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Wes Santee American Olympic track athlete (1952 Summer Olympics), died from cancer he was , 78,

David Wesley Santee  was an American middle distance runner and athlete who competed mainly in the 1,500 meters died from cancer he was , 78,. Wes Santee was the top American miler in the 1950s and was considered a threat to be the first man to run a mile under four minutes.

(March 25, 1932 – November 14, 2010)

Born in Ashland, Kansas, Santee was nicknamed the “Ashland Antelope.” Santee attended high school in Ashland, where he set a state record in the mile run. He later attended the University of Kansas where he set records in Cross Country and the mile and two-mile events. He was the Individual NCAA Cross Country Champion in 1953, while leading his team to the overall championship.
Santee competed in the 5,000 meters in the 1952 Summer Olympics at Helsinki, Finland, but did not win a medal. Three years later, Santee won the silver medal in the 1,500 meters at the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico City.[1]
During this period, Santee was one of the top milers in the world, aspiring to become the first man to run a four-minute mile. His chief competitors were Great Britain‘s Roger Bannister and Australia‘s John Landy. On May 6, 1954, Bannister became the first to break the barrier with a time of 3:59.4. Seven weeks later, Landy surpassed Bannister’s mark.
In early 1955, Santee came close to a four-minute mile of his own, with a time of 4:00.5, but he would never surpass this time. Shortly afterwards, Santee was suspended by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in a dispute over his amateur status. AAU rules at that time limited amateurs to $15 per diem expenses to cover food and lodging, and the costs of air travel. For three track meets over a nine-day period in May, 1955, Santee had been paid $1,127.85 of expenses [2]
In 1956, Santee was permanently barred from amateur events, ending his chance to surpass Bannister and Landy and also costing him a place in the 1956 Summer Olympics at Melbourne, Australia.
During his abbreviated career, Santee set world records in the 1,500 meter run, indoor 1,500 meter run and indoor mile.
Santee’s track career, including his rivalry with Bannister and Landy and his troubles with the AAU, is chronicled in Neal Bascomb‘s 2004 book The Perfect Mile. A film based on Bascomb’s book is currently under development.
He died of cancer in Eureka, Kansas on November 14, 2010 .[3][4][5]

Acacia Fraternity

David “Wes” Santee became a member of the Acacia Fraternity during his stay at the University of Kansas. His accomplishments and successes are recognized by the fraternity as seen on the fraternity’s website.
Story regarding of Santee belonging to Acacia Fraternity:
“Once, after a session of heckling from his Acacia fraternity brothers, Santee said he could beat them all in a race from Tonganoxie along Highway 10 to their house. He said each of the 28 house members could run half a mile, relay style, for the 14 miles, while he ran the entire length.
He beat them with plenty of time to spare.”[6]

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Bobbi Sykes, Australian Aboriginal rights activist has died she was , 67

Roberta “Bobbi” Sykes was an Australian poet and author. She was a life-long campaigner for indigenous land rights, as well as human rights and women’s rights.[1]

 (16 August 1943 – 14 November 2010)

 Early life and education

Born Roberta Barkley Patterson in Townsville, Queensland, Sykes was raised by her mother and purportedly never knew her father. Sykes says in her autobiography that his identity is unknown, but her mother, Rachel Patterson, told a reporter in 1973 that Sykes’s “father was a Negro soldier… His name was Master Sergeant Robert Barkley of the US Army”.[2]

Early activism

Sykes left school aged 14 and, after a succession of jobs, including a nurses assistant at the Townsville General Hospital from 1959 to 1960 she moved to Brisbane and then to [Sydney] in the early to mid-1960s where she worked as a strip-tease dancer at the notorious Pink Pussycat Club, 38a Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross under the stage name, [pseudonym] of “Opal Stone”. She became a freelance journalist and got involved in several national indigenous activist organisations. She was one of the many protestors arrested at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in July 1972.[3] She was involved in the creation and early development of the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service, although other participants say that her autobiography exaggerates her role in this.[who?]


Sykes’s early poetry was published in 1979 in the book Love Poems and Other Revolutionary Acts. The first edition was limited to a thousand copies (with the first 300 numbered and signed). A mass market edition was published in 1988. Her second volume of poetry was published in 1996. In 1981 she ghosted the autobiography of Mum (Shirl) Smith, an indigenous Australian social worker in New South Wales.[4] She won the Patricia Weickert Black Writers Award in 1982.

Harvard and later activism

Sykes received a PhD in Education from Harvard University in 1983. She was the first black Australian to graduate from a United States university.[4][5] She returned to Australia where she continued her life as an activist and was appointed to the Nation Review, as Australia’s first (presumed) indigenous columnist.[citation needed] In 1994 her role was recognised when awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal.[1]
Sykes’s three-volume autobiography Snake Dreaming was published between 1997 and 2000. The first volume won The Age Book of the Year 1997 and the 1998 Nita Kibble Literary Award for women writers.

Awards and nominations


  • Love Poems and other Revolutionary Actions (Cammeray: The Saturday Centre, 1979)
  • Mum Shirl: An Autobiography (with Colleen Shirley Perry) (Melbourne, 1981)
  • Love Poems and other Revolutionary Actions (St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1989) ISBN 0-7022-2173-2
  • Eclipse. (Queensland, Australia: Univ of Queensland Press, 1996) ISBN 0-7022-2848-6
  • Incentive, Achievement and Community (Sydney: Sydney University Press, 1986)
  • Black Majority (Hawthorn, Australia: Hudson, 1989) ISBN 0-949873-25-X
  • Murawina: Australian Women of High Achievement (Sydney: Doubleday, 1993) ISBN 0-86824-436-8
  • Snake Cradle (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1997) ISBN 1-86448-513-2
  • Snake Dancing (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1998) ISBN 1-86448-513-2
  • Snake Circle (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2000) ISBN 1-86508-335-6

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Luis García Berlanga, Spanish film director, died from natural causes he was , 89

Luis García Berlanga was a Spanish film director and screenwriter died from natural causes he was , 89.

(12 June 1921 – 13 November 2010)

When young, he decided to study philosophy, but his true vocation pushed him to enter in 1947 the Institute of Cinematographic Investigations and experiences (Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias cinematográficas) in Madrid. In his youth he enrolled in the Blue Division to avoid his father’s execution as a Republican politician [1]. His debut as a film director in 1951 was with the film That Happy Couple in which he worked with Juan Antonio Bardem. With Bardem, he is considered to be one of Spanish film renovators after the Spanish civil war. Among his films stand out several unforgettable ones of Spanish film history, as Welcome Mr. Marshall! or The Executioner. He worked on seven occasions with screenwriter Rafael Azcona.
Characteristic of his films are their sense of irony and the satires of different social and political situations. During the Franco dictatorship his ability to outwit the censorship and to carry out daring projects as Miracles on Thursdays stood out.

In 1968, he was head of the jury at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]
In 1986 he received the Prince of Asturias Award for Arts and in 1993 the Goya for best director for Everyone to Jail! His film Placido was nominated in 1961 for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, Gold Medal for Fine Art (Medalla de Oro de las Bellas Artes) in 1981, Spanish National Cinematography Price (Premio Nacional de Cinematografía) in 1980, and has been granted with the Italian Commendatore Order.
Berlanga won international prizes in the most important film festivals: Cannes Film Festival, International Film Festival of Valencia, Montreal World Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival. In the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival he won a prize as one the world’s ten most prominent film directors. He has also been awarded a countless number of national acknowledgements.


Filmography as director

Filmography as actor

  • Días de viejo color (1968) (actor)
  • No somos de piedra (1968) (actor)
  • Corazón de bombón (2000) (actor)
  • Strangers to Themselves (Extranjeros de sí mismos) documentary (2001) (actor)

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Nathan Oliveira, American painter. died he was , 81

 Nathan Oliveira  was an American painter, printmaker, and sculptor, born in Oakland, California to Portuguese parents died he was , 81.  From the late 1950s on Oliveira has been the subject of nearly one hundred solo exhibitions in addition to having been included hundreds of group exhibitions, in important museums and galleries worldwide, including several Whitney Museum of American Art Annual Exhibitions. He taught painting for several decades in California commencing in the early 1950s when he taught in Oakland and then henceforth at Stanford University. Oliveira is considered to be one of the pioneers of the return to the figuration in American painting that originated in the California Bay Area in the 1950s. Along with various colleagues, Oliviera responded to Abstract expressionism in the mid-1950s by returning to imagery.

(December 19, 1928 – November 13, 2010)

Oliveira graduated from San Francisco’s George Washington High School.[1] He attended college in Oakland; first at Mills College, where he attended a class taught by Max Beckmann, and later at California College of the Arts, where he received a BFA in 1951 and an MFA in 1952. Oliveira taught art at several colleges, including the California College of the Arts and Stanford University.

  • 1952-53 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
  • 1955-56 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
  • 1964-96 Professor of Studio Arts, Stanford University, CA


  • 2000 Distinguished Degree of “Commander” in “The Order of the Infante D. Henrique” awarded by the President of Portugal and the Portuguese government.
  • 1997 University California Press, Berkeley to publish a major monograph on the life and work of Nathan Oliveira. Susan Landauer, Author. Work to begin in 1998.
  • 1996 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • California Society of Printmakers Honors Nathan Oliveira for Distinguished Artistic Achievement
  • 1994 Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge
  • Elected Academy Membership (Fellow), American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
  • 1992 Ann O’Day Maples Professor in the Arts Emeritus, Stanford University, CA
  • 1988 Ann O’Day Maples Professor in the Arts, Endowed Chair, Stanford University, CA
  • 1985 Academician, Graphic Arts, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
  • 1984 Academy Institute Award in Art, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
  • 1982 Elected Associate Member, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
  • 1974 National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist Grant
  • 1968 Doctor of Fine Arts Degree, Honoris Causa, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
  • 1964 Tamarind Lithography Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1963 Arte Actual de America y Espana Special Prize, Madrid, Spain Tamarind Lithography Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1959 Norman Wait Harris Bronze Medal, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 1958 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 1957 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant

Artistic association

He was a member of the Bay Area Figurative Movement: a group of San Francisco Bay Area artists in the 1950s and 1960s who sought a return to figurative painting as a reaction to non-objective abstract painting. Other Bay Area Figurative School artists include Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Elmer Bischoff, and later, Joan Brown, and Manuel Neri. Oliveira is also known as an outstanding printmaker who has executed many unique works in the monotype medium. He has exhibited his paintings in museums and galleries throughout the world.

Recent work

Oliveira was most recently at work on a series of paintings inspired the by Gerard Manley Hopkins poem “The Windhover,” a work which he had hoped would be permanently housed at a contemplative center planned for Stanford University and may still be.
Nathan was one of four artist in the `Ashes to Life: A Portuguese American Story in Art, which was published in English and Portuguese for the exhibit of the same name with artists Mel Ramos, Joao de Brito and John Matos in 2008.


Nathan Oliveira died at his home in Stanford, California on November 13, 2010.

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D. V. S. Raju, Indian film producer, died from a short illness. he was , 81

Datla Venkata Suryanarayana Raju , better known as D. V. S. Raju was an Indian Film producer from Telugu Cinema  died from a short illness. he was , 81.

