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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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Ben Gazzara, American actor (The Big Lebowski, Road House), died from pancreatic cancer he was 81

 Biagio Anthony Gazzarra , known as Ben Gazzara, was an American film, stage, and Emmy Award winning television actor and director died from pancreatic cancer he was 81.

(August 28, 1930 – February 3, 2012)

Early life

Gazzara was born in New York City, the son of Italian immigrants Angelina (née Cusumano) and Antonio Gazzarra, a laborer and carpenter. Both Gazzara’s parents were of Sicilian origin, Angelina from Castrofilippo and Antonio from Canicattì, both in the province of Agrigento.[1] Gazzara grew up in New York’s Kips Bay neighborhood; he lived on East 29th Street and participated in the drama program at Madison Square Boys and Girls Club located across the street.[2] He attended New York City’s Stuyvesant High School, but finally graduated from Saint Simon Stock in the Bronx.[3] Years later, he said that the discovery of his love for acting saved him from a life of crime during his teen years.[4] He went to City College of New York to study electrical engineering. After two years, he relented. He took classes in acting at the Dramatic Workshop of The New School in New York with the influential German director Erwin Piscator and afterward joined the Actors Studio.

Career

In 1954, Gazzara (having tweaked his original surname from “Gazzarra”) made several appearances on NBC‘s legal drama Justice, based on case studies from the Legal Aid Society of New York. Gazzara starred in various Broadway productions around this time, including creating the role of Brick in Tennessee WilliamsCat On A Hot Tin Roof (1955) opposite Barbara BelGeddes, directed by Elia Kazan, although he lost out to Paul Newman when the film version was cast. He joined other Actors Studio members in the 1957 film The Strange One. Then came a high-profile performance as a soldier on trial for avenging his wife’s rape in Otto Preminger‘s courtroom drama Anatomy of a Murder (1959).

Gazzara became well known in several television series, beginning with Arrest and Trial, which ran from 1963 to 1964 on ABC, and the more-successful series Run for Your Life
from 1965-68 on NBC, in which he played a terminally ill man trying to
get the most out of the last two years of his life. For his work in the
series, Gazzara received two Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” and three Golden Globe nominations for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama.”[5][6] Contemporary screen credits included The Young Doctors (1961), A Rage to Live (1965) and The Bridge at Remagen (1969).

Gazzara told Charlie Rose
in 1998 that he went from being mainly a stage actor who often would
turn up his nose at film roles in the mid-1950s to, much later, a
ubiquitous character actor who turned very little down. “When I became
hot, so to speak, in the theater, I got a lot of offers,” he said. “I
won’t tell you the pictures I turned down because you’ll say, ‘You are a
fool,’ and I was a fool.”

Some of the actor’s most formidable characters were those he created with his friend John Cassavetes in the 1970s. They collaborated for the first time on Cassavetes’s film Husbands (1970), in which he appeared alongside Peter Falk and Cassavetes himself. In The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
(1976), Gazzara took the leading role of the hapless strip-joint owner,
Cosmo Vitelli. A year later, he starred in yet another
Cassavetes-directed movie, Opening Night, as stage director Manny Victor, who struggles with the mentally unstable star of his show, played by Cassavetes’s wife Gena Rowlands. Also during this period he appeared in the television miniseries QB VII (1974), and the films Capone (1975), Voyage of the Damned (1976), High Velocity (1976), and Saint Jack (1979).

Gazzara at premiere of Looking for Palladin, New York City, October 30, 2009

In the 1980s, Gazzara appeared in several movies such as Inchon co-starring Laurence Olivier and Richard Roundtree, They All Laughed (directed by Peter Bogdanovich), and in a villainous role in the oft-televised Patrick Swayze film Road House,
which the actor jokingly said is probably his most-watched performance.
He starred with Rowlands in the critically acclaimed AIDS-themed TV
movie An Early Frost (1985), for which he received his third Emmy nomination.

Gazzara appeared in 38 films, many for television, in the 1990s. He worked with a number of renowned directors, such as the Coen brothers (The Big Lebowski), Spike Lee (Summer of Sam), David Mamet (The Spanish Prisoner), Walter Hugo Khouri (Forever), Todd Solondz (Happiness), John Turturro (Illuminata), and John McTiernan (The Thomas Crown Affair).

In his seventies, Gazzara continued to be active. In 2003, he was in the ensemble cast of the experimental film Dogville, directed by Lars von Trier of Denmark and starring Nicole Kidman, as well as the television film Hysterical Blindness (he received his first Emmy Award for his role). Several other projects have recently been completed or are currently in production. In 2005, he played Agostino Casaroli in the television miniseries, Pope John Paul II. He completed filming his scenes in the film The Wait in early 2012, shortly before his death.[7]

In addition to acting, Gazzara worked as an occasional television director; his credits include the Columbo episodes A Friend in Deed (1974) and Troubled Waters (1975). Gazzara was nominated three times for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play—in 1956 for A Hatful of Rain, in 1975 for the paired short plays Hughie and Duet, and in 1977 for a revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, opposite Colleen Dewhurst.

Personal life

Gazzara married three times; to Louise Erickson (1951–57), Janice Rule (1961–1979), and German model Elke Krivat from 1982. He also disclosed a love affair with actress Audrey Hepburn.[8] They co-starred in two of her final films, Bloodline (1979) and They All Laughed (1981).

