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Monday, June 30, 2014

Moira Milton, Scottish amateur golfer, died she was 88.

Moira Milton (née Paterson) was a Scottish amateur golfer died she was 88..

(December 1923 – 24 January 2012) 

She won the British Ladies Amateur in 1952, and was a member of the victorious Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team later in the same year. She was also runner-up in the French Women's Open Amateur Championship in 1949, and in the Scottish Women's Amateur Championship in 1951.[1][2]

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Delma Kollar, American supercentenarian, one of the 100 verified oldest people ever and fourth-oldest in world, died she was 114.

Delma Dorothie Kollar  was an American supercentenarian and one of the oldest 100 verified people ever died she was 114.. On her last birthday, she became one of only 88 people to have attained the age of 114. Before recent research, she was thought to have been born in 1898. However, from the data in the census closest to her date of birth, and due to the fact that her younger sister was born in February 1899, this was proved to have been wrong.[2] At the time of her death she was the fourth oldest living person in the world, the recordholder for the oldest person born in Kansas and one of the last four people born in 1897.

(née Lowman; October 31, 1897 – January 24, 2012)


Kollar was one of six children; both her parents lived into their 90s, and two of Kollar's aunts lived past 100. After high school, Kollar attended Cottey College, earning a teaching certificate. Her first teaching job was in a two-room schoolhouse in Prairiedell. Later she earned college degrees in biology and English from Baker University and then worked as a schoolteacher in Kansas and California for more than 25 years. In 1923, Kollar married William Hoggatt. They had three children: Jean Cooper, Earlene Duncan, and Bill Hoggatt. William died in 1966.
Kollar later married Harry Kollar and the couple moved to Oregon in 1982. Harry Kollar died in 1986.[3]
Kollar outlived all 5 of her siblings and two of her 3 children. She had 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-great-grandchild.[4]

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Carolina Isakson Proctor, Colombian First Lady (1986–1990), died she was 81.

Carolina Isakson Proctor was the wife of 35th President of Colombia, Virgilio Barco Vargas, and served as First Lady of Colombia from 1986 to 1990 died she was 81..[1]

(6 January 1930 – 24 January 2012)

Personal life

Born Mary Caroline Isakson on 6 January 1930 in York, Pennsylvania to Carl Oscar Isakson and Mary Alice (née Proctor).[2][3] Her father, a Swedish American Engineer,[4] relocated the family to Cúcuta, North Santander to work with the Colombian Petroleum Company; she was 7 years old at the time.[3] She met Virgilio Barco Vargas through his sister, who she had attended school with; they were married on 1 July 1950 in Cúcuta.[4] Virgilio and Carolina had four children: María Carolina, Julia, Diana, and Virgilio.

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Arild Haaland, Norwegian philosopher, died he was 92.

Arild Haaland  was a Norwegian philosopher, literary historian, translator and non-fiction writer  died he was 92.. He was born in Bergen. His thesis from 1956 was an analysis of the Nazism in Germany.

(1919 – 24 January 2012)

He was decorated Knight, First Class of the Order of St. Olav in 1979. He received the Fritt Ord Award in 1992. Haaland was portrayed by sculptor Arnold Haukeland, and by the painters Odd Nerdrum and Karl Erik Harr.

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Vadim Glowna, German actor and film director, died he was 70.

Vadim Glowna [1] was a German actor and film director died he was 70.. Since 1964, he appeared in over 150 films and television shows.

(26 September 1941 – 24 January 2012)

He directed the 1983 film Dies rigorose Leben, which won an Honourable Mention at the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival.[2] In 1989, he was a member of the jury at the 39th Berlin International Film Festival.[3] Three years later, his film Rising to the Bait was entered into the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.[4]

Selected filmography

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J. Joseph Garrahy, American politician, Governor of Rhode Island (1977–1985), died he was 81.

John Joseph Garrahy, known to Rhode Islanders as J. Joseph Garrahy or just "Joe," was an American politician  died he was 81.. He served as the 69th Governor of Rhode Island from 1977 to 1985.

(November 26, 1930 – January 24, 2012)

Early life

Garrahy was born on November 26, 1930 in Providence, Rhode Island. Garrahy achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Aug. 25, 1947, at age 16.[1] In 1952, he attended the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. In 1953, he attended the University of Rhode Island. Later that year, Garrahy joined the United States Air Force, where he served until 1955. After his military service, Garrahy married Margherite De Pietro with whom he had five children.[2]

Political career

Garrahy was elected to the Rhode Island Senate in 1962 as a Democrat, and served there until 1968. While in the Senate, he also served as Deputy Majority leader from 1963 onwards.
In 1968, Garrahy was elected the 61st Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, and served in that office until 1977, when he was elected Governor, defeating James Taft in the election. He served as Governor until 1985, after being reelected in 1978, 1980 and 1982. In 1980, Garrahy traveled to the Soviet Union as part of an arms control delegation.

