RIP, Richie Havens

Posted by The G on April 22, 2013 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

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Richie Havens

Richie Havens

Sad news in the music world.  First we learned that Christina Amphlett of The Divinyls passed on this morning and in the evening, we learned that folk singer Richie Havens has died.  I saw Richie perform once as part of a birthday tribute to Pete Seeger, which is where the above photo was taken.  I hoped when they announced his name that he would perform “Freedom,” which was one of my favorite performances from Woodstock.  I got my wish and as Richie tore into the song, I was so overcome with emotion, I literally burst into tears.  It was a very powerful moment and one that I will not be forgetting.  It’s such a great song, and such a great anthem!  Thanks for the great music Richie.  Rest in peace.

RIP Alex Karras

Posted by The G on October 11, 2012 under Celebrities | Read the First Comment

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Alex Karras

Alex Karras

More sad news out of Hollywood!  Ugh!  Football player turned actor Alex Karras has died in Los Angeles at age 77 after a long illness.  Alex Karras was in one of my favorite comedies of all time “Blazing Saddles,” playing the ferociously lovable bad guy turned good guy Mongo.  He was also in the hit 80s TV show “Webster,” playing George Papadapolis.  I used to see Alex each year on Super Bowl Sunday for a party that was held at Chasen’s in Beverly Hills (that venue has now become a high end grocery store!).  It was always a pleasure to see Alex and he was always nice to fans.   There will be no more candy grams for Mongo.  🙁  RIP, Mr. Karras!

RIP, Sherman Hemsley

Posted by The G on July 25, 2012 under Celebrities | Comments are off for this article

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Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley

Oh no!  Actor and funny man Sherman Hemsley has died.  He’ll of course be remembered for his role as George Jefferson on the hit TV show “The Jeffersons.”  I also loved him in the show “Amen.”  Though he played a loud mouth on TV, in person, Sherman was always very nice to fans for the times I met him.  Thanks for all the laughs Sherman!  RIP!

RIP, Celeste Holm

Posted by The G on July 15, 2012 under Celebrities | Comments are off for this article

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Celeste Holm

Celeste Holm

Sad news out of Hollywood, via New York.  Oscar winning actress Celeste Holm died today at age 95.  I was lucky enough to meet Celeste Holm many times when I lived in Los Angeles and she did something very unique when it came to signing autographs.  She always asked for a donation before she signed an autograph, but she donated all the proceeds to UNICEF.  As you can see above, when she personalized this signature for me, she thanked me from UNICEF.  It was my pleasure!  And thanks for always being so nice.  RIP, Celeste!

RIP, Gary Carter

Posted by The G on February 16, 2012 under Celebrities | Comments are off for this article

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Gary Carter

Gary Carter

I am so sad!  Baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter died today following complications from a brain tumor.  I’ve met Gary Carter so many times and he was always a nice guy in my experiences.  Because he was in a position to help others, he decided during his playing career that he would only autograph baseball cards post-1985 (it could have been post 1984) for a $25 donation to leukemia research.  Though that decision cost me hundreds of dollars in the 1990s, I gladly paid it.  RIP Gary!

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