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Actor and sidekick from the sitcom sex dream, “I Dream of Jeannie,” Bill Daley, died at the spry age of 91.

Daily said that when “I Dream of Jeannie” was being cast and he was originally set to play a character of “My Mother the Car.”  Thank God he dodged that bullet.

He (actually) said, “And I said, ‘Well, I’ll do it.’ I didn’t know what it was.  Well, I can’t because you’re going to do — they changed the whole thing around, and you’re — you’re going to — they sold “I Dream of Jeannie,” and you’re on it. That’s how I found out.”

Honestly, I don’t know what the fuck he is talking about.

On “The Bob Newhart Show,” he played the nervous neighbor and airline navigator

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In this picture, the bass isn’t the only thing that’s standing.

Howard Borden.  To quote his character: “Hi, Bob.”

Daily went on to have his own show, “Small & Frye.”  There’s a reason why you’ve never heard of this show.

The show, which only lasted three months was about private investigators Nick Small and Chip Frye. Due to a lab accident, Frye is able to physically shrink to a height of six inches, but he can’t control this ability; he could become miniature or normal size at any time. This is sometimes an aid to their investigations, and sometimes wacky shenanigans ensued.

Did I mention there’s a reason why you’ve never heard of this show.

After that, Daily made three syndicated specials introducing young magicians called Bill Daily’s Hocus-Pocus Gang.  After three episodes of this, the Hocus-Pocus gang got sick of getting their asses kicked by the other kids after each episode aired.  So they called it quits.

This hit goes to: Mary!  The girl on fire is now ahead of her daughter!

Happy Pooling,

SPMI

Ghoul Pool Administrator

Current Standings:

Team Sushi: 270 (Ann Wedgeworth – 20, Malcolm Young – 40, Ruben Cardenas Ramirez – 60, William Rayford – 40, Juan Castillo – 70, Dwight Clark – 40)

Jami: 150 – (Emily “Mt. Fuji” Dole – 40, Jim Nabors – 20, Billy Graham – 10, David Ogden Stiers – 30, R. Lee Ermey – 30, Joe Jackson – 20)

Joanne: 140 – (Rose Marie – 10, Jerry Van Dyke – 20, Winnie Mandela – 20, Margot Kidder – 40, Tab Hunter – 20, Aretha Franklin – 30)

Wes: 130 – (John Watts Young  -20, Prince Henrik – 20, Alan Bean – 20, Paul Laxalt – 10, Stefan Karl Stefansson – 60)

Girl on Fire:  110 (John Hillerman – 20, Della Reese – 20, Brendan Byrne – 10, Donnelly Rhodes – 20, Robert Mandan – 20, Charlotte Rae – 10, Bill Daily – 10)

ERIN: 100 (David Cassidy – 40, John Gavin – 20, Roger Bannister – 20, John McCain – 20)

Lee Kwang Soo!!!!!!!!!!!! – 90 (Milos Foreman – 20, Tom Wolfe – 20, Adrian Cronauer – 30, Morgana King – 20)

Josh: 80 – (Earle Hyman – 10, Charles Manson – 20, John Battaglia – 40, Marty Allen – 10)

Tailgating w/ Jesus:  60 (Bobby Doerr – 10, Tom Benson – 10, Red Schoendienst – 10, Stan Mikita – 30)

Babysitter: 30 (Stephen Hawking – 30)

Morrigan’s Mirror: 30 – (Ursula K. Le Guin – 20, Eunice Gayson – 10)

The Budges: 20 – (Burt Reynolds – 20)

The Mumblers: 20 – (Carl Kassel – 20)

Gianna: 10 (Jerry Maren – 10)

Sue B.: 10 – (Barbara Bush – 10)

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Actor and professional mustache wearer, Burt Reynolds died at the spry age of 82.

Reynolds wasn’t exactly a method actor.  He was known more for taking roles that he thought would be fun instead of challenging.  For instance, He turned down the rolls of Han Solo and James Bond.

Thank God.

Reynolds had hit it big in the film “The Longest Yard.” He also posed nude in Cosmopolitan, showing of how long that yard really was.

His love life also drew headlines with a high-profile divorce to actress, professional Barbie Doll and person who lived under an immensely complicated structure of hair held together by a sheen of Aqua Net, Loni Anderson.

The two divorced in the 90s when Burt fell in love with a cocktail waitress.  

