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Gloria Winters, American actress (The Life of Riley, Sky King), died from complications from pneumonia she was, 78

Gloria Winters  was an actress most noted for playing the niece  died from complications from pneumonia  she was, 78, Penny King, in the 1950s-1960s American television series Sky King.[2]

(November 28, 1931 or 1932 [sources differ],[1] Los Angeles, California – August 14, 2010, Vista, California)


Early life and career

Gloria Winters grew up in California's San Fernando Valley, in the Los Angeles area, but later moved to Hollywood with her family.[3] A child actor, she made her debut, she said in a mid-2000s radio interview, "when I was about 5," with a small role in a Shirley Temple movie. "I came running out to Shirley Temple, and she was supposed to help me, like I had just gone to the little girls' room."[3] (Once source says she had appeared as a baby in the 1932 Carole Lombard film Virtue.)[4]
Winters went on to a Pete Smith movie short, in a scene of her coming down a slide to the grass, where a black Scottie dog licked her face, and she also appeared in an Our Gang feature.[3] She performed onstage, and took tap dance classes, and in the late 1940s and early 1950s began being cast in Western films such as Driftwood (1947) and El Paso (1949), and in such TV series as The Lone Ranger and The Range Rider.[3] Her roughly 20 movies. mostly Westerns, include The Lawless (1950)[4] and Gambling House (1950).[3]
She broke into television playing daughter Babs Riley in the first season of the sitcom The Life of Riley (1949 to 1950), starring Jackie Gleason and Rosemary DeCamp. The show then switched networks and was recast.

Sky King

Winters' signature role was in the children's television series Sky King, starring Kirby Grant as rancher and pilot Schuyler "Sky" King in contemporary Arizona. Winters played the blond, baby-faced, perky but earnest and helpful teenage niece, Penny King, who lived with him at the Flying Crown Ranch and often became involved in her uncle's adventures.[1] She played the role in 72 episodes from 1952 to 1959. Ron Hagerthy, who is the same age as Winters, appeared in 19 episodes during 1952 as Sky King's nephew, Clipper King.[citation needed] Sky King, which ran on NBC and ABC,[2] was filmed in 1951-1952 and from 1955 through at least 1959, as sponsors changed.[citation needed] It ran thereafter in syndication, but the actors received no residuals.[citation needed]
During the show's run, she and star Grant performed as a song-and-dance team as headliners on the state fair circuit. Winters recalled a Texas State Fair in which the two signed autographs, and finding astronauts Gus Grissom, Pete Conrad, Alan Shepard and Wally Schirra on line with their children.[3] As noted by the magazine publisher Airport Journals, the series Sky King inspired a number of youngsters to take up flying when they became older.[3]
Winters married Dean Stevens Vernon (1926–2001),[5] a sound engineer on Sky King,[2] and gave up acting following a 1960 appearance on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.[4]
In the interim, Winters had guest roles in series including Death Valley Days, The Jack Benny Show, and Richard Diamond, Private Detective;[4] Racket Squad;[1] The Gene Autry Show, where she made her singing debut in the 1951 episode "Warning! Danger!", The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, Brave Eagle, Four Star Playhouse, General Electric Theater, Frontier Doctor, Judge Roy Bean (in the episode "Four Ladies from Laredo"), The Roy Rogers Show, Sheriff of Cochise, and Stories of the Century.[3]
During this time, she also appeared in movies including Hold That Line (1952), starring the Bowery Boys, and She Couldn't Say No.[3]

Later life

In 1964, Winters wrote Penny's Guide to Teen-Age Charm and Popularity (Prentice Hall), an etiquette book aimed at young girls, which inspired the alternative rock band Nada Surf's 1996 song and video "Popular."[1] As well, Jimmy Buffett's song "Pencil Thin Mustache" contains a reminiscence of being about "bucktoothed and skinny ... writin' fan letters to Sky's niece Penny."[3]
When her husband retired, the two moved to Vista, California.[3] He died in 2001. Winters died of complications from pneumonia at her home on August 14, 2010.[6] She was survived by her sister-in-law Phyllis DeCinces, and was buried alongside her husband at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California.[6]


In 2002, she was awarded the Motion Picture & Television Fund's Golden Boot Award for her work in Western films and television programs.[7]

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Lance Cade American professional wrestler, died from heart failure he was , 29,

Lance Kurtis McNaught[4][2] [4][9] was an American professional wrestler died from heart failure he was , 29. He was best known for his time in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where he performed under the ring names Garrison Cade and Lance Cade.

