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George Romero February 4, 1940 – July 16, 2017

George Andrew Romero (/rəˈmɛroʊ/; February 4, 1940 – July 16, 2017) was an American-Canadian filmmaker, writer and editor, best known for his series of gruesome and satirical horror films about an imagined zombie apocalypse, beginning with Night of the Living Dead (1968), which is often considered a progenitor of the fictional zombie of modern culture. Other films in the series include Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985). Aside from the Dead series, his works include The Crazies (1973), Martin (1978), Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988) and The Dark Half (1993).

Romero is often noted as an influential pioneer of the horror film genre, and has been called an “icon” and the “Father of the Zombie Film.”

Romero was born in the New York City borough of The Bronx, to a Cuban-born father and a Lithuanian American mother. His father has been reported as born in A Coruña, with his family coming from the Galician town of Neda, although Romero once described his father as of Castilian descent. His father worked as a commercial artist. Romero was raised in the Bronx, and would frequently ride the subway into Manhattan to rent film reels to view at his house. Romero attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

After graduating from university in 1960, Romero began his career shooting short films and commercials. One of his early commercial films was a segment for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in which Rogers underwent a tonsillectomy. With nine friends, Romero formed Image Ten Productions in the late 1960s, and produced Night of the Living Dead (1968). Directed by Romero and co-written with John A. Russo, the movie became a defining moment for modern horror cinema.

Among the inspiration for Romero’s filmmaking, as told to Robert K. Elder in an interview for The Film That Changed My Life, was the British film, The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) from the Powell and Pressburger team.
“ It was the filmmaking, the fantasy, the fact that it was a fantasy and it had a few frightening, sort of bizarre things in it. It was everything. It was really a movie for me, and it gave me an early appreciation for the power of visual media—the fact that you could experiment with it. He was doing all his tricks in-camera, and they were sort of obvious. That made me feel that, gee, maybe I could figure this medium out. It was transparent, but it worked.

Three films that followed were less popular: There’s Always Vanilla (1971), Jack’s Wife / Season of the Witch (1972) and The Crazies (1973) were not as well received as Night of the Living Dead or some of his later work. The Crazies, dealing with a bio spill that induces an epidemic of homicidal madness, and the critically acclaimed arthouse success Martin (1978), a film that deals with the vampire myth, were the two well-known films from this period. Like many of his films, they were shot in or around Pittsburgh.

Romero returned to the zombie genre with Dawn of the Dead (1978). Shot on a budget of $500,000, the film earned over $55 million internationally and was named one of the top cult films by Entertainment Weekly in 2003. Romero made the third entry in his “Dead Series” with Day of the Dead (1985).

Between these two films, Romero shot Knightriders (1981), another festival favorite about a group of modern-day jousters who reenact tournaments on motorcycles, and the successful Creepshow (1982), written by Stephen King, an anthology of tongue-in-cheek tales modeled after 1950s horror comics.

From the latter half of the 1980s and into the 1990s came Monkey Shines (1988), about a killer helper monkey; Two Evil Eyes (a.k.a. “Due occhi Diabolici”, 1990), an Edgar Allan Poe adaptation in collaboration with Dario Argento; The Dark Half (1993) written by Stephen King; and Bruiser (2000), about a man whose face becomes a blank mask.

Romero updated his original screenplay and executive produced the remake of Night of the Living Dead (1990) directed by Tom Savini for Columbia/TriStar. Savini is also responsible for the makeup and special effects in many of Romero’s films including Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Creepshow, and Monkey Shines. Romero had a cameo appearance in Jonathan Demme’s Academy Award-winning The Silence of the Lambs (1991) as one of Hannibal Lecter’s jailers.

In 1998, he directed a live-action commercial promoting the videogame Resident Evil 2 in Tokyo. The 30-second advertisement featured the game’s two main characters, Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, fighting a horde of zombies while in Raccoon City’s police station. The project was obvious territory for Romero; the Resident Evil series has been heavily influenced by the “Dead Series”. The commercial was rather popular and was shown in the weeks before the game’s actual release, although a contract dispute prevented it from being shown outside Japan. Capcom was so impressed with Romero’s work, it was strongly indicated that Romero would direct the first Resident Evil film. He declined at first — “I don’t wanna make another film with zombies in it, and I couldn’t make a movie based on something that ain’t mine” — although in later years, he reconsidered and wrote a script for the first movie. It was eventually rejected in favor of Paul W. S. Anderson’s version.

Universal Studios produced and released a remake of Dawn of the Dead (2004), with which Romero was not involved. Later that year, Romero kicked off the DC Comics title Toe Tags with a six-issue miniseries titled The Death of Death. Based on an unused script that Romero had previously written for his “Dead Series”, the comic miniseries concerns Damien, an intelligent zombie who remembers his former life, struggling to find his identity as he battles armies of both the living and the dead. Typical of a Romero zombie tale, the miniseries includes ample supply of both gore and social commentary (dealing particularly here with corporate greed and terrorism — ideas he would also explore in his next film in the series, Land of the Dead). Romero has stated that the miniseries is set in the same kind of world as his Dead films, but featured other locales besides Pittsburgh, where the majority of his films take place.

Romero, who lived in Toronto, directed a fourth Dead movie in that city, Land of the Dead (2005). The movie’s working title was “Dead Reckoning”. Its $16 million production budget was the highest of the four movies in the series. Actors Simon Baker, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, and John Leguizamo starred, and the film was released by Universal Pictures (who released the Dawn of the Dead remake the year before). The film received generally positive reviews.

Some critics have seen social commentary in much of Romero’s work. They view Night of the Living Dead as a film made in reaction to the turbulent 1960s, Dawn of the Dead as a satire on consumerism, Day of the Dead as a study of the conflict between science and the military, and Land of the Dead as an examination of class conflict.

Romero collaborated with the game company Hip Interactive to create a game called City of the Dead, but the project was canceled midway due to the financial problems of the company.

In June 2006, Romero began his next project, called Zombisodes. Broadcast on the Web, they are a combination of a series of “Making of” shorts and story expansion detailing the work behind the film George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead (2007). Shooting began in Toronto in July 2006.

In August 2006, The Hollywood Reporter made two announcements about Romero, the first being that he would write and direct a film based on a short story by Koji Suzuki, author of Ring and Dark Water, called Solitary Isle and the second announcement pertaining to his signing on to write and direct George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead, which follows a group of college students filming a horror movie who proceed to film the events that follow when the dead rise. The film was independently financed, making it the first indie zombie film Romero has made in years.

After a limited theatrical release, Diary of the Dead was released on DVD by Dimension Extreme on May 20, 2008, and later to Blu-ray Disc on October 21, 2008.

Shooting began in Toronto in September 2008 on Romero’s Survival of the Dead (2009). The film was initially reported to be a direct sequel to Diary of the Dead, but the film features only Alan van Sprang, who appeared briefly as a rogue National Guard officer, reprising his role from the previous film, and did not retain the first-person camerawork of Diary of the Dead. The film centers on two feuding families taking very different approaches in dealing with the living dead on a small coastal island. The film premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to the May 28, 2010, theatrical release in the United States, Survival of the Dead was made available to video on demand and was aired as a special one night showing on May 26, 2010, on HDNet.

Romero made an appearance in the second downloadable map pack called “Escalation” for the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops. He appears as himself in the zombies map “Call of the Dead” as a non-playable enemy character. Romero is featured alongside actors Sarah Michelle Gellar, Danny Trejo, Michael Rooker, and Robert Englund, all of the four being playable characters. He is portrayed as a powerful “boss” zombie armed with a movie studio light.

Romero married Christine Forrest, whom he met on the set of Season of the Witch (1973). They had two children together, Andrew and Tina Romero; the couple later divorced. Romero met Suzanne Desrocher while filming Land of the Dead (2005). They married in September 2011 at Martha’s Vineyard and lived in Toronto. He took up Canadian citizenship in 2009, becoming a dual Canada-U.S. citizen. His son Cameron, is a filmmaker, responsible for the film Origins (2015),[30] which is the prequel to Night of the Living Dead.

On July 16, 2017, Romero died in his sleep following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer”, according to a statement by his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald. Romero died while listening to the score of one of his favorite films, The Quiet Man, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side.

Martin Landau June 20, 1928 – July 15, 2017

Martin Landau /ˈlænˌdaʊ/ (June 20, 1928 – July 15, 2017) was an American film and television actor. His career began in the 1950s, with early film appearances including a supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (1959). He played regular roles in the television series Mission: Impossible (for which he received several Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award) and Space: 1999.

Landau received the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, as well as his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his role in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988); he received his second Oscar nomination for his appearance in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). His performance in the supporting role of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994) earned him an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award. He continued to perform in film and television, and headed the Hollywood branch of the Actors Studio until his death in 2017.

Landau was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 20, 1928, the son of Selma (née Buchman) and Morris Landau. His family was Jewish; his father, an Austrian-born machinist, scrambled to rescue relatives from the Nazis.

He attended James Madison High School and the Pratt Institute. At the age of seventeen he found work at the New York Daily News, where he spent the next five years as an editorial cartoonist and worked alongside Gus Edson to produce the comic strip, The Gumps. He quit the Daily News when he was 22, to concentrate on theater acting.

After auditioning for the Actors Studio in 1955, he and Steve McQueen were the only applicants admitted out of 500 that applied. While there, he trained under Lee Strasberg, Elia Kazan and Harold Clurman, and eventually became an executive director with the Studio, along with Mark Rydell and Sydney Pollack.

nfluenced by Charlie Chaplin and the escapism of the cinema, Landau pursued an acting career. He attended the Actors Studio, becoming good friends with James Dean. He recalled, “James Dean was my best friend. We were two young would-be and still-yet-to-work unemployed actors, dreaming out loud and enjoying every moment … We’d spend lots of time talking about the future, our craft and our chances of success in this newly different, ever-changing modern world we were living in.” He was also in the same class as Steve McQueen.

In 1957, he made his Broadway debut in Middle of the Night. Landau made his first major film appearance in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (1959) as Leonard, the right-hand man of a criminal played by James Mason. He had featured roles in two 1960s epics, Cleopatra (1963) and The Greatest Story Ever Told, and played a ruthless killer in the western Nevada Smith (both 1965), which starred Steve McQueen.

Landau played the role of master of disguise Rollin Hand in the US television series Mission: Impossible, becoming one of its better-known stars. Landau at first declined to be contracted by the show because he did not want it to interfere with his film career; instead, he was credited for “special guest appearances” during the first season. He became a full-time cast member in the second season, although the studio agreed (at Landau’s request) to contract him only on a year-by-year basis rather than the then-standard five years. The role of Hand required Landau to perform a wide range of accents and characters, from dictators to thugs, and several episodes had him playing dual roles—not only Hand’s impersonation, but also the person whom Hand is impersonating. Landau co-starred in the series with his then-wife Barbara Bain.

In the mid-1970s, Landau and Bain returned to TV in the British science-fiction series Space: 1999 (first produced by Gerry Anderson in partnership with Sylvia Anderson, and later by Fred Freiberger). Critical response to Space: 1999 was unenthusiastic during its original run, and it was cancelled after two seasons. Landau was critical of the scripts and storylines, especially during the series’ second season, but praised the cast and crew. He later wrote forewords to Space: 1999 co-star Barry Morse’s theatrical memoir Remember With Advantages (2006) and Jim Smith’s critical biography of Tim Burton. Following Space: 1999, Landau appeared in supporting roles in a number of films and TV series, including the TV film The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island (1981), which again co-starred Bain (and marked the final time they appeared together on screen).

In the late 1980s, Landau made a career comeback, earning an Academy Award nomination for his role in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988). He said he was grateful to its director, Francis Ford Coppola, for the opportunity to play a role he enjoyed: “I’ve spent a lot of time playing roles that didn’t really challenge me,” he said, “You want roles that have dimension. The role of Abe Karatz gave me that.” He won the Golden Globe Award for his part in the film.

This was followed by a second nomination, for Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), in a role director Woody Allen had a hard time filling. Allen remembers:

I just couldn’t find anybody good for the part of Judah… He read it, and he was completely natural. It’s an interesting thing. Of all the actors I’ve ever worked with, he gives expression to my dialogue exactly as I hear it. His colloquialisms, his idiom, his inflection is exactly correct. So of all the people who’ve ever read my lines, he makes them correct every time… One of the reasons for this must be that Martin Landau came from my neighborhood in Brooklyn, right near where I lived, only a few blocks away.

He won an Oscar for Ed Wood (1994), a biopic in which he plays actor Bela Lugosi. Landau researched the role of Lugosi by watching about 25 old Lugosi movies and studying the Hungarian accent, which contributed to Lugosi’s decline in acting. “I began to respect this guy and pity him,” said Landau. “I saw the humor in him. This, for me, became a love letter to him, because he never got a chance to get out of that. I got a chance to make a comeback in my career. And I’m giving him one. I’m giving him the last role he never got.”

Landau also received a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Saturn Award for the role, as well as accolades from a number of critics groups. Gregory Walcott, who was in the film, watched the screening of it at the Motion Picture Academy and said that the Academy members “gave Landau a hearty, spontaneous applause over the end credits.”

Landau’s film roles in the 1990s included a down-on-his-luck Hollywood producer in the comedy Mistress (1992) with Robert De Niro and as a judge in the dramas City Hall (1995) with Al Pacino and Rounders (1998) with Matt Damon.

In the 1994 Spider-Man TV series, Martin Landau provided the voice of Scorpion for the first two seasons where the later seasons have the role recast to Richard Moll.

He played a supporting role in The Majestic (2001), starring Jim Carrey. The film received mostly negative reviews, although one reviewer wrote that “the lone outpost of authenticity is manned by Martin Landau, who gives a heartfelt performance,” as an aging father who believes that his missing son has returned from World War II.

In the early seasons of Without a Trace (2002–09), Landau was nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of the Alzheimer’s-afflicted father of FBI Special Agent in Charge Jack Malone, the series’ lead character. In 2006, he made a guest appearance in the series Entourage as a washed-up but determined and sympathetic Hollywood producer attempting to relive his glory days, a portrayal that earned him a second Emmy nomination.

Landau appeared in the television film Have a Little Faith (2011) based on Mitch Albom’s book of the same name, in which he plays Rabbi Albert Lewis.

In recognition of his services to the motion picture industry, Martin Landau has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6841 Hollywood Boulevard.

Encouraged by his own mentor, Lee Strasberg, Landau also taught acting. Actors coached by him include Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston.

In 2009, Landau and his Actors Studio colleagues, director Mark Rydell and writer Lyle Kessler, collaborated to produce the educational Total Picture Seminar, a two-day event covering the disciplines of acting, directing and writing for film.

Landau married actress and former co-star Barbara Bain on January 31, 1957, and they divorced in 1993. They had two daughters, Susan and Juliet.

On July 15, 2017, Landau died at the age of 89 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, Los Angeles, California; he had been briefly hospitalized and, according to his representative, died of “unexpected complications”.

“Babe” Parilli May 7, 1930 – July 15, 2017


Vito “Babe” Parilli (May 7, 1930 – July 15, 2017) was an American football player. He played quarterback for five seasons in the National Football League and three in the Canadian Football League in the 1950s, and then in the American Football League for all ten seasons in the 1960s.

Parilli was born and raised in Rochester, Pennsylvania, an industrial town northwest of Pittsburgh, Parilli graduated from Rochester High School in 1948.

Parilli then played college football at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and was a quarterback for the Wildcats under head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. He was a consensus All-American in 1950 and 1951 and was fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1950 and third in 1951. He led the Wildcats to victories in consecutive New Year’s Day bowl games in the 1951 Sugar Bowl and 1952 Cotton Bowl.

Parilli was the fourth overall selection of the 1952 NFL draft, taken by the Green Bay Packers. He played two seasons with the Packers, two with the Ottawa Rough Riders in Canada, one with the Cleveland Browns in 1956, two more with the Packers, and another with Ottawa in 1959.

At age 30, Parilli was picked up by the Oakland Raiders of the fledgling American Football League on August 17, 1960, and threw for just over 1,000 yards that season.

On April 4, 1961, he was part of a five-player trade that sent him to the Boston Patriots, and he went on to become one of the AFL’s most productive and colorful players. Playing for the Patriots from 1961 through 1967, Parilli finished his career with over 25,000 total yards and 200 touchdowns, ending among the top five quarterbacks in 23 categories such as passing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing yards. Parilli was selected for three All-Star Games. In 1964, throwing primarily to Gino Cappelletti, Parilli amassed nearly 3,500 yards passing with 31 touchdowns; the latter was a Patriots record until Tom Brady broke it in 2007. During that season’s contest against the Oakland Raiders on October 16, he threw for 422 yards and four touchdown passes in a 43–43 tie. Parilli is a member of the Patriots All-1960s (AFL) Team.

Parilli completed his career with the New York Jets, where he earned a ring as Joe Namath’s backup in Super Bowl III, when the Jets stunned the Baltimore Colts by a 16–7 score. Coincidentally, this gave the Jets two quarterbacks from Pennsylvania’s Beaver County, with Parilli being from Rochester and Namath being from nearby Beaver Falls and both played for “Bear” Bryant in college, Namath at Alabama. In 1967, it was discovered by Life magazine that Parilli and several other professional athletes were regular patrons of Patriarca crime family mobster Arthur Ventola’s major fencing operation called Arthur’s Farm in Revere, Massachusetts. Despite the organized crime connection, journalist Howie Carr stated that there was never any inside information passed between Parilli and Ventola. Arthur was the uncle of mob associate Richard Castucci.

Besides his considerable skills as a quarterback, he was one of the best holders in the history of football and was nicknamed “gold-finger” as a result of kicker Jim Turner’s then-record 145 points kicked in 1968 (plus another 19 points in the play-offs and in Super Bowl III). He is one of only twenty players who were in the American Football League for its entire ten-year existence, and is a member of the University of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1982, Parilli was named to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Because of their Italian surnames, the Patriots’ wide receiver-quarterback duo of Cappelletti and Parilli was nicknamed “Grand Opera.”

Parilli retired as a player at the age of 40 in August 1970.

In 1974, Parilli became the head coach of the New York Stars of the World Football League. The next year, he coached another WFL team, the Chicago Winds. He later coached the New England Steamrollers, Denver Dynamite, Charlotte Rage, Las Vegas Sting, Anaheim Piranhas and Florida Bobcats of the Arena Football League.

Bob Wolff November 29, 1920 – July 15, 2017

Robert Alfred Wolff (November 29, 1920 – July 15, 2017) was an American radio and television sportscaster.

He began his professional career in 1939 on CBS in Durham, North Carolina while attending Duke University. He was the radio and TV voice of the Washington Senators from 1947 to 1960, continuing with the team when they relocated and became the Minnesota Twins in 1961. In 1962, he joined NBC-TV.

In his later years, Wolff was seen and heard on News 12 Long Island, on MSG Network programming and doing sports interviews on the Steiner Sports’ Memories of the Game show on the YES Network.

Wolff was born in New York City; he was the son of Estelle (Cohn), a homemaker, and Richard Wolff, a professional engineer. He was a graduate of Duke University with Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa honors.

He was a longtime resident of South Nyack, New York. His son Rick Wolff is an author, radio host for WFAN and former baseball player and coach.

Bob Wolff is the longest running broadcaster in television and radio history. He and Curt Gowdy are the only two broadcasters to be honored by both the Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame. Wolff has also been honored with induction into Madison Square Garden’s Walk of Fame, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, Sigma Nu Fraternity Hall of Fame and many others.

Wolff was a professional broadcaster in nine decades. Seen and heard on two ESPN TV specials in 2008, he’s been on the Madison Square Garden Network since 1954 and on Cablevision’s News 12 Long Island since 1986.

Wolff became the pioneer TV voice of the Washington Senators Baseball Club in 1947, moved with the team to Minnesota in 1961. In 1962 he joined NBC as the play-by-play man on the TV Baseball Game-of-the-Week, where he worked until 1965.

Also heard on Mutual’s Game-of-the-Day, Wolff was selected to be a World Series broadcaster in 1956 and that year called Don Larsen’s perfect game across the country on the Mutual Broadcast System and around the world on the Armed Forces radio. He also was on NBC Radio for the World Series in 1958 and 1961.

Wolff has been seen and heard doing play-by-play on all the major TV networks. Another of his classic broadcasts was the NY Giants / Baltimore Colts 1958 NFL Championship Game called, “The Greatest Game Ever Played”. On the collegiate scene, he’s broadcast the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Gator Bowl and many others. Wolff was television play-by-play voice of the Detroit Pistons for multiple seasons.

Wolff was also the 33-year play-by-play announcer of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and the National Horse Show, the Garden’s college and pro basketball and hockey games, men and women’s tennis, track and boxing events as well as gymnastics and bowling. He did soccer games for the old Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Wolff became known regionally as television’s play-by-play voice for eight teams in five different sports – the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons of the NBA as well as the New York Rangers of the NHL, the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins of MLB, the Baltimore Colts, Washington Redskins, and Cleveland Browns of the NFL, and soccer’s Tampa Bay Rowdies of the initial North American Soccer League.

He was one of very few American play-by-play announcers to have covered each of the four major team sports leagues as well as soccer with Dale Arnold being the other, calling Boston Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, Patriots, and Revolution.

For many years Wolff was the play-by-play telecaster for all events originating from Madison Square Garden.

His broadcast partner with the Knicks for many years was Cal Ramsey.

In addition to broadcasting Don Larsen’s perfect World Series game and the Colts first overtime championship title win over the New York Giants, Wolff called Jackie Robinson’s last major league hit that won Game 6 of the World Series in 1956. He was also the TV voice of the New York Knicks’ only two championships, in 1970 and 1973.

Wolff died on July 15, 2017 at his home in South Nyack, New York at the age of 96.


Eleanor Leonard July 24th, 1927 – July 12th, 2017

Eleanor T. Leonard July 24th, 1927 – July 12th, 2017 – Eleanor T. “Elly” Leonard, 89, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on July 12, 2017 at the Hay-Madeira House, Treasure Coast Hospice, Stuart..

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she had been a resident of Stuart for 28 years, coming from Bethpage, New York.

Prior to retiring she was a loan officer with Chase Bank.

She was a parishioner of St. Andrew Catholic Church, Stuart.

Survivors include her son James Garneau and his wife Carol of Vero Beach, Florida; four grandchildren; many loving nieces and nephews; many friends at the condo in Stuart where she and her husband were residents and loving friends of the “Club”. She was preceded in death by her loving husband John “Jim” Leonard in 1996; her daughter Maryann Traversaro and sisters, Margaret Harrington and Christina O’Connor.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 6:00 PM on Monday, July 17, 2017 at the Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City, FL with a Vigil Prayer Service at 3:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Stuart. Interment will follow immediately in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City.

For those who wish, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1100 East Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34996 or at 772-286-1966 or to St. Andrew Catholic Church, 2100 SE Cove Road, Stuart FL 34997, 772-781-4415.

Walter Beard December 3, 1934 – July 11, 2017


Walter George Beard Jr December 3, 1934 – July 11, 2017 – Walter George Beard, Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather passed away Tuesday evening, July 11, 2017.

Walter served in the Navy during the occupation of Korea in the early 1950’s. He later joined the United States Coast Guard and was stationed on Fire Island NY.

Walter enjoyed bowling, the theater, and spending time with his family and friends.

Walter is survived by his lovely wife Marilyn Beard. They recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on May 29, 2017. Walter is also survived by four children; John Beard, Robert Beard, Thomas Beard and Jean Sinatra, eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Johnnie S. Swier January 21st, 1945 – July 10th, 2017

Johnnie S. Swier January 21st, 1945 – July 10th, 2017 – Johnnie S. Swier, 72, of Stuart, passed away July 10, 2017. She was born in Ila, Madison County, Georgia. She has been a full time resident of Stuart for 4 years, having relocated from Newnan, GA. She had been a Director for Huddle House Restaurants before retirement.

Johnnie was an avid tennis player and bridge player. She was a devoted mother, wife, sister and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Robert “Bob” Swier of Stuart; son, Spencer Davis and his wife Kristin of Palm City and their children, Matthew and Ryan; daughter, Donna Cox of Fredericksburg, VA and her children, Dylan and Corey; and brothers, Jerry Bird and Jimmy Bird, both of Georgia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mozelle and John Bird and brother, Tommy Bird.

A Celebration of life reception will be held, at 3:00 PM, Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Schooner Oaks community clubhouse in Port Salerno.

Jim Bush September 15, 1926 – July 10, 2017


James Stanley Bush (September 15, 1926 – July 10, 2017) was a National Track and Field Hall of Fame track and field coach. He was known primarily for his coaching tenure at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1965 to 1984. During that time, his teams won five NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships (1966, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1978 (tied with UTEP) and he coached 30 Olympians.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he grew up in Bakersfield, California, a 1947 graduate of Kern County Union High School. He went to Bakersfield College for a year, then on to the University of California, where he ran the 440 and high hurdles, graduating in 1951. Bush coached over a span of 43 years. He began at Berkeley High School in 1952 right out of college down the street. After a year, he was hired at Fullerton Union High School where he coached until 1959, when he moved down the street and up the ladder to Fullerton College where he turned the program from worst to first in its conference. His second year, his team won the Southern California and State title. In 1962, he was hired at Occidental College where he beat UCLA three years in a row. When UCLA’s legendary coach Ducky Drake retired, Bush was recruited to be his replacement. In addition to the collegiate athlete, he worked with other individual athletes after leaving UCLA. He also was a speed advisor to Los Angeles professional teams including the Dodgers, Kings, Lakers and Raiders. His work with Raiders and their star Marcus Allen earned him a Super Bowl ring. He also has a World Series ring with the LA Dodgers baseball team and an NBA championship ring with the LA Lakers basketball team. He narrowly missed a National Hockey League ring with the LA Kings when they placed second place. In 1991, he returned to collegiate coaching at crosstown rival University of Southern California until he retired in 1994.

Among the athletes he coached in that time were Wayne Collett, John Smith, Benny Brown, Greg Foster, Willie Banks, John Brenner, Andre Phillips and Quincy Watts. He famously kicked then world record holder Dwight Stones off of his team when Stones wanted to limit his participation to three meets. He was the head coach of the United States team at the 1979 Pan American Games.

He was elected into the TAC (now called the USATF) National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1987. He is also a member of the Fullerton High School, Fullerton College, Kern County, Bakersfield College, Occidental College, UCLA, Mt. SAC Relays and the United States Track Coaches Association Halls of Fame (an organization he was previously president of). The Southern California Association USATF Championship meet is named in his honor, as is the championship award for the 110 metre hurdles at that meet.

Bush died of cancer in Culver City, California on July 10, 2017 at the age of 90.

Pellegrino Tozzo July 31st, 1929 – July 10th, 2017

Pellegrino Tozzo MD July 31st, 1929 – July 10th, 2017 – Dr. Pellegrino J. Tozzo M.D., F.A.C.S, 87, of Palm City, Florida, passed away on July 10, 2017 at his home.

Born in New Rochelle, New York, he had been both a seasonal and permanent resident of Hutchinson Island and Palm City since 1988 coming from Westchester, New York.

During the Korean War, he served as a1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, flying medical air evacuations out of the war zone.

Prior to retiring he had been a world recognized urologist with his primary practices in New Rochelle and New York City. He was the Chief of Urology and Co-Chief of the Renal Dialysis Unit, New Rochelle Hospital Medical Center, Attending Urologist, Westchester County Medical Center, Associate Attending Urologist, St. Luke’s Hospital Medical Center, New York City and Consultant In Urology, Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY. He had been a associate clinical professor at the New York Medical College. He was the past president of Rotary Club of New Rochelle, NY, Chairman of Select Committee, Board of Education, New Rochelle, Chairman 100th Anniversary Police Department, New Rochelle, Chairman of Darby T. Ruane Memorial Rotary Cancer Scholarship Fund and Board of Directors United Way , as well as several medical associations, including Past President of the American Association of Clinical Urologists, New York State Urologic Society, Westchester County Medical Society and Chairman Scio-economic Committee of the NYS Urologic Society, Chairman-New York Section American Urologic Association Socio-economics Committee, Member of the Board of Directors American Association of Clinical Urologists, Chairman Urologic Political Action Committee of the American Association of Clinical Urologists, He was currently a member of the Rotary Club of Stuart, FL, a member of the surgical team of the Light of the World Charities, Volunteers in Medicine in Stuart, and Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Palm City.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, June Tozzo; his children, William Tozzo and his wife, Amy of New Fairfield, Connecticut and Marissa Tozzo-Harned and her husband Howard of Palm City; his grandchildren, Mark Lifgren, Nicholas Tozzo-Harned, Luke Tozzo and Leo Tozzo and his nephews, James Tozzo and his wife Christine of New Rochelle and Colin Whitehead and his wife Manjeet of Cyprus.



Jean Rusin September 6th, 1928 – July 10th, 2017

Jean F. Rusin September 6th, 1928 – July 10th, 2017 – Jean F. Rusin, 88, of Hobe Sound, Florida, passed away on July 10, 2017 at the Martin Medical Center, Stuart, Florida.

Born in Hobe Sound, she had spent her whole life there except for an 11 year residency in Rhode Island.

She had been a homemaker but had worked opening homes for seasonal Jupiter Island residents and as service personnel for catered dinner parties etc.

Survivors include her son Michael J. Rusin and his longtime significant other, Robin Daly of Hobe Sound; her brother, John Robinson of Hobe Sound; her niece, Rebecca Gardner and her husband, Wayne of Jupiter, Florida; her grand nephew, Stephen Gardner and his wife Vivian of Stuart, Florida and their children Taylor and Willow Gardner; her grand nieces, Charlotte Gardner and Melody Gardner, both of Jupiter, Florida and her great grandchildren, Haillie and Austin Hansen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Rusin in 2003; her sister, Joan Grimm and her brother Oscar Robinson.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on July 15, 2017, at the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City, FL. The funeral service will be at 11:00 AM in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow immediately in the Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City.

Elsa Martinelli January 30, 1935 – July 8, 2017

Elsa Martinelli (born Elisa Tia; 30 January 1935 – 8 July 2017) was an Italian actress and fashion model.

Born Elisa Tia in Grosseto, Tuscany, she moved to Rome with her family and in 1953 was discovered by Roberto Capucci who introduced her to the world of fashion. She became a model and began playing small roles in films. She appeared in Claude Autant-Lara’s Le Rouge et le Noir (1954), but her first important film role came the following year with The Indian Fighter opposite Kirk Douglas, who claimed to have spotted her on a magazine cover and hired her for his production company, Bryna Productions.

In 1956 she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 6th Berlin International Film Festival for playing the title role in Mario Monicelli’s Donatella.

From the mid-1950s through the late 1960s, she divided her time between Europe and the United States, appearing in films such as Four Girls in Town (1957), Manuela (1957), Prisoner of the Volga (1959), Hatari! (1962), The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962), The Trial (1962), The V.I.P.s (1963), Rampage (1963), Woman Times Seven (1967), and Candy (1968). From the late 1960s, she worked in Europe in mostly foreign language productions. Her last English language role was as Carla the Agent in 1992’s Once Upon a Crime. Her final acting appearance was in the 2005 European television series Orgoglio as the Duchessa di Monteforte.

Martinelli was first married to Count Franco Mancinelli Scotti di San Vito, by whom she has a daughter, Cristiana Mancinelli (born 1958), also an actress. In 1968 she married the Paris Match photographer and 1970s furniture designer, Willy Rizzo.

Malcolm Flannery May 1, 1925 – July 8, 2017

Malcolm Grame Flannery Jr. May 1, 1925 – July 8, 2017 – Malcolm G. Flannery, Jr., 92, a resident of Jensen Beach, FL, departed this life Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Mr. Flannery was preceded in death by his loving wife, Margaret Flannery. He is survived by his son, Kevin Flannery; daughter, Corinne Flannery; sisters, Jean Rowe and Alice Wentling; brother, Paul Flannery; and many other family members and friends.

Mr. Flannery was a veteran of the United States Army and a sales representative for the Barber Coleman Company. He enjoyed sailing, camping, swimming, wood working, and spending time outdoors.

Theresa Donovan February 10th, 1953 – July 6th, 2017

Theresa Donovan February 10th, 1953 – July 6th, 2017 – Theresa Donovan, 64, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the Treasure Coast Hospice, Hay-Madeira House, Stuart.

Born in Buffalo, New York, she had been a resident of Stuart for 7 years coming from Boynton Beach, Florida.

Prior to retiring, she was a registered nurse. She was of the Catholic Faith.

She enjoyed boating, cruising, casino games, partying and spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband of 12 years, Michael Donovan of Stuart; her daughter Sabrina Lee Croff and her spouse Donna Croff of Pompano Beach, Florida; her brother, Joseph Cormier and his spouse Missy of Buffalo, New York; her sisters, Joan McClure and her husband Jim and Dolly Cormier all of Kenmore, New York and her grand dogs, Addie and Molly.

There will be a memorial service at 1:30 PM on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City, FL

For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Avenue, Palm City, FL 34990, 772-600-3203 or on line at or to the Treasure Health, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997, or at 772-403-4500 or on line at in Theresa’s memory.

“Gene” Conley November 10, 1930 – July 4, 2017


Donald Eugene “Gene” Conley (November 10, 1930 – July 4, 2017) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played 11 seasons from 1952 to 1963 for four different teams. Conley also played forward in the 1952–53 season and from 1958 to 1964 for two teams in the National Basketball Association. He is best known for being one of only two people (the other being Otto Graham–1946 NBL and AAFC Championship, plus three more AAFC and three NFL championships) to win championships in two of the four major American sports, one with the Milwaukee Braves in the 1957 World Series and three Boston Celtics championships from 1959–61.

Conley was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. While still young, his family moved to Richland, Washington. He attended Richland High School, where he played multiple sports. He reached the all-state team in baseball and basketball and was the state champion in the high jump.

Conley attended Washington State University, where (as he told The Boston Globe in 2004) students “kidnapped” him during a recruiting visit in an effort to convince him to matriculate. In 1950 he played on the Cougar team that reached the College World Series. In basketball, Conley was twice selected honorable mention to the All-America team, leading the team in scoring with 20 points per game. He was a first-team All-PCC selection in 1950.

During the summer, Conley pitched semiprofessional baseball in Walla Walla, Washington, in which scouts from almost every Major League Baseball team came to recruit him. He also was getting contract offers to play professional basketball from the Minneapolis Lakers and the Tri-Cities Blackhawks. At first he declined the offers, saying that his family didn’t want him to sign any professional contracts until he finished school. But the offers were getting bigger, and in August 1950 he signed a professional contract with the Boston Braves for a $3,000 bonus.

Conley attended spring training in 1951 and was assigned to Hartford of the Eastern League by the request of former Braves star Tommy Holmes, who was managing the club. After a month, Conley had a record of five wins and only one loss and was praised by observers in the league, saying that he had the best fastball since former pitcher Van Lingle Mungo played in the league in 1933. On June 10, he threw a one-hitter against Schenectady Blue Jays, giving up the lone hit in the seventh inning. Holmes was promoted to manager of the Braves on June 25, and was replaced by future Baseball Hall of Famer Travis Jackson.

By August 1, Conley had a record of 16 wins with only three losses, leading the league. He was unanimously selected to the Eastern League All-Star team on August 29. He received the Eastern League MVP award that season after he became the first player in Hartford history to win twenty games in a single season.

In the beginning of the 1952 season, Conley, along with fellow rookies George Crowe and Eddie Mathews, was invited to spring training with a chance of making the roster. Around that time, the United States Army was drafting for the Korean War. Many major and minor league players were selected to fight in the war, depleting team rosters. Conley was deferred because of his height (6’8′), which was above the Army maximum height for a soldier.

Conley’s debut with the Boston Braves was April 17, 1952 versus the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Braves’ third game of the regular season. Conley started and faced a lineup that included four future members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snyder. In four innings, Conley gave up four runs on 11 hits and two walks, taking the loss as the Dodgers prevailed 8-2. Conley lost his next three starts through early May, ending the season with an 0-4 record and a 7.82 ERA.

Conley would return to the majors in 1954 with the Milwaukee Braves, going 14-9 in 28 games with a 2.82 ERA, making the National League All-Star team and finishing third in Rookie of the Year voting behind Wally Moon and Ernie Banks, with Conley’s Braves teammate Hank Aaron finishing fourth.

The following season in 1955, Conley would be named to the All-Star game again, completing the season with an 11-7 record with a 4.16 ERA. Conley would pitch for the Braves through 1959, compiling a record of 42-43 including an 0-6 record in his final season in Milwaukee.

In his lone postseason appearance in the 1957 World Series on Oct. 5 against the New York Yankees, Conley pitched an inning and two-thirds in relief of starter Bob Buhl, surrendering a two-run home run to Mickey Mantle as the Yankees went on to win the game 12-3; but with the Braves winning the series in seven games.

In the spring of 1959 with the Celtics in a playoff push, Conley delayed reporting to spring training with the Milwaukee Braves, prompting the team to trade Conley on March 31 to the Phillies. Conley would make his third and final All-Star game with the Phillies, going 12-7 with a 3.00 ERA,[16] with his season ending on August 19 after he was hit by a pitch while batting, breaking his hand.

After new contract talks bogged down, on Dec. 15, 1960 the Phillies traded Conley to the Red Sox; when he debuted with the Red Sox on April 28 against the Washington Senators, Conley became the first athlete to play for three professional teams in the same city along with the Celtics and his short stint with the Boston Braves in 1952. In three seasons with the Red Sox through 1963, Conley had a 29-32 record, with the win total including the final start of his major league career on Sept. 21, 1963, going six innings against the Minnesota Twins in an 11-2 victory.

In 11 seasons pitching for the Braves, Phillies and Red Sox, Conley posted a 91–96 record with 888 strikeouts and a 3.82 ERA in 1588.2 innings.

Conley was the winning pitcher in the 1955 All-Star Game and was selected for the 1954 and 1959 games.

Conley was the last living player to have played for both the Boston Red Sox and Boston Braves.

In the middle of his first season of professional baseball, Conley agreed to sign with the Wilkes-Barre Barons of the struggling American Basketball League.

On April 26, 1952, the Boston Celtics selected Conley with the 90th pick of the NBA draft. Playing 39 games as a rookie in the 1952-53 NBA season, Conley averaged about 12 minutes a game for a Celtics team that went 45-26 in the regular season under Red Auerbach. Conley did not play in the Celtics’ two playoff series that season, with the team losing 3-1 in the Eastern Division finals to the New York Knicks.

After a five-year hiatus to focus on baseball with the Milwaukee Braves, Conley returned to the Celtics for the 1958-59 season, again seeing limited usage at about 13 minutes a game for a team that swept the Minneapolis Lakers 4-0 in the NBA finals. Conley averaged 4.2 points and 5.4 rebounds during the regular season and 4.9 points and 6.8 boards in the playoffs. Conley would have his best year as a Celtic the following season, averaging nearly 19 minutes a game during the regular season to score 6.7 points while hauling in 8.3 rebounds on average over 71 games in the regular season. The Celtics repeated as NBA champions with a 4-3 finals win over the St. Louis Hawks, with Conley roughly duplicating his regular season averages during the playoffs.

Conley would play on one more championship Celtics team during the 1960-61 season, culminating in a 4-1 defeat of the Hawks. Conley skipped the following NBA season while pitching for the Red Sox, then joined the New York Knicks where he averaged 9.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in 70 games during the 1962-63 season, before his minutes dropped precipitously the following year which was his last in the NBA.

In six seasons in the NBA, Conley averaged 5.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in 16.5 minutes of playing time. Conley’s No. 17 would subsequently be assigned to John Havlicek and then retired by the Celtics in recognition of Havlicek’s career.

“When I look back, I don’t know how I did it, I really don’t”, Conley was quoted saying in 2008 by the Los Angeles Times, on playing two professional sports in tandem. “I think I was having so much fun that it kept me going. I can’t remember a teammate I didn’t enjoy.”

When Abe Saperstein’s American Basketball League was born in 1961, Tuck Tape Company owner Paul Cohen purchased a franchise, gave it the Tapers name, and placed it in Washington. Conley signed with the team. With the Tapers, Conley often accompanied Cohen on sales calls for his company and gained industry experience.

After his retirement from professional sports, Conley started working for a duct tape company in Boston, Massachusetts. After a year working there, the owner of the duct tape company died. Conley later founded his own paper company, Foxboro Paper Company, which he owned for 36 years until he retired from the business.

The Washington Sports Hall of Fame included Conley in its 1979 class of inductees.

Until December 2009, Conley lived in Clermont, Florida, where he played golf and watched the Orlando Magic play in his free time. He moved to his vacation home in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, in 2010.

Conley’s mother was of Cherokee heritage and stood 6 ft (1.83 m) tall.

In the spring of 1951, Conley married Kathryn Dizney whom he met the previous fall. They had three children and seven grandchildren. In 2004, his wife released a biography of Conley called One of a Kind that chronicled his life in both baseball and basketball and related how his family dealt with his being gone for most of the year.

In the days following July 27, 1962, Conley made headlines after exiting a Red Sox team bus that was stuck in New York City traffic with teammate Pumpsie Green to find a restroom, with the bus driver subsequently driving away without the players on board. As Conley recollected the episode in a 2004 interview with the Boston Globe: “So we got off and went in this bar, and when we came back out, Pumpsie said, ‘Hey, that bus is gone,’ and I said, ‘We are, too!'” Conley and Green checked into a hotel, with Green rejoining the team the next day in Washington, D.C., but Conley taking a hiatus during which he attracted media attention in attempting to fly to Jerusalem. As told by Conley, Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey fined him $1,500 with the promise he would refund the money at the end of the season if Conley rededicated himself to the team, with Yawkey fulfilling the promise in September.


“Polly” Acker April 21st, 1931 – July 1st, 2017


Mary “Polly” Phillips Acker April 21st, 1931 – July 1st, 2017 – Mary (Polly) Winters Phillips Acker, or “Marmee” to her grandchildren, peacefully passed away on July 1st at her home in Stuart, Florida.

Polly was born on April 21, 1931 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. After high school, Polly attended and graduated from Duke University. There she met Joe Richard Phillips whom she married in 1953. Together they had four children and lived primarily in Simsbury, CT until their 1976 move to Florida. Polly later earned her MBA from Florida Institute of Technology and became licensed as a CPA – achieving her lifelong dream. Following Joe Phillips’ death in 1989, she later met and married Dr. Joe E. Acker of Knoxville, Tennessee. She always joked that she “loved the name Joe so much she just had to marry another Joe”. They spent the later years of their lives traveling the world, keeping up with Bible study and spending time with their two families. Joe Acker died in August 2016.

Polly enjoyed her time playing the piano, gathering for bridge with her friends, watching old movies, working in her garden, shopping, and eating out. Throughout her life, she was a guide and support for her family, always encouraging both her children and grandchildren to pursue higher education, music and to believe in Christ and the power of prayer. She will be missed at the dinner table in Meadows of Dan, Virginia where her mountain house served as a gathering place for the Phillips’ family.

Polly is survived by her children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren, likely her proudest achievement and greatest treasure. Daughter Linda Bassett (Bob) with grandchildren, Jonathan Bassett, Ryan Bassett (Caris) and Kristin McGee (Craig) and great-grandchildren Maddy McGee, Lindsay McGee, Avery Bassett, Briggs Bassett and Paxton Bassett. Daughter Jennifer Halbert (Richard) with grandchildren Chris Halbert (Alicia) and Michael Halbert (Aimee) and great-grandchildren Griffin Wilkens, Jack Ayres, Theo Halbert and Cora Halbert. Son Joe R. Phillips, Jr. with grandchildren Angela Phillips, Julie Phillips, Hailey Phillips and Joe R. Phillips. Daughter Mary (Polly) Meyer (Chris) with grandchildren Anne Link, Emma Link and Clara Link.

Polly also leaves behind Joe Acker’s children Joe Acker, Jr. (Faye), John Acker (Carol), Janet Fox (Dan), Judy’s husband Donnie Mitchell, and Julia’s husband Gordon Van Moll. Judy Mitchell and Julia Van Moll passed on ahead of Mom into eternity. Mom has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren on the Acker family side. Each was a blessing in her life.

Polly’s brother, Lieutenant Colonel Albert (Al) C. Winters, Jr. predeceased her. Polly will be missed by her sister-in-law Mary-Marie Winters and her nephews Neal Winters (Lisa) & Paul Winters (Anita) and their families. Polly will also be missed by her sister-in-law Toby Phillips and numerous nieces and nephews on the Phillips side of the family.

Our family would like to thank Champion Health Care, the agency that so carefully selected caregivers for Mom these last 2 years of her life, allowing her to remain in her home until the end. Our family and Mom were especially blessed when Champion sent us Beverly Palmer, who so lovingly cared for Mom. Beverly rose each day to meet Mom’s needs and comfort her. Almost any time of day, Beverly was right at Polly’s side. The family could not have asked for a more loving and patient caregiver, an angel.

“Jan” Heltsley 1943 – 2017


Mary Jan Heltsley née Hall “Jan” (1943-2017), 74 of Hobe Sound, Florida passed away July 1. Jan grew up in Orlando, Florida, the daughter of the Hon. John Walter Hall (municipal judge), and Willard Mildred Johnson Hall. After marrying Col Charles Morris Heltsley, Jr. “Chuck” (USAF), Jan lived in many places with her husband and children, in the United States, and throughout the world.

She and family spent over 12 years overseas, including tours in the Japanese mainland and Okinawa, Germany, and Korea. Jan was a recognized leader in organizations supporting military families and military personnel serving overseas. She was a Red Cross volunteer and key advisor in providing assistance to military personnel and their families and earned her 25-year service pin.

Jan was a beautiful being – loving and kind, and a friend to animals. She is survived by her adoring husband Chuck, three loving Children: Jennifer Daphne Heltsley of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; James Randolph “Randy” Heltsley of Phoenix, Arizona; and Joshua Tyson Heltsley of Honolulu, Hawaii; as well as many cherished cousins, in-laws, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: The Fisher House, Inc., an organization that funds housing for military families whose loved ones are being treated at the VA hospital at the West Palm VA Medical Center. In special instructions, please note the donation is on behalf of Mary Jan Heltsley

Darrall Imhoff October 11, 1938 – June 30, 2017

Darrall Tucker Imhoff (October 11, 1938 – June 30, 2017) was an American professional basketball player. He spent twelve seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), playing for six teams from 1960 to 1972. Imhoff was the starting center for the New York Knicks, and played for 20 minutes in the game when Wilt Chamberlain scored an NBA personal scoring record of 100 points.

Imhoff attended Alhambra High School, Alhambra, California. After making the team as a walk-on, at the University of California, Berkeley, Imhoff was a two-time All-American and was the top rebounder on the 1959 NCAA championship team and hit the winning basket with :17 remaining. He was the leading scorer and rebounder on the 1960 NCAA runner-up Berkeley team and was a member of the gold medal-winning 1960 Olympic basketball team.

As a collegian, Imhoff was feared as a shot blocker, and was a respected rebounder who was the hub around which coach Pete Newell built his NCAA champion University of California team. The Golden Bears edged Jerry West’s West Virginia University team in 1959, with Imhoff rated by some the best college player in the country. In 1960, leading the nation’s top-rated defense from his center spot, the 6’10 235-pounder led Cal back to the NCAA finals before losing to Jerry Lucas and Ohio State. He was a two-time First Team All-American and a member of Berkeley’s Nu Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.

Imhoff was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988 and enshrined in the Pac-10 Hall of Honor in 2005. His jersey at Cal (No. 40) was retired during a game between Cal and Stanford at Haas Pavilion on February 14, 2009.

Imhoff was a senior awaiting entry into the National Basketball Association in 1960 when coach Pete Newell, now the U.S. Olympic coach, added his prize player to the Olympic Games. Walt Bellamy and Imhoff saw action together as center and power-forward during the Rome Games, especially against the tall Russian team as the Americans usually jetted out to a big lead early and then rested their starters.

Imhoff was the most highly publicized draft pick of the NBA that same year. The New York Knickerbockers, picking third overall, made him their first pick, a move which generated much excitement for the team. The Knicks had two all-stars already, Richie Guerin and Willie Naulls, and looked for Imhoff to complete a potential contender in the league’s largest city. Imhoff unfortunately, was not up to the pressure and had a season which fell well below hopes. Disappointed, he was the backup center by season’s end. He played more his second year and was traded to the Detroit Pistons in 1962 for their All-Star guard Gene Shue.

Imhoff’s lack of shooting skills at the NBA level had been exposed, but he never quit working to improve. He began to see more minutes with the Pistons until he was dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1964.

On a star-studded team that included Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and others, Imhoff was now a respected reserve. He contributed solidly to a team that won the NBA West and made it to the NBA Finals in 1965. The Lakers were encouraged enough to start Imhoff the next season, again winning their division, but were Finals runner-up again. Finally, in the 1966–67 season, Imhoff hit some of his potential, averaging 12 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks per game as a Laker starter. He made the 1967 NBA All-Star team as a reserve. But he was still outplayed by Boston’s Bill Russell in the NBA Finals, a fact which repeated itself in 1968. This fact spurred the Lakers to sign Wilt Chamberlain that year, and Imhoff was traded to Philadelphia where he was again a solid backup center and starter in the 1969–70 season.

The 76ers were second in the East, but were knocked out by Boston and Russell again in the playoffs. Imhoff was a starter again for the 1969–70 campaign and Philadelphia made it to the playoffs before losing to Milwaukee and Lew Alcindor. He was traded to Cincinnati at the start of the 1970–71 season for 2 players and second round draft choice and became the starting center until he tore a cartilage and ACL and had surgery. He re-injured the knee again at the start of the next season and was put on waivers.Portland signed him to a new contract for the remainder of the 1971–72 season and finished his career at the end of Portland’s bench in 1972. Imhoff retired with a bad knee and had surgery in January, 1973 to repair his ACL.

After retiring he lived in Hillsboro, Oregon, and then Eugene. He was the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at the United States Basketball Academy (USBA), a prestigious, internationally recognized basketball camp located in Oregon’s McKenzie River Valley, about 45 miles east of Eugene prior to his retirement. Darrall Imhoff died on June 30, 2017 in central Oregon.
Gary DeCarlo June 5, 1942 – June 29, 2017

Gary Richard DeCarlo was born on June 5, 1942 – June 29, 2017 – Gary Richard DeCarlo was born on June 5, 1942, in Bridgeport, Conn. His father, Richard, was a musician who divorced Gary’s mother, the former Jean Albanese, when Gary was 2 years old. She worked as a seamstress, a trade that he learned; he supported himself by making slipcovers when his music career stalled.

As a young man Mr. DeCarlo recorded doo-wop songs with Mr. Frashuer and Mr. Leka, first as the Glenwoods, then as the Citations and the Chateaus. He was recording singles with Mr. Leka under the name Garrett Scott when they recorded “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.”

He married Annette Kundert, with whom he lived in Shelton, Conn., 26 years ago. In addition to her, he is survived by their daughters, Leah and Jenna DeCarlo, and a stepsister, Delilah Lepone.

Mr. DeCarlo performed his hit song more frequently in recent years, including as part of “My Music: ’60s Pop, Rock and Soul,” a 2011 PBS concert special devoted to 1960s music. Fittingly, he was the closing act.

Gary DeCarlo, who sang lead on the hit song “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” which topped the charts in 1969 and has lived on ever since as an indelible sports stadium taunt, died on Wednesday in a hospice facility in Branford, Conn. He was 75.

His wife, Annette, said the cause was metastatic cancer.

Mr. DeCarlo wrote and recorded “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” with two friends and fellow musicians, Dale Frashuer and Paul Leka. The song was originally intended as the B-side of one of several songs Mr. DeCarlo had recorded with Mr. Leka.

It began as two verses that the friends had written years before, with the opening lines: “He’ll never love you / The way that I love you / ’Cause if he did, no no, he wouldn’t / Make you cry.”)

The song became an earworm thanks to the addition of a repeating playground chant, “Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.”
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Released by Fontana Records under the band name Steam, the song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

But Mr. DeCarlo did not tour in support of the single, and the record company, with Mr. Leka’s help, built a traveling version of Steam using different studio musicians. Accounts differ as to why. Mr. Leka maintained that Mr. DeCarlo was embarrassed by the song and had refused to perform it. Mr. DeCarlo said that the record company and Mr. Leka had pushed him out.

Steam’s popularity soon waned, but the song’s second life had just begun. Mr. DeCarlo told The Washington City Paper in 2007 that Louisiana State University contacted him in 1970 about using the song at sporting events. Beginning in 1977, it was a staple of the Chicago White Sox organist Nancy Faust’s repertoire. Soon it was being roared at ballparks around the country.

“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” has since been covered by groups like Bananarama and the Supremes (after Diana Ross had left), and was sung mournfully in Jerry Bruckheimer’s football film “Remember the Titans” (2000).

The song has also boomed through the halls of Congress, most recently in May, when Democratic representatives jeered their Republican colleagues after they passed an unpopular bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Mikael Nyqvist Swedish: November 8, 1960 – June 27, 2017

Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist (Swedish: [ˈmiːkaˌɛl ˈnyːˌkvɪst]; 8 November 1960 – 27 June 2017), better known as Michael Nyqvist, was a Swedish actor. Educated at the School of Drama in Malmö, he became well known for playing police officer Banck in the first series of Martin Beck films made in 1997, and later for his leading role in the film Grabben i graven bredvid in 2002. He was most recognized internationally for his role in the acclaimed Millennium series as Mikael Blomkvist, as well as the lead villains in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (as Kurt Hendricks) and John Wick (as Viggo Tarasov). In 2004, he played the leading role in the Academy Award-nominated Best Foreign Film As It Is in Heaven.

Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist was born on 8 November 1960 in Stockholm, the son of a Swedish mother and an Italian father (from Florence). As a young child, he was adopted from an orphanage. At age 17, he spent a year as an exchange student in Omaha, Nebraska. He took his first acting classes there, as a senior in high school; he played, amongst other things, a small part in the drama Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. When he returned to Sweden, he was accepted at ballet school, but gave it up after one year. An ex-girlfriend suggested he try theatre instead, and at 24 he was accepted to the Malmö Theatre Academy.

