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Category Archive: farewells

Aug 14 2008

Update on Bill Gwatney Shooting

Police have identified the man who shot the chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party Bill Gwatney. Timothy Dale Johnson, 50, had been fired from his job at a Target store early Wednesday morning for writing graffiti on a wall. You’ll die of shock to learn he’s been described as an unmarried loner who was quiet …

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Aug 05 2008

Yet Another Good One Gone

Damn it. I loved Blue Collar Scientist, and I wanted him to beat cancer and return to science blogging. PZ reports that is not to be, and we’ve lost another good man. Raise a round, my darlings. Jeff richly deserves it. Salud, amigo.

Aug 04 2008

Another Good One Gone

Let’s raise our glasses to a man magnificent in his dissent: Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who has died at the age of 89, played a significant role in ending communism. His novels were beautifully crafted, damning indictments of the repressive Soviet regime. The Russian novelists like Solzhenitsyn were tremendously courageous and inspired a generation to change their …

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Jul 26 2008

Another Good One Gone, Legacy Lives On

Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon professor who delivered the stunning Last Lecture “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” died yesterday of pancreatic cancer. And no, the world is not just. It’s not fair. It doesn’t care that a tremendous professor, a truly incredible human being, a husband and father died far too young. So let’s not …

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Jun 23 2008

So Long, and Thanks for All the Laughs

George Carlin died at the age of 71. I’d been hoping he’d give Burns and Allen a run for their money in the longevity department. So it goes. En Tequila Es Verdad breaks out the premium liquor and puts Carlin on the screen for a proper send-off. Muchos gracias, amigo. Salud.

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