LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) _ Leo August, a founder of the New Jersey publishing house that specialized in 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.

Mike Augustin

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Mike Augustin, a longtime sports writer for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, died of cancer Friday. He was 57.

Augustin worked first at the St. Cloud Times, later becoming sports editor. He joined the Pioneer Press in 1969.

Nicknamed ``Auggie,'' Augustin covered high school and small-college sports and voted in Associated Press college polls.

He is survived by his mother and two brothers.

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 eventually joined 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.

Andrea Carolyn Camp

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) _ Andrea Carolyn Camp, the co-producer of the popular Benji movies, died Thursday after a long illness. She was 58.

Until 1989, Ms. Camp and her husband Joe lived in Dallas and ran Mulberry Square Productions, the company that produced the Benji television and film series.

From the company's inception in 1971, Ms. Camp worked side by side with her husband, whose screenplay, written from a dog named Benji's point of view, they turned into a hit series on both movie and television screens.

In 1989, she was awarded the Women in Film/Dallas Achievement Award for her work in the industry. In that same year, the Camps and their company moved to Pascagoula, Miss., the state in which she was born.

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.

Virginia Coigney

REDDING, Conn. (AP) _ Virginia Coigney, a writer and mother of folk singer Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary, died Thursday after a long illness. She was 80.

Ms. Travers said much of her social awareness came from her mother, who took part in civil rights protests from the 1960s to the 1980s.

``She told me once, `Be very careful with compromise. There's a very thin line between compromise and complicity,''' Ms. Travers said.

Ms. Coigney dropped out of school, became a reporter with the Albany (N.Y.) Knickerbocker Press and wrangled an exclusive interview with gangster Dutch Schultz.

She wrote scripts for radio and television, including the soap opera ``The Edge of Night;'' authored several books, including the biography of birth-control advocate Dr. Margaret Sanger; and became public relations director for a Connecticut hospital.

She is also survived by another daughter.

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 age 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,'' died after jumping from the roof of the eight-story building where he had his office.

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.

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

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.

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

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