(b: 13 December, 1928 – d: 13 November, 2010) 

He was born on 13 December, 1928 in Allavaram, East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh. He has established D. V. S. Productions and made about 25 films including one award winning Hindi film Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye. He had produced some popular films, starring N. T. Rama Rao like Pidugu Ramudu, Chinnanaati Snehithulu etc. His few noted films are Jeevitha Nouka, Jeevana Jyoti, Chanakya Sapadham, Picchi Pullaiah.
He was the Chairman of National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) and President of the Film Federation of India. He had also served as Chairman of the State Film Development Corporation. He died on 13 November, 2010 (Saturday) at the age of 82 years after brief illness. He is survived by the wife, a son and two daughters.[1]



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Allan Sandage, American astronomer, died from pancreatic cancer he was , 84

Allan Rex Sandage [1] [2][3][4] was an American astronomer. He was Staff Member Emeritus with the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California.[5] He is best known for determining the first reasonably accurate value for the Hubble constant and the age of the universe.

(born June 18, 1926 in Iowa City, Iowa, died November 13, 2010)


Allan R. Sandage was one of the most influential astronomers of the 20th century.[6] Sandage graduated from the University of Illinois in 1948. By 1953 he earned his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology with the German observational astronomer Walter Baade as his advisor. During this time Sandage was a graduate student assistant to the famed cosmologist Edwin Hubble. Sandage continued Hubble’s research program after Hubble’s sudden death in 1953. Walter Baade’s 1952 discovery of two separate populations of Cepheid variable stars in the Andromeda Galaxy, resulted in a doubling of the age of the Universe from 1.8 to 3.6 billion years, since Hubble had only considered the weaker Population II Cepheid variables as standard candles. Following this, Sandage showed that astronomers’ previous assumption that the brightest stars in galaxies were of approximately equal inherent intensity was mistaken in the case of H II regions which he found not to be stars and inherently brighter than the brightest stars in distant galaxies. This resulted in another 1.5 factor increase in the age of the Universe, to approximately 5.5 billion years[7]. Throughout the 1950s and well into the 1980s Sandage was regarded as the pre-eminent observational cosmologist. Sandage made seminal contributions to all aspects of the cosmological distance scale from local calibrators within our own Milky Way Galaxy to cosmologically distant galaxies.
Sandage began working at the Palomar Observatory. In 1958 he published[8] the first good estimate for the Hubble constant, revising Hubble’s value of 250 down to 75 km/s/Mpc, which is quite close to today’s accepted value. Later he became the chief advocate of an even lower value, around 50, corresponding to a Hubble age of around 20 billion years.
He performed photometric studies of globular clusters, and deduced that they had an age of at least 25 billion years. This led him to speculate that the Universe did not merely expand, but actually expanded and contracted with a period of 80 billion years. The current cosmological estimates of the age of the universe, in contrast, are typically of the order of 14 billion years. As part of his studies on the formation of galaxies in the early Universe, he co-wrote the seminal paper[9] now called ELS after the authors Olin J. Eggen, Donald Lynden-Bell, and Sandage first describing the collapse of a proto-galactic gas cloud into our present Milky Way Galaxy.
In his paper of 1961 “The Ability of the 200-inch Telescope to Discriminate Between Selected World Models,”[10] he discussed the future of observational cosmology as the search for two parameters – the Hubble constant H0 and the deceleration parameter q0. This paper influenced observational cosmology for at least three decades as it carefully laid out the types of observational tests that could be performed with a large telescope. He also published two atlases of galaxies, in 1961[11] and in 1981,[12] based on the Hubble classification scheme.
In 1962[13] studied a possibility of directly measuring the temporal variation of the redshift of extra-galactic sources, an effect later called Sandage–Loeb effect.[14]
He is noted for the discovery in the M82 galaxy of jets erupting from the core. These must have been caused by massive explosions in the core, and the evidence indicated the eruptions had been occurring for at least 1.5 million years.[15]
He was a prolific researcher with over 500 papers. Until his death he continued to be an active researcher at the Carnegie Observatories, still publishing several papers a year.[16]

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Henryk Górecki, Polish composer (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), died after a long illness. he was , 76

 Henryk Mikołaj Górecki was a composer of contemporary classical music died after a long illness. he was , 76. He studied at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice between 1955 and 1960. In 1968, he joined the faculty and rose to provost before resigning in 1979. Górecki became a leading figure of the Polish avant-garde during the post-Stalin cultural thaw.[3][4] His Webernian-influenced serialist works of the 1950s and 1960s were characterized by adherence to dissonant modernism and drew influence from Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen,[5] Krzysztof Penderecki and Kazimierz Serocki.[6] He continued in this direction throughout the 1960s, but by the mid 1970s had changed to a less complex sacred minimalist sound, exemplified by the transitional Symphony No. 2 and the hugely popular Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs). This later style developed through several other distinct phases, from such works as his 1979 Beatus Vir,[7] to the choral 1981 hymn Miserere, the 1993 Kleines Requiem für eine Polka[8] and his requiem Good Night.[9]

(December 6, 1933 – November 12, 2010) 

Until 1992, Górecki was viewed as a remote and fiery figure[10] known only to a few connoisseurs, primarily as one of a number of composers responsible for sparking a postwar renaissance in Polish music.[11] In 1992, 15 years after it was composed, a recording of his Third Symphony, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs—recorded with soprano Dawn Upshaw and released to commemorate the memory of those lost during the Holocaust—became a worldwide commercial and critical success, selling more than a million copies and vastly exceeding the typical lifetime sales of a recording of symphonic music by a 20th-century composer. As surprised as anyone at its popularity, Górecki said, “Perhaps people find something they need in this piece of music […] somehow I hit the right note, something they were missing. Something somewhere had been lost to them. I feel that I instinctively knew what they needed.”[11] This popular success did not generate wide interest in Górecki’s other works,[12] and he pointedly resisted the temptation to repeat earlier success, or compose for commercial reward.
Apart from two brief periods studying in Paris and a short time living in Berlin, Górecki spent most of his life in southern Poland.

Early years

Henryk Górecki was born on December 6, 1933, in the village of Czernica (Silesian Voivodeship) in, Silesia, southwest Poland. The Górecki family lived modestly, though both parents had a love of music. His father Roman (1904–1991) worked at the goods office of a local railway station, but was an amateur musician, while his mother Otylia (1909–1935), played piano. Otylia died when her son was just two years old,[14] and many of his early works were dedicated to her memory.[15] Henryk developed an interest in music from an early age, though he was discouraged by both his father and new stepmother to the extent that he was not allowed to play his mother’s old piano. However, he persisted, and in 1943 was allowed to take violin lessons with Paweł Hajduga; a local amateur musician, instrument maker and chłopski filozof (peasant philosopher).[16]
In 1945, Górecki fell while playing in a neighbor’s yard and dislocated his hip. The resulting suppurative inflammation was misdiagnosed by a local doctor, and delay in proper treatment led to tubercular complications in the bone. The illness went largely untreated for two years, by which time permanent damage had been sustained. He spent the following twenty months in a hospital in Germany, where he underwent four operations.[17] Górecki continued to suffer ill health throughout his life and, as a result, said he had “talked with death often”.[18]

Emerging composer: Rydułtowy and Katowice

Between 1951 and 1953, Górecki taught 10- and 11-year-olds at a school outside of Rydułtowy, in southern Poland.[16] In 1952, he began a teacher training course at the Szafrankowie Brothers State School of Music in Rybnik, where he studied clarinet, violin, piano, and music theory. Through intensive studying Górecki finished the four year course in just under three years. During this time he began to compose his own pieces, mostly songs and piano miniatures. Occasionally he attempted more ambitious projects—in 1952 he adapted the Adam Mickiewicz ballad Świtezianka, though his work was left unfinished.[19] However, life for the composer during this time was often difficult. Teaching posts were generally badly paid, while the shortage economy made manuscript paper at times difficult and expensive to acquire. With no access to radio, Górecki kept up to date with music by weekly purchases of such periodicals as Ruch muzyczny (Musical Movement) and Muzyka, and by purchasing at least one score a week.[20]

The Academy of Music in Katowice where Górecki lectured from 1968

Górecki continued his formal study of music at the Katowice Academy of Music,[21] where he studied under the composer Bolesław Szabelski, a former student of the renowned composer Karol Szymanowski. As Górecki was later to follow, Szabelski drew much of his inspiration from Polish highland folklore.[10] Szabelski schooled his pupil in a neoclassical reading of counterpoint and motorics, during a period when Górecki was also absorbing the techniques of twelve-tone serialism.[22] He graduated from the Academy with honours in 1960.


In 1975, Górecki was promoted to Professor of Composition at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice, where his students included Eugeniusz Knapik, Andrzej Krzanowski and Rafał Augustyn.[21]
Around this time, Górecki came to believe the Polish Communist authorities were interfering too much in the activities of academy, and described them as “little dogs always yapping”.[10] As a senior administrator but not a member of the Party, he was in almost perpetual conflict with the authorities in his efforts to protect his school, staff and students from undue political influence.[21] In 1979 he resigned from his post in protest at the government’s refusal to allow Pope John Paul II to visit Katowice[24] and formed a local branch of the “Catholic Intellectuals Club”; an organisation devoted to the struggle against the Communist Party.[10] He remained politically active through the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1991, he composed his Miserere for a large choir in remembrance of police violence against the Solidarity movement.[8]

Style and compositions

Górecki’s music covers a variety of styles, but tends towards relative harmonic and rhythmical simplicity. He is considered to be a founder of the so-called New Polish School.[25][26] Described by Terry Teachout, he said Górecki has “more conventional array of compositional techniques includes both elaborate counterpoint and the ritualistic repetition of melodic fragments and harmonic patterns.”[27]
His first works, dating from the last half of the 1950s, were in the avant-garde style of Pierre Boulez (b. 1925) and other serialists of that time. His compositions were not always well received by critics, in 1967 his “Refrain” was described by a British writer with the words, “players can bang and blow and scrape repeated notes as they wish. The experiment might better have been conducted in private.”[28]
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Górecki progressively moved away from his early career as radical modernist, and began to compose with a more traditional, romantic mode of expression. His change of style was viewed as an affront to the then avant-garde establishment, and though he continued to receive commissions from various Polish agencies, by the mid 1970s Górecki was no longer regarded as a composer that mattered. In the words of one critic, his “new material was no longer cerebral and sparse; rather, it was intensely expressive, persistently rhythmic and often richly colored in the darkest of orchestral hues”.[29]

