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Writer D.C. Fontana, mostly known for works pertaining to The Original Star Trek series passed away Dec. 02, 2019 at the age of 80.

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20 hours ago, Downsview 108 said:

Wow that is a shock. He is the guy who coined the term "red rocket" in the 1950s. RIP

How old was he?  I thought he was only in his seventies.  His photographs were one of several people’s I looked at when I was starting out to get ideas about what composed a good streetcar picture.

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17 minutes ago, Wayside Observer said:

How old was he?  I thought he was only in his seventies.  His photographs were one of several people’s I looked at when I was starting out to get ideas about what composed a good streetcar picture.

Not sure. According to Transit Toronto he was the one who coined the term as a facetious way of describing how slow the Gloucester cars were when the new subway opened. He was a really good photographer that had a real steady hand too. A lot of his time exposures were taken without a tripod.

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12 minutes ago, captaintrolley said:

Actor Claude Earl Jones passed away on November 25, 2019 at the age of 86.

He has not no relation to James Earl Jones does he?

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On 12/3/2019 at 11:32 AM, Downsview 108 said:

Wow that is a shock. He is the guy who coined the term "red rocket" in the 1950s. RIP

A shock indeed. I was just looking yesterday at the last auction he has up on eBay which was more so intended just as a message to let everyone know he didn't know when he'd be back due to chemotherapy.

He was the first person I ever bought something from on eBay... back when you could pay by sending a money order to someone.

RIP. 

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R.I.P. Shelley Morrison, Sister Sixto of The Flying Nun and Rosario Salazar of Will & Grace

She drew on her Spanish heritage in a career spanning four decades. She was 83.

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5 hours ago, M. Parsons said:

A shock indeed. I was just looking yesterday at the last auction he has up on eBay which was more so intended just as a message to let everyone know he didn't know when he'd be back due to chemotherapy.

He was the first person I ever bought something from on eBay... back when you could pay by sending a money order to someone.

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TTC 28 was one of the first transit history books I ever bought, when I visited the HCRR as a kid about a decade ago. At the time I had no idea just how valuable the volume I'd picked up was, I just saw that it was a cool old book about streetcars. Definitely one of the better decisions I made that ended up paying off in the long run.

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9 hours ago, M. Parsons said:

A shock indeed. I was just looking yesterday at the last auction he has up on eBay which was more so intended just as a message to let everyone know he didn't know when he'd be back due to chemotherapy.

He was the first person I ever bought something from on eBay... back when you could pay by sending a money order to someone.

RIP. 

Oh yes, the good old, bad old days of eBay.  Interestingly, Bromley was one of the few people that bought slides from me on eBay during the brief time I sold them there.  bear4922 if I remember correctly?  It's been a long time.  It's such a shame.  I hope his wife Margaret is holding up ok.  She's a really nice, kind lady  and I can't imagine how rough this has been for her.

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