👓 Michael Atiyah, Mathematician in Newton’s Footsteps, Dies at 89 | New York Times

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One of the 20th century’s leading mathematical theorists, he revealed a connection between math and physics not seen since the 17th century.

👓 A tribute to former President of the Royal Society Sir Michael Atiyah OM FRS (1929 – 2019) | Royal Society

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Sir Michael Atiyah OM HonFREng FRS has passed away aged 89. First elected in 1962, he was President of the Royal Society 1990-1995.

🎧 “The Daily”: The Legacy of George Bush | New York Times

Listened to "The Daily": The Legacy of George Bush by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

The 41st president took the helm during a moment of seismic change on the international stage and in the political order at home.

Where have all the good public servants gone?

👓 Professor Emeritus David Henderson dies in accident | Cornell Chronicle

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Professor Emeritus David Wilson Henderson, whose commitment to mathematics education stretched into retirement, died Dec. 20 in Delaware, at age 79.

👓 Penny Marshall dead at 75, best known as TV’s Laverne and director of ‘Big,’ ‘A League of Their Own’ | NY Daily News

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Bronx-born Penny Marshall, who found ‘70s sitcom success on “Laverne and Shirley” before stepping behind the camera for Hollywood hits like “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” died Monday night at her California home. She was 75.

Sorry to hear about her passing. Her films Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Big, and Awakenings are some of my favorite movies and had a tremendous influence on me.

👓 George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the United States, dies at 94 | The Washington Post

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George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, was a steadfast force on the international stage for decades, from his stint as an envoy to Beijing to his eight years as vice president and his one term as commander in chief from 1989 to 1993.

Highlights, Quotes, Annotations, & Marginalia

He negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, a measure that was ratified by the Senate in President Bill Clinton’s first term.  

Interesting that he dies on the same day that Trump declares victory over the death of NAFTA.
November 30, 2018 at 11:42PM

He lost to New York billionaire Donald Trump,  

Is he really a “billionaire”?! I thought the Times’ own reporting had refuted this pretty soundly?
December 01, 2018 at 12:14AM

👓 Ricky Jay, Magician and 'Boogie Nights' Actor, Dies at 72 | New York Times

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In addition to his long career as a magician, he also appeared in such films as 'Magnolia' (1999) as the narrator, 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997) as a cyber terrorist and 'Boogie Nights' (1997).

I had friends who represented Rick Jay when I was at CAA. I later had the privilege of working with him as a consultant on Heartbreakers, when he had me out to the Magic Castle several times as a guest.

I don’t think there’s anyone living or dead who had a better collection or mastery of magic and related arts than Ricky Jay did. I hope his legacy and library is well supported.

👓 William Goldman Dies; Oscar Winning Writer Of ‘Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid’ Was 87 | Deadline

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I have been informed by friends of the family that William Goldman died last night. He was 87. Goldman, who twice won screenwriting Oscars for All The President’s Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, passed away last night in his Manhattan home, surrounded by family and friends. His health had been failing for some time, and over the summer his condition deteriorated.

👓 Douglas Rain: Actor who voiced Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey dies | BBC News

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Canadian actor Douglas Rain voiced the chilling computer in the landmark sci-fi film.

👓 Stan Lee: Spider-Man, X-Men and Avengers creator dies aged 95 | the Guardian

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Almost as famous as his Marvel superheroes, Lee was known for bringing complex emotional life to cartoon characters

👓 Gil Scott-Heron, Revolutionary Poet and Musician, Dead at 62 | Rolling Stone

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Scott-Heron was best known for 1970’s ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’

I remembered reading about his passing several years back, but something this morning got some of his poetry, music, and writing stuck in the back of my head. Perhaps it was something about the revolution not being televised. In any case, what a creative soul we’ve lost…

🎧 The Daily: The Paradoxes of John McCain | New York Times

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“The Daily” looks at the senator’s complex legacy through his half-century of public life.

👓 A few words about Cindy Lobel | Recode

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She was part of the Recode family, and her tragic death last week leaves a hole in our lives.

A more personal obituary than the one in the NYT.

👓 Cindy R. Lobel, Who Studied New York’s History Through Food, Dies at 48 | New York Times

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Professor Lobel was among the first historians to explore the economic and social elements of city life in the 19th century through the lens of eating.

I’m glad the NYT caught this and gave her an obituary. I suspect it’s in part because she’s more local to NYC in addition to her husband and his outlet’s influence as well as their recent push to cover the work of women better–a year ago, even more sadly, there likely would have been no mention of her passing.

I’ll have to bookmark her book to check out. With any luck, friends and colleagues will finish the book she’s currently working on.

👓 Soon There Will Be Only One Blockbuster Left in the United States | The New York Times

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The upcoming closings of two Blockbuster video stores in Alaska will leave one store in central Oregon as the last one in the United States.