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  • In Memory still Bright: Johnny Sekka

    Found on B5TV and confirmed in Variety: Johnny Sekka, Dr. Kyle in The Gathering, passed away on Sept. 14 due to lung cancer. He was 72 years old.

    To absent friends...

    Jan
    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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    I posted the Variety link to the Mod as well, in case you haven't already.

    Sad news. I always thought it a shame we never had another chance to see Dr. Kyle.

    Regards,

    Joe
    Joseph DeMartino
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    Pat Tallman Division

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    • #3
      I would have enjoyed seeing that also. If the Lost Tales had started just after Crusade ended, perhaps we could have seen Dr. Kyle turning his job over to Steven Franklin.

      I don't recall ever seeing Johnny Sekka in any other parts but he was definitely one of those actors to whom I could have listened for hours. Beautiful voice and diction.

      Jan
      "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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      • #4
        Dear gods ... I wish I hadn't read this. Johnny was one of the best actors to grace the Babylon 5 soundstages, in my opinion. He was one of the best out there.

        This is a horrible loss.

        Johnny, may you rest in peace.
        "Jan Schroeder is insane" - J. Michael Straczynski, March 2008

        The Station: A Babylon 5 Podcast

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        • #5
          Damnit, another one

          RIP
          Sleeping in Light-----Darnit! Shut the Window.

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          • #6
            Jan:

            Both our threads finally popped up on the mod. We posted about an hour apart.

            Regards,

            Joe
            Joseph DeMartino
            Sigh Corps
            Pat Tallman Division

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            • #7
              Given my record with new threads, it was only about 50/50 that it'd show up at all in the next week so it's good that you started one, too, Joe. That guaranteed they'd both show up. I think it's a rule.

              Jan
              "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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              • #8
                I moderate three times a day, at least. If something isn't showing up, it hasn't reached the moderation queue, and there's some problem between thee and we. Today there was an usually long delay because I was out of the house, having a life, and so missed moderating in the middle of the day as I usually would.

                But do note that in general, you can count on new threads showing up the same day, which I can guarantee has happened the lion's share of the time since I started moderating and taking some of the weight off of the other mods' shoulders...

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                • #9
                  Amy dear, that was in no way any comment about your moderating which has vastly improved the lag over there. It was a comment on how Usenet often swallows up posts for days or more at a time. Sorry, I thought that was clear enough in my post.

                  Jan
                  "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                  • #10
                    Back to topic, JMS has posted about Johnny Sekka:

                    I'd heard word about this last weekend, from a B5 cast member to Doug
                    then to me, but wanted to wait for confirmation before putting it on
                    the net. Then, unfortunately, I got hit with the Martian Death Flu and
                    have been totally out of action all week...so I wasn't able to post
                    about this sooner.

                    It's a great loss, and he was a fine man. His health was always
                    problematic; even back during "The Gathering" there was concern about
                    his health and lungs. He was noticeably fragile, and would often run
                    out of steam in the middle of a scene, especially if there was any
                    action involved. This was ultimately the reason we couldn't in all
                    good conscience bring him back for the series, though we kept that to
                    ourselves in hopes that things would eventually improve and he might be
                    fit enough to one day return to B5 or work for other shows. But it
                    didn't happen, and B5 was the last thing he worked on that I know
                    about. Which is so unfortunate, because he was a vastly talented man
                    whose compassion was evident and sincere in his eyes, even when his
                    voice was sometimes so low that you could barely hear it on the track.

                    It's a genuine loss all around.

                    jms
                    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                    • #11
                      Sad news, I can't say I knew much about his pre B5 background but from that article it was very impressive.

                      IMDB link
                      Who are you?
                      What do you want?
                      What is the average inflight speed of an unladened swallow?

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                      • #12
                        Amy:

                        No criticism of the moderation was intended or even implied. Honest.

                        Joe

                        P.S.

                        Have you considered decaf? Just a thought.

                        Joe
                        Joseph DeMartino
                        Sigh Corps
                        Pat Tallman Division

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                        • #13
                          Decaf is for heathens.
                          Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by LessonInMachismo
                            Decaf is for heathens.
                            or those with Ulcers
                            Phaze
                            on the "caffine irritates the stomach lining" ID
                            "There are no good wars. War is always the worst possible way to resolve differences. It degenerates and corrupts both sides to ever more sordid levels of existence, in their need to gain an advantage over the enemy. Those actively involved in combat are almost always damaged goods for the rest of their lives. If their bodies don't bear scars, their minds do, ofttimes both. Many have said it before, but it can't be said to enough, war is hell. "

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by LessonInMachismo
                              Decaf is for heathens.
                              On this, we can agree. :-)

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