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John Hillerman (-December 20, 1932 – November 9, 2017
John Benedict Hillerman (December 20, 1932 – November 9, 2017) was an American actor best known for his starring role as Jonathan Quayle Higgins III on the television show Magnum, P.I. that aired from 1980 to 1988. For his role as Higgins, Hillerman earned five Golden Globe nominations, winning in 1981, and four Emmy nominations, winning in 1987. He retired from acting in 1999.
Hillerman was born in Denison, Texas, the son of Christopher Benedict Hillerman, a gas station owner, and Lenora Joan (née Medlinger). He was the middle child with two sisters. His father was the grandson of immigrants from Germany and France, and his mother the daughter of immigrants from Austria and Germany. Hillerman developed an interest in opera at the age of ten, and traveled to Dallas to watch Metropolitan Opera productions. He attended St. Xavier’s Academy, and after graduation, he attended the University of Texas at Austin for three years, majoring in journalism.
Hillerman served four years in the United States Air Force (1953-1957), working in maintenance in a B-36 wing of the Strategic Air Command, and achieving the rank of sergeant. He became interested in acting after working with a theatrical group in Fort Worth during his service: “I was bored with barracks life. I got into [acting] to meet people in town. A light went on.” After his 1957 discharge, he moved to New York City to study at the American Theatre Wing, and performed in professional theater for the next twelve years, in productions such as Henry IV, Part 2 and The Great God Brown. Despite starring in over 100 lead roles, Hillerman was unable to make a living as a stage actor, and he moved to Hollywood in 1969.
Hillerman made his film debut in They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970) in an uncredited role as a reporter. Director Peter Bogdanovich, with whom Hillerman had previously worked during his stage career, cast Hillerman in his films The Last Picture Show, What’s Up, Doc?, and Paper Moon. Hillerman worked steadily thereafter in motion pictures and television through the 1970s, including notable supporting roles in the 1974 films Chinatown and Blazing Saddles. After being cast in Magnum, P.I., he shot only four additional pictures between 1980 and 1996, with his final film performance coming in A Very Brady Sequel.
In 1975, Hillerman was a co-star in Ellery Queen as Simon Brimmer, a radio detective who hosted a radio show and tried to outsmart the title character (Jim Hutton).:305 From 1976 to 1980, he had a recurring role as Mr. Conners on the sitcom One Day at a Time, and he co-starred as Betty White’s estranged husband on The Betty White Show (1977-1978). He is perhaps best remembered for his role as former British Army Sergeant Major Jonathan Higgins in Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988),:642 for which he learned an English accent by listening to a recording of Laurence Olivier reciting Hamlet. He considered Higgins his favorite role, and described the character in a 1988 interview as “think[ing] he’s the only sane character [in the show], and everyone else is stark raving mad.”
In 1982, Hillerman starred in the television pilot of Tales of the Gold Monkey, as a German villain named Fritz the Monocle. He hosted the 1984 David Hemmings-directed puzzle video Money Hunt: The Mystery of the Missing Link. In 1990, Hillerman returned to television to perform for one season as Lloyd Hogan in the sitcom The Hogan Family.:465 That same year, he portrayed Dr. Watson to Edward Woodward’s Sherlock Holmes in Hands of a Murderer.
In 1993, he appeared in Berlin Break for one season. He played the role of Mac MacKenzie, a former spy and currently the proprietor of Mac’s, a bar in West Berlin considered to be neutral territory during the Cold War. Mac teamed up with two jobless spies as investigators: Valentin Renko (Nicholas Clay), an ex-KGB agent, and Willy Richter (Kai Wulff), an ex-BND (West German secret service) operative. The show reunited him with Jeff MacKay, who portrayed “Mac” MacReynolds in Magnum P.I..
After Hillerman retired from acting in 1999, he returned to his home state of Texas. On November 9, 2017, he died at his Houston home at the age of 84; he had been in declining health near the end of his life.
Dave Nelson December 19th, 1926 – November 3rd, 2017
David H. Nelson December 19th, 1926 – November 3rd, 2017 – David H. Nelson, 90, of Palm City, Florida, passed away on November 3, 2017 at his home.
Born in New York, New York, he had been a resident of Palm City for 46 years coming from Miami, Florida.
During World War II he had served in both the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard.
Before retiring, he was an executive in a brokerage firm.
Survivors include his wife Bonnie Nelson of Palm City; his daughters, Marguerita Burgoyne and her husband James of Orlando, Florida, Jennifer Anderson and her husband Mike of Vero Beach, Florida; her son, David H. Nelson, Jr. and his wife Teresa of Fairhope, Alabama; 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Douglas Frame and Thomas Frame.
There will be a memorial service at 10:00AM on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City, FL with military honors provided by the US Navy.
For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Treasure Health, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997, or at 772-403-4500 or on line at www.treasurehealth.org
Chuck Costello December 10, 1937 – November 2, 2017
Charles J. Costello December 10, 1937 – November 2, 2017 – Charles Costello (Chuck), of Stuart, Florida passed away November 2, 2017 with family and friends by his side.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York and served in the US Army. Chuck worked for the city of New York as a firefighter for 23 years, retiring in 1988 and relocating to Martin County, Florida.
He was happily married for 40 years to his late wife Catherine Costello. Years later, he reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Frances DeGaetano. He is survived by his sons, John (Joanne) and Michael Costello. Daughters Karen (Larry) Jensen and Annmarie (Rob) Burtha. Loving grandchildren Christopher, Danielle, Kristina, Holly and Hunter.
Chuck enjoyed life, loved to travel and enjoyed being with his family and friends.
Visitation will be Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 2p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6p.m. to 8p.m. at Aycock Funeral Home Young & Prill Chapel. 6801 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, Florida. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, November 6, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Andrews Catholic Church, 2100 SE Cove Road, Stuart, Florida. Interment will follow at Fernhill Memorial Gardens, 1501, South Kanner Highway, Stuart, Florida.
Jack Bannon June 14, 1940 – October 25, 2017
John James Bannon (June 14, 1940 – October 25, 2017) was an American television and stage actor, known as Jack Bannon. He was best known for his role as Art Donovan on Lou Grant, a role he played for the duration of the series, from 1977 to 1982.
Bannon’s parents were film and television actors Jim Bannon (Red Ryder) and Bea Benaderet (The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Petticoat Junction, The Beverly Hillbillies, and The Flintstones).
In 1963 Bannon appeared in the Season 1 episode “Kate’s Recipe For Hot Rhubarb” of Petticoat Junction as Bobbie Joe’s date, Roger. In 1969, Bannon appeared again on Petticoat Junction (after his mother died in 1968) appearing as “Buck” in the episode “One of Our Chickens Is Missing”.
Bannon died on October 25, 2017, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, at the age of 77. He was survived by his wife, Ellen Travolta, an actress and elder sister of John Travolta.
Robert Blakeley August 30, 1922 – October 25, 2017
Robert Wilson Blakeley (August 30, 1922 – October 25, 2017) was an American graphic designer, known for making the fallout shelter sign. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps and worked for many years for the Army Corps of Engineers.
Born in Ogden, Utah, Blakeley attended public schools, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He fought in combat during World War II, and was the president of Toastmasters International. With the Army Corps of Engineers, Blakeley designed the fallout sign as a civil defense measure during the Cold War.
Blakeley was born on August 30, 1922, in Ogden, Utah, to Robert G. and Elsie Jean Wilson Blakeley. One of four children, he attended Weber Junior College and Utah State University.
He married Jean Brown in the 1940s, and later divorced. In 1952, he married Dorothy McArthur, who died in 1992, with whom he had two children, Dorothy Carver and Robert. In 2003, he married Irene Allan Davis. Blakeley died in a Brookdale senior living community in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 25, 2017.
In 1943, Blakeley joined the Marine Corps. During the 1945 invasion of Iwo Jima during World War II, Blakeley was a sergeant major of the 4th Marine Division. He later served during the Korean War in 1951 and 1952.
At the University of California, Berkeley, he studied architecture, and graduated in 1954. He worked for two years with the Veterans Administration before joining the Army Corps of Engineers in 1956. With the corps, Blakeley led administrative work for over 60 construction projects as civilian manager. He joined Toastmasters in 1958, and was its international president from 1976 to 1977.
Major General Keith R. Barney tasked Blakeley with creating the fallout shelter sign in 1961. Blakeley decided that the signs should be made from metal to be most durable, and needed to be easy to find in the dark. He chose to use orange-yellow and black, with an image created by graphic design firm Blair Inc. and possibly based on Clarence P. Hornung’s Handbook of Designs, consisting of three upside-down equilateral triangles on a black background and the words “Fallout Shelter” in large letters. Blakeley also wanted the reflective paint to light up from a cigarette lighter.
His design was approved by Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army Powell Pierpoint. Blakeley suggested a $700,000 production run, of one million interior signs by Alfray Products from Coshocton, Ohio and 400,000 exterior signs by Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M).
Blakeley debuted the completed products at the Westchester County Office Building in White Plains, New York, on October 4, 1961. The signs became a icon for the anti-war protests and counterculture of the 1960s and were featured in popular culture, including Bob Dylan’s album cover for Bringing It All Back Home (1965). Blakeley recounted a story about the time when his children were young:
We’d go down the street, and one of the kids would say, “Hey, Dad, there’s one of your signs.” But, you know, other than that it’s just like many of the other things that happen in life. It’s just like one of those routine things.
Robert Guillaume November 30, 1927 – October 24, 2017
Robert Guillaume (born Robert Peter Williams; November 30, 1927 – October 24, 2017) was an American actor, known for his role as Isaac Jaffe on Sports Night and as Benson on the TV series Soap and the spin-off Benson, as well as for voicing the mandrill Rafiki in The Lion King. In a career that spanned more than 50 years he worked extensively on stage, television and film. For his efforts he was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, and twice won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of the character Benson DuBois, once in 1979 on Soap and in 1985 on Benson. He also won a Grammy Award in 1995 for his spoken word performance of an audiobook version of The Lion King.
Guillaume was born in St. Louis, Missouri, as Robert Williams, to an alcoholic mother. After being abandoned by her, he and several siblings were raised by their grandmother Jeannette Williams. He studied at St. Louis University and Washington University and served in the United States Army before pursuing an acting career. He adopted the surname “Guillaume,” French for William, as his stage name.
After leaving university, Guillaume joined the Karamu Players in Cleveland and performed in musical comedies and opera. He toured the world in 1959 as a cast member of the Broadway musical Free and Easy. He made his Broadway debut in Kwamina in 1961. His other stage appearances included Golden Boy (with Sammy Davis Jr.), Tambourines to Glory, Guys and Dolls, for which he received a Tony Award nomination, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and Purlie!. His additional roles included Katherine Dunham’s Bambouche and in Fly The Blackbird.
In 1964 he portrayed Sportin’ Life in a revival of Porgy and Bess at New York’s City Center. Guillaume was a member of the Robert de Cormier Singers, performing in concerts and on television. He recorded a LP record, Columbia CS9033, titled Just Arrived as a member of The Pilgrims, a folk trio, with Angeline Butler and Millard Williams. Columbia records producer, Tom Wilson, had set out to create the Pilgrims as an answer to the popular folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary. By early 1964, the Pilgrims had recorded a handful of songs and Wilson was looking for the right song for the group’s debut single when then unknown singer/songwriter, Paul Simon arrived for a meeting with Wilson and eventually pitched his new composition, “The Sound of Silence”. Wilson liked the song, had Simon record a demo for the group, but when Simon and his friend, Art Garfunkel, sang the song for Wilson in person, he signed them to a record contract instead of using it for The Pilgrims. (In the sixties he was in Vienna, Austria at the Vienna Volksoper, Marcel Prawy engaged Robert Guillaume for the role of Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess.)
Later in his stage career, he was cast in the lead role in the Los Angeles production of The Phantom of the Opera replacing Michael Crawford.
Guillaume made several guest appearances on sitcoms, including Good Times, The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son, Saved By The Bell: The College Years and in the 1990s sitcoms The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and A Different World. His series-regular debut was on the ABC series Soap, playing Benson, a butler, from 1977 to 1979. Guillaume continued the role in a spin-off series, Benson, from 1979 until 1986. Guillaume also played Dr. Franklin in season 6, episode 8 (“Chain Letter”) of the series All in the Family, which he coyly referenced Marcus Welby, M.D., a TV series in which he had guest-starred on in 1970.
In 1985, Guillaume appeared in the television mini-series North and South as abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, who escaped from slavery and became a leader of the anti-slavery movement prior to the American Civil War.
He also appeared as marriage counselor Edward Sawyer on The Robert Guillaume Show (1989), Detective Bob Ballard on Pacific Station (1991–1992), and television executive Isaac Jaffe on Aaron Sorkin’s short-lived but critically acclaimed Sports Night (1998–2000). Guillaume suffered a mild stroke on January 14, 1999, while filming an episode of the latter series. He recovered and his character was later also depicted as having had a stroke. He also made a guest appearance on 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. He made one of his final TV appearances during season 5 on Oprah: Where Are They Now?
His voice was employed for characters in television series Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Fish Police, and Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child. He was known for the voice of Rafiki in the movie The Lion King and its sequels and spin-offs. He voiced Mr. Thicknose in The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze. He also supplied the voice for Eli Vance in the 2004 video game Half-Life 2 and its subsequent sequels.
Guillaume was married twice; first to Marlene Williams in 1955, with whom he had two sons, Kevin and Jacques. Despite Guillaume choosing to follow his career early in the marriage, they did not divorce until 1984. He had a daughter in 1980, Melissa, whom he raised with her mother, Patricia. He then married Donna Brown in 1986; the couple had a daughter, Rachel. He fathered but did not raise another daughter by a different mother, Patricia, born in 1950, who was raised by her grandparents. His son Jacques died on December 23, 1990, at the age of 33 due to complications of AIDS.
In 1999, Guillaume suffered a stroke while working on Sports Night at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. The stroke was minor, causing relatively slight damage and little effect on his speech. After six weeks in the hospital, he underwent a therapy of walks and sessions in the gym.
Guillaume died of prostate cancer on October 24, 2017, at his home in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 89.
“Fats” Domino February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017
Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino Jr. (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017) was an American pianist and singer-songwriter of Louisiana Creole descent. One of the pioneers of rock and roll music, Domino sold more than 65 million records. Between 1955 and 1960, he had eleven Top 10 hits. His humility and shyness may be one reason his contribution to the genre has been overlooked.
During his career, Domino had 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40, and five of his pre-1955 records sold more than a million copies, being certified gold. His musical style was based on traditional rhythm and blues, accompanied by saxophones, bass, piano, electric guitar, and drums.
Antoine Dominique Domino Jr. was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the youngest of eight children born to Antoine Caliste Domino (1879–1964) and Marie-Donatille Gros (1886–1971). The Domino family was of French Creole background, and Louisiana Creole was his first language.
Antoine was born at home with the assistance of his grandmother, a midwife. His name was initially misspelled as Anthony on his birth certificate. His family had recently arrived in the Lower Ninth Ward from Vacherie, Louisiana. His father was a part-time violin player who worked at a racetrack.
He attended the Louis B. Macarty School until the fourth grade, leaving to start work as a helper to an ice delivery man. Domino learned to play the piano in about 1938 from his brother-in-law, the jazz guitarist Harrison Verrett.
The musician was married to Rosemary Domino (née Hall) from 1947 until her death in 2008; the couple had eight children: Antoine III, Anatole, Andre, Antonio, Antoinette, Andrea, Anola, and Adonica. Even after his success he continued to live in his old neighborhood, the lower Ninth Ward, until after Hurricane Katrina, when he moved to a suburb of New Orleans.
By age 14, Domino was performing in New Orleans bars. In 1947, Billy Diamond, a New Orleans bandleader, accepted an invitation to hear the young pianist perform at a backyard barbecue. Domino played well enough that Diamond asked him to join his band, the Solid Senders, at the Hideaway Club in New Orleans, where he would earn $3 a week playing the piano. Diamond nicknamed him “Fats”, because Domino reminded him of the renowned pianists Fats Waller and Fats Pichon, but also because of his large appetite.
Domino was signed to the Imperial Records label in 1949 by owner Lew Chudd, to be paid royalties based on sales instead of a fee for each song. He and producer Dave Bartholomew wrote “The Fat Man”, a toned down version of a song about drug addicts called “Junkers Blues”; the record had sold a million copies by 1951. Featuring a rolling piano and Domino vocalizing “wah-wah” over a strong backbeat, “The Fat Man” is widely considered the first rock-and-roll record to achieve this level of sales. In 2015, the song would enter the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Domino released a series of hit songs with Bartholomew (also the co-writer of many of the songs), the saxophonists Herbert Hardesty and Alvin “Red” Tyler, the bassist Frank Fields, and the drummers Earl Palmer and Smokey Johnson. Other notable and long-standing musicians in Domino’s band were the saxophonists Reggie Houston, Lee Allen, and Fred Kemp, Domino’s trusted bandleader.
Domino crossed into the pop mainstream with “Ain’t That a Shame” (mislabeled as “Ain’t It a Shame”) which reached the Top Ten. This was the first of his records to appear on the Billboard pop singles chart (on July 16, 1955), with the debut at number 14. A milder cover version by Pat Boone reached number 1,[ having received wider radio airplay in an era of racial segregation. In 1955, Domino was said to be earning $10,000 a week while touring, according to a report in the memoir of artist Chuck Berry. Domino eventually had 37 Top 40 singles, but none made it to number 1 on the Pop chart.
Domino’s debut album, Carry On Rockin, which contained several of his hits and tracks that had not yet been released as singles, was issued on the Imperial label (catalogue number 9009) in November 1955, and was reissued as Rock and Rollin’ with Fats Domino in 1956. The reissue reached number 17 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.
His 1956 recording of “Blueberry Hill”, a 1940 song by Vincent Rose, Al Lewis and Larry Stock (which had previously been recorded by Gene Autry, Louis Armstrong and others), reached number 2 on the Billboard Juke Box chart for two weeks and was number 1 on the R&B chart for 11 weeks. It was his biggest hit, selling more than 5 million copies worldwide in 1956 and 1957. The song was subsequently recorded by Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and Led Zeppelin. Some 32 years later, the song would enter the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Domino had further hit singles between 1956 and 1959, including “When My Dreamboat Comes Home” (Pop number 14), “I’m Walkin'” (Pop number 4), “Valley of Tears” (Pop number 8), “It’s You I Love” (Pop number 6), “Whole Lotta Loving” (Pop number 6), “I Want to Walk You Home” (Pop number 8), and “Be My Guest” (Pop number 8).
Domino appeared in two films released in 1956: Shake, Rattle & Rock! and The Girl Can’t Help It. On December 18, 1957, his hit recording of “The Big Beat” was featured on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.
On November 2, 1956, a riot broke out at a Domino concert in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The police used tear gas to break up the unruly crowd. Domino jumped out a window to avoid the melee; he and two members of his band were slightly injured. During his career, four major riots occurred at his concerts, “partly because of integration”, according to his biographer Rick Coleman. “But also the fact they had alcohol at these shows. So they were mixing alcohol, plus dancing, plus the races together for the first time in a lot of these places.” In November 1957, Domino appeared on the Ed Sullivan TV program; no disturbance accompanied this performance.
In the same year, the article “King of Rock ’n’ Roll” in Ebony (magazine) featured Domino who said he was on the road 340 days a year, up to $2,500 per evening, and grossing over $500,000; Domino also told readers that he owned 50 suits, 100 pairs of shoes and a $1,500 diamond horseshoe stick pin.
Domino had a steady series of hits for Imperial through early 1962, including “Walking’ to New Orleans” (1960, Pop number 6), co-written by Bobby Charles, and “My Girl Josephine” (Pop number 14) in the same year. He toured Europe in 1962 and met the Beatles who would later cite Domino as an inspiration. After returning, he played the first of his many stands in Las Vegas.
Imperial Records was sold in early 1963, and Domino left the label. “I stuck with them until they sold out,” he said in 1979. In all, he recorded over 60 singles for Imperial, placing 40 songs in the top 10 on the R&B chart and 11 in the top 10 on the Pop chart. Twenty-seven of which were double-sided hits.
Domino moved to ABC-Paramount Records in 1963. The label dictated that he record in Nashville, Tennessee, rather than New Orleans. He was assigned a new producer (Felton Jarvis) and a new arranger (Bill Justis). Domino’s long-term collaboration with the producer, arranger, and frequent co-writer Dave Bartholomew, who oversaw virtually all of his Imperial hits, was seemingly at an end. Jarvis and Justis changed the Domino sound somewhat, notably by adding the backing of a countrypolitan-style vocal chorus to most of his new recordings. He released 11 singles for ABC-Paramount, several which hit the Top 100 but just once entering the Top 40 (“Red Sails in the Sunset”, 1963). By the end of 1964 the British Invasion had changed the tastes of the record-buying public, and Domino’s chart run was over.
Despite the lack of chart success, Domino continued to record steadily until about 1970, leaving ABC-Paramount in mid-1965 and recording for Mercury Records, where he delivered a live album and two singles. A studio album was planned but stalled with just four tracks recorded . Dave Bartholomew’s small Broadmoor label (reuniting with Bartholomew along the way), featured many contemporary Soul infused sides but an album was released overseas in 1971 to fulfill his Reprise Records records contract. He shifted to that label after Broadmoor and had a Top 100 single, a cover of the Beatles’ “Lady Madonna”.
Domino appeared in the Monkees’ television special 33⅓ Revolutions per Monkee in 1969. He continued to be popular as a performer for several decades. He made a cameo appearance in Clint Eastwood’s movie Any Which Way You Can, filmed in 1979 and released in 1980 singing the country song “Whiskey Heaven” which later became a minor hit. His life and career were showcased in Joe Lauro’s 2015 documentary The Big Beat: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
In 1986 Domino was one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. Domino’s last album for a major label, “Christmas is a Special Day”, was released in 1993.
Domino lived in a mansion in a predominantly working-class neighborhood in the Lower Ninth Ward, where he was a familiar sight in his bright pink Cadillac automobile. He made yearly appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and other local events. He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.
His last tour was in Europe, for three weeks in 1995. After being ill while on tour, Domino decided he would no longer leave the New Orleans area, having a comfortable income from royalty payments and a dislike of touring and claiming he could not get any food that he liked anywhere else. In the same year, he received the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Ray Charles Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Arts. Domino declined an invitation to perform at the White House.
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 25 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” in an essay written by Dr. John.
As Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans in August 2005, Domino chose to stay at home with his family, partly because his wife, Rosemary, was in poor health. His house was in an area that was heavily flooded.
Domino’s office, June 2007
Domino was rumored to have died, and his home was vandalized when someone spray-painted the message “RIP Fats. You will be missed”. On September 1, the talent agent Al Embry announced that he had not heard from Domino since before the hurricane struck. Later that day, CNN reported that Domino had been rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter. Until then, even family members had not heard from him since before the storm. Embry confirmed that Domino and his family had been rescued. The family was then taken to a shelter in Baton Rouge, after which they were picked up by JaMarcus Russell, the starting quarterback of the Louisiana State University football team, and the boyfriend of Domino’s granddaughter. He let the family stay in his apartment. The Washington Post reported that on September 2, they had left Russell’s apartment after sleeping three nights on the couch. “We’ve lost everything,” Domino said, according to the Post.
By January 2006, work to gut and repair Domino’s home and office had begun (see Reconstruction of New Orleans). In the meantime, the Domino family resided in Harvey, Louisiana.
President George W. Bush made a personal visit and replaced the National Medal of Arts that President Bill Clinton had previously awarded Domino. The gold records were replaced by the RIAA and Capitol Records, which owned the Imperial Records catalogue.
Domino died on October 24, 2017, at his home in Harvey, Louisiana, at the age of 89, from natural causes, according to the coroner’s office
Tom Konrady Sr. April 30, 1949 – October 17, 2017
Thomas K. Konrady Sr. April 30, 1949 – October 17, 2017 – Born in West Palm Beach, FL, Tom lived in West Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast areas for all of his life.
He was the owner of Konrady Construction for 25 years, and loved to fish and spend time with friends, but most of all, he loved being with his family and grandchildren.
Tom is survived by his daughter, Jamie Phillips and her husband, Graham of Tequesta, FL; son, Thomas K. Konrady, Jr. and Nicole Messier of Stuart, FL; grandchildren, Taylor, Jon and Noah Strout; Kenna and Kolby Konrady, and Ella and Ryder Phillips; brothers, Dwight Bruce Konrady and James Konrady; niece, Gretchen Konrady; nephews, Erik and Kurt Konrady, along with many cousins, great nieces, and nephews, and countless dear friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, James and Margit Konrady and his daughter, Amoni Konrady.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 2:00PM-4:00PM with a memorial service to begin at 3:00PM at Aycock Funeral Home, Young and Prill Chapel in Stuart, FL.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Autism Speaks.
Anna Kopp March 30, 1939 – October 17, 2017
Anna Mary Kopp March 30, 1939 – October 17, 2017 – Anna Mary Kopp of Hobe Sound, Florida passed away October 17, 2017 at the age of 78. She was born in Dauphin County, PA on March 30, 1939 and was a 1957 graduate from Upper Dauphin High School in PA. They moved to florida in 1977
In the early 1960’s she worked as a state fingerprinting clerk in Harrisburg, PA.
Anna was the beloved wife of the late Harold Kopp and they were married for 52 years.
She is survived by her daughter Angela Kopp McCabe of Palm City and son Stephen H. Kopp of Hobe Sound, grandchildren Brian K. McCabe Jr and his wife Briana and Austin McCabe all of Palm City. Great grandchildren Jayden and Leilani McCabe, children of Brian & Briana.
Anna was the daughter of the late George & Anna Huha Szives and is preceded in death by brothers George and John Szives and sister Bertha Matter all of PA.
She was an active member of Hobe Sound Bible Church and her life’s passion was volunteering at local church soup kitchens and at Hope International Missions Thrift Store. She also delivered “bread and sweets” to her friends and was a “thrift store guru”.
Friends may visit from 10:30AM – 11:00AM at Hobe Sound Bible Church on Saturday, October 28th with a funeral service beginning at 11:00AM.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hope International Missions at 11305 SE Gomez Ave., Hobe Sound, FL 33455.
Blanche Russica April 16, 1942 – October 14, 2017
Blanche Russica April 16, 1942 – October 14, 2017 – Blanche Russica, age 75. Beloved wife of Gerald. Devoted and loving mother of Tina Kraft (Bob), Lisa Rabant (Clint) and Mario Russica (Karen). Treasured grandmother of Allison, Nicole, Joshua, Matthew, Dylan, Maria, Samuel, Gabriel and Mia. Proud great-grandmother of Ava, Ella, Atlas, Katelin and Chloe. Caring sister of Daniel, Alice and Marlene. Loving and compassionate to all her family and friends who loved her.
Funeral Mass to be held at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at !0:30 am. Immediately following the mass will be a celebration of her life at the church hall. Afterwards, family and friends are welcome to accompany the family to Forest Hills Cemetery, Palm City, Florida, to Blanche’s final resting place.
Flowers may be sent to Aycock Funeral Home at 6801 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart, FL 34997, or through their website at http://www.dignitymemorial.com/aycock-funeral-home-stuart/en-us/index.page. Donations may be made in Blanche’s name to Treasure Coast Hospice of Stuart Florida.
Catherine Rose Cumpsty May 10, 1924 – October 11, 2017
Catherine Rose Cumpsty May 10, 1924 – October 11, 2017 – Catherine Cumpsty, an early resident of Ocean Breeze Park in Jensen Beach, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. She was 93.
She was born May 10, 1924, in Newark, N.J., to Mary Duffy Fitzsimmons and Harry Fitzsimmons.
During World War II, she visited an aunt in Jensen Beach where she met and married Ronald Cumpsty. Their daughter Rhonda — their pride and joy — was born in 1957. For years they divided their time between Newfane and Olcott in western New York, and Jensen Beach where the Cumpsty family was active and involved in the close-knit Ocean Breeze community. Catherine herself resided at Ocean Breeze more than six decades. They were members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Jensen Beach.
She is survived by her daughter, Rhonda, of Dublin, Ga.; two sisters, Loretto Lysak of Titusville, Fla., and Joan Cheney, of Spokane, Wash.; and her decades-long friends Mary Jo, Pat and Paul, and Jenny and Bill. She was predeceased by her husband and four siblings.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2303 N.E. Seaview Drive, Jensen Beach. Burial will be private.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, Fl 34994. 772-223-5550. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.com.
Memorial donations may be made to the Meals on Wheels program at the Martin County Council on Aging, 900 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997.
Bob Falk July 13, 1936 – October 9, 2017
Robert C. Falk July 13, 1936 – October 9, 2017 – Robert “Bob” Falk, 81, of Hobe Sound, FL, passed away on October 9, 2017 in Hospice House of Stuart, FL surround by his family.
He was born in Phillipsburg, PA to Harry and Geraldine (Johnson) Falk on July 13, 1936.
He graduated from State College High School in PA. And was in the Army reserves for 8 yrs. Bob moved his family to Ohio in 1973. After retiring from the BP oil company, Bob and his wife moved to Hobe Sound, FL and became members of the Heritage Ridge golf club. Bob loved golf, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
He is pre deceased by his parents and his son Robert Bruce.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Jean (McKinley), his 2 daughters Linda (Falk) Rhodes and Nancy (Falk) Benner, 4 grandchildren Amanda (Travis) Staib, Casey (Ryan) Sparrell, Katie (Devin) DiSantis and Jim Rhodes, 6 great grandchildren Gia (6), Wyatt (4), London (3), Emme (2), Jax (2) and Hunter (1). Also survived by his brother Harry W. (Joan Frear) Falk.
Private service with family will be held at a later date.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, Fl 34994. 772-223-5550. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.com.
Y A Tittle October 24, 1926 – October 8, 2017
Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr. (October 24, 1926 – October 8, 2017), better known as Y. A. Tittle, was a professional American football quarterback. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, and Baltimore Colts, after spending two seasons with the Colts in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). Known for his competitiveness, leadership, and striking profile, Tittle was the centerpiece of several prolific offenses throughout his seventeen-year professional career from 1948 to 1964.
Tittle played college football for Louisiana State University, where he was a two-time All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) quarterback for the LSU Tigers football team. As a junior, he was named the most valuable player (MVP) of the infamous 1947 Cotton Bowl Classic—also known as the “Ice Bowl”—a scoreless tie between the Tigers and Arkansas Razorbacks in a snowstorm. After college, he was drafted in the 1947 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, but he instead chose to play in the AAFC for the Colts.
With the Colts, Tittle was named the AAFC Rookie of the Year in 1948 after leading the team to the AAFC playoffs. After back-to-back one-win seasons, the Colts franchise folded, which allowed Tittle to be drafted in the 1951 NFL Draft by the 49ers. Through ten seasons in San Francisco, he was invited to four Pro Bowls, led the league in touchdown passes in 1955, and was named the NFL Player of the Year by the United Press in 1957. A groundbreaker, Tittle was part of the 49ers’ famed “Million Dollar Backfield”, was the first professional football player featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and is credited with coining “alley-oop” as a sports term.
Considered washed-up, the 34-year-old Tittle was traded to the Giants following the 1960 season. Over the next four seasons, he won multiple NFL MVP awards, twice set the league single-season record for touchdown passes, and led the Giants to three straight NFL championship games. Although he was never able to deliver a championship to the team, Tittle’s time in New York is regarded among the glory years of the franchise.
In his final season, Tittle was photographed bloodied and kneeling down in the end zone after a tackle by a defender left him helmetless. The photograph is considered one of the most iconic images in North American sports history. He retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, attempts, completions, and games played. Tittle was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, and his jersey number 14 is retired by the Giants.
Born and raised in Marshall, Texas, to Alma and Yelberton Abraham Tittle Sr., Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr. aspired to be a quarterback from a young age. He spent hours in his backyard throwing a football through a tire swing, emulating his neighbor and boyhood idol, Sammy Baugh. Tittle played high school football at Marshall High School. In his senior year the team posted an undefeated record and reached the state finals.
After a recruiting battle between Louisiana State University and the University of Texas, Tittle chose to attend LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and play for the LSU Tigers. He was part of a successful 1944 recruiting class under head coach Bernie Moore that included halfbacks Jim Cason, Dan Sandifer, and Ray Coates. Freshmen were eligible to play on the varsity during World War II, so Tittle saw playing time immediately. He later said the finest moment of his four years at LSU was beating Tulane as a freshman, a game in which he set a school record with 238 passing yards. It was one of two games the Tigers won that season.
Moore started Tittle at tailback in the single-wing formation his first year, but moved him to quarterback in the T formation during his sophomore season. As a junior in 1946, Tittle’s three touchdown passes in a 41–27 rout of rival Tulane helped ensure LSU a spot in the Cotton Bowl Classic. Known notoriously as the “Ice Bowl”, the 1947 Cotton Bowl pitted LSU against the Arkansas Razorbacks in sub-freezing temperatures on an ice-covered field in Dallas, Texas. LSU moved the ball much better than the Razorbacks, but neither team was able to score, and the game ended in a 0–0 tie. Tittle and Arkansas end Alton Baldwin shared the game’s MVP award. Following the season, United Press International (UPI) placed Tittle on its All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) first-team
UPI again named Tittle its first-team All-SEC quarterback in 1947. In Tittle’s day of iron man football, he played on both offense and defense. While on defense during a 20–18 loss to SEC champion Ole Miss in his senior season, Tittle’s belt buckle was torn off as he intercepted a pass from Charlie Conerly and broke a tackle. He ran down the sideline with one arm cradling the ball and the other holding up his pants. At the Ole Miss 20-yard line, as he attempted to stiff-arm a defender, Tittle’s pants fell and he tripped and fell onto his face. The fall kept him from scoring the game-winning touchdown.
In total, during his college career Tittle set school passing records with 162 completions out of 330 attempts for 2,525 yards and 23 touchdowns. He scored seven touchdowns himself as a runner. His passing totals remained unbroken until Bert Jones surpassed them in the 1970s.
Tittle was the sixth overall selection of the 1948 NFL Draft, taken by the Detroit Lions. However, Tittle instead began his professional career with the Baltimore Colts of the All-America Football Conference in 1948. That season, already being described as a “passing ace”, he was unanimously recognized as the AAFC Rookie of the Year by UPI after passing for 2,739 yards and leading the Colts to the brink of an Eastern Division championship. After a 1–11 win–loss record in 1949, the Colts joined the National Football League in 1950. The team again posted a single win against eleven losses, and the franchise folded after the season due to financial difficulties. Players on the roster at the time of the fold were eligible to be drafted in the next NFL draft.
Tittle was then drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1951 NFL Draft after the Colts folded. While many players at the time were unable to play immediately due to military duties, Tittle had received a class IV-F exemption due to physical ailments, so he was able to join the 49ers roster that season. In 1951 and 1952, he shared time at quarterback with Frankie Albert. In 1953, his first full season as the 49ers’ starter, he passed for 2,121 yards and twenty touchdowns and was invited to his first Pro Bowl. San Francisco finished with a 9–3 regular season record, which was good enough for second in the Western Conference, and led the league in points scored.
In 1954, the 49ers compiled their Million Dollar Backfield, which was composed of four future Hall of Famers: Tittle; fullbacks John Henry Johnson and Joe Perry; and halfback Hugh McElhenny. “It made quarterbacking so easy because I just get in the huddle and call anything and you have three Hall of Fame running backs ready to carry the ball,” Tittle reminisced in 2006. The team had aspirations for a championship run, but injuries, including McElhenny’s separated shoulder in the sixth game of the season, ended those hopes and the 49ers finished third in the Western Division. Tittle starred in his second straight Pro Bowl appearance as he threw two touchdown passes, including one to 49ers teammate Billy Wilson, who was named the game’s MVP.
Tittle became the first professional football player featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated when he appeared on its fifteenth issue dated November 22, 1954, donning his 49ers uniform and helmet featuring an acrylic face mask distinct to the time period. The cover photo also shows a metal bracket on the side of Tittle’s helmet which served to protect his face by preventing the helmet from caving in. The 1954 cover was the first of four Sports Illustrated covers he graced during his career.
Tittle led the NFL in touchdown passes for the first time in 1955, with 17, while also leading the league with 28 interceptions thrown. When the 49ers hired Frankie Albert as head coach in 1956, Tittle was pleased with the choice at first, figuring Albert would be a good mentor. However, the team lost four of its first five games, and Albert replaced Tittle with rookie Earl Morrall. After a loss to the Los Angeles Rams brought San Francisco’s record to 1–6, Tittle regained the starting role and the team finished undefeated with one tie through the season’s final five games.
In 1957, Tittle and receiver R. C. Owens devised a pass play in which Tittle tossed the ball high into the air and the 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Owens leapt to retrieve it, typically resulting in a long gain or a touchdown. Tittle dubbed the play the “alley-oop”—the first usage of the term in sports—and it was highly successful when utilized. The 49ers finished the regular season with an 8–4 record and hosted the Detroit Lions in the Western Conference playoff. Against the Lions Tittle passed for 248 yards and tossed three touchdown passes—one each to Owens, McElhenny, and Wilson—but Detroit overcame a twenty-point third quarter deficit to win 31–27. For the season, Tittle had a league-leading 63.1 completion percentage, threw for 2,157 yards and thirteen touchdowns, and rushed for six more scores. He was deemed “pro player of the year” by a United Press poll of members of the National Football Writers Association. Additionally, he was named to his first All-Pro team and invited to his third Pro Bowl.
After a poor 1958 preseason by Tittle, Albert started John Brodie at quarterback for the 1958 season, a decision that proved unpopular with the fan base. Tittle came in to relieve Brodie in a week six game against the Lions, with ten minutes left in the game and the 49ers down 21–17. His appearance “drew a roar of approval from the crowd of 59,213,” after which he drove the team downfield and threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to McElhenny for the winning score. A right knee ligament injury against the Colts in week nine ended Tittle’s season, and San Francisco finished with a 7–5 record, followed by Albert’s resignation as coach. Tittle and Brodie continued to share time at quarterback over the next two seasons. In his fourth and final Pro Bowl game with the 49ers in 1959, Tittle completed 13 of 17 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown.
Under new head coach Red Hickey in 1960, the 49ers adopted the shotgun formation. The first implementation of the shotgun was in week nine against the Colts, with Brodie at quarterback while Tittle nursed a groin injury. The 49ers scored a season-high thirty points, and with Brodie in the shotgun won three of their last four games to salvage a winning season at 7–5. Though conflicted, Tittle decided to get into shape and prepare for the next season. He stated in his 2009 autobiography that at times he thought, “The hell with it. Quit this damned game. You have been at it too long anyway.” But then another voice within him would say, “Come back for another year and show them you’re still a good QB. Don’t let them shotgun you out of football!” However, after the first preseason game of 1961, Hickey informed Tittle he had been traded to the New York Giants.
In mid-August 1961, the 49ers traded the 34-year-old Tittle to the New York Giants for second-year guard Lou Cordileone.
Cordileone, the 12th overall pick in the 1960 NFL Draft, was quoted as reacting “Me, even up for Y. A. Tittle? You’re kidding,” and later remarked that the Giants traded him for “a 42-year-old quarterback.” Tittle’s view of Cordileone was much the same, stating his dismay that the 49ers did not get a “name ballplayer” in return. He was also displeased with being traded to the East Coast, and said he would rather have been traded to the Los Angeles Rams.
Already considered washed up, the Giants intended to have Tittle share quarterback duties with 40-year-old Charlie Conerly, who had been with the team since 1948. The players at first remained loyal to Conerly, and treated Tittle with the cold shoulder. Tittle missed the season opener due to a back injury sustained before the season.
His first game with New York came in week two, against the Steelers, in which he and Conerly each threw a touchdown pass in the Giants’ 17–14 win. He became the team’s primary starter for the remainder of the season and led the revitalized Giants to first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) awarded Tittle its Jim Thorpe Trophy as the NFL’s players’ choice of MVP. In the 1961 NFL Championship Game, the Giants were soundly defeated by Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers, as they were shut-out 0–37. Tittle completed six of twenty passes in the game and threw four interceptions.
In January 1962, Tittle stated his intention to retire following the 1962 season.
After an off-season quarterback competition with Ralph Guglielmi, Tittle played and started in a career-high 14 games. He tied an NFL record by throwing seven touchdown passes in a game on October 28, 1962, in a 49–34 win over the Washington Redskins.
Against the Dallas Cowboys in the regular season finale, Tittle threw six touchdown passes to set the single-season record with 33, which had been set the previous year by Sonny Jurgensen’s 32. He earned player of the year honors from the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club, UPI, and The Sporting News, and finished just behind Green Bay’s Jim Taylor in voting for the AP NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Giants again finished first in the Eastern Conference and faced the Packers in the 1962 NFL Championship Game. In frigid, windy conditions at Yankee Stadium and facing a constant pass rush from the Packers’ front seven, Tittle completed only 18 of his 41 attempts in the game. The Packers won, 16–7, with New York’s lone score coming on a blocked punt recovered in the end zone by Jim Collier.
Tittle returned to the Giants in 1963 and, at age 37, supplanted his single-season passing touchdowns record by throwing 36. He broke the record in the final game with three touchdowns against the Steelers, three days after being named NFL MVP by the AP.
The Giants led the league in scoring by a wide margin, and for the third time in as many years clinched the Eastern Conference title. The Western champions were George Halas’ Chicago Bears. The teams met in the 1963 NFL Championship Game at Wrigley Field. In the second quarter, Tittle injured his knee on a tackle by Larry Morris, and required a novocaine shot at halftime to continue playing. After holding a 10–7 halftime lead, The Giants were shutout in the second half, during which Tittle threw four interceptions. Playing through the knee injury, he completed 11 of 29 passes in the game for 147 yards, a touchdown, and five interceptions as the Bears won 14–10.
The following year in 1964, Tittle’s final season, the Giants went 2–10–2 (.214), the worst record in the 14-team league. In the second game of the year, against Pittsburgh, he was blindsided by defensive end John Baker. The tackle left Tittle with crushed cartilage in his ribs, a cracked sternum, and a concussion.
However, he played in every game the rest of the season, but was relegated to a backup role later in the year. After throwing only ten touchdowns with 22 interceptions, he retired after the season at age 39, saying rookie quarterback Gary Wood not only “took my job away, but started to ask permission to date my daughter.” Over seventeen seasons as a professional, Tittle completed 2,427 out of 4,395 passes for 33,070 yards and 242 touchdowns, with 248 interceptions. He also scrambled for 39 touchdowns.
Rosina Cavallo August 30, 1925 – October 7, 2017
Connie Hawkins July 17, 1942 – October 6, 2017
Cornelius Lance Hawkins (July 17, 1942 – October 6, 2017) was an American American Basketball League, National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association player, Harlem Globetrotter, Harlem Wizard and New York City playground legend. It was on the New York City courts that he earned his nickname The Hawk.
Hawkins was born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, where he attended Boys High School. Hawkins soon became a fixture at Rucker Park, a legendary outdoor court where he battled against some of the best players in the world.
Hawkins did not play much until his junior year at Boys High. Hawkins was All-City first team as a junior as Boys went undefeated and won New York’s Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) title in 1959. During his senior year he averaged 25.5 ppg, including one game in which he scored 60, and Boys again went undefeated and won the 1960 PSAL title. Hawkins then signed a scholarship offer to play at the University of Iowa.
During Hawkins’ freshman year at Iowa, he was a victim of the hysteria surrounding a point-shaving scandal that had started in New York City. Hawkins’ name surfaced in an interview conducted with an individual who was involved in the scandal. While some of the conspirators and characters involved were known to or knew Hawkins, none – including the New York attorney at the center of the scandal, Jack Molinas – had ever sought to involve Hawkins in the conspiracy. Hawkins had borrowed $200 from Molinas for school expenses, which his brother Fred repaid before the scandal broke in 1961. The scandal became known as the 1961 College Basketball Gambling Scandal.
Despite the fact that Hawkins could not have been involved in point-shaving (as a freshman, due to NCAA rules of the time, he was ineligible to participate in varsity-level athletics), he was kept from seeking legal counsel while being grilled by New York City detectives who were investigating the scandal. Hawkins never admitted to any wrongdoing.
As a result of the investigation, despite never being arrested or indicted, Hawkins was expelled from Iowa. He was effectively blackballed from the college ranks; no NCAA or NAIA school would offer him a scholarship. NBA Commissioner J. Walter Kennedy let it be known that he would not approve any contract for Hawkins to play in the league. At the time, the NBA had a policy barring players who were even remotely involved with point-shaving scandals. As a result, when his class was eligible for the draft in 1964, no team selected him. He went undrafted in 1965 as well before being formally banned from the league in 1966.
With the major professional basketball league having blackballed him, Hawkins played one season for the Pittsburgh Rens of the American Basketball League and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. When that league folded, Hawkins spent three years performing with the Harlem Globetrotters.
During the time Hawkins was traveling with the Globetrotters, he filed a $6 million lawsuit against the NBA, claiming the league had unfairly banned him from participation and that there was no substantial evidence linking him to gambling activities. Hawkins’s lawyers suggested that he participate in the new American Basketball Association as a way to show that he was talented enough to participate in the NBA.
Hawkins joined the Pittsburgh Pipers in the inaugural 1967–68 season of the American Basketball Association, leading the team to a 54–24 regular-season record and the 1968 ABA championship. Hawkins led the ABA in scoring that year and won both the ABA’s regular-season and playoff MVP awards.
The Pipers moved to Minnesota for the 1968–69 season, and injuries limited Hawkins to 47 games. Hawkins had surgery on his knee. The Pipers made the playoffs despite injuries to their top four players, but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
The NBA settled with Hawkins after the 1968–69 season, paying him a cash settlement of nearly $1.3 million, and assigned his rights to the expansion Phoenix Suns.
In 1969, Hawkins hit the ground running in his first season with the Suns, when he played 81 games and averaged 24.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. In the final game of his rookie season, Connie had 44 points, 20 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 blocks and 5 steals. The Suns finished third in the Western Conference, but were knocked out by the Los Angeles Lakers in a great seven-game Western Conference Finals series in which Hawkins carried the Suns against a team that had future Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West. For the series, Hawkins averaged 25 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists per game.
Hawkins missed 11 games due to injury during the 1970–71 season, averaging 21 points per game. He matched those stats the next year, and was the top scorer on a per-game basis for the Suns in 1971–72. However, he averaged only 16 points per game for the Suns in 1972–73, and was traded to the Lakers for the next season.
Injuries limited his production in 1974–75, and Hawkins finished his career after the 1975–76 season, playing for the Atlanta Hawks.
Connie Hawkins was named to the ABA’s All-Time Team.
Due to knee problems, Hawkins played in the NBA for only seven seasons. He was an All-Star from 1970–1973 and was named to the All-NBA First Team in the 1969–70 season. His No. 42 jersey was retired by the Suns.
Despite being unable to play in the NBA when he was in his prime, Hawkins’s performances throughout the ABL, ABA and NBA helped get him get inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.
In a skit for NBC’s Saturday Night Live in 1975, Hawkins played singer Paul Simon in a one-on-one game accompanied by Simon’s song, “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard.” The skit was presented as a schoolyard challenge between the two and had Simon winning, despite the disparity in height between the two men (Simon at 5 ft 3 in, Hawkins at 6 ft 8 in).
One of Hawkins’ nephews is Jim McCoy, Jr., who scored a school-record 2,374 career points for the UMass Minutemen basketball team from 1988–1992.
He was the grandfather of Shawn Hawkins, who played professional basketball internationally and was a two time scoring champion in the Taiwanese SBL (Super Basketball League).
Bob Dunlop April 12, 1927 – October 6, 2017
Robert David Dunlop April 12, 1927 – October 6, 2017 – Robert D. (Bob) Dunlop, 90, of Hobe Sound Florida and Westborough Massachusetts, passed away on October 6, 2017 with his loving and devoted wife, Joanne by his side.
Bob is survived by the love of his life for 44 years, Joanne Dunlop. His daughters, Dorothy Dunlop of Clinton MA, Shirley, her husband Michael Hamil of Old Orchard Beach ME, Tammy, her husband David Migliozzi of Wesley Chapel FL, Dianne Garland of Jupiter FL, Victoria, her husband Larry Maher of Blackstone MA, and his son Charles Higgins of Jupiter FL.
Bob is also survived by his grandchildren, Allison Hamil of Portland ME, Garrett Hamil of Old Orchard Beach ME, Denise Cavaliere of Palm Beach FL, Jennifer Higgins of Hyannis MA and Samantha Priddy of Stuart FL. Bob had 3 great grandchildren. Bob truly loved the time he could spend with his family
Bob was born in North Adams, MA and lived in Westborough for many years before moving to Hobe Sound in 1985. Bob graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1944, He served in the Navy during World War II, receiving an award for Esteem and Gratitude for Faithful Service from the State of Massachusetts. Bob was an active member of the American Legion in Tequesta FL and a previous member of the VFW in Clinton MA.
Bob was an owner/operator with Mayflower Van Lines for many years until his retirement in 1985
Whether in Massachusetts or Florida, Bob loved meeting new people that became lifelong friends. Whether a holiday dinner or just a family gathering Bob always enjoyed the time, he could be with his family. Bob and Joanne enjoyed traveling across the country, the best of times were spent in Las Vegas, enjoying Frank Sinatra and everything Las Vegas had to offer.
David Weston August 10, 1944 – October 5, 2017
David Raymond Weston Sr. August 10, 1944 – October 5, 2017 – This is the celebration of David Raymond Weston Sr. Dave was born August 10, 1944 and left to be received into paradise October 5, 2017.
David was a graduate of the US Army where he served in the intelligence field. He also held his Master’s Degree from Florida Atlantic University.
He is survived by his loving wife Carole. They enjoyed a 39 year marrige where they raised 5 children 30 grandchildren and countless great grandchildren.
David was well respected in the community and served as the Palm City fire chief in the late 70s. He was an active member in the Elks Lodge 1870 and all their children’s charities and fund raising events.
David and Carole owned Caroles Lawn Service and other smaller business intrests.
David passed away peacefully in his sleep October 5, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He will be missed and always in our hearts for all eternity.
A celebration of hos life will be conducted at Bethel Lutheran Church Hobe Sound on Wednesday October 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM.
Another celebration at the Elks Lodge BPOE 1870 in Stuart on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM.
Thank you pops for being a great father, son, husband and friend. we were so blessed you came into our lives and you be loved and admired and missed until we meet again.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, Fl 34994. 772-223-5550. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.com.
Murphy Moore September 30, 1948 – October 5, 2017
Murphy L. Moore September 30, 1948 – October 5, 2017 – Murphy Lyle Moore, 69, of Stuart, FL, passed away in Stuart, Florida on Thursday, October 5, 2017 surrounded by his family following a brief battle with cancer.
He was born in El Dorado, AR to Violet Van Hook Gray and Oscar Gammye Moore on September, 30 1948.
After graduating with honors from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Electrical engineering and a Masters in Business Administration, Murphy went on to have a successful 32-year career as an executive at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY.
Upon retiring from Kodak and moving to Florida, Murphy began his second career as a Wealth Management Advisor/CFP for Merrill Lynch. Throughout his entire career he was a trusted advisor, role model and friend. He served in many leadership roles in his community, as well as Mariner Sands Country Club and the Mariner Sands Chapel.
He is pre-deceased by his mother, father, step-father (Bill Gray), sister (Mattie Ward), and brother (Oscar Gammye Moore Jr.).
