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“What’ll it be? Wellers? Red or green label?
Me… I prefer green. Speaking of green,
you wanna hear me rant about climate change?”

Joe Turkel
Actor, WWII vet, lefty.
July 15, 1927 – June 27, 2022.
Aged 94 years.

Most recognized for: According to Jack Torrence, he was “the best god-damn bartender from Timbuktu to Portland, Maine – or Portland, Oregon for that matter.” At least, that was his ghostly character in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” In real life, Joe’s used his cult cinema status to grab the mic & give pep talks at Occupy Seattle rallies. But since his liver gave up, the only thing he’s occupying now is a burial vault.