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Tom Heinsohn Boston Celtic Player and Coach Dies at 86 [Video]

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om Heinsohn, Hall of Fame player and winner of 10 titles for the Boston Celtics, has died Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. He was 86. Heinsohn was a six-time All-Star with the Celtics. In 1957 won Rookie of the years honors, but his teammates Bill Russell and Bob Cousy received most of the credit for their first NBA title.

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After retiring as a player in 1965, he spent nine seasons as the Celtics head coach. Under Henisohn’s leadership, the Celtics won titles in 1974 and 1976, and he was named coach of the year in 1973. Once he retired from coaching, he became a Boston Celtic color commentator for 30 years. His No. 15 jersey was retired that following year.

This is a devastating loss. Tommy was the ultimate Celtic. For the past 18 years, our ownership group has relied hugely on Tommy’s advice and insights and have reveled in his hundreds of stories about Red Auerbach, Bill Russell, and how the Celtics became a dynasty. He will be remembered forever.

For the Celtics 17 championships, Heinsohn was the only person to have a connection to them all. Heinsohn was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1986 and was later recognized for his coaching career in 2015.

Celtic WEEI radio commentator Glenn Ordway’s life was touch deeply by Heinsohn. Ordway shared some feelings about his friend on the Merloni and Fauria show. Ordway says:

I can’t tell you how many conversations he and I have had about [the] family, about kids, about stuff like that, So to me, this is more than just losing a legend in this town. For me, it’s a friend who I spent a lot of time with over the years.

Written by Omari Jahi
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware

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TMZ Sports: TOM HEINSOHN BOSTON CELTICS LEGEND DEAD AT 86 … 10-Time Champ
Mass Live: On Tommy Heinsohn, who was always meant to be a Celtic, John Karalis
WEEI Radio: Glenn Ordway shares memories of friend, Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn, Ordway Merloni & Fauria

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Veteran Talk Show Giant Larry King Dies During COVID Hospitalization [Video]

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Larry King — best known as a TV and Radio host — died Saturday morning, Jan 23, 2021, while in the hospital receiving care for COIV-19. He was 87 years old. Ora Media announced his passing on Twitter.

No cause of death has been released but he had been battling the coronavirus at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California when he died. If the reports are accurate, he was hospitalized in mid-to-late December 2020.

He was born on Nov. 19, 1933, as Lawrence Harvey Zeiger in Brooklyn, New York. King was nine years old when his dad died of heart disease, leaving his mom to raise him and his little brother Marty.

kingWhile he always dreamed of working on radio, he put it aside to help his mom cover living costs and raise two boys on her own.

As chance would have it, he met a CBS TV announcer who suggested he go to Florida for a broadcasting job. The announcer told him the media market was growing in the state. Moreover, he said they were hiring inexperienced broadcasters.

It was the late 1950s when King started his 63-year long career in radio, TV, and digital media. He caught his first break at a radio station in Miami Beach, WAHR. Soon, he filled the 9 a.m. to noon slot on-air and afternoon news and sportscasts.

King will be remembered for no-nonsense interviews. His trick was to talk with celebrities and heads of state as though he were doing a live interview on the streets.

His skills earned him induction in both the Broadcasters and the National Radio Halls of Fame. He also won two Peabody Awards. As a producer, he has six credits to his name — he produced 1,007 episodes of “Larry King Live,” four other TV series, and a documentary.

Additional credits include 65 acting gigs. Much of the time his character was Larry King. He appeared in films like the 1984 version of “Ghostbusters” and “The Long Kiss Goodnight.” He was Doris, the ugly stepsister’s voice in all of the Shrek films. In another cartoon, he was the figure’s voice on “Gravity Falls” —  an animation, adventure, comedy TV series attractive to an adolescent audience.

Other acting jobs were on TV series such as “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and “Frasier.”

CNN reports King conducted 30,000 interviews over the span of his career. His statement below depicts the type of interviewer he was:

I never think of access or good will. I just want a good interview. I want guests to be informative and entertaining. I’ve never been concerned about someone’s liking me tomorrow.

