2013 Memories

The New Year is hours away. New Year’s is a time to look forward, to plan and set those resolutions that you may or may not keep. New Year’s Eve is a good time to reflect.

For me, 2013 was a year of small transitions. I moved my blog into its own domain space, and shut down my old LegalSync programming web site. I finished a rewrite of my novel, and submitted it to two publishers. I received two rejection notices. More rewrites and submissions lay ahead.

The year was, for the most part, a year. I was not a big year, but I can say it wasn’t a bad one, and that is a good thing.

We all said farewell to someone. Perhaps someone close, or perhaps someone that we never knew but felt their influence nonetheless. For me I can fortunately say that no close personals were lost, but there were some public figures who left this coil that touched me.

These are the public lives that have affected me in one way or another. This is not a definitive list, by any stretch of the imagination. The only order here is chronological. Some, I admit, have had more affect on me than others, but I do not wish to play favorites right now. Now I wish only to take a moment to remember some meaningful, memorable, or lighthearted lives.

Jan. 14Conrad BainConrad Bain
Mr. Drummond / “Different Strokes”
Jan. 16Abigail Van BurenAbigail Van Buren
Dear Abby
Mar. 1Bonnie FranklinBonnie Franklin
“One Day at a Time”
Apr. 4Roger EbertRoger Ebert
Movie Critic
Apr. 8Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher
England’s Prime Minister
Apr. 12Jonathan WintersJonathan Winters
Comedian / Actor (personal favorite)
Apr. 13Annette FunicelloAnnette Funicello
Actress / Mouseketeer
Apr. 19Allan ArbusAllan Arbus
Actor / “M.A.S.H.” psychiatrist
May 13Joyce BrothersDr. Joyce Brothers
Doctor / Columnist
May 31Jean StapletonJean Stapleton
Actress / “All in the Family”
Apr. 2Milo O'SheaMilo O’Shea
Actor / “The Golden Girls” “The West Wing”
Apr. 22Richard HavensRichard Havens
guitarist / songwriter
Apr. 26George JonesGeorge Jones
Country Songwriter
Jun. 6Esther WilliamsEsther Williams
Actress / “Ziegfeld Follies”
Jun. 9Van CliburnVan Cliburn
Jun. 19James GandolfiniJames Gandolfini
Actor / “The Sopranos”
Jun. 23Richard MathesonRichard Matheson
Author / Screenwriter / “I am Legend” “Twilight Zone”
Jun. 26Murio Alan MyersMurio Alan Myers
DEVO’s Drummer
Jul. 1Jim KellyJim Kelly
Actor / Martial Artist
Jul. 20Helen ThomasHelen Thomas
White House Press Corp
Jul. 22Dennis FarinaDennis Farina
Actor / “Get Shorty” “Law and Order”
Aug. 24Julie HarrisJulie Harris
Actress / “East of Eden” “Harper”
Aug. 31David FrostDavid Frost
News Broadcaster
Sep. 12
Ray Dolby
inventor of DOLBY
Sep. 18Ken NortonKen Norton
Oct. 1
Tom Clancy
Author / “Hunt for Red October”
Oct. 27Lou ReedLou Reed
Musician / Songwriter
Dec. 5Nelson MandelaNelson Mandel
Dec. 14Peter O'ToolePeter O’Toole
Actor / “Lawrence of Arabia”
Dec. 15Joan FontaineJoan Fontaine
Actress / “Rebecca” “Suspicion”

About Sifu Keith Mosher

My new book, "Astro Boy, Sensei, and Me" is available now, as is my Sci-Fi joy ride, "On a Sphere's Edge". I have a Bachelor of Media Arts degree from USC. I have been an Audio Producer / Engineer, a Law Office Manager, and I am currently an Author and a Martial Arts Instructor.
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