He is survived by his college sweetheart and beloved wife of 47 years, Sally, their two children Scott Murphy Moore (Patricia Stone) and Katherine Moore Clifford (William Clifford), and his precious grandchildren: Alexis Moore (10) , Luke Moore (7) and John Clifford (4). Murphy is also survived by his sister, Virginia Smith (Don), and many dear cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at Mariner Sands Chapel, 6500 Congressional Way, Stuart, FL 34997 November 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Mariner Sands Chapel.
“Mama Grace” Gentile January 22, 1945 – October 4, 2017
Grace Gentile January 22, 1945 – October 4, 2017 – Grace Elizabeth Gentile, affectionately known as “Mama Grace” passed away on October 4, 2017 in Stuart, FL.
Born in Longbranch, New Jersey, Mrs. Gentile moved to the Hobe Sound area in 1997.
Mrs. Gentile loved to have a good time with her family and friends, and enjoyed having a good cup of coffee with great conversation. She loved to make jokes and spend time with her dogs, Suzie and Bama.
She is truly loved and will be missed.
Mrs. Gentile was of Protestant faith.
She is survived by her son, Daniel and his wife, Sylvia of New Mexico; son, Sam and his wife, Yuri of Hobe Sound, FL; her grandchildren, Samantha, Kristina, Amanda, and Victoria; her sister, Carol, and many other close friends and relatives.
Mrs. Gentile was predeceased by her husband, Daniel and her sons, Jonathan and David.
Her celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 9:00-11:00AM at Aycock Funeral Home, Young and Prill Chapel with a graveside service to immediately follow at All Saints Cemetery in Jensen Beach.
Tom Petty October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017
Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist and record producer. He was best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but was also a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, and his early band Mudcrutch.
Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, many of which are mainstays on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. His music became popular among younger generations. In his career, Petty sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2002, Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Petty suffered cardiac arrest early in the morning of October 2, 2017, and died that night at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California.
Petty was born October 20, 1950, in Gainesville, Florida, the first of two sons of Kitty (Avery) and Earl Petty. His interest in rock and roll music began at age ten when he met Elvis Presley. In the summer of 1961, his uncle was working on the set of Presley’s film Follow That Dream in nearby Ocala, and invited Petty to come down and watch the shoot. He instantly became an Elvis Presley fan, and when he returned that Saturday, he was greeted by his friend Keith Harben, and soon traded his Wham-O slingshot for a collection of Elvis 45s.
In a 2006 interview, Petty said that he knew he wanted to be in a band the moment he saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. “The minute I saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show — and it’s true of thousands of guys — there was the way out. There was the way to do it. You get your friends and you’re a self-contained unit. And you make the music. And it looked like so much fun. It was something I identified with. I had never been hugely into sports. … I had been a big fan of Elvis. But I really saw in the Beatles that here’s something I could do. I knew I could do it. It wasn’t long before there were groups springing up in garages all over the place.” He dropped out of high school at 17 to play bass with his newly formed band.
In an interview with the CBC in 2014, Petty stated that the Rolling Stones were “my punk music”. Petty credited the group with inspiring him by demonstrating that he and musicians like him could make it in rock and roll.
One of his first guitar teachers was Don Felder, a fellow Gainesville resident, who would later join the Eagles. As a young man, Petty worked briefly on the grounds crew for the University of Florida, but never attended as a student. An Ogeechee lime tree that he planted while employed at the university is now called the Tom Petty tree (Petty stated that he did not recall planting any trees). He also worked briefly as a gravedigger.
Petty also overcame a difficult relationship with his father, who found it hard to accept that his son was “a mild-mannered kid who was interested in the arts” and subjected him to verbal and physical abuse on a regular basis. Petty was extremely close to his mother, and remained close to his brother, Bruce.
Shortly after embracing his musical aspirations, Petty started a band known as the Epics, later to evolve into Mudcrutch. Although the band, which featured future Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, were popular in Gainesville, their recordings went unnoticed by a mainstream audience. Their only single, “Depot Street”, was released in 1975 by Shelter Records, but failed to chart.
After Mudcrutch split up, Petty reluctantly agreed to pursue a solo career. Tench decided to form his own group, whose sound Petty appreciated. Eventually, Petty and Campbell collaborated with Tench and fellow members Ron Blair and Stan Lynch, resulting in the first lineup of the Heartbreakers. Their eponymous debut album gained minute popularity amongst American audiences, achieving greater success in Britain. The single “Breakdown” was re-released in 1977, and peaked at #40 in early 1978 after the band toured in the United Kingdom in support of Nils Lofgren. The debut album was released by Shelter Records, which at that time was distributed by ABC Records.
Their second album, You’re Gonna Get It!, marked the band’s first Top 40 album and featured the singles “I Need to Know” and “Listen To Her Heart”. Their third album, Damn the Torpedoes, quickly went platinum, selling nearly two million copies; it includes their breakthrough singles “Don’t Do Me Like That”, “Here Comes My Girl” and “Refugee”.
In September 1979, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed at a Musicians United for Safe Energy concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. Their rendition of “Cry To Me” was featured on the resulting No Nukes album.
1981’s Hard Promises became a top-ten hit, going platinum and spawning the hit single “The Waiting”. The album also featured Petty’s first duet, “Insider” with Stevie Nicks.
Bass player Ron Blair quit the group and was replaced on the fifth album (1982’s Long After Dark) by Howie Epstein; the resulting line-up would last until 1994. In 1985, the band participated in Live Aid, playing four songs at Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium. Southern Accents was also released in 1985. This album included the hit single “Don’t Come Around Here No More”, which was produced by Dave Stewart. The song’s video featured Petty dressed as the Mad Hatter, mocking and chasing Alice from the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, then cutting and eating her as if she were a cake. The ensuing tour led to the live album Pack Up the Plantation: Live! and to an invitation from Bob Dylan—Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers joined him on his True Confessions Tour. They also played some dates with the Grateful Dead in 1986 and 1987. Also in 1987, the group released Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) which includes “Jammin’ Me” which Petty wrote with Dylan.
In 1988, Petty joined George Harrison’s group, the Traveling Wilburys, which also included Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. The band’s first song, “Handle With Care”, was intended as a B-side of one of Harrison’s singles, but was judged too good for that purpose and the group decided to record a full album, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. A second Wilburys album, mischievously titled Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 and recorded without the recently deceased Orbison, followed in 1990. The album was named Vol. 3 as a response to a series of bootlegged studio sessions being sold as Travelling Wilburys Vol. 2. Petty incorporated Traveling Wilburys songs into his live shows, consistently playing “Handle With Care” in shows from 2003 to 2006, and for his 2008 tour adding “surprises” such as “End of the Line” to the set list.
In 1989, Petty released Full Moon Fever, which featured hits “I Won’t Back Down”, “Free Fallin'” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream”. It was nominally his first solo album, although several Heartbreakers and other well-known musicians participated: Mike Campbell co-produced the album with Petty and Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra, and backing musicians included Campbell, Lynne, and fellow Wilburys Roy Orbison and George Harrison (Ringo Starr appears on drums in the video for “I Won’t Back Down”, but they were actually performed by Phil Jones).
Petty and the Heartbreakers reformed in 1991 and released Into the Great Wide Open, which was co-produced by Lynne and included the hit singles “Learning To Fly” and “Into the Great Wide Open”, the latter featuring Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway in the music video.
Before leaving MCA Records, Petty and the Heartbreakers got together to record, live in the studio, two new songs for a Greatest Hits package: “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and Thunderclap Newman’s “Something in the Air”. This was Stan Lynch’s last recorded performance with the Heartbreakers. Petty commented “He left right after the session without really saying goodbye.” The package went on to sell over ten million copies, therefore receiving diamond certification by the RIAA.
In 1989, while still under contract to MCA, Petty secretly signed a lucrative deal with Warner Bros. Records, to which the Traveling Wilburys had been signed. His first album on his new label, 1994’s Wildflowers (Petty’s second of three solo albums), included the singles “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, “You Wreck Me”, “It’s Good to Be King”, and “A Higher Place”. The album, produced by Rick Rubin, sold over three million copies in the United States.
In 1996, Petty, with the Heartbreakers, released a soundtrack to the movie She’s the One, starring Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston (see Songs and Music from “She’s the One”). The album’s singles were “Walls (Circus)” (featuring Lindsey Buckingham), “Climb that Hill”, and a song written by Lucinda Williams, “Change the Locks”. The album also included a cover of “Asshole”, a song by Beck. The same year, the band accompanied Johnny Cash on Unchained (provisionally entitled “Petty Cash”), for which Cash would win a Grammy for Best Country Album (Cash would later cover Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” on American III: Solitary Man).
In 1999, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their last album with Rubin at the helm, Echo. Two songs were released as singles in the U.S., “Room at the Top” and “Free Girl Now”. The album reached number 10 in the U.S. album charts.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played “I Won’t Back Down” at the America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit concert for victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The following year, they played “Taxman”, “I Need You” and “Handle with Care” (joined for the last by Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison, and Jim Keltner) at the Concert for George in honor of Petty’s friend and former bandmate George Harrison.
Petty’s 2002 release, The Last DJ, was an album-length critique of the practices within the music industry. The title track, inspired by Los Angeles radio personality Jim Ladd, bemoaned the end of the freedom that radio DJs once had to personally select songs for their station’s playlists. The album was a commercial success, and peaked at number 9 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States.
In 2005, Petty began hosting his own show “Buried Treasure” on XM Satellite Radio, on which he shared selections from his personal record collection.
In February 2006, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers agreed to be the headline act at the fifth annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Following that announcement came the itinerary for Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “30th Anniversary Tour”. Special guests included Stevie Nicks, Pearl Jam, the Allman Brothers Band, Trey Anastasio, the Derek Trucks Band, and the Black Crowes (who also opened for Petty on their 2005 Summer Tour). Nicks would join Petty and the Heartbreakers on stage for “a selection of songs”, notably the rendition of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”.
In July 2006, Petty released a solo album titled Highway Companion, which included the hit “Saving Grace”. It debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200, which was Petty’s highest chart position since the introduction of the Nielsen SoundScan system for tracking album sales in 1991. Highway Companion was briefly promoted on the tour with the Heartbreakers in 2006, with performances of “Saving Grace”, “Square One”, “Down South” and “Flirting with Time”. In 2006, the American Broadcasting Company hired Petty to do the music for its National Basketball Association playoffs coverage.
During the summer of 2007, Petty reunited with his old bandmates Tom Leadon and Randall Marsh along with Heartbreakers Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell to reform his pre-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch. The band originally formed in 1967 in Gainesville, Florida, before relocating to California where they released one single in 1974 before breaking up. The quintet recorded this self-titled new album of 14 songs that was released on April 29, 2008 (on iTunes, an additional song “Special Place” was available if the album was pre-ordered). The band supported the album with a brief tour of California in the spring of 2008.
In 2007, artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones, Lenny Kravitz, and Paul McCartney paid tribute to Fats Domino on the double-CD covers set Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino. The album’s sales helped buy instruments for students in New Orleans public schools and they contributed to the building of a community center in the city’s Hurricane Katrina-damaged Ninth Ward. Petty and the Heartbreakers’ contributed a critically acclaimed cover of “I’m Walkin'” to the package.
In January 2008, it was announced that the band would be embarking on a North American Tour that was set to start on May 30, following their appearance at Super Bowl XLII. Steve Winwood served as the opening act, who joined Petty and the Heartbreakers on stage at select shows, starting on June 6, 2008, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Winwood performed his Spencer Davis Group hit “Gimme Some Lovin'”, and occasionally he performed his Blind Faith hit “Can’t Find My Way Home” before it.
On February 3, 2008, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed during the halftime-show of Super Bowl XLII at the University of Phoenix Stadium. They played “American Girl”, “I Won’t Back Down”, “Free Fallin'” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream”, in that order. “I Won’t Back Down” was used in the closing credits of the coverage on BBC Two.
The Live Anthology project by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was announced nearly a year after Petty’s record Extended Play Live with Mudcrutch.
In November 2009, Petty told Rolling Stone that he was working on a new album with the Heartbreakers, saying, “It’s blues-based. Some of the tunes are longer, more jam-y kind of music. A couple of tracks really sound like the Allman Brothers—not the songs but the atmosphere of the band.”
The band’s twelfth album Mojo was released on June 15, 2010, and reached number two on the Billboard 200 album chart. To promote the record, the band appeared as the musicial guests on the finale of the 35th season of Saturday Night Live on May 15, 2010.
The release of Mojo was followed by a North American summer tour, which began on June 1, 2010. In spring 2012, the band went on a world tour that included their first European dates in 20 years and their first ever concerts in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Prior to the tour, five of the band’s guitars, including two owned by Petty, were stolen from the band’s practice space in Culver City, California in April 2010. The items were recovered by Los Angeles police the next week.
On July 29, 2014, Reprise Records released Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ thirteenth studio album, Hypnotic Eye. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the first Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album to ever top the chart.
On November 20, 2015, a new channel called Tom Petty Radio debuted on SiriusXM.
Petty’s first appearance in film took place in 1978, when he had a cameo in FM. He later had a small part in 1987’s Made in Heaven and appeared in several episodes of It’s Garry Shandling’s Show between 1987 and 1990, playing himself as one of Garry Shandling’s neighbors. Petty was also featured in Shandling’s other show, The Larry Sanders Show, as one of the Story within a story final guests. In the episode, Petty gets bumped from the show and nearly comes to blows with Greg Kinnear.
Petty appeared in the 1997 film The Postman, directed by and starring Kevin Costner, as the Bridge City Mayor (from the dialogue it is implied that he is playing a future history version of himself).
In 2002, he appeared on The Simpsons in the episode “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation”, along with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, and Brian Setzer. In it, Petty spoofed himself as a tutor to Homer Simpson on the art of lyric writing, composing a brief song about a drunk girl driving down the road while concerned with the state of public schools. Later in the episode, he loses a toe during a riot.
Petty had a recurring role as the voice of Elroy “Lucky” Kleinschmidt in the animated comedy series King of the Hill from 2004 to 2009.
In 2010, Petty made a five-second cameo appearance with comedian Andy Samberg in a musical video titled “Great Day” featured on the bonus DVD as part of The Lonely Island’s new album Turtleneck & Chain.
Petty married Jane Benyo in 1974, and they divorced in 1996. Benyo disclosed to Stevie Nicks that she had met Petty at “the age of seventeen.” Nicks misheard Benyo, leading to Nicks’ song “Edge of Seventeen”. Petty and Benyo had two daughters; Adria is a director, and AnnaKim an artist. Petty married Dana York Epperson on June 3, 2001, and had a stepson, Dylan, from York’s earlier marriage.
In May 1987, an arsonist set fire to Petty’s house in Encino, California. Firefighters were able to salvage the basement recording studio and the original tapes stored there, as well as his Gibson Dove acoustic guitar. His signature gray top hat, however, was destroyed. Petty later rebuilt the house with fire-resistant materials.
Petty spoke in 2014 of the benefits from his practice of Transcendental Meditation.
Petty was found unconscious at his home, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest, early in the morning of October 2, 2017. His death was prematurely reported by media outlets that afternoon, although the initial reports were retracted after the Los Angeles Police Department announced that it had inadvertently indicated his death to the media without confirming it. It was confirmed later that evening by his family and manager. He died at the University of California-Los Angeles’ Santa Monica hospital.
Arthur Janov August 21, 1924 – October 1, 2017
Arthur Janov (/ˈdʒænəv/; August 21, 1924 – October 1, 2017), also known as Art Janov, was an American psychologist, psychotherapist, and writer. He gained notability as the creator of primal therapy, a treatment for mental illness that involves repeatedly descending into, feeling, and experiencing long-repressed childhood pain. Janov directed a psychotherapy institute called the Primal Center in Santa Monica, California.
Janov was the author of many books, most notably The Primal Scream (1970).
Arthur Janov was born in Los Angeles, California. He received his B.A. and M.S.W. in psychiatric social work from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. in psychology from Claremont Graduate School in 1960.
Janov originally practiced conventional psychotherapy in his native California. He did an internship at the Hacker Psychiatric Clinic in Beverly Hills, worked for the Veterans’ Administration at Brentwood Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was in private practice from 1952 until his death in 2017. He was also on the staff of the Psychiatric Department at Los Angeles Children’s Hospital where he was involved in developing their psychosomatic unit.
In Janov’s view, the repressed pain of traumatic childhood experiences eventually produces an emotionally damaged adult. These experiences include not only obvious physical and psychological injuries, but also subtle slights like parents’ failure to comfort a child.
Janov wrote that his professional life changed in a single day in 1967 with the discovery of what he called “Primal Pain”. During a therapy session, Janov heard what he describes as, “an eerie scream welling up from the depths of a young man lying on the floor”. He developed primal therapy, in which clients are encouraged to re-live and express what Janov considers repressed memories and feelings.
Janov’s primal therapy became a cultural phenomenon in the 1960s and 1970s along with his work The Primal Scream published in 1971. In response to primal therapy in 2016, Janov said: “We have 50 years of published material to the contrary. We have several scientific articles in the journal Activitas Nervosa Superior, plus other journals. We do serious science and leave the nonsense to others”.
The idea of The Primal Scream came when one of his patients told of a theatrical performance in which someone dressed in diapers shouted “Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!” throughout the act, then vomited, distributing plastic bags to the spectators and later asking them to vomit as well. Janov was fascinated by this and asked his patient to cry for his own “mommy” and “daddy”.
However, Janov’s primal therapy was the source of controversy, with allegations that Janov used the treatment as a “cash-grab scheme”. In response, Janov explained that “We take no salaries and no profits and have not in years. We have paid several hundred thousand dollars for research to maintain our scientific integrity. We fund therapy for those who cannot afford it”.
Janov also listed homosexuality among the ailments that primal therapy could “cure,” and continued to list it long after the American Psychiatric Association declassified it as a psychiatric disorder in 1973.
Janov’s patients included musician John Lennon and artist Yoko Ono.
Janov was first married to Vivian Glickstein, but the marriage lasted briefly and ended in divorce. He married a second time, which lasted until his death. Janov had two children from his first marriage: Rick Janov, a primal therapist, and Ellen Janov, a child singer and actress who died in 1976.
On October 1, 2017, Janov died in his sleep at the age of 93. At the time of his death, Janov was suffering from a throat disease which limited his ability to speak, and was living in Malibu, California.
“Si” Newhouse Jr. November 8, 1927 – October 1, 2017
Samuel Irving “Si” Newhouse Jr. (November 8, 1927 – October 1, 2017), was an American heir, business magnate and philanthropist. Together with his brother Donald, he owned Advance Publications, founded by their late father in 1922, whose properties include Condé Nast (publisher of such magazines as Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, etc.), dozens of newspapers across the United States (including The Star-Ledger, The Plain Dealer, The Oregonian, etc.), former cable company Bright House Networks and a controlling stake in Discovery Communications.
He was the son of Mitzi (nee Epstein) and Samuel Irving Newhouse Sr., the founder of Advance Publications. Sam Newhouse Sr.had been the young editor of the Bayonne (NJ) Times and when he asked the owner of the Times for a raise he had long deserved, he was refused. Sam then quit the Times to become associated with the Staten Island paper that formed the basis of his publication future. His grandson, S. I. Newhouse IV, appeared in the documentary Born Rich. Newhouse attended the Horace Mann School in New York City. Prior to his death, he had an estimated net worth of $9.5 billion, and he was ranked the 46th richest American by Forbes magazine in 2014.
Newhouse has given money to charity, including $15 million to Syracuse University. He was also an art collector who at one time owned one of the most valuable paintings in the world, a Jackson Pollock drip painting, titled No. 5, 1948. Newhouse was listed by Art News as among the top 200 art collectors in the world.
“Monty” HallAugust 25, 1921 – September 30, 2017
Monte Halparin, OC OM (August 25, 1921 – September 30, 2017), widely known by his stage name Monty Hall, was a Canadian-American game show host, producer. philanthropist
Hall was widely known as the long-running host of Let’s Make a Deal and for the puzzle named after him, the Monty Hall problem.
Hall was born as Monte Halparin in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on August 25, 1921, to Orthodox Jewish parents, Maurice Harvey Halparin, who owned a slaughterhouse, and Rose (née Rusen). He was raised in Winnipeg’s north end, where he attended Lord Selkirk School (Elmwood, Winnipeg), and, later St. John’s High School. Hall graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba, where he majored in chemistry and zoology. He had hoped to go on to medical school but was unable to be admitted due to secret quotas limiting the number of Jewish students.
Hall started his career in Winnipeg at CKRC radio while still a student. He moved to Toronto in 1946 and found a job with radio station CHUM, where management shortened his name to Hall and misspelled his first name as “Monty” on billboards, giving him the stage name “Monty Hall”. For the next decade he hosted and produced a number of programs for radio stations in Toronto as well as Who Am I? on CFRB, which was distributed nationally in Canada through private syndication until 1959. He also had several short-lived programmes on CBC Television, after it was launched in 1952, but when they were cancelled and another program he had conceived of was taken away from him, Hall decided he had no future in Canadian television.
Hall moved to New York City in 1955 to try to break into American broadcasting, but commuted to Toronto several times a month to record episode blocks of Who Am I?. In New York, Hall hosted game shows such as Bingo at Home on WABD-TV and guest-hosted more established game shows such as Strike It Rich on CBS and Twenty-One on NBC. He was the host/performer of two local New York City TV film shows for children: Cowboy Theater for WRCA (Channel 4) in 1956 and Fun In the Morning for WNEW (Ch. 5) in the early 1960s. From 1956–60, along with NBC Radio newsman Morgan Beatty, Hall co-hosted the Saturday night segment of the NBC Radio Network weekend program Monitor from 8 p.m. until midnight (EST). At least two recordings of Hall on Monitor are known to exist.
Hall was a radio analyst for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League during the 1959–60 season.
He succeeded Jack Narz as host of a game show called Video Village, which ran from 1960 to 1962 on CBS. From 1961-62, Hall hosted its spinoff, Video Village Junior, which featured children. After moving to Southern California, Hall became the host of the game show Let’s Make a Deal, which he developed and produced with partner Stefan Hatos. Let’s Make a Deal aired on NBC daytime from December 30, 1963, to December 27, 1968, and on ABC daytime from December 30, 1968 until July 9, 1976, along with two prime time runs. It aired in syndication from 1971–77, from 1980–81, from 1984–86, and again on NBC briefly from 1990–91, replacing Bob Hilton, who had been dismissed. He was producer or executive producer of the show through most of its runs. During the show’s initial run, Hall appeared alongside model Carol Merrill and announcer Jay Stewart.
Besides Let’s Make a Deal, the game show Split Second, which originally ran on ABC from 1972-75 with Tom Kennedy as host, and again in syndication in 1987 with Hall hosting that version, was the only other successful program from Hatos-Hall Productions. Other game shows from Hatos’s and Hall’s production company included Chain Letter in 1966; a revival of the venerable 1950s-era panel quiz, Masquerade Party in 1974; 3 for the Money in 1975; It’s Anybody’s Guess in 1977, which reunited Let’s Make a Deal announcer Jay Stewart with Hall, who also hosted the show, and the Canadian-based The Joke’s on Us in 1983. Hall filled in as guest host on several daytime game shows while Let’s Make a Deal was on NBC, most notably What’s This Song? and PDQ.
In 1979, Hall hosted the only game show since Video Village which he did not produce, Goodson-Todman’s All-New Beat the Clock. (His announcer was Jack Narz, whom he had replaced as host of Video Village.) He appeared as himself on “The Promise Ring” episode of That ’70s Show in 2001. He played the host of a beauty pageant who schemed to become “the world’s most powerful game show host” in the Disney animated series American Dragon: Jake Long. He appeared on GSN Live on March 14, 2008, and hosted a game of Let’s Make a Deal for Good Morning America on August 18, 2008, as part of Game Show Reunion week.
In summer 2009, CBS announced that it was reviving Let’s Make a Deal on its daytime schedule. The show premiered on October 5, 2009, with Wayne Brady as host. Hall is credited as “Creative Consultant,” and as co-creator of the format (with Stefan Hatos). Hatos/Hall Productions is credited as co-production company (with FremantleMedia).
Hall spent much of his post-Deal days involved in philanthropic work. He family says he was always going to telethons and helped raise close to a billion dollars for charity in his lifetime. Hall was repeatedly honored for his charitable efforts. Wards at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia are named in his honor.
Hall received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 24, 1973, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars in 2000, and in 2002, he was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Hall was one of only three game show hosts on both Hollywood’s and Canada’s Walks of Fame, the others being Alex Trebek and Howie Mandel. In May 1988, the Government of Canada bestowed on him the prestigious Order of Canada for his humanitarian work in Canada and other nations of the world.
He was the recipient of the 2005 Ralph Edwards Service Award from Game Show Congress, in recognition of all the work the emcee-producer has done for charity through the years. On October 13, 2007, Hall was one of the first inductees into the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hall received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards.
On September 28, 1947, Hall married a distant cousin, Marilyn Doreen Plottel (May 17, 1927 – June 5, 2017); the two had been introduced by a mutual cousin, Norman Shnier, the previous year. They later became United States citizens. They had three children: Tony Award-winning actress Joanna Gleason; Sharon Hall Kessler, president of Endemol Shine Studios; and Richard Hall, an Emmy Award-winning television producer. Monte and Marilyn lived in Beverly Hills, California, from 1962 until their deaths; Marilyn predeceased her husband by four months.
On September 30, 2017, Hall died from heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills at the age of 96.
“Tom” Paley March 19, 1928 – September 30, 2017
Allan Thomas “Tom” Paley (March 19, 1928 – September 30, 2017) was an American guitarist, banjo and fiddle player. He was best known for his work with the New Lost City Ramblers in the 1950s and 1960s.
Paley was born on March 19, 1928 and raised in New York City. His parents were left-wing activists, and he grew up hearing spirituals and political songs. After moving with his mother to California for several years in his early teens, he returned to New York and began learning the guitar and banjo, and visiting clubs where singers such as Lead Belly and Josh White performed. He also began performing, both solo and with other musicians including Woody Guthrie, and booking performances for others.
From September 1950 to May 1951 he was a graduate student in the mathematics department of Yale University. After one year he decided to be a musician rather than a mathematician.
In 1953 he recorded his first album Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, for Jac Holzman’s then-new Elektra Records. On May 25, 1958, Paley, John Cohen and Mike Seeger played together live on air for John Dildine’s weekly folk music radio show on WASH-FM: this was the first appearance of what later became the New Lost City Ramblers. Paley later said:
“When we formed The New Lost City Ramblers it was the kind of thing I’d been doing for quite a few years…. It didn’t feel particularly revolutionary to me but I understood we had quite an impact on young people like Dylan.”
Paley, both as a solo artist and as member of the New Lost City Ramblers, has been cited by many as a source and influence, among them Bob Dylan, and The Grateful Dead. He recorded nine albums as a member of the New Lost City Ramblers between 1958 and 1962.
Paley left the band when Cohen and Seeger wanted the group to become more professional and Paley refused to sign statements about his political allegiances; he was replaced by Tracy Schwarz. He formed another group, the Old Reliable String Band with Roy Berkeley and Artie Rose, before leaving the United States in 1963, when he and his wife Claudia went to live in Sweden. They remained there until 1965 when they moved to England, where Paley had increasingly been working.
Paley has subsequently toured widely, in the UK, US, Scandinavia and elsewhere. He has also performed as a member of the New Deal String Band, based in London, intermittently since the 1960s. After learning the fiddle, he released two albums of traditional Scandinavian music, On a Cold Winter Night (1993) and Svenska Låtar: Swedish Fiddle Tunes (1998), both recorded with his son Ben. His collaboration with Bert Deivert, Beware Young Ladies!, was released in 2007.
He continues to live in London and is still performing and recording. He is the honorary President of the Friends of American Old-Time Music and Dance (FOAOTMAD). Another album, Roll on, Roll on, was released in 2012. He was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on July 4, 2012 at the launch party of the new album. On September 30, 2017, Paley died in Brighton, England at the age of 89.
Patrick McGrath September 15th, 1935 – September 29th, 2017
Patrick J. McGrath September 15th, 1935 – September 29th, 2017 – Patrick Jude McGrath, 82, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on September 29, 2017 in Stuart.
He was born on September 15, 1935 in Kells County, Meath, Ireland. He was the youngest of 9 children. He was preceded in death by his Mom, Annie, his Dad, Richard, who was a member of the guard that protected the Queen Mother; his sisters, Maureen, Kay, Connie, Lil, Bridie and his brothers, Eddie and Dick. His sister Rose, who is now 91 years, still lives in Ireland. Patrick has 15 nieces and nephews who all loved to listen to all his tall stories about his adventures in America
Patrick left home at a young age to work in County Galway, Ireland. He then went to London, England and trained as a painter and decorator in the 1950’s. At the age of 24, Patrick headed to America to expand his career as he loved interior design as he had a great eye for color schemes. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Patrick settled into New Jersey, where he had his own business as a master painter and wallpaperer within Monmouth and Ocean Counties. He was a member of Fairway Mews Golf Club, where he resided as well. He was a daily communicant at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Spring Lake, New Jersey.
In his retirement he then moved to Stuart, Florida and lived at the Stuart Yacht and Country Club. There he joined the golf club, where he enjoyed playing his favorite sport. He was a daily communicant at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Stuart. He was loved by all.
Ludmila Belousova November 22, 1935 – September 29, 2017
Ludmila Yevgenyevna Belousova (Russian: Людмила Евгеньевна Белоусова; 22 November 1935 – 29 September 2017) was a Russian pair skater who represented the Soviet Union. With her partner and husband Oleg Protopopov she was a two-time Olympic champion (1964, 1968) and four-time World champion (1965–1968). In 1979 the pair defected to Switzerland and became Swiss citizens in 1995. They continued to skate at ice shows and exhibitions through their seventies.
Belousova started skating relatively late, at age 16. She trained in Moscow where she met Oleg Protopopov in the spring of 1954. Belousova moved to Leningrad in 1955 and began training with Protopopov in 1956 following his navy discharge. They trained at VSS Lokomotiv and competed internationally for the USSR. Belousova and Protopopov were coached initially by Igor Moskvin and then by Petr Orlov, but parted ways with Orlov after a number of disagreements. The pair then trained without a coach at a rink in Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast. In 1961, they decided to work with Stanislav Zhuk to raise their technical difficulty.
Belousova and Protopopov debuted at the World Championships in 1958, finishing 13th. Two years later they competed at their first Olympics, placing 9th. In 1962, they made the World Championship podium for the first time, earning the silver medal. They were the first pair from the Soviet Union or Russia to win a World medal since the discipline’s introduction at the 1908 World Championships (which had only three pairs competing). They also won silver at the European Championships, becoming the second Soviet pair to medal after Nina Zhuk and Stanislav Zhuk (who won silver from 1958 to 1960).
Belousova and Protopopov’s first major international gold medal came at the 1964 Winter Olympics. It was the first Olympic pairs gold for the Soviet Union. Belousova and Protopopov began the forty-year Soviet/Russian gold medal streak in pair skating, the longest in Olympic sports history, from 1964 to 2006.
Belousova and Protopopov won their first World and European gold medals in 1965, and in so doing, also became the first Soviet/Russian pair to win those titles.
They became Olympic champions for the second time at the 1968 Winter Olympics. At 32 and 35 years old respectively, they were among the oldest champions in figure skating.
The following season, they won the silver medal at the European Championships and bronze at the World Championships as Irina Rodnina began her reign with her first partner, Alexei Ulanov. Those were the pair’s final appearances at major international competitions but they would continue to compete within the Soviet Union until 1972.
In total, Belousova and Protopopov won two Olympic titles and medalled eight times at both the World and European Championships, including four consecutive World and European gold medals. After retiring from competition, they skated in shows and continue to do so. In September, 2015 they renewed their long-standing tradition of skating in a charitable exhibition in Boston, Massachusetts called “Evening with Champions”.
Belousova and Protopopov contributed to the development of pair skating, including introducing three death spirals – the backward inside (BIDS), forward inside (FIDS), and forward outside (FODS), which they dubbed the Cosmic spiral, Life spiral, and Love spiral, respectively. Dick Button stated: “The Protopopovs are great skaters not only because they were the finest of Olympic champions, but also because their creative impact was extraordinary.”
Edward Cyr March 29th, 1929 – September 28th, 2017
Edward Cyr March 29th, 1929 – September 28th, 2017 – Edward Paul Cyr, 88, of Palm City, Florida, passed away on September 28, 2017 at the Village on the Green Rehabilitation Center in Longwood, Florida.
Born in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, he had been a resident of Palm City for over 30 years coming from Fort Lauderdale
Prior to retiring he was a marble and tile mechanic. In his leisure time, he was an avid horseshoe pitcher.
Survivors include his wife, Irene M. Cyr, of Palm City; his daughter, Denise Cyr of Winter Springs, Florida; his son, Edward Donald Cyr of Palm City; 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Paul Mitchell Cyr.
Lenore Tinsman March 25th, 1950 – September 28th, 2017
Lenore E Tinsman March 25th, 1950 – September 28th, 2017 – Lenore E. Tinsman, 67, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on September 28, 2017 at the Treasure Coast Hospice, Stuart.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, to Herbert and Evelyn Carlberg, she had been a resident of Stuart for 44 years coming from Chicago.
She received her BA degree from DePauw University, in Greencastle, IN. She was an elementary teacher in Martin County for 25 years and was most fond of teaching Kindergarten.
Survivors include her loving husband, Robert S. Tinsman, of Stuart, her daughters, Lauren Kestenbaum and her husband, Kevin of Port St. Lucie, Florida and Amy Eden and her husband Greg of Palm City and her grandson Clayton Eden. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, friend, teacher, and volunteer who loved to travel. She enjoyed cruises, date nights, soaking up the sun, talking to every child who crossed her path, cuddling with her dog, and most of all playing with her grandson.
There will be a memorial service at 1PM on October 2nd, 2017 at the Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City, FL.
For those who wish contributions may be made to the Hibiscus Children’s Center, Laurel Professional Park. 2920 South 25th Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34981 (772) 340-5750 or online at hibiscuschildrenscenter.org or to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 1309 N Flagler Dr # 5, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, (561) 514-3020 or online at komensouthflorida.org.
Lee Hennings August 17, 1936 – September 28, 2017
Leroy Hennings, Jr. August 17, 1936 – September 28, 2017 – LeRoy “Lee” Hennings passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at the age of 81.
Born in Mount Kisco, New York, he was the youngest of four children born to LeRoy and Gretchen Hennings.
The family moved to Coral Gables, Florida in 1943. He attended Coral Gables High School (class of 1956), graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s Degree (1960) and continued his education at Florida State University, attaining a Master’s Degree in Library Science.
During this time, Lee served a short time with the Marines but never saw active service.
Some of Lee’s first jobs included library work at Miami-Dade Junior College, the University of Miami, the Miami Public Library, and was the Librarian at the Moore Haven High School.
In 1968, he was appointed the Director of the Martin County Library.
During more than 25 years as Director, Lee expanded the number of Libraries across the county.
He loved to read and kept lists of the books he had read going back to 1947.
Another of Lee’s interests included music and, with the introduction of the Saxophone in Elementary School, he played in school bands throughout his high school years. He even used his talent to supplement his income while attending college. Later, he would join several bands and enjoy, as Lee put it, his “second world” of music. The bands, playing a variety of music including Big Band, were quite popular and would play about twice a week during the season. Musically, Lee was quite versatile, once he was asked to “play a Baritone Sax while reading music written for a Trombone.” Lee also loved to travel and several times each year he would be enjoying himself on a cruise ship or flying to a new, exotic destination somewhere in the world.
“Sonny” (as he was known to his family) is survived by his brother, Paul J. Hennings, Sr. of Port St. Lucie, FL.; three nieces Debra Bedell (Michael), Diane Collins, & Louise Schmitt; one nephew Paul J. Hennings, Jr. (Connie); one grand-niece Kerry Bedell; five grand-nephews Sean Bedell, Kevin Bedell, Christopher Collins, Kyle Schmitt, Ross Schmitt; and his wonderful friend Margie. Two sisters (Emilie Wenner and Lenore McTague) preceded him in death.
Visitation will be on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Martin Funeral Home, 714 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie, Florida. A private family service will take place at a later date.
“Red” Miller October 31, 1927 – September 27, 2017
Robert “Red” Miller (October 31, 1927 – September 27, 2017) was a professional football coach with the Denver Broncos. On May 4, 2017, it was announced that Miller would be inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame. He would be the only member of the 2017 class.
Miller was born and raised in Macomb, Illinois and attended Macomb Public Schools and Western Illinois University, where he was later a star player and coach for the Leathernecks football team. He began his coaching career at high schools in Astoria and Canton, Illinois, and at Carthage College.
Miller was an assistant coach with Lou Saban at Western Illinois in the late 1950s before joining Saban with the AFL’s Boston Patriots in 1960. He also was an assistant with Buffalo (1962), Denver (1963–65), St. Louis (1966–70), Baltimore (1971–72) and New England (1973–76) before rejoining the Broncos as head coach.
1960–1961 Boston Patriots (OL)
1962 Buffalo Bills (OL)
1963–1965 Denver Broncos (OL)
1966–1970 St. Louis Cardinals (OL)
1971–1972 Baltimore Colts (DL)
1973–1976 New England Patriots (OL)
Miller was named head coach of the Denver Broncos on January 31, 1977, replacing John Ralston. Miller took a team led by linebackers Randy Gradishar, Bob Swenson, and Tom Jackson, cornerbacks Louis Wright and Bernard Jackson, safety Billy Thompson, and defensive end Lyle Alzado— mainstays of the Orange Crush Defense— and veteran quarterback Craig Morton (acquired via trade with the New York Giants) to a 12–2 regular season record and an AFC championship. The Broncos then faced the Tom Landry-coached Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XII but lost, 27–10.
The Broncos also would lose in an NFL AFC Divisional Playoff match against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium on December 30, 1978, 33–10. They would also lose the next season to the Houston Oilers 13–7 in a classic NFL Wild Card Playoff match played in the Astrodome on December 23, 1979.
After posting an 8–8 record in 1980, and failing to return to the AFC playoffs, Miller was fired by new owner Edgar Kaiser in the spring of 1981 and replaced with then Dallas Cowboy assistant and former NFL running back Dan Reeves.
In 1983 Miller became the first head coach of the Denver Gold of the USFL, but feuded bitterly with team owner Ron Blanding and was fired before the completion of the league’s first season.
Miller died on September 27, 2017, from complications due to a stroke.
Anne Jeffreys January 26, 1923 – September 27, 2017
Anne Jeffreys (born Anne Carmichael; January 26, 1923 – September 27, 2017 was an American actress and singer.
Born Anne Carmichael on January 26, 1923 in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Jeffreys entered the entertainment field at a young age, having her initial training in voice (she was an accomplished soprano). “She became a member of the New York Municipal Opera Company on a scholarship and sang the lead at Carnegie Hall in such things as La bohème, Traviata, and Pagliacci.” However, she decided as a teenager to sign with the John Robert Powers agency as a junior model.
Her plans for an operatic career were sidelined when she was cast in a staged musical review, Fun for the Money. Her appearance in that revue led to her being cast in her first movie role, in I Married an Angel (1942), starring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. She was under contract to both RKO and Republic Studios during the 1940s, including several appearances as Tess Trueheart in the Dick Tracy series, and the 1944 Frank Sinatra musical Step Lively. She also appeared in the horror comedy Zombies on Broadway with Wally Brown and Alan Carney in 1945 and starred in Riffraff with Pat O’Brien two years later. Jeffreys also appeared in a number of western films and as bank robber John Dillinger’s moll in 1945’s Dillinger
When her Hollywood career faltered, she instead focused on the stage, playing lead roles on Broadway in productions such as the 1947 opera Street Scene, the 1948 Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate (having replaced Patricia Morison) and the 1952 musical Three Wishes for Jamie. With long-term husband Robert Sterling, she appeared in the CBS sitcom Topper (1953–1955), in which she was billed in a voiceover as “the ghostess with the mostest”.
On December 18, 1957, Jeffreys and her husband played a couple with an unusual courtship arrangement brought about by an attack of the fever in the episode “The Julie Gage Story”, broadcast in the first season of NBC’s Wagon Train.
After a semi-retirement in the 1960s, she appeared on television, appearing in episodes of such series as Love, American Style (with her husband), L.A. Law and Murder, She Wrote. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in The Delphi Bureau (1972). From 1984-85, she starred in the short-lived Aaron Spelling series Finder of Lost Loves. She also appeared in Baywatch as David Hasselhoff’s mother, and also had a recurring role in the night-time soap Falcon Crest as Amanda Croft.
In 1979, she guest starred as Siress Blassie in the Battlestar Galactica episode “The Man with Nine Lives” as a love interest of Chameleon, a part played by Fred Astaire. She was the last person to dance with him onscreen. She also guest starred as Prime Minister Dyne in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode “Planet of the Amazon Women” as the leader of the titular planet.
Her most recent career was in daytime television; From 1984 to 2004, she appeared on the soap opera General Hospital (as well as its short-lived spinoff, Port Charles) in the recurring role of wealthy socialite Amanda Barrington, a long-time board member of both the hospital and ELQ. In her initial storyline, she was part of a blackmail scheme which led to the murder of Jimmy Lee Holt’s mother, Beatrice, of whose death she was a suspect in. In the last year of Port Charles, Amanda last appeared on screen in 2004 when Amanda attended Lila Quartermain’s funeral.
Jeffreys’ star in the Television category on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is at 1501 Vine Street. It was dedicated February 8, 1960. In 1997, she was a recipient of a Golden Boot Award as one who “furthered the tradition of the western on film and in television.” In 1998, she received the Living Legacy Award from the Women’s International Center.
Jeffreys was married twice. Her first marriage, to Joseph Serena, was annulled in 1949. They had no children.
She married actor Robert Sterling in 1951. Sterling appeared with Jeffreys in the series Topper. In January 1958, the duo attempted to star in another series, Love That Jill. It ran only a few months, with 13 episodes shot. They had three sons: Jeffrey, Dana and Tyler. Robert Sterling died on May 30, 2006 at age 88.
In July 1956, Jeffreys’ mother, Kate Jeffreys Carmichael, 67, was run down and killed by her own automobile in the driveway of the home of her daughter. Police said Carmichael was taking books from the car’s trunk when the emergency brake apparently slipped. The car rolled down the sloping driveway, dragging the actress’ mother 26 feet.
Jeffreys died on September 27, 2017 at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 94. She was survived by her stepdaughter Tisha Sterling, her three sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Albert Mulcahy May 13, 1924 – September 27, 2017
Albert L. Mulcahy May 13, 1924 – September 27, 2017 – Albert L. Mulcahy, 93, of Stuart, Florida, passed away, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at home surrounded by his family under the tender care of Treasure Health.
Albert (Bud) was a self employed real estate agent in Western New York and retired to the Stuart area 39 years ago. What he enjoyed most in life was his family. He loved holidays, Sunday dinners, happy hour and chocolate. He also enjoyed riding his bicycle around the neighborhood visiting all of his “sidewalk friends”. Albert was a parishioner at St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lena D. Mulcahy, his children Albert Mulcahy III (Yarleth) of Palm City, FL, David Mulcahy (Elizabeth-Lisa) of Palm City, FL, Denise Rigdon of Stuart, FL, Debra Guenther (Robert) of Islamorada, FL, Diane Lento (Frank) of Long Island, NY, Dorene Mulcahy, (Mel Smithson) Anchorage, AK and Melissa Mulcahy of Stuart, FL., brothers Lauren Mulcahy (Sandra) of Jensen Beach, FL and Glenn Mulcahy (Trenna) of Jensen Beach, FL., and fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 3 pm to 5 pm at Martin Funeral Home, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994.
A Mass will be held on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church, 2555 NE Savanna Road, Jensen Beach, FL 34957.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994. 772-223-5550.
Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Albert can be made to Treasure Health, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997.
Hugh Hefner April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017
Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was an American magazine publisher, editor, businessman, and playboy. He was best known as the editor-in-chief and publisher of Playboy magazine, which he founded in 1953. He was also the founder and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, the publishing group that operates the magazine. Hefner was also a political activist and philanthropist in several causes and public issues.
efner was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 9, 1926. He was the first child of Grace Caroline (née Swanson; 1895–1997) and Glenn Lucius Hefner (1896–1976), who both worked as teachers. His parents were from Nebraska. He had a younger brother, Keith (1929–2016). Hefner’s mother was of Swedish descent, and his father had German and English ancestry. Through his father’s line, Hefner stated that he was a direct descendant of Plymouth governor William Bradford. He described his family as “conservative, Midwestern, [and] Methodist”.
He attended Sayre Elementary School and Steinmetz High School, then during World War II, served as a writer for a military newspaper in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. Hefner graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a double minor in creative writing and art in 1949, earning his degree in two and a half years. After graduation, he took a semester of graduate courses in sociology at Northwestern University but dropped out soon after.
While he was working as a copywriter for Esquire, Hefner left in January 1952 after being denied a $5 raise. In 1953, he took out a mortgage, generating a bank loan of $600, and raised $8,000 from 45 investors, including $1,000 from his mother (“Not because she believed in the venture,” he told E! in 2006, “but because she believed in her son.”), to launch Playboy, which was initially going to be called Stag Party. The first issue, published in December 1953, featured Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot and sold over 50,000 copies. (Hefner, who never met Monroe, bought the crypt next to hers at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in 1992 for $75,000.)
After the Charles Beaumont science fiction short story “The Crooked Man” was rejected by Esquire magazine in 1955, Hefner agreed to publish it in Playboy. The story highlighted straight men being persecuted in a world where homosexuality was the norm. After the magazine received angry letters, Hefner wrote a response to criticism where he said, “If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society then the reverse was wrong, too.” In 1961, Hefner watched Dick Gregory perform at the Herman Roberts Show Bar in Chicago. Based on that performance, Hefner hired Gregory to work at the Chicago Playboy Club; Gregory attributed the subsequent launch of his career to that night.
On June 4, 1963, Hefner was arrested for promoting obscene literature after an issue of Playboy featuring nude shots of Jayne Mansfield was published. The case went to trial and resulted in a hung jury.
In the 1993 The Simpsons episode “Krusty Gets Kancelled”, Hefner guest-voiced himself. In 1999, Hefner financed the Clara Bow documentary, Discovering the It Girl. “Nobody has what Clara had. She defined an era and made her mark on the nation,” he stated. Hefner guest-starred as himself in a 2006 episode of Seth Green’s Robot Chicken on the late-night programming block Adult Swim. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for television and has made several movie appearances as himself. In 2009, he received a “worst supporting actor” nomination for a Razzie award for his performance as himself in Miss March. On his official Twitter account he joked about this nomination: “Maybe I didn’t understand the character.”
A documentary by Brigitte Berman, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, was released on July 30, 2010. He had previously granted full access to documentary filmmaker and television producer Kevin Burns for the A&E Biography special Hugh Hefner: American Playboy in 1996. Hefner and Burns later collaborated on numerous other television projects, most notably on The Girls Next Door, a reality series that ran for six seasons (2005–2009) and 90 episodes.
In 1949, Hefner married Northwestern University student Mildred (“Millie”) Williams, who was also born in 1926. They had two children: daughter Christie Hefner (born 1952) and son David (born 1955). Before the wedding, Mildred confessed that she had an affair while he was away in the army. He called the admission “the most devastating moment of my life.” A 2006 E! True Hollywood Story profile of Hefner revealed that Mildred allowed him to have sex with other women, out of guilt for her infidelity and in the fond hope that it would preserve their marriage. The two were divorced in 1959.
Hefner remade himself as a bon vivant and man about town, a lifestyle he promoted in his magazine and two TV shows he hosted, Playboy’s Penthouse (1959–1960) and Playboy After Dark (1969–1970). He admitted to being “‘involved’ with maybe eleven out of twelve months’ worth of Playmates” during some of these years. Donna Michelle, Marilyn Cole, Lillian Müller, Shannon Tweed, Barbi Benton, Karen Christy, Sondra Theodore, and Carrie Leigh — who filed a $35 million palimony suit against him — were a few of his many lovers. In 1971, he acknowledged that he experimented in bisexuality. Also in 1971, Hefner established a second residence in Los Angeles with the acquisition of Playboy Mansion West and, in 1975, moved there permanently from Chicago.
Hefner had a minor stroke in 1985 at the age of 59. After re-evaluating his lifestyle, he made several changes. The wild, all-night parties were toned down significantly and in 1988, daughter Christie began to run the Playboy empire. The following year, he married Playmate of the Year Kimberley Conrad; they were thirty-six years apart in age. The couple had two sons: Marston Glenn (born 1990) and Cooper Bradford (born 1991). The E! True Hollywood Story profile noted that the notorious Playboy Mansion had been transformed into a family-friendly homestead. After he and Conrad separated in 1998, she moved into a house next door to the mansion.
In January 2009, Hefner started dating Crystal Harris, joining the Shannon Twins after his previous “number one girlfriend”, Holly Madison, had ended their 7-year relationship. On December 24, 2010, he became engaged to Harris, to become his third wife. Harris broke off their engagement on June 14, 2011, five days before their planned wedding. In anticipation of the wedding, the July issue of Playboy, which reached store shelves and customer’s homes within days of the wedding date, featured Harris on the cover and in a photo spread as well. The headline on the cover read “Introducing America’s Princess, Mrs. Crystal Hefner”.
Hefner’s brother Keith died at the age of 87 on April 8, 2016, one day before Hefner’s 90th birthday.
Hefner became known for moving an ever-changing coterie of young women into the Playboy Mansion, including twins Sandy and Mandy Bentley. He dated as many as seven women concurrently. He also dated Brande Roderick, Izabella St. James, Tina Marie Jordan, Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson. Madison, Wilkinson and Marquardt appeared on The Girls Next Door depicting their lives at the Playboy Mansion. In October 2008, all three girls decided to leave the mansion. Hefner soon began dating his new “Number One” girlfriend, Crystal Harris, along with identical twin models Kristina and Karissa Shannon. The relationship with the twins ended in January 2010. After an 11-year separation, Hefner filed for divorce from Conrad, citing irreconcilable differences. Hefner has stated that he only remained nominally married to her for the sake of his children, and his youngest child had just turned 18. On December 24, 2010, Hefner presented an engagement ring to Crystal Harris, publicly announcing the proposal the following day. Hefner and Harris had planned to marry June 18, 2011. Harris called off the wedding just 5 days before they were due to be wed. Twenty-six-year-old Harris and eighty-six-year-old Hefner reconciled and were married on December 31, 2012.
In 2012, Hefner announced that his youngest son, Cooper, would likely succeed him as the public face of Playboy.
In January 2016, the Playboy Mansion was put on the market for $200 million, on condition that Hugh Hefner would continue to work and live in the mansion. It was later sold to Daren Metropoulos, a principal at private equity firm Metropoulos & Co, for $100 million. Metropoulos plans to reconnect the Playboy Mansion property with a neighboring estate that he purchased in 2009, combining the two for a 7.3 acre (3-hectare) compound as his own private residence.
The Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award was created by Christie Hefner “to honor individuals who have made significant contributions in the vital effort to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for Americans.”
He donated and raised money for the Democratic Party. In 2011, he referred to himself as an independent due to disillusionment with both the Democratic and Republican parties. However, in 2012, he supported Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.