Later life

In 1988, Garrahy was named to the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. He had served on the board of the Providence and Worcester Railroad since 1992. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, and was also an active Rhode Island Commodore. Garrahy died in Florida on January 24, 2012.[3]

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Friday, June 27, 2014

James Farentino, American actor (Dynasty, ER, Melrose Place), died from a hip fracture he was 73.

James Farentino was an American actor died from a hip fracture he was 73.. He appeared in nearly 100 television, film and stage roles, among them The Final Countdown and Dynasty.

(February 24, 1938 – January 24, 2012)


Born in Brooklyn, New York, Farentino went to local schools followed later by studying drama and acting in Catholic based schools. In the 1950s and 60s, he went on to stage and a few TV roles. Among his many television appearances, Farentino guest-starred in 1964 with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., in the episode "Super-Star" of the CBS drama series, The Reporter, with Harry Guardino in the starring role of journalist Danny Taylor of the fictitious New York Globe newspaper. Early in 1967, he appeared in Barry Sullivan's NBC western series The Road West in the episode "Reap the Whirlwind".
In 1969, he starred opposite Patty Duke in the film Me, Natalie. Farentino was one of the lawyers in NBC TV series The Bold Ones (1969–1972), which also starred Burl Ives and Joseph Campanella. He made two appearances in the 1970s anthology television series Night Gallery, once with then-wife Michele Lee ("Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay"), and secondly with actress Joanna Pettet ("The Girl With The Hungry Eyes"). In the 1970s, he appeared in an NBC Mystery Movie, Cool Million. In 1978, Farentino was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special for his portrayal of Saint Peter in the mini-series, Jesus of Nazareth. He also did the TV film When No One Would Listen which teamed him one last time with Michelle Lee.
In 1980, Farentino starred in The Final Countdown with Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen. Farentino appeared as "Frank Chaney" in the short-lived 1984 ABC series Blue Thunder, based on the 1983 film of the same name starring Roy Scheider. (The 11-episode series, which starred a then-unknown Dana Carvey, was released on DVD in August 2006.) In 1991 Farentino starred in A cop killed in the line of duty. In the late 1990s, he appeared as Doug Ross' estranged father, "Ray", on ER.
Farentino also voiced the character Grungy in the 1994 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters episode “Snorched If You Do, Snorched If You Don’t.”[1]

Personal life

Farentino was married to:
  • Michele Lee (February 20, 1966 – 1982; divorced); one child, David
  • Stella Farentino (August 3, 1994 – his death); Stella filed for divorce in 1998 due to "irreconcilable differences," but later withdrew her petition. Then, James himself filed for divorce in January 2001, also due to "irreconcilable differences"; however the couple remained married until James Farentino's death.
Farentino was charged with stalking his former girlfriend, Tina Sinatra (youngest child of Frank Sinatra) in 1993. A restraining order was issued against him after he entered a plea of nolo contendere.[3]
Farentino was arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 23, 1991, after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police intercepted a package containing 3.2 grams of cocaine being sent to his hotel room. Farentino was in town filming the TV movie Miles From Nowhere. He was charged with cocaine possession and released on bail.[4]
In 2010, Farentino was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor battery after a citizen's arrest was made against the actor.[5] Police were called to Farentino's Hollywood home. He was taken into custody and booked at the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood-area station. Farentino was released two days later after posting $20,000 bond. Police said the actor was trying to physically remove a man from his house. The man, who police said suffered visible bruising, made a citizen's arrest on Farentino for battery.[6]


On January 24, 2012, Farentino died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California following a long illness.

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Sukumar Azhikode, Indian writer, critic, and orator, died from cancer he was 85.

Sukumar Azhikode was an Indian writer, critic and orator, acknowledged for his contributions to Malayalam language and insights on Indian philosophy died from cancer he was 85..[1] He was a scholar in Sanskrit, Malayalam, and English languages.[2]

(26 May 1926 – 24 January 2012)

Azhikode was a bachelor and lived in Eravimangalam near Thrissur, Kerala state. He died on 24 January 2012 at the age of 85 at Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, in Thrissur due to cancer.


