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John D. Goeken, American entrepreneur, founder of MCI Communications, died from cancer.he was , 80

John D. “Jack” Goeken [1] was a prolific telecommunications entrepreneur died from cancer.he was , 80. He was the original founder of Microwave Communications Inc., better known as MCI Inc.[2]

(August 22, 1930 – September 16, 2010)

Founding of MCI

According to various press reports and the book “On the Line” by Larry Kahaner, Jack Goeken founded MCI in the 1960s so that he could expand his radio-repair business. He reasoned that if he could set up a microwave repeater system between Chicago and St. Louis, he would be able to sell more radios to truckers. When Goeken tried to apply for a license to establish his repeater system, he learned that AT&T had a monopoly on such communications, and that he would be denied a license.[2] Goeken, being a tenacious entrepreneur, challenged against what he believed to be an injustice using the court system.[3] Eventually, the lawsuit he filed would lead to the breakup of AT&T and usher in an era of competition for the telecommunications industry.

Other companies

MCI made Mr. Goeken a multimillionaire, and he used his personality and wealth to found many other innovative companies, including the FTD Mercury Network (flower delivery), Airfone (later sold to GTE),[2] In-Flight Phone Corp., and many others. The Goeken Group Corporation[1] is Mr. Goeken’s vehicle for managing his business ventures.
After selling Airfone Corp. to GTE Corp., Goeken alleged that GTE breached their contract by not allowing him to run the company as he saw fit, and he asked a court to void his non-compete agreement. A court agreed, and Goeken then founded In-Flight Phone Corporation in Oakbrook, Illinois, with the intent of competing with GTE Airfone, which held a monopoly on air-to-ground telecommunications.[4] In 1990, the FCC approved Goeken’s plan to share the Airfone frequencies, and solicited applications for and subsequently issued licences to several companies to operate digital Terrestrial Aeronautical Public Correspondence (TAPC) services. In-Flight Phone Corp. was awarded one of these licenses, and Goeken was clear to compete with GTE Airfone.
In-Flight Phone Corporation attracted more than $200 million from investors, and Goeken set out to build the first nationwide digital air-to-ground telecommunications network, capable of delivering static-free telephone calls, internet service and information services, to airplane seats. The company successfully competed for service contracts with USAir and other airlines. In 1996, Goeken sold In-Flight Phone Corp. to MCI Corp.

Personal life

Mr. Goeken’s early days in founding MCI are recounted in the book On The Line, by Larry Kahaner.
Mr. Goeken’s personal biography is at [2]

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Keiju Kobayashi Japanese actor, died from heart failure he was , 86,

Keiju Kobayashi  was a Japanese actor. Born in Gunma Prefecture,[1] he began acting at the Nikkatsu studio after dropping out of Nihon University and made his film debut in 1942, died from heart failure he was , 86,

( 小林桂樹 Kobayashi Keiju?, 23 November 1923–16 September 2010)

In a career that spanned 65 years, he appeared in over 250 films, most famously in the “Company President” (Shachō) comedy films made at Toho, where he worked alongside Hisaya Morishige, Daisuke Kato, Norihei Miki, and others.[2] There he helped define the popular image of the postwar salaryman.[3] He also won many awards for his acting, including best actor awards at the Mainichi Film Awards for The Naked General in 1958 (where he played Kiyoshi Yamashita),[4] for Kuroi gashū in 1960,[5] and for The Elegant Life of Mr Everyman in 1963.[6] Kobayashi appeared in films made by such notable directors as Akira Kurosawa, Yasujirō Ozu, Mikio Naruse, and Kihachi Okamoto. He continued to give powerful performances after largely moving to television in the late 1960s.[3]


He died on 16 September 2010 of heart failure at the age of 86.[1][2]

Selected filmography

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Micky Burn British writer and poet. died he was , 97,

Michael Clive “Micky” Burn, MC  was an English journalist, commando, writer and poet died he was , 97.

(11 December 1912 – 3 September 2010)


Early life

By his own admission, in earlier life he “had been drawn to three autocracies: German National Socialism, Communism, and the Roman Catholic Church.” Burn’s father was secretary and solicitor to the Duchy of Cornwall becoming a trusted confidant of the King; while his mother’s family was instrumental in developing the golf-and-gambling resort of Le Touquet.[1] Initially educated at Winchester College, Burn spent only one year at New College, Oxford before the social seductions of Le Touquet won out.[2] As he himself put it, he was not sent down. Having done none of the work expected of him, he simply did not go back, choosing instead to initiate a writing career by ghosting the autobiography of ‘Bentley Boy’ Sir Henry Birkin.
Burn spent time in Florence, befriending Alice Keppel, the former mistress of Edward VII. A bisexual, his lovers included later Soviet Union spy Guy Burgess. On two occasions during the 1930s Burn took himself to the police, as homosexuality was then a crime.[1]
A developing interest in bettering the lot of the socially and economically deprived led Burn to a brief dalliance with National Socialism at a time when Hitler was regarded by many as having cured unemployment and given Germany back her soul. He met the German leader, who signed his copy of Mein Kampf (lost, shortly thereafter). He also attended a Nazi Party rally at Nuremberg, standing on the dais just a few feet behind the Führer himself. An unquestioning tour of Dachau crowned a period of which he would later write that he was for a time duped by a combination of his own blindness and the “intensely organized falsehood” that would later be exposed as the engine of the ‘New’ Germany.
In 1936, Burn joined The Times newspaper, initially on probation on the Home Editorial desk. Here he remained until the outbreak of war, with but a brief stint in London as Diplomatic Correspondent. In 1937, with Hitler’s intentions becoming ever more clear, Burn enlisted in the Queen’s Westminsters, a Territorial battalion of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Commissioned Second Lieutenant in 1938, he had, by the outbreak of war, wholly abandoned National Socialism as an engine of social change.

