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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.

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.

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.

Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

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.

Please feel free to share a remembrance, message of condolence or light a virtual candle with the family through this online guestbook.

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.

Please feel free to share a remembrance, message of condolence or light a virtual candle with the family through this online guestbook.

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

Wendy Sanchez May 17, 1955 – April 21, 2017

Wendy Ann Sanchez May 17, 1955 – April 21, 2017 – Wendy Ann Sanchez, 61, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Hobe Sound, Florida. She was born May 17, 1955 to Philip and Norman Coleman. She is survived by her parents, her sister Vikki Carroll, her daughter Nicole Sanchez, and her dog Johnny.

Wendy’s love of jewelry, gardening and flowers gave her an eye for the beauty of the world that she used to create her art. Her love of the beauty of nature was only paralleled by her love for her family, both furry and human. In her younger days she reveled in spending time outdoors with her family and her later years she worked tirelessly in her garden, despite Johnny trying to dig it up. Her love of life and her desire to experience life to the fullest will be well remembered by her family and friends. She cherished raising her daughter, Nicole, and enjoyed spending as much time with her as she could.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the National Humane Society: She always wanted to ensure the humane treatment and care for all animals.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory / Stuart Chapel Online condolences may be made at

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 27, 2017. Visitation will begin at 4:00 P.M. with the service to follow at 5:00 P.M.

Grant Larson November 8, 1947 – April 20, 2017

Grant B. Larson November 8, 1947 – April 20, 2017 – Grant Larson of Palm City, Fla., who charged “a quarter or a kiss” to wiggle his ears for his four giggling daughters but charged nothing to fix faucets for his neighbors, died Thursday, April 20, after a short-but-long battle with cancer. He was 69.

For 40 years, Grant built a local plumbing business on integrity in Martin and Palm Beach Counties.

For 49 years, he showed his daughters how to love people and persevere through trials.

And for 69 years, he exemplified what it means to live an authentic life. He walked his own path, and he was good at it.

A man of few words, he lived life instead of talking about it. Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Grant was a straight-shooter. Quit talking about it. Just live it.

It took a lifetime for him to reach eternity. And although it’s too soon for those who knew him — whether for seven decades or seven minutes — he is Home safe and sound. He overcame seemingly impossible odds here on earth, and now the Lord has brought him Home.

Born Nov. 8, 1947, in Sioux Falls, S.D., to Floyd (Pat) and Adeline (Petey) Larson, Grant grew up in Newport Beach, Calif., where he played sports, tinkered with cars and sat on the couch wiggling his ears for his siblings. In his early 20s, he moved with his growing family (including his then-wife, Diana) to Kooskia, Ida., then Craigmont, Ida., where he was a hard-working husband, father and logger. After a chainsaw accident that nearly severed his arm, Grant, Diana and their four daughters moved to Stuart, Fla., in 1978, where he started Grant’s Plumbing.

Grant is survived by: Daughters Michelle Watson (Brad) of Meridian, Ida., and children Jake Watson and Kelsey Watson; Karen Frazier of Winchester, Ida., and children Liz Ricci and Josh Frazier; Stacy Larson of Lewiston, Ida., and son Joel Larson; and Catherine Patterson (Chuck) of Craigmont, and sons Caleb Patterson and Cole Patterson. Siblings David Larson of Stuart, Don (Cindy) Larson of Placerville, Calif., Kristi (Rich) Church of Placerville, Barb Larson of El Dorado Hills, Calif., and Pam (Dean) Staley of Loveland, Colo., as well as several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Pat Quinn and many more friends who considered him family. He is preceded in death by his parents, as well as his close friend Sandy Kelley.

For Dad, life was simple. Work hard, live with integrity, and enjoy it. And do him a favor, would ya? Please join us for a celebration of life at Sandsprit Park in Stuart on Thursday, April 27, at 5 p.m. Bring your favorite stories, a lawn chair and maybe a fishing pole.
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Thomas Monkiewicz June 22, 1925 – April 20, 2017

Thomas J. Monkiewicz June 22, 1925 – April 20, 201 – Thomas J. Monkiewicz, 91, was granted angel wings on April 20th, 2017. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.

A memorial service, in Michigan, is being scheduled and will take place during May 2017.

Thomas was born June 22nd, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan to Joseph and Julia Monkiewicz. He had one sister, Genevieve whom he will happily be reunited with.

Thomas proudly served as a U.S. Marine in World War II as a radio operator on the island of Iwo Jima. He spent 14 months in the South Pacific before returning home to Dearborn, Michigan.

On May 24th, 1947, he married Pearl Frances Monkiewicz in Hamtramck, Michigan. Married nearly 70 years, they were blessed with five children.

He enjoyed reading, playing golf, and spending time with his family. He also loved to spend time with his best friend, Max O’Leyar and his family.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl Monkiewicz; sons, daughter and their partners, James (Sue), Kenneth (Terry), Linda (Shawn), David (Barbara), Michael (Cindy); 10 grandchildren, Andy (Katie), Laura (Rik), Jeff (Tina), Jason (Leanne), Jennifer (Andrew), Daniela (Scott), Benjamin, Lauren, Thomas, and Kelsey; and 6 great grandchildren, Rya, Kai, Lana, Wade, Olivia and Mason. He will also be survived by his sister-in-law, Dorothy Erwin, his niece and nephew Kelly (William), Bobby, Riley and Alex; and his sister’s family – The Vogel Family. His family was his legacy and he will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making monetary donations to Treasure Coast Hospice of Stuart: TC Hospice took great care of Thomas in his final days.

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Aaron Hernandez November 6, 1989 – April 19, 2017

Aaron Josef Hernandez (November 6, 1989 – April 19, 2017) was an American football tight end and convicted murderer. Hernandez played college football at the University of Florida, where he was a member of a BCS National Championship team and was recognized as an All-American. He was drafted by NFL’s New England Patriots as the 15th pick in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Hernandez was released by the Patriots in June 2013 immediately after his arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

On August 22, 2013, Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury for the June 2013 murder of Lloyd, who was a semi-professional football player. He was found guilty of first-degree murder in the Lloyd case, and sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. He was also indicted for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, but was found not guilty. On April 19, 2017, Hernandez committed suicide by hanging.

Aaron Josef Hernandez was born in Bristol, Connecticut, the son of Dennis Hernandez, who was of Puerto Rican descent, and Terri Valentine-Hernandez, who is of Italian descent. Dennis died from complications from hernia surgery in January 2006, when Hernandez was 16. According to Hernandez’s mother, his father’s death greatly affected him, leading him to rebel against authority figures.

Hernandez attended Bristol Central High School and played for the Rams as a wide receiver until becoming a tight end, and also played defensive end. As a senior, he was Connecticut’s Gatorade Football Player of the Year after making 67 receptions for 1,807 yards and 24 touchdowns on offense and 72 tackles, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and four blocked kicks on defense. The 1,807 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns were state records, and his 31 career touchdowns tied the state record. He also set the state record for receiving yards in a single game with 376, the seventh-best in national high school history, and set a national high school record for yards receiving per game with 180.7. Hernandez was considered the top tight-end recruit in 2007 by

At first Hernandez committed to play at the University of Connecticut with his brother D.J., but ultimately chose to play for the University of Florida under coach Urban Meyer.

As a freshman in 2007, Hernandez started three games for the Florida Gators. He finished the season with nine receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2008, he started 11 of 13 games in place of the injured Cornelius Ingram, and finished the season with 34 receptions for 381 yards and five touchdowns. In the 2009 BCS National Championship Game against the Oklahoma Sooners, Hernandez led the Gators in receiving yards with 57 on five receptions, as the Gators defeated the Sooners 24–14 to win their second BCS championship in three seasons.

As a junior in 2009, Hernandez won the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s best tight-end, after leading the team in receptions with 68 for 850 yards and five touchdowns. He was also a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection and was recognized as a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, College Football News and The Sporting News. Hernandez finished his college career with 111 receptions for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns.

After his junior year, he decided to forgo his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.

Hernandez was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. The previous day, the Patriots drafted another tight end, Rob Gronkowski. Shortly after Hernandez was drafted, The Boston Globe reported from multiple sources that he had admitted to marijuana use and had failed multiple drug tests while in college, causing his draft stock to drop. Later that day, the Patriots released a statement from Hernandez, who said he had failed only one drug test while in college and was candid about it to interested teams at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Hernandez signed a four-year contract on June 8, 2010. The contract included a signing bonus of $200,000, less than half the bonus received by Patriots fourth-round pick placekicker Stephen Gostkowski in 2006. To compensate for the smaller signing bonus, the deal also included a series of roster and workout bonuses up to an additional $700,000, which meant Hernandez could wind up getting the money a third-rounder would over four years, but would have to “walk the straight and narrow line to do so”.

Hernandez started the 2010 season as the youngest player on any active roster in the NFL. In Week 2, against the New York Jets, he caught six passes for 101 yards, making him the youngest player since 1960 to have 100 yards receiving in a single game. In the Patriots’ Week 3 victory over the Buffalo Bills, Hernandez led all Patriots receivers with six catches for 65 yards, and had one rush for 13 yards. In the Patriots’ Week 9 loss against the Cleveland Browns, Hernandez caught his first career touchdown on a one-yard pass from quarterback Tom Brady, and added another touchdown later in the game. In Week 15, Hernandez caught two touchdown passes from Brady in a win over the Green Bay Packers, earning Hernandez Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors. He finished the 2010 season with 45 receptions for 563 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games played (7 starts).

For his first season in the NFL, Hernandez wore the #85 jersey. In July 2011 during training camp, wide receiver Chad Johnson came to the team from a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals. Hernandez immediately let Johnson, who then legally had his last name as “Ochocinco” based on his uniform number, have the #85, choosing to go back to his college number of #81, which had been taken by Randy Moss from 2007 until his mid-season trade to the Vikings in 2010.

Hernandez played in 12 of the Patriots’ first 14 games, starting 10. (For the second season in a row, he missed two regular-season games with a knee injury.) In Week 15, against the Denver Broncos, he set career bests with 129 yards on nine receptions, including one touchdown.

In December 2011, Hernandez was named a Pro Bowl alternate during the season. In the NFL playoffs, Hernandez had the longest run of the postseason, a 42-yard run against the Broncos on the Patriots’ first offensive drive of the game. Hernandez helped lead the Patriots to Super Bowl XLVI, scoring a touchdown during the game, but the Patriots lost to the Giants 21–17.

On August 27, 2012, the Patriots signed Hernandez to a five-year contract extension, running through 2018. The $12.5 million signing bonus was the largest ever given to an NFL tight end, and the $40 million total was the second-largest extension ever, after teammate Rob Gronkowski’s $53 million. Hernandez was sidelined during the Patriot’s Week 2 game against the Arizona Cardinals with a high ankle sprain and missed several weeks. On December 10, during the Monday Night Football game against the Houston Texans, Hernandez recorded 8 receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Hernandez’s last NFL appearance was the 2012 AFC Championship game on January 20, 2013 against the Baltimore Ravens.

At the start of the 2011 season, there were only two tight ends on the Patriots roster: Hernandez, and his fellow 2010 draftee Gronkowski.

Although Hernandez’s stats were eclipsed by Gronkowski, Hernandez still ranked in the top 5 in receptions, yards, and touchdowns among tight ends. According to NBC Sports, Hernandez and Gronkowski were the first pair of tight ends in NFL history to catch at least five touchdowns each in consecutive seasons for the same team. Both ranked in the top 20 among all receivers in number of catches. In 2011, they also set NFL records for yardage, receptions, and touchdowns by tight ends on one team, combining for 169 receptions, 2,237 yards, and 24 touchdowns. The previous records for receptions and yards by multiple tight ends on a single team was set in 1984 by the San Diego Chargers, who had four tight ends combine for 163 receptions and 1,927 yards; the 24 touchdowns eclipsed the record of 18 touchdowns caught by Gronkowski, Hernandez, and Alge Crumpler in 2010.

Hernandez began dating Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez in 2007. They had a daughter, Avielle Janelle Jenkins-Hernandez, who was born in November 2012. They became engaged in the same month their daughter was born. That same month, Hernandez purchased a 7,100 square feet (660 m2) four-story home, with an in-ground pool, in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, for $1.3 million.

After his death, Newsweek reported on claims that Hernandez was bisexual, and suggested it as a motive for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

On April 28, 2007, according to a police report in Gainesville, Florida, 17-year-old Hernandez consumed two alcoholic drinks in a restaurant, refused to pay the bill, and was escorted out by a restaurant employee. As the employee walked away, Hernandez punched him on the side of the head and ruptured his eardrum. Although the police department recommended charging Hernandez with felony battery, the incident was settled out of court with a deferred prosecution agreement.

On September 30, 2007, five shots were fired into a car containing Randall Carson, Justin Glass, and Corey Smith while they were waiting at a Gainesville stoplight after having left a nightclub. Carson, a passenger sitting in the back seat who was uninjured, told police that the shooter was a “Hawaiian” or “Hispanic” male with a large build weighing about 230 pounds with a lot of tattoos. Glass, the driver, was shot in the arm, and Smith was shot in the back of the head and still suffers seizures as a result of the shooting. Hernandez invoked his right to counsel and refused to talk to police, and no charges were filed at the time. However, due to his 2013 arrest and subsequent conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd, Massachusetts authorities reached out to police in Florida to determine whether Hernandez may have had a role in the 2007 shooting.

Hernandez was investigated in connection with a double murder that took place on July 16, 2012, in Boston’s South End, when Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, 28, both of Dorchester, were killed by gunshots fired into their vehicle. On May 15, 2014, Hernandez was indicted on murder charges for the killings of de Abreu and Furtado, with additional charges of armed assault and attempted murder associated with shots fired at the surviving occupants in the vehicle. The trial began March 1, 2017. On April 14, 2017, Hernandez was found not guilty of the murders and most of the other charges. He was found guilty of illegal possession of a handgun.

On June 13, 2013, Alexander S. Bradley, described as a friend of Hernandez, filed a lawsuit against Hernandez in a Florida federal court. Bradley claimed that on February 13, 2013, Hernandez had shot him while the two were riding in a car on Interstate 95 in Palm Beach County, following an altercation at a Miami strip club; Bradley alleged that he lost his right eye as a result. When police came to assist Bradley, he declined to name his assailant, and no arrest was made at the time. Bradley’s lawsuit was dismissed on June 17, 2013, as a result of incorrect paperwork, and refiled on June 19, 2013.

On September 3, 2013, Hernandez’s lawyers filed a postponement request in federal court until his murder charges were resolved. They said it would be legally unfair to Hernandez to permit the lawsuit to continue while he was defending himself in the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

On May 11, 2015, Hernandez was indicted for witness intimidation in relation to the 2013 Miami shooting of Alexander Bradley, since Bradley was reportedly a witness to the 2012 Boston double homicide. The intimidation charge for Hernandez carried a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. This charge was included in the trial that began March 1, 2017, for the 2012 Boston double homicide.

On June 18, 2013, the police searched Hernandez’s house in North Attleboro for several hours in connection with an investigation into the shooting death of a friend, Odin Lloyd. Lloyd’s body was found in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez’s house with multiple gunshot wounds to the back and chest. The Massachusetts State Police obtained a search warrant after evidence surfaced that Hernandez intentionally destroyed his home security system. A cell phone belonging to Hernandez was turned over to police “in pieces” and Hernandez allegedly hired a “team of house cleaners” the same day Lloyd’s body was discovered, raising additional suspicion.

On June 20, 2013, the Boston Herald reported the Patriots had “barred” Hernandez from Gillette Stadium. According to, Patriots owner Robert Kraft decided to have Patriots staff ask Hernandez to leave because he did not want Gillette to be “the site of a media stakeout”. However, the Boston Globe reported that Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick (who is also effectively the Patriots’ general manager) and the rest of the team’s brain trust had decided to cut ties with Hernandez if he were arrested on any charge related to the case, even an obstruction of justice charge. Reportedly, this decision was made a week before Hernandez’ arrest.

On June 26, 2013, Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs and into police custody. The Patriots released Hernandez from the team about 90 minutes later, before officially knowing the charges against him. Their press release stated:

A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.

Later that day, Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder, in addition to five gun-related charges; he was held without bail at the Bristol County Jail.

Two other men were also arrested in connection with Lloyd’s death: Carlos Ortiz, on June 27, 2013, and Ernest Wallace on June 28, 2013. Ortiz revealed to the police that Hernandez had secretly rented an apartment in Franklin, Massachusetts. A subsequent search of the apartment, according to the Associated Press, “turned up ammunition and clothing that police believe could be evidence in the murder case against him”.

On August 22, 2013, Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Lloyd. On September 6, 2013, he was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. He was held without bail but reserved the right to request bail later.

On September 27, 2013, Jenkins, his girlfriend, was indicted on a perjury charge in connection with Lloyd’s killing.

On April 15, 2015, Hernandez was found guilty of murder in the first degree, a charge that in Massachusetts automatically carries a sentence of life in prison without a possibility of parole, as well as five firearm charges. Hernandez did not face the death penalty, as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts abolished the death penalty in 1984. Immediately following the conviction, Hernandez was temporarily transferred to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Cedar Junction, a maximum security intake facility located only 1.5 miles from Gillette Stadium where he formerly played, to begin serving his sentence. He was transferred to serve the remainder of his life sentence at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, a maximum security facility adjacent to the medium security Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Shirley.

Hernandez’s arrest and subsequent termination led to financial and other consequences for both Hernandez and the New England Patriots.

Hernandez’s release meant he automatically forfeited his 2015–18 salaries, totaling $19.3 million, which were not guaranteed. The Boston Globe reported that the Patriots voided all remaining guarantees, including his 2013 and 2014 salaries, on the grounds that those guarantees were for skill, injury, or salary cap room, and did not include being cut for “conduct detrimental to the best interests of professional football.” Furthermore, the Patriots planned to withhold $3.25 million of Hernandez’s 2012 signing bonus that was due to be paid in 2014, and to recoup the signing bonus already paid.
Since Hernandez had not completed his fourth season in the league, the Patriots were required to place him on waivers after releasing him. However, he went unclaimed. After Hernandez cleared waivers on June 28, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that, while charges against Hernandez are pending, the NFL will not approve any contract signed by Hernandez until Goodell holds a hearing to determine if Hernandez should face suspension or other action under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.
CytoSport and Puma canceled their endorsement deals with Hernandez. Puma canceled its deal after Hernandez’s arrest, while CytoSport canceled its deal a few days prior.
EA Sports announced that Hernandez’s likeness would be dropped from its NCAA Football 14 and Madden NFL 25 video games.
A prize-winning photo of Hernandez from his rookie season was removed from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, after visitor complaints.
Panini America, a sports memorabilia and trading card company, removed stickers of Hernandez from approximately 500,000 sticker books which had yet to be sent to collectors. The company replaced the stickers, as well as trading cards, with cards depicting Tim Tebow.
The University of Florida removed Hernandez’s name and likeness from various locations at its football facilities.

The NFL salary cap allows teams to pro-rate signing bonuses over the life of a contract or a five-year period, whichever is shorter. By cutting Hernandez, the Patriots accelerated all of Hernandez’s remaining guaranteed money into the 2013 and 2014 salary caps: the team took a $2.55 million hit in 2013, and another $7.5 million in 2014.

Within hours of Hernandez’s arrest, all of his memorabilia and merchandise was removed from the team’s official pro shop at Patriot Place and from its website. The Patriots ProShop exchanged about 2,500 previously sold Hernandez jerseys for other jerseys, destroying and recycling the Hernandez jerseys for a loss of about $250,000.

In the state of Massachusetts, it is possible for Hernandez (through his attorneys) to request to have his murder conviction vacated due to his death. If that request were to be granted, Hernandez technically will have died an innocent man, due to the legal principle of abatement ab initio. This principle asserts that when a criminal defendant dies but has not exhausted all legal appeals, the case reverts to its status “at the beginning”; technically, the conviction is vacated and the defendant is rendered “innocent”. Hernandez was in the process of filing an appeal for his 2015 conviction in the murder of Odin Lloyd. Lawyers for Hernandez plan to file a motion to vacate his murder conviction once they obtain a copy of his death certificate. State prosecutors, however, reserve the right to object to Hernandez’s request to vacate the conviction; the family of Odin Lloyd may also petition the court not to vacate the conviction and to keep the appeal alive.

On April 19, 2017, at 3:05 a.m. EDT, five days after he was found not guilty of the 2012 Boston double homicide, correction officers found Hernandez hanging by his bedsheets from his window in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts.

He was transported to UMass Memorial Hospital-Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. State Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon first said no suicide note was found in Hernandez’s single-occupant cell, but on April 20, 2017, investigators reported that three handwritten notes were next to a Bible opened to John 3:16 and “John 3:16” was written on his forehead in ink.

One note said he was entering the “timeless realm” and would see his family in heaven while another note said he loved his family and told them not to shed a tear; soap was found covering the floor and there were drawings in blood on the walls showing an unfinished pyramid and the all-seeing eye of God with the word “Illuminati” written in capital letters underneath. Prison officials had not observed any signs that Hernandez was at risk for suicide, so he was not put on around-the-clock watch. Upon completion of the autopsy by the medical examiner, the death has been officially ruled a suicide. Hernandez’s brain was released to Boston University to be studied for signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease found in people who have had a severe blow or repeated blows to the head. His lawyer-agent, Jose Baez, disputed any claim of suicide, initiating his own investigation of the death.

Eugene Schumacher September 3, 1937 – April 16, 2017

Eugene M. Schumacher September 3, 1937 – April 16, 2017 – Eugene (Gene) Schumacher, co-founder of Schumacher Music and Golf Gear, passed away Easter morning at age 79. Originally from Westhampton, NY, Gene and his wife Cece were residents of Stuart since 1982 and entrepreneurs building businesses in South Florida for over 50 years.

Gene went to Westhampton Beach High School then graduated with a degree in Music Composition from the Berklee School of Music at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. He was trained as a classical pianist and singer, and was a member of the drama and choir clubs at Berklee. As a musician, he played piano and bass in bands across New England then opened his first music store, Broward Music Center (later Schumacher Music) in Ft. Lauderdale in the late 60’s. He and Cece built their love of music into a thriving business with over 10 stores along the east coast of Florida.

A fan of Harry Houdini, he was a self-taught magician since childhood, and once the opening act as “Genshu the Magician’ for Elvis Presley. He became an avid golfer, taught his children how to play, and pursued his passion by building customized golf clubs in his garage. Once settled in Stuart, he co-founded Golf Gear with his daughter Andrea. He also owned and operated a restaurant.

In retirement, Gene enjoyed photography, spending time with his family, and watching his grandchildren compete in sports. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Cece, he is survived by three children and their spouses, seven grandchildren, one great-grandson, and his sister. He will be missed by all.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 from 3-5 pm at the Stuart Chapel of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994.

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

Allan Holdsworth August 6, 1946 – April 15, 2017

Allan Holdsworth (6 August 1946 – 15 April 2017) was a British guitarist and composer. He released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played a variety of musical styles spanning a period of more than four decades, but is best known for his work in jazz fusion.

Holdsworth was known for his advanced knowledge of music, through which he incorporated a vast array of complex chord progressions and intricate solos; the latter comprising myriad scale forms often derived from those such as the diminished, augmented, whole tone, chromatic and altered scales, among others, resulting in an unpredictable and “outside” sound. His unique legato soloing technique stemmed from his original desire to play the saxophone. Having been unable to afford one, he strove to use the guitar to create similarly smooth lines of notes. He also become associated with playing an early form of guitar synthesizer called the SynthAxe, a company he endorsed in the 1980s.

Holdsworth was cited as an influence by such renowned rock, metal and jazz guitarists as Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, Shawn Lane, Richie Kotzen, John Petrucci, Alex Lifeson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Romeo, and Tom Morello. Frank Zappa once lauded him as “one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet”, while Robben Ford has said: “I think Allan Holdsworth is the John Coltrane of the guitar. I don’t think anyone can do as much with the guitar as Allan Holdsworth can.”

Holdsworth first recorded in 1969 with the band ‘Igginbottom on their lone release, ‘Igginbottom’s Wrench (later reissued under the group name of “Allan Holdsworth & Friends”).

In 1971 he joined Sunship, an improvisational band featuring keyboardist Alan Gowen, future King Crimson percussionist Jamie Muir and bassist Laurie Baker. They played live but would never release any recorded material. Next came a brief stint with jazz rock band Nucleus, with whom Holdsworth played on their 1972 album, Belladonna; likewise with progressive rock band Tempest, on their self-titled first studio album in 1973. His playing can also be heard on a live BBC Radio concert from that year, which was released several decades later in 2005 as part of Under the Blossom: The Anthology, a Tempest compilation album. There has been an urban myth, propagated in part by the singer Donovan, that Holdsworth played the fuzztone solo on Donovan’s 1968 hit “Hurdy Gurdy Man”; however it has since been established that Alan Parker was the session guitarist responsible.

