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

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

(22 October 1946 – 18 February 2012)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

(June 5, 1943 – February 17, 2012)


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

Destroy All Monsters

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

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

Blood Orange and MC5 reunion

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

Music education project

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

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

Music Producer

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

Art career

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

(August 9, 1934 – February 16, 2012)


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

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

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

(September 26, 1968 – February 16, 2012)


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

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

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


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

Personal life

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


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

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

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

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

(August 22, 1929 – February 16, 2012)

Early life, education, military service

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

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

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

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

Early public service in Washington

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

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

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

Counsel to President Lyndon B. Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Private law practice in Washington, D.C.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Publications and awards

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

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

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

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

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

(April 8, 1954 – February 16, 2012)

Early life

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

Montreal Expos

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

Rookie season

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

Expos catcher

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

1984 season

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

New York Mets

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

1986 World Series Champions

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

300 career home runs

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

Return to Montreal

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

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

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

Post-playing career

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

Hall of Fame

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

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


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

Personal life

He and his wife, Sandy, were married in 1975. They had three children.[4]
His daughter Kimmy is the head softball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic[23] and was a softball catcher for Florida State from 19992002.[24]
Carter was an active philanthropist. Through The Gary Carter
Foundation, of which Carter was the president, Carter and his staff
support 8 Title I schools in Palm Beach County whose students live in
poverty. Typically, these schools have 90% or more students eligible for
free or reduced lunches. The Foundation seeks to “better the physical,
mental and spiritual well being of children.” To accomplish this, they
advocate “school literacy by encouraging use of the Reading Counts
Program, a program that exists in the Palm Beach County School
District”. Since its inception, The Gary Carter Foundation has placed
over $622,000 toward charitable purposes, including $366,000 to local
elementary schools for their reading programs.[citation needed]

Illness and death

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

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Kushimaumi Keita, Japanese sumo wrestler and coach (Tagonoura), died from a ischaemic heart disease he was 46

Kushimaumi Keita ,[1] born as Keita Kushima was a sumo wrestler from Shingū, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan died from a ischaemic heart disease he was , 46. A successful amateur, his highest rank in professional sumo was maegashira 1. After his retirement he became an elder of the Japan Sumo Association and established Tagonoura stable.

( 6 August 1965 – 13 February 2012)


He began doing sumo from the age of four, due to his father’s love of
the sport. He was the first person to earn the Amateur Yokozuna title
whilst still in high school (at which time he already weighed 160 kg),
and he continued amateur sumo at Nihon University. In total he captured 28 collegiate sumo titles, a record at the time.[2] He joined the prestigious Dewanoumi stable and made his professional debut in January 1988, beginning in the third highest makushita division. He fought under his own name until he reached the second highest jūryō division, whereupon his shikona was modified slightly from Kushima to Kushimaumi. Although it took him seven tournaments to progress from makushita to jūryō, he won two consecutive yūshō or tournament championships from his jūryō debut to reach the top makuuchi
division in July 1989, the first wrestler to do so since 15 day
tournaments were established in 1949. He won his first Fighting Spirit
prize in March 1990, and earned two kinboshi for defeating yokozuna Asahifuji in September 1991 and Hokutoumi in March 1992 (this was Hokutoumi’s final match before retirement). In March 1993 he was famously knocked out by a harite (slap to the face) from Kyokudōzan
and had to withdraw from the tournament with his score at seven wins
and six losses. His best result in a top division tournament was his
runner-up performance in September 1993, where he finished behind Akebono on twelve wins. This however, was achieved from the low position of maegashira 13, and despite his great potential he never managed to reach the san’yaku ranks. In his later career he suffered increasingly from shoulder and hip injuries, and was demoted to the jūryō division on several occasions. He announced his retirement in November 1998 at the age of 33, after falling into the makushita division.

Fighting style

Kushimaumi was one of the heaviest wrestlers ever, weighing over
200 kg at his peak, and his great physical strength was demonstrated by
his frequent use of the kimedashi (arm barring force out) technique.[2] He also regularly employed yorikiri (the force out) and kotenage (the arm lock throw).

Retirement from sumo

Kushimaumi remained with Dewanoumi stable as an elder of the Japan Sumo Association, under the name Tagonoura. In February 2000 he branched out and opened up his own Tagonoura stable. In 2011 he produced his first sekitori ranked wrestler, the Bulgarian Aoiyama. Another former rikishi was the Tongan born Aotsurugi (who took Japanese citizenship to allow Aoiyama to join the stable).

In 2003 he suffered an acute myocardial infarction, but it proved not to be life-threatening and he made an immediate recovery.

He died on 13 February 2012 at the age of 46,[3] of ischaemic heart disease.

Career record

Kushimaumi Keita[4]
Year in sumo January
Hatsu basho, Tokyo
Haru basho, Osaka
Natsu basho, Tokyo
Nagoya basho, Nagoya
Aki basho, Tokyo
Kyūshū basho, Fukuoka
1988 Makushita tsukedashi #60
East Makushita #38
East Makushita #24
East Makushita #9
East Makushita #4
West Makushita #2
1989 East Makushita #1
West Jūryō #12

East Jūryō #3

West Maegashira #13
West Maegashira #11
East Maegashira #5
1990 East Maegashira #9
East Maegashira #14
East Maegashira #4
West Maegashira #8
East Jūryō #1
East Maegashira #12
1991 East Maegashira #6
East Maegashira #1
East Maegashira #6
East Maegashira #10
East Maegashira #3
East Maegashira #3
1992 West Maegashira #6
West Maegashira #3
West Maegashira #4
East Maegashira #3
West Maegashira #6
West Maegashira #2
1993 West Maegashira #1
West Maegashira #2
East Maegashira #4
West Maegashira #7
East Maegashira #13
West Maegashira #1
1994 West Maegashira #7
East Jūryō #4
East Jūryō #2
West Maegashira #15
East Maegashira #15
East Maegashira #9
1995 West Maegashira #4
East Maegashira #12
East Jūryō #5
West Jūryō #6
West Jūryō #2
East Jūryō #1
1996 East Jūryō #1
East Jūryō #2
East Jūryō #1
West Maegashira #15
West Jūryō #2
East Jūryō #7
1997 West Jūryō #9
East Jūryō #4
West Jūryō #2
West Jūryō #1
West Maegashira #13
West Maegashira #15
1998 West Jūryō #6
East Jūryō #9

West Jūryō #2
East Jūryō #4
West Jūryō #5
East Makushita #1
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Retired Lower Divisions
Sanshō key: F=Fighting spirit; O=Outstanding performance; T=Technique     Also shown: =Kinboshi(s); P=Playoff(s)
Divisions: MakuuchiJūryōMakushitaSandanmeJonidanJonokuchi

Makuuchi ranks: YokozunaŌzekiSekiwakeKomusubiMaegashira

See also

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Daniel C. Gerould, American playwright and academic died he was 84

Daniel Charles Gerould 
was the Lucille Lortel Distinguished Professor of Theatre and
Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center
and Director of Publications of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. A
scholar, teacher, translator, editor, and playwright, Gerould was a
specialist in US melodrama, Central and Eastern European theatre of the twentieth century, and fin-de-siècle European avant-garde
performance. Gerould was one of the world’s most recognized
“Witkacologists,” a leading scholar and translator of the work of Polish
playwright, novelist, painter, and philosopher Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (“Witkacy”).[1] Gerould was best known for introducing English-language audiences to the writings of Witkiewicz through such work as Stanisław I. Witkiewicz, The Beelzebub Sonata: Plays, Essays, Documents (PAJ Publications 1980), Witkacy: Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz as an Imaginative Writer (University of Washington Press, 1981), The Witkiewicz Reader (Northwestern University Press, 1992), and his original translations of most of Witkiewicz’s plays.

(March 28, 1928 – February 13, 2012)


Gerould began his teaching career at the University of Arkansas (1949–1951) and earned a Diplôme in French Literature from the Sorbonne in 1955 and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago in 1959. Gerould taught at San Francisco State University from 1959 to 1968, where he founded the Department of World and Comparative Literature. In 1968, Gerould’s play Candaules Commissioner, an anti-war comedy informed by US military action in Vietnam and the Classical Greek allegory of King Candaules, premiered at the Stanford Repertory Theatre.[2][3] He began teaching at the Graduate Center, CUNY in 1970.

In 1981, Gerould founded the Institute for Contemporary East European Drama and Theatre with Alma Law as part of the Center for Advanced Study in Theatre Arts at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Gerould and Law co-edited the Institute’s tri-annual publication, originally titled Newsnotes on Soviet and East European Drama and Theatre, later changed to Soviet and East European Performance, and finally Slavic and East European Performance.

Gerould was a highly visible presence and driving force at the Martin
E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center CUNY, serving as executive
director from 2004 to 2008, and thereafter as director of academic
affairs and publications.


Gerould’s writings often include thick personal description of
historical figures to frame important theoretical texts, as seen in his
collection Theatre/Theory/Theory.

