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Library Giant Russell Shank Dies at 86

Written By Temoor Hassan on Saturday, 14 July 2012 | 02:19


Shank, Russell, the chief librarian at UCLA 1977-1989 was known as a staunch supporter of Amendment No. 1 to the rights of all libraries and the early proponents of the technology as a way to improve library services , has died. He was 86 years.

Shank, professor emeritus at the UCLA Graduate School of Education Science and Information that was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1970, died June 26 at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, said his daughter, Susan.

A former president of the American Library Association., Shanks died three days after his electric scooter down and struck his head against the concrete while attending the group's convention in Anaheim. Although not shown signs of trauma, the daughter said, fell into a coma in his hotel room that night.

"I always hoped this convention," said Susan Shank, who accompanied his father. "What better way out of a library, an ALA convention after talking with his friends and colleagues."

Before being appointed university librarian at UCLA, Shank spent a decade as the first director of libraries at the Smithsonian Institute, where he began to automate tasks and create the first centralized catalog of its more than 80 libraries independent.

As chief librarian at UCLA, has treated about 19 libraries on campus.

Mango, who had a degree in electrical engineering, which had a strong interest in computers, said Gloria Werner, who worked with him at UCLA before him as a librarian at the university.

"That's why we have automated many of the functions of the library," said Werner. "A lot of other people were not so eager to get their feet wet in the world of computers. He had a huge impact on trends in libraries now take for granted. It was gradual, and not always easy if you were running a huge library system. "

Barbara Jones, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom American Library Association., Said Shank was "one of the true giants in the field of university libraries."

"He stood for the practice of good management in research libraries," he said. "He has promoted research libraries in this country as the backbone of U.S. preeminence in the sciences, social sciences and the arts."

After a fire that damaged the historic Los Angeles Central Library in 1986, Mango has invited two groups of reference librarians who were housed there and moved to the Powell Library at UCLA.

"As a young librarian, I thought it was an extremely generous thing to do," said Jones. "Instead of a gang war between public and academic libraries, Russell Shank had the information needs of the community in mind."

In 1990, he received the stem of Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements by academic librarians who have contributed significantly to improvements in the field of library development and library management and research.

In the same year he received the freedom to read list of Honor Award from the Foundation.

"He really believed in freedom of expression and libraries - and that libraries are places where there would be no restriction on what people read or what kind of research they could do," said Jones, who also is executive director of Freedom to Read Foundation, a legal arm of the library association.

Shank was born September 2, 1925, in Spokane, Washington, and served in the Navy during World War II.

Early in his career, Shank was an assistant professor of library at UC Berkeley and worked in the faculty of Columbia University school library.

Shank divorced. Besides his daughter Susan, will survive his other sons, Peter and Judith Shank Twist, and three grandchildren.
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Sylvester Stallone's son found dead at home

Written By Temoor Hassan on Friday, 13 July 2012 | 21:48


Sage Stallone, Sylvester Stallone's son, was found dead in San Fernando Valley home Friday, said a police source.

Police in Los Angeles that has been asked to do a welfare check found the body in the house, said sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing.

No cause of death was determined, and there were no details immediately available.

Sage Stallone was born in Los Angeles in 1976. It appeared as an actor in several films, including some with his father as "Rocky V" and "Daylight".

He was 36 years.

Stallone's body was found by his housekeeper at home in Studio City this morning, said his attorney, George Braunstein.

He said the cause of death is being investigated. "We have no information," said Braunstein. "I was not depressed. I was thinking about getting married. He just had his whole life ahead of him."

He was the son of Sylvester Stallone and his first wife Sasha Ash. Sage had no children.
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Oscar-winning producer Richard Zanuck dies at 77


Richard D. Zanuck, son, once spurned the legendary Hollywood producer Darryl F. Zanuck, who has built his career as a producer often honor, running over $ 2 million in cash and, for the production of "Walking Miss Daisy" in 1989, becoming the only child of duplicate a best-picture Oscar father, died Friday at home in Beverly Hills, California for 77 years.

The cause was a heart attack, Jeff Sanderson, said his publicist.

Richard Zanuck competed with the achievements of his father, who co-founded 20th Century Fox, has won three Academy Awards for best film and then shot his son in a study of reorganization.

The young Zanuck produced or helped produce such films as Steven Spielberg's first feature film, "The Sugarland Express" in 1974 and first director of the blockbuster, "Jaws," next year.

In a statement, Mr. Spielberg says Zanuck, "taught me everything I know to produce."

David Brown, an urban New Yorker who Zanuck has produced two films of Spielberg also worked with him in the production of "The Sting" in 1973. To meet Paul Newman, Robert Redford and director George Roy Hill after the 1969 blockbuster "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Sting" won the Oscar for Best Picture, although Zanuck and Brown (husband of the editor Helen Gurley Brown's Cosmopolitan magazine) have not been designated as its producers.

Zanuck produced six films directed by Tim Burton, including "Dark Shadows" this year starring Johnny Depp as a vampire broken. He also collaborated on "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (2005), Mr. Burton is a reinvention of "Planet of the Apes" (2001), and "Alice in Wonderland" (2010). "Alice" has grossed more than $ 1 billion worldwide.

When I was younger Zanuck had the race in 20th Century Fox, where his father reigned as one of Hollywood's most powerful tycoons. Richard attended his first Oscar at age 7.

In high school and college, he worked in another department at the Fox summer. In 1962, when Mr. Zanuck was still in his 20 years, his father challenged the allegations of nepotism and production of Fox did. According to Richard, the company has earned 159 Oscar nominations, three films - "The Sound of Music", "Patton" and "The French Connection" - were nominated for best film.

Darryl Zanuck, a cigar-chomping central region that was in high school and waved a wad of Pole to reinforce a point of conversation, the son fired in 1970 after a study of reorganization. The father was trying to save his job, without success. Resentment Richard Zanuck lasted almost until the death of his father in 1979.

"It was different from the usual parent-child relationship," Zanuck told the New York Times in 2003. "But I was able to fix everything before my father died."

Richard - quiet, elegant and educated at Stanford in a California beach - has continued his productive collaboration with Mr. Brown, after a brief stay at Warner Brothers.

Richard Darryl Zanuck, was born in Los Angeles December 13, 1934. His mother was the silent film star Virginia Fox when I was young, Richard was made to sell copies of The Saturday Evening Post, who taught him the value of hard work. "Sure," he told the Los Angeles Times in 2010: "My father had a driver take me to get the papers."

To prove that cared for his son, Darryl Zanuck transported in buses executives of the study, Richard ball games, so they can encourage your child, like extras in a film of sports. The size of Orson Welles were regular visitors to the house Zanuck.

Richard, who excelled in sports in high school and continued running five miles a day in its 70 years, served as a lieutenant in the Army after graduating from Stanford University. His father, meanwhile, was fired by Fox in 1956 and moved to Paris to become an independent producer. The most Zanuck, who had a reputation for womanizing, had romances with three French actresses in succession, but could not advance your career, as he had suggested it might do so.

Son of Darryl Zanuck's ready to produce his first film, a murder mystery "instinct" (1959), at the age of 24 years. He won the award for best actor at Cannes for the joint work of Welles, Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman.

In 1962, Fox, still struggling, Darryl Zanuck summarized as president. As we do not abandon their romantic interest in Paris, he asked his son to give you a list of possible candidates to run the study of the West Coast. Richard Zanuck gave him a piece of paper with one word on it, "I".

His father was for him. "I have always believed that one of the most daring moves," Zanuck said the decision of his father. The boy's father keep up transatlantic telegram.

Zanuck moved to Warner Brothers to become executive vice president and has worked with Mr. Brown in blockbusters like "The Exorcist" and "South and half of fire." In 1971, the two men formed the company Zanuck / Brown.

After their separation in 1988, the Company began Zanuck Zanuck. This year was "Walking Miss Daisy," which was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won four, including best film. It 'will cost $ 5 million to make and grossed over $ 100 million.

