December 25, 2011
Happy Non denomination holidays. As Bing Crosby once sang, I’m dreaming of a White Christmas, but he certainly did not mean it this way…
I wasn’t dreaming of a white Christmas, but reading this made me think of brotherly love and I came to the realizaation that I don’t love my brother this much…
Man Dies After Eating Ounce of Cocaine Out Of Brother’s Butt
thesmokinggun.comBy JULIA JACOBOpix11.com | @wpix9:41 p.m. EST, December 20, 2011SOUTH CAROLINA (PIX11)—After eating an ounce of cocaine hidden in his brother’s buttocks, a South Carolina man died soon after.Deangelo Mitchell, 23, and his brother Wayne, 20, were in the back of a North Charleston Police Department cruiser on Nov. 30. The duo was being transported to jail when they began whispering about narcotics hidden inside the older sibling.
The Mitchells were arrested when a police officer found three small bags of cocaine underneath a rear seat of their 2001Chrysler. It is evident in video footage that Deangelo Mitchell encouraged his younger brother to ingest the cocaine. The older Mitchell has a lengthy record and was concerned that he could face life in prison if convicted of a narcotics charge. “I can’t get no more strikes,” he told his brother.
He further directed his brother to “Eat that s***” and “Chew that s***.”
In the footage, Wayne Mitchell can be seen, in handcuffs, reaching back to retrieve the cocaine from his brother. He then drops his head while he eats the cocaine.
Wayne Mitchell soon after began convulsing and bleeding from his mouth. “White powder residue” was found on the rear seat of the police cruiser, cops noted. Deangelo later said “he believed his brother swallowed an ounce of cocaine.”
Wayne Mitchell died within an hour of ingesting the cocaine.
Deangelo Mitchell was initially charged with narcotics trafficking and was released from custody after posting $50,000 bond. But after a review of the police footage, authorities rearrested him Tuesday, charging him with involuntary manslaughter in connection with his brother’s death.
One shirt that I have in my collection is a shirt of Charles Barkley with the quotation, “I am not a role model…” His professional stature should not be the reason to look up to him. You measure a man by what he has done for the good of society, not what he can score. With George Blanda, I took away his incredible work ethic. the lottery of birth failed him somewhat, because if he had been born fourty years later, he would be rich, and not just spiritually or emotionally, but paper rich. ESPN records the loss of one of the greats…
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders say Hall of Fame quarterback George Blanda has died. He was 83.
A Raiders’ spokesman confirmed the death Monday.
Blanda spent 26 seasons in the NFL as a quarterback and kicker while playing for three different teams. He spent 10 seasons with Chicago, seven with the Houston Oilers and nine with the Raiders before retiring in 1976 at the age of 48.
Blanda was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 1, 1981.
Blanda is remembered most for his heroics in the 1970 season when at age 43, he threw three touchdown passes and kicked a field goal in the Raiders’ comeback victory over thePittsburgh Steelers.
In that same season, Blanda also kicked a 52-yard field goal to defeat the Cleveland Browns, threw a winning touchdown pass against the Denver Broncos and booted a last-minute field goal to defeat the San Diego Chargers. The Raiders ended up losing to the Baltimore Colts in the 1970 AFC title game, but Blanda became the oldest player ever in a title game.
Blanda played 340 games over his 26 seasons (1949-75) in pro football. Despite having an offseason job for 22 years of his pro career as the sales manager of a trucking company, he found time for aerobics, handball, racquetball and jogging on a daily basis. He also did countless push-ups and sit-ups.
A private funeral service will be held for the family and a memorial service is being arranged, according to the Raiders.
Think about all the records he held or currently holds. He epitomized hard work, and the never say die attitude.
Blanda finished his 26 Professional Football seasons having completed 1,911 of 4,007 pass attempts for 26,920 yards and 236 touchdowns. Blanda also held the NFL record for most interceptions thrown with 277, until Brett Favre broke it on October 14, 2007. He rushed for 344 yards and 9 touchdowns on the ground, kicked 335 of 641 field goals, and 943 of 959 extra points, giving him 2,002 total points. Additional stats include 1 interception, 2 kickoff returns for 19 yards, 22 punts for 809 yards, and 23 fumble recoveries.