St. Nazaire Raid

When World War II came, Burn was at once called up. He volunteered for the independent companies, formed from men willing to undertake exceptional risks, upon their formation, 1939–40. Having served in Norway in 1940, as part of the unsuccessful Allied campaign to counter the German invasion, Burn joined a new elite force known as the Commandos. In March 1942, as a Captain in command of number 6 Troop, 2 Commando, he took part in Operation Chariot, the St. Nazaire Raid, his own 6 Troop contributing 29 men to the overall total of 264 Army personnel taking part. As leader of the starboard column of troop-carrying Motor Launches, Burn’s ML192 was one of the first vessels to come under fire, crashing, ablaze, into the Old Mole. Having been hauled ashore by one of his men and in spite of being wounded several times, Burn made his way to his target, the only member of his team to succeed in doing so. Of his 6 Troop contingent, carried in several MLs, 14 were killed and the rest, many of whom had had to take to the water, captured early on. Burn later attempted to escape the tightening German cordon along with two of his men, one of whom was killed in the attempt. Burn, along with his remaining companion, was captured, entering what would be a lengthy period of confinement as a ‘guest of the Reich’. For his actions during the raid Burn received the award of the Military Cross. From the total of 609 soldiers and sailors to enter the Loire estuary that fateful night, five would be awarded the Victoria Cross – the greatest number for any single action during the war.


Following his capture Burn was sent to Marlag und Milag Nord, a naval POW camp that was the destination of all Charioteers prior to the separation of Commando and Royal Navy personnel. He was then incarcerated in Spangenberg Castle, Oflag 1X A/H, and there began giving lectures to fellow POWs before being sent to Colditz Castle, Oflag IV-C. There, shorthand learnt for previous employment in journalism meant Burn acted as scribe to Colditz’s secret radio operator, Lieutenant-Colonel Jimmy Yule.[3]
On liberation, Burn sent dispatches to The Times about what had gone on in Colditz, published in newspaper on 19 and 21 April 1945.[4] Burn had written a novel during his stay, which was published as Yes, Farewell in 1946.
While at Colditz, Burn had received a Red Cross parcel from an old Dutch acquaintance, Ella van Heemstra. After his release from Colditz, Burn responded by sending packages with food and cigarettes to van Heemstra. The food helped the manlnourished van Heemstra and her daughter, Audrey Hepburn, survive the hardships following the end of the war. Van Heemstra was also able to sell the cigarettes for penicillin on the black market to treat the seriously ill Hepburn, perhaps saving her life.[5]
Burn ended the war as a Captain.

 After the Second World War

When the war ended Burn returned to The Times. His first assignment, while waiting for a visa to go on to Moscow as permanent correspondent, was to Vienna. After several months of waiting in vain for the visa, he suggested to the editor of The Times that he instead go behind the Iron Curtain, to Hungary, to observe the takeover by the Hungarian Communist Party supported by the Red Army. As a consequence he became the main British reporter on the political purges, and the faked trial of Cardinal József Mindszenty.[6]
Burn fell in love with, and eventually married, Mary Booker, who had divorced from her husband in 1926. The couple moved to North Wales where Bertrand Russell and his last wife, Edith, became first neighbours and in the years prior to Russell’s death in 1970, very dear friends.
Burn wrote nine books of non-fiction, four novels and six books of poetry. He enjoyed reading his poetry aloud at regional poetry events.
He also wrote a play, The Night of the Ball, which opened in Londons’ West End in 1954 starring Gladys Cooper.
His autobiography, Turned Towards the Sun, was published in 2003.[7]


Burn died at his residence in Minffordd, North Wales on 3 September 2010.[8]


  • Mr Lywards Answer. The story of George Lyward and Finchden Manor (Hamish Hamilton, 1956)
  • Turned Towards the Sun. (Michael Russell, 2003)

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La Fiera, Mexican professional wrestler, was stabbed.to death he was 49,

Arturo Casco Hernández was a Mexican luchador, or professional wrestler who was best known under the ring name La Fiera was stabbed.to death he was 49, , which is Spanish for “The Fierce”. Hernández was a second generation wrestler, following in the footsteps of his father Hércules Poblano (“The Hercules from Puebla”). His brother wrestled as Ángel Poblano.[1]

(March 17, 1961 – September 12, 2010)

Professional wrestling career

Fiera held the NWA World Welterweight Championship from October 23, 1981 when he defeated Lizmark for the title until July 18, 1982 when he lost the championship to Américo Rocca.[2] He would later hold the NWA World Middleweight Championship, defeating Gran Hamada on November 18, 1984, holding it until July 20, 1985 when he lost the belt to Chamaco Valaguez.[3] While his career slowed down by the 1990s due to age and injuries, he experienced a small comeback of sorts in 1996 when he teamed with Dos Caras and Héctor Garza to win the CMLL World Trios Championship from Bestia Salvaje, Emilio Charles, Jr. and Sangre Chicana. The team was forced to vacate the title in 1997 when Héctor Garza left the promotion.[4] La Fiera had been in semi-retirement since the early 2000s. During this final period of his career he wrestled only on a few select dates a year.


