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Offline Dave in Fairfax

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« Reply #200: July 31, 2022, 02:58:14 PM »
Nichelle Nichols

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« Reply #201: July 31, 2022, 03:05:34 PM »
Nichelle Nichols


Uhura did so much for girls in STEM.

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« Reply #202: July 31, 2022, 03:19:52 PM »
Bill Russell.  88.  Hated watching him beat my Sixers.  What a great player and legend. 
https://www.boston.com/sports/boston-celtics/2022/07/31/bill-russell-dies-obituary-celtics/

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The statement touched on all of the titles Russell won throughout his career, including two high school state championships, two NCAA titles, an Olympic gold medal with the U.S. basketball team, and his 11 titles with the Celtics.

Russell also made history in 1966 when the Celtics named him their head coach, making him the first black head coach of any North American professional sports team. He won two of his 11 titles with the Celtics as a player-coach.

The statement put out by Russell’s family also focused on Russell’s activism that spanned several decades.

“For all the winning, Bill’s understanding of the struggle is what illuminated his life. From boycotting a 1961 exhibition game to unmask too-long-tolerated discrimination, to leading Mississippi’s first integrated basketball camp in the combustible wake of Medgar Evans’ assassination, to decades of activism ultimately recognized by his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010, Bill called out injustice with an unforgiving candor that he intended would disrupt the status quo, and with a powerful example that, though never his humble intention, will forever inspire teamwork, selflessness and thoughtful change.”

Timing with Nichelle Nichols is a time for reflection.

Oh, check out this pic Jaylen Brown tweeted. I've seen it before but it is awesome.

https://twitter.com/FCHWPO/status/1553798634654892039?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1553798634654892039%7Ctwgr%5E93bd26e2fd58214877e8c36233f8c6a94ff72670%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.boston.com%2Fsports%2Fboston-celtics%2F2022%2F07%2F31%2Fthank-you-for-everything-nba-world-reacts-to-bill-russells-passing%2F

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Re: Deaths of famous people (2022)
« Reply #203: July 31, 2022, 03:37:13 PM »
I always thought it was Michelle Nichols. How did I miss that.

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Re: Deaths of famous people (2022)
« Reply #205: July 31, 2022, 07:46:10 PM »

Uhura did so much for girls in STEM.


Yep. When I was a kid in the 60’s, just about the the only women on TV were femme fatales who came to a bad end, blond ditzes, or housewives (white women) or maids (black women).  Then along came Lt Uhura. An officer on a starship!! A fully qualified respected member of the crew. What a role model. She inspired us to reach for the stars.

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« Reply #206: July 31, 2022, 08:00:28 PM »

Yep. When I was a kid in the 60’s, just about the the only women on TV were femme fatales who came to a bad end, blond ditzes, or housewives (white women) or maids (black women).  Then along came Lt Uhura. An officer on a starship!! A fully qualified respected member of the crew. What a role model. She inspired us to reach for the stars.

From what I remember she was thinking about quitting the show/franchise early on because she felt the character didn't get enough to do past saying, 'Hey, there's a call for you,' but was talked into staying because of how many girls she was inspiring.

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« Reply #207: July 31, 2022, 09:01:36 PM »
From what I remember she was thinking about quitting the show/franchise early on because she felt the character didn't get enough to do past saying, 'Hey, there's a call for you,' but was talked into staying because of how many girls she was inspiring.
the story they have been saying is it was MLK. He said to her in 67 after the first season that she had to stay. All other roles were black stereotypical roles and positions, but Uhura was showing the future where you could do any role

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« Reply #208: August 01, 2022, 12:46:37 PM »
the story they have been saying is it was MLK. He said to her in 67 after the first season that she had to stay. All other roles were black stereotypical roles and positions, but Uhura was showing the future where you could do any role

One of my favorite bits of trivia from that show was that they showed the first interracial kiss on TV and got it past the network censors because it was a show about the distant future. However, in the South, the networks didn't care and insisted on a chaste kiss between Kirk and Uhura. Shatner intentionally screwed up every single take they tried to do of the toned down kiss. He'd make weird faces, look directly into the camera, etc. Just wouldn't let them get the footage to even splice something together, so they were forced to run it around the nation with the full on kiss.

