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Shirley Temple Black, 85, RIP

In this 1933 file photo, child actress Shirley Temple is seen in her role as "Little Miss Marker." Shirley Temple, the curly-haired child star who put smiles on the faces of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85. Publicist Cheryl Kagan says Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday night, surrounded by family at her home near San Francisco. Story here. (AP Photo/File)

Question: Were you a Shirley Temple fan?

‘Red October’ Author Clancy, 66, RIP

Best-selling author Tom Clancy, whose wildly successful technological thrillers made him one of the biggest publishing phenomena of his time, has died. He was 66. Clancy arrived on best-seller lists in 1984 with “The Hunt for Red October.” He sold the manuscript to the first publisher he tried, the Naval Institute Press, which had never bought original fiction. A string of other best-sellers soon followed, including “Red Storm Rising,” ”Patriot Games,” ”The Cardinal of the Kremlin,” ”Clear and Present Danger,” ”The Sum of All Fears,” and “Without Remorse.” Clancy had said his dream had been simply to publish a book, hopefully a good one, so that he would be in the Library of Congress catalog. Four of his books, “The Hunt for Red October,” ”Patriot Games,” ”Clear and Present Danger,” and “the Sum of All Fears” were later made into movies, with a fifth based on his desk-jockey CIA hero, “Jack Ryan,” set for release later this year/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Which Tom Clancy book is your favorite?

Grand Dame Betty Owens, 105, RIP

On her Facebook page, Kerri Thoreson posts re: the passing of 105YO Betty Owens today: "I met Betty Owens at the 103rd birthday party for Ace Walden in 2011 at Don Sausser's condo. She was 102 going on 103 at the time and an absolute delight. On 11/11/11 she celebrated her 103rd birthday on the air for Main Street Monday, making her radio debut. I told her then that she had a standing invitation to celebrate her birthday with me and Joe Paisley on the air. She celebrated her 104th and 105th birthdays in the studio and thoroughly entertained us and the listeners. She was inspiring and full of life and always with a joke to tell. Betty passed away today, just 58 days from her 106th birthday. I was blessed to know her. RIP Betty Owens - November 11, 1907-September 16, 2013." (Photo courtesy of Kerri Thoreson Facebook wall)

Question: Anyone want to share thoughts re: the late Betty Owens?

Writing the truth

After a childhood of abuse, Katherine Reddick was not going to write a dishonest obituary about the mother who harmed her and her siblings. So, when her mother - whom Katherine had not seen in over 30 years – died, Katherine told the truth.

Katherine’s words, announcing the torture and abuse suffered by her and her siblings, have “gone viral,” but her hope in writing the truth is for people everywhere to pay attention to child abuse in their midst and work to eradicate it from our lives. 

(S-R archive photo)

Remembering Som Jordan

It seems appropriate that Isamu Jordan named his band Flying Spiders. As the story goes, a flying spider was the scariest thing Jordan could think of, so that’s what he named his band. Now, as the community grapples with his death last week at age 37, it’s clear Jordan sat in the middle of a web that is Spokane’s music scene, connected in some way to just about everyone. He’d written about them in the pages of The Spokesman-Review. He’d interviewed them for his P.A. System podcast. He’s shared the stage with them. He’d championed their music. One person after another has called him the glue that held his community together. As the reality of his death by suicide sinks in, members of Spokane’s music and arts community are reflecting on Jordan’s hard work and striving to find a way to make sure that work wasn’t in vain/Carolyn Lamberson, SR Spokane7. More here.


Spokane Musician Jordan Found Dead

Isamu Jordan, a well-known Spokane DJ, musician and entertainment writer, was found dead today at his home on Spokane’s South Hill. Jordan, 37, was a former staff reporter for The Spokesman-Review and wrote a weekly entertainment column for 7. His most recent column will appear in Friday’s 7 section, which went to press before his death. Jordan fronted a local hip-hop band, The Flying Spiders; one of their most popular songs was Spokanthem. Emergency crews were called to his home today at about 11 a.m. He was dead of apparent suicide/SR. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Heaney: Best Irish Poet Since Yeats

Traveling in Ireland for the first time a few years ago I was struck by the fact that everyone – everywhere – seemed to have a book under their arm or clutched in hand. Everyone it seemed was lost in words, heads in books. Crossing the Shannon on a car ferry the truck driver next to our rental car had a big volume propped up on the steering wheel. He had obviously taken in the lovely scenery before. Now his lovely book had his full attention, if only for a few minutes. One wonders why Ireland, a country with 4.5 million people, has produced so many of history’s greatest men – yes, mostly men – of letters. Shaw and Joyce, Behan, Beckett and Oscar Wilde. Now another of the greatest – the poet and Nobel Laureate Shamus Heaney – the greatest Irish poet since the great William Butler Yeats is gone/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here.