Known for his “sometimes oddball attraction to little-known works by
obscure artists,” Gerould described being more interested in the
“underrated than the overexposed and universally celebrated,” noting
Witkacy as “a case in point, having gone from controversial outsider to
classic of the avant-garde in three decades.”[4]

His translations in Polish received numerous awards, including prizes from the Polish Centre of the International Theatre Institute, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle,
Polish Authors Agency, Jurzykowski Foundation, American Association of
Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, American Council of
Polish Cultural Clubs, and Marian Kister.

Gerould was also responsible for bringing new productions of many
previously-forgotten or under-produced plays to New York and other U.S.
stages. Gerould brought plays by Witkiewicz, including his translation
of The Crazy Locomotive directed by Des McAnuff and featuring Glenn Close.[5]

Gerould was a beloved educator and mentored generations of doctoral
students during his long career at the Graduate Center. He was the
recipient of the City University of New York Award for Excellence in
Teaching (Graduate Center) and was honored by TWB, Theater Without Borders, as a Groundbreaker in international theatre exchanges.[6]

Personal life

Gerould was born in Cambridge in 1928. His father, a journalist from a
New England whaling family, was of French Huguenot descent. In the 2010
introduction to his compendium of essays, QuickChange, Gerould
described trips to the “legitimate stage” with his mother in the 1930s
and early 40s as planting the seeds for his long career as an “intensive

“At that time many Broadway-bound productions tried out first in Boston, and I remember Ethel Barrymore in The Corn Is Green by Emlyn Williams and Arsenic and Old Lace with Boris Karloff.
I felt myself a seasoned spectator, was at home among audiences, and
was always ready to applaud bravura displays of virtuoso acting.”

Gerould graduated from Boston Latin High School and entered the
University of Chicago at the age of 16. He later traveled to Paris as an
exchange student in the 1954-55 season, further shaping his passion for
the theatre and impassioned spectatorship.[7]

A thin, reed-like man, Gerould was spry and energetic, frequently
found chopping wood and climbing fruit trees at his Woodstock, New York
home on weekends away from New York City. He was an avid jazz collector,
and was married to the Polish scholar and translator Jadwiga Kosicka,
with whom he frequently collaborated.[5] His older sister, Joanne Simpson,
was the first woman to ever receive a Ph.D. in meteorology. She
eventually became NASA’s lead weather researcher. Daniel Gerould’s son
Alexander L. Gerould is a professor at the Department of Criminal
Justice Studies at San Francisco State University.

Selected Publications

American Melodrama. Editor. (1982)

Avant Garde Drama: A Casebook. Edited by Bernard F. Dukore and Daniel C. Gerould. (1976)

Avant-Garde Drama: Major Plays and Documents, Post World War I. Edited and with an introduction by Bernard F. Dukore and Daniel C. Gerould. (1969)

Comedy: a Bibliography of Critical Studies in English on the Theory and Practice of Comedy in Drama, Theatre, and Performance. Editor, Meghan Duffy; Senior Editor, Daniel Gerould; initiated by Stuart Baker, Michael Earley & David Nicholson. (2006)

Country House. Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz. Translated and with an introduction by Daniel Gerould. (1997)

Critical Reception of Shawʾs Plays in France: 1908-1950. Dissertation by Daniel Gerould. 1959.

Doubles, Demons, and Dreamers: An International Collection of Symbolist Drama. Editor. (1983)

Gallant and Libertine: Divertissements & Parades of 18th-Century France. Editor Daniel Gerould. (1983)

Life of Solitude: Stanisława Przybyszewska : a Biographical Study with Selected Letters. Jadwiga Kosicka and Daniel Gerould. (1989)

Maciej Korbowa and Bellatrix. Stanisław Witkiewicz. Translated and introduced by Daniel Gerould. (2009)

Maeterlinck Reader: Plays, Poems, Short Fiction, Aphorisms, and Essays. Maurice Maeterlinck. Edited & translated by David Willinger and Daniel Gerould.(2011)

Melodrama. Daniel Gerould, Guest Editor; Jeanine Parisier Plottel, General Editor. (1980)

Mother & Other Unsavory Plays: Including the Shoemakers and They. Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz. Edited and translated by Daniel Gerould and C.S. Durer; foreword by Jan Kott. (1993)

Mrożek Reader. Sławomir Mrożek. Editor Daniel Gerould. (2004)

Playwrights Before the Fall: Eastern European Drama in Times of Revolution. Editor Daniel Gerould. (2010)

Quick Change: 28 Theatre Essays, 4 Plays in Translations. Daniel Gerould. (2010)

Romania After 2000: Five New Romanian Plays. Gianina Carbunariu … [et al.]. Edited by Saviana Stanescu and Daniel Gerould. (2007)

Theatre/Theory/Theatre: The Major Critical Texts from Aristotle and Zeami to Soyinka and Havel. Edited with introductions by Daniel Gerould. (2000)

Stanisław I. Witkiewicz, The Beelzebub Sonata: Plays, Essays, Documents. Edited by Daniel Gerould and Jadwiga Kosicka. (1980)

Twentieth-Century Polish Avant-Garde Drama: Plays, Scenarios, Critical Documents.
Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz … [et al.]. Edited, translated, and with
an introduction by Daniel Gerould, in collaboration with Eleanor
Gerould. (1977)

Witkacy: Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz As an Imaginative Writer. Daniel Gerould. (1981)

Witkiewicz Reader. Edited, translated, and with an introduction by Daniel Gerould. (1992)


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Eamonn Deacy, 53, Irish footballer, member of Aston Villa championship-winning team (1981), died from a heart attack he was 53

Eamonn “Chick”[1] Deacy  was a professional footballer from Galway, Ireland.

After a trial at Clyde Deacy made an impressive League of Ireland debut for Sligo away to Shelbourne at Harold’s Cross Stadium on 14 December 1975.[2]

(1 October 1958 – 13 February 2012)

His only win in Sligo’s colours came at Glenmalure Park on 4 January 1976. The next month he faced Geoff Hurst at Turners Cross.

His debut game for his home town club was in the FAI League Cup on 5 September 1976.[3] In his third League Cup game against Sligo he was sent off.

Deacy made his debut for Limerick on 28 November 1976 at Flower Lodge. At the end of the season he was on the losing side in the FAI Cup Final. However in his last game for the Shannonsiders he won the Munster Senior Cup.

Deacy scored Galway Rovers first goal in the League of Ireland on 2 October 1977.

The 21-year-old full back left Galway Rovers for Aston Villa in
February 1979, after writing 12 letters to the club requesting a trial.
He went on to have an unforgettable five years at the club, during which
time they won the League Championship, European Cup and European Super

He was one of only 14 players used by Ron Saunders in the 1980–81
league-winning season, making enough appearances (11 in all, including
six starts) to win a medal (he was Villa’s number 12 on 19 occasions
that season).[4] He made one appearance for Villa in European competition against Juventus in the 1982–83 European Cup.[5]
He had a brief loan spell at Derby, where he played five games, before
rejecting an offer of a new two-year deal from Villa to return home to

Deacy’s first game back in the Maroon was in a League of Ireland Cup tie against Finn Harps on 2 September 1984.

Ironically his last League of Ireland game was also in Harold’s Cross on St Patrick’s Day 1991 away to St Patrick’s Athletic.

He won 4 caps for the Republic of Ireland national football team.[6][7] He also played for the Republic of Ireland national football team amateur team that qualified for the 1978 UEFA Amateur Cup.

He died following a heart attack on 13 February 2012.[8] Terryland Park was renamed Deacy Park in honour of Chick[9] A testimonial was held on 18 August at Deacy Park.[10]


Galway United
Aston Villa

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Louise Cochrane, American-born British television producer died she was 93.

Louise Cochrane  was an American-born writer and television producer best known for creating the BBC Children’s TV programme Rag, Tag and Bobtail
in the early 1950s died she was 93. She also wrote a series of career guidance books
for young people and a biography of the 12th-century philosopher Adelard of Bath.[1]

(22 December 1918 – 13 February 2012)

Early life

Louise Cochrane (née Morley) was born in New York on 22 December 1918.[1] Her father, Christopher Morley, was a writer. After attending Hunter College High School she enrolled at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania to study politics. After graduating in 1940[2] she spent a short time working for Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of American President Franklin D Roosevelt. Later that year she joined the International Student Service,[a]
with responsibility for organising its conference programme. There in
1942 she met Englishman Peter Cochrane, a delegate visiting from
Britain;[3] within a year she had joined him in England,[1] and the couple were married a few weeks later.[2]


Cochrane joined the BBC in 1948 as a producer of schools’ news and current affairs programmes, and was appointed to the Fulbright Commission two years later.[1] In 1953 Cochrane wrote the first of her 26 episodes of Rag, Tag and Bobtail,[4]
a children’s television series that “continues to be remembered with
affection”. She also wrote a series of four books giving career guidance
for young people.[1]

In 1958 Cochrane moved with her husband and two daughters to Sussex,
where she took up secondary school teaching. Ten years later the family
moved to the area around Bath, which along with her keen interest in mathematics, and geometry in particular,[3] triggered Cochrane’s long-standing interest in the 12th-century philosopher Adelard of Bath, of whom she published a biography in 1994.[1]

Later life

The Cochranes relocated to Edinburgh in 1979, where Louise remained
active despite her failing eyesight. She died on 13 February 2012 aged
93, survived by her husband and daughters Alison and Janet.[2]

Selected works

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Al Brenner, American football player (New York Giants, Hamilton Tiger-Cats) died he was 64

Allen Ray Brenner was a football player in the Canadian Football League for seven years died he was 64.

