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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2010 | By Elaine Woo
Beth Shulman, a Washington, D.C., labor lawyer and author who championed the rights and welfare of low-wage earners, died Feb. 5 at Georgetown University Hospital. She was 60. Diagnosed last fall with a malignant brain tumor, she died of complications of pneumonia, said family spokeswoman Rochelle Lefkowitz. "Beth was a visionary, activist, strategist and chronicler on behalf of workers throughout her career," said Kathy Bonk, executive director of Communications Consortium/DC, a public interest media group that collaborated with Shulman on the Fairness Initiative on Low-Wage Work, a combined effort by 20 nonprofit organizations.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
Donald E. Goerke, the Campbell Soup Co. executive who hit the bull's-eye of prepared foods by overseeing the creation of the kid-friendly circular pasta called SpaghettiOs, has died. He was 83. Gorke died Sunday of heart failure at his home in Delran, N.J., a Campbell spokeswoman confirmed. In the mid-1960s, Goerke -- pronounced GUHR-kee -- was dubbed "the Daddy-O of SpaghettiOs" for leading the team charged with creating an easy-to-eat canned pasta. Hundreds of shapes were proposed during the yearlong debate, but Goerke ended the chatter by saying, "Enough already!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2009
Funeral services for William A. Wilson, a Los Angeles businessman and a member of President Reagan's "kitchen cabinet" who was the first U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City. Wilson, 95, died of cancer Saturday in Carmel Valley, Calif., where he had a home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2009
A memorial service for Orange County environmental activist Jan Vandersloot will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 6 at Castaways Park, 700 Dover Drive, Newport Beach. Vandersloot, 64, who worked for the preservation of the Bolsa Chica wetlands, died Nov. 4.
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
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 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.
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