Monday, December 31, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3973, December 31st, 2018

APOLLO 8 @ 50

The excitement and strong heartbeat of the US Space program was still a big part of America in that tumultuous year of 1968. In the year of assassinations, a divided country over the war as well as conflicts between generations, one thing united our country. The space launches that most Americans still cared about and followed.
On Christmas Eve 1968, the three astronauts circling the moon, miles away from the turbulent earth capped off a year of misery with a message of peace and hope. Next to the moon landing just 6 months later, the might have been NASA’s finest hour provided by true American heroes.
Apollo 8, the second manned spaceflight mission flown in the United States Apollo space program, was launched on December 21, 1968, and became the first manned spacecraft to leave low Earth orbit, reach the Moon, orbit it, and return.[1][2][3] The three-astronaut crew—Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders—were the first humans to witness and photograph an Earthrise and to escape the gravity of a celestial body. Apollo 8 was the third flight and the first crewed launch of the Saturn V rocket and was the first human spaceflight from the Kennedy Space Center, located adjacent to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Originally planned as the second crewed Apollo Lunar Module and command module test, to be flown in an elliptical medium Earth orbit in early 1969, the mission profile was changed in August 1968 to a more ambitious command-module-only lunar orbital flight to be flown in December, as the lunar module was not yet ready to make its first flight. Astronaut Jim McDivitt's crew, who were training to fly the first lunar module flight in low Earth orbit, became the crew for the Apollo 9 mission, and Borman's crew were moved to the Apollo 8 mission. This left Borman's crew with two to three months' less training and preparation time than originally planned, and replaced the planned lunar module training with translunar navigation training.
Apollo 8 took 68 hours (almost three days) to travel the distance to the Moon. The crew orbited the Moon ten times over the course of twenty hours, during which they made a Christmas Eve television broadcast in which they read the first ten verses from the Book of Genesis. At the time, the broadcast was the most watched TV program ever. Apollo 8's successful mission paved the way for Apollo 11 to fulfill U.S. president John F. Kennedy's goal of landing a man on the Moon before the end of the 1960s.

The Apollo 8 astronauts returned to Earth on December 27, 1968, when their spacecraft splashed down in the northern Pacific Ocean. The crew members were named Time magazine's "Men of the Year" for 1968 upon their return. 
(wikipedia, Time, LuLac archives) 

The LuLac Edition #3972, December 31st, 2018


Martin Luther King Junior wanted to build on the gains made by the Civil Rights movement of the 60s and shiner a light on poverty in America. In particular, King wanted people to see the inequality of economics. The poor in the deep south in the 1960s was not the only segment of black America, hell all America that were impoverished. The plan was for King to highlight this in another march on Washington. His death in April did not stop the effort. But because the main driving force was gone, the end result was not as impactful as hoped for. That stated, the Poor People’s campaign was a wake up call to many Americans who never knew of the suffering going on in their own land of plenty.

King wanted to bring poor people to Washington, D.C., forcing politicians to see them and think about their needs: "We ought to come in mule carts, in old trucks, any kind of transportation people can get their hands on. People ought to come to Washington, sit down if necessary in the middle of the street and say, 'We are here; we are poor; we don't have any money; you have made us this way ... and we've come to stay until you do something about it.'"
The Campaign might be a mere footnote in history. But the significance of it was that all American’s in poverty, across all racial lines was recognized as a serious issue. While poverty has not yet been fully eliminated and there is still great economic imbalance in this country, the Campaign from 1968 was a noble start.
This past year, begging the question about how much we might have fixed poverty in half a century, another march was held in D.C.

(Time, wikipedia, AP, LuLac archives)

Sunday, December 30, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3971, December 30th, 2018


1. Tornado Strikes Wilkes Barre. It was a night of fear to remember. A tornado landed in a shopping plaza in Wilkes Barre Township leveling the place. The blessing was that the event hit after 830pm when most of the stores like Panera Bread, Tovon, Game Stop and Holiday Hair were empty of most workers. Rebuilding efforts are progressing as we write this.
2. Mid Term Elections were top of mind here. Lou Barletta won Luzerne County but lost the rest of the state. Governor Tom Wolf was elected easily to another term. Particular focus was on Luzerne County in ’18 because of the big Trump win in ’16. Scott Wagner and 8th District candidate John Chrin nearly camped out here. But a revitalized Democratic party in the county beat back challenges. Democratic State Representatives Eddie Day Pashinski in the 121st and Gerry Mullery in the 119th faced stiff challenges against former R\radio talk show host Sue Henry and Justin Behrens respectively but they did win new terms.
3.New map, same old same old. It turns out that the Congressional redistricting carries little weight in Congressional races. The State GOP whined liked babies without a rattler when the State Supreme Court took over the Congressional redistricting plan they couldn’t handle. The districts were carved up but nothing in Lulac land changed. We started with 2 Republican Congressmen and one Democrat one and ended that way. Tom Marino won in the new 12th,. Dan Meuser in the new 9th and Democrat Matt Cartwright in the new 8th. After all the noise went on, “Obladi, oblada, life went on” just the sane.
4. Grand Jury report on Catholic Church hits home. The Grand Jury report on the Catholic Church hit us here between the eyes. Many well known clerics were called out and church collections as well as attendance declined a bit. There was no aggressive Bishop’s Appeal. The year ended with a report that of the 59 Scranton Diocese priests identified among 301 child-abusing clergy across Pennsylvania by a state grand jury report released last week, records show Bishop Emeritus James Timlin had knowledge of more than two dozen cases before and during his nearly 20-year tenure.
5. 1960s Consolidation had nothing on this! The Wilkes Barre Area School Board moved ahead to get that new school built. The plan is to borrow up to $137.3 million to fund the construction of a new high school between Maffett and North Main streets in Plains Twp. It is a 78-acre site that Pagnotti Enterprises owned.
The school district also merged the three schools of Coughlin, Meyers and GAR. There will be football and the team name will be Wolfpack.
6. Dallas teachers, board end stalemate. The Dallas a\Area School district finally came to an agreement with the teachers after a multi year strike. The new contract extends to 2023 and that is a relief to school district parents and students who were essentially the victims in this game of ping pong.
7. Property Tax Forums held. Multiple Property Tax Forums were held in both Luzerne and Lackawanna County this year. Large crowds came out to support the elimination of Property taxes through House Bill 76. Even though there was support among those attending these numerous events, the candidates who supported it 100% did not prevail at the ballot box.
8. Not cleared for take off, the Crestwood School District ran into an issue with drivers of their buses not having clearances on file. The Districty had teachers ride the buses a few days and an investigation and change of bus lines ensued.
9. New Veep, Old Veep come a calllin'. Vice President Mike Pence showed up in Forty Fort in October touring the candidacy of John Chrin who was trying to make a dent in Luzerne County. Chrin running against Cartwright ultimately lost but my GOP friends tell me that Pence was quite charismatic at this event. 
The Sunday before the election, former Vice President Joe Biden rocked the vote at The Pittston Area High School. Biden, his voice hoarse but enthusiastic  rallied the troops with some wondering if he will make a run for the top job in 2020.
10. DeeJay Mo gets justice. Posthumously. Two men accused in the death of a popular local DJ have both been convicted of first-degree murder. Roberto Battle and David Nealy are the two men charged with killing Michael Onley in 2013.Onley was a community activist and DJ known as DJ Mo.

The LuLac Edition #3970, December 30th, 2018


1. Eagles win Super Bowl, After a few false starts an trips to the big game, Philly finally won the Super Bowl. In my mind, it all started at the end of the first half when circumstances called for a field goal. The Philadelphia Eagles, leading the New England Patriots 15-12 near the end of the first half of Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, had the ball on a fourth-and-goal, at the New England one-yard-line. Kick the chip shot field goal, take the points, head to the locker room happy. Philly coach Doug Pederson, however, not only broke convention by going for it, he also delved deep into the playbook and called for some trickery: the “Philly Special,” in which the center snapped the ball to a running back, who flipped it to a tight end, who ran right before tossing the ball to the quarterback — yes, the quarterback — in the end zone. Tom Brady threw for 500 yards and still lost.  Eagles claimed the win.
2. The Crimson Tide Comeback, Trailing Georgia 20-10 entering the fourth quarter of January’s national championship game in Atlanta, the Crimson side came back to win
3. Serena Williams Wigs Out, Serena Williams’ extended argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the U.S. Open final in September was uncomfortable: she called him a “thief” for calling violations on her, and she accused him of sexism, as many male players have treated umpires far worse than she did and never suffered a game penalty at a crucial point of a Grand Slam match.
4 Tiger Comes Back, Think what you want of Tiger Woods. But no athlete in his sport — and maybe all sports — commands eyeballs quite like Tiger. After injuries and personal scandal nearly left him an afterthought on the PGA Tour, Woods capped off a stellar comeback campaign, in which he contended for two major titles — Woods shot a final round 64 at the PGA Championship to finish second — with his first tour win in over five years, at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
5 Boston in MLB, Washington in NHL, Golden State in NBA: All winners.

The LuLac Edition #3969, December 30th, 2018


1. Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal: The horrors exhumed by the Pennsylvania grand jury, detailing abuses across six dioceses, sent tremors through the American Catholic church reaching to the Vatican. Perhaps not since the Boston Globe revealed the extent of similar abuses within the Catholic Church in Massachusetts in 2002, has misconduct by priests and efforts to conceal it been outlined in such detail.
While stunning in scope, the Pennsylvania grand jury report landed as a wave of abuse allegations also washed over the Catholic Church in Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Guam and the District of Columbia. The release of that report hit the entire state and hit at the very foundation of the Dioceses in the state. Reports are that funding for many of the Bishop’s annual appeals were way down..
2. Innocents gunned down in Steel City: The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was a mass shooting that occurred at Tree of Life – Or L'SiInnocents gunned down in Steel Citymcha Congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 27, 2018, while Shabbat morning services were being held. Eleven people were killed and seven were injured. It was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States.
The sole suspect, 46-year-old Robert Gregory Bowers, was arrested and charged with 29 federal crimes and 36 state crimes. He pleaded not guilty to all 44 crimes laid against him in federal court. Using the online social network Gab, he had earlier posted anti-Semitic comments against the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) in which Dor Hadash and Tree of Life[ was a supporting participant. Referring to Central American migrant caravans and immigrants, he posted on Gab shortly before the attack that "HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I'm going in. Then in a blink of an eye, people died because of the hate of one unhinged killer.
3. Kathleen Kane goes to jail: After her appeals were exhausted, Kathleen Kane started to serve her jail time in 2018. She arrived an hour before her 9 a.m. deadline and reported to jail late this year. She is currently housed in a lockup with about 330 other inmates in the women's wing of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
Our friend from WNEP TV, Dave Bohman made the point in his coverage that Kane's term in jail begins six years and three weeks after she was elected Pennsylvania's attorney general. She was sentenced to between 300 and 700 days in the lockup in Montgomery County.
4. Tom Wolf wins second term: Tom Wolf won a second term as governor last month beating brash Republican challenger Scott Wagner and sending the Democrat back for another four years to share power with a GOP-controlled Legislature.
Wolf has said he will continue advancing his first-term priorities, including trying to fix funding inequities in Pennsylvania's public schools and seeking to impose a severance tax on the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry. But he will be up against Republican lawmakers who fought two extended budget battles with him, blocked many of his top priorities and forced him to lower his expectations.
With that stated, the key thing to remember here is that Wolf's re-election will give Democrats a seat at the table for the first time in 30 years when Pennsylvania draws a new map of congressional districts after the 2020 Census.
5. Casey wins re-election for third term: Democrat Sen. Bob Casey has won a third term after defeating Republican challenger. Casey maintained a comfortable lead in the polls over Barletta heading into Election Day. Casey’s victory in Tuesday’s election gives him another six-year term in office and ensures that Trump will have another swing state opponent in the closely divided Senate.
The 58-year-old son of the late former governor has now won six statewide elections, including wins in races for state treasurer and auditor general.
Casey seemed more passionate and energized when faced with the prospect of a Trump Presidency. Lou Barletta, one of Trump’s biggest allies on Capitol Hill and drew two presidential visits to Pennsylvania to help rally support for his candidacy. But Barletta never gained traction against Casey, and was heavily outspent while getting virtually no outside help from GOP groups to overcome Casey’s heavy fundraising advantage and built-in recognition as a household name in Pennsylvania politics
6. Legalized pot now making retail inroads:
A number of national legal industry trends took hold in the Pennsylvania market this year, as firms looked to gain market share by head count growth and acquisitions.
Of course, that included a number of mergers, as law firm combinations become more frequent industry wide. But it wasn't just the local players making strategic moves. Some out-of-state firms looked to strengthen their ties to the local legal scene by recruiting longtime partners from area firms.
7. The Eagles Win the Super bowl: This year saw the Philadelphia Eagles rise to the occasion and win the coveted Super Bowl. After the game Eagles fans celebrated with some issues in the street. But all told, most enjoy the Eagles climb to the top of the Football heap.
8. Bob Brady, Philadelphia congressman retires after two decades: Brady graduated from St. Thomas More High School, found employment as a carpenter and was soon part of the leadership of the Carpenters’ union. He continued to be a member of both the Carpenters’ and the Teachers’ unions.
Congressman Brady was elected Chairman of the Committee on House Administration in May of 2007 and served until the end of the 111th Congress in December 2010. In announcing his election, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi highlighted Brady’s “...experience as a leading member of the House Administration Committee for four years and his in-depth knowledge of the internal functions of the House.” She also highlighted his ability “to promote equality and diversity on Capitol Hill.” Congressman Brady currently serves as the Ranking Member on the Committee. His retirement makes Brady one of the most consequential Congressmen from Pennsylvania to serve in that body/.
9. Incumbent Mike Stack defeated for Lt. Governor’s slot: In a historic win as unconventional as the candidate himself, the work-shirt wearing, small-town mayor John Fetterman defeated Lt. Gov. Michael Stack in the Democratic primary Tuesday, according to unofficial results.
Stack is the state’s first lieutenant governor to lose in a primary election. Despite earning an annual salary of $163,692 and only responsible for filling in for the governor if he no longer can hold office, Stack has spent most of the year putting out public relations fires.
After his staff reported abuse and harassment by the Stack family, Wolf made an unprecedented move of stripping the family’s state police detail and restricted the lieutenant governor’s residence staff.
Shortly after, Stack’s wife received in-patient treatment for a mental health issue. Wolf declined to release a report by the inspector general’s office to protect the Stack family’s privacy due to her mental health treatment. Fetterman rarely campaigned with Wolf but was not a hazard to the ticket on the campaign trail. The Wolf strategy after distancing themselves from Stack was to let the voters decide for themselves in that crowded and now deemed historic race. 
10. Bill Cosby goes to jail.  Once known as "America's Dad," was sentenced Tuesday to three to ten years in a state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home 14 years ago.
Cosby's bail was revoked and he was escorted from the courthouse in handcuffs.
"This was a serious crime," Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Judge Steven O'Neill said. "Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come."
Cosby, convicted in April of aggravated indecent assault, declined to speak to the court prior to the sentence. His attorneys have said they intend to file an appeal.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3968, December 29th, 2018


