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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Roger Christian, American Olympic gold medal-winning (1960) ice hockey player, died he was 75.

Roger Allen Christian was an American professional ice hockey player died he was 75..

(December 1, 1935 – November 9, 2011)

Born in Warroad, Minnesota, Christian played for the American 1960 Winter Olympics and 1964 Winter Olympics ice hockey teams, winning a gold medal in 1960. He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989. He was also a co-founder of Christian Brother's Hockey Sticks, along with his brother Bill Christian and brother-in-law Hal Bakke.
He died on November 9, 2011 in Grand Forks, North Dakota.[1]

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Wilfred G. Lambert, English historian and archaeologist, died he was 85.

Wilfred George Lambert FBA was a historian and archaeologist, a specialist in Assyriology and Near Eastern Archaeology died he was 85..

(26 February 1926 – 9 November 2011)

Early life

Lambert was born in Birmingham, and, having won a scholarship, he was educated at King Edward’s School, Birmingham. He obtained two degrees, in Classics and Oriental Languages, at Christ's College, University of Cambridge.[1]

Academic career

Lambert taught and researched at the University of Birmingham for thirty years, during which period he made weekly trips to work on deciphering cuneiform tablets in the British Museum. After retirement he worked with the Museum on their Catalogue of the Western Asiatic Seals Project, dealing with the inscriptions on the seals.[2] In January 2010 Professor Lambert and Dr Irving Finkel identified pieces from a cuneiform tablet that was inscribed with the same text as the Cyrus Cylinder.[3]
Lambert was an external consultant for the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary.[4][5] His work, 'Introduction: the transmission of the literary and scholarly texts', in Cuneiform Texts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art II: Literary and scholastic texts of the first millennium BC, was used as background material for the The Higher Education Academy's project, Knowledge and Power in the Neo-Assyrian Empire.[6] He was also noted for his new discoveries in relation to the Gilgamesh text.[7]

Personal life

Lambert was a Christadelphian, and a conscientious objector. From 1944 he worked in a horticultural nursery north of Birmingham in lieu of military service and supervised Italian prisoners of war in their work.[8] Later, in his spare time, he was editor of one of his church's quarterly magazines.[9]

Appointments and Memberships

Lambert was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1971. He was also a presenting member of the Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (International Congress of Assyriology and Near Eastern Archaeology).


This is a partial bibliography:


  • Morals in ancient Mesopotamia Jaarbericht 15. Ex Oriente Lux. (1957–58) pp184–196.
  • Babylonian Wisdom Literature 1960. (221.849.2 L222)
  • A new Babylonian Theogony and Hesiod W. G. Lambert and Peter Walcot (1931–2009). Kadmos 4 (1965) pp64–72.
  • Ancient Near Eastern seals in Birmingham Collections (1966)
  • Atra-Hasis: The Babylonian Story of the Flood by W. G. Lambert, A. R. Millard, and Miguel Civil. (Oxford 1969).
  • Catalogue of the Cuneiform Tablets in the Kouyunjik Collection of the British Museum (Jan. 1992)
  • Art of the Eastern World by Geza Fehérvári, W. G. Lambert, Ralph H. Pinder-Wilson, and Marian Wenzel (1996)
  • The Qualifications of Babylonian Diviners W.G. Lambert in Festschrift für Rykle Borger (1998).
  • Cuneiform Texts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Volume II: Literary and Scholastic Texts of the First Millennium BC edited by Ira Spar and W. G. Lambert. (2005)
  • Babylonian Oracle Questions Eisenbrauns, 2007 (ISBN 9781575061368)

In honour of

  • Wisdom, Gods and literature: studies in Assyriology in honour of W.G. Lambert By Wilfred G. Lambert, A. R. George, Irving L. Finkel 2002 462pp

Conference papers

  • Babylonian Siege Equipment. 52e Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale. Krieg und Frieden im Alten Vorderasien, Münster, 17–21 July 2006[10]

Book Reviews

  • Review of Erica Reiner Astral Magic in Babylonia in The Journal of the American Oriental Society 1999
  • Review of Charles Penglase Greek Myths and Mesopotamia: Parallels and Influence in the Homeric Hymns and Hesiod. 1997 in The Journal of the American Oriental Society

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Har Gobind Khorana, Indian-born American biochemist, Nobel laureate (1968), natural causes he was 89.

