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Friday, December 26, 2014
R.I.P. 2014 70s and 80s
Several fond figures from TV some boomers in the 70s grew up on: Ralph Waite, the father in The Waltons, Dave Madden of The Partridge Family, Ann B. Davis of The Brady Bunch, John Henson, puppeteer for The Muppets.
Music of the 70s and 80s lost Tommy Ramone, last surviving member of The Ramones, and Bob Casale, founder of Devo. Also singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester.
Saturday Night Live lost its voice--announcer Don Pardo--as well as 80s star Jan Hooks.
Film lost Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters), cinematographer Gordon Willis (Annie Hall and many others), producer Sal Zaentz (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), director Paul Mazursky (Blume in Love), director Richard Attenburough (Gandhi) and filmmaker Wu Tainming.
Film, television, stage and more--beginning with Mork & Mindy, Robin Williams was everywhere.
In the big world, the editor who helped bring down a corrupt president, Ben Bradlee.