Dementia Series-Disabled Legend James Doohan

James Doohan was born on 3 March 1920 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. James died on 20 July 2005 due to complications from pneumonia. James Doohan, pronounced /ˈduːən/ (DOO-ən), was the youngest of 4 children of Sarah and William Patrick Doohan, recent Catholic refugees from predominantly Protestant Bangor during the Irish War of Independence (also known as the Anglo-Irish War). James’ father was a pharmacist, veterinarian, and dentist, and his mother was a homemaker. James Doohan’s father is said to have invented an early form of high-octane gasoline in 1923. In James Doohan’s 1996 autobiography, he tells of his father’s alcoholism and how he tormented his family. James Doohan’s family moved to Sarnia, Ontario and James Doohan attended high school at the Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School (SCITS), where he excelled in mathematics and science. In addition to his studies at Sarnia, James Doohan enrolled in the 102 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.

After the war, James Doohan started his acting career. Disheartened by the laughable quality of a radio drama, he privately studied Shakespeare. James Doohan’s work began with a CBC radio show appearance on January 12, 1946. James Doohan took a drama class in Toronto, and later won a two-year scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, where his classmates included Canadian actor Leslie Nielsen, Tony Randall and Richard Boone. For several years James Doohan would shuttle between Toronto and New York as work demanded. During this period he appeared on some 4000 radio programs and 400 television programs, and earned a reputation for his versatility. In the mid-1950s he appeared as forest ranger Timber Tom (the northern counterpart of Buffalo Bob) in the Canadian version of Howdy Doody. Coincidentally, fellow Canadian and Star Trek cast member William Shatner appeared simultaneously as Ranger Bill in the American version. James Doohan and Shatner also appeared on the 1950s Canadian science fiction series Space Command.

James Doohan played the lead role in the CBC TV drama production “Flight into Danger”, based on Arthur Hailey’s novel Runway Zero-Eight, later adapted as Terror in the Sky and spoofed in Airplane!. James Doohan’s credits also included The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Bewitched, Fantasy Island, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964) and Bonanza. In the Bonanza episode, “Gift of Water” (1962), he co-starred with actress Majel Barrett who would later be cast in the role of Star Trek’s Nurse Chapel. James Doohan appeared as an assistant to the President of the United States in 2 episodes of Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea.

James Doohan was an Actor best known for his role as Scotty on the TV series Star Trek. James Doohan is known almost exclusively for playing chief engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott on the 1960s TV series Star Trek and the movies, cartoons and parodies which followed. James is the Scotty in the phrase “Beam me up, Scotty,” made popular by the original series. (Ironically, the exact phrase “Beam me up, Scotty” was never spoken in the series, though many variations on it were.)James Doohan was back in the news in May of 2000 when his 2nd wife gave birth to their 3rd child, making him a father at age 80.

After his death in 2005, a small portion of James Doohan’s ashes were set aside to be blasted into space aboard a commercial rocket. Launched on 29 April 2007, the rocket had a brief sub-orbital flight before crashing in the San Andres Mountains in New Mexico.

James Doohan married his 2nd wife, Wendey, in 1975, when James Doohan was 55 and she was 19. The couple had 3 children; James Doohan also had 4 children from a previous marriage… James Doohan suffered from diabetes and Parkinson’s disease in his last years. In July of 2004, his family announced that James Doohan also had been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease; the next month a Star Trek convention was thrown in his honour, titled “Beam Me Up, Scotty…One Last Time.”

Outside of his performances in Star Trek and other television shows and films, James Doohan was also a wounded combat veteran of World War II. Following his success with Star Trek, he supplemented his income and showed continued support for his fans by making numerous public appearances. James Doohan often went to great lengths to buoy the large number of fans who have been inspired to make their own accomplishments in engineering and other fields, as a result of James Doohan’s work and his encouragement. James Doohan was considered by some to be one of the most giving and affordable stars of the Star Trek franchise.

