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Betty Fox,, Canadian cancer research activist, founder of the Terry Fox Foundation died she was 71.

Elizabeth “Betty” Fox was a Canadian cancer research activist, the mother of Terry Fox and founder of the Terry Fox Foundation died she was  71.. She was the most prominent figure in Terry Fox’s legacy .

(November 15, 1937 – June 17, 2011)


Betty Fox was born in Boissevain, Manitoba, on November 15, 1937.[1] She was raised in Melita, Manitoba, and in her teens moved to Winnipeg, where she met her husband Rolland “Rolly” Fox, who was working for the Canadian National Railway. They married in 1956.[2]
Betty and Rolly had four children: sons Fred (Born 1957), Terry (1958), and Darrell (1961), and daughter Judith (1964). In 1966 the family moved to British Columbia, making Port Coquitlam their home. In March 1977, Terry was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, and his right leg was amputated above the knee.[2]

Marathon of Hope

Terry expressed to his mother his wish to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. He began the Marathon of Hope on April 12, 1980, which was a run across Canada from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia, to raise money for cancer research. He reached 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi) over 143 days before finding the cancer had spread to his lungs. This forced him to end his run on September 1, 1980. Immediately, support to continue his cause came from across the country and overseas. He died on June 28, 1981.[3]

Terry Fox Run and Foundation

With so much public attention on his cause and his death, Betty found no time to grieve as her support for her son continued. She took on the development of the Terry Fox Run with the Canadian Cancer Society. The organization later grew to be the Terry Fox Foundation. Betty took the lead on many parts of the run and the foundation, ensuring Terry’s wishes and goals were reflected in the run’s organisation. “It is estimated that Betty spoke to more than 400,000 school children alone during her 25 years of touring the country, leaving each and every child with the inspirational story of the Marathon of Hope. The final words of every speech, “Never, ever give up on your dreams,”, have become her hallmark.”[3]
Betty was selected to be one of the Olympic flag-bearers in the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Two weeks later, Betty and her husband Rolly carried the Paralympic Torch into the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Paralympic Games, after a whole segment of those ceremonies were dedicated to their son Terry.
Betty died June 17, 2011, from complications from diabetes and arthritis.[2] She was survived by her husband, four children, and nine grandchildren. Her memorial was held in Port Coquitlam, at the same church where Terry’s memorial was held almost 30 years previously to the day. It was attended by dignitaries including former Vancouver 2010 Olympic Committee CEO John Furlong and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, among others. So many turned out for the funeral that the city opened the civic recreation centre to the public, where the memorial was broadcasted live. Her death made headlines across North America.[4]


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Ruth M. Kirk, American politician, Maryland House of Delegates (1983–2011)

Ruth M. Kirk was an American politician who represented the 44th legislative district in the Maryland House of Delegates died he was , 81.. She was elected 7 times and served a total of 28 years representing west and west central Baltimore.

(February 2, 1930 – June 17, 2011)


Born Ruth Simmons in Baltimore, Delegate Kirk was the fifth of eight children. She attended Baltimore City public schools through the ninth grade and later received a GED. Prior to being elected to The Maryland General Assembly, Kirk held jobs as a house cleaner and in early childhood education. In 1970, Kirk took a job at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Baltimore, Maryland), working as a teacher’s aide. [3]

In the Legislature

Kirk was first elected in 1982 and sworn in as a member of House of Delegates on January 12, 1983. She was appointed to the Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee and served on it until its elimination in 1990. She was then appointed to the Economic Matters Committee where she served until 2011. There, she served on its deathcare industry work group; workers’ compensation subcommittee, 1995-2003; real estate & housing subcommittee, 1999-2003; business regulation subcommittee, 2003-11; property & casualty insurance subcommittee, 2003-06). During her career in the legislature, Kirk also sedrved as a member of the Tort and Insurance Reform Oversight Committee, 1993; the House Facilities Committee, 1993-2011; the Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 1999-2004; the Protocol Committee, 2007-11, the Liaison Work Group of the Baltimore City Delegation, the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Black Caucus), 1983-2011 (member, nominating committee, 2000-11, redistricting committee, 2000-11; past chair, budget committee; past treasurer), the Women Legislators of Maryland, 1983-2011 (president, 1994); the Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2006-11, and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. Outside of the legislature she was a member of the National Order of Women Legislators; and the Southern Legislative Conference (economic development, transportation & cultural affairs committee, 2005-11; fiscal affairs & government operations committee, 2005-11).[4]

