Archive for February 24th, 2014

D-DAY HERO HAS DIED AT 92

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Walter David Ehlers
(May 7, 1921 – February 20, 2014)

Ehlers was the last surviving recipient of the Medal of Honor to
participate in the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War
II. He died Thursday, Feb. 20 at a veterans’ hospital in Long
Beach, Calif. His passing leaves a total of only seven surviving
World War II Medal of Honor recipients.

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Ehlers Medal of Honor

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THE BACKGROUND ON A FAMOUS PHOTO

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Chuck O’Rear with a copy of his ‘Bliss’ photo in the area where it was shot 

Former National Geographic magazine photographer Chuck O’Rear was driving
to see his girlfriend when he was struck by the beauty of the rolling vineyards in
Sonoma, Napa, California. He stopped, got out his camera and snapped what
would become the most viewed image in the world. It was chosen by engineers
at Microsoft as the desktop image for their Windows XP background.   

He can’t say how much he got paid for the rights to the photo, but it is reportedly
the second most expensive photo license ever purchased. 

O’Rear now specializes in photographing winemaking in the Napa, California area 
and around the world.

 

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ACTOR ABE VIGODA IS 93 TODAY

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Vigoda began his career with a small roles on the television series, Studio One.
His debut film was 1953’s The Joe Louis Story.

He went on to appear in dramas, including The Godfather (1972), and comedies
such as Barney Miller (ABC-TV, 1975-1982), and Joe Versus The Volcano (1990).

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Hal Linden (left) and Abe Vigoda publicity photo for Barney Miller

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COMEDIAN DIES AT 69

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Harold Allen Ramis (November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014)

(FoxNews) – Comedy legend Harold Ramis, best known for his role
in the hit “Ghostbusters” films, has died. He was 69.

Ramis suffered from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a disease
that causes swelling in the blood vessels, and died from complications
of the illness surrounded by his family.

"His creativity, compassion, intelligence, humor and spirit will be missed
by all who knew and loved him," his agent said in a written statement.

Ramis’ Hollywood breakthrough came in 1978 when he co-wrote the
blockbuster comedy "National Lampoon’s Animal House." He went on to
co-write "Stripes" (1981), "Ghostbusters" (1984) and "Ghostbusters II"
(1989), films in which he also co-starred. 

Ramis co-wrote and made his directorial debut with "Caddyshack" (1980),
followed by "National Lampoon’s Vacation" (1983). He most recently
directed episodes of “The Office.” 

Among his professional honors and awards, Ramis was the recipient of
the American Comedy Award, the British Comedy Award, and the BAFTA
(British Academy) award for screenwriting.

Ramis is survived by his wife, Erica Mann Ramis, and children Violet Stiel,
Julian and Daniel Ramis. He also has two grandchildren.

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LOOKING BACK AT TODAY IN HISTORY

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