Blanda holds the following Professional Football records:
- Passing TD’s in a game: 7 (Tied with 4 others) November 19, 1961 vs. New York Titans
- Most seasons played: 26 (1949-58, 1960-75)
- Most seasons scoring a point: 26
- One of two players to play in 4 different decades: (40s, 50s, 60s, 70s) – Jeff Feagles being the other
- Most PATs made (943) and attempted (959)
- Most interceptions thrown, single season: 42 (1962)
- Held record of most pass attempts in a single game: 68 (37 completions, vs. New York Titans on 11/1/1961) until 1994 when Drew Bledsoe had 70
- Oldest person to play in an NFL game: 48 years, 109 days
- First player ever to score over 2,000 points
- Oldest quarterback to start a title game
- 3rd Fewest receiving yards in a career: -16
- Most total points accounted for (including TD passes) in a career: 3,418 (not an official stat)
He is the placekicker on the All-Time All-AFL Team, and was one of only 20 players to play all ten years of the AFL, as well as one of only three who were in every AFL game their teams played. Blanda was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981, his first year of eligibility, and also was inducted into the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame.
September 20, 2010
I can think of a lot of things that can kill. IF you think that the sentence is just, then the method used to carry out the sentence should be irrelevant. These people are killers, in some cases, mass murderers. They didn’t have any sympathy for the victims, why do they deserve ours?
Death Row, Where Is Thy Sting? Lethal Injection Drug in Short Supply
A Shortage of an Important Anesthetic May Be Good News for Some Inmates
By BRIAN BRAIKER
Sept. 20, 2010 —
There has perhaps been no better time to be on death row than right now.
A shortage of a key ingredient of the lethal injection cocktail used by prisons is forcing some states to delay scheduled executions until next year. The crucial component, sodium thiopental — better known as Pentothal — is an anesthetic that is combined with two other drugs that complete the fatal TKO.
Pentothal is produced by only one pharmaceutical company — Hospira — and a spokesman told ABC News that the drug’s active pharmaceutical agent is supplied by a third party and currently unavailable until early 2011.
“We are working to get it back onto the market for our customers as soon as possible,” spokesman Dan Rosenberg wrote in a statement.
Among those customers are most of the 35 states where the death penalty is legal. Last week Kentucky was scheduled to use its last remaining dose of Pentothal in the lethal injection of death row inmate Gregory Wilson, but his execution was postponed for legal reasons.
“We have enough dosage to carry out one of the execution protocols,” said Jennifer Brislin, a spokeswoman of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. “We’ve been trying to secure [more] since at least March and have been unsuccessful.”
Even if his stay comes to an end, Wilson still may be in luck: Kentucky’s Pentothal stash has an expiration date of Oct. 1. Aside from Wilson, there are two other inmates on death row in the state whose fates are held in limbo by the shortage.
Oklahoma was compelled to stay the execution of Jeffrey Matthews last month because of a shortage of Pentothal. The state planned to use a different anesthetic in its place, but lawyers for the inmate successfully argued the new drug was “nothing more than experimental.”
Even among those who are agnostic on the question of whether the death penalty should be legal, there is an awareness that lethal injection can be an extremely painful way to go if not properly — pardon the pun — executed.
Penthothal is the first drug an inmate receives. It is a short-acting rapid-onset barbiturate and general anesthetic that numbs the patient for the double-whammy that follows: a paralyzing agent that shuts down the body’s muscular and respiratory systems, and potassium chloride, which stops the heart, causing death by cardiac arrest.
“It is necessary that the first drug work. It eliminates the pain for the next two drugs,” said Richard Dieter of the Death Penalty Information Center. “Everybody agrees that two-thirds of this process would be excruciating but for the sodium pentothal.”
Dieter, whose organization does not take an ethical stance on the death penalty, stressed that the current shortage of Pentothal is not typical.
“A lot about this issue is absurd,” he said. “That you run out of the drug is like being short of rope for a hanging. That is the reality here.”
Perhaps adding to the absurdity of the situation is the fact that the manufacturer of Pentothal does not condone its use in capital punishment.
“Hospira manufactures this product because it improves or saves lives, and the company markets it solely for use as indicated on the product labeling,” said Rosenberg, the company’s spokesman. “The drug is not indicated for capital punishment, and Hospira does not support its use in this procedure.”
Although Rosenberg said the company has consulted with departments of correction across the country, not one of them reached by ABC News would comment on Hospira’s anti-capital punishment stance.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists similarly declined to comment on the use of Pentothal as an ingredient in lethal injections.
