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2012 was a difficult year, we lost Ann in March, and many of my childhood heroes and memories passed on.

Here are just a few.

January 20 – Etta James, jazz singer who brought us “At Last”.

Etta

In February, we lost Whitney Houston…

Whitney

Ben Gazzara

Gazzara

…and Monkee Davey Jones.

Monkee

Ann died on March 4th, and Earl Scruggs went to serenade her 24 days later.  She was always a little country.

April took Mike Wallace,

Mike

Dick Clark,

dick

Watergater Chuck Colson,

chuck

and rocker turned actor, Levon Helm.

Levon

May – Fashion lost Vidal Sassoon,

Vidal

automotive design, Carroll Shelby,

Carroll

and Disco Icons Robin Gibb and

Robin

Donna Summer had their last dance.

Donna Summer 3

Writers Ray Bradbury

Bradbury

and Nora Ephron died in June,

nora

as did Rodney King.

rodney

Maybe they can all get along.

Americana lost Andy Griffith in July.

Andy and Opie

Sally Ride

Sally Ride

and Gore Vidal died as well.

Gore

August -Marvin Hamlisch,

Marvin

William Windom,

William Windom

Tony Scott,

Tony SCott

ground-breaker, Phyllis Diller.

Diller

September Hal David,

Bert and Hal

Michael Clarke Duncan,

Duncan

Andy Williams.

Andy Williams

October: The Political world lost Arlen Specter

specter

and George McGovern.

McGovern

November Jack Kellis, a part of my Germantown childhood died…

Jack

…and Larry Hagman went to the big ranch in the sky.

JR

 

And of course, we’ll all miss this guy!

RIP

December took Dave Brubeck,

Dave

Ravi Shankar, who deserves more blame for ruining the Beatles than Yoko does,

Ravi

and Senator and War Hero Daniel Inouye.

Daniel Inouye

And just this past week, Charles Hacker, the long time Germantown pharmacist passed.

Charlie Hacker

Jack Klugman died on Christmas Eve.

Klugman

Charles Durning died Christmas Day!

Durning

 

Stormin’ Norman, General Norman Schwarzkopf of Desert Storm fame mustered out on 12/27/12

Stormin' Norman

20 children and seven adults were gunned down by a madman in Newtown, Connecticut.

The Victims

Yes, we lost a lot.

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