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Perry Swisher dies at 88, served in Leg. as both Republican and Democrat

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Perry Swisher, a longtime state representative and senator who served as both a Republican and Democrat, has died. He was 88. Swisher died Wednesday morning at Chateau De Boise retirement residence in Boise of congestive heart failure, said his son, Larry Swisher. Perry Swisher was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 1952 as a Republican, and was a member of the Idaho Senate from 1962 to 1966, also as a Republican. In 1966 he ran unsuccessfully as a third party candidate for governor, and then in 1976 returned to the House as a Democrat. Gov. John Evans in 1979 appointed him to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. Swisher is survived by his wife, Nicky, son Larry, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Another son, Eric, died in 2009. You can read the Idaho Statesman's full article here.

Game Show Host Dawson, 79, RIP

Richard Dawson brought a saucy, unabashedly touchy-feely style to TV game shows as host of "Family Feud." The British-born entertainer, who died Saturday in Los Angeles, earlier had made his mark in the unlikely 1960s sitcom hit "Hogan's Heroes," which mined laughs from a Nazi POW camp whose prisoners hoodwink their captors and run the place themselves. But it is as the kissing, wisecracking quizmaster of "Feud" that he will be remembered. The show, which initially ran from 1976 to 1985, pitted a pair of families against each other as they tried to guess the most popular answers to poll questions such as "What do people give up when they go on a diet?" Dawson made his hearty, soaring pronouncement of the phrase "Survey says…" a national catchphrase among the show's fans/Christian Science Monitor. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Am I the only one who remembers Dawson as a member of the "Hogan's Heroes" ensemble?

Levon Helm, 71, The Band, RIP

Levon Helm, the widely respected and influential singer and drummer with the Band, whose Arkansas drawl colored the group's signature hits, including "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," died Thursday in New York of throat cancer. He was 71. One of three lead singers of the group that first gained fame backing Bob Dylan when he "went electric" in 1965, Helm and the Band largely created the template for a genre now labeled "Americana music" for its blend of rock, country, folk, blues and gospel strains/Los Angeles Times Pop & Hiss. More here. (AP file photo of Levon Helm drumming for the Band)

Question: Any fans of the Band out there?

Newsman Mike Wallace, 93, RIP

In this Feb. 22, 1999, photo, veteran CBS newsman Mike Wallace listens to speakers during a conference about covering assisted death at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Wallace, who graduated from the University of Michigan in 1939, died Saturday. He was 93. Story here. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, David P. Gilkey)

Question: Are you a Mike Wallace fan?

Painter Thomas Kinkade, 54, RIP

In this June 17, 2006, SR file photo, painter Thomas Kinkade works on a landscape painting of Lake Coeur d'Alene from a hillside where builders will begin a series of luxury homes based on his paintings.  Kinkade said each house will come with a print of the painting. A family spokesman says California artist Thomas Kinkade, known for scenes of cottages, country gardens and churches in dewy morning light died Friday. He was 54. Story here. (AP Photo/Gene Blythe, File)

Question: Where you a Thomas Kinkade fan?

‘Babe Ruth Of Banjo’ Scruggs, 88, RIP

Earl Scruggs, performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Scruggs' son Gary said his father passed away Wednesday morning at a Nashville, Tenn., hospital of natural causes. He was 88. Wall Street Journal story here. (AP Photo/Eric Parsons, File)

Tagging Earl Scruggs as a legend is to diminish what he was to Mountain Music. He was arguably the best banjo picker that ever lived or ever will. Prior to his leap to fame in the 1940's, 5-string banjo was frailed rather than picked with three fingers. He invented the style which is used by most traditionalists including yours truly/Bay Views. More here.

Question: Do you enjoy hearing bluegrass/banjo music?

