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Christine Keeler February 22, 1942 – December 4, 2017
Christine Margaret Keeler (22 February 1942 – 4 December 2017) was an English model and showgirl. Her meeting at a dance-club with society osteopath Stephen Ward drew her into fashionable circles. At the height of the Cold War, she became sexually involved with a married government minister, John Profumo, as well as a Soviet diplomat. A shooting incident between two of her other lovers caused the press to investigate her, revealing that her affairs could be threatening national security. In the House of Commons, Profumo denied any improper conduct but later admitted that he had lied. This incident discredited the Conservative government of Harold Macmillan in 1963 in what became known as the Profumo affair.
Keeler was born in Uxbridge, Middlesex. Her father, Colin Keeler (later known as Colin King), abandoned the family during World War II. She was brought up by her mother, Julie Payne, and stepfather, Edward Huish, in a house made from two converted railway carriages in the Berkshire village of Wraysbury. In 1951 she was sent to a holiday home in Littlehampton because the school health inspector said that she was suffering from malnutrition. At the age of 15, she found work as a model at a dress shop in London’s Soho. At age 17, she gave birth to a son after an affair with an American sergeant from an United States Air Force base. The child was born prematurely on 17 April 1959, and survived just six days.
That summer, Keeler left Wraysbury, staying briefly in Slough with a friend before heading for London. She initially worked as a waitress at a restaurant in Baker Street, where she met Maureen O’Connor, who worked at Murray’s Cabaret Club in Soho. She introduced Keeler to the owner, Percy Murray, who hired her almost immediately as a topless showgirl.
At Murray’s she met Stephen Ward, an English osteopath and artist. His practice and his art brought considerable social success, and he made many important friends. Soon the two were living together with the outward appearance of being a couple, but according to her, it was a platonic, non-sexual relationship.
In July 1961, Ward introduced Keeler to John Profumo, the Secretary of State for War, at a pool party at Cliveden, the Buckinghamshire mansion owned by Lord Astor. Profumo began a brief affair with Keeler, which ended after he was warned by the security services of the possible dangers of mixing with the Ward circle. Among Ward’s other friends, whom Profumo briefly met, was the Russian naval attaché and GRU officer, Yevgeny Ivanov. According to Keeler, she and Ivanov enjoyed a short sexual relationship.
After her relationship with Profumo ended, Keeler was sexually involved with several partners, including jazz singer Aloysius “Lucky” Gordon and jazz promoter Johnny Edgecombe. There was considerable jealousy between the two men; in one quarrel, Edgecombe slashed Gordon’s face with a knife. When Keeler ended the relationship with Edgecombe, in December 1962, he turned up at Ward’s house in Wimpole Mews, where she was temporarily seeking refuge, and fired five shots at the building. His arrest and subsequent trial brought Keeler to public attention and provided the impetus from which the scandal known as the “Profumo affair” developed. After initially denying any impropriety with Keeler, Profumo eventually confessed and resigned from the government and parliament, causing great embarrassment to his government colleagues who had previously supported him. These events, in the summer of 1963, brought Keeler notoriety; The Economist gave the headline “The Prime Minister’s Crisis” alongside a picture of Keeler, with no further explanation.
On 18 April 1963, Keeler was attacked at the home of a friend. She accused Gordon, who was arrested and charged. At his trial, which began on 5 June, he maintained that his innocence would be established by two witnesses who, the police told the court, could not be found. On 7 June, principally on the evidence of Keeler, Gordon was found guilty and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. By this time, Ward was facing trial on vice charges, and again Keeler was a main prosecution witness.
Ward’s trial, which ran from 22-31 July 1963, has been characterised as “an act of political revenge” for the embarrassment caused to the government. He was accused of living on Keeler’s immoral earnings on the basis of the small contributions to household expenses or loan repayments she had made to Ward while living with him. Ward’s professional earnings at the time had been around £5,500 a year, a large income at that time. After a hostile summing-up from the trial judge, Ward was convicted, but before the jury returned their verdict, he took an overdose of barbiturates and died before sentence could be passed. In the closing days of Ward’s trial, Gordon’s assault conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal when his missing witnesses were found and testified that the evidence given by Keeler was substantially false. Keeler later pleaded guilty to charges of perjury before Sir Anthony Hawke, the Recorder of London, and in December 1963 was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment.
After her release from prison in 1964, and two brief marriages that produced two children, Keeler largely lived alone. Most of the considerable amount she made from newspaper stories was dissipated by lawyers; during the 1970s, she said, “I was not living, I was surviving”. She published several accounts of her life, in one of which she claimed that she became pregnant as a result of her relationship with Profumo and subsequently had an abortion. Her portrait, by Ward, was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1984.
In 1988, Keeler was featured in Bryan Ferry’s promotional video for the single “Kiss and Tell” (originally released on Ferry’s seventh solo album, Bête Noire, in 1987) with Mandy Rice-Davies; this was meant to draw more attention to the song’s theme.
In the 1989 film about the Profumo affair, Scandal, actress Joanne Whalley portrayed Keeler. In Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical Stephen Ward, which opened at the Aldwych Theatre on 19 December 2013, Keeler was portrayed by Charlotte Spencer.
On 5 December 2017, Keeler’s son Seymour Platt announced that his mother had “passed away last night at about 11.30 pm” at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Locksbottom, Greater London. She had been ill for some months, and suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 75 years old.
John Anderson February 15, 1922 – December 3, 2017
John Bayard Anderson (February 15, 1922 – December 3, 2017) was a United States Congressman and presidential candidate from Illinois. As a member of the Republican Party, he represented Illinois’s 16th congressional district from 1961 through 1981. In 1980, he ran an independent campaign for president, taking 6.6% of the popular vote.
Born in Rockford, Illinois, Anderson practiced law after serving in the Army during World War II. After a stint in the United States Foreign Service, he won election as the State’s Attorney for Winnebago County, Illinois. He won election to the House of Representatives in 1960 in a strongly Republican district. Initially one of the most conservative members of the House, Anderson’s views moderated during the 1960s, particularly regarding social issues. He became Chairman of the House Republican Conference in 1969 and remained in that position until 1979. He strongly criticized the Vietnam War as well as President Richard Nixon’s actions during the Watergate scandal.
Anderson entered the 1980 Republican presidential primaries, introducing his signature campaign proposal of raising the gas tax while cutting social security taxes. He established himself as a contender for the nomination in the early primaries, but eventually dropped out of the Republican race, choosing to pursue an independent campaign for president. In the election, he finished third behind Republican nominee Ronald Reagan and Democratic President Jimmy Carter. He won support among Rockefeller Republicans, independents, liberal intellectuals, and college students.
After the election, he resumed his legal career and helped found FairVote, an organization that advocates electoral reforms such as instant-runoff voting. He also won a lawsuit against the state of Ohio, Anderson v. Celebrezze, in which the Supreme Court struck down early filing deadlines for independent candidates. Anderson served as a visiting professor at numerous universities and was on the boards of several organizations. He endorsed Ralph Nader in 2000 and helped found the Justice Party in 2012.
Anderson was born in Rockford, Illinois, where he grew up, the son of Mabel Edna (née Ring) and E. Albin Anderson. His father was a Swedish immigrant, as were his maternal grandparents. In his youth, he worked in his family’s grocery store. He graduated as the valedictorian of his class at Rockford Central High School. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1939, and started law school, but his education was interrupted by World War II. He enlisted in the Army in 1943, and served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Field Artillery in France and Germany until the end of the war, receiving four service stars. After the war, Anderson returned to complete his education, eventually earning a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1946.
Anderson was admitted to the Illinois bar the same year, and practiced law in Rockford. Soon after, he moved east to attend Harvard Law School, obtaining a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in 1949. While at Harvard, he served on the faculty of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. In another brief return to Rockford, Anderson practiced at the law firm Large, Reno & Zahm (now Reno & Zahm LLP). Thereafter, Anderson joined the Foreign Service. From 1952 to 1955, he served in Berlin as the Economic Reporting Officer in the Eastern Affairs Division, as an adviser on the staff of the United States High Commissioner for Germany. At the end of his tour, he left the foreign service and once again returned to the practice of law in Rockford.
Soon after his return, Anderson was approached about running for public office. In 1956, Anderson was elected State’s Attorney in Winnebago County, Illinois, first winning a four-person race in the April primary by 1,330 votes and then the general election in November by 11,456 votes. After serving for one term, he was ready to leave that office when the local congressman, 28-year incumbent Leo E. Allen, announced his retirement. Anderson joined the Republican primary for Allen’s 16th District seat—the real contest in this then-solidly Republican district—with four other contenders. He won first the primary (by 5,900 votes) in April and then the general election (by 45,000 votes) in November. He served in the United States House of Representatives for ten terms, from 1961 to 1981.
Initially, Anderson was among the most conservative members of the Republican caucus. Three times (in 1961, 1963, and 1965) in his early terms as a Congressman, Anderson introduced a constitutional amendment to attempt to “recognize the law and authority of Jesus Christ” over the United States. The bills died quietly, but came back to haunt Anderson in his presidential candidacy.
As he continued to serve, the atmosphere of the 1960s weighed on Anderson and he began to re-think some of his beliefs. By the late 1960s, Anderson’s positions on social issues shifted to the left, though his fiscal philosophy remained largely conservative. At the same time, he was held in high esteem by his colleagues in the House. In 1964, he won appointment to a seat on the powerful Rules Committee. In 1969, he became Chairman of the House Republican Conference, the number three position in the House Republican hierarchy in what was (at that time) the minority party.
Anderson increasingly found himself at odds with conservatives in his home district and other members of the House. He was not always a faithful supporter of the Republican agenda, despite his high rank in the Republican caucus. He was very critical of the Vietnam War, and was a very controversial critic of Richard Nixon during Watergate. In 1974, despite his criticism of Nixon, he was nearly swept out by the strong anti-Republican tide in that year’s election; he was re-elected with 55 percent of the vote, what would be the lowest percentage of his career. His spot as the chairman of the House Republican Committee was challenged three times after his election and, when Gerald Ford was defeated in the 1976 Presidential campaign, Anderson lost a key ally in Washington.
In 1970 and 1972, Anderson had a Democratic challenger in Rockford Professor John E. Devine. In both years, Anderson defeated Devine by a wide margin. In late 1977, a fundamentalist television minister from Rockford, Don Lyon, announced that he would challenge Anderson in the Republican primary. It was a contentious campaign, where Lyon with his experience before the camera proved to be a formidable candidate. Lyon raised a great deal of money, won backing from many conservatives in the community and party, and put quite a scare into the Anderson team. Though Anderson was a leader in the House and the campaign commanded national attention, Anderson won the primary by 16% of the vote. Anderson was aided in this campaign by strong newspaper endorsements and crossover support from independents and Democrats.
In 1978, Anderson formed a presidential campaign exploratory committee, finding little public or media interest. In late April 1979, Anderson made the decision to enter the Republican primary, joining a field that included Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole, John Connally, Howard Baker, George H. W. Bush, and the perennial candidate Harold Stassen. Within the last weeks of 1979, Anderson introduced his signature campaign proposal, advocating that a 50-cent a gallon gas tax be enacted with a corresponding 50% reduction in social security taxes.
Anderson built state campaigns in four targeted states—New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Wisconsin. He won some political support among Republicans, picking up endorsements along the way that helped legitimize him in the race. He began to build support among media elites, who appreciated his articulateness, straightforward manner, moderate positions, and his refusal to walk down the conservative path that all of the other Republicans were traveling.
In the first political event of 1980, in the Republican candidates’ debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 5, unlike the others, he said lowering taxes, increasing defense spending, and balancing the budget were an impossible combination. In a stirring summation, Anderson invoked his father’s emigration to the United States and said that we would have to make sacrifices today for a better tomorrow. For the next week, Anderson’s name and face were all over the national news programs, in newspapers, and in national news magazines.
Anderson spent less than $2000 in the state, but he finished with 4.3% of the vote. The television networks were covering the event, portraying Anderson to a national audience as a man of character and principle. When the voters in New Hampshire went to the polls, Anderson again exceeded the expectations, finishing fourth with just under 10% of the vote.
Anderson was declared the winner in both Massachusetts and Vermont by the Associated Press, but the following morning ended up losing both primaries by a slim margin. In Massachusetts, he lost to George Bush by 0.3% and in Vermont he lost to Reagan by 690 votes.
Anderson arrived in Illinois following the New England primaries and had a lead in the state polls, but his Illinois campaign struggled despite endorsements from the state’s two largest newspapers. Reagan defeated him, 48% to 37%. Anderson carried Chicago and Rockford, the state’s two largest cities at the time, but he lost in the more conservative southern section of the state.
The next week, there was a primary in Connecticut, which (while Anderson was on the ballot) his team had chosen not to campaign actively in. He finished third in Connecticut with 22% of the vote, and it seemed to most like any other loss, whether Anderson said he was competing or not. Next was Wisconsin, and this was thought to be Anderson’s best chance for victory, but he again finished third, winning 27% of the vote.
He was chair of FairVote from 1996 to 2008 and continued to serve on its board, served as president of the World Federalist Association and on the advisory board of Public Campaign and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and was of counsel to the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Greenberg & Lieberman, LLC. He was the first executive director of the Council for the National Interest, founded in 1989 by former Congressmen Paul Findley (R-IL) and Pete McCloskey (R-CA) to promote American interests in the Middle East.
In the 2000 U.S. presidential election, he was briefly considered as possible candidate for the Reform Party nomination, but instead endorsed Ralph Nader. In January 2008, Anderson indicated strong support for the candidacy of a fellow Illinoisan, Democratic contender Barack Obama.
In 2012, he played a role in the creation of the Justice Party, a progressive, social-democratic party organized to support the candidacy of former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson (no relation) for the 2012 U.S. presidential election.
On August 6, 2014, he endorsed the campaign for the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA), one of only six persons who served in the United States Congress ever to do so.
Anderson died of natural causes on December 3, 2017, in Washington, D.C., at the age of 95.
Jim Nabors June 12, 1930 – November 30, 2017
James Thurston Nabors (June 12, 1930 – November 30, 2017) was an American actor, singer, and comedian. Nabors was born and raised in Sylacauga, Alabama, but he moved to southern California because of his asthma. He was discovered by Andy Griffith while working at a Santa Monica nightclub, and he later joined The Andy Griffith Show as Gomer Pyle. The character proved popular, and Nabors was given his own spin-off show Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C..
Nabors was known for his portrayal of Gomer Pyle, although he became a popular guest on variety shows which showcased his rich baritone voice in the 1960s and 1970s, including two specials of his own in 1969 and 1974. He subsequently recorded numerous albums and singles, most of them containing romantic ballads.
Nabors was also known for singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” prior to the start of the Indianapolis 500, held annually over the Memorial Day weekend. He sang the unofficial Indiana anthem almost every year from 1972 until his final time performing the song in 2014, except for occasional absences due to illness or scheduling conflicts.
Nabors was born on June 12, 1930 in Sylacauga, Alabama, to Mavis Pearl (Newman) and Fred Nabors, a police officer. He sang for his high school and church, and he had two sisters. He attended the University of Alabama, where he began acting in skits. While at Alabama, he became a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. After graduating, he moved to New York City, where he worked as a typist for the United Nations; after a year, he moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he got his first job in the television industry as a film cutter.
Because of his asthma, Nabors moved to Los Angeles and worked as a film cutter for NBC. He also worked at a Santa Monica tavern, The Horn, singing and acting in cabaret theater. His act featured him as a character similar to the Gomer Pyle character he later portrayed. He sang in a baritone and sometimes spoke and sang in his higher-pitched comedic voice. At the club, comedian Bill Dana saw Nabors’ act and invited him to appear on The Steve Allen Show. Nabors signed on to the show, but it was soon canceled.
It was at The Horn where Nabors was discovered by Andy Griffith and was hired to play a one-shot role of Gomer Pyle, an “addlebrained” gas station attendant, on The Andy Griffith Show (Season 3, episode 13 – “The Bank Job”). Nabors’s character (based on his act at The Horn) became so popular that he was made a regular on the show and was later given his own show, the spin-off Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., in which his character joined the United States Marine Corps. The show, which placed Nabors’ bungling, naive character opposite Sergeant Vince Carter (Frank Sutton), was also popular.
Despite its run during the Vietnam War, Gomer Pyle remained popular, because it avoided war-related themes and instead focused on the show’s rural roots and the relationship between Pyle and Carter. Nabors resigned from Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. after five seasons—prompting producers Aaron Ruben and Sheldon Leonard to ask CBS to cancel it—because he desired to move to something else, “reach for another rung on the ladder, either up or down.”
Nabors revealed his rich baritone voice first on the February 24, 1964, “The Song Festers” episode of The Andy Griffith Show and on April 8, 1964, on The Danny Kaye Show, and subsequently capitalized on it with numerous successful recordings and live performances. Most of the songs were romantic ballads, though he sang pop, gospel, and country songs as well.
The climactic vocal performance on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. came in an episode titled “The Show Must Go On”, aired November 3, 1967, in which Pyle sang “The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” in Washington, D.C., at a U.S. Navy relief show, accompanied by the Marine Corps Band. A clip from the show, in which Pyle says “Surprise, surprise, surprise!” appears in the Pink Floyd album The Wall in the song “Nobody Home”. He hosted a variety show, The Jim Nabors Hour (1969–1971), which featured his Gomer Pyle co-stars Ronnie Schell and Frank Sutton. Despite a poor critical reception, the show was popular and earned an Emmy nomination. After the cancellation of The Jim Nabors Hour, Nabors embarked on a nationwide roadshow.
Typecast from his role as Gomer Pyle, Nabors found his subsequent roles mostly comedic. In the 1970s, he appeared in the children’s television programs The Krofft Supershow and Buford and the Galloping Ghost. He appeared in every season premiere of The Carol Burnett Show, because Burnett considered him a “good-luck charm”.
In a 1973 episode of The Rookies, he played his first “serious” role, a man called on to be an assassin after the death of his sister. Also in 1973, Nabors sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series. From 1977 to 1978, Nabors hosted another variety show, The Jim Nabors Show. Though the show lasted only one season, Nabors was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety Series.
Nabors eventually grew tired of the “prime-time TV grind” and abandoned television jobs for nightclub and concert engagements and a role in a touring production of Man of La Mancha. However, Sid and Marty Krofft persuaded Nabors to star in the Saturday-morning children’s television show The Lost Saucer, about two bumbling androids, Fi (Ruth Buzzi) and Fum (Nabors), who travel through time with two children. Nabors, whose character was described as a “Gomer Pyle in outer space”, sang in a few of the episodes. Nabors also guest starred on episode 6 of season 1 of The Muppet Show.
In the 1980s, Nabors appeared in three feature-length films starring his friend Burt Reynolds, at the latter’s request. In The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), about a sheriff (Reynolds) who falls in love with a brothel madam (Dolly Parton), Nabors played Deputy Fred, a character similar to Gomer Pyle. Though the film was given mostly unfavorable reviews, Nabors garnered some positive comments for his performance.
In 1983, he was cast as an auto mechanic in Stroker Ace, starring Burt Reynolds as a race car driver who fights a fried-chicken chain entrepreneur. The film was panned, and Nabors earned a Golden Raspberry Award for his performance. In Reynolds’ star-studded Cannonball Run II (1984), about a cross-country car chase, Nabors made a cameo appearance alongside such celebrities as Dom DeLuise, Jackie Chan, Shirley MacLaine, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Andy Griffith Show co-stars Don Knotts and George Lindsey. Like the two previous Reynolds films Nabors appeared in, Cannonball received mostly negative reviews.
In 1986, Nabors returned to television, reprising his role as Gomer Pyle in the television movie Return to Mayberry, in which the cast of The Andy Griffith Show reunited. Also in 1986, Nabors starred in the half-hour comedy pilot Sylvan in Paradise as the title character, Sylvan Sprayberry, an accident-prone bell captain at a Hawaiian hotel. The series was not picked up by NBC.
After moving to Hawaii from Bel Air, California with his partner Stan Cadwallader in 1976, he launched a show, “The Jim Nabors Polynesian Extravaganza” at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, which ran for two years. Nabors eventually experienced “bright-light burnout” and disappeared from the stage, save for an occasional performance. In 1984, after a five-year hiatus, Nabors returned to performing, starring in the “Moulin Rouge” show at the Las Vegas Hilton and other shows in Reno and Las Vegas. In 1982,he made his theatrical debut as Harold Hill in The Music Man with Florence Henderson at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre in Jupiter, Florida.
In 1994, Nabors suffered from a near-fatal case of hepatitis B. According to Nabors, he contracted the disease while traveling in India; he shaved with a straight razor and “whacked [his] face all up.” The disease caused liver failure, and Nabors was given a dim prognosis; however, his friend Carol Burnett made an arrangement with the transplant division of University of California, Los Angeles and secured Nabors a transplant. Nabors later became involved with the American Liver Foundation as a result of his experience.
Shortly after recovering from his transplant, Nabors embarked on another tour, with stops in Phoenix, St. Louis, and Washington. From 1997 to 2006, Nabors starred in the Burton White-produced A Merry Christmas with Friends and Nabors, a live performance at the Hawaii Theatre Center in Honolulu. The production, featuring local and national artists, ran for 40 performances and was directed by Tom Hansen until Hansen’s death in 2006. The final performance run was directed by John Rampage and dedicated to Hansen.
From 1972 to 2014, Nabors sang “Back Home Again in Indiana” with the Purdue All-American Marching Band before each Indianapolis 500 race. In March 2014, Nabors announced that the 2014 Indianapolis 500 would be his final appearance, saying that his health was limiting his ability to travel.
Nabors began vacationing in Hawaii in the 1960s, and in 1976, moved from Bel Air, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii. For 25 years, he owned a macadamia plantation on Maui before selling it to the National Tropical Botanical Garden, a conservationist organization, though he still retained farming rights to the land and owned a second home on the property.
Nabors married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, at Seattle, Washington’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel on January 15, 2013, a month after same-sex marriage became legal in Washington. Although he had been closeted before this, his sexual orientation was not completely secret; for instance, Nabors brought his then-boyfriend Cadwallader along to his Indy 500 performance in 1978.
A longstanding rumor maintains that Nabors “married” Rock Hudson in the early 1970s, shortly before Nabors began his relationship with Cadwallader.
Not only was same-sex marriage not yet legal in any U.S. state at the time, at least publicly, the two were never more than friends. According to Hudson, the story originated with a group of “middle-aged homosexuals who live in Huntington Beach”, who sent out joke invitations for their annual get-together. One year, the group invited its members to witness “the marriage of Rock Hudson and Jim Nabors”, at which Hudson would take the surname of Nabors’ most famous character, Gomer Pyle, becoming “Rock Pyle”. The rumor was spread by those who failed to get the joke, and because Nabors was still closeted at the time and Hudson never publicly admitted to being gay (despite widespread suspicion that he was), the two never spoke to each other again.
Nabors died at his Honolulu, Hawaii, home on November 30, 2017, aged 87.
The United States Marine Corps released a statement on Nabors: “Semper Fi, Gomer Pyle. Rest in peace Jim Nabors, one of the few to ever be named an Honorary Marine.” Second Lady of the United States and former First Lady of Indiana Karen Pence wrote a statement on Twitter: “So sad to hear about the passing of Jim Nabors. We heard him sing ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’ at the Indianapolis 500 countless times. We will miss his beautiful voice.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Carol Burnett paid tribute to Nabors saying they were “close friends for 52 years….My heart is heavy. I’m grateful he was a large part of my life. I miss him. I love him.” INDYCAR legend Tony Kanaan praised Nabors’s performance of “Back Home Again in Indiana”. Journalist Larry King praised Nabors as a “gentle man with immense talent” while sending condolences to his family.
Rance Howard November 17, 1928 – November 25, 2017
Rance Howard (born Harold Rance Beckenholdt; November 17, 1928 – November 25, 2017) was an American actor who starred in film and on television. He was the father of actor Clint Howard and actor and filmmaker Ron Howard, and grandfather of the actresses Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard.
Howard appeared in many notable films such as Cool Hand Luke (1967), Chinatown (1974), Splash (1984), Ed Wood (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Independence Day (1996), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Cinderella Man (2005), Frost/Nixon (2008), Nebraska (2013) and Max Rose (2016).
Howard was born Harold Rance Beckenholdt in Duncan, Oklahoma, the son of Ethel Cleo (née Tomlin) and Engel Beckenholdt, a farmer. He changed his name to “Rance Howard” when he became an actor. Howard studied at the University of Oklahoma.
His professional acting career began in 1948 when he went to New York City, auditioned and landed a job in a children’s touring company. The role that got him noticed nationally for television and film was playing the part of Lindstrom in the touring company of the play Mister Roberts with Henry Fonda in 1950, portraying the character for about a year-and-a-half in major cities across the U.S.
Both Rance and elder son Ron, who was two at the time, made their feature film debuts together in the 1956 western Frontier Woman. Later in the 1950s, Rance’s roles included his TV debut in the series Kraft Theatre, on which he appeared three times in 1956–57.
After son Ron went on to play Opie in The Andy Griffith Show in the early 1960s, Rance had guest parts in five episodes of the show. Howard was known best for his role on television in 25 episodes of the 1960s TV series Gentle Ben starring his youngest son, Clint. Howard played Henry Broomhauer, a backwoodsman who befriended the family. Another well-known TV role was on Babylon 5, in which he had a recurring role as David Sheridan, the father of Babylon 5 captain John Sheridan. He also starred in the short-lived 2000 TV series Driving Me Crazy. His television guest appearances include Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Kung Fu, The Waltons, CBS Schoolbreak Special 1986 episode “The Drug Knot”, Angel, 7th Heaven, Cold Case, That’s So Raven, and two appearances on Seinfeld (both as different characters). On The Waltons, Howard portrayed Dr. McIver in five different episodes, one of which included Ron.
Howard acted in many of his son Ron’s films including Splash, Cocoon, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man and Frost/Nixon. Exceptions include Night Shift, Willow, Backdraft, Ransom, EDtv, and The Da Vinci Code.
Howard appeared in over 100 films, including the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke, The Music Man (in an uncredited bit part playing “Oscar Jackson”), and many other films. He also appeared as Dottie and Kit’s father in A League of Their Own. In 2013, he played Woody Grant’s brother in Nebraska. He often took parts as a priest or minister, county sheriff, or western marshal, and made numerous appearances in films by Joe Dante.
His final film role was that of Jasper, an Alzheimer’s disease stricken father in the 2017 film Broken Memories.
Howard married actress Jean Speegle Howard in Burbank, California in 1949, until her death in September 2000. Their sons are actor and filmmaker Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard. He was also the grandfather of actress Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard. His son Ron was born while he served three years in the United States Air Force.
In 2001, Howard married Judy Howard, a year after his first wife’s death. Judy Howard died in January 2017 in Burbank, ten months before Rance’s death.
Howard died in the morning of November 25, 2017, in Los Angeles, California at the age of 89.
Paul Sauer December 5, 1947 – November 24, 2017
Paul Francis Sauer December 5, 1947 – November 24, 2017 – Paul Francis Sauer passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, at the age of 69. He was born December 5, 1947 in Elmhurst, Queens, NY to James and Cecelia Sauer. He had been diagnosed with diabetes. Born and raised on Long Island, NY, Paul graduated from Greenport High School in 1965 and then, following in his father’s footsteps, enlisted in the United States Navy and served as an Opticalman 2nd Class. After the Navy, he became a Guild Optician, started his own optical business in Port Jefferson, NY, served as president of the Long Island chapter of New York State Society of Opticians (NYSSO) and on its State Board as a director. He also served as an auxiliary examiner for the optician’s practical exam for many years and continued to practice as a licensed optician until his death.
He was married to Elizabeth (Liz) Hardy, his longtime friend, dance partner, and love for 28 years. They lived life to the fullest in their lovely homes in three states (East End of Long Island, NY; Lunenburg, MA; and lastly Jensen Beach FL) and traveled frequently to Aruba and the UK to visit his mum in law. He loved to cook, fish, and fox trot with his wife.
Paul will be cremated with interment of his ashes in the Peconic Bay, NY followed by a celebration of his life at, of course, a seafood restaurant.
He is survived by his wife Liz Hardy-Sauer, son John Sauer and his wife Sarann of Washington DC; daughter Marce Bush and her husband Eddie and children Katie and Jamie of Sound Beach, NY; and daughter Amy Mack. He is also survived by brother Phillip Sauer of Lancaster, PA and sister Susan O’Handly of Cooperstown, NY.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel 961 S. Kanner Hwy Stuart, FL 34994. (772) 223-5550. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to these causes that were close to Paul’s heart.
Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (www.diabetesresearch.org)
Bideawee Pet Rescue (www.bideawee.org)
Mitch Margo (May 25, 1947 – November 24, 2017
Mitch Margo (May 25, 1947 – November 24, 2017) was an American singer and songwriter.
Margo was a professional recording artist by the age of 14. Along with brother Phil Margo, he was a member of The Tokens. The vocal group is best known for its hit recording of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, which rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for three weeks in 1961. Other hits by The Tokens include: “Tonight I Fell In Love” (which Mitch Margo co-wrote), “I hear Trumpets Blow” (written by Mitch Margo), “He’s In Town”, and “Portrait of My Love”.
Margo also created artwork and animation. His artwork has been displayed and sold in galleries. His paintings have appeared on album covers and his animation has been shown on USA Network. He has illustrated children’s books including the award winning “The Very First Adventure of Fulton T. Firefly”. He also wrote and illustrated another children’s book called “Sara Smiled”.
With the tech help of his son Damien, Margo designed and developed a free online reading tool called the Margo Reader. He hoped to eventually see it in multilingual hand held devices that can be given to anyone who wishes to learn how to read. The reader provides the user with an experience of some of Margo’s art, animation, music, photography, voice talent, humor, and heart.
Margo died of natural causes at his home in Studio City, California, at the age of 70.
David Cassidy April 12, 1950 – November 21, 2017
David Bruce Cassidy (April 12, 1950 – November 21, 2017) was an American actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was known for his role as Keith Partridge, the son of Shirley Partridge (played by his stepmother Shirley Jones), in the 1970s musical-sitcom The Partridge Family, which led to his becoming one of popular culture’s teen idols and pop singers of the 1970s. He later had a career in both acting and music.
Cassidy was born at Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in New York City, the son of singer and actor Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward. His father was of half Irish and half German ancestry, and his mother was decended from Colonial Americans of Irish and Swiss origin. Some of his mother’s ancestors were among the founders of Newark, New Jersey.
As his parents were frequently touring on the road, he spent his early years being raised by his maternal grandparents in a middle-class neighborhood in West Orange, New Jersey. In 1956, he found out from neighbors’ children that his parents had been divorced for over two years and had not told him. David’s parents had decided because he was at such a young age, it would be better for his emotional stability to not discuss it at that time. They were gone often with theater productions and home life remained the same.
In 1956, Cassidy’s father married singer and actress Shirley Jones. They had three children: David’s half-brothers Shaun (b. 1958), Patrick (b. 1962), and Ryan (b. 1966). In 1968, after completing one final session of summer school to obtain credits necessary to get a high-school diploma, David moved into the rental home of Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones in Irvington, New York, where his half-brothers also resided. David remained there seeking fame as an actor/musician while simultaneously working half-days in the mailroom of a textile firm. He moved out when his career began to flourish.
Cassidy’s father, Jack, is credited with setting his son up with his first manager. After signing with Universal Studios in 1969, Jack introduced him to former table tennis champion and close friend Ruth Aarons, who later found her niche as a talent manager, given her theater background. Aarons had represented Jack and Shirley Jones for several years prior, and later represented Cassidy’s half-brother Shaun. Aarons became an authority figure and close friend to Cassidy, and was the driving force behind his on-screen success. After making small wages from Screen Gems for his work on The Partridge Family during season one, Aarons discovered a loophole in his contract and renegotiated it with far superior terms, and a four-year duration, a rare stipulation at the time.
On January 2, 1969, Cassidy made his professional debut in the Broadway musical The Fig Leaves Are Falling. It closed after four performances, but a casting director saw the show and asked Cassidy to make a screen test. In 1969, he moved to Los Angeles. After signing with Universal Studios in 1969, Cassidy was featured in episodes of the television series Ironside, Marcus Welby, M.D., Adam-12 and Bonanza.
In 1970, Cassidy took the role of Keith Partridge, son of Shirley Partridge, who was played by Cassidy’s real stepmother and series lead Shirley Jones. The Partridge Family series creator Bernard Slade and producers Paul Junger Witt and Bob Claver did not care whether Cassidy could sing, knowing only that his androgynous good looks would guarantee success. Shortly after production began, though, Cassidy convinced music producer Wes Farrell that he was good enough, and he was promoted to lead singer for the series’ recordings.
Once “I Think I Love You” became a hit, Cassidy began work on solo albums, as well. Within the first year, he had produced his own single, a cover of The Association’s “Cherish” (from the album of the same title), which reached number nine in the United States, number two in the United Kingdom (a double A-side with “Could It Be Forever”), and number one in Australia and New Zealand. He began tours that featured Partridge tunes and his own hits. Cassidy achieved far greater solo chart success in the UK than in his native America, including a cover of The Young Rascals’ “How Can I Be Sure” and the double A-side single “Daydreamer” / “The Puppy Song” — two UK number ones which failed to chart in the States. In Britain, Cassidy the solo star remains best known for “Daydreamer”, “How Can I Be Sure” and “Could It Be Forever” (UK no. 2/US no. 37), all released during his 1972–73 solo chart peak. Though he wanted to become a respected rock musician along the lines of Mick Jagger, his channel to stardom launched him into the ranks of teen idol, a brand he loathed until much later in life, when he managed to come to terms with his bubblegum pop beginnings.
Ten albums by The Partridge Family and five solo albums were produced during the series, with most selling more than a million copies each. Internationally, Cassidy’s solo career eclipsed the already phenomenal success of The Partridge Family. He became an instant drawcard, with sellout concert successes in major arenas around the world. These concerts produced mass hysteria, resulting in the media coining the term “Cassidymania”. For example, he played to two sellout crowds of 56,000 each at the Houston Astrodome in Texas over one weekend in 1972. His concert in New York’s Madison Square Garden sold out in one day and resulted in riots after the show. His concert tours of the United Kingdom included sellout concerts at Wembley Stadium in 1973. In Australia in 1974, the mass hysteria was such that calls were made to have him deported from the country, especially after the madness at his 33,000-person audience concert at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
A turning point in Cassidy’s live concerts (while still filming The Partridge Family) was a gate stampede which killed a teenage girl. At a show in London’s White City Stadium on May 26, 1974, nearly 800 were injured in a crush at the front of the stage. Thirty were taken to the hospital, and one, 14-year-old Bernadette Whelan, died four days later at London’s Hammersmith Hospital without regaining consciousness after the excitement and press of the crowd caused a pre-existing heart condition to trigger cardiac arrest. The show was the penultimate date on a world tour. A deeply affected Cassidy faced the press, trying to make sense of what had happened. Out of respect for the family and to avoid turning the girl’s funeral into a media circus, Cassidy did not attend the service, although he spoke to Whelan’s parents and sent flowers. Cassidy stated at the time that this would haunt him until the day he died.
By this point, Cassidy had decided to quit both touring and acting in The Partridge Family, concentrating instead on recording and songwriting. International success continued, mostly in Great Britain, Germany, and Japan, when he released three well-received solo albums on RCA in 1975 and 1976. Cassidy became the first recording artist to have a hit with “I Write the Songs”, a top-20 record in Great Britain before the song became Barry Manilow’s signature tune. Cassidy’s recording was produced by the song’s author-composer, Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys.
In 1978, Cassidy starred in an episode of Police Story titled “A Chance to Live”, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. NBC created a series based on it, called David Cassidy: Man Undercover, but it was cancelled after one season. A decade later, the successful Fox series 21 Jump Street used the same plot, with different youthful-looking police officers infiltrating a high school.
Cassidy later stated he was broke by the 1980s, despite being successful and highly paid. In 1985, music success continued with the Arista release of the single “The Last Kiss” (number six in the United Kingdom), with backing vocals by George Michael, which was included on the album Romance. These went gold in Europe and Australia, and Cassidy supported them with a sellout tour of the United Kingdom, which resulted in the Greatest Hits Live compilation of 1986. Michael cited Cassidy as a major career influence and interviewed Cassidy for David Litchfield’s Ritz Newspaper.
Cassidy performed in musical theater. In 1981, he toured in a revival of a pre-Broadway production of Little Johnny Jones, a show originally produced in 1904 with music, lyrics, and book by George M. Cohan. (The show is excerpted in the biographic film Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), when James Cagney sings “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “The Yankee Doodle Boy”.) However, Cassidy received negative reviews, and he was replaced by another former teen idol, Donny Osmond, before the show reached Broadway. Cassidy, in turn, was himself a replacement for the lead in the original 1982 Broadway production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Cassidy also appeared in London’s West End production of Time and returned to Broadway in Blood Brothers alongside Petula Clark and his half-brother, Shaun Cassidy.
In 1989, he co-wrote the song “Prayin’ 4 a Miracle” with John Wetton and Sue Shifrin. Wetton released the song on his band Asia’s album Then & Now the year after.
Cassidy returned to the American top 40 with his 1990 single “Lyin’ to Myself”, released on Enigma Records. In 1998, he had an adult contemporary music hit with “No Bridge I Wouldn’t Cross” from his album Old Trick New Dog.
In concert performances in 1990, Cassidy hired his recalcitrant TV brother Danny Bonaduce as his warm-up act. In 1995, he hosted the VH1 show 8-Track Flashback, which ran until 1998. In 1996, he replaced Michael Crawford in the Las Vegas show EFX, rewriting it into one of the Strip’s favorite shows, although Cassidy was forced to resign after he injured his foot during a performance. He also created The Rat Pack is Back, in which he made guest appearances as Bobby Darin.
In 2000, Cassidy wrote and appeared in the Las Vegas show At the Copa with Sheena Easton, as both the young and old versions of the lead character, Johnny Flamingo. His 2001 album Then and Now went platinum internationally and returned Cassidy to the top five of the UK album charts for the first time since 1974. In 2005, Cassidy played the manager of Aaron Carter’s character in the film Popstar. In 2006, as well as performing with Peter Furniss and Thomas Bowles, he made a guest appearance for BBC Children in Need performing live, then assisting Terry Wogan collecting donations from the studio audience. He co-starred alongside his brother Patrick in a 2009 ABC Family short-lived comedy series titled Ruby & The Rockits, a show created by Shaun.
Cassidy was one of the contestants on Celebrity Apprentice in 2011, in which his daughter Katie Cassidy made a brief appearance at her father’s request. He was the first to be fired. In the following years, Cassidy maintained a regular tour schedule, with concert appearances across the USA and the UK, until his retirement and death in 2017.
As the days of “Cassidymania” subsided, Cassidy regularly addressed fans at his concerts in question-and-answer sessions. In August 2016, Cassidy performed in The Villages, Florida, and brought multiple attendees to the side of the stage, asking and answering questions and engaging with members of the community who had been fans for nearly a half century.
Cassidy’s first wife was actress Kay Lenz, whom he married on April 3, 1977, and divorced in 1983.
Cassidy soon married his second wife, horse breeder Meryl Tanz, in 1984. They met in 1974 at a Lexington, Kentucky, horse sale. This marriage ended in divorce in 1985.
His daughter, actress Katie Cassidy, was born in 1986 from a relationship with fashion model Sherry Williams.
Cassidy married Sue Shifrin on March 30, 1991, his third and her second marriage. They had one child, Beau, in 1991. In August 2013, Cassidy’s Los Angeles publicist confirmed that the couple had separated, with Shifrin filing for divorce in February 2014.
Cassidy moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 2002. He filed for bankruptcy in 2015.
On February 20, 2017, Cassidy announced that he was living with dementia, the condition that his mother suffered from at the end of her life. He retired from performing in early 2017 when the condition became noticeable during a performance in which he forgot lyrics and otherwise struggled.
On November 18, 2017, it was announced that Cassidy had been hospitalized suffering from liver and kidney failure, and was critically ill in a medically induced coma. He came out of the coma two days later, remaining in critical but stable condition. Doctors hoped to keep Cassidy stable until a liver became available for transplant, but he died of liver failure on November 21, 2017, aged 67.. According to his daughter Kate, his last words were “So much wasted time”.
“Mickey” Muller December 27, 1945 – November 20, 2017
Michael George Muller December 27, 1945 – November 20, 2017 – Michael “Mickey” George Muller, 71, of Palm City, Florida, passed away, Monday, November 20, 2017 at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart, FL after battling with Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsy for several years.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Palm City, FL on November 22, 2017. A Celebration of Life Party will be held on December 17, 2017 at the Elks Lodge in Rutherford, NJ at 3:00 PM. Those wishing to sign Mickey’s guestbook may do so at: http://martinfuneralhomecrematory.com/orbituaries_comments.php
Michael was born December 27, 1945 in Hoboken, New Jersey to Henry and Louise (Krieger) Muller. He graduated from Holy Family High School in 1963 and graduated Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford Campus in 1969. On May 28, 1966 he married Barbara (Bobby) Promersperger, his High School sweetheart, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Union City, NJ.
Mickey enjoyed a successful career in the insurance industry for 47 years from the day he graduated High School until he retired. Working for Equitable Life, CNA, and Baltimore Life Insurance companies to name a few. He was a devout family man who enjoyed vacationing and celebrating life with his family and grandchildren. He also loved rooting for the Yankees and talking sports with his 3 sons.
Mickey is survived by his wife Barbara of Palm City, FL; three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Muller, Budd Lake, N.J., Christopher and Erin Muller, Hobe Sound, FL, and Matthew and Jacqueline Muller, Little Elm, TX; 10 grandchildren: Nichole, Sarah, Jacob, Madelyn, Abigail, Michael, Averie, Mason, Grant, and Alexandra, and by his sisters and brothers-in-law Mary Lou and Kurt Mathews, North Arlington, NJ, Angela and Nicholas Costantino, Leonia, NJ, and brothers and sisters-in-law Henry and Elaine Muller, Denville, NJ, and Joseph Muller, Grand Rapids MI.
Terry Glenn July 23, 1974 – November 20, 2017
Terry Tyree Glenn (July 23, 1974 – November 20, 2017) was an American football wide receiver, who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons. He played college football for Ohio State University, and was recognized as an All-American. He was drafted by the New England Patriots seventh overall in the 1996 NFL Draft, and also played for the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys
Glenn was born in Columbus, Ohio. When he was 13 years old, his mother was beaten to death by a man she had recently met.
Glenn attended Brookhaven High School in Columbus, graduating in 1992.
Glenn attended The Ohio State University, and was a walk-on player for Ohio State Buckeyes football team. In 1995, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American and won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wide receiver.
1993: 8 catches for 156 yards
1994: 7 catches for 110 yards
1995: 64 catches for 1,411 yards with 17 TD
Glenn was drafted in the first round (seventh overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He signed a six-year, $12 million contract. Glenn recorded 90 receptions for 1,132 yards and six touchdowns in his rookie season. At the time, his 90 receptions were the most ever in a single season by a rookie in NFL history. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin went on to catch 101 passes his rookie year during the 2003 NFL season for the Arizona Cardinals. Patriots head coach, Bill Parcells, once referred to Glenn as “she”, but after the 1996 season said he was wrong and Glenn was a winner. However, Parcells left New England after Glenn’s rookie season and Glenn went into a four-year stretch of personal difficulties and inconsistent play. In 1999 and 2000, he was the Patriots leading receiver. He signed a six-year, $50 million contract extension during the 2000 season.
In the lead-up to the 2001 season, Glenn ran into a host of off-field issues. First he was arrested for domestic assault, and later he was suspended for the first four games of the season due to failing a drug test. Shortly before the season, he left training camp early due to a pay dispute. Glenn did end up playing for the team after serving his suspension, but following injuries and more disputes with the coaching staff, head coach Bill Belichick deactivated him for the rest of the season. Glenn only wound up playing in four games in 2001, most notably catching the first career touchdown pass thrown by Tom Brady in a game against the San Diego Chargers on October 14th. The Patriots went on to win Super Bowl XXXVI without Glenn, and he did not receive a Super Bowl ring.
Before the 2002 season, the Patriots traded Glenn to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for two fourth-round draft picks.
Before the 2003 season the Packers traded him to the Dallas Cowboys. Against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2005, he caught a touchdown pass on a flea-flicker and rushed for a touchdown on an end-around, both trick plays. Glenn finished the 2005 season with 63 receptions for 1,136 yards and 7 touchdowns, the most receiving yards he had amassed in a single season since 1999. Before the 2006 season, he signed a five-year, $20 million contract extension with Dallas. In 2006, he recorded another 1,000 yard season and six touchdowns.
Glenn missed the first fifteen games of the 2007 season and had been unable to even practice due to pre-season arthroscopic knee surgery. He returned to practice on December 12, 2007 but did not play in Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles and did not fly to Carolina for the Week 16 game. He made his season debut in Week 17 against the Washington Redskins.
Glenn was released by the Cowboys on July 25, 2008, due to health concerns over his right knee, and not signing an injury clause.
Glenn had six children. Glenn was promoted to offensive coordinator for the Texas Revolution of the Champions Indoor Football League on April 3, 2015.
In 2001, Glenn was arrested for assaulting the mother of his son. In 2005, Glenn was arrested for public intoxication and public urination in a Jack in the Box parking lot. Glenn worked on several non profit projects with his girlfriend at the time, a Dallas County Law Enforcement officer which targeted Domestic violence awareness. In 2009, Glenn was arrested on charges of public intoxication and possession of marijuana. Glenn was arrested in 2010 for auto theft of a rental car, which was later recovered at Strokers strip club in Atlanta, Georgia. Glenn was arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.
Glenn died at the age of 43 following a one-vehicle rollover traffic accident on November 20, 2017, in Irving, Texas, near Dallas, which left his fiancee slightly injured.
Alan Maunus September 7, 1934 – November 19, 2017
Alan Maunus September 7, 1934 – November 19, 2017 – Alan Jacob Maunus entered the world on September 7, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and departed on November 19, 2017 in Palm City, Florida. He was an avid sailor and passed peacefully as boats sailed down Bessey Creek outside his bedroom window.
He graduated from Edison High School (known then as Northeast High School) at 8th and Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia and then returned to the school as a Physical Education teacher and athletic coach for over 38 years; he coached and taught thousands of inner city youth during that career. He earned both his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Education from Temple University. Inheriting his love and gift of music from his father, Theodore, Alan was an accomplished musician. He played the trombone and bass, among other instruments, both during his military service and as a professional musician in civilian life. He performed at the Red Garter in Philadelphia; with the Pep Lattanzi Orchestra; at the Drexelbrook Country Club; and many private weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. He claimed he was the last ‘live’ Bugler at the Pentagon during his Army service!
Alan married his high school sweetheart, Loretta Trachtenberg, and they raised their two children in Northeast Philadelphia. After 30 years of marriage, Loretta passed away in 1987. Alan was fortunate to find a kindred spirit in Jane Rindo, whom he married in 1989. Alan and Jane spent 28 years sailing the Chesapeake Bay and cruising to ports all over the world. He regaled all comers with his sparkling wit and encylopedic knowledge. If you named a subject, he could tell you a joke about it or play. He doted on his grandchildren with games, love and attention.
Alan is survived by his wife Jane Rindo McCartney Maunus; daughter Eileen Susan Maunus ( Dan Natirboff )of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; son Howard Maunus ( Debbie Moskow Maunus ) of Palm City, Florida; grandchildren Liam Maunus Natirboff, Aidan Maunus Natirboff, Lauren Maunus, Rachel Maunus; step children, David McCartney of Austin, Texas and Susie McCartney (Geoffrey Nelson) of Haines, Alaska and step grandchildren Christian McCartney, Julia McCartney, Chloe McCartney, and Patience Nelson. In addition to Loretta, Alan was predeceased by his father Theodore Maunus and mother Monya Bobkin Maunus Schutzbank.
Services will be private.
Della Reese July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017
Della Reese (born Delloreese Patricia Early; July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017) was an American jazz and gospel singer, actress, and ordained minister.
Reese’s long career began as a singer, scoring a hit with her 1959 single “Don’t You Know?”. In the late 1960s, she hosted her own talk show, Della, which ran for 197 episodes. She also starred in films beginning in 1975, including playing opposite Redd Foxx in Harlem Nights (1989), Martin Lawrence in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) and Elliott Gould in Expecting Mary (2010). She achieved continuing success in the television religious supernatural drama Touched by an Angel (1994–2003), in which Reese played the leading role of Tess.
Della Reese was born Delloreese Patricia Early on July 6, 1931, in the historic Black Bottom neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan, to Richard Thaddeus Early, an African American steelworker, and Nellie (Mitchelle), a Native American cook of the Cherokee tribe. Her mother had had several children before Reese’s birth, none of whom lived with her; hence, Reese grew up as an only child. At six years old, Reese began singing in church. From this experience, she became an avid gospel singer. On weekends in the 1940s, she and her mother would go to the movies independently to watch the likes of Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and Lena Horne portray glamorous lives on screen. Afterwards, Reese would act out the scenes from the films. In 1944, she began her career directing the young people’s choir, after she had nurtured acting plus her obvious musical talent. She was often chosen, on radio, as a regular singer. At the age of 13, she was hired to sing with Mahalia Jackson’s gospel group. Delloreese entered Detroit’s popular Cass Technical High School (where she attended the same year as Edna Rae Gillooly, later known as Ellen Burstyn). She also continued with her touring with Jackson. With higher grades, she was the first in her family to graduate from high school in 1947, at only 15.
Afterwards, she formed her own gospel group, the Meditation Singers. However, due in part to the death of her mother and her father’s serious illness, Reese had to interrupt her schooling at Wayne State University to help support her family. Faithful to the memory of her mother, Delloreese moved out of her father’s house when she disapproved of him taking up with a new girlfriend. She then took on odd jobs, such as truck driver, dental receptionist, and elevator operator, after 1949. Performing in clubs, Early soon decided to shorten her name from “Delloreese Early” to “Della Reese”.
Reese was discovered by the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, and her big break came when she won a contest, which gave her a week to sing at Detroit’s well-known Flame Show Bar. Reese remained there for eight weeks. Although her roots were in gospel music, she now was being exposed to and influenced by such jazz artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. In 1953, she signed a recording contract with Jubilee Records, for which she recorded six albums. Later that year, she also joined the Hawkins Orchestra. Her first recordings for Jubilee were songs such as “In the Still of the Night” (originally published in 1937), “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” and “Time After Time” (1947). The songs were later included on the album And That Reminds Me (1959).
In 1957, Reese released a single called “And That Reminds Me”. After years of performing, she gained chart success with this song. It became a Top Twenty pop hit and a million-seller record. That year, Reese was voted by Billboard, Cashbox and various other magazines, as “The Most Promising Singer”. In 1959, Reese moved to RCA Records and released her first RCA single, called “Don’t You Know?,” which was adapted from Giacomo Puccini’s music for La bohème, specifically, the aria “Quando m’en vo'” (Musetta’s Waltz). It became her biggest hit to date, reaching the number 2 spot on the pop charts and topping the R&B charts (then called the “Hot R&B Sides”) that year. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. Eventually, the song came to be widely considered the signature song of her early career. She then released a successful follow-up single called “Not One Minute More” (number 16). She remained on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “And Now” (number 69). In 1960 she released “Someday (You’ll Want Me to Want You)” (number 56) which was drawn from her Grammy-nominated album Della. The album rose in the pop album charts to number 35.
In November 1960, Reese appeared in advertisements in Ebony magazine for the newly launched AMI Continental jukebox. Reese recorded regularly throughout the 1960s, releasing singles and several albums. Two of the most significant were The Classic Della (1962) and Waltz with Me, Della (1963), which broadened her fan base internationally. She recorded several jazz-focused albums, including Della Reese Live (1966), On Strings of Blue (1967) and One of a Kind (1978). She also performed in Las Vegas for nine years and toured across the country. Reese continued to record albums in the following decades, receiving two more Grammy nominations in the gospel category for the album Della Reese and Brilliance (1991) and for the live recorded album, My Soul Feels Better Right Now (1999) Motown singer Martha Reeves cites Reese as a major influence and says she named her group The Vandellas after Van Dyke Street in Detroit and Della Reese.
In 1969, Reese began a transition into acting work which would eventually lead to her highest profile. Her first attempt at television stardom was a talk show series, Della, which was cancelled after 197 episodes (June 9, 1969 – March 13, 1970).
In 1970, Reese became the first black woman to guest host The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. She appeared in several TV movies and miniseries, was a regular on Chico and the Man and played the mother of B. A. Baracus in The A-Team episode “Lease with an Option to Die”. In 1991, she starred opposite her old friend Redd Foxx in his final sitcom, The Royal Family, but his death halted production of the series for several months. Reese also did voice-over for the late 1980s Hanna-Barbera animated series A Pup Named Scooby-Doo on ABC. In 1989, she starred alongside Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx in the film Harlem Nights, in which she performed a fight scene with Eddie Murphy. Reese appeared as a panelist on several episodes of the popular television game show Match Game.
Reese has had a wide variety of guest-starring roles, beginning with an episode of The Mod Squad. This led to other roles in such series as: The Bold Ones: The New Doctors, Getting Together, Police Woman, Petrocelli, Joe Forrester, Police Story, The Rookies, McCloud, Sanford and Son with old friend Redd Foxx, Vega$, Insight and two episodes of The Love Boat. She also had a recurring role on It Takes Two opposite Richard Crenna and Patty Duke, three episodes of Crazy Like a Fox, four episodes of Charlie & Co. opposite Flip Wilson, 227 with best friend Marla Gibbs, MacGyver, Night Court, Dream On, Designing Women, Picket Fences, Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven and The Young and the Restless.
After coping with the death of one of her best friends, Redd Foxx, in 1991, she was reluctant to play an older female lead in the inspirational television drama Touched by an Angel, but went ahead and auditioned for the role of Tess. She wanted to have a one-shot agreement between CBS and producer Martha Williamson, but ordered more episodes. Reese was widely seen as a key component of the show’s success. Already starring on Touched by an Angel was the lesser-known Irish actress Roma Downey, who played the role of case worker Tess’s angel/employee, Monica. In numerous interviews, there was an on- and off-screen chemistry between both Reese and Downey.
The character of Tess was the angelic supervisor who sent the other angels out on missions to help people redeem their lives and show them God’s love, while at the same time, she was sassy and had a no-nonsense attitude. The show often featured a climactic monologue delivered by the angel Monica in which she reveals herself as an angel to a human with the words: “I am an angel sent by God to tell you that He loves you.” The character of Tess was portrayed by Reese as down-to-earth, experienced and direct. Reese also sang the show’s theme song, “Walk with You”, and was featured prominently on the soundtrack album produced in conjunction with the show.
During its first season in 1994, many critics were skeptical about the show, it being the second overtly religious prime-time fantasy series, after Highway to Heaven. The show had a rocky start, low ratings and was cancelled 11 episodes into the first season. However, with the help of a massive letter-writing campaign, the show was resuscitated the following season and became a huge ratings winner for the next seven seasons. At the beginning of the fourth season in 1997, Reese threatened to leave the show because she was making less than her co-stars; CBS ended up raising her salary. Touched by an Angel was cancelled in 2003, but it continued re-running heavily in syndication and on Ion Television (formerly PAX-TV), The Hallmark Channel, Up, and later MeTV.
