Ave atque vale
Here's my take on some of those who left us these last twelve months - from furniture salesmen to superhero godfathers to make-believe presidents, first ladies to Bond girls to Pigeon sisters...
William Goldman, storyteller" and teller of stories about telling stories...
Bernard Landry, the separatist who couldn't separate
The man who gave us the all-time greatest Carry On gag and the plot of a worldwide phenomenon
Confessions of a window cleaner - and a double-O secret agent...
Novel, memoir, and source material
Mark pays tribute to a great interviewer and a radio legend
Steyn salutes some of those who left us these last twelve months
Mark remembers Christine Keeler and the Profumo affair
Mark remembers actor and playwright Sam Shepard
Steyn on the spawn of Ibn Saud, both in the nursery and geopolitically
Mark remembers Chris de Freitas, a man of science and a man of principle
Steyn remembers the late Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News
Bill Leak, the great cartoonist of The Australian, died of a heart attack in the early hours of Friday morning. He was 61. Like Andrew Bolt, I feel not only terrible sadness at his premature death, but also anger and resentment. Bill Leak was not gunned down at his office, like the writers and artists of Charlie Hebdo, nor did a murderous Somali axman break into his home, as happened to Kurt Westergaard, one of the Danish Mohammed cartoonists, nor did he have his last public appearance shot up by a killer jihadist, as did the Swedish artist Lars Vilks. But, as much as any of those, Bill was a target of what he called (at right) "the Cartoonists Hit List" and the wider war on free expression that has rampaged across the west this last ...
Mark remembers the late Debbie Reynolds, on-screen and off-
Mark remembers George Michael's rhymes and reason
Mark remembers the writer AA Gill.
Fidel Castro's presidential term lasted, gosh, an awfully long time, as The New York Times reminded us:
That's one way of putting it...
Mark and Tim Rice on the late Bobby Vee
The price of being a moderate Muslim
I was very saddened to hear of the death of Professor Robert M Carter, one of my co-authors on Climate Change: The Facts. Bob had a heart attack at his home in Queensland and never recovered consciousness. He was an indispensable voice in the battle for climate sanity...
Ol' Dale pulls it out for Slick Willie
E L Doctorow at the dawn of the American century
Remembering Theodore Bikel, who introduced the last song Rodgers & Hammerstein ever wrote
Mark remembers Wayne Carson, who gave us "Always On My Mind" and "The Letter"
Hard to imagine at the start of yet another dreary summer of superheroes at the multiplex, but once upon a time "The Avengers" didn't mean lurid musclebound rubber-nippled ├ťbermenschen battling malevolent Norse gods across a hole in the time-space continuum over the streets of Manhattan, but an urbane middle-aged toff and a catsuited Carnaby Street dolly bird bantering their way across Swingin' London. That other "Avengers" was a big hit in the US. It was, indeed, the last British telly show to play in primetime on one of the Big Three American networks (ABC). Thereafter, the upscale Brit hits were confined to PBS, and the lowbrow stuff was snapped up by Yank producers for local adaptation - see everything from "Three's Company" and ...
Mark remembers Stan Cornyn, master of the lost art of liner notes
Mark remembers the great Kit "HR" Carson
Eddie Greenspan, QC died in his sleep last week at his winter pad in Arizona. He was only 70, although he seemed older to me. Canada's most celebrated criminal lawyer, he had made his name very young, and kept it until the end. I didn't know him well, and, indeed, on the last occasion I saw him (or, to be more precise, he saw me), in the lobby of the King Edward Hotel in Toronto, he cut me dead. (I was talking with someone, and didn't actually notice, but so it was reported to me afterwards.) The point of our dispute was the trial in 2007 of my old boss and Greenspan's sometime client Conrad Black, who was charged by the United States Government with ...well, no one could really explain exactly what he was supposedly guilty of, but he ...
The longest-serving mayor in Boston's history was no friend of free speech
One of the odder episodes recounted in my new book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is my dinner at Buckingham Palace on the eve of the referendum on the Australian monarchy. A man whose political fortunes helped shape the republican movement died today at the age of 98. Gough Whitlam was a controversial Aussie Prime Minister who was even more controversially transformed into an ex-Prime Minister...
The improbably coiffed James Traficant, former congressman and jailbird, died at the weekend. He rated a mention from me in the course of my disquisition on "Beam me up, Scotty!" in Mark Steyn's Passing Parade...
James Garner was one of those actors who was watchable in almost anything, even commercials. He had great sexual chemistry, which is why his leading ladies loved working with him...
Mark remembers Broadway's archetypal tough old broad, and a characteristic encounter...
Mark remembers Gerry Goffin and the pop hits of New York's Brill Building
Mickey Rooney died last Sunday at the age of 93, and I didn't want the SteynOnline week to end without a word about him. Aside from anything else, and as ridiculous as it sounds, we share a musical director...
Australia honours its 100th Victoria Cross recipient
Cockatoo-plumed colonial memories from the South Pacific
Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs - and his nemesis...
Birther of Arabia?
Mark remembers Jennifer Lynch, Chief Commissar during his battles with the Dominion's thought police
Remembering a legendary Chicago morning man
Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013
Ezra Levant remembers an all too rare Canadian free-speech lawyer
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Mark presents Part Two of his salute to Hal David, lyricist of "This Guy's In Love With You", "I'll Never Fall In Love Again", "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" and many more, who died on Saturday at the age of 91
You can read Part One here
A SteynOnline audio special to mark the 60th birthday of The Pajama Game
Remembering a great critic, editor, and the man who gave Mark his first regular job in American media
From our friend John O'Sullivan: Sometime in the early 1970s, Frank Johnson, later editor of the British Spectator but then a young parliamentary correspondent, came into my room at the Daily Telegraph and began waxing enthusiastic about a newcomer to Fleet Street, one Christopher Hitchens, with whom he had dined the previous night...
Tony's death is a particular shock to those of us who enjoyed his company on the NR cruise just a few weeks ago. He was his usual convivial self, and fully engaged in the 2012 campaign season.
Kim Jong-Il, 1942-2011
Bert Schneider, 1933-2011: 'Nam, coke, and the Golden Age of Oscars
Roger Williams, 1924-2011
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