In 1978, Hefner helped organize fund-raising efforts that led to the restoration of the Hollywood Sign. He hosted a gala fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion and personally contributed $27,000 (or 1/9 of the total restoration costs) by purchasing the letter Y in a ceremonial auction.
Hefner donated $100,000 to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts to create a course called “Censorship in Cinema,” and $2 million to endow a chair for the study of American film.
Both through his charitable foundation and individually, Hefner also contributed to charities outside the sphere of politics and publishing, throwing fundraiser events for Much Love Animal Rescue as well as Generation Rescue, a controversial anti-vaccinationist campaign organization supported by Jenny McCarthy.
On November 18, 2010, Children of the Night founder and president Dr. Lois Lee presented Hefner with the organization’s first-ever Founder’s Hero of the Heart Award in appreciation for his unwavering dedication, commitment and generosity. On April 26, 2010, Hefner donated the last $900,000 sought by a conservation group for a land purchase needed to stop the development of the famed vista of the Hollywood Sign. Sylvilagus palustris hefneri, an endangered subspecies of marsh rabbit, is named after him in honor of financial support that he provided.
Hefner supported legalizing same-sex marriage, and he stated that a fight for gay marriage was “a fight for all our rights. Without it, we will turn back the sexual revolution and return to an earlier, puritanical time.”
Hefner died at his home in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California on September 27, 2017, at the age of 91.
Vern Hagen September 3, 1926 – September 26, 2017
Vernon K. Hagen September 3, 1926 – September 26, 2017 – Vernon K. Hagen, 91, of Stuart, Florida, passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2017 under the tender loving care of Treasure Health.
Born in Roseau, MN; raised in Cando, ND, also lived in several other cities and towns in North Dakota and Montana. Vernon was active in sports; played Football, Basketball and was a very talented Ice Hockey player. After graduating from high school, he was inducted into the U.S. Army; stationed in Hawaii to prepare for and serve in combat in the South Pacific. After an honorable discharge at the end of WW II, He graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and later earned a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from The Catholic University. Vernon worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 35 years as the Chief of the Hydraulics and Hydrology division with responsibility and focus on Flood Control, Reservoir Regulation, Water Quality, Hydropower, and Sedimentation. After retiring from the Corps, Vernon worked an additional 5 years as a consultant with the Engineering firm of Dewberry and Davis and FEMA. (Federal Emergency Management Agency). He was a longtime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
He lived in Springfield, Virginia, and after retirement, moved to Crossville, TN where he and his wife, Jessie, were avid motor home enthusiasts, traveling all over the United States. He was a very active member of the Springfield United Methodist Church and the First United Methodist Church in Crossville and an active volunteer in his community.
He is survived by his daughter Tracy Mooney and her husband Steve Mooney of Stuart, Florida and his grandchildren Brian Mooney, Amy Howard and Andrew McGrew and his close friend Elaine Milliken. He is predeceased by his wife of almost 60 years Jessie Hagen and their son Robert McGrew.
Inurnment with full military honors from the U.S. Army will be 1:30 pm Friday, October 6, 2017 at Mariner Sands Memorial Gardens, 6500 Congressional Way, Stuart, FL, 34997 followed by a Memorial Service at 2 pm at the Mariner Sands Chapel followed by a Reception at 3:00 pm at Allegro of Stuart, 3400 SE Aster Lane, Stuart, Florida, 34997.
Memorial donations in loving memory of Vernon can be made to Little Treasures, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997.
Funeral arrangements have entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL. 34994, Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.com.
Bob Matheu, II September 7, 1942 – September 21, 2017
Robert R. Matheu, II September 7, 1942 – September 21, 2017 – Robert R. Matheu, II (75) succumbed to this thing called life on Thursday, September 21, 2017. A native of California, Bob spent a majority of his life as a Connecticut Yankee prior to moving to Stuart, FL about a decade ago.
Bob is survived by his loving wife and best friend of (almost) 50 years, Martha Matheu. Bob was extremely loving and proud of his two children, daughter Kate, husband Mark and grandson Matthew of Dillon, CO; and son Trey and wife Jenny Matheu of Yellowstone National Park, WY; and his sister, Liz Weller of Park City, UT.
Bob spent most of his professional career in the banking industry, starting at the United California Bank. After moving to Connecticut, he was promoted to the level of Vice President and Regional Manager for Colonial Bank, during which time he graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking where he earned his PhD. In his next adventure, he accepted a position as Executive Vice president of Citytrust Bank prior to founding his own bank consulting business, Bennington Partners in 1989. He recently retired and sold the business in 2015.
Throughout his lifetime, Bob held volunteer leadership positions including membership in the Board of Lake Waramaug Country Club, coach and founder of Washington Boys Football, Treasurer of the New Milford Hospital, Trustee at the Washington Congregational Church, Treasurer of the Washington Lions Club, Treasurer and Managing Director of the Galleon Beach Club, and he held various positions in the Willoughby Golf Club.
He was sorely disappointed to have left this world prior to the passage of just about anything from the 115th Congress. A memorial service for Bob will be held at a date and time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob’s name to the Treasure Coast Hospice House at 1000 SE Ruhnke St., Stuart, FL 34997.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Martin Funeral Home, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994.
Paul Beres July 3, 19243 – September 21, 2017
Paul A. Beres July 3, 19243 – September 21, 2017 – Paul A. Beres, 93, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Treasure Coast Hospice, in Stuart, Florida.
Born in Martin’s Ferry, OH, Paul lived in South Florida for 45 years before moving to Stuart. Paul was an electronics technician for Sears in the Miami area for over 37 years. In retirement he taught himself woodcarving, creating hundreds of birds, caricatures and Christmas ornaments for family and friends.
Mr. Beres is survived by sons Dennis (Sandi) of Palm City and Steven (Jane) of Stuart, eight grandchildren, Keli, Heath, Matthew, Andrew, Sarah, Daniel, Nicholas and Austin, and two great grandchildren, Olivia and Carly. He is predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Helen, and by a daughter, Lauree Moore.
Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart Chapel.
Dean Peterson April 28, 1920 – September 20, 2017
Dean C. Peterson April 28, 1920 – September 20, 2017 – Dean Clifton Peterson, 97, died September 20, 2017 at his home in Stuart, Florida. Dean was born in Vinton, Iowa on April 28, 1920, one of three sons of Gertrude Riefe and William Peterson. Following graduation from the University of Iowa, Dean served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1943 – 1946. He took part in the World War II D-Day invasion at Utah Beach.
Following the war, he met Helen E. Reece Of Hingham, Massachusetts. They were married October 2, 1946. Over the years, Dean and Helen and their four children lived in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Illinois. Helen and Dean lived in Decatur, Illinois for 38 years, before retiring to Stuart, Florida in 1998.
In retirement, Dean enjoyed playing golf. He was also a pool shark, and could play a mean game of gin rummy! Dean and Helen enjoyed traveling to many countries in retirement, including Scandinavia, Cuba, Hawaii, Europe, Thailand, and Morocco. They also enjoyed driving up the East Coast every year to visit their children and grandchildren.
Dean will be greatly missed for his optimistic attitude and his ability to make people feel at home. He is survived by his children, Jay R. Peterson and wife Lauren of Stuart, Florida; his daughter Deanne Peterson of Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Susan E. Kirkham and husband Glenn of Stuart, Florida. Dean is also survived by three loving grandchildren: Robin E. Chafetz, Alexander Chafetz, and Drew E. Peterson. He also leaves his twin brother, James R. Peterson, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Dean’s beloved wife of 66 years, Helen, and his son, Kent Talbot Peterson preceded him in death.
A gathering to commemorate Dean’s life will be held at the Conquistador Clubhouse in Stuart, FL on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994. 772-223-5550. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.com.
Edna Formicola December 8th, 1930 – September 20th, 2017
Edna R. Formicola December 8th, 1930 – September 20th, 2017 – Edna Rita Formicola, 86, of Palm City, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Martin Medical Center, Stuart, Florida.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she had been a resident of Palm City for 21 years coming from Haverford, Pennsylvania.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Palm City. She was a former member of the Monarch Country Club, Palm City.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Ciro Formicola of Palm City; her daughter, Adele Varisano and her husband, Angelo of West Chester, Pennsylvania; her grandchildren, Nicole Tuttle and her husband Walter of Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, Stephen Varisano and his wife, Jaime of Downingtown, Pennsylvania and Jaclyn Donohue and her husband Patrick of West Chester and her great grandchildren, Greyson Varisano and Kate Adele Donohue. She was preceded in death by 4 sisters.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Additional a mass will be held in West Chester, PA on October 6th, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. Simon & Jude Catholic Church on West Chester Pike.
“Jake” LaMotta July 10, 1922 – September 19, 2017
Giacobbe “Jake” LaMotta (July 10, 1922 – September 19, 2017) was an American professional boxer, former World Middleweight Champion, and stand-up comedian. Nicknamed “The Raging Bull”, LaMotta was a rough fighter who was not a particularly big puncher, but he would subject his opponents to vicious beatings in the ring. With use of constant stalking, brawling and inside fighting, he developed the reputation for being a ‘bully’, he was what is often referred to today as a swarmer and a slugger.
Due to his style of fighting, LaMotta often got as much as he was giving in an era of great middleweights; with a thick skull and jaw muscles, LaMotta was able to absorb incredible amounts of punishment over the course of his career, and is thought to have one of the greatest chins in boxing history. LaMotta’s six-fight rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson was one of the most notable in the sport, but LaMotta won only one of the bouts. Although each fight was close, LaMotta dropped Robinson to the canvas multiple times. LaMotta, who lived a turbulent life in and out of the ring, was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the 1980 film Raging Bull. He was managed by his brother Joey LaMotta.
LaMotta was born to Italian parents in the Bronx, New York City on July 10, 1922. His mother was born in the United States, while his father was an emigrant from Messina. His father forced him to fight other children in order to entertain neighborhood adults, who threw pocket change into the ring. LaMotta’s father collected the money and used it to help pay the rent. His cousin was inventor Richard LaMotta.
LaMotta turned professional at age 19 in 1941. During World War II, he was rejected for military service because of a mastoid operation on one of his ears.
As a middleweight in his first fifteen bouts, LaMotta went 14–0–1 (3 KOs) before losing a highly controversial split decision to Jimmy Reeves in Reeves’ hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Chaos erupted after the decision was announced. Fights broke out around the ring and the crowd continued to boo for 20 minutes. The arena’s organist tried to calm down the crowd by playing the “Star Spangled Banner”.
One month later, LaMotta and Reeves fought again in the same arena. Reeves won a much less controversial decision. A third match between the two took place on March 19, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. The first five rounds were close, though Reeves was struggling in the fourth. In the sixth round, LaMotta floored Reeves, who was only down for a second. Once the fight resumed, LaMotta landed a left on Reeves’ chin, sending him down face-first. Reeves was blinking his eyes and shaking his head as the referee counted him out.
LaMotta fought Sugar Ray Robinson in Robinson’s middleweight debut at Madison Square Garden, New York, October 2, 1942. LaMotta knocked Robinson down in the first round of the fight. Robinson got up and took control over much of the fight, winning via unanimous 10 round decision.
A 10 round rematch took place February 5, 1943, at Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Michigan. The eighth round was historic. LaMotta landed a right to Robinson’s head and a left to his body, sending him through the ropes. Robinson was saved by the bell at the count of nine. LaMotta, who was already leading on the scorecards before knocking Robinson out of the ring, pummeled and outpointed him for the rest of the fight. Robinson had trouble keeping LaMotta at bay. LaMotta won via unanimous decision, giving Robinson the first defeat of his career.
The victory was short-lived, as the two met on February 26, 1943, another 10 round fight, once again at Olympia Stadium in Robinson’s former home of Detroit. Robinson was knocked down for a nine-count in Round 7. Robinson later stated, “He really hurt me with a left in the seventh round. I was a little dazed and decided to stay on the deck.” Robinson won the close fight by unanimous decision, utilizing a dazzling left jab and jarring uppercuts. LaMotta stated the fight was gifted to Robinson because he would be inducted into the army the next day.
A fourth fight, the duo’s final 10 rounder, took place nearly two years after the third, on February 23, 1945, at Madison Square Garden, New York. Robinson won again by a unanimous decision.
LaMotta and Robinson had their fifth bout at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois on September 26, 1945. Robinson won by a very controversial split decision contested over 12 rounds. The decision was severely booed by the 14,755 people in attendance. LaMotta later said in his autobiography that the decision was widely criticized by several newspapers and boxing publishers. Robinson said afterward, “This was the toughest fight I’ve ever had with LaMotta.”
On November 14, 1947, LaMotta was knocked out in the fourth round by Billy Fox. Suspecting the fight was fixed, the New York State Athletic Commission withheld purses for the fight and suspended LaMotta. The fight with Fox would come back to haunt him later in life, during a case with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In his testimony and in his later book, LaMotta admitted to throwing the fight to gain favor with the Mafia. All involved agreed the fix was obvious and their staging inept. As LaMotta wrote,
The first round, a couple of belts to his head, and I see a glassy look coming over his eyes. Jesus Christ, a couple of jabs and he’s going to fall down? I began to panic a little. I was supposed to be throwing a fight to this guy, and it looked like I was going to end up holding him on his feet… By [the fourth round], if there was anybody in the Garden who didn’t know what was happening, he must have been dead drunk.”
The thrown fight and a payment of $20,000 to the Mafia got LaMotta his title bout against World Middleweight Champion Marcel Cerdan.
LaMotta went 9–1 before he fought for the title. His only loss was a decision to Laurent Dauthuille.
LaMotta won the World Middleweight title on June 16, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, defeating Frenchman Marcel Cerdan. LaMotta won the first round (also knocking Cerdan down), Cerdan the second, and the third was even. At that point it became clear something was wrong. Cerdan dislocated his arm in the first round, apparently damaged in the knockdown, and gave up before the start of the 10th round. LaMotta damaged his left hand in the fifth round, but still landed 104 punches in the ninth round, whereas Cerdan hardly threw a punch. The official score had LaMotta as winner by a knockout in 10 rounds because the bell had already rung to begin that round when Cerdan announced he was quitting. A rematch was arranged, but while Cerdan was flying back to the United States to fight the rematch, his Air France Lockheed Constellation crashed in the Azores, killing everyone on board.
LaMotta made his first title defense against Tiberio Mitri on July 7, 1950, at Madison Square Garden, New York. LaMotta retained his title via unanimous decision. LaMotta’s next defense came on September 13, 1950, against Laurent Dauthuille. Dauthuille had previously beaten LaMotta by decision before LaMotta became world champion. By the fifteenth round, Dauthuille was once again ahead on all scorecards (72–68, 74–66, 71–69) and seemed to be about to repeat a victory against LaMotta. LaMotta hit Dauthuille with a barrage of punches that sent him down against the ropes toward the end of the round. Dauthuille was counted out with 13 seconds left in the fight. This fight was named Fight of the Year for 1950 by The Ring Magazine.
The sixth and final fight between LaMotta and Robinson took place at Chicago Stadium. This fight was scheduled for 15 rounds and was for the middleweight title. Held on February 14, 1951, Saint Valentine’s Day, the fight became known as boxing’s version of the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. In the last few rounds, LaMotta began to take a horrible beating and was soon unable to defend himself from Robinson’s powerful blows. But LaMotta refused to go down. Robinson won by a technical knockout in the 13th round, when the fight was stopped with LaMotta lying on the ropes. However, Robinson was never able to knock LaMotta down.
LaMotta moved up to light heavyweight after losing his world middleweight title. He had poor results at first. He lost his debut against Bob Murphy, lost a split decision to Norman Hayes, and drew with Gene Hairston in his first three bouts. In his next three fights, LaMotta had rematches with Hayes, Hairston, and Murphy and defeated all of them by unanimous decision.
On December 31, 1952, LaMotta had his next fight against Danny Nardico. LaMotta was knocked down for the only time in his career (not counting his thrown 1947 fight) by a right hand in the seventh round. He got up and was beaten against a corner by Nardico until the bell rang. LaMotta’s corner stopped the bout before the eighth round began.
Following that fight, LaMotta took time off; when he returned, in early 1954, he knocked out his first two opponents, Johnny Pretzie (TKO 4) and Al McCoy (KO 1), but a controversial split decision loss to Billy Kilgore on April 14, 1954 convinced him to retire.
After retiring from the ring, LaMotta owned and managed bars, and became a stage actor and stand-up comedian. In 1958 he was arrested and charged with introducing men to an underage girl at a club he owned in Miami. He was convicted and served 6-months on a chain gang, although he has maintained his innocence.
LaMotta appeared in more than 15 films, including The Hustler (1961) with Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason, in which he had a cameo role as a bartender. He appeared in several episodes of the NBC police comedy Car 54 Where Are You? (1961–63). A lifelong baseball fan, he organized the Jake LaMotta All-Star Team in the Bronx. The LaMotta team played in Sterling Oval which was located between 165th and 164th Streets between Clay and Teller Avenue.
In 1960 LaMotta was called to testify before a U.S. Senate sub-committee that was looking into underworld influence on boxing. He testified that he had thrown his bout with Billy Fox so that the mob would arrange a title bout for him.
LaMotta is recognized as having one of the best chins in boxing. He rolled with punches, minimizing their force and damage when they landed, but he was also able to absorb many blows. In the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, his sixth bout with Robinson, LaMotta suffered numerous severe blows to the head. Commentators could be heard saying “No man can take this kind of punishment!” But LaMotta did not go down. The fight was stopped by the referee in the 13th round, declaring it a TKO victory for Robinson.
LaMotta was one of the first boxers to adopt the “bully” style of fighting, in that he always stayed close and in punching range of his opponent, by stalking him around the ring, and sacrificed taking punches himself in order to land his own shots. Due to his aggressive, unrelenting style he was known as “The Bronx Bull.” He boasted “No son-of-a-bitch ever knocked me off my feet”, but that claim was ended in December 1952 at the hands of Danny Nardico when Nardico caught him with a hard right in the seventh round. LaMotta fell into the ropes and went down. After regaining his footing, he was unable to come out for the next round.
Hollywood executives approached LaMotta with the idea of a movie about his life, based on his 1970 memoir, Raging Bull: My Story. The film, Raging Bull, released in 1980, was initially only a minor box office success, but eventually received overwhelming critical acclamation for both director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro, who gained about 60 pounds during the shooting of the film to play the older LaMotta in later scenes.
To accurately portray the younger LaMotta, De Niro trained with LaMotta until LaMotta felt he was ready to box professionally. De Niro lived in Paris for three months, eating at the finest restaurants in order to gain sufficient weight to portray LaMotta after retirement. De Niro won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.
LaMotta had a troubled personal life, including a spell in a reformatory, and was married seven times. He admitted raping a woman, beating his wives, and coming close to beating a man to death during a robbery.
In February 1998, LaMotta’s elder son, Jake LaMotta, Jr., died of liver cancer. In September 1998, his younger son, Joseph LaMotta, died in the crash of Swissair Flight 111.
His nephew, John LaMotta, fought in the heavyweight-novice class of the 2001 Golden Gloves championship tournament. John later became an actor, and one of his roles was as “Duke”, who ran the bar of that name featured in the television comedy series Frasier. Another nephew, William Lustig, is a well-known director and producer of horror films and the president of Blue Underground, Inc.
LaMotta has four daughters, including Christi by his second wife Vikki LaMotta and Stephanie by his fourth wife Dimitria. He married his seventh wife, his longtime fiancée Denise Baker, on January 4, 2013.
LaMotta remained active on the speaking and autograph circuit, and published several books about his career, his life, and his fights with Robinson. He was a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and was ranked 52nd on Ring Magazine’s List of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years. The magazine ranked him as one of the 10 greatest middleweights of all time.
LaMotta appeared in a 50-minute New York stage production, Lady and the Champ, in July 2012. The production focused on LaMotta’s boxing career, and was criticized by The New York Times as poorly executed and a “bizarre debacle”.
LaMotta is the subject of a documentary directed and produced by LEMMY co-director Greg Olliver. The film features an appearance by Mike Tyson among other notable athletes, actors and Jake’s family and friends. Also in production was a sequel to Raging Bull, although MGM filed suit to halt the project, saying that LaMotta does not have the right to make a sequel. The lawsuit was settled on July 31, 2012, when LaMotta agreed to change the title of the film to The Bronx Bull.
LaMotta: The Bronx Bull stars actor William Forsythe as LaMotta, while Paul Sorvino plays his father. It also features Joe Mantegna, Tom Sizemore, Penelope Ann Miller, Natasha Henstridge, Joey Diaz and Ray Wise.
LaMotta died on September 19, 2017, from complications of pneumonia in a nursing home in Florida, at the age of 95.
Johnny Sandlin Jr. April 16, 1945 – September 19, 2017
John Everett Sandlin Jr. (April 16, 1945 – September 19, 2017) was an American recording engineer and record producer. He is best known for producing albums by bands such as the Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Wet Willie, and Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit.
Sandlin was born in Decatur, Alabama, and attended Athens State University. Sandlin began his music career as the drummer of The Five Minutes, was a member of Hour Glass alongside Duane and Gregg Allman, and recorded as a session musician in Miami, playing drums, bass, and guitar. He began producing albums with Johnny Jenkins’ Ton-Ton Macoute! (1970), and went on to mix At Fillmore East (1971) and Eat a Peach (1972), and produce Brothers and Sisters (1973), and Win, Lose or Draw (1975). He worked with a variety of other bands, including the Athens, Georgia-based band Widespread Panic on their sophomore album, Mom’s Kitchen.
Sandlin died of cancer in Decatur, Alabama, at the age of 72
Bernie Casey June 8, 1939 – September 19, 2017
Bernard Terry Casey (June 8, 1939 – September 19, 2017) was an American actor, poet, and professional football player.
Casey was born in Wyco, West Virginia, the son of Flossie (Coleman) and Frank Leslie Casey. He graduated from East High School in Columbus, Ohio.
Casey was a record-breaking track and field athlete for Bowling Green State University. He earned All-America recognition and a trip to the finals at the 1960 United States Olympic Trials. In addition to national honors, Casey won three consecutive Mid-American Conference titles in the high-hurdles, 1958–60.
Casey was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1961 as the 9th pick in the first round. He played for eight NFL seasons: six with the 49ers and two with the Los Angeles Rams. His best-known play came in 1967 for the Rams in the penultimate game of the season against the Green Bay Packers. The Rams needed to win to keep their division title hopes alive, but trailed the Packers 24–20 with under a minute to play. The Rams then blocked a punt and ran it back to the 5 yard line. After an incomplete pass, Casey caught the winning touchdown pass from Roman Gabriel with under 30 seconds to play to give the Rams a 27–24 victory. The Rams defeated the Colts the following week to win the Coastal Division title.
Casey began his acting career in the film Guns of the Magnificent Seven, a sequel to The Magnificent Seven. Then he played opposite fellow former NFL star Jim Brown in the crime dramas …tick…tick…tick… and Black Gunn. He played the title role in the 1972 science fiction TV film Gargoyles. He also played Tamara Dobson’s love interest in 1973’s Cleopatra Jones.
From there he moved between performances on television and the big screen such as playing team captain for the Chicago Bears in the TV film Brian’s Song. In 1979, he starred as widower Mike Harris in the NBC television series Harris and Company, the first weekly American TV drama series centered on a black family. In 1980, he played Major Jeff Spender in the television mini-series The Martian Chronicles, based on the novel by Ray Bradbury.
In 1981, Casey played a detective opposite Burt Reynolds in the feature film Sharky’s Machine, directed by Reynolds. He reunited with Reynolds a few years later for the crime story Rent-a-Cop.
In 1983, he played the role of CIA agent Felix Leiter in the non-Eon Productions James Bond film Never Say Never Again. He co-starred in Revenge of the Nerds and had a comedic role as Colonel Rhombus in the John Landis film Spies Like Us. Casey also appeared in the movie Hit Man.
Also during his career, he worked with such well-known directors as Martin Scorsese in his 1972 film Boxcar Bertha and appeared on such television series as The Streets of San Francisco and as U. N. Jefferson, the national head of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity in Revenge of the Nerds.
He played a version of himself, and other football players turned actors, in Keenen Ivory Wayans’s 1988 comedic film I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. He played a high school teacher in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, released in 1989. Casey appeared as a very influential prisoner with outside connections in Walter Hill’s Another 48 Hrs.. In 1992, he appeared as a Naval officer in the battleship USS Missouri in Under Siege.
In 1994, Casey guest-starred in a two-episode story arc in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (along with series star Avery Brooks) as the Maquis leader Lieutenant Commander Cal Hudson, and in 1995 as a guest-star on both SeaQuest 2032 as Admiral VanAlden and Babylon 5 as Derek Cranston. He has continued working as an actor. In 2006, he co-starred in the film When I Find the Ocean alongside such actors as Lee Majors.
He enjoyed painting and writing poetry. Look at the People, a book of his paintings and poems, was published by Doubleday in 1969.
Casey died in Los Angeles on September 19, 2017 at the age of 78.
Coleman Merrill April 11, 2000 – September 18, 2017
Coleman Lloyd Merrill April 11, 2000 – September 18, 2017 – Coleman Lloyd Merrill, 17, of Stuart, FL passed away Monday, September 18, 2017 at home. He was the loving son of his father, David Merrill of Stuart, FL, and his mother, Michele Pfeiffer of Palm City, FL.
Coleman was a dual enrolled student at Clark Advanced Learning Center and Indian River State College. He excelled academically and was enjoying learning about his deepest passion in life – medicine – as part of a surgical medical internship at Martin Memorial Hospital. He had just received a scholarship to and completed Wabash College’s prestigious OLAB program in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
He loved his new kitten, Lorin (short for “Explorin’” he said). Coleman’s kind soul extended beyond just his love for animals: He enjoyed volunteering his time running sound and music for events held at the Boy Scouts of America’s Tanah Keeta Scout Reservation in Tequesta, and serving meals in the community to the homeless and other people in need. Children always seemed to gravitate to Coleman, and he always took the time to make them feel important and valued. Coleman also had a knack for computing.
Some of Coleman’s happiest times were spent travelling. His favorite places he’d visited included France and Spain which he visited earlier this year as part of Clark’s study abroad program. He also loved his trips to Estes Park, Colorado for hiking, Zion National Park in Utah for exploring and canyoneering, and Tennessee and North Carolina for tubing, whitewater rafting and jumping into the icy rivers below. Coleman was fearless.
Coleman is survived by his father, David Lloyd Merrill, Esquire and Kelsey Cupples of Stuart, FL, his mother, Michele Pfeiffer and her husband Brian Pfeiffer of Palm City, FL; his two step siblings, Megan and Hunter Pfeiffer; his paternal grandparents Dr. L. Kent and Midge Merrill of Jonesborough, TN; his maternal grandparents Willard and Astrid Staples of Dade City, FL; Dillon and Cami Cupples, and his many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be held Friday, September 22, 2017 at 5:30 PM at the Grace Place Church, 1550 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Grace Place Church, 1550 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in loving memory of Coleman Merrill can be made to the Coleman Lloyd Merrill Memorial Scholarship Fund. Both a gofundme account as well as a Chase account have been established for this fund which will be for the benefit of other young men and women with a proven passion for medicine and desire to become physicians. Details can be found on Facebook on the page “Coleman Merrill Memorial Scholarship,” www.gofundme.com/4go0wk0 and on the funeral home’s website below.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care to Martin Funeral Home, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994.
Boby Heenan November 1, 1944 – September 17, 2017
Raymond Louis Heenan (November 1, 1944 – September 17, 2017), better known as Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, was an American professional wrestling manager, wrestler, and color commentator, best known for his time with the American Wrestling Association (AWA), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He was known for his skill in drawing heel heat for himself and his wrestlers, and for his on-screen repartee with Gorilla Monsoon as a color commentator. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004, by Blackjack Lanza. Wrestling journalists Dave Meltzer and Wade Keller noted that Heenan is generally considered to be the greatest pro wrestling manager of all time.
Heenan was born in Chicago on November 1, 1944. Always a fan of wrestling growing up in Chicago and Indianapolis, he started in the wrestling profession early on, carrying bags and jackets for the wrestlers, and selling refreshments at the events. Dropping out of school in the eighth grade to support his mother and grandmother, his first break in the wrestling business was as a heel manager and wrestler in 1965 when he was known as “Pretty Boy” Bobby Heenan. His gimmick over the years more or less remained the same; a tough talking big mouth who cowered in fear when being physically confronted. At the time, heels were often given managers to speak for them in interviews, rile up the crowd during matches, and cheat on their behalf. He went on to manage some of the most successful wrestlers in the world, creating “The Heenan Family”, a stable that existed in several different incarnations and wrestling promotions for over 20 years.
In 1967, Heenan became a regular in the Indianapolis-based WWA promotion both as wrestler and manager. He initially managed Angelo Poffo and Chris Markoff. He later managed the Assassins (Guy Mitchell and Joe Tomasso), The Valiant Brothers and The Blackjacks. He also occasionally wrestled with a storyline “brother” Guy Heenan, the aforementioned Guy Mitchell. Starting in 1969, he also made occasional appearances in the American Wrestling Association. In 1974, he left the WWA. He attributed his departure from the WWA to a dispute with owner Dick the Bruiser over his pay for his participation in the first-ever wrestling event held at Market Square Arena, emphatically stating that he never returned to the promotion as a result.
In his first appearance in the AWA in 1974, Heenan announced he was now to be known as “The Brain”. He took up managing the team of Nick Bockwinkel and Ray “The Crippler” Stevens, a duo which became several-time AWA World Tag Team Champions under his leadership. While Bockwinkel and Stevens feuded with The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser, Bruiser famously called Heenan “Weasel”; this led to faces calling him “Weasel” throughout the rest of his wrestling career. The AWA was the starting point for his first Heenan Family, which consisted of Bockwinkel, Stevens, Bobby Duncum Sr., and Blackjack Lanza.
In 1975, with Heenan in his corner, Bockwinkel captured his first of several AWA World Heavyweight Championships, ending the seven-year reign of perennial champion Verne Gagne. While Bockwinkel was AWA Champion in 1976, Lanza and Duncum captured the AWA World Tag Team Championship, making Heenan the first manager in history to simultaneously manage both a major promotion’s singles and tag team champions.
In early 1979, Heenan left the AWA (suspended one year, in storyline) to work in Georgia Championship Wrestling, a tenure he later said he did not enjoy due to his dislike of then booker Ole Anderson. He returned in late 1979 and resumed managing Nick Bockwinkel to renewed championship success, including against a young Hulk Hogan in 1983. He also managed Ken Patera following his return to the AWA in 1982. During AWA’s tour of Japan in 1983, Heenan suffered a neck injury that would limit his in-ring ability going forward.
In September 1984, Heenan came out during an AWA interview with the Fabulous Ones and initiated a kayfabe brawl in the TV studio with them. Wally Karbo announced on the September 28 AWA broadcast that Heenan had been (kayfabe) suspended indefinitely from the AWA as a manager and wrestler by AWA President Stanley Blackburn. In reality, he was leaving the AWA.
In 1984, Vince McMahon lured Heenan away from the AWA to manage Jesse “The Body” Ventura. While most of the AWA talent left for the WWF during this time without giving proper notice (the AWA required departing talent to work a six-week notice for booking and syndication-based reasons, with most talent claiming that McMahon paid them extra not to work out their notices with the AWA), only Heenan worked out his notice in good faith to the Gagne family.
With Ventura unable to wrestle, Heenan managed Big John Studd in his feud against André the Giant about who was the true giant in professional wrestling (André was billed as being 7’4″ (224 cm) while Studd was 6’10” (208 cm)), and challenged André to a US$15,000 bodyslam match against Studd at the first WrestleMania, where André had to retire from wrestling if he had lost the match. André won the match and then took the bag with the $15,000 and started throwing it out to the crowd before Heenan snatched the bag.
Heenan reformed the Heenan Family, which over the years in the WWF would include Studd, “Olympic Strong Man” Ken Patera, “Playboy” Buddy Rose, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, King Kong Bundy, André the Giant, High Chief Sivi Afi, the Brain Busters (former Four Horsemen members Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard), “Ravishing” Rick Rude, “King” Harley Race, the Islanders (Haku and Tama), Hercules, The Barbarian, Mr. Perfect, The Red Rooster, and The Brooklyn Brawler. Heenan and the Heenan Family had a feud with Hulk Hogan in the 1980s, and Heenan managed two WrestleMania challengers to Hogan’s title, King Kong Bundy in 1986, and André the Giant in 1987. While neither Bundy nor André won the title at that time, André later bested Hogan for the championship on The Main Event on February 5, 1988, in a controversial win after he aligned himself with “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. Mike Johnson of Pro Wrestling Insider reported that Heenan had received a six-figure payoff for his work in promoting the event—arguably the largest pay day in any managerial career.
After being derided by announcers for his first five years in the WWF (mostly by Gorilla Monsoon) for never managing a champion, WrestleMania V was promoted (mostly by Jesse Ventura and later Gorilla Monsoon) as Heenan’s quest, and best chance since WrestleMania III to manage a champion. Heenan finally managed his first champion in the WWF when “Ravishing” Rick Rude upset The Ultimate Warrior for the WWF Intercontinental Championship, a match Heenan insured Rude would win by holding Warrior’s leg down so he could not break the pin. Shortly thereafter, he led the Brain Busters to the WWF World Tag Team championship. A few months later after the Busters had lost the titles back to Demolition, he led the Colossal Connection (André and Haku) to the Tag Team Championship when they defeated Demolition. Demolition would win the titles back in WrestleMania VI. Immediately after the loss, Heenan began blaming the loss to Andre the Giant going as far as slapping him. A few months after that, he led Mr Perfect to the first of two Intercontinental Championships.
Heenan also wrestled sporadically in his WWF run. In his in-ring debut at Madison Square Garden in November 1984, he pinned Salvatore Bellomo. Heenan’s most notable victory came at WrestleMania IV, teaming with The Islanders to defeat The British Bulldogs and Koko B. Ware. The following year, he was defeated in 30 seconds by former client The Red Rooster at WrestleMania V. Heenan also had a feud with The Ultimate Warrior, who reintroduced Heenan to Weasel Suit matches, which Heenan had during his time in the AWA.
Heenan also had a parody talk show known as The Bobby Heenan Show, which was broadcast in four segments during the second half of WWF’s regular weekly program Prime Time Wrestling. It was co-hosted by Jamison Winger and featured several overweight women known as The Oinkettes.
Heenan retired from managing in 1991 to become a full-time “broadcast journalist”. Nonetheless, Heenan crossed the line to managing sporadically. When the WWF signed Ric Flair, Heenan spent several weeks talking Flair up as “The Real World’s Heavyweight Champion”. He continued to act as an adviser to Flair during his 1991-93 WWF run. Though he nominally managed Flair, Heenan’s former protégé Mr. Perfect, who temporarily retired due to injury, would regularly accompany Flair to ringside as his “Executive Consultant”. At the 1993 Royal Rumble, he introduced Lex “Narcissist” Luger to the WWF to exact revenge on his former protégé, Mr. Perfect.
In 1986, WWF owner Vince McMahon took full advantage of his microphone and comedic skills and Heenan became a color commentator in addition to his managing duties. He replaced Jesse Ventura on Prime Time Wrestling and All American Wrestling, aired on the USA Network, teaming up with Gorilla Monsoon. He also replaced Ventura to team up with Monsoon on the syndicated All-Star Wrestling, which was replaced in the fall of 1986 with Wrestling Challenge. Heenan and Monsoon’s usually-unscripted banter was very entertaining, and inspired many classic moments. Heenan, calling himself a “broadcast journalist”, openly rooted for the heels while they cheated or did something under-handed and referred to the fans of the face wrestlers as the humanoids, and babyface wrestlers, especially jobbers, as “ham-and-eggers.” Another classic moment between Heenan and Monsoon occurred repeatedly when Heenan went on a long rant supporting the heel wrestlers, until an exasperated Gorilla Monsoon would say either, “Will you stop?”, “Give me a break!”, or a sarcastic, “Please!”.
Heenan, still suffering from the broken neck he received ten years earlier and unable to cope with the long working hours, decided to leave the WWF at the end of 1993. He was given an on-air farewell by Gorilla Monsoon on the edition of December 6, 1993 of Monday Night Raw, broadcast from the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. Monsoon who, in kayfabe, was fed up by Heenan’s constant insults, literally threw him and his belongings out of the arena and onto the street. Heenan mentioned that the idea was his and Monsoon’s. Afterwards, Heenan stated that he and Monsoon embraced each other and wept for over an hour in the hotel where they both were staying. Later, in an interview, Heenan recalls the incident saying he chose Monsoon to throw him out of the WWF seeing it as appropriate. He also poked fun at Monsoon saying he ate the bananas that Monsoon brought as a going away gift for Heenan.
Heenan’s original plan was to retire, spend time with his family, and relax, but he was contacted by WCW soon after he left the WWF. He was unsure at first, but accepted their offer once he found out that WCW provided lighter work schedules and health insurance. Heenan also cited the short driving distance between WCW’s home base of Atlanta and his daughter’s school in Alabama.
On January 27, 1994, Heenan made his debut in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He was originally brought in to replace Jesse Ventura, his former client, as the color commentator for WCW Saturday Night and eventually took over Ventura’s position as the company’s lead commentator, replacing him for pay-per-view events and on the syndicated WCW Worldwide and Clash of the Champions events produced for TBS. When WCW Monday Nitro premiered in September 1995, Heenan left Saturday Night to work on the new show full-time and joined former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Steve McMichael as an analyst alongside play-by-play man Eric Bischoff. Heenan said he was uninspired in WCW due to the negative work environment, which he later described as night and day compared to the WWF, and due to conflicts with Bischoff and Tony Schiavone.
In 1996, Heenan made a one-off return to ringside at The Great American Bash as the manager of two of his former clients, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson, in a tag team match against his broadcast colleague McMichael and then-Carolina Panthers linebacker Kevin Greene. Heenan was instrumental in convincing McMichael to turn on his partner, which enabled Flair and Anderson to win the match, and fill the open spot in The Four Horsemen that Brian Pillman left behind when he departed the company earlier in the year.
Starting in late January 2000, WCW replaced Heenan on Monday Nitro and pay-per-view events with Mark Madden. Heenan continued to commentate on Thunder along with Mike Tenay until April 2000. The two were then joined by Tony Schiavone in April 2000. Heenan was then replaced by Stevie Ray beginning in July 2000 on Thunder. Heenan was then only seen with Scott Hudson on Worldwide until he was released by WCW in November 2000.
Heenan provided commentary to the Gimmick Battle Royal match at WrestleMania X-Seven alongside “Mean” Gene Okerlund.
In 2001, Heenan worked briefly as a “sports agent” in the Xcitement Wrestling Federation with Curt Hennig under his tutelage.
In 2004, Heenan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on the eve of WrestleMania XX.
In February 2001, Heenan did color commentary for the WOW Unleashed pay-per-view. In 2004 he feuded with fellow managerial legend Jim Cornette in Ring of Honor.
Heenan appeared for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) on the December 3, 2005 episode of TNA Impact!, He made a brief appearance to start the show, saying he came to watch TNA. On the following episode of Impact!, Heenan appeared alongside Chicago White Sox catcher A. J. Pierzynski and strength coach Dale Torborg when they presented TNA wrestlers A.J. Styles, Chris Sabin, and Sonjay Dutt with autographed gifts from the team. They were interrupted by The Diamonds in the Rough. At the Turning Point pay-per-view, Heenan provided commentary for the Six Man Tag Team Basebrawl match between The Diamonds in the Rough and the team of Sabin, Torborg and Dutt. On the September 7, 2006 episode of Impact!, Heenan appeared making a bid to manage “free agent” Robert Roode.
He was one of the speakers on “Mr McMahon appreciation night” in his last WWE appearance in 2007.
Heenan was honored by the Pro Wrestling Report at the annual Blizzard Brawl event on December 5, 2009 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as he was given their Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to this, The mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett, declared December 5, 2009 to be “Bobby Heenan Day”
Heenan was married to the former Cynthia Jean Perrett (known as Cindy) from June 21, 1978 until his death. Together they had a daughter, Jessica Ida Heenan (married name Solt, born 1978). He also had two grandchildren.
Although on-screen they were often at odds, Heenan was actually very close with his WWF broadcast partner Gorilla Monsoon. He was also close friends with Gene Okerlund. Various other people involved with the wrestling business, including Jim Ross, on-screen adversary Hulk Hogan and Ted DiBiase, noted their close friendships with Heenan on their Twitter accounts after he died.
In January 2002, Heenan announced that he had throat cancer. Heenan later recovered from throat cancer, but lost a great deal of weight, dramatically changing his appearance and voice. Following early treatments, he spoke in a soft, high-pitched tone which contrasts noticeably with the tone fans were accustomed to hearing him use as a color commentator. He went from 231 pounds (105 kg) to 190 pounds (86 kg) or even less.
In December 2007, Heenan had reconstructive surgery on his jaw, after the first surgery was unsuccessful. He was placed in a medically-induced coma and was slowly brought out. In the second half of January 2008, he had come out of his medically induced coma. Though not yet able to speak, he was communicating with his eyes. He had several more surgeries to reconstruct facial features. In October 2008, it was reported that he was able to speak a few sentences before getting tired. In February 2009, it was reported that he was still relearning how to speak clearly and out of the hospital.
On December 11, 2009, Heenan was hospitalized at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida after an examination of his rebuilt jaw found an infection that needed to be treated. By 2010, his jaw infection was completely eradicated. In 2010, he broke a hip and his shoulder in a fall and recovered within a few months.
According to an interview given by Jim Ross in October 2013, Heenan was “hanging in there” and continuing to have trouble speaking as a result of tongue cancer treatments. In April 2014, while in Las Vegas to attend a wedding, he fell out of bed and broke a shoulder. In May 2016, he fell again and broke a hip.
On September 17, 2017, Heenan died at the age of 72 while surrounded by family at his home in Largo, Florida. His cause of death was organ failure due to complications from the throat cancer which had been in remission since 2004.
Richard Sullivan November 25th, 1932 – September 17th, 2017
Richard A. Sullivan November 25th, 1932 – September 17th, 2017 – Richard J Sullivan, 84 of Palm City, FL passed away on Sunday September 17 at his home in Palm City with his family by his side.
Born in Brooklyn, NY to Edward and Mary Sullivan. He served in the U.S. Army. Richard lived most of his life in the NY area before retiring in Florida. He was the consummate business and family man, known for his passion for people’s needs. He could just as easily speak with a Fortune 100 CEO as he could the simplest of men and each would walk away with a smile.
Richard was married for 62 years to JoAnne McInerney, also of Brooklyn, NY. He had 4 children, 10 grand children and 2 great grand children. Known as the Family Patriarch and The Silver Fox for his full head of silver hair that was always perfectly combed!
The family will receive friends and family on Thursday September 21st from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM @ Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City, FL. The funeral will be 10:00 AM, Friday, September 22 @ Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Palm City, FL. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City.
“Penny” Tweedy January 27, 1922 – September 16, 2017
Helen Bates “Penny” Chenery Tweedy (January 27, 1922 – September 16, 2017) was an American sportswoman who bred and raced Secretariat, the 1973 winner of the Triple Crown. The youngest of three children, she graduated from The Madeira School in 1939 and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College, then studied at the Columbia Business School, where she met her future husband, John Tweedy, Sr., a Columbia Law School student. In March 2011, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia awarded Chenery an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Married in May 1949, the couple had four children.
Penny Chenery was born in 1922 in New Rochelle, New York, and was raised in Pelham Manor, New York. The youngest of three children, she was named Helen Bates Chenery after her mother. Her father, Christopher Chenery, a Virginian who grew up poor, was a utilities financier who founded Southern Natural Gas Company, among other utilities. He also founded Meadow Stable, a thoroughbred racing operation and horse breeding business at The Meadow in Caroline County.
Chenery had a love of horses from a young age, and learned to ride at age five. Believing her appreciation for horses was gleaned from her father, Chenery stated, “My father really loved horses. I think a parent often communicates his love to a child.” She shared many of her father’s interest and goals, including her education. She attended the Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, a highly competitive girls’ high school with facilities for riding and housing horses brought to the school by a number of students. Following her graduation, she attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and studied American history. After graduating in 1943, Chenery worked as an assistant for Gibbs and Cox, a company that designed war craft for the Normandy invasion; subsequent to the invasion, she quit her job. At the urging of her father, Chenery volunteered to join the Red Cross and in 1945 traveled to France as a Doughnut Girl to help war-weary soldiers transition to ships home at the end of World War II.
When Chenery returned from Europe in 1946, her father encouraged her to advance her education by attending the Columbia Business School. To make this proposition more attractive, her father offered to pay his daughter’s way, and give her an allowance as well, equal to the amount of the highest paying job she could get if she did not go to business school. Chenery decided to attend, and was one of twenty women attending that year among eight hundred men. While there, she met John Bayard Tweedy, whom she married in May 1949. For nineteen years, in Denver, Colorado, she lived the life of a suburban housewife and mother to four children: Sarah, Christopher, Kate, and John Jr. She enjoyed skiing in Vail, Colorado with her husband, riding her horse, and fund-raising for the Red Cross.
Chenery’s life changed when her father became disabled. He was admitted to New Rochelle Hospital in late February 1968 and remained there until his death in January 1973. Always profitable, the stable began losing money in the late 1960s, exacerbated by her father’s illness. Chenery’s siblings originally planned to sell the operation when their father could no longer run it. Chenery, however, wanted to try to fulfill her father’s dream to win the Kentucky Derby. The housewife and mother of four children was elected president of the board of Meadow Stud, which ran the racing stable. In 1969, she fired long-time trainer Casey Hayes. Chenery consulted with longtime family friend and business associate Bull Hancock of Claiborne Farm, and on his advice hired Roger Laurin to train and manage the Meadow Stable horses. Laurin helped to cut costs and return the operation to profitability before leaving to train for the powerful Phipps family stables. In May 1971, Chenery hired his father, Lucien Laurin, and in 1972 they guided the Meadow Farm’s colt Riva Ridge to victory in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes and the two-year-old Secretariat to 1972 American Horse of the Year honors. The following year, Secretariat captured the imagination of racing fans worldwide when he became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. Both horses were inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
Although Christopher Chenery was recorded as the official breeder of Secretariat, Penny Chenery had already taken control of Meadow Stables after her father became ill. It was Penny Chenery who made the decision to breed their mare Somethingroyal to Bold Ruler. The first mating in 1968 produced the filly The Bride. The second breeding, in 1969, resulted in Secretariat.
In 1983, Chenery, Martha F. Gerry, and Allaire du Pont became the first women to be admitted as members of The Jockey Club. From 1976 to 1984, Chenery served as president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Also in 1976, she became a member of the Executive Committee of the American Horse Council, the horse industry trade association in Washington, DC. She also served as a member of the judges’ panel of the Jockey Club which bestows the Dogwood Dominion Award. In addition, she helped found the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, an organization dedicated to saving Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse and slaughter.
In addition to breeding Secretariat, Chenery bred Saratoga Dew, who became the first New York-bred horse to ever win an Eclipse Award when the filly was voted the 1992 American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly.
In 2003 the Arlington Park track established the annual “Penny Chenery Distinguished Woman in Racing Award”. In 2006, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association honored her with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in thoroughbred racing. In 2009, she was awarded the Smith College Medal for extraordinary professional achievement and outstanding service to her community.
A long-time resident of Westchester County, New York, Chenery spent her final years near her children in Boulder, Colorado.
Chenery was portrayed by actress Diane Lane in the 2010 motion picture Secretariat, released on October 8, 2010. Chenery herself appeared in a cameo role in the film as a spectator at the Belmont Stakes.
Penny Chenery died on September 16, 2017 at her home in Boulder, Colorado from complications from a stroke. She was 95 years old.
Harry Dean Stanton July 14, 1926 – September 15, 2017
Harry Dean Stanton (July 14, 1926 – September 15, 2017) was an American actor, musician, and singer.
Stanton’s career spanned more than sixty years, during which he appeared in the films Cool Hand Luke (1967), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), Dillinger (1973), The Godfather Part II (1974), Alien (1979), Escape from New York (1981), Christine (1983), Repo Man (1984), Paris, Texas (1984), Pretty in Pink (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Wild at Heart (1990), The Straight Story (1999), The Green Mile (1999), Alpha Dog (2006), Inland Empire (2006), Lucky (2017), and others.
Stanton was born in Irvine, Kentucky, the son of Sheridan Harry Stanton, a tobacco farmer and barber, and Ersel (née Moberly), a cook. His parents divorced when Stanton was in high school and both later remarried.
Stanton had two younger brothers, Archie and Ralph, and a younger half-brother, Stan. His family had a musical background. Stanton attended Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky in Lexington where he performed at the Guignol Theatre under the direction of British theater director Wallace Briggs and studied journalism and radio arts. “I could have been a writer,” he told an interviewer for a 2011 documentary, Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland, in which he sings and plays the harmonica. “I had to decide if I wanted to be a singer or an actor. I was always singing. I thought if I could be an actor, I could do all of it.” Briggs encouraged him to leave the university and become an actor. He studied at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California, where his classmates included his friends Tyler MacDuff and Dana Andrews.
Stanton was a United States Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a cook aboard the Landing Ship Tank USS LST-970 during the Battle of Okinawa.
Stanton appeared in indie and cult films (Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter, Escape from New York, Repo Man), as well as many mainstream Hollywood productions, including Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather Part II, Alien, Red Dawn, Alpha Dog, Pretty in Pink, Stephen King’s Christine and The Green Mile. He was a favorite actor of Sam Peckinpah, John Milius, David Lynch, and Monte Hellman, and was also close friends with Francis Ford Coppola and Jack Nicholson. He was best man at Nicholson’s wedding in 1962.
He made his first television appearance in 1954 in Inner Sanctum and made his film debut three years later in the Western Tomahawk Trail. He appeared (uncredited) as a complaining BAR man in the very beginning of the Gregory Peck film Pork Chop Hill in 1959. He had a very small part in 1962’s How The West Was Won as one of Charlie Gant’s (Eli Wallach) gang, and followed that with a minor role as a poetry-reciting beatnik in the Danny Kaye film The Man from the Diner’s Club in 1963. Early in his career he took the name Dean Stanton to avoid confusion with the actor Harry Stanton.
His breakthrough part came with the lead role in director Wim Wenders’ film Paris, Texas (1984). Playwright Sam Shepard, the movie’s screenwriter, had spotted Stanton at a bar in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1983 while both were attending a film festival in that city, and the two fell into conversation. “I was telling him I was sick of the roles I was playing,” Stanton recalled in a 1986 interview. “I told him I wanted to play something of some beauty or sensitivity. I had no inkling he was considering me for the lead in his movie.” Not long afterward, Shepard phoned him in Los Angeles to offer Stanton the part of protagonist Travis, “a role that called for the actor to remain largely silent … as a lost, broken soul trying to put his life back together and reunite with his estranged family after having vanished years earlier.”
Stanton was a favorite of film critic Roger Ebert, who said that “no movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad.” However, Ebert later admitted that Dream a Little Dream (1989), in which Stanton appeared, was a “clear violation” of this rule.
His television credits were extensive, including eight appearances between 1958 and 1968 on CBS’s Gunsmoke, four on the network’s Rawhide, two on Bonanza and an episode of The Rifleman as well as a cameo in Two and a Half Men (having previously appeared with Jon Cryer in Pretty in Pink and with Charlie Sheen in Red Dawn), alongside Sean Penn and Elvis Costello. He was featured beginning in 2006 as Roman Grant, the manipulative leader/prophet of a polygamous sect on the HBO television series Big Love. He also played Henry in an episode of the television series Adam-12.