He died on September 12, 2010 after being stabbed five times.[5]

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves

Championships and accomplishments

  • Puebla Lightweight Championship (1 time)

Lucha de Apuesta record

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Hair Eddy Guerrero La Fiera Juarez, Chihuahua 1980s
Hair La Fiera Cachorro Mendoza Mexico City, Mexico Unknown [6]
Hair Pirata Morgan La Fiera Unknown Unknown
Hairs La Fiera and Mocho Cota Ringo Mendoza and Cachorro Mendoza Mexico City, Mexico 01983-07-01 July 1, 1983 [6]
Hair Satánico La Fiera Mexico City, Mexico 01983-09-16 September 16, 1983
Hair El Faraón La Fiera Mexico City, Mexico 01986-02-23 February 23, 1986
Hair La Fiera Babe Face Mexico City, Mexico 01986 1986
Hair Sangre Chicana La Fiera Mexico City, Mexico 01987-11 November 1987
Hair Jerry Estrada La Fiera Mexico City, Mexico 01991-09-08 September 8, 1991
Hair El Dandy La Fiera Mexico City, Mexico 01992-11-27 November 27, 1992
Hair La Fiera Ángel Negro Guadalajara, Jalisco 01993-06-20 June 20, 1993
Hair La Fiera Sangre Chicana Mexico City, Mexico 01993-07-02 July 2, 1993
Hair Negro Casas La Fiera Mexico City, Mexico 01993-10-01 October 1, 1993 [7]
Hair Emilio Charles, Jr. La Fiera Mexico City, Mexico 01994-04-15 April 15, 1994
Hair La Fiera Black Magic Mexico City, Mexico 01994-12-16 December 16, 1994
Hair Sangre Chicana La Fiera Mexico City, Mexico 01995-03-17 March 17, 1995
Hair La Fiera Kahoz Mexico City, Mexico 01996-06 June 1996
Hair Silver King La Fiera Mexico City, Mexico 01997-03-21 March 21, 1997
Hair La Fiera Bestia Salvaje Mexico City, Mexico 01997-08-29 August 29, 1997

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Arrow Montserratian soca musician (“Hot Hot Hot”), died from complications from brain cancer. he was , 60,

Alphonsus Celestine Edmund Cassell, MBE  was a calypso and soca musician who performed under the stage name Arrow, and is regarded as the first superstar of soca from Montserrat died from complications from brain cancer. he was , 60.[2]

(16 November 1949[1] – 15 September 2010) 


Early years

Cassell first performed aged 10 in a concert at the Montserrat Secondary School.[2] He began singing calypso in 1967 and took the Junior Monarch title that year. He took up singing professionally in 1969, and in that year he was runner up in the Montserrat Calypso King competition, going on to win the title the following year (following in the footsteps of his brothers Justin (a.k.a. Hero) and Lorenzo (a.k.a. Young Challenger).[2] He would go on to take the title a total of four times.



He released his first single, “Dance with Me, Woman” in 1972, and set up his own Arrow label in 1973. 1974 saw the release of debut album The Mighty Arrow on Target, followed in 1975 with Arrow Strikes Again. He won the Road March competition at the 1975 St. Kitts festival with “Rummy Song”.[2]
Cassell began to fuse calypso with other genres such as R&B and salsa, resulting in some criticism, with accusations that he was destroying Montserrat’s calypso traditions. Others argued, his updating of the genre brought it to a new audience.[2]
In 1982, Cassell began working with arranger Leston Paul, and, with his Multi National Force band, recorded the album Hot Hot Hot, the title track, “Hot Hot Hot“, becoming his first pan-Caribbean hit and the biggest selling soca hit of all time.[2] It was adopted as the theme song of the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, and was later covered by David Johansen (in his Buster Poindexter alter ego), Menudo, and Babla & Kanchan.[2]
He capitalized on this success with 1983’s Heat album, and the “Rub Up” single, and 1984’s Soca Savage album, from which the international hit “Long Time” was taken, a top 30 hit in the United Kingdom.[2] He enjoyed further chart success in the UK with a remixed version of “Hot Hot Hot”, which reached number 38 (the original had stalled at number 58). By this time, Arrow was also incorporating Latin brass into his music. Subsequent albums also saw the incorporation of merengue (1986’s Heavy Energy), and rock (1988’s Knock Dem Dead). Heavy Energy was his first album for Island RecordsMango label, with two further albums released on the label.
Cassell also established himself as a businessman in Montserrat, owning the Arrow’s Manshop store in Plymouth. When this was destroyed by the Soufriere Hills volcanic eruption, he relocated to Salem. He organized a fundraising calypso festival on the island in 1996, in response to the devastation caused by the volcano.[2]
Cassell co-headlined Bermuda‘s Soca ’96 festival, and continued to regularly release albums. In 1988, he was awarded the Living Legends award by the organizers of the Caribbean Song Festival and the Bahamas Tourist Board.[2]
Cassell continued to be much in demand in the Caribbean. He last performed at the Cricket World Cup 2007 opening ceremonies with Shaggy, Byron Lee and Kevin Lyttle.


