Two months after fitness expert and reality TV star Greg Plitt was killed by a Metrolink train in California, another personal trainer was struck and killed Tuesday in Georgia by a freight train.
Achilles Williams, 30, a popular Atlanta-area personal trainer, was skipping rope near the train tracks filming a YouTube workout video when he was sideswiped by a speeding freight train, a spokesperson at the Fulton County coroner’s office confirms to PEOPLE.
Notes from the Golden Orange
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I enjoyed watching his teams because unlike 99 percent of college basketball coaches, he didn’t spend the entire game yelling and calling timeouts every minute. He let the kids play and it was fun to watch . . .
RIP Jerry Tarkanian
— UNLV Athletics (@UNLVathletics) February 11, 2015
I clicked through on this . . . it turns out he’s on trial for murdering two police officers . . . and people are stunned by his irrational behavior? His lack of self-control? An outburst?! In a courtroom?! What a breach of decorum!
A pedestrian was walking along in Kaumakani, Hawaii, on Saturday evening when he was struck by a passing vehicle. The pedestrian was then struck a second time, this time by the police officer responding to the scene of the accident. Due to the injuries suffered by both collisions, the pedestrian died.
Just to clarify, the pedestrian was still alive and responsive after the first collision. No matter how bad things get, as long as you’re still alive, they can always get worse.
- Al Kaline – baseball player, Detroit Tigers
- Wink Martindale – game show host
Donna Douglas was 81?! This is how I remember her:
R.I.P. Donna Douglas
I would rather die having spoken after my manner, than speak in your manner and live. — Socrates
A British man whom media had identified as the fattest person alive has died of pneumonia after a devastating battle with an eating disorder that brought him to 980 pounds.
Who was the second fattest person alive? Nobody cares, right? The good news is that whoever that person is is now the fattest person alive, with all of the attendant attention and notoriety.
There’s a positive angle to every story if you make the effort to find it . . .
[See You in Hell is a feature by our guest blogger, Satan — PE]
CLAYTON, Mo.— A grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager whose death in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson became a national flash point on race, justice and policing.
Greetings from the underworld!
- Why is Michael Brown always described as “an unarmed black teenager” rather than “a violent troublemaker” or “a current resident of Hell,” both of which are at least equally accurate?
- Anyone who thinks an unarmed person doesn’t pose a threat has never been punched in the face.
- If you have a gun and I don’t and you let me take the gun away from you, all of a sudden I’m not unarmed anymore.
See you in Hell . . .
Regarding Brittany Maynard:
Suicide is not a good thing. It is a bad thing because it is saying no to life and to everything it means with respect to our mission in the world and toward those around us.
Huh? If you said the Monsignor, you are correct . . .
Brain cancer patients are worse than vegetarians — meddling busybodies telling everyone else how to live their lives.
Ever since Brittany Maynard announced her intention to end her own life, brain cancer patients have been coming out of the woodwork to tell her that she has no right to do that (see here, here, here and here).
Some people don’t want to die the kind of lingering death that exhausts the emotional and financial resources of their loved ones. In fact, I think most people don’t, but I think most people with a terminal illness imagine themselves dying a kind of radiant death like people with terminal illnesses in movies. By the time reality sets in, the dying person is past knowing or caring.
- Johnny Mathis – singer
I got an email this afternoon notifying me that priority tickets are now available for a Johnny Mathis concert Nov. 8 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. If you’d asked me this morning if Johnny Mathis is still alive, I would have said “I don’t think so.”
I’ll miss her . . . she was funny, she pushed the envelope and she didn’t apologize.
RIP Joan Rivers
In February 2002, I published a list of people I (incorrectly) thought were dead:
- Joey Bishop – TV host
- Ernest Borgnine – actor
- Red Buttons – actor
- Kitty Carlisle – game show panelist
- Alistair Cooke – TV host
- Buddy Ebsen – actor
- Glenn Ford – actor
- Eugene McCarthy – U.S. senator
- Jack Paar – TV host, “The Tonight Show”
- Don Pardo – TV announcer
- Artie Shaw – clarinetist and bandleader
- Byron White – U.S. supreme court justice
- Richard Widmark – actor
With the death of Don Pardo this evening, all of those people are actually dead:
- Joey Bishop – died 10/17/2007, age 89
- Ernest Borgnine – died 7/8/2012, age 95
- Red Buttons – died 7/13/2006, age 87
- Kitty Carlisle – died 4/18/2007, age 96
- Alistair Cooke – died 3/30/2004, age 95
- Buddy Ebsen – died 7/6/2003, age 95
- Glenn Ford – died 8/30/2006, age 90
- Eugene McCarthy – died 12/10/2005, age 89
- Jack Paar – died 1/27/2004, age 85
- Artie Shaw – died 12/30/2004, age 94
- Byron White – died 4/15/2002, age 84
- Richard Widmark – died 3/24/2008, age 93
R.I.P. Don Pardo
Hi everybody! It’s me, Lightning!
I’m seeing a person named Robin Williams on TV a lot. He always seems excited and happy, like a puppy! It’s scaring people that he ended his own life.
Dogs never end their own life, no matter what. You might think we couldn’t do that but we could run in front of a car or jump off a balcony, just to name a couple of things.
I wonder if Robin Williams had a dog . . .
My owner and I are getting old together. We can’t run like we used to, or see very well or hear very well. He’s sad about it sometimes but I think it helps people to see dogs trying our best in every situation. Everything is temporary.
Arnett said this: “As funny as he was — he’s truly one of the all-time greats — he was even better as a person.”
That’s a reliable formulation: As great as he was as a [thing the person was known to be great at], he was even better as a person.
Of course because the person was known to be an outlier at the one thing, he (or she) was almost certainly NOT even better as a person.
How great was Robin Williams as a comedian? Top 10? I don’t know, that’s pretty competitive . . . I’m thinking of Groucho, Cosby, Charlie Chaplin, Steve Martin, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Leno, Letterman . . .
But I’d say Top 20, definitely. So according to Will Arnett, Robin Williams was one of the 20 best people of all time!?
Was he a better person than Buddha? The Dalai Lama? Jesus? Mother Teresa? Abraham Lincoln? Gandhi? Socrates? Albert Schweitzer? Raoul Wallenberg? Nelson Mandela? Aung San Suu Kyi? Mr. Rogers? Your sweet, elderly grandma? Billions of other people doing their best to get along in the world?
I get that you might find yourself on the spot to say something nice about a person and you can’t think of anything to say but this “even better as a person” bullshit cannot be eradicated too soon in my opinion.
Robin Williams dies at 63 in apparent suicide — LA Times
Past a certain point in life, there’s not a great deal to look forward to. I imagine it’s more difficult if the process includes transitioning from fame to anonymity.
Maybe he should have taken up golf . . .
In 1799, George Washington fell ill with an infection. Doctors at that time believed that illnesses were caused by an imbalance of fluids in the body. In particular, they believed that fevers were caused by an excess of blood, so they treated Washington’s fever with five separate bloodlettings, which together drained off over half the blood in his body.
Not only did the bloodletting not have a healing effect, it probably hastened his death.
The human body is a very complex mechanism. Society is a very complex mechanism. You might decide, with good intentions, to tinker with a complex mechanism thinking that even if your intervention doesn’t achieve the full benefit you’re hoping for, it will at least be better than nothing.
No — tinkering with a complex mechanism when you have no idea what you’re doing is only going to make things worse.
“In Praise of Passivity” by Michael Huemer