Speechwriting: Corporate, Weddings, Retirement

6/30/11

Bluster County Blues: Cannonball's Run


 
 
My latest tale is about a little boy who makes a big splash in the lives those around him.

Cort Coleridge always does the unexpected well. One thing he did made him a legend.

6/24/11

Peter Falk Died - Biography, TV and Movies

Peter Michael Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) was an American actor, best known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the television series Columbo. He appeared in numerous films and television guest roles, and has been nominated for an Academy Award twice (for 1960's Murder, Inc. and 1961's Pocketful of Miracles), and won the Emmy Award on five occasions (four for Columbo) and the Golden Globe award once. Director William Friedkin, when discussing Falk's role in his 1978 film The Brink's Job said that "Peter has a great range from comedy to drama. He could break your heart or he could make you laugh."[1]:263

In 1968 he starred with Gene Barry in a ninety-minute TV pilot about a highly-skilled, laid-back detective. Columbo eventually became part of an anthology series entitled, The NBC Mystery Movie, along with McCloud and McMillan And Wife. The detective series stayed on NBC from 1971–1978, took a respite, and returned occasionally on ABC from 1989–2003. He was "everyone's favorite rumpled television detective", writes historian David Fantle. Describing his role, Variety columnist Howard Prouty writes, "The joy of all this is watching Columbo dissemble the fiendishly clever cover stories of the loathsome rats who consider themselves his better."[2]

Contents [hide]
1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 Stage career
2.2 Early films
2.3 Early television roles
2.4 Columbo series
2.5 Later career
3 Personal life
4 Selected filmography
5 References
6 External links

[edit] Early lifeBorn in New York City, Falk was the son of Michael Peter Falk, owner of a clothing and dry goods store, and his wife, Madeline (née Hockhauser), an accountant and buyer.[3] His family was Jewish; his father was Polish, with a more distant mix of Hungarian and Czech, and his mother Russian.[4][5] He was the great-grandson of Miksa Falk, chief editor of the Budapest newspaper Pester Lloyd.[6]:216

Falk's right eye was surgically removed when he was three because of a retinoblastoma; he wore a glass eye for most of his life.[7] Despite this, Falk participated in team sports, mainly baseball and basketball, as a boy. In a 1997 interview in Cigar Aficionado magazine with Arthur Marx, Falk said, "I remember once in high school the umpire called me out at third base when I was sure I was safe. I got so mad I took out my glass eye, handed it to him and said, 'Try this.' I got such a laugh you wouldn't believe."[4]

Falk's first stage appearance was at the age of 12 in The Pirates of Penzance at Camp High Point[8] in upstate New York, where one of his camp counselors was Ross Martin (they would later act together in The Great Race and the Columbo episode "Suitable For Framing"). Falk attended Ossining High School in Westchester County, New York, where he was a star athlete and president of his senior class. After graduating from high school in 1945, Falk briefly attended Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and then tried to join the armed services as World War II was drawing to a close. Rejected because of his glass eye, he joined the United States Merchant Marine, and served as a cook and mess boy. "There they don't care if you're blind or not", Falk said in 1997. "The only one on a ship who has to see is the captain. And in the case of the Titanic, he couldn't see very well, either."[4] Falk recalls this period in his autobiography:

"A year on the water was enough for me, so I returned to college. I didn't stay long. Too itchy. What to do next? I signed up to go to Israel to fight in the war with Egypt. . . . I just wanted more excitement. . . . However, the war, to everyone's amazement, was over in the blink of an eye."[9]
After a year and a half in the Merchant Marine, Falk returned to Hamilton College and also attended the University of Wisconsin. He transferred to the New School for Social Research in New York City, which awarded him a bachelor's degree in literature and political science in 1951. He then traveled in Europe and worked on a railroad in Yugoslavia for six months.[10] He returned to New York, enrolling at Syracuse University,[4] but he recalled in his 2006 memoir Just One More Thing that he was unsure what he wanted to do with his life for years after leaving high school.[11]

Falk obtained a master's degree in public administration at Syracuse University in 1953. It was a new program designed to train future workers for the federal government, a career that Falk said in his memoir that he had "no interest in and no aptitude for."[12] He applied for a job with the CIA, but was rejected because of his membership in the Marine Cooks and Stewards Union while serving in the Merchant Marine, even though he was required to join and was not active in the union.[13] He then became a management analyst with the Connecticut State Budget Bureau in Hartford.[14] Falk characterized his Hartford job as "efficiency expert". "I was such an efficiency expert that the first morning on the job, I couldn't find the building where I was to report for work", he said in 1997. "Naturally, I was late, which I always was in those days, but ironically it was my tendency never to be on time that got me started as a professional actor." [4]

[edit] Career[edit] Stage careerWhile working in Hartford, Falk joined a community theater group called the Mark Twain Masquers, where he performed in plays that included The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, The Crucible, and The Country Girl by Clifford Odets. Falk also studied with Eva Le Gallienne, who was giving an acting class at the White Barn Theatre in Westport, Connecticut. Falk later recalled that he had "lied his way" into the class, which was for professional actors. He drove down to Westport from Hartford every Wednesday, when the classes were held, and was usually late.[4]

In his 1997 interview with Arthur Marx, Falk said "One evening when I arrived late, she looked at me and asked, 'Young man, why are you always late?' and I said, 'I have to drive down from Hartford.'" She looked down her nose and said, "What do you do in Hartford? There's no theater there. How do you make a living acting?" Falk confessed he wasn't a professional actor. According to Falk, she looked at him sternly and said, "Well, you should be." He drove back to Hartford and quit his job.[4]

Falk stayed with the Le Gallienne group for a few months more, and obtained a letter of recommendation from Le Galliene to an agent at the William Morris Agency in New York.[4] In 1956, he left his job with the Budget Bureau and moved to Greenwich Village to pursue an acting career.