1. Dave Kuharchik leaves Pa. Live. Kuharchik who was the first ever host/producer of the show took a job with Robert Mericle and company.
2. Henry in contract dispute with WILK, Long time radio host Sue Henry could not come to an agreement with her employer Entercom and left her position in May of 18.
3. WRKC FM celebrates their 50th anniversary.
4. Dateline from the AP: WILKES-BARRE — Thundering that the media is the “fake, fake disgusting news,” President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of grievances Thursday at a Pennsylvania campaign rally in which he cast journalists as his true political opponent. What can we say, it’s a top story because he called an area with more news outlets per capita in the country “fake”. 
 5. Former WILK Talk Show host Steve Corbett pens a novel called “Blood Red Syria”.

The LuLac Edition #3967, December 29th, 2018


1. Making America Hate Again: The Trump Presidency and its lack of knowledge and ability to make a decision has been the underlying top story of this year. The Trump reign is like that of a demented, syphilis king that doesn’t stick to any promise except one (the wall) and who his own party can’t trust. That same party though enables him at every turn and is no profile in courage. The attack against the news media has emboldened the ignorant to follow his lead on just about everything. The 35% of the people who sttill support him are just like him. They want simple answers to complicated questions. There is no research done by the President or any of his supporters because they are too lazy to do it. Finally the reason why Trump has his base is because they, like him are afraid of change and disdain thinking about the implication of an issue unless it is uncomplicated and easy to understand. That’s why this base and Trump are made for each other. But that simplistic love affair has caused the country to not be great again but more hateful than ever. Sadly the number one story this year is the breathtaking incompetence of the great deal maker, Diaper Don.
2. Trump-Russia probe: This investigation has now gotten to the point that real progress has come out of it. More than 30 indictments and guilty pleas. What comes out in 2019 will certainly be one of the top 5 stories of next year. For those complaining about the length of investigations, let’s remind people that probes take time. The Clinton investigation lasted for a little over 4years. Iran Contra years about 7 years. . A murder investigation lasts years. If you really want the truth, don’t complain unless you are afraid of the truth.
3. #MeToo movement: It started with a Hashtag used in October 2017 to denounce sexual assault and harassment, in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Since then powerful men have been toppled from important positions for sexual harassment of some type or the other. The movement is here to stay with all men reassessing their behavior. 2018 saw more men under scrutiny for past behavior.
4. Parkland school shooting/Mass shootings: A former student went on a shooting rampage at a Florida high school leaving 17 dead while panicked students barricaded themselves inside classrooms and frantic parents raced to the scene.
The gunman, who had been expelled and graduate was armed with “countless” magazines and an AR-15-style rifle. In the aftermath of the shooting, students took to their megaphones and began to go fter lawmakers for not doing enough to protect them in schools. Rallies were held, students were attacked by Fox News commentators as being actor but still soldiers on asking for more controls on automatic weapons. Those who died did not die in vain in my opinion because these survivors are out for political blood if any candidate doesn’t see it their way in the future. Meanwhile more gun violence too numerous to mention continued in the United States.
5. 2018 midterms: This was in House Districts a repudiation of the Trump agenda and Republican vision of America. Plus more women gained sentence to the House as the Democrats gained 40 seats. The ads against Nancy Pelosi by scared GOP candidates were fruitless. Meanwhile the Senate had gains for the GOP from red states. But the House that has been ruled by the minority Freedom Caucus will now be run by a woman and party that put the needs of people first. The biggest deal breaker issue for most House candidates was Health Care. Those who embraced it as n issue….WON.
6. US immigration: Children torn from parents, refugees turned away and a relentless stream of changes to immigration regulation and enforcement. To those who champion President Donald Trump and believe cracking down on immigration translates to better lives for Americans, 2018's breathless headlines were a fulfillment of campaign promises. To many others, they hearkened back to dark moments in U.S. history. Even as those living in the U.S. illegally remain targets, the administration has sought to redefine what legal immigration looks like, too, slowing or halting those seeking to come to the country for a job offer, through their relationship to a citizen, or to find a home as a refugee or asylee. The bottom line is that there could have been an immigration bill in 2013 but the House Freedom Caucus stopped it. There could have been a fix to DCA and Diaper Don would have got 20 billion for his wall. But he reneged on the deal. Immigration can be fixed but not under any current or foreseeable Republican leadership.
7. Brett Kavanaugh hearing: Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States on July 9, 2018, filling the vacancy left by the retirement of Anthony Kennedy. When nominated, Kavanaugh was a sitting judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
The Senate Judiciary Committee began Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing on September 4. At the end of the confirmation process, Kavanaugh was accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford thirty-six years prior, while they were both in high school in 1982. The Senate Judiciary Committee postponed its scheduled vote to allow both Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh to respond. In the interim, two other women (Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick) alleged separate instances of sexual assault. Kavanaugh categorically denied allegations made by Ford, Ramirez and Swetnick.
Bottom line after all of this, Kavanaugh was confirmed by the GOP Senate by a very close vote, 51 to 49. 
8. California wildfires: The 2018 wildfire season is the most destructive and deadly wildfire season on record in California, with a total of 8,434 fires burning an area of 1,890,438 acres, the largest amount of burned acreage recorded in a fire season, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the National Interagency Fire Center, as of December 6. The fires have caused more than $3.5 billion in damages, including $1.792 billion in fire suppression costs. Through the end of August 2018, Cal Fire alone spent $432 million on operations. The Mendocino Complex Fire burned more than 459,000 acres, becoming the largest complex fire in the state's history, with the complex's Ranch Fire surpassing the Thomas Fire and the Santiago Canyon Fire of 1889 to become California's single-largest recorded wildfire.
9. Climate change: Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time (i.e., decades to millions of years). Climate change may refer to a change in average weather conditions, or in the time variation of weather around longer-term average conditions (i.e., more or fewer extreme weather events).
10. Jamal Khashoggi murder and attack on free press: Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian dissident, author, columnist for the Washington Post, and a general manager and editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News Channel who was assassinated at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 by agents of the Saudi government. He also served as editor for the Saudi Arabian newspaper Al Watan, turning it into a platform for Saudi Arabian progressives. The Trump administration’s reluctance to condemn the murder outright as well as its constant attack on the press with the two syllable attack of “Fake News” has put all journalists in fear for just doing their job.

The LuLac Edition #3966, December 29th, 2018


1. Trump-Putin, a most revealing summit: In July, Trump appeared to side with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he stood by Putin's side at a Helsinki summit news conference and gave weight to Putin's denial that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, despite the firm conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that it had. "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russia, Trump said. By that statement alone people of all stripes in this country should no Diaper Don is in bed with Putin and the Russians. 2018 draws to a close with warnings of a nuclear Armageddon by Putin's prompt. It was clear that Trump's intention is to appease and please the Russian dictator. .
2. Trump meets Dictator in North Korea: President Donald Trump in June became the first U.S. president to meet a North Korean leader when he sat down with Kim Jong Un at a hotel in Singapore. The summit followed years of missile tests, military exercises, threats, and name-calling. The U.S. and the North -- both nuclear powers -- at times verged on the edge of threatening war. While there are no signs that the talks have made much progress, the Trump administration has been pushing ahead with plans for a second summit in 2019.
3. Cave rescue: When a dozen young soccer players and their coach ventured into a cave in Thailand in June, they thought they’d explore for a bit and come back out that day. But pouring rain flooded the cave -- pushing them deeper inside and stranding them without supplies or any way to call for help. Authorities mounted a desperate search-and-rescue mission as family members and the world’s media gathered outside. Days ticked by with no word of their fate. After nearly 10 tortuous days, expert divers finally found them -- cold and hungry but in relatively good condition. Thai authorities, working with divers from around the world, devised a complicated and daring plan to bring the team out, one by one. One diver died setting up the operation. Over several days and one by one, the divers pulled the boys, who were sedated, through narrow passageways to the cave’s entrance.
4. When Harry married an American: Actress Meghan Markle, from Los Angeles, wed Britain’s Prince Harry on May 19, captivating royal fans around the world.
Tens of millions of people around the globe watched the couple tie the knot in at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, England, the site of many royal weddings in years past.
5. An hasty retreat in Venezuela: The economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela worsened precipitously in 2018, with the number of refugees and migrants fleeing the country exploding.
The United Nations said in November that 3 million Venezuelans had left the country, with a third in neighboring Colombia and the vast majority in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The LuLac Edition #3965, December 28th, 2018



This week's show reviews the top stories of 2018. Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on The Game, NEPA's Fox Sports Radio 1340/1400 am, 100.7 and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on The River 105 and 103.5.



ECTV Live Producer & Host David DeCosmo visits the Ghosts of Christmas Past in a special holiday presentation that will air Christmas and New Year's week! David joins Mark Riccetti Jr. from the Luzerne County Historical Society for a walk through tour of the Sweatland Homestead, one of the oldest homes in northeastern Pennsylvania, where they explore Christmas and New Year's celebrations as they were observed through several time periods in our area. The shows will air several times daily on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and will also be rebroadcast on the electric city television YouTube page!
ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired during the Noon, 6pm and Midnight hours each day of the week. Following Monday's Live program the show will become available on Electric City Television's YouTube channel which can be viewed on your computer.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3964, December 27th, 2018


As the year winds down, we continue with our year end features. “Women We Love” is something we ripped off from Esquire Magazine a few years back. Each year we get nominees for outstanding women locally, statewide nationally and internationally. The criteria: very simple. It includes quality of work, recognition of community activities, challenging positions that give them a profile both good, or bad. Also, if there is a “buzz” about the type of year they are having and how that impacts on themselves as well as the community. Nominations come in via the LuLac E Mail box this year. We went through our usual selection process to pick these nominees. Here are the LuLac 2018 “Women We Love”.


She’s bright, engaging, smart and totally full of fun. The newest co-host of WBRE TV’s “Pa Live” is tasked with not only be the co- host but a sometime producer and coordinator. With guests she is sincere and makes them feel welcome upholding the tradition of the show’s founder Dave Kuharchik as well as Monica Medeja, Brittaney Sweeney, Jasmine Brooks, and Valerie Tysanner.
Bianco loves being home in Pennsylvania! She joined the Eyewitness News team in May 2016 as the Schuylkill County Bureau Reporter. In September 2018 she joined Dave Kuharchik on WBRE’s lifestyle show, PA Live! You can see her on the show Monday through Friday 4 to 5 p.m. The show features community organizations, local bands, area chefs and so much more!
Haley got her start as a multimedia journalist in Bluefield, West Virginia at the NBC-affiliate, WVVA. Before that, Haley was an intern in Los Angeles. She helped with red carpet events while interning for NBC Universal’s E! News, and covered events as a reporter/producer for Entertainment Scoop. She has also interned for KMIR 6 NBC News in Palm Springs, California. Haley’s first internship was at Blue Ridge Communications, News 13 in Lehighton.
Haley graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kutztown University. She has a bachelor's degree in electronic media, journalism, public relations and professional writing. During her time in college, she was an active member and leader of KU's TV station, radio station, National Broadcasting Society, and newspaper. She has received recognition by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System and the Associated Collegiate Press.
When she’s away from the newsroom, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and her yorkies, Mini and Mambo. Haley grew up in Allentown, which is where her family still lives. Her brother goes to Kutztown University (go Bears!) and her sister goes to Misericordia University (go Cougars!).
Haley enjoys volunteering for local animal shelters, and helping high school and college students prepare for their careers.
Our readers love Haley’s spark and she even on occasion has made me look smarter than I am! It is for many reasons other than that, our committee has chosen Haley Bianco as one of the LuLac Women We Love.

