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Bob Armistead, a lifelong Texas newsman

October 30, 1997

CORSICANA, Texas (AP) _ Bob Armistead, a lifelong Texas newsman who served as editor of the Corsicana Daily Sun and managing editor of The Lufkin Daily News, died of kidney failure Wednesday. He was 56.

Armistead worked at the Abilene Reporter-News before moving to the Daily Sun in the 1970s. He was managing editor of The Lufkin Daily News from 1979 until 1985, when he began teaching at Stephen F. Austin State University.

During his journalism career, Armistead and the staffs of newspapers he edited won more than 100 writing awards in state and regional press association contests.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter.

William Herbert Crook

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) _ William Herbert Crook, former director of the VISTA national service program and a former U.S. ambassador to Australia, died Wednesday. He was 72. A minister and educator, Crook was chosen by President Johnson in 1965 to open an Austin branch of the Office of Economic Opportunity to oversee national service programs in five states.

Two years later, Johnson appointed Crook national director of Volunteers in Service to America, or VISTA, an AmeriCorps program that puts volunteers in communities to find solutions to problems caused by poverty.

Crook served as VISTA director until 1968, when he was appointed U.S. ambassador to Australia.

Carl ``Tuffy″ Ellingsen

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) _ Carl ``Tuffy″ Ellingsen, who helped lead Washington State University’s football team to its last Rose Bowl appearance in 1931, died Saturday. He was 92.

Ellingsen, who picked up his nickname as a high school wrestler in Tacoma, was a halfback for the Cougars.

He also ran, passed and kicked on a team that paid a White House call to President Herbert Hoover after the team defeated Villanova to go 9-0. A month later, the Cougars played in the Rose Bowl, losing 24-0 to Alabama.

Paul Jarrico

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) _ Paul Jarrico, who spent decades working to restore credits to screenwriters like himself who were blacklisted during the Red Scare, was killed Tuesday when his car slammed into a tree. He was 82.

Jarrico died at the scene of the crash, which happened as he was driving home to Ojai from a luncheon honoring writers targeted by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. Friends said he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

He and other blacklisted screenwriters had received a standing ovation _ and an apology _ Monday at a historic awards dinner sponsored by Hollywood’s four major talent guilds.

Jarrico was nominated for an Academy Award for 1941′s ``Tom, Dick and Harry.″ His screenplay credits include the Gene Kelly film ``Thousands Cheer,″ ``Song of Russia″ with Robert Taylor, ``The Search″ with Montgomery Clift and Glenn Ford’s ``The White Tower.″

After being blacklisted, Jarrico teamed with several blacklisted filmmakers in 1953 to make ``Salt of the Earth.″ Most laboratories refused to process the film and projectionists wouldn’t show it. The landmark film about a Mexican labor dispute was heralded around the world.

Jarrico asked that his own writing credits not be restored to movies from which they were stripped during the blacklist until all other blacklisted writers’ credits had been restored.

After he was blacklisted, he moved to Europe and supported himself for 20 years by making movies in France and England.


Brian Lefley

BOLZANO, Italy (AP) _ Brian Lefley, Italy’s ice hockey coach, died Wednesday when his car collided with an oncoming truck. He was 49.

Police said Lefley apparently fell asleep at the wheel and slammed into a truck when his car swerved into the opposite lane on a state road near Bolzano in northern Italy.

Lefley, a Canadian, had been coaching the Italians since 1993 and led the team, filled with Italo-Canadian players, to its best finish ever in a World Championship _ sixth place in 1995.

Lefley played for several teams during his NHL career.

Abdul-Amir Malla

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Abdul-Amir Malla, an Iraqi poet, novelist and official of the ruling party who wrote a biography of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, died Tuesday from what the official Iraqi news agency described as a brain clot. He was 55.

He joined the Baath Party as a youth and later became an active cadre in its propaganda department. After the party came to power in a military coup in 1968, he was made an editor in chief of Ale Ba, a state-owned weekly.

In 1975, he wrote ``The Long Days,″ a novel about Saddam’s early life and his participation in the 1959 assassination attempt on Prime Minister Gen. Abdul Karim Qassim.

He later became deputy information minister but was removed from his post after the 1991 Gulf War.

John Sturdivant

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ John Sturdivant, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, died Tuesday of leukemia. He was 59.

An AFGE activist for three decades, Sturdivant was first elected president of the union in 1988.

He overwhelmingly won re-election to a fourth term at the union’s August convention. The union’s secretary-treasurer, Bobby L. Harnage, will serve out Sturdivant’s term, which ends in 2000.

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