His first New York stage role was in an Off-Broadway production of Molière's Dom Juan at the Fourth Street Theatre that closed after its only performance on January 3, 1956. Falk played the second lead, Sganarelle.[15] His next theater role proved far better for his career. In May he appeared at Circle in the Square in a revival of The Iceman Cometh with Jason Robards, playing the bartender.[14][16]

Falk made his Broadway debut also in 1956, appearing in Alexander Ostrovsky's Diary of a Scoundrel. As the year came to an end, he appeared again on Broadway as an English soldier in Shaw's Saint Joan, with Siobhán McKenna.[17] In 1972 he appered in Broadway's The Prisoner of Second Avenue. According to film historian Ephraim Katz, "His characters derive added authenticity from his squinty gaze, the result of the loss of an eye . . ."[18]

[edit] Early films
Falk was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as the gangster Abe Reles in Murder, Inc.Despite his stage success, a theatrical agent advised Falk not to expect much film work because of his glass eye.[14] He failed a screen test at Columbia Pictures and was told by studio boss Harry Cohn that "for the same price I can get an actor with two eyes." He also failed to get a role in the film Marjorie Morningstar despite a promising interview for the second lead.[19] His first film performances were in small roles in Wind Across the Everglades (1958), The Bloody Brood (1959) and Pretty Boy Floyd (1960).[20]

Falk's performance in Murder, Inc. (1960) was a turning point in his career. He was cast in the supporting role of killer Abe Reles, in a film based on the real-life murder gang of that name, which terrorized New York in the 1930s. New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther, while dismissing the movie as "an average gangster film", singled out Falk's "amusingly vicious performance." [21]

Crowther wrote:[21]

Mr. Falk, moving as if weary, looking at people out of the corners of his eyes and talking as if he had borrowed Marlon Brando's chewing gum, seems a travesty of a killer, until the water suddenly freezes in his eyes and he whips an icepick from his pocket and starts punching holes in someone's ribs. Then viciousness pours out of him and you get a sense of a felon who is hopelessly cracked and corrupt.

The film turned out to be Falk's breakout role. In his 2006 autobiography, Just One More Thing, Falk said that his selection for the film from thousands of other Off Broadway actors was a "miracle" that "made my career", and that without it he would not have gotten the other significant movie roles that he later played.[22] Falk, who played Reles again in the 1960 TV series The Witness,[20] was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance in the film.

Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
In 1961 multiple Academy Award winning director Frank Capra cast Falk in the comedy Pocketful of Miracles. The film was Capra's last feature, and although it was not the commercial success he hoped it would be, he "gushed about Falk's performance."[6]:217 Falk was nominated for an Oscar for his role. In his autobiography Capra writes about Falk:

"The entire production was agony . . . except for Peter Falk. He was my joy, my anchor to reality. Introducing that remarkable talent to the techniques of comedy made me forget pains, tired blood, and maniacal hankerings to murder Glenn Ford (the film's star). Thank you Peter Falk."[23]:480
For his part, Falk says that he "never worked with a director who showed greater enjoyment of actors and the acting craft." Falk says, "There is nothing more important to an actor than to know that the one person who represents the audience to you, the director, is responding well to what you are trying to do." Falk recalled one time that Capra reshot a scene even though he yelled "Cut and Print", indicating the scene finalized. When Falk asked him why he wanted it reshot, "he laughed and said that he loved the scene so much he just wanted to see us do it again. How's that for support!"[6]:217

For the remainder of the 1960s Falk had mainly small movie roles and TV guest-starring appearances. He had one of the larger roles in the epic 1963 comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, a star-studded adventure that saw him playing a cop-hating cab driver who gets caught up in the hilarity. Other roles included a comical crook in the 1964 Rat Pack film, Robin and the 7 Hoods, and the 1965 spoof The Great Race, with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis.

[edit] Early television roles
in Decoy (1959)Falk first appeared on television in 1957, in the dramatic anthology programs that later became known as the "Golden Age of Television." He appeared in one episode of Robert Montgomery Presents in 1957, and also appeared in Studio One, Kraft Television Theater, New York Confidential, Naked City, Have Gun Will Travel and Decoy.[20]

In 1961, Falk was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance in the episode "Cold Turkey" of James Whitmore's short-lived series The Law and Mr. Jones on ABC. On September 29, 1961, Falk and Walter Matthau guest-starred in the premiere episode, "The Million Dollar Dump," of ABC's crime drama Target: The Corruptors!, with Stephen McNally. He won an Emmy for The Price of Tomatoes, a Dick Powell TV drama in 1962.[20]

Falk's first television series was in the title role of the drama The Trials of O'Brien, in which he played a lawyer. The show ran in 1965 and 1966 and was cancelled after 22 episodes.[20]

In 1971, Pierre Cossette produced the first Grammy Awards show on television with some help from Falk. Cossette writes in his autobiography, "What meant the most to me, though, is the fact that Peter Falk saved my ass. I love show business, and I love Peter Falk." [24]

[edit] Columbo series
As ColumboAlthough Falk appeared in numerous other television roles in the 1960s and 1970s, he is best known as the star of the TV series Columbo, "everyone's favorite rumpled television detective", writes historian David Fantle. His character was a shabby and ostensibly absent-minded police detective lieutenant, who had first appeared in the 1968 film Prescription: Murder. Falk described his role to Fantle:

