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September 22, 2006

Joe Glazer

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) _ Joe Glazer, a singer-songwriter who rallied union loyalists and sympathizers, died Tuesday. He was 88.

Glazer died at his home in Chevy Chase from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, said his wife, Mildred.

Glazer, often called Labor’s Troubadour, sang songs of solidarity on picket lines and union halls in almost every state. He also performed for many liberal politicians; in 1980, President Jimmy Carter invited him to play at the White House.

He recorded more than 30 albums, wrote a book about labor music, recorded the songs of others and helped recruit a new generation of protest singers.

Glazer wrote his best-known song, ``The Mills Weren’t Made of Marble,″ in 1947. It tells of a millworker’s dream of a happy heaven where ``nobody ever got tired and nobody ever grew old.″

Glazer joined the textile workers as an assistant education director and seized upon his boss’ suggestion to use a guitar to rally workers.

He moved on to the rubber workers union in Akron, Ohio, where he was education director.

In 1950, Glazer and the Elm City Four recorded a version of the anthem of the civil rights movement, ``We Shall Overcome.″

Glazer joined the Kennedy administration in 1961 as a labor information officer for the United States Information Agency. Besides explaining American current events to foreigners, he was regularly sent abroad to sing protest songs.

Glazer resigned from the agency after Ronald Reagan was inaugurated and soon began composing songs, like ``Jellybean Blues,″ satirizing the president.

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Henri Jayer

PARIS (AP) _ Henri Jayer, a master of supremely concentrated, immaculately balanced pinot noir who was viewed by many connoisseurs to be the finest Burgundy winemaker of his generation, died Wednesday. He was 84.

He died at a medical clinic in the eastern city of Dijon after a long battle with prostate cancer, said his daughter, Dominique Rolin.

Jayer’s prize-winning wines gained a worldwide reputation for excellence and for versatility _ drinkable both young and old.

Jayer shunned many technical innovations in winemaking and disliked uniformity in wines. Instead, he used only minimal interventions in the winery to avoid masking the unique flavors and aromas of each particular vineyard.

The son of a winegrower, Jayer quit school at age 16 to work the fields after his two older brothers left to fight in World War II. Over the years, he purchased new plots, but never cultivated more than about 17 acres, said Alain Hayat, owner of Paris’ Parc Aux Cerfs restaurant and editor of the wine review The Red and the White.

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Dean Everett Wooldridge

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ Dean Everett Wooldridge, a physicist who co-founded aerospace giant TRW Inc. and helped develop the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile program, died Wednesday. He was 93.

Wooldridge died of pneumonia at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, said his son James Wooldridge.

Born in Chickasha, Okla., Wooldridge graduated from high school at 14 and received a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma at 20. He also received a doctorate in physics at the California Institute of Technology.

Wooldridge worked at Bell Laboratories in New York, where he was put in charge of developing the first airborne fire-control systems during World War II. He later headed an Army ordnance study that led to the development of the Nike guided missile.

In the late 1940s, Wooldridge joined former Caltech classmate Simon Ramo at Hughes Aircraft Co. They developed an electronic fire-control system for the Air Force that became a standard for fighter aircraft.

They left Hughes to start their own company, Ramo-Wooldridge, which merged with its financial backer, Thompson Products, in 1958 and was eventually renamed TRW.

The company was credited with revolutionizing missile technology that helped drive the U.S. weapons development during the early years of the Cold War.

At the age of 49, Wooldridge retired and separated himself from the aerospace industry. TRW was acquired by Northrop Grumman Corp. in 2002.

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