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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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Mortgage 101 the Value of the 1003

When I first thought about doing the Mortgage 101,
I would talk myself out of making posts just because I felt like
everyone knows that. Now there has been multiple occasions that I have
found myself explaining the 1003,
or as we call it in the mortgage world, a Uniform Residential Loan
Application. My Goal is to make it easier for the average consumer. You
see the 1003 is a road map of the customer and it gives the loan officer
all the pertinent information to help the customer to get a mortgage
loan. When I first started as a loan officer I would call customers and
fill out the 1003 on the phone and mail it to the customer to sign.
Although after I started doing commercial loans it changed everything.
Although with a Commercial Loan the 1003 covers 80% of the information
needed, we also need 2 years tax returns, a profit and loss statement
and a Executive Summary, depending on what type of project it
is.Investment loans are more labor intense because of the amount of
paper work involved.

information about the Uniform Residential Loan Application and I found
out maybe everyone does not know that!… My rational was wanting to
break down sections of

 The property Information and Purpose of loan is important
because it tells where the property is located and a legal description
and year it was built. .  The 1003 has tells the Lender if its a
purchase or refinance. When you bought it and what you bought it for. It
also tells how the property will be titled and how the title will be
held.

 

BORROWER INFORMATION tells who you are lending to and where they
are employed and how long they have been with that company. Now this is a
important piece of information, you must show a 2 years of residency.
You must also show that you have a work history of 2 years in the same
field.
The first page of the 1003
is the most intense because of the amount of information that is needed
. I always believe it better to give to much information than not
enough. The more time spent chasing information the less likely that you
are going to have a fast and speedy closing.
Monthly income always seems to be a walk in the park for most people.
Although that Asset and Liabilities section where most customer tend to
leave off.

 

So after you filled out 2 or 3 of these 1003 it becomes easy, plus now you have a place that you can refer your customer so that it can help them.
This is really a start and I am feeling out my readers to see if they
would like me to continue more information on my site. I have been in
the mortgage industry since 2002. Most of my knowledge is from trial by
fire. So I learned the business, so I could be in business


Elizabeth Connell, South African soprano, died from cancer he was 65

Elizabeth Connell  was a
South African-born operatic soprano (formerly mezzo-soprano) whose
career was conducted mainly in the United Kingdom and Australia died from cancer he was 65. She was
acclaimed for her performances of the great Strauss, Verdi and Wagner heroines.

(22 October 1946 – 18 February 2012)

Biography

Elizabeth Connell was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 1946. Following her debut at Wexford Festival Opera in 1972, she sang at the opening of the Sydney Opera House in Prokofiev‘s War and Peace in 1973, and continued to have a special relationship with Opera Australia for the rest of her career. Following a five-year association with English National Opera, she was a freelance artist with the major opera houses.

She appeared at the opera houses of London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, New York (Metropolitan Opera), San Francisco, Milan (La Scala), Naples and Geneva in a wide repertoire and at the Bayreuth, Salzburg, Orange, Verona and Glyndebourne Festivals. Connell had a successful collaboration with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Carlo Maria Giulini, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Edward Downes, Sir Colin Davis, Lorin Maazel, James Levine, Seiji Ozawa and Sir Mark Elder.

In concert, Connell’s performances included Beethoven‘s Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis and Mahler‘s Eighth Symphony with conductors such as Abbado, Giulini, Maazel, Sinopoli and Pierre Boulez. In recital, she appeared with Geoffrey Parsons, Graham Johnson, Eugene Asti and Lamar Crowson in Milan, Geneva, Sydney, Johannesburg and at the Wigmore Hall.

Engagements included Kostelnička in Janáček‘s Jenůfa, Ortrud in Wagner’s Lohengrin, Bellini‘s Norma, Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco and Ariadne in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos for Opera Australia; Ortrud, Beethoven’s Fidelio and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Berlin State Opera, Isolde in Hamburg, Senta in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman in Hamburg and Berlin and Strauss’s Elektra in Berlin, Madrid, Bordeaux and Montreal as well as the Färberin in a new production of Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten in Frankfurt and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

She sang Elektra in Las Palmas, Gertrude (Humperdinck‘s Hansel and Gretel) for the Royal Opera (with worldwide Telecast and DVD release) and concerts of Jenůfa with the London Symphony and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras under Daniel Harding as well as Fidelio with London Lyric Opera with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.[1]

In December 2008, Elizabeth Connell had a triumphant success at the opening night of Puccini‘s Turandot at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, which she also sang in Hamburg and for Opera Australia.

In May and June 2010, she sang in a new production of Tristan und Isolde at the Prague State Opera, conducted by Jan Latham-König.

Her 2010 performances also included Elektra in Auckland as well as a solo recital in London St John’s, Smith Square.

