Red Klotz, who led basketball’s biggest losers, the Washington Generals, dies at 93.
In his time with the Generals, Mr. Klotz lost at least 14,000 games, or 15,000, or, according to some estimates, more than 20,000.
“That sounds about right,” Mr. Klotz would shrug whenever someone tried to calculate the number.
“I don’t count the losses,” he told the Washington City Paper in 2007. “It’s easier to keep track of the wins.”
Mr. Klotz won six games, his biographer concluded. Or maybe it was four. Possibly just two. But definitely, beyond the shadow of any doubt, his team won one game for sure.
posted by Johnny Wallflower
on Jul 20, 2014 -
Bob Abrahamian was a Chicago DJ, record collector, and chronicler of Chicago's soul history whose death in June at age 35 shocked soul music lovers around the world. The Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Guarino says
: "He left behind tens of thousands of 45-rpm records, but to those who knew him, it was the generous spirit in evangelizing the music that made the greatest impact." His work lives on on the site for his radio show, Sitting in the Park
, which features exclusive music
from and extensive interviews
with 60s and 70s Chicago soul musicians. [more inside]
posted by carrienation
on Jul 7, 2014 -
BBC: Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano
, regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, has died.
The 88-year-old suffered a heart attack on Saturday and had been in an induced coma in Madrid's Gregorio Maranon hospital.
Real Madrid confirmed the news, saying Di Stefano, their honorary president, died at 17:15 CET (16:15 BST).
The forward won five straight European Cups, scoring in each final between 1956 and 1960. Tim Vickery Article on Di Stefano
posted by marienbad
on Jul 7, 2014 -
, the French filmmaker who helped introduce literary modernism to the movies and became an international art-house star with nonlinear narrative films like “Hiroshima Mon Amour” and “Last Year at Marienbad,” died on [March 1] in Paris. He was 91. NYTimes Obit [more inside]
posted by chavenet
on Jun 6, 2014 -
Rabbi Myer Kripke, of Omaha, dies at 100. The New York Times obituary
tells the story of the Kripkes and a couple they played bridge with and became friends with, Susan and Warren Buffett. In 1966, they approached Buffett to manage their savings, and they wound up making $25 million, all of which they gave away.
piece also devotes a half a sentence to Rabbi Kripke's son, "Saul Kripke, a Princeton scholar who has been called the world’s greatest living philosopher" (cynics should note that Saul Kripke shot to prominence before his parents were rich).
posted by grobstein
on May 5, 2014 -
"When you say ‘war photographer’ the first image that comes to mind is someone crazy for the bang bang. Not Anja. She was an artist. She used her sensitivity and sense of understanding to access the human side of war." In Memoriam: Anja Niedringhaus (1965—2014)
are powerful and beautiful.
posted by mareli
on Apr 4, 2014 -
Ralph Wilson, owner of the Buffalo Bills since 1959, has passed away at the age of 95
. Wilson was the last of the eight AFL team owners known as the "Foolish Club,
" and is notable for his continued support of other small market teams, including voting against moving the Cleveland Browns in 1995 (one of only two to do so), and subsequently hosting a Browns Day in Buffalo
. He saved the Oakland Raiders from bankruptcy
, and insisted that the AFL postpone their games the day after JFK's assassination
. As positive memories were shared on twitter
from around the league, Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY, has left a light on in his honor
posted by troika
on Mar 25, 2014 -
, the oldest known Holocaust survivor and subject of the film "The Lady in Number Six"
has died at the age of 110. Before World War II, Alice was a concert pianist who travelled across Europe. During the war, Alice's mother and husband were sent to Auschwitz where they were murdered, and Alice and her six year old son were sent to Theresienstadt. Alice performed more than 100 concerts at Theresienstadt, and immigrated to Israel with her son after surviving the camp. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen
on Feb 23, 2014 -
Maggie Estep, the writer-poet-performance artist and all-around cool person who came to some fame while living in the East Village in the early 1990s, has died.
After suffering a massive heart attack on Monday, Estep died at age 50
. Before publishing her first novel, Maggie worked as a horse groom, a go-go dancer, a dishwasher, a nurse’s aide, and a box factory worker.
She initially received national attention in the 1990s, when MTV covered the spoken-word movement on an all-poetry episode of "Unplugged." [more inside]
posted by neroli
on Feb 12, 2014 -
The jazz guitarist Jim Hall
The New York Times reports:
Jim Hall, a jazz guitarist who for more than 50 years was admired by critics, aficionados and especially his fellow musicians for his impeccable technique and the warmth and subtlety of his playing, died on Tuesday at his home in Greenwich Village. He was 83. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen
on Dec 11, 2013 -
The much-renowned and very influential singer, songwriter and bandleader Tabu Ley Rochereau
, the legendary pioneer of soukous, has died
. His music was characterized by his sweet, mellow voice, smoothly beautiful and quintessentially African vocal harmonies, and chiming, smooth-as-silk interwoven guitar melodies. Not to mention a steady, infectious beat that kept people moving on dance floors all across Africa for the past five decades. Here is but a small sampling, spanning from his very fruitful, prolific musical career: Mokolo Nakokufa
, Kaful Mayay
, Bania Irene
... and since the man is said to have written as many as 3000 songs, there's plenty more out there to discover. RIP Tabu Ley Rochereau.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Nov 30, 2013 -
Marcia Wallace, the Emmy-winning voice of Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons” and earlier Carol Kester, the receptionist on the 1970s sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show,” has died at 70
LAT [more inside]
posted by girlmightlive
on Oct 27, 2013 -
- "singer, writer, composer, punk rocker, poet, Radiator, Pogue"
- passed away from esophageal cancer on October 8th, far too young at only 56. He was most widely known as the Pogues’ rhythm guitarist, who penned
"Thousands Are Sailing
", a haunting ballad about Irish immigration to the USA that quickly became a live favourite (in later shows usually sung by Phil himself
). [more inside]
posted by Skybly
on Oct 18, 2013 -