Azhikode's most famous work is Tatvamasi (1984, Malayalam), a book on Indian Philosophy, Vedas and Upanishads. Thathvamasi won twelve awards, including the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahithya Akademi Award, Vayalar Award and the Rajaji Award.
Azhikode had served as chairman of the National Book Trust (NBT) and as member of the executive councils of Kerala and Kendra Sahitya academy.[citation needed]
He did not confine himself to scholastic themes and expressed his views and concerns on a wide range of topics of contemporary concerns including the day-to-day politics and politicians.[citation needed]
A Gandhian till the end of his life, Azhikode was close to the Indian National Congress in his early life and in the 1960s[vague] unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha polls as its candidate. But later, he distanced himself from the Congress and moved close to the Left camp without compromising on his Gandhian convictions and the Nehruvian vision of a liberal and just social order.[citation needed]
Azhikode headed the Malayalam department of Calicut University and later retired as its pro-vice chancellor.[citation needed]
He was involved a legal tiff with cine actor Mohanlal following heated exchanges in the backdrop of the ban on actor Thilakan as a fallout of a feud in the Malayalam filmdom.[citation needed] Azhikode then came to defend Thilakan incurring the wrath of superstars. After Azheekode fell ill, a truce was worked out between the writer and the actor to withdraw the defamation case.[citation needed]
A recipient of literary honours including the Kendra Sahitya Academy award.[citation needed] In January 2007, Azhikode refused to accept the Padma Shri conferred on him stating that Such honours are against the Constitution. "The Constitution says everyone should be treated as equal. Giving such honours at different levels, the State discriminates between people. I see the Padma Shri conferred on me as an opportunity to expose this discrimination."[3]
He also won the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam Sahithya Puraskaram lifetime achievement award.[citation needed]


Azhikode died on 24 January 2012, at Amala Institute of Medical Sciences in Thrissur. He was suffering from cancer and had been hospitalized since 7 December 2011.[4] He was 85 years old.

Major works

His concerns were wide and touched upon progressive literature (Purogamanasahityavum Mattum), Gandhism (Mahatmavinte Margam), Kumaran Asan (Aasaante Seethaakavyam), the teachings of Sree Narayana Guru (Guruvinte Dukham) and literary aesthetics (Sankara Kurup Vimarshikkapedunnu)
  • Aasaante Seethaakaavyam (Asan's Sita Kavya)
  • Ramananum Malayalakavitayum (Ramanan and Malayalam Poetry)
  • Shankarakkuruppu Vimarshikkappedunnu (Sankara Kurup Critiqued)
  • Mahatmavinte Margam (Way of the Mahatma)
  • Purogamanasahityavum Mattum (Modern Literature and Others)
  • Malayala Sahityavimarsanam (Criticism of Malayalam Literature)
  • Vayanayute Swargattil (In the Paradise of Reading)
  • Tatvamasi
  • Malayala Sahitya Patanangal (Studies on Malayalam Literature)
  • Tatvavum Manushyanum (Philosophy and Humans)
  • Khandanavum Mandanavum (Destructive Criticism and Constructive Criticism)
  • Entinu Bharatadare
  • Azhikodinte Prabhashanangal (Speeches of Azhikode)
  • Azhikodinte Falitangal (Jokes of Azhikode)
  • Guruvinte Dukham (Sorrow of the Teacher)
  • Aakasam Nashtapetunna India (India Losing Horizon)
  • Pathakal Kazhchakal (Routes and Sights)
  • Mahakavi Ulloor (The Great Poet Ulloor)

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Slacker, British electronic music producer

Slacker, whose real name was Shem McCauley, was an electronic music house, hip hop and R&B producer. He owned Jukebox in the Sky record label. He was also known under the names "Head Honcho", "Ramp" and "DJ Streets Ahead". Slacker, who was based in England, UK, had released records on many labels including XL Recordings, Loaded Records, and Perfecto Records. Shem McCauley died in Bangkok, Thailand in January 2012.[1][2]


Slacker played at the following venues, among others:[citation needed]
  • Continental DJ Club, Mexico City
  • Empire, Miami
  • Fierce, Hong Kong
  • Groovejet, Miami
  • Home, Lima
  • Ministry of Sound, London
  • Nocturnal, Miami
Ultra 2000(Global Beach) Sasha and Digweed and Friends at Space(2006).
  • Orbit, Lima, Peru
  • Sikamikanco, Oslo
  • Slinky, Bournemouth
  • Supanova, Derby, UK
  • Stereo nightclub, Montreal, Canada


Over 50, including
  • Feel Space (first single)
  • Flying (second single)
  • Scared (third single)
  • Your Face
  • Looky Thing


Start A New Life

Notable collaborators

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Gerhard Schröder, German television executive, died he was 90.

