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Tag Archives: Remembrances & Appreciations

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The lives lost in the Las Vegas massacre

Dozens of people were killed and hundreds were injured Sunday when a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas. Via The Washington Post, here are stories of those who died.

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Ben, Maddy and Sam cannot be summed up here. I’ve tried, and erased every effort. If you knew them, then you understand. They made this world a better place, each beautiful, intelligent, loving, and unique in such wonderful ways. I hope they made your lives better. And I’m sorry for those of you who never had the joy of meeting them. They were the best of me and more.

Excerpt from a note posted to Facebook by lobbyist Brad Tower, responding to the outpouring of support following the house fire that claimed the lives of his three children. Tower represents Christmas tree growers and dentists in Olympia.

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She was a conservative pundit. He was a liberal activist. At home, none of that mattered.

The Washington Post‘s Jessica Contrera offers a well-written, touching appreciation of White House staffer Jake Brewer and his family. Brewer was tragically killed in a charity bike race two weekends ago, leaving behind his wife Mary Katherine Ham and a child, Georgia. Ham is currently pregnant with their second child.

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President Obama traveled to the College of Charleston in South Carolina today to deliver a eulogy for Reverend Clement Pinckney and eight other congregation members of Emanuel AME who were killed on June 17th, 2015.

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David Letterman remembers Robin Williams on The Late Show: Dave’s touching tribute includes a quick video montage with funny moments from Williams’ fifty appearances on Late Night and The Late Show.

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Why no future Hollywood star could ever match Lauren Bacall’s allure

Vanessa Thorpe, The Observer: “The female icons of Hollywood’s golden age were glamorous and – thanks to studios’ image control – untouchable. But was fame any easier to deal with than in today’s internet age?”


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Lauren Bacall: a star that will shine for millennia

Historian Tim Stanley, writing for The Telegraph: “Lauren Bacall the actor has died, a sad thing for sure. But Lauren Bacall the star will live on forever. Because that’s what stars do. They burn bright for millennia.”

Quotation

I was on a plane when I heard of his death on the in-flight television. I thought it was some sort of hideous joke. Like it was a set up to a very funny punchline. When I realized he was really gone, I cried.

Lewis Black, sharing his grief over Robin Williams’ death with his fans.