Nyqvist’s first major role was as police officer John Banck in the first set of Beck films in 1997. His first big breakthrough came in 2000 with the film Together directed by Lukas Moodysson. The movie achieved great international success and earned Nyqvist his first Guldbagge Best Actor nomination for his role as a misguided husband with anger issues. He later played the leading man in the Swedish romantic comedy, Grabben i graven bredvid directed by Kjell Sundvall. Nyqvist won a Guldbagge Best Actor award for his role as the farmer, Benny.

In 2004, he played the lead role as Daniel Daréus, a conductor and musician, in the Academy Award-nominated Best Foreign Film As It Is in Heaven, directed by Kay Pollak. In 2006, he starred in Suddenly directed by Johan Brisinger. In Suddenly, Nyqvist plays Lasse – a man who must come to terms with the sudden loss of his wife and son. In 2007, Nyqvist portrayed Swedish ambassador to Chile Harald Edelstam, who helped many people flee execution during and after dictator Augusto Pinochet’s military coup in September 1973, in The Black Pimpernel.

He has garnered recent international attention starring as Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish title: Män som hatar kvinnor), The Girl Who Played with Fire (Swedish title: Flickan som lekte med elden), and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest (Swedish title: Luftslottet som sprängdes) of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series.

He starred in Abduction (2011), directed by John Singleton. He was also part of the permanent ensemble at the Royal Dramatic Theatre. Nyqvist appeared in the 2011 action thriller Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the fourth film of the series, directed by Brad Bird. In the film, Nyqvist portrays a madman code-named ‘Cobalt’, who wants to instigate a global war between Russia and the United States that he believes will restore ecological balance to the planet. In 2014, he appeared in John Wick as the antagonist, a New York Russian mob boss who is forced to protect his son from a legendary hit man played by Keanu Reeves.

Nyqvist described his childhood and his quest as an adult to find his biological parents in his autobiographical novel, Just After Dreaming (Swedish title: När barnet lagt sig). In 1990, he married Finnish scenographer Catharina Ehrnrooth (1 April 1969). They had two children, Ellen (born 1991) and Arthur (born 1996).
Michael Bond CBE January 13, 1926 – June 27, 2017

Thomas Michael Bond CBE (13 January 1926 – 27 June 2017) was a British author. He is best known for having written the Paddington Bear series featuring the eponymous character. More than 35 million Paddington books have been sold around the world, and the characters have also been featured in film and on television. His first book was published in 1958 and his last in 2017, a span of 59 years. Bond was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours

Thomas Michael Bond was born on 13 January 1926 in Newbury, Berkshire. He was raised in Reading, where his visits to Reading railway station to watch the Cornish Riviera Express pass through started a love of trains. His father was a manager for the post office. He was educated at Presentation College in Reading. His time there was unhappy. He told The Guardian in November 2014 that his parents had chosen the school “for the simple reason [his] mother liked the colour of the blazers … she didn’t make many mistakes in life but that was one of them”. Consequently, he left education aged 14, despite his parents’ wishes for him to go to university. World War II was under way and he went to work in a solicitor’s office for a year and then as an engineer’s assistant for the BBC.

On 10 February 1943, Bond survived an air raid in Reading. The building in which he was working collapsed under him, killing 41 people and injuring many more. Shortly afterwards he volunteered for aircrew service in the Royal Air Force as a 17-year-old but he was discharged after suffering from acute air sickness. He then served in the Middlesex Regiment of the British Army until 1947.

Bond began writing in 1945 while stationed with the army in Cairo, and sold his first short story to the magazine London Opinion. He was paid seven guineas, and thought he “wouldn’t mind being a writer”. In 1958, after producing several plays and short stories and while working as a BBC television cameraman (where he worked on Blue Peter for a time), his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published.

This was the start of Bond’s series of books recounting the tales of Paddington Bear, a bear from “darkest Peru”, whose Aunt Lucy sends him to the United Kingdom, carrying a jar of marmalade. In the first book the Brown family find the bear at Paddington Station, and adopt him, naming the bear after the station. By 1965, Bond was able to give up his BBC job to work full-time as a writer.

Paddington’s adventures have sold over 35 million books, have been published in nearly twenty countries, in over forty languages, and have inspired pop bands, race horses, plays, hot air balloons, a movie and television series. Bond stated in December 2007 that he did not plan to continue the adventures of Paddington Bear in further volumes. However, in April 2014 it was reported that a new book, entitled Love From Paddington, would be published that autumn. In a film, Paddington (2014), based on the books, Bond had a credited cameo as the Kindly Gentleman.

Bond also wrote another series of children’s books, the adventures of a guinea pig named Olga da Polga, named after the Bond family’s pet, as well as the animated BBC television series The Herbs (1968). Bond also wrote culinary mystery stories for adults, featuring Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound, Pommes Frites.

Bond wrote a Reflection on the Passing of the Years shortly after his 90th birthday. The piece was read by David Attenborough, who also turned 90 in 2016, at the national service of thanksgiving to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday at St Paul’s Cathedral in June 2016. On 20 June 2016, StudioCanal acquired the Paddington franchise outright. Bond was allowed to keep the publishing rights to his series, which he licensed in April 2017 to HarperCollins for the next six years.

For services to children’s literature, Bond was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1997 Birthday Honours, and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours. On 6 July 2007 the University of Reading awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Letters.

Bond was married twice — to Brenda Mary Johnson in 1950, whom he separated from in the 1970s; and to Susan Marfrey Rogers in 1981, soon after his divorce was finalised. He had two children. He lived in London, not far from Paddington Station, the place that inspired many of his books.

Bond died in London on 27 June 2017, at the age of 91. No cause was given.

Brenda Saunders January 16th, 1943 – June 26th, 2017

Brenda Saunders January 16th, 1943 – June 26th, 2017 – Brenda Mae Saunders, age 75, of Palm City, passed away June 26th, 2017. She was born in Mansfield, New Jersey daughter of Kazimier and Helen Babula. She had been a resident of Palm City for 27 years, having relocated from Winter Haven, FL. She had been in retail sales before retirement. She was of the catholic faith, and had been a former PTA member.

She is survived by her long time significant other, Bruce Grant of Palm City; Her sons, William Saunders of Virginia Beach, VA and Edward Saunders of Sevierville, TN; 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Thomas Harrigan January 11th, 1930 – June 25th, 2017


Thomas F. Harrigan January 11th, 1930 – June 25th, 2017 – Thomas F. Harrigan, 87, of Stuart FL, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Hay Madeira House, Hospice in Stuart FL. Born in New York City NY, he lived in Columbus OH before moving to Stuart 31 years ago. He graduated from the University of Dayton in 1952 then served in the Army from 1952 to 1954.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Zita L. “Vonnie” Harrigan and grandson, Kristopher Southworth. He is survived by his children, Catherine (Terry) Kelly, Jeanne McLoughlin, Frances (Steve) Crabtree, Stephen (Sue) Harrigan, and Claire (Gary) Johnson; grandchildren, Eileen (Josh) Potter, Rebecca Crabtree, Meghan McLoughlin, Andrew Harrigan, Eric Crabtree, Maureen Kelly and Erica Harrigan.

After moving to Stuart, he worked for the Martin County Council on Aging, was a Home Health Aide, and volunteered with Treasure Coast Hospice.

Sylvia R. Shadoin September 2, 1938 – June 24, 2017


Sylvia R. Shadoin September 2, 1938 – June 24, 2017 – Sylvia Rhodes Shadoin of Stuart Fl. and previously of Lighthouse Point and
Delran, N.J. died on Saturday , June 24th after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimers.

Born September 2, 1938 to Jesse and William Rhodes in Trumbull CT.
She relocated to south Florida in 1957 where she married the love of her life, Samuel N. Shadoin Sr.
She raised two son’s partly in Florida and N.J. She was a loving and devoted wife , mother and grandmother
and strongly believed in spending time with family.

She is survived by her husband Samuel N. Shadoin Sr. son’s Samuel N. Shadoin Jr. (Vicki Shadoin),
Scott A. Shadoin . Grandchildren Christie R. Shadoin , Troy N. Shadoin and Nicholas C. Shadoin.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Martin County Alzheimers Association.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made at

Gabe Pressman February 14, 1924 – June 23, 2017

Gabriel Stanley Pressman (February 14, 1924 – June 23, 2017) was an American journalist who was a reporter for WNBC-TV in New York City for more than 60 years. His career spanned more than seven decades, covering events from the sinking of the Andrea Doria in 1956, to the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr., to the Beatles’ first trip to the United States, to the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. He was one of the pioneers of United States television news and has been credited as the first reporter to have left the studio for on-the-scene “street reporting” at major events. Dubbed the “Dean of New York Journalism,” Pressman’s numerous awards include a Peabody and 11 Emmys, and he was considered a New York icon.

Pressman was born and raised in the Bronx, the son of Jewish immigrants, Benjamin Pressman (1893–1970), who was born in Austria, and Lena Rifkin Pressman, born in Russia. His father, a dentist, became a professional magician later in life; he got his start in magic by performing tricks to entertain children when he would go to schools to teach them about proper dental care. Gabe had a younger brother, Paul (1929–2003), who was a psychiatrist.

Pressman graduated from Morris High School. He got his start in journalism early; as a young boy of 8 or 9, he made a newspaper for his family, with cheeky headlines such as “Grandma’s Spongecake Made With Real Sponges”. Later he worked as a cub reporter for the Peekskill Evening Star in Peekskill during the summers.

He attended New York University, majoring in History and Government, but his education was interrupted during World War II. At 19, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1943–46. He took part in the Philippines Campaign while serving as a communications officer aboard the submarine chaser USS PC-470 in the South Pacific.

After the war, Pressman resumed his education, graduating from NYU with a bachelor’s degree in 1946, and from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism the following year.

After earning his master’s degree from Columbia in 1947, Pressman worked for a short period as a journalist for the Newark Evening News. Columbia then awarded him a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship, and he spent the next 15 months in Europe as a freelance journalist, contributing feature stories for various outlets, including the Overseas News Agency (a subsidiary of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency). In 1948, he was briefly arrested in Berlin while in the Soviet sector of the city, in what was reported to be a sign of increasing hostilities from the Soviet government toward the west. He was headed to the Polish Consulate Berlin when he was detained, but was released two hours later. Among the events he covered in Europe was the 1949 show trial of Cardinal József Mindszenty, who opposed the communist regime of the new Hungarian People’s Republic, which Pressman covered for The New York Times and for Edward R. Murrow’s radio program.

Pressman worked for various New York City newspapers after his return from Europe before becoming a reporter in 1954 for what then was NBC’s radio station WNBC, and moved over to television in 1956. Pressman spent the bulk of his broadcast career with NBC, except for a period from 1972 through 1979, when he reported for what was then the Metromedia station, WNEW-TV, Channel 5 (now WNYW). Since 1945, Pressman covered the lives of 10 New York City mayors, 10 New York State governors, 15 Senators from New York, and 13 United States Presidents.

Pressman, who described himself as “just a little Jewish guy from the Bronx,” became a fixture of New York City. Journalist Robert D. McFadden wrote of Pressman, “A profound, matinee-idol anchorman he was not. But to generations of mayors, governors and ordinary New Yorkers, he was Gabe: the short, rumpled, pushy guy from Channel 4 who seemed always on the scene, elbowing his way to the front and jabbing his microphone in the face of a witness or a big shot.”

Pressman pioneered street reporting as the first television journalist to do live and on-scene coverage of events. After President Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963, Pressman went out on the street to interview New Yorkers for their reactions; he was live among a crowd of people listening to a radio update when the news came that Kennedy had died.

Pressman was co-anchor (with Bill Ryan) of New York’s first early-evening half-hour newscast, the Pressman-Ryan Report, born out of a devastating 1963 New York City-area newspaper strike. He covered the New York region for NBC News, WNBC-TV and WNBC-AM radio. He was sent by the network to report on many historic events, including the 1956 sinking of the Andrea Doria, Elvis Presley’s Army stint which went through Brooklyn, one-on-one interviews with Marilyn Monroe, Harry S. Truman and Fidel Castro, the 1964 arrival of the Beatles at Kennedy Airport, the assassination of Malcolm X, chasing after newly inaugurated New York mayor John Lindsay in the streets during the 1966 transit strike, the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where he reported on the clashes between demonstrators and police, and the aftermath of the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

Pressman was a reporter for NBC News at the Woodstock festival in upstate New York in 1969. He is seen in the motion picture that came out of the festival.

Pressman has been credited with helping create the New York City institution known as the “perp walk,” which was born in the 1970s when he clashed with famed District Attorney Robert Morgenthau over access to filming notable suspects after they had been arrested. Morgenthau recalled, “Gabe said, ‘We need pictures to report your cases,’ and I said, ‘You’re breaking my heart.'”

In Pressman’s later WNBC-TV years, he was sent to Israel quite often to cover Middle Eastern crises and conflicts, and often dealt with Israeli, Palestinian and other Mideast politicians and diplomats back in his home base of New York. It was always joked among New York television insiders that Pressman had covered Middle Eastern politics since the time of Moses – Robert Moses – but on a serious note Pressman’s reporting on Israel pre-dated the state’s official 1948 establishment.[citation needed]

His reputation as an intrepid reporter is the subject of a gentle lampoon on a recording of Bob and Ray (“The Two and Only,” Columbia Records, ca. 1970). A reporter billed as “Gabe Pressman” was played by actor J.D. Cullum in Billy Crystal’s HBO film 61*, reporting unfavorably on the baseball exploits of Roger Maris (played by Barry Pepper).

He was a past president of the New York Press Club, and as head of that organization fought for the rights of New York’s journalists, both print and electronic.

Up until the time of his death in June 2017, Pressman still worked part-time at WNBC, mostly as a blog writer about New York City news on the station’s website, and he was active on Twitter. In 2014, he stated that it was an arthritic knee that kept him from chasing stories like he used to. A few months before his death, he covered the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in New York.

Pressman was married to Emma Mae Kracht from 1953 until their divorce in 1967. They had a son, Mark, and daughters Elizabeth and Margaret. In 1972, he married Vera Elisabeth Olsen, a psychotherapist, with whom he had another son, Michael. He had eight grandchildren.

Pressman died in his sleep at his home in Manhattan on June 23, 2017. He was 93 years old.

Meg Feldner April 12, 1953 – June 22, 2017


Margaret Feldner April 12, 1953 – June 22, 2017 – Meg (Grammy, Mom, Margaret or Maggie) Lehane Feldner, aged 64, died peacefully on June 22, 2017 at her home in Palm City, Fl., after her battle with pancreatic cancer. Meg was born April 12, 1953, in Park Ridge, Illinois, the lovingly adopted daughter to the late Leo J. Lehane and late Margaret M. Wishes and sister to the late Thomas J. Lehane.

At age 6, her family moved to Lake Park, Fl. where she attended Cardinal Newman High School and grew up with sand between her toes and the ocean breeze in her long blonde hair. She would eventually attend Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, and be active in Theta Phi Alpha sorority all while working at her father’s office with Banker’s Life and Casualty. Following her incredible independent sense of adventure, she would travel nearly 5000 miles away to study in Rome, Italy, where she met the love of her life, Duane J. Feldner, originally from Tinley Park, Illinois, a southern Chicago suburb. The two would marry in Chicago in 1977, celebrating 40 years of marriage this year.

Professionally she would go on to be a pioneer in her field as one of the few women advancing data warehousing and analysis systems at the dawn of the computer technology so many of us take for granted today. Over a long career she worked with and for such names as CCH, Hewitt, AON and more. And just in case she had not done enough, she returned to school in retirement where she earned her licensed practical nursing degree at the top of her class. She is remembered by her family and colleagues as working incredibly hard and as someone who made an impact in her work and those around her.

Meg and Duane would raise two children, son Jason and daughter Kristyn, and live in Chicago for nearly 25 more years. She would say that “the apples didn’t fall far from the tree,” and neither would disagree. Meg and Duane would eventually head to Florida to care for her mother prior to her mother’s passing and would end up retiring there where the adventure only just began.

The two traveled and in many cases “cruised” to see the world together. They literally picked up where their relationship started, on an adventure traveling abroad. One of her favorite trips was discovering her Finnish heritage where she walked a Viking ship as her ancestors did.

She would be honored with the new title “Grammy,” one which she took more seriously than any other job in the world. Eventually she would have five grandchildren to shower with unending love and fun. From family vacations aboard the largest cruise ships ever built to cross-country driving adventures and sprinkler time in the backyard or big splashes in the pool, Grammy’s grands are her treasure and love.

Meg/Grammy’s memory, sharp wit, and spark for life continue on within her family’s hearts and memories. She left an indelible mark upon the world, demonstrating that strength, character, and the spirit of fun and adventure, all combined with an endless outpouring of love can make everyone’s life around her richer. She lived and loved fiercely and never took any flak all the way to her final days.

Meg/Grammy is survived by her husband Duane, son Jason (Heather), and daughter Kristyn (Arturo) Carrillo; her grandchildren Isabella (11), Olivia (9), Diego (5). Elias (2), and Aurelia (1).

A memorial service will be held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church on Saturday, July 15 at 10am in Palm City, Florida. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at

Hervé Filion February 1, 1940 – June 22, 2017

Hervé Arthur Filion, OC (February 1, 1940 – June 22, 2017) was a Canadian harness racing driver. He was the brother of Yves Filion, who drove and trained the 1988 North America Cup winner, Henri Filion (1941–1997), who died from his injuries, following a racing accident at Hippodrome Aylmer, Quebec, and the uncle of Sylvain Filion, who won the 1999 Harness Racing World Driving Championship .

Born in Angers, Quebec, in 1968 Filion became the first driver to win over 400 races in a year and was able to achieve this accomplishment 14 more times. Filion is second all-time in career wins in North America, with 15,180. He was voted the Harness Tracks of America Driver of the Year a record ten times.

In 2000, Filion pleaded guilty to charges that he failed to file New York State Income Tax Returns, ending a five-year investigation into race-fixing.

Filion officially retired in October 2012, his final win at Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa, Ontario.

In 1971, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy. In 1976, he was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and the United States Harness Racing Hall of Fame.

Filion died on June 22, 2017 from complications of complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


Frank Kush January 20, 1929 – June 22, 2017

Frank Joseph Kush (January 20, 1929 – June 22, 2017) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Arizona State University from 1958 to 1979, compiling a record of 176–54–1. Kush was also the head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1981, the National Football League’s Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts from 1982 to 1984, and the Arizona Outlaws of the United States Football League in 1985. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1995. Kush is of Polish descent and was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.

Kush was born in Windber, Pennsylvania. He played three years as a 5’7″, 190-pound defensive lineman at Michigan State University from 1950 to 1952, earning All-American honors in 1952 helping the Spartans capture a national championship in his last season.

After a stint in the United States Army, where Kush rose to the rank of first lieutenant as he coached the Fort Benning football team, he accepted an assistant coaching position at Arizona State under former assistant Spartan coach Dan Devine. When Devine left in 1958 to become the head coach at the University of Missouri, Kush was promoted to the position, which he would hold for the next 22 years.

During his time at Arizona State, Kush was known for being one of the most physically demanding coaches in the game. His daily football practices in the heat of the Arizona desert are still the stuff of legend today. One of his drills was known as “Bull in the Ring”, whereupon he would have the players form a circle. He would put a player in the middle (most often, a player he felt needed “motivation”), call out a uniform number, and blow his whistle. That player would charge the player in the middle and the two would engage in contact until Kush blew the whistle again. Whichever of the two players gave the best effort would go back to the circle, while the player “dogging it” would stay in until Kush decided he could quit. Former NFL and Arizona State player Curley Culp once broke a teammate’s facemask during this drill.

Another of his drills (which was designed to see if his running backs could take punishment carrying the ball) consisted of having only a center, quarterback, and two running backs line up on offense, with no other offensive lineman, and run running plays against the entire defense. Kush would run a running back into the line time and time again so he could get used to the pounding he would take in games.

The most famous of Kush’s motivational techniques was called “Mount Kush.” Mount Kush was a steep hill near the Sun Devils’ practice facility (Camp Tontozona) near Payson, Arizona with several large rocks, cacti, and no shade from the Arizona sun. If a player especially needed discipline in Kush’s opinion, that player would have to run up and down that hill numerous times.

During his lengthy career in the desert, Kush compiled a record of 176–54–1, with only one losing season. In his first eleven years, he captured two conference titles and finished runnerup five times. That success led to him accepting the head coaching job at the University of Pittsburgh on January 4, 1969. However, just five days later, Kush had a change of heart and returned to Arizona State.

Kush’s return would begin a memorable era in Sun Devil football history with five consecutive Western Athletic Conference championships as the team won 50 of 56 games from 1969 to 1973. During this time, Arizona State won the 1970 Peach Bowl and the first three editions of the Fiesta Bowl. In 1974, the team dropped to 7–4, but bounced back with authority the following year when they went 12–0, capping the year with a thrilling 17–14 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Fiesta Bowl, a game in which Kush’s son, Danny, kicked three field goals, including the game winner.

A down year in 1976 saw the team fall to 4–7, but another comeback resulted the next year with a 9–3 mark. In that year’s Fiesta Bowl, the Sun Devils lost a bowl game for the only time under Kush’s leadership, with a 42–30 defeat to Penn State. In 1978, Kush’s team once again finished 9–3, this time defeating Rutgers in the Garden State Bowl. That win would be one of the final highlights of Kush’s tenure as controversy and scandal the next year toppled him from his head coaching position.

In September 1979 former Sun Devil punter Kevin Rutledge filed a $1.1 million lawsuit against the school, accusing Kush and his staff of mental and physical harassment that forced him to transfer. The most dramatic charge was that Kush had punched Rutledge in the mouth after a bad punt in the October 28, 1978, game against the Washington Huskies. During the next few weeks, overzealous fans turned things ugly when the insurance office of Rutledge’s father suffered a fire and the family’s attorney received two death threats.

On October 13, 1979, Kush was fired as head coach for interfering with the school’s internal investigation into Rutledge’s allegations. Athletic director Fred Miller cited Kush’s alleged attempts to pressure players and coaches into keeping quiet. The decision came just three hours before the team’s home game against Washington. Kush was allowed to coach the game, with the Sun Devils pulling off an emotional 12–7 upset of the sixth-ranked Huskies, fueled by the angry crowd incensed by the decision. After the game ended, Kush was carried off the field by his team. The win gave him a 3–2 record on the season, but all three victories were later forfeited when it was determined that Arizona State had used ineligible players.

After nearly two years, Kush would be found not liable in the case, but would be off the sidelines during 1980, the first time in more than 30 years that he had been away from the game. The case itself would have far-reaching implications for coaches everywhere, making them consider the different ways to best motivate and/or punish players.

Future NFL players who played under Kush at Arizona State include Charley Taylor, Curley Culp, Danny White, Benny Malone, Mike Haynes, John Jefferson and Steve Holden. Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson also played a year of football at Arizona State for Kush on a football scholarship before switching to baseball.

Kush moved to the Canadian Football League the following year, serving as head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In his only season with the team, he led his squad to an 11–4–1 mark and a berth in the CFL Eastern Conference championship game. Controversy followed him to the CFL, however, with Kush quarreling with some Ti-Cats players when he attempted to ban the common practice of taping shoes and ankles.

That performance helped Kush return to the United States when the Baltimore Colts hired him in 1982. During the strike-shortened season, the Colts had the dubious record of being the first NFL team since the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers to not win a game during the season, finishing 0–8–1. John Elway’s refusal to play for the Colts after they chose him first overall in the 1983 draft has been attributed, in part, to his desire not to play for Kush.

The Colts improved the following year with a 7–9 record, then moved to Indianapolis during the off-season, much to the disappointment of Kush who had wanted the team to negotiate a move to Phoenix. After just four wins in fifteen games in 1984, Kush quit on December 13, just days before the final game of the season. Citing a desire to be closer to friends and family, Kush accepted a three-year contract with the United States Football League’s Arizona Outlaws.

However, the league folded in August 1986, with Kush then living off his personal services contract with Outlaws owner Bill Tatham by offering assistance to beginners in a local youth football league, joking, “I’m the highest-paid Pop Warner coach in the country.” Kush also used his disciplinarian image to serve as director of the Arizona Boys Ranch, a facility used to reform juvenile offenders.

In 1995, Kush was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, then was welcomed back to Arizona State the next year. On September 21, 1996, the school held Frank Kush Day and announced that the playing field at Sun Devil Stadium would be named “Frank Kush Field” in his honor. On the same night Arizona State went on to upset then #1 Nebraska in a dramatic 19–0 shutout, handing the Cornhuskers their first loss in over two seasons. In addition to the field honors, a bronze statue was placed outside the stadium.

On July 26, 2000, Kush was officially hired by Arizona State as an assistant to the athletic director, serving as a fund-raiser for the athletic department. He died on June 22, 2017 at the age of 88.

William Fagans August 2, 1924 – June 21, 2017

William Arthur Fagans August 2, 1924 – June 21, 2017 – William A. Fagans, ADJC, United States Navy Ret. passed away peacefully in Hobe Sound, Florida on June 21, 2017 at the age of 92.

William is survived by his daughter, Dorothy L. Hebenthal, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Florence L. Fagans; his parents and all three of his siblings.

William was born on August 2, 1924 in Chelsea, Massachusetts to H. Earl & Madeline Fagans, nee Edmonds. As a teenager, William was in the Civilian Conversation Corps, CCC in Vermont. At 18 he joined the United States Navy serving active duty for 22 years

During three wars William defended his country om numerous aircraft carriers including the USS Lexington. William was a Chief Petty Officer ADJC when he retired after 30 years and relocated to Hobe Sound where he has resided ever since. Following his discharge, he worked for Pratt Whitney for 22 years before retiring.

A viewing will be held for William at Aycock Funeral Home Young & Prill Chapel, 6801 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, Florida on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens, 5601 Greenwood Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with and reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Treasure Coast Hospice House or the Kane Center Council on Aging both located in Stuart, Florida

Sharon Kinser June 26th, 1940 – June 20th, 2017


Sharon K. Kinser June 26th, 1940 – June 20th, 2017 – Sharon Kinser, 77, of Vero Beach, formerly of Stuart, passed away June 20, 2017 at Indian River Memorial Hospital. She was born in Greenfield, IN and had been a resident of Stuart for 32 years, having relocated from Hope, IN. She had been a nursing assistant before retirement.

She is survived by her daughters, Mitzi Caldwell, Kay Moore, Elizabeth Mathis and Melissa Ramage; sons, Jesse Kinser Jr., Billy Kinser and Lyndon Kinser. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Kinser in 2006 and daughter Terri Jones.

Tony DiCicco August 5, 1948 – June 19, 2017

Anthony D. DiCicco Jr. (August 5, 1948 – June 19, 2017) was a U.S. soccer player and coach and TV commentator. He is best known as the coach of the United States women’s national soccer team from 1994 to 1999, during which time the team won an Olympic gold medal in 1996 and the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. He was also coach of the USA team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, DiCicco is 1966 graduate of Wethersfield High School in Wethersfield, Connecticut, where he lettered in soccer, baseball and basketball.

In 1970, DiCicco graduated from Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he was an All-American goalkeeper his senior year. He played with the Connecticut Wildcats and Rhode Island Oceaneers of the American Soccer League for five years, and made a single appearance for the United States men’s national soccer team in 1973. During this time, he also taught Physical Education at Bellows Falls Middle School in Bellows Falls, Vt. for at least the 1972–1973 school year.

In 1991, DiCicco became the goalkeeper coach for the U.S. women’s team; he was also the goalkeeping coach for the 1993 U.S. men’s under-20 team. He took over as head coach of the women’s team in 1994, and compiled a record of 103–8–8, culminating with the team’s dramatic win over China in the 1999 World Cup final.[3]

In 2008, DiCicco coached the U.S. U-20 Women’s national team to victory in the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup in Chile.

DiCicco served as head coach of the Boston Breakers of the Women’s Professional Soccer from 2009 to 2011.

DiCicco was the founding commissioner of the Women’s United Soccer Association from 2000-2003. DiCicco has also served on a Technical Advisory board for U.S. Soccer.

DiCicco and his wife, Diane, have four sons: Anthony, Andrew, Alex, and Nicholas.

DiCicco died on June 19, 2017 from cancer at his home in Wethersfield, Connecticut. He was 68 years old.

RoseMarie CurcioFebruary 11th, 1946 – June 19th, 2017


RoseMarie Theresa Curcio (Verdi) February 11th, 1946 – June 19th, 2017 – RoseMarie Theresa Curcio, 71, of Palm City, passed away June 19, 2017. She was born in Paterson, NJ, and had been a resident of Palm City since 1989, having relocated from New Jersey. She was a bookkeeper in the restaurant industry. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, and Mary Help of Christians Alumni in NJ.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Carmine Curcio of Palm City; sons, Angelo and Joseph; daughter, MariaTeresa; 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Visitation: 2:00 – 4:00 PM and 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City Chapel.

Otto Warmbier December 12, 1994 – June 19, 2017

Otto Frederick Warmbier (WARM-beer; December 12, 1994 – June 19, 2017) was an American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea from March 2016 to June 2017 after being convicted of “hostile acts” against the country. Warmbier, then 21 years old, confessed to stealing a political propaganda poster and was sentenced to 15 years’ hard labor. The United States made diplomatic efforts to seek Warmbier’s release. A U.S. State Department spokesman said Warmbier’s harsh sentence was a response to U.S. sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear activities. According to his father, Warmbier’s confession was forced and he was abducted by the North Korean government for political purposes.

Warmbier fell into a coma in North Korea and was released in June 2017, after nearly 18 months in North Korea. According to North Korean authorities, Warmbier’s coma was a result of botulism and a sleeping pill, but U.S. physicians cast doubt on that claim. Warmbier arrived in Cincinnati on June 13 and was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for immediate evaluation and treatment. He was diagnosed with “severe neurological injury.” His father believes that he was “terrorized and brutalized”.

Warmbier died on June 19, 2017, six days after his return to the United States.

Otto Warmbier was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from Wyoming High School in 2013. At the time of his trip to North Korea, he was a junior at the University of Virginia, where he was studying for a double major degree in commerce and economics and did an exchange at the London School of Economics. Otto was a brother of the Theta Chi fraternity. He was active in the Hillel Jewish campus organization, and participated in Birthright Israel. He left behind his parents, Cindy and Fred, and two younger siblings.

Fred Warmbier stated that his son Otto was traveling in China at the end of 2015 when he saw a company offering trips to North Korea. He decided to go because he was adventurous, according to his father, who accused the tour operator of specifically targeting young Westerners with slogans like, “This is the trip your parents don’t want you to take!” Fred Warmbier said the China-based tour operator, Young Pioneer Tours, advertised the trip as safe for U.S. citizens.

Warmbier traveled to North Korea for a five-day New Year’s tour of the country organized by Young Pioneer Tours. Ten other U.S. citizens were in his tour group. During his stay at the Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang, Warmbier allegedly stole a propaganda sign from a staff-only floor of the hotel. The poster said, “Let’s arm ourselves strongly with Kim Jong-il’s patriotism!”. Harming such items with the name or image of a North Korean leader is considered a serious crime by the government.

According to Warmbier’s parents, the story about the poster was fabricated by authorities in order to detain him, and he was abducted at the airport when he was trying to leave the country. A video purporting to show the theft was released by state-run Korean Central News Agency on March 18, 2016. In the 18-second low-resolution video, an unrecognizable figure removes the sign from the wall and places it on the floor, leaning it against the wall. This action is shown twice, followed by a higher-resolution picture of the sign on the wall. The face of the person removing the poster is not seen during the video clip.

On January 2, 2016, Warmbier was arrested for theft just prior to departing North Korea from Pyongyang International Airport. The other guests in his tour group all left the country without incident. His crime was described as “a hostile act against the state” by the North Korean news agency KCNA.

In a news conference on February 29, 2016, Warmbier confessed to stealing a piece of North Korean propaganda to take back to the United States. He said he stole the banner for the mother of a friend who wanted it as a souvenir to be hung on the wall of a church in his hometown of Wyoming, Ohio. He was offered a used car worth $10,000 as payment or if he was detained and didn’t return, $200,000 would be paid to his mother in the form of a charitable donation. Warmbier said he accepted the offer because his family was “suffering from very severe financial difficulties.” He also said he was encouraged in his act by his desire to join the Z Society, a “semi-secret ring society” and philanthropic organization at the University of Virginia.

Warmbier’s confession was as follows:

I never, never should have allowed myself to be lured by the United States administration to commit a crime in this country, I wish that the United States administration never manipulate people like myself in the future to commit crimes against foreign countries. I entirely beg you, the people and government of the DPRK, for your forgiveness. Please! I made the worst mistake of my life!

However, Warmbier’s father later said the confession was coerced and that the story about the used car and church in Wyoming was nonsensical.

On March 16, 2016, two hours after U.S. envoy Bill Richardson met with two North Korean diplomats from the United Nations office to press for Warmbier’s release; Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

Other countries[who?] and organizations have condemned Warmbier’s sentence. Human Rights Watch called the sentencing “outrageous and shocking.” U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said, “Despite official claims that U.S. citizens arrested in the DPRK are not used for political purposes, it’s increasingly clear from its very public treatment of these cases that the DPRK does exactly that.”

In May 2017, Warmbier’s father said he and his wife wanted their son to be part of any negotiations between the United States and North Korea.

On June 12, 2017, Rex Tillerson, the United States Secretary of State, announced that North Korea had released Warmbier. Tillerson also announced that the U.S. State Department secured Warmbier’s release at the direction of President Donald Trump. Tillerson said that the State Department continues discussing three other detained Americans with North Korea. Warmbier’s parents told Washington Post that Warmbier was medically evacuated, saying they were told by North Korean officials that Warmbier contracted botulism sometime after his trial and fell into a coma after being given a sleeping pill. They learned he was in a coma only one week before his release. Richardson was in contact with the family and said Warmbier urgently needs medical attention.

After 17 months away, Warmbier was flown from New Chitose Airport to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and then to Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport where he arrived shortly before 10:20 p.m local time on June 13, 2017, and was rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where doctors tried to determine what caused his coma and if there were signs of recoverable brain function. Prior to his arrival, a doctor with the Cincinnati Health Department discussed Warmbier’s case and expressed skepticism over the claim that botulism or a sleeping pill caused the coma. Otto’s father Fred believes that North Korea intentionally “terrorized and brutalized” his son.

His father reported that he had received a call from President Trump at his home asking about the welfare of his son and the family. He expressed that he had a kind and nice conversation. He also reported that Secretary Rex Tillerson and U.S. special representative Joseph Y. Yun had made the transition possible.

On June 15, 2017, physicians at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center stated that Warmbier had suffered extensive brain damage, which is consistent with a cardiopulmonary event rather than a head injury, and there was no sign of physical abuse. Warmbier’s father held a press conference that day, but declined to answer a reporter’s question as to whether or not the neurological injury was caused by an assault, saying he would let the doctors make that determination. He stated that they did not believe anything the North Koreans had told them.

Neurologist Daniel Kanter, director of the neurocritical care program at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said in a press conference on June 15 that the 22-year-old Warmbier was in “a state of unresponsive wakefulness”—a condition commonly known as persistent vegetative state. He was able to breathe on his own, and blink his eyes, but otherwise did not respond to his environment. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed he had suffered extensive loss of brain tissue throughout his brain.

Kanter stated that Warmbier’s brain injury was typical of a cardiac arrest that caused the brain to be denied oxygen. Doctors also said that they did not find any evidence of physical abuse or torture; scans of Warmbier’s neck and head were normal outside of the brain injury. Doctors said they did not know what caused the cardiac arrest, but that it could have been triggered by a respiratory arrest.

Brandon Foreman, a neurointensive care specialist at the hospital, confirmed that there was no sign of a current or past case of botulism, which can cause paralysis but not a coma.

Some medical records from North Korea were sent back with Warmbier, revealing he had been in this state since April 2016, one month after his conviction. Fred Warmbier expressed anger at the North Koreans for his son’s condition, saying, “There is no excuse for any civilized nation to have kept his condition secret, and denied him top-notch medical care for so long.”

Warmbier died on June 19, 2017 at the hospital. His family issued a statement expressing their sadness, thanking the hospital staff, and condemning North Korea for their actions.

Frank P. Cariello MD May 5th, 1927 – June 18th, 2017

Joe Moczydlowski December 23,1934 – June 16, 2014

Joseph Moczydlowski December 23,1934 – June 16, 2014 – Joseph John Moczydlowski, 82 of Jensen Beach, Florida passed away peacefully on Friday evening, June 16, 2017 at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart, Florida.

Joe was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He was the first child born to Joseph Stanley Moczydlowski and Helen (Lasota) Moczydlowski.

Joe was enlisted in the Navy from 1953 – 1956 and was a decorated Veteran.

Shortly after the Navy, Joe met and married the love of his life Angela Jean Delicato. Together they settled in Holmdel, New Jersey where they started their family.

They eventually moved down to the Jersey shore to Barnegat, New Jersey where Joe found his passion for the water. It was in Barnegat that Joe fell in love with fishing, crabbing, clamming, boating and water skiing. He also loved ice skating on the frozen lagoon during the winters.

Joe and Jean moved to Hobe Sound, Florida in the late 1980s, and continued to enjoy their journey together until Jean’s passing.

After Jean’s passing, Joe married Geraldine Snyder. Together they enjoyed a life of traveling and the arts.

Joe is survived by his four children, Sunday Jean Sack of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, Denise Moczydlowski (Rick) of Mendocino, California, Christopher John Moczydlowski (Sherri) of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, and Joseph V. Moczydlowski (Donna) of Manahawkin, New Jersey; five grandchildren, Andrew, Jaimee, Ryan, Dustin and Jenna; and two great grandchildren Kylie Lauren and Amelia.

He is also survived by his four sisters, Dolores, Veronica, Joanne and Eileen, as well as an extremely large extended family and countless friends.

In keeping with Joe’s final wishes, there will be no services per his request.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997 or

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made at

Stephen Furst May 8, 1954 – June 16, 2017

Stephen Furst (born Stephen Nelson Feuerstein; May 8, 1954 – June 16, 2017) was an American actor and film and television director. Furst was a regular in the science fiction series Babylon 5 playing Centauri diplomatic attaché Vir Cotto and as Dr. Elliot Axelrod on St. Elsewhere. He was also featured, before appearing in either of those roles, as Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in the film National Lampoon’s Animal House and its spin-off series, Delta House.

Furst worked as a pizza delivery driver while looking for acting jobs in the mid-1970s, and included his head shot in pizza boxes. After Matty Simmons saw his photo, Furst was cast as Flounder in National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978). He reprised this role in the 1979 spin-off series Delta House. Others include ‘Junior’ Keller in The Unseen (1980), as Gonzer in the feature film Up the Creek (1984), as Dr. Elliot Axelrod in the television series St. Elsewhere (1983–1988), and as Vir Cotto in the science fiction television series Babylon 5 (1994–1998). Furst was amused by the report that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un modeled his haircut after Furst’s character in Babylon 5.

In 1979 he played the role of an overweight high school tuba player coerced onto the wrestling team in Kieth Merrill’s feel-good underdog film, Take Down. Also in 1979, as pointed out above, he reprised the Flounder character in the ABC sitcom Delta House. He also reprised the character and repeated his famous line, “Oh boy, is this great!” in the Twisted Sister music video for “I Wanna Rock.”

In 1980, he played the character of Harold in the cult classic movie, Midnight Madness, and the character of “Junior” Keller (the unseen) in the horror movie The Unseen. In 1983, he also appeared in a supporting role as Aldo in the provocative ABC TV movie The Day After. In 1989, he played the character of Albert Ianuzzi in the film The Dream Team.

In 1983, Furst also appeared in an episode of CHiPs titled “Fun House,” alongside Erik Estrada, Tom Reilly, and Heather O’Rourke; in this installment, Furst acted out a student who belonged to the college fraternity “DDT.”

In the 1995 animated TV series Freakazoid!, he voiced the character Fanboy. Also in 1995, he took a hiatus from Babylon 5 to star in a short-lived TV series, Misery Loves Company. In 1997, he played Derby Ferris in Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home. He also voiced a young Colonel Hathi in Season 2 of Disney’s Jungle Cubs, had a starring voice role as Booster in the 2000 series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and also played a hulky walrus named Dash in the 2000 Disney movie The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. He starred in Magic Kid and its sequel.

In 2002, he guest starred in an episode of Scrubs.

Furst directed many independent and/or low-budget movies, including the low-budget movie Title to Murder starring Christopher Atkins and Maureen McCormick in 2001, and the direct to video children’s movie Baby Huey’s Great Easter Adventure.

Furst directed three low-budget movies for the Sci Fi Channel, Dragon Storm in 2004; Path of Destruction in 2005 and Basilisk: The Serpent King in 2006; he also co-starred in both of the latter two films.

Furst produced My Sister’s Keeper, based on the Jodi Picoult novel, starring Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin.

Furst produced other several films under his production company Curmudgeon Films. Atomic Shark aired in August of 2016 on Syfy, during “Sharknado Week”. Christmas in Homestead premiered on the Hallmark Channel during the holiday season of 2016. Cold Moon, a psychological thriller based on the Michael McDowell book, is set for a theatrical release in October 2017 in the United States. Cold Moon won “Best Horror Film” at the 2016 Laughlin Film Festival.

Furst wrote a letter, later published in Variety, criticizing the Academy’s portrayal of its own members as racist and resistant to diversity and suggested the Academy’s response to the 2016 #OscarsSoWhite was ageist and sexist. He suggested that most members of the Academy don’t watch the films nominated for awards, and that the Academy should start by ensuring those who vote have watched the films.

Cast in early roles as a fat kid, Furst used humor to help him cope with his insecurities about his weight. He said, “when you’re a fat kid, you try to make the fat jokes before other people make them.” Both of Stephen Furst’s parents died at age 47 from complications of diabetes. When Furst was just 17, and only weeks after his father’s death, his doctor told him he had diabetes. He reached a weight of 320 pounds and out-of-control type 2 diabetes by age 40. He stepped on a piece of glass which resulted in a limb-threatening foot infection. He said, “I finally admitted that obesity and diabetes were a part of a life-threatening legacy — and I had to deal with it or die.” He started an aggressive diet and exercise routine and dropped his weight to 164 pounds and was able to stop taking insulin, but much damage had already been done. Furst developed end-stage renal disease and started dialysis, which severely limited his activity. While at a casting call for a play he was producing in Cincinnati, Furst mentioned that he was on dialysis for two years. An anonymous donor heard about his plight and offered to donate a kidney. Astonishingly they were a tissue match. Starting in June 2006, Furst co-hosted the Renal Support Network’s webcast KidneyTalk with Lori Hartwell.

Furst became a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association and authored the book Confessions of a Couch Potato.

As a celebrity spokesperson for the American Heart Association, Furst said, “I thought I was more powerful than the disease of diabetes, but in reality, I was letting it take control of me. Now, I’ve decided to take control of my life.”

In his later years, suffering from more foot problems and at risk for amputation, Furst became an advocate for the use of total contact cast and amniotic tissue to heal diabetic foot ulcers.

In 1972, Furst’s father died from diabetes complications. Years later, Furst, too, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. After almost needing to have his left foot amputated due to diabetes complications in 1996, Furst reduced his weight from 260 lbs to 175 lbs. When filming started for the fourth season of Babylon 5, the show’s producers found that all the costumes he had worn during the previous seasons were now too large for him.

Furst had two sons, both in the entertainment business. His older son, Nathan Furst (b. 1978), is a television and film composer. His younger son, Griff Furst (b. 1981), is an actor, director and musician.

Furst was married to Lorraine Wright, an entertainment lawyer, from 1976 until his death.

On June 16, 2017, Furst died from complications related to diabetes at his home in Moorpark, California, at age 63.

Joe Ulman January 16, 1942 – June 16, 2017

Joseph J. Ulman Jr. January 16, 1942 – June 16, 2017 – Ulman, Joseph Jr., husband, father, uncle, cousin and friend passed away peacefully June 16th. He joins his wife Judith Ulman, parents, Joseph Sr. and Helen Ulman and sister Terry Kobaly in heaven. He will be dearly missed by his family; daughter, Paige Cunningham and husband, Mark Garland, Nieces; Mary Ellen Kobaly and Kathy Kobaly Parker, Great Nephew Michael Parker, many cousins, devoted friends and his cat Spiky.

Joe was born January 16, 1942 in Fairfield CT. He graduated from Andrew Ward High School. He served in the US army and then went on to become a salesperson for Superior Drugs traveling up and down the east coast. He became the owner of The Nugget Café, in Norwalk, CT, for 20 years, where his customers became his friends. They loved his famous hot dogs, meatball grinders, and his dart league games. Joe enjoyed traveling with his wife, Judi to the sunny resort of Acapulco, Mexico, where they basked in the sun and took long walks on the beach. He was an avid bowler known for almost perfect games. He loved fast cars, especially his Corvette, gardening, his cats, decorating for Christmas, playing cards and dancing. Judi and Joe could shake up a dance floor! Upon moving to Hobe Sound Florida he quickly befriended his new neighbors, often sitting on his front porch and greeting everyone with warmth and kindness, jokes and sometimes songs. His card buddies and neighborhood family will miss him dearly.

A memorial service will be held on June 24th at Martin Funeral Home from 2-3 PM Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions can be made directly to Treasure Coast Hospice or to an animal charity of your wishes.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory

Helmut Kohl April 3, 1930 – June 16, 2017

Helmut Josef Michael Kohl (German: [ˈhɛlmuːt ˈjoːzɛf ‘mɪçaʔeːl ˈkoːl]; 3 April 1930 – 16 June 2017) was a German statesman who served as Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998 (of West Germany 1982–1990 and of the reunited Germany 1990–1998) and as the chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) from 1973 to 1998. From 1969 to 1976, Kohl was minister president of the state Rhineland-Palatinate.

Kohl’s 16-year tenure was the longest of any German Chancellor since Otto von Bismarck. He oversaw the end of the Cold War and is widely regarded as the mastermind of German reunification. Together with French President François Mitterrand, Kohl is considered to be the architect of the Maastricht Treaty, which established the European Union (EU) and the euro currency.

In the immediate years after his chancellorship Kohl was criticized for his role in the CDU donations scandal. It also led to the resignation of his successor Wolfgang Schäuble and the election of Kohl’s former protegée Angela Merkel as party leader.

Kohl was described as “the greatest European leader of the second half of the 20th century” by U.S. Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Kohl received the Charlemagne Prize in 1988 with François Mitterrand; in 1998 Kohl became the second person to be named Honorary Citizen of Europe by the European heads of state or government. Following his death, Kohl will be honored with the first ever European act of state.

Helmut Kohl was born on 3 April 1930 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein (then in Bavaria, now in Rhineland-Palatinate). He was the third child of Hans Kohl (6 January 1887 – 20 October 1975), an imperial army veteran and civil servant, and his wife, Cäcilie (née Schnur; 1891–1979).

Kohl’s family was conservative and Roman Catholic, and remained loyal to the Catholic Centre Party before and after 1933. His elder brother died in World War II as a teenage soldier. At the age of ten, Kohl was obliged, like every child in Germany at the time, to join the Deutsches Jungvolk, a section of the Hitler Youth. Aged 15, on 20 April 1945, Kohl was sworn into the Hitler Youth by leader Artur Axmann at Berchtesgaden, just days before the end of the war, as membership was mandatory for all boys of his age. Kohl was also drafted for military service in 1945; he was not involved in any combat, a fact he later referred to as the “mercy of late birth” (German: Gnade der späten Geburt).

Kohl attended the Ruprecht Elementary School, and continued at the Max-Planck-Gymnasium. After graduating in 1950, Kohl began to study law in Frankfurt am Main, spending two semesters commuting between Ludwigshafen and Frankfurt. Here, Kohl heard lectures from Carlo Schmid and Walter Hallstein, among others. In 1951, Kohl switched to Heidelberg University, where he studied history and political science. Kohl was the first in his family to attend university.

After graduating in 1956, Kohl became a fellow at the Alfred Weber Institute of Heidelberg University under Dolf Sternberger where he was an active member of the student society AIESEC. In 1958, Kohl received his doctorate degree in political science for his thesis “The Political Developments in the Palatinate and the Reconstruction of Political Parties after 1945”. After that, Kohl entered business, first as an assistant to the director of a foundry in Ludwigshafen, then, in April 1960, as a manager for the Industrial Union for Chemistry in Ludwigshafen.

In 1960, Kohl married Hannelore Renner, after he had already asked for her hand in marriage in 1953, delaying the ceremony until he was financially stable. Both had known each other since 1948, when they met in a dancing class. They had two sons, born in 1963 and 1965.

In 1946, Kohl joined the recently founded CDU, becoming a full member once he turned 18 in 1948. In 1947, Kohl was one of the co-founders of the Junge Union-branch in Ludwigshafen, the CDU youth organisation. In 1953, Kohl joined the board of the Palatinate branch of the CDU. In 1954, Kohl became vice-chair of the Junge Union in Rhineland-Palatinate, being a member of the board until 1961.

In January 1955, Kohl ran for a seat on the board of the Rhineland-Palatinate CDU, losing just narrowly to the state’s Minister of Family Affairs, Franz-Josef Wuermeling. Kohl was still able to take up a seat on the board, being sent there by his local party branch as a delegate. During his early years in the party, Kohl aimed to open it towards the young generation, turning away from a close relationship with the churches.

In early 1959, Kohl was elected chairman of the Ludwigshafen district branch of the CDU, as well as candidate for the upcoming state elections. On 19 April 1959, Kohl was elected as the youngest member of the state diet, the Landtag of Rhineland-Palatinate. In 1960, he was also elected into the municipal council of Ludwigshafen where he served as leader of the CDU party until 1969. When the chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in the Landtag, Wilhelm Boden, died in late 1961, Kohl moved up into a deputy position. Following the next state election in 1963, he took over as chairman, a position he held until he became Minister-President in 1969. In 1966, Kohl and the incumbent minister-president and state party chairman, Peter Altmeier, agreed to share duties. In March 1966, Kohl was elected as chairman of the party in Rhineland-Palatinate, while Altmeier once again ran for minister-president in the state elections in 1967, agreeing to hand the post over to Kohl after two years, halfway into the legislative period.

On 19 May 1969, Kohl was elected minister-president of Rhineland-Palatinate, as the successor to Peter Altmeier. As of 2017, he is the youngest person ever to be elected as head of government in a German Bundesland. Just a few days after his election as minister-president, Kohl also became vice-chair of the federal CDU party. While in office, Kohl acted as a reformer, focusing on school and education. His government abolished school corporal punishment and the parochial school, topics that had been controversial with the conservative wing of his party. During his term, Kohl founded the University of Trier-Kaiserslautern. He also finalised a territorial reform of the state, standardising codes of law and re-aligning districts, an act that he had already pursued under Altmeier’s tenure, taking the chairmanship of the Landtag’s committee on the reform. After taking office, Kohl established two new ministries, one for economy and transportation and one for social matters, with the latter going to Heiner Geißler, who would work closely with Kohl for the next twenty years.

Kohl moved up into the federal board (Vorstand) of the CDU in 1964. Two years later, shortly before his election as chairman of the party in Rhineland-Palatinate, he failed at an attempt to be voted into the executive committee (Präsidium) of the party. After the CDU lost its involvement in the federal government for the first time since the end of World War II in the 1969 election, Kohl was elected into the committee. While former chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger remained chairman of the CDU until 1971, it was now parliamentary chairmen Rainer Barzel who led the opposition against the newly formed social-liberal coalition of Willy Brandt.

As a member of the board and the executive committee, Kohl pushed towards a party reform, supporting liberal stances in education and social policies, including employee participation. When a proposal by the board was put to vote at a party convention in early 1971 in Düsseldorf, Kohl was unable to prevail against protest coming from the conservative wing of the party around Alfred Dregger and the sister party CSU, costing him support at the liberal wing of the party. To make matters worse, in a mistake during the voting process, Kohl himself voted against the proposal, further angering his supporters, such as party treasurer Walther Leisler Kiep.

Nevertheless, when Kiesinger stepped down as party chairman in 1971, Kohl was a candidate for his succession. He was unsuccessful, losing the vote to Barzel 344 to 174. In April 1972, in the light of Brandt’s Ostpolitik, the CDU aimed to depose Brandt and his government in a constructive vote of no confidence, replacing him with Barzel. The attempt failed, as two members of the opposition voted against Barzel. After Barzel also lost the general election later that year, the path was free for Kohl to take over. After Barzel announced on 10 May 1973 that he would not run for the post of party chairman again, Kohl succeeded him at a party convention in Bonn on 12 June 1973, amassing 520 of 600 votes, with him as the only candidate. Facing stiff opposition from the left wing of the party, Kohl initially expected only to serve as chairman for a couple of months, as his critics planned to replace him at another convention set for November in Hamburg. Kohl received the support of his party and remained in office, not least due to the lauded work of Kurt Biedenkopf, whom Kohl had brought in as Secretary General of the CDU. Kohl remained chairman until 1998.

When chancellor Brandt stepped down in May 1974 following the unraveling of the Guillaume Affair, Kohl urged his party to restrain from Schadenfreude and not to use the position of their political opponent for “cheap polemics”. In June, Kohl campaigned during the state elections in Lower Saxony for his party colleague Wilfried Hasselmann, leading the CDU to a strong result of 48.8% of the vote, even though it proved not enough to prevent a continuation of the social-liberal coalition in the state.

