MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Stu Baird, a former reporter and city editor at the Minneapolis Tribune, died Tuesday. He was 70.
Baird worked for the International News Service in Dallas and Miami before becoming a sports reporter at the Tribune in 1955. He left the newspaper to work in public relations, returning in 1962.
He became city editor two years later, then left for good in 1967 to work in public relations for Honeywell Inc., Control Data Corp. and Cargill Inc.
Baird is survived by his wife, Jean; two sons and a daughter.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Milton Berger, a Coney Island press agent who dedicated his life to promoting Brooklyn’s legendary amusement district, died Monday at age 81.
Berger, known as the ``Soul of Coney Island,″ worked at the old Steeplechase Park, the Coney Island Chamber of Commerce and for Astroland, the last of the area’s big-time amusement parks.
In his early days, Berger brought the Arthur Godfrey and Kate Smith television programs to Coney Island. He also staged air shows, fireworks displays and an exhibition of paintings depicting Coney Island scenes.
He helped secure landmark designation for the Cyclone, the roller coaster he had a proprietary interest in, now operated by Astroland.
Ross Lee Finney
CARMEL, Calif. (AP) _ Ross Lee Finney, the prolific composer known for his lyrical tonal works and for his interest in the relationship between music and memory, died Tuesday. He was 90.
Over nearly seven decades, Finney experimented with a wide range of styles. He composed works based on a 12-tone scale, and wrote pieces that played with listeners’ memories by weaving in folk and hymn themes.
Joining the faculty of Smith College in Northampton, Mass., in 1928, Finney started the Valley Press, which published works by American composers.
He later taught at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., and at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford. He was awarded a Purple Heart after serving in World War II.
From 1949 to 1974, he served as a professor and composer-in-residence at the University of Michigan, where he taught composers like George Crumb.
Finney’s works include eight string quartets, four symphonies and an unfinished opera. A collection of his essays and an autobiography were published in 1992.
WHITE PLAINS, New York (AP) _ Margaret Halsey, the witty wordsmith who penned the 1938 bestseller ``With Malice Toward Some″ that mocked British customs, died Tuesday. She was 86.
Ms. Halsey in 1933 landed a job as secretary to author and editor Max Eastman, who then got her an entry-level job at Simon & Shuster.
She married publisher Richard Simon’s brother in 1935. The couple went to live in England, while Henry Simon was on a teacher’s exchange, and Ms. Halsey sent long, witty letters home poking fun at the eccentricities of English people.
Richard Simon soon commissioned her to write ``With Malice Toward Some,″ which sold 600,000 copies.
Subsequent books included ``Some of My Best Friends are Soldiers,″ ``Color Blind: A White Woman Looks at a Negro,″ ``The Pseudo-Ethic: A Speculation on American Politics and Morals,″ and ``No Laughing Matter: The Autobiography of a WASP.″
Ms. Halsey divorced her husband in 1944. A second marriage, to Milton R. Stern, ended in divorce in 1969. Later in her life she struggled with alcoholism and agoraphobia, the fear of being in public places.
Harold Earl Moore
ATLANTA (AP) _ Harold Earl Moore, a one-time vocalist on Arthur Godfrey’s radio show and most recently an Atlanta minister, died of a heart attack Monday. He was 63.
Under his stage name, Howard Dumont, Moore recorded some of Duke Ellington’s standards in his album, ``Howard Dumont Sings Duke Ellington.″ His unique interpretations won praise from the jazz great himself.
Moore spent five years as a featured vocalist on Arthur Godfrey’s radio show. He also performed at Carnegie Hall, appeared on variety programs and sang with Skitch Henderson’s band.
Moore came to Atlanta in 1979 and two years later entered Interdenominational Theological Center, where he recently became minister at Rock Temple A.M.E. Church in Conyers.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ Libby Philiso, the younger sister of President Nelson Mandela, died of a heart attack Monday. She was 66.
Philiso, the eldest of Mandela’s three sisters, lived a traditional life in rural South Africa and never left the region.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) _ Ernie Sabayrac, the entrepreneur who created the spiked golf shoe, died Thursday. He was 82.
Until the late 1940′s, golfers would have spikes added to regular shoes. Sabayrac introduced the first spiked shoe through Field and Flint, the forerunner of Footjoy, now the largest golf shoe maker in the world.
The PGA of America honored Sabayrac in 1994 by creating the Ernie Sabayrac Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Golf Industry.