Friday, May 27, 2005

One of the greats of American movies and television has died. Eddie Albert was 99. He died at home due to Alzheimers related health problems. Besides being an actor Albert fought with the US Marines during WW2, winning a Bronze Star for rescuing fellow Marines during the Battle of Tarawa in 1943. His son Edward has also worked as an actor, but in recent years had been taking care of his father.

Canadian guitarist Domenic Troiano passed away this week after a long battle with prostate cancer. Troiano's career saw him play in a wide range of situations, including being guitarist in a post Randy Bachman lineup of the Guess Who, along with numerous session gigs. In the '80s he turned his attention to tv soundtracks, including the theme song to the Canadian produced cop show Night Heat.

And from the odd side of the news Japanese officials are currently investigating reports that a pair of Japanese soldiers who deserted the Japanese Army in WW2 are living on the Phillipine island of Mindanao. Attempts to contact them on Friday were unsuccessful. A number of Japanese soldiers held out for years after WW2, but the last was thought to have returned home in the 1970s.

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