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September 17, 2001

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) _ W. Ralph Gamber, the founder of the honey company that was the first to package the product in the bear-shaped plastic containers now seen on grocery stores worldwide, died Saturday. He was 89.

Gamber founded Dutch Gold Honey Inc. in 1946 with a $27 investment in three hives of bees at a farm sale. It grew into one of the largest honey companies in the world. The bear-shaped plastic container was introduced in 1957.

Gamber also founded Gamber Container Co. Inc., a distributor of glass and plastic containers.

Barbara Matera

NEW YORK (AP) _ Barbara Matera, a costumer for Broadway shows, the New York City ballet and the Metropolitan Opera, died Thursday of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 72.

With her husband, Matera founded Barbara Matera Ltd. in 1968, which produced costumes seen in the current Broadway productions of ``The Lion King,″ ``Beauty and the Beast,″ ``Aida,″ ``Kiss Me, Kate″ and ``42nd Street.″

As the costumer for the American Ballet Theater, Matera outfitted soloists and corps of productions including ``Swan Lake″ and ``Othello.″

Among her film credits are ``The Great Gatsby,″ ``The Addams Family,″ ``Moonstruck,″ ``Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,″ ``The Age of Innocence″ and ``Death on the Nile.″

Matera also created the purple crystal-encrusted gown that Hillary Rodham Clinton wore at her husband’s first presidential inauguration.

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