Posted 08 February 2006 - 10:08 AM
Posted 08 February 2006 - 12:43 PM
The Curious George guy died
Alan J. Shalleck, Collaborator on 'Curious George' books, films found dead; ''possible homicide"
Collaborator on 'Curious George' books, films found dead, covered with
garbage bags, in Boynton driveway
BY STEPHANIE SLATER, Palm Beach Post
BOYNTON BEACH - The bloodied body of a collaborator on the beloved
children's book series Curious George was found Tuesday morning covered
in black garbage bags in the driveway of his impeccably landscaped
Alan J. Shalleck's body lay in the driveway at 4295 King Theodore Drive
for at least 24 hours while neighbors passed by, assuming it was merely
a heap of trash.
Shalleck co-edited more than 28 Curious George books and helped write
and direct 104 film shorts. The mischievous monkey, created in 1939 by
Hans and Margret Rey, makes his big screen debut Friday in movie
Investigators, who received an anonymous 911 call around 8:40 a.m.,
said they are treating the case as a ''possible homicide.'' They would
not disclose details about how Shalleck, 76, died.
A Syracuse University drama major, Shalleck got his start in 1950 in
the CBS mailroom, working his way up to associate producer for Winky
Dink and You, a morning show during which kids drew on a plastic film
placed on the TV screen. He later produced children's films and formed
his own company.
Shalleck approached Margret Rey about bringing Curious George to film
''I got $500 per Curious George story, no royalties, no residuals,''
Shalleck told The Palm Beach Post in 1997.
But the experience of working with Margret Rey was the high point of
his life, he added.
In 1988, Shalleck produced a children's film, Pepito's Dream, in
conjunction with the United Nations. The story was about a little boy
who wanted to make a speech at the UN.
He also created Gramps, the persona he used when reading to children.
He created another company, Reading By GRAMPS, and made public
appearances at book stores and local events.
Posted 08 February 2006 - 02:21 PM
Posted 08 February 2006 - 03:57 PM
I wonder how many die on their birthday? I think Ingrid Bergman did also.
I bet about 1 out of 365. Just a guess though.
Posted 08 February 2006 - 04:38 PM
Posted 08 February 2006 - 04:57 PM
Died on their birthday:
John Banner - actor - Jan. 28 (1910-1973) - 63
María Félix - actress - April 8 (1914-2002) - 88
William Congdon - artist - April 15 (1912-1998) - 86
Ingrid Bergman - actress - Aug. 29 (1915-1982) - 67
Otto Kruger - actor - Sept. 6 (1885-1974) - 89
Posted 08 February 2006 - 05:44 PM
Posted 08 February 2006 - 10:00 PM
Posted 09 February 2006 - 10:47 AM
Posted 09 February 2006 - 01:10 PM
Ron Greenwood, who has died at the age of 84, established his reputation as manager of West Ham before he was suddenly elevated to England manager - where he helped to restore the country's pride.
Born in Burnley, Lancashire, he spent nearly the whole of his career in London, where his family moved when he was 10.
After leaving school, he became an apprentice signwriter, but rapidly experienced some marked changes in his life.
No sooner had he signed for Chelsea in 1940 than he was exchanging the club strip for an RAF uniform.
Most of Greenwood's playing career after the Second World War was spent with Chelsea, Brentford and Fulham.
After retiring as a player, Greenwood was in charge of the England youth team, before he combined the roles of Arsenal first-team coach and England Under-23s manager.
In April 1961, he was appointed manager of West Ham. He spent 16 years there, taking the Hammers to FA Cup glory in 1964, beating Preston North End.
They added another honour a year later by beating TSV Munich in the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup.
Generally, West Ham's performance in the League was not as impressive during Greenwood's reign, with sixth in 1972-73 the highest placing.
But he was an intelligent, thoughtful coach, who preached simplicity but also instilled skill and enterprise among his players.
He nurtured the talents of West Ham's famous World Cup-winning trio of Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.
Greenwood was credited with converting Hurst from a journeyman left-half into one of the world's most feared strikers.
He also helped to develop the ability of Trevor Brooking.
Quiet and methodical, Greenwood could also be tough, as he demonstrated in an incident involving Bobby Moore, five years after the legendary defender led England to World Cup glory.
It was only the intervention of the West Ham board that stopped Greenwood from transfer-listing Moore and stripping him of the captaincy after late-night drinking before an infamous Cup defeat at Blackpool.
Greenwood's outstanding coaching ability was recognised at the highest level in 1977, when he was appointed as England manager.
There was no England side in the 1978 World Cup finals, and next time round, they had to beat Hungary in Budapest to reach the final stages in Spain. They managed it 3-1.
But as several others were to discover, managing England was not easy. Too often England lost when they should not have done, and Greenwood got the blame.
Neither with West Ham nor with England did Ron Greenwood enjoy a particularly warm relationship with his players, and was regarded by some as distant and aloof.
But he believed the manager should not be one of the boys and should be firmly in charge.
If Ron Greenwood often did not enjoy the affection of players, he invariably commanded their respect.
Story from BBC SPORT:
Posted 09 February 2006 - 06:04 PM
Posted 10 February 2006 - 09:46 AM
and Louise Jefferson's white neighbor in the long-running TV sitcom
"The Jeffersons," has died, his publicist said Thursday. He was 77.
Cover died of pneumonia Sunday at the Lillian Booth Actor's Fund of
America home in Englewood, N.J., said publicist Dale Olson. He had been
living at the home since December 2005 while recuperating from a heart
In his nearly six decades in show business, Cover made numerous
appearances on television shows, including "The Jackie Gleason Show,"
"All in the Family," "Who's the Boss?" "Will & Grace," "Living Single,"
"Mad About You" and "ER."
He began his career on the stage, appearing in Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
and "Henry IV," and later in numerous Broadway productions, including
"Any Wednesday," "Wild Honey and "Born Yesterday."
But Cover was best known for his role as Tom Willis, who was in an
interracial marriage with a black woman, in "The Jeffersons."
He and his wife lived in the same "deluxe apartment building" that
Sherman Hemsley moved his family to after making money in the
dry-cleaning business. There, Cover often played a comic foil to
Hemsley's blustering, opinionated black businessman. The show ran from
1975 to 1985.
Cover also appeared in several films, including "The Great Gatsby,"
"The Stepford Wives" and "Wall Street."
He is survived by his widow, Mary, a son and a daughter.
Posted 10 February 2006 - 10:55 AM
Posted 10 February 2006 - 04:52 PM
Posted 10 February 2006 - 05:33 PM
Wow...I had totally forgotten about Nafisa Joseph. Thanks for the reminder.
No problem. She hasn't been in the news for a while. But back in the day..sheesh.
Anyway back to the Dead Thread already in progress...
SAN FRANCISCO - Dr. Norman Shumway, the first surgeon to perform a heart transplant operation in the United States, died Friday of lung cancer, a spokeswoman at Stanford University said. He was 83.
Shumway completed the first successful U.S. adult heart transplant in 1968.
He may be best known for continuing with transplant research as many others quit during the 1970s, discouraged that most recipients died soon after their operations because of organ rejection or infections.
Shumway stuck with it and built a large transplant research team at Stanford that found ways to overcome transplant rejection problems.
He developed tests that enabled the use of smaller doses of dangerous rejection drugs and was one of the first transplant surgeons to begin using the safer rejection drug cyclosporine.
Ultimately, Shumway dramatically improved survival rates for transplant recipients.
Posted 10 February 2006 - 06:07 PM