Saturday, December 29, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2312, December 29th, 2012

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Our end of the year LuLac tradition is to list those people in politics, sports and pop culture who have passed away in the last 12 months. Some names you'll know, others you might have forgotten about. All were significant in some manner. The list was compiled from Wikipedia and was cross checked for accuracy with a listing from the Washington Post. 
My New Year's Wish for all of my readers for 2013: "Stay off that list!"


Ruth Fernández, 92, Puerto Rican contralto and politician, Senator (1973–1981). 
Alex DeCroce, 75, American politician, New Jersey General Assembly Minority Leader (since 2004 
Larry Solway, 83, Canadian radio personality and author.
Natalee Holloway, 18 (in 2005), American student, missing since 2005. 
Bill Janklow, 72, American politician, Attorney General (1975–1979) and Governor of South Dakota (1979–1987, 1995–2003); U.S. Representative (2003–2004), brain cancer .
Morgan Jones, 83, American actor (The Blue Angels, The Twilight Zone). 
Richard Threlkeld, 74, American television journalist (CBS News), traffic collision 
Dan Evins, 76, American entrepreneur, founder of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. 
Hulett C. Smith, 93, American politician, Governor of West Virginia (1965–1969). 
Jimmy Castor, 71, American funk and R&B saxophonist ("Troglodyte (Cave Man)"), heart failure. 
Mike Current, 66, American football player (Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), apparent suicide by gunshot.
 Johnny Otis, 90, American R and B singer-songwriter 
Marty Springstead, 74, American baseball umpire, heart attack. Sarah Burke, 29, Canadian freestyle skier, world champion (2005), cardiac arrest following skiing accident. Etta James, 73, American blues singer ("At Last"), leukemia. 
Cliff Chambers, 90, American baseball player. 
Andy Musser, one of the friendliest broadcasters I've ever met. (Photo Philly Sports History). 
Andy Musser, 74, American sportscaster (Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia 76ers). 
Joe Paterno, 85, American college football coach (Penn State Nittany Lions), lung cancer.
James Farentino, 73, American actor (Dynasty, ER, Melrose Place), sequelae from hip fracture. Robert Hegyes, 60, American actor (Welcome Back, Kotter; Cagney and Lacey), heart attack. • Tom Campbell, 84, Canadian politician, Mayor of Vancouver (1967–1972). 
Greg Cook, 65, American football player (Cincinnati Bengals), complications from pneumonia. Kay Davis, 91, American jazz singer. 
Kevin White, 82, American politician, Mayor of Boston (1968–1984). 
Anthony Bevilacqua, 88, Roman Catholic prelate, Archbishop of Philadelphia (1988–2003). King Stitt, 71, Jamaican singer, complications from prostate cancer and diabetes. 


Herb Adams, 83, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox). 
Don Cornelius, 75, American television host and producer (Soul Train), suicide by gunshot. David Peaston, 54, American R&B singer, complications of diabetes. 
Ben Gazzara, 81, American actor (The Big Lebowski, Road House), pancreatic cancer. Florence Green, 110, British supercentenarian, last surviving veteran of World War I. 
Danny Clyburn, 37, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Devil Rays), shot Whitney Houston, 48, American singer ("I Will Always Love You") and actress (The Bodyguard), drowned. 
David Kelly, 82, Irish actor (Fawlty Towers, Strumpet City, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). 
Freddie Solomon, 59, American football player (Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers), colon and liver cancer 
Dory Previn, 86, American singer-songwriter (Mythical Kings and Iguanas) and lyricist (Valley of the Dolls, Last Tango in Paris). 
Rose Cliver, 109, American centenarian, one of the last known survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.. 
Billy Strange, 81, American songwriter ("Limbo Rock") and music arranger. 
Terry Mathews, 47, American baseball player (Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Baltimore Orioles), heart attack. 
Jay Ward, 73, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds). ck, 74, American lieutenant general, lung cancer. 
Gary Carter, 57, American Hall of Fame baseball player (Montreal Expos, New York Mets), brain tumor. 
Harry McPherson, 82, American lawyer and lobbyist, advisor to Lyndon B. Johnson, cancer. Howie Nunn, 76, American baseball player .
John J. Yeosock,  74, American lieutenant general, lung cancer.
Davy Jones, 66, British actor and musician (The Monkees), heart attack. 

 Violet Wood, 112, British supercentenarian, oldest person in the UK. 