Zanuck first two marriages ended in divorce. Leaves his wife, Lili Fini Zanuck, which produced the 2000 Oscar ceremony, her children and Dean Harrison, who produced the film, and nine grandchildren.
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Author of Little Bear Books Else Holmelund Minarik dies at 91


Else Holmelund Minarik, a writer of children the Little Bear series of picture-book, simply, gently and suggestively tells the story of a puppy antropomorfitzat forays into the world has been a pillar of childhood for more than half century, died Thursday at his home in Sunset Beach, North Carolina for 91 years.

The death was announced HarperCollins Publishers, its editor for a long time.

The first of many books Mrs. Minarik (pronounced MIN-uh-rick), "Little Bear" appeared in 1957 as the inaugural title can not read! series. Aimed at beginner readers, the series that now includes hundreds of books by various authors, was originally published by Harper & Row, a predecessor to HarperCollins.

In 1997, The New York Times Book Review called "Little Bear", one of the best children's books of the previous half century. This title and its sequel - "Father Bear Comes Home" (1959), "Little Bear Friend" (1960), "Visit Little Bear" (1961) and "A Kiss for Little Bear" (1968) - have sold millions of copies and became the basis for an animated television series, first broadcast on Nickelodeon in 1995.

Critics have praised the book to support not only for Ms. Minarik's prose, combined with the accessibility of heat suggestive crystalline, but also for your offer, inflections Victorian illustration of a young artist named Maurice Sendak. Mr. Sendak died in May, at 83.

Else Holmelund was born September 13, 1920, in Denmark, where he started, he said later in a diet that satisfies the soul of Hans Christian Andersen. At 4, he moved with his family to America, settling in New York.

After studying psychology and art at Queens College, worked as a reporter for the Daily Sentinel in Rome, New York, before becoming a teacher first grade in Commack, Long Island.

Casting for the securities of which students can read on their own, Mrs. Minarik quickly ran up against the wall lead to Dick and Jane, some of these games available for the youngest readers. They decided to write his book, and the result was "Little Bear".

The outstanding children's books editor, Ursula Nordstrom, the stability of which includes such luminaries as Margaret Wise Brown and EB White, has acquired the manuscript to Mrs. Minarik Harper & Row.

Ms. Minarik illustrated books include others "no fighting, no biting!" (1958), illustrated by Mr. Sendak, "The Little Girl Giant and Elf Boy" (1963), illustrated by Garth Williams, and "Percy and the Five Houses" (1989), illustrated by James Stevenson .

The first husband of Mrs. Minarik, Walter Minarik, died in 1960, his second, Homer Bigart, twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the New York Herald Tribune correspondent, then a reporter for The New York Times, died in 1991. His only son, a daughter, Brooke, from his first marriage, before she died. Survivors are a sister, Anne Lester, and a granddaughter.
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President of Harvey Mudd College Joseph B. Platt dies at 96


The launch of a new College would be "clearly a great adventure, but so is jumping off a bridge," the physicist Joseph B. Platt wrote decades after the challenge in 1956 to become the founding president of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont.

The humor was a constant resource for Platt, known for singing silly songs to teach science to their students, but so was the creation of consensus. His ability to bring to the suggestion that has helped put the school "on a path to success," according to George I. McKelvey, director of development, when the school opened its doors in 1957.

The beginnings of the private university, Platt told the Times in 1987: "It was all very clear that things are good we were able to convince people of the caliber of our faculty, and he plucked up the courage real 'commitment to them. part of reaching a position of no sense. "

When Platt resigned in 1976, Harvey Mudd was considered one of the nation's leading science and engineering universities, a distinction that remains true today.

Platt, who was 96, died Tuesday at home in Claremont after a period of declining health, has announced a daughter, Ann Platt Walker.

"He had a profound impact on the lives of us all here thanks largely to their vision and incredible energy," said Maria Klawe, now president of the university, in a statement. "Joe has developed the mission that we embrace today To prepare socially responsible engineers and scientists in an educational culture of collaboration and fun"

From 1976 to 1981, Platt was president of what is now Claremont Graduate University, one of seven schools in the Claremont consortium of universities. Harvey Mudd, the name of a benefactor and former board member, was the fifth of these schools. Platt continued to teach, even in his 90 years.

When Platt was hired to direct the nascent universities, was a highly respected teacher and a physicist at the University of Rochester, where he helped design a synchrotron, a powerful particle accelerator that is used primarily in research.

Harvey Mudd was one of the few private schools supported by science and engineering that was founded in 20 century, according to Platt, who told the Times in 1987 that one of his goals was to develop "the technical direction of the next generation . "

He was one of three administrators when the school opened its doors in September 1957 with seven teachers, 48 ​​students and a bedroom. Within a decade, there were about 300 students and 43 teachers.

"The university today, nationally recognized as a" producer "of the future science and engineering doctorates, owes its intellectual wealth and importance, more than any other, for this great leader" of Eugene Hotchkiss, a Harvey Mudd colleague who has become president of Lake Forest College in Illinois, wrote in the preface to the 1994 book, Platt, "Harvey Mudd College. the first 20 years"

Those who signed the Platt soon find the "courage is contagious," wrote Hotchkiss. "With his leadership, had the courage to create a new and different program."

Joseph Beaven Platt was born August 12, 1915, in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in Rochester, New York

Within its first year and second year at the University of Rochester, Platt served in the Merchant Navy in the South Atlantic. While on the call in the night, he decided to pursue a career in teaching physics, he said.

After graduating with a degree in the field in 1937, holds a doctorate in physics in 1942 from Cornell University and joined the faculty of the University of Rochester.

He spent most of World War II at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the development of radar devices to help the military. After the war he returned to the University of Rochester, but took a two-year license in 1949 to oversee the investigation of physics Atomic Energy Commission.

Platt has met Jean Ferguson Rusk, a mathematician who worked at Polaroid in 1945 and married the following year. He is survived by his wife, daughters Ann Platt Walker, La Jolla and Elizabeth Platt Garrow Willowbrook, Illinois, and four grandchildren.
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Singer was widow of Nat King Maria Cole dies at 89


Maria Cole, widow of the legendary musician Nat King Cole and the mother of singer Natalie Cole on her own singing career includes a stint as a vocalist for Duke Ellington Orchestra in mid 1940, has died. He was 89 years.

Col. died on Tuesday at a hospice in Boca Raton, Florida, after a brief battle with cancer, his family said.

"Our mother was in a class by itself," his daughters said in a joint statement. "He synthesized class, elegance, and truly defines what it means to be a real lady."

Born in Boston, she performed as opening act of the Mills Brothers Club Zanzibar in New York when he met the singer and pianist Nat Cole. They married in 1948 in Harlem.

"I was very involved in his life," he told the Boston Globe in 1989. "I'm busy with his agent. I kept the books. I was there for all the wonderful moments of your life, the awards. The shared everything. I joined his life."

The Coles, the purchase of a building in an exclusive, all white neighborhood of Hancock Park in Los Angeles in 1948, stimulated by owners protest, has traveled across Europe together in 1950 a time when Mary, resumed a singing career and recorded several songs with her husband for Capitol Records.

Nat Cole, successes include "Unforgettable" and "Mona Lisa" and the 1956-57 television series wide musical "'King Col Nat The Show" was the first television network presented by an African-American died of lung cancer in 1965.

After his death, Mary Col Col establish the Cancer Foundation and returned to his singing career, beginning with an essay in the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas in late 1966 and followed by an appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show. "

He also began to co-host an evening of live interviews with Stan Bohrman and varieties of KHJ-TV (Channel 9) in Los Angeles in 1967. Two years later, he married the writer and television producer Gary I devour. The couple divorced in 1978.

In 1990, Natalie Cole and her daughter accepted a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her late husband.

"I miss the closeness of my marriage to Nat," said Cole in a 1989 Boston Globe. "I liked to hear the key in the door. I loved the preparation of their meals. I liked being married to him."

The daughter of a postal employee, Mary Hawkins was born on 1 August 1922. He was 2 when her mother died in childbirth and his father stayed to care for her three daughters.

Cole, who took voice and piano lessons during his childhood, he studied at the Palmer Memorial Institute, a prestigious American prep school founded by her aunt to African Sedalia, North Carolina

After graduating in 1938, attended college in the Boston office and began singing with a jazz band at night. He soon moved to New York and began singing with Benny Carter's band jazz.