Stanton also occasionally toured nightclubs as a singer/guitarist, playing mostly country-inflected cover tunes. He appeared in the Dwight Yoakam music video for “Sorry You Asked”, portrayed a cantina owner in a Ry Cooder video for “Get Rhythm”, and participated in the video for Bob Dylan’s “Dreamin’ of You”. He worked with a number of musical artists such as Dylan, Art Garfunkel and Kris Kristofferson and provided harmonica on The Call’s 1989 album Let the Day Begin.
During 2010, he appeared on the NBC show Chuck for one episode, reprising his role as a repo man from the 1984 film Repo Man. In 2011, the Lexington Film League created an annual festival, the Harry Dean Stanton Fest, to honor Stanton in the city where he spent much of his adolescence. In 2012, he had brief cameos in The Avengers and in the action comedy Seven Psychopaths. He also had a brief role in the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film The Last Stand (2013). Stanton was the subject of a 2013 documentary titled Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, directed by Sophie Huber and featuring film clips; interviews with collaborators including Wenders, Shepard, Kris Kristofferson, and David Lynch; and Stanton’s singing.
In 2017, he was featured in the Showtime limited series Twin Peaks: The Return, a continuation of David Lynch’s 1990–91 television series. He reprised his role as Carl Rodd from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. He played his last role in the lead of the 2017 film Lucky, John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut.
Stanton died at age 91 on September 15, 2017, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, of natural causes.
Herb Kalmbach October 19, 1921 – September 15, 2017
Herbert Warren Kalmbach (October 19, 1921 – September 15, 2017) was an American attorney and banker. He served as the personal attorney to United States President Richard Nixon (1968–1973). He became embroiled in the Watergate scandal due to his fundraising activities in the early 1970s, some of which supported undercover operatives directed by senior White House figures under Nixon. Kalmbach was convicted and served 191 days in jail for his part in the scandal, and lost his license to practice law for a time, although he was later reinstated.
He was born on October 19, 1921 in Port Huron, Michigan. Kalmbach earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Southern California, and was admitted to the bar in 1952. He was a real estate lawyer and founding partner of Kalmbach, DeMarco, Knapp & Chillingworth.
Kalmbach was introduced to Richard Nixon, then vice-president, by H. R. Haldeman in the 1950s. He raised money for Richard Nixon’s candidacy in the United States presidential election, 1960 and again in United States presidential election, 1968.
Kalmbach declined Nixon’s offer to appoint him Under Secretary of Commerce, choosing instead to remain in California and build up his law practice. He instead became the president’s private lawyer. His law firm prospered during this period; it employed two lawyers in 1968, 14 in 1970, and 24 by 1973. The presidential connection drew United Air Lines, Dart Industries Inc., Marriott Corp., and MCA Inc. as clients. During this period Kalmbach founded the Bank of Newport, in Newport Beach, California. The firm performed routine legal chores for the President.
It was a shrewd choice. Kalmbach’s solid but unspectacular career as a real estate lawyer was quickly touched with gold. Suddenly major clients from all over the nation were eager to sign up with the attorney who represented the President: United Air Lines, Dart Industries Inc., the Marriott Corp., MCA Inc. (the dominant producer of prime-time TV shows). National companies traditionally seek out lawyers who have friends and clients in high places in Washington, and Kalmbach’s were very high indeed.
Kalmbach was involved in a secret Nixon polling operation hidden from all but his closest senior advisors. Nixon used the poll results to shape policy and campaign strategy and manipulate popular opinion. On December 21, 1971, Kalmbach set up a Delaware shell corporation with private funding, to hide Administration sponsorship of polls.
Kalmbach was also the Deputy Finance Chairman for the Committee to Re-elect the President. In this capacity he eventually was implicated in a fund-raising scandal involving re-election campaign contributions by Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI) and two other major dairy-farm cooperatives in connection with Nixon’s support of an increase in price supports for milk in 1971. Testimony by AMPI general manager George L. Mehrens in 1973 identified Kalmbach as a major solicitor of these contributions; articles on Charles Colson’s involvement in the AMPI scandal indicated that $2 million in contributions had been expected, but that the actual donations were nearer to $400,000, of which some $197,500 had been given by AMPI.
Kalmbach handled a secret $500,000 fund to finance the sabotage and espionage operations of Donald Segretti,
Kalmbach was associate finance chairman of the 1968 Nixon for President campaign and was an unofficial fund-raiser for the Committee for the Re-election of the President, controlling several secret funds. Kalmbach served six months in jail and was fined $10,000 for operating an illegal campaign committee and for offering an ambassadorship in return for political support. He also handled a secret $500,000 fund to finance sabotage and espionage operations in the salary of Donald H. Segretti, a lawyer, whose job it was to discredit the Democrats.}} </ref> including $30,000 to $40,000 in 1972 alone for spying on Democrats. Segretti was paid from re-election funds gathered before the April 7, 1972, cutoff point after which a new law required full disclosure of contributors; Kalmbach told investigators in early 1973 that he had destroyed the contribution records prior to the April 7 date, violating the Federal Corrupt Practices Act, which required the records be maintained for two years and which expired only as of the new law’s going into effect. Kalmbach claimed in a later FBI interview that he had not known who was supervising Segretti nor what activities he was being paid to perform. Kalmbach also raised $220,000 in “hush money” to pay off the Watergate burglars.
But it was his raising of $3.9 million for a secret Republican congressional campaign committee and promising an ambassador a better post in exchange for $100,000 that led to his conviction and imprisonment for 191 days and a $10,000 fine. Kalmbach pleaded guilty on February 25, 1974 on one count of violation of the Federal Corrupt Practices Act and on one count of promising federal employment as a reward for political activity and support of a candidate. He was sentenced to serve 6 to 18 months in prison for the first count and 6 months in prison on the second count. He executed both sentences concurrently and was released from prison on January 5, 1975. Kalmbach lost his license to practice law, although he was reinstated in 1977.
Although he retired in the late 1980s, he remained of counsel to Baker Hostetler.
He died on September 15, 2017 in Newport Beach, California.
Vivian Fahey July 12th, 1925 – September 14th, 2017
Vivian J. Fahey July 12th, 1925 – September 14th, 2017 – Vivian Dellacqua Fahey, 92, passed away on September 14, 2017 in Stuart, Florida
She was born in St. Albans NY and later moved to Syosset NY with her husband Jack Fahey. He predeceased her in 1993. In 1973 the family moved to Florida.
Before retiring she was a secretary with the State of Florida.
She was an active member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Palm Springs, Florida.
She is survived by daughter and son in law Valerie and Ken Shamon of Stuart, Florida and Jacqueline Fahey of Lake Worth. She has 3 grandchildren Courtney Barnes of West Palm Beach, Timothy Barnes of Jacksonville, and Brooke Heffner of Stuart. She also has a great granddaughter named Isla Vivian Barnes also of Jacksonville. Her second great grandchild is due in December to Brooke.
A mass will be celebrated on Saturday September 30th at 11:30 am at St Luke’s Catholic Church on Congress Ave in Palm Springs, Florida.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City.
Elizabeth Flora August 24th, 1928 – September 14th, 2017
Elizabeth M. Flora August 24th, 1928 – September 14th, 2017 – Elizabeth Marie Flora, 89, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on September 14, 2017 at The Broadmoor in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Born in Athens, Alabama, she had been a resident of Stuart for 46 years coming from Martinsville, Indiana.
Prior to retiring she was sales representative for Avon Products.
She was a member of the Stuart Church of Christ, Stuart, Florida.
She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Bogdovics and Karen Trinca and her husband, Joseph Trinca of Palm City; her granddaughters, Michelle Fielstra and her husband Toby Fielstra of Stuart and Bethani Bogdovics of Palm City; her great granddaughters, Hayley Fielstra of Stuart, Deonna Louis of Palm City and Ziamorra Hernandez of Palm City; and sisters, Mary Romans of Indiana, Bea Rubert and Edna Norton and sister in law, Ruth King are all from Tennessee. She was preceded in death by, her husband Carl Flora, earlier this year, her sister Lois Farley and her brothers, Cecil King and Ernie King.
Frank Vincent April 15, 1937 – September 13, 2017
Frank Vincent Gattuso Jr. (April 15, 1937 – September 13, 2017), known professionally as Frank Vincent, was an American actor. He played prominent roles in the HBO series The Sopranos and in several films for director Martin Scorsese: Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), and Casino (1995).
Vincent, who was of Italian descent (ancestors from Sicily and Naples), was born in North Adams, Massachusetts and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. His father, Frank Vincent Gattuso, Sr., was an iron worker and businessman. He had two brothers, Nick and Jimmy, and a half-sister, Fran.
Skilled at the drums, piano and trumpet, Vincent originally aspired to a career in music, but turned to acting in 1976, when he co-starred in the low-budget gangster movie The Death Collector along with Joe Pesci, where they were spotted by Robert De Niro. De Niro told Martin Scorsese about both Vincent and Pesci; Scorsese was impressed by their performances and hired Vincent to appear in a supporting role in Raging Bull, in which he once again appeared with Pesci and co-starred with De Niro. Vincent had small roles in two Spike Lee films in 1989 and 1991 respectively: Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever.
One of his notable appearances in foreign film was in Juan José Jusid’s Made in Argentina, in which he played Vito, a wealthy Manhattan businessman who befriends the substance abuse counselor who treated his son.
Vincent was often cast as a gangster. He appeared in Scorsese’s 1990 film Goodfellas, where he played Billy Batts, a made man in the Gambino crime family. He also played a role in Scorsese’s 1995 film Casino as Frank Marino (based on real-life gangster Frank Cullotta), the sidekick of Pesci’s character.
In 1996, Vincent appeared in the music video for rap artist Nas’ song “Street Dreams” in character as Frankie Marino from Casino. In the television movie Gotti, Vincent played Robert “D.B.” DiBernardo, an associate of Mafia boss John Gotti, whose life the film chronicled. In the HBO TV series The Sopranos, he had his most prominent role, as Phil Leotardo, a ruthless New York City gangster who, as boss of the show’s fictional Lupertazzi crime family, becomes the show’s chief antagonist in the final season.
Vincent also had a leading role in the heist movie This Thing of Ours in 2003., where he had a brief association with alleged Genovese crime family capo Danny Provenzano (grandnephew of Anthony Provenzano) and former 100-year old Colombo crime family underboss Sonny Franzese, he is pictured with them alongside other former Sopranos actors. In 2003, Vincent testified in court on behalf of Provenzano at a repeal sentencing; Provenzano was serving a 10 year sentence for racketeering and other charges. One of his more light-hearted roles was in a British television commercial for Peugeot cars. In early 2005, Vincent appeared on Irish television in a series of television commercials for Irish bank Permanent TSB. In 1999, he won the Italian American Entertainer of the Year Award. Another noted performance is his appearance in the 2003 film Remedy.
In 2001, Vincent voiced the character of Mafia boss Salvatore Leone in the computer and video game Grand Theft Auto III. He later reprised that role in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005).
In 2006, he released a book, A Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man to positive reviews. His idol was Dean Martin. He has also released a line of hand-rolled cigars which have his picture prominently displayed on the band.
In the summer of 2008, he played Lieutenant Marino in the independent film The Tested, directed by Russell Costanzo. In 2009, he made a cameo appearance alongside fellow Sopranos actor Steve Schirripa in the Stargate Atlantis episode “Vegas”.
He starred in Chicago Overcoat in 2009 as the main protagonist.
In 2013, he starred in the hit IDW Publishing comic series “Killogy” created by Life of Agony’s Alan Robert as the character Sally Sno Cones alongside Marky Ramone of The Ramones. The series was nominated at the Ghastly Awards for Best Mini-Series and won multiple Horror Comic Awards from the Horror News Network. In 2014, the comics were adapted into a 3D animation for the “Killogy Animated Series”  in which the cast of the original comic series contributed their voices to.
In early September 2017, Vincent suffered a heart attack. He underwent open heart surgery in New Jersey on September 13, during which he died. He was 80 years old.
Pete Domenici May 7, 1932 – September 13, 2017
Pietro Vichi Domenici (May 7, 1932 – September 13, 2017) was an American politician from New Mexico. A Republican, Domenici served six terms in the United States Senate, from 1973 to 2009, the longest tenure in the state’s history. During Domenici’s tenure in the Senate, he advocated waterway usage fees, nuclear power, and related causes.
Domenici served as a senior fellow for the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Domenici was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Alda (née Vichi), an undocumented immigrant, and Cherubino Domenici, Italian-Americans who had both been born in Modena, Italy.
Domencini worked in his father’s grocery business after school. In 1950, he graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Albuquerque. He spent two years at St. Joseph’s College of the University of Albuquerque before earning a degree in education at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 1954, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He then pitched for one season for the Albuquerque Dukes, a farm club of the Brooklyn Dodgers. He taught mathematics at Garfield Junior High in Albuquerque. Domencini earned his law degree at the University of Denver law school in 1958 and returned to practice law in Albuquerque.
n 1966, Domenici successfully ran for a position on the Albuquerque City Commission and in 1968 was elected Commission Chairman.
Domenici was unsuccessful in his 1970 bid in the New Mexico gubernatorial race, losing to the Democrat, former state House Speaker Bruce King, who won 148,835 votes to Domencini’s 134,640.
In 1972, Domenici successfully ran for a position in the U.S. Senate and became the first New Mexico Republican to be elected to the position in 38 years. He was aided by Richard Nixon’s landslide win over Democrat U.S. Sen. George McGovern at the top of the ticket. Domenici polled 204,253 votes (54 percent) to 173,815 (46 percent) for Democrat Jack Daniels, a Hobbs realtor.
One of the first issues that Domenici concerned himself with was waterway usage fees, in spite of his state lacking any waterway capable of commercial traffic. The idea behind a waterway usage fee was that the Army Corps of Engineers built dams and other expensive waterway projects, which the barge industry were able use for free. In 1977, Domenici set himself to the task of enacting a waterway usage fee. After a long two-year battle with stiff lobbying on both sides, the waterway fee was finally passed along with a new lock and dam project (the rebuilding of Lock and Dam 26.) Reporters attributed the passage of this fee in no small part to Domenici’s legislative skill. The legislation was signed into law in 1978.
The issue greatly assisted Domenici in his home state, where the railroad industry was a significant player (railroads competed with barges, and they long wanted to end the “free ride” issue). The railroads donated $40,000 to Domenici’s campaign, and the barge industry gave a small sum to his opponent. He was reelected in 1978 with 53.4% of the vote over Democrat Toney Anaya, a former New Mexico Attorney General. The 6.8% victory margin would be Domenici’s closest election in his Senate career.
Domenici was subsequently re-elected in 1984, 1990, 1996, and 2002 and is to date the longest-serving senator in his state’s history, having served in the legislative body for 36 years. At the time of his retirement, he was the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. He was also a member of the U.S. Senate Committees on Appropriations and Indian Affairs, and served as Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Budget Committee. He advocated for the mentally ill, having pushed the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996.
In 1998, Domenici voted to impeach President Bill Clinton during the revelation of his affair with Monica Lewinsky. He explained his vote: “What standard of conduct should we insist our President live up to? … Do not underestimate, my friends, the corrupting and cynical signal we will send if we fail to enforce the highest standards of conduct on the most powerful man in the nation.” During the 1970s, Domenici himself had fathered an illegitimate child with Michelle Laxalt, a 24-year-old Republican staffer and lobbyist, the daughter of Republican Senator Paul Laxalt. The child was not publicly acknowledged by Domenici until 2013. In 2013, Domenici, then 80, acknowledged the affair and his son, saying he was “very sorry” for his behavior. The son, Adam Laxalt, ran for Attorney General of Nevada in the 2014 election and defeated Democrat Ross Miller.
Domenici has been an avid proponent of nuclear power and published two books on the subject: A Brighter Tomorrow: Fulfilling the Promise of Nuclear Energy (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2004), which he wrote; and Advanced Nuclear Technologies — Hearing Before the Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate (Collingdale, Pennsylvania: D I A N E Publishing Company, 1999), which he edited.
Domenici announced on October 4, 2007, his decision not to seek re-election to the Senate in 2008 for health reasons—in particular, frontotemporal lobar degeneration. His seat was won by Democrat Tom Udall.
Domenici and former OMB director and CBO director Dr. Alice Rivlin chaired a Debt Reduction Task Force, sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington. The task force was announced at a joint press conference on January 26, 2010, in Washington. The task force began its work in February 2010 and, led by Domenici, released a report on November 17, 2010 on ways to address and reduce the national debt and deficit.
The Domenici Institute, which aims to continue “Domenici’s legacy of service to the state of New Mexico,” bears his name.
After graduating in 1958, he married Nancy Burk. Together they had two sons and six daughters (Lisa, Peter, Nella, Clare, David, Nanette, and twins Paula and Helen). One of his daughters has schizophrenia. This reportedly influenced his decision to become a strong supporter of legislation that calls for parity in insurance coverage for mental illness.
During the 1970s, Domenici fathered an illegitimate child, Adam Laxalt, with Michelle Laxalt, a Republican staffer and lobbyist and the daughter of Domenici’s then-Senate colleague, Nevada Republican Paul Laxalt; it was kept secret until 2013
Domenici died aged 85 on September 13, 2017 at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico from complications that resulted from abdominal surgery.
Bill Pentecost March 14th, 1925 – September 11th, 2017
William Anthony Pentecost March 14th, 1925 – September 11th, 2017 – William Anthony Pentecost – beloved husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather – departed this life on September 11, 2017 at Arbor Oaks in Greenacres, Florida, at the age of 92.
Bill was born on March 14, 1925 in Ozone Park, Queens, the second of three sons born to James and Ida Pentecost. His two brothers, Dave and Norman, predeceased him. He married the love of his life, Jeanne Durante, on January 17th, 1948 – their marriage lasted 63 years, until her death in January 2012, and produced three children, Jim, Tom, and Sue.
Bill served in the Navy during World War II, and upon returning to New York, he graduated from Queens College. He worked for the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company, eventually becoming a very successful Sales Manager in the greater Boston area.
He is survived by his three children, Tom’s wife Denise, his grandchildren Katie and her husband Danny Longley, Mitchell and Cara, and his great grandchildren Ava and Claire.
Randy Holley Jr. April 12, 1943 – September 11, 2017
Ralph D. Holley Jr. April 12, 1943 – September 11, 2017 – Ralph died peacefully on Monday, September 11th, 2017 in Indiantown, Florida.
Ralph was born in Kinston, Alabama on April 12th, 1943 and lifelong resident of Florida.
He is survived by his wife Toni of 43 years. Two sons Timothy D. Holley (Amy Holley) Indiantown, FL and Rick A. Holley (Lorraine Holley) Riverview, FL and two step sons Marvin “Randy” Smith (Nora Smith) El Paso, TX, Edward “Dale” Smith (Mary Patchunka-Smith) Lineville, AL, twelve grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.
Over his life Ralph was involved in Indiantown Youth Sports, Mason’s, Shriner’s, and was active in Church.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 22nd at Family Worship Center 15285 SW Indian Mound Dr., Indiantown, Florida 34956. Visitation 10:00am Service will follow at 11:00am.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Stuart Chapel.
“Don” Ohlmeyer Jr. February 3, 1945 – September 10, 2017
Donald Winfred “Don” Ohlmeyer Jr. (February 3, 1945 – September 10, 2017) was an American television producer and president of the NBC network’s west coast division.
He was a professor of television communications at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He served as ombudsman for ESPN.com for 18 months; that term ended in January 2011.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Ohlmeyer grew up in the Chicago area and attended Glenbrook North High School. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1967.
Ohlmeyer began his career with ABC Sports. A disciple of Roone Arledge, he worked on Wide World of Sports, was the first hired producer of Monday Night Football, created The Superstars, and also produced and directed three Olympics broadcasts (including the Munich Olympics).
Ohlmeyer later moved to NBC as executive producer of the network’s sports division, a position he held from 1977 to 1982. Over those five years, he created the popular sports anthology series SportsWorld and served as Executive Producer of NBC coverage of the Super Bowl, World Series. He also earned notoriety for the prime-time series ‘Games People Play’ and the made-for-television movie ‘The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story.’ Ohlmeyer became well known for expanding the network’s sports coverage as well as introducing innovative production techniques. He launched ‘NFL Updates,’ NCAA Basketball ‘Whip-arounds,’ and instituted NBC’s live coverage of ‘Breakfast at Wimbledon.’ Ohlmeyer is credited with conceiving the one-time experiment of airing a 1980 NFL telecast without announcers.
Ohlmeyer formed his own production company, Ohlmeyer Communications Company (OCC), in 1982. While there he produced several made-for-television movies, network series, and specials. He won an Emmy for Special Bulletin, a harrowing 1983 depiction of nuclear terrorism. His company was also responsible for producing CART IndyCar World Series race telecasts, and golf, including PGA TOUR events, “The Skins Game”, and Senior PGA TOUR broadcasts. While at OCC, Ohlmeyer also oversaw Nabisco’s 20% stake in ESPN. Ohlmeyer also gained a 49% controlling interest in Hockey Night in Canada starting in 1986, taking over the Canadian Sports Network that ran the program under the MacLaren Advertising agency. He later sold his interest to Molstar Communications, the company which already possessed the other 51%.
Ohlmeyer returned to NBC in 1993 to become president of its West Coast division at a time when the network was in third place in the ratings, following the departure of Cheers and The Cosby Show from its lineup. During his tenure, NBC returned to first place with such hits as Seinfeld, Friends, ER, Homicide, Frasier, Providence, Will & Grace, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. While Ohlmeyer was at NBC the network was the only profitable national network in America. Ohlmeyer also spearheaded NBC’s adoption of an aggressive promotional campaign to brand the network such as superimposing the Peacock logo in the corner of the screen and coining the phrase “Must See TV.”
Several top executives at NBC from this period, including Warren Littlefield, have said that Ohlmeyer was not only not the inspiration behind NBC’s hits in this period, but was often a roadblock they had to work around to make them happen. Instances of this included Ohlmeyer’s belief that ER would get killed in ratings by CBS’s Chicago Hope and his angry approach to working with that show’s movie-based superstars like Steven Spielberg and Michael Crichton (both of whom ignored Ohlmeyer and worked closely with Littlefield), and his extreme reluctance to greenlight Will & Grace because he incorrectly thought a show with gay characters couldn’t reach a large mainstream audience.
During the 1997 World Series, Ohlmeyer caused a stir when he publicly wished that the World Series would end in a four game sweep so that its low ratings wouldn’t derail NBC’s primetime leading Thursday “Must See TV” entertainment schedule. The series went the full seven games.
After his time at NBC, Ohlmeyer was lured out of retirement in 2000 to spark interest and provide some vigor to the MNF broadcast. Besides the on-air talent, Ohlmeyer’s changes included clips of players introducing themselves, new graphics, use of a sideline Steadicam, and music. In another temporary change, the score bug used nicknames of teams, such as “Skins” and “Fins”, instead of the teams’ actual names or cities (the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins, in this instance). He also made the controversial decision to hire comedian Dennis Miller to join Al Michaels and Dan Fouts in the broadcast booth, an experiment widely regarded, in hindsight, as a failure.
Ohlmeyer left Monday Night Football after one season. Ratings for the program had dropped 7% compared to the previous year.
Ohlmeyer died of cancer in Indian Wells, California, at the age of 72.
Howard Cook February 25th, 1925 – September 9th, 2017
Howard T. Cook February 25th, 1925 – September 9th, 2017 – oward T Cook Age 92, of Palm City Florida, passed away on September 9, 2017, at Waters Edge in Palm City.
Howard was born in Dike Iowa, but grew up in Pasadena California, and Great Neck, New York.
He served as a Ensign in the Navy during WWII, and graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in economics.
Howard worked in the confectionary business until his retirement.
His last position was Vice President of Sales for the Hershey Chocolate Co.
He was also active locally and had served on the board of directors of the Red Cross.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Elaine Cook of Palm City, his sons Howard Cook and his wife Barbara Cook of Coral Springs and Michael Cook and His wife Holly Cook of Bradenton Fla. His Grand Children Christine Cook, Danny Cook and his wife Adrianna. Danny Anderson and his wife Erin, and his Great Grand Children Catalina and Juliana Cook and Hadley and Hayden Anderson. He was preceded in death by his son Curtis James Cook.
Visitation will be from 10:00 am. To 11:00 am. On Tuesday September 19, 2017, at the Forest Hills Funeral Homes, Palm City FL.
The Funeral service will be at 11:00 am in the funeral home Chapel. Entombment will follow immediately in the Forest Hill Memorial Park, Palm City, with Military Honors provided by the U.S. Navy.
Don Williams May 27, 1939 – September 8, 2017
Don Williams (born Donald Ray Williams; May 27, 1939 – September 8, 2017) was an American country singer, songwriter, and 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 number one country hits. His straightforward yet smooth bass-baritone voice, soft tones, and imposing build earned him the nickname: “Gentle Giant” of country music.
Donald Ray Williams was born the youngest of three sons on May 27, 1939, in Floydada, Texas. His parents were Loveta Mae (née Lambert; 1914–2007) and James Andrew “Jim” Williams (1898–1982). He grew up in Portland, Texas and graduated from Gregory-Portland High School in 1958. After Williams’ parents divorced, Loveta Williams remarried first to Chester Lang, and then to Robert Bevers.
On July 20, 1963, Williams’ eldest brother Kenneth was accidentally electrocuted after touching a live wire. He was 29 years old.
Prior to forming the folk-pop group Pozo-Seco Singers, Williams served in the United States Army for two years then, after his honorable discharge, worked various odd jobs in order to support himself and his family..
It was with the group the Pozo-Seco Singers that Williams, alongside Susan Taylor and Lofton Cline, recorded several records for Columbia Records.. He remained with the group until 1969, after which it disbanded the following year.
After the Pozo-Seco Singers disbanded, Williams briefly worked outside the music industry. Soon, however, Williams resumed his career in music. In December 1971, Williams signed on as a songwriter for Jack Clement with Jack Music Inc. In 1972, Williams inked a contract with JMI Records as a solo country artist. His 1974 song, “We Should Be Together,” reached number five, and he signed with ABC/Dot Records. At the height of the country and western boom in the UK in 1976, he had top forty pop chart hits with “You’re My Best Friend” and “I Recall a Gypsy Woman”, and, in 1978, a #2 album, Images.
His first single with ABC/Dot, “I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me,” became a number one hit, and was the first of a string of top ten hits he had between 1974 and 1991. Only four of his 46 singles didn’t make it to the Top Ten.
“I Believe in You” is a 1980 single written by Roger Cook and Sam Hogin and recorded by Don Williams. It was Williams’ eleventh #1 on the country chart. It stayed at #1 for two weeks and spent 12 weeks on the country chart. It was his only Top 40 chart entry, where it peaked at #24. It was also hit in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Williams had some minor roles in Burt Reynolds movies. In 1975, Don appeared as a member of the Dixie Dancekings band in the movie W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings alongside Reynolds. Don also appeared as himself in the Universal Pictures movie, Smokey and the Bandit II, in which he also played a number of songs.
Early in 2006, Williams announced his “Farewell Tour of the World” and played numerous dates both in the U.S. and abroad, wrapping the tour up with a sold-out “Final Farewell Concert” in Memphis, Tennessee at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts on November 21, 2006. In 2010, Williams came out of retirement and was once again touring.
In March 2012, Williams announced the release of a new record And So It Goes (UK release April 30, 2012; U.S./Worldwide release June 19, 2012), his first new record since 2004. The record is his first with the independent Americana label Sugar Hill Records. The record includes guest appearances by Alison Krauss, Keith Urban, and Vince Gill. To accompany his latest album release he embarked on a UK Tour. A much loved country artist among British fans he had his final UK tour in 2014.
In March 2016, Williams announced he was retiring from touring and cancelled all his scheduled shows. “It’s time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home. I’m so thankful for my fans, my friends and my family for their everlasting love and support,” he said in a statement.
On September 8, 2017, Williams died in Mobile, Alabama due to emphysema.
“Gene” “Stick” Michael June 2, 1938 – September 7, 2017
Eugene Richard “Stick” Michael (June 2, 1938 – September 7, 2017) was an American shortstop, coach, scout, manager and executive in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Detroit Tigers from 1966 to 1975. After his playing career, Michael managed the Yankees and Chicago Cubs, and served as the Yankees’ general manager. Michael built the Yankees team that became a dynasty in the late 1990s.
Michael earned the nickname “Stick” due to his slender frame. After graduating from Akron East High School in Akron, Ohio, he went to Kent State University where he played college baseball and college basketball for the Kent State Golden Flashes. After being signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1959, Michael made his major league debut with the Pirates in 1966.
The following year, the Pirates traded Michael to the Los Angeles Dodgers with Bob Bailey for Maury Wills. He spent one season in Los Angeles, and was then purchased by the New York Yankees. He played for the Yankees from 1968 until 1974. The Yankees released Michael before the 1975 season, and he signed with the Detroit Tigers. Michael then signed with the Boston Red Sox in 1976, but did not play a game with Boston; they released him in May without using him in a game. He retired with a .229 batting average, 15 home runs, and 226 runs batted in in 973 games played. Michael was a master of the hidden ball trick, having pulled it off five times in his career.
Weeks after his release from Boston, Michael became a coach with the Yankees. Reggie Jackson credited Michael’s scouting reports for helping him hit three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. He served as manager of the Yankees’ Triple-A team in 1979, and as general manager of the Yankees in 1980. Michael served as the Yankees’ manager in 1981 and again in 1982. He finished with a record of 92 wins and 76 losses over both stints as Yankees manager. Michael returned to the Yankees front office in 1983, and again served as a coach starting in 1984. He managed the Chicago Cubs in 1986 and 1987. His managerial record with the Chicago Cubs was 114 wins and 124 losses.
In 1990, Michael was hired as general manager of the Yankees. As general manager, he built the Yankees’ farm system, as they developed young talent rather than trading it away, as they had done in the 1980s with little success. During Michael’s tenure as general manager, the Yankees drafted or signed such notable players as Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada (collectively known as the Core Four), and others. Further, he traded for Paul O’Neill. Michael also demonstrated patience with Bernie Williams, who Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner wanted to trade when he struggled early in his career.
This foundation paid off with Yankee championships in 1996, and from 1998–2000. However, Michael was fired before the Yankees dynasty began, as a result of the fallouts from the 1994 strike, which ruined the Yankees having the best record in the American League that year in 1995. It was the second time that the Yankees fired Michael as a result of a strike; in 1981, he was fired as manager as a result of the team slumping after the 1981 strike.
From 1996 until 2002, Michael served as vice-president of major league scouting for the Yankees. In 2002, the Boston Red Sox tried to talk to Michael about their general manager position, but were not given permission by the Yankees. In 2003, Michael was promoted to vice-president and senior advisor.
During his tenure with the Yankees, Michael had been a resident of Norwood, New Jersey, and had four children. He married twice, residing in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Michael died of a heart attack on September 7, 2017, in Oldsmar, Florida at age 79. To honor Michael, the Yankees will wear black armbands on their uniforms for the rest of the 2017 season.
Jim McDaniels (April 2, 1948 – September 6, 2017
James Ronald McDaniels (April 2, 1948 – September 6, 2017) was an American professional basketball player.
A 6’11” power forward/center, McDaniels averaged nearly 40 points per game as a senior at Allen County High School in Scottsville, Kentucky. From 1967 to 1971, he played at Western Kentucky University, leading his team to a third-place finish in the 1971 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. (The NCAA later voided Western Kentucky’s participation in the tournament, accusing McDaniels of signing with an agent while still in college.) He also set WKU school records with 2,238 career points (now tied with Courtney Lee) and 1,118 career rebounds.
McDaniels was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the second round of the 1971 NBA draft and by the Utah Stars in the ABA Draft, but he began his professional career with the Carolina Cougars of the American Basketball Association, who offered him a $1.35 million contract to be paid over twenty-five years. Reportedly, the Cougars first approached McDaniels during November 1970, while he was still playing for Western Kentucky. McDaniels averaged 26.8 points and 14 rebounds in 58 games with the Cougars during the 1971–72 season and appeared in the 1972 ABA All-Star Game. However, he feuded with the Cougars while trying to renegotiate his contract – he wanted his salary to be spread over fifteen years, rather than twenty-five – and near the end of his rookie season he decided to leave the Cougars for the SuperSonics.
McDaniels remained with Seattle for the next two full seasons. However, he struggled to maintain the same level of production he had achieved in the ABA, and by the 1973–74 NBA season, McDaniels was averaging just 5.5 points per game. During that time, McDaniels was dogged by off-court troubles as the Cougars questioned the legality of his jump to the NBA. He later admitted in an interview, “I should have stayed in the ABA for a couple of years. I was just young and things started going bad for me there and I didn’t know how to handle them.” SuperSonics coach and general manager Bill Russell ultimately released McDaniels in fall 1974. For the next four years, McDaniels bounced from team to team, playing for the Los Angeles Lakers and Buffalo Braves of the NBA, the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA, and Snaidero Udine of Italy. He finally decided to retire from basketball in 1978.
McDaniels had two sons (Eskias McDaniels, Shannon Martin). His #44 jersey was retired by Western Kentucky in January 2000. McDaniels died in Bowling Green, Kentucky at the age of 69 due to complications from diabetes.
Betty Hall December 22nd, 1930 – September 4th, 2017
Elizabeth J Hall December 22nd, 1930 – September 4th, 2017 – Elizabeth (“Betty”) Robinson Hall, age 86, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on September 4, 2017, at home peacefully with the assistance of her caregivers and hospice. Betty was born on December 22, 1930 in Kewanee, Illinois, the daughter of Theodore Underwood and Grace Kirman Underwood. She is survived by her son, Dr. John R. Robinson, Jr. (Donna), of Stuart, Florida, her daughter, Jennifer J. Robinson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and her two grandchildren (who were the light of her life), John R. Robinson, III, and Stephanie R. Robinson of Stuart, Florida. She was also survived by her sisters, Lucy Dunbar of Bloomington, Illinois and Dorothy Gray of Saginaw, Michigan as well as numerous nieces and nephews that were very important and special to her. Betty was preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. John R. Robinson, her second husband, Edward W. Hall whom she married years after Dr. Robinson passed, her sister, Phyllis M. Hamilton of Normal, Illinois (Marvin), and her infant sister, Doris.
Betty graduated from Wethersfield High School in Kewanee and then worked for the Illinois Power Company until she decided to go to airline school. After graduating from airline school Betty worked for Chicago and Southern Airline (“C & S”) and was stationed in Memphis, TN. A few years later C & S was bought out by Delta Airlines. Betty worked for Delta Airlines as a flight attendant and traveled the world until she married Dr. John R. Robinson in 1960. Betty then became a stay at home mother for her two children in Palm Beach, Florida. They also lived in Jupiter, Florida. Betty was a fabulous mother. She was active in the Junior League of Palm Beach and other charitable organizations. Betty was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She moved to the Conquistador subdivision in Stuart in 2011 and became an active member in the Conquistador family. She was loved and respected by her family and all of her friends. Betty was a people person and could strike up a conversation while waiting in line to pay at any store. She had a gift for making everyone feel comfortable and wanted. Her smiling and happy face and her warm and friendly manner will be missed by all.
The family would like to give special thanks to the wonderful care manager, Janice Healy, of Help from the Heart, and the fabulous caregivers that took such good care of her and well as others who helped Betty for the last several years of her life, namely Cheryl Mott, Ann Johnson, Kerline Whyte-Mighty, Audrey McLean, Lina Mauge, Alana Olsen, and Ann Sergent. The family would also like to thank all of the nurses and doctors who cared for Betty and the staff at Martin Memorial Hospital. The team that worked with Betty over the years not only extended her life but made her life much more comfortable and happy.
At Betty’s request, there will not be a service in Stuart, Florida. Her cremains will be buried in her family’s plot in Kewanee, Illinois at a small graveside service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice.
Gastone Moschin June 8, 1929 – September 4, 2017
Gastone Moschin (8 June 1929 – 4 September 2017) was an Italian stage, television and film actor.
Born in San Giovanni Lupatoto (Veneto), Moschin graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Arte Drammatica Silvio D’Amico and then began his career in the 1950s as theatre actor, first with the Stable Theatre in Genoa and then with the Piccolo Teatro di Milano in Milan. In the same period Moschin also began to appear in feature films and on television.
In his film career Moschin alternated character roles and, more rarely, leading roles, such as in Seven Times Seven and Caliber 9. His most famous role is that of Rambaldo Melandri in the Amici miei film series (1975–1985). He won two Nastro d’Argento Awards for Best Supporting Actor, in 1967 for Pietro Germi’s The Birds, the Bees and the Italians and in 1986 for Nanni Loy’s Amici miei – Atto III. Moschin is also well known for the role of Don Fanucci in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part II.
Walter Becker February 20, 1950 – September 3, 2017
Walter Carl Becker (February 20, 1950 – September 3, 2017) was an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He was best known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist, and co-songwriter of Steely Dan.
Becker met future songwriting partner Donald Fagen while studying at Bard College. After a brief period of activity in New York, the two relocated to California in 1971 and formed the nucleus of Steely Dan, who enjoyed a critically and commercially successful 10-year career. Following the group’s dissolution, Becker moved to Hawaii and reduced his musical activity, working primarily as a record producer. In 1985, he briefly became a member of the English sophisti-pop group China Crisis, producing and playing synthesizer on their album Flaunt the Imperfection.
Becker and Fagen reformed Steely Dan in 1993 and had remained active, most notably including their 2000 Two Against Nature album, which won four Grammy Awards. Becker also released two solo albums, 1994’s 11 Tracks of Whack and 2008’s Circus Money.
Following an undisclosed illness, Becker died on September 3, 2017.
Becker was raised by his father and grandmother, after his parents separated when he was a young boy and his mother, who was British, moved back to England. They lived in Queens for most of his youth, as Becker’s father sold paper-cutting machinery for a company that had offices in Manhattan.
He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan in the class of 1967. After starting out on saxophone, he switched to guitar and received instruction in blues technique from neighbor Randy Wolfe.
Becker met his long-time musical partner, Donald Fagen, while attending Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. While at Bard, Becker and Fagen formed and played in a number of groups, including the Leather Canary, which also included fellow student Chevy Chase on drums. At the time, Chase called the group “a bad jazz band.” Becker left the school in 1969 prior to completing his degree and moved with Fagen to Brooklyn, where the two began to build a career as a songwriting duo. This period included a stint with Jay and the Americans under pseudonyms and the composition of the soundtrack to You’ve Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You’ll Lose That Beat, a Richard Pryor film released in 1971.
Later in 1971, the duo moved to California and formed Steely Dan, which was initially formed as a full group. Their initial lineup was completed by guitarists Denny Dias, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, and drummer Jim Hodder, all of whom the two had met prior to their relocation. With Becker acting initially as bassist, the group spent the following three years touring and recording before becoming a studio-centered project in 1974 anchored around Becker and Fagen’s songwriting. In addition to co-writing all of the band’s material, Becker played bass and/or guitar on many of the band’s tracks, as well as providing occasional backing vocals and arrangements.
Pretzel Logic (1974) was the first Steely Dan album to feature Becker on guitar. “Once I met (session musician) Chuck Rainey”, he explained, “I felt there really was no need for me to be bringing my bass guitar to the studio anymore”.
Despite the group’s success, particularly surrounding Aja in 1977, Becker suffered from numerous personal setbacks during this period, including addiction to narcotics. After the duo returned to New York in 1978, Becker’s girlfriend, Karen Roberta Stanley, died of a drug overdose in his apartment on January 30, resulting in a wrongful death lawsuit against him. Soon thereafter, Becker was hit by a Manhattan taxi while crossing the street and forced to walk with crutches. His personal exhaustion was exacerbated by commercial pressures and the complicated recording process surrounding the final album of Steely Dan’s initial career, 1980’s Gaucho, leading the duo to suspend their partnership in June 1981.
Following Steely Dan’s breakup, Becker and his family moved to Maui and ceased using drugs, becoming an “avocado rancher and self-styled critic of the contemporary scene.” During the 1980s, he produced albums for Michael Franks and Fra Lippo Lippi.
In 1987, Becker produced Rickie Lee Jones’ fourth album Flying Cowboys. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1997.
Becker also produced two albums for the British new wave band China Crisis. In 1985, he produced their third album Flaunt the Imperfection, and he is credited as an official member of the band on the recording. Becker also produced select tracks on their 1989 album Diary of a Hollow Horse.
Becker reunited with Fagen briefly to collaborate on the debut album of singer Rosie Vela, 1986’s Zazu. This led to several low-key and non-professional collaborations, including several aborted songwriting sessions and Becker’s stint in 1991 with Fagen’s New York Rock and Soul Revue, that led to their proper reunion two years later.
Their partnership properly resumed in 1993 when they undertook a new tour as Steely Dan, their first in 19 years. Becker also produced Fagen’s album Kamakiriad in 1993. In turn, Fagen co-produced Becker’s solo debut album 11 Tracks of Whack in 1994.
Steely Dan continued touring, and their work on new material resulted in their first studio album in two decades, Two Against Nature, released in 2000. The album won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. In 2001 the duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and also received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Berklee College of Music, which they accepted in person. The next Steely Dan record, Everything Must Go, followed in 2003, featuring Becker’s bass and electric guitar work, as well as the first studio Steely Dan track with a lead vocal by Becker, “Slang of Ages”. The band spent the following years touring behind their back catalog.
In 2005, Becker co-produced and played bass on the Krishna Das album All One, and played solo guitar on the title track of Rebecca Pidgeon’s album Tough on Crime from this same year. Madeleine Peyroux’s 2006 album Half the Perfect World featured the single “I’m All Right”, co-written by Becker, Peyroux and producer Larry Klein. Peyroux’s 2009 album Bare Bones also contains two songs co-written by Becker, “You Can’t Do Me” and the title-track “Bare Bones”. Becker was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
His second solo album, Circus Money, was released on June 10, 2008, 14 years after its predecessor. The songs were heavily inspired by reggae and other Jamaican music.
Becker was married to Elinor, a yoga teacher, and they had two children. Becker wrote a song, Little Kawai, for his son Kawai, including it as the final track on his 1994 album 11 Tracks of Whack.
On September 3, 2017, Becker’s official website reported that he had died. No cause of death or other details have been announced. Musicians such as Julian Lennon, Steve Lukather, and John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats made public statements mourning Becker’s death. Guitarist Larry Carlton, who played on four of Steely Dan’s albums, called him a musical icon. Science fiction author William Gibson called Becker “one of my favorite writers ever.” Rolling Stone writer David Wild said Becker “opened up my mind musically and made being a wiseass a brave act of Pretzel Logic.” Rickie Lee Jones, whose album Flying Cowboys was produced by Becker, recalled her long friendship with him in an editorial she wrote for Rolling Stone.
Fagen issued a memorial letter praising Becker’s talent and remarking that he was “smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter… He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny.” Fagen added that he “intend[s] to keep the music we created together alive”.
Dick Granfield – October 7, 1930 – September 2, 2017
Richard Steele Granfield – October 7, 1930 – September 2, 2017 – Richard (Dick) Steele Granfield (86) passed away Saturday September 2, 2017. Richard was born in Cleveland Ohio to William and Elizabeth Granfield. Richard grew up in Warren Ohio before attending Manlius Military School Syracuse NY. Upon graduation Richard enrolled at Ohio University were he studied Fine Arts. In 1954 he graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree and married his childhood sweetheart Shirley Ann Cook. Dick and Shirley moved to Fort Lee Virginia where he served as 1st Lieutenant in the US Army. In 1956 son Bradley was born. Shortly after Dick’s Army discharge in 1958, the family moved the Gainesville, Florida where Dick attended U.F. School of Architecture. In 1959 daughter Lisa was born. After his graduation in 1960 the family relocated to Stuart where Dick & Shirley put down their roots. Dick joined the firm Armstrong & Pryor Architects and in 1962 Stewart was born. Dick & Shirley enjoyed spending time with the many life long friends they made over the years and cherished the memories of the parties and “good times” spent with the group.
Richard started his own Architectural firm in 1972 and saw his career flourish as Stuart grew. Later in his career he was joined by his two sons becoming Granfield-Granfield Architects. For three decades Dick left his creative mark on our community with many recognizable projects throughout the Treasure Coast before retiring in 1995. Dick’s creative flair extended into multiple art forms including, wood carving, drawing and stain glass, to name just a few.
Richard was an active member of the community, serving as a Sewalls Point Commissioner, Florida Oceanographic Society founding Board Member and life long member of the American Institute of Architects.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years Shirley, daughter Lisa, granddaughter Karen, brother William, brother in law Bernie Gates and step grandson Nicholas.
After Shirley’s death, Dick was fortunate to find love a second time and married Collette (Keddie) Powers Granfield. Dick enjoyed some of his final years living with Keddie in Indiantown.
Richard is survived by wife Keddie, his sons: Bradley (Lori), and Stewart (Suzanne) Granfield. Grandchildren: Alexandra and Matthew. Sisters in law: Patricia Gates and Ester Granfield. Nieces and Nephew Deborah (Jim) Luchsinger, Gretchen (Des) McAuley, and Kirk Amidano. Step children: Brian, Kevin, David Powers and Mary Beth Bachelor along with their spouses and children.
Memorial services will be held 11:00 am Saturday September 30th at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, East Ocean Blvd in Stuart Fl. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice in Richard’s name. Please bring your favorite memory to share with the family during Richard’s celebration of life ceremony.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Stuart Chapel.
“Shelley” Berman February 3, 1925 – September 1, 2017
Sheldon Leonard “Shelley” Berman (February 3, 1925 – September 1, 2017) was an American comedian, actor, writer, teacher, lecturer and poet.
In his comedic career, Berman won three gold records and he won the first Grammy Award for a spoken comedy recording in 1959. He was perhaps most notable for his role as Larry David’s father on Curb Your Enthusiasm, a role for which he received a 2008 Emmy Award nomination.
In the last twenty years of his life, Berman taught humor writing in the Masters of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, where he was a Lecturer Emeritus.
Berman was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Irene (née Marks) and Nathan Berman. He was Jewish.
His acting career began with an acting company in Woodstock, Illinois. Leaving Woodstock in 1949, Shelley and his wife Sarah made their way to New York City. To make ends meet, Berman found employment as a social director, cab driver, speech teacher, assistant manager of a drug store, and a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studios.
Eventually, Berman found work as a sketch writer for The Steve Allen Plymouth Show.
Berman began as a straight actor, receiving his training at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, honing his acting skills in stock companies in and around Chicago and New York City.
In the mid-1950s, he became a member of Chicago’s Compass Players, which later evolved into The Second City. While performing improvised sketches with Compass, Berman began to develop solo pieces, often employing an imaginary telephone to take the place of an onstage partner.
In 1957, Berman was hired as a comedian at Mister Kelly’s in Chicago, which led to other nightclub bookings, and a recording contract with Verve Records. His comedy albums earned him three gold records and he won the first Grammy Award for a spoken comedy recording. The first standup comedian to perform at Carnegie Hall, Berman appeared on numerous television specials and all of the major variety shows of the day.
He starred on Broadway in A Family Affair and continued with stage work in The Odd Couple, Damn Yankees, Where’s Charley?, Fiddler on the Roof, Two by Two, I’m Not Rappaport, La Cage aux Folles, The Prisoner of Second Avenue and Guys & Dolls.
Berman’s voice was used as the inspiration for the voice of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Fibber Fox, as performed by Daws Butler.
Berman portrayed the role of Mendel Sorkin in an episode of CBS’s Rawhide (“The Peddler”, 1962).
Berman performed both comedic and dramatic roles on television, including appearances on episodes of The Twilight Zone (both radio and TV versions), Bewitched, Peter Gunn, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Adam-12, Emergency!, Brothers, Night Court, MacGyver, L.A. Law, Friends, Walker, Texas Ranger, The King of Queens, Grey’s Anatomy, Boston Legal, Hannah Montana, CSI: NY and the revived Hawaii Five-0. He also had a recurring role on the short-lived sitcom Walter & Emily.
From 2002 to 2009, Berman appeared as Larry David’s aged father on Curb Your Enthusiasm, a role for which he received a 2008 Emmy Award nomination.
Among Berman’s film credits are Dementia (1955, with Shorty Rogers), The Best Man (1964, with Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson), Divorce American Style (1967, with Dick Van Dyke and Debbie Reynolds), Every Home Should Have One (1970, with Marty Feldman), Beware! The Blob (1972, with Robert Walker Jr.), Rented Lips (1988, with Martin Mull and Robert Downey Jr.), Teen Witch (1989, with Robyn Lively and Zelda Rubinstein), The Last Producer (2000, with Burt Reynolds), Meet the Fockers (2004, with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller), The Holiday (2006, with Cameron Diaz), and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008, with Adam Sandler).
Berman was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during World War II. Berman was married to Sarah Herman from April 19, 1947, until his death 70 years later on September 1, 2017. The two met while they were studying acting at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.
In the mid-1960s, Berman and wife Sarah adopted two children, son Joshua and daughter Rachel. The Bermans were planning Joshua’s bar mitzvah when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Joshua died on October 29, 1977, at age 12.
Berman authored three books, two plays, several television pilot scripts, and numerous poems. For over twenty years, Berman taught humor writing in the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, where he was a Lecturer Emeritus.
Berman and his wife were both enthusiastic supporters of the Motion Picture and Television Fund (located in Woodland Hills, California), a charitable organization that offers assistance and care to those in the motion picture and television industries with limited or no resources, and contribute their time and resources to the benefit of the facilities and the residents.
In the 1980s, Berman was one of the celebrities selected by the Canoga Park, California Chamber of Commerce to serve a term as Honorary Mayor of Canoga Park.
Berman died from Alzheimer’s disease-related complications at his home in Bell Canyon, California, in the early morning of September 1, 2017. He was 92 years old.
Comedian Steve Martin praised Berman on Twitter, thanking him for “changing modern stand-up [comedy].”
Richard Anderson August 8, 1926 – August 31, 2017
Richard Norman Anderson (August 8, 1926 – August 31, 2017) was an American film and television actor. Among his best-known roles was his portrayal of Oscar Goldman, the boss of Steve Austin (Lee Majors) and Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner) in both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman television series between 1974 and 1978 and their subsequent television movies: The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1987), Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989) and Bionic Ever After? (1994).
Anderson was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, the son of Olga (née Lurie) and Harry Anderson. Anderson served a tour of duty in the United States Army.
On the big screen, his many films included The Student Prince (1954) as Lucas, Forbidden Planet (1956), as Chief Engineer Quinn, and the World War I drama Paths of Glory (1957) directed by Stanley Kubrick, in which Anderson played the prosecuting attorney. He was Don Diego De La Vega’s joke-playing best friend and romantic rival, Ricardo Del Amo, on the Disney television series Zorro (1958–59). He was the object of the unrequited love of Clara Varner (Joanne Woodward) in The Long, Hot Summer (1958) and a suspicious military officer in Seven Days in May (1964).
In the 1960s, Anderson made appearances in 23 episodes of Perry Mason during the series’ final season as Police Lieutenant Steve Drumm, replacing the character of Lt. Tragg, played by Ray Collins, who died in 1965. Before he became a Perry Mason regular, he made guest appearances in two episodes: as defendant Edward Lewis in “The Case of the Accosted Accountant”, and Jason Foster in “The Case of the Paper Bullets” (both 1964).
