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September 21, 1994
How is it that the most interesting people I read about anymore are in the obituaries? FRANK L. BURKE Los Angeles
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January 10, 2013
Ned Wertimer, 89, an actor who played Ralph the doorman on all 11 seasons of the CBS sitcom "The Jeffersons," died Jan. 2 at a Valley Village nursing home of complications from a fall at his Burbank home in November, said his manager, Brad Lemack. Wertimer had dozens of guest-starring roles on TV series from the early 1960s through the late 1980s, including "McMillan and Wife," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "I Dream of Jeannie. " But he was best known as Ralph Hart, the uniformed, mustachioed doorman at the luxury apartment building on "The Jeffersons," the "All In the Family" spinoff that ran from 1975 to 1985.
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OPINION
March 21, 1999
Was it by design or by chance that your article on the dying town of Boron (March 15) was continued onto the page holding the obituaries? DAVID ESTES, Yucaipa
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2012
Inder Kumar Gujral Former prime minister of India Former Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, 92, who gave a new impetus to improving India's relations with its neighbors during a term in office that lasted less than a year, died Friday in New Delhi after a yearlong illness, said Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. Gujral had been hospitalized earlier in November with a lung infection. Born Dec. 4, 1919, in the Punjab region of what is now Pakistan, Gujral joined India's freedom movement in the early 1940s and was imprisoned in 1942 for opposing British colonial rule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1995
Is it only a coincidence that most of the article ("Default on Debts Would Hurt O.C.--but How Much?" May 30) on a possible Orange County debt default is adjacent to the obituaries? JANICE H. HILL San Clemente
SPORTS
October 12, 1985
Scott Ostler's column of Oct. 8 ("Oh, What a Story Mauch and the Angels Almost Wrote") was a wanton waste of newsprint. It should have been condensed and placed with the obituaries. DON MARSH Orange
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1992
I would like to add the following two points, both of which have annoyed me for some time: 1) Seems to me there's a plethora of women in Section A of The Times, but they're all in their underwear. Why are there so many bra "sales" as compared to, say, men's underwear or anything else for that matter? 2) Judging from the obituaries, women never die! Or is it just that there aren't any whose passing is worth noting? MARY A. BROWN Burbank
SPORTS
October 10, 1992
Most bullpen relievers are called firemen. I have a suggested name for the Dodger relief corps--the Arsonists. I have been a Dodger fan since they moved to Los Angeles and have never been more disgusted than this year. I would like to give Peter O'Malley some advice. When you clean house, start with Fred Claire. This man should go back to writing sports or obituaries or whatever he did. Then after Tom Lasorda moves somewhere, send the entire bullpen crew packing and when they go, take Ron Perranoski along with them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2010
Violet Weber Fashion editor Violet Weber, 94, fashion editor of the Los Angeles Times' Home magazine from 1964 to 1975, died Feb. 22 at a Los Angeles nursing home from complications of old age, said her niece, Sue Kirschman. Born in 1915 in Sugar Grove, Pa., Weber moved to California during World War II to work in the burgeoning defense industry. Soon she began working as a publicist for MGM studios. Weber's interest in women's fashion led her to The Times' Home magazine, where she was responsible for the publication's extensive fashion stories and photo layouts.
OPINION
June 28, 2004
One of the first items I check when reading my Times is the obituaries. I enjoy reading of the successful and often interesting lives of the deceased. Although American obits don't generally measure up to the British newspapers' creativity in this field, The Times June 24 obituary on little Mattie was wonderful ("Matthew 'Mattie' Stepanek, 13; Poet, Peacemaker"). What a special little guy this was; he did so much to bring us all a message of love and peace. I couldn't help but contrast this angel on Earth with the monsters who kill strangers simply to enhance their standing in street gangs, or to the terrorists in Iraq who behead innocent people to make a political statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2012
Martin Richards Stage producer and philanthropist Martin Richards, 80, a prominent stage producer who won an Oscar for producing the 2002 film "Chicago" decades after bringing it to Broadway, died Monday after a battle with cancer, said his publicist, Judy Jacksina. Plays and musicals he produced over several decades won 36 Tonys. They include the 1978 musical "On the Twentieth Century"; Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd" in 1979 and the 2005 revival; Tommy Tune's "Grand Hotel" in 1989; the 1984 "La Cage Aux Folles" and 2004 revival; and "The Will Rogers Follies," which debuted in 1991.