Legislative notes

  • voted for the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 (HB359)[5]
  • voted for the Healthy Air Act in 2006 (SB154)[6]
  • voted for slots in 2005 (HB1361)[7]
  • voted for income tax reduction in 1998 (SB750)[8]
  • voted in favor of increasing the sales tax by 20% – Tax Reform Act of 2007(HB2)[1]
  • voted in favor of prohibiting ground rents in 2007(SB106)[2]
  • voted in favor of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in 2007 (HB6)[3]

Democratic primary election results, 2010

  • 2010 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – 44th District[9]
Voters to choose three: (only the top 6 finishers are shown)
Ruth Kirk
Chris Blake
Gary T. English

General election results, 2006

  • 2006 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – 44th District[10]
Voters to choose three:
Ruth M. Kirk, Dem.
Other Write-Ins


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Rex Mossop, Australian rugby player and television commentator died he was , 83.

Rex Peers Mossop was an Australian rugby league and rugby union footballer—a dual-code international, and an Australian television personality from 1964 until 1991.

(18 February 1928 – 17 June 2011)

Rugby union career

Mossop played rugby union for the Manly club and played eight tests for the Wallabies from 1948 to 1951. His international rugby union career was played at lock.

Rugby league career

Switching to rugby league in the UK in 1951, he played with Rugby Football League Championship side Leigh. He returned to Australia in 1956, joining the Manly Sea Eagles and becoming the cornerstone of their forward pack in the late 1950s.
Ever an aggressive front-row forward, Mossop played in the Manly sides that lost to the St George Dragons in grand finals in 1957 and 1959. In the lead up to the 1959 Grand Final, rumours were circulating that Mossop was carrying a broken cheekbone. From the kick off, Saints’ forwards took turns at testing Mossop’s injury with Harry Bath giving him particular attention. For most of the match the Manly forward copped a hammering until in frustration, Mossop retaliated by standing on Bath’s head. A brawl broke out between the two and the referee Darcy Lawler sent both off.
Notwithstanding his uncompromising playing style, Mossop won a newspaper’s “best and fairest” award for the 1958 season.
He first represented Australia in rugby league at age 30 in 1958 in the first Test against Great Britain in Sydney, an appearance im which he became Australia’s 25th dual code rugby international, following Ken Kearney and preceding Arthur Summons. He then toured with the Kangaroos to Great Britain in 1959-60 as vice-captain. He played a total of nine Tests for Australia.
He played 136 games for Manly, retiring in 1963 at age 35.[3]


As was normal for professional rugby league players of the time, Mossop had a full time job as a car salesman for one of Sydney’s largest car dealers, Stacks Holden when he heard in 1963 that Channel 7 were advertising for a Sports Director. Despite not having any television or broadcasting experience Mossop beat out sixty applicants for the job, many of whom possessed more television credentials than he did.
Mossop first appeared on air in 1964 and called his first game in 1965, only four years after former player Ray Stehr had carried out the first ever commercial telecast on Channel 9 in 1961. He spent 20 years as host of a rugby league preview show including the “Controversy Corner” discussion segment. From the early 1970s till 1990 on Sydney channels Seven and then Ten he was the voice of rugby league and the pre-eminent TV match broadcast caller. His criticism of players and referees was blunt and uncompromising and his calling style was seen by opposing fans as parochially favouring Manly. His match commentaries and indeed his other forays into the public domain were often filled with tautological descriptors that in eastern state Australian vernacular became known as “Mossopisms”:[4][5] These mistakes also led to his nickname, “Rox Messup”.[6]

  • “if I keep getting Boyd and O’Grady mixed up, it’s because they look alike, especially around the head”
  • “tiny, diminutive, little Mark Shulman
  • “he seems to be favouring a groin injury at the top of his leg”[5]
  • “now the referee’s giving him a verbal tongue lashing”[4]
  • “I don’t think the male genitals or the female genitals should be rammed down people’s throats … to use a colloquialism.”[4]
  • “He’s made a great yardage of 25 metres.”

