Student Work – Yvonne Craig and Satoru Iwata and Roderick George Toombs

YVONNE CRAIG

by Deborah Rios

Yvonne Craig's image from Wikipedia. Click for source.

Yvonne Craig image from Wikipedia.

Deborah Rios

Deborah Rios

Movie and television actress, Yvonne Craig died on August 17, 2015 at age seventy-eight in her home in Pacific Palisades, California. Craig had succumbed to metastasized breast cancer which had spread to her liver. She was born Yvonne Joyce Craig on May 16, 1937. Craig was born in Taylorville, Illinois and subsequently grew up in Ohio.
After a brief stint with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Craig commenced her acting career when she was discovered by Patrick Ford, son of film director, John Ford. Ford had cast Craig in the starring role of the movie, The Young Land. Craig also went on to do guest roles in television series such as Perry Mason, Mr. Lucky, and Star Trek.

During the early sixties, Craig had been dating Elvis Presley (the lucky girl) and worked in supporting roles opposite Presley in the films, It Happened at the World’s Fair and Kissin’ Cousins. However, Craig’s most memorable role was that of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in the short lived television series, Batman. This role was considered a “pioneer” role since this was the first female superhero on prime time television. At a time where the second leg of the Women’s Liberation movement was taking stride, Craig’s role as Batgirl was a major contribution. From 1972 through 2011, Craig continued to accept television roles which included the voice role of “grandma” in the children’s television show, Olivia which ran from 2009 through 2011.

In addition to her acting career, Craig went into private business in the field of real estate. She also joined her sister, Meridel, in a thriving pre-paid telephone card business. Among her other endeavors, Craig wrote her autobiography entitled From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond in the year 2000. Moreover, Craig was a philanthropist and a heavy advocate for union workers rights as well as an advocate for equal pay for women. She was also a supporter of education and donated her time to mentoring and tutoring under privileged students.

Craig is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, Sister, Meridel Carson and nephews Christopher and Todd Carson. There is no information as to the estate of Yvonne Craig

Citations

KATIE ROGERS, Yvonne Craig, Actress Who Played Batgirl, Is Dead at 78, N.Y. Times, August 19, 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/20/arts/television/batgirl-dies-yvonne-craig.html

Yvonne Craig, http://www.yvonnecraig.com/news/2015/08/19/yvonne-craigs-official-obituary

Yvonne Craig http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0186051/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_ sm

SATORU IWATA

by Jasmeet Sahni

Satoru Iwata image from Wikipedi. Click for source

Satoru Iwata image from Wikipedi.

Jasmeet Sahni

Jasmeet Sahni

Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata passed away at the young age of 55 after battling cancer for over a year. He was a Japanese born programmer and businessman. Even at a young age he was always interested in computers and leadership. In middle school he worked with a demo computer just by using telephone lines. In high school he displayed leadership skills serving as class, student council and club presidents. After entering high school, he would save money by washing dishes in order to purchase his first programmable calculator. Not long after, he went on to develop his own game in his junior year making simple number games. He is widely known for his unconventional ideas and changing the medium.

Sadly, in June 2014 a tumor was discovered during a routine physical, the tumor was removed yet resurfaced one year later. Unfortunately, Mr. Iwata died from complications with a bile duct tumor on July 11, 2015 in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. Throughout his career, Iwata built a strong relationship with Nintendo fans through social media and regular appearances at gaming events. He respectively became the public face of Nintendo.

Mr. Iwata’s death was a major shock to all video-game entrepreneurs and users. Iwata brought a new feel to the Nintendo world, unlike his predecessor, Hiroshi Yamauchi who was infamous for being very harsh with his rhetoric, once saying people who play RPG’s (role-playing games) were “depressed people who like to sit along in their dark rooms”. Instead Iwata’s hands-on approach to business earned him admiration and respect from both developers and gamers.

