Lis Hartel, 87, an equestrian who won two Olympic silver medals for Denmark in the 1950s despite being paralyzed below the knees because of polio, died Thursday, February 12, 2009 of undisclosed causes, the Danish Equestrian Federation said in Copenhagen. She had suffered a stroke in the 1980s.
Hartel was 23 and pregnant with her second child when she contracted polio during an outbreak in Denmark in the 1930s. She gradually regained the use of most of her muscles, although she remained paralyzed below the knees. Her arms and hands also were affected. She defied medical advice and continued to ride but needed help to get on and off the horses.
The cause was complications of Type 2 diabetes, the team said in a statement announcing his death.
Miller had a heart attack in June 2008, then spent nearly two months in the hospital for complications of diabetes. He was in a wheelchair after his release from the hospital and had his legs amputated six inches below the knee in January.
A tireless worker with a knack for the most minute details, Miller started his career in an auto parts shop, then built a car dealership empire that made him one of Utah’s most recognized and influential people.
“Every citizen in our state feels a little empty today,” Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah said in a statement. “Larry was Utah and Utah was Larry. He inspired many and served countless. We all have been made better by his extraordinary life.”
Miller expanded his realm in 1985 when he bought a 50 percent share of the Jazz as the team appeared on the verge of moving to Miami. Miller bought the rest of the team a year later, declining an offer that would have sent the team to Minnesota.
angeldeb82 wrote:British actress Wendy Richard, star of Are You Being Served?, passed away today.
My girlfriend loved her acting, whether it was comedy (AYBS?) or drama (EastEnders). Big fan, she even has her biography book.
For now, lets just say he is a legend in the entertaiment world.....
I am a hybrid of Butters, Tweek, and Clyde.
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AngusMcTavish wrote:Paul Harvey
I don't remember a time when I would be listening to the radio and Paul Harvey wouldn't come on at some point, either "And now it's time for the NEWS! Page 1" or "And now you know - the rest of the story . . . ."
I can't imagine a world without Paul Harvey. In his own words:
"This is Paul Harvey, Good Day!"
Rest In Peace, my friend from the radio. The whole country misses you.
EDIT: NEW OBITUARY:
Jay Meyer, the last Grim Grinning Ghost/Singing Bust from the Disneyland
Haunted Mansion cemetery, passed away back on January 18, 2009. Jay is
forever immortalized in every Disney park around the world as one of five
singing busts in the Haunted Mansion attraction. His solo in the song “Grim
Grinning Ghosts” is “Starts to shriek!” The quintet who sang the tune by
Buddy Baker & X Atencio were Thurl Ravenscroft, Bob Ebright, Verne Rowe,
Jay Meyer, and Chuck Schroeder; known as The Mellow Men, they recorded
it on February 14, 1969. Jay also appeared on the TV shows of Ed Sullivan,
Danny Kaye, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby. He sang in the chorus of many
films, including “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “The
Sound of Music,” and “Mary Poppins” (The “Step In Time” number). Jay
started as a 3 week replacement with the Golden Horseshoe in 1972 and
stayed on for 14 years! In 2007, during the filming of a special on Fulton
Burley (with other Disney legends Katherine Beaumont, Wally Boag, Dana
Daniels, and The Sherman Brothers), Jay was led up to the podium to sing
“Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral” (which he always performed at The Horseshoe) and
brought the house down; it was the last time he would ever sing in public.
And yes, it's very sad indeed.
Alan Landers, Winston Cigarettes man, on February 27
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