After being trained by Shawn Michaels, Cade made his debut in 1999, and worked in Japan before being signed to a developmental contract by WWE. He was assigned to Memphis Championship Wrestling, and later Heartland Wrestling Association, before ending up in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in 2003. In OVW, he formed a tag team with Mark Jindrak, and they were promoted to the Raw brand in June 2003. In 2004 the team split up, and Cade took time off after a knee injury, before returning to Raw with a new tag partner in Trevor Murdoch. The pair teamed together for almost three years, before they broke up in May 2008. Cade then entered a storyline with Chris Jericho and Michaels, however, he was released on October 14, 2008.
Cade was a three-time World Tag Team Champion with Murdoch in WWE, and has also held the HWA Heavyweight Championship and HWA Tag Team Championship with both Steve Bradley and Mike Sanders. He was a former one-time TWA Television Champion in the Texas Wrestling Alliance.

(March 2, 1981 – August 13, 2010)


Cade started his wrestling career by becoming a student of Shawn Michaels at the Shawn Michaels Wrestling Academy in San Antonio, Texas in 1999.[1][10][8]


Cade and fellow wrestler Bryan Danielson went to Japan on December 1, 1999. They competed in Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW).[10][11] Cade and Danielson worked as a tag team for a while before they went their separate ways; Cade stayed in FMW and faced off against Extreme Championship Wrestling wrestler Balls Mahoney in tag team matches and a three way dance against another FMW wrestler. Cade left FMW after he was defeated by Mahoney in a three way dance on February 25, 2000, also involving Crazy Boy.[12]

Heartland Wrestling Association (2001–2002)

After Cade signed with the WWF, he was sent to Memphis Championship Wrestling in 2001.[13] During the summer of that same year, he was moved to Les Thatcher's Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA).[10] Cade quickly formed a tag-team with Surfer Cody Hawk, but the team split after only a few months when Cade joined the World Championship Wrestling camp in HWA's Invasion angle.[13] Cade aligned with Mike Sanders, a former WCW wrestler.[13] The downfall of the team came on February 13, 2002, when Lance Cade and Mike Sanders defeated Val Venis and Steve Bradley to win the HWA Tag-Team titles.[14] Cade and Sanders broke up that very day, and the titles were vacated.[13][14] The next week, Cade faced Sanders and defeated him in a singles match, giving Cade the belts.[14] Cade then chose Steve Bradley to be his new partner.[14] However, Cade and Bradley had problems defeating WWF competition, as Hugh Morrus and Raven defeated on March 12, 2002 for the titles.[14] Cade and Bradley, however, won the HWA Tag Titles three days later.[14]
In April 2002, Cade's first HWA tag-team partner returned, as Cody Hawk and the Ice Cream Man defeated Cade and Bradley for the tag-team titles.[13] Cade and Bradley tried for the next month to get the titles back, even winning a tag team championship contendership match to get another shot, but never managed to get the titles back.[13] On May 19, 2002, Cade defeated Johnny the Bull to become the HWA Heavyweight Champion.[15] Cade defended the title for 2 months before Johnny the Bull won the title back on July 20.[15] On the same night, however, Cade defeated Johnny in a second match, becoming the 2-time Heavyweight Champion.[15] This reign lasted only one day, as Cade, lost his title to Cody Hawk.[15]

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2003–2004)