During filming of the war movie The Bridge at Remagen (1969) co-starring Gazzara and his friend Robert Vaughn, the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia. Filming was halted temporarily, and the cast and crew were detained before filming was completed in West Germany.[9][10][11]
During their departure from Czechoslovakia, Gazzara and Vaughn assisted
with the escape of a Czech waitress whom they had befriended. They
smuggled her to Austria in a car waved through a border crossing that had not yet been taken over by the Soviet army in its crackdown on the Prague Spring.[12]

Other

Gazzara was the honorary starter of the 1979 Daytona 500, the first flag-to-flag Daytona 500 broadcast live on CBS. He was also featured in a 1994 article in Cigar Aficionado, in which he admitted smoking four packs of cigarettes a day until taking up cigar smoking in the mid-1960s.[3]

Death

Gazzara was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999. On February 3, 2012, he died of pancreatic cancer at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York.[13]

Selected filmography

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HIM Damsyik Indonesian dancer and actor died he was 82

Hajji Incik Muhammad Damsyik (, better known asHIM Damsyik was an Indonesian dancer and actor  died he was 82.

14 March 1929 – 3 February 2012)

Biography

Damsyik was born in Teluk Betung, Lampung, Dutch East Indies on 14 March 1929.[1] His father was the director of employees of the Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij, a shipping company. In the 1950s, he moved to Jakarta to further his education; at the same time he continued dancing.[2] After winning a competition, he spent four years studying at the Rellum Dancing School in the Netherlands.[3]
Upon returning to Indonesia, Damsyik began giving private dance lessons.[2] In 1959 he was approached by Wim Umboh to do the choreography for Bertamasaya (Picnic); Damsyik ended up acting in the film as well.[3]
Damsyik became popular in 1992 after playing the antagonist Datuk Meringgih in Dedi Setiadi’s serial adaptation of Marah Roesli‘s novel Sitti Nurbaya (1922).[3][4] Although he first considered not taking the role, after the series’ cancellation he continued to identify with it.[2]
On 12 July 2002 Damsyik was selected as the head of the Indonesian Dance Association, under the National Sports Committee of Indonesia.[2]
Towards the end of 2011, Damsyik fell ill and in and out of the hospital. A first diagnosis, at Puri Cinere Hospital, was for Dengue.
Two weeks afterwards, he was admitted to the Metropolitan Medical
Centre (MMC); two weeks after his release, he was back at MMC,[5] where he began undergoing treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome. Damsyik died at Cinere Hospital in South Jakarta at roughly 2:00 a.m. local time (UTC+7) on 3 February 2012.[1] He was buried at Karet Bivak the same day.[6]

Personal life

Damsyik was married to Linda Damsyik, a dance instructor.[7] Together the couple had five children[3] and ran several dance studios in Jakarta.[7] Before his death, Damsyik was 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) tall and weighed 55 kilograms (121 lb).[2]
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John Christopher, British science fiction author (The Tripods, The Sword of the Spirits) died he was 89

Sam Youd known professionally as Christopher Samuel Youd, was a British writer, best known for science fiction under the pseudonym John Christopher, including the novel The Death of Grass and the young-adult novel series The Tripods died he was 89. He won the Guardian Prize in 1971[1] and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 1976.

Youd also wrote under variations of his own name and under the
pseudonyms Stanley Winchester, Hilary Ford, William Godfrey, William
Vine, Peter Graaf, Peter Nichols, and Anthony Rye.[2][3]

(16 April 1922 – 3 February 2012)

Biography

Youd is an old Cheshire surname. Sam Youd was born in Huyton, Lancashire. He was educated at Peter Symonds’ School in Winchester, Hampshire in 1922.[clarification needed]
Sam adopted the name Christopher Samuel Youd for his professional
writings, leading to the widespread but mistaken belief that that was
his birth name. Throughout his life he was known simply as Sam to his
friends and acquaintances. He served in World War II in the Royal Corps of Signals from 1941 to 1946. A scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation made it possible for him to pursue a writing career, beginning with The Winter Swan (Dennis Dobson, 1949) under the name Christopher Youd. He wrote science fiction short stories as John Christopher from 1951[2] and his first book under that name was a science fiction novel, Year of the Comet, published by Michael Joseph in 1955.[2] John Christopher’s second novel, The Death of Grass (Michael Joseph, 1956) was Youd’s first major success as a writer. It was published next year in the U.S. as No Blade of Grass (Simon & Schuster, 1957); an American magazine published Year of the Comet later that year and it was issued in 1959 as an Avon paperback entitled Planet in Peril.[2] After Grass,
Youd continued to use the John Christopher pseudonym for a majority of
his writing and all of his science fiction (thereafter, many novels and
few short stories).[2] The Death of Grass has been reissued many times, most recently in the Penguin Modern Classics (2009).[2]

In 1966 he started writing science fiction for adolescents. The Tripods trilogy (1967–68), The Lotus Caves (1969), The Guardians (1970), and the Sword of the Spirits trilogy (1971–72) were well received. He won the annual Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for The Guardians.[1] (The award is conferred by The Guardian newspaper, coincidentally, and judged by a panel of children’s writers.) In 1976 he won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, youth fiction category, for the same novel in German-language translation (Die Wächter).