During the middle part of the decade, Holdsworth went on to work with various well-known progressive rock and jazz fusion artists. These included Soft Machine (Bundles), The New Tony Williams Lifetime (Believe It and Million Dollar Legs), Pierre Moerlen’s Gong (Gazeuse! and Expresso II) and Jean-Luc Ponty (Enigmatic Ocean). He has often since expressed his enjoyment of the experience gained with all of these groups, in particular his time spent with drummer Tony Williams. 1976 brought about the first of Holdsworth’s many frustrations with the music industry, when CTI Records released a recording of a rehearsal session on which he played, passing it off as an official studio album entitled Velvet Darkness. This angered Holdsworth, who said that he still loathes the album intensely and wished it were never made public.

As the 1970s wore on, Holdsworth was recruited by drummer and Yes founder Bill Bruford to play on his 1978 debut album, Feels Good to Me. Shortly afterwards, Bruford formed the progressive rock supergroup U.K. with keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson and bassist John Wetton; Holdsworth was brought in on the recommendation of Bruford. Despite getting along well with them personally and enjoying the recording of their 1978 self-titled album, Holdsworth claims that he “detested” his time spent with the group, and that it was “miserable” due to numerous musical differences whilst on tour, namely Jobson and Wetton’s desire for Holdsworth to play his solos to an organised structure for each show, something to which he vehemently objected.

Whilst U.K. continued with different musicians, Bruford returned to the core line-up of his solo band now simply named Bruford, with Holdsworth retained as guitarist. Their second album, One of a Kind, was released in 1979 and featured extensive contributions by Holdsworth, but by this point he wished to pursue his own musical aspirations and soon left the group, albeit with some reluctance.

Daniel Rooney July 20, 1932 – April 13, 2017

Daniel Milton Rooney (July 20, 1932 – April 13, 2017) was the former United States Ambassador to Ireland, who served from July 3, 2009 until his resignation in 2012. He was chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers American football team in the National Football League (NFL), which was founded by his father, Art. Rooney was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 for his contributions to the game. He was credited with spearheading a requirement that NFL teams with head coach and general manager vacancies interview at least one minority candidate, which has become known as the “Rooney Rule”.

Rooney was also co-founder of the Ireland-related fundraising organization The Ireland Funds.

Rooney was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Kathleen (née McNulty) and Pittsburgh Steelers’ owner Art Rooney.

In the Steelers organization, Rooney has been involved in every aspect of the franchise since he was a young boy, often assisting his father at Pitt Stadium and Forbes Field.

He grew up in the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh and attended North Catholic High School where he excelled as the team’s quarterback.

He was also the coach for the St. Peter’s Elementary school football team, which was quarterbacked by future CIA Director and lifelong friend Michael Hayden. Rooney was mentored by Fran Fogerty, Joe Carr, and Ed Kiely.

These men assisted in teaching Dan the business of football. After being mentored and graduating from Duquesne University he knew football was what he wanted to pursue. He then met his future wife in the office of the Steelers where she was currently working.

The couple got married soon after. By early 1969 Rooney was managing the day-to-day operations of the team and personally selected the coaching hire of Chuck Noll.

He was appointed team president in 1975 and was officially given full operational control of the franchise by his father who remained Chairman and President Emeritus, as well as the public face of the franchise until his death in 1988. During his tenure, he has implemented a philosophy and management style that emphasizes open, practical and efficient management. The results have been obvious: since 1972, the Steelers have won 15 division championships, 8 AFC Championships, and an NFL record 6 Super Bowl Championships. Rooney became the patriarch and controlling owner of the team in 1988, following the death of his father. In 2003, Rooney followed in his father’s footsteps by slowly ceding day-to-day operations of the franchise to the next generation of the family. Although still chairman and to many fans the public face of the team, his son Art Rooney II has now assumed full operational control of the Steelers.

Dan Rooney is a graduate of Duquesne University, majoring in accounting.

He has been involved with the Steelers since 1960, originally working as director of personnel.

While Rooney has generally avoided the spotlight, he has been a very active owner behind the scenes.

Rooney helped lead the negotiations of the collective bargaining agreement of 1982, and is largely credited both by owners and players of having ended a strike that lasted half of the season.

He is also one of the main architects of the salary cap, which was implemented in 1993. He surprised many with his public endorsement of Barack Obama for president. The family had traditionally been very private on politics, even being rumored to have a Republican bent. Rooney responded to his public endorsement with: “When I think of Barack Obama’s America I have great hope. I support his candidacy and look forward to his Presidency.” Rooney is the benefactor of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and Vice-Chairman of The American Ireland Fund. He is also a Founding Chairman of The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania. In 2008, Rooney became an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. In 2009, he won the 2009 Jack Horrigan Memorial Award, presented by the Professional Football Writers of America to a professional football official or player “for his or her professionalism in helping football writers do their job”.

He was named to the PoliticsPA list of “Sy Snyder’s Power 50” list of influential individuals in Pennsylvania politics in 2002.

On July 7, 2008, Dan and his son, team president Art Rooney II, announced that they were seeking to buy out Dan Rooney’s brothers’ shares in the team. The team initially said that some of Rooney’s four brothers want to “get out of the NFL and focus their business efforts on their racetracks and other interests.” This was report in The Wall Street Journal’s Web site that the Steelers have “been secretly shopped to potential buyers amid continuing divisions among the five sons of the team’s founder, Art Rooney Sr.” This forced the Steelers to announce that prolonged, ongoing negotiations were under way concerning the “restructuring” of ownership, which could result in the sale of the franchise or a consolidation of control within the Rooney family. Discussions have supposedly been taking place for two years. The team said that chairman Dan Rooney and his son, president Art Rooney II, are trying to buy Dan’s brothers’ shares in order to “ensure compliance with NFL ownership policies.” Dan and Art Rooney II, reportedly control 16% of the Steelers’ shares but conduct most of the team’s operations. Together, the Rooneys hold 80% of the company. The other 20% is owned by the McGinley Family, who are first cousins of the Rooneys.

The policies refer to The Rooney family’s gambling operation. The family owns racetracks in New York and Florida, and the team said “these facilities have added forms of gaming that are inconsistent with NFL gambling policy.” The racetracks that were owned by the Rooney’s recently received slot machines. According to league policy, no NFL owner may own, directly or indirectly, any interests in a gambling casino. The NFL defines any facility with slot machines as a casino.

One of the Rooneys’ interests called into question are the Yonkers Raceway, a harness racing track outside of New York City, which was purchased by the five Rooney brothers in 1972. The facility recently added video gaming machines, slot machines, and now has 5,300 such games, according to its Web site. The other interest is the Palm Beach Kennel Club, a Greyhound racetrack in West Palm Beach, Fla. The track was purchased by Art Rooney Sr. and his five sons in 1970. The facility advertises poker rooms on its Web site.

The Steelers’ statement said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has asked former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue to “serve as a league representative in discussions with the family in order to reach an agreement on the separation of the gambling interests and on a restructuring of ownership if the team is sold.”

Any sale involving an NFL team is subject to a league review and must be approved by 75% of member clubs. The Steelers were valued at $929 million by Forbes magazine in September 2007. However Rooney’s brothers: Art Rooney Jr., Timothy Rooney, Patrick Rooney and John Rooney released a statement confirming that they retained Goldman, Sachs & Co. to put a price tag on the franchise, and analysts in New York placed its value between $800 million and $1.2 billion. Their shares are likely worth more than Dan Rooney and son Art II have offered in the initial buyout could raise even higher and still remain under the NFL’s ceiling of $150 million in ownership debt. Each Rooney brother’s stake is worth about $160 million, or less than Dan Rooney is believed to be offering. Also the brother who may determine if the majority of the team remains in the Rooney family is Art Rooney Jr., a Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee for his drafting skills who was fired by Dan Rooney in 1987.

The brothers likely would not have retained Goldman Sachs if they felt they could soon work out a deal with Dan Rooney. The move also reflected on their fears that selling to Dan Rooney, coupled with the ensuing taxes, could leave their children and grandchildren with far less money than their shares are worth.

If any of the brothers were to die in the near future without a change in ownership, their heirs would face estate taxes of up to 45% of the shares’ value. Dan has been working with Morgan Stanley and PNC Financial Services to attempt to bring in additional investors who might prop up his buyout attempt.

However Duquesne Capital Management chairman Stanley Druckenmiller apparently is interested in acquiring the team, according to the Wall Street Journal story. The Associated Press reported on July 8, 2008 that a deal could be reached within days to sell a majority interest in the Steelers to Druckenmiller, taking control of the franchise away from the Rooney family. However Dan Rooney, stopped short of guaranteeing that he and his son, would be able to stay at the helm of a team. He hinted that “many people,” not just Druckenmiller, might be interested in the NFL franchise.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello stated that the NFL will continue to support the Rooneys in their efforts to retain control of the Steelers. The only thing that is known at this time is that the franchise will not relocate to another city, only that the ownership will either change or be consolidated.

On November 21, 2008, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that,

Tim and Pat Rooney plan to sell each of their 16% stake in the Steelers so they can remain involved in racetracks and casinos in Yonkers, N.Y., and West Palm Beach, Fla., family sources told the Post-Gazette. But John and Art Rooney Jr. each plan to keep a little less than half of their 16% stake…Dan Rooney and his son, Art, are trying to acquire 30% of the team to abide by NFL policy and have compiled a list of investors who, in essence, will become their new partners in the franchise.

Dan Rooney passed away at the age of 84 on April 13, 2017.

Annie Rice October 18, 1934 – April 13, 2017

Annie T. Rice October 18, 1934 – April 13, 2017 – Annie Tankersley Rice, 82, of Stuart, FL, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 13, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at Treasure Coast Hospice. She was Born Oct. 18, 1934 to John William Tankersley and Maggie Ruth (Hall) Tankersley in Miami, FL, Annie was a native Floridian. She was preceded in death by her loving sister, Geraldine T. Walker.

Annie Graduated from Miami Jackson High school and was a varsity cheerleader and she also played on the high school tennis team. Annie stayed very involved in tennis throughout her life. She played on an adult tennis team and continued playing tennis for fun with her children and grandchildren until she just couldn’t move around the court very well.

As a youngster, she enjoyed spending her free time at the beach with her friends. Annie loved Vacationing with friends and family. She spent alot of time traveling thoughout Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Annie also enjoyed taking cruises and was able to fulfill her dream of visiting Alaska and Hawaii.

When Annie was in elementary school, she spent a few years living in Key West
she fell in love with the Florida Keys and as an adult spent a lot of time there with good friends and family. Eventually purchasing a vacation home in Tavaneir, FL.

She absolutely Loved playing Cards and board games. There rarely was a family gathering where the family didn’t sit around the table playing a round or two of LRC, or Mexican Train which were two of her favorite games.

At Solaris where she resided since June of 2016, you could find her in the activity room playing Bingo or listening to musical entertainment.
She was recently crowned Valentine Queen of the Day and voted by the residents of Solaris.

She moved to the Treasure Coast area to join her children in 1999 from her native Miami. In 1983, after retirerment she and Barry resided for a few years in Georgia on Lake Sinclair and then on the farm. What Annie absoluteley loved most was spending time outdoors preferably with her family Her second best thing was going out to lunch or dinner with her friends.

Annie is survived by her beloved children Jeff of Stuart, FL., Tim (Vicki) of Stuart, FL; Kathleen (Tom Cox) of Palm City, FL.; her 6 adoring grandchildren, Jeffrey, Michelle, Angela, Regina
Taylor and Karleigh and her 3 great children; Emma, Zoey and Hayden.
Nana will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

A Gathering of Friends, & Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017. Visitation will be from 9:00 am to 10:00 am with a Celebration of her life beginning at 10:00 am at the Stuart Chapel of Martin Funeral Home, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations in loving memory of Annie be made to TC Hospice, 1201 S.E. Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL. 772-223-5550.

Charles Murphy July 12, 1959 – April 12, 2017

Charles Quinton Murphy (July 12, 1959 – April 12, 2017) was an American actor, comedian, voice artist, and writer. Murphy was known as a writer and cast member of the Comedy Central sketch-comedy series Chappelle’s Show. He was the older brother of Eddie Murphy

Murphy was born on July 12, 1959, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. His mother, Lillian, was a telephone operator, and his father, Charles Edward Murphy, was a transit police officer and an amateur actor and comedian. As an adolescent, he spent 10 months in jail.

In 1978, on the day Murphy was released from jail, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served for six years as a Boiler Technician. In 1983, shortly before being discharged from the Navy, Murphy witnessed a mushroom cloud over Beirut. He later learned that it was the aftermath of the Beirut barracks bombing in which 307 people were killed.

Although he had minor roles in several films in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Murphy also worked behind the scenes with the hip hop group K-9 Posse, a hip hop duo composed of his half-brother Vernon Lynch, Jr. and Wardell Mahone. On their 1988 self-titled debut, Murphy was credited as the album’s executive producer as well as songwriter on the songs “Somebody’s Brother” and “Say Who Say What”. He also made an appearance in the video for the duo’s first single “This Beat Is Military”. Murphy’s first major role in a motion picture was in the 1993 film CB4, where he portrayed the antagonist, Gusto.

Murphy achieved fame as a recurring performer on Chappelle’s Show, particularly in the Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories sketches. In these, Murphy recounts his misadventures as part of his brother Eddie’s entourage, including encounters with various celebrities such as Rick James and Prince. After Chappelle’s Show host Dave Chappelle left the show, Murphy and Donnell Rawlings hosted the “lost episodes” compiled from sketches produced before Chappelle’s departure.

In 2005, he appeared in King’s Ransom (alongside Anthony Anderson and Jay Mohr). In the film, Murphy portrayed “Herb”, a gay ex-con who is hired by King (Anderson) to kidnap him in a fake kidnapping. Murphy has done voiceovers for Budweiser radio commercials, provided the voice for Iraq War veteran/criminal Ed Wuncler III on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim series The Boondocks, and the voice for a pimp named Jizzy-B in Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas video game. Murphy provided the voice for Spock on the G4TV’s Star Trek 2.0 shorts, and the dog in his younger brother Eddie’s 2007 film, Norbit.

On March 20, 2009, his own sketch comedy series Charlie Murphy’s Crash Comedy began on Crackle. A stand-up special, Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize premiered on Comedy Central in late February 2010. Murphy also made special appearances in 1000 Ways to Die and the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet? as Frank Kingston. In 2014–15, Murphy played Vic on the Adult Swim live action show Black Jesus.

Murphy was a resident of Tewksbury Township, New Jersey. He was married to Tisha Taylor Murphy from 1997 until she died from cervical cancer in December 2009. The couple had two children together, and Murphy had another child from a previous relationship. He was a karate practitioner.

Murphy died from leukemia on April 12, 2017, aged 57.

Albert Freedman March 27, 1922 – April 11, 2017

Albert Freedman March 27, 1922 – April 11, 2017 – a television producer who became a central figure in the quiz-show scandals of the 1950s for giving questions in advance to contestants — notably Charles Van Doren, an English instructor at Columbia University — died April 11 in Greenbrae, Calif., He was 95.

Albert Freedman — who would later add the middle name Zuro — was born March 27, 1922, in Taunton, Mass. His father, Frank, had several jobs, including baker and bottler, and his mother, the former Bessie Kanaver, was a homemaker.

Mr. Freedman joined the Marines and fought in the South Pacific during World War II. He subsequently studied at the University of Southern California and at the Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques in Paris.

He found work in television, writing for Pinky Lee’s variety show and Groucho Marx’s “You Bet Your Life,” before becoming the producer of “Make Your Wish,” a children’s show, and later “Tic-Tac-Dough” and “Twenty-One.”

With television’s popularity soaring in the 1950s, quiz shows captivated viewers with the simple concept of watching ordinary people answer questions for cash and other prizes. On CBS, “The $64,000 Question” became an immediate hit in 1955. And, the next year, on NBC, Jack Barry and Dan Enright launched “Twenty-One.”

Mr. Freedman was happily producing “Tic-Tac-Dough,” another Barry-Enright production, when he was asked to take over “Twenty-One” early in its run in 1956. He reluctantly agreed, and took on an immediate mission: find someone to defeat the show’s champion, Herbert Stempel, a brainy, bespectacled young man from New York with an eidetic memory.

As Mr. Stempel kept winning, Geritol, the sponsor of “Twenty-One,” watched his appeal — and the show’s ratings — falter. It wanted new blood.

At first, no potential rivals for Mr. Stempel thrilled Mr. Freedman, he told the Archive of American Television in 2000. Then, by chance, Mr. Freedman went to a party in Greenwich Village.

“Sure enough, God listened to me, and there was this Charles Van Doren,” he said, adding, “He was very charming and easygoing, and I said, ‘How would you like to appear as a contestant on my show?’”

In an article he wrote for The New Yorker in 2008, Mr. Van Doren recounted how Mr. Freedman had persuaded him to participate by dangling the possibility of augmenting his modest teaching salary with thousands of dollars in winnings. And Mr. Freedman told him how he would help him win.

“Jack would ask you a question you could answer and Stempel couldn’t,” Mr. Freedman told him, referring to the host, Mr. Barry, according to Mr. Van Doren. No one else would know, the producer assured him. Not Mr. Barry, not Mr. Enright — and not the show’s powerful sponsor.

“In our sessions,” Mr. Van Doren wrote, “he would ask me questions, I would answer them — and then he would tell me how to answer them: pause here; add this or that remark or aside; always seem to be worried, anxious; never answer too quickly, let the suspense build up.”

Mr. Freedman embraced the subterfuge because it allowed popular contestants like Mr. Van Doren — whose father, Mark Van Doren, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a professor at Columbia — to return week after week and lift ratings for NBC and Geritol.

“I gave him the questions, and I assumed he would know how to play it,” Mr. Freedman told the archive.

Mr. Van Doren faced off against Mr. Stempel starting in November 1956, each standing in isolation booths that were not air-conditioned, answering questions in the quest to reach 21 points (thus the name of the show). Some games ended in ties; in one, Mr. Stempel incorrectly answered that “On the Waterfront” had won the Academy Award for best picture in 1955. Mr. Stempel knew the correct answer — “Marty,” one of his favorite movies — but said afterward that he had been told by Mr. Enright to give the wrong one.

He lost a final game, 18-10, to Mr. Van Doren, and took home $49,500.

Quiz-show rigging would be exposed in investigations by the New York district attorney Frank Hogan and the House Subcommittee on Legislative Oversight. The investigations formed one of the story lines in Robert Redford’s 1994 film “Quiz Show,” which featured Hank Azaria as Mr. Freedman, John Turturro as Mr. Stempel and Ralph Fiennes as Mr. Van Doren.

Mr. Freedman was indicted in 1958 for perjury, accused of lying to a grand jury when he said that he had not given questions to contestants. He later said his motivation had been to protect Mr. Van Doren.

Mr. Freedman told the archive that Mr. Van Doren had told him that the truth “would destroy his father, destroy his life, and he had me promise I would not finger him.”

After being indicted, the jobless Mr. Freedman left for Mexico for a while. From there, he issued a statement to The New York Times, denying that quiz shows were fraudulent. They were simply “showmanship, spectacle and illusion,” he wrote.

“Everyone knows that the magician doesn’t saw the lady in half,” he said, and added, “Even though the quiz heroes were not omniscient supermen, at least the public was able to pit its own brains against facts and knowledge they wished they had.”

“Twenty-One” was canceled in 1958 after a two-year run. Mr. Freedman recanted his testimony to another quiz-show grand jury, admitting that he had given questions in advance to contestants. The perjury charges against him were dropped, he said.

Mr. Van Doren was one of 17 former contestants of “Twenty-One” and “Tic-Tac-Dough” who pleaded guilty to lying to a grand jury after asserting they had received no prior help on questions and answers. They received suspended sentences.

After the quiz-show scandal, he moved to London with his family and started writing for the European edition of the adult magazine Penthouse.

Working for Bob Guccione, the founder of Penthouse, Mr. Freedman said, they created another magazine, Forum: The International Journal of Human Relations, which dealt with sexuality, lifestyles and relationships in often explicit terms. He also helped Mr. Guccione build his publishing company, General Media.

In 1981, Mr. Freedman earned a Ph.D. from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, writing a dissertation titled “Extra-Monogamous Sex in Couple Relationships.” He lectured at the institute and universities about sexuality and women’s rights.

In addition to Mr. Dworman, Mr. Freedman is survived by his second wife, the former Nancy Blumberg; his daughter, Tani Ruiz, and son, Derek, both from his first marriage; and two other stepchildren, Lori and Garett Dworman.

Mr. Freedman’s first wife, the former Esther Katz, died. Two other daughters, Mara and Lisa, also died.

Mr. Freedman did not enjoy the version of the “Twenty-One” story told by Mr. Redford. The show the film depicted, he said, was far more fixed “than the shows I produced.”

“J.” Geils Jr. February 20, 1946 – April 11, 2017

John Warren “J.” Geils Jr. (February 20, 1946 – April 11, 2017) was an American guitarist who was a member of the rock group The J. Geils Band.

Geils was born in New York City and grew up in Far Hills, New Jersey. His father was an engineer at Bell Labs and a jazz fan. From an early age, he heard his father’s albums by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie, and was escorted by his father to a Louis Armstrong concert. He worked out Miles Davis music on trumpet and drums, and he listened to blues guitarists Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters on the radio.

In 1964, he went to Northeastern University and was a trumpeter in the marching band. When he was drawn to folk musicians in Boston, he left Northeastern for Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he studied mechanical engineering. At Worcester, he formed J. Geils Blues Band with Danny Klein, Magic Dick Salwitz, Stephen Jo Bladd, and Peter Wolf, with Seth Justman becoming the last member before the band released its debut album in 1970.

The J. Geils Band was influenced by soul music and rhythm and blues, but it moved toward pop and rock by the time the album Love Stinks (EMI, 1980) came out. Their next album, Freeze Frame, produced the song “Centerfold”, which sat at number one for six weeks. Tension and conflict arose among band members, and Peter Wolf left to pursue a solo career. The band broke up in 1985.

Geils put down the guitar to concentrate on auto racing and restoration. He returned to music in 1992 when he produced an album for Danny Klein and formed the band Bluestime with Magic Dick. He played in the New Guitar Summit with Duke Robillard and Gerry Beaudoin and in the acoustic trio Kings of Strings with Beaudoin and Jerry Miller. In 2005, he released his first solo album, jazz album.

In 2015, Geils was named to the Wall of Honor at his alma mater, Bernards High School in Bernardsville, New Jersey.

In 1982, Geils moved to Groton, Massachusetts. The town honored him by proclaiming J. Geils Day on December 1, 2009.

On April 11, 2017, Groton police conducted a well being check on Geils and found him unresponsive at his home. He was pronounced dead at the scene, aged 71. The cause of death was due to natural causes and attributed to injuries sustained during a boating accident.

Edith Momchilovich June 8, 1927 – April 11, 2017

Edith E. Momchilovich June 8, 1927 – April 11, 2017 – Edith E. Momchilovich, 89, died April 11, 2017 at her home in Stuart, Florida.

Edith was born June 8, 1927 in Nebraska to her parents John and Anna. After losing their farm during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, her father purchased a house and land in Minnesota in 1942. The family (10 children at the time between the ages of 5 and 23) brought most of their belongings in wagons and drove their tractors to their new farm in Minnesota.

While working as a bookkeeper at Strong Scott in Minneapolis, MN, Edith met Louis Momchilovich (a machinist there) and they were married on Valentine’s Day in 1953. They had four daughters – Gayle, Jan, Lynn and Lori. Edith always had a strong head for numbers and finished her career as a bookkeeper at Harstad – Todd Realty, a builder and real estate company based in New Brighton, MN. At her retirement, she received a plaque which stated: “If you need money, ask Edith”. After retiring, Louis and Edith moved to Marathon in the Florida Keys. They later moved to Stuart, Florida.

Edith was very artistic and enjoyed sewing, knitting and needlepoint (skills which, although she tried, did not get passed on to her daughters). She loved to shop and was always up for anything. Edith was a loving grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren when they visited their home in Florida.

Edith is survived by her husband, Louis Momchilovich, who lovingly cared for her during her final years struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, daughters Gayle Momchilovich (Don Erickson), Jan Momchilovich, Lynn Momchilovich (Jim Swanson) and Lori Momchilovich (Matthew Nooney), grandchildren Matthew Mickus, Lydia Swanson, Jessie Mickus and John Nooney, sisters Bernice Endres and Elayne Donnelly.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 20, 2107 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a service at 1:00 p.m. at Aycock Funeral Home Young & Prill Chapel, 6801 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, Florida. Burial will follow at Forrest Hills Memorial Park, 2001 SW Murphy Road, Palm City, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Treasure Coast Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Dorothy Mengering July 18, 1921 – April 11, 2017

Dorothy Marie Mengering (July 18, 1921 – April 11, 2017), better known to Late Night and Late Show viewers as Dave’s Mom, was the mother of late-night talk show host David Letterman and frequent telephone and live guest on his show.

