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Robert Daniel, American politician, U.S. Representative from Virginia (1973–1983) died he was 75,

Robert Williams Daniel, Jr. was a Virginia farmer, businessman, teacher, and politician who served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican. He was first elected in 1972 and served until 1983.

(March 17, 1936 – February 4, 2012)


Early life

Daniel was born in Richmond, Virginia. He was the son of Robert Williams Daniel, a bank executive who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, and later served in the Senate of Virginia and his third wife Charlotte Bemiss.

He was a descendant of Peter V. Daniel, an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and, Edmund Randolph, who was the seventh Governor of Virginia, the first Attorney General of the United States and Secretary of State.

He graduated from the Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts and Woodberry Forest School, in Woodberry Forest, Virginia.[1] He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi.[2] He then received a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University.


He served in the United States Army and Central Intelligence Agency from 1964 to 1968.

While in Congress, Daniel was a member of the House Armed Services Committee and various subcommittees. Following an unsuccessful bid for a sixth term, he served as deputy assistant to Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger, from 1984 to 1986; and director of intelligence for the Department of Energy from 1990 to 1993. He was a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.

Personal life

He was the owner and operator of Brandon Plantation, in Prince George, Virginia, a U.S. National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest continuous agricultural operations in the United States.

Daniel died of a heart attack at his Jupiter Island, Florida vacation home on February 4, 2012 and was buried with military honors at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.[3][4]

Electoral history

  • 1972; Daniel was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
    with 55.67% of the vote, defeating Democrat Robert E. Gibson and
    Independents Robert R. Hardy, William E. Ward, and John G. Vonetes.
  • 1974; Daniel was re-elected with 47.21% of the vote, defeating Democrat Lester E. Schlitz and Independent Curtis W. Harris.
  • 1976; Daniel was re-elected with 53.03% of the vote, defeating Democrat Joseph William O’Brien, Jr.
  • 1978; Daniel was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1980; Daniel was re-elected with 60.7% of the vote, defeating Democrat Cecil Y. Jenkins.

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Karlo Maquinto,Filipino boxer died from a blood clot he was 21

Karlo P. Maquinto  was a super flyweight Filipino boxer who resided in Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines died from a blood clot he was 21. He died after he collapsed at the end of his 7th professional bout.

( 8 July 1990 – died 3 February 2012)

Early life

Karlo Maquinto was the fifth of six children, their parents are
Felicibar Jr. and Marjorie Maquinto. His grandparents are Alberta
Larania. He completed his elementary education, but not his high school
so as to pursue his boxing career.

Boxing career

  • 19 January 2011: Win against Andro Oliveros by KO in round 2 of a 4-round bout
  • 11 February 2011: Win against Jhune Cambel by KO in round 3 of a 4-round bout
  • 7 April 2011: Win against Jhune Kambel by KO in round 2 of a 4-round bout
  • 28 May 2011: Win against Jomar Yema by KO in round 3 of a 4-round bout
  • 17 August 2011: Win against Edwin Mondala by points, after a 4-round bout
  • 30 October 2011: Win against Gerald Cortes by points after a 6-round bout
  • 26 November 2011: Win against Zoren Pama by KO in round 3 of a 6-round bout
  • 11 December 2011: Win against Argie Toquero by KO in round 5 of 6-round bout
  • 28 January 2012: Draw with Mark Joseph Costa after an 8-round bout


He collapsed after the end of an 8-round bout with Marc Joseph Costa in Caloocan City, Philippines. The match had ended with a majority draw, the sole blemish on an earlier perfect 8-0-0 record with 6 KOs prior.[1]

Maquinto was rushed to FEU Hospital in Quezon City. Karlo was diagnosed with subdural hematoma (blood clot sustained in his brain) upon his admission to the hospital.[2]
Tests showed that a blood clot had developed in his brain as a result
of blows received in the first round of the fight. As a result, soon
Maquinto went into a coma and died 5 days later in the hospital.

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Zalman King American film director (Wild Orchid) and producer (9½ Weeks), died from cancer he was 69

 Zalman King  was an American film director, writer, actor and producer. His films are known for incorporating sexuality, and are often categorized as erotica.

(May 23, 1942 – February 3, 2012)


In 1964, King played a gang member in “Memo from Purgatory”, an episode of the television series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour written by Harlan Ellison and featuring actors James Caan and Walter Koenig. In 1967 he played the title character, the outlaw “Muley”, an episode of the TV show Gunsmoke.
His character shoots Marshal Matt Dillon as part of a plan to rob the
Dodge City Bank, but as he and his gang are waiting for Dillon to
recover (so they can try again to kill him), Muley falls in love with
one of the girls at the Long Branch Saloon, which thwarts the plan.

King played “The Man” in the 3rd episode of the first season of Adam-12.
His character was an apparent drug addict who kidnaps an infant at
gunpoint and Officer Malloy disarms him by some reverse psychology.[1] From September 1970 until May 1971, King played attorney Aaron Silverman on the drama The Young Lawyers, broadcast on the ABC television network. King later contributed a unique delivery to Trip with the Teacher (1975), portraying the psychopathic Al, a murderous motorbiker. He appeared in Lee Grant‘s directorial debut feature film Tell Me a Riddle.

In 1981 he was featured as Baelon, a rescue team leader in Roger Corman‘s cult SF horror film, Galaxy of Terror.


King directed several films, including Two Moon Junction (1988), Wild Orchid (1990), and Red Shoe Diaries (1992), which became a long-running television series for Showtime network. It spawned many sequels.He directed and co-wrote the movie In Gods Hands (1998).

He collaborated with director Adrian Lyne on the film 9½ Weeks which starred Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. He produced (and usually directed) the television series and film ChromiumBlue.com and Showtime series Body Language. He directed the 1995 film Delta of Venus based on the book by Anaïs Nin.[citation needed] His last film before his death was Pleasure or Pain which starred Asun Ortega.

Personal life

King was married to writer/producer Patricia Louisiana Knop, with whom he collaborated on many projects, such as writing Wild Orchid, Delta of Venus and 9½ Weeks as well as many episodes of Red Shoe Diaries; the couple had two daughters.[citation needed]


Zalman King died on February 3, 2012, aged 69, from cancer.[2]
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Karibasavaiah Indian film actor died he was 52

Karibasavaiah  was an Indian actor who appeared in Kannada cinema and a theatre personality. He has acted in over 120 films. He died on 3 February 2012 after a road traffic accident in Bangalore.[1] He made his debut in the movie Undo Hodha, Kondu Hodha. Some of his memorable films are Kotreshi Kanasu, Janumada Jodi, Galate Aliyandru, Mungarina Minchu, Yaarige Salute Sambala, Police Story 2 and Ullasa Utsaha.

(1959 – 3 February 2012)


He was born in 1959 and belonged to a poor Kuruba Gowda family. As a child, he learnt Kuruba Gowda art forms like Kamsale, Dollu Kunitha and Harikathe. He worked as an lab assistant in a Seshadripuram college before entering film industry. He started acting in television serials beginning with Doddamane. Director Nagathihalli Chandrasekhar
gave him the break in Kannada film industry. Nagathihalli Chandrasekhar
also helped him during his last days by paying the medical bills via
his association Abhivyakthi Samskrithika Vedike. Karibasavaiah was in
distress since 2009 when his married daughter Radha committed suicide.
A stage actor, television and cinema actor Karibasavaiah is known for
natural performance. He was paired with another popular actress Umashree in several movies and was considered a hit pair.[2]Belakinedege was his last released film.