On 9 March 1975, Kohl and the CDU faced re-election in Rhineland-Palatinate. What placed Kohl, who intended to run for chancellor, under increased pressure was the fact that the sister parties of CDU and CSU were set to decide upon their leading candidate for the upcoming federal elections in mid-1975. CSU chairman Franz Josef Strauß had ambitions to run and publicly put Kohl under pressure over what a result would be acceptable in the state elections. On election day, the CDU achieved a result of 53.9 per cent, the highest ever result in the state, consolidating Kohl’s position. Strauß’ bid for the chancellorship was further put into jeopardy when in March 1975 the magazine Der Spiegel published a transcript of a speech held in November 1974, in which Strauß claimed that the Red Army Faction, a West German armed struggle group responsible for multiple attacks at the time, had sympathizers in the ranks of the SPD and FDP. The scandal deeply unsettled the public and effectively ruled out Strauß for the candidacy. On 12 May 1975, the federal board of the CDU unanimously nominated Kohl as the candidate for the general elections, without consulting their Bavarian sister party beforehand. In reaction, the CSU nominated Strauß and only a mediation by former chancellor Kiesinger was able to resolve the issue and confirm Kohl as the candidate for both parties. In June 1975, Kohl was also re-elected as party chairman, achieving a result of 98.44 per cent.

Strauß took the discord as a starting point to evaluate chances of expanding the CSU on the federal level, such as having separate electoral lists in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Hamburg, and Bremen. He hoped to draw away right-wing voters from the FDP towards the CSU and went as far as having private meetings with industrialists in North Rhine-Westphalia. These attempts led to discomfort within the membership base of the CDU and hampered both parties’ chances in the upcoming elections. Kohl himself remained silent during these tensions, which some interpreted as a lack of leadership, while others such as future president Karl Carstens praised him for seeking a consensus at the centre of the party.

In the 1976 federal election, the CDU/CSU coalition performed very well, winning 48.6% of the vote. They were kept out of government by the center-left cabinet formed by the Social Democratic Party of Germany and Free Democratic Party, led by Social Democrat Helmut Schmidt. Kohl then retired as minister-president of Rhineland-Palatinate to become the leader of the CDU/CSU in the Bundestag. He was succeeded by Bernhard Vogel.

In the 1980 federal elections, Kohl had to play second fiddle, when CSU-leader Franz Josef Strauß became the CDU/CSU’s candidate for chancellor. Strauß was also unable to defeat the coalition of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP). Unlike Kohl, Strauß did not want to continue as the leader of the CDU/CSU and remained Minister-President of Bavaria. Kohl remained as leader of the opposition, under the third Schmidt cabinet (1980–82). On 17 September 1982, a conflict of economic policy occurred between the governing SPD/FDP coalition partners. The FDP wanted to radically liberalise the labour market, while the SPD preferred greater job security. The FDP began talks with the CDU/CSU to form a new government.

On 1 October 1982, the CDU proposed a constructive vote of no confidence which was supported by the FDP. The motion carried. Three days later, the Bundestag voted in a new CDU/CSU-FDP coalition cabinet, with Kohl as chancellor. Many of the important details of the new coalition had been hammered out on 20 September, though minor details were reportedly still being hammered out as the vote took place. Though Kohl’s election was done according to the Basic Law, it came amid some controversy. The FDP had fought its 1980 campaign on the side of the SPD and even placed Chancellor Schmidt on some of their campaign posters. There were also doubts that the new government had the support of a majority of the people. In answer, the new government aimed at new elections at the earliest possible date. Polls suggested that a clear majority was indeed in reach. As the Basic Law only allows the dissolution of parliament after an unsuccessful confidence motion, Kohl had to take another controversial move: he called for a confidence vote only a month after being sworn in, in which members of his coalition abstained. President Karl Carstens then dissolved the Bundestag and called new elections.

The move was controversial, as the coalition parties denied their votes to the same man they had elected Chancellor a month before and whom they wanted to re-elect after the parliamentary election. This step was condoned by the German Federal Constitutional Court as a legal instrument and was again applied (by SPD Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and his Green allies) in 2005.

In the federal elections of March 1983, Kohl won a resounding victory. The CDU/CSU won 48.8%, while the FDP won 7.0%. Some opposition members of the Bundestag asked the Federal Constitutional Court to declare the whole proceeding unconstitutional. It denied their claim, but did set restrictions on a similar move in the future. The second Kohl cabinet pushed through several controversial plans, including the stationing of NATO midrange missiles, against major opposition from the peace movement.

On 22 September 1984 Kohl met the French president François Mitterrand at Verdun, where the Battle of Verdun between France and Germany had taken place during World War I. Together, they commemorated the deaths of both World Wars. The photograph, which depicted their minutes long handshake became an important symbol of French-German reconciliation. Kohl and Mitterrand developed a close political relationship, forming an important motor for European integration. Together, they laid the foundations for European projects, like Eurocorps and Arte. This French-German cooperation also was vital for important European projects, like the Treaty of Maastricht and the Euro.

In 1985, Kohl and U.S. President Ronald Reagan, as part of a plan to observe the 40th anniversary of V-E Day, saw an opportunity to demonstrate the strength of the friendship that existed between Germany and its former foe. During a November 1984 visit to the White House, Kohl appealed to Reagan to join him in symbolizing the reconciliation of their two countries at a German military cemetery. As Reagan visited Germany as part of the 11th G7 summit in Bonn, the pair visited Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on 5 May and, controversially, the German military cemetery at Bitburg.

Kohl’s chancellorship presided over a number of innovative policy measures. Extensions in unemployment benefit for older claimants were introduced, while the benefit for the young unemployed was extended to age 21. In 1986, a child-rearing allowance was introduced to benefit parents when at least one was employed. Informal carers were offered an attendance allowance together with tax incentives, both of which were established with the tax reforms of 1990, and were also guaranteed up to 25 hours a month of professional support, which was supplemented by four weeks of annual holiday relief. In 1984, an early retirement scheme was introduced that offered incentives to employers to replace elderly workers with applicants off the unemployment register. In 1989 a partial retirement plan was introduced under which elderly employees could work half-time and receive 70% of their former salary “and be credited with 90 per cent of the full social insurance entitlement.” In 1984, a Mother and Child Fund was established, providing discretionary grants “to forestall abortions on grounds of material hardship,” and in 1986 a 10 Bn DM package of Erziehungsgeld (childcare allowance) was introduced, although according to various studies, this latter initiative was heavily counterbalanced by cuts. In 1989, special provisions were introduced for the older unemployed.

Kohl’s time as Chancellor also saw some controversial decisions in the field of social policy. Student aid was made reimbursable to the state while the Health Care Reform Act of 1989 introduced the concept by which patients pay up front and are reimbursed, while increasing patient co-payments for hospitalisation, spa visits, dental prostheses, and prescription drugs. In addition, while a 1986 Baby-Year Pensions reform granted women born after 1921 one year of work-credit per child, lawmakers were forced by public protest to phase in supplementary pension benefits for mothers who were born before the cut-off year.

Following the breach of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the East German Communist regime in 1989, Kohl’s handling of the East German issue would become the turning point of his chancellorship. Kohl, like most West Germans, was initially caught unawares when the Socialist Unity Party was toppled in late 1989. Well aware of his constitutional mandate to seek German unity, he immediately moved to make it a reality. Taking advantage of the historic political changes occurring in East Germany, Kohl presented a ten-point plan for “Overcoming of the division of Germany and Europe” without consulting his coalition partner, the FDP, or the Western Allies. In February 1990, he visited the Soviet Union seeking a guarantee from Mikhail Gorbachev that the USSR would allow German reunification to proceed. One month later, the Party of Democratic Socialism – the renamed SED – was roundly defeated by a grand coalition headed by the East German counterpart of Kohl’s CDU, which ran on a platform of speedy reunification.

On 18 May 1990, Kohl signed an economic and social union treaty with East Germany. This treaty stipulated that when reunification took place, it would be under the quicker provisions of Article 23 of the Basic Law. That article stated that any new states could adhere to the Basic Law by a simple majority vote. The alternative would have been the more protracted route of drafting a completely new constitution for the newly reunified country, as provided by Article 146 of the Basic Law. An Article 146 reunification would have opened up contentious issues in West Germany, and would have been impractical in any case since by then East Germany was in a state of utter collapse. In contrast, an Article 23 reunification could be completed in as little as six months.

Over the objections of Bundesbank president Karl Otto Pöhl, he allowed a 1:1 exchange rate for wages, interest and rent between the West and East Marks. In the end, this policy would seriously hurt companies in the new federal states. Together with Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Kohl was able to resolve talks with the former Allies of World War II to allow German reunification. He received assurances from Gorbachev that a reunified Germany would be able to choose which international alliance it wanted to join, although Kohl made no secret that he wanted the reunified Germany to inherit West Germany’s seats at NATO and the EC.

A reunification treaty was signed on 31 August 1990, and was overwhelmingly approved by both parliaments on 20 September 1990. On 3 October 1990, East Germany officially ceased to exist, and its territory joined the Federal Republic as the five states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. These states had been the original five states of East Germany before being abolished in 1952, and had been reconstituted in August. East and West Berlin were reunited as the capital of the enlarged Federal Republic. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Kohl confirmed that historically German territories east of the Oder-Neisse line were definitively part of Poland, thereby relinquishing any claim Germany had to them. In 1993, Kohl confirmed, via treaty with the Czech Republic, that Germany would no longer bring forward territorial claims as to the pre-1945 ethnic German Sudetenland. This treaty was a disappointment for the German Heimatvertriebene (“displaced persons”).

Reunification placed Kohl in a momentarily unassailable position. In the 1990 elections – the first free, fair and democratic all-German elections since the Weimar Republic era – Kohl won by a landslide over opposition candidate and Minister-President of Saarland, Oskar Lafontaine. He then formed his fourth cabinet.

After the federal elections of 1994 Kohl was reelected with a somewhat reduced majority, defeating Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate Rudolf Scharping. The SPD was able to win a majority in the Bundesrat, which significantly limited Kohl’s power. In foreign politics, Kohl was more successful, for instance getting Frankfurt am Main as the seat for the European Central Bank. In 1997, Kohl received the Vision for Europe Award for his efforts in the unification of Europe.

By the late 1990s, Kohl’s popularity had dropped amid rising unemployment. He was defeated by a large margin in the 1998 federal elections by the Minister-President of Lower Saxony, Gerhard Schröder.

A red-green coalition government led by Schröder replaced Kohl’s government on 27 October 1998. He immediately resigned as CDU leader and largely retired from politics. He remained a member of the Bundestag until he decided not to run for reelection in the 2002 election.

Kohl died at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, 16 June 2017 in the Oggersheim district of Ludwigshafen, his home town, aged 87.

John Avildsen December 21, 1935 – June 16, 2017

John Guilbert Avildsen (December 21, 1935 – June 16, 2017) was an American film director. He won the Academy Award for Best Director in 1977 for Rocky. Other films he directed include Joe, Save the Tiger, Fore Play, The Formula, Neighbors, For Keeps, Lean on Me, The Power of One, 8 Seconds, Inferno, Rocky V and the first three The Karate Kid films.

Avildsen was born in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Ivy (née Guilbert) and Clarence John Avildsen. He was educated at The Hotchkiss School and New York University.

Avildsen had an estranged son named Ash (born November 5, 1981), who founded Sumerian Records. He also had another son, Jonathan Avildsen, who appeared in the films The Karate Kid Part III and Rocky V.

After starting out as an assistant director on films by Arthur Penn and Otto Preminger, John Avildsen received his first success with the low budget feature Joe (1970) which received critical acclaim for star Peter Boyle and moderate box office business.

This was followed by another critical success, Save the Tiger (1973), that was nominated for three Oscars, winning Best Actor for star Jack Lemmon. Both Joe and Save the Tiger were about losers, but as the 70s ended, Avildsen did films on winners.

Avildsen’s greatest success was Rocky (1976), which he directed working in conjunction with writer and star Sylvester Stallone. The film was a major critical and commercial success, becoming the largest grossing film of 1976 and garnering ten Academy Award nominations and winning three, including Best Picture and Best Director. He later returned to direct what was expected to be the series’ final installment, Rocky V (1990). (Later installments were released in 2006 and 2015).

His other films include Cry Uncle! (1971), Neighbors (1981), The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid Part II (1986), The Karate Kid Part III (1989), Lean on Me (1989) and 8 Seconds (1994).

Avildsen was the original director for both Serpico (1973) and Saturday Night Fever (1977), but was fired over disputes with producers Martin Bregman and Robert Stigwood, respectively.

An upcoming documentary on the life, career and films of Avildsen is currently in production. John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017) is directed and produced by Derek Wayne Johnson and features interviews with Sylvester Stallone, Ralph Macchio, Martin Scorsese, Jerry Weintraub, Burt Reynolds and many more. The documentary is a companion to the new book The Films of John G. Avildsen: Rocky, The Karate Kid, and Other Underdogs written by Larry Powell and Tom Garrett.

Avildsen died on June 16, 2017 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 81. The cause of his death was pancreatic cancer, according to his son, Anthony Avildsen.

Ginger Saunders September 14th, 1936 – June 15th, 2017


Ginger A. Saunders (Cooper) September 14th, 1936 – June 15th, 2017 – It is with great sadness that the family of beloved mother and grandmother, Ginger A. Saunders, 80, of Stuart, announce that she passed away June 15, 2017 at Martin Medical Center. Ginger was born in Glo, KY and relocated to the Stuart area in 1981 from Cartersville, GA. Her entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic lead her to create and operate many businesses, including a campground, a carpet and tile store and insurance business. She loved her country and was an active member of the Republican Party, never standing down from a good debate on issues she believed in. She was a Christian whose faith never faltered, even in the worst of times.

Her indomitable spirit will live on in her family, daughters Suzanne Connors of Stuart, Tracy Coulter of Stuart and Nicole Bishop and her husband Daniel of Jupiter; grandchildren, Ryan Connors, Erin Connors, Amanda Coulter and Taylor Bishop; great grandchildren, Erik Connors, Chloe Cornejo and Ava Cornejo; and brothers, Joe Cooper and Walter Cooper.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Saunders; son, Randy Saunders and brother, Jack Cooper.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at Jupiter First Church from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Inurnment will take place in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City.

RICHARD SOTO July 14, 1927 – June 12, 2017

Robert Campeau August 3, 1923 – June 12, 2017

Robert Joseph Antoine Campeau (August 3, 1923 – June 12, 2017) was a Canadian financier and real estate developer, who engineered the largest retailing bankruptcy at the time in U.S. history. Starting from a single house constructed in Ottawa, Canada, Campeau built a large land development corporation around the development of the suburb of Kanata. Expansion in the U.S. led Campeau to diversify into the ownership of retail department stores to anchor commercial development projects. The Campeau Corporation used leveraged buyouts to buy the department stores and went bankrupt when it could not maintain the debt payments.

Born in Chelmsford, Ontario, Campeau’s formal education ended in Grade 8, at the age of 14. He talked himself into jobs at Inco as a general labourer, carpenter and machinist. In 1949, he entered the residential end of the construction business. His first project was a single home constructed in partnership with his cousin in Ottawa, Ontario.

In Ottawa, Campeau was able to construct both office complexes and residential subdivisions to accommodate Canada’s rapidly expanding civil service. Campeau frequently found himself at odds with Ottawa Mayor Charlotte Whitton over planning decisions. Whitton was quoted as saying, “When I look at his (Campeau’s) houses, I think perhaps nuclear bombardment might not be such a terrible thing after all.” His Campeau Corporation had two main rivals in the residential housing market: Assaly Construction Limited and Minto Developments Inc., the latter owned by the family of future Ottawa Mayor Lorry Greenberg. Despite opposition from Whitton, Campeau developed a reputation as a high-quality builder and became the most successful in the city. A street is named after him in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata, much of which he developed.

For many years, it was city policy that buildings in the downtown core were not to be taller than the Peace Tower of the parliament buildings. Campeau objected to this rule and was drawn into conflict with city council over large high-rise developments such as Place de Ville.

Due to his relationships with many civil servants and ministers, he was able to have most of his projects approved. He counted amongst his personal friends politicians like Jean Chrétien, Jean Marchand, André Ouellet, Marc Lalonde, and Michael Pitfield. Campeau’s real estate development success soon spread outside Ottawa. In Toronto his developments included Scotia Tower (the city’s third tallest skyscraper) and the Harbour Castle Hotel (now part of the Westin Hotels chain).

In the 1980s, Campeau embarked on a series of leveraged buyouts (LBOs). His first attempt as a large takeover was the Royal Trust Company, which was valued at Can$7 billion compared to the $866 million for Campeau Corporation. The bank was later sold and is now part of the Royal Bank of Canada.

As his business expanded, Campeau ventured into the United States, looking for acquisitions that would add shopping mall real estate to his portfolio of assets. Through junk bond LBOs, Campeau Corporation gained control of Allied Stores for US$3.6 billion in 1986 and Federated Department Stores, owner of Bloomingdale’s for $6.6 billion in 1988. Campeau retained well-known investment banker Bruce Wasserstein to assist with the transactions. However, the debt obligations that needed to be covered following the merger were too large and exacerbated by a market downturn that hurt retail sales; Campeau Corporation was unable to meet its debt obligations.

By June 1989, following Campeau’s takeover of Federated Department Stores, both Federated and Allied Department Stores were losing money despite increased sales in year-over-year comparisons. Federated and Allied eventually filed for bankruptcy reorganization. The company was eventually acquired by the Reichman brothers who filed for bankruptcy themselves and Campeau Corporation ceased to exist.

A New York Times editorial stated: “Any corporate executive can figure out how to file for bankruptcy when the bottom drops out of the business. It took the special genius of Robert Campeau, chairman of the Campeau Corporation, to figure out how to bankrupt more than 250 profitable department stores. The dramatic jolt to Bloomingdale’s, Abraham & Straus, Jordan Marsh and the other proud stores reflects his overreaching grasp and oversized ego.”

Campeau resided in a lakeside castle in Austria and he became involved in some real estate projects, including developing a large subdivision in Teltow (former GDR) near Berlin, Germany. That project failed and Campeau’s company went bankrupt in 2001. The funds of the charitable foundation (Robert Campeau Family Foundation) used in his business were lost.

In 1996, Campeau and his wife, Ilsa, mother of three of his children, separated. While she stayed in Austria, he first lived in Berlin with Christel Dettmann, a former East German politician, and then he returned to live in Ottawa in 2001 together with Christel.

The divorce proceedings went on for many years, Ilsa’s pleadings were struck and, in the end, an Ontario judge ruled in his favour. Campeau died on June 12, 2017 in Ottawa.

Jerry Nelson January 15, 1944 – June 10, 2017

Jerry Earl Nelson (January 15, 1944 – June 10, 2017) was an American astronomer known for his pioneering work designing segmented mirror telescopes, which led to him receiving the 2010 Kavli Prize for Astrophysics.

He is the principal designer and project scientist for the Keck telescopes.

Nelson was born in Los Angeles County on January 15, 1944. As a high school student in 1960, Nelson got an early start in astronomy when he attended the Summer Science Program where he studied under astronomers Paul Routly and George Abell. Growing up in Kagel Canyon outside of Los Angeles, he was the first child from his town to go to college.

He got his B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1965 and his Ph.D. in elementary particle physics from University of California, Berkeley in 1972. While at Caltech, he helped to design and build a 1.5 metres (59 in) telescope.

In 1977, when Nelson worked in the Physics Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he was appointed to a five-person committee to design a 10-meter telescope, twice the diameter of the best telescope of the time. He concluded that only a segmented design would be sensible to overcome structural difficulties. His design had 36 hexagonal mirror segments, each six feet in diameter and just three inches thick. This led to the creation of the revolutionary twin 10-meter Keck telescopes.

“The Hale Telescope was very innovative for its day, but in terms of advancing the state of the art–or at least pushing the available technology to its limits–it’s been downhill ever since for optical telescopes. It is time for a forward step, not just making improvements in an old design.”

—Jerry Nelson

Segments solved the structural problem but created a new one involving the alignment of the segments. To deal with this, Nelson contributed to the design of an alignment system that used 168 electronic sensors mounted on the edges of the hexagonal mirror segments and 108 motor-driven adjusting mechanisms to continually keep the mirror system in the correct shape.

His proposal was met with skepticism. It was felt that the scheme was too complex to ever work. Eventually, Nelson overcame the doubts by building working prototypes.

Nelson became a professor at UC Santa Cruz in 1994. In 1999, he was the founding Director of the Center for Adaptive Optics at UCSC.

In 2010, he shared the million dollar Kavli Prize for Astrophysics for his work on segmented mirrors.

“This is a most well-deserved award. Jerry Nelson first revolutionized astronomy when he invented the segmented mirror design for the Keck Telescopes; he continued with his outstanding work on adaptive optics, and he is about to transform astronomy again through his leading role in the Thirty Meter Telescope project, his work has made possible an era of incredible discoveries in astronomy.”

—UCSC Chancellor George R. Blumenthal

Nelson died in Santa Cruz, California on June 10, 2017.

Adam West September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017

Adam West (born William West Anderson; September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017) was an American actor widely known for his role as Batman in the 1960s ABC series Batman and its theatrical feature film — and whose career spanned seven decades.

West began acting in films in 1959, playing opposite Chuck Connors in Geronimo (1962) and The Three Stooges in The Outlaws Is Coming (1965). He also appeared in the science fiction film Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), and performed voice work on The Fairly OddParents, The Simpsons, and Family Guy, playing fictional versions of himself in all three.

West was born on September 19, 1928, in Walla Walla, Washington, to Otto West Anderson (January 25, 1903 – October 9, 1984) and Audrey V. Speer (1906–69). He was of Swedish descent from his father, and English, with small amounts of Welsh, German, Irish, and remote Scottish from his mother. His father was a farmer; his mother was an opera singer and concert pianist who was forced to abandon her own Hollywood dreams to care for her family. Following her example, West stated to his father as a youth that he intended after school to go to Hollywood. He moved to Seattle when he was 15 with his mother following his parents’ divorce.

West attended Walla Walla High School during his freshman and sophomore years, and later enrolled in Lakeside School in Seattle. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in literature and a minor in psychology from Whitman College in Walla Walla, where he was a member of the Gamma Zeta Chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He also participated on the speech and debate team. Drafted into the United States Army, he served as an announcer on American Forces Network television. After his discharge, he worked as a milkman before moving to Hawaii to pursue television.

While in Hawaii, West was picked for a role as the sidekick on a children’s show called El Kini Popo Show, which featured a chimp. West later took over as star of the show. In 1959, West moved with his wife and two children to Hollywood, where he took the stage name Adam West. In his autobiography Back to the Batcave, he explains he chose “Adam” simply because he liked the way it looked and sounded with “West”, his middle name.

He appeared in the film The Young Philadelphians including Paul Newman, and guest-starred in a number of television Westerns. On three Warner Bros. Westerns aired on ABC, Sugarfoot, Colt .45, and Lawman, West played the role of Doc Holliday, the frontier dentist and gunfighter. He portrayed Wild Bill Hickok in the episode “Westbound Stage” of the 1960 NBC Western series Overland Trail, with William Bendix and Doug McClure.

He guest-starred on Edmond O’Brien’s syndicated crime drama Johnny Midnight, and soon snagged a supporting role as police sergeant Steve Nelson in the crime drama, The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor. He made a few guest appearances on Perry Mason in the early 1960s and appeared once on Walter Brennan’s sitcom, The Real McCoys.

On January 10, 1961, West appeared as a young, ambitious deputy who foolishly confronts a gunfighter named Clay Jackson, portrayed by Jock Mahoney, in the episode “The Man from Kansas” of the NBC Western series Laramie.

West made two guest appearances on Perry Mason in 1961 and 1962. His first role was as small-town journalist Dan Southern in “The Case of the Barefaced Witness”. His other role was as folk singer Pete Norland in “The Case of the Bogus Books”.

West starred in an episode of the ABC Outer Limits series titled “The Invisible Enemy”. He made a brief appearance in the film Soldier in the Rain starring Jackie Gleason and Steve McQueen, and starred as Major Dan McCready, the ill-fated mission commander of Mars Gravity Probe 1 in the 1964 film Robinson Crusoe on Mars. In 1965, he was cast in the comedy Western The Outlaws Is Coming, the last feature film starring The Three Stooges. He played Christopher Rolf in the episode “Stopover” of ABC’s The Rifleman, which aired on April 25, 1961.

Producer William Dozier cast West as Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Batman, in the television series Batman, in part after seeing West perform as the James Bond-like spy Captain Q in a Nestlé Quik commercial. He was in competition with Lyle Waggoner for the Batman role.

The popular campy show ran on ABC from 1966 to 1968; a feature-length film version directed by Leslie H. Martinson was released in 1966.

In his Batman character, West appeared in a public service announcement where he encouraged schoolchildren to heed then-President Lyndon B. Johnson’s call for them to buy U.S. Savings stamps, a children’s version of U.S. Savings bonds, to support the Vietnam War.

In 1970, West was offered the role of Bond by Cubby Broccoli for the film Diamonds Are Forever. West did not accept, later stating in his autobiography that he believed the role should always be played by a British actor.

After his high-profile role, West, along with Burt Ward and Yvonne Craig (who played crime-fighting sidekicks Robin and Batgirl), was severely typecast. West’s first post-Caped Crusader role was in the film The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1969). His lead performance against type as cynical tough guy Johnny Cain did not erode his Batman image; the movie was a box office disappointment.

For a time, West made a living doing personal appearances as Batman. In 1974, when Ward and Craig reprised their Batman roles for a TV public-service announcement about equal pay for women, West was absent. Instead, Dick Gautier filled in as Batman. One of his more memorable Batman appearances after the series was when he made an appearance in the Memphis, Tennessee-based United States Wrestling Association to engage in a war of words with Jerry “The King” Lawler while wearing the cowl and a track suit, and even name-dropping Spider-Man, though he is a Marvel Comics hero.

West subsequently appeared in the theatrical films The Marriage of a Young Stockbrocker (1971), The Curse of the Moon Child (1972), The Specialist (1975), Hooper (as himself; 1978), The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980) and One Dark Night (1983). West also appeared in such television films as The Eyes of Charles Sand (1972), Poor Devil (1973), Nevada Smith (1975), For the Love of It (1980) and I Take These Men (1983).

He did guest shots on the television series Maverick; Diagnosis: Murder; Love, American Style; Bonanza; The Big Valley; Night Gallery; Alias Smith and Jones; Mannix; Emergency!; Alice; Police Woman; Operation Petticoat; The American Girls; Vega$; Big Shamus Little Shamus; Laverne & Shirley; Bewitched; Fantasy Island; The Love Boat; Hart to Hart; Zorro; The King of Queens; and George Lopez. West was also in an episode of Bonanza that supposedly never aired until reruns were shown and he made several guest appearances as himself on Family Feud. In 1986, he starred in the comedy police series titled The Last Precinct.

West married Billie Lou Yeager in 1950, and they divorced in 1956. He married Nga Frisbie Dawson in 1957, and they divorced in 1962. Together, they had two children.

West married Marcelle Tagand Lear in 1970. Together, they had four children.

During the Batman television series, West’s relationship with co-star Burt Ward has been described as “problematic”. He said “Burt fell victim to making up stories to sell books. But in a way it was flattering, because he made me sound like King Kong.” West said that he played Batman “for laughs, but in order to do [that], one had to never think it was funny. You just had to pull on that cowl and believe that no one would recognize you.”

On June 9, 2017, West died in Los Angeles after a battle with leukemia. He was 88.

Amelia M. Crecco February 4th, 1926 – June 7th, 2017

Amelia M. Crecco February 4th, 1926 – June 7th, 2017 – Amelia M. Crecco, 91, of Jensen Beach, passed away June 7, 2017. She was born in Bronx, NY and had been a resident of Hutchinson Island since 1976, having moved from Mahopac, NY. She was a member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church. She was active and well loved in her condo communities.

She is survived by her daughters, Pamela T. Heldman and her husband Norman of Eastchester, NY, Valerie A. Kuhn and her husband John of Waxhaw, NC; son, Daniel A. Crecco and his wife, Valerie A. of Longmont, CO; twin brother, Guido Ciampi and his wife Mary of Greenwich, CT; grandchildren, Jackie Howell, Jodi Marsden, Shana Westhoff, Janine Eyerly, Daniel Crecco, Stacey Heldman and Randi Tomason; 8 great grandchildren and sister-in-law, Madeline Peterson of Stuart. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas E. Crecco in 2010; brothers, Peter Ciampi and Elgin Ciampi.

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 AM, June 12, 2017, at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Jensen Beach.

Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City.

Donations in Amelia’s memory may be made to: Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave, Palm City, FL 34990 or to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997.

Patti Eck June 25th, 1929 – June 6th, 2017

Patricia Eck June 25th, 1929 – June 6th, 2017 – Patricia (Patti) Carolan Eck died suddenly on June 6, 2017. Her husband of 66 years, Robert (Bob) Eck, was by her side holding her hand when she passed.

Patti was the daughter of George and Mila Carolan of Winnetka, IL. She attended Country Day School and graduated from Northwestern University with a BS SP in 1951. During those years she helped entertain the troops at Great Lakes Navel Station with her operatic voice. She met her husband, Bob, at Northwestern and they married in 1951, during Bob’s service in the Korean War. The Ecks moved back to Winnetka where Patti raised her two children. She was an active member of the Chicago Junior League, a board member of the Benton House, and involved in numerous charitable organizations over the years. The Ecks bought a winter home in Martin County in 1984, where Patti continued her Junior League involvement, sang in the church choir at Holy Redeemer and later became an usher. She was an avid golf and bridge player. Patti, along with Bob, enjoyed an active social life and found great joy in entertaining and spending time with their family and friends.

Patti was generous at heart and known for taking the time to genuinely get to know and appreciate those who were blessed to come into her life. She was a patient and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Being with her family and celebrating the milestones of her children, grandchildrens’ and great grandchildrens’ lives brought her the most joy.

Patti is survived by her daughter, Caran Page, of Marblehead, MA; her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Tina Eck, of Syracuse, NY; her sister and brother-in-law, Mila and Bill Stenson; her granddaughter, Jennifer Hughes, and her husband Ian; her granddaughter, Carrie Page; her granddaughter, Melanie Neagley and her husband Matt; her grandson, Joe Latocha, and his wife Heather; and her great grandchildren, Ethan and Ellie Hughes, and Sara Neagley. She is also remembered by her loving extended family and wonderful friends.

There will be viewing hour on June 10, 2017, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Forest Hills Funeral Home, 2001 SW Murphy Road, Palm City. The memorial mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Patti’s life. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Patti’s name to St Judes, one of her favorite organizations.

Ron St Onge October 6, 1930 – June 6, 2017

Ronald J. St Onge October 6, 1930 – June 6, 2017 – Ronald J. St. Onge, who rose to lead one of Connecticut’s top technology law firms, died on June 6, 2017, at his home in Stuart, Florida. He was 86.

His parents moved to Stuart in 1924 but fled within a few years as Florida’s real estate market crashed and the Great Depression gripped the nation. Ron was born Oct. 6, 1930, in Kingsport, Tennessee, where his father Albert found work en route north. After the untimely death of his mother Violet (Franzene) St. Onge in 1936, Ron was raised in Kingsford, Michigan, by his father’s sister Anna Goffinet and her husband John. He attended Kingsford High School where he played baseball and edited the school newspaper’s humor section. Good jokes were among his life-long passions.

After graduating from high school in 1948, Ron put himself through college and law school by working during vacations and serving in the ROTC. Having heard girls were prettier at Michigan State University than other schools, he decided to attend. He graduated in 1953 with a chemistry degree and then joined the Air Force, serving as a lieutenant at the end of the Korean War. He was a radar officer on the Japanese island of Sadoshima for over a year. Experience in both electronics and chemistry later proved invaluable in his law practice.

After returning from overseas, Ron toured the country as an announcer for General Motors’ Motorama, an automobile extravaganza geared to whet public appetite and boost sales with fancy displays of concept cars and other special models. With help from the G.I. bill, he entered the University of Michigan Law School in 1956.
Following graduation in 1959, he joined the law firm of Blair, Spencer & Buckles in Stamford, Connecticut, which specialized in patents, trademarks, copyrights and unfair competition. He practiced with the firm for over 40 years, focusing on intellectual property litigation. He became senior partner in 1966. When he retired, the firm was known as St. Onge, Steward, Johnston & Reens, as it remains today.

He was active in the Connecticut Bar Association and served as president of both the Connecticut Patent Law Association and the Stamford Bar Association. He was also involved in Stamford affairs, heading the city’s park commission, where his efforts led to the city acquiring Mianus River Park and building Terry Conners Ice Rink.
Ron enjoyed golf, tennis and skiing. He was a member of various civic organizations, including the Stamford Rotary Club and the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board. He had a wealth of knowledge about many subjects and a unique sense of humor, which combined to make him a delightful companion and father.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Ray and Jerry. He is survived by his wife Patricia (Hill) St. Onge; his four children: James St. Onge of Birmingham, Michigan, Ronald St. Onge Jr. of New York, New York, Jeffrey St. Onge of Washington, DC, and Sarah St. Onge of Mill Valley, California; his sister Yvonne Metzger of San Rafael, California; as well as his stepchildren: Donald LeBuhn of Mill Valley, California, Gretchen LeBuhn of Corte Madera, California, and Andrew LeBuhn of Jupiter, Florida; grandchildren: Katrin and Genevieve St. Onge of Birmingham, Michigan; Caroline Howell of Mill Valley, California; and his first wife, Julie (Windham) Boardman of New London, New Hampshire.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church (Fish Church), 1101 Bedford St, Stamford, CT 06905. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Treasure Coast Hospices – North, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997 Or the University of Michigan Law School: edu/alumniandfriends/giving/ Pages/How-to-Make-a-gift.aspx

Local Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34997. 772-223-5550. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

Joe Marino October 26th, 1921 – June 4th, 2017

Joseph T. Marino October 26th, 1921 – June 4th, 2017 – 95, of Palm City, FL, Prescott, AZ, and Wayne, NJ completed his life’s work and was reunited with his beloved wife Ruth in heaven on June 4, 2017.

Joe was the son of Thomas and Rose Marino and was born and raised in Prospect Park, New Jersey. He was a member of the Greatest Generation serving our country as an Army hero in World War II. Due to the injuries he suffered in combat he was awarded the distinguished Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.

After World War II, Joe left New Jersey to pursue his education at the University of Alabama. It was there that he met his only true love Ruth Walmsley, and they were married in 1948 at the Newman Center Chapel on the University campus.

Joe was a business entrepreneur who managed his family owned clothing and hat business. Joe received his Masters in Education Degree from Seton Hall University in NJ and went on to become a Middle School History Teacher and Acting Principal in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Joe was a deeply respected and well loved role model for his students as well as his colleagues. Joe and Ruth retired to Palm City, FL where they resided for 28 years and enjoyed their hobbies and traveled around the world. Joe moved to Prescott, AZ after Ruth’s passing in 2014. He had an active social life with friends and fellow Veterans.

Joe was preceded in death by his beloved wife Ruth and three sisters; Catherine Gaghan, Amy Seidel and Jean Horonzy. He is survived by two children, Joseph T. Marino Jr. (Jeannie Marino) of Prescott AZ and daughter Elizabeth Marino Griffin (William Griffin) of Palm City, FL. He has two granddaughters, Jennifer Marino Mangino and Angela Marino Mitchell and four great granddaughters; Brenna Moody, Riley Mangino, Charlotte and Avery Mitchell as well as a niece Roseanne Eckert and four nephews James, Robert, Thomas and William Walmsley.

Visitation will be held at Forest Hills Funeral Home in Palm City on June 15, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on June 16, 2017, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Palm City followed by Military Honors and Christian Rite of Committal at Forest Hills Memorial Park.

Don Jakad November 24, 1941 – June 4, 2017

Donald Norman Jakad November 24, 1941 – June 4, 2017 – Donald Norman Jakad, 75, of the St. Lucie Falls community in Stuart, Florida, passed away peacefully to his heavenly home on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Born in New Britain, Connecticut, on November 24, 1941, Don graduated from New Britain High School in 1960. On April 6, 1963, he married his life-long partner Karen Benyi Jakad, of Yalesville, Connecticut. Don raised his family with Karen in Newington, Vernon, then South Windsor, before moving to Florida in 1992.

Don is survived by his two sons, Donald R. Jakad of Stuart, David E. Jakad of West Palm Beach, and his brother, Robert P. Jakad of New Britian, Connecticut. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 51 years Karen, his father Nomran W. Jakad, his mother Joan Ehmann Jakad, and his middle son, Michael E. Jakad.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palm City, and is open to friends and neighbors.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, that a donations be made in Don’s name to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2655 SW Immanuel Drive, Palm City, FL 34990, 772-287-8188.

Expressions of sympathy and condolences may be made at Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory/Stuart Chapel.

Roger Smith December 18, 1932 – June 4, 2017

Roger LaVerne Smith (December 18, 1932 – June 4, 2017) was an American television and film actor, producer and screenwriter. He starred in the television detective series 77 Sunset Strip and in the comedy series Mister Roberts. Smith went on to manage the career of Ann-Margret, his wife of 50 years.

Smith was born in South Gate, California, the son of Dallas and Leone Smith. When he was six, his parents enrolled him into a stage school, where he took singing, dancing and elocution lessons. He was educated at the University of Arizona at Tucson on a football scholarship. He won several amateur talent prizes as a singer and guitarist.

Smith served with the Naval Reserve and was stationed in Hawaii with the Fleet All-Weather Training Unit-Pacific, a flight training unit near Honolulu. After a chance meeting with actor James Cagney, he was encouraged to try a career in Hollywood. (Cagney had also encouraged other young actors, including Don Dubbins, for whom he found roles in two 1956 films.) He would later play Cagney’s character’s son in Man of a Thousand Faces.

Smith signed with Columbia Pictures in 1959 and made several films, then moved to Warner Bros. in 1959. On April 16, 1958, Smith appeared with Charles Bickford in “The Daniel Barrister Story” on NBC’s Wagon Train. His greatest film exposure was the role of the adult Patrick Dennis in Auntie Mame, with Rosalind Russell.

His signature television role was private detective Jeff Spencer in 77 Sunset Strip.:951 Smith appeared in 74 episodes of the Warner Bros. series. He left the popular ABC program in 1962 because of a blood clot in his brain. He recovered from this affliction post-surgery.

Before he obtained a role in another television series, Smith said he had to “fight my way back from a point where I had almost decided to give up acting.”[4] He then starred as Lt. Douglas Roberts in Mister Roberts, a comedy-drama series on NBC-TV in 1965–1966.

He produced two films with Allan Carr, The First Time (1969) and C.C. and Company (1970), which he also wrote.

His health declined and in 1980, according to wife Ann-Margret, he was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease.

His condition went into remission in 1985. Following his retirement from performing, he managed his wife’s career and produced her popular Las Vegas stage shows. In an interview with the New York Post, Ann-Margret said that he had Parkinson’s disease. He appeared rarely on television after his health deteriorated, although he participated on This Is Your Life, when host Ralph Edwards devoted an episode to Ann-Margret. In addition to the appearances credited below, Smith appeared on several game shows.

Smith married twice. His first wife (1956–1965) was Australian-born actress Victoria Shaw, and together they had three children: daughter Tracey (b. 1957), and sons Jordan (b. 1958) and Dallas (b. 1961). Smith and Shaw divorced in 1965.

He married Ann-Margret on May 8, 1967. He became her manager, but he largely retired due to his battle with myasthenia gravis.

Smith died at the Sherman Oaks Hospital in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles on June 4, 2017 at the age of 84.

Nee Norton June 4th, 1930 – June 3rd, 2017

Born during the run-up to World War II, Irmgard Norton, Nee Schubert, grew up in post-war Berlin where she met an American serviceman. After getting married and moving to the United States, the couple had 2 children and started a career in the US Army. Irmgard followed her husband around the United States and maintained the family while her husband was in Korea and Vietnam. The couple later retired to New Jersey and settled in Red Bank for 25 years.

Following her sisters to Florida, Irmgard and her husband moved to Palm City in 2003. In 2010 Irmgard’s husband, George, died suddenly and due to her progressing Alzheimer’s disease she has lived in a Memory Care facility for the past 7 years.

Irmgard is survived by her two sons, George and David, her two sisters, Helga and Karin, and her grandchildren, Ben, Aaron and Mathew.

Jimmy Piersall November 14, 1929 – June 3, 2017

James Anthony Piersall (November 14, 1929 – June 3, 2017) was an American baseball center fielder who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for five teams, from 1950 through 1967. Piersall was best known for his well-publicized battle with bipolar disorder that became the subject of the book and movie Fear Strikes Out.

Piersall led the Leavenworth High School (Waterbury, Connecticut) basketball team to the 1947 New England championship, scoring 29 points in the final game.

Piersall became a professional baseball player at age 18, signing a contract with the Boston Red Sox in 1948. He reached Major League Baseball in 1950, playing in six games as one of its youngest players.

In 1952, he earned a more substantial role with the Red Sox, frequently referring to himself as “the Waterbury Wizard”, a nickname not well received by teammates.

On June 10, 1953, he set the Red Sox club record for hits in a 9 inning game, with 6.

n May 24, 1952, just before a game against the New York Yankees, Piersall engaged in a fistfight with Yankee infielder Billy Martin. Following the brawl, Piersall briefly scuffled with teammate Mickey McDermott in the Red Sox clubhouse. After several such incidents, including Piersall spanking the four-year-old son of teammate Vern Stephens in the Red Sox clubhouse during a game, he was demoted to the minor league Birmingham Barons on June 28.

In less than three weeks with the Barons, Piersall was ejected on four occasions, the last coming after striking out in the second inning on July 16. Prior to his at-bat, he had acknowledged teammate Milt Bolling’s home run by spraying a water pistol on home plate.

Receiving a three-day suspension, Piersall entered treatment three days later at the Westborough State Hospital in Massachusetts. Diagnosed with “nervous exhaustion”, he spent the next seven weeks in the facility and missed the remainder of the season.

Piersall returned to the Red Sox in the 1953 season, finishing ninth in voting for the MVP Award, and remained a fixture in the starting lineup through 1958.

He once stepped up to bat wearing a Beatles wig and playing “air guitar” on his bat, led cheers for himself in the outfield during breaks in play, and “talked” to Babe Ruth behind the center field monuments at Yankee Stadium. In his autobiography, Piersall commented, “Probably the best thing that ever happened to me was going nuts. Who ever heard of Jimmy Piersall, until that happened?”

Piersall was selected to the American League All-Star team in 1954 and 1956. By the end of the 1956 season, in which he played all 156 games, he posted a league-leading 40 doubles, scored 91 runs, drove in 87, and had a .293 batting average. The following year, he hit 19 home runs and scored 103 runs. He won a Gold Glove Award in 1958.

On December 2, 1958, Piersall was traded to the Cleveland Indians for first baseman Vic Wertz and outfielder Gary Geiger. Piersall was reunited with his former combatant Billy Martin, who also had been acquired by the team.

In a Memorial Day doubleheader at Chicago in 1960, he was ejected in the first game for heckling umpire Larry Napp, then after catching the final out of the second game, whirled around and threw the ball at the White Sox’ scoreboard. He later wore a little league helmet during an at-bat against the Detroit Tigers, and after a series of incidents against the Yankees, Indians team physician Donald Kelly ordered psychiatric treatment on June 26.

After a brief absence, Piersall returned only to earn his sixth ejection of the season on July 23, when he was banished after running back and forth in the outfield while the Red Sox’ Ted Williams was at bat. His subsequent meeting with American League president Joe Cronin and the departure of manager Joe Gordon seemed to settle Piersall down for the remainder of the season.

Piersall came back during the 1961 season, earning a second Gold Glove while also finishing third in the batting race with a .322 average. However, he remained a volatile player, charging the mound after being hit by a Jim Bunning pitch on June 25, then violently hurling his helmet a month later, earning him a $100 fine in each case.

On September 5, Piersall’s 74-year-old father died of a heart attack. Two days after attending the funeral, Piersall returned to play in New York only to be the target of fan abuse. During the September 10 doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, Piersall was accosted on the field by two fans, one of whom he punched before attempting to kick the other.

Despite the minor eruptions, Piersall earned a $2,500 bonus for improved behavior, but was dealt to the Washington Senators on October 5. The outfielder was then sent to the New York Mets on May 23, 1963, for cash and a player to be named later.

In a reserve role with the second-year team, Piersall played briefly under manager Casey Stengel. In the fifth inning of the June 23 game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Piersall hit the 100th home run of his career, off Phillies pitcher Dallas Green. He ran around the bases in the correct order but facing backwards as he made the circuit.

One month after reaching the milestone, Piersall was released by the Mets, but he found employment with the Los Angeles Angels on July 28. He would finish his playing career with them, playing nearly four more years before moving into a front office position on May 8, 1967. In a 17-season career, Piersall was a .272 hitter with 104 home runs and 591 RBIs in 1,734 games.

In 1957 he became the subject of a movie based on his writings, Fear Strikes Out, where he was portrayed by Anthony Perkins (directed by Robert Mulligan). Piersall eventually disowned the film due to what he believed were its distortion of the facts, including over-blaming his father for his problems. Besides Fear Strikes Out, Piersall authored The Truth Hurts, in which he details his ouster from the White Sox organization.

Piersall later had broadcasting jobs with the Texas Rangers beginning in 1974 (doing color and play-by-play for televised games) and with the Chicago White Sox from 1977 to 1981, and was teamed with Harry Caray. He ultimately was fired after excessive on-air criticism of team management.

Piersall, who wintered in Arizona, was invited to a White House event honoring the 2004 World Champions Boston Red Sox on March 2, 2005. According to a Red Sox official, the White House prepared a guest list of about 1,000 for the event, scheduled to be staged on the South Lawn. “This is a real thrill for a poor kid from Waterbury, Connecticut”, Piersall said. “I’m a 75 year old man. There aren’t many things left.” He also said he visited the White House once before as guest of President John F. Kennedy.

On September 17, 2010, Jimmy Piersall was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Piersall appeared as a mystery guest on the television show What’s My Line? that aired on April 28, 1957. Guest panelist Florida US Senator George Smathers correctly guessed Piersall’s identity.

Piersall appeared on The Lucy Show with Lucille Ball and Gale Gordon. The episode originally was broadcast on September 13, 1965. Lucy, Mr. Mooney and Lucy’s son meet Jimmy at Marineland on the Palos Verdes peninsula.

Piersall was married three times. He had nine children with his first wife Mary. They divorced in 1968. He resided in Chicago until his death on June 3, 2017 , with his third wife Jan, whom he married in 1982.

Howell Hunt September 25, 1926 – June 2, 201

Howell Bruce Hunt September 25, 1926 – June 2, 201 – Howell Bruce Hunt, 91, of Palm City, Florida, passed away at home quietly on Friday, June 2, 2017.

A born and raised Floridian, Howell called the Treasure coast his home since the mid 1970’s. Howell proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was of the Presbyterian faith.

Howell is survived by his children Nancy Hunt, of Palm City, FL, Bruce Hunt of Port St. Lucie, FL and he was predeceased in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Elaine Hunt and daughter Jane Hunt.

Memorial donations is loving memory of Howell can by made to Kane Center, 900 SE Salerno Rd, Stuart, FL 34997.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34997. 772-223-5550. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

Peter Sallis February 1, 1921 – June 2, 2017

Peter Sallis, OBE (1 February 1921 – 2 June 2017) was an English actor, known for his work on British television. He was the voice of Wallace in the Academy Award-honored Wallace and Gromit films and played Norman “Cleggy” Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine from its 1973 inception until its final episode in 2010, making him the only actor to appear in all 295 episodes.

Although Sallis was born and brought up in London, his two best remembered roles required him to adopt the accent and mannerisms of a Northerner. He also voiced Rat in The Wind in the Willows, appeared in Danger Man in the episode “Find and Destroy” (1961) as Gordon, appeared in the BBC Doctor Who story “The Ice Warriors” (1967), playing renegade scientist Elric Penley, and appeared in an episode of The Persuaders! (“The Long Goodbye”, 1971). Other appearances include The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), and Taste the Blood of Dracula. He retired from acting in 2010 and died in 2017, aged 96.

Peter Sallis was born on 1 February 1921 in Twickenham, southwest London, the only child of bank manager Harry Sallis (1887–1950) and Dorothy Amea Frances (née Barnard; 1897–1986). After attending Minchenden Grammar School in Southgate, north London, Sallis went to work in a bank, working on shipping transactions. After the outbreak of the Second World War, he joined the RAF. He was unable to serve as aircrew because of a serum albumin disorder and was told he might black out at high altitudes. He became a wireless mechanic instead and went on to teach radio procedures at RAF Cranwell.

Sallis began his career as an amateur actor during his four years with the RAF when one of his students offered him the lead in an amateur production of Noël Coward’s Hay Fever. After his success in the role, he resolved to become an actor after the war, winning a Korda scholarship and training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He made his first professional appearance on the London stage in September 1946 in a walk-on part in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Scheming Lieutenant (1775).

Sallis then spent three years in rep before appearing in his first speaking role on the London stage in 1949. Other roles followed in the 1950s and 1960s including Orson Welles’ 1955 production of Moby Dick—Rehearsed. In his autobiography, Fading into the Limelight, Sallis recounts a later meeting with Welles where he received a mysterious telephone call summoning him to the deserted Gare d’Orsay in Paris where Welles announced he wanted him to dub Hungarian bit-players in his cinema adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial (1962). As Sallis wrote, “the episode was Kafka-esque, to coin a phrase”. Later, he was in the first West End production of Cabaret in 1968 opposite Judi Dench.

Sallis appeared in the Hal Prince-produced musical She Loves Me in 1963. Though not a success it led to him making his Broadway debut the following year. Prince was producer of a musical based on the work of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes called Baker Street. Sallis was asked by Prince to take the role of Dr. Watson to Fritz Weaver’s Sherlock Holmes. The show ran for six months on Broadway. Just before Baker Street ended he was offered the role of Wally in John Osborne’s Inadmissible Evidence, which had been played by Arthur Lowe in London with Nicol Williamson reprising the lead role. The production was troubled with Williamson hitting producer David Merrick with a bottle and walking out before being persuaded to continue. The show was a minor success and ran for six months in New York, opening at the Belasco Theater before transferring to the Shubert Theater. Sallis reprised his role in the 1968 film adaptation.

Sallis’ first extended television role was as Samuel Pepys in the BBC serial of the same name in 1958. He appeared in Danger Man in the episode “Find and Destroy” (1961) as Gordon. He appeared in the BBC Doctor Who story “The Ice Warriors” (1967), playing renegade scientist Elric Penley; and in 1983 was due to play the role of Striker in another Doctor Who serial, “Enlightenment”, but had to withdraw.

He was cast in the BBC comedy series The Culture Vultures (1970), which saw him play stuffy Professor George Hobbs to Leslie Phillips’s laid-back rogue Dr Michael Cunningham. During the production, Phillips was rushed to hospital with an internal haemorrhage and as a result, only five episodes were completed.

Sallis acted alongside Roger Moore and Tony Curtis in an episode of The Persuaders! (“The Long Goodbye”, 1971). He appeared in many British films of the 1960s and 1970s including Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), Doctor in Love (1960), The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), The V.I.P.s (1963), Charlie Bubbles (1967), Scream and Scream Again (1969), Taste the Blood of Dracula, Wuthering Heights (1970), The Incredible Sarah (1976) and Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978). Additionally in 1968, he was cast as the well-intentioned Coker in a BBC Radio production of John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids.

He played a priest in the TV film Frankenstein: The True Story (1973), and the following year he played Mr Bonteen in the BBC period drama The Pallisers.

While a student in 1983, animator Nick Park wrote to Sallis asking him if he would voice his character Wallace, an eccentric inventor. Sallis agreed to do so for a donation of £50 to his favourite charity. The work was eventually released in 1989 and Aardman Animations’ Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out went on to great success winning a BAFTA award. Sallis reprised his role in the Oscar- and BAFTA Award-winning films The Wrong Trousers in 1993 and A Close Shave in 1995.

Though the characters were temporarily retired in 1996, Sallis returned to voice Wallace in several short films and in the Oscar-winning 2005 motion picture Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, for which he won an Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production. In 2008, Sallis voiced a new Wallace and Gromit adventure, A Matter of Loaf and Death. After the Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Sallis’s eyesight began to fail as a result of macular degeneration and he used a talking portable typewriter with a specially illuminated scanner to continue working. His last role as Wallace was in 2010’s Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention. Sallis then retired due to ill health, with Ben Whitehead taking over the role.

Sallis married actress Elaine Usher at St. John’s Wood Church in London on 9 February 1957. However, it was a turbulent relationship, with Usher leaving him 16 times before they divorced in 1965 on grounds of desertion and adultery. They were reconciled but she eventually left him for good in 1983. They had one son, Crispian Sallis (born 1959), who went on to become an Oscar-nominated film set designer.

Sallis suffered from macular degeneration, and in 2005 recorded an appeal on BBC Radio 4 on behalf of the Macular Society of which he was a patron. He also recorded on behalf of the society a television appeal, which was broadcast on BBC One on 8 March 2009. Following his diagnosis of the disease, Aardman produced a short animated film for the society.

Sallis was awarded the OBE in the 2007 Birthday Honours for services to Drama. On 17 May 2009, he appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs, selecting Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 in E flat major as his favourite.

Jack O’Neill March 27, 1923 – June 2, 2017

Jack O’Neill (March 27, 1923 – June 2, 2017) was an American businessman, often credited with the invention of the wetsuit, and the founder of the O’Neill brand.

He grew up in Oregon and southern California, where he began body surfing in the late 1930s. He was a Navy pilot during World War II. O’Neill later moved to San Francisco in 1949 and earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts at San Francisco State University.

In 1952, he founded the O’Neill brand while opening one of California’s first surf shops in a garage on the Great Highway in San Francisco, close to his favorite bodysurfing break at the time. This led to the establishment of a company that deals in wetsuits, surf gear, and clothing. Jack O’Neill’s name is attached to surfwear and his brand of surfing equipment. Although O’Neill is widely believed to be the inventor of the wetsuit, an investigation concluded that UC Berkeley physicist Hugh Bradner was most likely the original inventor.

In December 1996 he began a non-profit organization called O’Neill Sea Odyssey which provides students with hands-on lessons in marine biology and that teaches the relationship between the oceans and the environment.. It has hosted about 100,000 children since it started.

