Hardy Fox, of the Avant-Garde Band the Residents (Maybe), Dies at 73 – The New York Times

He never admitted that he performed with the group, whose members remained anonymous behind masks as they playfully subverted rock conventions for decades.

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Joachim Ronneberg, Leader of Raid That Thwarted a Nazi Atomic Bomb, Dies at 99 – The New York Times

The Norwegian resistance fighter commanded a daring World War II mission to blow up a heavy-water plant and help sabotage Hitler’s nuclear program.

Mary Midgley, 99, Moral Philosopher for the General Reader, Is Dead – The New York Times

Writing into her 90s — her last book was published last month — Dr. Midgley challenged with wit and verve the primacy of science as arbiter of reality.

Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Announces Retirement from Sesame Street – Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop honors Spinney’s remarkable fifty-year career performing iconic characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch (New York, NY – October 17, 2018) – Puppeteer Caroll Spinney today announced that he is stepping down from the roles of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, which he has performed on Sesame Street since its 1969 premiere. …

Source: Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Announces Retirement from Sesame Street – Sesame Workshop

Will Vinton, Revolutionary Animator With Claymation, Dies at 70 – The New York Times

He and a partner won an Oscar with a stop-motion technique using clay figures, the likes of which found a wide audience in the California Raisins commercials.