Roma Downey said of her on- and off-screen relationship with Reese:
“ She’s very wise. She’s very loving. She can be a little gruff at times, but she’s always adoring and adorable. I lost my mother when I was very young, and during my whole adolescence and into my twenties, I’d been looking for a mother figure, and I really think I can say with absolute truth and sincerity that I feel that I finally found her in Della Reese. ”
Downey later also said:
“ I think I’ll just always remember the feel of her neck against my cheek when she hugs me and the love I know that she has for me and the love that I feel for her and the love that she has for God. To know Della is to know that she loves God. ”
Reese’s mother, Nellie Mitchelle Early, died in 1949 of an intracerebral hemorrhage. Reese’s father, Richard Early, died ten years later. Reese had an adoptive daughter whom she acquired from a family member unable to care for her, named Delorese Daniels Owens, in 1961. Owens died on March 14, 2002. She passed away from complications stemming from pituitary disease. Reese said about the painful experience, sharing her frustration with the lack of awareness and knowledge of pituitary disorders:
“ When it happened, I thought, ‘It’s such an odd thing to die from,’ because pituitary problems aren’t something you hear about. It makes it harder because you don’t understand what happened. It seemed so strange and hard to explain. It still is, to be honest. ”
In 1952, Reese married factory worker Vermont Adolphus Bon Taliaferro, nineteen years her senior, and adopted the stage name Pat Ferro for a week, before introducing the stage name she used for the rest of her life – though sources differ as to whether this was after the failure of the marriage, or simply a show-business decision.
A second marriage ceremony, on December 28, 1959, to accountant Leroy Basil Gray, who had two children by a previous marriage, was kept secret for some time. This marriage either ended in divorce or was annulled on the basis that Gray’s previous divorce was invalid.
Reese appears to have been briefly married to Mercer Ellington (who was then her manager) in 1961, before this was annulled due to Ellington’s Mexican divorce being ruled invalid.
In 1979, after taping a guest spot for The Tonight Show, she suffered a near-fatal brain aneurysm, but made a full recovery after two surgeries by neurosurgeon Charles Drake at University Hospital in London, Ontario. In 1983, she married Franklin Thomas Lett, Jr., a concert producer and writer. In 2005, Reese was honored by Oprah Winfrey at her Legends Ball ceremony, along with 25 other black women.
In the 1980s, Reese was ordained as a minister through the Christian New Thought branch known as Unity, after serving as the senior minister and founder of her own church, Understanding Principles for Better Living. The “Up Church” is under Universal Foundation for Better Living, a denomination of Christian New Thought founded by Rev. Johnnie Colemon, a close friend of Rev. Reese-Lett. As of 2009, they meet at First Lutheran Church in Inglewood, California. In her ministerial work, she was known as the Rev. Dr. Della Reese Lett.
On July 6, 2011, Reese celebrated her 80th birthday at the Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles. In 2015, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was dedicated to her.
In 2016, shortly after her 85th birthday, Reese was said to be in poor health, and had undergone multiple surgeries. She further disclosed that she had neglected her health for years, which had contributed to her developing diabetes. After her last appearance on Signed, Sealed, Delivered, she had retired from acting. While Reese sometimes used a wheelchair, she avoided using one often, because it would make her condition worse.
Della Reese was the godmother of Roma Downey’s daughter Reilly Marie. Reese officiated at the marriage ceremony of Roma Downey and Mark Burnett in the absence of Downey’s late mother.
Reese died on November 19, 2017, at her Los Angeles, California, home at the age of 86. No cause was given. Her representative Lynda Blensky told USA Today, “We lost a magnificent woman who was a trailblazer in many ways.”
“Pete” Moore November 19, 1938 – November 19, 2017
Warren Thomas “Pete” Moore (November 19, 1938 – November 19, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter and record producer, notable as the bass singer for Motown group The Miracles from 1955 onwards, and is one of the group’s original members. He is also a 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, and a BMI and ASCAP award-winning songwriter, and was the vocal arranger on all of the group’s hits.
Moore was born on November 19, 1938 in Detroit. A childhood friend of Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson, the two met at a musical event given by the Detroit Public School system, where Moore spotted Robinson singing as part of the show. The two became friends and formed a singing group, which became the Miracles. Besides his work in the Miracles, Moore helped Miracles member Smokey Robinson write several hit songs, including The Temptations’ “It’s Growing” and “Since I Lost My Baby”, and two of Marvin Gaye’s biggest hits, the Top 10 million sellers, “Ain’t That Peculiar” and “I’ll Be Doggone”.
Moore also co-wrote several of The Miracles’ own hits. These included “Ooo Baby Baby” (1965), the million-selling Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee “The Tracks of My Tears” (also 1965), for which he won the ASCAP Award Of Merit, “My Girl Has Gone”, another Top 20 hit from 1965, “Going to a Go-Go” (also 1965), (where he came up with the song’s initial percussion sequence), and the multi-million selling #1 Pop smash, “Love Machine” (co-written with Miracles’ member Billy Griffin) and the platinum album from which it came, City of Angels, among others. The song “Overture” from that album, also co-written by Moore and Billy Griffin, was used as the official theme on Radio Monte Carlo in France from 1978 to 1979. Moore also sung co-lead on a few recordings as well, such as “I Love Your Baby” and the groups’ Billboard Top 40 hit “Doggone Right”. Pete is also an accomplished producer, having produced several hit songs, including the Miracles’ 1965 R&B chart hit, “Choosey Beggar”, their 1969 hit, “Here I Go Again”, the group’s million-selling Top 10 hit, “Baby Baby Don’t Cry” (also 1969), and the aforementioned City Of Angels album, along with albums by Marvin Gaye, and the Supremes.
In late 2006, Moore reunited with original Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rogers for an extended interview on the Motown DVD release, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: The Definitive Performances. In the interview, Moore revealed for the first time that he was the group’s uncredited vocal arranger. The second most prolific songwriter in the Miracles after Robinson, Moore’s compositions have been recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, George Michael, The Rolling Stones, Ramsey Lewis, Tom Jones, Luther Vandross, The Temptations, The Four Tops and Debby Boone.
Moore is owner and CEO of Las Vegas-based entertainment firm, WBMM Enterprises, and co-owner, with Miracles member Billy Griffin, of music publishing company, Grimora Music. Moore and his wife Tina have two grown daughters, Monette and Monique.
In 2007 Moore reunited on stage with original Miracles Bobby Rogers, Claudette Robinson, and Smokey Robinson to celebrate the group’s 50th anniversary. In 2009, the Miracles received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Pete was also inducted with the rest of The Miracles into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001.
In 2012, Pete Moore was retroactively inducted with the rest of the original Miracles, Bobby Rogers, Ron White, Claudette Robinson, and Marv Tarplin into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson. The induction was handled by a Special Committee, under the premise that the entire group should have been inducted with Robinson back in 1987. Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson was the only member of the Miracles to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Moore was also inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in his hometown of Detroit, on October 4, 2015.
Pete Moore died on his 79th birthday in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Naim Süleymanoğlu January 23, 1967 – November 18, 2017
Naim Süleymanoğlu (born in Bulgaria as Naim Suleimanov but forced to change to Naum Shalamanov) (Bulgarian: from Наим Сюлейманов to Наум Шаламанов; 23 January 1967 – 18 November 2017) was a Turkish, World and Olympic Champion in weightlifting, who was nicknamed “The Pocket Hercules” because of his small stature of 1.47 m (4 ft 10 in). In the 1988 Summer Olympics, he set a record by lifting 190 kg in the clean and jerk. He was awarded the Olympic Order in 2001. In 2000 and 2004, he was elected a member of the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.
Süleymanoğlu is the first and only weightlifter to have snatched 2.5 times his body weight and also is the second of only seven lifters to date to clean and jerk three times his body weight. He is the only weightlifter to date to clean and jerk 10 kilos more than triple his bodyweight. Süleymanoğlu set his first world record at age 16 but missed his first chance at Olympic success in 1984, when Bulgaria joined the Soviet boycott of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
Süleymanoğlu was born in Ptichar, Kardzhali Province, Bulgaria to a Turkish family. His father was a miner who stood only five feet tall, while is mother was four-foot-seven. He won championships in his teens and may have competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics had Bulgaria not joined in a boycott by the Eastern Bloc.
In the 1980’s Bulgaria’s government implemented a program called the Revival Process which required ethnic minorities to adopt Slavic names and barred their languages. As a result, Süleymanoğlu changed his name to Naum Shalamanov in 1985.
While on a trip to the World Cup Final in Melbourne in 1986, Suleimanov escaped his handlers, and after several days in hiding, he defected at the Turkish Embassy in Canberra. After making his way to Istanbul, he changed his name to Süleymanoğlu.
In order for him to compete at the 1988 Seoul Olympics the Bulgarian government had to agree to release his eligibility to Turkey. The Turks paid Bulgaria $1 million for his release. At the Olympics, Süleymanoğlu did not disappoint, winning the featherweight gold medal. His performance was high enough to win the weight class above his. He retired at the age of 22, after winning the world championship in 1989. However, he returned in 1991 before winning a second Olympic gold medal at Barcelona in 1992. Between the Olympiads, Süleymanoğlu continued to win world titles and set records.
The 1996 Olympic Games were to be his swan song and he retired after winning a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in Atlanta at the 1996 Olympic Games. That competition was noted for the rivalry between himself and Greece’s Valerios Leonidis, with the arena divided into partisan Turkish and Greek crowds. At the end of the competition they were the very last competitors remaining as they traded three straight world-record lifts; Süleymanoğlu managed to raise 187.5 kg and then Leonidis failed in his attempt to lift 190 kg and burst into tears, to which he took the silver medal and was comforted by Süleymanoğlu. Announcer Lynn Jones proclaimed “You have just witnessed the greatest weightlifting competition in history,” according to Ken Jones in the London Independent.
Süleymanoğlu made another comeback in a late attempt to earn a fourth gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney but failed to lift 145 kg, which would have been an Olympic record, and was eliminated from the competition. He was awarded the Olympic Order in 2001. In 2000 and 2004 he was elected member of the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.
At the 1999 general elections, he stood as an independent candidate to represent Bursa at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. In 2002 he was the candidate of the Nationalist Movement Party for the mayor of Kıraç municipality in Büyükçekmece district of Istanbul Province and represented the same party in general elections in 2006. He was unsuccessful in all these attempts.
He suffered from cirrhosis of the liver for a long time. In 2009 he was in hospital for nearly three months.
On 25 September 2017 he was admitted to a hospital due to the liver failure On 6 October a liver transplantation was made when a liver donor was found. On 11 November he had surgery due to a hemorrhage in the brain and a subsequent edema. He died on 18 November 2017.
“Mel” Tillis (August 8, 1932 – November 19, 2017
Lonnie Melvin Tillis (August 8, 1932 – November 19, 2017) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Although he recorded songs since the late 1950s, his biggest success occurred in the 1970s, with a long list of Top 10 hits.
Tillis’ biggest hits include “I Ain’t Never”, “Good Woman Blues”, and “Coca-Cola Cowboy”. On February 13, 2012, President Barack Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to country music. He also won the Country Music Association Awards’ most coveted award, Entertainer of the Year. Additionally, he was known for his speech impediment, which didn’t affect his singing voice. His daughter is country music singer Pam Tillis.
Mel Tillis was born on August 8, 1932, in Tampa, Florida, United States, but later raised in Pahokee, Florida (near West Palm Beach). His stutter developed during his childhood, a result of a bout with malaria. As a child, Tillis learned the drums as well as guitar and at age 16, won a local talent show. He attended the University of Florida but dropped out and joined the United States Air Force. While stationed as a baker on Okinawa, he formed a band called The Westerners, which played at local nightclubs.
After leaving the Air Force in 1955, Tillis returned to Florida where he worked a number of odd jobs, eventually finding employment with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in Tampa, Florida. He used his railroad pass to visit Nashville and eventually met and auditioned for Wesley Rose of famed Nashville publishing house Acuff-Rose Music. Rose encouraged Tillis to return to Florida and continue honing his songwriting skills. Tillis eventually moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and began writing songs full-time. Tillis wrote “I’m Tired”, a No. 3 country hit for Webb Pierce in 1957. Other Tillis hits include “Honky Tonk Song” and “Tupelo County Jail”. Ray Price and Brenda Lee also charted hits with Tillis’ material around this time. In the late 1950s, after becoming a hit-making songwriter, he signed his own contract with Columbia Records. In 1958, he had his first Top 40 hit, “The Violet and a Rose”, followed by the Top 25 hit “Sawmill”.
Although Tillis charted on his own Billboard’s Hot Country Songs list, he had more success as a songwriter. He continued to be Webb Pierce’s songwriter. He wrote the hits “I Ain’t Never” (Tillis’ own future hit) and “Crazy, Wild Desire”. Bobby Bare, Tom Jones (“Detroit City”), Wanda Jackson, and Stonewall Jackson also covered his songs. Tillis continued to record on his own. Some well-known songs from his Columbia years include “The Brooklyn Bridge”, “Loco Weed”, and “Walk on, Boy”. However, he did not achieve major success on the country charts on his own.
In the mid-1960s, Tillis switched to Kapp Records, and in 1965, he had his first Top 15 hit with “Wine”. Other hits continued to follow, such as “Stateside” and “Life Turned Her That Way”, which was later covered by Ricky Van Shelton in 1988, going to No. 1. He wrote for Charley Pride (“The Snakes Crawl At Night”) and wrote a big hit for Kenny Rogers and The First Edition called “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”. He also wrote the hit “Mental Revenge” for Outlaw superstar Waylon Jennings. (It has also been covered by the Hacienda Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Gram Parsons, Barbara Mandrell, and Jamey Johnson.) In 1968, Tillis achieved his first Top 10 hit with “Who’s Julie”. He also was a regular featured singer on The Porter Wagoner Show.
Things turned around in 1969 for Tillis. He finally achieved the success he always wanted with two Top 10 country hits, “These Lonely Hands of Mine” and “She’ll Be Hanging Around Somewhere”. In 1970, he reached the Top 5 with “Heart Over Mind”, which peaked at No. 3 on the Hot Country Songs list. After this, Tillis’ career as a country singer went into full swing. Hits soon came quite easily, such as “Heaven Everyday” (1970), “Commercial Affection” (1970), “Arms of a Fool” (1970), “Take My Hand” (a duet with Sherry Bryce in 1971), and “Brand New Mister Me” (1971). In 1972, Tillis achieved his first chart-topper with his version of his song “I Ain’t Never”. Even though the song was previously a hit by Webb Pierce, Tillis’ version is the better-known version of the two. Most of the above-mentioned song hits were recorded on MGM Records, Tillis’ record company in the early part of the decade.
After the success of “I Ain’t Never”, Tillis had another hit, which came close to No. 1 (reaching No. 3), titled “Neon Rose”, followed by “Sawmill”, which reached No. 2. “Midnight, Me and the Blues” was another near chart-topper in 1974. Other hits Tillis had on MGM include “Stomp Them Grapes” (1974), “Memory Maker” (1974), “Woman in the Back of My Mind” (1975), and his version of “Mental Revenge” (1976). Tillis achieved his biggest success with MCA Records, with which he signed in 1976. It started with a pair of two No. 1 hits in 1976, “Good Woman Blues” and “Heart Healer”. (In an interview, he mentioned having written five hits in one week.) Thanks to this success, in 1976 Tillis won the Country Music Association Awards’ most coveted award, Entertainer of the Year, and was also inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame that year. He achieved another No. 1 in 1978 with “I Believe In You” and then again in 1979 with “Coca-Cola Cowboy”, which was put in the Clint Eastwood movie Every Which Way but Loose, in which he also made a cameo appearance. Also in 1978, Mel co-hosted a short-lived variety series on ABC television, Mel and Susan Together with model Susan Anton. Other hits around this time included “Send Me Down to Tucson”, “Ain’t No California”, and “I Got the Hoss”. In mid-1979, Tillis switched to another record company, Elektra Records.
After signing with Elektra, he continued to make hit songs such as “Blind In Love” and “Lying Time Again”, both hits in 1979. Until 1981, Tillis remained on top of his game as one of country music’s most successful vocalists of the era. “Your Body Is an Outlaw” went to No. 3 in 1980, followed by another Top 10 hit, “Steppin’ Out”. “Southern Rains” in 1981 was his last No. 1 hit. That same year, he released an album of duets with Nancy Sinatra which spawned two hit singles, the Top 30 hit “Texas Cowboy Night” and the double A-side, “Play Me or Trade Me/Where Would I Be”. He remained with Elektra until 1982 before switching back to MCA for a brief period in 1983. That summer, he scored a Top 10 hit with “In The Middle Of The Night” and had his last Top 10 hit with “New Patches” in 1984. By this time, however, Tillis had built up a financial empire, thanks to investing in music publishing companies such as Sawgrass and Cedarwood. He also appeared in movies, including Love Revival, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981), and comedy westerns Uphill All the Way (1986),in which he starred with fellow country singer Roy Clark, and The Villain (1979), among others. In 1979, he acquired radio station KIXZ (AM) in Amarillo, Texas, from Sammons-Ruff Associates, which converted from Top 40 to country music and became a force in the Texas Panhandle region. A short time later, Tillis acquired Amarillo, Texas, Rock FM station KYTX, which changed calls to KMML (a play on Tillis’ stutter). Still later, he operated WMML in Mobile, Alabama. All of his stations were sold after a time for a healthy return. He briefly signed with RCA Records, as well as Mercury Records, and later Curb Records in 1991. By this time, his chart success had faded.
Following his heyday in the 1970s, Tillis remained a songwriter in the 1980s, writing hits for Ricky Skaggs and Randy Travis. He also wrote his autobiography called Stutterin’ Boy. (The title comes from Tillis’ speech impediment.) Tillis appeared as the television commercial spokesman for the fast-food restaurant chain Whataburger during the 1980s. Tillis continued to record and have occasional hits through the decade, with his last top-10 hit coming in 1984 and his last top-40 country hit in 1988; like most country artists of the classic era, his recording career was dented by changes in the country music industry in the early 1990s. He also built a theater in Branson, Missouri, where he performed on a regular basis until 2002. In 1998, he teamed up with Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings, and Jerry Reed to form The Old Dogs. The group recorded a double album of songs penned entirely by Shel Silverstein. In July 1998, Old Dogs Volumes 1 and 2 were released on the Atlantic Records label. A companion video, as well as a Greatest Hits album (composed of previously released material by each individual artist), were also available. In the 1990s, Tillis’ daughter, Pam Tillis, became a successful country music singer in her own right, with hits like “Maybe It Was Memphis” and “Shake the Sugar Tree”.
The Grand Ole Opry inducted Mel Tillis on June 9, 2007. He was inducted into the Opry by his daughter Pam. Along with being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, it was announced on August 7 that year that Tillis, along with Ralph Emery and Vince Gill, were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Tillis had been unwell since January 2016 with various illnesses. Tillis died of respiratory failure in Ocala, Florida, at the age of 85. He is survived by his six children: singer-songwriter Pam Tillis, songwriter Mel “Sonny” Tillis, Jr., Carrie April, Connie, Cindy and Hannah Tillis.
Charles Manson November 12, 1934 – November 19, 2017
Charles Milles Manson (born Charles Milles Maddox, November 12, 1934 – November 19, 2017) was an American criminal and cult leader who formed what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune in California in the late 1960s
Wayne Cook September 13, 1942 – November 18, 2017
Wayne Douglas Cook September 13, 1942 – November 18, 2017 – Wayne Douglas Cook, 75, of Palm City, FL, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Wayne was a devoted husband, father, son and true friend.
Wayne Was born in Richwood, West Virginia to Phillip Cooke and Helen (Long) Cooke. Wayne served in the U.S. Army.
Wayne was the owner of W.D. Cook Electrical Service, in Stuart, FL for over 38 years. His work can been seen from Alaska to Florida. He lit up the sky.
He is survived by his wife, Larisa Cook of Palm City, FL, his son Jeff Cook of Port St. Lucie, his mother Helen Long of Sumter, SC, his brother Jim Cooke and Diane Cooke of Alabama, his sisters Pamela Cooke of West Virginia and Michelle Nichols of South Carolina and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 with a visitation from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm with a 5:00 pm service with Pastor John Bartz officiating at Martin Funeral Home, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994, with full U.S. Army honors.
Earle Hyman October 11, 1926 – November 17, 2017
Earle Hyman (October 11, 1926 – November 17, 2017) was an American stage, television, and film actor. Hyman is known for his role on ThunderCats as the voice of Panthro and various other characters. He also appeared on The Cosby Show as Cliff’s father, Russell Huxtable.
Hyman was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, as George Earle Plummer according to the North Carolina Birth Index. He is believed to have been of Native American ancestry. His parents, Zachariah Hyman (Tuscarora/Meherrin) and Maria Lilly Plummer (Haliwa-Saponi/Nottoway), moved their family to Brooklyn, New York in the late 1920s, where Hyman primarily grew up. Hyman became interested in acting after seeing a production of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts.
“The first play I ever saw was a present from my parents on my 13th birthday — Nazimova in ‘Ghosts’ at Brighton Beach on the subway circuit — and I just freaked out.”
He made his Broadway stage debut as a teenager in 1943 in Run, Little Chillun, and later joined the American Negro Theater. The following year, Hyman began a two-year run playing the role of Rudolf on Broadway in Anna Lucasta, starring Hilda Simms in the title role. He was a member of the American Shakespeare Theatre beginning with its first season in 1955, and played the role of Othello in the 1957 season.
In December 1958 he came to London to play the leading role in Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, by Errol John, at the Royal Court.
In 1959 he again appeared in the West End, this time in the first London production of A Raisin In the Sun alongside Kim Hamilton. The show ran at the Adelphi Theatre and was directed again by Lloyd Richards. A life member of The Actors Studio, Hyman appeared throughout his career in productions in both the United States and Norway, where he also owned property. In 1965, won a Theatre World Award and in 1988, he was awarded the St Olav’s medal for his work in Norwegian theater.
In addition to his stage work, Hyman appeared in various television and film roles including adaptions of Macbeth (1968), Julius Caesar (1979), and Coriolanus (1979), and voiced Panthro on the animated television series ThunderCats (1985–1990). He played two roles (at different times) on television’s The Edge of Night.
One of his most well known roles, that of Russell Huxtable in The Cosby Show, earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 1986. He played the father of lead character Cliff Huxtable, played by actor Bill Cosby, despite only being 11 years older than Cosby.
Hyman was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and was the first cousin once removed of singer Phyllis Hyman.
Hyman died on November 17, 2017, at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey. He was 91.
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“Ferdie” Pacheco December 8, 1927 – November 16, 2017
Fernando “Ferdie” Pacheco (December 8, 1927 – November 16, 2017) was the personal physician and cornerman for world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, as well as numerous other boxing champions. Known as “The Fight Doctor,” Pacheco was a TV boxing analyst for several television networks beginning in the late 1970s, most notably NBC and Showtime.
Dr. Pacheco was born in the immigrant community of Ybor City in Tampa, Florida, to J.D. and Consuela Pacheco. He was of Spanish-Cuban descent, and bilingual. His father was a pharmacist, and Ferdie sometimes helped out in the neighborhood drugstore owned by his father, sparking an interest in medicine. In his early teenage years, Pacheco got a job as a waiter at the Columbia Restaurant.
Boxing was a popular sport in Ybor City, with amateur matches regularly held at the Circulo Cubano de Tampa and other clubs and venues around the neighborhood. Though not a boxer himself, Pacheco took an early interest in the sport and attended many bouts. He also developed an early interest in art, which was inspired by a trip to the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota with his maternal grandfather, Gustavo Jimenez.
Pacheco graduated from Tampa Jefferson High School, then earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a medical degree from the University of Miami
After graduation, Pacheco set up a medical practice in the Overtown community of Miami. In the late 1950s, he regularly attended boxing cards arranged by local promoter Chris Dundee. At one of these events, Pacheco met Angelo Dundee, the promoter’s brother, a boxing trainer who ran the 5th Street Gym. Angelo Dundee offered the doctor free tickets to matches if he would “help stitch up my fighters”, beginning a partnership that would last many years.
Pacheco met Muhammad Ali in 1960, when Cassius Clay (as he was known at the time) came to the 5th Street Gym to train with Dundee. Pacheco became Clay’s cornerman and personal physician from 1962-1977, working the corner for some of boxing’s most iconic fights, including all three of his successful title bouts. Pacheco described Ali as the most physically-perfect human being he had ever seen. When Clay joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964, members of the Nation reportedly wanted him to replace Pacheco, Dundee, and the rest of his support staff. Ali vehemently refused, preferring to continue working with the team of people who had helped him become heavyweight champion.
By the mid-1970s, Pacheco observed that Ali’s reflexes had slowed, and expressed concern that the veteran boxer had sustained brain and kidney damage due to years of punishment in the ring. After Ali won a decision against the notoriously hard-hitting Earnie Shavers in September 1977, Pacheco recommended that he retire. When Ali refused, Pacheco left the fighter’s camp. Pacheco later explained that “The New York State Athletic Commission gave me a report that showed Ali’s kidneys were falling apart. I wrote to Angelo Dundee, Ali’s trainer, his wife and Ali himself. I got nothing back in response. That’s when I decided enough is enough.” Ali fought four more matches (losing three) after Pacheco left his team before finally retiring in late 1981.
Despite their disagreement, Pacheco and Ali remained friends. The two were reunited in person for a final time in 2002, when Ali, who was by then suffering the acute affects of Parkinson’s syndrome, told his former doctor, “You was right.”
Pacheco moved on to become a television boxing analyst, working for NBC and Univision. He became Showtime’s featured boxing analyst in the early 1980s and continued his association with that network until his retirement from TV in the late 1990s, covering many memorable fights along the way. Pacheco spoke Spanish fluently, and translated in real time for audiences when bouts featured Latino fighters.
Pacheco was the author of several books, plays, screenplays, and short stories. Many of them are set in the Ybor City neighborhood where he grew up. Among his works was a memoir (Ybor City Chronicles), an autobiography (Blood in My Coffee) and a cookbook (The Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook, co-authored with longtime friend Adela Gonzmart).
Pacheco was also an award-winning self-taught artist, primarily inspired by Norman Rockwell with influences of Diego Rivera’s use of bold colors. As with his writing, the subjects of many of his paintings are boxing and his youth in Ybor City.
Pacheco was portrayed by Paul Rodriguez in the 2001 film Ali. A biographical film, Ferdie Pacheco: The World of the Fight Doctor, was released in 2004.
He died 16 November 2017 at 89 years old.
Bobby Doerr April 7, 1918 – November 13, 2017
Robert Pershing Doerr (April 7, 1918 – November 13, 2017) was an American professional baseball second baseman and coach. He played his entire 14-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career for the Boston Red Sox (1937–51). A nine-time MLB All-Star, Doerr batted over .300 three times, drove in more than 100 runs six times, and set Red Sox team records in several statistical categories despite missing one season due to military service during World War II. Doerr is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
After he retired as a player, Doerr served as a scout and a coach, including work with Carl Yastrzemski before his Triple Crown season. From April 25, 2017, until his death on November 13 of that year, Doerr was the oldest living former major league player. He was the last living person who played in the major leagues in the 1930s, and was the oldest of only three living people who made their MLB debut before U.S. involvement in World War II, the other two being Chuck Stevens and Fred Caligiuri.
Doerr was the son of Harold Doerr, a telephone company supervisor, and his wife, the former Frances Herrnberger; his middle name was a tribute to General of the Armies John J. Pershing, then the commander of U.S. military forces in World War I.
He graduated from Los Angeles’ Fremont High School in 1936, and by then, had already begun his professional career with the 1934 and 1935 Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League (PCL).
While playing for the San Diego Padres of the PCL in 1936, Doerr met Ted Williams. The future Red Sox teammates became close friends for many years. Doerr played in 175 games for San Diego that year, batting .342. He recorded 238 hits, including 37 doubles and 12 triples.
Doerr broke into the majors in 1937 at the age of 19 and went 3-for-5 in his first game. In 1938, he became a regular in the Red Sox lineup. Doerr led the league with 22 sacrifice hits in 1938. In 1939, Doerr began a string of 12 consecutive seasons with 10 or more home runs and 73 or more runs batted in (RBIs); in 1940 the Red Sox became the 12th team in major league history to have four players with 100 RBIs, with Foxx, Williams, Cronin and Doerr each collecting at least 105.
In 1941, Doerr was an All-Star, the first of nine times he was a selected for the AL All-Star team. In 1944, Doerr led the league in slugging percentage. The same year, his .325 batting average was good enough to allow him to finish second in the league, two percentage points behind Lou Boudreau of the Cleveland Indians. The Sporting News named him Most Valuable Player for the American League (AL), although he finished only seventh in Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award voting for the AL. Doerr hit for the cycle twice in his career; on May 17, 1944, in a 12–8 loss to the St. Louis Browns in the second game of a doubleheader, and again on May 13, 1947, in a 19–6 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Doerr missed the 1945 season while serving in the Army during World War II, being stationed at Camp Roberts, California. In 1946, Doerr finished third in MVP voting for the AL (won by Williams, his teammate). Doerr drove in 116 runs despite a .271 average. He hit .409 in the 1946 World Series loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, with a home run and three RBIs. Doerr’s average dropped to .258 in 1947 as he grounded into a league-high 25 double plays, but he had 95 RBIs. He hit .285 with 27 home runs and 111 RBIs in 1948. Doerr had set an AL record in that year by handling 414 chances in a row over 73 games without an error.
In 1949, Doerr hit .309 with 18 home runs and 109 RBIs. At the start of the 1950 season, Doerr was in a slump; he was only batting .232 as of June 2. However, he finished the year with a league-leading 11 triples, and batted .294. On June 8 of that year, he hit three home runs in a 29–4 romp over the Browns. He set career highs that year in triples, runs (103) and RBIs (120); he tied his career high in home runs (27). Doerr appeared in only 106 games in 1951 and he retired that September after suffering from a spinal problem for two years.
Doerr retired with 8,028 plate appearances, 1,094 runs, 89 triples, 809 walks, 1,349 singles, 1,184 runs created, 693 extra base hits, 2,862 times on base, 115 sacrifice hits and nine All-Star Game selections. At Fenway Park, he hit .315 with 145 home runs, compared to a .261 average and 78 HR on the road. Doerr batted over .300 three times, with six seasons of at least 100 RBIs. He never played a game at a position other than second base.
Regarded as one of the top defensive second basemen of his era, Doerr led AL second basemen in double plays five times, tying a league record, in putouts and fielding percentage four times each, and in assists three times. Doerr held the major league record for career double plays at second base (1,507) until 1963.
He set Red Sox records for career games (1,865), at bats (7,093), hits (2,042), doubles (381), total bases (3,270) and RBIs (1,247), All of Doerr’s offensive Red Sox records were later broken by Williams, who referred to Doerr as “the silent captain of the Red Sox.” His 223 home runs were then the third most by a major league second baseman.
After spending a few years as a cattle rancher in Oregon, Doerr returned to baseball. He became a scout for the Red Sox from 1957 to 1966, also serving as a minor league hitting instructor for the team for the last six seasons of that span. He was hired as the first base coach for the Red Sox in 1967 under new manager Dick Williams. The Red Sox won their first pennant in 20 years and played in the 1967 World Series.
Doerr resigned from the Red Sox when Williams was fired as manager in September 1969. He was the hitting coach for the expansion Toronto Blue Jays from 1977 to 1981
Doerr lived in Oregon since the late 1930s, residing in the vicinity of Agness for much of his career before relocating to Junction City in the 1950s. Doerr was married to Monica Terpin from October 1938 until her death in 2003; she had lived with multiple sclerosis since the 1940s. They had one son.
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986. His jersey number 1 was retired by the Red Sox on May 21, 1988. He made annual trips to the Hall of Fame induction at Cooperstown, New York until 2008, after which he stopped attending. On July 29, 2007, the Hall of Fame honored Doerr after the induction of Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn. Reflecting on being inducted into the Hall of Fame and having his number retired by the Red Sox, Doerr said, “If I had played on a world champion, that would have made my life complete.”
On August 2, 2007, the Red Sox held “Bobby Doerr Day” at Fenway Park where he rode along the warning track in a car, threw out the first pitch, and gave a speech. Doerr had what was characterized as a minor stroke on August 11, 2011. He attended the Fenway Park 100th anniversary celebration on April 20, 2012.
Upon the death of former New York Yankees executive and American League president Lee MacPhail in November 2012, Doerr became the oldest living member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He became the oldest living former Red Sox player upon the death of Lou Lucier in October 2014. On November 4, 2016, Doerr became the oldest living former major leaguer upon the death of Eddie Carnett.
Doerr was also the last living person who played in the major leagues during the 1930s, and the last living person who played against Lou Gehrig
Doerr died on November 13, 2017, in Junction City, Oregon, at the age of 99.
“Liz” Smith February 2, 1923 – November 12, 2017
Mary Elizabeth Smith (February 2, 1923 – November 12, 2017) was an American gossip columnist. She was known as “The Grand Dame of Dish”. During her career, she wrote columns for the New York Daily News, The Washington Post, and Cosmopolitan. She worked exclusively with Fox Broadcasting Company with Roger Ailes. From 1995 to 2005, Smith worked with Newsday.
Mary Elizabeth Smith was born on February 2, 1923 in Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in journalism in 1949, where she wrote for The Daily Texan and The Texas Ranger.
Smith later moved to New York City, where she worked as a typist, proofreader, and reporter before she broke into the media world as a news producer for Mike Wallace at CBS Radio. She spent five years as a news producer for NBC-TV. She also worked for Allen Funt on Candid Camera.
In the late 1950s, Smith worked as a ghostwriter for the popular “Cholly Knickerbocker” gossip column that appeared in the Hearst newspapers. After leaving that column in the early 1960s she went to work for Helen Gurley Brown as the entertainment editor for the American version of Cosmopolitan magazine, later working simultaneously as Sports Illustrated’s entertainment editor as well.
On February 16, 1976, Smith began a self-titled gossip column for the New York Daily News. During a 1979 newspaper strike, her Daily News editors asked her to appear daily on WNBC-TV’s Live at Five, and she stayed with the program for eleven years. Her exposure on television made Smith a popular figure on the Manhattan social scene and provided fodder for her column, which had, by then, been syndicated to nearly seventy newspapers. She won an Emmy for her reporting on Live at Five for WNBC in 1985.
Smith was hired by Fox Broadcasting Company heads Barry Diller and Rupert Murdoch to develop a talk show, with Roger Ailes as her producer.
Smith was once reportedly the highest-paid print journalist in the United States. In 1991, shortly after her exclusive interviews with Ivana Trump at the time of her divorce from real-estate tycoon Donald Trump, Smith moved to Newsday, where she stayed until 1995. Smith then signed on to the Murdoch-owned New York Post. She worked for Fox News for seven years and was last on Fox & Friends. She was the only columnist to ever have her column printed in three major New York City papers at the same time.
In April 2005, Smith left Newsday, over a contract dispute. The official discontinuation of her column came after several months of dispute among Smith, her lawyer David Blasband, and Newsday management. The matter was settled out of court and Smith continued at the New York Post and the Staten Island Advance, where her column still appeared.
On February 24, 2009, the Post announced that the paper would stop running Smith’s column effective February 26, 2009, as a cost-cutting measure.
Smith, along with Lesley Stahl, Mary Wells Lawrence, and Joni Evans, was a founding member of wowOwow.com, a website for women to talk culture, politics, and gossip.
Smith married her college sweetheart, World War II bombardier George Edward Beeman, in 1945. She soon left him to enroll at the University of Texas, where her papers and memorabilia are kept in the Dolph Briscoe Center, and they divorced two years later. In 1957, she married Fred Lister, but the couple would divorce in 1962.
Smith acknowledged her bisexuality (or as she referred to it, “gender neutrality”) in her memoirs, but in the December 5, 2000 issue of The Advocate, she dug deeper and confided in Editor in Chief Judy Wieder that it was not in her nature to be a role model in the LGBT movement. However, she admitted, “I think that my relationships with women were always much more emotionally satisfying and comfortable [than with men]. And a lot of my relationships with men were more flirtatious and adversarial. I just never felt I was wife material. I always felt that I was a great girlfriend.”
Smith was a good friend of Texas Governor Ann Richards, and helped her to acculturate to New York City society after leaving Texas. Smith was also good friends with Texan pundit and writer Molly Ivins, also a friend of Richards.
Smith raised millions of dollars for charities, $6 million for Literacy Partners, millions for AMFAR, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, PAL, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
On November 12, 2017, Smith died at her home in Manhattan, New York of natural causes at the age of 94
John Hillerman (-December 20, 1932 – November 9, 2017
John Benedict Hillerman (December 20, 1932 – November 9, 2017) was an American actor best known for his starring role as Jonathan Quayle Higgins III on the television show Magnum, P.I. that aired from 1980 to 1988. For his role as Higgins, Hillerman earned five Golden Globe nominations, winning in 1981, and four Emmy nominations, winning in 1987. He retired from acting in 1999.
Hillerman was born in Denison, Texas, the son of Christopher Benedict Hillerman, a gas station owner, and Lenora Joan (née Medlinger). He was the middle child with two sisters. His father was the grandson of immigrants from Germany and France, and his mother the daughter of immigrants from Austria and Germany. Hillerman developed an interest in opera at the age of ten, and traveled to Dallas to watch Metropolitan Opera productions. He attended St. Xavier’s Academy, and after graduation, he attended the University of Texas at Austin for three years, majoring in journalism.
Hillerman served four years in the United States Air Force (1953-1957), working in maintenance in a B-36 wing of the Strategic Air Command, and achieving the rank of sergeant. He became interested in acting after working with a theatrical group in Fort Worth during his service: “I was bored with barracks life. I got into [acting] to meet people in town. A light went on.” After his 1957 discharge, he moved to New York City to study at the American Theatre Wing, and performed in professional theater for the next twelve years, in productions such as Henry IV, Part 2 and The Great God Brown. Despite starring in over 100 lead roles, Hillerman was unable to make a living as a stage actor, and he moved to Hollywood in 1969.
Hillerman made his film debut in They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970) in an uncredited role as a reporter. Director Peter Bogdanovich, with whom Hillerman had previously worked during his stage career, cast Hillerman in his films The Last Picture Show, What’s Up, Doc?, and Paper Moon. Hillerman worked steadily thereafter in motion pictures and television through the 1970s, including notable supporting roles in the 1974 films Chinatown and Blazing Saddles. After being cast in Magnum, P.I., he shot only four additional pictures between 1980 and 1996, with his final film performance coming in A Very Brady Sequel.
In 1975, Hillerman was a co-star in Ellery Queen as Simon Brimmer, a radio detective who hosted a radio show and tried to outsmart the title character (Jim Hutton).:305 From 1976 to 1980, he had a recurring role as Mr. Conners on the sitcom One Day at a Time, and he co-starred as Betty White’s estranged husband on The Betty White Show (1977-1978). He is perhaps best remembered for his role as former British Army Sergeant Major Jonathan Higgins in Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988),:642 for which he learned an English accent by listening to a recording of Laurence Olivier reciting Hamlet. He considered Higgins his favorite role, and described the character in a 1988 interview as “think[ing] he’s the only sane character [in the show], and everyone else is stark raving mad.”
In 1982, Hillerman starred in the television pilot of Tales of the Gold Monkey, as a German villain named Fritz the Monocle. He hosted the 1984 David Hemmings-directed puzzle video Money Hunt: The Mystery of the Missing Link. In 1990, Hillerman returned to television to perform for one season as Lloyd Hogan in the sitcom The Hogan Family.:465 That same year, he portrayed Dr. Watson to Edward Woodward’s Sherlock Holmes in Hands of a Murderer.
In 1993, he appeared in Berlin Break for one season. He played the role of Mac MacKenzie, a former spy and currently the proprietor of Mac’s, a bar in West Berlin considered to be neutral territory during the Cold War. Mac teamed up with two jobless spies as investigators: Valentin Renko (Nicholas Clay), an ex-KGB agent, and Willy Richter (Kai Wulff), an ex-BND (West German secret service) operative. The show reunited him with Jeff MacKay, who portrayed “Mac” MacReynolds in Magnum P.I..
After Hillerman retired from acting in 1999, he returned to his home state of Texas. On November 9, 2017, he died at his Houston home at the age of 84; he had been in declining health near the end of his life.
Bill Hicks September 21, 1924 – November 4, 2017
William Bill L. Hicks September 21, 1924 – November 4, 2017 – William “Bill” L. Hicks, 93, of Stuart, FL passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Born to Lt. Colonel and Mrs. William (Catherine Erb) Hicks in 1924 in Lebanon, PA, Bill attended Lebanon High School and graduated from Riverside Military Academy, in Gainesville, GA.
Bill was a U.S. Army Combat Veteran who served during WWII in South Pacific, Philippine and Okinawa campaigns. He served in the Army of Occupation of South Korea-Commanded Company K 32nd Infantry Reg 7th Division along the 38th parallel and was in the first wave of troops to hit the beach at Okinawa. He was awarded with the coveted Combat Infantry Badge as well as receiving the Bronze Star Medal for “Exemplary Performance of Duty and Conduct in Ground Combat Against the Armed Enemy”. He attained the Rank of Captain-Company Commander.
After his military service, Bill graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a BS in Business Administration. He then gained employment as a Realtor, Appraiser, Developer, Builder and Property Manager in association with W. H. Nelson, Realtors for 40 years. He served as President of the Greater Harrisburg Board of Realtors, State Director and Pennsylvania Realtors Association. Bill is a Lister in “Who’s Who in the East”.
He was a 66 year member of Perseverance Lodge No. 21 F & M Harrisburg; Harrisburg Consistory; Zembo Shrine A.A.O.N.M.S.; Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Harrisburg Forest No. 43; and former member of Zembo Luncheon Club.
In the 1980’s Bill and his wife Sandra, found their way to Stuart, FL where they created their retirement retreat at Miles Grant County Club and lived out the rest of his years there. While living in Florida, Bill served on the nominating committee numerous times and as its chairman four times and a previous member of the Men’s Golf Association. He was a former member of the Board of Directors of Fairway Villas of Miles Grant Association, Inc., (Phased III) and served as its President 20 of 22 years. Bill and his wife Sandra are devout members of Peace Presbyterian Church, Stuart, FL.
Bill is survived by his loving and devoted wife Sandra Nixon Hicks of Stuart, FL and his loyal canine Miss PugsLee and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his sisters Katherine Hicks Troup and Margaret (Peg) Hicks Byford.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, December 10th, 2017 at 12 noon at Peace Presbyterian Church
Dave Nelson December 19th, 1926 – November 3rd, 2017
David H. Nelson December 19th, 1926 – November 3rd, 2017 – David H. Nelson, 90, of Palm City, Florida, passed away on November 3, 2017 at his home.
Born in New York, New York, he had been a resident of Palm City for 46 years coming from Miami, Florida.
During World War II he had served in both the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard.
Before retiring, he was an executive in a brokerage firm.
Survivors include his wife Bonnie Nelson of Palm City; his daughters, Marguerita Burgoyne and her husband James of Orlando, Florida, Jennifer Anderson and her husband Mike of Vero Beach, Florida; her son, David H. Nelson, Jr. and his wife Teresa of Fairhope, Alabama; 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Douglas Frame and Thomas Frame.
There will be a memorial service at 10:00AM on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City, FL with military honors provided by the US Navy.
For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Treasure Health, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997, or at 772-403-4500 or on line at www.treasurehealth.org
Chuck Costello December 10, 1937 – November 2, 2017
Charles J. Costello December 10, 1937 – November 2, 2017 – Charles Costello (Chuck), of Stuart, Florida passed away November 2, 2017 with family and friends by his side.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York and served in the US Army. Chuck worked for the city of New York as a firefighter for 23 years, retiring in 1988 and relocating to Martin County, Florida.
He was happily married for 40 years to his late wife Catherine Costello. Years later, he reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Frances DeGaetano. He is survived by his sons, John (Joanne) and Michael Costello. Daughters Karen (Larry) Jensen and Annmarie (Rob) Burtha. Loving grandchildren Christopher, Danielle, Kristina, Holly and Hunter.
Chuck enjoyed life, loved to travel and enjoyed being with his family and friends.
Visitation will be Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 2p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6p.m. to 8p.m. at Aycock Funeral Home Young & Prill Chapel. 6801 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, Florida. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, November 6, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Andrews Catholic Church, 2100 SE Cove Road, Stuart, Florida. Interment will follow at Fernhill Memorial Gardens, 1501, South Kanner Highway, Stuart, Florida.
Woodrow Lee Coleman October 1, 1953 – November 1, 2017
Woodrow Lee Coleman October 1, 1953 – November 1, 2017 – Woodrow “Lee” Coleman of Stuart, FL passed away unexpectedly on November 1st, 2017 in
Martin Memorial Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sandy Coleman, of 37 years. His mother Elsie Coleman. His
children Tonya Coleman Towler, Holly Coleman Harden, Raymond L. Wayne, Ashlea Brooks,
Wesley Coleman, Aaron Coleman and Lauren Coleman. His sisters Pamela Corradini and
Lorelei Coleman Walker and his ten caring grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Lee was
preceded in death by his father Woodrow Coleman, an Air Force veteran.
Prior to his passing, Lee had a full career in the aviation industry traveling around the world to
oversee completions and delivery of vip and head of state aircraft. Throughout his successful
career he was a trusted advisor, role model, and friend. Lee’s devotion to his family as a
husband and father was untouchable. He will always be known for his dry sense of humor and
When Lee wasn’t working and traveling he enjoyed spending time with his family outdoors,
restoring classic cars, and had a passion for playing the guitar. One of his lesser known
hobbies was bargain hunting at antique stores, secondhand stores, and flea markets during his
travels and always bringing home something unique.
A ceremony is scheduled for November 7th, 2017 from 10:30am – 12:00pm at Martin Funeral
Home & Crematory.
George McElwee 9/4/1921 – 10/29/2017
George McElwee 9/4/1921 – 10/29/2017 – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our father George McElwee on Sunday October 29 at peace with his family by his side. George was born in Philadelphia in 1921 to William and Laura McElwee, the youngest of their three children. He attended St. Edwards Parochial School, LaSalle High School and Villanova College interrupted by wartime service where he was a naval aviator rising to lieutenant. He served on the carrier Bon Homme Richard in the Pacific theater as a pilot of night fighters and a gunnery officer. At the conclusion of the war he returned to Villanova to finish his degree and marry his sweetheart Joan Sullivan, their four children followed in close succession: Brian, Suzanne, Karen and Robert Fenton. Tragically he lost Joan to cancer in 1960.
In 1950 George started his lifelong career with Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith rising to Vice President, managing offices first in Philadelphia and later in Stuart, Florida which he founded in 1977. He and his loving wife Rita, married in 1976, became integral members of the Stuart business and social communities as a member of the Rotary Club, the Stuart Chamber of Commerce, Indian River Plantation Club, Stuart Yacht and Country Club, the board of the Elliott Museum, and advisor to the boards of Villanova University and LaSalle College among others. He enjoyed his regular breakfasts with other business leaders who valued his counsel and sparkling wit. George had many friends among his coworkers, business associates and clients. He delighted in meeting new people ever expanding his circle of friends. His retirement party in 2000 was attended by many who flew in from around the US to honor their mentor and colleague. During his last year in residence at the Martin Restorative and Nursing Center he was voted Valentine King and was known as “smiling George” by both residents and staff.
George was a devoted father somehow managing to juggle a more than full time job with the all the needs and challenges of parenting four young children alone. Summers were the highlight of family time spending weeks at the shore in Avalon, NJ where he built a home in 1967. But in addition, there were trips with the kids in tow to New England, Niagara Falls, the Poconos, boating on the Chesapeake, the Mystic Seaport, Williamsburg Virginia, the New York Worlds Fair, Broadway musicals and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Even after they had all moved out his frequent phone calls usually opened with the question, “Is everything under control”? In addition George was a devoted brother to his sister Mary who helped him in innumerable ways especially when the children were school age. They shared a deep faith in God and had many spirited conversations and political debates.
Later in life when grandchildren arrived George reveled in being a Grandfather of five and as befitted the financial advisor that he was made sure that there were college funds in place. All the grand kids looked forward to vacations with Granddad at the home in Avalon where they learned to share his love of long walks on the beach and hanging out on the bay. George is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Rita; his four children: Brian(Donna) McElwee, Suzanne (Frank) Schimaneck, Karen (Rick) Miller and Robert Fenton McElwee. Grandchildren: Brian, Michael and Claire Schimaneck and Ted and Jarrett Miller
Virginia Diamos September 14, 1921 – October 25, 2017
Virginia Diamos September 14, 1921 – October 25, 2017 – Virginia Mae (McDonald) Diamos, 96 of Stuart, died on October 25, 2017.
She was born in Detroit and resided in the Detroit area and Stuart, Florida.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, George “the Golden Greek”
Diamos. She is also predeceased by 3 of her 4 children, Tom, Joann and Nick.
She is survived by her loving daughter Georgette, 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and
1 great great grandchild.
Virginia and her husband George were co owners of the Diamond Awning and Casual
Furniture store with locations in Detroit and Allen Park, Mi.
She enjoyed bowling, was an enthusiastic and accomplished card player and and loved Friday night dancing with her husband.
She was a caring and loving Mother and Grandmother and loved by all.
Her unconditional love for all and her ability to listen to family and friends at any time made her the loving person that she was
Jack Bannon June 14, 1940 – October 25, 2017
John James Bannon (June 14, 1940 – October 25, 2017) was an American television and stage actor, known as Jack Bannon. He was best known for his role as Art Donovan on Lou Grant, a role he played for the duration of the series, from 1977 to 1982.
Bannon’s parents were film and television actors Jim Bannon (Red Ryder) and Bea Benaderet (The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Petticoat Junction, The Beverly Hillbillies, and The Flintstones).
In 1963 Bannon appeared in the Season 1 episode “Kate’s Recipe For Hot Rhubarb” of Petticoat Junction as Bobbie Joe’s date, Roger. In 1969, Bannon appeared again on Petticoat Junction (after his mother died in 1968) appearing as “Buck” in the episode “One of Our Chickens Is Missing”.
Bannon died on October 25, 2017, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, at the age of 77. He was survived by his wife, Ellen Travolta, an actress and elder sister of John Travolta.
Robert Blakeley August 30, 1922 – October 25, 2017
Robert Wilson Blakeley (August 30, 1922 – October 25, 2017) was an American graphic designer, known for making the fallout shelter sign. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps and worked for many years for the Army Corps of Engineers.
Born in Ogden, Utah, Blakeley attended public schools, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He fought in combat during World War II, and was the president of Toastmasters International. With the Army Corps of Engineers, Blakeley designed the fallout sign as a civil defense measure during the Cold War.
Blakeley was born on August 30, 1922, in Ogden, Utah, to Robert G. and Elsie Jean Wilson Blakeley. One of four children, he attended Weber Junior College and Utah State University.
He married Jean Brown in the 1940s, and later divorced. In 1952, he married Dorothy McArthur, who died in 1992, with whom he had two children, Dorothy Carver and Robert. In 2003, he married Irene Allan Davis. Blakeley died in a Brookdale senior living community in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 25, 2017.
In 1943, Blakeley joined the Marine Corps. During the 1945 invasion of Iwo Jima during World War II, Blakeley was a sergeant major of the 4th Marine Division. He later served during the Korean War in 1951 and 1952.
At the University of California, Berkeley, he studied architecture, and graduated in 1954. He worked for two years with the Veterans Administration before joining the Army Corps of Engineers in 1956. With the corps, Blakeley led administrative work for over 60 construction projects as civilian manager. He joined Toastmasters in 1958, and was its international president from 1976 to 1977.
Major General Keith R. Barney tasked Blakeley with creating the fallout shelter sign in 1961. Blakeley decided that the signs should be made from metal to be most durable, and needed to be easy to find in the dark. He chose to use orange-yellow and black, with an image created by graphic design firm Blair Inc. and possibly based on Clarence P. Hornung’s Handbook of Designs, consisting of three upside-down equilateral triangles on a black background and the words “Fallout Shelter” in large letters. Blakeley also wanted the reflective paint to light up from a cigarette lighter.
His design was approved by Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army Powell Pierpoint. Blakeley suggested a $700,000 production run, of one million interior signs by Alfray Products from Coshocton, Ohio and 400,000 exterior signs by Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M).
Blakeley debuted the completed products at the Westchester County Office Building in White Plains, New York, on October 4, 1961. The signs became a icon for the anti-war protests and counterculture of the 1960s and were featured in popular culture, including Bob Dylan’s album cover for Bringing It All Back Home (1965). Blakeley recounted a story about the time when his children were young:
We’d go down the street, and one of the kids would say, “Hey, Dad, there’s one of your signs.” But, you know, other than that it’s just like many of the other things that happen in life. It’s just like one of those routine things.
Robert Guillaume November 30, 1927 – October 24, 2017
Robert Guillaume (born Robert Peter Williams; November 30, 1927 – October 24, 2017) was an American actor, known for his role as Isaac Jaffe on Sports Night and as Benson on the TV series Soap and the spin-off Benson, as well as for voicing the mandrill Rafiki in The Lion King. In a career that spanned more than 50 years he worked extensively on stage, television and film. For his efforts he was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, and twice won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of the character Benson DuBois, once in 1979 on Soap and in 1985 on Benson. He also won a Grammy Award in 1995 for his spoken word performance of an audiobook version of The Lion King.
Guillaume was born in St. Louis, Missouri, as Robert Williams, to an alcoholic mother. After being abandoned by her, he and several siblings were raised by their grandmother Jeannette Williams. He studied at St. Louis University and Washington University and served in the United States Army before pursuing an acting career. He adopted the surname “Guillaume,” French for William, as his stage name.
After leaving university, Guillaume joined the Karamu Players in Cleveland and performed in musical comedies and opera. He toured the world in 1959 as a cast member of the Broadway musical Free and Easy. He made his Broadway debut in Kwamina in 1961. His other stage appearances included Golden Boy (with Sammy Davis Jr.), Tambourines to Glory, Guys and Dolls, for which he received a Tony Award nomination, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and Purlie!. His additional roles included Katherine Dunham’s Bambouche and in Fly The Blackbird.
In 1964 he portrayed Sportin’ Life in a revival of Porgy and Bess at New York’s City Center. Guillaume was a member of the Robert de Cormier Singers, performing in concerts and on television. He recorded a LP record, Columbia CS9033, titled Just Arrived as a member of The Pilgrims, a folk trio, with Angeline Butler and Millard Williams. Columbia records producer, Tom Wilson, had set out to create the Pilgrims as an answer to the popular folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary. By early 1964, the Pilgrims had recorded a handful of songs and Wilson was looking for the right song for the group’s debut single when then unknown singer/songwriter, Paul Simon arrived for a meeting with Wilson and eventually pitched his new composition, “The Sound of Silence”. Wilson liked the song, had Simon record a demo for the group, but when Simon and his friend, Art Garfunkel, sang the song for Wilson in person, he signed them to a record contract instead of using it for The Pilgrims. (In the sixties he was in Vienna, Austria at the Vienna Volksoper, Marcel Prawy engaged Robert Guillaume for the role of Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess.)
