.  Because who wouldn't?
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Famous mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has passed away.  She came from Iran and won her first medal in a
mathematics competition in 1994.

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Michael Bond has passed away.  He created the famous Paddington Bear.  :(  While it wasn't my favorite childhood series, I did read some Paddington and I'm familiar with the character.
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Adam West has passed away.  Among his more famous appearances, he played Batman on television. 

I HAS A SAD.  :'''(  And I'm trying to figure out how to lower the Batsignal to half-mast.

Somewhere between the dimensions, the egregore of the Joker is crying his eyes out.


EDIT 6/10/17: I got the news about Adam West's passing just minutes before we had to leave the house.  Now that I'm home and have had a few minutes to tune in, here is the elegy. 


"Velvet Messengers"
-- an elegy for Adam West, (September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017)

There are no seraphim in
this escort, no solemn Uriel
to close his sooty feathers
around the deceased,

even though the wind
is heavy with wingbeats
and the messengers
silhouette themselves
against the full moon.

(Because of course
the moon was full.)

These angels,
when they come,
have wings of velvet

and voices too high to hear.

* * * 

Notes:

Uriel is the angel of death, who along with other angels is believed to escort the souls of the departed.  It has been the custom for some centuries to depict angels with feathered wings.  Uriel's are often, though not always, dark gray or black.

The Bat Signal appears as a bright disc with a dark bat shape in the center.  Similarly, Batman and his gear are often silhouetted against the full moon, in contexts ranging from serious to silly.

Angel voices are often described as too high for humans to hear, or barely within range as a shrill whine or squeak.  Bat voices are too high for most humans to hear.

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Stanley Weston has passed away.  Among his accomplishments, he was a co-creator of the series Thundercats.  When he noticed that there were no dolls marketed to boys, he created G.I. Joe -- and thus the whole "action figure" genre.  Talk about leaving a big imprint.
ysabetwordsmith: (moment of silence)
Actor Richard Hatch has passed away.  He played Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica,  along with many other roles.
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[personal profile] callibr8 asked me to modify a song as an elegy for Mike Briggs.

EDIT 1/29/17:  [personal profile] callibr8 performed this at a convention, and it was translated by [livejournal.com profile] judifilksign.  Wow.  I have long admired her work in translating the songs of Tom Smith and other filkers.  *GLEE*

HANKIE WARNING!

Read more... )
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Astronaut Eugene Cernan has passed away. He was the last man to walk on the Moon.

"We leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind." -- Cernan's closing words on leaving the moon at the end of Apollo 17

We haven't been back since, alas.  Perhaps he locked it.
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[personal profile] callibr8 shared this news with me:

Mike Briggs (husband of author Patricia Briggs, best known for her urban fantasy series of 'Mercy Thompson' and 'Alpha and Omega' books) died suddenly, this morning. Patty's assistant Ann posted a message on Facebook: "It is with a very heavy heart that I write of the passing of one of the finest men I have ever known. Mike Briggs passed away very early this morning, very unexpectedly. We are all deeply in shock and grieving. Things on the webpage and Facebook will likely be a bit neglected while we sort things out and make all the necessary arrangements.   Mike was simply just an awesome and amazing man; we will miss him every day for the rest of our our lives.  The purple avenger will be doing his good works in heaven; I will strive to live up to the example and high standards that he set."

EDIT 1/27/17:  I have written an elegy for Mike Briggs.  My heart goes out to his family.  I have greatly enjoyed the the novels by Patricia Briggs, especially the Alpha and Omega series.
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I found out recently that a favorite author has passed away.  Sherri S. Tepper wrote some famous series and a bunch of amazing standalone novels.  She visited unique places in her writing, and I will really miss that; few people go bushwhacking these days, it's almost all stories along the same busy highways.  She was also a tremendous advocate for women's rights.
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I found out recently that a favorite author has passed away.  Sherri S. Tepper wrote some famous series and a bunch of amazing standalone novels.  She visited unique places in her writing, and I will really miss that; few people go bushwhacking these days, it's almost all stories along the same busy highways.  She was also a tremendous advocate for women's rights.
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Pop singer Bobby Vee has died

We were just talking about him the other day, because one of his songs was playing in a restaurant, "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes."  There are some lovely, subtle references to Indian and Middle Eastern traditions where people imagine peacocks as carrying the thousand eyes of God, always watching.
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Tom Hayden has passed away.  He was a legendary activist in the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam War protests. 
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Kenny Baker, the performer who played R2-D2 in Star Wars, has passed away

Since Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) has already given the best possible eulogy, I will simply echo his here: "He WAS the droid I was looking for!"

I grew up watching those movies, but I always had a different perspective than most people, and one of the things I loved about them was seeing droids -- artificial intelligences -- portrayed as people,  even though they were often the butt of the joke.  R2-D2 helped save the galaxy, and I think part of that was made possible because he looked like a garbage can and talked like a machine, so people overlooked him as a possible spy.  We are the thorn in the foot, little buddy.
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 Dan Haggerty has passed away.  He was best known for his starring role in the wilderness TV series Grizzly Adams.
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 Actor Alan Rickman has passed away.  My favorite appearances include Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Galaxy Quest. 

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