She appeared on camera (identified as Dorothy Mengering) on Late Night with David Letterman on the “Parents’ Night” broadcast of February 25, 1986, in which the parents of many Late Night staffers were also seen. Following several years of appearing via telephone, Mengering (usually billed as “Dave’s Mom” or “Dave’s Mom Dorothy”, with no mention of her surname) became a recurring on-camera guest on Letterman’s subsequent Late Show, initially by covering the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. She lived in Carmel, Indiana, at the time of her death.

Dorothy Mengering was born Dorothy Marie Hofert in Linton, Indiana, the oldest child of Lena M. (née Strietelmeier) and Earl Jacob Hofert. Mengering’s maternal grandparents, Fredricke Hilgediek and William Strietelmeier, were born in Germany, and her father was of German descent. A younger brother, Earl Jr. (1922–2009), and sister, Hazel (born 1923), were born respectively. Dorothy’s first cousin is the grandmother of the model and actress Rebecca Romijn, a fact which was discussed on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Mengering spent a year at Indiana University before marrying Harry Joseph (Joe) Letterman in 1942, with whom she had three children: Jan, David, and Gretchen. While raising her children, she assisted her husband, a florist, and worked as a secretary at her church, Second Presbyterian; she was widowed in 1973. In 1983, she married again, this time to Hans Mengering, a retired engineer and decorated World War II veteran who died on March 12, 2013.

Mengering’s first on-camera appearance on The Late Show was in 1994, when she provided nightly coverage of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. In the days immediately prior to her television debut, she fell and received eight stitches on her eyebrow and a black eye, and spent much of her on-camera time under many layers of makeup. While in Lillehammer, she interviewed Hillary Clinton (inquiring if her husband might be able to “fix” Dave’s speeding tickets), Nancy Kerrigan (repeatedly asking her if she would like a cup of hot cocoa), and several other winter Olympians, including gold medal-winner Tommy Moe.

Mengering reprised her role as Late Show Olympic commentator in 1998 and 2002, covering the Winter Games held in Nagano, Japan and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Since her first appearance in 1994, Mengering appeared on the show several times each year. She made annual appearances on Thanksgiving, via satellite from her Indiana home, for a feature entitled “Guess Mom’s Pies”. She also appeared regularly a few days before Mothers’ Day and made occasional visits on her birthday. In 1995, she traveled to London to film remote spots for The Late Show, which were aired later that year.

In 2015, Mengering suffered a stroke, but recovered months later. Mengering died on April 11, 2017 at her home in Carmel, Indiana, at the age of 95. She died one day before Letterman’s 70th birthday.

Linda Hopkins December 14, 1924 – April 10, 2017

Linda Hopkins (December 14, 1924 – April 10, 2017) was an American actress and blues and gospel singer. She recorded classic, traditional, and urban blues, and performed R&B and soul, jazz, and show tunes.

Born Melinda Helen Matthews in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States,[2] the second child of the Reverend Fred Matthews, Sr. and Hazel Smith, Hopkins grew up in the section of New Orleans known by the locals as “Zion City”. She went to school in “Gert Town” which bordered the Xavier University of Louisiana.

Known as “Lil Helen Matthews” as a child, she was discovered at the age of eleven by Mahalia Jackson when she persuaded Jackson to perform at a fundraiser at her home church, St. Mark’s Baptist Church. Lil Helen opened the children’s fundraising program with a rendition of Jackson’s gospel hit, “God Shall Wipe Your Tears Away”. Jackson was reportedly so impressed by Helen’s determination and talent that she arranged for the young girl to join the Southern Harp Spiritual Singers in 1936. Hopkins remained with the group for a decade.

She first saw Bessie Smith perform Empty Bed Blues at The New Orleans Palace Theatre in 1936. Hopkins greatly admired Smith and later won critical plaudits for her rendition of Smith in the 1959 theatrical presentation Jazz Train. Matthews left New Orleans in the 1950s, and, in 1951, began performing at Slim Jenkin’s Night Club in the Oakland/Richmond area. There she met Johnny Otis and Little Esther Phillips who created her stage name, Linda Hopkins. In 1952, Hopkins toured Hawaii and Japan for two years which included a stint with Louis Armstrong at The Brown Derby in Honolulu. She recorded for the Crystalette, Forecast, Federal and Atco labels and often appeared at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem.

In 1960, Hopkins first toured Europe in the Broadway Express, the restaged production of Jazz Train. She recorded “Shake a Hand” with Jackie Wilson on the Brunswick label, which is her sole hit single reaching #21 on the US Billboard R&B chart. She also attended Stella Adler’s Acting School in New York City.

During the 1970s, Hopkins performed in the Broadway musical, Purlie, and with Sammy Davis, Jr. for nine months. In addition, she performed at President Jimmy Carter’s 1977 inaugural ball. In 1972 she was awarded a Tony and Drama Desk Award for her performance in Inner City.

Hopkins starred in Me and Bessie, a one-woman show paying homage to blues singer Bessie Smith, conceived and written by Hopkins and Will Holt. The world premiere was in Washington, D.C. in 1974. After a run in Los Angeles it transferred to the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway. The critically acclaimed show ran for thirteen months and 453 performances, and Hopkins was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience.

In 1985, Black and Blue, written by Claudio Segovia and Hector Orezzoli, premiered in Paris at the Théâtre Musical Paris. The musical revue opened on Broadway in 1989 and ran for 829 performances. Hopkins received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical. Wild Women Blues, conceived by Hopkins and produced by Mel Howard and created by Hopkins and William Lipscomb, premiered in Berlin in 1997. In 1998 Hopkins celebrated 50 years in show business.

In 2005, Motherin’ The Blues: Linda Hopkins – The Continuing Legacy of The Blues Woman, researched and written by Erany Barrow-Pryor, Ph.D. through the Department of English at UCLA, was published.

In October 2005, Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hopkins died in April 2017 at the age of 92.

Harry Huskey January 19, 1916 – April 9, 2017

Harry Douglas Huskey (January 19, 1916 – April 9, 2017) was an American computer design pioneer. He was born in the Smoky Mountains region of North Carolina and grew up in Idaho. He received his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Idaho. He gained his Master’s and then his PhD in 1943 from the Ohio State University on Contributions to the Problem of Geocze. Huskey taught mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania and then worked part-time on the early ENIAC computer in 1945.

He visited the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the United Kingdom for a year and worked on the Pilot ACE computer with Alan Turing and others. He was also involved with the EDVAC and SEAC computer projects.

Huskey designed and managed the construction of the Standards Western Automatic Computer (SWAC) at the National Bureau of Standards in Los Angeles (1949–1953). He also designed the G15 computer for Bendix Aviation Corporation, which could perhaps be considered as the first “personal” computer in the world. He had one at his home that is now in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

After five years at the National Bureau of Standards, Huskey joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley in 1954 and then University of California, Santa Cruz from 1966.

While at Berkeley, he supervised the research of pioneering programming language designer Niklaus Wirth, who gained his PhD in 1963. During 1963-1964 Prof. Huskey participated in establishing the Computer Center at IIT Kanpur and convened a meeting there with many pioneers of computing technology. Participants included Forman Acton of Princeton University, Robert Archer of Case Institute of Technology, S. Barton of CDC, Australia, S. Beltran from the Centro de Calculo in Mexico City, John Makepeace Bennett of the University of Sydney, Launor Carter of SDC – author of the subsequent Carter Report on Computer Technology for Schools, David Evans of UC Berkeley, Bruce Gilchrist of IBM-SBC, Clay Perry of UC San Diego, Sigeiti Moriguti of the University of Tokyo, Adriaan van Wijngaarden of the Mathematisch Centrum in Amsterdam, Maurice Wilkes of Cambridge University, and Gio Wiederhold, also of UC Berkeley.

Huskey was latterly Professor Emeritus at the University of California, after his retirement at the age of 70 in 1986. In 1994 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Huskey married Velma Roeth (died 1991) and had four children. In 1994, he married Nancy Grindstaff (died in 2016). He lived in Santa Cruz, California.

Huskey appeared with a junk dealer as the third pair of contestants in the 10 May 1950 episode of Groucho Marx’s radio show You Bet Your Life. He was described as the designer of an “electronic brain”. They selected the “state category” and missed the final question when they failed to identify Iowa as the state north of Missouri.

Peter Franklin Hansen December 5, 1921 – April 9, 2017

Peter Franklin Hansen (December 5, 1921 – April 9, 2017) was an American actor, best known for his role as a lawyer, Lee Baldwin, on the soap opera General Hospital, playing the role from 1965 to 1976, 1977 to 1986, briefly in 1990, and again from 1992 to 2004.

In 1997, he began playing the character on the sister show Port Charles. The early years of Port Charles saw the Baldwins as the core family, focusing on Lee’s son, Scotty, and granddaughter, Karen. After their storyline took them back to “GH”, Peter made occasional appearances on both shows, last appearing in 2004.

Although he retired from acting afterwards, he did appear at the off-screen 50th Anniversary party in 2013 along with former on-screen wife Susan Brown.

Hansen has appeared in more than 100 films, television series and made-for-television movies. His early acting roles included being a guest star on Reed Hadley’s CBS crime drama, The Public Defender, and the television adaptation of Gertrude Berg’s comedy The Goldbergs. In addition to his work on General Hospital, he notably co-starred in 1963 on the NBC soap opera Ben Jerrod. He also appeared on The Golden Girls in 1985 (Season 1, Episode 5) as Elliott Clayton, a casanova who makes a pass at Blanche while dating Dorothy. In 1988, he starred in an episode of Cheers (“And God Created Woodman”; Season 6, Episode 14), as Daniel T. Collier, the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Lillian, the company which owns Cheers. Other notable appearances include work on Broken Arrow, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Maverick, Petticoat Junction, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., How The West Was Won, Magnum, P.I., L.A. Law, Night Court, and Growing Pains.

He had a major role in the 1951 science fiction film When Worlds Collide.

Hansen served as a United States Marine Corps aviator in World War II. He flew F4U Corsairs and participated in the invasion of Peleliu in September 1944.

In the 1960s, Hansen made commercials for Chrysler products appearing on The Lawrence Welk Show. He resided in Reseda, California, with his family, and he enjoyed flying, owning his own Cessna for decades, spent many vacations in the Sierra Nevada high country. He led a devoted spiritual life at St. Nicholas of Myra Episcopal Church, in Encino, California

Hansen died on April 9, 2017, at his home in Santa Clarita, California, at the age of 95. He was cremated via Peaceful Reflections Cremation Care in Santa Clarita, California, and his ashes returned to family

Carol Caruso December 25th, 1932 – April 9th, 2017

Carol Caruso December 25th, 1932 – April 9th, 2017 – Carol A. Caruso, 84, of Stuart, passed away April 9, 2017. She was born in Irvington, NJ and lived most of her life in New Jersey, having relocated to Florida 6 years ago. She had been a bookkeeper and a homemaker. She was a very devoted mother and grandmother, and loved spending her time with her family.

She was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Kenilworth, NJ.

She is survived by her daughter, Maria Mastroianni and her husband Giovanni of Palm City; grandchildren, Thomas and Christina of New Jersey, Christian, Alessandra, Brianna and Ava all of Palm City and Son in law, Frank Checchio of New Jersey. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia Checchio.

Mary Ann Allison May 17, 1938 – April 7, 2017

Mary Ann Allison May 17, 1938 – April 7, 2017 – Mary Ann Allison, 78, passed away at her home Friday, April 7, 2017. She was the wife of Dr. Ronald Allison; they shared 23 years of marriage.

Mary Ann was born May 17, 1938 in Greenwich, CT. She graduated from Greenwich High School, and graduated from Greenwich School of Nursing in 1959. She was employed as head nurse in Greenwich Hospital and later Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Florida.

She moved to Stuart in 1975 with her children and previous husband. She was a devoted and fun-loving mother who was also dedicated to her work at Martin Memorial. She enjoyed raising her family, along with scuba diving and other activities.

In 1994, Mary Ann married her soul mate, Ron Allison. She retired in 1995 and the couple began to travel the world. Their love of adventure took them to all seven continents. They really enjoyed driving their RV across North America, exploring hot springs, camping at state parks and visiting family along the way. She also loved Costa Rica, where she spent time with family. The Allisons loved family, simple pleasures, hiking, nature and exploring, and were lovingly called “The Wanderers.”

Mary Ann is survived by her husband, Dr. Ronald Allison, son and daughter-in-law, Phil & Kim Spier of Costa Rica and Stuart, daughter and son-in-law, Sheri & Mark Finn of Evergreen, Colorado, grandchildren Jennifer & Amanda of Colorado, Derek, Sol, Ben and Sam of Costa Rica, great grandchildren Sophia, Noah, Scarlett, and Tegan. Her loving stepchildren include Mike Allison, Glenn Allison, Helen Stamm and Joy Adams, along with 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Barbara Wentzel of Stuart. She was preceded in death by her sister Joan Bogdanchik of Pasadena, California.

Services will be Tuesday, April 11, 1pm at Martin Funeral Home; 961 S. Kanner Hwy, Stuart.

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.

Don Rickles May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017

Donald Jay Rickles (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Best known as an insult comic, his pudgy, balding appearance and pugnacious style led to few leading roles in film or television; his prominent film roles included Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) and Kelly’s Heroes (1970), and beginning in 1976 he enjoyed a two-year run starring in the sitcom C.P.O. Sharkey. He received widespread exposure as a popular guest on numerous talk shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Show with David Letterman, and later voice roles in films notably included playing Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story series. He won a Primetime Emmy Award for the 2007 documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.

Rickles was born Donald Jay Rickles in the New York City borough of Queens on May 8, 1926, to Max Rickles (1897–1953), who emigrated in 1903 with his parents Joseph and Frances Rickles (Richters) from Kaunas, Lithuania (then in the Russian Empire and known in Jewish society as “Kovno”), and Etta (Feldman) Rickles (1901–1984), born in New York to immigrant parents from the Austrian Empire. His family was Jewish and spoke Yiddish at home. Rickles grew up in the Jackson Heights area.

After graduating from Newtown High School, Rickles enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II on the motor torpedo boat tender USS Cyrene (AGP-13) as a seaman first class. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Two years later, intending to be a dramatic actor, he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and then played bit parts on television. Frustrated by a lack of acting work, Rickles began performing stand-up comedy in clubs in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. He became known as an insult comedian when he responded to his hecklers. The audience enjoyed these insults more than his prepared material, and he incorporated them into his act. When he began his career in the early 1950s, he started calling ill-mannered members of the audience “hockey puck[s]”. His style was similar to that of an older insult comic, Jack E. Leonard, though Rickles denied Leonard influenced his style.

While working in a Miami Beach nightclub known as “Murray Franklin’s” early in his career, he spotted Frank Sinatra and remarked to him, “I just saw your movie, The Pride and the Passion and I want to tell you, the cannon’s acting was great.” He added, “Make yourself at home, Frank. Hit somebody!” Sinatra, whose pet name for Rickles was “bullet-head,” enjoyed him so much that he encouraged other celebrities to see Rickles’ act and be insulted by him. Sinatra’s support helped Rickles become a popular headline performer in Las Vegas. During a Dean Martin Roast special, Rickles was among those who took part in a roast of Sinatra. Although Rickles himself was also roasted during another show in the series.

Rickles earned the nicknames “The Merchant of Venom” and “Mr. Warmth” for his poking fun at people of all ethnicities and walks of life. When he was introduced to an audience or on a television talk show, Spanish matador music, “La Virgen de la Macarena”, would usually be played, subtly foreshadowing someone was about to be metaphorically gored. Rickles said, “I always pictured myself facing the audience as the matador.”

In 1958, Rickles made his film debut in a serious part in Run Silent, Run Deep with Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster. Throughout the 1960s, he often appeared on television in sitcoms and dramatic series. Rickles guest-starred in Get Smart as Sid, an old war buddy of Max who comes to stay with him. In an episode of the 1960s drama series Run for Your Life, Rickles played a distressed comedian whose act culminates when he strangles a patron while imploring the patron to “Laugh!” Rickles took a dramatic turn in the low-budget Roger Corman film X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes as a carnival barker out to exploit the title character (played by Ray Milland).

Rickles appeared in the popular Beach Party film series. He recalled in his 2007 memoir that at a White House dinner, Barbara Bush teased him about his decision to appear in those films. Rickles’ agent, Jack Gilardi, was married to Annette Funicello when Rickles was cast in the Beach Party films. He subsequently began appearing more frequently on television talk shows, first appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965.

He became a frequent guest and guest host, appearing more than 100 times on The Tonight Show during Carson’s era. An early Carson-Rickles Tonight highlight occurred in 1968 when, while two Japanese women treated Carson to a bath and massage by foot, Rickles walked onto the set. Rickles also made frequent appearances on The Dean Martin Show and became a fixture on The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast specials.

In 1968, Rickles released a live comedy album, Hello, Dummy!, which reached #54 on The Billboard 200 album chart. The same year he starred in his own variety show on ABC, The Don Rickles Show, with comedy writer Pat McCormick as his sidekick. The show lasted one season. During the 1960s, Rickles made guest appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Munsters, The Addams Family, The Mothers-in-Law, Gilligan’s Island, Get Smart, The Andy Griffith Show and I Dream of Jeannie.

In 1970, Rickles had a notable role as Crapgame in Kelly’s Heroes, sharing the marquee poster with co-stars Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland and Carroll O’Connor. In 1972, he starred in The Don Rickles Show, which lasted for 13 episodes. He also starred in a series of television specials. In his memoir, Rickles acknowledged a scripted sitcom was not well-suited to his ad-lib style of performing.

Starting in 1973, Rickles became a popular comedian appearing on The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast specials. In 1976–1978, he starred in C.P.O. Sharkey, which lasted two seasons. The series is primarily remembered for the cigarette box incident when Johnny Carson did an impromptu surprise visit during an episode’s taping because he was “incensed” Rickles broke his cigarette box while he chatted with Bob Newhart (who was sitting in for Carson as the guest host of The Tonight Show) on the previous night’s show. The incident was often replayed in Tonight Show retrospectives and was considered a highlight of the 1970s era of the series.

Rickles occasionally appeared as a panelist on Hollywood Squares and was depicted in comic book form by Jack Kirby during his work on the Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen series.

In the early 1980s, Rickles began performing with Steve Lawrence in concerts in Las Vegas. In 1983, the duo co-hosted Foul-Ups, Bleeps & Blunders, an imitation of TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes. In 1985, when Frank Sinatra was asked to perform at Ronald Reagan’s Second Inaugural Ball, he stipulated he would not perform unless Rickles was allowed to perform with him. Rickles considered this performance the highlight of his career. In 1990, he appeared in the second season of Tales from the Crypt in the episode “The Ventriloquist’s Dummy”. In 1992, he was cast in Innocent Blood, directed by John Landis. In his memoir, Rickles wrote that he recalled that Landis was once a “Production Assistant” to Brian G. Hutton during the filming of Kelly’s Heroes. During the filming of Innocent Blood, Rickles would kid Landis by ordering him to get coffee or to run other errands befitting his one-time “gofer” status. In 1993, Rickles starred in another short-lived sitcom Daddy Dearest, with Richard Lewis. In 1995, he played Billy Sherbert in Casino, and voiced Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story (1995) and reprised his role in Toy Story 2 (1999). Rickles starred as George Wilson in 1998’s Dennis the Menace Strikes Again. In 1998, he portrayed a film theater manager in Dirty Work and voiced Cornwall, one of the heads of a two-headed dragon, in Quest for Camelot.

In February 2007, Rickles made a cameo appearance as himself in a strange, recurring dream sequence woven through an episode titled “Sub Conscious” of the CBS dramatic series, The Unit. Rickles’ memoir, titled Rickles’ Book, was released on May 8, 2007, by Simon & Schuster. Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, a documentary about Rickles directed by John Landis, made its debut on HBO on December 2, 2007. Rickles won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, besting a number of notable comics, including David Letterman, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert. To this Rickles remarked, “Stephen Colbert’s a funny man, but he’s too young. He has got plenty of time to win awards, but this may be my last year and I think that I made it count. On second thought it was probably just a mercy award for an old man.” Rickles reprised his role of Mr. Potato Head for Toy Story Midway Mania! attraction at Disney California Adventure Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Toy Story 3.

In 2009, Rickles appeared on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List and met Griffin’s mother, Maggie, to fulfill one item on Maggie’s “bucket list”. In 2010, he appeared in a commercial during Super Bowl XLIV as a talking rose and appeared on the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS TV on June 27, 2010. In 2011, Rickles reunited with his Casino co-star Joe Pesci in a Snickers advertisement highlighting the actors known for their “short fuses.” Rickles also played the late husband of Elka (Betty White) on the TV Land original comedy Hot in Cleveland— a “surprise” because his character was thought to be dead.

On May 28, 2014, Rickles was honored by Spike TV’s “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles”. Recorded live at New York City’s Apollo Theater, Jerry Seinfeld was the master of ceremonies for the two-hour special, with live monologues by Johnny Depp, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Tracy Morgan, Brian Williams, Regis Philbin, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Recorded segments included bits from Bob Newhart, Bill Cosby, Jimmy Kimmel and Eddie Murphy.

“The camaraderie and the comedy made the show a cross between a traditional roast and a dignified lifetime achievement award, spanning emotions ranging from admiration and gratitude to, well, degradation. And as the evening reached its climax, when Rickles got his say after all that had said about him and his nearly 60-year-long career, fittingly, he had the last laugh.” – TV Week

Rickles was still a frequent guest on late night talk shows, including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, among other late night shows during the later months of his life. On May 11, 2015, Rickles appeared as a guest on one of the final episodes of The Late Show with David Letterman. He also made a cameo in the show Grandfathered.

In a 2014 interview, Rickles dismissed thoughts of retiring, saying: “I’m in good health. I’m working better than I ever have. The audiences are great. Why should I retire? I’m like a fighter. The bell rings and you come out and fight. My energy comes alive. And I still enjoy it.” Until his death in 2017, despite being impeded by multiple surgeries following a bout with necrotizing fasciitis in 2013, Rickles continued touring across the United States.

On March 14, 1965, Rickles married Philadelphia native Barbara Sklar. He admitted having a very difficult time romantically in his 20s and 30s (he married at the relatively old age of 38), finally meeting Barbara through his agent and falling for her when she failed to get his sense of humor. They had two children, Mindy and Larry Rickles (1970–2011). According to Rickles’ memoir, his grandchildren, Ethan and Harrison Mann, are much more impressed by his role as Mr. Potato Head than by any of his other achievements.

Although a lifelong Democrat, he performed at the inaugurations of Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush with his friend Frank Sinatra.

Rickles considered comedian Bob Newhart to be his best friend, and their wives were also close friends. Rickles and Newhart appeared together on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on January 24, 2005, the Monday following Johnny Carson’s death, reminiscing about their many guest appearances on Carson’s show, which included footage of the “cigarette box incident”. The two also appeared together on the television sitcom Newhart, and for previous episodes of The Tonight Show, where Newhart or Rickles were guest-hosts. Rickles, Newhart, and their wives often vacationed together.

Rickles died on April 6, 2017, of kidney failure, in his home in Los Angeles.

Achille Garritano October 12th, 1938 – April 5th, 2017

Achille Garritano October 12th, 1938 – April 5th, 2017 – Achille Garritano, 78, of Stuart, Florida, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the Cleveland Clinic of Florida after he fought a long and courageous battle undergoing open heart surgery. Achille was born October 12, 1938 to Eugenio and Adelina (Mannarino) Garritano in Fiumefreddo, Italy, the third of five children. He met his beautiful bride, Teresa Rosina Nocito, in Montevideo, Uruguay and they married in 1962 in Mamaroneck, New York.

Achille is survived by his wife, Teresa of 54 years; daughters, Adelina (Paul) Nesbit, and Lisa Garritano; son, Gene Garritano; grandchildren, Melissa (John) Murphy, Stefanie (Cole) Eastburn, Emily McKim, Erin and Ethan Nesbit, Leah (Deion) Ryder, Noah Garritano, Robinson (Stacey) Green, Jazmine Spence, Desirae, Sam, and Levi Frisbie, and Courtney (Heath) Peregrine; brothers, Frank (Giulia) and Dante (Gina) Garritano; sister, Rita Nocito; cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews. Achille was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Antonio Garritano; sister, Nella DiSanto; and son, David Garritano.

In 1961 Achille began a long career in the automotive industry in New York, where he co-owned a Service Center for more than 20 years before moving to Florida in 1981 and became a home builder. Achille loved to spend time with his family and friends, and loved to travel. He enjoyed writing and painting, and was actively involved in baci ball, golf, boating, and swimming. He will be especially remembered for his devotion to his wife, children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Palm City from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 11:00am at St. Martin de Porres in Jensen Beach. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Palm City. Flowers are welcome or contributions may be sent to St. Martin de Porres or the Cleveland Clinic of Florida.

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Chelsea Brown December 6, 1942 – April 5, 2017

Chelsea Brown (December 6, 1942 – April 5, 2017) was an American-born actress of television and film, comedienne and dancer, who appeared as a regular performer in comedy series Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, she had a successful career in her native land before emigrating to Australia, where she became well-known mostly for her roles in soap opera/serials including top-rating Number 96 and as Abby Rossiter Patchett on E Street.

