Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Tuesday Reads

Obituary: Comedian Irwin Corey, who dubbed himself as "professor" and whose comedy routine consisted of playing a disheveled, absent-minded academic, has died. This regular fixture on early television lived to the impressive age of 102.

If you read the linked obituary, Corey had an interesting background, beginning with his childhood. He spent his childhood in an orphanage although he was not an orphan. His father walked out on him, his five siblings, and his mother. His mother put him in one so she could continue to work and recover from tuberculosis. She used the orphanage as a kind of daycare, something that was not available at the time.

Corey began his comedy career at the age of thirteen and continued it throughout his life.

He was married for seventy years until his wife died in 2011 and is survived by one of his two children.


Obituary: Actor Richard Hatch, noted for his role in Battlestar Galactica, has died at the age of 71:

Hatch even went as far as to write, co-direct and produce a trailer for a spinoff called “The Second Coming,” but Universal Studios rejected his pitch.

Instead, the studio ordered a remake from Ronald D. Moore in which Hatch played Tom Zarek, a terrorist-turned-politician, for 22 episodes over the show’s four-season run.

“Richard Hatch was a good man, a gracious man, and a consummate professional,” Moore tweeted after the news broke. “His passing is a heavy blow to the entire BSG family.”

Numb nut senators voted for a nutbagger billionaire as Secretary of Education, despite or because of her total lack of qualifications.

Diane Ravitch has more about dimwit DeVos.

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