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This is a place to post death notices/obituaries for lesser-known individuals who probably wouldn't be worthy of an individual thread.

The "feel good" aspect is giving honor to these folks who might fly under the radar, so to speak.

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7/22 :

Brenda Joyce



SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Brenda Joyce, a movie actress who played Jane in five "Tarzan" films, died July 4. She was 92.

She suffered from dementia for a decade and died of pneumonia at a nursing home in Santa Monica, family friend David Ragan said.

Joyce, whose real name was Betty Leabo, appeared in some two dozen movies but she is best known for succeeding Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane in the "Tarzan" pictures. She appeared in the "Tarzan" movies in the 1940s, opposite Johnny Weissmuller and later Lex Barker.

Joyce made her last movie in 1949. Ragan said she worked for the immigration department for a decade, helping new immigrants find housing and work.

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Ruben Trejo

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Ruben Trejo, a noted Mexican-American artist who taught at Eastern Washington University, died Sunday. He was 72.

Trejo died from myelodysplastic syndrome in a Spokane hospital, a blood disorder.

Trejo's work was in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, N.M., and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. He worked in a number of mediums, including sculpture, mixed-media, painting and drawing.

Trejo was born in St. Paul, Minn., in a railroad car. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and joined Eastern Washington University in 1973. He co-founded the university's Chicano Education Program and retired in 2003.

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Gordon Waller

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gordon Waller, a member of the pop duo Peter and Gordon who were part of the 1960s British Invasion and had a string of hits including several written by their friend Paul McCartney, died last week. He was 64.

Waller died Friday at The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Conn., nursing supervisor Nity Oris said. The state medical examiner's office listed his cause of death as cardiovascular disease.

Waller and Peter Asher hit No. 1 on music charts around the world in 1964 with their debut single "A World Without Love." McCartney, who at the time was dating Asher's sister, actress Jane Asher, wrote the song.

The duo also hit the charts with other songs written by McCartney, including "Nobody I Know" and "I Don't Want To See You Again." Their other hits included their versions of Del Shannon's "I Go to Pieces" and the Buddy Holly song "True Love Ways," both in 1965; "Lady Godiva," 1966; and "Knight in Rusty Armour" reached the top 20 in 1967.

Peter Asher's Web site said Peter and Gordon had nine Top 20 records from 1964 until they split in 1968.

After the duo broke up, Asher went on to a long career as a producer. Working for the Beatles' Apple records, he produced James Taylor's first album. In the 1970s, he produced other Taylor albums as well as Linda Ronstadt's string of hits.

Waller was born in Braemar, Scotland. He met Asher at Westminster School in London, according to the duo's MySpace page.

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Gidget



The famous Taco Bell Spokesdog – who charmed audiences with the catchphrase “Yo Quiero Taco Bell” – has died.

Gidget, the 15-year-old Chihuaha, suffered a fatal stroke Tuesday night, according to a report from People magazine.

The “mostly-retired” canine also appeared in the film “Legally Blonde 2,” starring as Bruiser’s mom. In addition, she appeared in a commercial for the ‘90s edition of Trivial Pursuit.

When she wasn’t starring in films and commercials, Gidget enjoyed taking hikes, sunning her fur and sleeping for 23 hours, her trainer Sue Chipperton told People.

“She made so many people happy,” Chipperton said. “Gidget always knew where the camera was.”
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John Dawson

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — John "Marmaduke" Dawson, a longtime Grateful Dead collaborator who co-wrote "Friend of the Devil" and developed a devoted following with his psychedelic country group New Riders of the Purple Sage, has died. He was 64.

Dawson died Tuesday from stomach cancer in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he had retired several years ago, said Rob Bleetstein, archivist for the band.

With the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, Dawson co-founded New Riders in 1969 to showcase his songs along with Garcia's pedal-steel guitar playing.

Two other Dead members, bassist Phil Lesh and drummer Mickey Hart, also played in New Riders for a time, according to the band's Web site. The band toured with the Dead starting in 1970 and released eight albums on Columbia Records from 1971 to 1976.

Dawson also contributed to a number of Grateful Dead songs, most notably co-writing "Friend of the Devil" with Garcia and Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.

The New Riders scored their first gold record in 1973 with the hit "The Adventures of Panama Red."

In 1974, the band played to 50,000 fans at a free concert in New York's Central Park.

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Howard Engle

MIAMI (AP) — Dr. Howard Engle, the Miami Beach pediatrician whose tobacco lawsuit resulted in the largest punitive damage award in U.S. history, has died at age 89.

Engle's attorney Stanley Rosenblatt said he was in declining health for years from smoking-related ailments. Engle died Wednesday at his home.

Engle made U.S. legal history in 2000 when a Miami jury awarded $145 billion in punitive damages against tobacco companies in Engle's class-action lawsuit. The Florida Supreme Court later overturned that verdict as excessive, ruling that thousands of smokers covered by the Engle case must prove damages individually. Those cases are currently being tried across Florida.