Har Gobind Khorana also known as Hargobind Khorana was a biochemist who shared the 1968 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Marshall W. Nirenberg and Robert W. Holley for research that helped to show how the nucleotides in nucleic acids, which carry the genetic code of the cell, control the cell’s synthesis of proteins. Khorana and Nirenberg were also awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University in the same year natural causes he was 89..[4]
He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1966,[1] and subsequently received the National Medal of Science. He served as MIT's Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Biology and Chemistry, Emeritus[5] and was a member of the Board of Scientific Governors at The Scripps Research Institute.

(January 9, 1922 – November 9, 2011)[2][3] 

Early life and education

Khorana was born to Hindu[6] parents in Raipur village in West Punjab, British India, currently Pakistan.[7][8] His father was the village "patwari" (or taxation official). He was home schooled by his father until high school. He earned his B.Sc from Punjab University, Lahore, in 1943, and his M.Sc from Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan in 1945. In 1945, he began studying at the University of Liverpool. After earning a Ph.D in 1948, he continued his postdoctoral studies in Zürich (1948–1949). Subsequently, he spent two years at Cambridge University. In 1952 he went to the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and in 1960 moved to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 1970 Khorana became the Alfred Sloan Professor of Biology and Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he worked until retiring in 2007. [9]
Khorana married Esther Elizabeth Sibler, of Swiss origin, in 1952.[10] They had three children: Julia Elizabeth (born May 4, 1953), Emily Anne (born October 18, 1954; died 1979), and Dave Roy (born July 26, 1958).[10]

Research work

Ribonucleic acid (RNA) with three repeating units (UCUCUCU → UCU CUC UCU) produced two alternating amino acids. This, combined with the Nirenberg and Leder experiment, showed that UCU codes for Serine and CUC codes for Leucine. RNAs with three repeating units (UACUACUA → UAC UAC UAC, or ACU ACU ACU, or CUA CUA CUA) produced three different strings of amino acids. RNAs with four repeating units including UAG, UAA, or UGA, produced only dipeptides and tripeptides thus revealing that UAG, UAA and UGA are stop codons.[citation needed]
With this, Khorana and his team had established that the mother of all codes, the biological language common to all living organisms, is spelled out in three-letter words: each set of three nucleotides codes for a specific amino acid. Their Nobel lecture was delivered on December 12, 1968.[11] Khorana was the first scientist to synthesize oligonucleotides. [12]

Subsequent research

He extended the above to long DNA Polymers using non-aqueous chemistry and assembled these into the first synthetic gene, using polymerase and ligase enzymes that link pieces of DNA together.[13] as well as methods that anticipated the invention of PCR.[14] These custom-designed pieces of artificial genes are widely used in biology labs for sequencing, cloning and engineering new plants and animals. This invention of Khorana has become automated and commercialized so that anyone now can order a synthetic gene from any of a number of companies. One merely needs to send the genetic sequence to one of the companies to receive an oligonucleotide with the desired sequence.
His lab has since mid 1970s [15] studied the biochemistry of the membrane protein bacteriorhodopsin responsible for converting photon energy into proton gradient energy and most recently studying the structural related visual pigment rhodopsin.[16]


The University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Government of India (DBT Department of Biotechnology), and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum jointly created the Khorana Program in 2007. The mission of the Khorana Program is to build a seamless community of scientists, industrialists, and social entrepreneurs in the United States and India.
The program is focused on three objectives: Providing graduate and undergraduate students with a transformative research experience, engaging partners in rural development and food security, and facilitating public-private partnerships between the U.S. and India. In 2009, Khorana was hosted by the Khorana Program and honored at the 33rd Steenbock Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin.[citation needed]


Khorana died of natural causes on November 9, 2011 in Concord, Massachusetts, aged 89.[17] A widower, he was survived by his children Julia and Dave.[18]

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Shmuel Ben-Artzi, Israeli writer, father-in-law of Benjamin Netanyahu, died he was 96..

Shmuel Ben-Artzi was an Israeli writer, poet and educator. Ben-Artzi was also the father in-law of the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu died he was 96...

