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Don't know how I missed it at the time, but Richard Hatch - a veteran of both iterations of 'Battlestar Galactica' - passed on last February. He was Captain Apollo in the original series, and terrorist Tom Zarake in Ron Moore's 2003 remake.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/07/tv-shows/richard-hatch-dead/index.html

'Hatch died at around 1:30 p.m. in Santa Clarita, California, with his son, Paul, by his side, Kaliski said. The 71-year-old actor had been battling pancreatic cancer, according to a statement from his family.
In the original "Battlestar Galactica" series that ran from 1978-1979, he played Captain Apollo and in the 2003 remake, he played Tom Zarek. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the first series.

"In my case, 'Battlestar Galactica' was a milestone," he wrote on his personal website. "It afforded me the opportunity to live out my childhood dreams and fantasies. Hurtling through space with reckless abandon, playing the dashing hero, battling Cylons, monsters and super-villains -- what more could a man want?" ...'

Hatch led an unsuccessful attempt to revive the original series, and even after being cast in a major role in the RDM remake, remained critical of the new version.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Hatch_(actor)#Battlestar_Galactica_revival_attempt

'In 2004, he stated to Sci-Fi Pulse that he had felt resentment over the failure of his planned Galactica continuation and was left "exhausted and sick ... I had, over the past several years, bonded deeply with the original characters and story ... writing the novels and the comic books and really campaigning to bring back the show."[13]

Despite his resentment, Hatch developed a respect for Ronald D. Moore, the remake show's head writer and producer, when Moore appeared as a featured guest at Galacticon (the Battlestar Galactica 25th anniversary convention, hosted by Hatch) and answered questions posed by a very hostile audience.[13] Later, in 2004, Hatch was offered a recurring role in the new Battlestar Galactica series, which he accepted. He acted out Tom Zarek, a terrorist turned politician who spent twenty years in prison for blowing up a government building. After Zarek's death, Hatch commented that "never did I play this character as a villain nor did I think he was one and I still feel that way," and that he considered the character to be a principled figure who is driven to violence after being "blocked in every way possible" by Roslin and Adama.[14] "Zarek, Adama and Roslin all wanted power for the same reason, to make a positive difference."[14]

Even so, Hatch remained harshly critical of Moore's remake of Battlestar Galactica.'

So his career was a remarkable case of both an actor and his character having a radically different vision of a fictional world - and thus playing the role of antagonist both in the story and in life.
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Vir has gone to the Great Maker.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-mm-stephen-furst-20170617-story.html

Stephen Furst gained fame in 1978 as "Flounder" Dorfman in 'Animal House', but fans of the late-1990s
science fiction series 'Babylon 5' remember him as Vir, attache to the grandiose Centauri Ambassador Londo Mollari (played by Peter Jurasik). Here he is confronting the sinister Mr. Morden in one of the show's most memorable exchanges:



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Shimon Peres has left us.

Shimon Peres, former president, former prime minister, former defense minister, former foreign minister, former minister of eight other ministries, the last surviving member of Israel’s founding fathers, and winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize died Wednesday after suffering a stroke two weeks ago. He was 93.

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His first name was actually Malcolm.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Carpenter
'Malcolm Scott Carpenter (May 1, 1925 – October 10, 2013) was an American test pilot, astronaut and aquanaut. He was one of the original seven astronauts selected for NASA's Project Mercury in April 1959. Carpenter was the second American to orbit the Earth and the fourth American in space, following Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom and John Glenn.'

He flew one space flight - before I was born. He died today at 88.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/10/us/scott-carpenter-dead/

With Carpenter's death, John Glenn is now the last surviving member of the Mercury Seven.
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http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/12/showbiz/california-ravi-shankar-obit/index.html
'Pandit Ravi Shankar's life, which traversed nearly a century, ended Tuesday.

The legendary sitar player, who taught Beatle George Harrison how to play the stringed instrument and brought Indian music to the West, passed away at age 92 near his home in southern California, according to his wife Sukanya and daughter Anoushka Shankar, who were by his side.'
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Neil Armstrong has left us.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden:
On behalf of the entire NASA family, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Carol and the rest of the Armstrong family on the passing of Neil Armstrong. As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind's first small step on a world beyond our own.

Besides being one of America's greatest explorers, Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us all. When President Kennedy challenged the nation to send a human to the moon, Neil Armstrong accepted without reservation.

As we enter this next era of space exploration, we do so standing on the shoulders of Neil Armstrong. We mourn the passing of a friend, fellow astronaut and true American hero.


I watched the landing on our family's big black-and-white TV. I could barely make visual sense of the grainy images, but I understood what was going on. The event set a high expectation for the future, one that the following years would only disappoint.

But he did it. Whatever follows - whether in a year or a generation or a century - will follow in his famous footsteps.
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http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/07/24/jeffersons-actor-dies

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherman_Hemsley

He was a progger.

'Hemsley is a self-proclaimed fan of 1970s progressive rock bands[3] including Yes,[3] Gentle Giant and Nektar. On his appearance on Dinah!, Hemsley performed a dance to the Gentle Giant song "Proclamation" from The Power and the Glory. After his dance, Shore was laughing and asked what kind of music that was. Sherman then proceeded to give a 5-minute speech on Gentle Giant.[4] Hemsley can also been seen wearing a Nektar T-shirt during his interview with Norman Lear when Lear hosted Saturday Night Live from Season 2 Episode 26. In 1999, he collaborated with Yes founder Jon Anderson on an album titled Festival of Dreams which was not released.[5]'
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Also posted at Dreams Into Lightning 2.
http://asher813.typepad.com/dreams_into_lightning/

Yitzhak Shamir dies. MEI: 'Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir has died at age 96.' Read the post to find out what happened to a certain Yitzhak Yzernitzky. Netanyahu recalled a controversial statement of Shamir's and observed, "more people today realize that the man saw fundamental truths and did not sway with the changing trends." Peres said, "He had courage, and he lived as a patriot, weather you agreed with him or not." The BBC has more - but curiously makes no mention of the mysterious Mr. Yzernitzky.
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Pakistan Jails Doctor Who
[read the rest of the headline at the link]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18175964
Not to make light of a very serious and sad situation - but I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who did that double-take. (HT ithildyn.)

Spam goes steampunk. (HT mosellegreen.)
http://www.cracked.com/article_19847_5-internet-annoyances-that-are-way-older-than-internet.html
See previous:
http://io9.com/5900334/even-in-the-1870s-humans-were-obsessed-with-ridiculous-photos-of-cats

Tragedy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1_DdIxfpIU

Feel it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8TBmeK9Abg

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