Later in his stage career, he was cast in the lead role in the Los Angeles production of The Phantom of the Opera replacing Michael Crawford.
Guillaume made several guest appearances on sitcoms, including Good Times, The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son, Saved By The Bell: The College Years and in the 1990s sitcoms The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and A Different World. His series-regular debut was on the ABC series Soap, playing Benson, a butler, from 1977 to 1979. Guillaume continued the role in a spin-off series, Benson, from 1979 until 1986. Guillaume also played Dr. Franklin in season 6, episode 8 (“Chain Letter”) of the series All in the Family, which he coyly referenced Marcus Welby, M.D., a TV series in which he had guest-starred on in 1970.
In 1985, Guillaume appeared in the television mini-series North and South as abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, who escaped from slavery and became a leader of the anti-slavery movement prior to the American Civil War.
He also appeared as marriage counselor Edward Sawyer on The Robert Guillaume Show (1989), Detective Bob Ballard on Pacific Station (1991–1992), and television executive Isaac Jaffe on Aaron Sorkin’s short-lived but critically acclaimed Sports Night (1998–2000). Guillaume suffered a mild stroke on January 14, 1999, while filming an episode of the latter series. He recovered and his character was later also depicted as having had a stroke. He also made a guest appearance on 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. He made one of his final TV appearances during season 5 on Oprah: Where Are They Now?
His voice was employed for characters in television series Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Fish Police, and Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child. He was known for the voice of Rafiki in the movie The Lion King and its sequels and spin-offs. He voiced Mr. Thicknose in The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze. He also supplied the voice for Eli Vance in the 2004 video game Half-Life 2 and its subsequent sequels.
Guillaume was married twice; first to Marlene Williams in 1955, with whom he had two sons, Kevin and Jacques. Despite Guillaume choosing to follow his career early in the marriage, they did not divorce until 1984. He had a daughter in 1980, Melissa, whom he raised with her mother, Patricia. He then married Donna Brown in 1986; the couple had a daughter, Rachel. He fathered but did not raise another daughter by a different mother, Patricia, born in 1950, who was raised by her grandparents. His son Jacques died on December 23, 1990, at the age of 33 due to complications of AIDS.
In 1999, Guillaume suffered a stroke while working on Sports Night at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. The stroke was minor, causing relatively slight damage and little effect on his speech. After six weeks in the hospital, he underwent a therapy of walks and sessions in the gym.
Guillaume died of prostate cancer on October 24, 2017, at his home in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 89.
“Fats” Domino February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017
Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino Jr. (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017) was an American pianist and singer-songwriter of Louisiana Creole descent. One of the pioneers of rock and roll music, Domino sold more than 65 million records. Between 1955 and 1960, he had eleven Top 10 hits. His humility and shyness may be one reason his contribution to the genre has been overlooked.
During his career, Domino had 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40, and five of his pre-1955 records sold more than a million copies, being certified gold. His musical style was based on traditional rhythm and blues, accompanied by saxophones, bass, piano, electric guitar, and drums.
Antoine Dominique Domino Jr. was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the youngest of eight children born to Antoine Caliste Domino (1879–1964) and Marie-Donatille Gros (1886–1971). The Domino family was of French Creole background, and Louisiana Creole was his first language.
Antoine was born at home with the assistance of his grandmother, a midwife. His name was initially misspelled as Anthony on his birth certificate. His family had recently arrived in the Lower Ninth Ward from Vacherie, Louisiana. His father was a part-time violin player who worked at a racetrack.
He attended the Louis B. Macarty School until the fourth grade, leaving to start work as a helper to an ice delivery man. Domino learned to play the piano in about 1938 from his brother-in-law, the jazz guitarist Harrison Verrett.
The musician was married to Rosemary Domino (née Hall) from 1947 until her death in 2008; the couple had eight children: Antoine III, Anatole, Andre, Antonio, Antoinette, Andrea, Anola, and Adonica. Even after his success he continued to live in his old neighborhood, the lower Ninth Ward, until after Hurricane Katrina, when he moved to a suburb of New Orleans.
By age 14, Domino was performing in New Orleans bars. In 1947, Billy Diamond, a New Orleans bandleader, accepted an invitation to hear the young pianist perform at a backyard barbecue. Domino played well enough that Diamond asked him to join his band, the Solid Senders, at the Hideaway Club in New Orleans, where he would earn $3 a week playing the piano. Diamond nicknamed him “Fats”, because Domino reminded him of the renowned pianists Fats Waller and Fats Pichon, but also because of his large appetite.
Domino was signed to the Imperial Records label in 1949 by owner Lew Chudd, to be paid royalties based on sales instead of a fee for each song. He and producer Dave Bartholomew wrote “The Fat Man”, a toned down version of a song about drug addicts called “Junkers Blues”; the record had sold a million copies by 1951. Featuring a rolling piano and Domino vocalizing “wah-wah” over a strong backbeat, “The Fat Man” is widely considered the first rock-and-roll record to achieve this level of sales. In 2015, the song would enter the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Domino released a series of hit songs with Bartholomew (also the co-writer of many of the songs), the saxophonists Herbert Hardesty and Alvin “Red” Tyler, the bassist Frank Fields, and the drummers Earl Palmer and Smokey Johnson. Other notable and long-standing musicians in Domino’s band were the saxophonists Reggie Houston, Lee Allen, and Fred Kemp, Domino’s trusted bandleader.
Domino crossed into the pop mainstream with “Ain’t That a Shame” (mislabeled as “Ain’t It a Shame”) which reached the Top Ten. This was the first of his records to appear on the Billboard pop singles chart (on July 16, 1955), with the debut at number 14. A milder cover version by Pat Boone reached number 1,[ having received wider radio airplay in an era of racial segregation. In 1955, Domino was said to be earning $10,000 a week while touring, according to a report in the memoir of artist Chuck Berry. Domino eventually had 37 Top 40 singles, but none made it to number 1 on the Pop chart.
Domino’s debut album, Carry On Rockin, which contained several of his hits and tracks that had not yet been released as singles, was issued on the Imperial label (catalogue number 9009) in November 1955, and was reissued as Rock and Rollin’ with Fats Domino in 1956. The reissue reached number 17 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.
His 1956 recording of “Blueberry Hill”, a 1940 song by Vincent Rose, Al Lewis and Larry Stock (which had previously been recorded by Gene Autry, Louis Armstrong and others), reached number 2 on the Billboard Juke Box chart for two weeks and was number 1 on the R&B chart for 11 weeks. It was his biggest hit, selling more than 5 million copies worldwide in 1956 and 1957. The song was subsequently recorded by Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and Led Zeppelin. Some 32 years later, the song would enter the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Domino had further hit singles between 1956 and 1959, including “When My Dreamboat Comes Home” (Pop number 14), “I’m Walkin'” (Pop number 4), “Valley of Tears” (Pop number 8), “It’s You I Love” (Pop number 6), “Whole Lotta Loving” (Pop number 6), “I Want to Walk You Home” (Pop number 8), and “Be My Guest” (Pop number 8).
Domino appeared in two films released in 1956: Shake, Rattle & Rock! and The Girl Can’t Help It. On December 18, 1957, his hit recording of “The Big Beat” was featured on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.
On November 2, 1956, a riot broke out at a Domino concert in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The police used tear gas to break up the unruly crowd. Domino jumped out a window to avoid the melee; he and two members of his band were slightly injured. During his career, four major riots occurred at his concerts, “partly because of integration”, according to his biographer Rick Coleman. “But also the fact they had alcohol at these shows. So they were mixing alcohol, plus dancing, plus the races together for the first time in a lot of these places.” In November 1957, Domino appeared on the Ed Sullivan TV program; no disturbance accompanied this performance.
In the same year, the article “King of Rock ’n’ Roll” in Ebony (magazine) featured Domino who said he was on the road 340 days a year, up to $2,500 per evening, and grossing over $500,000; Domino also told readers that he owned 50 suits, 100 pairs of shoes and a $1,500 diamond horseshoe stick pin.
Domino had a steady series of hits for Imperial through early 1962, including “Walking’ to New Orleans” (1960, Pop number 6), co-written by Bobby Charles, and “My Girl Josephine” (Pop number 14) in the same year. He toured Europe in 1962 and met the Beatles who would later cite Domino as an inspiration. After returning, he played the first of his many stands in Las Vegas.
Imperial Records was sold in early 1963, and Domino left the label. “I stuck with them until they sold out,” he said in 1979. In all, he recorded over 60 singles for Imperial, placing 40 songs in the top 10 on the R&B chart and 11 in the top 10 on the Pop chart. Twenty-seven of which were double-sided hits.
Domino moved to ABC-Paramount Records in 1963. The label dictated that he record in Nashville, Tennessee, rather than New Orleans. He was assigned a new producer (Felton Jarvis) and a new arranger (Bill Justis). Domino’s long-term collaboration with the producer, arranger, and frequent co-writer Dave Bartholomew, who oversaw virtually all of his Imperial hits, was seemingly at an end. Jarvis and Justis changed the Domino sound somewhat, notably by adding the backing of a countrypolitan-style vocal chorus to most of his new recordings. He released 11 singles for ABC-Paramount, several which hit the Top 100 but just once entering the Top 40 (“Red Sails in the Sunset”, 1963). By the end of 1964 the British Invasion had changed the tastes of the record-buying public, and Domino’s chart run was over.
Despite the lack of chart success, Domino continued to record steadily until about 1970, leaving ABC-Paramount in mid-1965 and recording for Mercury Records, where he delivered a live album and two singles. A studio album was planned but stalled with just four tracks recorded . Dave Bartholomew’s small Broadmoor label (reuniting with Bartholomew along the way), featured many contemporary Soul infused sides but an album was released overseas in 1971 to fulfill his Reprise Records records contract. He shifted to that label after Broadmoor and had a Top 100 single, a cover of the Beatles’ “Lady Madonna”.
Domino appeared in the Monkees’ television special 33⅓ Revolutions per Monkee in 1969. He continued to be popular as a performer for several decades. He made a cameo appearance in Clint Eastwood’s movie Any Which Way You Can, filmed in 1979 and released in 1980 singing the country song “Whiskey Heaven” which later became a minor hit. His life and career were showcased in Joe Lauro’s 2015 documentary The Big Beat: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
In 1986 Domino was one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. Domino’s last album for a major label, “Christmas is a Special Day”, was released in 1993.
Domino lived in a mansion in a predominantly working-class neighborhood in the Lower Ninth Ward, where he was a familiar sight in his bright pink Cadillac automobile. He made yearly appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and other local events. He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.
His last tour was in Europe, for three weeks in 1995. After being ill while on tour, Domino decided he would no longer leave the New Orleans area, having a comfortable income from royalty payments and a dislike of touring and claiming he could not get any food that he liked anywhere else. In the same year, he received the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Ray Charles Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Arts. Domino declined an invitation to perform at the White House.
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 25 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” in an essay written by Dr. John.
As Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans in August 2005, Domino chose to stay at home with his family, partly because his wife, Rosemary, was in poor health. His house was in an area that was heavily flooded.
Domino’s office, June 2007
Domino was rumored to have died, and his home was vandalized when someone spray-painted the message “RIP Fats. You will be missed”. On September 1, the talent agent Al Embry announced that he had not heard from Domino since before the hurricane struck. Later that day, CNN reported that Domino had been rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter. Until then, even family members had not heard from him since before the storm. Embry confirmed that Domino and his family had been rescued. The family was then taken to a shelter in Baton Rouge, after which they were picked up by JaMarcus Russell, the starting quarterback of the Louisiana State University football team, and the boyfriend of Domino’s granddaughter. He let the family stay in his apartment. The Washington Post reported that on September 2, they had left Russell’s apartment after sleeping three nights on the couch. “We’ve lost everything,” Domino said, according to the Post.
By January 2006, work to gut and repair Domino’s home and office had begun (see Reconstruction of New Orleans). In the meantime, the Domino family resided in Harvey, Louisiana.
President George W. Bush made a personal visit and replaced the National Medal of Arts that President Bill Clinton had previously awarded Domino. The gold records were replaced by the RIAA and Capitol Records, which owned the Imperial Records catalogue.
Domino died on October 24, 2017, at his home in Harvey, Louisiana, at the age of 89, from natural causes, according to the coroner’s office
Tom Konrady Sr. April 30, 1949 – October 17, 2017
Thomas K. Konrady Sr. April 30, 1949 – October 17, 2017 – Born in West Palm Beach, FL, Tom lived in West Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast areas for all of his life.
He was the owner of Konrady Construction for 25 years, and loved to fish and spend time with friends, but most of all, he loved being with his family and grandchildren.
Tom is survived by his daughter, Jamie Phillips and her husband, Graham of Tequesta, FL; son, Thomas K. Konrady, Jr. and Nicole Messier of Stuart, FL; grandchildren, Taylor, Jon and Noah Strout; Kenna and Kolby Konrady, and Ella and Ryder Phillips; brothers, Dwight Bruce Konrady and James Konrady; niece, Gretchen Konrady; nephews, Erik and Kurt Konrady, along with many cousins, great nieces, and nephews, and countless dear friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, James and Margit Konrady and his daughter, Amoni Konrady.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 2:00PM-4:00PM with a memorial service to begin at 3:00PM at Aycock Funeral Home, Young and Prill Chapel in Stuart, FL.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Autism Speaks.
Anna Kopp March 30, 1939 – October 17, 2017
Anna Mary Kopp March 30, 1939 – October 17, 2017 – Anna Mary Kopp of Hobe Sound, Florida passed away October 17, 2017 at the age of 78. She was born in Dauphin County, PA on March 30, 1939 and was a 1957 graduate from Upper Dauphin High School in PA. They moved to florida in 1977
In the early 1960’s she worked as a state fingerprinting clerk in Harrisburg, PA.
Anna was the beloved wife of the late Harold Kopp and they were married for 52 years.
She is survived by her daughter Angela Kopp McCabe of Palm City and son Stephen H. Kopp of Hobe Sound, grandchildren Brian K. McCabe Jr and his wife Briana and Austin McCabe all of Palm City. Great grandchildren Jayden and Leilani McCabe, children of Brian & Briana.
Anna was the daughter of the late George & Anna Huha Szives and is preceded in death by brothers George and John Szives and sister Bertha Matter all of PA.
She was an active member of Hobe Sound Bible Church and her life’s passion was volunteering at local church soup kitchens and at Hope International Missions Thrift Store. She also delivered “bread and sweets” to her friends and was a “thrift store guru”.
Friends may visit from 10:30AM – 11:00AM at Hobe Sound Bible Church on Saturday, October 28th with a funeral service beginning at 11:00AM.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hope International Missions at 11305 SE Gomez Ave., Hobe Sound, FL 33455.
Blanche Russica April 16, 1942 – October 14, 2017
Blanche Russica April 16, 1942 – October 14, 2017 – Blanche Russica, age 75. Beloved wife of Gerald. Devoted and loving mother of Tina Kraft (Bob), Lisa Rabant (Clint) and Mario Russica (Karen). Treasured grandmother of Allison, Nicole, Joshua, Matthew, Dylan, Maria, Samuel, Gabriel and Mia. Proud great-grandmother of Ava, Ella, Atlas, Katelin and Chloe. Caring sister of Daniel, Alice and Marlene. Loving and compassionate to all her family and friends who loved her.
Funeral Mass to be held at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at !0:30 am. Immediately following the mass will be a celebration of her life at the church hall. Afterwards, family and friends are welcome to accompany the family to Forest Hills Cemetery, Palm City, Florida, to Blanche’s final resting place.
Flowers may be sent to Aycock Funeral Home at 6801 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart, FL 34997, or through their website at http://www.dignitymemorial.com/aycock-funeral-home-stuart/en-us/index.page. Donations may be made in Blanche’s name to Treasure Coast Hospice of Stuart Florida.
Bernard Laguerre September 30, 1983 – October 13, 2017
Bernard Laguerre September 30, 1983 – October 13, 2017 – Bernard B. Laguerre (Ben) was born on November 14, 1983 to Beauvais and Danie Laguerre. He passed away at home on October 13, 2017. Ben attended St. Michael’s Elementary and Middle School, St. Edwards High School,, the University of Florida, Nova Southeastern University and N.S.U. School of Pharmacy. He graduated as a Doctor of Pharmacy in May 2017. He was very passionate about many things including music and art. Ben is a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, uncle, and friend to all who knew him.
A Memorial Service will be held for Ben on Saturday November 11th, 2017 at the Mariner Sands Memorial chapel at 3pm. 6500 Congressional way Stuart, FL 34994.
Catherine Rose Cumpsty May 10, 1924 – October 11, 2017
Catherine Rose Cumpsty May 10, 1924 – October 11, 2017 – Catherine Cumpsty, an early resident of Ocean Breeze Park in Jensen Beach, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. She was 93.
She was born May 10, 1924, in Newark, N.J., to Mary Duffy Fitzsimmons and Harry Fitzsimmons.
During World War II, she visited an aunt in Jensen Beach where she met and married Ronald Cumpsty. Their daughter Rhonda — their pride and joy — was born in 1957. For years they divided their time between Newfane and Olcott in western New York, and Jensen Beach where the Cumpsty family was active and involved in the close-knit Ocean Breeze community. Catherine herself resided at Ocean Breeze more than six decades. They were members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Jensen Beach.
She is survived by her daughter, Rhonda, of Dublin, Ga.; two sisters, Loretto Lysak of Titusville, Fla., and Joan Cheney, of Spokane, Wash.; and her decades-long friends Mary Jo, Pat and Paul, and Jenny and Bill. She was predeceased by her husband and four siblings.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2303 N.E. Seaview Drive, Jensen Beach. Burial will be private.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, Fl 34994. 772-223-5550. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.com.
Memorial donations may be made to the Meals on Wheels program at the Martin County Council on Aging, 900 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997.
Bob Falk July 13, 1936 – October 9, 2017
Robert C. Falk July 13, 1936 – October 9, 2017 – Robert “Bob” Falk, 81, of Hobe Sound, FL, passed away on October 9, 2017 in Hospice House of Stuart, FL surround by his family.
He was born in Phillipsburg, PA to Harry and Geraldine (Johnson) Falk on July 13, 1936.
He graduated from State College High School in PA. And was in the Army reserves for 8 yrs. Bob moved his family to Ohio in 1973. After retiring from the BP oil company, Bob and his wife moved to Hobe Sound, FL and became members of the Heritage Ridge golf club. Bob loved golf, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
He is pre deceased by his parents and his son Robert Bruce.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Jean (McKinley), his 2 daughters Linda (Falk) Rhodes and Nancy (Falk) Benner, 4 grandchildren Amanda (Travis) Staib, Casey (Ryan) Sparrell, Katie (Devin) DiSantis and Jim Rhodes, 6 great grandchildren Gia (6), Wyatt (4), London (3), Emme (2), Jax (2) and Hunter (1). Also survived by his brother Harry W. (Joan Frear) Falk.
Private service with family will be held at a later date.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, Fl 34994. 772-223-5550. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.com.
Y A Tittle October 24, 1926 – October 8, 2017
Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr. (October 24, 1926 – October 8, 2017), better known as Y. A. Tittle, was a professional American football quarterback. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, and Baltimore Colts, after spending two seasons with the Colts in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). Known for his competitiveness, leadership, and striking profile, Tittle was the centerpiece of several prolific offenses throughout his seventeen-year professional career from 1948 to 1964.
Tittle played college football for Louisiana State University, where he was a two-time All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) quarterback for the LSU Tigers football team. As a junior, he was named the most valuable player (MVP) of the infamous 1947 Cotton Bowl Classic—also known as the “Ice Bowl”—a scoreless tie between the Tigers and Arkansas Razorbacks in a snowstorm. After college, he was drafted in the 1947 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, but he instead chose to play in the AAFC for the Colts.
With the Colts, Tittle was named the AAFC Rookie of the Year in 1948 after leading the team to the AAFC playoffs. After back-to-back one-win seasons, the Colts franchise folded, which allowed Tittle to be drafted in the 1951 NFL Draft by the 49ers. Through ten seasons in San Francisco, he was invited to four Pro Bowls, led the league in touchdown passes in 1955, and was named the NFL Player of the Year by the United Press in 1957. A groundbreaker, Tittle was part of the 49ers’ famed “Million Dollar Backfield”, was the first professional football player featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and is credited with coining “alley-oop” as a sports term.
Considered washed-up, the 34-year-old Tittle was traded to the Giants following the 1960 season. Over the next four seasons, he won multiple NFL MVP awards, twice set the league single-season record for touchdown passes, and led the Giants to three straight NFL championship games. Although he was never able to deliver a championship to the team, Tittle’s time in New York is regarded among the glory years of the franchise.
In his final season, Tittle was photographed bloodied and kneeling down in the end zone after a tackle by a defender left him helmetless. The photograph is considered one of the most iconic images in North American sports history. He retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, attempts, completions, and games played. Tittle was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, and his jersey number 14 is retired by the Giants.
Born and raised in Marshall, Texas, to Alma and Yelberton Abraham Tittle Sr., Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr. aspired to be a quarterback from a young age. He spent hours in his backyard throwing a football through a tire swing, emulating his neighbor and boyhood idol, Sammy Baugh. Tittle played high school football at Marshall High School. In his senior year the team posted an undefeated record and reached the state finals.
After a recruiting battle between Louisiana State University and the University of Texas, Tittle chose to attend LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and play for the LSU Tigers. He was part of a successful 1944 recruiting class under head coach Bernie Moore that included halfbacks Jim Cason, Dan Sandifer, and Ray Coates. Freshmen were eligible to play on the varsity during World War II, so Tittle saw playing time immediately. He later said the finest moment of his four years at LSU was beating Tulane as a freshman, a game in which he set a school record with 238 passing yards. It was one of two games the Tigers won that season.
Moore started Tittle at tailback in the single-wing formation his first year, but moved him to quarterback in the T formation during his sophomore season. As a junior in 1946, Tittle’s three touchdown passes in a 41–27 rout of rival Tulane helped ensure LSU a spot in the Cotton Bowl Classic. Known notoriously as the “Ice Bowl”, the 1947 Cotton Bowl pitted LSU against the Arkansas Razorbacks in sub-freezing temperatures on an ice-covered field in Dallas, Texas. LSU moved the ball much better than the Razorbacks, but neither team was able to score, and the game ended in a 0–0 tie. Tittle and Arkansas end Alton Baldwin shared the game’s MVP award. Following the season, United Press International (UPI) placed Tittle on its All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) first-team
UPI again named Tittle its first-team All-SEC quarterback in 1947. In Tittle’s day of iron man football, he played on both offense and defense. While on defense during a 20–18 loss to SEC champion Ole Miss in his senior season, Tittle’s belt buckle was torn off as he intercepted a pass from Charlie Conerly and broke a tackle. He ran down the sideline with one arm cradling the ball and the other holding up his pants. At the Ole Miss 20-yard line, as he attempted to stiff-arm a defender, Tittle’s pants fell and he tripped and fell onto his face. The fall kept him from scoring the game-winning touchdown.
In total, during his college career Tittle set school passing records with 162 completions out of 330 attempts for 2,525 yards and 23 touchdowns. He scored seven touchdowns himself as a runner. His passing totals remained unbroken until Bert Jones surpassed them in the 1970s.
Tittle was the sixth overall selection of the 1948 NFL Draft, taken by the Detroit Lions. However, Tittle instead began his professional career with the Baltimore Colts of the All-America Football Conference in 1948. That season, already being described as a “passing ace”, he was unanimously recognized as the AAFC Rookie of the Year by UPI after passing for 2,739 yards and leading the Colts to the brink of an Eastern Division championship. After a 1–11 win–loss record in 1949, the Colts joined the National Football League in 1950. The team again posted a single win against eleven losses, and the franchise folded after the season due to financial difficulties. Players on the roster at the time of the fold were eligible to be drafted in the next NFL draft.
Tittle was then drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1951 NFL Draft after the Colts folded. While many players at the time were unable to play immediately due to military duties, Tittle had received a class IV-F exemption due to physical ailments, so he was able to join the 49ers roster that season. In 1951 and 1952, he shared time at quarterback with Frankie Albert. In 1953, his first full season as the 49ers’ starter, he passed for 2,121 yards and twenty touchdowns and was invited to his first Pro Bowl. San Francisco finished with a 9–3 regular season record, which was good enough for second in the Western Conference, and led the league in points scored.
In 1954, the 49ers compiled their Million Dollar Backfield, which was composed of four future Hall of Famers: Tittle; fullbacks John Henry Johnson and Joe Perry; and halfback Hugh McElhenny. “It made quarterbacking so easy because I just get in the huddle and call anything and you have three Hall of Fame running backs ready to carry the ball,” Tittle reminisced in 2006. The team had aspirations for a championship run, but injuries, including McElhenny’s separated shoulder in the sixth game of the season, ended those hopes and the 49ers finished third in the Western Division. Tittle starred in his second straight Pro Bowl appearance as he threw two touchdown passes, including one to 49ers teammate Billy Wilson, who was named the game’s MVP.
Tittle became the first professional football player featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated when he appeared on its fifteenth issue dated November 22, 1954, donning his 49ers uniform and helmet featuring an acrylic face mask distinct to the time period. The cover photo also shows a metal bracket on the side of Tittle’s helmet which served to protect his face by preventing the helmet from caving in. The 1954 cover was the first of four Sports Illustrated covers he graced during his career.
Tittle led the NFL in touchdown passes for the first time in 1955, with 17, while also leading the league with 28 interceptions thrown. When the 49ers hired Frankie Albert as head coach in 1956, Tittle was pleased with the choice at first, figuring Albert would be a good mentor. However, the team lost four of its first five games, and Albert replaced Tittle with rookie Earl Morrall. After a loss to the Los Angeles Rams brought San Francisco’s record to 1–6, Tittle regained the starting role and the team finished undefeated with one tie through the season’s final five games.
In 1957, Tittle and receiver R. C. Owens devised a pass play in which Tittle tossed the ball high into the air and the 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Owens leapt to retrieve it, typically resulting in a long gain or a touchdown. Tittle dubbed the play the “alley-oop”—the first usage of the term in sports—and it was highly successful when utilized. The 49ers finished the regular season with an 8–4 record and hosted the Detroit Lions in the Western Conference playoff. Against the Lions Tittle passed for 248 yards and tossed three touchdown passes—one each to Owens, McElhenny, and Wilson—but Detroit overcame a twenty-point third quarter deficit to win 31–27. For the season, Tittle had a league-leading 63.1 completion percentage, threw for 2,157 yards and thirteen touchdowns, and rushed for six more scores. He was deemed “pro player of the year” by a United Press poll of members of the National Football Writers Association. Additionally, he was named to his first All-Pro team and invited to his third Pro Bowl.
After a poor 1958 preseason by Tittle, Albert started John Brodie at quarterback for the 1958 season, a decision that proved unpopular with the fan base. Tittle came in to relieve Brodie in a week six game against the Lions, with ten minutes left in the game and the 49ers down 21–17. His appearance “drew a roar of approval from the crowd of 59,213,” after which he drove the team downfield and threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to McElhenny for the winning score. A right knee ligament injury against the Colts in week nine ended Tittle’s season, and San Francisco finished with a 7–5 record, followed by Albert’s resignation as coach. Tittle and Brodie continued to share time at quarterback over the next two seasons. In his fourth and final Pro Bowl game with the 49ers in 1959, Tittle completed 13 of 17 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown.
Under new head coach Red Hickey in 1960, the 49ers adopted the shotgun formation. The first implementation of the shotgun was in week nine against the Colts, with Brodie at quarterback while Tittle nursed a groin injury. The 49ers scored a season-high thirty points, and with Brodie in the shotgun won three of their last four games to salvage a winning season at 7–5. Though conflicted, Tittle decided to get into shape and prepare for the next season. He stated in his 2009 autobiography that at times he thought, “The hell with it. Quit this damned game. You have been at it too long anyway.” But then another voice within him would say, “Come back for another year and show them you’re still a good QB. Don’t let them shotgun you out of football!” However, after the first preseason game of 1961, Hickey informed Tittle he had been traded to the New York Giants.
In mid-August 1961, the 49ers traded the 34-year-old Tittle to the New York Giants for second-year guard Lou Cordileone.
Cordileone, the 12th overall pick in the 1960 NFL Draft, was quoted as reacting “Me, even up for Y. A. Tittle? You’re kidding,” and later remarked that the Giants traded him for “a 42-year-old quarterback.” Tittle’s view of Cordileone was much the same, stating his dismay that the 49ers did not get a “name ballplayer” in return. He was also displeased with being traded to the East Coast, and said he would rather have been traded to the Los Angeles Rams.
Already considered washed up, the Giants intended to have Tittle share quarterback duties with 40-year-old Charlie Conerly, who had been with the team since 1948. The players at first remained loyal to Conerly, and treated Tittle with the cold shoulder. Tittle missed the season opener due to a back injury sustained before the season.
His first game with New York came in week two, against the Steelers, in which he and Conerly each threw a touchdown pass in the Giants’ 17–14 win. He became the team’s primary starter for the remainder of the season and led the revitalized Giants to first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) awarded Tittle its Jim Thorpe Trophy as the NFL’s players’ choice of MVP. In the 1961 NFL Championship Game, the Giants were soundly defeated by Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers, as they were shut-out 0–37. Tittle completed six of twenty passes in the game and threw four interceptions.
In January 1962, Tittle stated his intention to retire following the 1962 season.
After an off-season quarterback competition with Ralph Guglielmi, Tittle played and started in a career-high 14 games. He tied an NFL record by throwing seven touchdown passes in a game on October 28, 1962, in a 49–34 win over the Washington Redskins.
Against the Dallas Cowboys in the regular season finale, Tittle threw six touchdown passes to set the single-season record with 33, which had been set the previous year by Sonny Jurgensen’s 32. He earned player of the year honors from the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club, UPI, and The Sporting News, and finished just behind Green Bay’s Jim Taylor in voting for the AP NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Giants again finished first in the Eastern Conference and faced the Packers in the 1962 NFL Championship Game. In frigid, windy conditions at Yankee Stadium and facing a constant pass rush from the Packers’ front seven, Tittle completed only 18 of his 41 attempts in the game. The Packers won, 16–7, with New York’s lone score coming on a blocked punt recovered in the end zone by Jim Collier.
Tittle returned to the Giants in 1963 and, at age 37, supplanted his single-season passing touchdowns record by throwing 36. He broke the record in the final game with three touchdowns against the Steelers, three days after being named NFL MVP by the AP.
The Giants led the league in scoring by a wide margin, and for the third time in as many years clinched the Eastern Conference title. The Western champions were George Halas’ Chicago Bears. The teams met in the 1963 NFL Championship Game at Wrigley Field. In the second quarter, Tittle injured his knee on a tackle by Larry Morris, and required a novocaine shot at halftime to continue playing. After holding a 10–7 halftime lead, The Giants were shutout in the second half, during which Tittle threw four interceptions. Playing through the knee injury, he completed 11 of 29 passes in the game for 147 yards, a touchdown, and five interceptions as the Bears won 14–10.
The following year in 1964, Tittle’s final season, the Giants went 2–10–2 (.214), the worst record in the 14-team league. In the second game of the year, against Pittsburgh, he was blindsided by defensive end John Baker. The tackle left Tittle with crushed cartilage in his ribs, a cracked sternum, and a concussion.
However, he played in every game the rest of the season, but was relegated to a backup role later in the year. After throwing only ten touchdowns with 22 interceptions, he retired after the season at age 39, saying rookie quarterback Gary Wood not only “took my job away, but started to ask permission to date my daughter.” Over seventeen seasons as a professional, Tittle completed 2,427 out of 4,395 passes for 33,070 yards and 242 touchdowns, with 248 interceptions. He also scrambled for 39 touchdowns.
Rosina Cavallo August 30, 1925 – October 7, 2017
Connie Hawkins July 17, 1942 – October 6, 2017
Cornelius Lance Hawkins (July 17, 1942 – October 6, 2017) was an American American Basketball League, National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association player, Harlem Globetrotter, Harlem Wizard and New York City playground legend. It was on the New York City courts that he earned his nickname The Hawk.
Hawkins was born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, where he attended Boys High School. Hawkins soon became a fixture at Rucker Park, a legendary outdoor court where he battled against some of the best players in the world.
Hawkins did not play much until his junior year at Boys High. Hawkins was All-City first team as a junior as Boys went undefeated and won New York’s Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) title in 1959. During his senior year he averaged 25.5 ppg, including one game in which he scored 60, and Boys again went undefeated and won the 1960 PSAL title. Hawkins then signed a scholarship offer to play at the University of Iowa.
During Hawkins’ freshman year at Iowa, he was a victim of the hysteria surrounding a point-shaving scandal that had started in New York City. Hawkins’ name surfaced in an interview conducted with an individual who was involved in the scandal. While some of the conspirators and characters involved were known to or knew Hawkins, none – including the New York attorney at the center of the scandal, Jack Molinas – had ever sought to involve Hawkins in the conspiracy. Hawkins had borrowed $200 from Molinas for school expenses, which his brother Fred repaid before the scandal broke in 1961. The scandal became known as the 1961 College Basketball Gambling Scandal.
Despite the fact that Hawkins could not have been involved in point-shaving (as a freshman, due to NCAA rules of the time, he was ineligible to participate in varsity-level athletics), he was kept from seeking legal counsel while being grilled by New York City detectives who were investigating the scandal. Hawkins never admitted to any wrongdoing.
As a result of the investigation, despite never being arrested or indicted, Hawkins was expelled from Iowa. He was effectively blackballed from the college ranks; no NCAA or NAIA school would offer him a scholarship. NBA Commissioner J. Walter Kennedy let it be known that he would not approve any contract for Hawkins to play in the league. At the time, the NBA had a policy barring players who were even remotely involved with point-shaving scandals. As a result, when his class was eligible for the draft in 1964, no team selected him. He went undrafted in 1965 as well before being formally banned from the league in 1966.
With the major professional basketball league having blackballed him, Hawkins played one season for the Pittsburgh Rens of the American Basketball League and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. When that league folded, Hawkins spent three years performing with the Harlem Globetrotters.
During the time Hawkins was traveling with the Globetrotters, he filed a $6 million lawsuit against the NBA, claiming the league had unfairly banned him from participation and that there was no substantial evidence linking him to gambling activities. Hawkins’s lawyers suggested that he participate in the new American Basketball Association as a way to show that he was talented enough to participate in the NBA.
Hawkins joined the Pittsburgh Pipers in the inaugural 1967–68 season of the American Basketball Association, leading the team to a 54–24 regular-season record and the 1968 ABA championship. Hawkins led the ABA in scoring that year and won both the ABA’s regular-season and playoff MVP awards.
The Pipers moved to Minnesota for the 1968–69 season, and injuries limited Hawkins to 47 games. Hawkins had surgery on his knee. The Pipers made the playoffs despite injuries to their top four players, but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
The NBA settled with Hawkins after the 1968–69 season, paying him a cash settlement of nearly $1.3 million, and assigned his rights to the expansion Phoenix Suns.
In 1969, Hawkins hit the ground running in his first season with the Suns, when he played 81 games and averaged 24.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. In the final game of his rookie season, Connie had 44 points, 20 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 blocks and 5 steals. The Suns finished third in the Western Conference, but were knocked out by the Los Angeles Lakers in a great seven-game Western Conference Finals series in which Hawkins carried the Suns against a team that had future Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West. For the series, Hawkins averaged 25 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists per game.
Hawkins missed 11 games due to injury during the 1970–71 season, averaging 21 points per game. He matched those stats the next year, and was the top scorer on a per-game basis for the Suns in 1971–72. However, he averaged only 16 points per game for the Suns in 1972–73, and was traded to the Lakers for the next season.
Injuries limited his production in 1974–75, and Hawkins finished his career after the 1975–76 season, playing for the Atlanta Hawks.
Connie Hawkins was named to the ABA’s All-Time Team.
Due to knee problems, Hawkins played in the NBA for only seven seasons. He was an All-Star from 1970–1973 and was named to the All-NBA First Team in the 1969–70 season. His No. 42 jersey was retired by the Suns.
Despite being unable to play in the NBA when he was in his prime, Hawkins’s performances throughout the ABL, ABA and NBA helped get him get inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.
In a skit for NBC’s Saturday Night Live in 1975, Hawkins played singer Paul Simon in a one-on-one game accompanied by Simon’s song, “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard.” The skit was presented as a schoolyard challenge between the two and had Simon winning, despite the disparity in height between the two men (Simon at 5 ft 3 in, Hawkins at 6 ft 8 in).
One of Hawkins’ nephews is Jim McCoy, Jr., who scored a school-record 2,374 career points for the UMass Minutemen basketball team from 1988–1992.
He was the grandfather of Shawn Hawkins, who played professional basketball internationally and was a two time scoring champion in the Taiwanese SBL (Super Basketball League).
Bob Dunlop April 12, 1927 – October 6, 2017
Robert David Dunlop April 12, 1927 – October 6, 2017 – Robert D. (Bob) Dunlop, 90, of Hobe Sound Florida and Westborough Massachusetts, passed away on October 6, 2017 with his loving and devoted wife, Joanne by his side.
Bob is survived by the love of his life for 44 years, Joanne Dunlop. His daughters, Dorothy Dunlop of Clinton MA, Shirley, her husband Michael Hamil of Old Orchard Beach ME, Tammy, her husband David Migliozzi of Wesley Chapel FL, Dianne Garland of Jupiter FL, Victoria, her husband Larry Maher of Blackstone MA, and his son Charles Higgins of Jupiter FL.
Bob is also survived by his grandchildren, Allison Hamil of Portland ME, Garrett Hamil of Old Orchard Beach ME, Denise Cavaliere of Palm Beach FL, Jennifer Higgins of Hyannis MA and Samantha Priddy of Stuart FL. Bob had 3 great grandchildren. Bob truly loved the time he could spend with his family
Bob was born in North Adams, MA and lived in Westborough for many years before moving to Hobe Sound in 1985. Bob graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1944, He served in the Navy during World War II, receiving an award for Esteem and Gratitude for Faithful Service from the State of Massachusetts. Bob was an active member of the American Legion in Tequesta FL and a previous member of the VFW in Clinton MA.
Bob was an owner/operator with Mayflower Van Lines for many years until his retirement in 1985
Whether in Massachusetts or Florida, Bob loved meeting new people that became lifelong friends. Whether a holiday dinner or just a family gathering Bob always enjoyed the time, he could be with his family. Bob and Joanne enjoyed traveling across the country, the best of times were spent in Las Vegas, enjoying Frank Sinatra and everything Las Vegas had to offer.
David Weston August 10, 1944 – October 5, 2017
David Raymond Weston Sr. August 10, 1944 – October 5, 2017 – This is the celebration of David Raymond Weston Sr. Dave was born August 10, 1944 and left to be received into paradise October 5, 2017.
David was a graduate of the US Army where he served in the intelligence field. He also held his Master’s Degree from Florida Atlantic University.
He is survived by his loving wife Carole. They enjoyed a 39 year marrige where they raised 5 children 30 grandchildren and countless great grandchildren.
David was well respected in the community and served as the Palm City fire chief in the late 70s. He was an active member in the Elks Lodge 1870 and all their children’s charities and fund raising events.
David and Carole owned Caroles Lawn Service and other smaller business intrests.
David passed away peacefully in his sleep October 5, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He will be missed and always in our hearts for all eternity.
A celebration of hos life will be conducted at Bethel Lutheran Church Hobe Sound on Wednesday October 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM.
Another celebration at the Elks Lodge BPOE 1870 in Stuart on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM.
Thank you pops for being a great father, son, husband and friend. we were so blessed you came into our lives and you be loved and admired and missed until we meet again.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, Fl 34994. 772-223-5550. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.com.
Murphy Moore September 30, 1948 – October 5, 2017
Murphy L. Moore September 30, 1948 – October 5, 2017 – Murphy Lyle Moore, 69, of Stuart, FL, passed away in Stuart, Florida on Thursday, October 5, 2017 surrounded by his family following a brief battle with cancer.
He was born in El Dorado, AR to Violet Van Hook Gray and Oscar Gammye Moore on September, 30 1948.
After graduating with honors from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Electrical engineering and a Masters in Business Administration, Murphy went on to have a successful 32-year career as an executive at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY.
Upon retiring from Kodak and moving to Florida, Murphy began his second career as a Wealth Management Advisor/CFP for Merrill Lynch. Throughout his entire career he was a trusted advisor, role model and friend. He served in many leadership roles in his community, as well as Mariner Sands Country Club and the Mariner Sands Chapel.
He is pre-deceased by his mother, father, step-father (Bill Gray), sister (Mattie Ward), and brother (Oscar Gammye Moore Jr.).
He is survived by his college sweetheart and beloved wife of 47 years, Sally, their two children Scott Murphy Moore (Patricia Stone) and Katherine Moore Clifford (William Clifford), and his precious grandchildren: Alexis Moore (10) , Luke Moore (7) and John Clifford (4). Murphy is also survived by his sister, Virginia Smith (Don), and many dear cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at Mariner Sands Chapel, 6500 Congressional Way, Stuart, FL 34997 November 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Mariner Sands Chapel.
“Mama Grace” Gentile January 22, 1945 – October 4, 2017
Grace Gentile January 22, 1945 – October 4, 2017 – Grace Elizabeth Gentile, affectionately known as “Mama Grace” passed away on October 4, 2017 in Stuart, FL.
Born in Longbranch, New Jersey, Mrs. Gentile moved to the Hobe Sound area in 1997.
Mrs. Gentile loved to have a good time with her family and friends, and enjoyed having a good cup of coffee with great conversation. She loved to make jokes and spend time with her dogs, Suzie and Bama.
She is truly loved and will be missed.
Mrs. Gentile was of Protestant faith.
She is survived by her son, Daniel and his wife, Sylvia of New Mexico; son, Sam and his wife, Yuri of Hobe Sound, FL; her grandchildren, Samantha, Kristina, Amanda, and Victoria; her sister, Carol, and many other close friends and relatives.
Mrs. Gentile was predeceased by her husband, Daniel and her sons, Jonathan and David.
Her celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 9:00-11:00AM at Aycock Funeral Home, Young and Prill Chapel with a graveside service to immediately follow at All Saints Cemetery in Jensen Beach.
Tom Petty October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017
Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist and record producer. He was best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but was also a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, and his early band Mudcrutch.
Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, many of which are mainstays on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. His music became popular among younger generations. In his career, Petty sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2002, Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Petty suffered cardiac arrest early in the morning of October 2, 2017, and died that night at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California.
Petty was born October 20, 1950, in Gainesville, Florida, the first of two sons of Kitty (Avery) and Earl Petty. His interest in rock and roll music began at age ten when he met Elvis Presley. In the summer of 1961, his uncle was working on the set of Presley’s film Follow That Dream in nearby Ocala, and invited Petty to come down and watch the shoot. He instantly became an Elvis Presley fan, and when he returned that Saturday, he was greeted by his friend Keith Harben, and soon traded his Wham-O slingshot for a collection of Elvis 45s.
In a 2006 interview, Petty said that he knew he wanted to be in a band the moment he saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. “The minute I saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show — and it’s true of thousands of guys — there was the way out. There was the way to do it. You get your friends and you’re a self-contained unit. And you make the music. And it looked like so much fun. It was something I identified with. I had never been hugely into sports. … I had been a big fan of Elvis. But I really saw in the Beatles that here’s something I could do. I knew I could do it. It wasn’t long before there were groups springing up in garages all over the place.” He dropped out of high school at 17 to play bass with his newly formed band.
In an interview with the CBC in 2014, Petty stated that the Rolling Stones were “my punk music”. Petty credited the group with inspiring him by demonstrating that he and musicians like him could make it in rock and roll.
One of his first guitar teachers was Don Felder, a fellow Gainesville resident, who would later join the Eagles. As a young man, Petty worked briefly on the grounds crew for the University of Florida, but never attended as a student. An Ogeechee lime tree that he planted while employed at the university is now called the Tom Petty tree (Petty stated that he did not recall planting any trees). He also worked briefly as a gravedigger.
Petty also overcame a difficult relationship with his father, who found it hard to accept that his son was “a mild-mannered kid who was interested in the arts” and subjected him to verbal and physical abuse on a regular basis. Petty was extremely close to his mother, and remained close to his brother, Bruce.
Shortly after embracing his musical aspirations, Petty started a band known as the Epics, later to evolve into Mudcrutch. Although the band, which featured future Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, were popular in Gainesville, their recordings went unnoticed by a mainstream audience. Their only single, “Depot Street”, was released in 1975 by Shelter Records, but failed to chart.
After Mudcrutch split up, Petty reluctantly agreed to pursue a solo career. Tench decided to form his own group, whose sound Petty appreciated. Eventually, Petty and Campbell collaborated with Tench and fellow members Ron Blair and Stan Lynch, resulting in the first lineup of the Heartbreakers. Their eponymous debut album gained minute popularity amongst American audiences, achieving greater success in Britain. The single “Breakdown” was re-released in 1977, and peaked at #40 in early 1978 after the band toured in the United Kingdom in support of Nils Lofgren. The debut album was released by Shelter Records, which at that time was distributed by ABC Records.
Their second album, You’re Gonna Get It!, marked the band’s first Top 40 album and featured the singles “I Need to Know” and “Listen To Her Heart”. Their third album, Damn the Torpedoes, quickly went platinum, selling nearly two million copies; it includes their breakthrough singles “Don’t Do Me Like That”, “Here Comes My Girl” and “Refugee”.
In September 1979, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed at a Musicians United for Safe Energy concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. Their rendition of “Cry To Me” was featured on the resulting No Nukes album.
1981’s Hard Promises became a top-ten hit, going platinum and spawning the hit single “The Waiting”. The album also featured Petty’s first duet, “Insider” with Stevie Nicks.
Bass player Ron Blair quit the group and was replaced on the fifth album (1982’s Long After Dark) by Howie Epstein; the resulting line-up would last until 1994. In 1985, the band participated in Live Aid, playing four songs at Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium. Southern Accents was also released in 1985. This album included the hit single “Don’t Come Around Here No More”, which was produced by Dave Stewart. The song’s video featured Petty dressed as the Mad Hatter, mocking and chasing Alice from the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, then cutting and eating her as if she were a cake. The ensuing tour led to the live album Pack Up the Plantation: Live! and to an invitation from Bob Dylan—Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers joined him on his True Confessions Tour. They also played some dates with the Grateful Dead in 1986 and 1987. Also in 1987, the group released Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) which includes “Jammin’ Me” which Petty wrote with Dylan.
In 1988, Petty joined George Harrison’s group, the Traveling Wilburys, which also included Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. The band’s first song, “Handle With Care”, was intended as a B-side of one of Harrison’s singles, but was judged too good for that purpose and the group decided to record a full album, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. A second Wilburys album, mischievously titled Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 and recorded without the recently deceased Orbison, followed in 1990. The album was named Vol. 3 as a response to a series of bootlegged studio sessions being sold as Travelling Wilburys Vol. 2. Petty incorporated Traveling Wilburys songs into his live shows, consistently playing “Handle With Care” in shows from 2003 to 2006, and for his 2008 tour adding “surprises” such as “End of the Line” to the set list.
In 1989, Petty released Full Moon Fever, which featured hits “I Won’t Back Down”, “Free Fallin'” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream”. It was nominally his first solo album, although several Heartbreakers and other well-known musicians participated: Mike Campbell co-produced the album with Petty and Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra, and backing musicians included Campbell, Lynne, and fellow Wilburys Roy Orbison and George Harrison (Ringo Starr appears on drums in the video for “I Won’t Back Down”, but they were actually performed by Phil Jones).
Petty and the Heartbreakers reformed in 1991 and released Into the Great Wide Open, which was co-produced by Lynne and included the hit singles “Learning To Fly” and “Into the Great Wide Open”, the latter featuring Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway in the music video.
Before leaving MCA Records, Petty and the Heartbreakers got together to record, live in the studio, two new songs for a Greatest Hits package: “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and Thunderclap Newman’s “Something in the Air”. This was Stan Lynch’s last recorded performance with the Heartbreakers. Petty commented “He left right after the session without really saying goodbye.” The package went on to sell over ten million copies, therefore receiving diamond certification by the RIAA.
In 1989, while still under contract to MCA, Petty secretly signed a lucrative deal with Warner Bros. Records, to which the Traveling Wilburys had been signed. His first album on his new label, 1994’s Wildflowers (Petty’s second of three solo albums), included the singles “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, “You Wreck Me”, “It’s Good to Be King”, and “A Higher Place”. The album, produced by Rick Rubin, sold over three million copies in the United States.
In 1996, Petty, with the Heartbreakers, released a soundtrack to the movie She’s the One, starring Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston (see Songs and Music from “She’s the One”). The album’s singles were “Walls (Circus)” (featuring Lindsey Buckingham), “Climb that Hill”, and a song written by Lucinda Williams, “Change the Locks”. The album also included a cover of “Asshole”, a song by Beck. The same year, the band accompanied Johnny Cash on Unchained (provisionally entitled “Petty Cash”), for which Cash would win a Grammy for Best Country Album (Cash would later cover Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” on American III: Solitary Man).
In 1999, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their last album with Rubin at the helm, Echo. Two songs were released as singles in the U.S., “Room at the Top” and “Free Girl Now”. The album reached number 10 in the U.S. album charts.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played “I Won’t Back Down” at the America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit concert for victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The following year, they played “Taxman”, “I Need You” and “Handle with Care” (joined for the last by Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison, and Jim Keltner) at the Concert for George in honor of Petty’s friend and former bandmate George Harrison.
Petty’s 2002 release, The Last DJ, was an album-length critique of the practices within the music industry. The title track, inspired by Los Angeles radio personality Jim Ladd, bemoaned the end of the freedom that radio DJs once had to personally select songs for their station’s playlists. The album was a commercial success, and peaked at number 9 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States.
In 2005, Petty began hosting his own show “Buried Treasure” on XM Satellite Radio, on which he shared selections from his personal record collection.
In February 2006, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers agreed to be the headline act at the fifth annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Following that announcement came the itinerary for Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “30th Anniversary Tour”. Special guests included Stevie Nicks, Pearl Jam, the Allman Brothers Band, Trey Anastasio, the Derek Trucks Band, and the Black Crowes (who also opened for Petty on their 2005 Summer Tour). Nicks would join Petty and the Heartbreakers on stage for “a selection of songs”, notably the rendition of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”.
In July 2006, Petty released a solo album titled Highway Companion, which included the hit “Saving Grace”. It debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200, which was Petty’s highest chart position since the introduction of the Nielsen SoundScan system for tracking album sales in 1991. Highway Companion was briefly promoted on the tour with the Heartbreakers in 2006, with performances of “Saving Grace”, “Square One”, “Down South” and “Flirting with Time”. In 2006, the American Broadcasting Company hired Petty to do the music for its National Basketball Association playoffs coverage.
During the summer of 2007, Petty reunited with his old bandmates Tom Leadon and Randall Marsh along with Heartbreakers Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell to reform his pre-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch. The band originally formed in 1967 in Gainesville, Florida, before relocating to California where they released one single in 1974 before breaking up. The quintet recorded this self-titled new album of 14 songs that was released on April 29, 2008 (on iTunes, an additional song “Special Place” was available if the album was pre-ordered). The band supported the album with a brief tour of California in the spring of 2008.
In 2007, artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones, Lenny Kravitz, and Paul McCartney paid tribute to Fats Domino on the double-CD covers set Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino. The album’s sales helped buy instruments for students in New Orleans public schools and they contributed to the building of a community center in the city’s Hurricane Katrina-damaged Ninth Ward. Petty and the Heartbreakers’ contributed a critically acclaimed cover of “I’m Walkin'” to the package.
In January 2008, it was announced that the band would be embarking on a North American Tour that was set to start on May 30, following their appearance at Super Bowl XLII. Steve Winwood served as the opening act, who joined Petty and the Heartbreakers on stage at select shows, starting on June 6, 2008, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Winwood performed his Spencer Davis Group hit “Gimme Some Lovin'”, and occasionally he performed his Blind Faith hit “Can’t Find My Way Home” before it.
On February 3, 2008, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed during the halftime-show of Super Bowl XLII at the University of Phoenix Stadium. They played “American Girl”, “I Won’t Back Down”, “Free Fallin'” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream”, in that order. “I Won’t Back Down” was used in the closing credits of the coverage on BBC Two.
The Live Anthology project by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was announced nearly a year after Petty’s record Extended Play Live with Mudcrutch.
In November 2009, Petty told Rolling Stone that he was working on a new album with the Heartbreakers, saying, “It’s blues-based. Some of the tunes are longer, more jam-y kind of music. A couple of tracks really sound like the Allman Brothers—not the songs but the atmosphere of the band.”
The band’s twelfth album Mojo was released on June 15, 2010, and reached number two on the Billboard 200 album chart. To promote the record, the band appeared as the musicial guests on the finale of the 35th season of Saturday Night Live on May 15, 2010.
The release of Mojo was followed by a North American summer tour, which began on June 1, 2010. In spring 2012, the band went on a world tour that included their first European dates in 20 years and their first ever concerts in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Prior to the tour, five of the band’s guitars, including two owned by Petty, were stolen from the band’s practice space in Culver City, California in April 2010. The items were recovered by Los Angeles police the next week.
On July 29, 2014, Reprise Records released Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ thirteenth studio album, Hypnotic Eye. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the first Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album to ever top the chart.
On November 20, 2015, a new channel called Tom Petty Radio debuted on SiriusXM.
Petty’s first appearance in film took place in 1978, when he had a cameo in FM. He later had a small part in 1987’s Made in Heaven and appeared in several episodes of It’s Garry Shandling’s Show between 1987 and 1990, playing himself as one of Garry Shandling’s neighbors. Petty was also featured in Shandling’s other show, The Larry Sanders Show, as one of the Story within a story final guests. In the episode, Petty gets bumped from the show and nearly comes to blows with Greg Kinnear.
Petty appeared in the 1997 film The Postman, directed by and starring Kevin Costner, as the Bridge City Mayor (from the dialogue it is implied that he is playing a future history version of himself).
In 2002, he appeared on The Simpsons in the episode “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation”, along with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, and Brian Setzer. In it, Petty spoofed himself as a tutor to Homer Simpson on the art of lyric writing, composing a brief song about a drunk girl driving down the road while concerned with the state of public schools. Later in the episode, he loses a toe during a riot.
Petty had a recurring role as the voice of Elroy “Lucky” Kleinschmidt in the animated comedy series King of the Hill from 2004 to 2009.
In 2010, Petty made a five-second cameo appearance with comedian Andy Samberg in a musical video titled “Great Day” featured on the bonus DVD as part of The Lonely Island’s new album Turtleneck & Chain.
Petty married Jane Benyo in 1974, and they divorced in 1996. Benyo disclosed to Stevie Nicks that she had met Petty at “the age of seventeen.” Nicks misheard Benyo, leading to Nicks’ song “Edge of Seventeen”. Petty and Benyo had two daughters; Adria is a director, and AnnaKim an artist. Petty married Dana York Epperson on June 3, 2001, and had a stepson, Dylan, from York’s earlier marriage.