In February 2011, she returned to Prague for Turandot. In April 2011 she was due to sing Lady Macbeth in a new production of Macbeth for Opera Australia, but she had to cancel at short notice because of a medical emergency.

In October 2011, Connell took part in an opera gala at the Bad Urach Festival, where she sang arias and scenes from Nicolai‘s The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Verdi’s Otello and Macbeth.

In 2012, she was due to make her debut with the Toulon Opera as Ortrud in a new production of Lohengrin, and to return to Melbourne as Turandot, but her illness prevented her doing so.

Her final performance was a recital on 27 November 2011 in Hastings. Elizabeth Connell died in London on 18 February 2012, aged 65, from cancer.[2] [3]

Recordings

Her many recordings include Rossini‘s William Tell (Decca, Riccardo Chailly), Mahler’s Eighth Symphony (EMI, Klaus Tennstedt), Mendelssohn‘s Second Symphony (DG, Abbado), Franz Schreker‘s Die Gezeichneten (Decca, Lothar Zagrosek), Donizetti’s Poliuto, Verdi’s I due Foscari (Philips, Lamberto Gardelli), Schoenberg‘s Gurre-Lieder (Denon, Eliahu Inbal), Wagner’s Lohengrin (Philips/Friedrich) and Schubert Lieder with Graham Johnson, as part of Hyperion Records Complete Schubert Edition.

In 2008, two important CD releases were added to her discography: Her
first operatic recital, singing great scenes by Wagner and Strauss for ABC Classics, conducted by Muhai Tang, and Benjamin Britten‘s Owen Wingrave, conducted by Richard Hickox. Elizabeth Connell also recorded portions of Sir Granville Bantock‘s “The Song of Songs” under the baton of Vernon Handley, for Hyperion.

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Michael Davis, American bassist (MC5), died from liver failure he was 68

Michael Davis was an American bass guitarist, singer, songwriter and music producer, best known as a member of the MC5.

(June 5, 1943 – February 17, 2012)

MC5

After dropping out of the fine arts program at Wayne State University, Davis became the bassist for the MC5 in 1964, replacing original bassist Pat Burrows[2] when singer Rob Tyner and guitarist Wayne Kramer
decided that they liked Davis’s style and wanted him in the band. He
played on the band’s three original albums, including their debut Kick Out the Jams, and remained in the group until 1972.[3]
Sometime in the mid-1970s, Davis spent time in Kentucky’s Lexington
Federal Prison on a drug charge, where he was unexpectedly reunited with
Wayne Kramer.

Destroy All Monsters

Upon his release from prison, joined the Ann Arbor based art noise band Destroy All Monsters[4] at the urging of friend Ron Asheton, of The Stooges.

Davis spent seven years with Destroy All Monsters, penning the
underground punk hits “Nobody Knows”, “Meet the Creeper”, “Little
Boyfriend”, “Rocking The Cradle” and “Fast City” among others. The band
recorded and released on Cherry Red Records, toured the U.K., and then
broke up.

Blood Orange and MC5 reunion

After Destroy All Monsters, Davis moved to Tucson, Arizona
where he played in Blood Orange with drummer Cory Barnes. When plans
for Blood Orange to depart for a European tour were shelved
indefinitely, Davis began playing with Rich Hopkins and Luminarios, the
latter taking him back into the studio to record several albums for
Germany’s Blue Rose Records. In the spring of 2003, Davis reunited with
fellow surviving members Wayne Kramer and Dennis Thompson to play a show at London’s 100 Club as part of a promotion for an MC5 inspired line of apparel for Levi Strauss Vintage Clothing. This spawned a 200 city world tour and a trip back into the studio to write new songs.

Music education project

Following a serious motorcycle crash on a Los Angeles freeway in May 2006, Davis along with his wife Angela Davis, launched a non-profit organization called The Music Is Revolution Foundation to support music education in public schools.

Volunteers Jake Cavaliere (The Lords of Altamont), Handsome Dick Manitoba (The Dictators), Steve Aoki (Dim Mak Records/Kid Millionaire), Pro-Skater Corey Duffel, Pennywise bassist Randy Bradbury and Obey Giant’s Shepard Fairey
work alongside Davis to raise funds and public awareness about the
ability of music education to increase cognitive ability and test
scores, reduce absenteeism and drop-out rates and to inspire a new
generation of future voters to learn about other cultures and other
times, develop greater understanding of the world around them, and
express themselves through music.

Music Producer

Davis produced and performed on The Mother’s Anger‘s self-titled debut album. He also produced Dollhouse‘s debut album, Rock N Soul Circus.

Art career

After the MC5 self-destructed in the early 1970s, Davis continued
exploration as a visual artist while serving time at the Lexington
Federal Correction Institution for a narcotics violation. During this
period, he was tasked with creating oversized abstract paintings for
permanent display in the prison’s Visitor Center and administrative
offices. Several years of immersion in life in the desert southwest and
world travels with various rock bands left Davis with the inspiration
and desire to return to his roots as a painter, studying art along the
way at The Armory Center For The Arts in Pasadena, California, the
University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon, and at Portland Community
College in Portland, Oregon and Butte Community College/California State
University, Chico in Chico, California.

