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* Joel Beck; Berkeley Barb Cartoonist

September 25, 1999

Joel Beck, 56, cartoonist with the underground Berkeley Barb newspaper in the 1960s. As a teenager, Beck began slipping his cartoons under the door at the Pelican, the UC Berkeley humor magazine. In 1965, he was voted the nation's best college cartoonist by humor magazine editors, although he never attended college. Beck later lived and worked in a converted closet in a Berkeley building known as Haste House, contributing a full-page comic each week to the Berkeley Barb. He published a full-length comic book, loosely based on the career of comedian Lenny Bruce, called "Lenny of Laredo." The cartoonist also produced books titled "Marching Marvin" and "The Profit." In recent years, he lived in Point Richmond and earned money by illustrating advertisements. Bedridden two years in his childhood with tuberculosis and spinal meningitis, Beck had been in ill health since he was beaten and mugged a few years ago. On Sept. 15 in Point Richmond, Calif., of tuberculosis.

* Ivan Goff; Co-Creator of 'Charlie's Angels'

Ivan Goff, 89, co-creator of hit 1970s TV series "Charlie's Angels," whose screenwriting credits included the films "White Heat," "Captain Horatio Hornblower" and "Man of a Thousand Faces." Goff was a newspaperman in his native Australia who came to California as a Hollywood correspondent for the London Daily Mirror in the 1930s. He met his longtime writing partner, Ben Roberts, when both of them were serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II. Over four decades, he and Roberts wrote 25 feature films that starred James Cagney, Gregory Peck, Clark Gable, Doris Day, Joan Crawford and others. One of their best known screenplays was for the 1949 gangster classic "White Heat," in which they gave Cagney one of the most famous lines in movie history: "Look, Ma, I made it. Top of the world!" They won an Oscar nomination for their screenplay for "Man of a Thousand Faces," which starred Cagney as Lon Chaney. Their other movie credits included "Midnight Lace," "Shake Hands With the Devil," "Band of Angels," "Green Fire," "King of the Khyber Rifles" and "Goodbye, My Fancy." Goff and Roberts turned to television in the 1960s, writing "The Rogues" for Dick Powell, David Niven and Charles Boyer and producing "Mannix." In 1976, they wrote the pilot for "Charlie's Angels," the sexy detective drama that made stars of Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson and Cheryl Ladd. Goff was a past president of the screen writers council of the Screen Writers Guild, the predecessor of the Writers Guild of America. He also wrote a novel, "No Longer Innocent," and a play "Portrait in Black." A longtime resident of the Malibu Colony, Goff had Alzheimer's disease, according to Associated Press. On Thursday in his sleep at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica.

* Hank Palmieri; Filmmaker

Hank Palmieri, 43, who created National Geographic's feature film division. A member of the New York Explorer's Club and the Royal Geographic Society, Palmieri was a natural to bring drama to the documentaries and nature films of the historic magazine. Educated at London's School of Architecture, he pursued a career as a Los Angeles architect before becoming a production executive at Vista Films. Palmieri, who credited his international view to a trip around the world with his father at the age of 12, sought to portray the core idealism that drove each hero's quest for discovery, innovation and exploration. Among his films were "Forbidden Territory" about the meeting of Dr. David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley in Africa, which appeared on ABC in December 1997. Other projects included the upcoming mini-series about Lewis and Clark based on Stephen Ambrose's book "Undaunted Courage," and the story of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. On Sept. 18 in Malibu of metastatic melanoma.

* Basil Rodzianko; Retired Bishop

Basil Rodzianko, 84, retired bishop of the Orthodox Church in America who formerly ministered in San Francisco. For more than 30 years, the bishop made regular religious radio broadcasts from England and the United States to his native Russia and the Soviet Union over Vatican Radio and the Voice of America. He moved to the United States in 1978 as bishop of Washington and of the Orthodox Church in America, which is an independent unit of the Russian Orthodox Church. He later took on additional duties as bishop of San Francisco and the West and lived for a time in San Francisco. He retired in 1984 and returned to Washington, where he continued his radio broadcasts. Since 1991 he had made regular visits to Moscow, where he appeared on Russian national television. On Sept. 17 in Washington of cardiac arrest.

* Joe Shapiro; Former General Counsel for Disney

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