He also appeared on The Untouchables, Stagecoach West, The Rifleman, Daniel Boone, Thriller, The Eleventh Hour, Redigo, Combat!, Twelve O’Clock High, I Spy, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Fugitive (as varied characters in several episodes; in the series’ 1967 finale he played the brother-in-law to the protagonist Dr. Richard Kimble), Bonanza, The Green Hornet, The Invaders, and The Big Valley. In 1961–62, Anderson co-starred with Marilyn Maxwell in an ABC production of Bus Stop. He guest-starred in the last episode of season 1 of Mission: Impossible (1966) as Judge Wilson Chase.
In 1965, he played Judge Lander, who clashes over courtroom fairness and frontier justice with a young woman, Kate Melville (Gloria Talbott), the daughter of a sheriff, Will Melville (Dick Foran), in the episode “Kate Melville and the Law” of the syndicated series, Death Valley Days.
Anderson first appeared as Oscar Goldman in the second episode of The Six Million Dollar Man (“Wine, Women, and War”, 1974). He would portray the character through the series’ end in 1978 as well as on the spinoff series The Bionic Woman for its entire run from 1976 to 1978. In addition, Anderson guest-starred on other TV series in the 1970s, including Hawaii Five-O, Gunsmoke, Ironside, Columbo and The Love Boat.
He appeared in the television movie, The Night Strangler as the villain, Dr. Richard Malcolm. Anderson was just as busy in the 1980s on Charlie’s Angels, Matt Houston, Knight Rider, Remington Steele, Cover Up, The A-Team, The Fall Guy, Simon & Simon, and Murder, She Wrote. He played murderer Ken Braddock in the first two-hour episode of the revived Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr, titled “Perry Mason Returns” (1985), Anderson had a recurring role as Senator Buck Fallmont on Dynasty from 1986 to 1987. He portrayed President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1987 miniseries, Hoover vs. The Kennedys.
In the 1990s, he served as narrator and a recurring guest star for Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. He served also as a commercial spokesperson for the Shell Oil Company in the United States, known as The Shell Answer Man. “The Shell Answer Man” appeared in commercials from 1976-82.
In 2007, Anderson was honored with a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.
Anderson died on August 31, 2017 in Beverly Hills, aged 91.
“Rollie” Massimino November 13, 1934 – August 30, 2017
Roland Vincent “Rollie” Massimino (November 13, 1934 – August 30, 2017) was an American basketball coach and player. He was the head men’s basketball coach at Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Florida, a position he had held since 2014, and at Northwood University from 2004-2014. Massimino previously served as the head men’s basketball coach at Stony Brook University (1969–1971), Villanova University (1973–1992), the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1992–1994), and Cleveland State University (1996–2003). At Villanova, he led his 1984–85 team to the NCAA Championship. Entering the 1985 NCAA Tournament as an eighth seed, Villanova defeated their heavily favored Big East Conference foe, the Georgetown Hoyas, who had Patrick Ewing, in the National Championship Game. The upset is widely regarded as one of the greatest in North American sports history.
Roland Massimino graduated from Hillside High School in Hillside, New Jersey, in 1952. He held a master’s degree equivalent in health and physical education from Rutgers University (1959) and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Vermont (1956). While a student at UVM, he became a member of the Alpha-Lambda Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
After graduating from the University of Vermont, where he played varsity basketball for three years, Massimino entered the coaching ranks in 1956. In 1959, he began a three-year tenure as an assistant coach at Cranford High School in Cranford, New Jersey.
Massimino took his first head coach position in 1962 at Hillside High School in New Jersey. With the support of high school All-American Bill Schutsky and others (Schutsky later captained the West Point basketball team), Massimino led the Comets to the state Group IV finals in 1963 and 1964. In both seasons, Hillside was defeated in the final playoff game by Newark’s Central High School. The Comets lost during both years to a team composed of taller players, despite pushing the thrilling 1963 championship game into double-overtime.
From there, Massimino moved to Lexington High School in Massachusetts. In 1965, he led the Lexington squad to a state championship and later led another to a 20–1 record. Along the way, Massimino was laying the foundation for an elite scholastic program which later dominated the Middlesex League, winning state titles in 1971, 1972, and 1978 along with league championships in 16 of the past 30 years.
In ten seasons as a high school coach, Massimino compiled a 160–61 record.
Massimino’s collegiate debut came in 1969 as head coach of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In his first season the Patriots (now Seawolves) won the conference championship after going 19–6, earning a berth in the NCAA small college tournament. Massimino’s next stop was as an assistant coach under Chuck Daly at the University of Pennsylvania.
Massimino left Penn in March 1973, succeeding Jack Kraft as head coach of Villanova and leading the 1984-85 Wildcats team to one of the greatest upsets in NCAA tournament history by knocking off top-seeded Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) in the 1985 NCAA Tournament Championship Game. The road to the finals proved an even greater challenge, kicking off with a win on #9-seed Dayton’s home court, followed by victories over #1-seed Michigan, #4-seed Maryland, #2-seed North Carolina, before culminating in a Final Four victory over #2-seeded Memphis State.
After Villanova’s unexpected championship run, Massimino was offered the job of head coach of the National Basketball Association New Jersey Nets, which he declined in order to devote more time to his family.
Massimino resigned from Villanova in 1992 to assume the head coaching job at UNLV. The initial hope was that he could restore the success and credibility of the UNLV program after the basketball team’s 1991–92 probation and the forced resignation of long-time coach Jerry Tarkanian. Two years later, Massimino was himself forced out when it was revealed that he and UNLV president Robert Maxson had cut a side deal to lift Massimino’s salary above the figure being reported to the state of Nevada and the state commission ruled that this had violated both state ethics laws, as well as UNLV rules.
Moving on to Cleveland State University in 1996, Massimino’s teams recorded a 90–113 record in his seven seasons as coach. Massimino’s contract was bought out following a series of off-court issues. These included several players with drug and alcohol problems, other players arrested for serious crimes, and allegations of academic fraud.
Massimino was the head coach of the men’s basketball team at Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Florida, members in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Massimino continued his role as coach when Northwood University sold its Florida campus to Keiser University. The 2005-06 Northwood team coached by Massimino was its inaugural season in The Sun Conference. In his first four seasons with the Seahawks, Massimino led Northwood to four FSC regular season titles, four appearances in the NAIA National tournament, and the Seahawks reached the Elite Eight in 2008. Massimino and the Seahawks have received bids to the NAIA tournament in all of his eight seasons at Northwood, with the team’s best finishes a place in the national semifinals in 2011 and a national runner-up finish in 2012. Through the end of the 2013-14 season, Massimino’s overall record at Northwood stands at 227–48 (.825 winning percentage).
On November 1, 2012, Massimino returned to Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky for the first time since his 1985 championship triumph, playing a preseason exhibition game against reigning NCAA Division I champions Kentucky. The game was played at the request of Massimino after indicating to Kentucky head coach John Calipari that the 2012–13 season could be his last in coaching. In a later interview, Massimino hedged somewhat, saying, “I don’t know if it’s my last [season]. I hope I can go another year or so.” Kentucky introduced Massimino with a video montage of the final minutes of Villanova’s 1985 victory.
On December 14, 2016, Massimino at 82 years old, reached coaching win number 800 when Keiser University defeated Trinity Baptist 77-47.
Massimino died on August 30, 2017 at his South Florida home after a bout with lung cancer
Larry Elgart March 20, 1922 – August 29, 2017
Lawrence Joseph Elgart (March 20, 1922 – August 29, 2017) was an American jazz bandleader. With his brother Les, he recorded “Bandstand Boogie”, the theme to the long-running dance show American Bandstand.
Elgart was born in 1922 in New London, Connecticut, four years younger than his brother, Les. Their mother was a concert pianist; their father played piano as well, though not professionally. Both brothers began playing in jazz ensembles in their teens, and while young Larry played with jazz musicians such as Charlie Spivak, Woody Herman, Red Norvo, Freddie Slack and Tommy Dorsey.
In the mid-1940s, Les and Larry started up their own ensemble, hiring Nelson Riddle, Bill Finegan and Ralph Flanagan to arrange tunes for them. Their ensemble was not successful, and after a few years, they scuttled the band and sold the arrangements they had commissioned to Tommy Dorsey. Both returned to sideman positions in various orchestras.
In 1953, Larry met Charles Albertine and recorded two of his experimental compositions, “Impressions of Outer Space” and “Music for Barefoot Ballerinas”. Released on 10″ vinyl, these recordings became collector’s items for fans of avant-garde jazz, but they were not commercially successful at the time. Larry and Albertine put together a more traditional ensemble and began recording them using precise microphone placements, producing what came to be known as the “Elgart sound”. This proved to be very commercially successful, and Larry enjoyed a run of successful albums and singles in the 1950s.
In 1954, the Elgarts left their permanent mark on music history in recording Albertine’s “Bandstand Boogie,” for the legendary television show originally hosted by Bob Horn, and two years later, Dick Clark. Clark took the show national, to ABC-TV, in 1956 and remained host for another 32 years. Variations of the original surfaced as the show’s theme in later years. Les and Larry reunited in 1963, but it would not last long. Les moved to Texas and performed for the rest of his life with The Les Elgart Orchestra while Larry continued to perform and record regularly for decades.
Larry’s biggest exposure came in 1982, with the smash success of a recording called “Hooked on Swing”. The instrumental was a medley of swing jazz hits – “In the Mood”, “Cherokee”, “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree”, “American Patrol”, “Sing, Sing, Sing”, “Don’t Be That Way”, “Little Brown Jug”, “Opus #1”, “Zing Went the Strings of My Heart” and “A String of Pearls” – that became so popular it even cracked the US Billboard Pop Singles chart (at #31) and Adult Contemporary chart (#20). This was the final hit for any artist in the year-long “medley craze,” that lasted from 1981 to 1982. Billed as “Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra,” the LP from which the tune was taken hit #24 on the US charts. The follow-up, Hooked on Swing 2, debuted at #89 on the album charts, and soon after Larry was back to the jazz touring circuit. He continued to tour internationally and record into the 2000s.
Elgart died on Longboat Key, Florida, at the age of 95.
“Jud” Heathcote May 27, 1927 – August 28, 2017
George Melvin “Jud” Heathcote (May 27, 1927 – August 28, 2017) was an American basketball player and coach. He was a college basketball head coach for 24 seasons: five at the University of Montana (1971–1976) and nineteen at Michigan State University (1976–1995). Heathcote coached Magic Johnson during his two years at Michigan State, concluding with the 1979 national championship season.
Born in Harvey, North Dakota, to Marion Grant Heathcote and Fawn (Walsh) Heathcote; his father was a coach, but died in a 1930 diphtheria epidemic. His mother was a teacher and moved to live with her parents in Manchester, Washington, west of Seattle.
Heathcote developed into a fine three-sport athlete at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, and after a year in the Navy V-5 program as World War II ended, he enrolled at Washington State College in Pullman and played basketball for the Cougars under head coach Jack Friel.
At age 44, Montana was the first for Heathcote as head coach of a college varsity program. Out of college, he coached for fourteen seasons at West Valley High School in Spokane, Washington, then at alma mater Washington State for seven years; five as freshman coach and two as frosh-varsity coach.
Montana had little historic success in the sport, but in his fourth season at Missoula in 1974–75, Heatcote led the Grizzlies to their first Big Sky Conference championship. They advanced to the NCAA Regionals, but lost by three in Portland in the Sweet Sixteen to eventual champion UCLA.
Heathcote was hired by Joseph Kearney in 1976 at Michigan State and began the most successful phase of his coaching career. In his third season in East Lansing, he guided the Spartans to the NCAA championship. Led on the court by sophomore Magic Johnson, MSU defeated the Larry Bird-led Indiana State Sycamores in the title game in Salt Lake City.
In his nineteen years at Michigan State, the Spartans made nine NCAA Tournament appearances and three National Invitation Tournament (NIT) appearances. As a coach, Heathcote was particularly noted for his excellent defensive strategies on the court and was second to none in blocking the opposing team from penetrating to the hoop. Heathcote retired after the 1994–95 season, having won 418 games and lost 275, for a .603 winning percentage. He was succeeded by Tom Izzo, a thirteen-year assistant coach and associate head coach for Heathcote’s final five seasons.
After retiring from coaching, Heathcote returned to Spokane, where he lived until his death. He played handball until well into his seventies, and continued to play recreational golf. While Heathcote continued to follow Michigan State during the college season, his primary basketball interest in his final years was the local Gonzaga University; he attended all Bulldogs home games, and had a monthly lunch with head coach Mark Few.
On August 28, 2017, Heathcote passed away at the age of 90. “Michigan State has lost one of its icons today,” current MSU Tom Izzo said in a statement. “And yet, nothing can erase his impact on the program, the players he coached and the coaches he mentored. Spartan basketball is what it is today because of Jud Heathcote.”
Janine Lino August 7th, 1984 – August 26th, 2017
Janine Lino August 7th, 1984 – August 26th, 2017 – Janine Lino, 33, of Sewell’s Point, Florida, passed away on August 26, 2017 at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, Fort Pierce, Florida.
She was a life long resident of Stuart, Florida.
She was a graduate of Martin County High School and had attended UCF.
She worked at “Big Apple Pizza”, a restaurant her father, Louis Lino, had established.
Survivors include her children, Joseph Louis Marshall and Sophia Rose Marshall, her mother Joan Lino; her sisters, Gia Lino and Christine Lino and her brother Louis E. Lino III. She was preceded in death by her father, Louis T. Lino in 2009.
Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City, Florida. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Entombment will follow immediately in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City.
For those who wish, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 39105, 800/822-6344 or on line at www.stjude.org
Jack Keil December 30, 1922 – August 25, 2017
John Mullan Keil December 30, 1922 – August 25, 2017 – McGruff the Crime Dog is an anthropomorphic animated dog created by Dancer Fitzgerald Sample through the Ad Council and later the National Crime Prevention Council to increase crime awareness and personal safety in the United States. McGruff costumes are used by police outreach efforts, often with children. McGruff was created by Sherry Nemmers and Ray Krivascy in 1979 and debuted in 1980 with a series of Public service announcements educating citizens on personal security measures, such as locking doors and putting lights on timers, in order to reduce crime. His name was selected as part of a nationwide contest in July 1980.
McGruff proved to be a successful campaign with over $100 million in free air time donated in the first year reaching over 50% of adults. McGruff campaigns continued over the years to cover topics such as child abduction, anti-drug messages, and anti-bullying campaigns. From 1982 to 2012, a number of municipalities participated in the McGruff house program which offered temporary haven to children fearing immediate harm. McGruff has continued to be well recognized with nine out of ten people recognizing him in a 2008 survey and recent campaigns against cyber-bullying and elder-crime.
John Mullan Keil, who went by Jack, was born in Rochester on Dec. 30, 1922. His father, Alvin, owned a charcoal company, and his mother, the former Elizabeth Mullan, was a homemaker.
He interrupted his studies at the University of Rochester to serve as a bombardier during World War II. He returned to graduate in 1944 with a degree in economics.
After an unsuccessful attempt to forge an acting career in New York — he was passionate about music and theater — he turned to copywriting, worked for a number of advertising firms before starting at Dancer.
Mr. Keil wrote two books on creativity in a corporate setting, “The Creative Mystique: How to Manage It, Nurture It and Make It Pay” (1985) and “How to Zig in a Zagging World: Unleashing Your Hidden Creativity” (1988).
In 1950 he married Barbara Miller, who died in 2014. In addition to his daughter, he is survived by a son, Nick; a brother, Richard; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Jack Keil, the advertising executive who created and gave voice to McGruff, the cartoon hound who exhorts Americans to “take a bite out of crime,” died on Aug. 25 at his home in Westminster West, Vt. He was 94.
His death was confirmed by his daughter, Betsy Kluck-Keil, who said he had recently learned that he had pancreatic cancer.
Mr. Keil worked on ad campaigns for Toyota, Cheerios and Life Savers during his years with the New York advertising agency Dancer Fitzgerald Sample (which was acquired by Saatchi & Saatchi in the 1980s). But his most enduring work began in 1979, when he spearheaded a pro bono campaign intended to educate Americans on how they could help reduce crime.
Mr. Keil (it rhymes with “smile”) decided to try a catchy slogan delivered by an animal mascot, similar to Smokey Bear, who reminds people to prevent forest fires. He told Smithsonian magazine in 1988 that he had considered an elephant, a deer and a cougar before the catchphrase and the dog character coalesced in his mind during a trip back to New York from the West Coast.
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“You can’t crush crime or defeat it altogether, but you can snap at it, nibble at it — take a bite out of crime!” he said. “And the animal that takes a bite is a dog.”
Mr. Keil took the idea to his team at Dancer and soon McGruff the Crime Dog, a lanky hound dressed in a trench coat with weary eyes and stubble, was born. Mr. Keil provided the voice, the raspy sound of a detective who had just finished a long, sleepless stakeout.
“He wasn’t vicious, not tremendously smart, maybe, but he was no wimp either,” Mr. Keil said. “He was a father figure, or possibly an uncle figure.”
The character made its debut in 1980, and the name McGruff was chosen in a national contest soon after.
At first McGruff advocated for small crime-fighting measures, like forming neighborhood watch groups, locking doors and leaving lights on to dissuade burglars. He later addressed drug abuse, gun violence, kidnapping and other crimes in public service campaigns in print, on television and on the internet. One commercial included a young Drew Barrymore.
Mr. Keil voiced most of those spots, including a brief segment with the talk show host Dick Cavett.
McGruff still represents the National Crime Prevention Council, as the nonprofit organization that commissioned him is now known, and he remains a familiar and trusted figure, especially with children. Three studies conducted for the council by market research firms indicated that 8 out of 10 children and 9 out of 10 adults recognized him.
Communities nationwide have had more real-world contact with McGruff than with most other mascots. People costumed as the character have made personal appearances to help thousands of police departments connect with the people they protect.
A real-life McGruff met President Ronald Reagan at the White House in 1984 and appeared on the sitcom “Webster” in 1986. (Mr. Keil did not serve as the voice for either.)
He continued to voice McGruff until recently.
Cecil Andrus August 25, 1931 – August 24, 2017
Cecil Dale Andrus (August 25, 1931 – August 24, 2017) was an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who was elected four times as Governor of Idaho and served for fourteen years (1971–77, 1987–95). He also served in Washington as U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 1977 to 1981, during the Carter Administration. Andrus lost his first gubernatorial election in 1966, but won four (in 1970, 1974, 1986, & 1990) and his 14 years as governor is the most in state history. Through 2017, he is the most recent Democrat to have held the office.
In public life, Andrus was noted for his strong conservationist and environmental views and accomplishments, and an Idaho wildlife preserve established in 1993 in Washington County is named the Cecil D. Andrus Wildlife Management Area in his honor.
Born in Hood River, Oregon on August 25, 1931, Andrus was the middle of three children of Hal Stephen and Dorothy May (Johnson) Andrus, with older brother Steve and younger sister Margaret. They later lived near Junction City, on a farm without electricity. During World War II, the family moved to Eugene in early 1942, when “Cece” was 11, where Hal (1906–2004) and his brother Bud opened a machine shop to refurbish sawmill equipment. Andrus graduated from Eugene High School in 1948 at age 16 and attended Oregon State College in Corvallis, where he majored in engineering in his freshman year.
At age 17, he got a good summer job with the local utility in 1949, and late in August, he eloped to Reno with Carol Mae May, his high school sweetheart. Andrus had just turned 18, and she was 16 months younger. He decided to keep working and not return to college. Following the outbreak of the Korean War, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves in February 1951, and served as an electronics technician aboard patrol aircraft until 1955. After his discharge from the Navy, Andrus moved to Orofino, where he worked in the timber industry in a variety of jobs at a sawmill his father co-owned. After the sawmill closed,
Andrus switched to the insurance industry in 1963, and moved his family down the Clearwater River to Lewiston in 1966.
In 1960, at age 28, and concerned over the local Republican state senator’s stance against needed education improvements in Idaho schools, particularly in rural areas of the state, Andrus filed as a Democrat to run against him and won, and was re-elected in 1962 and 1964 from Orofino (and Clearwater County).
Andrus first ran for governor in 1966, but was narrowly defeated in the Democratic primary by Charles Herndon, an attorney from Salmon.
Seven weeks before the November election, however, Herndon and two others died in a twin-engine private plane crash in the mountains six miles (10 km) northwest of Stanley, while en route from Twin Falls to Coeur d’Alene in mid-September. Andrus was appointed the nominee to take Herndon’s place on the ballot. He lost the general election to Republican Don Samuelson of Sandpoint by more than 11,000 votes, earning Andrus the unlikely distinction of losing both the primary and general election races for the same office in the same year. Andrus returned to the state senate two years later in 1968, representing Lewiston.
Undaunted by his earlier setback, Andrus defeated Samuelson by over 10,000 votes in a gubernatorial election rematch in 1970. This was attributed in large part to Andrus’ public opposition to proposals for development of molybdenum mining in central Idaho’s White Cloud Mountains, which Samuelson supported.
During his first term as governor, Andrus played a key role in winning support by the U.S. Congress for Federal designation of the Sawtooth Wilderness Area in the State of Idaho. Andrus was easily re-elected in 1974 with over 70% of the vote, defeating Republican Lieutenant Governor Jack M. Murphy of Shoshone by a record margin.
In 1974, Time magazine named Governor Andrus one of the “200 Faces for the Future”.
In January 1977, Andrus left his post as governor to serve as Secretary of the Interior for newly inaugurated President Jimmy Carter, whom he had known since both were freshman governors in 1971. Andrus became the first Idahoan to serve in a Presidential Cabinet. He was succeeded in Idaho by Lieutenant Governor John V. Evans, a Democrat who served nearly a decade, winning re-election in 1978 and in 1982.
Andrus also took a leadership role in securing Congressional passage of the Redwood National Park Expansion Act in 1978. which added 48,000 acres (75 sq mi; 190 km2) to Redwood National Park in California, in a major expansion to preserve remnants of the giant redwood forests there.
In 1979, when President Carter asked for the resignations of his entire Cabinet during an administration retreat at Camp David, the resignation of Andrus was not accepted. Andrus stayed on as Secretary of the Interior for the remainder of Carter’s presidency, and returned to Idaho after Carter’s term ended in January 1981.
Andrus wrote in his memoir about such a need for compromise relative to his successful, last-ditch efforts in securing passage of the Alaska Lands Act during the last month of the Carter Administration in December 1980, following Ronald Reagan’s election in November: “The environmental groups were initially hostile. I actually had to listen to the idiotic argument (from the Wilderness Society and Sierra Club’s paid Washington lobbyists) that they could get a better Alaska package out of Reagan and Watt.”
“Cooler heads quickly prevailed,” Andrus continues, “It proved the old adage that there’s nothing like a hanging in the morning to focus the mind. Even though we were creating tomorrow’s controversies, a 103-million acre [preservation] plan … was a lot better than nothing.”
After several years in private life following his return to Idaho in 1981, Andrus surprised many by seeking and recapturing the Idaho governorship in 1986, when he defeated Republican Lieutenant Governor David H. Leroy in a close open seat election. The incumbent since succeeding Andrus in 1977, Evans had chosen to run for the U.S. Senate, but lost.
During this second stint as governor, Andrus vigorously opposed federal efforts to store nuclear waste in Idaho. He also brokered a path-breaking agreement among land use and conservation interests to control water pollution from nonpoint sources to protect riparian and fish habitat in Idaho’s rivers and streams.
In September 1989, Andrus closed off the Idaho border to nuclear waste shipments from the federal government’s Rocky Flats site near Denver. He initially agreed to open a temporary dump near Idaho Falls to store waste until the federal government agreed to open a site near Carlsbad, New Mexico. When the federal government failed to open the Carlsbad site, Andrus refused to accept shipments of plutonium from Rocky Flats. Secretary of Energy James D. Watkins did not challenge Andrus’ authority to close the border.
In 1990, Andrus drew attention when he vetoed a bill, passed by the legislature, which “would have made abortion illegal except in cases of non-statutory rape reported within seven days, incest if the victim was under 18, severe fetal deformity or where the pregnancy posed a threat to the mother’s life.” Andrus was easily re-elected later that year against conservative Republican state senator Roger Fairchild of Fruitland, and won every county except Lemhi and Jefferson.
In his fourth and final term as governor, Andrus was again in the national spotlight due to the Endangered Species Act listing of several Snake River salmon species. These anadromous fish species spawn in their natal streams in Idaho and migrate seaward at a young age. Governor Andrus called attention to the downstream federal dams operated by the Army Corps of Engineers as the major culprit. His successful lawsuit against the federal government led to incremental changes in operations of the dams, and to continuing efforts for major conservationist modifications to the dams that are ongoing today.
On April 3, 1990, he signed House Bill 817 into law, creating two new types of felony crimes, defined new criminal investigation areas, provided the basis for opening ritual child abuse cases based upon probable cause, and provided a framework for extensive ritual child abuse investigation training throughout Idaho.
Despite remaining personally popular, Andrus did not seek a fifth term in 1994. At his death in 2017, he was the eleventh longest-serving governor in U.S. history. Andrus was succeeded by Phil Batt of Wilder, the first Republican to win a gubernatorial election in Idaho since 1966; he served a single term and did not seek a second in 1998. Andrus’ re-election in 1990 was the sixth straight gubernatorial win by Democrats in Idaho (Evans in 1978, 1982), but is the most recent; Republicans have since won six consecutive, through 2014.
Andrus died on August 24, 2017 in Boise, on what would have been the eve of his 86th birthday, after battling complications from lung tumour a form type of lung cancer he wasn’t a heavy smoker for the rest of his life.
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Jay Thomas July 12, 1948 – August 24, 2017
Jon Thomas Terrell (July 12, 1948 – August 24, 2017), professionally known as Jay Thomas, was an American actor, comedian, and morning radio personality. He was heard in New York from 1976-79 on Top 40 station 99X, and later on Rhythmic CHR station WKTU, and in Los Angeles beginning in 1986 on KPWR “Power 106”, where he hosted the station’s top-rated morning show until 1993. His notable television work included his co-starring role as Remo DaVinci on Mork & Mindy (1979–81), the recurring role of Eddie LeBec on Cheers (1987–89), the lead character Jack Stein on Love & War (1992–95), and a repeat guest role as Jerry Gold on Murphy Brown. He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 1990 and 1991 for portraying Gold.
In 1997, he starred in the television film Killing Mr. Griffin, based on the eponymous novel. In film, he co-starred in Mr. Holland’s Opus and portrayed The Easter Bunny in The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3. He was also an annual guest on The Late Show with David Letterman during the Christmas season, where he told a story about how he met Clayton Moore, who portrayed the title character on The Lone Ranger. Beginning in 2005, he hosted The Jay Thomas Show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, which aired every Friday afternoon on Howard 101.
Thomas was born in Kermit, Texas, to Katharine (née Guzzino) and T. Harry Terrell. He was raised in his Italian American mother’s Catholic religion; his father was Protestant. Thomas was raised in New Orleans. He attended and graduated from Jesuit High School in New Orleans.
Thomas made his annual Christmastime appearance with David Letterman for the first time in December 1998. Letterman and one of his other guests that evening, then-New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde, took turns tossing footballs at the Christmas tree across the stage, atop which sat a large meatball. As the two tried to knock off the meatball and failed repeatedly, Thomas came out, decided to join in the festivities, and knocked the meatball off of the tree. (Thomas had played quarterback on his college football team.)
When Letterman talked with Thomas later on, Thomas told a story about when he was a young disc jockey at WAYS 610AM in Charlotte, North Carolina. Thomas had been making a promotional appearance at a local car dealership which had also booked Clayton Moore to make an appearance, dressed in his Lone Ranger costume.
As the story goes, after the appearance Thomas, who at the time sported what he referred to as a “white man’s Afro”, and his friend, who was wearing high heeled shoes, tight pants, and a tie-dyed shirt, went off to get “herbed up” (smoke marijuana) behind a dumpster, after the broadcast ended. When they returned to pack up their equipment, they discovered that Moore was still there, as the car that was supposed to drive him to the Red Carpet Inn on Morehead Street (some years he would say the Red Roof Inn) never arrived. Thomas offered Moore a ride in his old Volvo, and Moore accepted. As they were sitting in traffic, an impatient middle-aged man backed his Buick into the front end of Thomas’ car, broke a headlight, and drove away.
Thomas gave chase to the Buick through heavy traffic, finally caught up to the man, and confronted him about the damage. The indignant driver denied breaking the headlight, and Thomas threatened to call the police. The man said nobody would believe their story because Thomas and his friend looked like “two hippy freaks”. At that moment, Thomas said that Moore, who was still in costume as the Lone Ranger, got out of the car and said to the man, “They’ll believe me, citizen!”
For every year thereafter, with the exception of 2013, Thomas appeared to re-tell the Lone Ranger story and once again attempt what Letterman calls the “Late Show Quarterback Challenge”. For the final appearance of the story in 2014, Thomas was again successful in knocking the meatball off the top of the tree. Thomas missed the 2013 Late Show Christmas episode due to surgery on his throat; John McEnroe took his place and told the Lone Ranger story, then tried, unsuccessfully, to knock the meatball off the tree by hitting tennis balls at it.
Thomas fathered J. T. Harding in an out-of-wedlock relationship, and the child was adopted by another family in Michigan. Thomas and his son spoke about their reunion on the Dr. Phil Show. Harding was the lead singer of the band JTX and is a country music songwriter. Thomas married Sally Michelson in 1987. They had two sons, Samuel and Jacob.
He died of cancer on August 24, 2017 at the age of 69, with his wife and three sons by his side.
John Longo September 19, 1929 – August 23, 2017
John A. Longo Jr. September 19, 1929 – August 23, 2017 – John A. Longo Jr. of Stuart, Florida, formerly of Rockville Centre, New York, passed away on August 23, 2017 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was 87.
The son of the late John and Blanche Longo of Flushing, New York, John is survived by his best friend and beloved wife of 67 wonderful years, Joan E. Longo (nee Mulligan). John is also survived by his daughters, Suzanne Dombrowski (Joseph) of Goshen, New York, Elaine Gooding (Robert) of Spotsylvania, Virginia, Lisa Feldschuh (Mitchell) of Long Beach, New York and Allison Longo of Malverne, New York. His son, Paul Longo (Lee Anne) of Jersey City, New Jersey. Grandchildren, Ross Dombrowski of Weehawken, New Jersey, John Dombrowski of Goshen, New York, Robert Gooding (Heather) of Spotsylvania, Virginia, Matthew Gooding (Allie) of Maryville, Tennessee, Jeremy Feldschuh of Long Beach, New York and Alexandra and Ryan Carra of Malverne, New York. Three great-grandchildren, Adalyn, Landon and Damon Gooding. John is also survived by his sister Alice Reed, nephew John Reed, great-nephew Johnny Reed and great-niece Summer Reed. He was pre-deceased by his daughter Gail.
John met Joan at the New York Telephone Company where he had a successful 42 year career. He was an avid sailor, both on Long Island and in Florida, and an amateur chef. He will be forever missed but will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Christopher Catholic Church, 15001 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, Florida. Burial will be private.
John Abercrombie December 16, 1944 – August 22, 2017
John Laird Abercrombie (December 16, 1944 – August 22, 2017) was an American jazz guitarist, composer and bandleader. His work explored jazz fusion, post bop, free jazz and avant-garde jazz. Abercrombie studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He recorded his debut album, Timeless with Manfred Eicher’s ECM label, and recorded principally with this label since then. Abercrombie played with Billy Cobham, Ralph Towner, Jack DeJohnette, Charles Lloyd, Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker. He was known for his spare, understated and eclectic style and his work with organ trios.
John Abercrombie was born on December 16, 1944, in Port Chester, New York. He picked up the guitar at the age of 14. He began by playing along to Chuck Berry, but discovered jazz by listening to Barney Kessel. He attended Berklee College of Music from 1962 to 1966 and studied under famed guitar educator Jack Petersen. He often played with other students at Paul’s Mall, a jazz club in Boston connected to the larger club Jazz Workshop. The gigs at Paul’s Mall facilitated meetings with organist Johnny Hammond Smith and the Brecker Brothers (saxophone player Michael Brecker and his brother, trumpet player Randy Brecker). Smith asked Abercrombie to play with him, and they performed at Boston’s Big M club as well as on tour.
Abercrombie graduated from Berklee in 1967 and briefly attended North Texas State University before moving to New York in 1969. He quickly became one of the “most in-demand session players,” recording with Gil Evans in 1974, Gato Barbieri in 1971, and Barry Miles in 1972 among others. In 1969, he joined Dreams, one of the first jazz-rock bands, which rose to prominence in the late 60s and early 70s and featured the Brecker Brothers and drummer Billy Cobham. He also recorded on several of Cobham’s albums, Crosswinds, Total Eclipse and Shabazz. Abercrombie’s following began to grow at this point, largely due to Dreams’s growing success. They shared billing with such rock acts as the Doobie Brothers, and Abercrombie found his career taking a direction he had not expected. “One night we appeared at the Spectrum in Philadelphia and I thought, ‘what am I doing here?’. It just didn’t compute.”
In 1973 Manfred Eicher, the German producer and founder of ECM Records, invited Abercrombie to record for ECM. Abercrombie recorded his first solo album, Timeless, in 1974 with drummer Jack DeJohnette and Hammond organist Jan Hammer. The album was well received and critically acclaimed and marked the beginning of his fruitful relationship with ECM. The label’s understated, subdued music was representative of the music Abercrombie continued to make throughout his career. In 1975 he formed the band Gateway with DeJohnette and bassist Dave Holland, recording the albums Gateway (1976) and Gateway II (1978).
Abercrombie continued to tour and record and remained associated with ECM, with whom he had a relationship for more than 40 years. While firmly grounded in the jazz guitar tradition, he also experimented with electronic effects. As he said in an interview, “I’d like people to perceive me as having a direct connection to the history of jazz guitar, while expanding some musical boundaries.”
Abercrombie died of heart failure in Cortlandt Manor, New York, at the age of 72.
Connie Imler February 5th, 1951 – August 21st, 2017
Connie A. Imler February 5th, 1951 – August 21st, 2017 – Connie Ann Imler, 66, of Hobe Sound, Florida on August 20, 2017 at the Martin Medical Center, Stuart, Florida.
Born in Van Wert, Ohio, she had been a resident of Hobe Sound for 3 years coming from West Palm Beach, Florida.
She had been a certified nurse’s assistant with Nightingale Private Care. She was a member of Westgate New Testament Church, West Palm Beach.
Survivors include her daughter Rachel Nicholls and her husband Joe of Stuart, Florida; her grandchildren, Robby Poulette, Holly Poulette. Colton Poulette and Caylin Poulette; her great granddaughter, Isabelle Ashley; her brothers, Russell Imler and his wife Charlene of Ohio and Jeff Imler of West Palm Beach and her sisters, Rebecca King and her husband Frank of West Palm Beach and Dinah Atwell and her husband John of North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her sister, Linda Sanders and her brother, Lex Imler.
Steve O’Shei October 26, 1960 – August 20, 2017
Stephen O’Shei October 26, 1960 – August 20, 2017 – Steve O’Shei passed peacefully on Sunday, August 20 after a long battle with cancer.
Prior to his passing Steve was employed as a plumber and dedicated to his profession and employer.
He was loved by all who knew him and will be missed by many friends. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Donna, daughter Casey of Jackman Maine, sister Karen of Portland Maine, step-mother Louise of Topsham Maine, brother Kevin of Bowdoin Maine, brother Holland of Texas, step sons Kyle, Joseph and Aaron, sister-in-law Pamela McDonald (Michael McDonald) of St. Peters Mo., and his best friend, Rocco who was a faithful companion for 7 years.
Steve enjoyed fishing, going to the flea market, spending time with his family and friends while listening to music while sipping on a bud. He was a devoted husband and kind man. The world is a better place for having Steve in it.
A private celebration of life is being held at his residence on Saturday, September 2nd.
Donations in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Jerry Lewis March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis (born Joseph or Jerome Levitch, depending on the source; March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017) was an American actor, comedian, singer, film producer, film director, screenwriter and humanitarian. He was known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He and Dean Martin were partners as the hit popular comedy duo of Martin and Lewis. Following that success, he was a solo star in motion pictures, nightclubs, television shows, concerts, album recordings and musicals.
Lewis served as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and hosted the live Labor Day broadcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon for 44 years. He received several awards for lifetime achievement from the American Comedy Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Venice Film Festival and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Lewis was born on March 16, 1926, at Newark Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, to Russian Jewish parents. His father, Daniel Levitch (1902–80), was a master of ceremonies and vaudeville entertainer who used the professional name Danny Lewis. His mother, Rachel (“Rae”) Levitch (née Brodsky), was a piano player for a radio station. Lewis started performing at age five and would often perform alongside his parents in the Catskill Mountains in New York State. By 15, he had developed his “Record Act” in which he exaggeratedly mimed the lyrics to songs on a phonograph.
He used the professional name Joey Lewis but soon changed it to Jerry Lewis to avoid confusion with comedian Joe E. Lewis and heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis. Lewis then dropped out of Irvington High School in the tenth grade. He was a “character” even in his teenage years, pulling pranks in his neighborhood including sneaking into kitchens to steal fried chicken and pies. During World War II, he was rejected for military service because of a heart murmur.
Lewis initially gained attention as part of a double act with singer Dean Martin, who served as straight man to Lewis’ zany antics in the Martin and Lewis comedy team. The performers were different from most other comedy acts of the time because they relied on their interaction instead of planned skits. After forming in 1946, they quickly rose to national prominence, first with their popular nightclub act, next as stars of their own radio program. The two men made many appearances on early live television, their first on the June 20, 1948, debut broadcast of Toast of the Town on CBS (later officially renamed The Ed Sullivan Show on September 25, 1955).
Martin and Lewis in an episode of The Colgate Comedy Hour
This was followed on October 3, 1948, by an appearance on the NBC series Welcome Aboard, then a stint as the first of a series of hosts of The Colgate Comedy Hour in 1950. Just before appearing on The Colgate Comedy Hour, Lewis hired Norman Lear and Ed Simmons to become regular writers for the Martin and Lewis bits. The duo began their Paramount film careers as ensemble players in My Friend Irma (1949), based on the popular radio series of the same name. This was followed by a sequel My Friend Irma Goes West (1950).
Martin and Lewis in 1955
Starting with At War with the Army (1950), Martin and Lewis were the stars of their own vehicles in fourteen additional titles, That’s My Boy (1951), Sailor Beware (1952), Jumping Jacks (1952; also appearing in the Crosby and Hope film, Road to Bali as cameos), The Stooge (1952), Scared Stiff (1953), The Caddy (1953), Money from Home (1953), Living It Up (1954), 3 Ring Circus (1954), You’re Never Too Young (1955), Artists and Models (1955) and Pardners (1956) at Paramount, ending with Hollywood or Bust (1956). All sixteen movies were produced by Hal B. Wallis. Attesting to the comedy team’s popularity, DC Comics published the best-selling The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comics from 1952 to 1957. In 1954, the team appeared on episode 191 of What’s My Line? as mystery guests. As Martin’s roles in their films became less important over time, the partnership came under strain. Martin’s participation became an embarrassment in 1954 when Look magazine published a publicity photo of the team for the magazine cover but cropped Martin out. The partnership ended on July 24, 1956.
Both Martin and Lewis went on to successful solo careers, and neither would comment on the split nor consider a reunion. They made occasional public appearances together until 1961, but were not seen together again until a surprise reunion on a Muscular Dystrophy Telethon in 1976, arranged by Frank Sinatra. The pair eventually reconciled in the late 1980s after the death of Martin’s son, Dean Paul Martin, in 1987. The two men were seen together on stage for the last time when Martin was making what would be his final live performance at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 1989. Lewis wheeled out a cake for Martin’s 72nd birthday, sang “Happy Birthday” to him, and joked, “Why we broke up, I’ll never know.”
After his partnership with Martin ended, he and his wife Patty took a vacation in Las Vegas to consider the direction of his career. He felt his life was in a crisis state: “I was unable to put one foot in front of the other with any confidence. I was completely unnerved to be alone …” While there, he received an urgent request from his friend Sid Luft, who was Judy Garland’s husband and manager, saying that she couldn’t perform that night in Las Vegas because of strep throat, and asking Lewis to fill in. However, Lewis had not sung on a stage since he was five years old, twenty-five years before. But he appeared before the audience of a thousand nonetheless, doing jokes and clowning with the audience while Garland sat off-stage, watching. He then sang a rendition of a song he’d learned as a child, “Rock-A-Bye Baby”, along with “Come Rain or Come Shine.” Lewis recalled, “When I was done, the place exploded. I walked off the stage knowing I could make it on my own…” At his wife’s pleading, Lewis used his own money to record the songs on a single.
Capitol Records heard it and insisted he do an album. The album, Jerry Lewis Just Sings, went to number 3 on the Billboard charts, staying near the top for four months and selling a million and a half copies. Having now proven he could sing and do live shows, he began performing regularly at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas beginning in late 1956, which marked a turning point in his life and career. The Sands signed him for five years, to perform six weeks each year, and paid him the same amount they had paid Martin and Lewis as a team. The critics gave him positive reviews: “Jerry was wonderful. He has proved that he can be a success by himself,” wrote one. He appeared on his first solo television show for NBC in January 1957, followed by performances for clubs in Miami, New York, Chicago and Washington. In February he followed Judy Garland at the Palace Theater in New York; ex-partner Martin called during this period to wish him the best of luck. “I’ve never been happier,” said Lewis. “I have peace of mind for the first time.”
Lewis rose to stardom as a solo act in television and movies starting with the first of six appearances on What’s My Line? from 1956 to 1966, then starred in “The Jazz Singer” episode of Startime. Lewis remained at Paramount and became a comedy star in his own right with his first film as a solo comic, The Delicate Delinquent (1957). Meanwhile, DC Comics published a new comic book series titled The Adventures of Jerry Lewis, running from 1957 to 1971. Teaming with director Frank Tashlin, whose background as a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon director suited Lewis’s brand of humor, he starred in five more films, The Sad Sack (1957), Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958), The Geisha Boy (1958), Don’t Give Up The Ship (1959) and even appeared uncredited as Itchy McRabbitt in Li’l Abner (1959). By the end of his contract with producer Hal B. Wallis, Lewis had several productions of his own under his belt. In 1959, a contract between Paramount Pictures and Jerry Lewis Productions was signed specifying a payment of $10 million plus 60% of the profits for 14 films over a seven-year period. In 1960, Lewis finished his contract with Wallis with Visit to a Small Planet (1960) and wrapped up work on his own production Cinderfella, which was postponed for a Christmas 1960 release and Paramount, needing a quickie feature film for its summer 1960 schedule, held Lewis to his contract to produce one.
Lewis came up with The Bellboy (1960). Using the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami as his setting—and on a small budget, with a very tight shooting schedule, and no script—Lewis shot the film by day and performed at the hotel in the evenings. Bill Richmond collaborated with him on the many sight gags. Lewis later revealed that Paramount was not happy financing a ‘silent movie’ and withdrew backing. Lewis used his own funds to cover the $950,000 budget. Lewis would next star in an episode of Celebrity Golf. During production Lewis pioneered the technique of using video cameras and multiple closed circuit monitors, which allowed him to review his performance instantly. His techniques and methods of video assist, documented in his book and his USC class, enabled him to complete most of his films on time and under budget. He popularized the practice, though he did not explicitly invent it. Lewis followed The Bellboy by directing several more films that he co-wrote with Richmond while some were directed by Tashlin, including The Ladies Man (1961), The Errand Boy (1961), It’s Only Money (1962) and The Nutty Professor (1963). Lewis did a cameo appearance in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). Further on, more Lewis films were Who’s Minding the Store? (1963), The Patsy (1964) and The Disorderly Orderly (1964). Also in 1961, Lewis guest starred in an episode of The Garry Moore Show. Lewis hosted two different versions of The Jerry Lewis Show (a 1963 lavish, big-budget 13-week show for ABC and a 1967 one-hour variety show for NBC).
Lewis directed and co-wrote The Family Jewels (1965) about a young heiress who must choose among six uncles, one of whom is up to no good and out to harm the girl’s beloved bodyguard who practically raised her. Lewis played all six uncles and the bodyguard. Lewis would next appear in Boeing Boeing (1965). Also in 1965, Lewis made television appearances on Ben Casey, The Andy Williams Show and Hullabaloo. By 1966, Lewis, then 40, was no longer an angular juvenile, his routines seemed more labored and his box office appeal waned to the point where Paramount Pictures new executives felt no further need for the Lewis comedies and did not wish to renew his 1959 profit sharing contract. Undaunted, Lewis packed up and went to Columbia Pictures, where he made Three On A Couch (1966), then appeared in Way…Way Out (1966) for 20th Century Fox. During 1966, Lewis guest starred in Batman, Password and in a pilot for Sheriff Who. Lewis continued with more movies, such as The Big Mouth (1967) and Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968).
Lewis appeared on an episode of Playboy After Dark. He then starred in Hook, Line & Sinker (1969). Lewis taught a film directing class at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for a number of years and his students included Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. In 1968, he screened Spielberg’s early film Amblin’ and told his students, “That’s what filmmaking is all about.” In 1970, Lewis guest appeared on The Red Skelton Show, then directed an episode of The Bold Ones. Lewis guest starred in an episode of The Engelbert Humperdinck Show.
He then directed and made his first offscreen voice performance as a bandleader in One More Time (1970), which starred Sammy Davis Jr. (a friend of Lewis) and also produced, directed and starred in Which Way to the Front? (1970). He would then make and star in the unreleased The Day the Clown Cried (1972), a drama set in a Nazi concentration camp. Lewis rarely discusses the film, but once suggested that litigation over post-production finances prevented the film’s completion and release. However, he admitted during his book tour for Dean and Me that a major factor for the film’s burial is that he is not proud of the effort. In 1973, Lewis was a guest on The Dick Cavett Show, then appeared on Celebrity Sportsman in 1974. Lewis appeared in a revival of Hellzapoppin’ with Lynn Redgrave in 1976, but it closed on the road before reaching Broadway. In 1979, Lewis guest hosted (as ringmaster) in Circus of the Stars.
After an absence of 11 years, Lewis returned to film in Hardly Working (1981), a movie in which he both directed and starred. Despite being panned by critics, it eventually earned $50 million. Lewis next appeared in Martin Scorsese’s film The King of Comedy (1983), in which he portrayed a late-night television host plagued by two obsessive fans, played by Robert De Niro and Sandra Bernhard. Lewis guest hosted Saturday Night Live and also appeared in Cracking Up a.k.a. Smorgasbord (1983) and Slapstick (Of Another Kind) (1984). In France, Lewis starred in both To Catch a Cop a.k.a. The Defective Detective (1984) and How Did You Get In? We Didn’t See You Leave (1984). Lewis has stated that as long as he has control over distribution of those movies, they will never have an American release. Meanwhile, a syndicated talk show Lewis hosted for Metromedia in 1984 was not continued beyond the scheduled five shows.
Lewis starred in the ABC televised drama movie Fight For Life (1987) with Patty Duke. He starred in five episodes of Wiseguy, then appeared in Cookie (1989). Lewis had a cameo in Mr. Saturday Night (1992) then in 1993, guest appeared in an episode of Mad About You as an eccentric billionaire. Lewis made his Broadway debut, as a replacement cast member playing the devil in a revival of Damn Yankees, choreographed by Rob Marshall. while also starring in the film Arizona Dream (1994), as a car salesman uncle. Lewis then starred as a father of a young comic in Funny Bones (1995). In 2003, Lewis did a guest voice as Professor Frink’s dad in an episode of The Simpsons then in 2006, guest appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Lewis has remained popular in France, evidenced by consistent praise by French critics in the magazine Cahiers du Cinéma for his absurd comedy, in part because he had gained respect as an auteur who had total control over all aspects of his films, comparable to Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock. Liking Lewis has long been a common stereotype about the French in the minds of many English-speakers, and is often the object of jokes in English-speaking world pop culture. “That Americans can’t see Jerry Lewis’s genius is bewildering,” says N. T. Binh, a French film magazine critic. Such bewilderment was the basis of the book Why the French Love Jerry Lewis. In 2012, Lewis directed a musical theatre version of The Nutty Professor at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville from July 31 to August 19 over the summer. In Brazil, Lewis appeared in Till Luck Do Us Part 2 (2013). He then next starred in a small role in the crime drama The Trust (2016). Lewis made a comeback in a lead role in Max Rose (2016).
In December 2016, Lewis expressed interest in making another film.
Throughout his entire adult life and career, Lewis was a world-renowned humanitarian who supported fundraising for research into muscular dystrophy. Until 2011, he served as national chairman of and spokesman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (formerly, the Muscular Dystrophy Associations of America). Lewis began hosting telethons to benefit the company from 1952 to 1959, then every Labor Day weekend from 1966 to 2010, he hosted the annual live Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (also referred to as Jerry Lewis Extra Special Special, Jerry Lewis Super Show and Jerry Lewis Stars Across America). Over nearly half a century, he raised over $2.6 billion in donations for the cause.
On August 3, 2011, it was announced that Lewis would no longer host the MDA telethons and is no longer associated with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. On May 1, 2015, it was announced that in view of “the new realities of television viewing and philanthropic giving”, the telethon was being discontinued. In early 2016, Lewis broke a five-year silence by making an online video statement for the organization on its website in honor of its rebranding, marking his first (and as it turned out, his final) appearance in support of MDA since his last telethon in 2010 and the end of his tenure as national chairman in 2011.
Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, at 9:15 a.m. on August 20, 2017, at the age of 91.
Vito Cupertino February 14, 1923 – August 19, 2017
Vito Robert Cupertino February 14, 1923 – August 19, 2017 – Vito is preceded by his beloved brother Philp Cupertino and sister-in-law Olga Cupertino, his loving sister Evelyn Colesanti and her husband Eugene. Vito has two children, Santina Cupertino and a son Frank. He has 3 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
A small service will be held across the street from his community Poppleton Creek called Martin Funeral Home at a later date. Everyone is welcome to come and say their farewell to Vito.
Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997, (772) 403-4506 or Martin County Humane Society
“Dick” Gregory October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017
Richard Claxton “Dick” Gregory (October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017) was an American civil rights activist, social critic, writer, entrepreneur, comedian, conspiracy theorist, and occasional actor. During the turbulent 1960s, Gregory became a pioneer in stand-up comedy for his “no-holds-barred” sets, in which he mocked bigotry and racism. He primarily performed at segregated clubs to black audiences until 1961, when he became the first black comedian to successfully cross over to white audiences, appearing on television and putting out comedy record albums.
Gregory was at the forefront of political activism in the 1960s, protesting the Vietnam War and racial injustice. He was arrested multiple times and went on a hunger strike. He later became a motivational speaker and author, primarily promoting spirituality.
In August 2017, Gregory died of heart failure at a Washington, D.C. hospital at age 84
Gregory was a student who excelled at running, and was aided by teachers at Sumner High School, among them Warren St. James. Gregory earned a track scholarship to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. There he set school records as a half-miler and miler. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. His college career was interrupted for two years in 1954 when he was drafted into the United States Army. The Army was where he got his start in comedy, entering and winning several Army talent shows at the urging of his commanding officer, who had taken notice of Gregory’s penchant for joking. In 1956, Gregory briefly returned to SIU after his discharge, but dropped out because he felt that the university “didn’t want me to study, they wanted me to run.”
