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This year, like every year since people started being born, a lot of people died. It has gotten so bad for famous folks since 2016 that we are already sick of people saying “saw (fill in the blank) trending, didn’t know if they were dead or a pervert.” But yeah, that happens a lot, so here is a list of folks who are in fact deceased, and only a few of them were also rumored to be that other thing.

Happily, some notable people are still not dead, but if anyone makes one of those Keith Richards jokes, you are automatically banned. Haha, just kidding I can’t do that, but for real, be more creative! And hold on tight Betty White, we love you.

Anyway, here is a list of some of the people we could think of who were both famous and then dead in 2017 — including mostly a LOT of musician types, and a whole lot of men. It appears that those who did not die at 27 years old have started falling off at a rapid pace. Hopefully an important person has been left off this list so that you can be righteously indignant that they were forgotten, like how people do about the Oscars. Please yell about it in the comments.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can’t wait to see who dies next.

Mary Tyler Moore. You know who she is. One of the first women to have a show about having a career instead of a husband or family. It is sad that she has died. We must now hold on to Marlo Thomas that much tighter.

Chris Cornell. Terrible. Suicide is always terrible and I like to think he was doing autoerotic and it got out of hand. Amazing singer, a part of every grunge band there ever was, especially Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave.

Tom Petty. Still verklempt about this one. Talk amongst yourselves. Tom Petty is one of those people that when you start trying to listen to all of his music you love it takes like 6 hours and a whole bottle of bourbon. American Girl in Silence of the Lambs is one of the creepiest soundtrack usages ever.

Gregg Allman. Macon, Georgia’s Allman family’s second best musician (fight me). Gregg managed to outlive his brother Duane by 46 years simply by staying off a motorcycle, but still doing all the drugs, and getting married SEVEN times til his liver finally gave out.

David Cassidy. Glad it wasn’t Shaun, but a lot of people loved the Partridge Family, and this guy in particular, a real lot.

Mel Tillis. He was famous in the ’70s for having a severe stutter, and singing country songs some people actually really liked.

Jerry Lewis. SUPER famous, did a lot of good charity work for kids, member of the Rat Pack, and it’s weird how much Milo Yiannopoulos looks like him (seriously, no?).

Glenn Campbell. Sang a song about working for the power company that was pretty famous in the ’70s, and also this one. Really good at drinking.

Pat DiNizio. Honestly did not know this guy was dead til I started doing this list. But who doesn’t love the Smithereens? Pat DiNizio became some sort of New Jersey politician as well, which is odd. Their ’88 show at Jacksonville State was fantastic.

Jim Nabors. Gomer Pyle was from Alabama, had a crazy, fairly high pitched, country speaking voice and beautiful baritone singing voice. Married his husband in 2013, just about as soon as it was legal, after having been with the man for 38 years.

Fats Domino. Sold more than 65 MILLION records. One of the first Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, also had terrible anxiety.

Robert Guillaume. Benson. He was also the mayor on Seems like Old Times with Goldie Hawn, ever seen that one?

Ralphie May. Big time comedian.

Harry Dean Stanton. Quite a prolific actor, but come on, he’s gonna be Andie’s sad dad from Pretty in Pink forever.

Frank Vincent. Most of the Italian movies and TV shows you have ever seen including Raging Bull, The Sopranos, Casino, and Goodfellas, where he was stabbed in a trunk with some of the best sound effects ever

Sam Shepard. That hot guy who played Chuck Yeager on The Right Stuff, was also a well regarded, multiple award winning playwright. He also dated both Patti Smith, and lived with our forever hero Jessica Lange for more than 3 decades and they had kids together.

Rose Marie. She made a black hair bow iconic, Dick Van Dyke more funny, and also became very twitter famous in her 90s.

Adam West. Oh no, the Mayor from Family Guy, said millennials everywhere as I scream BATMAN and slap them repeatedly.

Bill Paxton (not Pullman, which will never not be confusing). But still, first and foremost he was Chet from Weird Science and he also did that Tornado movie with Helen Hunt, and a bunch of other things, while definitely not being Bill Pullman.

Hugh Hefner. He probably lived long enough, what the hell else did he have left to do?

Della Reese. Touched by an Angel, sure, but mostly MY PINKY TOE! This lady more than held her own against Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Eddie AND Charlie Murphy.

Charlie Murphy. Responsible for one of the most iconic moments of teevee in the ’00s. Made Rick “Habitual line stepper” James famous again until he too died sometime after this video.

Chuck Berry (literally thought he had been dead way before now, seriously what happened? Y’all think he really watched people pee? Also SPY magazine ruled so hard). Anyway, Chuck did some terrible stuff in his personal life, but also wrote some great songs and inspired a lot of other great musicians, and now he is dead.

Malcolm Young. Angus’s brother and co-founding member of AC/DC. These guys are the most fun to drive way too fast in a 1983 Honda Civic hatchback and yell-sing along to. If you haven’t done that, I highly recommend it.

That’s all that I can think of now, but, if you know of anyone else who died harder than American exceptionalism in 2017, remind us!

Also, you should definitely donate to wonkette in one of these people’s names.

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  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    “And hold on tight Betty White, we love you.”

    And the notorious RBG – WE NEED YOU!

    (wouldn’t those two make a GREAT comedy series on Netflix?

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨
    • Occupied Territory of Kavefish

      Damn.

      Haven’t thought about this is years.

  • Snowbound Ron

    Stupid entropy…

  • Rick Hill

    As I’ve heard it described, the psychedelic barbershop quartet at the end . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldkI3Imcd98

  • jesterpunk

    Chester Bennington from Linkin Park died 2 months after Chris Cornell the same way.
    The band had an amazing tribute show for him

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VoLHdADma8

    Also Chris Cornell’s daughter sang a great song for Chester and Chris

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5-M1lwLvDU

  • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

    Jimmy LaFave died right before KFF this year.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqvU_jT1mR4

    Fmr. TX Gov. Mark White who set the stage for Ann Richards to be elected. here he is when he endorsed Sly Turner back when he was running for Mayor of Houston. as we all know, Sly won.

    https://www.sylvesterturner.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/57/2015/11/11.13.png

    actually a bunch of TX political journalists whose names probably don’t mean much to you.

    and Fmr. TX State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon.

    http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kut/files/styles/medium/public/201301/McClendon_gavel.jpg

  • Martha King

    Leon Russell

    • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

      I missed that one. that sucks.

    • Fakakta South

      in all honesty – my first name is Emily which was never a thing back a million years ago when Leon sang “Sweet Emily” and I was a kid that was my most favorite song ever.

    • SayItWithWookies

      He actually died at the end of 2016. Not that it wasn’t sad, but his death sorta got overshadowed by a few others.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Russell

  • Rick Hill
    • gallbladder

      YEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!

    • jesterpunk

      I loved him on Doctor Who even though he was only in a few episodes.

      • One. One episode

        • jesterpunk

          He was in more then 1, he was in 5 episodes.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Doctor#Appearances

          Name of the Doctor (at the end)

          Mini Episode Night of the Doctor

          Day of the Doctor

          Listen

          and The Zygon Invasion

        • h4rr4r

          Still did a great job being the war doctor.

      • gallbladder

        First met him in “Alien” when I was 12. Never lost sight of him since.

        • Rick Hill

          Fucking legendary and could have been an actual real to life dictator in V for vendetta

        • Riley Whodat Venable

          Still the scariest movie ever made. Harry Dean Stanton was in it as well.

      • Doug Langley

        Caligui on I, Claudius. Yes, I’m an old.

      • Lascauxcaveman

        What a great voice. Made that silly Teen Merlin show almost watchable, as the voice of the dragon.

    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste
      • gallbladder

        Beauty.

      • eggs ackly-wright

        That movie made me cry.

    • Riley Whodat Venable

      And John Heard, interestingly enough.

    • major_asshole

      That man was a treasure and a gift from the gods. He is sorely missed.

  • Rick Hill
    • Rick Hill

      (And not just that she had to work with Chachi)

      • Resistor Radio

        What was her story?