Rosenblatt said Engle had a thriving pediatric practice for decades in Miami Beach.

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Maurice Grimaud

PARIS (AP) — Maurice Grimaud, who as Paris police chief played a key role in avoiding major bloodshed during France's student uprising in May 1968, has died. He was 95.

Grimaud died July 16, Paris police headquarters said, giving no cause of death. He was buried Tuesday at the city's Pere-Lachaise cemetery — the resting ground for famed statesmen and artists including Oscar Wilde, Frederic Chopin and Jim Morrison.

The would-be revolution, the defining event of postwar France, started in May 1968 with protests at a university west of Paris demanding that women and men be allowed to visit each other's dormitory rooms. Trade unions joined in, and 10 million workers went on strike. Longtime labor issues were quickly resolved, and the students uprooted the nation's attitudes toward authority.

When students occupied the Sorbonne university and buildings around France's Left Bank, Grimaud was credited for urging police restraint and showing willingness to start dialogue with protesters.

A native of southern France, Grimaud was born on Nov. 11, 1913. He studied literature and began his career at the seat of the French colonial administration in Morocco in 1936. He then worked in Algeria and Germany and later served as a local governor and aide to then-Interior Minister Francois Mitterrand.

He succeeded Nazi-era collaborator Maurice Papon as head of the Paris police force, where he served from 1967-71. Grimaud received the prestigious Legion of Honor award and wrote two books.

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Joel Weisman

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. Joel Weisman, who co-wrote the first report on AIDS in 1981, has died. He was 66.

Weisman died Saturday at his Los Angeles home. His domestic partner, Bill Hutton, said Weisman had heart disease and was ill for several months.

Weisman was a private physician in 1980 when he saw three gay patients who had symptoms of what would become known as AIDS. Weisman referred two of the patients to an immunologist at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Weisman, along with UCLA immunologist Dr. Martin Gottlieb, wrote a brief report of what they learned.

Their paper appeared on June 5, 1981, in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was the first report on AIDS in the medical literature.
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Dallas R. McKennon (July 19, 1919 - July 14, 2009) was an American actor, sometimes credited as Dal McKennon, with extensive work as a voice actor.

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If you'd just write up a few details about the bug's life that'd be great.
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Talon (our cat) died July 19th from kidney failure. He always had something to say and was an extreme cuddler, always looking for a lap or belly to lie on. His interests included chasing his tail, harassing the bunnies and sleeping excessively...when he wasn't talking, of course. He will be missed.
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Ex-'Idol' contestant struck, killed by car in NJ
Sun Jul 26, 12:28 pm ET

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. – Authorities say a 25-year-old former two-time "American Idol" contestant has been struck and killed by a car in a New Jersey shore town.

The Asbury Park Press reports that Alexis Cohen, of Allentown, Pa., was killed early Saturday in Seaside Heights.

Deputy Chief Michael Mohel of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office says an autopsy indicated she suffered chest, head and abdominal injuries. Mohel says investigators are seeking more information about the collision.

Cohen auditioned in Philadelphia for the popular Fox singing competition in August 2007, and the episode was aired in January 2008. She tried out again during the show's eighth season.

A video of her angry rant after being rejected by judges went viral on the Internet.
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My moms best friend D.L. died this morning, they had been friends for at least 65 years, It was sad, she was a very good person.
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7/27:

Jim King

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jim King, the former Florida Senate president who fought Gov. Jeb Bush and his own Republican Party over Terri Schiavo's right-to-die battle in 2005, died Sunday. He was 69.

King died after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer, said former press aide Sarah Bascom on behalf of King's family.

King served as Senate president from 2002 to 2004, underwent surgery in June to remove tumors from his pancreas after being diagnosed with cancer a month earlier. His final term in the Senate was to expire in November 2010.

A feisty, plainspoken figure, King gained some national attention when he helped lead a group of Republicans who blocked legislation favored by Bush that would have forced Schiavo's feeding tube to be reinserted.

The brain-damaged woman died in 2005 after her husband removed the tube over the objections of her parents. King once told the St. Petersburg Times editorial board that his initial 2003 vote in support of state intervention in the case was "probably one of the worst votes that I've ever done."

King, who built a personnel services business into a multimillion dollar enterprise, decided to jump into politics after years of complaining about "those idiot politicians" in Tallahassee.

In 1986, he successfully ran for a state House seat in northeast Jacksonville, which included the Naval Station at Mayport. He was elected state Senate president in 2002.

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An update to this story.. Apparently they arrested the guy last night (Sunday) who hit and killed her (Saturday Morning).
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Rick Bryan

COWETA, Okla. (AP) — Rick Bryan, an All-America defensive end at Oklahoma who played his entire NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons, died Saturday. He was 47.