He also recorded such classics as:

  • “Son of a very famous father”
  • “A little bit marginal”
  • “Very mobile running”

The perceived parochialism towards Manly – and a gruff style that bordered on arrogance – often alienated him with league supporters, so much so that he was once famously hit in the side of the head with a piece of fruit thrown at him while giving a live post-match summary.[citation needed] With his long association with Channel 7 many celebrities and media still refer to ATN Channel 7 as Channel REX.

Other television work

In 1970-71 he was the “Beast” on the television talk show Beauty and the Beast.[7]


Mossop became a life member of the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) in 1999 in recognition of services to the game.
In 2006, Mossop was named in both the Manly Rugby League and Manly Rugby Union “best ever” sides, highlighting his enormous contribution to both codes.
Rex Mossop was awarded the Australian Sports Medal on 24 October 2000 for services to Rugby League.[8]


Mossop was the younger son of Norman, a World War I veteran who had been wounded in battle at Passchendale, and Nellie Mossop (née Kirkpatrick). Born in Five Dock, New South Wales, he had an elder brother, Kirk, who later became a noted artist. The family lived in Five Dock but moved to Balgowlah by the time he was five. He attended Manly Boys High School leaving in 1943 to become, initially, an apprentice fitter and turner and later a sales representative for a variety of businesses prior to his career in television.
Mossop married Joan Mildred Bell on 26 October 1951 at St Matthews Church, Manly. [9] The couple had two sons, Kirk (1952) and Gregory (1956).


In his final years, Mossop had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.[2] He died aged 83 on 17 June 2011 at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney surrounded by family and friends.[2] His funeral was held on 24 June 2011 at St Matthews Church, Manly.
As a mark of respect for Mossop, the Manly Sea Eagles players wore black armbands for their Round 15 clash with traditional rivals Parramatta on 20 June 2011 at Manly’s home ground, Brookvale Oval, and a minute’s silence was observed before kick off.[10]


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James Allason, British politician and soldier, MP for Hemel Hempstead (1959–1974) died he was , 98 .

Lieutenant Colonel James Harry Allason OBE was a British Conservative Party politician, sportsman, and former military planner who worked with Mountbatten and Churchill  died he was , 98 .. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living former member of the House of Commons.

(6 September 1912 – 16 June 2011)

Military career

The son of Brigadier General Walter Allason DSO & Bar (1875-1960), James Allason was educated at Haileybury and Imperial Service College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He served as an officer in the British Army for 24 years from 1930–54, including in India, Ceylon and Burma, rising to the rank of Lt-Colonel. He joined the Royal Artillery in 1932 transferring to the 3rd Carabiniers in 1937. A gifted mathematician, he addressed the problem of using magnetic compasses with tanks: the Allason Sun compass was adopted for use throughout the Asian theatre.
Allason worked with the Supreme Allied Commander, Lord Louis Mountbatten, as joint planning staff officer in South East Asia Command and was wounded while commanding tanks during the Burma campaign. He was later decorated. He subsequently occupied a similar post as senior military planner at the War Office in London, answering Churchill‘s queries and providing briefings in the Cabinet War Rooms. His last planning task was to advise on the logistics of withdrawing from Palestine. From 1950-54 he served at the War Office in charge of Army discipline.

Political career

After leaving the Army Allason worked as a Lloyd’s of London insurance broker. He was elected a councillor on Kensington Borough Council in 1956.
Allason contested Hackney Central in 1955. He was Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead from 1959 to 1974, when, following boundary changes, he narrowly lost the seat in the October election of that year to Labour‘s Robin Corbett.
In government he was acknowledged for his expertise not only on defence but in the arcane but key subject of pensions. As Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for War he had a ringside seat as the Profumo affair unfolded, refraining from publishing his inside account until after the death of Jack Profumo in March 2006.[1]
When the Conservatives were in opposition Allason was front bench spokesman on Housing for six years, and is credited with development of the policy of enabling council house tenants to purchase their own properties: this was taken up by Margaret Thatcher and adopted by subsequent Conservative governments, contributing to their electoral victories. After leaving Parliament he continued to exercise a rational influence on environmental policy from positions on the executive of the Town and Country Planning Association and the Environment Council’s Transport Committee.
Following the deaths of Patrick Maitland, 17th Earl of Lauderdale in December 2008 and Bert Hazell in January 2009, Allason became the oldest living former British Member of Parliament.