In 1943, he married Spurgeon Ellington, one of the Tuskegee airmen, who was killed during a routine training flight shortly after the end of World War II.
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Norman Sas Dies at 87

Written By Temoor Hassan on Thursday, 12 July 2012 | 21:15


Norman Sas, a toy manufacturer that has become a metal plate that vibrates in an exciting board game called football and sometimes infuriating power, winning the devotion of children from 1940 until the end of action came to the field simulated video screens in 1980, died June 28 at his home in Vero Beach, Florida at the age of 87 years.

His daughter Wendy Jones has confirmed his death.

In 1930, an employee in a New York metal products company led by the father of Mr. Sas has developed a device that figures pushed through a metal surface by means of vibrations created by a small motor.

The company, Tudor Metal Products, was first used technology for cars and racing games. However, when Norman Sas bought the company with a partner shortly after the Second World War, saw the potential application of technology in football, which had become increasingly popular and began to be televised in the region of New York.

"I was looking for something to be addressed, because the company was in trouble," said Earl Shores, a writer who has met several times with Mr. Sas for a book that he and a colleague claims, Roddy Garcia, is writing the power of football, entitled "What is called unforgettable."

Mr. Shores said Mr. Sas may also have been designed for football because of the frustrations of technology: the vibrations tend to drive the figures unpredictable, often in groups that resembled a crash at the end of a string football game. The lack of predictability and attempt to mitigate came to define the electric football as much as his little balls of felt, which is easily lost among the sofa cushions.

"I'm sure there were many young boys thrown against the wall," said Sas Irene, wife of Mr. Sas, in an interview Tuesday. "The statue had their own lives. Just as they had run faster or run was all the techniques of the player. It was just something that lights up and vibrates. I 'was something you did men with their children. "

Early versions of the game, including figures that seemed little real players. But in 1960, Mr. Sas has begun working with an industrial designer, Lee Payne, who had played one year of college football at the University of Georgia. Payne helped to improve the aesthetics of the game, making more realistic figures, the colors of the specific team, giving players a degree of directional control and the addition of a representation of a stage cardboard, which is mounted along the frame.

The National Football League has begun to license the product in 1967 and became a fixture in the toys in the Sears catalog.

The company, which Mr. Sas renamed Tudor Games, flourished in 1980, until the introduction of new gaming handheld, and then the computer and video games, did seem strange for a new generation of children.

"Norman has predicted that," said Ms. Sas. "He said, 'Hey, this is now we are making a killing on it, and will end as soon as the electronic versions come out.'".

Mr. Sas sold the company to Miggle Toys in 1988. Miggle was purchased this year by the classics of the stadium, a Seattle company, which makes the games licensed by Major League Baseball, but recently was renamed Tudor Games.

Anders Norman Sas was born in Manhattan, 29 March 1925. He attended the Bronx School of Science and has a degree in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as part of a program of the Navy.

Later he became a full time officer and served in the Navy before returning to MIT and earned a masters in business administration. He became president of Tudor metal products in 1948. For over 30 years has lived in Alpine, New Jersey, where he served on the board.

Besides his wife and daughter, Mrs. Jones, will survive another daughter, Martha O'Connor, and seven grandchildren. A son, Wayne, who died in 1994, and a son died shortly after birth.
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British Airways Colin Marshall Dies at 78


Colin Marshall, who played a central role in the transformation of a British Airways widely discredited, deficit run by a government institution in the world's most profitable companies in 1980, died July 5 in London. He was 78 years.

The cause was cancer, said Tony Cocklin, a spokesman for the family.

Before that Mr. Marshall joined British Airways, the common joke among his clients was happy that his initials meant "bloody awful". Created in 1974 in a merger of British European Airways and British Overseas Airways Corporation, the company had been deteriorating for years, and since the early 80's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was determined to straighten.

Assigned this task to John King, President, and walked up to Mr. Marshall, well-respected marketing expert, who had been CEO of Avis cars in the United States. The king appointed him CEO of the airline in 1983.

"The relationship between King and Marshall became the closest of the father and son," wrote the London Daily Mail in 2003, with Mr. King in the role of no-nonsense, cost reduction and Mr. Marshall's executive in charge of rebuilding the company's image and reshaping their customer service.

Mr. King reduced the work force, fleet modernization, eliminating unprofitable routes and made trade agreements with foreign airlines. Mr. Marshall began to try to attract customers by restoring morale in the workforce reduces the airline.

Heathrow Airport in London, the supervisors of the company was known for "balcony management" - out of his office overlooking the check-in, then slide back to your desktop, instead of dealing with passengers.

Mr. Marshall has created, among other measures, a program called "Putting People First".

"I was anxious to inculcate his principles at the forefront of mind, those who had direct contact with passengers, including jobs in customer service, check-in agents, flight attendants and pilots, reservations agents" W. Warner Burke and William Trahant mentioned it in his 2000 book, "change the business climate: profiles of change agents."

Employee uniforms have been redesigned. And new aircraft, had restored the motto "To fly to serve" printed on their tails. Services on board, including meals and seats have been improved. An advertising campaign for British Airways said "the world's favorite airline". When the company was privatized in 1987 - the year Mr. Marshall was knighted, becoming Sir Colin - 94 percent of employees have purchased shares.

In 1981, the company reported a loss of nearly $ 1 billion. During the fiscal year ending March 1994, its earnings were the highest in the industry, a $ 286 million. However, for British Airways, like most of the air transport sector, the hard times ahead.

In 1993 the company was shaken by the scandal that the British press called "dirty tricks". Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Airlines, British Airways said it had used illegal tactics to undermine the sale of tickets to the Virgin. To solve the problem, British Airways and Virgin pay $ 945,000 to Mr. Branson in respect of damages. Mr. King has presented his resignation, and Mr. Marshall took over as president.

High fuel costs have caused havoc in society. So, does the increase of the airlines that offer discounts and efforts of the company does not merge with American Airlines and KLM Royal Dutchman.

However, the fiscal year ended March 2003 - the year before Mr. Marshall retired - British Airways profit of $ 138 million to a loss of $ 210 million last year, according to the Wall Street Journal .

Since then, Mr. Marshall was known in England as Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge, were facts of life in 1998.

Colin Marsh Marshall was born in Edgware, Middlesex, England, 16 November 1933, Leslie Marshall and Florence. At age 16 he went to work as a passenger ship sobrecàrrec company. While serving on board in 1956, he met another employee on board the ship, Janet Cracknell, who married two years later. She survives him, as his daughter, Anna Birkett.

A few days after she sailed Marshalls married in New York, where Mr. Marshall - the recommendation of his father, the manager of a limousine company in London - was working for the car rental company Hertz. He rose to the ranks of the executive of Hertz until 1971, when the main rival, Hertz, Avis, was recruited to expand its business throughout Europe. He became chief operating officer of Avis appointed the first executive director.

Towards the end of his career, Mr. Marshall has led the Confederation of British Industry and was president of the "Britain in Europe" to promote membership in the euro area.
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Icon of American cooking Marion Cunningham dies at 90


Marion Cunningham's crusade to preserve the time dinner came the night of his concern that without it, children never learn table manners, or the give and take of conversation at dinner. Not only was concerned that the traditional American dishes such as grilled chicken, lettuce and strawberry cake, became endangered.

His devotion to the American standard rate was a revered figure in the world of food, the revised edition of "The Fannie Farmer Cookbook," a basic text for home cooks since 1896, has led the philosophy back into the mainstream.

Published in 1979 and revised in 1990, "Fannie Farmer" regained its place as a classic, selling nearly 1 million copies and led the timid, hair silvery wonder Cunningham as a cookbook writer, columnist and speaker with his own television show.

"Marion Cunningham exemplifies fine cuisine" Judith Jones, his editor at Knopf for a long time, said in a statement on Wednesday. "He was someone who had an ability to make a dish, drink in the mouth and give it new life. In a time when Americans were taking all kinds of foreign cuisine, love Marion Cunningham and respect for the American food helped 'The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, once again earned a place in kitchens around the country. "

Cunningham, who had Alzheimer's disease, died Wednesday at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California, said Clark Wolf, a food consultant and old friend. He was 90 years.

