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The Beetle, 81, is no more

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The last Volkswagen Beetle rolled off an assembly line into eternity in Puebla, Mexico this week.

There was no shortage of angst on the factory floor and Twitter farewells on July 11 as admirers turned out to see the Beetle off. “While its time has come, the role it has played in the evolution of our brand will be forever cherished.” said Scott Keogh, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, calling the car a “round peg” in the square hole of the automotive industry. “It’s impossible to imagine where Volkswagen would be without the Beetle.”

Now that it’s in the great junkyard in the sky, it’s time to pay respects to the Beetle’s legacy.

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(CNN) Authorities in Oregon believe they have found the remains of Charles Levin, an actor who appeared in television series like "Seinfeld" and "LA Law." He was 70 years old, according to IMDb.

Levin was in the process of moving when he went missing last week, CNN affiliate KTVL reported. Levin's son in Los Angeles notified authorities of his disappearance last Monday.

Authorities searched for Levin for the past week, police in Grants Pass, located about 200 miles south of Salem, said Sunday.

On Friday, an emergency cell phone ping led authorities to search a remote area northeast of Selma, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said. But there was no sign of Levin.

A resident found Levin's car on Saturday on a remote, almost impassible road. The disabled vehicle was off the roadway, police said.

Levin's pug, Boo Bear, was found in the vehicle. Levin's body was located near the car, police said.

"Based on the circumstances, there is a high probability that the remains are those of Charles Levin," police said.

The medical examiner will make the final identification of the remains, police said.

Levin appeared in one episode of "Seinfeld," in 1993, according to his IMDb page.

He also appeared on shows such as "Alice," "NYPD Blue," and "Hill Street Blues," according to IMDb.

Levin also had roles in films, such as "The Golden Child."

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Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Who Led Court’s Liberal Wing, Dies at 99

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When he retired in 2010 at the age of 90, Justice Stevens was the second-oldest and the second-longest-serving justice ever to sit on the court.

One former law clerk, Christopher L. Eisgruber, described in a 1993 essay an incident at a party for new clerks: Before Justice Stevens arrived, an older male justice had instructed one of the few female clerks present to serve coffee. When Justice Stevens entered, he quickly grasped the situation, walked up to the young woman and said: “Thank you for taking your turn with the coffee. I think it’s my turn now.” He took over the job.


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David Hedison, 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea' Actor, Dies at 92

He also was turned into an insect in the original 'The Fly' and appeared as a CIA agent in a pair of James Bond films.

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David Hedison, who starred as Captain Lee Crane on the 1960s ABC submarine series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, died Thursday in Los Angeles, a family spokeswoman announced. He was 92.

The handsome actor also portrayed scientist André Delambre, who got turned into an insect in The Fly (1958) long before Jeff Goldblum ever did, and he played CIA operative Felix Leiter in the James Bond films Live and Let Die (1973) and Licence to Kill (1989).

From 1964-68, Hedison's character worked aboard the submarine Seaview under the command of Adm. Harriman Nelson (Richard Basehart) on 110 episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. The show was created by Irwin Allen, based on his 1961 movie of the same name.

Born Al David Hedison on May 20, 1927, in Providence, Rhode Island, Hedison discovered the theater while attending Brown University and studied in New York under Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse and with Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio.

He worked alongside Uta Hagen and Michael Redgrave in-off Broadway productions by Clifford Odets and Christopher Fry, among others, and made his big-screen debut in the World War II naval drama The Enemy Below (1957), starring Robert Mitchum.

After starring in the original The Fly and Son of Robin Hood in 1958, he signed a contract at Twentieth Century Fox, changing his stage name to David Hedison.

In the 1990s, he played Spencer Harrison on the NBC daytime series Another World.

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David Hedison, 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea' Actor, Dies at 92

He also was turned into an insect in the original 'The Fly' and appeared as a CIA agent in a pair of James Bond films.

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David Hedison, who starred as Captain Lee Crane on the 1960s ABC submarine series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, died Thursday in Los Angeles, a family spokeswoman announced. He was 92.

The handsome actor also portrayed scientist André Delambre, who got turned into an insect in The Fly (1958) long before Jeff Goldblum ever did, and he played CIA operative Felix Leiter in the James Bond films Live and Let Die (1973) and Licence to Kill (1989).

From 1964-68, Hedison's character worked aboard the submarine Seaview under the command of Adm. Harriman Nelson (Richard Basehart) on 110 episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. The show was created by Irwin Allen, based on his 1961 movie of the same name.