Personal interests

As a sportsman he raced Bentleys at Brooklands, played polo with maharajahs in India, skied and sailed in international competition, and represented the House of Commons in five sports. He continued skiing until his 87th year, and still plays Contract Bridge and attends the Opera, on which he has written.
He married Nuala McElveen from Dublin in 1946, by whom he has two sons, one of whom, the Intelligence historian Rupert Allason, followed him into Parliament as Member for Torbay. The marriage was dissolved in 1974.


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Claudia Bryar, American actress (Psycho II) died he was , 93.

Claudia Bryar was an American actress who mostly specialized in television died he was , 93.. Active from the 1950s to the 1980s, she is perhaps best known for her role as Mrs. Emma Spool in Psycho II.

(May 18, 1918 – June 16, 2011)

She played small parts in mostly Western television series such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and The Guns of Will Sonnett, but also The Bob Newhart Show, The Andy Griffith Show, and The Twilight Zone.
She appeared in small roles in the big screen in cult movies, such as I Was A Teenage Frankenstein and Bad Company. She appeared in made-for-television movies such as Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn (1977) and The Family Nobody Wanted (1975).
She can be seen in archive footage for a black and white flashback in Psycho III, where more attention is given to her character of Mrs. Spool (although she is dead). Her career ended with her role of Mrs. Prince in Hill Street Blues.


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Joko Beck, American Zen Buddhist teacher, founder of the Ordinary Mind School, died after a long illness he was , 94.

Charlotte Joko Beck was an American Zen teacher and the author of the books Everyday Zen: Love and Work and Nothing Special: Living Zen. Born in New Jersey, she studied music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and worked for some time as a pianist and piano teacher died after a long illness he was , 94.. She married and raised a family of four children, then separated from her husband and worked as a teacher, secretary, and assistant in a university department. She began Zen practice in her 40s with Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi in Los Angeles, and later with Yasutani Roshi and Soen Roshi. Having received Dharma transmission from Taizan Maezumi Roshi, she opened the San Diego Zen Center in 1983, serving as its head teacher until July 2006.

(March 27, 1917 – June 15, 2011)

Joko was responsible for a number of important innovations in Zen teaching. In particular, she taught students to work with the emotions of everyday life rather than attempting to avoid or escape them. Because she was adept at teaching students to work with their psychological states, she attracted a number of students who were interested in the relationship between Zen and modern psychology. Several of her Dharma heirs are practicing psychologists/psychiatrists. In 1995 Joko, along with 3 of her Dharma heirs, founded the Ordinary Mind Zen School. In 2006 Joko moved to Prescott, Arizona, where she continued to teach until she retired as a teacher in late 2010. In the spring of 2010, Joko announced that she had chosen Gary Nafstad to be her Dharma successor.
Shortly after Joko’s departure in 2006 a controversy arose over the future of the San Diego Zen Center. Joko Beck sent a letter in which she stated that she was revoking Dharma transmission from two senior students: Ezra Bayda and Elizabeth Hamilton. Joko also stated that the San Diego Zen Center should not claim to represent her or her teaching. Joko’s actions caught some long-time students off guard and led one of her Dharma heirs to question her judgment.[1]
After years of declining health, Beck was placed under hospice care in June 2011 after her health rapidly deteriorated, she stopped eating and was dramatically losing weight. According to Beck’s daughter, Brenda, up until the end “She is happy as a clam and, as she told me, will die when she’s ready. She says it’s soon.” Beck died on June 15, 2011.[2] According to the Twitter account of fellow Zen teacher Joan Halifax, Beck’s last words were, ”This too is wonder.”[3]



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Ted Gray American baseball player (Detroit Tigers) died he was , 86,.

Ted Glenn Gray was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played eight seasons with the Detroit Tigers (1946, 1948–1954), and then had short stints during the 1955 season with the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees,[1] and Baltimore Orioles died he was , 86,..

