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December 22, 1997

LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) _ Leo August, who founded the New Jersey publishing house that became a leading producer of envelopes and albums for stamp collectors, died Dec. 4. He was 83.

August and his older brother Sam opened a stamp shop in Newark in 1933, where they began producing specially designed envelopes with engraved illustrations depicting the themes of newly issued stamps. Collectors affix the new stamps to the envelopes and have them canceled by the post office on the day of issue to create ``first-day covers.″ The brothers copyrighted their innovation as Artcraft envelopes.

For the 1939 World’s Fair, the brothers expanded into stamp albums. Their company, Washington Press, now publishes albums for stamps of the United States and many other countries as well as albums for collectors of stamps on a single topic.

August was a founder of the American First Day Cover Society and of the Cardinal Spellman Philatelic Museum in Weston, Mass.

Ross Barzelay

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Ross Barzelay, former president and vice chairman of General Foods Corp., died Dec. 15 of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 75.

Barzelay began his 30-year career with the food giant as a Post Cereals salesman and moved up through the organization, joining its board of directors in 1975.

Barzelay was general manager of the Kool-Aid and Jell-O divisions before moving into corporate management. He served as executive in residence at Yale University’s management school after retiring in 1982.

The winner of the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star and British Military Cross for World War II combat also was an assistant professor of military tactics at City College of New York during the Korean War.

Sey Chassler

NEW YORK (AP) _ Sey Chassler, the former editor of Redbook who expanded women’s magazines to promote equal rights, died Dec. 11. He was 78.

Chassler was Redbook’s editor in chief for 16 years until his retirement in 1981. The magazine’s circulation grew from 2 million to 5 million during his tenure.

He also worked on Coronet, Collier’s and This Week magazines and was a former president of the American Society of Magazine Editors.

In 1976, Chassler was behind the effort to have articles on the proposed Equal Rights Amendment published simultaneously in 36 women’s magazines.

After his retirement, he continued to write and teach and was a consulting editor to Parade magazine.

In March, Chassler was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame.

Franco DiBella

MILAN, Italy (AP) _ Franco Di Bella, a former editor of Corriere della Sera _ one of Italy’s leading dailies _ who resigned when he was implicated in a scandal involving a secret group, died Saturday at a clinic where he was being treated for an undisclosed illness. He was 70.

Di Bella joined Corriere della Sera in 1952 and worked his way up through various editing positions.

He left to head the Bologna newspaper, but after 10 months there he returned to Corriere in 1977 to take the top post.

Di Bella directed coverage of the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II, the 1980 earthquake in Naples and terrorism in Italy.

He resigned in 1981 after his name was among scores of journalists, judges, businessmen and others on a list of alleged members of Propaganda-Due, an illegal secret lodge being investigated by the government.

Juzo Itami

TOKYO (AP) _ Juzo Itami, the acclaimed Japanese film director who survived an attack by gangsters angered by his biting satire, committed suicide Saturday shortly before a magazine was to report he had an affair. He was 64.

The director of the internationally acclaimed film ``Tampopo,″ after jumping from the roof of the eight-story building where he had his office.

At a news conference Sunday, Yasushi Tamaoki, a friend and the president of Itami Production, read part of a suicide note from Itami that said, ``Only through my death can I prove my innocence.″

On the computer in his office was a picture of his wife, actress Nobuko Miyamoto, who has appeared in nearly all his movies.

With 10 films in 13 years as a director, Itami has received more critical acclaim than any Japanese director since Akira Kurosawa.

In an edition going on sale Monday, the weekly magazine Flash planned to publish an article alleging Itami had an affair with a 26-year-old woman. The story includes three photos of the director and the woman.

Itami told the magazine that the woman was a friend and that they did not have a sexual relationship, Kyodo News reported.

Kenji Kaneto, chief editor of Flash, issued a statement saying the story was well researched and that he stood by it.