Cassell died peacefully at his home in Montserrat with his family at his side, on 15 September 2010 after battling cerebral cancer for two years.[3]



  • The Mighty Arrow on Target (1972)
  • Arrow Strikes Again (1973)
  • Keep on Jamming (1975)
  • Sweet Beat (1978)
  • Instant Knockout (1980)
  • Man From Africa (1980)
  • Double Trouble (1981)
  • Hot Hot Hot (1982)
  • Heat (1983)
  • Soca Savage (1984)
  • Deadly (1985)
  • Heavy Energy (1986)
  • Knock Dem Dead (1988)
  • Massive (1988)
  • O’La Soca (1989)
  • Soca Dance Party (1990)
  • Hot Soca Hot (1990)
  • Zombie Soca (1991)
  • Zombie Remixes (1991)
  • The Best Of Arrow Volume 2 (1992)
  • Model De Bam Bam (1992)
  • Outrageous (1993)
  • Classics (1994)
  • Phat (1995)
  • Ride De Riddim (1996)
  • Turbulence (1998)
  • Beat De Drum (2000)
  • Arrow – Vintage Volume 1 (2002)
  • No Rules (2002)


  • 1973: “Dance with Me, Woman”
  • 1981: “Soca Rhumba”
  • 1983: “Rub Up”
  • 1983: “Hot Hot Hot” #59 UK
  • 1984: “Long Time” #30 UK
  • 1988: “Groove Master” #23 U.S. Dance
  • 1989: “O’ La Soca” #38 U.S. Dance
  • 1994: “Hot Hot Hot (World Carnival Mix ’94)” #38 UK

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James E. Winner Jr, American entrepreneur, inventor of The Club, died from a car accident. he was ., 81

 James Earl “Jim” Winner, Jr. was an American entrepreneur and chairman of Winner International who created The Club, an anti-theft device that is attached and locked on to a car’s steering wheel, making it more difficult for car thieves to steal the car died from a car accident. he was ., 81. By 1994, sales of the device had reached 14 million units.[1]

(July 1929 – September 14, 2010)  .

Winner was born in July 1929 in Transfer, Pennsylvania, where he grew up on a dairy farm to a relatively poor family and attended a one-room schoolhouse, stating in an interview that when he would speak to a group he was “comfortable saying that no one in the room was raised poorer than me” when they were growing up. He served in the United States Army in South Korea and attended Shenango Valley Business College.[2] Winner worked variously selling chemicals, pianos and vacuum cleaners.[3]
The inspiration for the Club came after his Cadillac was stolen, and he remembered back to his time serving in the Army when the steering wheels of jeeps would be protected using chains. Charles Johnson. a mechanic who said he had worked on developing the product with Winner before the incident in which the Caddilac was stolen claimed that he had not been properly credited for the development of the device and that the two men had made a verbal agreement in 1985 under which they would split any profits from the sale of the Club.[4] Winner acknowledged that Johnson had been paid a fee to work on developing the device, but that the basic design, such as the pronged hooks that secure it to the steering wheel, were part of Winner’s original design.[2] A lawsuit that Johnson filed to pursue the claim was settled in 1993 for what was reported to be $10.5 million.[4]
Winner International was established in 1986 in Sharon, Pennsylvania to market the Club and other security and safety products.[3] While similar locking devices had been invented decades earlier, The Club’s success was credited to heavy television advertising featuring police officers talking about the Club with the slogan “If you can’t steer it, you can’t steal it” and distribution through major national retailers including Kmart, Sears and Wal-Mart.[5] Winner acknowledged that the Club could be defeated by breaking the lock or sawing through the steering wheel. While improvements were made to the device, the Club could not defeat determined thieves but Winner noted that it offered the benefit of encouraging car thieves to avoid cars equipped with the Club and to avoid the time and effort needed to bypass the device. By 1993, sales of the Club had reached 10 million units. Winner would say that he had a love for sales and that “If it weren’t the Club, it would have been something else”.[3] In addition to such brand extensions of the original product including the Boat Club, the Truck Club and the Bike Club, another followup product was the “Door Club”, a security device that debuted in the early 1990s for use in homes, which Winter forecast would outsell the car device as “there are more doors than cars”.[1][6]
Winner was active in the community in Sharon, where his company was based, assisting charitable organizations and promoting the area as a tourist destination.[3] The Winners were recognized with the 2010 Bill Knecht Tourism Award by the area tourism board for their efforts since the 1970s to bring visitors to Mercer County, Pennsylvania.[2] Remembering the financial difficulties that he had faced growing up, Winner supported the charity Shoe the Children that provided money to pay for shoes for needy children.[2]
A resident of Clark, Pennsylvania and Hollywood, Florida, Winner died at age 81 on September 14, 2010 after the Lexus SUV he was driving on Miola Road in Highland Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania crossed the divider into oncoming traffic and crashed head on into a Chevy Blazer, killing Winner and both passengers in the other vehicle.[2][7][8] There was no immediate explanation from Pennsylvania State Police investigating the accident as to why Winner’s car crossed into the opposite lane. He was survived by his second wife, Donna, as well as by four children and grandchildren. He had divorced his first wife.[3] Winner and his wife also had a home in Cook Forest, Pennsylvania.[7]