MJ: Remembering Clancy Standridge

More than 20 years ago I was on the way home from a trip to Washington, D.C. with Clancy Standridge, who was for many years the legislative liaison and a top political confidante of my old boss Idaho Gov. Cecil D. Andrus. It was late, the flight had been a long one, we were a little grumpy and tired from a series of those non-stop and not very productive meetings you often have in the nation’s capitol. As we stumbled up the long concourse in the Salt Lake City airport headed for the connecting flight to Idaho, handsome, debonair Clancy offered up an observation I have found myself repeating ever since. “This time of day,” he said, “your shoes feel like they are on the wrong feet.” Everyone laughed and the ordeal of getting home suddenly didn’t seem so onerous. That was Clancy Standridge. Anyone who was around the Idaho Statehouse during the late 1980′s and early 1990′s will remember white haired, well-tailored Clancy Standridge who died recently in Portland, Oregon at age 84/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here.


Editor Dies After Sex w/Young Woman

The Oregonian newspaper reported Monday that Bob Caldwell, the long-time editor of the editorial pages, died in the apartment of a 23-year-old woman after going into cardiac arrest following a sex act. The paper had previously reported that Caldwell was found in his parked car. The paper now says the woman was the one who called 9-1-1 on Saturday to report that Caldwell was unresponsive. According to the correction published in The Oregonian, the woman told deputies she met Caldwell a year ago at Portland Community College and he provided cash for books and other school expenses, in exchange for sex/Frank Mungeam, KGW.com via KREM. More here.


Blogger Andrew Breitbart, 43, RIP

Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger whose posting of a sexually explicit photo of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner led to the congressman's downfall, has died, his attorney confirmed Thursday. He was 43. Joel Pollak, editor-in-chief and in-house counsel for Breitbart's website, Breitbart.com, posted a statement confirming his death. "Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles," the statement read. "We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior"/CNN. More here. (AP/BigGovernment.com file photo posted by Andrew Breitbart that purported to show Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., shirtless)


Play Music In Heaven, Davy Jones

In sixth grade, when the television show started about the rock band, my girlfriends and I spent hours discussing our favorite Monkee (mine: Peter Tork). We bought all their albums, memorized all the songs, waited in line for their movies. We didn't care when we later learned that none of them were very good at playing music when they got together. They were chosen for their chemistry. And boy, did they have it. They allowed us to daydream about love, romance and all the other stuff we didn't really know about yet in sixth grade/Rebecca Nappi, SR End Notes. More here. (AP file photo: "The Monkees," from top left, during TV show in 1960s, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, from lower left, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork pose next to their customized Pontiac GTO)

Question: Anyone have a favorite Monkee who wasn't Davy Jones?

Davy Jones, 66, Monkees, RIP

In this 1997 file photo (left to right), Monkees Davy Jones, Peter Tork,Mickey Dolenz, Michael Nesmith. Jones, the lead singer who popularized "I'm A Believer," died this morning of a heart attack. Story here. (AP file photo)

Question: Do you have a favorite Monkees' song?

Kids’ Book Creator Berenstain Dies

Janice Berenstain displays a copy of the first book, left, she and husband, Stanley Berenstain, created and the second book, which was the first to actually call the characters Berenstain Bears, in Solebury, Pa. Jan Berenstain, who with her husband Stan created the Berenstain Bears books that have charmed preschoolers and their parents for 50 years, has died. Her son Mike Berenstain said she died Friday. She was 88. Story here. (AP File Photo/Mel Evans)

Question: Do you read the Berenstain Bears books to your kids as they were growing up?

Gary Carter, Hall Of Fame, 57, RIP

In this Oct. 27, 1986, file photo, New York Mets GAry Carter is lifted in the air by relief pitcher Jese Orosco following the Met 8-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of baseballs World Series at New York's Shea Stadium. Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said today that Hall of Fame catcher has died at age 57. Story here. (AP Photo/Paul Benoit, File)

Question: What is your all-time favorite World Series moment?

Pop Star Whitney Houston, 48, RIP

Artist Whitney Houston performs onstage at the 37th Annual American Music Awards in November 2009 in Los Angeles. Houston died today, she was 48. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48. Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told KABC-TV that Houston died in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton. Her body remained in the hotel and Beverly Hills detectives were investigating. Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the cause of her death was unknown/Associated Press. More here.

