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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mick Lally Irish actor (Glenroe), died from heart failure and emphysema. he was , 64,

Mick Lally [1][2] was an Irish stage, film and television actor. He departed from a teaching career for acting during the 1970s died from heart failure and emphysema. he was , 64,.[2] Though best known in Ireland for his role as Miley in the television soap Glenroe,[3] Lally's stage career spanned several decades,[4] and he was involved in feature films such as Alexander and the Academy Award-nominated Secret of Kells.[5] He died in August 2010 after a battle with emphysema.[6] Many reports cited him as one of Ireland's finest and most recognisable actors.[2][3][7]

(10 November 1945 – 31 August 2010)


 Early life

Born in November 1945 and reared in Tourmakeady, County Mayo,[8] Mick (Michael) Lally was the eldest of a family of seven children; five sisters and one brother. He went to the local national school in Tourmakeady and then to St. Mary's College, Galway. After studying at University College Galway he taught history and Irish for six years in Tuam, from 1969 to 1975, but quit teaching to pursue his career as a stage actor.


Mick began his acting career with Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe (Ireland's national Irish language theatre), and was a founding member of the Druid Theatre Company. Lally received an Irish Times/ESB Theatre Award Nomination for Best Actor for his role in Druid's production of The Dead School.[4] Lally also became a member of the Field Day Theatre Company, and starred in the company's 1980 premiere of Brian Friel's play Translations. He first played at the Abbey Theatre in 1977 in a production of Wild Oats and went on to perform in many other Abbey productions.[4]
In 1982, Mick starred in the TV series The Ballroom of Romance alongside Brenda Fricker. From 1983 he played the role of Miley Byrne in the RTÉ soap Glenroe, reprising the character that he played earlier in the Bracken in 1978. In 1979, Lally won a Jacob's Award for his performance as Miley in Bracken. Lally also enjoyed some musical success when "The By-road to Glenroe" went to the top of the Irish charts in 1990. He was also involved in voice-over work - including a noted advertisement for Kilmeaden Cheese during the 1990s.[9] Other TV appearances included roles in Tales of Kinvarna, The Year of the French and Ballykissangel.
In 1994, Lally played the character Hugh in The Secret of Roan Inish, and in 1995 portrayed Dan Hogan in the film adaptation of Maeve Binchy's Circle Of Friends. Other film roles included: Poitín, Our Boys, The Outcasts, A Man of No Importance and others. In later years, Lally provided the voice of Brother Aidan in the Academy Award-nominated The Secret of Kells - an animated film directed by Tomm Moore.[10]


Lally died on the morning of 31 August 2010, after a short stay in hospital.[2] Cause of death was reported as heart failure - arising from an underlying emphysema condition.[6] His death led to "widespread outpourings of sympathy".[11]
Taoiseach Brian Cowen led tributes, saying he was "shocked and saddened" by the man's death, and calling him "one of the most loved actors of his generation and will be dearly missed by the public and his colleagues in theatre and television". Minister for Culture Mary Hanafin and Michael D. Higgins TD, former Minister for Arts, Culture & Gaeltacht, were among the other political tributes. Arts Council of Ireland chair Pat Moylan called it "a sad and shocking loss". Lally's screenwife Biddy aka Mary McEvoy said "Mick and I loved each other and we got on really well".[12]
Lally's funeral took place in Dublin on 2 September 2010.[13] It was said that the "nation has lost one of its favourite uncles".[14] Personalities from TV, film, theatre and politics attended, while President of Ireland Mary McAleese sent a letter and Lally received a standing ovation at the end.[15][16]

Personal life

Lally was married to a nurse, Peige, with whom he celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary the year before his death. Three children resulted: Saileog, Darach and Maghnus. Lally's parents were both alive when he died.[17]
Lally was a fluent speaker of the Irish language, and his children study in Irish-speaking schools (gaelscoileanna). He appeared in several Irish language productions through-out his career, from Poitín in 1978, through to an appearance in the Irish language soap Ros na Rún in 2008.
He was a supporter of socialist causes,[18] and canvassed for Socialist Party candidate Joe Higgins in the 1996 Dublin West by-election and the 1997 general election.[19] Lally was an atheist who did not believe in an afterlife, and regarded religion as nonsense and "codology".[20]

