Hartland Molson, part of brewery dynasty
Oct. 2, 2002
MONTREAL - Hartland de Montarville Molson, former head of the family brewing dynasty and longtime owner of the Montreal Canadiens, died. He was 95. Molson Inc. announced the death but did not give a date.
Molson also was a Canadian senator, but he is best known for his association with the hockey team.
He is credited with signing the great Jean Beliveau, and was president of the team from 1957 to 1968. Molson was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973.
Molson served as a director of the brewery for more than 50 years and held the positions of president, chairman and honorary chairman.
He was appointed to the Senate in 1955 and he served 38 years, until he was 86.
M. Dawson, philanthropist
Nov. 9, 2002
DETROIT - Matel Dawson Jr., a forklift operator with an eighth-grade education who became a major philanthropist in his later years, has died. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Before his death last Saturday at his Detroit home at age 81, he had donated $1.3 million to higher education, including about $650,000 to Wayne State University, where he was given an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 1996.
"Today's youth are our future, and education is the best investment I can make," he once explained.
Dawson also contributed regularly to several community colleges and state universities, a local library, his Christian church, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the United Negro College Fund. His 1994 gift of $50,000 to the latter broke all records, including those he himself had set. At the time he made the gift, his annual salary was $60,000.
Dawson's formula for accumulating cash was decidedly low-tech. He never took vacations. "Work is more enjoyable," he told the Los Angeles Times from his forklift at age 78. He worked overtime, enough to add about $40,000 per year to his income. He drove a 1985 Ford Escort well into the '90s, and he lived in a one-bedroom apartment in Detroit's no-frills neighborhood of Highland Park.
Beyond that, he once said he invested well.
Dawson was born in Shreveport, La., one of seven children whose father was a groundskeeper and later a hospital cook. His mother, who took in laundry to help support the family, taught him the value of thrift. He described her as "a saving woman - even if it was just . . . $3, my mother would say, 'save.' "
Dawson moved to Detroit in 1940 because two uncles could help him get a job at the Ford Motor Co., where he worked until his retirement more than 60 years later.
Stan Burns, won Emmy for 'Carol Burnett Show'
Nov. 9, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Stan Burns, an Emmy-winning comedy writer who worked on such television shows as The Steve Allen Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and The Carol Burnett Show, died Tuesday. He was 79.
Burns died of heart failure at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement home in the San Fernando Valley.
Burns won an Emmy for outstanding writing achievement in variety or music programs on The Carol Burnett Show for the 1971-72 season.
His writing career took off in the 1950s, contributing to Broadway Open House, the original Tonight Show, starring Steve Allen, and The Steve Allen Show.
Burns also teamed with his longtime writing partner, Mike Marmer, in the early '60s to work on variety shows and sitcoms, including Get Smart, F-Troop and Gilligan's Island.
Burns and Marmer created, produced and wrote the Saturday morning children's show Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp, which ran on ABC from 1970 to 1972.
The show has been described as "Get Smart with fur and psychedelic music."
Ernest Morgado, known for barbecued chicken
Nov. 9, 2002
HONOLULU - Ernest Morgado, whose recipe for barbecued chicken became popular throughout the islands under the "Huli-Huli" chicken trademark, died Tuesday. He was 85.
Morgado, founder of Pacific Poultry Co., first barbecued his chickens at a farmer's meeting in 1955. The chicken, marinated in a teriyaki sauce, was an instant hit.
In trying to come up with a name to market his product, Morgado has said "Huli-Huli" came about by accident. While barbecuing chickens between two grills, someone would shout, "huli," Hawaiian for "turn," when one side of the chickens was cooked.
Morgado registered the trademark name "Huli-Huli" with the Territory of Hawaii in 1958 and the federal government in 1965. He soon became known as the "Huli-Huli Chicken King."
In 1981, Morgado was listed in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest chicken barbecue ever.
His company cooked 46,386 chicken halves at a fund-raiser.
A. Read, found first use of 'OK'
Oct. 21, 2002
Among etymologists, Allen Walker Read, who died Wednesday in New York at age 96, was known as the man who discovered the original usage of "OK."
His quest began in 1941 when, as a former research assistant for the Dictionary of American English, he thought he'd help out his old comrades by finding an earlier reference to OK.
What he found was that "OK" didn't stem from the Choctaw word okeh or oke. Nor did it come from "aux cayes" - the Haitian port of Aux Cayes from which premium rum was exported. Nor olla kalla, Greek for "all good." Or Orrin Kendall, who manufactured a better-than-average Army biscuit. Knowing that the first general usage of OK began in the 1840s, Read went through old newspapers. He was able to document that OK stood for "Old Kinderhook," a reference to President Martin Van Buren, a native of Kinderhook, N.Y. Democrats supporting Van Buren dubbed themselves the "Democratic O.K. Club," Read found. Later, a writer supporting Van Buren asked, "Will you not say O.K.? Go ahead!" This, Read wrote in 1941, was the origin of the word. Years later, when another academic found an earlier usage, Read was forced to dig deeper and find yet an earlier source for the word - a Boston newspaper in 1838 that playfully used initials for such phrases as G.T.D.H.D. (give the devil his due) and O.K.K.B.W.P. (one kind kiss before we part). In this vernacular, O.K. stood for "all correct," spelled just for fun as "oll korrect." Old Kinderhook and "oll korrect" have long been the first accepted sources for the word.