During the summer of 2002, the HWA was dropped as a developmental territory by WWE, but Cade was transferred over to WWE's main developmental company, Ohio Valley Wrestling when he signed a developmental contract in 2003.[10] Cade continued to search for a strong tag-team partner to work with. He found René Duprée and both joined Kenny Bolin's Bolin Services.[7][16] The two worked as a tag-team throughout most of their stay in OVW.
In the OVW Tag-Team Title Tournament contested in February/March 2003, Cade and Duprée defeated Matt Morgan and BJ Payne, but couldn't beat the Disciples of Synn in the finals.[17] Cade and Duprée had another shot at Spring Break-Out 2003, but the current champions at the time were WWE regulars The APA, and Cade and Duprée couldn't overcome the odds.[17] Mark Jindrak later joined Bolin Services. Duprée appeared in WWE only a few weeks after their title shot. Cade continued tagging with Mark Jindrak, but was promoted to the Raw brand in June 2003 under the name, Garrison Cade.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2003–2008)

Cade slaps opponent Shelton Benjamin prior to a match.
Cade debuted on an episode of Sunday Night Heat against Lance Storm, who forced him to submit to the Sharpshooter. The next night on Raw, he faced Storm in a re-match.[1] Stone Cold Steve Austin came out interrupted, chanting the word "Boring", and Storm became distracted, allowing Cade to sneak in and get the victory. Soon afterwards, Cade again found a tag-team partner, Mark Jindrak, to ally himself with, and began to challenge for the tag-team titles.[1][10] The belts were being held by former Cade ally René Duprée and his new partner Sylvain Grenier, a unit collectively known as La Résistance.
Over the next few months, Cade and Jindrak fought against many different teams, from La Resistance and the face gimmicks of the Dudley Boyz to battles against the top heels on Raw, Evolution. The duo also formed a semi-partnership with then babyface, Maven, helping each other out on occasion. Cade and Jindrak soon began to be known more for their cheating ways, however, rather than their abilities. This led them to turn heel and be entered into the Tag-Team Turmoil Match at Armageddon 2003 for the World Tag Team Titles.[18] They came in from the crowd when their turn hit and quickly rolled up The Hurricane to eliminate him and Rosey. Cade and Jindrak next faced a face gimmick of Lance Storm and Val Venis, and Cade tripped up Venis from the outside on a suplex attempt, then held onto Venis' legs while Jindrak made the pinfall. The next team to come down were the Dudley Boyz, who eventually took out Jindrak with the 3-D to eliminate the boys. The duo got some revenge, though, attacking the Dudleys after the match before leaving, making it harder for the Dudley Boyz to come out victorious (which they did not, losing at the end to then heels, Ric Flair and Batista).
Going into 2004, Cade and Jindrak continued to work together as a team, firmly entrenched in the mid-card ranks. The team got a win in March 2004, when they defeated Hurricane and Rosey to earn a shot at the World Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania XX. Cade and Jindrak entered a four-way tag match against the champions, then babyface, Booker T and Rob Van Dam, and the other two competing teams, La Résistance and the Dudley Boyz. Cade and Jindrak lost the match though, after Rob Van Dam pinned Rob Conway.[19]
After Jindrak was drafted to SmackDown, Cade briefly associated himself with Jonathan Coachman,[1] helping Coachman get a win over Tajiri at Backlash.[20] Cade later teamed up with Coachman at Vengeance to take on the debuting team of Rhyno and Tajiri. Cade and Coachman lost the match, and Cade was taken off WWE TV after an injury in July 2004.[21]

Return to Ohio Valley Wrestling (2005)