Early modernist works

The first public performances of Górecki’s music in Katowice in February 1958 programmed works clearly displaying the influence of Szymanowski and Bartók. The Silesian State Philharmonic in Katowice held a concert devoted entirely to the 24-year-old Górecki’s music. The event led to a commission to write for the Warsaw Autumn Festival. The Epitafium (“Epitaph”) he submitted marked a new phase in his development as a composer,[11] and was described as representing “the most colourful and vibrant expression of the new Polish wave”.[30] The Festival announced the composer’s arrival on the international scene, and he quickly became a favorite of the West’s avant-garde musical elite.[29] Writing in 1991, the music critic James Wierzbicki described how that at this time “Górecki was seen as a Polish heir to the new aesthetic of post-Webernian serialism; with his taut structures, lean orchestrations and painstaking concern for the logical ordering of pitches”.[29]
Górecki wrote his First Symphony in 1959, and graduated with honours from the Academy the following year.[21] At the 1960 Warsaw Autumn Festival, his Scontri, written for orchestra, caused a sensation among critics due to its use of sharp contrasts and harsh articulations.[21][31] By 1961, Górecki was at the forefront of the Polish avant-garde, having absorbed the modernism of Anton Webern, Iannis Xenakis and Pierre Boulez, and his Symphony No. 1 gained international acclaim at the Paris Biennial Festival of Youth. Górecki moved to Paris to continue his studies, and while there was influenced by contemporaries including Olivier Messiaen, Roman Palester, and Karlheinz Stockhausen.[5]
He began to lecture at the Academy of Music in Katowice in 1968, where he taught score-reading, orchestration and composition. In 1972, he was promoted to assistant professor,[21] and developed a fearsome reputation among his students for his often blunt personality. According to the Polish composer Rafał Augustyn, “When I began to study under Górecki it felt as if someone had dumped a pail of ice-cold water over my head. He could be ruthless in his opinions. The weak fell by the wayside but those who graduated under him became, without exception, respected composers”.[10] Górecki admits, “For quite a few years, I was a pedagogue, a teacher in the music academy, and my students would ask me many, many things, including how to write and what to write. I always answered this way: If you can live without music for 2 or 3 days, then don’t write…It might be better to spend time with a girl or with a beer…If you cannot live without music, then write.”[32] Due to his commitments as a teacher and also because of bouts of ill health, he composed only intermittently during this period.[33]


By the early 1970s, Górecki had begun to move away from his earlier radical modernism, and was working towards a more traditional, romantic mode of expression. His change of style affronted the avant-garde establishment, and although various Polish agencies continued to commission works from him, Górecki ceased to be viewed as an important composer. One critic later wrote that “Górecki’s new material was no longer cerebral and sparse; rather, it was intensely expressive, persistently rhythmic and often richly colored in the darkest of orchestral hues”.[29] Górecki progressively rejected the dissonance, serialism and sonorism that had brought him early recognition, and pared and simplified his work. He began to favor large slow gestures and the repetition of small motifs.[34]

The “Symphony No. 2, ‘Copernican’, Op. 31″ (II Symfonia Kopernikowska) was written in 1972 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Written in a monumental style for solo soprano, baritone, choir and orchestra, it features text from Psalms no. 145, 6 and 135 as well as an excerpt from Copernicus’ book De revolutionibus orbium coelestium.[35] It was composed in two movements, and a typical performance lasts 35 minutes. The symphony was commission by the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, and presented an early opportunity for Górecki to reach an audience outside of his native Poland. As was usual, he undertook extensive research on the subject, and was in particular concerned with the philosophical implications of Copernicus’s discovery, not all of which he viewed as positive.[36] As the historian Norman Davies commented, “His discovery of the earth’s motion round the sun caused the most fundamental revolutions possible in the prevailing concepts of the human predicament”.[37]
By the mid-1980s, his work began to attract a more international audience, and in 1989 the London Sinfonietta held weekend of concerts in which his work was played alongside that of the Russian composer Alfred Schnittke.[38] In 1990, the American Kronos Quartet commissioned and recorded his First String Quartet, Already It Is Dusk, Op. 62, an occasion that marked the beginning of a long relationship between the quartet and composer.[39]

Górecki’s most popular piece is his “Third Symphony“, also known as the “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” (Symfonia pieśni żałosnych). The work is slow and contemplative, and each of the three movements is composed for orchestra and solo soprano. The libretto for the first movement is taken from a 15th century lament, while the second movement uses the words of a teenage girl, Helena Błażusiak, which she wrote on the wall of a Gestapo prison cell in Zakopane to invoke the protection of the Virgin Mary.[40]
The third uses the text of a Silesian folk song which describes the pain of a mother searching for a son killed in the Silesian uprisings.[41] The dominant themes of the symphony are motherhood and separation through war. While the first and third movements are written from the perspective of a parent who has lost a child, the second movement is from that of a child separated from a parent.

Later works

Despite the success of the Third Symphony, Górecki resisted temptation to compose again in that style, and according to Allmusic continued to work, not to further his career or reputation, but largely “in response to inner creative dictates”.[42]
In February 1994, the Kronos Quartet performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music four concerts honoring postmodern revival of interest in new music. The first three concerts featured string quartets and the works of three living composers: two American (Philip Glass and George Crumb) and one Pole (Górecki).[27]
His later work includes a 1995 commission for the Kronos Quartet entitled “Songs are Sung”, “Concerto-Cantata” (written in 1992 for flute and orchestra) and “Kleines Requiem für eine Polka”. Both “Concerto-Cantata” and “Kleines Requiem für eine Polka” (1993 for piano and 13 instruments) have been recorded by the London Sinfonietta and the Schoenberg Ensemble.[43] “Songs are Sung” is his third string quartet and was commissioned in 1992, and inspired by a poem by Velimir Khlebnikov. When asked why it took almost thirteen years to finish, he replied, “I continued to hold back from releasing it to the world. I don’t know why.”[44]

Personal life

He was married to Jadwiga, a piano teacher. His daughter, Anna Górecka-Stanczyk, is a pianist, and his son, Mikolaj Górecki, a composer.[45]


During the last decade of his life, Górecki suffered from frequent illnesses.[46] His Symphony No. 4 was due to be premièred in London in 2010, by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, but the event was cancelled due to the composer’s ill health.[46][47] He died on November 12, 2010, in his home city of Katowice, of complications due to a lung infection.[48] Reacting to his death, the head of the Katowice Music Academy, Eugeniusz Knapik, said “Górecki’s work is like a huge boulder that lies in our path and forces us to make a spiritual and emotional effort”.[49] Adrian Thomas, Professor of Music at Cardiff University, said “The strength and startling originality of Górecki’s character shone through his music [...] Yet he was an intensely private man, sometimes impossible, with a strong belief in family, a great sense of humour, a physical courage in the face of unrelenting illness, and a capacity for firm friendship”.[46]
Górecki had been awarded the Order of the White Eagle, Poland’s highest honour, just a month before his death.[1] He received the award from Anna Komorowska,[50] wife of Polish President Bronisław Komorowski, in his hospital bed.[48]

Critical opinion

When placing Górecki in context, musicologists and critics generally compare his work with such composers as Olivier Messiaen and Charles Ives.[51] He himself said that he also feels kindred with such figures as Bach, Mozart, and Joseph Haydn though he has said he feels most affinity towards Franz Schubert, particularly in terms of tonal design and treatment of basic materials.[51]
Since Górecki’s move away from serialism and dissonance in the 1970s, he is frequently compared to composers such as Arvo Pärt, John Tavener and Giya Kancheli.[31][51] The term holy minimalism is often used to group these composers, due to their shared simplified approach to texture, tonality and melody, in works often reflecting deeply held religious beliefs. However, none of these composers has admitted to common influences. His modernist techniques are also compared to Igor Stravinsky, Béla Bartók, Paul Hindemith and Dmitri Shostakovich.[27]
In 1994 Boguslaw M. Maciejewski published the first biography of Górecki, entitled Górecki – His Music And Our Times. It includes a great deal of detail about the composer’s life and work, including the fact that he achieved cult status thanks to valuable exposure on Classic FM. The serene Third Symphony (the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) became the focus of his incredible rise in popularity.
Discussing his audience in a 1994 interview, Górecki said,

I do not choose my listeners. What I mean is, I never write for my listeners. I think about my audience, but I am not writing for them. I have something to tell them, but the audience must also put a certain effort into it. But I never wrote for an audience and never will write for because you have to give the listener something and he has to make an effort in order to understand certain things. If I were thinking of my audience and one likes this, one likes that, one likes another thing, I would never know what to write. Let every listener choose that which interests him. I have nothing against one person liking Mozart or Shostakovich or Leonard Bernstein, but doesn’t like Górecki. That’s fine with me. I, too, like certain things.[32]

Górecki received an honorary doctorate from Concordia University, in Quebec, Canada. In a press statement, Concordia Professor Wolfgang Bottenberg described him as one of the “most renowned and respected composers of our time”, and stated that Górecki’s music “represents the most positive aspects of the closing years of our century, as we try to heal the wounds inflicted by the violence and intolerance of our times. It will endure into the next millennium and inspire other composers”.[52] In 2008, he received a further honorary doctorate from the Music Academy in Krakow. At the awarding ceremony a selection of the composer’s choral works was performed by the choir of the city’s Franciscan Church.[53]

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Karl Plutus, Estonian jurist and centenarian died he was the oldest living man in Estonia he was , 106

 Karl Plutus  was an Estonian jurist and the oldest verified living Estonian man in 2008–2010 died he was the oldest living man in Estonia he was , 106.
Plutus was born in Kolu Manor, Virumaa. He spent his childhood in Eastern Estonia and Saint Petersburg, where his family had moved to in 1913,[1] and witnessed the October Revolution.[2]

(11 September 1904 – 12 November 2010)

In 1921, his family returned to Estonia.[2] During The Second World War he was in Soviet rear and was not sent to the front line. He studied law instead and became a jurist.[2] He worked in this occupation until his retirement in 1992.
In his later years Plutus lived with his sister who was younger than he by eight years. His hobbies were fishing and dancing.[3] He died on 12 November 2010 at age 106.[4]

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Osborne, American silent movie actress.died 6 days after her , 99 birthday

Baby Marie Osborne was the first major child star of American silent films .died 6 days after her , 99 birthday. She was usually billed simply as Baby Marie.[1]

(November 5, 1911 – November 11, 2010)

Early life and career

Born as Helen Alice Myres in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Roy and Mary Myres. She soon became — under mysterious circumstances — the child of Leon and Edith Osborn, who called her Marie and added the “e” to the surname, apparently to obscure the adoption.[2] Her foster parents, the Osbornes, introduced their daughter to silent films when they left Colorado to work at Balboa Studios in Long Beach, California. Osborne made her debut in 1914’s Kidnapped in New York.
Signed to a lucrative contract with Balboa Films (and working with director Henry King and writer Clara Beranger), by the age of five she was starring in silent films, including her best remembered movie, Little Mary Sunshine from 1916 (see the film’s IMDb profile), one of her few films which still survive on celluloid. Some of her other films include Maid of the Wild (1915), Sunshine and Gold (1917), What Baby Forgot (1917), Daddy’s Girl (1918), The Locked Heart (1918), Winning Grandma (1918), The Sawdust Doll (1919) and Daddy Number Two (1919). At the age of eight, she completed her final film as a child star, Miss Gingersnap in 1919. In all, she was featured or starred in 29 films in a six year period. Most of her films were produced at Diando Studios, the former Kalem Movie Studio in Glendale, California.
She returned to motion pictures 15 years later – at the request of director Henry King – to appear in his 1934 movie Carolina, starring Janet Gaynor and Lionel Barrymore. Over the next 16 years, Osborne worked as a film extra, additionally serving as a stand-in for actresses such as Ginger Rogers, Deanna Durbin, and Betty Hutton. After appearing in more than a dozen films, she made her last on-screen appearance in Bunco Squad (1950), starring Robert Sterling and Joan Dixon.

Later career

In the 1950s she started a new career as a costumer for Western Costume, a clothing supplier for the motion picture industry. Osborne worked on the wardrobes for such films as Around the World in 80 Days (1956), How to Murder Your Wife (1965), The Godfather: Part II (1974), and Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976). In 1963, Osborne worked as a special costumer for Elizabeth Taylor in the big-budget film, Cleopatra. Osborne retired in 1977, and moved to San Clemente, California.