        • Rick Hill

          She was on the skids, I think she was sleeping on someone’s couch in Indiana, broke as shit.

          • John Thorstensen

            Looked her up. Died of poorly treated cancer, no drugs or anything. Maybe inevitable, but we don’t go a good job of delivering health care to broke people.

          • Rick Hill

            I just remember her life was a shambles, before she passed away

          • theCryptofishist

            So, do you suppose Chachi did some sort of triumphant ritual (possibly involving bananas) when that “taker” died?
            Really horrible things just pop into my head…

          • Nigel R. Toppinglift, III

            Bananas?

          • theCryptofishist

            Isn’t he the guy with the “God invented the banana, it fits perfectly into a human hand” thing?
            *internet research”
            Whoops, I guess not. Sorry.

        • Squeegee

          She ended up living in a trailer then off an on with her mom while fighting drug and alcohol abuse her body eventually just gave up from the abuse

          • Resistor Radio

            Oh, that’s sad

      • Squeegee

        She looks so much like Pat Benatar in that photo

        • Rick Hill

          Mmmm, a little

        • bupkus231

          It’s the pose/shoes ( not the hair )

    • Squeegee

      I remember the minor scandal when she did an episode of the Love Boat and threatened to halt production of the episode because she wasn’t given a presidential suite on the cruise ship

    • Nigel R. Toppinglift, III

      I literally was watching a Love Boat rerun this evening with her in it and thought the same thing…

  • ariel_gee_398

    Edie Windsor, who fought to bring us marriage equality. https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-legacy-of-edith-windsor

  • Rick Hill
    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      Walkies?

    • calliecallie

      Wensleydale?

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Five to one, baby,
    One in five.
    No one here gets out alive.

  • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

    also too: here at wonkette we killed a lot of beer as well as liver and brain cells. farewell, young soldiers, we won’t even remember you.

  • Jeffocaster in the East

    Francisco Franco is STILL dead.

  • Snowbound Ron

    My personal iconic Harry Dean Stanton movie moment: http://www.jamescamerononline.com/cp15.png

    • gallbladder

      You know what’s comin’.

    • Popillius

      Here kitty kitty!

  • Picabo
    • SayItWithWookies

      The first person to do an untethered spacewalk. NPR had a good obit of him with a lot of his talking about how being in space changed his way of thinking about the world and about life. Seemed like a neat and well-rounded guy.

  • Rick Hill
  • Resistor Radio
    • Squeegee

      It always bothered me that she wore the same outfit in every episode of that cartoon

      • Snowbound Ron

        Hey, she had a look that worked, why change it?

        • Squeegee

          Plus every episode of that show ended the same it was kind of psychotic

      • theCryptofishist

        I just worried about sex in that way you do when you’re under ten and know nothing about it.

  • Rick Hill

    Judge Wapner passed away, too

    • jesterpunk

      I used to watch his show as a kid.

      • Parakeetist

        Me too

  • Lyly Sirivong

    I was never a fan of Soundgarden, but I loved Chris Cornell’s solo material.
    (BTW, the french version of that song is absolutely terrible, but I’ll applaud the effort)
    https://youtu.be/x7IuOo6sAF8

    • alpacapunchbowl

      Same. He had one of the great rock voices.

  • janecita

    Chester Bennington (RIP) Tom Petty and Chris Cornell
    broke my heart:-(

    • gallbladder

      Bennington….fucking hell.

  • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

    on a personal note, my grandmother. here is a video my cousin made about her life.

    https://www.facebook.com/kerri.l.madden/videos/10156891807453266/

  • Msgr_MΩment

    /pours out a drink for American democracy

  • Snowbound Ron

    This post seems an appropriate time to have a drink or 215.

    • gallbladder

      Why stop then?

      • Snowbound Ron

        Out of alcohol?

        • gallbladder

          (pulls out card)

          • Snowbound Ron

            Now there’s a billion-dollar idea: a booze ATM!

          • theCryptofishist

            In Japan they have booze vending machines. ALLEGEDLY.

          • PubOption

            I saw one in Belgium a few years ago.

          • theCryptofishist

            Belgium’s part of Japan now. Who knew? Well, if that keeps France and Germany from marching through it to have wars, that’s a good thing.

          • Parakeetist

            They call them bars.

          • Nigel R. Toppinglift, III
          • Celtic_Gnome

            When I was in college, the local head shop, the Cucumber Castle, had a former cigarette machine on the porch with screens, papers, small pipes, roach clips for sale.

          • Snowbound Ron

            Now that is clever as hell.

  • memzilla Ω

    Leave us not forget that Chuck Berry is on the gold records attached to both Voyager 1 and 2.

  • Rick Hill
    • gallbladder

      “Tucker!”

    • Doug Langley

      I’ll always picture him pulling off a face mask.

    • Snowbound Ron

      This scene still knocks me over – he earned that Oscar ten times over for this role: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpJXwtnxdR0

  • Squeegee

    I’m waiting for Donald Trump to die at the stroke of midnight from massive internal blood loss after his rectum bursts from a massive dildo lodged in his rectal cavity by a Russian prostitute whore with his face covered by blow.

    Happy new year.

    • Bananas Foster

      Russian p̶r̶o̶s̶t̶i̶t̶u̶t̶e̶ ̶w̶h̶o̶r̶e̶…

      You misspelled international hero.

      • Squeegee

        My sister is an ER doctor her first assignment at Mass General was pulling a dildo out of guy’s rectum in the ER. War stories.

        • Bananas Foster

          At least a dildo actually belongs there.

          What did we get stuck in our rectums last year?

          https://adequateman.deadspin.com/what-did-we-get-stuck-in-our-rectums-last-year-1821393493

          • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

            My favorites: The coaxial cable in the penis and the phone in the vagina.

          • Raan

            I briefly got poop stuck, but I think that’s just called constipation.

        • jesterpunk

          When I was in high school (a long long time ago) one of the kids was a JR EMT (or whatever they call it) and one of his first calls was for a stuck hot dog in a girl. People are weird and put things where they don’t belong then cant get them out.

          • Roni Raven, Sweet Lump

            Once as an adult I was talking in a bar about how I never put peanuts up my nose as a kid so I decided to put a peanut up my nose right then and there.

            Only by the grace of God did I not become one of those stories.

          • Squeegee

            A woman tried sticking a long thing with lots of balls on it up my ass once we only got it up like four inches before I yelled the safe word.

    • Lyly Sirivong

      They were like raving rabbids. All they did was stand in the way and look stupid. I loved it.

    • altleftjohn

      Lord have mercy on a porg from down in the boondocks.

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pcZZ0p3R7eE

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Right, we left out the porg that ended up on Chewbacca’s spit!

  • Rick Hill
    • Fakakta South

      I’m pissed about forgetting this one – I will be forever grateful to Chuck my whole life, my dad and I adored the gong show for real. (awkward transition to …popsicle twins forevah)

      • Phried Ω

        Oh, I thought maybe you were a spy for a second.

        • Fakakta South

          I COULD be, esp a cool one like Chuck.

    • eggs ackly-wright

      Television’s finest hour. Remembering Gene, Gene, the Dancing Machine.

  • TJ Barke

    I didn’t hear about Ralphie May.

  • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste
    • Resistor Radio

      A love there is no cure for

  • dslindc

    *claps quietly inbetween each person on the list as someone sings an a cappella version of Yesterday by The Beatles, ALLEGEDLY*

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      I’m listening to a smooth jazz version of Eleanor Rigby – really well played crap. Kill me now…

      • Lord Jim

        Some pieces of music were not meant to be rearranged.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          the overwrought version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow that followed it was even worse

          • Lord Jim

            I can’t even imagine.

        • FlownΩver

          If it’s the Chick Corea/Gary Burton version,
          …well, some rules are made to be broken.

  • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

    Party is super awkward. 4 couples, and then there’s me. Had a Polygamy Nitro Porter, gonna have another.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      those aren’t bad

  • Rick Hill
    • Zippy W Pinhead

      got milk?

