June 7, 2012 - Ray Douglas Bradbury, who was born Aug. 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois, died June 5 in Los Angeles. He was 91.
Ray Bradbury was a boundlessly imaginative novelist who wrote some of the most popular science-fiction books of all time, including “Fahrenheit 451” and “The Martian Chronicles,” and who transformed the genre of flying saucers and little green men into literature exploring childhood terrors, colonialism, and the erosion of individual thought.
Mr. Bradbury, who began his career in the 1930s contributing stories to pulp-fiction magazines, received a special Pulitzer Prize citation in 2007 “for his distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy.”
His body of works, which continued to appear through recent years to terrific reviews, encompassed more than 500 titles, including novels, plays, children’s books, and short stories. His tales were often made into films, including the futuristic story of a book-burning society (director Francois Truffaut’s “Fahrenheit 451” in 1966), a suspense story about childhood fears (“Something Wicked This Way Comes” in 1983) and the more straightforward alien-attack story (“It Came From Outer Space” in 1953).
He helped write filmmaker John Huston’s 1956 movie adaptation of Herman Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick” and contributed scripts to the TV anthology programs “The Twilight Zone” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”. Mr. Bradbury hosted his own science-fiction anthology program, “The Ray Bradbury Theater,” from 1985 to 1992 on the HBO and USA cable networks.
“The Martian Chronicles,” released to wide acclaim in 1950, used the guide of science fiction to explore colonialism, nuclear war, and the transformative power of one’s environment.
The book sealed his reputation as a science-fiction writer, but Mr. Bradbury frequently eschewed the label.
“People say, ‘Are you a fantasy writer?’ No,” Mr. Bradbury told the Charlotte Observer in 1997. “ ‘Are you a science-fiction writer?’ No. I’m a magician.”
He explained, “Science fiction is the art of the possible, not the art of the impossible. As soon as you deal with things that can’t happen, you are writing fantasy.”
Mr. Bradbury said “Fahrenheit 451,” based on a novella he called “The Fireman,” was his only work of science fiction.
The 1953 book centers on Guy Montag, a fireman of the future charged with burning books. Montag joins a rogue group seeking to save the great writings of civilization through memorization. Mr. Bradbury said the story was inspired by the Nazi book bonfires of the 1930s that he saw in movie newsreels as a young man.
Many observers linked the anti-book-burning message and that “Fahrenheit 451” was published at a peak moment of Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist crusade. Mr. Bradbury said “Fahrenheit 451” was not necessarily about top-down censorship.
The real threat is not from Big Brother, but from little sister [and] all those groups, men and women, who want to impose their views from below,” he told the Times of London in 1993. “If you allow every minority to grab one book off the shelf you’ll have nothing in the library.”
He developed a love of books at an early age, with favorite authors including Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and spent many nights at the local library. In a 1985 interview with the Los Angeles Times, he recalled that he was “fairly poor” - his father was a lineman who had trouble finding work - and that he used the scraps of paper provided by the library for reference notes to write down bits of short stories.
He was inspired to write his first story at age 12 by Mr. Electrico, a performer at a traveling carnival. The performer sent an electric current through the boy’s body, proclaiming, “Live forever!” and later said they’d known each other in one of Mr. Bradbury’s previous lives. The experience evolved into the novel “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (1962), the basis for a film of the same name starring Jonathan Pryce as a diabolical circus owner.
He scripted the 1962 animated history of flight, “Icarus Montgolfier Wright,” which received an Academy Award nomination for best short film, and won a Daytime Emmy in 1993 for writing the animated children’s program, “The Halloween Tree.”
In 2004, President George W. Bush presented Mr. Bradbury with the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest award given to artists.
“I can’t name a writer who’s had a more perfect life,” Mr. Bradbury told the New York Times in 1983. “My books are all in print, I’m in all the school libraries, and when I go places I get the applause at the start of my speech.”
June 7, 2012 - Ray Douglas Bradbury, who was born Aug. 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois, died June 5 in Los Angeles. He was 91.
SANTA MONICA, Kalifornia - April 18, 2012 - Television legend Dick Clark, who originated American Bandstand and the perennial New Year’s Eve celebration on ABC, died Wednesday morning, according to his representative Paul Shefrin.
Shefrin said that Clark, 82, had suffered a heart attack.
Clark “entered St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica last night for an outpatient procedure,” said Shefrin in a statement. “Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful. He is survived by his wife, Kari, and his three children, Rac, Duane and Cindy.”
For decades, Clark and his countdown show, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, were synonymous with New Year’s Eve. His role on the program was scaled back after he suffered a stroke in 2004, but he was back last December to count down to midnight and kiss his wife, Kari.
In an interview via e-mail last December, Clark said he presumed that for many viewers, it’s “comforting to see a familiar face who has been there for the past 40 years.”
He added that for viewers who have a physical disability, his appearances “may serve as a source of inspiration”.