Born Al David Hedison on May 20, 1927, in Providence, Rhode Island, Hedison discovered the theater while attending Brown University and studied in New York under Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse and with Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio.

He worked alongside Uta Hagen and Michael Redgrave in-off Broadway productions by Clifford Odets and Christopher Fry, among others, and made his big-screen debut in the World War II naval drama The Enemy Below (1957), starring Robert Mitchum.

After starring in the original The Fly and Son of Robin Hood in 1958, he signed a contract at Twentieth Century Fox, changing his stage name to David Hedison.

In the 1990s, he played Spencer Harrison on the NBC daytime series Another World.

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David Hedison, 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea' Actor, Dies at 92

He also was turned into an insect in the original 'The Fly' and appeared as a CIA agent in a pair of James Bond films.

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David Hedison, who starred as Captain Lee Crane on the 1960s ABC submarine series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, died Thursday in Los Angeles, a family spokeswoman announced. He was 92.

The handsome actor also portrayed scientist André Delambre, who got turned into an insect in The Fly (1958) long before Jeff Goldblum ever did, and he played CIA operative Felix Leiter in the James Bond films Live and Let Die (1973) and Licence to Kill (1989).

From 1964-68, Hedison's character worked aboard the submarine Seaview under the command of Adm. Harriman Nelson (Richard Basehart) on 110 episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. The show was created by Irwin Allen, based on his 1961 movie of the same name.

Born Al David Hedison on May 20, 1927, in Providence, Rhode Island, Hedison discovered the theater while attending Brown University and studied in New York under Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse and with Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio.

He worked alongside Uta Hagen and Michael Redgrave in-off Broadway productions by Clifford Odets and Christopher Fry, among others, and made his big-screen debut in the World War II naval drama The Enemy Below (1957), starring Robert Mitchum.

After starring in the original The Fly and Son of Robin Hood in 1958, he signed a contract at Twentieth Century Fox, changing his stage name to David Hedison.

In the 1990s, he played Spencer Harrison on the NBC daytime series Another World.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0373314/


RIP David Hedison :(


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Gray_Ghost wrote:
Mr. Nice Guy wrote:
David Hedison, 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea' Actor, Dies at 92

He also was turned into an insect in the original 'The Fly' and appeared as a CIA agent in a pair of James Bond films.

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David Hedison, who starred as Captain Lee Crane on the 1960s ABC submarine series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, died Thursday in Los Angeles, a family spokeswoman announced. He was 92.

The handsome actor also portrayed scientist André Delambre, who got turned into an insect in The Fly (1958) long before Jeff Goldblum ever did, and he played CIA operative Felix Leiter in the James Bond films Live and Let Die (1973) and Licence to Kill (1989).

From 1964-68, Hedison's character worked aboard the submarine Seaview under the command of Adm. Harriman Nelson (Richard Basehart) on 110 episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. The show was created by Irwin Allen, based on his 1961 movie of the same name.

Born Al David Hedison on May 20, 1927, in Providence, Rhode Island, Hedison discovered the theater while attending Brown University and studied in New York under Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse and with Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio.

He worked alongside Uta Hagen and Michael Redgrave in-off Broadway productions by Clifford Odets and Christopher Fry, among others, and made his big-screen debut in the World War II naval drama The Enemy Below (1957), starring Robert Mitchum.

After starring in the original The Fly and Son of Robin Hood in 1958, he signed a contract at Twentieth Century Fox, changing his stage name to David Hedison.

In the 1990s, he played Spencer Harrison on the NBC daytime series Another World.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0373314/


RIP David Hedison :(


One of my favorite shows as a young whipper snapper, along with Time Tunnel... :idea:


:lol: Oh man, he was cool as Captain Crane, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is among the first tv shows I remember as a kid, I saw some reruns a couple of Months ago and got series one and two on dvd soon after, for old times sake, nostalgia will be the death of me :mrgreen:


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Chaser: ‘World’s smartest dog’, which knew over 1,000 words, dies aged 15


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Many owners struggle to teach their dogs to sit, fetch or even bark on command, but John Pilley, a retired psychiatrist, taught his border collie to understand more than 1,000 nouns, a feat that earned them both worldwide recognition.

In 2004, Mr Pilley bought a black-and-white border collie he named Chaser.

For three years, Mr Pilley trained her for four to five hours a day. He showed her an object, said its name up to 40 times, then hid it and asked her to find it.