Youd died in Bath, England, on 3 February 2012 of complications from bladder cancer.[4][5]

Film and television adaptions

The Death of Grass was adapted as a film by Cornel Wilde under its American title, No Blade of Grass (1970). The Tripods was partially developed into a British TV series. It is in development as a film (2012).[6] Empty World was developed into a 1987 TV movie in Germany, Leere Welt. The Guardians was made into a 1986 TV series in Germany, Die Wächter. The Lotus Caves was in development in 2007, as a film from Walden Media, to have been directed by Rpin Suwannath.[7][8]

Bibliography

Except where explained otherwise, all listings are novels and novellas published as books.

John Christopher

Christopher Youd

  • The Winter Swan (1949)

Samuel Youd

  • Babel Itself (1951)
  • Brave Conquerors (1952)
  • Crown and Anchor (1953)
  • A Palace of Strangers (1954)
  • Holly Ash (US title The Opportunist, 1955)
  • Giant’s Arrow (1956); as Anthony Rye in the UK, Samuel Youd in the US
  • The Choice (UK title The Burning Bird, 1961)
  • Messages of Love (1961)
  • The Summers at Accorn (1963)

William Godfrey

  • Malleson at Melbourne (1956) – a cricket novel, volume 1 of an unfinished trilogy
  • The Friendly Game (1957) – volume 2 of the trilogy

Peter Graaf

  • Dust and the Curious Boy (1957); US title, Give the Devil His Due – volume 1 in the Joe Dust series
  • Daughter Fair (1958) – volume 2 in the Joe Dust series
  • The Sapphire Conference (1959) – volume 3 in the Joe Dust series
  • The Gull’s Kiss (1962)

Hilary Ford

  • Felix Walking (1958)
  • Felix Running (1959)
  • Bella on the Roof (1965)
  • A Figure in Grey (1973)
  • Sarnia (1974)
  • Castle Malindine (1975)
  • A Bride for Bedivere (1976)

Peter Nichols

  • Patchwork of Death (1965)

Stanley Winchester

  • The Practice (1968)
  • Men With Knives (1968); US title, A Man With a Knife
  • The Helpers (1970)
  • Ten Per Cent of Your Life (1973)

Short stories

Youd’s first published story was “Dreamer” in the March 1941 Weird Tales, as C.S. Youd. He has had stories published in the magazines Astounding Science Fiction, Science Fantasy, Worlds Beyond Science-Fantasy Fiction, New Worlds, Galaxy Science Fiction, SF Digest, Future Science Fiction, Space SF Digest, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Authentic Science Fiction, Space Science Fiction, Nebula Science Fiction, Fantastic Universe, Saturn Science Fiction, Orbit Science Fiction, Fantastic Story Magazine, If: Worlds of Science Fiction, Worlds of Science Fiction (UK), Argosy (UK), The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Beyond Infinity

Serializations

No Blade of Grass was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post in 1957. Caves of Night was serialized in John Bull Magazine in 1958.

Anthologies

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Steve Appleton, American businessman (Micron Technology), died from a plane crash he was 51

Steven R. Appleton  was the CEO of Micron Technology, based in Boise, Idaho died from a plane crash he was 51.[1]

Born and raised in California, Appleton attended Boise State University,
where he was on the tennis team. A lifelong aviation enthusiast, he
died when his single-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff in
Boise, Idaho, on February 3, 2012.

(March 31, 1960 – February 3, 2012)

Career

Appleton started his career at Micron shortly after graduation in
1983, working the night shift in production. He held a variety of
positions in the company, including Wafer Fab manager, Production
Manager, Director of Manufacturing, and Vice President of Manufacturing
before being appointed President and COO in 1991. He was appointed to
the position of CEO and Chairman of the Board in 1994, which he
maintained until his untimely death when the small plane he was piloting
crashed at Boise Airport in 2012. At age 34 he was the third youngest
CEO in the Fortune 500.[2]

He formerly served on the Board of Directors for SEMATECH, the Idaho State Supreme Court Advisory Council and was appointed by the Clinton Administration to serve on the National Semiconductor Technology Council. At the time of his death, he was serving on the Board of Directors for the Semiconductor Industry Association,
and the Board of Directors for National Semiconductor Corporation, The
U.S. Technology CEO Council and was a member of the World Semiconductor
Council and the Idaho Business Council. After his death, Mark Durcan assumed Appleton’s position as CEO of Micron.[3]

Appleton was named among the worst 10 CEOs by a Forbes
magazine web site in 2006, using a formula that some disputed
accurately reflected performance in the very volatile market for MU’s
product line.[4]

In 2011 he received the Robert Noyce Award from the Semiconductor Industry Association.[5]

Personal life

Appleton participated in a number of sports, including professional
tennis. His hobbies included scuba diving, surfing, wakeboarding,
motorcycling and, more recently, off-road car racing. His aviation
background included multiple ratings and professional performances at
air shows in both propeller and jet-powered aircraft. He also had a
black belt in taekwondo.

