Al Silverman, writer behind ‘Brian’s Song,’ dies at 92
Al Silverman, writer behind ‘Brian’s Song,’ dies at 92
Butkus never wore an earring
Body found in home of Dennis Day, original Mouseketeer missing for months
Dennis Day, an original member of Disney's "The Mickey Mouse Club," was reported missing last summer. Police found a body in his Oregon home this week.
Monday, April 8th, 2019 1:09AM
PHOENIX, Ore. -- Police in southern Oregon have found human remains at the home of Dennis Day, an original member of Disney's "The Mickey Mouse Club" who has been missing for months.
Phoenix, Oregon, police on Thursday asked death investigators from Medford to examine a body found in a home belonging to Day. Authorities have not identified the remains or released additional details.
Day, 76, was reported missing July 15 by his husband, Ernie Caswell, according to local newspaper The Oregonian.
Day's car was found at the Oregon coast on July 26. A missing person report said Day had "uncharacteristically" left his dog with a friend on the day he disappeared, a sentiment echoed by Cheri Workman, Day's neighbor of more than a quarter century.
"He loved his animals, he shared jokes over the fence," Workman said, adding that she has been feeding Day's pets since his disappearance.
Day was born in 1942. After moving to California, he began performing at age 6. When he was 10, he was among the first children hired for "The Mickey Mouse Club."
Day and his longtime partner Caswell moved to Oregon in the 1980s and married in Ashland in 2009. Caswell suffers from memory loss and was in the hospital when he reported Day missing.
Having a lot of tools does not make you a Carpenter. -Vic Fangio
Former Chiefs coach Gunther Cunningham dead at 72
Posted by Josh Alper on May 13, 2019, 10:34 AM EDT
Former Chiefs head coach and longtime NFL assistant coach Gunther Cunningham has died.
Cunningham died on Saturday after a brief illness. He was 72 years old and is survived by his wife, children and grandson among other family members and loved ones.
Cunningham was born in Germany and grew up in California before going to the University of Oregon to play football. He moved into coaching at the school in 1969 and took his first NFL job with the Colts in 1982. He worked for the Chargers and Raiders before becoming the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator in 1995.
He would stay in that job for four years before succeeding Marty Schottenheimer as the head coach for the 1999 season. Cunningham went 16-16 over two years before being fired.
Cunningham would return to Kansas City as the defensive coordinator from 2004-2008 and had the same job with the Lions from 2009-2013. He last coached as a senior assistant in Detroit from 2014-2016.
Our condolences to Cunningham’s family and loved ones on their loss.
Legendary singer actress Doris Day dead at 97
By Sasha Savitsky | Fox News
Doris Day, the perennial girl-next-door whose career as a singer and actress spanned almost 50 years and made her one of the biggest box Hollywood stars and most popular entertainers in the United States has died.
Doris Day, the perennial girl-next-door whose career as a singer and actress spanned almost 50 years and made her one of the biggest Hollywood stars and most popular entertainers in the United States, has died. She was 97.
The Doris Day Animal Foundation told Fox News Day died early Monday at her Carmel Valley, Calif., home. The foundation said in an emailed statement she was surrounded by close friends and "had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia."
Day was known as a honey-voiced singer and gifted actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history.
Que, Sera Sera! Whatever we'll be, we'll be!
Bowlen, longtime Broncos owner, dies at age 75
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith once said Pat Bowlen was "the one behind everything we did, the one who gave us the championship feeling.''
And for more than three decades directing one of professional sports' most successful, most passionately followed teams, Bowlen always said his overriding principle as he sat at his desk each day was that, "We're No. 1 in everything,'' and that was the fuel for everyone who worked alongside him.
Bowlen died Thursday night at his Denver-area home after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, just under two months before he was set to be formally enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was 75.
Max Wright, who played Willie Tanner on TV's 'ALF', dies at 75
Bryan Alexander USA TODAY
Published 2:13 AM EDT Jun 27, 2019
Max Wright, who played Willie Tanner, the father figure to an alien in TV's "ALF," has died at 75.