In the hopes of performing comedy professionally, Gregory moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he became part of a new generation of black comedians that included Nipsey Russell, Bill Cosby, and Godfrey Cambridge, all of whom broke with the minstrel tradition that presented stereotypical black characters. Gregory drew on current events, especially racial issues, for much of his material: “Segregation is not all bad. Have you ever heard of a collision where the people in the back of the bus got hurt?
Gregory began his career as a comedian while serving in the military in the mid 1950s. He served in the army for a year and a half at Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Lee in Virginia, and Fort Smith in Arkansas. He was drafted in 1954 while attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale. After being discharged in 1956 he returned to the university but did not receive a degree. With a desire to perform comedy professionally, he moved to Chicago.
In 1958, Gregory opened a nightclub called the Apex Club in Illinois. The club failed, landing Gregory in financial hardship. In 1959, Gregory landed a job as master of ceremonies at the Roberts Show Club.
Gregory performed as a comedian in small, primarily black-patronized nightclubs, while working for the United States Postal Service during the daytime. He was one of the first black comedians to gain widespread acclaim performing for white audiences. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Gregory describes the history of black comics as limited: “Blacks could sing and dance in the white night clubs but weren’t allowed to stand flat-footed and talk to white folks, which is what a comic does.”
In 1961, while working at the black-owned Roberts Show Bar in Chicago, he was spotted by Hugh Hefner performing the following material before a largely white audience:
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I understand there are a good many Southerners in the room tonight. I know the South very well. I spent twenty years there one night.
Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant and this white waitress came up to me and said, “We don’t serve colored people here.” I said, “That’s all right. I don’t eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.”
Then these three white boys came up to me and said, “Boy, we’re giving you fair warning. Anything you do to that chicken, we’re gonna do to you.” So I put down my knife and fork, I picked up that chicken and I kissed it. Then I said, “Line up, boys!”
Gregory attributed the launch of his career to Hefner who, based on that performance, hired Gregory to work at the Chicago Playboy Club as a replacement for comedian “Professor” Irwin Corey.
Gregory’s first television appearance was on the late night show Tonight Starring Jack Paar. He soon began appearing nationally and on television.
Early in Dick Gregory’s career, he was offered an engagement on Tonight Starring Jack Paar. Paar’s show was known for helping propel entertainers to the next level of their careers. At the time, black comics did perform on the show, but were never asked to stay after their performances to sit on the famous couch and talk with the host. Dick Gregory declined the invitation to perform on the show several times until finally Paar called him to find out why he refused to perform on the show. Eventually, in order to have Gregory perform, the producers agreed to allow him to stay after his performance and talk with the host on air. This was a first in the show’s history. Dick Gregory’s interview on Tonight Starring Jack Paar spurred conversations across America
Gregory was number 82 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of all time and had his own star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
Gregory in 2015
He was a former co-host with radio personality Cathy Hughes, and was a frequent morning guest, on WOL 1450 AM talk radio’s “The Power”, the flagship station of Hughes’ Radio One. He also appeared regularly on the nationally syndicated Imus in the Morning program.
Gregory appeared as “Mr. Sun” on the television show Wonder Showzen (the third episode, entitled “Ocean”, aired in 2005). As Chauncey, a puppet character, imbibes a hallucinogenic substance, Mr. Sun warns, “Don’t get hooked on imagination, Chauncey. It can lead to terrible, horrible things.” Gregory also provided guest commentary on the Wonder Showzen Season One DVD. Large segments of his commentary were intentionally bleeped out, including the names of several dairy companies, as he made potentially defamatory remarks concerning ill effects that the consumption of cow milk has on human beings.
Gregory attended and spoke at the funeral of James Brown on December 30, 2006, in Augusta, Georgia.
Gregory was an occasional guest on the Mark Thompson’s Make It Plain Sirius Channel 146 Radio Show from 3pm to 6pm PST.
Gregory appeared on The Alex Jones Show on September 14, 2010, March 19, 2012, and April 1, 2014.
Gregory gave the keynote Address for Black History Month at Bryn Mawr College on February 28, 2013. His take-away message to the students was to never accept injustice.
Once I accept injustice, I become injustice. For example, paper mills give off a terrible stench. But the people who work there don’t smell it. Remember, Dr. King was assassinated when he went to work for garbage collectors. To help them as workers to enforce their rights. They couldn’t smell the stench of the garbage all around them anymore. They were used to it. They would eat their lunch out of a brown bag sitting on the garbage truck. One day, a worker was sitting inside the back of the truck on top of the garbage, and got crushed to death because no one knew he was there.
In 2013, Dick Gregory continued to be a ringing voice of the black power movement. Recently, he was featured in a Fantagraphics book by Pat Thomas entitled Listen, Whitey: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965–1975, which uses the political recordings of the Civil Rights era to highlight sociopolitical meanings throughout the movement. Dick Gregory is known for comedic performances that not only made people laugh, but mocked the establishment. According to Thomas, Dick Gregory’s monologues reflect a time when entertainment needed to be political to be relevant, which is why he included his standup in the collection. Dick Gregory is featured along with the likes of Huey P. Newton, Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr., Langston Hughes and Bill Cosby.
Joe Morton played Dick Gregory in 2016 in the play Turn Me Loose at the Westside Theatre in Manhattan.
Gregory met his wife Lillian Smith at an African-American club; they married in 1959. They had 11 children (including one son, Richard Jr., who died at two months): Michele, Lynne, Pamela, Paula, Stephanie (a.k.a. Xenobia), Gregory, Christian, Miss, Ayanna, and Yohance. He was criticized for being an absent father. In a 2000 interview with The Boston Globe, Gregory was quoted as saying, “People ask me about being a father and not being there. I say, ‘Jack the Ripper had a father. Hitler had a father. Don’t talk to me about family.'”
Active in the Civil Rights Movement, on October 7, 1963, Gregory came to Selma, Alabama, and spoke for two hours on a public platform two days before the voter registration drive known as “Freedom Day” (October 7, 1963).
In 1964, Gregory became more involved in civil rights activities, activism against the Vietnam War, economic reform, and anti-drug issues. As a part of his activism, he went on several hunger strikes and campaigns in America and overseas. In the early 1970s, he was banned from Australia, where government officials feared he was planning “stir up demonstrations.”
Gregory began his political career by running against Richard J. Daley for mayor of Chicago in 1967. Though he did not win, this would not prove to be the end of his participation in electoral politics.
Gregory unsuccessfully ran for President of the United States in 1968 as a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party, which had broken off from the Peace and Freedom Party. He garnered 47,097 votes, including one from Hunter S. Thompson, with fellow activist Mark Lane as his running mate in some states, David Frost in others, and Dr. Benjamin Spock in Virginia and Pennsylvania garnering more than the party he had left. The Freedom and Peace Party also ran other candidates, including Beulah Sanders for New York State Senate and Flora Brown for New York State Assembly. His efforts landed him on the master list of Nixon’s political opponents.
Gregory then wrote the book Write Me In about his presidential campaign. One anecdote in the book relates the story of a publicity stunt that came out of Operation Breadbasket in Chicago. The campaign had printed dollar bills with Gregory’s image on them, some of which made it into circulation, causing considerable problems, but priceless publicity. The majority of these bills were quickly seized by the federal government. A large contributing factor to the seizure came from the bills resembling authentic United States currency enough that they worked in many dollar-cashing machines of the time. Gregory avoided being charged with a federal crime, later joking that the bills couldn’t really be considered United States currency, because “everyone knows a black man will never be on a U.S. bill.” For modest prices, the bills are still readily available from online auction sites.
Shortly after this time Gregory became an outspoken critic of the Warren Commission findings that President John Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. On March 6, 1975, Gregory and assassination researcher Robert J. Groden appeared on Geraldo Rivera’s late night ABC talk show Goodnight America. An important historical event happened that night when the famous Zapruder film of JFK’s assassination was shown to the public on TV for the first time. The public’s response and outrage to its showing led to the forming of the Hart-Schweiker investigation, which contributed to the Church Committee Investigation on Intelligence Activities by the United States, which resulted in the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations investigation.
Gregory was an outspoken feminist, and in 1978 joined Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Bella Abzug, Margaret Heckler, Barbara Mikulski, and other suffragists to lead the National ERA March for Ratification and Extension, a march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the United States Capitol of over 100,000 on Women’s Equality Day (August 26), 1978, to demonstrate for a ratification deadline extension for the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution, and for the ratification of the ERA. The march was ultimately successful in extending the deadline to June 30, 1982, and Gregory joined other activists to the Senate for celebration and victory speeches by pro-ERA Senators, Members of Congress, and activists. The ERA narrowly failed to be ratified by the extended ratification date.
On July 21, 1979, Gregory appeared at the Amandla Festival where Bob Marley, Patti LaBelle, and Eddie Palmieri, amongst others, had performed. Gregory gave a speech before Marley’s performance, blaming President Carter, and showing his support for the international Anti-Apartheid Movement. Gregory and Mark Lane conducted landmark research into the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., helping move the U.S. House Select Assassinations Committee to investigate the murder, along with that of John F. Kennedy. Lane was author of conspiracy theory books such as Rush to Judgment. The pair wrote the King conspiracy book Code Name Zorro, which postulated that convicted assassin James Earl Ray did not act alone. Gregory also argued that the moon landing was faked and the commonly accepted account of the 9/11 attacks is incorrect, among other conspiracy theories.
Gregory was an outspoken activist during the US Embassy Hostage Crisis in Iran. In 1980 he traveled to Tehran to attempt to negotiate the hostages’ release and engaged in a public hunger strike there, weighing less than 100 pounds (45 kg) when he returned to the United States.
In 1998 Gregory spoke at the celebration of the birthday of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., with President Bill Clinton in attendance. Not long after, the President told Gregory’s long-time friend and public relations Consultant Steve Jaffe, “I love Dick Gregory; he is one of the funniest people on the planet.” They spoke of how Gregory had made a comment on Dr. King’s birthday that broke everyone into laughter, when he noted that the President made Speaker Newt Gingrich ride “in the back of the plane,” on an Air Force One trip overseas.
Gregory was diagnosed with lymphoma in late 1999. He said he was treating the cancer with herbs, vitamins, and exercise, which he believed kept the cancer in remission.
Since the mid-1980s, Gregory was a figure in the health food industry by advocating for a raw fruit and vegetable diet. He wrote the introduction to Viktoras Kulvinskas’ book Survival into the 21st Century. Gregory first became a vegetarian in the 1960s and lost a considerable amount of weight by going on extreme fasts, some lasting upwards of 50 days. He developed a diet drink called “Bahamian Diet Nutritional Drink” and went on TV shows advocating his diet and to help the morbidly obese.
In 2003, Gregory and Cornel West wrote letters on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to Kentucky Fried Chicken’s CEO, asking that the company improve its animal-handling procedures.
At a civil rights rally marking the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Gregory criticized the United States, calling it “the most dishonest, ungodly, unspiritual nation that ever existed in the history of the planet. As we talk now, America is 5 percent of the world’s population and consumes 96 percent of the world’s hard drugs”.
In 2008, Gregory stated he believed that air pollution and intentional water contamination with heavy metals such as lead and possibly manganese may be being used against black Americans, especially in urban neighborhoods, and that such factors could be contributing to high levels of violence in black communities.
Gregory announced a hunger strike on September 10, 2010, saying in a commentary published by the Centre for Research on Globalisation Web site in Montreal that he doubted the official U.S. report about the attacks on September 11, 2001. “One thing I know is that the official government story of those events, as well as what took place that day at the Pentagon, is just that, a story. This story is not the truth, but far from it. I was born on October 12, 1932. I am announcing today that I will be consuming only liquids beginning Sunday until my eightieth birthday in 2012 and until the real truth of what truly happened on that day emerges and is publicly known.”
A week prior to his death, Gregory was hospitalized in Washington, D.C. with a bacterial infection. He later died at the hospital in Washington, D.C., on August 19, 2017, at the age of 84. The cause was heart failure.
Dewey Spencer May 18, 1925 – August 19, 2017
Dewey M Spencer May 18, 1925 – August 19, 2017 – Dewey M. Spencer died on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Treasure Coast Hospice House in Stuart, Florida.
Dewey was born on May 18, l925 in Dickenson County, VA, son of the late Lanis Spencer and Belle Long. In his early years, Dewey and his brother, Lance, enjoyed a professional Bluegrass music career as “The Spencer Brothers.” Their acceptance to the Grand Ole Opry was interrupted by WW II when both brothers joined the US Marine Corps. Dewey reached the rank of Corporal and served as a gun captain on Tinian Island in the Pacific.
Following his discharge from the Marine Corps in 1946, Dewey went to Detroit, MI where he met his wife, Patricia, and joined Kings Uniforms Co which he later owned and operated. During his years in Detroit he loved boating in the Great Lakes and was an active member of the Detroit Yacht Club. In 1972, Dewey retired and moved to Stuart, Fl where he had a successful career in real estate, retiring again in 1992. Skilled at playing his cherished mandolin and fiddle, he and his brother continued to play music to the delight of many friends and family well into their later years.
Dewey was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Fecteau Spencer, and his brother Lance Spencer. He is survived by two sisters, Janice Campbell (husband Sam) of Ohio and Ruth Carter of Saxapahaw, NC; his daughter Deborah Gantz (husband Al); grandson Charles Gantz (wife Noelle); and great grandson Owen Gantz.
Dewey will best be remembered as a loving family man and a great communicator. He was a superb story teller, relaying detailed recollections from what was a full and varied life. Most important to Dewey were the values that were instilled in him while growing up with a simple life in the mountains of Virginia.
The family will receive friends between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. on Thursday Aug 24 at Aycock Funeral Home Young & Prill Chapel, 6801 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart, FL. 34997. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, Aug 24, at 11:00 AM at St. Christopher Catholic Church, Hobe Sound, Florida.
Bea Wain April 30, 1917 – August 19, 2017
Beatrice Ruth Wain (April 30, 1917 – August 19, 2017) was an American Big Band-era singer and radio personality born in the Bronx, New York City. She had a number of hits with Larry Clinton and his Orchestra. After her marriage she and her husband became involved in radio, helming a show titled “Mr. and Mrs. Music”.
On a 1937 recording with Artie Shaw, she was credited as Beatrice Wayne, which led some to assume that was her real name. On record labels, her name was shortened (without her permission) to “Bea” by the record company, ostensibly for space considerations. As she explained, “They cut it to ‘Bea’ Wain. They cut the ‘Beatrice’ out to ‘Bea.’ I was just a little old girl singer, but that’s the truth. So that’s how my name became ‘Bea Wain'”.
She led the vocal group Bea and the Bachelors (with Al Rinker, Ken Lane, and John Smedberg) and the V8 (seven boys and a girl) on the Fred Waring show. In 1937, Wain joined former Tommy Dorsey arranger Larry Clinton and His Orchestra, which she joined after doing chorus work with Fred Waring and Ted Sttraeter.
Her debut with Clinton was made in the summer of 1938 at the Glen Island Casino, New Rochelle, New York. She was featured with Clinton on a number of hit tunes, including “Martha” and “Heart and Soul”. In 1939, she was voted the most popular female band vocalist in Billboard annual college poll, and that same year she began her solo career. Her first theater tour as a solo led to her being signed for the Your Hit Parade and RCA Victor records.
Wain made her debut on radio at age six as a “featured performer” on the NBC Children’s Hour.
Wain had four No. 1 hits: “Cry, Baby, Cry”, “Deep Purple”, “Heart and Soul”, and her signature song, “My Reverie”. Wain was the also the very first artist to record the Harold Arlen-Yip Harburg classic “Over the Rainbow,” but MGM prohibited the release until The Wizard of Oz (1939) had opened and audiences heard Judy Garland perform it.
On May 1, 1938, Wain married radio announcer André Baruch. Their honeymoon in Bermuda was cut short when Fred Allen called Baruch asking him to return to New York to substitute for his ailing announcer, Harry von Zell. They were married for 53 years. Baruch died in 1991. The couple had two children, Bonnie and Wayne.
Wain died of congestive heart failure at a retirement home on August 19, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 100.
Dennie New September 22, 1982 – August 18, 2017
George Dennison New September 22, 1982 – August 18, 2017 – Dennie New, 34, of Stuart, Florida passed away on August 18, 2017.
Born in Stuart, Florida, Dennie had previously lived in the Palm City area, and he graduated from South Fork High School in 2002.
Dennie was a union plumber with Farmer and Irwin, Inc. and had recently been promoted. Dennie was an avid sportsman and spent much of his time fishing, hunting and spending time at home with his little family. He also loved going to the gym and spending time working out with friends, and taking selfies.
Dennie’s smile could light up the room, and his amazing spirit was felt by whoever was lucky enough to meet him. He was well known for his genuine kindness and one-of-a-kind giggle. He is truly loved and will be missed by so many.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ryane New of Stuart, FL; mother and father, Candy and Dennie H. New of Palm City, FL; brothers and sisters, Marsha Manesh, Melinda and Ken Nicholson, Michelle Dobbs, all of the Greater Atlanta Area, Carl and Kara Justi; Brittany and David Bearden, all of Palm City, FL; numerous nieces and nephews; mother- and father-in-law, Robert (Champ) and Sandy Masten of Cochranville, PA; brother-in-law, Robert and Elizabeth Masten of Wilmington, DE; and fur babies Jango, Juno and Bull.
Dennie was predeceased by his grandparents, J.D. and Irma New of Lyons, GA; George Apostolopoulos of Stuart, FL; and Mae Consolo of Stuart, FL, with whom he was especially close.
Kathryn Saulnier August 22, 1990 – August 18, 2017
Kathryn Marie Saulnier August 22, 1990 – August 18, 2017 – Kathryn Marie Saulnier, 26, of Loxahatchee, Florida passed away on August 18, 2017.
Born in Pineville, Louisiana, Kathryn had previously lived in the Hobe Sound area, and she graduated from South Fork High School in 2008.
She loved all animals, and brought home every stray she found. Kathryn loved the ocean, boating and fishing. She is truly loved and will be missed by many.
She is survived by her mother, Kelley R. Saulnier of Loxahatchee, FL; father, James Saulnier (Diana) of Hobe Sound, FL; sister, Maegan Campbell (Chris) of West Palm Beach, FL; boyfriend, James McAllister of Hobe Sound, FL; grandparents, Jim and Janice Saulnier of Boston, MA; Aunt and Uncle, Kim and Phil Pointer; uncle, Joe Saulnier; cousins Bryan Pack and Phillip Pointer; niece, Brea and nephew, Colton.
Kathryn was predeceased by her sister, Jessica Lynn Johnson.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, August 25, 2017 from 5:00PM-7:00PM with a memorial service to begin at 6:30PM at Aycock Funeral Home, Young and Prill Chapel in Stuart, FL.
Alex Booth September 21, 1925 – August 17, 2017
Alex Edward Booth Jr. September 21, 1925 – August 17, 2017 – Dr. Alex E. Booth, Jr., of Stuart, Florida, died in his home with his adoring wife, Katherine, by his side on August 17, 2017. He was 93 years old. He is coming home to be laid to rest in the town of his birth, Kenova, West Virginia.
Dr. Booth is preceded in death by a wife, Permele Francis Booth, and survived by his beloved wife, Katherine Sawyer Booth and her two daughters.
Alex was born September 21, 1925, in Kenova, West Virginia, the only child of Alex Sr., and Roxanna Booth. As valedictorian of Kentucky Military Institute, Alex received a prestigious appointment to become a West Point Cadet at only 17 years old. After transferring to the University of Chicago in 1945, he learned of his father’s debilitating illness. Alex left the University of Chicago, after only one year, during which time he completed what would ordinarily be a four year degree track. Alex received a Ph.B. from the University of Chicago, graduating in 1946 with honors and all A’s.
Alex was only 20 years old when he came home to run the family coal business. By the time he turned 25, he had built a multimillion dollar corporation, serving as President of the Booth Coal Company and the Wise County Coal Corporation. Recognizing the importance of education to lift people out of poverty, Alex established the Booth Scholars program, providing countless young people in Kenova with college preparatory classes, personal computers, and the opportunity to travel abroad. Many of the Booth Scholars now serve in the most honorable professions because of Alex’s loving generosity. He provided over 7000 people in West Virginia and Florida with scholarships to nursing school. Celebrating his generosity, Marshall University, Davis and Elkins College, and Pikeville College have buildings named in his honor. Alex received an honorary Doctoral Degree from Davis and Elkins College in 1993. Passionate about raising the quality of life for the elderly in West Virginia, Alex built fourteen nursing homes, beginning with the Roxanna Booth Manner, in honor of his mother.
Alex was a devoted trustee of the Huntington Museum of Art. Laboring alongside the renowned German architect, Walter Gropius, Alex worked to build an art Museum which rivals the finest of such in America’s largest cities. In honor of his friend the architect, Alex funded the establishment of the Walter Gropius Master Artist Workshop series. The Huntington Museum of Art treasures many of the finest examples of modern art donated by Alex Booth.
Alex’s great passion in life was to support the growing Church in Sub-Saharan Africa. Having made numerous expeditions to Africa, Alex believed that the African Church needed to develop her own leadership from within, rather than continuing to depend upon American missionaries to fill the leadership void. Developing partnerships with protestant denominational leaders in eleven different African nations, Alex supplied them with the financial resources needed to develop excellent leadership. The Booth Leadership Initiative was established by Alex as the vehicle through he focused his passion for the African Church. Since the establishment of BLI 40 years ago, Alex has funded theological education for over 15,000 African pastors, as well as the construction of over 20,000 churches. His generosity has reached millions of people with the love of Jesus Christ, and will for years to come.
Alex was a faithful husband who dearly loved his wife, and over the course of their marriage, Alex and Katherine traveled the world celebrating their glorious love for one another. When Alex breathed his last, he met Jesus, Whom he had served all of his life, and he heard his Master say, “Well done, well done, My good and faithful servant.”
Fred Hollister June 16, 1926 – August 16, 2017
Fred James Hollister June 16, 1926 – August 16, 2017 – Fred James Hollister, 91, of Stuart, FL passed away August 16, 2017 after a brief illness.
Born in Syracuse, NY he resided in Stuart, FL for the past 28 years, moving to this area from Clifton Park, NY.
Fred was a graduate of Eastwood High School in Syracuse, NY and the General Electric Apprentice Program.
Before retirement, he was an Project Engineer for the General Electric Company, where he enjoyed a career of over 35 years.
Survivors include his companion of 30 years Alice “AJ” Hurd, son Matthew Hollister (Debbie) of Stuart, FL; and his two grandchildren, Daniel and Jonathan.
He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Hollister, in 1996.
A private memorial ceremony will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, NY.
Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997, (772) 403-4506.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Stuart Chapel.
Bob Cronenwett November 25th, 1931 – August 18th, 2017
Robert A. Cronenwett November 25th, 1931 – August 18th, 2017 – Robert (Bob) Alan Cronenwett, 85, died on Friday August 18th, 2017, at home in Palm City, Florida, surrounded by family.
Bob was born Nov. 25, 1931 in Quincy, Massachusetts to Paul and Ruth Cronenwett. Bob served in the Navy from 1955 to 1957. He received an MBA from New York University and later went into the Advertising/Public Relations field in New York City for almost his entire career. He spent most of his life in Chatham New Jersey, where he raised his family.
Since the Navy, Bob had great wanderlust and travelled the world, visiting over 75 countries and was fascinated by different cultures and cuisines. The other interest that permeated his life was his great passion for jazz music, manifest by his extensive collection of recording and artifacts associated with jazz, and his enthusiasm to relay its history to all who were interested. Eventually he became President of the Treasure Coast Jazz Society in Vero Beach, Florida, the community where he retired. Bob was also a voracious reader, amateur photographer, and lover of cinema and art.
He is survived by daughter Kim Cronenwett (husband Richard Nicholls), son Christopher Cronenwett (wife Meredith Cronenwett), and son David Cronenwett. He had four grandchildren whom he adored. He is also survived by his brother Richard Cronenwett, of Naples, Florida. He will be greatly missed.
Forest Hills Funeral Home of Palm City, Florida is taking care of all arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bob’s name to Treasure Coast Jazz Society at 4731 North A1A, Suite 233, Vero Beach, Florida 32963. 772-234-4600 or email@example.com.
Tommy Hawkins December 22, 1936 – August 16, 2017
Thomas Jerome Hawkins (December 22, 1936 – August 16, 2017) was an American professional basketball player.
A 6’5″ (1.96 m) forward, Hawkins starred at Chicago’s Parker (now Robeson) High School before playing at the University of Notre Dame, where he became the school’s first African-American basketball star. He was then selected by the Minneapolis (later Los Angeles) Lakers in the first round of the 1959 NBA draft, and he would have a productive ten-year career in the league, playing for the Lakers as well as the Cincinnati Royals as he registered 6,672 career points and 4,607 career rebounds.
Hawkins later worked in radio and television broadcasting in Los Angeles and served as vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.
Hawkins died in his home in Malibu, California on August 16, 2017.
Brian Sledjeski July 28, 1977 – August 15, 2017
Brian Sledjeski July 28, 1977 – August 15, 2017 – Brian is survived by his mother Patricia Sledjeski Tisi, his brother Paul Sledjeski with his niece Jenna, Cassie Walser his soulmate, best friend’s Douglas and Christiana Coburn and family were more known as his second family, and childhood friend Rob Scury.
Brian was born July 28, 1977 in New Haven Connecticut at 12:45 am to Patricia Anita Seldjeski Tisi and John “Jack” Walter Jr. Brian later moved to Florida as child with his mother and brother. He graduated from South Fork High School in 1996.
After high school he ran a successful car detailing business until he accepted a job at Lowes, where he remained for many years. At Lowe’s he worked himself up to a manager until he realized that manager life was not for the pirate he was. He liked his weekends off to bask in the sun and play in the water along the coast of Florida. Brian took a position as a PSA at Lowe’s where he remained until his death last week.
Robert Louis Kiel May 1, 1930 – August 15, 2017
Robert Louis Kiel May 1, 1930 – August 15, 2017 – Robert (Bob) Louis Kiel, 87, of Jensen Beach, FL, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 15, with his wife Audrey, son Ernie, and grand-daughter Emily at his side. He was born in 1930, in Rochester, NY, the only child of the late Louis H. Kiel and the late Mary Lochner Kiel.
Bob grew up in Rochester, NY and joined the Navy in 1948 serving 3 years in the Korean War. Following his military service, he accepted a position with Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY, later transferring to Tennessee Eastman Company in Kingsport, TN, where he met his wife of 57 years, Audrey Marshall. He retired from Tennessee Eastman in 1986.
Shortly after his retirement from Tennessee Eastman, he and Audrey moved to Jensen Beach, FL to open a TCBY yogurt. Bob was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Jensen Beach. His life-long interests included golfing, fishing, stamp collecting, and reading. He also enjoyed designing homes, and designed the two homes he and Audrey built together in Kingsport.
In addition to his wife, Audrey, Bob is survived by his children Robert (Jo-Ann) Kiel Tulsa, OK; Ernest (Deborah) Kiel Shreveport, LA; Michael (Robin) Kiel Lake Worth, FL; Nora (Alden) Holloway Sunnyvale, CA; Karen Kiel Kingsport, TN; Treva (Bill) Duke Melbourne, FL; Monica (David) Miller Simpsonville, SC; and Rita (Billy) Overbey Kingsport, TN; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren
A graveside service will be held in Kingsport, TN at Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Stuart Chapel. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.martin-funeral.com
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Treasure Coast Hospice (1000 SE Ruhnke St., Stuart, FL 34994
Paul Oliver May 25, 1927 – August 15, 2017
Paul Hereford Oliver MBE (25 May 1927 – 15 August 2017) was a British architectural historian and writer on the blues and other forms of African-American music. His commentary and research into blues have been influential.
Oliver was born in Nottingham, the son of architect W. Norman Oliver. In the late 1930s, his family lived in Pinner, in North London where he attended Longfield Primary School in Rayners Lane and then went to Harrow County School for Boys between 1938 and 1942. While there, he was introduced by a friend to blues music.
He attended Harrow Art School, where he met his wife Valerie. He initially trained as a painter and sculptor, but because of allergies to some art materials concentrated on graphic design. and after a period in the War Office, gained his Art Teacher’s Diploma at Goldsmith’s College at the University of London. He then taught art in two secondary schools, and was Head of Art at Harrow County School for Boys from 1949 to 1960. When there he formed a jazz club in which he played his blues records, and also played mandolin in a skiffle group. In the early 1950s, he wrote to Decca Records to complain about the design of their record sleeves, and was hired as an illustrator, his first work being seen on the 1954 album Backwoods Blues. He designed many blues album sleeves, usually uncredited, in the 1950s.
He started work as an artist at the Architectural Association in 1960, and after a few years began teaching the history of architecture. From the early 1960s, Oliver studied vernacular architecture traditions around the world, particularly stimulated by a trip to Ghana in 1964 to research appropriate housing for people displaced after the building of the Akosombo Dam. He argued that vernacular architecture will be necessary in the future to “ensure sustainability in both cultural and economic terms beyond the short term.” He wrote many books on vernacular architecture, and was well known for his 1997 work Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World. Spanning three volumes and 2500 pages, it includes contributions from researchers from 80 countries. In 2003, he was awarded the MBE for services to architectural education As of 2005, he was at work on a book to be called the World Atlas of Vernacular Architecture.
He became a researcher at the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (Department of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University), and from 1978-88 was Associate Head of the School of Architecture. He was an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (1999) and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Gloucestershire (2007).
Oliver was a leading authority on the blues and gospel music, described in the New York Times as “a scrupulous researcher with a fluent writing style, [who] opened the eyes of readers in Britain and the United States to a musical form that had been overlooked and often belittled.” He published his first article in Jazz Journal in 1951. His first book on the blues, a biography of Bessie Smith, was published in 1959, followed by Blues Fell this Morning: The Meaning of the Blues in 1960. The latter book was ” one of the first efforts to examine closely the music’s language and subject matter.”
His studies of American traditional music did much to spread interest in the blues, and included early research into the influence of Islamic music from North Africa on its origins. His work, which began in the 1950s, included interviews, field work and research in recording and printed sources tracing the origin and development of African-American music and culture from the time of slavery and before. Oliver’s Collection of African American Music and Related Traditions was established in 2007 with the support of the European Blues Association at the University of Gloucestershire.
He made several trips to the US in the 1960s to interview and record blues musicians, financed by the State Department and the BBC. Many of his interviews were transcribed in Conversation with the Blues (1965). In 1969 he published The Story of the Blues, “the first comprehensive history of the genre”, followed by several other books covering all aspects of blues music. His unfinished research with Mack McCormick on Texas blues is due to be published in 2018.
Oliver died at Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, England, on 15 August 2017
Tom Rosendahl September 20, 1941 – August 14, 2017
Thomas E. Rosendahl September 20, 1941 – August 14, 2017 – Thomas, “Tom”, Erick Rosendahl of Jensen Beach, FL, passed away peacefully at Hospice on August 14, 2017.
He was born to Erick Rosendahl of Rosendol Norway and Hazel of Swedish heritage. His early childhood years included many outdoor activities in Minneapolis, MN including camping, skiing and especially scouting. He earned the Eagle Scout award.
He graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Engineering with a Mechanical Engineering degree in their 5-year program. While attending the University he worked in the graduate school as a machinist making prototypes for the graduate program. He also helped his father in tooling surgical instruments for the early heart
transplant teams. Upon graduation he worked for both private and government agencies in areas of gas aerosols, air filtration, military applications, and environmental studies including the air we breathe. Inventing was a skill; he currently holds patents in items as diverse as an air curtain to prevent Black Lung disease for coal miners to a
single-column design music stand for piano keyboards. His work took him to many areas of residence including MN, PA, CO, IL, NC and finally retirement with family and grandchildren in Jensen Beach, Fl.
Tom loved life and had many interests including downhill skiing, scuba diving, travel, gardening, jewelry design, rock hunting, fishing, hiking, cooking with his wife and especially grandchildren.
Tom’s faith in God began as a young teenager and in is 20’s he had become a sitting Elder with the Presbyterian Church. Later he served as both Lay Leader and Evangelism Chair in the Methodist Church in Durham, NC. Helping the hungry and homeless was also a passion. Most recently he has served with his beloved Deacons
at Palm City Presbyterian Church and their ministries.
In addition to his faith based service Tom served on the boards of the Minneapolis YMCA, many churches over the years and was an Ambassador at the Martin County Habitat for Humanity.
Tom touched many lives and will be remembered most for always holding God and his family first in his life, his prayer life, smile, kindness, gentle nature, and work ethic—he always gave everything his best!
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia, daughter Krista, son David and his wife Audra and wonderful grandchildren, Abby, Michael and Anna. Also his family, church family and wonderful friends for which he was always thankful.
Services will be held Thursday August 31 at 11:00 AM at Palm City Presbyterian Church, 2700 SW Martin Hwy, Palm City Fl 34990.
In lieu of flowers the family requests you make donations to Martin County Habitat for Humanity in Tom’s name.
Frank Broyles December 26, 1924 – August 14, 2017
John Franklin Broyles (December 26, 1924 – August 14, 2017) was an American football player and coach, athletics administrator, and broadcaster. He served as the head football coach at the University of Missouri in 1957 and at the University of Arkansas from 1958 to 1976. Broyles also was Arkansas’ athletic director from 1974 until his retirement on December 31, 2007.
As a head football coach, Broyles compiled a record of 149–62–6. His mark of 144–58–5 in 19 seasons is the most wins and the most games of any coach in Arkansas history. With Arkansas, Broyles won seven Southwest Conference titles and his 1964 team was named a national champion by a number of selectors including the Football Writers Association of America. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
After his graduation from Decatur Boys High School, Broyles studied at Georgia Tech, where he was a quarterback from 1944 to 1946. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial Management. He led the Georgia Tech football team to four bowl appearances. He was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 1944. Until Michigan quarterback Tom Brady broke his record in 2000, Broyles held the Orange Bowl record for most passing yards in a game and is a member of the Orange Bowl, Gator Bowl, and Cotton Bowl Classic Halls of Fame and the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame. Broyles was later drafted by the Chicago Bears in the third round of the 1946 NFL Draft.
Broyles entered coaching in 1947 as an assistant coach under head coach Bob Woodruff at Baylor University. In 1950, Broyles followed Woodruff when the latter took the head coach position at the University of Florida. In 1951, he left Florida and returned to Georgia Tech as an offensive coordinator under coach Bobby Dodd. Broyles sought the head coaching position at Northwestern University in 1954, and ultimately left Georgia Tech in 1957 when he was offered the position of head coach at the University of Missouri. Broyles stayed at Missouri only one season when he was offered the head coaching job at Arkansas. During his nineteen years as head coach there, he was offered other major coaching and leadership positions, but remained at Arkansas.
During his tenure at Arkansas, Broyles coached the Razorbacks to seven Southwest Conference championships, and two Cotton Bowl Classic wins. His 1964 team was proclaimed national champions by the Football Writers Association of America, as well as the Helms Foundation, and to date is the last Razorback team to go undefeated and untied in a season. If the wire service polls had not given out their national championships prior to the bowl games during that era of college football, Arkansas positively would have won both the AP and the UPI national titles as well, since Alabama (winner of both) lost to Texas (a team Arkansas beat in Austin in 1964) in the Orange Bowl. He still holds the record for most wins by a head coach in the history of Arkansas football, with 144. During the 1960s and 1970s, one of college football’s most intense rivalries was between Broyles’ Razorbacks and the University of Texas Longhorns under legendary coach Darrell Royal.
Among Broyles’s most memorable victories while coaching the Razorbacks, was the 14-13 win over #1 Texas in 1964 in Austin, the 1965 Cotton Bowl victory over Nebraska to complete an undefeated season, the 1969 Sugar Bowl victory over Georgia, beating #2 Texas A&M in the 1975 season finale to win a share of the SWC championship, and then beating Georgia in the 1976 Cotton Bowl.
The two most painful losses in his tenure at Arkansas, included the 1966 Cotton Bowl loss to LSU that snapped Arkansas’ 22 game winning streak, and, most famously, the 1969 Game of the Century that saw #1 Texas come from behind to beat #2 Arkansas, 15-14.
After his retirement from coaching, but concurrent with the early part of his tenure as men’s athletic director at Arkansas, Broyles served as the primary color commentator for ABC Sports television coverage of college football, normally alongside top play-by-play man Keith Jackson. Broyles’ time as a broadcaster at ABC lasted from 1977 to 1985. Broyles was often assigned games involving Southeastern Conference or Southwest Conference teams, but if the primary game of a particular week involved the Razorbacks, Broyles was paired with another play-by-play man, many times Al Michaels or Chris Schenkel, while Jackson called the game with another color commentator, many times Ara Parseghian. Broyles’ commentary was normally focused on play calling and coaching strategy, and while paired with Jackson, resulted in an all-Georgian booth (Jackson is a native of Roopville).
In 1974 Broyles was appointed Men’s Athletic Director of the University of Arkansas. (Arkansas had a completely separate women’s athletics department from 1971 until the men’s and women’s programs were merged in 2008.) Broyles continued as head football coach for three years. Since stepping down as head coach, the University of Arkansas men’s athletic programs, under his leadership as athletic director, have won 43 national championships. The Razorbacks have won 57 Southwest Conference championships and 47 Southeastern Conference championships while he has been men’s athletic director. As athletic Director of Arkansas Broyles cancelled the men’s swimming and diving program to satisfy new regulations from the SEC of having two more women’s sports than men’s sports.
In 1976, Broyles was initiated into the University of Arkansas’ chapter of Sigma Pi fraternity.
On February 17, 2007, Broyles announced his plans to retire as Men’s Athletic Director, effective December 31, 2007, ending his half-century association with Arkansas.
Broyles was known for being very hands-on with the football program. Indeed, at least one head coach, Ken Hatfield, left the school because he couldn’t abide Broyles’ meddling. After Hatfield left, at least one booster doubted whether the Razorbacks would ever attract a top-tier head coach as long as Broyles was athletic director.
In 2000, following an expansion of Razorback Stadium, Broyles announced that one home game would move from War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock to Fayetteville, and that, in the near future, all home games might be played on campus. This move, known in Arkansas as the “Great Stadium Debate,” drew heavy fire from politicians in Little Rock, as well as businessmen and Razorback boosters Warren Stephens (Stephens, Inc.) and Joe Ford (CEO of Alltel). Broyles held meetings in Little Rock to try to persuade his case, and the University Board of Trustees even took student responses to the Great Stadium Debate on the Fayetteville campus. In the end, a long term agreement was reached to keep 2-3 games in Little Rock, while the rest would be played in Fayetteville.
Broyles’ relationship with Ted Herrod, a wealthy booster in Dallas, came under fire after Herrod was accused of overcompensating Razorback athletes who worked part-time jobs at his trucking company. A lengthy NCAA investigation followed, and the University was placed on probation by the NCAA.
Over thirty of his former players have also become college or professional football coaches. Broyles is known for producing high quality coaches and the prestigious Broyles Award, the annual award for best assistant coach, is named after him. Barry Switzer, Johnny Majors, Joe Gibbs, Hayden Fry, and Jimmy Johnson all served under Broyles and have combined to win five collegiate national championships and six Super Bowls. Broyles’ assistants have won more than 40 conference titles.
Broyles’ tenure as men’s athletic director has seen the construction of world-class facilities for basketball, football, track and field (indoor and outdoor), golf, and baseball at Arkansas. Broyles was selected as the 20th century’s most influential Arkansas sports figure. Broyles will be remembered as the only SEC athletic director that had to drop a men’s sport bringing into questions the health of the athletic department under his leadership.
Broyles was known as a fierce competitor both as a head coach and athletic director. Broyles led Arkansas out of the Southwest Conference and into the Southeastern Conference.
In 1983 Broyles was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and in 1996, the Broyles Award was established to recognize the top assistant coaches in college football. He was a member of the Augusta National Golf Club
Kevin Robinson December 24, 1944 – August 13, 2017
Kevin L. Robinson December 24, 1944 – August 13, 2017 –
Alice Sharkey March 4th, 1925 – August 13th, 2017
Alice V. Sharkey March 4th, 1925 – August 13th, 2017 – Alice V. Sharkey, 92, of Palm City passed away August 13, 2017. She was born in Boston, MA and moved in 1989 to Palm City from Holmdel, NJ. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Palm City. She volunteered for 31 years at St. Barnabas Hospital, Carney Hospital, Holmdel Medical in MA and NJ and Martin Medical South.
She is survived by daughter, Kathleen Selby (Douglas) of Palm City; grandsons, James Selby and Thomas Selby of Palm City, niece, Maura Capriccio (Lewis) of Massachusetts and nephew John Lemos (Donna) of Massachusetts. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Sharkey in 2016, brother, John J. Murphy and sister, Mary Lockwood.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11 AM, Friday, August 18, 2017 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Palm City.
Entombment to follow in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City.
Donations to be made to any local animal shelter in Alice’s memory.
Joseph Bologna December 30, 1934 – August 13, 2017
Joseph Bologna (December 30, 1934 – August 13, 2017) was an American actor notable for his roles in the comedy films My Favorite Year and Transylvania 6-5000
Bologna was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Brown University, where he majored in art history. Bologna served a tour of duty with United States Marine Corps. Bologna was hired to produce and direct Manhattan-based TV commercials.
Bologna enjoyed a long run in film and television. His breakthrough film, Lovers and Other Strangers, written with his wife Renée Taylor, was based on the true-life circumstances of organizing a wedding on short notice with the involvement of his Italian extended family and Renée’s Jewish clan. Several relatives performed as extras in the final cut. A year later, in 1971, the couple again collaborated to write and perform in the movie Made for Each Other.
Bologna stayed close with his old-neighborhood aunts and uncles after becoming successful. Two of them were slightly famous on their own: his Uncle Pat was “Blacky the Bootblack”, whom Joseph Kennedy credited as his main influence when he sold all of his stock holdings in the summer of 1929 (the market crashed in October), and his aunt Pauline was one of the best-known chefs to the stars, working for Jackie Gleason, Burt Reynolds and many other luminaries.
Bologna’s aunt Pauline chastised him for starring in the nudity-containing Blame it on Rio starring Michael Caine. Bologna replied, “Blame it on me, it’s the last time I invite Aunt Pauline to a film premiere.” In 1976 he starred in the television drama What Now, Catherine Curtis? with Lucille Ball. Other film roles for Bologna include portraying the Sid Caesar-based character “King Kaiser” in the 1982 comedy hit My Favorite Year, starring Peter O’Toole as a drunken actor modeled after Errol Flynn, and as Lenny Koufax, the frustrated father of Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler) in the 1999 comedy Big Daddy.
In 1987, Bologna starred in the TV musical sitcom Rags to Riches as the millionaire mogul turned foster father, Nick Foley. The show aired for two seasons.
He played the mad scientist Dr. Malavaqua in the 1985 comedy Transylvania 6-5000.
From 1996 to 1998, he voice-acted the character Inspector Dan Turpin, a hot-headed police officer modeled after Jack Kirby, in several episodes of Superman: The Animated Series.
In 2006, he became the voice of Mr. Start in Ice Age: The Meltdown.
He and wife, Renée Taylor, had a son, Gabriel. Taylor and Bologna also starred together on stage and on TV. Bologna played a love interest for his real-life wife in the “Maternal Affairs” episode of the CBS sitcom The Nanny in the sixth and final season in which Taylor plays Sylvia, the already-married mother of Fran Drescher’s character. He also appeared in the first-season episode “The Gym Teacher” as a famous actor for whom Maxwell Sheffield once interned.
From 2012 until before his death in 2017 Bologna appeared in numerous TV and motion picture leading and guest starring roles; including, roles on NCIS, Funny or Die, stage productions and national commercials.
In 2017, Bologna received the Night of 100 Stars Oscar Gala Lifetime Achievement Award from actor comedian Richard Lewis and his peers to celebrate his 60 year career and for his efforts to help save The Motion Picture Home Hospital in 2012.
Bologna died in Duarte, California on August 13, 2017 from pancreatic cancer. He was 82.
Earl Dempsey June 17th, 1951 – February 14th, 2017
Ernest Earl Dempsey June 17th, 1951 – February 14th, 2017 – Ernest Earl Dempsey 65, passed away on February 14th with his wife and children by his side. He was the husband of Ann Dempsey. They shared 36 glorious years together.
Born in New York City, NY. He was the son of Robert and Vivian Dempsey. He attended Ft. Lauderdale High School. He was the owner of Stuart Plumbing and Sheet Metal in Stuart Florida.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Stuart. He enjoyed his classic cars and all his car buddies.
He will be remembered for the way he loved his family and helping others in the community.
He is survived by his wife Ann Dempsey, daughter Kim Cahalan, son JR Dempsey, daughter Ashley Williams, grandchildren Ayden Cahalan, Easton Williams and Tripp Dempsey.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 18th at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1500 S Kanner Hwy, Stuart Florida. There will be a reception following in the Fellowship Hall at the church.
In Lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the “UF Foundation Inc. Fund #014145 and sent to P.O. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604-2425, attn: Gift Processing. Please note “Earl Dempsey” or “UF Foundation Fund #014145” in the memo area. These donations will go directly into their Proton Therapy Research Program.
Herb Oscar Anderson May 30, 1928 – January 29, 2017
Herb Oscar Anderson May 30, 1928 – January 29, 2017 – Herb Oscar Anderson, the morning D.J. for a New York Top 40 station WABC-AM during most of the 1960s, died on Sunday in Bennington Vt., near Hoosick Falls, N.Y., where he had a home. He was 88.
Herbert Oscar Anderson was born on May 30, 1928, in South Beloit, Ill. His mother, the former Frieda Munson, a maid who was born in Sweden, placed Herb and her four other children in the Odd Fellows orphanage in Lincoln, Ill., after the deaths of two husbands left her too poor to raise them. He would later reunite with her.
When Mr. Anderson arrived at WABC in 1960, the station was in the early stages of a battle for listeners with WMCA, WINS and WMGM. He was one of the station’s “Swingin’ 7” air personalities, a group that included Scott Muni and was known as the All Americans. But Mr. Anderson was a throwback in a changing music scene, a fan of the big band sound, not necessarily the rock ’n’ roll he was playing on a 50,000-watt station that reached well beyond the city limits.
“My father walked into his job at WABC wearing wingtips and a suit and left in wingtips and a suit,” Mr. James said.
As the station’s low-key “morning mayor,” Mr. Anderson had a mandate: to appeal to adults whose buying power was critical to advertisers, more than to the teenagers who were already tuning in. Each morning, his booming, melodic voice crooned his lyrics to his signature song, “Hello Again”:
He recorded that song, as he did a few others, and wrote lyrics to instrumentals by Nelson Riddle and Bert Kaempfert.
Mr. Anderson’s old-fashioned approach set him apart from other D.J.’s at the station, like the exuberant Bruce Morrow (a.k.a. Cousin Brucie), who courted teenagers. In effect, Mr. Anderson had said, there were two WABCs: one in the morning, and one for the rest of the day.
“We had to make money,” Mr. Anderson told MusicRadio77.com, a website devoted to the Top 40 legacy of the station, which switched to a talk format in 1982. “No question about it. I was for the housewife, mother and children. It was a combination that had to be done.”
Allan Sniffen, who runs MusicRadio77.com, said, “His job was to come in and sound like a grown-up, not like Cousin Brucie.”
Mr. Anderson left the station in early 1969 because he could not abide acid rock, he told Scott Benjamin for a profile on MusicRadio77.com. But Mr. James said that his father resigned because he believed that ABC, the owner of WABC, had reneged on a promise to give him a television talk show.
He would later host shows on the New York radio stations WOR and WHN in the 1970s.
Mr. Anderson’s radio career began in Janesville, Wis., and continued in Illinois, Florida and Iowa. He found success with a Top 40 format in the mid-1950s at WDGY in St. Paul, Minn., where he was known as 235 pounds of genial joviality.
After a brief stint in Chicago, he moved to New York in 1957. He hosted a morning radio show on WABC and a variety show on the ABC Radio Network where he sang with a live band.
He moved to WMCA in 1958 and returned to WABC in 1960.
“The battle helped both stations,” Mr. Anderson told MusicRadio77.com. “They were great battles, weren’t they?”
In addition to Mr. James, Mr. Anderson is survived by his second wife, Terry Kirkoff, a film editor; another son, Herb Oscar Anderson II; a daughter, Carla Anderson; and four grandchildren.
In recent years, he hosted a weekly radio show in Vero Beach, Fla., near his home in on Hutchinson Island, on which he reminisced, played music and sang.
Eight years ago I had the distinct opportunity to interview HOA and in his memory I present it once again to you. From the OUT2 archives:
Where Are They Now!
Treasure Coast, Florida – by Dick Hall – I don’t know how many of you are former New Yorkers who look at Out2 on a regular basis but those of you who are Yankee & Mets fans, Giant & Jets Fans, Knicks fans and Ranger fans just might remember HOA, Herb Oscar Anderson, morning mayor on the 6am to 10am block on WABC New York.
I had the pleasure of interviewing him in his Florida ocean view office today and it was a treat. Where were you in ’62… well I was attending CCNY (City College of New York) in Manhattan and living on Staten Island that meant I had to take 2 buses, a ferryboat, a subway, walk 2 city blocks and go up to the 8th floor just to get to my 8am class. I can remember in the early 60’s getting up early and Herb was the guy who greeted me everyday with an energy filled and good hearted “Hello Again”.
Herb is a very busy guy still, his voice is as strong as ever (singing as well as speaking). I sat listening for an hour while I heard songs that I used to hear 40 some-odd years ago live and in color. I thought he was doing this just for me, then after and hour or so he admitted that I was his focal point for the day during his daily rehearsal. It’s very true if you don’t use it you will loose it and Herb has no intention of loosing it at this point in his life. While fragrant aromas wafted from the kitchen where his wife Terry was preparing lunch after a vigorous workout on the treadmill Herb resonated music from the forty’s fifties and sixties.
On the wall was a museum of photos and charactertures of Herb and friends. The one that I liked best was Herb in a Yankee uniform with Mickey Mantle and his 2 boys.
Herb is doing cruises these days where he is the MC and Disk Jockey if you will, on musical cruises with a theme in mind. Good music and HOA doing the intros. He even adds a little old copy into the mix reminding everyone what time it is and not forget alternate side of the street parking is in effect. You definitely have to be a New Yorker to remember what alternate side of the street parking was and probably still is. If you’re not from New York it could cost you dearly but that’s another story.
The wheels are still turning creatively with projects in the works for satellite radio, songs he has written for NASCAR and the State of Florida Convention and Visitors Bureau, and personal appearances in and around the Treasure Coast, which includes guest appearances on local radio “Ocean FM”, out of Vero.
I am hoping soon I will have the opportunity to link to his website which is in the works and listen to some of his old recordings.
Herb will be 80 this month so I want to take this opportunity to sing Happy Birthday Herb and Hello Again.
Also I would like to thank Michele Anastasio, without whom this interview would have never taken place. I had the pleasure of meeting Michele and her Mom at Port St. lucie Soroptimists “Woman of Distinction”. Michele appears with Herb on those musical cruises where she also entertains with her beautiful voice. You can get her CD at http://www.micheleanastasio.com/ , thanks again Michele.
