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Hello fans,

Let's see if I can get through today's issue without a mistake
in the Dead or Alive section!

Last week I made the mistake of not changing Lauren Hutton's 
name in the answer area. It was suppose to be Albert Finney.

The information provided was Albert Finney's though.

So today we're catching up with Chris Burke. I'll admit I
really didn't know much about him. I never watched the TV
show he was on.

Be Well,



  See if you know if the following ACTORS have had a 
  visit from the "Grim Reaper":  

- Jane Wyman: She appeared in many movies, including 
"Johnny Belinda" and "Magnificent Obsession", and starred 
as Angela Channing in the TV series "Falcon Crest", she 
was the ex-wife of former US president Ronald Reagan

- Betty Hutton: Actress and singer, starred in "The Miracle of 
Morgan's Creek", "The Perils of Pauline", "Annie Get Your Gun", 
"The Greatest Show on Earth" and other movies

- Maureen Stapleton: She appeared in "Bye Bye Birdie", 
"Interiors", "Reds", "Cocoon" and other movies

                 (Answer at the bottom)



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                      CHRIS BURKE

August 26, 1965, Point Lookout, New York

CLAIM TO FAME: If you know the name Chris Burke then you
most definitely know him from his role as Corky Thatcher
from the TV series, 'Life Goes On'.

FAMILY LIFE: Never married.

INFO: Chris has Down Syndrome. His parents were told to 
institutionalize him when he was born, but they decided to 
raise him at home and nurture his talents. He was encouraged 
to follow his career objectives no matter how untraditional 
they seemed for a young man with Down Syndrome. His siblings 
also worked with him. Many were surprised at how healthy and 
bright Burke was when he entered formal schooling.

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TRIVIA: Used to work as an elevator operator.

First set his sights on becoming a tap dancer. He later 
switched to acting while at the Don Guanella School. He 
was further inspired by attending night classes, going 
through auditions, writing scripts, and reading books.

Tours with his 3-piece folk band.

Is the youngest of 4 children.

Serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for the National Down 
Syndrome Society and is editor-in-chief of its 
quarterly magazine.

WHERE IS HE NOW: Tours with his 3-piece folk band. He sings 
with his twin friends, Joe and John DeMasi. They were his 
music counselors at a camp for persons with disabilities. 
The band has released several albums. They tour the country.
Here is a list of Upcoming Appearances:

January 05, 2008
Making A Difference Anniversary Celebration, the Hamptons, New York 

January 22, 2008
Tulare-Kings Right to Life, Visalia, California 

March 01, 2008
San Diego D.S.A. Dinner and Dance Gala, San Diego, California 

April 06-08, 2008
Help Center-Very Special Arts Talents of the Desert Festival, Jeddah 

April 12, 2008
KidsFest at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

June 14, 2008
Annual A.G.M. General Meeting, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 

September 20, 2008
North Coast Down Syndrome Network Buddy Walk, Seaside, Oregon 

September 21, 2008
D.S.N.O. Buddy Walk, Lake Oswego, Oregon 

September 27, 2008
D.S.S.A. of Southern Indiana Buddy Walk, New Albany, Indiana 

October 09-11, 2008
Indiana Down Syndrome Foundation Buddy Walk, Indianapolis, Indiana 

We also have a two part video that has all kinds of
info on Chris from past to present. Check them out:

Chris Burke Pt. 1
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Chris Burke Pt. 2
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Chris Burke 
426 S Orange Grove Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.chrisburke.org

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Mona Lisa Smile (2003) .... Custodian
"ER" .... George (1 episode, 2002)
    - The Letter (2002) TV episode .... George
"The Division" .... Henry Lee Mentiere (1 episode, 2002)
    - Illusions (2002) TV episode .... Henry Lee Mentiere
"Touched by an Angel" .... Taylor (2 episodes, 1997)
    - Great Expectations (1997) TV episode .... Taylor
    - An Angel by Any Other Name (1997) TV episode .... Taylor
"Promised Land" .... Bob (1 episode, 1997)
    - Independence Day (1997) TV episode .... Bob
"Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III" (1994) (mini) TV mini-series .... Jim
"The Commish" .... Billy (1 episode, 1994)
    - Dog Days (1994) TV episode .... Billy
"Life Goes On" .... Charles 'Corky' Thacher (83 episodes, 1989-1993)
Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted (1992) (TV) .... Jonathan Willis
Desperate (1987) (TV) (as Christopher Burke) .... Louis

A Special Kind of Hero (1992, memoir, with Jo Beth McDaniel)

To see Then & Now pictures of Chris, visit: 
Chris Burke Then & Now

LOOSE LIPS: "People said I could never become an actor because 
I'm retarded. It goes to show you that anyone can make their 
dreams a reality... unless they're brain dead." - Chris Burke


--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE

Jane Wyman - DEAD 
Born: 01/05/1917  Died: 09/10/2007

Betty Hutton - DEAD (Cancer)
Born: 02/26/1921  Died: 03/11/2007 

Maureen Stapleton - DEAD (Pulmonary disease)
Born: 06/21/1925  Died: 03/13/2006


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- Ike Turner, 76, American musician and record producer, ex-husband 
  of Tina Turner.  Click Here for  video

- Christie Hennessy, 62, Irish singer and songwriter, cancer. 
- Tatsuzo Shimaoka, 88, Japanese potter, living national treasure, 
  acute liver failure. 

- Emil Brenkus, 94, American jazz bassist, prostate cancer. 
- George Morris, 76, American football player (Georgia Tech, San 
  Francisco 49ers), apparent heart attack. 
- Jerry Ricks, 67, American blues guitarist. 

- Matthew J. Murray, 24, American murderer, suicide by gunshot. 
- Elspeth Rostow, 90, American academic, University of Texas dean, 
  widow of Walt Whitman Rostow, heart attack. 
- Kurt Schmied, 81, Austrian footballer, former member of national team. 
- Rafael Sperafico, 26, Brazilian racing driver, race crash. 
- J. Fife Symington Jr., 97, American diplomat to Trinidad and Tobago, 
  complications of old age. 
- Gordon Zahn, 84, American Catholic peace activist, co-founder of Pax 
  Christi USA, complications of Alzheimer's disease.  

- Gerardo García Pimentel, 24, Mexican crime reporter, homicide 
  by gunshot. 
- Roger King, 63, American television producer, CEO of CBS Television 
  Distribution, stroke. 
- Al Scaduto, 79, American cartoonist (They'll Do It Every Time). 

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