(November 13, 1947 in Benton Harbor, Michigan – February 13, 2012 in Clinton, North Carolina)

Football career

Brenner played defensive back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Ottawa Rough Riders from 1971-1977. He was a CFL All-Star in 1972, the same year he set a record of most interceptions in a season at 15, and also won the Grey Cup
with the Tiger-Cats. He was also part of the Ottawa Rough Riders when
they won the Grey Cup in 1976. Brenner started his career with the New York Giants of the NFL, for whom he played two seasons. He played college football at Michigan State University where he was an All-American in 1968. Al Brenner was also the Head Coach of the Burlington Braves Junior Football Team in 1981.

While playing in the CFL for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats he intercepted Joe Theismann
4 times in one game. Brenner also was part of “The Game of the
Century”, where both Michigan State and Notre Dame were ranked number 1
in the country and went to a 10-10 tie in 1966.


Brenner was reported missing in April 1983. He, his wife, and four children were residents of Burlington, Ontario.[1]
Brenner is featured in a Fifth Estate program on Dec 3, 2010 which
discusses his disappearance and subsequent resurfacing eight years after
abandoning his family.[2] He is interviewed living in an unnamed small town in North Carolina and says he cannot explain why he left.


Brenner died Feb. 13, 2012 at age 64 in Clinton, North Carolina after a long illness.[3]

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Charles Anthony, American tenor, died from kidney failure he was 82

Charles Anthony Caruso (né Calogero Antonio Caruso), better known by his stage name of Charles Anthony, was an American tenor noted for his portrayal of comprimario characters in opera died from kidney failure he was 82. Anthony had the distinction of appearing in more performances at the Metropolitan Opera than any other performer.[1]
He celebrated his fiftieth anniversary with the company in 2004, and
gave his farewell in the role of the aged Emperor Altoum in Turandot, at the Met, on January 28, 2010.[2]

( July 15, 1929 – February 15, 2012)

Early years

Anthony was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the child of immigrants from Sicily. He studied music at Loyola University New Orleans, where he studied under Dorothy Hulse, also the teacher of Audrey Schuh and Harry Theyard, from where he graduated in 1951. The tenor sang the role of the Messenger in Il trovatore, at the New Orleans Opera
Association, in 1947. At the age of twenty-two, he auditioned under his
birth name for the Metropolitan Opera’s Auditions of the Air. He won
the auditions, but Sir Rudolf Bing convinced him to drop his surname, saying that it would invite comparisons with Enrico Caruso.

At the Metropolitan

Anthony made his debut at the Metropolitan on March 6, 1954, playing the role of the Simpleton in Boris Godunov. Critics were impressed; The New York Times
wrote, “Mr Anthony had better be careful. If he does other bit parts so
vividly, he’ll be stamped as a character singer for life.” In the
event, this proved true; although Anthony performed some larger roles
early in his career (including Don Ottavio, to the Donna Anna of Herva Nelli, in Don Giovanni), he made his mark as a comprimario singer.

On February 17, 1992, following Act II of a performance of Puccini‘s Tosca, Anthony was honored in an onstage ceremony on the occasion of his breaking the record of George Cehanovsky
for most appearances by an artist at the Metropolitan Opera. By the
time of his retirement, Anthony had performed 2,928 times with the
company, over fifty-six seasons.[3] He was also an honorary member of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local One in New York City. Following his retirement from the Metropolitan Opera, he lived in Tampa, Florida, where he died at his home from kidney failure at the age of 82.[1]

On television

Anthony was included in many of the Met’s telecasts, including Otello (conducted by James Levine, 1979), Elektra (with Birgit Nilsson, 1980), Un ballo in maschera (with Katia Ricciarelli, 1980), Il trittico (with Renata Scotto, 1981), Rigoletto (with Louis Quilico in the title role, 1981), Der Rosenkavalier (with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, 1982), Idomeneo (produced by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, 1982), Tannhäuser (with Richard Cassilly, 1982), Don Carlos (opposite Plácido Domingo and Mirella Freni, 1983), Ernani (with Luciano Pavarotti in the name part, 1983), Lohengrin (with Peter Hofmann, 1986), Dialogues des Carmélites (directed by John Dexter, 1987), Ariadne auf Naxos (with Jessye Norman, 1988), Il barbiere di Siviglia (1988), Un ballo in maschera (staged by Piero Faggioni, 1991), La fanciulla del West (1992), Stiffelio (1993), Il tabarro (with Teresa Stratas, 1994), Simon Boccanegra (1995), Otello (1995), Die Meistersinger (2001), Fedora (1997), Samson et Dalila (1998), and, finally, Turandot (with Maria Guleghina, 2009).

Studio recordings

In 1956 and 1957, the tenor recorded excerpts from Les contes d’Hoffmann, Pagliacci, La périchole (with Patrice Munsel and Theodor Uppman), and Don Pasquale (with Salvatore Baccaloni) for the Metropolitan Opera Record Club.

In 1982, Anthony recorded Gastone, in La traviata (which he had sung opposite Maria Callas, in 1958), with Levine leading Stratas, Domingo, and Cornell MacNeil. In 1990, he recorded the role of the Messenger, in Aïda, conducted by Levine.


Mr Anthony died on February 15, 2012, from kidney failure, aged 82.

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Dory Previn, American singer-songwriter (Mythical Kings and Iguanas) and lyricist (Valley of the Dolls, Last Tango in Paris) died she was 86

Dory Previn (born Dorothy Veronica Langan;[1] was an American lyricist, singer-songwriter and poet died she was 86.

During the late 1950s and 1960s she was a lyricist on songs intended for motion pictures and, with her then husband, André Previn, received several Academy Award nominations. In the 1970s, after their divorce, she released six albums
of original songs and an acclaimed live album. Previn’s lyrics from
this period are characterized by their originality, irony and honesty in
dealing with her troubled personal life as well as more generally about
relationships, sexuality, religion and psychology. Until her death, she
continued to work as a writer of song lyrics and prose.

(October 22, 1925 – February 14, 2012)


Early years

Previn was born in Rahway, New Jersey,[4]
the eldest daughter in a strict Catholic family of Irish origin. She
had a troubled relationship with her father, especially during
childhood. He had served in the First World War and been gassed, and experienced periods of depression and violent mood swings.[4]
He tended to alternately embrace and reject her, but supported her when
she began to show talents for singing and dancing. However, his mental
health deteriorated after the birth of a second daughter, culminating in
a paranoid episode in which he boarded the family up in their home and
held them at gunpoint for several months. Previn’s childhood
experiences, described in her autobiography Midnight Baby, had a profound effect on her later life and work.[citation needed]

After high school, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for a year before having to leave due to financial difficulties.[5] She toured as a chorus line dancer and singer, and started to write songs. She later wrote,[6]
“I have been an actress, model, and chorus girl. I’ve worked at odd
jobs – secretary, salesgirl, accounting in a filling station, waitress –
anything to keep me going while I pursued my writing.” At this time,
she entered a brief first marriage which ended in divorce soon after.[7]

Lyricist and marriage: 1958–1969

Through a chance contact with film producer Arthur Freed, she gained a job as a lyricist at MGM. There she met, and began collaborating with, composer André Previn. In 1958, as Dory Langdon, she recorded an album of her songs, The Leprechauns Are Upon Me, with André Previn and jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell accompanying her, for Verve Records.
She married André Previn in 1959. The couple collaborated on a number
of songs used in motion pictures, including “The Faraway Part Of Town”
sung in the film Pepe by Judy Garland, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song in 1960. In 1961 they wrote “One, Two, Three Waltz” for the movie One, Two, Three, and, in 1962, wrote “A Second Chance” for the movie Two for the Seesaw, which won them a second Oscar nomination. They also wrote songs recorded by Rosemary Clooney, Chris Connor, Vic Damone, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Jr., Doris Day, Eileen Farrell, Jack Jones, Marilyn Maye, Carmen McRae, Matt Monro, Leontyne Price, Nancy Wilson, Monica Zetterlund and others. In 1964, she and André Previn collaborated with Harold Arlen on “So Long, Big Time!”, which was recorded by Tony Bennett.[5] Later in 1966, the song was covered by Carola, accompanied by the Heikki Sarmanto Trio.[8]

By the mid-1960s Previn’s husband had become a classical music
conductor, touring worldwide. She had a morbid fear of air travel and
did not join him. In 1965 Previn’s mental health deteriorated, she
suffered a nervous breakdown and was briefly institutionalized in a
psychiatric hospital. However, she continued to write with her husband,
on songs including “You’re Gonna Hear from Me“, recorded by Frank Sinatra, and began to use the name Dory Previn professionally. In 1967, they wrote five songs for the movie Valley of the Dolls. The soundtrack album spent six months in the charts, and Dionne Warwick had a pop hit with her version of the theme song.[5] In 1968, she wrote a new English language libretto for Mozart‘s The Impresario.[9] The following year she won a third Oscar nomination for “Come Saturday Morning,” with music by Fred Karlin, from the movie The Sterile Cuckoo. A hit version was recorded by The Sandpipers.[10]

