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Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who) died he was , 81

Jack Richardson, CM was a Juno Award-nominated Canadian record producer and Order of Canada recipient died he was , 81. He is perhaps best known for producing the biggest hit records from The Guess Who from 1969 to 1975. He was an educator at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario in the Music Industry Arts program, as well as at the Harris Institute for the Arts in Toronto, Ontario in the Producing and Engineering Program (PEP). The Juno Award for “Producer of the Year” has been named in Richardson’s honour since 2002.

(23 July 1929  – 13 May 2011)

Biography

Richardson was born in Toronto, Ontario, and had early musical training playing in various school bands. By 1949 he was playing professionally in “The Westernaires” [1] who had a regular radio program. In 1958 he was working as an account executive for McCann-Erickson,[1] a firm that produced a regular television program and in the mid 1960s Richardson and three others from this firm decided to form their own production company, Nimbus 9. Initially, audio recording was only one aspect of Nimbus 9, which was formed to provide multi-media production to their clients. Within a brief period of time, however, audio recording became the single focus of operations.
In 1968, Richardson approached the Canadian branch of the Coca-Cola company with an idea to produce and market a long-playing album through a type of bottle-cap reimbursement scheme. On one side of the release were The Guess Who, and on the flip-side, a group from Ottawa, Ontario called The Staccatos (later to become the Five Man Electrical Band). Both of these groups were already well known within Canada: The Guess Who were featured as the house band on the weekly CBC TV show Let’s Go and had ten top 40 hits in Canada between 1965 and 1967, while The Staccatos had reached the Canadian top 40 twice in that same period of time. The split album the two groups recorded, A Wild Pair, could only be obtained by sending ten Coca-Cola bottle cap liners and $1 (for shipping expenses) to Coca-Cola. Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman estimates that the album sold enough units to qualify for gold record status in Canada; however, no certification figures are available as the LP was not distributed through normal retail channels.
After the success of A Wild Pair, Richardson mortgaged his own home to obtain funds to produce a full-length record with The Guess Who.[1] He took the group to Phil Ramone‘s A&R Recording studio in New York, and produced the classic 1968 Wheatfield Soul album, which spawned a massive international hit “These Eyes“.
Richardson and The Guess Who had many more hits in the next few years (including the US and Canadian #1 single “American Woman“), and as Richardson’s reputation as a producer grew, so did his list of famous clients. From the early 1970s on, Richardson produced some of the biggest selling records of the era: Alice Cooper Love It to Death, The Irish Rovers‘ #1 hit “Wasn’t That A Party”, Bob Seger‘s “Night Moves“, Badfinger, Moxy, Poco, Max Webster and many others. This was in addition to the hits he was producing for The Guess Who, who were for a time (1970) the best selling rock group in the world.
From 1984 to 86, Richardson was the music producer for the television show, “Party With The Rovers” (The Irish Rovers) for Global TV in association with Ulster TV in Ireland.
Later, Richardson decided on another career change and became a Professor in the Music Industry Arts (MIA) program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, until he retired from teaching in 2007.
The non-profit Jack Richardson Music Awards, started in 2005, are named in his honour and given to up-and-coming musical acts and artists from London in a variety of categories.
Jack Richardson is the father of noted music producer Garth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Selected discography

Among Richardson’s producer credits are the following:

 

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Bruce Ricker, American film documentarian and producer (Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser) died he was , 68

Bruce Ricker was a jazz and blues documentarian. He is best known for his collaboration with Clint Eastwood on films about jazz and blues legends.

(October 10, 1942 – May 13, 2011)

Life and career

Born in Staten Island, Ricker was educated at the City College of New York where he earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. His first film was the critically acclaimed The Last of the Blue Devils, a 1979 feature-length documentary about Kansas City jazz during its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s.[1]
Eastwood was the executive producer for Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser, a 1988 documentary produced by Ricker and Charlotte Zwerin, who also directed.
Ricker developed the idea for the Eastwood-directed “Piano Blues” segment of The Blues, the seven-part 2003 series executive produced by Martin Scorsese.
Eastwood served as a producer or executive producer on documentaries Ricker made for television: Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005), Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends (2007), Johnny Mercer: The Dream’s on Me (2009) and Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way (2010).
Ricker also directed and produced the 1997 TV documentary Eastwood After Hours: Live at Carnegie Hall and Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows, a documentary that aired on PBSAmerican Masters series in 2000. [2]
He died in 2011 at the age of 68 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

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Badal Sarkar, Indian dramatist, died from colon cancer he was , 85.

Badal Sarkar (Badal Sircar) was an influential Indian dramatist and theatre director, most known for his anti-establishment plays during the Naxalite movement in the 1970s and taking theatre out of the proscenium and into public arena, when he founded his own theatre company, Shatabdi in 1976 died from colon cancer he was , 85.. He wrote more than fifty plays of which Ebong Indrajit, Basi Khabar, and Saari Raat are well known literary pieces, a pioneering figure in street theatre as well as in experimental and contemporary Bengali theatre with his egalitarian “Third Theatre”, he prolifically wrote scripts for his Aanganmanch (courtyard stage) performances, and remains one of the most translated Indian playwrights.[2][3] Though his early comedies were popular, it was his angst-ridden Ebong Indrajit (And Indrajit) that became a landmark play in Indian theatre.Today, his rise as a prominent playwright in 1960s is seen as the coming of age of Modern Indian playwriting in Bengali, just as Vijay Tendulkar did it in Marathi, Mohan Rakesh in Hindi, and Girish Karnad in Kannada.
(15 July 1925–13 May 2011)
He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1972, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1968 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship- Ratna Sadsya, the highest honour in the performing arts by Govt. of India, in 1997.[6]

Early life and education

Badal Sarkar, whose real name was ‘Sudhindra Sarkar’, was born in Calcutta, India. After transferring from the Scottish Church College, where his father was a history professor,[7] he studied civil engineering at the Bengal Engineering College, Shibpur, then affiliated with the University of Calcutta.[8] In 1992, he finished his Master of Arts degree in comparative literature from the Jadavpur University in Calcutta.