      • eggs ackly-wright

        Cowabunga.

  • Picabo
    • Zippy W Pinhead

      60’s rock with fiddle and pedal steel (and really dumb lyrics)

      • Lord Jim

        And now we have Hootie splitting with the Blowfish to go country (WTH) and Bro Country. Fuck, I need to put on some Bill Monroe now.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          I’ve worked with Hootie, dude is actually a great singer

          • Lord Jim

            The funny thing is I can’t tell a whole lot of difference in some of the stuff he’s doing now and what he did back then.

          • Riley Whodat Venable

            Hey, Charlie Pride ain’t working. Hootie saw a job opening and took it. No shame in his game.

        • Riley Whodat Venable

          I’d reach for Buck Owens, but I’ve got a Tiger by the Tail. Or George Jones. “He stopped loving her today” still makes me cry.

          • FlownΩver

            Nota bene: the very underappreciated Don Rich on lead guitar and harmony vocals.

        • FlownΩver

          A hardcore bluegrass guy once told men”Nobody ever enjoyed being Bill Monroe as much as he did.”

    • eggs ackly-wright

      I hated country music until I heard George Jones.

      • Nigel R. Toppinglift, III

        Give James McMurtry a spin. Gritty and good.

        • marshlc

          Townes van Zandt and Guy Clark.

      • Riley Whodat Venable

        “He Stopped Loving Her Today” still makes me cry.

  • Doug Langley

    Mary Tyler Moore.
    Ordinary People.
    Enough said.

    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      My own family at that time.

      Enough said.

      • Doug Langley

        Mine too.

        • Rebel Scum with permit

          Let’s get The Four Yorkshireman thing going. I would’ve killed for a family that functional.
          https://youtu.be/ue7wM0QC5LE

          • Doug Langley

            Sadly, I can’t joke where my family is concerned.

          • Rebel Scum with permit

            Sorry, I shouldn’t have. My apologies. Mine was pretty awful and I try to cope with humor. That’s not the best approach for many. No insensitivity meant.

    • Phried Ω

      I wanted Laura Petrie for my mom.

  • Rick Hill

    The voice actor died on Wednesday, July 26, at age 99. She was the voice behind dozens of well-known animated characters, such as Rocky the Flying Squirrel in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Granny and Witch Hazel in Looney Tunes and Aunt May in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.( I heard someone say Mel Blanc was the male June Foray)
    https://www.usmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/june-foray-02-6a064aa9-2055-45f3-9a8a-8612ea08ad7b.jpg?w=800

    • theCryptofishist

      This one gets me.

      • Phried Ω

        also too, me. I was so confused when little Phried found out Rocky was a girl.

        • Snowbound Ron

          There’s some rather good artwork around of Rocket J Squirrel as a female. It really does explain a great deal.

          • Riley Whodat Venable

            Upskirt-a-daisium?

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    Good fucking bye 2017. I’m tired of all the crazy shit you brought. I’m tired of the good people you took and the scrumcritters you stuck us with.

    Fuck 2017.

    • eggs ackly-wright

      And don’t ever come back!

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    I sure do hope you peeps in the chat cave wrote all these earlier today and are just doling them out this late (not that I mind having something new to read while I wait to be done working)

    • jesterpunk

      I am not sure, KM was in the last thread commenting. Maybe some of them wrote it ahead of time but I think a few where just written and published recently.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        yeah, saw that

        • Fakakta South

          you don’t know my life. or maybe you doooooo

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            hopefully you’re having fun, whatever it is you’re doing tonight

          • Fakakta South

            I always have fun, honey, no matter what I do – Happy New Year!

    • Resistor Radio

      They’re all probably sloppy drunk in the chatcave with lampshades on their heads by now, surely one of them smarties figured out how to automate the publish time?

      • theCryptofishist

        Poor Donna Rose is going to have to pour her parents into bed.

        • notaten

          Hey now! I turned out perfectly normal, normal, normal. No bad effects from my parents New Year’s Eve shenanigans, no, no, not at all.

  • dslindc

    Still dead, also too: Dick Clark. I haven’t seen his corpse in any of this New Year’s Eve coverage! Typical!

  • Lyly Sirivong

    OT : Almost 4.30. Time for me to sign off. I’ve had one glass of martini, half a bottle of Champagne and way too much food.
    Happy new year, Wonkette.

    • janecita

      Bonne Année!

    • altleftjohn

      Thank you for your edifying example. For my money nothing beats a really good cheap whiskey and a little Golden Pineapple. But I’m old-fashioned.

      • Riley Whodat Venable

        Wild Turkey (rye) and canned fruit coctail (in simple syrup, not water). Don’t forget the bitters.

  • Hobbes’ Evil Twin
    • altleftjohn
    • alpacapunchbowl

      Goddam I love this movie.

    • eggs ackly-wright

      Paris, Texas and Slamdance. Loved you, Harry.

    • javadavis

      that’s the movie!

    • Riley Whodat Venable

      “Paris, Texas” is still one of his best. He was good in Alien, and The Godfather II.

  • Rick Hill
    • Phried Ω

      I guess not all of them will be fondly remembered by their workmates.

    • tomamitai

      Eddie LeBec!

      • ltmcdies

        only American actor to get the “eh” pretty close to correct…eh

  • janecita

    Man, I miss Kathy Griffin! This new guy is terrible.

    • Nigel R. Toppinglift, III

      Yup. All over fake outrage by people that joked about lynching Obama…

  • Jamoche

    Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip. All of Canada shut down to watch their farewell concert.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghLk-BhT-P8&list=RD1jTMSBhPCZw&index=7

    • h4rr4r

      A million upfists.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      those guys were such stoners- did a bunch of shows with them back in the day

    • Dazza

      Wow. The Horseshoe Tavern. I haven’t though about that place in years. I had some excellent times there.

  • Sophia

    Okay, gotta got. Just in case I don’t get back in time Happy New Year!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/76e0d7f67eb536c60509fa8037458a93a46a17e34bc94cff1b3b1bf2d757b672.jpg

    • janecita

      Happy New Year!

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    I am sorry, but I stole a glance at Julie Newmar’s caboose and *I* was seduced.

    Yep.

  • Rick Hill

    Horndog(alegibly!) Adam West deserves this tribute to his…horndoggishness.
    http://iruntheinternet.com/lulzdump/images/gifs/adam-west-batman-grabs-batgirls-boob-1360632128l.gif?id=

  • Baconzgood

    I hope we don’t wonkyear ’17 on such a downer note.

    • Rick Hill

      Pay yer respects, Man. Then go off and toodle your toodler.

  • Catstro
    • Fakakta South

      this is who my kid said “omg mom, he’s you” LOVE LOVE LOVE

      • Catstro

        I’m assuming that you use the word “shit” in new and exciting ways

  • alpacapunchbowl

    Driving too fast yell-singing Thunderstruck is the BEST. That song gets me amped.
    I did not know Fats Domino had anxiety. I’m in good company. So many great songs.
    I got to see Tom Petty in concert on a wam rainy night at Wrigley Field this summer.

    • Lord Jim

      Try “Snowballed” from For Those About to Rock. :)

  • tomamitai

    If I recall correctly, I cast my first ever Presidential vote for this guy. Yeah, I know, but we were all young and dumb once, weren’t we? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/44eb1248d0998e958ec74d9812555467dc7bb27c824eb2d4b30f59769c7a2dbc.jpg

    • janecita

      Leslie Nielsen?

      • Raan

        I was thinking Jamie Farr.

      • Resistor Radio

        That was my guess too!

      • tomamitai

        Surely you jest!

        • Roni Raven, Sweet Lump

          Don’t call her Shirley!

        • janecita

          Don’t call me Shirley!

    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      Damn, I was his campus coordinator at University. I was naive but such an education. My first naive vote though was for Clean Gene McCarthy ’76.

    • Saxo the Grammarian

      John Anderson, right? I was a John Anderson Republican for about five minutes.