Cade was off WWE television for quite some time, due to the knee injury (which was said to be a dislocated knee). In 2005, Cade reappeared in Ohio Valley Wrestling as his former self, Lance Cade, shedding the ring rust. Cade sided with The Blueprint Matt Morgan and Vengeance against the OVW Heavyweight Champion Elijah Burke. In February 2005, Cade took on Burke in a $5,000 Bounty Match (Morgan had put a bounty on Burke's head), but was defeated.
Cade faded into the background for the next few weeks, eventually making his return to the ring at the June 3 OVW Summer Sizzler Series 2005 show, taking on Al Snow. While Cade brought his cowboy hat with him, Snow brought Head, routinely turning to the mannequin head for guidance. During the match, when Cade was knocked to the outside, Snow destroyed Cade's hat, stomping on it. This made the match more personal to Cade, but in the end, Snow knocked out Cade with Head, getting the victory. Later on that night, Cade interfered in the Brent Albright/Elijah Burke OVW Heavyweight Title match, with Cade attacking the champion, Albright. The two foes had a No Disqualification, Loser Must Tap Out Match at the OVW Summer Sizzler Series 2005 show on June 17, 2005. Cade tried to pin Albright early in the match. The ref did not allow it, causing a shoving match between the two. Later in the match, Albright got his Crowbar submission on Cade, but Cade escaped, then appeared to be leaving, with Albright chasing him down. Albright got the Crowbar applied on Cade again, right on the ramp. With nowhere to go, Cade was forced to tap, losing to Albright.

[edit] Teaming with Murdoch (2005–2008)

Cade (left) with his then tag team partner, Trevor Murdoch.
On August 22, 2005 a promo was shown on Raw showcasing a long haired Cade, who was soon to be returning with tag team partner Trevor Murdoch. The promo showed Cade and Murdoch portraying rednecks. Cade (who dropped the stage name Garrison and started to wrestle under his real first name) was playing the role of a smooth-talking cowboy, while Murdoch was depicted as an angry Southern trucker.
Cade and Murdoch debuted as a team on Raw on September 5, 2005.[3] They defeated the World Tag Team Champions, Hurricane and Rosey in a non-title match.[22] This earned them a World Tag Team title shot at Unforgiven 2005. During the title match, Murdoch delivered an elevated DDT on The Hurricane to the outside. The DDT caused Hurricane to suffer a kayfabe stinger. It also allowed Cade and Murdoch to defeat Hurricane and Rosey for the World Tag Team championships.[23] They defended against random teams on Raw for the next month before losing the titles to Kane and The Big Show at Taboo Tuesday.[24] After losing in a rematch the next night on Raw,[25] Cade and Murdoch began to be squashed by other tag teams, before wrestling singles matches.[26]
On the November 28 edition of Raw, it was announced that Cade and Murdoch had parted ways as a tag team.[27] The next week, Cade debuted with the gimmick of a "Refined Southern Gentleman," wearing new tights with rhinestones on them as well as his new jacket he wore to the ring. Cade was relegated to Heat, making very few appearances on Raw at the end of 2005. He had a chance to get into the 2006 Royal Rumble, competing with Rob Conway and Gregory Helms against the Big Show in a Second Chance Battle Royal. However, The Big Show won the spot in the Rumble.[28]
Eventually, the Cade and Murdoch tandem reformed as they were seen helping Chris Masters and Carlito attack Kane. On the April 14 edition of Heat, it was announced that Cade and Murdoch were reuniting as a tag team after Murdoch helped Cade defeat Goldust. Cade also debuted another slight change with wet hair and shorter tights with a design similar to when he was teaming with Murdoch. On the May 19 edition of Heat Cade and Murdoch officially reformed their tag team by facing and defeating Charlie Haas and Viscera.
Cade and Murdoch next entered a short-lived feud against D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels). It started when Cade and Murdoch ambushed Shawn Michaels and Triple H, before Triple H's match with Vince McMahon on the September 11 episode of Raw.[29] Cade and Murdoch continued to battle DX, until they were defeated in a street fight, ending the feud on October 9.[30]