Career

While working as a town planner in India, England and Nigeria, he entered theatre as an actor, moved to direction, but soon started writing plays, starting with comedies. He stayed for two years in London, here he was influenced by people like Joan Littlewood, Anthony Serchio, Schechner and Polish theatre director Jerzy Grotowski, this was make his body of future work distinct from other Bengali playwrights like Sombhu Mitra and Utpal Dutt.[9] Amongst these influence of Richard Schechner, founder of the Performance Group, an experimental theater troupe, became more pronounced with establishment of his “Third Theatre”, nearly two decades later.[10] He started his acting career in 1951, when acted in his own play, Bara Trishna, performed by Chakra, a theatre group.
Eventually still employed in Nigeria, he wrote his landmark play Ebong Indrajit (And Indrajit) in 1963, which was first published and performed in 1965 and catapulted him into instant fame, as it captured “the loneliness of post-Independence urban youth with dismaying accuracy”. He followed them with plays like Baaki Itihaash (Remaining History) (1965), Pralap (Delirium) (1966), Tringsha Shatabdi (Thirtieth Century) (1966), Pagla Ghoda (Mad Horse) (1967), Shesh Naai (There’s No End) (1969), all performed by Sombhu Mitra‘s Bohurupee group.[1][2]
In 1967, he formed the “Shatabdi” theatre group, and the first production he directed was Ebang Indrajit in 1967, a play about three people – Amal, Bimal, Kamal and a loner Indrajit. In the next five years of its existence the troupe performed several of his plays and had a profound impact on contemporary theatre, especially after 1969 when it started performing plays both indoors and outside amidst people, and evolved the angan manch (courtyard stage) and inspired by the direct communication techniques of Jatra rural theatre form, to eventually become his “Third Theatre”, a protest against prevalent commercial theatre establishment. Often performed in “found” spaces rather than rented theatre halls, without elaborate lighting, costumes or make-up, where audience was no longer a passive, rather became participatory, it added a new realism to contemporary dramaturgy, retaining thematic sophistication of social committed theater all the while, and thus started a new wave of experimental theatre in Indian theatre. In 1976, his group “Satabdi”, started performing at Surendranath Park (then Curzon Park) Kolkata on weekends, these open-air and free performances lead to his troupe travelling to nearby villages on other weekends, where it employed minimal props and improvised dialogues to involve audience further into the performance.
Though he continued to hold his job till 1975, as a playwright he rose to prominence in the 1970s and was one of the leading figures in the revival of street theater in Bengal. He revolutionized Bengali theatre with his wrath-ridden, anti-establishment plays during the Naxalite movement.[11][12][13][14]
His plays reflected the atrocities that prevailed in the society, the decayed hierarchical system and were socially enlightening. He is a proponent of the “Third theatre” movement that stood ideologically against the state. Third theatre involved street plays, with actors being attired no differently than the audience. Also the formal bindings of the proscenium theatre was given up. Sarkar’s “Bhoma” is an example of a third theatre play, set as always, in an urban background. Starting with Sagina Mahato, which marked his advent into arena stage, his subsequent plays, Michhil (Juloos), Bhoma, Basi Khobor, Spartacus based on Howard Fast‘s historical novel by the same name, were performed in parks, street corners and remote villages with the audience sitting all around.[11][15][16]
Sircar directed his last play in 2003, and after that his movements were restricted after an road accident, but even many years in 2011, he continued performing at play readings and writing new works like adapting, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, two stories by Graham Greene and a novel, History of Love.[17]

Death

Sarkar was diagnosed with colon cancer in April 2011. He died on 13th May at Kolkata at the age of 85.

Awards and recognition

Sarkar was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1972, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1968 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship- Ratna Sadsya, the highest honour in the performing arts by Govt. of India, in 1997, given by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama.
The “Tendulkar Mahotsav” held at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune in October 2005, organised by director Amol Palekar to honour playwright Vijay Tendular, was inaugurated with the release of a DVD and a book on the life of Badal Sircar.[18]
In July 2009, to mark his 85th birthday, a five-day long festival titled Badal Utsava as tribute to him was organized by several noted theatre directors.[19] He was offered the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2010, which he declined, stating that he is already a Sahitya Akademi Fellow, which is the biggest recognition for a writer.[20]

In media

Sarkar is the subject of two documentaries, one directed by filmmaker and critic, Amshan Kumar,[21] and another A Face in the Procession by Sudeb Sinha, which was shot over two years.

Legacy

Badal Sircar influenced a number of film directors, theater directors as well as writers of his time. Film director Mira Nair in an interview mentioned, “For me, Kolkata was a formative city while growing up…. I learned to play cricket in Kolkata, but more than anything, I learned to read Badal Sircar and watch plays written by him for street theatre. ” [22] To Kannada director and playwright, Girish Karnad, Sircar’s play Ebong Indrajit taught him fluidity between scenes, while as per theare director-playwright Satyadev Dubey, “In every play I’ve written and in every situation created, Indrajit dominates.” To Actor-director Amol Palekar, “Badalda opened up new ways of expression.”[23]

List of plays

  • Ebang Indrajit (And Indrajit) (1963)
  • Basi Khabar
  • Baaki Itihaash (Remaining History) (1965)
  • Pralap (Delirium) (1966)
  • Tringsha Shatabdi (Thirtieth Century) (1966)
  • Pagla Ghoda (Mad Horse) (1967)
  • Shesh Naai (There’s No End) (1969)
  • Spartacus
  • Prastava
  • Juloos (Procession)
  • Bhoma
  • Solution X
  • Baropishima
  • Saari Raat
  • Badi buaji
  • Kavi Kahini
  • Manushe Manushe
  • Hottomalar oparey
  • Bollovpurer rupkatha
  • Sukhapathya bharoter itihash (Indian History Made Easy)

Works

Plays in translation

  • Evam Indrajit: Three-act Play. tr. by Girish Karnad. Oxford University Press. 1975. ISBN 0-19-560312-5.
  • Three plays : Procession, Bhoma, Stale news. tr. by Samik Bandyopadhyay. Seagull. 1983.
  • Beyond the Land of Hattamala & Scandal in Fairyland. tr. by Suchanda Sarkar. Seagull Books, 2003 . ISBN 81-7046-091-3.
  • Two Plays: Indian History Made Easy, Life of Bagala, tr. by Subhendu Sarkar. OUP, 2009. ISBN 978-0-19-806549-4.

 

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Mose Jefferson, American businessman, died from cancer he was , 68.

Mose Oliver Jefferson was a member of the New Orleans family that includes his younger brother, convicted felon and former U.S. Representative William J. Jefferson  died from cancer he was , 68. On 21 August 2009, Mose Jefferson was likewise convicted on four felony counts of bribery.

(August 28, 1942 – May 12, 2011)

Background

Mose Jefferson left his native Lake Providence, Louisiana, to join his older sister Betty Jefferson in Chicago, Illinois, where he attended Marshall High School but dropped out to join the U.S. Air Force in 1959. After being honorably discharged and returning to civilian life, he was convicted of a $450 robbery and served 9 months in Stateville Correctional Center, being released in 1967. He then became a Democratic Party field lieutenant with the political organization of Bob Shaw and his brother Bill Shaw, the latter of whom served in the Illinois Senate from 1982 to 2002.[3]

Legal difficulties

On July 22, 2009 — during the 16-indictments trial of Mose Jefferson’s brother, Congressman William J. Jefferson, before U.S. judge T. S. Ellis III — lead prosecutor Mark Lytle presented a chart which showed

money flowing from Jigawa State in Nigeria to Arkel Sugar in Baton Rouge to pay for a study of the feasibility of Arkel building a sugar plant there, to the coffers of Providence Lake, a company controlled by the congressman’s brother Mose Jefferson, to BEP, another company controlled by Mose Jefferson, and on to Harvard University, where it helped pay expenses for Jelani Jefferson, one of the congressman’s daughters.[4]

On August 5, 2009, William J. Jefferson was convicted in the Virginia court on 11 of the 16 felony counts.[5] Four days later, on August 9, in an article starting on the front page and extending for almost the entirety of another page, Laura Maggi analyzed Mose Jefferson’s imputed connection with the criminal behaviors on which William J. Jefferson had been convicted.[6]
In 2009, while other members of the Jefferson family were facing indictment or trial on various corruption charges, Mose Jefferson faced two trials. Originally a racketeering trial was to begin on August 3, 2009, followed by a bribery trial on August 10. On July 28, 2009, the sequence changed, the bribery trial remaining on August 10, 2009 and the racketeering trial moving to January 25, 2010.

