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January 26, 2000

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) _ Michael Alford, whose pioneering low-budget travel club helped open the world to U.S. travelers, died Jan. 16. He was 78.

Alford started Los Angeles-based Unitours Club Universe in 1958 as a two-man operation. By the time he sold it two decades later, he had sent 1 million travelers to Europe, Hawaii, the Orient, Africa, South America, Mexico and the South Pacific.

At the time, a European trip cost about $2,000. Alford booked 30-day tours for $800, relying on volume to make up for low profit margins.

Later, he pioneered cheap trips to Hawaii, Tahiti and Mexico.

Mike Berticelli

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Mike Berticelli, the Notre Dame men’s soccer coach, died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 48.

Berticelli became the Irish head coach in 1990. He compiled a 104-80-19 record over 10 seasons and led Notre Dame teams to the NCAA tournament in 1993, ’94 and ’96.

After winning consecutive Midwestern Collegiate Conference championships in 1993 and 1994 with Notre Dame, Berticelli led the Irish to the Big East Tournament title in 1996 in their second season in the league.

He previously coached at Old Dominion University, Thomas College and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he led the team to NCAA Division III titles in 1982 and 1983.

His 24-year career record was 291-135-42. He received coach of the year honors in 10 different seasons, including 1982, when he was voted NCAA Division III coach of the year.

Ellen Walker Craig-Jones

URBANCREST, Ohio (AP) _ Ellen Walker Craig-Jones, honored as the first black woman elected mayor of a U.S. municipality, died Sunday. She was 93.

Mrs. Craig-Jones had been mayor from 1972 to 1975, and previously served 12 years as a Village Council member.

She was inducted in 1994 into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame as the first black woman to become mayor of a U.S. municipality.

Emory O. Cunningham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Emory O. Cunningham, who introduced the nation to Old South favorites like cheese grits and magnolias by founding ``Southern Living″ magazine, died Monday. He was 78.

Cunningham began the magazine about Southern hospitality in the 1960s, when much of the region was wracked by racist violence against the civil rights movement.

Today, the Birmingham-based ``Southern Living″ claims about 2.5 million monthly readers, many outside the South. The magazine is owned by Time Inc., which purchased Southern Progress Corp., its holding company, in 1985.

Spinoff magazines include ``Cooking Light,″ ``Coastal Living″ and the Oxmoor House book publishing business. Cunningham retired from Southern Progress in 1987, but remained an adviser.

Cunningham is survived by his wife, Jeanne Loftis Cunningham, and four children.

Carl Curtis

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Former Sen. Carl Curtis, a tight-fisted Republican conservative whose staunch support of President Nixon never wavered, not even during the final days of Watergate, died Monday. He was 94.

An ardent conservative, Curtis’ opposition to President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal was central to his first campaign for the House in 1938 at 33. He served 16 years in the House and 24 in the Senate.

Throughout his career, Curtis remained true to his tight-fisted, conservative beliefs, voting against numerous social programs including Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, federally funded school lunches, and federal aid to education and public housing.

Curtis retired from the Senate in 1978.

Bobby Duncam

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Bobby Duncam, a professional wrestler and former University of Texas football player, was found dead Monday in his home. He was 34.

An autopsy did not immediately reveal a cause of death, pending toxicology tests.

Duncam signed with World Championship Wrestling in 1998. He was a four-time letterman in football at Texas (1985-88) as a defensive end and linebacker. He played briefly with San Antonio in the World League of American Football and spent two seasons with the Dallas Texans of the Arena League.

Dr. Marvin P. Knight

MUENSTER, Texas (AP) _ Dr. Marvin P. Knight, a former team doctor for the Dallas Cowboys, died Sunday. He was 91.

He was the Cowboys’ physician under coach Tom Landry and left the team in 1986.

Knight said he told Roger Staubach that one more concussion could cost him his career. Staubach retired in 1980 after 11 concussions.

John J. McGuiness

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) _ John J. McGuiness, a Denver-area broadcaster and Democratic activist, died Thursday. He was 67.

McGuiness worked as a political consultant on the campaigns of former Colorado Sens. Tim Wirth and Gary Hart, among others. He also worked on John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign and took part in the 1964 civil rights march in Selma, Ala.

McGuiness worked in advertising sales at KWGN-TV and later at KDEN-TV.

He was involved in FM radio, owning one of Denver’s first stations, KADX. He later sold the station and became general manager of KIMN radio.

He was owner of the McGuiness-Brock agency. He later formed McGuiness and Associates and returned to radio consulting.

Henry Meyer

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) _ Henry Meyer, who along with his brother owned and published The Starkville News before becoming an instructor at Mississippi State University, died Monday. He was 87.

Meyer’s affiliation with weekly newspaper began in 1932 after he was graduated from the University of Alabama. He was given a job by then-owner Grady Imes.

Meyer and his brother, Morris, eventually bought the Starkville News in 1946.

In 1965, the Meyer brothers sold the paper to Henry Harris, who changed the publication from a weekly to a daily, and renamed it the Starkville Daily News.

Frank Morris

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) _ Frank Morris, who was president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston for two decades, died Monday. He was 76.

Morris was known for defying Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker’s policy of steadily increasing the money supply during a recession in the early 1980s.

Believing the policy could raise interest rates dangerously high, he was among the first to recommend de-emphasizing the money supply as an economic indicator. The Federal Reserve later adopted that as policy.

In 1968, Morris led the construction of the regional Federal Reserve Bank on derelict waterfront property in Boston, helping to spark a waterfront revitalization.

He retired in 1988.

Roy M. Shoffner

ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) _ Roy M. Shoffner, the former Enterprise Ledger editor and publisher, died Tuesday. He was 82.

Shoffner’s writing career included books he wrote about local history, including a history of Enterprise’s famous boll weevil monument titled ``Pest of Honor.″ He also served on the Enterprise City Council from 1964 to 1972.

He began working for the Ledger in 1954 and became publisher in 1977. He retired in November 1984.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia O. Shoffner, and a son, Jim Shoffner.

Morris Yatkeman

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Morris ``Butch″ Yatkeman, equipment manager for the St. Louis Cardinals for nearly six decades, died Saturday. He was 91.

Yatkeman took over in 1924 as equipment manager, a job that involves everything from cleaning uniforms to repairing gloves and shoes to setting up transportation of team luggage and equipment.

Terry Zahn

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ Terry Zahn, a longtime television anchorman in Hampton Roads who had told viewers about his three-year battle with cancer, died Tuesday. He was 53.

Zahn worked as the anchor on the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts at WVEC-TV. He also worked as an anchor at WAVY-TV from 1981 to 1994.

Before he was diagnosed with cancer, Zahn was a spokesman for the American Cancer Society.

He is survived by his wife, Jean.

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