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« Reply #209: August 01, 2022, 06:24:14 PM »
I remember seeing Bill Russell on tv as kid. Maybe Merv Griffin. He said he grew up in a tough area. Said he was 10 before he learned that mother could be a word by itself. Cracked me up.

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Re: Deaths of famous people (2022)
« Reply #210: August 02, 2022, 11:24:04 PM »
Vin Scully has died.


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« Reply #211: August 02, 2022, 11:26:58 PM »
Vin Scully has died.

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Enjoyed hearing him when he would be featured. Another end of an era

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« Reply #212: August 03, 2022, 12:15:51 AM »
RIP - such an icon

He was even a joy to listen to when calling a football game.  I think he called the 1981 NFC Championship Game aka "The Catch."

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« Reply #213: August 03, 2022, 07:15:44 AM »
Legend gone.

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« Reply #214: August 03, 2022, 07:30:10 AM »
The last link to the actual Dodgers, not just the impostor franchise on the West Coast that stole the name.

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« Reply #215: August 04, 2022, 11:41:10 AM »
Anyone who has worked near 15th & K downtown probably remembers the "Good Morning Guy" who sat out on the corner there yelling "Good Morning" at everyone every day. He died last week from liver cancer:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/08/04/larry-tutt-died-good-morning-man/

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Re: Deaths of famous people (2022)
« Reply #217: August 08, 2022, 04:28:06 PM »
Olivia Newton-John, age 73. Way way too young.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/obituaries/2022/08/08/olivia-newton-john-grease-singer-dies/
My dad LOVED her when she came on the scene in the 70's. Her voice was so pure, I still adore singing along to her. Thankfully due to Grease new fans will continue to find her, but RIP to a true great talent.

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« Reply #219: August 08, 2022, 09:15:56 PM »
My dad LOVED her when she came on the scene in the 70's. Her voice was so pure, I still adore singing along to her. Thankfully due to Grease new fans will continue to find her, but RIP to a true great talent.
We all had a crush on her although we could never admit actually liking the music.


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« Reply #221: August 09, 2022, 09:58:01 AM »
David McCullough - historian, author.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/obituaries/2022/08/08/david-mccullough-dead-american-history/
his work on John Adams helped rehabilitate his reputation. He's not a Rushmore, in part because the Jeffersonians ended up writing the history rather than the Federalists (the play Hamilton being the most important and recent exception).

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« Reply #222: August 09, 2022, 10:33:07 AM »
his work on John Adams helped rehabilitate his reputation. He's not a Rushmore, in part because the Jeffersonians ended up writing the history rather than the Federalists (the play Hamilton being the most important and recent exception).

Ron Chernow's book on Hamilton is one of the best biographies that I have ever read, even if it took me months to finish it (it's about 800 pages or so). His book inspired the play.

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« Reply #223: August 09, 2022, 10:46:15 AM »
David McCullough - historian, author.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/obituaries/2022/08/08/david-mccullough-dead-american-history/
John Adams: Probably one of the best books I have ever read. My understanding is that McCullough had access to over 1500 letters exchanged between Adams and his wife Abigail who was as remarkable as he was. She was ahead of her times by at least a century . Not only historically accurate but also a love story. If you haven't read it I highly recommend it.

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« Reply #224: August 09, 2022, 10:50:42 AM »
John Adams: Probably one of the best books I have ever read. My understanding is that McCullough had access to over 1500 letters exchanged between Adams and his wife Abigail who was as remarkable as he was. She was ahead of her times by at least a century . Not only historically accurate but also a love story. If you haven't read it I highly recommend it.
I read that last year and really enjoyed it.