Bribery accusations

In the bribery allegations Mose Jefferson was accused of paying Orleans Parish School Board president Ellenese Brooks-Simms $140,000 in exchange for her support of adopting a software-based teaching system sold by Mose Jefferson. Brooks-Simms accepted the money but, on getting caught, entered into a plea-bargain to testify (along with two other witnesses) against Mose Jefferson, including cooperating with investigators in recording certain conversations she had with Mose Jefferson.[7] According to CBS News, the software sale was just part of a set of schemes wherein Brooks-Simms steered $14 million in sales toward a company which paid Mose Jefferson $913,000 in commissions.[8]

Racketeering accusations

Racketeering charges under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) involved Mose Jefferson and Renée Gill Pratt,[9] Mose Jefferson’s “long-time companion” in a relationship described as being “as close as it gets” by columnist Stephanie Grace.[10] The indictment alleged that Gill Pratt, a former state senator and member of the New Orleans City Council (defeated in 2006 by Stacy Head), had assisted Mose Jefferson in obtaining government grants for humanitarian causes managed by him, his sister Betty Jefferson, and Betty Jefferson’s daughter Angela Coleman, whereupon the Jeffersons unduly used some of the money for personal interests. Betty Jefferson and Angela Coleman were additional defendants in the racketeering trial.[11]

Pre-trial Motions

On June 3, 2009, Mose Jefferson requested that the racketeering charge be postponed because of the then-potential time overlap with the trial on bribery charges (both trials originally being docketed to begin in August). The request for delay was probably mooted, however, by new charges arraigned on June 5, effectuating postponement of one trial (the racketeering trial) by request of the court.

Potential change in defense attorneys

The situation was further complicated by an implication that Mose Jefferson needed to obtain a new lawyer, in that Arthur “Buddy” Lemann, according to U.S. attorney Daniel Friel, faced a conflict of interest in having once represented Stacy Simms, daughter of Ellenese Brooks-Simms. Lemann was to represent Mose Jefferson in the racketeering case. Stacy Simms had assisted her mother in laundering the bribe (in the other case), through Stacy’s bank account and, after pleading guilty to the felony, joined her mother in becoming a witness for the prosecution of Mose Jefferson. Lemann (arguing that “the very inclusion of allegations related to another pending indictment is improper”) had objected that the racketeering indictment described a relationship to the (undecided) bribery case in that part of the alleged racketeering involved Gill Pratt’s supposed obtaining of $300,000 for a couple of private schools so that they could buy the software which Mose Jefferson, with Ellenese Brooks-Simms’ help, also sold to the public schools; according to the indictment, Mose Jefferson’s commission on the sales to the private schools was $30,000, of which Gill Pratt pocketed $3500.[12] “It’s not RICO, it’s wacko”—said Lemann on June 5 as he objected to the move to separate him from the racketeering case.[13]
Lemann himself was not Mose Jefferson’s original attorney; Lemann had replaced Ike Spears, who had earlier been disqualified on a conflict of interest inherent in his having previously represented Brenda Jefferson Foster, younger sister of Mose and William J. Jefferson. Brenda Jefferson Foster had entered a guilty plea in the racketeering case and obtained a promise of leniency in exchange for agreeing to testify against her siblings.
As of June 6, 2009, Mose Jefferson’s attorney in the bribery case continued to be Mike Fawer, “another pugnacious defense attorney” as described by the Times-Picayune.[12]

Political allegations by defenders

On June 8, 2009, Lemann called the racketeering case “a political prosecution initiated by the office of a Republican prosecutor against a minority neighborhood association led by the Jefferson family” and asked for the case to be dismissed as being politically motivated. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten claimed to be “not surprised to see that again” in reference to Lemann’s having made allegations of prosecutorial political or racial bias when defending former mayor Marc Morial‘s administrator Kerry DeCay, who was convicted and spent 9 years in federal incarceration.[14]

Indigence claim

Lemmon referred to magistrate judge Louis Moore Jr. the question of whether Mose Jefferson should be declared indigent, a status conference on that question set for July 28. Fawer and Lemann both asked Moore to declare Mose Jefferson indigent because a building he owns on New Orleans’ Loyola Avenue was put on hold by U.S. attorney Jim Letten. Fawer and Lemann had intended to use the building as a “means of obtaining payment for their services”; but Moore, on August 6, 2009, cited that Mose Jefferson owns a New Orleans East house which he used as collateral for his bond pending trial. According to Laura Maggi of the Times-Picayune on Mose Jefferson’s wherewithal to pay defense lawyers, “Moore pointed out that Jefferson could give up the bond on the house and go to jail”; Moore denied the request for indigence.[15]

Requests for delay

At a hearing before U.S. District Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle on June 17, 2009, lawyers for Betty Jefferson and Angela Coleman requested a delay from the August 3, 2009, start date for the racketeering trial; at the same hearing, however, lawyers for Gill Pratt and Mose Jefferson requested that the racketeering trial begin as scheduled on August 3.[16]
During the ensuing week, on June 26, 2009, U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon denied Mose Jefferson’s request to delay the start of the bribery case also involving Gill Pratt and Ellenese Brooks-Simms.[17] Fawer immediately filed a second request for delay of the bribery trial, this request arguing that Gill Pratt could not risk testifying in the racketeering case if a charge against her were to be pending in the bribery case. On July 16, 2009, Lemmon ruled as follows:[18]

·         denied Fawer’s (Mose’s Jefferson’s) second request for delay.
·         denied a motion by Fawer (representing Mose Jefferson) to stay the proceedings so that Fawer (Mose Jefferson) could appeal, to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Lemmon’s June 26 denial of Fawer’s (Mose Jefferson’s) request for delay in the bribery trial.
·         denied a Fawer motion to remove a government lien on Mose Jefferson’s property on Loyola Avenue to cover Fawer’s lawyer charges.
·         denied a motion by Fawer to remove him as Mose Jefferson’s attorney.
Racketeering trial delayed

On July 28, 2009, Lemelle delayed the start of the racketeering trial to January 25, 2010. The bribery trial of Mose Jefferson alone was still set to begin on August 10, 2009, with jury selection beginning on August 4, 2009.[19]