In 2006 he collaborated with artist Chris Kro, pro skateboarder Corey
Duffel, and Foundation Skateboards to design a commemorative line of
skateboard decks and t-shirts.

In 2007, he collaborated with OBEY’s Shepard Fairey on a limited line of MC5:OBEY merchandise.

In 2009, his painting “White Panther/Big World” appeared on the Cleopatra Records release MC5: The Very Best of MC5.

In 2011, his painting titled “Black To Comm Sk8r Boys” appeared as
the cover art for the Easy Action Records multi-media audio/DVD release
from the 2009 sold- out performance by British rock superstars Primal
Scream and the reunited surviving members of the MC5 at the Royal
Festival Hall. This piece inspired a series of four additional
paintings, as well as a run of limited edition prints, all featuring the
Sk8tr Boys, this time against iconic Detroit backdrops.

Death

On February 17, 2012, Davis died of liver failure at the age of 68. He was survived by his wife, four sons, and a daughter.[1]

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Dick Anthony Williams, American actor (Edward Scissorhands, The Jerk, Homefront), died after long illness he was 77

Dick Anthony Williams (born Richard Anthony Williams) [1] was an American actor. Williams is known for his starring performances on Broadway in The Poison Tree, What the Wine-Sellers Buy and Black Picture Show. Williams won the 1974 Drama Desk Award for his performance in What the Wine-Sellers Buy, for which he was also nominated for a Tony Award, and was nominated in 1975 for both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for his performance in Black Picture Show.[2]

(August 9, 1934 – February 16, 2012)

Biography

Born Richard Anthony Williams in Chicago, Williams had an extensive resume as an actor in films and on television.[3] His best-known film roles include Pretty Tony in The Mack, the easy-going limo driver in Dog Day Afternoon, Denzel Washington‘s father in Mo’ Better Blues and sympathetic Officer Allen in Edward Scissorhands. In television, he was a regular on the short-lived post World War II-era ABC primetime soap opera Homefront Abe Davis during the early 1990s. In 1996, he played the father of Larry’s assistant Beverley in an episode of The Larry Sanders Show.Williams
also starred in a documentary film “The Meeting”, about two
African-American political leaders (Malcolm X and Martin L. King, Jr.)
discussing the fate of black people in America. Williams married Gloria Edwards, an actress,[4] who died in 1988, and he had two children with her.

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Anthony Shadid, American journalist, died from asthma he was 43

Anthony Shadid was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times based in Baghdad and Beirut.[1][2] He won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting twice, in 2004 and 2010 died from asthma he was 43.

(September 26, 1968 – February 16, 2012)

Career

From 2003 to 2009 Shadid was a staff writer for The Washington Post where he was an Islamic affairs correspondent based in the Middle East. Before The Washington Post, Shadid worked as Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press
based in Cairo and as news editor of the AP bureau in Los Angeles. He
spent two years covering diplomacy and the State Department for The Boston Globe before joining the Post’s foreign desk.[3][4]

In 2002, he was shot in the shoulder by[5] an Israel sniper in Ramallah while reporting for the Boston Globe in the West Bank. The bullet also grazed his spine.[6][7]

On March 16, 2011, Shadid and three colleagues were reported missing
in Eastern Libya, having gone there to report on the uprising against
the dictatorship of Col. Muammar Al-Ghaddafi.[8] On March 18, 2011, The New York Times reported that Libya agreed to free him and three colleagues: Stephen Farrell, Lynsey Addario and Tyler Hicks.[9] The Libyan government released the four journalists on March 21, 2011.[10]

Awards

Shadid twice won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, in 2004 and 2010, for his coverage of the Iraq War.[11] His experiences in Iraq were the subject for his 2005 book Night Draws Near, an empathetic look at how the war has impacted the Iraqi people beyond liberation and insurgency. Night Draws Near won the Ridenhour Book Prize for 2006. He won the 2004 Michael Kelly Award, as well as journalism prizes from the Overseas Press Club and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Shadid was a 2011 recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the American University of Beirut.[12] He won the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting in 2003 and in 2012 for his work in 2011.[13] House of Stone was a finalist for the National Book Award (Nonfiction) and the National Book Critics Circle Award (Autobiography).[14][15]

Personal life

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, of Lebanese Christian descent, he was a 1990 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[16][17] where he wrote for The Daily Cardinal student newspaper.[18] He was married to Nada Bakri, also a reporter for the New York Times. They have a son, Malik. Shadid has a daughter, Laila, from his first marriage.[19]