Nicknamed “America’s Oldest Teenager,” Clark prided himself on still picking some of the musical acts for New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
For older generations of Americans, Clark was best known as the host of American Bandstand, a groundbreaking music performance program. It became, as John A. Jackson wrote in a 1997 book about the show, the beginning of a “pop music empire” for Clark.
He became a prolific television producer, responsible for game shows like $25,000 Pyramid, and for award shows like the American Music Awards. According to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, Clark’s production company has made more than 7,500 hours of television programming.
Freedom commentator believed to have died of natural causes.
LOS ANGELES - March 1, 2012 - Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart is dead, according to a post on his Big Journalism website published Thursday morning.
Raw Story was not immediately able to obtain independent confirmation of Breitbart’s death, but Big Journalism editor Joel Pollak said in an email, “It is, sadly, true. There isn’t much more to say.”
“We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior,” the Big Journalism announcement reads. “Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.”
Breitbart was a conservative political commentator and website operator who played a key role in founding both The Huffington Post and The Drudge Report. He was also a frequent contributor to Fox News, and a media prankster whose antics drew the ire of many professional journalists. Largely due to his reputation, some reporters appeared hesitant to repeat word of his death out of fear that it may have been a hoax.
Despite his occasionally misanthropic nature, Breitbart was a force to be reckoned with in the conservative media. He helped take down Rep. Anthony Weiner (N.Y.) after the congressman published a photo of his genitals on the social network Twitter, and a deceptively edited video he released got a Department of Agriculture employee fired in 2010. The woman later sued him for libel, and the case was ongoing at the time of his death.
Breitbart passed away at the UCLA Medical Center some time after midnight Thursday. He was 43.
It is not clear what caused Breitbart’s death, although Big Journalism attributed it to “natural causes”.
CENTERTOWN, Missouri - March 13, 2011 - Derry Brownfield, one of the Midwest’s best know farm broadcasters, has died.
Born in 1932, Derry Brownfield died in his home early Saturday from an apparent heart attack. Derry was known for his informative, witty and colorful delivery of the news on his radio show, the Derry Brownfield Show.
Even at the age of 79, Derry could still saddle up and ride a horse.
Derry first entered the world of broadcasting when he and a friend established the Brownfield Network in 1972. In 1994, he established his own radio show, the Derry Brownfield Show. In 1997, Learfield Communications purchased the Brownfield Network but Derry remained on the air until 2008, when a dispute with major advertiser Monsanto resulted in cancellation of his show. Never one to give up, Derry continued broadcasting his show via webcast.
In 1949, at the age of 16, Derry earned his FFA American Farmer degree. He later attended Missouri University, earning both BA and MS degrees. After graduating from MU, he taught Vo Ag for several years before working for the Missouri Department of Agriculture as a marketing specialist. He also served as director of the Kansas City Livestock Foundation.
Over the years, Derry grew his family beef operation to 200 head of purebred Charolais cows on 1,000 acres of Missouri pasture.
Long an advocate for family based agriculture and a harsh critic of its enemies, Derry Brownfield will be missed across Missouri and the entire nation.
DENVER, Colorado - November 21, 2010 – I just received this sad news. David Nolan, who along with eight others founded the Libertarian Party in his living room in Denver in 1971, unexpectedly died yesterday (Saturday, Nov. 20). He apparently suffered a stroke while driving alone. His car went off the road and struck something, which may have contributed to his death.
He would have been 67 years old this Tuesday, and was trying to raise $1,000 for his favorite cause, "Advocates for Self Government."
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth. More information forthcoming as it becomes available on his Facebook account.
He had just finished running against John McCain for his Senate seat in Arizona, having received over 80,000 votes in a four-way race in which he handled himself throughout the campaign in a demeanor and with admirable robust candor that would make any libertarian proud.
Joan Veon passed away on October 18, 2010.
America has lost one of its most ardent freedom fighters and a true lady.
Back in 2007, Joan was diagnosed with metastasis breast cancer. Because it had spread from the breast into the lymph nodes and spine, she was told her cancer was in a stage four.
That remarkable woman never stopped her efforts to expose the agenda of world government, even while fighting for her life. She wrote about it in one of her columns:
"The cancer was God's mercy to me. It was the wake-up call of a lifetime as I had to face myself. Ps. 51:17 says that the “sacrifices of God are a broken and contrite heart.” The Cross is where we exchange our bitterness and anger for peace and joy found only in Jesus. This is truth. Once I let the anger go, (forgiving myself) I could forgive others. God heard my cry in November, 2007 and provided a measure of strength to a body that could not go on. In that moment of confession, He took away all the pain in my spine which was from the cancer affecting the bones. That's Jesus. At every moment of my journey to wellness, He has provided answers, direction, and life. I am content spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
"In a world without safety nets it no longer matters what kind of problems we are confronted with: high inflation, the high cost of living, joblessness, sickness, despair, divorce, or the evil men who control the world. It is God who delivers and provides, who sits on the edge of the world (Isa. 40:20-31). It is for us to embrace His promises. The Bible is very clear about one thing, if you seek God with all your heart, you will find Him, but you must be sincere otherwise it doesn't work."
