Robert Loggia was a fantastic actor from films like: Scarface, Big, Jagged Edge, Officer and a Gentleman, Independence Day, Return To Me, The Sopranos, a voice in Grand Theft Auto, and much much more. Born in Staten Island and passing on at the age of 85 in Los Angeles, he was always fascinating to watch on screen. It was a life well lived. He will be missed.
I insert my insanity into the life and passing of Sugarhill Gang's Rapper's Big Hank Tank Jackson. Their hit song Rapper's Delight launched them onto the scene in 1979. They would go on to be the influence for rap music greats: Run DMC, NWA, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys and more.
Yogi Berra was perhaps the greatest personality ever in baseball. With an Italian background, upbringing in St. Louis and career with the Yankees, he was a perfect hybrid of the national pastime. I know we said we didn't want to discuss athletes every week on this podcast, but sometimes life takes over. He lived a great life. A complete life. And was as important as any player in the history of the game both on and off the field.
In our initial episode of The Great Beyond we discuss the passing of NBA legend Moses Malone. We're working out the kinks so we're a little all over the place but that does not take away from our appreciation of this great man. He was the first player to ever make the jump from high school straight to the NBA and it paved the way for future legends like Darryl Dawkins (r.i.p.), LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and many more. With Julius "the Doctor" Erving, Moses was able to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to the 1983 NBA Championship over the Lakers. Moses was quoted as saying "Four, four, four," meaning they would go on to sweep all their playoff series in four games apiece. Charles Barkley called him "Dad" for his leadership and fatherly guidance when Charles entered the league.