He succeeded his late start in life as a protégé of James Beard, the chef and writer revered for defending the American culinary tradition.

"If the beard was the father of the kitchen, Cunningham became her mother," wrote the former Gourmet magazine editor Ruth Reichl of The Times in 1992, when he was editor of the food.

Despite his attachment to family foods and simple recipes, Cunningham won the affection of dozens of young people, the most famous chefs tastes leaned smoked pheasant salad and exotic way. The considered a mentor.

"Marion was a traditionalist, but an enlightened traditionalist," said Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse in Berkeley. "You could see every food imaginable, and can connect with every person imaginable."

Waters was first met Cunningham in 1974, when Beard has been a dinner at Chez Panisse. Soon after, the water and Cunningham took a Chinese cooking class in San Francisco and then traveled to France and China in shipments of food tasting. When Chez Panisse was taking off, Cunningham launched in search of new talent, hard as a cook, ran out of the kitchen.

His professional life, Cunningham was relatively quiet. Working in the compact kitchen of his ranch in Walnut Creek, with an electric stove and refrigerator add a Sears has examined thousands of recipes for his cookbooks and columns, has taught introductory courses for adults and prepare simple meals for visitors, many food critics and chefs of the restaurant.

His team fashioned kitchen including a blender, an electric mixer and two high strength plates for waffles. He had his cherry deshuesadoras, measuring spoons and other new appliances in the garage, because what mattered was "not what I do, but to cook in the kitchen and the food put together with others."

Marion Enwright born February 7, 1922, grew up in Glendale. In 1942 she married Robert Cunningham, who had known since kindergarten. He was a lawyer with a taste for pork and beans, canned red meat well done. When he resumed his culinary offerings in this way: "He does not like the homemade bread and vegetables not only loves the green says he likes the money" ..

During the first years of marriage, Cunningham lived in a small house near the sea in Laguna Beach. He served in the Navy, that the gas pump to earn extra money and then worked at a service station.

"I used to think it would be the master of my own station," he said in 1991 interview with The New York Times. "I know more than most women around the cars."

His modest income approach encourages brides Cunningham family style menus. "During the five years that we live in the lagoon," he wrote in an article in the house of entertainment for the Times in 1990, "came all the friends who knew of our school days to visit (and frequently maintain). order to supply this constant flow, made me casseroles, stews, soups and salad buffet with large creamy dressings thick. All good food and cheap to do. "

The prepared foods and frozen foods had already begun to appear in stores in 1940, "but were not for me," he wrote. "They do could afford."

After the war, Cunningham built a house in the suburb of San Francisco Bay Area in Walnut Creek, where they raised their two children and lived together until Robert died in 1988 after years of ill health. Her survivors are two sons, Mark and Catherine.

The eyes, the blue form of invitation that has defined the public image of Marion Cunningham in recent years almost suggested that the difficulties encountered in his young wife and mother. Through its 30 years, has struggled with alcoholism and phobias that made it impossible to ride in elevators, airplanes, and almost any other form of transport.

"I do not even have children until I could find a hospital with a maternity ward on the ground floor," he once said.

His friends say he was a witness to his determination that Cunningham stopped drinking completely overcome their fears to the point that he traveled the world to satisfy their curiosity about the regional food.

His indomitable will be seen in very small ways. When Cunningham and traveled to Paris Waters, Waters saw him burst into a restaurant in Paris.

"Marion has insisted to order a cup of coffee before dinner," said Waters. "I whispered, 'Marion, do not like the French, is coffee after dinner." But she wanted to hear. "He insisted on speaking English. There was no attempt at" real "crossed his lips." I told him, 'Marion, just to be friendly. "However, for it was,' thank you ' . "

Even close friends, rarely spoke with Cunningham about his personal struggles. "For their fears, Marion received professional help," said Waters. "But with his alcoholism, was more a matter of deciding who had had enough. He was not willing to live this way."

In 1972, at the age of 45 years, Cunningham went to Seaside, Oregon, to take a cooking class with a beard. For the rest of his life is considered a moral victory: had overcome his fear of travel.

"" It was my first trip outside of California and was a big problem, "he later recalled Cunningham. His love for food to take off." James Beard was my favorite cookbook author " said.

The two Westerners, both supporters of the kitchen, he struck up a friendship. Several years after Cunningham's beard was asked to be his assistant. She worked with him in his cookbooks and toured the country with him.
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Impresario of Bloomingdale's Marvin S. Traub Dies at 87


Marvin S. Traub, the retail entrepreneur who has become a department store Bloomingdale heavy family of the Upper East Side in a showcase of the international trend of style and excitement in 1970 and '80 , died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan's Upper East Side. He was 87 years.

The cause was bladder cancer, said Amy Hafkin, the CEO of Marvin Traub Associates, the consulting firm he founded in 1992 after retiring as president and CEO of Bloomingdale.

One of the most creative retailers of the time, Mr. Traub Bloomingdale is synonymous with luxury, has made many parts of the designers of the fashion world's most famous and created a national chain that has acquired the reputation of being aware of their merchandise status and stylish interior environments that dazzled the eyes.

At its flagship store at 59 Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan - a square block of the store that was carried by the roar of the Third Avenue elevated train in 1955 - has been the scene of events promoting the glow of a Broadway premiere.

As if Bloomingdale had its own foreign policy, praised China, Italy, France, Portugal, Ireland and Israel, with an abundant production that characterizes the food is not the only furniture of traditional clothing, and gourmet, but also exhibits 'antiques, dinners and brilliant guest list that includes ambassadors, business titans, movie stars, presidents' wives and people sometimes.

Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson and Betty Ford were the patterns. During the bicentennial celebrations of the United States in 1976, Mr. Traub was escorted Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip distractedly through a multitude of buyers, as the royal couple took in Chinese porcelain, sports clothing that reminds the team of Great Britain and winter hunting English antique reproduction furniture.

For "India: a dream come true", in 1978, Traub lined pieces of paper mache elephants and camels in the primaries, the temple sculptures of wood, silk flags waving on the roof, and the kohl-eyed Indian women, who mingled in their saris and bangles with clients to rooms full of musk scented Indian jewelry, accessories, clothing and furniture.

When Mr. Traub has decided to build a new restaurant at the flagship store in 1979, has created Le Train Bleu, a reproduction of 70 meters of dining car that once made the Lyon-Marseille-Monte Carlo run with style with mahogany panels green channel padded seat, beveled mirrors, lamps and Victorian brass luggage - to hold shopping bags, of course - all stuck on the sixth floor, items for the home department.

In 1980, "Come to China in Bloomingdale," six weeks of negotiations Traub competition in Beijing as a treaty, has been home all Cantonese, a Chinese garden pavilion and 20 exquisite costumes from 1763 to 1908 never s he had seen outside the Forbidden City. He completed 14 commercial branches in the northeast with enough food, fashion and brand water for 11 million customers.

In 1984, its $ 20 million "Fête de France" is a cornucopia of chocolate Mazet de Montargis, oils, herbs and pate-de-Provence, the creations of 25 fashion designers, silver reproductions of sculptures and sleeve Normandie December the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris. It began with a dinner for 1,600 people who paid $ 200 each to talk to each other on a layer of satin and shoulders.

"We are not only competing with other shops, but found the Guggenheim and" Traub said once.

Grace Mirabella, editor in chief of Vogue and 80 in 1970 anointed "the Sol Hurok of retail sale," a reference to the great entrepreneur who brought the Bolshoi Ballet in America.

Marvin Traub Stuart was born in Manhattan, 14 April 1925, the daughter of Sam and Bea Traub. His father was an officer of the corporation corset, and her mother was a superior commitment Bonwit Teller, his clients included Rose Kennedy, Marlene Dietrich and Maria Martin.

Marvin attended the Peekskill Military Academy in upstate New York. After a year at Harvard, he was recruited by the army in time of war as an infantry unit and private was wounded in France in 1944. A bullet shattered her right femur.

One year after surgery and convalescence followed, and was discharged with an orthopedic leg and severely reduced. He eventually overcame her disability through therapy and a shoe accumulated, and became an accomplished skier, golfer and runner.