Selected filmography

Theatre roles

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Ken Orsatti American director of the Screen Actors Guild (1981–2000), died of pulmonary disease he was , 78,

Ken Orsatti  was an American director. Orsatti served as the national executive director of the Screen Actors Guild 1981 to 2000. [1]

(January 31, 1932 – August 31, 2010)

Orsatti was born Alfred Kendall Orsatti in Los Angeles on January 31, 1932.[1] His father and two uncles were talent agents, who owned and operated a leading talent agency, the Orsatti Agency.[1] He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California in 1956.[1]
Following graduation, Orsatti became a production assistant at Rorvic Productions, which was owned by his uncle, Vic Orsatti, and actor Rory Calhoun.[1]
Ken Orsatti became a business representative at the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) in 1960.[1] He left AFTRA in 1961 and joined the Sreen Actors Guild (SAG) that same year.[1] He became the Screen Actors Guild's Western regional director in 1966.[1] He was promoted to SAG's Hollywood executive secretary in 1971, a position he held until 1981.[1]
Orsatti, became the executive director of the Screen Actors Guild in 1981. He negotiated and brockered more than 20 union contracts as SAG's chief negotiator during his nineteen year tenure.[1] In 1994, Orsatti told the Los Angeles Business Journal, "Someone once said that the perfect negotiation is one where both sides are unhappy. There's some truth to that."[1] He retired from the Screen Actors Guild in 2000.
Ken Orsatti died on August 31, 2010, of pulmonary disease at West Hills Hospital in West Hills, Los Angeles, at the age of 78.[1]
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J. C. Bailey, American professional wrestler. died from a brain aneurysm he was 27

Joseph Carl Bailey, Jr.[3] was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name J. C. Bailey died from a brain aneurysm he was 27. He wrestled for numerous American-based professional wrestling promotions including Combat Zone Wrestling, IWA Mid-South, and IWA East Coast.[1]

(August 23, 1983 – August 30, 2010)