All I can say is that waitress must have been smokin’ hot.  Generally, the bottle blond is not really my type… but Loni Anderson was fucking gorgeous.  For many (men) in the

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80s, she wasn’t so much the embodiment of beauty as she was the embodiment of hotness.  All I can really say is: Da-a-a-amn.

His breakout role was in Deliverance, where Ned Beatty learned how to love another man in Appalachia.  

Reynolds was in SO MUCH shit!  Most of it was shit.  He was in “Johnny Ringo,” “Angel Baby,” “The Aquanauts,” “Operation: CIA,” “Flipper,” “Gentle Ben,” “100 Rifles,” “Sam Whiskey,” “Skullduggery,” and “Hunters are for Killing,” to name a few.

He starred in a TV show called “Hawk,” where he played a Native American.  And he totally fits the look of a Native American. So much so, he was cast as another native American in the classic “Navajo Joe.”  The word “classic” is being used ironically.

In the 70s, he starred in “Smokey and the Bandit” where an evil sheriff tries to thwart a delivery of Coors.  God, imagine the lengths he would have gone through for a good beer.  A movie about delivering Coors today would be very boring.

He also starred in “Cannonball Run,” a fictitious movie about a real race across the country.  The movie was only slightly racist.

This hit goes to: The Budges!  This is their 1st hit EVER! You always remember your first.

Happy Pooling,

SPMI

Ghoul Pool Administrator

Current Standings:

Team Sushi: 270 (Ann Wedgeworth – 20, Malcolm Young – 40, Ruben Cardenas Ramirez – 60, William Rayford – 40, Juan Castillo – 70, Dwight Clark – 40)

Jami: 150 – (Emily “Mt. Fuji” Dole – 40, Jim Nabors – 20, Billy Graham – 10, David Ogden Stiers – 30, R. Lee Ermey – 30, Joe Jackson – 20)

Joanne: 140 – (Rose Marie – 10, Jerry Van Dyke – 20, Winnie Mandela – 20, Margot Kidder – 40, Tab Hunter – 20, Aretha Franklin – 30)

Wes: 130 – (John Watts Young  -20, Prince Henrik – 20, Alan Bean – 20, Paul Laxalt – 10, Stefan Karl Stefansson – 60)

ERIN: 100 (David Cassidy – 40, John Gavin – 20, Roger Bannister – 20, John McCain – 20)

Girl on Fire:  100 (John Hillerman – 20, Della Reese – 20, Brendan Byrne – 10, Donnelly Rhodes – 20, Robert Mandan – 20, Charlotte Rae – 10)

Lee Kwang Soo!!!!!!!!!!!! – 90 (Milos Foreman – 20, Tom Wolfe – 20, Adrian Cronauer – 30, Morgana King – 20)

Josh: 80 – (Earle Hyman – 10, Charles Manson – 20, John Battaglia – 40, Marty Allen – 10)

Tailgating w/ Jesus:  60 (Bobby Doerr – 10, Tom Benson – 10, Red Schoendienst – 10, Stan Mikita – 30)

Babysitter: 30 (Stephen Hawking – 30)

Morrigan’s Mirror: 30 – (Ursula K. Le Guin – 20, Eunice Gayson – 10)

The Budges: 20 – (Burt Reynolds – 20)

The Mumblers: 20 – (Carl Kassel – 20)

Gianna: 10 (Jerry Maren – 10)

Sue B.: 10 – (Barbara Bush – 10)

Icelandic actor, Stefan Karl Stefansson who played villain Robbie Rotten in the children’s show “LazyTown,” died at the really spry age of 43.

Steffansson, suffered from aggressive bile duct cancer, which just sounds awful.  But it is also more interesting than your run of the mill lung or pancreatic cancers.

His wife, Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir, (of the Hafnarfjörður Þorsteinsdóttirs, not the Ísafjörður Þorsteinsdóttirs) posted on Facebook that, “per Stefan’s wishes, there will be no funeral. His earthly remains will be scattered in secrecy in a distant ocean.”

I think Stefan overestimated the interest that people would be taking in his funeral.  Dude, you’re not Lady Di.

The show “LazyTown,” followed the adventures of an 8-year-old girl, a superhero and some creepy puppet guy on a quest to reform the town’s residents with exercise and healthy eating. The duo often faced off with Robbie, whose favorite pastimes included

Robbie Rotten

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eating junk food, watching TV and sleeping.

I’m kinda thinking that Robbie is more of the victim here.  This guy is my hero! My life goals! The dude just wants to Netflix and chill… but seriously chill.  Not the hanky-panky chill. The chill where you consume a half a container of Cheese Balls! (But not Planters, because Amazon sucks a bag of dicks and don’t deliver Planters Cheeze Balls when they sell them… assholes.)

