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Gene Wilder. Joseph Campbell. Vonnegut. Alan Rickman. An intelligent thoughtful Presidency. 17 times Carrie Fisher handled the world with eloquence and bluntness. I am sorry- (witness at scene) very moving. I am sorry You died last night.

I am sorry- (witness at scene) very moving

You were hit by a car at Howard & 7th in San Francisco when you were riding your bike through the intersection. I was a passenger in the orange prius. We saw the SUV hit you, and speed off. We screamed ‘No! You did not know what hit you, how could you? I wish you were made of steel The man I was with and I ran to you. The EMT came fast, and gave you CPR until they got your heart started. I am so sorry it wasn’t enough. We were sorely lacking. I am sorry you died last night. You were loved. Your friends and roommates have reached out — they love you so much.

Your friends and family know you were not alone. For a few hours last night I was holding you in full recovery. I am so sorry you died. 'I Have A Dream' Speech, In Its Entirety. REBECCA ROBERTS, host: This is TALK OF THE NATION.

'I Have A Dream' Speech, In Its Entirety

I'm Rebecca Roberts in Washington. Today, we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. As millions of Americans honor his legacy today with a national day of service, we take a moment to reflect on Dr. 'Becoming Cary Grant' Reveals The Self-Invention Of A Hollywood Icon. The new Showtime documentary Becoming Cary Grant traces the actor's journey from working-class England to Hollywood stardom.

'Becoming Cary Grant' Reveals The Self-Invention Of A Hollywood Icon

Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Getty Images The new Showtime documentary Becoming Cary Grant traces the actor's journey from working-class England to Hollywood stardom. There's a classic moment in the romantic thriller Charade, when Audrey Hepburn says to Cary Grant in exasperation, "Do you know what's the matter with you? For decades, the whole world felt the same.

The journey from Archie to Cary is the subject of Mark Kidel's enjoyable documentary, Becoming Cary Grant. Archie was born in working-class Bristol, England to a dapper, unreliable father and a hyper-ambitious mother, Elsie, who was ravaged by inner demons. In short order, the poor kid was shunted off to live with his grandparents. Archie traveled with the company to New York, and when they went home, this dashing 18 year old stayed behind to work in vaudeville and in musical theater.

George Martin and the Beatles: A Producer’s Impact, in Five Songs. Photo When we hear a great recording, we tend to think of the music as having sprung fully developed from the imagination of the musician or band that cut the tracks.

George Martin and the Beatles: A Producer’s Impact, in Five Songs

But that ignores the role of the producer, who translates the musician’s vision into the sound we experience. The contributions that George Martin, who died Tuesday at 90, made to the Beatles’ recorded catalog were crucial, and although he was the first to say that most of the credit belongs to the band, many of the group’s greatest songs owe their sound and character to his inspired behind-the-scenes work. Here are a few of his most telling musical fingerprints: ‘From Me to You’ When the Beatles turned up at EMI’s studios on Abbey Road to record their third single, on March 5, 1963, they brought “From Me to You,” a short song that John Lennon and Paul McCartney had started writing less than a week earlier.

For the introduction, Mr. The Science Behind Why Freddie Mercury's Voice Was So Damned Compelling. Scientists have studied the voice and vocals of one of the greats of pop music, Freddie Mercury of the band Queen.

The Science Behind Why Freddie Mercury's Voice Was So Damned Compelling

And the results? 1) He used subharmonics in a way that very few people can. Other than Tuvan Throat Singers, that is: (Also, listen for the subtle melody that accompanies the low-throated growl in this clip). That subharmonic vibration also helped give him his "growl," which he used quite frequently. 2) His vocals chords simply moved faster than those of most people. 3) It's been widely reported that Mercury could sing through 4 octaves, but this study could not back that up; at 12 semitones per octave, that would be 48 semitones. Just listen to his amazing scat-style singing in the "isolated vocals" version of "Under Pressure" in the clip below, which Mercury's band Queen recorded with another great vocalist, David Bowie.

Candid Photos Celebrate the Love of Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton. The late singer Freddie Mercury is known for his amazing and unforgettable voice.

Candid Photos Celebrate the Love of Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton

He’s also remembered for his battle with AIDS, which he was diagnosed with in 1987 and died from complications of in 1991. Although the world lost Mercury too soon, he was not alone when he passed away. From 1985 to his death, Mercury was accompanied by his partner Jim Hutton. Filmmaker Adam Nimoy’s Homage to His Famous Dad. Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter dead at 86. Colin Dexter, the author behind detective Inspector Morse and his adventures solving mysteries in Oxfordshire, has died at the age of 86, with the top names in crime writing lining up to pay tribute to a “a kind, generous man”.

Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter dead at 86

Dexter’s death at his home in Oxford was announced by his publisher Macmillan on Tuesday. Val McDermid, who was a good friend of Dexter, described him as “a lovely, lovely man” and not as grumpy as his creation – “though he did share Morse’s love of music”. “Early on in my career I told him I was nervous about how to write police procedurals and he said, ‘Well, my dear, I had written five Morse novels before I had even set foot in a police station.’ He had great sense of humour,” McDermid told the Guardian. Author Lee Child described Dexter as “revolutionary”. Author Peter James said “all of us who love crime fiction owe Colin Dexter a very great debt”. “There are few writers of whom it can be genuinely said that they changed – or indeed created – a genre. Eulogy for a Fairy Princess – Lisa Williams – Medium. The next day at 11 AM I texted her again.

Eulogy for a Fairy Princess – Lisa Williams – Medium

“Hello, gorgeous! How’s my best girl?” I had a busy day at work and it wasn’t until 6PM that I looked again. It wasn’t that she hadn’t responded — when she wasn’t painting, she worked with children and they were a handful — it was that she hadn’t read the message. That wasn’t like her at all. I called and called and texted and sent a Facebook message and I thought, “If I don’t hear from her by 8 o’clock I’m going to drive down there, and her car is going to be gone and her apartment will be empty and I’ll just feel dumb because she had the week off and had so many plans and had friends and relatives in places out in Central Mass where the cell signal is not so good.”

But then her mother called me. Heather was dead.