Professional wrestling career

Bailey made his professional wrestling debut in 2001.[1]
On March 29, 2003, Bailey defeated Nate Webb to win the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship.[4] He lost the championship to Michael Todd Stratton on May 24, but regained it a week later on May 31.[5][6] In June 2003, Bailey, Ian Rotten, and Corporal Robinson "invaded" Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) on behalf of Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South (IWA Mid-South).[1] The following month, he competed in the second annual CZW Tournament of Death where he lost to Nick Mondo in a deathmatch involving light tubes.[7] On August 9, at Aftermath, Bailey lost the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship to Sonjay Dutt.[8] He also competed in the fifth annual IWA Mid-South King of the Deathmatch tournament in August, where he defeated 2 Tuff Tony, Necro Butcher, and Ian Rotten, before losing to Mad Man Pondo in the final.[9][10] On November 21, Bailey won a three-way match against Dutt and Nate Webb to win the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship for the third time.[11] He held the championship for two months before losing it to Matt Sydal on January 17, 2004.[12]
In June 2004, Bailey competed in the sixth King of the Deathmatch where he lost to Mad Man Pondo and Toby Klein,[13] and the following month he participated in the third Tournament of Death where he lost to Wifebeater after defeating Chri$ Ca$h.[14] On December 11, 2004, he teamed up with Chri$ Ca$h, Nate Webb and Sexxxy Eddy to win the CZW World Tag Team Championship.[15] Team Ca$h held the championship until February 5, 2005, when Ca$h and Webb lost to H8 Club (Justice Pain and Nick Gage).[15][16] The same night, Bailey became the first-ever CZW Ultraviolent Underground Champion.[16][17] He lost the championship to Zandig in July 2005.[17] The following month, on August 13, Bailey defeated Necro Butcher in a No Ropes Barbed Wire Death Match to win the Ultraviolent Underground Championship for the second time.[17] He held the championship for over five months, before losing it to Nick Gage on January 14, 2006.[17]
Between 2005 and 2007, Bailey competed in several more hardcore tournaments, including the fourth and fifth Tournaments of Death,[18][19] seventh and eighth King of the Deathmatch tournaments,[20][21] and Tournament of Death: Fast Forward.[22]
On August 20, 2006, he went to Japan and competed in the professional wrestling tournament WRESTLE EXPO 2006 where he lost to 2 Tuff Tony after defeating Mad Man Pondo.[23] On September 16, 2006, he competed in the first Masters of Pain tournament where he lost to the "Crazy Monkey" Jun Kasai after defeating 2 Tuff Tony and Corporal Robinson.[24]
In December 2009, Bailey returned to CZW in December at Cage of Death 11, attacking Thumbtack Jack who had just won a no-ropes barbwire match against Nick Gage.[25] Bailey was accompanied in this attack by 'Halfbreed' Billy Gram who in turn revealed that Bailey was the new member of The Cult Fiction stable led by Gram. Bailey and Gram were sooned joined by tHURTeen, the returning Brain Damage and Masada in The Cult Fiction, and began a feud against fan favorites Danny Havoc, Drake Younger, Scotty Vortekz and Eddie Kingston who were dubbed The Suicide Kings. On June 5, Bailey won the 2010 IWA Mid-South King of the Deathmatch tournament. He defeated Ian Rotten, Nick Gage, and Balls Mahoney en route to the final, where he defeated Devon Moore.[26] On June 26, Bailey competed in CZW's Tournament of Death 9, where he advanced through the first two rounds, before losing in the finals to Vortekz.[27]

Personal life

Bailey's father, Joseph Bailey, runs the Bad 2 the Bone Wrestling promotion in Kentucky.[1]


Bailey was found dead on August 30, 2010, having died in his sleep.[3][28][29] Prior to his death he had complained of headaches and numbness in his hands.[29] The cause of death was later determined to be due to a brain aneurysm, caused by multiple concussions and blows to the head.[29] His brain is expected to be donated for research at Boston University.[29]

In wrestling

 Championships and accomplishments

  • Bad 2 the Bone Wrestling
    • BBW Hardcore Championship (2 times)[1]
    • BBW Lightweight Championship (1 time)[1]
    • BBW Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Vic The Bruiser (1)[1]
    • Rookie of the Year (2001)[1]
  • Coliseum Championship Wrestling
    • CCW Hardcore Championship (1 time)[1]
    • CCW Lightweight Championship (1 time)[1]
    • CCW Tag Team Championship (1 time)[1]
    • CCW XXX Championship (1 time)[1]
  • Insanity Pro Wrestling
    • IPW Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]

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Alain Corneau French filmmaker, died from cancer.he was , 67,

Alain Corneau was a French film director and writer. Corneau was born in Meung-sur-Loire, Loiret. Originally a musician, he worked with Costa-Gavras as an assistant, which was also his first opportunity to work with the actor Yves Montand, with whom he would collaborate three times later in his career, including Police Python 357 (1976) and La Menace (1977).
He directed Gérard Depardieu in the screen adaptation of Tous les matins du monde in 1991.
Corneau died on 30 August 2010 from cancer.[1]

(7 August 1943 – 30 August 2010) 

Selected filmography

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

A. C. Baantjer, Dutch author. died he was , 86

lbert Cornelis "Appie" Baantjer , often simply known as Baantjer, was a Dutch novelist of detective fiction and a former police officer died he was , 86.