    • Fakakta South

      yaaaaaasss I did not know he was still alive until you just told me he wasn’t anymore – holy shit, way to go John Anderson@

    • Roni Raven, Sweet Lump

      I was so young and dumb once that I still can’t bring myself to reveal who I cast my first presidential vote for.

      I was REALLY dumb.

    • Stinky_Hole

      Herbert Hoover?

  • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

    Flaming absinthe in a couple of hours. First time to make it at home. If I stay awake that long.

    • Snowbound Ron

      Should we have 911 on speed dial, just in case?

      • tomamitai

        And a fire extinguisher close at hand.

        • Phried Ω

          rated for Class B fires.

  • reelreeler

    Jerry Lewis wasn’t a Rat Pack member, Dean Martin was. But very true that Lewis did a lot of fundraising work for kids.

    • Fakakta South

      omg be old and factual why don’t you.

  • WomanInThePersistence

    Great. Fucking Nazis and now dead people. Wheee.

    • Fakakta South

      happy new year!

      • WomanInThePersistence

        I just got home from work and walking the dog before idiots set off fireworks for real. *stares into wineglass* I’m not at my most perky right now.

        • Roni Raven, Sweet Lump

          Does Thor get terrified by the fireworks? Poor pupster.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            He’s doing okay so far. They’re all being fired in the distance so far. He’s definitely not happy, though.

        • eggs ackly-wright

          Time is a motherfucker. As Mr. Beckett said, “That double-headed monster of damnation and salvation.”

    • jesterpunk

      2 stories left in the year. Happy New Year WITP.

      • WomanInThePersistence

        Happy New Year to you too.

    • SayItWithWookies

      Don’t worry — at this rate, we’re due for hallucinogens or massages or something next article.

      • WomanInThePersistence

        Devin Nunes. Ugh.

  • eggs ackly-wright

    Sam Shepard, admired for many reasons, not the least of which is doing the sex with Joni Mitchell.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      and for writing Harry Dean Stanton’s best role, Travis Henderson

  • Rick Hill
    • Fartknocker

      She was a beautiful woman. How sad.

  • Raan

    I do remember Adam West playing “Adam West” in Family Guy, but my first exposure to Adam West becoming his gimmick was that time he helped Johnny Bravo find his Mama.

    • h4rr4r

      He was Batman!

      • Raan

        Yes, and that was his stand-out role.

        But it ain’t the first place I saw him.

        • h4rr4r

          That is just unbelievable to me.

          • Raan

            When the series finished its original run, I was -19 years old.

          • h4rr4r

            I was -14. Reruns were a big deal.

  • Catstro

    Jerry Lewis sent my mother a dozen long stemmed red roses once. She was the customer service supervisor for the cable company in the town where his elderly mother lived, and she went above and beyond to help them out when he was getting her cable service set up. It’s not a particularly interesting story, but I always think about it when I see him mentioned

    • Stinky_Hole

      Awww. Bet that happens at Spectrum all the time…

      • Catstro

        She actually worked for the local cable people who became Time Warner who became Spectrum, and we joke that the job of being the only competent member of the customer service team at Time Warner was what caused her first stroke. It’s not much of a joke, when I think about it.

        • Riley Whodat Venable

          It’s funny ’cause it’s true.

  • Picabo

    On this date in 1972 we lost the beloved Roberto Clemente.
    https://twitter.com/Pirates/status/947456070586335235

    • notaten

      I remember like it was yesterday. For whatever reason my 8 year old self had fallen in love with him. When I heard on the news that he had died, I cried my eyes out. My Mom was mystified by my distress, but told me it would be okay, because he died trying to help people that were worse off than we were, so that meant he was a good person. It affected me, is what I’m saying here. I may or may not have been drinking for several hours already, so I may be extra emotional about now.

    • Riley Whodat Venable

      What a horrible day. I was 14 and heartbroken.

  • jesterpunk

    I think Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park has a pretty good New Years post. Read the instagram link in the tweet.

    He ends it with this.

    And yes, 2017 was the worst. But I play for the love of playing. Let’s go up from here. I can’t say I won’t fall down, lose, or make mistakes. My only responsibility is to get back up, work harder, and try again.

    https://twitter.com/mikeshinoda/status/947646184805535744

    • h4rr4r

      On the other hand, linkin park.

      • jesterpunk

        Whats wrong with Linkin Park?

        • h4rr4r

          If you have to ask.

          • jesterpunk

            I like Linkin Park.

          • h4rr4r

            To each their own.

            To me linkin park is to Korn what Creed is to Pearl Jam.

          • bupkus231

            “To me linkin park is to Korn what Creed is to Pearl Jam.”

            I’ve listened to all these bands – and this statement still confoozles me….?????

          • h4rr4r

            Creed is a cheap knockoff of Pearl Jam, the singer has admitted as much.

          • Lord Jim

            I have Hybrid Theory. Kinda liked it.

          • jesterpunk

            They got a lot better as the years went on, they did a couple songs for the transformers movies too.

    • Raan

      I always think Mike Shinoda is a wrestling announcer for some reason.

  • Fartknocker

    ATTENTION WONKETTE MANAGEMENT: Can we start 2018 with a post with cute animals, no mention of President Benedict Trump, and even more pictures of Donna Rose? Thank you.
    FYI: It’s 26F in Austin, my bourbon is very tasty, I have the day off, I’m going to cook carnitas guisada, and I want everyone to have a Happy New Year. Also, it’s highly likely I could be hung over.
    FYI # 2: I sent monies via the USPS to the Montana address because I love this place.

    • h4rr4r

      26F? That is Tropical!

      • ariel_gee_398

        Look at the fancy folk, with their temperatures in positive numbers.

        • Phried Ω

          It was still in the mid to high sixties today in SoCal mountains but we did have some high cirrus so that was a bummer.

          • Roni Raven, Sweet Lump

            72 and sunny here today in America’s finest city.

          • Paul

            It’s that warm in Boston?

          • Riley Whodat Venable

            But pot is legal beginning today. That should mellow the scene.

      • Rick Hill

        Yeah, our high tomorrow is set to be 7 above

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        we hit 79 today

        • h4rr4r

          I turn on the AC at that temperature, if the wife would let me.

        • Rebel Scum with permit

          You must be out west. Think we’re headed for yet another drought.

    • Fakakta South

      it’s 18 degrees in Huntsville Alabama, your complaints are duly noted and also summarily disregarded. But we love you and your monies thank youuuuuuuuu! Happy New Year!!!

      • jesterpunk

        Its 5 degrees here in Amish country PA, the high was 15 today. Trade weather with you.

        • Lord Jim

          How would we tell the difference?

          • jesterpunk

            You would freeze slightly slower?

          • Lord Jim

            Heh. :)

        • BillEGoatSmirk

          It’s -2 here in MA with a ‘real feel’ of -18 according to my phone. GAH!

        • Riley Whodat Venable

          Yeah, well you live up there. What did you expect? It was 28F last night here in Houston. I’m used to drinking my PBR on my front porch and watching the fireworks. Ice is for Scotch and Tea. And maybe an ice chest. Humans are not made to coexist with Ice.

      • h4rr4r

        Go set off some nazi rockets.

        • eggs ackly-wright

          Some screaming comes across the sky, the end.

        • Fakakta South

          you’re gonna have to be WAY more specific. If I just blow terrible shit up, does that count?

          • Phried Ω

            Like Werner said, “I just shoot zee rockets up. Vhere zay come down izz someone else’s problem.”

          • thenotsogreatpanjandrumhimself

            Now I’m learning Chinese says Werner Von Braun

      • Lord Jim

        8 degrees here in the Tropic of Kenfuckistan. Weakling. :P

        • Riley Whodat Venable

          You have Bourbon. Don’t be afraid to use it.

    • Werewolf

      Not digging the cold, no. Cooking black-eyed peas and collards tomorrow. And my wife gets home from Cali tomorrow!

    • fergawdssakes
    • PubOption

      It was about 0 deg F in St Louis at midnight. New Year celebrations, known as Winterfest, were called off because of the cold.

      • Riley Whodat Venable

        St. Louis has gone downhill since the Busch family sold out. Nobodies fault except the Busches. I still love the town and the Cards.

