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December 19, 2004

James J. Ling

DALLAS (AP) _ James J. Ling, a Dallas tycoon who was a pioneer of the modern-day conglomerate, died Friday. He was 81.

Ling, who died of esophageal cancer, was the L in LTV Corp., a now-defunct business that became Fortune magazine’s 14th-largest industrial company with $3.8 billion in revenues.

Ling’s conglomerate-building career at LTV ended in the 1970s after his foray into the steel industry proved catastrophic. When financial problems mounted, he was booted out of the corporation. But he stayed active until recently in business, running a Dallas energy company and other enterprises.

E-Systems Inc., Braniff Airlines, Wilson Sporting Goods, resorts in Acapulco and Steamboat Springs, Colo., and National Car Rental were all once part of LTV _ America’s first billion-dollar conglomerate.

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Seymour Melman

NEW YORK (AP) _ Seymour Melman, a retired Columbia University professor who argued that U.S. military spending compromised the quality of the nation’s domestic programs, died Thursday. He was 86.

Melman died of an apparent aneurysm, said Benjamin Abrams, his research assistant.

An outspoken advocate for disarmament during the Cold War and after, Melman was co-chairman of the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy and chairman of the National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament.

He opposed the current war in Iraq, and argued against the long-held belief that World War II pulled the United States out of the Great Depression, saying other factors revived the economy.

His books included ``Our Depleted Society″ (1965), ``Profits Without Production″ (1983) and ``After Capitalism: From Managerialism to Workplace Economy″ (2001).

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E. Wyman Spalding

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) _ E. Wyman Spalding, grandson of the co-founder of the A.G. Spalding & Bros. sporting goods empire, died Dec. 3. He was 86.

Spalding, a retired Army Reserves officer and longtime schoolteacher, died in his sleep of natural causes at a hospital, said his daughter, Wilda Spalding.

Spalding was not involved in running the sporting goods empire, which was founded by his grandfather, J. Walter Spalding, and his granduncle, A.G. Spalding, the Hall of Fame pitcher and Major League baseball pioneer.

Instead, he pursued a career as a Shakespearean actor and also played roles such as Gen. Douglas MacArthur and French novelist Emile Zola. During World War II, he performed Shakespearean readings that aired over the radio.

Spalding, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, was also a flight commander who trained B-25 pilots. He flew planes well into his 70s, performing aerobatics at the Santa Paula Airport.

He retired from the San Francisco Unified School District in 1984 after 21 years as a teacher.

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