(September 16, 1923, Urk, Flevoland – August 29, 2010)

He is mainly known for his large series of detective novels revolving around police inspector De Cock and his side-kick, sergeant Vledder. The name of the protagonist simply means "cook" in Dutch, but has an unusual spelling which is at the heart of a running gag that involves De Cock spelling out his name every time he introduces himself to someone.
The novels have spin-offs in the form of a motion picture[1] and a long-running TV-series.[2] Both are named after the author, rather than the main character(s). This led to screenwriter Berend Boudewijn's bitter statement in a Dutch TV Guide ("VPRO Gids", November 11, 2005) that "Baantjer is the only TV-series in the world that is named after a writer, even though it is not written by him". This is not entirely true : Belgian TV-series "Aspe" is also named after its writer. The first season was written by author Pieter Aspe, but the second season is not written by him.
Baantjer's novels have made their way into the English language through the publishing house Speck Press. De Cock's name has been translated as DeKok. There are approximately 23 of the 60 published Baantjer titles available in English. His books have also been translated into Spanish, French, Russian and Korean and Estonian.[3]

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Peter Lenz American motorcycle racer, died from a collision he was , 13,

Peter Lenz was a nationally ranked American amateur motorcycle racer died from a collision he was , 13.
Lenz was born in Orlando, Florida. He was a four-time international champion, five-time national champion and in 2009 started competing in 125GP racing.[1] He was featured in Roadracing World’s 2009 and 2010 Young Guns: North America’s Fastest Kids feature.[2]
On August 29, 2010, Lenz was killed in an accident during the warmup lap of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.[3]
(May 30, 1997 – August 29, 2010)    

Racing results

Four International (Can-Am) Championships, nine National Championships, nine Regional Championships and one Provincial Championship with 135 race wins and 43 additional podiums from years 2005 to 2009.

  Grand Prix racing

In 2009 Lenz began racing full time on 125 GP race bikes. He competed in the USGPRU National Series and select WERA West, AFM, CCS SW and OMRRA races.
At the age of 11, Lenz became the youngest licensed Expert racer in AFM (American Federation of Motorcyclists) history; the previous holder of that honor was American GP racer Randy Mamola. Lenz also became the youngest rider to win an AFM race with his win in the Clubman Lightweight class on March 21, 2009, at Buttonwillow Raceway Park.
At the age of 11, Lenz became the youngest licensed Expert racer in CCS (Championship Cup Series) history. He also became the youngest rider to win a CCS race with his win in the 125GP class on March 1, 2009, at Firebird International Raceway (East Course). In the same day, Lenz set a new 125GP track record of 59.14s.[4]
After the first two rounds, Lenz was leading the USGPRU (United States Grand Prix Racers Union) West Coast 125GP and 250GP class championships.[5] Mid-season Lenz crashed into a tire wall[6] at Portland International Raceway (PIR) on May 31, 2009, due to several mechanical failures. He suffered several broken bones (tibia and fibula just above the boot line; a broken femur; and a broken humerus just above the elbow) requiring several surgeries. The arm also suffered a severed radial nerve. The accident effectively ended Lenz’s 2009 season and his run at the USGPRU 125GP and 250GP motorcycle road racing national championships. Lenz recovered and returned to racing in 2010.


Lenz began riding in the dirt on a Yamaha PW50 when he was 5 and quickly started racing it. He soon moved up to a KTM Pro Senior 50. At age 7 he transitioned to pocketbikes on pavement which he rode for the next 2 years, finishing with an undefeated season.[7] Lenz then advanced to racing minis for 3 years on a variety of bikes including: Honda NSR50, KTM 65SX roadracer, Metrakit MiniGP 50 and 80 and Honda RSF150R.


2005 was Lenz’s first season riding pocketbikes (see Pocketbike racing) as well as being a member of the BMS Factory Racing, USA Team.[8] He finished the season taking 4th Overall in the Junior division of OMRRA (Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association).


In 2006 Lenz rode a full season with OMRRA and joined Portland, Oregon based FNB Racing. In March he traveled to France, to visit the BMS factory, and Spain where he placed 4th and 6th in an internationally attended pocketbike race. At the Canadian Mini Nationals sanctioned by the CMA in August at Quesnel, British Columbia, Lenz went home as the 2006 CMA Canadian National Open Pocketbike Champion and the Canadian Junior National Pocketbike Champion. Lenz also raced his first year in MiniGP on his NSR50 finishing as the NMRRA Mini50 GP Class Champion. Lenz completed the season as the OMRRA Junior Overall Pocketbike Champion and announced his retirement from pocketbikes.


