September 2008
Jerry Reed
September 1, 2008

Jerry Reed, whose roles in three
"Smokey and the Bandit" Southern
comedy films opposite Burt Reynolds
often overshadowed his gifts as a
prolific country singer-songwriter and
virtuoso guitarist, died Monday,
September 1st, at his home outside
Nashville of complications from
emphysema. He was 71.

Reed gained widespread fame as
Reynolds' wisecracking foil starting with
"W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings" in
1975, followed the next year by "Gator"
and then, in 1977, the first of three
"Smokey and the Bandit" movies in
which he played Cledus "Snowman"
Snow. In his last major film role, he
played a harsh football coach in the
1998 Adam Sandler comedy "The
Bill Melendez
September 2, 2008

‘Peanuts’ animator Bill Melendez dies at 91

Bill Melendez, the animator who gave life to
Snoopy, Charlie Brown and other “Peanuts”
characters in scores of movies and TV
specials, has died.

Melendez died Tuesday at St. John’s
Hospital, according to publicist Amy
Goldsmith. Melendez’s nearly seven decades
as a professional animator began in 1938
when he was hired by Walt Disney Studios
and worked on Mickey Mouse cartoons and
classic animated features such as “Pinocchio”
and “Fantasia.”

He went on to animate TV specials such as
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” and was the
voice of Snoopy, who never spoke intelligible
words but issued expressive howls, sighs
and sobs.
Paul Newman
September 26, 2008

Actor, businessman and philanthropist Paul
Newman died Friday at the age of 83.

The charismatic star of The Sting, Cool Hand
Luke and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance
Kid, died of cancer at his home in Westport,

He was handsome, smart, sensitive and a
fine actor, but for a lot of people, it really
came down to those eyes: cobalt blue,
piercing, intelligent — and most of all —
readable by the camera.

Newman often told interviewers he originally
took up acting not because he was driven by
a passion for it, but to escape his father's
sporting-goods business. He claimed to have
been one of the worst college actors ever,
learning his lines by rote, not giving a
thought to context or how they fit into the
Jerry Reed
Bill Melendez - Peanuts animator
Paul Newman