Personal life

Osborne married Frank J. Dempsey on May 2, 1931. Dempsey was the father of Osborne’s only child, Joan (born May 13, 1932). They divorced in 1937. Osborne married 36-year old actor Murray F. Yeats on June 14, 1945, and moved to Sepulveda, California. She remained married until his death on January 27, 1975.


Marie Osborne Yeats died on November 11, 2010 in San Clemente, California, six days after her 99th birthday. She was survived by her daughter, Joan, and five grandchildren.[3]

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Dino De Laurentiis, Italian film producer died he was , 91

Agostino De Laurentiis , usually credited as Dino De Laurentiis, was an Italian film producer  died he was , 91.

  (8 August 191911 November 2010)                





He was born at Torre Annunziata in the province of Naples, and grew up selling spaghetti produced by his father. His studies at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome were interrupted by the Second World War.
Following his first movie, L’ultimo Combattimento, (1940) he produced nearly 150 films during the next seven decades. In 1946 his company, the Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, moved into production. In the early years, De Laurentiis produced neorealist films such as Bitter Rice (1946) and the Fellini classics La Strada (1954) and Nights of Cabiria (1956), often in collaboration with producer Carlo Ponti. In the 1960s, Dino De Laurentiis built his own studio facilities, although these financially collapsed during the 1970s. During this period, though, De Laurentiis produced such films as Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die, an imitation James Bond film; Navajo Joe (1966), a spaghetti western; Anzio (1968), a World War II film; Barbarella (1968) and Danger: Diabolik (1968), both successful comic book adaptations; and The Valachi Papers made to coincide with the popularity of The Godfather.
In 1976,[1] De Laurentiis relocated to the USA where he set up studios, eventually creating his own studio De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG) based in Wilmington, North Carolina; the building of the studio quickly made Wilmington a busy center of film and television production. During this period De Laurentiis made a number of successful and acclaimed films, including The Scientific Cardplayer (1972), Serpico (1973), Death Wish (1974), Mandingo (1975), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Shootist (1976), Drum (1976), Ingmar Bergman‘s The Serpent’s Egg (1977), Ragtime (1981), Conan the Barbarian (1982) and Blue Velvet (1986). It is for his more infamous productions that De Laurentiis’s name has become known — the legendary King Kong (1976) remake, which was a commercial hit, Lipstick, the killer whale film Orca (1977); The White Buffalo (1977); the disaster movie Hurricane (1979); the remake of Flash Gordon (1980); Halloween II (the 1981 sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic horror film); David Lynch‘s Dune (1984); and King Kong Lives (1986). De Laurentiis also made several adaptations of Stephen King‘s works during this time, including The Dead Zone (1983), Cat’s Eye (1985), Silver Bullet (1985) and Maximum Overdrive (1986); Army of Darkness (1992) was produced jointly by De Laurentiis, Robert Tapert and the movie’s star Bruce Campbell. They distributed the animated Transformers movie.

De Laurentiis also produced the first Hannibal Lecter film, Manhunter (1986). He passed on adapting Thomas Harris’ sequel, The Silence of the Lambs, but produced the two follow-ups, Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002), a remake of Manhunter. He also produced Hannibal Rising (2007), which tells the story of how Hannibal becomes a serial killer.
In his later choice of stories he displayed a strong preference for adaptations of successful books, especially sweeping classics like The Bible: In the Beginning (1966), Barabbas (1961), or Dune (1984).
In the 1980s he owned and operated DDL Foodshow, a specialty retailer with two gourmet Italian markets in New York City and Los Angeles.[2]
In 2001 he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
De Laurentiis died on 10 November 2010 at his residence in Beverly Hills, California.[3][4][5] Services will be at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. His family requests that mourners wear red, the producer’s favorite color.
Funeral services for producer Dino De Laurentiis will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday November 15th 2010 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles.


His brief first marriage in Italy was annulled.[6] In 1949 De Laurentiis married actress Silvana Mangano, with whom he had four children: Veronica, Raffaella, who is also a film producer, Federico, who died in a plane crash in 1981, and Francesca. They divorced in 1988[7] prior to her death in 1989. In 1990 he married movie producer Martha Schumacher, with whom he had two daughters, Carolyna and Dina. One of his grandchildren is Giada De Laurentiis, host of Everyday Italian, Behind the Bash, Giada at Home and Giada’s Weekend Getaways on Food Network. His nephew is Aurelio De Laurentiis, also a film producer and the chairman of SSC Napoli football club.

Selected filmography

Year Title Director
1948 Bitter Rice Giuseppe De Santis
1952 Europa ’51 Roberto Rossellini
1954 La Strada Federico Fellini
1956 War and Peace King Vidor
Le notti di Cabiria Federico Fellini
1965 Battle of the Bulge Ken Annakin
1966 The Bible: In The Beginning John Huston
1967 Lo Straniero Luchino Visconti
1968 Danger: Diabolik Mario Bava
Barbarella Roger Vadim
1973 Serpico Sidney Lumet
1974 Death Wish Michael Winner
1976 King Kong John Guillermin
Drum Steve Carver
1980 Flash Gordon Mike Hodges
1981 Halloween II Rick Rosenthal
Ragtime Milos Forman
1982 Fighting Back Lewis Teague
Conan the Barbarian John Milius
Amityville II: The Possession Damiano Damiani
1983 Amityville 3-D Richard Fleischer
Halloween III: Season of the Witch Tommy Lee Wallace
Dead Zone David Cronenberg
1984 Yado Richard Fleischer
Conan the Destroyer Richard Fleischer
Firestarter Mark L. Lester
Dune David Lynch
The Bounty Roger Donaldson
1985 Maximum Overdrive Stephen King
Raw Deal John Irvin
Marie Roger Donaldson
Silver Bullet Daniel Attias
Cat’s Eye Lewis Teague
Year of the Dragon Michael Cimino
Red Sonja Richard Fleischer
1986 Crimes of the Heart Bruce Beresford
Blue Velvet David Lynch
Tai-Pan Daryl Duke
Manhunter Michael Mann
King Kong Lives John Guillermin
1987 Hiding Out Bob Giraldi
Evil Dead 2 Sam Raimi
The Bedroom Window Curtis Hanson
1989 Collision Course Lewis Teague
From the Hip Bob Clark
1990 Sometimes They Come Back Tom McLoughlin
Desperate Hours Michael Cimino
1992 Once Upon a Crime Eugene Levy
Kuffs Bruce A. Evans
1993 Body of Evidence Uli Edel
Army of Darkness Sam Raimi
1994 Temptation Strathford Hamilton
1995 Solomon & Sheba Robert Young
Slave of Dreams Robert Young
Rumpelstiltskin Mark Jones (I)
Assassins Richard Donner
1996 Unforgettable John Dahl
Bound Larry and Andy Wachowski
1997 Breakdown Jonathan Mostow
2000 U-571 Jonathan Mostow
2001 Hannibal Ridley Scott
2002 Red Dragon Brett Ratner
2006 Hannibal Rising Peter Webber
The Last Legion Doug Lefler
2007 Virgin Territory David Leland

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Jim Farry Scottish football administrator, Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Association (1990–1999), died from a massive heart attack he was , 56,

 James “Jim” Farry [1] served as chief executive of the Scottish Football Association from 1990 to 1999. Farry was forced to leave that post due to a dispute with Celtic over the registration of Portuguese player Jorge Cadete died from a massive heart attack  he was , 56,.

(1 July 1954 – 10 November 2010)

 Early life




Farry attended school in East Kilbride, before working as a landscape gardener, milkman and window cleaner.[2] He first joined the Scottish Football Association in 1972 as an administration assistant.[2] In the late 1970s he was appointed secretary of the Scottish Football League, a position he held for over 10 years.[2] Farry earned a reputation as an efficient administrator during his stint as league secretary. When the same position at the SFA became vacant in 1990, he was appointed as the successor to the departing Ernie Walker.[2][3]

SFA chief executive

While chief executive, Farry oversaw the project to renovate Scotland’s national football stadium Hampden Park.[4] The ‘new Hampden’ as it was termed, drew both support and criticism, with opinion divided over the need for a dedicated national stadium within Scotland. As the stadium is used at club level by Queen’s Park, an amateur team currently playing in the lower divisions and possessing limited support, some footballing figures had argued that an existing stadium could have served as a home for the Scottish national team indefinitely. Alternatively, supporters of the stadium have pointed to the awarding of UEFA elite status and the hosting of a number of high profile matches, most notably the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final and the 2007 UEFA Cup Final, as proof of the renovation’s success.

Princess of Wales Controversy

In 1997, Farry attracted criticism from some parts of the media in the aftermath of the death of Diana Princess of Wales, after he publicly rejected calls to cancel a scheduled international match between Scotland and Belarus on the day of the Princess’s funeral.[5] He later revealed that he had been advised by Buckingham Palace to let the game go ahead; however after a hostile reaction from the media and certain sections of society, the match was eventually rescheduled.[5][6][dead link] Labour MP Jimmy Hood and the Daily Record newspaper called on Farry to resign, while Rangers players Ally McCoist, Andy Goram and Gordon Durie had refused to play in the match if it had been played on the day of the funeral.[5][7]

Jorge Cadete

In 1999, an independent commission was called to examine allegations made by the then Celtic managing director and majority shareholder Fergus McCann concerning the registration of Portuguese player Jorge Cadete in 1996.[3] A player must be registered with the SFA before he is permitted to play in matches in Scotland. A delay in the registration had forced Cadete to miss a Scottish Cup semi-final against their Old Firm rivals Rangers, which Celtic lost 2–1.[3][8] McCann claimed that the delay was deliberate and the commission ruled in his favour.[3][8] On 8 March 1999, Farry was sacked for gross misconduct.[3]

Life after the SFA

As of 2009, Farry was employed as a business development manager by medium sized construction and refurbishment firm AKP Scotland Limited, based in East Kilbride.[9]


Following a massive heart attack in his home, Farry died on 10 November 2010 in Hairmyres Hospital shortly afterwards. Jim Farry is survived by his wife, Elaine, and children Alyson and Euan. [2]

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Dave Niehaus American sportscaster (Seattle Mariners), 2008 Ford C. Frick Award recipient, died from a heart attack he was , 75,

 David Arnold Niehaus was an American sportscaster died from a heart attack he was , 75,. He was the lead play-by-play announcer for the American League‘s Seattle Mariners from their inaugural season in 1977 until his death after the 2010 season. In 2008, the National Baseball Hall of Fame awarded Niehaus with the Ford C. Frick Award, the highest honor for American baseball broadcasters. Among fans nationwide and his peers, Niehaus was considered to be one of the finest sportscasters in history.

(February 19, 1935 – November 10, 2010)


Early life and career

Niehaus graduated from Indiana University in 1957, entered the military, and began his broadcasting career with Armed Forces Radio. He became a partner of Dick Enberg on the broadcast team of the California Angels in 1969. Niehaus also broadcast the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL and UCLA Bruins football and basketball during this period.