He was married to Marjorie, who died in 1973, and they had six children.

O’Neill resided on a beachfront property in Santa Cruz, California, from 1959 until his death on June 2, 2017.

“Jack” McCloskey (September 19, 1925 – June 1, 2017

John William “Jack” McCloskey (September 19, 1925 – June 1, 2017) was an American basketball player, coach and executive. He served as the head coach of the Portland Trailblazers and general manager of the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves. As general manager of the Pistons, McCloskey assembled the team that would become known as the “Bad Boys” that won NBA championships in 1989 and 1990.

McCloskey was born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania on September 19, 1925 to Buelah and Eddie McCloskey. After high school, he attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he played football. He left school to serve in World War II as a lieutenant commanding a landing ship for the Marines. After the war, McCloskey attended the University of Pennsylvania where he played three varsity sports.

McCloskey played one game for the Philadelphia Warriors of the NBA during the 1953 season, scoring 6 points in that game. He served as head coach of the University of Pennsylvania from 1956 to 1966, and of Wake Forest from 1966 to 1972. Following that, he served as the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers from 1972 through 1974, earning a 48-116 win/loss record. He followed this stint as an assistant coach to Jerry West and the Los Angeles Lakers. When West became general manager, McCloskey felt he had earned the right to become head coach, but Jack McKinney was hired instead. In 1979, he became general manager of the Detroit Pistons.

During the next 13 years, “Trader Jack”, as he was known, made over 30 trades, constantly upgrading his team to become a true challenger to the Boston Celtics, one of the dominant teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. His best-known moves were drafting future Hall-Of-Famer Joe Dumars outside the lottery and rebounding champ Dennis Rodman in the second round of the NBA Draft, trading three players for future all-star center and dominant rebounder Bill Laimbeer and trading superstar Adrian Dantley for Mark Aguirre during the 1988–89 season, a move that helped the Pistons win the NBA championship in 1989 and 1990. After the Chicago Bulls swept an injury-riddled Piston team in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, “Trader Jack” made his last moves. He acquired Darrell Walker, Brad Sellers, and Orlando Woolridge, and let go of Vinnie Johnson and James Edwards to try to make the team younger. He drafted Doug Overton in the second round that year (the Pistons had traded their first-round pick away), who did not even play the following season. The Pistons struggled with their chemistry, as key subs like John Salley did not improve their performance, yet they won 48 games. They lost in five games to the New York Knicks in the first round, and McCloskey left the team. He later served in the front offices of the Minnesota Timberwolves (1992–1995), and the Toronto Raptors (2004), the latter on an interim basis.

On March 29, 2008, McCloskey had his name honored in Detroit, with banner raised at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

McCloskey had six children. His daughter is the writer Molly McCloskey, whose memoir Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost Brother (2011) recounts the story of the McCloskey family with particular focus on Molly’s brother (Jack McCloskey’s son), Mike. The family was featured in an article in the September 1953 Ladies Home Journal, as part of a long running series “How America Lives”, titled “Meet Mrs. $10,000* Executive in the Home”.

In May 2017, it was announced McCloskey had Alzheimer’s disease. McCloskey died on June 1, 2017.

Roberto De Vicenzo April 14, 1923 – June 1, 2017

Roberto De Vicenzo (14 April 1923 – 1 June 2017) was a professional golfer from Argentina. He won more than 230 tournaments worldwide in his career including eight on the PGA Tour[1] and most famously the 1967 Open Championship.

De Vicenzo was born in Villa Ballester, a northern suburb of Buenos Aires province, Argentina. He was raised in the Villa Pueyrredón neighborhood of Buenos Aires, and acquired the game of golf as a caddie. He developed his skills at the Ranelagh Golf Club, and later relocated to the town of the same name.

He won his first Argentine tournament, the Abierto del Litoral, in 1942; his first World Cup in 1953; and a major tournament, The Open Championship, in 1967. De Vicenzo is best remembered for his misfortune in the 1968 Masters Tournament.[2] On the par-4 17th hole, Roberto De Vicenzo made a birdie, but playing partner Tommy Aaron inadvertently entered a 4 instead of 3 on the scorecard.[4] He did not check the scorecard for the error before signing it, and according to the Rules of Golf the higher score had to stand and be counted. If not for this mistake, De Vicenzo would have tied for first place with Bob Goalby, and the two would have met in an 18-hole playoff the next day. His quote afterwards became legendary for its poignancy: “What a stupid I am!”[5]

In 1970 he was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.

De Vicenzo subsequently found great success in the early days of the Senior PGA Tour, winning the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf two times and the inaugural U.S. Senior Open in 1980. He also won the 1974 PGA Seniors’ Championship, and represented Argentina 15 times in the Canada Cup/World Cup, leading Argentina to victory in 1953.

De Vicenzo was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989, and officially retired on 12 November 2006, at age 83 with over 200 international victories. The Museum of Golf in Argentina in Berazategui was founded because of his hard work. It was named in his honor upon its completion in 2006.

Fred Kummerow October 4, 1914 – May 31, 2017

Fred August Kummerow (October 4, 1914 – May 31, 2017) was a German-born American biochemist. A longtime professor of comparative biosciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Kummerow was best known as an opponent of artificial trans fats, carrying out a 50-year campaign for a federal ban on the use of the substance in processed foods. He was one of the pioneers in establishing the connection between trans fats and heart disease, and he helped to cement the inclusion of trans fats into the Nurses’ Health Study. He also helped discover that it is oxidized cholesterol, rather than cholesterol alone, that causes heart disease.

Kummerow was born in Berlin on October 4, 1914; his father was a laborer. At the age of eight, he moved with his family to the United States, arriving at Ellis Island on Memorial Day 1923.

The family settled in Milwaukee. An interest in science was sparked by a gift of a chemistry set on his 12th birthday. Kummerow graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1939 with a degree in chemistry; he received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the same university in 1943.

Kummerow researched lipids at Kansas State University during and after World War II. He won a contract from the U.S. Army’s Quartermaster Corps to investigate methods of stopping frozen turkeys and chickens from going rancid. Ultimately, “a simple change in the poultry feed solved the problem, making possible the sale of frozen poultry in grocery stores.”

In 1950, Kummerow moved to the University of Illinois, where he remained for the remainder of his life. His research, funded by National Institutes of Health grants, focused on heart disease; his research led to the discovery of the link between trans fats and cardiac disease. As a researcher during the Cold War, Kummerow traveled widely in Soviet bloc countries to speak with scientists, reporting back to the State Department on what he had learned.

Kummerow authored at least 460 journal articles over the course of his career. He published the first paper suggesting a connection between trans fats and heart disease in 1957. The article, which appeared in Science, did not initially meet with widespread acceptance; it took decades before the link between trans fat-consumption and heart disease was fully accepted. Kummerow’s work, however, helped to cement the inclusion of trans fats into the Nurses’ Health Study; the results of that study further confirmed the link. He also helped discover that it is oxidized cholesterol, rather than cholesterol alone, that causes heart disease.

Kummerow urged food companies to lower the amount of trans fat in foods laden with the substance, such as shortening and margarine. As further studies confirmed the connection between trans fat-heart disease link, the Center for Science in the Public Interest filed in 1994 a petition with FDA to require that the trans-fats substance be listed on nutrition facts labels (the petition was ultimately granted 12 years later), and the American Heart Association began to warn about the health risks of trans fats in 2004. Food companies also began to voluntarily remove trans fats from their products amid growing scientific and consumer pressure.

In 2009, at the age of 94, Kummerow filed a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a federal ban on artificial trans fats. The FDA did not act on his petition for four years, and in 2013 Kummerow filed a lawsuit against the FDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seeking to compel the FDA to respond to his petition and “to ban partially hydrogenated oils unless a complete administrative review finds new evidence for their safety.” Kummerow ‘s petition stated that “Artificial trans fat is a poisonous and deleterious substance, and the FDA has acknowledged the danger.”

Three months after the suit was filed, on June 16, 2015, the FDA moved to eliminate artificial trans fats from the U.S. food supply, giving manufacturers a deadline of three years. The FDA specifically ruled that trans fat was not generally recognized as safe and “could no longer be added to food after June 18, 2018, unless a manufacturer could present convincing scientific evidence that a particular use was safe.” Kummerow stated: “Science won out.” The ban is believed to prevent about 90,000 premature deaths annually.

Kummerow formally retired at the age of 78, taking the title of emeritus professor of comparative biosciences. He continued to conduct research, even as a centenarian. Around his 100th birthday, Kummerow switched his focus to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s research, rather than heart disease, saying that he “felt that he was through with heart disease.” He also said that he wanted to research Parkinson’s disease, the cause of his wife’s death two years earlier, and Alzheimer’s disease, the cause of his sister-in-law’s death. Kummerow maintained his lab at the University of Illinois until the year before his death.

In addition to his scientific and science advocacy work, Kummerow was involved in citizen advocacy more broadly; his papers include copies of “letters to five U.S. presidents, members of Congress and other people of distinction on topics such as the national debt, the Vietnam War, nuclear weapons and energy.”

Elena Verdugo April 20, 1925 – May 30, 2017

Elena Angela Verdugo (April 20, 1925 – May 30, 2017) was an American actress who began in films at the age of five in Cavalier of the West (1931). Her career in radio, television, and film spanned six decades.

Verdugo made numerous film appearances through the 1940s, including several Universal horror films. While filming the Abbott and Costello comedy Little Giant (1946), she met and married screenwriter Charles R. Marion, who also wrote for the comedy team’s radio show.

Verdugo starred with Gene Autry and Stephen Dunne in the movie The Big Sombrero (1949). She had a small part as the orange girl smitten by Cyrano’s gallantry in the opening theater scene of the 1950 José Ferrer version of Cyrano de Bergerac.

She co-starred in Thief of Damascus (1952) with Paul Henreid and John Sutton.

Verdugo had a starring role as a singer in 1957’s Panama Sal, a musical comedy film.

Verdugo had a flair for comedy, and she garnered much laughter and applause in the title role of the hit situation comedy Meet Millie on both radio and television (1952-1956).:677-678 She guest starred on The Bob Cummings Show in a 1958 episode titled “Bob and the Ravishing Realtor”, playing the part of the realtor. In 1963, she played Gerry in the short-lived NBC half-hour Western dramatic series Redigo,[3]:882 actually the second season of Egan’s earlier hour-long Empire, in which she also played Gerry.[3] Verdugo appeared as herself in 1963 on the NBC game show Your First Impression.

From February to June 1964, Verdugo played Audrey, the widowed sister of Phil Silvers’ character of Harry Grafton, in Silvers’ CBS sitcom The New Phil Silvers Show.

In the full 1964–1965 season, Verdugo played Lynn Hall, an employee of a complaint department at a Los Angeles department store in CBS’s Many Happy Returns.:654 In 1965-1966, she played Alice in Mona McCluskey.:710

She is perhaps best known for her role as office assistant/nurse Consuelo Lopez in the ABC series Marcus Welby, M.D., starring with Robert Young in the title role and James Brolin as the medical associate. The series aired from 1969 to 1976.

In 1971 and 1972, Verdugo was nominated for Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama category. Both nominations were for her performances on Marcus Welby, M.D.

She has a star at 1709 Vine Street in the Television section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was dedicated on February 8, 1960.

Verdugo and Marion had one son, Richard Marion (1949-1999), who later became an actor/director. Her second husband was Charles Rosewall, who died in 2012.

Verdugo died on May 30, 2017 in Los Angeles at the age of 92.

Carl Mohamet October 31, 1943 – May 29, 2017

Carl James Mohamet October 31, 1943 – May 29, 2017 – Carl James Mohamet, 73, passed away on May 29, 2017 at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart, FL.

Born in Norwood, Massachusetts, Carl had previously lived in Norwood, Massachusetts before moving to the Pine Lake Gardens Community in Stuart 11 years ago.

He was the owner of CJ Painting Company and loved to hunt and fish in Maine. Carl is truly loved and will be greatly missed.

Carl is survived by his wife of 41 years, Cynthia of Stuart, FL; daughter, Heather Martinez (Anibal) of Norwood, MA; grandson, Tyler James Martinez of Norwood, MA; sisters, Shirley, Kathy, Dorothy, and Judy; sister in laws, Susan, Kathie, and Patti; brother in laws, Peter, Brian, Paul and David plus several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Ann Marie and Carol, and brothers, Donald and Stanley.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997.

Manuel Noriega February 11, 1934 – May 29, 2017

Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈnwel noˈɾjeɣa]; February 11, 1934 – May 29, 2017) was a Panamanian politician and military officer. He was military dictator of Panama from 1983 to 1989, when he was removed from power by the United States during the invasion of Panama.

From the 1950s until shortly before the U.S. invasion, Noriega worked closely with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Noriega was one of the CIA’s most valued intelligence sources, as well as one of the primary conduits for illicit weapons, military equipment and cash destined for U.S.-backed counter-insurgency forces throughout Central and South America. Noriega was also a major cocaine trafficker, something which his U.S. intelligence handlers were aware of for years, but allowed because of his usefulness for their covert military operations in Latin America.

In 1988, Noriega was indicted by the United States on drug trafficking charges in Miami, Florida. During the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama, he was removed from power, captured, detained as a prisoner of war, and flown to the United States. Noriega was tried on eight counts of drug trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering in April 1992. On September 16, 1992, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison, which was later reduced to 30 years.

Noriega’s U.S. prison sentence ended in September 2007; pending the outcome of extradition requests by both Panama and France, for convictions in absentia for murder in 1995 and money laundering in 1999. France was granted its extradition request in April 2010. He arrived in Paris on April 27, 2010, and after the re-trial that is a rule in France after any in absentia sentence, he was found guilty and sentenced to seven years in jail in July 2010. A conditional release was granted on September 23, 2011, for Noriega to be extradited to serve 20 years in Panama. He returned to Panama on December 11, 2011. Noriega died at Hospital Santo Tomas in Panama City on May 29, 2017, two months after brain surgery.

Noriega was born in Panama City on February 11, 1934. His family was of Colombian heritage, and was not well off. He was educated at the Instituto Nacional, a well-regarded high school in Panama City before winning a scholarship to Chorrillos Military School in Lima, Peru.

He returned to Panama and was given a commission as a sublieutenant in the Panama National Guard, and posted to Colón. There he made the acquaintance of Omar Torrijos, and would become an important supporter of him. As a first lieutenant, Noriega traveled to the United States in 1967, and spent many months taking courses at the School of the Americas at the United States Army’s Fort Gulick in the Panama Canal Zone. His training there included courses on infantry operations, counterintelligence, intelligence, and jungle operations. He also took a course in psychological operations at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

In 1968 Torrijos led a coup against Panama President Arnulfo Arias.

Noriega was an important supporter of Torrijos during the power struggle that followed.

He received a promotion to lieutenant colonel and was appointed chief of military intelligence by Torrijos.

He would also play a major role in thwarting a later coup attempt against Torrijos.

Torrijos would retain power as a military ruler until 1981: during this time he negotiated the Torrijos–Carter Treaties with US President Jimmy Carter, which ensured that control over the Panama Canal would pass to Panama in 1999.

Torrijos died in a plane accident on July 31, 1981, under mysterious circumstances.

After a brief power struggle between various military leaders, brought on by the absence of a clear protocol for transfer of power, Noriega became the real power behind the government as the head of the security forces.

Two years later, in 1983, Noriega promoted himself to colonel, giving him even more power.

In the same year, Noriega made a deal with Rubén Darío Paredes, the leader of the Panamanian armed forces, under which Paredes handed over his position to Noriega with the understanding that Noriega would allow him to stand for President.

However, after assuming his new position Noriega reneged on the deal, arrested Paredes, and made himself general, thereby becoming the de facto ruler of the country.

Noriega’s tenure as the head of intelligence was marked by intimidation and harassment of opposition parties and their leaders.

Although the relationship did not become contractual until 1967, Noriega worked with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from the late 1950s until the 1980s. The relationship became regularized in the 1970s, when Noriega was on the CIA payroll; it has been suggested that Noriega began to be employed by the CIA as early as 1971. Noriega acted as a conduit for US support to the Contra militants in Nicaragua for many years, including funds and weapons. Noriega also allowed the CIA to establish listening posts in Panama. He also helped the US-backed Salvadoran government against the leftist Salvadoran insurgent Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front. Noriega has been reported to have played a role in the Iran–Contra affair in the mid-1980s, in which weapons and drugs were smuggled by the U.S. government to support the Contras. Noriega would continue to have a close relationship with the US School of the Americas during his Presidency, partly due to the latter having an outpost in Panama. Officials from the Panamanian military were frequently given courses at the school free of charge. Noriega was proud of his relationship with the school, and would wear its crest on his military uniform. Historians would later suggest that the United States had known of Noriega’s drug trafficking since the 1960s, and had been shielding him from investigation from the 1960s to the 1990s.

A 1988 US Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Operations concluded: “The saga of Panama’s General Manuel Antonio Noriega represents one of the most serious foreign policy failures for the United States. Throughout the 1970s and the 1980s, Noriega was able to manipulate U.S. policy toward his country, while skillfully accumulating near-absolute power in Panama. It is clear that each U.S. government agency which had a relationship with Noriega turned a blind eye to his corruption and drug dealing, even as he was emerging as a key player on behalf of the Medellín Cartel (a member of which was notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar).” Noriega was allowed to establish “the hemisphere’s first ‘narcokleptocracy'”. One of the large financial institutions that he was able to use to launder money was the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. In the 1988 U.S. presidential election, Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis highlighted this history in a campaign commercial attacking his opponent, Vice President (and former CIA Director) George H. W. Bush, for his close relationship with “Panamanian drug lord Noriega”.

In May 1984, Noriega allowed the first presidential elections in 16 years. When the initial results showed former president Arnulfo Arias on his way to a landslide victory, Noriega halted the count. After brazenly manipulating the results, the government announced that the PRD’s candidate, Nicolás Ardito Barletta Vallarino, had won by a slim margin of 1,713 votes. Independent estimates suggested that Arias would have won by as many as 50,000 votes had the election been conducted fairly. The U.S. government was aware of this manipulation, but chose not to comment on it. His rule in Panama became increasingly repressive, even as the U.S. government of Ronald Reagan began relying on him in its covert efforts to undermine the Sandinista government in Nicaragua.

Hugo Spadafora was a physician and a political activist who had first clashed with Noriega when they were both members of Torrijo’s government. He was a vocal critic of Noriega. In September 1985 he accused Noriega of having connections to drug trafficking and announced his intent to return to Panama to oppose him. He was seized from a bus by a death squad at the Costa Rican border. Later, his decapitated body was found, showing signs of extreme torture, wrapped in a United States Postal Service mailing bag. His family and other groups called for an investigation into his murder, but Noriega stonewalled any attempts at an investigation. Noriega was in Paris at the time of the murder, which was alleged by some to have been at the direction of his Chiriquí Province commander, Luis Córdoba. A conversation captured on wiretap between Noriega (in Paris) and Córdoba included an exchange in which Córdoba says “We have the rabid dog”, to which Noriega responds “And what does one do with a dog that has rabies?”[21] The murder of Spadafora was among the reasons for the U.S. beginning to view Noriega as a liability rather than an asset, despite his ongoing support for U.S. interventions elsewhere.

Harold Sabol February 7th, 1919 – May 28th, 2017

Harold R. Sabol February 7th, 1919 – May 28th, 2017 – HAROLD R. SABOL, age 98, died May 22, 2017 in Stuart, Florida.

He was born on Feb. 7, 1919 in Ivorea, PA; and was the son of the late Andrew and Dorothy Rizner Sabol. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Irene Juber Sabol and brothers, Andrew, John, Paul, and Daniel.

Blessed with an outgoing personality and great sense of humor, Harold was a natural salesman and businessman. During his life he owned an International Harvester Farm Equipment dealership in Cambridge and Kearsarge, PA and was a partner in an Edsel car dealership. He also bought and sold real estate throughout Erie County. He and his wife resided in Erie and Edinboro, PA for many years. After retiring, Harold moved to Florida, living in Titusville, Palm City and Stuart. He also lived for a while in the Richmond, VA area.

A Presbyterian, Harold was an elder in the Titusville Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed playing golf and euchre; was an excellent cook and an early supporter of President Trump. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. Entombment will be at Westhampton Memorial Park in Richmond, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Smile Train 41 Madison Avenue 28th Floor, New York, New York 10010 or on line at would be preferred.

Paul Campanile November 26th, 1964 – May 30th, 2017

Paul R. Campanile November 26th, 1964 – May 30th, 2017 – Paul R. Campanile, 52, of Jensen Beach, Florida, passed away at home on May 30, 2017.

Born on November 26, 1964 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, he had been a resident of the Treasure Coast of over 20 years coming from Deltona, Florida. He moved to Florida as a toddler.

He was the owner and operator of Paul Campanile Services LLC, a commercial painting contractor, doing work for the P.G.A. and neighboring areas.

Survivors include his daughter, Cristina Campanile and son Luke Campanile of Sanford, Florida; his mother, Diane Beverly of Port St. Lucie, Florida; his brothers, Armand Campanile of Lake County, Florida and Peter Campanile of Green Bay, Wisconsin; his ex-wife, Angela Campanile of Sanford and his nephews, Joey Campanile, Rocco Campanile and Anthony Corigliano and his nieces, Jessie Campanile, Jackie Campanile, Kira Campanile and Nicki Corigliano. He was preceded in death by his father, Armand Campanile.

There will be a memorial service at 2:30 PM on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Walton Road Baptist Church, Port St. Lucie.

Russell Funk November 9, 1947 – May 28, 2017

Russell Funk November 9, 1947 – May 28, 2017 – Russell Samuel Funk, 69 of Palm City, FL, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, May 28, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family. Russell was born on November 9, 1947 in Charlotte, Michigan to Louis and Genevieve Funk. He was the fifth born of six children. In 1948 the family moved to Belle Glade, FL and then to Stuart, FL in 1955. He’s called Martin County his home ever since.

He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Compton and continued his service as a reservist through the early 1970’s. For over 47 years, Russell worked in the flooring installation business. His work ethic was unmatched and he provided abundantly for his family. He very much enjoyed his profession and took a lot of pride in his work.

Russell was a loving father, grandfather, brother, son, and uncle. He was very close to his kids and grandkids, and you’d rarely see him around town without at least one of them in tow. His kind, gentle heart and friendly nature made him many wonderful friends throughout his life. He enjoyed flying with his son, Tim, golfing, card games with friends, and tending to his nursery. He was very well-known and greatly revered in the community.

Russell is survived by his sons, Timothy Funk, Christopher (Tara) Funk; daughter, Genevieve Funk (Dustin Knotek); brothers Douglas (Judy) Funk, Paul (Susan) Funk; grandchildren, Austin, Meti, Ryan, Evan, Maggie, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins who will sorely miss him.

The family will greet friends on June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM at Martin Funeral Home, followed by a celebration of his life at 11:00AM with full military honors.

Memorial donations may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997, as we are forever grateful for the comfort and support they provided to our sweet father and our family.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Higway, Stuart, FL 34994. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

Bob Enkey January 3, 1946 – May 28, 2017

Robert A. Enkey January 3, 1946 – May 28, 2017 – Robert Allan Enkey, 71, of Chicago, Illinois and Stuart, Florida passed away peacefully on May 28th, 2017 with his loving wife and two daughters by his side after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Bob was born in Chicago on January 3, 1946 to the late Orville and Helen (Galayda) Enkey. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University where he met his wife Gail. Bob later received his Master’s degree in Art from the Art Institute of Chicago and was an amazing art teacher at New Trier High School for 34 years.

Bob was always able to find the beauty in life whether it was through his artwork, cultivating his beautiful gardens or loving his family.

Family was the joy of Bob’s life. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Gail (French) Enkey. He was an amazing father to his daughters Megan (Jeffrey) Schoner of Port Saint Lucie, FL and Rachel Enkey of Denver, CO. He leaves behind a beloved brother, James Enkey of Bossier City, LA. He was so proud of his grandchildren Hailey and Jake Schoner. He was proceeded in death by his parents and his brother, David Enkey.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Palm City Presbyterian Church 2700 Martin Hwy, Palm City, FL 34990 with a reception to follow at Conquistador’s Clubhouse 1800 St. Lucie Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Bob Enkey can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research at:

Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel 961 S. Kanner Hwy. Stuart, FL 34994 772-223-5550

“Frank” Deford December 16, 1938 – May 28, 2017

Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Deford III (December 16, 1938 – May 28, 2017) was an American sportswriter and novelist. Over the course of four decades, he was a regular sports commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition radio program (from 1980 to 2017).

Deford wrote for Sports Illustrated magazine from 1962 until his death in 2017, and was a correspondent for the Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel television program on HBO. He wrote 18 books, nine of them novels. A member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame, Deford was six times voted National Sportswriter of the Year by the members of that organization, and was twice voted Magazine Writer of the Year by the Washington Journalism Review.

In 2012, Deford became the first magazine recipient of the Red Smith Award. In 2013, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal, was presented with the William Allen White Citation for “excellence in journalism” by the University of Kansas, and became the first sports journalist ever to receive the National Press Foundation’s highest honor, the W.M. Kiplinger Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism.

Deford’s archives are held by the University of Texas, where an annual lecture is presented in his name. He was a long-time advocate for research and treatment of cystic fibrosis.

Deford grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, the oldest of three sons, and attended the Calvert School and Gilman School in Baltimore. He is a graduate of Princeton University and resided in Key West, Florida, with his wife, the former Carol Penner, who had been a fashion model. They have two surviving children: Christian (b. 1969) and Scarlet (b. 1980). Scarlet was adopted as an infant from the Philippines a few months after his daughter Alexandra’s death from cystic fibrosis at age 8 on January 19, 1980. Deford has two grandchildren; Annabel (b. 2010) and Hunter (b. 2012). Deford met his wife in Delaware and they were married in Newport, Rhode Island in 1965.

After graduation from Princeton in 1962, Deford began his career as a researcher at Sports Illustrated. In addition to his writing at Sports Illustrated, he was a commentator on CNN and has been a correspondent for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel since 1995. He was a regular Wednesday commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition from 1980 to 2016, when his essays became monthly until he retired in May 2017. His 1981 novel Everybody’s All-American was named one of Sports Illustrated’s Top 25 Sports Books of All Time and was later made into a film of the same title. However, much of his fiction is set outside of the sports realm. His last novel was the acclaimed Bliss, Remembered, a 1930s romance between a pretty young American and the son of a German diplomat; the story is written from the point of view of the woman. He was also the screenwriter on the films Trading Hearts (1987) and Four Minutes (2005).

In 1989, Deford became editor-in-chief of The National, the first daily U.S. sports newspaper. It ceased publication after only 18 months. After writing for Newsweek and Vanity Fair, Deford became a senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated.

Deford served as chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation from 1982 until 1999 and was chairman emeritus after that. He became a cystic-fibrosis advocate after his daughter Alexandra was diagnosed with the illness in 1972. After she died at 8 on January 19, 1980, he chronicled her life in the memoir Alex: The Life of a Child. The book was made into a movie starring Craig T. Nelson as Deford, Bonnie Bedelia as his wife Carol, and Gennie James as Alex.

Deford died on May 28, 2017, at the age of 78, at his home in Key West, Florida.. He had lung disease due to Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, which he had been diagnosed with in 1991.

Alan E. Goletz November 7, 1945 – May 28, 2017

Alan E. Goletz November 7, 1945 – May 28, 2017 – Alan E. Goletz of Prospect, Ct. and Stuart, FL passed away at home after a brief illness.

He was surrounded by his family, including his wife Martha of 50 years. Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, Mark and his wife Meghan Goletz of Prospect and Jeff and his wife Ashlee Goletz also of Prospect. He leaves a sister, Pam and her husband Pat Booska of New Milford as well as a sister in law, Trudi Bruschi of Acton Mass. He also leaves behind a nephew, David and his wife Lisa Bruschi of Shrewsbury, Mass. and a niece, Elise and her husband Frank Amarosa of Newfield, NH. He was predeceased by his parents, Rud and Dorothy Goletz of Stuart, Fl.

Alan was born in Bridgeport Ct on Nov. 7th, 1945 but lived most of his childhood in Norwalk. He retired after many years from Ford Motor Credit Corp. Among many pleasures in his life, his greatest joy was his Grandchildren, Timothy, Maggie, Lucy and Mason.

Their will be no funeral or calling hours. However friends are invited to a Celebration of his Life at the Waverly Tavern, in Cheshire Ct. on Friday, June 9th. from 5-9:00 pm. with a time for remembrance at 6:00pm.

In-lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be given to The Treasure Coast Hospice of Stuart, Fl. 1201 Indian St. Stuart, Fl. 34997 or to The Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, PO.Box 808, Hudson, MA. 01749-0808

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel. 772-223-5550. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.Com

Rose LEWIS May 15, 1930 – May 27, 2017

Rose LEWIS May 15, 1930 – May 27, 2017 – ROSE LEWIS (nee Palazzo) passed away at the age of 87, on May 27, 2017. She was born in New Jersey and moved to Florida 23 years ago.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Norman Lewis and her Sisters, Faye, Jean, Nickie and Marie.

Rose dedicated much of her time to volunteer work, both in New Jersey & in Florida. She was a gifted gardner and a Rosarian. She won Many Prizes for her Beautiful Roses in her home state of New Jersey and also in Florida.

Rose was a LOVING Aunt to Richard, Sue, Jeanine, Russell & Ronald and a Great Aunt to Dawn & Brian. She is survived by a Stepdaughter, Susan Graham (& her husband Mark) and a Step-Grand daughter, Emily.

She will be remembered and missed by her Family, Friends, and an Exceptional Health Care Staff.

William Battaglia February 18th, 1956 – May 27th, 2017

William R. Battaglia February 18th, 1956 – May 27th, 2017 – William R. Battaglia, 61, of Palm City, Florida, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Palm City Nursing and Restorative Care, Palm City.

Born in Center Township, Pennsylvania, he had been a resident of Palm City for over 30 years coming from Ambridge, Pennsylvania

He was the owner and operator of, Champion Pools, a local swimming pool maintenance company. He was a member of The Grace Place, Stuart.

Survivors include his brothers, Clarence Battaglia and his wife Sheri of Carrolton, Texas, Lawrence Edwards of Mansfield, Texas and Melvin Battaglia of Phoenix, Arizona; his sisters, Marlene Battaglia Wilson of Allen, Texas, Patricia Shaefer and her husband Albert of Phoenix and Anita Fisher and her husband Jim of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Louis “Sonny” Battaglia and Kenneth Battaglia and his sister, Carol Gaunt.

For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville FL, 32256 Telephone: 877.832.6997 or on line at or the American Cancer Society, 865 SE Monterey Commons Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34996 or on line at in Bill’s memory.

Jim Bunning October 23, 1931 – May 27, 2017

James Paul David Bunning (October 23, 1931 – May 27, 2017) was an American professional baseball pitcher and politician elected to the House of Representatives and United States Senate representing constitiuents in Kentucky.

Bunning pitched in Major League Baseball from 1955 to 1971 for the Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Los Angeles Dodgers. When Bunning retired, he had the second-highest total of career strikeouts in Major League history; he currently ranks 17th. As a member of the Phillies, Bunning pitched the seventh perfect game in Major League Baseball history on June 21, 1964, the first game of a Father’s Day doubleheader at Shea Stadium, against the New York Mets. Bunning was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 1996 after election by the Hall’s Veterans Committee.

After retiring from baseball, Bunning returned to his native northern Kentucky and was elected to the city council, then the Kentucky Senate, in which he served as minority leader. In 1986, Bunning was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Kentucky’s 4th congressional district, and served in the House from 1987 to 1999. He was elected to the United States Senate from Kentucky in 1998 and served two terms as the Republican junior U.S. Senator. In July 2009, he announced that he would not run for re-election in 2010. Bunning gave his farewell speech to the Senate on December 9, 2010, and was succeeded by current Senator Rand Paul on January 3, 2011.

Bunning was born in Southgate, Kentucky, the son of Gladys (née Best) and Louis Aloysius Bunning. He graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati in 1949 and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Xavier University in 1953.

In 1952, Bunning married Mary Catherine Theis. They had five daughters and four sons. One of Bunning’s sons, David Bunning, is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, who presided over the Kim Davis case. Another son, Bill, is the head brew master at Ye Olde Brothers Brewery in Navarre, Florida. Jim and Mary Catherine also have thirty-five grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren, as of 2013. One of those grandchildren is Patrick Towles, a former starting quarterback for the University of Kentucky football team.

Bunning played in Minor League Baseball from 1950 through 1954 and part of the 1955 season, when the Tigers club described him as having “an excellent curve ball, a confusing delivery and a sneaky fast ball”. His first game in the major leagues was on July 20, 1955, with the Detroit Tigers. Bunning pitched his first no-hitter on July 20, 1958, for the Detroit Tigers against the Boston Red Sox. On August 2, 1959, Bunning struck out three batters on nine pitches in the ninth inning of a 5–4 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Bunning became the fifth American League pitcher and the 10th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the nine-pitch/three-strikeout half-inning.

Bunning pitched for the Detroit Tigers through 1963. During the 1963 Winter Meetings, the Tigers traded Bunning and Gus Triandos to the Philadelphia Phillies for Don Demeter and Jack Hamilton. In his first season with the Phillies, Bunning entered play on June 21 with a 6–2 record on the season. He was opposed on the mound by Tracy Stallard in the first game of a doubleheader. Through the first four innings, Bunning totaled four strikeouts through twelve batters. In the fifth inning, Phillies second baseman Tony Taylor preserved the perfect game with his strong defensive play. A diving catch and a throw from the knees kept Mets catcher Jesse Gonder off the bases. Bunning also had a good day at the plate, hitting a double and driving in two runs in the sixth inning. By the end of the game, even the Mets fans were cheering Bunning’s effort; he had reached a three-ball count on only two batters, and retired shortstop Charley Smith on a pop-out, and pinch-hitters George Altman and John Stephenson on strikeouts, to complete the perfect game.

Bunning, who at the time had seven children, said that his game, pitched on Father’s Day (although Father’s Day did not officially become a holiday until 1972), could not have come at a more appropriate time. He remarked that his slider was his best pitch, “‘just like the no-hitter I pitched for Detroit six years ago'”. Bunning posted the first regular-season perfect game since Charlie Robertson in 1922 (Don Larsen’s perfect game was in the 1956 World Series). The Phillies also won the second game of the doubleheader, 8–2, behind Rick Wise, who earned his first major league victory in his first start.

Bunning’s perfect game was the first thrown by a National League pitcher in 84 years. It was also the first no-hitter by a Phillies pitcher since Johnny Lush no-hit the Brooklyn Superbas on May 1, 1906. He is one of only seven pitchers to throw both a perfect game and an additional no-hitter, the others being Randy Johnson, Sandy Koufax, Addie Joss, Cy Young, Mark Buehrle, and fellow Phillie Roy Halladay, whose additional no-hitter came in Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series. He was also the first of only five players to throw a no-hitter in both leagues, the others being Young, Johnson, Nolan Ryan and Hideo Nomo.

Bunning is remembered for his role in the pennant race of 1964, in which the Phillies held a commanding lead in the National League for most of the season, eventually losing the title to the St. Louis Cardinals. Manager Gene Mauch used Bunning and fellow hurler Chris Short heavily down the stretch, and the two became visibly fatigued as September wore on. With a six and a half game lead as late as September 21, they lost 10 games in a row to finish tied for second place.

Bunning pitched for Philadelphia through 1967, when the Phillies began to rebuild. The Phillies traded him to the the Pittsburgh Pirates before the 1968 season for four players, including Woodie Fryman. He pitched for Pittsburgh into the 1969 season, and finished the 1969 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bunning then returned to the Phillies in 1970 and retired in 1971.

Bunning’s 2,855 career strikeouts put him in second place on the all-time list at the time of his retirement, behind only Walter Johnson. His mark was later surpassed by other pitchers, and he is currently 17th all-time. Despite year in and year out putting up excellent numbers, Bunning rarely led the league in any pitching categories. He never led the league in ERA; the only year he led the league in wins (20, in 1957, with the Detroit Tigers) was the only year he ever won 20 or more games; he did, however, lead the league in strikeouts three times (with 201 in 1959 and 1960, and 253 in 1967). He never won a Cy Young Award; the closest he would come was in 1967, his best year, when at age 35, he came in second behind Mike McCormick. He finished with a middling 17–15 record, but posted a career-best ERA (2.29), and led the league in shutouts (6), games started and innings pitched (40/302.1), and strikeouts (253). It was the only year in his career he earned any Cy Young Award votes. He did, however, win the NL Player of the Month Award June 1964, the month of his perfect game (3–0, 2.20 ERA, 42 SO).

In 1984, Bunning was elected to the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame. In 1996 he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame via the Veterans Committee. In 2001, his uniform number, #14, was retired by the Phillies.

Bunning was one of the Senate’s most conservative members, gaining high marks from several conservative interest groups. He was ranked by National Journal as the second-most conservative United States Senator in their March 2007 conservative/liberal rankings, after Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).

First elected to office in 1977, Bunning served two years on the city council of Fort Thomas, Kentucky before running for and winning a seat in the Kentucky Senate as a Republican. He was elected minority leader by his Republican colleagues, a rare feat for a freshman legislator.

Bunning was the Republican candidate for Governor of Kentucky in 1983. He and his running mate Eugene P. Stuart lost in the general election to Democrat Martha Layne Collins.

In 1986, Bunning won the Republican nomination in Kentucky’s 4th congressional district, based in Kentucky’s share of the Cincinnati metro area, after 10-term incumbent Republican Gene Snyder retired. He won easily in November and was reelected five more times without serious opposition in what was considered the most Republican district in Kentucky. After the Republicans gained control of the House in 1995, Bunning served as chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security until 1999.

In 1998, Senate Minority Whip Wendell Ford decided to retire after 24 years in the Senate—the longest term in Kentucky history (later passed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell). Bunning won the Republican nomination for the seat, and faced fellow Congressman Scotty Baesler, a Democrat from the Lexington-based 6th District, in the general election. Bunning defeated Baesler by just over half a percentage point. The race was very close; Bunning only won by swamping Baesler in the 4th by a margin that Baesler couldn’t make up in the rest of the state (Baesler barely won the 6th).

Among the bills that Bunning sponsored is the Bunning-Bereuter-Blumenauer Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004.

Bunning was heavily favored for a second term in 2004 after his expected Democratic opponent, Governor Paul Patton, saw his career implode in a scandal over an extramarital affair, and the Democrats chose Daniel Mongiardo, a relatively unknown physician and state senator from Hazard. Bunning had an estimated $4 million campaign war chest, while Mongiardo had only $600,000. However, due to a number of controversial incidents involving Bunning, the Democrats began increasing financial support to Mongiardo when it became apparent that Bunning’s bizarre behavior was costing him votes, purchasing additional television airtime on his behalf.

During his reelection bid, controversy erupted when Bunning described Mongiardo as looking “like one of Saddam Hussein’s sons.” Public pressure compelled him to apologize. Bunning was also criticized for his use of a teleprompter during a televised debate with Mongiardo where Bunning participated via satellite link, refusing to appear in person. Bunning was further criticized for making an unsubstantiated claim that his wife had been attacked by Mongiardo’s supporters, and for calling Mongiardo “limp wristed”. Bunning’s mental health was also questioned during the campaign.

In October 2004 Bunning told reporters “Let me explain something: I don’t watch the national news, and I don’t read the paper. I haven’t done that for the last six weeks. I watch Fox News to get my information.”

Bunning won by just over one percentage point after the western portion of the state broke heavily for him.

As was expected in light of Bunning’s previous career as a baseball player, he has been very interested in Congress’s investigation of steroid use in baseball. Bunning was also outspoken on the issue of illegal immigration, taking the position that all illegal immigrants should be deported. Bunning was also the only member of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs to have opposed Ben Bernanke for Chief of the Federal Reserve. He said it was because he had doubts that Bernanke would be any different from Alan Greenspan.

In April 2006, Time magazine called him one of America’s Five Worst Senators. The magazine dubbed him ‘The Underperformer’ for his “lackluster performance”, saying he “shows little interest in policy unless it involves baseball”, and criticized his hostility towards staff and fellow Senators and his “bizarre behavior” during his 2004 campaign.

On December 6, 2006, only Bunning and Rick Santorum voted against the confirmation of Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense, with Bunning saying that “Mr. Gates has repeatedly criticized our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan without providing any viable solutions to the problems our troops currently face. We need a secretary of defense to think forward with solutions and not backward on history we cannot change.”

Bunning reportedly blocked the move to restore public access to the records of past United States Presidents which had been removed under Executive Order 13233.

In January 2009, Bunning missed more than a week of the start of Congress. Bunning said by phone that he was fulfilling “a family commitment six months ago to do certain things, and I’m doing them.” Asked whether he would say where he was, Bunning replied: “No, I’d rather not.”

In February 2009, at the Hardin County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner, while discussing conservative judges, Bunning predicted that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would likely be dead from pancreatic cancer within nine months. Bunning later apologized if he had offended Ginsburg with his remarks and offered his thoughts and prayers to Ginsburg.

Bunning was the only senator to miss the Senate’s historic Christmas Eve 2009 vote on the health care reform bill; he cited family commitments as his reason for missing the vote. The bill passed without any Republican votes, 60–39.

On February 25, 2010, Bunning objected to a proposal of unanimous consent for an extension of unemployment insurance, COBRA, and other federal programs, citing that this extension was not pay-as-you-go. He proposed an amendment which sought to find the funds to pay for the bill from the Stimulus Bill of 2009, and declared that he supported the unemployed, but that a bill such as this only adds to the growing deficit and that it should be paid for immediately.
“ I have offered to do the same thing for the same amount of time. The only difference that I have….is that I believe we should pay for it….There are going to be other bills brought to this floor that are not going to be paid for, and I’m going to object every time they do it. ”

Senator Bob Corker joined Bunning, while other senators worked to cease his objections until 11:48 p.m. EST. When Senator Jeff Merkley urged him to drop his objections to vote on a 30-day extension of benefits, Bunning responded “tough shit.” On March 2, Bunning finally agreed to end his objection to the bill in exchange for a vote on his amendment to pay for the package. It failed 53–43 on a procedural vote.[53] The extension of unemployment benefits then passed by a vote of 78–19.

Bunning died at a Fort Thomas, Kentucky hospital on the night of May 27, 2017 at the age of 85 following a stroke he suffered in October 2016.

Bob Russell February 11, 1927 – May 27, 2017

Robert Anderson Russell February 11, 1927 – May 27, 2017 – Robert Anderson Russell, 90, of Jensen Beach, Fl, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Bob was born in Brooklyn, NY.

He served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in the Philippines.

After a successful career in engineering and marketing, Bob retired as Vice President of Marketing from Ametek Inc.

He and his wife retired to follow their love of the sea, cruising the East Coast and eventually settling in Jensen Beach.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ellin; two daughters, Ellin Anne and Laurie and four sons: Robert, John, James, and Thomas.

Bob is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his grandson, Eric.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Treasure Coast Hospice, 5000 Dunn Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981.

Arrangements under the direction of Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, FL.

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Greg Allman December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017

Gregory LeNoir Allman (December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017) was an American musician, singer and songwriter.

He is best known for performing in the Allman Brothers Band. He was born and spent much of his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee, before relocating to Daytona Beach, Florida. He and his brother, Duane Allman, developed an interest in music in their teens, and began performing in the Allman Joys in the mid-1960s. In 1967, they relocated to Los Angeles and were renamed the Hour Glass, releasing two albums for Liberty Records. In 1969, he and Duane regrouped to form the Allman Brothers Band, which settled in Macon, Georgia.

The Allman Brothers Band began to reach mainstream success by the early 1970s, with their live album At Fillmore East representing a commercial and artistic breakthrough. Shortly thereafter, Duane was killed in a motorcycle crash in 1971.

The following year, the band’s bassist, Berry Oakley was also killed in a motorcycle accident very close to the location of Duane’s wreck. Their 1973 album Brothers and Sisters became their biggest hit, and Allman pursued a solo career afterward, releasing his debut album, Laid Back the same year. Internal turmoil took over the group, leading to a 1975 breakup. Allman was married to pop star Cher for the rest of the decade, while he continued his solo career with the Gregg Allman Band. After a brief Allman Brothers reunion and a decade of little activity, he reached an unexpected peak with the hit single “I’m No Angel” in 1987. After two more solo albums, the Allman Brothers reformed for a third and final time in 1989, and continued performing until 2014. He released his most recent solo album, Low Country Blues, in 2011, and his next, Southern Blood, is set to be released in 2017.

For his work in music, Allman was referred to as a Southern rock pioneer and received numerous awards, including several Grammys; he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. His distinctive voice placed him in 70th place in the Rolling Stone list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”. Allman released an autobiography, My Cross to Bear, in 2012.

Allman was born Gregory LeNoir Allman at St. Thomas Hospital on December 8, 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee, to Willis Turner Allman and Geraldine Robbins Allman. The couple had met during World War II in Raleigh, North Carolina, when Allman was on leave from the U.S. Army, and were later married. They moved to Vanleer, Tennessee, in 1945. Their first child, Duane Allman, was born in Nashville in 1946.

In 1949, Willis Allman, having been recently promoted to captain, offered a hitchhiker a ride home and was subsequently shot and killed. Geraldine moved to Nashville with her two sons, and she never remarried. Lacking money to support her children, she enrolled in college to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)—state laws at the time, according to her son, required students to live on-campus. As a result, Gregg and his older brother were sent to Castle Heights Military Academy in nearby Lebanon. A young Gregg interpreted these actions as evidence of his mother’s dislike for him, though he later came to understand the reality: “She was actually sacrificing everything she possibly could—she was working around the clock, getting by just by a hair, so as to not send us to an orphanage, which would have been a living hell.”

While his brother adapted to his surroundings with a defiant attitude, Allman felt largely depressed at the school. With little to do, he studied often and developed an interest in medicine—had he not gone into music, he hoped to become a dentist. He was rarely hazed at Castle Heights as his brother protected him, but often suffered beatings from instructors when he received poor grades. The brothers returned to Nashville upon their mother’s graduation. Growing up, he continually fought with Duane, though he knew that he loved him and that it was typical of brothers. Duane was a mischievous older child, who constantly played pranks on his younger sibling. The family moved to Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1959. Gregg tended to look forward to his summer breaks, where he spent time with his uncles in Nashville, who he came to view in a fatherly regard. Allman would later recall two separate events in his life that led to his interest in music. In 1960, the two brothers attended a concert in Nashville with Jackie Wilson headlining alongside Otis Redding, B.B. King, and Patti LaBelle. Allman was also exposed to music through Jimmy Banes, a mentally challenged neighbor of his grandmother in Nashville. Banes introduced Allman to the guitar and the two began spending time on his porch each day as he played music.

Gregg worked as a paperboy to afford a Silvertone guitar, which he purchased at a Sears when he saved up enough funds. He and his brother often fought to play the instrument, though there was “no question that music brought” the two together. In Daytona, they joined a YMCA group called the Y Teens, their first experience performing music with others. He and Duane returned to Castle Heights in their teen years, where they formed a band, the Misfits. Despite this, he still felt “lonesome and out of place,” and quit the academy. He returned to Daytona Beach and pursued music further, and the duo formed another band, the Shufflers, in 1963. He attended high school at Seabreeze High School, where he graduated in 1965. However, he grew undisciplined in his studies as his interests diverged: “Between the women and the music, school wasn’t a priority anymore.”

The two Allman brothers began meeting various musicians in the Daytona Beach area. They met a man named Floyd Miles, and they began to jam with his band, the Houserockers. “I would just sit there and study Floyd […] I studied how he phrased his songs, how he got the words out, and how the other guys sang along with him,” he would later recall. They later formed their first “real” band, the Escorts, which performed a mix of top 40 and rhythm and blues music at clubs around town. Duane, who took the lead vocal role on early demos, encouraged his younger brother to sing instead. He and Duane often spent all of their money on records as educational material, as they attempted to learn songs from them. The group performed constantly as music became their entire focus; Allman missed his high school graduation because he was performing that evening. In his autobiography, Allman recalls listening to Nashville R&B station WLAC at night and discovering artists such as Muddy Waters, which later became central to his musical evolution. He avoided being drafted into the Vietnam War by intentionally shooting himself in the foot.

The Escorts evolved into the Allman Joys, the brothers’ first successful band. After a successful summer run locally, they hit the road in fall 1965 for a series of performances throughout the Southeast; their first show outside of Daytona was at the Stork Club in Mobile, Alabama—where they were booked for 22 weeks straight. Afterwards, they were booked at the Sahara Club in nearby Pensacola, Florida, for several weeks. Allman later regarded Pensacola as “a real turning point in my life,” as it was where he learned how to capture audiences and about stage presence. He also received his first Vox keyboard there, and learned how to play it over the ensuing tour. By the following summer, they were able to book time at a studio in Nashville, where they recorded several songs, aided by a plethora of drugs. These recordings were later released as Early Allman in 1973, to Allman’s dismay.[29] He soon grew tired of performing covers and began writing original compositions. They settled in St. Louis for a time, where in the spring of 1967 they began performing alongside Johnny Sandlin and Paul Hornsby, among others, under various names. They considered disbanding, but Bill McEuen, manager of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, convinced the band to relocate to Los Angeles, giving them the funds to do so.

He arranged a recording contract with Liberty Records in June 1967, and they began to record an album under the new name the Hour Glass, suggested by their producer, Dallas Smith. Recording was a difficult experience; “the music had no life to it—it was poppy, preprogrammed shit,” Allman felt. Though they considered themselves sellouts, they needed money to live. At concerts, they declined to play anything off their debut album, released that October, instead opting to play the blues. Such gigs were sparse, however, as Liberty only allowed one performance per month. After some personnel changes, they recorded their second album, Power of Love, released in March 1968. It contained more original songs by Allman, though they still felt constricted by its process. They embarked on a small tour, and recorded some new demos at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Liberty disliked the recordings, and the band broke up when Duane explicitly told off executives. They threatened to freeze the band, so they would be unable to record for any other label for seven years. Allman stayed behind to appease the label, giving them the rights to a solo album. The rest of the band mocked Allman, viewing him as too scared to leave and return to the South.

Meanwhile, Duane Allman had returned to Florida where he met Butch Trucks, a drummer in the band the 31st of February. In October 1968, the 31st of February, aided by Gregg and Duane Allman, recorded several songs. Allman returned to Los Angeles to fulfill his deal with Liberty, writing more original songs on the Hammond organ at the studio. Duane began doing session work at Fame in Muscle Shoals during this time, where he began putting together a new band. He phoned his brother with the proposition of joining the new band—which would have two guitarists and two drummers. With his deal at Liberty fulfilled, he drove to Jacksonville, Florida, in March 1969 to jam with the new band. Allman at first thought two drummers would be a tortuous experience, but found himself pleasantly surprised by the successful jam. He called the birth of the group “one of the finer days in my life […] I was starting to feel like I belonged to something again.”

The Allman Brothers Band moved to Macon, Georgia, and forged a strong brotherhood, spending countless hours rehearsing, consuming psychedelic drugs, and hanging out in Rose Hill Cemetery, where they would write songs—”I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have my way with a lady or two down there,” said Allman. The group remade old blues numbers like “Trouble No More” and “One Way Out”, in addition to improvised jams such as “Mountain Jam”. Gregg, who had struggled to write in the past, became the band’s sole songwriter, composing songs such as “Whipping Post” and “Black-Hearted Woman.” The group’s self-titled debut album was released in November 1969 through Atco and Capricorn Records, but received a poor commercial response, selling less than 35,000 copies upon initial release. The band played continuously in 1970, performing over 300 dates on the road, which contributed to a larger following. Oakley’s wife rented a large Victorian home in Macon and the band moved into what they dubbed “the Big House” in March 1970. Their second record, Idlewild South (named after a farmhouse on a lake outside of Macon they rented), was issued by Atco and Capricorn Records in September 1970, less than a year after their debut.

Their fortunes began to change over the course of 1971, where the band’s average earnings doubled. “We realized that the audience was a big part of what we did, which couldn’t be duplicated in a studio. A lightbulb finally went off; we needed to make a live album,” said Allman. At Fillmore East, recorded at the Fillmore East in New York, was released in July 1971 by Capricorn. While previous albums by the band had taken months to hit the charts (often near the bottom of the top 200), the record started to climb the charts after a matter of days. At Fillmore East peaked at number thirteen on Billboard’s Top Pop Albums chart, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America that October, becoming their commercial and artistic breakthrough. Although suddenly very wealthy and successful, much of the band and its entourage now struggled with addiction to numerous drugs; they all agreed to quit heroin, but cocaine remained a problem. His last conversation with his brother was an argument over the substance, in which Gregg lied. In his autobiography, Allman wrote: “I have thought of that lie every day of my life […] told him that lie, and he told me that he was sorry and that he loved me.”

Shortly after At Fillmore East was certified gold in domestic sales, Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident October 29, 1971 in Macon. At his funeral on Monday, November 1, 1971, Gregg performed “Melissa”, which was his brother’s favorite song. After the service, he confided in his bandmates that they should continue. He left for Jamaica to get away from Macon, and was in grief for the following few weeks. “I tried to play and I tried to sing, but I didn’t do too much writing. In the days and weeks that followed, […] I wondered if I’d ever find the passion, the energy, the love of making music,” he remembered. As the band took some time apart to process their loss, At Fillmore East became a major success in the U.S. “What we had been trying to do for all those years finally happened, and he was gone.” Allman later expanded upon his brother’s passing in his autobiography:

“When I got over being angry, I prayed to him to forgive me, and I realized that my brother had a blast. […] Not that I got over it—I still ain’t gotten over it. I don’t know what getting over it means, really. I don’t stand around crying anymore, but I think about him every day of my life. […] Maybe a lot of learning how to grieve was that I had to grow up a little bit and realize that death is part of life. Now I can talk to my brother in the morning, and he answers me at night. I’ve opened myself to his death and accepted it, and I think that’s the grieving process at work.”