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Swarnalatha, Indian playback singer, died from a lung infection she was , 37

Swarnalatha  was a South Indian film playback singer. From 1987 onward, she rendered nearly 7000 songs in many languages including Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu, Bengali, Oriya, Punjabi and Badaga died from a lung infection she was , 37.[1]
She won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for her rendition of the song “Porale Ponnuthayi” from the film Karuththamma. The song was composed by A. R. Rahman, under whose musical direction she recorded many memorable songs. Her distinctive voice, which could effortlessly reach high octaves, quickly made her a name to reckon with in the playback music industry.[2]

(Malayalam: സ്വർണ്ണലത, Tamil: ஸ்வர்ணலதா, Telugu: స్వర్ణలత ; 1973 – September 12, 2010)

Personal life and career


She was born in Athikkodu near Chittur, Palakkad, Kerala, to K. C. Cherukutty and Kalyani. Her father was a good harmonium player and singer. Her mother also had interest in music. Swarnalatha was trained on the harmonium and keyboard.[3] Swarnalatha’s family later moved to Shimoga, where she had her education.[4] Born in a family of musicians (father K. C. Cherukutty was a singer and harmonium player, while sister Saroja was her music guru initially). Swarnalatha took to music when she was in her teens. She opened her account in films when M. S. Viswanathan introduced her in a duet with singer Dr K J Yesudas. The song was Bharathiar’s Chinnanchiru Kili ye , for the film Neethikku Thandanai in 1987.[5]
In 1987, she shifted to Chennai, where she met M. S. Viswanathan. M.S.V. introduced her to the film industry through a duet with K. J. Yesudas, “Chinnanchirukiliye Kannamma” from the film Neethikku Dhandanai.[4] Subsequently, many other music directors approached her to perform their songs. She was recruited by legendary musicians like Ilaiyaraaja and A. R. Rahman. She also recorded a few Hindi songs, the most notable one being “Hai Rama Yeh Kya Hua” from Rangeela.
She was one of the most versatile singers of her times, as she was able to sing melodies like “Maalayil Yaaro Manathodu Pesa” from Chatriyan[6] or “Porale Ponnuthayi” from Karuthamma as well as Rahman’s experimental songs like “Mukkabla” from Kadhalan or “Mottu Vittadha” from Pavithra. Swarnalatha was the first female playback singer to fetch the National Award in A. R. Rahman‘s music for the song “Porale Ponnuthayi”. Once in an interview, she said that she was moved to tears when she finished the recording of this song and received praise from A. R. Rahman. She recorded many other memorable songs with music directors Deva, Vidyasagar, Harris Jayaraj, Anu Malik, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy,Raj-Koti, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Mani Sharma,Hamsaleka and many others.She had sung all the songs of Lata Mangeshkar and Shamshad Begum in the movie Anarkali(tamil dubbed version of the hindi movie mughal-e-Azam) and she was praised by the acclaimed bollywood music director late Naushad Ali.


Swarnalatha was a very quiet and shy woman. She was very camera shy too. Her musical concerts were quite straight, with only her music doing the talking. Once in an interview, her brother said that she knew nothing in this world except the music. She dedicated her entire life to music.Her calmness and character were liked by so many people in the music industry and her fans.


Swarnalatha died at a private hospital in Chennai at the age of 37 due to cardiac arrest followed by interstitial lung disease (lung infection) after being admitted because she had difficulty in breathing. The singer had been undergoing treatment for lung infection for over a year and had not recorded for films during the period.[1]
Legendary music composer M S Viswanathan, who gave the then 14-year old Swarnalatha a break in films, described her as a very talented singer. She is believed to have approached him first, when she wanted to launch her career in film music. He gave her a chance in the film Needhikku Thandanai. “I was shocked on hearing the news. Swarnalatha was introduced to films by me, and was highly talented in music” he said.[7]

Awards and recognitions

National Award (Silver Lotus Award)

State Awards

Tamil Nadu Government Award

Andhra Pradesh Government Award

Filmfare Awards

Other Prominent Awards

  • 1996 – Cinema Express Award for Best Female Playback Singer for “Akkadanu Nanga” from Indian
  • 1999 – Cinema Express Award for Best Female Playback Singer for “Ulundhu Vithakkaiyilae” from Mudhalvan
  • 2000 – Cinema Express Award for Best Female Playback Singer for “Evano oruvan” from Alaipayuthey
  • 2002 – Cinema Express Award for Best Female Playback Singer for “Thirumana malargal” from Poovellam Un Vasam

Special Awards

  • 2002 – “Swarnalatha” (Rakkama Kaiya Thattu) song from the movie Thalapathi (1991) was the topmost in a BBC World Top Ten music poll.