Karibasavaiah was admitted to a private hospital in Bangalore on January 31, 2012 following a road accident. He was returning home after completing the shooting for the film Breaking News.
He succumbed to the injuries and died on 3 February. The last rites
were performed in his native place, Kodigehalli village, Thyamagondlu

Partial filmography

Year Film Director
1992 Undu Hoda Kondu Hoda Nagathihalli Chandrashekar
1994 Kotreshi Kanasu Nagathihalli Chandrashekar
1996 Janumada Jodi T. S. Nagabharana
1997 Ulta Palta N.S. Shankar
1997 Mungarina Minchu Rajendra Singh Babu
2000 Galate Aliyandru S. Narayan
2000 Yaarige Saluthe Sambala M.S. Rajashekhar
2004 Durgi P. Ravishankar
2005 Magic Ajji Dinesh Baboo
2005 Moorkha A.N. Jayaramaiah
2006 Ravi Shastri M.S. Rajeshekhar, M.R. Raghavendra
2007 Police Story 2 Manju
2007 Janapada Baraguru Ramchandrappa
2007 Right Aadre Shravana
2008 Aramane Nagashekhar
2008 Thayi Baraguru Ramchandrappa
2009 Bettadapurada Ditta Makkalu Kodlu Ramakrishna
2009 Parichaya Sanjay. K
2010 Crazy Kutumba B. Ramamurthy
2010 Aithalakkadi J.G. Krishna
2010 Sri Moksha Keshav Shetty
2010 Ullasa Utsaha Devaraja Palan
2010 Preethi Nee Heegeke Suresh Hanagal
2010 Holi Shankaralinga Sugnalli
2010 Nooru Janmaku Nagathihalli Chandrashekar
2011 5 Idiots Anand
2012 Breaking News Nagathihalli Chandrashekar
2012 Sangolli Rayanna Naganna
2013 Belakinedege Ajay Kumar

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Raj Kanwar Indian film director and producer, died from kidney failure he was 51

Raj Kanwar was a Bollywood film director, writer and film producer based in Mumbai, India died from kidney failure he was 51.

(1961 – 3 February 2012)


Kanwar began his career directing plays in Delhi. He then moved to Mumbai where he worked as an assistant to directors like Raj Kumar Santoshi. His directorial debut was Deewana. Released in 1992, the film was a box office success and marked the screen debut of Shahrukh Khan. He directed several other box office hits like Jeet (1996), Judaai (1997), Daag: The Fire (1999) and Badal (2000). Kanwar went on to discover actors like Lara Dutta and Priyanka Chopra who he cast in his film Andaaz in 2003.[1] His last film was Sadiyaan (2010).

Personal life

The veteran filmmaker, Raj and Anita Kanwar had two sons, Karan Raj Kanwar
and Abhay. On 3 February 2012, he died due to a kidney ailment in
Singapore. He was educated in Col. Brown Cambridge School in Dehra Dun.




  • Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006)
  • Andaaz (2003) (story)
  • Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke (2000)
  • Badal (2000) (story)
  • Daag: The Fire (1999)
  • Itihaas (1997) (story)
  • Jeet (1996)


  • Sadiyaan (2010)
  • Raqeeb (2007)
  • Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006)
  • Ab Ke Baras (2002)
  • Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke (2000)
  • Daag: The Fire (1999)
  • Itihaas (1997)

Assistant director

  • Ghayal (1990)
  • Ram-Avtar (1988)
  • SUHAIL (2013)

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Terence Hildner American general, commander of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) died he was 49

Brigadier General Terence John Hildner  was a United States Army General Officer who served as commander of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) from 2010 until his death in 2012 died he was 49.[2] He is war in Afghanistan.
the highest-ranking American officer to die while serving in the

(February 20, 1962 – February 3, 2012)

Military career

Hildner graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1984. He was commissioned as an Armor officer and his first assignment was with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas. In 1988 he joined the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment
in the Federal Republic of Germany where he served as the Regimental
Training Officer and later took command of a ground cavalry troop.
During his company command, Hildner deployed his troop to Saudi Arabia
and was part of the U.S. VII Corps’ attack into Kuwait and Iraq during
Operation Desert Storm. His unit also conducted the last U.S. patrol
along the East-West German border before the unification of Germany in
Later Hildner served in several assignments at Fort Hood, Texas, to include 2nd Armored Division Comptroller and Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General 4th Infantry Division. Following his branch transfer to the Quartermaster Corps he graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1997.
Hildner served in a variety of staff positions to include Battalion Executive Officer of the 296th Forward Support Battalion,
Supply & Services Chief for I Corps G4 at Fort Lewis, Washington,
and J4 for the Department of Defense’s counterdrug task force (JTF-6).
As a Lieutenant Colonel, Hildner assumed command of the 13th Corps Support Command‘s Special Troops Battalion at Fort Hood, TX. The battalion deployed twice during his nearly two years of command. The first was to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom
where the battalion served in the capacity of a Combat Sustainment
Support Battalion, providing general logistical support to units located
around Joint Base Balad as well as the Abu Gharib
prison complex. The second deployment was as part of Logistical Task
Force Lone Star, providing both military and humanitarian support
operations to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
In 2007, Hildner authored a paper titled Interagency Reform: Changing Organizational Culture Through Education and Assignment as part of his master of strategic studies degree program.[3]
Hildner commanded the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade at Fort Lee,
VA from July 2007 to July 2009, training more than 20,000 Quartermaster
Soldiers annually. From 2009-2010 he served as the G3/Director of
Training & Doctrine for the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM).
On August 19, 2010, he assumed command of the 13th Sustainment
Command, and subsequently deployed to Afghanistan from his headquarters
at Fort Hood in Texas.[4][5]
Hildner died February 3, 2012, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of apparent
natural causes, and is the highest-ranking American to die in the Afghan war.[5]
Hildner’s funeral was held on February 29, 2012 at the Memorial Chapel on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia. The Army’s Chief of Chaplain’s Major General Donald L. Rutherford presided over the Catholic Mass and the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Raymond T. Odierno and many other senior military officers attended the service. Hildner was buried in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors provided by Charlie Company, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).

Awards and decorations

Combat Action Badge.svg Combat Action Badge
US Army Airborne basic parachutist badge.gif Parachutist Badge
Legion of Merit
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster

Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster

Army Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster

Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster

Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Valorous Unit Award
Bronze star

National Defense Service Medal with service star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star

Southwest Asia Service Medal with three service stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Other honors

  • 2006 Recipient of the Military Distinguished Order of Saint Martin (Army Quartermaster Corps).
  • 2011 Inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Quartermaster Regiment.
  • 2012 Inducted into the Quartermaster Hall of Fame.

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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.


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]


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]


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)


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)


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]


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


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


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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)


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]


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)


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.


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]


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]



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


  • “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,

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.


She is the author or co-author of:

  • 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]


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.


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.


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]


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

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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)


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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Gerlando Alberti, Italian Sicilian Mafioso, died from cancer he was 88

Gerlando Alberti , also known as “U Paccarè” was a member of the Sicilian Mafia.[1] He belonged to the Porta Nuova family in Palermo headed by Giuseppe Calò. His nickname was “u Paccarè”, the imperturbable one.[2]
Alberti was involved in numerous notorious Mafia events, such as the Ciaculli massacre in 1963, the Viale Lazio massacre in 1969, the disappearance of journalist Mauro De Mauro in 1970, and the killing of Chief Prosecutor Pietro Scaglione in 1971. [3] He was one of the top mafiosi involved in cigarette smuggling and heroin trafficking in the 1970s. He once said of the Mafia: “Mafia! What is that? A kind of cheese?”[2][4]

(September 18, 1927 – February 1, 2012)

Early career

Alberti was the son of a fruit seller and was born and grew up in Palermo, in the derelict district of Danisinni.
He was born at home; the midwife begged to be allowed to bring his
mother to the front door because of the lack of daylight in the house.
He only went to school for four years. Alberti was initiated in the
Mafia by Gaetano Filippone. His first test was to steal an entire cheese. In 1956 he was acquitted of a killing for lack of evidence.[2][3][5]
In the 1950s and 1960s, Alberti was considered to be an upstart Mafia boss in the shadow of men like Pietro Torretta, Tommaso Buscetta and the La Barbera brothers.
They formed the so-called “New Mafia”, which adopted new gangster
techniques. Those starting their careers in their shadow were forming
into new generation of mafiosi; they had initiative, and the road to
leadership of a cosca had suddenly become quicker and more readily available to those who were fast with their tommy-guns.[6]
Alberti’s official business was selling textiles, employing a squad
of travelling salesmen, a wonderful cover for both his trafficking
operations and smuggling jewels and works of art (he allegedly possessed
a Caravaggio Nativity[7][8]). In 1961 he set up a textile trading business in Milan and formed a cosca in Northern Italy, with bases in Genoa and Milan.[3][5]

Mafia killer?

