Archive for January 27th, 2009

Obit: John Updike

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009


John Updike dies at 76; Pulitzer-winning author


John Updike


The author of more than 50 books and myriad short stories was revered by some critics and minimized by others. He was known for capturing the mood and emotions of small-town, middle-class America.

By Mary Rourke
Los Angeles Times
January 27, 2009


John Updike, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction whose novels and short stories exposed an undercurrent of ambivalence and disappointment in small-town, middle-class America, died Tuesday. He was 76.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



William Peterson to Get Star on Hollywood Blvd…

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009


CSI star gets star of his own


William Peterson


January 27, 2009


LOS ANGELES (AP) – It looks like William Petersen’s going-away gift from “CSI” is a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony is a week from today. Although no speakers have been announced yet, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce often lines-up the celeb’s co-stars to talk about how great they are, or were, to work with.




WHO:                   William Petersen
                            Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
WHAT:                 2,379th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
WHERE:              6667 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the historic Musso & Frank
WHEN:                Tuesday, February 3, at 11:30 a.m.


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Roddenberry’s In Space…

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009


Gene Roddenberry, wife to spend eternity in space


Majel Barrett and Gene Roddenberry


The Associated Press
January 27, 2009


LOS ANGELES — The creator of “Star Trek” and his wife will spend eternity together in space. Celestis Inc., a company that specializes in “memorial spaceflights,” said Monday that it will ship the remains of Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett Roddenberry into space next year.


The couple’s cremated remains will be sealed into specially made capsules designed to withstand the rigors of space travel. A rocket-launched spacecraft will carry the capsules, along with digitized tributes from fans. The Roddenberrys’ remains _ and the spacecraft _ will travel ever deeper into space and will not return to earth, company spokeswoman Susan Schonfeld said.


After Gene Roddenberry died in 1991, his wife commissioned Celestis to launch a part of his remains into space in 1997. She died Dec. 18, 2008.