Bryan died at his home in Coweta, the Wright Funeral Home in Coweta said Monday. Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer said Bryan suffered congestive heart failure.

Bryan was a three-time All-Big Eight selection and a two-time All-American. He holds the OU record for tackles by a lineman with 365.

Bryan started for Oklahoma from 1981 to 1983 and was drafted ninth overall by the Falcons in 1984. He had 29 sacks over the next 10 seasons with the Falcons. He retired to Coweta to farm.

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Merce Cunningham

NEW YORK (AP) — Merce Cunningham, the famed avant-garde dancer and choreographer who is credited with revolutionizing modern dance by creating works of pure movement divorced from storytelling and even from their musical accompaniment, died Sunday. He was 90.

Cunningham died of natural causes at his Manhattan home, said Leah Sandals, spokeswoman for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

In a career that spanned more than 60 years, Cunningham determined steps by chance — saying it freed his imagination — and shattered unwritten rules such as the need for dancers to face the audience and keep time with the music.

Cunningham worked closely with composer John Cage, his longtime partner who died in 1992, and with visual artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.

While Cunningham used chance — tossing pennies or whatever — during the creative process, his dancers had to follow the finished work precisely.

His dances may have been nontraditional, but the intricate choreography wasn't easy to do, and his dancers were all highly trained. Cunningham himself continued to dance with his company well into his 70s.

Though he had to use a wheelchair in later years, he premiered a long piece called "Nearly Ninety" as he reached that age milestone in April.

Among the honors that came his way over a long career were the Kennedy Center Honors, 1985, and the National Medal of Arts, 1990.

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George Russell

BOSTON (AP) — Jazz composer George Russell, a MacArthur fellow whose theories influenced the modal music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, has died.

His publicist says Russell, who taught at the New England Conservatory, died Monday in Boston at age 86 of complications from Alzheimer's.

Russell was born in Cincinnati in 1923 and attended Wilberforce University. He played drums in Benny Carter's band and later wrote "Cubano Be/Cubano Bop" for Dizzy Gillespie's orchestra. It premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1947 and was the first fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz.

Russell developed the Lydian concept in 1953. It's credited as the first theoretical contribution from jazz.
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Corazon Aquino

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino, who led a 1986 uprising that ended the repressive regime of Ferdinand Marcos, died on Saturday, her son said. She was 76.

She was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer last year and confined to a Manila hospital for more than a month. Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III said his mother's cancer had spread to other organs and she was too weak to continue her chemotherapy.

As president, Aquino sustained democracy by fighting off seven coup attempts in six years. But she struggled to meet high public expectations and left many of her closest allies disillusioned by the end of her term.

Still, the bespectacled, smiling woman in her trademark yellow dress remained beloved in the Philippines, where she was affectionately referred to as "Tita (Auntie) Cory."

"She was headstrong and single-minded in one goal, and that was to remove all vestiges of an entrenched dictatorship," Raul C. Pangalangan, former dean of the Law School at the University of the Philippines, said in 2009. "We all owe her in a big way."

After leaving office in 1992, Aquino remained active in social and political causes until her cancer diagnosis in March 2008.
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Budd Schulberg

Budd Schulberg, who wrote the award-winning screenplay for “On the Waterfront” and created a classic American archetype of naked ambition, Sammy Glick, in his novel “What Makes Sammy Run?,” died on Wednesday. He was 95 and lived in the Brookside section of Westhampton Beach, N.Y.

Mr. Schulberg also wrote journalism, short stories, novels and biographies. He collaborated with F. Scott Fitzgerald, arrested the Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl and named names before a Communist-hunting Congressional committee. But he was best known for writing some of the most famous lines in the history of the movies.

Some were delivered by Marlon Brando playing the longshoreman Terry Malloy in the 1954 film “On the Waterfront.” Malloy had lost a shot at a prizefighting title by taking a fall for easy money.

“I coulda been a contender,” Malloy tells his brother, Charley (Rod Steiger). “I coulda been somebody. Instead of a bum, which is what I am.”

It was Adam’s fall in New York argot. Mr. Schulberg won the 1954 Oscar for best story and screenplay.

Mr. Schulberg wrote about the power of Hollywood moguls, mob bosses and political ideologues to run roughshod over ordinary people — longshoremen, boxers, even writers. It was the System against the little guy, a fixed fight in a world where “the love of a lousy buck” and a “cushy job” were “more important than the love of man,” in the words of Father Barry, the crusading priest in “On the Waterfront” played by Karl Malden, who died on July 1.

“It’s the writer’s responsibility to stand up against that power,” Mr. Schulberg said in an interview with The New York Times in 2006, videotaped for posthumous showing on its Web site. “The writers are really almost the only ones, except for very honest politicians, who can make any dent on that system. I tried to do that. And that’s affected me my whole life.”