Death

Pulitzer-Prize winner Anthony Shadid died on February 16, 2012, from an acute asthma attack while attempting to leave Syria.[11][20]
Shadid’s smoking and extreme allergy to horses are believed to be the
major contributing factors in causing his fatal asthma attack.[20][21]
“He was walking behind some horses,” said his father. “He’s more
allergic to those than anything else—and he had an asthma attack.”[21] His body was carried to Turkey by Tyler Hicks, a photographer for The New York Times.[2][22]

Anthony’s cousin, Dr. Edward Shadid of Oklahoma City challenged the
Times’ version of the death, and instead blamed the publication for
forcing Anthony into Syria.[2][22]

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Harry McPherson, American lawyer and lobbyist, advisor to Lyndon B. Johnson, died from cancer he was 82

Harry Cummings McPherson, Jr.  served as counsel and special counsel to President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson from 1965 to 1969 and was Johnson’s chief speechwriter from 1966 to 1969. McPherson’s A Political Education,
1972, is a classic insider’s view of Washington and an essential source
for Johnson’s presidency. A prominent Washington lawyer and lobbyist
since 1969, McPherson was awarded American Lawyer magazine’s Lifetime
Achievement Award in 2008. He died February 16, 2012, in Bethesda,
Maryland.[1]

(August 22, 1929 – February 16, 2012)

Early life, education, military service

McPherson was born and raised in Tyler, Texas. He attended Southern Methodist University and received his B.A. in 1949 from the University of the South. Intending to be a poet and a writer, he enrolled at Columbia University for a master’s degree in English literature.[2]
When the Korean War broke out in 1950, however, he enlisted in the Air
Force. McPherson served in Germany as an intelligence officer, studying
Russian troop deployments and plotting targets.[3]

As soon as the Korean War ended, McPherson enrolled at the University of Texas School of Law.

This was the era when McCarthyism was at its peak. I was very upset
about Joe McCarthy and decided that I wanted to be a lawyer to defend
people against the likes of McCarthy. I was worried that he was going to
usher a period of totalitarianism in the United States. I wanted to
fight that.[3]

He received his LL.B. in 1956. Shortly afterwards, he was invited to
Washington by a cousin who worked for Lyndon Baines Johnson. Johnson,
who was at the time the Senate majority leader, was seeking a young
lawyer from Texas to work for the Democratic Policy Committee, which
Johnson chaired.

Early public service in Washington

McPherson served as assistant general counsel (1956–1959), associate
counsel (1959–1961) and general counsel (1961–1963) to the Democratic
Policy Committee, the Democratic Party’s key legislative policy organ on
the Senate side. His duties included summarizing bills coming before
the Senate for members of the Calendar Committee. An outspoken advocate
for civil rights, he helped draft legislation that became the Civil Rights Act of 1957,
whose goal was to ensure that all African Americans could exercise
their right to vote. After Kennedy was elected with Johnson as his vice
president, McPherson continued to serve as counsel to the Democratic
Policy Committee under Senator Mike Mansfield.

From 1963 to 1964, McPherson served as deputy under secretary of the
Army for international affairs and special assistant to the secretary
for civil functions. His responsibilities included settling civilian
disputes in the Panama Canal Zone and Okinawa, and overseeing the Army
Corps of Engineers.

The following year (August 1964-August 1965) he served as assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs,
which arranged for thousands of foreigners to study at American
universities, for foreign officials and cultural groups to visit the
United States, and for American orchestras and dance companies to travel
abroad.

Counsel to President Lyndon B. Johnson

McPherson with President Johnson. Photo courtesy Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.

In 1966, McPherson and his colleague Berl Bernhard organized the White House Conference on Civil Rights, whose 2,400 participants included Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall,
and representatives of almost every major civil rights group. According
to Kevin L. Yuill, “This conference, promised in Johnson’s famous
Howard University speech in 1965, was to be the high point of Johnson’s
already considerable efforts on civil rights.”[6]

McPherson came to believe the Vietnam War was unwinnable, and along with Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford helped persuade Johnson to scale back the bombing of North Vietnam.[4]
McPherson drafted Johnson’s landmark televised address of March 31,
1968, announcing the policy turnaround in Vietnam as well as the fact
that he would not seek reelection.[4]

McPherson’s A Political Education, covering the years 1956 to
1969, is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand Johnson’s
years as senator and president. The book’s thought-provoking conclusion:

Perhaps the most serious question of all was whether we could learn
from our experience and shorten the lag between events and our response
to them. Nearly twenty years passed from the time black Americans began
leaving the South, until the national government began to respond to
their unique problems in the Northern and Western cities. Our
apprehension of the danger to us in the unification of Vietnam under
Hanoi’s rule was the same in 1963 as it had been in 1954. Our political
leaders, like the rest of us, dealt with new phenomena on the basis of
prevailing assumptions. Usually the assumptions were changed only by
bitter experience, not by analysis and foresight. The public’s
reluctance to think new thoughts had much to do with that; so did their
faith, which their leaders shared, that as a nation we were immune to
history. We believed we could afford the lag, with our cushion of power,
wealth, and resourcefulness. Detroit and Tet told us otherwise.