Polly with Matt Vough and Tom Bindus.
Polly Delaney has been mentioned so many times the past few years and for good reason. She is a human dynamo when it comes to her passion for this country. A long time Democrat who has never wavered from her beliefs, Delaney has been one of the catalysts for the rejuvenation of the Luzerne County Democratic party. She is also one of the people that finally got a charter for the Democratic Women of Luzerne County.
One of the things she is most proud of is the way she engineered and put in place the Luzerne County Democratic Women's Organization.
2018 saw the Luzerne County Democratic Women celebrate their first birthday. The chapter was chartered
September 27, 2017 with State President Ruth Raglin along with State Officers from Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties present.
The chapter was chartered with ten women and now has over seventy dues paying members including men!
What a year they had-- the chapter hosted Senator Bob Casey on August 10th and Senator Casey asked the chapter be represented at the November 4th rally with Senator Bob Casey, Congressman Matt Cartwright and VP Joe Biden. The chapter members worked hard,
(many having run for County Committee) to see that Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Bob Casey, Congressman Matt Cartwright, State
Representatives Jerry Mullery and Eddie Day Pashinski were re-elected. The chapter members believe Democrats Care and use that slogan when promoting Democratic candidates.
Next up--- 2019 elections! The chapter supports the Democratic Party and know the importance of keeping the County and State Blue!
This enthusiasm, sheer focus on organizing her beliefs as well as her ability to easily articulate her mission with a friendly smile is one of the reasons why Polly Delaney is one of the women we love in 2018. 

You’d have to thank former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy for all of us knowing this designation for Women We Love. Had he not bailed on the Supreme Court, Christine Blasley Ford would still be little known in the country. But her courage in coming forward to tell her story as well as the way she dealt with the onslaught against her by President Trump and his right wing extremists in this country is telling. Her character shone through while others diminished.
We all know the story about her encounter at a young age with Brett Kavanagh. That story was told and is in the history books. But a bit about her recent activities.
Blasey Ford, the woman who accused then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, was selected by Sports Illustrated to present an award honoring the first gymnast to publicly accuse former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of abuse.
Ford recorded a video announcing Rachael Denhollander, a lawyer and former gymnast, as the recipient of Sports Illustrated's Inspiration of the Year award. The video marked Ford's first public statement since she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation against Kavanaugh in September.
“I am in awe of you, and I will always be inspired by you,” Ford said in the video. “In stepping forward, you took a huge risk, and you galvanized future generations to come forward even when the odds are seemingly stacked against you.”
Ford was thrust into the national spotlight when she came forward over the summer to accuse Kavanaugh, then a nominee to the Supreme Court, of sexually assaulting her during a teenage party more than 30 years earlier.
Her future is up to her. Will she recede into the background as a footnote of history or will she become an advocate? In this perilous political time for women and others no one could blame her if she retreated to the sidelines. Either way, her guts and calm under fire is one of the reasons why she is one of the women we love in 2018.


The five Fortney sisters who came forward about sexual abuse from a priest on Smart Talk Radio.  
Fortney sisters (from left) Marisa, Lara, Patty, Carolyn, and Teresa, on a trip to Adventure Park. The picture was taken by Father Giella, the priest they say who abused them.

This year with our feature, we have an unprecedented occurrence. It was spurred on by the Roman Catholic Sexual Abuse scandal which hit Pennsylvania very hard. Many horrible cases came to light but the most incredible, ugly and morally apprehensive was the abuse of five sisters in one family. Four Pennsylvania sisters said they were all sexually abused by the same Catholic priest in Dauphin County. One sister claimed that the despicable acts began when she was a toddler.
Patty, Lara, Teresa and Carolyn, the Fortney sisters said they were victimized by their priest in the central Pennsylvania town of Enhaut beginning in the early 1980s.
Carolyn said she wasn’t even 2 when abuse began. She told The New York Post she never realized it until she was `12. ”
A Pennsylvania grand jury documented cases of more than 1,000 kids who were abused by more than 300 priests.
The Fortney sisters said they grew up idolizing the late Rev. Augustine Giella, and didn’t view his kindness as anything sinister.
He would give them candy, clothes, and toys. In some cases, the priest molested one sister in front of the others,. According to Fortney-Julius, the good padre was very hands on. “He was constantly hugging me in front of them, kissing me in front of them, trying to put his tongue in your mouth. He needed to know my cup size. I would continually remind myself, ‘He’s my priest. He’s the mediator between God and man. This is OK”.
The priest was so brazen, he’d even touch the girls in front of their parents.
Giella was later arrested and charged with possession of child porn and sexual assault. Fortney-Julius said Giella, who retired in 1989, was found to have pornographic pictures – including nude images of her sister Carolyn.
Giella was later arrested and charged with possession of child porn and sexual assault.
He died in 1993 at the age of 72, awaiting trial. The women said they hope their horrific tale will inspire other victims to come forward.
The Diocese of Harrisburg told various news organizations that it sent apologies and prayers to the family. The sisters, who have all left the Catholic Church, said they’ve never received a direct apology from the archdiocese.
The sisters have become advocates and activists traveling the state to impress upon people the need to have legislation extended so that victims can sue the Church for their situation and get both justice and closure. Appearing on various TV shows and radio the sisters wanted the statute of limitations window changed so that the window for legal action could be put in place. Most of the Senate and House of Representatives agreed but Senator Pro Tem Joe Scarnatti blocked the amendment not once, not twice.
The cowardly Scarnetti in typical right wing fashion said that it was not Constitutional and the courts should handle it. To many he has become almost an enabler to pedophiles or a tool of the Church that just might want this to go away. Everyone in the Pa Legislature WANTS this window extension. Except him! But history, public opinion as well as his maker will judge him.
However where there is no ambiguity is the courage and zeal of the sisters who have come forward to share their pain as well as their fight for further justice. It is for this reason that for the first time in our decades long history of this feature…..we salute women in one family who have come forward to tell the ugly truth of their religion and how it shaped them. Calling them courageous is an understatement.That's why The Fortney Sisters are 5 of the women we love in 2018.

The widow of the second American in space, Betty Grissom is recognized posthumously for her dedication to her husband, country and space program. At first she was one of the wives of the original Mercury 7. Always at his aide in public, taking care of hearth and home. But her husband’s untimely death in Apollo I nearly 52 years ago made her into an advocate for space craft safety.
Nearly four years after the fire, Mr. Grissom’s widow, who was raising two sons on her own, filed a multimillion-dollar wrongful death suit against the Apollo program’s primary contractor, North American Rockwell. (The government itself cannot be sued.)
The statute of limitations for wrongful death for survivors was two years and had expired, said Ronald D. Krist, the Houston lawyer who represented Ms. Grissom. But the general negligence statute was four years and had not expired, allowing her to sue for Mr. Grissom’s pain and suffering. She settled for $350,000, or about $2.2 million in today’s dollars.
Her action brought Ms. Grissom considerable grief, with strangers accusing her of being unpatriotic and the close-knit space community shunning her.
The experience embittered the family, said Mark Grissom, who was 13 when his father died.
“We got the dark side of NASA,” he said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “People who were my friends were no longer my friends. A lot of people turned their back on us, and Mom got a lot of hate mail. They were like, ‘How dare you sue NASA?’ We were no longer part of the NASA family.”
Mr. Krist said that NASA had forwarded her a note from one critic who said that Ms. Grissom should not be filing a suit because her husband had assumed a certain amount of risk by being an astronaut.
But Mr. Krist, a product-liability lawyer, said the astronauts had a right to expect that their capsule would be properly designed and that all prudent precautions would be taken to protect them. “The capsule was anything but fireproof,” he said.
In any case, Mr. Krist said, the suit made it easier for the families of the other two astronauts who were killed to receive compensation without having to go to court.
Betty Lavonne Moore was born on Aug. 8, 1927, in Mitchell, Ind., to Claude and Pauline (Sutherlin) Moore. Her father worked at a cement plant. She grew up in Mitchell and met Mr. Grissom in high school. They soon married, and she got a job as a late-night telephone operator for Indiana Bell while he studied mechanical engineering at Purdue University on the G.I. Bill.
Ms. Grissom spoke with friends and guests at a memorial event at Cape Canaveral on Jan. 27, 2017, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo disaster.CreditScott McIntyre for The New York Times
Ms. Grissom spoke with friends and guests at a memorial event at Cape Canaveral on Jan. 27, 2017, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo disaster.CreditScott McIntyre for The New York Times
In addition to her son Mark, Ms. Grissom is survived by another son, Scott; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Her sister, Mary Lou Fosbrink, is deceased.
In the 1983 movie adaptation of “The Right Stuff,” Ms. Grissom was portrayed by Veronica Cartwright and Mr. Grissom by Fred Ward.
When she received news of her husband’s death in 1967, Ms. Grissom was at a friend’s house for their weekly poker game. She said at the time that she had “already died 100,000 deaths” being married to an astronaut.
An early scare came in July 1961 after Mr. Grissom, as the second American in space, had successfully completed a 15-minute suborbital flight under the Mercury program. He nearly drowned when his capsule landed in the Atlantic Ocean and sank after the hatch blew off prematurely.
 On Jan. 27, 2017, on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo disaster, Ms. Grissom and her family attended a small memorial ceremony at Cape Canaveral on Launch Complex 34, the now-crumbling concrete site where her husband’s capsule had been engulfed in flames.
The site was decorated with three red, white and blue floral wreaths provided by the Grissom family to honor all three men who had perished. She and her family had come annually on the anniversary of the fire, but she said she sensed that this would be her last time.
In contrast to the way she had been shunned in earlier days, Ms. Grissom was the center of attention, according to an account in The New York Times.
Betty Lavonne Moore was born on Aug. 8, 1927, in Mitchell, Ind., to Claude and Pauline (Sutherlin) Moore. Her father worked at a cement plant. She grew up in Mitchell and met Mr. Grissom in high school. They soon married, and she got a job as a late-night telephone operator for Indiana Bell while he studied mechanical engineering at Purdue University on the G.I. Bill.
She told an interviewer that her husband’s sacrifice had helped pave the way for future missions in which other astronauts made it to the moon.
Still, she said, “I’m pretty sure he got to the moon before they did.”
“Of course he didn’t make it,” she added, “but in spirit I think he was already there.” Her spirit, her determination not to sit quietly and just go with the flow as most wives of astronauts did, makes her a compelling choice, albeit posthumously for one of the women we love.


We see her in the community  at debates, city hall ceremonies and at political gatherings. You'll see her at church and other volunteer functions too. That person with the easy smile and determined manner is Linda Joseph.  In her retirement, she has become the face of involvement in her home area known to many as Rolling Mill Hill section of Wilkes Barre city. 
Linda is a graduate of Meyers High School, Class of 1972. She has lived in the Rolling Mill Hill area of Wilkes-Barre all of her life. She has recently retired from a local accounting/tax preparation office as Administrative Office Assistant/Tax Preparer. Since retiring, she has given enormous time to volunteering in many capacities. Her faith is extremely important to ger as a lifelong parishioner at St. Anthony-St.George Maronite Church having served as bookkeeper, Altar & Rosary President and Treasurer, member of Parish Council, parish choir and various committees throughout the years. 
Where she has really made her public mark is as the President of the Rolling Mill Hill Residents’ Association since 2016 when it was newly established under the guidance of Wilkes-Barre City Councilman Tony Brooks. The association has worked together with Councilman Brooks and WB City Administration in providing information and helping residents express their concerns and we work to achieve a better quality of life for those in Rolling Mill Hill. Their Annual Halloween Party for all children throughout Wilkes-Barre and surrounding areas has been a great success in offering a free event that was enjoyed by over 400 children and parents this year. The association has participated and supported many of the city sponsored events such as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Christmas Parade, Halloween downtown, Crime Watch National Night Out, Earth Day Clean Up Campaign, etc. Linda attends the meetings of the Downtown Residents’ Association on a regular basis and participates in their events held during the year and occasionally attend the meetings and events of the South Wilkes-Barre Residents’ Association. She also volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church in Wilkes-Barre at their Annual Christmas Dinner for those who are alone for the holidays.
You can see her at all the Wilkes-Barre City Council Work Sessions and Public Meetings for the last 3 years to learn more about the workings of city government and to voice my thoughts and opinions in many instances. Joseph is a strong advocate of everyone working together to help improve Wilkes-Barre and move the city forward. In addition, she attends monthly meetings of the Rolling Mill Hill/Iron Triangle/Mayflower Crime Watch of which she is a member.
Joseph is also member of the board and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Wilkes-Barre Preservation Society. She is proud to have played an integral part in the purchase and ongoing restoration of the Zebulon Butler House on South River Street, the oldest house in Wilkes-Barre. By doing this work, her appreciation of the historical richness in Wilkes-Barre and all of Wyoming Valley has increased.
Joseph is a board member of the Osterhout Free Library and a member of their Development and Community Relations Committee. She also, works closely with the South Branch of the library located in Rolling Mill Hill. As if that’s not enough, she recently volunteered and was appointed to the Parking Ticket Appeal Board for the city of Wilkes-Barre for a 2 year term. 
Wilkes-Barre City Council President Tony Brooks perhaps summed it all up the best way. When you meet Linda Joseph, she in some way makes an impact in your life. Brooks told us, "There are times in your life when someone walks through the door and in a matter of weeks it feels like you have known them your whole life. A simple knock on Linda Joseph’s door in Rolling Mill Hill as I was campaigning in 2015 changed both our lives forever. In three short years she has become the neighborhood activist and organizer (some call Empress of Hill) with a love and drive to make Wilkes-Barre better. Linda’s dedication to uplifting the lives of neighborhood children, preserving the oldest house in Wilkes-Barre and her steadfast love of St. Anthony’s + St. George’s is an inspiration to us all."
Joseph’s dedication to her hometown and neighborhood is one of the reasons why she is one of The Women We Love in 2018. Unlike others who talk a good game, Linda puts her head down and gets the assigned task done.