Columbo has a genuine mistiness about him. It seems to hang in the air . . . [and] he's capable of being distracted. . . . Columbo is an ass-backwards Sherlock Holmes. Holmes had a long neck, Columbo has no neck; Holmes smoked a pipe, Columbo chews up six cigars a day."[6]:216
Television critic Ben Falk adds that Falk "created an iconic cop . . . who always got his man (or woman) after a tortuous cat-and-mouse investigation." He notes also that the idea for the character was "apparently inspired by Dostoyevsky's dogged police inspector, Porfiry Petrovich, in the novel Crime and Punishment.[25]

Falk tries to analyze the character and notes the correlation between his own personality and Columbo's:

I'm a Virgo Jew, and that means I have an obsessive thoroughness. It's not enough to get most of the details, it's necessary to get them all. I've been accused of perfectionism. When Lew Wasserman (head of Universal Studios) said that Falk is a perfectionist, I don't know whether it was out of affection or because he felt I was a monumental pain in the ass."[6]:216
With "general amazement", Falk notes that "the show is all over the world". He added, "I've been to little villages in Africa with maybe one TV set, and little kids will run up to me shouting, 'Columbo, Columbo!'"[6] Singer Johnny Cash recalled acting in one episode, and although he was not an experienced actor, he writes in his autobiography, "Peter Falk was good to me. I wasn't at all confident about handling a dramatic role, and every day he helped me in all kinds of little ways.[26]

The debut episode in 1971 was directed by 25-year-old Steven Spielberg in one of his earliest directing roles. Falk recalled the episode to Spielberg biographer Joseph McBride:

Let's face it, we had some good fortune at the beginning. Our debut episode, in 1971, was directed by this young kid named Steven Spielberg. I told the producers, Link and Levinson, This guy is too good for "Columbo". . . . Steven was shooting me with a long lens from across the street. That wasn't common twenty years ago. The comfort level it gave me as an actor, besides its great look artistically—well, it told you that this wasn't any ordinary director."[27]
The character of Columbo had previously been played by Bert Freed in a single TV episode and by Thomas Mitchell on Broadway. Falk first played Columbo in Prescription: Murder, a 1968 TV-movie, and from 1971 to 1978 Columbo aired regularly on NBC as part of the umbrella series NBC Mystery Movie. All episodes were of TV-movie length, 90 or 120 minutes including commercials. The show returned on ABC in the form of a less frequent series of TV-movies, still starring Falk, from 1989 until 2003.[20]

[edit] Later career
With Gena Rowlands in Woman Under the Influence (1974)Falk was a close friend of independent film director John Cassavetes and appeared in Cassavetes' films Husbands, A Woman Under the Influence, and, in a cameo, at the end of Opening Night. Cassavetes, in turn, guest-starred in the Columbo episode "Étude in Black" in 1972. Falk describes his experiences working with Cassavetes, and specifically remembers his directing strategies such as "shooting an actor when he might be unaware the camera was running."

You never knew when the camera might be going. And it was never: 'Stop. Cut. Start again.' John would walk in the middle of a scene and talk, and though you didn't realize it, the camera kept going. So I never knew what the hell he was doing. [Laughs] But he ultimately made me, and I think every actor, less self-conscious, less aware of the camera than anybody I've ever worked with.[28]
In 1978, he appeared on the comedy TV show, "Dean Martin Celebrity Roast" where Frank Sinatra was the evening's victim.

Falk continued to work in films, including his performance as a questionable ex-CIA agent of dubious sanity in the comedy The In-Laws. Director Arthur Hiller said during an interview that the "film started out because Alan Arkin and Peter Falk wanted to work together. They went to Warner's and said, 'We'd like to do a picture,' and Warner's said fine . . . and out came The In-laws. . . . of all the films I've done, The In-laws is the one I get the most comments on."[1]:290 Movie critic Roger Ebert compared the film with a later remake:

"Peter Falk and Alan Arkin in the earlier film, versus Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks this time. . . . yet the chemistry is better in the earlier film. Falk goes into his deadpan lecturer mode, slowly and patiently explaining things that sound like utter nonsense. Arkin develops good reasons for suspecting he is in the hands of a madman."[29]
He also appeared in The Princess Bride, and (as himself) in Wim Wenders' 1987 film Wings of Desire and its 1993 sequel, Faraway, So Close!. In 1998, Falk returned to the New York stage to star in an Off Broadway production of Arthur Miller's Mr. Peters' Connections. His previous stage work included shady real estate salesman Shelley "the Machine" Levine in a Boston/Los Angeles production of David Mamet's prizewinning Glengarry Glen Ross.

Falk also starred in such holiday television movies as A Town Without Christmas (2001), Finding John Christmas (2003) and When Angels Come to Town (2004). In 2005 he starred in The Thing About My Folks. Although movie critic Roger Ebert was not impressed with most of the other actors, he writes in his review, ". . . we discover once again what a warm and engaging actor Peter Falk is. I can't recommend the movie, but I can be grateful that I saw it, for Falk."[30] In 2007, Falk appeared with Nicolas Cage in the thriller Next.

[edit] Personal lifeFalk married Alyce Mayo, whom he met when they were both students at Syracuse University,[31] on April 17, 1960. They adopted two daughters, Catherine (who is a private investigator) and Jackie. They divorced in 1976. On December 7, 1977, Falk married actress Shera Danese,[32] who guest-starred on the Columbo series on numerous occasions.

Falk was an accomplished artist. For many years he took classes at the Art Students League of New York. Examples of his sketches can be seen on his official website.

