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Post Mortem: September 12, 2010 - September 18, 2010

40 Years After, 'The Experience' Legacy Lives On

It was 40 years ago today that guitar legend Jimi Hendrix died in London of an apparent drug overdose. He was 27 years old and died at the peak of his popularity. A sensuous guitarist, and 1960s sex idol, his explosive and intense live concerts often drifted into fluid, minutes-long...

By T. Rees Shapiro  | September 18, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro  | Tags:  Experience, Isley Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard  
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The Kandy Kolored Rickshaw Test (VAROOOOOM!)

In the mid 1950s, William H. Goetzmann and Tom Wolfe were classmates at Yale University working on graduate degrees. Dr. Goetzmann, who turned his Yale doctoral thesis into a Pulitzer Prize-winning book that revolutionized the way historians viewed American exploration of the Western territories, died of congestive heart failure Sept....

By T. Rees Shapiro  | September 17, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro  | Tags:  Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, Tom Wolfe, William Goetzmann  
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James Winner, inventor of 'The Club,' dies

James Winner, who invented The Club anti-car-theft device, died after an automobile crash in western Pennsylvania on Tuesday, the Associated Press is reporting. He was 81. Mr. Winner, an inveterate salesman who had hawked pianos, chemicals and vacuum cleaners, invented the steering-wheel lock in the mid-1980s after his Cadillac was...

By Emma Brown  | September 15, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Emma Brown  | Tags:  james winner died, james winner obituary, james winner the club  
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Newsman and language maven Edwin Newman dies

Edwin Newman, a longtime fixture on NBC News, who moderated the first Carter-Ford debate in 1976 -- the first presidential debate since 1960 -- and who became one of the country's foremost authorities on grammar and usage, has died at 91. He died in England on Aug. 13. His family...

By Matt Schudel  | September 15, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Character actor Harold Gould of 'The Sting' and 'Golden Girls' dies at 86

Harold Gould, a mustachioed character actor who was a familiar face to generations of television and film audiences, died Saturday of prostate cancer at a nursing home in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 86. Mr. Gould had a doctorate in theater from Cornell University and was a drama professor in...

By Emma Brown  | September 13, 2010; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Actors, actresses, Emma Brown  | Tags:  Harold Gould Golden Girls, Harold Gould Katharine Hepburn, Harold Gould Lindsay Lohan, Harold Gould The Sting, Harold Gould died, Harold Gould obituary  
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Kevin McCarthy, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" star, dies

"The sci-fi thriller Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is so embedded in our culture that even if you've never seen the film, this trailer for the 1956 original feels familiar. Kevin McCarthy, who plays the handsome young doctor who understands before anyone else the horror taking over his town, died...

By Emma Brown  | September 13, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Actors, actresses, Emma Brown  | Tags:  invasion of the body snatchers kevin mccarthy, kevin mccarthy died, kevin mccarthy dies  
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