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.
June 13, 2016 |
ELMONT, N.Y. - Irad Ortiz Jr. was already among America's best young jockeys. His ride in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday won't do anything but cement that position and perhaps put him in the conversation for best of any age. Riding 16-1 Creator for the first time after the Arkansas Derby winner finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby, Ortiz quickly got the colt to the rail from his extreme outside-post position in the 13-horse field. He patiently moved the horse from 10th on the backstretch to sixth by the quarter pole.
June 14, 2016
ELMONT, N.Y. - When unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist finishes third in the Preakness after getting involved in an enervating pace duel and incredibly consistent Preakness winner Exaggerator finishes 11th in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, appreciation grows for what American Pharoah did last year by winning the first Triple Crown in 37 years. Either something goes wrong during a race or a horse hits the Triple Crown wall in the Belmont Stakes racing for the third time in 5 weeks, a concept completely foreign to top class American racehorses in the 21st century, or we get American Pharoah who manages to survive the Derby when he was at less than his best and dominate the final two legs with his speed, power and stamina.
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)