famous deaths

Casey Kasem Has Not Been Buried

Posted on 07/15/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentIt’s been about a month since Casey Kasem’s death, yet his body has still not been buried, according to NBC News. Jean Kasem, Kasem’s second wife, has the rights to his body but has kept it in a Washington morgue, according to a spokesperson for Kerri Kasem, the radio icon’s eldest daughter. The DJ’s children have said that their stepmother kept them from seeing or communicating with their father in his final year of life. Jean Kasem did not attend …

Ginny Johnson Not Given Enough Credit for Sex Study Contributions

Posted on 07/26/2013 by |Sex & Relationships | Comments

LegacyGinny Johnson’s death brings back a lot of memories. I remember, as a new Ph.D. and young professor, sitting around many living rooms with her and her even more famous husband, Bill Masters, talking about sex research, about women in the field, and about differences in opinions between the behavioral scientists (my group) and  the medical people (Bill’s and, to some extent, Ginny’s group). Ginny was Bill Masters’ partner in sex research. Starting out as a secretary in his office, she transitioned to the …

Ruben Salazar in Art and Reality

Posted on 04/10/2013 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeI never intended a visit to the Museum of Latin American Art to revive memories of an old friend whose stature as an icon of courage began rising the moment his life was ending. In fact, the gallery in Long Beach was filled with far more compelling work than the simple portrait of Ruben Salazar by the noted Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros. But only Salazar’s image managed to stop me in my tracks. It was personal. He was a …

John Karlin: The Scientist Who Pioneered Digital Dialing

Posted on 02/11/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyToday, the title of the sexy 1960 Elizabeth Taylor drama BUtterfield 8 probably puzzles a lot of younger movie buffs who come across it on Netflix. They don’t recognize it as an old-fashioned phone number, with the first two letters and a number denoting a local exchange on Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side. And for that, we have John E. Karlin to thank. Karlin, a Bell Labs industrial psychologist, who did the behavioral research that showed that telephone users were capable of …

Edith Lauterbach: She Fought for Equal Rights in the Sky

Posted on 02/7/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyWhen Edith Lauterbach started working as a flight attendant in 1944, women who held the job were referred to as “sky girls” or “coeds,” and they could be fired for marrying or gaining weight — or even for reaching the age of 32. As detailed in a 1985 Knight-Ridder News Service article, they had to put up with touch inspections to verify that they were wearing girdles, and their nail polish and lipstick had to be company-approved. They also had to …