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The Congressman Who Broke All the Rules

Posted on 12/30/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyThese days we’re rarely shocked when we learn that a politician has enjoyed lavish benefits at public expense or found some way to exploit public office for personal gain. That makes all the more remarkable the story of former U.S. Rep. Andrew “Andy” Jacobs Jr. (D-Ind.), who during his three decades in Congress declined to accept the monthly disability payments to which he was entitled for his injuries in combat as a Marine during the Korean War. “He didn’t think …

Edgar Bronfman Sr.: Fighter for Jewish Causes

Posted on 12/23/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyAfter Edgar Bronfman Sr. took over the reins of Seagram in the early 1970s, he expanded the liquor company founded by his father Samuel into a sprawling global comglomerate, taking over juice-maker Tropicana and expanding into the oil and chemical businesses as well. But while Bronfman, who died on Dec. 21 at age 84 in Manhattan, was successful enough in those ventures to become a billionaire, he had a vastly more profound and far-reaching impact with his work as a …

Tom Laughlin: The Renegade Who Challenged Hollywood and Won

Posted on 12/19/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyAction flicks of the 1970s featured an army of  two-fisted tough guys with hard stares and gritted teeth, who angrily defied the establishment and did things their own way, especially if that entailed acts of violence at frequent intervals. But none was angrier, more defiant or more willing to kick butt and take names than Billy Jack, the protagonist of a trio of films by actor-director-producer Tom Laughlin. Laughlin, who died on Dec. 12 at age 82 in Thousand Oaks, …

Howard Camping: Fortunately, His Calculations Were a Little Off

Posted on 12/18/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf Howard Egbert Camping had been right, you wouldn’t be reading this now. The radio evangelist wasn’t the first to predict a specific date the world would end, based on a mathematical formula divined from the Bible. (Perhaps the best known: The Rev. William Miller famously got the date of the last day wrong twice, in both 1843 and 1844.) But Camping, who died on Dec. 15 at age 92 in Alameda, Calif., might well have held the record for predicting …

Ray Price: King of the Honky Tonk Jukebox

Posted on 12/17/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacySinger Ray Price once was Hank Williams’ protege, but he might have left an even bigger stamp on country music. Price, who died on Dec. 16 at age 87 in Mount Pleasant, Texas, was an amiable iconoclast — a bold experimenter who was never content to play it safe and just do what seemed to be popular at the time. Back in 1956, for example, Price decided to tinker with the then-standard country style of a 2/4 beat that emphasized …

Mac McGarry: The Quintessential Quizmaster

Posted on 12/17/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyWashington, D.C., has more than its share of inquisitors. But perhaps the most renowned questioner of all was Maurice James “Mac” McGarry, the founding host of It’s Academic who died on Dec. 12 at age 87 in Potomac, Md. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the televised test of wits for teenagers is the longest-running quiz show in the TV history. When It’s Academic premiered in October 1961, McGarry and the show’s creator, Washington lawyer-turned-TV producer Sophie Altman, had a noble …