In 1968 André Previn had fully moved from composing film scores to conducting symphony orchestras, most notably the London Symphony Orchestra. While in London he began an affair with the then 23-year-old actress Mia Farrow, who was working on the film A Dandy in Aspic.[11]
In 1969 Previn discovered that Farrow had become pregnant, compelling
Previn to separate from her husband. Their divorce became final in July
1970. André Previn subsequently married Farrow.[5] This betrayal led to Previn being institutionalized again, where she was treated with electroconvulsive therapy.[12]
This seemed to change her outlook as a songwriter, making her more
introspective. She subsequently expressed her feelings regarding Farrow
and the end of her marriage in the song “Beware of Young Girls” on her
1970 album On My Way to Where.[citation needed]

Singer-songwriter: 1970–1980

In 1970 she signed as a solo artist with the Mediarts company founded by Alan Livingston and Nik Venet, and recorded her first album for 12 years, On My Way To Where.[5]
Much of the album, which like several subsequent albums was produced by
Venet, deals with her experiences in the late 1960s. “Mister Whisper”
examines episodes of psychosis from within the confines of a psychiatric hospital, while “Beware of Young Girls” is a scathing attack on Mia Farrow and her motives for befriending the Previns (Farrow belatedly apologized to Dory in her memoir What Falls Away). The track “With My Daddy in the Attic” is a chilling piece dealing with Stockholm Syndrome and fantasies of incest. The album’s lyrics were published in book form in 1971.

Her second album of this period, Mythical Kings and Iguanas, released in 1971, was even more successful. United Artists Records then took over Mediarts and released her third album, Reflections in a Mud Puddle. The album was voted one of the best albums of 1972 by Newsweek magazine, and was included in The New York Times
critics’ choice as one of the outstanding singer-songwriter albums of
the 1970s. “Taps, Tremors and Time-Steps: One Last Dance for my Father,”
the second side of Reflections In a Mud Puddle, is a personal
account of the deterioration of their relationship and her anguish at
their differences remaining unresolved at the time of her father’s
death.[citation needed]

In 1972 she released Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign,
a thematic album about Hollywood misfits and Mary C. Brown, an actress
who kills herself jumping from Hollywood’s letter “H”, apparently based
upon real-life Peg Entwistle.
The songs were intended for a musical revue that ran briefly in Los
Angeles. Previn teamed up with producer Zev Bufman to stage it on Broadway, but the previews were poor and the show was cancelled before it opened.[13]

Her albums maintained a balance of intensely personal lyrics and
wider commentary – “A Stone for Bessie Smith” is about the premature
death of singer Janis Joplin,
while “Doppelgänger” examines the latent savagery of humanity.
Self-conscious spirituality at the expense of the tangible is criticised
in “Mythical Kings and Iguanas,” while songs dealing with emotionally
frail characters appear as “Lady With the Braid”, “Lemon-Haired Ladies”,
and “The Altruist and the Needy Case”. Feminist issues and dilemmas are
explored in “Brando” and “The Owl and the Pussycat”, while the male ego
is attacked with wit and irony in “Michael, Michael”, “Don’t Put Him
Down”, and “The Perfect Man”.[citation needed]

In 1973, her screenplay Third Girl From The Left was filmed and broadcast as a TV movie.[5]
She also undertook some public performances that year, including a
concert in New York on April 18, 1973. This was recorded and released
later as a double LP, Live At Carnegie Hall,
which featured in a book of the two hundred best rock albums. She also
continued to collaborate on music for film and TV. Her last film credit
was the title song for Last Tango in Paris (1973), with music by Gato Barbieri.

She then switched to Warner Bros. Records, and released the album Dory Previn in 1974, followed by We’re Children of Coincidence and Harpo Marx
in 1976. Overcoming her fear of flying, she toured in Europe in the
late 1970s, and in 1980 performed in a musical revue of her songs, Children Of Coincidence, in Dublin.[5] She withdrew from music for a period, and wrote two autobiographies, Midnight Baby: an Autobiography (1976, ISBN 0-02-299000-4) and Bogtrotter: An Autobiography with Lyrics (1980; ISBN 0-385-14708-2). The latter title refers to her Irish heritage: “bogtrotter” is a derogatory term for an Irish person. She wrote Schizo-phren, a one-woman play with songs.[citation needed]

Later life

From the 1980s, she often used the name Dory Previn Shannon, Shannon being her mother’s maiden name.[14] In 1983 she wrote and appeared in a musical statement on nuclear war, August 6, 1945, in Los Angeles. Working for television, she won an Emmy Award in 1984 for “We’ll Win this World” (from Two of a Kind) with Jim Pasquale, and an Emmy nomination in 1985 for “Home Here” (from Two Marriages) with Bruce Broughton.[15]

In 1984 she married actor and artist Joby Baker. She performed in London in 1986, and wrote a stage work, The Flight Of The Gooney Bird. She last appeared in concert in 1988, in Dublin and at the Donmar Warehouse in London. As a writer, her short stories have appeared in several publications, and she has also worked on a novel, Word-Play with an Invisible Relative. She lectured on lyric writing, recording, and writing autobiographies at various American universities.[15] Baker provided illustrations for The Dory Previn Songbook (1995), which contains songs from her period with United Artists.

In 1997 she collaborated with André Previn again, to produce a piece for soprano and ensemble entitled The Magic Number.[16] This was first performed by the New York Philharmonic, with Previn as conductor and Sylvia McNair performing the soprano part. A piano reduction was published by G. Schirmer, Inc (ISBN 0-7935-8803-0). In 2002 she released a royalty-free recording available via the internet entitled Planet Blue.[17]
This contains a mixture of recent and previously unreleased material
dealing with environmental degradation and the threat of nuclear
disaster. She continued to work, in spite of having suffered several strokes, which affected her eyesight. A new compilation of her early 1970s work, entitled The Art of Dory Previn, was released by EMI on January 21, 2008.[citation needed]


Previn died, aged 86, on February 14, 2012, at her farm in Southfield, Massachusetts, where she lived with her husband, Joby Baker.[18][19]


Original albums

Compilation albums

  • One A.M. Phonecalls (1977) United Artists
  • In Search of Mythical Kings: The U.A. Years (1993) EMI
  • The Art of Dory Previn (2008) EMI

Previn’s material from her period with United Artists has been re-issued on CD under the Beat Goes On label.

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Tonmi Lillman, Finnish musician (Ajattara, Sinergy, To/Die/For, Lordi) died he was 38

Tonmi Lillman (born Tommi Kristian Lillman), was a Finnish musician, best known as Otus, the former drummer of the Finnish hard rock band Lordi died he was 38.

Lillman died on 13 February 2012 from a bout of illness.[1]

( 3 June 1973 – 13 February 2012)


Lillman’s father was a musician, and as a result he grew up
surrounded by a large assortment of instruments. Tonmi received his
first drum kit at age 9 and started performing live at age 14. Apart from drums and bass guitar, his primary instruments, Tonmi also played the keyboards and guitar. Prior to his death, he was involved in the bands Ajattara, Kylähullut, Vanguard and 3rror. From his previous bands, he became best Sinergy, To/Die/For and Lordi.
known as the drummer of

In his professional career Lillman has also taught digital recording
and drums at Kouvola Musiikkiopisto (Kouvola Conservatoire). He has
played in numerous folk, dance and pop orchestras, as well as handling
the drums on the “Dimebag Beyond Forever 2009” tour alongside Rainer ”Raikku” Tuomikanto.


Otus on stage.

After Kita, the drummer of Lordi had decided to pursue a solo career, Tonmi sent a sms to Mr. Lordi
saying that he had heard they needed a drummer. He had already worked
with Mr Lordi when he helped him with Lordi’s stage props.[2]
Mr Lordi accepted the offer and Tonmi became their second drummer with
his new stage name “Otus” which is Finnish for “creature” or “thing”.
His first gig with the band took place during the “Europe For Breakfast
Tour” on November 5, 2010 in the hall Ozhidania St. Petersburg (Russia).

His character was described as a combination between a butcher, an
executioner, an alien, a lizard, and a zombie. According to Lordi he was
a “tough dude. And definitely one of the ugliest members in our family …

Otus edited the DVD of the compilation album Scarchives Vol. 1
and can be heard on the documentary track. He didn’t record any studio
album with Lordi before his death, but the outro track of To Beast or Not to Beast is a live-record of Otus’ drum solo.

After his death, Lordi Fan Nation, the fan magazine about the band, did a special edition in tribute to Otus. [mag]

Studio work

Lillman had appeared on several albums, acting as a studio musician for bands such as Reflexion, Twilight Ophera, and for instance providing the drum work for the Guitar Heroes -album. Recently Tonmi has distinguished himself as a studio engineer, mixing and recording such bands as Beherit, Bloodride, Chainhill, D-Creation, Exsecratus, Fierce, Fear Of Domination, Heorot, In Silentio Noctis, Laava, Lie in Ruins, MyGRAIN, Rage My Bitch, Raivopäät, Roo, Rujo, Rytmihäiriö, Saattue, Serene Decay, Trauma, Vapaat Kädet and V For Violence.