On the 43rd edition of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 on 2010 Appleton finished 1st on a SCORE Class 1 buggy and 7th overall with a time of 20:32.18.[6]

Death

On February 3, 2012, Appleton was killed while attempting an emergency landing in a Lancair IV-PT experimental-category, four-seat, turboprop airplane at the Boise Airport in Boise, Idaho, moments after taking off. He had aborted a take off a few minutes earlier for unknown reasons.[7][8]

Prior to this, he had a serious plane crash piloting an Extra 300 in 2004 in which he sustained a punctured lung, head injuries, ruptured disk and broken bones.[9]
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Wisława Szymborska, Polish poet, Nobel Prize in Literature (1996) died she was 88

 Wisława Szymborska-Włodek  was a Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Prowent, which has since become part of Kórnik, she later resided in Kraków until the end of her life. She was described as a “Mozart of Poetry”.[1][2]
In Poland, Szymborska’s books have reached sales rivaling prominent
prose authors: although she once remarked in a poem, “Some Like Poetry”
(“Niektórzy lubią poezję”), that no more than two out of a thousand
people care for the art.[3]

Szymborska was awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature “for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality”.[4][5] She became better known internationally as a result of this. Her work has been translated into English and many European languages, as well as into Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese and Chinese.

(2 July 1923 – 1 February 2012)

Life

Wisława Szymborska was born on 2 July 1923 in Prowent, Poland (now part of Kórnik, Poland), the daughter of Wincenty and Anna (née Rottermund) Szymborski. Her father was at that time the steward of Count Władysław Zamoyski, a Polish patriot and charitable patron. After the death of Count Zamoyski in 1924, her family moved to Toruń, and in 1931 to Kraków, where she lived and worked until her death in early 2012.[2]

When World War II broke out in 1939, she continued her education in underground classes. From 1943, she worked as a railroad employee and managed to avoid being deported to Germany as a forced labourer.[2]
It was during this time that her career as an artist began with
illustrations for an English-language textbook. She also began writing
stories and occasional poems. Beginning in 1945, she began studying Polish literature before switching to sociology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.[2] There she soon became involved in the local writing scene, and met and was influenced by Czesław Miłosz. In March 1945, she published her first poem “Szukam słowa” (“Looking for words”) in the daily newspaper, Dziennik Polski. Her poems continued to be published in various newspapers and periodicals for a number of years.[2][6] In 1948, she quit her studies without a degree, due to her poor financial circumstances; the same year, she married poet Adam Włodek, whom she divorced in 1954 (they remained close until Włodek’s death in 1986).[2]
Their union was childless. Around the time of her marriage she was
working as a secretary for an educational biweekly magazine as well as
an illustrator. Her first book was to be published in 1949, but did not
pass censorship as it “did not meet socialist requirements”. Like many
other intellectuals in post-war Poland, however, Szymborska adhered to
the People’s Republic of Poland‘s (PRL) official ideology early in her career, signing an infamous political petition from 8 February 1953, condemning Polish priests accused of treason in a show trial.[7][8][9] Her early work supported socialist themes, as seen in her debut collection Dlatego żyjemy (That is what we are living for), containing the poems “Lenin” and “Młodzieży budującej Nową Hutę” (“For the Youth who are building Nowa Huta“), about the construction of a Stalinist industrial town near Kraków.[2] She became a member of the ruling Polish United Workers’ Party.

Like many communist intellectuals initially close to the official party line, Szymborska gradually grew estranged from socialist ideology and renounced her earlier political work.[2] Although she did not officially leave the party until 1966, she began to establish contacts with dissidents.[2] As early as 1957, she befriended Jerzy Giedroyc, the editor of the influential Paris-based emigré journal Kultura, to which she also contributed. In 1964, she opposed a Communist-backed protest to The Times against independent intellectuals, demanding freedom of speech instead.[10]

In 1953, Szymborska joined the staff of the literary review magazine Życie Literackie (Literary Life), where she continued to work until 1981 and from 1968 ran her own book review column, called Lektury Nadobowiązkowe.[2]
Many of her essays from this period were later published in book form.
From 1981–83, she was an editor of the Kraków-based monthly periodical, NaGlos (OutLoud). In the 1980s, she intensified her oppositional activities, contributing to the samizdat periodical Arka under the pseudonym “Stańczykówna”, as well as to the Paris-based Kultura. The final collection published while Szymborska was still alive, Dwukropek, was chosen as the best book of 2006 by readers of Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza.[2] She also translated French literature into Polish, in particular Baroque poetry and the works of Agrippa d’Aubigné. In Germany, Szymborska was associated with her translator Karl Dedecius, who did much to popularize her works there.

Death

Wisława Szymborska died 1 February 2012 at home in Kraków, aged 88.[11] Her personal assistant, Michał Rusinek, confirmed the information and said that she “died peacefully, in her sleep”.[1][12] She was surrounded by friends and relatives at the time.[2] Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski described her death on Twitter as an “irreparable loss to Poland’s culture”.[2]

She was working on new poetry right until her death, though she was
unable to arrange her final efforts for a book in the way she would have
wanted. Her last poetry was published later in 2012.[6]

Themes

Szymborska frequently employed literary devices such as ironic precision, paradox, contradiction and understatement, to illuminate philosophical themes and obsessions. Many of her poems feature war and terrorism.[1][2][13]
It is, however, important to note the ambiguity of her poetry. Although
her poetry was influenced by her experiences, it is relevant across
time and culture. She wrote from unusual points of view, such as a cat
in the newly empty apartment of its dead owner.[2]
Her reputation rests on a relatively small body of work, fewer than 350
poems. When asked why she had published so few poems, she said: “I have
a trash can in my home”.[1]

Pop culture

Szymborska’s poem “Nothing Twice” turned into a song by composer Andrzej Munkowski performed by Łucja Prus in 1965 makes her poetry known in Poland, rock singer Kora cover of “Nothing Twice” was a hit in 1994.[2]

The poem “Love At First Sight” was used in the film Turn Left, Turn Right, starring Takeshi Kaneshiro and Gigi Leung.

