Magician, Judge, Newspaper Columnist Harry Anderson Has Died At 65

Harry Anderson

Harry Anderson, left, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, center, when DiMaio played a public defender on a short run of Night Court episodes.

Asheville, NC—Harry Anderson, former street magician turned actor, died at his home on Monday. He was 65.

Best known for his role as Judge Harry Stone on NBC’s “Night Court” from 1984 to 1992, Anderson also starred in the TV show “Dave’s World” as a fictional version of columnist Dave Barry, and appeared on “Cheers,” “Tales From the Dark Side” and “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose.”

On the big screen, Anderson appeared in such films as “The Escape Artist,” “Hexing a Hurricane,” “RECOiL” and “A Matter of Faith.” 

He is survived by his second wife and two children.

Superhero Series “OMEGA 1” Eyes Relaunch As Comic, Live-Action Series – Kickstarter Campaign Launches

Special to The Daily Quarterly

Like the recent restoration of The X-Files, Twin Peaks, Roseanne, Pizza Hut’s All-You-Can-Eat deal and Sangria magazine, popular superhero comic book series OMEGA 1 is eyeing a relaunch in print– and with it, a new-live action series!

OMEGA 1 is an action/adventure comic book series featuring female superhero “Meg Visalia” aka “Omega 1,” a genetically modified she-weapon that protects and delivers information in these new times.

Recently launched on Kickstarter, a crowdfunding campaign that will ideally result in the long-awaited fifth and sixth issues of OMEGA 1 and an overdue catch-up with the hero we need right now, Meg Visalia. If that comics crowdfunder is successful, it’ll help pave the way for a new live-action series!

WATCH THE NEW OMEGA 1 TRAILER Here!

The OMEGA 1 franchise, which was developed in 2007 by Mark Edward Lewis and Alina Andrei, was a bonafide sensation – with those early comics selling out at various conventions around the globe.

Says co-creator Lewis, “We were at a Denny’s restaurant bemoaning the state of affairs we found ourselves in back in 2006. We knew the hacking of our private and banking information was only going to get worse – and at the same time – we hated how female superheroes and role model television shows were being scoffed at and cancelled after a few episodes. The two issues didn’t really have anything to do with the other until we decided to make a series that addressed both. And so Omega 1 was born. We created a world which exists post World War III – a war of information theft and manipulation instead of bombs and bullets. In this world, women have to fight like men to live and work, and femininity is something which has been lost. Our lead characters discover both the secrets of the hackers and of how to be powerfully female in a world that demands male results. We’re very proud of how this story brings awareness of the hacker situation which is now, here in 2018, far worse than we ever imagined back in 2006, and how the time for female empowerment in media has finally arrived. The time for Omega 1 is now.”

OMEGA 1 brings together the talents of Hollywood veteran Mark Edward Lewis, with DC, Boom, and Dark Horse artist Emmanuel Xerx Javier, and dynamite Hollywood actress Alina Andrei. Together, they span franchises like “Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.,” “Star Trek: New Voyages,” “Knight Rider,” “The Orville,” “Fear the Walking Dead” and comics such as “Doppleganger,” “Executive Outcomes,” “The Rest of Heaven was Blue” and “Nightbreed.”

Synopsis : 2023 saw the advent of World War III, but it was a war of information: the Hacker War. Now, the only way to securely transmit data is hand-delivery via highly skilled couriers. Working for the premiere courier company is OMEGA 1, a genetically enhanced she-weapon who is deadly with a sword, fist fights with firearms and can draw metal to herself. She searches for her lost identity while trying to keep herself and her clients’ data in tact. Along with her extraordinarily gifted friends in the company, she must piece together her past to uncover a conspiracy for global control and Aryan genocide. But when she discovers the people responsible for the Hacker War are family, Omega quickly finds herself in ongoing dilemma that juxtaposes her incredible ability to kill and destroy against her heart for love and care.

For more about OMEGA 1, go to their website. And be sure to check out the OMEGA 1 Facebook page and follow the comic on Twitter.

R. Lee Ermey Has Died, You Useless Maggots!

Santa Monica, CA—Actor, green toy soldier and former Marine R. Lee Ermey has died from complications from pneumonia. He was 74.

Ermey served in the US Marines from 1961 until he was medically discharged in 1972. He was stationed in Vietnam from 1968-1969.

R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey, first row second from right, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, fist row far right, in Marine Corps basic training in San Diego, CA in 1966. The two were close friends. DiMaio would call Ermey “Sergeant” and Ermey would call DiMaio “maggot.” Ermey called everyone “maggot” but DiMaio could tell the way he said it toward him was special.