(Hebrew: שמואל בן ארצי‎; December 31, 1914 – November 9, 2011) 


Ben-Artzi was born Samuel Han on December 31, 1914, in Biłgoraj, Russian Empire (nowadays located in Poland). Growing up Ben-Artzi learned in a cheder and in a branch of the Novardok yeshiva in Mezhirichi. Later on in his life Ben-Artzi immortalized the world of the Novardok yeshiva in three of his books.
He made aliyah to Mandate Palestine in 1933 and began studying at the Beit Yosef yeshiva in Bnei Brak which was headed by Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky. After about a year he left the yeshiva and went to work as a farmer in groves of Bnei Brak and as an agricultural administrator in Netanya. In 1945 he served in the Irgun underground military group, and afterwards, from 1946 until 1948 in he served in the Jewish paramilitary organization Haganah, which soon afterwards became the core of the Israel Defense Forces.[1]
During the next several decades Ben-Artzi worked as a teacher, raised a family and earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in Bible, literature and Hebrew language from the University of Haifa. In addition, through the years Ben-Artzi also published several books, including poetry books, children's books and a novel.
Ben-Artzi began his career in teaching at 1946 in the school in Tiberias.[2] In 1950 he began teaching at Kibbutz Mahanayim. After two years the family moved to Kfar Hittim. Afterwards the family moved to Kiryat Tiv'on. From 1967 Ben-Artzi began teaching in a seminar for teachers at Nahalal, and afterwards he also worked as the school principal of this seminar for a decade.
After many years in which he lived a secular lifestyle, during his last years Ben-Artzi returned to maintain a religious lifestyle.
During 2010 Ben-Artzi helped his 15-year-old grandson Avner Netanyahu, prepare for the International Bible Contest, which Avner won.
During the last months of his life, after his health deteriorated, Ben-Artzi was cared for by Sara Netanyahu at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem.[3]
Ben-Artzi died at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem on November 9, 2011 at the age of 96.[4]

Personal life[5]

Ben-Artzi married Chava (née Paritzky), sixth generations in Jerusalem end a descendant of the Vilna Gaon's students. The couple had four children:
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Herbert S. Okun, 80, American diplomat, died he was 80.

Herbert Stuart Okun [1] was a United States Ambassador to East Germany (1980–1983) and the Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1985–1989) died he was 80.. He was a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, and after his retirement from the State Department he played a key role in unsuccessful efforts to halt the Balkan wars in the early 1990s.

(November 27, 1930 – November 8, 2011)

Born in Brooklyn, Okun earned his A.B. in history from Stanford University in 1951, and his Master of Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1959. His father, a Jewish immigrant from Minsk, became a wholesale vegetable vendor in New York.
Okun decided to become a diplomat at 16 after reading 1947 Foreign Affairs article in which scholar George F. Kennan (writing under the pseudonym "X") offered a strategy for Western resistance to Soviet expansionism. The policy was known as "containment" and served as the intellectual blueprint for American foreign policy during the Cold War. "I read it and said, 'That's what I want to do,'" Okun told the New York Times in 1993.[2]
As a young foreign service officer, Okun translated the correspondence between President John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Okun recalled that Khrushchev nicknamed him "ryzhyi" — redhead — because of his hair color.[1]
Okun also was the chief State Department negotiator for the SALT Treaty. While at the United Nations, Okun led a walkout of the U.S. delegation during a speech by Iranian President Ali Khamenei. "The false accusations that he made against our country distort the facts and totally misrepresent our policy," Okun told reporters. "I do not intend to sit by passively when our country is insulted, our President is pilloried and the truth is trampled."[3]
After retiring from the foreign service, he served as chief aide to former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and former British Foreign Secretary Lord David Owen in the talks to end the slaughter resulting from the break-up of Yugoslavia. Okun was "extraordinarily ready to listen to and to give credit to the opposing views," recalled Owen. "He was a person who did manage to build a measure of trust from the Serbians, which is not easy to do."[1]
Okun testified against Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic at the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. In an interview, Okun recalled: "Observing how he talked and acted I could not come to any other conclusion than Milosevic being a common gangster. You know, those types from Mafia movies with cigars in their mouths, who try to express themselves very theatrically but in reality are selling fog."[4]
While serving as Vance and Okun's aide, Okun warned Serb leader Radovan Karadzic before the fighting started: "If you continue to talk about the mortal danger that Serbs are under in Bosnia, you will end up committing preemptive genocide." Karadzic later was charged with war crimes in the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica, where as many as 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were killed, and Okun also testified against him in The Hague.[5]
"Diplomacy without force is like baseball without a bat," Okun famously said.[2][6]

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

George Daniels,British horologist, died he was 85.

George Daniels, CBE, DSc, FBHI, FSA  was considered by many the best horologist in the world during his lifetime [1] and was famous for creating the co-axial escapement died he was 85.. This has been used by Omega in their highest-grade watches since 1999.[2] Daniels was one of the few modern watchmakers who could create a complete watch by hand, including the case and dial. To be able to make all of a watch, he had to learn to make watchcases and to engine turn, so that he could make the dials. Daniels hand-made 37 watches completely by himself and made a series of 50 wristwatches with Roger W. Smith,[3] made starting with the Omega basic movement.