  • Roni Raven, Sweet Lump

    RIP David Cassidy. I think I will always love you.

  • tomamitai

    Found Brian Aldiss’s name on the 2017 death list at Wikipedia. I can’t remember reading anything of his but I’m sure I must have, back in my prime when I used to read a novel a day.

    • Snowbound Ron

      He was an integral part of British New Wave SF, which didn’t get much attention in the US.

    • Notreelyhelping

      Aldiss was quite good.

    • bupkus231

      If not his own stuff, he also edited a lot of SF anthologies.

  • reelreeler

    RIP Walter Becker, thanks for my favorite song when I was young…yeah I’m old

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVJiwyg0iDM

    • altleftjohn

      Amen.

    • Fakakta South

      oh god damnit. i hate steely dan, even if they were named for an awesome dildo and also sang “they gotta name for the winners in the world” I’ll let you fill in the rest cause you know what they call alabama……..SHUT UP it’s the Crimson Tide.

  • Resistor Radio

    Amidst all the death, I’m gonna choose to celebrate life and dick jokes with this picture of a cactus.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/07589c67975c10aaf5b7b61c8a3ba87fe117be3dc155a49619a2f10b025d967d.jpg

  • Rick Hill

    Here, use this to really get your sad on and out of your system for the night. To all those unsung and little known, heroes, the four legged Buddies who left us this year:
    Gentlemen of the Jury: The best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us, may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.

    The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

    If fortune drives the master forth, an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death.

    • Phried Ω

      Cats OTH, coudn’t care less.

      • Rick Hill

        I’m sure that there is a feline equivalent, somewhere. Just fudge it a little and make it work for the kitties

      • tomamitai

        Nah, they care, they’re usually just too cool to let you know. Every so often, though, they let it slip, like when Spock thought he’d killed Kirk. https://youtu.be/I5pocMUIWwU

        • Rebel Scum with permit

          Cats have a concern about their people, although I can’t say what the motivation is. I’ve had several that refused to allow me to sleep in, even when there was food in their dish. Whether this was boredom, concern about the health of their food source, or checking to see if it was ok to eat me yet, I don’t know.

      • Catstro

        I’ve had cats that could and cats that couldn’t. Elder cat is my dude. I stub my toe and he comes running to sniff me and check me over and give me a lick. He’s very protective of my daughter, and the only time he’s bitten me was once when he thought that I’d hurt her (he didn’t bite me hard, but it was enough). He normally hides when we have company, but when we have a sitter, he sits in the doorway of the living room and stares them down the whole time, which makes everyone uneasy, apparently. He would fuck somebody up over her.

    • Resistor Radio

      Onion ninjas

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Much as I love my dogs, the long string of them through my old life, as much as any one man can, most of what is said above is horseshit…

    • Hiss

      Which is why I prefer cats.

  • Rick Hill
    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Ha! Now THAT is how you spend a NYE in style. I was somewhere in the middle of this mess in 85…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dtvf2erbL-U

      • H0mer0

        was that in Oakland? cuz I might have been there with my brother.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          yup

  • Werewolf

    First fireworks of the evening. Fortunately, they don’t bother my dog, and they aren’t my PTSD trigger.

    • Lord Jim

      Good for that. Hope you are having a satisfying NYE.

      • Werewolf

        Pretty good. Unfortunately, my lovely wife is in El Paso tonight, on her way home from visiting family in San Diego, but she’ll be home tomorrow, and I had a nice dinner with my mom who’s visiting from Florida. You?

  • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

    Cake shots are not my friend.

    • Fakakta South

      cake shots sound awesome AND vomitous, do tell

      • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

        1 part hazelnut liqueur, 1 part vodka. 1 lemon wedge coated with sugar. Suck the lemon wedge, then while the juice is still in your mouth drink.

        • Fakakta South

          ho-ly-shit. i’m on it

          • Roni Raven, Sweet Lump

            Oh hell no. Liqueurs are deadly. So sweet and delicious and seemingly tame, then you wake up the next morning naked in Rio in a bathtub full of ice with a note written in lipstick on the mirror that you should call for emergency help because you’ve just had a kidney stolen.

        • Resistor Radio

          Those are delicious

  • eggs ackly-wright

    Not dead this year, but shit I miss Joe Strummer.

    • javadavis

      I miss Rickman, Nimoy and Pratchett. Not musicians, but artists in both their fields and in their lives.

      • eggs ackly-wright

        Rickman had a voice right up there with Richard Burton and James Mason.

  • Rick Hill
  • Evidence-based Ugly Dude

    AC/DC. These guys are the most fun to drive way too fast in a 1983 Honda Civic hatchback and yell-sing along to

    You know too much about my life. Has my web cam been hacked?

    • Not Flat – ROUND!

      No Truman, everything is fine.

    • WannabeTraveler

      I had a 1980 Honda Civic hatchback when I was a kid, AC/DC made for great road trip music! :-)

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    Can’t speak for 2018, but nobody died on my watch in the circle that is mine to watch. These are all folks I like to watch and listen to, but the watching and listening to are all on record, which, as Blake said, is enough…. I’m holding hard to that thought…

  • SKruetheratbassedarDs

    Oh, my, Julie Newmar; a hottie unrecognizable to a 6 year old Batman enthusiast, thanks for the clip. RIP, Mr. Wayne . . .

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    Well, came up short, gotta go, love you all, see you on the other side…

    • Resistor Radio

      Came up short?

  • Fartknocker

    Good news: No more bullshit Audi and Jaguar SUV commercials showing pretty people pissing away lots of money on cars. It’s nice to see tax preparation software commercial, although that’s going to be a fucking mess with the Dampnut’s new tax law.

  • Roni Raven, Sweet Lump
    • Fakakta South

      i just laught so loud I am now in trouble. Thank you.

      • Roni Raven, Sweet Lump

        You’re welcome. :-)

    • altleftjohn

      Brings a tear to the fucking eye.

    • calliecallie

      That was satisfying.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    Besides Gregg Allman, we also lost Butch Trucks this year (if you get the chance go see his nephew Derek’s band)

    Akso too, we lost blues great James Cotton, who I was fortunate enough to get to work with a couple times

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfpZIfQcR1A

    • Fakakta South

      oh god. where you from. i know i know you but i feel like i knoooooow you. Derek Trucks is my boy, James Cotton is amazing and also I have pics from Rosehill Cemetary, of Duane, (and now Gregg’s) and Barry Oakley’s grave, and me as a 19 year old sitting upon that white marble being both reverent and super disrespectful, depending on your point of view.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Nowhere near Alabama. I actually did a show many, many years back before anyone knew who Derek was, he opened for some big rocker (don’t even remember who) and people talked about him being the up and coming guitar prodigy and being the young kid who was Butch’s nephew. Now he’s out with his wife Susan doing the Tedeschi Trucks band, which fucking smokes…

        • Lord Jim

          I once saw his siggy edition SG in a Musician’s Friend catalog featurette.

    • ContextIsKey

      Yes, Cotton was great, I saw him in an all-star Chicago blues band in about 2005. The Allman Bros were part of the soundtrack of my life.

  • BillEGoatSmirk

    Saw AC/DC 6 times starting in 1980. When we were 16, my best gal pal and I drove in her Chevy Chevette to the city and slept outside of a venue, drunk as skunks, in a sleeping bag on the sidewalk order to get the best tix in the morning. RIP Malcolm.

  • she persisted

    Not a celebrity, but my dear friend and brother from another mother died unexpectedly on Christmas day. His family and many, many friends miss him terribly.

    • Lord Jim

      Sorry for your loss. :(

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      I am very sorry for the loss of your dear one.

    • WomanInThePersistence

      I’m so sorry to hear that. My condolences.

    • Roni Raven, Sweet Lump

      Hugs.

    • WannabeTraveler

      So sorry for your loss, Christmas day just makes it that much worse. Do you have a favorite memory you could share?

