Posts Tagged ‘RIP

02
Sep
08

In a World Where No Man Lives Forever

Today we lost another biggie, Don LaFontaine a master of voiceovers, whose signature, “In a world…” movie trailers was known the world over died Monday from complications from a collapsed lung in Los Angeles.
Lafontaine, 68, began doing voice-overs in the 1960s and voiced trailers for movies as diverse as The Godfather, Terminator 2 and the Simpsons Movie. Among his other accomplishments were some of the greatest eyebrows this side of Omar Sharif. Going to the movies won’t be quite the same anymore. RIP.

h/t to reader Garnold for the story.

23
Jun
08

An Amazingly Horrific Picture

Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta was killed this weekend during a qualifying race in New Jersey. The 46 year old Kalitta was a two-time former champion with 18 career wins. His Toyota Solara was going about 300 mph when it started to burst into flames and then crashed into a wall. His death is obviously totally unfortunate, but I won’t call it tragic; the drivers all know the risks when they get into their cars. The Boston Globe and the AP got an amazing shot of the car as it burst into flames, because it is essentially the picture of Kalitta’s unfortunate demise, I’m posting it below the jump for those of you who don’t want to see it. It isn’t graphic in any manner besides there being a car/man totally engulfed in flames, but if you’re interested/equally ghoulish, check it out, it is a remarkable picture.

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23
Jun
08

RIP George Carlin

Growing up one of my favorite past times was to lay back on my bed and listen to George Carlin cds. I listened to them all so much that I had the routines memorized. It didn’t matter that I knew what was coming next, he never ceased to make me laugh. Combined with Kurt Vonnegut, Carlin helped influence me to no end in the way I see the world and the way I write. Carlin inspired me to want to be funny and entertain people and while I don’t normally care about celebrity deaths, this one joneses me out to no end.

After entering the hospital yesterday complaining of heart pain, Carlin, 71, died last night due to heart failure.

No comedian can ever match the level of his accomplishments or influence. Where Lenny Bruce started–and inspired Carlin–George picked up that mantle and started swinging at the world around him. Even recently his wit and genius for wordcraft and word play was still amazing.

I know I for one will sorely miss his gravely voice. Thanks for all the laughs George, they’ll keep coming long after today.

Everyone else I know is posting the Baseball/Football routine, but one of my favorite bits is one from the early 60s from the Killer Carlin album, take a listen here, you’ll definitely enjoy it.

http://boomp3.com/listen/byf2go31t_8/war-pictures

The embedded player may not work right, I’m still playing with it, but the link definitely works.

“Mickey Mantle is a sucker for a curveball” always makes me laugh when I say it at a baseball game, even though no one ever gets the reference.




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