Free Willy Vet Brown, 62, RIP

In this June 9, 1998, file photo, Keiko, who starred in the Free Willy films, carries a live crab in his mouth while cavorting in his pool at Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Ore. Dr. Steven Brown, the veterinarian at the Oregon Coast Aquarium who cared for the killer whale, has died. He was 62. Story here. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Question: Have you ever visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium Newport?

Boxing Manager Dundee, 90, RIP

Angelo Dundee, the brilliant motivator who worked the corner for Muhammad Ali in his greatest fights and willed Sugar Ray Leonard to victory in his biggest bout, died yesterday in Tampa, Fla. He was 90. The genial Dundee was best known for being in Ali’s corner for almost his entire career, but those in boxing also knew him as an ambassador for boxing and a figure of integrity in a sport that often lacked it. He died with his family surrounding him, said son, Jimmy Dundee, but not before being able to attend Ali’s 70th birthday bash in Louisville, Ky., last month. “It was the way he wanted to go,” Jimmy Dundee said. “He did everything he wanted to do”/Tim Dahlberg, New York Post. More here. (2011 AP file photo of Angelo Dundee)

Question: Are you a boxing fan?

Obit: Rose Mary Peak, 65, Snake Pit

Following is the obituary of Rose Mary (Poelma) Peak, co-owner of historic Enaville Resort (Snake Pit), as it appears in Coeur d'Alene Press today: "Rose Mary was born on Jan. 13, 1947, in Cheyenne, Wyo., and died on Jan. 20, 2012, in the presence of her loving family at Hospice House in Coeur d'Alene. Rose Mary was the second of four children of Jim and Eileen Poelma. She grew up in the rural farming community of Carpenter, Wyo., 20 miles southeast of Cheyenne. She lived in a community, school and family where faith and music went hand-in-hand with the hard work of farming. Her grandmother taught her to play the piano at an early age, and the rest of her family often played music together as a group, whether it was during informal family gatherings or for barn dances." More here. (Kathy Plonka SR file photo: Enaville Resort)


Penn State’s Joe Paterno, 85, RIP

For years, Penn State University game days meant long lines of cars and RVs bearing fans making pilgrimages from all corners of Pennsylvania to a school right in the middle of the state, and by extension, to coach Joe Paterno, the man long regarded as its center. The school's flagship campus, established in 1855 in the small town of State College and conceived as a place for farmers to receive a scientific education, sits in the state's geographic center. But its physical presence is also woven throughout Pennsylvania, with two dozen campuses scattered across the state. So Paterno's death from cancer on Sunday has created emotional ripples that have spread throughout the university's broad network of alumni, both within the state and far beyond/CBS News. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: What will be Joe Paterno's legacy?

Singer Etta James, 73, RIP

n this April 29, 2006 photo, Etta James performs during the 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. James, the feisty rhythm and blues singer whose raw, passionate vocals anchored many hits and made the yearning ballad "At Last" an enduring anthem for weddings, commercials and even President Barack Obama, died today. She was 73. James had been suffering from dementia and kidney problems, and was battling leukemia. In December, her physician announced that her leukemia was terminal. CNN story here. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

Question: Any thoughts re: the passing of singing legend Etta James? And/or: When did you last hear "At Last" sung at a wedding?

Cheetah, 80, RIP

Johnny Weissmuller, right, as Tarzan, Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane, and Cheetah the chimpanzee, in a scene from the 1932 movie Tarzan the Ape Man. A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah the chimpanzee from the Tarzan movies of the 1930s died Saturday of kidney failure at age 80. Story here. (AP Photo/ho, File)

Question: Would you like to see a modern, action-hero, movie version of Tarzan, Jane, & Cheetah?