Jack Fouts, 86, American football player and coach. 
Randy Primas, 62, American politician, Mayor of Camden, New Jersey (1981–1990), bone marrow cancer. 
Alex Webster, 80, American football player (New York Giants, Montreal Alouettes) and coach (New York Giants).
Jim Obradovich, 62, American baseball player (Houston Astros). 
Ronnie Montrose, 64, American guitarist (Montrose), suicide. 
Don Mincher, 73, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins, California Angels, Oakland Athletics), President of the Southern League (2000–2011). 
Ted L. Strickland, 79, American politician, Lieutenant Governor of Colorado (1973–1975). Carl Rattray, 82, Jamaican jurist and politician, Attorney General (1989–1993) and President of the Court of Appeal (1993–1999). 
John Demjanjuk, 91, Ukrainian Nazi war criminal, natural causes. 
Mel Parnell, 89, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox), cancer. 
Ron Erhardt, 81, American football coach (New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets). 
Murray Lender, 81, American entrepreneur (Lender's Bagels), complications from a fall. Lonnie Wright, 68, American football (Denver Broncos) and basketball (Denver Rockets) player, heart failure.
Dennis Bennett, one of the members of the '64 Phillies team. (Photo Topps, LuLac archives). 
Dennis Bennett, 72, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox). 
Bert Sugar, 74, American boxing writer and historian, cardiac arrest. 
Jerry Lynch, 81, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds), prostate cancer. 
Dale R. Corson, 97, American physicist, President of Cornell University (1969–1977), heart failure. 
George Emerson Cole, 93, was an American radio, television, and special events producer/announcer pioneer whose weekly radio program "The Big Bands Are Back" ran for over 32 consecutive years in Pinehurst, North Carolina. It is said to be the longest-running big band radio program in history 


Chief Jay Strongbow, 83, American professional wrestler.
Mike Wallace, 93, American news correspondent (60 Minutes).
Paul Bogart, 92, American Emmy Award-winning television director (All in the Family), natural causes. 
Teddy Charles, 84, American jazz musician and composer. 
Stan Johnson, 75, American baseball player. (Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Athletics). 
Dick Clark, 82, American television host and producer (American Bandstand, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, Pyramid), heart attack. 
John O'Neil, 91, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies).
Ray Easterling, 62, American football player (Atlanta Falcons), suicide by gunshot. 
Greg Ham, 58, Australian musician (Men at Work)
Levon Helm, 71, American musician (The Band) and actor (Coal Miner's Daughter), throat cancer.
Fred Bradley, 91, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox).
Bill Skowron, 81, American baseball player (New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox), heart failure.
George Murdock, 81, American actor (Barney Miller, Battlestar Galactica, The X-Files), cancer.
Billy Neighbors, 72, American football player (Boston Patriots, Miami Dolphins), heart attack.
Benzion Netanyahu, 102, Israeli historian, academic, and Revisionist Zionist activist, father of Benjamin Netanyahu. 


John Spencer Hardy, 98, American lieutenant general, NATO commander for Southern Europe.
Harold K. Hoskins, 85, American pilot, Tuskegee Airman, Congressional Gold Medal winner, complications from a fall.
Greg Jackson, 60, American basketball player (New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns), heart attack. Junior Seau, 43, American football player (San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots), suicide by gunshot.
Mort Lindsay with Judy Garland. Lindsay was the musical director for Garland as well as The Merv Griffen Show. (Photo NY Times). 
Mort Lindsey, 89, American orchestra leader and composer.  
George Lindsey, 83, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D., Hee Haw), after brief illness. 
Vidal Sassoon, 84, British hairstylist, leukemia. 
Frank Wills, 53, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians). 
Donna Summer, 63, American singer ("Bad Girls", "Hot Stuff", "Last Dance", "I Feel Love"), lung cancer. 
Peter Jones, 49, British drummer (Crowded House), brain cancer. 
Lee Rich, 93, American television executive and producer (The Waltons, Dallas), co-founder of Lorimar Television, lung cancer. 
Dick Beals, 85, American voice actor (Davey and Goliath, Speedy Alka-Seltzer).
Charles Lemmond, 84, American politician, Pennsylvania State Senator (1985–2006).
Robin Gibb, 62, British singer and songwriter (Bee Gees), liver and kidney failure. 


