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November 16, 2002

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George Chemeres

SEATTLE (AP) _ George Chemeres, a retired boxing manager, trainer and promoter whose fighters included 1956 Olympic champion Pete Rademacher, died Friday from lung cancer. He was 87.

Chemeres spent 73 years in boxing. He trained Rademacher for his professional debut against then heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. The two fought in Seattle in 1957, and Patterson knocked out Rademacher in six rounds.

A year earlier, at the Melbourne Olympics, Rademacher won the super heavyweight gold medal. Rademacher boxed and played football at Washington State.

In the 1950s and ’60s, Chemeres managed light heavyweight Eddie Cotton, who won 58 fights. In the 1980s, Chemeres managed Auburn’s Greg ``Mutt″ Haugen to the IBF world lightweight title.

Chemeres, a native of Aberdeen, recently retired and said he found retirement tough.

Charles Dupuis

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ Charles Dupuis, whose family printing house was behind the success of comic-strip characters including Spirou, Lucky Luke and the Smurfs, died Thursday. He was 84.

In 1938, Dupuis’ publisher father Jean created the Spirou comic book in Belgium to rival Disney’s Le Journal de Mickey and other American imports.

Charles Dupuis attracted cartoonists who went on to become stars in Belgium, where comic-strips are revered as a serious art form. Among them was Franquin who created Gaston Lagaffe and Marsupilami, Peyo who drew the Smurfs and Lucky Luke creator Morris.

Under Charles Dupuis’ guidance, the company grew in the decades following World War II, moving successfully into comic-strip albums and animated films for cinema and television.

Charles Dupuis retired in 1985, when the family sold the firm. Under new ownership, the company continues under the Dupuis name, and Spirou magazine remains popular, with weekly sales reaching some 85,000 a week.

Dan Moschetti

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) _ Dan Moschetti, the host of a widely syndicated radio show about golf, died Tuesday of a sudden heart attack in his studio, his wife said. He was 53.

Moschetti, who had been diagnosed two years ago with heart disease, suffered a heart attack at his desk at The Golf Guys’ Radio Show, according to his wife and producer, Diane Moschetti.

Dan Moschetti died just minutes after being interviewed on-air by a San Francisco radio station.

The California native was the creator and host of the humorous, anything-goes show, which he began for fun in 1998 with several friends who were also golf fans. The show has been broadcast on 800 stations in 160 countries.

Moschetti and his son, Doug, also had hosted the morning show at KION Radio in Salinas for almost two years, the station said. He recently toured with the USO in Korea.

Before going into broadcasting, Moschetti was an entrepreneur whose businesses included a golfing store.

Moschetti is survived by his wife and five children, four from a previous marriage.

Samuel Neaman

NEW YORK (AP) _ Samuel Neaman, a retail executive who oversaw a sprawling empire, died Wednesday at his home in Oceanside, Calif. He was 89.

Neaman was born in what is now Israel and lived in London for many years. After serving in the British army during World War II, he managed several businesses in Europe and Mexico. In 1962, he began working with Meshulam Riklis, a retail conglomerate-builder.

Riklis conducted corporate takeovers while Neaman oversaw day-to-day operations. At the height of his career, Neaman’s realm included stores such as McCrory’s, S. Klein, Lerner’s, Best & Company and J.J. Newberry.

In 1974, he abruptly resigned as chairman of McCrory’s to seek the top post at Interstate Stores, a rival chain. The job did not come through and Neaman retired from the corporate world.

In retirement, he spent most of his time and fortune on charitable works. In 1978, he endowed the Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

William Packard

NEW YORK (AP) _ William Packard, the founder of The New York Quarterly, a national poetry magazine, died on Nov. 3 at his home in Manhattan of heart disease. He was 69.

The quarterly, which Packard founded in 1969, published poems and interviews that featured such prominent poets as W.H. Auden, John Ashberry, Paul Blackburn and Anne Sexton.

Packard wrote six volumes of poetry and was also a novelist, playwright and teacher of creative writing. His adaptation of Racine’s ``Phedre″ won the Outer Critics Circle Award when it was produced Off Broadway in 1966.

The New York Quarterly suspended publication when Packard had a stroke in 1996. Earlier this year, he had recovered enough to publish the fall issue. The magazine is expected to continue.

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