The actor, and Pulitzer winning playwright, Sam Shepard died on Thursday. Shepard wrote over 55 plays, winning the Pulitzer for “Buried Child”; and acted in over 50 films, getting an Oscar nomination for his role as Chuck Yeager in “The Right Stuff”.
Shepard died of complications from ALS. He was 73.
Adam West in the 1962 film “Geronimo”
Adam West, best known for his role as TV’s “Batman” died on Friday. West received his start in film in the movie “Geronimo” with Chuck Connors in 1962.
TV’s “Batman” came out in 1966, and only lasted 3 seasons, but it became an immediate hit, and was cancelled mainly due to it’s production cost.
West was 88.
Gregg Allman at the keyboard and his brother Duane on guitar in 1971
The world has lost another musician and an incredibly unique voice. Gregg Allman, co founder of the Allman Brothers Band has passed away. A band that was constantly tied to tragedy, starting with Duane’s death in 1971 from a motorcycle crash, the Allman Brothers pioneered “southern rock”. It should be noted that the band members themselves tried to distance themselves from that term. “I’d rather be known as a progressive band from the South,” said guitarist Dickie Betts. Their live performances were the best in the business.
Gregg Allman was 69. RIP.
Robert Pirsig and his son Chris in 1968
Robert Pirsig, the author of the mid-1970’s cultural phenom “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, has passed away at his home in Maine.
Part road trip novel, the book is based on a motorcycle trip Pirsig took with his son, Christopher in 1968. The two Pirsigs rode from their home in Minnesota to the Pacific Coast over the course of 17 days.
Pirsig often said that 121 publishing houses passed on “Zen” until William Morrow agreed to publish it. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” would sell over 50,000 copies in the first month of publication, and over 1 million the first year.
Robert Pirsig was 88.
Hall of Fame radio broadcaster, Ray Christensen, passed away this week. He was the voice of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers for 50 years.
Christensen, who served in Europe with the U.S. Army in WWII, graduated from Minnesota in 1949. He had started his radio career at KUOM in 1946. Two years after graduating, the University hired Christensen to call play-by-play for Gopher football. In 1963, Christensen joined WCCO Radio.
Ray Christensen would go on to call 510 Gopher football games and 1309 Gopher Men’s basketball games over his five decade career with Minnesota. He also called hockey games, golf, Minnesota Viking and Twins games over the course of his career. He retired in 2001, but returned for the first game in the new TCF Bank Stadium on campus in 2009.
Ray Christensen was 92.
January 8th is Elvis’ birthday. The King of Rock-n-Roll would have been 82.
Historians have recently claimed to find documents stating that Darth Vader was also born on this date, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…