Awful New York Times Obit for Rocket Scientist Rhapsodizes About Her…

Yvonne Brill, a rocket scientist who in the 70s invented a propulsion system to help keep satellites from straying out of their orbits like distracted puppies, died on Wednesday at the age of 88. Brill's system became the industry standard for satellites, and her contribution to the rocket science racket proved so… » 3/31/13 1:00pm 3/31/13 1:00pm

Broadway Star and Oscar-Winner Celeste Holm Dies at 95

Celeste Holm, best known for her role in the original 1943 production of Roger and Hammertein's Oklahoma!, as well as an Oscar-winning turn in Gentleman's Agreement, died on Sunday from a heart attack brought on by severe dehydration at the age of 95. Holm's acting career spanned more than 70 years, and though she… » 7/15/12 6:00pm 7/15/12 6:00pm

Obituaries Are the Best Place for Score-Settling

After 94 years of life, Josie Anello was probably looking forward to ascending to Heaven and spending eternity far away from her bickering children. So she must have been quite disappointed to pass the Pearly Gates and pick up the newspaper (yes, they have newspapers in Heaven) and find this gem of an obituary, which… » 2/21/12 10:20am 2/21/12 10:20am

Details of Whitney's Death Emerge: Xanax and Alcohol May Be to Blame

If you don't already know, let me be the first to apologize for ruining what should have been a placid Sunday of Grammy-snarking — Whitney Houston, the diva that even Bret Easton Ellis's misogynistic, socially-numb serial killer held in high esteem, died last night at the heart-breaking age of 48. Houston's… » 2/12/12 11:00am 2/12/12 11:00am

Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno Dies at 85

Joe Paterno, former football coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, died this morning shortly after 10 am ET in State College, PA after experiencing serious complications from his lung cancer treatment. Paterno's 46-season, two national championship legacy was tarnished in November with allegations that assistant… » 1/22/12 10:51am 1/22/12 10:51am

Estelle Getty, More Than Just A Comedic Curmudgeon

We're assuming that you've heard the sad news that Estelle Getty — best known for her portrayal of sassy Sicilian octogenarian Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls — passed away. Looking through the various obits that have since trickled out, we've learned more about Getty beyond the white wig and wicker purse, namely,… » 7/23/08 12:30pm 7/23/08 12:30pm