Seattle Mariners

Dave Niehaus 1.jpgIn 1977, Danny Kaye, part-owner of the expansion Seattle Mariners, recruited Niehaus to become the franchise’s radio voice. Despite working for a franchise who from its first year in 1977 until 1991 was without a winning season, his talent was recognizable, and Niehaus was considered one of the few attractions for Mariner fans.[citation needed] Even in the period before the team’s memorable 1995 season, the Mariners were regularly one of the leading major-league teams in terms of the percentage of radios in use.
Niehaus became immensely popular in Seattle, twice being named Washington Sportscaster of the Year. The team chose him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the opening of its new ballpark, Safeco Field, on July 15, 1999.[1] In 1999, for Nintendo 64, Niehaus was added to Ken Griffey, Jr.’s Slugfest as an announcer during gameplay. In 2000, he was the second figure to be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame.[1] In 2008, Niehaus was named the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, which recognizes career excellence in baseball broadcasting and is considered the highest baseball broadcasting honor.[1]
As of the end of the 2007 season, Niehaus had called 4,817 of the 4,899 games the Mariners had played since their inception.[1] May 7, 2009, was Niehaus’ 5,000th game as a Mariner broadcaster. Niehaus broadcast 5,284 of the 5,385 Mariners games, and intended to broadcast the complete 2011 season.[2]

Notable catchphrases

Niehaus is noted for using the following catchphrases on Mariner broadcasts:

  • “My, oh my!” – a variant of former Angels partner Enberg’s “Oh, my!”, used for big, exciting plays.
  • “Swung on and belted!” – used on long fly balls that may go over the wall for a home run.
  • “It will fly away!”‘ (sometimes “Fly, fly away!”) – used for home runs.
  • “Get out the rye bread and mustard, Grandma, it is grand salami time!” – used for a grand slam home run by a Mariners player.
  • “The Mariners have erupted!” – used during scoring outbursts

Notable Nicknames

Notable calls

Now the left hander ready, branding iron hot, the 1-2 pitch….”K” inserted! It’s over! Right over the heart of the plate! Randy looks to the skies that is covered by the dome and bedlam! As the Mariners now erupt! 19 long years of frustration is over!
—Calling the final out against the California Angels in the one-game AL West playoff in 1995.
Right now, the Mariners looking for the tie. They would take a fly ball, they would love a base hit into the gap and they could win it with Junior’s speed. The stretch… and the 0-1 pitch on the way to Edgar Martínez swung on and LINED DOWN THE LEFT FIELD LINE FOR A BASE HIT! HERE COMES JOEY, HERE IS JUNIOR TO THIRD BASE, THEY’RE GOING TO WAVE HIM IN! THE THROW TO THE PLATE WILL BE … LATE! THE MARINERS ARE GOING TO PLAY FOR THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP! I DON’T BELIEVE IT! IT JUST CONTINUES! MY, OH MY!
—Calling “The Double”, hit by Edgar Martínez, which scored Joey Cora and Ken Griffey, Jr. to win the 1995 American League Division Series in the 5th and final game.


Niehaus suffered a myocardial infarction (heart attack) at his Bellevue, Washington, home on November 10, 2010, and died at age 75 while preparing to barbecue some ribs on his deck.[3] Heart problems had forced Niehaus to undergo two angioplasties in 1996, causing him to give up smoking and change his diet.[citation needed] He is survived by his wife, three children, and six grandchildren. In a formal statement, Mariners Chairman Howard Lincoln and President Chuck Armstrong said “Dave has truly been the heart and soul of this franchise since its inception in 1977… He truly was the fans connection to every game.”[4] Washington Governor Chris Gregoire said “Today the Pacific Northwest lost one of its sports icons…Dave was an institution here starting with the team’s first pitch in 1977. With all due respect to the great Alvin Davis, Dave is ‘Mr. Mariner.'” At news of Dave’s death, tributes came from Jay Buhner, Ken Griffey, Jr., Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, other Mariners broadcasters, and fans.[2]
As a tribute to the voice of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle MC, Macklemore, released a song called “My Oh My” on December 22nd, 2010. It describes Niehaus’s influence on not only Macklemore’s childhood, but also on any and all from Seattle. It also features an audio clip from the winning call of the 1995 American League Division Series.

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Nicolo Rizzuto, Italian-born Canadian mafia leader (Rizzuto crime family), has died from a gun shot. wound he was , 86

Nicolo Rizzuto, also known as Nick Rizzuto, was the crime boss of the Sicilian faction of the Italian Mafia in Montreal who later pushed out the Calabrian Cotroni family has died from a gun shot. wound he was , 86. Rizzuto was born in Cattolica Eraclea, Sicily, in 1924, and immigrated to Canada in 1954 when the family settled in Montreal.[1] Nick’s son Vito Rizzuto was allegedly the godfather of the Sicilian Mafia in Canada and is currently serving a federal sentence for homicide in the United States.

(February 18, 1924 – November 10, 2010)

Early life

Rizzuto was born in Sicily in the town of Cattolica Eraclea. In 1925, his father Vito left for the United States of America with his brother-in-law Calogero Renda and 4 others. Vito’s wife stayed with Nicolo in Sicily. In 1933, Vito was murdered in New York by rival gangsters forcing Nicolo to grow up with a stepfather. Nicolo married a girl named Labertina Manno, during the early 1940’s, the daughter of a local Mafia leader. In 1954, Nicolo took his new family and settled in Montreal, Canada. He was able to form his own crew with help from several other Sicilian relatives and associates living there.[1]
Rizzuto had ties to organized crime in Canada, the United States, Venezuela and Italy. He began his Mafia career in Canada as an associate of the Cotroni crime family that controlled much of Montreal’s drug trade in the 1970s while answering to the Bonanno crime family of New York. He was, however, more closely linked to the Sicilian Mafia, in particular the Cuntrera-Caruana Mafia clan, who came from the same region in the province of Agrigento.[2]

Mob war

Rizzuto did not care much about the formal and ceremonial command lines in the Cotroni family, who were of Calabrian origin. Violi complained about the independent modus operandi of his Sicilian ‘underlings’, Nick Rizzuto in particular. “He is going from one side to the other, here and there, and he says nothing to nobody, he is doing business and nobody knows anything,” Violi said about Rizzuto. Violi asked for more ‘soldiers’ from his Bonanno bosses, clearly preparing for war, and Violi’s boss at the time, Vincent Cotroni remarked: “After all, I am ‘capo decina’, I have the right to expel him.”[2]
By the 1980s, the Rizzutos emerged as the city’s pre-eminent Mafia crew after a turf war between the Montreal family’s Sicilian and Calabrian factions. Rizzuto allegedly participated in the murder in 1978 of Paolo Violi, a Bonanno underboss who had been named boss of Montreal’s family. He allegedly replaced the late Vic Cotroni as the clearinghouse for Corsican heroin entering Canada and the United States.

Legal problems

Rizzuto was arrested on November 23, 2006.[3] Before the arrest, Rizzuto appeared to be immune to police investigations in Canada. But he did serve five years in prison in Venezuela between 1988 and 1993 after being convicted of cocaine possession. An undercover Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer was later informed that Rizzuto was paroled early after an associate of the family delivered an CND$800,000 bribe to Venezuelan officials. October 16, 2008 Rizzuto was released from prison.
On February 11, 2010, Nicolo Rizzuto entered a guilty plea to tax evasion charges. The charges stem from a Canada Revenue Agency investigation for the tax years 1994 and 1995. Nicolo Rizzuto was accused of failing to declare the interest earned on more than 5 million dollars deposited in three Swiss bank accounts. The Court ordered Rizzuto that in addition to almost $628,000 in taxes owed, Rizzuto pay a $209,000 fine plus and administrative penalties.[4]


On November 10, 2010, Rizzuto was killed at his residence in the Cartierville borough of Montreal when a single bullet from a sniper’s rifle punched through two layers of glass in the rear patio doors of his Montreal mansion.[5][6][1]


Rizzuto had two grandsons by his son Vito and his wife Giovanna Cammalleri, Leonardo Rizzuto and Nicolo “Nick” Rizzuto Jr.. On December 28, 2009, Nick Rizzuto Jr. was shot and killed near his car in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, a borough in Montreal.[7][8][9] Paolo Renda, Nicolo’s son in law, disappeared on May 20, 2010, and is presumed to have been kidnapped.[10] A month later Agostino Cuntrera, who is believed to have taken control of the family, was killed together with his bodyguard on June 30, 2010.[11][12]

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Albert Wesley Johnson, Canadian civil servant, President of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (1975–1982), died after a long illness.he was , 87

Albert Wesley (“Al”) Johnson, CC was a Canadian civil servant, former president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, professor in the department of political science at the University of Toronto, and author  died after a long illness.he was , 87.[1]

(October 18, 1923 – November 9, 2010)

Born in Insinger, Saskatchewan, he received a Master’s in public administration (MPA) from the University of Toronto and an MPA and a PhD from Harvard University. He was deputy treasurer of Saskatchewan from 1952 until 1964. In 1964 he became assistant deputy minister of finance for the federal government. From 1975 until 1982 he was president of the CBC. He subsequently taught at Queen’s University and the University of Toronto.[1]
In 1980 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1996 in recognition of his “outstanding career as a public servant, university professor and consultant on post-secondary education, social policy and public management both nationally and internationally”.[2]
He wrote the 2004 book Dream No Little Dreams, A Biography of the Douglas Government of Saskatchewan, 1944–1961 (ISBN 0-8020-8633-0).[1]
After leaving the federal civil service he embarked on an international career:[3]

  • Special Advisor on National Provincial Fiscal Arrangements for the International Monetary Fund 1988
  • Head of Mission on Administrative Modernization for the Canadian International Development Agency 1991
  • Senior advisor to South Africa/Canada Program on Governance 1992
  • Commissioner of South Africa’s Presidential Review Commission on the Public Service 1996

Returning to Canada in 1999, Johnson became special chair in public policy to the Government of Saskatchewan.[3]
Johnson died in Ottawa at age 87. He was survived by his wife, Ruth (née Hardy), whom he married in 1946, four children and one granddaughter.[4]

Awards and honours

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Amos Lavi , Israeli actor died of lung cancer he was 57

Amos Lavi  was an Israeli stage and film actor died of lung cancer he was 57. Through his career Lavi played in dozens of films, theater and TV series. He won three Ophir Awards for the roles he played in the films Sh’Chur, Nashim and Zirkus Palestina.