Alberti was indicted in July 1963 with 53 other mafiosi after the Ciaculli massacre, which turned the First Mafia War into a war against the Mafia. Together with Tommaso Buscetta, he was suspected of the attack against Angelo La Barbera, one of the protagonists of the war, in Milan in May 1963. At the “Trial of the 114” he was acquitted but sent into internal exile in a village in Lombardy.[5]
Alberti, although living in Milan, had been in Palermo at the time of
the bomb attack in Ciaculli. Interrogated, he declared that he had been
with a woman and could not reveal her name.[2]
In December 1969 he was again in Palermo (while he was supposed to be in exile) when Mafia boss Michele Cavataio
was killed by a Mafia hit squad for his double-crossing role in the
First Mafia War. At the time, the Carabinieri began to consider Alberti
as the boss of a kind of Murder Incorporated for the Sicilian Cosa Nostra.[3][9]

Rising star

Alberti was one of the rising stars of the Mafia in the 1970s. He had a luxurious lifestyle with apartments in Milan and Naples, he owned a green Maserati and he and his men spent their evenings at nightclubs with expensive women.[5] His position was confirmed on June 17, 1970, when the traffic police in Milan stopped an Alfa Romeo for speeding. In the car were Alberti, Tommaso Buscetta, Salvatore “Ciaschiteddu” Greco, Gaetano Badalamenti and Giuseppe Calderone. Unaware of the identity of the men in the car the police let them continue their journey.[5][10] At the time, they were involved in a series of meetings about the future of Cosa Nostra. They decided to set up a new Sicilian Mafia Commission (the first one was dissolved after the Ciaculli massacre) – initially headed by a triumvirate consisting of Gaetano Badalamenti, Stefano Bontade and the Corleonesi boss Luciano Leggio.[11]
On May 5, 1971, Pietro Scaglione,
Chief Prosecutor of Palermo, was killed with his driver Antonino Lo
Russo. It was the first time since the end of World War II that the
Mafia had carried out a hit on an Italian magistrate. The police rounded
up 114 mafiosi who would be tried in the second “Trial of the 114″.
Scaglione was killed in the district under Alberti’s command. Alberti
had arrived from Naples just before the attack and left immediately
afterwards. A barman who had confirmed to the police that Alberti was in
Palermo while Scaglione’s murder was taking place was kidnapped and
At the second “Trial of the 114″ in 1974, Alberti was convicted and sentenced to six years. Sent to the island of Asinara, he escaped in June 1975, but was arrested again in December that year, hiding among Sicilians in Northern Italy.[5]
In October 1977 he became a fugitive again, when he was supposed to
appear before a court in Naples charged with cigarette smuggling.[2]

Heroin lab

In March 1974, Alberti was charged in Rome with heroin trafficking as
the result a 30 month investigation. The inquiry started in September
1971 when US Customs agents seized 84 kilos of heroin in a Ford that was sent from Genoa to New York. Alberti and Gaetano Badalamenti were considered to be among the bosses of the international ring.[12][13]
On August 25, 1980, two heroin-refining labs were discovered on Sicily; a small lab was discovered first in Trabia and later that day a bigger lab in uncovered in Carini that could produce 50 kilograms a week. Alberti was arrested with three Corsican chemists in Trabia, among them André Bousquet an old hand from the French Connection days, who was sent by Corsican gangster Gaetan Zampa.[2][14] On his arrest, Alberti asked, “Mafia! What is that? A kind of cheese?”, denying any knowledge or association with the crime.[4]

Attempt on life

Alberti was considered to be part of a moderate wing at the start of the 1981-83 Second Mafia War, allied with Gaetano Badalamenti and Stefano Bontade, against the Corleonesi led by Totò Riina. He barely survived an attempt on his life while incarcerated in the Ucciardone
prison on February 9, 1983. He received two sentences, one for the
heroin lab in Trabia and one life sentence for the killing of a hotel
owner who had tipped off the police about the lab.[2][15]
Due to his conviction and his links with the men on the losing side of the Second Mafia War,
Alberti’s role in Cosa Nostra shrunk. On June 20, 2006, the aging
Alberti was arrested again when authorities issued 52 arrest warrants
against the top echelon of Cosa Nostra in the city of Palermo (Operation
Despite his life sentence he had obtained house arrest due to poor
health. On January 21, 2008, the Palermo Court absolved Alberti in
relation the Gotha investigation,[17] but he received an 8 years and 5 months sentence in appeal.[18]
He was arrested again on December 16, 2008, when the Carabinieri arrested 94 Mafiosi in Operation Perseo. He was among the men that wanted to re-establish the Sicilian Mafia Commission that had not been functioning since the arrest of Totò Riina in 1993.[19] In October 2010, he was sentenced to 6 years and 4 months.[20]
Due to his age and cancer he was put under house arrest. He died on
February 1, 2012, in his house in the Porta Nuova district of Palermo.[1]
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Patricia Neway, American operatic soprano and musical theatre actress (The Sound of Music), Tony Award-winner, died he was 92.

Patricia Neway was an American operatic soprano and musical theatre actress who had an active international career
during the mid-1940s through the 1970s. One of the few performers of
her day to enjoy equal success on both the opera and musical theatre
stages, she was a regular performer on both Broadway and at the New York City Opera during the 1950s and 1960s. Critic Emily Langer of The Washington Post wrote that, “Neway was a rare type of singer — one with the classical training
and raw vocal strength to meet the demands of opera as well as the
acting talent and appeal required to succeed in musical theater.”[1]
She is particularly remembered for creating roles in the world
premieres of several contemporary American operas, most notably Magda
Sorel in Gian Carlo Menotti‘s The Consul. On Broadway she won a Tony Award for her portrayal of the Mother Abbess in the original production of Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s The Sound of Music.

(September 30, 1919 – January 24, 2012) 