As outgoing President of the Wilkes Barre Chapter of the NAACP Attorney Laurore has been front and center in the fight for equal justice and equality in Northeastern Pennsylvania. For way too long the word “freedom” has been taken over by those who never lost it, don’t appreciate it and want it for their cause but not others. Attorney Laurore’s leadership for the Freedom Fighters of the local chapter of the NAACP has been evident and articulate. .
She made news earlier this year at the NAACP Martin Luther King breakfast when she took on President Trump for his comments about Haiti, her country of origin being a shit hole. If you were in that audience, she methodically made the case against the inaccuracies and hate exhibited by the President.
Laurore’s road to Wilkes Barre has been inspiring. Originally from Haiti, she graduated from high school in French Guiana and later moved to France, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in1995 and a master’s degree in clinical psychology and psychopathology in 1996 from University of Provence Center of Aix.
She moved to the United States in1997 and worked in the human services field for about seven years. She earned a juris doctorate degree in 2004 from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Del. Ms. Laurore is licensed to practice law in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey state courts as well as federal courts since 2004. She has been admitted in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and Michigan's state courts since 2005. She is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and American Immigration Lawyers Association. Ms. Laurore is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Minority Bar Committee and is the diversity representative of its Solo and Small Firm Section, of which she is also an elected council member. Ms. Laurore is also the diversity representative of the PBA Law Related Education Committee, of which she is also the chair. She is a member of the PBA House of Delegates, the PBA Task Force on the Interbranch Commission Report on Juvenile Justice and the PBA Commission for Justice Initiatives in Pennsylvania. A graduate of the PBA Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) class of 2010-2011, she is co-vice chair of the Immigration Law Committee and is a member of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession, Quality of Life/ Balance Committee and Legal Services to the Public Committee. She is the Mock Trial District 3 coordinator, and at the local level, she is Potter County Bar Association pro bono coordinator. In addition, she is the president of Coudersport Elementary Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). Dedicated to ending domestic violence, she is a member of the Domestic Violence Attorney Network (DVAN) and sits on the board of A Way Out, an organization servicing survivors of domestic violence. Ms. Laurore is the 2011 recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award.
Locally, in addition to her NAACP duties, Laurore is an immigration lawyer. Her client services include
Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity
Deportation and Removal Defense
Family-Based Green Cards and Adjustment of Status
Naturalization and Citizenship
Worksite Enforcement
Appeals and Federal Litigation
Laurore has offices in the Bicentennial Building on Public Square. 
During her term as NAACP head, her passion, knowledge and eloquence of the issues we as a society face in these turbulent times is one of the reasons why Attorney Laurore is one of the women we love in 2018. 

It is with great pleasure and pride that we tell you that Nancy Pelosi is one of the LuLac women we love this year. Pelosi has been the fodder of right wing loudmouths and Conservatives who blindly question her knowledge and patriotism with little regard for the facts. For years even Democrats wanted to jettison her because she made people uncomfortable. They said she was a lightning rod for Democrats who believed that the old white men with no college degrees would be won over if they got rid of her! What garbage. Those guys aren’t coming back to the party that made them members of the middle class.
Pelosi has shown strength in trying to school this ignorant President in the way of not only government or common sense.
Here’s what she is all about.
From 2007 to 2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House, the first woman to do so in American history. As the Democratic Leader, Pelosi is fighting for bigger paychecks and better infrastructure for America’s middle class families. In 2013, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American women’s rights movement.
For 31 years, Leader Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California's 12th District, in Congress. She has led House Democrats for more than 16 years and previously served as House Democratic Whip.
Under the leadership of Pelosi, the 111th Congress was heralded as "one of the most productive Congresses in history" by Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein. President Barack Obama called Speaker Pelosi “an extraordinary leader for the American people," and the Christian Science Monitor wrote: “…make no mistake: Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful woman in American politics and the most powerful House Speaker since Sam Rayburn a half century ago.”
Working in partnership with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi led House passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in early 2009 to create and save millions of American jobs, provide relief for American families, and provide a tax cut to 95 percent of working Americans. With the House Democratic Caucus, Pelosi continues to focus on the need to create jobs in America and prevent them from being shipped overseas.
Speaker Pelosi achieved passage of historic health insurance reform legislation in the House which establishes a Patients’ Bill of Rights and will provide insurance for tens of millions more Americans while lowering health care costs over the long term. The new law provides patients with affordable insurance choices, curbs abuses by the insurance industry, strengthens Medicare, and reduces the deficit by more than $100 billion over the next 10 years.
In the 111th Congress, Speaker Pelosi also led the Congress in passing strong Wall Street reforms to rein in big banks and protect consumers as well as the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which expands educational opportunities and reforms the financial aid system to save billions of taxpayers’ dollars. Additional key legislation passed into law included the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to restore the ability of women and all workers to access our judicial system to fight pay discrimination; legislation to provide health care for 11 million American children; national service legislation; and hate crimes legislation. In late 2010, Pelosi led the Congress in passing child nutrition and food safety legislation as well as repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
Pelosi has made energy security her flagship issue, enacting comprehensive energy legislation in 2007 that raised vehicle fuel efficiency standards for the first time in 32 years and making an historic commitment to American home grown biofuels. In 2009, under her leadership, the House passed the landmark American Clean Energy and Security Act – a comprehensive bill to create clean energy jobs, combat climate change, and transition America to a clean energy economy. The legislation was blocked by Republicans in the United States Senate, but sent a strong signal to the world about the United States’ commitment to fighting the climate crisis.
A leader on the environment at home and abroad, Pelosi secured passage of the “Pelosi amendment” in 1989, now a global tool to assess the potential environmental impacts of development. In San Francisco, Pelosi was the architect of legislation to create the Presidio Trust and transform the former military post into an urban national park.
In continuing to push for accountability and transparency in government, under Speaker Pelosi, the House passed the toughest ethics reform legislation in the history of the Congress, including the creation of an independent ethics panel, and increased accountability and transparency in House operations, including earmark reforms. As Speaker, Pelosi led the fight to pass the DISCLOSE Act in the House, which fights a corporate takeover of U.S. elections and ensures additional disclosure; she continues to fight for this legislation today.
Additional key accomplishments signed into law under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi include: an increase in the minimum wage for the first time in 10 years; the largest college aid expansion since the GI bill; a new GI education bill for Post 9/11 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; and increased services and resources for veterans, spouses, survivors, caregivers, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Pelosi comes from a strong family tradition of public service. Her late father, Thomas D'Alesaanddro Jr., served as Mayor of Baltimore for 12 years, after representing the city for five terms in Congress. Her brother, Thomas D'Alesandro III, also served as Mayor of Baltimore. She graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Paul Pelosi, a native of San Francisco, have five grown children and nine grandchildren. 
Her ability to withstand blistering, ignorant criticism, her backbone in defending an agenda for those who are not regarded as part of the President's America and her ability to forge a return to true middle class values are the main reasons why Nancy Pelosi is one of the women we love in 2018. 

If you are a fan of “Saturday Night Live” you’ve got to love the versatility and talent of Cecily Strong.
Strong was born in Springfield, Illinois, and was raised in Oak Park, Illinois, an inner ring suburb of Chicago.She is the daughter of Penelope and William "Bill" Strong, who worked as an Associated Press bureau chief and is now managing partner at a Chicago public relations firm. Strong's parents are divorced.[6] Strong grew up adoring SNL as a child, reenacting sketches to her friends and watching old SNL commercials on VHS. "I had a tape of the best commercials, and I wore it out, every day." She has stated that she was inspired by Phil Hartman
Strong performed regularly at The Second City and iO Chicago. Strong has performed on a "cruise ship with fellow Second City members for four months". She appeared at the Chicago Sketch Fest, Chicago Just for Laughs, New York Sketchfest, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at the Goodman Theater, Bailiwick Theater, the Mercury Theater, and with the all-female improv troupe Virgin Daiquia.
Strong debuted as a featured player on Saturday Night Live on September 15, 2012. Strong co-anchored the recurring Weekend Update segment with Seth Meyers, beginning with the season 39 premiere. Strong later co-anchored with Colin Jost,[16] and was replaced on Weekend Update with writer Michael Che, beginning with the season 40 premiere in September 2014, partly at her own request to focus on doing sketches as a part of the regular cast. 
Strong's recurring characters include an extremely ditzy, unintelligent and unnamed pseudo-activist known as "The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party"; Dana, a loud-mouthed, unfriendly retail employee who always insults her coworkers out of fear of being fired; Heather, the One-Dimensional Female Character from a Male-Driven Comedy; Kyra from "The Girlfriends Talk Show"; Cathy Anne, the drug-addicted neighbor of Michael Che (usually introduced by Che as "the woman who's always yelling [sometimes "screaming"] outside my window"), who has strong opinions on current events; an unnamed blond former porn star-turned-model/commercial actress who hawks elegant items; Gemma, a British woman with various boyfriends; and Gracelynn Chisholm, one half of a married duo that hosts a talk show. Her celebrity impressions include Huma Abedin, Brooke Baldwin, Maria Bartiromo, Gloria Borger, Paula Broadwell, Erin Burnett, Marion Cotillard, Susan Collins, Stormy Daniels, Lana Del Rey, Fran Drescher, Gloria Estefan, Dianne Feinstein, Carly Fiorina, Ariana Grande, Hope Hicks, Scottie Nell Hughes, Anjelica Huston, Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Jill Kelley, Megyn Kelly, Sarah Koenig, Tara Lipinski, Rachel Maddow, Kate Middleton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Liza Minnelli, Alanis Morissette, Jeanine Pirro, Michelle Rodriguez, Melania Trump, Ivana Trump, Sofia Vergara and Allison Williams.
Strong was the featured entertainer at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Association dinner (cracking that she was the first straight woman to be so in twenty years). She took digs at the various news organizations in attendance, politicians of all persuasions, and President Obama. She also took shots at the US Secret Service, host location the Washington Hilton, Brian Williams, Sarah Koenig and the state of Indiana.
In 2016, she appeared in a commercial for Old Navy,[ alongside other SNL cast members Nasim Pedrad and Jay Pharoah. That year, Strong also joined the climate change documentary show Years of Living Dangerously as a celebrity correspondent. In 2016, she guest starred as Samantha Stevens in TBS's Angie Tribeca and Catherine Hobart in Fox's Scream Queens. She appeared in a series of commercials for Triscuit in 2017.
Her take off of characters, her range of motion in her imitations makes Cecily Strong one of the Women We Love in 2018.

One of the Women we’ve always loved was Lorri Palovchak. Lorri has been front and center as a State Committee Woman for the Republican Party. Her loyalty to country and party has always been evident. Even in the most turbulent times, she could always be counted on to be a reasonable and reassuring voice.
Lorri ( Walko)Vandermark- Palovchak, was raised in Nanticoke Pennsylvania. The daughter of the late Maureen Mangan Walko and James (Jim) Walko. Jim was a Republican Committeman and because of him that Lorri became fascinated with the police process at a young age. She began attending political functions and helping at the polling places at the age of 9. Growing up in a town where Republicans were in the minority, Lorri earned the nick name of "The little Republican Girl". Lorri continued her involvement and later became the Chair of the 4th District Teenage Republicans. Throughout her teen years, she remained involved , working for local, State and National candidates. Her biggest honor during those times, was meeting Vice President George Bush and Barbara. In 1982, Lorri married her high school sweetheart, Frank Vandermark. Frank joined the United States Air Force. That started Lorri's journey as a 20 year military wife, while raising their children, Erik and Heidi. They lived in 5 states and Germany. Upon his military retirement, Frank and Lorri returned to NEPA and once again became involved with the Republican Party. Lorri served as Frank's campaign manager, when he was elected as the first Republican School Director for Nanticoke Area in the past 39 years!! She also was very proud to have been heavily involved in all of Congressman Barletta's congressional campaigns. In 2015, tragedy struck, when. Tsgt. Frank Vandermark became one of the 22 veterans each day, that we lose to suicide. Since that time, Lorri and her brave children, have become outspoken advocates for veterans rights and suicide prevention. Lorri also uses her experience as a Emergency Behavioral Health Crisis Counselor for the Department of Human Services to reach out to families and those contemplating suicide, on her social media platforms.
After Frank’s death, she of course went into the shock that survivors of such a loss feel. She told us, " You either get bitter or get better". She came across that saying after Frank's death. Already not living healthy and with his death sending her into a tail spin. She used it as motivation to change lifestyle. She became active and healthy, lost 70 pounds and started her own business with Young Living Essential Oils. She went from being a couch potato that ate junk food to walking 5 miles a day and removing bad food and toxins.
Lorri currently serves a member of the State Committee for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. In addition to her counseling and training consultation with the Commonwealth, she is the Manager of Public Relations for LCTA ( Luzerne County Transportation Authority). Lorri has be Lorri is also thrilled to have been married on December 8th, to David Palovchak. David and Lorri currently live in Swoyersville with their dog Diva. They also enjoy visits from their three grandchildren, Daniel Daleo, Grayson Daleo and Evelyn Vandermark.
Her resiliency, knowledge, easy going manner but passionate beliefs make her one of the Women We Love in 2018.


