Deaths in May 2008
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Ted Key, the cartoonist who created Hazel died May 3 at the age of 95. The cartoon developed into a sitcom in the 'sixties starring award winning actress Shirley Boothe as the annoying maid. Mr. Key was the author of The Cat from Outer Space, Hazel, All Hazel, If you Like Hazel, Here's Hazel, The Hazel Jubilee: Sixteen Years of Life With Hazel, Life With Hazel: A New Selection of Hazel Cartoons from the Saturday Evening Post and a myriad of other books about Hazel.
Is there a blue zone around cartoonists? Every time I read their obituaries they're always in their 90s. (sorry this is slightly off topic)
I think they must have to constantly think happy thoughts to come up with something funny everyday. Makes them last longer.
Philanthropic advocate Claude Rosenberg died May 3 at the age of 80. He was the author of Wealthy and Wise: How You and American Can Get the Most Out of Your Giving, Stock Market Primer and Investing with the Best: What to Look For, What to Look Out for, in Your Search for a Superior Investment Manager.
British foreign correspondent Ian Brodie died May 8 at the age of 72. He was the author of The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook and Camera in Narnia.
Novelist Elaine Dundy died May 1 at the age of 86. She was the author of The Dud Avocado, The Old Man and Me, The Injured Party, Elvis and Gladys, Ferriday, Louisiana, Sally Jay in Parijs and Life Itself!: An Autobiography.
Irish journalist, Nuala O' Faolain died May 9 at the age of 68. She was the author of Are you Somebody?: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman, Almost There: The Onward Journey of a Dublin Woman, My Dream of You, and The Story of Chicago May.
I will have to move The Story of Chicago May to the top of my TBR pile.
We have Zanbanger in our high school library - dated, but still popular.
Novelist Oakley Hall died May 12 at the age of 87. Known for his westerns, crime fiction, mysteries and writer's guides, some of his better known books were Warlock, The Down Hill Racers, Too Dead to Run, Lullaby, The Bad Lands, The Coming of the Kid, Apaches, Separations, The Art and Craft of Novel Writing and How Fiction Works.
Torrington was a Scot. His Swing hammer swing!--won the Whitbread prize--a huge award in Britain. I read it but did not care for it.
Famed vintner Robert Mondavi died today, May 16, at the age of 94. He was the author of Harvest of Joy: My Passion for Excellence, Seasons of the Vineyard: A Year of Celebration and Recipes from the Robert Mondavi Vineyard and Robert Mondavi Winery (Wine Photography).
Cartoonist for Mad and Playboy, Will Elder died May 14 at the age of 86. Some of his books were Will Elder: The Mad Playboy of Art and Chicken Fat. His collection of Humbug cartoons is due to be published in August.
Mentor to journalists, Irving Rosenthal died May 18 at age 95. His books were Business English Made Simple and The Art of Writing Made Simple.
Campus rights advocate, Michael Rossman died May 12 at age 68. He was the author of The Wedding Within the War, On Learning and Social Change and New Age Blues: on the Politics of Consciousness.
Computer theorist Arthur W. Burks died May 14 at age 92. He was the author of Robots and Free Minds, Essays on Cellular Automata and Chance, cause, Reason: An Inquiry into the nature of Scientific Evidence.
Outdoorsman Fred J. Taylor died May 7 at age 89. He was the author of Angling in Earnest, Tench A Guide to Ferreting, One for the Pot and Reflections of a Countryman.
Professor Wilfrid Mellers, OBE died May 17 at age 94. He was the author of Music and Society, Studies in Contemporary Music, Music in a New Found Land, Harmonious Meeting, Bach and the Dance of God, Beethovan and the Voice of God, Vaughan Williams and the Vision of Albion, Between Old Worlds and New, Singing in the Wilderness, Celestial Music, Francois Couperin and the French Classical Tradition, Man and His Music, Caliban Reborn and Twilight of the Gods.
Automotive historian Beverly Rae Kimes died May 12 at the age of 68. She was the author of Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1805-1942, Packard: A History of the Motor Car and the Company, The Star and the Laurel: The Centennial of Daimler, Mercedes, and Benz 1886-1986, Automotive Quarterly Great Cars and Grand Marques and Pioneers, Engineers, and Scoundrels: The Dawn of the Automobile in America.
Expert on Scottish tartans, Jamie Scarlett, MBE died May 16 at the age of 87. He was the author of Tartan Weavers Guide and The Tartans of the Clan Chattan.
Folklorist Jennifer Westwood died May 12 at age 68. She was the author of The Lore of the Land and Albion: A Guide to Legendary Britain. She had three books scheduled to be published posthumously. They are The Penguin Book of Ghosts, Sealore, the Folklore of Sailors and the Sea, and The Folklore of Scotland.
Journalist Allen Brien died May 23 at the age of 83. He was the author of Domes of Fortune and Lenin: the Novel.
Author George Garrett died May 26 at the age of 78. He was the author of Death of the Fox, The Succession, Entered from the Sun, Which one is the Enemy, Cold Ground Was My Bed Last Night, The Finished Man, Do, Lord, Remember Me, Whistling in the Dark, Days of Our lives in Fragments, James Joyce a Biography, Understanding Mary Lee Settle, Poison Pen and The Magic Striptease.
Diplomat Harlan Cleveland died May 30 at the age of 90. He was the author of The Knowledge Executive: Leadership in an Information Society, Birth of a New World: An Open Moment for International Leadership, Nobody in Charge: Essays on the Future of Leadership, Presidents of the University of Hawaii, NATO: Transatlantic Bargain, Third Try at World Order, The Global Commons and Leadership and the Information Revolution.
Authority on the USSR David Hooson died May 16 at the age of 82. He was the author of A New Soviet Heartland?, The Soviet Union: People and Regions and editor of Geography and National Identity.
Czech/British actress and Holocaust survivor Hana Pravda died May 22, at the age of 92. Her diary of surviving a Nazi death march was published as I Was Writing this Diary for You, Sasha.
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