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  • Firesign Theatre founder Peter Bergman dies at 72

    Another great light of the 1960s counterculture has gone out. Peter Bergman, founder of the psychedelic-era comedy troupe Firesign Theatre, died March 9 at 72, leaving behind a legacy of densely layered, intricate, and sly political, cultural, and musical humor. [[READMORE]] Firesign, which Bergman created when he invited three friends and colleagues to a radio…

  • ‘Mary Poppins’ songwriter Robert Sherman dies at 88

    Robert Sherman, one half of a pair of songwriting brothers whose memorable tunes for Disney included tunes from "Mary Poppins," and Disney theme song, “It’s a Small World,” died March 5 at 88 in London. [[READMORE]] Sherman and his brother Richard were on staff for Disney during its glory years in the 1950s and 1960s…

  • Photojournalist Stan Stearns, took ‘salute’ photo at JFK funeral, dies at 76

    Photographer Stan Stearns, whose photo of John Kennedy Jr. saluting his father’s coffin during the funeral cortege became an icon of the 1960s, died March 2 at 76 [[READMORE]] “One exposure on a roll of 36 exposures,” Stearns said once. “As the caisson was rolling out to Arlington Cemetery I asked every photographer I could…

  • Former Israeli Navy commander Shmuel Tankus dies at 97

    Shmuel Tankus, fifth commander of Israel’s Navy, who trained generations of sailors, from the pre-State days and on, died at 97 on March 4. [[READMORE]] "He was an extraordinary person who trained entire generations of naval officers both for the IDF’s Navy and Israel’s Merchant Navy," former Navy commander Ami Ayalon said. "This man made…

  • Breitbart update: ‘Rich opportunities to snap like a testy turtle’

    Andrew Breitbart’s untimely death March 1 at 43 has prompted an outpouring of commentary, admiring and critical. Here is a sampling. [[READMORE]] From Obit-Mag: After seeing the muddied waters of race, politics and sex flow over the media landscape, he knew there was rich opportunity to lurk among that swamp of issues and snap like…

  • Bergman film star Erland Josephson dies at 88

    Swedish actor Erland Josephson, one of fabled director Ingmar Berman’s favorite performers, died Feb. 25 at 88. Josephson appeared in more than 30 movies, including such Bergman classics as Cries and Whispers (1972), Scenes from a Marriage (1973), and Fanny and Alexander (1982). Photographs here and here show him in bedroom scenes with Berman muse…

  • Andrew Breitbart, new media mogul with Republican appeal, dies at 43

    New media mogul Andrew Breitbart, owner of news and commentary websites such as Big Journalism, Big Government, and Big Hollywood, died at 43 on March 1 near his Los Angeles home. [[READMORE]] The LA Jewish Journal reported that Breitbart once "proudly called himself a ‘biased journalist." Breitbart served apprenticeships at mega-news sites, Drudge Report and…

  • Theater critic Howard Kissel dies at 69

    Howard Kissel, a well-known theater critic and writer whose final blog entry for The Huffington Post ran a mere three days before his death, died Feb. 24 at 69. His last entry, posted three days before his death, was about a trip last summer that included a high school reunion: “I wish I were one of…

  • Sad but true: Jan Berenstain, bears, not Jewish

    Sorry folks: Jan Berenstain, widow of Stan Berenstain (MOT), who died in 2005, died Feb. 24 at 88. While her husband was Jewish, Berenstain was an Episcopalian, and a few of her final Berenstain bears books were overtly Christian. "The Living Lights" was a late series of Bear-books featuring such titles as, "The Berenstain Bears…

  • DC couturier Harriet Kassman dies at 90

    Harriet Kassman, whose outfits and gowns dressed high-powered Washington women for decades, died Feb. 24 at 90. The Washington Post said Kassman was the capital’s “unofficial arbiter of haute couture” and had a “loyal stable of elite clients including governmental officials, business executives, and embassy and political wives,” some of whom spent “six-figure sums annually…