obituaries

Gil Henry: Thank Him for Your Guacamole

Posted on 06/6/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyEnjoying a slice of avocado on a sandwich or mixing up a little guacamole to eat while watching a football game seems like the natural thing to do today, which is why it’s strange to think that 30 or so years ago, fewer than half of Americans had ever even tasted one. Indeed, the avocado was considered an exotic California fruit, as alien to people in the Northeast and the Midwest as a palm tree. But even if you lived …

Frank R. Lautenberg: Oldest U.S. Senator, Last World War II Vet

Posted on 06/3/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyFrank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died on June 3 at age 89 in New York City, was the oldest sitting member of the Senate by a decade — California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who turns 80 in a few weeks, now takes his place — and the last remaining veteran of World War II. (Here’s a Wikipedia list of U.S. Senators by age). But that’s not the half of it. Lautenberg, the son of a silk-mill laborer, served in the U.S. Army Signal …

Barbara Brenner: A Breast Cancer Firebrand

Posted on 05/29/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyBreast cancer activist Barbara Brenner, who died on May 10 at age 61 in San Francisco, refused to wear a pink ribbon. As she told a newspaper interviewer back in 1996, she already wore a symbol of her concern about the disease: a horizontal scar across her chest. But more important, she was offended by what she saw as an empty feel-good gesture. “They’re trying to turn breast cancer into a safe thing,” she railed. “Just get a wig and get …

Wayne Miller: He Took the Shots Seen Round the World

Posted on 05/23/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyWayne Miller, who died on May 22 at age 94 in Orinda, Calif., captured iconic images of such a wide range of subjects that it’s almost hard to believe that a single person even saw all these moments, let alone photographed them. Just look at this 2009 retrospective, which includes just a small portion of the portfolio that he shot from the 1940s to the mid-1970s. There’s a dramatic photo of a wounded airman being lifted from a plane on the …

Ray Manzarek: 5 Facts About the Doors’ Keyboardist

Posted on 05/21/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyOne day in August 1965, UCLA film graduate Ray Manzarek was walking along Venice Beach in Los Angeles when he had a chance meeting with an old college acquaintance named Jim Morrison. In a moment that would later be enshrined in the mythology of rock music, Manzarek asked Morrison what he’d been up to since he’d dropped out of school. Morrison told him that he’d been writing songs. Manzarek was intrigued. “Let’s hear ‘em,” he said. Morrison responded by kneeling, …

Christine White: Heroine From a Classic ‘Twilight Zone’ Episode

Posted on 05/20/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyActress Christine Lamson White, who died on April 14 at age 86 in Washington, D.C., racked up an impressive 53 appearances in TV series and made-for-TV movies during a career that stretched from 1952 to 1976, including roles on hit programs such as The Fugitive, Bonanza, The Untouchables and Perry Mason. She also had a small role in a 1973 Clint Eastwood action movie hit, Magnum Force. But White remains best known as the wife who sat next to a then-youthful William …