The son of a movie mogul, Mr. Schulberg was twice ostracized by Hollywood and twice fought back with his typewriter. The first time came in 1941, with his first novel, “What Makes Sammy Run?,” a depiction of back-lot back stabbing. The story’s antihero, Sammy Glick, a product of the Lower East Side, is a young man on the make who will lie, cheat and steal to achieve success, rising from newspaper copy boy to Hollywood boss on the strength of his cutthroat ambition. “The spirit of Horatio Alger gone mad,” Mr. Schulberg said.

The book cut so close to the bone that Mr. Schulberg was warned that he would never work in the film industry again.

The second time Mr. Schulberg faced professional ruin was when he appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1951 during its relentless investigation of the Communist Party’s influence on the movie industry.

Mr. Schulberg had gone to the Soviet Union in 1934 and joined the Communist Party of the United States after he returned to Hollywood. “It didn’t take a genius to tell you that something was vitally wrong with the country,” he said in the 2006 interview, recalling his decision to join the party.

“The unemployment was all around us,” he said. “The bread lines and the apple sellers. I couldn’t help comparing that with my own family’s status, with my father; at one point he was making $11,000 a week. And I felt a shameful contrast between the haves and the have-nots very early.”

His romance with Communism ended six years later, when he quit the party after feeling pressure to bend his writing to fit its doctrines.

Mr. Schulberg had been identified as a party member in testimony before the House committee. Called to testify, he publicly named eight other Hollywood figures as members, including the screenwriter Ring Lardner Jr. and the director Herbert Biberman.

They were two among the Hollywood 10 — witnesses who said the First Amendment gave them the right to think as they pleased and keep their silence before the committee. All were blacklisted and convicted of contempt of Congress. Losing their livelihoods, Lardner served a year in prison and Biberman six months.

In the turmoil of the Red Scare, Mr. Schulberg’s testimony was seen as a betrayal by many, an act of principle by others. The liberal consensus in Hollywood was that Lardner had acquitted himself more gracefully before the committee when asked if he had been a Communist: “I could answer it, but if I did, I would hate myself in the morning.”

In the 2006 interview, Mr. Schulberg said that in hindsight he believed that the attacks against real and imagined Communists in the United States were a greater threat to the country than the Communist Party itself. But he said he had named names because the party represented a real threat to freedom of speech.

“They say that you testified against your friends, but once they supported the party against me, even though I did have some personal attachments, they were really no longer my friends,” he said. “And I felt that if they cared about real freedom of speech, they should have stood up for me when I was fighting the party.”

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver

BOSTON — President John F. Kennedy's sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who carried on the family's public service tradition by founding the Special Olympics and championing the rights of the mentally disabled, died early Tuesday surrounded by relatives at a Hyannis hospital. She was 88.

Shriver had suffered a series of strokes in recent years and died at Cape Cod Hospital, her family said in a statement. Her husband, her five children and all 19 of her grandchildren were by her side, the statement said.

"She was the light of our lives, a mother, wife, grandmother, sister and aunt who taught us by example and with passion what it means to live a faith-driven life of love and service to others," the family said.

The hospital is near the Kennedy family compound, where her sole surviving brother, Sen. Edward Kennedy, has been battling a brain tumor.

Sen. Kennedy said his earliest memory of his sister was as a young girl "with great humor, sharp wit, and a boundless passion to make a difference."

"She understood deeply the lesson our mother and father taught us — much is expected of those to whom much has been given," he said in a statement. "Throughout her extraordinary life, she touched the lives of millions, and for Eunice that was never enough."

President Barack Obama said Shriver will be remembered as "as a champion for people with intellectual disabilities, and as an extraordinary woman who, as much as anyone, taught our nation — and our world — that no physical or mental barrier can restrain the power of the human spirit."

As celebrity, social worker and activist, Shriver was credited with transforming America's view of the mentally disabled from institutionalized patients to friends, neighbors and athletes. Her efforts were inspired in part by the struggles of her mentally disabled sister, Rosemary.

"We have always been honored to share our mother with people of good will the world over who believe, as she did, that there is no limit to the human spirit," her family said in the statement.

Shriver was also the sister of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, the wife of 1972 vice presidential candidate and former Peace Corps director R. Sargent Shriver, and the mother of former NBC newswoman Maria Shriver, who is married to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. With Eunice Shriver's death, Jean Kennedy Smith becomes the last surviving Kennedy daughter.

Schwarzenegger said his mother-in-law "changed my life by raising such a fantastic daughter, and by putting me on the path to service, starting with drafting me as a coach for the Special Olympics."

A 1960 Chicago Tribune profile of the women in then-candidate JFK's family said Shriver was "generally credited with being the most intellectual and politically minded of all the Kennedy women."

When her brother was in the White House, she pressed for efforts to help troubled young people and the mentally disabled. And in 1968, she started what would become the world's largest athletic competition for mentally disabled children and adults. Now, more than 1 million athletes in more than 160 countries participate in Special Olympics meets each year.

