Farewell Blue Eyes, Rest in Peace

Well, I’m glad I haven’t had to write up a memorial post for awhile, but I’m sorry about the one I’m writing one up for today. Today, actor, philanthropist and all around great guy Paul Newman died at age 83. I’ll admit that the only films I’ve seen with Paul Newman were The Hustler and The Color of Money (though I just put a bunch of his big films on my Netflix queue). I have known him mostly for all the great charity works he’s done and his commitment for bringing good into the world. And, of course, I love his Caesar salad dressing….so very good. And I will continue to purchase and love his Newman’s Own products that still adorn the grocery store shelves (and still donate profits after taxes to progressive causes).

The best obit I came across today was from the Huffington Post and there’s an excellent slide show on Vanity Fair’s website.

I will leave with some clips that honor Mr. Newman:

from the Newman’s Own website:

Paul occasionally referred to Newman’s Own as the “joke that got out of control” and would express astonishment at its success. Despite this humorous approach, Paul was committed to the company’s business and to providing top-notch quality – he brought all-natural food products to a wide audience long before it was fashionable. And he was one of the greatest recyclers, giving back to charity all the money he earned from the sale of Newman’s Own products.
Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good

Newman’s Own has grown into a powerful and lasting expression of Paul Newman’s generosity. The Company has generated over $250 million in proceeds that have been donated by Paul Newman and the Newman’s Own Foundation to thousands of charities worldwide.

On his interest in philanthropy:

Paul being interviewed on Inside the Actor’s Studio:

Meryl Streep speaks about Paul Newman:

A short clip from The Hustler:

and from The Color of Money

and Cool Hand Luke

and finally Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid:

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Hello children!

Another little memorial blog, now for Mr. Isaac Hayes, who passed away today. You can find a nice overview of his life on Wikipedia or on his own website.

So, may Isaac Hayes rest in peace and his family & friends take comfort during this difficult time. And some snippets from the great work he has left behind,

Walk on By, performed at the Music Scene:

As the voice of the Shaft theme:

and of course as Chef on South Park:
Chocolate Salty Balls:

Bernie Mac dies at age 50

Why does it feel like I’m posting so many tribute blogs lately? 😦

Some more sad news today, comedian and actor Bernie Mac died today at the young age of 50. I found some clips from the above linked Chicago Tribune article (the best of the tribute articles I looked at) to be particularly interesting about Mr. Mac,

He wasn’t scared, he told us time and again, to tell anyone what he thought, to say what others were afraid to say. That fearlessness wasn’t always welcome, considering Mac didn’t get his big break until his 30s. But when he did, the comic skyrocketed to success in stand-up, television and the big screen.

Before his 10th birthday, Mac was performing comedy standup, honing his skills on CTA trains and parks before graduating to well-known haunts like the Regal Theater and the Cotton Club. He came to a realization during those first years as a struggling comic: If he could kill in front of a black crowd, he could kill in any crowd.

“Black audiences are hard,” he told the New York Times in 2002. “You got to come with a little extra to satisfy them.”

“When I started in comedy in the clubs in 1977, blacks couldn’t do certain clubs — not because they were segregated. They just didn’t want to put the [black comics] out there. In Los Angeles, the clubs would have a black night. People would say, ‘Why don’t you come by and do something?’ I would say, ‘I’m a comedian — don’t put a title on me.’ Don’t limit yourself. How you start is how you finish,” he told the Tribune in 2007. “If you let people put tags on you, you’ll never be able to remove them. You’ve got to make people respect you. Respect is bigger than dollars and cents.”

So, peace to Bernie Mac and his family during this difficult time. Bernie will not be forgotten.

And here’s a clip from an early episode of the very funny Bernie Mac Show.

and giving a great performance in Bad Santa:

Estelle Getty, RIP

I was sorry today to hear about the passing of Estelle Getty, best known for playing Sophia on the Golden Girls. She played such a great part on the show and, luckily, the show has become part of TV history and we will probably be able to enjoy reruns of Golden Girls for many years to come. So, here’s to you, Estelle, and may you rest in peace knowing that you had such an important impact on the world.

Here are some great Sophia moments:

George Carlin

Well, I tried to blog yesterday, but Blogger was out. George Carlin is/was one of my favorite entertainers. The world will truly miss him, but we were certainly glad to have such a funny, intelligent entertainer that inspired so many great comedians after him. So, Georgie boy, truly rest in peace.

A few articles I came across the past few days really stood out.
Stars remember George Carlin

George Carlin: American Radical

Here I’m posting some of my favorite routines from George.

On religion:

On politicians:

On anti-choice folks:

On language:

This week

I probably should have posted last week when I heard the sad news about Tim Russert. Besides the news about Tim Russert, I had 2 interviews this week. So we’ll see.

Right now I’m watching Home Improvement. I haven’t watched this in forever. I think I used to get upset about all this macho stuff Tim Allen put on, but I do like watching it for the scenes where Tim talks to Wilson and garbles up what he’s been told. I remember my crazy cousin Terri used to have a crush on Jonathan Taylor Thomas. He’s pretty much popped off the face of the earth these days. I don’t think Hollywood misses him too much. And Tim Allen has been in such embarrassing movies since this show went off. He should have disappeared from Hollywood too.

Well, I’m looking forward to a fun weekend. I will report about it later.