No one under 40 knows who Pauline was. So many Americans were helped by Phillips, I’m sure.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.1.13~
The three dead storm victims were named today in New Zealand. They were: Tom Stowers, Keith Langford and Brendon Johnson.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.12.12~
News: In sad news today APNZ reports:
All Black Bob Scott has died aged 91
“Bob Scott used to put on halftime barefoot goalkicking exhibitions but it was what he did during games which won him even more admirers.
Scott, who was one of the best fullbacks to pull on an All Blacks jersey, died this morning at his home in the Coromandel aged 91. He was the oldest living All Black and that mantle passes to good friend (the pair were best men at each other’s weddings) and former Canterbury wing Wally Argus, 91.
“Bob was a much admired player, regarded by many as the complete fullback who played the game with passion and courage,” New Zealand Rugby Union Chairman Mike Eagle said.
“Many will remember Bob as one of the greatest players to pull on the No 15 jersey and he was certainly a hugely popular member of the teams he played for.” (more…)
Remembering lawyer Greg King: [Thanks to Greg's whanau for being so brave and generous of spirit].
RIP Greg King.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.11.12~
Yahoo News reports: US singer Scott McKenzie, who sang San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair), the unofficial anthem of the counterculture movement of the 1960s, has died here at the age of 73, his website reported Monday.
“It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Scott McKenzie in LA on the 18th of August, 2012,” said a statement posted on the site.
“Scott had been very ill recently and passed away in his home after two weeks in hospital with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disease affecting the nervous system,” it added.
It is thought he may have had a heart attack in early August, the site added.
San Francisco was written by John Phillips, the leader of the 1960s group The Mamas and the Papas, but it was sung by McKenzie.”
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteraoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.8.12~
LOS ANGELES - Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as Top Gun, Days of Thunder and Beverly Hills Cop II, died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said.
The 68-year-old’s death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner’s Lt. Joe Bale said.
It was a puzzling end for a filmmaker who had maintained a busy pace, with a sequel to Top Gun, his biggest hit, in the works.
“I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time,” Scott’s spokesman, Simon Halls, said in a statement.
With director Ridley Scott his brother, Tony was the first of the Scott brothers to enjoy blockbuster success with Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise, the top-grossing film of 1986 at $176 million. Scott teamed with Cruise again four years later on the hit Days of Thunder. He also had a sequel to Top Gun in development and once collaborated with Denzell Washington on Unstoppable.”–Source: Newsday.
LA Times notes how Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer were Scott’s repeat collaborators. How sad. RIP.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.8.12~
Through the rain, we lift our eyes up to the heavens.
Timoti Te Heu Heu‘s tangihanga. Footage Te Karere. Manunui Te Heuheu reads the scripture.
Ngahuia Wade and Scotty Morrison have the story.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand
Sage Moonblood Stallone, 36, was found dead today in his Los Angeles apartment. He is the son of Sly Stallone. Sad news.
More at People Magazine.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.7.12~
The Maori Iwi (tribe) of Ngati Tuwharetoa are in mourning today with the announcement that Sir Tumu Te Heuheu has left the building. He was a young 68. The Herald wrote: The Ngati Tuwharetoa leader was the brother of paramount chief, Sir Tumu te Heuheu, and husband of former Cabinet minister Georgina te Heuheu.
News coverage: Maori statesman Timoti te HeuHeu dies of cancer
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.7.12~
For some sports people, each sports exhibition can be an experiment fraught with danger.
The footage in this news story reminds us to make most of the life we have.
In a sad sports tale: NZ base jumper falls to death in Switzerland.
Tutae does happen. We must be more careful.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.7.12~
He was the American star whose smile paved the way for stars like Lauren Hutton and Madonna to shine brightly. The actor, Ernest Borgnine died at the young age of 95. ABC’s David Muir has news video commentary. His life story can be read at the LA Times.
The melting pot nation that is America holds Ernest story as an immigrant. His parents were Charles who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy and Anna who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing. RIP.
On this day, here’s what else the USA was viewing as news when Mr Ernest Borgnine left the Hollywood building (see below). The star of Il guidizio universale, Shadow of The Cloak, McHale’s Navy, SpongeBob SquarePants, Pay or Die, The Catered Affair, The Wild Bunch, Marty, Jesus of Nazareth, The Dirty Dozen, Bad Day at Black Rock, The Bounty Hunter, Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre, The Oscar, The Flight of The Phoenix and Escape from New York, China Corsair and Waterfront had just finished filming The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez.
