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Arda Bowser

September 10, 1996

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) _ Arda Bowser, the last surviving member of the NFL’s first championship team, died Saturday. He was 97.

The 1922 Canton Bulldogs won the first NFL championship with a 10-0-2 record. Bowser scored two touchdowns and returned a kickoff 90 yards in a 38-0 victory over the Louisville Brecks.

He played only four years in the pros _ his full-time employer, White Motor Co., made him quit. Still, he made significant contributions to the game, including the league’s first steelplated kicking shoe and a so-called ``mud tee″ he developed.

Royce L. Craig

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Royce L. Craig, retired chief photographer of The Tulsa Tribune. died Saturday. He was 76.

Craig joined the Tribune in 1941 and, apart from a stint in the Army Air Corps during World War II, worked there until he retired in 1983.

He helped open state courts to photography in the early 1950s by smuggling a camera into a courtroom and photographing a judge on the bench.

The judge, amazed the photos were taken with no flash or commotion, allowed limited photography in his court. Others followed suit.

Survived include a son, Michael Craig, who is a Tulsa World advertising employee; two daughters, Carol Barrett and Linda Coley; a sister and five grandchildren.

Ruggero Mastroianni

TORVAJANICA, Italy (AP) _ Ruggero Mastroianni, editor of some of Italy’s most celebrated films and younger brother of actor Marcello Mastroianni, died Monday after a heart attack. He was 66.

Mastroianni edited most films by director Federico Fellini, including ``8 1/2″ in 1963 and ``Amarcord″ in 1973.

Bill Monroe

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Bill Monroe, who fused fast-picking mandolin, banjo, and guitar with a ``high lonesome″ singing style to create the unique American sound of Bluegrass, died Monday at 84. He had suffered from heart problems.

Perhaps Monroe’s best known song is ``Blue Moon of Kentucky,″ written in 1946. Elvis Presley also recorded it in 1954.

His other records include ``Kentucky Waltz,″ ``Mule Skinner Blues,″ ``Pike County Breakdown,″ ``A Letter From My Darling″ and ``Uncle Pen.″

Bluegrass is named after Monroe’s band the Blue Grass Boys and the grass of his native Kentucky. He played most of the string instruments but was best known as a mandolinist.

Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970, Monroe played on the Grand Ole Opry from 1939 throughout his career.

He was invited to the White House in 1989 to meet President Bush, a fan, and again in 1995 as a winner of a National Medal of the Arts.

Nathan Safir

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Nathan Safir, who developed the nation’s first full-time Spanish-language radio and television stations, died Saturday of diabetes. He was 83.

Fifty years ago Safir founded KCOR-AM and helped develop KCOR-TV in San Antonio. He served on the board of directors for Spanish broadcast group Tichenor Media Systems Inc., which owns KCOR-AM, and was general manager of KCOR-AM until retiring in 1990. He was also general manager of KCOR-TV for about three years.

He was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1989 as the patriarch of Spanish-language broadcasting.

Survivors include a wife, Lillian Safir of San Antonio; two sons, Larry Safir of McAllen, David Safir of San Francisco; a brother, Alex Safir of High Point, N.C.; and four grandchildren.

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