Every day this former White House operative in the Bush 43 White House takes it to the current occupant in her daily show on MSNBC “Dateline: White House.
From the White House to now, she has been a political commentator, author, current anchor of Deadline: White House, and chief political analyst for MSNBC and NBC News. She is a frequent contributor and guest host on MSNBC programs The 11th Hour with Brian Williams and Morning Joe, as well as NBC's Today Show. She is a former co-host of the long-running ABC talk show The View (season 18.)
In her former political career, Wallace served as the White House Communications Director during the presidency of George W. Bush and in his 2004 re-election campaign. Wallace also served as a senior advisor for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. She appeared frequently on network and cable news programs as the campaign's spokesperson and defender. Wallace also served as a senior advisor for the McCain–Palin campaign in 2008. She appeared frequently on network and cable news programs as the campaign's top spokesperson and defender.
In late October 2008, campaign aides criticized vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. One unnamed McCain aide said Palin had "gone rogue," placing her own future political interests ahead of the McCain/Palin ticket, directly contradicting her running mate's positions, and disobeying directions from campaign managers. In response to reports of dissension within the McCain-Palin campaign, Wallace issued a statement to both Politico and CNN saying: "If people want to throw me under the bus, my personal belief is that the most honorable thing to do is to lie there."
Wallace was portrayed by Sarah Paulson in the 2012 film Game Change.Wallace described the film as highly credible, saying the film "captured the spirit and emotion of the campaign." Wallace also told ABC News Chief Political Correspondent George Stephanopoulos that the film was "true enough to make me squirm."
Wallace has stated she did not vote for a presidential candidate in 2008 because Sarah Palin gave her pause
Wallace is the author of The New York Times Best Seller list bestselling contemporary political novel, Eighteen Acres and It’s Classified. Her third novel Madam President was released in April 2015.
Wallace serves in a number of capacities with NBC News and its cable network MSNBC. She is the chief political analyst for MSNBC and NBC News.[1] She is a frequent contributor and guest host on MSNBC programs The 11th Hour with Brian Williams and Morning Joe, as well as on NBC's Today Show.
In 2016, Wallace, along with Brian Williams, Rachel Maddow, and Eugene Robinson, served as chief political commentator for MSNBC's live coverage of election results.
Since May 9, 2017, Wallace has been the anchor of Deadline: White House, which airs at 16:00 Eastern Time on MSNBC.
Everyday at 4pm on MSNBC, Wallace does a show that is fueled by the fire of a Republican administration that in normal times she could defend. But since January 20th, 2017 and the months that followed, the Republican party that she knew as well as many of our readers have known is gone. She pushes back and makes no bones about calling out the President and his brand of Republicanism. It is for that reason why Nicole Wallace is one of the women we love in 2018. 

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3963, December 26th, 2018


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As is our custom, we look at those who moved on in 2018. These were people of note, stature and some curiosities. But their lives were duly noted by media and pop culture. This year's "Moving On".


Jerry Van Dyke, was an American actor, musician and comedian. He was the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke. He was an entertainment jack of all trades. 
Van Dyke made his television acting debut on The Dick Van Dyke Show with several guest appearances as Rob Petrie's brother Stacey. While his infrequent starring roles were typically in poorly received sitcoms (My Mother the Car, one of the shows where he was the lead actor, is considered one of the worst sitcoms of all time), he enjoyed a long and successful career as a character actor in supporting and guest roles. From 1989 to 1997 he portrayed Luther Van Dam in Coach. Then of course there was "Accidental Family".

He was a household name and made it on his own after a start from his older brother. 
John Young, the American astronaut who reportedly took a Corned Beef Sandwich up in space on a Gemini mission was a naval officer and aviator, test pilot, and aeronautical engineer. He became the ninth person to walk on the Moon as Commander of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972. Young enjoyed the longest career of any astronaut, becoming the first person to fly six space missions (with seven launches, counting his lunar liftoff) over the course of 42 years of active NASA service. He is the only person to have piloted, and been commander of, four different classes of spacecraft: Gemini, the Apollo Command/Service Module, the Apollo Lunar Module, and the Space Shuttle. 
In 1965, Young flew on the first manned Gemini mission, and commanded another Gemini mission the next year. In 1969 during Apollo 10, he became the first person to fly solo around the Moon.  He drove the Lunar Roving Vehicle on the Moon's surface during Apollo 16, and is one of only three people to have flown to the Moon twice. He also commanded two Space Shuttle flights, including its first launch in 1981, and served as Chief of the Astronaut Office from 1974 to 1987. Young retired from NASA in 2004. He died on January 5, 2018

Marjorie Holt, American politician, first woman elected to Congress from Maryland in the 1970s.
France Gall, French singer 
Bennie Jean Porter  was an American film and television actress. She was notable for her roles in The Youngest Profession (1943), Bathing Beauty (1944), Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945), Till the End of Time (1946), Cry Danger (1951), and in The Left Hand of God (1956
Hugh Hamilton Wilson Jr. was an American film director, writer and television showrunner. He is best known as the creator of the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati and Frank's Place, and as the director of the film comedies Police Academy and The First Wives Club.
Edwin Reuben Hawkins  was an American gospel musician, pianist, choir master, composer, and arranger. He was one of the originators of the urban contemporary gospel sound. He (as leader of the Edwin Hawkins Singers) was probably best known for his arrangement of "Oh Happy Day" (1968–69), which was included on the "Songs of the Century" list. The Edwin Hawkins Singers made a second foray into the charts exactly one year later, backing folk singer Melanie on "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)".

Bradford Dillman, Was contracted early in his career to 20th Century Fox. When he left Fox, Dillman mostly concentrated on television. He co-starred with Barbara Barrie on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in the episode "Isabel" (1964) and with Peter Graves in Court Martial (1966).[He guest-starred on series such as Ironside, Shane, The Name of the Game, Columbo, Wild Wild West, The Eleventh Hour, Wagon Train, The Greatest Show on Earth, Breaking Point, Mission Impossible, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Barnaby Jones and Three for the Road, and a two part episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which was made into the feature film The Helicopter Spies (1968)
Stansfield Turner  was an admiral in the United States Navy who served as President of the Naval War College from 1972–74, commander of the United States Second Fleet from 1974 to 1975, Supreme Allied Commander NATO Southern Europe 1975-1977, and was Director of Central Intelligence from 1977–81 under the Carter administration.
Joseph Henry White, nicknamed "Jo Jo"  was an American professional basketball player. As an amateur, he played basketball at the University of Kansas and represented the U.S. men's basketball team during the 1968 Summer Olympics. As a professional, he is best known for his ten-year stint with the Boston Celtics of the NBA, where he led the team towards two NBA championships and set a franchise record of 488 consecutive games playey.
Dorothy Malone: Her film career reached its peak by the beginning of the 1960s, and she achieved later success with her television role as Constance MacKenzie on Peyton Place from (1964–68). Less active in her later years, Malone's last screen appearance was in Basic Instinct in 1992.
Malone died on January 19, 2018. She had been one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Louis Zorich is perhaps best known to television audiences for his portrayal of Paul Buchman's father, Burt Buchman, on the NBC series Mad About You. He played the role from 1993 to 1999.
Addison Morton Walker  was an American comic strip writer, best known for creating the newspaper comic strips Beetle Bailey in 1950 and Hi and Lois in 1954. He signed Addison to some of his strips.
Daniel Sexton Gurney was an American racing driver, race car constructor, and team owner who reached racing's highest levels starting in 1958.
Gurney won races in the Formula One, Indy Car, NASCAR, Can-Am, and Trans-Am Series. Gurney is the first of three drivers to have won races in Sports Cars (1958), Formula One (1962), NASCAR (1963), and Indy cars (1967). (The other two were Mario Andretti and Juan Pablo Montoya).
John Varick Tunney was a former United States Senator and Representative from the state of California. Tunney first elected to the Senate in 1970 was a fierce defender of good environmental policies.
Anna Mae Violet McCabe Hays was an American military officer who served as the 13th chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She was the first woman in the U.S. Armed Forces to be promoted to a General Officer rank; in 1970, she was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. Hays paved the way for equal treatment of women, countering occupational sexism, and made a number of recommendations, which were accepted into military policy.


Jon Meade Huntsman Sr.  was an American businessman and philanthropist. He was the founder and executive chairman of Huntsman Corporation, a global manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals. Huntsman plastics are used in a wide variety of familiar objects, including (formerly) McDonald's clamshell burger containers.
Charles John Mahoney  was an English-American actor of stage, film, and television.
Born in Blackpool, England, Mahoney emigrated to the United States at the age of 18 and started his acting career on the stage in 1977, moving into film in 1980. He was best known for playing the blue-collar patriarch Martin Crane in the American sitcom Frasier, which aired on NBC from 1993 to 2004. In addition to his film and television work, Mahoney also worked as a voice actor and was particularly passionate about his stage work on Broadway and in Chicago theater. 
John Gavin (born Juan Vincent Apablasa Jr. was an American actor who was the United States Ambassador to Mexico (1981–86) and the President of the Screen Actors Guild (1971–73). He was best known for his performances in the films Imitation of Life (1959), Spartacus (1960), Psycho (1960), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), playing leading roles in a series of films for producer Ross Hunter.
A Republican, Gavin was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in June 1981 by President Ronald Reagan and served until June 12, 1986.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Gavin was an "activist envoy to Mexico" who "won praise in many circles for his handling of such issues as trade and illegal drug dealing as well as for speaking out against anti-American sentiment. But his candor and meetings with critics of the ruling party prompted accusations by Mexicans of meddling in the country's domestic affairs."
In 1991, Gavin was sounded out about running for the Senate for the Republican Party but decided not to.
Vic Damone (born Vito Rocco Farinola; was an American traditional pop and big band singer, actor, radio and television presenter, and entertainer. He is best known for his performances of songs such as the number one hit "You're Breaking My Heart", and "On the Street Where You Live" (from My Fair Lady) and "My Heart Cries for You" which were both number four hits
In 1972, he was offered the role of Johnny Fontane in The Godfather. The role ultimately went to Al Martino, as Damone turned down the role for a variety of reasons, reportedly including his not thinking the role had enough screen time or paid enough, but also due to a fear of provoking the mob and Frank Sinatra, whom Damone profoundly respected.
Damone appeared in a Diet Pepsi commercial first aired during Super Bowl XXV in January 1991. Damone and other stars, including Jerry Lewis, Tiny Tim, Charo and Bo Jackson, attempt to sing Diet Pepsi's theme song, "You've Got the Right One Baby (Uh-Huh)", which was performed by Ray Charles.