Stefansson was also an anti-bullying advocate, and founded a charity called Rainbow Children to help bullied children. Though the charity had to shut down in 2014 from lack of funding.

Nice job, Stefan.

This hit goes to: Wes!  He breaks the 3-digit barrier with his keen eye for a story about an obscure celebrity with cancer!

Happy Pooling,

SPMI

Ghoul Pool Administrator

Current Standings:

Team Sushi: 270 (Ann Wedgeworth – 20, Malcolm Young – 40, Ruben Cardenas Ramirez – 60, William Rayford – 40, Juan Castillo – 70, Dwight Clark – 40)

Jami: 150 – (Emily “Mt. Fuji” Dole – 40, Jim Nabors – 20, Billy Graham – 10, David Ogden Stiers – 30, R. Lee Ermey – 30, Joe Jackson – 20)

Joanne: 140 – (Rose Marie – 10, Jerry Van Dyke – 20, Winnie Mandela – 20, Margot Kidder – 40, Tab Hunter – 20, Aretha Franklin – 30)

Wes: 130 – (John Watts Young  -20, Prince Henrik – 20, Alan Bean – 20, Paul Laxalt – 10, Stefan Karl Stefansson – 60)

ERIN: 100 (David Cassidy – 40, John Gavin – 20, Roger Bannister – 20, John McCain – 20)

Girl on Fire:  100 (John Hillerman – 20, Della Reese – 20, Brendan Byrne – 10, Donnelly Rhodes – 20, Robert Mandan – 20, Charlotte Rae – 10)

Lee Kwang Soo!!!!!!!!!!!! – 90 (Milos Foreman – 20, Tom Wolfe – 20, Adrian Cronauer – 30, Morgana King – 20)

Josh: 80 – (Earle Hyman – 10, Charles Manson – 20, John Battaglia – 40, Marty Allen – 10)

Tailgating w/ Jesus:  60 (Bobby Doerr – 10, Tom Benson – 10, Red Schoendienst – 10, Stan Mikita – 30)

Babysitter: 30 (Stephen Hawking – 30)

Morrigan’s Mirror: 30 – (Ursula K. Le Guin – 20, Eunice Gayson – 10)

The Mumblers: 20 – (Carl Kassel – 20)

Gianna: 10 (Jerry Maren – 10)

Sue B.: 10 – (Barbara Bush – 10)

Veteran, veteran politician and pretty decent guy, John McCain died at the spry age of 81.

McCain was a moderate Republican from Arizona.  [I know, you didn’t think that was a thing, right?]

As his party spiraled out of control, he tried to bring calmness and rationality to the political debate.  Which worked so well.

On the presidential campaign trail he often found himself defending Barack Obama against ignorant racists who were sure that he was going to do some serious Jihad shit while in office.

He defended Obama saying that he was a good man and that he had worked with him personally and that he respected him.

Can you image that?  A Republican defending a Democrat?  Defending Barack Obama?!?!

McCain might have had a chance to win the Presidency if he didn’t pick the completely

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McCain with one of the funniest damn people on the fucking planet.

incompetent, ignorant, non-magazine-readin’ Sarah Palin as his running mate.

His candidacy came to an end when Tina Fey exclaimed, as Pailin, “I can see Russia from my house!”  God bless Tina Fey.  No, seriously: God bless her.

McCain was against the whole Tea Party movement and thought that working together was a more sensible way to get things done.  But this is ‘Merica. Where facts do not matter and people are willing to believe any crap as long as they don’t have to think for themselves.

He also did not get along with Trump.  Which is understandable because Trump is an enormous, orange, ignorant, hate-spewing douchebag.  

Normally, when a sitting member of Congress dies, the protocall is to keep the flag at half staff for a day and a half.  Which is what the White House did.

But when a prominent member of Congress dies, the president will make a proclamation that flags should be at half staff longer.  

When a prominent member of Congress who was a former POW, was a Captain in the United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Navy & Marine Corps Commendations Medal, you better damn well believe that any president will make a proclamation that flags should be at half staff longer.  

Except for the current sack of shit that is currently staining the Oval Office.  

Oh, he eventually did it.  But too goddamned little too goddamned late, asswipe.

Personally, I did not agree with many of McCain’s stances.  I thought that he sold himself out when he endorsed W so that he would be assured the candidacy the next time around.  Despite that, I couldn’t bring myself to make fun of the man himself. That shit’s a rare honor indeed.

