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Casey Kasem Memorial Imbued with the Spirit of Humanitarianism

ShutterstockCaseyKasemAll three children from Casey Kasem‘s first marriage were at a memorial held in Los Angeles over the weekend for their legendary dad. And it is one of those offspring, Kerri Kasem, who has delivered a most inspiring quote.

Here’s what she told New York Daily News west coast bureau chief Nancy Dillon:

“The one thing I heard over and over from people was that the memorial inspired them to live a better life and be a better person. Everyone got to hear about my dad’s humanitarian work and what a great father and friend he was.”

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Casey Kasem, Wholesome Voice of Pop Radio, Dies at 82 (NYT)
Casey Kasem, a disc jockey who never claimed to love rock ’n’ roll but who built a long and lucrative career from it, creating and hosting one of radio’s most popular syndicated pop music shows, American Top 40, died on Sunday in a hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash. He was 82. Mashable Kasem had Parkinson’s disease and dementia. His children took him off life support in a Washington hospice this week. HuffPost Kasem will be remembered as the “the king of countdowns.” He was best known for his work on American Top 40, which he hosted from 1970 to 1988, and again from 1998 until 2004, when he passed the job on to Ryan Seacrest. Kasem was also a talented voice-over artist, most famously voicing Scooby-Doo’s pal, Shaggy. THR Kasem said he wanted to be the “voice of the guy next door,” and his style was to accent the positive, considering each one of the hits a major accomplishment for each act involved. He never focused on the negative, such as a big drop-off for a particular song, and remained family-friendly. His shows also tugged at the heartstrings with such elements as “Long Distance Dedications.” Variety Kemal Amin Kasem was born in Detroit to parents who were Lebanese Druze immigrants. He graduated from Wayne State University. Kasem got his start in radio during the Korean War, working for Armed Forces Radio. Kasem was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Casey Kasem Still Aiming for Red-Letter Real Estate Day

We second the astonished tone of HuffPost Home associate editor Michelle Manetti.

In a weekend item, she expressed amazement that syndicated radio show legend Casey Kasem and wife Jean have their Holmby Hills home on the market for a whopping $42 million. What catches everyone’s attention is that if successful, the couple will reap something in the neighborhood of a 2500% profit. Not including any subsequent improvements, they paid under two million for the residence back in 1989.

Redfin.com has a nice portfolio of pictures. There’s a heart-shaped pool and sunken tennis court in the back, four fireplaces, and much more.

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Who You Gonna Call for a Ghostbusters Script Read? How About Seth, Rainn and Jack

As per usual, Entertainment Weekly senior writer Anthony Breznican has the exclusive scoop on who will be participating in filmmaker Jason Reitman’s next “Live Read” event at LACMA. For a script indelibly stamped by Reitman’s dad Ivan.

Standing in on Thursday for the Ghostbusters trio of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis will be, respectively, Seth Rogen, Jack Black and Rainn Wilson. The only problem is that a lot of Murray’s best lines as Dr. Peter Venkman were not on the page, so Reitman had to combine the original script with a transcript of the finished film. Per Breznican’s report:

“While almost all of the dialogue in the original screenplay is echoed on screen, the Venkman character is completely improvised,” Reitman tells EW. “It’s as if Bill Murray was given a mumblecore-style essay about each scene and then permitted to say whatever he wanted as long as he got the point across.”

“He slimed me” is in the script, but not the follow-up line: “I feel so funky.”

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