Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Some Obituaries to Note

Evangelist Harold Camping, 92, found out his life ended before the world did.

You will recall he had a national campaign that claimed the Rapture would happen on May 21, 2011. It obviously didn't happen.

Family Radio Network marketing manager Nina Romero said Harold Camping, a retired civil engineer who built a worldwide following for the nonprofit, Oakland-based ministry he founded in 1958, died at his home on Sunday. She said he had been hospitalized after falling.

Camping's most widely spread prediction was that the Rapture would happen on May 21, 2011. His independent Christian media empire spent millions of dollars - some of it from donations made by followers who quit their jobs and sold all their possessions- to spread the word on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the Judgment Day message.

He later revised his statements since he didn't want to be seen as an international laughingstock.

Country music great Ray Price, 87, died yesterday. One of his biggest hits was the 1956 song "Crazy Arms":

Price "had one of the greatest voices in country music history as well as a great sense of humor," Roberts said. His other hits included "Heartaches by the Number" in 1959, a heavily orchestrated 1967 version of the traditional "Danny Boy" and the Kris Kristofferson-penned "For the Good Times" in 1970.

Price was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November 2012, according to the Country Music Hall of Fame, which inducted him in 1996. He died Monday afternoon, Roberts said.

Noted 1940s actress Audrey Totter has passed away at the age of 95. Her film roles included Lady in the Lake. She later retired to raise a family.

She was everywhere during the era of the film noir:

Ms. Totter played a other kinds of roles in her career, including supportive wives and a caring nurse. But, formidable even at 5-foot-3, she preferred the dark parts — and they were the ones for which she is most remembered.

“The bad girls were so much fun to play,” she told The New York Times in 1999 in an interview with her fellow noir actresses Marie Windsor, Coleen Gray and Jane Greer.

One of Ms. Totter’s most memorable roles was also one of her earliest, as a young woman, stranded and sultry, in the 1946 film “The Postman Always Rings Twice.” When the character played by John Garfield offers to help with her broken-down car, she accepts his offer and gets out of her car.

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