Brown was born as Lois Brown in in Chicago, Illinois to Mildred and Edward Brown. She appeared in a segment of a first-season episode of Love, American Style titled “Love and the Militant”, with fellow Laugh-In alumnus Stu Gilliam. Other guest roles included appearances in Marcus Welby, M.D., Ironside, Matt Lincoln and, in the UK, The Two Ronnies. She also appeared in the films Sweet Charity (1969), Dial Hot Line (1970) and The Thing with Two Heads (1972).

Brown emigrated to Australia in the 1970s and became a familiar figure on Australian television, with appearances on Graham Kennedy’s Blankety Blanks, ongoing roles in soap operas Number 96 (in 1977), and Network Ten’s, E Street (in 1990–1991) and various advertisements. She had a guest role in the Australian-filmed revival of Mission: Impossible (1988). Film roles in Australia included The Return of Captain Invincible (1983) and Welcome to Woop Woop (1997). She was married to fellow E Street actor Vic Rooney, in the mid 1990s who died in 2002, after which she returned to the United States.

Brown was born and died in Chicago, Illinois, April 5, 2017 at the age of 74, from pneumonia.

Roy Sievers November 18, 1926 – April 3, 2017

Roy Edward Sievers (November 18, 1926 – April 3, 2017) was an American professional baseball player. Signed by the St. Louis Browns as a free agent in 1947, Sievers debuted in the major leagues on April 21, 1949. He played in Major League Baseball as a first baseman/left fielder. From 1949 through 1965, Sievers played for the St. Louis Browns (1949–53), the original Washington Senators (1954–59), Chicago White Sox (1960–61), Philadelphia Phillies (1962–64), and finally the new Senators (1964–65). He batted and threw right-handed.

Sievers, nicknamed “Squirrel”, won the American League Rookie of the Year and TSN Rookie of the Year awards in 1949, batting .306 with 16 home runs and 75 RBI. He struggled to .238 in 1950, and for the next three years he suffered shoulder and arm injuries that limited his playing time to 134 games. He was traded to the Washington Senators for Gil Coan before the 1954 season.

In Washington, Sievers collected 95 or more RBI and played at least 144 games during five consecutive years (1954–58) and made the AL All-Star team three times (1956–57, 1959). His most productive season came in 1957, when he led the league in home runs (42), RBI (114), extra base hits (70) and total bases (331), batting .301. He finished third in the MVP ballot with four first-place votes and 205 points –Mickey Mantle got six and 233, Ted Williams five and 209. On April 4, 1960, Sievers went to the Chicago White Sox in the same trade that sent Earl Battey and Don Mincher to Washington. In his first year with the Sox, he hit .295 with 28 homers and 93 RBI, and had almost an identical season in 1961 with .295, 27, 92, making his fourth All-Star appearance. From 1962-64, Sievers remained productive with the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League. In the 1964 midseason, his contract was sold to the AL expansion Senators, playing his final game on May 9, 1965.

At the time of his death in 2017 Sievers was the oldest living member of the expansion Senators team. At a time when achieving 300 home runs was still a rarity, he became only the 22nd ballplayer to reach the plateau. He also shares the dubious distinction with Gil Hodges of being one of the first two major leaguers to hit 300 career home runs and not make the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sievers hit his 300th home run on July 19, 1963. Hodges hit No. 300 on April 23, 1958. In a 17-season career, Sievers was a .267 hitter with 318 home runs and 1147 RBI in 1887 games. After his playing career ended, he served one season (1966) as a coach for the Cincinnati Reds and managed in the minor leagues. Sievers was one of only nine players to don the uniform of both the original and expansion Washington Senators teams, the others being Don Mincher, Camilo Pascual, Pedro Ramos, Johnny Schaive, Zoilo Versalles, Hal Woodeshick, Rudy Hernández, and Héctor Maestri.

Sievers died in Spanish Lake, Missouri on April 3, 2017, aged 90.

Frederick Lacey September 8, 1920 – April 1, 2017

Frederick Bernard Lacey (September 8, 1920 – April 1, 2017) was a United States federal judge who also served as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

Lacey was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1920 to Frederick Robert and Mary Agnes (Armstrong) Lacey. His father served as police chief for Newark. He received an A.B. from Rutgers University in 1941, and an LL.B. from Cornell Law School in 1948. He was a U.S. Naval Reserve Lieutenant Commander from 1942 to 1946. He married Mary C. Stoneham on May 20, 1944.

Lacey was in private practice in New York City from 1948 to 1951; in Newark from 1951 to 1952; and again in New York City from 1952 to 1953. He was an assistant U.S. Attorney of the District of New Jersey from 1953 to 1955. In 1954 he led the case that sent the mobster Albert Anastasia to prison for income tax evasion. He returned to private practice as a partner with the law firm of Shanley & Fisher in Newark from 1955 to 1969.

In 1969 Lacey was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey by President Richard Nixon. He served until 1971, leading a series of corruption prosecutions against high-profile figures in politics and organized crime, including against Newark Mayor Hugh Joseph Addonizio.

On October 7, 1970 Lacey was nominated by President Nixon to a new judgeship on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey created by 84 Stat. 294. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 13, 1970 and received his commission on January 26, 1971. He served on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from 1979 to 1985. Lacey’s service was terminated on February 3, 1986 due to retirement.

After retiring from the bench Lacey worked for the firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby and MacRae. He was appointed a special judicial master overseeing the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. In 1992 he was appointed by United States Attorney General William Barr to investigate whether the Government mishandled a fraud case involving Banca Nazionale del Lavoro.

In 2006 he was appointed to be a federal monitor in an investigation of Bristol-Myers Squibb, centering on the distribution of the drug Plavix. The company complied with Lacey’s recommendation to remove then CEO Peter R. Dolan. On April 1, 2017, he died in Naples, Florida at age 96.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko July 18, 1932 – April 1, 2017

Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko (Russian: Евгений Александрович Евтушенко; 18 July 1932 – 1 April 2017)was a Soviet and Russian poet. He was also a novelist, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter, publisher, actor, editor and director of several films.

Yevtushenko was born Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Gangnus (he later took his mother’s last name, Yevtushenko) in the Irkutsk region of Siberia in a small town called Zima Junction on 18 July 1933 to a peasant family of noble descent.

He had Russian, Baltic German, Ukrainian, Polish, Belarusian and Tatar roots. His maternal great-grandfather Joseph Baikovsky belonged to szlachta, while his wife was of Ukrainian descent.

They were exiled to Siberia after a peasant rebellion headed by Joseph. One of their daughters – Maria Baikovskaya – married Ermolai Naumovich Yevtushenko who was of Belarusian descent.

He served as a soldier in the Imperial Army during World War I and as an officer in the Red Army during the Civil War.

His paternal ancestors were Germans who moved to the Russian Empire in 1767. His grandfather Rudolph Gangnus, a math teacher of Baltic German descent, married Anna Plotnikova of Russian nobility. Both of Yevtushenko’s grandfathers were arrested during Stalin’s purges as “enemies of the people” in 1937.[8] Yevtushenko’s father, Aleksandr Rudolfovich Gangnus, was a geologist, as was his mother, Zinaida Ermolaevna Yevtushenko, who later became a singer. The boy accompanied his father on geological expeditions to Kazakhstan in 1948, and to Altai, Siberia, in 1950. Young Yevtushenko wrote his first verses and humorous chastushki while living in Zima, Siberia. “His parents were divorced when [he] was 7 and he was raised by his mother.” “By age 10 he had cranked out his first poem. Six years later a sports journal was the first periodical to publish his poetry. At 19, he published his first book of poems, The Prospects of the Future.”

After the Second World War, Yevtushenko moved to Moscow and from 1951 to 1954 studied at the Gorky Institute of Literature in Moscow, from which he dropped out. He published his first poem in 1949 and his first book three years later. In 1952 he joined the Union of Soviet Writers after publication of his first collection of poetry. His early poem So mnoyu vot chto proiskhodit (That’s what is happening to me became a very popular song, performed by actor-songwriter Alexander Dolsky. In 1955 Yevtushenko wrote a poem about the Soviet borders being an obstacle in his life. His first important publication was the poem Stantsiya Zima (Zima Station 1956). In 1957, he was expelled from the Literary Institute for “individualism”. He was banned from traveling, but gained wide popularity with the Russian public. His early work also drew praise from Boris Pasternak, Carl Sandburg and Robert Frost.

Richard Bolles March 19, 1927 – March 31, 2017
Richard Nelson Bolles (March 19, 1927 – March 31, 2017) was an Episcopal clergyman and the author of the best-selling job-hunting book, What Color is Your Parachute?

Bolles was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the brother of investigative journalist Don Bolles and of Ann Bolles Johnson. His paternal grandfather, Stephen Bolles, was a U.S. member of Congress from Wisconsin (died 1941), and his father was for many years an editor with the Associated Press (died 1972). Richard grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, and graduated from Teaneck High School in 1945, where his yearbook described him stating “Dick’s future will be scientific / But in which field he’s not specific.” After a brief stint in the United States Navy, he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying chemical engineering, and Harvard University, where he graduated with a B.A. in physics, cum laude. He attended General Theological Seminary (Episcopal) in New York City, from which he graduated with a master’s degree in the New Testament.

After ordination, Bolles served as a Fellow and Tutor at the Seminary, and then served churches in New Jersey. Following this, he served as Canon Pastor of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. He also served on the National Staff of United Ministries in Higher Education for a number of years.

Bolles made public speaking appearances and used to lead workshops around the United States. He released an updated edition of his main Parachute book every year, as well as working on new titles. The latest title was “The Job-Hunter’s Survival Guide”, a short 100 page book. He had various co-authors for some of his other books, including Howard Figler, Carol Christen, Dale Brown, and one of his sons, Mark Bolles. Mark is the principal author of their book Job Hunting on the Internet ISBN 1-58008-652-7. He was also a member of high-IQ society Mensa.

Bolles died in Danville, California, at the age of 90. He was survived by his fourth wife, the former Marciana Garcia Mendoza Navarrete, and three children.

Radley Metzger January 21, 1929 – March 31, 2017

Radley Metzger (also known as Radley Henry Metzger, Radley H. Metzger and by the pseudonyms, “Jake Barnes”, “Erich Farina” and “Henry Paris”) (January 21, 1929 – March 31, 2017) was an American filmmaker and film distributor, most noted for popular artistic, adult-oriented films, including I, a Woman (1966), Camille 2000 (1969), The Lickerish Quartet (1970), The Image (1975) and The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976). According to one film reviewer, Metzger’s films, including those made during the Golden Age of Porn, are noted for their “lavish design, witty screenplays, and a penchant for the unusual camera angle”. Another reviewer noted that his films were “highly artistic — and often cerebral … and often featured gorgeous cinematography”. Film and audio works by Metzger have been added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

Radley Henry Metzger was born in 1929 on the Grand Concourse in The Bronx, New York City, and he was the second son of Jewish parents, Julius and Anne. He claimed he found relief from his allergies in movie theaters while growing up. Later, Metzger received a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from City College of New York, where he studied with filmmakers Hans Richter and Leo Seltzer. He also studied acting privately with director Harold Clurman. During the Korean War, Metzger served in the U. S. Air Force with the 1350th Photographic Group, which interrupted his graduate studies at Columbia University. His older brother, now deceased, had become a physician. Metzger later married and had a daughter, Annabelle.

Early in his career, in the 1950s, Metzger worked primarily as a film editor and was a member of Local 771 of the IATSE. He was employed in editing trailers for Janus Films (now The Criterion Collection) a major distributor of foreign art films, especially those of Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, and Jean-Luc Godard. In 1953, Metzger was credited as assistant director to William Kyriakis on the film Guerilla Girl. Later, in 1956, he worked on the dubbing of And God Created Woman, starring Brigitte Bardot. His directorial film debut, Dark Odyssey (1958) (co-directed with Kyriakis), was a drama concerning the experiences of a Greek immigrant arriving in New York. The film was favorably reviewed by The New York Times. In 1959, he edited the film The Gangster Story, starring Walter Matthau, and, in 1960, Metzger was a presenter for the film, The Warped Ones.

Later, in 1961, along with film distributor Ava Leighton, Metzger founded Audubon Films, a distribution company that specialized in importing international features, some of which were marketed into the gradually expanding adult erotic film genre. Metzger’s skills as an editor were employed in re-cutting and augmenting many of the features Audubon handled, including The Twilight Girls (FR,1957), I Spit on Your Grave (FR,1959), and their first runaway success, Mac Ahlberg’s I, a Woman (DN/SW,1965).

Metzger’s second directorial effort, The Dirty Girls (shot in 1963 and released in 1965), marked his emergence as a major auteur in the adult erotic film genre. His subsequent films were often shot in Europe

Radley Metzger died of undisclosed causes in New York City on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the age of 88.

Rose Hamlin July 21, 1945 – March 30, 2017


Rose Hamlin July 21, 1945 – April 04, 2017 – Hamlin was born Rosalie Hamlin on July 21, 1945, in Oregon. She was raised in Alaska before moving to California when she was a preteen.

Hamlin was 14 years old when she penned “Angel Baby,” a song that Lennon would later call one of his all-time favorites.

Hamlin wrote in her autobiography online that she penned “Angel Baby” about a teenage love and struggled for years to get credit for the song after a man was listed as its writer.

“We were musicians and not businesspeople. We got burned like so many of our peers in those days,” Hamlin wrote.

Her son, John Sanders, said his mother told him about the difficulties of the music industry. “She really had to work a lot harder to get the same recognition,” she said.

Hamlin also wrote about her pride in many of her accomplishments, like being in an exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, about one-hit-wonders. Hamlin wrote that she was the first Latina to be on that list, and she also was the first Latina to appear on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” show.

Hamlin lived in New Mexico at the time of her death. She left behind Cray, Sanders, and son Joey Tafolla, along with four grandchildren.

Alan Gregg September 27, 1949 – March 29, 2017

Alan R. Gregg September 27, 1949 – March 29, 2017 – Gregg, Alan Richard, died peacefully at home in Hobe Sound, Florida on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Susan Willoughby; his sons, Ian Gregg and David and Dean Willoughby; his grandchildren, Hadley and Grant Willoughby; his sister, Jane Pulling; his niece and nephew, Catherine Bedard and Thomas Higdon and great nephew, Thomas Bedard.

He is predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Margaret Gregg; aunts, Catherine Gregg and Jane Leetch; and grandparents, Albert and Celia Gregg and John and Muriel Weed.

Alan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Christ School in Arden, North Carolina and graduated from Porter Gaud High School in Charleston. He earned his BS from University of Miami.

Alan was a 30 year firefighter with the Miami Dade Fire Department.

Music, sailing, and surfing were lifelong passions. He began playing the guitar in high school and continued playing and composing until his death. Together with his wife, Sue Willoughby, music teacher at Seawind Elementary School in Hobe Sound, he volunteered with the award winning school choruses. He made props, helped with arrangements and accompaniment, assisted on field trips and much more.

Alan began building his own surfboards in high school. From Charleston, to Miami, to the Caribbean, to California and New Zealand; he surfed around the world. He taught many young people and children to share the sport he loved.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. In honor of his love of surfing the service will be a paddle out at the Beach at Hobe Sound Wildlife Refuge. Everyone who knew and loved Alan is invited. A reception will be held at the home, 9106 Karin St. S., Hobe Sound, following the service.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the Seawind Elementary School Chorus , 3700 SE Seabranch Blvd. , Hobe Sound, FL or the Lung Cancer Foundation of America 15 S. Franklin St., New Ulm, MN 56073.

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.


Brian Oldfield June 1, 1945 – March 26, 2017

Brian Oldfield (June 1, 1945 – March 26, 2017) was an American athlete and personality of the 1970s and early 1980s. A standout shot putter, Oldfield was credited with making the rotational technique popular. With his “Oldfield spin,” he set the indoor and outdoor world records in the sport many times. However, due to his status as a professional athlete, his records were never officially recognized.

Oldfield was born in Elgin, Illinois, and began his career at Middle Tennessee State University where he won the Ohio Valley Conference championship three times. The University recognized his achievements by inducting him into their athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

After holding several jobs, Oldfield set his sights on achieving stardom in the shot put as an Olympian. In 1972, he made the US Olympic team, but finished in 6th place. He bounced back less than a year later by setting his first world record, with a throw of 21.60 m (70’10½”). However, this record was not official due to his affiliation with professional track & field.

In 1975, his throw of 22.86 m (75′) set another unofficial world record. Though unofficial, Oldfield’s accomplishment did not go unnoticed. After setting this mark, he had earned a cover spot on Sports Illustrated, and also made an appearance in a 1975 issue of Playgirl. In his Sports Illustrated interview, he confidently asserted that he expected to be throwing over 80′ before 1980. In 1984, at age 38, he finally set an official record with a throw of 22.19 m (72’9″) to set a new American mark. When asked how he was able to do it by a commentator at the event he responded “I had a ‘throw-gasm.’”

But Oldfield was perhaps at least as well known for his unconventional persona and on-field antics as he was for his athletic performance. Unusually for track athletes at the time, he wore his hair long in a style he dubbed the “Oldfield Mop” and occasionally sported a beard. Oldfield would sometimes smoke cigarettes in between throws at competitions to show that he could beat anyone, even while smoking. He was known for wearing flamboyant outfits, including tie-dyed shirts and Speedo-style shorts. These stunts served not only to raise Oldfield’s profile, but frequently unnerved his opponents. At the 1972 US Olympic Trials, an opponent was quoted as saying “I will retire the day that I lose to someone like Brian Oldfield.” Not surprising for the man who said in the Sports Illustrated article about him: “When God created man, he wanted him to look like me.” (This quote was in the September 1, 1975 Sports Illustrated article about him.)

Oldfield competed in the World’s Strongest Man contest in 1978, finishing seventh in a field of ten competitors. He also competed in Scottish Highland Games in the 1970s. Utilizing his experience in the shot put, he set many field records in the Stone put. His career-best throw of 63’2″ in the light stone, accomplished at Braemar, Scotland, in 1973, was a world record until 2013.

Oldfield also starred in the 1989 film Savage Instinct, later renamed They Call Me Macho Woman! as Mongo, the crazed drug lord. In the film, Oldfield wears a special spiked headgear that his character uses to head-butt people to death. The movie was unsuccessful.

Near the end of his life, injuries from his time in competition reduced the athlete to walking with a cane and using a wheelchair.

Oldfield died on March 26, 2017, at his home in Elgin, aged 71.

“Margie” Kjellstrom January 8th, 1924 – March 25th, 2017

Marjorie B “Margie” Kjellstrom (Bitter) January 8th, 1924 – March 25th, 2017 – Marjorie was born on January 8, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois. “I was born into the world hungry. I was sucking on my fist and crying for my breakfast, when they saw me for the first time.” She would try to outdo the minister with her baby prattle.

She moved a lot over the years since her dad worked for Calumet Baking Powder. In 1930, the family was transferred from Chicago, Illinois to go to Peoria, Illinois. While she was in school there she built a doll house that was sent to the State Fair. The doll house she built was given to a children orphanage.

From there they moved several other places ending up in Atlanta, Georgia. When she was twelve years old, she took her first train ride alone with her friend to see her grandfather in Indianapolis, Indiana for the summer. Her father paid the porter to watch them until they got to Indianapolis, Indiana. She was active in Campfire Girls and received the Torch Bearer’s privileges.

In August, 1936, was their final moved to Miami, Florida. Her father was in charge of closing out this part of the company and had to start looking for a new job. He was able to find a job working at the Post Office. She went to Miami Edison Sr High School. Her high school friends called her “Margie”. She was a member of the Pan America Club where she had a chance to meet the consul from Santo Domingo. The purpose of the meeting was to collect materials about the island. She felt a little embarrassed since the whole conversation was in Spanish. She also attended the Pan America State convention where the Queen of Latin America was crowned by Mrs. Thomas Edison. She had the honor to get her autograph. The summer before graduating, she spent the summer with her grandfather. One night, after dancing and having fun at her Cousin Jane’s house her grandfather caught Tom kissing her at the front door, her grandfather was so upset that he ended up calling her mom.

After graduating from high school in June, 1941, Margie attended Florida State, which at the time was an all girl school, for two years and finish her degree as Dental Hygienist at Temple University. After graduating, she returned home to Miami. She passed her Florida State Board in 1945. She found a job working with Doctors Conrad and Ed Arnold. Margie met and fell in love with Martin the boy that lived across the street and was married on June 3, 1945. She was active in Eastern Star and her church circles at First United Methodist Church in Miami. They had three children, Lynda, Peggy, and Martin David Jr. She was very active in her children lives by taking them to many events including scout meetings and functions, 4H, Cadettes, football games, and other school and church functions. One year she was cookie chairman for the Girl Scouts in our area and we had our double garage was full of Girl Scout cookies. A cost of one box of cookies was fifty cents. She was a loving and caring mother who was always there for us. She was a great listener, problem solver and story reader.

In 1976, after working twenty-five years as a dental hygienist in Miami, she moved up to Port Salerno to take care of her mom until she passed. She continued to work here until she retired in 1986. She loved to travel with her mom visiting family member and to see the world. She was extremely active in her circles and vacation bible school at First United Methodist Church in Stuart. She was active in the bible study at the Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church. She also worked at the Hospice thrift store. Her favorite pastime was taking long walks with her dog, Sammy, and her friend Mary.

She enjoyed the special times with her grandchildren Christopher, Julie, Suzanne, Debbie and Becky who lived all over the world. Later she treasured the moments with her great grandchildren Justin, Maria, Wiley, Daniel, Mark, Grant, Molly, Amelia, and Sarah.

Her last years were very trying as Alzheimer took her mind but she never lost her faith and love for her family and friends. We will miss her greatly.

Leslie Brendle April 1, 1947 – March 22, 2017


Leslie Brendle April 1, 1947 – March 22, 2017 Jensen Beach, FL – Leslie H. Brendle, 69, unexpectedly passed from this earth, on March 22, 2017, in international waters, aboard a cruise ship surrounded by her friends. Born in Cleveland, OH, on April 1, 1947, Leslie made a home in Asheville, NC where she met the love of her life and raised her two beautiful daughters. After retiring from Bell South, Leslie moved to Jensen Beach, FL. Leslie loved life, enjoyed travelling, fine wine, and most of all, her grandbabies.

Leslie is survived by her precious puppy Piper, her daughter Davina Brendle of FL, her daughter Lisa Marinis and her husband Benjamin and their sons Kelvin and Brody of Burlington, NC, sister Jaquline Truppa of Stuart, FL. Preceded in death by her husband David B. Brendle, her father John Hawerott, her mother Marjorie Hawerott, and her grandson David Hodges.

In honor of her spirit, her daughters welcome anyone who knew her to join them to celebrate her life at the Aloft Hotel, 51 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, at 7pm on Saturday, April 1st. Memorial contributions can be made to the David Hodges Memorial through American National. The David Hodges Foundation is a non-profit which provides scholarships in her grandson’s name.

Dallas Green August 4, 1934 – March 22, 2017

George Dallas Green (August 4, 1934 – March 22, 2017) was an American professional baseball pitcher, manager, and executive in Major League Baseball. After playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, and New York Mets from 1960 through 1967, he went on to manage the Phillies, the New York Yankees, and the Mets. Green managed the Phillies when they won their first World Series title in 1980 over the Kansas City Royals. Green had a losing record both as a pitcher and as a manager. Nonetheless, in 1983, he was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame. He achieved notoriety for his blunt manner.

Green was born in Newport, Delaware. He was the middle of three children. graduated from Conrad High School, and attended the University of Delaware. He played as a pitcher and right fielder for the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens baseball team. After Green pitched to a 6-0 win-loss record and an 0.88 earned run average (ERA) in 1955, his junior year, Jocko Collins, a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies, signed Green as an amateur free agent.

Green made his major league debut with the Phillies in 1960. Pitching for the Phillies, Washington Senators, and New York Mets, Green had a career 20-22 win-loss record and 4.26 ERA in 185 total games, with 46 games started.

After his playing days ended, Green joined the Phillies front office. In 1979, he was appointed manager of the Phillies, replacing Danny Ozark. When he was hired as the Phillies’ manager, he said: “I express my thoughts. I’m a screamer, a yeller, and a cusser. I never hold back.” He was notorious for his use of profanity. His difficult manner led to clashes with many of the team’s star players, such as slugger Greg Luzinski (who likened him to the Gestapo), shortstop Larry Bowa and catcher Bob Boone, both Gold Glove winners. He even came to blows with relief pitcher Ron Reed. Green led the Phillies to victory in the 1980 World Series.