Question: Who is your favorite Irish author or poet?

Cartoonist Stan Lynde, 81, RIP

In this Nov. 9, 2012, photo, Rick O'Shay and Hipshot comic strip created by Helena resident Stan Lynde are shown in Helena, Mont. Lynde died of cancer in Montana. He was 81. His “Rick O’Shay” comic strip began in 1958 and ran for 20 years with an average daily readership of about 15 million people. In 1979, he launched another comic strip, “Latigo,” which ran through 1983. Lynde died Tuesday in Helena. He is survived by his wife, Lynda, and eight children. More here. (AP Photo/The Independent Record, Eliza Wiley)

DFO: I was editor of the Kalispell Daily Inter Lake in 1979 when I met Stan during a tour of state newspapers to promote his new comic strip, "Latigo."

Question: Did you ever follow Stan Lynde's Rick O'Shay or Latigo characters?

RIP: Twister Inventor Foley, 82

Jacob Jenkins; Ramone Robinson; Nelson Miller and Tairisha Sawyer play Twister in Edwardsville, Ill. Charles "Chuck" Foley, inventor of the iconic Twister game that launched decades of awkward social interactions at parties, died today at a care facility in St. Louis Park, Minn, according to his son, Mark Foley. He was 82. Story here. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wayne Crosslin, File)

Question: When did you last play Twister? Did you consider it fun?

Heart Attack Kills ‘Sopranos’ Star

James Gandolfini, the New Jersey-bred actor who delighted audiences as mob boss Tony Soprano in “The Sopranos” has died following a massive heart attack in Italy, a source told the Daily News. “Everyone is in tears,” the source close to the 51-year-old TV tough guy said. A press-shy celeb who got his start as a character actor and became famous relatively late in his career — thanks to his breakout role on “The Sopranos,” Gandolfini has largely avoided the spotlight since the last season of the beloved show aired in 2007. The burly Westwood, N.J. native has appeared in several supporting roles since then, playing the director of the CIA in “Zero Dark Thirty” and the gruff blue-collar father of a wannabe rock star in “Not Fade Away” last year. Gandolfini hit Broadway in 2009 with the Tony Award-winning comedy “God of Carnage”/New York Daily News. More here. (AP file photo)


Tony Stewart Remembers Ray Stone

I wish to share my thoughts on the passing of my good friend Ray Stone. In 1970, I was interviewed by NIC Dean of Instruction Ray Stone and NIC President Barry Schuler for the opening political science position. Ray called two days later to offer me the position that begin a more than four decades of friendship. I served as chair of the NIC Division of Social Science for 14 years and during most of that time I reported to Dean Stone. When Ray decided to seek a seat on the Coeur d’Alene City Council, I became involved in that first campaign and continued to work in all his other races for council and mayor. We spent many hours together addressing political issues and most important of all we worked with other members of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations to promote human rights in Coeur d’Alene and the region. Ray was so proud of three very significant and special human rights ceremonies and events that took place while he was mayor. More here.

Question: What will Ray Stone be remembered for?

Ex-Mayor Recalled As ‘Feisty,’ ‘Kind’

Ray Stone was not one to back down from political pressures. "You always knew where he stood," Ron Edinger said of the former Coeur d'Alene mayor. "He was a very staunch Democrat - and he always let you know it. He stood by what he believed." Stone, Coeur d'Alene's mayor from 1986 to 1994 and a city council member from 1971 to 1979, died at The Hospice House in Coeur d'Alene Monday. He was 89. Stone was also a World War II veteran, the leader and drummer of a local band called The Ray Stone Swing Band, a teacher and a former dean at North Idaho College. Edinger, also a former Coeur d'Alene mayor and city council member who served with Stone, said Stone looked out for the "little guy or underprivileged person" "I lost a dear friend in Ray Stone and a good golfing buddy," Edinger said. "He was a feisty and kind-hearted man"/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo: In 1995, Ray Stone tells an audience at the Coeur d'Alene Library about his experience in helping liberate a Nazi concentration camp)

DFO: Feel free to share any other remembrances you have of former, two-term mayor Ray Stone.