Cade leaps to deliver a dropkick to Shelton Benjamin.
After biding much of their time on Raw's sister show Heat, Cade and Murdoch began a feud in April with World Tag Team Champions The Hardys, leading to their title match at Backlash 2007, which The Hardys won.[31] In the storyline, Cade and Murdoch suddenly gained a great deal of respect for The Hardys and began to praise their abilities.[32] The Hardys then began an alliance with Cade and Murdoch. Despite the alliance, Cade and Murdoch faced The Hardys in a rematch at Judgment Day which The Hardys won.[33] On the June 4 edition of Raw, Cade and Murdoch were given another shot at the World Tag Team Championship against The Hardys and were successful, becoming two time World Tag Team Champions.[34] When Cade made the pin on Jeff Hardy, Hardy's foot was on the ropes but was pushed off by Murdoch. After the match, when Matt Hardy argued with Cade and Murdoch, they attacked Matt and Jeff with the tag belts, becoming heels again. At Vengeance 2007, Cade and Murdoch defeated the Hardys to retain the gold after Cade pinned Jeff.[35] Cade along with Murdoch lost the titles at a house show on September 5 to Paul London and Brian Kendrick on a South Africa tour.[36] Later on, in that same tour, Cade and Murdoch won the titles back.[36] After 93 days, their third reign came to an end on December 10 at the Raw XV anniversary, when they lost the championship to the team of Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes.[5][37][38] On December 28, Cade separated his shoulder at a house show in Atlanta, and was inactive for the next month.[39] Cade made his return, teaming with Murdoch, on February 4, in a losing effort to Holly and Rhodes.[40]

[edit] Alliance with Chris Jericho (2008)

Late in April 2008, Murdoch began to develop a country singing gimmick.[41] On the May 12 edition of Raw, Cade turned on Murdoch following a "victory song," punching Murdoch in the face twice, ending the partnership.[42][43] The two faced off on the June 2, 2008 edition of Raw, with Cade getting the victory to end their feud.[44]
Cade formed an alliance with Chris Jericho on the June 16 airing of Raw when he assisted Jericho in laying out John Cena and Triple H.[45] In the following weeks, Cade began accompanying Jericho to the ring for his matches, becoming a protegé of sorts and aiding him in his feud with Shawn Michaels.[46] Cade claimed that, being a former protege of Michaels, he was not going to wait for him to turn on him like Michaels did several past partners.
At a Raw house show in early August, Cade suffered a broken nose in a match against Paul London, who was also busted open as a result of a botched move. Cade would return to in-ring action on Raw on September 22 in a handicap match with Jericho and John "Bradshaw" Layfield, defeating Michaels and Batista, with Cade pinning his former mentor. Michaels would then defeat Cade one-on-one in a no disqualification match on the October 6 episode, in what was Cade's last appearance.[5][47] On October 14, 2008, Cade was released from his WWE contract.[48] Jim Ross later stated that "he made a major league mistake while utilizing bad judgment" and that it was instrumental to his departure.[49] Ross referenced Cade having a seizure on a plane and needing emergency medical care as a part of this.[49]

Independent circuit and Japan (2008–2010)

Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch at NWA Showcase.
Less than a week after Cade's release, he began accepting bookings with Trevor Murdoch as a team on the independent circuit, including Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South as well as NWA Showcase.
Cade returned to Japan in December 2008 teaming with his former tag team partner René Duprée for Hustle on December 24 and 25. They appeared as masked wrestlers, Dyna and Might Sharpe, a parody of the Sharpe Brothers. The team defeated Tenyru and Koshinaka both nights. Five nights later they had their third and final match with Tenyru and Koshinaka and HUSTLEMANIA in a losing effort. Cade returned as "Cowboy" Cade, his former WWE character, on February 19 at Korukuen Hall to defeat the tag team of Tajiri and Akebono when Cade pinned Tajiri. On February 22, Cade defeated Akebono in a singles match in the main event of Hustle's debut show in Chiba, Japan.
Cade was scheduled to face NWA North American Heavyweight Champion Apollo in an NWA On Fire event on August 22, 2009, but was unable to attend due to a family emergency. He wrestled Trevor Murdoch at a World Stars of Wrestling event in September 2009.
In September 2009, Cade was re-signed by WWE, appearing in its developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling, but was released in April 2010 without returning to the main roster.[5] He later began wrestling for All Japan Pro Wrestling in June 2010, and at the time of his death had been scheduled to challenge for the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Championship.[50] [51]

