Maybe, instead of quoting ‘Voodoo Child’ we should have entitled yesterday’s comments: ‘Snotty-nosed, whinny, well-socialized little-brat-graduates of mini-gladiator schools live longer’. No, this is not a Mike Jackson defense tactic, but has to do with the report of decreased incidence of leukemia in children routinely enrolled in day care.
Evidently yesterday was also a bad day to be an Englishman. Oscar-winning actor, and father of Haley and Janet, Sir John Mills coasted off. Writer David Hughes has moved on.
So, let’s look quickly at the week in review of those no longer with us on our little spaceship:
JERRY BYRD (85): marvelous and versatile electric steel guitarist. (We ODDfellows failed to pick up on the irony of his last name and our report of chicken resuscitation.)
JOHN FRED (63): John Fred and the Playboy band went from rocking Louisiana road houses to international prominence by singing ‘Lemonade pie with a brand new car, cantaloupe eyes come to me tonight. Judy in disguise with glasses.’ All things 60’s psychedelia, bubblegum, rockabilly, a little hint of zydeco, and R&B.
RICHARD POPKIN (81): Well, it’s said this skeptical philosopher is dead, but we be so sure?
WB LIPES (84): Navy pharmacist who removed a shipmates appendix on a submarine. Don’t try this at home.
SAM MILLS (45): All-Pro football player and coach who proved you can’t coach heart. Dead too soon.
GEORGE MOLCHAN (82): Drove the Oscar Myer Weinermobile, hey, it was a job, and think of the people he met. Did he take work home with him?
LAURA CANALES (50): Known as ‘The Barbara Streisand of Tejano Music’, we hope Canales was not offended. She died of complications of gall bladder surgery. Evidence of the existence of ‘The Cosmic Flyswatter.’
DIANE KNIPPERS (53): Politically powerful evangelical Christian. In a world of red and blue states, we ODDfellows prefer to think of ODDland as purple.
CLEMENT MEADMORE (76): Constructed massive metal sculptures’sort of artistic heavy-lifting.
SAUNDERS MAC LANE (95): Mathematician known for studies and writings in algebra. Please solve the following equation: ‘(Al Gore + Sheryl Crow) / x = Larry the Cable Guy
; what is x?’ Send answers to ODDfellows
JAMES HOUSTON (83): Writer who helped popularize Eskimo sculpture, and gets this week’s award for best obituary: how to capture a wolverine with a Kleenex. See April 22 ODDcomment for answer.
NEILS-HENNING ORSTED PEDERSEN (58): Jazz bassest, with great talent and a funny name. Well, he was Danish.
NORMAN NEWELL (96): Paleontologist who popularized theories of mass extinction is now extinct.
That’s the week in review. We ODDones are considering some springtime remodeling, so keep your eyes peeled on www.ourdailydead.com. Here’s to fresh french-fries and coolranch dressing.
~~The ODDones for OurDailyDead.com
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