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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Two Luminaries, Rest In Peace

The flags at Teacher's Brunch HQ in snow swept Auburn Hills, MI fly at half staff today for two people who passed away within the last 24 hours.



Howard Zinn suffered a fatal heart attack yesterday at the age of 87.

An activist, historian, and author, Zinn is probably best-known for his book A People's History of the United States. Depending when and where you attended university, it's a good bet his book was on a reading list somewhere along your educational path.




We also mourn the loss today of Zelda Rubinstein, who died yesterday after a string of illnesses.

Rubinstein is best-known for her role in the "Poltergeist" movies. In addition to roles in other films, including a stint as a Munchkin, Rubinstein was, as EW.com puts it, and AIDS activist before being an AIDS activist was fashionable.

Below is a clip of Rubinstein making her first appearance as psychic avenger Tangina Barrons.

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