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August 26, 2012
Saturday reaction to the death of astronaut Neil Armstrong, who became the first person to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969: "When I think of Neil, I think of someone who for our country was dedicated enough to dare greatly. ... He showed a skill and dedication that was just exemplary. I'll miss him not only for that but just as a close personal friend. " -- John Glenn , fellow astronaut who became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 :: "I know I am joined by millions of others in mourning Neil's passing — a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2012
A celebration of life for Willis Edwards, a civil-rights activist and Democratic political operative who died July 13 at 66, is planned for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at First AME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles. The public is welcome.
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June 7, 2012
An excerpt from Ray Bradbury's novel "Fahrenheit 451," copyright © 1953, renewed 1981 by Ray Bradbury. The passage describes Montag and the other firefighters hunting down books and burning them. Have reason to suspect attack; 11 No. Elm, City. E.B. "That would be Mrs. Blake, my neighbor," said the woman, reading the initials. "All right, men, let's get them!" Next thing they were up in musty blackness swinging silver hatchets at doors that were, after all, unlocked, tumbling through like boys all rollick and shout.
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March 16, 2012
Richard Milanovich, who spent nearly three decades as chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, will be honored Wednesday at the Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros. A remembrance ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a celebration of his life at noon. His body will lie in repose at the Convention Center, which will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.
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January 23, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
During a six-decade career, Joe Paterno transformed sleepy Penn State University into a national football power, creating a legacy that no one thought could be beaten — or tarnished. But the Ivy League-educated coach who demanded that his players excel in the classroom as well as on the field and was revered by generations of fans, was, in the end, forced out amid a scandal that broke hearts and stoked fierce national debate. Three months after Penn State's board of trustees fired him after the arrest of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky on multiple felony counts of sexually abusing boys, Paterno died Sunday in State College, Pa. He was 85 and had been diagnosed with lung cancer in November, just days after his abrupt dismissal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2010
A memorial service for film and TV composer- arranger Nathan Scott, who died Feb. 27 at age 94, will be held at 11 a.m. March 15 at the Congregational Church of the Chimes, 14115 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks.
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February 11, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
Bobby Hoy, a renowned stuntman who also acted, most memorably as a ranch hand on the television series "The High Chaparral," has died. He was 82. Hoy, who co-founded the Stuntmen's Assn. of Motion Pictures, died Monday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center from cancer, said his wife, Kiva. He lived in Sherman Oaks. The New York City native was known in Hollywood for his natural ability with horses, a talent nurtured during a childhood often spent on a ranch in the Catskill Mountains.
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December 10, 2011
Howard Tate, 72, a soul singer who got a second chance at a career three decades after being derailed by disputes with industry executives, personal tragedy and drug addiction, died Dec. 2 in Burlington, N.J., said a spokesman for the Burlington County medical examiner. Born in Macon, Ga., and reared in Philadelphia, Tate had three top 20 rhythm-and-blues hits in the late 1960s and early '70s, including "Get It While You Can," written by his longtime producer Jerry Ragovoy (who died in July)
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July 30, 2011 | Los Angeles Times staff reports
A funeral service for labor organizer Richard Chavez will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at the United Farm Workers' 40 Acres complex at 31068 Garces Highway in Delano, Calif. An all-night vigil will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday. Chavez, younger brother of UFW co-founder Cesar Chavez, died Wednesday at 81.
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