James Karen!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 25, 2018 by joecetta

Actor James Karen battled his last zombie ghoul this week, at the age of 94! The pride of Wilkes Barre, PA (shoutout to my alma mater, Wilkes U.!), Karen’s epic filmography totals over 200 credits, including such classics, near-classics, and schlock as Poltergeist, Wall Street, The China Syndrome, Nixon, Apt Pupil, Revenge of the Nerds IV, and Hercules in New York. He also popped up in tons of TV shows, perhaps most notably as Larry’s agent Sheldon on The Larry Sanders Show. Coincidentally, I just watched a Karen film last week – the seminal zombie comedy Return of the Living Dead, so as to be prepared for Munchak’s podcast covering the film – be sure to listen to ReconCinemation wherever podcasts are heard! Shameless plug!

And Dondos scores 16 points on Karen – their 15th big death of the year – to move up to fourth overall, and pull within shooting distance of the Total Deaths lead. Good luck!

Replacement pick due by next Thursday!

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Diana Sowle!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 22, 2018 by joecetta

Actress Diana Sowle called it a wrap on her very brief film career this weekend, at the age of 88. Primarily a stage actress in the Mid-Atlantic, Sowle’s three film credits include two very small roles in early ’90s films – in Guarding Tess and Clear and Present Danger – and one more substantial from the early ’70s – playing Charlie Bucket’s mother Helen in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Her most notable film moment, singing “Cheer Up Charlie,” was dubbed! And thus encapsulates the film career of Diana Sowle!

Kristin M. scores her 10th death of the year, the 22 points on Sowle moving her up to fourth overall! Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Monday!

Ara Guler!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 18, 2018 by joecetta

Guler, chilling with Dali

Famed Turkish photographer Ara Guler set the F stop for the last time this week, at the age of 90! Nicknamed the “Photographer of Istanbul,” Guler found international fame as a photo correspondent for Time-Life in the ’50s and ’60s, and ended up traveling the world taking portraits of world leaders and artists. He goes down in the annals as one of the great “visual historians” of our time. It’s his phrase, so it must be true!

Not the conventional person we see here, how Guler first found his way into the pool I’m not sure – he first appeared on Sam’s team in 2014 – but he cashes out for Mike M. today, 20 points on his seventh death move him up one point in the overall! Nicely done!

Replacement pick due by next Thursday!

Jim Taylor and Paul Allen!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 17, 2018 by joecetta

NFL figures Jim Taylor and Paul Allen sat through their last boring Roger Goodell speech this week, at the ages of 83 and 65, respectively! Taylor’s Hall of Fame fullback career, primarily with the Green Bay Packers, included winning four NFL Championships plus the first Super Bowl in the 1960s, and being named to five Pro Bowls. He still holds the Packers team record for rushing touchdowns with 81! Allen, the 44th richest man in the world as of this year, co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, and did what anyone rolling in dough with any sense would – he bought a bunch of sports franchises. Owner of the Seattle Seahawks, the Portland Trail Blazers, and a MLS team that I’m sure is very nice, Allen won a Lombardi trophy with the Seahawks help for Super Bowl XLVIII, while the Trail Blazers won squadoosh under his ownership. I’m not sure the MLS has a championship – they probably do, right? 

Bats scores his second death in five days with Taylor, tying his personal best with eight on the year! And Rob finally gets back in the game with his second death of the year, snapping the longest current dry spell at 192 days. Well done, folks!

Replacement picks due by next Wednesday!

Wajima Hiroshi and Alex Spanos!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 10, 2018 by joecetta

Whenever there are two deaths in the same post, I like to try and find a picture of these people together (I’m not sure I’ve ever successfully done this though). However, I’m confident today’s subjects ran in different circles, as Japanese sumo wrestler Wajima Hiroshi and billionaire California businessman Alex Spanos are nonetheless splitting a cab uptown today, at ages 70 and 95, respectively! Hiroshi’s sumo career rose in the early ’70s, the pinnacle of which was his being named yokosuna in 1973, the 54th in the sport’s history, which stretches back into the 1700s. And you thought the Philadelphia Phillies had been around a long time! Real estate titan Spanos is better known to the world at large as the owner of the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers in the NFL, his amassing of which began with 60% in 1984 and continued to grow until he owned virtually the entire club – 97% as of 2016. In all that time, while the club’s valuation grew, its number of Super Bowl trophies remained a steady zero.

Not Spanos finest moment

Bats picks up his seventh death of the year on Hiroshi, propelling him over 100 points for the fourth time in five years, while Kristin M. cracks 200 for the third year running with the 15 points on Spanos! Well done!

Replacement picks due by next Wednesday!

Arnold Kopelson!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 8, 2018 by joecetta

Film producer Arnold Kopelson crafted his last blockbuster today, at the age of 83! Kopelson followed up a solid law career by throwing his money into the film industry, winning a Best Picture Oscar for Platoon, and cranking out a bunch of hit action/thrillers in the 90’s, including Seven, Outbreak, The Fugitive, Falling Down, Eraser, and The Devil’s Advocate. He was on the board of directors at CBS for eleven years, only wrapping up his run last month, amidst all the chaos currently going on in the board rooms of the Tiffany Network.

Jeff nabs his second score of the year, picking up 27 points for five-year team member Kopelson, and moves up one spot in the Crystal! Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Monday!

Marty Balin and Charles Aznavour!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 3, 2018 by joecetta

Legendary singers/musicians Marty Balin and Charles Aznavour joined the great jam session in the sky this week, at ages 76 and 94, respectively! Balin is the second member of Jefferson Airplane/Starship to leave us in the last three years, following the death of Paul Kantner in early 2016. Considered the primary founder of Airplane in ’65, he stayed with the group for six years, writing many of their early songs and famously getting knocked out by the Hell’s Angels at Altamont. He rejoined the group, relabeled as Starship, in ’75, and left after Grace Slick did three years later. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers in 1996!

Aznavour did not quite achieve the wild success in America that he had in France, where he was often referred to as “France’s Frank Sinatra.” He performed for seven decades, writing over 1,000 songs, and sold something in the neighborhood of 180 million albums. In an international vote in 1998, he was named the Entertainer of the Century by CNN, ahead of Elvis, Bob Dylan, and everyone. Like Sinatra, he also worked periodically as an actor, appearing in such famed films as The Tin Drum, And Then There Were None, and Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Player. Perhaps (?) he’s better remembered by my generation for his hosting of a season one episode of The Muppet Show – singing “The Old Fashioned Way” along side ballroom dancing human sized Muppets and “Inchworm,” to a worm. Classic!

The Gardons score their fifth death of the year and advance a few spots on the overall, while Team Dondos nabs a big 14th death with Aznavour and clears the double century mark! Well done, folks!

Replacement picks due by next Wednesday!