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RIP Albert Finney

English actor Albert Finney has died at the towering age of 82.

Albert Finney was an accomplished actor who was nominated for an Oscar five times during his long career. He was in ‘Scrooge,’ ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ from 1974, ‘Skyfall’ and, my personal favorite, the imaginative ‘Big Fish.’

At this point, we are all thinking the same thing. So instead of delaying the inevitable, here is that scene from ‘Big Fish’ that everyone who was a fan of Albert Finney is thinking of right now.

It’s the magic of life celebrated the way we see it.

RIP Albert Finney. 

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RIP Sigi Schmid

Sigi Schmid, an accomplished collegiate and professional soccer coach in America, died yesterday in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center at the age of 65. He had been hospitalized for three weeks. The reason for his hospitalization was that he was in need of a heart transplant.

For soccer players who were guided by his wisdom of the beautiful game, as well as countless fans, this is devastating news. Sigi Schmid was a dominating force in MLS specifically and American soccer broadly. His coaching resume includes UCLA, a couple runs with the United States U20s, the LA Galaxy, the Seattle Sounders and the Columbus Crew.

As a lifelong Crew fan, Sigi Schmid unforgettably led the original Black & Gold in MLS to the club’s first-ever MLS championship in 2008. In addition to watching that title team play in Columbus throughout 2008, I was lucky enough to watch the Crew defeat the New York Red Bulls 3-1 in Los Angeles with my parents.

That game and celebration were massive.

As is the legacy of Sigi Schmid for the sport of soccer in America. His roster for the 2008 Crew was full of players that weren’t household names in the U.S. yet they became just that when Mr. Schmid was done with them. Moreover, according to ESPN, he holds the honor of “the winningest coach in MLS history.”

Another part of his legacy was wearing a Crew scarf, regardless of the temperature. This tradition revealed his sincere embrace and lifelong membership in the Columbus Crew community.

Image result for sigi schmid crew scarf RIP Sigi Schmid. 

RIP President George H.W. Bush

“I love you, too.”

Those were the last words of former president George H.W. Bush (called ’41’), who died this past Friday night in Houston, Texas at the towering age of 94. In that final moment, he was responding to his son, former president George W. Bush.

Signing up to serve during World War II on his 18th birthday proved to be his story’s beginning. It’s astonishing, as well as a bit overwhelming, to recap Mr. Bush’s life of public service that led him through World War II to the halls of Congress to the secrecy of the CIA to the vice presidency and, ultimately, to the presidency. And we can’t forget that he was the father to a governor of a major state and a president (’43’), adding his duties and influence as Bush family patriarch that extended beyond his immediate family into our national political family for many years.

The man referred to as 41 was honored today in the U.S. Capitol rotunda as he will lie in state for 41 hours before a funeral service on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Mr. Bush’s final resting place will be in Texas.

For your resolute service to our country–which fittingly led you to preside behind the Resolute Desk–Americans love you, too, Mr. President.

RIP George H.W. Bush. 

P.S. On a lighter yet still appropriate note, my socks this week will be red, white and blue. 

RIP Stan Lee

Stan Lee died yesterday at the towering age of 95.

Before he became the most famous cameo in Marvel’s superhero films–as well as the ‘Big Bang Theory’–Stan Lee was regarded inside the comic book universe as the endless creator of spectacular superheroes and a builder of, well, universes for said superheroes. And like many pop culture icons, Mr. Lee had a surreal impact on countless people’s childhoods.

Along with the adulthoods that grew from those imaginative childhoods.

His blockbuster credits (full and partial) include Spider-Man, the X-Men (Wolverine, Magneto, Professor X, Cyclops, Mystique, Rogue, to name a few), the Avengers (the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Loki, to name a few), and Fantastic Four (Dr. Doom, Thing, Susan Storm, Mister Fantastic, Human Torch).

Interestingly, Mr. Lee had a naming quirk regarding his superheroes. Raj pointed this out extensively in an episode of ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

Raj has a point.

More to the point is a simple truth that Stan Lee positively changed lives with his art and boundless creativity fueled by childlike wonder. The following cameo in ‘Spider-Man 3’ sums his legacy up perfectly.

However, a more perfect summary to remember Stan Lee would simply be Excelsior.