Gerhard Schröder was a German radio and television executive died he was 90..

(March 3, 1921 – January 23, 2012[1])

Schröder was born in Bad Wildungen and studied law and political economics in Marburg. After his state examination he worked in the Lower Saxony Ministry of Culture, among other roles as leader of the Art and Culture Department.
From 1961 to 1973 he was director of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk, having been a member of the governing body for six years. As the head of NDR, in 1970/71 he served as chairman of the ARD.
In 1974 he switched to director of Radio Bremen, where he served until 1985. In his time there, among other things, the regional television news magazine Buten un binnen was launched in 1980.

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Bingham Ray, American independent film executive, died from complications from strokes he was 57.

Bingham Ray  was an American independent film executive  died from complications from strokes he was 57.. He was a co-founder of indie film distributor October Films and president of United Artists from 2001 to 2004. At the time of his death, he was executive director of the San Francisco Film Society.[1][2]

(1 October 1954 – 23 January 2012)

As noted by the Independent Feature Project's Gotham Independent Film Awards, "New to the Gotham Awards this year [2012] is the Bingham Ray Award, an award bestowed upon an emerging filmmaker whose work exemplifies a distinctive creative vision and stylistic adventurousness that stands apart from the mainstream and warrants championing. The goal is to bring additional attention to new artists whose work could be seen as conceivably joining the ranks of filmmakers championed by industry veteran Bingham Ray, who died in January."[3]

Oden Roberts, Director and Writer, "A Fighting Season" was awarded the SFFS KRF grant by Bingham in December of 2011.
Benh Zeitlin, director and co-writer of Beasts of the Southern Wild, was the inaugural recipient of the Bingham Ray Award.[4]

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Miloš Pojar, Czech author and diplomat, died he was 71.

Miloš Pojar  was a Czech (and Czechoslovak prior to 1993) historian, writer and diplomat died he was 71.. Pojar oversaw the establishment of diplomatic relations between the former Czechoslovakia and Israel following the Velvet Revolution.[1] He became the first Czech ambassador to Israel following the revolution.[1] Pojar served as ambassador from 1990 until 1994.[2] His son, Tomáš Pojar, currently serves as the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Israel, as of February 2012.[1][2]

(1940 – January 23, 2012)

The majority of Pojar's books and articles focused on Jewish history and themes, though the government of Communist Czechoslovakia forbid him from publishing his work from 1970 until 1990.[1] After returning from Israel, Pojar became the director of the Jewish Museum in Prague's Educational and Cultural Center in the 1990s and a lecturer at the New York University's Prague campus.[1][3]
His last book, completed shortly before his death, explored the relationship between Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and the Jewish people.[1]
Pojar died at a hospital in Prague on January 22, 2012, at the age of 71.[1]

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Erik Haaest, Danish journalist and author, died he was 76.

Erik Haaest was a controversial Danish journalist died he was 76..[1]

(14 March 1935 – 23 January 2012) 

Haaest's father was an active member of the Danish resistance. After the war, his father refused to accept any awards from Denmark's post-war government, because many officials who had collaborated with the Germans, were still unpunished, in positions of power and were now posing as anti-Nazis. Haaest is intimately familiar with the subjects of Danish resistance, and Danish pro-Nazi collaborators.
He has interviewed many Danish Waffen SS veterans, and in typical journalist fashion, takes pains to document his claims and name his sources. Perhaps as a result, attempts to discredit Haaest have consisted mostly of innuendo and denial, rather than discussing what - if anything - is wrong with the evidence he provides.
In 2007 the Danish Arts Council was condemned for providing funding to Haaest for research into Danes who served in the SS, on the grounds that Haaest had stated that the concentration camp gas chambers never existed and that the Diary of Anne Frank was a forgery.[2]

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Marge Carey, British union leader, President of USDAW (1997–2006), died from motor neurone disease she was 73.

Marge Carey, MBE  was a trade unionist and served as President of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) from 1997 to 2006 died from motor neurone disease she was 73..