He used 800 cloth animal toys, 116 balls, 26 Frisbees and an assortment of plastic items to ultimately teach Chaser 1,022 nouns.

Chaser died on Tuesday at 15. She had been living with Mr Pilley’s wife, Sally, and their daughter Robin in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Mr Pilley died last year at 89.

Another daughter, Pilley ​Bianchi, said on Saturday that Chaser had been in declining health in recent weeks.

“The vet really determined that she died of natural causes,” Ms Bianchi said. “She went down very quickly.”

Ms Bianchi, who helped her father train Chaser, said the dog was buried in the backyard with the family’s other beloved dogs and with some of her father’s ashes.

“What we would really like people to understand about Chaser is that she is not unique,” Ms Bianchi said.

“It’s the way she was taught that is unique. We believed that my father tapped into something that was very simple: he taught Chaser a concept which he believed worked infinitely greater than learning a hundred behaviours.”

Ms Bianchi said her father’s experiment was “uncharted territory” in animal cognition research, pointing to news media coverage calling Chaser “the world’s smartest dog”.

“Her language learning is very high-level, powerful science,” she said.

Chaser understood that words have independent meaning and understood common nouns as well as proper nouns, Ms Bianchi said.

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Former All Blacks captain and coach Sir Brian Lochore dies following cancer battle
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Legendary former All Black Sir Brian Lochore has died, following his battle with cancer. He was 78.

Lochore was one of the most admired figures in world rugby, having achieved fame and respect as a player and later as a coach and manager.

The 78-year-old, who played 25 tests (68 matches) for New Zealand at No 8 and lock from 1964 to 1971, died on Saturday.

Lochore's wife, Lady Pam and the couple's three children said they were mourning, but are relieved his suffering had ended. They wanted to express their gratitude for the care and support the family has received since Lochore's diagnosis.

Son David Lochore said: "We would like to note a special thanks to all the doctors that have tried so hard and the exceptional care the palliative nurses have shown to our Dad.

"To those from around New Zealand and the world who have sent messages, these have been enjoyed by our Dad and appreciated by us all.

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"Our heartfelt gratitude to family and friends who have provided support to us during this time, we thank you for your kindness.

"Dad led a life that was full and one which he was very proud of. Our hearts are breaking at a life we feel still had much to give."

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said New Zealand had lost a legend.

"We have lost a genuine legend of our country, an unwavering figure on the field, and a highly respected figure off it," Tew said.

"His family has lost a devoted husband, father and grandfather and for many of us, a great friend.

"It is not over-stating the facts to say that Sir Brian Lochore was the saviour of New Zealand rugby on several occasions and many of us have lost a great mate."

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen said "one of New Zealand's tallest kauri has fallen".

"Sir Brian Lochore is one of of the most respected men in New Zealand, not only in rugby but all facets of New Zealand life," he said.

"On behalf of the All Blacks and myself personally, we pass on our deepest sympathies to Pam, their kids David, Joanne and Sandra and the wider Lochore family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Arohanui from us all."

All Blacks captain Kieran Read said: "This is an incredibly sad day. Sir Brian was an icon of our game. On behalf of all players, our thoughts go out to his family at this time."

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Former Masterton mayor, international referee and long time friend Bob Francis said the Wairarapa community would ensure Lochore's memory lived on.

"We'll discuss all those things after the service, but I know this region will be very keen to recognise him in a way that sees his memory carried on forever. He's always been seen as ours," he said.

"He was a very special guy. He loved this place, and never lost where he came from. He did so well on the international stage but always retained that special relationship with the community. He'll be missed all right," Francis said.

Former TV3 sports presenter Hamish McKay said he got to know Lochore during his career as a commentator and journalist.

McKay paid tribute to Lochore on Saturday night.

"I first met him in his mid 40s and he was still a monster of a man. He had that sheer physical presence, but it was more than matched by his presence as a gentleman. He didn't have to talk it up, he just did it," he said.

"He played at that time when i heard my own father talk about Meads, Kirkpatrick, Tremain, McCormack and others.

"Despite all of the great number 8s we've had, he was still in the conversation as an all time great. He is one of those great kauri of the time."

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Wairarapa Bush Rugby Football Union chief executive Tony Hargood said Lochore was a giant in the region's rugby community and he would be sorely missed.

"His coaching prowess in the 1987 World Cup is something the community has always been very proud of. In 2015 we redeveloped Memorial Park [in Masterton] and the Sir Brian Lochore stand was opened in his honour. He's been such a great mentor to so many and has always been available," Hargood said.