This hit goes to: Erin!  When Googling “old people” John McCain clearly came up!  Now she’s in triple digits! Huzzah!

Happy Pooling,

SPMI

Ghoul Pool Administrator

Current Standings:

Team Sushi: 270 (Ann Wedgeworth – 20, Malcolm Young – 40, Ruben Cardenas Ramirez – 60, William Rayford – 40, Juan Castillo – 70, Dwight Clark – 40)

Jami: 150 – (Emily “Mt. Fuji” Dole – 40, Jim Nabors – 20, Billy Graham – 10, David Ogden Stiers – 30, R. Lee Ermey – 30, Joe Jackson – 20)

Joanne: 140 – (Rose Marie – 10, Jerry Van Dyke – 20, Winnie Mandela – 20, Margot Kidder – 40, Tab Hunter – 20, Aretha Franklin – 30)

ERIN: 100 (David Cassidy – 40, John Gavin – 20, Roger Bannister – 20, John McCain – 20)

Girl on Fire:  100 (John Hillerman – 20, Della Reese – 20, Brendan Byrne – 10, Donnelly Rhodes – 20, Robert Mandan – 20, Charlotte Rae – 10)

Lee Kwang Soo!!!!!!!!!!!! – 90 (Milos Foreman – 20, Tom Wolfe – 20, Adrian Cronauer – 30, Morgana King – 20)

Josh: 80 – (Earle Hyman – 10, Charles Manson – 20, John Battaglia – 40, Marty Allen – 10)

Wes: 70 – (John Watts Young  -20, Prince Henrik – 20, Alan Bean – 20, Paul Laxalt – 10)

Tailgating w/ Jesus:  60 (Bobby Doerr – 10, Tom Benson – 10, Red Schoendienst – 10, Stan Mikita – 30)

Babysitter: 30 (Stephen Hawking – 30)

Morrigan’s Mirror: 30 – (Ursula K. Le Guin – 20, Eunice Gayson – 10)

The Mumblers: 20 – (Carl Kassel – 20)

Gianna: 10 (Jerry Maren – 10)

Sue B.: 10 – (Barbara Bush – 10)

I heard she died…

I heard she died…

I heard she died

Of natural causes (causes!)

Actually it was cancer, but that doesn’t fit into A Natural Woman.

The queen of soul and goddamned national treasure, Aretha Franklin, died at the spry age of 76.

The first woman admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she had 88 Billboard chart hits during the rock era, tops among female vocalists. From 1967 to 1975, she had more than 24 Top 40 hits!

How did she do this?  By being Aretha Fucking Franklin, that’s how!

When she was nine, he mother died of a heart attack.  Her grandmother and a family friend helped care for her in her mother’s absence.  And who was that family friend? It was Mahalia Fucking Jackson! Is it any wonder Aretha became the singer that she was when she was hanging out with Mahalia Jackson when she was ten!?!?

When she was 16, she toured with Martin Luther King (who I did not know was a soul singer… I’ll have to look for some of his LPs).  And in 1968 she sang at his funeral because who the hell else do you want singing at your funeral? Burt Bacharach?

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The look on Aretha’s face says, “I can’t stand photos with these racist crackers.”

She won 18 Grammy awards, including best female R&B performance for eight straight years.  I basically became a case of, “Who should we give this too?” “I dunno, did Aretha release anything?”

And that’s all right because she was Aretha Fucking Franklin.

At the 1993 Grammys, she stepped in at the last minute to fill in for Luciano Pavarotti to sing… some opera song..  For Luciano. Fucking-Pavarotti! At the last minute! And you know what she did? She FUCKING NAILED IT! You know why?

Because she was Aretha Fucking Franklin!

It should be noted that racist-ass Fox “News” used a photo of Patti LaBelle in their tribute to Aretha because , to Fox, all blacks look the same.

Sow some damned R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

This bittersweet hit goes to: Joanne!  Joanne stayed in third place but now with 140 points.

