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March 22nd, 2011

Lawrence Taylor, ex-Giants star, declared sex offender

Lawrence Taylor (one of the greatest NFL players) was arrested for having sex with a 16-year-old girl. He was charged with felony third-degree statutory rape, for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with someone under 17. He was also charged with third-degree patronization for allegedly paying the underage girl $300 to have sex with him. His bail was set at $75,000. Taylor is facing up to five years in prison and lifetime sex offender registration if convicted of both crimes. On June 23, 2010, Taylor was indicted on these charges, and pleaded not guilty on July 13. On January 13, 2011 Taylor pleaded guilty to some of the charges thereby resolving the case. On March 22, 2011 Taylor was sentenced to six years probation as part of a plea agreement, which saw him plead guilty to the misdemeanors of sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute.

He will also have to register as a sex offender.

Lawrence Julius Taylor (born February 4, 1959), nicknamed "L.T.", is a Hall of Fame former American football player. Taylor played his entire professional career as a linebacker for the New York Giants in the National Football League (NFL). He is considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of football,

March 21st

Memorable Comments from Visitors

Thank you for your comments.

Guest comment on John Walker's death:
http://www.hollywoodmemoir.com/john-walker

I grew up with this incredible talent singing on the radio in the 60's. I graduated high school in '67 and this is one of the groups, and particularly him, that gave us the music that is still played today. I'm an older dad with 14 and 15 year old kids. When I saw news of his passing yesterday, I played "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" for them before they got on the school bus. They sat in awe of his voice and I said, 'now that's music". (They both agreed.) This type of news hurts my heart because of what his music meant to me. I mourn his passing and hope time helps his loved ones' hearts heal.
Rick Columbia
Pensacola, Florida

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Guest comment on Mel McDaniel's death:
www.hollywoodmemoir.com/mel-mcdaniel

I learned the 10-step to "Lousiana Saturday Night", I learned the 19-step to "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" at Silver Dollar Saloon in Las Vegas, Nv. and "Stand Up" was one of my all time favorites. My prayers go out to your family for their loss, and my congradulations go out to u for being called home by the Father.

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Guest comment on Chris Benoit's death:
www.hollywoodmemoir.com/chris-benoit-memory

"I am not a wrestler but have known a few over the years Chris (Benoit) was my helper on a furniture delivery truck when he was 16 and training to be a wrestler He was a good kid I hate what he did to himself and family but I feel he should be in the Hall of Fame Because he was a legend in the wrestling world"

Nancy Pelosi hospitalized in Italy

Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940, 70 years old) was hospitalized in Italy, after having a fainting spell. After undergoing tests, she is now resting at her hotel. Today's meeting with Italian defense minister was canceled.

March 14th

Gilbert Gottfried Fires by Aflac After Japan Joke Tweets

From 2000 until 2011, Gilbert Gottfried was the voice of the duck in the AFLAC commercials

In March 2011, Gottfried made jokes on his @realgilbert Twitter account in reference to the earthquake disaster in Japan. Despite deleting the tweets and apologizing, Gottfried was fired by Aflac as the voice of the Aflac Duck on March 14, 2011 in response to the tweets.

He wrote:

  • “What do you get when you cross a tsunami and a nuclear explosion? Stir fry!”
  • “Why do the Japanese eat so much ramen? Because it’s so easy to make: Just add water.”
  • “Did you hear about the Japanese stock market? It crashed on purpose!”

AFLAC Duck Roller Coaster

March 10th

Comedian Gallagher recovering from heart attack

Gallagher (64) is an American comedian and prop comic, most popularly known for smashing watermelons as part of his act.

During a March 10, 2011 performance in Rochester, Minnesota, Gallagher collapsed to the stage gripping his chest. He was rushed to St. Mary's hospital and is currently in stable condition.

Gallagher - Showtime Comedy Spotlight (Sledge-O-Matic)

Annette Funicello, Disney Mouseketeer, Actress, rushed to hospital after house fire

On March 10, 2011, Annette Funicello's Encino, California home caught fire. She suffered smoke inhalation but was otherwise unharmed.

