Are you wearing your clothes backwards today? You should, to honor the memory of Chris ‘Mac Daddy’ Kelly of ‘Kriss Kross,’ who passed away Wednesday evening. Watch him jump jump to his group’s iconic hit.
“I don’t miss the travel. I miss the laughter. I do miss the actual hour. I don’t want to sound like I’m on dope, but that hour is a high; it’s as good as you can feel. A wonderful, wonderful happiness, and great power.”
— PHYLLIS DILLER, in 2005, asked if she missed performing comedy; she starred in her final show in 2002, after suffering a heart attack three years earlier.
(Quote via the New York Times; photo of Diller performing during a 1967 USO show in Vietnam by the AP via the Times)
Watch Diller perform on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ in 1969.
This is great. RIP Andy.
Frontpage: Wednesday, June 6th
- Walker Wins Recall in WI: As numbers continue to be tallied, Gov. Scott Walker has been declared the projected winner in the Wisconsin recall election Tuesday night, beating out Democratic challenger Tom Barrett, whom he had defeated in the 2010 race.
- Greece: We’re Almost Broke: Greek officials said on Wednesday that despite the most recent bailout, they could run out of money as soon as July—shortly after the country’s pivotal elections.
- NATO Strike Kills Afghan Civilians: A local Afghan official said Wednesday that 17 civilians were killed in a NATO airstrike, although NATO officials said there were only two light injuries to civilians. The airstrike also reportedly killed six Taliban fighters.
- Clinton Backs Bush Tax-Cut Expansion: As if Democrats didn’t have a bad enough night, Bill Clinton gave the party some more headaches. The former president said on Tuesday he supports the extension of his successor’s tax cuts—a major break from President Obama’s position.
- Egyptian Protestors Return: Egyptian protesters returned to Tahrir Square on Tuesday night to protest the presidential candidacy of Ahmed Shafiq, former president Hosni Mubarak’s appointed prime minister during last year’s military crackdown.
Photo via shortformblog:
R.I.P. Ray Bradbury: The “Fahrenheit 451” author, who wrote numerous other literary classics in his day, died Wednesday at 91. ”If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him, and I look forward to hearing everyone’s memories about him,” Danny Karapetian, Bradbury’s son, said to io9. Sad news.
Donna Summer, 1948-2012
Easing her full-throttle delivery down to a shivery whisper, she moaned over and over into the microphone, “Ooooh, aaah, love to love you, bay-bee…” Summer would later boast of simulating 22 orgasms, but whatever she did, it worked…
Newsweek April 2, 1979
RIP Etta James: The legendary singer’s death was just announced — she died of complications from leukemia, and also suffered from dementia and hepatitis C. “Etta James is unmanageable,” claimed manager Lupe DeLeon (a big fan), “and I’m the closest thing she’s ever had to a manager.” Here’s her best-known song, “At Last.” She was 73.
Without a doubt, this is our favorite freewheeling photograph of the late, great Christopher Hitchens, whose passing we can barely comprehend. So we turn to the words of Graydon Carter, who writes of this image in his touching memoriam:
“I once sent him out on a mission to break the most niggling laws still on the books in New York City. One such decree forbade riding a bicycle with your feet off the pedals. The photograph that ran with the column, of Christopher sailing a small bike through Central Park with his legs in the air, looked like something out of the Moscow Circus.”
Photograph by Christian Witkin.