Thank you for rocking a cheeky smile in entertainment and playing dress ups for America on movie sets.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.7.12~
Australian media is in overdrive today with news that former Olympian sprinter, Daniel Batman, has unexpectedly died in a Darwin car accident.
The average Australian is said to be in shock about the news.
Jacquelline Williams of The Sydney Morning Herald, writes: “Those close to the Australian sprinter, 31, who lived in Canberra, were left ‘‘gutted’’ by his sudden death yesterday.
In mourning, they remembered him as a talented athlete and a family man who loved his kids. ‘‘He was a great family man, an unbelievable trainer, who was highly competitive and trustworthy,’’ said Paul Hallam, who assisted Batman last summer during his attempted return to the sport.”
Sad news for Daniel’s children and family today. To love your kids, is a fine legacy, Australians can be proud of, as this man is remembered today in tragedy. RIP.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.6.12~
Race relations in the USA: The man who became a symbol of racial disharmony in Los Angeles has died. Rodney King was found dead in his swimming pool. Police have ruled out any suspicious circumstances to King’s death. An autopsy report is expected in 48 hours.
Los Angeles Times notes: “King became a symbol for police brutality and the troubled relations between the LAPD and minority residents. He was eventually awarded a $3.8-million settlement, but the money and fame brought him little solace. He had repeated run-ins with the law and as of April said he was broke.
Milton C Grimes, Kings attorney in the 1990s ordeal, said: “It’s a little bit of a joke,” Grimes said of the news. “You just don’t expect some people to go. This was sudden.”
“Rodney King was a symbol of civil rights and he represented the anti-police brutality and anti-racial profiling movement of our time,” TV host Al Sharpton said. “Through all that he had gone through with his beating and his personal demons, he was never one to not call for reconciliation and for people to overcome and forgive.”
Rodney King was 47.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.6.12~
Claire Noland writes for the Los Angeles Times today: “Frank Cady, 96, a character actor who played Hooterville general-store proprietor Sam Drucker on the TV sitcoms Green Acres and Petticoat Junction, died Friday at his home in Wilsonville, Ore., said his daughter, Catherine Turk. No specific cause was given.
Like Mr. Haney, Eb Dawson, Hank Kimball and Arnold the Pig, Cady’s Sam Drucker was a supporting cast member on Green Acres to lawyer Oliver Wendell Douglas and his socialite wife, Lisa, played by Eddie Albert and the beautiful and exotic, Eva Gabor, who had ditched the high life in New York City for the charms of a farm in Hooterville.
Cady played Drucker for the entire run of Green Acres on CBS, from 1965 to 1971, when it was canceled. The show continued to air for years in syndication. He also portrayed Drucker on Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies, programs that shared some secondary characters. He reprised the role for the 1990 TV movie Return to Green Acres.
Down on the real farm in Aotearoa New Zealand, we loved Cady and cast! He made rural farming life fun on black and white TV sets, and later color TV too. RIP.
[Photo - CBS 1996. Photo of Star - Author's own, Hollywood Walk of Fame].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.6.12~
Jesse D. Pittman, 27. Died Aug. 6, 2011: Never short on smiles or odd ball jokes. A one in a million guy with the kind of attitude and work ethic that makes his community proud. Could never have a bad day around Jesse, anyone who knew him knows that he could squeeze a smile out of a rock. What a great guy. Thoughts and prayers are with The Pittman family, Thanks to them for helping to mold, not just a model American, but a model human being.— JP Carson. August 11, 2011.
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When I arrived in California in early 2006, I was socialized into a military family. Kinda. (One family member was a Master Sargeant in the “Hollywood National Guard”). We lived in a beautiful home in the city where Walt Disney sketched, dreamed and imagined a world for children. The gardens and hills were beautiful. Mountain lion and deer would come down from the hills in winter. It was not difficult to see where Walt drew his inspiration from. The houses in this city were three times bigger than most houses in New Zealand. They were so much taller too.
I’ll never forget the ceremony at Forrest Lawn Memorial on Memorial Day. Everyone in attendance turned up to pay respects to soldiers who had fought for America. The family had duties to perform on the day. Sitting in the crowd, surrounded by American strangers it was a sobering moment everyone understood, yet it was also full of pageantry too. Though sad, this was the nice side of military life.
The price of war is not forgotten by military families. Here’s a snapshot of that view from the LA Times.
California writes: “On this Memorial Day, the Los Angeles Times pays tribute to the California service members who have died in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by publishing a selection of comments posted over the last year by those who knew and loved them. Hundreds more can be read on The Times’ database, California’s War Dead.