In May 1987, an arsonist set fire to Petty’s house in Encino, California. Firefighters were able to salvage the basement recording studio and the original tapes stored there, as well as his Gibson Dove acoustic guitar. His signature gray top hat, however, was destroyed. Petty later rebuilt the house with fire-resistant materials.
Petty spoke in 2014 of the benefits from his practice of Transcendental Meditation.
Petty was found unconscious at his home, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest, early in the morning of October 2, 2017. His death was prematurely reported by media outlets that afternoon, although the initial reports were retracted after the Los Angeles Police Department announced that it had inadvertently indicated his death to the media without confirming it. It was confirmed later that evening by his family and manager. He died at the University of California-Los Angeles’ Santa Monica hospital.
Arthur Janov August 21, 1924 – October 1, 2017
Arthur Janov (/ˈdʒænəv/; August 21, 1924 – October 1, 2017), also known as Art Janov, was an American psychologist, psychotherapist, and writer. He gained notability as the creator of primal therapy, a treatment for mental illness that involves repeatedly descending into, feeling, and experiencing long-repressed childhood pain. Janov directed a psychotherapy institute called the Primal Center in Santa Monica, California.
Janov was the author of many books, most notably The Primal Scream (1970).
Arthur Janov was born in Los Angeles, California. He received his B.A. and M.S.W. in psychiatric social work from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. in psychology from Claremont Graduate School in 1960.
Janov originally practiced conventional psychotherapy in his native California. He did an internship at the Hacker Psychiatric Clinic in Beverly Hills, worked for the Veterans’ Administration at Brentwood Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was in private practice from 1952 until his death in 2017. He was also on the staff of the Psychiatric Department at Los Angeles Children’s Hospital where he was involved in developing their psychosomatic unit.
In Janov’s view, the repressed pain of traumatic childhood experiences eventually produces an emotionally damaged adult. These experiences include not only obvious physical and psychological injuries, but also subtle slights like parents’ failure to comfort a child.
Janov wrote that his professional life changed in a single day in 1967 with the discovery of what he called “Primal Pain”. During a therapy session, Janov heard what he describes as, “an eerie scream welling up from the depths of a young man lying on the floor”. He developed primal therapy, in which clients are encouraged to re-live and express what Janov considers repressed memories and feelings.
Janov’s primal therapy became a cultural phenomenon in the 1960s and 1970s along with his work The Primal Scream published in 1971. In response to primal therapy in 2016, Janov said: “We have 50 years of published material to the contrary. We have several scientific articles in the journal Activitas Nervosa Superior, plus other journals. We do serious science and leave the nonsense to others”.
The idea of The Primal Scream came when one of his patients told of a theatrical performance in which someone dressed in diapers shouted “Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!” throughout the act, then vomited, distributing plastic bags to the spectators and later asking them to vomit as well. Janov was fascinated by this and asked his patient to cry for his own “mommy” and “daddy”.
However, Janov’s primal therapy was the source of controversy, with allegations that Janov used the treatment as a “cash-grab scheme”. In response, Janov explained that “We take no salaries and no profits and have not in years. We have paid several hundred thousand dollars for research to maintain our scientific integrity. We fund therapy for those who cannot afford it”.
Janov also listed homosexuality among the ailments that primal therapy could “cure,” and continued to list it long after the American Psychiatric Association declassified it as a psychiatric disorder in 1973.
Janov’s patients included musician John Lennon and artist Yoko Ono.
Janov was first married to Vivian Glickstein, but the marriage lasted briefly and ended in divorce. He married a second time, which lasted until his death. Janov had two children from his first marriage: Rick Janov, a primal therapist, and Ellen Janov, a child singer and actress who died in 1976.
On October 1, 2017, Janov died in his sleep at the age of 93. At the time of his death, Janov was suffering from a throat disease which limited his ability to speak, and was living in Malibu, California.
“Si” Newhouse Jr. November 8, 1927 – October 1, 2017
Samuel Irving “Si” Newhouse Jr. (November 8, 1927 – October 1, 2017), was an American heir, business magnate and philanthropist. Together with his brother Donald, he owned Advance Publications, founded by their late father in 1922, whose properties include Condé Nast (publisher of such magazines as Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, etc.), dozens of newspapers across the United States (including The Star-Ledger, The Plain Dealer, The Oregonian, etc.), former cable company Bright House Networks and a controlling stake in Discovery Communications.
He was the son of Mitzi (nee Epstein) and Samuel Irving Newhouse Sr., the founder of Advance Publications. Sam Newhouse Sr.had been the young editor of the Bayonne (NJ) Times and when he asked the owner of the Times for a raise he had long deserved, he was refused. Sam then quit the Times to become associated with the Staten Island paper that formed the basis of his publication future. His grandson, S. I. Newhouse IV, appeared in the documentary Born Rich. Newhouse attended the Horace Mann School in New York City. Prior to his death, he had an estimated net worth of $9.5 billion, and he was ranked the 46th richest American by Forbes magazine in 2014.
Newhouse has given money to charity, including $15 million to Syracuse University. He was also an art collector who at one time owned one of the most valuable paintings in the world, a Jackson Pollock drip painting, titled No. 5, 1948. Newhouse was listed by Art News as among the top 200 art collectors in the world.
“Monty” HallAugust 25, 1921 – September 30, 2017
Monte Halparin, OC OM (August 25, 1921 – September 30, 2017), widely known by his stage name Monty Hall, was a Canadian-American game show host, producer. philanthropist
Hall was widely known as the long-running host of Let’s Make a Deal and for the puzzle named after him, the Monty Hall problem.
Hall was born as Monte Halparin in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on August 25, 1921, to Orthodox Jewish parents, Maurice Harvey Halparin, who owned a slaughterhouse, and Rose (née Rusen). He was raised in Winnipeg’s north end, where he attended Lord Selkirk School (Elmwood, Winnipeg), and, later St. John’s High School. Hall graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba, where he majored in chemistry and zoology. He had hoped to go on to medical school but was unable to be admitted due to secret quotas limiting the number of Jewish students.
Hall started his career in Winnipeg at CKRC radio while still a student. He moved to Toronto in 1946 and found a job with radio station CHUM, where management shortened his name to Hall and misspelled his first name as “Monty” on billboards, giving him the stage name “Monty Hall”. For the next decade he hosted and produced a number of programs for radio stations in Toronto as well as Who Am I? on CFRB, which was distributed nationally in Canada through private syndication until 1959. He also had several short-lived programmes on CBC Television, after it was launched in 1952, but when they were cancelled and another program he had conceived of was taken away from him, Hall decided he had no future in Canadian television.
Hall moved to New York City in 1955 to try to break into American broadcasting, but commuted to Toronto several times a month to record episode blocks of Who Am I?. In New York, Hall hosted game shows such as Bingo at Home on WABD-TV and guest-hosted more established game shows such as Strike It Rich on CBS and Twenty-One on NBC. He was the host/performer of two local New York City TV film shows for children: Cowboy Theater for WRCA (Channel 4) in 1956 and Fun In the Morning for WNEW (Ch. 5) in the early 1960s. From 1956–60, along with NBC Radio newsman Morgan Beatty, Hall co-hosted the Saturday night segment of the NBC Radio Network weekend program Monitor from 8 p.m. until midnight (EST). At least two recordings of Hall on Monitor are known to exist.
Hall was a radio analyst for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League during the 1959–60 season.
He succeeded Jack Narz as host of a game show called Video Village, which ran from 1960 to 1962 on CBS. From 1961-62, Hall hosted its spinoff, Video Village Junior, which featured children. After moving to Southern California, Hall became the host of the game show Let’s Make a Deal, which he developed and produced with partner Stefan Hatos. Let’s Make a Deal aired on NBC daytime from December 30, 1963, to December 27, 1968, and on ABC daytime from December 30, 1968 until July 9, 1976, along with two prime time runs. It aired in syndication from 1971–77, from 1980–81, from 1984–86, and again on NBC briefly from 1990–91, replacing Bob Hilton, who had been dismissed. He was producer or executive producer of the show through most of its runs. During the show’s initial run, Hall appeared alongside model Carol Merrill and announcer Jay Stewart.
Besides Let’s Make a Deal, the game show Split Second, which originally ran on ABC from 1972-75 with Tom Kennedy as host, and again in syndication in 1987 with Hall hosting that version, was the only other successful program from Hatos-Hall Productions. Other game shows from Hatos’s and Hall’s production company included Chain Letter in 1966; a revival of the venerable 1950s-era panel quiz, Masquerade Party in 1974; 3 for the Money in 1975; It’s Anybody’s Guess in 1977, which reunited Let’s Make a Deal announcer Jay Stewart with Hall, who also hosted the show, and the Canadian-based The Joke’s on Us in 1983. Hall filled in as guest host on several daytime game shows while Let’s Make a Deal was on NBC, most notably What’s This Song? and PDQ.
In 1979, Hall hosted the only game show since Video Village which he did not produce, Goodson-Todman’s All-New Beat the Clock. (His announcer was Jack Narz, whom he had replaced as host of Video Village.) He appeared as himself on “The Promise Ring” episode of That ’70s Show in 2001. He played the host of a beauty pageant who schemed to become “the world’s most powerful game show host” in the Disney animated series American Dragon: Jake Long. He appeared on GSN Live on March 14, 2008, and hosted a game of Let’s Make a Deal for Good Morning America on August 18, 2008, as part of Game Show Reunion week.
In summer 2009, CBS announced that it was reviving Let’s Make a Deal on its daytime schedule. The show premiered on October 5, 2009, with Wayne Brady as host. Hall is credited as “Creative Consultant,” and as co-creator of the format (with Stefan Hatos). Hatos/Hall Productions is credited as co-production company (with FremantleMedia).
Hall spent much of his post-Deal days involved in philanthropic work. He family says he was always going to telethons and helped raise close to a billion dollars for charity in his lifetime. Hall was repeatedly honored for his charitable efforts. Wards at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia are named in his honor.
Hall received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 24, 1973, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars in 2000, and in 2002, he was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Hall was one of only three game show hosts on both Hollywood’s and Canada’s Walks of Fame, the others being Alex Trebek and Howie Mandel. In May 1988, the Government of Canada bestowed on him the prestigious Order of Canada for his humanitarian work in Canada and other nations of the world.
He was the recipient of the 2005 Ralph Edwards Service Award from Game Show Congress, in recognition of all the work the emcee-producer has done for charity through the years. On October 13, 2007, Hall was one of the first inductees into the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hall received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards.
On September 28, 1947, Hall married a distant cousin, Marilyn Doreen Plottel (May 17, 1927 – June 5, 2017); the two had been introduced by a mutual cousin, Norman Shnier, the previous year. They later became United States citizens. They had three children: Tony Award-winning actress Joanna Gleason; Sharon Hall Kessler, president of Endemol Shine Studios; and Richard Hall, an Emmy Award-winning television producer. Monte and Marilyn lived in Beverly Hills, California, from 1962 until their deaths; Marilyn predeceased her husband by four months.
On September 30, 2017, Hall died from heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills at the age of 96.
“Tom” Paley March 19, 1928 – September 30, 2017
Allan Thomas “Tom” Paley (March 19, 1928 – September 30, 2017) was an American guitarist, banjo and fiddle player. He was best known for his work with the New Lost City Ramblers in the 1950s and 1960s.
Paley was born on March 19, 1928 and raised in New York City. His parents were left-wing activists, and he grew up hearing spirituals and political songs. After moving with his mother to California for several years in his early teens, he returned to New York and began learning the guitar and banjo, and visiting clubs where singers such as Lead Belly and Josh White performed. He also began performing, both solo and with other musicians including Woody Guthrie, and booking performances for others.
From September 1950 to May 1951 he was a graduate student in the mathematics department of Yale University. After one year he decided to be a musician rather than a mathematician.
In 1953 he recorded his first album Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, for Jac Holzman’s then-new Elektra Records. On May 25, 1958, Paley, John Cohen and Mike Seeger played together live on air for John Dildine’s weekly folk music radio show on WASH-FM: this was the first appearance of what later became the New Lost City Ramblers. Paley later said:
“When we formed The New Lost City Ramblers it was the kind of thing I’d been doing for quite a few years…. It didn’t feel particularly revolutionary to me but I understood we had quite an impact on young people like Dylan.”
Paley, both as a solo artist and as member of the New Lost City Ramblers, has been cited by many as a source and influence, among them Bob Dylan, and The Grateful Dead. He recorded nine albums as a member of the New Lost City Ramblers between 1958 and 1962.
Paley left the band when Cohen and Seeger wanted the group to become more professional and Paley refused to sign statements about his political allegiances; he was replaced by Tracy Schwarz. He formed another group, the Old Reliable String Band with Roy Berkeley and Artie Rose, before leaving the United States in 1963, when he and his wife Claudia went to live in Sweden. They remained there until 1965 when they moved to England, where Paley had increasingly been working.
Paley has subsequently toured widely, in the UK, US, Scandinavia and elsewhere. He has also performed as a member of the New Deal String Band, based in London, intermittently since the 1960s. After learning the fiddle, he released two albums of traditional Scandinavian music, On a Cold Winter Night (1993) and Svenska Låtar: Swedish Fiddle Tunes (1998), both recorded with his son Ben. His collaboration with Bert Deivert, Beware Young Ladies!, was released in 2007.
He continues to live in London and is still performing and recording. He is the honorary President of the Friends of American Old-Time Music and Dance (FOAOTMAD). Another album, Roll on, Roll on, was released in 2012. He was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on July 4, 2012 at the launch party of the new album. On September 30, 2017, Paley died in Brighton, England at the age of 89.
Patrick McGrath September 15th, 1935 – September 29th, 2017
Patrick J. McGrath September 15th, 1935 – September 29th, 2017 – Patrick Jude McGrath, 82, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on September 29, 2017 in Stuart.
He was born on September 15, 1935 in Kells County, Meath, Ireland. He was the youngest of 9 children. He was preceded in death by his Mom, Annie, his Dad, Richard, who was a member of the guard that protected the Queen Mother; his sisters, Maureen, Kay, Connie, Lil, Bridie and his brothers, Eddie and Dick. His sister Rose, who is now 91 years, still lives in Ireland. Patrick has 15 nieces and nephews who all loved to listen to all his tall stories about his adventures in America
Patrick left home at a young age to work in County Galway, Ireland. He then went to London, England and trained as a painter and decorator in the 1950’s. At the age of 24, Patrick headed to America to expand his career as he loved interior design as he had a great eye for color schemes. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Patrick settled into New Jersey, where he had his own business as a master painter and wallpaperer within Monmouth and Ocean Counties. He was a member of Fairway Mews Golf Club, where he resided as well. He was a daily communicant at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Spring Lake, New Jersey.
In his retirement he then moved to Stuart, Florida and lived at the Stuart Yacht and Country Club. There he joined the golf club, where he enjoyed playing his favorite sport. He was a daily communicant at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Stuart. He was loved by all.
Ludmila Belousova November 22, 1935 – September 29, 2017
Ludmila Yevgenyevna Belousova (Russian: Людмила Евгеньевна Белоусова; 22 November 1935 – 29 September 2017) was a Russian pair skater who represented the Soviet Union. With her partner and husband Oleg Protopopov she was a two-time Olympic champion (1964, 1968) and four-time World champion (1965–1968). In 1979 the pair defected to Switzerland and became Swiss citizens in 1995. They continued to skate at ice shows and exhibitions through their seventies.
Belousova started skating relatively late, at age 16. She trained in Moscow where she met Oleg Protopopov in the spring of 1954. Belousova moved to Leningrad in 1955 and began training with Protopopov in 1956 following his navy discharge. They trained at VSS Lokomotiv and competed internationally for the USSR. Belousova and Protopopov were coached initially by Igor Moskvin and then by Petr Orlov, but parted ways with Orlov after a number of disagreements. The pair then trained without a coach at a rink in Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast. In 1961, they decided to work with Stanislav Zhuk to raise their technical difficulty.
Belousova and Protopopov debuted at the World Championships in 1958, finishing 13th. Two years later they competed at their first Olympics, placing 9th. In 1962, they made the World Championship podium for the first time, earning the silver medal. They were the first pair from the Soviet Union or Russia to win a World medal since the discipline’s introduction at the 1908 World Championships (which had only three pairs competing). They also won silver at the European Championships, becoming the second Soviet pair to medal after Nina Zhuk and Stanislav Zhuk (who won silver from 1958 to 1960).
Belousova and Protopopov’s first major international gold medal came at the 1964 Winter Olympics. It was the first Olympic pairs gold for the Soviet Union. Belousova and Protopopov began the forty-year Soviet/Russian gold medal streak in pair skating, the longest in Olympic sports history, from 1964 to 2006.
Belousova and Protopopov won their first World and European gold medals in 1965, and in so doing, also became the first Soviet/Russian pair to win those titles.
They became Olympic champions for the second time at the 1968 Winter Olympics. At 32 and 35 years old respectively, they were among the oldest champions in figure skating.
The following season, they won the silver medal at the European Championships and bronze at the World Championships as Irina Rodnina began her reign with her first partner, Alexei Ulanov. Those were the pair’s final appearances at major international competitions but they would continue to compete within the Soviet Union until 1972.
In total, Belousova and Protopopov won two Olympic titles and medalled eight times at both the World and European Championships, including four consecutive World and European gold medals. After retiring from competition, they skated in shows and continue to do so. In September, 2015 they renewed their long-standing tradition of skating in a charitable exhibition in Boston, Massachusetts called “Evening with Champions”.
Belousova and Protopopov contributed to the development of pair skating, including introducing three death spirals – the backward inside (BIDS), forward inside (FIDS), and forward outside (FODS), which they dubbed the Cosmic spiral, Life spiral, and Love spiral, respectively. Dick Button stated: “The Protopopovs are great skaters not only because they were the finest of Olympic champions, but also because their creative impact was extraordinary.”
Edward Cyr March 29th, 1929 – September 28th, 2017
Edward Cyr March 29th, 1929 – September 28th, 2017 – Edward Paul Cyr, 88, of Palm City, Florida, passed away on September 28, 2017 at the Village on the Green Rehabilitation Center in Longwood, Florida.
Born in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, he had been a resident of Palm City for over 30 years coming from Fort Lauderdale
Prior to retiring he was a marble and tile mechanic. In his leisure time, he was an avid horseshoe pitcher.
Survivors include his wife, Irene M. Cyr, of Palm City; his daughter, Denise Cyr of Winter Springs, Florida; his son, Edward Donald Cyr of Palm City; 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Paul Mitchell Cyr.
Lenore Tinsman March 25th, 1950 – September 28th, 2017
Lenore E Tinsman March 25th, 1950 – September 28th, 2017 – Lenore E. Tinsman, 67, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on September 28, 2017 at the Treasure Coast Hospice, Stuart.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, to Herbert and Evelyn Carlberg, she had been a resident of Stuart for 44 years coming from Chicago.
She received her BA degree from DePauw University, in Greencastle, IN. She was an elementary teacher in Martin County for 25 years and was most fond of teaching Kindergarten.
Survivors include her loving husband, Robert S. Tinsman, of Stuart, her daughters, Lauren Kestenbaum and her husband, Kevin of Port St. Lucie, Florida and Amy Eden and her husband Greg of Palm City and her grandson Clayton Eden. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, friend, teacher, and volunteer who loved to travel. She enjoyed cruises, date nights, soaking up the sun, talking to every child who crossed her path, cuddling with her dog, and most of all playing with her grandson.
There will be a memorial service at 1PM on October 2nd, 2017 at the Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City, FL.
For those who wish contributions may be made to the Hibiscus Children’s Center, Laurel Professional Park. 2920 South 25th Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34981 (772) 340-5750 or online at hibiscuschildrenscenter.org or to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 1309 N Flagler Dr # 5, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, (561) 514-3020 or online at komensouthflorida.org.
Lee Hennings August 17, 1936 – September 28, 2017
Leroy Hennings, Jr. August 17, 1936 – September 28, 2017 – LeRoy “Lee” Hennings passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at the age of 81.
Born in Mount Kisco, New York, he was the youngest of four children born to LeRoy and Gretchen Hennings.
The family moved to Coral Gables, Florida in 1943. He attended Coral Gables High School (class of 1956), graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s Degree (1960) and continued his education at Florida State University, attaining a Master’s Degree in Library Science.
During this time, Lee served a short time with the Marines but never saw active service.
Some of Lee’s first jobs included library work at Miami-Dade Junior College, the University of Miami, the Miami Public Library, and was the Librarian at the Moore Haven High School.
In 1968, he was appointed the Director of the Martin County Library.
During more than 25 years as Director, Lee expanded the number of Libraries across the county.
He loved to read and kept lists of the books he had read going back to 1947.
Another of Lee’s interests included music and, with the introduction of the Saxophone in Elementary School, he played in school bands throughout his high school years. He even used his talent to supplement his income while attending college. Later, he would join several bands and enjoy, as Lee put it, his “second world” of music. The bands, playing a variety of music including Big Band, were quite popular and would play about twice a week during the season. Musically, Lee was quite versatile, once he was asked to “play a Baritone Sax while reading music written for a Trombone.” Lee also loved to travel and several times each year he would be enjoying himself on a cruise ship or flying to a new, exotic destination somewhere in the world.
“Sonny” (as he was known to his family) is survived by his brother, Paul J. Hennings, Sr. of Port St. Lucie, FL.; three nieces Debra Bedell (Michael), Diane Collins, & Louise Schmitt; one nephew Paul J. Hennings, Jr. (Connie); one grand-niece Kerry Bedell; five grand-nephews Sean Bedell, Kevin Bedell, Christopher Collins, Kyle Schmitt, Ross Schmitt; and his wonderful friend Margie. Two sisters (Emilie Wenner and Lenore McTague) preceded him in death.
Visitation will be on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Martin Funeral Home, 714 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie, Florida. A private family service will take place at a later date.
“Red” Miller October 31, 1927 – September 27, 2017
Robert “Red” Miller (October 31, 1927 – September 27, 2017) was a professional football coach with the Denver Broncos. On May 4, 2017, it was announced that Miller would be inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame. He would be the only member of the 2017 class.
Miller was born and raised in Macomb, Illinois and attended Macomb Public Schools and Western Illinois University, where he was later a star player and coach for the Leathernecks football team. He began his coaching career at high schools in Astoria and Canton, Illinois, and at Carthage College.
Miller was an assistant coach with Lou Saban at Western Illinois in the late 1950s before joining Saban with the AFL’s Boston Patriots in 1960. He also was an assistant with Buffalo (1962), Denver (1963–65), St. Louis (1966–70), Baltimore (1971–72) and New England (1973–76) before rejoining the Broncos as head coach.
1960–1961 Boston Patriots (OL)
1962 Buffalo Bills (OL)
1963–1965 Denver Broncos (OL)
1966–1970 St. Louis Cardinals (OL)
1971–1972 Baltimore Colts (DL)
1973–1976 New England Patriots (OL)
Miller was named head coach of the Denver Broncos on January 31, 1977, replacing John Ralston. Miller took a team led by linebackers Randy Gradishar, Bob Swenson, and Tom Jackson, cornerbacks Louis Wright and Bernard Jackson, safety Billy Thompson, and defensive end Lyle Alzado— mainstays of the Orange Crush Defense— and veteran quarterback Craig Morton (acquired via trade with the New York Giants) to a 12–2 regular season record and an AFC championship. The Broncos then faced the Tom Landry-coached Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XII but lost, 27–10.
The Broncos also would lose in an NFL AFC Divisional Playoff match against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium on December 30, 1978, 33–10. They would also lose the next season to the Houston Oilers 13–7 in a classic NFL Wild Card Playoff match played in the Astrodome on December 23, 1979.
After posting an 8–8 record in 1980, and failing to return to the AFC playoffs, Miller was fired by new owner Edgar Kaiser in the spring of 1981 and replaced with then Dallas Cowboy assistant and former NFL running back Dan Reeves.
In 1983 Miller became the first head coach of the Denver Gold of the USFL, but feuded bitterly with team owner Ron Blanding and was fired before the completion of the league’s first season.
Miller died on September 27, 2017, from complications due to a stroke.
Anne Jeffreys January 26, 1923 – September 27, 2017
Anne Jeffreys (born Anne Carmichael; January 26, 1923 – September 27, 2017 was an American actress and singer.
Born Anne Carmichael on January 26, 1923 in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Jeffreys entered the entertainment field at a young age, having her initial training in voice (she was an accomplished soprano). “She became a member of the New York Municipal Opera Company on a scholarship and sang the lead at Carnegie Hall in such things as La bohème, Traviata, and Pagliacci.” However, she decided as a teenager to sign with the John Robert Powers agency as a junior model.
Her plans for an operatic career were sidelined when she was cast in a staged musical review, Fun for the Money. Her appearance in that revue led to her being cast in her first movie role, in I Married an Angel (1942), starring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. She was under contract to both RKO and Republic Studios during the 1940s, including several appearances as Tess Trueheart in the Dick Tracy series, and the 1944 Frank Sinatra musical Step Lively. She also appeared in the horror comedy Zombies on Broadway with Wally Brown and Alan Carney in 1945 and starred in Riffraff with Pat O’Brien two years later. Jeffreys also appeared in a number of western films and as bank robber John Dillinger’s moll in 1945’s Dillinger
When her Hollywood career faltered, she instead focused on the stage, playing lead roles on Broadway in productions such as the 1947 opera Street Scene, the 1948 Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate (having replaced Patricia Morison) and the 1952 musical Three Wishes for Jamie. With long-term husband Robert Sterling, she appeared in the CBS sitcom Topper (1953–1955), in which she was billed in a voiceover as “the ghostess with the mostest”.
On December 18, 1957, Jeffreys and her husband played a couple with an unusual courtship arrangement brought about by an attack of the fever in the episode “The Julie Gage Story”, broadcast in the first season of NBC’s Wagon Train.
After a semi-retirement in the 1960s, she appeared on television, appearing in episodes of such series as Love, American Style (with her husband), L.A. Law and Murder, She Wrote. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in The Delphi Bureau (1972). From 1984-85, she starred in the short-lived Aaron Spelling series Finder of Lost Loves. She also appeared in Baywatch as David Hasselhoff’s mother, and also had a recurring role in the night-time soap Falcon Crest as Amanda Croft.
In 1979, she guest starred as Siress Blassie in the Battlestar Galactica episode “The Man with Nine Lives” as a love interest of Chameleon, a part played by Fred Astaire. She was the last person to dance with him onscreen. She also guest starred as Prime Minister Dyne in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode “Planet of the Amazon Women” as the leader of the titular planet.
Her most recent career was in daytime television; From 1984 to 2004, she appeared on the soap opera General Hospital (as well as its short-lived spinoff, Port Charles) in the recurring role of wealthy socialite Amanda Barrington, a long-time board member of both the hospital and ELQ. In her initial storyline, she was part of a blackmail scheme which led to the murder of Jimmy Lee Holt’s mother, Beatrice, of whose death she was a suspect in. In the last year of Port Charles, Amanda last appeared on screen in 2004 when Amanda attended Lila Quartermain’s funeral.
Jeffreys’ star in the Television category on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is at 1501 Vine Street. It was dedicated February 8, 1960. In 1997, she was a recipient of a Golden Boot Award as one who “furthered the tradition of the western on film and in television.” In 1998, she received the Living Legacy Award from the Women’s International Center.
Jeffreys was married twice. Her first marriage, to Joseph Serena, was annulled in 1949. They had no children.
She married actor Robert Sterling in 1951. Sterling appeared with Jeffreys in the series Topper. In January 1958, the duo attempted to star in another series, Love That Jill. It ran only a few months, with 13 episodes shot. They had three sons: Jeffrey, Dana and Tyler. Robert Sterling died on May 30, 2006 at age 88.
In July 1956, Jeffreys’ mother, Kate Jeffreys Carmichael, 67, was run down and killed by her own automobile in the driveway of the home of her daughter. Police said Carmichael was taking books from the car’s trunk when the emergency brake apparently slipped. The car rolled down the sloping driveway, dragging the actress’ mother 26 feet.
Jeffreys died on September 27, 2017 at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 94. She was survived by her stepdaughter Tisha Sterling, her three sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Albert Mulcahy May 13, 1924 – September 27, 2017
Albert L. Mulcahy May 13, 1924 – September 27, 2017 – Albert L. Mulcahy, 93, of Stuart, Florida, passed away, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at home surrounded by his family under the tender care of Treasure Health.
Albert (Bud) was a self employed real estate agent in Western New York and retired to the Stuart area 39 years ago. What he enjoyed most in life was his family. He loved holidays, Sunday dinners, happy hour and chocolate. He also enjoyed riding his bicycle around the neighborhood visiting all of his “sidewalk friends”. Albert was a parishioner at St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lena D. Mulcahy, his children Albert Mulcahy III (Yarleth) of Palm City, FL, David Mulcahy (Elizabeth-Lisa) of Palm City, FL, Denise Rigdon of Stuart, FL, Debra Guenther (Robert) of Islamorada, FL, Diane Lento (Frank) of Long Island, NY, Dorene Mulcahy, (Mel Smithson) Anchorage, AK and Melissa Mulcahy of Stuart, FL., brothers Lauren Mulcahy (Sandra) of Jensen Beach, FL and Glenn Mulcahy (Trenna) of Jensen Beach, FL., and fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 3 pm to 5 pm at Martin Funeral Home, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994.
A Mass will be held on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church, 2555 NE Savanna Road, Jensen Beach, FL 34957.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994. 772-223-5550.
Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Albert can be made to Treasure Health, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997.
Hugh Hefner April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017
Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was an American magazine publisher, editor, businessman, and playboy. He was best known as the editor-in-chief and publisher of Playboy magazine, which he founded in 1953. He was also the founder and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, the publishing group that operates the magazine. Hefner was also a political activist and philanthropist in several causes and public issues.
efner was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 9, 1926. He was the first child of Grace Caroline (née Swanson; 1895–1997) and Glenn Lucius Hefner (1896–1976), who both worked as teachers. His parents were from Nebraska. He had a younger brother, Keith (1929–2016). Hefner’s mother was of Swedish descent, and his father had German and English ancestry. Through his father’s line, Hefner stated that he was a direct descendant of Plymouth governor William Bradford. He described his family as “conservative, Midwestern, [and] Methodist”.
He attended Sayre Elementary School and Steinmetz High School, then during World War II, served as a writer for a military newspaper in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. Hefner graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a double minor in creative writing and art in 1949, earning his degree in two and a half years. After graduation, he took a semester of graduate courses in sociology at Northwestern University but dropped out soon after.
While he was working as a copywriter for Esquire, Hefner left in January 1952 after being denied a $5 raise. In 1953, he took out a mortgage, generating a bank loan of $600, and raised $8,000 from 45 investors, including $1,000 from his mother (“Not because she believed in the venture,” he told E! in 2006, “but because she believed in her son.”), to launch Playboy, which was initially going to be called Stag Party. The first issue, published in December 1953, featured Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot and sold over 50,000 copies. (Hefner, who never met Monroe, bought the crypt next to hers at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in 1992 for $75,000.)
After the Charles Beaumont science fiction short story “The Crooked Man” was rejected by Esquire magazine in 1955, Hefner agreed to publish it in Playboy. The story highlighted straight men being persecuted in a world where homosexuality was the norm. After the magazine received angry letters, Hefner wrote a response to criticism where he said, “If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society then the reverse was wrong, too.” In 1961, Hefner watched Dick Gregory perform at the Herman Roberts Show Bar in Chicago. Based on that performance, Hefner hired Gregory to work at the Chicago Playboy Club; Gregory attributed the subsequent launch of his career to that night.
On June 4, 1963, Hefner was arrested for promoting obscene literature after an issue of Playboy featuring nude shots of Jayne Mansfield was published. The case went to trial and resulted in a hung jury.
In the 1993 The Simpsons episode “Krusty Gets Kancelled”, Hefner guest-voiced himself. In 1999, Hefner financed the Clara Bow documentary, Discovering the It Girl. “Nobody has what Clara had. She defined an era and made her mark on the nation,” he stated. Hefner guest-starred as himself in a 2006 episode of Seth Green’s Robot Chicken on the late-night programming block Adult Swim. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for television and has made several movie appearances as himself. In 2009, he received a “worst supporting actor” nomination for a Razzie award for his performance as himself in Miss March. On his official Twitter account he joked about this nomination: “Maybe I didn’t understand the character.”
A documentary by Brigitte Berman, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, was released on July 30, 2010. He had previously granted full access to documentary filmmaker and television producer Kevin Burns for the A&E Biography special Hugh Hefner: American Playboy in 1996. Hefner and Burns later collaborated on numerous other television projects, most notably on The Girls Next Door, a reality series that ran for six seasons (2005–2009) and 90 episodes.
In 1949, Hefner married Northwestern University student Mildred (“Millie”) Williams, who was also born in 1926. They had two children: daughter Christie Hefner (born 1952) and son David (born 1955). Before the wedding, Mildred confessed that she had an affair while he was away in the army. He called the admission “the most devastating moment of my life.” A 2006 E! True Hollywood Story profile of Hefner revealed that Mildred allowed him to have sex with other women, out of guilt for her infidelity and in the fond hope that it would preserve their marriage. The two were divorced in 1959.
Hefner remade himself as a bon vivant and man about town, a lifestyle he promoted in his magazine and two TV shows he hosted, Playboy’s Penthouse (1959–1960) and Playboy After Dark (1969–1970). He admitted to being “‘involved’ with maybe eleven out of twelve months’ worth of Playmates” during some of these years. Donna Michelle, Marilyn Cole, Lillian Müller, Shannon Tweed, Barbi Benton, Karen Christy, Sondra Theodore, and Carrie Leigh — who filed a $35 million palimony suit against him — were a few of his many lovers. In 1971, he acknowledged that he experimented in bisexuality. Also in 1971, Hefner established a second residence in Los Angeles with the acquisition of Playboy Mansion West and, in 1975, moved there permanently from Chicago.
Hefner had a minor stroke in 1985 at the age of 59. After re-evaluating his lifestyle, he made several changes. The wild, all-night parties were toned down significantly and in 1988, daughter Christie began to run the Playboy empire. The following year, he married Playmate of the Year Kimberley Conrad; they were thirty-six years apart in age. The couple had two sons: Marston Glenn (born 1990) and Cooper Bradford (born 1991). The E! True Hollywood Story profile noted that the notorious Playboy Mansion had been transformed into a family-friendly homestead. After he and Conrad separated in 1998, she moved into a house next door to the mansion.
In January 2009, Hefner started dating Crystal Harris, joining the Shannon Twins after his previous “number one girlfriend”, Holly Madison, had ended their 7-year relationship. On December 24, 2010, he became engaged to Harris, to become his third wife. Harris broke off their engagement on June 14, 2011, five days before their planned wedding. In anticipation of the wedding, the July issue of Playboy, which reached store shelves and customer’s homes within days of the wedding date, featured Harris on the cover and in a photo spread as well. The headline on the cover read “Introducing America’s Princess, Mrs. Crystal Hefner”.
Hefner’s brother Keith died at the age of 87 on April 8, 2016, one day before Hefner’s 90th birthday.
Hefner became known for moving an ever-changing coterie of young women into the Playboy Mansion, including twins Sandy and Mandy Bentley. He dated as many as seven women concurrently. He also dated Brande Roderick, Izabella St. James, Tina Marie Jordan, Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson. Madison, Wilkinson and Marquardt appeared on The Girls Next Door depicting their lives at the Playboy Mansion. In October 2008, all three girls decided to leave the mansion. Hefner soon began dating his new “Number One” girlfriend, Crystal Harris, along with identical twin models Kristina and Karissa Shannon. The relationship with the twins ended in January 2010. After an 11-year separation, Hefner filed for divorce from Conrad, citing irreconcilable differences. Hefner has stated that he only remained nominally married to her for the sake of his children, and his youngest child had just turned 18. On December 24, 2010, Hefner presented an engagement ring to Crystal Harris, publicly announcing the proposal the following day. Hefner and Harris had planned to marry June 18, 2011. Harris called off the wedding just 5 days before they were due to be wed. Twenty-six-year-old Harris and eighty-six-year-old Hefner reconciled and were married on December 31, 2012.
In 2012, Hefner announced that his youngest son, Cooper, would likely succeed him as the public face of Playboy.
In January 2016, the Playboy Mansion was put on the market for $200 million, on condition that Hugh Hefner would continue to work and live in the mansion. It was later sold to Daren Metropoulos, a principal at private equity firm Metropoulos & Co, for $100 million. Metropoulos plans to reconnect the Playboy Mansion property with a neighboring estate that he purchased in 2009, combining the two for a 7.3 acre (3-hectare) compound as his own private residence.
The Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award was created by Christie Hefner “to honor individuals who have made significant contributions in the vital effort to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for Americans.”
He donated and raised money for the Democratic Party. In 2011, he referred to himself as an independent due to disillusionment with both the Democratic and Republican parties. However, in 2012, he supported Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.
In 1978, Hefner helped organize fund-raising efforts that led to the restoration of the Hollywood Sign. He hosted a gala fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion and personally contributed $27,000 (or 1/9 of the total restoration costs) by purchasing the letter Y in a ceremonial auction.
Hefner donated $100,000 to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts to create a course called “Censorship in Cinema,” and $2 million to endow a chair for the study of American film.
Both through his charitable foundation and individually, Hefner also contributed to charities outside the sphere of politics and publishing, throwing fundraiser events for Much Love Animal Rescue as well as Generation Rescue, a controversial anti-vaccinationist campaign organization supported by Jenny McCarthy.
On November 18, 2010, Children of the Night founder and president Dr. Lois Lee presented Hefner with the organization’s first-ever Founder’s Hero of the Heart Award in appreciation for his unwavering dedication, commitment and generosity. On April 26, 2010, Hefner donated the last $900,000 sought by a conservation group for a land purchase needed to stop the development of the famed vista of the Hollywood Sign. Sylvilagus palustris hefneri, an endangered subspecies of marsh rabbit, is named after him in honor of financial support that he provided.
Hefner supported legalizing same-sex marriage, and he stated that a fight for gay marriage was “a fight for all our rights. Without it, we will turn back the sexual revolution and return to an earlier, puritanical time.”
Hefner died at his home in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California on September 27, 2017, at the age of 91.
Vern Hagen September 3, 1926 – September 26, 2017
Vernon K. Hagen September 3, 1926 – September 26, 2017 – Vernon K. Hagen, 91, of Stuart, Florida, passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2017 under the tender loving care of Treasure Health.
Born in Roseau, MN; raised in Cando, ND, also lived in several other cities and towns in North Dakota and Montana. Vernon was active in sports; played Football, Basketball and was a very talented Ice Hockey player. After graduating from high school, he was inducted into the U.S. Army; stationed in Hawaii to prepare for and serve in combat in the South Pacific. After an honorable discharge at the end of WW II, He graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and later earned a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from The Catholic University. Vernon worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 35 years as the Chief of the Hydraulics and Hydrology division with responsibility and focus on Flood Control, Reservoir Regulation, Water Quality, Hydropower, and Sedimentation. After retiring from the Corps, Vernon worked an additional 5 years as a consultant with the Engineering firm of Dewberry and Davis and FEMA. (Federal Emergency Management Agency). He was a longtime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
He lived in Springfield, Virginia, and after retirement, moved to Crossville, TN where he and his wife, Jessie, were avid motor home enthusiasts, traveling all over the United States. He was a very active member of the Springfield United Methodist Church and the First United Methodist Church in Crossville and an active volunteer in his community.
He is survived by his daughter Tracy Mooney and her husband Steve Mooney of Stuart, Florida and his grandchildren Brian Mooney, Amy Howard and Andrew McGrew and his close friend Elaine Milliken. He is predeceased by his wife of almost 60 years Jessie Hagen and their son Robert McGrew.
Inurnment with full military honors from the U.S. Army will be 1:30 pm Friday, October 6, 2017 at Mariner Sands Memorial Gardens, 6500 Congressional Way, Stuart, FL, 34997 followed by a Memorial Service at 2 pm at the Mariner Sands Chapel followed by a Reception at 3:00 pm at Allegro of Stuart, 3400 SE Aster Lane, Stuart, Florida, 34997.
Memorial donations in loving memory of Vernon can be made to Little Treasures, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997.
Funeral arrangements have entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL. 34994, Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.com.
Bob Matheu, II September 7, 1942 – September 21, 2017
Robert R. Matheu, II September 7, 1942 – September 21, 2017 – Robert R. Matheu, II (75) succumbed to this thing called life on Thursday, September 21, 2017. A native of California, Bob spent a majority of his life as a Connecticut Yankee prior to moving to Stuart, FL about a decade ago.
Bob is survived by his loving wife and best friend of (almost) 50 years, Martha Matheu. Bob was extremely loving and proud of his two children, daughter Kate, husband Mark and grandson Matthew of Dillon, CO; and son Trey and wife Jenny Matheu of Yellowstone National Park, WY; and his sister, Liz Weller of Park City, UT.
Bob spent most of his professional career in the banking industry, starting at the United California Bank. After moving to Connecticut, he was promoted to the level of Vice President and Regional Manager for Colonial Bank, during which time he graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking where he earned his PhD. In his next adventure, he accepted a position as Executive Vice president of Citytrust Bank prior to founding his own bank consulting business, Bennington Partners in 1989. He recently retired and sold the business in 2015.
Throughout his lifetime, Bob held volunteer leadership positions including membership in the Board of Lake Waramaug Country Club, coach and founder of Washington Boys Football, Treasurer of the New Milford Hospital, Trustee at the Washington Congregational Church, Treasurer of the Washington Lions Club, Treasurer and Managing Director of the Galleon Beach Club, and he held various positions in the Willoughby Golf Club.
He was sorely disappointed to have left this world prior to the passage of just about anything from the 115th Congress. A memorial service for Bob will be held at a date and time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob’s name to the Treasure Coast Hospice House at 1000 SE Ruhnke St., Stuart, FL 34997.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Martin Funeral Home, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994.
Paul Beres July 3, 19243 – September 21, 2017
Paul A. Beres July 3, 19243 – September 21, 2017 – Paul A. Beres, 93, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Treasure Coast Hospice, in Stuart, Florida.
Born in Martin’s Ferry, OH, Paul lived in South Florida for 45 years before moving to Stuart. Paul was an electronics technician for Sears in the Miami area for over 37 years. In retirement he taught himself woodcarving, creating hundreds of birds, caricatures and Christmas ornaments for family and friends.
Mr. Beres is survived by sons Dennis (Sandi) of Palm City and Steven (Jane) of Stuart, eight grandchildren, Keli, Heath, Matthew, Andrew, Sarah, Daniel, Nicholas and Austin, and two great grandchildren, Olivia and Carly. He is predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Helen, and by a daughter, Lauree Moore.
Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart Chapel.
Dean Peterson April 28, 1920 – September 20, 2017
Dean C. Peterson April 28, 1920 – September 20, 2017 – Dean Clifton Peterson, 97, died September 20, 2017 at his home in Stuart, Florida. Dean was born in Vinton, Iowa on April 28, 1920, one of three sons of Gertrude Riefe and William Peterson. Following graduation from the University of Iowa, Dean served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1943 – 1946. He took part in the World War II D-Day invasion at Utah Beach.
Following the war, he met Helen E. Reece Of Hingham, Massachusetts. They were married October 2, 1946. Over the years, Dean and Helen and their four children lived in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Illinois. Helen and Dean lived in Decatur, Illinois for 38 years, before retiring to Stuart, Florida in 1998.
In retirement, Dean enjoyed playing golf. He was also a pool shark, and could play a mean game of gin rummy! Dean and Helen enjoyed traveling to many countries in retirement, including Scandinavia, Cuba, Hawaii, Europe, Thailand, and Morocco. They also enjoyed driving up the East Coast every year to visit their children and grandchildren.
Dean will be greatly missed for his optimistic attitude and his ability to make people feel at home. He is survived by his children, Jay R. Peterson and wife Lauren of Stuart, Florida; his daughter Deanne Peterson of Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Susan E. Kirkham and husband Glenn of Stuart, Florida. Dean is also survived by three loving grandchildren: Robin E. Chafetz, Alexander Chafetz, and Drew E. Peterson. He also leaves his twin brother, James R. Peterson, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Dean’s beloved wife of 66 years, Helen, and his son, Kent Talbot Peterson preceded him in death.
A gathering to commemorate Dean’s life will be held at the Conquistador Clubhouse in Stuart, FL on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994. 772-223-5550. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.com.
Edna Formicola December 8th, 1930 – September 20th, 2017
Edna R. Formicola December 8th, 1930 – September 20th, 2017 – Edna Rita Formicola, 86, of Palm City, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Martin Medical Center, Stuart, Florida.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she had been a resident of Palm City for 21 years coming from Haverford, Pennsylvania.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Palm City. She was a former member of the Monarch Country Club, Palm City.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Ciro Formicola of Palm City; her daughter, Adele Varisano and her husband, Angelo of West Chester, Pennsylvania; her grandchildren, Nicole Tuttle and her husband Walter of Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, Stephen Varisano and his wife, Jaime of Downingtown, Pennsylvania and Jaclyn Donohue and her husband Patrick of West Chester and her great grandchildren, Greyson Varisano and Kate Adele Donohue. She was preceded in death by 4 sisters.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Additional a mass will be held in West Chester, PA on October 6th, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. Simon & Jude Catholic Church on West Chester Pike.
“Jake” LaMotta July 10, 1922 – September 19, 2017
Giacobbe “Jake” LaMotta (July 10, 1922 – September 19, 2017) was an American professional boxer, former World Middleweight Champion, and stand-up comedian. Nicknamed “The Raging Bull”, LaMotta was a rough fighter who was not a particularly big puncher, but he would subject his opponents to vicious beatings in the ring. With use of constant stalking, brawling and inside fighting, he developed the reputation for being a ‘bully’, he was what is often referred to today as a swarmer and a slugger.
Due to his style of fighting, LaMotta often got as much as he was giving in an era of great middleweights; with a thick skull and jaw muscles, LaMotta was able to absorb incredible amounts of punishment over the course of his career, and is thought to have one of the greatest chins in boxing history. LaMotta’s six-fight rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson was one of the most notable in the sport, but LaMotta won only one of the bouts. Although each fight was close, LaMotta dropped Robinson to the canvas multiple times. LaMotta, who lived a turbulent life in and out of the ring, was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the 1980 film Raging Bull. He was managed by his brother Joey LaMotta.
LaMotta was born to Italian parents in the Bronx, New York City on July 10, 1922. His mother was born in the United States, while his father was an emigrant from Messina. His father forced him to fight other children in order to entertain neighborhood adults, who threw pocket change into the ring. LaMotta’s father collected the money and used it to help pay the rent. His cousin was inventor Richard LaMotta.
LaMotta turned professional at age 19 in 1941. During World War II, he was rejected for military service because of a mastoid operation on one of his ears.
As a middleweight in his first fifteen bouts, LaMotta went 14–0–1 (3 KOs) before losing a highly controversial split decision to Jimmy Reeves in Reeves’ hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Chaos erupted after the decision was announced. Fights broke out around the ring and the crowd continued to boo for 20 minutes. The arena’s organist tried to calm down the crowd by playing the “Star Spangled Banner”.
One month later, LaMotta and Reeves fought again in the same arena. Reeves won a much less controversial decision. A third match between the two took place on March 19, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. The first five rounds were close, though Reeves was struggling in the fourth. In the sixth round, LaMotta floored Reeves, who was only down for a second. Once the fight resumed, LaMotta landed a left on Reeves’ chin, sending him down face-first. Reeves was blinking his eyes and shaking his head as the referee counted him out.
LaMotta fought Sugar Ray Robinson in Robinson’s middleweight debut at Madison Square Garden, New York, October 2, 1942. LaMotta knocked Robinson down in the first round of the fight. Robinson got up and took control over much of the fight, winning via unanimous 10 round decision.
A 10 round rematch took place February 5, 1943, at Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Michigan. The eighth round was historic. LaMotta landed a right to Robinson’s head and a left to his body, sending him through the ropes. Robinson was saved by the bell at the count of nine. LaMotta, who was already leading on the scorecards before knocking Robinson out of the ring, pummeled and outpointed him for the rest of the fight. Robinson had trouble keeping LaMotta at bay. LaMotta won via unanimous decision, giving Robinson the first defeat of his career.
The victory was short-lived, as the two met on February 26, 1943, another 10 round fight, once again at Olympia Stadium in Robinson’s former home of Detroit. Robinson was knocked down for a nine-count in Round 7. Robinson later stated, “He really hurt me with a left in the seventh round. I was a little dazed and decided to stay on the deck.” Robinson won the close fight by unanimous decision, utilizing a dazzling left jab and jarring uppercuts. LaMotta stated the fight was gifted to Robinson because he would be inducted into the army the next day.
A fourth fight, the duo’s final 10 rounder, took place nearly two years after the third, on February 23, 1945, at Madison Square Garden, New York. Robinson won again by a unanimous decision.
LaMotta and Robinson had their fifth bout at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois on September 26, 1945. Robinson won by a very controversial split decision contested over 12 rounds. The decision was severely booed by the 14,755 people in attendance. LaMotta later said in his autobiography that the decision was widely criticized by several newspapers and boxing publishers. Robinson said afterward, “This was the toughest fight I’ve ever had with LaMotta.”
On November 14, 1947, LaMotta was knocked out in the fourth round by Billy Fox. Suspecting the fight was fixed, the New York State Athletic Commission withheld purses for the fight and suspended LaMotta. The fight with Fox would come back to haunt him later in life, during a case with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In his testimony and in his later book, LaMotta admitted to throwing the fight to gain favor with the Mafia. All involved agreed the fix was obvious and their staging inept. As LaMotta wrote,
The first round, a couple of belts to his head, and I see a glassy look coming over his eyes. Jesus Christ, a couple of jabs and he’s going to fall down? I began to panic a little. I was supposed to be throwing a fight to this guy, and it looked like I was going to end up holding him on his feet… By [the fourth round], if there was anybody in the Garden who didn’t know what was happening, he must have been dead drunk.”
The thrown fight and a payment of $20,000 to the Mafia got LaMotta his title bout against World Middleweight Champion Marcel Cerdan.
LaMotta went 9–1 before he fought for the title. His only loss was a decision to Laurent Dauthuille.
LaMotta won the World Middleweight title on June 16, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, defeating Frenchman Marcel Cerdan. LaMotta won the first round (also knocking Cerdan down), Cerdan the second, and the third was even. At that point it became clear something was wrong. Cerdan dislocated his arm in the first round, apparently damaged in the knockdown, and gave up before the start of the 10th round. LaMotta damaged his left hand in the fifth round, but still landed 104 punches in the ninth round, whereas Cerdan hardly threw a punch. The official score had LaMotta as winner by a knockout in 10 rounds because the bell had already rung to begin that round when Cerdan announced he was quitting. A rematch was arranged, but while Cerdan was flying back to the United States to fight the rematch, his Air France Lockheed Constellation crashed in the Azores, killing everyone on board.
LaMotta made his first title defense against Tiberio Mitri on July 7, 1950, at Madison Square Garden, New York. LaMotta retained his title via unanimous decision. LaMotta’s next defense came on September 13, 1950, against Laurent Dauthuille. Dauthuille had previously beaten LaMotta by decision before LaMotta became world champion. By the fifteenth round, Dauthuille was once again ahead on all scorecards (72–68, 74–66, 71–69) and seemed to be about to repeat a victory against LaMotta. LaMotta hit Dauthuille with a barrage of punches that sent him down against the ropes toward the end of the round. Dauthuille was counted out with 13 seconds left in the fight. This fight was named Fight of the Year for 1950 by The Ring Magazine.
The sixth and final fight between LaMotta and Robinson took place at Chicago Stadium. This fight was scheduled for 15 rounds and was for the middleweight title. Held on February 14, 1951, Saint Valentine’s Day, the fight became known as boxing’s version of the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. In the last few rounds, LaMotta began to take a horrible beating and was soon unable to defend himself from Robinson’s powerful blows. But LaMotta refused to go down. Robinson won by a technical knockout in the 13th round, when the fight was stopped with LaMotta lying on the ropes. However, Robinson was never able to knock LaMotta down.
LaMotta moved up to light heavyweight after losing his world middleweight title. He had poor results at first. He lost his debut against Bob Murphy, lost a split decision to Norman Hayes, and drew with Gene Hairston in his first three bouts. In his next three fights, LaMotta had rematches with Hayes, Hairston, and Murphy and defeated all of them by unanimous decision.
On December 31, 1952, LaMotta had his next fight against Danny Nardico. LaMotta was knocked down for the only time in his career (not counting his thrown 1947 fight) by a right hand in the seventh round. He got up and was beaten against a corner by Nardico until the bell rang. LaMotta’s corner stopped the bout before the eighth round began.
Following that fight, LaMotta took time off; when he returned, in early 1954, he knocked out his first two opponents, Johnny Pretzie (TKO 4) and Al McCoy (KO 1), but a controversial split decision loss to Billy Kilgore on April 14, 1954 convinced him to retire.
After retiring from the ring, LaMotta owned and managed bars, and became a stage actor and stand-up comedian. In 1958 he was arrested and charged with introducing men to an underage girl at a club he owned in Miami. He was convicted and served 6-months on a chain gang, although he has maintained his innocence.
LaMotta appeared in more than 15 films, including The Hustler (1961) with Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason, in which he had a cameo role as a bartender. He appeared in several episodes of the NBC police comedy Car 54 Where Are You? (1961–63). A lifelong baseball fan, he organized the Jake LaMotta All-Star Team in the Bronx. The LaMotta team played in Sterling Oval which was located between 165th and 164th Streets between Clay and Teller Avenue.
In 1960 LaMotta was called to testify before a U.S. Senate sub-committee that was looking into underworld influence on boxing. He testified that he had thrown his bout with Billy Fox so that the mob would arrange a title bout for him.
LaMotta is recognized as having one of the best chins in boxing. He rolled with punches, minimizing their force and damage when they landed, but he was also able to absorb many blows. In the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, his sixth bout with Robinson, LaMotta suffered numerous severe blows to the head. Commentators could be heard saying “No man can take this kind of punishment!” But LaMotta did not go down. The fight was stopped by the referee in the 13th round, declaring it a TKO victory for Robinson.
LaMotta was one of the first boxers to adopt the “bully” style of fighting, in that he always stayed close and in punching range of his opponent, by stalking him around the ring, and sacrificed taking punches himself in order to land his own shots. Due to his aggressive, unrelenting style he was known as “The Bronx Bull.” He boasted “No son-of-a-bitch ever knocked me off my feet”, but that claim was ended in December 1952 at the hands of Danny Nardico when Nardico caught him with a hard right in the seventh round. LaMotta fell into the ropes and went down. After regaining his footing, he was unable to come out for the next round.
Hollywood executives approached LaMotta with the idea of a movie about his life, based on his 1970 memoir, Raging Bull: My Story. The film, Raging Bull, released in 1980, was initially only a minor box office success, but eventually received overwhelming critical acclamation for both director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro, who gained about 60 pounds during the shooting of the film to play the older LaMotta in later scenes.
To accurately portray the younger LaMotta, De Niro trained with LaMotta until LaMotta felt he was ready to box professionally. De Niro lived in Paris for three months, eating at the finest restaurants in order to gain sufficient weight to portray LaMotta after retirement. De Niro won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.
