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To the recently departed, or simply: celebs we may or may not make fun of

August 12, 2009 - Taste Buds
DURING THE Buds’ weekly BS session - we call it brainstorming but some say it stands for something else - the subject of all the famous people who have died recently came up.

Of course, there are many famous folks who have recently died that we refuse to make fun of - Eunice Kennedy Shriver, for example. A pillar of the community, a helper of those less fortunate and mother-in-law to Arnold Schwarzenegger. What’s not to love there?

We’ll make no promises as to what may occur when Ted passes.

Then you have Walter Cronkite. An American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years, he was often cited as “the most trusted man in America,” reporting on many historic events including bombing in World War II, the Nuremberg trials, combat in the Vietnam War, the death of President John F. Kennedy, Watergate, and the Iran Hostage Crisis. Nuff, said!

Note to party goers: Bud Em does a great impression of Cronkite but Bud Tricia thinks it’s the same as her Nixon impression without the double-peace signs thrown up at the end.

Bea Arthur and Dom DeLuise! In the same year? Say it ain’t so!

Bud Tricia recently watched them both in the funny “History of the World Part 1.” Arthur was great as the official at the unemployment line, denying Comicus, a stand-up philospher (Mel Brooks) his dracmas and DeLuise was a hilarious Caesar. Rent it! NOW!

Natasha Richardson! We love her!

Ricardo Montalban! We hope someone welcomed him to Heaven when he reached the Pearly Gates!

Karl Malden! The Streets of San Francisco won’t be the same without him!

Ed McMahon! Heeee’s with Johnny! We know that’s wrong but we couldn’t help ourselves!

We mourn the loss of director John Hughes who turned out such classics as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “The Breakfast Club.” The soundtrack of our youth now has a little scratch in it.

Farrah Fawcett - what courage, what strength. Bud Em loves her so much she put her face on her recently made t-shirt blanket!

This angel managed her last days with dignity and grace but we do question her taste in friends who seem to be showing up on every talk show known to man to give details of her final hours. Who needs friends like that? Charlie should call and give them a piece of his mind!

Billy Mays! What a disappointment! Rumors are swirling about his alleged drug use. We thought he was really just excited about the products! If we’d have known he was high, we never would have purchased the Mighty Putty. That’s 10 bucks we’re never getting back! Thanks a lot Billy!

David Carradine .. where do we start grasshopper? Did he learn nothing from the Michael Hutchins incident? We have several other things we could say here but they’d only be appropriate for the likes of Saturday Night Live. We’re waiting for Lorne Michaels to call us back! Let’s just say we’re channeling our inner Karate Kids right now.

Michael Jackson - the King of Pop is gone but the world is still fascinated by his life and death. Honestly, we think the freak show is just beginning with this one. Everyday something more bizarre and puzzling comes out.

His talent was huge! His popularity enormous and the mess left behind even greater. Our hearts go out to his children who must deal not only with the loss of a father but a famous one at that.

Here’s a recipe from Martins Ferry’s Linda Pockl you’re bound to love - and will be great as you raise a glass to your favorite late celeb!


5 cups self-rising flour

5 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 cups sour cream

1 12 ounce can beer

1 tablespoon melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a round 2 quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Add the sour cream and beer alternately, mixing well. Pour the batter into the casserole dish and bake 45 minutes. Brush the top with butter. Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly and serve warm or toasted.


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Look, it's Billy Mays...we just hope the only powder in that container is Oxy Clean.