"He had a great, great love of club rugby. He always attended the annual rugby awards. The 'club of the year' award is named in his honour and would be presented by him and Lady Pam," he said.

"As a region we've lost a great man".

Lochore is survived by Pam, their children David, Joanne and Sandra, and their eight grandchildren.

Details of the funeral service will be made available once they have been finalised.

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Lochore retired after the tour of South Africa in 1970, but famously came out of retirement to play against the Lions in a test in 1971 when injury hit the New Zealand forward pack.

After taking up coaching, Lochore was made an All Blacks selector in 1983. He then became the national coach in 1985 and led the team to victory two years later at the inaugural World Cup, on home soil.

Lochore was also campaign manager for the team at the 1995 World Cup, and was a selector when they won the tournament for a second time in 2011.

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His reach extended beyond rugby, and among the many national and community roles he has had is being a former chairman of the Hillary Commission for Sport.

In 1999 Lochore was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame, and also knighted, for his services to sport and the community.

On June 14 it was revealed by New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew that Lochore had that week received news from doctors that he had bowel cancer and was to soon have treatment.

It was not the first time Lochore had been diagnosed with cancer.

In 2016, he was treated for melanoma and prostate cancer and was also laid low by toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that can leave some with flu-like symptoms.

He overcame the prostate cancer with radiation treatment.

Gary Caffell, who co-wrote Lochore's biography Lochore in 1996, said he would be remembered for his skill, his humility and his mana.

"The first thing I'd say about BJ is just how humble the guy was. For all he had achieved he was always just 'BJ'. He never, ever got above himself. He was always available to people. Around here [Wairarapa] everybody knew him as 'BJ' and that's the way he wanted it," Caffell said.

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New Zealand international line-out forward Brian Lochore, captain of the President's XV, 7th April 1971.

"He had a mana about him. He commanded respect. There was just something about him. A very special man."

Lochore was revered for many things, but for locals it was for bringing Wairarapa-Bush from "basically the bottom team in New Zealand up into the first division within a couple of years".

"That was just like a fairytale in New Zealand rugby, and a lot of that was due to his ability to turn ordinary players into something a bit more than ordinary just through is ability to get the best from people without screaming or yelling. I'm not sure how you describe it really," Caffell said.

"He'd sit down with players and talk with them one on one. It was amazing watching how he got through to them. Of course he went on to take the All Blacks after that," he said.


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I met and talked to Cliff about 10 years ago in the local Walmart. He was selling memorabilia on behalf of some charity. I told him about the Raiders game I had attended in the early ‘80’s where he caught a perfect 80 yard long bomb on the first play from scrimmage from Marc Wilson only to have it called back by a holding penalty. He remembered exactly what I was talking about and the offensive lineman that was guilty of the infraction. He still looked like he was in real good shape at that time. Those ‘70’s and early ‘80’s Raiders teams were pretty important to me.


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I met him at the YC Walmart about the same time, I agree the 70's and 80's Raiders were so fun...real swashbucklers... 8)


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One of rock's most acclaimed filmmakers, Don't Look Back and Monterey Pop director D.A. Pennebaker, died Thursday night of natural causes at the age of 94.

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His 1967 movie Don't Look Back chronicled Bob Dylan's 1965 U.K. tour, which took place just before the singer made his controversial shift away from folk to electric guitar-based rock at the Newport Folk Festival. The film also features one of the earliest and most famous music videos, the cue card-laden "Subterranean Homesick Blues."

The following year, Pennebaker released Monterey Pop, documenting 1967's Monterey Pop Festival, which featured career-defining performances from Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Who.

In addition to those acclaimed documentaries, Pennebaker also directed the 1973 David Bowie concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Depeche Mode's 1989 road film 101 and 2000's Down From the Mountain, which focused on the musicians who performed the songs for the 2000 Coen Brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

As noted by Variety, Pennebaker's career went far beyond rock music, to include the 1993 Bill Clinton campaign documentary The War Room, 2002's Elaine Stritch at Liberty and 1977's Energy War, among many others.


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One of my friends is a true blue dyed in the wool hardcore D.A. Pennebaker fan(atic),
he's a shattered man, fell off the wagon when he heard of Donn's demise,
fourteen years sober.....

He's experiencing a reverse Yo Mama moment right now,
his mother has moved in with him.....

He'll be fine now that he's getting some good ol' 20th century motherin'.....


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