Still, there is one state where it remains an unequivocally unhappy place to be a death row inmate: Texas. Two people are scheduled to be executed by year’s end, and the state apparently has plenty of Pentothal.
“We have the drug in reserve,” said Michelle Lyons, of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, “and therefore have enough for the executions currently scheduled.”
Just give them a hot shot of some leftover heroin or something. Pump it up so we know there is no chance of coming back.
September 14, 2010
All day yesterday, I thought about what we lost and he still hasn’t fully hit me yet. The music was inspiring, and mood changing. The poetry coming from Tupac could be a total attitude adjustment.
A true artist/poet has been gone for 14 years yesterday and his music still inspires others to create good music and tell the stories of the streets that need to be heard by others. It’s been a long time and that void has not and really will not be filled by others. That is what makes the loss still so painful. We need good music, and all we are getting is bubblegum rap for the most part. We need Biggie, we need Tupac.
When I hear Dear Mama, I think of my own mother, who passed away over twenty years ago. That song as the ability to make me both happy and sad at the same time. It never fails to pull on th heartstrings.
Me and My Girlfriend always gets me to think about how Jay-Z stole my mans shit, and how clever he was with the word play to talk about the criminality and the love of firearms.
I get around brings back memories of college parties and going out to the club chasing the box. That was an immediate party song that would get people up and shaking.
While I have down down the spectrum to agnostic about religion, Hail Mary brings back time in the church as a little boy. Ronin and I used to be ushers in church and sing in the choir. We needed forgiveness for the things that we did as kids.
I don’t know if we will have a poet in the same way as Tupac ever again. It really was disheartening to be watching TV in Hawaii this weekend and seeing the VH1 top 100 performers and to see Tupac in the low 60’s. Rap may not be your particular cup of tea, but to disrespect him and have Rage against the Machine, Cheap Trick and others ahead of him is ludicrous. But, rap music wasn’t even on this list the last time they did it, so it is baby steps…but Beyonce is ahead of him? child please…
We will never know what really happened that night in LV, but, I miss you and mourn would could have been.
July 24, 2010
But, here is the kicker. They were beefing over a dude who was LOCKED UP! AKON style!
You know we are not ones to hate here, but the fact of the matter is that dude must have skills with the verbs or with lying the pipe, because he had these two chicken heads sprung to the point of violence.
(07-23) 22:38 PDT Pontiac, Mich. (AP) —
A Facebook feud between two women who claimed to love the same prison inmate led to a high-speed chase and a crash that critically injured one of the rivals, killed her friend and left the second rival facing murder charges.
Torrie Emery was arraigned Friday in Pontiac’s 50th District Court on multiple felonies, as friends of the dead woman were holding a car wash to pay for her funeral.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Pontiac police Chief Valard S. Gross told The Associated Press as he described the escalating dispute that ended with Wednesday’s deadly crash. “It’s just crazy.”
FACEBOOK and Twitter beef is not cute. It solves nothing and makes you look like a fool for putting your business out there for all to see.
According to Gross, Emery, 23, and Danielle Booth, 20, had been feuding for some time, leading to an earlier police complaint. According to Emery’s family, the dispute was over a 23-year-old man now serving time in a Michigan prison.
On Wednesday, Emery was driving when she saw Booth in the passenger seat of a car driven by Alesha Abernathy and started chasing her, Gross said. Emery had her 3-year-old daughter in the car with her.
How are you going to chase someone and you have your three year old daughter in the car with you? Plus, how are you fighting over some scrub in prison, not jail, but prison?
Police Det. Paul McDougal, who was in an unmarked squad car, saw both vehicles rush by at speeds approaching 100 mph, Gross said. Before McDougal could reach them — and while a panicked Booth was on the phone with a police dispatcher — Abernathy ran a red light and plowed into a dump truck, knocking it onto its side but not injuring the truck’s driver.
The crash killed Abernathy and critically injured Booth, who was in the intensive care unit Friday at POH Regional Medical Center in Pontiac. Emery and her daughter weren’t hurt.
“How can you get that angry or that jealous, really, that you jeopardize the life of your 3-year-old?” Gross asked. “One person’s stupidity, and look at the repercussions. It’s just a ripple effect.”
Emery appeared on video at her arraignment Friday on charges of second-degree murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm and child abuse. She indicated she would look for a lawyer.
