Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Eric Cantor's political career, of natural causes.

Critics and analysts said he neglected his base at home in Virginia and paid the price. Cantor called the stunning loss a "personal setback" at a news conference and appealed for party unity before announcing his decision to vacate the No. 2 job in the GOP hierarchy on July 31.

One lousy politician down, far too many of them to go.

Some prominent people we have lost who are worth my keystrokes mentioning them:

Actress Martha Hyer, yet another performer who was everywhere on the screen and married producer Hal Wallis, has died at the age of 89. She died on May 31.

Hyer had been Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Some Came Running, but Wendy Hiller got the nod instead.

After the Oscar nod, Hyer would star in a number of American and foreign films that garnered little attention. But she gain notice for her expensive taste thanks to a 1959 Life magazine photo feature highlighting her Pissarro painting and showing her getting a massage dressed only in a towel. By the 1980s, Hyer found herself millions of dollars in debt to loan sharks.

In 1966, she married film producer Hal Wallis, who took her to New Mexico for the first time during the filming of "Red Sky at Morning." Hyer remained married to him until his death in 1986 and moved to Santa Fe shortly after.

Former MLB player Bob Welch, 57, was found dead of undisclosed causes:

Welch played on five teams that reached the World Series (1978, 1 981, 1988, 1989 and 1990) and won two titles, one in 1981 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and another 1989 with the A's.

Welch will be remembered most in Oakland, where he was a prominent member of the A's teams that won three straight AL championships from 1988-90, including the club that swept the San Francisco Giants in the earthquake-interrupted World Series.

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