Born on Ditmas Avenue in Kensington, Brooklyn to Irish-American parents, Neway grew up in Rosebank, Staten Island. Her father was a printing plant foreman who had briefly worked in vaudeville as the high tenor in a vocal quartet. She attended the Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island and then Notre Dame College where she earned a degree
in the sciences with a minor in mathematics. Although she had studied
piano briefly as a child, her interest in music and singing awakened in
her years at Notre Dame College after she began singing through a book
of Neapolitan Songs that her uncle had given to her father as a present.
What began as a hobby turned into a passion and following her
graduation from Notre Dame she entered the Mannes College of Music
where she earned a degree in vocal performance. She later studied
singing with tenor Morris Gesell, whom she eventually married.[2]
While still a student, Neway made her Broadway debut as a member of the chorus in a 1942 production of Jacques Offenbach‘s La vie parisienne.[3] In April 1944 she was the soprano soloist in the world premiere of Norman Dello Joio‘s The Mystic Trumpeter with conductor Robert Shaw and the Collegiate Chorale at Town Hall.[4] She made her first opera appearance in a leading role in 1946, as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, at Chautauqua Opera. In 1948, she returned to Broadway to portray the Female Chorus in the United States premiere of Benjamin Britten‘s The Rape of Lucretia, at the Ziegfeld Theatre.[5]
In 1950, Neway made opera history when she starred as Magda Sorel in the world premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti‘s critically acclaimed Cold War-era opera The Consul at the Shubert Theatre in Philadelphia, with Cornell MacNeil as John Sorel and Marie Powers as the Mother.[6] Later that year, she went with the production to the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway, where it ran for 269 performances. She later recorded the role for Decca Records, and performed the role for the premieres in London, Paris, and other European cities.[7] Neway, Kuhlmann, and Powers also performed these roles in the UK at the Cambridge Theatre in February 1951, with Norman Kelley playing the role of the magician Nika.[8][9] For her work in the Broadway production she won the Donaldson Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1950.[10]
In 1951, Neway made her debut with the New York City Opera (NYCO), where she returned often through 1966. Her first appearance with the company was as Leah in the world premiere of David Tamkin‘s The Dybbuk on April 10, 1951, with Robert Rounseville as Channon.[11] She also notably sang in the world premiere of Hugo Weisgall‘s Six Characters in Search of an Author in 1959, with Beverly Sills.[12] Among the many other productions she appeared in with the NYCO were: Mascagni‘s Cavalleria rusticana (as Santuzza, conducted by Julius Rudel), Alban Berg‘s Wozzeck (as Marie), Menotti’s The Consul (as Magda), Amahl and the Night Visitors (as the Mother), and The Medium (as Mme Flora), Bucci‘s Tale for a Deaf Ear (as Laura Gates),[13] Carlisle Floyd‘s Wuthering Heights (as Nellie, opposite Phyllis Curtin as Catherine); Benjamin Britten‘s The Turn of the Screw (as the Governess, with Richard Cassilly as Peter Quint), and Richard Strauss‘s Salome (as Herodias), among others.
While singing largely at the NYCO, Neway continued to perform with
other opera companies and on Broadway. In 1952 she sang and recorded the
title heroine in Gluck‘s Iphigénie en Tauride at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Between 1952-1954 she was engaged as a principal soprano at the Opéra-Comique, in Paris. While there, she gave two of the greatest performances of her opera career, portraying the title role in Giacomo Puccini‘s Tosca, and the role of Katerina Mihaylovna in Franco Alfano‘s Risurrezione.[5] In 1955, she sang in the world premiere of Raffaello de Banfield‘s Una lettera d’amore di Lord Byron in New Orleans, with Astrid Varnay. In 1957 she portrayed Madame de Croissy for NBC Opera Theatre‘s production of Poulenc‘s Dialogues of the Carmelites, with Rosemary Kuhlmann as Mother Marie, Elaine Malbin as Blanche, and Leontyne Price as Mme Lidoine.[14]
Neway notably portrayed Miriam in the world premiere of Lee Hoiby‘s The Scarf at the very first Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy on June 20, 1958. In August 1958, she sang the role of the Mother in the world premiere of Menotti’s Maria Golovin at the Brussels World’s Fair.[15] She continued with the production when it premiered on Broadway in November 1958, at the Martin Beck Theatre, under the umbrella of the NBC Opera Theatre.
The following year she sang the role again with the New York City Opera
in addition for recording the role for a national television broadcast
on NBC.[16]
In June 1959, Neway returned to the Spoleto Festival to portray Geraldine in the world premiere of Samuel Barber‘s A Hand of Bridge
(which she recorded in 1960). The following November she returned to
Broadway where she originated the role of the Mother Abbess in the
original Broadway production of The Sound of Music for which she won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, in 1960.
In 1963, Neway created the role of Jenny MacDougald in the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd‘s The Sojourner and Mollie Sinclair, in Raleigh, North Carolina, opposite Norman Treigle as Lachlan Sinclair, and conductor Julius Rudel.
In 1964, she performed the role of Lady Thiang in The King and I at Lincoln Center with Risë Stevens as Anna and Darren McGavin as the King. In 1966, she made her first appearance at the San Francisco Opera, as the Governess in The Turn of the Screw. She returned there in 1972 to play the Widow Begbick in Kurt Weill‘s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.
In 1967, she appeared as Nettie in a special television production of Carousel, starring Robert Goulet as Billy Bigelow. Her featured solo was the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone“. In 1970 she created the role of the Queen in the world premiere of Menotti’s stage play, The Leper.[10]
Neway’s other repertoire included Arnold Schönberg‘s Erwartung.

Retirement and death

After retirement, Neway moved to Corinth, Vermont
where she lived with her second husband, John Francis Byrne, until
Byrne’s death in 2008. Her first marriage to Morris Gesell had ended
earlier in divorce.[17] She died at her home in Corinth on January 24, 2012, aged 92.[3]

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Stig Sæterbakken, Norwegian writer, died he was 46.

Stig Sæterbakken was a Norwegian author. He published his first book at the age of 18, a collection of poems called Floating Umbrellas, while still attending Lillehammer Senior High School. In 1991, Sæterbakken released his first novel, Incubus, followed by The New Testament in 1993. Aestethic Bliss (1994) collected five years of work as an essayist.

(January 4, 1966 – January 24, 2012) 

Sæterbakken returned to prose in 1997 with the novel Siamese, which marks a significant departure in his style. The following year saw the release of Self-Control. And in 1999, he published Sauermugg. The three books, the S-trilogy—as they are often called—were published in a collected edition in 2000.
In February 2001, Sæterbakken’s second collection of essays, The Evil Eye was released. As with Aestethic Bliss
this book also represents a summing up and a closing of a new phase in
the authorship. In many ways the essays throw light on Sæterbakken’s own
prose over the last years, the S-trilogy in particular.
Siamese was released in Sweden by Vertigo. Vertigo followed up with a translation of Sauermugg
in April 2007. This edition, however, was different from the Norwegian
original. It included some of the later published Sauermugg-monologues,
together with left overs from the time the book was written, about 50
pages of new material all together. The expanded edition was entitled Sauermugg Redux. Siamese has since been translated into Danish, Czech and English.
Sæterbakken’s last books were the novels The Visit, Invisible Hands, and Don’t Leave Me. He was awarded the Osloprisen (Oslo Prize) in 2006 for The Visit. Invisible Hands was nominated for both the P2-listener’s Novel prize and Youth’s Critics’ Prize in 2007. The same year he was awarded the Critics Prize and Bokklubbene’s Translationprize for his translation of Nikanor Teratologen‘s Eldreomsorgen i Øvre Kågedalen.
Sæterbakken was artistic director of The Norwegian Festival of
Literature from 2006 until October 2008, when he resigned owing to the
controversy which arose when David Irving was invited to the festival in 2009 (see below).
Sæterbakken’s books were released and translated in several countries, among them Russia and USA. April 2009 Flamme Forlag released an essay by Sæterbakken, in their series of book-singles, called Yes. No. Yes.
Sæterbakken died on 24 January 2012, aged 46.[1]

David Irving controversy in 2008

In October 2008 Sæterbakken angrily resigned from his position as content director of the 2009 Norwegian Festival of Literature at Lillehammer. This followed the decision by the board of the festival on October 8/9 to renege an invitation to controversial author and Holocaust denier David Irving
to speak at the festival. Sæterbakken was the initiator of the
invitation. A media storm had erupted in Norway over Irving’s appearance
and several high-profile writers had denounced the initiative and called for a boycott of the festival. Even Norway’s free speech organization Fritt Ord
had requested that its logo be removed from the festival. Sæterbakken
characterized his colleagues as “damned cowards” arguing that they were
walking in lockstep.[2]

Books translated to English

  • “Siamese”(published in Norwegian in 1997)[3]

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Pierre Sinibaldi, French footballer and manager, died he was 87.

Pierre Sinibaldi was a French football player and manager.[1]

(29 February 1924 – 24 January 2012) 

In the 1960s and again in the early 1970s, he coached R.S.C. Anderlecht with whom he previously won four Belgian Championships between 1962 and 1966. As a player for Stade de Reims (1944–1953), he won two French Championships (1949, 1953) and the French Cup (1950); in 1947, he was the top scorer in the Division 1 with 33 goals. Sinibaldi, whose brothers Paul (goalkeeper) and Noël also played in Reims, was nominated only twice for the French national team, the first time for a 2-1 win against England in 1946.

Clubs (player)

Clubs (coach)

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Althea Wynne, British sculptor, died she was 75.

Althea Kathleen Wynne, also known by her married names of Dresman and Barrington Brown, was an English sculptor and art teacher, and a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. She specialized in creating large figurative work for gardens and public open spaces.

