Tommie Baker, a child actor from Hollywood’s golden age, died Saturday. He
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) _ Tommie Baker, a child actor from Hollywood’s golden age, died Saturday. He was 70.
Baker, a tap-dancing whiz, was discovered at the age of 8 at an amateur talent show. After five years of nightclub acts and Broadway shows, he headed to Hollywood in 1938 and received formal training as an actor. One of his first roles was in the children’s series, the ``Dead End Kids.″
He played a page in the Jimmy Stewart movie ``Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,″ and starred in ``The Blue Bird″ with Shirley Temple and in ``Tail Spin Tommy″ with Milburn Stone.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Arnold Batliner, who spent 31 years cleaning coins at the St. Francis hotel, died Saturday at age 91.
Batliner began washing coins at the hotel in 1938. He cleaned roughly 1.1 million pounds of coins, or $17 million worth, during his career. His clean coins became widely known as ``St. Francis″ money.
He gained international publicity for running what the hotel dubbed the world’s only legal ``money laundering″ operation.
In addition, he stumped the panel on ``What’s My Line″ and appeared on ``You Asked for It″ and ``Ripley’s Believe It or Not.″
He retired in 1993.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) _ Sergei Grinkov, who with his wife won two Olympic gold medals for a romantic skating style that mirrored their off-ice love story, died Monday of an apparent heart attack while practicing for a show. He was 28.
Grinkov and wife Ekaterina Gordeeva won Olympic gold medals in 1988 and, after a change in rules allowed professionals to return to the Winter Games, again in 1994.
On the ice, they were known as ``G&G,″ a duo that transformed pairs both artistically and athletically. Their classic ballet training was evident in their hands, facial expressions and body moves.
But theirs was not just a tale of sports. It was a love story, too.
They met at a Moscow skating club when Gordeeva was 4. Their coaches paired them in 1982 when she was 11 and he was 15.
They won their first world championship in 1986. After turning pro following the ’88 Games, they began dating in 1989 and married in 1991. Their daughter Daria was born in 1992.
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) _ Livingston Hall, former assistant U.S. attorney in New York State and vice dean of Harvard Law School, died Saturday at age 92.
A Chicago native, Hall was a lawyer in private practice and then worked as an assistant U.S. attorney under Thomas E. Dewey.
He worked in the Office of Wage and Price Administration and later was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. In 1946, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Freedom.
Vice dean of the law school for 20 years, he retired in 1971. He also was a past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Martha Hill, a modern dance pioneer and educator who founded programs that trained several generations of top American choreographers, died Sunday at age 94.
Hill was the founder of dance programs at the Juilliard School in New York, Bennington College in Vermont and Connecticut College, whose American Dance Festival was moved to Duke University in North Carolina in 1978.
The festivals provided exposure and creative opportunities to many major modern-dance choreographers at crucial times in their careers. Among those who proved their talent at Bennington were Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman and Hanya Holm.
Performances and classes at the festivals also offered early support to Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolais, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor and Alvin Ailey.
Hill also was a consultant for the United States Office of Education.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Michael Sterne, a former real estate and travel editor of The New York Times, died Monday after a long illness. He was 63.
Sterne joined the Times in 1966 after working at The New York World-Telegram. At the Times, he was an assistant metropolitan editor, urban affairs reporter and a correspondent based in London. He returned to New York in 1974 and wrote about the city’s economy.
Sterne became editor of the Sunday Travel section in 1978 and assumed responsibility of the Real Estate section in 1982. He was named editor of a new section, Your Money, in 1992. He retired in 1993.
Survivors include his wife, Geri, and two daughters, Evelyn Savidge Sterne of Newport, R.I., and Christie Savidge Sterne of New York.
Catherine Hyacinth Wallace Thrash
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Catherine Hyacinth Wallace Thrash, a survivor of the 1978 Jonestown massacre, died Saturday at age 93.
A department store employee, Thrash joined the People’s Temple, led by the Rev. Jim Jones, in 1958. She followed the group to California in 1965 and later to Guyana in South America.
It was there that 900 followers died. Many committed suicide by drinking cyanide-laced punch. Others were forced to drink the poison or were shot.
While other members escaped by running into the jungle, Thrash survived by hiding under a bed and was the only one alive on the grounds when rescuers arrived.
She later became the subject of a book and documentary film about the massacre. When she died, she was a member of the Deliverance Temple.