Returning to Harvard University to study government, she graduated with honors in 1947.

In 1948, Lee married Mr. Traub Laufer. The couple had three children, Andrew, Margaret and James, a journalist who writes frequently for The New York Times. Survival, and four grandchildren.

After obtaining a master's at Harvard Business School, he joined Bloomingdale Traub, 1950, from the bottom, head of the bargain. When business was slow, he and a colleague pretended to be customers in good fun agreement tables. After attracting a crowd, he recalled, "that glides silently back to our offices."

Demolition of Third Avenue at 1955-56 East Side has changed the landscape, opening the way for luxury high-rise blocks and a rich clientele, Mr. Traub and climbed the ranks of managers, who assumed the presidency in 1969 and president and CEO in 1978.
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Environmental writer Philip Fradkin dies at 77

Written By Temoor Hassan on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 | 21:57


Philip L. Fradkin, a native of New York, the fascination the West has turned into a being capable chronicler of the history of the region and its environmental heritage books on topics such as the great San Francisco earthquake, the aftermath of nuclear tests in Nevada and survival of Colorado River, died Saturday at home in Point Reyes Station, California for 77 years.

The cause was cancer, said his son, Alex.

A Times reporter early in his career, Fradkin is the author of 13 books, including "A river no more: the Colorado River and the West" (1981), "The Seven States of California: A Natural History Human "(1995) and" Wallace Stegner and the western United States "(2008).

He has also written three books on the physical effect of the earthquake, and social policy, especially in "The great earthquake and fire storms of 1906," The New Yorker said that "begins as a history of the environment, but s' Tragedy has become a parable about the human response to disaster.

" Published in 2005, the centennial of the San Francisco earthquake was coming, has demonstrated an abuse of dynamite fire caused fires that have consumed much of the city, and human frailty exacerbated after the flames diminished.

"The path I follow is the path of politics and power," said Fradkin, who also contributed to the Library of UC Berkeley Bancroft building an archive of thousands of images and documents on the earthquake, the San Francisco Chronicle in 2005.

His book on the depletion of Colorado River remains the seminal work on the subject, according to historian Kevin Starr California, said in an interview Tuesday that Fradkin occupied "a central place in the history of the environment of the writing ", alongside such figures as Stegner, Edward Abbey and James Houston.

Prof. G. Forrest Robinson, an expert from the University of California Santa Cruz, in Western literature, Fradkin described as a literary descendant of the 19 th century explorer John Wesley Powell and Stegner won the Pulitzer Prize, two of whom wrote perspicaçment Resources natural resources and problems of the West, including those resulting from the devastation of the Colorado River.

"Fradkin career was a tribute to and through the indirect influence of Stegner Stegner Powell," said Robinson, who also has called on the book by Fradkin Stegner "easily the best album I've made life Stegner."

Fradkin was born in New York February 28, 1935, and grew up in Montclair, New Jersey when he was 14 years, the Russian Jewish father, Leon, took him on a tour of the West - through Yellowstone, Zion, the Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City, Yosemite, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver - that sparked his love of the region.

After graduating in political science at Williams College in Massachusetts and served in the army, went to California in 1960 and took a job as an ad salesman for a Bay Area this week. Influenced by his mother, Elvira, Vassar-educated writer and political activist, has decided to become a journalist and worked for papers in Modesto and San Rafael before the time in 1964.

Fradkin was part of the team of Times reporters and editors who won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Watts riots of 1965 and then spent a year in the Vietnam War. In 1970 he became a reporter for the newspaper environment.

He left the Times in 1975 after his editors told him their stories too tilted to the ecological point of view. Fradkin disagree and joined the administration of Governor Jerry Brown, as assistant secretary of the California Resources Agency, which helped push legislation that established the California Coastal Commission as a permanent body.

In 1976 he became editor of Audubon magazine, West, leaving in 1981, when "A River No More," was published. Loaded and walked along the Colorado River through seven states of Mexico, showing how the various requirements for irrigation, livestock, food and recreation that had been left out of the Colorado River basin that has not reached its natural outlet to the Gulf of Mexico.

Fradkin book has a theme that runs throughout his work - "the emotion, drama and sense of loss we feel in the West," said San Francisco Book Review in February.

He said his aim in writing Stegner and other environmental issues has been to illustrate the effect of the western landscape his people.

Showed, for example, as Stegner's life was formed by the failure of his father's farm. A similar connection inspired Fradkin latest book, "said Everett Streets: his short life, death, beyond the mysterious and surprising" (2011), which examines the legend of the young artist and wanderer who died in the desert Utah in 1934 at age 20.
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Crisis Budgeter Donald D. Kummerfeld Dies at 78


Donald D. Kummerfeld, a budget director and deputy mayor, the emphasis on financial discipline policy and an excellent touch to help New York City from bankruptcy in 1970, died Thursday at Jersey City.

He was 78 years.

I was sick, and gardening in the intense heat and died in a hospital emergency room, his wife, Elizabeth, said.

In 1975, financial markets closed the door to New York after years of indebtedness, and the State of New York intervened to issue bonds to run the city. However, the State requested financial rigor.

Mr. Kummerfeld role was to attend the details of the cleaning of bad accounting practices of the city, imposing budget cuts and for the first time that prolong the years of financial planning in the future.

Richard Ravitch, an advisor to Governor Hugh L. Carey during the crisis, said in a telephone interview Tuesday that the work was Mr. Kummerfeld said. "To have a balanced budget, this is what you do"

Mr. Kummerfeld led to years of experience as a budget official in Washington and as a investment banker on Wall Street.

But those who worked with him say that his negotiation skills combined with his experience with numbers. The New York Times in 1977 quoted an official who had dealt with him, saying:

"What I like about Don is that at least does not pretend to understand. Even when you put in the position of having to act as 2 and 2 is 5, you can say, 'Don, please' And he looks at you and shake his shoulders and said: 'Yes, but this is our policy here.' "

In an interview, Felix Rohatyn, who led the agency to restructure the debt of the city during the crisis, said: "What has brought to the table and had a great knowledge of the facts and politics of the situation."

Your signature does not necessarily mean that popular. The news at the time said the agency goes up in tears after meeting with Mr. Kummerfeld. At a public hearing has been accused of "insensitivity."

But medicine has worked hard, and since 1977 the city was beginning to turn a corner. "It is not always obvious, but the city is run now, mainly because Kummerfeld," said Peter C. Goldmark Jr., the director of the state budget, told the Times.

When Edward I. Koch, after defeating Mr. Beame and other Democratic candidates in the three main rivals in the general election, became mayor of 01 January 1978, Mr. Kummerfeld asked to remain as deputy mayor, but without title of Deputy Prime Minister. Mr. Kummerfeld refused.

Mr. Koch said in an interview on Tuesday that it had decided not to have a deputy mayor of New York because I wanted to see who takes the city personally. "It would have been wonderful," Koch said of Mr. Kummerfeld, he described as "a true hero who helped save New York."

Mr. Kummerfeld once accepted an appointment by Governor Carey to be Executive Director of the Board of Control of New York state financial emergency.

This meant that Mr. Kummerfeld be responsible for overseeing the financial operations of the city that had just left. "I know for a fact that all the details of what to look for," he said.

Mr. Kummerfeld has continued with the direct participation of the American Society of Rupert Murdoch and two trade groups, publishers of journals in America and the International Federation of the Periodical Press.

It is also recommended that the new mayor of New York and other elected officials on tax matters.

Working group of citizens led by Mr. Ravitch and A. Paul Volcker, former Federal Reserve will release a report on the week's state budget crisis and face. Will be dedicated to Mr. Kummerfeld, who has a lot of work into it.

Besides his wife, the former Elizabeth Miller, Mr. Kummerfeld, who lived in Jersey City, survive him his daughter, Theodosia Kummerfeld, and a grandson.

Along with the public service, gardening is a passion of Mr. Kummerfeld, for many years and grew vegetables and flowers on the terrace of his penthouse, Fifth Avenue. His hobby is reading seed catalogs.
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Baritone & Met Stalwart Calvin Marsh Dies at 91


Calvin Marsh, a lyric baritone who has sung over 900 performances with the Metropolitan Opera before leaving the stage for a life of religious music, died on June 18 in Dallas. He was 91 years.


