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Les Blacklock, a renowned wildlife photographer who shaped his craft in th

September 2, 1995

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. (AP) _ Les Blacklock, a renowned wildlife photographer who shaped his craft in the bogs and forests of his native Minnesota, died Wednesday. He was 74.

He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the mid-1980s.

Blacklock produced several calendars and six books, including ``Minnesota Wild,″ a joint effort with his son, Craig.

Blacklock’s first book, ``The Hidden Forest,″ co-authored by Sigurd Olson, explored Minnesota’s north country.

After an early career shooting big-game animals, Blacklock photographed landscapes and plants of the forest floor.

An avid environmentalist, he designed more than 30 parks and nature centers. His family also established the nonprofit Blacklock Nature Sanctuary.

Herbert S. Bridge

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ Herbert S. Bridge, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist who helped map solar winds that flow through interplanetary space, died Wednesday. He was 76.

Bridge was professor emeritus of physics and former director of the MIT Center for Space Research. He was one of the pioneers in the unmanned exploration of space.

Bridge was the leader of a group of MIT physicists who designed the first instrument for studying interplanetary plasma. Known as the modulated-grid Faraday cup, the instrument was launched aboard Explorer X in 1961 and provided the first direct evidence for the existence of a dilute plasma in interplanetary space. Later experiments measured the velocity of the plasma.

Similar experiments were conducted on unmanned flights to every planet in the solar system, except for Pluto.

Bridge earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1941 and his doctorate from MIT in 1950. He was a World War II veteran who was a staff member at Los Alamos Laboratories in New Mexico.

John Brunner

LONDON (AP) _ John Brunner, the science fiction novelist noted for his experimenting with form and his attention to contemporary social issues, died Aug. 25 at age 60.

Brunner died of a heart attack while attending a science fiction convention in Glasgow, Scotland, the London Times reported Saturday.

A prolific writer, Brunner attracted attention outside his native England in 1969 with ``Stand on Zanzibar,″ a fragmented narrative that treated the potential nightmare of overpopulation.

Other novels included ``The Squares of the City,″ a 1969 novel about the dehumanizing effect of computers, based on an actual chess game played in 1892; and ``The Days of March,″ drawn from his experiences as an anti-nuclear campaigner.

Brunner, who lived most of his life in London, was a writer-in-residence at the University of Kansas in the early 1970s.

J. Gordon Hanes Jr.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) _ J. Gordon Hanes Jr., former president and chief executive of Hanes Corp. who helped build his family’s hosiery business into a Fortune 500 company and a household name, died Thursday. He was 79.

In 1965, after Hanes Hosiery Mills Co. merged with the P.H. Hanes Knitting Co. to become the Hanes Corp., he was named company president and chief executive officer, a position he held until 1978.

Hanes helped establish the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and was a major donor of art works and money to the N.C. Museum of Art.

During two terms as a state senator in the 1960s, he fought to raise the state’s minimum wage and to establish a uniform commercial code for business.

He started work in his family’s hosiery business after graduating college in 1937. He labored as a knitter and machine repairman before taking a management position in the firm’s main office.

John Erik Jonsson

DALLAS (AP) _ John Erik Jonsson, a co-founder of Texas Instruments Inc. and former Dallas mayor, has died at age 93.

Jonsson, who died at home late Thursday, was mayor from 1964 _ about two months after the Kennedy assassination _ until 1971.

He was a driving force in establishing Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, which opened in January 1974, and served as the first chairman of its board.

Jonsson and two other founders of Texas Instruments, Cecil H. Green and Eugene McDermott, created the Excellence in Education Foundation, which gave $30 million to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1991.

In 1930, Jonsson became superintendent of the Newark, N.J., laboratories of Geophysical Service Inc., which moved to Dallas in 1934 and evolved into Texas Instruments.

He was the first president of the company from 1951 to 1958, chairman from 1958 to 1966 and honorary chairman until his retirement in 1977.

Under his leadership, TI co-invented the integrated circuit in 1958, the electronic hand-held calculator in 1967 and the single chip microcomputer in 1971, the company said.

Sterling Morrison

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) _ Sterling Morrison, who played guitar as a co-founder of the Velvet Underground, died Wednesday at age 53.

Morrison died of cancer at his Poughkeepsie home, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported.

Morrison, who was born Holmes Sterling Morrison Jr., joined Lou Reed, John Cale and Maureen ``Moe″ Tucker to form the group in 1965. The band’s amphetamine-driven guitar sound and nervy ballads of transgression were a stark alternative to the predominantly cheery counterculture music of the ’60s.

The band broke up in the early ’70s, having recorded rock albums such as ``White Light/White Heat,″ ``Loaded″ and the Andy Warhol-produced 1967 debut, ``Velvet Underground & Nico.″

After the breakup, Morrison joined Tucker on a number of projects, while Reed skyrocketed to rock stardom as a solo artist. The Velvet Underground reunited in the summer of 1993 for a European tour, but internal difficulties caused the band’s breakup before the tour could reach the United States.

In addition to his music, Morrison also worked as a tugboat captain in Houston and as an English professor. He was a featured performer with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in 1994.

Benay Venuta

NEW YORK (AP) _ Benay Venuta, a painter, sculptor and actress who appeared on Broadway and in movies, died of lung cancer Friday at age 84.

Venuta’s career in show business began as a dancer during her teens and ended in her 80s with a small role in Woody Allen’s 1993 movie ``Manhattan Murder Mystery.″

On Broadway, her career began when, as a virtual unknown, she replaced Ethel Merman in ``Anything Goes″ in 1935. She went on to leading roles in shows such as ``Nellie Bly,″ ``Hazel Flagg,″ ``Kiss the Boys Goodbye″ and others.

Her movies also included ``Call Me Mister″ and ``Annie Get Your Gun.″

For much of her life, Venuta painted and sculpted. During the 1970′s, her Plexiglass sculptures were sold at Bonwit Teller in Manhattan for $150 to $1,500.

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