LaMotta had a troubled personal life, including a spell in a reformatory, and was married seven times. He admitted raping a woman, beating his wives, and coming close to beating a man to death during a robbery.
In February 1998, LaMotta’s elder son, Jake LaMotta, Jr., died of liver cancer. In September 1998, his younger son, Joseph LaMotta, died in the crash of Swissair Flight 111.
His nephew, John LaMotta, fought in the heavyweight-novice class of the 2001 Golden Gloves championship tournament. John later became an actor, and one of his roles was as “Duke”, who ran the bar of that name featured in the television comedy series Frasier. Another nephew, William Lustig, is a well-known director and producer of horror films and the president of Blue Underground, Inc.
LaMotta has four daughters, including Christi by his second wife Vikki LaMotta and Stephanie by his fourth wife Dimitria. He married his seventh wife, his longtime fiancée Denise Baker, on January 4, 2013.
LaMotta remained active on the speaking and autograph circuit, and published several books about his career, his life, and his fights with Robinson. He was a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and was ranked 52nd on Ring Magazine’s List of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years. The magazine ranked him as one of the 10 greatest middleweights of all time.
LaMotta appeared in a 50-minute New York stage production, Lady and the Champ, in July 2012. The production focused on LaMotta’s boxing career, and was criticized by The New York Times as poorly executed and a “bizarre debacle”.
LaMotta is the subject of a documentary directed and produced by LEMMY co-director Greg Olliver. The film features an appearance by Mike Tyson among other notable athletes, actors and Jake’s family and friends. Also in production was a sequel to Raging Bull, although MGM filed suit to halt the project, saying that LaMotta does not have the right to make a sequel. The lawsuit was settled on July 31, 2012, when LaMotta agreed to change the title of the film to The Bronx Bull.
LaMotta: The Bronx Bull stars actor William Forsythe as LaMotta, while Paul Sorvino plays his father. It also features Joe Mantegna, Tom Sizemore, Penelope Ann Miller, Natasha Henstridge, Joey Diaz and Ray Wise.
LaMotta died on September 19, 2017, from complications of pneumonia in a nursing home in Florida, at the age of 95.
Johnny Sandlin Jr. April 16, 1945 – September 19, 2017
John Everett Sandlin Jr. (April 16, 1945 – September 19, 2017) was an American recording engineer and record producer. He is best known for producing albums by bands such as the Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Wet Willie, and Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit.
Sandlin was born in Decatur, Alabama, and attended Athens State University. Sandlin began his music career as the drummer of The Five Minutes, was a member of Hour Glass alongside Duane and Gregg Allman, and recorded as a session musician in Miami, playing drums, bass, and guitar. He began producing albums with Johnny Jenkins’ Ton-Ton Macoute! (1970), and went on to mix At Fillmore East (1971) and Eat a Peach (1972), and produce Brothers and Sisters (1973), and Win, Lose or Draw (1975). He worked with a variety of other bands, including the Athens, Georgia-based band Widespread Panic on their sophomore album, Mom’s Kitchen.
Sandlin died of cancer in Decatur, Alabama, at the age of 72
Bernie Casey June 8, 1939 – September 19, 2017
Bernard Terry Casey (June 8, 1939 – September 19, 2017) was an American actor, poet, and professional football player.
Casey was born in Wyco, West Virginia, the son of Flossie (Coleman) and Frank Leslie Casey. He graduated from East High School in Columbus, Ohio.
Casey was a record-breaking track and field athlete for Bowling Green State University. He earned All-America recognition and a trip to the finals at the 1960 United States Olympic Trials. In addition to national honors, Casey won three consecutive Mid-American Conference titles in the high-hurdles, 1958–60.
Casey was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1961 as the 9th pick in the first round. He played for eight NFL seasons: six with the 49ers and two with the Los Angeles Rams. His best-known play came in 1967 for the Rams in the penultimate game of the season against the Green Bay Packers. The Rams needed to win to keep their division title hopes alive, but trailed the Packers 24–20 with under a minute to play. The Rams then blocked a punt and ran it back to the 5 yard line. After an incomplete pass, Casey caught the winning touchdown pass from Roman Gabriel with under 30 seconds to play to give the Rams a 27–24 victory. The Rams defeated the Colts the following week to win the Coastal Division title.
Casey began his acting career in the film Guns of the Magnificent Seven, a sequel to The Magnificent Seven. Then he played opposite fellow former NFL star Jim Brown in the crime dramas …tick…tick…tick… and Black Gunn. He played the title role in the 1972 science fiction TV film Gargoyles. He also played Tamara Dobson’s love interest in 1973’s Cleopatra Jones.
From there he moved between performances on television and the big screen such as playing team captain for the Chicago Bears in the TV film Brian’s Song. In 1979, he starred as widower Mike Harris in the NBC television series Harris and Company, the first weekly American TV drama series centered on a black family. In 1980, he played Major Jeff Spender in the television mini-series The Martian Chronicles, based on the novel by Ray Bradbury.
In 1981, Casey played a detective opposite Burt Reynolds in the feature film Sharky’s Machine, directed by Reynolds. He reunited with Reynolds a few years later for the crime story Rent-a-Cop.
In 1983, he played the role of CIA agent Felix Leiter in the non-Eon Productions James Bond film Never Say Never Again. He co-starred in Revenge of the Nerds and had a comedic role as Colonel Rhombus in the John Landis film Spies Like Us. Casey also appeared in the movie Hit Man.
Also during his career, he worked with such well-known directors as Martin Scorsese in his 1972 film Boxcar Bertha and appeared on such television series as The Streets of San Francisco and as U. N. Jefferson, the national head of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity in Revenge of the Nerds.
He played a version of himself, and other football players turned actors, in Keenen Ivory Wayans’s 1988 comedic film I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. He played a high school teacher in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, released in 1989. Casey appeared as a very influential prisoner with outside connections in Walter Hill’s Another 48 Hrs.. In 1992, he appeared as a Naval officer in the battleship USS Missouri in Under Siege.
In 1994, Casey guest-starred in a two-episode story arc in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (along with series star Avery Brooks) as the Maquis leader Lieutenant Commander Cal Hudson, and in 1995 as a guest-star on both SeaQuest 2032 as Admiral VanAlden and Babylon 5 as Derek Cranston. He has continued working as an actor. In 2006, he co-starred in the film When I Find the Ocean alongside such actors as Lee Majors.
He enjoyed painting and writing poetry. Look at the People, a book of his paintings and poems, was published by Doubleday in 1969.
Casey died in Los Angeles on September 19, 2017 at the age of 78.
Coleman Merrill April 11, 2000 – September 18, 2017
Coleman Lloyd Merrill April 11, 2000 – September 18, 2017 – Coleman Lloyd Merrill, 17, of Stuart, FL passed away Monday, September 18, 2017 at home. He was the loving son of his father, David Merrill of Stuart, FL, and his mother, Michele Pfeiffer of Palm City, FL.
Coleman was a dual enrolled student at Clark Advanced Learning Center and Indian River State College. He excelled academically and was enjoying learning about his deepest passion in life – medicine – as part of a surgical medical internship at Martin Memorial Hospital. He had just received a scholarship to and completed Wabash College’s prestigious OLAB program in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
He loved his new kitten, Lorin (short for “Explorin’” he said). Coleman’s kind soul extended beyond just his love for animals: He enjoyed volunteering his time running sound and music for events held at the Boy Scouts of America’s Tanah Keeta Scout Reservation in Tequesta, and serving meals in the community to the homeless and other people in need. Children always seemed to gravitate to Coleman, and he always took the time to make them feel important and valued. Coleman also had a knack for computing.
Some of Coleman’s happiest times were spent travelling. His favorite places he’d visited included France and Spain which he visited earlier this year as part of Clark’s study abroad program. He also loved his trips to Estes Park, Colorado for hiking, Zion National Park in Utah for exploring and canyoneering, and Tennessee and North Carolina for tubing, whitewater rafting and jumping into the icy rivers below. Coleman was fearless.
Coleman is survived by his father, David Lloyd Merrill, Esquire and Kelsey Cupples of Stuart, FL, his mother, Michele Pfeiffer and her husband Brian Pfeiffer of Palm City, FL; his two step siblings, Megan and Hunter Pfeiffer; his paternal grandparents Dr. L. Kent and Midge Merrill of Jonesborough, TN; his maternal grandparents Willard and Astrid Staples of Dade City, FL; Dillon and Cami Cupples, and his many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be held Friday, September 22, 2017 at 5:30 PM at the Grace Place Church, 1550 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Grace Place Church, 1550 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in loving memory of Coleman Merrill can be made to the Coleman Lloyd Merrill Memorial Scholarship Fund. Both a gofundme account as well as a Chase account have been established for this fund which will be for the benefit of other young men and women with a proven passion for medicine and desire to become physicians. Details can be found on Facebook on the page “Coleman Merrill Memorial Scholarship,” www.gofundme.com/4go0wk0 and on the funeral home’s website below.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care to Martin Funeral Home, Stuart Chapel, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994.
Boby Heenan November 1, 1944 – September 17, 2017
Raymond Louis Heenan (November 1, 1944 – September 17, 2017), better known as Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, was an American professional wrestling manager, wrestler, and color commentator, best known for his time with the American Wrestling Association (AWA), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He was known for his skill in drawing heel heat for himself and his wrestlers, and for his on-screen repartee with Gorilla Monsoon as a color commentator. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004, by Blackjack Lanza. Wrestling journalists Dave Meltzer and Wade Keller noted that Heenan is generally considered to be the greatest pro wrestling manager of all time.
Heenan was born in Chicago on November 1, 1944. Always a fan of wrestling growing up in Chicago and Indianapolis, he started in the wrestling profession early on, carrying bags and jackets for the wrestlers, and selling refreshments at the events. Dropping out of school in the eighth grade to support his mother and grandmother, his first break in the wrestling business was as a heel manager and wrestler in 1965 when he was known as “Pretty Boy” Bobby Heenan. His gimmick over the years more or less remained the same; a tough talking big mouth who cowered in fear when being physically confronted. At the time, heels were often given managers to speak for them in interviews, rile up the crowd during matches, and cheat on their behalf. He went on to manage some of the most successful wrestlers in the world, creating “The Heenan Family”, a stable that existed in several different incarnations and wrestling promotions for over 20 years.
In 1967, Heenan became a regular in the Indianapolis-based WWA promotion both as wrestler and manager. He initially managed Angelo Poffo and Chris Markoff. He later managed the Assassins (Guy Mitchell and Joe Tomasso), The Valiant Brothers and The Blackjacks. He also occasionally wrestled with a storyline “brother” Guy Heenan, the aforementioned Guy Mitchell. Starting in 1969, he also made occasional appearances in the American Wrestling Association. In 1974, he left the WWA. He attributed his departure from the WWA to a dispute with owner Dick the Bruiser over his pay for his participation in the first-ever wrestling event held at Market Square Arena, emphatically stating that he never returned to the promotion as a result.
In his first appearance in the AWA in 1974, Heenan announced he was now to be known as “The Brain”. He took up managing the team of Nick Bockwinkel and Ray “The Crippler” Stevens, a duo which became several-time AWA World Tag Team Champions under his leadership. While Bockwinkel and Stevens feuded with The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser, Bruiser famously called Heenan “Weasel”; this led to faces calling him “Weasel” throughout the rest of his wrestling career. The AWA was the starting point for his first Heenan Family, which consisted of Bockwinkel, Stevens, Bobby Duncum Sr., and Blackjack Lanza.
In 1975, with Heenan in his corner, Bockwinkel captured his first of several AWA World Heavyweight Championships, ending the seven-year reign of perennial champion Verne Gagne. While Bockwinkel was AWA Champion in 1976, Lanza and Duncum captured the AWA World Tag Team Championship, making Heenan the first manager in history to simultaneously manage both a major promotion’s singles and tag team champions.
In early 1979, Heenan left the AWA (suspended one year, in storyline) to work in Georgia Championship Wrestling, a tenure he later said he did not enjoy due to his dislike of then booker Ole Anderson. He returned in late 1979 and resumed managing Nick Bockwinkel to renewed championship success, including against a young Hulk Hogan in 1983. He also managed Ken Patera following his return to the AWA in 1982. During AWA’s tour of Japan in 1983, Heenan suffered a neck injury that would limit his in-ring ability going forward.
In September 1984, Heenan came out during an AWA interview with the Fabulous Ones and initiated a kayfabe brawl in the TV studio with them. Wally Karbo announced on the September 28 AWA broadcast that Heenan had been (kayfabe) suspended indefinitely from the AWA as a manager and wrestler by AWA President Stanley Blackburn. In reality, he was leaving the AWA.
In 1984, Vince McMahon lured Heenan away from the AWA to manage Jesse “The Body” Ventura. While most of the AWA talent left for the WWF during this time without giving proper notice (the AWA required departing talent to work a six-week notice for booking and syndication-based reasons, with most talent claiming that McMahon paid them extra not to work out their notices with the AWA), only Heenan worked out his notice in good faith to the Gagne family.
With Ventura unable to wrestle, Heenan managed Big John Studd in his feud against André the Giant about who was the true giant in professional wrestling (André was billed as being 7’4″ (224 cm) while Studd was 6’10” (208 cm)), and challenged André to a US$15,000 bodyslam match against Studd at the first WrestleMania, where André had to retire from wrestling if he had lost the match. André won the match and then took the bag with the $15,000 and started throwing it out to the crowd before Heenan snatched the bag.
Heenan reformed the Heenan Family, which over the years in the WWF would include Studd, “Olympic Strong Man” Ken Patera, “Playboy” Buddy Rose, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, King Kong Bundy, André the Giant, High Chief Sivi Afi, the Brain Busters (former Four Horsemen members Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard), “Ravishing” Rick Rude, “King” Harley Race, the Islanders (Haku and Tama), Hercules, The Barbarian, Mr. Perfect, The Red Rooster, and The Brooklyn Brawler. Heenan and the Heenan Family had a feud with Hulk Hogan in the 1980s, and Heenan managed two WrestleMania challengers to Hogan’s title, King Kong Bundy in 1986, and André the Giant in 1987. While neither Bundy nor André won the title at that time, André later bested Hogan for the championship on The Main Event on February 5, 1988, in a controversial win after he aligned himself with “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. Mike Johnson of Pro Wrestling Insider reported that Heenan had received a six-figure payoff for his work in promoting the event—arguably the largest pay day in any managerial career.
After being derided by announcers for his first five years in the WWF (mostly by Gorilla Monsoon) for never managing a champion, WrestleMania V was promoted (mostly by Jesse Ventura and later Gorilla Monsoon) as Heenan’s quest, and best chance since WrestleMania III to manage a champion. Heenan finally managed his first champion in the WWF when “Ravishing” Rick Rude upset The Ultimate Warrior for the WWF Intercontinental Championship, a match Heenan insured Rude would win by holding Warrior’s leg down so he could not break the pin. Shortly thereafter, he led the Brain Busters to the WWF World Tag Team championship. A few months later after the Busters had lost the titles back to Demolition, he led the Colossal Connection (André and Haku) to the Tag Team Championship when they defeated Demolition. Demolition would win the titles back in WrestleMania VI. Immediately after the loss, Heenan began blaming the loss to Andre the Giant going as far as slapping him. A few months after that, he led Mr Perfect to the first of two Intercontinental Championships.
Heenan also wrestled sporadically in his WWF run. In his in-ring debut at Madison Square Garden in November 1984, he pinned Salvatore Bellomo. Heenan’s most notable victory came at WrestleMania IV, teaming with The Islanders to defeat The British Bulldogs and Koko B. Ware. The following year, he was defeated in 30 seconds by former client The Red Rooster at WrestleMania V. Heenan also had a feud with The Ultimate Warrior, who reintroduced Heenan to Weasel Suit matches, which Heenan had during his time in the AWA.
Heenan also had a parody talk show known as The Bobby Heenan Show, which was broadcast in four segments during the second half of WWF’s regular weekly program Prime Time Wrestling. It was co-hosted by Jamison Winger and featured several overweight women known as The Oinkettes.
Heenan retired from managing in 1991 to become a full-time “broadcast journalist”. Nonetheless, Heenan crossed the line to managing sporadically. When the WWF signed Ric Flair, Heenan spent several weeks talking Flair up as “The Real World’s Heavyweight Champion”. He continued to act as an adviser to Flair during his 1991-93 WWF run. Though he nominally managed Flair, Heenan’s former protégé Mr. Perfect, who temporarily retired due to injury, would regularly accompany Flair to ringside as his “Executive Consultant”. At the 1993 Royal Rumble, he introduced Lex “Narcissist” Luger to the WWF to exact revenge on his former protégé, Mr. Perfect.
In 1986, WWF owner Vince McMahon took full advantage of his microphone and comedic skills and Heenan became a color commentator in addition to his managing duties. He replaced Jesse Ventura on Prime Time Wrestling and All American Wrestling, aired on the USA Network, teaming up with Gorilla Monsoon. He also replaced Ventura to team up with Monsoon on the syndicated All-Star Wrestling, which was replaced in the fall of 1986 with Wrestling Challenge. Heenan and Monsoon’s usually-unscripted banter was very entertaining, and inspired many classic moments. Heenan, calling himself a “broadcast journalist”, openly rooted for the heels while they cheated or did something under-handed and referred to the fans of the face wrestlers as the humanoids, and babyface wrestlers, especially jobbers, as “ham-and-eggers.” Another classic moment between Heenan and Monsoon occurred repeatedly when Heenan went on a long rant supporting the heel wrestlers, until an exasperated Gorilla Monsoon would say either, “Will you stop?”, “Give me a break!”, or a sarcastic, “Please!”.
Heenan, still suffering from the broken neck he received ten years earlier and unable to cope with the long working hours, decided to leave the WWF at the end of 1993. He was given an on-air farewell by Gorilla Monsoon on the edition of December 6, 1993 of Monday Night Raw, broadcast from the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. Monsoon who, in kayfabe, was fed up by Heenan’s constant insults, literally threw him and his belongings out of the arena and onto the street. Heenan mentioned that the idea was his and Monsoon’s. Afterwards, Heenan stated that he and Monsoon embraced each other and wept for over an hour in the hotel where they both were staying. Later, in an interview, Heenan recalls the incident saying he chose Monsoon to throw him out of the WWF seeing it as appropriate. He also poked fun at Monsoon saying he ate the bananas that Monsoon brought as a going away gift for Heenan.
Heenan’s original plan was to retire, spend time with his family, and relax, but he was contacted by WCW soon after he left the WWF. He was unsure at first, but accepted their offer once he found out that WCW provided lighter work schedules and health insurance. Heenan also cited the short driving distance between WCW’s home base of Atlanta and his daughter’s school in Alabama.
On January 27, 1994, Heenan made his debut in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He was originally brought in to replace Jesse Ventura, his former client, as the color commentator for WCW Saturday Night and eventually took over Ventura’s position as the company’s lead commentator, replacing him for pay-per-view events and on the syndicated WCW Worldwide and Clash of the Champions events produced for TBS. When WCW Monday Nitro premiered in September 1995, Heenan left Saturday Night to work on the new show full-time and joined former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Steve McMichael as an analyst alongside play-by-play man Eric Bischoff. Heenan said he was uninspired in WCW due to the negative work environment, which he later described as night and day compared to the WWF, and due to conflicts with Bischoff and Tony Schiavone.
In 1996, Heenan made a one-off return to ringside at The Great American Bash as the manager of two of his former clients, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson, in a tag team match against his broadcast colleague McMichael and then-Carolina Panthers linebacker Kevin Greene. Heenan was instrumental in convincing McMichael to turn on his partner, which enabled Flair and Anderson to win the match, and fill the open spot in The Four Horsemen that Brian Pillman left behind when he departed the company earlier in the year.
Starting in late January 2000, WCW replaced Heenan on Monday Nitro and pay-per-view events with Mark Madden. Heenan continued to commentate on Thunder along with Mike Tenay until April 2000. The two were then joined by Tony Schiavone in April 2000. Heenan was then replaced by Stevie Ray beginning in July 2000 on Thunder. Heenan was then only seen with Scott Hudson on Worldwide until he was released by WCW in November 2000.
Heenan provided commentary to the Gimmick Battle Royal match at WrestleMania X-Seven alongside “Mean” Gene Okerlund.
In 2001, Heenan worked briefly as a “sports agent” in the Xcitement Wrestling Federation with Curt Hennig under his tutelage.
In 2004, Heenan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on the eve of WrestleMania XX.
In February 2001, Heenan did color commentary for the WOW Unleashed pay-per-view. In 2004 he feuded with fellow managerial legend Jim Cornette in Ring of Honor.
Heenan appeared for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) on the December 3, 2005 episode of TNA Impact!, He made a brief appearance to start the show, saying he came to watch TNA. On the following episode of Impact!, Heenan appeared alongside Chicago White Sox catcher A. J. Pierzynski and strength coach Dale Torborg when they presented TNA wrestlers A.J. Styles, Chris Sabin, and Sonjay Dutt with autographed gifts from the team. They were interrupted by The Diamonds in the Rough. At the Turning Point pay-per-view, Heenan provided commentary for the Six Man Tag Team Basebrawl match between The Diamonds in the Rough and the team of Sabin, Torborg and Dutt. On the September 7, 2006 episode of Impact!, Heenan appeared making a bid to manage “free agent” Robert Roode.
He was one of the speakers on “Mr McMahon appreciation night” in his last WWE appearance in 2007.
Heenan was honored by the Pro Wrestling Report at the annual Blizzard Brawl event on December 5, 2009 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as he was given their Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to this, The mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett, declared December 5, 2009 to be “Bobby Heenan Day”
Heenan was married to the former Cynthia Jean Perrett (known as Cindy) from June 21, 1978 until his death. Together they had a daughter, Jessica Ida Heenan (married name Solt, born 1978). He also had two grandchildren.
Although on-screen they were often at odds, Heenan was actually very close with his WWF broadcast partner Gorilla Monsoon. He was also close friends with Gene Okerlund. Various other people involved with the wrestling business, including Jim Ross, on-screen adversary Hulk Hogan and Ted DiBiase, noted their close friendships with Heenan on their Twitter accounts after he died.
In January 2002, Heenan announced that he had throat cancer. Heenan later recovered from throat cancer, but lost a great deal of weight, dramatically changing his appearance and voice. Following early treatments, he spoke in a soft, high-pitched tone which contrasts noticeably with the tone fans were accustomed to hearing him use as a color commentator. He went from 231 pounds (105 kg) to 190 pounds (86 kg) or even less.
In December 2007, Heenan had reconstructive surgery on his jaw, after the first surgery was unsuccessful. He was placed in a medically-induced coma and was slowly brought out. In the second half of January 2008, he had come out of his medically induced coma. Though not yet able to speak, he was communicating with his eyes. He had several more surgeries to reconstruct facial features. In October 2008, it was reported that he was able to speak a few sentences before getting tired. In February 2009, it was reported that he was still relearning how to speak clearly and out of the hospital.
On December 11, 2009, Heenan was hospitalized at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida after an examination of his rebuilt jaw found an infection that needed to be treated. By 2010, his jaw infection was completely eradicated. In 2010, he broke a hip and his shoulder in a fall and recovered within a few months.
According to an interview given by Jim Ross in October 2013, Heenan was “hanging in there” and continuing to have trouble speaking as a result of tongue cancer treatments. In April 2014, while in Las Vegas to attend a wedding, he fell out of bed and broke a shoulder. In May 2016, he fell again and broke a hip.
On September 17, 2017, Heenan died at the age of 72 while surrounded by family at his home in Largo, Florida. His cause of death was organ failure due to complications from the throat cancer which had been in remission since 2004.
Richard Sullivan November 25th, 1932 – September 17th, 2017
Richard A. Sullivan November 25th, 1932 – September 17th, 2017 – Richard J Sullivan, 84 of Palm City, FL passed away on Sunday September 17 at his home in Palm City with his family by his side.
Born in Brooklyn, NY to Edward and Mary Sullivan. He served in the U.S. Army. Richard lived most of his life in the NY area before retiring in Florida. He was the consummate business and family man, known for his passion for people’s needs. He could just as easily speak with a Fortune 100 CEO as he could the simplest of men and each would walk away with a smile.
Richard was married for 62 years to JoAnne McInerney, also of Brooklyn, NY. He had 4 children, 10 grand children and 2 great grand children. Known as the Family Patriarch and The Silver Fox for his full head of silver hair that was always perfectly combed!
The family will receive friends and family on Thursday September 21st from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM @ Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City, FL. The funeral will be 10:00 AM, Friday, September 22 @ Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Palm City, FL. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City.
“Penny” Tweedy January 27, 1922 – September 16, 2017
Helen Bates “Penny” Chenery Tweedy (January 27, 1922 – September 16, 2017) was an American sportswoman who bred and raced Secretariat, the 1973 winner of the Triple Crown. The youngest of three children, she graduated from The Madeira School in 1939 and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College, then studied at the Columbia Business School, where she met her future husband, John Tweedy, Sr., a Columbia Law School student. In March 2011, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia awarded Chenery an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Married in May 1949, the couple had four children.
Penny Chenery was born in 1922 in New Rochelle, New York, and was raised in Pelham Manor, New York. The youngest of three children, she was named Helen Bates Chenery after her mother. Her father, Christopher Chenery, a Virginian who grew up poor, was a utilities financier who founded Southern Natural Gas Company, among other utilities. He also founded Meadow Stable, a thoroughbred racing operation and horse breeding business at The Meadow in Caroline County.
Chenery had a love of horses from a young age, and learned to ride at age five. Believing her appreciation for horses was gleaned from her father, Chenery stated, “My father really loved horses. I think a parent often communicates his love to a child.” She shared many of her father’s interest and goals, including her education. She attended the Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, a highly competitive girls’ high school with facilities for riding and housing horses brought to the school by a number of students. Following her graduation, she attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and studied American history. After graduating in 1943, Chenery worked as an assistant for Gibbs and Cox, a company that designed war craft for the Normandy invasion; subsequent to the invasion, she quit her job. At the urging of her father, Chenery volunteered to join the Red Cross and in 1945 traveled to France as a Doughnut Girl to help war-weary soldiers transition to ships home at the end of World War II.
When Chenery returned from Europe in 1946, her father encouraged her to advance her education by attending the Columbia Business School. To make this proposition more attractive, her father offered to pay his daughter’s way, and give her an allowance as well, equal to the amount of the highest paying job she could get if she did not go to business school. Chenery decided to attend, and was one of twenty women attending that year among eight hundred men. While there, she met John Bayard Tweedy, whom she married in May 1949. For nineteen years, in Denver, Colorado, she lived the life of a suburban housewife and mother to four children: Sarah, Christopher, Kate, and John Jr. She enjoyed skiing in Vail, Colorado with her husband, riding her horse, and fund-raising for the Red Cross.
Chenery’s life changed when her father became disabled. He was admitted to New Rochelle Hospital in late February 1968 and remained there until his death in January 1973. Always profitable, the stable began losing money in the late 1960s, exacerbated by her father’s illness. Chenery’s siblings originally planned to sell the operation when their father could no longer run it. Chenery, however, wanted to try to fulfill her father’s dream to win the Kentucky Derby. The housewife and mother of four children was elected president of the board of Meadow Stud, which ran the racing stable. In 1969, she fired long-time trainer Casey Hayes. Chenery consulted with longtime family friend and business associate Bull Hancock of Claiborne Farm, and on his advice hired Roger Laurin to train and manage the Meadow Stable horses. Laurin helped to cut costs and return the operation to profitability before leaving to train for the powerful Phipps family stables. In May 1971, Chenery hired his father, Lucien Laurin, and in 1972 they guided the Meadow Farm’s colt Riva Ridge to victory in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes and the two-year-old Secretariat to 1972 American Horse of the Year honors. The following year, Secretariat captured the imagination of racing fans worldwide when he became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. Both horses were inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
Although Christopher Chenery was recorded as the official breeder of Secretariat, Penny Chenery had already taken control of Meadow Stables after her father became ill. It was Penny Chenery who made the decision to breed their mare Somethingroyal to Bold Ruler. The first mating in 1968 produced the filly The Bride. The second breeding, in 1969, resulted in Secretariat.
In 1983, Chenery, Martha F. Gerry, and Allaire du Pont became the first women to be admitted as members of The Jockey Club. From 1976 to 1984, Chenery served as president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Also in 1976, she became a member of the Executive Committee of the American Horse Council, the horse industry trade association in Washington, DC. She also served as a member of the judges’ panel of the Jockey Club which bestows the Dogwood Dominion Award. In addition, she helped found the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, an organization dedicated to saving Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse and slaughter.
In addition to breeding Secretariat, Chenery bred Saratoga Dew, who became the first New York-bred horse to ever win an Eclipse Award when the filly was voted the 1992 American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly.
In 2003 the Arlington Park track established the annual “Penny Chenery Distinguished Woman in Racing Award”. In 2006, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association honored her with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in thoroughbred racing. In 2009, she was awarded the Smith College Medal for extraordinary professional achievement and outstanding service to her community.
A long-time resident of Westchester County, New York, Chenery spent her final years near her children in Boulder, Colorado.
Chenery was portrayed by actress Diane Lane in the 2010 motion picture Secretariat, released on October 8, 2010. Chenery herself appeared in a cameo role in the film as a spectator at the Belmont Stakes.
Penny Chenery died on September 16, 2017 at her home in Boulder, Colorado from complications from a stroke. She was 95 years old.
Harry Dean Stanton July 14, 1926 – September 15, 2017
Harry Dean Stanton (July 14, 1926 – September 15, 2017) was an American actor, musician, and singer.
Stanton’s career spanned more than sixty years, during which he appeared in the films Cool Hand Luke (1967), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), Dillinger (1973), The Godfather Part II (1974), Alien (1979), Escape from New York (1981), Christine (1983), Repo Man (1984), Paris, Texas (1984), Pretty in Pink (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Wild at Heart (1990), The Straight Story (1999), The Green Mile (1999), Alpha Dog (2006), Inland Empire (2006), Lucky (2017), and others.
Stanton was born in Irvine, Kentucky, the son of Sheridan Harry Stanton, a tobacco farmer and barber, and Ersel (née Moberly), a cook. His parents divorced when Stanton was in high school and both later remarried.
Stanton had two younger brothers, Archie and Ralph, and a younger half-brother, Stan. His family had a musical background. Stanton attended Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky in Lexington where he performed at the Guignol Theatre under the direction of British theater director Wallace Briggs and studied journalism and radio arts. “I could have been a writer,” he told an interviewer for a 2011 documentary, Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland, in which he sings and plays the harmonica. “I had to decide if I wanted to be a singer or an actor. I was always singing. I thought if I could be an actor, I could do all of it.” Briggs encouraged him to leave the university and become an actor. He studied at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California, where his classmates included his friends Tyler MacDuff and Dana Andrews.
Stanton was a United States Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a cook aboard the Landing Ship Tank USS LST-970 during the Battle of Okinawa.
Stanton appeared in indie and cult films (Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter, Escape from New York, Repo Man), as well as many mainstream Hollywood productions, including Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather Part II, Alien, Red Dawn, Alpha Dog, Pretty in Pink, Stephen King’s Christine and The Green Mile. He was a favorite actor of Sam Peckinpah, John Milius, David Lynch, and Monte Hellman, and was also close friends with Francis Ford Coppola and Jack Nicholson. He was best man at Nicholson’s wedding in 1962.
He made his first television appearance in 1954 in Inner Sanctum and made his film debut three years later in the Western Tomahawk Trail. He appeared (uncredited) as a complaining BAR man in the very beginning of the Gregory Peck film Pork Chop Hill in 1959. He had a very small part in 1962’s How The West Was Won as one of Charlie Gant’s (Eli Wallach) gang, and followed that with a minor role as a poetry-reciting beatnik in the Danny Kaye film The Man from the Diner’s Club in 1963. Early in his career he took the name Dean Stanton to avoid confusion with the actor Harry Stanton.
His breakthrough part came with the lead role in director Wim Wenders’ film Paris, Texas (1984). Playwright Sam Shepard, the movie’s screenwriter, had spotted Stanton at a bar in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1983 while both were attending a film festival in that city, and the two fell into conversation. “I was telling him I was sick of the roles I was playing,” Stanton recalled in a 1986 interview. “I told him I wanted to play something of some beauty or sensitivity. I had no inkling he was considering me for the lead in his movie.” Not long afterward, Shepard phoned him in Los Angeles to offer Stanton the part of protagonist Travis, “a role that called for the actor to remain largely silent … as a lost, broken soul trying to put his life back together and reunite with his estranged family after having vanished years earlier.”
Stanton was a favorite of film critic Roger Ebert, who said that “no movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad.” However, Ebert later admitted that Dream a Little Dream (1989), in which Stanton appeared, was a “clear violation” of this rule.
His television credits were extensive, including eight appearances between 1958 and 1968 on CBS’s Gunsmoke, four on the network’s Rawhide, two on Bonanza and an episode of The Rifleman as well as a cameo in Two and a Half Men (having previously appeared with Jon Cryer in Pretty in Pink and with Charlie Sheen in Red Dawn), alongside Sean Penn and Elvis Costello. He was featured beginning in 2006 as Roman Grant, the manipulative leader/prophet of a polygamous sect on the HBO television series Big Love. He also played Henry in an episode of the television series Adam-12.
Stanton also occasionally toured nightclubs as a singer/guitarist, playing mostly country-inflected cover tunes. He appeared in the Dwight Yoakam music video for “Sorry You Asked”, portrayed a cantina owner in a Ry Cooder video for “Get Rhythm”, and participated in the video for Bob Dylan’s “Dreamin’ of You”. He worked with a number of musical artists such as Dylan, Art Garfunkel and Kris Kristofferson and provided harmonica on The Call’s 1989 album Let the Day Begin.
During 2010, he appeared on the NBC show Chuck for one episode, reprising his role as a repo man from the 1984 film Repo Man. In 2011, the Lexington Film League created an annual festival, the Harry Dean Stanton Fest, to honor Stanton in the city where he spent much of his adolescence. In 2012, he had brief cameos in The Avengers and in the action comedy Seven Psychopaths. He also had a brief role in the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film The Last Stand (2013). Stanton was the subject of a 2013 documentary titled Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, directed by Sophie Huber and featuring film clips; interviews with collaborators including Wenders, Shepard, Kris Kristofferson, and David Lynch; and Stanton’s singing.
In 2017, he was featured in the Showtime limited series Twin Peaks: The Return, a continuation of David Lynch’s 1990–91 television series. He reprised his role as Carl Rodd from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. He played his last role in the lead of the 2017 film Lucky, John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut.
Stanton died at age 91 on September 15, 2017, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, of natural causes.
Herb Kalmbach October 19, 1921 – September 15, 2017
Herbert Warren Kalmbach (October 19, 1921 – September 15, 2017) was an American attorney and banker. He served as the personal attorney to United States President Richard Nixon (1968–1973). He became embroiled in the Watergate scandal due to his fundraising activities in the early 1970s, some of which supported undercover operatives directed by senior White House figures under Nixon. Kalmbach was convicted and served 191 days in jail for his part in the scandal, and lost his license to practice law for a time, although he was later reinstated.
He was born on October 19, 1921 in Port Huron, Michigan. Kalmbach earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Southern California, and was admitted to the bar in 1952. He was a real estate lawyer and founding partner of Kalmbach, DeMarco, Knapp & Chillingworth.
Kalmbach was introduced to Richard Nixon, then vice-president, by H. R. Haldeman in the 1950s. He raised money for Richard Nixon’s candidacy in the United States presidential election, 1960 and again in United States presidential election, 1968.
Kalmbach declined Nixon’s offer to appoint him Under Secretary of Commerce, choosing instead to remain in California and build up his law practice. He instead became the president’s private lawyer. His law firm prospered during this period; it employed two lawyers in 1968, 14 in 1970, and 24 by 1973. The presidential connection drew United Air Lines, Dart Industries Inc., Marriott Corp., and MCA Inc. as clients. During this period Kalmbach founded the Bank of Newport, in Newport Beach, California. The firm performed routine legal chores for the President.
It was a shrewd choice. Kalmbach’s solid but unspectacular career as a real estate lawyer was quickly touched with gold. Suddenly major clients from all over the nation were eager to sign up with the attorney who represented the President: United Air Lines, Dart Industries Inc., the Marriott Corp., MCA Inc. (the dominant producer of prime-time TV shows). National companies traditionally seek out lawyers who have friends and clients in high places in Washington, and Kalmbach’s were very high indeed.
Kalmbach was involved in a secret Nixon polling operation hidden from all but his closest senior advisors. Nixon used the poll results to shape policy and campaign strategy and manipulate popular opinion. On December 21, 1971, Kalmbach set up a Delaware shell corporation with private funding, to hide Administration sponsorship of polls.
Kalmbach was also the Deputy Finance Chairman for the Committee to Re-elect the President. In this capacity he eventually was implicated in a fund-raising scandal involving re-election campaign contributions by Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI) and two other major dairy-farm cooperatives in connection with Nixon’s support of an increase in price supports for milk in 1971. Testimony by AMPI general manager George L. Mehrens in 1973 identified Kalmbach as a major solicitor of these contributions; articles on Charles Colson’s involvement in the AMPI scandal indicated that $2 million in contributions had been expected, but that the actual donations were nearer to $400,000, of which some $197,500 had been given by AMPI.
Kalmbach handled a secret $500,000 fund to finance the sabotage and espionage operations of Donald Segretti,
Kalmbach was associate finance chairman of the 1968 Nixon for President campaign and was an unofficial fund-raiser for the Committee for the Re-election of the President, controlling several secret funds. Kalmbach served six months in jail and was fined $10,000 for operating an illegal campaign committee and for offering an ambassadorship in return for political support. He also handled a secret $500,000 fund to finance sabotage and espionage operations in the salary of Donald H. Segretti, a lawyer, whose job it was to discredit the Democrats.}} </ref> including $30,000 to $40,000 in 1972 alone for spying on Democrats. Segretti was paid from re-election funds gathered before the April 7, 1972, cutoff point after which a new law required full disclosure of contributors; Kalmbach told investigators in early 1973 that he had destroyed the contribution records prior to the April 7 date, violating the Federal Corrupt Practices Act, which required the records be maintained for two years and which expired only as of the new law’s going into effect. Kalmbach claimed in a later FBI interview that he had not known who was supervising Segretti nor what activities he was being paid to perform. Kalmbach also raised $220,000 in “hush money” to pay off the Watergate burglars.
But it was his raising of $3.9 million for a secret Republican congressional campaign committee and promising an ambassador a better post in exchange for $100,000 that led to his conviction and imprisonment for 191 days and a $10,000 fine. Kalmbach pleaded guilty on February 25, 1974 on one count of violation of the Federal Corrupt Practices Act and on one count of promising federal employment as a reward for political activity and support of a candidate. He was sentenced to serve 6 to 18 months in prison for the first count and 6 months in prison on the second count. He executed both sentences concurrently and was released from prison on January 5, 1975. Kalmbach lost his license to practice law, although he was reinstated in 1977.
Although he retired in the late 1980s, he remained of counsel to Baker Hostetler.
He died on September 15, 2017 in Newport Beach, California.
Vivian Fahey July 12th, 1925 – September 14th, 2017
Vivian J. Fahey July 12th, 1925 – September 14th, 2017 – Vivian Dellacqua Fahey, 92, passed away on September 14, 2017 in Stuart, Florida
She was born in St. Albans NY and later moved to Syosset NY with her husband Jack Fahey. He predeceased her in 1993. In 1973 the family moved to Florida.
Before retiring she was a secretary with the State of Florida.
She was an active member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Palm Springs, Florida.
She is survived by daughter and son in law Valerie and Ken Shamon of Stuart, Florida and Jacqueline Fahey of Lake Worth. She has 3 grandchildren Courtney Barnes of West Palm Beach, Timothy Barnes of Jacksonville, and Brooke Heffner of Stuart. She also has a great granddaughter named Isla Vivian Barnes also of Jacksonville. Her second great grandchild is due in December to Brooke.
A mass will be celebrated on Saturday September 30th at 11:30 am at St Luke’s Catholic Church on Congress Ave in Palm Springs, Florida.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City.
Elizabeth Flora August 24th, 1928 – September 14th, 2017
Elizabeth M. Flora August 24th, 1928 – September 14th, 2017 – Elizabeth Marie Flora, 89, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on September 14, 2017 at The Broadmoor in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Born in Athens, Alabama, she had been a resident of Stuart for 46 years coming from Martinsville, Indiana.
Prior to retiring she was sales representative for Avon Products.
She was a member of the Stuart Church of Christ, Stuart, Florida.
She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Bogdovics and Karen Trinca and her husband, Joseph Trinca of Palm City; her granddaughters, Michelle Fielstra and her husband Toby Fielstra of Stuart and Bethani Bogdovics of Palm City; her great granddaughters, Hayley Fielstra of Stuart, Deonna Louis of Palm City and Ziamorra Hernandez of Palm City; and sisters, Mary Romans of Indiana, Bea Rubert and Edna Norton and sister in law, Ruth King are all from Tennessee. She was preceded in death by, her husband Carl Flora, earlier this year, her sister Lois Farley and her brothers, Cecil King and Ernie King.
Frank Vincent April 15, 1937 – September 13, 2017
Frank Vincent Gattuso Jr. (April 15, 1937 – September 13, 2017), known professionally as Frank Vincent, was an American actor. He played prominent roles in the HBO series The Sopranos and in several films for director Martin Scorsese: Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), and Casino (1995).
Vincent, who was of Italian descent (ancestors from Sicily and Naples), was born in North Adams, Massachusetts and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. His father, Frank Vincent Gattuso, Sr., was an iron worker and businessman. He had two brothers, Nick and Jimmy, and a half-sister, Fran.
Skilled at the drums, piano and trumpet, Vincent originally aspired to a career in music, but turned to acting in 1976, when he co-starred in the low-budget gangster movie The Death Collector along with Joe Pesci, where they were spotted by Robert De Niro. De Niro told Martin Scorsese about both Vincent and Pesci; Scorsese was impressed by their performances and hired Vincent to appear in a supporting role in Raging Bull, in which he once again appeared with Pesci and co-starred with De Niro. Vincent had small roles in two Spike Lee films in 1989 and 1991 respectively: Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever.
One of his notable appearances in foreign film was in Juan José Jusid’s Made in Argentina, in which he played Vito, a wealthy Manhattan businessman who befriends the substance abuse counselor who treated his son.
Vincent was often cast as a gangster. He appeared in Scorsese’s 1990 film Goodfellas, where he played Billy Batts, a made man in the Gambino crime family. He also played a role in Scorsese’s 1995 film Casino as Frank Marino (based on real-life gangster Frank Cullotta), the sidekick of Pesci’s character.
In 1996, Vincent appeared in the music video for rap artist Nas’ song “Street Dreams” in character as Frankie Marino from Casino. In the television movie Gotti, Vincent played Robert “D.B.” DiBernardo, an associate of Mafia boss John Gotti, whose life the film chronicled. In the HBO TV series The Sopranos, he had his most prominent role, as Phil Leotardo, a ruthless New York City gangster who, as boss of the show’s fictional Lupertazzi crime family, becomes the show’s chief antagonist in the final season.
Vincent also had a leading role in the heist movie This Thing of Ours in 2003., where he had a brief association with alleged Genovese crime family capo Danny Provenzano (grandnephew of Anthony Provenzano) and former 100-year old Colombo crime family underboss Sonny Franzese, he is pictured with them alongside other former Sopranos actors. In 2003, Vincent testified in court on behalf of Provenzano at a repeal sentencing; Provenzano was serving a 10 year sentence for racketeering and other charges. One of his more light-hearted roles was in a British television commercial for Peugeot cars. In early 2005, Vincent appeared on Irish television in a series of television commercials for Irish bank Permanent TSB. In 1999, he won the Italian American Entertainer of the Year Award. Another noted performance is his appearance in the 2003 film Remedy.
In 2001, Vincent voiced the character of Mafia boss Salvatore Leone in the computer and video game Grand Theft Auto III. He later reprised that role in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005).
In 2006, he released a book, A Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man to positive reviews. His idol was Dean Martin. He has also released a line of hand-rolled cigars which have his picture prominently displayed on the band.
In the summer of 2008, he played Lieutenant Marino in the independent film The Tested, directed by Russell Costanzo. In 2009, he made a cameo appearance alongside fellow Sopranos actor Steve Schirripa in the Stargate Atlantis episode “Vegas”.
He starred in Chicago Overcoat in 2009 as the main protagonist.
In 2013, he starred in the hit IDW Publishing comic series “Killogy” created by Life of Agony’s Alan Robert as the character Sally Sno Cones alongside Marky Ramone of The Ramones. The series was nominated at the Ghastly Awards for Best Mini-Series and won multiple Horror Comic Awards from the Horror News Network. In 2014, the comics were adapted into a 3D animation for the “Killogy Animated Series”  in which the cast of the original comic series contributed their voices to.
In early September 2017, Vincent suffered a heart attack. He underwent open heart surgery in New Jersey on September 13, during which he died. He was 80 years old.
Pete Domenici May 7, 1932 – September 13, 2017
Pietro Vichi Domenici (May 7, 1932 – September 13, 2017) was an American politician from New Mexico. A Republican, Domenici served six terms in the United States Senate, from 1973 to 2009, the longest tenure in the state’s history. During Domenici’s tenure in the Senate, he advocated waterway usage fees, nuclear power, and related causes.
Domenici served as a senior fellow for the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Domenici was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Alda (née Vichi), an undocumented immigrant, and Cherubino Domenici, Italian-Americans who had both been born in Modena, Italy.
Domencini worked in his father’s grocery business after school. In 1950, he graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Albuquerque. He spent two years at St. Joseph’s College of the University of Albuquerque before earning a degree in education at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 1954, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He then pitched for one season for the Albuquerque Dukes, a farm club of the Brooklyn Dodgers. He taught mathematics at Garfield Junior High in Albuquerque. Domencini earned his law degree at the University of Denver law school in 1958 and returned to practice law in Albuquerque.
n 1966, Domenici successfully ran for a position on the Albuquerque City Commission and in 1968 was elected Commission Chairman.
Domenici was unsuccessful in his 1970 bid in the New Mexico gubernatorial race, losing to the Democrat, former state House Speaker Bruce King, who won 148,835 votes to Domencini’s 134,640.
In 1972, Domenici successfully ran for a position in the U.S. Senate and became the first New Mexico Republican to be elected to the position in 38 years. He was aided by Richard Nixon’s landslide win over Democrat U.S. Sen. George McGovern at the top of the ticket. Domenici polled 204,253 votes (54 percent) to 173,815 (46 percent) for Democrat Jack Daniels, a Hobbs realtor.
One of the first issues that Domenici concerned himself with was waterway usage fees, in spite of his state lacking any waterway capable of commercial traffic. The idea behind a waterway usage fee was that the Army Corps of Engineers built dams and other expensive waterway projects, which the barge industry were able use for free. In 1977, Domenici set himself to the task of enacting a waterway usage fee. After a long two-year battle with stiff lobbying on both sides, the waterway fee was finally passed along with a new lock and dam project (the rebuilding of Lock and Dam 26.) Reporters attributed the passage of this fee in no small part to Domenici’s legislative skill. The legislation was signed into law in 1978.
The issue greatly assisted Domenici in his home state, where the railroad industry was a significant player (railroads competed with barges, and they long wanted to end the “free ride” issue). The railroads donated $40,000 to Domenici’s campaign, and the barge industry gave a small sum to his opponent. He was reelected in 1978 with 53.4% of the vote over Democrat Toney Anaya, a former New Mexico Attorney General. The 6.8% victory margin would be Domenici’s closest election in his Senate career.
Domenici was subsequently re-elected in 1984, 1990, 1996, and 2002 and is to date the longest-serving senator in his state’s history, having served in the legislative body for 36 years. At the time of his retirement, he was the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. He was also a member of the U.S. Senate Committees on Appropriations and Indian Affairs, and served as Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Budget Committee. He advocated for the mentally ill, having pushed the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996.
In 1998, Domenici voted to impeach President Bill Clinton during the revelation of his affair with Monica Lewinsky. He explained his vote: “What standard of conduct should we insist our President live up to? … Do not underestimate, my friends, the corrupting and cynical signal we will send if we fail to enforce the highest standards of conduct on the most powerful man in the nation.” During the 1970s, Domenici himself had fathered an illegitimate child with Michelle Laxalt, a 24-year-old Republican staffer and lobbyist, the daughter of Republican Senator Paul Laxalt. The child was not publicly acknowledged by Domenici until 2013. In 2013, Domenici, then 80, acknowledged the affair and his son, saying he was “very sorry” for his behavior. The son, Adam Laxalt, ran for Attorney General of Nevada in the 2014 election and defeated Democrat Ross Miller.
Domenici has been an avid proponent of nuclear power and published two books on the subject: A Brighter Tomorrow: Fulfilling the Promise of Nuclear Energy (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2004), which he wrote; and Advanced Nuclear Technologies — Hearing Before the Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate (Collingdale, Pennsylvania: D I A N E Publishing Company, 1999), which he edited.
Domenici announced on October 4, 2007, his decision not to seek re-election to the Senate in 2008 for health reasons—in particular, frontotemporal lobar degeneration. His seat was won by Democrat Tom Udall.
Domenici and former OMB director and CBO director Dr. Alice Rivlin chaired a Debt Reduction Task Force, sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington. The task force was announced at a joint press conference on January 26, 2010, in Washington. The task force began its work in February 2010 and, led by Domenici, released a report on November 17, 2010 on ways to address and reduce the national debt and deficit.
The Domenici Institute, which aims to continue “Domenici’s legacy of service to the state of New Mexico,” bears his name.
After graduating in 1958, he married Nancy Burk. Together they had two sons and six daughters (Lisa, Peter, Nella, Clare, David, Nanette, and twins Paula and Helen). One of his daughters has schizophrenia. This reportedly influenced his decision to become a strong supporter of legislation that calls for parity in insurance coverage for mental illness.
During the 1970s, Domenici fathered an illegitimate child, Adam Laxalt, with Michelle Laxalt, a Republican staffer and lobbyist and the daughter of Domenici’s then-Senate colleague, Nevada Republican Paul Laxalt; it was kept secret until 2013
Domenici died aged 85 on September 13, 2017 at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico from complications that resulted from abdominal surgery.
Bill Pentecost March 14th, 1925 – September 11th, 2017
William Anthony Pentecost March 14th, 1925 – September 11th, 2017 – William Anthony Pentecost – beloved husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather – departed this life on September 11, 2017 at Arbor Oaks in Greenacres, Florida, at the age of 92.
Bill was born on March 14, 1925 in Ozone Park, Queens, the second of three sons born to James and Ida Pentecost. His two brothers, Dave and Norman, predeceased him. He married the love of his life, Jeanne Durante, on January 17th, 1948 – their marriage lasted 63 years, until her death in January 2012, and produced three children, Jim, Tom, and Sue.
Bill served in the Navy during World War II, and upon returning to New York, he graduated from Queens College. He worked for the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company, eventually becoming a very successful Sales Manager in the greater Boston area.
He is survived by his three children, Tom’s wife Denise, his grandchildren Katie and her husband Danny Longley, Mitchell and Cara, and his great grandchildren Ava and Claire.
Randy Holley Jr. April 12, 1943 – September 11, 2017
Ralph D. Holley Jr. April 12, 1943 – September 11, 2017 – Ralph died peacefully on Monday, September 11th, 2017 in Indiantown, Florida.
Ralph was born in Kinston, Alabama on April 12th, 1943 and lifelong resident of Florida.
He is survived by his wife Toni of 43 years. Two sons Timothy D. Holley (Amy Holley) Indiantown, FL and Rick A. Holley (Lorraine Holley) Riverview, FL and two step sons Marvin “Randy” Smith (Nora Smith) El Paso, TX, Edward “Dale” Smith (Mary Patchunka-Smith) Lineville, AL, twelve grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.
Over his life Ralph was involved in Indiantown Youth Sports, Mason’s, Shriner’s, and was active in Church.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 22nd at Family Worship Center 15285 SW Indian Mound Dr., Indiantown, Florida 34956. Visitation 10:00am Service will follow at 11:00am.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Stuart Chapel.
“Don” Ohlmeyer Jr. February 3, 1945 – September 10, 2017
Donald Winfred “Don” Ohlmeyer Jr. (February 3, 1945 – September 10, 2017) was an American television producer and president of the NBC network’s west coast division.
He was a professor of television communications at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He served as ombudsman for ESPN.com for 18 months; that term ended in January 2011.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Ohlmeyer grew up in the Chicago area and attended Glenbrook North High School. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1967.
Ohlmeyer began his career with ABC Sports. A disciple of Roone Arledge, he worked on Wide World of Sports, was the first hired producer of Monday Night Football, created The Superstars, and also produced and directed three Olympics broadcasts (including the Munich Olympics).
Ohlmeyer later moved to NBC as executive producer of the network’s sports division, a position he held from 1977 to 1982. Over those five years, he created the popular sports anthology series SportsWorld and served as Executive Producer of NBC coverage of the Super Bowl, World Series. He also earned notoriety for the prime-time series ‘Games People Play’ and the made-for-television movie ‘The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story.’ Ohlmeyer became well known for expanding the network’s sports coverage as well as introducing innovative production techniques. He launched ‘NFL Updates,’ NCAA Basketball ‘Whip-arounds,’ and instituted NBC’s live coverage of ‘Breakfast at Wimbledon.’ Ohlmeyer is credited with conceiving the one-time experiment of airing a 1980 NFL telecast without announcers.
Ohlmeyer formed his own production company, Ohlmeyer Communications Company (OCC), in 1982. While there he produced several made-for-television movies, network series, and specials. He won an Emmy for Special Bulletin, a harrowing 1983 depiction of nuclear terrorism. His company was also responsible for producing CART IndyCar World Series race telecasts, and golf, including PGA TOUR events, “The Skins Game”, and Senior PGA TOUR broadcasts. While at OCC, Ohlmeyer also oversaw Nabisco’s 20% stake in ESPN. Ohlmeyer also gained a 49% controlling interest in Hockey Night in Canada starting in 1986, taking over the Canadian Sports Network that ran the program under the MacLaren Advertising agency. He later sold his interest to Molstar Communications, the company which already possessed the other 51%.
Ohlmeyer returned to NBC in 1993 to become president of its West Coast division at a time when the network was in third place in the ratings, following the departure of Cheers and The Cosby Show from its lineup. During his tenure, NBC returned to first place with such hits as Seinfeld, Friends, ER, Homicide, Frasier, Providence, Will & Grace, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. While Ohlmeyer was at NBC the network was the only profitable national network in America. Ohlmeyer also spearheaded NBC’s adoption of an aggressive promotional campaign to brand the network such as superimposing the Peacock logo in the corner of the screen and coining the phrase “Must See TV.”
Several top executives at NBC from this period, including Warren Littlefield, have said that Ohlmeyer was not only not the inspiration behind NBC’s hits in this period, but was often a roadblock they had to work around to make them happen. Instances of this included Ohlmeyer’s belief that ER would get killed in ratings by CBS’s Chicago Hope and his angry approach to working with that show’s movie-based superstars like Steven Spielberg and Michael Crichton (both of whom ignored Ohlmeyer and worked closely with Littlefield), and his extreme reluctance to greenlight Will & Grace because he incorrectly thought a show with gay characters couldn’t reach a large mainstream audience.