      • she persisted

        There are so many, but this one is one of my favorites: Every year for a very long time, the family has been going on vacation in the Outer Banks of NC and I’ve been lucky enough to be included. Over the years, the numbers have dwindled as kids have grown up, people have moved away, etc. In 2012, a small group of us spent a week on Ocracoke Island. It was Patrick’s and my ritual to get a little drunk on the first night of vacation. That night, everyone had gone to bed and Patrick and I were in the kitchen drinking. He wanted me to hear a song on his phone and he had one of those new (at the time) iphone speakers. So he played a song, I played a song and before we knew it, we were dancing in the kitchen and having a blast until I finally had to put him to bed. That whole week turned out to be the best vacation we ever spent together.

        • WannabeTraveler

          He sounds like he was very special, he will always be with you! I can imagine that is very hard to believe right now, but its true. I believe we are all just energy that changes form. Guess that makes me one of those spiritual people vs religious.

          • she persisted

            He was an amazing man with so much more to give, but it wasn’t to be. I believe as you do: he is still with me. You know how people say they have a hole in their hearts or souls where their loved one used to be? I don’t fee that way because I know that Patrick is still with me and always will be.

      • she persisted

        PS: Thank you so much for your kindness.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      Well that’s terrible, I’m very sorry. I just HATE it when people die on holidays, because every time that holiday comes around again you think of the sad occasion.

    • Zyxomma

      Deep condolences to you and yours.

    • she persisted

      Thank you all for your kind words. It sucks ringing in a new year with one less loved one.

  • jaspersdad
    • La Tijera

      They were all my friends, I miss ’em. They died.

      • John Thorstensen

        And so, eventually, did he.

  • eggs ackly-wright

    Awww, c’mon. Up here in the corner it’s only 8:30.

  • The Librarian

    Hunger Strike is one of my favorite songs. Thunderstruck made me smile. Time to start drinking.

  • Suse

    Dick Gregory
    Jimmy Breslin
    Dennis Banks

  • Donna Mueller

    the Allmans were a huge part of my ‘ute when we were young and were all gonna live forever…..sigh

    • eggs ackly-wright

      The golden olden days. so far away, feeling pretty nostalgic tonight, usually new years is a pain.

    • grindstone

      Still some of the best road trip music ever made.

    • BrianW

      “Tied to The Whipping Post” really summed up how I felt after November 8, 2016.

  • eggs ackly-wright

    No dead people here yet. I’m drinking Michter’s bourbon and listening to Lush. Next up, Jay Farrar, then maybe some Bitches Brew.

    • NorthernSaber

      There is NEVER a bad time for “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down.” Love that track- still dig the Hell out of that album!

  • Mehmeisterjr

    Roberta Peters.

    I actually saw her in a staged production of Lakmé, a work they never revived for her at the Met. It was also the only time I saw her live. She was just as gorgeous and vocally accomplished twenty years on as she is in this ancient clip.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quzDfqx5mgg

    • Sheesko

      Exquisite bel canto. Thanks!

  • Mehmeisterjr

    Why, oh why, are we forgetting Charles Manson?

    I know that he acquired kind of a bad rap over the years but he was, come to think of it, John the Baptist to Donald J. Trump’s Jesus Christ.

  • Jennifer R

    A repost from November 20, not famous people but gone none the less.
    https://tdor.info

  • javadavis

    Names I haven’t seen yet:
    Martin Landau
    Roger Moore
    J. Geils
    John Hurt

    Don Rickles – AKA Mr. Potato Head.
    I don’t often buy movies, but when I do I prefer animated movies.

  • Notreelyhelping

    Sam Shepard. Damn. Helluva playwright. He had his finger on the pulse. If you know his work and have followed it, things will never be the same. Seriously: a great artist.

  • All of them Katie

    This post served to remind me that a Big Love reunion is pretty much shot to sunshine. And also too that Keith Richards will outlive Miley Cyrus, praise Diddy.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    My three psycho asshole ex-bosses, all in their 80’s now, did NOT die in 2017, which is in some ways a pity.

  • going4baroque
  • June Foray, perhaps the most influential voice actor of all time, and foxy enough that she should have been a live-action film star as well.

    • Me not sure

      Tweety wept.

    • Homina homina! You ain’t wrong!

    • Unhappy Fingers

      Rocket J. Squirrel, a couple of Red Riding Hoods, and any number of Grandmas are in mourning. As was I.

  • Mike Steele

    Lady MS: Know what’s weird? RWNJs obsess with getting zygotes to live-birth stage, at which point they are born, as mortals on Earth, into automatic death sentence. And no, I don’t smoke the wacky weed, even though our county’s newly-authorized grow farm, and only two dispensaries in our region, are just minutes away. HNY, jokers and tokers:)

    • Carole

      The really weird thing for me is that they keep moving the date of the alleged “heartbeat” up (as if having a heartbeat entitled anyone to anything, in the Right-Wing Book of Nonexistent Entitlements). The last “pro-life” billboard I saw in New Mexico claimed that the embryonic human heart starts beating within a few days. At that point, it’s still a blastocyst whose stem cells haven’t even finished differentiating.

      • Mike Steele

        Don’t be silly…your theory is ‘science-based’, and that’s so last year…

  • Jack Tenhet

    George A. Romero, the godfather of the zombie genre died in 2017

    Toby Hooper; Groundbreaking director of such films as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist and the first ever Stephen King penned miniseries Salem’s Lot died in 2017

    Martin Landau, unforgettable in his award winning role as Bela (Karloff is a cocksucker!) Lugosi in “Ed Wood”.

    Jonathan Demme, director of such films as “Stop Making Sense” and, of course, Silence of the Lambs also died in 2017

    Artist Bernie Wrightson, known for his illustrations in publications like Heavy Metal (STEEEEERN!) and many Stephen King publications like The Stand, Cycle of the Werewolf and Creepshow. I will mostly remember him for his work on Swamp Thing and the illustrated version of Frankenstein.

    William Peter Blatty, who was solely responsible for introducing the word “exorcism” into the vernacular (Legion was MUCH better than The Exorcist imho) died back in January.

    British Actor Roy Dotrice (Game of Thrones, Amadeus’ creepy father in ‘Amadeus”). He held a few world records, according to Guinness. One for the greatest number of characters voiced by a single actor in an audio book (224 characters “A Song of Fire and Ice” clocking in at a whopping 33 hours long) AND for the greatest number of solo performances (1,782).

    • Zyxomma

      Yes, Legion (Exorcist III) is a brilliant film. Have you seen the first movie he directed, The Ninth Configuration a/k/a Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane? It’s well worth seeking out; for Scott Wilson especially.

      • Jack Tenhet

        I have a copy of The Ninth Configuration. It’s among my favorites.

        Legion (Film title “The Exorcist III” is, in my opinion, a better novel than The Exorcist because it focuses solely on Kinderman and his relationship with Father Dyer. There’s also an entire subplot involving a Jewish tradition and a carp that’s worth the read alone. There’s also the entire concept of purgatory as being like a train station. Then, of course, there’s the Gemini Killer.

        The film is excellent, but cut to hell and back. There is a deluxe version titled “Legion” that fills in a lot of what the theatrical release had to cut out. I have the blu-ray, if you’ve not seen it, I recommend it.

    • Zippy49

      I have “Ed Wood” in my movie collection… think we might watch it today.

      • Jack Tenhet

        Love that one! It’s maybe the best work Tim Burton did. I say that as a huge Tim Burton fan from way back.

    • Swampgas_Man

      Dang, did not know that about Bernie being dead.

      • Jack Tenhet

        Yeah, he died back in March. Shitty year over all.

  • Michael Bond, author of Paddington Bear.
    Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, one-half of rap duo Mobb Deep, from sickle cell anemia.
    Chester Bennington, lead singer for Linkin Park, of suicide.
    David Axelrod, jazz musician and in-house producer for Capitol Records (on the night of the Super Bowl, no less).

  • Me not sure

    Showing a clip that featured Julie Newmar and her magnificent ass made it very difficult for me to keep my thoughts on the death of Adam West.

    • I didn’t want to say so, but–yeah. Of course, Adam himself probably would be okay with that.

    • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

      That was my thought when I saw her from the back in her (latex?) catsuit. Holy hell that ass should have been classified as a lethal weapon, or insured by Lloyd’s of London.

  • MizzMazz

    John Dunsworth, Mr. Lahey from Trailer Park Boys

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZZaFaCi7qk

  • Zyxomma

    Happy new year. Fakakta South. Blessings of love, health, peace, abundance, prosperity, integrity, laughter, friendship, courage, creativity, community, and joy.

    I’ve never seen Pretty in Pink, although Harry Dean Stanton is one of my all-time-favorite actors. There are a number of movies in which I love him, but my personal favorite is Repo Man, now and forever.

    • gene108

      Repo Man is a grossly underrated movie.

    • Relativicus

      True fact: The number one response, by a vast margin, to someone saying something like “I’ve never seen Pretty in Pink” is:

      You’ve never seen Pretty in Pink?!!?

      • H0mer0

        I haven’t either. I never had enough time or money to be hip or trendy, ever.

      • Carole

        Aaah, it’s probably overrated, except for Harry Dean Stanton. It certainly didn’t capture James Spader’s kaleidoscopic acting range, which I didn’t find out about until years later.

  • Master of the Gothic Script

    my little sister: Erin Moran

    • Empress of the Iguana People

      my condolences

    • puredog

      This is ringing a very faraway and long ago bell. Was she a student at George Washington University in, like, 1968? If so, though I scarcely knew her, she was a sweetheart. Sorry for your loss. Sorry for your loss in any event.

      • Master of the Gothic Script

        NO, Erin never attended college and she was 8 in 1968. And thanks.

        • Carole

          I remember. She was the only half of Joanie Loves Chachi that I’ll ever love. And I’m so sorry.

          • Master of the Gothic Script

            Me too! Scott B. is a major asshole.

  • Master of the Gothic Script
  • Gayer Than Thou

    David Cassidy was one of the first men who made me feel things in my swimsuit area. I dimly understood, even at that young age, that it was significant that even though I thought Laurie Partridge was pretty, I wanted to hold hands with Keith Partridge way more.

  • calliecallie

    Many not famous people died this year also, too. Thoughts and prayers, fond memories, hugs to their friends and families. In particular, RIP, my old friend JD. I think of you every day when I use my Oil of Olay, because of that thing you said that time back in the day.

  • Ducksworthy

    In a more upbeat news flash, Francisco Franco is still dead. However the GOP leadership, borrowing a move from the Mormons, and in a secret ceremony in the basement of the capitol, have converted the Generalisimo to the Republican Party.

    • PubOption

      Why would they bother, the current Repubs would count him as a RINO.

    • Master of the Gothic Script

      Nicely done!

    • BrianW

      To be honest though, given today’s GOP it wouldn’t have been a hard sell to the Generalisimo OR the Republicans. When you’re known for quotes like:

      “We do not believe in government through the voting booth”, or
      “There is no liberty without order”

      then you’re pretty much an honorary Republican anyway.

  • Relativicus

    Robert Guillaume was the Assistant District Attorney behind Charles Grodin’s DA. Also, Seems Like Old Times is the best of the Chase-Hawn genre.

    Chicken Pepperoni, Chicken Pepperoni, Chicken Pepperoni. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5ec7d84a695cff3c848a729c7a7e2156405ccd089546427153219ef58012d5bf.jpg

    • You should ice that burn

      Zippy? I thought he passed in 2016

    • Jena-Auerstedt

      Yes, when Guillaume was described as the “mayor” in the opening piece, I thought that Ms. (?) South had confused him with the Lieutenant Gov./Governor he’d played in Benson.
      And he was also Isaac Jaffe for two seasons in “Sports Night,” an Aaron Sorkin original.

  • A few I didn’t check ALL the comments to see if they got a mention:

    William Peter Blatty (1928-2017): Wrote “The Exorcist”
    Eugene Cernan (1934-2017): The last person to walk on the moon
    Derek Walcott (1930-2017): Poet and Nobel Laureate (1992)
    Chuck Barris (1929-2017): Game show creator and host
    Stan Weston (1933-2017): Created GI Joe
    Haruo Nakajima (1929-2017): Stunt man and contract player at Toho Studios, he was the first person to wear the Godzilla suit
    Monty Hall (1921-2017): Game show host and philanthropist
    Liz Smith (1923-2017): Columnist
    John B. Anderson (1922-2017): Representative from Illinois, made an independent run for President in 1980
    Dorothy Mengering (1921-2017):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PJ5Dmb_dBY

  • Riley Whodat Venable

    Miz South,
    I’m so glad you are here. Great column.
    Greg Allman was the hardest for me. If you’ve never played “One Way Out” too loud on a Pioneer Supertuner in a 1968 Impala flying from Mobile back to New Orleans at 3:00am you should try it. Of course you must be on Highway 90, not I-10.

    We all knew we would lose Chuck Berry and Fats sooner or later. We almost lost Fats in Hurricane Katrina.

    Rose Marie almost stayed as long as George Burns and Bob Hope. And she did it, as they say, “Backwards in high heels.”

    Again, thank you. Your work is great.

  • Vicious Babushka

    My dear mom passed away in 2017. She was a great lady who cast her first vote for Harry Truman in 1948 and voted Democrat in every election ever since! She didn’t disown me during my troubled time of being a Republican which I am ashamed of now, and in her memory I give moneys to Wonkette.

  • This may be the right crowd for the Gregg Allman status I wrote but opted out of publishing, lest it be too soon. Here it go:
    RIP Gregg Allman, who lived surprisingly long, given his high exposure to dangerous substances–heroin, alcohol, Cher…

  • Nockular cavity

    Sorry, but Harry Dean Stanton will always be a repo man, because a repo man’s life is always intense. Unless…you ain’t some kind of goddam commie, are you?

    • sincarne

      He’ll always be Brett to me. Worried about his bonus, and the first ever person eaten by an adult xenomorph.

  • harryr

    Without checking right through the comments, has anyone mentioned John Hurt and Martin Landau? Two very fine actors.

    • H0mer0

      I was impressed to see John Hurt in “Space Balls” similar to my amusement in seeing a Shakespearean actor like Patrick Stewart playing Stan’s boss in “American Dad” singing that Oingo Boingo song “Little Girls”

  • Ryan Denniston

    Notorious RBG, a dying nation turns its eyes to you.

  • M.E. Lawrence
  • Celtic_Gnome

    A story related by a friend, popularly known in our crowd as Dammit Janet.

    She was a midlevel person in the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks, Rec and Park, in the early eighties. They had a program called Music In the Air that ran during the summer months. Mostly classical and folk stuff on the Statehouse lawn at lunchtime. The city also had a small concert shell out in the river across from downtown, and they got Chuck Berry for a concert on the river after work on a Friday night. A free concert.

    The old fogies who ran the place went home, Friday night, you know, and let the kids run that shit. They sent a city van out to the airport to pick him up. By this time, Chuck had stopped traveling with a band. He just arranged for a pickup band at each venue, because everybody knew his stuff.

    He spent a goodly portion of his flight drinking Courvoisier. A lot of Courvoisier. Staffer gets him and his guitar and his luggage in the van and head back for downtown. He spends a goodly portion of that time drinking Courvoisier. A lot of Courvoisier.

    At his dressing room, he meets the rest of the band and, bottle of Courvoisier in hand, invites them in to go over the set.

    The Rec and Park people are freaking. It doesn’t look like Chuck’s going to be in any condition to go on, and they’ve got an amphitheater full of people just off work, the only food they’ve had being fair food from vendors, plus several beer trucks. And they’re trying to decide who gets to go out and announce that Chuck can’t play because he’s sick.

    Chuck comes reeling out of the dressing room, guitar in hand, band following. He’s got to go across a small catwalk from the shore to get to the concert shell, and the Rec and Park people are afraid he’s going to fall in. This shell was part of a program to clean up the river around downtown, but it wasn’t done yet, and falling into that water wouldn’t be a good thing.

