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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.
SPORTS
June 13, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
ELMONT, N.Y. - Irad Ortiz Jr. was already among America's best young jockeys. His ride in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday won't do anything but cement that position and perhaps put him in the conversation for best of any age. Riding 16-1 Creator for the first time after the Arkansas Derby winner finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby, Ortiz quickly got the colt to the rail from his extreme outside-post position in the 13-horse field. He patiently moved the horse from 10th on the backstretch to sixth by the quarter pole.
SPORTS
June 14, 2016
ELMONT, N.Y. - When unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist finishes third in the Preakness after getting involved in an enervating pace duel and incredibly consistent Preakness winner Exaggerator finishes 11th in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, appreciation grows for what American Pharoah did last year by winning the first Triple Crown in 37 years. Either something goes wrong during a race or a horse hits the Triple Crown wall in the Belmont Stakes racing for the third time in 5 weeks, a concept completely foreign to top class American racehorses in the 21st century, or we get American Pharoah who manages to survive the Derby when he was at less than his best and dominate the final two legs with his speed, power and stamina.
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)
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August 7, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV Critic
BEVERLY HILLS - When A&E's Born This Way premiered in December , what I most liked about it was that it wasn't too, too special. As the mother of a young adult who, like the show's stars, happens to have Down syndrome, I'm not a big fan of special, which so often isn't. In playing themselves on television, these mostly twentysomethings were for once having an experience their more typical peers might envy. But Born This Way (10 p.m. Tuesdays, A&E), which returned for a second season on July 26 and whose three Emmy nominations include one for outstanding unstructured reality program, is special in some ways, and its differences, says executive producer Jonathan Murray, may make it a little more real than other shows of its genre.
SPORTS
June 14, 2016
ELMONT, N.Y. - When unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist finishes third in the Preakness after getting involved in an enervating pace duel and incredibly consistent Preakness winner Exaggerator finishes 11th in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, appreciation grows for what American Pharoah did last year by winning the first Triple Crown in 37 years. Either something goes wrong during a race or a horse hits the Triple Crown wall in the Belmont Stakes racing for the third time in 5 weeks, a concept completely foreign to top class American racehorses in the 21st century, or we get American Pharoah who manages to survive the Derby when he was at less than his best and dominate the final two legs with his speed, power and stamina.
SPORTS
June 13, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
ELMONT, N.Y. - Irad Ortiz Jr. was already among America's best young jockeys. His ride in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday won't do anything but cement that position and perhaps put him in the conversation for best of any age. Riding 16-1 Creator for the first time after the Arkansas Derby winner finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby, Ortiz quickly got the colt to the rail from his extreme outside-post position in the 13-horse field. He patiently moved the horse from 10th on the backstretch to sixth by the quarter pole.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV Critic
You might think they're crazy, but the first thing to know about Robert and Michelle King's new CBS series BrainDead is that the creators of The Good Wife have not lost their minds. They've just taken their penchant for politics and public policy on a CBS-style summer vacation, the kind in which ant-like creatures from outer space picnic in people's brains. Though no sillier at heart than Under the Dome , Zoo or Extant , the Kings' Washington, D.C.-set BrainDead , which premieres at 10 p.m. Monday, is sci-fi with a healthy sense of the ridiculous.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
Even if you're just the occasional reader of Jump Start , West Philadelphia native Robb Armstrong's 27-year-old award-winning comic strip, you're likely to assume Armstrong lived quite the charmed life. At the heart of the daily strip, the largest ever syndicated by an African American, is the perfectly nuclear Cobb family, helmed by Philly cop Joe and wife Marcy, an emergency-room nurse. Marcy and Joe have four children: nature-loving daughter Sunny, snarky son Jo-Jo, and a set of fraternal twins.
NEWS
April 22, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, Staff Writer
When last we met Julian Fellowes, it was at Downton Abbey , where modernity was creeping into the Crawleys' way of life. Fellowes was creator, writer, and producer of TV's beloved costume drama, whose finale in March coincided in the story with the demise of the landed gentry. But great estates are a prized topic for Fellowes, an actor, writer, and member of the House of Lords. He has also written novels, movies such as The Young Victoria and the Oscar-winning Gosford Park , and the Broadway musicals Mary Poppins and (more surprisingly)
BUSINESS
February 25, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
Mind-blowing. Whirlwind. Crazy. Amazing. Hectic. Gratifying. Those are the words childhood friends Jess Edelstein and Sarah Ribner used Tuesday to describe the entrepreneurial explosion that's reverberated since the public went wild for their PiperWai natural deodorant after its Dec. 11 debut on ABC's Shark Tank . Some of the comments on their Facebook page? Not quite so uplifting. Where's my order?! This is terrible customer service. Empty promises . Those were the most common ones, Edelstein said, as response to their TV appearance so overwhelmed the fledgling company that orders placed in response to it - many undoubtedly anticipated as Christmas gifts - have just been shipped.
NEWS
February 12, 2016 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
As Deadpool looks to break the box-office and comic-book superhero mold for movies this weekend, Fabian Nicieza, who cocreated the groundbreaking character in comics with artist Rob Liefeld exactly 25 years ago, in February 1991, says he couldn't be happier. "I generated the civilian identity [of Wade Wilson], his personality, the tragic aspect of seeking a cure for cancer leading to a cure that cost him his sanity, and his ability to function in society in any kind of a normal way," Nicieza said.
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | Ellen Gray
THE X-FILES. 10 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Monday, Fox29. Chris Carter could always keep a secret. The creator of The X-Files let one slip this month during a Fox session to talk with reporters about the six-episode reboot of the series. I asked whether he'd continued thinking about the characters in the years since he'd been away from them - the show ended in 2002, and the second movie, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, was released in 2008 - or whether he'd begun thinking about them only when Fox called to ask him to write for them.
NEWS
January 20, 2016 | Staff Rport
Lin-Manuel Miranda will grace a new stage this spring: The "Hamilton" composer and star will be the University of Pennsylvania's commencement speaker. The university announced Tuesday that the Tony, Grammy and MacArthur Foundation "genius" award winner would address graduates at the May 16 ceremony. "Miranda is one of the most innovative and stunningly brilliant artistic voices of and for our time," Penn president Amy Gutmann said in a statement. "As a lyricist, composer, playwright and actor, he has accomplished nothing short of remaking the great American artistic form of musical theater and telling the history of our founding through the most creative, evocative and thought provoking contemporary lens.
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