"When the full judgment on the Kennedy legacy is made — including JFK's Peace Corps and Alliance for Progress, Robert Kennedy's passion for civil rights and Ted Kennedy's efforts on health care, work place reform and refugees — the changes wrought by Eunice Shriver may well be seen as the most consequential," Harrison Rainie, author of "Growing Up Kennedy," wrote in U.S. News & World Report in 1993.

It was Shriver who revealed the condition of her sister Rosemary to the nation during her brother's presidency.

"Early in life Rosemary was different," she wrote in a 1962 article for the Saturday Evening Post. "She was slower to crawl, slower to walk and speak. ... Rosemary was mentally retarded." Rosemary Kennedy underwent a lobotomy when she was 23, though that wasn't mentioned in the article. She lived most of her life in an institution in Wisconsin and died in 2005 at age 86.

The roots of the Special Olympics go back to a summer camp Shriver ran in Maryland in 1963. Shriver would "get right in the pool with the kids; she'd toss the ball," said a niece, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who volunteered at the camp as a teen. "It's that hands-on, gritty approach that awakened her to the kids' needs."

Realizing the children were far more capable of sports than experts said, Shriver organized the first Special Olympics in 1968 in Chicago. The two-day event drew more than 1,000 participants from 26 states and Canada.

"She believed that people with intellectual disabilities could — individually and collectively — achieve more than anyone thought possible. This much she knew with unbridled faith and certainty," her son Timothy, chairman of Special Olympics said in a statement.

By 2003, the Special Olympics World Summer Games, held that year in Dublin, Ireland, involved more than 6,500 athletes from 150 countries. The games are held every four years.

Well into her 70s, Shriver remained a daily presence at the Special Olympics headquarters in Washington.

"Today we celebrate the life of a woman who had the vision to create our movement," said Special Olympics President and COO Brady Lum.

Juvenile delinquency was another issue that interested Shriver and spurred her to action. In his 1991 book "The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America," author Nicholas Lemann said the Kennedy administration's juvenile delinquency commission, "a pet project that had been created to placate Eunice," became the precursor of the vast federal effort to improve the lot of urban blacks.

After he took office, President Lyndon B. Johnson tapped R. Sargent Shriver to lead his War on Poverty.

Eunice Shriver was the recipient of numerous honors, including the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which she received in 1984. In May, the National Portrait Gallery installed a painting of her — the first portrait commissioned by the museum of someone who had not been a president or first lady.

Shriver was born in Brookline, Mass., the fifth of nine children to Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. She earned a sociology degree from Stanford University in 1943 after graduating from a British boarding school while her father served as ambassador to England.

She was a social worker at a women's prison in Alderson, W.Va., and worked with the juvenile court in Chicago in the 1950s before taking over the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation with the goal of improving the treatment of the mentally disabled. The foundation was named for her oldest brother, Joseph Jr., who was killed in World War II.

In 1953, she married Shriver. He became JFK's first director of the Peace Corps, was George McGovern's vice-presidential running mate in 1972, and ran for president himself briefly in 1976.

Survivors include her husband, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2003, and the couple's five children: Maria Shriver, who is married to Schwarzenegger; Robert, a city councilman in Santa Monica, Calif.; Timothy, chairman of Special Olympics; Mark, an executive at the charity Save the Children; and Anthony, founder and chairman of Best Buddies International, a volunteer organization for the mentally disabled.

In remembrance of Shriver, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston will make condolence books available for the public to sign during normal hours.
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8/7 Willy DeVille

Willy DeVille, who founded the punk group Mink DeVille and was known for his blend of R&B, blues, Dixieland and traditional French Cajun ballads, has died of pancreatic cancer, his publicist Carol Kaye said today. He was 58.

The Oscar-nominated songwriter died at New York's Cabrini Hospital.

Mink DeVille, for which DeVille was the principal songwriter, was billed as one of the most original groups on the New York punk scene after an appearance at the legendary CBGB club in Greenwich Village in the 1970s.

In 1977, the band recorded "Cabretta," a rock 'n' roll/rhythm and blues album with renowned producer Jack Nitzsche. Its featured song, "Spanish Stroll," was a Top 20 hit in Britain. It was followed by the album "Return to Magenta."

His "Storybook Love," featured in the 1987 movie "The Princess Bride," was nominated for an Academy Award.

DeVille, who was born Aug. 27, 1953, in Stamford, Conn., also spent time in New Orleans and recorded his "Victory Mixture" album with Dr. John, Eddie Bo, Allen Toussaint and others.

Better known in Europe than in the United States, DeVille went solo in 1980 with "Le Chat Bleu." Recorded in Paris and influenced by his admiration for siren Edith Piaf, the album featured "This Must Be the Night" and "Just to Walk That Little Girl Home."