It was Lyndon Johnson’s fate to be President at a time when the cost
of the lag came home. On the whole, he paid it bravely. … He finished
the old agenda, and by painful example taught us something about the
new.[7]

In a 1981 interview, McPherson called Johnson “a vehement, dominant,
brilliant man – not intellectually brilliant in the sense of having a
vast store of reading and knowledge about world history, certainly not
the historian that Harry Truman was. But brilliant in sheer wit, in
sheer intellectual mental horsepower. The smartest man I ever saw.”[8]
He reiterated this admiration in 1999: “To this day, Johnson is still
the smartest man I’ve ever met, although maybe not the wisest.”[3]

Private law practice in Washington, D.C.

Soon after Johnson left office, McPherson joined the Washington-based
law firm Verner, Liipfert, and Bernhard, which he helped turn into one
of the capital’s best-known lobbying firms. (In 2002 the firm merged
with DLA Piper.)
McPherson has counseled businesses, nonprofit organizations, foreign
governments, and individuals on a range of matters involving Congress,
the executive branch, and regulatory agencies. Notable cases include:

  • Represented a major television network in the successful struggle to repeal the Financial Interest and Syndication Rules
    (the “fin-syn” rule), imposed by the FCC in 1970 and abolished in 1993,
    which prevented major television networks from owning any of the
    programming aired in primetime.[9]
  • Brokered the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
    in 1998 between Big Tobacco and 46 states, which gave tobacco companies
    some immunity from class action suits in exchange for limiting nicotine
    levels and paying antismoking groups about $250 billion.[4]
  • Represented more than 2,500 Czech-Americans in obtaining
    compensation for assets seized by the Communist government of
    Czechoslovakia.[9]

McPherson has served on several presidential commissions. President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the President’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island (1979). President Ronald Reagan
appointed him vice chairman of the United States Cultural and Trade
Center Commission, which planned a 600,000-square-foot (56,000 m2) facility in the Federal Triangle. Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton appointed him a member of the 1993 U.S. Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

He has also been active in cultural, civic, and political
organizations. From 1969 to 1974 he was a member of the board of
trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institution. He was on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations
from 1974 to 1977, and was chairman of the Democratic Advisory Council
of Elected Officials Task Force on Democratic Policy (1974–76). After
serving as vice-chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, he served from 1976 to 1991 as its general counsel.[9]
From 1983 to 1988 he was president of the Federal City Council, a civic
organization of business, professional and cultural leaders in
Washington.[9] From 1992 to 1999, he served as president of the Economic Club of Washington.[9]

Recently McPherson helped the board of DLA Piper’s international pro
bono division institute a program that sends Northwestern University Law
School professors to teach at Ethiopia’s underfunded Addis Ababa
University School of Law.[4]

McPherson married Clayton Reid in 1952; the couple had two children,
Coco and Peter. He was divorced in 1981 and married in 1981 to Mary
Patricia DeGroot,[10] with whom he has a son, Samuel.

Publications and awards

A Political Education (originally published 1972) is McPherson’s insider view of the nation’s capital from 1956 to 1969. Anatole Broyard of The New York Times described the book as “fascinating to read” and McPherson as “refreshingly candid in both his praises and his criticisms.”[11] A Political Education has become a political classic and is considered essential reading for understanding of LBJ and the Johnson administration.[12] It is frequently cited in two definitive biographies of Johnson, Caro’s Master of the Senate and Dallek’s Flawed Giant.

McPherson is the author of numerous articles on foreign policy and political issues published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Foreign Affairs and the Publications Committee of The Public Interest.

In 1994, McPherson was recipient of the Judge Learned Hand Human
Relations Award. In 2008, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement
Award by American Lawyer magazine.[4]

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Gary Carter, American Hall of Fame baseball player (Montreal Expos, New York Mets), died from a brain tumor he was 57

Gary Edmund Carter  was an American professional baseball catcher whose 21-year career was spent primarily with the Montreal Expos and New York Mets. Nicknamed “Kid” for his youthful exuberance, Carter was named an All-Star 11 times, and was a member of the 1986 World Champion Mets died from a brain tumor he was 57. Known throughout his career for his hitting and his excellent defense
behind the plate, Carter made a major contribution to the Mets’ World
Series championship in 1986, including a 12th-inning single against the
Houston Astros that won Game 5 of the NLCS and a 10th-inning single against the Boston Red Sox to start the fabled comeback rally in Game 6 of the World Series. He is one of only four people ever to be named captain of the Mets, and he had his number retired by the Expos.[2]
After retiring from baseball, Carter coached baseball at the college and minor-league level. In 2003, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Carter was the first Hall of Famer whose plaque depicts him as a member of the Montreal Expos.