During the 1997 World Series, Ohlmeyer caused a stir when he publicly wished that the World Series would end in a four game sweep so that its low ratings wouldn’t derail NBC’s primetime leading Thursday “Must See TV” entertainment schedule. The series went the full seven games.
After his time at NBC, Ohlmeyer was lured out of retirement in 2000 to spark interest and provide some vigor to the MNF broadcast. Besides the on-air talent, Ohlmeyer’s changes included clips of players introducing themselves, new graphics, use of a sideline Steadicam, and music. In another temporary change, the score bug used nicknames of teams, such as “Skins” and “Fins”, instead of the teams’ actual names or cities (the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins, in this instance). He also made the controversial decision to hire comedian Dennis Miller to join Al Michaels and Dan Fouts in the broadcast booth, an experiment widely regarded, in hindsight, as a failure.
Ohlmeyer left Monday Night Football after one season. Ratings for the program had dropped 7% compared to the previous year.
Ohlmeyer died of cancer in Indian Wells, California, at the age of 72.
Howard Cook February 25th, 1925 – September 9th, 2017
Howard T. Cook February 25th, 1925 – September 9th, 2017 – oward T Cook Age 92, of Palm City Florida, passed away on September 9, 2017, at Waters Edge in Palm City.
Howard was born in Dike Iowa, but grew up in Pasadena California, and Great Neck, New York.
He served as a Ensign in the Navy during WWII, and graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in economics.
Howard worked in the confectionary business until his retirement.
His last position was Vice President of Sales for the Hershey Chocolate Co.
He was also active locally and had served on the board of directors of the Red Cross.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Elaine Cook of Palm City, his sons Howard Cook and his wife Barbara Cook of Coral Springs and Michael Cook and His wife Holly Cook of Bradenton Fla. His Grand Children Christine Cook, Danny Cook and his wife Adrianna. Danny Anderson and his wife Erin, and his Great Grand Children Catalina and Juliana Cook and Hadley and Hayden Anderson. He was preceded in death by his son Curtis James Cook.
Visitation will be from 10:00 am. To 11:00 am. On Tuesday September 19, 2017, at the Forest Hills Funeral Homes, Palm City FL.
The Funeral service will be at 11:00 am in the funeral home Chapel. Entombment will follow immediately in the Forest Hill Memorial Park, Palm City, with Military Honors provided by the U.S. Navy.
Don Williams May 27, 1939 – September 8, 2017
Don Williams (born Donald Ray Williams; May 27, 1939 – September 8, 2017) was an American country singer, songwriter, and 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 number one country hits. His straightforward yet smooth bass-baritone voice, soft tones, and imposing build earned him the nickname: “Gentle Giant” of country music.
Donald Ray Williams was born the youngest of three sons on May 27, 1939, in Floydada, Texas. His parents were Loveta Mae (née Lambert; 1914–2007) and James Andrew “Jim” Williams (1898–1982). He grew up in Portland, Texas and graduated from Gregory-Portland High School in 1958. After Williams’ parents divorced, Loveta Williams remarried first to Chester Lang, and then to Robert Bevers.
On July 20, 1963, Williams’ eldest brother Kenneth was accidentally electrocuted after touching a live wire. He was 29 years old.
Prior to forming the folk-pop group Pozo-Seco Singers, Williams served in the United States Army for two years then, after his honorable discharge, worked various odd jobs in order to support himself and his family..
It was with the group the Pozo-Seco Singers that Williams, alongside Susan Taylor and Lofton Cline, recorded several records for Columbia Records.. He remained with the group until 1969, after which it disbanded the following year.
After the Pozo-Seco Singers disbanded, Williams briefly worked outside the music industry. Soon, however, Williams resumed his career in music. In December 1971, Williams signed on as a songwriter for Jack Clement with Jack Music Inc. In 1972, Williams inked a contract with JMI Records as a solo country artist. His 1974 song, “We Should Be Together,” reached number five, and he signed with ABC/Dot Records. At the height of the country and western boom in the UK in 1976, he had top forty pop chart hits with “You’re My Best Friend” and “I Recall a Gypsy Woman”, and, in 1978, a #2 album, Images.
His first single with ABC/Dot, “I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me,” became a number one hit, and was the first of a string of top ten hits he had between 1974 and 1991. Only four of his 46 singles didn’t make it to the Top Ten.
“I Believe in You” is a 1980 single written by Roger Cook and Sam Hogin and recorded by Don Williams. It was Williams’ eleventh #1 on the country chart. It stayed at #1 for two weeks and spent 12 weeks on the country chart. It was his only Top 40 chart entry, where it peaked at #24. It was also hit in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Williams had some minor roles in Burt Reynolds movies. In 1975, Don appeared as a member of the Dixie Dancekings band in the movie W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings alongside Reynolds. Don also appeared as himself in the Universal Pictures movie, Smokey and the Bandit II, in which he also played a number of songs.
Early in 2006, Williams announced his “Farewell Tour of the World” and played numerous dates both in the U.S. and abroad, wrapping the tour up with a sold-out “Final Farewell Concert” in Memphis, Tennessee at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts on November 21, 2006. In 2010, Williams came out of retirement and was once again touring.
In March 2012, Williams announced the release of a new record And So It Goes (UK release April 30, 2012; U.S./Worldwide release June 19, 2012), his first new record since 2004. The record is his first with the independent Americana label Sugar Hill Records. The record includes guest appearances by Alison Krauss, Keith Urban, and Vince Gill. To accompany his latest album release he embarked on a UK Tour. A much loved country artist among British fans he had his final UK tour in 2014.
In March 2016, Williams announced he was retiring from touring and cancelled all his scheduled shows. “It’s time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home. I’m so thankful for my fans, my friends and my family for their everlasting love and support,” he said in a statement.
On September 8, 2017, Williams died in Mobile, Alabama due to emphysema.
“Gene” “Stick” Michael June 2, 1938 – September 7, 2017
Eugene Richard “Stick” Michael (June 2, 1938 – September 7, 2017) was an American shortstop, coach, scout, manager and executive in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Detroit Tigers from 1966 to 1975. After his playing career, Michael managed the Yankees and Chicago Cubs, and served as the Yankees’ general manager. Michael built the Yankees team that became a dynasty in the late 1990s.
Michael earned the nickname “Stick” due to his slender frame. After graduating from Akron East High School in Akron, Ohio, he went to Kent State University where he played college baseball and college basketball for the Kent State Golden Flashes. After being signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1959, Michael made his major league debut with the Pirates in 1966.
The following year, the Pirates traded Michael to the Los Angeles Dodgers with Bob Bailey for Maury Wills. He spent one season in Los Angeles, and was then purchased by the New York Yankees. He played for the Yankees from 1968 until 1974. The Yankees released Michael before the 1975 season, and he signed with the Detroit Tigers. Michael then signed with the Boston Red Sox in 1976, but did not play a game with Boston; they released him in May without using him in a game. He retired with a .229 batting average, 15 home runs, and 226 runs batted in in 973 games played. Michael was a master of the hidden ball trick, having pulled it off five times in his career.
Weeks after his release from Boston, Michael became a coach with the Yankees. Reggie Jackson credited Michael’s scouting reports for helping him hit three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. He served as manager of the Yankees’ Triple-A team in 1979, and as general manager of the Yankees in 1980. Michael served as the Yankees’ manager in 1981 and again in 1982. He finished with a record of 92 wins and 76 losses over both stints as Yankees manager. Michael returned to the Yankees front office in 1983, and again served as a coach starting in 1984. He managed the Chicago Cubs in 1986 and 1987. His managerial record with the Chicago Cubs was 114 wins and 124 losses.
In 1990, Michael was hired as general manager of the Yankees. As general manager, he built the Yankees’ farm system, as they developed young talent rather than trading it away, as they had done in the 1980s with little success. During Michael’s tenure as general manager, the Yankees drafted or signed such notable players as Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada (collectively known as the Core Four), and others. Further, he traded for Paul O’Neill. Michael also demonstrated patience with Bernie Williams, who Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner wanted to trade when he struggled early in his career.
This foundation paid off with Yankee championships in 1996, and from 1998–2000. However, Michael was fired before the Yankees dynasty began, as a result of the fallouts from the 1994 strike, which ruined the Yankees having the best record in the American League that year in 1995. It was the second time that the Yankees fired Michael as a result of a strike; in 1981, he was fired as manager as a result of the team slumping after the 1981 strike.
From 1996 until 2002, Michael served as vice-president of major league scouting for the Yankees. In 2002, the Boston Red Sox tried to talk to Michael about their general manager position, but were not given permission by the Yankees. In 2003, Michael was promoted to vice-president and senior advisor.
During his tenure with the Yankees, Michael had been a resident of Norwood, New Jersey, and had four children. He married twice, residing in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Michael died of a heart attack on September 7, 2017, in Oldsmar, Florida at age 79. To honor Michael, the Yankees will wear black armbands on their uniforms for the rest of the 2017 season.
Jim McDaniels (April 2, 1948 – September 6, 2017
James Ronald McDaniels (April 2, 1948 – September 6, 2017) was an American professional basketball player.
A 6’11” power forward/center, McDaniels averaged nearly 40 points per game as a senior at Allen County High School in Scottsville, Kentucky. From 1967 to 1971, he played at Western Kentucky University, leading his team to a third-place finish in the 1971 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. (The NCAA later voided Western Kentucky’s participation in the tournament, accusing McDaniels of signing with an agent while still in college.) He also set WKU school records with 2,238 career points (now tied with Courtney Lee) and 1,118 career rebounds.
McDaniels was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the second round of the 1971 NBA draft and by the Utah Stars in the ABA Draft, but he began his professional career with the Carolina Cougars of the American Basketball Association, who offered him a $1.35 million contract to be paid over twenty-five years. Reportedly, the Cougars first approached McDaniels during November 1970, while he was still playing for Western Kentucky. McDaniels averaged 26.8 points and 14 rebounds in 58 games with the Cougars during the 1971–72 season and appeared in the 1972 ABA All-Star Game. However, he feuded with the Cougars while trying to renegotiate his contract – he wanted his salary to be spread over fifteen years, rather than twenty-five – and near the end of his rookie season he decided to leave the Cougars for the SuperSonics.
McDaniels remained with Seattle for the next two full seasons. However, he struggled to maintain the same level of production he had achieved in the ABA, and by the 1973–74 NBA season, McDaniels was averaging just 5.5 points per game. During that time, McDaniels was dogged by off-court troubles as the Cougars questioned the legality of his jump to the NBA. He later admitted in an interview, “I should have stayed in the ABA for a couple of years. I was just young and things started going bad for me there and I didn’t know how to handle them.” SuperSonics coach and general manager Bill Russell ultimately released McDaniels in fall 1974. For the next four years, McDaniels bounced from team to team, playing for the Los Angeles Lakers and Buffalo Braves of the NBA, the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA, and Snaidero Udine of Italy. He finally decided to retire from basketball in 1978.
McDaniels had two sons (Eskias McDaniels, Shannon Martin). His #44 jersey was retired by Western Kentucky in January 2000. McDaniels died in Bowling Green, Kentucky at the age of 69 due to complications from diabetes.
Betty Hall December 22nd, 1930 – September 4th, 2017
Elizabeth J Hall December 22nd, 1930 – September 4th, 2017 – Elizabeth (“Betty”) Robinson Hall, age 86, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on September 4, 2017, at home peacefully with the assistance of her caregivers and hospice. Betty was born on December 22, 1930 in Kewanee, Illinois, the daughter of Theodore Underwood and Grace Kirman Underwood. She is survived by her son, Dr. John R. Robinson, Jr. (Donna), of Stuart, Florida, her daughter, Jennifer J. Robinson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and her two grandchildren (who were the light of her life), John R. Robinson, III, and Stephanie R. Robinson of Stuart, Florida. She was also survived by her sisters, Lucy Dunbar of Bloomington, Illinois and Dorothy Gray of Saginaw, Michigan as well as numerous nieces and nephews that were very important and special to her. Betty was preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. John R. Robinson, her second husband, Edward W. Hall whom she married years after Dr. Robinson passed, her sister, Phyllis M. Hamilton of Normal, Illinois (Marvin), and her infant sister, Doris.
Betty graduated from Wethersfield High School in Kewanee and then worked for the Illinois Power Company until she decided to go to airline school. After graduating from airline school Betty worked for Chicago and Southern Airline (“C & S”) and was stationed in Memphis, TN. A few years later C & S was bought out by Delta Airlines. Betty worked for Delta Airlines as a flight attendant and traveled the world until she married Dr. John R. Robinson in 1960. Betty then became a stay at home mother for her two children in Palm Beach, Florida. They also lived in Jupiter, Florida. Betty was a fabulous mother. She was active in the Junior League of Palm Beach and other charitable organizations. Betty was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She moved to the Conquistador subdivision in Stuart in 2011 and became an active member in the Conquistador family. She was loved and respected by her family and all of her friends. Betty was a people person and could strike up a conversation while waiting in line to pay at any store. She had a gift for making everyone feel comfortable and wanted. Her smiling and happy face and her warm and friendly manner will be missed by all.
The family would like to give special thanks to the wonderful care manager, Janice Healy, of Help from the Heart, and the fabulous caregivers that took such good care of her and well as others who helped Betty for the last several years of her life, namely Cheryl Mott, Ann Johnson, Kerline Whyte-Mighty, Audrey McLean, Lina Mauge, Alana Olsen, and Ann Sergent. The family would also like to thank all of the nurses and doctors who cared for Betty and the staff at Martin Memorial Hospital. The team that worked with Betty over the years not only extended her life but made her life much more comfortable and happy.
At Betty’s request, there will not be a service in Stuart, Florida. Her cremains will be buried in her family’s plot in Kewanee, Illinois at a small graveside service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice.
Gastone Moschin June 8, 1929 – September 4, 2017
Gastone Moschin (8 June 1929 – 4 September 2017) was an Italian stage, television and film actor.
Born in San Giovanni Lupatoto (Veneto), Moschin graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Arte Drammatica Silvio D’Amico and then began his career in the 1950s as theatre actor, first with the Stable Theatre in Genoa and then with the Piccolo Teatro di Milano in Milan. In the same period Moschin also began to appear in feature films and on television.
In his film career Moschin alternated character roles and, more rarely, leading roles, such as in Seven Times Seven and Caliber 9. His most famous role is that of Rambaldo Melandri in the Amici miei film series (1975–1985). He won two Nastro d’Argento Awards for Best Supporting Actor, in 1967 for Pietro Germi’s The Birds, the Bees and the Italians and in 1986 for Nanni Loy’s Amici miei – Atto III. Moschin is also well known for the role of Don Fanucci in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part II.
Walter Becker February 20, 1950 – September 3, 2017
Walter Carl Becker (February 20, 1950 – September 3, 2017) was an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He was best known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist, and co-songwriter of Steely Dan.
Becker met future songwriting partner Donald Fagen while studying at Bard College. After a brief period of activity in New York, the two relocated to California in 1971 and formed the nucleus of Steely Dan, who enjoyed a critically and commercially successful 10-year career. Following the group’s dissolution, Becker moved to Hawaii and reduced his musical activity, working primarily as a record producer. In 1985, he briefly became a member of the English sophisti-pop group China Crisis, producing and playing synthesizer on their album Flaunt the Imperfection.
Becker and Fagen reformed Steely Dan in 1993 and had remained active, most notably including their 2000 Two Against Nature album, which won four Grammy Awards. Becker also released two solo albums, 1994’s 11 Tracks of Whack and 2008’s Circus Money.
Following an undisclosed illness, Becker died on September 3, 2017.
Becker was raised by his father and grandmother, after his parents separated when he was a young boy and his mother, who was British, moved back to England. They lived in Queens for most of his youth, as Becker’s father sold paper-cutting machinery for a company that had offices in Manhattan.
He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan in the class of 1967. After starting out on saxophone, he switched to guitar and received instruction in blues technique from neighbor Randy Wolfe.
Becker met his long-time musical partner, Donald Fagen, while attending Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. While at Bard, Becker and Fagen formed and played in a number of groups, including the Leather Canary, which also included fellow student Chevy Chase on drums. At the time, Chase called the group “a bad jazz band.” Becker left the school in 1969 prior to completing his degree and moved with Fagen to Brooklyn, where the two began to build a career as a songwriting duo. This period included a stint with Jay and the Americans under pseudonyms and the composition of the soundtrack to You’ve Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You’ll Lose That Beat, a Richard Pryor film released in 1971.
Later in 1971, the duo moved to California and formed Steely Dan, which was initially formed as a full group. Their initial lineup was completed by guitarists Denny Dias, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, and drummer Jim Hodder, all of whom the two had met prior to their relocation. With Becker acting initially as bassist, the group spent the following three years touring and recording before becoming a studio-centered project in 1974 anchored around Becker and Fagen’s songwriting. In addition to co-writing all of the band’s material, Becker played bass and/or guitar on many of the band’s tracks, as well as providing occasional backing vocals and arrangements.
Pretzel Logic (1974) was the first Steely Dan album to feature Becker on guitar. “Once I met (session musician) Chuck Rainey”, he explained, “I felt there really was no need for me to be bringing my bass guitar to the studio anymore”.
Despite the group’s success, particularly surrounding Aja in 1977, Becker suffered from numerous personal setbacks during this period, including addiction to narcotics. After the duo returned to New York in 1978, Becker’s girlfriend, Karen Roberta Stanley, died of a drug overdose in his apartment on January 30, resulting in a wrongful death lawsuit against him. Soon thereafter, Becker was hit by a Manhattan taxi while crossing the street and forced to walk with crutches. His personal exhaustion was exacerbated by commercial pressures and the complicated recording process surrounding the final album of Steely Dan’s initial career, 1980’s Gaucho, leading the duo to suspend their partnership in June 1981.
Following Steely Dan’s breakup, Becker and his family moved to Maui and ceased using drugs, becoming an “avocado rancher and self-styled critic of the contemporary scene.” During the 1980s, he produced albums for Michael Franks and Fra Lippo Lippi.
In 1987, Becker produced Rickie Lee Jones’ fourth album Flying Cowboys. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1997.
Becker also produced two albums for the British new wave band China Crisis. In 1985, he produced their third album Flaunt the Imperfection, and he is credited as an official member of the band on the recording. Becker also produced select tracks on their 1989 album Diary of a Hollow Horse.
Becker reunited with Fagen briefly to collaborate on the debut album of singer Rosie Vela, 1986’s Zazu. This led to several low-key and non-professional collaborations, including several aborted songwriting sessions and Becker’s stint in 1991 with Fagen’s New York Rock and Soul Revue, that led to their proper reunion two years later.
Their partnership properly resumed in 1993 when they undertook a new tour as Steely Dan, their first in 19 years. Becker also produced Fagen’s album Kamakiriad in 1993. In turn, Fagen co-produced Becker’s solo debut album 11 Tracks of Whack in 1994.
Steely Dan continued touring, and their work on new material resulted in their first studio album in two decades, Two Against Nature, released in 2000. The album won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. In 2001 the duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and also received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Berklee College of Music, which they accepted in person. The next Steely Dan record, Everything Must Go, followed in 2003, featuring Becker’s bass and electric guitar work, as well as the first studio Steely Dan track with a lead vocal by Becker, “Slang of Ages”. The band spent the following years touring behind their back catalog.
In 2005, Becker co-produced and played bass on the Krishna Das album All One, and played solo guitar on the title track of Rebecca Pidgeon’s album Tough on Crime from this same year. Madeleine Peyroux’s 2006 album Half the Perfect World featured the single “I’m All Right”, co-written by Becker, Peyroux and producer Larry Klein. Peyroux’s 2009 album Bare Bones also contains two songs co-written by Becker, “You Can’t Do Me” and the title-track “Bare Bones”. Becker was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
His second solo album, Circus Money, was released on June 10, 2008, 14 years after its predecessor. The songs were heavily inspired by reggae and other Jamaican music.
Becker was married to Elinor, a yoga teacher, and they had two children. Becker wrote a song, Little Kawai, for his son Kawai, including it as the final track on his 1994 album 11 Tracks of Whack.
On September 3, 2017, Becker’s official website reported that he had died. No cause of death or other details have been announced. Musicians such as Julian Lennon, Steve Lukather, and John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats made public statements mourning Becker’s death. Guitarist Larry Carlton, who played on four of Steely Dan’s albums, called him a musical icon. Science fiction author William Gibson called Becker “one of my favorite writers ever.” Rolling Stone writer David Wild said Becker “opened up my mind musically and made being a wiseass a brave act of Pretzel Logic.” Rickie Lee Jones, whose album Flying Cowboys was produced by Becker, recalled her long friendship with him in an editorial she wrote for Rolling Stone.
Fagen issued a memorial letter praising Becker’s talent and remarking that he was “smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter… He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny.” Fagen added that he “intend[s] to keep the music we created together alive”.
Dick Granfield – October 7, 1930 – September 2, 2017
Richard Steele Granfield – October 7, 1930 – September 2, 2017 – Richard (Dick) Steele Granfield (86) passed away Saturday September 2, 2017. Richard was born in Cleveland Ohio to William and Elizabeth Granfield. Richard grew up in Warren Ohio before attending Manlius Military School Syracuse NY. Upon graduation Richard enrolled at Ohio University were he studied Fine Arts. In 1954 he graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree and married his childhood sweetheart Shirley Ann Cook. Dick and Shirley moved to Fort Lee Virginia where he served as 1st Lieutenant in the US Army. In 1956 son Bradley was born. Shortly after Dick’s Army discharge in 1958, the family moved the Gainesville, Florida where Dick attended U.F. School of Architecture. In 1959 daughter Lisa was born. After his graduation in 1960 the family relocated to Stuart where Dick & Shirley put down their roots. Dick joined the firm Armstrong & Pryor Architects and in 1962 Stewart was born. Dick & Shirley enjoyed spending time with the many life long friends they made over the years and cherished the memories of the parties and “good times” spent with the group.
Richard started his own Architectural firm in 1972 and saw his career flourish as Stuart grew. Later in his career he was joined by his two sons becoming Granfield-Granfield Architects. For three decades Dick left his creative mark on our community with many recognizable projects throughout the Treasure Coast before retiring in 1995. Dick’s creative flair extended into multiple art forms including, wood carving, drawing and stain glass, to name just a few.
Richard was an active member of the community, serving as a Sewalls Point Commissioner, Florida Oceanographic Society founding Board Member and life long member of the American Institute of Architects.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years Shirley, daughter Lisa, granddaughter Karen, brother William, brother in law Bernie Gates and step grandson Nicholas.
After Shirley’s death, Dick was fortunate to find love a second time and married Collette (Keddie) Powers Granfield. Dick enjoyed some of his final years living with Keddie in Indiantown.
Richard is survived by wife Keddie, his sons: Bradley (Lori), and Stewart (Suzanne) Granfield. Grandchildren: Alexandra and Matthew. Sisters in law: Patricia Gates and Ester Granfield. Nieces and Nephew Deborah (Jim) Luchsinger, Gretchen (Des) McAuley, and Kirk Amidano. Step children: Brian, Kevin, David Powers and Mary Beth Bachelor along with their spouses and children.
Memorial services will be held 11:00 am Saturday September 30th at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, East Ocean Blvd in Stuart Fl. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice in Richard’s name. Please bring your favorite memory to share with the family during Richard’s celebration of life ceremony.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Stuart Chapel.
“Shelley” Berman February 3, 1925 – September 1, 2017
Sheldon Leonard “Shelley” Berman (February 3, 1925 – September 1, 2017) was an American comedian, actor, writer, teacher, lecturer and poet.
In his comedic career, Berman won three gold records and he won the first Grammy Award for a spoken comedy recording in 1959. He was perhaps most notable for his role as Larry David’s father on Curb Your Enthusiasm, a role for which he received a 2008 Emmy Award nomination.
In the last twenty years of his life, Berman taught humor writing in the Masters of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, where he was a Lecturer Emeritus.
Berman was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Irene (née Marks) and Nathan Berman. He was Jewish.
His acting career began with an acting company in Woodstock, Illinois. Leaving Woodstock in 1949, Shelley and his wife Sarah made their way to New York City. To make ends meet, Berman found employment as a social director, cab driver, speech teacher, assistant manager of a drug store, and a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studios.
Eventually, Berman found work as a sketch writer for The Steve Allen Plymouth Show.
Berman began as a straight actor, receiving his training at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, honing his acting skills in stock companies in and around Chicago and New York City.
In the mid-1950s, he became a member of Chicago’s Compass Players, which later evolved into The Second City. While performing improvised sketches with Compass, Berman began to develop solo pieces, often employing an imaginary telephone to take the place of an onstage partner.
In 1957, Berman was hired as a comedian at Mister Kelly’s in Chicago, which led to other nightclub bookings, and a recording contract with Verve Records. His comedy albums earned him three gold records and he won the first Grammy Award for a spoken comedy recording. The first standup comedian to perform at Carnegie Hall, Berman appeared on numerous television specials and all of the major variety shows of the day.
He starred on Broadway in A Family Affair and continued with stage work in The Odd Couple, Damn Yankees, Where’s Charley?, Fiddler on the Roof, Two by Two, I’m Not Rappaport, La Cage aux Folles, The Prisoner of Second Avenue and Guys & Dolls.
Berman’s voice was used as the inspiration for the voice of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Fibber Fox, as performed by Daws Butler.
Berman portrayed the role of Mendel Sorkin in an episode of CBS’s Rawhide (“The Peddler”, 1962).
Berman performed both comedic and dramatic roles on television, including appearances on episodes of The Twilight Zone (both radio and TV versions), Bewitched, Peter Gunn, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Adam-12, Emergency!, Brothers, Night Court, MacGyver, L.A. Law, Friends, Walker, Texas Ranger, The King of Queens, Grey’s Anatomy, Boston Legal, Hannah Montana, CSI: NY and the revived Hawaii Five-0. He also had a recurring role on the short-lived sitcom Walter & Emily.
From 2002 to 2009, Berman appeared as Larry David’s aged father on Curb Your Enthusiasm, a role for which he received a 2008 Emmy Award nomination.
Among Berman’s film credits are Dementia (1955, with Shorty Rogers), The Best Man (1964, with Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson), Divorce American Style (1967, with Dick Van Dyke and Debbie Reynolds), Every Home Should Have One (1970, with Marty Feldman), Beware! The Blob (1972, with Robert Walker Jr.), Rented Lips (1988, with Martin Mull and Robert Downey Jr.), Teen Witch (1989, with Robyn Lively and Zelda Rubinstein), The Last Producer (2000, with Burt Reynolds), Meet the Fockers (2004, with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller), The Holiday (2006, with Cameron Diaz), and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008, with Adam Sandler).
Berman was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during World War II. Berman was married to Sarah Herman from April 19, 1947, until his death 70 years later on September 1, 2017. The two met while they were studying acting at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.
In the mid-1960s, Berman and wife Sarah adopted two children, son Joshua and daughter Rachel. The Bermans were planning Joshua’s bar mitzvah when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Joshua died on October 29, 1977, at age 12.
Berman authored three books, two plays, several television pilot scripts, and numerous poems. For over twenty years, Berman taught humor writing in the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, where he was a Lecturer Emeritus.
Berman and his wife were both enthusiastic supporters of the Motion Picture and Television Fund (located in Woodland Hills, California), a charitable organization that offers assistance and care to those in the motion picture and television industries with limited or no resources, and contribute their time and resources to the benefit of the facilities and the residents.
In the 1980s, Berman was one of the celebrities selected by the Canoga Park, California Chamber of Commerce to serve a term as Honorary Mayor of Canoga Park.
Berman died from Alzheimer’s disease-related complications at his home in Bell Canyon, California, in the early morning of September 1, 2017. He was 92 years old.
Comedian Steve Martin praised Berman on Twitter, thanking him for “changing modern stand-up [comedy].”
Richard Anderson August 8, 1926 – August 31, 2017
Richard Norman Anderson (August 8, 1926 – August 31, 2017) was an American film and television actor. Among his best-known roles was his portrayal of Oscar Goldman, the boss of Steve Austin (Lee Majors) and Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner) in both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman television series between 1974 and 1978 and their subsequent television movies: The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1987), Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989) and Bionic Ever After? (1994).
Anderson was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, the son of Olga (née Lurie) and Harry Anderson. Anderson served a tour of duty in the United States Army.
On the big screen, his many films included The Student Prince (1954) as Lucas, Forbidden Planet (1956), as Chief Engineer Quinn, and the World War I drama Paths of Glory (1957) directed by Stanley Kubrick, in which Anderson played the prosecuting attorney. He was Don Diego De La Vega’s joke-playing best friend and romantic rival, Ricardo Del Amo, on the Disney television series Zorro (1958–59). He was the object of the unrequited love of Clara Varner (Joanne Woodward) in The Long, Hot Summer (1958) and a suspicious military officer in Seven Days in May (1964).
In the 1960s, Anderson made appearances in 23 episodes of Perry Mason during the series’ final season as Police Lieutenant Steve Drumm, replacing the character of Lt. Tragg, played by Ray Collins, who died in 1965. Before he became a Perry Mason regular, he made guest appearances in two episodes: as defendant Edward Lewis in “The Case of the Accosted Accountant”, and Jason Foster in “The Case of the Paper Bullets” (both 1964).
He also appeared on The Untouchables, Stagecoach West, The Rifleman, Daniel Boone, Thriller, The Eleventh Hour, Redigo, Combat!, Twelve O’Clock High, I Spy, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Fugitive (as varied characters in several episodes; in the series’ 1967 finale he played the brother-in-law to the protagonist Dr. Richard Kimble), Bonanza, The Green Hornet, The Invaders, and The Big Valley. In 1961–62, Anderson co-starred with Marilyn Maxwell in an ABC production of Bus Stop. He guest-starred in the last episode of season 1 of Mission: Impossible (1966) as Judge Wilson Chase.
In 1965, he played Judge Lander, who clashes over courtroom fairness and frontier justice with a young woman, Kate Melville (Gloria Talbott), the daughter of a sheriff, Will Melville (Dick Foran), in the episode “Kate Melville and the Law” of the syndicated series, Death Valley Days.
Anderson first appeared as Oscar Goldman in the second episode of The Six Million Dollar Man (“Wine, Women, and War”, 1974). He would portray the character through the series’ end in 1978 as well as on the spinoff series The Bionic Woman for its entire run from 1976 to 1978. In addition, Anderson guest-starred on other TV series in the 1970s, including Hawaii Five-O, Gunsmoke, Ironside, Columbo and The Love Boat.
He appeared in the television movie, The Night Strangler as the villain, Dr. Richard Malcolm. Anderson was just as busy in the 1980s on Charlie’s Angels, Matt Houston, Knight Rider, Remington Steele, Cover Up, The A-Team, The Fall Guy, Simon & Simon, and Murder, She Wrote. He played murderer Ken Braddock in the first two-hour episode of the revived Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr, titled “Perry Mason Returns” (1985), Anderson had a recurring role as Senator Buck Fallmont on Dynasty from 1986 to 1987. He portrayed President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1987 miniseries, Hoover vs. The Kennedys.
In the 1990s, he served as narrator and a recurring guest star for Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. He served also as a commercial spokesperson for the Shell Oil Company in the United States, known as The Shell Answer Man. “The Shell Answer Man” appeared in commercials from 1976-82.
In 2007, Anderson was honored with a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.
Anderson died on August 31, 2017 in Beverly Hills, aged 91.
“Rollie” Massimino November 13, 1934 – August 30, 2017
Roland Vincent “Rollie” Massimino (November 13, 1934 – August 30, 2017) was an American basketball coach and player. He was the head men’s basketball coach at Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Florida, a position he had held since 2014, and at Northwood University from 2004-2014. Massimino previously served as the head men’s basketball coach at Stony Brook University (1969–1971), Villanova University (1973–1992), the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1992–1994), and Cleveland State University (1996–2003). At Villanova, he led his 1984–85 team to the NCAA Championship. Entering the 1985 NCAA Tournament as an eighth seed, Villanova defeated their heavily favored Big East Conference foe, the Georgetown Hoyas, who had Patrick Ewing, in the National Championship Game. The upset is widely regarded as one of the greatest in North American sports history.
Roland Massimino graduated from Hillside High School in Hillside, New Jersey, in 1952. He held a master’s degree equivalent in health and physical education from Rutgers University (1959) and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Vermont (1956). While a student at UVM, he became a member of the Alpha-Lambda Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
After graduating from the University of Vermont, where he played varsity basketball for three years, Massimino entered the coaching ranks in 1956. In 1959, he began a three-year tenure as an assistant coach at Cranford High School in Cranford, New Jersey.
Massimino took his first head coach position in 1962 at Hillside High School in New Jersey. With the support of high school All-American Bill Schutsky and others (Schutsky later captained the West Point basketball team), Massimino led the Comets to the state Group IV finals in 1963 and 1964. In both seasons, Hillside was defeated in the final playoff game by Newark’s Central High School. The Comets lost during both years to a team composed of taller players, despite pushing the thrilling 1963 championship game into double-overtime.
From there, Massimino moved to Lexington High School in Massachusetts. In 1965, he led the Lexington squad to a state championship and later led another to a 20–1 record. Along the way, Massimino was laying the foundation for an elite scholastic program which later dominated the Middlesex League, winning state titles in 1971, 1972, and 1978 along with league championships in 16 of the past 30 years.
In ten seasons as a high school coach, Massimino compiled a 160–61 record.
Massimino’s collegiate debut came in 1969 as head coach of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In his first season the Patriots (now Seawolves) won the conference championship after going 19–6, earning a berth in the NCAA small college tournament. Massimino’s next stop was as an assistant coach under Chuck Daly at the University of Pennsylvania.
Massimino left Penn in March 1973, succeeding Jack Kraft as head coach of Villanova and leading the 1984-85 Wildcats team to one of the greatest upsets in NCAA tournament history by knocking off top-seeded Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) in the 1985 NCAA Tournament Championship Game. The road to the finals proved an even greater challenge, kicking off with a win on #9-seed Dayton’s home court, followed by victories over #1-seed Michigan, #4-seed Maryland, #2-seed North Carolina, before culminating in a Final Four victory over #2-seeded Memphis State.
After Villanova’s unexpected championship run, Massimino was offered the job of head coach of the National Basketball Association New Jersey Nets, which he declined in order to devote more time to his family.
Massimino resigned from Villanova in 1992 to assume the head coaching job at UNLV. The initial hope was that he could restore the success and credibility of the UNLV program after the basketball team’s 1991–92 probation and the forced resignation of long-time coach Jerry Tarkanian. Two years later, Massimino was himself forced out when it was revealed that he and UNLV president Robert Maxson had cut a side deal to lift Massimino’s salary above the figure being reported to the state of Nevada and the state commission ruled that this had violated both state ethics laws, as well as UNLV rules.
Moving on to Cleveland State University in 1996, Massimino’s teams recorded a 90–113 record in his seven seasons as coach. Massimino’s contract was bought out following a series of off-court issues. These included several players with drug and alcohol problems, other players arrested for serious crimes, and allegations of academic fraud.
Massimino was the head coach of the men’s basketball team at Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Florida, members in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Massimino continued his role as coach when Northwood University sold its Florida campus to Keiser University. The 2005-06 Northwood team coached by Massimino was its inaugural season in The Sun Conference. In his first four seasons with the Seahawks, Massimino led Northwood to four FSC regular season titles, four appearances in the NAIA National tournament, and the Seahawks reached the Elite Eight in 2008. Massimino and the Seahawks have received bids to the NAIA tournament in all of his eight seasons at Northwood, with the team’s best finishes a place in the national semifinals in 2011 and a national runner-up finish in 2012. Through the end of the 2013-14 season, Massimino’s overall record at Northwood stands at 227–48 (.825 winning percentage).
On November 1, 2012, Massimino returned to Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky for the first time since his 1985 championship triumph, playing a preseason exhibition game against reigning NCAA Division I champions Kentucky. The game was played at the request of Massimino after indicating to Kentucky head coach John Calipari that the 2012–13 season could be his last in coaching. In a later interview, Massimino hedged somewhat, saying, “I don’t know if it’s my last [season]. I hope I can go another year or so.” Kentucky introduced Massimino with a video montage of the final minutes of Villanova’s 1985 victory.
On December 14, 2016, Massimino at 82 years old, reached coaching win number 800 when Keiser University defeated Trinity Baptist 77-47.
Massimino died on August 30, 2017 at his South Florida home after a bout with lung cancer
Larry Elgart March 20, 1922 – August 29, 2017
Lawrence Joseph Elgart (March 20, 1922 – August 29, 2017) was an American jazz bandleader. With his brother Les, he recorded “Bandstand Boogie”, the theme to the long-running dance show American Bandstand.
Elgart was born in 1922 in New London, Connecticut, four years younger than his brother, Les. Their mother was a concert pianist; their father played piano as well, though not professionally. Both brothers began playing in jazz ensembles in their teens, and while young Larry played with jazz musicians such as Charlie Spivak, Woody Herman, Red Norvo, Freddie Slack and Tommy Dorsey.
In the mid-1940s, Les and Larry started up their own ensemble, hiring Nelson Riddle, Bill Finegan and Ralph Flanagan to arrange tunes for them. Their ensemble was not successful, and after a few years, they scuttled the band and sold the arrangements they had commissioned to Tommy Dorsey. Both returned to sideman positions in various orchestras.
In 1953, Larry met Charles Albertine and recorded two of his experimental compositions, “Impressions of Outer Space” and “Music for Barefoot Ballerinas”. Released on 10″ vinyl, these recordings became collector’s items for fans of avant-garde jazz, but they were not commercially successful at the time. Larry and Albertine put together a more traditional ensemble and began recording them using precise microphone placements, producing what came to be known as the “Elgart sound”. This proved to be very commercially successful, and Larry enjoyed a run of successful albums and singles in the 1950s.
In 1954, the Elgarts left their permanent mark on music history in recording Albertine’s “Bandstand Boogie,” for the legendary television show originally hosted by Bob Horn, and two years later, Dick Clark. Clark took the show national, to ABC-TV, in 1956 and remained host for another 32 years. Variations of the original surfaced as the show’s theme in later years. Les and Larry reunited in 1963, but it would not last long. Les moved to Texas and performed for the rest of his life with The Les Elgart Orchestra while Larry continued to perform and record regularly for decades.
Larry’s biggest exposure came in 1982, with the smash success of a recording called “Hooked on Swing”. The instrumental was a medley of swing jazz hits – “In the Mood”, “Cherokee”, “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree”, “American Patrol”, “Sing, Sing, Sing”, “Don’t Be That Way”, “Little Brown Jug”, “Opus #1”, “Zing Went the Strings of My Heart” and “A String of Pearls” – that became so popular it even cracked the US Billboard Pop Singles chart (at #31) and Adult Contemporary chart (#20). This was the final hit for any artist in the year-long “medley craze,” that lasted from 1981 to 1982. Billed as “Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra,” the LP from which the tune was taken hit #24 on the US charts. The follow-up, Hooked on Swing 2, debuted at #89 on the album charts, and soon after Larry was back to the jazz touring circuit. He continued to tour internationally and record into the 2000s.
Elgart died on Longboat Key, Florida, at the age of 95.
“Jud” Heathcote May 27, 1927 – August 28, 2017
George Melvin “Jud” Heathcote (May 27, 1927 – August 28, 2017) was an American basketball player and coach. He was a college basketball head coach for 24 seasons: five at the University of Montana (1971–1976) and nineteen at Michigan State University (1976–1995). Heathcote coached Magic Johnson during his two years at Michigan State, concluding with the 1979 national championship season.
Born in Harvey, North Dakota, to Marion Grant Heathcote and Fawn (Walsh) Heathcote; his father was a coach, but died in a 1930 diphtheria epidemic. His mother was a teacher and moved to live with her parents in Manchester, Washington, west of Seattle.
Heathcote developed into a fine three-sport athlete at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, and after a year in the Navy V-5 program as World War II ended, he enrolled at Washington State College in Pullman and played basketball for the Cougars under head coach Jack Friel.
At age 44, Montana was the first for Heathcote as head coach of a college varsity program. Out of college, he coached for fourteen seasons at West Valley High School in Spokane, Washington, then at alma mater Washington State for seven years; five as freshman coach and two as frosh-varsity coach.
Montana had little historic success in the sport, but in his fourth season at Missoula in 1974–75, Heatcote led the Grizzlies to their first Big Sky Conference championship. They advanced to the NCAA Regionals, but lost by three in Portland in the Sweet Sixteen to eventual champion UCLA.
Heathcote was hired by Joseph Kearney in 1976 at Michigan State and began the most successful phase of his coaching career. In his third season in East Lansing, he guided the Spartans to the NCAA championship. Led on the court by sophomore Magic Johnson, MSU defeated the Larry Bird-led Indiana State Sycamores in the title game in Salt Lake City.
In his nineteen years at Michigan State, the Spartans made nine NCAA Tournament appearances and three National Invitation Tournament (NIT) appearances. As a coach, Heathcote was particularly noted for his excellent defensive strategies on the court and was second to none in blocking the opposing team from penetrating to the hoop. Heathcote retired after the 1994–95 season, having won 418 games and lost 275, for a .603 winning percentage. He was succeeded by Tom Izzo, a thirteen-year assistant coach and associate head coach for Heathcote’s final five seasons.
After retiring from coaching, Heathcote returned to Spokane, where he lived until his death. He played handball until well into his seventies, and continued to play recreational golf. While Heathcote continued to follow Michigan State during the college season, his primary basketball interest in his final years was the local Gonzaga University; he attended all Bulldogs home games, and had a monthly lunch with head coach Mark Few.
On August 28, 2017, Heathcote passed away at the age of 90. “Michigan State has lost one of its icons today,” current MSU Tom Izzo said in a statement. “And yet, nothing can erase his impact on the program, the players he coached and the coaches he mentored. Spartan basketball is what it is today because of Jud Heathcote.”
Jerry Lewis March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis (born Joseph or Jerome Levitch, depending on the source; March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017) was an American actor, comedian, singer, film producer, film director, screenwriter and humanitarian. He was known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He and Dean Martin were partners as the hit popular comedy duo of Martin and Lewis. Following that success, he was a solo star in motion pictures, nightclubs, television shows, concerts, album recordings and musicals.
Lewis served as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and hosted the live Labor Day broadcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon for 44 years. He received several awards for lifetime achievement from the American Comedy Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Venice Film Festival and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Lewis was born on March 16, 1926, at Newark Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, to Russian Jewish parents. His father, Daniel Levitch (1902–80), was a master of ceremonies and vaudeville entertainer who used the professional name Danny Lewis. His mother, Rachel (“Rae”) Levitch (née Brodsky), was a piano player for a radio station. Lewis started performing at age five and would often perform alongside his parents in the Catskill Mountains in New York State. By 15, he had developed his “Record Act” in which he exaggeratedly mimed the lyrics to songs on a phonograph.
He used the professional name Joey Lewis but soon changed it to Jerry Lewis to avoid confusion with comedian Joe E. Lewis and heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis. Lewis then dropped out of Irvington High School in the tenth grade. He was a “character” even in his teenage years, pulling pranks in his neighborhood including sneaking into kitchens to steal fried chicken and pies. During World War II, he was rejected for military service because of a heart murmur.
Lewis initially gained attention as part of a double act with singer Dean Martin, who served as straight man to Lewis’ zany antics in the Martin and Lewis comedy team. The performers were different from most other comedy acts of the time because they relied on their interaction instead of planned skits. After forming in 1946, they quickly rose to national prominence, first with their popular nightclub act, next as stars of their own radio program. The two men made many appearances on early live television, their first on the June 20, 1948, debut broadcast of Toast of the Town on CBS (later officially renamed The Ed Sullivan Show on September 25, 1955).
Martin and Lewis in an episode of The Colgate Comedy Hour
This was followed on October 3, 1948, by an appearance on the NBC series Welcome Aboard, then a stint as the first of a series of hosts of The Colgate Comedy Hour in 1950. Just before appearing on The Colgate Comedy Hour, Lewis hired Norman Lear and Ed Simmons to become regular writers for the Martin and Lewis bits. The duo began their Paramount film careers as ensemble players in My Friend Irma (1949), based on the popular radio series of the same name. This was followed by a sequel My Friend Irma Goes West (1950).
Martin and Lewis in 1955
Starting with At War with the Army (1950), Martin and Lewis were the stars of their own vehicles in fourteen additional titles, That’s My Boy (1951), Sailor Beware (1952), Jumping Jacks (1952; also appearing in the Crosby and Hope film, Road to Bali as cameos), The Stooge (1952), Scared Stiff (1953), The Caddy (1953), Money from Home (1953), Living It Up (1954), 3 Ring Circus (1954), You’re Never Too Young (1955), Artists and Models (1955) and Pardners (1956) at Paramount, ending with Hollywood or Bust (1956). All sixteen movies were produced by Hal B. Wallis. Attesting to the comedy team’s popularity, DC Comics published the best-selling The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comics from 1952 to 1957. In 1954, the team appeared on episode 191 of What’s My Line? as mystery guests. As Martin’s roles in their films became less important over time, the partnership came under strain. Martin’s participation became an embarrassment in 1954 when Look magazine published a publicity photo of the team for the magazine cover but cropped Martin out. The partnership ended on July 24, 1956.
Both Martin and Lewis went on to successful solo careers, and neither would comment on the split nor consider a reunion. They made occasional public appearances together until 1961, but were not seen together again until a surprise reunion on a Muscular Dystrophy Telethon in 1976, arranged by Frank Sinatra. The pair eventually reconciled in the late 1980s after the death of Martin’s son, Dean Paul Martin, in 1987. The two men were seen together on stage for the last time when Martin was making what would be his final live performance at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 1989. Lewis wheeled out a cake for Martin’s 72nd birthday, sang “Happy Birthday” to him, and joked, “Why we broke up, I’ll never know.”
After his partnership with Martin ended, he and his wife Patty took a vacation in Las Vegas to consider the direction of his career. He felt his life was in a crisis state: “I was unable to put one foot in front of the other with any confidence. I was completely unnerved to be alone …” While there, he received an urgent request from his friend Sid Luft, who was Judy Garland’s husband and manager, saying that she couldn’t perform that night in Las Vegas because of strep throat, and asking Lewis to fill in. However, Lewis had not sung on a stage since he was five years old, twenty-five years before. But he appeared before the audience of a thousand nonetheless, doing jokes and clowning with the audience while Garland sat off-stage, watching. He then sang a rendition of a song he’d learned as a child, “Rock-A-Bye Baby”, along with “Come Rain or Come Shine.” Lewis recalled, “When I was done, the place exploded. I walked off the stage knowing I could make it on my own…” At his wife’s pleading, Lewis used his own money to record the songs on a single.
Capitol Records heard it and insisted he do an album. The album, Jerry Lewis Just Sings, went to number 3 on the Billboard charts, staying near the top for four months and selling a million and a half copies. Having now proven he could sing and do live shows, he began performing regularly at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas beginning in late 1956, which marked a turning point in his life and career. The Sands signed him for five years, to perform six weeks each year, and paid him the same amount they had paid Martin and Lewis as a team. The critics gave him positive reviews: “Jerry was wonderful. He has proved that he can be a success by himself,” wrote one. He appeared on his first solo television show for NBC in January 1957, followed by performances for clubs in Miami, New York, Chicago and Washington. In February he followed Judy Garland at the Palace Theater in New York; ex-partner Martin called during this period to wish him the best of luck. “I’ve never been happier,” said Lewis. “I have peace of mind for the first time.”
Lewis rose to stardom as a solo act in television and movies starting with the first of six appearances on What’s My Line? from 1956 to 1966, then starred in “The Jazz Singer” episode of Startime. Lewis remained at Paramount and became a comedy star in his own right with his first film as a solo comic, The Delicate Delinquent (1957). Meanwhile, DC Comics published a new comic book series titled The Adventures of Jerry Lewis, running from 1957 to 1971. Teaming with director Frank Tashlin, whose background as a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon director suited Lewis’s brand of humor, he starred in five more films, The Sad Sack (1957), Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958), The Geisha Boy (1958), Don’t Give Up The Ship (1959) and even appeared uncredited as Itchy McRabbitt in Li’l Abner (1959). By the end of his contract with producer Hal B. Wallis, Lewis had several productions of his own under his belt. In 1959, a contract between Paramount Pictures and Jerry Lewis Productions was signed specifying a payment of $10 million plus 60% of the profits for 14 films over a seven-year period. In 1960, Lewis finished his contract with Wallis with Visit to a Small Planet (1960) and wrapped up work on his own production Cinderfella, which was postponed for a Christmas 1960 release and Paramount, needing a quickie feature film for its summer 1960 schedule, held Lewis to his contract to produce one.
Lewis came up with The Bellboy (1960). Using the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami as his setting—and on a small budget, with a very tight shooting schedule, and no script—Lewis shot the film by day and performed at the hotel in the evenings. Bill Richmond collaborated with him on the many sight gags. Lewis later revealed that Paramount was not happy financing a ‘silent movie’ and withdrew backing. Lewis used his own funds to cover the $950,000 budget. Lewis would next star in an episode of Celebrity Golf. During production Lewis pioneered the technique of using video cameras and multiple closed circuit monitors, which allowed him to review his performance instantly. His techniques and methods of video assist, documented in his book and his USC class, enabled him to complete most of his films on time and under budget. He popularized the practice, though he did not explicitly invent it. Lewis followed The Bellboy by directing several more films that he co-wrote with Richmond while some were directed by Tashlin, including The Ladies Man (1961), The Errand Boy (1961), It’s Only Money (1962) and The Nutty Professor (1963). Lewis did a cameo appearance in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). Further on, more Lewis films were Who’s Minding the Store? (1963), The Patsy (1964) and The Disorderly Orderly (1964). Also in 1961, Lewis guest starred in an episode of The Garry Moore Show. Lewis hosted two different versions of The Jerry Lewis Show (a 1963 lavish, big-budget 13-week show for ABC and a 1967 one-hour variety show for NBC).
Lewis directed and co-wrote The Family Jewels (1965) about a young heiress who must choose among six uncles, one of whom is up to no good and out to harm the girl’s beloved bodyguard who practically raised her. Lewis played all six uncles and the bodyguard. Lewis would next appear in Boeing Boeing (1965). Also in 1965, Lewis made television appearances on Ben Casey, The Andy Williams Show and Hullabaloo. By 1966, Lewis, then 40, was no longer an angular juvenile, his routines seemed more labored and his box office appeal waned to the point where Paramount Pictures new executives felt no further need for the Lewis comedies and did not wish to renew his 1959 profit sharing contract. Undaunted, Lewis packed up and went to Columbia Pictures, where he made Three On A Couch (1966), then appeared in Way…Way Out (1966) for 20th Century Fox. During 1966, Lewis guest starred in Batman, Password and in a pilot for Sheriff Who. Lewis continued with more movies, such as The Big Mouth (1967) and Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968).
Lewis appeared on an episode of Playboy After Dark. He then starred in Hook, Line & Sinker (1969). Lewis taught a film directing class at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for a number of years and his students included Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. In 1968, he screened Spielberg’s early film Amblin’ and told his students, “That’s what filmmaking is all about.” In 1970, Lewis guest appeared on The Red Skelton Show, then directed an episode of The Bold Ones. Lewis guest starred in an episode of The Engelbert Humperdinck Show.
He then directed and made his first offscreen voice performance as a bandleader in One More Time (1970), which starred Sammy Davis Jr. (a friend of Lewis) and also produced, directed and starred in Which Way to the Front? (1970). He would then make and star in the unreleased The Day the Clown Cried (1972), a drama set in a Nazi concentration camp. Lewis rarely discusses the film, but once suggested that litigation over post-production finances prevented the film’s completion and release. However, he admitted during his book tour for Dean and Me that a major factor for the film’s burial is that he is not proud of the effort. In 1973, Lewis was a guest on The Dick Cavett Show, then appeared on Celebrity Sportsman in 1974. Lewis appeared in a revival of Hellzapoppin’ with Lynn Redgrave in 1976, but it closed on the road before reaching Broadway. In 1979, Lewis guest hosted (as ringmaster) in Circus of the Stars.
After an absence of 11 years, Lewis returned to film in Hardly Working (1981), a movie in which he both directed and starred. Despite being panned by critics, it eventually earned $50 million. Lewis next appeared in Martin Scorsese’s film The King of Comedy (1983), in which he portrayed a late-night television host plagued by two obsessive fans, played by Robert De Niro and Sandra Bernhard. Lewis guest hosted Saturday Night Live and also appeared in Cracking Up a.k.a. Smorgasbord (1983) and Slapstick (Of Another Kind) (1984). In France, Lewis starred in both To Catch a Cop a.k.a. The Defective Detective (1984) and How Did You Get In? We Didn’t See You Leave (1984). Lewis has stated that as long as he has control over distribution of those movies, they will never have an American release. Meanwhile, a syndicated talk show Lewis hosted for Metromedia in 1984 was not continued beyond the scheduled five shows.
Lewis starred in the ABC televised drama movie Fight For Life (1987) with Patty Duke. He starred in five episodes of Wiseguy, then appeared in Cookie (1989). Lewis had a cameo in Mr. Saturday Night (1992) then in 1993, guest appeared in an episode of Mad About You as an eccentric billionaire. Lewis made his Broadway debut, as a replacement cast member playing the devil in a revival of Damn Yankees, choreographed by Rob Marshall. while also starring in the film Arizona Dream (1994), as a car salesman uncle. Lewis then starred as a father of a young comic in Funny Bones (1995). In 2003, Lewis did a guest voice as Professor Frink’s dad in an episode of The Simpsons then in 2006, guest appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Lewis has remained popular in France, evidenced by consistent praise by French critics in the magazine Cahiers du Cinéma for his absurd comedy, in part because he had gained respect as an auteur who had total control over all aspects of his films, comparable to Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock. Liking Lewis has long been a common stereotype about the French in the minds of many English-speakers, and is often the object of jokes in English-speaking world pop culture. “That Americans can’t see Jerry Lewis’s genius is bewildering,” says N. T. Binh, a French film magazine critic. Such bewilderment was the basis of the book Why the French Love Jerry Lewis. In 2012, Lewis directed a musical theatre version of The Nutty Professor at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville from July 31 to August 19 over the summer. In Brazil, Lewis appeared in Till Luck Do Us Part 2 (2013). He then next starred in a small role in the crime drama The Trust (2016). Lewis made a comeback in a lead role in Max Rose (2016).
In December 2016, Lewis expressed interest in making another film.
Throughout his entire adult life and career, Lewis was a world-renowned humanitarian who supported fundraising for research into muscular dystrophy. Until 2011, he served as national chairman of and spokesman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (formerly, the Muscular Dystrophy Associations of America). Lewis began hosting telethons to benefit the company from 1952 to 1959, then every Labor Day weekend from 1966 to 2010, he hosted the annual live Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (also referred to as Jerry Lewis Extra Special Special, Jerry Lewis Super Show and Jerry Lewis Stars Across America). Over nearly half a century, he raised over $2.6 billion in donations for the cause.