(6 October 1936 – 24 January 2012)

Early life

The daughter of an officer in the Royal Air Force, Wynne was educated at North Foreland Lodge, Farnham School of Art (1953–1955), Hammersmith College (1955–1957), and the Royal College of Art (1957–1960).[1][2]

Life and career

Group of three horses at Minster Court, City of London

In 1959 Wynne gained an early commission from London County Council for a ciment-fondu group of swimmers,[1] and in 1960 she won an open competition to design a new silver horse-racing trophy.[3]
However, the same year she married Philip Dresman, and with him had a
son and two daughters. For some years she spent most of her time
bringing up her children, before returning to work as a teacher of art
and the history of art.[1] In 1982 she married secondly Antony Barrington Brown, a photographer,[4] and at about the same time became active as a sculptor again.[1]
Wynne settled at Upton Lovell in Wiltshire, where several pieces of her work were displayed in her garden.[1] In Who’s Who in Art her recreations were stated as “riding, sailing, talking”.[5]
She died suddenly in January 2012, killed with her husband in a road accident on the A36 near her home while returning from the foundry that was to cast her last commission, two large bronzes of Windsor Grey horses for Windsor Great Park.[1] Both Wynne and Barrington Brown were killed instantly in a collision between their car and a truck carrying aggregates.[4] In February it was reported that there were plans to proceed with the Windsor project, finding another sculptor to complete the work by June 2013.[6]


As a sculptor, Wynne’s chief inspirations were the natural environment and classical (especially Etruscan) art.[1] Most of her work was figurative, showing various forms of animal and female human figures.[3] In 1988 her fountain “Doves Rising” was added to the Peace Park in Hounslow.[1] A lifelong rider, she made a number of equine statues, and in 1989 Prudential Property gave her a commission for three bronze horses to stand by the steps at Minster Court in the City of London.[1] Since nicknamed Sterling, Dollar and Yen,[7] the group is ten feet high, weighs fourteen tonnes, and has been compared with the horses of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice.[1] In 1991 her “Family of Goats”, for the London Docklands Development Corporation, was erected at Rotherhithe.[3] Other work includes a group called “White Horses”, at the centre of a restaurant on RMS Queen Elizabeth II, which shows four horses riding the waves,[8] “Europa and the Bull”, a full-size bronze figure, and the three huge obelisks rising through the Bluewater shopping centre at Greenhithe in Kent. She held solo exhibitions in Salisbury in 1988 and 1991, at Broadgate in 1993, and in Winchester in 1997.[1] In 2012 her bronze ‘‘Penelope Waiting” was the signature piece for an exhibition of sculpture at Avebury Manor.[9]
Wynne wrote of the inspirations for her work

My work is deeply influenced by my love of early
classical sculpture, the calm poise and harmony of which I try to
emulate. The Greeks also had an understanding of animals from which I
draw some of my inspiration, and my equestrian subjects owe much to my
love of riding.[3]

Professional associations

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Sir Alfred Ball, British air marshal, died he was 91.

Air Marshal Sir Alfred Henry Wynne Ball KCB DSO DFC was a Royal Air Force officer who became Deputy Commander of RAF Strike Command.

(18 January 1921 – 25 January 2012) 

RAF career

Educated at Campbell College in Belfast,[1] Ball joined the Royal Air Force in 1939.[2] He served in World War II flying Spitfires[3] and commanding No. 682 Squadron, No. 542 Squadron, No. 540 Squadron and finally No. 13 Squadron: he was mentioned in dispatches twice.[2] He was appointed Chief of Staff at SHAPE in 1968, Director General of RAF Organisation in 1971 and UK Military Representative to CENTO at Ankara in 1975.[2] He went on to be Deputy Commander of RAF Strike Command in 1977 before retiring in 1979.[2]
In retirement he became an advisor to ICL.[2] He died on 25 January 2012.[4]


In 1942 he married Nan McDonald; they have three sons and one daughter.[2]

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Paavo Berglund, Finnish conductor, died he was 82.

Paavo Allan Engelbert Berglund OBE  was a Finnish conductor and violinist.[1]

(Helsinki, 14 April 1929 – Helsinki, 25 January 2012)

Born in Helsinki, Berglund studied the violin as a child, and played an instrument made by his grandfather.[2]
By age 15, he had decided on music as his career, and by 18 was playing
in restaurants. During the Second World War, Berglund worked at the
iron factories in Billnäs.
Children were moved out of Helsinki during heavy stages of the war. His
professional career as a violinist began in 1946, playing the whole
summer at the Officers Mess (Upseerikasino) in Helsinki. He already had
played in dance orchestras in 1945. Formal study took place in Helsinki
at the Sibelius Academy, in Vienna and in Salzburg. He was a violinist
in the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (http://www.yle.fi/rso)
from 1949–1958 in the 1st violin section, unique among the
instrumentalists in being accommodated for seating to account for the
fact that he was left-handed.
In an radio interview made of the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE (http://www.yle.fi) in 2002, Berglund explains how he heard the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on their tour in Helsinki with Wilhelm Furtwängler
and was very impressed. Shortly after that he left for Vienna to study.
He had many friends both in the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna Radio Symphony
Orchestras, and could attend rehearsal and recording sessions. One
particular recording session he remembers is when he was present one
evening when Furtwängler recorded Schumann’s Manfred Overture and
Smetana’s Moldau at the Musikverein in Vienna. Another conductor that he
was very impressed with was Hans Knappertsbusch.
Berglund’s conducting career began in 1949, when he founded his own
chamber orchestra. In 1953, Berglund co-founded the Helsinki Chamber
Orchestra (partly inspired by the Boyd Neel Orchestra).[3][4]
In 1955, he was appointed Associate Conductor of the Finnish Radio
Symphony Orchestra, and served as chief conductor of the Finnish Radio
Symphony Orchestra from 1962 to 1971. Berglund became music director of
the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (http://www.hel.fi/hki/HKO/en/Etusivu)
in 1975 and held the post for 4 seasons. He was also conductor of the
mixed voice choir of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki,
The Academic Choral Society (Akateeminen Laulu, AL. http://www.akateeminenlaulu.fi) from 1959-1961.
Berglund attained notoriety as a strict orchestral disciplinarian due
to his ruthless rehearsals and dedication to musical perfection. As a
conductor Berglund often went beyond the printed score in the music of Jean Sibelius
and others to improve on what he believed were weaknesses, especially
in orchestration, color and balance. Most orchestras he conducted
responded well to his no-nonsense approach. He was tireless in studying,
preparing and rehearsing. He almost always came to the orchestra with
his own materials he had corrected and bowed by his own hand. He would
then mark highly detailed instructions on the sheet music of each
individual musician.
Berglund would certainly not always agree with composers, he felt
comfortable in elaborating any nuances he considered important but which
the composers had not highlighted. He believed in details: “I think we
have already had our fill of mushy recordings”, Berglund noted in an
interview by FMQ (Finnish Music Quarterly) in 1999.
In the UK, Berglund led Sibelius Centenary Concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
in 1965, and became their principal conductor in 1972, concluding his
tenure in Bournemouth in 1979. Berglund led the Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra with distinction between 1972 and 1979, significantly raising
its performing standards, as can be heard from the many recordings made
by it for EMI during this period. He also served as principal guest
conductor of the Scottish National Orchestra, from 1981 to 1985.
Guest engagements saw Berglund conducting all the major North American and European orchestras, such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra,
the Dresden Staatskapelle, the St Petersburg and Moscow Philharmonics,
the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestras. Berglund
was also a member of the Russian National Orchestra’s conductor
Berglund made his New York debut in 1978 with the American Symphony
Orchestra at the Carnegie Hall, in a concert of Shostakovich and
Sibelius.[3] From the 1990s he become a regular guest conductor in the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra.[6]
Berglund made over 100 recordings. In an interview for the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat (http://www.hs.fi)
in 2009, Berglund said when asked about his recordings, that the
Smetana recording with the Dresden Staatskapelle is probably the best,
since this was the best of the orchestras that he made recordings with.
Berglund did opera a few times. To mention the most important opera projects are Beethoven’s Fidelio with Finnish National Opera in Helsinki in 2000 (with Karita Mattila, Matti Salminen, Jaakko Ryhänen) and Nielsen’s Maskerade in Copenhagen.
Paavo Berglund told in an radio interview for the conductor Atso Almila,
made on occasion for the 75th anniversary in 2002 of the Finnish Radio
Symphony Orchestra, that he had the closest relation and friendship of
contemporary Finnish composers to Joonas Kokkonen
(1921-1996). The collaboration was very strong. He championed his music
as much as possible and also helped him during the difficult times in
life. He commissioned many of Kokkonen’s works.
Berglund was also the first conductor in the early years, alongside with Jukka-Pekka Saraste, for the Finnish Chamber Orchestra (http://www.finnchamber.fi)
founded in 1990. The orchestra does not serve as a primary job for
anyone, but rather as an instrument to gather top musicians to work
together in an exquisite ensemble where art and quality come before
routine. The orchestra consists of concertmasters and principals from
leading Finnish orchestras such as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Avanti! and Lahti Symphony Orchestra.
Berglund also conducted the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra on a few occasions (http://orso.siba.fi/en/studies/symphony_orchestra).