Personal life

McNaught married Tanya R. Gonzalez on June 14, 2000, but got divorced on May 16, 2006.[52][53] He had two daughters, Natallye and Laryssa.[4] Cade remarried, and had a stepson name Brian.[4][50] He was the son-in-law of wrestler Black Gordman.[4] In January 2010, McNaught attended rehabilitation, and completed a 30-day program in February.[50]


McNaught died on August 13, 2010 of apparent heart failure in San Antonio, Texas.[5][9][6] McNaught's wife Tanya had noticed that Lance was not looking well in the week prior to his death, and he was taken to hospital on August 10 with difficulty breathing, but discharged himself the next day.[50]

In wrestling

Cade with his former tag team partner Trevor Murdoch as the World Tag Team Champions.

Championships and accomplishments

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Craig Van Tilbury, American guitarist and chess master, died of a heart attack he was , 53

Craig Van Tilbury  was an American guitarist and FIDE Chess Master, known musically for his touring and guest work with artists such as Steve Winwood, Barry Gibb, Joey Dee and the Starliters, The Young Rascals, and The Shirelles, died of a  heart attack he was , 53. He was a founder of the St. Croix band, Green Flash [1] and had played or substituted in several Tampa Bay area bands. He is best known in the world of chess for having played in 10 Chess Olympiads.[2]

(July 30, 1957 - August 13, 2010)


Van Tilbury was born on July 30, 1957 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Jack and Constance Van Tilbury.[3] The family later moved to Arlington, VA near Washington, D.C.. He developed an interest in rock and blues music at an early age and was inspired by guitarists such as Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page.[4]
In 1978, Van Tilbury moved to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands to establish residency and play chess competitively.[5] In 1984 he won a gold medal for the individual score on Board 1 in the Thessaloniki, Greece Olympiad. In 1977 he won the Washington, D.C., Open and also the Jamaican Open in 1981.[6] In recent years he played top board for the British Virgin Islands.
Van Tilbury had daughter Annabelle with long-time girlfriend and singer Annie Waddey in 2009.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Laurence Gardner, British writer and academic, lecturer on historical revisionism, died after a long illness he was , 67

Laurence Gardner was a writer and lecturer in the "alternative history" genre of research died after a long illness he was , 67.

(17 May 1943 – 12 August 2010)


Laurence Gardner's first book Bloodline of the Holy Grail was published in 1996. The book was serialized in the Daily Mail and a best seller.[1] He used his books to propose several theories, including a belief that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had married and had children, who's descendants included King Arthur and the House Of Stuart.[1] In Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark he claimed that the Ark of the Covenant was a machine for manufacturing "monatomic gold" - a supposed elixir which could be used to extend life.[2] His books also included theories about Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, The Holy Grail and proposed connections between Atenism and Judaism.

Gardner described himself as "Chevalier Labhran de Saint Germain", and "Presidential Attache to the European Council of Princes" also "Prior of the Celtic Churches Sacred Kindred of Saint Columbia".[3] He also claimed to be Jacobite Historiographer Royal of the Royal House of Stewart. He was a supporter of Michael Lafosse, in particular his claims to be descended from the House of Stuart, which Gardner claimed was descended from Jesus Christ.[4][5]
Historians and scholars regard him as a conspiracy theorist,[6] and treat his work as pseudohistory.[4] Michel Lafosse's claims have been dismissed. [7]
Laurence Gardner was also known in the United States for his radio phone-ins.[1]
It was announced on his personal website that he had died on 12 August 2010 after a prolonged illness.[8]

Personal life

Gardner was born in Hackney, London, he was married to Angela and they had one child together and two children from a previous marriage.[1] He was a stockbroker before taking up writing. Gardner was also an accomplished painter, working alone and with Canadian artist Peter Robson. [1]

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Edward Kean, American television writer (Howdy Doody), died from complications from emphysema he was 85

Edward George Kean  was an American television pioneer and writer who helped create The Howdy Doody Show and wrote over 2,000 episodes of the program died from complications from emphysema he was 85.

