One Of The All-Time Great Canadian People, Alan Thicke, Passes Away

Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke, right, in a scene with Andrew Koenig, left, and future RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, center. Koenig played Seaver family friend Richard “Boner” Stabone. DiMaio was in one episode playing Stabone family friend Eric Shunn. The writers had more elaborate plans for the character Eric Shunn if not for DiMaio’s insisting that his character should look and talk directly to the camera. “Like that Ferris Bueller,” to use DiMaio’s own words.

Burbank, CA—Alan Thicke, patriarch of the Seaver family on ABC’s classic 80s sitcom “Growing Pains” and inarguably one of the greats on the Canadian Mount (Mountie?) Rushmore, died last Tuesday. He was 69. And he died in the most Canadian way possible, suffering a heart attack while playing hockey.

Thicke was best known as Jason Seaver, father to Mike, Carol, Ben and Chrissie, and husband to Maggie on “Growing Pains” from 1985 until 1992. But he also wrote a good number of TV theme songs, including the openings to “Diff’rent Strokes,” “The Facts of Life” and the original theme song to “Wheel of Fortune.”

On the silver screen, Thicke appeared in such films as “Calendar Girl Murders,” “It’s Not My Fault and I Don’t Care Anyway,” “RECOiL” and “And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird.” 

He is survived by his third wife, Tonia Callau, as well as his three sons, Carter, Brennan and singer Robin.


Really, Wikileaks? Howard Hughes? Really??

Howard Hughes Age Progression

FBI Forensics experts have released the following computer generated age progression photo of how Hughes might appear in 2011.

Wikileaks has released e-mails it has recently obtained between the New York Times and a very unlikely source: Howard Hughes. Wikileaks hasn’t reported where it got the e-mails between the Times and the dead former aviator/film producer/obsessive-compulsive recluse billionaire. The first e-mail of the three from Hughes is the longest, according to Wikileaks, and begins with asking about a book that was supposed to come out in the early 1970s by Clifford Irving about Hughes.

“It occurs to me as I’m sitting here with my boy Andy Kaufman over here that there was supposed to be a biography come out about 40 years or so ago,” part of the first e-mail read. “Clifford Erving (sic) was working on it. What the hell happened with that?”

The further e-mails purportedly from Hughes, who would be 105 years old today, do not answer the questions the Times asks about why Hughes would have wanted to fake his death in 1976, and what he’s been doing since then. Nor does “Hughes” answer the questions by the Times about the first e-mail’s reference to comedian Andy Kaufman, who died in 1984.
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