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Al Neuharth: 5 Ways USA Today’s Founder Changed the Newspaper

Posted on 04/21/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyThere are two schools of thought about USA Today founder Al Neuharth, who died on April 19 at age 89 in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Some think he helped ruin the newspaper, an institution older than our country itself, by turning it into a paper-and-ink imitation of TV news. Others think he helped modernized a desperately outdated medium and, in so doing, perhaps staved off its demise. Either way you choose to look at it, though, the former Gannett CEO was …

Pat Summerall: 10 Facts About the Iconic Sportscaster

Posted on 04/17/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyPat Summerall, who died on April 16 at age 82 in Dallas, achieved what in some ways is the ultimate accomplishment for an athlete-slash-broadcaster. He was so good in the booth at NFL games that a couple of generations of fans probably never realized that he’d gotten his start down on the field. In fact, the Florida native had a pretty respectable NFL career as a placekicker and two-way end from 1952 to 1961, mostly with the Chicago Cardinals and New …

5 Surprising Facts About Leave It to Beaver’s ‘Lumpy’ Rutherford

Posted on 04/17/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyFrank Bank, who died on April 13 at age 71, only had a brief acting career in the 1950s and early 1960s. Nevertheless, he made a powerful impression on boomers with his one major role — as Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford, the hefty, dim-witted teenager who sometimes picked on young Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver, the popular sitcom that aired from 1957 to 1963. As Lumpy, Bank resonated with audiences because a certain childlike vulnerability peeked out from …

Jonathan Winters: His 5 Most Memorable Characters

Posted on 04/12/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Legacy“If Jonathan Winters ever gets accused of anything, he’s got the perfect alibi,” Tonight Show host Jack Paar once joked. “He was someone else at the time.” Winters, who died on April 11 at age 87 in Montecito, Calif., was capable of conjuring up a seemingly limitless number of personalities, each accompanied by a cacophony of sound effects and unlikely facial contortions. In a 1999 PBS interview, Winters recalled that as an only child in Ohio, he sat alone in …

Being ‘Nixonian’ Ain’t What It Used to Be

Posted on 04/11/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is plenty upset. The leak of a surreptitious recording of one of his reelection campaign’s strategy sessions captures McConnell and his aides discussing possible attacks on actress Ashley Judd — at the time a potential Democratic opponent — over her past struggles with depression and religious views. Although Mother Jones magazine’s David Corn, who obtained the scoop, hasn’t revealed the source, McConnell accused Democrats of bugging his campaign headquarters. “A quite Nixonian move,” is …

Annette Funicello: From Mouseketeer to Teen Idol

Posted on 04/8/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn a sense, Annette Funicello created the template for Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus. Funicello, who passed away on April 8 at age 70 in Bakersfield, Calif., proved the possibility of evolving from a cute child star in the Disney firmament into a sexy teen idol. But when Funicello accomplished that feat in the 1950s and 1960s, she did it without the personal drama that has plagued her recent successors. The closest that Annette came to a scandal …