Saturday, January 04, 2014

2013 The year in review

Time to say goodbye to 2013.

President Obama's second inauguration ceremony
A year of a Royal Baby, Civil War in Syria, the Horse-meat scandal, The Boston Marathon Bombings, Lance Armstrong coming clean, a new Pope, Ed Snowden, The Gathering, Lee Rigby, Obamacare, Costa Concordia, the iPhone 5S, The Washington Navy Yard, The U.S Government Shut-down, Chris Hadfield, Miley's Twerking, Typhoon Haiyan and "Whopper"'s first star.

As always we must acknowledge those we lost in 2013, especially;
The American novelist Tom Clancy [66]. 
Colm Murray [61] Irish sports journalist and broadcaster. 
Ray Harryhausen [92] American stop-motion animator famous for Clash of the Titans
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher [87] Prime Minister of Great Britain (1979–1990)
American film critic Roger Ebert [70]
Wojciech Kilar [81] the Polish composer of the score to Bram Stoker's Dracula and The Pianist. 
American actors Paul Walker [40], James Gandolfini [51] and Dennis Farina [69]
Irish actor Milo O'Shea [86] and British actor Richard Griffiths [65],
and British-Irish actor Peter O'Toole [81].

We also acknowledge the passing of the following individuals who made the history books:
Milton Olin, Jr. [65], American businessman, Chief Operating Officer of Napster (2000–2002),
Mikhail Kalashnikov [94], Russian weapons designer (AK-47, AK-74),
Kadir Nurman [80], Turkish-born German restaurateur, inventor of doner kebab,
Doug Engelbart [88], Inventor of the computer mouse
Ray Dolby [80], American audio engineer and inventor (Dolby NR, surround sound),
Seamus Heaney [74], Irish poet, laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature (1995),
Itaru Ishida [33] Japanese Magic: The Gathering player. Level 48 Planeswalker & Japan's 1st Pro player.
William C. Lowe [72], Former IBM executive credited with helping to bring personal computers to the masses.

We mourn the loss of the following members of the entertainment industry:
James Avery [68], American actor, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (Uncle Phil) / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (voice of Shredder)
Joseph Ruskin [89], American actor, Star Trek ("The Gamesters of Triskelion") / Deep Space Nine / Voyager / Enterprise
Marty Hornstein [76], American film producer, Star Trek VI / Insurrection / First Contact / Nemesis
Lewis Collins
Lewis Collins [67], British actor, The Professionals / Who Dares Wins
Marcia Wallace [70], American actress, The Simpsons (voice Edna Krabappel)
Ed Lauter [74], American actor, Star Trek: The Next Generation ("The First Duty")
Lou Scheimer [84], American television producer, He-Man and The Masters of the Universe, co-founder of Filmation
Otto Sander [72], German actor, Das Boot (Kapitänleutnant Philipp Thomsen)
Ann C. Crispin [63] American science fiction author, Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy / Star Trek: Sarek
Lee Thompson Young [29], American actor, FlashForward
Michael Ansara [91] Syrian-born American actor, Star Trek / Star Trek: DS9 (Kang)
Joe Conley [85], American actor, The Waltons (Ike Godsey)
Mario Machado [78], American news anchor and actor RoboCop (Casey Wong)
Michael France [51], American screenwriter, GoldenEye / The Punisher
Richard LeParmentier [66], American actor, Star Wars (Admiral Motti)
Quinton Hoover [49], American artist and trading card illustrator, Magic: The Gathering
Michael Gray [77] American director, screenwriter, writer/producer for Star Trek: The Next Generation
Jane Henson [78], American puppeteer, co-founder of The Muppets
Malachi Throne
Malachi Throne [84], American actor Star Trek "The Menagerie" (Commodore Mendez) / Star Trek The Next Generation (Senator Pardek)
Derek Watkins [68], British trumpeter, played on every James Bond soundtrack Dr. No to Skyfall
Peter Duryea [73], American actor, Star Trek "The Cage"/ "The Menagerie" (Lieutenant Jose Tyler)
Jim Mees [57], American Emmy-winning set designer, Star Trek: The Next GenerationStuart Freeborn [98], English make-up artist, Star Wars
Michael Winner [77], British film director, Death Wish
Leslie Frankenheimer [64], American set decorator, Star Trek: Voyager
and we thank them for their talents.

We also acknowledge the passing of those who dedicated themselves to military, science and public service:
Cpl. Rodolfo Perez "Rudy" Hernandez, U.S. Army [82], Medal of Honor recipient, Korean War
Sir Christopher Curwen [84], British Head of the Secret Intelligence Service (1985–1989)
Nelson Mandela [95], South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, President (1994−1999)
BGen Margaret A. Brewer, USMC (retired) [82], First female USMC General Officer
Sgt. John Druse "Bud" Hawk, U.S. Army [89], Medal of Honor recipient, World War II
Denis Foley [79], Irish Fianna Fáil politician, TD ('81−'89, '92−'02), Senator ('89−'92).
Noel Davern [67], Irish Fianna Fáil politician, Minister for Education ('91−'92).
MSgt. Nicholas Oresko U.S. Army [96] Medal of Honor recipient, World War II
Cmdr. Scott Carpenter USN Ret. [88], test pilot, astronaut and aquanaut, 4th American in space
Maj. Martin Drewes [94], German military pilot, World War II flying ace [52 victories]
Michael J. Noonan [78], Irish Fianna Fáil politician, Minister for Defence (1987–1989)
Wg Cdr Kenneth Horatio Wallis DSO MBE CEng FRAeS PhD RAF [97], 28 bomber missions over Germany, Autogyro Stunt Pilot James Bond: You Only Live Twice
Adm Sir John Forster Woodward
Adm Sir John Forster "Sandy" Woodward GBE, KCB [81], Royal Naval Commander, Falklands War Task Force
William P. Clark, Jr. [81], U.S. National Security Advisor (1982–1983),
Gen. David C. Jones USAF Ret. [92], Chief of Staff of the Air Force (1974–1978), CJCOS (1978–1982)
Col. Bud Day, USAF Ret.[88], POW, Medal of Honor recipient, Vietnam
Oberstleutnant Otto Schultz [93], German Luftwaffe ace, [73 aerial victories]
Thomas G. Clines [84], American CIA agent [Iran-Contra]
Adm. Frank Kelso, USN Ret. [79], American naval officer, CNO (1990–1994)
Col. Jack Hawkins USMC Ret. [96], aka "John Haskins", Battle of Bataan, POW, Military Commander Bay of Pigs Invasion
TSgt Vernon McGarity U.S. Army [91], Medal of Honor recipient at the Battle of the Bulge
Marshal of the Soviet Union Viktor Kulikov [91], Warsaw Pact CinC (1977–1989).
Maj. Tom Griffin USAAF [96], American aviator, member of the Doolittle Raid
Flt Lt Sir Alan Smith, CBE, DFC [95], British World War II Spitfire fighter ace
Wg Cdr Peter Olver, DFC [95], British World War II Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfire ace, Battle of Britain
CPO Christopher Scott "Chris" Kyle [38], Navy SEAL sniper, [160 confirmed kills]
we thank them for their service.

May they all rest in peace.

And now we embrace the future of 2014!

Happy New Year

1 comment:

Lieutenant General Creedon said...

Can I just make it clear to some people elsewhere that I did not "forget" Brian Griffin in the list of RIPs.

I'll just say he's not eligible for the list.

That is all.