His first film, ``The Funeral″ in 1984, was an offbeat look at the pretense, folly and outrageous expense that are often part of the ceremony in Japan. It won favorable reviews in the United States as well as Japan.

In the 1985 comedy ``Tampopo,″ Miyamoto played a restaurant owner determined to create the perfect bowl of noodles. In ``A Taxing Woman,″ his 1987 hit, Miyamoto played a no-nonsense investigator trying to stop corrupt tax evaders.

Ernst Jokl

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Dr. Ernst Jokl, a founder of sports medicine in the United States and an international authority in the medical aspects of sports, died Dec. 13. He was 90.

Jokl also was a founder of the American College of Sports Medicine.

In South Africa, where Jokl once lived, his name became synonymous with physical training. The term ``jokkel″ was so widely used that it was listed in the Afrikaans National Dictionary _ ``to jokkel″ is defined as the equivalent of ``to exercise.″

A native of Germany, Jokl had lived in Lexington since the 1950s. He was a physiology professor and director of the University of Kentucky’s Exercise Research Laboratory.

Jokl, who retired in 1977, was named professor emeritus in the university’s physical education department and the Chandler Medical Center neurology department.

Jokl had been a consultant to the U.S. Olympic Committee, and had conducted sports medicine research at the Olympic Games.

In 1930, he met a member of the 1928 German national women’s track and field team, Erica Lestmann. In May 1933, she refused to raise her arm in salute of the Nazi government at a track and field competition in Berlin. Her refusal cost her a high school teaching job. The same day, Ernst and Erica Jokl decided to marry, and they moved to South Africa two weeks later.

The Jokls established a sports fitness program in South Africa, and Jokl eventually became the head of physical education at the University of Stellenbosch in Johannesburg. He became an American citizen in 1958.

Dawn Steel

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Dawn Steel, who became the first woman to head a major Hollywood studio after producing blockbusters such as ``Top Gun″ and ``Fatal Attraction,″ died Saturday of a brain tumor. She was 51.

She spent only two years as president of Columbia Pictures, leaving in 1990, but Ms. Steel was known as one of Hollywood’s toughest executives.

Ms. Steel was also known for a keen ability to match actors with movies suited to their talents.

Born Aug. 19, 1946 in New York City to blue-collar parents, Ms. Steel went to college but never got a degree because she was too broke and impatient. She went to work for Penthouse Magazine in 1969, rising to writer and merchandising director.

She moved to Los Angeles in 1978, landing a job as the director of merchandising at Paramount Pictures. It was her campaign for ``Star Trek: The Motion Picture″ _ and, some say, her brashness _ that caught the eye of studio executives.

She was promoted to vice president of production in 1980 and by 1985 she headed Paramount’s production, overseeing such movies as ``Flashdance,″ ``Top Gun,″ ``The Accused,″ and ``Fatal Attraction.″

In November 1987, Ms. Steel replaced British filmmaker David Puttnam as president of Columbia Pictures and became the first woman to run a major Hollywood studio.

During Ms. Steel’s tenure at Columbia, the company released ``When Harry Met Sally ...″ and ``Look Who’s Talking.″ Among the films she put into production before leaving the studio were ``Postcards from the Edge,″ ``Awakenings″ and ``Flatliners.″

Irving Wright

NEW YORK (AP) _ Dr. Irving S. Wright, the first physician to use an anticoagulant to treat blood clots that can cause heart attacks and strokes, died Dec. 8. He was 96.

Wright, a cardiologist, won the Albert Lasker Award in 1960 for his study of the use of anticoagulants in 800 heart attack patients. He also served as president of the American Heart Association in the 1050s.

After a bout with thrombophlebitis in the 1930s, Wright searched for a way to break up life-threatening blood clots. They can kill because they potentially could move to the lungs and cause pulmonary embolisms.

He treated a patient with the natural anticoagulant heparin and the patient improved in two weeks. Heparin and other anticoagulant therapy is now standard treatment for heart patients.

He wrote ``You and Your Heart″ in 1950.

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