Bribery trial not delayed

On August 4, Fawer unsuccessfully sought (denied by Lemmon) to delay the bribery trial until after the racketeering trial, because, as summarized by Michael Kunzelman of the Times-Picayune:

Gill Pratt … isn’t available to testify during the bribery case this month because she is awaiting her own trial next year in a [the] separate but related racketeering conspiracy case.[20]

Requests for change of venue

On August 7, 2009, Fawer requested to move the bribery trial from New Orleans because the “trial atmosphere has been utterly corrupted by ongoing media coverage” (Fawer’s words) of the conviction of William J. Jefferson; Lemmon’s written denial was just two sentences in length, including that questions to potential jurors “will reveal the extent of prejudice, if any, resulting from news coverage of the trial of defendant’s brother” (Lemmon’s words).[21]

Bribery trial

Jury selection for Mose Jefferson’s trial on charges of bribery began on August 10, 2009, with Fawer again requesting a venue change and Lemmon again denying it. By the end of the day attorneys on both sides had selected a 12-member panel of jurors—six women, six men—with two women alternates.[22]
The bribery trial per se began on August 11 at 10:00 AM CDT, with strikingly different perspectives between the prosecution and the defense on the $140,000 which Mose Jefferson gave to Ellenese Brooks-Simms. According to Fawer, Brooks-Simms said “what the government wanted to hear” concerning the $140,000. Fawer maintained that the FBI-recorded conversations between Brooks-Simms and Mose Jefferson would be shown to concur with the defense’s characterization of the exchange of money as a gift or loan to Brooks-Simms in that her husband was at the time experiencing expensive medical costs. Fawer also revealed defense plans to call as witnesses not only Mose Jefferson but also Republican former U.S. Representative Bob Livingston, head of the Livingston Group lobbying firm which represented JRL Enterprises, contractor for the “I CAN LEARN” program, in successful efforts to obtain $36 million in federal contracts. The prosecution called Paul Cambon, Livingston’s former congressional aide who later became a partner in the Livingston Group.[23] After Cambon testified that the Livingston Group had received monthly retainers of up to $30,000 from JRL Enterprises, prosecutor Michael Simpson asked: “Did the Livingston Group ever kick back $140,000?”—which question was overridden by Lemmon on Fawer’s objection.[24]
On August 18, Mose Jefferson, testifying under oath, countervailed the testimony of Brooks-Simms and characterized her as a former lover for whom the $140,000 was a gift; she had testified that they first met in 1999, but he testified that their relationship began in the 1980s.[25]
On August 19, 2009, former Orleans Parish schools superintendent Tony Amato testified in support of the “I CAN LEARN” program, but most of the testimony on that day centered on the nature of the relationship between Mose Jefferson and Brooks-Simms. Fawer called as witness 83-year-old minister Zebedee Bridges who testified that in the 1980s Mose Jefferson was involved in an adulterous affair with Brooks-Simms, but Ralph Capitalli, attorney for Brooks-Simms, characterized the story as “a lie” and stated that Fawer had not inquired of Brooks-Simms about the alleged affair; Capitelli asserted that Brooks-Simms was loyal to her husband throughout 40 years of marriage. Prosecutor Michael Simpson, who repeatedly during the day attempted to steer the discussion back to the exchange of money and the recorded conversations between Brooks-Simms and Mose Jefferson, adopted “an incredulous tone” in that Fawer had said nothing about adultery during the opening statement and during the three days when Brooks-Simms was on the witness stand.[26]
Before the case went to the jury on August 20, 2009, the defense called Livingston as witness, in an attempt to analogize the lobbying activities of the Livingston Group to the involvements of Mose Jefferson,[27] Fawer’s repeated arguments that the $140,000 payment could only be a gift in that adoption of I CAN LEARN already had Brooks-Simms’ support as well as that of the other voting members of the school system, but Fawer’s observations of the time of the payment and the prior day’s testimony by Amato were “sideshows” when “This case is about payoffs and rewards” according to federal prosecutor Sal Perricone. At 6:00 PM on August 20 Lemmon ordered the jury sequestered to consider the charges against Mose Jefferson.[28]
The following morning, on August 21, 2009, the jury returned the following verdicts declaring Mose Jefferson guilty on four of the seven felony counts, as reported by WDSU-TV New Orleans Channel 6 (NBC):[29]

Count 1—Conspiracy to commit bribery: Not guilty
Count 2—Bribery of an agent (Brooks-Simms) of an organization seeking federal funding: Guilty
Count 3—Bribery of an agent (Brooks-Simms) of an organization seeking federal funding: Guilty
Count 4—Bribery of an agent (Brooks-Simms) of an organization seeking federal funding: Not guilty
Count 5—Money laundering: Not guilty
Count 6—Obstruction of justice: Guilty
Count 7—Obstruction of justice: Guilty

Sentencing by Lemmon was set for December 9, 2009, Mose Jefferson remaining in the meantime free on personal surety bond.[30]

Racketeering trial

Jefferon’s racketeering trial began on March 22, 2010. He died of cancer in 2011 in Lake Providence.

 

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Lloyd Knibb, Jamaican drummer (The Skatalites), died from liver cancer he was , 80

Lloyd Knibb OD) was a Jamaican drummer who is primarily known for his contribution to the development of the rhythm of the Ska era died from liver cancer he was , 80. He played for The Skatalites (in the 1960s up to his death), and for Tommy McCook & The Supersonics. Knibb recorded for the producers Lloyd “Matador” Daley and Duke Reid.

(8 March 1931 – 12 May 2011

Biography

Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1931, Knibb, grew up on Bond Street, close to where a local band rehearsed, and he made his own drum kit from a wooden box and paint cans to practice the sounds that he had heard.[1] Like a lot of musicians in the 1940s, he honed his craft in jazz bands. His first professional engagement was with the Val Bennett band, with whom he played for six years.[1] He also played with Count Ossie‘s group, adding burru and nyabinghi to his repertoire, and he regularly accompanied Rastafarian leader Sam Brown at meetings.[1] It was with Eric Dean’s band where he gained the technical skills to play many styles. Dean’s set list included the big band music of Glen Miller as well as the popular dances of the day: rumba, Cha-cha and bolero, and his tenure in the band coincided with future major figures in ska such as Tommy McCook, Baba Brooks, and Lloyd Brevett.[1] Knibb’s technical proficiency and wide knowledge of styles soon led to him being featured on the recordings of Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster, Sonia Pottinger and Duke Reid, playing an instrumental part in the development of ska.[2]