Tonmi Lillman used Pearl drums, Sabian cymbals and Pro-Mark drum sticks, and has signed an endorsement contract with the aforementioned labels.[3] Lillman was known for his characteristic style of drum placement and was a devout user of double kick drums. His style of drumming was rooted in rock, so he valued good groove and a strong rhythmic backbone, combined with innovative fills, over high speeds and blast beats. Tonmi mentioned as his main influences the drummers Teijo “Twist Twist” Erkinharju, Mikkey Dee, Deen Castronovo, and his greatest influence as Dave Weckl.

Tonmi Lillman’s drum kit has recently appeared for sale by his estate on the Finnish musicians’ website muusikoiden.net.

Graphics and music videos

Besides music, Tonmi worked as a graphic designer specializing in 3D-graphics. He has also worked as an editor on music videos, such as on Ajattara‘s “…Putoan” and “Ikuisen Aamun Sara”, ”Marks On My Face” by Mind Of Doll, the Kylähullut video “Kieli hanurissa” and on “Whisper” by Vanguard. He has designed the Cover Art for bands like To/Die/For, Sinergy, Kylähullut, HateFrame, D-Creation and Dance Nation,
among several others. In addition, he has edited video presentations,
commercials and product labels for different companies as well as
providing video production and post production to, for instance, the Crumbland promo DVD. Tonmi also designed and produced the background animations for Lordi‘s European tour. Other graphical works include web designing, site production and providing banners and animation for various on-line gaming sites.

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John J. Yeosock, American lieutenant general, died from lung cancer he was 74

John J. Yeosock was a United States Army general who commanded the 3rd U.S. Army during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm died from lung cancer he was 74.

(March 18, 1937 – February 15, 2012)

Early life

John J. Yeosock was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania[1] in 1937 and grew up in Plains Township. He studied at the Valley Forge Military Academy where he graduated as valedictorian. Unable to get into West Point due to bad eyesight, Yeosock joined the ROTC at Pennsylvania State University, graduating in 1959. As an armor officer Yeosock served in the Vietnam War. During the 1980s, Yeosock was the head of an American military team sent to help modernize the Saudi Arabian National Guard.


He commanded the 1st Cavalry Division from June 1986 to May 1988. Promoted to Lieutenant General, in 1989 he was given command of the 3rd U.S. Army. When Iraq invaded Kuwait, the 3rd Army was sent to Saudi Arabia in the buildup of coalition forces protecting the Kingdom during Operation Desert Shield. During the ground phase of the Gulf War,
the 3rd Army formed the nucleus of the forces performing the “left
hook” against the Iraqi Army. On February 19, 1991, he needed medical
evacuation to Germany for emergency surgery, his command temporarily taken over by LTG Calvin Waller until his return to Saudi Arabia approximately ten days later.[2] Yeosock retired from the army in August 1992.


Yeosock died on February 15, 2012 in Fayetteville, Georgia, aged 74, from lung cancer and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.[3] He is survived by his wife Betta (née Hoffner), son John, and daughter Elizabeth J. Funk.[4]


Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster

Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster

Bronze Star Medal with “V” device and one Oak Leaf Cluster
Army Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Bronze star

National Defense Service Medal with service star
Army Service Ribbon


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Clive Shakespeare, British-born Australian guitarist (Sherbet) and record producer, died from prostate cancer he was 62

Clive Richard Shakespeare was an English-born Australian pop guitarist, songwriter and producer died from prostate cancer he was 62. He was a co-founder of pop, rock group Sherbet, which had commercial success in the 1970s including their number-one single, “Summer Love” in 1975. The majority of Sherbet’s original songs were co-written by Shakespeare with fellow band member Garth Porter.
Other Sherbet singles co-written by Shakespeare include “Cassandra”
(peaked at number nine in 1973), “Slipstream” and “Silvery Moon” (both
reached number five in 1974). In January 1976 Shakespeare left the band
citing dissatisfaction with touring, pressures of writing and concerns
over the group’s finances. Shakespeare has produced albums for other
artists including Post by Paul Kelly in 1985.

(3 June 1947 – 15 February 2012)


Main article: Sherbet (band)

Clive Richard Shakespeare was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 3 June 1949. With his family he migrated to Australia and settled in Sydney. As lead guitarist, he joined various bands including The Road Agents in 1968 in Sydney with Terry Hyland on vocals.[1] He was a founding member of Down Town Roll, which was a Motown covers band, alongside Adrian Cuff (organ), Frank Ma (vocals), Doug Rea (bass guitar), Pam Slater (vocals) and Danny Taylor on drums.[1]

In April 1969 Rea, Shakespeare and Taylor founded pop, rock band, Sherbet with Dennis Laughlin on vocals (ex-Sebastian Hardie Blues Band, Clapham Junction) and Sammy See on organ, guitar, and vocals (Clapham Junction).[2] See had left in October 1970 to join The Flying Circus and was replaced by New Zealand-born Garth Porter (Samael Lilith, Toby Jugg) who provided Hammond organ and electric piano.[2][3] Sherbet’s initial singles were cover versions released by Infinity Records and distributed by Festival Records.[4]

From 1972 to 1976, Sherbet’s chief songwriting team of Porter and
Shakespeare were responsible for co-writing the lion’s share of the
band’s material, which combined British pop and American soul
influences. For their debut album, Time Change… A Natural Progression (December 1972), Shakespeare co-wrote five tracks including the top 30 single, “You’ve Got the Gun”.[2][5]
Other Sherbet singles co-written by Shakespeare include “Cassandra”
(peaked at number nine in 1973), “Slipstream” and “Silvery Moon” (both
reached number five in 1974), and their number-one hit “Summer Love”
from 1975.[2][5] Sherbet followed with more top five singles, “Life” and “Only One You” / “Matter of Time”.[5]

In January 1976, Shakespeare left Sherbet citing ‘personal reasons’.[2]
He later explained “I couldn’t even go out the front of my house
because there were all these girls just hanging on the fence […] There
was always a deadline for Garth and me – another album, another tour.
When it did finally end, I was relieved more than anything because I had
had enough. I left the band early in 1976 for reasons I don’t want to
discuss fully … but let’s just say I wasn’t happy about where all the
money went”.[6] The last single he played on was “Child’s Play”, which was a No. 5 hit in February.[5] Shakespeare was soon replaced by Harvey James (ex-Mississippi, Ariel).[2][3] In 1977, Shakespeare issued a solo single, “I Realize” / “There’s a Way” on Infinity Records.[7]

Shakespeare set up Silverwood Studios and worked in record production, including co-producing Paul Kelly‘s debut solo album, Post (1985).[8]

Shakespeare rejoined Sherbet for reunion concerts including the Countdown Spectacular
tour throughout Australia during September and October 2006. That year
also saw the release of two newly recorded tracks on the compilation
album, Sherbet – Super Hits, “Red Dress” which was written by Porter, Shakespeare, Daryl Braithwaite, James, Tony Mitchell, and Alan Sandow; and “Hearts Are Insane” written by Porter. In January 2011 Harvey James died of lung cancer – the remaining members except Shakespeare, who was too ill,[6] performed at Gimme that Guitar, a tribute concert for James on 17 February.[9][10]


Clive Shakespeare died on 15 February 2012, aged 64, from prostate cancer.[11][12]


Main article: Sherbet discography
  • “I Realize” / “There’s a Way” (1977)
  • At the Alpine – Richard & Wendy (1978) producer
  • “Stop all Your Talking” – Tuesday Piranha (1983) co-producer
  • “All You Wanted” – The Apartments (1984) engineer
  • “Possession” – Leonard Samperi / “Give It Up” – David Virgin (June 1984) engineer
  • “Forget” – John Kennedy (September 1984) audio recorder
  • PostPaul Kelly (May 1985) co-producer
  • “Ruby Baby” – Martin Plaza (1986) co-producer
  • Everything – Let’s Go Naked (April 1986) engineer
  • Hide & Seek – Julie Blanchard (February 2012) engineer

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Lina Romay, Spanish actress, died from cancer she was , 57

Lina Romay (born Rosa María Almirall Martínez)  was a Spanish actress who often appeared in films directed by her long-time companion (and later husband) Jesús Franco died from cancer she was , 57. She died in 2012, at age 57, from cancer in Málaga, Spain. Her husband Franco died a year later in 2013.

(25 June 1954 – 15 February 2012)

Movie career

Romay was born in Barcelona.
Following graduation from high school, she studied the arts, married
actor/photographer Raymond Hardy (they later divorced), and began acting
in stage productions. She began appearing in Jesús Franco’s films from
the time that they met in 1971. She appeared in more than a hundred
feature films, most of them directed by Franco. The majority of their
films together were in the adult film
genre, but she has also starred in many horror, comedy and
action/adventure films as well. Among the most famous of her cult horror
movies are The Bare Breasted Countess (aka Female Vampire), Jack the Ripper, Exorcisms and Black Masses, and Barbed Wire Dolls.[1]

Romay admitted to being an exhibitionist in interviews and many of her X-rated films involved oral sex and lesbianism. She took the name Lina Romay from the actress and jazz artist from the 1940s.[2]

Lina Romay and Jesús Franco were partners for decades, and they were officially married on April 25, 2008.[3] She died on February 15, 2012, at age 57, from cancer in Málaga, Spain. Her husband Franco died soon after, in 2013.

