Today's Newsletter December 28 Edition

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Today's Commentary --- RIP Penny Marshall -- Nancy Wilson RIP -- George H.W. Passes -- Remembering Billy Daily -- RIP Alan Bean -- Burt Reynolds -- Remembering John McCain -- Harlan Ellison RIP --- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

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In 2018, we wrote about quite a few famous people and not so famous people who passed away.  Today we remember some of them again and look back at their lives with links to seven of our most read tributes....

We're all sad to hear of the death of comic actress/director/writer/producer Penny Marshall. She died Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home at 75, from complications of diabetes.

Your first thought of her might depend on which phase of her remarkable career you came of age in. After playing a number of bit parts in ‘60s comedies, she landed her breakthrough role in the sitcom version of “The Odd Couple” as Oscar Madison’s schlumpy secretary Myrna, a part that Jack Klugman insisted she be cast in. Most fans will instantly think of her with an “L” embroidered on her blouse as Laverne DeFazio, one of two plucky brewery workers with big dreams in the ABC mega-hit, “Laverne and Shirley.” But younger readers might first recall her for the hit movies she directed, such as “Big,” “A League of their Own,” “Awakenings” and “The Preacher’s Wife.”

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Nancy Wilson RIP

By Mike Huckabee

We’re sad to report that one of the 20th century’s finest musical artists, platinum-selling Grammy winner Nancy Wilson, has died at 81 after a long illness that forced her to retire from touring in 2011.

Nancy Wilson was usually classified as a jazz or torch singer, but she defied categories, singing everything from Gershwin to Stevie Wonder. She said she thought of herself as a “song stylist” who interpreted each lyric individually to tell the story of that song. During the 1960s, she released eight albums that made it to the Billboard top 20, in an era when rock had taken over and banished most elegant, traditional jazz-style vocalists to Vegas.

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George H.W. Bush Passes

By Mike Huckabee

I first met President George H.W. Bush in 1980 in Little Rock when he was a candidate for President. He ultimately became Ronald Reagan's Vice-President and I met him again at a Bassmaster's Classic in Pine Bluff, Arkansas where he (an avid angler) presented the trophies. When I ran for my first political race, he was running for re-election as President and he called me to encourage me. That he took the time to do that was remarkable. He was a thoughtful leader, and his life was one of sacrifice and service, starting with his heroic service as a fighter pilot in WWII where he was shot down in the Pacific, but survived to start his own business in Midland, Texas, later became Congressman, Ambassador, Director of the CIA, Chairman of the GOP, Vice President, President, and forever senior statesman and patriarch until his death after a long, adventurous and exceptional life. Janet and I are saddened to learn that his exceptional life has ended, but celebrate a life "Done Well."      

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Remembering Bill Daily

By Mike Huckabee

I always hate to have to report the death of one of those familiar TV character actors we all grew up watching. On the other hand, many of them gave us countless hours of enjoyment without ever breaking through to the perks of big stardom, and I like being able to call attention to their contributions and let them take a final bow. So on that note, let’s all say a final “Thanks for the memories” to comic actor Bill Daily, who passed away last week in his longtime home of Santa Fe, New Mexico, at 91.

You might not recognize his name, but if I told you he was Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden’s best friend, “Major Healey,” on “I Dream of Jeannie,” I bet you’d instantly recall his face and voice and comic timing. Or if I told you he was Bob’s neighbor, the befuddled airline pilot Howard Borden, on “The Bob Newhart Show.” Or if you turned on a rerun of “ALF,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Love American Style” or countless other shows, you’d be likely to see him pop up and make you laugh.

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RIP Alan Bean

By Mike Huckabee

I’ve often spoken of how much I was inspired when I was a kid by NASA and the astronauts of those early days of space exploration. So it is with great sadness and prayers and sympathy to his family that I have to report the death at age 86 of Alan Bean, who as part of the crew of Apollo 12 became only the fourth man to walk on the moon.

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Burt Reynolds

By Mike Huckabee

I’m sad to have to report the death of Burt Reynolds at 82, following a heart attack after years of battling heart problems.

Reynolds was a throwback to the days when there were real movie stars whose names and personalities alone could draw massive crowds to theaters. He was the #1 box office star from 1978-’82, tying Bing Crosby’s record. At one point, he had four movies in theaters at once. Yet unlike today’s celebrities, who seem to spend more time forcing their political opinions on us than making movies, Reynolds never took himself too seriously.

His self-deprecating wit made him a great talk show guest, and the first non-comedian to fill in for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.” He enjoyed hanging out with the stunt people as much as with celebrities, and often did his own stunts (check out the linked article for his hilarious account of a canoe stunt that didn’t work out as planned.)

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Remembering John McCain

By Mike Huckabee

As you surely know from the weekend filled with tributes, Sen. John McCain passed away Saturday night at 81, just one day after his family announced that he had stopped receiving treatments for brain cancer.

Since we ran against each other in the 2008 GOP Presidential primary, and I campaigned for and with him after he won the nomination, media outlets asked me for my thoughts and memories.

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Harlan Ellison RIP

By Mike Huckabee

One of the greatest and most prolific writers of our age, Harlan Ellison, has died in his sleep at 84. While most renowned for science fiction, he wrote about 50 books (including the cult classic, “A Boy and His Dog”) and over 1400 articles, comic books, essays, scripts and more, some outside the sci-fi field. He wrote landmark episodes of such series as “Star Trek” and “Outer Limits,” while fighting bitterly with the producers and denigrating the results. He also received partial credit for the “Terminator” movies after suing the producers, claiming they stole the killer robot idea from him.

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Evening Edition - December 21

By Mike Huckabee

A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!

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Daily Verse

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." – John 3:16

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