His other albums include the soulful "Coupe de Grace" and "Where Angels Fear to Tread." In 1985, "Sportin' Life" featured the European hit song "Italian Shoes."
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Guitar legend Les Paul dies at age 94
Aug. 13, 2009, 11:17 AM EST

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Les Paul, who invented the solid-body electric guitar later wielded by a legion of rock and roll greats, died Thursday of complications from pneumonia. He was 94.

According to Gibson Guitar, Paul died at White Plains Hospital. His family and friends were by his side.

As an inventor, Paul also helped bring about the rise of rock and roll with multitrack recording, which enables artists to record different instruments at different times, sing harmony with themselves, and then carefully balance the tracks in the finished recording.

The use of electric guitar gained popularity in the mid-to-late 1940s, and then exploded with the advent of rock in the mid-'50s.

"Suddenly, it was recognized that power was a very important part of music," Paul once said. "To have the dynamics, to have the way of expressing yourself beyond the normal limits of an unamplified instrument, was incredible. Today a guy wouldn't think of singing a song on a stage without a microphone and a sound system."
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A tinkerer and musician since childhood, he experimented with guitar amplification for years before coming up in 1941 with what he called "The Log," a four-by-four piece of wood strung with steel strings.

"I went into a nightclub and played it. Of course, everybody had me labeled as a nut." He later put the wooden wings onto the body to give it a tradition guitar shape.

In 1952, Gibson Guitars began production on the Les Paul guitar.

Pete Townsend of The Who, Steve Howe of Yes, jazz great Al Di Meola and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page all made the Gibson Les Paul their trademark six-string.

Over the years, the Les Paul series has become one of the most widely used guitars in the music industry. In 2005, Christie's auction house sold a 1955 Gibson Les Paul for $45,600.

In the late 1960s, Paul retired from music to concentrate on his inventions. His interest in country music was rekindled in the mid-'70s and he teamed up with Chet Atkins for two albums. The duo were awarded a Grammy for best country instrumental performance of 1976 for their "Chester and Lester" album.

With Mary Ford, his wife from 1949 to 1962, he earned 36 gold records for hits including "Vaya Con Dios" and "How High the Moon," which both hit No. 1. Many of their songs used overdubbing techniques that Paul had helped develop.

"I could take my Mary and make her three, six, nine, 12, as many voices as I wished," he recalled. "This is quite an asset." The overdubbing technique was highly influential on later recording artists such as the Carpenters.

Released in 2005, "Les Paul & Friends: American Made, World Played" was his first album of new material since those 1970s recordings. Among those playing with him: Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Richie Sambora.

"They're not only my friends, but they're great players," Paul told The Associated Press. "I never stop being amazed by all the different ways of playing the guitar and making it deliver a message."

Two cuts from the album won Grammys: "Caravan," for best pop instrumental performance and "69 Freedom Special," for best rock instrumental performance. (He had also been awarded a technical Grammy in 2001.)

Paul was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005.

Paul was born Lester William Polfus, in Waukseha, Wis., on June 9, 1915. He began his career as a musician, billing himself as Red Hot Red or Rhubarb Red. He toured with the popular Chicago band Rube Tronson and His Texas Cowboys and led the house band on WJJD radio in Chicago.

In the mid-1930s he joined Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians and soon moved to New York to form the Les Paul Trio, with Jim Atkins and bassist Ernie Newton.

Meanwhile, he had made his first attempt at audio amplification at age 13. Unhappy with the amount of volume produced by his acoustic guitar, Paul tried placing a telephone receiver under the strings. Although this worked to some extent, only two strings were amplified and the volume level was still too low.

By placing a phonograph needle in the guitar, all six strings were amplified, which proved to be much louder. Paul was playing a working prototype of the electric guitar in 1929.

His work on taping techniques began in the years after World War II, when Bing Crosby gave him a tape recorder. Drawing on his earlier experimentation with his homemade record-cutting machines, Paul added an additional playback head to the recorder. The result was a delayed effect that became known as tape echo.

Tape echo gave the recording a more "live" feel and enabled the user to simulate different playing environments.

Paul's next "crazy idea" was to stack together eight mono tape machines and send their outputs to one piece of tape, stacking the recording heads on top of each other. The resulting machine served as the forerunner to today's multitrack recorders.

In 1954, Paul commissioned Ampex to build the first eight-track tape recorder, later known as "Sel-Sync," in which a recording head could simultaneously record a new track and play back previous ones.

He had met Ford, then known as Colleen Summers, in the 1940s while working as a studio musician in Los Angeles. For seven years in the 1950s, Paul and Ford broadcast a TV show from their home in Mahwah, N.J. Ford died in 1977, 15 years after they divorced.

In recent years, even after his illness in early 2006, Paul played Monday nights at New York night spots. Such stars as Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Dire Straits ' Mark Knopfler, Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Van Halen came to pay tribute and sit in with him.