(28 October 1924 – 13 August 2010)

 Early years

Kean was born on 28 October 1924, in Manhattan. As a child, he started writing songs while at summer camp.[1] Kean served in the United States Navy during World War II and earned degrees from Columbia University and Cornell University.[2]

Howdy Doody

A song he wrote when he was in his 20s attracted the interest of Buffalo Bob Smith, then hosting a radio show, and Smith hired Kean as a writer. When Smith was invited by NBC in 1947 to create a television program for children, Kean came along to create "something that will keep the small fry intently absorbed, and out of possible mischief, for an hour" as he told Variety. The show debuted as Puppet Playhouse on December 27, 1947, as a Saturday morning program and was aired as a half-hour program five days each week at 5:30 PM from 1948 through 1956 on 200 television stations nationwide.[1]
Stephen Davis, a historian who wrote the 1987 book Say Kids! What Time Is It? that chronicled the history of The Howdy Doody Show, credited Kean with writing the show's theme song as the program's "chief writer, philosopher and theoretician". In his eight years with the show, he scripted "almost every line spoken and every note sung", created characters such as Clarabell the Clown and Princess Summerfall Winterspring, and conceived of Howdy Doody's 1948 run for President of the United States. Kean coined the word "kawabonga" as a greeting for the character Chief Thunderthud,[3] which was later adopted by surfers as "cowabunga"[3] and popularized by Snoopy, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Bart Simpson among others.[3]

Later years

Kean left the show in 1955 and went to work in the public relations field and as a stockbroker along with writing a newspaper column called The Consumer Madvocate for a number of years.[2] He was also a lounge pianist in Detroit and Miami.[1] Kean had previously scripted many of the Doody Dell comic books and children books and did further work for Dell (comics and books, both non-Doody) after leaving the show.[4]
A resident of West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, Kean died at age 85 on 13 August 2010, at a health care facility there due to emphysema.[2] He was survived by his wife, Vivian, as well as by a son, a stepdaughter, a stepson and seven grandchildren.[1]

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Richie Hayward, American drummer (Little Feat), liver cancerRichie Hayward American drummer (Little Feat), died from liver cancer he was , 64,

Richie Hayward [1][2] was a drummer best known as a founding member and drummer in the band Little Feat died from liver cancer he was , 64,. He performed with several bands and worked as a session player. Hayward also joined with friends in some small acting roles on television, which included an episode of F Troop.

(February 6, 1946 – August 12, 2010)

Early career

Hayward first appeared to the public as a member of a band based in Southern California. Before he joined Little Feat he was a member of the groups The Fraternity of Man, and then, The Factory, which was where he met the frontman of the band, Lowell George. The Factory portrayed the anachronistic Beatlesque band, the Bedbugs,[3] on the February 9, 1967 episode of the sitcom, F Troop.
In addition to his work with Little Feat, Hayward has recorded and performed with many other artists including: Joan Armatrading, Delaney Bramlett, Kim Carnes, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, James Cotton, The Doobie Brothers, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Arlo Guthrie, Jonny Lang, Nils Lofgren, Taj Mahal, Robert Palmer, Van Dyke Parks, Robert Plant, Paul Rodgers, Bob Seger, Carly Simon, Stephen Stills, Tom Waits, John Cale, Warren Zevon, Warren Haynes and Helen Watson.


In August 2009, Hayward announced that he had recently been diagnosed with liver cancer and would not be at work indefinitely. A benefit concert was organized, and a website created where fans unable to attend could donate towards his treatment costs. Hayward, who lived in Canada, did not have health insurance. While awaiting a liver transplant, Hayward died from complications of lung disease at a hospital in Victoria, British Columbia.[2][4][5] Little Feat drum technician Gabe Ford has been taking his place on drums since August 2009.
The day after his death Little Feat played a gig at Fairport's Cropredy Convention festival in Cropredy in the U.K and spoke of their sadness onstage finding themselves performing a spectacular set infront of 20,000 festival goers.

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