(19 August 1926 – 21 October 2011)


In 1944, Daniels entered the British Army; he already had an interest in watches and did some repairs for army friends. On leaving the army in 1947 with a gratuity of £50, which he spent on tools, he managed to get a job as a watch repairer. Having studied horology at night classes, he became a Fellow of the British Horological Institute. After a few years, he had become known by some of the top watch dealers and collectors, including Sam Clutton who got him interested in the great French watchmaker Breguet. The work of Breguet interested Daniels so much that he concentrated on the repair and restoration of his watches for many years. By the 1960s, Daniels was the leading expert on Breguet and was very often involved in advising on his work.[4]


Daniels's watches have very clear and clean dials, usually with subsidiary dials interwoven with the main chapter ring, which is clearly a Breguet influence. Daniels's first watch was sold to Sam Clutton for £2,000 in 1970 and it is understood that he bought it back from Clutton five years later for £8,000. It sold recently at an auction in the United States for $285,000.
After much experimenting, he patented a type of watch escapement called the co-axial escapement, which takes away the necessity to oil the escapement and has reduced friction to a very low level (since oil produces problems due to thickening). The co-axial escapement has now been put into production by Omega and has been described as the most important horological development for 250 years.[5]
Watchmaking, which Daniels wrote and was published in 1981, is considered one of the best books on making watches.[citation needed]


He was a Master of the Clockmakers' Company of London and was awarded their Gold Medal, a rare honour,[6] as well as the Gold Medal of the British Horological Institute, the Gold Medal of the City of London and the Kullberg Medal of the Stockholm Watchmakers’ Guild.[7] Already a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Daniels was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.[8][9] Daniels was a member of Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants’

Personal Life

He married, in 1964, Juliet Marryat, with whom he had a daughter. The marriage was later dissolved. He was the uncle of philosopher Stephen Neale. Daniels died on 21 October 2011.[7]

Daniels ex-Sir Henry "Tim" Birkin red Bentley Motors monoposto racer, known as "Bentley Blower No.1" or the "Brooklands Battleship", shown at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Daniels was a collector of classic cars. His collection included:[10]
  • 1908 Itala 100hp Grand Prix Car: won the 1908 French Grand Prix and 1910 Brooklands All-comers Plate (fastest lap at 101.8mph)
  • 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback by H.J. Mulliner: ex-Frank Taylor of Taylor Woodrow Construction
  • 1929 4½-litre Bentley Tourer by Vanden Plas: ex-Maharaja of Bhavnagar
  • 1907 Daimler 45hp Roi-de-Belges Tourer: built for the Earl of Craven
  • 1929-32 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Single-Seater: know as Bentley Blower No.1, developed and driven by Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin, it set the Brooklands Outer Circuit Lap Record at more than 137mph in 1931

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Jimmy Norman, American rhythm and blues and jazz musician and songwriter, died he was 74.

Jimmy Norman  was an American rhythm and blues and jazz musician and a songwriter  died he was 74.. In his early career, Norman had a charting single of his own, "I Don't Love You No More (I Don't Care About You)", as well as performing session work with Jimi Hendrix, but he is better known as a lyricist and songwriter.

(August 12, 1937 – November 8, 2011)

He wrote the expanded lyrics of the song "Time Is on My Side", which became a hit for The Rolling Stones,and later in 1985 re recorded and produced by Stephen Vanderbilt featuring "St. Tropez" as the A side of a 45 released on the album "Home" throughout Europe. Norman composed a number of songs performed by well-known musicians including Johnny Nash and Bob Marley. In 1969 he became involved with doo-wop band The Coasters, first as a producer and then as a touring member. He was also recording independently, releasing a solo album in 1998, the same year poor health forced him to retire from performance. Like many other musicians of his time, he was not financially prepared for retirement or heavy medical bills, and with few royalties for his writing soon found himself in economic crisis. With the assistance of charitable organization Jazz Foundation of America, Norman regained his feet and resumed performing, releasing his first wide distribution album in 2004, Little Pieces. He performed in the Manhattan area until shortly before his death.