Relationship with Jean Sibelius’ music

Berglund was particularly associated with the music of Sibelius[7] and he recorded the complete Sibelius symphonies three times.[8] During the mid-1950s, Jean Sibelius heard Berglund conduct some of the symphonies and the Suite Rakastava, and told Berglund how much he had enjoyed the performances.[3]
He met Sibelius at his home Ainola as a member of the delegation of the
Radio Orchestra that visited Sibelius. Sibelius asked him whether they
were playing any Schönberg. To this Paavo Berglund answered no. This was
the whole conversation. Berglund made the first recording of the Kullervo Symphony.[9]
Berglund’s source-critical research on the Sibelius Seventh Symphony
began in 1957, when he conducted the Seventh with the Helsinki
Philharmonic Orchestra, and noticed that they were playing from parts
that Sibelius had corrected. He saw that the printed parts had numerous
errors. His subsequent research led to the publication of a new edition
of the symphony by Hansen in 1980.[10]
In an interview in 1998 with the London Sunday Times, Berglund spoke of his interpretative ideas on the music of Jean Sibelius:

“‘Sibelius’s music is often ruined because it’s too strictly
accurate. I think maybe musicians like to play like this’ – he makes a
series of downward vertical gestures – ‘but it’s good to do it like
this’ – his hands, one above the other, oscillate gently in and out of
vertical alignment. ‘Accuracy against atmosphere: it’s not that simple.
The early Sibelius conductor Georg Schneevoigt
once complained that he couldn’t get the details out of Sibelius’s
scores. Sibelius said that he should simply swim in the gravy.’”

Berglund was highly regarded as an authority on Jean Sibelius by other conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle.[10]
He collaborated with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in recordings of the complete symphonies of Jean Sibelius[11] and Johannes Brahms.[12]
The origin for the Sibelius recordings were made when Berglund
conducted the orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival in a complete cycle of
the Sibelius symphonies. What was especially notable was using smaller
string forces than usual in some of the symphonies. The result was
highly praised.
Berglund’s early Sibelius interpretations are more dark and heavy.
Later on he discovered a new style. While other conductors often go for
the big effects in Sibelius, Berglund started to love the clarity that
could be achieved with an orchestra of about 50 players.
In general he was known for prefering gut strings in string
instruments and the sparse use of vibrato. He often said that the use of
vibrato hides faults and mistakes.
Mr Berglund was one of the jury members in the 1st International Sibelius Conductors’ Competition (http://www.sibeliusconductorscompetition.org) held in 1995.

Last performance

Paavo Berglund conducted his last concert in the Pleyel Concert Hall in Paris on 1 June 2007. The orchestra was the French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. The program included the Brahms Violin Concerto with Christian Tetzlaff
as a soloist and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 4. In an interview made on his
80th birthday by the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, Berglund said
that the playing in the Sibelius was almost perfect Sibelius playing.
The concert was recorded by French Radio.

Selected remembrances and legends

As told by the UK newspaper The Independent, the pianist Ralf Gothóni
once performed the Franck Violin Sonata with him and was surprised to
find that he “played the first movement with a right-hand violin and the
second movement with a left-hand violin. The difference of quality was
not notable!”. The Independent also writes that Ralf Gothóni
recalled the effects of Berglund’s rigour: he “had a very strong and
demanding consciousness of musical laws. It was a great challenge to
play with him – and not always easy for the ‘freedom-loving’ desires of
the soloist”. He looked severe, too, bent forward in concentration, his
left arm holding the baton almost as if warning the orchestra. And in
interviews he could be terse to the point of monosyllabism.
But this apparently stern figure had a warmer side, as the cellist Anssi Karttunen
remembered: “although he seemed to be always, and I mean always,
working, he was a very warm and caring friend of the family, always
interested to discuss books, reflexology or philosophy with my wife or
have a conversation with our daughter.”
He gave the composer Aulis Sallinen
(once manager of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra) an unlikely
cause for worry at the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra: “Paavo Berglund
had only one hobby: football. He used to follow on TV British football
matches. He also established a football team inside the orchestra. They
used to arrange matches even during our tours. The manager (thinking of
broken knees and fingers) did not love the idea.”
Jukka-Pekka Saraste
remembers Paavo Berglund when at the start of his career: “When spring
came, I went to a concert of London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by
Paavo Berglund. They performed Sibelius’ 5th Symphony, Violin Concerto
with Ida Handel as soloist and the Daughter of Pohjola. Berglund had the
reputation of being unapproachable. Nevertheless, I dared to introduce
myself after the concert and found him direct and friendly. “A Finn?
Give me a moment, I need to piss and wash my hands”. He took me to
Aberdeen Steak House which was nearby to have a steak with him. “Would
you like coffee for dessert?”, he asked and pulled out a pack of Finnish
coffee and a coffeefilter from his briefcase. He ordered some hot
water, and no matter how much the head waiter praised the restaurant’s
coffee selection, they were not good enough. “You Englishmen don’t know
how to roast coffee, you ruin it by burning it.” Known as scary and
stern person Berglund told me a surprising truth between topics: “When
conducting, always remember to maintain a positive attitude”.
Esa-Pekka Salonen
told in an video interview for the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE
when asked to remember Paavo, that the epithet closet to him is a
constant searching, the endless curiosity, need for new information and
self criticism. Of his self criticism can be said that he never stayed
with one idea, in he’s career a pattern of building new things on top of
old ones can be clearly seen. Layer by layer. Searching for the
ultimate truth, that eventually of course cannot be found. But the point
being in the persistent and open-minded search of the truth.
Remembrances from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (http://www.bsolive.com):
Berglund’s performances and recordings of Sibelius with the BSO are
legendary and his death was announced as the Orchestra played Sibelius’
Fifth Symphony with Kirill Karabits
(who himself worked with Paavo in Budapest). The music parts being used
by the BSO are the ones used by Paavo himself, and the Orchestra
dedicated its concerts on 26 January in Cheltenham, and 27 January at
Portsmouth Guildhall to his memory.
Roger Preston, Co-Principal Cello, who worked with Paavo on many
occasions, said “Anyone who played with the Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra in the largest wooden church in the world Kerimäki Church,
Finland, as part of the BSO’s 1981 tour will tell that it was a truly
unforgettable experience. On this tour we played all the Sibelius’
Symphonies, with Paavo on spectacular form. This particular concert
featured Sibelius’ Fourth Symphony plus the Violin Concerto played
superbly by Ida Haendel.
“I joined the BSO in 1979, as much because I had seen and heard them
play under Berglund and knew that he (and they!) were quite exceptional.
Many of Paavo’s comments, criticisms and demands are as fresh in my
mind as though it were only yesterday.
“He remains, for me one of the best, if not the best conductor that I
have ever played for and am so grateful to have caught the latter days
of Paavo’s extraordinarily fruitful relationship with the BSO. For any
string players reading this, I particularly loved it when he used to
say, “violins, you play like in a telephone booth”, ie use much more
Newspaper Helsingin Sanomat told in their 80th year birthday
interview of Paavo Berglund that his one time assistant from
Bournemouth, Simon Rattle, calls him “one of the last great”, and uses
Berglund’s bowings in his Sibelius performances, like many other
superstars. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra always gets very
suspicious when a visiting maestro wants to change Paavo’s markings. The
visiting maestro is silenced by saying that the markings are Sibelius’.
The late Finnish music critic Seppo Heikinheimo writes in his book “Mätämunan muistelmat, 1997″ on page 174: A story about Berglund is often told:
When a wealthy female conductor spent a few weeks in Finland, and was
daily visiting both the Helsinki orchestras and their offices to see
whether she could be thought of as a guest conductor. No one really
dared to say that she was not really needed, but only in the Radio
Orchestra they came up with the idea of sending her to talk to chief
conductor Berglund. Berglund greets and welcomes her with a hopegiving
murderly look, typical of him. They sit down, and she picks up her CV
and concert review copies and gives them to him. Berglund pushes them
away and say: “These won’t be needed. Make me only one list”. “Yes of
course”, she responds. “What kind of a list”, she asks. “A list of all
the important orchestras you have conducted twice!”, he says.
His daughter Liisa Kylmänen told in an video interview for the
Finnish Broadcasting Company when asked to remember her father, that he
very strongly experienced the closeness to Estonians as a sister- or brotherpeople to Finns.
That one as a Finn has to take great care of them. This was during the
occupation and early independent years. And she tells he visited Tallinn
a few times for free or taking only a small fee of his conducting. And
for some of his Sibelius Kullervo performances he insisted of having an
Estonian Choir, and that they must be paid a really good fee.
Paavo Berglund was godfather to the Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi.