Happy Pooling,

SPMI

Ghoul Pool Administrator

Current Standings:

Team Sushi: 270 (Ann Wedgeworth – 20, Malcolm Young – 40, Ruben Cardenas Ramirez – 60, William Rayford – 40, Juan Castillo – 70, Dwight Clark – 40)

Jami: 150 – (Emily “Mt. Fuji” Dole – 40, Jim Nabors – 20, Billy Graham – 10, David Ogden Stiers – 30, R. Lee Ermey – 30, Joe Jackson – 20)

Joanne: 140 – (Rose Marie – 10, Jerry Van Dyke – 20, Winnie Mandela – 20, Margot Kidder – 40, Tab Hunter – 20, Aretha Franklin – 30)

Girl on Fire:  100 (John Hillerman – 20, Della Reese – 20, Brendan Byrne – 10, Donnelly Rhodes – 20, Robert Mandan – 20, Charlotte Rae – 10)

Lee Kwang Soo!!!!!!!!!!!! – 90 (Milos Foreman – 20, Tom Wolfe – 20, Adrian Cronauer – 30, Morgana King – 20)

ERIN: 80 (David Cassidy – 40, John Gavin – 20, Roger Bannister – 20)

Josh: 80 – (Earle Hyman – 10, Charles Manson – 20, John Battaglia – 40, Marty Allen – 10)

Wes: 70 – (John Watts Young  -20, Prince Henrik – 20, Alan Bean – 20, Paul Laxalt – 10)

Tailgating w/ Jesus:  60 (Bobby Doerr – 10, Tom Benson – 10, Red Schoendienst – 10, Stan Mikita – 30)

Babysitter: 30 (Stephen Hawking – 30)

Morrigan’s Mirror: 30 – (Ursula K. Le Guin – 20, Eunice Gayson – 10)

The Mumblers: 20 – (Carl Kassel – 20)

Gianna: 10 (Jerry Maren – 10)

Sue B.: 10 – (Barbara Bush – 10)

Jazz singer and Godmother, Morgana King, died at the spry age of 87.

She died on March 22nd but it wasn’t reported.  In other words, she lived alone, died and was only recently found half-eaten by her cats.

King was an accomplished jazz singer who performed in clubs for 50 years and recorded 20 albums.

This was quite an accomplishment mainly because she sucked.

Don’t get me wrong, her voice, technically, was wonderful.  But how she chose to use it, in high-pitched, lilting tones with over-produced Paul-McCartney-esque strings is just so

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King, shown here experiencing the pain one feels when listening to her music.

annoying.  It’s like she’s almost singing… but not quite.

But King will really be known for her film debut playing Don Corleone’s wife where she sang the dirty little song known as “C’è la luna mezzo mare” about hooking your daughter up with a shoemaker who always has his “hammer” in his hand and “If he likes the idea / He’ll hammer you, oh my daughter.”

She died of the off-brand non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

This hit goes to me!  I’ve been picking her for years and it finally paid off!  I’m up to 90, just a single death away from triple digits!

Happy Pooling,

SPMI

Ghoul Pool Administrator

Current Standings:

Team Sushi: 270 (Ann Wedgeworth – 20, Malcolm Young – 40, Ruben Cardenas Ramirez – 60, William Rayford – 40, Juan Castillo – 70, Dwight Clark – 40)

Jami: 150 – (Emily “Mt. Fuji” Dole – 40, Jim Nabors – 20, Billy Graham – 10, David Ogden Stiers – 30, R. Lee Ermey – 30, Joe Jackson – 20)

Joanne: 110 – (Rose Marie – 10, Jerry Van Dyke – 20, Winnie Mandela – 20, Margot Kidder – 40, Tab Hunter – 20)

Girl on Fire:  100 (John Hillerman – 20, Della Reese – 20, Brendan Byrne – 10, Donnelly Rhodes – 20, Robert Mandan – 20, Charlotte Rae – 10)

Lee Kwang Soo!!!!!!!!!!!! – 90 (Milos Foreman – 20, Tom Wolfe – 20, Adrian Cronauer – 30, Morgana King – 20)

ERIN: 80 (David Cassidy – 40, John Gavin – 20, Roger Bannister – 20)

Josh: 80 – (Earle Hyman – 10, Charles Manson – 20, John Battaglia – 40, Marty Allen – 10)

Wes: 70 – (John Watts Young  -20, Prince Henrik – 20, Alan Bean – 20, Paul Laxalt – 10)

Tailgating w/ Jesus:  60 (Bobby Doerr – 10, Tom Benson – 10, Red Schoendienst – 10, Stan Mikita – 30)

Babysitter: 30 (Stephen Hawking – 30)

Morrigan’s Mirror: 30 – (Ursula K. Le Guin – 20, Eunice Gayson – 10)

The Mumblers: 20 – (Carl Kassel – 20)

Gianna: 10 (Jerry Maren – 10)

Sue B.: 10 – (Barbara Bush – 10)

Hockey player and all around Czechoslovakian Stan Mikita died at the spry age of 78.