Satoru Iwata was named one of the world’s top CEO by Barron’s Magazine, he was the first Nintendo President not related to the Yamauchi family through either consanguinity or affinity. In 2003, thanks to Yamauchi, Iwata pushed for development of a revolutionary product that would later be known as Wii. According to Iwata, the premise of the console was that “a Mom has to like it”. He is more notably known for helping create major games such as Kirby’s Adventure, Super Mario Bros, Super Smash Bros., Donkey Kong Pokémon Gold & Silver, Legends of Zelda, just to name a few.

Iwata believed “Above all, video games are meant to be just one thing; fun. Fun for everyone.” Even after he joined Nintendo, as the head of its corporate planning division in 2002, he saw Nintendo’s net sales fall by two-thirds, it was the first time in thirty years that the company saw its first operating losses. Iwate voluntarily halved his salary as an apology in both 2011 and 2014. As of April 2013 Forbes estimated Yamauchi’s net worth at $2.1 billion, he was the 13th richest person in Japan and the 491st riches in the world. Nintendo, alternatively, is worth $18.1 billion thanks to their timeless games and uniquely designed hardware.

Satoru Iwata’s death was a shock to the entire world. Due to his unconventional gaming ideas and strong relationship with Nintendo fans he will forever be known as an iconic and deeply admired individual. Luckily, through his games fans of his work such as myself are able to keep his memory alive. He is survived by his spouse, Kayoko Iwata.

Works Cited

Matt Peckham, “Why Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Mattered”. Times. Tech. Video Games (July 13, 2015)

http://time.com/3954934/nintendo-satoru-iwata/

Titiana Serafin, “Billionaire Nintendo Changemaker Hiroshi Yamauchi Dies”. Forbes (Sept 19, 2013)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tatianaserafin/2013/09/19/billionaire-nintendo-changemaker-hiroshi-yamauchi-dies/

Rich Stanton and Keith Stuart, “Satoru Iwata changed the whole games industry and now leaves it in mourning”. The Guardian. Tech. Games (July 13, 2015)

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/13/satoru-iwata-games-nintendo-president

Nintendo. Game Credits

http://nintendo.wikia.com/wiki/Satoru_Iwata

RODERICK GEORGE TOOMBS

by Gina Delgado

Roddy Piper image from Wikipedia

Roddy Piper image from Wikipedia

Gina Delgado

Gina Delgado

Canadian professional wrestler, Roderick George Toombs better known as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper or “Hot Rod”, died on July 31, 2015 at 61 years old from a heart attack in his sleep at his Hollywood, California household. Piper had suffered from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the year 2006 but was reported cancer free at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Kitty Toombs, his four children; Ariel Toombs, Anastacia Toombs, Falon Tombs, and Colton Toombs.

Piper the most diverting, scandalous, and overbearing legend in World Wrestling Entertainment, cherished by millions of fans around the world was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on April 17, 1954 and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Piper first joined World Wrestling Entertainment in 1984 after receiving his first opportunity from National Wrestling Alliance in the 1970’s. His nickname, “Rowdy Roddy Piper” was known for trash talking, wearing a kilt, and his bagpipe entrance music.

Aside from his nickname, he headlined the very first WrestleMania in 1985 where he partnered up with Paul Orndoff against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. and appeared in many television shows and movies such as “They Live” which was directed by John Carpenter. He was also World Championship Wrestling U.S Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and World Tag Team Champion. With all of his many accomplishments, Piper was inducted to the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2005 at Los Angeles, California. To this day, Piper’s legacy lives on and forever will be remembered from World Wrestling Entertainment professional wrestlers and fans.

References:

Steve Almasy, Roddy Piper, pro wrestling “bad guy” dies at 61, (August 1, 2015)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/31/us/wrestler-roddy-piper-dies/

The Associated Press, WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies at 61, (July 31, 2014)

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/07/31/arts/ap-wre-obit-roddy-piper.html?_r=1

Nina Golgowski, Pro wrestler, WWE champion “Rowdy” Roddy Piper dead at 61, (August 1, 2015)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pro-wrestler-roddy-piper-dead-61-article-1.2311240

Marissa Payne, WWE legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper dead at age 61, (July 31, 2015)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/07/31/wwe-legend-rowdy-roddy-piper-dead-at-age-61/

 

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