After the Tribune Company bought the Chicago Cubs from the Wrigley family in 1981, the company hired Green away from the Phillies after the 1981 season as executive vice president and general manager. His presence was quickly felt in the organization, as his slogan “Building a New Tradition” was a jab at the Cubs’ history of losing. He hired a number of coaches and scouts away from the Phillies, such as Lee Elia (Green’s first manager and college roommate at Delaware), John Vukovich (who remained on the Cubs’ staff throughout Green’s tenure), and Gordon Goldsberry (the team’s director of player development). Green also made some trades with the Phillies, acquiring players such as Keith Moreland, Dan Larson, and Dickie Noles. His best trade came during that first offseason when Green sent Iván DeJesús to the Phillies for shortstop Larry Bowa and a minor league infielder named Ryne Sandberg. It proved to be one of the most one-sided trades in baseball history. Bowa was the Cubs’ starting shortstop for three seasons, and Sandberg blossomed into a star, being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.

Green continued to build the Cubs between the 1982 and 1987 seasons. After acquiring left fielder Gary Matthews and center fielder Bob Dernier from Philadelphia before the 1984 season, Green’s Cubs became serious contenders for the first time in more than a decade. During the 1984 season, Green made a few more moves, most notably acquiring right-handed pitcher Dennis Eckersley from the Boston Red Sox for popular first baseman Bill Buckner in late May, and sending Cubs’ prospects Mel Hall and Joe Carter to the Cleveland Indians for relief pitcher George Frazier, backup catcher Ron Hassey and right-handed pitcher Rick Sutcliffe in mid-June. Sutcliffe went 16-1 with the Cubs that season to lead the Cubs to the National League East title—their first postseason appearance of any kind since the 1945 World Series. Because Green neglected to renew waivers on Hall and Carter, the status of the trade was in doubt for a while, and the two did not play for a week. Green’s first-year manager Jim Frey (who managed the Kansas City Royals against Green in 1980) won NL Manager of the Year, Sutcliffe won the NL Cy Young Award, and Sandberg won the NL Most Valuable Player Award. Green captured Executive of the Year honors. The Cubs’ strong season was enough for Green to win a power struggle within the Cubs front office; he was promoted to team president, replacing Jim Finks, who resigned to take a job with the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League.

The Cubs struggled in 1985 and 1986, and they finished last in 1987. In 1987, Green fired manager Gene Michael over Labor Day weekend, blasted his team for quitting in an interview with the Chicago Tribune, and then resigned as general manager and president of the Cubs in October 1987 citing “philosophical differences” with Tribune Company executives.

Green was the first Cubs executive to clash with the City of Chicago over lights in Wrigley Field. Green was a strong proponent of lights from the start of his tenure, but a city ordinance prohibited the Cubs from installing lights in the residential Lakeview neighborhood, where Wrigley Field was located. As Green saw it, the issue was not lights or no lights, but Wrigley Field or move to the suburbs. Bluntly stating that “if there are no lights in Wrigley Field, there will be no Wrigley Field,” he threatened to move the Cubs to a new stadium in northwest suburban Schaumburg or Arlington Heights. He also seriously considered shutting down Wrigley Field for a year and playing at Comiskey Park as tenants of the White Sox, in hopes that the loss of revenue would temper or eliminate neighborhood opposition. Green’s stance changed the context of the debate, as even the staunchest opponents of installing lights did not want to be held responsible for the Cubs leaving town. Shortly before Green’s departure, the Chicago City Council and Mayor Harold Washington (who died a week later) approved a change to the ordinance, allowing the Cubs to install lights in 1988.

Green also rebuilt the Cubs’ farm system with Goldsberry, developing stars like Shawon Dunston, Greg Maddux, Rafael Palmeiro, Jamie Moyer, and Mark Grace. The Cubs won a division title in 1989.

With the Phillies (1979–81), he was over .500 with a record of 169–130. The team won the World Series in 1980, but the team fell to the 3rd best record in the division the following season. Pat Corrales replaced Green for the 1982 season.

After the 1988 season, the Yankees fired Lou Piniella as their manager and hired Green. With the Yankees (1989), he was also under .500 at 56–65 (.463). The team had finished nine games over .500 the prior year, but fell to nine games under .500 during Green’s tenure. Green insulted George Steinbrenner by referring to him as “Manager George” for his meddling with the team. Steinbrenner fired Green in August 1989.

The Mets hired Green as a scout. During the 1993 season, the Mets fired their manager, Jeff Torborg, and hired Green for the position. During his tenure with the Mets, he was under .500 at 229–283 (.447). The Mets fired Green in 1996, replacing him with Bobby Valentine. In 1998, Green returned to the Phillies as a senior advisor to the General Manager.

His overall managerial record was 454–478, a .487 winning percentage.

Edward Vance May 16, 1939 – March 22, 2017

Edward Vance May 16, 1939 – March 22, 2017 – Edward Albert Vance, 77, passed away on March 22, 2017 in Stuart, Florida.
Born in Virden, IL, Mr. Vance had previously lived in Atlanta, Georgia before relocating to the Stuart area in 1984.
Mr. Vance was an aeronautical engineer having worked for Pratt Whitney for 17 years, and prior to retirement, Belcan Engineering.
He was a member of Community Baptist Church in Stuart, FL.
Mr. Vance is survived by his wife of 55 years, Deloris Vance of Stuart, FL; daughter, Cathryn Noe (Paul); son, Tomas Vance (Susan); son, H. Andrew Vance (Lynn) and daughter, Deirdre Vance Taylor (Brian); seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his son, Edward J. “Jim” Vance.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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“Chuck” Barris June 3, 1929 – March 21, 2017

Charles Hirsch “Chuck” Barris (June 3, 1929 – March 21, 2017) was an American game show creator, producer, and host. He was best known for hosting The Gong Show, and creating The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game. He was also a songwriter, who wrote the hit “Palisades Park” for Freddy Cannon and the author of the autobiography Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which was made into the film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind directed by George Clooney.

Barris was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Edith (Cohen) and Nathaniel Barris, a dentist. His uncle was singer, songwriter, and actor Harry Barris. He attended Drexel Institute of Technology where he was a columnist for the student newspaper, The Triangle. He graduated in 1953.

Barris got his start in television as a page and later staffer at NBC in New York City, and eventually worked backstage at the television music show American Bandstand (then filmed in Philadelphia), originally as a standards-and-practices person for ABC. Barris soon became a music industry figure. He produced pop music on records and television, but his most successful venture was writing “Palisades Park”. Recorded by Freddy Cannon, it peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks (June 23–30, 1962), the biggest hit of Cannon’s career. Barris also wrote or co-wrote some of the music that appeared on his game shows.

Barris was promoted to the daytime programming division at ABC in Los Angeles and was put in charge of deciding which game shows ABC would air. Barris told his bosses that the producer/packagers’ pitches of game show concepts were worse than Barris’ own ideas. They suggested that he quit his ABC programming job and become a producer.

Barris formed his production company Chuck Barris Productions on June 14, 1965. Barris became successful during 1965 with his first game show creation, The Dating Game, on ABC. On this show, which was hosted by Jim Lange, three bachelors or bachelorettes competed for the favor of a contestant of the opposite sex blocked from their view. The contestants’ sexy banter and its “flower power”-motif studio set were a revolution for the game show genre. The show would air for eleven of the next fifteen years and be revived twice in the 1980s and 1990s.

The next year Barris began The Newlywed Game, originally created by Nick Nicholson and E. Roger Muir, also for ABC. The combination of the newlywed couples’ humorous candor and host Bob Eubanks’s sly questioning made the show another hit for Barris. The show is the longest lasting of any developed by his company, running for a total of 19 full years on “first run” TV, network and syndicated. Game Show Network airs a current version with Sherri Shepherd. Interviewed on the NPR program Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! on August 1, 2009, Barris said that the Newlywed Game was the easiest program he had developed: “All I needed was four couples, eight questions, and a washer-dryer.”

Barris created several other short-lived game shows for ABC in the 1960s and for syndication in the 1970s, all of which revolved around a common theme: the game play normally derived its interest (and often, humor) from the excitement, vulnerability, embarrassment, or anger of the contestants or participants in the game. Barris also made several attempts through the years at non-game formats, such as ABC’s Operation: Entertainment, a variety show staged at military bases akin to USO shows; a CBS revival of Your Hit Parade; and The Bobby Vinton Show, a Canadian-based syndicated variety show for singer Bobby Vinton (produced in conjunction with Chris Bearde and Allan Blye). The last was his most successful program other than a game show.

The somewhat shy Barris rarely appeared on camera, though he once dashed onto the set of The New Treasure Hunt to throw a pie at emcee Geoff Edwards. However, Barris became a public figure in 1976 when he produced and served as the host of the talent contest spoof The Gong Show, which he packaged in partnership with television producer Chris Bearde. The show’s cult status far outstripped the two years it spent on NBC (1976–78) and the four years it ran in syndication (1976–80). As with some of Barris’ other projects (including The Newlywed Game), it was at one point possible to see The Gong Show twice daily, a relatively uncommon feat in the years prior to cable TV’s expansion into the commercial market.

The planned host of the NBC show was John Barbour, who did not understand the show’s concept and considered it a straight talent show as opposed to Barris’s parody concept. Barris scrapped Barbour at the last minute; in order to save the show, Barris followed the advice of an NBC executive that he should host the show himself.

Barris’ jokey, bumbling personality; his accentuated hand-clapping between sentences (which eventually had the studio audience joining in with him); and his catchphrases (he would usually go into commercial break with, “We’ll be right back with more er… STUFF…”, occasionally paired with shifting his head to reveal the ubiquitous sign behind the stage reading simply “STUFF,” and “This is me saying ‘bye’” was one of his favorite closing lines) were the antithesis of the smooth TV host (such as Gary Owens, who hosted the syndicated version in its first season). Barris joined in with the eccentricity of the format, using unusual props, dressing in colorful and somewhat unusual clothing (such as the occasional hat pulled over his head, if not his eyes), he became yet another performer of the show, and for many, quite a cult hero. Dubbed “Chuckie Baby” by his fans, Barris was a perfect fit with the show’s goofy, sometimes wild amateur performers and its panel of three judges (including regulars Jamie Farr, Jaye P. Morgan, Rex Reed and Arte Johnson). In addition, there was a growing “cast of characters” including an NBC stage carpenter who played “Father Ed,” a priest who would get flustered when his cue cards were deliberately turned upside-down; Canadian comedian Murray Langston, who as “The Unknown Comic” wore a paper bag over his head (with cut-outs for his eyes, mouth, and even a box of Kleenex), and “Gene Gene the Dancing Machine” (Gene Patton), arguably the most popular member of the “cast”, the show’s prop man, who would show up and dance whenever the band played the song “Jumpin’ at the Woodside”. In the early 1980s, Patton was even pointed out by tour guides of incoming NBC tours as his onscreen character, while at the same time adhering to his more typical off-camera work duties.

One Gong Show episode consisted of every act appearing singing the song “Feelings”, which was popular at the time. One of its most infamous incidents came on the NBC version in 1978, when Barris presented an onstage act consisting of two young women slowly and suggestively sucking Popsicles. Another incident, which most missed originally, was when during a “Gene Gene, The Dancing Machine” episode, Jaye P. Morgan slowly undressed, and in a brief sub second shot, opened her blouse to reveal her bare chest.

In 1980, he starred in and directed The Gong Show Movie. The film flip flopped at the box office. Its storyline and approach, though including a number of Gong Show segments, was a bit less “zany” (another favorite Barris phrase) than some audiences may have expected.

The Gong Show has had three subsequent revivals, one under Barris’ title (with Don Bleu) in 1988–89, one on The Game Show Network in 2000 called Extreme Gong and another with current format owner Sony Pictures Television (with Dave Attell) in 2008.

Barris continued strongly until the mid-1970s, when ABC cancelled the Dating and Newlywed games. This left Barris with only one show, his weekly syndicated effort The New Treasure Hunt. But the success of The Gong Show in 1976 encouraged him to revive the Dating and Newlywed games, as well as adding the $1.98 Beauty Show to his syndication empire. He also hosted a short lived primetime variety hour for NBC from February to April 1978, called The Chuck Barris Rah-Rah Show, essentially a noncompetitive knock-off of Gong.

The empire crumbled again amid the burnout of another of his creations, the 1979–80 Three’s a Crowd (in which three sets of wives and secretaries competed to see who knew more about their husbands/bosses). This show provoked protests from enraged feminist and socially conservative groups (two otherwise diametrically opposed viewpoints), who charged that the show deliberately exploited adultery, to advocate it as a social norm. Most stations dropped this show months before the season was over as a response to those criticisms. At the same time, Newlywed lost the sponsorships of Ford and Procter & Gamble and earned the resentment of Jackie Autry, whose husband and business partner Gene Autry owned the show’s Los Angeles outlet and production base, KTLA, because of its supposedly highly prurient content. So strong were the feelings of the Autrys that Newlywed came close to being expelled from the KTLA facilities, but the show was discontinued by the syndicator before any action occurred. Gong Show and Dating Game also ended otherwise successful syndicated runs in 1980 because of the Three’s a Crowd and Newlywed controversies, likely because stations were fearful of community and advertiser retribution on account of Barris’ reputation.

During the winter of 1980, Barris attempted to rebuild by bringing back another game show that was not an original of his, Camouflage, in which contestants answered questions for the chance to locate a “hidden object” (such as a toaster) concealed within a cartoon-type drawing. Although a noncontroversial format, it lasted only a short time in syndication. By September 1980, for the first time in his company’s history, Barris had no shows in production.

After a year’s inactivity, Barris revived Treasure Hunt again in 1981 in partnership with the original 1950s version’s producer, Budd Granoff, who had become his business partner (the show itself was created by its original host, Jan Murray). Unlike with the 1970s version of Treasure Hunt, Barris did not have direct involvement with the production of the show itself. This revival, a five-day-a-week strip, lasted only one year.

Barris, by this time living in France, came back again in 1984 and formed Barris Industries. He formed a distributor arm called Bel-Air Program Sales (later Barris Program Sales) and an ad-sales barter called Clarion Communications (later Barris Advertising Sales). After a week-long trial of The Newlywed Game on ABC in 1984 (with Dating Game emcee Jim Lange), Barris produced the daily Newlywed Game (titled The New Newlywed Game) in syndication from 1985 to 1989, with original host Eubanks (and in 1988, comedian Paul Rodriguez). The Dating Game returned to syndication the next year for a three-year run (the first year hosted by Elaine Joyce, and the next two hosted by Jeff MacGregor). The Gong Show would also return for one season in 1988, now hosted by “True” Don Bleu. All of those shows (except for the one-week trial run of Newlywed on ABC) aired in syndication, not on the networks.

Chuck Barris sold his shares of Barris Industries, Inc. in 1987 to Burt Sugarman and left to move back to France and was no longer directly involved in his media company. In 1988, Barris Industries acquired the Guber-Peters Company. On September 7, 1989, Barris Industries was renamed as the Guber-Peters Entertainment Company. After the shows’ runs ended, Sony Corporation acquired Guber-Peters Entertainment (formerly Barris Industries) for $200 million on September 29, 1989, a day after Sony Corporation of Japan acquired Columbia Pictures Entertainment. The sale was completed on November 9, 1989 after Sony’s acquisition of Columbia Pictures Entertainment a day earlier. Sony revived Dating and Newlywed from 1996 to 1999. Sony also revived The Gong Show in 1998, this time as Extreme Gong, a Game Show Network (GSN) original production. Three’s a Crowd would be revived as All New Three’s a Crowd, which, like Extreme Gong, was a GSN original. A few years after Extreme Gong ended, Sony planned to revive the show again under its classic name and format for The WB Television Network, but this version was never realized. Sony and MTV Networks’ Comedy Central collaborated on a fourth Gong Show revival as The Gong Show with Dave Attell in 2008; this did sell and aired on Comedy Central from July to September 2008.

One more attempt at reviving an old game show that was not his own originally resulted in an unsold pilot of the 1950s-era game Dollar a Second, hosted by Bob Eubanks. It had at least one showing on GSN, and has since become part of the collector/trader’s circuit. Two more unsold pilots were called Bamboozle and Comedy Courtroom.

In Barris’s autobiography, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, he states that he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as an assassin in the 1960s and the 1970s. A 2002 feature film version, directed by George Clooney and starring Sam Rockwell, depicts Barris killing 33 people. Barris wrote a sequel, Bad Grass Never Dies, in 2004.

The CIA denied Barris ever worked for them in any capacity. After the release of the movie, CIA spokesman Paul Nowack said Barris’ assertions that he worked for the spy agency “[are] ridiculous. It’s absolutely not true.”

Barris published Della: A Memoir of My Daughter in 2010 about the death of his only child, who died in 1998 after a long struggle with drug addiction.

Barris’ first wife was Lyn Levy, the niece of one of the founders of CBS. Their marriage lasted from 1957 to 1976, ending in divorce. Together they had a daughter, Della, who sometimes appeared on The Gong Show. Della died of a drug overdose from alcohol and cocaine in 1998 at age 36. By the time of her death, she was also HIV positive. In 1980, Barris married Robin Altman, 23 years his junior. That marriage also ended in divorce in 1999. The following year, he married Mary Clagett.

Barris was diagnosed with lung cancer in the 1990s. After undergoing surgery to remove part of his lung, he contracted an infection and spent a month in intensive care.

Barris died on March 21, 2017, of natural causes at his home in Palisades, New York at the age of 87, where he lived with wife, Mary Clagett.

James Bernard White Jr. April 18, 1977 – March 16, 2017

Gloria Patrovsky May 25, 1929 – March 16, 2017

Gloria Patrovsky May 25, 1929 – March 16, 2017 – Gloria Patrovsky, 87, of Stuart Florida, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart. Her family was by her side.

Gloria was born in Chicago to the late Anne and the late Charles Krametbauer and lived in Antioch Illinois, Cruz Bay St. John United States Virgin Islands and Stuart.

A graduate of Stanford University and Lyons Township High School, La Grange Illinois, Gloria was a deeply loyal alumna, cherishing her lifelong friendships and cheering for her alma maters. She was an avid mahjong and bridge player.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years Joseph, daughter Jody and sister Carol (Gerald) Petersen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gloria’s memory to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart FL 34997-5688

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highwaym, Stuart, FL 34994. 772-223-5550.

Dorothy J. King June 23, 1942 – March 12, 2017

Dorothy J. King June 23, 1942 – March 12, 2017 – Dorothy J. King, 74, died March 12, 2017 surrounded by her family and the loving, caring staff at the Treasure Coast Hospice House in Stuart.

She was born in Rockville Center , NY and lived in Martin County for 43 years coming from St. James, NY. She enjoyed her career and the many life-long friends she made as a Certified Pharmacy Technician for Martin Health System, retiring after 30 years in 2009.

She attended St. Andrews Catholic Church and loved her Bible study mornings with the ladies at Coastal Life Church in Palm City. She was a reflection of God’s love and will be missed and cherished by many.

Survivors include her children, Bonnie Hauger (John) and Donald King, her grandchildren Joshua and Jessica Hauger and Christina, Dylan, Victoria and Blake King and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and love of her life Gillen (Glen) King.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00am, Saturday March 25th, at St Andrews Catholic Church in Stuart.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highwaym, Stuart, FL 34994. 772-223-5550.

“Jimmy” Breslin October 17, 1928 – March 19, 2017

James “Jimmy” Breslin (October 17, 1928 – March 19, 2017) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and author. Until the time of his death, he wrote a column for the New York Daily News Sunday edition. He had written numerous novels, and columns of his have appeared regularly in various newspapers in his hometown of New York City. He served as a regular columnist for the Long Island, NY newspaper Newsday until his retirement on November 2, 2004, though he still published occasional pieces for the paper. He was known for his newspaper columns which offered a sympathic viewpoint of the working class people of New York City.

Born in Jamaica, New York, Breslin’s alcoholic father, a piano player, left the home for rolls and never returned. He and his sister Deirdre were raised by their mother, a teacher and New York City Welfare Department investigator, during the Great Depression.

Breslin attended Long Island University from 1948 to 1950 before becoming a weekly columnist for the Long Island Press. His early columns were attributed to politicians and ordinary people that he chatted with in various watering holes near Queens Borough Hall. Breslin was a columnist for the New York Herald Tribune, the Daily News, the New York Journal American, Newsday, and other venues. When the Sunday supplement of the Tribune was reworked into New York magazine by editor Clay Felker in 1962, Breslin appeared in the new edition, which became “the hottest Sunday read in town.”

He had been married twice. His first marriage, to Rosemary Dattolico, ended with her death in 1981. They had six children together: sons Kevin, James, Patrick and Christopher, and daughters Rosemary and Kelly. His daughter Rosemary died June 14, 2004 from a rare blood disease and his daughter Kelly, 44, died on April 21, 2009, four days after a cardiac arrhythmia in a New York City restaurant. From 1982 until his death in 2017, he had been married to former New York City Council member Ronnie Eldridge.

One of his best known columns was published the day after John F. Kennedy’s funeral and focused on the man who had dug the president’s grave. The column is indicative of Breslin’s style, which often highlights how major events or the actions of those considered “newsworthy” affect the “common man”.

Breslin’s public profile in the 1960s as a regular guy led to a brief stint as a TV pitchman for Piels Beer, including a bar room commercial where he intoned in his deep voice: “Piels—it’s a good drinkin’ beer!”

In 1969, Breslin ran for president of the New York City Council in tandem with Norman Mailer, who was seeking election as mayor, on the unsuccessful independent 51st State ticket advocating secession of the city from the rest of the state. His memorable quote from the experience: “I am mortified to have taken part in a process that required bars to be closed.”

His career as an investigative journalist led him to cultivate ties with various Mafia and criminal elements in the city, not always with positive results. In 1970, he was viciously attacked and beaten at The Suite, a restaurant then owned by Lucchese crime family associate Henry Hill. The attack was carried out by mobster Jimmy Burke, who objected to an article Breslin had written involving another member of the Lucchese family, Paul Vario. Breslin suffered major concussion and nosebleeding, but survived the ordeal without any permanent injury. The horrible assault may also be attributed to supposition that his novel “The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight,” was actually based upon Joe Gallo and his attempt to carve a niche from the Lucchesse Family despite their non-recognition by New York City Organized Crime members. Joe Gallo was nicknamed “Crazy Joe,” because early in his career when he was caught with burglary tools he pleaded “temporary insanity” before a New York state judge. The defense was unsuccessful.

In 1977, at the height of the Son of Sam scare in New York City, the killer, who was later identified as David Berkowitz, addressed letters to Breslin. Jimmy survived the takeover of the NY Post by Rupert Murdoch. Jimmy’s manager Steve Dunleavy looked upon the David Berkowitz letters to Jimmy has the impetus to solidify the NY Post as a New York newspaper and a way to end the bad publicity associated with both the purchase of the NY Post and the reduction in force of many members of the newspaper guild. The NY Post became a tabloid in the British model although Murdoch and Dunleavy were actually Australian. Excerpts from these were published and later used in the Spike Lee film Summer of Sam, a film in which Breslin, portraying himself, bookends. In 2008 the Library of America selected one of Breslin’s many Son of Sam articles published in the New York Daily News for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American True Crime writing.

In 1978, Breslin, despite having no significant acting experience, appeared in Joe Brooks’ feature film If Ever I See You Again in a main supporting role playing “Mario Marino”, the assistant to two Madison Avenue jingle composers. Breslin’s performance received a Golden Turkey Award nomination for “Worst Performance by a Novelist”.

In October 1986, Breslin landed his own twice-weekly late night television show on ABC, Jimmy Breslin’s People, in which he was seen interviewing poor New Yorkers at home. Some of them were incarcerated. Because many network affiliates had already had committed to syndicated programming for Breslin’s time slot when the new season started a month earlier, Breslin’s show was often delayed or preempted altogether; even the network’s flagship station WABC pushed it back from its midnight slot to 2 a.m., and would occasionally only air it one night a week. Disgusted, Breslin took out a full-page ad in the New York Times announcing that he was “firing the network” and would be ending the show after its Dec. 20 broadcast (at which time his 13-week contract expired).

Breslin had received numerous accolades and awards throughout his career.

In 1985, he received a George Polk Award for Metropolitan Reporting. In 1986, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

In May 1990, after fellow Newsday columnist Ji-Yeon Mary Yuh described one of his articles as sexist, Breslin heatedly retorted with racial and sexual invective.

Asian American and anti-hate groups forcefully decried Breslin’s outburst. Breslin appeared on the Howard Stern Show to banter about his outburst and Koreans in general. Following this controversial radio broadcast, Newsday managing editor Anthony Marro suspended Breslin, who then apologized.

Author and former FBI agent Robert K. Ressler has stated that Breslin “baited Berkowitz and irresponsibly contributed to the continuation of his murders” by trying to sell sensationalist newspapers. In Ressler’s book Whoever Fights Monsters, Ressler condemns Breslin and the media for their involvement in encouraging serial killers by directing their activity with printed conjectures.

Breslin died on March 19, 2017 at the age of 88. The cause of death has not yet been released. At the time of his death, he had been recovering from pneumonia.

Camille Hoffmann March 13, 1927 – March 19, 2017

Camille Ada Oliver Hoffmann March 13, 1927 – March 19, 2017 – Camille Ada Oliver Hoffmann, 90, of Stuart, FL, passed away under the care of Hospice of the Treasure Coast with her two daughters by her side.

