DCS: stephen furst

legacy

“Flounder, you can’t spend your whole life worrying about your mistakes! You fucked up! You trusted us!”

Stephen Furst was delivering pizzas to supplement his struggling acting career. Ever the innovator, he included his head shot with every pie he delivered. One day, he made a delivery to producer Matty Simmons, who was getting ready to cast his next picture, a raunchy look into the world of a college fraternity in the early 1960s. Matty was taken by the photograph and tagged Stephen as the hapless “Flounder” in Animal House, thus launching a career that spanned nearly four decades, including theatrical movies and regular roles on several successful television series.

Stephen passed away from complications from diabetes in June 2017, at the age of 63.

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DCS: adam west

to the batpoles!

Adam West ended the decades-long controversy in a single sentence on an episode of the sitcom The Big Bang Theory:
“It should be me, Keaton, Kilmer, Lego, Bale, and the pretty boy Clooney.”

Adam passed away on June 9, 2017 after a short battle with leukemia. He was 88.

Here’s my own memory of West’s and Batman’s influence on my youth.

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IF: skate

dedicated to Judy Arnold - the Original roller derby queen

The night that I fell in love with a roller derby queen
around and round, a round and round
The meanest hunk of woman that anybody ever seen
Down in the arena

This is dedicated to Judy Arnold, the original roller derby queen. As a member of the Philadelphia Warriors, a roller derby team in the 1970s, Judy was wildly popular among fans of the sport. She was hired as the stunt double for actress Raquel Welch in the 1972 film Kansas City Bomber, a story that was based on Judy’s career and capitalized on the meteoric rise in nationwide popularity of roller derby. It was during the filming of that movie that Judy reached a revelation in her life and abandoned the sport that made her famous.

Judy embraced Jesus.

Today, at 73, Judy spreads the word of the gospel across the country in personal appearances and on various religion-based radio programs. And, she admits, she still follows roller derby.

 

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DCS: kurt cobain

All apologies

Kurt Cobain never wanted to be the voice of his generation.

In a suicide note to his imaginary childhood friend “Boddah,” Kurt lamented that he no longer “felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing for too many years now.”

Kurt took his own life on April 5, 1994. His body was discovered three days later by an electrician who came to Kurt’s Seattle home to install a security system.

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DCS: linda martinez

Gunther and I

Linda Martinez was a child prodigy. From the time she was able to stand and reach the piano, she was picking out melodies on the ivory keys. She began formal lessons at Yamaha Music Education System in Orange County, California. Linda began winning music competitions as a youngster, winning the 1991 Yamaha International Junior Original Concert Composition Competition in Tokyo, an international competition. She performed her jazz suite, “Gunther and I,” at the awards ceremony. She continued her musical studies through high school, then attended USC’s Thornton School of Music, where she graduated with a degree in music composition.

After college graduation in 1998, Linda became the keyboardist for Fox TV’s The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show, which led to appearances with other artists. She toured with the Beyoncé-fronted group Destiny’s Child two years later. She also accompanied drummer Shelia E. and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

In 2003, Linda was named the grand prize winner in the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition. The honor gave her the opportunity to compose the score for a 1925 silent film The Rag Man, with famed film composer Elmer Bernstein acting as her mentor. The film was broadcast on TCM in January 2004 with Linda’s original soundtrack. Linda composed additional scores for several animated short subjects, as well as another silent film at the request of TCM. Linda also worked with award-winning composer Laura Karpman on pieces for The History Channel and PBS.

Despite a bright career ahead, Linda took her own life in May 2005. She was 29 years old.

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DCS: quinn o’hara

ghost

Born Alice Jones in Edinburgh, Scotland, Quinn O’Hara (taking the more colorful Anglo name) was named the first “Miss Scotland” as an entrant in a beauty contest that predated the Miss Universe Pageant. She moved to southern California when she landed uncredited roles in a trio of Jerry Lewis films in the early 1960s.  In 1966, she was cast in the title role of the last of the “beach party” movies, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. The film, costarring Deborah Walley, Nancy Sinatra, Basil Rathbone and Boris Karloff, was short on plot but wildly popular at the box office.  Quinn was also featured as Jack Lemmon‘s sultry secretary in the 1964 comedy Good Neighbor Sam. She appeared in numerous television shows throughout the 60s, like I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster, The Beverly Hillbillies and My Three Sons.

Although Quinn was romantically linked to heartthrob singer Fabian, she appeared on a 1969 episode of The Dating Game. She was selected and she and her “date” took a chaperoned trip to Nepal.

In 1981, she married Bill Kirk, who was twenty years her junior. She changed her name to Alice Kirk, gave up her show business career and became a nurse in a senior citizen facility.

Quinn passed away in May 2017 at the age of 76.

 

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