Pedro Borbón, 65, Dominican Republic-born American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), cancer. 
Herb Reed, 83, American singer (The Platters).[ 
Ray Bradbury, 91, American science fiction and fantasy author (Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes).
Hal Keller, 83, American baseball player (Washington Senators) and executive (Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers), esophageal cancer.
Bob Welch, 66, American musician (Fleetwood Mac, Paris) and songwriter ("Sentimental Lady"), suicide by gunshot.
Character actor Frank Cady. (Photo 
Frank Cady, 96, American actor (Green Acres, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Petticoat Junction). 
Hawk Taylor, 73, American baseball player (Milwaukee Braves, New York Mets, Kansas City Royals. 
Dave Boswell, 67, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), heart attack. 
Ann Rutherford, 94, Canadian-born American actress (Gone with the Wind, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), heart disease. 
Henry Hill, 69, American mobster, inspiration for the movie Goodfellas, heart condition. Patricia Brown, 81, American baseball player (All-American Girls Professional Baseball League) and law librarian and professor (Suffolk University).
Rodney King, 47, American victim of videotaped police beating that sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots, accidental drowning. 
LeRoy Neiman, 91, American artist. 
Nora Ephron, 71, American screenwriter and film director (When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle, Julie and  Julia), pneumonia. 
Doris Singleton, 92, American actress (I Love Lucy, My Three Sons). She was the last surviving cast member of the “I Love Lucy” series. •
Judy Agnew, 91, American Second Lady (1969–1973), widow of former Vice President Spiro Agnew 
Don Grady, 68, American actor (My Three Sons, The Mickey Mouse Club), cancer. 
Yitzhak Shamir, 96, Israeli politician, Prime Minister (1983–1984, 1986–1992), Alzheimer's disease. 


Mike Hershberger, 72, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers) 
Ossie Hibbert, 62, Jamaican musician, heart attack. 
 Ben Davidson, 72, American football player (Oakland Raiders) and actor (Conan the Barbarian, Necessary Roughness), prostate cancer. 
Julian Goodman, 90, American broadcasting executive, President of NBC (1966–1974). 
Andy Griffith, 86, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock), heart attack. 
Doris Neal, 83, American baseball player (AAGPBL). 
Ernest Borgnine, 95, American actor (Marty, McHale's Navy, From Here to Eternity), renal failure. 
Don Brinkley, 91, American television writer (The Fugitive, Medical Center, Trapper John, M.D.), natural causes,
The Eagles King Hill. (Photo, Philadelphia 
King Hill, 75, American football player (Philadelphia Eagles), cancer. 
Celeste Holm, 95, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve, Tom Sawyer).
Stephen Covey, 79, American writer (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People), complications after a bicycle accident. 
Kitty Wells, 92, American country music singer ("It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", "Making Believe"), complications after a stroke. 
William Raspberry, 76, American journalist and newspaper columnist (The Washington Post), prostate cancer. 
Robert Creamer, 90, American sportswriter and author, prostate cancer. 
Tony Martin, 98, American actor and singer, widower of Cyd Charisse, natural causes. Gore Vidal, 86, American playwright, novelist, political commentator and actor (Bob Roberts), pneumonia. 


Jimmy Jones, 82, American pop singer ("Handy Man", "Good Timin'"). 

Paul McCracken, 96, American economist, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (1969–1971).
Sister Boom Boom, 57, American gay rights activist, member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, liver cancer. 
Marvin Hamlisch, 68, American composer (The Way We Were, A Chorus Line) and arranger (The Sting), EGOT winner,.
Carl Davis, 77, American record producer ("Duke of Earl", "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"), lung disease. 
Helen Gurley Brown, 90, American author, publisher, and businesswoman; editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine (1965–1997).
Johnny Pesky, 92, American baseball player, manager, and coach (Boston Red Sox).
Ron Palillo, 63, American actor (Welcome Back, Kotter), apparent heart attack.
William Windom, 88, American actor (Murder She Wrote, My World and Welcome to It, The Farmer's Daughter, Star Trek), heart failure. 
Phyllis Diller, 95, American comedienne and actress (The Pruitts of Southampton), natural causes..
Virginia Dwyer, 92, American actress (Another World, As the World Turns, Guiding Light). Steve Van Buren, 91, American Hall of Fame football player (Philadelphia Eagles), pneumonia. Neil Armstrong, 82, American astronaut, first person to walk on the Moon, complications from coronary artery bypass surgery. 
Les Moss, 87, American baseball player (St. Louis Browns). 


