Friday, January 04, 2019

Three Nicknamed Celebrities Die on January 2nd...and Joe Turkel in 2019

Will 2019 make people lose their minds in the sync world? It is starting off fast and furious.

On January 2, 2019, the death of three Caucasian male celebrities - each of whom used "nicknames" - each of who died at the age of 76, all occurred on the same day.

"Fans notice 'spooky pattern' of celebrity deaths," writes Yahoo Australia, and a tweet alert about the story flashed across sites like The Anomalist.

"Super Dave" (Bob Einstein), "Mean Gene" (Okerlund), and "Captain" of "Captain and Tennille" (Daryl Dragon) died on Wednesday, the second day of the year.

Einstein was born Stewart Robert Einstein in Los Angeles, on November 20, 1942. He is the older brother of actor and comedian Albert Brooks (born Albert Lawrence Einstein), and the younger brother of Cliff Einstein, a retired advertising executive. Einstein created the goofy stuntman Super Dave Osborne character.

Okerlund was born Eugene Arthur Okerlund in Sisseton, South Dakota, on December 19, 1942. Okerlund was given the nickname "Mean Gene" by Jesse "The Body" Ventura.

Dragon was born Daryl Frank Dragon in Los Angeles, on August 27, 1942. Dragon's familiar image and stage name came from his time as a keyboard player with The Beach Boys from 1967 to 1972. Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love gave him the nickname "Captain Keyboard," and it stuck; Dragon began wearing a nautical captain's hat to go along with the name.

All were born in '42 and, all were thus 76: 7 x 6 = 42. Daryl Dragon died 237 days before his 77th birthday. H/T #AlexFulton (@Cryptokubrology on Twitter) and Ronald Christopher Walker.

Some cryptokubrology notes...

Was the last #Cryptokubrology death of 2018, the passing of Herb Ellis (1/17/1921-12/26/2018)? Herbert Ellis, born on January 17, 1921. He was in Kubrick’s The Killing (1956) and in Paths of Glory (1957).

Joe Turkel, who is still alive, was also in Paths of Glory. Turkel, it may be recalled, was "Lloyd" in The Shining (1980). 

Will 2019 be a key year for Joe Turkel (born 7/15/1927)? 

Turkel played "Tiny" (The Killing, Stanley Kubrick, 1956), the doomed "Private Arnaud" (Paths of Glory, Kubrick, 1957), "Lloyd" (The Shining, Kubrick, 1980), & Eldon Tyrell (Blade Runner, Ridley Scott, 1982). 

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