He got his big break on the big screen as the drill instructor in Stanley Kubrik’s “Full Metal Jacket,” which led to other similar film roles in “The Frighteners,” “Purple Hearts,” “RECOiL” and “Mississippi Burning.”

On television, Ermey appeared in such shows as “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “History Channel’s Lock’N’Load with R. Lee Ermey,” “Scrubs” and “Family Guy.”

He is survived by his wife, Nila, and their four children. 

“We Literally Take Care Of People From Head To Toe:” A TDQ Q&A With Dr. Todd Gravori

Dr. Todd Gavori

Dr. Gravori is a board-certified spine and neurological surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine procedures and pain management at ProMedSPINE.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with Dr. Todd Gravori, a spinal surgeon in Los Angeles. Dr. Gravori spoke to us about why he got into medicine, his work with celebrities and the cutting edge technology his practice has developed. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Dr. Todd Gravori:  
 
The Daily Quarterly: In a few short words, what made you want to go into the medical profession?
 
Todd Gravori: I was fascinated with anatomy and how all the organs of the body work together since I was 5 years old. 
 
TDQ: What made you choose to focus on spinal medicine?
 
TG: Spinal problems are very common and severely disabling for people who suffer from them. Treatment of spinal issues, when done for the right reasons and the right way are extremely effective. It is extremely rewarding to return someone’s quality of life to normal in a course of a morning and watch them walk home and pick up their lives where they left them off (before pain).
 
Dr. Todd Gavori

Dr. Todd Gavori in the operating room ready to laser some spines.

TDQ: Are there other doctors or medical professionals in your family?
 
TG: Peyman (my brother who also works at ProMedSPINE) and I are the only doctors in all of our extended family and our generation.
 
TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?
 
TG: Focus on the task at hand until it is COMPLETE.
 
TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?
 
TG: Do what everyone else does and don’t ask questions.
 
TDQ: Who are your influences?
 
TG: I try to observe every single person that I come in contact with and learn from their experience, wisdom, point of view, etc. The most influential people for me are the ones that think outside of the box and identify and solve problems that others simply accept as status quo. 
 
Doctors Peyman and Todd Gavori of ProMedSPINE

Dr. Peyman Gavori, left, and Dr. Todd Gavori, right, and a few of their close personal friends Elton John, Zack Teperman, and Andie MacDowell.

TDQ: Tell us about your practice and areas of specialty at ProMedSPINE
 
TG: At ProMedSPINE we literally take care of people from head to toe. We perform brain surgery, spine surgery, pain management that affects all parts of the body. Of course we focus on the disease of the spine in the office as they are the most disabling for otherwise healthy individuals and affect many lives.
 
TDQ: How did you find yourselves starting to work with so many athletes and Hollywood stars at ProMedSPINE?
 
TG: When you provide the best VIP medical care in the most compassionate way, you find yourselves in the center of the community.  We are blessed and privileged that athletes and many community VIPs trust their most valuable possession (their health) with us. We take that seriously. We take our work and well-being of our patients extremely seriously.
 
TDQ: How have treatments and pain management changed and improved since you first started your practice?
 
TG: We have utilized cutting edge technology and techniques, many of which we have pioneered to advance our methods of treatment. Our scars have become extremely small (in most cases smaller than a dime), our needles are very focused and precise  and our patients leave 1-2 hours after 95% of the procedures we do…..they walk home and get back to work very quickly. The advancements we have made are astonishing.  
 
TDQ: Where do you see ProMedSPINE in the next five years?
 
TG: We intend to reach as many people as we can and touch as many lives as we possibly can and create a positive influence in our world extending from US to Asia  and Africa, which are in progress as we speak.
 
Learn more about Dr. Gravori and ProMedSPINE at their website, and follow the practice on Twitter

“The Big Bang Theory” Star, Actor Stephen Hawking Dies At 76

Stephen Hawking

Actor Stephen Hawking, left center, was a classmate of RECOiL writer/director/actor at Cambridge School for the Arts and was best man at his wedding.

Cambridge, UK—Stephen Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, the actor who appeared in a motorized wheelchair and was known for his computerized speaking voice thanks to a speech-generating device, died Wednesday. He was 76.

Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 1963, Hawking was originally given just two years to live by doctors.

But Hawking proved all those stuff-shirt, uppity British doctors wrong and went on to appear in dozens of TV shows both in America and in England, including “Futurama,” “The Simpsons,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and on the big screen in “Hawking” and “RECOiL.”

He is survived by three children.