Born March 13, 1927 in Chicago, IL., to James Victor and Ada Marie (Pellegrini) Oliver.

She was a graduate of Lake Forest College in 1949 and later received her Law Degree in 1952 from DePaul University, in Chicago, IL.

Camille was the second woman in the States Attorney’s Office in IL., and the first woman in DuPage County.

She was also named one of the top 10 art dealers of Art Color in the 1990s. She was a patron of the arts and she sat on the board of the Hirshorn Museum in Washington D.C. She also made art donations to the Museum of Continental Art in Chicago, IL and also Benedictine College in Lisoe, IL.

She hunted with the Oak Brook Hunt in Naperville and Galena IL., as a Whip. She donated horses both standard and mini to Equine Dreams Rehabilitation Center for the Handicap in Sandwich, IL. She was also a founding member of the Dog Rescue Foundation, where she donated the land, building and surgical unit for the operation. She headed the Annual Winter Coat Drive, Open Door, for the handicap in IL. Camille personally tutored the handicapped in both oral and written communication.

Camille is survived by her two daughters Leslie Ada Hoffmann and her husband Terry Monrad from Stuart, FL and Richmond, VA and Randi Marie Hoffmann and her husband Janos Marton of West Chester County, NY; her seven grandchildren Ada-Marie, Sarah-Nell, Oliver Hoffmann, Lucus, Aron, Guy-Paul and Zachary; and her four great-grandchildren Clair-Marie, Julia, William and Elizabeth. She was predeceased in death by her husband Paul W. Hoffmann.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations in loving memory of Camille can be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 S. Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997.

Local funeral arrangements and Prayer Services will be held Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM with a Prayer Service to start at 5:00 pm at the Stuart Chapel of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL. 772-223-5550.

Out of State arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill Street, Naperville, IL. Evening services are scheduled for Monday, March 27, 2017 with a burial on Tuesday, March 28 at Peter and Paul Cemetery in Naperville, IL.

“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.

“Skip” Williamson August 19, 1944 –March 16, 2017

Mervyn “Skip” Williamson (August 19, 1944 –March 16, 2017) was an American underground cartoonist and central figure in the underground comix movement. His best known work is Snappy Sammy Smoot.

Williamson was born in San Antonio, Texas, but later moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, and then to Canton, Missouri. Williamson’s real first name is Mervyn; however when he was a child, he was a bit of a troublemaker, so his Nana gave him the nickname “Skip” after Percy Crosby’s comic strip character “Skippy”.

Williamson’s first published cartoon was in Harvey Kurtzman’s Help! magazine in 1961. The cartoon was accepted by then Help! editor Gloria Steinem. The cartoon was of two New Orleans trash cans. One was labeled “Negro Trash” the other “White Trash”. Subsequently, comedian Dick Gregory went on The Tonight Show and showed the cartoon on national television, launching Williamson into the mainstream.

Williamson moved to Chicago in 1967 to help long time friend Jay Lynch publish The Chicago Mirror. In 1968, Williamson, Lynch, and Robert Crumb rechristened the Chicago Mirror as Bijou Funnies, which became one of the earliest and longest running underground comix titles. Williamson’s character Snappy Sammy Smoot became popular enough to appear (played by Carl Reiner) on the 1960s television program Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Some years later the Comix Journal said, “Skip Williamson is still the quintessential underground comix artist.” and that “where (Robert) Crumb’s primary comix aim was introspective… Williamson took a broader look, skewering both left-wing trendiness and right-wing over-reaction at a time of much-publicized left-wing trendiness… Crumb’s approach may have been more…artistically “legitimate”, but to those struggling to make sense of the socio-political chaos, Williamson was frequently the funnier.”

Because of Williamson’s friendship with Yippie activist Abbie Hoffman, he was allowed into the courtroom where the Chicago 8 trial was being held, where he did sketches of key characters in the trial. Williamson illustrated the first printing of Abbie Hoffman’s book, Steal This Book. Hoffman gave Williamson the advance from his book, for Williamson to produce a comic that would raise money for the Chicago 8 defense fund. Williamson produced the comic book Conspiracy Capers, which featured the art of Jay Lynch, Art Spiegelman, Jay Kinney, Dan Clyne, Paul David Simon and others.

During the 1970s and 80s Skip Williamson art directed and contributed artwork to men’s magazines. In 1973 he was art director of Gallery magazine where he created the “Girl Next Door” concept by publishing snapshots of sweethearts and wives sent in by readers. In 1974 Williamson was the founding art director of Hustler and in 1976 he joined the staff of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy. There he created the popular “Playboy Funnies” section and introduced millions of readers to his characters, Neon Vincent and the post-modern couple Nell ‘n’ Void. Skip Williamson’s art has been published in the National Lampoon, High Times, the Realist, the Industrial Worker, the Chicago Seed, Encyclopaedia Britannica and others.

Skip Williamson’s work was exhibited at the New York Cultural Center (NYC), the Maryland Institute of Design (Baltimore), the Chicago 4 Show (Chicago), the Phoenix Gallery (Berkeley CA), the American Contemporary Graphics Exhibition (a travelling exhibition), the Museum of Comic Art (Northampton MA), the 23rd Century Gallery (Chicago), the Corcoran Gallery at the DuPont Center (Washington DC), the Lucca Festival (Lucca, Italy), the Tate Gallery of Modern Art (London), the La Luz de Jesus gallery (LA), Gallery Bink (Portland OR), the Vinson Gallery (Atlanta) and many others. His work was shown throughout Europe in the Comix 2000 traveling exhibition sponsored by the French publisher L’Association.

His art has been auctioned at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Heritage auction houses. In later years Williamson concentrated on producing large-scale canvases depicting political social abomination and political treachery. These works have been exhibited in galleries in Portland OR, New Orleans LA, Los Angeles CA, New York City NY, Philadelphia, and other cities.

In 2000 Williamson exhibited his paintings in a solo show at Atlanta’s Eyedrum gallery. Dr. Jerry Cullum (senior editor of Art Papers) wrote in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Williamson knows how to put together a picture, balancing color and skewed perspective as effectively as any realist painter would…He fits perfectly into a type of art championed by Juxtapoz magazine, in which a cartoon style is put to intelligent but outrageous uses. And his cynical view of humanity, worthy of such past satirists as Honoré Daumier, is dead-on regarding the place where most people are.”

“And yet, so much art reveals the places where people never even consider going. But that’s not Williamson’s concern. He reflectively steps on toes, and he rocks.”

Williamson’s art has been documented by Penguin Books (London), Brumm Publishing (Frankfurt/Main, Germany), E.P. Dutton and Company (NYC), Studio Vista Publishers (London), Boston Art & Book (Boston MA), the Graphis Press (Zürich, Switzerland), Arcanum Press (Amsterdam, Netherlands), School of African Studies – Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts), the Designer’s Gaukuin College (Tokyo, Japan), Northwestern University Press (Evanston IL), The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, The Washington Post, The Milwaukee Bugle-American, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, The Detroit Free-Press, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and many others.

Skip Williamson’s comics are included in the permanent collection of the Ryerson & Burnham Library at the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago.

He died at Albany Medical Center at 12:30 pm on March 16, 2017. The official cause of death was renal failure and complications from heart disease and diabetes.

Richard L. Bennett January 30, 1936 – March 15, 2017

Richard L. Bennett January 30, 1936 – March 15, 2017 – Richard Lee Bennett joined his wife of 59 years, Patricia Lee Hauser-Bennett on March 15, 2017. Patricia has been waiting for him since May 10, 2016. Richard was born in Toledo, Ohio, January 30, 1936. Patricia was born in Detroit, Michigan, March 19, 1939

Richard retired from AAA Insurance, Michigan, at the age of 46. He moved with Patricia to Florida and continued in insurance as an Independent Adjuster.

Richard’s passions were clocks, restoring old cars, flying his private plane and traveling the country in their RV. While Patricia joined him in his passions, her love was playing tennis and volunteering at Martin Memorial Thrift Store.

Surviving are Richard’s brother, Donald Bennett and two sisters, Judy Perkins and Jayne O’Grady. Surviving Patricia is her brother Ken Hauser. They have three children: Renee Bennett-Allen, John Bennett and Gwynn Bennett-McCreary, four grandchildren: Michael, Jeffrey, Jacob and Madison and three great grandchildren: Taya, Christian and Joseph.

A celebration of Life will be later this summer on Lake Ogemaw, Michigan, where they both loved spending their summers with their son John.

Arrangements Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made at Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory 961 S. Kanner Hwy. Stuart, FL. 34994 1(772)223-555

David Stallworth December 20, 1941 – March 15, 2017

David A. Stallworth (December 20, 1941 – March 15, 2017) was an American professional basketball player. He played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for eight seasons and was a member of the New York Knicks’ 1969–70 championship-winning team.

A 6’7″ forward/center from Dallas’ Madison High School, Stallworth graduated in 1961 and attended Wichita State University. In his three seasons with the Shockers, he set 18 school records, including the highest career point per game average (24.2). Stallworth helped the team reach the 1964 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, the school’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and was named to the All-American team twice. He earned the nickname “Dave the Rave” while playing at Wichita State. In the 1965 NBA draft, Stallworth was selected in the first round by the New York Knicks, with the third overall pick.

Stallworth played eight seasons (1965–1967; 1969–1975) in the NBA as a member of the Knicks and Baltimore/Capital Bullets. He averaged 9.3 points per game in his career and won a league championship with New York in 1970. Stallworth’s play for the Knicks in the 1969–70 season came after he had suffered a heart attack in March 1967, during his second season in the NBA; he had posted a scoring average of 12.6 points per game the previous season. Following a period as a coach for a Wichita-based amateur team, Stallworth was told by his doctor that he could return to playing. A back-up on the 1969–70 Knicks, Stallworth was forced into action in Game 5 of the 1970 NBA Finals after Willis Reed was injured early. He was assigned to cover Los Angeles Lakers star Wilt Chamberlain, and aided in holding him in check when on defense. In a game that the Knicks won after trailing by 16, Stallworth made a reverse layup after driving to the basket on Chamberlain in the final minutes; Wayne Coffey, a New York Daily News journalist and writer called it “one of the single most dramatic moments of the season.”

In 1971, Stallworth was traded along with Mike Riordan to the Bullets for Earl Monroe. He averaged 11.4 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game in his 64 appearances for the Bullets in 1971–72, but his statistics declined over the next two seasons and the Bullets traded him to the Phoenix Suns in 1974. Stallworth was released by the Suns without playing for the team, and he returned to the Knicks for the 1974–75 season, playing in seven games. After his playing career ended, Stallworth was employed in Wichita, Kansas by Boeing.

Ed Whitlock March 6, 1931 – March 13, 2017

Ed Whitlock (March 6, 1931 – March 13, 2017) was an English-born Canadian long-distance runner, and the first person over 70 years old to run a marathon in less than three hours with a time of 2:59:10 in 2003.

Whitlock, who ran as a teenager and took up the sport again in his forties, first became the oldest person to run a marathon in less than 3 hours in 2000, at the age of 69, with a time of 2:52:47. He later extended this record, running a time of 2:58:40 at the age of 74. At 73, he set a world record in the marathon for men 70 to 74, running a 2:54:48, his fastest time after turning 70. According to an article in The New York Times, if age-graded, this time would be equivalent to a 20-year-old running 2:03:57 and which would have been the fastest marathon ever run in 2010. For an explanation of age-graded tables, see masters athletics. At the time of his death, Whitlock was known to be the only person over 70 to run a marathon in less than three hours. At age 85, he became the oldest person to run a marathon in less than four hours at 3 hours, 56 minutes 34 seconds at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October 2016.

Whitlock was born in a suburb of London, England, and later moved to Canada to pursue an engineering career following graduation from Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, England. He later resided in Milton, Ontario.

While at school and university in England, he was a serious junior runner, primarily at cross country but also at track and road relays. He was the winner of the Ranelagh Harriers and South London Harriers inter schools cross country races in consecutive years, 1948 and 1949. He was the University of London champion at cross country and 3 miles on the track. He stopped running after arriving in Canada.

Whitlock did not start running again until he was 41, concentrating on middle-distance running, and after several years recorded best times of 1:59.9 for 800 metres and 4:02.5 for 1500 metres.

He started running marathons accidentally when his youngest son who was into running at the time in school determined he was going to run a marathon after running every day for over a year without a break. His son was only 14 at the time. Whitlock tried to deter him, but in the end reluctantly ran the race with him. Although not concentrating on the marathon, he ran 2:31:23 at age 48.

In his sixties after retiring he started to concentrate on road racing and latterly the objective of becoming the first man over 70 to run a marathon in less than three hours. After an initial attempt at age 70, injury prevented another attempt until age 72 when in 2003 he completed the marathon 2:59:10. In the following year, he lowered the record to 2:54:49 and in 2005 ran 2:58:40 at age 74, making him the oldest man to run under three hours for a marathon.

In 2006 he set the world record for the 75 to 79 age group with a time of 3:08:35 at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and in the Rotterdam Marathon on April 15, 2007, Whitlock lowered that mark to 3:04:54 on a day when the marathon was stopped after three and a half hours because of high temperature.

On September 26, 2010, Whitlock ran the Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon in 1:34:23.4.

After turning 80, Whitlock improved the marathon world record for his age category by almost 15 minutes to 3:25:43 at the 2011 Rotterdam Marathon on April 10, 2011. He then further improved on his age category world record at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 16, 2011, lowering the record to 3:15:54.

At age 81, on Sunday, September 16, 2012, wearing bib number 1, Whitlock broke the Canadian and unofficial world half-marathon record at his hometown inaugural race, the Milton Half-Marathon, running 1:38:59. In 2013, he lowered the record to 1:38:11 on the same course.

Whitlock also competes on the track, where as of 2012 he holds 15 world age group records ranging in distance from 1500 metres to 10,000 m and age groups 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+ and 85+, as well as the three age group marathon records 70+, 75+ and 80+.

In 2016, Whitlock was inducted into the Milton Sports Hall of Fame as nominee in the inaugural induction class.

On October 16, 2016, Whitlock, aged 85, ran the Toronto Marathon in 3:56:38, setting a new world record.

He died of prostate cancer in Toronto, one week after his 86th birthday.

Dorothy King June 23, 1942 – March 12, 2017

Dorothy J. King June 23, 1942 – March 12, 2017 – Dorothy J. King, 74, died March 12, 2017 surrounded by her family and the loving, caring staff at the Treasure Coast Hospice House in Stuart.

She was born in Rockville Center , NY and lived in Martin County for 43 years coming from St. James, NY. She enjoyed her career and the many life-long friends she made as a Certified Pharmacy Technician for Martin Health System, retiring after 30 years in 2009.

She attended St. Andrews Catholic Church and loved her Bible study mornings with the ladies at Coastal Life Church in Palm City. She was a reflection of God’s love and will be missed and cherished by many.

Survivors include her children, Bonnie Hauger (John) and Donald King, her grandchildren Joshua and Jessica Hauger and Christina, Dylan, Victoria and Blake King and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and love of her life Gillen (Glen) King.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00am, Saturday March 25th, at St Andrews Catholic Church in Stuart.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highwaym, Stuart, FL 34994. 772-223-5550.

Joni Sledge September 13, 1956 – March 10, 2017

Joan Elise Sledge (September 13, 1956 – March 10, 2017), better known as Joni Sledge, was an American singer–songwriter and producer. Sledge was best known as a founding member of the American family vocal group Sister Sledge. Sledge died from natural causes on March 10, 2017 at age 60.

Sledge was born the third of five daughters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Edwin Sledge, a tap dancer, and his actress wife, Florez (née Williams). Described as a warm extrovert, Sledge attended Olney High School; graduating in 1974. Sledge majored in communications while in college at Temple University. Sledge performed the song “Then Came You” with the Spinners on the television music show The Midnight Special in 1975.

In addition to singing, Sledge was also a songwriter and producer; writing and producing the song “Brother, Brother Stop” for a Sister Sledge greatest hits album in 1996. Sledge’s production of their album African Eyes which was released in 1997 was nominated for a best–production Grammy.

Sledge had one child, a son named Thaddeus. Sledge was found dead by a friend at her home on March 11, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona, She was 60 years old. Her death was originally considered due to unknown circumstances as she didn’t have any known illnesses, according to close family sources. On March 14, 2017, Sledge’s cause of death was ruled “natural causes”.

Robert Waller August 1, 1939 – March 10, 2017

Robert James Waller (August 1, 1939 – March 10, 2017) was an American author best known for The Bridges of Madison County, an enormously successful book in 1993. He was also a photographer and musician.

Waller received his BA (’62) and MA (’64) from University of Northern Iowa (then known as Iowa State Teachers College). He received his PhD in business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington in 1968.

Later that year he returned to UNI and began teaching management and economics, and in 1977 became a full professor. He became dean of the College of Business in 1980 and retired from that position in 1986. It was announced in 2000 that he made a “seven figure” donation to Indiana University.

Several of his books have been on the New York Times bestseller list including 1992’s The Bridges of Madison County which was the top best-seller in 1993. Both that novel and his 1995 novel, Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, have been made into motion pictures.

In 1997, his marriage of 35 years ended in divorce after Georgia confronted him about his relationship with Linda Bow, while all three were traveling together in India, and he declared his love for Linda. Waller had hired Linda in 1995 to help out with landscaping and work on the 1,200-acre Firelight Ranch he shared with wife Georgia and their daughter, Rachel.

An article in People Magazine noted, “The parallels between Waller’s life and his art—his Bridges heroine, farmwife Francesca, sacrifices her chance for happiness with a globe-hopping photographer in order to stay home and shield her loved ones from small-town scandal—haven’t been lost on the locals”

John Sullivan August 24, 1934 – March 9, 2017

John W. Sullivan August 24, 1934 – March 9, 2017 – John William Sullivan, 82, died peacefully, after a long illness, surrounded by his family, in Hobe Sound, Florida. He was a true gentleman.

Born August 24, 1934, Mr. Sullivan graduated from New Trier High School; Georgetown University; and Northwestern University (MBA). He married Susan Reynolds in 1960. She was the absolute love of his life, and he had just completed a book to celebrate Susan’s 80 years of life. He adored his five children and 13 grandchildren.

Mr. Sullivan began his career in Chicago at Skil Corporation, founded by his grandfather, and father, Bolton, whom he revered. He launched the international operations for Skil in the early days of the EU common market. At age 30, he became president of Skil, the youngest president of a NYSE company. Mr. Sullivan established one of the very first profit-sharing plans in America for employees – a very progressive business idea at the time. He successfully expanded and grew Skil, and sold it to Emerson Electric in 1979.

In 1973 Sullivan and three friends purchased the Reading Railroad in bankruptcy. Mr. Sullivan relocated to Philadelphia in 1982 to lead and grow Reading, developing its real estate in the city and rejuvenating the Reading Terminal Market. Subsequently, Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan established full time residency in Loblolly Bay, Hobe Sound, Florida. In 1986 the Sullivan’s purchased land across the street where they developed Loblolly Pines Golf Club, a golf course community with a Pete/P.B. Dye course. The Loblolly community today is comprised of wonderful, generous members who enjoy time with family and friends, in addition to being philanthropic in the local community. The Loblolly legacy continues as one of Mr. Sullivan’s proudest accomplishments.

A lifelong golfer, Mr. Sullivan loved his time on the course, shooting his age or better, numerous times. He was a very loyal friend who loved to travel and golf with his buddies, most of whom called him Sully. He always enjoyed time with his friends from YPO, CEO, and U.S. Seniors. Mr. Sullivan devoted much time to quiet philanthropy and remained active in the business community. Mr. Sullivan loved to play piano and guitar. He could often be found singing with grandchildren, playing piano with a scotch nearby, or entertaining Loblolly members with the Loblolly Singers. His witty sense of humor and love of music provided great joy to his family and friends.

Mr. Sullivan was loved and respected by his children and grandchildren and will be missed dearly. He is survived by his wife Susan, and his children Bolton, Jennifer Sanford, Gieriet (Ted Bowen), Kathy Sullivan (Chris Tate) and John, Jr, in addition to his thirteen grandchildren: Marshall, Grace, Landon, Fitz, Bolton, Gieriet, Blake, John, Blake, Johnny, Maeve, Charlotte, and Finn.

A Memorial service will be held Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Christopher Catholic Church, 15001, SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, Florida 33455.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the United Way of Martin County, Martin Health Foundation or Loblolly Community Foundation, John W. Sullivan Legacy Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of Aycock Funeral Home Young & Prill Chapel, Stuart, Florida.

“Lou” Duva May 28, 1922 – March 8, 2017

Louis “Lou” Duva (May 28, 1922 – March 8, 2017) was a boxing trainer and manager who handled nineteen world champions. The Duva family promoted boxing events in over twenty countries on six continents. Lou Duva was inducted into the of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, and The Meadowlands Sports Hall of Fame.

Duva was born in New York City to Italian immigrants, the sixth of seven children. After spending time growing up in Little Italy, New York, his family then moved to Saint James Place in Totowa, a suburb of Paterson, New Jersey. He lived next door to his Sister, Ann Belmont of Belmont Fashions in one of two identical flat roofed houses. Duva’s childhood was an impoverished one and he had to do many jobs to try to help his family.

Duva’s 23-year-old brother, Carl Duva, introduced young Lou to boxing when the boy was only 10 years old. Lou polished his own boxing skills and by age 12 was both an amateur and ballroom brawler. However Lou as a boxer did not have much luck, although that might have been due to the fact he barely had time to train, having to go out to the street and perform many types of jobs to try to help the Duva family make ends meet.

In 1938 Lou went to try to join the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). He had problems getting in because applicants were required to be at least 18, but Duva was only 16 years old when he applied to join. He went and changed his birth certificate and all his personal information and they accepted him, thinking that he had been born two years earlier, in 1920. The CCC sent him to Boise, Idaho, and then to Walla Walla, Washington, where he learned to drive trucks.

Duva went to the US Army after World War II broke out. He went to Jackson, Mississippi, to train, but was dismissed from the base after many fistfights with fellow soldiers, as well as an altercation with two lieutenants when he defended a black woman being harassed on a public bus. After that, he was sent to Camp Hood in Texas, where he was given a job as a boxing instructor.

He went back home in 1944 to help run a restaurant and to begin a career as a professional boxer, compiling a record of 6 wins, 10 losses and one draw . After retiring, he started a trucking company. Soon after, he met his wife Enes while he was performing as a clown at a ministry. They married in 1949.

Lou spent a good portion of the early 1950s at Stillman’s Boxing Gym. Stillman’s Gym was known for two things: its legendary fame as a filthy gym where windows were kept closed so the smell of sweat could not escape; and the large number of celebrities from Hollywood and the boxing world the gym attracted. It was here Lou began friendships with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Frankie Valli, and other celebrities. Duva, already enamored with the world of boxing, felt his passion for the sport increase every time he visited Stillman’s Gym.

Duva’s trucking business was doing well, so he decided to open, with the blessing of Enes, his own gym, named Garden Gym. After he sold his fleet of 32 trucks, he became a bail bondsman, and he tracked offenders who jumped bail to avoid trial. Around this time he also worked as a union representative in North Jersey.

By 1963, Duva had become close friends with former world Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, one of the people who rejoiced when Duva crowned his first world boxing champion, Middleweight Joey Giardello, who dethroned Dick Tiger that year to become world Middleweight champion. Duva was one of the last persons that Marciano spoke to before Marciano’s plane crashed in 1969.

Lou’s son, Dan Duva (died 1996), was a lawyer who was also involved in the boxing game. When Leon Spinks’ management came for help in 1978, Dan gladly helped them. With his earning of $500,000 dollars, Dan formed Main Events in April of 1978. The company still exists today, and is managed by Dan’s widow Kathy Duva.

Also during that period, Main Events put on boxing cards at the Ice World facility in Totowa, New Jersey. The Duva’s used to resemble tactics used by the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) when promoting a card, once even going as far as selling a truck driver from New Jersey as a Prince from Zaire just to hype the show and sell tickets.

In 1979, ESPN became interested in showing Main Events shows from Ice World, and they began to do so soon after. The shows and presence caught the eyes of future world champions such as Rocky Lockridge, Bobby Czyz and Livingstone Bramble, all of which signed up with Main Events. However, trouble came with success: as a result of all the work Lou was putting in as a trainer, bail bondsman and everything else he was doing, he suffered his first heart attack during that year. Doctors told him he needed to step off some of his activities, so Lou decided to drop any activities which weren’t related to boxing. He became a full-time boxing manager and trainer.

Dan Duva formed a friendship with Shelly Finkel, a powerful boxing power broker who convinced middleweight contender Alex Ramos, future World Junior Welterweight champion Johnny Bumphus, future world Heavyweight champion Tony Tucker, yjr late junior middleweight prospect Tony Ayala Jr. and heavyweight prospect Mitch Green to join Main Events. Lou was trainer and manager.

In 1981, Main Events became the promoter of the first bout between Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns, won by Leonard by a knockout in round 14. It was the largest grossing non-Heavyweight bout until then, making $40 million. Duva, however, could not celebrate long, as wife Enes had been diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis.

