Wednesday, March 19, 2008

RIP- Arthur C. Clarke & Ivan Dixon / Picture of life in Edgewater, preview of video to come

I will post the video from which this still was captured tomorrow. I wanted to post it tonight, but Veoh's had it an hour and it still isn't ready. Grrr! I have to get to bed now, Tess'll be needing another shot as soon as 4 hours or at most 6 hours from now, so... .

RIP- Deaths to be noted, peoples lives celebrated

Ivan Dixon aka "Kinchloe" of Hogan's Heroes
From the wiki article:
Ivan Dixon (April 6, 1931 - March 16, 2008[1]) was an African American actor and director. He helped change racial stereotypes in his film and TV roles. He was active in the Civil Rights movement, and president of Negro Actors for Action. After a long and celebrated career as an actor and director, he was the owner-operator of radio station KONI (FM) in Maui. In 2001 he left the islands for health reasons and sold the radio station in 2002.
March 16, 2008 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina after a hemorrhage and complications from kidney failure, according to his daughter, Doris Nomathande Dixon of Charlotte. [1]

I always loved Hogan's Heroes, even if it was "krautsploitation." I was aware, of course, of its numerous historical and factual errors, but it was a fun show and I still enjoy it when I happen to catch it.

I am glad to read that Ivan Dixon went on to achieve so much beyond the show.
This is a BIZARRE video even by my standards, but the bubbler gum cards from Hogan's Heroes are fun. And I thought ya'll'd enjoy seeing what is even a bit too esoterically weird for me to fully appreciate it! *grin*

Arthur C. Clarke

The AP's video obit:

From the Wiki
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE (16 December 191719 March 2008[2]) was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, most famous for his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, and for collaborating with director Stanley Kubrick on the film of the same name.

In 1986 he was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America.[15]

In 1988 he was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome, having originally contracted polio in 1959, and needed to use a wheelchair most of the time thereafter.[11]

In September 2007, he provided a video greeting for NASA's Cassini probe's flyby of Iapetus (which plays an important role in 2001: A Space Odyssey).[16]

In the 1989 Queen's Birthday Honours Clarke was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) "for services to British cultural interests in Sri Lanka".[17] The same year he became the first Chancellor of the International Space University, serving from 1989 to 2004 and he also served as Chancellor of Moratuwa University in Sri Lanka from 1979 to 2002.

On 26 May 2000 he was made a Knight Bachelor[18] "for services to literature" at a ceremony in Colombo.[19] The award of a knighthood had been announced in the 1998 New Year Honours,[20] but investiture of the award had been delayed, at Clarke's request, because of an accusation, by the British tabloid The Sunday Mirror, of paedophilia, which was, however, found to be baseless by Sri Lankan police and retracted by the paper soon after.[21][22][23][24][25][26]

In December 2007 on his 90th birthday, Clarke recorded a video message to his friends and fans bidding them good-bye.[27]

Clarke died in Sri Lanka on 19 March 2008 after suffering from breathing problems, according to Rohan de Silva, one of his aides.[28][29][11]

In my younger years, I was an avid fan of "hard core" science fiction- the sort where deep thinkers extrapolated how human beings would interact with new technology. Arthur C. Clarke, along with Phillip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Orwell, etc., exemplified this "pure" and often dystopian form of the genre. I wrote my BA paper on Science Fiction. It was not a "thesis" as such, but required of every English major to be graduated from Wabash and hence no less important. Since then, I've found life far stranger than fiction, and the future often has a way of proving even such dark souls as Orwell too optimistic about human kind.

A radio interview with him from 2001

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