Falk was also a chess aficionado. As one example, Falk was a spectator at the American Open in Santa Monica, California, in November 1972 and at the U.S. Open in Pasadena, California, in August 1983.[33]

He wrote his memoir, Just One More Thing, published by Carroll & Graf on August 23, 2006, ISBN 978-0786717958

At a two day conservatorship trial in Los Angeles in June 2009, one of Falk's personal physicians, Dr. Stephen Read, reported Falk rapidly slipped into dementia after a series of dental operations in 2007.[34] Dr. Read said it was unclear whether Falk's condition worsened as a result of anesthesia or some other reaction to the operations, he went on to add that Falk's condition was so bad he could no longer remember the character of Columbo. Shera Danese Falk was appointed as her husband's conservator and requested the media to respect his privacy.

Falk died at his Beverly Hills home on June 23, 2011. According to his daughter, Catherine Falk, the actor had been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease. [35][36]

[edit] Selected filmographyFilm
Year Film Role Notes
1959 The Bloody Brood Nico
1960 Murder Inc. Abe Reles Nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Secret of the Purple Reef Tom Weber
1961 Pocketful of Miracles Joy Boy Nominated again for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1962 Pressure Point Young Psychiatrist
1963 The Balcony Police Chief
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World Cab Driver
1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods Guy Gisborne
Attack and Retreat (Italiani Brava Gente) Medic Italian production
1965 The Great Race Max
1966 Penelope Lieutenant Horatio Bixbee
Too Many Thieves Danny
1967 Luv Milt Manville
1968 Anzio Corporal Jack Rabinoff Alternative titles: The Battle of Anzio, Lo Sbarco di Anzio (Italian)
1969 Machine Gun McCain Charlie Adamo Alternative titles: For a Price, Gli intoccabili (Italian)
Castle Keep Sergeant Rossi
1970 Husbands Archie Black Alternative title: Husbands: A Comedy About Life, Death and Freedom
1974 A Woman Under the Influence Nick Longhetti
1976 Murder by Death Sam Diamond
Mikey and Nicky Mikey
1978 The Cheap Detective Lou Peckinpaugh Alternative title: Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective
1979 The In-Laws Vincent J. Ricardo
1981 …All the Marbles Harry Sears Alternative title: The California Dolls
1987 The Princess Bride Grandfather/Narrator
Happy New Year Nick Directed by John G. Avildsen
Wings of Desire Himself Directed by Wim Wenders
1988 Vibes Harry Buscafusco Alternative title: Vibes: The Secret of the Golden Pyramids
1989 Cookie Dominick "Dino" Capisco
1990 Tune in Tomorrow Pedro Carmichael Alternative title: Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
1993 Faraway, So Close! Himself Directed by Wim Wenders
1995 Roommates Rocky Holzcek
1998 Money Kings Vinnie Glynn
2001 Made Max
Corky Romano Francis A. "Pops" Romano Alternative title: Corky Romano: 'Special' Agent
2002 Undisputed Mendy Ripstein
2004 Shark Tale Don Feinberg Voice
2005 The Thing About My Folks Sam Kleinman
2005 Checking Out Morris Applebaum
2007 Next Irv
2008 American Cowslip Father Randolph
Television
Year Show Role Notes
1958 Kraft Suspense Theatre Izzy 1 episode
1959 Decoy Fred Dana 1 episode
1960 Have Gun – Will Travel Waller 1 episode
The Untouchables Duke Mullen 1 episode, "The Underworld Bank"
1961 The Twilight Zone Ramos Clemente 1 episode "The Mirror"
The Barbara Stanwyck Show Joe 1 episode, "The Assassin"
1962 The New Breed Lopez 1 episode
1963 Wagon Train Gus Morgan 1 episode
1964 Ben Casey Dr. Jimmy Reynolds 2 episodes
1965–1966 The Trials of O'Brien Daniel O'Brien 22 episodes
1968 A Hatful of Rain Polo Pope 1 episode
1968–2003 Columbo Lieutenant Columbo 69 episodes
1971 The Name of the Game Lewis Corbett 1 episode
1978 Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (comedy) Guest appearance with Frank Sinatra – Watch
1995 The Sunshine Boys Willie Clark Television movie
2001 The Lost World Reverend Theo Kerr Television movie
2001 A Town Without Christmas Max Television Movie
2003 Finding John Christmas Max Television movie
2004 When Angels Come To Town Max Television Movie

6/21/11

Last Calvin and Hobbes Strip

This is for an old friend.


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6/14/11

EOM

A good man has died today, one of my closest friends growing up, someone I have held dear for over 35 years. Who I am today directly correlates to his friendship to me.

I will be giving a short eulogy in a few days. I began one three months ago in more sober time knowing now...

If you know me personally, you know his name. You have heard me speak of him as if he were a legend.

He was.

RIP, Tim

6/11/11

"Do not go gentle into that good night" by Dylan Thomas

for Tim

Do not go gentle into that good night
by Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Chrysler Eminem Super Bowl Commercial - Imported From Detroit

Detroit is capable of great things, it is true. Someday. In the meanwhile, my cars are made elsewhere. I would love to "Buy American" and, as a Chicagoan, would love to keep it in the midwest, but I cannot afford to. When Detroit increase the quality and decrease the price, I will buy accordingly.

Still, this is a great commercial, managing mood, tempo, Eminem's personality, Detroit's economic failure (they skipped the corruption in the mayoral office which brought them there), the heavy pollution, and the general depression the city is in.

Eminem, incidently, was born in Missouri, grew up in a Detroit suburb, and currently lives in a posh suburb outside of Detroit. Not Detroit. That's not dissing his abilities, but Crysler milked the Detroit persepective.