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware

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Twitter: @kingsthings
CBS News: Larry King, veteran talk show host, has died at 87
Rolling Stone: Larry King, Veteran TV and Radio Host, Dead at 87; by Ryan Reed and Daniel Kreps
PBS: Report: Talk show host Larry King in hospital with COVID-19

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Jared Padalecki Stars in CW’s New TV Series ‘Walker’ [Video]

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A local San Antonio newspaper proudly announced their very own Jared Padalecki is starring in a new CW TV series, “Walker.” The pilot airs on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at 8/7 CT.

“Walker” is billed as a reimagined version of “Walker: Texas Ranger.” The previous barely resembles the 1990s program starring Chuck Norris — other than the character’s name and occupation. Both men play Cordell, who works as a Texas Ranger. The role “was tailor-made for Norris to showcase his martial arts prowess,” writes Nerdist. Even though Padalecki’s character in “Supernatural” managed well in fight scenes, there is no reference to his knowing martial arts.

PadaleckiInstead of kicking butt every week, literally, Padalecki’s character is a widower with two kids. The cast of “Walker” will explore morality, family, and reclaiming lost common ground.

Cordell has difficulty letting go of his deceased wife, Emily, (Genevieve Padalecki), who is in the first two episodes.

Her death haunts him, and his guilt over being away on a 2-year undercover assignment makes his losing her all the more difficult. Cordell is also dealing with the struggles of becoming a single parent after his absence.

Meanwhile, Padalecki is partnered with one of the few women in Texas Rangers’ history on the job  — Micki Ramirez (Lindsey Morgan). Together, they are modern-day heroes who follow their own moral code when fighting for what is right, no matter how many rules they break.

In an interview with Parade, the star said:

I grew up watching the original, so taking over the reins from Chuck Norris is a bit intimidating. This “Walker” is far different than the original. It’s a story of a flawed man trying to do his level best in a complicated world.

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware

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IMDb: Walker
San Antonio Express-News: New ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ reboot starring San Antonio’s Jared Padalecki debuts Thursday; Priscilla Aguirre
Parade: Meet the New Walker; by Walter Scott

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First Black Country Music Superstar Charley Pride Dies at 86 [Video]

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The first Black Country Western superstar, Charley Pride, passed away. He died of COVID-19 complications in Dallas, Texas, on Dec. 12, 2020.

Eighty-six-year-old Pride sang “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” with singer|songwiter Jimmie Allen for his final performance. They sang on live TV at the “Country Music Awards” (CMA) on November 11. Pride received the Willy Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

He earned numerous awards and additional accolades:

  • Grammy Award: 10 nominations between 1967 and 1980.
  • CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1971.
  • CMA Top Male Vocalist in 1971 and 1972.
  • Grammy Award: Three victories — two in 1972 and one in 1973 — Best Gospel Performance (Other Than Soul Gospel) for “Let Me Live,” Best Country Vocal Performance, Male for “Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs,” and for “Amazing Love” in the same category.
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in 1999; located at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Country Music Hall Of Fame: Winner of the Commemorative Medallion in 2000.
  • Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

Pride was born on March 18, 1938, in Sledge, Mississipi. He was one of 11 children whose father was a sharecropper. As a child, he picked cotton; when he was 14, he got his first guitar and taught himself listening to the “Grand Ole Opry.”

PrideAs a young man, he played baseball for the American Negro League for teams in Detroit, Memphis, and Birmingham. Pride’s baseball career was interrupted by the draft in 1956. Two years later, in Helena, Montana, he played ball, worked at a smelting plant, and began singing in public.

He was encouraged to move to Nashville, and in 1964 Pride signed a contract with Jack Johnson, his longtime manager. It was only a month when he signed with the label RCA.

The 3-time Grammy winner broke onto the charts within two years, his taut, wide-ranging baritone’s single “Just Between Me and You” pushed to No. 9 in the United States.

He dropped 41 studio albums, 2 live albums, 18 compilation albums, 11 music videos, and 74 singles during his career. Overall, 39 of his singles hit No. 1.

The superstar is survived by his wife, Rozene, and their three children —Dion, Kraig, and Angela.

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware

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Rolling Stone: Charley Pride, Pioneering Black Country Singer, Dead at 86; Joseph Hudak
Variety: Charley Pride, Country Music’s First Black Superstar, Dies of COVID-19 at 86; Chris Morris
IMDb: Charley Pride
NNDB: Charley Pride

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