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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.

* * * 


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.
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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*


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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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From my friends at Llewellyn Worldwide:

Publishing Pioneer, Visionary, The Father of New Age

It is with profound sadness we share the news of Carl Llewellyn Weschcke’s passing. He passed peacefully on Saturday, November 7 surrounded by family. He was 85.

Carl Llewellyn Weschcke was Chairman and the driving force behind Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., the oldest and largest publishers of New Age, Metaphysical, Self-Help, and Spirituality books in the world.

Weschcke was a life-long student of a broad range of Metaphysical, Spiritual and Occult subjects which led him to the purchase of the Llewellyn publishing company in 1961. He relocated the company to his home on Summit Avenue in St. Paul. The mansion was said to be haunted and became the subject of many investigations and news stories through the 1960s and 1970s and remains well-known to this day.

Authors and booksellers referred to Weschcke as "the Father of the New Age" because of his early and aggressive public sponsorship of Astrology, Magic, Metaphysics, Paganism, Parapsychology, Tantra, Wicca and Yoga. Weschcke and Llewellyn contributed to the burgeoning New Age movement in the 1960s and 1970s, sponsoring Gnosticon Festivals, opening an occult school and bookstore, and publishing the occult newspaper Gnostica. He is a former Wiccan High Priest and played a leading role in the rise of Wicca and Paganism during the 1960s and 1970s. In the fall of 1973 Weschcke helped organize the Council of American Witches and became its chairperson.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Babson College, studied Law at LaSalle University, and advanced study toward a doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. In 1959 he was elected president of the NAACP’s Minnesota branch and elected Vice President of the ACLU’s Minnesota branch. In addition to book publishing he has worked in the pharmaceutical industry, furniture manufacture, and real estate management. With Llewellyn, he has worked in all aspects of the business and has co-authored ten books with Dr. Joe Slate of Athens, Alabama.

Carl is survived by wife Sandra and son Gabe. Sandra is President and Treasurer of Llewellyn Worldwide and Gabe serves as Vice President. They plan to carry on Carl’s legacy championing of alternative approaches to mind, spirit and body.

Arrangements for a memorial will be forthcoming.

Ironically what I'm remembering is the splendid wake we held for Scott Cunningham at Minicon the year he passed.  Some truly fine scotch, a round of the Lyke-Wake Dirge, and a whole lot of people trying to say "Born again to the tribe" without crying.

I imagine they'll think of something even better this time.  And meanwhile, the Summer Gates are packed with souls as far as the eye can see, coming to greet the new arrival, who probably hasn't even got to the buffet table yet.
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Yvonne Craig has passed away.  She was best known for her role as Batgirl in the 1960s show.

Farewell, favorite superhera.  Tune in next incarnation ... same bat time, same bat channel!


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