November 2, 2011
The actor, best known for playing the
self-important father of gum-crunching
Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 fantasy
film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate
Factory, passed away from cancer. He
He is survived by his granddaughter,
Lindsey Fryman-Borchard; his wife,
Carole; three daughters, Robin Stone,
Debbie Stone, and Jan Fryman; a son,
Michael Merkow-Stone; and seven more
He served in the United States Navy
during World War II. After World War II,
he studied drama at the Royal Academy
of Dramatic Arts in London, England.
Then he moved to Australia where he
joined the traveling theatre production of
the Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical,
November 7, 2011
Joe Frazier achieved, the former world
heavyweight boxing champion, who has
died of liver cancer aged 67, was destined
to remain in the shadow of his nemesis,
Muhammad Ali, who twice beat him in the
most famous trilogy of fights the sport
has ever produced. The third of those
1970s encounters – memorably dubbed
the "Thrilla in Manila" – is generally
remembered as the greatest fight of all
Known as “Smokin Joe” because of his
relentless all-action style, Frazier was not
a great knockout artist but wore
opponents down with his remorseless
Having dropped out of high school and
married at 15, he migrated north and was
working in a Philadelphia slaughterhouse
when he took up boxing in order to lose
November 4, 2011
Andy Rooney so dreaded the day he had
to end his signature "60 Minutes"
commentaries about life's large and small
absurdities that he kept going until he
was 92 years old.
Even then, he said he wasn't retiring.
Writers never retire. But his life after the
end of "A Few Minutes With Andy
Rooney" was short: He died Friday night,
according to CBS, only a month after
delivering his 1,097th and final televised
Rooney had gone to the hospital for an
undisclosed surgery, but major
complications developed and he never
November 8, 2011
For more than a half century, Bil Keane's
gentle “Family Circus” comics entertained
readers with a mix of humor and traditional
family values, intentionally simplistic because
the author thought the American public
needed that consistency.
Keane, who started drawing the one-panel
cartoon featuring Billy, Jeffy, Dolly, P.J. and
their parents in February 1960, died Tuesday
at age 89. His comic strip is featured in
nearly 1,500 newspapers across the country.
November 15, 2011
Karl Slover, one of the last surviving actors
who played Munchkins in the 1939 classic film,
"The Wizard of Oz," has died. He was 93.
The 4-foot-5 Slover died of cardiopulmonary
arrest Tuesday afternoon in a suburban
Atlanta hospital, said Laurens County Deputy
Coroner Nathan Stanley. According to friends,
as recently as last weekend, Slover appeared
at events in the suburban Chicago area.
Slover was best known for playing the lead
trumpeter in the Munchkins' band but also
had roles as a townsman and soldier in the
film, said John Fricke, author of "100 Years of
Oz" and five other books on the movie and its
star, Judy Garland. Slover was one of the
tiniest male Munchkins in the movie.
John Randolph Hearst Jr.
November 07, 2011
Grandson and heir of William Randolph Hearst
John Randolph Hearst Jr., 77, a grandson of
media titan William Randolph Hearst and heir
to the family fortune, died Friday in New York,
Hearst Corp. said in a statement. The cause
was not disclosed.
November 22, 2011
Joseph "Bud" Lewis was the oldest living member of the Professional Golfers' Association of America
(PGA). Lewis became a member of the PGA in May 1931, and became the first member in PGA history
to reach 80 years of membership. Lewis won two major golf tournaments, the Philadelphia Open
Championship in 1942 and 1950. Lewis qualified for the PGA Championship four times, and the U.S.
Open three times. Starting in 1943, Lewis served as the Pro at Manufacturer's Golf & Country Club
for 37 years. He was inducted into the Philadelphia section of the PGA Hall of Fame in 1996. He died in
Jamison, Pennsylvania of natural causes on November 22, 2011. His wife Regina had predeceased
him. He was survived by two sons, a daughter, 18 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
November 25, 2011
An American actress, writer, producer, and
therapist, and the secret biological daughter of
actor Clark Gable and actress Loretta Young.
Lewis' credits include appearances on TV serials
such as General Hospital, Kitty Foyle, The
Brighter Day, The Doctors. Ms. Lewis had her
longest running serial role on The Secret Storm
as Susan Ames from 1964 - 1971. She also
produced the short-lived Another World
spin-off, Texas and was a script writer for NBC
Daytime's Search for Tomorrow.