After Duane’s death, the band held a meeting on their future; it was clear all wanted to continue, and after a short period, the band returned to the road. They completed their third studio album, Eat a Peach, that winter, which raised each member’s spirits: “The music brought life back to us all, and it was simultaneously realized by every one of us. We found strength, vitality, newness, reason, and belonging as we worked on finishing Eat a Peach”, said Allman. Eat a Peach was released the following February, and it became the band’s second hit album, shipping gold and peaking at number four on Billboard’s Top 200 Pop Albums chart. “We’d been through hell, but somehow we were rolling bigger than ever,” Allman recalled. Betts had to convince the band members to tour, since all other members were reluctant. The Allman Brothers Band played 90 shows in 1972 in support of the record. “We were playing for him and that was the way to be closest to him,” said Trucks. The band purchased 432 acres of land in Juliette, Georgia for $160,000 and nicknamed it “the Farm”; it soon became a group hangout. Oakley, however, was visibly suffering from the death of his friend, and he too was killed in a motorcycle crash in November 1972. “Upset as I was, I kind of breathed a sigh of relief, because Berry’s pain was finally over,” Allman said.

The band unanimously decided to carry on, and enlisted Lamar Williams on bass and Chuck Leavell on piano. The band began recording Brothers and Sisters, their follow-up album, and Betts became the group’s de facto leader during the recording process. Meanwhile, after some internal disagreements, Allman began recording a solo album, which he titled Laid Back. The sessions for both albums often overlapped and its creation caused tension within the rest of the band. Both albums were released in the autumn of 1973, with Brothers and Sisters cemented the Allman Brothers’ place among the biggest rock bands of the 1970s. “Everything that we’d done before—the touring, the recording—culminated in that one album,” Allman recalled. “Ramblin’ Man”, Betts’ country-infused number, received interest from radio stations immediately, and it rose to number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The Allman Brothers Band returned to touring, playing larger venues, receiving more profit and dealing with less friendship, miscommunication and spiraling drug problems. This culminated in a backstage brawl when the band played with the Grateful Dead at Washington’s RFK Stadium in June 1973, which resulted in the firing of three of the band’s longtime roadies. The band played arenas and stadiums almost solely as their drug use escalated. In 1974, the band was regularly making $100,000 per show, and was renting the Starship, a customized Boeing 720B used by Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. “When [we] got that goddamn plane, it was the beginning of the end,” said Allman.

In between tours, Allman embarked on another tour to promote Laid Back. He brought along the musicians who helped record the album as his band, and hired a full string orchestra to accompany the group. A live album of material from the tour was released as The Gregg Allman Tour later that year, to help recoup costs for the tour. It went up against Betts’ first solo record, Highway Call, prompting some to dub their relationship a rivalry. Their relationships became increasingly frustrated, amplified by heavy drug and alcohol abuse. In January 1975, Allman began a relationship with pop star Cher—which made him more “famous for being famous than for his music,” according to biographer Alan Paul. The sessions that produced 1975’s Win, Lose or Draw, the last album by the original Allman Brothers Band, were disjointed and inconsistent. Allman was spending more time in Los Angeles with Cher. Their time off from one another the previous fall “only exaggerated the problems between our personalities. With each day there was more and more space between us; the Brotherhood was fraying, and there wasn’t a damn thing any of us could do to stop it.”

Upon its release, it was considered subpar and sold less than its predecessor; the band later remarked that they were “embarrassed” about the album. From August 1975 to May 1976, the Allman Brothers Band played 41 shows to some of the biggest crowds of their career. Gradually, the members of the band grew apart during these tours, with sound checks and rehearsals “[becoming] a thing of the past.” Allman later pointed to a benefit for presidential candidate Jimmy Carter as the only real “high point” in an otherwise “rough, rough tour.” The shows were considered lackluster and the members were excessive in their drug use. The “breaking point” came when Allman testified in the trial of security man Scooter Herring. Bandmates considered him a “snitch,” and he received death threats, leading to law-enforcement protection. Herring was convicted on five counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and received a 75-year prison sentence, which were later overturned as he received a lesser sentence. For his part, Allman always maintained that Herring had told him to take the deal and he would take the fall for it, but nevertheless, the band refused to communicate with him. As a result, the band finally broke up; Leavell, Williams, and Jaimoe continued playing together in Sea Level, Betts formed Great Southern, and Allman founded the Gregg Allman Band.

In the 90’s the band began touring heavily, which helped build a new fan base: “We had to build a fan base all over again, but as word of mouth spread about how good the music was, more and more people took notice. It felt great, man, and that really helped the music,” Allman recalled. Their next studio effort, Shades of Two Worlds (1992), produced the crowd favorite “Nobody Knows”. Allman took his second and final acting role, as a drug dealer, in Rush (1991), a crime drama. Allman greatly enjoyed the experience: “It was a different facet of the entertainment industry, and I wanted to see how those people worked together.” The band grew contentious over a 1993 tour, in which Betts was arrested when he shoved two police officers. Despite the growing tension, Haynes remained a member and Betts returned. Their third post-reunion record, Where It All Begins (1994), was recorded entirely live. The band continued to tour with greater frequency, attracting younger generations with their headlining of the H.O.R.D.E. Festival. Allman’s daughter, Island, came to live with him in Los Angeles, and despite early struggles, they eventually grew very close. “Island is the love of my life, she really is,” he would later write.

For much of the 1990s, Allman lived in Marin County, California, spending his free time with close friends and riding his motorcycle. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January 1995; Allman was severely inebriated and could not make it through his acceptance speech. Seeing the ceremony broadcast on television later, Allman was mortified, providing a catalyst for his final, successful attempt to quit alcohol and substance abuse. He hired two in-home nurses that switched twelve-hour shifts to help him through the process. He was immensely happy to finally quit alcohol, writing later in his autobiography: “Did I get any positive anything out of all that? And you’ve got to admit to yourself, no, I didn’t. You can see what happened and that by the grace of God, you finally quit before it killed you.” Allman recorded a fifth solo album, Searching for Simplicity, which was quietly released on 550 Music. Despite positive developments in his personal life, things began declining among the band members. During their 1996 run at the Beacon, turmoil came to a breaking point between Allman and Betts, nearly causing a cancellation of a show and causing another band breakup. Haynes and Woody left to focus on Gov’t Mule, feeling as though a break was imminent with the Allman Brothers Band.

The group recruited Oteil Burbridge of the Aquarium Rescue Unit to replace Woody on bass, and Jack Pearson on guitar. Concerns arose over the increasing loudness of Allman Brothers shows, which were largely centered on Betts. Pearson, struggling with tinnitus, left as a result following the 1999 Beacon run. Trucks phoned his nephew, Derek Trucks, to join the band for their thirtieth anniversary tour. The Beacon run in 2000, captured on Peakin’ at the Beacon, was ironically considered among the band’s worst performances; an eight-show spring tour led to even more strained relations in the group. “It had ceased to be a band—everything had to be based around what Dickey was playing,” said Allman. Anger boiled over within the group towards Betts, which led to all original members sending him a letter, informing him of their intentions to tour without him for the summer. All involved contend that the break was temporary, but Betts responded by hiring a lawyer and suing the group, which led to a permanent divorce. That August, Woody was found dead in a hotel room in New York, which hit Allman particularly hard. In 2001, Haynes rejoined the band for their Beacon run, setting the stage for over a decade of stability within the group.

After the dissolution of the Allman Brothers, Allman kept busy performing music with his band, releasing the live album Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA in 2015. In 2016, he received an honorary doctorate from Mercer University in Macon, presented by former President Jimmy Carter. However, his health problems remained; he had atrial fibrillation, and though he kept it private, his liver cancer had returned. “He kept it very private because he wanted to continue to play music until he couldn’t,” his manager Michael Lehman said. He attempted to grow healthier, switching to a gluten-free vegan diet. He also tried to keep a light schedule at the advice of doctors, who warned that too many performances might amplify his conditions. His last concert took place in October 2016, and he continued to cancel concerts citing “serious health issues”. In April 2017, he denied reports that he had entered hospice care, but was resting at home on doctor’s orders.

Allman recorded his last album, Southern Blood, with producer Don Was at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The album was recorded with his then-current backing band. It was set originally for a January 2017 release, however the set release for the album is uncertain.

In My Cross to Bear, Allman reflected on his life and career:

Music is my life’s blood. I love music, I love to play good music, and I love to play music for people who appreciate it. And when it’s all said and done, I’ll go to my grave and my brother will greet me, saying, “Nice work, little brother—you did all right.” I must have said this a million times, but if I died today, I have had me a blast.

Allman’s brother Duane died in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia, on October 29, 1971. “Duane was the father of the band,” Gregg Allman later told Guitar Player magazine. “Somehow he had this real magic about him that would lock us all in, and we’d take off.” Allman’s mother, Geraldine, died in July 2015 at the age of 98.

While enjoying great commercial success, Allman was in a downward spiral in his personal life. He became a heroin addict and was arrested on drug charges in 1976. To avoid jail, Allman agreed to testify against Scooter Herring, his road manager. Herring was later found guilty on narcotics distribution charges and sentenced to 75 years in prison. Allman’s testimony was seen as a betrayal by his bandmates, who swore that they would never work with him again.

In 2007, Allman was diagnosed with hepatitis C. The condition “was laying dormant for awhile and just kind of crept up on me. I was worn out. I had to sleep 10 or 11 hours a day to two or three [hours],” he explained to Billboard. He had a liver transplant in 2010.

Following a series of health problems, including hepatitis C and a 2010 liver transplant, Allman died at his home in Richmond Hill, Georgia, on May 27, 2017, due to complications from liver cancer. He was 69 years old.

Bob Neal June 3rd, 1933 – May 26th, 2017

Robert George Neal June 3rd, 1933 – May 26th, 2017 – Robert George Neal, 83, of Stuart, passed away May 26, 2017. He was born in Akron, OH and had been a resident of Stuart since 1972. He had been a civilian worker for the Navy. He was owner and operator of Neal’s Refrigeration & A/C in Stuart.

He was a member of Abundant Life Ministries.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Toddie Neal; son, Tom Ayers and his wife Jan; daughters, Mishelle Johnson and Melody Lopez and her husband Paul, and son, Robert David Floyd Neal and his wife Michelle, Kim Briggs; 5 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; sister Gloria Dunn and numerous other grown children.

Funeral Service will be held: 4:00 PM, Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 100 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stuart, FL

Entombment will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City.

Arrangements are entrusted to Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Abundant Life Ministries, PO Box 1349, Stuart, FL 34995.

Zbigniew Brzezinski March 28, 1928 – May 26, 2017

Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski (/ˈzbɪɡnjɛf bʒɛˈʒɪnski/ ZBIG-nyef bzheh-ZHIN-skee; Polish: Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzeziński [ˈzbʲiɡɲɛf kaˈʑimʲɛʂ bʐɛˈʑiɲskʲi] About this sound Polish pronunciation (help·info); March 28, 1928 – May 26, 2017) was a Polish-American diplomat and political scientist. He served as a counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1966 to 1968 and was President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor from 1977 to 1981. Brzezinski belonged to the realist school of international relations, standing in the geopolitical tradition of Halford Mackinder and Nicholas J. Spykman.

Major foreign policy events during his time in office included the normalization of relations with the People’s Republic of China (and the severing of ties with the Republic of China on Taiwan); the signing of the second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II); the brokering of the Camp David Accords; the transition of Iran from an important U.S. ally to an anti-Western Islamic Republic; encouraging dissidents in Eastern Europe and emphasizing human rights in order to undermine the influence of the Soviet Union; the arming of the mujahideen prior to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan; and the signing of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties relinquishing U.S. control of the Panama Canal after 1999.

Brzezinski served as the Robert E. Osgood Professor of American Foreign Policy at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, a scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a member of various boards and councils. He appeared frequently as an expert on the PBS program The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, ABC News’ This Week with Christiane Amanpour, and on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, where his daughter, Mika Brzezinski, is co-anchor. He was a supporter of the Prague Process. His eldest son, Ian, is a foreign policy expert, and his youngest son, Mark, was the United States Ambassador to Sweden from 2011 to 2015. On May 26, 2017, Brzezinski died at age 89.

Zbigniew Brzezinski was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1928. His family hailed from Brzeżany in Galicia in the Tarnopol Voivodeship (administrative region) of then eastern Poland (now in Ukraine). The town of Brzeżany is thought to be the source of the family name. Brzezinski’s parents were Leonia (née Roman) and Tadeusz Brzeziński, a Polish diplomat who was posted to Germany from 1931 to 1935; Zbigniew Brzezinski thus spent some of his earliest years witnessing the rise of the Nazis. From 1936 to 1938, Tadeusz Brzeziński was posted to the Soviet Union during Joseph Stalin’s Great Purge. Israel later praised his father for having helped Jews escape from the Nazis.

In 1938, Tadeusz Brzeziński was posted to Montreal as a consul general. In 1939, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was agreed to by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; subsequently the two powers invaded Poland. The 1945 Yalta Conference between the Allies allotted Poland to the Soviet sphere of influence. Some sources suggest this meant Brzezinski’s family could not safely return to their country. The Second World War had a profound effect on Brzezinski, who stated in an interview: “The extraordinary violence that was perpetrated against Poland did affect my perception of the world, and made me much more sensitive to the fact that a great deal of world politics is a fundamental struggle.”

After attending Loyola High School in Montreal Brzezinski entered McGill University in 1945 to obtain both his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees (received in 1949 and 1950 respectively). His Master’s thesis focused on the various nationalities within the Soviet Union. Brzezinski’s plan for pursuing further studies in the United Kingdom in preparation for a diplomatic career in Canada fell through, principally because he was ruled ineligible for a scholarship he had won that was open to British subjects. Brzezinski then attended Harvard University to work on a doctorate with Merle Fainsod, focusing on the Soviet Union and the relationship between the October Revolution, Vladimir Lenin’s state, and the actions of Joseph Stalin. He received his doctorate in 1953; the same year, he traveled to Munich and met Jan Nowak-Jezioranski, head of the Polish desk of Radio Free Europe. He later collaborated with Carl J. Friedrich to develop the concept of totalitarianism as a way to more accurately and powerfully characterize and criticize the Soviets in 1956.

As a Harvard professor, he argued against Dwight Eisenhower’s and John Foster Dulles’s policy of rollback, saying that antagonism would push Eastern Europe further toward the Soviets. The Polish protests followed by the Polish October and the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 lent some support to Brzezinski’s idea that the Eastern Europeans could gradually counter Soviet domination. In 1957, he visited Poland for the first time since he left as a child, and his visit reaffirmed his judgement that splits within the Eastern bloc were profound. He developed his ideas he called “peaceful engagement.” He became an American citizen in 1958.

In 1959, Harvard awarded an associate professorship to Henry Kissinger instead of Brzezinski. He then moved to New York City to teach at Columbia University. Here he wrote Soviet Bloc: Unity and Conflict, which focused on Eastern Europe since the beginning of the Cold War. He also taught future Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who, like his wife, is of Czech descent, and who he also mentored during her early years in Washington. He also became a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and joined the Bilderberg Group.

During the 1960 U.S. presidential elections, Brzezinski was an advisor to the John F. Kennedy campaign, urging a non-antagonistic policy toward Eastern European governments. Seeing the Soviet Union as having entered a period of stagnation, both economic and political, Brzezinski correctly predicted the future breakup of the Soviet Union along lines of nationality (expanding on his master’s thesis).

Brzezinski continued to argue for and support détente for the next few years, publishing “Peaceful Engagement in Eastern Europe” in Foreign Affairs, and he continued to support non-antagonistic policies after the Cuban Missile Crisis on the grounds that such policies might disabuse Eastern European nations of their fear of an aggressive Germany, and pacify Western Europeans fearful of a superpower compromise along the lines of the Yalta Conference. In a 1962 book Brzezinski argued against the possibility of a Sino-Soviet split, saying their alignment was “not splitting and is not likely to split.”

In 1964, Brzezinski supported Lyndon Johnson’s presidential campaign and the Great Society and civil rights policies, while on the other hand he saw Soviet leadership as having been purged of any creativity following the ousting of Khrushchev. Through Jan Nowak-Jezioranski, Brzezinski met with Adam Michnik, future Polish Solidarity activist.

Brzezinski continued to support engagement with Eastern European governments, while warning against De Gaulle’s vision of a “Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals.” He also supported the Vietnam War. In 1966, Brzezinski was appointed to the Policy Planning Council of the U.S. Department of State (President Johnson’s October 7, 1966, “Bridge Building” speech was a product of Brzezinski’s influence). In 1968, Brzezinski resigned from the council in protest of President Johnson’s expansion of the war. Next, he became a foreign policy advisor to Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

Events in Czechoslovakia further reinforced Brzezinski’s criticisms of the right’s aggressive stance toward Eastern European governments. His service to the Johnson administration, and his fact-finding trip to Vietnam, made him an enemy of the New Left, despite his advocacy of the de-escalation of the United States’ involvement in the war.

For the 1968 U.S. presidential campaign, Brzezinski was chairman of the Humphrey’s Foreign Policy Task Force. He advised Humphrey to break with several of President Johnson’s policies, especially concerning Vietnam, the Middle East, and condominium with the Soviet Union.

Brzezinski called for a pan-European conference, an idea that would eventually find fruition in 1973 as the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Meanwhile, he became a leading critic of both the Nixon-Kissinger détente condominium, as well as George McGovern’s pacifism.

In his 1970 piece Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era, Brzezinski argued that a coordinated policy among developed nations was necessary in order to counter global instability erupting from increasing economic inequality. Out of this thesis, Brzezinski co-founded the Trilateral Commission with David Rockefeller, serving as director from 1973 to 1976. The Trilateral Commission is a group of prominent political and business leaders and academics primarily from the United States, Western Europe and Japan. Its purpose was to strengthen relations among the three most industrially advanced regions of the capitalist world. In 1974, Brzezinski selected Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter as a member.

Jimmy Carter announced his candidacy for the 1976 presidential campaign to a skeptical media and proclaimed himself an “eager student” of Brzezinski. Brzezinski became Carter’s principal foreign policy advisor by late 1975. He became an outspoken critic of the Nixon-Kissinger over-reliance on détente, a situation preferred by the Soviet Union, favoring the Helsinki process instead, which focused on human rights, international law and peaceful engagement in Eastern Europe. Brzezinski has been considered to be the Democrats’ response to Republican Henry Kissinger. Carter engaged Ford in foreign policy debates by contrasting the Trilateral vision with Ford’s détente.

After his victory in 1976, Carter made Brzezinski National Security Advisor. Earlier that year, major labor riots broke out in Poland, laying the foundations for Solidarity. Brzezinski began by emphasizing the “Basket III” human rights in the Helsinki Final Act, which inspired Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia shortly thereafter.

Brzezinski assisted with writing parts of Carter’s inaugural address, and this served his purpose of sending a positive message to Soviet dissidents. The Soviet Union and Western European leaders both complained that this kind of rhetoric ran against the “code of détente” that Nixon and Kissinger had established. Brzezinski ran up against members of his own Democratic Party who disagreed with this interpretation of détente, including Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. Vance argued for less emphasis on human rights in order to gain Soviet agreement to Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT), whereas Brzezinski favored doing both at the same time. Brzezinski then ordered Radio Free Europe transmitters to increase the power and area of their broadcasts, a provocative reversal of Nixon-Kissinger policies. West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt objected to Brzezinski’s agenda, even calling for the removal of Radio Free Europe from German soil.

The State Department was alarmed by Brzezinski’s support for East Germany dissidents and objected to his suggestion that Carter’s first overseas visit be to Poland. He visited Warsaw, met with Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski (against the objection of the U.S. Ambassador to Poland), recognizing the Roman Catholic Church as the legitimate opposition to communist rule in Poland.

By 1978, Brzezinski and Vance were more and more at odds over the direction of Carter’s foreign policy. Vance sought to continue the style of détente engineered by Nixon-Kissinger, with a focus on arms control. Brzezinski believed that détente emboldened the Soviets in Angola and the Middle East, and so he argued for increased military strength and an emphasis on human rights. Vance, the State Department, and the media criticized Brzezinski publicly as seeking to revive the Cold War.

Brzezinski advised Carter in 1978 to engage the People’s Republic of China and traveled to Beijing to lay the groundwork for the normalization of relations between the two countries. This also resulted in the severing of ties with the United States’ longtime anti-Communist ally the Republic of China (Taiwan).

1979 saw two major strategically important events: the overthrow of U.S. ally the Shah of Iran, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The Iranian Revolution precipitated the Iran hostage crisis, which would last for the rest of Carter’s presidency. Brzezinski anticipated the Soviet invasion, and, with the support of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and the People’s Republic of China, he created a strategy to undermine the Soviet presence. Using this atmosphere of insecurity, Brzezinski led the United States toward a new arms buildup and the development of the Rapid Deployment Forces—policies that are both more generally associated with Reagan’s presidency now.

On November 9, 1979, Brzezinski was woken at 3 am by a phone call with a startling message: The Soviets had just launched 250 nuclear weapons at the United States. Minutes later, Brzezinski received another call: The early-warning system actually showed 2,000 missiles heading toward the United States. As Brzezinski prepared to phone President Jimmy Carter to plan a full-scale response, he received a third call: It was a false alarm. An early warning training tape generating indications of a large-scale Soviet nuclear attack had somehow transferred to the actual early warning network, which triggered an all-too-real scramble.

Brzezinski, acting under a lame duck Carter presidency—but encouraged that Solidarity in Poland had vindicated his style of engagement with Eastern Europe—took a hard-line stance against what seemed like an imminent Soviet invasion of Poland. He even made a midnight phone call to Pope John Paul II (whose visit to Poland in 1979 had foreshadowed the emergence of Solidarity) warning him in advance. The U.S. stance was a significant change from previous reactions to Soviet repression in Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968.

Brzezinski developed the Carter Doctrine, which committed the U.S. to use military force in defense of the Persian Gulf. In 1981 President Carter presented Brzezinski with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Brzezinski was married to Czech-American sculptor Emilie Benes (grand-niece of the second Czechoslovak president, Edvard Beneš), with whom he had three children. His son, Mark Brzezinski (b. 1965), a lawyer who served on President Clinton’s National Security Council as an expert on Russia and Southeastern Europe and who was a partner in McGuire Woods LLP, served as the US ambassador to Sweden (November 24, 2011, to July 1, 2015). His daughter, Mika Brzezinski (b. 1967), is a television news presenter and co-host of MSNBC’s weekday morning program, Morning Joe, where she provides regular commentary and reads the news headlines for the program. His eldest son, Ian Brzezinski (b. 1963), is a Senior Fellow in the International Security Program and is on the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Advisors Group. Ian also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO and was a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton. Key highlights of his tenure as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy (2001–2005) include the expansion of NATO membership in 2004, the consolidation and reconfiguration of the Alliance’s command structure, the standing up of the NATO Response Force and the coordination of European military contributions to U.S.- and NATO-led operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans.

Brzezinski became a naturalized American citizen in 1958.

Joe Curran October 8, 1936 – May 25, 2017

Joseph Richard Curran October 8, 1936 – May 25, 2017 – Joseph Richard Curran, age 80, of Stuart FL passed away peacefully on May 25, 2017 at Treasure Coast Hospice.

He was born October 8, 1936 in Cambridge, MA. Joseph was Professor Emeritus, Northeastern University, Boston in the College of Business. He was in the Accounting Department which awards a scholarship in Joe’s name every year. “The Joseph Curran Scholarship”is presented to one undergraduate student recognizing outstanding academic achievement in Accounting. A certified Management Accountant, he is co-author of Business Policy and Strategy: Concepts and Readings.

He received his Ph.D. in Business from Columbia University in 1969 and taught in management development programs throughout the world including Saudi Arabia and Iran.

He served as a First Lieutenant in Germany as a Signal Supply Officer. Joe was an avid sailor and tennis player. He enjoyed cruising in the Caribbean with his wife and Golden Retriever on their Bristol 45.5 called ROMANCE.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Katherine; his son, Matthew Joseph Curran of Hampton Bays and his two grandsons, Patrick Joseph and Cian Sullivan; his sister, Francis Connerty of Hingham, MA and his brother John (Elaine) Curran of Londonderry, NH. Joe is predeceased by his brother, Tom Curran.

A service celebrating Joe’s life will be held at Mariner Sands at a later date. A service and burial will be held this summer at the family plot, Sea Pines Cemetery, Brewster, MA.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian St. Stuart, FL 34997

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart Chapel. 772-223-5550. On-line condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

Roger Moore October 14, 1927 – May 23, 2017

Sir Roger George Moore KBE (/mɔər/; 14 October 1927 – 23 May 2017) was an English actor. He played the British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films between 1973 and 1985. He is also known for playing Simon Templar in the television series The Saint between 1962 and 1969.

Moore took over the role of Bond from Sean Connery in 1972, and made his first appearance as 007 in Live and Let Die (1973). The longest serving Bond to date, Moore portrayed the spy in six more films. Appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991, Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for “services to charity”. In 2008, the French government appointed Moore a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Roger Moore was born on 14 October 1927 in Stockwell, London. He was the only child of George Alfred Moore, a policeman, and Lillian “Lily” Pope. His mother was born in Calcutta, India, of English origin. He attended Battersea Grammar School, but was evacuated to Holsworthy, Devon, during the Second World War, and attended Launceston College. He was further educated at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham, Buckinghamshire and then attended the College of the Venerable Bede at the University of Durham, but did not graduate.

Moore studied for two terms at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, during which his fees were paid by film director Brian Desmond Hurst, who also used Moore as an extra in his film Trottie True. At RADA, Moore was a classmate of his future Bond co-star Lois Maxwell, the original Miss Moneypenny. Moore chose to leave RADA after six months in order to seek paid employment as an actor. His film idol was Stewart Granger. At the age of 17 Moore appeared as an extra in the film Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), meeting his idol on the set. Later Moore and Granger were both in The Wild Geese (1978), though they had no scenes together.

At 18, shortly after the end of the Second World War, Moore was conscripted for national service. On 21 September 1946, he was commissioned into the Royal Army Service Corps as a second lieutenant. He was given the service number 372394. He eventually became a captain, commanding a small depot in West Germany. He later looked after entertainers for the armed forces passing through Hamburg.

In the early 1950s, Moore worked as a model, appearing in print advertisements for knitwear (earning him the nickname “The Big Knit”), and a wide range of other products such as toothpaste, an element that many critics have used as typifying his lightweight credentials as an actor. In his book Last Man Standing: Tales from Tinseltown, Moore states that his first television appearance was on 27 March 1949 in The Governess by Patrick Hamilton, a live broadcast (as usual in that era), and he played the minor part of Bob Drew. Other actors in the show included Clive Morton and Betty Ann Davies.

Although Moore signed a seven-year contract with MGM in 1954, the films that followed were not successes and, in his own words, “At MGM, RGM (Roger George Moore) was NBG [no bloody good].” He appeared in Interrupted Melody—billed third under Glenn Ford and Eleanor Parker—a biographical movie about an opera singer’s recovery from polio. That same year, he played a supporting role in The King’s Thief starring Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, David Niven and George Sanders.

In the 1956 film Diane, Moore was billed third again, this time under Lana Turner and Pedro Armendariz, in a 16th-century period piece set in France with Moore playing Prince Henri, the future king. Moore was released from his MGM contract after only two years following the film’s critical and commercial failure.

After that, he spent a few years mainly doing one-shot parts in television series, including an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1959 titled “The Avon Emeralds”. He signed another long-term contract to a studio, this time to Warner Bros.

His starring role in The Miracle (1959), a version of the play Das Mirakel for Warner Bros. showcasing Carroll Baker as a nun, had been turned down by Dirk Bogarde. That same year, Moore was directed by Arthur Hiller in “The Angry Young Man”, an episode of the television series The Third Man starring Michael Rennie as criminal mastermind Harry Lime, the role portrayed by Orson Welles in the film version.

Eventually, Moore made his name in television. He was the eponymous hero, Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, in the 1958–59 series Ivanhoe, a loose adaptation of the 1819 romantic novel by Sir Walter Scott set in the 12th century during the era of Richard the Lionheart, delving into Ivanhoe’s conflict with Prince John. Shot mainly in England at Elstree Studios and Buckinghamshire, some of the show was also filmed in California due to a partnership with Columbia Studios’ Screen Gems. Aimed at younger audiences, the pilot was filmed in colour, a reflection of its comparatively high budget for a British children’s adventure series of the period, but subsequent episodes were shot in black and white. Christopher Lee and John Schlesinger were among the show’s guest stars and series regulars included Robert Brown (who in the 1980s would play M in several James Bond films) as the squire Gurth, Peter Gilmore as Waldo Ivanhoe, Andrew Keir as villainous Prince John, and Bruce Seton as noble King Richard. Moore suffered broken ribs and a battle-axe blow to his helmet while performing some of his own stunts filming a season of 39 half-hour episodes and later reminisced, ‘I felt a complete Charlie riding around in all that armour and damned stupid plumed helmet. I felt like a medieval fireman.

Moore’s next television series involved playing the lead as “Silky” Harris for the ABC/Warner Brothers 1959–60 western The Alaskans, with co-stars Dorothy Provine as Rocky, Jeff York as Reno and Ray Danton as Nifty. The show ran for a single season of 37 hour-long episodes on Sunday nights. Though set in Skagway, Alaska, with a focus on the Klondike Gold Rush in around 1896, the series was filmed in the hot studio lot at Warner Brothers in Hollywood with the cast costumed in fur coats and hats. Moore found the work highly taxing and his off-camera affair with Provine complicated matters even more. He subsequently appeared as the questionable character “14 Karat John” in the two-part episode “Right Off the Boat” of the ABC/WB crime drama The Roaring 20s, with Rex Reason, John Dehner, Gary Vinson and Dorothy Provine, appearing in a similar role but with a different character name.

In the wake of The Alaskans, Moore was cast as Beau Maverick, an English-accented cousin of frontier gamblers Bret Maverick (James Garner), Bart Maverick (Jack Kelly) and Brent Maverick (Robert Colbert) in the much more successful ABC/WB western series Maverick. Sean Connery was flown over from England to test for the part but turned it down. Moore appeared as the character in 14 episodes after Garner had left the series at the end of the previous season, actually wearing some of Garner’s costumes; while filming The Alaskans, he had already recited much of Garner’s dialogue since the Klondike series frequently recycled Maverick scripts, changing only the names and locales. He had also filmed a Maverick episode with Garner two seasons earlier in which Moore played a different character in a retooling of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 1775 comedy of manners play entitled “The Rivals”. In the course of the story, Moore’s and Garner’s characters switched names on a bet, with Moore consequently identifying himself as “Bret Maverick” through most of the episode.

Moore’s debut as Beau Maverick occurred in the first episode of the 1960–61 fourth season, “The Bundle From Britain”, one of four episodes in which he shared screen time with cousin Bart (Jack Kelly). Robert Altman wrote and directed “Bolt from the Blue”, an episode featuring Will Hutchins as a frontier lawyer similar to his character in the series Sugarfoot, and “Red Dog” found Beau mixed up with vicious bank robbers Lee Van Cleef and John Carradine. Kathleen Crowley was Moore’s leading lady in two episodes (“Bullet For the Teacher” and “Kiz”), and others included Mala Powers, Roxane Berard, Fay Spain, Merry Anders, Andra Martin and Jeanne Cooper. Upon leaving the series, Moore cited a decline in script quality since the Garner era as the key factor in his decision to depart.
Worldwide fame arrived after Lew Grade cast Moore as Simon Templar in a new adaptation of The Saint, based on the novels by Leslie Charteris. Moore said in an interview in 1963, that he wanted to buy the rights to Leslie Charteris’s character and the trademarks. He also joked that the role was supposed to have been meant for Sean Connery who was unavailable. The television series was made in the UK with an eye to the American market, and its success there (and in other countries) made Moore a household name. By spring 1967 he had achieved international stardom. The series also established his suave, quipping style which he carried forward to James Bond. Moore went on to direct several episodes of the later series, which moved into colour in 1967.

The Saint ran from 1962 for six seasons and 118 episodes, making it (in a tie with The Avengers) the longest-running series of its kind on British television. However, Moore grew increasingly tired of the role, and was keen to branch out. He made two films immediately after the series had ended: Crossplot, a lightweight ‘spy caper’ movie, and the more challenging The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970). Directed by Basil Dearden, it gave Moore the opportunity to demonstrate a wider versatility than the role of Simon Templar had allowed, although reviews at the time were lukewarm, and both did little business at the box office.

elevision lured Moore back to star alongside Tony Curtis in The Persuaders!. The show featured the adventures of two millionaire playboys across Europe. Moore was paid the then-unheard-of sum of £1 million for a single series, making him the highest paid television actor in the world. However, Lew Grade claimed in his autobiography Still Dancing, that Moore and Curtis “didn’t hit it off all that well”. Curtis refused to spend more time on set than was strictly necessary, while Moore was always willing to work overtime.

According to the DVD commentary, neither Roger Moore, an uncredited co-producer, nor Robert S. Baker, the credited producer, ever had a contract other than a handshake with Lew Grade. They produced the entire 24 episodes without a single written word guaranteeing that they would ever be paid.

The series failed in America, where it had been pre-sold to ABC, but it was successful in Europe and Australia. In Germany, where the series was aired under the name Die Zwei (“The Two”), it became a hit through especially amusing dubbing which only barely used translations of the original dialogue. In Britain it was also popular, although on its premiere on the ITV network, it was beaten in the ratings by repeats of Monty Python’s Flying Circus on BBC One. Channel 4 repeated both The Avengers and The Persuaders! in 1995. Since then, The Persuaders! has been issued on DVD, while in France, where the series (entitled Amicalement Vôtre) had always been popular, the DVD releases accompanied a monthly magazine of the same name. True Entertainment are now showing the entire series from start to finish.

Because of his commitment to several television shows, in particular the long-lasting series The Saint, Roger Moore was unavailable for the James Bond franchise for a considerable time. His participation in The Saint was not only as actor, but also as a producer and director, and he also became involved in developing the series The Persuaders!. Although, in 1964, he made a guest appearance as James Bond in the comedy series Mainly Millicent, Moore stated in his autobiography My Word Is My Bond (2008) that he had neither been approached to play the character in Dr. No, nor does he feel that he had ever been considered. It was only after Sean Connery had declared in 1966 that he would not play Bond any longer that Moore became aware that he might be a contender for the role. However, after George Lazenby was cast in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Connery played Bond again in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Moore did not consider the possibility until it seemed abundantly clear that Connery had in fact stepped down as Bond for good. At that point Moore was approached, and he accepted producer Albert Broccoli’s offer in August 1972. In his autobiography Moore writes that he had to cut his hair and lose weight for the role. Although he resented having to make those changes, he was finally cast as James Bond in Live and Let Die (1973).

After Live and Let Die, Moore continued to portray Bond in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974); The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); Moonraker (1979); For Your Eyes Only (1981); Octopussy (1983); and A View to a Kill (1985).

Moore was the oldest actor to have played Bond – he was 45 in Live and Let Die (1973), and 58 when he announced his retirement on 3 December 1985.

Moore’s Bond was very different from the version created by Ian Fleming. Screenwriters like George MacDonald Fraser provided scenarios in which Moore was cast as a seasoned, debonair playboy who would always have a trick or gadget in stock when he needed it. This was designed to serve the contemporary taste of the 1970s. Moore’s version of Bond was also known for his sense of humour and witty one liners, but also a skilled detective with a cunning mind.

In 2004, Moore was voted ‘Best Bond’ in an Academy Awards poll, and he won with 62% of votes in another poll in 2008. In 1987 he hosted Happy Anniversary 007: 25 Years of James Bond.

During Moore’s Bond period he starred in 13 other movies, beginning with a thriller featuring Susannah York, entitled Gold (1974). He portrayed an adventurer in Africa opposite Lee Marvin in Shout at the Devil (1976), a commando with Richard Burton and Richard Harris in the unorthodox action film The Wild Geese (1978), a counter-terrorism expert opposite Anthony Perkins in the thriller North Sea Hijack (1979), and a millionaire so obsessed with Roger Moore that he had had plastic surgery to look like his hero in The Cannonball Run (1981). He even made a cameo as Chief Inspector Clouseau, posing as a famous movie star, in Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) (for which he was credited as “Turk Thrust II”). However, most of these films were neither critically acclaimed nor commercially successful. Moore was widely criticised for making three movies in South Africa under the Apartheid regime during the 1970s (Gold, Shout at the Devil, and The Wild Geese).

In 1946, aged 18, Moore married a fellow RADA student, the actress and ice skater Doorn Van Steyn (born Lucy Woodard) (1922-2010); Moore and Van Steyn lived in Streatham with her family, but tension over money matters and her lack of confidence in his acting ability took their toll on the relationship, during which he allegedly suffered domestic abuse.

In 1952, Moore met the Welsh singer Dorothy Squires, who was 13 years his senior, and Van Steyn and Moore divorced the following year. Squires and Moore were married in New York. They lived in Bexley, Kent after their marriage.

They moved to the United States in 1954 to develop their careers; but tensions developed in their marriage due to their age differences and Moore’s infatuation with starlet Dorothy Provine, and they moved back to the United Kingdom in 1961. Squires suffered a series of miscarriages during their marriage and Moore later said the outcome of their marriage might have been different if they had been able to have children.

In their tempestuous relationship Squires smashed a guitar over his head, and after learning of his affair with the Italian actress Luisa Mattioli, who became Moore’s third wife, Moore said that “She threw a brick through my window. She reached through the glass and grabbed my shirt and she cut her arms doing it…The police came and they said, ‘Madam, you’re bleeding’ and she said, ‘It’s my heart that’s bleeding'” Squires intercepted letters from Mattioli to Moore and planned to include them in her autobiography; but the couple won injunctions against the publication in 1977, which led Squires to unsuccessfully sue them for loss of earnings. The numerous legal cases launched by Squires led her to be declared a vexatious litigant in 1988. Moore paid Squires’s hospital bills after her cancer treatment in 1996, and upon her death in 1998.

In 1961, while filming The Rape of the Sabine Women in Italy, Moore left Squires for the Italian actress Luisa Mattioli. Squires refused to accept their separation, and sued Moore for loss of conjugal rights, but Moore refused the court’s order to return to Squires in 28 days. Squires also smashed windows at a house in France where Moore and Mattioli were living, and unsuccessfully sued actor Kenneth More for libel, as More had introduced Moore and Mattioli at a charity event as “Mr Roger Moore and his wife”. Moore and Mattioli lived together until 1969, when Squires finally granted him a divorce, after they had been separated for seven years. At Moore and Mattioli’s marriage in April 1969 at the Caxton Hall in Westminster, London, a crowd of 600 people were outside, with women screaming his name.

Moore had three children with Mattioli: actress-daughter Deborah (born 1963), whose work includes an Oldsmobile commercial (“This is not your father’s Oldsmobile; this is a new generation of Olds”); two sons, Geoffrey and Christian. Geoffrey is also an actor, and appeared alongside his father in the 1976 film Sherlock Holmes in New York. In later life he co-founded Hush Restaurant in Mayfair, London, with Jamie Barber. Geoffrey and his wife Loulou have two daughters. Moore’s younger son, Christian, is a film producer.

Moore and Mattioli separated in 1993 after Moore developed feelings for a Swedish born Danish socialite, Kristina “Kiki” Tholstrup. Moore later described his prostate cancer diagnosis in 1993 as “life-changing”, which led him to reassess his life and marriage. Mattioli and Tholstrup had long been friends; but Mattioli was scathing of her in the book she subsequently wrote about her relationship with Moore, Nothing Lasts Forever, describing how she felt betrayed by Tholstrup and discarded by Moore.

Moore remained silent on his divorce from Mattioli, later saying that he did not wish to hurt his children by “engaging in a war of words”. Moore’s children refused to speak to him for a period after the divorce, but they were later reconciled with their father. Mattioli refused to grant Moore a divorce until 2000, when a £10 million settlement was agreed. Moore subsequently married Tholstrup in 2002. Moore would later say that he loved Tholstrup as she was “organised”, “serene”, “loving” and “calm”, saying that “I have a difficult life. I rely on Kristina totally. When we are traveling for my job she is the one who packs. Kristina takes care of all that”. Moore also said that his marriage to Tholstrop was “a tranquil relationship, there are no arguments”. Tholstrup had a daughter, Christina Knudsen, from a previous relationship; Knudsen described her stepfather as a positive influence, saying “I was in difficult relationships but that all changed” when her mother met Moore. Moore’s step-daughter Christina Kniludsen died from cancer on 25 July 2016, at the age of 47; Moore posted on Twitter that “We are heartbroken” and “We were all with her, surrounding her with love, at the end”.

Moore became a tax exile from the United Kingdom in 1978, originally to Switzerland, and divided his year between his three homes; an apartment in Monte Carlo, Monaco, a chalet in Crans-Montana, Switzerland and a home in the south of France. Moore became a resident of Monaco, having been appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of Monaco by Prince Albert II for his efforts in internationally promoting and publicising the principality. Moore was scathing of the Russian population in Monaco, saying that “I’m afraid we’re overstuffed with Russians. All the restaurant menus are in Russian now.”

Moore was vocal in his defence of his tax exile status, saying that in the 1970s he had been urged by his “accountants, agents and lawyers” that moving abroad was essential because “you would never be able to save enough to ensure that you had any sort of livelihood if you didn’t work” as a result of the punitive taxation rates imposed on unearned income. Moore said in 2011 that his decision to live abroad was “not about tax. That’s a serious part of it. I come back to England often enough not to miss it, to see the changes, to find some of the changes good…I paid my taxes at the time that I was earning a decent income, so I’ve paid my due”.

Moore nearly died from double pneumonia when he was five. He had an infection of his foreskin at the age of eight and underwent a circumcision, and had his appendix, tonsils, and adenoids removed.

In 1993, Moore was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and underwent successful surgery for the disease.

Moore collapsed on stage while appearing on Broadway in 2003, and was fitted with a pacemaker to treat a potentially deadly slow heartbeat.

In 2012 Moore revealed he had been treated for skin cancer several times. He was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2013, which left him unable to drink alcohol.

His family announced his death in Switzerland from cancer on 23 May 2017.

Cortez Kennedy August 23, 1968 – May 23, 2017

Cortez Kennedy (August 23, 1968 – May 23, 2017) was an American football defensive tackle who played his entire eleven-season career with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. He is also known to redefine the roles of a large bodied interior lineman.

Kennedy was born in Osceola, Arkansas, but grew up in Wilson, Arkansas. He graduated from Rivercrest High School in Wilson, Arkansas, and attended Northwest Mississippi Community College before winning a football scholarship to the University of Miami, where he was named an All-American in 1989.

Kennedy was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

He was the third overall selection in the 1990 draft by the Seahawks, and was unsigned until two days before the beginning of the season. Kennedy was named to the Pro Bowl in 1991. In 1992, having recorded 14 quarterback sacks, he received the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press despite the Seahawks 2–14 record. He switched his jersey number to 99 that season in honor of close friend Jerome Brown, and was named First- or Second-team All-Pro five times.

Kennedy retired after the 2000 season. In 167 games with Seattle, he recorded 668 tackles, 58 sacks, and three interceptions. He announced his retirement in August 2002 after sitting out the 2001 season. He was given several offers by other teams, but wanted to finish his career in Seattle. He is generally considered one of the best defensive tackles to ever play the position in the NFL. He was a Semi-Finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008, as well as a finalist in 2009 and 2011, eventually being elected to the Hall as a member of the 2012 induction class. He was the second Hall of Famer to earn his credentials primarily as a Seahawk.

After retiring, Kennedy worked as an advisor for the New Orleans Saints, whose general manager, Mickey Loomis, had previously worked for the Seahawks.

In 2006, Kennedy was inducted into the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor. His jersey number, 96, was retired by the Seahawks during a game against the New England Patriots on October 14, 2012.

In 2007, Kennedy was named the best athlete ever to wear the number 96 by

Kennedy died on May 23, 2017, in Orlando, Florida of natural causes. He was 48 years old and, according to police, he was alone when he died.

Dina Merrill December 29, 1923 – May 22, 2017

Dina Merrill (born Nedenia Marjorie Hutton; December 29, 1923 – May 22, 2017) was an American actress, heiress, socialite, businesswoman, and philanthropist.

Merrill was born in New York City on December 29, 1923, although for many years her year of birth was given as 1925. She was the only child of Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and her second husband, the Wall Street stockbroker Edward Francis Hutton. Merrill had two older half-sisters, Adelaide Breevort (Close) Hutton (July 26, 1908 – December 31, 1998) and Eleanor Post (Close) Hutton (December 3, 1909 – November 27, 2006), by her mother’s first marriage, to Edward Bennett Close (grandfather of actress Glenn Close).

Merrill attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., for one term, then dropped out and enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She received a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in April 2005.

On advice from her half-sister’s (then) husband, she adopted the stage name Dina Merrill, borrowing from Charles E. Merrill, a famous stockbroker like her father. Merrill made her debut on the stage in the play The Mermaid Singing in 1945.

During the late 1950s and 1960s, Merrill was believed to have intentionally been marketed as a replacement to Grace Kelly, and in 1959 she was proclaimed “Hollywood’s new Grace Kelly”.

Merrill’s film credits included Desk Set (1957), A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed (1958), Don’t Give Up the Ship (1959), Operation Petticoat (1959, with Cary Grant, who had been married to her cousin, Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton), The Sundowners (1960), Butterfield 8 (1960), The Young Savages (1961), The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963), I’ll Take Sweden (1965), The Greatest (1977), A Wedding (1978), Just Tell Me What You Want (1980), Anna to the Infinite Power (1983), Twisted (1986), Caddyshack II (1988), Fear (1990), True Colors (1991), The Player (1992), Suture (1993) and Shade (2003). She also appeared in made-for-TV movies, such as Seven in Darkness (1969), The Lonely Profession (1969), Family Flight (1972) and The Tenth Month (1979).

Merrill appeared regularly as a guest star on numerous television series in the 1960s, notably as a villain, “Calamity Jan,” in two 1968 episodes of Batman alongside then-husband Cliff Robertson. She also made guest appearances on Bonanza, The Love Boat, and The Nanny, as Maxwell Sheffield’s disapproving and distant British mother.

Her stage credits include the 1983 Broadway revival of the Rodgers & Hart musical On Your Toes, starring Russian prima ballerina Natalia Makarova. In 1991, she appeared in the rotating cast of the off-Broadway staged reading of Wit & Wisdom.

In 1991, Merrill and her third husband, Ted Hartley, merged their company, Pavilion Communications, with RKO to form RKO Pictures (which owns the copyright to the films and intellectual property of RKO Radio Pictures movie studio).

Merrill was married three times. In 1946 she wed Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr., an heir to the Colgate-Palmolive toothpaste fortune and an entrepreneur. They had three children before they divorced in 1966:

Nedenia Colgate Rumbough
David Post Rumbough (d. 1973)
Stanley M. Rumbough III

Later in 1966 she wed Oscar-winning actor Cliff Robertson, with whom she had:

Heather Robertson (d. 2007)

In 1989 she married former actor Ted Hartley. Two of Merrill’s four children predeceased their parents – David died in a boating accident in 1973; Heather died of cancer in 2007.

Merrill was a presidential appointee to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a trustee of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and a vice president of the New York City Mission Society. In 1980, Merrill joined the board of directors of her father’s E. F. Hutton & Co., continuing on the board of directors and the compensation committee of Lehman Brothers when it acquired Hutton, for over 18 years.

Art Matson April 8, 1931 – May 21, 2017

J. Arthur Matson April 8, 1931 – May 21, 2017 – Art Matson passed away Sunday morning after a brief illness. After living and working in the northeast, he retired with his loving wife Rosemary in 1989. They moved from Skaneateles, NY to their new home in Indiantown, FL.

Art was a tireless volunteer, advocate and leader who contributed to countless community and economic development activities for the Indianwood Golf and Country Club Retirement Community, Indiantown and Martin County. He loved his family, his community and the many friends he leaves behind – so many of whom will remember fondly his beautiful tenor every time they hear Danny Boy or the Lord’s Prayer.

Art is survived by his wife of 55 years Rosemary, his sons Jack (JoAnne) and Don (Kristine), his 11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and family members. He is predeceased by his sons James and John.

A remembrance celebration is being planned for later this year.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel. 772-223-5550. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.Com

ADELINE PECK June 26, 1932 – May 19, 2017

ADELINE PECK June 26, 1932 – May 19, 2017 – Adeline Peck, 84 , passed away on My 19, 2017 at her residence in Hobe Sound, Fl.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mrs. Peck had previously lived in Long Island before relocating to the Hobe Sound area in 1991.

She was the Food Service Director for Little Flower nursing Home for 18 years in Long Island, and was an amazing cook.

Mrs. Peck loved being home with her family and will truly be missed.

She was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church in Hobe Sound.

Mrs. Peck is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Ronald Peck of Hobe Sound; son, David Peck of West Islip, New York; Kevin Peck of West Islip, New York; grandchildren, Emily Peck of Long Island, New York, and Ryan Peck of Philadelphia, Pa; brother in laws, Alan and Neil Peck, several nieces and nephews and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday June 26, 2017 at St. Christopher Catholic Church at 10AM.

Roger Ailes May 15, 1940 – May 18, 2017

Roger Eugene Ailes (May 15, 1940 – May 18, 2017) was an American television executive and media consultant.

Ailes was the founder and former Chairman and CEO of Fox News and the Fox Television Stations Group, from which he resigned in July 2016 following allegations that he sexually harassed female colleagues. Ailes was a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush, and for Rudy Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign. In 2016, he was an adviser to the Donald Trump campaign, where he assisted with debate preparation.) was an American television executive and media consultant.

Ailes was born and grew up in the factory town of Warren, Ohio, the son of Donna Marie (née Cunningham) and Robert Eugene Ailes, a factory maintenance foreman. Ailes suffered from hemophilia and was often hospitalized as a youth. He attended the Warren city schools, and later was inducted into Warren High School’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. His father was abusive, and his parents divorced in 1960.

In 1962, Ailes graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where he majored in radio and television and served as the student station manager for WOUB for two years.

Ailes’ career in television began in Cleveland and Philadelphia, where he started as Property Assistant (1962), Producer (1965), and Executive Producer (1967–68) for KYW-TV, for a then-locally produced talk-variety show, The Mike Douglas Show. He continued as Executive Producer for the show when it was syndicated nationally, and in 1968 was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for it.

In 1967, Ailes had a spirited discussion about television in politics with one of the show’s guests, Richard Nixon, who took the view that television was a gimmick. Later, Nixon called on Ailes to serve as his Executive Producer for television. Nixon’s successful presidential campaign was Ailes’s first venture into the political spotlight. His pioneering work in framing national campaign issues and making the stiff Nixon more likable and accessible to voters was later chronicled in The Selling of the President 1968 by Joe McGinniss.

Ailes was tapped by Rupert Murdoch in 1996 to become the founding CEO of Fox News, effective on October 7.

After the departure of Lachlan Murdoch from News Corporation, Ailes was named Chairman of the Fox Television Stations Group on August 15, 2005. Following his newest assignment, one of his first acts was canceling A Current Affair in September 2005 and replacing it with a new Geraldo Rivera show, Geraldo at Large, which debuted on Halloween, 2005. Rivera’s show drew about the same ratings as A Current Affair in January 2007. Ailes decided to cancel Geraldo at Large, reportedly to move Rivera back on Fox News Channel.

Ailes hired former CBS executive Dennis Swanson in October 2005 to be president of the Fox Television Stations Group. Additionally, there were changes in affiliates’ news programs with the standardization of Fox News Channel-like graphics, redesigned studios, news-format changes, and the announcement of a new morning television show called The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet to be produced by Fox News Channel.

In October 2012, his contract with the network was renewed for four years, through 2016. If completed, he would have served as head of Fox News Channel for 20 years. Salary terms were not made public, although his earnings for the 2012 fiscal year were a reported $21 million inclusive of bonuses. In addition to heading Fox News and chairing Fox Television Stations, Ailes also chaired 20th Television, MyNetworkTV and Fox Business Network.

Ailes was married three times; his first two marriages ended in divorce.

He married Elizabeth Tilson (born 1960) on February 14, 1998. Formerly a television executive, she was the owner and publisher of local New York state newspapers The Putnam County News & Recorder and The Putnam County Courier. He had one son with Elizabeth named Zachary. The family resided in Garrison, New York, on a hilltop parcel in a home constructed of Adirondack river stone across the Hudson River from United States Military Academy at West Point.

Ailes was a longtime friend of journalist and media personality Barbara Walters.

Ailes also had residences in Cresskill, New Jersey and Palm Beach, Florida.

Kenneth Parkins June 8th, 1923 – May 15th, 2017

Kenneth D. Parkins June 8th, 1923 – May 15th, 2017 – Kenneth Donald Parkins died peacefully in Treasure Coast Hospice on May 15, 2017 in Stuart, Florida at the age of 93.

Kenneth is survived by his wife of 71 years, Shirley E. Parkins, daughters Karen Glascoe (Tony) and Michelle Smith, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, two sisters and his son-in-law.

Kenneth was born on June 8, 1923 in Gastonville, PA to George and Ida Parkins. He served in the Army Air Force and was a WWII veteran. He worked for 31 years for the Federal Aviation Administration before retiring at 55

John Mennella May 22, 1925 – May 15, 2017

John A. Mennella May 22, 1925 – May 15, 2017 – John A. Mennella, 91, of Stuart, FL., passed away Monday, May 15, 2017.

Formerly from Islip, NY he is the son of the Honorable John A. Mennella Sr. and Mary (Hooga) Mennella of Poughquag, NY.

John was a W.W. II Pacific Combat Veteran, 4th Marine Division, 3rd Battalion, 23 Regiment, K Company. Fought for the Islands of Saipan, Roi-Namur, Tinian, Iwo Jima.

He was the founder of J.A. Mennella Foods in Bay Shore, NY. President and Chairman of the Board First National Bank of East Islip, NY/Bank of America.

He was a long time member and past President of the Islip Lions Club. Served on the Islip Board of Education. Active in many charities. Another great of the Greatest Generation, Proud of his country and the men he served with. “He was the real deal.”