Hal David, 91, American lyricist ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"), complications from a stroke. 
Michael Clarke Duncan, 54, American actor (The Green Mile, Armageddon, Daredevil), complications from a heart attack. 
Joe South, 72, American singer-songwriter ("Down in the Boondocks", "Hush", "Rose Garden"), heart failure. 
Art Modell, 87, American businessman, owner of the Baltimore Ravens (1996–2004), heart failure. 
Dorothy McGuire, 84, American singer, complications of Parkinson’s disease. 
Bob Hale, 78, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees). 
Steve Sabol, 69, American filmmaker, co-founder of NFL Films, brain cancer.
Andy Williams, 84, American singer ("Moon River") and entertainer, bladder cancer. 

Johnny Lewis, 28, American actor (Sons of Anarchy, The O.C.), injuries from a fall. 
R. B. Greaves, 68, American singer ("Take a Letter Maria"), prostate cancer. 


David N. Martin, 82, American advertising executive, founder of The Martin Agency, creator of the Virginia is for Lovers slogan, cancer..
Larry Block, 69, American actor (Slap Shot, Cocktail, Don't Say a Word).
Alex Karras, 77, American football player (Detroit Lions) and actor (Blazing Saddles, Webster), kidney failure. 
Beano Cook, 81, American college football historian and television sports analyst (ESPN).
Champ Summers. (Photo, Topps, LuLac archives.) 
Champ Summers, 66, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers), kidney cancer. 
Gary Collins, 74, American actor (The Sixth Sense, The Wackiest Ship in the Army) and television host (Miss America), natural causes. 
Eddie Yost, 86, American baseball player and coach (Washington Senators), cardiovascular disease. .
Dave May, 68, American baseball player (Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles), complications from cancer and diabetes.
George McGovern. (Photo Rolling Stone.) 
George McGovern, 90, American politician and USAAF pilot, U.S. Representative (1957–1961) and Senator (1963–1981), 1972 Democratic Party presidential nominee..
Teri Shields, 79, American model and actress; mother and manager of actress Brooke Shields, illness related to dementia.  


Pascual Pérez, 55, Dominican baseball player (Atlanta Braves, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees), bludgeoning. 
Joe Ginsberg, 86, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers).
Carmen Basilio, 85, American boxer, pneumonia. 
Darrell Royal, 88, American football coach (University of Texas), Alzheimer's disease. 
Lee MacPhail, 95, American baseball Hall of Fame general manager (Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees), American League President (1973–1984), natural causes. 
Major Harris, 65, American R&B singer ("Love Won't Let Me Wait"), member of The Delfonics, heart and lung failure. 

Wendell Garrett, 83, American historian, appraiser on Antiques Roadshow, natural causes. 
Art Ginsburg, 81, American television chef (Mr. Food), pancreatic cancer. 
Larry Hagman, 81, American actor (Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie), complications from throat cancer. 
Hal Trosky, 76, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), lung cancer. 
Earl Carroll, 75, American singer (The Cadillacs, The Coasters), complications of a stroke and diabetes. 
Zig Ziglar, 86, American author and motivational speaker, pneumonia  


Jerry Brown, 25, American football player (Dallas Cowboys), traffic collision. 
Marty Reisman, 82, American table tennis player, complications of heart and lung ailments. Dave Brubeck, 91, American jazz pianist ("Take Five") and composer ("Blue Rondo à la Turk", "Unsquare Dance"), heart failure.


