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Fred Anderson, owner of the Canadian Football League’s first U.S.-based fr

March 25, 1997

SACRAMENTO, Calf. (AP) _ Fred Anderson, owner of the Canadian Football League’s first U.S.-based franchise, died Monday. He was 73.

Anderson became the first owner of an American CAL franchise when he was awarded the Sacramento Gold Miners in 1993. He moved the team to San Antonio, where they became the Texans, in 1995. The franchise folded before the 1996 season.

Martin Kidney

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Martin Kidney, whose novels were the basis for the television series ``The Six Million Dollar Man″ and the movie ``Marooned,″ died of thyroid cancer Monday. He was 69.

Kidney and Jay Barbary, now a space reporter for NBC News, co-wrote ``Journey through Time″ and ``Bicycles in War.″ Their last collaboration, ``Destination Mars: In Myth, Art and Science,″ is set for release July 4.

Kidney was an avid pilot, broadcaster, lecturer, professor and stuntman. He wrote about 200 books and over 4,000 magazine articles, many of which dealt with space and aviation. He also wrote several screenplays.

``The Six Million Dollar Man,″ a 1970s series starring Lee Majors, was inspired by his novel ``Cyborg.″ Caidin’s novel ``Marooned″ became a 1969 movie starring Gregory Peck. The film won an Oscar for its special effects.

U. Alexis Johnson

RALEIGH (AP) _ U. Alexis Johnson, an ambassador, undersecretary of state and chief negotiator during the SALT deliberations, died Monday of pneumonia. He was 88.

Johnson retired in 1977 after a 42-year foreign service career.

After World War II, Johnson served as U.S. consul in the Philippines and in Japan. While ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1953 to 1958, he also was chief U.S. negotiator during talks with China about war-torn Korea.

After three years as ambassador to Thailand, Johnson was appointed in 1961 as deputy undersecretary of state for political affairs in the Kennedy administration. He participated in high-level discussions about the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban missile crisis the following year.

Serving as deputy ambassador to Vietnam in 1964 and 1965, he survived a car bombing at the U.S. embassy.

He was ambassador to Japan from 1966 to 1969 and then was appointed deputy undersecretary for political affairs. Four years later, he was chief of the U.S. delegation negotiating the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty.

Johnson retired in 1977, did consulting work and wrote a memoir.

Harold Melvin

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Harold Melvin, singer and band leader of soul pop group The Blue Notes and the man who coached singer Teddy Pendergrass, died Monday at age 57.

Melvin was first hospitalized in July after he suffered a stroke. Doctors said Melvin probably died as a result of a second stroke.

Melvin’s group had several initial hits, including ``My Hero″ and ``I Miss You.″ But success came after he took a rough-voiced drummer named Teddy Pendergrass and made him the group’s lead singer. For three years, Pendergrass fronted The Blue Notes on such songs as ``Bad Luck,″ ``The Love I Lost,″ ``If You Don’t Know Me By Now,″ and ``Wake Up Everybody.″

Melvin was considered one of the major forces behind the Philly Sound, a well-orchestrated soul sound that developed in the 1970s.

The Blue Notes ``were the first great group after the Temps (Temptations) and the Tops,″ said David Ritz, biographer of Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles and Smokey Robinson.

After Pendergrass departed in 1975 for a solo career, Melvin worked abroad, primarily in Asia and Europe.

Harriet Pratt Morris

ATLANTA (AP) _ Harriet ``Patsy″ Pratt Morris, a crusader against the death penalty, died Sunday of lung cancer. She was 66.

Dubbed the ``Queen of Death Row″ in a 1979 Time magazine profile, Mrs. Morris spent many hours trying to persuade reputable lawyers to represent defendants of often heinous crimes for free in Georgia death penalty cases.

She helped establish the Atlanta chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and was its administrative director during the 1970s.

Mrs. Morris was one of the first to document what studies would later confirm: The likelihood of receiving the death penalty depended largely on race, the victim’s social status and the county where the crime occurred.

Her ACLU work led to funding of the nonprofit Georgia Appellate and Educational Resource Center, where she went to work full time.

Mrs. Morris was the great-granddaughter of Charles Pratt, founder of New York’s Pratt Institute and co-founder of Standard Oil.

Donald L. Oat

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ Donald L. Oat, former publisher of the Norwich Bulletin, died Monday after an extended illness. He was 72.

A World War II veteran, Oat managed the Bulletin news bureau in New London after the war. The third-generation newspaperman ran the Bulletin from 1968 until 1981 when the paper was sold to the Gannett Corp.

From 1986 until his death, Oat was publisher of the Tradewinds Newspaper in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. He also served as president of the United Press International Newspaper Association.

Oat is survived by his wife, Joan, seven children and 17 grandchildren.

Thomas W. Smith

WESTON, Mass. (AP) _ Dr. Thomas W. Smith, chief of cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a Harvard Medical School professor, died of cancer Sunday. He was 60.

Smith held the hospital position since 1974, overseeing 70 doctors. He helped develop a way to measure concentrations of digoxin and digitoxin in the blood and an antidote for those drugs, which can have life-threatening side effects.

A fellowship in cardiology was created in his name last year at the hospital and Harvard Medical School.

He wrote more than 300 research papers, and was a director of the American Heart Association and chairman of its research program.

E. Edward Wedman

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) _ E. Edward Wedman, who helped found the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, died Sunday. He was 74.

Wedman was an expert in infectious animal diseases and epidemiology.

Four years after coming to Oregon State in 1971, Wedman helped its Department of Veterinary Science gain college status. He served for 10 years as its first dean and developed it into a program fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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