"It's where we were the happiest, in a `joint,'" he said in a 2000 interview with the AP. "It was not being on top. The fun was getting there, not staying there — that's hard work."

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Character actor John Quade dies at 71
LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Quade, who played the heavy in several Clint Eastwood movies and was the sheriff in the TV miniseries Roots, has died. He was 71.

His wife Gwen says Quade died in his sleep of natural causes Sunday at his home in the Southern California desert town of Rosamond.

Quade had dozens of TV and movie roles in a career that spanned more than a quarter-century. His movies included Papillon and High Plains Drifter.

However, he is perhaps best remembered as the motorcycle gang leader in the Eastwood movie Every Which Way But Loose and its sequel, Any Which Way You Can.

He also played Sheriff Biggs in episodes of Roots.

The Kansas-born Quade leaves six children and 10 grandchildren.

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On this date last year, no one famous died.
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Ed Reimers -

NEW YORK — A relative says the actor who told television viewers "you're in good hands with Allstate" for decades has died in upstate New York. Ed Reimers was 96.

Dean Lindoerfer, Reimers' nephew by marriage, says the actor died Sunday at his daughter's home in Saratoga Springs. The cause wasn't immediately clear.

Reimers was best known as the Allstate Corp.'s TV spokesman for 22 years, starting in 1957. He also was an announcer for television programs including the 1950s-era Western "Maverick" and appeared in shows including an episode of the original "Star Trek" series.

Born in Moline, Ill., Reimers spent most of his adult life in Los Angeles. He moved to Saratoga Springs in 2007.

Survivors include his daughter, Kathryn, two grandsons and a niece.

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CHICAGO — Political columnist Robert Novak, a diehard conservative and pugilistic debater who became a household face on TV, has died after a battle with brain cancer.

His wife of 47 years, Geraldine Novak, told The Associated Press that he died at his home in Washington, D.C. early Tuesday. He was 78.

Long known as the co-host of CNN's "Crossfire," Novak had been a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times for decades.

He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in July 2008, less than a week after he struck a pedestrian in downtown Washington with his Corvette and drove away.

In recent years, Novak ended up actually being a part of a big Washington story, in ways he likely never intended, becoming a central figure in the Valerie Plame CIA leak case. Novak was the first to publish the name of CIA employee, and he came under withering criticism and abuse from many for that column, which Novak said began "a long and difficult episode" in his career.

"I had a terrific time fulfilling all my youthful dreams and at the same time making life miserable for hypocritical, posturing politicians and, I hope, performing a service for my country," Novak wrote in his memoir, "The Prince of Darkness."

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

CHICAGO (AP) — Political columnist Robert Novak, who was a central figure in the Valerie Plame CIA leak case, has died after a battle with brain cancer.

His wife of 47 years, Geraldine Novak, tells The Associated Press that he died at his home in Washington, D.C. early Tuesday. He was 78.

Novak was long known as the co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" and had been a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times for decades.

He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in July 2008, less than a week after he struck a pedestrian in downtown Washington with his Corvette and drove away.

In recent years, he was perhaps best-known for being the first to publish Plame' name. He came under withering criticism and abuse from many for that column, which Novak says began "a long and difficult episode" in his career.
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Wow Novak was a prick a lot of the time, but he was always an interesting character. He will be missed.
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Don Hewitt -

CBS News says Don Hewitt, the newsman who invented "60 Minutes" and produced the popular newsmagazine for 36 years, has died. He was 86.

CBS announced his death on its Web site but did not give any details. Hewitt joined CBS News in television's infancy in 1948, and produced the first televised presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960.

He made his mark in the late 1960s when CBS agreed to try his idea of a one-hour broadcast that mixed hard news and feature stories. The television newsmagazine was born on Sept. 24, 1968, when the "60 Minutes" stopwatch began ticking.

He dreamed of a television version of Life, the dominant magazine of the mid-20th century, where interviews with entertainers could coexist with investigations that exposed corporate malfeasance.

"The formula is simple," he wrote in a memoir in 2001, "and it's reduced to four words every kid in the world knows: Tell me a story. It's that easy."
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John E. Carter

HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — John E. Carter, the R&B lead tenor and two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, died Friday. He was 75.

His death was confirmed by Susan Fine, a spokeswoman for Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Carter's hometown of Harvey.

Carter, who was known for his falsetto, was the last surviving founding member of the Flamingos. The classic doo-wop group gained fame with such hits as "Golden Teardrops" and their reworking of the pop classic "I Only Have Eyes for You."

Carter left the Flamingos the first time in 1957 to do military service, and left permanently in 1960 to join the Dells, which had been formed in the early 1950s by some of his high school friends from Harvey.

The Dells' 1954 breakout hit, "Oh What A Night," sold more than a million records when it was reissued in 1969 with Carter on falsetto lead. The Dells were also famous for "Stay in My Corner," one of the first R&B hits to run more than six minutes.