Early life and career

Born August 12, 1937 as James Norman Scott in Nashville, Tennessee,[2] Norman relocated to California as a teenager, beginning his career as a touring musician throughout the Midwest and southern regions of the United States before settling in New York.[3][4] There, he wrote music for Broadway and performed.[4] In 1962, Norman released his biggest charting single, "I Don't Love You No More (I Don't Care About You)", which reached #21 on the Billboard "Black Singles" chart and #47 on the "Pop Singles" chart.[5]

Songwriting and session work

In 1964, singer Irma Thomas went into the studio to record the single "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)". It was decided that the b-side, a cover of Kai Winding's "Time Is on My Side", needed additional lyrics, since the only words in the original composition were "Time is on my side" and "You'll come runnin' back." Norman was contacted and composed the rest of the lyrics to the tune.[6] The Rolling Stones also recorded the song with Norman's lyrics and released it as a single, which became the band's first hit to break the top ten.[7] The Rolling Stones' releases did credit Norman as lyric writer for a number of years, but eventually his name was removed; in the early 1990s, he was told by the publisher that the credit was not legally binding, as it had been a "clerical error".[6]
In 1966, Norman recorded several tracks with Jimi Hendrix on session at Abtone Studio in New York: "You're Only Hurting Yourself", "Little Groovemaker" and "On You Girlie It Looks so Good".[8][9] The second of these songs was retooled under the title "Groove Maker" and has been included on a number of Hendrix releases.[10][11] According to Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix, Norman—not Lonnie Youngblood as popularly supposed—was the primary performer besides Hendrix on this song.[12] Jimi Hendrix – From the Benjamin Franklin Studios 3rd Edition Part 1: The Complete Guide to the Recorded Work of Jimi Hendrix posits Youngblood on saxophone, but gives writing credit to Norman.[8] Jimi Hendrix: Musician documents the confusion surrounding this and other Hendrix sessions of the time, including the difficulty in tracking contributions when they also rose from later manipulation of the material as Hendrix became famous.[13] "You're Only Hurting Yourself" and "Little Groovemaker" were first released under Norman's name as Samar records single 112 in 1966 and never again released in original form.[13] "On You Girlie It Looks so Good" remains unreleased.[8]
In 1968, Norman was visited by a young Bob Marley in his Bronx apartment. Norman had at that time written a number of songs for Johnny Nash, whose record label had just signed Marley, and Marley wanted to learn more about rhythm and blues.[14] Along with Al Pyfrom, Norman's co-writer, and Marley's wife Rita, the pair spent several days in a jam session that ultimately resulted in a 24-minute tape of Marley performing several of his own and Norman-Pyfrom's compositions. According to Reggae archivist Roger Steffens, the tape—which was lost among Norman's possessions for decades—is rare for Marley in that it was influenced by pop music rather than reggae, highlighting a point in Marley's career when he was still trying to find his path.[14] Some of the songs from this early jam session were released on the Marley album Chances Are.[15]
Following these sessions, Norman went to Kingston, Jamaica and spent more than half a year there, working in the studio with Marley and composing songs.[4][14] A number of his compositions were recorded by Marley, Peter Tosh, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, and Neville Willoughby.[4] Some of the tapes recorded by Norman during his sessions with Marley have been commercially released as part of the Marley compilation album, Soul Almighty.[14]

Coasters years

After producing a single for the doo-wop band The Coasters in 1969 for Lloyd Price's Turntable Records, Norman replaced Vernon Harrell as the regular substitute (permanently, later on) for Billy Guy in the group in the 1970s,[16] touring with them until forced to retire by ill-health in 1998, the same year his album Tobacco Road was released by independent label Bad Cat Records.[4][14] In interview, Norman cited the limited repertoire, noting that fans of the band were only interested in hearing hits like "Yakety Yak", "Charlie Brown" and "Poison Ivy"; "In 30 years we did maybe 10 songs."[6] Norman did have opportunity to deviate with other love songs from the 1950s, the era when The Coaster's rose to fame.[17]
During his time with the Coasters, Norman teamed up with Eddie Palmieri as lead vocalist in the group Harlem River Drive, which released a self-titled album in 1971.

Health and economic crisis

Norman suffered multiple heart attacks and respiratory disease which restricted him, impoverished, to his home in Manhattan.[3] Though he had a successful career that allowed him at one point to own several clubs, he did not plan for retirement and, like many composers of his time, receives little to no royalties for his compositions.[3] In 2002, he told The Jamaica Observer with respect to the songs he wrote that were released by Marley, "Periodically, I get chump change, nothing big. A lotta people have been making money off of it, not me."[4] Norman attempted to get local work without success and, lacking health insurance and investment funds, was near the point of eviction when he came to the attention of the Jazz Foundation of America, which helps redress what The Crisis characterizes as the exploitation of "less savvy or uneducated performers" by record labels and other more powerful members of the music community.[3][18][19]