6/8/11

Chicago City Worker Salaries

Chicago City Worker Salaries

http://data.cityofchicago.org

http://data.cityofchicago.org/Government/Current-Employee-Names-Salaries-and-Position-Title/r3km-swf6

Average salary = almost $74,000

I knocked off 10,000 on the top and the bottom. The middle 14,218 employees average $76,619.13.

The employee smack in the middle is a cop, PHILLIP O RICHARDSON. He makes $77,238.00.

6/7/11

Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Paul Revere's Ride
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.
He said to his friend, "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,--
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm."

Then he said "Good-night!" and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.

Meanwhile, his friend through alley and street
Wanders and watches, with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers,
Marching down to their boats on the shore.

Then he climbed the tower of the Old North Church,
By the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the belfry chamber overhead,
And startled the pigeons from their perch
On the sombre rafters, that round him made
Masses and moving shapes of shade,--
By the trembling ladder, steep and tall,
To the highest window in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town
And the moonlight flowing over all.

Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead,
In their night encampment on the hill,
Wrapped in silence so deep and still
That he could hear, like a sentinel's tread,
The watchful night-wind, as it went
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, "All is well!"
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the place and the hour, and the secret dread
Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away,
Where the river widens to meet the bay,--
A line of black that bends and floats
On the rising tide like a bridge of boats.

Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere.
Now he patted his horse's side,
Now he gazed at the landscape far and near,
Then, impetuous, stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry tower of the Old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and sombre and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry's height
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns.

A hurry of hoofs in a village street,
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet;
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat.
He has left the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides;
And under the alders that skirt its edge,
Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge,
Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides.

It was twelve by the village clock
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer's dog,
And felt the damp of the river fog,
That rises after the sun goes down.

It was one by the village clock,
When he galloped into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, black and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon.

It was two by the village clock,
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning breeze
Blowing over the meadow brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket ball.

You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,---
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
>From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,---
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

6/3/11

James Arness, Dead -- 'Gunsmoke' Star dead at 88


James Arness, Dead -- 'Gunsmoke' Star dead at 88

How could you not like James Arness? May he live forever in reruns.

From Wikipedia:

James King Arness (May 26, 1923 – June 3, 2011)[2] was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke for 20 years. His younger brother was actor Peter Graves. Arness has the distinction of having played the role of Marshal Matt Dillon in five separate decades: 1955 to 1975 in the weekly series, then in Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987) and four more made-for-TV Gunsmoke movies in the 1990s. In Europe Arness reached cult status for his role as Zeb Macahan in the western series How the West Was Won.


[edit] Early lifeArness was born James Aurness in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His parents were Rolf Cirkler Aurness (July 22, 1894 – July 1982), a businessman, and Ruth (née Duesler) Aurness (died September 1986), a journalist. His father's ancestry was Norwegian, his mother's German.[3] The family name had been Aursnes, but when Rolf's father Peter Aursnes emigrated from Norway in 1887, he changed it to Aurness.[2] Arness and his family were Methodists.[4]

Arness attended John Burroughs Grade School, Washburn High School and West High School in Minneapolis. Despite "being a poor student and skipping many classes", he graduated from high school in June 1942. He then enlisted in the United States Army to serve in World War II.[2]

Arness' younger brother was actor Peter Graves (1926–2010). Peter used the stage name "Graves", a maternal family name.[2]

In his prewar years, Arness worked as a courier for a jewelry wholesaler, loading and unloading railway boxcars at the Minneapolis freight-yards, and logging in Pierce, Idaho.[2]

[edit] Military service in World War IIArness wanted to be a naval fighter pilot, but he felt his poor eyesight would bar him. His height of 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) ended his hopes, since 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) was the limit for aviators. Instead, he was called for the Army and reported to Fort Snelling, Minnesota in March 1943.[2]

Arness served as a rifleman with the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division, and was severely wounded during Operation Shingle, at Anzio, Italy.[5]

According to James Arness – An Autobiography, he landed on Anzio Beachhead on January 21, 1944 as a rifleman with 2nd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division. Due to his height, he was the first ordered off his landing craft to determine the depth of the water; it came up to his waist.[2]

On January 29, 1945, having undergone surgery several times, Arness was honorably discharged. His wounds continued to bother him, and in later years Arness suffered from acute leg pain,[1] which even prevented him from mounting a horse.

His decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart;[1] the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.[6]

[edit] Acting careerAfter his discharge, James Arness entered Beloit College in Wisconsin. He began his performing career as a radio announcer in Minnesota in 1945.[7]

Aurness soon began acting, and appeared in films. He began with RKO, which immediately changed his name to "Arness". His film debut was as Loretta Young's (Katie Holstrom) brother, Peter Holstrom, in The Farmer's Daughter (1947).[1]

Though identified with westerns, Arness also appeared in two science fiction films, The Thing from Another World (in which he portrayed the title character) and Them!. He was a close friend of John Wayne and co-starred with him in Big Jim McLain, Hondo, Island in the Sky, and The Sea Chase.

John Wayne was originally offered the starring role in an upcoming TV western drama titled Gunsmoke. Wayne turned down the offer, but strongly recommended Arness for the role.

After Gunsmoke ended, Arness performed in western-themed movies and television series, including How the West Was Won, and in five made-for-television Gunsmoke movies between 1987 and 1994. An exception was as a big city police officer in a short-lived 1981 series, McClain's Law. His role as Zeb Macahan in How the West Was Won made him into a cult figure in many European countries, as the series has been re-broadcast many times around Europe, where it became more popular than in the states.

