A comedian whose groundbreaking routines in the 1950s and 1960s addressed the annoyances of everyday life, has died. Publicist Glenn Schwartz says Berman died Friday at his home in Bell Canyon, California. Berman won gold records and appeared on top television shows as a pioneer of a new brand of comedy that could evoke laughter from such matters as air travel discomforts and small children who answer the telephone. He paved the way for Woody Allen, Bob Newhart, Jerry Seinfeld and other comedians who fashioned their routines around the follies and frustrations of modern living. Late in his career, he played Nat David, father of Larry David, on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Shelley Duvall, best-known for her role in "The Shinning," is now unrecognizable in a clip released to promote her upcoming appearance on "Dr. Duvall sat down with Dr. Phil McGraw for an interview, and she revealed she has been battling serious mental illness. The once-celebrated actress departed from the public eye in the early 2000s. She said she believes her "Popeye" co-star Robin Williams is not dead but rather he is "shape-shifting." Duvall said she has seen Williams since his 2014 death.
Smith shared details with The Associated Press via text message and reported "I'm good" after the ordeal, which she said was being evaluated as a possible stroke. Fortunately, a Golden State team doctor was nearby and Smith was immediately moved to the training room to be attended to by the medical staff. She was then taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.
Big data proponents know all the right words to captivate executives inspired to lead their companies to the forefront of the ever-increasing technology-driven business environment. Yet, while advocates may have the very best intentions, without an understanding of how to leverage the capability, big data's usefulness can rival that of a floppy disk. As this tends to exist outside the scope of understanding for most business leaders, responsibility for maximizing big data potential falls to the solution providers--many of whom punch out after the initial big data implementation. Dr. Phil Shelley, former CTO of Sears Holdings Corporation, wants to change that. A pioneer of big data, he understands how to revolutionize a company's business practices to accommodate customer expectations.