Three Colors: Red, a film directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski, was inspired by Szymborska’s poem, “Love At First Sight”.[2]

In her last years Szymborska collaborated with Polish jazz trompeter Tomasz Stańko who dedicated his record Wisława (ECM, 2013) to her memory – taking inspiration for the compositions from their collaboration and her poetry.[14]

Major works

Wisława Szymborska and President Bronisław Komorowski at the Order of the White Eagle ceremony

  • 1952: Dlatego żyjemy (“That’s Why We Are Alive”)
  • 1954: Pytania zadawane sobie (“Questioning Yourself”)
  • 1957: Wołanie do Yeti (“Calling Out to Yeti”)
  • 1962: Sól (“Salt”)
  • 1966: 101 wierszy (“101 Poems”)
  • 1967: Sto pociech (“No End of Fun”)
  • 1967: Poezje wybrane (“Selected Poetry”)
  • 1972: Wszelki wypadek (“Could Have”)
  • 1976: Wielka liczba (“A Large Number”)
  • 1986: Ludzie na moście (“People on the Bridge”)
  • 1989: Poezje: Poems, bilingual Polish-English edition
  • 1992: Lektury nadobowiązkowe (“Non-required Reading”)
  • 1993: Koniec i początek (“The End and the Beginning”)
  • 1996: Widok z ziarnkiem piasku (“View with a Grain of Sand”)
  • 1997: Sto wierszy – sto pociech (“100 Poems – 100 Happinesses”)
  • 2002: Chwila (“Moment”)
  • 2003: Rymowanki dla dużych dzieci (“Rhymes for Big Kids”)
  • 2005: Dwukropek (“Colon”)
  • 2009: Tutaj (“Here”)
  • 2012: Wystarczy (“Enough”)
  • 2013: Błysk rewolwru (“The Glimmer of a Revolver”)

Prizes and awards

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David Peaston, American R&B singer, died from complications from diabetes he was 54

David Peaston  was an American R&B and gospel singer who in 1990 won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist , 54. He was mostly known for the singles, “Two Wrongs (Don’t Make it Right)” and “Can I?”, the latter of which was originally recorded by Eddie Kendricks.

(March 13, 1957 – February 1, 2012)
 

Life and career

He was a native of Saint Louis, Missouri. As a child, he attended the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church along with his mother, Martha Bass, a member of The Clara Ward Singers gospel group. His sister was R&B/soul singer Fontella Bass.[1]

After graduating he worked as a school teacher but, after being laid off in 1981, moved to New York City and begin working as a background singer on recording sessions.[2] In the late 1980s, he won several competitions on the Showtime at the Apollo television show, winning over the audience with a powerful rendition of “God Bless the Child.”[1] He was signed by Geffen Records, and his first single, “Two Wrongs (Don’t Make It Right)” rose to no. 3 on the Billboard Black Singles chart in 1989.[3] He had further hits on the R&B chart with “Can I?” and “We’re All In This Together”, and released an album, Introducing…David Peaston. He also toured with Gerald Alston in Europe, and with Gladys Knight in the US, before moving to the MCA label in 1991, where he issued the album Mixed Emotions.[4]

In 1993, he recorded a gospel album with Fontella and Martha Bass entitled Promises: A Family Portrait Of Faith. He also sang on Lester Bowie‘s 1982 album, The One and Only (ECM).

Peaston was later diagnosed with diabetes and had his legs amputated, forcing him to use prostheses.

In 2006, Peaston returned to music with his album, Song Book: Songs of Soul & Inspiration. The album featured eight new tracks by Peaston, as well as several of his biggest hits.

Peaston died from complications of diabetes in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 1, 2012, at the age of 54.[5][6]

Discography

Albums

  • Introducing…David Peaston (1988)
  • Mixed Emotions (1991)

Singles

  • “Two Wrongs (Don’t Make It Right)” (1989) #3 R&B
  • “Can I?” (1989) #14 R&B
  • “We’re All in This Together” (1990) #11 R&B, #45 Dance
  • “Take Me Now” (1990) #77 R&B
  • “String” (1991) #69 R&B
  • “Luxury of Love” (1991) #41 R&B

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Ardath Mayhar, American author died she was 81

Ardath Frances Hurst Mayhar ( was an American writer and poet died she was 81. She began writing science fiction
in 1979 after returning with her family to Texas from Oregon. She was
nominated for the Mark Twain Award, and won the Balrog Award for a horror narrative poem in Masques I.

SScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as an Author Emeritus.[1][2]

he had numerous other nominations for awards in almost every fiction
genre and has won many awards for poetry. In 2008 she was honored by

Mayhar has written over 60 books ranging from science fiction to
horror to young adult to historical to westerns; with some work under
the pseudonyms Frank Cannon, Frances Hurst, and John Killdeer.[3][4] Joe R. Lansdale wrote simply: “Ardath Mayhar writes damn fine books!”[5]

February 20, 1930 – February 1,
2012)

Personal life

Mayhar owned and operated The View From Orbit Bookstore in Nacogdoches, Texas, with her husband Joe until his death in the 1999.[3] She later sold the bookstore, which served the students of Stephen F. Austin State University
and people in the East Texas area, providing a wide variety of books
and literature as well as Joe’s computer services that would otherwise
have been unavailable to this region.[2]
Until her health began failing, her reputation was such that she still
spoke regularly in the area, drawing large crowds whenever she taught
and spoke.