Recovery and death

Jimmy Norman records in studio in 2004. Photo by Frank Beacham.
Wendy Oxenhorn, director of the Foundation, arranged for housekeeping and free medical care for Norman, as well as helping him plan for his future, providing back rent and negotiating with Norman's landlord.[19] In the course of that housekeeping, in July 2002, Norman's rare tape of his jam session with Marley was located in his apartment and placed on auction, retrieving considerably above its estimated value when auctioned at $26,290. During the same housekeeping session, Norman rediscovered old notebooks containing his compositions.[6] Producer Kerryn Tolhurst recorded Norman performing the songs on a tape recorder in his apartment, taking the tapes into the studio later to add parts by other musicians.[6] Judy Collins, whose drummer Tony Beard contributed to the project, released the resultant album under her own Wildflower label in 2004. The project, titled Little Pieces, is the first album Norman has ever released with wide distribution.[6] In 2006, Little Pieces won in The 5th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Blues Album.[20]
In the 2000s, Norman has performed live. In 2003, he performed a benefit concert for the Jazz Foundation at the Gilsey House in New York.[21] In 2007, he took part in the Jazz Foundation's annual "Great Night in Harlem", performing "Time Is on My Side".[22] As of 2007, Norman was performing locally in Manhattan.[19]
Norman died on November 8, 2011, in New York City after a long illness. He had held his last public performance on October 29, 2011, for the Jazz Foundation of America.[23] Married three times, he was the father of two children.[3][4]


Chart singles

Year Single Chart Positions
US Pop[24] US
1962 "I Don't Love You No More (I Don't Care About You)" 47 21
1966 "Can You Blame Me" - 35

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Ed Macauley, American basketball player (St. Louis Hawks, Boston Celtics), died he was 83.

Charles Edward "Ed" Macauley was a professional basketball player in the NBA. His playing nickname was "Easy Ed died he was 83.."[1]

(March 22, 1928 – November 8, 2011)

Macauley spent his prep school days at St. Louis University High School, then went on to Saint Louis University, where his team won the NIT championship in 1948. He was named the AP Player of the Year in 1949.
Macauley played in the NBA with the St. Louis Bombers, Boston Celtics, and St. Louis Hawks. Macauley was named MVP of the first NBA All-Star Game (he played in the first seven), and was named to the NBA's All-NBA First Team three consecutive seasons. He was named to the All-NBA second team once, in 1953–54—the same season he led the league in field goal percentage. Macauley's trade (with Cliff Hagan) to St. Louis brought Bill Russell to the Celtics.
Macauley scored 11,234 points in ten NBA seasons and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960. At age 32, he still holds the record for being the youngest male player to be admitted.[2] His uniform number 22 was retired by the Boston Celtics, and he was also awarded a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.[3]
In 1989 Macauley was ordained a deacon of the Catholic Church. With Father Francis Friedl, he coauthored the book Homilies Alive: Creating Homilies That Hit Home.[4]
He died on November 8, 2011, at his home in St. Louis, Missouri. He was 83.[5]

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Valentin Kozmich Ivanov, Russian football player and coach, died he was 76.

Valentin Kozmich Ivanovwas a football winger/striker, co-leading scorer at the 1962 World Cup and co-1960 European Nations' Cup top scorer died he was 76..[2]

(November 19, 1934 – November 8, 2011[1])

Ivanov appeared 59 times for the Soviet Union, scoring 26 goals.[3] That number is third in national history behind Oleg Blokhin and Oleg Protasov.
Ivanov's four goals in the 1962 World Cup tied five other players for the lead,[2] and he also scored two in the 1958 edition. He spent most of his club career with Torpedo Moscow, scoring 124 goals in 286 appearances in the Soviet Championship, 9th all-time.


He married Lidiya Ivanova, an Olympic champion in gymnastics in 1956 and 1960. Their son, also named Valentin (born 1961), is a retired international football referee.[2]


Ivanov died on November 8, 2011, shortly before his 77th birthday, following a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.[4]


 Soviet Union


  • Top Scorer: European Championship 1960.
  • Top Scorer: World Cup (Golden Boot) 1962.
  • Team of the Tournament: European Championship 1960, 1964.

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Bil Keane, American cartoonist (The Family Circus), died from heart failure he was 89.