Knibb gained his widest audience, however, as the drummer for The Skatalites. They recorded for the Treasure Isle (Duke Reid), Studio One (Clement Dodd) and Top Hat (Phillip Yap) labels, releasing ska music in the 1960s to an audience that responded to a rhythm that was uniquely Jamaican. Knibb, along with the other original Skatalites members, reformed to play the Reggae Sunsplash concert in Montego Bay, Jamaica in July 1983. The success of the reunion led to the reformation of The Skatalites as a full-time touring band, of which Knibb remained until his death in 2011. He played his last show in Peru in April 2011.[citation needed]
In his later years, Knibb resided in Hull, Massachusetts with his long time friend and fellow musician, John, and his wife, Adele.[citation needed] His son Dion plays in the Boston-based ska band Dion Knibb & The Agitators.
Knibb’s contribution to Jamaican music was recognized by the Prime Minister’s Award, the Order of Distinction (Officer Class), the Silver Musgrave Medal, and induction into the Jamaican Music Hall of Fame.[1][3]
Knibb was taken ill while on tour in Brazil.[1] On 12 May, 2011, after being ill for some time with liver cancer and receiving treatment in the USA, he was told by doctors that he only had days to live.[1] Knibb traveled back to his home in St. Andrew, Jamaica, to be among his family and friends.[1] Later that day, Knibb died aged 80.[4]

 

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Carlos Pascual, Cuban baseball player (Washington Senators) died he was , 80

Carlos Alberto Pascual Lus a former Major League Baseball pitcher died he was , 80. The 5’6″, 165 lb. right-hander was signed by the Washington Senators as an amateur free agent before the 1949 season, and he played for the Senators in 1950. Nicknamed “Big Potato” (a corruption of the Spanish slang “patato”, meaning short. Pascual is generously listed at 5’6″), he is the older brother of All-Star pitcher Camilo Pascual.

(13 March 1931 – 12 May 2011)

Pascual started two games for Washington towards the end of the season. At 19 years of age, he was the third-youngest player to appear in an American League game in 1950. He won his first start (September 24), defeating the Philadelphia Athletics at Griffith Stadium, 3-1. He lost his second start (September 28), by a score of 4-3 to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
His two-game career totals were 2 complete games, 17 innings pitched, 12 hits allowed, 3 strikeouts, 8 bases on balls, a 1-1 record, and a 2.12 ERA.
He died in Miami, Florida at the age of 80.[1]

 

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Ron Springs, American football player (Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), died from complications from surgery he was , 54

Ronald Edward “Ron” Springs was a professional American football running back, who played eight seasons in the NFL, for the Dallas Cowboys from 1979–1984, followed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1985-1986  died from complications from surgery he was , 54.. He is the father of NFL cornerback Shawn Springs. He also played with Lawrence Taylor and Mel Gray at Lafayette High School in Williamsburg, Virginia.

(November 4, 1956 — May 12, 2011)

Career 

College

Springs attended Coffeyville Community College in 1975, where his 2,047 rushing yards remains a school record. The following year, he enrolled at Ohio State University, where he played three years under Woody Hayes and led the Buckeyes in both rushing (1,166 yards) and receiving (16 catches for 90 yards) in 1977. In 1978, he was elected a team co-captain.
Springs was the last Buckeye with less than 100 yards receiving on a season to lead the team in receptions that season.

Health concerns and death

Springs was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1990, which led to him having both his right foot and two toes from the left amputated. In 2004, needing a kidney, he was placed on the national transplant list. Though his son, Shawn, offered to end his career and donate a kidney, Ron refused.[1] In 2006, former teammate and best friend Everson Walls agreed to donate one of his kidneys, and the transplant took place in March.[2] On Tuesday, October 16, 2007, it was reported that Springs slipped into a coma after going into cardiac arrest while having an operation performed on an elbow cyst the previous weekend. He remained in this state until his death, and his son left his team to be with Ron during that time. Doctors reported in 2007 that there was no chance of Springs surviving; however, his family continued encouraging Ron by talking to him daily.[3] On January 5, 2008, former Cowboy teammate Bill Bates held a charity event to help raise funds for the foundation connected with Ron’s illness. Ron’s wife, Adrianne, continued to show encouragement to those concerned about Ron’s condition, stating that news of the event’s turnout might help wake Ron from his coma.
On January 21, 2008, Adrianne Springs filed a lawsuit on behalf of her husband against the two doctors who performed the surgery, alleging malpractice.[4]
Springs died on May 12, 2011, due to a heart attack.[2]

 

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Miyu Uehara, Japanese glamour model, died from apparent suicide by hanging she was 24

died from apparent suicide by hanging she was 24. Mutsumi Fujisaki better known as Miyu Uehara (Uehara Miyu), was a Japanese gravure idol (glamour model) and TV personality, who gained popularity as a “poverty idol“died from apparent suicide by hanging she was 24.

(Fujisaki Mutsumi?, 2 May 1987 – 12 May 2011),

Life

Uehara was born on the island of Tanegashima in Kagoshima Prefecture, the youngest of 10 siblings.[1] She attended high school in Kagoshima for a brief time before dropping out. She moved to Tokyo at the age of 17, and began glamour modeling while working as a hostess at a Tokyo hostess club.[5]
She began to be known as a “poverty [poor] idol” because of her poor background,[5] and after featuring on the cover of the Weekly Playboy magazine, she released her first photobook, Hare Tokidoki Namida (lit. “Fair, then Occasional Tears”) in July 2009. She had appeared in a total of 445 television programs and two television commercials by May 2011.[6]

Death

Uehara died at her apartment in Meguro, Tokyo early on 12 May 2011 at the age of 24, after apparently committing suicide by hanging.[4][7] Police reported that no suicide note was found but there were some illegible messages scribbled possibly by her.[8]

Works

Films

Books

  • 10-nin Kyōdai Binbō Aidoru – Watashi, Ikenai Shōjo Dattan Deshōka? (10人兄弟貧乏アイドル私、イケナイ少女だったんでしょうか??) (May 2009, Poplar; ISBN 978-4-591-10965-6)[10]

 

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Jack Wolf, American information theorist, died from cancer he was , 76

Jack Keil Wolf was an American researcher in information theory and coding theory died from cancer he was , 76.

(March 14, 1935 – May 12, 2011)

Biography

Wolf was born in 1935 in Newark, New Jersey, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1956 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1960 for his thesis “On the Detection and Estimation Problem for Multiple Nonstationary Random Processes”. He held faculty appointments at New York University 1963-1965, the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn 1965-1973 and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst 1973-1984, and worked at RCA Laboratories and Bell Laboratories. In 1984, he joined the University of California, San Diego, where he applied communication and information theory to magnetic storage. He also held a part-time appointment at Qualcomm since its formation in 1985. He was president of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 1974. He died on May 12, 2011.[1]

Awards and honors

 

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Leo Kahn, American entrepreneur, co-founder of Staples, died from complications from a series of strokes he was , 94.

Leo Kahn was an American businessman and entrepreneur who is credited as the co-founder of Staples Inc. died from complications from a series of strokes he was , 94. Kahn is also considered a pioneer of the natural and health food supermarket industry, founding the Fresh Fields and Nature’s Heartland chains, which are now part of Whole Foods Market.