Nanette Fabray (born Ruby Bernadette Nanette Theresa Fabares;  was an American actress, singer, and dancer. She began her career performing in vaudeville as a child and became a musical-theatre actress during the 1940s and 1950s, winning a Tony Award in 1949 for her performance in Love Life. In the mid-1950s, she served as Sid Caesar's comedic partner on Caesar's Hour, for which she won three Emmy Awards, as well as co-starring with Fred Astaire in the film musical The Band Wagon. From 1979 to 1984, she appeared as Katherine Romano on the TV series One Day at a Time.
Lewis Gilbert  was a British film director, producer and screenwriter, who directed more than 40 films during six decades; among them such varied titles as Reach for the Sky (1956), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), Alfie (1966), Educating Rita (1983) and Shirley Valentine (1989), as well as three James Bond films: You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)[1] and Moonraker (1979).
William Franklin Graham Jr. KBE, known as Billy Graham, was an American evangelical Christian evangelist, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, who became well known internationally after 1949.
In Florida, a loser shot up a high school, Stoneman Douglas. The fourteen students and three staff members killed were:
Alyssa Alhadeff, age 14
Scott Beigel, 35
Martin Duque, 14
Nicholas Dworet, 17
Aaron Feis, 37
Jaime Guttenberg, 14
Chris Hixon, 49
Luke Hoyer, 15
Cara Loughran, 14
Gina Montalto, 14
Joaquin Oliver, 17
Alaina Petty, 14
Meadow Pollack, 18
Helena Ramsay, 17
Alex Schachter, 14
Carmen Schentrup, 16
Peter Wang, 15


Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister was a British middle-distance athlete and neurologist who ran the first sub-4-minute mile

At the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Bannister set a British record in the 1500 metres and finished in fourth place. This achievement strengthened his resolve to become the first athlete to finish the mile run in under four minutes. He accomplished this feat on 6 May 1954 at Iffley Road track in Oxford, with Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher providing the pacing. When the announcer, Norris McWhirter, declared "The time was three...", the cheers of the crowd drowned out Bannister's exact time, which was 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. He had attained this record with minimal training, while practising as a junior doctor. Bannister's record lasted just 46 days.
Bannister went on to become a distinguished neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, before retiring in 1993. When asked whether the 4-minute mile was his proudest achievement, he said he felt prouder of his contribution to academic medicine through research into the responses of the nervous system. Bannister was patron of the MSA Trust. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2011.
David Allen Ogden Stiers   was an actor, voice actor, and conductor. Born in Peoria, Illinois, Stiers was primarily raised in Oregon. He attended the University of Oregon before enrolling at the Juilliard School in New York City, from where he graduated in 1972. He went on to appear in numerous productions on Broadway, and originated the role of Feldman in The Magic Show, in which he appeared for four years between 1974 and 1978.
In 1977, he was cast as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on the television series M*A*S*H, a role he would portray until the series' conclusion in 1983 and which earned him two Emmy Award nominations. He appeared prominently in the 1980s in the role of District Attorney Michael Reston in several Perry Mason television films
Craig Mack, His first single "Get Retarded/Just Rhymin'" was released under the name MC EZ ,alongside Troup, in 1988 on Fresh Records. Mack is best known for his 1994 hit single "Flava In Ya Ear", which was released under his real name. The remix of the single was the breakout appearance of The Notorious B.I.G., as well as one of the first solo appearances by Busta Rhymes. The success of The Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album Ready to Die overshadowed Mack's early success on the Bad Boy label. However, B.I.G. himself namedropped Mack in his breakout hit "Big Poppa" with the line "I got more Mack than Craig".
Stephen William Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author, who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009.
His scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He was a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
Hawking achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discusses his own theories and cosmology in general. His book A Brief History of Time appeared on the British Sunday Times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. Hawking was a fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. In 2002, Hawking was ranked number 25 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.
Dorothy Louise McIntosh Slaughter  was an American politician who served as a United States Representative from New York from 1987 until her death in 2018.
Slaughter was born in Lynch, Kentucky. She studied microbiology and public health at the University of Kentucky, obtaining a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree. After moving to New York and becoming involved in politics as a member of the Democratic Party, she was elected to a seat in the New York State Assembly in 1982 and to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986.
Zell Bryan Miller was an American author and politician from the U.S. state of Georgia. A Democrat, Miller served as lieutenant governor from 1975 to 1991, 79th Governor of Georgia from 1991 to 1999, and as U.S. Senator from 2000 to 2005.
Lawrence Grossman, 86 former head of PBS. Expanded the McNeil-Leher Report to an hour, made PBS the first network to broadcast via satellite. Moved to NBC News, revamped the Today Show and hired Tim Russert for Meet The Press.
Linda Brown, Brown was the child associated with the lead name in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education, which led to the outlawing of U.S. school segregation in 1954.


George Alusik Professional baseball player in his youth, of Woodbridge George Alusik of Woodbridge, N.J., passed away peacefully on Friday, April 20, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was 84 years old. 

Born in Ashley, Pa., to Stephen and Anna Pavlick Alusik, he was one of six children that included Michael, John, Joseph, Steven and Andrew. They were raised in Elizabeth, N.J., and he had resided in Woodbridge since 1963. George Alusik was a Major League Baseball player for five years with the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Athletics during the 1960s. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Rosa Ann "Tootsie" Ziesemer Alusik, in 2000. Alusik was on hand when Mickey Mantle hit one of his tape measure home runs vs. Kansas City at Yankee Stadium on May 22nd, 1963. .Alusik was mentioned in a book about Mantle by best selling author Jane Levy. book about Mantle .
Steven Ronald Bochco  was a television producer and writer. He developed a number of television series, including Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Doogie Howser, M.D., and NYPD Blue.
Gertrude Hadley Jeannette was an African American playwright and film and stage actress. She is also known for being the first woman to work as a licensed taxi driver in New York City, which she began doing in 1942. Despite being blacklisted during the Red Scare in the 1950s, she wrote five plays and founded the H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players in Harlem, New York, remaining active in mentoring African-American actors in New York City.  In the 1960s and 1970s she appeared in Broadway productions such as The Long Dream, Nobody Loves an Albatross, The Amen Corner, The Skin of Our Teeth and Vieux Carré. She also appeared in films such as Cotton Comes to Harlem in 1969, Shaft in 1971, and Black Girl in 1972. She acted into her 80s and retired from directing theater at the age of 98
Ronald Lee Ermey  was an American actor and Marine corps drill instructor. He achieved fame when he played Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Ermey was also a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant.
Harry Laverne Anderson  was an actor, comedian, and magician. He is best known for the lead role of Judge Harry Stone on the 1984–1992 television series Night Court, and later starred in the sitcom Dave's World from 1993 to 1997.
In addition to eight appearances on Saturday Night Live between 1981 and 1985, Anderson had a recurring guest role as con man Harry "The Hat" Gittes on Cheers, toured extensively as a magician, and did several magic/comedy shows for broadcast, including Harry Anderson's Sideshow (1987). He played Richie Tozier in the 1990 miniseries It, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.
Barbara Bush was the First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993 as the wife of George H. W. Bush, who served as the 41st President of the United States, and founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She previously was Second Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Among her six children are George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, and Jeb Bush, the 43rd Governor of Florida.
Barbara Pierce was born in Flushing, New York, on June 8, 1925. She met George Herbert Walker Bush at the age of sixteen, and the two married in Rye, New York, in 1945, while he was on leave during his deployment as a Naval officer in World War II. They moved to Texas in 1948, where George later began his political career
Daniel Kahikina Akaka was an American educator and politician who was a United States Senator from Hawaii from 1990 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Akaka was the first U.S. Senator of Native Hawaiian ancestor.


Wanda Wiłkomirska was a Polish violinist and academic teacher. She was known for both the classical repertoire and for her interpretation of 20th-century music, having received two Polish State Awards for promoting Polish music to the world as well as other awards for her contribution to music. She gave world premiere performances of numerous contemporary works, including music by Tadeusz Baird and Krzysztof Penderecki. Wiłkomirska performed on a violin crafted by Pietro Guarneri in 1734 in Venice. She taught at the music academies of Mannheim and Sydney.
Courken George Deukmejian Jr.  was an American politician who was the 35th Governor of California from 1983 to 1991 and Attorney General of California from 1979 to 1983. Deukmejian was the first and so far the only governor of a U.S. state of Armenian descent.
Margaret Ruth Kidder professionally known as Margot Kidder, was a Canadian-American actress and activist whose career spanned over five decades. Her accolades include three Canadian Screen Awards and one Daytime Emmy Award. Though she appeared in an array of films and television, Kidder is most widely known for her performance as Lois Lane in the Superman film series.
Elaine Lucille Edwards was an American politician from Louisiana. Edwards was a Democratic member of the United States Senate in 1972 appointed by her husband, Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, following the death of Allen Ellender. She was the First Lady of Louisiana for twelve non-consecutive years from 1972 to 1980 and again from 1984 to 1988, making her the state's longest-serving First Lady. In her later years, she was a small fashion businesswoman and a low-profile soap opera actress based in New York City.
Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr. was an American author and journalist widely known for his association with New Journalism, a style of news writing and journalism developed in the 1960s and 1970s that incorporated literary techniques.
Wolfe began his career as a regional newspaper reporter in the 1950s, achieving national prominence in the 1960s following the publication of such best-selling books as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (a highly experimental account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters) and two collections of articles and essays, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers and The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby. In 1979, he published the influential book The Right Stuff about the Mercury Seven astronauts, which was made into a 1983 film of the same name directed by Philip Kaufman.
His first novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, published in 1987, was met with critical acclaim and also became a commercial success. It was adapted as a major motion picture of the same name directed by Brian De Palma.
Joseph Anthony Campanella was the ultimate  American character actor. He appeared in more than 200 television and film roles from the early 1950s to 2009. Campanella was best remembered for his role as Joe Turino in Guiding Light and as Harper Deveraux on the soap opera Days of Our Lives, a role he starred in from 1987 to 1988, and his later recurring roles on General Hospital from 1991 to 1992 and The Bold and the Beautiful from 1996 to 2005.
Campanella voiced the character of Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard on Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994–1997). He narrated the Discover science series on the Disney Channel from 1992 until 1994.
One of his most popular roles was as Lew Wickersham in season 1 (1967–1968) of the television series Mannix, serving as the head of the detective agency Joe Mannix (Mike Connors) worked for. Campanella was let go from his role after the first season due to a reworking of the program's concept.  Campanella appeared as attorney Brian Darrell from 1969 to 1972 in The Bold Ones: The Lawyers.  In 1973, he played an old flame of Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the twenty-second episode of season 3, titled "Remembrance of Things Past".Campanella played Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Captain Monty Ballard in the crime drama TV movie Sky Hei$t in 1975.
He played Ann Romano's (Bonnie Franklin) ex-husband, Ed Cooper, in eight episodes of One Day at a Time (1975–1984) and Barbara Stanwyck's love interest in the first season (1985–1986) of Aaron Spelling's short-lived Dynasty spinoff, The Colbys. He appeared in a second-season episode of The Golden Girls as a detective.[He had a prominent role as Harper Deveraux on the soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1987 to 1988, had a recurring role as a doctor in Beauty and the Beast (1989–1990), a recurring role as Jimmy Everett on General Hospital from 1991 to 1992, and a recurring role on The Bold and the Beautiful from 1996 to 2005.
Dovey Johnson Roundtree  was an African-American civil rights activist, ordained minister, and attorney. Her 1955 victory before the Interstate Commerce Commission in the first bus desegregation case to be brought before the ICC resulted in the only explicit repudiation of the "separate but equal" doctrine in the field of interstate bus transportation by a court or federal administrative body.
Norman Eugene "Clint" Walker was an American actor and singer. He was perhaps best known for his starring role as cowboy Cheyenne Bodie in the ABC/Warner Bros. western series Cheyenne from 1955-63 Cheyenne was an American Western television series of 108 black-and-white episodes broadcast on ABC from 1955 to 1963. The show was the first hour-long Western, and was the first hour-long dramatic series of any kind, with continuing characters, to last more than one season. It was also the first series to be made by a major Hollywood film studio which did not derive from its established film properties, and the first of a long chain of Warner Bros. original series produced by William T. Orr.

Philip Milton Roth was an American novelist and short-story writer. This book "Portnoy's Complaint" was a hot commodity when I was in high school.
Roth's fiction, regularly set in his birthplace of Newark, New Jersey, is known for its intensely autobiographical character, for philosophically and formally blurring the distinction between reality and fiction, for its "sensual, ingenious style" and for its provocative explorations of American identity.
Roth first gained attention with the 1959 novella Goodbye, Columbus, for which he received the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.

Alan LaVern Bean was an American naval officer and naval aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut; he was the fourth person to walk on the Moon. He was selected to become an astronaut by NASA in 1963 as part of Astronaut Group 3.
He made his first flight into space aboard Apollo 12, the second manned mission to land on the Moon, at age 37 in November 1969. He made his second and final flight into space on the Skylab 3 mission in 1973, the second manned mission to the Skylab space station. After retiring from the United States Navy in 1975 and NASA in 1981, he pursued his interest in painting, depicting various space-related scenes and documenting his own experiences in space as well as that of his fellow Apollo program astronauts. He was the last living crew member of Apollo 12.
Don Peterson, was a United States Air Force officer and NASA astronaut. Peterson was originally selected for the Air Force Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) program, but, when that was canceled, he became a NASA astronaut in September 1969. He was a mission specialist on STS-6 on board Challenger. During the mission Peterson performed a spacewalk to test the new airlock and space suits. He logged 120 hours in space. Peterson retired from NASA in 1984.
Richard Naradof Goodwin was an American writer and presidential advisor. He was an aide and speechwriter to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and to Senator Robert F. Kennedy.