(December 31, 1924 – June 15, 2011)

A native Detroiter, Gray was a star pitcher at Highland Park High School. He signed with the Tigers in 1942 at age 17 and played the 1942 season with Winston-Salem in the Piedmont League, posting a 13-14 record and a 2.04 ERA. He briefly joined the Tigers at the end of the 1942 season but did not play.
Gray enlisted in the Navy when he turned 18 after the 1942 season. Gray was assigned to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station where he pitched for the Great Lakes team managed by Mickey Cochrane. Tigers pitchers Schoolboy Rowe and Dizzy Trout also pitched for Cochrane’s star-studded Great Lakes team. Gray was transferred to the New Hebrides in the Pacific Theater, where he continued pitching for the Navy. He won 12 straight games and averaged 17 strikeouts per game in his Navy career. In January 1945, he pitched for the Navy All Stars. He lost his first game against the Army All Stars 3-1 despite striking out 19 batters. In three games against the Army All Stars, Gray had a 1-2 record and a remarkable 46 strikeouts. After the series, The Sporting News reported: “You can’t tell any of the fellows in this war sector that when peace is restored, Ted Gray won’t match the records of Grove, Hubbell, Pennock, Newhouser and the other great lefthanders [sic].” (The Sporting News, February 22, 1945.)[1]
After the war, Gray played with Buffalo before joining the Tigers for a brief stay in 1946. He pitched only three games in the Major Leagues in 1946 (an 0-2 record) and was returned to the minors where he spent the balance of the 1946 season and the entire 1947 season. Gray returned to the Tigers in 1948, posting a record of 6-2.
Though Gray never lived up to the expectations that were created by his wartime performance, he became part of the Tigers starting rotation from 1949-1953. In 1949, Gray won 10 games and had a career-best 3.51 ERA (Adjusted ERA+ of 118).
Gray then got off to a phenomenal start in 1950, winning 10 games before the All-Star break. He was selected for the American League All-Star team but ended up as the losing pitcher in the 1950 All Star Game after giving up a game-winning home run to Red Schoendienst in the 14th inning. [2] After the All Star game, Gray failed to win another game for the remainder of the year, finishing with a 10-7 record.
Gray reportedly suffered from chronic blisters that hindered his performance. [3]
In 1951, Gray’s downward slide continued as he led the American League in losses with a record of 7-14. And in 1952, Gray was among the league leaders in losses with 17 (third most in the AL) and earned runs allowed with 103 (third most in the AL).
Gray was a power pitcher who was known for his forkball and ranked among the American League leaders in strikeouts four consecutive years from 1950-1954. He had the second-highest rate of strikeouts per 9 innings in both 1951 (5.97) and 1952 (5.88). He was also among the league leaders in home runs allowed on three occasions, leading the league in home runs allowed in 1953 with 25.
At the end of the 1954 season, Gray was traded to the Chicago White Sox with Walt Dropo. He was released by four different teams during the 1955 season. Only two other players have played for four American League teams in one season: Frank Huelsman and Paul Lehner.
Gray posted a career won-loss record of 59-74 with a 4.37 ERA in 222 career games.


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Bill Haast,, American snake expert, director of the Miami Serpentarium died he was 100.

 William E. “Bill” Haast was the director of the Miami Serpentarium Laboratories, a facility near Punta Gorda, Florida, which produces snake venom for medical and research use died he was  100. Haast extracted venom from venomous snakes from the time he was a boy. From 1947 until 1984, he operated the Miami Serpentarium, a tourist attraction south of Miami, Florida, where he extracted venom from snakes in front of paying customers.
Haast physically extracted venom from venomous snakes by holding them by the head and forcing them to strike a rubber membrane covering a vial. As a result of handling these snakes, Haast had been bitten 172 times as of mid 2008.

(December 30, 1910 – June 15, 2011)

