The news that Apple co-founder and technology titan Steve Jobs passed away yesterday. The news was hard to miss last night, and while I generally try to stay away from posting ‘real’ news here on Club Jade, I couldn’t let it pass without some mention.
Jobs’ connection to Star Wars is tenous at best – he bought Pixar from George Lucas for $4M in 1986. Lucas said in a statement, “The magic of Steve was that while others simply accepted the status quo, he saw the true potential in everything he touched and never compromised on that vision. He leaves behind an incredible family and a legacy that will continue to speak to people for years to come.”
I’ve been using Apple products since 1999, and much of the site you see here was produced on them in one way or another. Whether or not you’re a fan, it’s hard not to admit that the Apple Jobs created and later revived has been a driving force in technology and pop culture. Thanks, Steve.
ESB is considered by many to be the finest entry in the Star Wars franchise. And he’s probably most appreciated for arguing it out with Harrison Ford to put together the famous “I love you” “I know” exchange.
Those of us lucky enough to have heard him speak at Celebration know what an interesting and multi-faceted man he was. He will be missed.
We read it uphill, in the snow, with no boots.Suvudu salutes Heir to the Empire — with a little help from Tim Zahn, editor Tom Dupree and art director Jamie S. Warren — as part of their 25 years of Spectra features.
Solicitations. Look ahead to September comics from Dark Horse, with new issues of Invasion, The Old Republic: Threat of Peace, that Fett thing, and a $1 reprint of Legacy #1.
Andrew Koenig, an actor,writer and director best known for his role as Boner in Growing Pains, had been battling depression for years and had stopped taking his medication a year ago. He had gone to Vancouver to visit friends when he disappeared on Valentine’s Day.
After his parents received a letter from him that sounded despondent, the Koenigs notified police. Fandom and the internets took up the cause by posting his picture and linking to the website set up by his friends and family in the hopes that he might be found. Unfortunately, a private search organized by the family located him in a secluded area off one of his favorite paths. They shared that he had taken his own life.
Walter and his wife said the following during a press conference:
If you know or are one of those people who feel like you can’t handle it any more, if you can learn anything from this, it is that there are people out there who care. You may not think so, and ultimately it may not be enough, but there are people that care. Before you make that final decision, check it out again, talk to somebody.
People in the United States who need to speak with someone can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotlines at either 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
John Hughes, the director of the classic 80′s films Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and more, died this morning of a heart attack in New York City. His movies were hugely influential to those of us who grew up during the 80′s and on teen movies in general. (Hattip to /film)
We interrupt my real life in the H1N1 response to bring some sad news to the Stargate family. Dom DeLuise, talented comedian and the creator of the much-beloved character Urgo, has died at the age of 75.
Arthur may be best known as one of the stars of the classic 80′s sitcom Golden Girls, but to those of us entrenched in the GFFA she will always be Ackmena, night shift bartender of the Cantina in the Holiday Special.
We are saddened to report the passing of Maurice Jarre and Andy Hallett.
Maurice Jarre was a French film composer who won 3 Oscars for Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago, and A Passage to India, and wrote the music for over 150 films, and was considered one of the pioneers of film scoring. He passed away on Sunday of cancer at the age of 84.
Andy Hallett was best known for his role of Lorne/The Host, a horned green demon owner of the karaoke bar on the TV show Angel, and also sang on the Angel soundtrack. He passed on Monday of heart failure at the age of 33.