(April 8, 1954 – February 16, 2012)

Early life

Carter was born in Culver City, California
in 1954 to Jim Carter, an aircraft worker, and his wife, Inge. Gary was
athletic at a young age, winning (along with four other boys) the
7-year old category of the first national Punt, Pass, and Kick skills competition in 1961.[3] When Gary was 12, his mother died of leukemia.[4] He attended high school at Sunny Hills High School, in Fullerton, California, where he played football as a quarterback and baseball as an infielder. After receiving more than 100 scholarships for athletics,[5] Carter signed a letter of intent to play football for the UCLA Bruins as a quarterback, but instead signed with the Montreal Expos after they drafted him in the 1972 Major League Baseball Draft.[5][6]

Montreal Expos

Carter was drafted by the Montreal Expos as a shortstop in the third round of the 1972 Major League Baseball Draft. Carter got his nickname “Kid”[7] during his first spring training camp with the Expos in 1974.

Rookie season

The Expos converted Carter to a catcher in the minor leagues.[8] In 1974, he hit 23 home runs and drove in 83 runs for the Expos’ triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Blues. Following a September call-up, Carter made his major league debut in Jarry Park in Montreal in the second game of a double header against the New York Mets
on September 16. Despite going 0–4 in that game, he finished the season
batting .407 (11-27). He hit his first major league home run on
September 28 against Steve Carlton in a 3–1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.[9]
Carter split time between right field and catching during his rookie season (1975), and was selected for the National League All-Star team as a right fielder. He did not get an at bat, but appeared as a defensive replacement for Pete Rose in the ninth inning, and caught Rod Carew‘s fly ball for the final out of the NL’s 6–3 victory.[10] In that rookie season, Carter hit .270 with 17 home runs and 68 runs batted in, receiving The Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award and finishing second to San Francisco Giants pitcher John Montefusco for the National League Rookie of the Year award. That year, he was voted the Expos Player of the Year for the first of four times (he also won in 1977, 1980 and 1984).

Expos catcher

Carter again split time in the outfield and behind the plate in 1976 while a broken finger limited him to 91 games. He batted .219 with six home runs and 38 RBIs. In 1977, young stars Warren Cromartie, Ellis Valentine and Andre Dawson became full-time outfielders. By June, starting catcher Barry Foote was traded, opening up a regular starting position for Carter behind the plate. He responded with 31 home runs and 84 RBIs. In 1980, Carter clubbed 29 home runs, drove in 101 runs, and earned the first of his three consecutive Gold Glove Awards. He finished second to third baseman Mike Schmidt in NL MVP balloting, whose Phillies took the National League East by one game over the Expos.
Carter caught Charlie Lea‘s no-hitter on May 10, 1981,[11] during the first half of the strike shortened season. The season resumed on Sunday, August 9, 1981 with the All-Star Game. Carter was elected to start his first All Star Game over perennial NL starting catcher Johnny Bench who had moved to play first base that year, and responded with two home runs and being named the game’s MVP. Carter was the fifth and most recent player to hit two home runs in an All-Star Game.
MLB split the 1981 season into two-halves, with the first-place teams
from each half in each division meeting in a best-of-five divisional
playoff series. The four survivors moved on to two best-of-five League Championship Series.
The Expos won the NL East’s second half with a 30–23 record. In his
first post season, Carter batted .421, hit two home runs and drove in
six in the Expos’ three games to two victory over the Phillies in the
division series. Carter’s average improved to .438 in the 1981 National League Championship Series, with no home runs or RBIs, and his Expos lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau,
then prime minister of Canada, once remarked of Carter’s popularity
saying “I am certainly happy that I don’t have to run for election
against Gary Carter.” However some Expos were put off by Carter’s
unabashed enthusiasm, feeling that he was too taken with his image and
basked in his press coverage too eagerly, derisively naming him “Camera
Carter”. Andre Dawson “felt [Carter] was more a glory hound than a team player”.[12]

1984 season

Carter hit a home run in the 1984 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
to give the NL a 2–1 lead that they would not relinquish, earning him
his second All-Star game MVP award. Carter’s league leading 106 RBIs,
159 games played, .294 batting average, 175 hits and 290 total bases were personal highs.
The 1984 Expos
finished fifth in the NL East. At the end of the season, the rebuilding
Expos chafed at Carter’s salary demands and traded him to the Mets for Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham and Floyd Youmans.[12]

