Donald R. McClarey

Requiescat In Pace: George H. W. Bush

  Former President George Bush has died at age 94.  I am deeply ambivalent about his role as a major player in our national life, and I think we are too close to his Presidency in time to have much

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Requiescat In Pace: Stan Lee

  Stanley Martin Lieber, better known as Stan Lee, passed away today at age 95.  A World War II veteran, Lee  worked for virtually his entire adult life, except for his time in the Army, for Timely Comics, which became

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John McCain: Requiescat In Pace

  Senator John McCain (R.AZ) has died at age 81 of brain cancer.  That is a very hard way to go, as I know from my secretary of 30 years dying from similar cancer three years ago on August 28,

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Aretha Franklin: Requiescat in Pace

  Something for the weekend.  I Say A Little Prayer, sung by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.  She died this week at age 76, leaving behind a body of work that will give joy to generations to come, and

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Steve Ditko: Requiescat In Pace

In my misspent youth I collected comics.  (As a sign of advancing maturity I got rid of them when I was 13.  If I had saved such treasures as my beloved Spider-Man #2 I could have a tidy sum now!). 

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Harlan Ellison: Requiescat In Pace

Sad news.  Harlan Ellison, the enfant terrible of the Golden Age of Science Fiction, a man who managed to get into arguments with virtually every major science fiction writer of his day, has passed away at age 84.  Ellison tended

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Requiescat In Pace: Tom Wolfe

Well, this was a pretty good day until I learned that Tom Wolfe had died at age 88, far too young.  With his white suits, and gentle manner, Wolfe seemed to be a figure out of time, a classic Eighteenth

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Requiescat In Pace: Alfie Evans

Alfie Evans has gone to join the Holy Innocents in Eternity.  Prayers for him and his bereaved family.  I will have much commentary on this in the days to come, but this is not the time for it.  Please restrict

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Requiescat In Pace: Bob Dorough

Bob Dorough, one of the driving creative forces behind Schoolhouse Rock has died, too young, at 94.  Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts gives us the details:     Who?  This is who: and Among others.  Those two, of course, are

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Donald R. McClarey

Requiescat In Pace: Harry Anderson

Dan: How did you get appointed to the bench? Harry: You know Dan, that’s a funny story. It was the mayor’s last day in office and it was a Sunday and my name was at the bottom of the list

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Requiescat In Pace: R. Lee Ermey

It’s my firm conviction that when Uncle Sam calls, by God we go, and we do the best that we can. R. Lee Ermey       Sad news that R. Lee Ermey has passed away at age 74.  A

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Frederick E. Strufe: Requiescat In Pace

My former law partner Frederick E. Strufe passed away last week at age 70.  Fred retired from the law mines on April 30, 2010.  Fred was something of a character, which was just as well as I am something of

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Requiescat In Pace: Arnaud Beltrame

A hero to remember.  Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts gives us the details:   And sadly, he has passed away.  Col. Arnaud Beltrame broke from our modern trends and sacrificed himself for those he never knew.  As an ISIS soldier

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Requiescat in Pace: Billy Graham

Billy Graham has died at age 99.  My sainted mother, uber Catholic that she was, used to watch his crusades on TV in the Sixties.  In his prime, Graham was on a par with Ronald Reagan as a spell-binding orator,

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Mort Walker: Requiescat in Pace

    Mort Walker has passed away at 94.  The creator of the comic strip Beetle Bailey, for 68 years he poked gentle fun at the absurdities of the US Army.  Walker served as an Army officer during World War

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Requiescat In Pace: Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis has passed away at 91.  Growing up, the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon was a favorite of my late parents, and they always made sure to contribute.  Like most things about Lewis in his turbulent life, controversy dogged

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Requiescat In Pace: Glen Campbell

  Glen Cambell has passed away at age 81.  I will let Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts do the honors:   Glen Campbell died today. One of the earliest memories I have is watching him perform on some variety show.

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Requiescat In Pace: Robert Hardy

As the war raged on I studied English at Oxford University, but my education was interrupted by my joining the RAF to train as a pilot. It was there that I got to meet Richard Burton – a navigator in

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Requiescat In Pace: Martin Landau

Actor Martin Landau is dead at age 89.  I became familiar with his work as a child sitting through endless Mission: Impossible episodes.  A very good character actor, he had the talent of drawing attention to the role he was

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Requiescat In Pace: Stephen Furst

Actor Stephen Furst has passed away at age 63.  My favorite of his roles was that of Vir Cotto on Babylon 5.  Unusual in Hollywood he had one and only wife who he was married to for 41 years.  I

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Powers Boothe: Requiescat In Pace

Perhaps the greatest American character actor of his time, Powers Boothe passed away in his sleep at age 68 on Pentecost this year.  An anomaly in Hollywood, he was married to his one and only wife since 1969 and he

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Requiescat In Pace: Don Rickles

  Don Rickles, the master of insult comedy, has died at 90.  Unlike lesser practitioners of that comedic black art, Rickles’ barbs were clever and not mean-spirited.  A World War II veteran, he was married for 52 years to his

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Requiescat In Pace: Judge Joseph Wapner

    Judge Joseph Wapner, the frequently testy judge of The People’s Court, has died at age 97.  A trial judge for 20 years in California, after his retirement he became the first television judge.  Unlike many of the “judges”

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Requiescat In Pace: William Peter Blatty

  William Peter Blatty died this week at age 89.  He had a long career as a screenwriter and an author.  Despite his multiple marriages, his latest in 1983 and which would last to his death, Blatty remained a Catholic

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Requiescat In Pace: William Christopher

“But I’m not Catholic Father.” “None of us are perfect my son!” Father John Patrick Mulcahy to a patient in an episode of the MASH television show.   During my misspent youth I wasted too many hours watching the old

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Debbie Reynolds: Requiescat In Pace

  Legendary actress Debbie Reynolds has died of a stroke one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher.  It is said that she wished to be with her daughter, and I can deeply empathize with that sorrowful sentiment

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Requiescat In Pace: Phyllis Schlafly

    It hardly seems possible.  Phyllis Schlafly has died at age 92.  Mother of six, she had a superb intellect and a will of steel.  A  devout Catholic, she saw through contemporary feminism to the fundamentally nihilist philosophy it

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Justice Antonin Scalia: Requiescat in Pace

    A very sad day.  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died:     Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of apparent natural causes Saturday on a luxury resort in West Texas, federal officials said. Scalia, 79, was

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Requiescat in Pace: Chris Bissey

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” John 11:25 My secretary and office manager Chris Bissey passed away in the early hours of

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Requiescat in Pace: Tom Magliozzi

  For decades I enjoyed the antics of the two hosts of Car Talk on NPR.  Having zero interest in the technical aspects of motor vehicles, I would often listen to the hilarious advice they gave to their callers as

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Peter O’Toole: Requiescat In Pace

    Perhaps the foremost actor of his time, Peter O’Toole died yesterday.  As indicated by the video clip above from For Greater Glory, O’Toole never lost his skill before the camera.  He catapulted to fame in Lawrence of Arabia

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Kenneth Minogue: Requiescat In Pace

    In a field dominated by the most complete rubbish imaginable, Political Science, Kenneth Minogue was a voice of reason: Olympianism is the characteristic belief system of today’s secularist, and it has itself many of the features of a

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Lawrence Charles McClarey: Requiescat In Pace

    My beloved son, Lawrence Charles McClarey, passed away of a seizure last night.  I found him this morning at 6:15 AM when I attempted to rouse him for the “Daddy Readings” that he and I had done daily since

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