He is survived by his loving children Jack Mennella of Stuart, FL and Jill Titus of Long Island, NY; his grandchildren Drew Mannella, Dan Mennella, Juliet (Mike) Ahl, Peter Titus Jr. and Samantha Titus; his nieces and nephews Craig, Gail, Davida and David and his step-children Karen (Brian) Clark, Adam Clark and Taylor Clark. He was predeceased by his wife Jacquueline Mennella and sister Gloria Marie.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 11:00 at Mariner Sands Chapel, 6500 SE Congressional Way, Stuart, FL 34997 with Roger Verse officiating. An inurnment will immediately follow at the Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in loving memory of John can be made to The Kane Center, 900 SE Salerno Road Stuart, FL 34997 or by visiting:

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

Ron Taylor February 7, 1935 – May 15, 2017

Ronald L. Taylor February 7, 1935 – May 15, 2017 – Ronald L. Taylor, age 82, passed away May 15, 2017 at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Florida. Ron was born February, 1935 in Chicago, IL to Martin and Violet Taylor. He attended Calumet High School in Chicago and graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He served in the U.S. Army, Department of Intelligence, during the post-Korean war. He was a director of sales for American Can Company during his 30 year career

In 1962, Ronald met the love of his life Irene Russakoff. They married in 1963 and began a family. He is survived by his loving wife Irene, and five adult children, Mark, Jennifer (Conroyd), Paul, Chris and Nina (Levy), sons and daughter-in-laws, 14 grandchildren and 1 great grand-child.

After many corporate transfers, they settled in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1980. Ron was an executive with American Can Company. Upon his retirement in 1980, he traded in his suits and ties for Hawaiian shirts and golf clubs. Ron and Irene began “wintering” in Stuart Florida in 1996.

Ron loved his years in Florida with Irene. Golfing every week, dining out and cruises with Irene made him a happy man. Ron enjoyed the good things in life – good food, good music and time with his family. He was a huge music aficionado and especially enjoyed classical and big band music. Those close to him were fortunate enough to hear his beautiful baritone singing voice during the holidays, informal events or singing “Happy Birthday” over the phone.

There will be a memorial funeral at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. 8815 E. Kemper Road. Cincinnati, Ohio 45249.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel. 772-223-5550. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.Com

Powers Boothe June 1, 1948 – May 14, 2017

Powers Allen Boothe (June 1, 1948 – May 14, 2017) was an American television and film actor. Some of his most notable roles include his Emmy-winning portrayal of Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones and his turns as TV detective Philip Marlowe in the 1980s, Cy Tolliver on Deadwood, “Curly Bill” Brocious in Tombstone, Vice-President and subsequently President Noah Daniels on 24, and Lamar Wyatt in Nashville.

Boothe, the youngest of three boys, was born on a cotton farm in Snyder, Scurry County, Texas, to Emily Kathryn (née Reeves) and Merrill Vestal Boothe, a rancher. Boothe attended Snyder High School, where he played football and appeared in drama productions. He was the first in his family to attend college, going to Southwest Texas State University for his undergraduate degree and later earning his master’s degree in drama from Southern Methodist University.

After graduating from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, Boothe joined the repertory company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, with roles in Henry IV, Part 2 (portraying Henry IV of England), Troilus and Cressida, and others. His New York stage debut was in the 1974 Lincoln Center production of Richard III. Five years later, his Broadway theater debut came in a starring role in the one-act play Lone Star, written by James McLure.

Boothe first came to national attention in 1980, playing Jim Jones in the CBS-TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. Boothe’s portrayal of the crazed cult leader received critical acclaim. In Time’s story on the production, Boothe was praised: “There is one extraordinary performance. A young actor named Powers Boothe captures all the charisma and evil of ‘Dad’, Jim Jones.” Boothe won the Emmy Award for his role, beating out veterans Henry Fonda and Jason Robards. As the Screen Actors Guild were on strike in the fall of 1980, he was the only actor to cross picket lines to attend the ceremonies, saying at the time, “This may be either the bravest moment of my career or the dumbest.”

Boothe made an appearance during the 1987 Celebrity Golf Challenge for Charity where he made the current long drive record for celebrities of 490 yards. For these efforts, Boothe was awarded the Golden Pumpkin, but, because of scheduling conflicts, he could not receive the award in person.

Boothe portrayed Philip Marlowe in a TV series based on Raymond Chandler’s short stories for HBO in the 1980s. He appeared in such films as Southern Comfort, A Breed Apart, Red Dawn, The Emerald Forest and Extreme Prejudice, as well as the HBO films Into the Homeland and By Dawn’s Early Light. Additionally, he appeared in the 1990 CBS-TV film Family of Spies, in which he played traitor Navy Officer John Walker. Boothe portrayed Curly Bill Brocius in the hit 1993 Western Tombstone, the disloyal senior Army officer in Blue Sky (opposite Jessica Lange’s Oscar-winning performance), and the sinister lead terrorist in Sudden Death. He was also part of the large ensemble casts for Oliver Stone’s Nixon (as Chief of Staff Alexander Haig) and U Turn (as the town sheriff).

In 2001, he starred as Flavius Aëtius, the Roman general in charge of stopping the Hun invasion in the made-for-TV miniseries Attila. Boothe played a featured role as brothel-owner Cy Tolliver on the HBO series Deadwood, and the seedy Senator Roark in the motion picture Sin City (2005), as well as its sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014). He is the voice of one of the characters in the 2005 video game Area 51 and of Gorilla Grodd, the hyper-intelligent telepathic supervillain in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. He voiced the villain, Kane, in the 2008 video game Turok.

He was a special guest star on 24, where he played Vice President Noah Daniels. He returned in the prequel to the seventh season, 24: Redemption. Just after taking the role as acting President, Boothe is seen exiting Air Force Two with F-15s in the background. Boothe played a downed F-15 pilot in Red Dawn. In March 2008, he narrated a television campaign ad for Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign. He maintained a private art collection which includes Western paintings of his friend and fellow actor Buck Taylor.

In 2012, Boothe appeared in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers in a secretive role as a shadowy governmental superior to S.H.I.E.L.D. In 2015-16, he reprised the role, now named Gideon Malick, in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Boothe appeared in the 2012 miniseries Hatfields & McCoys as Judge Valentine “Wall” Hatfield. Boothe was also cast as Lamar Wyatt in the ABC musical drama series Nashville. Boothe also lent his voice to Hitman: Absolution, a 2012 video game developed by IO Interactive, voicing the character of Benjamin Travis.

Boothe married his college sweetheart Pam in 1969, and they had two children, Parisse and Preston.

Boothe died in his sleep on the morning of May 14, 2017. He was 68

Betty Scott Johnson January 26th, 1920 – May 13th, 2017

Elizabeth Johnson (Scott) January 26th, 1920 – May 13th, 2017 – Elizabeth “Betty” Scott Johnson, 97, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2017.

Born in Hampton, New Hampshire on January 26, 1920, to Carrie and Walter Scott, Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her former husband Charles E. Filley, her sister and best friend Esther Seavey, her nephew Bart Seavey and great granddaughter Jillian Pettigrew.

She is survived by her daughters, Diane Lotz (Rodger Lotz) of Strafford, NH, Deborah Trethaway of Port St. Lucie, FL and Ellen “Kandi” Garrabrandt of Bradenton, FL. Grandchildren Jim (Janine) Pettigrew, John (Denise) Pettigrew and David (Sheila) Pettigrew, Scott Trethaway, II and Jennifer Trethaway Sade. Great grandchildren include Ben, Brendan, Mackenzie, Trevor, Cariss, Hannah and Kyla. Great- great granddaughter, Everly. Also survived by her beloved nieces, Anna Pike, Judy Barrett, Pam Bruning (Joel) and Karen Jones.

Betty graduated from Hampton Academy worked for New England Bell as a telephone operator and was a member of the Eastern Star. She moved to Sarasota, FL in 1952 where she opened a secretarial service. She loved music, dancing, playing games, taking trips with her friends and reading. After surviving breast cancer, she relocated to Stuart, FL in 1999 to be close to her daughter and family.

Our heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Stuart Nursing and Restorative Care Center for their amazing caring and support.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Those who wish may contribute, on behalf of Betty, to Boston Ronald McDonald House, 229 Kent Street Brookline, MA 02446 in memory of Jillian Pettigrew.

Portia Nohejl November 18th, 1923 – May 13th, 2017

Portia Nohejl November 18th, 1923 – May 13th, 2017 – Portia Nohejl, 93, of Vero Beach, Florida formerly of Stuart, Florida, passed away at the VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach.

Born in Illinois, she had been a resident of Stuart for over 25 years coming from Hollywood, Florida. She moved to Florida in 1970 from Chicago, Illinois. She was currently residing in Vero Beach.

She had received a Bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1946 and a Master’s degree from Barry University in 1973. .

Before retiring she had been a social worker and crisis counselor for the Broward County Florida Heath Department.

She was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Stuart and a volunteer for both the Martin County Board of Elections and Martin Medical Center.

Survivors include her sons, Michael Nohejl and his wife Susan of Vero Beach, Florida and Charles Nohejl of Hollywood, Florida; her daughter, Debbie Maggio and her husband Joe of Hiawassee, Georgia; her grandchildren, Michael Maggio and his wife Erin, Christine Snyder and her husband David, Kelli Mobley and her husband Brad, Michael’s stepsons, Christopher Poblenz and Charles Poblenz and 6 great grandchildren, Andrew, Grant, Corey, Jenna, Dean and Harper. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Nohejl.

There will be a memorial service at a later date to be announced.

For those who wish, contributions may be made to the VNA Hospice Foundation 1155 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960-6521, (772) 299-7393 in Portia’s memory.

Yale Lary November 24, 1930 – May 12, 2017

Robert Yale Lary, Sr. (November 24, 1930 – May 12, 2017) was an American football player, businessman, and politician.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979 and was also selected for the NFL 1950s All-Decade Team. He has also been inducted into the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

Lary played 11 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), all with the Detroit Lions, from 1952 to 1953 and from 1956 to 1964, missing the 1954 and 1955 seasons due to military service as a second lieutenant in the Army during the Korean War. He played at the safety, punter, and return specialist positions, appeared in nine Pro Bowl games, and was a first-team All-NFL player five times. He led the NFL in punting three times, and at the time of his retirement in 1964, his 44.3 yard punting average ranked second in NFL history, trailing only Sammy Baugh. He also totaled 50 NFL interceptions for 787 return yards, both of which ranked fifth in NFL history at the time of his retirement.

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Lary played college football at Texas A&M University from 1949 to 1951 and was selected as a first-team defensive back on the 1951 All-Southwest Conference football team. He also played baseball at Texas A&M, led his team to the 1951 College World Series, and set a Southwest Conference record for doubles.

Lary was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1930. He attended North Side High School in Fort Worth, where he was a multi-sport athlete, receiving three letters each in football and baseball, two in track and field, and one in basketball.

Lary enrolled at Texas A&M University, where he played college football for the Texas A&M Aggies football team from 1949 to 1951. On November 29, 1951, in his last college football game, Lary ran 68 yards for a touchdown and caught a 37-yard touchdown pass, both in the third quarter, to lead Texas A&M to its first victory over Texas in 12 years. After the season, he was selected by the Associated Press as a first-team defensive back on the 1951 All-Southwest Conference football team.

Lary also starred in baseball as an outfielder for the Texas A&M baseball team. He set a Southwest Conference record for doubles and led the 1951 Texas A&M team to the Southwest Conference co-championship, a 20–9 record, and an appearance in the 1951 College World Series.

Lary was selected by the Detroit Lions in the third round, 34th overall pick, of the 1952 NFL Draft. He signed with the Lions in June 1952, and played his entire NFL career for the Lions as a safety, punter, and return specialist.

As a rookie, Lary played all 12 regular season games in the defensive backfield, intercepting four passes and recovering a fumble. He also returned 16 punts for an 11.4 yard average (including a 58-yard return for touchdown against the Dallas Texans) and 12 kickoffs for a 25.2 yard average. The Lions defeated the Cleveland Browns, 17–7, in the 1952 NFL Championship Game.

In his second NFL season, Lary intercepted five passes in 11 regular season games, and returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown against the Baltimore Colts on October 4, 1953. The Lions again defeated the Browns, 17–16, in the 1953 NFL Championship Game. Lary was selected to play in the 1953 Pro Bowl.

In January 1956, Lary signed a contract to return to the Lions after completing his military service in May 1956. Upon returning to the Lions, Lary became a regular in the Pro Bowl, playing in the all-star match every year from 1956 to 1962 and again in 1964. He also received first-team All-NFL honors in five years: 1956 (Associated Press [AP] and The Sporting News [TSN]); 1957 (TSN, United Press International [UPI], Newspaper Enterprise Association [NEA]); 1958 (AP, UPI, NEA); 1959 (TSN, NEA); and 1962 (AP, UPI, NEA).

During his NFL career, Lary played in Detroit’s dominant defensive backfields that also included Hall of Fame inductees Jack Christiansen, Night Train Lane, and Dick LeBeau and six-time Pro Bowl selectee Jim David, with Hall of Famer Joe Schmidt filling in the gaps at middle linebacker. Playing at the right safety position, Lary ranked second in the NFL with eight interceptions in both 1956 and 1962. During his career, he totaled 50 interceptions, which ranked fifth in NFL history at the time of his retirement (trailing only Emlen Tunnell, Night Train Lane, Jack Butler, and Bobby Dillon). His 50 interception currently ranks third in Detroit Lions history behind Dick LeBeau and Lem Barney.

Lary was also known for his speed and evasiveness on interception returns. He returned an interception 73 yards for a touchdown in 1956, and his career total of 787 interception return yards ranked fifth in NFL history at the time of his retirement.

In 1957, Lary helped lead the Lions to a third NFL championship in his four years with the team. On October 13, 1957, he intercepted two passes against the Los Angeles Rams, including one which he returned 63 yards to set up the game-winning touchdown. The Lions defeated the Browns, 59–14, in the 1957 NFL Championship Game.

From 1959 to 1964, Lary was the most dominant punter in the NFL. He led the league in punting average in 1959 (45 punts for a 47.1 yard average and a long punt of 67 yards), 1961 (52 punts for an average of 48.4 yards and long punt of 71 yards) and 1963 (35 punts for an average of 48.9 yards and a long punt of 73 yards). Lary narrowly missed a fourth punting title in 1964, trailing Bobby Walden by one-tenth of a yard (or 3.6 inches) at 46.3 yards per punt. In 1962, he was two-tenths of a yard from the lead, losing the punting title due to a single blocked punt.[24] Over the course of his 11-year NFL career, he punted 503 times for 22,279 yards for an average of 44.3 yards. His 48.9 yard average in 1963 was the second highest singe-season total in NFL history, trailing only Sammy Baugh’s 51.3 yard average in 1940. At the time of his retirement in 1964, Lary’s 44.3 yard career punting average ranked second in NFL history, trailing only Sammy Baugh.

In addition to the length of his punts, Lary was also known for the hang time on his punts and once had a string of six games and 32 punts with no returns. Teammate Joe Schmidt later recalled, “Kicking from the end zone, Yale invariably put the ball across midfield with enough hang time to let us cover the kick. He made our defense look good because he always gave us room to work.”

In 1992, sports writer Jack Saylor rated Lary as the second best punter in NFL history. Paul Hornung went further, saying in 2004 that Lary was the best punter ever.

Lary also handled punt returns for the Lions. He returned three punts for touchdowns and was among the NFL leaders in punt return yardage and yards per return in 1952, 1953, 1957, and 1958. He had the NFL’s longest punt return in 1957 at 71 yards.

In July 1965, Lary announced that he was retiring from football. He said at the time that “it’s too much to move my wife and kids twice a year. It’s not fair to them.”

Lary and his wife, Mary Jane, were married in 1952. They had two children: Yale, Jr., and Nancy Jane.

Even before retiring from the NFL, Lary served in the Texas House of Representatives, as a Democrat, from 1959 to 1963. In February 1965, he also broke ground on a Ford Motor Company dealership in Fort Worth to be owned by Lary and a childhood friend. He operated the automobile dealership for nearly a decade. He later formed an investment company with interests in real estate, oil and gas leases, and oil and natural gas production. He died in the early morning hours of May 12, 2017 at the age of 86.


Michael Parks April 24, 1940 – May 9, 2017

Michael Parks (born Harry Samuel Parks; April 24, 1940 – May 9, 2017) was an American singer and actor. He appeared in many films and made frequent television appearances, but was probably best known for his work in his later years with filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Kevin Smith.

Parks was born in Corona, California, the son of a baseball player. He drifted from job to job during his teenage years, including picking fruit, digging ditches, driving trucks, and fighting forest fires. He was briefly married at the age of 16. He was father to actor James Parks.

In 1961, Parks portrayed the nephew of the character George MacMichael on the ABC sitcom The Real McCoys. He appeared as Cal Leonard in the 1963 Perry Mason episode “The Case of Constant Doyle”, and gained recognition in the role of Adam in John Huston’s The Bible: In the Beginning (1966). His other early roles included an appearance in two NBC series: the legal drama Sam Benedict, as Larry Wilcox in the 1962 episode “Too Many Strangers”, and the medical drama The Eleventh Hour, as Mark Reynolds in the 1963 segment “Pressure Breakdown”. He also appeared in The China Lake Murders and Stranger by Night, having portrayed a police officer in both.

Parks was the star of the series Then Came Bronson from 1969 to 1970. He sang the theme song for the show, “Long Lonesome Highway”, which became a #20 Billboard Hot 100 and #41 Hot Country Songs hit. Albums he recorded under MGM Records (the label of the studio which produced the series) include Closing The Gap (1969), Long Lonesome Highway (1970), and Blue. He also had various records of songs included on these albums. He played Philip Colby during the second season (1986–1987) of ABC’s Dynasty spin-off series The Colbys. He appeared as Irish mob boss Tommy O’Shea in Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994), French-Canadian drug runner Jean Renault in the ABC television series Twin Peaks, Dr. Banyard in Deceiver (1997), Texas Ranger Earl McGraw in From Dusk till Dawn (1996), and Ambrose Bierce in From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter (2000).

Parks played two roles in the Kill Bill film series, reprising the role of Earl McGraw in the first film and playing Esteban Vihaio in the second film. He most recently reprised the role of Earl McGraw in both segments of the film Grindhouse. His son, James Parks, played the son of Earl McGraw in Kill Bill, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, Death Proof and Planet Terror. Parks played a villain in Kevin Smith’s horror films Red State (2011) and Tusk (2014). Smith later announced on his podcast that Parks had recorded an album during Red State’s production, after Smith and producer Jon Gordon noticed his singing talent during filming. The album, titled The Red State Sessions, was released on August 15, 2011 as a download from the film’s website.

Parks died on May 9, 2017 in his Los Angeles home at the age of 77. A cause of death has not yet been revealed. Upon hearing the news, director Kevin Smith posted on his Instagram account “Michael was, and will likely forever remain, the best actor I’ve ever known. I wrote both [Red State] and [Tusk] for Parks, I loved his acting so much.” he also added, “He was, hands-down, the most incredible thespian I ever had the pleasure to watch perform. And Parks brought out the absolute best in me every time he got near my set.” Director Robert Rodriguez referred to Michael Parks as “a true legend” in a Twitter post.

Carole Patrick May 30th, 1943 – May 8th, 2017

Carole A. Patrick May 30th, 1943 – May 8th, 2017 – Carole Patrick, 73, of Palm City, passed away May 8, 2017 at her home.

Born in Hazel Park, MI, she had been a resident of Palm City for 29 years, coming from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Before retiring she had been a caregiver. She was a Christian.

Survivors include her daughters, Kristina Loupe and her husband Michael of Ft. Pierce and Karin Gambon and her husband Kurt of Port St. Lucie; step-daughter, Donna Klaffky and her husband David of Colorado Springs, Colorado; her 3 grandchildren, Randy Smith and his wife Jennifer, Christi Tallent and her husband Joseph and Gabrielle Gambon; her step grandchildren, Paula Williams and her husband Chris and Steven Klaffky and her 3 great grandchildren, Jonathan Tallent, Natalie Tallent and Camden Williams. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Sonny” Patrick. She loved her family and her friends and she will be deeply missed.

There will be a Memorial Service at 4:00 PM, Friday, May 19, 2017 at Grace Church, 10011 US 1, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952, with a reception following in the church.

For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 Eighteenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20006-35171 or at 800-424-8200 or online at in Carole’s name. This was a cause that was close to her heart.

Jim Webster December 3, 1947 – March 7, 2017

James E Webster III December 3, 1947 – March 7, 2017 – ames E. Webster (Jim) of Jensen Beach, Florida formally of Roanoke and Smith Mountain Lake passed away on March 7th. He was born in Marion, Va. on December 3, 1947. He is predeceased by his parents, James E. and Ruth H. Webster and sister Ruth Ann Dolinger. He is survived by his wife Maria G. Webster, 2 nephews, David Dolinger and wife Jan and Steven Dolinger and wife Angela, 1 niece Lee Ann Kelley and husband Tim. He also had an “adopted Serbian son” Dejan Bozic and his wife Kathryn and “grandchildren” Anna and Alexander.

Jim was a graduate of Va. Tech and pursued a career in Advertising. He worked for Associated Advertising ending his time there as president in 1991. He then opened his own agency and continued until his death. Jim was president of the Advertising Federation in the late 80’s and received the Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement. Jim was also very instrumental in the expansion of Festival In the Park in the early 80’s.

Jim and Maria loved to travel and had the opportunity to do so in recent years. Many friends also enjoyed traveling with them over the years.

Charles Metzger November 4th, 1931 – May 6th, 2017

Charles H. Metzger Jr. November 4th, 1931 – May 6th, 2017 – Charles H. Metzger, Jr., 85, residing in Palm City, departed this world May 6, 2017 to be with the Lord in Heaven. Beside his bed were his wife Sandy and their three boys. He was born in Rochester, PA Nov. 4, 1931. Charles was preceded in death by his father Charles Sr., his mother Ethel, his older sister Alice, and younger brother Douglas. He was survived by his younger sister Linda. He graduated from Penn State College studying business. This is where he met his sweet heart Sandra Shirley Heckmann. They have three sons and daughter-in-law’s Daniel and his wife, Susan (MT), David and his wife, Holly (MN), and Douglas and his wife, Joy (NC); seven grandchildren, Jessica, Lucas, Drake, Derek, Peter, Jeremiah and Grace and two great grandchildren Owen and Jax.

Charles, also known as Chuck, had a successful career at IBM, retiring as a well respected sales executive. Sandy and Chuck had an endearing marriage of 64 years. They enjoyed an active retirement full of golf, tennis and friends at Monarch Country Club in Palm City. Chuck served as president of the HOA for a time. They were devoted believers and very active in the church. He also volunteered with Samaritan House for Boys where he was a member of the board.

There will be a memorial service at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Forest Hills Funeral Homes Palm City, FL.

For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Samaritan Center for Young Boys and Families, 1490 SE Cove Road, Stuart, FL 34997 or at 772-287-4123 in Charles’ memory.

Ron White December 16, 1923 – May 6, 2017

Ronald Martin White December 16, 1923 – May 6, 2017 – Ronald Martin White, 93, of Stuart, FL, passed away Saturday May 6, 2017 under the tender loving care of Hospice of the Treasure Coast with his wife of 66 years, Pat, by his side. Born to Martin White and Bridgett (Vickers) White in Brooklyn, NY, Ron had along career of volunteer work and professional associations.

Ron was a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute BME degree in 1947 and Executive Program Graduate School of Business University of Michigan. Ron proudly served his country during WW II in the U.S. Navy and was a communicant of St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in Hobe Sound, FL.

Ron worked for P.S.E. & G of New Jersey for 39 years and was the General Manager of Gas Operations. He lived in Wyckoff, NJ and retired in 1986 to Stuart, FL where he was an active member at Mariner Sands Country Club.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Pat White, of Stuart, FL; daughters Janice E. Purse of Fort Myers, FL and Leland, MI, and Patricia A. Benda, of West Milford, NJ; sons Dr. Jeffrey R. White of Bloomington, IN and Michael E. White, of Chapel Hill, NC; and eight grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 3:30 pm at the Mariner Sands Chapel, 6500 SE Congressional Way, Stuart, FL 34997 officiated by Fr. A. Hines of St. Christopher’s Catholic Church.

An inurnment will immediately follow the service at the Mariner Sands Memorial Garden.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel. 772-223-5550.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in loving memory of Ron can be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997.

Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

Annmarie Schwarz August 12, 1960 – May 5, 2017

Annmarie Schwarz August 12, 1960 – May 5, 2017 – Annmarie Schwarz, 56, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Born in Fort Lauderdale, FL to David Schwarz and Patricia (Barker) Schwarz, Annmarie spent most of her life here in Stuart, FL.

After college, she worked in her family’s Bait and Tackle Store, Pier One, until she began her true career and passion. She was the Drama Instructor in the Martin County School District at Southfork High School for 28 years. Annmarie founded the Drama Program at Southfork HS and developed it into the huge success it is today. Several of her hobbies were cooking, entertaining and collecting teapots.

She is survived by her father David Schwarz of Stuart, FL; her sister and brother-in-law Mary Sheppard and Bob Sheppard of Atlanta, GA; her uncle Alfred Schwarz of Stuart, FL and two aunts Margaret Baumann (Donald) and Barbara Diedrick (Wes) both of Stuart, FL. Annmarie was predeceased by her mother Patricia Schwarz in 2010.

Annmarie was a devoted friend, teacher, sister and daughter. She will be deeply missed.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, visitation will be from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm with a service at 5:00 pm with Father Jack Barrow officiating at the Stuart Chapel of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in loving memory of Annmarie can be made to the Florida Oceanographic Society, 890 Northeast , Boulevard• Stuart, FL 34996 or

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date yet to be announced.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994. 772-223-5550.

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Adolph Kiefer June 27, 1918 – May 5, 2017

Adolph Gustav Kiefer (June 27, 1918 – May 5, 2017) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic competitor, the last surviving gold medalist of the 1936 Summer Olympics and former world record-holder. He was the first man in the world to swim the 100-yard backstroke in under one minute. Kiefer was also an inventor and innovator of new products related to aquatics competition.

Kiefer was born as a son of German immigrants in Chicago, Illinois, and there attended Roosevelt High School (1936). He then attended the University of Texas at Austin (1939), and Columbia College (1940).

He became the first man to break the one-minute mark in the 100-yard backstroke while competing as a 16-year-old in the Illinois High School Championships of 1935, swimming 59.8 seconds. His 1936 Illinois state championship backstroke time of 58.5 seconds was the Illinois state high-school record until 1960. On April 6, 1940, Kiefer set another world record, swimming the 100-yard backstroke in 57.9 seconds. He broke twenty-three records after breaking the one-minute backstroke mark. Kiefer set a world record for the 100-meter backstroke of 1:04.8 on January 18, 1936, at Brennan Pools in Detroit, Michigan.

Eighteen-year-old Kiefer represented the United States at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. On August 14, Kiefer won the gold medal in the men’s 100-meter backstroke. He set new Olympic records in the first-round heats (1:06.9), the second-round heats (1:06.8), and the event final (1:05.9). His Olympic Record would stand for over 20 years, finally broken by David Theile in the 1956 Summer Olympics.

He returned home a national hero, and began traveling with other U.S. Olympic medalists on a tour of Europe, China, Japan, and South America, during which he challenged other great swimmers in those locations to individual races.

In over 2,000 races, Kiefer lost only twice. At the National AAU swimming championship in April 1943, University of Michigan All-American swimmer Harry Holiday, Jr. finally went head-to-head with world-record holder Kiefer. Holiday beat him in the 150-yard backstroke at the AAU meet. The defeat was the first for Kiefer in eight years.

In his first two months of varsity competition, Holiday broke two of Kiefer’s world records, lowering the 100-yard backstroke mark to 57 seconds and the 200-meter standard to 2:22.9. In August 1943, the NCAA also recognized Holiday as the holder of the new world record in the 150-yard backstroke with a mark of 1:31.5. Shortly thereafter, Kiefer was asked to audition for the role of “Tarzan”, but answered the call of arms instead, joining the U.S. Navy.

In 1947, he established Adolph Kiefer & Associates, Inc. in Chicago, which has provided swimmers with training, safety, and competition equipment. His company was responsible for the development of the nylon tank suit in 1948.[ and debuted the first nylon swimsuit supplied to the U.S. Olympic Swim Team—a marked improvement over the wool and cotton suits available at the time.

Kiefer subsequently devoted himself to community service, combining swimming and philanthropy in innovative ways. In the 1960s he worked with Mayor Richard J. Daley to build swimming-pools across the inner city of Chicago, providing the facilities needed for thousands of children to learn to swim. Kiefer actively supported Swim Across America, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for cancer research, and participated in SAA public swimming events well into his 70s and 80s.

Kiefer was an “Honor Swimmer” member of the inaugural class inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1965. In 1966 he patented the first design for a no-wave, non-turbulence racing lane.

In 2008 Kiefer celebrated his 90th birthday in Omaha at the 2008 U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials, where he awarded medals for the 200-meter backstroke. On June 27, 2012, he celebrated his birthday again in Omaha at the 2012 U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials—by awarding the medals for the 200-meter backstroke. In 2013 USA Swimming named Kiefer the “father of American swimming” in recognition of his contributions to American swimming.

On the morning of May 5, 2017, Kiefer died at home in Wadsworth, Illinois.

Mario Maglieri Feb. 7, 1924 – May 4, 2017

Mario Maglieri Feb. 7, 1924 – May 4, 2017 – Mario Maglieri, who presided over a rock ’n’ roll mini-empire on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood at the Whisky a Go Go and the Rainbow Bar & Grill, where he nurtured generations of musicians with encouragement, food and tough love, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 93.

Mario Mikeal Maglieri was born on Feb. 7, 1924, in Sepino, Italy, to Alfonso and Christina Maglieri. The family moved to Chicago, where his father opened a nightclub, when Mario was 4 years old.

As a teenager, he drove a beer truck. He later served in the Army and took part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Back in Chicago, he got jobs as a court bailiff and nightclub manager before opening his own clubs.

In 1964 he moved to Los Angeles, where he was helping a friend open the Playboy Club when he got a call from Mr. Valentine.

Mr. Maglieri recalled, in “Straight Whisky,” that Mr. Valentine urged him to join him at the Whisky because his employees were helping themselves to the club’s till. “So I say, ‘No problem.’ I go down to the Whisky and fire everyone in the place. That’s how it all started.”

Mr. Maglieri opened the Rainbow in 1972 with Mr. Valentine and the music impresario Lou Adler, who also owned a piece of the Whisky. Mr. Adler and Mr. Valentine subsequently opened the Roxy Theater on Sunset Boulevard, which also became a musical mecca; Mr. Maglieri managed it for 25 years but did not have an ownership interest.

“I don’t think it was innate in him to love rock and rock ’n’ roll people,” Mr. Adler said in a telephone interview on Monday. “But being around it for all the years that he was, he just took a fatherly, grandfatherly, godfatherly feeling toward these people. He loved the kids, the great ones with the problems, like Morrison and Axl Rose.”

In addition to his son, Mr. Maglieri is survived by his wife, the former Scarlett Tribolet; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Quisling, the author, said in an interview that Mr. Maglieri was especially fond of Led Zeppelin, whose members would call ahead to get their special table at the Rainbow after their concerts at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. “They were notorious for their hard partying,” he said, “and Mario made sure they were protected from the prying eyes of the paparazzi and made sure things didn’t get too out of hand.”

Of course, he added, when things did get out of hand, Mr. Maglieri took control. The band’s drummer, John Bonham, once punched his chauffeur and some customers, and took a swing at Mr. Maglieri, who decked Bonham with a punch to the jaw.

“He felt bad that it happened,” Mr. Quisling said of Mr. Maglieri. “They were still friends until John died.”

His death was confirmed by his son Mikeal.

The Whisky was opened in 1964 by a former policeman named Elmer Valentine, who soon asked Mr. Maglieri, a friend from Chicago, to help run the club. It became a critical part of the Los Angeles rock scene.

For a time, the Doors were the house band. Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin played there. So did Led Zeppelin, the Byrds, the Who, Otis Redding, the Turtles and Neil Young. Later on came Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue and Metallica.

The Beatles demanded to visit the Whisky when they toured the United States in 1964. Jayne Mansfield and Steve McQueen were regulars. “Everybody was there,” the singer Johnny Rivers, who performed there, told Vanity Fair in 2000. “I mean, youʼd look up, and there was Cary Grant dancing.”

And one day Mr. Maglieri’s secretary alerted him to an intimidating man who was decamped in a booth, writing. “What are you doing here?” Mr. Maglieri asked the man, who turned out to be Charles Manson, according to the Vanity Fair article. “We’re closed. You can’t be here.”

“He looked at me and says, ‘I can have you killed,’” Mr. Maglieri said, after which he grabbed Mr. Manson and threw him out of the club.

The silver-haired, cigar-smoking Mr. Maglieri was more accommodating to the musicians who played at the Whisky or ate at the nearby Rainbow Bar, with its signature Italian food. He understood that some needed a free meal and others a kind word.

“To play the Whisky a Go Go was the holy grail coming up,” Nikki Sixx, the bassist for Motley Crue, told the Los Angeles radio station KLOS-FM last week. “He would talk to me. He would sit down and I’d play him our demo. He’d say, ‘Nikki, you’ve got something there.’ One day at the Whisky, he said, ‘Kid, I think you’re going to make it.’ It meant so much to me.”

But Mr. Maglieri worried that some of the musicians and other stars who came through his doors were drinking too heavily or taking too many drugs. He told The Los Angeles Times in 1993 that he had warned Jim Morrison, the lead singer of the Doors, and Joplin to straighten out, without success.

Morrison, he said, “was a good boy” who “would look at me all goofed up and say, ‘Oh, Mario, I love you.’ The reprimanding I gave him didn’t do any good.”

In the book “Straight Whisky” (2004), by Erik Quisling and Austin Williams, Mr. Maglieri is quoted as saying that Morrison exposed himself during a performance at the club. “Big deal, right?” he said. “That son of a bitch. Too bad he’s not alive. I’d give him a spanking.”

After the actor River Phoenix collapsed and died of a drug overdose in 1993 outside the Viper Room, a club on the Sunset Strip, Mr. Maglieri told The Los Angeles Times: “I’m 70 years old and I’ve never smoked a joint in my life. People ask me and I tell them, ‘Dope is for dopes.’ People want to fight me on that, I’ll fight them. I’ve seen too many lives destroyed by drugs.”

Serafina Castellano April 25th, 1919 – May 3rd, 2017

Serafina Fay Castellano April 25th, 1919 – May 3rd, 2017 – Serafina Fay Castellano, 98, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on May 3, 2017 at the Treasure Coast Hospice, Stuart.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she had been a resident of the Treasure Coast for 29 years coming from Brooklyn.

Before retiring she was an administrative assistant in both the banking and insurance industries in New York City, last employed by Chase Bank.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Stuart. . She was a member of the Moose Club for over 40 years and was Senior Regent for “The Women of the Moose” from about 1979 through 1982.

Survivors include her daughter, Annette Leyland and her husband John of Palm City; her grandchildren, Vincent Castellano, Philip Castellano Jr., James Castellano, Gina Steinbercher and her husband William, Danielle Castellano and her companion Mike and Jospeh Castellano and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Vincent James Castellano; her sons Philip Castellano and Jerome Castellano and her brothers, Michael Crimi and Salvatore Crimi.

There will be a memorial service at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City. Inurnment will be at a later date in The Cemetery of the Resurrection, Staten Island, NY.

For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997, or at 772-403-4500 or on line at

Margaret McLean October 13th, 1931 – May 3rd, 2017

Margaret M. McLean October 13th, 1931 – May 3rd, 2017 – Margaret Marie McLean, 85, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on May 3, 2017 at Solaris Healthcare Parkway.

Born in Lumberton, North Carolina, she had been a resident of Stuart for 35 years coming from Wauchula, Florida. She had been a Florida resident since 1957.

Before retiring she was a citrus grove caretaker.

Survivors include her daughters, Patricia Grey Swartz and Margaret Ann French; her sons Eddie Dean McLean and Winfred O’Dell McLean; 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Odell McLean in 2000; 2 brothers and a sister.

There will be a service at 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City, Florida. There will be another service at the Singletary Baptist Church in Lumberton, NC followed by interment in the church cemetery.

Pauline Morgan December 21, 1930 – May 3, 2017

Pauline Morgan December 21, 1930 – May 3, 2017 – Pauline Morgan was born December 21, 1930, in Columbia, Kentucky, to Ernest and Mary Golden Hoover.

She was third in a line of four girls. Her family moved to Chicago in 1948. There she met Kenneth Eugene Morgan, whom she called Gene. On Christmas night 1953, they took an overhauled car, picked up another couple and drove to Mississippi to get married.

In 1955 Gene was drafted into the army. He was sent to Germany, and Pauline followed him. She traveled alone by ship. They spent two years overseas, visiting Austria, Italy, and Holland.

In 1966 they adopted David Eugene. Pauline was a devoted homemaker and mother, often having all the kids in the neighborhood in her backyard. Later Ronnie Allen was added to their home. Pauline spent hundreds of hours tutoring Ronnie through learning difficulties. Gene and Pauline were charter members of the Wesleyan Missionary Church in Chicago. When Gene added a basement under the house, the church youth group met there often for games and snacks.

In 1983 David came to Hobe Sound to attend college. Within a year Gene and Pauline had moved down, living first in a home on Evergreen Street. After purchasing the auto shop property, they moved into their home on Shell Avenue.

David married Esther Velazquez, and they brought Marianne and Melinda into the family. Pauline adored her grandkids. Then Stefan and Chase arrived, bringing her even greater happiness.

Pauline is survived by her husband of sixty-four years, Kenneth Eugene Morgan of Hobe Sound; her children David and Esther Morgan of Hobe Sound, and Ronnie Morgan of Charleston, Illinois; her grandchildren Marianne and Brandon Mills of Hobe Sound and Melinda Morgan of Hobe sound; her great-grandchildren Stefan and Chase Mills of Hobe Sound; her sister Gracie Green of Bowling Green, Kentucky; and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves many loving friends of a lifetime.

Viewing will be on Sunday, May 7, 2017, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Hobe Sound Bible Church, 11295 SE Gomez Avenue, Hobe Sound, with a memorial service at 4:00 p.m. Interment will be a family-only service at South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, FL 34994. 772-223-5550. On-line condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

Daliah Lavi October 12, 1942 – May 3, 2017

Daliah Lavi (born Daliah Lewinbuk, Hebrew: דליה לביא‎‎; 12 October 1942 – 3 May 2017) was an Israeli actress, singer, and model. She acted in many films and sang in German.

Lavi was born in Shavei Tzion, British Mandate of Palestine. She studied ballet in Stockholm, Sweden.

Lavi first appeared in her first film Hemsöborna (1955). Returning to Israel, her career took off in 1960, when she started appearing in a large number of European and American productions. Fluent in several languages, she acted in German-, French-, Italian-, Spanish- and English-language films.

Lavi’s film appearances include Vincente Minnelli’s Two Weeks in Another Town (1962), Mario Bava’s gothic classic La Frusta e il corpo, or The Whip and the Body (1963), the role of The Girl in Lord Jim and the first Matt Helm film, The Silencers (1966), opposite Dean Martin. She also acted as ‘The Detainer/007’ in Casino Royale (1967).

Lavi was subsequently discovered by record producer Jimmy Bowien and began a successful schlager singing career in Germany, with hits such as “Oh, wann kommst du?”, “Willst du mit mir gehn?” and “C’est ça, la vie (So ist das Leben)”.

Lavi was married to Charles E. Gans. They had three sons, Rouben, Alexander and Stephen Gans, and a daughter, Kathy Rothman. They resided in Asheville, North Carolina.

Kathy Anderson March 18, 1948 – May 2, 2017

Katherine Jpyce Anderson March 18, 1948 – May 2, 2017 – Kathy was born to George Joyce and Katherine (Grier) Joyce in Englewood, NJ. Kathy spent her working career in advertising. She and her husband John owned an advertising company, Anderson Gordon, where Kathy was an Advertising Executive.

After growing up in Connecticut, Kathy moved to Traverse City, Michigan. She has maintained a winter home at the Stuart Yacht and Country Club since 1994. Kathy had many hobbies one of which was her love of tennis. Kathy was an avid tennis player and captain of the tennis team. She enjoyed reading, playing Bridge and her cats. Kathy was a loyal and generous friend and left us all better for knowing her. She will be sorely missed.

Kathy is survived by her loving sister Anne Geiger and her brother-in-law Cliff Geiger of Stuart, FL, her step-daughter Monica Hulaska (Jim) of Lansing, Michigan and many nieces and nephews. Kathy was predeceased by her husband John Anderson.

A Celebration of Life service will be held in the Stuart Chapel of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL., on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Visitation is at 10:00 am with a service beginning at 11:00 am with Pastor John Bartz officiating.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations in loving memory of Kathy can be made to American Cancer Society, 865 SE Monterey Commons Blvd., Stuart, FL 34996 or to Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 Leighton Farms Avenue, Palm City, FL.34990.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

Don Jansen November 19th, 1920 – May 2nd, 2017

Donald D. Jansen November 19th, 1920 – May 2nd, 2017 – Don Jansen was born on November 19, 1920 in Ross, Indiana and went home with the Lord on May 2, 2017, at Sandhill Cove in Palm City, Florida, where he had lived for 18 years.

He served our country in the U. S. Army in WWII, and during that time met his wife, Doris Browne Jansen, to whom he was happily married for 57 years.

Don frequently said, “I can’t believe how lucky I have been throughout my life; it’s as though whatever I did turned out good.” He was a man of integrity, an honest, hardworking, and astute businessman, who was widely known for his produce and Christmas tree businesses in Indiana.

Over the years, he and Doris also enjoyed their home on the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter, Florida, and spent summers in Chautauqua, New York.

They enriched the lives of others through generous donations to many educational and charitable causes. Don was an avid fisherman and golfer, enjoying the outdoors with a deep appreciation for God’s work and blessings through His creation. His friends remember his keen sense of humor, many fascinating and entertaining stories about life, and his commitment to giving his best in everything he did.

In addition to his wife, who died in 2002, he was pre-deceased by his parents, Percy M. Jansen and Mayme Lay Jansen and a brother, Cecil C. Jansen and is survived by his sister, Virginia Spencer, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held at Palm City Presbyterian Church, 2700 Martin Hwy, Palm City, FL 34990, on Wednesday, May 24th, at 10:00 a.m., with The Rev. Dr. William R. Stepp officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at Magnolia Cemetery in Elon College, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Sandhill Cove Foundation, Inc. (1500 SW Capri Street, Palm City, FL 34990).

Catherine A. Cothran September 25, 1946 – May 2, 2017

Catherine A. Cothran September 25, 1946 – May 2, 2017 – Catherine A. Cothran, age 70, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, May 2, 2017 at Martin Memorial South Hospital in Stuart, Florida. Catherine was born September 25, 1946 in Charleston, South Carolina to John and Athena Convertino.

In 1962, Catherine met the love of her life Anthony J. Cothran and was then married in 1967. The two then began to start a family and had three children, two sons, Anthony and John and a daughter, Catherine.

In 1979 the two moved their family to Stuart, Florida. In addition to being a mother and homemaker Catherine thoroughly enjoyed spending her time creating art in many forms, including pottery, oil painting, watercolor, and pencil.

Catherine is survived by her husband Anthony and her three children, Anthony Cothran Jr. of Stuart, Florida, John Cothran of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Catherine Nigra of Palm City, Florida; ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service at 1:00 pm on Monday, June 5, 2017 at Forest Hills Cemetery, 2001 SW Murphy Road, Palm City, Florida.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel. 772-223-5550. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.Com

Kevin Brewer September 14th, 1957 – May 1st, 2017

Kevin B. Brewer September 14th, 1957 – May 1st, 2017 – Kevin B. Brewer, 59, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on May 1, 2017 at the Treasure Coast Hospice, Harper House.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut he had been a resident of Stuart for 20 years coming from Branford, Connecticut.

He had been a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Loyal Order of Moose.

Survivors include his wife, Yvette Brewer, his children – Danielle Brewer, Sean Brewer and Joseph Ostigny – and his mother, Barbara McNeil, all of Stuart and his sister, Bambi Cernogorsky, of Miami, FL. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Brewer, and his step father, James McNeil.

Services will be held at a future time.

For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997, or at 772-403-4500 or on line at in Kevin’s memory.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City.

Elizabeth Richnafsky May 19, 1921 – May 1, 2017

Elizabeth Richnafsky May 19, 1921 – May 1, 2017 – Elizabeth Richnafsky passed away on May 1, 2017 just shy of her 96th birthday in Stuart, FL.

Born in Masontown, Pennsylvania, Ms. Richnafsky was of Catholic faith and in her younger years aspired to become a Nun.

She worked in the retail business for many years and leaves behind many loving family members and friends.

Ms. Richnafsky’s funeral service will held on May 7, 2017 at 2:00PM with Father Joseph Torretto presiding at Aycock Funeral Home, Young and Prill Chapel in Stuart

Kathleen Briggs March 1, 1940 – May 1, 2017

Kathleen Briggs March 1, 1940 – May 1, 2017 – Kathleen P. Briggs, 77, passed away on May 1, 2017 at Martin Memorial South in Stuart, FL.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Mrs. Briggs had previously lived in Illinois before relocating to the Stuart area about 22 years ago.

Prior to retirement, she worked in the insurance industry as a coder and rater; however, her most important job was being a stay at home mom to her two children, Patricia and Michael, in addition to being a loving wife to her husband, George of 57 years.

Mrs. Briggs was of Catholic faith.

She is survived by her husband, George Briggs of Stuart, FL; daughter, Patricia Briggs and her husband, Ken Regis of Stuart, FL; son, Michael Briggs of Stuart, FL; granddaughter, Dayna and her partner, Mike of Stuart, FL; brother, Edward F. Bergen Jr. of Stuart, FL and many other loving family members and friends.

A Visitation will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017 from 10:00-11:00AM with a funeral service to begin at 11:00AM. Interment will immediately follow at Fernhill Memorial Gardens, Stuart, FL.

Helge Aursland October 4, 1929 – April 30, 2016

Helge Aursland October 4, 1929 – April 30, 2016 – Helge Aursland, 87, died Sunday, April 30, 2017 surrounded by family at his home in Jensen Beach.

He is survived by his wife Journ (Hovelsaas) Aursland; his sisters, Kristina Aursland, Helga Aursland, and Liv Eldfrid Aursland Eikanger; his brother, Sverre Berge Aursland; his daughter, June Laila Aursland; his daughter, Else Anita Soffar and her husband Randy Soffar; his son Perry Stein Aursland and his wife Pam Aursland; grandchildren, Jonathan Aursland and his wife Katherine Aursland, Raven McBride, Bianca Sarcone, Shannen Soffar, and Justin Aursland; great- grandchildren, Riley Aursland and Jade Perez; and many close friends and family in the United States and Norway.

Born and raised in Skjold, Norway, the son of Eilif and Liv Aursland, and one of seven children, he moved to America in 1953 where he and his family lived in Iowa, Illinois, California, New York, New Jersey, and Florida.

Helge was a natural salesman with a contagious smile and unparalleled work ethic. At the age of 10 he would sell flowers, trees, fruit, and Christmas trees with his father at market in Haugesund. He attended Statens Gartnerskole in Oslo and at 19 he opened his own flower shop in Norway. Handsome and skilled on the dance floor, he met his wife and life-long dance partner, Jorun Hovelsaas at a dance in Oslo in 1953. A nurse’s aide at the time, Jorun said to her sister that night, “I’m going to marry that man”. The next day without a number to reach her by, Helge called every hospital in the area until he found her. They would have celebrated their 64th anniversary this October.

After moving to the United States, he worked on a farm in Estherville, Iowa, at the world’s largest flower shop in Chicago, Illinois, tried his hand at carpentry in San Pedro, California, sold cars in Norway and New York, and worked as a bowling alley manager for Brunswick Corporation. While working for Brunswick Corporation, he won first prize in a bowling tournament against 1,200 participants. This competitive nature carried over to success for Helge in all of his endeavors. In 1965, he found his professional home selling life insurance for Sons of Norway, a fraternal organization in which he became very active. He headed the Sons Norway 17th of May Committee, was President of Brooklyn Lodge and Norrona Lodge, a member of Gulfstream Lodge, a member of the exclusive Million Dollar Round Table Club, was Salesman of the Year for 1965, 1966, and 1972, was Manager of the Year for 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1971, and sold life insurance for over 50 years. Aside from the brotherhood he found through Sons of Norway, Helge was also a Freemason.

Helge was not only an excellent provider, but a wonderful husband and beloved father, grandfather, great- grandfather, sibling, and friend. He was supportive and encouraging of all of his childrens’ dreams. His greatest joy was his family and he shone with pride when talking about his grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Quick to smile and laugh, he could often be found doing yard work, watching golf, or enjoying his love for water while collecting shells at the beach.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. May 8th at Aycock Funeral Home of Jensen Beach.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.

Luis Olmo August 11, 1919 – April 28, 2017

Luis Olmo (August 11, 1919 – April 28, 2017) was a major league baseball outfielder and right-handed batter. Olmo played in the majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1943–45, 1949) and Boston Braves (1950–51).

Olmo (birth name: Luis Francisco Rodríguez Olmo) was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. He began his professional career in 1938 with the Criollos de Caguas of the Puerto Rican Winter League. In 1939, Olmo signed with the Richmond Colts of the Piedmont League and was assigned to the Tarboro Goobers and later the Wilson Tobs of the Coastal Plain League. The Dodgers acquired Olmo from Richmond in 1942 and assigned him to the Montreal Royals after spring training.

Brooklyn called Olmo up to the major leagues in July 1943 and he debuted with the Dodgers on July 18, 1943. In 57 games, he batted .303 with four home runs and 37 RBI. He gained regular status in the next season, batting .258 with nine home runs and 85 RBI in 136 games.

On May 18, 1945, Olmo became the second player (Del Bissonette on April 21, 1930 was the first) in Major League history to hit a bases-loaded triple and a bases-loaded home run (grand slam) in the same game. He added a single for good measure, only failing to hit a double to complete the cycle. In that season, he led the league in triples (13) and reached career-high numbers in batting average (.313), home runs (10), RBI (110), doubles (27), stolen bases (15) and games (141).

In the 1949 World Series against the Yankees, Olmo became the first Puerto Rican to play in a World Series, as well as hit a home run and get three hits in a Series game. After two seasons, he was dealt to the Braves. He retired at the end of the 1951 season.

In a six-year career, Olmo batted .281 (458-for-1629) with 29 home runs, 208 runs, 65 doubles, 25 triples, and 33 stolen bases in 462 games.

Olmo was elected to the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame on February 6, 2004. His baseball career was featured in a 2008 American documentary titled “Beisbol”, directed by Alan Swyer and narrated by Esai Morales, which covered the early influences and contributions of Hispanics in the game. The City of Arecibo honored Olmo by naming a stadium after him.

Olmo had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for more than a year. Olmo, who suffered from the complications of double pneumonia, died on April 28, 2017 in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Peter Spier born June 6, 1927 – April 27, 2017

Peter Spier (born June 6, 1927) was a Dutch-born American illustrator and writer who created more than thirty children’s books.

Spier was born in Amsterdam, North Holland, and grew up in Broek in Waterland, the son of Jo Spier, a popular artist and illustrator, and Tineke van Raalte. His father Spier was Jewish and, during the Second World War, Peter was one of nine prisoners of Villa Bouchina and was later in Theresienstadt. After the war he studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and joined the Royal Netherlands Navy for four years. The entire Spier family emigrated to the United States in 1950. Spier started his career as a commercial artist for advertising agencies and only later focused on writing and illustrating children’s books.

Like other children’s illustrators such as Beatrix Potter or Christopher Wormell, Peter Spier demonstrates his talent and skills as an artist/illustrator using pen, ink and watercolour on paper. Many of Spier’s illustrations are extremely detailed and historically accurate. Close examination will often yield a humorous scene not readily apparent at first glance the finding of which often delights readers of all ages.

Thomas Forkner June 14, 1918 – April 26, 2017

Thomas Forkner (June 14, 1918 – April 26, 2017) was an American businessman, lawyer, and notable senior golfer. He was a co-founder of restaurant chain Waffle House, which as of February 5, 2009 consisted of 1,553 restaurants.

Born in Hawkinsville, Georgia on June 14, 1918, Tom Forkner was the fifth of seven children of Ben and Bessie Forkner; his siblings include Louise, Lawrence, Catherine, Ben, John, and William. Forkner graduated Young Harris Junior College before getting a law degree from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law. The son of a real estate agent, he practiced law until called to serve in World War II. After his return, he took over his father’s real estate firm, working in Avondale Estates, Georgia. In the 1940s, he married wife Martha, with whom he shares three children. As of 2007, he lived in Duluth, Georgia. Forkner died on April 27, 2017 at the age of 98.

In 1949, Forkner sold a home to Joe Rogers, Sr. Inspired by the emergence of fast food chains like McDonald’s, Rogers, who was a regional manager of the Toddle House chain of diners in Memphis, Tennessee, proposed that he and Forkner go into business together for a quick-service, sit-down restaurant. Forkner suggested a Toddle House, but Rogers felt the chain wasn’t proper for the market. After Forkner secured the property, the pair developed the concept of the Waffle House together; Forkner proposed naming it after the most expensive item on the menu to promote it, while Rogers suggested keeping a 24-hour schedule. The first Waffle House opened in Avondale in 1955. Over the next several years, the pair expanded the chain, beginning to offer franchises after 1960. As of 2005, Forkner and Rogers, though having passed the helm of the company to Joe Rogers, Jr. in 1973, still worked for the company occasionally, including on major holidays. In 2007, Forkner was still visiting his office daily.