Mikita won the Art Ross Trophy as the N.H.L.’s leading point scorer four times. And it’s such a cool trophy because it has this tiny little Ross on top with his big fro and his paint pallet.

He was centre of the famed “Scooter Line,” a group of players obsessed with Scooter Pies.  Nobody really ever knew where this obsession came from. Maybe it was because they looked like pucks.  It’s not likely that The Muppets had anything to do with it.

All I know is that they’d kill a man for even looking at a Moon Pie.

Mikita started among the most penalized players.  His daughter was watching a game

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UH, it’s like Vince McMahon dressed up like Satan.

when she turned and said, “Mommy, why does Daddy spend so much time sitting down?”  His wife replied, “Because he’s a lazy bastard who will apparently that using a goddamned vacuum will goddamned kill him!”

Stan decided to play a cleaner game and went on to win the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (named after Chandler’s mom) for particularly sportsmanlike conduct twice.

I did not know that hockey had a biggest pussy award.

Stan also pioneered the curved stick, the bane of every gym teacher’s existence.

This hit goes to: Tailgating with Jesus!  I mean, who the hell else is going to pick a hockey player from the 60s?

Happy Pooling,

SPMI

Ghoul Pool Administrator

Current Standings:

Team Sushi: 270 (Ann Wedgeworth – 20, Malcolm Young – 40, Ruben Cardenas Ramirez – 60, William Rayford – 40, Juan Castillo – 70, Dwight Clark – 40)

Jami: 150 – (Emily “Mt. Fuji” Dole – 40, Jim Nabors – 20, Billy Graham – 10, David Ogden Stiers – 30, R. Lee Ermey – 30, Joe Jackson – 20)

Joanne: 110 – (Rose Marie – 10, Jerry Van Dyke – 20, Winnie Mandela – 20, Margot Kidder – 40, Tab Hunter – 20)

Girl on Fire:  100 (John Hillerman – 20, Della Reese – 20, Brendan Byrne – 10, Donnelly Rhodes – 20, Robert Mandan – 20, Charlotte Rae – 10)

ERIN: 80 (David Cassidy – 40, John Gavin – 20, Roger Bannister – 20)

Josh: 80 – (Earle Hyman – 10, Charles Manson – 20, John Battaglia – 40, Marty Allen – 10)

Wes: 70 – (John Watts Young  -20, Prince Henrik – 20, Alan Bean – 20, Paul Laxalt – 10)

Lee Kwang Soo!!!!!!!!!!!! – 70 (Milos Foreman – 20, Tom Wolfe – 20, Adrian Cronauer – 30)

Tailgating w/ Jesus:  60 (Bobby Doerr – 10, Tom Benson – 10, Red Schoendienst – 10, Stan Mikita – 30)

Babysitter: 30 (Stephen Hawking – 30)

Morrigan’s Mirror: 30 – (Ursula K. Le Guin – 20, Eunice Gayson – 10)

The Mumblers: 20 – (Carl Kassel – 20)

Gianna: 10 (Jerry Maren – 10)

Sue B.: 10 – (Barbara Bush – 10)

Former Nevada Senator and Governor who was definitely not in the pocket of casinos, Paul Laxalt, died at the spry age of 96.

His father was a sheepherder who spent months at a time with his flock in the Sierra Nevada.  That’s not a metaphor for him being a priest or something. He was an actual shepherd.

He often called himself a “Basque sheepherder’s kid.”  I’m pretty sure that makes his dad a lizard-like bounty hunter that appeared in the Empire Strikes Back… Wikipedia may be wrong on this one.

He was one of Ronald Reagan’s most influential advisers and Capitol Hill allies, was dubbed the president’s “First Friend.”  I don’t think he was much of a friend though.

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Laxalt bravely paved the way for other white, grey-haired politicians like Newt Gingrich and Mike Pence.

Friends don’t let friends sell arms to terrorists.

Laxalt became the US’s point-man in dealing with corrupt and autocratic Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos (the man who paid for a 7,500 pairs of shoes for his wife.  No, really).

When Marcos was barricaded in his own palace (because of the overwhelming popularity of autocracy), Laxalt told him, “I think you should cut and cut cleanly.”  Once Marcos learned how to cut his steak, the then decided to step down from office.

In 1983, it was reported that federal investigators had been dissuaded by Nevada officials friendly to Laxalt from investigating alleged organized-crime involvement and profit skimming at Carson City casino that he co-owned.