    He makes it across, no problem, plugs in, and proceeds to do two hours of blistering, non-stop rock and roll. All the hits. Johnny B. Goode, the duck walk, all of it. Afterwards, he and the band retired to the dressing room for a celebratory Courvoisier.

    • John Thomson

      Yup, sounds like rocknroll to me!

  • going4baroque
  • Squeegee

    I’ve narrowly escaped death a few times in just the last few years now I’m beginning to think my life is a real life version of that Final Destination movie.
    Suffice to say I have no intention of going anywhere near an amusement park or a tanning salon in the near future.
    Although I have to drive on the Taconic a few times each week which is pretty much a close brush with death every time you get on it.

    • Bad Tom

      OK. You have to tell us about the Tanning Salon Incident.

      • Jena-Auerstedt

        Tanning beds are to skin cancer what cigarettes are to lung cancer: a built-in delivery system. What else does anyone need to know?

  • Sheldon

    Jerry Lewis – not in the Rat Pack, though Dean was.

  • Red Bird

    My dad passed away this year. Somewhere in heaven there’s an angel planning the itinerary for everybody’s day and making sure they stay on schedule. :)

    • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

      My condolences. It is so hard to lose a parent, no matter what your age.

  • Bitter Scribe

    My brother died unexpectedly in February, the cherry on this shit sundae of a year.

    He was high-functioning autistic, but not high enough to take care of himself. My sister had moved back home to take care of our mom, who had developed Alzheimer’s, and after she died, she stayed on to care for him.

    The big love of his life was opera. He had season tickets to the Lyric for decades, and if there was anything he didn’t know about opera, it wasn’t worth knowing.

    Family legend: One day he heard a soprano on the radio and said, “Oh, that’s Beverly Sills.” After the song was over, the announcer said, “That was Maria Callas singing the aria from…”

    We all said, “John, you got one wrong! I can’t believe it!”

    The radio played another song, and the announcer came back on the air and said, “Correction: The previous aria was sung by Beverly Sills.”

    He went in the hospital after complaining of pain, Doctors removed a tumor the size of a football from his chest cavity. They said the operation was a success. I visited him in the hospital and played a video of Diana Damrau singing the Queen of the Night aria from “The Magic Flute” for him on my phone.

    It was the last performance he ever saw. Six hours later he was dead. God I miss him.

    Sorry to be Donnie Downer. All I have left now is my sister, and one of my resolutions for 2018 is to cherish her in the time that remains to us.

    • (((Sedagive)))

      Sorry for your loss (and that is a wonderful story about Maria Callas).

      My best friend died accidentally 20 years ago; she was a coloratura soprano with a voice of rare purity – like crystal birdsong. She could sing the Queen of the Night aria with fluidity and precision.

      It was through her that I entered the world of opera; to this day I cannot listen to a soprano without tremendous heartache. I hear her in all her favorite roles (which is as it should be).

      It is so good that he had music in his life.

    • Bad Tom

      Blessings to you.

    • looksquirrels

      I’m so sorry. Memory for a blessing.

    • pd1648

      So sorry for your loss. Losing a brother or sister is like losing a big piece of your heart, your childhood, your own life.

      Blessings to you and your sister, and I hope 2018 is a healing and joyful year for you.

    • Carole

      Wow. Subscribing to the Lyric is almost a second job anyhow, but he probably could have gone on that quiz show on WBEZ with all the opera wonks who could listen to a tiny snippet of Cavelleria Rusticana and tell you the name of the soprano playing Santuzza and the year it was recorded. I am sorry you lost your brother. He sounds like an amazing guy.

    • I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your lovely memories with us.

  • mancityRed6

    when I had my floor cleaning job, Highway To Hell always seemed to be playing whenever we had to go to Pittsburg, Ks. it’s one of their only 3 or 4 songs, right?
    I won’t fight you about Greg Allman, but I will help you fight it out with those fellows by the juke box who think Skynard is a better band.
    As for Harry Dean? he’s always gonna have a pistol full of blanks and answer to the name of Bud.
    as well as an awesome life. anyone got a link to a biography/autobiography?

    • looksquirrels

      Yes, Repo Man, and also Paris, Texas, the world’s longest movie.

      • mancityRed6

        obviously you’ve never lived through the fight scene in “they live”

  • Begin Anew Day

    Did you have to use the Julie Newmar as Catwoman clip for the Adam West bit?

    That woman in that costume was the cause of much having to sit still in the family teevee room until the boner goes away otherwise everyone will know moments.

    WTF! Now I gotta sit still here at wonkette too!???

    Julie Newmar! Now And Forever! Amen!

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      I talked to her on the phone once, she had a very sexy voice. I said “do you know there’s an actress named Julie Newmar”? She said “yes, I’m her.” Zoink! Pow!

      • Begin Anew Day

        Be still my heart!

        (And all the rest of you pesky organs that seem to have minds of your own!)

    • Jena-Auerstedt

      I was going to say . . . if she had wanted to seduce Batman in that clip, all she would have had to do was to turn around to give him the same view that’s there for us before you even begin playing the clip. >Sighsigh<

      • Begin Anew Day

        So true! I’d stay longer to chat but an urgent matter has arisen and I need to get it in hand ASAP!

        Julie Newmar! Never leave me!

    • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

      “I always thought she was so statuesque”.

  • Bad Tom

    Other lights went out also, too in 2017.

    RIP Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.

    About two months before he died.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB9Gq2sWkno

    Sharp Edges / One More Light

    Mama always told me don’t you run
    “Don’t you run with scissors, son
    You’re gonna hurt someone”
    Mama told me look before you leap
    Always think before you speak, and watch the friends you keep

    [Pre-Chorus]
    Stay along the beaten path, never listened when she said

    [Chorus]
    Sharp edges have consequences, I
    Guess that I had to find out for myself
    Sharp edges have consequences, now
    Every scar is a story I can tell

    [Verse 2]
    Should’ve played it safer from the start
    Loved you like a house of cards
    Let it fall apart
    But all the things I couldn’t understand
    Never could’ve planned
    They made me who I am
    Put your nose in paperbacks
    Instead of smoking cigarettes
    These are years you’re never getting back

    [Pre-Chorus]
    Stay along the beaten path, never listened when she said

    [Chorus]
    Sharp edges have consequences, I
    Guess that I had to find out for myself
    Sharp edges have consequences, now
    Every scar is a story I can tell

    [Bridge]
    We all fall down
    We live somehow
    We learn what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger
    We all fall down
    We live somehow
    We learn what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger
    Ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh

    [Pre-Chorus]
    Stay along the beaten path, never listened when she said

    [Chorus]
    Sharp edges have consequences, I
    Guess that I had to find out for myself
    Sharp edges have consequences, now
    Every scar is a story I can tell

    [Outro]
    We all fall down
    We live somehow
    We learn what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger
    We all fall down
    We live somehow
    We learn what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger
    Ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh

    ——-
    Final song on the last album Chester was on.

  • looksquirrels

    Gass, Ashbery.

  • theCryptofishist
  • Carole

    Walter Becker. I’m still crying about him, because my older brother used to play Steely Dan albums for me when I was in 8th grade and it was like losing him all over again.

  • Small brag. We used an actual Lucille (signed by Chuck Berry himself) on our album. Just for one song, we only got to borrow her, but my god, what amazing tone.

  • pd1648

    My favorite poem on loss is “Spring and Fall”, by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Not that it makes you feel much better, though.

    Márgarét, áre you gríeving
    Over Goldengrove unleaving?
    Leáves like the things of man, you
    With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
    Ah! ás the heart grows older
    It will come to such sights colder
    By and by, nor spare a sigh
    Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
    And yet you wíll weep and know why.
    Now no matter, child, the name:
    Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same.
    Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
    What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
    It ís the blight man was born for,
    It is Margaret you mourn for.

  • chronozoan

    it’s weird how much Milo Yiannopoulos looks like him. I think it has to do with the mouth thing.

  • gullywompr

    My dad. He was a good guy

  • trex67

    Mike Connors (Mannix).

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