Sep. 30, 1997
NEW YORK (AP) _ Murray Burnett, who co-wrote a play that inspired the movie ``Casablanca'' and spent decades fighting for recognition, died last Tuesday. He was 86.
Unable to get ``Everybody Comes to Rick's'' produced as a Broadway play, Burnett and collaborator Joan Alison sold the script to Warner Bros. for $20,000. The studio cast Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, and turned the play into ``Casablanca,'' which won an Oscar as the best movie of 1943.
Philip and Julius Epstein, and Howard Koch, also shared an Academy Award for the screenplay of ``Casablanca.''
Burnett unsuccessfully sued Koch for $6.5 million after Koch wrote in a magazine article in 1973 that the play had ``little in the way of a story adaptable to the screen.''
In 1991, Koch, then 89, conceded that Burnett's complaint was ``to some extent, justified.
Warner Bros. gave Burnett and Alison $100,000 each after they threatened to terminate their copyright renewal agreement with the studio.
Max E. Causey
GARLAND, Texas (AP) _ Max E. Causey, foreman of the jury that convicted Jack Ruby of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, died Sunday from heart attack. He was 69.
Oswald was accused of assassinating President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, when Ruby shot him.
Causey served as a pilot in the Air Force in the early 1950s and was employed by E-Systems until his retirement in 1990.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) _ Frank D'Agostino, an All-America tackle for Auburn in 1955, died Sunday night of a heart attack in Tampa, Fla. He was 61.
D'Agostino, a native of Philadelphia, was drafted by the Eagles after his Auburn career. He played for Philadelphia in the NFL in 1956 and later for the AFL's New York Jets in 1960.
At the time of his death, D'Agostino was an assistant principal at the Bill Duncan Opportunity Center, an alternative school for problem students in Tampa.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Susan Landon, who was an editorial writer during the last five years of the nearly 25 years she spent with the Albuquerque Journal as a reporter and writer, died Sunday. She was 47.
Among the formal recognitions of her work, The National Federation of Press Women honored her for a 1985 series on public education reform and again in 1987 for reporting on social issues.
She won the first-place award of New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors in 1988 for investigative reporting on a controversial Navajo land purchase. The same group chose her for first-place awards for editorial writing and columns in 1993.
She won other awards for general news writing, feature writing and reporting on poverty.
Survivors include her parents, Gordon and Helen Landon; her sister, Sandra Landon, and her sister's husband, Michael Bock.
Pedro de Castro Van Dunem
LUANDA, Angola (AP) _ Pedro de Castro Van Dunem, a veteran of Angola's colonial war against Portugal and a member of the government since the country gained independence in 1975, died Tuesday from a heart attack. He was 55.
Van Dunem, known popularly by his nickname ``Loy,'' was born in a village in Bengo province in northeastern Angola. After graduating as a petroleum engineer in the former Soviet Union, he fought as a guerrilla for the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola against Portuguese rule.
After Angola gained independence in 1975, Van Dunem began a political career that included holding the positions of foreign minister, energy and oil minister and third deputy prime minister.
At the time of his death, Van Dunem was minister for public works and town planning in the national unity government that took office in April as part of a 1994 peace pact to end almost two decades of civil war.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Roy Lichtenstein, a pioneer of the pop art movement whose instantly recognizable images quoted everything from the comics to Picasso, died Monday of pneumonia. He was 73.
Prolific and witty, Lichtenstein used his flair for composition to create paintings with a poster-like power. His signature touches were his bold black outlines and the use of the photoengraver's Ben Day dots.
His work was inspired by commercial art and commercial art in turn reappropriated his images.
Lichtenstein initially experimented with abstract expressionism but turned to pop with his landmark ``Look Mickey, I've Hooked a Big One!!'' in 1961. He took a comic drawing from a bubblegum wrapper and blew it up into a full-scale painting.
An element of commercial art became an object of fine art.
At their best his works contained wry observation and sly humor as he appropriated images and reworked them with wit and intelligence.
He was 38 when he made his stylistic breakthrough.
It was at that time he introduced comic strip figures _ first Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. He also made images of a golf ball, a cat copied from a Kitty Litter container and a girl on a Poconos resort poster.
Over the years he did paintings of mirrors, of brush strokes, of interiors, re-interpretations of works by Picasso, Mondrian, Leger, Monet and Cezanne. His later work quoted his own early pictures.
ATLANTA (AP) _ Rich Mahan, a photographer with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, died Sunday from a brain aneurysm. He was 45.
Mahan, a photographic lighting expert who shared his knowledge in workshops, had been with the Atlanta newspaper since 1989, covering everything from the World Series to fashion shows.
Mahan led lighting workshops each year at the Atlanta Seminar on Photojournalism and also taught commercial photography at Atlanta's Portfolio Center and basic lighting at the Southeastern Center for the Arts in Atlanta.
Before arriving in Atlanta, he had worked for the News & Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
He is survived by his wife, Christine Mahan, and two sons, Patrick, 8, and Sean, 5.