(1953 – 9 November 2010)


Lavi was born in Libya in 1953. Lavi immigrated later on to Israel with his family which moved to Kiryat Gat.
In 1973 , during the Yom Kippur War Lavi participated in the war in the reserve forces of the IDF, and suffered from a posttraumatic stress disorder after the war. During his rehabilitation he was offered to study acting. In the early 1980s Lavi graduated from acting school at the Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts.
His first film was the drama Ma’agalim (1980). Two years later Lavi played in the film Ot Kain (1982) by Eran Preis which was directed by Uri Barbash. In 1983 he played a central role in the prestigious TV series Michel Ezra Safra and Sons by Amnon Shamosh and the film Green. In 1984 he played in the film Ani Vehami’ahav Shel Isht.http://www.youtube.com/v/HQxcZWiO0EY?fs=1&hl=en_US
In 1985 Lavi played in the film Banot (written by Assi Dayan) alongside Hana Azoulay Hasfari and in the film Ad Sof Halaylah. That same year he participated in the production of the Israeli-American film Goodbye, New York by Amos Kollek. In 1986 he participated in the film Flash alongside Nitza Shaul, in Ha-Holmim by Eran Preis and which was directed by Uri Barbash, and in Himmo Melech Yerushalaim.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s Lavi played in several Israeli-American films. In addition he also participated in the film Zarim Balayla alongside Yael Abecassis.
In 1993 he played alongside Ronit Elkabetz and Gila Almagor in the film Sh’Chur, for which he was awarded an Ophir Award. In 1994 he participated in the TV film Driks’ Brother which was directed by Doron Sabri. In 1995 he starred in the Israeli television series Ha-Mone Dofek In 1996 he starred in Yaky Yosha’s film Kesher Dam and Moshe Mizrahi’s film Nashim, for which he was awarded an Ophir Award.
In 1997 he played alongside Nathan Zahavi in the film Shabazi and in the TV mini series Line 300. In 1998 he played in Shemi Zarhin’s film Dangerous Acts alongside Moshe Ivgy and Gila Almagor. That same year he played in another film called Aviv and in the film Zirkus Palestina alongside Yoram Hatab and Evgenia Dodina, for which he was awarded an Ophir Award.
In 1999 he starred in the TV mini series Isha Beafor and in the film Frank Sinatra Is Dead. During that period he also played in several TV series and in the TV films Life’s game (which was based on the life story of Lavi himself).
In 2002 Lavi played in the drama TV series Tik Sagur and the TV series Tipul Nimratz.
In 2003 Lavi played in the first ever Hardi telenovela called Ha-Chatzer, as the Rebbe, and in Amos Gitai‘s film Alila. During that year Lavi also began playing in the Israeli Telenovela Ahava Me’ever Lapina. In 2004 Lavi played in another Amos Gitai film called Promised Land. In 2005 he participated in the TV series Katav Plili and played in the Haim Buzaglo film Distortion. That same year he played in the film Schwartz Dynasty, Steven Spielberg‘s film Munich and Menachem Golan‘s film Days of Love. In 2006 he participated in the third season of the Israeli musical daily drama Our Song as Aryeh Weiss. In 2008 he participated in the second season of the Israeli children’s TV series The Island. In 2009 he played as a guest in the series The Friends of Naor in the role of the mobster Rico Calderon. In 2010 he participated in Haim Buzaglo’s film Kavod and the TV series Meorav Yerushalmi.
Lavi died of lung cancer at age 57. He was buried at the Yarkon cemetery.

Personal life

Lavi used to be married to the Israel actress Evelin Hagoel. He was also the father of four children from four different women.

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Quintin Dailey American basketball player (Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Seattle SuperSonics), died from cardiovascular disease he was , 49,

Quintin “Q” Dailey was an American professional basketball player. A 6’3″ guard who played collegiately at the University of San Francisco, he later went on to a career in the NBA, playing for the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, and Seattle SuperSonics over the course of his 10-year tenure in the league  died from cardiovascular disease he was , 49,.[1]

(January 22, 1961 – November 8, 2010)

Dailey was born on January 22, 1961, in Baltimore and was a schoolboy star at Cardinal Gibbons School. Heavily recruited out of high school, Dailey chose to attend the University of San Francisco from among the 200 schools that pursued him and play for the school’s basketball team.[2] Dailey scored 1,841 points during his collegiate career, averaging 20.5 points per game.[1] The 755 points he scored during his third and final year at USF, averaging 25.2 points per game, broke the school record that had been held by Bill Cartwright.[2]

The University of San Francisco had been on NCAA probation in previous seasons and in July 1982 school president Rev. John Lo Schiavo canceled the basketball program for what turned out to be three seasons after disclosures that Dailey had improperly accepted $1,000 per month for a no-show job from a team booster, calling the disclosure “the last straw”. That same year, Dailey was sentenced to serve three years of probation after pleading guilty to the sexual assault of a USF student and later settled a suit with the victim in which he paid $100,000 and issued a statement of apology. Days after pleading guilty in the case, the Chicago Bulls selected Dailey as the seventh pick overall in the 1982 NBA Draft.[2]
The controversy followed him to Chicago, where women’s groups protested against his presence on the team and building owners refused to have him as a tenant. John Schulian of the Chicago Sun-Times criticized the preferential treatment he had received as a star basketball player, saying that “if he were just another creep off the street, he would still be learning what a chamber of horrors the halls of justice can be”.[2] Despite the off-court distractions, Dailey averaged 15.1 points per game in his first season with the Bulls and was chosen for that year’s NBA All-Rookie Team.[1] With the Bulls in 1985, Dailey carped that Michael Jordan received more attention from the team, arguing that he was “a player who likes to shine a little bit myself”.[2]
Over his ten years in the NBA he averaged 14.1 points per game but continued to be a distraction off the court, missing games and violating the NBA drug policy on two occasions.[2]

Dailey died in his sleep in Las Vegas at the age of 49 on November 8, 2010, due to hypertensive cardiovascular disease.[3] He was survived by a daughter and a son.
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Jack Levine American artist died he was , 95,

 Jack Levine was an American Social Realist painter and printmaker best known for his satires on modern life, political corruption, and biblical narratives.

(January 3, 1915 – November 8, 2010) 


Born of Lithuanian Jewish parents, Levine grew up in the South End of Boston, where he observed a street life composed of European immigrants and a prevalence of poverty and societal ills, subjects which would inform his work.[1] He first studied drawing with Harold K. Zimmerman from 1924-1931. At Harvard University from 1929 to 1933, Levine and classmate Hyman Bloom studied with Denman Ross. As an adolescent, Levine was already, by his own account, “a formidable draftsman”.[2]

In 1932 Ross included Levine’s drawings in an exhibition at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, and three years later bequeathed twenty drawings by Levine to the museum’s collection.[3] Levine’s early work was most influenced by Bloom, Chaim Soutine, Georges Rouault, and Oskar Kokoschka.[4] Along with Bloom and Karl Zerbe, he became associated with the style known as Boston Expressionism.[5]
From 1935 to 1940 he was employed by the Works Progress Administration. His first exhibition of paintings in New York City was at the Museum of Modern Art, with the display of Card Game and Brain Trust, the latter drawn from his observation of life in the Boston Common.[4] In 1937 his The Feast of Pure Reason, a satire of Boston political power, was placed on loan to the Museum of Modern Art. In the same year String Quartet was shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and purchased in 1942 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[3] The death of his father in 1939 prompted a series of paintings of Jewish sages.[6]

From 1942 to 1945 Levine served in the Army. Upon his discharge from service he painted Welcome Home, a lampoon of the arrogance of military power; years later the painting would engender political controversy when it was included in a show of art in Moscow, and along with works by other American artists, raised suspicions in the House Un-American Activities Committee of pro-Communist sympathies.[7] In 1946 he married the painter Ruth Gikow and moved to New York City.
With a Fulbright grant he traveled to Europe in 1951, and was affected by the work of the Old masters, particularly the Mannerism of El Greco, which inspired him to distort and exaggerate the forms of his figures for expressive purposes.[8] After returning he continued to paint biblical subjects, and also produced Gangster Funeral, a narrative which Levine referred to as a “comedy”.[9] Further commentary on American life was furnished by Election Night (1954), Inauguration (1958), and Thirty- Five Minutes from Times Square (1956). Also in the late 1950s, Levine painted a series of sensitive portraits of his wife and daughter. In the 1960s Levine responded not only to political unrest in the United States with works such as Birmingham ’63, but to international subjects as well, as in The Spanish Prison (1959–62), and later still, Panethnikon (1978), and The Arms Brokers, 1982-83. Following the death of his wife in the 1980s came an increased interest in Hebraism, and with it a proliferation of paintings with themes from the Old Testament.[10]

Levine’s work is featured in many public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Brooklyn Museum, the Phillips Collection, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Fogg Art Museum, and the National Gallery of Art. In 1973 the Vatican purchased Cain and Abel (1961), to the satisfaction of Pope Paul VI.[11] In 1978 a retrospective of Levine’s work was held at the Jewish Museum in New York.
Levine was the subject of a 1989 film documentary entitled Feast of Pure Reason.[12]
Levine died at his home in Manhattan on November 8, 2010 at the age of 95.[13]

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Addison Powell, American actor (Dark Shadows, The Thomas Crown Affair, Three Days of the Condor) died he was , 89

Addison Powell  was an American actor whose numerous television, stage and film credits included Dark Shadows, The Thomas Crown Affair and Three Days of the Condor. He was best known for playing Dr. Eric Lang, a mad scientist who created Adam, on Dark Shadows.[1][2]

(February 23, 1921 – November 8, 2010)


Powell was born in 1921 in Belmont, Massachusetts.[1][2] His parents, Edward Henry and Kathrene (née Barnum) Powell, were school teachers.[2] Powell received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.[1] He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force as a navigator during World War II.[1] Powell ultimately flew more than thirty flights as a navigator on board B-17 bombers from their base in East Anglia, the United Kingdom.[1][2] He earned a second degree from the Yale School of Drama following the end of the war.[1] Powell married his wife, Bunnie (née Rowley) in 1950.[1] The couple had three children during their marriage and resided on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.[1]

Powell’s film credits included In the French Style in 1962 and 1968’s The Thomas Crown Affair, in which he played Abe, a bank robber, opposite Steve McQueen.[1] In 1975, Powell appeared in Three Days of the Condor, which starred Robert Redford.[2] He also portrayed Admiral Chester W. Nimitz in the 1977 biopic, MacArthur, which starred Gregory Peck.[1]

His television credits included roles in the first seasons of both Law & Order and The Mod Squad. Powell also had a recurring role as Dr. Eric Lang in the television series, Dark Shadows, which aired on ABC from 1966 until 1971.[1] He co-starred as a detective in the 1977 television film, Contract on Cherry Street, with Frank Sinatra and Martin Balsam.[1]

Addison Powell died on November 8, 2010, at 89 years old. He is survived by his three children, Mary, Julie and Michael; eight grandchildren; and a younger brother, Edward Powell. His wife, Bunny, died in 1995.[1] Powell had resided in Vermont for twenty-two years, most recently at the Shelburne Bay Senior Living community in Shelburne.[1]

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George Solomos American editor and writer.died he was , 85,

George Paul Solomos (aka Themistocles Hoetis from 1948–58) was a publisher, poet, filmmaker and novelist.

 (born in Detroit in 1925, London in November 2010.)

Early life

George was born and raised in Detroit; a French – American city which became known as Motor City – the centre of the US car industry – as well as a wellspring of much great popular music; from soul to heavy metal and techno. Prior to Motown, jazz had moved from up from the clubs of Chicago to Detroit in the 1920s, and George spent much of his teenage years in jazz clubs. His father ran a large Mediterranean delicatessen and general food store on Vermont and Henry Street, right near to Michigan Avenue.
George Solomos joined the USAF at the age of 17 after changing his birth certificate with his father’s permission. After a short period of training, he was almost immediately shipped to Britain, where he became a radio operator in an American B-17 Flying Fortress bomber based in an airfield in East Anglia. After his plane was shot down on his eleventh bombing mission to Germany; the crew bailed out of the burning bomber and George ended up landing tangled in the branches of an apple tree in North East France, near to the Belgian / Dutch border. He was rescued by a French grand-mother and her grand-daughter. After a night in the farmhouse he was passed to the French Resistance. He was taken on a journey of over 200 miles to a little village north of Paris called Evereux. He stayed in the village with the caretaker of Château de Beaufresne, which had belonged to the famous impressionist painter, Mary Cassatt. The chateau was being used as a residence for German officers. At this point he was given a new – fake – ID card with a swastika stamp. George Solomos was then passed to other members of the Resistance who helped the young airman cross Occupied France and eventually enter Spain, from where he was sent to Gibraltar, and then back to his airbase near Ipswich.