Jonathan Demme February 22, 1944 – April 26, 2017

Robert Jonathan Demme (/ˈdɛmi/ DEM-ee; February 22, 1944 – April 26, 2017) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He rose to prominence in the 1980s with his comedy films Melvin and Howard (1980), Swing Shift (1984), Something Wild (1986), and Married to the Mob (1988). He became best known for directing The Silence of the Lambs (1991), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director. He later directed the acclaimed films Philadelphia (1993) and Rachel Getting Married (2008).

Demme was born on February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, New York, the son of Dorothy Louise (née Rogers) and Robert Eugene Demme, a public relations executive. He graduated from Southwest Miami High School and the University of Florida

Demme broke into feature film working for exploitation film producer Roger Corman early in his career, co-writing and producing Angels Hard as They Come (1971), a motorcycle movie very loosely based on Rashomon, and The Hot Box (1972). He then moved on to directing three films for Corman’s studio New World Pictures: Caged Heat (1974), Crazy Mama (1975), and Fighting Mad (1976). After Fighting Mad, Demme directed the comedy film Handle with Care (originally titled Citizens Band, 1977) for Paramount Pictures. The film was well received by critics, but received little promotion, and performed poorly at the box office.

Demme’s next film, Melvin and Howard (1980), did not get a wide release, but received a groundswell of critical acclaim, and led to the signing of Demme to direct the Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell star vehicle Swing Shift (1984). Intended as a prestige picture for Warner Bros. as well as a major commercial vehicle for Demme, it instead became a troubled production due to the conflicting visions of Demme and star Hawn. Demme ended up renouncing the finished product, and when the film was released in May 1984, it was generally panned by critics and neglected by moviegoers. After Swing Shift, Demme stepped back from Hollywood to make the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense (also 1984) which won the National Society of Film Critics Award for best documentary; the eclectic screwball action-romantic comedy Something Wild (1986); a film-version of the stage production Swimming to Cambodia (1987), by monologist Spalding Gray; and the New York Mafia-by-way-of Downtown comedy Married to the Mob.

Demme formed his production company, Clinica Estetico, with producers Edward Saxon and Peter Saraf in 1987. They were based out of New York City for fifteen years.

Demme won the Academy Award for The Silence of the Lambs (1991)—one of only three films to win all the major categories (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress). Inspired by his friend Juan Suárez Botas’s illness with AIDS and fueled by his own moral convictions, Demme then used his influence to make Philadelphia (1993), one of the first major films to address the AIDS crisis and which garnered star Tom Hanks his first Best Actor Oscar. He also co-directed (with his nephew Ted) the music video for Bruce Springsteen’s Best Song Oscar-winning “Streets of Philadelphia” from the film’s soundtrack.

Subsequently, his films included an adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1998), and remakes of two films from the 1960s: The Truth About Charlie (2002), based on Charade, that starred Mark Wahlberg in the Cary Grant role; and The Manchurian Candidate (2004), with Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep. Demme’s documentary film Man from Plains (2007), a documentary about former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s promotional tour publicizing his book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.

His art-house hit Rachel Getting Married (2008) was compared by many critics to Demme’s films of the late 1970s and 1980s. It was included in many 2008 “best of” lists, and received numerous awards and nominations, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress by lead Anne Hathaway. In 2010, Demme made his first foray into theater, directing Family Week, a play by Beth Henley. The play was produced by MCC Theater and co-starred Rosemarie DeWitt and Sarah Jones.

At one time, Demme was signed on to direct, produce, and write an adaptation of Stephen King’s sci-fi novel 11/22/63, but later left due to disagreements with King on what should be included in the script.

He returned to the concert documentary format with Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids (2016), which he described as a “performance film, but also a portrait of an artist at a certain moment in the arc of his career”, and his last project was a history of rock & roll for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame compiled from footage from Hall of Fame induction ceremonies set to debut in summer 2017.

Demme directed music videos for artists such as Suburban Lawns, New Order, KRS-One’s H.E.A.L. project and Bruce Springsteen. He also produced a compilation of Haitian music called Konbit: Burning Rhythms of Haiti that was released in 1989. (Lou Reed selected Konbit… as one of his ‘picks of 1989’).

Demme was on the board of directors at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York. In addition to his role on the board, he curated and hosted a monthly series called “Rarely Seen Cinema”.

Demme had three children by two marriages: Ramona, Brooklyn, and Jos. He was the uncle of film director Ted Demme, who died in 2002. During the 1980s, Demme had a brief romantic relationship with rock singer Belinda Carlisle, who appeared in his movie Swing Shift.

Demme was a member of the steering committee of the Friends of the Apollo Theater in Oberlin, Ohio, along with Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman. In 2013, he returned to Oberlin as part of an alumni reunion during the class of 2013 graduation ceremony and received the award for Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts.

On the morning of April 26, 2017, Demme died at the age of 73 in Manhattan, New York due to complications from esophageal cancer and heart disease.

Katherine Neumann April 14th, 1928 – April 25th, 2017

Katherine A. Neumann April 14th, 1928 – April 25th, 2017 – Katherine A. (Ledbetter) Neumann, age 89, of Palm City, Florida passed away Tuesday, April 25 surrounded by her family.

Born in Troy, New York, she had resided in Florida for the past 30 years. Prior to settling in Florida, she lived in Schenectady, New York and Marblehead, Massachusetts where she and her husband Michael were avid boaters. She was a resident of Whispering Sound, Palm City for the last 18 years and was active there in Bridge, Women’s Club, and the Red Hats. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Church and Women’s Guild in Palm City.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years in 2015, and by her son Michael III and siblings James and Ann. Survivors include her remaining eight children, Dorothy Bousquet (Paul) of Palm City; Diane Peluso (Phil) of San Marcos, CA; Susan Such (Ron) of Camden, ME; James Neumann of Danvers, MA; Robert Neumann of Whitman, MA; Kevin Neumann (Carol) of Marblehead, MA; Mary Farrelly (Patrick) of Palm Bay, FL; Katie Neumann of Stuart; 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; and siblings Walter and Sandra.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Martin Health Foundation, 200 Hospital Avenue, Stuart, Florida 34994

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Friday, August 28, 2016 at the Forest Hills Funeral Homes Palm City, FL with a Vigil Prayer Service at 5:30 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Palm City.

Nicholas Sand May 10, 1941 – April 24, 2017

Nicholas Sand (May 10, 1941 – April 24, 2017) was a cult figure known in the psychedelic community for his work as a clandestine chemist from 1966-1996 for the Brotherhood of Eternal Love. Sand was part of the League for Spiritual Discovery at the Millbrook estate in New York, has been credited as the “first underground chemist on record to have synthesized DMT” and is known for manufacturing large amounts of LSD

Nicholas Sand was born on Brooklyn, New York City on May 10, 1941. His father was Clarence Hiskey, a researcher in the Manhattan Project’s Metallurgical Laboratory who attempted to spy for the Soviet Union. After his parents divorced, Sand took his mother’s maiden name.

Sand graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in 1959 and then spent a year working on a kibbutz in Israel. He graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in anthropology and sociology in 1966.

Sand became interested in the teachings of George Gurdjieff, the study of different cultures, and various Eastern philosophers. In 1961, he had his first mescaline experience. Shortly after graduating from college, Sand followed Leary and Alpert to Millbrook and became a guide to the psychedelic realm for many of the people who came to Millbrook. During this time Sand also began synthesizing DMT in his bathtub, and he is credited with being the first to discover that it was active when volatized (smoked).

Sand later started a perfume company as a front for the production of mescaline and DMT.

Nick Sand and David L. Mantell were arrested on April 1, 1967 when their truck failed to stop at the Dinosaur, Colorado Port of Entry. The truck was eventually searched and federal agents reportedly found 313,000 doses of LSD and a laboratory-on-wheels.

In 1967 Sand was introduced to fellow chemist Tim Scully, who trained under Owsley Stanley until Stanley’s legal troubles in December 1967.

In December 1968 Sand purchased a secluded farmhouse in Windsor, California, at that time a small town in rural Sonoma County. There he and Scully set up a large LSD lab. Here they produced over 3.6 million tablets of LSD that was distributed under the name “orange sunshine”

A joint state, federal and local strike force called “Operation BEL” was assembled in early 1972. On August 3, 1972 the Orange County, California Grand Jury returned an indictment against 29 alleged members of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, including Nick Sand; the indictment was primarily aimed at the hashish smuggling arm of the Brotherhood.

The investigation continued and on December 6, 1972 the Orange County, California Grand Jury returned another indictment, this time aimed primarily against the Brotherhood of Eternal Love’s “orange sunshine” LSD system; Nick Sand was included in that indictment too.

On January 19, 1973 “Leland H. Jordan” (later identified as Nick Sand) and Judy Neal Shaughnessy were arrested on drug charges by Kirkwood, MO police, shortly after they arrived from San Francisco. Their residence at 425 North Highway 21 in Fenton, MO, an elaborate hilltop home on 18 acres of land, had been found to contain hundreds of gallons of chemicals and elaborate laboratory equipment

On April 25, 1973, Nicholas Sand, Tim Scully, Michael Randall, and four other major figures in the LSD operation were indicted by a Federal grand jury in San Francisco, California.

On January 30, 1974 Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully were found guilty partially due to the testimony of Billy Hitchcock and other “snitches”. On March 8, 1974 Sand was sentenced to 15 years in a federal penitentiary.

The defense presented at his trial claimed that the defendants had made ALD-52 instead of LSD-25

Sand’s attorney appealed his conviction, based on four technical legal issues: pre-indictment delay, refusal to suppress bank records, lack of a taint hearing and use of Swiss Bank Records. The appeal was denied by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on September 13, 1976 and rehearing was denied October 8, 1976.

LSD chemist William Leonard Pickard contributed to Sand’s legal defense fund.

Nicholas Sand fled to Canada in 1976, evading imprisonment. LSD historian Mark McCloud reports that Sand then traveled to the ashram of so-called “sex guru” Rajneesh in west India. Sand eventually returned to North America, again producing large quantities of LSD. Sand was arrested for drug manufacturing in 1990 in British Columbia, but as he was living under an alias, police did not determine his identity and Sand fled while on bail.

Sand was arrested again in 1996 in Canada. Refusing to cooperate with the police, it took forensic investigators two months to determine Sand’s real identity. Police found 43 grams of crystalline LSD at Sand’s lab, approximately 430,000 doses of LSD. The bust also uncovered large quantities of DMT, 2C-B, MDMA, and $500,000 worth of cash and gold. LSD historian Jesse Jarnow suggests that Sand’s arrest was a factor leading to the turn-of-the-century decline in availability of LSD in the United States

Sand died of a heart attack in his sleep at his home in Lagunitas, California on April 24, 2017 at the age of 75.

Don Gordon November 13, 1926 – April 24, 2017

Don Gordon (November 13, 1926 – April 24, 2017) was an American film and television actor, who was sometimes billed as Donald Gordon.

His television successes began with a starring role in the 1960–1961 syndicated series The Blue Angels, based on the elite precision flight demonstration pilots of the United States Navy Blue Angels. In 1962, Gordon was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Joey Tassili on CBS’s legal drama, The Defenders, starring E.G. Marshall. During 1977–1978, he co-starred in the short-lived television show Lucan.

His most notable film roles were those in which he appeared alongside his friend Steve McQueen: Bullitt, Papillon and The Towering Inferno.

Gordon appeared in the 1959 episode “In a Deadly Fashion” of the syndicated television series Border Patrol, starring Richard Webb. He also guest starred in John Bromfield’s syndicated crime drama, U.S. Marshal.

Another early appearance from Gordon was in a memorable supporting role in CBS’s The Twilight Zone episodes “The Four of Us Are Dying” and “The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross.”

During 1959 and 1960, he had twice guest starred on McQueen’s CBS western series, Wanted: Dead or Alive.

In 1962, Gordon appeared in “The Ginny Littlesmith Story” of ABC’s The Untouchables. ‘ In 1963, Gordon appeared in the episode “Without Wheat, There is No Bread” of the CBS anthology series, The Lloyd Bridges Show. That same year, he appeared on NBC’s medical drama, The Eleventh Hour. In the 1963–64 season, he played a soldier returning from South Vietnam in the ABC drama, Channing, set on the fictitious Channing College campus and co-starring Jason Evers and Henry Jones.

Still another 1963 performance was as Quinn Serrato, with Harry Dean Stanton as Nick Crider and William Schallert as Sully Mason, in the episode “Nobody Dies on Saturday” of the NBC modern western series, Empire, starring Richard Egan as the New Mexico rancher Jim Redigo.

He appeared in two episodes of The Outer Limits entitled “The Invisibles” and “Second Chance.”

In 1964, Gordon appeared as deputy sheriff Morgan Fallon in “Tug Of War” an episode of David Janssen’s The Fugitive series, along with Arthur O’Connell.

In 1967, Gordon appeared as Charlie Gilman in “The Trial”, an episode in the second season of “The Invaders” series, along with Harold Gould, Russell Johnson and Lynda Day George. He also was cast in an episode of Robert Conrad’s The Wild, Wild West fantasy western on CBS.

In 1974, he played a former convict, who is murdered by the character played by Dick Van Dyke in the Columbo episode “Negative Reaction”, starring Peter Falk. He also played the U.S. Navy diving expert brother of Seaview crewman Kowalski in the Voyage to the Botton of the Sea episode “Deadly Waters.”

In 1983, Gordon appeared on CBS’s The Dukes Of Hazzard as hit man Frank Scanlon, in the sixth season episode “Enos’ Last Chance”.

Kenny Sears August 17, 1933 – April 23, 2017
Kenneth Robert Sears (August 17, 1933 – April 23, 2017) was an American professional basketball player. He holds the distinction of being the first basketball player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, appearing on the December 20, 1954 issue.

A 6’9″ forward from Santa Clara University, Sears played eight seasons (1955–1961, 1962–1964) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the New York Knicks and San Francisco Warriors. He averaged 13.9 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game in his NBA career, appearing as an NBA All-Star in 1958 and 1959. Sears also led the NBA in field goal percentage twice (1959, 1960).

Sears spent the 1961–62 basketball season in the short-lived American Basketball League.

Mary Borgen March 3rd, 1923 – April 23rd, 2017

Mary E. Borgen March 3rd, 1923 – April 23rd, 2017 – Mary E. Borgen, 94, of Stuart, passed away April 23, 2017 at her residence. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and had been a resident of Stuart since 1964. She was a Medical Assistant at Stuart Orthopedics Office. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palm City.

Mary loved spending time with her family, taking care of babies, and gardening, especially her Orchids and African Violets. She was a volunteer at Martin Medical Center after retirement.

She is survived by her husband of 74 years, John A. Borgen of Stuart; daughters, Janet Cassidy of Jupiter, Linda Mace of Stuart, Joan Eubank and her husband Harvey of Stuart and Nancy Barkheimer and her husband Tom of Hobe Sound; granddaughters, Karen Francis and her husband Charles of Jupiter and Jenna Barkheimer of Hobe Sound; grandsons, Kevin Cassidy of Fort Lauderdale and Ryan Barkheimer of Alabama; and great grandsons, Chris, Nick and Jack Francis all of Jupiter. She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Charles Mace.

Visitation: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City Chapel.
Funeral Service: 12:00 PM, immediately following visitation.
Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997 or online:, in Mary’s memory.

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Kate O’Beirne September 23, 1949 – April 23, 2017

Kate Walsh O’Beirne (September 23, 1949 – April 23, 2017, born Kate Walsh) was Washington editor of National Review. Her column, “Bread and Circuses,” covered Congress, politics, and U.S. domestic policy.

O’Beirne was a regular contributor on CNN’s Saturday night political roundtable program, The Capital Gang, along with Al Hunt, Mark Shields, Robert Novak, and Margaret Carlson. O’Beirne and Novak typically argued the conservative viewpoint, while Hunt, Shields, and Carlson provided the liberal viewpoint. She also served as a substitute host on CNN’s Crossfire, as well as a commentator for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She was lastly a political analyst for MSNBC’s Hardball.

Born Kate Walsh, she was raised in a traditional Irish Catholic family in Manhasset, New York. After graduating from high school in 1967, she attended Good Counsel College majoring in English and journalism, but took a leave of absence to work on the successful 1970 U.S. Senate campaign of Conservative Party of New York member James Buckley. She returned to his office as an aide after graduation.

In 1976, she graduated from St. John’s University School of Law, and in the same year married James O’Beirne, an infantry officer in the United States Army (now White House liaison to the Pentagon). For the next ten years, she traveled with him and raised their two sons.

In 1986, the family moved to Washington, D.C., and she served as deputy assistant secretary for legislation at the Department of Health and Human Services until 1988. She moved on to become deputy director of domestic-policy studies at the Heritage Foundation, where she supervised studies in the area of health care, welfare, education, and housing. She later became vice president of government relations, responsible for keeping Washington policymakers abreast of Heritage proposals and research findings in all areas of the Foundation’s study, while serving as a contributing editor for National Review.

In 1992, President of the United States George H. W. Bush named her to the Presidential Commission on Women in the Armed Forces.

In 1995, she began work as part-time contributing editor for National Review, but was soon appointed Washington editor. Her work on the magazine led to her invitation to join The Capital Gang, and from there her other work in television.

She received an honorary degree from St. John’s University in 1997.

She was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016 and died April 23, 2017.

Renate Wisoker October 14, 1941 – April 22, 2017

Renate Wisoker October 14, 1941 – April 22, 2017 – Renate (Pfleger) Wisoker, 75, peacefully passed away at home on April 22, 2017.

A resident of Hobe Sound since 1988, Renate made homes for her family all over the country after coming to America in 1960. With a talent and passion for sewing and fabrics, color and design, her beautiful upholstery adorns many homes in the Treasure Coast area. Renate, also known as Renee or Reni, loved dancing and tending her garden, and was an avid mystery reader.

Renate lived a life of dignity, compassion, kindness, and strength.

She leaves behind her loving family: son Steven H. Wisoker; daughters Tanya W. Conley, Suzanne Wisoker, and Leona R. Wisoker; grandchildren Elena, Harry, Ben, Sam, Evan, Morgan, Marisa, and Kristie; and great-grandchildren Mikayla, Chase, Kyler, and Scarlet. Many dear cousins, nieces, nephews and beloved friends mourn her loss.

Renate was predeceased by her former husband, Stephen H. Wisoker.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, May 5 from 11:00AM-1:00PM with a memorial service to begin at 11:30AM at Aycock Funeral Home Young & Prill Chapel in Stuart.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to the Nature Conservancy.

Erin Moran October 18, 1960 – April 22, 2017

Erin Marie Moran (October 18, 1960 – April 22, 2017) was an American actress, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi.

Moran was cast as Jenny Jones in the television series Daktari, which ran from 1966 to 1969. In 1968, she made her feature-film debut in How Sweet It Is! with Debbie Reynolds. She appeared in 80 Steps to Jonah (1969) and Watermelon Man (1970). She made regular appearances on The Don Rickles Show in 1972. She made guest appearances in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, My Three Sons, Bearcats! and Family Affair. As a young child, she was also on the television series Gunsmoke.

In 1974, Moran was cast to play her best known role, Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days. She played the feisty younger sister of Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard). Moran continued the role in 1982 in the short-lived spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi, alongside Scott Baio. She won the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a New Television Series for her role. After Joanie Loves Chachi’s cancellation in 1983, she returned to Happy Days for its final season.

Moran has made several other television guest appearances, including The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and Diagnosis: Murder.

In 2007, she made an appearance in the independent comedy feature Not Another B Movie.

In 2008, she was a contestant on VH1’s reality show Celebrity Fit Club.

In 2013, despite reports that she would be reunited with former Happy Days co-stars Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, and Scott Baio in the fourth season of Arrested Development, she did not appear in the revamped Netflix series.

On April 19, 2011, Moran and three of her Happy Days co-stars, Don Most, Anson Williams and Marion Ross, plus the estate of Tom Bosley, who died in 2010, filed a US$10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against CBS, which owns the show.

The suit claimed that cast members had not been paid for merchandising revenues owed under their contracts. Revenues included those from show-related items such as comic books, T-shirts, scrapbooks, trading cards, games, lunch boxes, dolls, toy cars, magnets, greeting cards and DVDs where cast members’ images appear on the box covers. Under the actors’ contracts, they were supposed to be paid five percent from the net proceeds of merchandising if a single actor’s image was used, and half that amount if the cast members were pictured in a group. CBS said it owed the actors US$8,500 and US$9,000 each, most of it from slot machine revenues, but the group said they were owed millions. The lawsuit was initiated after Ross was informed by a friend playing slots at a casino of a “Happy Days” machine on which players win the jackpot when five Marion Rosses are rolled.

In October 2011, a judge rejected the group’s fraud claim, which eliminated the possibility of millions of dollars in potential damages. On June 5, 2012, a judge denied a motion to dismiss filed by CBS, which meant the case would go to trial on July 17 if it was not settled by then. In July 2012, the actors settled their lawsuit with CBS. Each received a payment of US$65,000 and a promise by CBS to continue honoring the terms of their contracts.

In 1987, Moran married Rocky Ferguson; they divorced in 1993. In 1993, she married Steven Fleischmann.

After Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi were canceled, Moran moved from Los Angeles to the California mountains and revealed in a 1988 interview that she suffered from depression and was unable to gain acting roles. Moran confirmed news reports that her California home was foreclosed on in 2010, following media claims that she was also served eviction papers and moved into her mother-in-law’s trailer home in Indiana. In 2017, Variety magazine said she “had fallen on hard times in recent years. She was reportedly kicked out of her trailer park home in Indiana because of her hard-partying ways”.

On April 22, 2017, authorities were alerted to an unresponsive female, later identified as Moran, in Corydon, Indiana. She was pronounced dead, aged 56.

Cuba Gooding Sr. April 27, 1944 – April 20, 2017

Cuba Gooding Sr. (April 27, 1944 – April 20, 2017) was an American singer and actor. He was the lead singer of the soul group The Main Ingredient, most notable for its two biggest hits, “Everybody Plays the Fool” (1972) and “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” (1974).

He had a brief solo career on Motown Records during the late 1970s and early 1980s. His biggest international success was Brian Auger’s “Happiness Is Just Around the Bend” in 1983, which has in recent times been sampled by several R&B artists, as well as hitting the charts again as a remix by UK Hardcore Rave group Altern-8 in 1991. In the same year, samples from the song also featured prominently in Bizarre Inc’s single “Playing With Knives”.

Born in New York City, Gooding was a son of Dudley MacDonald Gooding and his wife Addie Alston. The elder Gooding was a native of Barbados who fled the island in 1936 to Cuba, and met and married a woman there. When she was murdered because of their affiliation with Pan Africanist leader Marcus Garvey, Dudley Gooding promised his wife on her deathbed that he would name his first son Cuba. His father died when Cuba was 11 years old.

Gooding and his wife, singer Shirley Gooding (née Sullivan) had four children: actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Omar Gooding, April Gooding and musician Tommy Gooding. Gooding Sr. later became a minor actor himself. Gooding Sr. separated from his wife in 1974. In 1995, the Goodings remarried, some 21 years after having separated and divorced.

Gooding released a single called “Politics” in September 2007. He was also developing a film project called Everybody Plays the Fool: The Cuba Gooding Story. The film highlights three generations of the Gooding Family: Dudley “Cuba” Gooding, Cuba Gooding Sr., Cuba Gooding Jr. and Omar Gooding.

On the Boat Trip DVD trivia track, it was stated that he was going to appear in the 2003 romantic-comedy The Fighting Temptations, which stars his son Cuba Gooding Jr., but he is not in the movie.

Gooding appeared on the Beach Music Super Collaboration CD, performing the Charles Wallert composition, “Meant To Be In Love”. This led to the duo’s project, “Never Give Up” (Bluewater Recordings), which debuted at the 2009 presidential inauguration.

On April 20, 2017, one week before his 73rd birthday, Gooding was found dead in his vehicle while parked on a street in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. CPR was performed by the fire department, but they were unable to revive him. Police believe he died from a suspected drug overdose.

Lolly Anderson April 26th, 1930 – April 21st, 2017

Charlotte H. Anderson April 26th, 1930 – April 21st, 2017 – Charlotte Horgan Anderson, 86, of Palm City, Florida and Barrington, Rhode Island, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017 while in hospice care in Stuart, FL.

Born in Newport, RI she had been a seasonal and permanent resident of Harbour Ridge for 25 years.

Better known as “Lolly”, she was an avid golfer, tennis player, skier, and lover of life in all its expressions. She took great pleasure in gardening, bridge and ‘cutting the rug’ with husband Bill, her favorite partner. An exceptional homemaker, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, she never failed to bring a beautiful smile and warm spirit to every encounter.

Throughout the years, she dedicated her energies to a variety of clubs and organizations including the Junior League of Providence, the Handicraft Club, and the Alumni Association of Wheeler School. She was the past-president of the Rhode Island Women’s Golf Association and a director of the New England Women’s Golf Association. She belonged to Rhode Island Country Club and Harbor Ridge Country Club, where she played countless rounds of golf over more than 60 years. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Palm City and St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Barrington, RI.

Survivors include the love of her life and husband of 65 years, William B. Anderson; her daughters, Charlotte Kollar and her husband David of Palm City, FL, Christine Anderson of Bristol, RI and Kimberly Couchon and her husband Mark of Tiverton, RI; her brother, Patrick Horgan and his wife Mary of Deerfield Beach, FL and Newport, RI, her grandchildren, Hans Heitkoenig, Carl Heitkoenig, Sage Santmier, Alexandra Kollar and Riggs Kollar, 6 nieces and 8 nephews She was preceded in death by her sister Marie H. Bove, and her beloved parents, Harry Redmond Horgan and Charlotte Collins Horgan of Newport.

There will be a memorial service at the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City, FL on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. and a Mass of Remembrance at St. Luke’s Church in Barrington, RI this summer.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Lolly’s memory to one of her favorite organizations: Shake-A-Leg Foundation, 2620 S. Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133, or The Wheeler School Alumni Association., 216 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906.

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Stephanie Di Gioia March 2, 1927 – April 21, 2017

Stephanie Di Gioia March 2, 1927 – April 21, 2017 – Stephanie Di Gioia, 90, of Stuart, FL., passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was born to Michael Stapinski and Zofia (Wrzos) Stapinski, in Jersey City, NJ. Stephanie was a devoted wife to her husband who passed away 46 years ago and she and her daughter Diane remained very close because of their early loss.

Stephanie enjoyed to interior decorating, shopping and cooking. She was of the Roman Catholic faith.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Diane Myskowski and son-in-law Tony Myskowski of Palm City, FL and her three grandsons, Anthony of Kenniwick, Wahington, Matthew of Palm City, FL and Eric of Palm City, FL; and her brother William Stapinski of Jersey City, NJ.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017, at 11:00 am with Father Jack Barrow officiating at the Stuart Chapel of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL.

Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart Chapel. 772-223-5550.

Terry Wilkes, Jr. August 26, 1969 – April 21, 2017

Terry Neal Wilkes, Jr. August 26, 1969 – April 21, 2017 – Terry Neal Wilkes, Jr. 47, of Indiantown, Florida passed away suddenly on Friday, April 21, 2017. He was born August 26, 1969 in Pahokee, Florida to Terry Neal and Donna (Smith) Wilkes.

He is survived by his parents Terry and Donna Wilkes;, his sister, Tera Wilkes Riva, of Indiantown and his nephew Ty Riva; his two aunts, Carolyn Lawrence, of Indiantown, and Andrea Phillips (Don) of Crystal River, Florida, his uncle, Frank Wilkes, of Indiantown,

A celebration of Terry’s life will take place on Thursday, April 27th at Timer Powers Park Arena 14100 SW Citrus Blvd, in Indiantown, FL from 4-6 PM with the service to begin at 6 PM with Pastor Bruce Butler, officiating.

In Lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up “Terry Wilkes Jr. Memorial Fund”, Memorial Contributions may be made to Martin County Firefighters and Paramedics Local 2959, 2680 Willoughby Blvd. Stuart, FL. 34994 in his memory.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted in care to Martin Funeral Home, Stuart Chapel. 772-223-5550. On line condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting


“Chuck” Berry October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017

Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.

Born into a middle-class African-American family in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School. While still a high school student he was convicted of armed robbery and was sent to a reformatory, where he was held from 1944 to 1947. After his release, Berry settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant. By early 1953, influenced by the guitar riffs and showmanship techniques of the blues musician T-Bone Walker, Berry began performing with the Johnnie Johnson Trio. His break came when he traveled to Chicago in May 1955 and met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess, of Chess Records. With Chess he recorded “Maybellene”—Berry’s adaptation of the country song “Ida Red”—which sold over a million copies, reaching number one on Billboard magazine’s rhythm and blues chart. By the end of the 1950s, Berry was an established star with several hit records and film appearances and a lucrative touring career. He had also established his own St. Louis nightclub, Berry’s Club Bandstand. But in January 1962, he was sentenced to three years in prison for offenses under the Mann Act—he had transported a 14-year-old girl across state lines.

After his release in 1963, Berry had several more hits, including “No Particular Place to Go”, “You Never Can Tell”, and “Nadine”. But these did not achieve the same success, or lasting impact, of his 1950s songs, and by the 1970s he was more in demand as a nostalgic performer, playing his past hits with local backup bands of variable quality. His insistence on being paid in cash led in 1979 to a four month jail sentence and community service, for tax evasion.

Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986; he was cited for having “laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.” Berry is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine’s “greatest of all time” lists; he was ranked fifth on its 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll includes three of Berry’s: “Johnny B. Goode”, “Maybellene”, and “Rock and Roll Music”. Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” is the only rock-and-roll song included on the Voyager Golden Record.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry was the fourth child in a family of six. He grew up in the north St. Louis neighborhood known as The Ville, an area where many middle-class people lived at the time. His father, Henry, was a contractor and deacon of a nearby Baptist church; his mother, Martha, was a certified public school principal. His upbringing allowed him to pursue his interest in music from an early age. He gave his first public performance in 1941 while still a student at Sumner High School.

In 1944, while still a student at Sumner High School, he was arrested for armed robbery after robbing three shops in Kansas City, Missouri, and then stealing a car at gunpoint with some friends. Berry’s account in his autobiography is that his car broke down and he flagged down a passing car and stole it at gunpoint with a nonfunctional pistol. He was convicted and sent to the Intermediate Reformatory for Young Men at Algoa, near Jefferson City, Missouri, where he formed a singing quartet and did some boxing. The singing group became competent enough that the authorities allowed it to perform outside the detention facility. Berry was released from the reformatory on his 21st birthday in 1947.

On October 28, 1948, Berry married Themetta “Toddy” Suggs, who gave birth to Darlin Ingrid Berry on October 3, 1950. Berry supported his family by taking various jobs in St. Louis, working briefly as a factory worker at two automobile assembly plants and as a janitor in the apartment building where he and his wife lived. Afterwards he trained as a beautician at the Poro College of Cosmetology, founded by Annie Turnbo Malone. He was doing well enough by 1950 to buy a “small three room brick cottage with a bath” on Whittier Street, which is now listed as the Chuck Berry House on the National Register of Historic Places.

By the early 1950s, Berry was working with local bands in clubs in St. Louis as an extra source of income. He had been playing blues since his teens, and he borrowed both guitar riffs and showmanship techniques from the blues musician T-Bone Walker. He also took guitar lessons from his friend Ira Harris, which laid the foundation for his guitar style.

By early 1953 Berry was performing with Johnnie Johnson’s trio, starting a long-time collaboration with the pianist. The band played mostly blues and ballads, but the most popular music among whites in the area was country. Berry wrote, “Curiosity provoked me to lay a lot of our country stuff on our predominantly black audience and some of our black audience began whispering ‘who is that black hillbilly at the Cosmo?’ After they laughed at me a few times they began requesting the hillbilly stuff and enjoyed dancing to it.”

Berry’s calculated showmanship, along with a mix of country tunes and R&B tunes, sung in the style of Nat King Cole set to the music of Muddy Waters, brought in a wider audience, particularly affluent white people.

In May 1955, Berry traveled to Chicago, where he met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess, of Chess Records. Berry thought his blues music would be of more interest to Chess, but to his surprise it was a traditional country fiddle tune, “Ida Red”, as recorded by Bob Wills, that got Chess’s attention. Chess had seen the rhythm and blues market shrink and was looking to move beyond it, and he thought Berry might be the artist for that purpose. On May 21, 1955, Berry recorded an adaptation of the “Ida Red”, under the title “Maybellene”, with Johnnie Johnson on the piano, Jerome Green (from Bo Diddley’s band) on the maracas, Jasper Thomas on the drums and Willie Dixon on the bass. “Maybellene” sold over a million copies, reaching number one on Billboard magazine’s rhythm and blues chart and number five on its Best Sellers in Stores chart for September 10, 1955.

At the end of June 1956, his song “Roll Over Beethoven” reached number 29 on the Billboard’s Top 100 chart, and Berry toured as one of the “Top Acts of ’56”. He and Carl Perkins became friends. Perkins said that “I knew when I first heard Chuck that he’d been affected by country music. I respected his writing; his records were very, very great.” As they toured, Perkins discovered that Berry not only liked country music but also knew about as many songs as he did. Jimmie Rodgers was one of his favorites. “Chuck knew every Blue Yodel and most of Bill Monroe’s songs as well”, Perkins remembered. “He told me about how he was raised very poor, very tough. He had a hard life. He was a good guy. I really liked him.”

In late 1957, Berry took part in Alan Freed’s “Biggest Show of Stars for 1957”, touring the United States with the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, and others. He was a guest on ABC’s Guy Mitchell Show, singing his hit song “Rock ‘n’ Roll Music”. The hits continued from 1957 to 1959, with Berry scoring over a dozen chart singles during this period, including the US Top 10 hits “School Days”, “Rock and Roll Music”, “Sweet Little Sixteen”, and “Johnny B. Goode”. He appeared in two early rock-and-roll movies: Rock Rock Rock (1956), in which he sang “You Can’t Catch Me”, and Go, Johnny, Go! (1959), in which he had a speaking role as himself and performed “Johnny B. Goode”, “Memphis, Tennessee”, and “Little Queenie”. His performance of “Sweet Little Sixteen” at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958 was captured in the motion picture Jazz on a Summer’s Day.

By the end of the 1950s, Berry was a high-profile established star with several hit records and film appearances and a lucrative touring career. He had opened a racially integrated St. Louis nightclub, Berry’s Club Bandstand, and invested in real estate. But in December 1959, he was arrested under the Mann Act after allegations that he had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old Apache waitress, Janice Escalante, whom he had transported across state lines to work as a hatcheck girl at his club. After a two-week trial in March 1960, he was convicted, fined $5,000, and sentenced to five years in prison. He appealed the decision, arguing that the judge’s comments and attitude were racist and prejudiced the jury against him. The appeal was upheld, and a second trial was heard in May and June 1961, resulting in another conviction and a three-year prison sentence. After another appeal failed, Berry served one and one-half years in prison, from February 1962 to October 1963. He had continued recording and performing during the trials, but his output had slowed as his popularity declined; his final single released before he was imprisoned was “Come On”.

When Berry was released from prison in 1963 his return to recording and performing was made easier because British invasion bands—notably the Beatles and the Rolling Stones—had sustained interest in his music by releasing cover versions of his songs, and other bands had reworked some of them, such as the Beach Boys’ 1963 hit “Surfin’ U.S.A.”, which used the melody of Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen”. In 1964 and 1965 Berry released eight singles, including three that were commercially successful, reaching the top 20 of the Billboard 100: “No Particular Place to Go” (a humorous reworking of “School Days”, concerning the introduction of seat belts in cars), “You Never Can Tell”, and the rocking “Nadine”. Between 1966 and 1969 Berry released five albums for Mercury Records, including his first live album, Live at Fillmore Auditorium, in which he was backed by the Steve Miller Band.

While this was not a successful period for studio work, Berry was still a top concert draw. In May 1964, he had made a successful tour of the UK, but when he returned in January 1965 his behavior was erratic and moody, and his touring style of using unrehearsed local backing bands and a strict nonnegotiable contract was earning him a reputation as a difficult and unexciting performer. He also played at large events in North America, such as the Schaefer Music Festival, in New York City’s Central Park in July 1969, and the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival in October.

Berry returned to Chess from 1970 to 1973. There were no hit singles from the 1970 album Back Home, but in 1972 Chess released a live recording of “My Ding-a-Ling”, a novelty song which he had recorded in a different version as “My Tambourine” on his 1968 LP From St. Louie to Frisco. The track became his only number-one single. A live recording of “Reelin’ and Rockin’”, issued as a followup single in the same year, was his last Top 40 hit in both the US and the UK. Both singles were included on the part-live, part-studio album The London Chuck Berry Sessions (other albums of London sessions were recorded by Chess’s mainstay artists Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf). Berry’s second tenure with Chess ended with the 1975 album Chuck Berry, after which he did not make a studio record until Rock It for Atco Records in 1979, which would be his last studio album for 38 years.

In the 1970s Berry toured on the strength of his earlier successes. He was on the road for many years, carrying only his Gibson guitar, confident that he could hire a band that already knew his music no matter where he went. AllMusic said that in this period his “live performances became increasingly erratic, … working with terrible backup bands and turning in sloppy, out-of-tune performances” which “tarnished his reputation with younger fans and oldtimers” alike. Among the many bandleaders performing a backup role with Berry were Bruce Springsteen and Steve Miller when each was just starting his career. Springsteen related in the documentary film Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll that Berry did not give the band a set list and expected the musicians to follow his lead after each guitar intro. Berry neither spoke to nor thanked the band after the show. Nevertheless, Springsteen backed Berry again when he appeared at the concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. At the request of Jimmy Carter, Berry performed at the White House on June 1, 1979.

Berry’s touring style, traveling the “oldies” circuit in the 1970s (often being paid in cash by local promoters) added ammunition to the Internal Revenue Service’s accusations that Berry had evaded paying income taxes. Facing criminal sanction for the third time, Berry pled guilty to tax evasion and was sentenced to four months in prison and 1,000 hours of community service—performing benefit concerts—in 1979.

Berry continued to play 70 to 100 one-nighters per year in the 1980s, still traveling solo and requiring a local band to back him at each stop. In 1986, Taylor Hackford made a documentary film, Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll, of a celebration concert for Berry’s sixtieth birthday, organized by Keith Richards. Eric Clapton, Etta James, Julian Lennon, Robert Cray and Linda Ronstadt, among others, appeared with Berry on stage and in the film. During the concert, Berry played a Gibson ES-355, the luxury version of the ES-335 that he favored on his 1970s tours. Richards played a black Fender Telecaster Custom, Cray a Fender Stratocaster and Clapton a Gibson ES 350T (de), the same model that Berry used on his early recordings.

In the late 1980s, Berry bought The Southern Air, a restaurant in Wentzville, Missouri. In 1990 he was sued by several women who claimed that he had installed a video camera in the ladies’ bathroom. Berry claimed that he had the camera installed to catch red-handed a worker who was suspected of stealing from the restaurant. Though his guilt was never proved in court, Berry opted for a class action settlement with 59 women. His biographer, Bruce Pegg, estimated that it cost Berry over $1.2 million plus legal fees. During this time Berry began using Wayne T. Schoeneberg as his legal counsel. Reportedly, a police raid on his house found videotapes of women using the restroom, and one of the women was a minor. Also found in the raid were 62 grams of marijuana. Felony drug and child-abuse charges were filed. In order to avoid the child-abuse charges, Berry agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He was given a six-month suspended jail sentence and two years’ unsupervised probation and was ordered to donate $5,000 to a local hospital.

In November 2000, Berry faced legal issues when he was sued by his former pianist Johnnie Johnson, who claimed that he co-wrote over 50 songs, including “No Particular Place to Go”, “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven”, that credit Berry alone. The case was dismissed when the judge ruled that too much time had passed since the songs were written.

In 2008, Berry toured Europe, with stops in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland, Poland and Spain. In mid-2008, he played at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, Maryland. During a concert on New Year’s Day 2011 in Chicago, Berry, suffering from exhaustion, passed out and had to be helped off stage.

Berry lived in Ladue, Missouri, approximately 10 miles (16 km) west of St. Louis. He regularly performed one Wednesday each month at Blueberry Hill, a restaurant and bar located in the Delmar Loop neighborhood of St. Louis, from 1996 to 2014.

Berry announced on his 90th birthday that his first new studio album since Rock It in 1979, entitled Chuck, would be released in 2017. His first new record in 38 years, it features his children, Charles Berry Jr. and Ingrid, on guitar and harmonica, with songs “covering the spectrum from hard-driving rockers to soulful thought-provoking time capsules of a life’s work” and dedicated to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry.

Police in St. Charles County, Missouri, were called to Berry’s house on March 18, 2017, where he was unresponsive. Berry was pronounced dead at the scene at the age of 90.

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, 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, 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 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 “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!

Out2News.comIn photo: Herb-Oscar-Anderson in his office rehearsing for upcoming cruise

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 , 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

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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.

Leon Russell April 2, 1942 – November 13, 2016

Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges; April 2, 1942 – November 13, 2016) was an American musician and songwriter, who recorded as a session musician and sideman, and maintained a solo career. He has 31 albums to his credit, and has recorded about 430 songs.

As a songwriter, he wrote songs including “Delta Lady”, recorded by Joe Cocker, and organized Cocker’s “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour in 1969. More than 100 acts have recorded his “A Song for You” (1970). As a pianist, he played in his early years on albums by the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean. On his first album, Leon Russell, in 1970, musicians included John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. One of his biggest early fans, Elton John, said Russell was a “mentor” and “inspiration”, and they recorded The Union in 2010, John’s only duet album, later nominated for a Grammy.



Russell later produced and played during recording sessions for numerous musicians, including Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Ike & Tina Turner, and the Rolling Stones. His own hits which he wrote and recorded included “Tight Rope” and “Lady Blue”. He performed at the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 along with Dylan and Eric Clapton. In 2011 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he was introduced by Elton John.

Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, United States, Russell began playing piano at the age of four. He attended Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Also at Will Rogers High School were Anita Bryant, who was two years older, and in the same 1959 class, David Gates. Russell and Gates played and recorded together as the Fencement. Another student at Will Rogers during this time was Elvin Bishop. During this time Russell was already performing at Tulsa nightclubs.

After moving to Los Angeles in 1958, he became a session musician, working as a pianist on the recordings of many notable 1960s musical artists. By the late 1960s, Russell diversified, becoming successful as an arranger and songwriter. By 1970, he had graduated to solo recording artist, although he never relinquished his other roles within the music industry. After performing country music under the name Hank Wilson in the 1970s and ’80s, Russell largely faded into obscurity.

Russell re-emerged in 2010 when Elton John called on him to record an album that became The Union. The album, which included guest performers Brian Wilson and Neil Young, brought renewed popularity to Russell, who later released a solo album and toured around the world.

Russell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, 2011. In June 2011, Russell was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

According to Russell’s wife, Jan Bridges, Russell died quietly in his sleep on the morning of November 13, 2016, at his suburban Nashville home at the age of 74. He suffered a heart attack in July 2016, requiring bypass surgery. Since then, he had postponed shows while convalescing at home. He had hoped to return to the schedule in January 2017.

Russell began his musical career at the age of 14 in the nightclubs of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He and his group the Starlighters, which included J. J. Cale, Leo Feathers, Chuck Blackwell and Johnny Williams, were instrumental in creating the style of music known as the Tulsa Sound. After settling in Los Angeles, he studied guitar with James Burton. Known mostly as a session musician early in his career, as a solo artist he crossed genres to include rock and roll, blues, and gospel, playing with artists as varied as Jan and Dean.

Russell’s first commercial success as a songwriter came when Joe Cocker recorded the song “Delta Lady” for his 1969 album, Joe Cocker! The album, co-produced and arranged by Russell, reached number 11 on the Billboard 200. Russell went on to organize—using many of the musicians from Delaney & Bonnie’s band—and perform in the 1970 Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour. “Superstar”, co-written by Russell, was sung by the Carpenters and other performers.

The song “Superstar” became most popular after its treatment by the Carpenters. Richard Carpenter became aware of the song after hearing it sung by Bette Midler on late night television. “I came home from the studio one night and heard a, then, relatively unknown Bette Midler perform it on the Tonight Show, he remembered. “I could barely wait to arrange and record it. It remains one of my favorites.” Karen Carpenter had heard the early Coolidge rendition on a promotional copy of the Mad Dogs album, but at the time she did not think that much of it.

Richard’s arrangement featured an oboe line at the start, followed by Karen’s clear contralto voice set against a quiet bass line in the verses, which then built up to up-tempo choruses with a quasi-orchestral use of horns and strings. Karen Carpenter recorded her vocal in just one take, using lyrics scribbled by Richard on a paper napkin. This was in fact the “work lead” normally used only to guide the other musicians through the early takes. Produced by Richard with Jack Daugherty, it was recorded with members of the “The Wrecking Crew”, a famed collection of Los Angeles area session musicians. As the song’s storyline was more risqué than what was typical for the Carpenters, Richard changed a lyric in the second verse from:

And I can hardly wait
To sleep with you again

To the somewhat less suggestive:

And I can hardly wait
To be with you again.



Russell died in his sleep in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 13, 2016, at the age of 74, his wife said in a statement on his website. In 2010, he underwent surgery to stop leaking brain fluid, and he suffered a heart attack in July 2016.

Elton John, who had once been Russell’s opening act, said “He was my biggest influence as a piano player, a singer and a songwriter.” On hearing of Russell’s death, he said “My darling Leon Russell passed away last night. He was a mentor, inspiration and so kind to me.” John once recalled:

When Mr. Russell’s “Greatest Hits” album came on one day during the trip, I started to cry, it moved me so much. His music takes me back to the most wonderful time in my life, and it makes me so angry that he’s been forgotten.

Pixies vocalist Black Francis credits Russell with influencing his vocal style: “I realize there’s a certain kind of vocalizing I do that takes its cue from Leon Russell. He sang in a southern accent but it was very blown-out and exaggerated, very free and loose.”

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.

Out2martincounty.comCommentary by Richard Hall:

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.[2] 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.

Out2News.comAttending 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.”

Out2News.comDavis 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.

Out2News.comHis 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.


Out2News.comDavis 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.

Out2News.comAli, 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.[10] 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.[20] 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.

Out2News.comClay 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.

Out2News.comBy 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!”

Out2News.comIn 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.

Out2News.comAli’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.

Out2News.comAli 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.

Out2News.comAli 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.

Out2News.comAfter 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.

Out2News.comAs 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.

Out2News.comAround 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.[citation needed] 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.

Out2News.comOn 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 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.

“Frank” Gifford August 16, 1930 – August 9, 2015

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Francis Newton “Frank” Gifford (August 16, 1930 – August 9, 2015) was an American football player and television sportscaster.

Gifford was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Lola Mae (née Hawkins) and Weldon Gifford, an oil driller.

After graduating from Bakersfield High School, Gifford was unable to gain an athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California (USC) due to his low grade point average. Undeterred, he played a season for Bakersfield Junior College, making the Junior College All-American team while making the grades needed to enroll at USC.

At USC, Gifford was named an All-American athlete and player and graduated in the class of 1952. In 1951 he ran for 841 yards on 195 carries.

He began his NFL career with the New York Giants by playing both offense and defense. He made eight Pro Bowl appearances and had five trips to the NFL Championship Game. Gifford’s biggest season may have been 1956, when he won the Most Valuable Player award of the NFL, and led the Giants to the NFL title over the Chicago Bears.

He lost 18 months in the prime of his career when he was laid out by a hard tackle. During a 1960 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, he was knocked out by Chuck Bednarik on a passing play, suffering a severe head injury that led him to retire from football in 1961. However, Gifford returned to the Giants in 1962, changing positions from running back to wide receiver (then known as flanker).

His Pro Bowl selections came at three different positions—defensive back, running back, and wide receiver. He retired again, this time for good, in 1964, after making the Pro Bowl as a receiver.

During his 12 seasons with the New York Giants (136 regular season games) Frank Gifford had 3,609 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns in 840 carries, he also had 367 receptions for 5,434 yards and 43 touchdowns. Gifford completed 29 of the 63 passes he threw for 823 yards and 14 touchdowns with 6 interceptions. The 6 interceptions is tied with Walter Payton for most interceptions thrown by a non-quarterback in NFL history, while the 14 touchdowns is also the most among any non-quarterback in NFL history

Gifford appeared as himself as a guest star on the NBC television series, Hazel, in the episode, “Hazel and the Halfback”, which originally aired December 26, 1963. In the story, Gifford is interested in investing in a local bowling alley.

Gifford was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 30, 1977.

Gifford was a Board Member for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which is named after Ronnie Lott and is given annually to college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.

After his playing days ended, Gifford became a commentator mainly for NFL games on CBS. His big break came in 1971 when he replaced Keith Jackson as play-by-play announcer on ABC’s Monday Night Football, joining Howard Cosell and Don Meredith, and would continue on as a commentator until 1997. A controversy over an affair with airline stewardess Suzen Johnson resulted in a reduced role on the pregame show in 1998, after which Gifford left Monday Night Football. During the 1980s, Gifford would fill-in for Al Michaels (who had replaced Gifford on play-by-play in 1986) on play-by-play whenever Michaels went on baseball assignments for the League Championship Series (1986 and 1988) or World Series (1987 and 1989). Gifford was also host of British TV network Channel 4’s NFL coverage with British born former New England Patriots kicker John Smith in 1986-1987.

Gifford also served as a reporter and commentator on other ABC programs, such as their coverage of the Olympic Games (perhaps most notably, the controversial men’s basketball Gold Medal Match between the United States and Soviet Union at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich), skiing, and golf, and has guest hosted Good Morning America on occasion. He met his wife Kathie Lee while filling in as GMA host. In 1995, he was given the Pete Rozelle Award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his NFL television work.

He also announced Evel Knievel’s jumps for ABC’s Wide World of Sports in the 1970s, including when Knievel failed to clear 13 buses at Wembley Stadium in 1975.

In 1995, Gifford and his wife Kathie Lee appeared on an episode of ABC’s sitcom Coach starring Craig T. Nelson. The episode, entitled “The Day I Met Frank Gifford”, aired February 28, 1995, and featured Gifford accepting an award in New York, during which the uncouth defensive coordinator of the Minnesota State Screaming Eagles Luther Horatio Van Dam (Jerry Van Dyke) plots to find a way to meet the former football star. Throughout the show, Luther recounts a college game he played against Gifford in which the star USC runningback knocked out one of Luther’s teeth as he attempted to tackle the All-American star. Luther subsequently sent the tooth to Gifford many years later, with Gifford remembering the “Tooth Guy” as a “real sicko.”

In 1977, Gifford appeared as himself in the episode “The Shortest Yard” of the ABC situation comedy The San Pedro Beach Bums.

Gifford and his wife, television host Kathie Lee Gifford, were married on October 18, 1986, and lived in Greenwich, Connecticut, with their son and daughter, Cody Newton Gifford (b. March 22, 1990) and Cassidy Erin Gifford (b. August 2, 1993). The couple share a birthday, August 16. They appeared together as hosts for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Gifford and his first wife, Maxine Avis Ewart, have three children, Jeff, Kyle and Victoria, and five grandchildren. Victoria married Michael LeMoyne Kennedy, a member of the Kennedy Family. Gifford has an older sister and younger brother, Winona and Waine.

In 1997, The Globe arranged to have Gifford secretly videotaped being seduced by former flight attendant Suzen Johnson in a New York City hotel room. They published photos and stories. ESPN reported that the tabloid paid Johnson $75,000 to lure Gifford to the room, while The Atlantic said it was $125,000.

According to the former lawyer of Johnny Carson, Henry Bushkin, Gifford had an affair with Carson’s wife Joanne.

On August 9, 2015, Gifford died from natural causes at his home in New Haven, Connecticut, at the age of 84.

“Bud” Spillane Oct. 29, 1934 – July 18, 2015

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Robert Richard “Bud Spillane Oct. 29, 1934 – July 18, 2015 Robert R. Spillane, who helped revive Boston’s troubled schools as superintendent in the 1980s and went on to become one of the nation’s leading education innovators as head of a large suburban district outside Washington, died on Saturday in Boston. He was 80.

His wife, Geraldine Spillane, said he died from complications of pulmonary disease while being treated at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Over a long career, Dr. Spillane was superintendent of five school districts, including Glassboro, N.J.; Roosevelt, on Long Island; and New Rochelle, N.Y. He was also a state deputy education commissioner for New York and a runner-up for chancellor of the New York City schools in 1989. (Joseph A. Fernandez, of Miami-Dade County, got the job.)

As superintendent of schools in Fairfax County, Va., just outside the nation’s capital, Dr. Spillane received wide attention for pushing for merit pay for teachers, longer school days for children and more rigorous standards for both. President Ronald Reagan visited to praise his work and President Bill Clinton went shortly after Dr. Spillane’s departure to hail the district’s handling of immigrants and diversity.

Known for an easy charm, a broad smile and impeccable attire (an immaculately pressed suit with matching silk tie and handkerchief were trademarks), Dr. Spillane — Bud to friend and foe alike — became something of a celebrity in public education systems commonly viewed as run by faceless bureaucrats.

As a reformer he displayed a brash zeal that energized supporters and alienated critics, and he earned nicknames like “the Velvet Hammer” and “Six-Gun Spillane” for his willingness to take on entrenched interests.

“In order to get their attention, you often have to do something outrageous,” he once said. Another time, at odds with school board members, he declared, “They want a water boy and I want to be the quarterback.” Facing budget cuts, he said, “I’ve got to go to war over that.”

When he took over the Boston school district in 1981, it was dysfunctional and worn out after years of fighting over a court-ordered desegregation busing plan. He replaced principals, fired teachers, closed schools and set the district on a path free of court supervision.

“He took over one of the worst school systems in the United States, one that was totally demoralized, badly directed, with confused lines of authority, no budgetary systems, no payroll systems, and he turned it around,” John Silber, then the president of Boston University, said after Dr. Spillane left four years later.

