Tag Archives: RIP

RIP Diane Noomin (1947 – 2022)

Diane Noomin in Zippy the Pinhead as DiDi Glitz

Diane Noomin was an American comics artist associated with the underground comics movement. She is best known for her character DiDi Glitz, who addresses transgressive social issues such as feminism, female masturbation, body image, and miscarriages.

Here she is in a Video West Zippy the Pinhead episode broadcast in 1980 starring Jim Turner as Zippy and Diane Noomin as DiDi Glitz.

Noomin was married to Bill Griffith, the man who created the character of Zippy.

RIP Just Jaeckin (1940 – 2022)

Just Jaeckin was a French film director known for his soft porn films during what is known as the golden age of porn in the 1970s.

He directed Emmanuelle (1974), Story of O (1975) and Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981).

His film adaptation of Lady Chatterley was produced by Cannon, the story of which is told in Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014).

He can be seen in that documentary from 17:10 for a minute or two.

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

The story of Cannon is interesting, the docu well made.

RIP Mikhail Gorbachev (1931 – 2022)

Gorbachev died. Normally I don’t do anything about politicians. But Gorbachev was important as one of the last great communist leaders. Yet I can’t find a clip showing the man in question. I do have one where Ronald “we don’t need no rerun” Reagan exhorts Gorbachev to urgently tear down the Berlin wall.

 “Tear down this wall!” 

Stating that out loud seems rather bold, but the Soviet Union was probably already on its last legs at the time, a corpse on the verge of death, and Reagan was just kicking in some open doors.

RIP Creed Taylor (1929 – 2022)

Creed Taylor was an American record producer and trumpeter known for two things. First, for bringing bossa nova to the United States and secondly, for his work in smooth jazz.

“Bloop Bleep” (1965) by Gary McFarland

Prompted by Taylor’s death, I’ve been listening to “Bloop Bleep” (1965) by Gary McFarland and, to a lesser extent, to “Nautilus” (1974) by Bob James.

Nautilus” (1974) by Bob James

Taylor released Shock Music In Hi-Fi (1958) and Panic – Son Of Shock (1960) as The Creed Taylor Orchestra.

 Shock Music In Hi-Fi (1958)
“Out of This World” (1960) from Panic – Son Of Shock (1960)

RIP Wolfgang Petersen (1941 – 2022)

Wolfgang Petersen is a German film director known for films such as Das Boot (1981) and Troy (2004).

I want to remember him for The NeverEnding Story (1984), a fantasy film based on the German novel of the same name by Michael Ende.

The book describes the fantasy world of Fantasia slowly being devoured by a malevolent force called “The Nothing“.