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He's No Longer In A World [Sep. 2nd, 2008|12:07 pm]
In a world where one mortal speaks with the "voice of God", it is too easy for that voice to be silenced.

Don LaFontaine died yesterday. You may not know the name, but you certainly know the voice. He did the narration for over 5,000 movie trailers and recently appeared in a Geico commercial as himself. (He had a good sense of humor about what he did.)

What a shame to lose him and his wonderful voice. If you're religious, please say a prayer for him in the appropriate fashion... by which I mean deep, sonorous tones.

Edit: It would be cool if they did a tribute to him at the Oscars or something. It could be a montage entirely of trailer clips where he said "In a world"... That'd almost be enough to make me actually watch the Oscars!

[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2008-09-02 08:54 pm (UTC)
The name was familiar... but that voice! You will be sorely missed, Mr LaFontaine.
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[User Picture]From: rapidtrabbit
2008-09-02 10:17 pm (UTC)
Here at my job at the cable TV company over the past year I had been encoding a whole slate of TV commercials for the MegaMillions jackpot lottery in New York State. The latest campaign was called "Dueling Announcers" in which a bunch of them (Don LaFontaine, Ed McMahon, and Johnny Gilbert from the "Jeopardy" game show) are gathered in a coffee shop and get upstaged by the guy who announces the NY MegaMillions jackpot amount update.

Guess all those spots will have to be dumped now. And there was a version of that commercial for every increment that the jackpot rose when there was no winner that particular week.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-03 12:35 am (UTC)
I kinda hope they don't dump the spots. Maybe it's just me, but I'd like to see them just because, well, that was his life's work: announcing. Do we burn paintings of artists that die?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-03 03:23 am (UTC)
Love it!
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2008-09-03 06:18 am (UTC)
That Geico commercial is the best one of the series! IMO, it's the only funny one.

(Well, the ones with Peter Frampton and Michael Winslow are pretty fun too.)
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[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2008-09-03 07:50 am (UTC)
I love the links. He rocked. And clearly he had a sense of humor, too.
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