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Obituaries

Jonathan Bayliss, RIP

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The Boston Globe reports the death of one Jonathan Bayliss, an eccentric self-published writer of enormous tomes.
















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Here's a sample from one of his novels. (Click on text to enlarge.) There's plenty more here, if you want it!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 25, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Eccentrics, Literature, Books, Writers, Obituaries

Life Imitates Jules Feiffer

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Fans of famed comics artist Jules Feiffer will surely recall his good-hearted but light-headed character who spontaneously broke into dance to celebrate or bewail any proposition or concept, however absurd. You can see an example of Feiffer's creation to the far right.

Well, it appears that Feiffer did not create such a character, but merely drew from life. Or perhaps the gal whom you see in mid-air, next to the Feiffer panel, was inspired by Feiffer.

For in this BOSTON GLOBE obituary we learn how "Gabrielle Orcha of Cambridge, a choreographer and playwright," intends to mark her grandmother's passing.

"As a tribute to her grandmother, Orcha has choreographed a dance, commissioned by the Citi Performing Arts Center, that she will perform at the Shubert Theatre in May."

"Dance to Departed Nana." I can't wait.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 16, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Death, Obituaries, Comics, Performance Art, Dance

Willoughby Sharp, RIP

The newly deceased artist Willoughby Sharp sounds like a WEIRD UNIVERSE kinda guy. Judge for yourself by the following short film in which he stars.



Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 05, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Art, Performance Art, Video, Obituaries

Jimmy Carl Black, RIP

The obituary of Jimmy Carl Black reminds us of how weird he and Frank Zappa were.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 09, 2008 - Comments (0)
Category: Eccentrics, Music, Obituaries, 1960s

Yma Sumac, RIP

Goodbye, Yma Sumac, one of history's greatest and weirdest singers.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 04, 2008 - Comments (1)
Category: Celebrities, Eccentrics, Entertainment, Music, Foreign Customs, Obituaries

Marilyn Ferguson, RIP

Where would WEIRD UNIVERSE be without the New Age Movement, a belief system that has supplied us with so many great wacky incidents? Let us then pause a moment to honor the passing of Marilyn Ferguson, the woman credited with catalyzing that nascent trend toward gullible goofiness.

Here she is below in a 1992 interview, with a fellow who has a serious priest-wannabe look going on.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 04, 2008 - Comments (0)
Category: New Age, Obituaries

A Triumph of Nominative Determinism

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Nominative Determinism is the term for people whose last names have apparently influenced their destiny. One of the most famous instances is Cardinal Sin of the Phillipines.

But the obituary pages this week bring perhaps the supreme example. Please go read about the death of William Headline, news editor for CNN.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 24, 2008 - Comments (16)
Category: Weird Names, Obituaries

Ruth Grace Moulon, RIP

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Last week, we coincidentally featured Nancy Luce, the Chicken Lady. Today, we must sadly report the death of the Duck Girl.

Ruthie the Duck Girl was a New Orleans character famed for her pet ducks. You can read her history at the intriguing site known as ECCENTRIC NEW ORLEANS, and then read her LOS ANGELES TIMES obituary here.

A documentary was made about her, and shown on WYES TV, but I can't find any online video of it.



Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 16, 2008 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Celebrities, Death, Obituaries, Eccentrics, Pets, Regionalism

George Putnam, RIP

TV newscaster George Putnam has died. Read his LOS ANGELES TIMES obituary here.

Putnam was frequently cited as the inspiration for the Ted Baxter character on THE MARY TYLER MOORE show.

Make your own judgment based on the videos below.



Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 16, 2008 - Comments (5)
Category: Centuries, Death, Obituaries, Entertainment, Actors, Hollywood, ShowBiz, Stupidity, Television

The South Will Collect Its Pensions Again!

How weird is it that there are still Confederate Widows alive? Although one named Maudie Hopkins died just recently, experts claim there are still other women alive who were once married to men who fought for the Confederacy. Obviously this bestselling novel will still have relevance for some time yet.



Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 25, 2008 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Death, Obituaries, History, Historical Figure, Hollywood, Literature, Books, Regionalism, War, Cartoons, Marriage

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