The cause was a stroke, his son-in-law, Karl Steinberger said.

Mr. Marsh made his Met debut in 1954 as in Wagner Nachtigall "Meistersinger von Nürnberg," and remained a supporter of the company for over a decade, especially in secondary zones, until 1967.

His over 50 features, including the jailer of Puccini "Tosca", the Marquis of Obigny Verdi "La Traviata" and Masetto in Mozart's "Don Giovanni".

Wertz Calvin Marsh was born 11 February 1921, was renewed, Pennsylvania, while in high school, he responded to a need to hire singers for advertising a church choir in Trenton.

He attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and later studied music at North Texas State University.

After serving in Guam with the Army Air Forces in World War II, he ended his speech on education in New York in the Music Division of the American Theatre Wing.

In 1953, a concert singer in annual sailing competition Theatre, Mr. Marsh was so impressed the judges who declared the winner after the semifinals, eliminating the final stage of all.

His prize was a debut recital at Town Hall this year in New York in a program with Bach, Handel, Mozart and Fauré.

Review of concert at The New York Times, Noel Straus wrote the song that Mr. Marsh was "intelligent and has an unusual amount of charm," and added that it was "certainly a vocalist on the way the real distinction. "

Mr. Marsh was soloist with the Robert Shaw Chorale, before joining the Met in 1954-55 season, part of a class of freshmen that included Renata Tebaldi soprano, mezzo-soprano Giulietta Simionato and the bass Giorgio Tozzi.

In 1957, after attending one of the Reverend Billy Graham crusade at Madison Square Garden, Mr. Marsh has decided to dedicate his career in Christian music, a decision that would culminate in his decision to leave the Met, a decade later.

From mid-1960 and for decades, Mr. Marsh toured the country as a member of the Messengers of Messiah, a duo for voice and piano, the programs include religious testimony interspersed with hymns, spiritual and liturgical music of Bach , Handel and other composers.

The duo has been touring under the auspices of the Board of Missions to the Jews, of which Mr. Marsh was a missionary team. The organization, now known as elected People Ministries, evangelize among Jews of America.
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Canadian celebrity chef Anthony Sedlak Dies at 29


VANCOUVER - Canadian celebrity chef Anthony Sedlak has died aged 29.

Sedlak family issued a statement on Monday saying that collapsed last Friday for an undiagnosed medical condition and his body was found in his apartment in North Vancouver.
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Former Rams lineman John Williams dies at 66


John Williams, one of his assistants Angeles Rams in 1970, he went to school with the teeth out of season and started a dental practice in Minneapolis after his retirement from football, has died.

He was 66 years.

Williams, who had recently undergone a kidney transplant, died Sunday while on a walk near home, the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The office of the Hennepin County coroner confirmed his death.

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, 27 October 1945, John McKay, Williams was a football star in high school in Toledo, Ohio. Three-year letterman at the University of Minnesota, was an All-American and All-Big Ten offensive assistants in 1967, when the ground squirrels went 8-2 and won the title role in the conference .

In the 1968 NFL draft, the Baltimore Colts selected him in the first round, 23 overall. He played four seasons with the Colts and went to two Super Bowls, winning a ring with the team's 16-13 victory over Dallas after the 1970 season.

Williams was traded to the Rams to a No. 1 pick in 1972 and started at right offensive tackle for six years. He played as a guard in 1979, when the Rams advanced to the Super Bowl, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-19, in January 1980.

At this time, Williams had a plan for his life after football. He earned a degree in education from Minnesota, but really wanted to be a dentist, so he began taking classes at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

"I knew I was doing the right thing, when I could not get a decent off-season work in 1970 after playing in the Super Bowl team in Baltimore," he told The Times in 1978.

It took five years as part-time student, before he received his doctorate in dentistry. He retired from the NFL after tearing a calf muscle during the 1979 season and returned to Minneapolis to open his dental clinic.

The 6 feet 3 inches and 256 pounds described his work with patients outside the field in the interview with the Times.

"There is curiosity and a little" normal fan-athlete identification, "he said." But most important is a good value. Rapport is all in dentistry. The ability to inspire confidence. "

In Minneapolis, Williams has worked to revitalize the city neighborhood where he established his business and was named Volunteer of the Year in the city in 1992.

Trained in Forensic Dentistry, Williams joined a team of public health professionals who helped identify the remains of the victims after the attacks of 9/11 terrorists.

"A terrible," said Williams in Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2002.
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Sunil Janah Dies at 94


Sunil Janah, an Indian photographer who won international fame with his images of the famine that struck Bengal in 1943 and 1944, died June 21 at home in Berkeley, California, was 94.

His death was confirmed by his son, Arjun.

Mr. Janah documented ethnic and religious diversity of India, as well as important events in modern history of the country, both before and immediately after its independence in 1947.

At a time when many photographers to technical problems, started with a Kodak Brownie box, or use a Nikon until 1980.

His photographs of the famine, published in the People's War, the newspaper of the Communist Party of India, revealed the horrors that had just been informed by the press, which was banned by British authorities.

As the critic Vicki Goldberg wrote in The New York Times in 1998, reviewing an exhibition of work by Mr. Janah the 678 Gallery in Manhattan, the images showed "withered lines of people waiting for food groups of skeletons, the dogs gnawing human bones hungry. " Postcards of these photos were sent worldwide to raise funds.

"Unlike other photographers," said Ram Rahman, the curator of this exhibition, "was an active political worker Janah policy work for the picture of events."

The famine, which was attributed to hoarding and losses in the food distribution system, instead of bad harvests, said that 3.5 million lives and caused international outrage directed at wartime British colonial authorities, who are accused of walking off the much more massive famine.

Mr. Janah later became known for his explicit pictures of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the writer and philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti and other personalities of India.

One of them showed Gandhi sitting in a pensive attitude before a large crowd in Bombay, now known as Mumbai.

Sunil Janah was born April 17, 1918, in Dibrugarh, Assam. His father, Sarat Chandra was a prominent lawyer in the High Court of Calcutta.

Mr. Janah grew up in Calcutta, now known as Calcutta, and became interested in photography as a child, had no formal training but learned to work with photographers who set their darkrooms.

He became involved in leftist politics while studying at St. Xavier College and the University of Calcutta to the presidency. PC Joshi, general secretary of the Communist Party of India, persuaded him to abandon his studies and traveled with him to document the artist Chittoprasad Bhattacharya Bengal famine.

The images brought him fame in India, which was requested by Margaret Bourke-White, the celebrated photographer for Life magazine.

Became friends and worked as a team, after photographing the widespread famine in Rayalaseema and Mysore in southern India, in 1945.

They also document the chaos before and after the assassination of Gandhi in 1948, especially the images of people fill the streets of Calcutta after his death.
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Costume Designer Martin Pakledinaz Dies at 58

Written By Temoor Hassan on Monday, 9 July 2012 | 21:48


Martin Pakledinaz, a costume designer, who has been nominated for 10 Tony awards in the past 15 years and has won twice, and work in opera, dance and regional theater, has made him one of the craftsmen the most prolific phase of his generation, died Sunday at home in Manhattan. Age of 58.

The cause was brain cancer, his agent, Patrick Herold said.

Mr. Pakledinaz (pronounced Leh-pack-Din EHZ) received 1999 Tony Awards for the revival of "Kiss Me, Kate", with Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell, "Millie," a musical based on the film 2002, 1967, Julie Andrews.

Sutton Foster, who won a Tony Award for her performance in the title role of "Millie," said Mr. Pakledinaz costume designs were part of his characterization of Millie, a village girl who comes to New York in early 1920, hoping to marry a rich man.

Their ways of explaining its history, from Kansas City on Sunday in New York neck-girl-Friday clothing and equipment after a series of increasingly scarce designed for the free spirit of a more modern dance Millie from the trap.

"My characters have been defined by the fabric, stitching, the details of his work, his eye," Ms. Foster said in a statement on Monday.

