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March 1, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Michael Angelo Avallone, a mystery writer who penned the Ed Noon series and whose original novels were based on the television series ``The Man from U.N.C.L.E.″ and ``Hawaii Five-0,″ died Friday after suffering from heart failure. He was 74.

Avallone wrote more than 200 books and short stories during his 45 year career, including Westerns, horror stories and children’s books. He was best known as the author of the Ed Noon series of detective novels published between 1953 and 1988.

Avallone also wrote movie novelizations, including ``Beneath the Planet of Apes″ and ``Shock Corridor.″

The author, whose works were translated and published around the world, once said he began to write ``when he discovered pencils″ and said: ``I never wrote a book I didn’t like.″

His first novel, ``The Tall Dolores,″ was published in 1953 and featured his detective character Ed Noon. He went on to pen 36 Ed Noon novels. His last Noon novel, ``High Noon at Midnight,″ featured an older detective, much like the author, and addressed the author’s thoughts on aging.

He also wrote gothic romances under the pen name Edwina Noone.

Stanley Dance

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Jazz critic Stanley Dance, a confidant of Duke Ellington and Earl Hines who won a Grammy in 1963, died Tuesday of pneumonia. He was 88.

Dance was one of the genre’s most respected critics and his work spanned 60 years.

Revered by fans and musicians, Dance coined the term ``mainstream″ as a way to describe a jazz style. He won a Grammy Award in 1963 for writing the liner notes for the album ``The Ellington Era.″

Dance also wrote liner notes for the Sweet Baby Blues Band and was featured chanting on the track ``Sometimes it be That Way″ on singer-pianist Jeannie Cheatham’s 1987 album ``Homeward Bound.″

``Stanley was a giant, a lifelong jazz devotee and one of the most honest men I’ve ever met,″ Ms. Cheatham said. ``He didn’t bite his tongue, he said what he thought, and that was that.″

Born in England, Dance began writing about jazz professionally in 1935, eventually marrying Helen Oakley, who was in charge of Variety Records and produced several of Ellington’s small group records in the 1930s.

Dance read the eulogy at Ellington’s funeral in 1974. The jazz critic co-wrote Ellington’s autobiography and other books, including ``The World of Swing″ and ``The World of Earl Hines.″ His work appeared in the New York Herald Tribune, Saturday Review, Down Beat and Jazz Times. He was also book review editor at Jazz Times from 1980 until last fall.

Winthrop Edey

NEW YORK (AP) _ Winthrop Edey, internationally known for his love and knowledge of clocks and the keeper of a meticulous diary documenting life in New York, died Feb. 22 from Hodgkin’s disease. He was 61.

Edey gained international recognition as an expert on antique clocks and started buying them before they were considered collector’s items.

He helped the Frick Collection bring together an exhibit of French clocks in 1982. Nine of the best clocks were from his own collection. He had a special fascination with studying their inner mechanisms.

Edey also was known for his detailed diary writing, which he started at age 6.

Some have guessed that his multivolume and still unpublished diary could become an important reflection of New York life. Edey mingled in different art circles and befriended Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Edey was included in Warhol’s 1963 movie ``The 13 Most Beautiful Boys.″

Harry Rossoll

ATLANTA (AP) _ Harry Rossoll, who as a U .S. Forest Service illustrator created the Smokey Bear fire prevention messages that became one of the most successful public relations campaigns, died Thursday of an intestinal aneurysm. He was 89.

A native of Norwich, Conn., he provided the rough draft for Smokey Bear in 1944 as the character to promote forest fire prevention after rejecting figures including a forest ranger and a beaver.

Rossoll drew more than 1,000 ``Smokey Says″ cartoons that were published in newspapers across the nation for 25 years. He also talked with foresters in the field and gave talks about Smokey and fire prevention to school children.

Harriet Waddy

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ Harriet Waddy, one of the first black officers commissioned in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II and one of the highest ranking black women in its successor, the Women’s Army Corps, died Feb. 21. She was 94.

Waddy joined the WAAC early in World War II and underwent basic training in Iowa. She returned to Washington in 1942 to work as an aide to the director of the corps.

The corps was made part of the regular Army and renamed the Women’s Army Corps later in 1942. Waddy graduated from Adjutant General’s School and was put in charge of 50 civilian typists in the Casualty Branch. Their job was to write letters notifying families that soldiers had been killed, wounded or were missing in action.

A photograph caption from that time notes that the task rested on the ``feminine but capable shoulders″ of Major Waddy.

In a newspaper interview from 1942, Waddy said succeeding as a WAC would drive a wedge into prejudicial beliefs. She noted that her uniform entitled her to go anywhere in Washington.

She served on active duty in the Army until 1952 and was in the reserves until 1969. She worked for the Federal Aviation Administration for 25 years, retiring in Los Angeles in 1969.

Waddy, born in Jefferson City, Mo., was raised by a strict grandmother. The family was mixed race for several generations, including grandparents who met during the Civil War. Waddy was proud of her family background, calling herself a ``Heinz 57″ and believing she symbolized the American cultural melting pot.

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