These memories speak of friendship and loss in a simple and heartfelt way — and remind us of the great sacrifices made in service to this country.
More than 6,000 members of the American military have died since the conflict in Afghanistan began in late 2001. Among them are 701 Californians and an additional 474 men and women who were assigned to bases in this state.”
–Lest we forget.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.5.12~
Many years ago in Whangarei New Zealand the annual A&P Show was the nearest experience Kiwis got in provincial towns and cities to the wow of Disneyland theme parks or County Fairs. The vibe was carnivalesque, adorned with colored lights, toffee appled crunch, candy floss clouds and themed rides in the city. Lights, laughter, families at night enjoying fun in community was the happy mood.
By far the most sought after event at the show was the live local talent quest. In the 70′s Osmond family songs were popular to cover. The winner always sung a Donner Summer hit. Back then on the radio, Summer was the unstoppable and soulful musical standard.
In sad news today, Donner Summer dubbed the Queen of Disco died of lung cancer aged 63. The cancer may have been caused by asbestos, lead and mercury. New York Daily News writes: “Summer won five Grammys and is a member of the Dance Music Hall of Fame. She died in Naples, Fla., near where the family owned a condo.
Summer burst onto the pop scene in 1975 with the seductive Love to Love You Baby, and followed with a string of hits that included I Feel Love, Hot Stuff, Bad Girls, On the Radio, MacArthur Park, and Last Dance.”
A legend of America, Summer was diagnosed with cancer ten months ago. What she did for African-American artists and people of color in breaking down the walls of prejudice due to both her beauty and popularity was amazing. In the 70′s Maori youth in New Zealand, loved her.
On the radio… thank you for the music. RIP.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.5.12~
At the time of writing the two most viewed people in the USA online involves the story of the Kennedy family. When you type the word “estranged” into google, two of the Kennedy’s names appear right beneath the dictionary definition of the world. It’s yet another dark story of the famous American family.
Boston.Com reports: “WASHINGTON — Mary Kennedy, the estranged and troubled former wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was found dead Wednesday at her suburban home north of New York City, her attorney confirmed.
The death was the latest tragic episode for the Kennedy clan, which has been beset with untimely deaths and highly public personal woes in its storied history.
She was the second wife of Robert Kennedy Jr., the son of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated while running for president in 1968. He is also the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, who was gunned down in 1963 in Dallas.
Police responded to a home in a leafy section of South Bedford Road at 1:36 p.m., according to a statement released by the Bedford Police Department. The cause of death was under investigation, and an autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.”
Estranged means: 1: to remove from customary environment or associations. 2: to arouse especially mutual enmity or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness–Merriam-Webster definition.
1: (of a person) no longer affectionate to someone; alienated. 2: (of a wife or husband) no longer living with their spouse.–wikipedia’s definition.
Always – Love the one you’re with as loneliness in marriage and society is a silent killer.
[Photo caption. Associated Press - FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2009 file photo, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Mary arrive during funeral services for U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston. An attorney on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 said Mary Kennedy has been found dead on Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s property in Bedford, N.Y. (AP Photo: Brian Snyder, Pool, File].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.5.12~
Sir Peter Wilfred Tapsell, New Zealand’s first Maori Speaker of the House (’93-’96), has passed away in his sleep aged 82.
Sir Peter was born and raised in Rotorua. He entered Parliament as a Labour MP in the 1981 election following a career as an orthopaedic surgeon.
He remained an MP until 1996, serving as Internal Affairs Minister, Arts Minister, Police Minister and Defence Minister at various stages of his career.
He was the first member of an opposition party to serve as a speaker. He passed away at his Ruatoria farm last night. Maketu Marae will host his tangihanga. He leaves behind two sons and two daughters.
My parents generation respected Sir Peter for his dignified manner.
I liked the fact that growing up in New Zealand, school teachers quite often mentioned his name, igniting the imagination of children in New Zealand to be a medical doctor one day.
In that regard, Sir Peter impacted many young people of New Zealand, in classrooms all across the country.
Haere ra te rangatira. RIP.
[News Source and photo courtesy of TVNZ].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.4.12~
“She was pioneering, gutsy and principled. She lived life honestly and served honourably. There was always a sparkle about her,” were the words said of Australia’s Margaret Whitlam (wife of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam) who died at 92.