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Dementia Series-Disabled Legend James Brooks

James Brooks was born on 18 October, 1906 and died on 9 March, 1992. James was an American muralist, abstract painter and winner of the Logan Medal of the Arts. James Brooks was a friend of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner on Eastern Long Island. In 1947 he married artist Charlotte Park. Considered a first generation abstract expressionist painter, James Brooks was amongst the first abstract expressionists to use staining as an important technique. According to Carter Ratcliff “His concern has always been to create painterly accidents of the kind that allow buried personal meanings to take on visibility.” In his paintings from the late 1940s Brooks began to dilute his oil paint in order to stain the mostly raw canvas. These works often combined calligraphy and abstract shapes. James Brooks had his first one-man exhibition of his abstract expressionist paintings in 1949 at the Peridot Gallery in New York.

James Brooks studued from 1923 to 1926 at the Southern Methodist University, Dallas Art Institute and with Martha Simkins.

From 1927 to 1930 at The Art Students League of New York, New York City and did night classes with Kimon Nicolaides and Boardman Robinson.

James Brooks worked as a commercial letterer and display artist to support himself.

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Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Irving Shulman

Irving Shulman was Born on 21 May, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States and died on 23 March, 1995 at the age of 81 in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States of Alzheimer’s Disease. Irving was an American author and screenwriter whose works were adapted into movies.

Irving’s books included The Amboy Dukes, Cry Tough and The Square Trap, all of which were adapted into movies. Irving wrote the screen adaptation of the James Dean movie Rebel Without a Cause. The Amboy Dukes, published in 1947, was about gangs in Brooklyn. It sold five million copies and led to his being hired as a screenwriter by Warner Bros.. In the 1960s, Irving Shulman wrote biographies of Jean Harlow and Rudolph Valentino.

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Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Carroll Campbell, Jr.

Carroll Campbell was Born on 24 July, 1940 in Greenville, South Carolina and died on 7 December, 2005 aged 65 of a heart attack in West Columbia, South Carolina. After lying in state at the State House, he was eulogized at memorial services at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia and at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island. Carroll Campbell Jr was buried in the church cemetery of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Carroll was the eldest of 6 children. Carroll’s father, Carroll Campbell Sr., worked in the textile mills and the furniture business, and later owned a motel in Garden City, South Carolina.

Carroll Campbell Snr. eloped with Iris Faye Rhodes in 1959. They had 2 sons, Carroll Campbell III. and Mike Campbell, the latter of whom was an unsuccessful candidate for South Carolina Lieutenant Governor in 2006. The family owns franchises for Wendy’s restaurants in South Carolina.

In October 2001, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 61. As a result of his diagnosis, he was forced to abandon plans to run for Governor again in 2002. Carroll was admitted to a long-term residential treatment facility for Alzheimer’s patients in August 2005.

Carroll grew up in Greenville and the nearby small towns of Liberty and Simpsonville. Carroll attended Greenville Senior High School, dropping out during a period that The Greenville News characterized as an “unsettled adolescence amid a disintegrating family”. Carroll’s uncle then enrolled him at McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Carroll attended the University of South Carolina but withdrew due to financial concerns and later graduated with a masters of arts degree from American University. While at college, he joined Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

Carroll served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1970 to 1974. With Lee Atwater as a key political strategist, he made an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor in 1974, losing to Democrat Brantley Harvey; despite the loss Carroll Campbell would continue to seek Atwater’s counsel throughout his career.

From 1976 to 1978, he served in the South Carolina Senate. In between his two stints in the General Assembly, he served as Executive Assistant to Governor James B. Edwards. In 1978, Carroll Campbell won election to the United States House of Representatives from the South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District and became the first Republican to hold the seat since Reconstruction.

Carroll served as state campaign chairman for Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign in 1980 and 1984, and as southern regional chairman for George H. W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 1988.

As Governor, he coordinated the state’s response to Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Carroll Campbell was also known for his role in luring BMW to build its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Greer, South Carolina. In recognition of his role, in 2002 it was announced that BMW had donated $10 million for a facility at the site of Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research. Like nearly all such large donations, it came with naming rights: the company chose to call the new facility the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center.

When Carroll Campbell was governor, the state was confronted with 2 major controversies shaking taxpayers’ confidence in the trustworthiness of public officials. Allegations of financial mismanagement at the University of South Carolina led to university president James B. Holderman’s resignation. Operation Lost Trust, a federal investigation of bribery and drug use allegations against members of the South Carolina legislature, led to convictions of 27 legislators, lobbyists and others in a vote-buying scandal.