Rick Majerus, 64, American college basketball coach (University of Utah, Saint Louis University), heart failure. 
Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., .a Four-star General has died at the age of 78 in his Florida home. The decorated U.S. Army general fought in the Vietnam War and led hundreds of thousands of U.S. and allied troops to victory in the 1991 Gulf War. 
Jack Klugman. He died around Christmas time. Klugman began his career in the late 1940s on the stage. He later moved on to television and film work with roles in 12 Angry Men (1957) and Cry Terror! (1958). During the 1960s, he guest starred on numerous television series. Klugman won his first Primetime Emmy Award for his guest starring role on The Defenders, in 1964. He also made a total of four appearances on The Twilight Zone from 1960 to 1963. In 1970, Klugman reprised his Broadway role of Oscar Madison in the television adaptation of The Odd Couple, opposite Tony Randall. The series aired from 1970 to 1975. Klugman won his second and third Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for his work on the series. From 1976 to 1983, he starred in the title role in Quincy, M.E. for which he earned four Primetime Emmy Award nominations. A long-time smoker, Klugman was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1974. The cancer returned in 1989. During the course of treatment, Klugman lost a vocal cord which left him with a raspy voice. Klugman married actress Brett Somers in 1953. The couple had two children before separating in 1974. They never divorced and were still married when Somers died in 2007. 
Charles Durning was an actor had over 200 appearances in over 200 movies, television shows and plays. Durning's memorable roles included the Oscar-winning The Sting (1973) and crime drama Dog Day Afternoon (1975), along with the comedies Tootsie, To Be or Not to Be and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the last two of which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor. He also won a Tony award for his portrayal of Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1990. During also played in the Burt Reynolds CBS Series “Evening Shade” in the early 90s. 
Robert Bork whose unsuccessful Supreme Court nomination made him a hero to conservatives and a touchstone in the culture wars over abortion and civil rights, died Wednesday. He was 85. Bork was also the Solicitor General around the time of the Nixon Saturday Night Massacre where a Special Prosecutor as well as two Attorney Generals were fired by Bork. 
Daniel Inouye, Hawai’s long serving Senator died at the age of 89. Inouye was the most senior U.S. senator at the time of his death. He was also the second-longest serving U.S. Senator in history after Robert Byrd. Inouye continuously represented Hawaii in the U.S. Congress since it achieved statehood in 1959 until the time of his death, serving as Hawaii's first U.S. Representative and later a senator. Inouye was the first Japanese American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and later the first in the U.S. Senate. Before then, he served in the Hawaii territorial house from 1954 to 1958 and the territorial senate from 1958 to 1959. He never lost an election in 58 years. 
Fontella Bass, a soul singer from the 60s died at the age of 72. Her one and only hit was one of the biggest of the 60s, “Rescue Me””. 
Harry Carey, Jr., 91, American actor (Gremlins, Tombstone, The Searchers), natural causes. Houston McCoy, 72, American police officer, killed Charles Whitman to stop University of Texas sniper spree, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease..
Ray Collins, 73, American singer (The Mothers of Invention), cardiac arrest.[44] 
Brad Corbett, 75, American baseball owner (Texas Rangers, 1974–1980 .
Frank Pastore, 55, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), injuries from a traffic collision. Jim Whalen, 69, American football player (New England Patriots).


Richard Dawson from “Hogan’s Heroes” and “Family Feud” fame. You can see Dawson on early shows he was in on Me TV. 
Sally Ride, the first female astronaut. Sherman Hensley from “All In the Family” and then the seminal “Jefferson’s”. 
Charles Colson a Nixon aide who said he would run over his grandmother for President Nixon. In prison he later found God. 
Ravi Shankar, a Transcendental Meditation guru and sitar player who captured the imagination of the then impressionable Beatles. 
Earl Scruggs, the blue grass genius who performed and wrote “The Ballad of Jed Clampett”. 
Kathryn "Joosten" Rausch was an American television actress best known for her regular role as Karen McCluskey in Desperate Housewives, for which she won two Emmy Awards, and for her recurring role in The West Wing as Dolores Landingham.
Paul Stueber, friend of this blog as well as the News director at both WNEP TV and WBRE TV. He was like a crusty old time newspaper editor in a TV world. His impact on Northeastern Pennsylvania area news will be felt for a few generations at least. When LuLac wqas in its infancy, he was critical but much, much too kind. 
Leo Valovich, an institution in Hazleton broadcasting died this year. Every time I saw Leo he was fond of saying, "I like your work". We all loved his! 


At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Your Friend and Political Sparring Partner said...

Ugh! Who cares about random strangers that have died; people die every day. Love life, live life and look forward.

At 1:39 PM, Anonymous JUNCTION said...

Bravo Dave, well done.
What a great job you did in the time and effort spent to have all those people's names compiled. As always there will be some that were missed out but for the most part you got the bases covered. It is a nice tribute to the many great people who have been a part of our everyday lives. We always seem not to notice when someone does good for humanity until they have passed.
Again, BRAVO

At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judy Agnew. Wow that was barely reported.
And what was the story with Terry McNulty and that Major Harris song? When it was out, he used to say something funny and damn if I can remember.
And who didn't love Mr. Drucker!!!

At 8:06 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

And what was the story with Terry McNulty and that Major Harris song? When it was out, he used to say something funny and damn if I can remember.

At 11:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Jim Drucker an announcer for WARM in the 60’s I remember the name but it is not in your listing of stars

At 11:38 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Was Jim Drucker an announcer for WARM in the 60’s I remember the name but it is not in your listing of stars


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