New York Mets

In his first game as a Met on April 9, 1985, he hit a tenth-inning home run off Neil Allen to give the Mets a 6–5 Opening Day victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets and Cardinals rivaled for the National League East championship, with Carter and first baseman Keith Hernandez leading the Mets. The season came down to the wire as the Mets won 98 games that season; however, they lost the division to a Cardinals team
that won 101 games. Carter hit a career high 32 home runs and drove in
100 runs his first season in New York. The Mets had three players finish
in the top ten in NL MVP balloting that season (Dwight Gooden 4th, Carter 6th and Hernandez 8th).
A rivalry also developed between the Mets and Carter’s former team,
the Expos. On July 30 while facing the Expos at Shea, Montreal pitcher Bill Gullickson threw a pitch over Carter’s head. Gooden did the same to Gullickson in the bottom of the inning. The Los Angeles Times speculated that Carter caught the ball as if he knew where the pitch was going to end up.[13]

1986 World Series Champions

In 1986, the Mets won 108 games and took the National League East by 2112 games over the Phillies. Carter suffered a postseason slump in the NLCS, batting .148. However, he hit a walk-off RBI single to win Game 5. Carter also had two hits in Game 6 which the Mets won in 16 innings.[14]
The Mets won the 1986 World Series in seven games over the Boston Red Sox. Carter batted .276 with nine RBIs in his first World Series, and hit two home runs over Fenway Park‘s Green Monster
in Game Four. He is the only player to hit two home runs in both an
All-Star Game (1981) and a World Series game. Carter started a two-out
rally in the tenth inning of Game 6, scoring the first of three Mets
runs that inning on a single by Ray Knight. He also hit an eighth-inning sacrifice fly that tied the game.[15] Carter finished third on the NL MVP ballot in 1986.[14]

300 career home runs

Carter batted .235 in 1987, and ended the season with 291 career home runs. He had 299 home runs by May 16 1988 after a fast start, then slumped until August 11 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field
when he hit his 300th. During his home run drought, Carter was named
co-captain of the team with Hernandez, who had been named captain the
previous season.
Carter ended 1988 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs—his lowest totals
since 1976. He ended the season with 10,360 career putouts as a catcher,
breaking Detroit Tigers catcher Bill Freehan‘s career mark (9941). The Mets won 100 games that season, taking the NL East by fifteen games. However, the heavily favored Mets lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1988 National League Championship Series. Carter batted .183 in fifty games for the Mets in 1989. In November the Mets released Carter after five seasons, hitting 89 home runs and driving in 349 runs.

Return to Montreal

After leaving the Mets, Carter platooned with catcher Terry Kennedy on the San Francisco Giants in 1990, batting .254 with nine home runs. He found himself again in a pennant race in 1991 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who finished one game behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League West.
At the end of the season, Carter returned to Montreal for his final
season off waivers from the Dodgers. Carter was still nicknamed “Kid” by
teammates despite his age. In his last at-bat, he hit a double over the
head of Chicago Cub right-fielder Andre Dawson, the only other player to go into the Hall of Fame as an Expo.[16] The Expos went 87-75 and finished second behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League East.

Seasons Games Games caught AB Runs Hits 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO HBP Avg. Slg.
19 2295 2056 7971 1025 2092 371 31 324 1225 39 848 997 68 .262 .439

Carter had a .991 fielding percentage as a catcher and 11,785 career putouts. He ranks sixth all-time in career home runs by a catcher with 298.

Post-playing career

After his retirement as a player, Carter served as an analyst for Florida Marlins television broadcasts from 1993 to 1996. He also appeared in the movie The Last Home Run (1998) which was filmed in 1996.[17]

Hall of Fame

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Gary Carter’s number 8 was retired by the Montreal Expos in 2003.

Carter was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 2001.[18] In 2003, Carter was elected into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame along with Kirk McCaskill, and his number eight was retired by the Expos and is tacitly recognized on the facade of Nationals Park in Washington, D.C..
In his sixth year on the ballot, Gary Carter was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame along with Eddie Murray
on January 7, 2003. Carter had originally expressed a preference during
his final season to be inducted as an Expo. Given the uncertainty of
the Expo franchise, Carter’s employment by the Mets organization since
retiring as a player, his World Series title with the Mets, and his
media celebrity during his stint in New York, following his election
Carter shifted his preference to be enshrined with a Mets cap. The New
York City media strongly supported Carter’s preference to go into the
Hall as a Met. Carter “joked that he wanted his Cooperstown cap to be a
half-and-halfer, split between the Expos and Mets”.[19] The final decision rested with the Hall of Fame, and Hall president Dale Petroskey
declared that Carter’s achievements with the Expos over twelve season
had earned his induction, whereas his five seasons with the Mets by
itself would not have, saying “we want to have represented on the plaque
the team that best represents where a player made the biggest impact in
his career. When you look at it, it’s very clear. Gary Carter is an
important part of the history of the Expos”.[20] Carter was the first Hall of Famer whose plaque depicts him with an Expos logo.[20]
At the induction ceremony, Carter spoke a few words of French, thanking
fans in Montreal for the great honor and pleasure of playing in that
city, while also taking great care to note the Mets’ 1986 championship
as the highlight of his career.[19]
After the Expos moved to Washington, D.C. to become the Washington Nationals following the 2004 season, a banner displaying Carter’s number along with those of Andre Dawson, Tim Raines and Rusty Staub was hung from the rafters at the Bell Centre, home of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens. While the Mets have not retired number eight, it has remained unused since Carter’s election to the Hall of Fame.