Notable Tamil film songs

In A. R. Rahman’s music

Song Movie Year
“Kummi Adi” Sillunu Oru Kaadhal 2006
“Evano Oruvan” Alaipayuthey 2000
“Sollaiyo Solai Kili” Alli Arjuna 2001
“Orunal Oru Pozhuthu” Anthimanthaarai 1995
“Kucchi Kucchi” Bombay 1995
“Uyire Uyire” (Chorus) Bombay 1995
“Usilampatti Penkutti” Gentleman 1993
“Akkadanu Nanga” Indian 1996
“Maya Machindra” Indian 1996
“Munneru Dhaan” Indira 1995
“Nee Etty Etty Thottuvachukka” Manitha Manitha 1994
“Anjathea Jeeva” Jodi 1999
“Anna Un Tholil” Jodi 1999
“Sollu Anbe” Jodi 1999
“Yenthen Vaanil” Kadhal Virus 2002
Mukkala Mukkabla Kadhalan 1994
“Kadhalenum” Kadhalar Dhinam 1999
“Singore Singore” Kannathil Muthamittal 2002
“Poralae Ponnuthayi (sad)” Karuththamma 1993
“Madrasa Sutthi” May Madham 1994
“Mel Isaiye” Mr. Romeo 1996
“Ulunthu Vithaikayilae” Mudhalvan 1999
“Chittukuruvi” Parasuram 2003
“Mottu Vittatha” Pavithra 1994
“Hai Rama” Rangeela 1995
“Lucky Lucky” Ratchagan 1997
“Mercury Pookal” Ratchagan 1997
“Kummi Adi” Sillunu Oru Kadhal 2006
“Kadhal Yogi” Taalam 1999
“Kuliruthu Kuliruthu” Taj Mahal 1999
“Poongatrile” Uyire 1998
“Rakozhi Rendu” Uzhavan 1993
“Yae Muthu Paapa” Vandicholai Chinraasu 1994

In Ilaiyaraja’s music

Song Movie
“Sollividu Velli Nilave” Amaidhi Padai
“Mana Madurai” Anthapuram
“Kuruvi Kudaintha” Azhagi
“Aattama Therottama” Captain Prabhakaran
“Malaiyil Yaaro” Chathriyan
“Chithra Kili” Chinna Devan
“Adi Vannathi Poo” Chinna Jamin
“Onnapoothttu” Chinna Jamin
“Anthiyila Vanam” Chinnavar
“Povomma Oorkolam” Chinna Thambi
“Nee Enge” Chinna Thambi
“Naan Aerikkarai” Chinnaththaayi
“Kattu Kuyil Pattu” Chinna Mapillai
“Vennilavu Kothipathu” Chinna Mapillai
“Semparathi Poovukku” Dharma
“Maasi Masam” Dharma Dorai
“Mana Magalea” Devar Magan
“Vayasu Vantha” En Mana Vaanil
“Kuyil Paatu” En Rasavin Mansilae
“Uthama Puthiri” Guru Sishyan
“Aradi Suvaruthan” Ithu Namma Bhomi
“Oru Pokiri Rathiri” Ithu Namma Bhomi
“Kooyil Mani Kettene” Kanna Unnai Thedukiren
“Enga Then Paandi” Kattabomman
“Adi Asa Machan” Kummipattu
“Oorukku Thekkuttu” Kummipattu
“Ammiyila Araichi” Kummipattu
“Uchi Veyilukku” Kummipattu
“Nee Thane Nal Thorum” Paatu Vathiyar
“Kana Karunk Kuyilae” Paandithurai
“Malliye Chinna Mullaye” Paandithurai
“Vidalapulla” Periya Maruthu
“Vidai Kodu” Piriyadha Varam Vendum
“Ooradangum Samathilea” Puthupatti Ponnuthaye
“Malligai Mottu” Sakthi Vel
“Kalaiyil Kettathu” Senthamizh Pattu
“Punnaivana Poonkuyile” Sevvanthi
“Margalithan Odipochu” Thalapathi
“Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu” Thalapathi
“Ennai Thottu” Unnai Nenachaen Paattu Padichaen
“Ennulle Ennulle” Valli
“Unnai Ethir Parthen” Vanaja Kirija
“Sirakadikuthu Kuruvi” Vanaja Kirija
“Aajare” Vishnu
“Naan Thanga Roja” Time
“Malai Kovil Vasalil” Veera
“Madathile Kanni” Veera