Family background

The Solomos family were descendants of tobacco tycoon Count Nicolas Solomonee from Venice. They were olive oil producers who settled in Greece, before the end of the Greek War of Independence (1821–1829). They were relatives of the Venetian poet Dionysios Solomos who had lived on the Greek island Zante (Zakynthos, near Italy) most of his adult life; his most famous poem Hymn to Liberty is the Greek National Anthem.
His father had left Sparta because of a family tragedy when he was still a teenager. Having been educated in the English language he decided to make his way to the USA. His mother – also from Sparta – was taken to the States by her two older brothers for similar tragic reasons as his father. His parents were introduced on landing in New York about 1910, and decided to marry and stay in the USA for a while.
George Solomos published and wrote under the name Themistocles Hoetis, the surname of his mother’s family, from 1948–1958, after being advised by some relatives that his views could attract trouble for his family.

Later life

From 1948 to 1958 George Solomos used the pen-name Themistocles Hoetis. A relative had warned him that he could bring shame to the family with his outspoken political views, which had developed in response to both the war and the de-programming that he received back in the USA – a standard ‘treatment’ for all servicemen who had been in close contact with Communists. Under this name he and Albert Beneviste published and edited a magazine called ZERO; A Review of Literature and Art. The first issue contained the famous attack on Richard Wright by James Baldwin, followed by a short story by Richard Wright. Among the prominent writers featured in the magazine were Samuel Beckett, Paul Bowles, Christopher Isherwood, Kenneth Patchen. Zero Press from 1956 also published novels and a collection of stories by Gore Vidal. The magazine Zero ran from 1949 to 1956. Its first two issues were published in Paris in 1949, the rest in Tangiers, Mexico City and in New York. A first anthology of Zero was published in 1956, another without his involvement in 1974 by the New York Times. An additional number was issued in Philadelphia in 1980. It reported on the very violent action taken by the Philadelphia Police Department against the black revolutionary commune MOVE.
He married Gidske Anderson in London in 1952. She had been with the wartime resistance in Norway. She met Solomos in Paris after the War. They both shared a love of jazz and, as a neighbour, she had asked to loan some of his records. She was then working for the Norwegian newspaper Arbeiderbladet and later became deputy chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. She died in 1993.
[1] [2] [3]
Having published his novel The Man Who Went Away in 1952, George received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1953 to live and write in Mexico City, where he completed his still unpublished book Thermopylae, a novel about war and the ideals of ancient Sparta.
In 1958 at Detroit Town Hall George legally changed the name he had used for the last ten years whilst publishing ZERO – Themistocles Hoetis – back to his birth name of George Paul Solomos.
From 1958 to 1960, George was asked by Dr. Bascilius (Head of Humanities) at Wayne State University, where he had completed a one year course after the war ended in 1945 – which was his entitlement as a US Veteran – to propose and edit work for publication by the Wayne State University Press (WSU Press). The first book he designed for the WSU Press was The Poems of William Blake which won the award of Best Poetry Anthology of the year 1958 from the Poetry Society of America. The next year, 1959, he had prepared a version of the anti-nuclear tract by Bertrand Russell, Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare which the WSU Press had already proofed and printed. It was withdrawn under threat from large industrial sponsors who threatened to withhold funding. Solomos left the USA soon after this and returned to Europe.


George made two films in Italy (1961-3). The first that he made was a 20 minute film called Echo in the Village, which was shot on two 35mm cameras over 5 days in a small village called Cappadocia (Italy). It is in black and white and stars the town’s inhabitants. It is based on his original story about a grandfather helping a boy learn English so that he can leave the village and go to America.
George Solomos was re-united with many of the people who had featured in the film, including the boy who had played the young shepherd, when he returned to Cappadocia in 2002, on the fortieth anniversary of the film.
A public screening was arranged in the village and a programme about the event was broadcast on the State TV channel.
The second film is called Natika, and stars John Drew Barrymore, who was at the time living in Rome; and a young Welsh woman called Maureen Gavin for whom this was to be her only major film appearance. It was made on a larger budget than Echo in the Village, and was written and directed by George Solomos, as well as using the same personnel as his previous film.
The film concerns a destructive romance between a young harpist studying in Rome, and a louche playboy and heir to Europe’s wealthy corporate and governing class, played by J D Barrymore.
The film was largely financed by a rich young American, Gray Frederickson [3], who was based in Tehran tending his Oklahoma father’s oil wells but was attracted to Rome to break into the movie business. After taking the film to be re-edited before its completion, Fredrikson presented it at various film festivals as his production debut and went on to become a major Hollywood producer (e.g. Apocalypse Now).
George was also a mentor to the young George Moorse de:George Moorse, who was one of the directors of radical German cinema in the 1960s. Moorse’s first film ‘In Side Out’ (1964) [4] – with playwright Tom Stoppard in the cast – was made with Gérard Vandenberg [5], the cinematographer who worked on George Solomos’ two films.

Travels and further projects

Tangier and Morocco
George was a regular visitor to Morocco, where his friends Paul Bowles and Jane Bowles had lived for many years. He had first gone there in 1950 with Irving Thalberg, Jr., the son of the famous film producer of the same name, who later became a professor of philosophy. An article in the fashion magazine Flair which was aimed at the New York literati, published with a transparent cover by the Condé Nast Publications heiress Fleur Cowles described George as;

an apprentice Yankee Balzac – and a be-bop hipster perched on a cliff outside Tangier celebrating the virtues of hashish…

- which was based on testimony of Gore Vidal who had met him on a visit to Morocco.
After George returned to Madrid, he took the first Orient Express train to run through Greece to Istanbul since the end of WWII. He then went from Salonika to Athens and on to Sparta to visit his family home, through a country ravaged by war.
George Solomos then moved to what is now known as Swinging London in the 1960s, and was soon involved in its bohemian underground. He published David Chapman, a young poet who was briefly incarcerated in an Insane asylum because of his heroin addiction, and wrote a powerful poem about his experiences which was called Withdrawal. A book, which also contained pictures by Chapman, was published by George Solomos in 1964 with help from philanthropist and wealthy heir, Jonathan Bryan Guinness, 3rd Baron Moyne – a Conservative Party (UK) MP at the time – who paid for a full page advert in the Conservative Monday Club publication, along with a voucher entitling members to a reduced-price copy. Guinness had the reputation of someone whose political instincts would now be recognised as Libertarian conservatism.
A reading by David Chapman was held that year in the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. George also commissioned a soundtrack from the experimental jazz combo Spontaneous Music Ensemble. George Solomos brought a print of his short film Echo in the Village to the UK in the early 1960s and was invited onto the show Late Night Line Up (BBC, 1964–72) on the BBC, where he was interviewed by Joan Bakewell. His appearance followed Bakewell’s interview that same evening with American theatre and film director Joseph Losey.
His next major publishing venture was in 1968, when he produced a film magazine called FIBA, which won the prize for the Best Film Publication at the Venice Film Festival (La Biennale di Venezia)[6] that year.
It was financed largely by the young Japanese Fluxus artist Yoko Ono . She later introduced him to her partner, John Lennon of The Beatles, and they asked him to arrange US showings of some films they had made, including Smile and Bottoms. George Solomos arranged for them to be premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1970, and took the movies on a series of screenings around the USA.
From 1970 to 1972 George was the Film Correspondent for the Irish Times; but was asked to leave Éire by the Irish Government after commenting unfavourably on the influence of the Roman Catholic Church on Irish culture. George had also infuriated the Irish Government for arranging the free distribution of The Little Red Schoolbook, which was being given away free in England at the time by the National Union of School Students. He was seen onto a ferry to Britain by Charles Haughey, who later wrote to him and offered to let him return.
He returned to London, where he managed to sell a film outline to Ringo Starr that would be a potential vehicle for mutual friend (and star of Shadows (1959 film) directed by John Cassavetes ), actor Ben Carruthers. This financed a trip to Sparta (municipality) in Greece, the homeland of the Solomos family, where he visited his family’s village.
In 1974 George Solomos moved to Philadelphia and lived in a house opposite the MOVE commune when it was notoriously bombed from a police helicopter, a tragedy which killed six adult residents and five children. George Solomos published one last copy of ZERO in the early 1980s, which was dedicated to John Africa and the members of MOVE, many of whom are still in prison in the USA in 2009.
After moving to the first apartment block in the USA built with its own Community studio and Cable TV facility George Solomos started a reality TV series featuring some of the block’s residents – which was later credited with being the inspiration for the NBC series The Golden Girls.
He also arranged for a filmed interview with Mumia Abu Jamal on Death Row in Philadelphia – the last instance of such an interview, since the law was changed afterwards to prevent any similar media attention. The resulting film is on YouTube in three parts [7].
In 1986 George returned to France to find the villagers who had helped him escape from the Nazis in Occupied France. The International Herald Tribune managed to track down the son of the grand-daughter who had initially rescued him from the apple tree and hidden him in the cellar.
Since 1999 George has been publishing the on-line version of his film and culture magazine fiba [8]
In 1999 he was a guest at the Havana Film Festival, where he showed the Mumia Abu-Jamal documentary and a short film featuring Alice Walker, as well as being interviewed by Cuban Television.

George Solomos died at home in Forest Hill on November 8th, 2010.
His second book is currently being translated into Spanish for publication in the next year. It is called Villa Alba, and is a novel based on some time he spent in Franco’s Spain in the 1950’s.

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George Estock, American baseball player (Boston Braves) died he was , 86

 George John Estock was a pitcher who played in Major League Baseball with the Boston Braves during the 1951 season  died he was , 86.

(November 2, 1924 – November 7, 2010)

Estock graduated from Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1942 and was pitching in a summer league afterward when baseball scouts began to notice him. Soon, the Scranton Miners offered him $100 a month and a $100 signing bonus to play ball.[1]
He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Boston Red Sox in 1943.[2] Prior to the 1944 season, he was sent to the Philadelphia Phillies franchise, and in March 1946 Estock was sent to Pittsburgh Pirates to complete an earlier deal. Prior to the 1947 season, the Pirates sent Estock to the Austin Pioneers the Big State League. Three years later, the Braves purchased his contract from Austin.[2]
Estock played for several minor league teams, including the Wilmington Blue Rocks, where his 22 wins in the 1945 season is still a club and league record.[1]
After being purchasedby the Braves, Estock was assigned to AA Milwaukee, where he went 16-8 with 3.35 earned-run average. That earned him a shot at the big leagues the following year. In 1951, he reached the majors,[2] playing for the Boston Braves alongside future Hall of Famers Johnny Sain and Warren Spahn, who were amng the major’s most successful left-handed pitchers.[1]
Estock spent one full season with the Braves, appearing in 37 games, all but one in relief. His only start came in the second game of a doubleheader against the Pirates. He pitched well, giving up three runs in eight innings, but was the loser in what would turn out to be his only big league decision when Cliff Chambers threw a no-hitter against the Braves. Estock finished the year with an 0-1 record and a 4.33 ERA. He managed two hits hits in seven at-bats for a .286 batting average.[2]
Estock spent 1952 with the minor league Milwaukee Brewers, going 6-3 with a 3.10 ERA. He stayed in baseball until 1955, spending time with the Toledo Mud Hens, Jacksonville Braves, Atlanta Crackers and finishing up with the York White Roses of the Piedmont League in 1955. Estock spent 13 seasons in pro baseball before retiring at age 30.
At his retirement he spoke of his introduction to a future Braves Hall of Famer: “I was pitching batting practice to a young kid who was up for a tryout during spring training in 1952. He was hitting me pretty good so I started to put a little extra on the ball, but he just kept it up. He really stood out. I asked him his name, and he answered, ‘My name is Hank Aaron.'” 