In 2007 Lenz rode undefeated in the 50cc classes for the Metrakit Canada Factory team[9] on a Metrakit 50 with ambitions of winning several Canadian National titles. Unfortunately, a startline crash[10] resulted in a broken arm taking Lenz out of the series and along with it, his ride with Metrakit. He finished the year aboard his Honda NSR50 and his KTM 65SX motard racer taking a total of 4 national wins, 34 regional wins, and an additional 14 podiums for the season.


In 2008 Lenz focused on full-size GP chassis bikes. The focus of his riding was to continue the development of his racecraft on MiniGP tracks on his Honda NSR50, KTM 65SX, and new Honda RS85 and Honda RSF150R in select SCMINIGP, CMA CNMRA, CMRRA, NMRRA, & SMRRC races. He also ran the Can-Am Mini Motorcycle Roadracing Championship Series[11] in which he won four National Champion titles. He also won the CMA Canadian National Formula Thunder Championship. Awareness of Lenz increased significantly when a video of him titled, “Follow 10yr roadracer Peter Lenz at the Streets of Willow” was posted on YouTube and was viewed by tens of thousands and shared on hundreds of internet forums.[citation needed] Lenz's Honda RSF150R was featured in RoadRacerX’s The Point feature.[12] Lenz began riding a Honda RS125 in the fall of 2008 and retired from mini racing on kart tracks. He raced his RS125 for the first time with WERA at Las Vegas Motor Speedway finishing in second place, five tenths of a second off the track record. Lenz was also awarded one of CMA's MAX Awards for the year.[13]


The California Superbike School sponsored Lenz.[14] Lenz repeatedly mentioned in interviews[15] that the school and its founder, Keith Code, were instrumental in his success as a racer.

Personal life

Lenz lived with his parents and two sisters in Vancouver, Washington. Lenz trained by running, playing motorcycle video games and riding motocross. In his spare time he enjoyed ripstiking, cycling and video games. As of June 2010 his height was 4'10" (147 cm), and his weight was 80 lbs (36 kg).

Pre-death crashes

On July 8, 2007, Peter Lenz was racing at the Canadian Mini Road Race Formula 80GP when another rider accidentally bumped his handle bar forcing him into a hard right turn and into several other riders. One of the other riders suffered a fractured arm.[citation needed]
On May 31, 2009, Peter Lenz suffered a brake failure and hit tire barriers at the Portland International Speedway at over 100mph (160 km/h). He suffered multiple fractures to, among others, the fibula, the tibia and the femur, facial lacerations and a severed nerve.[citation needed] Peter Lenz's first comment about the cause of the failure was that someone had failed to pump his brakes before the race. Others, including father Michael Lenz, speculated the wreck may have been caused by a failure unrelated to the brakes.[citation needed]


On August 29, 2010, Lenz was involved in a fatal crash during a warm-up lap at the MD250H race of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. Lenz fell and was struck by another rider, a 12-year-old. Paramedics immediately placed Lenz into a cervical collar, intubated him, performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and rushed him to the Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis, where he later died of his injuries.[16] Reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi fell four times at the track during practice and warm-ups and other top riders acknowledged the track was difficult.[17]
The funeral was held on September 3, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Vancouver, Washington.[18]

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Victoria Longley, Australian actress, died from breast cancer she was , 49

Victoria Constance Mary Longley  was an Australian actress. She worked extensively in television died from breast cancer she was , 49.
She debuted in a film called The More Things Change as a pregnant au pair, alongside Barry Otto and Judy Morris. An early foray into television was in the epic miniseries The Dirtwater Dynasty opposite Hugo Weaving. In the ABC television series, The Mercury, not-so-loosely based on the Sunday Age, she played a senior journalist, with Geoffrey Rush cast as editor, believed to be modelled on Bruce Guthrie.
Longley's television credits included: Murder Call, Wildside, Water Rats, Farscape, Turtle Beach, Young Lions, and All Saints.[1]
Longley died from breast cancer at the age of 49.

