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How Hugh Carey Became a Proconsul for the City

Tue, 9 Aug 2011 11:05:40 EST

The obituaries for Governor Carey stress a major achievement, bringing fiscal responsibility to New York City government after the financial crisis of 1974 and 1975. Here are some facts about the situation at that time and Governor Carey's critical role.Mayor Koch, who knew Carey since they served in Congress 30 years ago, has written about Carey's achievements. Click here to read his commentary.This article is a worm's eye view of the fiscal crisis and political events that surrounded and...

A Twersky Sampler

Sat, 17 Jul 2010 11:36:41 EST

The New York Sun remembers David TwerskyUngreat Generation - September 22, 2004At one point in his life, Mr. Kerry evinced a greater show of courage, but the key characteristic we should be looking for in a commander in chief is judgment. The next president will not lead a charge up the hill, like Teddy Roosevelt. We are being asked to trade the fog of this war for the fog of one 30 years old. Neither side will prevail in the continued fight over Vietnam. As long as we stalemate on Vietnam, we...

Picking Up the Flag of the Sun

Tue, 30 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

'From its name to its headlines, it was devoted to the people, events, and concerns of our city.' -- Mayor Bloomberg

Elinor Guggenheimer, 96, Consumer Advocate

Tue, 30 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

A joyful warrior for consumers, women, and the disadvantaged, Elinor Guggenheimer founded day care centers, women's organizations, and served on the New York City Planning Commission.As commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Guggenheimer, who died yesterday at 96, operated at a frenetic pace to protect the city's citizens from gas stations that gouged, delis that sold short-weight salamis, and fly-by-night lawyers who promised overnight divorces. Boasting "ten immediate goals" when...

Osborn Elliott, 83, Former Newsweek Editor

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The former editor of Newsweek, Osborn Elliott, widely credited with making the magazine competitive with archrival Time magazine, died yesterday at 83.He died of complications from cancer, his family told Newsweek.Elliott, known as Oz, was editor of the weekly news magazine between 1961 and 1976. The current editor, Jon Meacham, called Elliott "the architect of the modern Newsweek.""With his vision and his passion, he made the magazine into a global force, and those of us who stand in his...

Paul Newman, Actor, Succumbs to Cancer at 83

Sat, 27 Sep 2008 10:14:24 EST

WESTPORT, Conn. Paul Newman, the Academy-Award winning superstar who personified cool as an activist, race car driver, popcorn impresario, and the anti-hero of such films as "Hud," "Cool Hand Luke" and "The Color of Money," has died. He was 83.Newman died yesterday after a long battle with cancer at his farmhouse near Westport, his publicist, Jeff Sanderson, said. He was surrounded by his family and close friends.In May, Newman he had dropped plans to direct a fall production of "Of Mice and...

Osborne Elliott, 83, Editor of Newsweek

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 17:44:02 EST

A former Newsweek editor widely credited with making the magazine competitive with archrival Time magazine has died in New York City.Osborne Elliott was editor between 1961 and 1976. He was known as Oz.Details of his death haven't been released.The Newsweek editor, Jon Meacham, called Elliott "the architect of the modern Newsweek." He said Elliott's vision and passion "made the magazine into a global force."Mr. Meacham said that every election day Elliott would leave a telephone message saying...

Dick Lynch, 72, Giants Cornerback Turned Announcer

Thu, 25 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Dick Lynch, who starred at cornerback for the New York Giants during their glory years in the late 1950s and early 1960s and was a longtime radio analyst for the team, died in New York yesterday. He was 72 and had been treated for leukemia.Lynch played in the NFL from 1958-66 his first season with Washington and the last eight with the Giants. He had 37 career interceptions, including a league-leading nine each in 1961 in 1963. He had four returns for touchdowns, three in 1963."He was a...

James Crumley, 68, Poetic Crime Novelist

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

HELENA, Mont. Crime novelist James Crumley, whose hardened detectives worked cases in dingy Montana bars and other rough hangouts around Big Sky Country, has died in Missoula, Mont. after years of poor health.Crumley died Wednesday at a hospital in Missoula, where the former Texan made his home, a longtime friend and writer. Crumley was 68, William Kittredge, said.He was perhaps best known for "The Last Good Kiss," which Men's Journal last year ranked no. 12 among its Top 15 Thrillers of All...

Norman Whitfield, 67, Stalwart Motown Songwriter

Thu, 18 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Norman Whitfield, who died Tuesday, helped create the Motown sound by writing and producing scores of hits including "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Just My Imagination."Sick in recent years with diabetes and other ailments, he was said to be 67 and died in a Los Angeles hospital.As the main producer for the Temptations from the mid-1960s, he also wrote and arranged the group's hits "I Wish It Would Rain" and "Cloud Nine," which won a Grammy in 1968, Motown's first. Whitfield's...