Estock was inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.[1]

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Yoshinobu Nishizaki Japanese anime producer (Space Battleship Yamato), died when he fell from boat. he was Yoshinobu Nishizaki, Japanese anime producer (Space Battleship Yamato),died when he fall from the boat he was , 75

 Yoshinobu Nishizaki  was a Japanese film producer best known as one of the two co-creators of the anime series Space Battleship Yamato died when he  fall from the boat he was , 75 .[2][3][4][5] He was sometimes credited as Yoshinori Nishizaki. He was born in 1934 and graduated from the Nihon University Art Department.

(18 December 1934 – 7 November 2010)

Life and work

Nishizaki produced the classic Space Battleship Yamato franchise in 1974 with its initial television run. In 1994, he designed a short-lived follow-on series, Yamato 2520. Nishizaki was later sued by the other Yamato co-creator, Leiji Matsumoto, for breach of copyright.[6][7]
Nishizaki’s new Space Battleship Yamato anime film was released December 12, 2009.[8][9] [10] [11] There is also a live action film set to premiere in December 2010.

Legal troubles

On December 2, 1997, police stopped his car on the Tōmei Expressway in Shizuoka after he was driving suspiciously. He was arrested when police found inside his attache case 50g of stimulants, 7g of morphine, 9g of marijuana. While on bail he went to the Philippines on his English-registered cruiser the Ocean Nine; he returned to smuggle in an M16 with M203 grenade launcher, a Glock 17, and a large amount of ammunition.[12] January 21, 1999, Nishizaki was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for the narcotics possession charge.
Later on February 1, 1999, he was arrested after a handgun, 131 bullets and 20 grams of stimulant drugs were seized from his house in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo. Nishizaki, voluntarily submitted two automatic rifles, 1,800 bullets, and 30 howitzer shells kept in a station wagon in his garage, police said. Police said that Nishizaki had hidden an Austrian handgun loaded with three bullets under a zaisu chair in a study. Nishizaki told police that he had bought the handgun in Hong Kong 10 years earlier.[13][14][15] On February 20, 2003, he was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for the possessing firearms charge.[16] He was released from prison on December 9, 2007.


Nishizaki drowned on 7 November 2010 at Chichijima, Ogasawara, when he suffered an apparent heart attack[17] after falling off the research steamboat Yamato.[18]


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Robert Lipshutz, American politician, White House Counsel (1977–1979) died due to a pulmonary embolism he was , 88

Robert Jerome Lipshutz  was an American attorney who served first as the national campaign treasurer for Jimmy Carter‘s successful 1976 run for the United States Presidency and then as the White House Counsel from 1977 to 1979 during Carter’s administration  died due to a pulmonary embolism he was , 88. He played a back channel role in the negotiations between Egypt and Israel that led to the signing of the Camp David Accords in 1978.

(December 27, 1921 – November 6, 2010)

Lipshutz was born on December 27, 1921, in Atlanta and attended Boys High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from theUniversity of Georgia and was awarded a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1943.[1] He served in the United States Army during World War II and worked as a lawyer in Atlanta after completing his military service, opening a law office in 1947.[2]
Lipshutz first met Carter in 1966 when he was running an ultimately unsuccessful bid in the Democratic Party primary against Lester Maddox. When Carter ran for governor in 1970 and won the race, he named Lipshutz to serve on the state’s Board of Human Resources. He served as Carter’s campaign treasurer during the 1976 Presidential Election and was named as White House Counsel after Carter took office, part of the “Georgia Mafia” that followed Carter into his administration.[2]
As White House counsel, Lipshutz advised the president to commute the sentence of G. Gordon Liddy, convicted as part of the Watergate scandal, an act that was described as being “in the interest of equity and fairness”. He also lobbied on behalf of naming a greater proportion of minorities to positions as judges and in the executive branch. Lipshutz drafted a revised policy regarding affirmative action that was ultimately accepted by the Supreme Court of the United States in its decision in the case Regents of the University of California v. Bakkeregarding a race-based admission policy at the UC Davis School of Medicine that the plaintiff claimed cost him a spot at the school in which the court ruled that racial quotas were unacceptable, but that affirmative action was allowed.[2]
During the negotiations between President of Egypt Anwar El Sadat and Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin at Camp David, Lipshutz provided input from leaders of major Jewish organizations regarding the peace process. In a statement issued by the former president, Carter said that Lipshutz’s “insights played a key role in many White House initiatives and decisions” at Camp David and at other points during his presidency, including his part in the drafting of the presidential order that led to the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.[2] After leaving the White House in October 1979, he was replaced by Lloyd Cutler.[3]
Lipshutz served as a trustee of the Atlanta Jewish Federation and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, as well as of the Carter Center established by the former president.[1]
A resident of Atlanta, he died at the Atlanta Hospice at the age of 88 on November 6, 2010, due to a pulmonary embolism. He was survived by his second wife, Betty Beck, as well as by three daughters and a son from his first marriage, two stepchildren and nine great-grandchildren. His first wife had died in 1970.[2]

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Siddhartha Shankar Ray, Indian politician, Chief Minister of West Bengal (1972–1977), Governor of Punjab (1986–1989), died of renal failure.he was , 90

Siddhartha Shankar Ray  was an Indian politician belonging to the Indian National Congress died of renal failure.he was , 90. He was a prominent barrister, Punjab Governor and Education minister of India.[1][2][3] He was also the ambassador of India to the United States of America[4][5] and served as the Chief Minister of West Bengal from 1972 to 1977.[6]

(20 October 1920 – 6 November 2010) 


Ray’s father, Sudhir Kumar Ray, was a well known barrister of Calcutta High Court and mother Aparna Devi, was the eldest daughter of the nationalist leader ‘Deshbandhu’ Chittaranjan Dasand Basanti Devi. His younger sister is Justice Manjula Bose, one of the first two women judges of the Calcutta High Court. Ray was married to Maya Ray, who grew up in England, who was once referred to as “a noted barrister and former elected official” by Thomas J. Manton, a now deceased member of the United States House of Representatives.
Ray was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta, and then was called to the Bar in England. While in college, he was Captain the Presidency College cricket team. He was a university triple blue in sports.
Ray died on 6 November 2010 at the age of 90 from renal failure.[7] He is survived by his wife Maya.
Ray started his career as a barrister in the Calcutta High Court. Later, helped by Ashoke Kumar Sen, he started his political career as the Cabinet Minister of Judicial Affairs in Bidhan Chandra Ray‘s cabinet in West Bengal. Later, through the 1960s he rose rapidly in Indian national level politics in Delhi to became the Union Cabinet Minister of Education & Youth Services for the Government of India.
After the Congress won the General Election of 1972, he became the Chief Minister of West Bengal from March 19, 1972 to June 21, 1977. He took office shortly after the Bangladesh Liberation War, and his administration was faced with the massive problem of resettling over a million refugees in various parts of the state. The civic services of Calcutta in particular found rehabilitation of the Bangladeshi refugees to be an uphill task, but the state government, under Ray’s guidance, performed this task with much credit.
Later, he had the distinction of serving as the Governor of Punjab from April 2, 1986 to December 8, 1989. When the Congress came back to power once again in Delhi in 1991, Ray was sent as India’s Ambassador to the United States. He remained in the USA from 1992 to 1996. His tenure in Washington was widely considered to be very successful.

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Martin Baum American talent agent (Creative Artists Agency), President of ABC Pictures (1968–1971). died he was , 86,

Martin “Marty” Baum  was an American talent agent known for his work at the Creative Artists Agency(CAA), including the first head of the agency’s motion picture department.[1] During his career, which spanned from the 1940s until 2010, his client list at CAA and other agencies included Bette DavisBo DerekRichard AttenboroughRed ButtonsMaggie Smith and Rock Hudson.[1] Baum was also the President of ABC Pictures, the film division of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), from 1968 until 1971.[1]

(March 2, 1924 – November 5, 2010)

Early life

Baum, a native of New York City, was born on March 2, 1924.[1] He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II while still in high school, taking part in the Allied Normandy landings in France.[2][3] He initially worked as a stage manager following the war, and decided to become a talent agent after a series of failed stage productions.[1]


Baum and Abe Newborn co-founded their own talent agency, Baum-Newborn Agency, in 1948, which proved profitable.[1] They later sold the firm to General Artists Corp (GAC).[1] Baum moved to Los Angeles in 1960 when he became the head of GAC’s motion picture talent division.[1] Baum then joined Ashley Famous Agency after leaving GAC.
He then formed his own agency, the Martin Baum Agency, which later merged with the Creative Artists Agency (CAA).[1]
In the interim, Baum became the head of ABC Pictures in 1968, the film division of American Broadcasting Company (ABC). As President, Baum oversaw the production of a number of films, including They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969), Straw Dogs (1971) and Cabaret(1972).[1] His client Gig Young won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?.[1] Young later bequethed Baum his Oscar statuette following his suicide in 1977.[1]
Throughout his career Baum earned the reputation as a “packager”, according to the Los Angeles Times. Baum brought together various clients whom he represented, such as actorsscreenwriters and film directors, and then “package” them together in a proposal to a film studio or production company. Baum proved instrumental in packaging together three of his clients, James Poe, actor Sydney Poitier and director Ralph Nelson to create the 1963 film Lilies of the Field.[1] Poitier won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the film, becoming the first African American actor to win the award.
In 1960, Baum partnered with Baum & Newborn Theatrical Agency to begin producing films and television in addition to his work as a publicist.[2] He became a production executive at both Optimus Productions and Creative Management Association.[2] Baum’s credits as a producer included The Last ValleyBring Me the Head of Alfredo GarciaThe Wilby Conspiracy and The Killer Elite, all of which were released in the 1970s.[3]
In 1976,[3] the five founding partners of the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) – Michael S. RosenfeldMichael OvitzRon MeyerWilliam Haberand Rowland Perkins – proposed that Martin Baum join the CAA.[3] The five publicists had formed the CAA in 1975 after they departed theWilliam Morris Agency (WMA).[3] Baum accepted the offer, completing the merger of his Martin Baum Agency with the CAA on October 11, 1976.[3] [2] Baum brought an extensive client list to the CAA when he joined the agency, including Peter Sellers and Sydney Poitier.[1] More importantly to CAA founders, the merger with Baum’s agency added legitimacy to the CAA, which had only been founded one year prior to their overture to Baum.[1][2] Baum became the first head of the CAA’s motion picture division.[1] He remained a fixture at the CAA until shortly before his death in 2010.[2]
Baum accumulated an extensive client list throughout his career. In addition to Sydney Poitier and Gig Young, his clients included Carroll O’ConnorDyan CannonGene WilderJulie AndrewsRichard HarrisRichard AttenboroughMaggie SmithHarry BelafonteStockard ChanningJoanne WoodwardJohn CassavetesBlake EdwardsBette DavisGena RowlandsRod SteigerCliff Robertson and Red Buttonsat various times throughout his career.[1][3]
Martin Baum died at his home in Beverly Hills, California on November 5, 2010 at the age of 86.[1] He was survived by his daughter, Fern; son, Rich; three grandchildren; and his girlfriend of twelve years, Vicki Sanchez. His wife, Bernice Baum, died in 1997.[1]

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