Stan Lee Is Dead at 95; Superhero of Marvel Comics – The New York Times

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If Stan Lee revolutionized the comic book world in the 1960s, which he did, he left as big a stamp — maybe bigger — on the even wider pop culture landscape of today. Think of “Spider-Man,” the blockbuster movie franchise and Broadway spectacle. Think of “Iron Man,” another Hollywood gold-mine series personified by its star, Robert Downey Jr. Think of “Black Panther,” the box-office superhero smash that shattered big screen racial barriers in the process.

Source: Stan Lee Is Dead at 95; Superhero of Marvel Comics – The New York Times

Willie McCovey (1938 – 2018), Hall of Fame San Francisco Giants Slugger | Legacy.com

Six-time All-Star hit over 500 home runs. via @legacyobitsSan Francisco

Giants legend Willie McCovey cracked more than 500 home runs in his Hall of Fame career. McCovey was a Giant for 19 of his 22 seasons in the league and was one of the most beloved players in San Francisco. He died at the age of 80. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com.

Career Accomplishments:

First ballot Hall of Famer (1986)

National League Most Valuable Player (1969)

National League Rookie of the Year (1959)

Three-time Home Run Leader (1963, 1968, 1969)

Six-time All-Star (1963, 1966, 1968–1971)

Notable quote: McCovey never won a World Series. His line drive was caught by New York Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson for the final out in Game 7 of the only World Series he played in. In a 2017 interview with the Wall Street Journal he was asked how he’d like to be remembered.

“I’d like to be remembered as the guy who hit the ball over Bobby Richardson’s head in the seventh game,” he responded.

What people said about him: “You knew right away he wasn’t an ordinary ballplayer. He was so strong, and he had the gift of knowing the strike zone. There’s no telling how many home runs he would have hit if those knees weren’t bothering him all the time and if he played in a park other than Candlestick.” —Hank Aaron, legendary home run hitter

“He used to scare me the most when I was playing first base. I was just praying he wouldn’t hit one down the line. He was one of the most awesome players I’ve ever seen.” —Hall of Famer Joe Torre

Source: Willie McCovey (1938 – 2018), Hall of Fame San Francisco Giants Slugger | Legacy.com

Burt Reynolds Dies at 82; Made Hearts Throb and Audiences Laugh – The New York Times

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I grew up with “Smokey & the Bandit” and we had a hamster we named, “Hooper” in honor of the stuntman Burt Reynolds portrayed in the movie with the same name.  Both classic films that played on HBO repeatedly in the background of my junior high and high school years 🙂

Loved those films and Burt’s character in both films.

RIP

-John

Burt Reynolds, the wryly appealing Hollywood heartthrob who carried on a long love affair with moviegoers even though his performances were often more memorable than the films that contained them, died on Thursday in Jupiter, Fla. He was 82.

Source: Burt Reynolds Dies at 82; Made Hearts Throb and Audiences Laugh – The New York Times

Obituary – John McCain, War Hero, Senator, Presidential Contender, Dies at 81 – The New York Times

 

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John S. McCain, the proud naval aviator who climbed from depths of despair as a prisoner of war in Vietnam to pinnacles of power as a Republican congressman and senator from Arizona and a two-time contender for the presidency, died on Saturday at his home in Arizona. He was 81.

Source: John McCain, War Hero, Senator, Presidential Contender, Dies at 81 – The New York Times