On August 3, 2011, it was announced that Lewis would no longer host the MDA telethons and is no longer associated with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. On May 1, 2015, it was announced that in view of “the new realities of television viewing and philanthropic giving”, the telethon was being discontinued. In early 2016, Lewis broke a five-year silence by making an online video statement for the organization on its website in honor of its rebranding, marking his first (and as it turned out, his final) appearance in support of MDA since his last telethon in 2010 and the end of his tenure as national chairman in 2011.
Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, at 9:15 a.m. on August 20, 2017, at the age of 91.
Earl Dempsey June 17th, 1951 – February 14th, 2017
Ernest Earl Dempsey June 17th, 1951 – February 14th, 2017 – Ernest Earl Dempsey 65, passed away on February 14th with his wife and children by his side. He was the husband of Ann Dempsey. They shared 36 glorious years together.
Born in New York City, NY. He was the son of Robert and Vivian Dempsey. He attended Ft. Lauderdale High School. He was the owner of Stuart Plumbing and Sheet Metal in Stuart Florida.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Stuart. He enjoyed his classic cars and all his car buddies.
He will be remembered for the way he loved his family and helping others in the community.
He is survived by his wife Ann Dempsey, daughter Kim Cahalan, son JR Dempsey, daughter Ashley Williams, grandchildren Ayden Cahalan, Easton Williams and Tripp Dempsey.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 18th at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1500 S Kanner Hwy, Stuart Florida. There will be a reception following in the Fellowship Hall at the church.
In Lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the “UF Foundation Inc. Fund #014145 and sent to P.O. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604-2425, attn: Gift Processing. Please note “Earl Dempsey” or “UF Foundation Fund #014145” in the memo area. These donations will go directly into their Proton Therapy Research Program.
Herb Oscar Anderson May 30, 1928 – January 29, 2017
Herb Oscar Anderson May 30, 1928 – January 29, 2017 – Herb Oscar Anderson, the morning D.J. for a New York Top 40 station WABC-AM during most of the 1960s, died on Sunday in Bennington Vt., near Hoosick Falls, N.Y., where he had a home. He was 88.
Herbert Oscar Anderson was born on May 30, 1928, in South Beloit, Ill. His mother, the former Frieda Munson, a maid who was born in Sweden, placed Herb and her four other children in the Odd Fellows orphanage in Lincoln, Ill., after the deaths of two husbands left her too poor to raise them. He would later reunite with her.
When Mr. Anderson arrived at WABC in 1960, the station was in the early stages of a battle for listeners with WMCA, WINS and WMGM. He was one of the station’s “Swingin’ 7” air personalities, a group that included Scott Muni and was known as the All Americans. But Mr. Anderson was a throwback in a changing music scene, a fan of the big band sound, not necessarily the rock ’n’ roll he was playing on a 50,000-watt station that reached well beyond the city limits.
“My father walked into his job at WABC wearing wingtips and a suit and left in wingtips and a suit,” Mr. James said.
As the station’s low-key “morning mayor,” Mr. Anderson had a mandate: to appeal to adults whose buying power was critical to advertisers, more than to the teenagers who were already tuning in. Each morning, his booming, melodic voice crooned his lyrics to his signature song, “Hello Again”:
He recorded that song, as he did a few others, and wrote lyrics to instrumentals by Nelson Riddle and Bert Kaempfert.
Mr. Anderson’s old-fashioned approach set him apart from other D.J.’s at the station, like the exuberant Bruce Morrow (a.k.a. Cousin Brucie), who courted teenagers. In effect, Mr. Anderson had said, there were two WABCs: one in the morning, and one for the rest of the day.
“We had to make money,” Mr. Anderson told MusicRadio77.com, a website devoted to the Top 40 legacy of the station, which switched to a talk format in 1982. “No question about it. I was for the housewife, mother and children. It was a combination that had to be done.”
Allan Sniffen, who runs MusicRadio77.com, said, “His job was to come in and sound like a grown-up, not like Cousin Brucie.”
Mr. Anderson left the station in early 1969 because he could not abide acid rock, he told Scott Benjamin for a profile on MusicRadio77.com. But Mr. James said that his father resigned because he believed that ABC, the owner of WABC, had reneged on a promise to give him a television talk show.
He would later host shows on the New York radio stations WOR and WHN in the 1970s.
Mr. Anderson’s radio career began in Janesville, Wis., and continued in Illinois, Florida and Iowa. He found success with a Top 40 format in the mid-1950s at WDGY in St. Paul, Minn., where he was known as 235 pounds of genial joviality.
After a brief stint in Chicago, he moved to New York in 1957. He hosted a morning radio show on WABC and a variety show on the ABC Radio Network where he sang with a live band.
He moved to WMCA in 1958 and returned to WABC in 1960.
“The battle helped both stations,” Mr. Anderson told MusicRadio77.com. “They were great battles, weren’t they?”
In addition to Mr. James, Mr. Anderson is survived by his second wife, Terry Kirkoff, a film editor; another son, Herb Oscar Anderson II; a daughter, Carla Anderson; and four grandchildren.
In recent years, he hosted a weekly radio show in Vero Beach, Fla., near his home in on Hutchinson Island, on which he reminisced, played music and sang.
Eight years ago I had the distinct opportunity to interview HOA and in his memory I present it once again to you. From the OUT2 archives:
Where Are They Now!
Treasure Coast, Florida – by Dick Hall – I don’t know how many of you are former New Yorkers who look at Out2 on a regular basis but those of you who are Yankee & Mets fans, Giant & Jets Fans, Knicks fans and Ranger fans just might remember HOA, Herb Oscar Anderson, morning mayor on the 6am to 10am block on WABC New York.
I had the pleasure of interviewing him in his Florida ocean view office today and it was a treat. Where were you in ’62… well I was attending CCNY (City College of New York) in Manhattan and living on Staten Island that meant I had to take 2 buses, a ferryboat, a subway, walk 2 city blocks and go up to the 8th floor just to get to my 8am class. I can remember in the early 60’s getting up early and Herb was the guy who greeted me everyday with an energy filled and good hearted “Hello Again”.
Herb is a very busy guy still, his voice is as strong as ever (singing as well as speaking). I sat listening for an hour while I heard songs that I used to hear 40 some-odd years ago live and in color. I thought he was doing this just for me, then after and hour or so he admitted that I was his focal point for the day during his daily rehearsal. It’s very true if you don’t use it you will loose it and Herb has no intention of loosing it at this point in his life. While fragrant aromas wafted from the kitchen where his wife Terry was preparing lunch after a vigorous workout on the treadmill Herb resonated music from the forty’s fifties and sixties.
On the wall was a museum of photos and charactertures of Herb and friends. The one that I liked best was Herb in a Yankee uniform with Mickey Mantle and his 2 boys.
Herb is doing cruises these days where he is the MC and Disk Jockey if you will, on musical cruises with a theme in mind. Good music and HOA doing the intros. He even adds a little old copy into the mix reminding everyone what time it is and not forget alternate side of the street parking is in effect. You definitely have to be a New Yorker to remember what alternate side of the street parking was and probably still is. If you’re not from New York it could cost you dearly but that’s another story.
The wheels are still turning creatively with projects in the works for satellite radio, songs he has written for NASCAR and the State of Florida Convention and Visitors Bureau, and personal appearances in and around the Treasure Coast, which includes guest appearances on local radio “Ocean FM”, out of Vero.
I am hoping soon I will have the opportunity to link to his website which is in the works and listen to some of his old recordings.
Herb will be 80 this month so I want to take this opportunity to sing Happy Birthday Herb and Hello Again.
Also I would like to thank Michele Anastasio, without whom this interview would have never taken place. I had the pleasure of meeting Michele and her Mom at Port St. lucie Soroptimists “Woman of Distinction”. Michele appears with Herb on those musical cruises where she also entertains with her beautiful voice. You can get her CD at http://www.micheleanastasio.com/ , thanks again Michele.
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Craig Werle October 31,1942 – January16, 2017
R. Craig Werle October 31,1942 – January16, 2017 – Craig Werle, 74, died Monday, January 16, 2017 with his family by his side in Stuart, Florida. Craig is survived by his wife Rayma, children, Kristen and Juliann (Werle) Zoetmulder, sister Barbara Brown, brother Grant, and grandchildren, Justin, Alex, Charlie, Kate and Olivia.
Craig was born in Birmingham, AL to Robert and Florence Werle on October 31,1942. Craig was raised in Pittsburgh, PA and never lost allegiance to his Steelers.
Craig was a natural to sales and management. He began his storied career at Iron City Brewery in Pittsburgh, then achieved early success with Pabst Brewing Company in Milwaukee, where he raised his family. Eventually, he migrated back to Stuart, FL to work with multiple family businesses.
He is beloved by his immediate family and also his friends within the local community of music. Craig was a talented trombone player with the Palm City Presbyterian Church and the local big band, The Dreamers.
A service will be held on Saturday, January 21 at 2pm at Palm City Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider the needs of the immediate family. Donations can be made to assist with Craig’s medical expenses through Youcaring https://www.youcaring.com/raymawerle-739091
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory / Stuart Chapel Online condolences may be made at www.martin-funeral.com
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John Glenn Jr. July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016
John Herschel Glenn Jr. (July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016), (Col, USMC, Ret.), was an American aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States Senator from Ohio. He was one of the “Mercury Seven” group of military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA to become America’s first astronauts and fly the Project Mercury spacecraft.
On February 20, 1962, Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission and became the first American to orbit the Earth and the fifth person in space, after cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov and the sub-orbital flights of Mercury astronauts Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom. Glenn is the earliest-born American to go to orbit, and the second earliest-born man overall after Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Beregovoy. Glenn received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978, and was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990. With the death of Scott Carpenter on October 10, 2013, Glenn became the last surviving member of the Mercury Seven.
Glenn resigned from NASA on January 16, 1964, and the next day announced plans to run for a U.S. Senate seat from Ohio; however, a bathroom fall which resulted in a concussion caused him to withdraw from the race in March. He retired from the Marine Corps on January 1, 1965. A member of the Democratic Party, he finally won election to the Senate in 1974 and served through January 3, 1999. With the death of Edward Brooke on January 3, 2015, Glenn became the oldest living former United States Senator, and has now died at 95.
On October 29, 1998, while still a sitting senator, he became the oldest person to fly in space, and the only one to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs, when at age 77, he flew as a Payload Specialist on Discovery mission STS-95. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
John Glenn was born on July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio, the son of John Herschel Glenn, Sr. (1895–1966) and Teresa (née Sproat) Glenn (1897–1971). He was raised in New Concord, Ohio.
After graduating from New Concord High School in 1939, he studied Engineering at Muskingum College. He earned a private pilot license for credit in a physics course in 1941. Glenn did not complete his senior year in residence or take a proficiency exam, both requirements of the school for the Bachelor of Science degree. However, the school granted Glenn his degree in 1962, after his Mercury space flight.
When the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II, Glenn quit college to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps. However, he was never called to duty, and in March 1942 enlisted as a United States Navy aviation cadet. He went to the University of Iowa for preflight training, then continued on to NAS Olathe, Kansas, for primary training. He made his first solo flight in a military aircraft there. During his advanced training at the NAS Corpus Christi, he was offered the chance to transfer to the U.S. Marine Corps and took it.
Upon completing his training in 1943, Glenn was assigned to Marine Squadron VMJ-353, flying R4D transport planes. He transferred to VMF-155 as an F4U Corsair fighter pilot, and flew 59 combat missions in the South Pacific. He saw combat over the Marshall Islands, where he attacked anti-aircraft batteries on Maloelap Atoll. In 1945, he was assigned to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and was promoted to captain shortly before the war’s end.
Glenn flew patrol missions in North China with the VMF-218 Marine Fighter Squadron, until it was transferred to Guam. In 1948 he became a flight instructor at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, followed by attending the Amphibious Warfare School.
During the Korean War, Glenn was assigned to VMF-311, flying the new F9F Panther jet interceptor. He flew his Panther in 63 combat missions, gaining the nickname “magnet ass” from his alleged ability to attract enemy flak. On two occasions, he returned to his base with over 250 holes in his aircraft. For a time, he flew with Marine reservist Ted Williams, a future Hall of Fame baseball player for the Boston Red Sox, as his wingman. He also flew with future Major General Ralph H. Spanjer.
Glenn flew a second Korean combat tour in an interservice exchange program with the United States Air Force, 51st Fighter Wing. He logged 27 missions in the faster F-86F Sabre and shot down three MiG-15s near the Yalu River in the final days before the ceasefire.
For his service in 149 combat missions in two wars, he received numerous honors, including the Distinguished Flying Cross (six occasions) and the Air Medal with eighteen award stars.
Glenn returned to NAS Patuxent River, appointed to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (class 12), graduating in 1954. He served as an armament officer, flying planes to high altitude and testing their cannons and machine guns. He was assigned to the Fighter Design Branch of the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics (now Bureau of Naval Weapons) as a test pilot on Navy and Marine Corps jet fighters in Washington, D.C., from November 1956 to April 1959, during which time he also attended the University of Maryland.
Glenn has nearly 9,000 hours of flying time, with approximately 3,000 hours in jet aircraft.
On July 16, 1957, Glenn completed the first supersonic transcontinental flight in a Vought F8U-3P Crusader. The flight from NAS Los Alamitos, California, to Floyd Bennett Field, New York, took 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8.3 seconds. As he passed over his hometown, a child in the neighborhood reportedly ran to the Glenn house shouting “Johnny dropped a bomb! Johnny dropped a bomb! Johnny dropped a bomb!” as the sonic boom shook the town. Project Bullet, the name of the mission, included both the first transcontinental flight to average supersonic speed (despite three in-flight refuelings during which speeds dropped below 300 mph), and the first continuous transcontinental panoramic photograph of the United States. For this mission Glenn received his fifth Distinguished Flying Cross.
In 1958, the newly formed NASA began a recruiting program for astronauts. Requirements were that each had to be a military test pilot between the ages of 25 and 40 with sufficient flight hours, no more than 5’11” in height, and possess a degree in a scientific field. 508 pilots were subjected to rigorous mental and physical tests, and finally the selection was narrowed down to seven astronauts (Glenn, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton), who were introduced to the public at a NASA press conference in April 1959. Glenn just barely met the requirements as he was close to the age cutoff of 40 and also lacked the required science-based degree at the time. During this time, he remained an officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962, on the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission, circling the globe three times during a flight lasting 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds. This made Glenn the third American in space and the fifth human being in space.
Perth, Western Australia, became known worldwide as the “City of Light” when residents turned on their house, car and streetlights as Glenn passed overhead. (The city repeated the act when Glenn rode the Space Shuttle in 1998). During the first mission there was concern over a ground indication that his heat shield had come loose, which could allow it to fail during re-entry through the atmosphere, causing his capsule to burn up. Flight controllers had Glenn modify his re-entry procedure by keeping his retrorocket pack on over the shield in an attempt to keep it in place. He made his splashdown safely, and afterwards it was determined that the indicator was faulty.
As the first American in orbit, Glenn became a national hero, met President Kennedy, and received a ticker-tape parade in New York City, reminiscent of that given for Charles Lindbergh and other great dignitaries.
Glenn’s fame and political attributes were noted by the Kennedys, and he became a personal friend of the Kennedy family. On February 23, 1962, President Kennedy escorted him in a parade to Hangar S at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where he awarded Glenn with the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.
In July 1962 Glenn testified before the House Space Committee in favor of excluding women from the NASA astronaut program. Although NASA had no official policy prohibiting women, in practice the requirement that astronauts had to be military test pilots excluded them entirely. The impact of the testimony of so prestigious a hero is debatable, but no female astronaut flew on a NASA mission until Sally Ride in 1983 (in the meantime, the Soviets had flown two women on space missions), and none piloted a mission until Eileen Collins in 1995, more than 30 years after the hearings. In the late 1970s, Glenn is reported to have supported Shuttle Mission Specialist Astronaut Judith Resnik in her career.
Glenn resigned from NASA on January 16, 1964, and the next day announced his candidacy as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate from his home state of Ohio. On February 26, 1964, Glenn suffered a concussion from a slip and fall against a bathtub; this led him to withdraw from the race on March 30. Glenn then went on convalescent leave from the Marine Corps until he could make a full recovery, necessary for his retirement from the Marines. He retired on January 1, 1965, as a Colonel and entered the business world as an executive for Royal Crown Cola.
NASA psychologists had determined during Glenn’s training that he was the astronaut best suited for public life. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy suggested to Glenn and his wife in December 1962 that he should run against incumbent United States Senator Stephen M. Young of Ohio in the 1964 Democratic primary election. In 1964 Glenn announced that he was resigning from the space program to run against Young, but withdrew when he hit his head on a bathtub. Glenn sustained a concussion and injured his inner ear, and recovery left him unable to campaign. Glenn remained close to the Kennedy family and was with Robert Kennedy when he was assassinated in 1968.
In 1970, Glenn was narrowly defeated in the Democratic primary for nomination for the Senate by fellow Democrat Howard Metzenbaum, by a 51% to 49% margin. Metzenbaum lost the general election race to Robert Taft, Jr. In 1974, Glenn rejected Ohio governor John J. Gilligan and the Ohio Democratic party’s demand that he run for Lieutenant Governor. Instead, he challenged Metzenbaum again, whom Gilligan had appointed to the Senate to replace William B. Saxbe, who had resigned to become Attorney General of the United States.
In the primary race, Metzenbaum contrasted his strong business background with Glenn’s military and astronaut credentials, saying his opponent had “never held a payroll”. Glenn’s reply came to be known as the “Gold Star Mothers” speech. He told Metzenbaum to go to a veterans’ hospital and “look those men with mangled bodies in the eyes and tell them they didn’t hold a job. You go with me to any Gold Star mother and you look her in the eye and tell her that her son did not hold a job.” Many felt the “Gold Star Mothers” speech won the primary for Glenn. Glenn won the primary by 54 to 46%. After defeating Metzenbaum, Glenn defeated Ralph Perk, the Republican Mayor of Cleveland, in the general election, beginning a Senate career that would continue until 1999. In 1980, Glenn won re-election to the seat, defeating Republican challenger Jim Betts, by over 40 percentage points.
In 1986, Glenn defeated challenger U.S. Representative Tom Kindness. Metzenbaum would go on to seek a rematch against Taft in 1976, winning a close race on Jimmy Carter’s coattails.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Glenn and Metzenbaum had strained relations. There was a thaw in 1983, when Metzenbaum endorsed Glenn for president, and again in 1988, when Metzenbaum was opposed for re-election by Cleveland mayor George Voinovich. Voinovich accused Metzenbaum of being soft on child pornography. Voinovich’s charges were criticized by many, including Glenn, who now came to Metzenbaum’s aid, recording a statement for television rebutting Voinovich’s charges. Metzenbaum won the election by 57% to 41%.
Glenn returned to space on the Space Shuttle on October 29, 1998, becoming, at age 77, the oldest person to go into space as a Payload Specialist on Discovery’s STS-95 mission. According to The New York Times, Glenn “won his seat on the Shuttle flight by lobbying NASA for two years to fly as a human guinea pig for geriatric studies”, which were named as the main reasons for his participation in the mission. Glenn states in his memoir that he had no idea NASA was willing to send him back into space when NASA announced the decision.
Glenn’s participation in the nine-day mission was criticized by some in the space community as a political favor granted to Glenn by President Clinton, with John Pike, director of the Space Policy Project for the Federation of American Scientists noting “If he was a normal person, he would acknowledge he’s a great American hero and that he should get to fly on the shuttle for free…He’s too modest for that, and so he’s got to have this medical research reason. It’s got nothing to do with medicine.”
It was noted that Glenn’s flight offered valuable research on weightlessness and other aspects of space flight on the same person at two points in life 36 years apart—by far the longest interval between space flights by the same person—providing information on the effects of spaceflight and weightlessness on the elderly, with an ideal control subject. Shortly before the flight, researchers learned that Glenn had to be disqualified from one of the flight’s two main priority human experiments (about the effects of melatonin) because he did not meet one of the study’s medical conditions; he still participated in two other experiments about sleep monitoring and protein use.
Upon the safe return of the STS-95 crew, Glenn (and his crewmates) received another ticker-tape parade, making him the tenth, and latest, person to have received multiple ticker-tape parades in a lifetime (as opposed to that of a sports team). Just prior to the flight, on October 15, 1998, and for several months after, the main causeway to the Johnson Space Center, NASA Road 1, was temporarily renamed “John Glenn Parkway”.
In 2001, Glenn vehemently opposed the sending of Dennis Tito, the world’s first space tourist, to the International Space Station on the grounds that Tito’s trip served no scientific purpose.
On April 6, 1943, Glenn married his childhood sweetheart, Anna Margaret Castor (b. 1920). Both Glenn and his wife attended Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. He also was a member of the Stag Club Fraternity at Muskingum College.
Glenn was also one of the original owners of a Holiday Inn franchise near Orlando, Florida, that is today known as the Seralago Hotel & Suites Main Gate East.
Glenn is an honorary member of the International Academy of Astronautics; a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Marine Corps Aviation Association, Order of Daedalians, National Space Club Board of Trustees, National Space Society Board of Governors, International Association of Holiday Inns, Ohio Democratic Party, State Democratic Executive Committee, Franklin County (Ohio) Democratic Party, and 10th District (Ohio) Democratic Action Club.
A Freemason, Glenn is a member of Concord Lodge # 688 New Concord, Ohio, and DeMolay International, the Masonic youth organization, and is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church.
Glenn’s name was used for the character of John Tracy in the 1960s children’s TV series Thunderbirds.
Glenn’s boyhood home in New Concord has been restored and made into an historic house museum and education center.
In 2001, Glenn appeared as a guest star on the American television sitcom Frasier.
On August 4, 2006, Glenn and his wife were injured in an automobile accident on I-270 near Columbus, Ohio, and were hospitalized for two days. Glenn suffered a “very sore chest” and a fractured sternum. Annie Glenn was treated for minor injuries. Glenn was cited for failure to yield the right-of-way.
On September 5, 2009, John and Annie Glenn dotted the “i” during The Ohio State University’s Script Ohio marching band performance, at the Ohio State-Navy football game halftime show. Bob Hope, Woody Hayes, Buster Douglas, E. Gordon Gee, Novice Fawcett, Robert Ries, and Jack Nicklaus and Earle Bruce are the only other non-band members to have received this honor.
On February 20, 2012, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Friendship 7 flight, Glenn was surprised with the opportunity to speak with the orbiting crew of the International Space Station while Glenn was on-stage with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden at Ohio State, where the public affairs school is named for him.
On April 19, 2012, Glenn participated in the ceremonial transfer of the retired Space Shuttle Discovery from NASA to the Smithsonian Institution for permanent display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Speaking at the event, Glenn criticized the “unfortunate” decision to end the Space Shuttle program, expressing his opinion that grounding the shuttles delayed research.
In June 2014, Glenn underwent a successful heart valve replacement surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.
On June 28, 2016, the Columbus, Ohio airport was officially renamed the John Glenn Columbus International Airport. Just before his 95th birthday, Glenn and his wife Annie attended the ceremony, and he spoke eloquently about how visiting that airport as a child inspired his interest in flying.
Glenn has stated that he sees no contradiction between believing in God and the knowledge that evolution is “a fact”, and that he believes evolution should be taught in schools.
On December 7, 2016, a spokesman for The Ohio State University announced that Glenn was hospitalized at OSU, having been admitted “more than a week” before. The spokesman indicated he did not know Glenn’s condition or diagnosis, and cautioned that his hospitalization at The James Cancer Hospital did not necessarily mean that Glenn had cancer. A family source said that Glenn was in declining health, that his condition was grave, and that Annie Glenn and his children and grandchildren had joined him at the hospital. Glenn died December 8, 2016 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
John Hicks March 21, 1951 – October 30, 2016
John Charles Hicks Jr. (born March 21, 1951) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He is best remembered for being the last lineman to be runner-up in the vote for the Heisman Trophy.
In 1970, Hicks came onto the Buckeye scene and won the job as a starting tackle. He unfortunately missed his sophomore year due to a knee injury, but rebounded to put together two spectacular seasons in 1972 and 1973. During Hicks’ three years, Ohio State posted a 28-3-1 record, and each year, Ohio State won the Big Ten Championship and went to the Rose Bowl, making Hicks the first person from OSU to play in three Rose Bowls.
In 1972 Hicks was recognized as a First Team All-America selection and earned his first of two All-Big Ten honors. He repeated his All-Conference honors his senior year and again earned All-America honors, this time as a unanimous selection. His stellar senior season and dominance of the line of scrimmage caught the eye of the voters as Hicks won the Lombardi Award as the nation’s most outstanding lineman and the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman.
The 6-3, 258 pound tackle started as a sophomore in 1970, freshman weren’t eligible, and helped them go to the Rose Bowl. In 1971, he started off the season in dominant fashion before injuring his knee and missing the last six games of the season. He came back to become an All-American in 1972 helping the Buckeyes to go back to the Rose Bowl. Then he had his monster 1973 season. A first round draft pick of the New York Giants, injuries would put a halt to his pro career.
Hicks was the first player to ever start in three Rose Bowls and was part of a monster Ohio State team. The unbeaten Buckeyes lost to Stanford 27-17 in the 1971 Rose Bowl. Next year at the 1973 game, Ohio State got steamrolled by USC 42-17. But the 1974 Rose Bowl game would be unbeaten Ohio State’s year to steamroll USC 42-21 as Hicks (Archie Griffin, Pete Johnson?) led the way to 323 rushing yards.
Hicks played for the New York Giants from 1974 through 1977. In April 1978, the Giants traded Hicks to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for offensive lineman Jim Clack and wide receiver Ernie Pough. Hicks never played for the Steelers.
Hicks is married to his wife Cindy, the father of three daughters and one son, and has three granddaughters and one grandson.
John Hicks was a friend and business associate and I was deeply saddened by the news of his passing.
I originally met John when he was still in school. A friend of mine was, at the time, dorm administrator of Stradley Hall (the athletic dorm).
I again had the privilege of meeting John in 1975 when circumstances presented an opportunity to enter into a business enterprise with the newly crowned NFL “Rookie of the Year”. Our venture only lasted one year but what an interesting year it was.
John did the best imitation of Woody Hayes, whom he and many of the team affectionately called “the old man”, I have ever heard.
John Hicks wasn’t just among the greats ever to play football at Ohio State, he was “a giant,” two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin said. “In all that he did, he was a giant on and off the field.”
John passed away overnight due to complications from diabetes, his family acknowledged. He was 65.
“I knew this was coming, but it just hurts to know that he’s gone,” Griffin told The Columbus Dispatch.
A two-time All-American in 1972 and ’73, Hicks won both the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award in ’73 as the nation’s outstanding lineman. He also finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting that season, a monumental achievement for a right tackle.
He later was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, the Ohio State athletics hall of fame and the hall of fame for the Rose Bowl, in which he started for the Buckeyes in trips there after the 1970, ’72 and ’73 seasons. He was a first-round draft pick of the New York Giants in 1974 but injuries blunted his pro career.
“Everyone knows what he did on the field,” Griffin said. “But overall, he was just a terrific man. What he did off the field was also unbelievable.”
Along with founding and running his own real estate development company, Hicks was deeply involved in myriad organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Central Ohio and the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.
He also was known to never turn down a call from his former teammates and other Buckeyes, being given the nickname “The Godfather” by his fellow Ohio State alumni, and for all the right reasons, Griffin said.
“Anytime someone needed help they’d call John,” Griffin said.
Among the causes Hicks took up was that of former Buckeyes and NFL safety Jack Tatum, whose battle with the ravages of diabetes eventually led to his untimely death at 61 in 2010. Hicks arranged several fund-raising efforts to help defray the costs of Tatum’s plight.
“He’d be organizing folks to help, whoever it was that needed the help,” Griffin said, his voice cracking with emotion. “He was just unbelievable, man.”
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, a Cleveland native like Hicks, seconded that notion.
“I have known John since I was in high school in Cleveland; he was one of my idols,” said Smith, who went on to play football at Notre Dame in the mid-1970s. “His impact on our community cannot be measured. He was a man’s man.”
John Zacherley; September 26, 1918 – October 27, 2016
John Zacherle (/’zæk?rli?/ ZAK-?r-lee; sometimes credited as John Zacherley; September 26, 1918 – October 27, 2016) was an American television host, radio personality, and voice actor. He was best known for his long career as a television horror host, often broadcasting horror movies in Philadelphia and New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. Best known for his character of “Roland/Zacherley,” he also did voice work for movies, and recorded the top ten novelty rock and roll song “Dinner With Drac” in 1958. He also edited two collections of horror stories, Zacherley’s Vulture Stew and Zacherley’s Midnight Snacks.
Zacherle was born in Philadelphia, the youngest of four children of a bank clerk and his wife. He grew up in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood, where he went to high school. He received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from an Ivy League school, the University of Pennsylvania. In World War II he enlisted in the United States Army and served in North Africa and Europe. After the war, he returned to Philadelphia and joined a local repertory theatre company.
In 1954 he gained his first television role at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, where he was hired as an actor playing several roles (one was an undertaker) in Action in the Afternoon, a Western produced by the station and aired in the New York City market. Three years later, he was hired as the host of WCAU’s Shock Theater, which debuted on October 7, 1957. As the host, Zacherle appeared wearing a long black undertaker’s coat as the character “Roland,” pronounced “Ro-land”, who lived in a crypt with his wife “My Dear” (unseen, lying in her coffin) and his lab assistant, Igor. The hosting of the black-and-white show involved interrupting the film to do numerous stylized horror-comedy gags parodying the film, an influential change which pioneered a now-standard television genre. In the opening sequence, Zacherle as Roland would descend a long round staircase to the crypt. The producers erred on the side of goriness, showing fake severed heads with blood simulated with Hershey’s chocolate syrup. During the comedy “cut-ins” during the movie, the soundtrack continued to play on the air, while the visual feed switched briefly to a shot of Zacherle as Roland in the middle of a related humorous stunt, such as riding a tombstone, or singing “My Funny Valentine” to his wife in her coffin. The show ran for 92 broadcasts through 1958.
He was a close colleague of Philadelphia broadcaster Dick Clark, and sometimes filled in for Clark on road touring shows of Clark’s American Bandstand in the 1960s. Clark reportedly gave Zacherle his nickname of “The Cool Ghoul.” In 1958, partly with the assistance and backing of Clark, Zacherle cut “Dinner with Drac” for Cameo Records, backed by Dave Appell. At first, Clark thought the recording was too gory to play on Bandstand and made Zacherle return to the studio to cut a second tamer version. Eventually both versions were released simultaneously as backsides on the same 45, and the record broke the top ten nationally. Zacherle later released several LPs mixing horror sound effects with novelty songs.
The purchase of WCAU by CBS in 1958 prompted Zacherle to leave Philadelphia for WABC-TV in New York, where the station added a “y” to the end of his name in the credits. He continued the format of the Shock Theater, after March 1959 titled Zacherley at Large, with “Roland” becoming “Zacherley” and his wife “My Dear” becoming “Isobel.” He also began appearing in motion pictures, including Key to Murder alongside several of his former Action in the Afternoon colleagues. A regular feature of his shows continued to be his parodic interjection of himself into old horror films. He would run the movie and have “conversations” with the monster characters. He kept his “wife” in a coffin on stage. His co-star was in a burlap sack hanging from a rope. The on-air conversation consisted of Zacherle repeating the words he heard from the sack.
In a 1960 promotional stunt for his move to WOR-TV, Zacherley– by then, a Baby Boomer idol– staged a presidential campaign. His “platform” recording can be found on the album Spook Along with Zacherley, which originally included a Zacherley for President book and poster set which is highly collectible today.
In 1963 he hosted animated cartoons on WPIX-TV in New York. He also hosted the TV show Chiller Theatre in New York on WPIX.
In 1964 he hosted a teenage dance show for three years at WNJU-TV in Newark called Disc-O-Teen, hosting the show in full costume and using the teenage show participants in his skits.
In 1967, he became a morning radio host for WNEW-FM. Two years later in 1969, he became the station night broadcaster (10 PM–2 AM) for a progressive rock format. In 1971 he switched his show to WPLJ-FM, where he stayed for ten years.
On February 14, 1970 he appeared at Fillmore East music hall in New York City to introduce rock act the Grateful Dead. His introduction of the band can be heard on the Grateful Dead album Dick’s Picks Volume 4.
In the early 1980s he played a wizard on Captain Kangaroo, appearing without his Roland/Zacherley costume and make-up. He continued to perform in character at Halloween broadcasts in New York and Philadelphia in the 1980s and 1990s, once narrating Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven while backed up by the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In 1986, he hosted a direct-to-video program called Horrible Horror, where he performed Zacherley monologues in between clips from public domain sci-fi and horror films.
In 1988 he struck up a friendship with B movie horror director Frank Henenlotter, voicing the puppet “Aylmer,” a slug-like drug-dealing and brain-eating parasite, one of the lead characters in Henenlotter’s 1988 horror-comedy film Brain Damage, and cameos in his 1990 comedy Frankenhooker, appropriately playing a TV weatherman who specializes in forecasts for mad scientists.
In late 1992, Zacherle joined the staff of “K-Rock,” WXRK-FM, at a time when the roster included other free-form radio luminaries such as Vin Scelsa (with whom he’d worked at WPLJ) and Meg Griffin. However, in January of 1996, the station switched to an alternative rock format and hired all new jocks.
In 2010 Zacherly starred in the documentary, The Aurora Monsters: The Model Craze That Gripped the World. The film was written and produced by Dennis Vincent and Cortlandt Hull, owner of the Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum in Bristol, Connecticut. The documentary includes a number of short pieces featuring Zacherly and his puppet co-host Gorgo, of Bill Diamond Productions. The film went on to win a Rondo award.
Zacherle continued to make appearances at conventions through 2015, and to this day, Zacherle collectibles are still selling, including model kits, T-shirts, and posters. The book Goodnight, Whatever You Are by Richard Scrivani, chronicling the life and times of The Cool Ghoul, debuted at the Chiller Theatre Expo in Secaucus, New Jersey, in October 2006. Scrivani and Tom Weaver followed it up with the scrapbook-style “The Z Files: Treasures from Zacherley’s Archives” in 2012.
The comic book anthology, Zacherley’s Midnite Terrors (created by Joseph M. Monks, and featuring top artists like Basil Gogos, Ken Kelly, William S. Stout and Mike Koneful), was created solely as a tribute to “Zach”. Three issues were published, and Zacherley acted in a commercial to promote them.
He made a special guest appearance in Harry Chaskin’s award-winning animated short film, Bygone Behemoth and recent on-air appearances include a two-hour show at WCBS-FM with Ron Parker on Halloween, 2007. A picture of Zacherley alongside fellow horror host Dr. Gangrene appeared in the October 30, 2007 issue of USA Today in an article about Horror Host entitled Halloween horror hosts rise again on radio, TV, film written by David Colton. Zacherley and Chiller Theatre returned to the WPIX airwaves on October 25, 2008 for a special showing of the 1955 Universal Pictures science fiction classic Tarantula!.
The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia inducted Zacherle into their Hall of Fame in 2010. He died in October 2016 at the age of 98.
He was the uncle of My Little Pony creator Bonnie Zacherle.
Eddie Antar December 18, 1947 – September 10, 2016
Eddie Antar December 18, 1947 – September 11, 2016 – Crazy Eddie was an American retail business that sold electronic goods. The company did business in several forms. The first, and what would eventually become the most famous and infamous of the three, was a chain of retail shops located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, which also sold by telephone. The second was a venture that began as a retail shop but was eventually reorganized as an internet and telephone business. The third and most recent was an online and buy-by-telephone store. As of 2015, none of the three Crazy Eddie ventures is conducting business.
Crazy Eddie was started during 1971 in Brooklyn, New York by businessmen Eddie Antar and Sam M. Antar as ERS Electronics, named after Eddie, his cousin and partner Ronnie Gindi, and Eddie’s father Sam. The chain became important throughout the Tri-State Region as much for its prices as for its memorable radio and television commercials, featuring a frenetic, “crazy” character played by radio announcer Jerry Carroll (who copied most of his act from early television-commercial actor, used car and electronics salesman Earl “Madman” Muntz). At its height, Crazy Eddie had 43 stores in the chain, and earned more than $300 million in sales.
Involved in fraudulent business practices, co-founder Eddie Antar cashed in millions of dollars’ worth of stock and resigned from the company in December of 1986. Crazy Eddie’s board of directors lost control of the company in November of 1987 after a proxy battle with a group directed by Elias Zinn and Victor Palmieri, known as the Oppenheimer-Palmieri Group. The entire Antar family was immediately eliminated from the business. The new owners quickly discovered the true extent of the Antar family’s fraud, but were unable to stop Crazy Eddie’s decreasing fortunes. In 1989, the company declared bankruptcy and was liquidated. Crazy Eddie became a symbol for corporate fraud in its time, but has since been outdone by the Enron, Worldcom and Bernie Madoff accounting scandals.
In February 1990, Antar fled to Israel, but was returned to the United States in January of 1993 for trial. His 1993 conviction on fraud charges was overturned, but he eventually pleaded guilty in 1996. In 1997, Antar was sentenced to eight years in prison and paid large fines. He was released from prison in 1999. Antar died at the age of 68 on September 10, 2016.
“Jack” Davis, Jr. December 2, 1924 – July 27, 2016
John Burton “Jack” Davis, Jr. (December 2, 1924 – July 27, 2016) was an American cartoonist and illustrator, known for his advertising art, magazine covers, film posters, record album art, and numerous comic book stories. He was one of the founding cartoonists for Mad in 1952. His cartoon characters are characterized by extremely distorted anatomy, including big heads, skinny legs, and extremely large feet.
John Burton “Jack” Davis, Jr. was born December 2, 1924 in Atlanta, Georgia. As a child, he adored listening to Bob Hope on the radio, and tried to draw him, despite not knowing what Hope looked like.
Davis saw comic book publication at the age of 12 when he contributed a cartoon to the reader’s page of Tip Top Comics #9 (December 1936). After drawing for his high school newspaper and yearbook, he spent three years in the U.S. Navy, where he contributed to the daily Navy News.
Attending the University of Georgia on the G.I. Bill, he drew for the campus newspaper and helped launch an off-campus humor publication, Bullsheet, which he described as “not political or anything but just something with risque jokes and cartoons.” After graduation, he was a cartoonist intern at The Atlanta Journal, and he worked one summer inking Ed Dodd’s Mark Trail comic strip, a strip which he later parodied in Mad as Mark Trade.
In 1949, he illustrated a Coca-Cola training manual, a job that gave him enough money to buy a car and drive to New York. Attending the Art Students League of New York, he found work with the Herald Tribune Syndicate as an inker on Leslie Charteris’s The Saint comic strip, drawn by Mike Roy in 1949–1950. His own humor strip, Beauregard, with gags in a Civil War setting, was carried briefly by the McClure Syndicate. After rejections from several comic book publishers, he began freelancing for William Gaines’ EC Comics in 1950, contributing to Tales from the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, Frontline Combat, Two-Fisted Tales, The Vault of Horror, Piracy, Incredible Science Fiction, Crime Suspenstories, Shock Suspenstories, and Terror Illustrated.
In 2011, Davis told the Wall Street Journal about his early career and his breakthrough with EC:
“I was about ready to give up, go home to Georgia and be either a forest ranger or a farmer. But I went down to Canal Street and Lafayette, up in an old rickety elevator and through a glass door to Entertaining Comics where Al Feldstein and Bill Gaines were putting out horror [comic] books. They looked at my work and it was horrible and they gave me a job right away!”
“Every time you went in to see Bill Gaines, he would write you a check when you brought in a story. You didn’t have to put in a bill or anything. I was very, very hungry and I was thinking about getting married. So I kept the road pretty hot between home and Canal Street. I would go in for that almighty check, go home and do the work, bring it in and get another check and pick up another story.”
Davis was particularly noted for his depiction of the Crypt-Keeper in the horror comics, revamping the character’s appearance from the more simplistic Al Feldstein version to a tougher, craggier, mangier man with hairy warts, salivating mouth and oversized hands and feet, who usually didn’t wear shoes. Among the classic horror tales he illustrated were “Foul Play” which was cited in Dr. Fredric Wertham’s book Seduction of the Innocent for its depiction of “a comic book baseball game”. Others, like “Tain’t the Meat, It’s the Humanity”, “Death of Some Salesman”, “Fare Tonight Followed by Increasing Clottiness”, “Tight Grip” and “Lower Berth” were Crypt-Keeper classics. He did the covers for every issue of Crypt from issue #29 to #46. In his work for Harvey Kurtzman’s war comics he tackled a variety of subjects and had a particular affinity for depicting American Civil War stories. He also did many covers for Frontline Combat, Two-Fisted Tales, and Incredible Science Fiction as well. The editors, William M. Gaines, Albert B. Feldstein, and Harvey Kurtzman, have said he was the fastest artist they had in those days, completely penciling and inking three pages a day at times, or more. His use of the brush to create depth and mood was unique and memorable. His wrinkled clothing, scratchy lines and multi-layered layouts were so popular in the 1950s, that other artists at rival companies began copying the style—notably, Howard Nostrand in Harvey’s horror comics. In the late 1950s, Davis drew Western stories for Atlas Comics. His 1963 work on the Rawhide Kid (#33-35) was his last for non-humor comic books.
His style of wild, free-flowing brushwork and wacky characters made him a perfect choice when Harvey Kurtzman launched Mad as a zany, satirical EC comic book in 1952. He appeared in most of the first 30 issues of Mad, all 12 issues of Panic and even some work in Cracked. Davis contributed to other Kurtzman magazines—Trump, Humbug and Help!—eventually expanding into illustrations for record jackets, movie posters, books and magazines, including Time and TV Guide. He completed an 88-card set of humorous cartoons called Wacky Plaks, which Topps Chewing Gum Co. released in 1959. In 1961, he wrote, drew, and edited his own comic book, Yak Yak, for Dell Comics. In 1965, he illustrated Meet The North American Indians by Elizabeth Payne, published by Random House as part of their children’s Step Up Books line. (ISBN 0-394-80060-5). He returned as a regular contributor to Mad magazine in the mid 1960s and appeared in nearly every issue after that for decades. He also drew many covers for the magazine, especially in the 1970s.
Davis also had a regular comic strip feature in Pro Quarterback magazine in the early 1970s entitled Superfan, which was written by his Mad cohort, Nick Meglin.
Davis first came to the attention of TV Guide in 1965 when he illustrated an eight-page advertising supplement for NBC’s TV lineup, which featured icons such as Johnny Carson, Dean Martin and fictional characters such as Dr. Kildare, Napoleon Solo and Maxwell Smart. His first cover for the magazine came in 1968, when he depicted a tribute to Andy Griffith, in which the actor was hoisted on the shoulders of his costars, Don Knotts and Jim Nabors. Davis recalls, “Every assignment was a thrill because TV Guide was the top magazine in the country. I couldn’t wait to get in my little MG and drive from New York out to the magazine’s offices in Radnor, Pennsylvania, to show the editors my latest design. I felt like the luckiest guy in the world.” Davis would contribute 23 covers for TV Guide between 1968 and 1981. In 2013 the magazine honored him in a retrospective in which it recounted his history with the publication, and spotlighted some of his most memorable covers, including those depicting Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (March 28, 1970), Davis’ childhood hero Bob Hope for a cover on Hope’s history with the Oscars (April 10, 1971) and Bonanza (August 14, 1971). Years later, while watching a TV interview of Hope, Davis was gratified to notice that his Hope cover was displayed on the back wall of the comedian’s office; “it was one of the proudest moments of my life,” recalled Davis.
Davis created the cartoon bee which (in decal form) appears on the flanks of all the buses in the Bee-Line running from Westchester to New York City. A Westchester resident at the time, Davis lived directly adjacent to one of the Bee Line’s bus routes, and he mentioned in an interview how gratifying it was to see his own artwork drive past his window several times every day. Similar synchronicity happened when Mad moved to 1700 Broadway, where the magazine’s fifth-floor production department was next to a wall that had previously been the location, only three feet away, of an immense Davis cartoon for a bank, an advertisement that towered six stories over 53rd Street.
Like fellow Mad alumnus Paul Coker, Jr., Davis also contributed to Rankin-Bass productions; his character designs are featured in Mad Monster Party, The King Kong Show, The Coneheads and the cartoon series The Jackson 5ive. For Raid insecticide, Davis created the animated bug that screamed “Raid?!” Phil Kimmelman Associates created several commercials designed by Davis and animated in his style.
Davis produced the artwork for the poster for the 1963 comedy chase film It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (which he then parodied for the cover of the Mad paperback It’s a World, World, World, World Mad). When the Criterion Collection released the film on DVD and Blu-ray in 2014, Davis provided illustrations for the accompanying booklet.
Davis’ artwork for the comedy Western Viva Max! (1969) formed the centerpiece of that film’s promotional campaign, and he did the same for the film Kelly’s Heroes in 1970. His poster for Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye (1973) presented the film in a comic light.
In 1963 Davis produced a work of cover art for the Richard Wolfe album, Many Happy Returns of the Day! released by MGM Records, and designed the Homer and Jethro album, Homer and Jethro Go West (RCA Victor).
In 1966, Davis created the cover art for the Johnny Cash album, Everybody Loves a Nut.
While Davis resided on St. Simons Island, Georgia, he sketched various characters and mascots for the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick. His drawing of the Mariner, Capt. Jack, was ultimately selected by the college students and staff as the official school mascot.
Davis died in St. Simons Islands, Georgia, from complications of a stroke, at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife, Dena; a daughter, Katie Davis Lloyd; and a son, Jack Davis III, who are all still very much alive and healthy.
Dan Daniel December 18, 1934 – June 21, 2016
Vergil Glynn Daniel (December 18, 1934 – June 21, 2016) was an American radio disc jockey, known on the air as “Dandy” Dan Daniel and Triple-D
Daniel started as a disc jockey at age seventeen on Armed Forces Radio with the US Navy. His first commercial job was at KXYZ in Houston in 1955 and he then worked at WDGY in Minneapolis before moving to WMCA in 1961.
His first broadcast at WMCA was on August 18, 1961. He started on the graveyard shift overnight but from 1962 to 1968 he played the top 40 hits from 4 pm to 7 pm — the evening drive home slot. The station produced a survey of the current sales in New York record stores and Dandy Dan gave the countdown of the week’s best sellers every Wednesday in this late afternoon slot. In 1966, he participated in a tour of Africa to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Peace Corps. Then, from 1968 to 1970, he did the early morning drive-to-work slot before leaving WMCA after nearly nine years; his final broadcast was on July 11, 1970.
Daniel was heard coast-to-coast on NBC Radio’s Monitor in the summer of 1973 and was the announcer on the 1974–1975 game show The Big Showdown. He subsequently worked on WYNY-FM where he hosted the mid-day slot and later morning and afternoon drives. He then did a stint at WHN playing country music before returning to WYNY-FM. Finally, he moved to WCBS-FM in 1996. He retired from WCBS on December 31, 2002.
Daniel was one of the personalities promoted as the “Good Guys” while working for the New York Top 40 radio station WMCA in the 1960s, when bands like The Beatles were transforming the music scene. He performed too and was the first to record the song “Is That All There Is?” He was tall –6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)— and so his theme tune was “Big Boss Man”, as performed by Charlie Rich. One of his catchphrases was “I love you … and especially you, size nine.” “Size nine” was once revealed to be his wife, Rosemary.
One technique used by Daniel was to research his audience. He felt that it was important to communicate in a personal way with them
Daniel died on June 21, 2016 after falling in his home the previous day. He was 81.
Muhammad Ali (/ɑːˈliː/ January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016
Muhammad Ali (/ɑːˈliː/; born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is now remembered for the skills he displayed in the ring plus the values he exemplified outside of it: religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience. He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC. He also wrote several best-selling books about his career, including The Greatest: My Own Story and The Soul of a Butterfly.
Ali, originally known as Cassius Clay, began training at 12 years old and at the age of 22 won the world heavyweight championship in 1964 from Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. Shortly after that bout, Ali joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name. He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975, and 30 years later began adhering to Sufism.
In 1967, three years after winning the heavyweight title, Ali refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War. He was eventually arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges and stripped of his boxing title. He did not fight again for nearly four years—losing a time of peak performance in an athlete’s career. Ali’s appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where in 1971 his conviction was overturned. Ali’s actions as a conscientious objector to the war made him an icon for the larger counterculture generation.
Ali remains the only three-time lineal world heavyweight champion; he won the title in 1964, 1974, and 1978. Between February 25, 1964 and September 19, 1964 Muhammad Ali reigned as the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion.
Nicknamed “The Greatest”, Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches. Notable among these were the first Liston fight, three with rival Joe Frazier, and one with George Foreman, in which he regained titles he had been stripped of seven years earlier.
At a time when most fighters let their managers do the talking, Ali, inspired by professional wrestler “Gorgeous” George Wagner, thrived in—and indeed craved—the spotlight, where he was often provocative and outlandish. He controlled most press conferences and interviews, and spoke freely about issues unrelated to boxing. Ali transformed the role and image of the African American athlete in America by his embrace of racial pride and his willingness to antagonize the white establishment in doing so. In the words of writer Joyce Carol Oates, he was one of the few athletes in any sport to “define the terms of his public reputation”.
Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky. The older of two boys, he was named for his father, Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr., who himself was named in honour of the 19th century abolitionist and politician of the same name. He had a sister and four brothers, including Nathaniel Clay. Clay’s paternal grandparents were John Clay and Sallie Anne Clay; Clay’s sister Eva quoted that Sallie was a native of Madagascar. His father painted billboards and signs, and his mother, Odessa O’Grady Clay, was a household domestic. Although Cassius Sr. was a Methodist, he allowed Odessa to bring up both Cassius and his younger brother Rudolph “Rudy” Clay (later renamed Rahman Ali) as Baptists. He was a descendant of pre-Civil War era American slaves in the American South, and was predominantly of African-American descent, with Irish and English heritage.
He was first directed toward boxing by Louisville police officer and boxing coach Joe E. Martin, who encountered the 12-year-old fuming over a thief taking his bicycle. He told the officer he was going to “whup” the thief. The officer told him he better learn how to box first. For the last four years of Clay’s amateur career he was trained by boxing cutman Chuck Bodak.
Clay won six Kentucky Golden Gloves titles, two national Golden Gloves titles, an Amateur Athletic Union National Title, and the Light Heavyweight gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Clay’s amateur record was 100 wins with five losses. Ali claimed in his 1975 autobiography that shortly after his return from the Rome Olympics he threw his gold medal into the Ohio River after he and a friend were refused service at a “whites-only” restaurant and fought with a white gang. The story has since been disputed and several of Ali’s friends, including Bundini Brown and photographer Howard Bingham, have denied it. Brown told Sports Illustrated writer Mark Kram, “Honkies sure bought into that one!” Thomas Hauser’s biography of Ali stated that Ali was refused service at the diner but that he lost his medal a year after he won it. Ali received a replacement medal at a basketball intermission during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where he lit the torch to start the games.
Clay made his professional debut on October 29, 1960, winning a six-round decision over Tunney Hunsaker. From then until the end of 1963, Clay amassed a record of 19–0 with 15 wins by knockout. He defeated boxers including Tony Esperti, Jim Robinson, Donnie Fleeman, Alonzo Johnson, George Logan, Willi Besmanoff, Lamar Clark, Doug Jones and Henry Cooper. Clay also beat his former trainer and veteran boxer Archie Moore in a 1962 match.
These early fights were not without trials. Clay was knocked down both by Sonny Banks and Cooper. In the Cooper fight, Clay was floored by a left hook at the end of round four and was saved by the bell. The fight with Doug Jones on March 13, 1963, was Clay’s toughest fight during this stretch. The number-two and -three heavyweight contenders respectively, Clay and Jones fought on Jones’ home turf at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Jones staggered Clay the first round, and the unanimous decision for Clay was greeted by boos and a rain of debris thrown onto the ring (watching on closed-circuit TV, heavyweight champ Sonny Liston quipped that if he fought Clay he might get locked up for murder). The fight was later named “Fight of the Year”.
In each of these fights, Clay vocally belittled his opponents and vaunted his abilities. Jones was “an ugly little man” and Cooper was a “bum”. He was embarrassed to get in the ring with Alex Miteff. Madison Square Garden was “too small for me”. This behavior made him controversial and disliked by most writers, many former champions and much of the general public.
After Clay left Moore’s camp in 1960, partially due to Clay’s refusing to do chores such as dish-washing and sweeping, he hired Angelo Dundee, whom he had met in February 1957 during Ali’s amateur career, to be his trainer. Around this time, Clay sought longtime idol Sugar Ray Robinson to be his manager, but was rebuffed.
By late 1963, Clay had become the top contender for Sonny Liston’s title. The fight was set for February 25, 1964, in Miami. Liston was an intimidating personality, a dominating fighter with a criminal past and ties to the mob. Based on Clay’s uninspired performance against Jones and Cooper in his previous two fights, and Liston’s destruction of former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson in two first-round knock outs, Clay was a 7–1 underdog. Despite this, Clay taunted Liston during the pre-fight buildup, dubbing him “the big ugly bear”. “Liston even smells like a bear,” Clay said. “After I beat him I’m going to donate him to the zoo.” He declared that he would “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”, and, summarizing his strategy for avoiding Liston’s assaults, said, “Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see.” Clay turned the pre-fight weigh-in into a circus, shouting at Liston that “someone is going to die at ringside tonight”. Clay’s pulse rate was measured at 120, more than double his normal 54. Many of those in attendance thought Clay’s behavior stemmed from fear, and some commentators wondered if he would show up for the bout.
The outcome of the fight was a major upset. At the opening bell, Liston rushed at Clay, seemingly angry and looking for a quick knockout. But Clay’s superior speed and mobility enabled him to elude Liston, making the champion miss and look awkward. At the end of the first round Clay opened up his attack and hit Liston repeatedly with jabs. Liston fought better in round two, but at the beginning of the third round Clay hit Liston with a combination that buckled his knees and opened a cut under his left eye. This was the first time Liston had ever been cut. At the end of round four, as Clay returned to his corner, he began experiencing blinding pain in his eyes and asked his trainer Angelo Dundee to cut off his gloves. Dundee refused. It has been speculated that the problem was due to ointment used to seal Liston’s cuts, perhaps deliberately applied by his corner to his gloves. (Though unconfirmed, Bert Sugar claimed that two of Liston’s opponents also complained about their eyes “burning”.)
Despite Liston’s attempts to knock out a blinded Clay, Clay was able to survive the fifth round until sweat and tears rinsed the irritation from his eyes. In the sixth, Clay dominated, hitting Liston repeatedly. Liston did not answer the bell for the seventh round, and Clay was declared the winner by TKO. Liston stated that the reason he quit was an injured shoulder. Following the win, a triumphant Clay rushed to the edge of the ring and, pointing to the ringside press, shouted: “Eat your words!” Then, during an interview in the ring, he shouted, “I shook up the world!” “I talk to God every day.” “I must be the greatest!”
In winning this fight, Clay became at age 22 the youngest boxer to take the title from a reigning heavyweight champion, though Floyd Patterson was the youngest to win the heavyweight championship at 21, during an elimination bout following Rocky Marciano’s retirement. Mike Tyson broke both records in 1986 when he defeated Trevor Berbick to win the heavyweight title at age 20.