(December 31, 1916 – May 11, 2011)

Biography

 Early life

Kahn was born in Medford, Massachusetts, as the youngest of two brothers.[1] His parents, who were immigrants from Lithuania, owned a wholesale food distributor.[1] Kahn graduated from Malden High School in Malden, Massachusetts.[1]
Kahn received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1938.[1] He then obtained a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City in 1939.[1] He worked a reporter in New Bedford, Massachusetts,[2] and practiced public relations for political campaigns until he was drafted into the U.S. military in 1941 as the U.S. entered World War II.[1] He was stationed in North Africa, Europe and Asia as a navigator for the Army Air Forces.[1]
He and his brother, Albert Kahn, took over the family’s wholesale business following the end of World War II.[1] Leo Kahn became the sole owner of the business when Albert left the company to become a professor at Boston College.[1]
Kahn married his first wife, Dorothy Davids, in 1963 and had three children.[1] The family resided in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, until Dorothy Kahn’s death in 1975.[1]

 Purity Supreme

Leo Kahn continued to operate his family’s wholesale food distributor. However, he also launched a new grocery retailing division, which became known as Purity Supreme.[3] The company initially opened small groceries, but then expanded to supermarkets.[3] The Purity Supreme company also included the Heartland Foods Warehouse, which was called “the first successful deep-discount warehouse supermarket in the country” by Inc Magazine.[3]
One Kahn’s biggest rivals was Thomas G. Stemberg, the owner of a competing New England supermarket chain called First National Supermarkets. At one point, Kahn and Stemberg engaged in a price war over the lower price for Thanksgiving turkeys.[3]
Kahn sold Purity Supreme to the Supermarket General Corporation in 1984 for $80 million.[3] Through the transaction, Kahn became the chairman of Supermarket General.[3] Privately, Kahn regretted selling Purity, saying he missed the interaction with his employees.[1]
Leo Kahn died at the Springhouse care facility in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston from a series of strokes on May 11, 2011, at the age of 94.[1]

 

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Reach Sambath, Cambodian journalist, died from a stroke he was , 47

Reach Sambath was a Cambodian journalist and a spokesperson and Chief of Public Affairs of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Sambath was a respected journalist with a master’s degree from Columbia University and a career as a university lecturer at the Royal University of Phnom Penh and a reporter in Cambodia with Agence France-Presse since 1990s.

(17 July 1964 – 11 May 2011)

Biography

Early life

Sambath was born in Svay Rieng, Cambodia. His father was a district governor. In 1975, at the age of 10, he lost his mother, father and three of his four brothers to the Khmer Rouge‘s killing fields. For years, he searched for any scrap of memory of his lost family, eventually retrieving an old picture of his father from a family friend taken when he was a monk for a short-time in a Buddhist pagoda. After the Khmer Rouge period, he eked out a living as a bike taxi-driver from 1981 to 1984 to support his studies.
He attended Wat Phnom Primary School, and graduated from Sisowath High School or Lycée Sisowath in 1987. In 1984, because of some English knowledge he acquired in school, he became an English teacher, known to many Cambodians at that time. During his toughest times living as an orphan, Reach Sambath stayed at a pagoda as a pagoda boy, and received support from relatives and people around him.

1980s: Education

After graduation from high school, Reach Sambath received a scholarship to study Agriculture in India. After the election organized by the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia in 1993, Sambath pursued his studies in the field of Journalism at Chulalongkorn University. He also took a course on Public Administration, Telecommunications and Journalism at a Californian University, the United States.

Careers

As a journalist

After studying a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture in India from 1988 to 1992, Sambath returned to Cambodia and worked as a reporter for Agence-France Presse (AFP), based in Cambodia. He worked there until 2002. In an interview with an RFI, Sambath said that he did not have a strong like for his courses, but instead developed an interest in the press while he was in India.

As a journalism lecturer

Sambath became a journalism trainer in 1997. He taught Journalism in the Department of Media and Communication, Royal University of Phnom Penh. Besides his work with the ECCC, he usually spent his precious weekend teaching a class of feature writing.

Work at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

In February 2006, Sambath became a Cambodian spokesman at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia ECCC. He was also regarded by the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime as “Spokesperson for the ghosts.” Then, in June 2009, he was promoted to be a chief of public affairs of the ECCC.

Death

Sambath died on May 11, 2011 at the age of 47 , in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, after having been struck by a massive stroke.

Achievements

In recognition of his contributions to the nation, on 12 May 2011 the Royal Government of Cambodia awarded Reach Sambath the “Mony Saraphoan” medal at the “Maha Sereivann” grade.
Reach received an award in 2000 by US-based Human Rights Watch for his life story before and after the Khmer Rouge.

 

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Elisabeth Svendsen, British hotelier and animal welfare campaigner, founder of The Donkey Sanctuary died she was , 81.

Elisabeth Doreen Svendsen MBE was an British animal welfare advocate and former hotelier died she was , 81.. Svendsen founded The Donkey Sanctuary, an animal sanctuary headquartered in Sidmouth, England, in 1969 to help abused or homeless donkeys. She also founded a related charity, the Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for Children and Donkeys, located in Ivybridge, during the 1970s.

(January 23, 1930 – May 11, 2011) 

Svendsen was born Elisabeth Doreen Knowles in Yorkshire on January 23, 1930.[2] She spent her early career as a teacher and secretary.[2] She then married Niels Svendson and had four children – Clive, Lise, Sarah and Paul.[2] Together, the couple invented a dryer specifically to dry cloth baby diapers.[2] They sold the rights to their invention to a manufacturer and used their payment to purchase a hotel in Devon in 1966.[2] Elisabeth and Niels later divorced.[2]
In 1969, Svendsen, a lifelong donkey enthusiast, bought her first donkey, named Naughty Face.[2] Soon afterwards, Svendsen noticed seven neglected donkeys housed in a small livestock pen in a market in Exeter.[3] She tried unsuccessfully to purchase the donkey in the worst condition of the group.[1]
The experience of the neglected donkeys in Exeter led Svendsen to establish The Donkey Sanctuary in 1969. She began taking in elder and disabled donkeys. She became responsible for the care of thirty-eight donkeys by 1973, an expensive undertaking.[2] She was contacted in June 1974 by a lawyer for a late elderly woman named Violet Philpin, who had bequeathed Svendsen 204 donkeys.[2] Svendsen gave up her hotel to work with The Donkey Sanctuary full time.[2]
The Donkey Sanctuary, founded by Svendsen and headquartered in Sidmouth, Devon, has cared for more than 14,500 donkeys as of 2011.[2] The sanactuary, which now has a veterinary hospital and overnight accommodations, employs approximately 500 people worldwide, including sixty in the United Kingdom who investigate reported of abused donkeys.[2] Svendsen expanded the sanctuary to Latin America, Asia and Africa. She founded a donkey hospital with emergency room in Ethiopia, where the lifespan of a donkey is just nine years.[2] Mobile donkey clinics have also been dispatched in Mexico, Kenya and India.[2]
Svendsen established a sister charity to the Donkey Sanctuary, called the Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for Children and Donkeys, during the mid-1970s.[1] The trust provides riding therapy between donkeys and children with special needs.[3] During her career, Svendsen authored more than twelve books, including two autobiographies, Down Among the Donkeys in 1981 and For the Love of Donkeys in 1993, as well as a series of children’s books.[2]
Svendsen became a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1980.[3] In 2001, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals awarded her with the Lord Erskine Award.[3]
Svendsen retired from full time work in 2007.[2] In April 2011, Elisabeth Svendsen named an orphaned donkey foal after Prince William in honor of the Prince’s upcoming wedding to Kate Middleton.[4] The foal had arrived at the Donkey Sanctuary on April 9 after its mother was unable to care for him.[4] Svendsen said at the time, “It’s a real honour to have Prince William with us and I can’t think of a better name for him, thus to mark the occasion of the royal wedding.”[4]
Elisabeth Svendsen died at her home on May 11, 2011, after suffering a stroke at the age of 81.[3] She was survived by her four children – Clive, Lise, Sarah and Paul; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.[2] Her son, Paul Svendsen, is the head of The Donkey Sanctuary’s European operations. [2]