Frank Charles Carlucci III was an American politician and diplomat who served as the United States Secretary of Defense from 1987 to 1989 in the administration of President Ronald Reagan.
Carlucci served in a variety of senior-level governmental positions, including Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity in the Richard Nixon administration, Deputy Director of the CIA in the Jimmy Carter administration, and Deputy Secretary of Defense and National Security Advisor in the Reagan administration.Carlucci is best known locally for being the Flood Czar in Wyoming Valley when he was appointed by President Richard Nixon to oversee recovery operations
Katherine Noel Valentine Brosnahan known professionally as Kate Spade and Kate Valentine was an American fashion designer and businesswoman. She was the founder and former co-owner of the designer brand Kate Spade New York.
After working in the accessories department at the fashion magazine Mademoiselle, Brosnahan and her husband, Andy Spade, identified a market for quality stylish handbags, and founded Kate Spade New York in 1993. The handbags Spade designed and produced quickly found popularity, owing to their sophistication and affordability, and have been described as a symbol of New York City in the 1990s
Anthony Michael Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. He is considered one of the most influential chefs in the world.
Bourdain was a 1978 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of a number of professional kitchens in his long career, which included many years spent as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan. He first became known for his bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000). His first food and world-travel television show, A Cook's Tour, ran for 35 episodes on the Food Network in 2002 and 2003. In 2005, he began hosting the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005–2012) and The Layover (2011–2013). In 2013, he began a three-season run as a judge on The Taste, and concurrently switched his travelogue programming to CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

Tom McEwen was an American drag racer who was a winner of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) U.S. Nationals.  His racing career spanned 45 years. He is ranked at number 16 on a list of the 50 most significant drivers of NHRA’s first 50 years.
Starting as an owner-driver, he received the nickname "the Mongoose" in 1964 from engine builder Ed Donovan, after McEwen signed up to drive Donovan's "vaunted" Donovan Engineering Special. It was originally used as a device to entice Don "the Snake" Prudhomme into a high-exposure match race.
Irving Charles Krauthammer was an American political columnist. A conservative political pundit, in 1987 Krauthammer won the Pulitzer Prize for his column in The Washington Post. His weekly column was syndicated to more than 400 publications worldwide.
While in his first year studying medicine at Harvard Medical School, Krauthammer became permanently paralyzed from the waist down after a diving board accident that severed his spinal cord at cervical spinal nerve 5. After spending 14 months recovering in a hospital, he returned to medical school, graduating to become a psychiatrist involved in the creation of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders III in 1980.He joined the Carter administration in 1978 as a director of psychiatric research, eventually becoming the speechwriter to Vice President Walter Mondale in 1980.
Richard Benjamin Harrison Jr.  also known by the nicknames The Old Man and The Appraiser, was an American businessman and reality television personality, best known as the co-owner of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, as featured on the History Channel series Pawn Stars. Harrison was the co-owner of the pawn shop with his son Rick Harrison. They opened the store together in 1989. Harrison was usually referred to by his nickname, "The Old Man",[which he earned at the age of 38.
Joseph Walter Jackson was an American talent manager and patriarch of the Jackson family of entertainers that includes his children Michael and Janet. He was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2014
Stephen John Ditko was an American comics artist and writer best known as the artist and co-creator, with Stan Lee, of the Marvel Comics superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.
Ditko studied under Batman artist Jerry Robinson at the Cartoonist and Illustrators School in New York City. He began his professional career in 1953, working in the studio of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, beginning as an inker and coming under the influence of artist Mort Meskin. During this time, he then began his long association with Charlton Comics, where he did work in the genres of science fiction, horror, and mystery. He also co-created the superhero Captain Atom in 1960.
During the 1950s, Ditko also drew for Atlas Comics, a forerunner of Marvel Comics.


Dick Feagler, 79, American journalist (The Plain Dealer), playwright, and television personality (WKYC, WEWS
Harvey Gentry was an American baseball infielder. He played for 10 years in the minor leagues, from 1947 through 1956. He also played briefly in the Major Leagues, appearing in five games for the New York Giants as a pinch hitter in 1954. Grntry died on July 1, 2018 at the age of 92
Dame Gillian Lynne, 92, British dancer and choreographer (The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, The Muppet Show
Lorraine Zillner Rodgers  was a Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) pilot for the United States Army Air Forces.
Bradford A. Smith was an American astronomer and an associate of the International Astronomical Union. He was employed by the Voyager program, and discovered the moon Bianca (which orbits Uranus) on January 23, 1986.
Dave VanDam, 63, American voice actor and impressionist (David Letterman, Barack Obama), member of the Wack Pack
Richard Swift, 41, American singer-songwriter, producer and musician (The Shins, The Black Keys, Starflyer 59), complications from hepatitis.
Edward Andrew Schultz was an American television / radio host, a political commentator, news anchor, and a sports broadcaster. He was the host of The Ed Show, a weekday news talk program on MSNBC from 2009 to 2015, and The Ed Schultz Show, a talk radio show, nationally syndicated by Dial Global from 2004 to 2014. The radio show ended on May 23, 2014, and was replaced by a one-hour podcast, Ed Schultz News and Commentary, which ran from 2015 until his 2018 death.[Schultz most recently hosted a daily primetime weekday show, News with Ed Schultz, on RT America TV channel based in Washington, D.C., that is part of the RT network.
Bruce Maher, 80, American football player, (Detroit Lions, New York Giants), cancer.
Vince Martin, 81, American folk singer ("Cindy, Oh Cindy"), pulmonary fibrosis.

Frank Ramsey, 86, American Hall of Fame basketball player (Boston Celtics)
Lonnie Shelton, 62, American basketball player (New York Knicks, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers), hypertension
Tab Hunter, 86, American actor (Damn Yankees, Grease 2) and singer ("Young Love"), blood clot.
Henry Morgenthau III, 101, American author and television producer.
Roger Perry was an American film and television actor whose career began in the late 1950s. He served as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force during the early 1950s. In NBC's Star Trek episode "Tomorrow Is Yesterday" (1967) he guested as a 20th century airforce pilot. Other television series in which he appeared include Emergency!, Love, American Style, The Andy Griffith Show, Ironside, The F.B.I., The Eleventh Hour, The Munsters, Barnaby Jones, The Facts of Life, Adam-12 and Falcon Crest. In the 1960–1961 television season, Perry portrayed attorney Jim Harrigan, Jr. in Harrigan and Son.
Len Chappell, 77, American basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks).
Dave Dave, 42, American conceptual artist, subject of David. David Rothenberg was six years old and living with his mother, Marie Rothenberg, in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York,  when his father, Charles Rothenberg, took him on a trip to Disneyland, in California. The parents were divorced and in conflict over custody of David; after the two argued on the telephone, on the evening of March 3, 1983, at a motel in Buena Park, Charles gave his son a sleeping pill and after he fell asleep, poured kerosene on the bed and set fire to it. He left the room and watched from a telephone booth across the street while other guests rescued Daviid. Rothenberg attended ArtCenter College of Design.[By 1996 he was using only his first name;[6] he then legally changed his name to Dave Dave, to "free myself of [Charles Rothenberg's] name and his legacy", as he said then.
Stan Lewis, 91, American record label owner (Jewel Records). Jewell Records had Jon Fred and The playboy Band as an act.
Adrian Cronauer, 79, American disc jockey (AFN), subject of Good Morning, Vietnam was a United States Air Force Sergeant and radio personality whose experiences as an innovative disc jockey on American Forces Network during the Vietnam War inspired the 1987 film Good Morning, Vietnam.[
Tony Sparano, 56, American football coach (Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins), arteriosclerotic heart disease
Vladimir Komarov, 69, Russian speed skater and sports official
Mary Jane McCaffree Monroe  was a White House Social Secretary during the Eisenhower administration and a press and personal secretary for First Lady Mamie Eisenhower. She also served as a protocol specialist in the office of the Chief of Protocol and co-wrote a book on the subject.
Tony Cloninger, 77, American baseball player (Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds) and coach (New York Yankees) On July 3, 1966, in the Braves' 17–3 win over the Giants at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Cloninger helped his team's cause with two grand slams and nine RBIs; as of 2018, this stands as the Braves' franchise record for RBI in a game  Cloninger became the first player in the National League, and the only pitcher to date, to hit two grand slams in the same game.
Cloninger used a bat of teammate Denis Menke to hit both of these big home runs. After retiring, Cloninger served as a bullpen coach for the New York Yankees (1992–2001), where he was a member of five American League champions and four World Series champion teams,
Kanagaratnam Shanmugaratnam, 97, Singaporean pathologist.
Carmella Rizzo, wife of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, was 101.
She was born on July 25, 1916 — during WWI — and married Frank Rizzo during World War II, on April 18, 1942.
She was called her "consistent and dignified as first lady of Philadelphia" and said "she should be admired as an example of a woman who always stood by her principles, encouraging and loving others, especially her husband and children."


Nancy Tuckerman, 89, American secretary, White House Social Secretary (1963), chronic obstructive pulmonary diseas was the White House Social Secretary during the Kennedy administration. After the Kennedy assassination, she remained the personal secretary to Jackie Kennedy until the latter's death in 1994
Myron White, 61, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Margaret Heckler, 87, American politician and diplomat, Ambassador to Ireland (1986–1989), Secretary of Health and Human Services (1983–1985), member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1967–1983), cardiac arrest.
Paul Laxalt, 96, American politician, Governor of Nevada (1967–1971), member of the U.S. Senate (1974–1987) He was one of Ronald Reagan's closest friends in politics. After Reagan was elected President in 1980, many in the national press referred to Laxalt as "The First Friend.
John Kennedy, 77, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Senators)
Aretha Franklin, 76, American Hall of Fame singer ("Respect", "Chain of Fools", "A Natural Woman"), pianist and songwriter, 18-time Grammy winner, pancreatic cancer.

Doc Edwards, 81, American baseball player (Kansas City Athletics) and manager (Cleveland Indians)
Barbara Harris, 83, American actress (The Apple Tree, Freaky Friday, Nashville), Tony winner (1967), co-founder of The Second City, lung cancer
Dean Stone, 88, American baseball player (Washington Senators
Ed King, 68, American Hall of Fame guitarist (Strawberry Alarm Clock, Lynyrd Skynyrd) and songwriter ("Sweet Home Alabama"), lung cancer.

Neil Simon, 91, American playwright (Biloxi Blues, The Odd Couple) and screenwriter (The Goodbye Girl), Tony winner (1965, 1985, 1991), complications from pneumonia.

John McCain, former Presidential nominee, Prisoner of War in Vietnam, multi term Senator from Arizona and the lawmaker who killed President Trump's attempt to end The Affordable Care Act.
Barbara Densmoor Harris was an American actress. She appeared in such movies as A Thousand Clowns, Plaza Suite, Nashville, Family Plot, Freaky Friday, Peggy Sue Got Married, and Grosse Pointe Blank. Harris won a Tony Award and was nominated for an Academy Award. She also received four Golden Globe Award nominations.
Kofi Atta Annan, was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006.


Clarence Lee Brandley was an American man who was wrongly convicted of the rape and murder of Cheryl Dee Fergeson in 1981. Brandley was working as a janitor supervisor at Conroe High School in Conroe, Texas where Fergeson was a 16-year-old student athlete visiting the school from Bellville, Texas.
Brandley was held for nine years on death row. After lengthy legal proceedings and community outcry that eventually ended in the Supreme Court of the United States, Clarence Brandley was freed in 1990. After his release, Brandley was involved in further legal proceedings over child support payments that had accrued over his time in prison, and ultimately with an unsuccessful $120 million lawsuit against various agencies of the State of Texas.
Bill Daily, 91, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show) and game show panelist (Match Game)
Christopher Lawford, 63, American actor (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Thirteen Days, All My Children), memoirist and political activist, heart attack.
Dick Lane, 91, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox.)
Thad Mumford, 67, American television producer and writer (The Electric Company, M*A*S*H, The Cosby Show), Emmy winner (1973).
Burt Reynolds, 82, American actor (Smokey and the Bandit, Boogie Nights, Deliverance), Emmy winner (1991), heart attack.

Billy O'Dell, 85, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves), complications from Parkinson's disease.
Kyle Stone (born Mark Hynes was an American pornographic actor and stand-up comedian. Stone appeared in over 1,700 pornographic films over a career that spanned 25 years
Stone began working in the porn industry in 1993 after dialing a wrong number led to a sexual encounter with a porn actress known as Nasty Natasha. Stone was working at a law firm doing filing at the time but decided to try doing pornography at Natasha's suggestion. Natasha was his first pornographic partner.
Joseph Hoo Kim, 76, Jamaican record producer, liver cancer.
Lee Stange, 81, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox)
Tommy McDonald, 84, American football player (Philadelphia Eagles. As a young boy I became familiar with McDonald because one of the first book I ever read in the sports genre was his "They Pay Me To Catch Footballs".


Jerry González, 69, American bandleader and trumpeter, heart attack
Dave Anderson, 89, American sportswriter (The New York Times), Pulitzer Prize winner (1981).