Bibliography

She is the author or co-author of:

Novels
  • The Absolutely Perfect Horse
  • BattleTech: The Sword and the Dagger.
  • Blood Kin
  • Bloody Texas Trail
  • Exile on Vlahi
  • Far Horizons
  • Feud At Sweetwater Creek
  • Golden Dream: A Fuzzy Odyssey[6]
  • Gyldendal
  • High Mountain Winter
  • How the Gods Wove in Kyrannon
  • Hunters of the Plains
  • The Island in the Lake
  • Khi to Freedom
  • Lords of the Triple Moons
  • Makra Choria
  • Medicine Walk
  • Monkey Station
  • Passage West
  • People of the Mesa
  • A Place of Silver Silence
  • A Road of Stars
  • Runes of the Lyre
Novels continued
  • The Saga of Grittel Sundotha
  • Seekers of Shar-Nuhn
  • Slewfoot Sally and the Flying Mule
  • Soul-Singer of Tyrnos
  • Texas Gunsmoke
  • Timber Pirates
  • Towers of the Earth
  • Trail of the Seahawks
  • The Untamed
  • The Wall
  • Warlock’s Gift
  • Wild Country
  • Wilderness Rendezvous
  • Witchfire
  • The World Ends in Hickory Hollow
Story collections
  • The Collected Stories of Ardath Mayhar
  • Mean Little Old Lady at Work
  • Dark Regions
Poetry collections
  • Journey to an Ending
  • Reflections

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Angelo Dundee, American boxing trainer died he was 90

Angelo Dundee (born Angelo Mirena)  was an American boxing trainer and cornerman died he was 90. Best known for his work with Muhammad Ali (1960–1981), he also worked with 15 other world boxing champions, including Sugar Ray Leonard, José Nápoles, George Foreman, George Scott, Jimmy Ellis, Carmen Basilio, Luis Rodriguez and Willie Pastrano.[1]

(August 30, 1921 – February 1, 2012)

Professional career

Born in Philadelphia of Italian descent,[2] Dundee went to New York and later to Miami
where he learned many of the strategies of a boxer’s cornerman while
acting as a “bucket man” to the great trainers of Stillman’s Gym. There,
his mentors included Charlie Goldman, Ray Arcel, and Chickie Ferrera.
Later, his brother Chris Dundee opened the Fifth Street Gym in Miami.

Carmen Basilio was the first world champion for whom Dundee acted as a cornerman when Basilio defeated Tony DeMarco for the world welterweight crown and later Sugar Ray Robinson for the world middleweight crown.

Career with Muhammad Ali

Dundee traveled around the world with Ali, and he was the cornerman
in all but two of Ali’s fights (Tunney Hunsaker in 1960 and Jimmy Ellis
in 1971). Dundee trained the young Cassius Clay, as Ali was then known,
in most of his early bouts, including those with Archie Moore (who had trained Clay before his partnering with Dundee) and Sonny Liston,
where Clay won the Heavyweight title. Dundee continued to train Ali in
all of his fights until his exile from boxing, and upon Ali’s return to
the sport Dundee trained him in almost all of his fights, including
Ali’s famed bouts with fighters such as Jerry Quarry, Oscar Bonavena, Joe Frazier, Floyd Patterson, George Foreman, Ken Norton and, later, Leon Spinks. One exception was in Ali’s ’71 fight with Jimmy Ellis
where Dundee was in Ellis’ corner. Ali knocked Ellis out in the 12th
round. Dundee was accused by Foreman of loosening the ring ropes before
his 1974 The Rumble in the Jungle fight with Ali to help Ali win the fight by using the rope-a-dope technique. Dundee consistently denied tampering with the ropes.[3] In 1998, after decades, Dundee reunited with Muhammad Ali and appeared alongside him in a sentimental Super Bowl commercial.

Career with Sugar Ray Leonard

Dundee saw a future emerging star in Sugar Ray Leonard,
whom he called “a smaller version of Ali”. Dundee acted as cornerman
for Leonard in many of his biggest fights, including those with Wilfred Benítez, Roberto Durán, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler. In Leonard’s first bout with Hearns,
Dundee, thinking that his protégé was behind on the scorecards, quipped
the now famous words, “You’re blowing it, son! You’re blowing it!”
before the start of round 13.[4] Leonard went on to score a fourteenth round win when the referee stopped the fight.

Other work

Dundee later teamed up with George Foreman, including his 1991 Heavyweight title fight against Evander Holyfield and his 1994 Heavyweight title win against then-undefeated Michael Moorer.

In addition, Dundee also trained such world champions as Luis Rodriguez, Willie Pastrano, Ralph Dupas, José Nápoles, Pinklon Thomas, Trevor Berbick, Jimmy Ellis, Wilfredo Gómez, Michael Nunn and Sugar Ramos, as well as other boxers such as Bill Bossio, David Estrada, Douglas Vaillant, Jimmy Lange, Tom Zbikowski and Pat O’Connor.

