It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that actress Arleen Sorkin, the original voice of Harley Quinn, has passed away today at the age of 67.
One of her most well known roles outside of the Batman universe being Calliope Jones on the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” (1984-1990), this fun and lovable character and Sorkin herself inspired friend Paul Dini’s visual inspiration for Dini and Bruce Timm’s character Harley Quinn. Debuting in the ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ episode “Joker’s Favor” on September 11, 1992, a once thought one off character within the animated show translated to Harley being a dominant figure within the 90s television series, in particular due to Sorkin’s voice and personality making the new DC character an automatic fan favorite.
Over the next two decades, Arleen Sorkin would voice Harley Quinn and other characters in animated television and film including “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” (1993) as Ms. Bambi, ‘The New Batman Adventures’ (1997-1999), ‘Superman: The Animated Series’ (1997), ‘Gotham Girls’ (2000-2002), “Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker” (2000), ‘Static Shock’ (2003: “Hard as Nails”), and ‘Justice League’ (2003). Sorkin also voiced Harley Quinn in video games “The Adventures of Batman & Robin” (1994), “Batman Vengeance” (2001), “Batman Arkham Asylum” (2009), and DC Universe Online (2011), which marked the last project Sorkin voiced the beloved character.
Arleen Sorkin’s original take on Harley Quinn’s chaotic cutie has not only influenced actresses who have brought Harley to life over the years across all visual media, but helped mold one of DC’s most popular characters. We thank and will always remember Sorkin’s personal, lovable personality she implemented into all the characters she portrayed on television and film. Condolences to her family, friends, colleagues, and fans across the multiverse. R.I.P. ️ rest well Harley you were my Harley
Legendary singer Jimmy Buffett best known for his song Margaritaville died on Friday night aged 76. An announcement was made on his official Twitter account late Friday night that said: 'Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs. 'He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many'.
Calvin Parker, who claimed he was abducted by aliens in Pascagoula in 1973, has died
By WLOX Staff
Published: Sep. 2, 2023 at 3:31 PM EDT
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) - Calvin Parker, the Pascagoula man known around the world for his tale of alien abduction, has died. According to a friend of the family, Parker passed away August 24, 2023 after a long battle with kidney cancer. He was at home, surrounded by loved ones, including his wife, Waynette.
The night of Oct. 11, 1973, something happened on the banks of the Pascagoula River that Calvin Parker and Charles Hickson would spend the rest of their lives trying to explain.
It’s a story well-known to locals, that WLOX News has reported on numerous times over the years. Hickson and Parker both wrote books about it.
Now the latest chronicle features what he's learned since he wrote the first book including accounts from other people who say they saw the abduction. (Photo source: Calvin Parker)(Photo source: Calvin Parker)
The two men were fishing near Ingalls Shipyard when they said they suddenly heard a piercing sound, and spotted a large UFO hovering behind them. There were three beings on board that carried the men on to the spaceship to examine them. After about 30 minutes, they were returned to the riverbank, and the UFO took off.
This is an illustration of what Calvin Parker and Charles Hickson described they saw the night of the alleged alien abduction.(WLOX)
Parker and Hickson tried to report what happened to officials at Keesler Air Force Base, but the military directed them to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators there had a cassette tape recording as the men talked about their alien encounter the night it happened. WLOX News shared excerpts from those tapes when they were rediscovered in the late 90s/early 2000s.
After the mysterious abduction, Hickson and Parker both passed lie detector tests and were even questioned under hypnosis. Investigators are on record saying the pair’s story never wavered.
Despite that, they were ridiculed and doubted by many. That’s what kept Maria Blair from coming forward for 45 years.
On that same October night, Blair was near the river waiting for her husband, Jerry, to leave on a boat to work off shore. Jerry fell asleep and Maria saw a strange, blue light streaking back and forth. She didn’t think much of it, until the next day when she heard about Parker and Hickson’s story.
“When she would talk about it I would tell her to shut up people are going to think you’re crazy,” said Jerry Blair.
In 2019, after seeing a media report about the abduction, Blair finally got the courage to come forward. She said her motivation was to give Calvin Parker and Charles Hickson’s story validation.
In 1973 Maria Blair and Calvin Parker were separated by a river. Now with a 45 year old secret washed under the bridge, Maria met Calvin face to face for the first time at the same spot on the Pascagoula River where the alleged abduction occurred.(WLOX)
That same year, the city of Pascagoula, the Jackson County Historical Society, and Main Street Pascagoula erected a historical marker at Lighthouse Park which describes the events of that night.
Hickson died in 2011, and wouldn’t get to see the marker, which describes the encounter as America’s “best documented case of alien abduction.”
But Parker was there, and told WLOX News how much it meant to finally be recognized after years of being ridiculed.
“It is emotional for me. I can’t really describe it because I would break out in tears if I do,” Parker said in 2019. “I wish when I died I could be buried right here underneath this plaque, that would explain it the best. It is quite an honor.”
In 2019, a historical marker was erected at Lighthouse Park in Pascagoula which describes Calvin Parker and Charles Hickson's alleged encounter with a UFO in 1973. It's described as America's "best documented case of alien abduction."(WLOX) Click here to subscribe to WLOX News on YouTube: Keep up with South Mississippi news, sports, and local events on our YouTube channel!
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R.I.P. to Mark Goddard. A truly beloved friend and brother to me for 59 years. I knew this was coming for the past few months. Shortly after a great phone chat he and I had on his 87th birthday in late July, I became aware that I would most likely never see or speak with him again.
The last words we exchanged were "I love you."
Mark’s “real” name was Charles Harvey. Mine is Charles William. We called each other by those birth names often. We also called each other “Captain Panther” and “Fox” based on the crude childhood comic books I wrote and drew in my spare time while filming Lost in Space. He and I had a lot of great memorable times together during the three years of filming the series. We got into some pretty goofy trouble.
Mark was a truly fine actor. Naturally gifted as well as trained. I know he sometimes felt constricted by the campy frame that LIS constrained him within, but he also embraced and loved it.
Mark was a sports nut. He passionately followed his Boston teams. He was a die hard Celtics fan. I’m a die hard Lakers fan. We teased each other about that classic rivalry and we both had great respect for many of the players on the teams we rooted against.
He was ridiculously handsome and eternally boyish. Mark was very funny and spontaneous. He enjoyed having a good time.
My deepest condolences and love to Mark's amazing and strong wife Evelyn and his wonderful children, Melissa, (Missy), Michael, Caleb and John.
There's a part of me that envisions him having a martini in Heaven right now with Jonathan Harris, Kevin Burns, Guy Williams and other comrades who left this world of woe before him. There's a part of me that believes he's in a better place now. A much better place.