Judge Preston Thomas ordered her jailed without bond and set her preliminary examination for next Thursday.
“We apologize to the family about what happened,” Emery’s aunt, Tamika White, said after the hearing. “This Facebook stuff is just a mess. They’re going on Facebook about a guy that neither one have — that’s in the penitentiary.”
“My sister didn’t mean to kill anybody,” said Traynea Emery, 19.
But, why is your sister and your niece so stupid? What was she going to do when she got up to them? Fight her? Shout at her? Those are all adult things to do. (sarcasm intended) Regardless of intent, she is still dead and she threatened the life of her child. Now, she is going to be in prison without her child, family of the scrub she was beefing over. Its Real Life When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong
Across town in the parking lot of Pete’s Coney Island restaurant, a group of Abernathy’s friends were holding a car wash to raise money for the funeral they said Abernathy’s family couldn’t afford.
“She was the center of attention,” said Brittany Carriti, 22, of Pontiac, a former classmate from Manley Alternative High School in Waterford. She and her friends had raised several hundred dollars by midday.
Abernathy was “always the one for whom the party started,” said another ex-classmate, Chandra Tiernan, 23, of Waterford.
While Abernathy knew about the dispute between Booth and Emery, she wasn’t involved in it, Tiernan said.
“She died over someone else’s problem,” Tiernan said.
(This version CORRECTS 5th paragraph to reflect that Emery, not Gross, had her child in the car with her.)
July 13, 2010
The Boss is finally gone. Will the Yankees win anymore without the fire exhibited by Steinbrenner? He was beloved by some, mocked by others, but he had only one goal, which was to win.
The USA Today, today explains…
The New York Yankees have confirmed that owner George Steinbrenner is dead, at the age of 80.
The New York Daily News, citing a Yankees team source, said Steinbrenner died at about 6:30 a.m. ET today in Florida after suffering a massive heart attack last night.
A family statement said: “It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing. He passed away this morning in Tampa, Fla., at age 80.”
WABC reported Steinbrenner suffered a massive heart attack last night and was rushed to St. Joseph’s hospital in Tampa.
Steinbrenner last week told the AP he was “feeling good” after spending a couple hours in his office at the Yankees’ spring training complex.
During Steinbrenner’s ownership, the Yankees have won 11 pennants and seven World Series.
The Yankees website is acknowledging that there are reports about Steinbrenner suffering a heart attack, but makes no further comment, as of 9:55 a.m. ET.
When Steinbrenner celebrated his 80th birthday on July 4 at his home in Tampa, he said in a press release through his spokesman Howard J. Rubenstein:
“I want to thank everyone who has sent their good wishes. I am very fortunate to have the love and support of a great family and many, many friends. The Yankees and their fans are a large part of what keeps me going. It means a lot. And I remind everyone that the Fourth of July is also the birthday of our country. We are all lucky to be Americans.”
Steinbrenner will be remembered for many things. Among them:
He hired — and fired — Billy Martin for five separate managerial stints. He also made a Miller Lite commercial with his favorite manager.
His five-year, $3 million contract with Reggie Jackson in 1977 ushered in the era of big-time free agency money, and proved worth it when Jackson went on to earn the name of Mr. October.
During the 1981 World Series Steinbrenner contended he had broken his hand while punching out two abusive Dodgers fans. Those alleged fans never were found, and it was widely suspected that The Boss had injured himself by punching an elevator wall because he was angry about a Yankees loss.
When Dave Winfield failed to produce significantly for the Yankees, Steinbrenner belittled him as Mr. May. In 1990 he was suspended for life — but late reinstated — for hiring someone to dig up dirt on Winfield.
His failing health became obvious at the 2008 All-Star game at Yankee Stadium, when Steinbrenner was driven onto the field in a golf cart. He met with former players and broke into tears. Later that year, he gave control of the team to his sons.
The understanding of fragility is a hard pill to take. It must have killed him to turn over the team to his sons and in some ways led to his death. He put all he had into the Yankees and the team should be proud.
I try to blog about things that interest me and that others will find interest in. This may be one of those posts that only I have interest in. Randall Cunningham lose his son and I sit here trying to figure out ways to overcome such a tragedy and I just can’t. I see the picture and just incredible sadness washes over me. I know people die all the time, including kids. But, this one really hits home. My son is 5, so he is older, but I almost feel haunted by this one as this will take some time to ease.