(c. 1938 – 23 January 2012)

Carey was born in Middlesbrough, although her family soon moved to Liverpool.[1]
Carey joined the USDAW in 1972, whilst working at Vernons Pools,[1] and was appointed as an area organiser in 1978.[2] She was promoted to Divisional Officer for the union's North West region in February 1990 and continued in that position until she retired in 2001. She was elected President of the USDAW from 1997 until 2006.[2]
She also served as a member of the General Council of the Trades Union Congress from 1998 until 2006[3] and was awarded an MBE in 1998 "for services to industrial relations".[2]
After retiring, Carey was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and became active in the Merseyside branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, serving as a branch committee member. She died of motor neurone disease, known as Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) in North America, on 23 January 2012, aged 73.[4]

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Anthony Capo, American mobster-turned-informant (DeCavalcante crime family), died from a heart attack he was 52.

Anthony "Tony" Capo was a hitman in the DeCavalcante crime family who later became a government witness and entered the witness protection program died from a heart attack he was 52..

(1959/1960 – January 23, 2012[1]

Made Man

A resident of South Beach, Staten Island, Capo became an associate of the DeCavalcante crime family during the early 1980s under powerful Elizabeth, New Jersey faction leader Giovanni Riggi. Capo was involved in extortion and loansharking activities. Capo is a large man with red hair who loves manicures and playing golf.[2] He is married with three children. He had a bad temper and an eagerness to use violence.[2] In the mid-1980s, Capo committed many home invasions dressed as a policeman. On one occasion, he handcuffed an elderly man to his wife and then pulled a ring off his finger. On another occasion, Capo ransacked a man's safe and then locked the victim in it.[3]
At one point during the 1980s, Capo attended school to become a certified Asbestos abatement worker. However, Capo later testified that he slept during class and allowed the school's operator to take the test for him. When questioned by a federal prosecutor about his knowledge of asbestos removal, Capo replied, "I wouldn't know asbestos if I was sitting on it."[4] Sometime in the late 1980s, law enforcement listed Capo as a soldier in the DeCavalcante family.

Weiss murder

In 1989, Capo participated in the murder of Fred Weiss, a Staten Island, New York developer and newspaper publisher. Weiss was under federal investigation for illegal dumping of medical waste and Gambino boss John Gotti was afraid that Weiss might become a government witness. As a favor to Gotti, the DeCavalcantes agreed to murder Weiss.
On September 11, 1989, Capo drove DeCavalcante mobsters Vincent Palermo and James Gallo to Weiss' apartment. Palermo and Gallo shot Weiss in the face as he was entering his car.[3]

Criminal activities

By 1990, Capo was working for John D'Amato and reputed capo Anthony Rotondo of the Elizabeth faction in labor racketeering, illegal gambling, extortion and loansharking activities.[5] Capo also ran a DeCavalcante crew in New York City. Between 1986 and 1994. Capo also worked with reputed Gambino crime family mobster Joseph Watts in a loansharking racket that allegedly grossed more than $12 million.
After Riggi was indicted in 1990 for labor racketeering and extortion, he appointed Gaetano "Corky" Vastola as the new acting boss. Later in 1990, Riggi was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison. However, that same year, Vastola went to federal prison on a 20 year sentence on extortion charges. Riggi replaced Vastola with D'Amato as acting boss.

D'Amato murder

In January 1992, Capo participated in the murder of acting boss D'Amato. Earlier in 1991, D'Amato's girlfriend, retaliating against D'Amato over an argument, told Rotondo that D'Amato was an active bisexual. She described swinging encounters that D'Amato had in Manhattan sex clubs with both women and men. Rotondo shared this information with underboss Giacomo Amari, and consiglieri Stefano Vitabile. As Capo himself described it in court testimony in 2003,
“Nobody's going to respect us if we have a gay homosexual boss sitting down discussing La Cosa Nostra business,”[6]
In addition, many family members believed that D'Amato was controlled by Gambino boss John Gotti. The three men ordered D'Amato's execution and gave the job to Capo, Vincent Palermo, and James Gallo. In contravention of Cosa Nostra rules on the killing of a family boss, the plotters did not ask permission to kill D'Amato from the Mafia Commission in New York.
On the day of the attack, D'Amato, Capo and the other two hitmen entered D'Amato's car to drive to lunch. Sitting in the back seat, Capo shot D'Amato four times, killing him.[3] Capo and Rotundo left the body at a safe house, where other mobsters disposed of it. D'Amato's body was never recovered. Informed in prison of D'Amato's execution, Riggi appointed Amari as the new acting boss.[4][5][7]