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Craig Werle October 31,1942 – January16, 2017
R. Craig Werle October 31,1942 – January16, 2017 – Craig Werle, 74, died Monday, January 16, 2017 with his family by his side in Stuart, Florida. Craig is survived by his wife Rayma, children, Kristen and Juliann (Werle) Zoetmulder, sister Barbara Brown, brother Grant, and grandchildren, Justin, Alex, Charlie, Kate and Olivia.
Craig was born in Birmingham, AL to Robert and Florence Werle on October 31,1942. Craig was raised in Pittsburgh, PA and never lost allegiance to his Steelers.
Craig was a natural to sales and management. He began his storied career at Iron City Brewery in Pittsburgh, then achieved early success with Pabst Brewing Company in Milwaukee, where he raised his family. Eventually, he migrated back to Stuart, FL to work with multiple family businesses.
He is beloved by his immediate family and also his friends within the local community of music. Craig was a talented trombone player with the Palm City Presbyterian Church and the local big band, The Dreamers.
A service will be held on Saturday, January 21 at 2pm at Palm City Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider the needs of the immediate family. Donations can be made to assist with Craig’s medical expenses through Youcaring https://www.youcaring.com/raymawerle-739091
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory / Stuart Chapel Online condolences may be made at www.martin-funeral.com
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John Glenn Jr. July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016
John Herschel Glenn Jr. (July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016), (Col, USMC, Ret.), was an American aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States Senator from Ohio. He was one of the “Mercury Seven” group of military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA to become America’s first astronauts and fly the Project Mercury spacecraft.
On February 20, 1962, Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission and became the first American to orbit the Earth and the fifth person in space, after cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov and the sub-orbital flights of Mercury astronauts Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom. Glenn is the earliest-born American to go to orbit, and the second earliest-born man overall after Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Beregovoy. Glenn received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978, and was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990. With the death of Scott Carpenter on October 10, 2013, Glenn became the last surviving member of the Mercury Seven.
Glenn resigned from NASA on January 16, 1964, and the next day announced plans to run for a U.S. Senate seat from Ohio; however, a bathroom fall which resulted in a concussion caused him to withdraw from the race in March. He retired from the Marine Corps on January 1, 1965. A member of the Democratic Party, he finally won election to the Senate in 1974 and served through January 3, 1999. With the death of Edward Brooke on January 3, 2015, Glenn became the oldest living former United States Senator, and has now died at 95.
On October 29, 1998, while still a sitting senator, he became the oldest person to fly in space, and the only one to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs, when at age 77, he flew as a Payload Specialist on Discovery mission STS-95. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
John Glenn was born on July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio, the son of John Herschel Glenn, Sr. (1895–1966) and Teresa (née Sproat) Glenn (1897–1971). He was raised in New Concord, Ohio.
After graduating from New Concord High School in 1939, he studied Engineering at Muskingum College. He earned a private pilot license for credit in a physics course in 1941. Glenn did not complete his senior year in residence or take a proficiency exam, both requirements of the school for the Bachelor of Science degree. However, the school granted Glenn his degree in 1962, after his Mercury space flight.
When the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II, Glenn quit college to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps. However, he was never called to duty, and in March 1942 enlisted as a United States Navy aviation cadet. He went to the University of Iowa for preflight training, then continued on to NAS Olathe, Kansas, for primary training. He made his first solo flight in a military aircraft there. During his advanced training at the NAS Corpus Christi, he was offered the chance to transfer to the U.S. Marine Corps and took it.
Upon completing his training in 1943, Glenn was assigned to Marine Squadron VMJ-353, flying R4D transport planes. He transferred to VMF-155 as an F4U Corsair fighter pilot, and flew 59 combat missions in the South Pacific. He saw combat over the Marshall Islands, where he attacked anti-aircraft batteries on Maloelap Atoll. In 1945, he was assigned to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and was promoted to captain shortly before the war’s end.
Glenn flew patrol missions in North China with the VMF-218 Marine Fighter Squadron, until it was transferred to Guam. In 1948 he became a flight instructor at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, followed by attending the Amphibious Warfare School.
During the Korean War, Glenn was assigned to VMF-311, flying the new F9F Panther jet interceptor. He flew his Panther in 63 combat missions, gaining the nickname “magnet ass” from his alleged ability to attract enemy flak. On two occasions, he returned to his base with over 250 holes in his aircraft. For a time, he flew with Marine reservist Ted Williams, a future Hall of Fame baseball player for the Boston Red Sox, as his wingman. He also flew with future Major General Ralph H. Spanjer.
Glenn flew a second Korean combat tour in an interservice exchange program with the United States Air Force, 51st Fighter Wing. He logged 27 missions in the faster F-86F Sabre and shot down three MiG-15s near the Yalu River in the final days before the ceasefire.
For his service in 149 combat missions in two wars, he received numerous honors, including the Distinguished Flying Cross (six occasions) and the Air Medal with eighteen award stars.
Glenn returned to NAS Patuxent River, appointed to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (class 12), graduating in 1954. He served as an armament officer, flying planes to high altitude and testing their cannons and machine guns. He was assigned to the Fighter Design Branch of the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics (now Bureau of Naval Weapons) as a test pilot on Navy and Marine Corps jet fighters in Washington, D.C., from November 1956 to April 1959, during which time he also attended the University of Maryland.
Glenn has nearly 9,000 hours of flying time, with approximately 3,000 hours in jet aircraft.
On July 16, 1957, Glenn completed the first supersonic transcontinental flight in a Vought F8U-3P Crusader. The flight from NAS Los Alamitos, California, to Floyd Bennett Field, New York, took 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8.3 seconds. As he passed over his hometown, a child in the neighborhood reportedly ran to the Glenn house shouting “Johnny dropped a bomb! Johnny dropped a bomb! Johnny dropped a bomb!” as the sonic boom shook the town. Project Bullet, the name of the mission, included both the first transcontinental flight to average supersonic speed (despite three in-flight refuelings during which speeds dropped below 300 mph), and the first continuous transcontinental panoramic photograph of the United States. For this mission Glenn received his fifth Distinguished Flying Cross.
In 1958, the newly formed NASA began a recruiting program for astronauts. Requirements were that each had to be a military test pilot between the ages of 25 and 40 with sufficient flight hours, no more than 5’11” in height, and possess a degree in a scientific field. 508 pilots were subjected to rigorous mental and physical tests, and finally the selection was narrowed down to seven astronauts (Glenn, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton), who were introduced to the public at a NASA press conference in April 1959. Glenn just barely met the requirements as he was close to the age cutoff of 40 and also lacked the required science-based degree at the time. During this time, he remained an officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962, on the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission, circling the globe three times during a flight lasting 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds. This made Glenn the third American in space and the fifth human being in space.
Perth, Western Australia, became known worldwide as the “City of Light” when residents turned on their house, car and streetlights as Glenn passed overhead. (The city repeated the act when Glenn rode the Space Shuttle in 1998). During the first mission there was concern over a ground indication that his heat shield had come loose, which could allow it to fail during re-entry through the atmosphere, causing his capsule to burn up. Flight controllers had Glenn modify his re-entry procedure by keeping his retrorocket pack on over the shield in an attempt to keep it in place. He made his splashdown safely, and afterwards it was determined that the indicator was faulty.
As the first American in orbit, Glenn became a national hero, met President Kennedy, and received a ticker-tape parade in New York City, reminiscent of that given for Charles Lindbergh and other great dignitaries.
Glenn’s fame and political attributes were noted by the Kennedys, and he became a personal friend of the Kennedy family. On February 23, 1962, President Kennedy escorted him in a parade to Hangar S at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where he awarded Glenn with the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.
In July 1962 Glenn testified before the House Space Committee in favor of excluding women from the NASA astronaut program. Although NASA had no official policy prohibiting women, in practice the requirement that astronauts had to be military test pilots excluded them entirely. The impact of the testimony of so prestigious a hero is debatable, but no female astronaut flew on a NASA mission until Sally Ride in 1983 (in the meantime, the Soviets had flown two women on space missions), and none piloted a mission until Eileen Collins in 1995, more than 30 years after the hearings. In the late 1970s, Glenn is reported to have supported Shuttle Mission Specialist Astronaut Judith Resnik in her career.
Glenn resigned from NASA on January 16, 1964, and the next day announced his candidacy as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate from his home state of Ohio. On February 26, 1964, Glenn suffered a concussion from a slip and fall against a bathtub; this led him to withdraw from the race on March 30. Glenn then went on convalescent leave from the Marine Corps until he could make a full recovery, necessary for his retirement from the Marines. He retired on January 1, 1965, as a Colonel and entered the business world as an executive for Royal Crown Cola.
NASA psychologists had determined during Glenn’s training that he was the astronaut best suited for public life. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy suggested to Glenn and his wife in December 1962 that he should run against incumbent United States Senator Stephen M. Young of Ohio in the 1964 Democratic primary election. In 1964 Glenn announced that he was resigning from the space program to run against Young, but withdrew when he hit his head on a bathtub. Glenn sustained a concussion and injured his inner ear, and recovery left him unable to campaign. Glenn remained close to the Kennedy family and was with Robert Kennedy when he was assassinated in 1968.
In 1970, Glenn was narrowly defeated in the Democratic primary for nomination for the Senate by fellow Democrat Howard Metzenbaum, by a 51% to 49% margin. Metzenbaum lost the general election race to Robert Taft, Jr. In 1974, Glenn rejected Ohio governor John J. Gilligan and the Ohio Democratic party’s demand that he run for Lieutenant Governor. Instead, he challenged Metzenbaum again, whom Gilligan had appointed to the Senate to replace William B. Saxbe, who had resigned to become Attorney General of the United States.
In the primary race, Metzenbaum contrasted his strong business background with Glenn’s military and astronaut credentials, saying his opponent had “never held a payroll”. Glenn’s reply came to be known as the “Gold Star Mothers” speech. He told Metzenbaum to go to a veterans’ hospital and “look those men with mangled bodies in the eyes and tell them they didn’t hold a job. You go with me to any Gold Star mother and you look her in the eye and tell her that her son did not hold a job.” Many felt the “Gold Star Mothers” speech won the primary for Glenn. Glenn won the primary by 54 to 46%. After defeating Metzenbaum, Glenn defeated Ralph Perk, the Republican Mayor of Cleveland, in the general election, beginning a Senate career that would continue until 1999. In 1980, Glenn won re-election to the seat, defeating Republican challenger Jim Betts, by over 40 percentage points.
In 1986, Glenn defeated challenger U.S. Representative Tom Kindness. Metzenbaum would go on to seek a rematch against Taft in 1976, winning a close race on Jimmy Carter’s coattails.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Glenn and Metzenbaum had strained relations. There was a thaw in 1983, when Metzenbaum endorsed Glenn for president, and again in 1988, when Metzenbaum was opposed for re-election by Cleveland mayor George Voinovich. Voinovich accused Metzenbaum of being soft on child pornography. Voinovich’s charges were criticized by many, including Glenn, who now came to Metzenbaum’s aid, recording a statement for television rebutting Voinovich’s charges. Metzenbaum won the election by 57% to 41%.
Glenn returned to space on the Space Shuttle on October 29, 1998, becoming, at age 77, the oldest person to go into space as a Payload Specialist on Discovery’s STS-95 mission. According to The New York Times, Glenn “won his seat on the Shuttle flight by lobbying NASA for two years to fly as a human guinea pig for geriatric studies”, which were named as the main reasons for his participation in the mission. Glenn states in his memoir that he had no idea NASA was willing to send him back into space when NASA announced the decision.
Glenn’s participation in the nine-day mission was criticized by some in the space community as a political favor granted to Glenn by President Clinton, with John Pike, director of the Space Policy Project for the Federation of American Scientists noting “If he was a normal person, he would acknowledge he’s a great American hero and that he should get to fly on the shuttle for free…He’s too modest for that, and so he’s got to have this medical research reason. It’s got nothing to do with medicine.”
It was noted that Glenn’s flight offered valuable research on weightlessness and other aspects of space flight on the same person at two points in life 36 years apart—by far the longest interval between space flights by the same person—providing information on the effects of spaceflight and weightlessness on the elderly, with an ideal control subject. Shortly before the flight, researchers learned that Glenn had to be disqualified from one of the flight’s two main priority human experiments (about the effects of melatonin) because he did not meet one of the study’s medical conditions; he still participated in two other experiments about sleep monitoring and protein use.
Upon the safe return of the STS-95 crew, Glenn (and his crewmates) received another ticker-tape parade, making him the tenth, and latest, person to have received multiple ticker-tape parades in a lifetime (as opposed to that of a sports team). Just prior to the flight, on October 15, 1998, and for several months after, the main causeway to the Johnson Space Center, NASA Road 1, was temporarily renamed “John Glenn Parkway”.
In 2001, Glenn vehemently opposed the sending of Dennis Tito, the world’s first space tourist, to the International Space Station on the grounds that Tito’s trip served no scientific purpose.
On April 6, 1943, Glenn married his childhood sweetheart, Anna Margaret Castor (b. 1920). Both Glenn and his wife attended Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. He also was a member of the Stag Club Fraternity at Muskingum College.
Glenn was also one of the original owners of a Holiday Inn franchise near Orlando, Florida, that is today known as the Seralago Hotel & Suites Main Gate East.
Glenn is an honorary member of the International Academy of Astronautics; a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Marine Corps Aviation Association, Order of Daedalians, National Space Club Board of Trustees, National Space Society Board of Governors, International Association of Holiday Inns, Ohio Democratic Party, State Democratic Executive Committee, Franklin County (Ohio) Democratic Party, and 10th District (Ohio) Democratic Action Club.
A Freemason, Glenn is a member of Concord Lodge # 688 New Concord, Ohio, and DeMolay International, the Masonic youth organization, and is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church.
Glenn’s name was used for the character of John Tracy in the 1960s children’s TV series Thunderbirds.
Glenn’s boyhood home in New Concord has been restored and made into an historic house museum and education center.
In 2001, Glenn appeared as a guest star on the American television sitcom Frasier.
On August 4, 2006, Glenn and his wife were injured in an automobile accident on I-270 near Columbus, Ohio, and were hospitalized for two days. Glenn suffered a “very sore chest” and a fractured sternum. Annie Glenn was treated for minor injuries. Glenn was cited for failure to yield the right-of-way.
On September 5, 2009, John and Annie Glenn dotted the “i” during The Ohio State University’s Script Ohio marching band performance, at the Ohio State-Navy football game halftime show. Bob Hope, Woody Hayes, Buster Douglas, E. Gordon Gee, Novice Fawcett, Robert Ries, and Jack Nicklaus and Earle Bruce are the only other non-band members to have received this honor.
On February 20, 2012, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Friendship 7 flight, Glenn was surprised with the opportunity to speak with the orbiting crew of the International Space Station while Glenn was on-stage with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden at Ohio State, where the public affairs school is named for him.
On April 19, 2012, Glenn participated in the ceremonial transfer of the retired Space Shuttle Discovery from NASA to the Smithsonian Institution for permanent display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Speaking at the event, Glenn criticized the “unfortunate” decision to end the Space Shuttle program, expressing his opinion that grounding the shuttles delayed research.
In June 2014, Glenn underwent a successful heart valve replacement surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.
On June 28, 2016, the Columbus, Ohio airport was officially renamed the John Glenn Columbus International Airport. Just before his 95th birthday, Glenn and his wife Annie attended the ceremony, and he spoke eloquently about how visiting that airport as a child inspired his interest in flying.
Glenn has stated that he sees no contradiction between believing in God and the knowledge that evolution is “a fact”, and that he believes evolution should be taught in schools.
On December 7, 2016, a spokesman for The Ohio State University announced that Glenn was hospitalized at OSU, having been admitted “more than a week” before. The spokesman indicated he did not know Glenn’s condition or diagnosis, and cautioned that his hospitalization at The James Cancer Hospital did not necessarily mean that Glenn had cancer. A family source said that Glenn was in declining health, that his condition was grave, and that Annie Glenn and his children and grandchildren had joined him at the hospital. Glenn died December 8, 2016 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
John Hicks March 21, 1951 – October 30, 2016
John Charles Hicks Jr. (born March 21, 1951) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He is best remembered for being the last lineman to be runner-up in the vote for the Heisman Trophy.
In 1970, Hicks came onto the Buckeye scene and won the job as a starting tackle. He unfortunately missed his sophomore year due to a knee injury, but rebounded to put together two spectacular seasons in 1972 and 1973. During Hicks’ three years, Ohio State posted a 28-3-1 record, and each year, Ohio State won the Big Ten Championship and went to the Rose Bowl, making Hicks the first person from OSU to play in three Rose Bowls.
In 1972 Hicks was recognized as a First Team All-America selection and earned his first of two All-Big Ten honors. He repeated his All-Conference honors his senior year and again earned All-America honors, this time as a unanimous selection. His stellar senior season and dominance of the line of scrimmage caught the eye of the voters as Hicks won the Lombardi Award as the nation’s most outstanding lineman and the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman.
The 6-3, 258 pound tackle started as a sophomore in 1970, freshman weren’t eligible, and helped them go to the Rose Bowl. In 1971, he started off the season in dominant fashion before injuring his knee and missing the last six games of the season. He came back to become an All-American in 1972 helping the Buckeyes to go back to the Rose Bowl. Then he had his monster 1973 season. A first round draft pick of the New York Giants, injuries would put a halt to his pro career.
Hicks was the first player to ever start in three Rose Bowls and was part of a monster Ohio State team. The unbeaten Buckeyes lost to Stanford 27-17 in the 1971 Rose Bowl. Next year at the 1973 game, Ohio State got steamrolled by USC 42-17. But the 1974 Rose Bowl game would be unbeaten Ohio State’s year to steamroll USC 42-21 as Hicks (Archie Griffin, Pete Johnson?) led the way to 323 rushing yards.
Hicks played for the New York Giants from 1974 through 1977. In April 1978, the Giants traded Hicks to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for offensive lineman Jim Clack and wide receiver Ernie Pough. Hicks never played for the Steelers.
Hicks is married to his wife Cindy, the father of three daughters and one son, and has three granddaughters and one grandson.
John Hicks was a friend and business associate and I was deeply saddened by the news of his passing.
I originally met John when he was still in school. A friend of mine was, at the time, dorm administrator of Stradley Hall (the athletic dorm).
I again had the privilege of meeting John in 1975 when circumstances presented an opportunity to enter into a business enterprise with the newly crowned NFL “Rookie of the Year”. Our venture only lasted one year but what an interesting year it was.
John did the best imitation of Woody Hayes, whom he and many of the team affectionately called “the old man”, I have ever heard.
John Hicks wasn’t just among the greats ever to play football at Ohio State, he was “a giant,” two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin said. “In all that he did, he was a giant on and off the field.”
John passed away overnight due to complications from diabetes, his family acknowledged. He was 65.
“I knew this was coming, but it just hurts to know that he’s gone,” Griffin told The Columbus Dispatch.
A two-time All-American in 1972 and ’73, Hicks won both the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award in ’73 as the nation’s outstanding lineman. He also finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting that season, a monumental achievement for a right tackle.
He later was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, the Ohio State athletics hall of fame and the hall of fame for the Rose Bowl, in which he started for the Buckeyes in trips there after the 1970, ’72 and ’73 seasons. He was a first-round draft pick of the New York Giants in 1974 but injuries blunted his pro career.
“Everyone knows what he did on the field,” Griffin said. “But overall, he was just a terrific man. What he did off the field was also unbelievable.”
Along with founding and running his own real estate development company, Hicks was deeply involved in myriad organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Central Ohio and the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.
He also was known to never turn down a call from his former teammates and other Buckeyes, being given the nickname “The Godfather” by his fellow Ohio State alumni, and for all the right reasons, Griffin said.
“Anytime someone needed help they’d call John,” Griffin said.
Among the causes Hicks took up was that of former Buckeyes and NFL safety Jack Tatum, whose battle with the ravages of diabetes eventually led to his untimely death at 61 in 2010. Hicks arranged several fund-raising efforts to help defray the costs of Tatum’s plight.
“He’d be organizing folks to help, whoever it was that needed the help,” Griffin said, his voice cracking with emotion. “He was just unbelievable, man.”
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, a Cleveland native like Hicks, seconded that notion.
“I have known John since I was in high school in Cleveland; he was one of my idols,” said Smith, who went on to play football at Notre Dame in the mid-1970s. “His impact on our community cannot be measured. He was a man’s man.”
John Zacherley; September 26, 1918 – October 27, 2016
John Zacherle (/’zæk?rli?/ ZAK-?r-lee; sometimes credited as John Zacherley; September 26, 1918 – October 27, 2016) was an American television host, radio personality, and voice actor. He was best known for his long career as a television horror host, often broadcasting horror movies in Philadelphia and New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. Best known for his character of “Roland/Zacherley,” he also did voice work for movies, and recorded the top ten novelty rock and roll song “Dinner With Drac” in 1958. He also edited two collections of horror stories, Zacherley’s Vulture Stew and Zacherley’s Midnight Snacks.
Zacherle was born in Philadelphia, the youngest of four children of a bank clerk and his wife. He grew up in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood, where he went to high school. He received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from an Ivy League school, the University of Pennsylvania. In World War II he enlisted in the United States Army and served in North Africa and Europe. After the war, he returned to Philadelphia and joined a local repertory theatre company.
In 1954 he gained his first television role at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, where he was hired as an actor playing several roles (one was an undertaker) in Action in the Afternoon, a Western produced by the station and aired in the New York City market. Three years later, he was hired as the host of WCAU’s Shock Theater, which debuted on October 7, 1957. As the host, Zacherle appeared wearing a long black undertaker’s coat as the character “Roland,” pronounced “Ro-land”, who lived in a crypt with his wife “My Dear” (unseen, lying in her coffin) and his lab assistant, Igor. The hosting of the black-and-white show involved interrupting the film to do numerous stylized horror-comedy gags parodying the film, an influential change which pioneered a now-standard television genre. In the opening sequence, Zacherle as Roland would descend a long round staircase to the crypt. The producers erred on the side of goriness, showing fake severed heads with blood simulated with Hershey’s chocolate syrup. During the comedy “cut-ins” during the movie, the soundtrack continued to play on the air, while the visual feed switched briefly to a shot of Zacherle as Roland in the middle of a related humorous stunt, such as riding a tombstone, or singing “My Funny Valentine” to his wife in her coffin. The show ran for 92 broadcasts through 1958.
He was a close colleague of Philadelphia broadcaster Dick Clark, and sometimes filled in for Clark on road touring shows of Clark’s American Bandstand in the 1960s. Clark reportedly gave Zacherle his nickname of “The Cool Ghoul.” In 1958, partly with the assistance and backing of Clark, Zacherle cut “Dinner with Drac” for Cameo Records, backed by Dave Appell. At first, Clark thought the recording was too gory to play on Bandstand and made Zacherle return to the studio to cut a second tamer version. Eventually both versions were released simultaneously as backsides on the same 45, and the record broke the top ten nationally. Zacherle later released several LPs mixing horror sound effects with novelty songs.
The purchase of WCAU by CBS in 1958 prompted Zacherle to leave Philadelphia for WABC-TV in New York, where the station added a “y” to the end of his name in the credits. He continued the format of the Shock Theater, after March 1959 titled Zacherley at Large, with “Roland” becoming “Zacherley” and his wife “My Dear” becoming “Isobel.” He also began appearing in motion pictures, including Key to Murder alongside several of his former Action in the Afternoon colleagues. A regular feature of his shows continued to be his parodic interjection of himself into old horror films. He would run the movie and have “conversations” with the monster characters. He kept his “wife” in a coffin on stage. His co-star was in a burlap sack hanging from a rope. The on-air conversation consisted of Zacherle repeating the words he heard from the sack.
In a 1960 promotional stunt for his move to WOR-TV, Zacherley– by then, a Baby Boomer idol– staged a presidential campaign. His “platform” recording can be found on the album Spook Along with Zacherley, which originally included a Zacherley for President book and poster set which is highly collectible today.
In 1963 he hosted animated cartoons on WPIX-TV in New York. He also hosted the TV show Chiller Theatre in New York on WPIX.
In 1964 he hosted a teenage dance show for three years at WNJU-TV in Newark called Disc-O-Teen, hosting the show in full costume and using the teenage show participants in his skits.
In 1967, he became a morning radio host for WNEW-FM. Two years later in 1969, he became the station night broadcaster (10 PM–2 AM) for a progressive rock format. In 1971 he switched his show to WPLJ-FM, where he stayed for ten years.
On February 14, 1970 he appeared at Fillmore East music hall in New York City to introduce rock act the Grateful Dead. His introduction of the band can be heard on the Grateful Dead album Dick’s Picks Volume 4.
In the early 1980s he played a wizard on Captain Kangaroo, appearing without his Roland/Zacherley costume and make-up. He continued to perform in character at Halloween broadcasts in New York and Philadelphia in the 1980s and 1990s, once narrating Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven while backed up by the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In 1986, he hosted a direct-to-video program called Horrible Horror, where he performed Zacherley monologues in between clips from public domain sci-fi and horror films.
In 1988 he struck up a friendship with B movie horror director Frank Henenlotter, voicing the puppet “Aylmer,” a slug-like drug-dealing and brain-eating parasite, one of the lead characters in Henenlotter’s 1988 horror-comedy film Brain Damage, and cameos in his 1990 comedy Frankenhooker, appropriately playing a TV weatherman who specializes in forecasts for mad scientists.
In late 1992, Zacherle joined the staff of “K-Rock,” WXRK-FM, at a time when the roster included other free-form radio luminaries such as Vin Scelsa (with whom he’d worked at WPLJ) and Meg Griffin. However, in January of 1996, the station switched to an alternative rock format and hired all new jocks.
In 2010 Zacherly starred in the documentary, The Aurora Monsters: The Model Craze That Gripped the World. The film was written and produced by Dennis Vincent and Cortlandt Hull, owner of the Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum in Bristol, Connecticut. The documentary includes a number of short pieces featuring Zacherly and his puppet co-host Gorgo, of Bill Diamond Productions. The film went on to win a Rondo award.
Zacherle continued to make appearances at conventions through 2015, and to this day, Zacherle collectibles are still selling, including model kits, T-shirts, and posters. The book Goodnight, Whatever You Are by Richard Scrivani, chronicling the life and times of The Cool Ghoul, debuted at the Chiller Theatre Expo in Secaucus, New Jersey, in October 2006. Scrivani and Tom Weaver followed it up with the scrapbook-style “The Z Files: Treasures from Zacherley’s Archives” in 2012.
The comic book anthology, Zacherley’s Midnite Terrors (created by Joseph M. Monks, and featuring top artists like Basil Gogos, Ken Kelly, William S. Stout and Mike Koneful), was created solely as a tribute to “Zach”. Three issues were published, and Zacherley acted in a commercial to promote them.
He made a special guest appearance in Harry Chaskin’s award-winning animated short film, Bygone Behemoth and recent on-air appearances include a two-hour show at WCBS-FM with Ron Parker on Halloween, 2007. A picture of Zacherley alongside fellow horror host Dr. Gangrene appeared in the October 30, 2007 issue of USA Today in an article about Horror Host entitled Halloween horror hosts rise again on radio, TV, film written by David Colton. Zacherley and Chiller Theatre returned to the WPIX airwaves on October 25, 2008 for a special showing of the 1955 Universal Pictures science fiction classic Tarantula!.
The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia inducted Zacherle into their Hall of Fame in 2010. He died in October 2016 at the age of 98.
He was the uncle of My Little Pony creator Bonnie Zacherle.
Eddie Antar December 18, 1947 – September 10, 2016
Eddie Antar December 18, 1947 – September 11, 2016 – Crazy Eddie was an American retail business that sold electronic goods. The company did business in several forms. The first, and what would eventually become the most famous and infamous of the three, was a chain of retail shops located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, which also sold by telephone. The second was a venture that began as a retail shop but was eventually reorganized as an internet and telephone business. The third and most recent was an online and buy-by-telephone store. As of 2015, none of the three Crazy Eddie ventures is conducting business.
Crazy Eddie was started during 1971 in Brooklyn, New York by businessmen Eddie Antar and Sam M. Antar as ERS Electronics, named after Eddie, his cousin and partner Ronnie Gindi, and Eddie’s father Sam. The chain became important throughout the Tri-State Region as much for its prices as for its memorable radio and television commercials, featuring a frenetic, “crazy” character played by radio announcer Jerry Carroll (who copied most of his act from early television-commercial actor, used car and electronics salesman Earl “Madman” Muntz). At its height, Crazy Eddie had 43 stores in the chain, and earned more than $300 million in sales.
Involved in fraudulent business practices, co-founder Eddie Antar cashed in millions of dollars’ worth of stock and resigned from the company in December of 1986. Crazy Eddie’s board of directors lost control of the company in November of 1987 after a proxy battle with a group directed by Elias Zinn and Victor Palmieri, known as the Oppenheimer-Palmieri Group. The entire Antar family was immediately eliminated from the business. The new owners quickly discovered the true extent of the Antar family’s fraud, but were unable to stop Crazy Eddie’s decreasing fortunes. In 1989, the company declared bankruptcy and was liquidated. Crazy Eddie became a symbol for corporate fraud in its time, but has since been outdone by the Enron, Worldcom and Bernie Madoff accounting scandals.
In February 1990, Antar fled to Israel, but was returned to the United States in January of 1993 for trial. His 1993 conviction on fraud charges was overturned, but he eventually pleaded guilty in 1996. In 1997, Antar was sentenced to eight years in prison and paid large fines. He was released from prison in 1999. Antar died at the age of 68 on September 10, 2016.
“Jack” Davis, Jr. December 2, 1924 – July 27, 2016
John Burton “Jack” Davis, Jr. (December 2, 1924 – July 27, 2016) was an American cartoonist and illustrator, known for his advertising art, magazine covers, film posters, record album art, and numerous comic book stories. He was one of the founding cartoonists for Mad in 1952. His cartoon characters are characterized by extremely distorted anatomy, including big heads, skinny legs, and extremely large feet.
John Burton “Jack” Davis, Jr. was born December 2, 1924 in Atlanta, Georgia. As a child, he adored listening to Bob Hope on the radio, and tried to draw him, despite not knowing what Hope looked like.
Davis saw comic book publication at the age of 12 when he contributed a cartoon to the reader’s page of Tip Top Comics #9 (December 1936). After drawing for his high school newspaper and yearbook, he spent three years in the U.S. Navy, where he contributed to the daily Navy News.
Attending the University of Georgia on the G.I. Bill, he drew for the campus newspaper and helped launch an off-campus humor publication, Bullsheet, which he described as “not political or anything but just something with risque jokes and cartoons.” After graduation, he was a cartoonist intern at The Atlanta Journal, and he worked one summer inking Ed Dodd’s Mark Trail comic strip, a strip which he later parodied in Mad as Mark Trade.
In 1949, he illustrated a Coca-Cola training manual, a job that gave him enough money to buy a car and drive to New York. Attending the Art Students League of New York, he found work with the Herald Tribune Syndicate as an inker on Leslie Charteris’s The Saint comic strip, drawn by Mike Roy in 1949–1950. His own humor strip, Beauregard, with gags in a Civil War setting, was carried briefly by the McClure Syndicate. After rejections from several comic book publishers, he began freelancing for William Gaines’ EC Comics in 1950, contributing to Tales from the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, Frontline Combat, Two-Fisted Tales, The Vault of Horror, Piracy, Incredible Science Fiction, Crime Suspenstories, Shock Suspenstories, and Terror Illustrated.
In 2011, Davis told the Wall Street Journal about his early career and his breakthrough with EC:
“I was about ready to give up, go home to Georgia and be either a forest ranger or a farmer. But I went down to Canal Street and Lafayette, up in an old rickety elevator and through a glass door to Entertaining Comics where Al Feldstein and Bill Gaines were putting out horror [comic] books. They looked at my work and it was horrible and they gave me a job right away!”
“Every time you went in to see Bill Gaines, he would write you a check when you brought in a story. You didn’t have to put in a bill or anything. I was very, very hungry and I was thinking about getting married. So I kept the road pretty hot between home and Canal Street. I would go in for that almighty check, go home and do the work, bring it in and get another check and pick up another story.”
Davis was particularly noted for his depiction of the Crypt-Keeper in the horror comics, revamping the character’s appearance from the more simplistic Al Feldstein version to a tougher, craggier, mangier man with hairy warts, salivating mouth and oversized hands and feet, who usually didn’t wear shoes. Among the classic horror tales he illustrated were “Foul Play” which was cited in Dr. Fredric Wertham’s book Seduction of the Innocent for its depiction of “a comic book baseball game”. Others, like “Tain’t the Meat, It’s the Humanity”, “Death of Some Salesman”, “Fare Tonight Followed by Increasing Clottiness”, “Tight Grip” and “Lower Berth” were Crypt-Keeper classics. He did the covers for every issue of Crypt from issue #29 to #46. In his work for Harvey Kurtzman’s war comics he tackled a variety of subjects and had a particular affinity for depicting American Civil War stories. He also did many covers for Frontline Combat, Two-Fisted Tales, and Incredible Science Fiction as well. The editors, William M. Gaines, Albert B. Feldstein, and Harvey Kurtzman, have said he was the fastest artist they had in those days, completely penciling and inking three pages a day at times, or more. His use of the brush to create depth and mood was unique and memorable. His wrinkled clothing, scratchy lines and multi-layered layouts were so popular in the 1950s, that other artists at rival companies began copying the style—notably, Howard Nostrand in Harvey’s horror comics. In the late 1950s, Davis drew Western stories for Atlas Comics. His 1963 work on the Rawhide Kid (#33-35) was his last for non-humor comic books.
His style of wild, free-flowing brushwork and wacky characters made him a perfect choice when Harvey Kurtzman launched Mad as a zany, satirical EC comic book in 1952. He appeared in most of the first 30 issues of Mad, all 12 issues of Panic and even some work in Cracked. Davis contributed to other Kurtzman magazines—Trump, Humbug and Help!—eventually expanding into illustrations for record jackets, movie posters, books and magazines, including Time and TV Guide. He completed an 88-card set of humorous cartoons called Wacky Plaks, which Topps Chewing Gum Co. released in 1959. In 1961, he wrote, drew, and edited his own comic book, Yak Yak, for Dell Comics. In 1965, he illustrated Meet The North American Indians by Elizabeth Payne, published by Random House as part of their children’s Step Up Books line. (ISBN 0-394-80060-5). He returned as a regular contributor to Mad magazine in the mid 1960s and appeared in nearly every issue after that for decades. He also drew many covers for the magazine, especially in the 1970s.
Davis also had a regular comic strip feature in Pro Quarterback magazine in the early 1970s entitled Superfan, which was written by his Mad cohort, Nick Meglin.
Davis first came to the attention of TV Guide in 1965 when he illustrated an eight-page advertising supplement for NBC’s TV lineup, which featured icons such as Johnny Carson, Dean Martin and fictional characters such as Dr. Kildare, Napoleon Solo and Maxwell Smart. His first cover for the magazine came in 1968, when he depicted a tribute to Andy Griffith, in which the actor was hoisted on the shoulders of his costars, Don Knotts and Jim Nabors. Davis recalls, “Every assignment was a thrill because TV Guide was the top magazine in the country. I couldn’t wait to get in my little MG and drive from New York out to the magazine’s offices in Radnor, Pennsylvania, to show the editors my latest design. I felt like the luckiest guy in the world.” Davis would contribute 23 covers for TV Guide between 1968 and 1981. In 2013 the magazine honored him in a retrospective in which it recounted his history with the publication, and spotlighted some of his most memorable covers, including those depicting Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (March 28, 1970), Davis’ childhood hero Bob Hope for a cover on Hope’s history with the Oscars (April 10, 1971) and Bonanza (August 14, 1971). Years later, while watching a TV interview of Hope, Davis was gratified to notice that his Hope cover was displayed on the back wall of the comedian’s office; “it was one of the proudest moments of my life,” recalled Davis.
Davis created the cartoon bee which (in decal form) appears on the flanks of all the buses in the Bee-Line running from Westchester to New York City. A Westchester resident at the time, Davis lived directly adjacent to one of the Bee Line’s bus routes, and he mentioned in an interview how gratifying it was to see his own artwork drive past his window several times every day. Similar synchronicity happened when Mad moved to 1700 Broadway, where the magazine’s fifth-floor production department was next to a wall that had previously been the location, only three feet away, of an immense Davis cartoon for a bank, an advertisement that towered six stories over 53rd Street.
Like fellow Mad alumnus Paul Coker, Jr., Davis also contributed to Rankin-Bass productions; his character designs are featured in Mad Monster Party, The King Kong Show, The Coneheads and the cartoon series The Jackson 5ive. For Raid insecticide, Davis created the animated bug that screamed “Raid?!” Phil Kimmelman Associates created several commercials designed by Davis and animated in his style.
Davis produced the artwork for the poster for the 1963 comedy chase film It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (which he then parodied for the cover of the Mad paperback It’s a World, World, World, World Mad). When the Criterion Collection released the film on DVD and Blu-ray in 2014, Davis provided illustrations for the accompanying booklet.
Davis’ artwork for the comedy Western Viva Max! (1969) formed the centerpiece of that film’s promotional campaign, and he did the same for the film Kelly’s Heroes in 1970. His poster for Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye (1973) presented the film in a comic light.
In 1963 Davis produced a work of cover art for the Richard Wolfe album, Many Happy Returns of the Day! released by MGM Records, and designed the Homer and Jethro album, Homer and Jethro Go West (RCA Victor).
In 1966, Davis created the cover art for the Johnny Cash album, Everybody Loves a Nut.
While Davis resided on St. Simons Island, Georgia, he sketched various characters and mascots for the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick. His drawing of the Mariner, Capt. Jack, was ultimately selected by the college students and staff as the official school mascot.
Davis died in St. Simons Islands, Georgia, from complications of a stroke, at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife, Dena; a daughter, Katie Davis Lloyd; and a son, Jack Davis III, who are all still very much alive and healthy.
Dan Daniel December 18, 1934 – June 21, 2016
Vergil Glynn Daniel (December 18, 1934 – June 21, 2016) was an American radio disc jockey, known on the air as “Dandy” Dan Daniel and Triple-D
Daniel started as a disc jockey at age seventeen on Armed Forces Radio with the US Navy. His first commercial job was at KXYZ in Houston in 1955 and he then worked at WDGY in Minneapolis before moving to WMCA in 1961.
His first broadcast at WMCA was on August 18, 1961. He started on the graveyard shift overnight but from 1962 to 1968 he played the top 40 hits from 4 pm to 7 pm — the evening drive home slot. The station produced a survey of the current sales in New York record stores and Dandy Dan gave the countdown of the week’s best sellers every Wednesday in this late afternoon slot. In 1966, he participated in a tour of Africa to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Peace Corps. Then, from 1968 to 1970, he did the early morning drive-to-work slot before leaving WMCA after nearly nine years; his final broadcast was on July 11, 1970.
Daniel was heard coast-to-coast on NBC Radio’s Monitor in the summer of 1973 and was the announcer on the 1974–1975 game show The Big Showdown. He subsequently worked on WYNY-FM where he hosted the mid-day slot and later morning and afternoon drives. He then did a stint at WHN playing country music before returning to WYNY-FM. Finally, he moved to WCBS-FM in 1996. He retired from WCBS on December 31, 2002.
Daniel was one of the personalities promoted as the “Good Guys” while working for the New York Top 40 radio station WMCA in the 1960s, when bands like The Beatles were transforming the music scene. He performed too and was the first to record the song “Is That All There Is?” He was tall –6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)— and so his theme tune was “Big Boss Man”, as performed by Charlie Rich. One of his catchphrases was “I love you … and especially you, size nine.” “Size nine” was once revealed to be his wife, Rosemary.
One technique used by Daniel was to research his audience. He felt that it was important to communicate in a personal way with them
Daniel died on June 21, 2016 after falling in his home the previous day. He was 81.
Muhammad Ali (/ɑːˈliː/ January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016
Muhammad Ali (/ɑːˈliː/; born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is now remembered for the skills he displayed in the ring plus the values he exemplified outside of it: religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience. He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC. He also wrote several best-selling books about his career, including The Greatest: My Own Story and The Soul of a Butterfly.
Ali, originally known as Cassius Clay, began training at 12 years old and at the age of 22 won the world heavyweight championship in 1964 from Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. Shortly after that bout, Ali joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name. He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975, and 30 years later began adhering to Sufism.
In 1967, three years after winning the heavyweight title, Ali refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War. He was eventually arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges and stripped of his boxing title. He did not fight again for nearly four years—losing a time of peak performance in an athlete’s career. Ali’s appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where in 1971 his conviction was overturned. Ali’s actions as a conscientious objector to the war made him an icon for the larger counterculture generation.
Ali remains the only three-time lineal world heavyweight champion; he won the title in 1964, 1974, and 1978. Between February 25, 1964 and September 19, 1964 Muhammad Ali reigned as the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion.
Nicknamed “The Greatest”, Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches. Notable among these were the first Liston fight, three with rival Joe Frazier, and one with George Foreman, in which he regained titles he had been stripped of seven years earlier.
At a time when most fighters let their managers do the talking, Ali, inspired by professional wrestler “Gorgeous” George Wagner, thrived in—and indeed craved—the spotlight, where he was often provocative and outlandish. He controlled most press conferences and interviews, and spoke freely about issues unrelated to boxing. Ali transformed the role and image of the African American athlete in America by his embrace of racial pride and his willingness to antagonize the white establishment in doing so. In the words of writer Joyce Carol Oates, he was one of the few athletes in any sport to “define the terms of his public reputation”.
Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky. The older of two boys, he was named for his father, Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr., who himself was named in honour of the 19th century abolitionist and politician of the same name. He had a sister and four brothers, including Nathaniel Clay. Clay’s paternal grandparents were John Clay and Sallie Anne Clay; Clay’s sister Eva quoted that Sallie was a native of Madagascar. His father painted billboards and signs, and his mother, Odessa O’Grady Clay, was a household domestic. Although Cassius Sr. was a Methodist, he allowed Odessa to bring up both Cassius and his younger brother Rudolph “Rudy” Clay (later renamed Rahman Ali) as Baptists. He was a descendant of pre-Civil War era American slaves in the American South, and was predominantly of African-American descent, with Irish and English heritage.
He was first directed toward boxing by Louisville police officer and boxing coach Joe E. Martin, who encountered the 12-year-old fuming over a thief taking his bicycle. He told the officer he was going to “whup” the thief. The officer told him he better learn how to box first. For the last four years of Clay’s amateur career he was trained by boxing cutman Chuck Bodak.
Clay won six Kentucky Golden Gloves titles, two national Golden Gloves titles, an Amateur Athletic Union National Title, and the Light Heavyweight gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Clay’s amateur record was 100 wins with five losses. Ali claimed in his 1975 autobiography that shortly after his return from the Rome Olympics he threw his gold medal into the Ohio River after he and a friend were refused service at a “whites-only” restaurant and fought with a white gang. The story has since been disputed and several of Ali’s friends, including Bundini Brown and photographer Howard Bingham, have denied it. Brown told Sports Illustrated writer Mark Kram, “Honkies sure bought into that one!” Thomas Hauser’s biography of Ali stated that Ali was refused service at the diner but that he lost his medal a year after he won it. Ali received a replacement medal at a basketball intermission during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where he lit the torch to start the games.
Clay made his professional debut on October 29, 1960, winning a six-round decision over Tunney Hunsaker. From then until the end of 1963, Clay amassed a record of 19–0 with 15 wins by knockout. He defeated boxers including Tony Esperti, Jim Robinson, Donnie Fleeman, Alonzo Johnson, George Logan, Willi Besmanoff, Lamar Clark, Doug Jones and Henry Cooper. Clay also beat his former trainer and veteran boxer Archie Moore in a 1962 match.
These early fights were not without trials. Clay was knocked down both by Sonny Banks and Cooper. In the Cooper fight, Clay was floored by a left hook at the end of round four and was saved by the bell. The fight with Doug Jones on March 13, 1963, was Clay’s toughest fight during this stretch. The number-two and -three heavyweight contenders respectively, Clay and Jones fought on Jones’ home turf at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Jones staggered Clay the first round, and the unanimous decision for Clay was greeted by boos and a rain of debris thrown onto the ring (watching on closed-circuit TV, heavyweight champ Sonny Liston quipped that if he fought Clay he might get locked up for murder). The fight was later named “Fight of the Year”.
In each of these fights, Clay vocally belittled his opponents and vaunted his abilities. Jones was “an ugly little man” and Cooper was a “bum”. He was embarrassed to get in the ring with Alex Miteff. Madison Square Garden was “too small for me”. This behavior made him controversial and disliked by most writers, many former champions and much of the general public.
After Clay left Moore’s camp in 1960, partially due to Clay’s refusing to do chores such as dish-washing and sweeping, he hired Angelo Dundee, whom he had met in February 1957 during Ali’s amateur career, to be his trainer. Around this time, Clay sought longtime idol Sugar Ray Robinson to be his manager, but was rebuffed.
By late 1963, Clay had become the top contender for Sonny Liston’s title. The fight was set for February 25, 1964, in Miami. Liston was an intimidating personality, a dominating fighter with a criminal past and ties to the mob. Based on Clay’s uninspired performance against Jones and Cooper in his previous two fights, and Liston’s destruction of former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson in two first-round knock outs, Clay was a 7–1 underdog. Despite this, Clay taunted Liston during the pre-fight buildup, dubbing him “the big ugly bear”. “Liston even smells like a bear,” Clay said. “After I beat him I’m going to donate him to the zoo.” He declared that he would “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”, and, summarizing his strategy for avoiding Liston’s assaults, said, “Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see.” Clay turned the pre-fight weigh-in into a circus, shouting at Liston that “someone is going to die at ringside tonight”. Clay’s pulse rate was measured at 120, more than double his normal 54. Many of those in attendance thought Clay’s behavior stemmed from fear, and some commentators wondered if he would show up for the bout.
The outcome of the fight was a major upset. At the opening bell, Liston rushed at Clay, seemingly angry and looking for a quick knockout. But Clay’s superior speed and mobility enabled him to elude Liston, making the champion miss and look awkward. At the end of the first round Clay opened up his attack and hit Liston repeatedly with jabs. Liston fought better in round two, but at the beginning of the third round Clay hit Liston with a combination that buckled his knees and opened a cut under his left eye. This was the first time Liston had ever been cut. At the end of round four, as Clay returned to his corner, he began experiencing blinding pain in his eyes and asked his trainer Angelo Dundee to cut off his gloves. Dundee refused. It has been speculated that the problem was due to ointment used to seal Liston’s cuts, perhaps deliberately applied by his corner to his gloves. (Though unconfirmed, Bert Sugar claimed that two of Liston’s opponents also complained about their eyes “burning”.)
Despite Liston’s attempts to knock out a blinded Clay, Clay was able to survive the fifth round until sweat and tears rinsed the irritation from his eyes. In the sixth, Clay dominated, hitting Liston repeatedly. Liston did not answer the bell for the seventh round, and Clay was declared the winner by TKO. Liston stated that the reason he quit was an injured shoulder. Following the win, a triumphant Clay rushed to the edge of the ring and, pointing to the ringside press, shouted: “Eat your words!” Then, during an interview in the ring, he shouted, “I shook up the world!” “I talk to God every day.” “I must be the greatest!”
In winning this fight, Clay became at age 22 the youngest boxer to take the title from a reigning heavyweight champion, though Floyd Patterson was the youngest to win the heavyweight championship at 21, during an elimination bout following Rocky Marciano’s retirement. Mike Tyson broke both records in 1986 when he defeated Trevor Berbick to win the heavyweight title at age 20.
Clay, having changed his name to Muhammad Ali following his conversion to Islam and affiliation with the Nation of Islam, met Liston for a rematch in May 1965 in Lewiston, Maine. It had been scheduled for Boston the previous November, but was postponed for six months due to Ali’s emergency surgery for a hernia three days before. The fight was controversial. Midway through the first round, Liston was knocked down by a difficult-to-see blow the press dubbed a “phantom punch”. Ali refused to retreat to a neutral corner, and referee Jersey Joe Walcott did not begin the count. Liston rose after he had been down about 20 seconds, and the fight momentarily continued. But a few seconds later Walcott stopped the match, declaring Ali the winner by knockout. The entire fight lasted less than two minutes.
It has since been speculated that Liston dropped to the ground purposely. Proposed motivations include threats on his life from the Nation of Islam, that he had bet against himself and that he “took a dive” to pay off debts. Slow-motion replays show that Liston was jarred by a chopping right from Ali, although it is unclear whether the blow was a genuine knock-out punch.
Ali’s second title defense was against Floyd Patterson, a former heavyweight champion who had lost twice to Liston in first-round knockouts. Patterson had made what Ali considered denigrating remarks about his religion; Ali dubbed Patterson a “white man’s champion” and taunted him with the name “Rabbit”. At times during the fight, Ali appeared to toy with Patterson, refusing, for example, to throw a single punch in the first round and easily avoiding Patterson’s lunging “kangaroo punch”. Some felt Ali deliberately prolonged the fight to inflict maximum punishment. Ali won a 12-round technical knockout. Patterson later said that he strained his sacroiliac, a statement supported by video of the fight. Ali’s clowning and taunting of Patterson was criticized by many in the sports media.
Ali and then-WBA heavyweight champion boxer Ernie Terrell had agreed to meet for a bout in Chicago on March 29, 1966 (the WBA, one of two boxing associations, had stripped Ali of his title following his joining the Nation of Islam). But in February Ali was reclassified by the Louisville draft board as 1-A from 1-Y, and he indicated that he would refuse to serve, commenting to the press, “I ain’t got nothing against no Viet Cong; no Viet Cong never called me nigger.” Amidst the media and public outcry over Ali’s stance, the Illinois Athletic Commission refused to sanction the fight, citing technicalities .
Instead, Ali traveled to Canada and Europe and won championship bouts against George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, Brian London and Karl Mildenberger.
Ali returned to the United States to fight Cleveland Williams in the Houston Astrodome on November 14, 1966. According to Sports Illustrated, the bout drew a then-indoor world record crowd of 35,460 people. Williams had once been considered among the hardest punchers in the heavyweight division, but in 1964 he had been shot at point-blank range by a Texas policeman, resulting in the loss of one kidney and 10 feet (3.0 m) of his small intestine. Ali dominated Williams, winning a third-round technical knockout in what some consider the finest performance of his career.
Ali fought Terrell in Houston on February 6, 1967. Terrell was billed as Ali’s toughest opponent since Liston—unbeaten in five years and having defeated many of the boxers Ali had faced. Terrell was big, strong and had a three-inch reach advantage over Ali. During the lead up to the bout, Terrell repeatedly called Ali “Clay”, much to Ali’s annoyance (Ali called Cassius Clay his “slave name”). The two almost came to blows over the name issue in a pre-fight interview with Howard Cosell.
Ali seemed intent on humiliating Terrell. “I want to torture him,” he said. “A clean knockout is too good for him.” The fight was close until the seventh round when Ali bloodied Terrell and almost knocked him out. In the eighth round, Ali taunted Terrell, hitting him with jabs and shouting between punches, “What’s my name, Uncle Tom… what’s my name?” Ali won a unanimous 15-round decision. Terrell claimed that early in the fight Ali deliberately thumbed him in the eye — forcing Terrell to fight half-blind — and then, in a clinch, rubbed the wounded eye against the ropes. Because of Ali’s apparent intent to prolong the fight to inflict maximum punishment, critics described the bout as “one of the ugliest boxing fights”. Tex Maule later wrote: “It was a wonderful demonstration of boxing skill and a barbarous display of cruelty.” Ali denied the accusations of cruelty but, for Ali’s critics, the fight provided more evidence of his arrogance.