Pro memoriam

Berglund is said to have maintained his interest in music until the
very end; he had news on musicians of younger generations read to him
daily. In addition to his family Berglund will be missed by musicians,
orchestras, colleagues and audiences all over the world. The
representative of the old, authoritarian school conductor can still be
heard and appreciated through his extensive recordings.
The Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat interviewed the conductor Kurt Masur
by telephone from Leipzig on occasion of the passing of Mr Berglund.
“Paavo was one of my oldest friends. The world has lost one of its
greatest conductors, and my thoughts are with his wife Kirsti and his
family”, said Mr Masur.[citation needed]
Berglund was buried in Helsinki on February 4, 2012.
He was survived by his wife, Kirsti; son, Juha; daughters, Liisa Kylmänen and Eeva Berglund; and five grandchildren.

Selected instruments

In 2005, the Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation (http://www.gyllenbergs.fi/en/) bought a violin from Mr Berglund, which was built in 1732 by Carlo Bergonzi (1683-1747). Before him the violin was owned by Isaac Stern. Violin maker Ilkka Vainio
(www.ristovainio.com) has said that the violin is an example of a
masterpiece, the best he has personally known. The violin has maintained
its original condition, even the lacquer is still mostly intact.
According to Petteri Iivonen,
who has played the instrument, the violin has a warm sound yet can
endure even a rougher style of play. The violin is lent to a musician
for three years at a time. The first was Pietari Inkinen
who had the violin during years 2005-2009. In spring 2009, the violin
was handed over to Petteri Iivonen. The foundation lends the violin by
announcing it on the daily newspapers, musical publications and on its
website. Interested musicians may apply to enjoy the violin for the said
period of time. A knowledgeable jury decides on the musician who will
have the violin.
According to the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, Berglund’s
Stradivarius violin was sold by his heirs in 2012 to the Finnish
Cultural Foundation (http://www.skr.fi)
for 1.8 million Euros. At the same time the performing artist’s rights
to Berglund’s recordings as well as his valuable collection of
orchestral sheet music were donated to the foundation. The latter
material will be made available to researchers in ten years’ time. The
violin will be named Stradivarius ex. Berglund. Mr Berglund’s son Juha Berglund,
the spokesperson for the family, says that his father had several
instruments, but the Stradivari was the dearest to him. Mr Berglund’s
specific wish was that the violin should stay in Finland. The violin was
built in around 1700. The violin is in exceptionally good condition for
its age.

Awards and honours

Grammy nomination in 1971 for Best Choral Performance — Classical for Sibelius: Kullervo[13]
Diapason d’Or for the recording of the Nielsen Symphonies with the Royal Danish Orchestra.[6]
Diapason d’Or for the recording of the Sibelius Symphonies with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
‘Choc de l’Année 1998′ of Le Monde de la Musique, for the recording of the Sibelius Symphonies with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Finnish State Music Award (with Arto Noras) in 1972.
Art Council of the Uusimaa (region in southern Finland) Region Artium Cultori Award in 2004.
Janne Award in category Best Orchestral Recording in year 2001 for
Brahms Symphonies with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The price is
given by IFPI Finland (The Finnish National Group of IFPI http://www.ifpi.org,
in Finnish Musiikkituottajat).
Pro Finlandia Medal 1982.
Finnish Cultural Foundation Award in 1985 (40.000 FIM).
Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1977.
Honorary Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002 (http://www.tfo.fi).
Member No. 383 of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music in 1983 (http://www.musakad.se).
The Rehearsal Hall PAAVO at the Helsinki Music Centre, opened in 2011, is named after Paavo Berglund (http://www.musiikkitalo.fi/web/en/rehearsal-room).