Mr. Laxalt sued for libel, prompting a countersuit alleging the senator was seeking to silence the media. Yadda yadda yadda, nothing happened in the end because this is America.

This hit goes to WES!  Because who the hell else would have former Nevada Senator and Governor Paul Laxalt?

Happy Pooling,

SPMI

Ghoul Pool Administrator

Current Standings:

Team Sushi: 270 (Ann Wedgeworth – 20, Malcolm Young – 40, Ruben Cardenas Ramirez – 60, William Rayford – 40, Juan Castillo – 70, Dwight Clark – 40)

Jami: 150 – (Emily “Mt. Fuji” Dole – 40, Jim Nabors – 20, Billy Graham – 10, David Ogden Stiers – 30, R. Lee Ermey – 30, Joe Jackson – 20)

Joanne: 110 – (Rose Marie – 10, Jerry Van Dyke – 20, Winnie Mandela – 20, Margot Kidder – 40, Tab Hunter – 20)

Girl on Fire:  100 (John Hillerman – 20, Della Reese – 20, Brendan Byrne – 10, Donnelly Rhodes – 20, Robert Mandan – 20, Charlotte Rae – 10)

ERIN: 80 (David Cassidy – 40, John Gavin – 20, Roger Bannister – 20)

Josh: 80 – (Earle Hyman – 10, Charles Manson – 20, John Battaglia – 40, Marty Allen – 10)

Wes: 70 – (John Watts Young  -20, Prince Henrik – 20, Alan Bean – 20, Paul Laxalt – 10)

Lee Kwang Soo!!!!!!!!!!!! – 70 (Milos Foreman – 20, Tom Wolfe – 20, Adrian Cronauer – 30)

Babysitter: 30 (Stephen Hawking – 30)

The Mumblers: 20 – (Carl Kassel – 20)

Morrigan’s Mirror: 30 – (Ursula K. Le Guin – 20, Eunice Gayson – 10)

Tailgating w/ Jesus:  30 (Bobby Doerr – 10, Tom Benson – 10, Red Schoendienst – 10)

Gianna: 10 (Jerry Maren – 10)

Sue B.: 10 – (Barbara Bush – 10)

You pick the good, you pick the bad,

you pick them both and there you have

The facts of death, the facts of death.

 

Everyone’s got to go and show

They’re mortal, now you know about

The facts of death, the facts of death.

 

When your picks never seem

to be dying like in your dreams

And suddenly you’re finding out

the facts of death ain’t all about you, you.

 

It takes a lot to draft ’em right

When you’re learning the facts of death. (learning the facts of death)

Learning the facts of death (learning the facts of death)

Learning the facts of death.

 

Facts of Life star Charlotte Rae died at the spry age of 92.

Charlotte gained fame at a state fair where she wrote words in her web for slack-jawed yokels to not be able to read.

She then went onto TV in shows like “Car 54, Where Are You?”  (Car 54 was under there.)

She eventually made it to the classic “Diff’rent Strokes” with Gary Coleman, who I believe was 10 years older than her at the time… I might have to double check that.

Facts of life

Rae shaking hands with some schmoe while the real star, Kim Fields as Tootie, supervises.

She went on to take care of Tootie and some other brats in the classic 80s sitcom: “Tootie and the Facts of Life.”  See, the show revolved around this girl, her name was Tootie [crazy, right?]. Well Tootie and her friends were in some school where their parents didn’t have to deal with them.

Critics all agreed that the show needed more Tootie.  I mean, she wore roller skates… indoors!!!!  That is true zaniness.

This hit goes to: The Girl on Fire!  Mary makes it to triple digits with this hit!

Happy Pooling,

SPMI

Ghoul Pool Administrator

Current Standings:

Team Sushi: 270 (Ann Wedgeworth – 20, Malcolm Young – 40, Ruben Cardenas Ramirez – 60, William Rayford – 40, Juan Castillo – 70, Dwight Clark – 40)

Jami: 150 – (Emily “Mt. Fuji” Dole – 40, Jim Nabors – 20, Billy Graham – 10, David Ogden Stiers – 30, R. Lee Ermey – 30, Joe Jackson – 20)

Joanne: 110 – (Rose Marie – 10, Jerry Van Dyke – 20, Winnie Mandela – 20, Margot Kidder – 40, Tab Hunter – 20)

Girl on Fire:  100 (John Hillerman – 20, Della Reese – 20, Brendan Byrne – 10, Donnelly Rhodes – 20, Robert Mandan – 20, Charlotte Rae – 10)

