Posts tagged 2011 rips
Posts tagged 2011 rips
Kim Jong-Il’s last known photo? What a way to go out: “In this undated photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, left, rides an escalator as he visits a Pyongyang supermarket. The two people immediately behind Kim Jong Il are his sister Kim Kyong Hui, and his son Kim Jong Un, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea. The sister’s husband, Jang Song Thaek is two behind Kim Jong Un, in light jacket. KCNA reported Dec 15, 2011 that Kim had visited the supermarket. The photo was the last distributed of Kim Jong Il prior to his death on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)”
Christopher Hitchens on journalism, media… and how earth was populated.
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An unsung journalistic hero: Before Louis Silverstein, newspaper design was a trade, not a profession. With the many changes he made as art director of the Times in the 1960s and 1970s, he helped change that. White space? More ambitious typefaces? Larger fonts? Abstract illustrations? Those were all his doing. Many of the conventions that modern newspapers now take advantage of came (in part) from Silverstein’s work. It took a lot of pushing, but Silverstein sold editors on these ideas. As a result, the Gray Lady is (and many other papers are) a lot less gray. And graphic design and news aren’t separate entities. Silverstein died Thursday at 92. (Also worth a read:The Society for News Design has a lot of anecdotes about an important figure in visual journalism.) source
Heavy D & The Boyz | Now That We Found Love (via: folkinz)
RIP: Legendary rapper Dwight Arrington Myers — better known as Heavy D — passed away today at the age of 44.
The former frontman of hip hop pioneers Heavy D & the Boyz was rushed to an LA hospital near his Beverly Hills home around noon, and was reportedly awake at the time. However, he was pronounced dead soon after arrival.
Police have launched an investigation, but foul play is not suspected at this time.
D found mainstream success with the 1991 hit single “Now That We Found Love.” The group remained popular throughout the early 90s, peaking with 1994’s Nuttin’ But Love, which hit #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The Boyz and D went their separately ways shortly thereafter.
Heavy D, who found some solo success in the late 90s, recently returned to the charts after adding reggae to his repertoire.
In his last regularly scheduled appearance on “60 Minutes,” Andy Rooney says, “I’ve done a lot of complaining here, but of all the things I’ve complained about, I can’t complain about my life. All this time, I’ve been paid to say what’s on my mind on television. You don’t get any luckier in life than that.”
Rooney, the longtime “60 Minutes” commentator, died Friday at age 92.
From The Archives: Steve Jobs delivers Stanford University’s 114th Commencement Address on June 12, 2005. Topic: How to live before you die.
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
(Full transcript here.)
British singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her flat in north London. According to the Metropolitan Police, her cause of death is currently being treated as “unexplained.” She was 27.
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ALL MY LIFE, YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons, the legendary E Street Band saxophonist who played alongside Bruce Springsteen for four decades, died Saturday of complications related to a stroke. He was 69. (Photo: Dale Guldan / AP via the New York Daily News)
Madelyn Pugh Davis, “I Love Lucy” writer, died Wednesday. Davis collaborated with partner Bob Carroll Jr. on the groundbreaking series in the 1950s and continued to work with Lucille Ball over four decades. The pioneering female comedy writer is remembered as a class act.
Photo: Davis in front of a still photo from the “I Love Lucy” show. Credit: Los Angeles Times
C.J. Chivers reports at the New York Times that Chris Hondros of the Getty photo agency died within a few hours of his injury. He received a critical brain trauma, was revived twice, and died after slipping into a coma. Tyler Hicks, a photographer for the New York Times, wrote “Chris made sacrifices in his own life to bring the hardships of war into the public eye, and that dedication created award-winning photographs that shaped the way people viewed the world. He was a close friend for nearly 20 years. The tragedy of his death had brought so many memories to the surface, and I’m grateful to be among the many people who were lucky enough to know him. He will be missed.”
Above: Getty Images photo of Chris Hondros in Afghanistan.
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RIP: 41-year-old British-born filmmaker and photojournalist Tim Hetherington, co-director of the Oscar-nominated Afghanistan war documentary Restrepo, was killed today when an RPG struck a group of journalists in the Libyan city of Misrata.
Three others were also injured in the attack: Pulitzer Prize-nominated Getty photographer Chris Hondros, Panos Agency photographer Guy Martin — both of whom are said to be in serious condition — and freelancer Michael Brown, who was slightly wounded.
In his final tweet, posted just hours before the attack, Hetherington wrote: “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”
(Above: Tim Hetherington (right), alongside fellow Restrepo director Sebastian Junger.)