Wright was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1995 but had been in remission for years, according to TMZ, which broke the news of his death. Wright's family confirmed the news to the outlet, and to The Hollywood Reporter.
Wright starred in the beloved NBC sitcom "ALF" (an acronym standing for Alien Life Form) for four years from 1986 to 1990, playing the shortwave radio enthusiast who accidentally attracted the alien (voiced by the show's creator, Paul Fusco) to Earth.
Tanner brought the party-animal ALF into his own family, and played the patriarchal straight-man to the alien's antics.
"RIP Max Wright," tweeted Seth MacFarlane. "A hilarious and talented actor. Sad news to hear of his passing. Who will keep ALF in check now?"
The veteran actor had a long résumé in other venues, appearing in television shows like the short-lived comedy "Buffalo Bill," "Cheers," "Misfits of Science" and a recurring role in "Norm."
His film credits included "All That Jazz," "Reds," "The Sting II," "Soul Man" and "The Shadow."
The Broadway performer was nominated for a Tony Award for best actor in 1998 for his role as Pavel Lebedev in “Ivanov.”
He was married to Linda Ybarrondo from 1965 until her death in 2017 from breast cancer. They had two children together.
Michu Meszaros, a 3-foot, former circus performer who played ALF in the early years of the show, died after suffering complications from a stroke in 2016.
From saving Chrysler to buying Jeep, here are the late Lee Iacocca’s greatest achievements
Published Tue, Jul 2 2019 11:48 PM EDTUpdated 35 min ago
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The automobile icon, best known as “Lee,” died on Tuesday at the age of 94.
“Lee was a change agent. He could be tough, but when he was on, he was fabulous,” says his longtime colleague Bob Lutz, who worked with Iacocca for almost two decades.
Lee Iacocca transformed the auto industry during a career that stretched from the birth of the Ford Mustang through the death of American Motors.
The automobile icon, best known as “Lee,” died on Tuesday at the age of 94.
According to his longtime colleague Bob Lutz, who worked with Iacocca for almost two decades, “Lee was a change agent. He could be tough, but when he was on, he was fabulous.”
Here are Iacocca’s three greatest achievements in the auto business according to Lutz:
1. Saving Chrysler
Chrysler’s former CEO Lee Iacocca at a sales meeting in New Orleans in September 1984.
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“Lee made the right decisions financially to save Chrysler, but that bailout also required constantly putting himself out front as the face of the company, working tirelessly,” recounted Lutz. The early days of Iacocca’s tenure at Chrysler also required bold decisions.
“We would be in a meeting discussing our next move at Chrysler and Lee would listen patiently. Then, he’d take a puff of his cigar, pound his fist on the table and say ‘Everyone shut up! This is what we’re gonna do and this is how we’re gonna do it.’”
2. Buying American Motor
After stabilizing Chrysler in the early 80′s, Iacocca was not content to stand still.
He set his sights on American Motors, an automaker that was partially owned by Renault and struggling to stay relevant. What did Iacocca see in American Motors that was worth spending $1.5 Billion? Jeep.
“Lee was an intelligent risk-taker,” said Lutz. “Look at the decision to buy American Motors. If we had not done that deal, Chrysler never would have acquired the Jeep brand, which would go on to become a big part of Chrysler’s success.”
3. Introducing the Chrysler minivan
Looking back now, it’s hard for many to appreciate just how much the minivan changed the auto industry.
Prior to the first minivan, families that wanted space and room were primarily driving station wagons or full-size vans. All of that changed in 1984 when Iacocca and his team introduced the first minivan.
“The minivan basically saved the company,” said Lutz.
Even Chrysler executives could not fully appreciate the minivan’s popularity.
“We were producing 200,000 minivans at one plant and Lee wanted to open a second plant to double production,” said Lutz.
He remembers many inside the company were against the idea, “but Lee kept saying it will work, it will work. So we transformed the plant in St. Louis and once it was up and running, we sold out of production almost immediately. Lee was right.”
