Monthly Archives: January 2012

John Baker, 66, rescued eight fellow soldiers, killed four snipers, during Vietnam War firefight

(From The New York Times on Jan. 31, 2012.) COLUMBIA, S.C. – John F. Baker Jr., who joined the Army after being deemed too short for the Marines and went on to receive the Medal of Honor for saving eight

John Baker, 66, rescued eight fellow soldiers, killed four snipers, during Vietnam War firefight

(From The New York Times on Jan. 31, 2012.) COLUMBIA, S.C. – John F. Baker Jr., who joined the Army after being deemed too short for the Marines and went on to receive the Medal of Honor for saving eight

Margaret Runyan Castaneda, 90, debunked much of husband/author Carlos Castaneda’s mysticism

(From The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 31, 2012.) GLENDALE, Ariz. – They were an unlikely couple, the Latin American immigrant and the West Virginia divorcee whose paths crossed in mid-1950s Los Angeles. But, by Margaret Runyan Castaneda’s account, she

Margaret Runyan Castaneda, 90, debunked much of husband/author Carlos Castaneda’s mysticism

(From The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 31, 2012.) GLENDALE, Ariz. – They were an unlikely couple, the Latin American immigrant and the West Virginia divorcee whose paths crossed in mid-1950s Los Angeles. But, by Margaret Runyan Castaneda’s account, she

Minneapolis/St. Paul remembers bass player Paul Manske, 57, of the Hillbilly Voodoo Dolls

(From The Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Jan. 31, 2012.) ST. PAUL, Minn. – With his bass, Paul Manske could make the music swing, whether he was playing with rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson or with one of his own groups like the

Minneapolis/St. Paul remembers bass player Paul Manske, 57, of the Hillbilly Voodoo Dolls

(From The Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Jan. 31, 2012.) ST. PAUL, Minn. – With his bass, Paul Manske could make the music swing, whether he was playing with rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson or with one of his own groups like the

Camilla Williams, 92, may have been first black woman to sing with major opera company

(From The Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind., on Jan. 31, 2012.) BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Legendary opera singer Camilla Williams was in failing health when her friends and colleagues Charles Webb and two-time Grammy winner Sylvia McNair stopped by her Bloomington apartment to

Camilla Williams, 92, may have been first black woman to sing with major opera company

(From The Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind., on Jan. 31, 2012.) BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Legendary opera singer Camilla Williams was in failing health when her friends and colleagues Charles Webb and two-time Grammy winner Sylvia McNair stopped by her Bloomington apartment to

TV director John Rich, 86, hit gold with ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Mary Tyler Moore’

(From The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 31, 2012.) LOS ANGELES – As a top television comedy director who won an Emmy directing “The Dick Van Dyke Show”in the early 1960s, John Rich was faced with a tough choice in

TV director John Rich, 86, hit gold with ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Mary Tyler Moore’

(From The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 31, 2012.) LOS ANGELES – As a top television comedy director who won an Emmy directing “The Dick Van Dyke Show”in the early 1960s, John Rich was faced with a tough choice in

‘Better roll on this one’ – ‘Ray Ray’ Foster, 69, kept local reporters up-to-date on police radio traffic

(Editor’s note: Sad news, this one. “Ray Ray” Foster used to call into the newsroom at The Asheville Citizen-Times, where I worked, almost nightly when I was on the cops beat to tell me what he’d just heard on the

‘Better roll on this one’ – ‘Ray Ray’ Foster, 69, kept local reporters up-to-date on police radio traffic

(Editor’s note: Sad news, this one. “Ray Ray” Foster used to call into the newsroom at The Asheville Citizen-Times, where I worked, almost nightly when I was on the cops beat to tell me what he’d just heard on the

Scotsman Jimmy Storie operated behind enemy lines, blew up several German aircraft

(From The Telegraph on Jan. 30, 2012.) Jimmy Storie , who has died aged 92, was the last surviving member of “The Originals”, the handful of men who first joined “L” Detachment, the unit that under the leadership of David

Scotsman Jimmy Storie operated behind enemy lines, blew up several German aircraft

(From The Telegraph on Jan. 30, 2012.) Jimmy Storie , who has died aged 92, was the last surviving member of “The Originals”, the handful of men who first joined “L” Detachment, the unit that under the leadership of David