Also check out: Susie O’Brien‘s An ideal political wife story
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.3.12~
[Photo caption - Jock Hobbs is all smiles after winning the Ranfurly Shield for Canterbury off Wellington at Athletic Park on September 18, 1982. Photo source - John Selkirk].
At the time of writing, the most requested search term today is “Jock Hobbs family.“
Sports Illustrated News reports: “Former All Blacks captain and New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Jock Hobbs CNZM has died of leukemia. He was 52.”
SI adds: “Hobbs is survived by wife Nicky – the sister of former All Blacks fullback and current Australia coach Robbie Deans – and four children. Son Michael Hobbs is flyhalf for the Auckland Blues Super 15 rugby team.”
Mr Hobbs had many highs and lows as a legendary rugby figure of Aotearoa New Zealand.
He was a mighty man. RIP.
For his family: He taima ano kua takoto mo nga mea katoa, me te wa mo nga meatanga katoa i raro i te rangi: He wa e whanau ai, he wa e mate ai; he wa e whakato ai, he wa e hutia ai te mea i whakatokia;
He wa e patu ai, he wa e rongoa ai; he wa e wawahi iho ai, he wa e hanga ake ai; He wa e tangi ai, he wa e kata ai; he wa e aue ai, he wa e kanikani ai;
He wa e akiritia atu ai nga kohatu, he wa e kohikohia ai nga kohatu; he wa e awhi ai, he wa e kore ai e awhi; He wa e rapu ai, he wa e ngaro ai; he wa e tiaki ai; he wa e akiri atu ai;
He wa e haehae ai, he wa e tuitui ai; he wa e whakarongo puku ai, he wa e korero ai; He wa e aroha ai, he wa e mauahara ai; he wa e whawhai ai, he wa e mau ai te rongo.
Tributes pour in via the New Zealand Herald. Some say: New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Mike Eagle said New Zealand had lost an “inspirational leader with an incredible passion for the game of rugby and the part it plays in our lives”.
NZRU Chief Executive Steve Tew added: “Rugby has lost a great friend. We will all miss his integrity, dogged determination and incredible sense of justice.”
New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key said he was “incredibly sad” after hearing the news.
The New Zealand Labour party also expressed condolences. Many Kiwis have given an outpouring of support to his family at this time, noting – “He was an inspiration to all Kiwis not only for his amazing achievements as a top sportsman and administrator but also for the courage he showed while battling his illness.” – APNZ writers reporting.
The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) gave a statement on Jock’s passing on behalf of his family.
“Our family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support we have received over the last week and in particular, express our gratitude to all the staff at Wellington Hospital that were involved in Jock’s care,” the statement said.
Perhaps All Black great Michael Jones would be a comfort to Jock’s family at this time. RIP Jock Hobbs.
Haere ra te rangatira o Otautahi a Aotearoa. He was a well known son of Christchurch.
For Nicky Hobbs – “After the long night of grief has passed, it does get better. Love & Peace.“
[Jock Hobbs is pictured here with avid rugby football player, Michael Hobbs - Photo caption - Photo Sport].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.3.12~
“I think of his quote that, ‘If you’re taking a lot of flak, it means you’re over the target,’” said film director David Zucker, at news that Conservative Hollywood Blogger Andrew Breibart was found dead, 43. A massive heart attack was Breibart’s given cause of death. He collapsed near his home in Brentwood and died at UCLA Medical Center.
Very sad news for Hollywood and Breibart’s many friends.
Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles. We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior. Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.
43 is way too young to die. R.I.P.
LA Times related stories links are: Andrew Breitbart: Media manipulation as an art form, Andrew Breitbart: Official cause of death not expected for weeks, Andrew Breitbart: The man behind the Shirley Sherrod affair.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.3.12~
She was the voice.
Irish news reports today: “Singer and actress Whitney Houston, winner of six Grammy Awards including record of the year for “I Will Always Love You” and album of the year for “The Bodyguard,” has died at age 48.
A Beverly Hills police officer told reporters at a briefing that emergency assistance received a call from the Beverly Hilton at around 3.20pm PST (11.20pm Irish time), and the singer was pronounced dead at 3.55pm.
“She has been positively identified by friends and family that were with her at the hotel, and next of kin have already been notified,” Lieutenant Mark Rosen said.
No other details were immediately available.
Houston was in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards, the music industry’s biggest honors that will take place tonight.
She died hours before she was expected to perform at record producer Clive Davis‘ annual pre-Grammy party, which is held at the Beverly Hilton.”
–Very sad news. I’m in shock!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.2.12~