1984 was a highly successful year for Duva and Main Events. He had Bumphus, Lockridge, Bramble and Mike McCallum crowned as world champions, and he signed future world champions Mark Breland, Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whitaker and Meldrick Taylor right after their participation in the Olympics in Los Angeles. He also signed Olympian Tyrell Biggs.

In 1985 he was named manager of the year by the American Boxing Writer’s Association. Holyfield was the next to be crowned world champion, when he beat Dwight Muhammad Qawi in 1986. That was the year that his wife Enes died after fighting her disease for five years.

Breland and Vinny Pazienza followed the championship route for Main Events, winning their first world titles in 1987, year in which he was named Trainer of The Year by the WBA. Taylor followed Whitaker and Pazienza by beating Buddy McGirt in 1988 for the world’s Jr. Welterweight title.

In 1989, he was another triumphant year for Duva and Main Events, when Whitaker, Darrin Van Horn and Puerto Rico’s John John Molina crowned themselves champions, adding to the Main Events line of world champion boxers.

Holyfield gave Main Events another championship, when he knocked out Buster Douglas in three rounds to win the world Heavyweight title with Duva as his co trainer along with George Benton.

After that, Duva attained mainstream fame, appearing in cameos at different television series and even visiting the “Late Night with David Letterman” show as a guest. He also acted as wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper’s trainer at the World Wrestling Federation’s WrestleMania 2 pay-per-view in 1986; coincidentally, Duva was a distant cousin to WWF manager “Captain” Lou Albano, who had instigated the story line involving Piper. In 1992, Eddie Hopson became Duva’s 13th world champion.

In 1996, Dan Duva (his son) died of cancer and his widow, Kathy, became chairman of the Board and Dan’s brother, Dino Duva, became president. After four years Dino left the company and Kathy Duva became the Chief Executive Officer. Dino went on to form Duva Boxing.

Lou has worked with such other former or future world champions as Michael Moorer and Arturo Gatti among others. On the night of the infamous riot after the first Andrew Golota-Riddick Bowe bout, Duva was lifted out of the ring on a stretcher after his defibrillator went off. He was found out to be ok after testing was done to his heart later that night.

For a period during the 1980s Duva was involved in a restaurant named “Lou Duva’s seafood grille and sports club ” in Totowa, New Jersey.

Duva was inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in 1998 and lived in Wayne, New Jersey, just a few miles from where his family once lived in Paterson, New Jersey. Duva remained active as an advisor and manager for a few select fighters and is also involved in his son Dino’s company, Duva Boxing. He was an outspoken advocate of fighter’s rights and of helping inner city kids get “off the streets and into the ring”.

Always in support of the local boxing community, Duva attended the 2007 New Jersey Diamond Gloves Finals held on November 2, 2007 in Linden, New Jersey at Linden High School. When introduced, Duva said a few words to the crowd and spoke kindly about one of the bouts that took place comparing it to a Hagler/Leonard fight. Duva was also seen signing autographs and taking pictures with some of the fans in attendance.

Duva died of natural causes on March 8, 2017 after a period of declining health.

Fred Seggebruch April 12, 1931 – March 8, 2017

Fred J. Seggebruch April 12, 1931 – March 8, 2017 – Fred J. Seggebruch, 85, passed away on Wednesday March 8, 2017 at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart, FL.

Fred was born in Chicago Heights, IL and moved to South Florida 36 years ago coming from Crete, IL. He attended North Stuart Baptist Church. He owned and operated Seggebruch Realty in Crete, IL and South Florida for 38 years before retiring.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years Shirley Ann Seggebruch of Jensen Beach, FL, three sons Steve (Donna Jean) Seggebruch of Dublin, Ohio, Dan (Rhonda) Seggebruch of Plainfield, IL and Ken (Donna Sue) of Jensen Beach, FL, three grandchildren Alex, Michael and Victoria and two sisters Millie and Marie.

Contributions may be made in Fred’s honor to North Stuart Baptist Church, 1950 NW Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994.

A visitation will be held at North Stuart Baptist Church from 10:00 to 10:30 on Friday March 10, 2017,follow by services beginning at 10:30 Interment will at Fernhill Memorial Gardens in Stuart, FL.

Arrangements entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, Florida.

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Lynne Stewart October 8, 1939 – March 7, 2017

Lynne Irene Stewart (October 8, 1939 – March 7, 2017) was an American defense attorney who was known for representing controversial, poor, and often unpopular defendants. She was convicted on charges of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists in 2005, and sentenced to 28 months in prison. Her felony conviction led to her being automatically disbarred. She was convicted of helping pass messages from her client, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, an Egyptian cleric convicted of planning terror attacks, to his followers in al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, an organization designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States Secretary of State.

She was re-sentenced on July 15, 2010, to 10 years in prison in light of her perjury at trial. She served her sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell, a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas.

Stewart was released from prison on December 31, 2013 on a compassionate release order because of her terminal breast cancer diagnosis.

Stewart was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Irene and John Feltham. Her mother was of German and Swedish descent, while her father had English and Irish ancestry. She grew up in Bellerose, Queens and graduated from Martin Van Buren High School in 1957. She attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan but left without a degree. Stewart graduated from Wagner College on Staten Island with a B.A. in political science in 1961. She earned a Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law–Newark in Newark, New Jersey in 1975. She was admitted to practice law in New York in 1977.

Stewart believes that violence is at times needed to correct the injustices of capitalism. She states that she doesn’t “believe in anarchistic violence but in directed violence,” with directed violence being that which is “directed at the institutions which perpetuate capitalism, racism and sexism, and at the people who are the appointed guardians of those institutions, and accompanied by popular support.

Stewart was admitted to the New York State Bar on January 31, 1977. For much of her career as a lawyer, she represented a number of economically disadvantaged clients as well as more high-profile cases. Stewart was a self-described “movement lawyer” who took a wider interest in promoting the general political interests of those she represented, rather than only dealing with the specific charges against them. Stewart defended Weather Underground member David Gilbert, who was found guilty for his role in the 1981 Brinks armored car robbery in which two police officers and a security guard were murdered.

In 1991, Stewart was subpoenaed to explain alternative fee arrangements with a gang member whom she had been defending on a drug trafficking charge. Stewart refused the subpoena and eventually pleaded guilty to second degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor charge that would not result in her disbarment.

Another high-profile client was former Black Panther member Willie Holder, who hijacked Western Airlines Flight 701 on June 2, 1972; he claimed to have a bomb and demanded the release of Angela Davis and $500,000.

Along with William Kunstler, Stewart represented Larry Davis, who had been charged with the attempted murder of nine NYPD officers during a shootout, as well as the murder of four Bronx drug dealers. Stewart and Kunstler secured Davis an acquittal on the more serious murder and attempted murder charges, but Davis was found guilty on a lesser felony weapon possession charge. After the trial, Stewart ended her relationship with Kunstler, feeling marginalized by Kunstler hogging the publicity of the case and not giving her due credit. Even Davis believed that Stewart was more instrumental in his acquittal, stating that “everyone thinks Kunstler beat the case. Lynne Stewart beat the case.”

Stewart also unsuccessfully defended former Gambino crime family underboss Sammy “the Bull” Gravano on ecstasy trafficking charges.

Stewart said that all her high-profile clients shared the distinction of being revolutionaries against unjust systems or were people whose cases expose those injustices. However, unlike most movement lawyers who found communications with prosecuting attorneys to be repugnant, former assistant US Attorney Andrew C. McCarthy found Stewart to be “eminently reasonable and practical” and commented that “when she gave her word on something, she honored it — she never acted as if she thought one was at liberty to be false when dealing with the enemy.”

Robert Osborne May 3, 1932 – March 6, 2017

Robert Jolin Osborne (/ˈɒzbɔːrn/; May 3, 1932 – March 6, 2017) was an American film historian and actor best known as the primary host for Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Prior to TCM, Osborne had been a host on The Movie Channel, and, earlier, a columnist for The Hollywood Reporter. Osborne also wrote the official history of the Academy Awards, originally published in 1988, and most recently updated in 2013.

Born in the small town of Colfax, Washington, Osborne graduated from the University of Washington’s School of Journalism. He began his career working as a contract actor for Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball’s Desilu Studios. There, Osborne became part of Lucille Ball’s Desilu Workshop, in which Ball worked with and nurtured such young performers as Osborne and actress-singer Carole Cook.

One of Osborne’s early television appearances was in a 1959 episode of Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse called “Chain of Command”, starring Hugh O’Brian. He was also featured in the Christmas Day Desilu Playhouse installment “The Desilu Revue” in December 1959. He also had small roles in such TV shows as The Californians and the 1962 pilot episode of The Beverly Hillbillies, “The Clampetts Strike Oil” (as Jeff Taylor). Not thinking the show would be a success, he decided not to sign up for the series, instead deciding to focus on acting in television commercials.

Ball suggested that Osborne focus his energies on becoming a journalist, as he would often quip, “especially after she saw me act”. After The Beverly Hillbillies, Osborne would focus more on writing and journalism. In 1965, Osborne had his first book published, Academy Awards Illustrated.

In 1977, Osborne began his long-standing stint as a columnist for The Hollywood Reporter. The following year, he published 50 Golden Years of Oscar, which won the 1979 National Film Book award. Having joined the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, he was elected its president in 1981, a position he would be re-elected to for the next two years. In 1982, Osborne began a five-year stint as the entertainment reporter/critic on KTTV Channel 11 in Los Angeles. In addition, he began his Rambling Reporter column for The Hollywood Reporter, published five times weekly.

In 1984, Osborne began hosting for The Movie Channel, as well as winning the Publicists Guild of America 1984 Press Award. The following year, he began a relationship with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), when he hosted a tribute to Shirley Temple at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills. Three years later, AMPAS commissioned him to write 60 Years of the Oscar.

In 1994, Ted Turner created Turner Classic Movies as a competitor to American Movie Classics (now known as AMC). Osborne was selected as the host of their nightly broadcasts. For TCM, in addition to hosting four primetime movies seven days a week, he was also the host of special one-on-one “Private Screening” interviews featuring many familiar actors and directors. Beginning in 2006, Osborne also co-hosted TCM’s The Essentials. His co-hosts have been Molly Haskell from 2006 to 2007, Carrie Fisher from 2007 to 2008, Rose McGowan from 2008 to 2009, Alec Baldwin from 2009 to 2011, Drew Barrymore and finally Sally Field.

Osborne also participated in events at the Paley Center for Media in New York City saluting the television careers of Lucille Ball and Cloris Leachman. He recently served as moderator at the Paley for an evening celebrating the 100th birthday of Academy Award-winning songwriter Johnny Mercer. Beginning in 2005, Osborne hosted the annual “Robert Osborne’s Classic Film Festival”[9] in Athens, Georgia. The non-profit event is held by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.[10] In 2010, Osborne hosted the very first TCM Classic Film Festival, and participated in subsequent annual festivals.

In 2011, TCM announced that Osborne would be taking “a short break from his TCM hosting duties for minor surgery, followed by a vacation.” Osborne did, however, continue to appear on Saturday nights hosting “The Essentials” with Alec Baldwin. In 2012, Osborne began to share some of his hosting duties with Ben Mankiewicz. Mankiewicz hosts primetime films two nights a week as well as many daytime events. Osborne stated that he will continue to work “as long as I have health, and as long as I think I look O.K. on camera.” He also said, “If I really couldn’t do it with enthusiasm, that would be the time to quit.”

In 2014, as part of an exclusive programming deal with Disney, Turner Classic Movies agreed to become the sponsor of The Great Movie Ride. The attraction underwent a refurbishment in 2015, with the addition of a new pre-show and post-show hosted by Osborne, who also provides onboard narration to the ride. The changes were unveiled on May 29, 2015.

Osborne resided in New York City.

Osborne left the air in early 2016 due to an undisclosed health issue, after missing a number of TCM annual events. His death was announced by Turner Classic Movies on March 6, 2017. The cause of Osborne’s death was not immediately announced. He was 84.

Jay Lynch January 7, 1945 – March 5, 2017

Jay Patrick Lynch (January 7, 1945 – March 5, 2017) was an American cartoonist who played a key role in the underground comix movement with his Bijou Funnies and other titles. He is best known for his comic strip Nard n’ Pat. His work is sometimes signed Jayzey Lynch. Lynch was the main writer for Bazooka Joe comics from 1967 to 1990; he contributed to Mad, and in the 2000s expanded into the children’s book field.

Lynch was born in Orange, New Jersey and grew up in Belmar, New Jersey.

Ben Schwartz, writing in the alternative weekly The Chicago Reader, traced Lynch’s formative years:

In 1963, at age 17, Lynch had moved to Chicago from Florida, where he grew up. Working a string of odd jobs to support himself, he wound up manning the service bar at Second City one summer. This was between the theater’s skinny-tie Alan Arkin days and the Belushi hippie years. “At that time it seemed like Second City was over,” Lynch says. “They had been on Jack Paar, and all the Hyde Park Compass Players were gone… The Realist would come out, and you’d see them taking their improvs from there.” Lynch moved into Del Close’s old apartment on Hudson. Close had left it in such a mess that the landlord let him live there for free on the condition that he fix the place up.

He drew cartoons for Roosevelt University’s humor magazine, the Aardvark, which got tossed off campus by college administrators after the first issue. Then in 1967 Lynch with help from Skip Williamson put out The Chicago Mirror, which lasted three issues and would become Chicago’s answer to Robert Crumb’s Zap Comix: Bijou Funnies, with early work by Lynch, Spiegelman, Gilbert Shelton and Skip Williamson.

Main article: Bijou Funnies

Bijou Funnies was collected in 1975 in the book The Best of Bijou Funnies (Quick Fox/Links Books).

Lynch’s best known comic book stories involve the human-cat duo Nard n’ Pat, recurring characters in Bijou Funnies. Nard is a bald middle-aged man, and Patrick is his talking cat. Nard n’ Pat were featured in two issues of their own comic, the first one published by Cartoonists Co-Op Press in 1974 (Cartoonists Co-Op Press was a self-publishing venture by Lynch, Kim Deitch, Bill Griffith, Jerry Lane, Willy Murphy, Diane Noomin, and Art Spiegelman that operated in 1973–1974), and the second issue published by Kitchen Sink Press in 1981.

The weekly comic strip Phoebe and the Pigeon People, by Lynch and illustrator Gary Whitney, ran in the Chicago Reader for 17 years in the late 1970s and 1980s; Kitchen Sink Press published 3 issues of a Phoebe & the Pigeon People comic book collecting material from the strip in 1979–1981. Lynch has scans of more than 500 editions of the strip ready for any publisher who sees the potential of a Phoebe and the Pigeon People book.

Beginning in 1968, Lynch became a major contributor to Topps’ Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids, plus other Topps humor products. In 2002, he recalled his creative working methods and procedures with Len Brown and others at the Topps’ Product Development Department:

I would get a phone call from Len Brown or Art Spiegelman telling me it was time for me to do some roughs for a new series of Wacky Packages. I would usually submit a dozen roughs at a time. Len would tell me, usually on the phone, which food conglomerates I could not parody, based on cease and desist letters from prior series. I had a master list of taboo companies – and this would be added to, by phone, until a new master list would be compiled and sent to me. In those days I had a pretty good working knowledge of who made what, though. So I would give Len a verbal list of maybe 20 or so products, of which he would pick a dozen. Sometimes he would suggest products, sometimes he would come up with the gag title on the phone, and I would add to it on the rough. Sometimes Spiegelman, or Bhob Stewart, or Woody Gelman would phone the assignment to me. In the 80s, Mark Newgarden would phone the assignment to me. In the 90s Ira Friedman would phone the assignment to me. But mostly it would be Len. I think in the 60s I got $8 a rough. By the 70s it had gone up to $20 a rough. By the 80s it was $125 a rough, and so on. What I got for a rough always remained the same amount in actual buying power. It has gone up with inflation, though. One rough pays about the same as a week’s worth of groceries. Always has – and always will. Anyway – after I had some idea of the initial dozen products that I would parody, I would go to the supermarket and buy these products. Sometimes I would get ideas for additional products as well – and Topps would reimburse me for this cost of the actual products when I would send them the receipt along with my bill, which I would enclose with each batch of roughs. These roughs were done in India ink and colored with Magic Markers. I would just send them in by regular mail, and I didn’t bother to retain Xerox copies of them until the mid-1970s when the drugstore down the block from my house installed a pay Xerox machine. I was living in Chicago then. I would only go to Brooklyn to meet with the Topps guys once every six months or so. Usually this was to work on a vast variety of other Topps and Bazooka projects. Wacky Packages was just one of the countless series in development then, only one in ten of which would ever see the light of day.

During the 1990s, he began writing for Mad, and he also devised products for Mad merchandising.

His children’s book, Otto’s Orange Day (Toon Books, 2008), a collaboration with Syracuse political cartoonist Frank Cammuso, is described by the publisher: “When Otto the cat meets a magical genie, he knows just what to wish for: he makes the whole world orange! At first, this new, bright world seems like a lot of fun, but when his mom serves orange spinach for lunch, Otto realizes that his favorite color isn’t the best color for everything. Fixing this mixed-up world won’t be easy though because Otto already used up his only wish.”

Greg McElhatton (Read About Comics) reviewed:

Lynch’s story is aimed at readers in the 5 to 8 range, and I have to say that if I had a child that old I know what they’d be reading. I really appreciated that Lynch never talked down to his audience; while everything is spelled out for the reader carefully, it doesn’t come across as condescending or patronizing. The story itself is fun and cute; Otto’s song about all things orange made me laugh, and I absolutely love the scene when everything has become orange and Otto goes outside to see his creation. Each burst of excitement as he spies something newly orange, be it a duck or a clown, is pretty contagious. Lynch has a good handle on just how to write for kids, as well as any adults that might be looking over the kid’s shoulder. What also impressed me, though, is how Lynch handled the ending. It’s a combination of smart thinking on both Aunt Sally and Otto’s parts, and it teaches something to kids without being cloying or over the top. For a book that’s just 40 pages, I was impressed at how full this story felt.

Another collaboration, Mo and Jo Fighting Together Forever by Lynch with Dean Haspiel, was published by Toon Books in fall 2008. Toon describes this superhero satire: “Mona and Joey can’t stop fighting! When the Mighty Mojo decides to give his powerful costume to them, these argumentative twins fight so much they rip it in half. Now each one is only half as strong! Can Mo and Jo find a way to combine their powers, fight the evil Saw-Jaw and save their town?”

Lynch’s wife Jane Lynch was an occasional contributor to comics in the early 1970s, including pieces she wrote for Arcade #3 (an interview with Bill Griffith’s character Zippy the Pinhead) and Skywald Publications’s Psycho #17 (a story called “The Lunatic Class Of ’64,” illustrated by Emilio Bernardo).

Lynch died from complications of lung cancer on March 5, 2017 in Candor, New York.

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Fred Weintraub April 27, 1928 – March 5, 2017

Fred Robert Weintraub (April 27, 1928 – March 5, 2017) was an American film and television producer.

Weintraub was the original owner and host of The Bitter End in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Weintraub’s discovered acts as Peter, Paul and Mary, Lenny Bruce (with whom he was arrested for obscenity), Randy Newman and The Isley Brothers. The club also featured early performances of Neil Diamond, Woody Allen, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Ricky Nelson, Nina Simone, Dustin Hoffman, Charles Aznavour, Lily Tomlin, Stevie Wonder, Kris Kristofferson, Joni Mitchell, George Carlin, Bob Dylan, Harry Chapin, Bill Cosby and Phil Ochs. During the early 1960s The Bitter End hosted “Open Mike” Hootenannies every Tuesday night, showcasing young, old, known and unknown folksingers.

Moving west in the mid 1960s, Weintraub created, wrote, and produced several television shows including Hootenanny and Dukes of Hazzard. Beginning with Rage then Enter the Dragon Weintraub produced dozens of movies, many with a martial arts theme as well as directing a documentary on Bruce Lee, Bruce Lee: The Curse of the Dragon (1993).

In 1970 Weintraub became an Executive Vice President of Warner Bros. One of the first films he oversaw for the studio was Woodstock. In 1972 he became an independent producer, and made a number of adventure films, including Enter the Dragon, starring Bruce Lee.

One of Weintraub’s documentary films was It’s Showtime (1976) which consisted of film clips profiling various animal actors, such as Rin Tin Tin, Flipper, Trigger, and Asta, with commentary from the actors who worked with them and including footage of James Cagney, Jimmy Durante, Cary Grant, Maureen O’Sullivan, Dick Powell, Ronald Reagan, and Mickey Rooney working with animal stars.

In 2011, Weintraub published his memoir, “Bruce Lee, Woodstock and Me,” along with collaborator David Fields, exploring his trials and tribulations throughout his fifty-year long journey in the entertainment industry

Charles Balciulis January 29th, 1930 – March 4th, 2017

Charles Balciulis January 29th, 1930 – March 4th, 2017 – Charles A Balciulis, of Chicago, Illinois and Stuart Florida, passed away peacefully March 4, 2017. Charlie sported an impressive handlebar mustache, and was athletic, smart, funny, tall, blonde and handsome.

Charlie was born in Chicago January 29, 1930. He graduated from Calumet High school and then attended Albion College, where he met his wife of 60 years, Kay “Betsy” McKay. They were married in 1956. Charlie graduated from Albion in 1956 and went on to serve his country in the US Army. He played baseball in the service and later in the Cleveland Indians farm league teams. After baseball, Charlie worked in education, holding positions as the University of Toledo head baseball coach, Dean of Men at Northwestern University, and then a teacher and coach at Niles North High School in Chicagoland, from where he retired in 1990. Once retired he and Kay moved to Stuart, Florida. He was very active, umpiring High School baseball all over central Florida, pitching for the “over 55” slow pitch softball, playing multiple sets of tennis a day, and announcing basketball at Indian River State College. Charlie was a member of the St Andrews society of Florida.

Charlie was active in baseball almost all his life, as a player and umpire in Chicago area and in Florida. Watching a game with him was a lesson in the game. He lived long enough to see his hometown Chicago Cubs win the World Series. Charlie is survived by his wife, Kay, of Stuart, daughters Susan Balciulis (Mike Kelly), Peggy Krauss, (Jeff) and Katy Hartigan, (Tim), and seven grandchildren, Maggy Otte and Malcolm Kelly, Wynn and Ryan Krauss, and Kayla, Alex and Eden Hartigan. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles Balciulis and Kathryn Eakins Balciulis and one daughter, Judith Lynn Balciulis.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel 961 S. Kanner Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994

Michael J. Cristoforo June 24th, 1952 – March 3rd, 2017

Michael J. Cristoforo June 24th, 1952 – March 3rd, 2017 – Michael John Cristoforo, 64, of Palm City, Florida, passed away on March 3, 2017, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loved ones and left the Earth in peace.

Born and raised in New York City, he had been a resident of Palm City for 30 years. Even still, he remained an avid Yankees fan and passed his love for the Yankees and baseball, in general, on to his children. Michael was greatly involved in Martin County North Little League during his children’s youth and was well-known and respected throughout the community.

Michael was a co-founder and former owner of Custom Auto Center in Stuart, Florida. He was passionate about his business and deeply cared of his employees and customers. Michael was also a man of many talents. He did it all, including writing country music played on the stations of Nashville to co-inventing a baseball device sampled by the Yankees.

He was also a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Palm City.

Despite all of the above, the thing that Michael was most proud of was his family. He was a dedicated family man who truly enjoyed spending every moment with his loved ones, especially his grandkids. Survivors include his wife of 38 years and love of his life, Jean Cristoforo; his children, Jean Sicoli and her husband, Peter; Louis Cristoforo and his wife, Lisa; Michael Cristoforo and his wife, Tiffany; and Thomas Cristoforo and his wife, Lucia. He also leaves behind eleven grandchildren who adored their Pop Pop, his sister, Rose Falsetti and her husband, Al; as well as nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.

Michael frequently contributed to charitable foundations and had a strong passion for helping those in need. In this spirit, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Elev8Hope Foundation.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at the Forest Hills Funeral Homes Palm City, FL with a Vigil Prayer Service at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Palm City.

Ernesto T. D’Alessandro May 26th, 1932 – March 3rd, 2017

Ernesto T. D’Alessandro May 26th, 1932 – March 3rd, 2017 – Ernesto T. D’Alessandro, 84, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on March 3, 2017 at the Martin Medical Center, Stuart.

Born in Bronx, New York he had been a resident of Florida for 25 years.

Before retiring he had been a taper in the construction industry.

Survivors inclued his Daughter, Diane Kloorfain Radcliffe of Stuart; his grandchildren, Nicole Lanzillotto, Derek D’Alessandro, Michele Kloorfain and Samantha Odenthal; his step-children, Laurie Kinder of Indiantown, Robert Doggett of Giddings, Texas and Linda Brown of Mansfield, Ohio and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Leora D’Alessandro, his daughter Janet Lanzillotto and his son Thomas D’Alessandro.

For those who wish contributions can be made to the Kane Center, 900 SE Salerno Rd, Stuart, FL 34997 • (772) 223-7800 or on line at in Ernesto’s memory.