William Aloysius Keane , better known as Bil Keane, was an American cartoonist most notable for his work on the long-running newspaper comic The Family Circus  died from heart failure he was 89.. It began in 1960 and continues in syndication, drawn by his son Jeff Keane.[1][2]

(October 5, 1922 – November 8, 2011)


Born in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania neighborhood of Crescentville, Keane attended parochial school at St. William Parish and Northeast Catholic High School.[3] While a schoolboy, he taught himself to draw by mimicking the style of the cartoons published in The New Yorker.[4] His first cartoon was published on May 21, 1936 on the amateur page of the Philadelphia Daily News. While in high school, his in-comic signature was spelled "Bill Keane",[5] but early in his career, he omitted the second L from his first name "to be distinctive".[6]
Keane served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945, drawing for Yank and creating the "At Ease with the Japanese" feature for the Pacific edition of Stars and Stripes. While stationed in Australia he met Thelma "Thel" Carne.[7] Bil and Thel were married in Brisbane in 1948[7] and settled in Roslyn, Pennsylvania. Thel, the inspiration for the "Mommy" character in his long-running strip, died on May 23, 2008, from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.[7][8] They have five children, Gayle, Neal, Glen, Christopher and Jeff. Glen works as an animator.
Keane worked for the Philadelphia Bulletin as a staff artist from 1946 to 1959, where he launched his first regular comic strip Silly Philly. His first syndicated strip, Channel Chuckles, a series of jokes related to television, premiered in 1954 and ran until 1977.[9] In 1959, the Keane family moved to Paradise Valley, Arizona. Keane's daily newspaper panel The Family Circus premiered on February 29, 1960.[10] Keane was the president of the National Cartoonists Society from 1981 to 1983 and was the emcee of the Society's annual awards banquet for 16 years.[11]
From 1981 to 1983, Keane published the gag strip Eggheads in collaboration with his son Jeff, who now draws and writes The Family Circus and continues the strip with his own insight and humor. Like his father, Jeff Keane has been president of the National Cartoonists Society (NCS), serving two consecutive terms (four years). The NCS is the organizing body that honors cartoonists with the Reuben Awards.[12]
Bil Keane died on November 8, 2011, at his home in Paradise Valley, Arizona (near Phoenix), at 89. The cause of death was given as congestive heart failure.[1]


Keane is a four-time recipient of the National Cartoonists Society's Award for Best Syndicated Panel, winning in 1967, 1971, 1973 and 1974.[13] In 1982, Keane was named the Society's Cartoonist of the Year and received its top honor, the Reuben Award.[14] He also received the Elzie Segar Award in 1982 for his unique contribution to the cartooning profession.[15] Keane was honored with the Silver T-Square Award from the National Cartoonist Society in 2002 for "outstanding dedication" to the Society and the cartooning profession.[16] In 1998, he became the tenth recipient of the Arizona Heritage Award, joining—among others—Barry Goldwater, Sandra Day O'Connor, Mo Udall and Erma Bombeck.[17]


  • Keane had a close friendship with humorist, newspaper columnist and fellow Catholic Erma Bombeck. Keane provided illustrations for Bombeck's book Just Wait Until You Have Children of Your Own! (1972), and considered himself instrumental in convincing Bombeck and her family to move to Arizona near his home.[18] In 1996, he was a pall bearer at Bombeck's funeral.[19]
  • Stephan Pastis, creator of Pearls Before Swine, acknowledged he was good friends with Keane and Keane's son, Jeff.[20] Pastis has notably parodied The Family Circus in his own strip a number of times, and Keane wrote a satirical "attack" on these jokes as a foreword for Pastis' Pearls collection Macho Macho Animals.[21]
  • In 1994 the characters from The Family Circus made a "guest appearance" in Bill Griffith's Zippy the Pinhead comic strip. Griffith sad, "I remembered Bil’s affection for Zippy, so I decided to bite the bullet and call him to ask if, instead of me parodying his strip, he’d agree to jam with me..."[26] The characters were drawn into the strip by Keane, but the dialog was written by Griffith. Then, on March 7, 1995, Zippy made an appearance in a Family Circus panel, drawn in by Bill Griffith. Griffith said Family Circus was "the last remaining folk art strip."[27] Griffith said, "It's supposed to be the epitome of squareness, but it turns the corner into a hip zone."[28]


