Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Music producer Bob Johnston, 83, noted for his work with talented Johnny Cash and no-talent Bob Dylan, has died.

He worked with Dylan on Dylan's overrated album, Blonde on Blonde.

Television producer and director Bud Yorkin, best known for his collaboration with Norman Lear, died yesterday at the age of 89.

He teamed up with Lear to form Tandem Productions, the outfit responsible for 1970s hits All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and so on down the line.

Tandem turned out a number of movies and TV shows in the 1960s before Yorkin and Lear adapted the English comedy "Till Death Us Do Part" as "All in the Family" with star Carroll O'Connor in 1971.

After the CBS sitcom became an unexpected hit with its unvarnished take on race, women's rights and other social issues, Tandem produced a string of more successes including "The Jeffersons," ''Sanford and Son" and "Maude."

The shows still hold up pretty well forty years later, despite the often topical humor.

The only criticism I have of them is they often were too loud, especially Maude.

Actress Yvonne Craig, a fixture during the 1960s in numerous television shows like Dobie Gillis but best remembered for her role as "Batgirl" in the 60s spoof Batman, has died after a two-year battle with breast cancer.

She appeared in movies with the likes of Elvis Presley and later on went into real estate and other business ventures.

Craig passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades surrounded by her family on Monday, the statement said. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, her sister Meridel Carson and nephews Christopher and Todd Carson.

"She felt that she lived a wonderful life and was blessed in many ways," the statement said. Chemotherapy weakened her but this "didn't dampen her sense of humor or her spirit, she intended to fight and win this battle. In the end, her mind still wanted to fight but her body had given up."

She passed away on Monday, according to her official website.


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