Update: Ex-Mayor Ray Stone, RIP

Former Coeur d’Alene Mayor Ray Stone, a World War II veteran, educator and jazz musician, died Sunday. Stone served on the City Council from 1971 to 1979 and served two terms as mayor, from 1986 to 1993. Al Hassell followed him as mayor. “He had a heart of gold that he protected with a crusty exterior,” said Susan Weathers, the former city clerk. “He loved Coeur d’Alene, he loved to be an ambassador for the city of Coeur d’Alene.” Stone taught at Coeur d’Alene High School and North Idaho College. As mayor he became active in the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations to counter the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations that had taken root in the county. In 1987, Stone and others accepted the Raoul Wallenberg Award, presented to the city for its human rights work. (Kathy Plonka SR file photo: Ray & Betty Stone in 2010)

Question: Do you remember when Ray Stone served as mayor?

Woodstock Legend Havens, 72, RIP

Richie Havens, a seminal member of the New York folk scene of the '60s, died Monday morning from a sudden heart attack. He was 72. Havens, widely admired for his briskly rhythmic guitar style and richly textured voice, became a part of history for serving as the opening performer at the Woodstock festival in 1969. Havens transfixed the crowd at the start of that storied weekend. In a way, he had to. He was asked by the organizers to extend his set to nearly three hours to kill time since most of the other performers hadn’t yet reached the site, due to the choking crowds. Havens’ subsequent improvisation on the spiritual “Motherless Child” - threaded with his own inspired vamp of “Freedom” - become one of the festival’s signature sounds/Jim Farber, New York Daily News. More here. (AP file photo: Havens at 2008 Cannes Film Festival)

Question: Did Woodstock affect your life in any way?

Carlson: A George McGovern Tribute

Chris Carlson of the Carlson Chronicles remembers reporting on the 1972 Democratic National Convention that nominated South Dakota Sen. George McGovern:

A truly decent man had been slandered and demonized beyond belief.  Especially puzzling to many was McGovern’s failure to reference or even talk about the fact that he was a legitimate and decorated war hero having piloted a B-24 through 35 dangerous missions over Europe during World War II. Like many veterans, he’d seen war up close and understood that too often old men full of false bravado send young men off to die in the misadventures created by their bluster. What I will most remember McGovern for though is the fine, poignant and sad book he wrote, entitled Terry, about he and Eleanor losing a beloved and talented daughter to alcoholism.  It was an honest, candid, unsparing account of their ultimately unsuccessful effort to save her from her eventual premature death. More here. (AP file photo of McGovern from January 2012)

Question: Did you vote in the 1972 presidential election?

Proud Liberal McGovern, 90, RIP

George McGovern once joked that he had wanted to run for president in the worst way – and that he had done so. It was a campaign in 1972 dishonored by Watergate, a scandal that fully unfurled too late to knock Republican President Richard M. Nixon from his place as a commanding favorite for re-election. The South Dakota senator tried to make an issue out of the bungled attempt to wiretap the offices of the Democratic National Committee, calling Nixon the most corrupt president in history. But the Democrat could not escape the embarrassing missteps of his own campaign. The most torturous was the selection of Missouri Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton as the vice presidential nominee and, 18 days later, following the disclosure that Eagleton had undergone electroshock therapy for depression, the decision to drop him from the ticket despite having pledged to back him “1,000 percent”/Associated Press. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Did history vindicate McGovern?

‘Moon River’ Crooner Dies At 84

With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature “Moon River,” Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the ‘60s we usually hear about. “The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren’t there,” the singer once recalled. “Well, I was there all right, but my memory of them is blurred — not by any drugs I took but by the relentless pace of the schedule I set myself.” Williams’ plaintive tenor, boyish features and easy demeanor helped him outlast many of the rock stars who had displaced him and such fellow crooners as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. He remained on the charts into the 1970s, and continued to perform in his 80s at the Moon River Theatre he built in Branson, Mo. In November 2011, when Williams announced that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer, he vowed to return to performing the following year: His 75th in show business. Williams died Tuesday night at his home in Branson following a yearlong battle with the disease. He was 84/AP. More here.

Question: Were you an Andy Williams fan?

