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11 City Weekly throws its first-annual Utah Beer Fest at the City & County Building, which draws 5,000 attendees and many complaints about long lines and too-small cups of beer from the 13 involved local brewers, but also plenty of compliments for actually trying to pull something like this off in Utah. So you’re all invited back next year—except you, SLC Councilman Luke Garrott.
Dead in September: Comedian Robert Schimmel, political cartoonist Paul Conrad, LFO singer Rich Cronin, R&B singer King Coleman, writer/actor James Bacon, Titanic actress Gloria Stuart, actor Tony Curtis, comedian Greg Giraldo, TV producer Stephen J. Cannell, Lynyrd Skynyrd namesake Leonard Skinner
20 NPR fires talk show host Juan Williams over comments he made to Bill O’Reilly on the Fox News Channel about “getting nervous” around Muslims. “Pair of boobs” may also apply here.
22 A Brigham Young University study shows that PG-rated movies make more money than films rated PG-13 or R. And they’ll also keep you out of hell—it’s science.
Dead in October: Leave It to Beaver actress Barbara Billingsly, Hennessey cognac patriarch Kilian Hennessey, sportswriter Maury Allen, Dixie Dregs keyboardist T. Lavitz, R&B singer Solomon Burke, Eyedea & Abilities rapper Eyedea, Happy Days actor Tom Bosley, Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, Slits singer Ari Up, comic-book artist Mike Esposito, playwright Joseph Stein, Sopranos actress Denise Borino-Quinn, Mushroomhead guitarist John Sekula, Pokemon creator Takeshi Shodu, hockey oracle Paul the Octopus
7 Conan O’Brien returns to television—well, TBS—with a new weeknight talk show, simply titled Conan. He hasn’t been heard from since.
21 Former President George W. Bush appears at a Sandy Costco while on tour promoting his partially accurate new book, Decision Points. Despite a protest organized by Rocky Anderson that rallies all of 60 people at miles-away Pioneer Park, Bush somehow soldiers on.
28 WikiLeaks begins releasing the first of 250,000 U.S. Embassy messages, most of which reveal high-ranking government officials to be petty teenage girls. The CW network has subsequently optioned and scheduled WikiBitches behind Gossip Girl as a midseason replacement series.
Dead in November: Utah bluegrass promoter Tony “The Old Man” Polychronis, Pro surfer Andy Irons, Wheel of Fortune announcer Charlie O’Donnell, actress Jill Clayburgh, economist Walter Isard, film producer Dino De Laurentiis, publicist Ronnie Chasen, blues guitarist Little Smokey Smothers, Airplane! actor Leslie Nielsen, sportswriter Jim Kelley, obese cat Prince Chunk
7 West Valley City’s Susan Powell has been missing for one year. Husband and sorta-suspect Josh Powell suggests on his Website that Susan may have run off with another man. Considering what a douchebag Josh has turned out to be, not a bad theory.
27 Utah drops from second to seventh place in the United Health Care Foundation’s annual Healthiest States survey. Utah did, however, rank best in the smoking and binge-drinking categories, “binge-drinking” being defined as five or more drinks on one occasion. See? The long lines at the Utah Beer Fest were in your best interest, citizens. You’re welcome.
Dead in December: Musician Captain Beefheart, Barney Miller actor Steve Landesberg, political activist Elizabeth Edwards, film director Blake Edwards, Monday Night Football commentator Don Meredith, diplomat Richard Holbrooke, filmmaker Bud Greenspan, singer Teena Marie