Notable Malayalam film songs

Song Movie
“Kadamizhiyil Kamaldalam” Thenkasipattanam
“Manikkakkallal Menju Menanju” Varnapakittu
“Nandalaala Hey Nandalaala” Independence
“Pottukuthedi Pudavachoodedi” Ravanaprabhu
“Balla Balla Ballare” Punjabi House
“Varthingal Thellalle” Dreamz
“Akkuthikkuthaanakkompel” Mangalya Soothram
“Kannoram Kanamuthe Vaa” Ishtamanu Nooruvattam
“Manjil Pootha Sandhye” Minnaminunginum Minnukettu
“Neeyonnu Paad” Thacholi Varghese Chekavar
“Oru Thari Kasthoori” Highway

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Charles Ansbacher, American conductor died he was , 67

Charles Ansbacher  was an American conductor died he was , 67. After undergraduate and graduate work at Brown University (’65) and the University of Cincinnati (M.M. 1968, D.M.A. 1979), he studied conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Ansbacher was the conductor and musical director of the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra from 1970-1989,[1][2] and, in 2000, founded the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, which gives free classical music concerts at various locations in the Boston area.[3][4] On September 1, 2010, he was named Conductor Laureate of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.

(October 5, 1942 – September 12, 2010)


http://www.youtube.com/v/9B0s_td-TJU?fs=1&hl=en_USCharles Ansbacher was born on October 5, 1942 in Providence, Rhode Island to renowned Adlerian psychologists Heinz Ansbacher and Rowena Ripin Ansbacher. Ansbacher took up cello as a boy and began by conducting a Mahler piece with his high school orchestra in Burlington, Vermont. His parents encouraged his study by sending him to Greenwood Music Camp and Tanglewood.
He majored in physics at Brown University but switched to music after creating a successful chamber orchestra with his classmates. He earned his master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Cincinnati in 1968, followed by his D.M.A. in 1979.
Ansbacher held titled positions with orchestras in Boston, Moscow, Bishkek, and Sarajevo. Among his acclaimed performances were an all-Brahms program at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and the same work in Belgrade with American and Russian soloists. In 2008, he was the first American conductor to appear with the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra. The performance was received so well that he was invited to return to the podium in 2009. He also conducted the first-ever symphony orchestra concert in Boston’s historic Fenway Park, and in Hanoi as the first American ever to lead the Vietnamese National Symphony Orchestra. His primary relationship was with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, which he created in 2000 as a gift to his home community. He led the orchestra at Boston’s historic Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade, and at other locations throughout Boston during the summer.
In the mid-nineties, while residing in Vienna, Ansbacher led multiple performances of renowned Austrian ensembles, including the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Innsbruck Philharmonic. He also conducted the Sarajevo Philharmonic in performances throughout Austria, including at the famed Salzburg Grosse Festspielhaus, and Vienna’s City Hall. He conducted major orchestras in Canada, Colombia, Israel, Ecuador, Italy, Lithuania, South Africa, South Korea, Vietnam, and of course the United States; however, his main thrust as an orchestra leader had been to perform in nations undergoing political transition, such as Azerbaijian, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Ansbacher organized cross-cultural exchanges, such as bringing the Sarajevo Philharmonic to Italy and Austria; leading members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in their famed Symphony Hall featuring Croatian pianist, Ivo Pogorelich, to celebrate the opening of the Croatian consulate; conducting the world premiere of the Mandela Portrait in Johannesburg, South Africa, then bringing the piece to the United States in 2004; and conducting the Jerusalem Symphony with a Palestinian soloist, Saleem Abboud-Ashkar in December 2005. Honoring his efforts to bridge international communities, President Bill Clinton once called Ansbacher “the unofficial ambassador of America’s music.”
Building upon multiple concerts with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in that city’s Tchaikovsky Hall, as well as the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Ansbacher conducted the MSO on nine CD’s. The Landmarks Orchestra annually incubates a new work for children, and six of these are available on MSO CD’s: Make Way for Ducklings, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, The Journey of Phillis Wheatley, Lifting the Curse: The Story of the Red Sox, David and Old Ironsides, and John Adams: the Voice Heard ‘Round the World. For adults, Ansbacher led the MSO recording Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 and Symphony No. 4, as well as Landmarks Overtures, Dolce, and his most recent release, the double-CD Heroic Beethoven.
As a young man, Charles Ansbacher devoted almost twenty years to building the Colorado Springs Symphony, which named him Conductor Laureate when he stepped down in 1989. He was known throughout the Rocky Mountain region not only for his regular concert season, but also the music he brought to hundreds of thousands of diverse families through often-televised, innovative outdoor concerts, and the Christmas Pops on Ice that featured Olympic figure skating stars.
Beyond music, Charles Ansbacher applied art to public policy-making when, as a White House Fellow, he was co-chair of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Task Force on the Use of Design, Art, and Architecture in Transportation. His interest in design and architecture led to his appointment by Mayor Federico Pena to the Blue Ribbon Committee for the design of the new Denver International Airport. He stayed in the policy realm as Chair of the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities, appointed by Governor Roy Romer. Soon after moving to Massachusetts, he accepted a one-year appointment as a Visiting Scholar in the Harvard Music Department (1998-1999). As he had throughout his career, Ansbacher served on the board of numerous community-focused, non-profit organizations. He and his wife, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, have three children, among them Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmaker Henry Ansbacher, Lillian Shuff, Teddy Ansbacher-Hunt, and three grandchildren.
He died on September 12, 2010 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Honors and awards