Majuri murder conspiracy

After Amari's death in 1997, Riggi and Vitabile established a "Ruling Panel" to run the family. This panel included capos Vincent Palermo, Girolamo Palermo (no relation) and Newark faction leader Charles Majuri. However, Majuri wanted to control the family himself, and he asked Gallo to murder Vincent Palermo. Instead, Gallo told Vincent about the plot. Vincent now decided to murder Majuri and enlisted Capo and Gallo in the plot. On the day of the attack, Capo, Gallo, and DeCavalcante mobster Joseph Masella went to Majuri's house to ambush him. However, Majuri did not return home. After several hours, the hitmen drove away. After the failed murder attempt, Vincent Palermo decided to cancel the murder contract.
During the mid-1990s, Capo stabbed a Gambino associate named Remy in the eye at a Staten Island bar. Capo was flirting with a girl there when Remy interrupted their conversation. Capo objected and Remy cursed at him. Capo then stabbed Remy in the eye and the face. When describing this incident in court in 2003, Capo said he thought Remy had a gun and described him as a "violent individual".[3]


In December 1999, Capo and the DeCavalcante leadership were indicted on charges of labor racketeering, extortion, loansharking, murder, and conspiracy to commit murder. Prosecutors charged Capo with the 1989 Weiss murder, the 1992 D'Amato murder, and involvement in two other murders.[8]
To avoid a life sentence for murder, Capo became a government witness. He later testified against the DeCavalcante family, Colombo crime family boss Joel Cacace, and Genovese crime family capo Federico Giovanelli. Capo also warned prosecutors that a stenographer working in the Manhattan office of the U.S. Attorney was passing sensitive information, including lists of suspects, to Giovanelli.[9]


Anthony Capo died after a heart attack on January 23, 2012, aged 52. He and his family were in the federal Witness Protection Program.[1]

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Wesley E. Brown, American jurist, federal judge for the District Court for Kansas (since 1962), died he was 104.

Wesley Ernest Brown  was a U.S. District Court judge who, as of his death, was both the longest serving federal judge and the oldest federal judge still hearing cases died he was 104..[1][2] In August 2011, he passed Joseph William Woodrough in age, becoming the oldest person to serve as a federal judge in the history of the United States.[2]

(June 22, 1907 – January 23, 2012)


Brown was born in Hutchinson, Kansas to Morrison (Morey) Houston Heady Brown and Julia Elizabeth Wesley Brown.[3] He received his LL.B. from the Kansas City School of Law in 1933. He was in private practice in Hutchinson from 1933 to 1944, including a stint as county attorney for Reno County, Kansas, from 1935 to 1939. From 1942 to 1944, he was the secretary of corporation and attorney for Aircraft Woodwork Manufacturers. He entered the United States Navy in 1944, becoming a Lieutenant and serving until 1946. He then returned to private practice in Hutchinson until 1958. From 1958 to 1962, he was a Referee in Bankruptcy for the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.
On March 8, 1962, President John F. Kennedy nominated Brown to a seat on the Federal District Court for Kansas vacated by Delmas C. Hill. Brown was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 2, 1962, and received his commission two days later. He served as chief judge from 1971 to 1977, and assumed senior status on September 1, 1979, and continued to hear cases until his death.
Brown had lightened his workload to compensate for his advanced age. In March 2011, he stopped hearing new criminal cases, though he still heard civil cases.[4]
Brown died the evening of January 23, 2012 in the assisted living facility where he had lived for the past few years.[1]

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Dick Tufeld, American voice actor and announcer, voice of Robot B-9 on Lost in Space, died he was 85.

Richard Norton "Dick" Tufeld  was an American actor, announcer, narrator, and voice actor from the late 1940s until the early 21st century died he was 85..

Early life and career

Born in Los Angeles, California, to a Russian father and a Canadian mother,[1] he spent his childhood in Pasadena, California. Tufeld attended Northwestern University's school of speech, and gained a job as an engineer in 1945 at KLAC, a radio station in Los Angeles.[2]
Tufeld's voice career began in radio. He was the announcer on The Amazing Mr. Malone on the American Broadcasting Company in early 1950 (before the show moved to New York and NBC), then on Alan Reed's Falstaff's Fables, an ABC five-minute program, starting in the fall radio season of 1950. From October 25, 1952 to March 19, 1955, he was the announcer for the entire run of ABC Radio's Space Patrol.

