Three for the Reaper

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 20, 2008

There is a blog called Dougsploitation, whose slogan is “Putting the Pop back in Pop Culture”. He recently became (in)famous as the person who introduced Sonseed, and their Poly-retro hit ” Jesus is a Friend of Mine”. If you haven’t seen it yet…Google was invented for emergencies like that.
Doug announced two celebrity deaths last week. I was going to comment, but I decided to wait until the third one happened. Until yesterday, when Mr. Blackwell went to that fitting room in the sky.

Born Richard Sylvan Seltzer, Mr. Blackwell made a name for himself as a designer. According to wikipedia,
“He was an important designer and during the 1960s he became the first in history to present his line on a television broadcast; and the first to make his line available for plus-size women.” Later, he published an annual list of “The ten worst dressed Women”, and became a household name. He wrote two books, Mr. Blackwell: 30 Years of Fashion Fiascos and From Rags to Bitches.
The second of the recently deceased was not as famous as the other two, but made his mark on our culture. Neal Hefti ( that was his birth name) was primarily an arranger for jazz big bands. He did a lot of work with Count Basie. He wrote something that few who grew up in the sixties have forgotten…the theme to “Batman”. He also did the score for “The Odd Couple”, which was recycled for the TV show.

Edith Elizabeth Enke got her break in 1950, when she won a beauty pageant, and got a spot on the Milton Berle show. She was on many TV shows after that, and married Ernie Kovacs. Mr. Kovacs was a cigar smoker, and his wife, now known as Edie Adams, did a series of commercials for Muriel Cigars. One featured the closing line, “Why don’t you pick one up and, smoke it sometime”.
Ernie Kovacs died in an Auto Accident in 1962. In a tragic coincidence, his daughter with Edie Adams, Mia Kovacs, died in an auto accident in 1982. Edie Adams made numerous appearances in TV and films, and was a cast member of As the World Turns. Edie Adams passed away on October 15, from Cancer and pneumonia.

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