Nov. 21st, 2006 05:58 pm
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Robert Altman is dead. (Just on News 24)
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Just heard that David Stewart has died. Damn. I did not know him well, but he was one of the people who made cons worth going to. (If I have not mentioned it before, I go to cons primarily to interact with people who like similar stuff to me: the great stuff that also goes on — the guests, the panels, the entertainment, etc. — is an enormous cherry on the cake, but if they don’t turn out very good I generally still have a good time.) When I think of Interaction in particular, my first thought is of about half a dozen people, and he is one of them. Sad to think I will not get a chance to say Hi! and have a cheerful conversation with him at the next con I scrape up the cash to attend. Damn.

I knew he was ill, although I did not know the details. I knew it was not trivial, though. And he died this morning (see [livejournal.com profile] slovobooks’s post).

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I learned last night that Hilda R. Ellis Davidson, former president of the Folklore Society and author of many books on Norse and Anglo-Saxon mythology, has died.
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As you may or may not know, [livejournal.com profile] rhionnach has been looking for a job. This is an email she received the other day from an agency, modified only to protect the incredibly guilty; spelling and punctuation are unchanged:
Working on my clients behalf seeking Sales Executive to work form there head office based in Greenock. My clients is a publisher within the advertise sector, where he has various office’s. The right applicant for the role as Sales Executive, should, have business to business experience,advertising sales experience advantage but not essential. The successful applicant should have there own car and well as a clean driver licence. The job role entails new business as well as maintaining existing client base. Performing presentation and solution to clients within the advertising and media sector. Excellent communication skills are essential. If this is you call XXXXXX XXXXX on 0141 XXX XXXX for an immediate interview.
I would like to think that the writer was not a native English speaker, but that would probably be very wishful thinking.

[livejournal.com profile] rhionnach has gone to an interview, although hardly in the best frame of mind since she only learned that [livejournal.com profile] gythanorth had died this morning just before she had to head out. I never actually met Gytha, although I did see her at at least one con, in the distance surrounded by a cloud of smoke, and I heard [livejournal.com profile] rhionnach talk about her often. I do regret I never had a chance to get to know her.
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Michael Sheard’s Web site now carries the sad news, and at his request the webmaster has posted his last message: “Thank you my Very Dear Chums – See ya.”

How typical of him, that he would think of his fans at such a time.

Farewell, Michael.

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Michael Sheard is dead. Apparently he had cancer. It’s a couple of years, at least, since I met him at a con, but he was so full of life then that it is difficult to believe he can be dead. According to the BBC report, he’s best known for his rôle as Mr. Bronson in Grange Hill; I never really saw that, to me the first thought is always of his Admiral Ozzel in The Empire Strikes Back. He also played Hitler on many occasions, notably in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and appeared several times in Doctor Who. Without checking, I recall him appearing with Hartnell (“The Ark”), Pertwee (“Mind of Evil”), Baker (“Pyramids of Mars”), Davison (“Castrovalva”) and McCoy (“Remembrance of the Daleks”).

In his various rôles he could be prissy and self-important, decent and concerned, dim and comical, even darkly menacing, but in person he was one of the most delightful people I’ve ever met. He loved going to cons and meeting fans, and was scheduled to appear at three cons later this year, and possibly a memorabilia fair here in Glasgow. He claimed to be a “fan of the fans” and his energetic presence could bring a room to life. At the Dead Dog Party at the end of the con I mentioned earlier, he kissed everyone in the Ailsa Bar of the Central Hotel. Yes, that does include me!

His official Web site doesn’t have this news yet, but I see it does have the drawing which merges Bronson and Ozzel — he gave me a small print of that when I bought his books at the con.

For most people he was probably one of those faces that get recognised without them ever being aware of his name; to those who knew of him, his presence was a guarantee that at least one person in the cast would deliver a meticulous, thought-through performance; and to those of us who met him, however briefly, he was clearly one of the good ones. He will be missed.

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Here’s a more extensive report.

From all I have heard, this is typical of the man:

In a 1998 interview, Doohan was asked if he ever got tired of hearing the line “Beam me up, Scotty.”

“I’m not tired of it at all,” he replied. “Good gracious, it’s been said to me for just about 31 years. It’s been said to me at 70 miles an hour across four lanes on the freeway. I hear it from just about everybody. It’s been fun.”
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The BBC site is now carrying the news of James Doohan’s death.

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James Doohan, famous for playing Scotty in Star Trek, has died. I can’t remember if he is one of those [livejournal.com profile] rhionnach has met. Of all the characters in Trek, I think it was Scotty who made it for me. Despite the dodgy accent and occasional slips into shortbread-tin “Scottishness”, Doohan really did portray a believable engineering type, and I have heard he was a very nice guy (except, perhaps, with regard to Shatner).

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Ted Heath has died, aged 89.

He never went to the Lords, but preferred to glower at his successor (Mrs. Thatcher) from the benches of the Commons.

It's not on any web site yet that I can see.

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