Betty Grissom, 91, American plaintiff winner against NASA contractor was the plaintiff in a successful lawsuit against a NASA contractor which established a precedent for families of astronauts killed in service to receive compensation. Her husband Gus Grissom, one of the Mercury Seven astronauts, died in the first fatal accident in the history of the United States space program. Ms. Grissom has been portrayed in the books The Right Stuff by Tom Wolf and The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel and by the actors Veronica Cartwright and JoAnna Garcia in the film and television adaptations of those books.[3] n 1971 Grissom filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against the Apollo program’s prime contractor, North American Rockwell. In 1972, she settled for $350,000, which adjusted for inflation, would be worth nearly $3 million in 2018.[5] As a result of her legal action the widows of Chaffee and White received $125,000 apiece. Following the Challenger explosion of 1986, Grissom encouraged the families of crew members killed in the incident to file lawsuits. Grissom's lawyer, Ronald D. Krist, went on to represent Cheryl McNair, widow of astronaut Ronald McNair, in her lawsuit against Morton Thiokol, the manufacture of blamed for the Challenger accident.[2]
In 1984, Grissom and the six surviving Mercury 7 astronauts created the Mercury 7 Foundation, later renamed the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships for science and engineering students.
Walter "Dee" Huddleston, 92, American politician, U.S. Senator from Kentucky (1973–1985).[ He was defeated that year by Mitch McConnell who has since proven himself to be lapdog and enabler of a treasonous criminal.
Sid Michaels Kavulich, 62, American sportscaster (WBRE-TV) and politician, member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (since 2011), complications from heart surgery
Wayne Krenchicki, 64, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles
Dick Modzelewski, 87, American football player (Cleveland Browns, New York Giants)
Hank Greenwald, 83, American sportscaster (San Francisco Giants)
Benny Valenzuela, 85, Mexican baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), renal failure.
Wah Wah Watson, 67, American guitarist (The Funk Brothers).
Tony Joe White, 75, American singer-songwriter ("Polk Salad Annie", "Rainy Night in Georgia"), heart attack.

Jim Taylor, Green Bay Packer Full back.

Audrey Wells was an American screenwriter, film director, and producer.[
She wrote a number of successful screenplays and directed three for which she had created the script. Her works were primarily comedies and/or romance films. Among her notable films are The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996) and Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), both of which she also produced. Her 1999 film Guinevere won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Wells also co-wrote the script for the comedy The Game Plan.
George Tallafero professional American football player who was the first African American drafted by a National Football League (NFL) team. Beginning his football career at Indiana University for the Hoosiers team, he played in the NFL for the New York Yanks from 1950 to 1951, the Dallas Texans in 1952, the Baltimore Colts from 1953 to 1954, and Philadelphia Eagles in 1955. Taliaferro was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981. 
Margaret Ann "Peggy" McCay was an American actress whose career began in 1949, and includes theatre, television, soap operas, and feature films. McCay may be best known for originating the roles of Vanessa Dale on the CBS soap opera Love of Life (a role she played from 1951–55), and Caroline Brady, which she played from 1983 to 2016 on NBC's Days of Our Lives. She was also on Ben Casey. 
Kitty O’Neil was a stunt double for TV. In one stunt, as a double for Lindsay Wagner, she flipped a dune buggy on the television series “The Bionic Woman”; in another, she leapt 127 feet from a hotel balcony onto an inflated airbag as Lynda Carter’s stunt double on “Wonder Woman.”
Ms. O’Neil died on Friday at 72 in Eureka, S.D., where she had lived since 1993. The cause was pneumonia, said Ky Michaelson, a close friend who built rocket-powered vehicles, including some for Ms. O’Neil.
Willie Lee McCovey was an American Major League baseball first baseman. Known as "Stretch" during his playing days, and later also nicknamed "Mac" and "Willie Mac," he is best known for his long tenure as one of the sport's greatest stars with the San Francisco Giants. Over a 22-year career between 1959 and 1980 he played 19 seasons with the Giants and three more for the San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics. A fearsome left-handed hitter, he was a six time All-Star, three-time home run champion. 
James Karen best known as an American character actor of Broadway, film and television. Karen was best known for his roles in Poltergeist, The Return of the Living Dead, Invaders from Mars, and in The Pursuit of Happyness.
Karen was also known for his recurring television role as Tom Bradford's boss, Eliot Randolph, in Eight Is Enough. He appeared in commercials for Pathmark which earned his nickname "Mr. Pathmark".He was nominated for a Saturn Award for his 1985 role in The Return of the Living Dead.
In Pittsburgh, a synagogue was shot up on a Saturday morning during services by a right wing Trump inspired nut. The dead were: 
Joyce Fienberg, 75
Richard Gottfried, 65
Rose Mallinger, 97
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66
Cecil Rosenthal, 59
David Rosenthal, 54
Bernice Simon, 84
Sylvan Simon, 86
Daniel Stein, 71
Melvin Wax, 88
Irving Younger, 69.


Betty Bumpers, 93, American childhood immunizations activist, First Lady of Arkansas (1971–1975), complications from dementia and a broken hip
William Goldman, 87, American author (The Princess Bride) and screenwriter (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men), Oscar winner (1970, 1977), complications from colon cancer and pneumonia. 
Stan Lee, 95, American comic book writer and publisher (Marvel Comics).
 David Pearson, 83, American Hall of Fame racing driver (NASCAR).
Richard Paul Conaboy, 93, American judge, District Court Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (1979–1992), heart attack.

Adair Simon, 68, American actress (In the Heat of the Night)
Eddie Foy III, 83, American casting director (Barney Miller).
Glenn Schwartz, 78, American musician (James Gang, Pacific Gas & Electric, All Saved Freak Band)
Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor, the actress who played the villainous Harriet Oleson on the long-running TV show Little House on the Prairie, died Tuesday at her home, PEOPLE confirms. She was 93.
MacGregor is best known as playing the wealthy, haughty, mean-spirited Harriet on the popular TV series that aired from 1974 to 1982.

Wallace Triplett (was a professional American football player, the first African-American draftee to play for a National Football League team. For that reason, his portrait hangs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
James Greene, 91, American actor (Parks and Recreation, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, The Missouri Breaks).
Ken Howell, 57, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies)
Ron Johnson, 71, American football player (New York Giants, Michigan Wolverines), complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Floyd Lloyd, 70, Jamaican reggae musician
Roy Clark, 85, American Hall of Fame country singer and television host (Hee Haw), complications from pneumonia.

Bob McNair, 81, American businessman and sports club owner (Houston Texans), cancer
Ed Galigher, 68, American football player (New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers), complications following lung transplant surgery.
George H. W. Bush, 94, American politician, President (1989–1993), Vice President (1981–1989), Director of Central Intelligence (1976–1977).
Frederick John Caligiuri was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played during 1941 and 1942 for the Philadelphia Athletics. Listed at 6' 0", 190 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.A native of West Hickory, Pennsylvania, Caligiuri was one of many major leaguers who saw his baseball career interrupted by a stint in the United States Army during World War II. A late-season 1941 call-up from Wilmington of the Interstate League, he entered the baseball record books while starting the last game of the season against the Boston Red Sox at Shibe Park. It was the game in which Ted Williams finished the season with a .406. batting average, the most recent .400 average in the majors. Williams went 2-for-3 against Caligiuri, who did not yield a run until the ninth inning, and finished with a complete game, six-hit, 7–1 victory over Lefty Grove and the Red Sox. This game also marked the last start for Grove, who retired before the 1942 season.
Over parts of two seasons, Caligiuri posted a 2-5 record with a 4.52 ERA in 18 appearances, including seven starts, giving up 49 runs (nine unearned) on 90 hits and 32 walks while striking out 27 in 79 ⅔ innings of work. From 1943 to 1945 Caligiuri served in the military during World War II.[1] He was the last surviving retired MLB player who made his debut prior to the Pearl Harbor attack/US involvement in WWII.
Sondra Locke, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968's "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter'' and went on to co-star in six films with Clint Eastwood, has died. She was 74.
Locked died November 3, 2018 at her Los Angeles home of cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer, according to a death certificate obtained by The Associated Press. Authorities were promptly notified at the time, but her death was not publicized until RadarOnline first reported it in mid December.


Bill Fralic, 56, American football player (Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Panthers), cancer.
Joan Steinbrenner, 83, American philanthropist and sports executive, vice chairperson of the New York Yankees.
Jessica Starr, 35, American meteorologist and television news presenter (WJBK), suicide.]
Nancy Wilson, 81, American jazz singer ("(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am"), Grammy winner in 1965, 2005, and 2007.

Bob Giggie, 85, American baseball player (Milwaukee Braves, Kansas City Athletics)
Rod Jones, 54, American football player (Kansas City Chiefs), suicide by gunshot
José Castillo, 37, Venezuelan professional baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants), traffic collision
Isiah Robertson, 69, American football player (Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills), traffic collision
Bobby Treviño, 73, Mexican baseball player (California Angels)
Philip Bosco, 88, American actor (Lend Me a Tenor, Working Girl, My Best Friend's Wedding), Tony winner (1989), complications from dementia
Ken Berry, 85, American actor (F Troop, Mayberry R.F.D., Mama's Family). He also did a summer replacement show on ABC in 1972. Check this out.

Marvin Terrell, 80, American football player (Dallas Texans).
Donald Moffat, 87, British-born American actor (The Thing, The Right Stuff, Clear and Present Danger), complications from a stroke. One of his final roles was as Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick in the HBO movie, 61*.
Peter Masterson, 84, American writer (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), director (The Trip to Bountiful), and actor (The Exorcist), complications from a fall.
Lawrence Curry, 82, American politician, member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Penny Marshall, 75, American actress (Laverne & Shirley) and director (Big, A League of Their Own), complications from diabetes. Here’s Penny Marshall in a1972 Public Service Announcement for Safety belts.

And then of course this was her iconic role in “Laverne and Shirley”

Then this wonderful movie that was impactful to its stars and fans to this very day.

Jerry Chesnut, 87, American songwriter ("Good Year for the Roses", "T-R-O-U-B-L-E", "It's Four in the Morning").

Lee Leonard, 89, American television host (The NFL Today, ESPN). Leonard was the first voice heard on ESPN TV when it started in 1979.
John Culver, 86, American politician, member of the U.S. Senate (1975–1981) and House of Representatives (1965–1975
Frank Adonis, 83, American actor (Goodfellas), kidney failure.
Warren Wells, 76, American football player (Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders), heart failure.
Richard Arvin Overton, 112, American supercentenarian, nation's oldest living veteran.
Ray Sawyer, 81, American singer (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
Sister Wendy Beckett, died at age 88, was not only a Carmelite nun but a popular TV art critic for the BBC. She did it all in a traditional nun's habit, attesting to her vow of poverty. I don't know how you can call this an art show, though? When asked why she took time from a hermetic life for the TV broadcasts, she explained a need to pay for her keep at the nunnery, according to The Guardian. The Royal Academy also honored the centennial of Gustave [VIDEO].


Bob Butts, owner of CeeKay Auto Stores and prolific advertiser who presented radio commercials with thoughtful messages to consumers about life. He was also an advocate fo the water cure advising that drinking water through the day would stave off health issues.
Ruth K. Smith, well known realtor in the Wilkes Barre and Luzerne County area.
Linda Kohut,, well respected and very active Management team member of the Area Agency on Aging. She was also very involved in her church, originally St. John the Baptist in Exeter and later St. Cecelia’s.
Attorney Bill Ruzzo, best known for his defense of Judge Mark Ciaverella in his trial in 2011. Also a very prominent Defense Attorney in the County.
Richard Conaboy, Federal Judge from the city of Scranton. He served a very long tenure in that office. In a documentary he described how he urged the then grieving Attorney General Robert Kennedy to come speak to the 1964 Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Day dinner.
Earl Watson, longtime writer, editorialist and bon vivant writer from the Sunday Independent.
Attorney Clem Kisailus, well known Wilkes Barre barrister who was a mainstay in the community. As a young man, he ran for Wilkes Barre School Board in the early 1970s.
Frank Henry, transportation innovator who turned Martz Bus into a well known East Coast brand. He was very philanthropic to the community both in front of the cameras and significantly behind them.
Bob Leonardi, local Labor leader, baseball coach, Chair of the United Fund, and all around active and friendly gentleman who was a friend of this blog.
David Barber, Treasurer of the NAACP Branch 2136 and community activist.
Ray Gustave, candidate for Luzerne County Council and a former career officer of the Federal government.
William Davidowitz was a World War II veteran who founded Penn Footwear in Nanticoke.
Rev. Louis Falcone, of Luzerne, also served as a longtime youth sports coach and teacher on the West Side.
Joseph P. Keating served as a school board member, a magisterial district judge, a state Senate aide and as Pittston’s mayor from 2006 to 2009.
Vince Wojnar was a long-time fixture in the local running community as a coach and co-founder of the Wyoming Valley Striders. Vince was passionate about everything and worked with me on a few projects when I was with the United Way.
Ted Zuba,  was longtime caretaker of Our Lady of Fatima Blessed Grotto on North Street in Wilkes-Barre,
Bill Sordoni, a prominent businessman and philanthropist, led Sordoni Construction Services, Northeast Pennsylvania’s largest construction manager and general contractor.
Dr. George “Doc” Moses, was a prominent surgeon, sports booster and fan and community benefactor often known as “Mr. Mercy Hospital.”
Jerome Cohen,  was a longtime local attorney who once served as Luzerne County district attorney during transitional periods in the 80s and 90s.
A. William Kelly, known as Bill Kelly, former WARM personality who joined WVIA TV/FM and made it into the broadcast powerhouse it now is. Kelly was recognized both nationally and locally for his dedication to the broadcast entity.
Sid Michaels Kavulich, former sportscaster at WBRE TV as well as State Representative from the Taylor-Riverside section of Lackawanna County.
Richard Wiaterowski of Nanticoke passed away. Wiatrowski, who was also a volunteer firefighter in the city, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in November 2017.He was serving his second term. 

Harold Golomb of Plains. A very popular farmer from Plains who passed away suddenly in January. Harold loved the land, his family, his faith and his church.