(24 September 1960 – 29 August 2010)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2006 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? Won[2]
2006 Helpmann Awards Best Female Actor in a Play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? Nominated[3]
1989 Australian Film Institute Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Celia Won[4]
1988 Australian Film Institute Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Telefeature or Mini Series The Alien Years Nominated

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Corinne Day, British photographer (Vogue), died from a brain tumour she was , 48

Corinne Day , was a British fashion photographer, documentary photographer,[1] and former fashion model,  died from a brain tumour she was , 48.
Day used Kate Moss as the model in an eight-page fashion story for The Face, in July 1990.

(19 February 1962 – 27 August 2010)

The story showcased garments by Romeo Gigli, Joseph Tricot, Ralph Lauren, and a feather head-dress from the now-defunct Covent Garden boutique World.[2] The photographs, which include one depicting Moss topless and another in which it is implied that she was naked, are some of the first published fashion photographs of Moss, who was sixteen at the time (since 2003, following the Sexual Offences Act, designates that those under eighteen are protected and defined as children).[3]
In 1993, Day photographed Moss for the cover of British Vogue—a cover that has become associated with defining the 'waif' look that became pervasive in fashion culture, in the early 1990s.[4]
In 2006, Day had a solo exhibition of her photographs at Gimpel fils gallery in London.[citation needed]
In 2007, Day was commissioned to photograph Kate Moss by the National Portrait Gallery. Discussing the shoot, Day Said, "I suggested to Kate that we have a conversation about a serious subject. The subject she chose to talk about revealed her true feelings and in turn defined her character."[5]
On 7 August 2009, an article on reported that Day had been diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumor.[6]

Moss and others, raised more than £100,000 by selling photographic prints—in a campaign they titled 'Save the Day'—in order that Day receive Insulin Potentiation Therapy Low Dose or IPTLD chemotherapy in Arizona, USA.[7] Day returned to England where, from February 2010 until her death on 27 August 2010 from complications related to the tumor, she was "gravely ill".[8]
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, in late August 2010, Belinda White said, "Corinne opened the door for a whole generation of photographers, designers, models and stylists who suddenly saw that the fashion industry didn’t have to be this exclusive club for the privileged and perfect."[9]

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George Hitchcock, American poet and publisher. has died he was , 96

George Parks Hitchcock  was an American actor, poet, playwright, teacher, labor activist, publisher, and painter has died he was , 96.  He is best known for creating Kayak, a poetry magazine that he published as a one-man operation from 1964 to 1984.[1] Equally important, Hitchcock published writers under the "Kayak" imprint including the first two books by Charles Simic, second books by Philip Levine and Raymond Carver, translations by W.S. Merwin, and early books by Robert Bly and James Tate.[2]

(June 2, 1914 – August 27, 2010)


Hitchcock was born in Hood River, Oregon, graduating in 1935 from the University of Oregon, where he was a reporter on the school newspaper. After college, he worked as a journalist for several labor movement periodicals, including The Western Worker and The People’s Daily World, simultaneously developing an interest in poetry which was fostered by Kenneth Rexroth. He joined the United States Merchant Marine during World War II, and worked as a cook and a waiter in the South Pacific.[1]
After the war, he became more active in the labor movement, working to organize dairy workers in California and teaching at the California Labor School. Later, he became active in the San Francisco theater scene, writing plays and acting with the Actor's Workshop and the Interplayers while working as a landscape gardener.[1]
While performing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 1957, Hitchcock was called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, where in response to a question asking him his profession, he responded, "I am a gardener. I do underground work on plants". He refused to answer any further questions "on the grounds that this hearing is a big bore and waste of the public's money".[1]