Arness did the narration for Harry Carey, Jr.'s Comanche Stallion (directed by Clyde Lucas).[8]

[edit] Filmography[edit] GunsmokeUntil 2010, Gunsmoke had the longest run of any scripted primetime American television series with recurring characters.[9] As of 2010, it was the sixth globally, after Doctor Who (1963–), Taggart (1983-), The Bill (1984–2010), The Simpsons (1989-) and Law & Order (1990–2010). James Arness and Milburn Stone portrayed their Gunsmoke characters for twenty consecutive years as did Kelsey Grammer, who played Frasier Crane in both Cheers and Frasier from 1984 to 2004.[10]

[edit] Films1947 The Farmer's Daughter
1947 Man From Texas
1947 Roses Are Red (film)
1949 Battleground
1950 Wagon Master
1950 Sierra
1950 Two Lost Worlds
1950 Double Crossbones
1950 Stars In My Crown
1950 Wyoming Mail
1951 Cavalry Scout
1951 Belle le Grand
1951 Iron Man
1951 The Thing (1951), Science Fiction
1951 The People Against O'Hara
1952 Carbine Williams
1952 Hellgate(movie)



1952 The Girl In White
1952 Big Jim McLain
1952 Horizons West
1953 The Lone Hand
1953 Ride The Man Down
1953 Island In The Sky
1953 Veils of Bagdad
1954 Them!, Science Fiction
1954 Hondo
1954 Her Twelve Men
1955 Flames of the Islands
1955 Many Rivers to Cross
1955 The Sea Chase
1956 Arizona Mission
1956 Gun the Man Down
1956 The First Traveling Saleslady
1959 Alias Jesse James — (as Marshal Matt Dillon)[11]



[edit] Television1950 The Lone Ranger (1 episode as Deputy Bud Titus)[12][13]
1954 Lux Video Theatre "The Chase"
1956 Front Row Center
1959 The Red Skelton Chevy Special
1961 The Chevrolet Golden Anniversary Show
1972 A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary
1976 The Macahans
1977 How The West Was Won — Miniseries
1978–1979 How The West Was Won — TV series
1981 McClain's Law
1987 The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory — as Jim Bowie[14]
1988 Red River[15] remake of Red River (1948)

[edit] Gunsmoke television movies1987 Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge
1990 Gunsmoke II: The Last Apache
1992 Gunsmoke III: To The Last Man
1993 Gunsmoke IV: The Long Ride
1993 Gunsmoke V: One Man's Justice

This sections references:[16][17]
[edit] Personal lifeArness was married twice, first to Virginia Chapman from 1948 until their divorce in 1960.[18] She died in 1976. Arness was married to Janet Surtees from 1978 until his death.[1] He had two sons, Rolf (born February 18, 1952) and Craig (died December 14, 2004).[19] His daughter Jenny Lee Aurness (May 23, 1950 – May 12, 1975) committed suicide.[20] Rolf Aurness became World Surfing Champion in 1970.[18] Craig Aurness founded the stock photography agency Westlight and also was a photographer for National Geographic.[21]

Arness died of natural causes at his Brentwood home in Los Angeles, California on June 3, 2011.[22]

[edit] AwardsFor his contributions to the television industry, Arness has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1751 Vine Street. In 1981, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Arness was inducted into the Santa Clarita Walk of Western Stars in 2006, and gave a related TV interview.[1]

On the 50th anniversary of television in 1989, People Magazine chose the top 25 television stars of all time. Arness was number 6.[23]

Arness was nominated for the following Emmy awards:[19]

1957: Best Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic Series
1958: Best Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic or Comedy Series
1959: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series
[edit] MiscellaneousJames Arness' natural hair color was blond.[24]
According to Ben Bates, his Gunsmoke stunt double, James Arness laughed "from his toes to the top of his head". Shooting on the Gunsmoke set was suspended because Arness got a case of the uncontrollable giggles.[25]
James Arness wrote his autobiography in 2001 because "... if I was going to write a book about my life, I better do it now ... `cause I'm not getting any younger."[26]
James Arness first came to Hollywood by hitchhiking.[27]
Buck Taylor (Newly on Gunsmoke) thought so highly of James Arness that he named his second son, Matthew, after Arness's character.[28]Taylor, who is also an artist, painted a portrait of Arness several years before Arness' death.
James Arness disdained publicity and banned reporters from the Gunsmoke set. He was said to be a shy and sensitive man who enjoyed poetry, sailboat racing, and surfing. TV Guide dubbed him "The Greta Garbo of Dodge City."[29]

Dr. Jack Kevorkian is Dead

Dr. Jack Kevorkian is Dead

Jacob "Jack" Kevorkian ( /kɛˈvɔrkiːɛn/;[2] May 26, 1928[3] – June 3, 2011) was an Armenian-American pathologist, right-to-die activist, painter, composer, instrumentalist, and convicted murderer. He is best known for publicly championing a terminal patient's right to die via physician-assisted suicide; he claimed to have assisted at least 130 patients to that end. He famously said that "dying is not a crime."[4]

Beginning in 1999 Kevorkian served eight years of a 10-to-25-year prison sentence for second-degree murder. He was released on parole on June 1, 2007, on condition that he would not offer suicide advice to any other person.[5]

An oil painter and a jazz musician, Kevorkian marketed limited quantities of his visual and musical artwork to the public.

[edit] Life and careerKevorkian was born in Pontiac, Michigan to Armenian immigrants. His father Levon was born in the village of Passen, near the ancient Armenian city of Garin, and his mother Satenig was born in the village of Govdun, near Sepastia.[6] He moved from Turkey in 1912 and made his way to Pontiac, Michigan, where he found work at an automobile foundry. Satenig fled the Armenian death march, finding refuge with relatives in Paris, and eventually reuniting with her brother in Pontiac. Levon and Satenig met through the Armenian community in their city, where they married and began their family. The couple welcomed a daughter, Margaret, in 1926, followed by son Jacob—who later earned the nickname "Jack" from an American teacher who misread the birth certificate[1]—and, finally, third child Flora.[7] Kevorkian graduated from Pontiac Central High School with honors in 1945, at the age of 17. In 1952, he graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor.[8][9][10] In the 1980s, Kevorkian wrote a series of articles for the German journal Medicine and Law that laid out his thinking on the ethics of euthanasia.