Early years

Haast was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1910. He became interested in snakes while at a Boy Scout summer camp when he was 11 years old. He was bitten for the first time at summer camp a year later, when he tried to capture a small Timber Rattlesnake. He applied the standard snake-bite treatment of the time (making crossed cuts over the fang marks) and then walked four miles to the camp’s first aid tent, by which time his arm was swollen. He was rushed to see a doctor, but quickly recovered without further treatment. His next bite, later the same year, came from a four-foot Copperhead snake. He was carrying a snake-bite kit, and had a friend inject him with antivenom; the bite put him into a hospital for a week.
Haast started collecting snakes, and after initial opposition from his mother, was allowed to keep them at home. He soon learned how to handle the snakes, and found one timber rattler so easy to handle that he posed for a photograph with the snake lying across his lap. He started extracting venom from his snakes when he was 15 years old. He dropped out of school when he was 16 years old. When he was 19 he joined a man who had a roadside snake exhibit, and went with him to Florida. While there, he ended up rooming with a moonshiner on the edge of the Everglades, and became proficient at capturing all kinds of snakes.
Haast eventually returned home, where his mother had leased a concession stand at a lakeside resort. Haast added a snake exhibit to the business. There he met and eloped with his first wife, Ann. They moved to Florida so that Haast could pursue his dream of opening a “snake farm”. After his wife became pregnant, Haast lost his job when the speakeasy he was working at was raided by revenue agents. The couple moved back to New Jersey, where Haast studied aviation mechanics, and was certified after four years.
With his certification, he moved to Miami to work for Pan American World Airways. After the United States entered World War II, Haast served as a flight engineer on Pan Am airliners flying under contract to the United States Army Air Corps. These flights took him to South America, Africa and India, where he bought snakes to bring back to America, including his first cobra.

The Serpentarium

In 1946 Haast decided he had enough money saved to start his snake farm. He bought a plot of land facing U.S. 1, south of Miami, then sold his house and started construction on the Serpentarium. His wife Ann did not approve, and they eventually divorced. Haast retained custody of their son, Bill Jr. and continued to work as a mechanic for Pan Am while he built the Serpentarium. During this time Haast met and married his second wife, Clarita Matthews. The Serpentarium opened at the end of 1947, still not completed. For the first five years Bill, Clarita, and their son were the only staff. Bill Jr. eventually left, having lost interest in snakes, but not before he had been bitten four times by venomous snakes.
By 1965 the Serpentarium housed more than 500 snakes in 400 cages and three pits in the courtyard. Haast extracted venom 70 to 100 times a day from some 60 species of venomous snakes, usually in front of an audience of paying customers. He would free the snakes on a table in front of him, then catch the snakes bare-handed, and force them to eject their venom into glass vials with a rubber membrane stretched across the top.
Soon after opening the Serpentarium Haast began experimenting with building up an acquired immunity to the venom of King, Indian and Cape cobras by injecting himself with gradually increasing quantities of venom he had extracted from his snakes, a practice called mithridatism. In 1954 Haast was bitten by a common, or blue, krait. At first he believed his immunization to cobra venom would protect him from the krait venom, and continued with his regular activities for several hours. However, the venom eventually did affect him, and he was taken to a hospital where it took him several days to recover. A krait anti-venom was shipped from India, but when it arrived after a 48-hour flight, he refused to accept it. He received his first cobra bite less than a year after he started his immunization program. During the 1950s he was bitten by cobras about twenty times. His first King cobra bite was in 1962. Haast was also been bitten by a green mamba. On several occasions Haast donated his blood to be used in treating snake-bite victims when a suitable anti-venom was not available.
In 1949, he began supplying venom to a medical researcher at the University of Miami for experiments in the treatment of polio. The experiments gave encouraging results, but were still in preliminary clinical trials when the Salk polio vaccine was released in 1955.

Later life

Haast closed the Serpentarium in 1984, and moved to Utah for a few years. In 1990 he moved to Punta Gorda, Florida with his snakes, where he established the Miami Serpentarium Laboratories. Haast’s hands suffered venom-caused tissue damage, culminating in the loss of a finger following a bite from a Malayan pit viper in 2003. As a result of the damage, Haast gave up handling venomous snakes, and no longer kept any at his facility.[4] As of 2008 he continued to have his wife inject him with small amounts of snake venom.[6] He turned 100 in December 2010[7] and died on June 15, 2011.


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Tom Addison, American football player (New England Patriots) died he was , 75

a href=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EAOl00moHes/Tij8hXFcC7I/AAAAAAAAzfw/fuwc8nc7Wgc/s1600/Tom+Addison%252C+American+football+player.jpg” imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”>Tom Addison was a professional American football linebacker (1960–1967) and sports labor leader, and is a member of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame died he was , 75..