Rick Wright, 65, Pink Floyd Keyboardist

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Rick Wright, who died yesterday at 65, was a co-founder of Pink Floyd. His brooding yet sometimes jazzy organ licks were an integral part of the band's trademark melancholy sound.

David Foster Wallace, 46, 'Infinite Jest' Writer

Sun, 14 Sep 2008 15:29:05 EST

CLAREMONT, Calif. David Foster Wallace, the author best known for his 1996 novel "Infinite Jest," was found dead in his home, according to police. He was 46.Wallace's wife found her husband had hanged himself when she returned home about 9:30 p.m. Friday, a records clerk with the Claremont Police Department, said Jackie Morales, said.Wallace taught creative writing and English at nearby Pomona College."He cared deeply for his students and transformed the lives of many young people," Dean Gary...

Ralph Plaisted, 80, North Pole Adventurer

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Ralph Plaisted, who died Monday at 80, left his St. Paul, Minn., insurance agency in 1968 to become the first person indisputably to trek overland to the North Pole. But somehow, his name never quite made the Arctic explorers' pantheon with Peary and Cook and Byrd, whose achievements were far less certain.Leading a four-snowmobile caravan, Plaisted succeeded where he'd failed the year before and traveled for 43 days over perilous pack ice to reach the pole on April 19, 1968. A twin-engine Otter...

W.D. Mohammed, 74, Transformed Nation of Islam

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

W.D. Mohammed, who died yesterday in Chicago at 74, transformed the original Nation of Islam, led by his father, Elijah Muhammad, into a mainstream Sunni Muslim organization, rejecting its original black separatist ideology."It's a great loss for the entire Muslim community," the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Michigan, Dawud Walid, told the Associated Press. "He was encouraging his followers to accept the best of their humanity and to extend the moral and...

Bill Melendez, 91, Peanuts Animator

Thu, 4 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Bill Melendez, who died Tuesday at 91, had an extraordinarily long career as an animator, and helped draw life into Bambi, Bugs Bunny, and Babar. But his most famous creation was the animated version of "Peanuts," which Melendez drew for nearly 70 television specials, four films, and hundreds of commercials.A Disney animator from the late 1930s who worked for several other studios before opening his own operation in 1964, Melendez created his first "Peanuts" animation in 1959 on behalf of the...

Tommy Bolt, 92, Temperamental Golf Champ

Thu, 4 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Tommy Bolt, the 1958 U.S. Open champion and Oklahoma native who had one of golf's sweetest swings and most explosive tempers, died Saturday in Cherokee Village, Ark. He was 92.Bolt won 15 times on the PGA Tour, with his lone major at Southern Hills in the 1958 by four shots over Gary Player. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002, which he called the highlight of his career.But it was temper that gained him the most notoriety.Called "Terrible Tommy" and "Thunder," Bolt was...

Jerry Reed, 71, Country Guitarist and Genial Actor

Wed, 3 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Jerry Reed, who died Monday at 71, became a country music guitar hero as a session man, songwriter, and honky-tonk singer whose hits included "When You're Hot, You're Hot" and "Guitar Man," and a late-blooming novelty number, "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)."He parlayed decades of country music success into a lightweight film acting career, with roles that included Burt Reynolds's truck-driving sidekick, the Snowman, in the "Smokey and the Bandit" trilogy (1977-83), and also as Coach...

Don LaFontaine, 68, Movie Trailer Voice-Over King

Wed, 3 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Don LaFontaine, the man who popularized the now-loved catch phrase "In a world where ..." and lent his voice to thousands of movie previews, died Monday at 68.LaFontaine made more than 5,000 trailers in his 33-year career while working for the top studios and television networks.In a rare on-screen appearance in 2006, he parodied himself on a series of American television commercials for a car insurance company, in which he played himself telling a customer, "In a world where both of our cars...

Edwin Guthman, 89, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

Tue, 2 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Edwin O. Guthman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was on the infamous "enemies list" prepared by aides of President Nixon and who served as press secretary to Robert F. Kennedy, has died at 89.Guthman, who had a rare blood disease called amyloidosis, died Sunday at his Pacific Palisades home, a family spokesman, Bryce Nelson, said."Ed Guthman was not only a great friend, but a great journalist," a longtime political cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times, Paul Conrad, said yesterday. "He...

Manny Farber, 91, 'Eccentric' Film Critic

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Manny Farber, who died August 18 at 91, was a critic who helped establish mainstream American filmmakers such as Howard Hawks, and even animation guru Chuck Jones, as legitimate subjects for serious artistic criticism.Farber was also an accomplished fine artist and art teacher with five decades of solo and group shows and multiple grant awards to his credit. His canvases are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Los...