Selected filmography

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Elyse Knox, American actress and model, mother of Mark Harmon died she was 94

Elyse Knox was an American actress, model, and fashion designer died she was 94.

 (December 14, 1917 – February 16, 2012)

Early life

Knox was born Elsie Lillian Kornbrath in Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of Austrian immigrants Minnie and Frederick Kornbrath.[1][2][3][4] She studied at the Traphagen School of Fashion in Manhattan, then embarked on a career in fashion design. Her good looks enabled her to model some of her own creations for Vogue magazine that led to a contract offer from Twentieth Century Fox film studio in 1937.


Knox performed mainly in minor or secondary roles until 1942 when she had a leading role with Lon Chaney, Jr. in The Mummy’s Tomb, one of the series of Mummy horror films made by Universal Studios. She appeared as herself in the Universal Studios 1944 production Follow the Boys, one of the World War II morale-booster films made both for the soldiers serving overseas as well as civilians at home. Knox also was a pin up girl during the war, appearing in such magazines as Yank, a weekly published and distributed by the United States Military. In late 1945, Knox was signed by Monogram Pictures to portray Anne Howe, the love interest of fictional boxer Joe Palooka in Joe Palooka, Champ. Based on the very popular comic strip, the instant success of the May 1946 film led to Knox appearing in another five Joe Palooka productions. After acting in 39 films, Knox retired in 1949 following her performance in the musical film, There’s a Girl in My Heart.[citation needed]

Personal life

While appearing on the Bing Crosby radio show, she met football star Tom Harmon. They were engaged to marry, but ended the relationship when Harmon entered the U.S. Army Air Corps
in 1942. Later that year, Knox married fashion photographer Paul Hesse
who had shot many of her print ads and magazine covers. The marriage was
brief. Following her divorce and Harmon’s return from World War II
(during which he survived two plane crashes and being lost in the
jungle), she and Harmon married in 1944. Knox’s wedding dress was made
from silk from the parachute Harmon used when bailing out of his plane.[5] After Harmon’s demobilization, they settled in the Los Angeles area.

The couple had three children: Kristin (born 1945), Kelly (born 1948) and Mark (born 1951). Kristin became an actress and painter who at seventeen married recording artist Ricky Nelson and bore four children: Tracy, twins Gunnar and Matthew, and Sam. Kelly, a model turned interior designer, was once married to automaker John DeLorean and has two daughters and a son and two other stepchildren. Mark is a film and television actor, best known for NCIS, and has two sons with wife Pam Dawber.


On February 16, 2012, Knox died at her home in Los Angeles, California.[6] She was 94.


Year Title Role Notes
1937 Wake Up and Live Nurse uncredited
1940 Lillian Russell Lillian Russell’s Sister performer: “Brighten the Corner Where You Are”
1940 Youth Will Be Served Pamela
1940 Yesterday’s Heroes Undetermined role uncredited
1940 Girl from Avenue A Angela
1940 Girl in 313 Judith Wilson
1940 Star Dust Girl uncredited
1940 Free, Blonde and 21 Marjorie
1941 Miss Polly Barbara Snodgrass
1941 All-American Co-Ed Co-ed uncredited
1941 Tanks a Million Jeannie
1941 Sheriff of Tombstone Mary Carson
1941 Footlight Fever Eileen Drake
1942 Arabian Nights Duenna uncredited
1942 The Mummy’s Tomb Isobel Evans
1942 Top Sergeant Helen Gray
1942 Hay Foot Betty Barkley
1943 Hi’ya, Sailor Pat Rogers
1943 So’s Your Uncle Patricia Williams
1943 Hit the Ice Nurse Peggy Osborne
1943 Mister Big Alice Taswell
1943 Keep ‘Em Slugging Suzanne
1943 Don Winslow of the Coast Guard Mercedes Colby
1944 Army Wives Jerry Van Dyke
1944 A Wave, a WAC and a Marine Marian
1944 Moonlight and Cactus Louise Ferguson
1944 Follow the Boys Herself
1946 Sweetheart of Sigma Chi Betty Allen
1946 Gentleman Joe Palooka Anne Howe
1946 Joe Palooka, Champ Anne Howe
1947 Linda Be Good Linda Prentiss
1947 Joe Palooka in the Knockout Anne Howe
1947 Black Gold Ruth Frazer
1948 Joe Palooka in Winner Take All Anne Howe
1948 I Wouldn’t Be in Your Shoes Ann Quinn
1948 Joe Palooka in Fighting Mad Anne Howe
1949 There’s a Girl in My Heart Claire Adamson
1949 Joe Palooka in the Counterpunch Anne Howe
1949 Forgotten Women Kate Allison
1953 I Was a Burlesque Queen Linda Prentiss archive footage
1999 Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed Isobel Evans archive footage

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Zelda Kaplan, American socialite and philanthropist died she was 95

Zelda Kaplan  was a fixture in New York’s art, nightclub, and fashion worlds died she was 95.[2] She was often seen at popular New York nightclubs until closing.[3] Her trademark nightclub outfit was a matching African-print dress, handbag, and shoes, and a tall cloth hat.[4]

(June 20, 1916 – February 15, 2012)

She made numerous philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, frequently traveling to Africa to speak out against female genital mutilation and campaign for the right of women to inherit; in 1995 she spoke to villages in South Africa about birth control.[4] In regard to women’s rights she was quoted by the Village Voice as saying, “It’s so important that girls not defer to the penis. I hope to let every girl know that she is somebody.”[5]

In 2003, she was profiled in The New York Times. [6] Later that same year HBO premiered a documentary about Kaplan, Her Name Is Zelda, which followed her life from housewife to socialite.[7][8] In 2006, at the age of 90, she was profiled in The Village Voice.[9] Kaplan also once posed as a subject for her friend the photographer Andres Serrano. [10]


Kaplan died in 2012, aged 95, after collapsing at a runway show for
her friend the designer Joanna Mastroianni’s new collection at Lincoln Center in New York City during the city’s twice yearly fashion week. [11][12]

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Cyril Domb, British physicist died he was 91

Cyril Domb FRS  was an internationally recognized theoretical physicist best known for his lecturing and writing on the theory of phase transitions and critical phenomena of fluids died he was 91. He was also known in the Orthodox Jewish world for his writings on Science and Judaism.

(9 December 1920 – 15 February 2012)

Early life

Domb was born on 9 December 1920, the fourth day of Hanukkah, in North London to a Hasidic Jewish family.[1] His father, Yoel,[2] who had shortened his name from Dombrowski to Domb, was a native of Warsaw, while his mother, Sarah,[2] was from Oświęcim, Poland.[1] He was given the Hebrew name of Yechiel. His father and grandfather paid for tutors to educate him in classical Jewish studies, and he also attended shiurim (Torah classes) given by Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler to young men in a nearby synagogue.[1]

Domb possessed both an excellent memory and skill in mathematics. At the age of 17 he won a scholarship to Pembroke College, Cambridge.[1] He graduated with a degree in mathematics in 1941.[2] He then joined the Admiralty Signal Establishment in Portsmouth[2] as one of several young scientists working on developing radar
systems during World War II. Until that point, radar operators were
able to determine the distance of an approaching object; Domb’s group
worked out a method for determining the height of an object as well.[1][3]

After the war, Domb attended Cambridge University. He earned his PhD in 1949 with a doctoral thesis on “Order-Disorder Statistics”. His doctoral advisor was Fred Hoyle.[4]

Academic career

Domb was a university lecturer in mathematics at Cambridge University
between 1952 and 1954 and professor of theoretical physics at King’s College London between 1954 and 1981. In the latter position, he became the youngest professor in London at that time.[1]

In 1972 Domb began co-editing what would become a 20-volume series, Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena, considered a classic in the field.[1] After the death of his first co-editor, Melville S. Green, he worked with Joel Lebowitz.[2]

Science and Judaism

In the late 1950s, Domb helped found the British Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists, based on the American model, and served as its president.[1]

Domb began writing his views reconciling the apparent contradictions between science and Judaism in 1961, when The Jewish Chronicle of London asked him for a 1000-word article on how Jewish teachings accord with the Big Bang and Steady State cosmological theories. This article gained the attention of the Lubavitcher Rebbe,
who began a correspondence with Domb and encouraged him to continue his
efforts to show religious skeptics that there is no contradiction
between science and such Torah concepts as the Genesis creation narrative and the Existence of God.[2][3] Unlike the Rebbe, Domb gave credence to the theory of evolution,
but held that this and other scientific theories were “only tentative
summaries of our situation, whereas religion deals with what is right
and what is wrong, and with many of the major driving forces in one’s
life”. Domb went on to publish a collection of articles on science and
religion in Challenge: Torah views on science and its problems (1976), which he co-edited with Rabbi Aryeh Carmell.[1]

