December 27, 2012
LONDON - Gerry Anderson, puppetry pioneer and British creator of the sci-fi hit "Thunderbirds" TV show, has died. He was 83. Anderson's television career launched in the 1950s. Once "Thunderbirds" aired in the 1960s, "Thunderbirds are go!" became a catchphrase for generations. It also introduced the use of "supermarionation" - a puppetry technique using thin wires to control marionettes. - ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 28, 2012
Gerry Anderson, 83, puppetry pioneer and British creator of the sci-fi hit Thunderbirds TV show, has died. Mr. Anderson's son Jamie said his father, who got a diagnosis of mixed dementia two years ago, died in his sleep Wednesday at a nursing home near Oxfordshire, England. Mr. Anderson's television career launched in the 1950s. Once Thunderbirds aired in the 1960s, "Thunderbirds are go!" became a catchphrase for generations. It also employed "supermarionation" - a puppetry technique using thin wires to control marionettes - and made sci-fi mainstream, according to Jamie Anderson.
July 9, 2011
Allan Eckert, 80, playwright of the outdoor drama, Tecumseh! , that has drawn millions to central Ohio since 1973, died Thursday at his home in Corona, Calif. The drama about the Shawnee leader, performed annually in Chillicothe, was adapted from Mr. Eckert's book The Frontiersmen . Mr. Eckert also wrote for the Emmy-winning Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom series. His children's book, Incident at Hawk's Hill , won a Newbery Honor award in 1972 and was made into a television movie by Walt Disney Productions.
July 5, 2012
Jim Drake, 83, an aeronautical engineer who helped design the X-15 rocket plane and the Tomahawk cruise missile and in his spare time created the Windsurfer, a surfboard with a sail that became synonymous with sailboarding, died June 19 at his home in Pfafftown, N.C. The cause was complications of pulmonary fibrosis. Mr. Drake was more Steve Jobs than Thomas Edison: The inventors S. Newman Darby and Peter Chilvers had already built early sailboards, but Mr. Drake's version, which he first built in his garage in Santa Monica, Calif., made windsurfing attractive to a mass market.
July 26, 2013
John Casablancas, 70, the brash upstart who transformed the modeling business when he founded the Elite agency and turned its young beauties - including Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bundchen, and Naomi Campbell - into celebrities, died Saturday in Rio de Janeiro. Mr. Casablancas, who lived in Miami, had cancer, said his executive assistant. When he ventured into the business in the early 1970s, the super-agents were Eileen Ford and Wilhemina Cooper, who took an old-school approach that included providing chaperones for their models and tucking them into bed at a reasonable hour.
February 16, 2013
William Watts Biggers, 85, co-creator of the cartoon Underdog, the mild-mannered shoeshine boy who turned into a caped superhero to rescue his girlfriend, Sweet Polly Purebred, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 10, at his Plymouth, Mass., home, said a family friend. He was working for the New York City advertising firm DFS when he accepted an assignment from the agency's largest client, General Mills, to create television cartoons to promote its breakfast cereals. The most famous was Underdog, which debuted in 1964 on NBC. After General Mills pulled out of the animation business, Mr. Biggers became vice president of promotion and creative services at NBC. He was also a novelist and writer.
November 1, 2011
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Tom Keith, 64, a longtime sound effects man who was the source of creaking doors, clucking chickens, and more on A Prairie Home Companion , died of a heart attack Sunday after collapsing at his home. Mr. Keith's death was announced Monday by Jon McTaggart, chief executive of Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media, which distributes Prairie Home . Prairie Home host Garrison Keillor remembered Mr. Keith as "one of radio's great clowns.
July 1, 2013
Gary David Goldberg, 68, who created the 1980s sitcom hit Family Ties and expanded into feature films, died June 22 of brain cancer in Montecito, Calif., the New York Times reported. Mr. Goldberg's TV successes also included the ABC comedy Spin City, which in 1996 reunited him with Family Ties breakout star Michael J. Fox. A more modest hit for Mr. Goldberg, yet much-acclaimed, was CBS's Brooklyn Bridge (1991-93). His films included Dad (1989), Bye Bye Love (1995)
September 21, 2011
Tom Wilson Sr., 80, creator of the hard-luck comic strip character Ziggy, died Friday of pneumonia at a Cincinnati hospital, his family said Monday. Tom Wilson Jr., who took over the comic in 1987, said his father had moved from Cleveland to a Cincinnati nursing home eight years ago to be near his family. Mr. Wilson was an artist at American Greetings card company in Cleveland for more than 35 years and first published Ziggy in a 1969 cartoon collection, "When You're Not Around.
March 23, 2012
Samuel L. Glazer, 89, co-owner of the company that revolutionized American mornings with the Mr. Coffee drip coffeemaker, died of complications from leukemia March 12 at the Cleveland Clinic. Mr. Glazer and his North American Systems business partner, Vincent Marotta Sr., hired engineers to develop an automatic drip coffeemaker for use at home. The company introduced the Mr. Coffee coffeemaker in 1972 to compete with older percolator and less-tasty instant coffee methods. Mr. Coffee became a huge success.