In 2009, Ansbacher was honored by the City of Cambridge, MA, and the U. S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon for his civic and artistic contributions in the United States and around the world. In February 2010, the National Theater of Sarajevo unveiled a plaque to thank him for his artistic leadership in the city, which began immediately after the siege in 1994 and continues today. In March 2010, the Mayor of Denver and the Governor of Colorado dedicated Charles Ansbacher Hall: the Art of Colorado at Denver International Airport, as a tribute to his leadership on the New World Airport Commission. In addition, Governor Bill Ritter declared March 15, 2010, to be “Charles Ansbacher Day” in the State of Colorado. On July 7, 2010, as Ansbacher led the Boston Landmarks Orchestra in Fenway Park’s first full-length orchestral concert, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick presented him with a plaque that reads:

Maestro Charles Ansbacher
visionary founder
Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Free for All Concert Fund
ensuring classical music for all
The plaque will be mounted on a bench on the Esplanade.

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Claude Chabrol, French film director (Madame Bovary, Story of Women) died he was , 80

Claude Chabrol was a French film director, a member of the French New Wave (nouvelle vague) group of filmmakers who first came to prominence at the end of the 1950s died he was , 80. Like his colleagues and contemporaries Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Éric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette, Chabrol was a critic for the influential film magazine Cahiers du cinéma before beginning his career as a film maker.
Sometimes characterized as a “mainstream” New Wave director, Chabrol remained prolific and popular throughout his half-century career.[1]

( 24 June 1930 – 12 September 2010)


After spending World War II in the village of Sardent, where he and a friend constructed a makeshift movie theater,[1] Chabrol returned to Paris to study pharmacology[2] at the University of Paris. There Chabrol became involved with the postwar cine club culture and met Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Éric Rohmer, Jacques Rivette and others with whom he would write for Cahiers du cinéma throughout the 1950s. In 1957, Chabrol co-wrote with Éric Rohmer Hitchcock (Paris: Éditions Universitaires, 1957), a study of the films made by director Alfred Hitchcock through the film The Wrong Man (1957). Chabrol had interviewed Hitchcock with Francois Truffaut in 1955 on the set of To Catch a Thief, where the two famously walked into a fountain after being starstruck by Hitchcock. Years later, when Chabrol and Truffaut had both become successful directors themselves, Hitchcock told Truffaut that he always thought of them when he saw “two ice cubes floating in his drink.”
In 1958, Chabrol made his feature directorial debut with Le Beau Serge (1958), a Hitchcock-influenced[2] drama starring Jean-Claude Brialy partly funded by his wife’s inheritance[1] and among the first films of the French New Wave. A critical success, it won Chabrol the Prix Jean Vigo and was followed the next year by Les Cousins, one of the New Wave’s first commercial successes, and Chabrol’s first color film, À double tour, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo. The most prolific of the major New Wave directors, Chabrol averaged almost one film a year from 1958 until his death. His early films (roughly 1958–1963) are usually categorized as part of the New Wave and generally have the experimental qualities associated with the movement. Beginning with his “Golden Era” films (1967–1974) he established what would be his signature “Chabrolesque” style, usually suspense thrillers in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock. In 1995 he was awarded the Prix René Clair from the Académie française for his body of work.
His first marriage to Agnès Goute (1956–1962) produced a son, Matthieu Chabrol, a French composer who scored most of his father’s films from the early 1980s. He divorced Agnès to marry the actress Stéphane Audran, with whom he had a son, actor Thomas Chabrol. They remained married from 1964 to 1978. His third wife was Aurore Paquiss, who has been a script supervisor since the 1950s. He had four children.[3]
Chabrol died on 12 September 2010.[4]


TV work


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Did you know you can repair your credit?

Did you know that you can correct your own credit?

It can take a month or so but with a letter like this disputing items on your credit report, you can get negative items removed from your credit. In most case creditors have to follow a guideline on reporting negative items on your credit. Generally in most cases most companies follow the rules, but sometimes you have companies that place negative information on your credit illegally. When that happens, if you dispute then that company has an obligation to remove any negative items that they place on your credit. It really is that simple.

Now after you send this letter to the Credit Bureaus, the Credit Bureaus will then send the letter to the creditors. Now if they the Creditors do not respond within that 30 days to your dispute then the items have to be removed.

So it really is that simple, it just takes time and patience. If you do not have your Credit Report simply request it for any of the 3 credit reporting agency. You may receive one free credit report a year. I hope that this helps

December 1, 2009

Marcus Smith
1202 Pledgen Street
Memphis, TN 38124

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Dear Sir or Madame:

All agencies are legally required to follow certain procedures when reporting delinquent consumer debts to credit reporting agencies. I am writing to dispute the following information in my file because proper protocol was not followed. My rights as a debtor have not been considered as stated under U.S.C. 3711. I’m utilizing my right to dispute said debt, I have enclosed a copy of my credit reports. Please all of the negative information in regards to my credit. Please remove any of the negative information about my accounts.
Enclosed items:

A Credit Report

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Please reinvestigate these matters and delete or correct the disputed items as soon as possible.


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