 

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Leo Trepp, German-born American rabbi, last surviving German rabbinical witness to the Holocaust., has died he was 97

Leo Trepp  was a German-born American rabbi who was the last surviving rabbi who had led a congregation in Nazi Germany during the early days of The Holocaust.[1]

(March 4, 1913 – September 2, 2010)

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Early life and work

Trepp was born on March 4, 1913, in Mainz, Germany.[2] He studied philosophy and philology at the University of Frankfurt and the University of Berlin and in 1935 received his doctorate from the University of Würzburg. He was ordained by the Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums in 1936. Trepp recalled having conducted his first seder in 1936 in Oldenburg, when he was a newly ordained rabbi in Nazi Germany, leading the 15 synagogues in the district.[3] He saw that he had a dual role in working “to keep the Jewish community from breaking down, while at the same time give many fellow believers the possibility to emigrate”.[2] As Jews were forbidden to attend public schools, Trepp asked the local Nazi officials if he could form a school in a synagogue in Oldenburg to educate Jewish children together with Aryan students, and was given approval for his plan, along with funding for school supplies and desks, as well as rent for the space that was being used as a school.[2]

Imprisonment

On Kristallnacht, an anti-Semitic pogrom that took place on the night of November 9, 1938 and resulted in the destruction of hundreds of synagogues and the deaths of 91 Jews, Trepp was arrested and placed in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, where he was held as one of as many as 30,000 Jews who were arrested and held in prison camps by the Nazis.[1] In the wake of Jews being detained and dying, Trepp saw his role as being part of “a very rewarding rabbinate because the Jews needed me”.[1] He recalled the inmates being called out in Sachsenhausen at 4:00 in the morning, seeing the guard towers manned with soldiers holding machine guns and being told “You are the dregs of humanity. I don’t see why you should live”.[1] He told God that he was prepared to die, but was overcome with the feeling that “God was with me. I know God was there. In the concentration camp with me. And it was the worst place for it. That’s why it was the best.”[1]
Trepp was released from Sachsenhausen after 18 days of incarceration through the intervention of the Joseph Herman Hertz, the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom—under the condition that he and his wife had two weeks to leave the country.[2]
He went first to England and then to the United States in 1940. He ultimately moved to Northern California, where he led three congregations, including Beth Ami in Santa Rosa, California and Beth El in Berkeley.[1]

After the war

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Trepp was a frequent visitor to Mainz, where he was involved in the restoration and revitalization of the Weisenau synagogue. Starting in 1983, Trepp spent 20 years teaching Jewish religion, Jewish mysticism and Talmud to students at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.[4] He was the author of the books The Complete Book of Jewish Observance, A History of the Jewish Experience and Judaism: Development and Life.[5]
Despite his longstanding efforts at fostering Christian-Jewish reconciliation, Trepp expressed concern that in the hands of nationalists and Islamists that “Anti-Semitism has become acceptable again”. Speaking to German youth in 1993, he stated that “You bear no guilt for what your grandparents did. But there is responsibility. Germany must become the leading country in the fight against anti-Semitism.”[6]
Trepp was the subject of the 2009 German language documentary film Der Letzte Rabbiner by Christian Walther, which was translated into English and shown as The Last Rabbi.[2] A resident of San Francisco, Rabbi Trepp conducted his 74th, and final, Passover Seder there with his extended family in 2010. Trepp died at age 97 on September 2, 2010, in San Francisco.

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Morgan White, American actor and children’s television host died he was , 86

Morgan White [1] was an American actor died he was , 86.

(July 25, 1924 – September 2, 2010)

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Fans are bidding a warm aloha to the man behind ‘Pogo Poge’. If you grew up in the 60’s or 70’s, you might remember rushing home after school to watch ‘Checkers & Pogo’ on KGMB.http://www.youtube.com/v/38w6RC2K70s?fs=1&hl=en_US

The actor who played Pogo, Morgan White, is now gone but not forgotten.
White entertained Hawaii’s keiki for nearly 15 years as Pogo Poge. He passed away Thursday in Utah, where he retired. But White leaves this world going down in Hawaii’s TV history.
It’s a show that captured the hearts of kids, and White was in the center of it all.
“Morgan was the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet. He was really, really nice and he loved kids so his part on ‘Checkers & Pogo’ was the perfect job for him,” said Rob Hearn, who played ‘Jake the Janitor’, ‘John the Clown’, and ‘Granny Garbonzoon’ on the show.
The show was Hawaii’s version of ‘Romper Room’ with kids in the live audience, though Hearn, says it was even better.
“Romper room was for little kids. Checkers & Pogo? Even the grown-ups watched it,” said Hearn.
The after school kids program was born in 1967.
You may remember, Friday was ‘Pie-Day’.
Another highlight was the chance for kids to snatch as many pennies as they could.
“And some of the kids would come up with some pretty weird ideas of getting the pennies. They’d turn them over and they’d bring it out like this and try to get two hands in there. It was fun watching them,” said White in a documentary KGMB produced in 1999 called ‘Checkers & Pogo Remembered’.
The documentary, written and directed by Lawrence Pacheco, includes an interview with White after the show’s final episode.
“It’s a mixed emotion, you know, how do you draw a curtain on 14 years of love and fun?” White said.
Checkers & Pogo ended in 1982 as the longest running and most successful children’s show in Hawaii.
“It was a phenomenon, it was an incredible phenomenon. Back at that time there were no video games, there were no 1,000 cable channels,” said actor Fred Ball, who played ‘Professor Fun’.
Ball says they had no idea Checkers & Pogo was going to be a hit, remembered still, 28 years later.
“Morgan White and all three Checkers do live on and hopefully Professor Fun, we live on in the minds and hearts of the now aging kamaaina’s of the entire state of Hawaii,” said Ball.
White continued acting after Checkers & Pogo.
He played the Attorney General in several episodes of the original Hawaii Five-0 TV series.
White was 86 years old.

