December 17th, 2006


Obituaries 12/10-17/∞

Obituaries: 12/10-17
Memento Mori
"If all the world is a stage, then put on the best performance you can before the curtain closes."

Peter Boyle as Young FrankensteinPeter Boyle, the nosy, curmudgeonly father on the hit sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," died Wednesday at a New York hospital. He was an Emmy winner in 1996 for his guest-starring role in an episode of "The X Files," and he was nominated for what he is perhaps best known for, Frank Barone in "Raymond." His film roles include the bumbling monster in Mel Brooks' 1974 spoof "Young Frankenstein." It was on the "Frankenstein" set he met journalist Loraine Alterman, whom he married in 1977, with their mutual friend John Lennon as best man.


Georgia GibbsGeorgia Gibbs, a popular singer during the big band era, died Tuesday in New York. Gibbs, who started off fronting big bands and eventually had hits as a solo artist. She often covered songs by early black rock 'n roll artists. She made her mark by outselling these songs even in white markets. Among Gibbs's hits are "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake" (1950), "Kiss of Fire" (1952) and "Tweedle Dee" (1955) Gibbs appeared regularly on television and was interviewed by Edward R. Murrow on "Person to Person."

During her years in show business, Ms. Gibbs was widely known by "Her Nibs, Miss Georgia Gibbs." Ms. Gibbs recorded three singles that sold more than a million copies each: "Kiss of Fire," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1952; "Tweedle Dee" which was No. 2 in 1955; and "Dance With Me Henry," which was No. 1 in 1955. It was Mr. Moore who came up with the title Her Nibs. In her heyday, she was so well known that the post office routinely delivered to her door overseas letters addressed simply, "Her Nibs."

Notable deaths this week in history...

Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Glenn Miller Sam Cooke St. Walt Disney

In 1939, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., legendary motion picture actor.

In 1944, jazz bandleader and trombonist Glenn Miller.

In 1964, singer and songwriter Sam Cooke, considered the father of soul music.

In 1966, Walt Disney, entertainment magnate and film pioneer.

The Obituaries serve as a curious contemplation. What is of optimum importance is the celebration of the life of these entertainers, where they made their impression, and who have achieved a sense of immortality, thusly preserved in memory and celluloid.

Obviously, not being Magicians, suffice it to say that these talented, admired, and beloved individuals did not contain the secrets of vampiric immortality, which is achieved by effort and experimentation, and is a principle of mind over matter.