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Obituaries and memoriums

Another Elvis has left the building

North County rock-roller Gary Ferritto passes

Back in the 1970s, it wasn’t until a 1950s dress-up day at San Dieguito High School that Encinitas resident Gary Ferritto felt vindicated. Ferritto was mocked and teased in school for being a “greaser” — ...

Deaths in the San Diego music family in 2015

R.I.P. SD

As 2015 comes to a close, we look back at the local musicians who have passed away over the past 12 months. January 12, Garrett Smythe, aka drummer Tank Johnson of Deadbolt. February 5, Professor ...

RIP Scott Weiland: 48-year-old reportedly dead

Facebook page reports death while sleeping

"Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band the Wildabouts," according to ...

Well-known market manipulator Anthony Elgindy is dead

Spent years in prison for activities

Anthony Elgindy, 48, who was famous as a short-seller who claimed to be reforming the penny stock market, is dead. He died Thursday, July 23, although the county medical examiner and the sheriff's office have ...

Dig a hole: Landmark La Jolla Village

Another temple of cinema bites the dust. It’s with a great deal of both frustration and consternation that I bring news of the pending demolition of the Landmark La Jolla Village to make way for ...

Dig a hole: Ken “Pugsley” Weatherwax

Ken Weatherwax, TV’s jocund and rotund Pugsley Addams on the beloved series The Addams Family, died Sunday after suffering a heart attack in his California home. He was 59. Weatherwax was a descendant of showbiz ...

Dig a hole: Joan Rivers

Ten years ago, I could have rattled off the names of the four funniest people on the planet without taking a breath. Today, Jerry Lewis has been vanquished from the Telethon that bore his name, ...

R.I.P. Andrew Kay

Kaypro II was once the fifth-best-selling personal computer.

Andrew Kay died August 28 at age 95. Kay, who was born Andrew Kopischiansky, played a key role in San Diego's up/down business history. His company, Non-Linear Systems, came out with one of the early ...

R.I.P. Daniel Jackson

Sax master leaves San Diego jazz scene many musical memories.

San Diego jazz sax master Daniel Jackson passed away this morning (September 3). Jackson was active in the jazz community since the late 1940s, famously touring Europe as a member of the Ray Charles band, ...

Robin Williams, RIP

Most everyone has had their say already about the death of Robin Williams. I don’t have anything to add about the man, except to say that he helped to shape, as much as Jack Benny ...

Dig a hole: the Merrie side of Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall, who died this week at the age of 89, was one of the few movie stars to be twice immortalized in Warner Bros. “Merrie Melodies” cartoons, one of which bore her name in ...

Dig a hole: Lee Marshall, voice of Tony the Tiger

The news is not so Grrrrrrrrreat! Lee Marshall, the voice of Kellogg’s cereal advertising mascot Tony the Tiger, is dead. Lee Marshall died of esophageal cancer on April 26 at a Santa Monica hospital. He ...

Dig a hole: Mickey Rooney

Death finds Andy Hardy

Sunday began with a prophetic Facebook post. Big Screen devotee Rob “Colonna” Martinez placed an article on my wall from the December 15, 1959 issue of Time magazine that dished the backstory on a drunken ...

R.I.P., Michael Hemmingson

July 12, 1966–January 9, 2014

Michael Hemmingson — screenwriter, novelist, poet, playwright, literary critic, and guitarist — died of a heart attack on January 9 in Tijuana. He was 47 years old. He covered local music, the crime beat, and ...

Dig a Hole: Tom Laughlin

Americans free to once again hate neighbors and cheat friends.

When news hit this desk that Tom Laughlin died earlier this month of complications from pneumonia, I...just...went...BERSERK! You want berserk? I was in the audience the night Laughlin four-walled the UA Cinema 150 in Oakbrook, ...

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