Kevorkian started advertising in Detroit newspapers in 1987 as a physician consultant for "death counseling." His first public assisted suicide was in 1990, of Janet Adkins, an elderly woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1989. He was charged with murder, but charges were dropped on December 13, 1990 because there were no Michigan laws outlawing suicide or the medical assistance of it so he was not in violation of a law.[11] However, in 1991 the State of Michigan revoked Kevorkian's medical license and made it clear that given his actions, he was no longer permitted to practice medicine or to work with patients.[12] Between 1990 and 1998, Kevorkian assisted in the deaths of 130 terminally ill people, according to his lawyer Geoffrey Fieger. In each of these cases, the individuals themselves allegedly took the final action which resulted in their own deaths. Kevorkian allegedly assisted only by attaching the individual to a euthanasia device that he had made. The individual then pushed a button which released the drugs or chemicals that would end his or her own life. Two deaths were assisted by means of a device which delivered the euthanizing drugs mechanically through an I.V.. Kevorkian called it a "Thanatron" (death machine).[13] Other people were assisted by a device which employed a gas mask fed by a canister of carbon monoxide which was called "Mercitron" (mercy machine).

[edit] Art careerKevorkian was a jazz musician and composer. The Kevorkian Suite: A Very Still Life was a 1997 limited release CD of 5,000 copies from the 'Lucid Subjazz' label. It features Kevorkian on the flute and organ playing his own works with "The Morpheus Quintet." It was reviewed in Entertainment Weekly online as "weird" but "good natured".[14] As of 1997, 1400 units had been sold.[14] Kevorkian wrote all the songs but one; the album was reviewed in jazzreview.com as "very much grooviness" except for one tune, with "stuff in between that's worthy of multiple spins."[15] Sludge metal band Acid Bath used one of his artworks as an album cover for their second album, Paegan Terrorism Tactics.

He was also an oil painter. His work tended toward the grotesque; he sometimes painted with his own blood, and had created pictures such as one "of a child eating the flesh off a decomposing corpse."[16] Of his known works, six were made available in the 1990s for print release. The Ariana Gallery in Royal Oak, Michigan is the exclusive distributor of Kevorkian's artwork. The original oil prints are not for release.[17]

[edit] Trials This section requires expansion.

Kevorkian was tried numerous times for assisting suicides, often in Oakland County, Michigan. Prior to the Thomas Youk case (see below), Kevorkian was gaining public support for his cause, as evidenced by the defeat of Oakland County prosecutor Richard Thompson by David Gorcyca in the Republican primary.[18] The result of the election was attributed by Thompson, in part, to the declining public support for the prosecution of Kevorkian and its associated legal expenses.[19]

On the November 22, 1998, broadcast of 60 Minutes, Kevorkian allowed the airing of a videotape he had made on September 17, 1998, which depicted the voluntary euthanasia of Thomas Youk, 52, who was in the final stages of ALS. After Youk provided his fully informed consent (a sometimes complex legal determination made in this case by editorial consensus) on September 17, 1998, Kevorkian himself administered Thomas Youk a lethal injection. This was highly significant, as all of his earlier clients had reportedly completed the process themselves. During the videotape, Kevorkian dared the authorities to try to convict him or stop him from carrying out mercy killings. This incited the prosecuting attorney to bring murder charges against Kevorkian, claiming he had single-handedly caused the death.

On March 26, 1999, Kevorkian was charged with second-degree murder and the delivery of a controlled substance (administering a lethal injection to Thomas Youk).[8] Kevorkian's license to practice medicine had been revoked eight years previously; he was not legally allowed to possess the controlled substance. As homicide law is relatively fixed and routine, this trial was markedly different from earlier ones that involved an area of law in flux (assisted suicide). Kevorkian discharged his attorneys and proceeded through the trial representing himself. The judge ordered a criminal defense attorney to remain available at trial as standby counsel for information and advice. Inexperienced in law and persisting in his efforts to represent himself, Kevorkian encountered great difficulty in presenting his evidence and arguments. In particular, he was not able to call any witnesses to the stand because the judge did not deem the testimony of any of his witnesses relevant.[20]

The Michigan jury found Kevorkian guilty of second-degree homicide. It was proven that he had directly killed a person because Youk was not physically able to kill himself. Youk, unable to assist in his suicide, agreed to let Kevorkian kill him using controlled substances. The judge sentenced Kevorkian to serve 10–25 years in prison and told him: "You were on bond to another judge when you committed this offense, you were not licensed to practice medicine when you committed this offense and you hadn't been licensed for eight years. And you had the audacity to go on national television, show the world what you did and dare the legal system to stop you. Well, sir, consider yourself stopped." Kevorkian was sent to prison in Coldwater, Michigan.[21]

In the course of the various proceedings, Kevorkian made statements under oath and to the press that he considered it his duty to assist persons in their death. He indicated under oath that because he thought laws to the contrary were archaic and unjust, he would persist in civil disobedience, even under threat of criminal punishment. Future intent to commit crimes is an element parole boards may consider in deciding whether to grant a convicted person relief. After his conviction (and subsequent losses on appeal) Kevorkian was denied parole repeatedly.[22]