In 2005, Dundee was hired to train Russell Crowe for Crowe’s characterization of James J. Braddock in Cinderella Man.
To that end, Dundee traveled to Australia to work with the
Oscar-winning actor and appeared in the film as “Angelo” the corner man.

In November 2008, he was hired as a special consultant for Oscar De La Hoya‘s fight with Manny Pacquiao.[5]

Honors

Dundee was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994.[6]

Popular culture

Dundee was played in the movie Ali (2001) by actor Ron Silver. Dundee was also portrayed by Ernest Borgnine in the 1977 film, The Greatest.

Death

Dundee died peacefully at his home at the age of 90 on February 1, 2012, in Tampa, Florida after 5 years of Heart Disease. 3 weeks before his death, he attended Muhammed Ali’s 70th birthday party in Louisville, Kentucky on January 17, 2012. He died about 3 months after boxer Joe Frazier died of liver cancer on November 7, 2011.[7][8]

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Don Cornelius, American television host and producer (Soul Train), died when he committed suicide by gunshot he was , 75

Donald Cortez ” Don” Cornelius  was an American television show host and producer who was best
known as the creator of the nationally syndicated dance and music
franchise Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971 until 1993 died when he committed suicide by gunshot he was , 75. Eventually Cornelius sold the show to MadVision Entertainment in 2008.

(September 27, 1936 – February
1, 2012)

Early life and career

Cornelius was born on Chicago’s South Side on September 27, 1936,[1] and raised in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Following his graduation from DuSable High School in 1954, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served 18 months in Korea. He worked at various jobs following his stint in the military, including selling tires, automobiles, and insurance, and as an officer with the Chicago Police Department.[2]
He quit his day job to take a three-month broadcasting course in 1966,
despite being married with two sons and having only $400 in his bank account.[1] In 1966, he landed a job as an announcer, news reporter and disc jockey on Chicago radio station WVON. He stood roughly 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) tall.

Cornelius joined Chicago television station WCIU-TV in 1967 and hosted a news program called A Black’s View of the News. In 1970, he launched Soul Train on WCIU-TV as a daily local show. The program entered national syndication and moved to Los Angeles the following year.[3][4][5] Eddie Kendricks, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Bobby Hutton and The Honey Comb were featured on the national debut episode.

Originally a journalist and inspired by the civil rights movement, Cornelius recognized that in the late 1960s there was no television venue in the United States for soul music. He introduced many African-American musicians to a larger audience as a result of their appearances on Soul Train, a program that was both influential among African-Americans and popular with a wider audience.[6][7] As writer, producer, and host of Soul Train, Cornelius was instrumental in offering wider exposure to black musicians such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Michael Jackson, as well as creating opportunities for talented dancers, setting a precedent for popular television dance programs.[8] Cornelius said, “We had a show that kids gravitated to,” and Spike Lee described the program as an “urban music time capsule“.[8]

With the creation of Soul Train Don was able to keep the movement going well past Martin Luther King‘s
death. He kept the momentum going well on through the 70’s and 80’s. He
gave African Americans their own show, the first of its kind. In this
show he was able to show African Americans in a new light, creating a
Black is Beautiful Campaign.[9]
Before he did this, African Americans were seldom seen on television.
Soul Train showcased their culture and brought African American
musicians and dancers to television.[10] This show even appealed to white audiences and it got huge attention.[11] It was one of the most groundbreaking television shows ever.[12]

Cornelius (second from right) with The Staple Singers during production of a 1974 episode of Soul Train.

Besides his smooth and deep voice and afro (which slowly shrunk over the years as hairstyle tastes changed), Cornelius was best known for the catchphrase
that he used to close the show: “… and you can bet your last money,
it’s all gonna be a stone gas, honey! I’m Don Cornelius, and as always
in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!” After Cornelius’s
departure, it was shortened to “…and as always, we wish you love,
peace and soul!” and was used through the most recent new episodes in
2006. Another introductory phrase he often used was: “We got another
sound comin’ out of Philly that’s a sho ‘nough dilly”.

He had a small number of film roles, most notably as record producer Moe Fuzz in 1988′s Tapeheads.

The 2008 Soul Train Music Awards ceremony was not held due to the WGA strike and the end of Tribune Entertainment‘s
complicating the process of finding a new distributor to air the
ceremony and line up the stations to air it. The awards show was moved
in 2009 to Viacom‘s Centric cable channel (formerly BET J), which now airs Soul Train in reruns.

Cornelius last appeared on the episode of the TV series Unsung featuring Full Force, which was aired two days before his death.

