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June 26, 2001

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LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Edward L. Fornel, who worked for The Associated Press for almost 40 years including a stint as chief of communications in the New York bureau, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack. He was 75.

Fornel joined the AP as an office boy in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1949.

He worked in a number of bureaus including Detroit, Washington, New York and Cleveland, where he supervised technical operations. He held similar jobs in the Richmond, Va., and Dallas bureaus before becoming chief of communications in New York in 1972.

In 1978 he transferred to the Little Rock bureau as a technician and held that position until his retirement in 1988.

Herb Rosen

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) _ Herb Rosen, whose Skipper’s Seafood ‘n’ Chowder House grew to become the country’s fourth-largest seafood chain, died June 19 of heart failure. He was 79.

Rosen, the son of Russian immigrants, a child of the Depression and a lover of fish and chips, founded the restaurant in Bellevue in 1969. Before he sold the chain in 1989 to National Pizza, the franchisee of Pizza Hut and Burger King, there were more than 200 Skipper’s restaurants throughout the Northwest and British Columbia.

With several partners, Rosen also co-founded Consolidated Distributors, a company that distributed records throughout the Northwest. Rosen sold the company to ABC Records in 1965.

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