Masaya Nakamura, “father” of company that created Pac-Man, dies at 91

The “father” of Pac-Man died late last month at the age of 91. Masaya Nakamura was born in 1925. Nakamura founded the Japanese video game company that manufactured Pac-Man, which debuted May 22, 1980. The company, named Namco, was founded in 1955. It began as Namco Manufacturing and it created […]

GoFundMe account set up for funeral expenses of rollover accident victim

A GoFundMe account has been created to help to offset funeral expenses for an Arkansas City man who died in a rollover accident earlier this week. Eliseo Cardoza, 43, is survived by his wife and nine children. The GoFundMe account can be found at Thus far, $830 of the […]

Goodbye, 2016: The year all the celebrities passed away

I’ll be really honest with you — 2016 is a year that seems to be taking a lot of celebrities. I was pretty much done watching the death toll before Christmas. We all know how that turned out. (See “Nerds Unite” blog posting for the month of December.) A large […]

Carrie Fisher remembered fondly for role of Leia, despite personal demons

Carrie Fisher’s death was confirmed Dec. 27 through her daughter’s publicist. The news immediately caused tears for many, many people. Facebook and Twitter soon were filled with condolences and cries for 2016 to stop taking all of our beloved cultural icons. Fisher, who was 60, had a heart attack on […]

Iconic television dad Alan Thicke passes away at 69

One of my favorite television dads has died. Alan Thicke, known affectionately to many as Dr. Jason Seaver on “Growing Pains,” passed away sometime Dec. 13. But there was initial confusion regarding the reports of his death. As it turns out, he was the target of a celebrity death hoax. […]

Former high school teacher Bartel remembered by students, co-workers

Former Arkansas City High School teacher Thomas Bartel died Dec. 5 at the age of 69. Viewing and visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home, located at 100 E. Kansas Ave. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Central […]

‘Barney Miller,’ ‘Firefly,’ ‘Serenity’ star Ron Glass dies Nov. 25 at age 71

This year has been hard in terms of loss in the celebrity realm. We took a Thanksgiving break here at Ark City Daily Bytes to enjoy the holiday with our families. For me, this included taking a break from the internet. But around noon Nov. 27, I dragged myself out […]

Leonard Cohen looking down on us all now from his ‘Tower of Song’

I was born like this, I had no choice I was born with the gift of a golden voice And twenty-seven angels from the Great Beyond They tied me to this table right here In the Tower of Song — “Tower of Song” (1988) Leonard Cohen died last week at […]

Tredway remembered, honored by friends, spiritual influences at funeral

By all accounts, Steve Tredway’s walk in faith was of the utmost importance to him. The late Tredway was laid to rest on Oct. 24 at Burden Cemetery, following a service at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield that celebrated his rich, talented life. The funeral chapel was full to capacity […]

Steven Kent Tredway

Steven Kent Tredway, 65, of Arkansas City, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at his home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Interment will follow at Burden Cemetery. Born Aug. 8, 1951, in Sedan, […]