Honoring Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012

Civilian Neil A. Armstrong, 38, the Apollo commander who is scheduled to be the first man to walk on the moon, has been known to smoke a cigar and enjoy himself at parties…

Newsweek July 21, 1969



8/16/1977- Elvis Presley Dies

Inside his Memphis mansion, Graceland, the king of rock ‘n’ roll lay silent in a copper coffin. Women hid tiny cameras in their bras to take one last picture as they filed past. Outside, hundreds of floral arrangements, some shaped like guitars and one like a hound dog, lined the long driveway and thousands of fans kept vigil on the tacky boulevard below in the sweltering heat. They had abandoned jobs, driven all night and flown in from abroad for one last glimpse of their idol. “Don’t faint now,” a mother warned her faltering daughter,” or I’ll just have to leave you.” A billboard down the way read “In Memoriam” and the Beef and Liberty Restaurant sign directly across the street carried the message “Rest in Peace.” But hardly anyone in Memphis could really believe that Elvis Presley was dead of a heart attack, at the age of 42.

Newsweek August 29, 1977

8/16/1977- Elvis Presley Dies

Inside his Memphis mansion, Graceland, the king of rock ‘n’ roll lay silent in a copper coffin. Women hid tiny cameras in their bras to take one last picture as they filed past. Outside, hundreds of floral arrangements, some shaped like guitars and one like a hound dog, lined the long driveway and thousands of fans kept vigil on the tacky boulevard below in the sweltering heat. They had abandoned jobs, driven all night and flown in from abroad for one last glimpse of their idol. “Don’t faint now,” a mother warned her faltering daughter,” or I’ll just have to leave you.” A billboard down the way read “In Memoriam” and the Beef and Liberty Restaurant sign directly across the street carried the message “Rest in Peace.” But hardly anyone in Memphis could really believe that Elvis Presley was dead of a heart attack, at the age of 42.

Newsweek August 29, 1977



Remembering Sally Ride,  1951-2012

Not everyone’s life resolves itself so neatly into yes-or-no decisions, taken in an instant and never looked back upon or regretted, but, if Sally Ride’s life proves anything, it is that the very smart are different from you and me.

Newsweek June 13, 1983

Remembering Sally Ride,  1951-2012

Not everyone’s life resolves itself so neatly into yes-or-no decisions, taken in an instant and never looked back upon or regretted, but, if Sally Ride’s life proves anything, it is that the very smart are different from you and me.

Newsweek June 13, 1983



"I don’t have to worry about a call at 3 in the morning — someone saying, ‘Meet me at the bar and bring a shovel’."

HENRY HILL, the character on which the movie “GoodFellas” was based, describing life in a federal witness-protection program.

Henry Hill, Dead at 69



Donna Summer, 1948-2012

Easing her full-throttle delivery down to a shivery whisper, she moaned over and over into the microphone, “Ooooh, aaah, love to love you, bay-bee…”  Summer would later boast of simulating 22 orgasms, but whatever she did, it worked…

Newsweek April 2, 1979