Annette Joanne Funicello (born October 22, 1942) is an American singer and actress. She was Walt Disney's most popular cast member of The Mickey Mouse Club, and went on to appear in a series of beach party films.

Funicello announced in 1992 that she suffers from multiple sclerosis.  She's been on wheelchair since then.

Annette Funicello

March 7th

'Last Comic Standing' finalist Mike DeStefano dies 44

Comedian Mike DeStefano, best known for his stint on last season’s installment of Last Comic Standing, has died of massive heart attack. He was 44.

Mike DeStefano LIVE at the Comic Strip

 
 Mike Destefano's Website

March 2nd

January, February, 2011 - Reference (Trivial)

This post is for future reference.
What was going on on January & February of 2011

* Each story was too insignificant to be posted individually.

  • Charlie Sheen went on many TV shows and ranted on his boss.  Top rated show Two and a Half Men got canceled. 200 crews lost jobs.
  • Cristina Aguilera:  After forgetting lyrics to Stars Spangled Banner on Superbowl, she tumbled on the stage at Grammy.  Then she was booked on public intoxication.
  • Lindsay Lohan was charged with grand theft ($25,000.00 necklace).  Story is still unfolding.
  • John Galliano (fashion designer) got fired by Christian Dior after he was caught making anti-semitic remarks.  ("I love Hitler" "Your forefathers would all have been gassed" he said)
  • Borders filed for bankruptcy - planned to close hundreds of stores.

Let me know if I'm forgetting any more trivia events.

February 18th

"Anna Nicole", the opera, premieres in London Thursday

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"Anna Nicole," the opera -- yes, the opera -- premieres at London's Royal Opera House Thursday.

The life of the Texas-born stripper who married a multi-millionaire more than 60 years her senior, then spent the rest of her life fighting his heirs over his money after he died, might not seem to belong on the same stage that hosts Verdi and Puccini.

February 11th

Elizabeth Taylor Hospitalized with Heart Failure

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The 78-year-old icon is currently hospitalized with symptoms caused by congestive heart failure, which she has suffered from for several years.

February 3rd

John Taylor "JT" Skilling, Son of Jeff Skilling of Enron Corp, dies of overdose 20

John Taylor "JT" Skilling, Jeff Skilling's Son, was found dead in his Santa Ana, California apartment on February 3, 2011, by what police have preliminarily determined was the result of a drug overdose.

Jeffrey Keith "Jeff" Skilling (born November 25, 1953) is the former president of Enron Corporation.  In 2006 he was convicted of multiple federal felony charges relating to Enron's financial collapse, and is currently serving a 24-year, 4-month prison sentence.

John Taylor Skilling was 20 years old at the time of his death. 

January 31st

Peter Jackson Hospitalized. Doing Well After Surgery.

Director Peter Jackson was admitted to hospital yesterday, where he underwent emergency surgery for a perforated ulcer. The condition is caused when an ulcer burns completely through the stomach wall, allowing food and acid to pass into the abdominal cavity causing extreme pain and extreme risk of infection. Thankfully the surgery went well and Jackson is expected to make a full and quick recovery.

January 26th

Jimmy Buffett out of the hospital, 'doing well' after fall

On January 26, 2011, it was reported that Buffett was hospitalized with head injuries after taking a fall off the stage at a concert in Sydney, Australia. The following morning, Buffett was released from St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney after being given a clean bill of health by doctors.

Rocker Vince Neil jailed for DUI

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Rocker Vince Neil will serve 15 days behind bars next month after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Motley Crue frontman initially pleaded not guilty to misdemeanour drink driving and speeding charges stemming from an arrest in Las Vegas in June.

January 25th

Rocker Bret Michaels has surgery to repair heart

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(Reuters) - Rocker and reality TV star Bret Michaels had successful surgery at a Phoenix hospital to repair a hole in his heart, a hospital spokeswoman said on Tuesday.