Good Day, Sir! Gene Wilder Dies And Other News With Mary Dixon

We are remembering the work of the comedic actor Gene Wilder, who created the screen version of Willy Wonka and made us laugh in a raft of movie gems. He’s died at the age of 83 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  The former Jerome Silberman of Milwaukee, Wisconsin made his screen debut as a hysterical undertaker in ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ followed by his first collaboration with Mel Brooks in ‘The Producers.’ Wilder was nominated for a supporting actor Oscar then; he would be nominated for co-writing the screenplay of ‘Young Frankenstein’ in 1975.
A new watchdog panel will investigate Chicago’s police-involved shootings … Russian hackers are suspected to have broken into the voter registration databases here in Illinois and in Arizona … Tropical depressions are moving in on North Carolina’s Outer Banks and the Florida Keys … The Cubs beat the Pirates in extra innings; the White Sox lost in Detroit … Thunderstorms are moving into the area. We’ll have a high today in the low-80s.

 

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