Why Randall Cunningham and what is the link? Black QB. I wanted to be like him growing up. I played some QB until I kept growing into a lineman. I have the Cunningham throwback jersey. I wear UNLV football gear. Maybe I am just afraid that it will happen to me. I have already had enough loss in my life, thank you very much. Randall, tonight even though I am not overtly religious, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers tonight. ABCNews reports the tragic event.
Randall Cunningham’s Son, 2, Drowns in Hot Tub
Former NFL Quarterback Is Now a Pastor Who Used the Hot Tub for Baptisms
By RAY SANCHEZ
June 30, 2010—
The 2-year-old son of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham drowned in a backyard hot tub in Las Vegas that his father, who is now a minister, used to perform baptisms, authorities said today.
Christian Cunningham died after being found floating in the hot tub, police said.
A woman at Cunningham’s house was with several children when she found the boy at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said. She pulled the boy from the hot tub and performed CPR. Police said they received a 911 call at 4:45 p.m. Paramedics rushed the child to St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena campus, where he died.
A friend of the Cunningham family and a church member told ABCNews.com that more than 100 people gathered to sing, pray and cry Tuesday evening at Cunningham’s church and at his home. At the gathering, people also shared stories about Christian.
“We were there for support,” said the church member, who asked not to be identified by name. “It’s about being a church family and supporting the family. We believe in the resurrection and we believe that his son Christian is going to be OK.”
The family friend described Christian as a precocious and happy child. “He was always active and running around, smiling and giving everybody hugs and jumping on their laps,” he told ABCNews.com. “He was so full of life. He was not only the Cunningham child, he was also the church’s child. He trusted everybody.”
The family friend said people were expected to gather at Cunningham’s church today.
“I just can’t imagine going through a tragedy like this without having a church family there for you,” he said.
Detectives were investigating the incident at the Cunningham house on East Robindale Road, though police believe the drowning was accidental.
“The initial investigation has revealed that it was accidental and not neglect, but it is still an active investigation,” police spokeswoman Officer Barbara Morgan told ABCNews.com. Cunningham, 47, was out of town and on his way home at the time of the drowning.
A former quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens , Cunningham became pastor of a church he founded called Remnant Ministries after his NFL career. The church was located near his home and he sometimes performed baptisms in that hot tub.
Cunningham carried Christian onto the field with him last year when he was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame during a half-time ceremony.
Cunningham is considered the greatest player in the history of the University of Las Vegas, where he still holds the record with 8,020 career passing yards.
His 16-year NFL career included four Pro Bowl selections and he demonstrated how the quarterback could be more mobile position, incorporating the running game into his arsenal. Cunningham moved to Las Vegas after his 2002 retirement from the pro football. He was drafted in 1985 by Philadelphia, where he remained through the 1995 season. He worked as a television sports analyst for one year before returning to the field as quarterback.
Death of Christian Cunningham Highlights Dangers of Hot Tubs and Pools
He and his wife, Felicity, have three other children: Randall II, Vashti and Grace.
Since 1990, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports more than 800 deaths in whirlppools and hot tubs. About one-fifth of those were drownings of children under age 5.
The agency advises consumers to place a locked safety cover on the spa whenever it is not in use and keep children away unless there is constant adult supervision.
In addition, since 1990, CPSC reports 43 incidents (including 12 deaths), involving hair or clothing being sucked into the suction fitting of a spa, hot tub, or whirlpool, causing the victim’s head to be held under water.
I met Randall once in Minnesota at a Vikings game, but don’t know him. All I can feel right now is incredible sadness to the point that I am going to blog about something else. While I don’t want to forget little Christian, I want to forget the sadness that I feel for his family. R.I.P. Parents really should never outlast their children…
June 19, 2010
Manute is a dude that understood that you have to give something back, when you are blessed with good fortunes. This dude died broke, because the millions he made in the NBA he gave in order to make his homeland better. RIP Manute…I won’t forget your moonball that you used to throw up with the Warriors.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An associate of former NBA player Manute Bol says Bol has died at a Virginia hospital, where he was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition known as Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome.
Sudan Sunrise executive director Tom Prichard said in an e-mail that the 7-foot-7 Bol died Saturday morning at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.
The 47-year-old Bol played 10 seasons in the NBA and later worked closely with Sudan Sunrise, a humanitarian group based in Lenexa, Kan., that promotes reconciliation in Sudan. Bol played professionally with Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia and Miami.
