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November 16, 2002

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MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) _ Eddie Bracken, a stage and film comedian who spent more than 70 years in show business, died Thursday from complications after surgery. He was 87.

Born and raised in New York, Bracken was best known for his roles in ``The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek″ and ``Hail the Conquering Hero,″ both released in 1944 and directed by Preston Sturges.

His start in show business came at age 9, when he appeared in ``Kiddie Troupers,″ a New York rival of the ``Our Gang″ comedies.

After moving to Hollywood in 1940, Bracken signed with Paramount. His female co-stars included Betty Hutton, Dorothy Lamour and Veronica Lake.

Bracken moved back to New York in the 1950s and earned a Tony nomination for his co-starring role in ``Hello, Dolly,″ with Carol Channing. He also originated the role of Archie in ``Shinbone Alley″ with Eartha Kitt.

In 1983, Bracken played Mr. Wally in ``National Lampoon’s Vacation″ with Chevy Chase _ a role for which he was often recognized, his family said.

Dan Moschetti

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) _ Dan Moschetti, the host of a widely syndicated radio show about golf, died Tuesday of a sudden heart attack in his studio, his wife said. He was 53.

Moschetti, who had been diagnosed two years ago with heart disease, suffered a heart attack at his desk at The Golf Guys’ Radio Show, according to his wife and producer, Diane Moschetti.

Dan Moschetti died just minutes after being interviewed on-air by a San Francisco radio station.

The California native was the creator and host of the humorous, anything-goes show, which he began for fun in 1998 with several friends who were also golf fans. The show has been broadcast on 800 stations in 160 countries.

Moschetti and his son, Doug, also had hosted the morning show at KION Radio in Salinas for almost two years, the station said. He recently toured with the USO in Korea.

Before going into broadcasting, Moschetti was an entrepreneur whose businesses included a golfing store.

Moschetti is survived by his wife and five children, four from a previous marriage.

Samuel Neaman

NEW YORK (AP) _ Samuel Neaman, a retail executive who oversaw a sprawling empire, died Wednesday at his home in Oceanside, Calif. He was 89.

Neaman was born in what is now Israel and lived in London for many years. After serving in the British army during World War II, he managed several businesses in Europe and Mexico. In 1962, he began working with Meshulam Riklis, a retail conglomerate-builder.

Riklis conducted corporate takeovers while Neaman oversaw day-to-day operations. At the height of his career, Neaman’s realm included stores such as McCrory’s, S. Klein, Lerner’s, Best & Company and J.J. Newberry.

In 1974, he abruptly resigned as chairman of McCrory’s to seek the top post at Interstate Stores, a rival chain. The job did not come through and Neaman retired from the corporate world.

In retirement, he spent most of his time and fortune on charitable works. In 1978, he endowed the Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

William Packard

NEW YORK (AP) _ William Packard, the founder of The New York Quarterly, a national poetry magazine, died on Nov. 3 at his home in Manhattan of heart disease. He was 69.

The quarterly, which Packard founded in 1969, published poems and interviews that featured such prominent poets as W.H. Auden, John Ashberry, Paul Blackburn and Anne Sexton.

Packard wrote six volumes of poetry and was also a novelist, playwright and teacher of creative writing. His adaptation of Racine’s ``Phedre″ won the Outer Critics Circle Award when it was produced Off Broadway in 1966.

The New York Quarterly suspended publication when Packard had a stroke in 1996. Earlier this year, he had recovered enough to publish the fall issue. The magazine is expected to continue.

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