Move to Israel

In 1981, at the age of 60, Domb took early retirement from Kings College and made aliyah to Israel, settling in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Jerusalem.[1] Between 1981 and 1989 he was professor of physics at Bar-Ilan University,
boosting the prestige of the department and attracting leading
physicists and students to it. In keeping with his interests in Torah study, he opened each staff meeting with a Dvar Torah (Torah thought), started a Daf Yomi shiur after afternoon prayers, and founded an academic journal, Journal of Torah and Scholarship.[1] He was also a visiting professor at the University of Maryland, Yeshiva University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Weizmann Institute of Science,[3] and academic president of Machon Lev, the Jerusalem College of Technology.[1]

In October 2011, the Journal of Statistical Physics published a tribute issue to Domb, commemorating his influence on the field of statistical physics.[5]


Domb married Shirley Galinsky in 1957; they had six children.[2]

Honors and awards


Selected scientific publications

  • Domb, C. 1949. “Order-Disorder Statistics II. A two-dimensional model.” Proc. Roy. Soc. A199: 199-221
  • Domb, C. 1960. “On the Theory of Cooperative Phenomena. “Adv. Phys., Phil. Mag. S9: 149-361
  • Domb, C. and Sykes, M.F. 1961. “Use of Series Expansions for the
    Ising Model Susceptibility and Excluded Volume Problem.” J. Math. Phys.
    2: 63-67
  • Domb, C. and Green, M.S., Eds. 1972-1976. “Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena,” Vols. 1-6, London: Academic Press.
  • Domb, C. and Lebowitz, J.L., Eds. 1983-2000. “Phase Transitions and Critical Behavior,” Vols. 6-20, London: Academic Press.
  • The Critical Point: A historical introduction to the modern theory of critical phenomena. Taylor & Francis. 1996. ISBN 0-7484-0435-X.

Torah works

See also

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Russell Arms, American singer (Your Hit Parade) and actor (The Man Who Came to Dinner) died he was 92

Russell Lee Arms[1] was an American actor and singer died he was 92.

(February 3, 1920,[2] Berkeley, California – February 13, 2012, Hamilton, Illinois[3])


Arms began his career on radio, moving up to minor screen roles during World War II as a contract player with Warner Brothers and later as a freelance performer, mostly in Westerns. Subsequently he appeared in supporting roles in both feature films and television. He was well known for his 1957 hit single, “Cinco Robles (Five Oaks)”, which entered the charts
on January 12, 1957 and stayed for 15 weeks, peaking at No. 22. He
released an album with Era, “Where Can A Wanderer Go”, in 1957.

From 1952 to 1957, he was best known as a vocalist on Your Hit Parade, an NBC television series that reviewed the popular songs of the day and on which a regular cast of vocalists would perform the top seven songs of the week. Arms and Eileen Wilson (who starred on the show from 1950 to 1952) were the only surviving lead performers from the show until Arms’ death in 2012 in Illinois. He authored an autobiography in 2005, My Hit Parade … and a Few Misses. Arms made three guest appearances on Perry Mason,
including the roles of Attorney Everett Dorrell in the 1960 episode,
“The Case of the Credulous Quarry,” and Roger Correll in the 1963
episode, “The Case of the Greek Goddess.”

Russell Arms played the role of Chester Finley in the film By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) as the piano instructor and hopeful suitor to Doris Day.

Military years

He was a graduate of the Signal Corps OCS program out of Ft.
Monmouth, New Jersey (1941–46) and again at Ft. Monmouth (1951–53). A
subsequent program was initiated during the Vietnam War (1965 to 1968)
at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He graduated from OCS at Ft. Monmouth with
class 40-44 on December 29, 1944. Of the original 500 plus that started
with that class, only 264 were found qualified for a commission. An
attrition rate of approximately 50% was “par” for the course in all of
the Signal Corps OCS programs, while the combat arms OCS programs
usually graduated between 75-80% of the starters.[citation needed]

Personal life

Arms and his second wife, Mary Lynne, resided in Palm Springs, California for many years. They then moved to Hamilton, Illinois, where Arms died in 2012, aged 92.

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John Severin, American comic book artist (Hulk), co-founder of Mad magazine died he was 90

John Powers Severin[2]  was an American comic book artist noted for his distinctive work with EC Comics, primarily on the war comics Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat; for Marvel Comics, especially its war and Western comics; and for his 45-year stint with the satiric magazine Cracked  died he was 90. He was one of the founding cartoonists of Mad in 1952.

Severin was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2003.

(December 26, 1921 – February 12, 2012)

Early life

John Severin was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was a teenager in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York City, when he began drawing professionally. While attending high school, he contributed cartoons to The Hobo News, receiving payment of one dollar per cartoon. Severin recalled in 1999:

I was sometimes selling 19 or 20 of them a week. Not every week,
naturally. But I didn’t have to get a regular job to carry me through
high school. It was almost every week—not every week—but almost every
week. I didn’t have to get a job. I hated to work, I’ll tell you. I
didn’t have to get a job then, because I was in high school.[5]

He attended the High School of Music & Art in New York City, together with future EC Comics and Mad artists Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Al Jaffee and Al Feldstein.[6]
After graduating from the High School of Music & Art in 1940, he
worked as an apprentice machinist and then enlisted in the Army, serving in the Pacific during World War II.[7]


Early work: 1947–51

In a 1980 interview, Severin recalled his start as a professional artist:

I had decided to exhibit some paintings of mine in a High School of
Music and Art exhibition for the alumni. Charlie Stern was in charge of
it, so I went to see him at his studio. He was the “Charles” of the
Charles William Harvey Studio, the other two being William Elder and
Harvey Kurtzman. They asked me if I’d like to rent space with them
there. I did, and started working with them. When Charlie left… I
became the third man, but they didn’t want to change it to John William
Harvey Studio, so they left the name… Harvey was doing comics, Willie
and Charlie were doing advertising stuff, and I just joined in… [I
did] design work, logos for toy boxes, logos for candy boxes, cards to
be included in the candy boxes.[8]

Inspired by the quick money Kurtzman would make in-between advertising assignments with one-page “Hey Look!” gags for editor Stan Lee at Timely Comics, Severin worked up comics samples inked by Elder. In late 1947, he recalled, the writer-artist-editor team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby at Crestwood Publications “gave us our first job.”[8]

Since it was not standard practice to credit comics creators during
this era, a comprehensive list of his early work is difficult to
ascertain. Author and historian Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr., based on Severin’s
description of “a crime story about a boy and a girl who killed
somebody… I think it was their stepfather. They lived on a farm, or
out in the suburbs,” believes that first Severin/Elder story was the
eight-page “The Clue of the Horoscope” in Headline Comics #32 (cover-dated Nov. 1948), from the Crestwood-affiliated Prize Comics.[8] The standard reference Grand Comics Database has no credits for that story,[9] and lists Severin’s first confirmed work in comics as two stories published the same month: the ten-page Boy Commandos adventure “The Triumph of William Tell” in DC ComicsBoy Commandos #30; and the eight-page Western story “Grinning Hole in the Wall” in Prize Comics’ Prize Comics Western vol. 7, #5 (each Dec. 1948), both of which he penciled and the latter of which he also inked.[10]

Through 1955, Severin drew a large number of stories for the latter
title and other Western series from Prize, and as penciler, he
co-created with an unknown writer the long-running Native American feature “American Eagle” in Prize Comics Western vol. 9, #6 (Jan. 1951), inked by his high-school classmate turned fellow pro Will Elder.[11]

Around this time, Severin did his first confirmed work for two publishers with whom he would long be associated, Marvel Comics and EC Comics. For the future Marvel Comics, he penciled the seven-page romance comic story “My Heart Had No Faith” in Timely ComicsActual Romances #1 (Oct. 1949).

EC Comics

For EC Comics, he broke in with the seven-page “War Story” in Two-Fisted Tales #19 (Feb. 1951), continuing to work in tandem with his friend Elder as his inker, notably on science fiction and war stories.[10] Severin drew stories for both Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat. When Kurtzman dropped the war comics to devote more time to Mad, Severin became sole artist on Two-Fisted Tales for four issues and scripted some stories. He also illustrated stories written by his friend Colin Dawkins and future Mad art director John Putnam. Severin and Dawkins were the uncredited co-editors of Two-Fisted Tales #36–39.[12]

Severin and Elder eventually split as a team at EC. They both were in
the group of the five original artists who launched editor Harvey Kurtzman‘s landmark satiric comic book Mad, along with Kurtzman, Wally Wood and Jack Davis.[13] Severin appeared in nine of Mad’s first ten issues, drawing ten pieces between 1952 and 1954.[14]
According to accounts by both Severin and Kurtzman, the two had a
falling out over art criticisms Kurtzman made during this period. It was
Kurtzman who suggested that Severin ink with a pen as opposed to brush
inking. Though Severin eventually took this advice in his later work, he
was annoyed at Kurtzman at the time, for this and other remarks, and
refused further work with him. Kurtzman insisted on doing the layouts
for all the artists, which some resented, including Severin.