Selected in the second round of the 1985 draft by the Washington Bullets, Bol was a shot-blocking force in the NBA despite his slight build. In his rookie season in Washington, he averaged a league-leading five blocks per game and ranks 14th in NBA history with 2,086 blocks.
For his career, Bol averaged 2.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.
Bol was hospitalized in mid-May during a stopover in Washington after returning to the United States from Sudan. At the time of Bol’s hospitalization, Pritchard said it was believed the medication he took in Africa for his kidney problems resulted in the disease.
Prichard said Saturday that Sudan “and the world have lost a hero.”
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
June 4, 2010
Time waits for no one. We will miss you. From someone who is not a UCLA fan, he meant a lot to college basketball fans.
Wooden dies at age 99ESPN.com news services
LOS ANGELES — Former UCLA basketball coach and Hall of Famer John Wooden died of natural causes on Friday at age 99, the school announced.
Little had been released regarding his condition.
Earlier in the day, former UCLA and Los Angeles Lakers star Jamaal Wilkes told The Associated Press that he visited Wooden in his hospital room twice this week and they chatted briefly.
Wilkes said Wooden recognized him and that the coach’s mind remains “sharp as a tack,” although he said the 99-year-old Wooden’s body is “very, very frail.”
During his second visit on Wednesday night, Wilkes asked Wooden if he recognized him.
“His glasses fogged up and he had to clean his glasses,” Wilkes said. “He looked at me and said, ‘I remember you, now go sit down.”
Wilkes teamed with Bill Walton to help UCLA win NCAA titles in 1972 and ’73. He was part of UCLA’s record 88-game winning streak under Wooden.
Besides his grown son and daughter and other family members, Wilkes said Wooden has had several visitors since being admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on May 26, including Walton.
UCLA officials said Friday afternoon that Wooden was resting comfortably and was surrounded by family. The university’s statement said the family wanted to thank Wooden’s fans for their thoughts and prayers.
A few hundred students gathered around the Bruin Bear statue near Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus Friday, performing the university’s eight-clap chant and shouting Wooden’s name. He frequently attended men’s basketball games until a couple years ago.
The university had said that the former coaching great was being treated for dehydration.
“I got the sense that it’s an overall physical decline,” Wilkes said while attending an event for an NBA charity.
“His mind and his spirit is very lucid and sharp. He was sharp as a tack, still got the sense of humor. People don’t realize how funny he is, but his body is very, very weak, very frail.”
Wilkes said he recognized what he called “that little glint” in Wooden’s pale blue eyes. He was in the room with Wooden’s son, James, when Wooden asked to be shaved.
“His son made the comment that when he got shaved he was getting ready to see Nellie,” Wilkes said, referring to Wooden’s late wife who died of cancer in 1975.
Like many of Wooden’s players, Wilkes, now 57, has stayed in regular contact with his former coach through the years. He said they rarely discussed basketball and mostly talked about their lives.
“He’s such a tough survivor and you want to keep wishing and hoping that he’s going to live forever, but we all know he’s not,” Wilkes had said. “The realization that this may actually be it hasn’t really hit me yet. I’m so overwhelmed with what’s happening.”
Wilkes, however, said Wooden seemed at peace with himself, and that the coach’s pastor was another visitor.
“He’s OK with it. It’s the rest of us that have to,” Wilkes said, his voice trailing off. “It’s hard.”
Wooden led the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships — at one time winning seven in a row — during a 27-year run that ended with his team cutting down the nets one last time in 1975.
The Bruins won 88 consecutive games from 1971-74 and 38 consecutive NCAA tournament games from 1964-74, both records.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
This was a show that I watched, since it was pre-cable days and it came on during the Jefferson’s, Good Times time block. It was something that my grandparents watched, and they ruled the TV. This was one of the shows that they watched, which meant that it was a show that I had to watch, along with Designing Women. At least that show had a black dude in it, even though he was a little light in the loafers. unfortunately, it looks like Betty White is the next one to get the proverbial ‘casting call’ from the grim reaper.
NEW YORK – Rue McClanahan, the Emmy-winning actress who brought the sexually liberated Southern belle Blanche Devereaux to life on the hit TV series “The Golden Girls,” has died. She was 76.
Her manager Barbara Lawrence said McClanahan died Thursday at 1 a.m. of a stroke.