Coaching

Carter was named Gulf Coast League Manager of the Year his first season managing the Gulf Coast Mets in 2005. A year later, he was promoted to the A-level St. Lucie Mets, and guided his team to the 2006 Florida State League
championship, again earning Manager of the Year honors. In recent
years, Carter has been criticized, most notably by former co-captain
Keith Hernandez, for twice openly campaigning for the Mets’ managerial
position while it was still occupied by incumbents Art Howe in 2004, and in 2008 Willie Randolph.
In 2008, he managed the Orange County Flyers of the Golden Baseball League,
and again guided his team to the GBL Championship and was named Manager
of the Year. For the following season Carter was named manager of the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.[21] The Ducks won the 2009 second half Liberty Division title, but they were defeated by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the Liberty Division playoffs.[22] The next season Carter was named head baseball coach for the NCAA Division II Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish.

Personal life

He and his wife, Sandy, were married in 1975. They had three children.[4]
His daughter Kimmy is the head softball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic[23] and was a softball catcher for Florida State from 1999-2002.[24]
Carter was an active philanthropist. Through The Gary Carter
Foundation, of which Carter was the president, Carter and his staff
support 8 Title I schools in Palm Beach County whose students live in
poverty. Typically, these schools have 90% or more students eligible for
free or reduced lunches. The Foundation seeks to “better the physical,
mental and spiritual well being of children.” To accomplish this, they
advocate “school literacy by encouraging use of the Reading Counts
Program, a program that exists in the Palm Beach County School
District”. Since its inception, The Gary Carter Foundation has placed
over $622,000 toward charitable purposes, including $366,000 to local
elementary schools for their reading programs.[citation needed]

Illness and death

In May 2011, Carter was diagnosed with four malignant
tumors in his brain after complaining of headaches and forgetfulness.
Doctors confirmed that he had a grade IV primary brain tumor known as glioblastoma multiforme.
Doctors said that the extremely aggressive cancer was inoperable and
Carter would undergo other treatment methods to shrink his tumor.[25][26]
On January 20, 2012, daughter Kimmy posted on her blog that an MRI had
revealed additional tumors on her father’s brain. Even as he battled an
aggressive form of brain cancer, Carter did not miss Opening Day for the
college baseball team he coached.[27]
Carter died of brain cancer on February 16, 2012. He was 57 years old.[28]
On February 25, 2012, the Mets announced that they were adding a
memorial patch to their uniforms in Carter’s honor for the entire 2012
season. The patch features a black home plate with the number 8 and
“KID” inscribed on it.[29] On the Mets’ 2012 opening day, the Carter family unveiled a banner with a similar design on the center field wall of Citi Field.
The NHL‘s Montreal Canadiens, who had purchased the mascot and hung retired numbers in its arena after the Expos relocation to Washington, paid tribute to Gary Carter by presenting a video montage and observing a moment of silence before a game against the New Jersey Devils
on February 20, 2012. All Canadiens players took to the ice during
pre-game warm-ups wearing number 8 Carter jerseys, and Youppi! appeared
wearing an Expos uniform. In addition, Youppi! wore a patch on his
Canadiens jersey featuring a white circle with a blue number 8 inside it
for the remainder of the season. [30]
Tom Verducci, longtime Sports Illustrated
baseball writer, reminisced about Carter following his death, “I cannot
conjure a single image of Gary Carter with anything but a smile on his
face. I have no recollection of a gloomy Carter, not even as his knees
began to announce a slow surrender … Carter played every day with the
joy as if it were the opening day of Little League.”[4]
“Gary actually took a lot of grief from his teammates for being a
straight arrow. It wasn’t the cool thing to do but on the same token, I
think he actually served as a role model for a lot of these guys as they
aged. He was the ballast of that team. They did have a lot of fun,
there’s no question about that, but they were also one of the fiercest,
most competitive teams I’ve ever seen and obviously their comebacks from
the ’86 postseason defines that team. Carter was a huge part of that.”[31]
Faillon Street W. in Montreal, near the former Jarry Park stadium, has been renamed Gary-Carter Street in his honour.[32]
On March 28, 2014, during an exhibition game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets
at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, QC, a banner was unveiled in honour of
Gary Carter in a special ceremony before the first pitch. Carter’s widow
Sandy and daughter Kimmy were present on field for an emotional video
tribute and the unveiling of the banner on the outfield wall, which
reads “Merci! Thank You!” and contains an image of a baseball overlaid
with Carter’s retired number 8.[33]

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