2020 RIP Thread

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A new thread for the new year - was hoping to not have to start this one for quite some time, unfortunately things don't always work out.

RIP David Stern - former NBA Commissioner passed away today at age 77. Brought the NBA back into the limelight after some issues in the 70's. Didn't hurt that he had Magic, Bird and Michael to use as the faces of the league.
 

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RIP don Larsen, of the 1956 World series perfect game.

Sam Wyche, former head football coach for the Bengals and Bucs died today.

RIP Don Larsen - the WS perfect game will forever be the legacy! RIP Sam Wyche - only coach to get the Bengals to the Super Bowl. And gave the Niners all they could handle, last minute Montana to Taylor TD pass for the win.

3 days in and 3 listed already, not a great start to 2020!
 

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RIP Pete Dye -- will be remembered for some amazing golf course designs, including TPC Sawgrass and the infamous #17 island green!
 

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RIP Don Larsen - the WS perfect game will forever be the legacy! RIP Sam Wyche - only coach to get the Bengals to the Super Bowl. And gave the Niners all they could handle, last minute Montana to Taylor TD pass for the win.

3 days in and 3 listed already, not a great start to 2020!

Sam Wyche was not the only coach to take the Bungals to the Super Bowl...........Remember Forrest Gregg? 1982 Super Bowl.........Was living in Ohio at the time and remember vividly..........Ken Anderson was a stub back then........Had the old school helmet before they changed to the "Fredrick's of Hollywood" style they still wear now.........
 

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Red Barchetta is my all time favorite Rush song, a true classic! RIP Neil Peart

Coming up with a favorite Rush song is no easy task! I'd say "Subdivisions", "Fly By Night", "Closer to the Heart" and "Time Stand Still" are the first Rush songs that come to mind for me but I'm probably forgetting a few dozen others.

Until tonight I had no idea Neal Pert was the main lyricist for Rush! His lyrical skill may have even been more impressive than his drumming, which is really saying something!! Here is a paragraph from a Rolling Stone article about him today.

Peart was widely considered one of the best drummers in rock history, with a flamboyant yet utterly precise style. He joined singer-bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson in Rush in 1974, and his virtuosic playing and literate lyrics – which drew on Ayn Rand and science fiction, among other influences – helped make the trio one of the key bands of the classic-rock era. A rigorous autodidact and a gifted writer, he was also the author of numerous books. He was fiercely principled, and never stopped believing in the possibilities of rock and despising what he saw as over-commercialization of the music industry. “It’s about being your own hero,” he told Rolling Stone in 2015. “I set out to never betray the values that 16-year-old had, to never sell out, to never bow to the man. A compromise is what I can never accept.”

Two lines from Subdivisions may be my favorite lyrics ever. "Conform or be cast out" and "Be cool or be cast out" have been used by me more times than I care to remember. I wish I had come up with those!


If anyone doubts his lyrical skills and vision just read the lyrics to "Spirit of the Radio" written in 1980 which laments the state of current music at that time. Fast forward to 2020 and those lyrics hold true more now than they did 40 years ago. His passing is quite a loss.
 
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For those of you Rush music fans (I definitely am one, saw them for the first time in 1979 at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino), you will appreciate Neil's lyrics even more if you read any of his books (he's written at least 5). I just finished my 2nd one called 'Roadshow - Travels With Drums' and the first one I read was 'Ghostrider'. A real in-depth look at what it's like to be a rock star, and how to decompress before, during, and after a worldwide tour. Those 2 books detail his motorcycle journeys around North America (Ghostrider) and Worldwide (Roadshow). Highly recommended.
 

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Two lines from Subdivisions may be my favorite lyrics ever. "Conform or be cast out" and "Be cool or be cast out" have been used by me more times than I care to remember. I wish I had come up with those!

That sounds like a great idea for a new thread - best/most fitting song lyrics. I may be wrong (and probably am) - the lyric I like best is from Def Leppard - Rock of Ages -- "It is better to burn out, than to fade away". Would have to check dates to see who used it first, but it was also used in the movie Highlander in the church scene.
 

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That sounds like a great idea for a new thread - best/most fitting song lyrics. I may be wrong (and probably am) - the lyric I like best is from Def Leppard - Rock of Ages -- "It is better to burn out, than to fade away". Would have to check dates to see who used it first, but it was also used in the movie Highlander in the church scene.

To go along with RUSH.... "a brilliant Red Barchetta from a better vanished time...."

The thought of the past as better but having vanished is so genuine, making one wonder if it was actually so great or if the memories we hold on to make the vanished time seem so much better! In any event, brilliant lyricism!
 

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For Monty Python fans its sad that Terry Jones on Jan. 21 at age 77. I was that before Monty Python was formed there was nothing funny in England. Loved the show and most of the movies.
 
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