Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday Reads

A couple of obituaries to note:

Former president and prime minister of Israel Shimon Peres, 93, passed away yesterday. He was also a Nobel Prize winner.

In 2007, Peres became president of Israel, a position elected by members of the Knesset. The presidency required him to resign the Knesset seat he had held for more than 47 years, making him the longest serving legislator in the country’s history. He was 90 when his presidential term ended in 2014, and he retired from active government service. He suffered a massive stroke in September 2016.

The movie industry's "Godfather of Gore" also died. Herschell Gordon Lewis, 86, died Monday.

He was known for his many low-budget films, many of them specializing in violence.

Lewis was also mentioned in the Medved brothers book The Golden Turkey Awards.

Besides being a filmmaker, Lewis taught college literature, worked in radio, and produced and directed TV commercials. He wrote several books on marketing and copywriting.

Many filmmakers were inspired by Lewis including John Waters, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, and James Gunn.

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