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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!
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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.
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 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
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