Television and later life

He moved to television in 1955,[2] working in ABC daytime programming and anchoring The Three Star Final, a 15-minute newscast on KABC-TV, Los Angeles, which debuted on October 3, 1955 at noon (replacing Wrangler Jim), then moved to 11 p.m. on April 2, 1956.
Tufeld was often used as the announcer on Disney television shows, including the 1957–1959 series, Zorro, starring future Lost in Space lead Guy Williams. He had periods as the house announcer on two ABC variety series, The Hollywood Palace and The Julie Andrews Hour.
In 1954, he was cast in assorted roles in fifteen episodes of Gene Autry Productions's syndicated television series, Annie Oakley, starring Gail Davis and Brad Johnson.
Tufeld is perhaps best known as the voice of the Robot in the CBS television series Lost in Space, a role he reprised for the 1998 feature film. He also provided the narration voiceover for many other Irwin Allen productions, such as ABC's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and The Time Tunnel, and did voice work for the 1978 animated television series Fantastic Four. He nar­rated sev­eral episodes of Thundarr the Barbarian (1980), as well. The main title nar­ra­tor on the 1979 DePatie-Freleng series Spider-Woman, he was also the main title announcer on the 1981 Mar­vel Pro­duc­tions show Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.[3][4]
He died in 2012 of congestive heart failure.[5]

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Clarence Tillenius, Canadian artist and conservationist, died he was 98.

Clarence Tillenius, CM OM was a Canadian artist, environmentalist, and advocate for the protection of wildlife and wilderness died he was 98..

(August 31, 1913 – January 22, 2012) 

Early years

Born on August 31, 1913 in Sandridge, Manitoba to parents having Swedish and Norwegian ancestry, Tillenius grew up with six siblings on a farm in the Manitoba Interlake region 100 km north of Winnipeg. His parents recognized his artistic skills when he created a portrait of the family dog at the young age of four and he sketched, painted or drawn every day until his death. Tillenius attended Clematis School in 1919 and kept in correspondence with his teacher Marion Archibald (Irwin) until her death. Tillenius attended High School in Teulon, Manitoba but never attended university due to the Great Depression. Tillenius educated himself by acquiring and reading books and had over 5,000 books in his library.