Family Circus collections

  • The Family Circus (1961)
  • The Family Circus Vol. 1 (1965)
  • The Family Circus Vol. 2 (1966)
  • Sunday with the Family Circus (1966)
  • The Family Circus (1967)
  • I Need a Hug. (1968)
  • Peace, Mommy, Peace! (1969)
  • Wanna Be Smiled At? (1970)
  • I'm Taking a Nap (1971)
  • Peekaboo! I Love You! (1971)
  • Look Who's Here! (1972)
  • Can I Have a Cookie? (1973)
  • Hello, Grandma? (1973)
  • At Home with the Family Circus (1973)
  • I’m Taking a Nap (1974)
  • When's Later, Daddy? (1974)
  • I Can't Untie My Shoes! (1975)
  • Dolly Hit Me Back! (1975)
  • Mine: And Yours, Too! (1975)
  • Jeffy's Lookin' at Me (1976)
  • Smile! (1976)
  • Not Me! (1976)
  • Quiet! Mommy's Asleep! (1977)
  • Sunday with the Family Circus (1977)
  • For This I Went to College? (1977)
  • Where's PJ? (1978)
  • Any Children? (1979)
  • Dolly Hit Me Back! (1979)
  • Not Me. (1980)
  • Daddy's Little Helpers (1980)
  • Good Morning, Sunshine! (1980)
  • On Vacation with the Family Circus (1980)
  • Kittycat’s Motor is Running! (1981)
  • Who Invented Rain? (1981)
  • My Turn Next! (1981)
  • Pasghetti and Meat Bulbs! (1981)
  • That Family Circus Feeling (1982)
  • Go to Your Room! (1982)
  • It’s Not Easy Bein’ the Littlest (1982)
  • We’ll Help You Get Better (1982)
  • Mommy, God’s Here (1982)
  • PJ’s Barefoot All Over! (1989)
  • I'm Already Tucked In (1983)
  • Pick Up What Things? (1983)
  • Grandma Was Here (1983)
  • My Turn Next! (1984)
  • Love, The Family Circus (1984)
  • The Family Circus Parade (1984)
  • It's My Birthday Suit (1984)
  • I Dressed Myself! (1984)
  • How Do You Turn It on? (1985)
  • Unquestionably the Family Circus (1985)
  • Wanna Be Smiled at? (1985)
  • PJ's Still Hungry (1986)
  • Heart of the Family Circus (1986)
  • He Followed Me Home (1987)
  • The Family Circus's Colorful Life (1987)
  • We're Home! (1987)
  • Where Did the Summer Go? (1987)
  • I Could Hear Chewing (1988)
  • It's Muddy Out Today (1988)
  • Oops! We’re Out of Juice (1988)
  • The Family Circus is Very Keane (1988)
  • Granddad! It's Morning! (1989)
  • We Didn't Do It! (1989)
  • Baby on Board (1989)
  • The Family Circus Memories (1989)
  • Behold the Family Circus (1989)
  • Quiet, Sam! (1990)
  • I Had a Frightmare! (1990)
  • I Just Dropped Grandma! (1990)
  • I’m Wearin’ a Zucchini! (1991)
  • The Sky's All Wrinkled (1991)
  • It's Up and Let 'Em at Me (1991)
  • Through the Year with the Family Circus (1992)
  • Look! A Flutterby! (1992)
  • Are You Awake, Daddy? (1992)
  • I'll Shovel the Cards (1992)
  • Sam's Takin' a Catnap! (1992)
  • Enjoy Yourselves! (1993)
  • What Does This Say? (1994)
  • Stay! (1994)
  • Count Your Blessings (1995)
  • Sing Me a Loveaby? (1995)
  • Daddy's Cap Is on Backwards (1996)
  • The Family Circus by Request (1998)

Special compilations

  • The Family Circus Treasury, foreword by Erma Bombeck (1977)
  • The Family Circus Album, foreword by Charles Schulz (1984)
  • The Family Circus is Us (1990)
  • Family Circus Library, Vol. 1 (2009)
  • Family Circus Library, Vol. 2 (2010)

Other cartoon collections

  • Channel Chuckles (1964)
  • Jest in Pun (1966)
  • Pun-Abridged Dictionary (1968)
  • More Channel Chuckles (1971)
  • It's Apparent You're a Parent (1971)
  • Deuce and Don'ts of Tennis (1975)
  • Eggheads written by Bil Keane and Jeff Keane (1983)

Illustrated books

  • Just Wait Till You Have Children of Your Own! written by Erma Bombeck and Bil Keane (1971)
  • Hey, Father! written by Jeanne Marie Lortie, illustrated by Bil Keane (1973)
  • Daddy’s Surprise Day written by Gale Wiersum, illustrated by Bil Keane (1980)
  • Ask Any Mother written by Jean B. Boyce, illustrated by Bil Keane (1991)
  • Just Ask Mom written by Jean B. Boyce, illustrated by Bil Keane (1996)
  • Just Like Home written by Jean B. Boyce, illustrated by Bil Keane (2001)

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