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February 8, 2001

BIGGS, Calif. (AP) _ Hal Blair, who co-wrote songs performed by Elvis Presley, Della Reese and others, died Friday. He was 85.

Blair co-wrote ``Please Help Me, I’m Falling″ for Hank Locklin, ``Ringo″ for Lorne Greene, ``I Was the One″ for Presley and ``Not One Minute More″ for Reese.

He began his songwriting and acting careers in Western films, working with stars such as Gene Autry. Blair met his songwriting collaborator, Don Robertson, in the early 1950s. Their partnership lasted nearly five decades.

Dale Evans

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Dale Evans, who reigned as the ``Queen of the West″ alongside her husband of five decades, Roy Rogers, the ``King of the Cowboys,″ died Wednesday. She was 88.

Evans drew upon her affection for Rogers when she penned the couple’s theme song, ``Happy Trails to You.″ Rogers died in 1998 at age 86.

The couple’s relationship endured five decades of work in radio, movies, music and television.

The first movie Evans made with Rogers, already an established singing cowboy star, was ``Cowboy and the Senorita″ in 1944. They married in 1947, and appeared together in 35 films.

She rode her horse, Buttermilk, beside him on his celebrated palomino, Trigger.

When the B Western faded in the early 1950s, they began their television career. ``The Roy Rogers Show″ ran from 1951 to 1957.

Evans wrote more than 20 books, including the best-selling ``Angel Unaware,″ about the couple’s daughter, Robin, who suffered from Down syndrome.

Rev. Jack Hyles

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) _ The Rev. Jack Hyles, a Christian fundamentalist leader who founded Hyles-Anderson College, died Tuesday after open-heart surgery. He was 74.

Before coming to Hammond in 1959, he led the Miller Road Baptist Church in Garland, Texas, boosting membership from 44 people to 4,000.

Hyles, who wrote 48 books, also co-founded Baptist-based elementary, junior high and high schools in Schererville.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) _ Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh, who became his co-pilot and wrote extensively about their pioneering adventures in flight, died Wednesday. She was 94.

Lindbergh published 13 books of memoirs, fiction, poems and essays.

She was thrown into the spotlight of her famous husband immediately after they met in 1927, shortly after he made his famous solo flight across the Atlantic. She was a senior at Smith College. He took her flying on their first date; they were engaged within a year.

She soon became her husband’s co-pilot, co-navigator and radio operator. The couple’s flights across oceans and around the world fascinated the American public.

From 1929 to 1935, the Lindberghs flew across the United States on tours promoting air travel as a safe and convenient method of transportation.

In 1930, she became the first American woman to get a glider pilot’s license.

On April 20, 1930, the Lindberghs set a transcontinental speed record, flying from Los Angeles to New York in 14 hours and 45 minutes. She was seven months pregnant at the time.

In 1932, the already-famous Lindberghs drew worldwide attention when their first child, 20-month-old Charles Jr., was kidnapped and murdered.

The couple had six children.

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