Tillenius worked on farms, mines, lumber camps, railroad crews, forest fire crews and construction crews in Manitoba and Ontario during which time he developed a greater interest in the outdoors. He built a homestead cabin in Ontario.
Tillenius sold his first cover to the Country Guide in 1934.
He barely escaped death in a railway line reconstruction accident at Hudson, Ontario in 1936, losing his right arm at the shoulder after falling under a CNR rock car while operating a steam shovel. During recovery at the hospital in Sioux Lookout, a nurse and doctor encouraged him to learn to paint using his left hand. This encouraged Tillenius to persevere and to redevelop his painting skills using his left hand. He received the tutelage of a fine artist and great friend, Alexander J. Musgrove, who established the first drawing school in Manitoba.
The Country Guide published the first magazine cover done with Tillenius's left hand in 1940 and he continued to work as an illustrator and cover designer for the magazine for 30 years. Tillenius also provided illustrations and covers for The Beaver for over 40 years, as well as many other magazines and newspapers.
Tillenius met weekly with artist and sculptor Leo Mol, cartoonist Peter Kuch and several other artists for life drawing sessions of a live model in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
During 1943 to 1945, Tillenius visited and became friends with famed painter Carl Rungius in his Banff studio and in New York City. He also met painter of birds Alan Brooks in Vernon, British Columbia and traveled with the editor of the Country Guide on a 2000 mile trip through the Rockies and British Columbia and back and forth across the plains of Saskatchewan and Alberta.
From 1948 to 1953, Tillenius observed a number of wolf-hunting expeditions in Kenora, Winnipeg and Sioux Lookout. Some of his wolf series were completed at this time.
Tillenius was contracted in the 1950s to create a total of 18 lifesize dioramas of buffalo, wildlife and wilderness for Canadian Museums including the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, the Alberta Provincial Museum in Edmonton, the Provincial Museum in Victoria, the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature in Winnipeg and the Cultural Heritage Centre in Baker Lake. He completed a 51-foot diorama depicting a Red River buffalo hunt for the opening of the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature in Winnipeg by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Tillenius travelled across Canada in 1954 to create a series of 200 large oil paintings of Canada's wildlife and wilderness landscapes entitled "Monarchs of the Canadian Wilds", commissioned by the Monarch Life Assurance Company. These paintings are now grouped together in a collection at The Pavilion Gallery at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg. Hundreds of thousands of reproductions of these paintings and their accompanying texts have been distributed across Canada and around the world. Tillenius says that "It is my hope that people who saw them would be moved to preserve some of that matchless wilderness we are now so blessed with but which will disappear unless people who care unite to safeguard it." And "I want to create a body of paintings that will remain when the wilderness that inspired them has disappeared under asphalt highways, hydro lines and the survey trails of oil exploration companies." The paintings depict many of Canada's principal large animals; grizzlies, black and polar bears, timber wolves, mountain lions, musk-oxen, woodland and barren caribou, moose, pronghorned antelope, dall and bighorn sheep, mule and white-tail deer.
Between 1957 and 1959 Tillenius travelled by pack-horse on a number of trips in the Canadian Rockies and Waterton Lakes with rancher, author and environmentalist friend Andy Russell. In May 1959 he packed into the Kluane with Andy and Dick Russell to paint and draw grizzly bears, wolves, moose and golden eagles.
Tillenius left for a study trip to Europe in 1962 and was able to view the works of Anders Zorn, Bruno Liljefors of Upsala, Sweden and the animal painter and illustrator Harald Wiberg. He also studied the Impressionists and traveled to Scotland to view the Sargents in the Tate in London.
In 1964 Tillenius joined Ralph Hedlin who was on a writing and photography assignment for Maclean's, and the pair traveled with Inuit by dog team, lived in igloos, and observed firsthand the hunt for polar bears on Southampton Island. In August of that year, he traveled to Vancouver Island to hunt with Jim Dewar and to choose the environment and paint the background to be depicted in a cougar diorama in Victoria.
Tillenius continued to study museum methods, diorama construction and mammal groups. In 1967 he visited the Buffalo Park near Wainwright, Alberta to record the reminiscences of old buffalo herders.
In 1968, Tillenius and Ralph Hedlin traveled to Southampton Island again to observe a polar bear hunt and Eskimo life as studies for a polar bear diorama. Tillenius also completed his pronghorn and buffalo dioramas in time for the opening of the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature.
Tillenius taught wildlife drawing classes at the Okanagan Summer School of the Arts near Penticton, British Columbia for ten years until 1978. He has also taught many other artists including bronze sculptor Peter Sawatzky, cowboy artist John Moyers and cowgirl artist Terri Moyers.
In 2005, Tillenius painted two of sixty cement polar bears, each 8 feet (2.4 m) tall and weighing 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg), created as a fundraising project for Cancer Care Manitoba. "Knights of the Polar Circle" features 15 smaller polar bears painted on it in a number of story themes. "Pondering Grizzly" (posing with Tillenius in photo, above) was the only grizzly bear in the collection and now stands guard in front of Winnipeg City Hall on Main Street. Peter Sawatzky assisted Tillenius by creating a hump on the bear's back and permanent claws characteristic of grizzly bears.
Tillenius's paintings are found in private and corporate collections across North America and in Japan and Sweden. His career of painting, drawing and sketching continues as of 2010.


On January 24, 2012, it was reported that Tillenius had died.[1] Subsequent news reports revealed he died on January 22 at the age of 98.[2]


Clarence Tillenius is a:
Clarence Tillenius received the following distinctive awards and elections:
Tillenius's dioramas were designated as National Treasures in 2007 by the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.
The Pavilion Gallery in Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park opened a permanent gallery honoring Tillenius and his art in 1998. A collection of his work remains on public display year round.

Conservation work

Tillenius sat on numerous committees to preserve tracts of Manitoba wilderness to benefit wildlife. He felt strongly that human encroachment eliminates wildlife habitat and species, and this is the reason he painted wildlife and wilderness.


  • Sketch Pad out-of-doors. Artist's instructional aid. Trails of the Interlake Studio, First published 1956, Reprinted 1962, 1986.
  • Days of the Buffalo. Paintings. Trails of the Interlake Studio, 1998.
  • Tillenius. Celebrated the opening of the Clarence Tillenius Gallery on the second floor of The Pavilion in Assiniboine park. Trails of the Interlake Studio, 1998.
  • Buffalo. Edited by John E. Foster, Dick Harrison, I. S. McLaren, includes a section written by Tillenius on 'An Artist Among the Buffalo'; and a section written by I.S. McLaren on Tillenius as an artist. The University of Alberta Press, 1992.
  • Deer Hunting Hints. by C.I. Tillenius, Canadian Industries Limited

Art publications

Other pieces of Tillenius's art were published in magazines across the continent including:
Tillenius also provided illustrations for the following books:

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