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December 27, 2012
LONDON - Gerry Anderson, puppetry pioneer and British creator of the sci-fi hit "Thunderbirds" TV show, has died. He was 83. Anderson's television career launched in the 1950s. Once "Thunderbirds" aired in the 1960s, "Thunderbirds are go!" became a catchphrase for generations. It also introduced the use of "supermarionation" - a puppetry technique using thin wires to control marionettes. - ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEWS
December 28, 2012
Gerry Anderson, 83, puppetry pioneer and British creator of the sci-fi hit Thunderbirds TV show, has died. Mr. Anderson's son Jamie said his father, who got a diagnosis of mixed dementia two years ago, died in his sleep Wednesday at a nursing home near Oxfordshire, England. Mr. Anderson's television career launched in the 1950s. Once Thunderbirds aired in the 1960s, "Thunderbirds are go!" became a catchphrase for generations. It also employed "supermarionation" - a puppetry technique using thin wires to control marionettes - and made sci-fi mainstream, according to Jamie Anderson.
NEWS
July 9, 2011
Allan Eckert, 80, playwright of the outdoor drama, Tecumseh! , that has drawn millions to central Ohio since 1973, died Thursday at his home in Corona, Calif. The drama about the Shawnee leader, performed annually in Chillicothe, was adapted from Mr. Eckert's book The Frontiersmen . Mr. Eckert also wrote for the Emmy-winning Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom series. His children's book, Incident at Hawk's Hill , won a Newbery Honor award in 1972 and was made into a television movie by Walt Disney Productions.
NEWS
July 5, 2012
Jim Drake, 83, an aeronautical engineer who helped design the X-15 rocket plane and the Tomahawk cruise missile and in his spare time created the Windsurfer, a surfboard with a sail that became synonymous with sailboarding, died June 19 at his home in Pfafftown, N.C. The cause was complications of pulmonary fibrosis. Mr. Drake was more Steve Jobs than Thomas Edison: The inventors S. Newman Darby and Peter Chilvers had already built early sailboards, but Mr. Drake's version, which he first built in his garage in Santa Monica, Calif., made windsurfing attractive to a mass market.
NEWS
July 26, 2013
John Casablancas, 70, the brash upstart who transformed the modeling business when he founded the Elite agency and turned its young beauties - including Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bundchen, and Naomi Campbell - into celebrities, died Saturday in Rio de Janeiro. Mr. Casablancas, who lived in Miami, had cancer, said his executive assistant. When he ventured into the business in the early 1970s, the super-agents were Eileen Ford and Wilhemina Cooper, who took an old-school approach that included providing chaperones for their models and tucking them into bed at a reasonable hour.
NEWS
February 16, 2013
William Watts Biggers, 85, co-creator of the cartoon Underdog, the mild-mannered shoeshine boy who turned into a caped superhero to rescue his girlfriend, Sweet Polly Purebred, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 10, at his Plymouth, Mass., home, said a family friend. He was working for the New York City advertising firm DFS when he accepted an assignment from the agency's largest client, General Mills, to create television cartoons to promote its breakfast cereals. The most famous was Underdog, which debuted in 1964 on NBC. After General Mills pulled out of the animation business, Mr. Biggers became vice president of promotion and creative services at NBC. He was also a novelist and writer.
NEWS
November 1, 2011
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Tom Keith, 64, a longtime sound effects man who was the source of creaking doors, clucking chickens, and more on A Prairie Home Companion , died of a heart attack Sunday after collapsing at his home. Mr. Keith's death was announced Monday by Jon McTaggart, chief executive of Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media, which distributes Prairie Home . Prairie Home host Garrison Keillor remembered Mr. Keith as "one of radio's great clowns.
NEWS
July 1, 2013
Gary David Goldberg, 68, who created the 1980s sitcom hit Family Ties and expanded into feature films, died June 22 of brain cancer in Montecito, Calif., the New York Times reported. Mr. Goldberg's TV successes also included the ABC comedy Spin City, which in 1996 reunited him with Family Ties breakout star Michael J. Fox. A more modest hit for Mr. Goldberg, yet much-acclaimed, was CBS's Brooklyn Bridge (1991-93). His films included Dad (1989), Bye Bye Love (1995)
NEWS
September 21, 2011
Tom Wilson Sr., 80, creator of the hard-luck comic strip character Ziggy, died Friday of pneumonia at a Cincinnati hospital, his family said Monday. Tom Wilson Jr., who took over the comic in 1987, said his father had moved from Cleveland to a Cincinnati nursing home eight years ago to be near his family. Mr. Wilson was an artist at American Greetings card company in Cleveland for more than 35 years and first published Ziggy in a 1969 cartoon collection, "When You're Not Around.
NEWS
March 23, 2012
Samuel L. Glazer, 89, co-owner of the company that revolutionized American mornings with the Mr. Coffee drip coffeemaker, died of complications from leukemia March 12 at the Cleveland Clinic. Mr. Glazer and his North American Systems business partner, Vincent Marotta Sr., hired engineers to develop an automatic drip coffeemaker for use at home. The company introduced the Mr. Coffee coffeemaker in 1972 to compete with older percolator and less-tasty instant coffee methods. Mr. Coffee became a huge success.