Magazine publisher

In 1958, after the San Francisco Review published one of Hitchcock's plays, he joined it as an editor. When the organization folded, he founded Kayak as a response to what he saw as the "tepid eclecticism" of the other literary journals of the day, with the journal's title representing the "small watertight vessel operated by a single oarsman" that was a metaphor for the way he personally ran the publication as a self-titled "dictator".[3] Hitchcock ran Kayak frugally as a one-man show from its creation in 1964, using an offset printing press he had purchased and having personally "designed the magazine, edited it, printed it, illustrated it" and ran parties where the printed sheets would be assembled for mailing.[1] He moved to Santa Cruz, California in 1970 and joined the faculty of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he taught poetry and playwriting until 1989. In the magazine's 64 issues published before he shut the publication in 1984, Kayak included many significant poets and writers of prose, such as Raymond Carver, Anne Sexton, Robert Bly, and Margaret Atwood.[1] Howard Junker, founder and editor of Zyzzyva: The Journal of West Coast Writers and Artists, called Hitchcock "the pre-eminent maverick independent magazine publisher".[1].
Hitchcock had co-written a critical satire Pioneers of Modern Poetry with poet Robert Peters in 1966. It was led to be an experiment in criticism. In these pieces where Hitchcock arranged most of the "poems" from various prose texts, and Peters wrote most of the "interpretations." These ripostes between Hitchcock & Peters were thrust against some of the excesses of Projective Verse poets, their adulators, and academic readings of poems.[4]
Hitchcock died at age 96 on August 27, 2010, at his home in Eugene, Oregon. He was survived by his companion, Marjorie Simon, as well as by a son, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.[1]

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Alexander Monin Russian vocalist (Kruiz), died from peritonitis.he was , 55,

Rock musician, the soloist of the band “Kruiz” Alexander Monin, passed away on the 56th year of life, RIA “Novosti”, referring to the words of the collective drummer Nikolaj Chunusov.

According to the musician’s wife, Monin was hospitalized around 1 p.m. with peritonitis. He was operated on, but the heart appeared to be weak.

The funeral will take place on Monday, but the place and time has not been still defined.

Alexander Monin is the author of such popular songs as “Krututsya volchok”, “Kak skuchno zhit bez svetloj skazki” and many others.

The musician was born on December 19, 1954 in Budapest in the Soviet Army military baze, where his father served. The father was a military pilot, and the mother – a teacher. At school he created a band, in which he was a drummer and sang. After leaving school he entered the Medical University. But his passion for music brought him to the professional stage, and didn’t graduate from the University as a result.

In the year of 1977 Monin managed to be a member of three musical bands –“SNG”, “Kordinal”, “Novye elektrony” and then got acquainted with Valerij Gain, Alexander Kirnitskij, Vsevolod Korolyuk and worked jointly with them in the band “Magistral” till 1978.


Kruiz was formed in 1978, originally playing soft and hard rock songs with Russian lyrics. The original lineup consisted of Alexandre Monin (vocals), Valery Gaina (guitars), Alexander Kirnitsky (8 November 1956-7 November 2008) (bass), Serge Sarychev (keyboards), and Seva Korolyuk (drums). In 1980, they released their first album called The Top, which was really a collection of demos.