The Dells performed publicly for one of the last times in 2004, when they did an outdoor concert in downtown Chicago to celebrate their induction into the hall of fame.

The Flamingos were inducted in 2000.
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Dominick Dunne:

Dominick Dunne, a best-selling author and special correspondent for Vanity Fair, died today at his home in Manhattan. He was 83.

The cause of death was bladder cancer, said his son Griffin Dunne.

Dunne—who joined Vanity Fair in 1984 as a contributing editor and was named special correspondent in 1993—famously covered the trials of O. J. Simpson, the Menendez brothers, Michael Skakel, William Kennedy Smith, and Phil Spector, as well as the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. He wrote memorable profiles on numerous personalities, among them Imelda Marcos, Robert Mapplethorpe, Elizabeth Taylor, Claus von Bülow, Adnan Khashoggi, and Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. His monthly column provided a glimpse inside high society, and captivated readers.

His first article for the magazine appeared in March 1984—an account of the trial of the man who murdered his daughter Dominique. Throughout his life, Dunne was a vocal advocate for victims’ rights.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, on October 29, 1925, Dunne was awarded the Bronze Star, at age 19, for his service in World War II. In 1949, he graduated from Williams College with a B.A.

In April 1954, Dunne married Ellen Beatriz Griffin, who went by Lenny. The marriage ended in divorce in 1965.

Dunne began his career in New York City as the stage manager of The Howdy Doody Show, and in 1957 he moved to Hollywood, where he became the executive producer of the television series Adventures in Paradise. Later, Dunne was made a vice president of Four Star Productions, a television company owned by David Niven, Dick Powell, and Charles Boyer. He then moved on to producing feature films, including The Boys in the Band, Panic in Needle Park, Play It as It Lays, and Ash Wednesday.

But by this time drugs and alcohol had become an unmanageable part of his life, and in 1975 he drove himself up to the woods in Oregon. Living alone in a cabin, he became sober and began, at age 50, to write.

In 1980, Dunne moved back to New York and saw five of his novels become bestsellers. His books include The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (Crown, 1985), Fatal Charms (Crown, 1987), People Like Us (Crown, 1988), An Inconvenient Woman (Crown, 1990), A Season in Purgatory (Crown, 1993)—which was adapted for television as a four-hour CBS mini-series—and Another City, Not My Own (Crown, 1997). A collection of essays, Fatal Charms (Crown), was published in 1987, and his memoir, The Way We Lived Then: Recollections of a Well-Known Name Dropper (Crown), was published in 1999. Justice (Crown), a collection of articles that had appeared in Vanity Fair, was published in 2001. And his last book, Too Much Money: A Novel, is scheduled for publication in December 2009 by Random House.

The documentary series Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege and Justice premiered on Court TV in June 2002. Dominick Dunne: After the Party, a documentary about his life, premiered in 2008.

In addition to his son Griffin, of Manhattan, Dunne is survived by another son, Alex, of Portland, Oregon, and a granddaughter, Hannah.

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As much as I despise the man and almost all he represents .. Teddy Kennedy?
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The Greatest Kennedy?
Wednesday August 26, 2009

"When you survey the impact of the Kennedys on American life and politics and policy, he will end up by far being the most significant."
--Norman Ornstein, political scientist at the American Enterprise Institute

Given his personal problems (Chappaquiddick, drinking, womanizing, a plane crash, failed presidential run), how could Ornstein make such a claim about the brother of John F. and Robert F. Kennedy? The reasons are scattered throughout The New York Times' well-wrought obit:

Perhaps the last notable example [of bipartisanship] was his work with President George W. Bush to pass No Child Left Behind, the education law pushed by Mr. Bush in 2001.

He also co-sponsored immigration legislation with Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee....

He led the fight for the 18-year-old vote, the abolition of the draft, deregulation of the airline and trucking industries, and the post-Watergate campaign finance legislation. He was deeply involved in renewals of the Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing law of 1968.

He helped establish the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

He built federal support for community health care centers, increased cancer research financing and helped create the Meals on Wheels program...

In one of those bipartisan alliances that were hallmarks of his legislative successes, Mr. Kennedy worked with Senator Bob Dole, Republican of Kansas, to secure passage of the voting rights measure, and Mr. Dole got most of the credit.

Perhaps his greatest success on civil rights came in 1990 with passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which required employers and public facilities to make "reasonable accommodation" for the disabled....

In 1997, teaming with Senator Hatch, Mr. Kennedy helped enact a landmark health care program for children in low-income families, a program now known as the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or S-Chip....

He pushed for increases in the federal minimum wage. He helped win enactment of the Medicare prescription drug benefit, one of the largest expansions of government health aid ever....

This is a partial list. He was also the key legislative player in creating the AmeriCorps law and many others.
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