Mr. Pakledinaz Mrs. Foster also designed the costumes in the last shot of "Anything Goes", which won a Tony Award. He was nominated for a Tony for producing and seven people, including "Lend Me a Tenor," "Gypsy," "The Pajama Game", "Golden Boy" and the 2009 revival of "A mocking spirit" .

He received his first nomination for "The Life", a 1997 musical about prostitutes times square, and the last for this season, "Good work if you can get it," starring Matthew Broderick.

Mr. Pakledinaz also designed costumes for the San Francisco Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, a Metropolitan Opera production of "Iphigenie en Tauride", 2011, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular and the "My Week with Marilyn" the sumptuous 2011 film Marilyn Monroe film maker living in Britain in 1956, but won Michelle Williams as Monroe, an Oscar nomination.

Joel Grey, who starred in "Anything Goes," he said in an interview Monday that Mr. Pakledinaz aesthetic decisions had reflected his deep knowledge of the history of American theater.

It was obvious, he said, in his own clothes in the game, as Moonface Martin, a role that was originally played by Bert Lahr and Ed Wynn, then.

"I wanted my character to remember a time when the great comedians inhabited the role," said Grey, "and Martin knew it would be, and how to evoke. This was his particular genius."

Philip Martin Pakledinaz was born in Sterling Heights, Michigan, September 1, 1953, one of eight children of James and Dorothy Pakledinaz.

After graduating from Wayne State University and received his master's degree in drama from the University of Michigan, moved to New York in 1977. His survivors are his sister and brothers.

Mr. Pakledinaz had a long professional relationship with director Peter Sellars, with whom he worked at the Santa Fe Opera and performance venues in Paris, Spain and Salzburg, Austria.

He recently worked with director Stephen Wadsworth in his production of "The Bartered Bride", a joint effort of the Juilliard School and the Metropolitan Opera.

In 2002 Tony accepted the award for best costume for her work in "Millie," who drowned while Pakledinaz thanked "the three miles in my life" - from his mother and two mentors custom design, Theon V. Aldredge and Barbara Matera. Speaking of his profession, he said, "the suits have to say in a moment that the person is feeling, what was -. What changes are taking place"

Patti LuPone, who worked with Mr. Pakledinaz many times, most recently in the 2008 revival of "Gypsy", said the loss was profound theater. "Broadway is less talented," he said.
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Robert de La Rochefoucauld Dies at 88


Robert de La Rochefoucauld belonged to one of the oldest noble families in France. He was a descendant of Francois de La Rochefoucauld, author of a book-century classic of 17 maximum.

For 30 years he was mayor of Trézée-sur-Ouzou, an idyllic village on the canal of the Loire Valley, and use the noble title of Count.

But is particularly remembered as a brave and famous saboteur who fought for the honor of France in World War II as a secret agent with the British.

His exploits are legendary, involving a very eclectic collection of resources and tools to service sabotage and escape, including loaves of bread, a stolen limousine, not the leg of a table, a bike and a nun's habit, to mention the most successful spy devices such as parachuting, explosives and a submarine.

And perhaps corresponds to a man's adventures in wartime were carried out through the eyes of the public, the news of his death on May 8, Trézée-sur-Ouzou, emerged gradually, announced first by his family to Le Figaro newspaper in France and then returned in late June, the British press. He was 88.

Robert Jean-Marie de La Rochefoucauld (pronounced foo-to-Roash Council of Europe), was born September 16, 1923, in Paris, one of 10 children of a family living in a fashionable area of ??the Eiffel Tower. He attended private schools in Switzerland and Austria, and, at the age of 15 years, has received a slap on the cheek by Hitler in his class to visit the Alpine retreat of Berchtesgaden, the British newspaper The Telegraph.

Two years later, Hitler's army invaded France, and the father of M. the Rochefoucauld was taken prisoner. M. the Rochefoucauld became a follower of Charles de Gaulle, who was the editor Free French forces in England, and one day an employee of the emails warned that a letter had been denounced to the Gestapo.

With the help of the French resistance, he took a pen and fled to Spain in 1942 with two British airmen who were also being slaughtered by metro. I was hoping to go to England and link up with the movement of De Gaulle.

The Spanish authorities were interned three men, but the British secured their freedom and were so impressed with the enterprising M. de La Rochefoucauld who asked him to join the Directorate of Special Operations, the unit secret known as SOE, the Prime Minister Winston Churchill created in 1940, in his words, "put Europe in flames," in collaboration with the resistance groups on the continent occupied by the Germans.

M. the Rochefoucauld was an advantage for the British in another way. As its ambassador in Spain, said, according to the Telegraph: "The courage and skills of British agents is unmatched 's just that his French accent is terrible. ".

The British flew Mr. de la Rochefoucauld in England to train to jump from airplanes, to blow up the explosives and kill a man faster using only their hands.

He parachuted to France in June 1943. There, he destroyed an electrical substation and railroad tracks were flown at Avallon, but was captured and sentenced to death by the Nazis.

While being taken to execution, he jumped from the back of the truck of his captors, dodged bullets, and then ran through the streets near the edge of the settlement of a headquarters Germany, where he realized a limousine flying the flag with the swastika, its driver Near there, the keys in the ignition.

He entered the car and then took a train to Paris, hidden in one of their bathrooms.

"When we arrived in Paris, I felt drunk with freedom," the Telegraph quoted the saying.

The S.O.E. he later evacuated to England with a submarine, but in May 1944 was parachuted in France. Dressed as a workman, he was smuggling explosives in a huge German munitions factory near Bordeaux, hidden in hollowed bread loaves.

It was launched on 20 May explosives and fled on a bicycle, but was captured by the Germans once again.

In his cell, he pretended an attack of epilepsy, and when a guard opened the door of M. de La Rochefoucauld hit him in the head with a table leg and then broke his neck.

He took the guard's uniform and gun, fired two more guards, and escaped and contacted an employee of the French Resistance, the sister was a nun. He wore the dress and went quietly to the house of a senior official, who was hiding.

The S.O.E. disbanded in 1946. As a military officer in the war with France, Mr. de la Rochefoucauld troops trained in the French war in Indochina, the Suez campaign, when France joined Britain and Israel against Egypt for control of the Suez Canal. Later, followed by international business companies.

M. the Rochefoucauld is survived by his wife, Bernadette, his son, Jean, and their daughters, Astrid, Constance and Hortensia, according to The Independent in Britain.

M. Rochefoucauld was the mayor-sur-Ouzou Trézée 1966-1996. His memoirs, "La Liberté C'est Mon Plaisir, 1940-1946" was published in 2002.

In 1997 he pleaded on behalf of Maurice Papon, French exfuncionari wartime collaborationist Vichy government, which had been tried on the charge of the deportation of Jews from France were sent to Nazi death camps. M. the Rochefoucauld told the court that Mr. Papon had risked their lives to help the resistance and the allies.

Mr. Papon was convicted of complicity in Nazi crimes against humanity but fled to Switzerland while appealing. It was arrested at a hotel in Gstaad, where he was registered as Robert Rochefoucauld. One of Mr. Papon's lawyers later said that Mr. de La Rochefoucauld gave his passport to Mr. Papon.

Mr. Papon was returned to France and has less than three years of his sentence before being released. He died in 2007.

M. Rochefoucauld was a knight of the French Legion of Honour and a recipient of the Medal of the French Resistance, and was decorated for his bravery by the British. At his death, is believed to have been one of the last French life SOE Churchill
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Oscar Award Winner Ernest Borgnine dies at 95

Written By Temoor Hassan on Sunday, 8 July 2012 | 21:42


Ernest Borgnine seemed born to play the heavy when he burst onto the Hollywood scene as "Fats" Judson, a sadistic stockade sergeant who brutally beat to death a private in the 1953 film "From Here to Eternity. "

However, two years later came the starring role in "Marty," Borgnine on the stocky, toothless challenged the encasellament and has been recognized as a versatile actor who inhabit the one butcher in the Bronx the search for love.

After a long career spent in seven to ten years in film and television, including the easy villains and representations in a serious role in the comedy television series of 1960 "McHale's Navy" and a lot of pieces his grandfather.

Borgnine, who won an Oscar for her performance in "Marty," died Sunday of apparent renal failure in hospital Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his publicist for a long time, Harry Flynn. He was 95 years.