After Ali’s title defense against Zora Folley on March 22, he was stripped of his title due to his refusal to be drafted to army service. His boxing license was also suspended by the state of New York. He was convicted of draft evasion on June 20 and sentenced to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He paid a bond and remained free while the verdict was being appealed.
Ali refused to be inducted into the armed forces, stating publicly, “no Vietcong ever called me nigger”. He was systematically denied a boxing license in every state and stripped of his passport. As a result, he did not fight from March 1967 to October 1970—from ages 25 to almost 29—as his case worked its way through the appeal process. In 1971, the US Supreme Court overturned his conviction in a unanimous 8-0 ruling (Thurgood Marshall abstained from the case).
During this time of inactivity, as opposition to the Vietnam War began to grow and Ali’s stance gained sympathy, he spoke at colleges across the nation, criticizing the Vietnam War and advocating African American pride and racial justice.
On August 12, 1970, with his case still in appeal, Ali was granted a license to box by the City of Atlanta Athletic Commission, thanks to State Senator Leroy R. Johnson. Ali’s first return bout was against Jerry Quarry on October 26, resulting in a win after three rounds after Quarry was cut.
A month earlier, a victory in federal court forced the New York State Boxing Commission to reinstate Ali’s license. He fought Oscar Bonavena at Madison Square Garden in December, an uninspired performance that ended in a dramatic TKO of Bonavena in the 15th round. The win left Ali as a top contender against heavyweight champion Joe Frazier.
Ali and Frazier’s first fight, held at the Garden on March 8, 1971, was nicknamed the “Fight of the Century”, due to the tremendous excitement surrounding a bout between two undefeated fighters, each with a legitimate claim as heavyweight champions. Veteran boxing writer John Condon called it “the greatest event I’ve ever worked on in my life”. The bout was broadcast to 35 foreign countries; promoters granted 760 press passes.
Adding to the atmosphere were the considerable pre-fight theatrics and name calling. Ali portrayed Frazier as a “dumb tool of the white establishment”. “Frazier is too ugly to be champ,” Ali said. “Frazier is too dumb to be champ.” Ali also frequently called Frazier an Uncle Tom. Dave Wolf, who worked in Frazier’s camp, recalled that, “Ali was saying ‘the only people rooting for Joe Frazier are white people in suits, Alabama sheriffs, and members of the Ku Klux Klan. I’m fighting for the little man in the ghetto.’ Joe was sitting there, smashing his fist into the palm of his hand, saying, ‘What the fuck does he know about the ghetto?’”
Ali began training at a farm near Reading, Pennsylvania in 1971 and finding the country setting to his liking, Muhammad Ali then sought to develop a real training camp in the countryside. Twenty minutes from Reading, (one hour from Philadelphia and a two-hour drive from New York City), Ali found a five-acre site on a Pennsylvania country road in the village of Deer Lake. (On a map, the location can more easily be found by looking for “Orwigsburg”.) On this site, Ali carved out what was to become his training camp, the camp where he lived and trained for all the many fights he had from 1972 on to the end of his career in the 1980s. The camp still stands today and is a bed and breakfast.
The Monday night fight lived up to its billing. In a preview of their two other fights, a crouching, bobbing and weaving Frazier constantly pressured Ali, getting hit regularly by Ali jabs and combinations, but relentlessly attacking and scoring repeatedly, especially to Ali’s body. The fight was even in the early rounds, but Ali was taking more punishment than ever in his career. On several occasions in the early rounds he played to the crowd and shook his head “no” after he was hit. In the later rounds—in what was the first appearance of the “rope-a-dope strategy”—Ali leaned against the ropes and absorbed punishment from Frazier, hoping to tire him. In the 11th round, Frazier connected with a left hook that wobbled Ali, but because it appeared that Ali might be clowning as he staggered backwards across the ring, Frazier hesitated to press his advantage, fearing an Ali counter-attack. In the final round, Frazier knocked Ali down with a vicious left hook, which referee Arthur Mercante said was as hard as a man can be hit. Ali was back on his feet in three seconds Nevertheless, Ali lost by unanimous decision, his first professional defeat.
Ali’s characterizations of Frazier during the lead-up to the fight cemented a personal animosity toward Ali by Frazier that lasted until Frazier’s death. Frazier and his camp always considered Ali’s words cruel and unfair, far beyond what was necessary to sell tickets. Shortly after the bout, in the studios of ABC’s Wide World of Sports during a nationally televised interview with the two boxers, Frazier rose from his chair and wrestled Ali to the floor after Ali called him ignorant.
In the same year basketball star Wilt Chamberlain challenged Ali, and a fight was scheduled for July 26. Although the seven foot two inch tall Chamberlain had formidable physical advantages over Ali, weighing 60 pounds more and able to reach 14 inches further, Ali was able to intimidate Chamberlain into calling off the bout. This happened during a shared press conference with Chamberlain in which Ali repeatedly responded to reporters with the traditional lumberjack warning, “Timber,” and said, “The tree will fall!” With these statements of confidence, Ali was able to unsettle his taller opponent into calling off the bout.
After the loss to Frazier, Ali fought Jerry Quarry, had a second bout with Floyd Patterson and faced Bob Foster in 1972, winning a total of six fights that year. In 1973, Ali suffered the second loss of his career at the hands of Ken Norton, who broke Ali’s jaw during the fight. After initially seeking retirement, Ali won a controversial decision against Norton in their second bout, leading to a rematch at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 1974, with Joe Frazier—who had recently lost his title to George Foreman.
Ali was strong in the early rounds of the fight, and staggered Frazier in the second round (referee Tony Perez mistakenly thought he heard the bell ending the round and stepped between the two fighters as Ali was pressing his attack, giving Frazier time to recover). However, Frazier came on in the middle rounds, snapping Ali’s head in round seven and driving him to the ropes at the end of round eight. The last four rounds saw round-to-round shifts in momentum between the two fighters. Throughout most of the bout, however, Ali was able to circle away from Frazier’s dangerous left hook and to tie Frazier up when he was cornered—the latter a tactic that Frazier’s camp complained of bitterly. Judges awarded Ali a unanimous decision.
The defeat of Frazier set the stage for a title fight against heavyweight champion George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30, 1974—a bout nicknamed “The Rumble in the Jungle”. Foreman was considered one of the hardest punchers in heavyweight history. In assessing the fight, analysts pointed out that Joe Frazier and Ken Norton—who had given Ali four tough battles and won two of them—had been both devastated by Foreman in second round knockouts. Ali was 32 years old, and had clearly lost speed and reflexes since his twenties. Contrary to his later persona, Foreman was at the time a brooding and intimidating presence. Almost no one associated with the sport, not even Ali’s long-time supporter Howard Cosell, gave the former champion a chance of winning.
As usual, Ali was confident and colorful before the fight. He told interviewer David Frost, “If you think the world was surprised when Nixon resigned, wait ’til I whup Foreman’s behind!” He told the press, “I’ve done something new for this fight. I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.” Ali was wildly popular in Zaire, with crowds chanting “Ali, bomaye” (“Ali, kill him”) wherever he went.
Ali opened the fight moving and scoring with right crosses to Foreman’s head. Then, beginning in the second round—and to the consternation of his corner—Ali retreated to the ropes and invited Foreman to hit him while covering up, clinching and counter-punching—all while verbally taunting Foreman. (“Is that all you got, George? They told me you could hit.”) The move, which would later become known as the “Rope-A-Dope”, so violated conventional boxing wisdom—letting one of the hardest hitters in boxing strike at will—that at ringside writer George Plimpton thought the fight had to be fixed. Foreman, increasingly angered, threw punches that were deflected and did not land squarely. Midway through the fight, as Foreman began tiring, Ali countered more frequently and effectively with punches and flurries, which electrified the pro-Ali crowd. In the eighth round, Ali dropped an exhausted Foreman with a combination at center ring; Foreman failed to make the count. Against the odds, and amidst pandemonium in the ring, Ali had regained the title by knockout.
In reflecting on the fight, George Foreman later said: “I’ll admit it. Muhammad outthought me and outfought me.”
Ali’s next opponents included Chuck Wepner, Ron Lyle, and Joe Bugner. Wepner, a journeyman known as “The Bayonne Bleeder”, stunned Ali with a knockdown in the ninth round; Ali would later say he tripped on Wepner’s foot. It was a bout that would inspire Sylvester Stallone to create the acclaimed film, Rocky.
Ali then agreed to a third match with Joe Frazier in Manila. The bout, known as the “Thrilla in Manila”, was held on October 1, 1975 in temperatures approaching 100 °F (38 °C). In the first rounds, Ali was aggressive, moving and exchanging blows with Frazier. However, Ali soon appeared to tire and adopted the “rope-a-dope” strategy, frequently resorting to clinches. During this part of the bout Ali did some effective counter-punching, but for the most part absorbed punishment from a relentlessly attacking Frazier. In the 12th round, Frazier began to tire, and Ali scored several sharp blows that closed Frazier’s left eye and opened a cut over his right eye. With Frazier’s vision now diminished, Ali dominated the 13th and 14th rounds, at times conducting what boxing historian Mike Silver called “target practice” on Frazier’s head. The fight was stopped when Frazier’s trainer, Eddie Futch, refused to allow Frazier to answer the bell for the 15th and final round, despite Frazier’s protests. Frazier’s eyes were both swollen shut. Ali, in his corner, winner by TKO, slumped on his stool, clearly spent.
An ailing Ali said afterwards that the fight “was the closest thing to dying that I know”, and, when later asked if he had viewed the fight on videotape, reportedly said, “Why would I want to go back and see Hell?” After the fight he cited Frazier as “the greatest fighter of all times next to me”.
Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome in 1984, a disease that commonly results from head trauma from activities such as boxing. Ali still remained active during this time, however, later participating as a guest referee at WrestleMania I.
Around 1987, the California Bicentennial Foundation for the U.S. Constitution selected Ali to personify the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Ali rode on a float at the following year’s Tournament of Roses Parade, launching the U.S. Constitution’s 200th birthday commemoration. He published an oral history, Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times by Thomas Hauser, in 1991. That same year Ali traveled to Iraq during the Gulf War and met with Saddam Hussein in an attempt to negotiate the release of American hostages. In 1996, he had the honor of lighting the flame at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Ali’s bout with Parkinson’s led to a gradual decline in Ali’s health though he was still active into the early years of the millennium, even promoting his own biopic, Ali, in 2001. Ali also contributed an on-camera segment to the America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit concert.
On November 17, 2002, Muhammad Ali went to Afghanistan as the “U.N. Messenger of Peace”. He was in Kabul for a three-day goodwill mission as a special guest of the UN.
On September 1, 2009, Ali visited Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, the home of his great-grandfather, Abe Grady, who emigrated to the U.S. in the 1860s, eventually settling in Kentucky. A crowd of 10,000 turned out for a civic reception, where Ali was made the first Honorary Freeman of Ennis.
On July 27, 2012, Ali was a titular bearer of the Olympic Flag during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He was helped to his feet by his wife Lonnie to stand before the flag due to his Parkinson’s rendering him unable to carry it into the stadium.
On February 3, 2013, in a Washington Times article, Ali’s brother, Rahman Ali, said Muhammad can no longer speak and could be dead within days. Ali’s daughter, May May Ali, responded to rumors of her father being near death, stating that she had talked to him on the phone the morning of February 3 and he was fine. On December 20, 2014, Ali was hospitalized for a mild case of pneumonia. Ali was once again hospitalized on January 15, 2015 for a urinary tract infection after being found unresponsive at a guest house in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was released the next day. Ali was hospitalized again on June 2, 2016 with a respiratory condition. His condition was initially described as “fair”. However, the following day, Ali was put on life support and his family feared that he would die within the upcoming days.
Ali has been married four times and has seven daughters and two sons. Ali met his first wife, cocktail waitress Sonji Roi, approximately one month before they married on August 14, 1964. Roi’s objections to certain Muslim customs in regard to dress for women contributed to the breakup of their marriage. They divorced on January 10, 1966.
On August 17, 1967, Ali married Belinda Boyd. After the wedding, she, like Ali, converted to Islam. She changed her name to Khalilah Ali, though she was still called Belinda by old friends and family. They had four children: Maryum (born 1968), twins Jamillah and Rasheda (born 1970), and Muhammad Ali, Jr. (born 1972). Maryum has a career as an author and rapper.
In 1975, Ali began an affair with Veronica Porsche, an actress and model. By the summer of 1977, Ali’s second marriage was over and he had married Veronica. At the time of their marriage, they had a baby girl, Hana, and Veronica was pregnant with their second child. Their second daughter, Laila Ali, was born in December 1977. By 1986, Ali and Veronica were divorced.
Laila later became a boxer in 1999, despite her father’s earlier comments against female boxing in 1978: “Women are not made to be hit in the breast, and face like that… the body’s not made to be punched right here [patting his chest]. Get hit in the breast… hard… and all that.” As of 2014, Laila is undefeated in the super middleweight category, with 24 wins, no losses, and no draws.
On November 19, 1986, Ali married Yolanda (“Lonnie”) Williams. They had been friends since 1964 in Louisville. They have one son, Asaad Amin, whom they adopted when Amin was five months old.
Ali was a resident of Cherry Hill, New Jersey in the early 1970s. Ali has two other daughters, Miya and Khaliah, from extramarital relationships.
Ali currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with Lonnie. In January 2007 it was reported that they had put their home in Berrien Springs, Michigan, up for sale and had purchased a home in eastern Jefferson County, Kentucky, for $1,875,000. Lonnie converted to Islam from Catholicism in her late twenties.
Ali registered for the draft on his eighteenth birthday and was listed as 1-A in 1962. In 1964, he was reclassified as 1-Y (fit for service only in times of national emergency) after two mental tests found his IQ was 78 (16th percentile), well below the armed force’s 30th-percentile threshold. (He was quoted as saying, “I said I was the greatest, not the smartest!”) By early 1966, the army lowered its standards to permit soldiers above the 15th percentile and Ali was again classified as 1-A. This classification meant he was now eligible for the draft and induction into the United States Army during a time when the U.S. was involved in the Vietnam War.
When notified of this status, Ali declared that he would refuse to serve in the Army and publicly considered himself a conscientious objector. Ali stated: “War is against the teachings of the Holy Qur’an. I’m not trying to dodge the draft. We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger. We don’t take part in Christian wars or wars of any unbelievers.” More succinctly and famously he said, “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong—no Viet Cong ever called me Nigger.” The statement articulated, for many people, a reason to oppose the war.
Appearing for his scheduled induction into the U.S. Armed Forces on April 28, 1967 in Houston, Ali refused three times to step forward at the call of his name. An officer warned him he was committing a felony punishable by five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Once more, Ali refused to budge when his name was called. As a result, he was arrested. On the same day the New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title. Other boxing commissions followed suit. Ali would not be able to obtain a license to box in any state for over three years.
At the trial on June 20, 1967, after only 21 minutes of deliberation, the jury found Ali guilty. After a Court of Appeals upheld the conviction, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the years between the appellate court decision and the Supreme Court verdict, Ali remained free. As public opinion began turning against the war and the Civil Rights movement continued to gather momentum, Ali became a popular speaker at colleges and universities across the country, rare if not unprecedented for a boxer. At Howard University, for example, he gave his popular “Black Is Best” speech to 4,000 cheering students and community intellectuals, after he was invited to speak by sociology professor Nathan Hare on behalf of the Black Power Committee, a student protest group.
On June 28, 1971, the Supreme Court in Clay v. United States overturned Ali’s conviction by a unanimous 8-0 decision (Justice Thurgood Marshall did not participate). The decision was not based on, nor did it address, the merits of Ali’s claims per se; rather, the Court held that since the Appeal Board gave no reason for the denial of a conscientious objector exemption to Ali, and that it was therefore impossible to determine which of the three basic tests for conscientious objector status offered in the Justice Department’s brief that the Appeals Board relied on, Ali’s conviction must be reversed.
Ali’s example inspired countless black Americans and others. The New York Times columnist William Rhoden wrote, “Ali’s actions changed my standard of what constituted an athlete’s greatness. Possessing a killer jump shot or the ability to stop on a dime was no longer enough. What were you doing for the liberation of your people? What were you doing to help your country live up to the covenant of its founding principles?”
Recalling Ali’s anti-war position, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said: “I remember the teachers at my high school didn’t like Ali because he was so anti-establishment and he kind of thumbed his nose at authority and got away with it. The fact that he was proud to be a Black man and that he had so much talent … made some people think that he was dangerous. But for those very reasons I enjoyed him.”
Ali inspired Martin Luther King, Jr., who had been reluctant to address the Vietnam War for fear of alienating the Johnson Administration and its support of the civil rights agenda. Now, King began to voice his own opposition to the war for the first time.
In speaking of the cost on Ali’s career of his refusal to be drafted, his trainer Angelo Dundee said, “One thing must be taken into account when talking about Ali: He was robbed of his best years, his prime years.”
Ali’s resistance to the draft was covered in the 2013 documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali.
Ali had a highly unorthodox boxing style for a heavyweight, epitomized by his catchphrase “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”. Never an overpowering puncher, Ali relied early in his career on his superior hand speed, superb reflexes and constant movement, dancing and circling opponents for most of the fight, holding his hands low and lashing out with a quick, cutting left jab that he threw from unpredictable angles. His footwork was so strong that it was extremely difficult for opponents to cut down the ring and corner Ali against the ropes.
One of Ali’s greatest tricks was to make opponents overcommit by pulling straight backward from punches. Disciplined, world-class boxers chased Ali and threw themselves off balance attempting to hit him because he seemed to be an open target, only missing and leaving themselves exposed to Ali’s counter punches, usually a chopping right. Slow motion replays show that this was precisely the way Sonny Liston was hit and apparently knocked out by Ali in their second fight. Ali often flaunted his movement and dancing with the “Ali Shuffle”, a sort of center-ring jig. Ali’s early style was so unusual that he was initially discounted because he reminded boxing writers of a lightweight, and it was assumed he would be vulnerable to big hitters like Sonny Liston.
Using a synchronizer, Jimmy Jacobs, who co-managed Mike Tyson, measured young Ali’s punching speed versus Sugar Ray Robinson, a welter/middleweight, often considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in history. Ali was 25% faster than Robinson, even though Ali was 45–50 pounds heavier. Ali’s punches produced approximately 1,000 pounds of force. “No matter what his opponents heard about him, they didn’t realize how fast he was until they got in the ring with him”, Jacobs said. The effect of Ali’s punches was cumulative. “Ali would rub you out”, said Floyd Patterson. “He would hit you 14,000 times and he wouldn’t knock you out, he rubbed you out.” Charlie Powell, who fought Ali early in Ali’s career and was knocked out in the third round, said: “When he first hit me I said to myself, ‘I can take two of these to get one in myself.’ But in a little while I found myself getting dizzier and dizzier every time he hit me. He throws punches so easily that you don’t realize how much they hurt you until it’s too late.”
Commenting on fighting the young Ali, George Chuvalo said: “He was just so damn fast. When he was young, he moved his legs and hands at the same time. He threw his punches when he was in motion. He’d be out of punching range, and as he moved into range he’d already begun to throw the punch. So if you waited until he got into range to punch back, he beat you every time.”
Floyd Patterson said, “It’s very hard to hit a moving target, and (Ali) moved all the time, with such grace, three minutes of every round for fifteen rounds. He never stopped. It was extraordinary.”
Darrell Foster, who trained Will Smith for the movie Ali, said: “Ali’s signature punches were the left jab and the overhand right. But there were at least six different ways Ali used to jab. One was a jab that Ali called the ‘snake lick’, like cobra striking that comes from the floor almost, really low down. Then there was Ali’s rapid-fire jab—three to five jabs in succession rapidly fired at his opponents’ eyes to create a blur in his face so he wouldn’t be able to see the right hand coming behind it.”
In the opinion of many, Ali became a different fighter after the 3½-year layoff. Ferdie Pacheco, Ali’s corner physician, noted that he had lost his ability to move and dance as before. This forced Ali to become more stationary and exchange punches more frequently, exposing him to more punishment while indirectly revealing his tremendous ability to take a punch. This physical change led in part to the “rope-a-dope” strategy, where Ali would lie back on the ropes, cover up to protect himself and conserve energy, and tempt opponents to punch themselves out. Ali often taunted opponents in the process and lashed back with sudden, unexpected combinations. The strategy was dramatically successful in the George Foreman fight, but less so in the first Joe Frazier bout when it was introduced.
Of his later career, Arthur Mercante said: “Ali knew all the tricks. He was the best fighter I ever saw in terms of clinching. Not only did he use it to rest, but he was big and strong and knew how to lean on opponents and push and shove and pull to tire them out. Ali was so smart. Most guys are just in there fighting, but Ali had a sense of everything that was happening, almost as though he was sitting at ringside analyzing the fight while he fought it.”
Muhammad Ali defeated every top heavyweight in his era, which has been called the golden age of heavyweight boxing. Ali was named “Fighter of the Year” by Ring Magazine more times than any other fighter, and was involved in more Ring Magazine “Fight of the Year” bouts than any other fighter. He is an inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and holds wins over seven other Hall of Fame inductees. He is one of only three boxers to be named “Sportsman of the Year” by Sports Illustrated.
In 1978, three years before Ali’s permanent retirement, the Board of Aldermen in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, voted 6–5 to rename Walnut Street to Muhammad Ali Boulevard. This was controversial at the time, as within a week 12 of the 70 street signs were stolen. Earlier that year, a committee of the Jefferson County Public Schools considered renaming Central High School in his honor, but the motion failed to pass. At any rate, in time, Muhammad Ali Boulevard—and Ali himself—came to be well accepted in his hometown. In 1993, the Associated Press reported that Ali was tied with Babe Ruth as the most recognized athlete, out of over 800 dead or alive athletes, in America. The study found that over 97% of Americans over 12 years of age identified both Ali and Ruth.
He was the recipient of the 1997 Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Two years later, in 1999, the BBC produced a special version of its annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award ceremony, and Ali was voted their Sports Personality of the Century, receiving more votes than the other four contenders combined. On September 13, 1999, Ali was named “Kentucky Athlete of the Century” by the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies at the Galt House East. On January 8, 2005, Muhammad Ali was presented with the Presidential Citizens Medal by President George W. Bush. Later that November, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony. and the “Otto Hahn Peace Medal in Gold” of the UN Association of Germany (DGVN) in Berlin for his work with the US civil rights movement and the United Nations (December 17, 2005).
On November 19, 2005 (Ali’s 19th wedding anniversary), the $60 million non-profit Muhammad Ali Center opened in downtown Louisville. In addition to displaying his boxing memorabilia, the center focuses on core themes of peace, social responsibility, respect, and personal growth. On June 5, 2007, he received an honorary doctorate of humanities at Princeton University’s 260th graduation ceremony.
Ali Mall, located in Araneta Center, Quezon City, Philippines, is named after him. Construction of the mall, the first of its kind in the Philippines, began shortly after Ali’s victory on a boxing match with Joe Frazier in nearby Araneta Coliseum in 1975. The mall opened in 1976 with Ali personally gracing its opening.
Ali is generally considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time by boxing commentators and historians. Ring Magazine, a prominent boxing magazine, named him number 1 in a 1998 ranking of greatest heavyweights from all eras.
Ali was named the second greatest fighter in boxing history by ESPN.com behind only welterweight and middleweight great Sugar Ray Robinson. In December 2007, ESPN listed Ali second in its choice of the greatest heavyweights of all time, behind Joe Louis.
The Associated Press voted Ali the No. 1 heavyweight of the 20th century in 1999.
Madeleine Lebeau June 10, 1923 – May 1, 2016
Lebeau married actor Marcel Dalio in 1939; it was his second marriage. They had met while performing a play together. In 1939 she appeared in her first film, the melodrama Jeunes filles en détresse (Girls in Distress).
In June 1940, Lebeau and Dalio (who was Jewish; born Israel Moshe Blauschild) fled Paris ahead of the invading German Army and reached Lisbon. They are presumed to have received transit visas from Aristides de Sousa Mendes, allowing them to enter Spain and journey on to Portugal. It took them two months to obtain visas to Chile.
However, when their ship, the S.S. Quanza, stopped in Mexico, they were stranded, along with around 200 other passengers, when the Chilean visas they had purchased turned out to be forgeries. Eventually, they were able to get temporary Canadian passports and entered the United States.
Lebeau made her Hollywood debut in 1941 in Hold Back the Dawn, which featured Olivia de Havilland in a leading role. The following year, she appeared in the Errol Flynn movie Gentleman Jim, a biography of Irish-American boxer James J. Corbett.
Later that year she was cast in the role of Yvonne, Humphrey Bogart’s jilted mistress, in Casablanca. Warner Bros. signed her to a $100-a-week contract for twenty-six weeks to be in a number of films. On 22 June, while she was filming her scenes in Casablanca, her husband, Marcel Dalio, who played Emil the croupier in the same film, filed for divorce in Los Angeles on the grounds of desertion. They divorced in 1942. Shortly before the release of the film, Warner Bros. terminated her contract. After Joy Page died in April 2008, Lebeau was the last surviving credited cast member of Casablanca.
Following Casablanca, Lebeau appeared in two further American films. The first was a large role in the war drama Paris After Dark (1943), with her former husband. The following year, Lebeau had a smaller role in Music for Millions.
After the end of World War II, Lebeau returned to France and continued her acting career. She appeared in Les Chouans (The Royalists, 1947) and worked in Great Britain, appearing in a film with Jean Simmons, Cage of Gold (1950).
She would appear in 20 more films, mainly French, including Une Parisienne (1957), with Brigitte Bardot as the star, and Federico Fellini’s 8½ (1963). Lebeau’s last two films were Spanish productions in 1965.
In 1988, she married, thirdly, to Italian screenwriter Tullio Pinelli who had contributed to the script of 8½.
Lebeau died on 1 May 2016 in Estepona, Spain, after breaking her thigh bone.
“Pat” Woodell July 12, 1944 – September 29, 2015
Patricia Joy “Pat” Woodell (July 12, 1944 – September 29, 2015) was an American actress and singer, best known for her television role as Bobbie Jo Bradley from 1963 to 1965 on Petticoat Junction.
Woodell was born July 12, 1944, in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Initially hoping to be a singer, she made some appearances as a teenager in Catskill Mountains hotels before making her acting debut in a 1962 episode of Cheyenne, entitled “The Vanishing Breed”. She would go on to appear on the shows Hawaiian Eye (1963), The Gallant Men (1963), GE True (1963), and 77 Sunset Strip (1963). She also appeared in the anti-communist film Red Nightmare (1962).
Woodell is best remembered for being the first Bobbie Jo Bradley, one of three teenage sisters, on the CBS sitcom, Petticoat Junction; which began its run in 1963. She played the book-smart character for the sitcom’s first two seasons (1963–1965), a total of 64 (out of 74) episodes, before she left the series in the spring of 1965. In several episodes she performed musical numbers, including one called “The Ladybugs”. The Ladybugs (a take-off on the Beatles) was a singing group comprised of Bobbie Jo and her TV sisters Linda Kaye, Jeannine Riley, together with Sheila James. The Ladybugs also appeared on an episode of The Ed Sullivan Show during Woodell’s run on Petticoat Junction.
After leaving Petticoat Junction, Woodell went on to have guest roles on a season three episode of The Hollywood Palace in 1965, and in one of the last episodes of The Munsters in 1966. She then toured as a singer, with Jack Benny, and recorded an album, but she did not achieve great popularity as a vocalist. In 1971, Woodell made her film debut in The Big Doll House, followed by three more “exploitation” type films, including The Woman Hunt (1972), The Twilight People (1972) and The Roommates (1973), but she did not break into mainstream feature films.
Woodell retired from acting in 1973, after appearing on an episode of The New Perry Mason, entitled “The Case of the Murdered Murderer”. She soon went to work for Werner Erhard, in his est seminar organization, and subsequently co-founded a consulting firm, retiring in 2013. Woodell never returned to acting, but appeared in a few documentaries about her days on Petticoat Junction.
Woodell was married to actor Gary Clarke. Following their divorce, she married Vern McDade in 1978; they remained married to until her death. Woodell died on September 29, 2015, at her home in Fallbrook, California. She was 71 and battled cancer for more than 20 years.
LeRoy Neiman June 8, 1921 – June 20, 2012
LeRoy Neiman (June 8, 1921 – June 20, 2012) was an American artist known for his brilliantly colored, expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes, musicians and sporting events.
LeRoy Runquist was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the son of Lydia (née Serline) and Charles Runquist. He was of Swedish descent. His father deserted his family, and when his mother married his stepfather, Neiman changed to the new surname as well.
Neiman served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked as a cook until the end of the war, when his art skills were recognized and put to use painting sets for Red Cross shows. Following his return in 1946, Neiman studied briefly at the St. Paul School of Art, then at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago on the G.I. Bill. After graduating, Neiman served on the Art Institute faculty for ten years. During the time Neiman was teaching, he was exhibiting art in competitions and winning prizes. In 1954, Neiman began his association with Playboy Magazine. Neiman had met Hugh Hefner while doing freelance fashion illustration for the Carson Pirie Scott, where Hefner was a writer. Hefner and Playboy art director Art Paul commissioned an illustration for the magazine’s fifth edition. Among Neiman’s contribution over the next 50 years, he created the Femlin character for the Party Jokes page, and did a feature for 15 years titled “Man at His Leisure,” where Neiman would paint illustrations of his travels to exotic locations.
Beginning in 1960, he traveled the world observing and painting leisure life, social activities and athletic competitions including the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Kentucky Derby, championship boxing, PGA and The Masters golf tournament, The Ryder Cup, the World Equestrian Games, Wimbledon and other Grand Slam competitions, as well as night life, entertainment, jazz and the world of casino gambling.
Neiman sponsored and supported several organizations from coast to coast that foster art activities for underprivileged children such as The LeRoy Neiman Center for Youth in San Francisco and the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem. He also has established the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University in New York and scholarships at his Alma Mater, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
He received five honorary doctorates and numerous awards, a recent Lifetime achievement award from the University of Southern California, an induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and proclamations and citations. Most recently he has received The Order of Lincoln on the 200th birthday celebration of Abraham Lincoln given by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. He has authored twelve books of his art. A documentary on his jazz painting, “The Big Band,” had its’ world premiere in Los Angeles in February, 2009.
Neiman produced about six different serigraph subjects a year, generally priced from $3,000 to $6,000 each. Gross annual sales of new serigraphs alone top $10 million. Originals can sell for up to $500,000 for works such as “Stretch Stampede,” a mammoth 1975 oil painting of the Kentucky Derby. In addition to being a renowned sports artist, Neiman has created many works from his experience on safari, including “Portrait of a Black Panther,” “Portrait of the Elephant,” “Resting Lion,” and “Resting Tiger.” Some of his other subjects include sailing, cuisine, golf, boxing, horses, celebrities, famous locations, and America at play. Much of his work was done for Playboy Magazine, for which he still illustrated monthly until his death.
Neiman worked in oil, enamel, watercolor, pencil drawings, pastels, serigraphy and some lithographs and etching. Neiman is listed in Art Collector’s Almanac, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World. His works have been displayed in museums, sold at auctions, and displayed in galleries and online distributors.
His work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the State Hermitage Museum in Russia, Wadham College at Oxford and in museums and art galleries the world over, as well as in private and corporate collections.
Neiman married Janet Byrne in 1957. They lived in New York City, their home base for over 4 decades, until Neiman’s death. Their residence, inside a New York City landmark originally intended for painters, is made up of double-height rooms that overlook Central Park. Norman Rockwell once lived there, as well as celebrities Rudolph Valentino, Noël Coward and former mayor John Lindsay. Neiman’s painting studio, offices, and home are on one floor, his archives on another, his penthouse at the top.
Neiman continued to paint despite having his right leg amputated, the result of a vascular problem, at a New York hospital in April 2010. Neiman’s autobiography, titled All Told: My Art and Life Among Athletes, Playboys, Bunnies, and Provocateurs, was published on June 5, 2012, shortly before his death on June 20.
Whitney Houston August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012
Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. Houston was the most awarded female act of all time, according to Guinness World Records. Her list of awards includes 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. Houston was also one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.
Inspired by several prominent soul singers in her family, including mother Cissy Houston and cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick, as well as her godmother, Aretha Franklin, Houston began singing with New Jersey church’s junior gospel choir at age 11. After she began performing alongside her mother in night clubs in the New York City area, she was discovered by Arista Records label head Clive Davis. Houston released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold certification.
Houston was the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits (“Saving All My Love for You”, “How Will I Know”, “Greatest Love of All”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, “So Emotional”, and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”). She was the second artist behind Elton John and the only female artist to have two number-one Top Billboard 200 Album awards (formerly “Top Pop Album”) on the Billboard magazine year-end charts.
Houston’s 1985 debut album, Whitney Houston, became the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release. The album was also named Rolling Stone’s best album of 1986, and was ranked at number 254 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Her second studio album, Whitney (1987), became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I Know”, influenced several African-American female artists to follow in her footsteps.
Houston’s first acting role was as the star of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The movie’s original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single, “I Will Always Love You”, became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. With this album, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period. The album also makes her the only female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four. Houston continued to star in movies and contribute to their adjoining soundtracks, including the films Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher’s Wife (1996). The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack would go on to become the best-selling gospel album in history. Three years after the release of her fourth studio album, My Love Is Your Love (1998), she renewed her recording contract with Arista Records. She released her fifth studio album, Just Whitney, in 2002, and the Christmas-themed One Wish: The Holiday Album in 2003. Amid widespread media coverage of personal and professional turmoil, Houston ended her 14-year marriage to singer Bobby Brown in 2006. In 2009, Houston released her seventh studio album, I Look to You.
On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, of causes not immediately known.
Whitney Houston was born in what was then a middle-income neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, the third and youngest child of Army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston, Jr. (September 13, 1920 – February 2, 2003), and gospel singer Cissy Houston. Her mother, along with cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick and godmother Aretha Franklin were all notable figures in the gospel, rhythm and blues, pop, and soul genres. Houston was raised a Baptist, but was also exposed to the Pentecostal church. After the 1967 Newark riots, the family moved to a middle class area in East Orange, New Jersey when she was four.
At the age of eleven, Houston began to follow in her mother’s footsteps and started performing as a soloist in the junior gospel choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where she also learned to play the piano. Her first solo performance in the church was “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”.
When Houston was a teenager, she attended a Catholic girls high school, Mount Saint Dominic Academy, where she met her best friend Robyn Crawford, whom she describes as the “sister she never had.” While Houston was still in school, her mother continued to teach her how to sing. In addition to her mother, Franklin, and Warwick, Houston was also exposed to the music of Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, and Roberta Flack, most of whom would have an impact on her as a singer and performer.
Houston spent some of her teenage years touring nightclubs where her mother Cissy was performing, and she would occasionally get on stage and perform with her. In 1977, at age 14, she became a backup singer on the Michael Zager Band’s single “Life’s a Party”. Zager subsequently offered to obtain a recording contract for the young singer, but Cissy declined, wanting her daughter to finish school first. Then in 1978, at age 15, Houston sang background vocals on Chaka Khan’s hit single “I’m Every Woman”, a song she would later turn into a larger hit for herself on her monster-selling The Bodyguard soundtrack album. She also sang back-up on albums by Lou Rawls and Jermaine Jackson. In the early 1980s, Houston started working as a fashion model after a photographer saw her at Carnegie Hall singing with her mother. She appeared as a lead vocalist on a Paul Jabara album, entitled Paul Jabara and Friends, released by Columbia Records in 1983. She appeared in Seventeen and became one of the first women of color to grace the cover of the magazine. She was also featured in layouts in the pages of Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Young Miss, and appeared in a Canada Dry soft drink TV commercial. Her striking looks and girl-next-door charm made her one of the most sought after teen models of that time. While modeling, she continued her burgeoning recording career by working with producers Ben Dover, Bill Laswell and Martin Bisi on an album they were spearheading called One Down, which was credited to the group Material. For that project, Houston contributed the ballad “Memories”. Robert Christgau of The Village Voice called her contribution “one of the most gorgeous ballads you’ve ever heard.”
Houston had previously been offered several recording agencies (Michael Zager in 1980, and Elektra Records in 1981). In 1983, Gerry Griffith, an A&R representative from Arista Records saw her performing with her mother in a New York City nightclub and was impressed. He convinced Arista’s head Clive Davis to make time to see Houston perform. Davis too was impressed and offered a worldwide recording contract which Houston signed. Later that year, she made her national televised debut alongside Davis on The Merv Griffin Show.
Houston signed with Arista in 1983 but did not begin work on her album immediately. The label wanted to make sure no other label signed the singer away. Davis wanted to ensure he had the right material and producers for Houston’s debut album. Some producers had to pass on the project due to prior commitments. Houston first recorded a duet with Teddy Pendergrass entitled “Hold Me” which appeared on his album, Love Language. The single was released in 1984 and gave Houston her first taste of success, becoming a Top 5 R&B hit. It would also appear on her debut album in 1985.
With production from Michael Masser, Kashif, Jermaine Jackson, and Narada Michael Walden, Houston’s debut album Whitney Houston was released in February 1985. Rolling Stone magazine praised Houston, calling her “one of the most exciting new voices in years” while The New York Times called the album “an impressive, musically conservative showcase for an exceptional vocal talent.” Arista Records promoted Houston’s album with three different singles from the album in the US, UK and other European countries. In the UK, the dance-funk “Someone for Me”, failed to chart in the country, was the first single while “All at Once” was in such European countries as the Netherlands and Belgium, where the song reached top 5 on the singles charts, respectively. In the US, the soulful Ballad “You Give Good Love” was chosen as the lead single from Houston’s debut to establish her in the black marketplace first. Outside the US, the song failed to get enough attention to become a hit but in the US, gave the album its first major hit as it peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and No. 1 on the Hot R&B chart. As a result, the album began to sell strongly, and Houston continued promotion by touring nightclubs in the US. She also began performing on late-night television talk shows, which were not usually accessible to unestablished black acts. The jazzy ballad “Saving All My Love for You” was released next and it would become Houston’s first No. 1 single in both the US and the UK. She was now an opening act for singer Jeffrey Osborne on his nationwide tour. “Thinking About You” was released as the promo single only to R&B-oriented radio stations, which peaked at number ten of the US R&B Chart. At the time, MTV had received harsh criticism for not playing enough videos by black, Latin, and other racial minorities while favoring white acts. The third US single, “How Will I Know,” peaked at No. 1 and introduced Houston to the MTV audience thanks to its video. Houston’s subsequent singles from this, and future albums, would make her the first African-American female artist to receive consistent heavy rotation on MTV. By 1986, a year after its initial release, Whitney Houston topped the Billboard 200 albums chart and stayed there for 14 non-consecutive weeks. The final single, “Greatest Love of All,” became Houston’s biggest hit at the time after peaking No. 1 and remaining there for three weeks on the Hot 100 chart, which made her debut the first album by a female artist to yield three No. 1 hits. Houston was No. 1 artist of the year and Whitney Houston was the No. 1 album of the year on 1986 Billboard year-end charts, making her the first female artist to earn that distinction. At the time, Houston released the best-selling debut album by a solo artist. Houston then embarked on her world tour, Greatest Love Tour. The album had become an international success, and was certified 13× platinum (diamond) in the United States alone, and has sold a total of 25 million copies worldwide.
At the 1986 Grammy Awards, Houston was nominated for three awards including Album of the Year. She was not eligible for the Best New Artist category due to her previous hit R&B duet recording with Teddy Pendergrass in 1984. She won her first Grammy award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for “Saving All My Love for You”. At the same award show, she performed that Grammy-winning hit; that performance later winning her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. Houston won seven American Music Awards in total in 1986 and 1987, and an MTV Video Music Award. The album’s popularity would also carry over to the 1987 Grammy Awards when “Greatest Love of All” would receive a Record of the Year nomination. Houston’s debut album is listed as one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and on The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Definitive 200 list. Whitney Houston’s grand entrance into the music industry is considered one of the 25 musical milestones of the last 25 years, according to USA Today. Following Houston’s breakthrough, doors were opened for other African-American female artists such as Janet Jackson and Anita Baker to find notable success in popular music and on MTV.
With many expectations Houston’s second album, Whitney, was released in June 1987. The album again featured production from Masser, Kashif and Walden as well as Jellybean Benitez. Many critics complained that the material was too similar to her previous album. Rolling Stone said, “the narrow channel through which this talent has been directed is frustrating.” Still, the album enjoyed commercial success. Houston became the first female artist in music history to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and the first artist to enter the albums chart at number one in both the US and UK, while also hitting number one or top ten in dozens of other countries around the world. The album’s first single, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” was also a massive hit worldwide, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topping the singles chart in many countries such as Australia, Germany and the UK. The next three singles, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” “So Emotional,” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” all peaked at number one on the US Hot 100 chart, which gave her a total of seven consecutive number one hits, breaking the record of six previously shared by The Beatles and The Bee Gees. Houston became the first female artist to generate four number-one singles from one album. Whitney has been certified 9× Platinum in the US for shipments of over 9 million copies, and has sold a total of 20 million copies worldwide.
At the 30th Grammy Awards in 1988, Houston was nominated for three awards, including Album of the Year, winning her second Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).” Houston also won two American Music Awards in 1988 and 1989, respectively, and a Soul Train Music Award. Following the release of the album, Houston embarked on the Moment of Truth World Tour, which was one of the ten highest grossing concert tours of 1987. The success of the tours during 1986–87 and her two studio albums ranked Houston No. 8 for the highest earning entertainers list according to Forbes magazine. She was the highest earning African-American woman overall and the third highest entertainer after Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy.
Houston was a supporter of Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement. During her modeling days, the singer refused to work with any agencies who did business with the then-apartheid South Africa. On June 11, 1988, during the European leg of her tour, Houston joined other musicians to perform a set at Wembley Stadium in London to celebrate a then-imprisoned Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday. Over 72,000 people attended Wembley Stadium, and over a billion people tuned in worldwide as the rock concert raised over $1 million for charities while bringing awareness to apartheid. Houston then flew back to the US for a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City in August. The show was a benefit concert that raised a quarter of a million dollars for the United Negro College Fund. In the same year, she recorded a song for NBC’s coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics, “One Moment in Time”, which became a Top 5 hit in the US, while reaching number one in the UK and Germany. With her world tour continuing overseas, Houston was still one of the top 20 highest earning entertainers for 1987–88 according to Forbes magazine.
n 1989, Houston formed The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children, a non-profit organization that has raised funds for the needs of children around the world. The organization cares for homelessness, children with cancer or AIDS, and other issues of self-empowerment. With the success of her first two albums, Houston was undoubtedly an international crossover superstar, the most prominent since Michael Jackson, appealing to all demographics. However, some black critics believed she was “selling out.” They felt her singing on record lacked the soul that was present during her live concerts. At the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards, when Houston’s name was called out for a nomination, a few in the audience jeered. Houston defended herself against the criticism, stating, “If you’re gonna have a long career, there’s a certain way to do it, and I did it that way. I’m not ashamed of it.” Houston took a more urban direction with her third studio album, I’m Your Baby Tonight, released in November 1990. She produced and chose producers for this album and as a result, it featured production and collaborations with L.A. Reid and Babyface, Luther Vandross, and Stevie Wonder. The album showed Houston’s versatility on a new batch of tough rhythmic grooves, soulful ballads and up-tempo dance tracks. Reviews were mixed. Rolling Stone felt it was her “best and most integrated album”. while Entertainment Weekly, at the time thought Houston’s shift towards an urban direction was “superficial”. The album contained several hits: the first two singles, “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “All the Man That I Need” peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; “Miracle” peaked at number nine; “My Name Is Not Susan” peaked in the top twenty; “I Belong to You” reached the top ten of the US R&B chart and garnered Houston a Grammy nomination; and the sixth single, the Stevie Wonder duet “We Didn’t Know”, reached the R&B top twenty. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and went on to be certified 4× platinum in the US while selling twelve million total worldwide.
With America entangled in the Persian Gulf War, Houston performed “The Star Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV on January 27, 1991. Due to overwhelming response to her rendition, it was released as a commercial single and video of her performance, and reached the Top 20 on the US Hot 100, making her the only act to turn the national anthem into a pop hit of that magnitude (Jose Feliciano’s version reached No. 50 in November 1968). Houston donated all her share of the proceeds to the American Red Cross Gulf Crisis Fund. As a result, the singer was named to the Red Cross Board of Governors. Her rendition was considered the benchmark for singers and critically acclaimed. Rolling Stone commented that “her singing stirs such strong patriotism. Unforgettable,” ranked No. 1 on the 25 most memorable music moments in NFL history list. VH1 listed the performance as one of the greatest moments that rocked TV. Later that year, Houston put together her Welcome Home Heroes concert with HBO for the soldiers fighting in the Persian Gulf War and their families. The free concert took place at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia in front of 3,500 servicemen and women. HBO descrambled the concert so that it was free for everyone to watch. Houston’s concert gave HBO its highest ratings ever. She then embarked on the I’m Your Baby Tonight World Tour.
In September 2011, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Houston was to produce and star (alongside Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps) in the remake of the 1976 film Sparkle. It was also reported that Houston would play Sparks’s “not-so encouraging mother”. Houston was to have had executive producer credits on top of acting credits according to Debra Martin Chase, producer of Sparkle. She stated Houston deserved the title considering she had been there from the beginning in 2001 when Houston obtained Sparkle production rights. R&B singer Aaliyah’s death in a 2001 plane crash derailed production which would have began in 2002.
Raymond C. Smith January 5, 1922 – June 6, 2010
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Raymond C. Smith, 88, of Cape Canaveral, Fla., a World War II veteran who enjoyed traveling, died June 6 in the Cape Canaveral home of his daughter, Lynne Smith Danesh.
Born on Staten Island, Mr. Smith graduated from Port Richmond High School. He began a 36-year career at Procter & Gamble, which was interrupted when he served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Mississippi during the second World War. He enrolled in the Army’s pre-medical program at the University of Mississippi but his studies ended when the war did.
When Mr. Smith returned to Staten Island, he resumed working at Duncan Heins Division of Procter & Gamble in Port Ivory, Staten Island while taking night classes at Wagner College, Grymes Hill, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in 1955 and a master of business administration degree in 1964. Proud of his alma mater, he continued to support the school until his death.
After retiring in 1976 as a manager, Mr. Smith and his wife of 56 years, the former Rita Quinn, traveled to south Florida and lived aboard their yacht, Gingham, until finally settling in Satellite Beach, Fla., amid a group of Staten Island retirees.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith traveled the world, be it by land, air, or sea. After his wife’s death in 1998, Mr. Smith fulfilled their dream to pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
An Episcopalian, Mr. Smith was a member of St. Andrew’s Parish, Richmond; St. John’s Episcopal Church, Melbourne, Fla., and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Cocoa, Fla.
In addition to his daughter, Lynne, Mr. Smith is survived by another daughter, Patricia A. Korol; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, Melbourne. There will be a mass at 11 a.m. on July 17 in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Cocoa.
Richard Shaw Hall Sr. Decorated Naval Aviator
Dies at 86 in Palm City
Richard (Dick Hall) Hall founder of Libre House Publishing of Princeton, New Jersey and Chem-Pro Marketing of Staten Island, New York died September 28, 2007 after a brief illness in Palm City, Florida.
He is survived by his two sons Richard S. Hall, Jr. and daughter in-law Robin Hall of Palm City, Florida and Gregory H. Hall and daughter in-law Debbie Hall of Staten Island. He was also survived by three grand children Dana Carole Hall Reese of Los Angeles, Richard S. Hall III of Palm City and Andrew S. Hall also of Palm City. Mr. Hall had two great grand children Charles and Smyth Reese of Los Angeles. He also was survived by 2 siblings, older brother Norman Hall (91)of Whiting, New Jersey and younger sister Doris Zdanowicz of New Jersey as well.
He was married to Alice M. Baker for 60 years also of Staten Island.
Noted “Who’s Who” business and finance entrepreneur was probably best know for his “Cost estimation” articles in McGraw Hill’s publication Chemical Engineering. He led the way to computerized cost estimation in the stainless steel industry.
From modest means in his early years it might be said that he was a product of the depression and World War II. Born on Staten Island, New York on April 21, 1921 he attended Public School #30 in The Westerleigh area of the island. He graduated from port Richmond High School in 1939 and proceeded to go to work in Manhattan for the U.S. Nickel Company. Later in 1941 he worked at The Bethlehem Ship yard where he worked as an electricians apprentice on ships including the Destroyer Juno.
He enlisted as a Naval Aviation Cadet in April 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was first assigned to The Naval Civil Pilot Training Program at Syracuse University from June to October 1942; United States Naval Preflight School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., from January to March 1943; United States Naval Air Training Center, Glenview, Illinois, from March – July 1943; United States Naval Air Training Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, July 1943 – February 1944; graduated and commissioned Ensign U.S.N.R. (Naval Aviator) on February 9, 1944.
Assigned U.S. Naval Operational Training Center, Banana River, Florida from February -April 1944; assigned to Navy Squadron VPB26, Charleston, S.C. to Fleet Air Wing 17, serving with the fleet in the central and western Pacific theaters. Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals for “Meritorious Service” in China, Korean and Japanese mainland theaters of operation. He was promoted to Lt. (JG) in April 1945. Was a member of the first Naval Aviation Squadron to land in the Tokyo Bay area simultaneous with the fleet’s arrival in September, 1945. He served several weeks with the occupation forces in Japan.
Reassigned to Naval Air Station, Kaneohe, Hawaii. Ordered to Fleet Headquarters, New York via NAS Alameda, California for release from active duty on January 6, 1946.
Mr. Hall attended Wagner College, Staten Island, New York from 1946 to 1948. He then went to work as a sales representative for New York Refrigeration Co., Long Island, N.Y., 1947. Sales Representative for Doyle & Roth Manufacturing Co., Brooklyn, NY from 1947 to 1954; Advertising Sales Manager, 1954 – 1963; Vice President 1963 – 1970. Vice President of Walster Corp. Simpson, Pa. 1962 – 1970; Chem-Pro Marketing Services, Staten Island, N.Y., 1966 – 1970; Vice President, Chem-Pro Associates, 1970; President, Richard S. Hall & Associates Ltd., Staten Island, NY from 1970 – 1987.
For 20 years he was a Biographee of Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who In Finance and Industry, and the International Biographee.
He served on American Standards Association committee establishing “Standards for Tubular Heat Exchangers for the chemical industry”, a collaborative effort between the American, and the Tubular Exchanger Manufactures Association.
Retiring in 1987 he joined and actively participated in the Services Corps of Retired Executive, co-chairing-in a collaborative effort with the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce–a series of seminars on international trade.
He was a member of the Chemists Club, American Association of Cost Engineers, Association of Naval aviation, Service Core of Retired Executives, The Planetary Society, National Space Society, and International Trade Advocacy Group.
After the death of his loving wife in 2003 and in ill health, he moved to Palm City, Florida to live with is son Richard and his family.
In his later years he was active with The Martin County Council On Aging, The V.I.P. (Visually Impaired Persons), The Palm City Art Associates.
Mr. and Mrs. Hall will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The family has expressed that in lue of flowers please make a donations to Hospice of The Treasure Coast.
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