Former Basketball Competitor Robert “Showboat” Hall Dies At

Robert Hall

Robert Hall, right, in a publicity photo with short term team mate and The Daily Quarterly editor Brian DiMaio, left. DiMaio parted ways with the team when it was determined that he was unable to keep the minimum of three basketballs in continuous motion for the minimum amount of time.

Detroit—Robert “Showboat” Hall, who played for a mind-blowing 25 seasons with the Harlem Globetrotters professional basketball squad, died on Christmas Eve. His age has not been released publicly, so we’ll just act like CNN and guess that he was 90 or so.

Hall joined the Globetrotters in 1949, and became player-coach in 1968. According to the team (and we double-checked this, since it seems unbelievable), he played more than 5000 games in nearly 90 countries around the world. He retired from the team in 1974.

Alas, even though one of the Scooby-Doo episodes that the Globetrotters appeared in was titled, “The Haunted Showboat,” it doesn’t appear that Showboat Hall himself was in that episode. And he had already retired when the Globetrotters made their way to Gilligan’s Island in 1981.

Services are pending. Scooby-Doo has not yet commented on Hall’s death. Continue reading

Zoinks! Casey Kasem Has Died At 82

Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem, right, first met RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, left in the early 1960’s who was helping him develop new radio programming formats. Together they developed the “Top 50” concept but the program was 30 to 45 minutes longer than most attention spans.

Gig Harbor, WA—Legendary DJ, voice of Shaggy from “Scooby-Doo” and original host of “American Top 40”  Casey Kasem has died. He was 82.

Kasem got his start in radio when he was drafted in the Army in 1952, where he DJ’d for Armed Forces Radio. After he got out of the army, he worked in in Flint, Michigan in the late 1950s before launching “American Top 40” in California in 1970.

Besides originating the role of Shaggy and playing the part in various incarnations for nearly 40 years, he also did voiceover work in “Dynomutt, Dog Wonder,” “Super Friends” and “Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space.”

He appeared on the big screen is such films as “The Glory Stompers,” “Wild Wheels,” “RECOiL” and “The Cycle Savages.”

He is survived by his second wife, Jean, and four children, Mike, Julie, Kerri and Liberty and four grandchildren.

Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars. Continue reading

Phyllis Diller Dies At 95

Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller, left, on the set of RECOiL with writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right. Diller played the role of Mrs. Burrows: Mother of Detective Robert Burrows.

Los Angeles—Legendary actress and comedienne Phyllis Diller died Monday at her home. She was 95.

Diller made her debut as a comic in March 1955 at The Purple Onion in San Francisco. But her career really took off when Bob Hope had her appear in his TV specials, of which she ended up doing 23 over the years.

Besides the Hope specials, Diller appeared on television in “The New Scooby-Doo Movies,” “The Muppet Show,” “Love American Style” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

On the big screen, she appeared in films such as “Splendor in the Grass,” “A Bug’s Life,” “RECOiL” and “The Sunshine Boys.”

She is survived by three of her six children, Perry, Suzanne and Sally. Her son Peter died in 1998 from cancer at the age of 58, her daughter Stephanie died in 2002 from a stroke at 54 and another son lived for two weeks in an incubator after he was born. She was married and divorced twice, and was not married at the time of her death. Continue reading