Joe Rogers, November 30, 1919 – March 3, 2017

Joseph Wilson Rogers, Sr. (November 30, 1919 – March 3, 2017) was an American businessman. He was co-founder and former CEO of the Waffle House franchise restaurant chain, which began business in 1955 in Georgia, and has grown to over 1,700 locations in 25 states.

Born in in 1919 at Jackson, Tennessee, Rogers started in the restaurant business as a short-order cook in 1947, at the Toddle House in New Haven, Connecticut. By 1949, he had become a regional manager with the now-defunct Memphis-based restaurant chain, and moved to Atlanta.There he met Tom Forkner, when he bought a house from him in the Atlanta suburb of Avondale Estates.

Forkner petitioned Rogers to go into business together for a quick-service, sit-down restaurant. Rogers told Forkner, “You build a restaurant and I’ll show you how to run it,”’ recalls Tom Forkner. 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 the name, while Rogers suggested keeping a 24-hour schedule.

The first Waffle House opened on Labor Day weekend, 1955 at 2719 East College Avenue in Avondale Estates, Georgia. The restaurant was named after the most profitable item on the 16-item menu. The fragile nature of waffles also made the point that it was a dine-in, not a carry-out, restaurant, but it confused patrons as to meal availability other than breakfast.

Rogers continued to work with Toddle House, and to avoid conflict of interest sold his interest to Forkner in 1956. In 1960, when Rogers asked to buy into Toddle House, and they refused, he moved back to Atlanta and rejoined Waffle House, now a chain of three restaurants, to run restaurant operations. Shortly after Rogers returned full-time, Forkner followed suit and left Ben S. Forkner Realty.

After opening a fourth restaurant in 1960, the company began franchising its restaurants and slowly grew to 27 stores by the late 1960s, before growth accelerated. As of 2013, there were over 1700 locations in 25 states. The company is privately held and doesn’t disclose annual sales figures, but says they serve 2% of the eggs used in the nation’s food service industry. The founders limit their involvement in management, Joe Rogers, Jr. is Chairman, and Walt Ehmer is President and CEO. He died on March 3, 2017 at the age of 97 in Atlanta.

David J. Harman February 27th, 1942 – March 2nd, 2017

Wanda Millwood May 6, 1924 – March 1, 2017

Wanda Millwood May 6, 1924 – March 1, 2017 – Wanda H. Millwood Bowman, 92, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart, Florida.

Raised in Ohio, Wanda was born in Dille, West Virginia while her mother visited family. A very Christian woman and a hard worker, she was very active in the church including the West Hollywood Baptist Church, Pompano Baptist Church and most recently the Covenant Baptist Church in Stuart where she taught Adult Sunday School. Wanda was also very happy and proud to host and assist Missionaries who came to the area for several years.

Wanda was a very strong and wonderful mother, grand-mother and great grand-mother and will be sorely missed by all.

Wanda is survived by her children; William, Diana Henriksen, David, Elizabeth McConnell, Charles and Wallace; many grand-children, great grand-children and great great grand-children.

She was pre-deceased by her husband William Burton Bowman, son Paul Edward Bowman and grandson Jeffrey McConnell.

There will be a graveside service on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Fernhill Memorial Gardens, 1501 South Federal Highway, Stuart, Florida.

Arrangements are under the direction of Aycock Funeral Home Young & Prill Chapel, 6801 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, Florida.

Howard Sodokoff July 20th, 1935 – February 28th, 2017

Howard Sodokoff July 20th, 1935 – February 28th, 2017 – Howard Sodokoff of Harbour Ridge, Palm City, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at his home. He was 81.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Howard and his wife, Lois, raised their family in Greenwich, Connecticut. They lived at Harbor Ridge for the past 13 years. Lois passed away in 2015. They were original owners at Harbour Ridge from 1984.

Howard received his Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He was a member of Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club and Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich. He loved Dartmouth and remained active with the institution throughout his lifetime.

Howard spent his career as an Investment banker. He was an avid golfer and loved bridge. He enjoyed playing at Harbour Ridge and was very active with Khatib Bridge and Education Center of Palm City.

A loving father and grandfather, Howard is survived by his sister Nancy; sons, Larry and Scott Sodokoff and his grandchildren, Spencer, Jessica, Rachel, Justin and Jason Sodokoff all of Greenwich, CT. He cherished spending time with his grandchildren and enjoying their activities.

There will be a memorial gathering from 12:30 to 2:30 PM on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at The Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club, Palm City. Rabbi Matthew Durbin of Temple Beit HaYam will offer a prayer at 2:00 PM.

In addition, a reception in Connecticut celebrating Howard will be held from 12-3 pm on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Burning Tree Country Club, 120 Perkins Road, Greenwich, Ct.

Paul Kangas April 14, 1937 – February 28, 2017

Paul Kangas (April 14, 1937 – February 28, 2017) was the Miami-based co-anchor of the PBS television program Nightly Business Report, a role he held from 1979, when the show was a local PBS program in Miami, through December 31, 2009. He is best known for signing off each NBR broadcast with “I’m Paul Kangas, wishing all of you the best of good buys!” (a pun on “the best of goodbyes”).

He recently returned to NBR on December 6, 2012 to answer viewer questions about the stock market and its future.

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Kangas entered the United States Coast Guard in the early 1960s and served aboard the USCG Cutter Mackinaw. Later, he served as aide to the admiral in command of the 9th Coast Guard District in Cleveland, Ohio.[citation needed] Kangas completed his Coast Guard service in 1963 as a Lieutenant (junior grade).

Kangas earned his broker’s license after studying at the New York University Stern School of Business. While a stock broker, Kangas began his career as a broadcaster at WINZ, a CBS Radio affiliate in Miami owned by his biggest client.

Kangas joined Nightly Business Report in 1979; in 2003, his “Stocks in the News” segment earned a Financial Writers and Editors Award from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. In 2005, he won a Suncoast Chapter Silver Circle Award. Kangas retired as co-anchor of the Nightly Business Report at the end of 2009.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award in Business & Financial Reporting to Paul Kangas and Linda O’Bryon, the latter the founder of NBR and now chief content officer of Northern California Public Broadcasting.

Kangas was born in Houghton, Michigan in 1937, and was of Finnish descent.

Kangas was also an amateur radio operator with the callsign W4LAA.

Kangas died on February 28, 2017 in Miami, Florida from complications of Parkinson’s disease and prostate cancer, aged 79.

Edward J. Ouellette June 30th, 1927 – February 27th, 2017

Edward J. Ouellette June 30th, 1927 – February 27th, 2017 – Edward J. Ouellette, 89, of Stuart, FL, passed away on February 27, 2017 at the Gardens of Port St. Lucie.

He was the son of the late Wilfred Ouellette and Theresa (Boutin) Ouellette. Born in Pawtucket, RI, he had been a resident of Stuart FL since 1978 and for many years spent the summers in Murphy, NC.

As a World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1948. He then retired from the U. S. Naval Reserves after almost 30 years of service.

Prior to retiring he was a manager in the automotive industry. He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed playing pool.

He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather. He was a man of great faith and had been a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Stuart.

Survivors include his sons, Thomas Ouellette of Tucson, AZ, Mark Ouellette of Jensen Beach FL and Joel M. Ouellette of Palm City FL; his daughters, Linda Messier of Vero Beach, FL and Melanie Millette and her husband Bruce of Okeechobee, FL; his brother, George Ouellette of San Diego, California; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Theresa Ouellette in 2016 and his brother Roland Ouellette.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Forest Hills Funeral Homes Palm City, FL with a Vigil Prayer Service. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will follow immediately in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City with military honors.

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

Gi Gi Kiester July 13, 1938 – February 27, 2017

Martha A. Kiester July 13, 1938 – February 27, 2017 – Martha Ann (Brewer) Kiester (also known as Love, Ma, Mom, Grandma, Gooma, and Gi-Gi), a long-time resident of the Joliet area, went to be with Jesus on Monday the 27th of February at Martin Memorial North Hospital in Stuart, FL.

Born in 1938 in the small town of Winona, Mississippi, Martha spent her days playing barefoot with her brothers. In junior high, Martha moved to Joliet, where she met the love of her life and husband of 56 years (although she was not very fond of him at first) and where she established and loved her family well.

In her late twenties, Martha lost her eyesight, but that did not stop her from living life to the fullest. She was determined in her selflessness – never letting her blindness slow her down. On a typical day, you would find her joyfully caring for her husband – cooking him 3 meals a day, caring for and pursuing her family, and reading her Braille Bible. Some of her favorite things included listening to books on tape, listening to J. Vernon McGee’s Bible studies, snacking on McDonald’s strawberry pies, and sitting with her family on the back-porch swing.

Martha was truly incredible–endlessly patient, humble, forgiving, strong, and generous in every way. Unwavering in her convictions, she lived to serve Jesus and to love and serve others. Her love for Jesus and her family was unmatched. She was completely sweet and loved by all who knew her. She touched the lives of everyone who met her, and her consistent and comforting presence will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her beloved husband, David; older brother, Charles (Joan); younger brother, Lawrence; son, Dave (Mary); daughter, Kristine (Mike) Markley; 3 grandchildren and their spouses; and 4 great grandchildren.

Because of her love for sharing Jesus with others, Martha served in the women’s auxiliary of the Gideons. She particularly enjoyed ministering to women in jail. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Gideons International – 50 Century Blvd. PO Box 140800 Nashville, TN 37214-0800

Please join the family for a visitation at Faith Bible Church – 1600 Schuster Ave, Joliet, IL 60433 – on Saturday the 11th of March from 9-1, with a memorial service immediately following.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory 961 S. Kanner Hwy. Stuart, FL. 34994 1(772)223-5550

Leo J. Mahoney May 2, 1933 – February 27, 2017

Leo J. Mahoney May 2, 1933 – February 27, 2017 – Leo J. Mahoney Jr. passed away Monday, February 27, 2017 at the age of eighty-three in Stuart, Florida.

Leo was born in Indianapolis, Indiana where he attended Cathedral High School and Butler University graduating in 1956. He moved to Stuart in 1997 from Walkerton, Indiana after retiring as the dealer of Mahoney Chevrolet and Oldsmobile.

He was predeceased by his wife Shirley Anne (McWilliams), and is survived by his brother John Tretton Mahoney of Angola, Indiana. He is also survived by his four children; Michael Patrick, Shannon Marie, Erin Elizabeth and Megan Anne, as well as, his ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren who are all so grateful for the time they had with him.

Mass is being said for him at St. Joseph’s Catholic church in Stuart, Florida at four o’clock on Saturday the fourth of March. His funeral mass will be at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 126 West Georgia Street, Indianapolis, Indiana on the eleventh of March at eleven am. He loved life and lived his with gusto.

Arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory. On line condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

Joseph Wapner November 15, 1919 – February 26, 2017

Joseph Albert Wapner (November 15, 1919 – February 26, 2017) was an American judge and television personality. He was the first star of the ongoing reality courtroom series The People’s Court. The court show’s first run in syndication, with Wapner presiding as judge, lasted from 1981 to 1993, for 12 seasons and 2,484 episodes. While the show’s second run has been presided over by multiple judges, Wapner was the sole judge to preside during the court show’s first run.

Wapner’s tenure on the program made him the first jurist of arbitration-based reality court shows, what is now a most popular trend in the judicial genre. Until the summer of 2013, Wapner also held the title of longest reigning arbiter over The People’s Court. However, by completion of the court show’s 2012–2013 season, Marilyn Milian captured this title from him and became the longest-reigning judge over the series. Five years after presiding over The People’s Court, Wapner returned to television as a judge on the nontraditional courtroom series, Judge Wapner’s Animal Court, lasting for two seasons (1998–1999 and 1999–2000).

Joseph Albert Wapner was born November 15, 1919, in Los Angeles to Jewish parents. His father, Max Wapner, an attorney, immigrated to California from Romania, while his mother, Fannie (née Friedman), was from Russia. He had a younger sister, Irene. Wapner attended Hollywood High School and dated actress Lana Turner once while in high school.

Wapner was a graduate of the University of Southern California (1941) and the USC Law School (1948), serving in World War II in between. Wapner was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star while serving in the South Pacific in Cebu. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army as a lieutenant.

Appointed by Governor Pat Brown to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1959, Wapner served two years before being elevated to the Los Angeles County Superior Court, where he served for 18 years before retiring. While serving on the Superior Court bench, Wapner also served as presiding judge in 1969 and 1970. Wapner was president of the California Judges Association in 1975 and 1976. He retired from the court November 16, 1979.

Wapner presided over The People’s Court from 1981 to 1993, a total of 2,340 half-hour segments. On the show, he ran a respectful, serene courtroom and was known for his stodgy, easygoing manner. On the series, he conducted a binding arbitration which was set up to resemble a small claims court by pitting parties, without lawyers, against each other. The legacy of the show’s high popularity has led to myriad other similar syndicated courtroom shows, such as Judge Judy and Hot Bench, among others.

After 12 seasons on The People’s Court, it was announced that Wapner was not invited back to the court show in 1993, when the ratings had dropped to an all-time low.

After a four-year hiatus, beginning in 1993, The People’s Court returned to the air in 1997, though without Wapner, and still runs today.

Wapner has stated that he was told years later that the show did not want to hurt his feelings; however, he stated that this is exactly what the show did. Wapner also stated that he was not notified when the producers decided to revamp the series. He declined to offer any opinions on the People’s Court judges who succeeded him, as he never watched the revamped program.

On November 12, 2009, Wapner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Judith Sheindlin of the television court show, Judge Judy and he were the only two television jurists who have received the honor as of 2009. Wapner was critical of Sheindlin.

On November 13, 2009, in honor of his 90th birthday on November 15, Wapner made a one-time-only return to the court show, acting as a guest judge, presiding over a case in the current Marilyn Milian era of The People’s Court.

Wapner was active in Jewish causes, including sitting on the board of a Jewish school. Wapner married his wife, Mildred “Mickey” Nebenzahl, in 1946. Their daughter Sarah died from heart disease in May 2015, aged 56. They also had two sons who became attorneys, David Miron-Wapner and Fred Wapner, who also became a judge. The elder Wapner died on February 26, 2017 at his home in Los Angeles, aged 97.

Jerry Hart October 19th, 1922 – February 26th, 2017

Gerald A. Hart October 19th, 1922 – February 26th, 2017 – Hart, Gerald Alde, “Jerry’ age 94, of Palm City, passed away on February 26, 2017.

He was born on October 19, 1922 in Montreal, Canada, and came to Detroit, MI, the same year with his parents.

During World War II he flew 55 combat missions with the 474th Fighter Group from Warmwell, England, in P-38 fighters. He was shot down by ground fire over France on July 19, 1944 and was a prisoner of war in Stalag VII at Sagan, Germany, for almost a year until liberated by the Allies. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat, the Air Medal with six oak clusters, and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Upon returning to civilian life, he joined his father in the family business and remained very active in the Air Force Reserve where he was promoted to the brigadier general. He re-located the family business to South Florida. When he was younger, Jerry was an avid sportsman. He was considered one of the top archers to come out of MI and received three record trophy fish awards from Field and Stream. He enjoyed playing golf the past three decades at Pipers Landing Golf and Yacht Club where he also served as Board President and on several committees. He was predeceased by his first wife, Bernadette and son William Michael. He is survived by his wife, Sharon of Palm City, daughter Pamela Brown of Daytona Beach and granddaughter Tracy Nietert of Weston.

A memorial service will be held, 3:00 PM, Friday, March 3, 2017 at Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donation can be made in Jerry’s memory to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave, Palm City, FL 34990.

“Bill” Paxton May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017

William “Bill” Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017) was an American actor and director. The films in which he appeared include The Terminator (1984), Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), Predator 2 (1990), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), and Titanic (1997). Paxton also starred in the HBO series Big Love (2006–2011) and was nominated for an Emmy Award for the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys (2012).

Paxton was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Mary Lou (née Gray) and John Lane Paxton. His father was a businessman, lumber wholesaler, museum executive, and occasional actor. His mother was Roman Catholic, and he and his siblings were raised in her faith. Paxton was in the crowd when President John F. Kennedy emerged from the Hotel Texas on the morning of his assassination on November 22, 1963. Photographs of an 8-year-old Paxton being lifted above the crowd are on display at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas.

Among Paxton’s earliest roles were a minor role as a punk thug in The Terminator (1984), a supporting role as the lead protagonist’s bullying older brother Chet in John Hughes’ Weird Science (1985), and Private Hudson in Aliens (1986). Paxton worked with director James Cameron on True Lies (1994) and Titanic (1997), which was the highest-grossing film of all time at its release. Four years after appearing in Titanic, he joined James Cameron on an expedition to the actual Titanic. A film about this trip, Ghosts of the Abyss, was released in 2003. In his other roles, Paxton played Morgan Earp in Tombstone (1993), Fred Haise in Apollo 13 (1995), the lead in Twister (1996), and lead roles in dark dramas such as One False Move (1992) and A Simple Plan (1998), and, more recently, a supporting role in Edge of Tomorrow (2014).

Paxton’s highest profile television performances received much positive attention, including his lead role in HBO’s Big Love (2006–2011), for which Paxton received three Golden Globe nominations. Paxton also received good reviews for his performance in the History Channel’s miniseries Hatfields & McCoys (2012), for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award, alongside co-star Kevin Costner. He directed several short films, including the music video for Barnes & Barnes’ novelty song “Fish Heads”, which aired during Saturday Night Live’s low-rated 1980–1981 season. He directed the feature films Frailty (2001), in which he starred, and The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005).

He was cast in a music video for the 1982 Pat Benatar song “Shadows of the Night”, in which he appeared as a Nazi radio officer. He appears in the Limp Bizkit video Eat You Alive. In 2014, he played the role of the villainous John Garrett in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He stars alongside Jon Bernthal, Rose McGowan, and John Malkovich as a playable character in the 2014 video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (downloadable “Exo Zombies” mode).

In February 2016, Paxton was cast as Detective Frank Roarke for Training Day, a crime-thriller television series set 15 years after the events of the eponymous 2001 movie; it premiered a year later.

Paxton was married from 1979 to 1980 to Kelly Rowan. In 1987, he married Louise Newbury; together, they had two children, James and Lydia Paxton.

On February 25, 2017, Paxton died at age 61 from complications following heart surgery. A representative for the family released the following statement to the press on Sunday, February 26, 2017:

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”

Neil Arthur Collins April 14, 1935 – February 23, 2017

Neil Arthur Collins April 14, 1935 – February 23, 2017 – Neil Arthur Collins, 81, passed away on February 23, 2017 in Stuart, Florida.

Born in Jamaica, New York, Mr. Collins had previously lived in Fort Lauderdale before relocating to the Stuart area 42 years ago and settling in Jensen Beach.
He was a builder/developer for 50 years, having built several prominent Stuart buildings; he was instrumental in building Redeemer Lutheran School. Mr. Collins was a member of the Exchange and Rotary Clubs in Stuart, and was on the advisory board of 1st National Bank.

He was also the past President of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America and a member of the “5 Gallon Club” in honor of his son, Neil Kevin who passed away from Leukemia.

Mr. Collins was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and a previous member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Along with his wife, he participated in Crucio Goldcoast #12.

Mr. Collins was a retired reservist for the United States Coast Guard and was an avid power boat racer both offshore and circle racing super stocks.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Thelma M. Collins of Jensen Beach, FL; daughter, Terri (Samuel) Steinhauer of Stuart, FL; daughter, Kriste (Bob) Ashley of Fort Pierce, FL; son, Lance (Jennifer) Collins of Port St. Lucie, FL; son, Sean (Stephanie) Collins of California; 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1:00PM at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Stuart, FL.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America at

Alan Colmes September 24, 1950 – February 23, 2017

Alan Samuel Colmes (September 24, 1950 – February 23, 2017) was an American radio and television host, liberal political commentator for the Fox News Channel, and blogger. He was the host of The Alan Colmes Show, a nationally syndicated talk-radio show distributed by Fox News Radio that was broadcast throughout the United States on Fox News Talk on Sirius and XM. From 1996 to 2009, Colmes served as the co-host of Hannity & Colmes, a nightly political debate show on Fox News Channel. Beginning in 2015, Colmes occasionally supplied the voice of the Liberal Panel, an animatronic robot face built into a panelled wall who spouts conventionally liberal political opinions, on Fox News Channel’s The Greg Gutfeld Show.

In addition to broadcasting, Colmes ran the Liberaland blog and contributed to AOL News. He is the author of Red, White & Liberal: How Left Is Right and Right Is Wrong (2003) and Thank the Liberals for Saving America (2012).

Colmes was born in New York City, the son of an auctioneer and a jewelry store owner. He grew up in Lynbrook, New York on Long Island, attended local public schools and went to Ithaca College and Hofstra University, where he graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from its School of Communications. While at Hofstra, he worked at its radio station WRHU.

Colmes began his career in stand-up comedy. He developed his radio career in the Northeast, eventually working at stations such as WABC, WNBC, WHN, WMCA, and WEVD in New York City; WNHC in New Haven, Connecticut; and WEZE and WZLX in Boston.

His radio career took off when WABC hired him for the morning drive time slot. He was billed as “W. Alan B. Colmes”, as in the station’s call sign. He moved to WNBC in 1987, but his tenure there would be short when NBC announced in 1988 it would close its radio division. When WNBC went off the air for the last time on October 7, 1988, Colmes’ was the last voice heard. He had been syndicated nationally, starting with his involvement with Daynet, a venture created by Colmes and other regional radio hosts. Daynet was sold to Major Networks, Inc. in 1994. Colmes kept his own show, which was distributed by Fox News Radio. He was hired by Fox News CEO Roger Ailes in 1996. He was the co-host of Hannity & Colmes, beginning with the Fox News Channel launch on October 6, 1996, and ending on January 9, 2009. He also appeared live on’s new broadcasting technology, TalkBackTV.

Colmes’ debut non-fiction book, Red, White & Liberal: How Left is Right and Right is Wrong (ISBN 0-06-056297-8), was published in October 2003. It tackles issues such as civil rights, the war on terror, and the perceived liberal media bias. Interspersed throughout are actual emails from Hannity & Colmes viewers, reprinted verbatim.

Colmes left Hannity & Colmes, with Fox replacing it with Hannity, in January 2009. Colmes continued as a commentator on Fox News, most often on The O’Reilly Factor where he frequently appeared with his sister-in-law, conservative Monica Crowley. He was also an occasional guest panelist on Fox News’ late-night satire program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld.

Post–Hannity & Colmes, Colmes was a frequent panelist on the news analysis program Fox News Watch alongside Cal Thomas, Judith Miller, and other pundits.

While Colmes described himself as a liberal and his Fox News biography touts him as “a hard-hitting liberal”, he has sometimes been referred to disparagingly as a “token liberal” or a “Fox News liberal”. Colmes told USA Today that he considers himself “quite moderate”. In an article he wrote in 2013, Colmes described himself as “very liberal”.

During his run on Hannity & Colmes, Colmes was criticized for being less charismatic and telegenic than Sean Hannity, and just a “seat-filler” for the liberal side. Some newspapers reported him as being Hannity’s “sidekick”. Future Democratic Senator Al Franken criticized Colmes in his book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, saying he refused to ask tough questions during debates and neglected to challenge erroneous claims made by Hannity or his guests. Franken used a smaller font in his book when he addressed “Colmes” by name and claimed that Colmes did not speak as much as Hannity during the show. Some liberal critics questioned whether both hosts receive equal time to interview guests. Some of Colmes’ liberal critics, notably commentators at Media Matters for America, praised him toward the end of the show’s run. He began to cite their reports in interviews with some conservative guests on the program.

Bob Garfield, interviewing Colmes for On the Media in 2003, asked him if he was “the human straw man” and a “foil” rather than an equal of Hannity. Colmes replied that if the conservative members of the audience saw him that way, that was “their problem”, and said “It’s more fun for me to be in a situation like this than to preach to the choir.”

On January 5, 2009, the beginning of his last week on Hannity & Colmes, Colmes was a guest on The Colbert Report in a spoof called “Colbert & Colmes”, which parodied criticisms of Hannity & Colmes. In addition to being given a list of pre-approved responses to Stephen Colbert’s opinions and forced to sit on a stool (making him appear shorter than his co-host), Colmes’ face was covered by the on-air graphics while Colbert discussed issues of the day. Colbert “fired” Colmes by the end of the show for pointing out fallacies in his logic.

Following Colmes’ announcement that he was leaving Hannity & Colmes, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart also paid tribute to him with a guest appearance by legendary rock duo Hall & Oates, who in a parody version of their hit “She’s Gone”, dubbed him “Tango to his (Hannity’s) Cash” and “Laurel to his Hardy”.

Colmes was married to Dr. Jocelyn Elise Crowley, a professor of public policy at Rutgers University, whose sister is Monica Crowley, the conservative radio commentator, pundit and television personality.

Colmes died of lymphoma at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan on February 23, 2017, at the age of 66.

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

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory / Stuart Chapel Online condolences may be made at

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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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