Arrest

On October 17, 2008, Cornelius was arrested at his Los Angeles home on Mulholland Drive on a felony domestic violence charge.[13]
He was released on bail. Cornelius appeared in court on November 14,
2008, and was charged with spousal abuse and dissuading a witness from
filing a police report. Cornelius appeared in court again on December 4,
2008, and pleaded not guilty to spousal abuse and was banned from going
anywhere near his estranged wife, Russian model Victoria
Avila-Cornelius (Viktoria Chapman), who had filed two restraining orders against him. On March 19, 2009, he changed his plea to no contest and was placed on 36 months probation.[citation needed]

Death

In the early morning hours of February 1, 2012, officers responded to
a report of a shooting at 12685 Mulholland Drive and found Cornelius
with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was taken
to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by the Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner.[1][14] According to former Soul Train host, Shemar Moore, Cornelius may have been suffering from early onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and his health had been in decline.[15][16]

An autopsy found that Cornelius had been suffering from seizures
during the last 15 years of his life, a complication of a 21-hour brain
operation he underwent in 1982 to correct a congenital deformity in his
cerebral arteries. He admitted that he was never quite the same after
that surgery and it was a factor in his decision to retire from hosting Soul Train
in 1993. According to his son, he was in “extreme pain” by the end and
said shortly before his death, “I don’t know how much longer I can take
this.”[17]

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Robert B. Cohen, American businessman, founder of Hudson News, died from progressive supranuclear palsy he was 86,

Robert Benjamin Cohen was an American businessman and founder of Hudson News, a chain of newsstands and stores located primarily in American airports and train stations.[1][2] Cohen grew the Hudson retailer from a single location he opened in LaGuardia Airport in 1987.[3][4] The Hudson News chain is now part of the larger Hudson Group retailer. The are approximately 600 Hudson News locations throughout the United States, as of 2012.[2][4] Most are located in transportation hubs, including a 1,000-square-foot store in Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.[2]

News into the world’s largest airport newsstand

(May 26, 1925 – February 1, 2012)

Biography

Early life

Cohen was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, to Isaac and Lillian Goodman Cohen on May 26, 1925.[1] His father had previously run a newspaper delivery route and newsstand in Brooklyn, New York.[2] In the early 1920s, Isaac Cohen founded a newspaper distributor, the Bayonne News Company.[1][2] Robert Cohen earned his bachelor’s degree from New York University (NYU) in 1947. Cohen played on the NYU Violets basketball team in college and his teammates included Dolph Schayes.[4] In 1947, the same year that he earned his bachelor’s degree, Cohen married his wife, the former Harriet Brandwein.[1]

Newspaper and magazine distributorship

Cohen took control of his father’s newspaper and magazine
distribution company, the Hudson County News Company, shortly after
graduation from NYU.[1][3][4]
Cohen focused much of his career (prior to founding Hudson News) on the expansion of his newspaper distribution business, Hudson County News Company, into one of the largest of its kind in the United States.[2]
He served as president of Hudson County News Company. By the 1970s and
1980s, Cohen had grown the business into one of the largest magazine
distributorships and wholesalers in the United States, focusing on the Boston and New York City metropolitan areas.[1][2][3][4]
Cohen found himself in legal trouble for business practices during
the early 1980s. In 1981, Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court to
paying Newspaper and Mail Deliverers Union officials $37,000 in exchange
for favorable treatment in dealings between the union and his
companies.[2] He was fined $150,000 as part of the guilty plea.[2]
Cohen acquired the Metropolitan News Company, the regional distributor of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal in 1985 in a partnership with The New York Times.[1][2][3] Cohen also acquired Newark Newsdealers which, again, was part of a partnership with The New York Times Company.[2] Robert Cohen sold his interest of the distributorship and his companies to the The New York Times Company in 1994.[1]
Cohen owned Worldwide Media Service Inc., which is the largest
newsstand distributor of American magazines outside of the United
States, from 1985 until 2003.[3]

Hudson News


A Hudson News store.

During the mid-1970s, Robert Cohen’s Hudson County News Company acquired a bankrupt newsstand at Newark International Airport, which marked his entrance into the retail sector.[2] The newsstand had purchased magazines from Cohen’s Hudson County News Company before it went into bankruptcy.[4] The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,
which operates Newark International Airport and other transit hubs in
the New York City area, asked Cohen to take control of the airport
newsstand when it closed.[4]
At the time of the purchase in the 1970s, airport newsstands were
described as very small, usually carrying only a limited selection of
newspapers, magazines and other periodicals.[2] Cohen envisioned a larger, more modern, well lit news stores to replace the tiny, dim newsstands and kiosks. In 1987, Cohen opened the first Hudson News store in LaGuardia Airport in New York City.[2][3] Hudson News stores featured a wide selection of hundreds of domestic and foreign publications, whose covers were fully displayed, allowing costumers to easily browse the selection.[2][4]
The stores featured bright, inviting lighting and wide isles, in
contrast to other, cramped airport newsstands. Cohen called the layout
for his new Hudson News store a “new-concept newsstand.”[4] The La Guardia location became the model for future Hudson News locations.[2]
Robert Cohen’s son, James Cohen, succeeded his father as the president of the Hudson Group, which operates Hudson News.[2] In 2008, Robert Cohen sold his majority stake in Hudson News to Dufry of Switzerland, one of the largest operators of duty-free stores in the world.[2][4]

Personal life

Outside of business, Cohen took a keen interest in racehorses. His best known horse, Hudson County, finished second in the Kentucky Derby in 1974, just behind race winner, Cannonade.[1] Cohen had paid $6,700 for Hudson County before the Derby.[2]
Robert Cohen died at the age of 86 at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 1, 2012, of progressive supranuclear palsy, a neurological disorder.[2]
He was survived by his wife, Harriet; son, James; six grandchildren;
and his sister, Rosalind Stone. He was predeceased by two children,
gossip columnist Claudia Cohen and Michael Cohen, who died in 1997.[1][2] A memorial service was held at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey, where he and his family were longtime residents.[3]

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