‘Mr. Food’ Art Ginsburg Dies Of Pancreatic Cancer

'Mr. Food' Art Ginsburg Dies Of Pancreatic CancerArt Ginsburg, the delightfully dorky television chef known as Mr. Food, died at his home in Weston, Fla., Wednesday following a struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was 81.

‘Unlikely formula for success’

Ginsburg — who enticed viewers for decades with a can-do focus on easy weeknight cooking and the tagline “Ooh! It’s so good!” — was diagnosed just over a year ago. The cancer had gone into remission following early treatments and surgery, but returned earlier this month.

Ginsburg had an unlikely formula for success in this era of reality cooking shows, flashy chefs and artisanal foods. With a pleasantly goofy, grandfatherly manner and a willingness to embrace processed foods, Ginsburg endeared himself to millions of home cooks via 90-second segments syndicated to 125 local television stations around the country. And though he published 52 Mr. Food-related cookbooks, selling more than 8 million copies, he was little known to the nation’s foodies and mostly ignored by the glossy magazines. That was the way he liked it.


‘Always the hometown guy’

“They’re on the Food Network. They’re getting a lot of national publicity. And they’re getting big money,” he said of fellow food celebrities during a 2010 interview with The Associated Press. “I was always the hometown guy. I don’t want to be the super celebrity. When you need bodyguards, that’s not my deal.”

In recent years, Ginsburg eased his involvement in the day-to-day operations of the company he founded, Ginsburg Enterprises Incorporated, which produces the television segments and oversees his many other ventures, including a line of housewares. The company also produced television segments that did not star Ginsburg, billing them as the “Mr. Food Test Kitchen.” It plans to continue producing and syndicating those segments.

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NFL Legend Alex Karras Dies At 77

NFL great Alex Karras – who also played Mongo in “Blazing Saddles” — died this morning after suffering kidney failure … this according to a family spokesperson.

Karras had been battling a myriad of illnesses over the past 2 years, including kidney disease, heart disease, stomach cancer and dementia. He died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members. His wife, Susan Clark, was also present during those sad moments.

Karras was a punishing defensive superstar on the Detroit Lions from 1958 to 1970 … before breaking out in Hollywood. Besides “Blazing Saddles,” Karras also had a starring role on the ’80s sitcom “Webster. ” He played the role of George Papadopoulos – the adoptive father of Emmanuel Lewis’s title character – from 1983 until 1989. Susan is the Canadian actress who played Alex Karras’ wife in the said sitcom, according to his attorney, Craig Mitnick.


Karras was 77. He is survived by one daughter with Clark, named Katie, 32 years old. Karras had five children from his first marriage which ended in divorce after 18 years.

Were you a fan of the ’80s sitcom Webster? Given that Alex Karras suffered from dementia and cancer in recent years, how do you think should the NFL compensate  for the health consequences the sports inflicts on its players? Feel free to shout out your thoughts and opinions via the comment box below!

Source: TMZ

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America’s Sheriff Andy Griffith Dies At 86

Andy Griffith, the beloved Sheriff Andy Taylor of TV’s iconic The Andy Griffith Show and dramatic defense attorney on Matlock, died at his North Carolina home Tuesday morning. He was 86. Andy’s close friend, former UNC President Bill Friday, broke the news to North Carolina’s WITN News, saying Griffith died at his Dare County home around 7:00 a.m.

A native of Mount Airy, N.C., Griffith originally wanted to be an opera singer, then a preacher, before turning to acting in college. In the late ’40s, he and his new bride, the former Barbara Edwards, set out with song-and-dance act that eventually evolved into his delivering folksy monologues on early TV variety shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show.


In 1954, Griffith’s star was launched when he starred as the bumpkin army draftee in Broadway’s No Time for Sergeants, and he repeated the role in the 1958 movie version, which also starred his later TV sidekick, Don Knotts. The two achieved immortality playing Sheriff Andy and Deputy Barney Fife from 1960-68 on The Andy Griffith Show, which also helped launch actor (and later Oscar winning movie director) Ron Howard, as Andy’s son Opie. The show was set in Mayberry, and America lapped it up.

As folksy in person as he was on screen, Griffith was married three times. His first, to Edwards, ended in divorce in 1972. They had three children, two daughters and a son who died in 1966. Griffith’s second marriage ended after five years, in 1981. He is survived by his third wife, Cindi.

What are your fondest memories of Andy Griffith? Share your thoughts with us in the comment box below!

Source: People

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Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch Dies At 47

Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch has died at the age of 47, his publicist has confirmed to the BBC.

The musician, director and Tibet activist was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer in 2009. Yauch underwent surgery and radiation therapy but said in 2011 reports he was totally cancer-free were “exaggerated”.

Under the alias MCA, he formed part of the band that eventually became the Beastie Boys, selling 40 million albums worldwide with Mike D and Ad Roc. The Beastie Boys started out as a hardcore punk outfit called The Young Aborigines in 1979 but switched to hip hop in 1984. Two years later they launched their critically-acclaimed debut album Licensed To Ill, which spawned the hit singles (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) and No Sleep Till Brooklyn..


Yauch was the band’s filmographer, directing several of their videos under the pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower. He also directed the band’s concert movie Awesome… I Shot That, which stitched together footage from dozens of audience-members.

The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month, but Yauch was not able to attend. On the night, The Red Hot Chili Peppers dedicated their performance to Yauch. He is survived by his wife, Dechen Wangdu, and their daughter, Tenzin Losel, as well as his parents Frances and Noel Yauch.

What song sung by Adam Yauch do you like best? Share your favorites with us!

Source: BBC News

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’60 Minutes’ Icon Mike Wallace Dies at 93

Mike Wallace, the legendary CBS News broadcaster, interviewer and “60 Minutes” icon, has died, the network said Sunday. He was 93.

Wallace, whose “probing, brazen style made his name synonymous with the tough interview — a style he practically invented for television more than half a century ago” died “peacefully” on Saturday night, surrounded by family in New Canaan, Conn., CBS said.

Wallace “took to heart the old reporter’s pledge to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” Morley Safer, Wallace’s longtime colleague, said. “He characterized himself as ‘nosy and insistent.’ So insistent, there were very few 20th century icons who didn’t submit to a Mike Wallace interview. He lectured Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, on corruption. He lectured Yassir Arafat on violence. He asked the Ayatollah Khoumeini if he were crazy. He traveled with Martin Luther King (whom Wallace called his hero). He grappled with Louis Farrakhan. And he interviewed Malcolm X shortly before his assassination.”


Wallace retired in 2006. His last appearance on “60 Minutes” was in 2008, when he interviewed Roger Clemens. But he was slowed by heart surgery later that year. And in a recent interview with the Times, his son, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, said his father’s health had deteriorated.

“He’s in a facility in Connecticut, Wallace said. “Physically, he’s okay. Mentally, he’s not. He still recognizes me and knows who I am, but he’s uneven. The interesting thing is, he never mentions ’60 Minutes’… The only thing he really talks about is family–me, my kids, my grandkids, his great-grandchildren…”

As news of Wallace’s death spread, the outpouring of remembrances from his peers was immediate. CBS will dedicate a special edition of “60 Minutes” to Wallace on April 15.

Source: Yahoo News

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