World’s Tallest Woman, Sandy Allen, R.I.P.

Sandra Elaine Allen, the World’s Tallest Woman, died today.  She was only fifty three.  While I never knew Ms. Sandy Allen, I’ve known about her work for some time, which IMDB only scratches the surface of.  I’ve seen her playing herself in various documentaries about “freaks” and their experiences in life, and she’s always carried […]

Tony Snow R.I.P.

Former press secretary and Fox News fuck Tony Snow died of cancer today. I’m sure in a bit, we’ll see blogs such as Crooks and Liars do a polite little obit, in which they ask their readers to “leave tasteful comments” while we all pretend that there’s a final dignity in death that allows us […]

Tim Russert R.I.P.

I didn’t become aware of Russert until I was in college.  I was taking a journalism class, and one of the requirements was that we watch Meet the Press each week and report on the subjects they talked about as if itwere news that we were writing a story on.  Since I lived with a […]

Bo Diddley R.I.P.

Bo Diddley died today.  I don’t know what to say about him that hasn’t already been said.  Of the original school of fifties rockers, he was definitely the most punk, as well as possibly the most influential–way more so than Elvis, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, and even perhaps Chuck Berry.  It was  Bo’s beat […]

Charlton Heston is dead.

Forgive me for not grieving too much.  I know, he was a civil rights advocate in the sixties, but was that so hard to do, to be on the side of righteousness against a profoundly evil mindset?  And I know that he was in some classic movies, but as a friend once said about Jon […]

Jeff Healey is dead!

For you young’uns who can’t remember the late eighties, it really was the worst time in rock and roll history, more boring and corporate and conceited than the seventies ever were.  But even worse than Bon Jovi, U2, and Paula Abdul was the type of fake-ass white boy electric blues that played constantly in bars, […]

Vampira R.I.P.

Like so many of my heroes recently, it looks like I’m going to have to give my final respects to Maila Nurmi, who created the character Vampira in the fifties, her tight corset and shroud proving that death and sex are two great tastes that taste great together. I saw a documentary years back about her–then got to […]

Dave Day Havlicek R.I.P.

Dave Day, banjo player of the Monks, a former G.I. who spent the years following the breakup of the Monks as an indigent homeless man in Germany who forgot his native English, only to find his way back to the U.S., sanity, and happiness years later in time to play in a reformed version of the […]

Goodbye Stubby

I just learned that an old friend, an amazing young guy who had a lust for life and a rapacious love for music, died a few days ago, brutally.  I haven’t seen him in years and never got to know him better, but it’s quite a shock.  He was such a wonderful soul, I can’t […]

Lance Rock R.I.P.

Disclaimer–as my homie Vera points out, I should say that this is NOT the obituary of DJ Lance Rock, who has been hosting episodes of an amazing kids’ program for over six months now!  That guy has been on the L.A. scene for a while, deserves all the acclaim he’s getting, and deserves his own blog from me at […]

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