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Obit of the Day: Paul Adams, Tuskegee Airman

Paul Adams, a member of the 332nd Fighter Group, also known as “The Red Tails,” died on July 8, 2013 at the age of 92.  Mr. Adams was trained with other black pilots at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Mr. Adams, who would retire from the military as a Lieutenant Colonel, joined the training program upon his graduation from South Carolina State University.

The Tuskegee Airman, called “guardian angels” by the bomber crews they escorted during World War II, would fly over 1500 missions in the European theater.

Mr. Adams remained in the Army until 1962 when he retired. Having been transferred to Lincoln, Nebraska, Mr. Adams was hired as a high school history teacher in the city’s public school system - one of the first African Americans to teach in Lincoln. (He would also teach the school system’s first Black history class.)

A former leader of the Lincoln NAACP Mr. Adams retired from teaching in 1982. In 2008 the city of Lincoln honored his contributions by naming a newly built elementary school for him. (The Adams Elementary School’s mascot is the “Aviators,” of course.)

In 2007, Mr. Adams was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal along with all other Tuskegee Airmen for their service during World War II.

Sources: Lincoln Journal-Star, Omaha.com, and Wikipedia

(Image of Lt. Col. Adams, while still only a lieutenant, is a family photo courtest of the Lincoln Journal-Star)

Other Tuskegee Airmen featured on Obit of the Day:

Herbert Carter

William Holloman - my very first post

Luther McIlwain

Arthur Saunders and Raymond L. Johnson

and other African American military pioneers:

Wesley Brown - First African American graduate of the Naval Academy

Earl Hood - A “Montford Point Marine”

Ruth Lucas - 1st African American woman to earn the rank of colonel in the USAF

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2016 Oscar Nominations (by Mr. Peanutbutter and Todd Chavez)

Best Picture

  • Avatar
  • Midnight Hole
  • Nazi Who Played Yahtzee
  • Really Quite Upset Max
  • Broom
  • The Short Big Tall Small

Best Director

  • Nicole Holofcener
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Mary Harron
  • Ana Lily Amirpour

Best Actor

  • Black People?
  • Colin Firth
  • Jurj Clooners
  • Bread Poot
  • Michael Fasbspenber (sp?)

Best Actress

  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Freida Pinto?
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Jennifer Lawrence

Best Supporting Actor

  • Mark Buffalo
  • Sylvester Stallion
  • Christian Snail
  • Shark Rylance
  • Tom Hardy (who is a cat)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Kate Winslet
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Jennifer Jason Lawrence

Here’s everyone SNL has confirmed will appear on the 40th anniversary special so far:

Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Derek Jeter, Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney, Chevy Chase, Kanye West, Adam Sandler, Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Paul Simon, Jerry Seinfeld, Molly Shannon, Steve Martin, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, Amy Poehler, Jim Carrey, Peyton Manning, Dana Carvey, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Rock, Alec Baldwin, Taylor Swift, Garrett Morris, Andy Samberg, Christopher Walken, Maya Rudolph, Tom Hanks, Martin Short, Betty White, Bill Hader, Jane Curtin, Jon Hamm, Laraine Newman, Zach Galifianakis, Seth Meyers, Jason Sudeikis, Paul Rudd, David Spade, Kerry Washington, Fred Armisen, James Franco, Kristen Wiig, Norm Macdonald, Bill Murray