In an MSNBC interview aired on September 29, 2005, Kevorkian said that if he were granted parole, he would not resume directly helping people die and would restrict himself to campaigning to have the law changed. On December 22, 2005, Kevorkian was denied parole by a board on the count of 7–2 recommending not to give parole.[23]

Reportedly terminally ill with Hepatitis C, which he contracted while doing research on blood transfusions in Vietnam,[24] Kevorkian was expected to die within a year in May 2006. After applying for a pardon, parole, or commutation by the parole board and Governor Jennifer Granholm, he was paroled for good behavior on June 1, 2007. He had spent eight years and two and a half months behind bars.[25][26]

Kevorkian was on parole for two years, under the conditions that he not help anyone else die, or provide care for anyone older than 62 or disabled.[27] Kevorkian said he would abstain from assisting any more terminal patients with death, and his role in the matter would strictly be to persuade states to change their laws on assisted suicide. He is also forbidden by the rules of his parole from commenting about assisted suicide.[28][29] On June 4, 2007, Kevorkian appeared on CNN's Larry King Live to discuss his time in prison and his future plans.[30][31] At the time of Kevorkian's release, Oregon was the only state to legalize doctor-assisted suicide; Montana and Washington state have since legalized it as well.

[edit] Activities after his release from prisonOn January 15, 2008, Kevorkian gave his largest public lecture since his release from prison, speaking to a crowd of 4,867 people at the University of Florida. The Gainesville Sun reported that Kevorkian expressed a desire for assisted suicide to be "a medical service" for willing patients. "My aim in helping the patient was not to cause death", the paper quoted him as saying. "My aim was to end suffering. It's got to be decriminalized."[32]

On February 5, 2009, Kevorkian lectured to students and faculty at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. Over 2,500 people heard him discuss tyranny, the criminal justice system and politics. Poor sound and a long lecture caused many people to leave within 45 minutes.[33] For those who remained, he discussed euthanasia during a question and answer period.

On September 2, 2009, he appeared on Fox News Channel's Your World with Neil Cavuto in his first live national television interview to discuss health care reform. On September 20, 2009, he appeared at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania to speak to a sold-out audience. Sellers of tickets claimed that all tickets were sold out within 5 minutes of the office opening.[citation needed]

On April 15 and 16, 2010, Kevorkian appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°,[34] Anderson asked, "You are saying doctors play God all the time?" Kevorkian said: "Of course. Anytime you interfere with a natural process, you are playing God."[35] Some of the cast of the film You Don't Know Jack (a film based on Kevorkian's life) including director Barry Levinson, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman were interviewed alongside Kevorkian. Kevorkian was again interviewed by Neil Cavuto on Your World on April 19, 2010 regarding the movie as well as discussing Kevorkian's world view. You Don't Know Jack premiered April 24, 2010 on HBO.[36] The film premiered April 14 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. Kevorkian walked the red carpet alongside Al Pacino who portrays him in the film.[37] Pacino was awarded an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his portrayal, and personally thanked Kevorkian, who was in the audience, upon receiving both of these awards.


Mr. Jack Kevorkian answering questions at UCLA with lawyer Mayer Morganroth (right) and former Foreign Minister of Armenia, Raffi Hovannisian (left)Kevorkian has also had two books published since his release from prison. glimmerIQs,[6] a memoir he wrote while in prison, was published in August 2009, and When the People Bubble POPs,[38] published in January 2010, in which Kevorkian wrote about his views on human overpopulation.

On January 15, 2011, Kevorkian spoke to a sold out crowd at UCLA's Royce Hall Auditorium, an event hosted by the university's Armenian Students' Association, as well as the Armenian American Medical Society of California.[39][40][41] The talk was followed by a question and answer session, moderated by Raffi Hovannisian, the first Foreign Minister of Armenia and the leader of the Heritage party in Armenia. Topics discussed were his Armenian upbringing in Pontiac, Michigan, the Ninth Amendment, the preservation of Armenian Culture in the diaspora, and end-of-life issues. Kevorkian also spoke of his time in prison, telling the audience the worst parts of his eight-year and two-month sentence were "the snoring" and "windows during winter". He instructed the Armenian Diaspora that the most important anchor they had was the Armenian language.[42]

[edit] 2008 Congressional RaceSee also: United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2008
Wikinews has related news: Assisted-suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian to run for US Congress
On March 12, 2008, Kevorkian announced plans to run for United States Congress to represent Michigan's 9th congressional district against eight-term congressman Joe Knollenberg (R-Bloomfield Hills), Central Michigan University Professor Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township), Adam Goodman (L-Royal Oak) and Douglas Campbell. (G-Ferndale). Kevorkian ran as an independent and received 8,987 votes (2.6% of the vote).[43]

[edit] CriticismAlthough Kevorkian claimed to be an advocate for the terminally ill, by the estimation of the investigative reporters at the Detroit Free Press, at least 60% of the people who committed suicide with Kevorkian's help were not terminally ill. Furthermore, the reporters found that:[44][45]

Kevorkian's counseling was often limited to phone calls and brief meetings that included family members and friends.
There was no psychiatric examination in at least 19 Kevorkian suicides, including several in which friends or family had responded that the patient was despondent over matters other than health.
In at least 17 assisted suicides in which people complained of chronic pain, Kevorkian did not refer the patients to a pain specialist.
Kevorkian's access to medical records varied widely; in some instances, he received only a brief summary of the attending physician's prognosis.
Autopsies of at least three Kevorkian suicides revealed no anatomical evidence of disease.
At least 19 patients died less than 24 hours after meeting Kevorkian for the first time.
However, the accuracy of these findings is disputed by Kevorkian and his supporters.

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