Christopher Hitchens, 62, Writer, RIP

Christopher Hitchens, who has died at the age of 62 in the Houston hospital where he had been receiving treatment for cancer, was among the greatest polemicists of his generation. Many writers make the journey from a left wing youth to a right-leaning posture in later adulthood. And Hitchens' support for the military intervention in Iraq - along with his thoroughly disabused view of President Clinton - dismayed many of his erstwhile friends on the political left both in the United States and in Britain. But he was always too original a figure and too much his own man ever to be accommodated easily in the neat little pigeon holes of 'left' and 'right'/Hywel Williams, Mail Online. More here.

Question: Were you a fan of Christopher Hitchens?

‘M*A*S*H* Col. Potter, 96, RIP

In this Dec. 23, 1982, photo, from left, Alan Alda , Burt Metcalfe , Harry Morgan and Loretta Swit (Maj. Margret stand on the set of M*A*S*H* in Los Angeles. The Emmy-winning character actor whose portrayal of the fatherly Col. Potter on television's "M*A*S*H" highlighted a show business career that included nine other TV series, 50 films and the Broadway stage, died today. He was 96. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Which long-running show did you enjoy more: "M*A*S*H*" or "Seinfeld"?

Boxer ‘Smokin’ Joe’ Frazier, 67, RIP

Joe Frazier, the relentless slugger who became the heavyweight champion of the world and earned boxing immortality with three epic battles against Muhammad Ali, died on Monday at age 67, his personal manager said. "Smokin' Joe" Frazier, who was the first boxer to beat Ali, died in Philadelphia a month after being diagnosed with liver cancer. Leslie Wolff, Frazier's personal manager, confirmed his death. Frazier won the Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medal for the United States in 1964 in Tokyo and held the world heavyweight boxing crown from 1970 to 1973/Christian Science Monitor. More here. (AP file photo: Muhammad Ali lands a punch to heavyweight boxer Joe Frazier's head On Oct. 1, 1975, in Manila, Philippines)

Question: Do you follow boxing?

Commentator Andy Rooney, 92, RIP

Andy Rooney, the curmudgeonly commentator who spent more than 30 years wryly talking about the oddities of life for “60 Minutes,” died Friday night, CBS said. He was 92. Just a month ago, Rooney delivered his last regular essay on the CBS newsmagazine. CBS said he died Friday night in New York from complications from a recent surgery. Rooney, also a syndicated newspaper columnist, talked about what was in the news. But he was just as likely to use his weekly television essay to discuss the old clothes in his closet, why banks need to have important-sounding names or whether there was a real Mrs. Smith who made Mrs. Smith’s Pies/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Were you an Andy Rooney fan?

Bites The Dust — Moammar Gadhafi

In this Sept. 1, 1987 file photo, Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, holds a baton as he sits to review Libyan troops during the 18th anniversary celebration of Libya's revolution in Tripoli. Libya's information minister said Gadhafi was killed Thursday when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after the regime fell. Story here. (AP Photo/John Redman)

Question: Good riddance to bad rubbish?

Tofflemire Paid Price To Play In NFL

In his Sunday column, John Blanchette/SR discussed the ultimate price that former, indestructible Post Falls Trojan star Joe Tofflemire paid to play in the NFL. Tofflemire died last week at his home at age 46. His brother, Paul, and the extended family weren't surprised as a result of the toll that the violent world of pro football took on his brother's body. Blachette reports: "A study in the 1990s by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health noted that NFL linemen had a 52 percent greater risk of dying from heart disease than the general population. In 2006, the St. Petersburg Times reported while average life expectancy in the United States was nearly 78 years, the average for NFL players was 55 – 52 for linemen." Then, Blanchette quotes Paul Tofflemire as saying: “The NFL stands for ‘Not For Long. It’s a violent game with a cost.” (SR file photo: former Seattle Seahawks center Joe Tofflemire reacts as a trainer checks his shoulder in training camp in July 1995.)

Question: Can you enjoy NFL football as much, knowing that the players are risking shorter lives for their moments of glory?