The role alongside Frank Sinatra in "From Here to Eternity," based on the bestselling novel of military life that represents James Jones in Hawaii before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Borgnine moved to the top of the bad of the film in movies like "True Cross" and "Bad Day at Black Rock."

He left behind expectations in "Marty," the 1955 film version of the original game series on a Paddy Chayefsky television butcher sensitive Italian American bachelor who yearns for something more than hanging out with friends Saturday night.

"Well, I waddaya do tonight?" Marty's best friend, Angie, played by Joe Mantell, asks in return is often quoted in the film.

"I do not know, Ang, Wadden you want to do?" Marty replies.

Borgnine sensitive portrait of the self-described as "bad fat", not only earned him an Oscar for best actor, but the film also won Oscars for Chayefsky and director Delbert Mann, the Oscar for Best film.

In a film career began in 1951, Borgnine has appeared in over 115 films, including "Johnny Guitar," "Demetrius and the Gladiators," "The Flight of the Phoenix", "The Oscar", "The Dirty Dozen "" The Wild Bunch "," Willard "," The Adventure of Poseidon "and" The Emperor of the North ".

Between 1962 and 1966, played the leading role in the ABC comedy "McHale's Navy." Since the breakup of a captain regulation torpedo boat in the South Pacific during WWII, Borgnine was constantly frustrated pitted against Captain Binghamton (played by Joe Flynn). Tim Conway McHale played bumbling companion, the lieutenant Charles Parker.

Born Ermes Effron Borgnino in Hamden, Connecticut, January 24, 1917, Borgnine was the son of Italian immigrants.

His parents separated when he was two years old, and his mother took him to live in Italy, returning after several years.

Borgnine graduated from New Haven High School in 1935, then worked a couple of weeks as a vegetable truck driver before enlisting in the Navy as an apprentice seaman.

He was discharged two months before the Pearl Harbor attack, and quickly returned to soldier. He spent the war as a gunner mate on a destroyer.

After his discharge, Borgnine returned home, not knowing what was going to do.

Finally, the mother suggested she give it a good shot. After all, he said, "You're always making a fool in front of people."

After six months of study at the Randall School of Dramatic Art in Hartford, Connecticut, the GI Bill, Borgnine got a job in the theater exchange in Abingdon, Virginia, working backstage before finally landing a $ 30 a week acting in place of street theater company.

"We conducted 14 exhibitions in our heads all the time," said columnist Hedda Hopper of Hollywood in 1956. "We have gone from 'John Loves Mary" in "Much Ado About Nothing" -. What kind of theater training school is fine, but the road is where you learn "
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Visual Artist & Dancer Frances Alenikoff Dies at 91


Frances Alenikoff, a dancer, choreographer and visual artist, this benefit is often closely linked with the movement of the slides, films, talking, singing and recordings, died on June 23 in Southampton, New York for 91 years.

His daughter, Francesca Rheannon, confirmed the death.

Ms. Alenikoff, during his professional heyday, he worked mainly in New York City, has been an active participant in the artistic ferment and around the loft in Soho, and after mid-century.

Since 1950 his work began to take on aspects of what is now called multimedia performances, using slides and to add color and music for dancing feet.

He founded and directed two dance companies. First, the Theatre Dance and Song Aviv, began in 1959. Specializing in dance Israeli jasídico, Russia and Africa, the Carib, has been made in the black schools segregated south, 92 Street Y in New York, Broadway, musical revue Josephine Baker in 1964.

Ms. Alenikoff second company, Frances Alenikoff Dance Theater, founded in mid 1970. Focused on dance as a means of changing forms of theater, which increases the work of the dancers on stage with a series of images and sounds.

His interest in creating these multimedia works, Ms. Alenikoff often said, was rooted in his fascination with the imperative form - including body movement, the appearance of the images, counterpoint and rhythm the spoken dialogue of the texture by hand.

Among his best known works are two solo pieces as a choreographer danced: "In no way," conducted under the direction of the avant-garde poet Armand Schwerner, and "Re-remembering", created the Mrs. Alenikoff of 70 years after recovering from a potentially fatal attack of babesiosis, a tick disease.

In recent years, working from home in East Hampton, Long Island, Mrs. Alenikoff was also a visual artist, producing paintings and collages, which was full of color and form.

The daughter of Jack Clement Lipman and the former Ruth Alper, Frances Lipman was born in Queens August 20, 1920, and grew up in Manhattan. His mother was a dancer who later helped to introduce yoga in Hollywood.

Frances has a degree in art and psychology at the University of Brooklyn. Later he studied African dance and Haiti, the drums and singing with Katherine Dunham, one of only a handful of white students to be accepted into the predominantly black school, Mrs. Dunham in New York.

First marriage of Mrs. Alenikoff, Jules Alenikoff, ended in divorce, as did his second, with Martin Freedman. He is survived by his daughter, Francesca, his relationship with Guido Teunissen, a grandson and a nephew.

His work has been the topic of "things that make up a choreography Journal," a documentary by Robert Machover.

Ms. Alenikoff continued dancing in public, until she was about 80 years. Reviews of their performances at the end of life sometimes noticed, was willing to pay, after a particularly high calcium, to inform the public exactly how old it was.
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Inventor of Electric Football Norman Sas dies at 87


Long before "Madden NFL" video games, there was a table called eccentric toy electric football.

Surely you remember the metal tone. Two teams of 11 soccer players plastic standing on a rectangular base with spikes on the bottom side and a knob.

At the beginning of each game, man "coach" sets players in the desired position and placed the ball in the hands of a. A change occurs, the football field vibrates and moves to the players, often violently in all directions. Sometimes, the player with the ball "turns" in the light of day.

Norman Sas invented the electric football in 1948 and introduced a year later. But it was not until 1967, when he signed a contract with NFL Properties, the licensing division soccer championship for the product, plastic men represented current NFL teams and football really took off electric .

Sas, of 87 years, died June 28 at his home in Vero Beach, Florida, after a stroke, was "one of the true innovators of the land of the toy," said Chris Byrne, content director of timetoplaymag.com, a toy review site.

"Who would have thought that a vibrating metal plate that awakens the imagination of so many children?" Byrne said, adding that the "chaos and unpredictability" of the movements of soccer players gave their electrical magic.

Born in New York in 1925, Anders Norman Sas received a degree in mechanical engineering and business economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before and after serving in the Navy during World War II. He became president of the company from his father, Elmer Metallic Products, New York, Tudor, in 1948.

Among its products were of toy musical instruments and an element of frugality was born of depression: a "budget of the Bank" for the classification of coins and banknotes.

The Norman 23 years old, lost no time leaving their mark. Inspired by a toy horse racing that was vibrant, electric football he came and quickly hit the market.

"The current enthusiasm for football chair strategists!" He said 1949 show in New York while promoting the game, available for $ 5.95 in a department store of A & S on Fulton Street in Brooklyn.

The title was screaming,'' men actually moved to New Electric Football Game! "

Electric football success was such that the Tudor Metal Products changed its name to the Tudor games. Other providers launched their version, but it was a game Sas', which received the approval NFL and landed in the Sears catalog.

In December 1971 Sports Illustrated story identified with grid electricity Soccer - then retail $ 9.95 to $ 14.95 - as the "best seller" among all NFL licensed products.

"For the first 10 years, we have generated more money for the Heritage of the NFL than anyone else," SAS said in a Washington Post article from 1999 in football electrical phenomenon. "Then the [video] games left, and this was the beginning of the end."

Sas retired in 1988 after the sale of Tudor Miggle Toys Toys and Games. He moved to Alpine, New Jersey, in Vero Beach, Florida, 15 years ago. Survivors are his wife of 62 years, Irene, two daughters and seven grandchildren.

About electric football, still smoking and vibrant in this era of video and electronic toys, and there are national competitions sponsored by soccer coaches miniature Assn., A group of fans.

Toys Miggle Electric Football was doing it in February Miggle was bought by a toy manufacturer in Seattle Ballpark Ballpark Classics Inc. restore the name of the company SAS, Tudor Games - a reference to the importance Electric Football agree.

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