ERIN: 80 (David Cassidy – 40, John Gavin – 20, Roger Bannister – 20)

Josh: 80 – (Earle Hyman – 10, Charles Manson – 20, John Battaglia – 40, Marty Allen – 10)

Lee Kwang Soo!!!!!!!!!!!! – 70 (Milos Foreman – 20, Tom Wolfe – 20, Adrian Cronauer – 30)

Wes: 60 – (John Watts Young  -20, Prince Henrik – 20, Alan Bean – 20)

Babysitter: 30 (Stephen Hawking – 30)

The Mumblers: 20 – (Carl Kassel – 20)

Morrigan’s Mirror: 30 – (Ursula K. Le Guin – 20, Eunice Gayson – 10)

Tailgating w/ Jesus:  30 (Bobby Doerr – 10, Tom Benson – 10, Red Schoendienst – 10)

Gianna: 10 (Jerry Maren – 10)

Sue B.: 10 – (Barbara Bush – 10)

The real “Good Morning, Vietnam” DJ who was nothing like the “Good Morning, Vietnam” DJ, Adrian Cronauer died at the spry age of 79.

Cronauer’s signature greeting of “GOOOOOOOOOD morning, Vietnam!” Was designed to keep the troops’ spirits up, but often backfired, like when “On one occasion, a guy picked up his M16 and blew away his radio,” he told the Americans Veterans Centre conference.

But instead of the raucous, kick-in-the-pants opener that Robin Williams portrays, it was more like a really boing soccer call:

Cronauer preferred to play more modern music to help with the homesickness that everyone felt when thrust into a foreign world.  Less Steve & Eydie and more The Who.

In 1988, Robin Williams and Barry Levinson went a made a movie about Cronauer.  But it was very, very different from Adrian’s experience.

For one thing: Robin Williams was funnier.  I mean, that’s just fact. He was THE- not one of the but THE funniest human being ever to walk the planet.

For another, Cronauer was not the rock-the-boat renegade portrayed in the movie.  He did not fight when the news was censored.

Williams acknowledged that the real-life Cronauer was not the “radio desperado” he

Cronauer

More like “Good morning Geek-etnam.”

portrayed.  “In real life he never did anything outrageous. He did witness a bombing in Saigon. He wanted to report it – he was overruled. He didn’t want to buck the system, because you can get court-martialled for that,” Williams told Rolling Stone.

Also: Robin Williams was funnier.  A fact that cannot be overstated because he was funnier than everyone who was ever in Vietnam before and after the war, combined.

This hit goes to: ME!  I’m now only 200 points behind the leaders!  With 4 months to go, I think that I basically have this locked up this year.  My time is now!

Happy Pooling,

SPMI

Ghoul Pool Administrator

Current Standings:

Team Sushi: 270 (Ann Wedgeworth – 20, Malcolm Young – 40, Ruben Cardenas Ramirez – 60, William Rayford – 40, Juan Castillo – 70, Dwight Clark – 40)

Jami: 150 – (Emily “Mt. Fuji” Dole – 40, Jim Nabors – 20, Billy Graham – 10, David Ogden Stiers – 30, R. Lee Ermey – 30, Joe Jackson – 20)

Joanne: 110 – (Rose Marie – 10, Jerry Van Dyke – 20, Winnie Mandela – 20, Margot Kidder – 40, Tab Hunter – 20)

ERIN: 80 (David Cassidy – 40, John Gavin – 20, Roger Bannister – 20)

Josh: 80 – (Earle Hyman – 10, Charles Manson – 20, John Battaglia – 40, Marty Allen – 10)

Girl on Fire:  90 (John Hillerman – 20, Della Reese – 20, Brendan Byrne – 10, Donnelly Rhodes – 20, Robert Mandan – 20)

Lee Kwang Soo!!!!!!!!!!!! – 70 (Milos Foreman – 20, Tom Wolfe – 20, Adrian Cronauer – 30)

Wes: 60 – (John Watts Young  -20, Prince Henrik – 20, Alan Bean – 20)

Babysitter: 30 (Stephen Hawking – 30)

The Mumblers: 20 – (Carl Kassel – 20)

Morrigan’s Mirror: 30 – (Ursula K. Le Guin – 20, Eunice Gayson – 10)

Tailgating w/ Jesus:  30 (Bobby Doerr – 10, Tom Benson – 10, Red Schoendienst – 10)

Gianna: 10 (Jerry Maren – 10)

Sue B.: 10 – (Barbara Bush – 10)