Dr. Spillane moved to Fairfax in 1985, taking over the nation’s 10th-largest district then. He earned national attention when he agreed to a 30 percent raise for teachers over three years in exchange for a system that would tie future raises to merit evaluations. Years later, under budget pressure, the school board abandoned the system.

The American Association of School Administrators named Dr. Spillane the National Superintendent of the Year in 1995, but two years later, the Fairfax board, complaining that he did not consult with it enough, refused to renew his contract.

He left behind a district with higher test scores, more students taking upper-level classes and more graduates going on to college, even as it absorbed thousands of immigrant children starting out behind their peers.

Robert Richard Spillane was born on Oct. 29, 1934, in Lowell, Mass. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Eastern Connecticut State University and master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Connecticut. He also studied at Harvard at the Advanced Administrative Institute.

He started his career as a fifth-grade teacher in Storrs, Conn., but he later said he had always wanted to run the show, and at 25, after just four years in the classroom, he was named the youngest principal in the state.

By 31, he had moved to New Jersey and was running his own school district, Glassboro, where he spent two years before moving to Roosevelt. He became New Rochelle’s superintendent in 1970 and served eight years.

After leaving Fairfax, he joined the State Department, where he oversaw American schools in Europe. In 2006, he left to become vice president and director of the Center for Education at CAN Corp., a research organization in Alexandria, Va.

Dr. Spillane in 2002 joined the Out2News “Education Advisory Board”, along with Dr.”Aeb” Fishler former Superintendent Hartford Conn. and President and Co-founder NOVA S.E. Univesity, and Dr. Robert Miles, former Superintendent South Orange Public Schools and and Director for post secondary “Educational Credentials” NOVA S.E, University

Dr. Spillane lived in Pawcatuck, Conn. Besides his wife, of 58 years, the former Geraldine Shea, he is survived by a son, Robert Jr.; three daughters, Patricia McGrath, Kathleen Orsi and Maura Francis; two brothers, Jack and Joe; and eight grandchildren.

“Chuck” Bednarik May 1, 1925 – March 21, 2015

Charles Philip “Chuck” Bednarik (May 1, 1925 – March 21, 2015), or Concrete Charlie, was a professional American football player, known as one of the most devastating tacklers in the history of football and the last two-way player in the National Football League. A Slovak American from the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania., Bednarik played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1949 through 1962 and, upon retirement, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 (his first year of eligibility).

His parents emigrated in 1920 from Široké, a village in eastern Slovakia, for work, settling in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and working for Bethlehem Steel. Their son Charles was born in 1925. He attended school at SS. Cyril & Methodius in Bethlehem, which was a Slovak parochial school with Slovak the language of instruction.

Bednarik began playing football in Bethlehem. He played for Bethlehem’s Liberty High School.

Following his graduation from high school, he entered the United States Army Air Forces and served as a B-24 waist-gunner with the Eighth Air Force. Bednarik flew on 30 combat missions over Germany, for which he was awarded the Air Medal and four Oak Leaf Clusters, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and four Battle Stars.

Bednarik subsequently attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he was a 60-minute man, excelling as both center and linebacker, as well as occasional punter. He was a three-time All-American, and was elected a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, as were two of his teammates on the 1947 squad—tackle George Savitsky and tailback Tony Minisi—and his coach, George Munger. At Penn, he also was third in Heisman Trophy voting in 1948 and won the Maxwell Award that year.

Bednarik was the first player drafted in the 1949 NFL Draft, by the Philadelphia Eagles, starring on both offense (as a center) and defense (as a linebacker). He was a member of the Eagles’ NFL Championship teams in 1949 and 1960. In the 1960 NFL Championship Game, Bednarik, the last Eagle between Green Bay’s Jim Taylor and the end zone, tackled Taylor on the final play of the game at the Eagles’ eight yard line, and remained atop Taylor as the final seconds ticked off the clock, ensuring the Packers could not run another play and preserving a 17–13 Eagles victory.

In 1960, Bednarik knocked Frank Gifford of the New York Giants out of football for over 18 months, with one of the most famous tackles in NFL history. Bednarik had a famous quarrel with Chuck Noll, who once, as a player for the Cleveland Browns, smashed him in the face during a fourth-down punting play.

Bednarik proved extremely durable, missing just three games in his 14 seasons. He was named All-Pro eight times, and was the last of the NFL’s “Sixty-Minute Men,” players who played both offense and defense on a regular basis.

Bednarik’s nickname, “Concrete Charlie,” originated from his off-season career as a concrete salesman for the Warner Company, not (contrary to popular belief) from his reputation as a ferocious tackler. Nonetheless, sportswriter Hugh Brown of The Bulletin in Philadelphia, credited with bestowing the nickname, remarked that Bednarik “is as hard as the concrete he sells.”

Bednarik served as an analyst on the HBO program Inside The NFL for its inaugural season in 1977–78.

In 1999, he was ranked number 54 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. This made him the highest-ranking player to have spent his entire career with the Eagles, the highest-ranking offensive center and the eighth-ranked linebacker in all of professional football.

In 2010, Bednarik was ranked number 35 on the NFL Network’s “The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players”. Ranked one spot ahead of Bednarik at #34 was Deion Sanders, a player for whom Bednarik has held open contempt in regards to being a two-way player. Bednarik was not the highest placed Eagle on the NFL Network’s list. That distinction was held by Reggie White at number 7.

Bednarik was an outspoken, even bitter critic of modern NFL players for playing on only one side of the ball, calling them “pussyfoots”, noting that they “suck air after five plays” and that they “couldn’t tackle my wife Emma”. He even criticized Troy Brown of the New England Patriots and Deion Sanders of the Dallas Cowboys, two players who also have played both offense and defense, because their positions as a wide receiver and cornerback didn’t require as much contact as the center and linebacker positions that Bednarik played.

Bednarik’s former Eagles number, 60, has been retired by the Eagles in honor of his achievements with the team and is one of only eight numbers retired in the history of the franchise.

When the Eagles established their Honor Roll in 1987, Bednarik was one of the first class of inductees. He attended reunions for the 25th anniversary of the 1960 NFL Championship team in 1985 and the 40th anniversary of the 1948–49 NFL Championship team in 1988 (though he had not played for the 1948 team), held in pregame ceremonies at Veterans Stadium.

Bednarik quarreled with current Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie in 1996. Lurie refused to buy 100 copies of Bednarik’s new book for $15 each for the entire team, as that was against NFL rules, and that grudge carried over into the Eagles’ most recent Super Bowl appearance in 2005, when he openly rooted against his former team. He has been a consistent critic of several league issues, including his pension, today’s salaries, and one-way players.

During Eagles training camp in the summer of 2006, Bednarik and the Eagles reconciled, seemingly ending the feud between Bednarik and Lurie. At the same time, however, Bednarik made disparaging remarks regarding Reggie White, an Eagle fan favorite, leading to a somewhat lukewarm reception of the reconciliation by Eagles’ fans. In the edition of August 4 of Allentown’s Morning Call newspaper, however, it was reported that Bednarik apologized, stating he had been confused, and meant to make the statement about former Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens.

On March 26, 2011, Bednarik was reportedly taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem. Hospital spokesmen stated that he was “in serious condition”, but did not give any further details. The next day, however, it was announced that he was doing fine and had no pre-existing medical conditions. His son-in-law stated that he had passed out from shortness of breath and low blood pressure, but did not suffer a heart attack or anything related and was expected to make a full recovery.

In his last years, Bednarik resided in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley. His great-nephew, Adam Bednarik, played quarterback at West Virginia University.

On March 21, 2015, Bednarik died at 4:23 a.m., after having fallen ill the previous day. He was 89. Although the Philadelphia Eagles released a statement saying he died after a “brief illness”, Bednarik’s eldest daughter, Charlene Thomas, disputed that claim. She said he had Alzheimer’s disease, had been suffering from dementia for years, and that football-related injuries played a role in his decline.

“Ejan” Jane Blatt 1944 – February 3, 2015

Jane “Ejan” Blatt 1944 – February 3, 2015 – Jane “Ejan” Blatt, 69, passed away on February 3, 2015 at the Martin Medical Center, Stuart, FL

Born in Oakridge, TN, she was raised in Sandusky, Ohio—waterskiing on Lake Erie. Jane began her artistic career with a Fine Arts Scholarship to Ohio State University. Immediately after graduating, she moved to New York City, earned Masters Degrees at Columbia University and Hunter College, while teaching children with learning disabilities in the South Bronx for 32 years. Evenings in Manhattan, Jane studied graphic design at Parsons School of Design, figure drawing at the Art Students League, photography at the New School for Social Research, and experimented with calligraphy and jewelry design. After retiring in 1999, Jane moved to Stuart, Florida, with her husband, Galen, and their two {now three} cats. Under the expert guidance of Carol Kepp, a well-known artist, “EJAN” painted landscapes, seascapes, flora and fauna before discovering a passion for capturing the majesty, grace, and beauty of Florida’s native birds.

Jane was a member of the Martin Arts Council and its Gallery Committee, Artists for a Cause, Art Associates of Martin County, Hobe Sound Fine Arts League, Palm City Art Associates, Audubon Society, The Elliott Museum, and the Lighthouse ARTCENTER Museum. She also writes extensively about the arts and other artists in Martin County; over 125 of her articles have been published in various local newspapers and magazines, which contributed to her being voted “Outstanding Visual Artist” of Martin County. Her 1st Place award-winning parrot painting, “Courtship III: Green-winged Macaws”, may be viewed on the Martin Arts Council website:

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Galen Guberman, sisters-in law, Lesley Guberman, Laurie Guberman and Erica Martenson and nephew and niece, Zachery and Heather Messer..

There will be a memorial gathering, to remember Jane from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on March 3, 2015 at the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City.

For those who wish, contributions may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997, 772-403-4530 or on line at or Molly’s House, 430 SE Osceola St, Stuart, FL 34994, 772-223-6659 or a charity of your choice.

Christine Robb, 93 –  December 19, 2014

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Former West Brighton resident Christine Jane Robb, 93, a retired registered nurse, volunteer and lifelong art enthusiast, died Thursday in Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze.

She was born Christina Jane Weir in Port Richmond. In 1960, she moved to West Brighton and remained a resident there until 2011, when she became a resident at Carmel Richmond Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Dongan Hills.

She graduated from Port Richmond High School.

A registered nurse, Mrs. Robb earned a degree in nursing from the former Staten Island Hospital School of Nursing and was also a member of the Staten Island Hospital Nurses Alumni Association.

She worked at the former U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Clifton during World War II and also from 1967 to 1972. She later worked in the medical department at Macy’s in the Staten Island Mall, retiring in 1983.

Mrs. Robb was longtime volunteer and member of the Snug Harbor Botanical Garden and was honored as volunteer of the year in 1999, for her service to the organization.

Mrs. Robb had a passion for art. After enrolling in watercolor classes, that creative endeavor become an important part of her life. An award winning artist, her works have been exhibited on Staten Island and in Manhattan at the Newhouse Gallery, Mauro Graphics, the Conference House, Art Lab, Lever House, the World Financial Center and Federal Plaza.

Mrs. Robb held membership in the Staten Island Watercolor Society, the Artists Federation, the South Shore Artists Group, the Staten Island Artists Association, and the Hillside Swim Club.

An avid reader, she also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing and gardening. In addition, she loved to entertain family and friends, especially during the holidays.

“I will always have fond memories of Sunday dinners with family that she hosted,” said her daughter-in-law, Susan Robb.

She was a member of the Ascension Episcopal Church, West Brighton, where she belonged to the altar guild.

Her husband of 44 years, Henry, died in 1988. Her granddaughter, Kristen Montanaro, died at Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001.

She is survived by her sons, James and Harry; her daughter, Ellen Robb; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be Monday at 11 a.m. in Ascension Episcopal Church, West Brighton. Burial will follow in Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp. Arrangements are being handled by the Hanley Funeral Home, also New Dorp.

James Garner April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014
James Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner; April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014) was an American film and television actor. He starred in several television series over more than five decades, which included such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950s western-comedy series Maverick and Jim Rockford in the 1970s detective drama The Rockford Files.

Garner starred in more than 50 films including The Great Escape (1963), Paddy Chayefsky’s The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), Blake Edwards’ Victor Victoria (1982), Murphy’s Romance (1985) for which he received an Academy Award nomination, and The Notebook (2004).

Garner, the youngest of three children, was born in Norman, Oklahoma, the son of Mildred Scott (née Meek) and Weldon Warren Bumgarner, a carpet layer. His two older brothers were actor Jack Garner (1926–2011) and Charles Bumgarner, a school administrator who died in 1984. His family was Methodist. His mother died when he was five years old. After their mother’s death, Garner and his brothers were sent to live with relatives. Garner was reunited with his family in 1934, when Weldon remarried.

Garner grew to hate his stepmother, Wilma, who beat all three boys, especially young James. When he was fourteen, Garner finally had enough of his “wicked stepmother” and after a particularly heated battle, she left for good. James’ brother Jack commented, “She was a damn no-good woman”. Garner stated that his stepmother punished him by forcing him to wear a dress in public and that he finally engaged in a physical fight with her, knocking her down and choking her to keep her from killing him in retaliation. This incident ended the marriage.

Shortly after the breakup of the marriage, Weldon Bumgarner moved to Los Angeles, while Garner and his brothers remained in Norman. After working at several jobs he disliked, at sixteen years of age, Garner joined the United States Merchant Marine near the end of World War II. He fared well in the work and with shipmates, but suffered from chronic seasickness. At seventeen, he joined his father in Los Angeles and enrolled at Hollywood High School, where he was voted the most popular student. A high school gym teacher recommended him for a job modeling Jantzen bathing suits. It paid well, $25 an hour, but in his first interview for the Archives of American Television, he said he hated modeling and soon quit and returned to Norman. There, he played football and basketball, as well as competing on the track and golf teams, for Norman High School. He never graduated from high school, explaining in a 1976 Good Housekeeping magazine interview: “I was a terrible student and I never actually graduated from high

school, but I got my diploma in the Army.”

Later, he joined the National Guard serving seven months in the United States. He then went to Korea for 14 months in the Regular Army, serving in the 5th Regimental Combat Team in the Korean War. He was wounded twice, first in the face and hand from shrapnel fire from a mortar round, and second on April 23, 1951 in the buttocks from friendly fire from U.S. fighter jets as he dove headfirst into a foxhole. Garner was awarded the Purple Heart in Korea for the first injury. For the second wound, he received a second Purple Heart (eligibility requirement: “As the result of friendly fire while actively engaging the enemy”), although Garner received the medal in 1983, 32 years after his injury. Garner was a self-described “scrounger” for his company in Korea, a role he later played in The Great Escape and The Americanization of Emily.

In 1954 a friend, Paul Gregory, whom Garner had met while attending Hollywood High School, persuaded Garner to take a non-speaking role in the Broadway production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, where he was able to study actor Henry Fonda night after night. Garner subsequently moved to television commercials and eventually to television roles. His first movie appearances were in The Girl He Left Behind and Toward the Unknown in 1956.

He changed his last name from Bumgarner to Garner after the studio had credited him as “James Garner” without permission. He then legally changed it upon the birth of his first child, when he decided she had too many names. His brother Jack also had an acting career and changed his surname to Garner, too. His non-actor brother, Charlie, kept the Bumgarner surname.

Garner was closely advised by financial adviser Irving Leonard, who also advised Clint Eastwood in the late 1950s and 1960s. After several feature film roles, including Sayonara with Marlon Brando, Garner got his big break playing the role of professional gambler Bret Maverick in the comedy Western series Maverick from 1957 to 1960. Garner was earlier considered for the lead role in another Warner Brothers Western series, Cheyenne, but that role went to Clint Walker because the casting director couldn’t reach Garner in time (according to Garner’s autobiography), and Garner wound up playing an Army officer in the pilot instead.

Only Garner and series creator Roy Huggins thought Maverick could compete with The Ed Sullivan Show and The Steve Allen Show. The show almost immediately made Garner a household name. Various actors had recurring roles as Maverick foils, including Efrem Zimbalist, Jr as “Dandy Jim Buckley,” Richard Long as “Gentleman Jack Darby,” Leo Gordon as “Big Mike McComb,” and Diane Brewster as “Samantha Crawford” (Huggins’ mother’s maiden name) while the series veered effortlessly from comedy to adventure and back again. The relationship with Huggins, the creator and original producer of Maverick, would later pay dividends for Garner.

Garner was the lone star of Maverick for the first seven episodes but production demands forced the studio, Warner Brothers, to create a Maverick brother, Bart, played by Jack Kelly. This allowed two production units to film different story lines and episodes simultaneously. The series also featured popular cross-over episodes featuring both Maverick brothers, including the famous “Shady Deal at Sunny Acres”, upon which the first half of the 1973 movie The Sting appears to be based, according to Roy Huggins’ Archive of American Television interview. Garner and Clint Eastwood staged an epic fistfight in an episode entitled “Duel at Sundown”, in which Eastwood plays a vicious gunslinger. Critics were positive about Garner and Jack Kelly’s chemistry, but Garner quit the series in the third season because of a dispute with Warner Brothers.

The studio attempted to replace Garner’s character with a Maverick cousin who had lived in Britain long enough to pick up an English accent, played by Roger Moore, but Moore quit the series after filming only 14 episodes as Beau Maverick. Warner Brothers also dressed Robert Colbert, a Garner look-alike, in Bret Maverick’s outfit and called the character Brent, but Brent Maverick did not have a chance to catch on with viewers since Colbert made only two episodes toward the end of the season, leaving the rest of the series run to Kelly (alternating with reruns of episodes with Garner).

When Charlton Heston turned down the lead role in Darby’s Rangers before Garner’s departure from Maverick, Garner was selected and performed well in the role. As a result of Garner’s performance in Darby’s Rangers, coupled with his Maverick popularity, Warner Brothers subsequently gave him lead roles in other films, such as Up Periscope and Cash McCall.

After his acrimonious departure from Warner Bros., in the 1960s he starred in such films as The Children’s Hour (1962) with Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine; Boys’ Night Out (1962) with Kim Novak and Tony Randall; The Thrill of It All (1963) with Doris Day; Move Over, Darling (a 1963 remake of My Favorite Wife also starring Doris Day in which Garner played Cary Grant’s role); The Great Escape (1963) with Steve McQueen; The Americanization of Emily (1964) with Julie Andrews; The Art of Love (1965) with Dick Van Dyke; Duel at Diablo (1966) with Sidney Poitier; and as Wyatt Earp in Hour of the Gun (1967) with Jason Robards, Jr. as Doc Holliday, along with nine other theatrical releases during the decade.

In the smash hit war film The Great Escape, Garner played the second lead for the only time during the decade, supporting fellow ex-TV series cowboy Steve McQueen among a cast of British and American screen veterans including Richard Attenborough, Donald Pleasence, David McCallum, James Coburn, and Charles Bronson in a film depicting a mass escape from a German prisoner of war camp based on a true story. The film was released in the same month as The Thrill Of It All, giving Garner two films at the box office at the same time.

The Americanization of Emily, a literate anti-war D-Day comedy, featured a screenplay written by Paddy Chayefsky and has remained Garner’s favorite of all his work. In 1963 exhibitors voted him the 16th most popular star in the US.

The cult racing film Grand Prix, directed by John Frankenheimer, left Garner with a fascination for car racing that he often explored by actually racing during the ensuing years. The expensive Cinerama epic did not fare as well as expected at the box office.

In 1969, Garner joined a long list of actors to play Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe in Marlowe, a detective drama featuring an early karate scene with Bruce Lee. The same year, Garner scored a hit with the comedy Western Support Your Local Sheriff! featuring Walter Brennan and Jack Elam.

In 1971, Garner returned to television in an offbeat series, Nichols. The network changed the show’s title to James Garner as Nichols during its second month in a vain attempt to rally the sagging ratings. The motorcycle-riding character was killed in what became the final episode of the single-season series. Garner was re-cast as the character’s more normal twin brother, in the hopes of creating a more popular series with few cast changes. According to Garner’s videotaped Archive of American Television interview, Garner had Nichols killed in the last episode so that a sequel could never be made.

The year 1971 also saw him star in the comedies Support Your Local Gunfighter!, similar to the earlier Support Your Local Sheriff! but not really a sequel, and the frontier comedy Skin Game, featuring Louis Gossett, Jr. and Garner as con men pretending to be a slave and his owner during the pre-Civil War era. The following year, Garner played a modern sheriff investigating a murder in the suspense drama They Only Kill Their Masters with Katherine Ross. He appeared in two movies co-starring Vera Miles as his leading lady, One Little Indian (1973) featuring Jodie Foster in an early minor role and The Castaway Cowboy (1974) with Robert Culp, before returning to television with a new detective series.

In the 1970s, Roy Huggins had an idea to remake Maverick, but this time as a modern-day private detective. Huggins teamed with co-creator Stephen J. Cannell, and the pair tapped Garner to attempt to rekindle the success of Maverick, eventually recycling many of the plots from the original series. Starting with the 1974 season, Garner appeared as private investigator Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files. He appeared for six seasons, for which he received an Emmy Award for Best Actor in 1977. Veteran character actor Noah Beery, Jr. (Wallace Beery’s nephew) played Rockford’s father, Joseph “Rocky” Rockford, while Gretchen Corbett portrayed Rockford’s lawyer and sometime lover, Beth Davenport, until she left the series over a salary dispute with the studio. Garner also invited yet another familiar actor, Joe Santos, who played Rockford’s friend in the Los Angeles Police Department, Detective Dennis Becker. Rounding out the cast was a character actor and friend of Garner’s who had previously co-starred with

him on Nichols, Stuart Margolin, playing Jim’s ex-cell mate and treacherous “friend” Angel Martin. In the first episode of Season Six, Paradise Cove, Mariette Hartley guest-starred as Court Auditor Althea Morgan.

Garner had previously appeared with Rockford Files co-star Hartley in a series of Polaroid Camera commercials. Garner ultimately ended the run of the show, despite consistently high ratings, because of the high physical toll on his body. Appearing in nearly every scene of the series, doing many of his own stunts — including one that injured his back — was wearing him out. A knee injury from his National Guard days worsened in the wake of the continuous jumping and rolling, and he was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer in 1979.

Margolin said of his longtime colleague that despite Garner’s health problems in the later years of The Rockford Files, he would often work long shifts, unusual for a starring actor, staying to do off-camera lines with other actors, doing his own stunts despite his knee problems. When Garner made The Rockford Files television movies, he said that 22 people (with the exception of series co-star Beery, who died late in 1994) came out of retirement to participate.

In July 1983, Garner filed suit against Universal Studios for US$16.5 million in connection with his ongoing dispute from The Rockford Files. The suit charged Universal with “breach of contract; failure to deal in good faith and fairly; and fraud and deceit”. It was eventually settled out of court in 1989. As part of the agreement Garner could not disclose the amount of the settlement.

Garner sued Universal again in 1998 for $2.2 million over syndication royalties. In this suit he charged the studio with “deceiving him and suppressing information about syndication”. He was supposed to receive $25,000 per episode that ran in syndication, but Universal charged him “distribution fees”. He also felt that the studio did not release the show to the highest bidder for the episode reruns.

Garner returned to his earlier TV role in 1981 in the revival series Bret Maverick, but NBC unexpectedly canceled the show after only one season despite reasonably good ratings. Critics noted that most of the scripts did not measure up to the first series. Jack Kelly (Bart Maverick) was slated to become a series regular had the show been picked up for another season, and he appeared in the last scene of the final episode in a surprise guest role.

During the 1980s, Garner played dramatic roles in a number of TV movies, including Heartsounds (with Mary Tyler Moore), Promise (with Piper Laurie) and My Name Is Bill W. In 1984, he played the lead in Joseph Wambaugh’s The Glitter Dome for HBO Pictures, which was being directed by his Rockford Files co-star Stuart Margolin. The film generated a mild controversy for a bondage sequence featuring Garner and co-star Margot Kidder.

He was nominated for his first Oscar award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the movie Murphy’s Romance opposite Sally Field. Field, and director Martin Ritt, had to fight the studio, Columbia Pictures, to have Garner cast, since he was regarded as a TV actor by then (despite having co-starred in the box office hit Victor Victoria opposite Julie Andrews two years earlier). Columbia didn’t want to make the picture at all, because it had no “sex or violence” in it. But because of the success of Norma Rae (1979), with the same star (Field), director, and screenplay writing team (Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch), and with Field’s new production company (Fogwood Films) producing, Columbia agreed. Columbia wanted Marlon Brando to play the part of Murphy, so Field and Ritt had to insist on Garner. Part of the deal from the studio, which at that time was owned by The Coca-Cola Company, included an eight line sequence of Field and Garner saying the word “Coke”, and also having Coke signs appear prominently in

the film. In A&E’s Biography of Garner, Field reported that her on-screen kiss with Garner was the best cinematic kiss she had ever experienced.

Garner played Wyatt Earp in two very different movies shot 21 years apart, Hour of the Gun in 1967 and Sunset in 1988. The first film was a realistic depiction of the O.K. Corral shootout and its aftermath, while the second centered around a fictional adventure shared by Earp and silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix; the real-life Earp actually was a consultant on some early silent Westerns toward the end of his life. The film featured Bruce Willis as Mix in only his second movie role. Although Willis was billed over Garner, the film actually gave more screen time and emphasis to Earp. Malcolm McDowell played a villainous silent comedian.

In 1991, Garner starred in Man of the People, a television series about a con man chosen to fill an empty seat on a city council, with Kate Mulgrew and Corinne Bohrer. Despite reasonably fair ratings, the show was canceled after only 10 episodes. In 1993, Garner played the lead in another well-received TV-movie, Barbarians at the Gate, and went on to reprise his role as Jim Rockford in eight The Rockford Files made-for-TV movies beginning the following year. The powerfully frenetic opening theme song from the original series was rerecorded and slowed to a mournfully funereal pace, and practically everyone in the original cast of recurring characters returned for the new episodes except Noah Beery, Jr., who had died in the interim. For the second half of the 1980s, Garner appeared in several of the North American market Mazda television commercials as an on screen spokesman.

In 1994, Garner played Marshal Zane Cooper in a movie version of Maverick, with Mel Gibson as Bret Maverick (in the end it is revealed that Garner’s character is the father of Gibson’s Maverick) and Jodie Foster as a gambling lass with a fake southern accent. In 1995, he played lead character Woodrow Call, an ex-lawman, in the TV miniseries sequel to Lonesome Dove entitled Streets of Laredo, based on Larry McMurtry’s book. In 1996, Garner and Jack Lemmon teamed up in My Fellow Americans, playing two former presidents who uncover scandalous activity by their successor (Dan Aykroyd) and are pursued by murderous NSA agents. In addition to a major recurring role during the last part of the run of TV series Chicago Hope, Garner also starred in a couple of short-lived series, the animated God, the Devil and Bob and First Monday, in which he played a Supreme Court justice.

In 2000, after an operation to replace both knees, Garner appeared with Clint Eastwood (who had played a villain in the original Maverick series) as astronauts in the movie Space Cowboys, also featuring Tommy Lee Jones and Donald Sutherland. During a group appearance by the cast on television’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Leno ran a brief clip from Garner and Eastwood’s lengthy saloon fistfight during Eastwood’s Maverick appearance in “Duel at Sundown” over forty years earlier; Tommy Lee Jones and Eastwood also stage a brief bar brawl in Space Cowboys, and Leno is shown interviewing the four astronauts in the film.

In 2001, Garner voiced the main antagonist, Commander Rourke, in Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire. In 2002, following the death of James Coburn, Garner took over Coburn’s role as TV commercial voiceover for Chevrolet’s “Like a Rock” advertising campaign. Garner continued to voice the commercials until the end of the campaign. Upon the death of John Ritter in 2003, Garner joined the cast of 8 Simple Rules as Grandpa Jim Egan (Cate’s father). Originally intended to be a one-shot guest role, he stayed with the series until its end in 2005.

In 2004, Garner starred in the movie version of Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook alongside Gena Rowlands as his wife (portrayed in flashbacks by Rachel McAdams, while the younger version of Garner’s character was played by Ryan Gosling, who bore no physical resemblance to Garner while two other characters in the film’s flashback sequences were portrayed by young Garner lookalikes), directed by Nick Cassavetes, Rowlands’ son. The Screen Actors Guild nominated Garner as best actor for “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.”

In 2010, Garner voiced the wizard Shazam in the direct-to-video animated feature Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam.

In 2011, the PBS television documentary series Pioneers of Television briefly profiled Garner’s contribution to the television series Maverick and other Westerns, illustrated with film clips, rare stills, and interviews with Garner and Stephen J. Cannell, and a voiceover narration read by Kelsey Grammer touching on Garner’s difficult childhood and his impact when Maverick dominated Sunday night television.

On November 1, 2011, Simon & Schuster published Garner’s autobiography The Garner Files: A Memoir. In addition to recounting his career, the memoir co-written with non-fiction writer Jon Winokur, detailed the childhood abuses Garner suffered at the hands of his stepmother. It also offered frank, unflattering assessments of some of Garner’s co-stars like Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson.

In addition to recalling the genesis of most of Garner’s hit movies and television shows, the book also featured a section where the star provided individual critiques for every one of his acting projects accompanied by a star rating for each.

Garner’s three-time co-star Julie Andrews wrote the book’s foreword. Lauren Bacall, Diahann Carroll, Doris Day, Tom Selleck and Stephen J. Cannell and many other Garner associates, friends and relatives provided their memories of the star in the book’s coda.

The most “explosive revelation” in the book was that Garner smoked marijuana for much of his adult life. “I started smoking it in my late teens,” Garner wrote. “I drank to get drunk but ultimately didn’t like the effect. Not so with grass. It had the opposite effect from alcohol: it made me more tolerant and forgiving. I did a little bit of cocaine in the Eighties, courtesy of John Belushi, but fortunately I didn’t like it. But I smoked marijuana for 50 years and I don’t know where I’d be without it. It opened my mind and now it eases my arthritis. After decades of research I’ve concluded that marijuana should be legal and alcohol illegal.”

For his contribution to the film and television industry, Garner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard). In 1990, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was also inducted into the Television Hall of Fame that same year. In February 2005, he received the Screen Actors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role that year, for The Notebook. When Morgan Freeman won that prize for his work in Million Dollar Baby, he led the audience in a sing-along of the original Maverick theme song, written by David Buttolph and Paul Francis Webster. In 2010, the Television Critics Association gave Garner its annual Career Achievement Award.

On April 21, 2006, a 10-foot-tall (3.0 m) bronze statue of Garner as Bret Maverick was unveiled in Garner’s hometown of Norman, Oklahoma, with Garner present at the ceremony.

Garner was married to Lois Fleishman Clarke, whom he met at an “Adlai Stevenson for President” rally in 1956. They married 14 days later on August 17, 1956. “We went to dinner every night for 14 nights. I was just absolutely nuts about her. I spent $77 on our honeymoon, and it about broke me.” According to Garner, “Marriage is like the Army; everyone complains, but you’d be surprised at the large number of people who re-enlist”.

When Garner and Clarke married, her daughter Kim from a previous marriage was seven years old and recovering from polio. Garner had one daughter with wife Lois: Greta “Gigi” Garner. In an interview in Good Housekeeping with Garner, his wife, and two daughters conducted at their home that was published in March 1976, Gigi’s age was given as 18 and Kim, 27.

Garner’s knees would become chronic problems during the filming of The Rockford Files in the 1970s, with “six or seven knee operations during that time.” In 2000 he had both knees surgically replaced.

On April 22, 1988, Garner had quintuple bypass heart surgery. Though he rapidly recovered, the doctors insisted that he stop smoking. Garner complied—17 years later.

Garner underwent surgery on May 11, 2008, following a minor stroke he had suffered two days earlier. His prognosis was reported to be “very positive.”

Garner was an owner of the “American International Racers” (AIR) auto racing team from 1967 through 1969. Famed motorsports writer William Edgar and Hollywood director Andy Sidaris teamed with Garner for the racing documentary The Racing Scene, filmed in 1969 and released in 1970.[40] The team fielded cars at Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring endurance races, but is best known for Garner’s celebrity status raising publicity in early off-road motor-sports events.

Garner signed a three-year sponsorship contract with American Motors Corporation (AMC). His shops prepared ten 1969 SC/Ramblers for the Baja 500 race. Garner did not drive in this event because of a film commitment in Spain that year. Nevertheless, seven of his cars finished the grueling race, taking three of the top five places in the sedan class.[44] Garner also drove the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 race in 1975, 1977, and 1985 (see: list of Indianapolis 500 pace cars).

Garner was noted as an enthusiastic fan of the Raiders in the NFL, particularly when they played in Los Angeles between 1982 and 1994, when he regularly attended games and mixed with the players.

According to police, an ambulance was dispatched to Garner’s Brentwood home about 8 p.m. PDT on July 19, 2014. Garner was confirmed dead when paramedics arrived at his home. The cause of death was not immediately reported but initial law enforcement statements declared his death to be of “natural causes”.

Mickey Rooney September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014

Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.; September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American film actor and entertainer whose film, television, and stage appearances span nearly his entire lifetime.

He received multiple awards, including a Juvenile Academy Award, an Honorary Academy Award, two Golden Globes and an Emmy Award. Working as a performer since he was a child, he was a superstar as a teenager for the films in which he played Andy Hardy, and he has had one of the longest careers of any actor, spanning 92 years actively making films in ten decades, from the 1920s to the 2010s. For a younger generation of fans, he gained international fame for his leading role as Henry Dailey in The Family Channel’s The Adventures of the Black Stallion.

Along with Jean Darling, Carla Laemmle, and Baby Peggy, he was one of the last surviving stars who worked in the silent film era. He was also the last surviving cast member of several films in which he appeared during the 1930s and 1940s.

Rooney was born Joseph Yule, Jr. in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. His father, Joe Yule (born Ninnian Joseph Ewell), was from Glasgow, Scotland, and his mother, Nellie W. (née Carter), was from Kansas City, Missouri. Both of his parents were in vaudeville, appearing in a Brooklyn production of A Gaiety Girl when Joseph, Jr. was born. He began performing at the age of 17 months as part of his parents’ routine, wearing a specially tailored tuxedo.

When he was fourteen months old, unknown to everyone, he crawled onstage wearing overalls and a little harmonica around his neck. He sneezed and his father, Joe Sr., grabbed him up, introducing him to the audience as Sonny Yule. He felt the spotlight on him and has described it as his mother’s womb. From that moment on, the stage was his home.

While Joe Sr. was traveling, Joe Jr. and his mother moved from Brooklyn to Kansas City to live with his aunt. While his mother was reading the entertainment newspaper, Nellie was interested in getting Hal Roach to approach her son to participate in the Our Gang series in Hollywood. Roach offered $5 a day to Joe, Jr., while the other young stars were paid five times more.

As he was getting bit parts in films, he was working with other established film stars such as Joel McCrea, Colleen Moore, Clark Gable, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Jean Harlow. While selling newspapers around the corner, he also entered into Hollywood Professional School, where he went to school with dozens of unfamiliar students such as: Joseph A. Wapner, Nanette Fabray, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, among many others, and later Hollywood High School, where he graduated in 1938.

The Yules separated in 1924 during a slump in vaudeville, and in 1925, Nell Yule moved with her son to Hollywood, where she managed a tourist home. Fontaine Fox had placed a newspaper ad for a dark-haired child to play the role of “Mickey McGuire” in a series of short films. Lacking the money to have her son’s hair dyed, Mrs. Yule took her son to the audition after applying burnt cork to his scalp. Joe got the role and became “Mickey” for 78 of the comedies, running from 1927 to 1936, starting with Mickey’s Circus, released September 4, 1927. These had been adapted from the Toonerville Trolley comic strip, which contained a character named Mickey McGuire. Joe Yule briefly became Mickey McGuire legally in order to trump an attempted copyright lawsuit (if it were his legal name, the film producer Larry Darmour did not owe the comic strip writers royalties). His mother also changed her surname to McGuire in an attempt to bolster the argument, but the film producers lost. The litigation settlement awarded damages to the owners of the cartoon character, compelling the twelve-year-old actor to refrain from calling himself Mickey McGuire on- and offscreen.

Rooney later claimed that, during his Mickey McGuire days, he met cartoonist Walt Disney at the Warner Brothers studio, and that Disney was inspired to name Mickey Mouse after him, although Disney always said that he had changed the name from “Mortimer Mouse” to “Mickey Mouse” on the suggestion of his wife.

During an interruption in the series in 1932, Mrs. Yule made plans to take her son on a ten-week vaudeville tour as McGuire, and Fox sued successfully to stop him from using the name. Mrs. Yule suggested the stage name of Mickey Looney for her comedian son, which he altered slightly to Rooney, a less frivolous version. Rooney made other films in his adolescence, including several more of the McGuire films, and signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1934. MGM cast Rooney as the teenage son of a judge in 1937′s A Family Affair, setting Rooney on the way to another successful film series.

In 1937, Rooney was selected to portray Andy Hardy in A Family Affair, which MGM had planned as a B-movie. Rooney provided comic relief as the son of Judge James K. Hardy, portrayed by Lionel Barrymore (although Lewis Stone would play the role of Judge Hardy in subsequent films). The film was an unexpected success, and led to 13 more Andy Hardy films between 1937 and 1946, and a final film in 1958. Rooney also received top billing as “Shockey Carter” in Hoosier Schoolboy (1937).

Also in 1937, Rooney made his first film alongside Judy Garland with Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry. Garland and Rooney became close friends and a successful song-and-dance team. Besides three of the Andy Hardy films, where she portrayed Betsy Booth, a younger girl with a crush on Andy, they appeared together in a string of successful musicals, including the Oscar-nominated Babes in Arms (1939). During an interview in the 1992 documentary film MGM: When the Lion Roars, Rooney describes their friendship:

“Judy and I were so close we could’ve come from the same womb. We weren’t like brothers or sisters but there was no love affair there; there was more than a love affair. It’s very, very difficult to explain the depths of our love for each other. It was so special. It was a forever love. Judy, as we speak, has not passed away. She’s always with me in every heartbeat of my body.”

Rooney’s breakthrough-role as a dramatic actor came in 1938′s Boys Town opposite Spencer Tracy as Whitey Marsh, which opened shortly before his 18th birthday. Rooney was awarded a special Juvenile Academy Award in 1939 and was named the biggest box-office draw in 1939, 1940 and 1941. A well-known entertainer by the early 1940s, his picture appeared on the cover of the March 18, 1940 issue of Time magazine, timed to coincide with the release of Young Tom Edison; the cover story began:

“Hollywood’s No. 1 box office bait in 1939 was not Clark Gable, Errol Flynn or Tyrone Power, but a rope-haired, kazoo-voiced kid with a comic-strip face, who until this week had never appeared in a picture without mugging or overacting it. His name (assumed) was Mickey Rooney, and to a large part of the more articulate U. S. cinema audience, his name was becoming a frequently used synonym for brat.”

Rooney, with Garland, was one of many celebrities caricatured in Tex Avery’s 1941 Warner Bros. cartoon Hollywood Steps Out. As of 2013, Rooney is the only surviving entertainer depicted in the cartoon. In 1991, Rooney was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star “Lifetime Achievement” Award recognizing his achievements within the film industry as a child actor. After presenting the award to Rooney, the foundation subsequently renamed the accolade “The Mickey Rooney Award” in his honor.

In 1944, Rooney entered military service. He served more than 21 months, until shortly after the end of World War II. During and after the war he helped entertain the troops in America and Europe, and spent part of the time as a radio personality on the American Forces Network and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for entertaining troops in combat zones. In addition to the Bronze Star Medal, Rooney also received the Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal for his military service.

After his return to civilian life, his career slumped. He appeared in a number of films, including Words and Music in 1948, which paired him for the last time with Garland on film (he appeared with her on one episode as a guest on her CBS variety series in 1963). He briefly starred in a CBS radio series, Shorty Bell, in the summer of 1948, and reprised his role as “Andy Hardy”, with most of the original cast, in a syndicated radio version of The Hardy Family in 1949 and 1950 (repeated on Mutual during 1952).

His first television series, The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan (created by Blake Edwards with Rooney as his own producer), appeared on NBC television for 32 episodes between August 28, 1954 and June 4, 1955. In 1951, he directed a feature film for Columbia Pictures, My True Story starring Helen Walker. Rooney also starred as a ragingly egomaniacal television comedian in the live 90-minute television drama The Comedian, in the Playhouse 90 series on the evening of Valentine’s Day in 1957, and as himself in a revue called The Musical Revue of 1959 based on the 1929 film The Hollywood Revue of 1929, which was edited into a film in 1960, by British International Pictures.

In 1958, Rooney joined Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra in hosting an episode of NBC’s short-lived Club Oasis comedy and variety show. In 1960, Rooney directed and starred in The Private Lives of Adam and Eve, an ambitious comedy known for its multiple flashbacks and many cameos. In the 1960s, Rooney returned to theatrical entertainment. He still accepted film roles in undistinguished films, but occasionally would appear in better works, such as Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), and The Black Stallion (1979). One of Rooney’s more controversial roles came in the highly-acclaimed 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s where he played a stereotyped buck-toothed myopic Japanese character, I.Y. Yunioshi, neighbor of the main character, Holly Golightly. Despite Rooney’s protests that he was congratulated for the role by Asians, that role would later be held up as one of the most notorious examples of Hollywood’s history of stereotypical depictions of that racial group.

On December 31, 1961, he appeared on television’s What’s My Line and mentioned that he had already started enrolling students in the MRSE (Mickey Rooney School of Entertainment). His school venture never came to fruition. This was a period of professional distress for Rooney; as a childhood friend, director Richard Quine put it: “Let’s face it. It wasn’t all that easy to find roles for a 5-foot-3 man who’d passed the age of Andy Hardy.” In 1962, his debts had forced him into filing for bankruptcy.

In 1966, while Rooney was working on the film Ambush Bay in the Philippines, his wife Barbara Ann Thomason (akas: Tara Thomas, Carolyn Mitchell), a former pinup model and aspiring actress who had won 17 straight beauty contests in Southern California, was found dead in their bed. Beside her was her lover, Milos Milos, an actor friend of Rooney’s. Detectives ruled it murder-suicide, which was committed with Rooney’s own gun.

Rooney was awarded an Academy Juvenile Award in 1938, and in 1983 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted him their Academy Honorary Award for his lifetime of achievement. He was mentioned in the 1972 song “Celluloid Heroes” by The Kinks: “If you stomped on Mickey Rooney/ He’d still turn ’round and smile…”

In addition to his movie roles, Rooney made numerous guest-starring roles as a character actor for nearly six decades, beginning with an episode of Celanese Theatre. The part led to other roles on such television series as Schlitz Playhouse, Playhouse 90, Producers’ Showcase, Alcoa Theatre, Wagon Train, General Electric Theater, Hennesey, The Dick Powell Theatre, Arrest and Trial, Burke’s Law, Combat!, The Fugitive, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, The Jean Arthur Show, The Name of the Game, Dan August, Night Gallery, The Love Boat, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, among many others.

Rooney made a successful transition to television and stage work. In 1961, he guest-starred in the 13-week James Franciscus adventure–drama CBS television series The Investigators. In 1962, he was cast as himself in the episode “The Top Banana” of the CBS sitcom, Pete and Gladys, starring Harry Morgan and Cara Williams.

In 1963, he entered CBS’s The Twilight Zone, giving a one-man performance in the episode “The Last Night of a Jockey”. Also in 1963, in ‘The Hunt’ episode 9, season 1 for Suspense Theater, he played the sadistic sheriff hunting the young surfer played by James Caan. In 1964, he launched another half-hour sitcom, Mickey, on ABC. The story line had “Mickey” operating a resort hotel in southern California. Son Tim Rooney appeared as Rooney’s teenaged son on this program, and Emmaline Henry starred as Rooney’s wife. It lasted 17 episodes, ending primarily due to the suicide of co-star Sammee Tong in October 1964.

He won a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for his role in 1981′s Bill. Playing opposite Dennis Quaid, Rooney’s character was a mentally handicapped man attempting to live on his own after leaving an institution. He reprised his role in 1983′s Bill: On His Own, earning an Emmy nomination for the role.

Rooney provided the voices for four Christmas TV animated/stop action specials: Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970), The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974), Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July (1979), and A Miser Brothers’ Christmas (2008)—always playing Santa Claus.

He continued to work on stage and television through the 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the acclaimed stage play Sugar Babies with Ann Miller beginning in 1979. Following this, he toured as Pseudelous in Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. In the 1990s, he returned to Broadway for the final months of Will Rogers Follies, playing the ghost of Will’s father. On television, he starred in the short-lived sitcom, One of the Boys, along with two unfamiliar young stars, Dana Carvey and Nathan Lane, in 1982. He toured Canada in a dinner theatre production of The Mind with the Naughty Man in the mid-1990s. He played The Wizard in a stage production of The Wizard of Oz with Eartha Kitt at Madison Square Garden. Kitt was later replaced by Jo Anne Worley. In 1995 he starred with Charlton Heston, Peter Graves and Deborah Winters in the Warren Chaney docudrama America: A Call to Greatness. He also appeared in the documentaries That’s Entertainment! and That’s Entertainment! III, in both films introducing segments paying tribute to Judy Garland.

Rooney voiced Mr. Cherrywood in The Care Bears Movie (1985), and starred as the Movie Mason in a Disney Channel Original Movie family film 2000′s Phantom of the Megaplex. He had a guest-spot on an episode of The Golden Girls as Sophia’s boyfriend “Rocko”, who claimed to be a bank robber. He voiced himself in the Simpsons episode “Radioactive Man” of 1995. In 1996–97, Rooney played Talbut on the TV series, Kleo The Misfit Unicorn. He costarred in Night at the Museum in 2006 with Dick Van Dyke and Ben Stiller; Rooney filmed a cameo with Van Dyke for the 2009 sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, which was cut from the film but included as an extra on the DVD release.

After starring in one unsuccessful TV series and turning down an offer for a huge TV series, Rooney finally hit the jackpot, at 70, when he was offered a starring role on The Family Channel’s The Adventures of the Black Stallion, where he reprised his role as Henry Dailey in the film of the same name, eleven years earlier. The show was based on a novel by Walter Farley. For this role, he had to travel to Vancouver. The show became an immediate hit with teenagers, young adults and people all over the world, being seen in 70 countries.

Rooney appeared in television commercials for Garden State Life Insurance Company in 1999, alongside his wife Jan Rooney. In commercials shown in 2007, he can be seen in the background washing imaginary dishes.

In 2003, Rooney and his wife began their association with Rainbow Puppet Productions, providing their voices to the 100th Anniversary production of Toyland!, an adaptation of Victor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland. He created the voice for the Master Toymaker while Jan provided the voice for Mother Goose. Since that time, they have created voices for additional Rainbow Puppet Productions including Pirate Party, which also features vocal performances by Carol Channing.

On May 26, 2007, he was grand marshal at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival. Rooney made his British pantomime debut, playing Baron Hardup in Cinderella, at the Sunderland Empire Theatre over the 2007 Christmas period, a role he reprised at Bristol Hippodrome in 2008 and at the Milton Keynes theatre in 2009.

In 2008, Rooney starred as Chief, a wise old ranch owner, in the independent family feature film Lost Stallions: The Journey Home, marking a return to starring in equestrian-themed productions for the first time since the 1990s TV show Adventures of the Black Stallion. Even though they acted together before, Lost Stallions: The Journey Home is the sole film to date in which Rooney and Jan portrayed a married couple onscreen.

In December 2009, he appeared as a guest at a dinner-party hosted by David Gest on Come Dine With Me.

In 2011, Rooney made a brief cameo appearance in The Muppets and appeared in an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories, recounting how, during a down period in his career, his deceased father appeared to him one night, telling him not to give up on his career. He claims that the experience bolstered his resolve and soon afterwards his career experienced a resurgence.

Rooney has been married eight times. In the 1950s and 1960s, he was often the subject of comedians’ jokes for his alleged inability to stay married. He is currently married to Jan Chamberlin, although they are now separated. He has a total of nine children, as well as nineteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

In 1942, he married future Hollywood starlet Ava Gardner, but the two were divorced well before she became a star in her own right. While stationed in the military in Alabama in 1944, Rooney met and married local beauty-queen Betty Jane Phillips. This marriage ended in divorce after he returned from Europe at the end of World War II. His subsequent marriages to Martha Vickers (1949) and Elaine Mahnken (1952) were also short-lived and ended in divorce. In 1958, Rooney married Barbara Ann Thomason (stage name Carolyn Mitchell), but tragedy struck when she was murdered in 1966. Falling into deep depression, he married Barbara’s friend, Marge Lane, who helped him take care of his young children. The marriage lasted only 100 days. He was married to Carolyn Hockett from 1969 to 1974, but financial instability ended the relationship. Finally, in 1978, Rooney married Jan Chamberlin, his 8th wife. They both are outspoken advocates for veterans and animal rights. and Rooney is an outspoken advocate for veterans and senior rights.

After the deaths of his wife Barbara Ann Thomason and his mother, problems with alcohol and drugs, and various financial problems that included a bankruptcy, Rooney had a religious experience with a busboy in a casino coffee shop. In 1975, Rooney was an active member of the Church of Religious Science, a New Thought group founded by Ernest Holmes.

Rooney’s oldest child, Mickey Rooney, Jr., is a born-again Christian, and has an evangelical ministry in Hemet, California. He and several of Rooney’s other eight children have worked at various times in show business. One of them, actor Tim Rooney, died in 2006, aged 59.

On September 23, 2010, Rooney celebrated his 90th birthday at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency in the Upper East Side of New York City. Among the people who were attending the party were: Donald Trump, Regis Philbin, Nathan Lane and Tony Bennett. In December 2010 he was honored as Turner Classic Movies Star of the Month.

On February 16, 2011, Rooney was granted a temporary restraining order against Christopher Aber, one of Jan Rooney’s two sons from a previous marriage. On March 2, 2011 Rooney appeared before a special U.S. Senate committee that was considering legislation to curb elder abuse. Rooney stated that he was financially abused by unnamed family members. On March 27, 2011, all of Rooney’s finances were permanently handed over to lawyers over the claim of missing money.

In April 2011, the temporary restraining order that Rooney was previously granted was replaced by a confidential settlement between Rooney and his stepson. Christopher Aber and Jan Rooney have denied all the allegations.

In May 2013, Rooney sold his house of many years, separated from his wife Jan Rooney and split the proceeds.

Mickey Rooney died on April 6, 2014 at the age of 93.

Julio “Toots” Armellini January 5, 1923 – August 15, 2013

Julio, Jules “Toots” Armellini passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2013 with his loving family by his side.

Born on January 5, 1923 in Vineland, New Jersey, he was the youngest of five children. After serving in the Navy as a Seabee in the Caribbean and in Okinawa during World War II, he returned to Vineland, New Jersey and married Sarah Dauito his hometown sweetheart. Julio became involved in the flower industry when he acquired the transportation segment of the business from his brothers Henry and William, who were flower growers in South Jersey. Soon afterwards, Julio and Sarah formed what has become and still is today, Armellini Express Lines, the nation’s leading Flower trucking distributor which starting in Vineland, New Jersey with a simple barn serving as the terminal and using a 1939 truck to haul flowers. In 1942, Julio and Sarah together drove to the New York and Philadelphia Flower market to deliver his brother’s production of Gladiolas. In the late 1940′s he expanded his floral transportation business to include Florida’s flower production and began hauling flowers out of Florida. Julio moved his family to Stuart, Florida in 1978 and equated himself with many of the Stuart Chrysanthemum growers and opened corporate headquarters in Palm City, Florida, where it is still in operation today.

With the introduction of the South American flower production, especially roses in mid-1970, once again Julio, with his incomprehensible foresight was instrumental in the development of the importing and transportation distribution of the Miami and the South American flower industry. After concentrating on the East coast flower distribution for nearly 30 years, in 1972 he acquired Gilbert Express and began another branch of Armellini Express Line. This acquirement enabled Julio to reach the Midwest flower markets and eventually expanded to the California flower markets, opening Armellini Express Line terminals along the way. From 1945 to present Julio has owned and operated Armellini Express Lines, which now encompass J.A. Flowers Service, Inc., Fresco Service, and Northstar Transportation. Julio proudest accomplishment and fulfilling his American dream is his family’s second and third generations who have taken over the responsibilities of keeping Armellini Express Lines on the cutting edge of the floral industry.

Those throughout the floral industry knew Julio as an innovative thinker with a warm heart and a never say “it can’t be done or it can’t be fixed” attitude. He was a friend to many and a loving husband to his Bride, Sarah and a devoted father to his five children and extended family. Julio was an impressive figure, not only within the flower industry but also within the community of Stuart and Palm City, Florida, which he has been a resident of for the past 35 years. Julio was an avid outdoorsman and truly enjoyed golfing and hunting with his buddies.

Julio has played a significant part in building the U.S. flower industry into what it is today. His strong leadership, work ethic and pro-active personality were instilled in his children and grandchildren as they carry on the family tradition. When asked about the reason for his success, he always attributed it to “Luck, Guts and Hard Work”. He was a very accomplished man who not only served his country but his local community and its industries and in doing so, received many awards. Man of the Year, Customs Brokers and Forwarders, Miami, FL, 1971, Floral Marketer of the Year, 1997, Hall of Fame Award, Society of American Florist, 2006, Man of the Year, Florida Import and Export Organization, Business Man of the Year, Stuart, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Governor’s Business Leadership Award 1996.

Mr. Armellini is survived by his beloved wife Sarah Armellini of 68 years, his five children, Richard Armellini (Bonnie), Judith Dusharm (Sterling), William Armellini (Gabriele) Stephen Armellini and David Armellini (Patricia), thirteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Murphy.

Please consider contributions in Julio’s memory to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, Florida 34997.

SERVICES: Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Sunday, August 18, 3012 at the Forest Hills Funeral Homes Palm City Chapel with a Vigil Prayer Service at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 19, 2013 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Palm City. Interment will follow immediately in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City with military honors, provided by the U.S. Navy.

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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.[6] 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.[9] 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.[20] 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.[30] 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).”[49][50] 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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