Selected discography

  • Misc.: Opera arias: Bizet, Carmen: Song of Toreador; Mozart,
    Marriage of Figaro: Aria of Figaro, “Non piu andrai”; Verdi, Aida:
    Radames!; (with Aarne Vainio). Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. (FUGA 9200)
  • Misc.: Tribute to Martti Talvela. Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. (Ondine ODE 945-2)
  • Bliss: Suite from Miracle in the Gorbals; Cello Concerto (with Arto Noras). Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 1977, Southampton Guildhall. (EMI ASD 3342)
  • Brahms: Complete Symphonies. Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Live May 2000, Baden-Baden Festival Hall. (Ondine ODE 990-2T)
  • Brahms: Double Concerto (with Yehudi Menuhin and Paul Tortelier). London Philharmonic Orchestra. 1984. (EMI)
  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (with François-Frederic Guy). London
    Philharmonic Orchestra. Live May 31, 2003, Royal Festival Hall, London.
    (NAÏVE V4944)
  • Britten: Violin Concerto (with Ida Haendel). Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. June 12, 1977. (EMI ASD 3843 CDM7642022)
  • Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 (with Frank Peter Zimmermann). Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 2004 (SONY)
  • Dvorak: Scherzo Capriccioso; Slavonic Rhapsody No. 3. Dresden
    Staatskapelle. Recorded 1978 at Lukaskirche Dresden. (ETERNA 8 27
  • Englund: Epinikia. Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. (FINNLEVY SFX 34)
  • Franck: Symphony; Symphonic Variations (with Sylvia Kersenbaum). Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 1976. (EMI ASD 3308)
  • Glazunov: Piano Concerto (with John Ogdon); Yardumian: Passacaglia, Recitative & Fugue. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 1977. (EMI ASD 3367)
  • Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite; Alfven: Swedish Rhapsody; Järnefelt: Praeludium; Berceuse. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. (EMI)
  • Grieg: Symphonic Dances; Old Norwegian Romance with Variations. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 1982. (EMI ASD 4170)
  • Haydn: Symphony Nos. 92, 99. Finnish Chamber Orchestra. November 1992, Hyvinkää Hall, Finland. (Ondine)
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 103; Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings. Finnish Chamber Orchestra. Live 1993. (FCO 1003)
  • Kokkonen: Symphonies 1, 4; “…durch einen spiegel…”. Finnish RSO.
    May 1995 (…Durch einen…, Symph. 4). March 1995 (Symph. 1). House of
    Culture Helsinki. (Ondine)
  • Kokkonen: Symphony No. 3; Sibelius: Tapiola. Finnish RSO. (EMI SXL 6432, Finlandia FA 311)
  • Mozart: Oboe Concerto; Strauss: Oboe Concerto (with Douglas Boyd). Chamber Orchestra of Europe. (Asv Living Era)
  • Nielsen: Symphony No. 5. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 1975. (EMI ASD 3063)
  • Nielsen: Symphonies 1–6. Royal Danish Orchestra. June 3, 4, 5, 1987
    (Nos. 1, 4). August 17–19, 1989 (Nos. 3, 6). August 15–18, 1988 (Nos. 2,
    5). Odd Fellow Hall, Copenhagen. (RCA Victor)
  • Prokofiev: Summer Night Suite. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 1975. (EMI ASD 3141)
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 (with Leif Ove Andsnes). Oslo Philharmonic. Live March 1995, Oslo Philharmonic Hall. (EMI)
  • Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 “The Rock”. Stockholm Philharmonic. June 20–22, 1988, Philharmonic Hall, Stockholm. (RCA Victor)
  • Rautio: Moon in Jupiter; Moonlight Alley. Finnish RSO. (Fennica Nova)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel Suite. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 1975. (EMI ASD 3141)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: May Night Overture; Glazunov: Valse de Concert No.
    1; Glinka: Valse Fantaisie; Sibelius: Intermezzo and Alla Marcia from
    Karelia Suite; Shalaster: Dance “Liana”. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
  • Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2 (with Emil Gilels). USSR State Symphony Orchestra. 1951.
  • Schumann: Piano Concerto; Grieg: Piano Concerto (with John Ogdon). New Philharmonia Orchestra. 1972. (EMI ASD 2802)
  • Sallinen: Chorali. Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. (BIS CD-41)
  • Shostakovich: Symphonies 5, 6, 7, 10, 11. Bournemouth Symphony
    Orchestra. 30–31 July 1975, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (No. 5).
    Jan 1974, Guildhall, Southampton (No. 7). 1975 (No. 10). Dec 1978 (No.
    11). (EMI)
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8. Russian National Orchestra. June 2005, DZZ Studio 5, Moscow. (Pentatone)
  • Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1; Walton: Cello Concerto (with Paul Tortelier). Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Jan 7-8, 1973, Southampton Guildhall. (EMI)
  • Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings (with
    Cristina Ortiz and Rodney Senior); Piano Concerto No. 2 (with Cristina
    Ortiz); Three Fantastic Dances. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Sep
    1975. (EMI)
  • Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 (with Arve Tellefsen). Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. (Grappa, Simax)
  • Sibelius: From Kullervo; Kullervon valitus (with Usko Viitanen). Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. (FUGA 9240)
  • Sibelius: En Saga; The Oceanides; Pohjola´s Daughter; Luonnotar
    (with Taru Valjakka); Pelleas et Melisande (excerpts). Bournemouth
    Symphony Orchestra. (EMI ESD7159)
  • Sibelius: Pelleas et Melisande; Rakastava. Finnish Chamber Orchestra. Live Tampere Talo, 8 April 1991. (FCO 1001)
  • Sibelius: Finlandia; Tapiola; The Swan of Tuonela; Lemminkäinen’s
    Return; Valse Triste. Philharmonia Orchestra. 1983, St. John’s Smith
    Square, London. (EMI ASD 4186)
  • Sibelius: Finlandia; The Swan of Tuonela; Lemminkäinen’s return;
    Intermezzo from Karelia Suite; Nocturne, Elegie, Musette, Valse Triste
    from King Kristian II suite. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. (EMI 1 C
    063-05 011 Q)
  • Sibelius: Symphonies 2, 7. London Philharmonic Orchestra. Live Royal
    Festival Hall 6 Dec. 2003 (No. 7) and 16 Feb. 2005 (No. 2). (LPO 0005)
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 4. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Live
    9/11/1991. (Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Vol. 6 – Live
    Radio Recordings 1990-2000)
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 4; Sallinen: Mauermusik. Finnish RSO. House
    of Culture Helsinki, May 1969. (DECCA SXL 6431, Finlandia FA 312)
  • Sibelius: Symphonies 5, 6; The Swan of Tuonela. London Philharmonic
    Orchestra. Live May 31, 2003, Royal Festival Hall (No. 5). Live Dec. 6,
    2003, Royal Festival Hall (No. 6). Live Sept. 22, 2006, Queen Elizabeth
    Hall (Swan). (LPO 0065)
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 6; The Swan of Tuonela. Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Recorded 1970. (ETERNA 00031432BC)
  • Sibelius: Complete Symphonies 1–7 and Orchestral Works (Including
    World Premiere Recording of Kullervo Symphony). Bournemouth Symphony
    Orchestra. 1976 (No. 1). 1978 (No. 2). June 20, 1977 (No. 3). ? (No. 4).
    June 1973 (No. 5). 1976 (No. 6). 1973 (No. 7). Southampton Guildhall.
    Dec. 1970, Southampton Guildhall (Kullervo). (EMI)
  • Sibelius: Complete Symphonies 1–7 with Finlandia, The Oceanides and
    Kullervo Symphony. Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Feb 1984, All Saints
    Church Tooting (No. 4). 1985 (Kullervo). May 1986, House of Culture,
    Helsinki (No. 1). Dec 1986, House of Culture, Helsinki (No. 2). July
    1987, House of Culture, Helsinki (No. 3). Dec 1986, House of Culture,
    Helsinki (No. 5). May 1986, House of Culture, Helsinki (No. 6). Feb
    1984, All Saints Church Tooting (No. 7). (EMI)
  • Sibelius: Complete Symphonies 1–7. Chamber Orchestra of Europe. 10
    Oct 1997, RFO Hall Hilversum (Nos. 1, 2, 3). Sep 1995, Watford Colosseum
    London (Nos. 4, 6, 7). Dec 1996, Nijmegen (No. 5). (Finlandia)
  • Sibelius: Violin Concerto; Serenades Nos. 1, 2; Humoresque No. 5. (with Ida Haendel). Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. July 1975, Southampton Guildhall. (EMI)
  • Sibelius: Violin Concerto (with Arve Tellefsen). Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. (Simax)
  • Sibelius: Valse triste; Dvorak: Slavonic Dance No. 1; Slavonic Dance
    No. 2; Strauss Johann Jr: Csardas. Finnish National Opera Orchestra.
    (Ondine ODE 8152)
  • Smetana: Má Vlast. Dresden Staatskapelle. Recorded 1978 at Lukaskirche Dresden. (ETERNA 8 27 199-200)
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel; Don Juan; Burleske for Piano and Orchestra (with Sergei Edelmann); Serenade for Winds. Stockholm Philharmonic. June 19–22, 1989, Philharmonic Hall, Stockholm. (RCA Victor)
  • Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings; Dvorak: Serenade for Strings. New
    Stockholm Chamber Orchestra. July 14–15, 1983, Stockholm Concert Hall.
    (BIS CD-243)
  • Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture; Symphony No. 4. London Philharmonic Orchestra. Feb 28-30, 1998, Watford Colosseum. (SONY)
  • Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending (with Barry
    Griffiths). Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. October 29–30, 1979, No. 1
    Studio, Abbey Road. (EMI ASD 3904)
  • Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6; Oboe Concerto (with John
    Williams). Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. April 1, 1975, Southampton
    Guildhall. (EMI ASD 3127)
  • Walton: Violin Concerto (with Ida Haendel). Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 1978, Southampton Guildhall. (EMI ASD3843 CDM 764202 2)

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Veronica Carstens, German First Lady (1979–1984), died he was 84.

Veronica Carstens (née Prior)  was the wife of the German President Karl Carstens.[1][2]

(18 June 1923 – 25 January 2012)

She began medical studies in 1941, which she interrupted during the war to work as a nurse. In 1944 she married at Berlin-Tegel
Karl Carstens, whom she had met a year befor. Temporarily she was a
housewife. In 1956 she continued her medical studies, graduating in
From 1960 to 1968 she worked as a medical assistant and in 1968 she opened her medical practice in Meckenheim near Bonn.
Carstens was by profession a doctor of medicine, and she maintained
her practice throughout her husband’s tenure as president. She was a
strong advocate of naturopathy and homeopathy, and in 1982 the Carstens established the Carstens-Foundation (Carstens-Stiftung) – a major funder of alternative medicine research in Europe.[2][3] She was an honorary member of the Order of Saint John (Bailiwick of Brandenburg).[4]
She was widowed in 1992. After she had retired from public life in 2009, she lived in a sanitarium in Bonn.

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