(April 12, 1936 – June 14, 2011)Edit HTML

Playing career

Addison attended the University of South Carolina and was drafted by the NFL Baltimore Colts and the Canadian Football League Ottawa Rough Riders, but chose to sign in 1960 with the Boston Patriots of the newly-formed American Football League, playing his entire pro career with the Patriots.
Considered a leader of the newly-formed team, Addison was selected as team captain, and was named to the AFL All-Star team for five straight years (1960–1964), as well as being one of the first players ever selected to be a Patriot All-League player (in 1960). He was also a Sporting News‘ All-League player in 1963 and 1964, and an AFL Eastern Division All-Star in 1961 and 1962. With 16 career interceptions (returning one for a touchdown), he was considered by many[who?] to be the best AFL linebacker against the run in the mid 1960s.
He played in every Patriots’ game from 1961 to 1966 (84 games), and was adding to this total when he sustained what proved to be a career-ending knee injury. On June 18, 1968, he was released by the Patriots after team doctors stated that he would risk further damage by playing after having undergone two knee operations. Addison was selected by a Patriot fan vote in 1971 as a member of the Patriots’ All-1960s (AFL) Team.

Labor leadership

On January 14, 1964, players in the American Football League formed the AFL Players Association, and Addison was elected the union’s first president.[1]
In search of protection for the players, Addison put together a request package of benefits that included insurance and a player pension plan. As president, Addison had the intimidating task of meeting with the team owners to communicate the request. Upon entering the meeting room, Addison approached the long oval table, where the stern-faced owners were awaiting. With Southern charm, he looked up at the owners, smiled, and said “Well, I’m not trying to be the next Jimmy Hoffa!” This broke the tension, and started a period of perhaps the most positive relationship between owners and players in team sports history.[citation needed]
With a players association in place, players newly drafted by American Football League teams in the “war between the leagues” could be assured that they would have representation and protection in the AFL that was the equal of that in the older league. Addison’s work was an important element in the survival of the league, and helped the AFL to be able compete for top talent, and to establish itself as the future of professional football.[citation needed]


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Oscar Sambrano Urdaneta, Venezuelan writer died he was , 82.

Oscar Sambrano Urdaneta was a Venezuelan writer, essayist and literary critic, specialized in the life and work of Andrés Bello died he was , 82..

(February 6, 1929 – June 14, 2011)

Sambrano Urdaneta was born at the town of Boconó, Trujillo state. Arrives to Caracas during his youth, studying at the National Pedagogical Institute and the Central University of Venezuela, graduating as Doctor of Literature.

In the 1940s, thanks to writer Pedro Grases, Urdaneta was designated as member of the group in charge of the selection of the complete works of Andrés Bello, presided by Rafael Caldera.[3] Since that, Urdaneta was involved in the literary world, admiring and approaching the work of Andrés Bello. Between 1959 and 1978, he was professor at the National Pedagogical Institute and between 1965 until 1990 at the Central University of Venezuela. He was director of the La Casa de Bello Foundation (Andrés Bello Institute), from 1977 for more than 20 years, was chief editor of the National Magazine of Culture (1959–1963) and director of collections like Biblioteca Popular Venezolana and Tricolor, also was a member of the consultative council for Biblioteca Ayacucho and the publishing Monte Ávila Editores.[4]
In 1978, he won the Municipal Prize of Literature for the work Poesía contemporánea de Venezuela. In 1984 he got an individual number at the Venezuelan Academy of Language, being its president until 2009. He is also an honorary member of the Caro y Cuervo Institute of Bogotá. During the second government of Rafael Caldera (1994–1999), he was president of the National Council of Culture (CONAC), and in 2003 was a member of the committee in tribute to Andrés Eloy Blanco.
From 2006 was the conductor of the cultural TV program Valores (Values), transmitted by Vale TV; the main theme of this space is the learning of Venezuelan culture in all its dimensions, ans was named in memory of Venezuelan writer Arturo Uslar Pietri and his TV program Valores Humanos (Human Values).[3] In June, 2008, he proposed to the Venezuelan academy of language the creation of a linguistic and literary research center.[5]

Partial bibliography

  • Cecilio Acosta, vida y obra
  • Apreciación literaria
  • “El Llanero”, un problema de crítica literaria
  • Cronología de Andrés Bello
  • El epistolario de Andrés Bello
  • El Andrés Bello Universal
  • Verdades y mentiras sobre Andrés Bello
  • Aproximaciones a Bello
  • Poesía contemporánea de Venezuela
  • Literatura hispanoamericana (in collaboration with Domingo Miliani)
  • Del ser y del quehacer de Julio Garmendia


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