During 1993-1994, he served as Chairman of the National Governors Association.

Term limits prevented him from seeking a third term in 1994. He left office with an unprecedented job approval rating of 72%.

From 1995 to 2001, he was a Washington, D.C. lobbyist, serving as President and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers.

In 1996, he briefly considered running for President of the United States, but concluded that the fundraising hurdles were too high. Carroll Campbell was later mentioned as a possible vice presidential running mate for Bob Dole, but was ultimately passed over in favor of Jack Kemp.

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Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Bill Quackenbush

Hubert George “Bill” Quackenbush was born on 2 March, 1922 in Toronto, Ontario and died of pneumonia on 12 September, 1999 at Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown, Pennsylvania at the age off 77 years old. Bill was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played for the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League. Bill’s career spanned 14 years (1942–56), the first 7 with Detroit and the remainder with the Bruins.

Bill was the pre-eminent offensive defenceman of his era. Bill won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 1949. Bill was the first defenceman to win this award, and played the entire 1948–49 season (and a total of 138 consecutive games across 3 seasons) without recording a penalty. Bill Quackenbush was a 3 time 1st team and 2 time 2nd team All Star. Bill was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976.

After his NHL career, he coached college hockey at Princeton University, leading the Princeton Men’s team to one of the their best seasons in 1967–68, a 13–10–1 campaign that included winning the ECAC Christmas tournament championship. Bill later led the Princeton Women’s Ice Hockey team to three consecutive Ivy League championships in 1982–84.

Defenseman Hubert “Bill” Quackenbush excelled at both offensive and defensive aspects of the game. During 14 seasons, he was among the NHL’s elite rushing blueliners. More significantly, he was a superior defender in his own end who relied on positioning and discipline rather than physical intimidation for his success. Consequently, his penalty minute totals were remarkably low considering his role on the ice.

Bill Quackenbush began gaining local attention with the OHA’s Toronto Native Sons in 1940-41 when he registered 13 points in as many games. Detroit Red Wings scout Carson Cooper noticed him the following year while he was playing with the Brantford Juniors under coach Tommy Ivan, who himself later became head coach of the Red Wings.

The young rearguard wasn’t looking out of place during a ten-game call-up with Detroit in 1942-43 until he broke his wrist. After recovering from his injury, the parent club decided it was preferable that he spend the remainder of his first pro year with the Indianapolis Capitals of the AHL. He joined the Red Wings’ defense corps permanently the following season.

By the late 1940s, he’d evolved into one of hockey’s top blueliners. 3 times Bill Quackenbush was placed on the NHL’s First All-Star Team and twice he was selected to the 2nd Team.

At the conclusion of the 1948-49 season, he became the first defenseman to win the Lady Byng Trophy. It was at this time that Bill Quackenbush was in the midst of one of the NHL’s more astounding individual achievements. Bill managed to go 131 consecutive games without drawing a penalty. The streak began with the final 5 regular-season games and 10 playoff games in 1947-48, 60 regular-season and 11 post-season matches the next year and the first 45 games in 1949-50. During this penalty-free period, Bill Quackenbush’s regular defense partner was the equally mild-mannered Red Kelly, who later became the second rearguard to win the Lady Byng.

Amazingly, he incurred only one major penalty in his entire career, and that was a dubious call based on a quick wrestling match he had with Gaye Stewart. To many observers, he was the prototype of efficiency and finesse in defensive zone coverage. Bill Quackenbush was also considered a master at diffusing any forward’s attempt to generate offense from behind his opponent’s net.

A month before training camp in 1949, Bill Quackenbush and Pete Horeck were traded to the Bruins for several players, including future Stanley Cup hero Pete Babando. Bill’s rushes with the puck helped endear him to the Beantown supporters who hadn’t seen this type of daring play from the blue line since the days of Eddie Shore.

In 1950-51, the elder Bill Quackenbush had the opportunity to play with his younger brother Max, a lanky defenseman who was 3 inches taller. Later that season, the Bruins’ blue line brigade was decimated by injury, leaving Bill Quackenbush as the only experienced player. Bill was forced to play 55 minutes in one contest, a test of his stamina and experience. Bill retired in 1956 and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976.

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