In 1981, they released their first official album, Крутится Волчoк (transscription: Krutitsya Volchok, translation: The Top Keeps Turning), featuring Alexander Kirnitsky on bass, and additional keyboards by Matvey Anitchkin. This was followed by another album Послушай Человек (Poslusshay Chelovek, translation: Listen Man).
In 1983, the lineup changed to Monin (vocals), Gaina (guitars), Gregory Bezougly (guitars), Oleg Kouzmitchyov (bass), Vladimir Kapoustin (keyboards), and Nikolai Tchunusov (drums). This lineup released the album Путешествие на Воздушном (Puteshestvye na Vozdushnom, translation: Balloon Journey). Shortly after the release of this album, the band unfortunately drew the ire of the Communist government and were ordered to disband. The band released one final album P.S. Продолжение Слeдует (P.S. Prodolzhenye Sleduet, translation: P.S. To be Continued) in 1983, before stopping all activities.
In 1985, Valery Gaina decided to reform the band and take a heavier approach to their music. The new lineup consisted of Gaina (guitars and vocals), Alexander Kirnitsky (bass), Vsevolod Korolyuk (drums), with Vadim Malikov (additional vocals). They released an album called КиКоГаВва (translation: KiKoGaVva), named after the first two letters of the band members names.
This lineup was short-lived and Valery Gaina soon recruited another lineup with himself on vocals and guitars, Fyodor Vasilyev (bass), and Sergey Efimov (drums). This particular incarnation of the band had a speed metal sound . They released a demo and an album, Kruiz-1 on Melodia records (a state owned record company). One song (Rock is Forever) was promptly banned by the authorities and hence, only appears on the demo. Only two years later the song was included in compilation album "A Place To Meet ... " with other soviet rock bands.
Kruiz became known to the west, when they opened a few shows for the German band Rage. The band redid some of their songs with English lyrics and released the album Kruiz in 1988, for WEA Records (Warner Bros. Records). The song In Flames from this album received a lot of air-play in the Canadian metal show, The Power Hour. It is on the strength of this album and the video that Kruiz became known as a speed metal band, and their past as a soft-rock/hard-rock band was largely unknown in the west.
The band went on a European Tour in 1989 and were featured on a German TV program, "Mosh Special", on February 5, 1989. Kruiz opened for bands such as Metallica and Slayer and were scheduled to release a third album, titled Culture Shock, but their contractual obligations prevented them from doing so. Sergey Efimov flew back to Russia. Gaina and Vasilyev attempted to finish the album using the services of Iain Finlay (then drummer for Running Wild), but could not complete the album. Shortly after this, the band broke up.

Post breakup

Valery Gaina then formed the band Gain, with Vladimir Bajin (vocals), Alexander Shprot (bass), and Andrei Shatounovsky (session drummer). This band recorded an album in 1990 but it only came out in 1995, with two bonus tracks from the unreleased third Kruiz album Culture Shock. Valery Gaina then moved to Los Angeles, mainly because of the rise of the Russian Mafia. He formed a band called Karma and released an album (Fence) under the Frozen Hound label. This album was described as a cross between the Stone Temple Pilots and Red Hot Chili Peppers, very unlike the music of Kruiz. Gaina also built his own studio and produced music for local bands. Karma nearly signed with Mercury Records, but the deal fell through. Meanwhile Gaina put out a dance/hip-hop album called Fantasy, which went gold in South Korea.
Bassist Fyodor Vasilyev went on to play for a Russian hard rock band called Black Coffee, where he found success.
Drummer Sergey Efimov also moved to the United States and later played in bands called Wolves and Hippies of Chaos, where he also sang in the band. He also found work as a session musician.


In 1994, the original vocalist of Kruiz, Alexandre Monin, upon the success of V.Gaina, reformed the band, with the lineup consisting of himself, Gregory Bezougly (guitars), Vladimir Kapoustin (keyboards), Oleg Kouzmitchyov (bass), and Nikolai Tschunosov (drums). This lineup returned back to their original style of soft and hard rock music and released three albums, Live at Robin Hood Festival in 1994, Bcem BCTATb (translation: Stand Up Everyone) in 1996 and Live Collection in 1998. This lineup also opened for Ronnie James Dio on May 3 1999, at Moscow, Russia at the Olimpiyskey Stadium. This particular lineup still plays gigs to this day, but do not play any metal, and in fact, don't want anything to do with the Metal Kruiz.
In 2002, Valery Gaina regrouped with the 1988 lineup of Vasilyev and Efimov, and also released a demo under the name of Kruiz. The bass and drums were recorded in Moscow and the tapes were mastered by Gaina in Los Angeles. Gaina also announced plans for a full reunion.
On August 27, 2010 Alexandre Monin died at age of 56 of peritonitis.[1][2]

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