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"I invented it for the protection of the Motherland."

Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, has died after a lengthy illness. He was 94 years old.
posted by Gelatin on Dec 23, 2013 - 94 comments

Sounds like a mountain range in love

Mike Auldridge, the influential dobro player has died. While he played with many people over the years (Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, etc.), he was a long standing member of bluegrass band The Seldom Scene (caution, autoplay music). Here is The Seldom Scene playing 'Rider,' Mike takes a solo at about 6:40. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Dec 31, 2012 - 10 comments

Charles Durning has died.

Charles Durning has died. (NYT)
Charles Durning grew up in poverty, lost five of his nine siblings to disease, barely lived through D-Day and was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge. His hard life and wartime trauma provided the basis for a prolific 50-year career as a consummate Oscar-nominated character actor, playing everyone from a Nazi colonel to the pope to Dustin Hoffman’s would-be suitor in “Tootsie.” (WashPo)
posted by OmieWise on Dec 25, 2012 - 58 comments

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