Obituaries in the News
The Associated Press
Apr. 23, 2005
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Michael Brim, a cornerback who played for five NFL teams, died Tuesday following a shootout with another man over an argument about a woman, police said Friday. He was 39.
No charges have been filed, and the case remains under investigation.
Brim had been involved in an argument with Gary Miles, police spokeswoman Cynthia Price said. Police found Brim with a fatal gunshot wound in the driveway of Miles' brother. The relationship between each man and the unidentified woman was unclear.
Brim was drafted in the fourth round out of Virginia Union by the Cardinals in 1988. He went on to play for Detroit, Minnesota, the New York Jets and Cincinnati. His career ended in 1995 when he was limited to one game with the Bengals because of an injury.
Brim, who was born in Danville, moved to the Richmond area after the NFL to start several businesses, including nightclubs, friends said.
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) _ Bill Mabe, a co-founder of the Baldknobbers, billed as Branson's first country music and comedy show, died Thursday at his home in Nixa after a short illness, his publicist said. He was 74.
Mabe had recently been diagnosed with cancer.
Mabe co-founded the Baldknobbers Jamboree Show, now in its 46th season, in 1959 with his brothers Bill, Lyle and Bob. He played Dobro guitar and sang harmony with the group from the start until he retired from performing in the 1990s. But he continued to work with the show as a producer into the current season; his son, Dennis, is the group's lead vocalist.
The four brothers, among a family of 13 children, started out singing gospel songs in their hometown of Nixa, 35 miles north of Branson. They took to promoting themselves with loudspeakers mounted on cars and signs held by their wives, attracting crowds of people to see them perform in Branson. In 1968, the group built its own theater, which now seats 1,700.
Ellison said the Baldknobbers were instrumental in helping build Branson into today's entertainment mecca with nearly 50 theaters, drawing people from around the world.
LONDON (AP) _ Scottish sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, a pioneer of pop art in Britain, died Friday, his family said. He was 81.
Paolozzi had been confined to a wheelchair since suffering brain damage from a serious illness four years ago.
Paolozzi was drafted in World War II, and after military service, he studied at London's St. Martin's college and Slade School of Art. After the war he lived in Paris, where he was influenced by surrealist and avant-garde artists. He brought something of surrealism's anarchic energy to work in a variety of media, including sculpture, ceramics and screen printing.
In the 1950s, Paolozzi was an influential member of the London-based Independent Group, forerunner of the English pop art movement, and his use of pop-culture sources such as magazines and advertising foresaw much of 1960s art.
His many works of public art include murals at Tottenham Court Road subway station in London and a 12-foot bronze sculpture of Sir Isaac Newton outside the British Library.
In 1986, Paolozzi was named ``Her Majesty's Sculptor in Ordinary for Scotland'' by Queen Elizabeth II. He was knighted by the queen in 1989.
James H. Semans
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ James H. Semans, the founding chairman of the North Carolina School of the Arts, a noted philanthropist and doctor, has died.
Semans, whose health had been declining, died Thursday at his home. He was 94.
A retired Duke University physician, Semans championed the arts school in Winston-Salem and many other artistic and humanitarian causes. Most often, he did so with his wife, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, the great-granddaughter of university namesake Washington Duke.
``This is a man that was so far ahead of his time that we never appreciated him enough, except in retrospect,'' said Dr. Saul Boyarsky, a retired urologist and Duke University professor.
Semans, a native of Uniontown, Pa., was well-known for his contributions to the arts as for his pioneering urology work with paralyzed World War II veterans.
Among national arts organizations he served are the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Institute of Music, the American Council for the Arts and the School of American Ballet.