Joe Tofflemire, Ex-NFL Player, RIP

He bought himself a snub-nosed football shoe in the ninth grade to further his ambitions as a place-kicker, so instantly – and forever – Joe Tofflemire was known as “Toe.” But soon enough he grew into a complete player – one of the most honored linemen in Pacific-12 Conference history, a second-round NFL draft pick – and, to his family and friends, a complete inspiration. So their sorrow was as profound as their shock in learning that Tofflemire had died Tuesday at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene after being found unconscious and unresponsive in his Post Falls home. The former Seattle Seahawks center was 46. “He was warm, sharing, caring, compassionate,” said Nick Menegas, Tofflemire’s coach at Post Falls High School. “His evolution from boy to man was so rewarding to watch. He was humble and kind – and so grateful for his opportunities”/John Blanchette, SR. More here.

Ex-PFHS Footballer Tofflemire Dies

In this SR file football by Christopher Anderson from the mid-1990s, Joe Tofflemire grimaces as a Seahawk trainer checks his shoulder during a recent practice. Tofflemire was a football standout at Post Falls High.

Joe Tofflemire, a first-team All-Pac-10 center at Arizona in 1986, 987 and 1988, died Tuesday in Post Falls. He wa 46. He was found unconscious and unresponsive in his home, according to family reports on Facebook. He later died in a Coeur d'Alene (Kootenai Medical Center) hospital. Tofflemire was UA's 1988 football team's Most Valuable Player and the 1988 winner of the Pac-10 Morris Award, emblematic of the league's top offensive lineman. He was selected in the second round of the 1989 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks and played for the team from 1989-94/Arizona Daily Star. More from Wikipedia here. (John Blanchette & Greg Lee are working on story for SR.)

  • From Alison Larkin McArthur Facebook wall: The Funeral Services for Joe Tofflemire will be Rosary September 30th at 7 pm at Bell Tower Funeral Home- 3398 E Jenalan Avenue Post Falls- Graveside services Monday at Noon at Evergreen Cemetery- Spokane Street- Post Falls, and Monday 2pm Reception Post Falls Senior Center 1215 E 3rd Avenue Post Falls. If you wish to donate any cash or food items for the reception Monday drop the items off at the Post Falls Senior Center- 1215 E 3rd Avenue. Any other questions please feel free to contact me at 208-773-9582.

Idaho Journalism Icon Brady Dies

Loyal readers at this spot know that I occasionally rage against the dying of the light of local journalism. The days of independent, community-minded and engaged newspapers, television and radio stations does seem to me more and more imperiled, which makes the passing of J. Robb Brady, the long-time publisher and editorialist of the Idaho Falls Post Register, a singularly sad milestone. Brady was a young 92 when he died Sunday in Idaho Falls. His wife Rose – they were married for 69 years — died earlier this year. Robb Brady was, as the younger set might say, “old school.” His office looked like it could have been at home on the set of the old television show “Lou Grant.” Robb truly had printer’s ink in his veins and it was obvious he took great pride and satisfaction in running a family-owned newspaper/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here. (Courtesy photo: Idaho Falls Post Register)

Question: What journalists would you describe as "old school" and having "printer's ink in his veins"?

Jesus’ newspaper obituary

In the St. Aloysius Church bulletin Sunday, there was an obituary of Jesus, written in newspaper style from the "Lake Galilee Gazette." Not sure who wrote it, but here's what it said:

Jesus, son of Joseph. Age: 33. Born in Nazareth, Galilee, of Joseph, carpenter, and Mary, housewife. Joined his father in business as Joseph and Son, LLC. Graduate of Nazareth Synagogue with certificate in Hebrew Prophet Studies. Developed a following as preacher and teacher with some apparent success in healing ministry throughout our area. Became enmeshed in politico/religious intrigues in recent years leading to conviction and execution by Roman authorities this past week. Interment services held in Jerusalem according to custom. Survived by mother, numerous cousins and extended family. Remembrances may be sent to a charity of one's choice.

Anything you'd add?


(From Spokesman-Review archives, this is an undated copy of an original painting of Jesus Christ by portrait painter Stanley Gordon)