Peter Ustinov Is Dead

Don’t ask me how I found out, but apparently the English actor passed away in 2004, and I completely missed it. I didn’t even know the poor sod was sick. A much belated R.I.P. to Sir Peter.

British actor Peter Ustinov.

The late, great Peter Ustinov

Jon Lord Dead

Rock and roll has lost one of its greatest. Jonathan Douglas “Jon” Lord died today, July 16th, 2012 at the age of 71. As a founding member and keyboard player of Deep Purple he will be remembered as one of the true giants of hard rock. Deep Purple and Jon Lord were among my personal all-time favorites and although Jon is gone his music will be with me and make my life more enjoyable until my number comes up. It’s a sad day indeed, but life must go on. Hail Jon!

Jon Lord

My Hero Is Gone – Christopher Hitchens Dead

I just heard the sad news. Christopher Hitchens has succumbed to esophageal cancer. Creationists all over the  world rejoice, thanking Jesus, while reasonable people are mourning. I would say R.I.P., but that would be an insult.

If the music died 02-03-1959­, then reason and acerbic wit took a hit 12-15-2011­.

I’m not old enough to remember where I was when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, but I do have John Lennon (sitting in a van listening to the radio, waiting for the post office at St. Olav’s Square in Oslo, Norway to open) and Christoper Hitchens (right here in front of my computer in Newtown, Connecticut). Oddly enough I don’t think they would have gotten along very well.

I regard Mr Hitchens a beacon of reason and logic and unsurpassed intellectual wit and honesty in a world that suffers from ignorance and superstition, not only abroad, but increasingly so right here at home. He was the standard bearer promoting atheism (he referred to himself as an “anti-theist”) and casting off the shackles of religion.

I didn’t agree with him on everything (America’s unwarranted invasion of Iraq in 2003 being the biggie), but the world needed his passion for truth now more than ever. The world is a much, much , MUCH better place for having been lucky enough to have him around.