Hiking Accident Claims CdA’s Darcy

For years, Mike Darcy was the face that often greeted guests at the city of Coeur d'Alene Recreation Department. He was the man who helped organize everything from soccer to basketball to softball and flag football. He was the one who accepted the application forms and officially put the teams together for thousands of children, teens and adults. "Mike would do what was needed to make sure the job got done," said Steve Anthony, recreation director. He will be missed. Darcy died Saturday in a hiking accident near Salmon. He was 55. Anthony said Darcy, a recreational specialist, was a respected and trusted member of the family at City Hall. He worked part time about five years before starting full time at the city rec department in 1990/Bill Buley, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Courtesy photo from Coeur d'Alene Press)

Ex-Idaho Senator Boatright, 82, RIP

On his Facebook page, MikeK writes of the death of former state Sen. Clyde Boatright of Rathdrum: "Politics is an interesting avocation. I campaigned with a friend against Clyde 18 years ago (he won that election) and I grumbled about his votes for years. But fast forward a decade or so, when I was in the position of dealing with elected legislators, it turned out that Clyde shot pretty straight and we got along just fine despite our differences. His word was good where I was concerned. There may not be much note of his passing, but I have to say from the other side of the aisle and a generation apart, Godspeed, Clyde. You were an honorable guy and from what I saw your peers respected you. I wish the same were true of all politicians these days. Vaya con dios." (Jesse Tinsley 1995 SR file photo of Clyde Boatright as a freshman state senator. Boatright served 8 years in the Senate.)


‘Willy Wonka’ Director Stuart, 83, RIP

Mel Stuart, the Emmy-winning filmmaker and documentarian who tackled such serious subjects as the assassination of John F. Kennedy and mental illness but is perhaps best known for directing the whimsical Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died. He was 83. Madeline Stuart told The Associated Press that her father died Thursday night of cancer at his home in Los Angeles. .. The 1971 musical fantasy Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder, was Stuart's response to a young reader of the Roald Dahl children's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. That fan was Stuart's daughter Madeline, who asked her dad to make a movie of the book she loved. With Wilder as Willy (and 11-year-old Madeline in a cameo role as a student in a classroom scene), it became an enduring family favorite/Hollywood Reporter. More here. (Wikipedia photo of poster of Gene Wilder as "Willy Wonka")

Question: What movie featuring children is your favorite?

Film, Stage Maestro Hamlisch, 68, RIP

Marvin Hamlisch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who imbued his movie and Broadway scores with pizazz and panache and often found his songs in the upper reaches of the pop charts, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 68 and lived in New York. He collapsed on Monday after a brief illness, a family friend said. For a few years starting in 1973, Mr. Hamlisch spent practically as much time accepting awards for his compositions as he did writing them. He is one of a handful of artists to win every major creative prize, some of them numerous times, including an Oscar for “The Way We Were” (1973, shared with the lyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman), a Grammy as best new artist (1974), and a Tony and a Pulitzer for “A Chorus Line” (1975, shared with the lyricist Edward Kleban, the director Michael Bennett and the book writers James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante). His omnipresence on awards and talk shows made him one of the last in a line of celebrity composers that included Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach and Stephen Sondheim/New York Times. More here. (2011 AP file photo of Hamlisch & Barbra Streisand)

Question: How did the work of composer Marvin Hamlisch impact you?

CdA Architect Nelson, 76, RIP

Prominent Coeur d'Alene architect R.G. "Bob" Nelson, who was known for his work designing the Hagadone Corp. headquarters building and The Coeur d'Alene Resort, died Thursday. He was 76. Kootenai County Commissioner Jai Nelson, his daughter, said his favorite project always was the one he was working on. "He'd be completely absorbed by the challenge of that project," she said. "He was completely passionate." He designed several buildings on the University of Idaho campus, including the award-winning student recreation center. Jai Nelson said she always admired his tenacity in life as well as his dedication to his profession. "I loved working with him," she said. "If you stand downtown in Coeur d'Alene you can see so many of his buildings. He's really had an impact in his work"/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press courtesy photo of Hagadone HQ, designed by R.G. Nelson)

Question: Did you know R.G. Nelson?

Author Gore Vidal, 86, RIP

In a world more to his liking, Gore Vidal (shown in 2009 AP file photo) might have been president, or even king. He had an aristocrat's bearing — tall, handsome and composed — and an authoritative baritone ideal for summoning an aide or courtier. But Vidal made his living — a very good living — from challenging power, not holding it. He was wealthy and famous and committed to exposing a system often led by men he knew firsthand. During the days of Franklin Roosevelt, one of the few leaders whom Vidal admired, he might have been called a "traitor to his class." The real traitors, Vidal would respond, were the upholders of his class. The author, playwright, politician and commentator whose vast and sharpened range of published works and public remarks were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom, died Tuesday at age 86 in Los Angeles. Vidal died at his home in the Hollywood Hills at about 6:45 p.m. of complications from pneumonia, his nephew Burr Steers said. Vidal had been living alone in the home and had been sick for "quite a while," Steers said/Hillel Italie, AP. More here.

Question: Did Gore Vidal's writings impact you?

