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Mon Nov 12, 2018, 06:30 PM

HAL (IBM -1 letter) has died. Douglas Rain.



A celebrated Shakespearean stage actor from Canada, he did all his work on the 1968 classic in postproduction, then voiced another computer for Woody Allen's 'Sleeper.'

Douglas Rain, the veteran Canadian stage actor who provided the soft and gentle voice of the rogue HAL 9000 computer for Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sequel, has died. He was 90.

Rain died Sunday morning at St. Mary's Memorial Hospital outside Stratford, Ontario, the Stratford Festival announced.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/douglas-rain-dead-voice-hal-9000-2001-a-space-odyssey-was-90-1083429

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Reply HAL (IBM -1 letter) has died. Douglas Rain. (Original post)
underpants Nov 12 OP
mahatmakanejeeves Nov 12 #1
BigmanPigman Nov 12 #3
Xipe Totec Nov 12 #2
underpants Nov 12 #7
Xipe Totec Nov 12 #9
912gdm Nov 12 #4
central scrutinizer Nov 12 #5
Liberal In Texas Nov 12 #6
BumRushDaShow Nov 12 #8

Response to underpants (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2018, 06:33 PM

1. "Daisy, Daisy...."

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 12, 2018, 06:37 PM

3. I love that scene.

This movie, Apocalypse Now and Spinal Tap are my three desert island films.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2018, 06:35 PM

2. HAL also stands for Heuristic Algorithm Language - The language for the Space Shuttle

Invented by IBM, to run on the Shuttle's quad-redundant AP-101 computers (space hardened IBM/360 computers).

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 12, 2018, 07:44 PM

7. Whew

I like nerd but you went waaay nerd on me there

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Response to underpants (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 12, 2018, 07:52 PM

9. I lived and breathed that for six years

From Approach and Landing Tests, to STS-4; the test flights of the shuttle before becoming operational.

Glory Days. IBM was there.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2018, 06:41 PM

4. Will I dream?

I had that as my windows closing sound back in the late 90's.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2018, 06:52 PM

5. I named my bike HAL

I hit some black ice, slid out and went down; I suffered a concussion and my clothes were all torn up, the bike was unscathed. HAL obviously sacrificed me for good of the mission.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2018, 07:02 PM

6. Open the pod bay door, HAL....

Rip Mr. Rain. You were one of a kind.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2018, 07:48 PM

8. Oh wow.

I just never really heard him mentioned.

I did get chance to meet Keir Dullea at a Creation Con here though.

R.I.P.

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