Clay, having changed his name to Muhammad Ali following his conversion to Islam and affiliation with the Nation of Islam, met Liston for a rematch in May 1965 in Lewiston, Maine. It had been scheduled for Boston the previous November, but was postponed for six months due to Ali’s emergency surgery for a hernia three days before. The fight was controversial. Midway through the first round, Liston was knocked down by a difficult-to-see blow the press dubbed a “phantom punch”. Ali refused to retreat to a neutral corner, and referee Jersey Joe Walcott did not begin the count. Liston rose after he had been down about 20 seconds, and the fight momentarily continued. But a few seconds later Walcott stopped the match, declaring Ali the winner by knockout. The entire fight lasted less than two minutes.
It has since been speculated that Liston dropped to the ground purposely. Proposed motivations include threats on his life from the Nation of Islam, that he had bet against himself and that he “took a dive” to pay off debts. Slow-motion replays show that Liston was jarred by a chopping right from Ali, although it is unclear whether the blow was a genuine knock-out punch.
Ali’s second title defense was against Floyd Patterson, a former heavyweight champion who had lost twice to Liston in first-round knockouts. Patterson had made what Ali considered denigrating remarks about his religion; Ali dubbed Patterson a “white man’s champion” and taunted him with the name “Rabbit”. At times during the fight, Ali appeared to toy with Patterson, refusing, for example, to throw a single punch in the first round and easily avoiding Patterson’s lunging “kangaroo punch”. Some felt Ali deliberately prolonged the fight to inflict maximum punishment. Ali won a 12-round technical knockout. Patterson later said that he strained his sacroiliac, a statement supported by video of the fight. Ali’s clowning and taunting of Patterson was criticized by many in the sports media.
Ali and then-WBA heavyweight champion boxer Ernie Terrell had agreed to meet for a bout in Chicago on March 29, 1966 (the WBA, one of two boxing associations, had stripped Ali of his title following his joining the Nation of Islam). But in February Ali was reclassified by the Louisville draft board as 1-A from 1-Y, and he indicated that he would refuse to serve, commenting to the press, “I ain’t got nothing against no Viet Cong; no Viet Cong never called me nigger.” Amidst the media and public outcry over Ali’s stance, the Illinois Athletic Commission refused to sanction the fight, citing technicalities .
Instead, Ali traveled to Canada and Europe and won championship bouts against George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, Brian London and Karl Mildenberger.
Ali returned to the United States to fight Cleveland Williams in the Houston Astrodome on November 14, 1966. According to Sports Illustrated, the bout drew a then-indoor world record crowd of 35,460 people. Williams had once been considered among the hardest punchers in the heavyweight division, but in 1964 he had been shot at point-blank range by a Texas policeman, resulting in the loss of one kidney and 10 feet (3.0 m) of his small intestine. Ali dominated Williams, winning a third-round technical knockout in what some consider the finest performance of his career.
Ali fought Terrell in Houston on February 6, 1967. Terrell was billed as Ali’s toughest opponent since Liston—unbeaten in five years and having defeated many of the boxers Ali had faced. Terrell was big, strong and had a three-inch reach advantage over Ali. During the lead up to the bout, Terrell repeatedly called Ali “Clay”, much to Ali’s annoyance (Ali called Cassius Clay his “slave name”). The two almost came to blows over the name issue in a pre-fight interview with Howard Cosell.
Ali seemed intent on humiliating Terrell. “I want to torture him,” he said. “A clean knockout is too good for him.” The fight was close until the seventh round when Ali bloodied Terrell and almost knocked him out. In the eighth round, Ali taunted Terrell, hitting him with jabs and shouting between punches, “What’s my name, Uncle Tom… what’s my name?” Ali won a unanimous 15-round decision. Terrell claimed that early in the fight Ali deliberately thumbed him in the eye — forcing Terrell to fight half-blind — and then, in a clinch, rubbed the wounded eye against the ropes. Because of Ali’s apparent intent to prolong the fight to inflict maximum punishment, critics described the bout as “one of the ugliest boxing fights”. Tex Maule later wrote: “It was a wonderful demonstration of boxing skill and a barbarous display of cruelty.” Ali denied the accusations of cruelty but, for Ali’s critics, the fight provided more evidence of his arrogance.
After Ali’s title defense against Zora Folley on March 22, he was stripped of his title due to his refusal to be drafted to army service. His boxing license was also suspended by the state of New York. He was convicted of draft evasion on June 20 and sentenced to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He paid a bond and remained free while the verdict was being appealed.
Ali refused to be inducted into the armed forces, stating publicly, “no Vietcong ever called me nigger”. He was systematically denied a boxing license in every state and stripped of his passport. As a result, he did not fight from March 1967 to October 1970—from ages 25 to almost 29—as his case worked its way through the appeal process. In 1971, the US Supreme Court overturned his conviction in a unanimous 8-0 ruling (Thurgood Marshall abstained from the case).
During this time of inactivity, as opposition to the Vietnam War began to grow and Ali’s stance gained sympathy, he spoke at colleges across the nation, criticizing the Vietnam War and advocating African American pride and racial justice.
On August 12, 1970, with his case still in appeal, Ali was granted a license to box by the City of Atlanta Athletic Commission, thanks to State Senator Leroy R. Johnson. Ali’s first return bout was against Jerry Quarry on October 26, resulting in a win after three rounds after Quarry was cut.
A month earlier, a victory in federal court forced the New York State Boxing Commission to reinstate Ali’s license. He fought Oscar Bonavena at Madison Square Garden in December, an uninspired performance that ended in a dramatic TKO of Bonavena in the 15th round. The win left Ali as a top contender against heavyweight champion Joe Frazier.
Ali and Frazier’s first fight, held at the Garden on March 8, 1971, was nicknamed the “Fight of the Century”, due to the tremendous excitement surrounding a bout between two undefeated fighters, each with a legitimate claim as heavyweight champions. Veteran boxing writer John Condon called it “the greatest event I’ve ever worked on in my life”. The bout was broadcast to 35 foreign countries; promoters granted 760 press passes.
Adding to the atmosphere were the considerable pre-fight theatrics and name calling. Ali portrayed Frazier as a “dumb tool of the white establishment”. “Frazier is too ugly to be champ,” Ali said. “Frazier is too dumb to be champ.” Ali also frequently called Frazier an Uncle Tom. Dave Wolf, who worked in Frazier’s camp, recalled that, “Ali was saying ‘the only people rooting for Joe Frazier are white people in suits, Alabama sheriffs, and members of the Ku Klux Klan. I’m fighting for the little man in the ghetto.’ Joe was sitting there, smashing his fist into the palm of his hand, saying, ‘What the fuck does he know about the ghetto?’”
Ali began training at a farm near Reading, Pennsylvania in 1971 and finding the country setting to his liking, Muhammad Ali then sought to develop a real training camp in the countryside. Twenty minutes from Reading, (one hour from Philadelphia and a two-hour drive from New York City), Ali found a five-acre site on a Pennsylvania country road in the village of Deer Lake. (On a map, the location can more easily be found by looking for “Orwigsburg”.) On this site, Ali carved out what was to become his training camp, the camp where he lived and trained for all the many fights he had from 1972 on to the end of his career in the 1980s. The camp still stands today and is a bed and breakfast.
The Monday night fight lived up to its billing. In a preview of their two other fights, a crouching, bobbing and weaving Frazier constantly pressured Ali, getting hit regularly by Ali jabs and combinations, but relentlessly attacking and scoring repeatedly, especially to Ali’s body. The fight was even in the early rounds, but Ali was taking more punishment than ever in his career. On several occasions in the early rounds he played to the crowd and shook his head “no” after he was hit. In the later rounds—in what was the first appearance of the “rope-a-dope strategy”—Ali leaned against the ropes and absorbed punishment from Frazier, hoping to tire him. In the 11th round, Frazier connected with a left hook that wobbled Ali, but because it appeared that Ali might be clowning as he staggered backwards across the ring, Frazier hesitated to press his advantage, fearing an Ali counter-attack. In the final round, Frazier knocked Ali down with a vicious left hook, which referee Arthur Mercante said was as hard as a man can be hit. Ali was back on his feet in three seconds Nevertheless, Ali lost by unanimous decision, his first professional defeat.
Ali’s characterizations of Frazier during the lead-up to the fight cemented a personal animosity toward Ali by Frazier that lasted until Frazier’s death. Frazier and his camp always considered Ali’s words cruel and unfair, far beyond what was necessary to sell tickets. Shortly after the bout, in the studios of ABC’s Wide World of Sports during a nationally televised interview with the two boxers, Frazier rose from his chair and wrestled Ali to the floor after Ali called him ignorant.
In the same year basketball star Wilt Chamberlain challenged Ali, and a fight was scheduled for July 26. Although the seven foot two inch tall Chamberlain had formidable physical advantages over Ali, weighing 60 pounds more and able to reach 14 inches further, Ali was able to intimidate Chamberlain into calling off the bout. This happened during a shared press conference with Chamberlain in which Ali repeatedly responded to reporters with the traditional lumberjack warning, “Timber,” and said, “The tree will fall!” With these statements of confidence, Ali was able to unsettle his taller opponent into calling off the bout.
After the loss to Frazier, Ali fought Jerry Quarry, had a second bout with Floyd Patterson and faced Bob Foster in 1972, winning a total of six fights that year. In 1973, Ali suffered the second loss of his career at the hands of Ken Norton, who broke Ali’s jaw during the fight. After initially seeking retirement, Ali won a controversial decision against Norton in their second bout, leading to a rematch at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 1974, with Joe Frazier—who had recently lost his title to George Foreman.
Ali was strong in the early rounds of the fight, and staggered Frazier in the second round (referee Tony Perez mistakenly thought he heard the bell ending the round and stepped between the two fighters as Ali was pressing his attack, giving Frazier time to recover). However, Frazier came on in the middle rounds, snapping Ali’s head in round seven and driving him to the ropes at the end of round eight. The last four rounds saw round-to-round shifts in momentum between the two fighters. Throughout most of the bout, however, Ali was able to circle away from Frazier’s dangerous left hook and to tie Frazier up when he was cornered—the latter a tactic that Frazier’s camp complained of bitterly. Judges awarded Ali a unanimous decision.
The defeat of Frazier set the stage for a title fight against heavyweight champion George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30, 1974—a bout nicknamed “The Rumble in the Jungle”. Foreman was considered one of the hardest punchers in heavyweight history. In assessing the fight, analysts pointed out that Joe Frazier and Ken Norton—who had given Ali four tough battles and won two of them—had been both devastated by Foreman in second round knockouts. Ali was 32 years old, and had clearly lost speed and reflexes since his twenties. Contrary to his later persona, Foreman was at the time a brooding and intimidating presence. Almost no one associated with the sport, not even Ali’s long-time supporter Howard Cosell, gave the former champion a chance of winning.
As usual, Ali was confident and colorful before the fight. He told interviewer David Frost, “If you think the world was surprised when Nixon resigned, wait ’til I whup Foreman’s behind!” He told the press, “I’ve done something new for this fight. I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.” Ali was wildly popular in Zaire, with crowds chanting “Ali, bomaye” (“Ali, kill him”) wherever he went.
Ali opened the fight moving and scoring with right crosses to Foreman’s head. Then, beginning in the second round—and to the consternation of his corner—Ali retreated to the ropes and invited Foreman to hit him while covering up, clinching and counter-punching—all while verbally taunting Foreman. (“Is that all you got, George? They told me you could hit.”) The move, which would later become known as the “Rope-A-Dope”, so violated conventional boxing wisdom—letting one of the hardest hitters in boxing strike at will—that at ringside writer George Plimpton thought the fight had to be fixed. Foreman, increasingly angered, threw punches that were deflected and did not land squarely. Midway through the fight, as Foreman began tiring, Ali countered more frequently and effectively with punches and flurries, which electrified the pro-Ali crowd. In the eighth round, Ali dropped an exhausted Foreman with a combination at center ring; Foreman failed to make the count. Against the odds, and amidst pandemonium in the ring, Ali had regained the title by knockout.
In reflecting on the fight, George Foreman later said: “I’ll admit it. Muhammad outthought me and outfought me.”
Ali’s next opponents included Chuck Wepner, Ron Lyle, and Joe Bugner. Wepner, a journeyman known as “The Bayonne Bleeder”, stunned Ali with a knockdown in the ninth round; Ali would later say he tripped on Wepner’s foot. It was a bout that would inspire Sylvester Stallone to create the acclaimed film, Rocky.
Ali then agreed to a third match with Joe Frazier in Manila. The bout, known as the “Thrilla in Manila”, was held on October 1, 1975 in temperatures approaching 100 °F (38 °C). In the first rounds, Ali was aggressive, moving and exchanging blows with Frazier. However, Ali soon appeared to tire and adopted the “rope-a-dope” strategy, frequently resorting to clinches. During this part of the bout Ali did some effective counter-punching, but for the most part absorbed punishment from a relentlessly attacking Frazier. In the 12th round, Frazier began to tire, and Ali scored several sharp blows that closed Frazier’s left eye and opened a cut over his right eye. With Frazier’s vision now diminished, Ali dominated the 13th and 14th rounds, at times conducting what boxing historian Mike Silver called “target practice” on Frazier’s head. The fight was stopped when Frazier’s trainer, Eddie Futch, refused to allow Frazier to answer the bell for the 15th and final round, despite Frazier’s protests. Frazier’s eyes were both swollen shut. Ali, in his corner, winner by TKO, slumped on his stool, clearly spent.
An ailing Ali said afterwards that the fight “was the closest thing to dying that I know”, and, when later asked if he had viewed the fight on videotape, reportedly said, “Why would I want to go back and see Hell?” After the fight he cited Frazier as “the greatest fighter of all times next to me”.
Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome in 1984, a disease that commonly results from head trauma from activities such as boxing. Ali still remained active during this time, however, later participating as a guest referee at WrestleMania I.
Around 1987, the California Bicentennial Foundation for the U.S. Constitution selected Ali to personify the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Ali rode on a float at the following year’s Tournament of Roses Parade, launching the U.S. Constitution’s 200th birthday commemoration. He published an oral history, Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times by Thomas Hauser, in 1991. That same year Ali traveled to Iraq during the Gulf War and met with Saddam Hussein in an attempt to negotiate the release of American hostages. In 1996, he had the honor of lighting the flame at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Ali’s bout with Parkinson’s led to a gradual decline in Ali’s health though he was still active into the early years of the millennium, even promoting his own biopic, Ali, in 2001. Ali also contributed an on-camera segment to the America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit concert.
On November 17, 2002, Muhammad Ali went to Afghanistan as the “U.N. Messenger of Peace”. He was in Kabul for a three-day goodwill mission as a special guest of the UN.
On September 1, 2009, Ali visited Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, the home of his great-grandfather, Abe Grady, who emigrated to the U.S. in the 1860s, eventually settling in Kentucky. A crowd of 10,000 turned out for a civic reception, where Ali was made the first Honorary Freeman of Ennis.
On July 27, 2012, Ali was a titular bearer of the Olympic Flag during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He was helped to his feet by his wife Lonnie to stand before the flag due to his Parkinson’s rendering him unable to carry it into the stadium.
On February 3, 2013, in a Washington Times article, Ali’s brother, Rahman Ali, said Muhammad can no longer speak and could be dead within days. Ali’s daughter, May May Ali, responded to rumors of her father being near death, stating that she had talked to him on the phone the morning of February 3 and he was fine. On December 20, 2014, Ali was hospitalized for a mild case of pneumonia. Ali was once again hospitalized on January 15, 2015 for a urinary tract infection after being found unresponsive at a guest house in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was released the next day. Ali was hospitalized again on June 2, 2016 with a respiratory condition. His condition was initially described as “fair”. However, the following day, Ali was put on life support and his family feared that he would die within the upcoming days.
Ali has been married four times and has seven daughters and two sons. Ali met his first wife, cocktail waitress Sonji Roi, approximately one month before they married on August 14, 1964. Roi’s objections to certain Muslim customs in regard to dress for women contributed to the breakup of their marriage. They divorced on January 10, 1966.
On August 17, 1967, Ali married Belinda Boyd. After the wedding, she, like Ali, converted to Islam. She changed her name to Khalilah Ali, though she was still called Belinda by old friends and family. They had four children: Maryum (born 1968), twins Jamillah and Rasheda (born 1970), and Muhammad Ali, Jr. (born 1972). Maryum has a career as an author and rapper.
In 1975, Ali began an affair with Veronica Porsche, an actress and model. By the summer of 1977, Ali’s second marriage was over and he had married Veronica. At the time of their marriage, they had a baby girl, Hana, and Veronica was pregnant with their second child. Their second daughter, Laila Ali, was born in December 1977. By 1986, Ali and Veronica were divorced.
Laila later became a boxer in 1999, despite her father’s earlier comments against female boxing in 1978: “Women are not made to be hit in the breast, and face like that… the body’s not made to be punched right here [patting his chest]. Get hit in the breast… hard… and all that.” As of 2014, Laila is undefeated in the super middleweight category, with 24 wins, no losses, and no draws.
On November 19, 1986, Ali married Yolanda (“Lonnie”) Williams. They had been friends since 1964 in Louisville. They have one son, Asaad Amin, whom they adopted when Amin was five months old.
Ali was a resident of Cherry Hill, New Jersey in the early 1970s. Ali has two other daughters, Miya and Khaliah, from extramarital relationships.
Ali currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with Lonnie. In January 2007 it was reported that they had put their home in Berrien Springs, Michigan, up for sale and had purchased a home in eastern Jefferson County, Kentucky, for $1,875,000. Lonnie converted to Islam from Catholicism in her late twenties.
Ali registered for the draft on his eighteenth birthday and was listed as 1-A in 1962. In 1964, he was reclassified as 1-Y (fit for service only in times of national emergency) after two mental tests found his IQ was 78 (16th percentile), well below the armed force’s 30th-percentile threshold. (He was quoted as saying, “I said I was the greatest, not the smartest!”) By early 1966, the army lowered its standards to permit soldiers above the 15th percentile and Ali was again classified as 1-A. This classification meant he was now eligible for the draft and induction into the United States Army during a time when the U.S. was involved in the Vietnam War.
When notified of this status, Ali declared that he would refuse to serve in the Army and publicly considered himself a conscientious objector. Ali stated: “War is against the teachings of the Holy Qur’an. I’m not trying to dodge the draft. We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger. We don’t take part in Christian wars or wars of any unbelievers.” More succinctly and famously he said, “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong—no Viet Cong ever called me Nigger.” The statement articulated, for many people, a reason to oppose the war.
Appearing for his scheduled induction into the U.S. Armed Forces on April 28, 1967 in Houston, Ali refused three times to step forward at the call of his name. An officer warned him he was committing a felony punishable by five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Once more, Ali refused to budge when his name was called. As a result, he was arrested. On the same day the New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title. Other boxing commissions followed suit. Ali would not be able to obtain a license to box in any state for over three years.
At the trial on June 20, 1967, after only 21 minutes of deliberation, the jury found Ali guilty. After a Court of Appeals upheld the conviction, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the years between the appellate court decision and the Supreme Court verdict, Ali remained free. As public opinion began turning against the war and the Civil Rights movement continued to gather momentum, Ali became a popular speaker at colleges and universities across the country, rare if not unprecedented for a boxer. At Howard University, for example, he gave his popular “Black Is Best” speech to 4,000 cheering students and community intellectuals, after he was invited to speak by sociology professor Nathan Hare on behalf of the Black Power Committee, a student protest group.
On June 28, 1971, the Supreme Court in Clay v. United States overturned Ali’s conviction by a unanimous 8-0 decision (Justice Thurgood Marshall did not participate). The decision was not based on, nor did it address, the merits of Ali’s claims per se; rather, the Court held that since the Appeal Board gave no reason for the denial of a conscientious objector exemption to Ali, and that it was therefore impossible to determine which of the three basic tests for conscientious objector status offered in the Justice Department’s brief that the Appeals Board relied on, Ali’s conviction must be reversed.
Ali’s example inspired countless black Americans and others. The New York Times columnist William Rhoden wrote, “Ali’s actions changed my standard of what constituted an athlete’s greatness. Possessing a killer jump shot or the ability to stop on a dime was no longer enough. What were you doing for the liberation of your people? What were you doing to help your country live up to the covenant of its founding principles?”
Recalling Ali’s anti-war position, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said: “I remember the teachers at my high school didn’t like Ali because he was so anti-establishment and he kind of thumbed his nose at authority and got away with it. The fact that he was proud to be a Black man and that he had so much talent … made some people think that he was dangerous. But for those very reasons I enjoyed him.”
Ali inspired Martin Luther King, Jr., who had been reluctant to address the Vietnam War for fear of alienating the Johnson Administration and its support of the civil rights agenda. Now, King began to voice his own opposition to the war for the first time.
In speaking of the cost on Ali’s career of his refusal to be drafted, his trainer Angelo Dundee said, “One thing must be taken into account when talking about Ali: He was robbed of his best years, his prime years.”
Ali’s resistance to the draft was covered in the 2013 documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali.
Ali had a highly unorthodox boxing style for a heavyweight, epitomized by his catchphrase “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”. Never an overpowering puncher, Ali relied early in his career on his superior hand speed, superb reflexes and constant movement, dancing and circling opponents for most of the fight, holding his hands low and lashing out with a quick, cutting left jab that he threw from unpredictable angles. His footwork was so strong that it was extremely difficult for opponents to cut down the ring and corner Ali against the ropes.
One of Ali’s greatest tricks was to make opponents overcommit by pulling straight backward from punches. Disciplined, world-class boxers chased Ali and threw themselves off balance attempting to hit him because he seemed to be an open target, only missing and leaving themselves exposed to Ali’s counter punches, usually a chopping right. Slow motion replays show that this was precisely the way Sonny Liston was hit and apparently knocked out by Ali in their second fight. Ali often flaunted his movement and dancing with the “Ali Shuffle”, a sort of center-ring jig. Ali’s early style was so unusual that he was initially discounted because he reminded boxing writers of a lightweight, and it was assumed he would be vulnerable to big hitters like Sonny Liston.
Using a synchronizer, Jimmy Jacobs, who co-managed Mike Tyson, measured young Ali’s punching speed versus Sugar Ray Robinson, a welter/middleweight, often considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in history. Ali was 25% faster than Robinson, even though Ali was 45–50 pounds heavier. Ali’s punches produced approximately 1,000 pounds of force. “No matter what his opponents heard about him, they didn’t realize how fast he was until they got in the ring with him”, Jacobs said. The effect of Ali’s punches was cumulative. “Ali would rub you out”, said Floyd Patterson. “He would hit you 14,000 times and he wouldn’t knock you out, he rubbed you out.” Charlie Powell, who fought Ali early in Ali’s career and was knocked out in the third round, said: “When he first hit me I said to myself, ‘I can take two of these to get one in myself.’ But in a little while I found myself getting dizzier and dizzier every time he hit me. He throws punches so easily that you don’t realize how much they hurt you until it’s too late.”
Commenting on fighting the young Ali, George Chuvalo said: “He was just so damn fast. When he was young, he moved his legs and hands at the same time. He threw his punches when he was in motion. He’d be out of punching range, and as he moved into range he’d already begun to throw the punch. So if you waited until he got into range to punch back, he beat you every time.”
Floyd Patterson said, “It’s very hard to hit a moving target, and (Ali) moved all the time, with such grace, three minutes of every round for fifteen rounds. He never stopped. It was extraordinary.”
Darrell Foster, who trained Will Smith for the movie Ali, said: “Ali’s signature punches were the left jab and the overhand right. But there were at least six different ways Ali used to jab. One was a jab that Ali called the ‘snake lick’, like cobra striking that comes from the floor almost, really low down. Then there was Ali’s rapid-fire jab—three to five jabs in succession rapidly fired at his opponents’ eyes to create a blur in his face so he wouldn’t be able to see the right hand coming behind it.”
In the opinion of many, Ali became a different fighter after the 3½-year layoff. Ferdie Pacheco, Ali’s corner physician, noted that he had lost his ability to move and dance as before. This forced Ali to become more stationary and exchange punches more frequently, exposing him to more punishment while indirectly revealing his tremendous ability to take a punch. This physical change led in part to the “rope-a-dope” strategy, where Ali would lie back on the ropes, cover up to protect himself and conserve energy, and tempt opponents to punch themselves out. Ali often taunted opponents in the process and lashed back with sudden, unexpected combinations. The strategy was dramatically successful in the George Foreman fight, but less so in the first Joe Frazier bout when it was introduced.
Of his later career, Arthur Mercante said: “Ali knew all the tricks. He was the best fighter I ever saw in terms of clinching. Not only did he use it to rest, but he was big and strong and knew how to lean on opponents and push and shove and pull to tire them out. Ali was so smart. Most guys are just in there fighting, but Ali had a sense of everything that was happening, almost as though he was sitting at ringside analyzing the fight while he fought it.”
Muhammad Ali defeated every top heavyweight in his era, which has been called the golden age of heavyweight boxing. Ali was named “Fighter of the Year” by Ring Magazine more times than any other fighter, and was involved in more Ring Magazine “Fight of the Year” bouts than any other fighter. He is an inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and holds wins over seven other Hall of Fame inductees. He is one of only three boxers to be named “Sportsman of the Year” by Sports Illustrated.
In 1978, three years before Ali’s permanent retirement, the Board of Aldermen in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, voted 6–5 to rename Walnut Street to Muhammad Ali Boulevard. This was controversial at the time, as within a week 12 of the 70 street signs were stolen. Earlier that year, a committee of the Jefferson County Public Schools considered renaming Central High School in his honor, but the motion failed to pass. At any rate, in time, Muhammad Ali Boulevard—and Ali himself—came to be well accepted in his hometown. In 1993, the Associated Press reported that Ali was tied with Babe Ruth as the most recognized athlete, out of over 800 dead or alive athletes, in America. The study found that over 97% of Americans over 12 years of age identified both Ali and Ruth.
He was the recipient of the 1997 Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Two years later, in 1999, the BBC produced a special version of its annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award ceremony, and Ali was voted their Sports Personality of the Century, receiving more votes than the other four contenders combined. On September 13, 1999, Ali was named “Kentucky Athlete of the Century” by the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies at the Galt House East. On January 8, 2005, Muhammad Ali was presented with the Presidential Citizens Medal by President George W. Bush. Later that November, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony. and the “Otto Hahn Peace Medal in Gold” of the UN Association of Germany (DGVN) in Berlin for his work with the US civil rights movement and the United Nations (December 17, 2005).
On November 19, 2005 (Ali’s 19th wedding anniversary), the $60 million non-profit Muhammad Ali Center opened in downtown Louisville. In addition to displaying his boxing memorabilia, the center focuses on core themes of peace, social responsibility, respect, and personal growth. On June 5, 2007, he received an honorary doctorate of humanities at Princeton University’s 260th graduation ceremony.
Ali Mall, located in Araneta Center, Quezon City, Philippines, is named after him. Construction of the mall, the first of its kind in the Philippines, began shortly after Ali’s victory on a boxing match with Joe Frazier in nearby Araneta Coliseum in 1975. The mall opened in 1976 with Ali personally gracing its opening.
Ali is generally considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time by boxing commentators and historians. Ring Magazine, a prominent boxing magazine, named him number 1 in a 1998 ranking of greatest heavyweights from all eras.
Ali was named the second greatest fighter in boxing history by ESPN.com behind only welterweight and middleweight great Sugar Ray Robinson. In December 2007, ESPN listed Ali second in its choice of the greatest heavyweights of all time, behind Joe Louis.
The Associated Press voted Ali the No. 1 heavyweight of the 20th century in 1999.
Madeleine Lebeau June 10, 1923 – May 1, 2016
Lebeau married actor Marcel Dalio in 1939; it was his second marriage. They had met while performing a play together. In 1939 she appeared in her first film, the melodrama Jeunes filles en détresse (Girls in Distress).
In June 1940, Lebeau and Dalio (who was Jewish; born Israel Moshe Blauschild) fled Paris ahead of the invading German Army and reached Lisbon. They are presumed to have received transit visas from Aristides de Sousa Mendes, allowing them to enter Spain and journey on to Portugal. It took them two months to obtain visas to Chile.
However, when their ship, the S.S. Quanza, stopped in Mexico, they were stranded, along with around 200 other passengers, when the Chilean visas they had purchased turned out to be forgeries. Eventually, they were able to get temporary Canadian passports and entered the United States.
Lebeau made her Hollywood debut in 1941 in Hold Back the Dawn, which featured Olivia de Havilland in a leading role. The following year, she appeared in the Errol Flynn movie Gentleman Jim, a biography of Irish-American boxer James J. Corbett.
Later that year she was cast in the role of Yvonne, Humphrey Bogart’s jilted mistress, in Casablanca. Warner Bros. signed her to a $100-a-week contract for twenty-six weeks to be in a number of films. On 22 June, while she was filming her scenes in Casablanca, her husband, Marcel Dalio, who played Emil the croupier in the same film, filed for divorce in Los Angeles on the grounds of desertion. They divorced in 1942. Shortly before the release of the film, Warner Bros. terminated her contract. After Joy Page died in April 2008, Lebeau was the last surviving credited cast member of Casablanca.
Following Casablanca, Lebeau appeared in two further American films. The first was a large role in the war drama Paris After Dark (1943), with her former husband. The following year, Lebeau had a smaller role in Music for Millions.
After the end of World War II, Lebeau returned to France and continued her acting career. She appeared in Les Chouans (The Royalists, 1947) and worked in Great Britain, appearing in a film with Jean Simmons, Cage of Gold (1950).
She would appear in 20 more films, mainly French, including Une Parisienne (1957), with Brigitte Bardot as the star, and Federico Fellini’s 8½ (1963). Lebeau’s last two films were Spanish productions in 1965.
In 1988, she married, thirdly, to Italian screenwriter Tullio Pinelli who had contributed to the script of 8½.
Lebeau died on 1 May 2016 in Estepona, Spain, after breaking her thigh bone.
“Pat” Woodell July 12, 1944 – September 29, 2015
Patricia Joy “Pat” Woodell (July 12, 1944 – September 29, 2015) was an American actress and singer, best known for her television role as Bobbie Jo Bradley from 1963 to 1965 on Petticoat Junction.
Woodell was born July 12, 1944, in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Initially hoping to be a singer, she made some appearances as a teenager in Catskill Mountains hotels before making her acting debut in a 1962 episode of Cheyenne, entitled “The Vanishing Breed”. She would go on to appear on the shows Hawaiian Eye (1963), The Gallant Men (1963), GE True (1963), and 77 Sunset Strip (1963). She also appeared in the anti-communist film Red Nightmare (1962).
Woodell is best remembered for being the first Bobbie Jo Bradley, one of three teenage sisters, on the CBS sitcom, Petticoat Junction; which began its run in 1963. She played the book-smart character for the sitcom’s first two seasons (1963–1965), a total of 64 (out of 74) episodes, before she left the series in the spring of 1965. In several episodes she performed musical numbers, including one called “The Ladybugs”. The Ladybugs (a take-off on the Beatles) was a singing group comprised of Bobbie Jo and her TV sisters Linda Kaye, Jeannine Riley, together with Sheila James. The Ladybugs also appeared on an episode of The Ed Sullivan Show during Woodell’s run on Petticoat Junction.
After leaving Petticoat Junction, Woodell went on to have guest roles on a season three episode of The Hollywood Palace in 1965, and in one of the last episodes of The Munsters in 1966. She then toured as a singer, with Jack Benny, and recorded an album, but she did not achieve great popularity as a vocalist. In 1971, Woodell made her film debut in The Big Doll House, followed by three more “exploitation” type films, including The Woman Hunt (1972), The Twilight People (1972) and The Roommates (1973), but she did not break into mainstream feature films.
Woodell retired from acting in 1973, after appearing on an episode of The New Perry Mason, entitled “The Case of the Murdered Murderer”. She soon went to work for Werner Erhard, in his est seminar organization, and subsequently co-founded a consulting firm, retiring in 2013. Woodell never returned to acting, but appeared in a few documentaries about her days on Petticoat Junction.
Woodell was married to actor Gary Clarke. Following their divorce, she married Vern McDade in 1978; they remained married to until her death. Woodell died on September 29, 2015, at her home in Fallbrook, California. She was 71 and battled cancer for more than 20 years.
LeRoy Neiman June 8, 1921 – June 20, 2012
LeRoy Neiman (June 8, 1921 – June 20, 2012) was an American artist known for his brilliantly colored, expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes, musicians and sporting events.
LeRoy Runquist was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the son of Lydia (née Serline) and Charles Runquist. He was of Swedish descent. His father deserted his family, and when his mother married his stepfather, Neiman changed to the new surname as well.
Neiman served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked as a cook until the end of the war, when his art skills were recognized and put to use painting sets for Red Cross shows. Following his return in 1946, Neiman studied briefly at the St. Paul School of Art, then at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago on the G.I. Bill. After graduating, Neiman served on the Art Institute faculty for ten years. During the time Neiman was teaching, he was exhibiting art in competitions and winning prizes. In 1954, Neiman began his association with Playboy Magazine. Neiman had met Hugh Hefner while doing freelance fashion illustration for the Carson Pirie Scott, where Hefner was a writer. Hefner and Playboy art director Art Paul commissioned an illustration for the magazine’s fifth edition. Among Neiman’s contribution over the next 50 years, he created the Femlin character for the Party Jokes page, and did a feature for 15 years titled “Man at His Leisure,” where Neiman would paint illustrations of his travels to exotic locations.
Beginning in 1960, he traveled the world observing and painting leisure life, social activities and athletic competitions including the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Kentucky Derby, championship boxing, PGA and The Masters golf tournament, The Ryder Cup, the World Equestrian Games, Wimbledon and other Grand Slam competitions, as well as night life, entertainment, jazz and the world of casino gambling.
Neiman sponsored and supported several organizations from coast to coast that foster art activities for underprivileged children such as The LeRoy Neiman Center for Youth in San Francisco and the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem. He also has established the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University in New York and scholarships at his Alma Mater, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
He received five honorary doctorates and numerous awards, a recent Lifetime achievement award from the University of Southern California, an induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and proclamations and citations. Most recently he has received The Order of Lincoln on the 200th birthday celebration of Abraham Lincoln given by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. He has authored twelve books of his art. A documentary on his jazz painting, “The Big Band,” had its’ world premiere in Los Angeles in February, 2009.
Neiman produced about six different serigraph subjects a year, generally priced from $3,000 to $6,000 each. Gross annual sales of new serigraphs alone top $10 million. Originals can sell for up to $500,000 for works such as “Stretch Stampede,” a mammoth 1975 oil painting of the Kentucky Derby. In addition to being a renowned sports artist, Neiman has created many works from his experience on safari, including “Portrait of a Black Panther,” “Portrait of the Elephant,” “Resting Lion,” and “Resting Tiger.” Some of his other subjects include sailing, cuisine, golf, boxing, horses, celebrities, famous locations, and America at play. Much of his work was done for Playboy Magazine, for which he still illustrated monthly until his death.
Neiman worked in oil, enamel, watercolor, pencil drawings, pastels, serigraphy and some lithographs and etching. Neiman is listed in Art Collector’s Almanac, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World. His works have been displayed in museums, sold at auctions, and displayed in galleries and online distributors.
His work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the State Hermitage Museum in Russia, Wadham College at Oxford and in museums and art galleries the world over, as well as in private and corporate collections.
Neiman married Janet Byrne in 1957. They lived in New York City, their home base for over 4 decades, until Neiman’s death. Their residence, inside a New York City landmark originally intended for painters, is made up of double-height rooms that overlook Central Park. Norman Rockwell once lived there, as well as celebrities Rudolph Valentino, Noël Coward and former mayor John Lindsay. Neiman’s painting studio, offices, and home are on one floor, his archives on another, his penthouse at the top.
Neiman continued to paint despite having his right leg amputated, the result of a vascular problem, at a New York hospital in April 2010. Neiman’s autobiography, titled All Told: My Art and Life Among Athletes, Playboys, Bunnies, and Provocateurs, was published on June 5, 2012, shortly before his death on June 20.
Whitney Houston August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012
Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. Houston was the most awarded female act of all time, according to Guinness World Records. Her list of awards includes 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. Houston was also one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.
Inspired by several prominent soul singers in her family, including mother Cissy Houston and cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick, as well as her godmother, Aretha Franklin, Houston began singing with New Jersey church’s junior gospel choir at age 11. After she began performing alongside her mother in night clubs in the New York City area, she was discovered by Arista Records label head Clive Davis. Houston released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold certification.
Houston was the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits (“Saving All My Love for You”, “How Will I Know”, “Greatest Love of All”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, “So Emotional”, and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”). She was the second artist behind Elton John and the only female artist to have two number-one Top Billboard 200 Album awards (formerly “Top Pop Album”) on the Billboard magazine year-end charts.
Houston’s 1985 debut album, Whitney Houston, became the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release. The album was also named Rolling Stone’s best album of 1986, and was ranked at number 254 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Her second studio album, Whitney (1987), became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I Know”, influenced several African-American female artists to follow in her footsteps.
Houston’s first acting role was as the star of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The movie’s original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single, “I Will Always Love You”, became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. With this album, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period. The album also makes her the only female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four. Houston continued to star in movies and contribute to their adjoining soundtracks, including the films Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher’s Wife (1996). The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack would go on to become the best-selling gospel album in history. Three years after the release of her fourth studio album, My Love Is Your Love (1998), she renewed her recording contract with Arista Records. She released her fifth studio album, Just Whitney, in 2002, and the Christmas-themed One Wish: The Holiday Album in 2003. Amid widespread media coverage of personal and professional turmoil, Houston ended her 14-year marriage to singer Bobby Brown in 2006. In 2009, Houston released her seventh studio album, I Look to You.
On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, of causes not immediately known.
Whitney Houston was born in what was then a middle-income neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, the third and youngest child of Army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston, Jr. (September 13, 1920 – February 2, 2003), and gospel singer Cissy Houston. Her mother, along with cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick and godmother Aretha Franklin were all notable figures in the gospel, rhythm and blues, pop, and soul genres. Houston was raised a Baptist, but was also exposed to the Pentecostal church. After the 1967 Newark riots, the family moved to a middle class area in East Orange, New Jersey when she was four.
At the age of eleven, Houston began to follow in her mother’s footsteps and started performing as a soloist in the junior gospel choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where she also learned to play the piano. Her first solo performance in the church was “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”.
When Houston was a teenager, she attended a Catholic girls high school, Mount Saint Dominic Academy, where she met her best friend Robyn Crawford, whom she describes as the “sister she never had.” While Houston was still in school, her mother continued to teach her how to sing. In addition to her mother, Franklin, and Warwick, Houston was also exposed to the music of Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, and Roberta Flack, most of whom would have an impact on her as a singer and performer.
Houston spent some of her teenage years touring nightclubs where her mother Cissy was performing, and she would occasionally get on stage and perform with her. In 1977, at age 14, she became a backup singer on the Michael Zager Band’s single “Life’s a Party”. Zager subsequently offered to obtain a recording contract for the young singer, but Cissy declined, wanting her daughter to finish school first. Then in 1978, at age 15, Houston sang background vocals on Chaka Khan’s hit single “I’m Every Woman”, a song she would later turn into a larger hit for herself on her monster-selling The Bodyguard soundtrack album. She also sang back-up on albums by Lou Rawls and Jermaine Jackson. In the early 1980s, Houston started working as a fashion model after a photographer saw her at Carnegie Hall singing with her mother. She appeared as a lead vocalist on a Paul Jabara album, entitled Paul Jabara and Friends, released by Columbia Records in 1983. She appeared in Seventeen and became one of the first women of color to grace the cover of the magazine. She was also featured in layouts in the pages of Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Young Miss, and appeared in a Canada Dry soft drink TV commercial. Her striking looks and girl-next-door charm made her one of the most sought after teen models of that time. While modeling, she continued her burgeoning recording career by working with producers Ben Dover, Bill Laswell and Martin Bisi on an album they were spearheading called One Down, which was credited to the group Material. For that project, Houston contributed the ballad “Memories”. Robert Christgau of The Village Voice called her contribution “one of the most gorgeous ballads you’ve ever heard.”
Houston had previously been offered several recording agencies (Michael Zager in 1980, and Elektra Records in 1981). In 1983, Gerry Griffith, an A&R representative from Arista Records saw her performing with her mother in a New York City nightclub and was impressed. He convinced Arista’s head Clive Davis to make time to see Houston perform. Davis too was impressed and offered a worldwide recording contract which Houston signed. Later that year, she made her national televised debut alongside Davis on The Merv Griffin Show.
Houston signed with Arista in 1983 but did not begin work on her album immediately. The label wanted to make sure no other label signed the singer away. Davis wanted to ensure he had the right material and producers for Houston’s debut album. Some producers had to pass on the project due to prior commitments. Houston first recorded a duet with Teddy Pendergrass entitled “Hold Me” which appeared on his album, Love Language. The single was released in 1984 and gave Houston her first taste of success, becoming a Top 5 R&B hit. It would also appear on her debut album in 1985.
With production from Michael Masser, Kashif, Jermaine Jackson, and Narada Michael Walden, Houston’s debut album Whitney Houston was released in February 1985. Rolling Stone magazine praised Houston, calling her “one of the most exciting new voices in years” while The New York Times called the album “an impressive, musically conservative showcase for an exceptional vocal talent.” Arista Records promoted Houston’s album with three different singles from the album in the US, UK and other European countries. In the UK, the dance-funk “Someone for Me”, failed to chart in the country, was the first single while “All at Once” was in such European countries as the Netherlands and Belgium, where the song reached top 5 on the singles charts, respectively. In the US, the soulful Ballad “You Give Good Love” was chosen as the lead single from Houston’s debut to establish her in the black marketplace first. Outside the US, the song failed to get enough attention to become a hit but in the US, gave the album its first major hit as it peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and No. 1 on the Hot R&B chart. As a result, the album began to sell strongly, and Houston continued promotion by touring nightclubs in the US. She also began performing on late-night television talk shows, which were not usually accessible to unestablished black acts. The jazzy ballad “Saving All My Love for You” was released next and it would become Houston’s first No. 1 single in both the US and the UK. She was now an opening act for singer Jeffrey Osborne on his nationwide tour. “Thinking About You” was released as the promo single only to R&B-oriented radio stations, which peaked at number ten of the US R&B Chart. At the time, MTV had received harsh criticism for not playing enough videos by black, Latin, and other racial minorities while favoring white acts. The third US single, “How Will I Know,” peaked at No. 1 and introduced Houston to the MTV audience thanks to its video. Houston’s subsequent singles from this, and future albums, would make her the first African-American female artist to receive consistent heavy rotation on MTV. By 1986, a year after its initial release, Whitney Houston topped the Billboard 200 albums chart and stayed there for 14 non-consecutive weeks. The final single, “Greatest Love of All,” became Houston’s biggest hit at the time after peaking No. 1 and remaining there for three weeks on the Hot 100 chart, which made her debut the first album by a female artist to yield three No. 1 hits. Houston was No. 1 artist of the year and Whitney Houston was the No. 1 album of the year on 1986 Billboard year-end charts, making her the first female artist to earn that distinction. At the time, Houston released the best-selling debut album by a solo artist. Houston then embarked on her world tour, Greatest Love Tour. The album had become an international success, and was certified 13× platinum (diamond) in the United States alone, and has sold a total of 25 million copies worldwide.
At the 1986 Grammy Awards, Houston was nominated for three awards including Album of the Year. She was not eligible for the Best New Artist category due to her previous hit R&B duet recording with Teddy Pendergrass in 1984. She won her first Grammy award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for “Saving All My Love for You”. At the same award show, she performed that Grammy-winning hit; that performance later winning her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. Houston won seven American Music Awards in total in 1986 and 1987, and an MTV Video Music Award. The album’s popularity would also carry over to the 1987 Grammy Awards when “Greatest Love of All” would receive a Record of the Year nomination. Houston’s debut album is listed as one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and on The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Definitive 200 list. Whitney Houston’s grand entrance into the music industry is considered one of the 25 musical milestones of the last 25 years, according to USA Today. Following Houston’s breakthrough, doors were opened for other African-American female artists such as Janet Jackson and Anita Baker to find notable success in popular music and on MTV.
With many expectations Houston’s second album, Whitney, was released in June 1987. The album again featured production from Masser, Kashif and Walden as well as Jellybean Benitez. Many critics complained that the material was too similar to her previous album. Rolling Stone said, “the narrow channel through which this talent has been directed is frustrating.” Still, the album enjoyed commercial success. Houston became the first female artist in music history to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and the first artist to enter the albums chart at number one in both the US and UK, while also hitting number one or top ten in dozens of other countries around the world. The album’s first single, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” was also a massive hit worldwide, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topping the singles chart in many countries such as Australia, Germany and the UK. The next three singles, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” “So Emotional,” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” all peaked at number one on the US Hot 100 chart, which gave her a total of seven consecutive number one hits, breaking the record of six previously shared by The Beatles and The Bee Gees. Houston became the first female artist to generate four number-one singles from one album. Whitney has been certified 9× Platinum in the US for shipments of over 9 million copies, and has sold a total of 20 million copies worldwide.
At the 30th Grammy Awards in 1988, Houston was nominated for three awards, including Album of the Year, winning her second Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).” Houston also won two American Music Awards in 1988 and 1989, respectively, and a Soul Train Music Award. Following the release of the album, Houston embarked on the Moment of Truth World Tour, which was one of the ten highest grossing concert tours of 1987. The success of the tours during 1986–87 and her two studio albums ranked Houston No. 8 for the highest earning entertainers list according to Forbes magazine. She was the highest earning African-American woman overall and the third highest entertainer after Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy.
Houston was a supporter of Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement. During her modeling days, the singer refused to work with any agencies who did business with the then-apartheid South Africa. On June 11, 1988, during the European leg of her tour, Houston joined other musicians to perform a set at Wembley Stadium in London to celebrate a then-imprisoned Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday. Over 72,000 people attended Wembley Stadium, and over a billion people tuned in worldwide as the rock concert raised over $1 million for charities while bringing awareness to apartheid. Houston then flew back to the US for a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City in August. The show was a benefit concert that raised a quarter of a million dollars for the United Negro College Fund. In the same year, she recorded a song for NBC’s coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics, “One Moment in Time”, which became a Top 5 hit in the US, while reaching number one in the UK and Germany. With her world tour continuing overseas, Houston was still one of the top 20 highest earning entertainers for 1987–88 according to Forbes magazine.
n 1989, Houston formed The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children, a non-profit organization that has raised funds for the needs of children around the world. The organization cares for homelessness, children with cancer or AIDS, and other issues of self-empowerment. With the success of her first two albums, Houston was undoubtedly an international crossover superstar, the most prominent since Michael Jackson, appealing to all demographics. However, some black critics believed she was “selling out.” They felt her singing on record lacked the soul that was present during her live concerts. At the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards, when Houston’s name was called out for a nomination, a few in the audience jeered. Houston defended herself against the criticism, stating, “If you’re gonna have a long career, there’s a certain way to do it, and I did it that way. I’m not ashamed of it.” Houston took a more urban direction with her third studio album, I’m Your Baby Tonight, released in November 1990. She produced and chose producers for this album and as a result, it featured production and collaborations with L.A. Reid and Babyface, Luther Vandross, and Stevie Wonder. The album showed Houston’s versatility on a new batch of tough rhythmic grooves, soulful ballads and up-tempo dance tracks. Reviews were mixed. Rolling Stone felt it was her “best and most integrated album”. while Entertainment Weekly, at the time thought Houston’s shift towards an urban direction was “superficial”. The album contained several hits: the first two singles, “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “All the Man That I Need” peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; “Miracle” peaked at number nine; “My Name Is Not Susan” peaked in the top twenty; “I Belong to You” reached the top ten of the US R&B chart and garnered Houston a Grammy nomination; and the sixth single, the Stevie Wonder duet “We Didn’t Know”, reached the R&B top twenty. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and went on to be certified 4× platinum in the US while selling twelve million total worldwide.
With America entangled in the Persian Gulf War, Houston performed “The Star Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV on January 27, 1991. Due to overwhelming response to her rendition, it was released as a commercial single and video of her performance, and reached the Top 20 on the US Hot 100, making her the only act to turn the national anthem into a pop hit of that magnitude (Jose Feliciano’s version reached No. 50 in November 1968). Houston donated all her share of the proceeds to the American Red Cross Gulf Crisis Fund. As a result, the singer was named to the Red Cross Board of Governors. Her rendition was considered the benchmark for singers and critically acclaimed. Rolling Stone commented that “her singing stirs such strong patriotism. Unforgettable,” ranked No. 1 on the 25 most memorable music moments in NFL history list. VH1 listed the performance as one of the greatest moments that rocked TV. Later that year, Houston put together her Welcome Home Heroes concert with HBO for the soldiers fighting in the Persian Gulf War and their families. The free concert took place at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia in front of 3,500 servicemen and women. HBO descrambled the concert so that it was free for everyone to watch. Houston’s concert gave HBO its highest ratings ever. She then embarked on the I’m Your Baby Tonight World Tour.
In September 2011, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Houston was to produce and star (alongside Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps) in the remake of the 1976 film Sparkle. It was also reported that Houston would play Sparks’s “not-so encouraging mother”. Houston was to have had executive producer credits on top of acting credits according to Debra Martin Chase, producer of Sparkle. She stated Houston deserved the title considering she had been there from the beginning in 2001 when Houston obtained Sparkle production rights. R&B singer Aaliyah’s death in a 2001 plane crash derailed production which would have began in 2002.
Raymond C. Smith January 5, 1922 – June 6, 2010
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Raymond C. Smith, 88, of Cape Canaveral, Fla., a World War II veteran who enjoyed traveling, died June 6 in the Cape Canaveral home of his daughter, Lynne Smith Danesh.
Born on Staten Island, Mr. Smith graduated from Port Richmond High School. He began a 36-year career at Procter & Gamble, which was interrupted when he served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Mississippi during the second World War. He enrolled in the Army’s pre-medical program at the University of Mississippi but his studies ended when the war did.
When Mr. Smith returned to Staten Island, he resumed working at Duncan Heins Division of Procter & Gamble in Port Ivory, Staten Island while taking night classes at Wagner College, Grymes Hill, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in 1955 and a master of business administration degree in 1964. Proud of his alma mater, he continued to support the school until his death.
After retiring in 1976 as a manager, Mr. Smith and his wife of 56 years, the former Rita Quinn, traveled to south Florida and lived aboard their yacht, Gingham, until finally settling in Satellite Beach, Fla., amid a group of Staten Island retirees.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith traveled the world, be it by land, air, or sea. After his wife’s death in 1998, Mr. Smith fulfilled their dream to pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
An Episcopalian, Mr. Smith was a member of St. Andrew’s Parish, Richmond; St. John’s Episcopal Church, Melbourne, Fla., and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Cocoa, Fla.
In addition to his daughter, Lynne, Mr. Smith is survived by another daughter, Patricia A. Korol; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, Melbourne. There will be a mass at 11 a.m. on July 17 in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Cocoa.
Richard Shaw Hall Sr. Decorated Naval Aviator
Dies at 86 in Palm City
Richard (Dick Hall) Hall founder of Libre House Publishing of Princeton, New Jersey and Chem-Pro Marketing of Staten Island, New York died September 28, 2007 after a brief illness in Palm City, Florida.
He is survived by his two sons Richard S. Hall, Jr. and daughter in-law Robin Hall of Palm City, Florida and Gregory H. Hall and daughter in-law Debbie Hall of Staten Island. He was also survived by three grand children Dana Carole Hall Reese of Los Angeles, Richard S. Hall III of Palm City and Andrew S. Hall also of Palm City. Mr. Hall had two great grand children Charles and Smyth Reese of Los Angeles. He also was survived by 2 siblings, older brother Norman Hall (91)of Whiting, New Jersey and younger sister Doris Zdanowicz of New Jersey as well.
He was married to Alice M. Baker for 60 years also of Staten Island.
Noted “Who’s Who” business and finance entrepreneur was probably best know for his “Cost estimation” articles in McGraw Hill’s publication Chemical Engineering. He led the way to computerized cost estimation in the stainless steel industry.
From modest means in his early years it might be said that he was a product of the depression and World War II. Born on Staten Island, New York on April 21, 1921 he attended Public School #30 in The Westerleigh area of the island. He graduated from port Richmond High School in 1939 and proceeded to go to work in Manhattan for the U.S. Nickel Company. Later in 1941 he worked at The Bethlehem Ship yard where he worked as an electricians apprentice on ships including the Destroyer Juno.
He enlisted as a Naval Aviation Cadet in April 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was first assigned to The Naval Civil Pilot Training Program at Syracuse University from June to October 1942; United States Naval Preflight School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., from January to March 1943; United States Naval Air Training Center, Glenview, Illinois, from March – July 1943; United States Naval Air Training Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, July 1943 – February 1944; graduated and commissioned Ensign U.S.N.R. (Naval Aviator) on February 9, 1944.
Assigned U.S. Naval Operational Training Center, Banana River, Florida from February -April 1944; assigned to Navy Squadron VPB26, Charleston, S.C. to Fleet Air Wing 17, serving with the fleet in the central and western Pacific theaters. Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals for “Meritorious Service” in China, Korean and Japanese mainland theaters of operation. He was promoted to Lt. (JG) in April 1945. Was a member of the first Naval Aviation Squadron to land in the Tokyo Bay area simultaneous with the fleet’s arrival in September, 1945. He served several weeks with the occupation forces in Japan.
Reassigned to Naval Air Station, Kaneohe, Hawaii. Ordered to Fleet Headquarters, New York via NAS Alameda, California for release from active duty on January 6, 1946.
Mr. Hall attended Wagner College, Staten Island, New York from 1946 to 1948. He then went to work as a sales representative for New York Refrigeration Co., Long Island, N.Y., 1947. Sales Representative for Doyle & Roth Manufacturing Co., Brooklyn, NY from 1947 to 1954; Advertising Sales Manager, 1954 – 1963; Vice President 1963 – 1970. Vice President of Walster Corp. Simpson, Pa. 1962 – 1970; Chem-Pro Marketing Services, Staten Island, N.Y., 1966 – 1970; Vice President, Chem-Pro Associates, 1970; President, Richard S. Hall & Associates Ltd., Staten Island, NY from 1970 – 1987.
For 20 years he was a Biographee of Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who In Finance and Industry, and the International Biographee.
He served on American Standards Association committee establishing “Standards for Tubular Heat Exchangers for the chemical industry”, a collaborative effort between the American, and the Tubular Exchanger Manufactures Association.
Retiring in 1987 he joined and actively participated in the Services Corps of Retired Executive, co-chairing-in a collaborative effort with the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce–a series of seminars on international trade.
He was a member of the Chemists Club, American Association of Cost Engineers, Association of Naval aviation, Service Core of Retired Executives, The Planetary Society, National Space Society, and International Trade Advocacy Group.
After the death of his loving wife in 2003 and in ill health, he moved to Palm City, Florida to live with is son Richard and his family.
In his later years he was active with The Martin County Council On Aging, The V.I.P. (Visually Impaired Persons), The Palm City Art Associates.
Mr. and Mrs. Hall will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The family has expressed that in lue of flowers please make a donations to Hospice of The Treasure Coast.
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