Joan attended more than 100 conferences put on by the elites who rule the world and want to destroy ours. She traveled to many foreign countries to get the truth first hand. A huge sacrifice demanding a great deal of time away from her family. But, she did it because, like millions of us, we know the grand scheme underway to bring down our country and force us to be ruled by a one world government. Joan said no way and dedicated herself to fending off the attacks on our sovereignty with her columns, speeches and radio appearances.
Joan's columns provide Americans with the hard hitting facts and truth about the treachery which has been underway for more than a hundred years. I hope you will bookmark her archives and read her columns; perhaps one every few days. Her relentless pursuit of the truth has provided millions of us - not just here in America - with the facts to enable us to fight world tyranny. Joan's research is respected by so many and her contributions as a real American Patriot will not be forgotten.
I had the pleasure of meeting Joan years ago at an Agenda 21 conference in Reno. The same one where I met the late, former U.S. Congresswoman Helen Chenowith-Hage.
I will always remember meeting both of those remarkable women. It is so very sad that both left our world way too early.
God's blessings to you, dear Joan. You are already sorely missed.
Not just because he was my father; he was great man in his own right.
My father was born in the early part of the 20th century.
As he grew up, he realized that he wanted to be a doctor; he wanted to help people to be healthy. More than that, he had a passion for medicine. Yet he was a Jewish man from a poor family. In those days it was difficult enough for Jews to get into medical school; without financial resources it was almost impossible.
But dad would not listen to the “experts” who told him to give up his mad dream of practicing medicine and do something else - something more practical - with his life.
Dad would not accept practical suggestions that deprived him of his dream. Instead, he studied hard, constantly learning about his chosen profession, oblivious to the sizable number of people telling him that he just couldn’t be a doctor.
He ended up with the second highest GPA at New York University during the entire decade of the 1940s. His grades were so good that he was able to get into medical school. He became a doctor, and he loved being a doctor.
Not only that, dad was famous. I never knew that until one day, going through and organizing some of his old books, I discovered an article on a condition with his name on it. Dad studied hematology - his medical specialty - with the man who discovered the field. He was regarded as top in his chosen field, though his humility prevented him from ever claiming accolades for his achievements.
Dad was an old fashioned doctor; he told me many times that he believed almost everything that went wrong with the human body would correct itself; doctors could hopefully help when the body couldn’t heal on its own. He was not a pill-pusher; he did not prescribe in order to promote sales of medicines… he cared first and foremost about his patients.
He used to have patients whom he had seen for decades come to his office just to talk, and he always made time to listen. I even remember him making house calls when necessary!
But what made my father a great man was that he persevered in pursuit of his dreams, despite being told they were unreasonable. He committed himself to a vision in which he could spend his life helping people to live longer and better lives.
Dad had the courage of his convictions. In a world where principle and conviction too often take a back seat to more practical concerns such as money, position and convenience, my father never wavered from his principles. He was both humble and honest.
His example has been and continues to be my inspiration. Everything I have accomplished in life has been due to my dedication to principle, which I learned from dad. Every person I have touched with my own passion and expertise, everyone I have been able to help and the lives I have benefited by my knowledge and experience; all these are the direct result of the example set for me by my father. And I am just one person.
Consider all those people whose lives he saved or prolonged. Consider what they were able to do with the time dad gave them; who they touched with their lives as a result of dad’s efforts. Consider how he touched each of you, and the ways in which he made a difference in your life.
My father touched the lives of countless numbers of people. I believe that each life he touched was made better for the experience; and those same people dad touched went on to touch the lives of others, who in turn would touch others, in a never-ending cycle.
If you toss a pebble into the ocean it creates ripples, and those ripples continue long past your ability to see them. Dad created innumerable ripples in the Ocean of Life; we will never know the full extent of the good he has done for our world. We will never be able to quantify how much of a difference he made to us all. But of this I am certain: the ripples he started will continue to make a positive impact on the lives of many people in many places.
There are few times in my life I have ever used the word “admire”. To look up to someone in some way separates me from that person, so while I respect and love, I tend not to “admire”. One of the very few exceptions is dad.
I admired my father; I still do. I looked up to him; I still do. He was and is my inspiration and moral support. If I have ever helped anyone with my knowledge and dedication, it is due to the influence dad continues to have on me.
He leaves behind a legacy from which any and all of us may become better people: to stand true to our convictions and dedicate ourselves with passion to the principles in which we believe.
My dad leaves an imprint on our world that we should never forget. He will forever be remembered in the hearts and minds of those he touched, and those they touched, and there have been so many.
I can only strive to live my life with as much integrity as did my father; the same is true for each of you. He leaves us a blueprint of how to live a good life. He wasn’t fancy, but his life had genuine meaning in the Scheme of Things.
Thank you dad, for being such a shining example to me of truth, justice and love.
My father was a great man. He is now with my mother, whom he dearly and truly loved; they are finally and forever together again. He has earned a place at God’s Table. I miss him terribly. I love him deeply. Our world is diminished by his loss.