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Longtime ‘Saturday Night Live’ announcer Don Pardo dead at 96

Don Pardo, one of TV’s best-known announcers for his work on “Saturday Night Live” and the original “Jeopardy!,” has died at the age of 96. “There was no greater thrill than hearing Don Pardo bellow your name for the first time in the opening credits of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ” said longtime cast member Tina Fey. With his death, Fey said, “Late night will never sound as cool again.”

Sally Hunter-Wiley, trailblazing Leo Burnett ad exec, dies at 66

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Sally Hunter-Wiley was a pioneering Leo Burnett ad executive toward the end of the male-dominated “Mad Men” era, and anyone who underestimated her learned she was a lot more than a blonde who drove a red Corvette.

The University of Chicago-educated Mrs. Wiley became the …

Mentor of thousands of Chick Evans Scholarship caddies

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Jim Moore helped build the Western Golf Association’s Chick Evens scholarship program and provided a guiding, encouraging hand to countless young people who attended college thanks to the scholarships. Mr. Moore, who lived in Green Oaks and was the golf association’s senior vice president of foundation advancement, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer. He was 73.

Myrtle Young, 90, ‘Potato Chip Lady’ part of one of Johnny Carson’s greatest moments

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Fort Wayne “Potato Chip Lady,” who became a local celebrity after appearing on several late-night talk shows with her collection of chips that resembled celebrities and animals, has died, her daughter and a funeral home said. She was 90. Myrtle …

Kimball Paul — sword-wielding bouncer on Chicago’s punk, new wave scene of 1980s — dead at 56

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Kimball Paul, a sword-wielding bouncer known to also create a scene on the dance floors at the punk and new wave bars that dotted the North Side of Chicago in the 1980s, has died at 56. Paul, a Bridgeport resident who grew up in Skokie, died Tuesday of liver disease at Rush University Medical Center. He was a bouncer at clubs including Neo, Exit, Avalon and Metro.

Charles Keating, 72, actor in ‘Another World’

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LOS ANGELES — Shakespearean actor and soap opera star Charles Keating has died at the age of 72. Mr. Keating’s son, Sean Keating, says the actor died Friday in his Connecticut home after a three-year battle with lung cancer. Sean Keating said Monday that his …

Barack Obama’s great-uncle dies at 89; Charles Payne was WWII vet, U. of C. library official

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President Barack Obama’s “Uncle Charlie” has died. Charles T. Payne, 89, died Aug. 1 in Chicago. He was the brother of “Toot,” Madelyn Payne Dunham, the maternal grandmother who helped to raise the president.

Menahem Golan, 85, filmmaker behind ‘Delta Force,’ ‘Cobra,’ sequels to ‘Death Wish’

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TEL AVIV, Israel — Menahem Golan, a veteran Israeli filmmaker who built an empire on the back of brawny men beating others senseless across a host of 1980s action films, has died in Tel Aviv. He was 85. Throughout his long career, Mr. Golan produced …

‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ heroine

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HOUSTON — Actress Marilyn Burns, perhaps best known as the heroine in the 1974 horror classic “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” has died at her Houston-area home. She was 65. Her manager, Chris Roe, confirmed Wednesday that Ms. Burns was found unresponsive by a family member …

Richard Marowitz, 88, WWII veteran found Hitler’s top hat

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Richard Marowitz was just a day removed from witnessing the horrors of Dachau when he found a top hat on a shelf in a closet in Adolf Hitler’s Munich apartment. Still furious over the gruesome sights he had seen at the nearby …

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Gene Callahan, 80, dies — pols’ ‘trusted friend’ and ‘true statesman’

For a man who had the ear — and trust — of some of the most powerful politicians in Illinois, it was a pretty simple rule: Always return telephone calls. But it was a credo that Gene Callahan embraced for more than half a century — from his days as a must-read political columnist to his decades as trusted aide to Sen. Paul Simon and Sen. Alan J. Dixon to his years as a lobbyist for Major League Baseball. Mr. Callahan, father of U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos and a trusted adviser to a Who’s Who of other Democratic politicians, died

‘American Idol’ contestant Michael Johns dead at 35

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Michael Johns, the rock ‘n’ soul singer and Australian heartthrob who was a fan favorite on Season 7 of TV’s “American Idol” singing competition, has died. The Hollywood Reporter and other news outlets reported that Johns, 35, died Friday from a blood clot in an ankle.

Cinema verite director filmed JFK

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Filmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in “Primary” and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of influential directors that included D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles, has died at age 90. His son …

Dick Wagner, 71, co-wrote Alice Cooper hits ‘Only Women Bleed,’ ‘You and Me’

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NEW YORK — Dick Wagner, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, and also co-wrote many of Cooper’s hits, died of respiratory failure Wednesday, his personal manager and business partner said Friday. He was 71. Susan Michelson, Mr. Wagner’s …

Kentucky’s greatest all-around athlete

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones, a multi-sport star who helped Kentucky win the first two of its eight national titles and is considered the school’s greatest all-around athlete, has died. He was 88. Mr. Jones, an All-American, was the last surviving member of …

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Scientist earned top Japanese cultural award

Seiko Nakashima, a master of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, flower-arranging, classical dance and calligraphy, died July 8 at Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. She was 87.