His ability to draw people of different nationalities convincingly
was highly admired by his peers, as was his eye for authentic details.
Upon Severin’s death, writer Mark Evanier remembered, “Jack Kirby
used to say that when he had to research some historical costume or
weapon for a story, it was just as good to use a John Severin drawing as
it was to find a photo of the real thing. They don’t make ’em like that

Marvel Comics and other publishers

Following the cancellation of EC‘s comic book line in the wake of the Comics Code in the mid-1950s, Severin began working for Atlas Comics, the 1950s forerunner of Marvel Comics. Sergeant Barney Barker, drawn by Severin, was Atlas’ answer to Sgt. Bilko.[8][15]

After Atlas transitioned to become Marvel Comics in the 1960s, Severin did extensive work as penciler, inker or both on such series as The Incredible Hulk, Conan the Barbarian, and Captain Savage. Herb Trimpe, the primary Hulk penciler during this period comics fans and historians call the Silver Age of comic books,
said in 2009, “I was kind of thrilled when John Severin inked me,
because I liked his work for EC comics, and he was one of my idols.”[17] As inker, Severin teamed with penciler Dick Ayers on an acclaimed run of the World War II series Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, beginning with #44 (July 1967). In the 1970s, he collaborated with his sister, artist Marie Severin, on Marvel’s sword and sorcery series, King Kull.[18]

During this time he was by far the most prolific contributor to the satiric Cracked magazine, drawing television and movie parodies along with other features, including most of the magazine’s covers.

For Warren Publishing in the 1970s, he drew for the black-and-white comics magazines Blazing Combat and Creepy. Severin also contributed to Topps‘ line of bubble gum trading cards.[19] He was one of the artists on Joe Kubert‘s self-published Sojourn series in 1977.[20] His 1980s work for Marvel included The ‘Nam, What The–?!, and Semper Fi.[21]

Circa 2000, writer Jeff Mariotte recalled in 2002, Severin phoned Scott Dunbier, a group editor at DC ComicsWildStorm imprint, “and said he was looking to do comics again” after working primarily for Cracked
at the time. “I happened to pass by Scott’s office as he hung up the
phone, and he sounded kind of awestruck as he told me that John Severin
wanted to do something with us. I said something like, ‘Gee, a Desperadoes story by Severin would be great,'” referring to Mariotte’s Western
miniseries for DC. “Scott agreed. We needed to hurry, before he was
snapped up by someone else, so I went home and worked up a proposal
overnight. We had sent him, right after that first call, copies of the
original Desperadoes books. That was followed up by the proposal, the next day. He liked what he saw and wanted to play along.”[22] This led to Severin drawing the sequel miniseries Desperadoes: Quiet of The Grave.

He went on to illustrate the controversial 2003 Marvel limited series The Rawhide Kid,[23] a lighthearted parallel universe Western that reimagined the outlaw hero as a kitschy
though still formidably gunslinging gay man. Severin, who had drawn the
character for Atlas in the 1950s, refuted rumors that he had not known
of the subject matter, saying at the time of the premiere issue’s
release, “The Rawhide Kid is rather effeminate in this story. It may be
quite a blow to some of the old fans of Rawhide Kid. But it’s a lot of
fun, and he’s still a tough hombre.”[24] Also in the 2000s, Severin contributed to Marvel’s The Punisher; DC ComicsSuicide Squad, American Century, Caper, and Bat Lash; and Dark Horse ComicsConan, B.P.R.D. and Witchfinder.

Personal life

Severin’s family members working in the publishing and entertainment fields include his sister Marie Severin,
a comic book artist, who was the colorist for EC’s comics; his son John
Severin, Jr., the head of Bubblehead Publishing; his daughter, Ruth
Larenas, a producer for that company; and his grandson, John Severin
III, a music producer and recording engineer.[25][26][27]

Severin died at his home in Denver,
Colorado, on February 12, 2012 at the age of 90. His wife of 60 years,
Michelina, survived him, as did his comics-artist sister Marie Severin
and six children.[28][29]

Awards and honors

Severin was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2003.

With writer Gary Friedrich and penciler Dick Ayers, Severin’s inking contributed to Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos winning the Alley Award for Best War Title of 1967 and 1968.[30][31]

He was among the winners of the Cartoon Art Museum‘s 2001 Sparky Award.[32]

His artwork was exhibited three times at the Words & Pictures Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts
– in the grand-opening group show (October 9, 1992 – January 5, 1993),
in the group exhibit “War No More” (May 18 – August 8, 1993) and in the
group show “Classic Comics: A Selection of Stories from EC Comics”
(December 7 – February 11, 1996).[33]
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David Kelly, Irish actor (Fawlty Towers, Strumpet City, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) died he was 82

David Kelly  was an Irish
actor, who had regular roles in several film and television works from
the 1950s onwards  died he was 82. One of the most recognisable voices and faces of
Irish stage and screen,[2] Kelly was known to Irish audiences for his role as Rashers Tierney in Strumpet City, to British audiences for his roles as Cousin Enda in Me Mammy and as the builder Mr. O’Reilly in Fawlty Towers, and to American audiences for his role as Grandpa Joe in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Another notable role was as Michael O’Sullivan in Waking Ned.[3]

(Irish: Dáithí Ó Ceallaigh;
11 July 1929 – 12 or 13 February 2012; sources vary)

Early life and career

David Kelly was educated at Dublin’s Synge Street CBS Christian Brothers school.[4] He began acting at the age of eight at the city’s Gaiety Theatre,[5] and trained at The Abbey School of Acting.[4] As a backup career, he additionally trained as a draughtsman and calligrapher,[4] and also learned watercolor art.[5] He appeared onstage in the original production of Brendan Behan‘s The Quare Fellow, and gained his first major career attention in Samuel Beckett‘s Krapp’s Last Tape at the Dublin’s Abbey Theatre in 1959.[6] By then he had made his screen debut in a small part in director John Pomeroy‘s 1958 film noir Dublin Nightmare.[4]

He became a familiar face on British television beginning in the 1960s with the BBC comedy Me Mammy, opposite Milo O’Shea and Anna Manahan. He went on to often-memorable guest roles on such series as Oh Father!, Never Mind the Quality Feel the Width, and On the Buses, and particularly during the 1970s with a long-running role as the one-armed dishwasher Albert Riddle in the Man About the House spin-off Robin’s Nest.[6] He also had a regular long running role alongside Bruce Forsyth in both series of the comedy Slingers Day from 1986 to 1987.

He gained some of his greatest recognition in 1975, playing inept builder Mr. O’Reilly on the second episode of Fawlty Towers (“The Builders“).[5]

Kelly was in the voice cast of The Light Princess, a partly animated, hour-long family fantasy that aired on the BBC in 1978.[7]

In Ireland, he may be most famous for his portrayal of the character “Rashers” Tierney in the 1980 RTÉ miniseries Strumpet City,[5] which starred Peter O’Toole, Cyril Cusack and Peter Ustinov. He went on to have starring roles in television shows such as Emmerdale Farm in the 1980s and Glenroe in the 1990s, as well as playing the grandfather in Mike Newell‘s film Into the West (1992).

Following his appearance as Michael O’Sullivan in the 1998 film Waking Ned, he found work in small but noticeable roles in such films as Tim Burton‘s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in which he played Grandpa Joe; Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London; The Jigsaw Man opposite Sir Laurence Olivier; and Stardust, his final film. He also did extensive radio work, including a guest appearance on the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi.[citation needed]

Later life and death

Kelly was married to actress Laurie Morton, who survives him, along with children David and Miriam.[8] He died after a short illness on 12[5] or 13[6] February 2012 (sources vary) at age 82. The Irish Times referred to him as the “grand old man of Irish acting”.[5] His funeral took place in Dublin on 16 February 2012. Kelly was buried at Mount Jerome Cemetery & Crematorium.[9]

Awards and honors

Kelly won a 1991 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production, for a Kennedy Center revival of The Playboy of the Western World.[10] As well, he earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for the 1998 film Waking Ned,[11] In 2005, he won the Irish Film & Television Academy‘s Lifetime Achievement Award, in addition to earning a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.[12]


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Galal Amer, Egyptian journalist, died from a heart attack he was , 59.

Galal Amer was an Egyptian journalist, well known for his sarcasm and sense of humor died from a heart attack he was , 59..[1] He graduated Egyptian Military Academy, and fought in several wars, such as War of Attrition and October War. He is an inspiration for many Arabian sarcastic journalists. After his death, a street was named after him in Alexandria, where he was born.

( 23 July 1952 – 12 February 2012)

Journalism and publications

Galal Amer studied Law and Philosophy, and used to write short stories and poems and some of them got published, he started as a journalist in Al-Kahera newspaper, and then his articles were published by several newspapers, and wrote a daily article in Al-masry Al-youm
newspaper called “Takhareef”, then he started to use the social
networks to publish his articles and views, and got followed by hundred
of thousands of admirers.

He wrote Masr Ala Kaf Afreet
which got published in 2009, it discusses Egypt’s biggest problems in a
humorous way, and the average Egyptian troubled life. Another of his
well known books is Estkalet Raees Araby which got published in 2010.


After the start of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, Galal Amer was one of the people that opposed Hosni Mubarak and Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and participated in the demonstration protests that demanded the end of military rule.


On 12 February 2012, Galal Amer had a heart attack while he was in a
protest. Newspapers published that the heart attack was caused by the
scene of Egyptian protesters getting attacked by thugs.

Personal life

Galal Amer was married and had four children: Ramy, Rania, Ragy, and Reham.
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