Brazilian musician João Gilberto, founder of bossa nova, dies in Rio
The Grammy-winning artist was instrumental in popularizing the bossa nova music style around the world.
Brazilian singer and composer João Gilberto has died at age 88. He is considered one of the co-creators of the bossa nova style of music.Hulton Archive / Getty Images
July 7, 2019, 6:20 AM GMT+2
SAO PAULO - Brazilian musician João Gilberto, 88, who developed bossa nova music and helped turn the style into a worldwide craze, died on Saturday afternoon in his house in Rio de Janeiro, relatives confirmed through messages in social media.
His son Marcelo Gilberto said on Facebook "his fight was noble and he tried to maintain dignity". His daughter in law wrote: "Deep sadness. All he wanted was to be with us and to play with his granddaughter".
The family did not disclose the cause of death.
Brazilian artists paid tribute to one of the country's most well-known artists. Singer Gal Costa said Brazil lost "its biggest music genius. His legacy is huge to Brazil and the world". Critic Zuza Homem de Mello told Globonews TV station that Gilberto was the responsible for making Brazilian music known worldwide.
Born in Bahia, a notheastern Brazilian state, João Gilberto Prado de Oliveira began singing at 18. After moving to Rio de Janeiro, he released the record "Chega de Saudade" in 1959, which marked the beginning of the world-famous bossa nova music style.
His 1964 album "Getz/Gilberto" with American saxophone player Stan Getz sold millions of copies, won several Grammy awards and popularized bossa nova around the world.
The album featured the song "The Girl from Ipanema" by musician Antonio Carlos Jobim and poet Vinicius de Moraes, sung in Portuguese by Gilberto and in English by his first wife, Astrud Gilberto. The song became a global hit and a jazz standard.
Joao Gilberto was married three times, first to Astrud Gilberto and then to the singer, Miucha, and later to his manager Claudia Faissol. He is survived by a son, João Marcelo, and daughters Luiza and Bebel Gilberto, also a singer.
His last concert was in 2008. He did not leave his apartment during his last years, which also were marked by court disputes between his children.
RIP Joäo! Long live the Bossa Nova!
Funeral services announced for Jared Lorenzen
Posted by Mike Florio on July 7, 2019, 1:10 PM EDT
Jared Lorenzen, the former NFL backup quarterback whose talent and size made him a legend in Kentucky and a beloved figure throughout the football world, will be laid to rest in his home state on Wednesday.
Via Cincinnati.com, a celebration of Jared Lorenzen’s life will occur from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET, with a Christian burial service to follow, at St. Pius X Church in Edgewood, Kentucky.
Lorenzen’s family has requested that donations be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for Better Health and Nutrition, and/or United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Online condolences can be offered at Linneman Funeral Homes.
Lorenzen died Wednesday, four days after being hospitalized with multiple health issues. He is survived by his parents, two children, seven siblings, and eight nieces and nephews.
The Hefty Lefty has died...RIP
I enjoyed watching this guy play for the Giants, he was an anomaly at his position. Will never forget his Arena Highlight reels.
Former 49ers broadcaster Bob Fouts dies at 97
Posted by Charean Williams on July 8, 2019, 1:12 AM EDT
Bob Fouts, who spent much of his broadcasting career calling 49ers games, died Sunday in San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He was 97.
Fouts is the father of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts, who now is a CBS analyst and a member of the Hall of Fame selection committee.
Bob Fouts, who served in the Air Force in World War II, began handling broadcasts of 49ers game in the late 1940s when they still were part of the All-America Football Conference. After the team joined the NFL in 1950, Fouts called their games alternately on television for CBS and on radio for more than a decade.
His signature phrase was “red dog,” which he used to describe linebacker blitzes, and “Red Dog” became his nickname, according to the Chronicle.
Fouts earned induction into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2008, along with another former 49ers broadcaster, Don Klein. Klein died Wednesday at 95.