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May 15, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Very few people know how weird it is to be at the center of a pop-culture phenomenon: "It" girls, online viral sensations, tousle-haired boy-band stars. Radio journalists are not often on that list. "It's like watching pop culture happen in front of you," said Sarah Koenig, creator of the podcast juggernaut Serial . "People were gathering around this thing and picking apart any part of it to grab onto and congregate around. " Koenig said she had a hard time describing what it felt like to be at the center of something so suddenly popular - in part because she willfully ignored it. "I was a weird troll person the entire time.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* GALAVANT. 8 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, 6ABC.   PASADENA, Calif. - TV producers are used to getting notes from networks and studios: suggestions, helpful or not, from the people who pay the bills. "Galavant" creator Dan Fogelman's lately been getting love notes. "They gave us a lot of leeway," said Fogelman, of ABC's approach to "Galavant," a musical-comedy filmed in Britain. It's probably coincidence that Fogelman, a Penn grad who earlier created ABC's aliens-in-New Jersey comedy "The Neighbors" and is a screenwriter ("The Guilt Trip," "Crazy, Stupid, Love")
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Rapper/producer Tyler, the Creator, who played Monday night to a sold-out crowd at the TLA, is a goofball. On solo efforts away from the Odd Future hip-hop collective (whose other star is singer Frank Ocean), such as the albums Bastard and Goblin and the mix-tape Wolf , Tyler indulges in everything from hilariously, hypersexualized vampire and automobile fantasies to scabrous riffs on homophobia, rape, and misogyny that he swears are just jokes. He named his clothing line after a spoonerism for the Odd Future alter-ego Wolf Gang.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Help kick off the 40th season of the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the teen flick Mean Girls with Emmy award-winner Tina Fey in person. Screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Fey, who graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1988, wrote the screenplay and starred in Mean Girls , loosely based on her experience as a student. She was also an active participant in the school's Summer Stage program. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Fey. Summer Stage is one of the longest-running children's theater programs in the nation.
NEWS
June 27, 2014 | By Sahar Majid, For The Inquirer
In 1947, British rule of India ended with the partition of the country into India and Pakistan, a topic still close to the hearts of many people. Longing for an undivided India is the theme of the dance theater program Asunder , to be performed at the Painted Bride Friday and Saturday. Asunder was conceived and choreographed by Swarthmore professor Pallabi Chakravorty, who specializes in the anthropology of dance and studied Kathak and other classical and folk dance styles under renowned gurus such as Bandana Sen. The group she founded, Courtyard Dancers, will explore the nostalgia and grief for the loss of what once was, but never will be again - a united India   . The dance portrays a desire for things to go back to the good old days.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
THE TERM "living legend" is thrown around pretty loosely these days. However, when it comes to Neal Adams, the description is more than apt - and richly deserved. It was Adams who defined the look of iconic characters like Batman, Superman and Green Arrow for the modern age. In other words, it was Adams who gave them the look that we associate with them today. "All I really did was bring Batman back to what he was supposed to be," Adams said with typical modesty. "I didn't really change him. " Nevertheless, it is Adams' look for Batman and the others that almost every artist who has drawn the characters since aspires to. That's pretty impressive, but it pales in comparison to Adams' advocacy for creator rights, which was seared into him when he saw scores of artists lose their jobs because of a congressional crackdown on comics in the 1950s that made horror and crime comics disappear and prompted a Comics Code Authority to establish guidelines on appropriate content.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2014 | The Inquirer staff
Push comes to sell-out Rapper Tyler, the Creator , played a sold-out show at Dallas' House of Blues just hours after being freed in connection with a misdemeanor charge of inciting a riot at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin. The Odd Future rapper (real name: Tyler Gregory Okonma) was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport on Saturday. Inciting a riot carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Tyler, 23, was released Saturday after securing a $25,000 bond.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
GET EXCITED, "Scandal" fans. Shonda Rhimes , the creator of ABC's most tweet-worthy show, is bringing her next creation to Philadelphia. And to make matters even better, it's set to star Oscar-nominated goddess of the big screen Viola Davis . The two will work together on "How to Get Away with Murder," a pilot for ABC that will be filmed in Philadelphia. Davis will play a deeply mysterious law school professor who gets caught up in a murder that shakes her life - and the lives of her students - to the core.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
An ended ending Glee creator Ryan Murphy always had an ending in mind for his musical series. That is, until star Cory Monteith died. "I have never shared [it] with anyone, but I always knew it. I've always relied on it as a source of comfort," Murphy said at a private memorial in July for Monteith in comments published in the new Entertainment Weekly. "At the end of season 6, Lea [ Michele ]'s Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play.
NEWS
December 20, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER FLYERS tough guy Mike Bullard made a dream come true, according to Adam F. Goldberg , creator of ABC's "The Goldbergs," the sitcom starring Jeff Garlin and George Segal . It was Jenkintown-raised Goldberg's dream to have a Flyers jersey when he was a kid, but his mom (portrayed on the show by Wendi McLendon-Covey of "Bridesmaids") said they were too expensive, then relented for her son's birthday. "My favorite player was Mike Bullard. I always liked the thuggy guy, and he had such a cool mustache.
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