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Geek News on the Radio for January 4th, 2020

Disney Legend and former EVP of Attractions Ron Dominguez known as ‘Mr. Disneyland’ passes away at 85

Ron Dominguez, a Disney Legend and former executive vice president of Walt Disney Attractions, passed away at 85 on Saturday. ‘Some sad news to start the new year,’ the Disneyland Alumni Club announced on Facebook. ‘Ron was an original Disneyland Cast Member, even more so than others. His family owned and lived on 10 acres of orange groves that were purchased by Walt Disney for Disneyland in 1954.’ Known as ‘Mr. Disneyland,’ he previously joked his childhood home was ‘located right about where the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean and Cafe Orleans are today.’ Additionally, the giant palm tree by the entrance of the Jungle Cruise had been a gift to his grandparents, who wed in the 1890s. Starting in July 1955, Dominguez took a summer job at the Anaheim amusement park as a ticket taker at age 20, before he was promoted to ‘temporary supervisor of Main Street U.S.A’ within a year.

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Ashes of Star Trek ‘Scotty’ actor James Doohan smuggled aboard the International Space Station: ‘He always wanted to go to space’

The ashes of Star Trek actor James Doohan were allegedly smuggled aboard the International Space Station by video game developer and entrepreneur Richard Garriott. Doohan famously portrayed Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, the engineer of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise. The Canadian actor died in 2005 aged 85, however, still managed to make it to space in the years since. According to Deadline, Garriott was one of the first private citizens to visit the International Space Station (ISS) in 2008 during a 12-day self-funded mission as a private astronaut. In a new interview, Garriott told The Sunday Times of how he was contacted by the actor’s son Chris Doohan, who said it was his father’s wish to make it to the ISS. Garriott agreed to the proposition and received Doohan’s ashes, however, due to time constraints, was forced to bypass the official process necessary to bring objects aboard the station.

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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ actress Chloe Bennet reveals she was diagnosed with COVID-19 after she woke up on Christmas morning ‘unable to breathe’

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” actress Chloe Bennet revealed she tested positive for COVID-19 and experienced severe symptoms. Bennet, 28, shared the news with her more than 2.6 million Instagram followers on New Year’s Eve, Entertainment Tonight reported. “On Christmas morning I woke up with a high fever, and unable to breathe. I got tested, and I’m positive for COVID-19,” Bennet wrote on her Instagram Story. “It’s been a rough week to say the least,” wrote Bennet, who added that “multiple members” of her family were also infected and they’ve been “battling it out together.” Although Bennet assured fans that she was “okay,” she encouraged them to remain diligent about the virus and take it seriously. “I’m sharing this because I want to iterate to anyone who still may not being taking covid seriously, please please please f—— do. Covid sucks. It just really sucks,” wrote Bennet.

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Shane Black Developing Animated Comedy For Fox Based On Crag Banyon Mysteries

Iron Man 3 writer and director Shane Black is moving into animation with a new comedy project at Fox. Black, who also wrote the first two Lethal Weapon movies, is developing Crag Banyon P.I., based on James Mullaney’s book series. Black and Mullaney will write and exec produce the project, which will also be exec produced by David Silverman, Stampede Ventures’, Greg Silverman and Paul Shapiro; Greenlit’s David Greenblatt; and Vinson Films’ Tripp Vinson. If the project receives a presentation order at the network, co-creator David Silverman, who helmed The Simpsons Movie, will direct. It currently has a script commitment with Fox Entertainment as the studio with Bento Box producing the animation. Crag Banyon P.I follows the supernatural adventures of Banyon, an alcoholic ex-cop and current private investigator, as he solves cases in an alternate noir, otherworldly reality. Mullaney has written seven books in the series including One Horse Open Slay and Bum Luck.

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