Best-selling author Tom Clancy dies at 66

Published: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 @ 10:39 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 @ 11:31 AM

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Best-selling author Tom Clancy died Tuesday after a brief illness at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Clancy was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and wrote technically detailed espionage and military science books.

He wrote best-selling books such as "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger," and "The Hunt for Red October." 

His next book, “Command Authority,” is planned for publication on Dec. 3. The film "Jack Ryan: Shadow One" starring Chris Pine is set to open in theaters on Dec. 25. Jack Ryan is the main character in some of Clancy's best-selling books.

The New York Times reports Ivan Held, the president of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, his publisher, did not provide a cause of death.

"He was a thrill to work with," Held told The Times.

Clancy arrived on best-seller lists in 1984 with "The Hunt for Red October." He sold the manuscript to the first publisher he tried, the Naval Institute Press, which had never bought original fiction.

A string of other best-sellers soon followed, including "Red Storm Rising," ''Patriot Games," ''The Cardinal of the Kremlin," ''Clear and Present Danger," ''The Sum of All Fears," and "Without Remorse."

Clancy had said his dream had been simply to publish a book, hopefully a good one, so that he would be in the Library of Congress catalog. Four of his books, "The Hunt for Red October," ''Patriot Games," ''Clear and Present Danger," and "the Sum of All Fears" were later made into movies, with a fifth based on his desk-jockey CIA hero, "Jack Ryan," set for release later this year.

Born in Baltimore on April 12, 1947 to a mailman and his wife, Clancy entered Loyola College as a physics major, but switched to English as a sophomore, saying later that he wasn't smart enough for the rigors of science.

Ironically, his novels carried stiff doses of scientific data and military detail.

After graduation in 1969, he married his wife Wanda and joined her family's insurance business, all the while scribbling down ideas for a novel.

In 1979, Clancy began "Patriot Games," in which he invented his hero, CIA agent Jack Ryan. In 1982, he put it aside and started "The Hunt For Red October," basing it on a real incident in November 1979, in which a Soviet missile frigate called the Storozhevoy attempted to defect.

In real life, the ship didn't make it, but in Clancy's book, the defection is a success.

By a stroke of luck, President Reagan got "Red October" as a Christmas gift and quipped at a dinner that he was losing sleep because he couldn't put the book down — a statement Clancy later said helped put him on the New York Times best-seller list.

It led to a string of hits, both on the page and in Hollywood blockbusters. He even ventured into video games with the best-selling "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier," ''Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction" and "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent."

The latest Jack Ryan movie, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Pine, is set for release in the U.S. on Christmas Day. Keira Knightly plays Jack Ryan's wife and Kevin Costner plays his mentor at the CIA.

Clancy resided in rural Calvert County, Md., and in 1993 he joined a group of investors led by Baltimore attorney Peter Angelos who bought the Baltimore Orioles from businessman Eli Jacobs.

Clancy also attempted to bring a NFL team to Baltimore in 1993, but he later dropped out of the effort.

According to Business Insider, in 1996, Clancy co-founded the video game developer Red Storm Entertainment and has had his name on several of Red Storm's most successful games. 

Red Storm was later bought by publisher Ubisoft Entertainment for an undisclosed sum.

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite in studio

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:19 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:19 PM


            Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite in studio

The two surviving members of the Beatles came together in a studio on Sunday for their first recording session together in seven years, according to a social media post from drummer Ringo Starr.

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"Thanks for coming over, man, and playing great bass," Starr wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of himself laughing with Paul McCartney. "I love you, man. Peace and love."

Starr's publicist confirmed to Billboard that McCartney was in the studio to contribute to Starr's upcoming album. The album is set for release this year, although no date has been announced, the site reported.

Starr also shared an image of the pair posing with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Starr's brother-in-law.

"What a day I'm having," he wrote.

Starr shared the photos just days after TMZ reported that McCartney, Starr, Walsh, actor Tom Hanks and musician Dave Grohl went to dinner together in Santa Monica.

Starr and McCartney last collaborated on the drummer's 2010 LP "Y Not," according to Rolling Stone. McCartney sings on the song "Walk With You" and plays bass on "Peace Dream."

David Cassidy reveals he has dementia

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 8:20 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 8:20 PM


            David Cassidy reveals he has dementia

After a recent concert in California, former teen idol David Cassidy got viral attention for the wrong reasons after footage of his show hit the internet.

Cassidy, 66, appeared drunk, confused and disoriented during his Agoura Hills, California, show, where he often slurred his words and forgot the lyrics to his songs.

Many assumed that Cassidy had relapsed to alcohol abuse after spending years in and out of rehab. While that could still be the case, Cassidy said that there is a far worse thing going on.

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People reported that his grandfather and mother before him, Cassidy has dementia.

"I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," Cassidy told People.

Prior to his show in California, Cassidy announced he would retire from touring. Now it seems that this decision was brought on by health reasons.

"I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I've been without any distractions," he told People. "I want to love. I want to enjoy life."

In 2012, Cassidy opened up about his mother's illness during an interview with the Daily Mail.

"As people are now living well into their 80s, the cases of dementia and Alzheimer's are on the increase," Cassidy said.  "My mother has been in 24-hour nursing care for seven years now, and I'm lucky to be able to afford it, but many people aren't that lucky."

"People don't really want to talk about it, but we need to, which is why I'm going to be speaking publicly about it."

Fox News reported that Cassidy's mother died at age 89 in 2013. 

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Health Inspections: Taco Bell

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 12:24 PM

Health Inspections: Taco Bell

 

Address: 109 N. Springboro Pike, Dayton

Date of inspection: Jan. 23

Violations: Observed multiple plastic containers and knives with build-up of food residue. Ensure food contact surfaces are washed, rinsed, and sanitized after use or every 4 hours, if they are used throughout hours of operation, in order to prevent contamination.

- Staff began to clean during inspection

Observed soda nozzles in kitchen and dining area with build-up of food residue. Ensure each are washed, rinsed, and sanitized more frequently so that they are free of build-up and contamination is prevented.

Observed multiple non-food contact surfaces with build-up of food residue. Ensure non-food contact surfaces are cleaned more frequently and maintained so that they are free of build-up.

- Spray nozzle at three compartment sink (underside and around)

- Soda nozzle housings (kitchen)

- Soda machine drains tubes (kitchen)

- Outside of Pro Max flat top grills

Comments: At the time of inspection, heavy ice build-up was observed on shelving and floor of walk-in freezer. PIC informed that maintenance has been contacted for repair. PIC was informed to ensure no foods are stored under ice build-up.

Discussed “wet nesting” of dishes with PIC. PIC was informed to ensure all dishes and utensils are fully air-dried, after washing, before being stored.

PIC was informed to ensure all knives and utensils are free of cracks, breaks, chips, and fraying.

Health Inspections: Arby’s Roast Beef

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 12:38 PM

Health Inspections: Arby’s Roast Beef

 

Address: 705 S. Main St., Englewood

Date of inspection: Jan. 23

Violations: Observed boxes of food items on the floor near the ice machine and in the walk-in freezer as well as boxes of soda syrup on the floor. Ensure food items are placed at least 6 inches off the floor to limit the risk of contamination. PIC explained they would be picked up.

Observed build-up in and around the drains in the cabinetry, as well as ice build-up in the freezer. Ensure the hard to reach areas of the facility are cleaned regularly.

Comments: Food items are being held at proper temperatures. Cold items are below 41F and hot items are at or above 135F.

Discussed cleaning hard to reach areas with PIC as well as keeping items off the floor.