N. Rukavishnikov, cosmonaut in the '70s
Oct. 21, 2002
MOSCOW - Cosmonaut Nikolai Rukavishnikov, who encountered hair-raising problems on two of his three space missions for the Soviet Union, died Saturday of a heart attack, Russian media reported. He was 70.
Rukavishnikov's first space voyage was in 1971 aboard the Soyuz 10, which was to have delivered the first humans to the orbiting Salyut 1 space station. The craft docked with the space station, but the crewmembers were unable to gain access, reportedly due to a faulty hatch, and the mission was aborted. In 1974, he made his next flight aboard the Soyuz 16, staying in space for nearly six days. His last mission was Soyuz 33 in 1979, which turned into a white-knuckle drama. The craft was to dock with the Salyut 6 station, but an engine failure left it unable to maneuver. That engine was to have sent the craft back to Earth.
Rukavishnikov was able to fire up a backup engine, which was sufficient to return him and Bulgarian comrade Georgi Ivanov safely.
Ehud Sprinzak, 62, Israeli expert on terror and extremism
Nov. 11, 2002
JERUSALEM - Ehud Sprinzak, an Israeli counterterrorism specialist and expert in far-right Jewish groups, died Friday of cancer at a hospital near Tel Aviv, colleagues said. He was 62.
Sprinzak, a political science professor, was one of the few experts on Israel's ultraright who had told former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin that he might face an assassination attempt, colleagues said.
"He was one of the leading people who had warned ... Rabin there could be a lone-wolf assassin," said Galia Golan, a colleague.
Rabin was gunned down after a peace rally in November 1995 by an Israeli who opposed his policy of compromise with the Palestinians.
Sprinzak was a senior lecturer of political science at Jerusalem's Hebrew University until he founded the Lauder School for Government Studies at Israel's International Policy Institute of Counterterrorism about a year ago.
"He combined two things ... a bright lecturer who was greatly loved by his students and an excellent researcher," said Boaz Ganor, the institute's director.
Although Sprinzak researched their activities, he was respected and liked among Israeli right-wingers, who considered him a professional who did not allow his political opinions to influence his research, Ganor said.
The author of five books, Sprinzak was often interviewed by the foreign media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Associated Press.
Edmund Burke, exercise physiologist, dies biking
Nov. 11, 2002
COLORADO SPRINGS - Edmund R. Burke, an exercise physiology expert who helped train Olympic cyclists, died of a heart attack while riding his bicycle Thursday.
He was 53.
His wife, Kathleen Burke, said preliminary results from the autopsy Friday indicated that her husband had an irregular heartbeat, which could have triggered the heart attack.
She said his family had a history of heart disease.
Ed Burke was coordinator of sports sciences for the U.S. cycling team leading to the 1996 Olympics and a staff member for the 1980 and 1984 Olympic cycling teams.
Burke was later professor of biology at the University of Colorado.
He edited several books on cycling, nutrition and sports physiology, including The Complete Book of Long Distance Cycling, Complete Home Fitness Handbook and High Tech Cycling.
Chris Carmichael, who coaches Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, said Burke had a big influence on his life and cycling career.
Everett Moen, raised millions for Marquette
Nov. 11, 2002
MILWAUKEE - One of Marquette University's first lay trustees, Everett "Ev" Moen, who was instrumental in raising millions of dollars for the school over several decades, has died. He was 96.
Moen, who is credited with transforming the college into a major academic institution, died Tuesday of severe kidney disease and congestive heart failure.
"His affection for Marquette was just admirable," said the Rev. Fred Zagone of Marquette.
"He was so committed, not only with his financial resources, but with his time, friendship and good counsel."
After graduating from high school, the Lansing, Iowa, native worked for a short time at the Red Star Yeast Co.
He enrolled in Marquette's business school in 1928, graduating in 1932 at the top of his class with an accounting degree.
He was hired by the Wisconsin Telephone Co. during the Depression, and later recalled that he was one of only two graduates in that class who were hired out of school.
Moving quickly through the company, Moen was named secretary-treasurer and was instrumental in raising $190 million for expansion of telephone services in the state in 1959.
His fund-raising efforts extended to Marquette, where he became one the first non-priests to assist with the running of the school.
Moen had a long list of awards and accomplishments as a Marquette alumnus. He also was chairman of the governing boards at St. Joseph's and St. Michael's hospitals in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Moen married Bridget Johannsen-Moen nine years ago after both lost their first spouses.