‘Highly Effective People’ Author Dies

Stephen R. Covey, author of the top-selling motivational book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," died on Monday at an Idaho hospital from injuries he suffered in a bicycle accident in April, family members said in a statement. He was 79. Covey, who would have turned 80 in October, was founder of a Salt Lake City-based business that evolved into FranklinCovey, a multimillion-dollar corporate consulting, training and publication enterprise, according to the firm's website. Covey, who earned a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University and a doctorate from Utah's Brigham Young University, shot to fame with the 1989 publication of "7 Habits," his self-help guide to success in business/Laura Zuckerman, Reuters. More here.

Question: Have you been influenced by Covey's book?

Former longtime Boise Mayor Dick Eardley dies at 83

Dick Eardley, Boise's longest-serving mayor, died over the weekend at a local hospital at the age of 83. His son, Randy Eardley, told KIVI-TV, “He had undergone minor knee surgery, and was feeling great Friday.” He then suffered a heart attack on Saturday and died in his sleep. Eardley was Boise's mayor from 1974 to 1986. The four-term mayor, a former newsman and sports broadcaster, oversaw the opening of the current Boise City Hall, and helped create the Boise Arts Commission and attract the Peregrine Fund and the World Center for Birds of Prey to Idaho. He was involved in efforts to develop and bring major retailers to downtown Boise. “He accomplished a lot in his life, but always remained humble," his son said. You can read KIVI-TV's full report here, and read an account here from Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey. Services are pending at Cloverdale Funeral Home.

Actor Andy Griffith, 86, RIP

Andy Griffith and little Opie from the long-running "Andy Griffith Show." Griffith, whose homespun mix of humor and wisdom made "The Andy Griffith Show" an enduring TV favorite, died this morning in Manteo, N.C. He was 86. Story here. (AP file photo)

Question: Why are we so fond of the late actor Andy Griffith?

‘My Three Sons’ Actor Grady, 68, RIP

Don Grady — who played one of the sons on the TV classic, "My Three Sons" — has died at the age of 68 … this according to one of his co-stars. "Sons" star Barry Livingston just posted on Facebook, "My dear friend and TV brother Don Grady passed away today. He was an inspiration to me in so many ways." Grady had reportedly been suffering from cancer. Grady was an original Mouseketeer on the "Mickey Mouse Club"  … before going on to play the role of  Robbie Douglas on "My Three Sons" from 1960 to 1972/TMZ. More here.

Question: Feeling older?

Ironman Triathlete Died Tuesday

Officials have announced that a man died early Tuesday afternoon following complications he suffered during the swimming portion of the Ironman triathlon in Coeur d’Alene this weekend. The man has been identified as 44-year-old Sean Murphy from Seattle. Ironman personnel spotted Murphy struggling in Lake Coeur d’Alene about 20 minutes into the race and pulled him out of the water. They tried to resuscitate him at the medical tent, then transferred him to Kootenai Medical Center, according to a statement from the Kootenai County Coroner’s Office. Murphy was maintained on life support until he died at 1:07 p.m. Tuesday, the statement said. An autopsy to determine the cause of death will be performed at the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office/Justin Runquist, SR. More here(Photo from Sean Murphy Facebook page)

Former Rathdrum Star Publisher Dies

Tom Burnett, a veteran journalist, is shown with the small weekly he started to serve the northern communities of Kootenai County, Rathdrum Star. (Jesse Tinsley SR file photo)

Tom Burnett, who founded the Rathdrum Star weekly newspaper before it closed in December due to his retirement, died at his home on Friday night, acquaintances said. He was 70. Burnett has worked at several newspapers over the past 50 years, including from being a copy boy in Stamford, Conn., to owning the former weekly Post Falls Tribune in the 1980s. The Star was the first paper he started/Coeur d'Alene Press Online.

Thoughts about Tom's passing?

Riots Figure Rodney King, 47, RIP

Just a few months ago, Rodney King was once again the center of attention as the world checked back in on the man whose videotaped beating by police sparked one of the nation's worst race riots. King had left Los Angeles behind, moving an hour east to a home where neighbors would often hear him splashing in the pool late at night. The physical and emotional scars from the more than 50 baton blows remained, but King struck an upbeat note on his life. "America's been good to me after I paid the price and stayed alive through it all," he told The Associated Press. "This part of my life is the easy part now." But King was found around 5:30 a.m. Sunday at the bottom of the swimming pool at his Rialto, Calif. Home. His death at age 47 is being treated as an apparent drowning and there are no signs of foul play, but Capt. Randy De Anda said autopsy results would be needed to determine whether drugs or alcohol were a factor/Anthony McCartney, Associated Press. More here. (AP file photo)