She had undergone treatment for breast cancer in 1997 and later lectured to cancer support groups on “aging gracefully.” In 2009, she had heart bypass surgery.
McClanahan had an active career in off-Broadway and regional stages in the 1960s before she was tapped for TV in the 1970s for the key best-friend character on the hit series “Maude,” starring Beatrice Arthur. After that series ended in 1978, McClanahan landed the role as Aunt Fran on “Mama’s Family” in 1983.
But her most loved role came in 1985 when she co-starred with Arthur, Betty White and Estelle Getty in “The Golden Girls,” a runaway hit that broke the sitcom mold by focusing on the foibles of four aging — and frequently eccentric — women living together in Miami.
“Golden Girls” aimed to show “that when people mature, they add layers,” she told The New York Times in 1985. “They don’t turn into other creatures. The truth is we all still have our child, our adolescent, and your young woman living in us.”
Blanche, who called her father “Big Daddy,” was a frequent target of roommates Dorothy, Rose and the outspoken Sophia (Getty), who would fire off zingers at Blanche such as, “Your life’s an open blouse.”
McClanahan snagged an Emmy for her work on the show in 1987. In an Associated Press interview that year, McClanahan said Blanche was unlike any other role she had ever played.
“Probably the closest I’ve ever done was Blanche DuBois in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at the Pasadena Playhouse,” she said. “I think, too, that’s where the name came from, although my character is not a drinker and not crazy.”
Her Blanche Devereaux, she said, “is in love with life and she loves men. I think she has an attitude toward women that’s competitive. She is friends with Dorothy and Rose, but if she has enough provocation she becomes competitive with them. I think basically she’s insecure. It’s the other side of the Don Juan syndrome.”
After “The Golden Girls” was canceled in 1992, McClanahan, White and Getty reprised their roles in a short-lived spinoff, “Golden Palace.”
McClanahan continued working in television, on stage and in film, appearing in the Jack Lemmon-Walter Matthau vehicle “Out to Sea” and as the biology teacher in “Starship Troopers.”
She stepped in to portray Madame Morrible, the crafty headmistress, for a time in “Wicked,” Broadway’s long-running “Wizard of Oz” prequel.
In 2008, McClanahan appeared in the Logo comedy “Sordid Lives: The Series,” playing the slightly addled, elderly mother of an institutionalized drag queen.
During production, McClanahan was recovering from 2007 surgery on her knee. It didn’t stop her from filming a sex scene in which the bed broke, forcing her to hang on to a windowsill to avoid tumbling off.
McClanahan was born Eddi-Rue McClanahan in Healdton, Okla., to building contractor William McClanahan and his wife, Dreda Rheua-Nell, a beautician. She graduated with honors from the University of Tulsa with a degree in German and theater arts.
McClanahan’s acting career began on the stage. According to a 1985 Los Angeles Times profile, she appeared at the Pasadena (Calif.) Playhouse, studied in New York with Uta Hagen and Harold Clurman, and worked in soaps and on the stage.
She won an Obie — the off-Broadway version of the Tony — in 1970 for “Who’s Happy Now,” playing the “other woman” in a family drama written by Oliver Hailey. She reprised the role in a 1975 television version; in a review, The New York Times described her character as “an irrepressible belle given to frequent bouts of `wooziness’ and occasional bursts of shrewdness.”
She had appeared only sporadically on television until producer Norman Lear tapped her for a guest role on “All in the Family” in 1971.
She went from there to a regular role in the “All in the Family” spinoff “Maude,” playing Vivian, the neighbor and best friend to Arthur in the starring role.
When Arthur died in April 2009, McClanahan recalled that she had felt constrained by “Golden Girls” during the later years of its run. “Bea liked to be the star of the show. She didn’t really like to do that ensemble playing,” McClanahan said.
Damn. Way to throw your dead colleague and friend under the bus. You could have just said that you were ready for new challenges or that the role got stale. But you had to make sure you let everyone know that you were not happy and it was Bea’s fault. I guess you can settle it now that you are together.
McClanahan was married six times: Tom Bish, with whom she had a son, Mark Bish; actor Norman Hartweg; Peter D’Maio; Gus Fisher; and Tom Keel. She married husband Morrow Wilson on Christmas Day in 1997.
She called her 2007 memoir “My First Five Husbands … And the Ones Who Got Away.”
Another case of art imitating life. She got around on the show too and in real life.