 

Personal life and Death

After the show ended, White retired to farm in Sevier, Utah. He died in Utah at the age of 86 on September 2, 2010.[2]

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Wakanohana Kanji I, Japanese sumo wrestler, died from kidney cancer. he was , 82

Wakanohana Kanji I  was a sumo wrestler, the sport’s 45th Yokozuna (the highest-ranking position).
Wakanohana’s younger brother (by twenty-two years) was the late former ozeki Takanohana Kenshi and he was the uncle of Takanohana Koji and Wakanohana Masaru  died from kidney cancer. he was , 82. He won ten top division yusho or tournament championships during his career and at a fighting weight of around 100 kg was one of the lightest yokozuna ever. He had a long-standing rivalry with Tochinishiki and was one of the most popular wrestlers of the 1950s. After his retirement in 1962 he established Futagoyama stable and was also head of the Japan Sumo Association from 1988 until 1992.

(若乃花 幹士 Wakanohana Kanji?, March 16, 1928 – September 1, 2010)

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Career

He was born in Aomori and moved to Hokkaidō as a child. After working as a stevedore, he was scouted by the maegashira Onoumi,[1] joining Nishonoseki stable in November 1946. He was trained harshly by Rikidōzan in Nishonoseki stable, but he reportedly bit Rikidōzan’s leg in retaliation for his training.[2] Onoumi became head coach of Shibatayama stable after his retirement in May 1952, and Wakanohana followed him to the new stable. It was renamed Hanakago stable in September 1953.
He reached the top division in 1950. During his career he was nicknamed the Dohyo no Oni, or Devil of the Dohyo due to his great fighting spirit and endurance. In September 1955 he fought a bout against yokozuna Chiyonoyama that lasted for over 17 minutes before being declared a draw.[1] (Most sumo matches are over in a few seconds). He was promoted to ozeki after that tournament. He won his first top division championship in May 1956. Shortly before the following tournament his four year old son was scalded to death when a boiling hot pot of chankonabe fell on him.[3] Despite being devastated by the tragedy,[4] Wakanohana chose to compete in the tournament but ended up dropping out with a fever.[3] He had to wait until January 1958 for promotion to yokozuna, which was confirmed shortly after he took his second tournament championship. He was the first yokozuna produced by the Nishonoseki ichimon or group of stables in over 20 years and consequently he had to borrow the kesho mawashi of the former Futabayama to perform his first dohyo-iri or yokozuna ring entering ceremony.[4]
Wakanohana’s great rival as yokozuna was Tochinishiki. They were very evenly matched, being of similar height and weight, and both ended up with ten top division titles each. In March 1960, they faced each other undefeated on the final day – the first time ever that two yokozuna had met like this.[3] Wakanohana won the match and Tochinishiki retired after the next tournament. Wakanohana kept going until the new era of yokozuna Taiho and Kashiwado, retiring in May 1962.
Wakanohana was such a popular wrestler that he even starred in a feature film 若ノ花物語 土俵の鬼 Wakanohana monogatari dohyou no oni about his life, made by the Nikkatsu movie studio and released across Japan December 27, 1956.[4][5]

Retirement from sumo

After retirement he set up his own training stable, Futagoyama, which produced a string of top wrestlers, including ozeki Takanohana (his brother) and Wakashimazu, and yokozuna Wakanohana II and Takanosato. He was also head of the Japan Sumo Association from 1988 to 1992. Among his reforms was an attempt to improve the quality of the tachi-ai or initial charge of a bout by fining wrestlers who engaged in matta, or false starts. At the end of his last tournament in charge he presented the Emperor’s Cup to his nephew, Takahanada. Upon his retirement from the Sumo Association in 1993, his stable merged with his brother’s Fujishima stable. He became director of the Sumo Museum. He died of kidney cancer in September 2010 at the age of 82. Umegatani I, who lived to 83, is the only yokozuna to live longer than him.[6]

Fighting style

Wakanohana was a noted technician, and his trademark was his overarm throwing techniques.[6] As well as uwatenage and dashinage he was also well known for yobimodashi, or pulling body slam, a kimarite that has virtually disappeared from professional sumo today. He was equally adept at both a hidari-yotsu (right hand outside, left hand inside) and migi-yotsu (the reverse) grip on his opponent’s mawashi.

Top division record

Note: The Osaka tournament resumed in 1953. The Kyushu tournament was first held in 1957, and the Nagoya tournament in 1958.

Wakanohana Kanji I[7]
year in sumo January
Hatsu basho, Tokyo
March
Haru basho, Osaka
May
Natsu basho, Tokyo
July
Nagoya basho, Nagoya
September
Aki basho, Tokyo
November
Kyūshū basho, Fukuoka
1950 West Maegashira #18
11–4
F
x East Maegashira #9
10–5
x East Maegashira #4
4–11
x
1951 East Maegashira #7
11–4
F
x East Maegashira #1
8–7
x East Komusubi
7–8
x
1952 West Komusubi
5–10
x West Maegashira #4
5–10
x West Maegashira #9
10–5
x
1953 West Maegashira #3
8–7
East Maegashira #1
8–7
East Maegashira #1
8–7
x West Komusubi
8–7
x
1954 West Sekiwake
8–7
O
East Sekiwake
9–6
East Sekiwake
9–6
x West Sekiwake
11–4
O
x
1955 East Sekiwake
7–7–1draw
West Sekiwake
10–4–1draw
West Sekiwake
8–7
x West Sekiwake
10–4–1draw
T
x
1956 East Ōzeki
13–2
East Ōzeki
12–3–P
East Ōzeki
12–3–P
x East Ōzeki
12–2–1
x
1957 East Ōzeki
11–4
East Ōzeki
10–5
East Ōzeki
11–4
x East Ōzeki
11–4
East Ōzeki
12–3
1958 East Ōzeki
13–2
East Yokozuna
12–3
West Yokozuna
11–4
East Yokozuna
13–2
East Yokozuna
14–1
East Yokozuna
12–2–1draw
1959 East Yokozuna
14–1
East Yokozuna
12–3
East Yokozuna
14–1–P
West Yokozuna
11–4
West Yokozuna
14–1
East Yokozuna
11–4
1960 West Yokozuna
0–3–12
East Yokozuna
15–0
East Yokozuna
13–2
East Yokozuna
13–2
East Yokozuna
13–2
East Yokozuna
5–4–6
1961 West Yokozuna
12–3
Sat out due to injury West Yokozuna
10–5
East Yokozuna
3–4–8
West Yokozuna
10–5
East Yokozuna
11–4
1962 East Yokozuna
11–4
West Yokozuna
0–2–13
East Yokozuna
Retired
0–0–15
x x x
Record given as win-loss-absent    Championship Retired Demoted from makuuchi

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by nearly $800 million in the U.S.?

Did you know that Chick-fil-A’s manages to out Sell KFC considering that zero dollars
are coming in to Chick-fil-A on Sundays, when every restaurant is closed?


Did you know that Chick-fil-A is one of the most successful fast-food chains?

 Now if you didn’t know, now you know…

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