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C. Colmery Gibson

June 25, 1997

C. Colmery Gibson

AKRON, Ohio (AP) _ C. Colmery Gibson, a retired Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. executive who became the chief executive officer of the Knight Foundation, died Sunday. He was 82.

Gibson was hired by Goodyear in 1937 and later became a corporate vice president. He retired in 1973.

In 1977, Gibson became the chief executive officer of the Knight Foundation, a private group that makes national grants in journalism, higher education, the arts and culture. He retired from the post in 1988 but stayed on the foundation’s board of trustees until 1995.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret, two sons and two grandchildren.

Henry Oren Grisham

HOPE, Ark. (AP) _ President Clinton’s great-uncle ``Buddy″ Grisham, was a major influence on his life, died Monday. He was 92.

The president often visited Henry Oren Grisham, a former fireman and doughnut shop owner, when he visited Hope, his birthplace.

He was Clinton’s maternal grandmother’s brother.

``He’s 90 years old and he’s had a wonderful life,″ Clinton said in 1995 after spending more than an hour and a half visiting Grisham at a hospital. ``We had a terrific conversation. He’s very important to me. I’m not sure I’d be here today if it wasn’t for him.″

When running for president in 1992, Clinton would often invoke Grisham when talking on the stump about the greatest influences in his life.

Grisham’s 68-year-old son, Conrad, said Clinton and his mother, who died in 1994, were the only two people who called his father ``Buddy.″

George T. Katsaros

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) _ George Theologitis Katsaros, a Greek musician and folk icon, died Sunday. He was 109.

Katsaros wrote 129 original taverna songs and toured the world giving benefit performances to build Greek churches and schools.

Born in Amorgos, Greece, and once a resident of the royal palace in Athens where his mother was a cook for King Constantine, Katsaros learned to sing from his grandfather and his father. At age 7, he started to play with a small guitar made of wood found on his farm.

In 1909, he begged his uncle to let him go with him to the United States. One of his first jobs was singing in a New York City cabaret. A few years later he caught the attention of RCA/Victor executives dining in the restaurant where he was performing. He signed a contract in 1918 with RCA.

Katsaros’ compositions were romantic ballads in the old style. He once said, ``Others have attempted to play my songs, but they don’t have the salt and pepper.″

He moved to Tarpon Springs in 1958. In 1988, the Greek government arranged a six-week concert of his native land to recognize his contributions to Greek music. In 1990, Florida recognized his lifelong commitment to the folk arts with the Florida Folk Heritage Award.

Brian Keith

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) _ Brian Keith, the gruff star of TV’s ``Family Affair″ and ``Hardcastle & McCormick,″ was found dead Tuesday. He was 75.

Sheriff’s deputies said the cause was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Reports said Keith had lung cancer and emphysema.

In the 1950s and ’60s, he appeared in such light comedies as Disney’s ``The Parent Trap″ in 1961 and ``With Six You Get Eggroll″ with Doris Day in 1968.

In ``Family Affair,″ on CBS from 1966 to 1971, the burly, blond-haired Keith played Uncle Bill, a bachelor raising three orphaned nieces and nephews with the help of a proper English butler, portrayed for most of the series by Sebastian Cabot.

He played retired Judge Milton G. Hardcastle in the ABC crime drama ``Hardcastle & McCormick″ from 1983 to 1986.

Keith’s first film appearance was at age 3 in the 1924 film ``Piper Malone.″ He adult debut came in 1953 in the Western ``Arrowhead″ with Charlton Heston.

Later, he starred as Matt Anders in the 1955-1956 drama ``Crusader″ and as Dave Blassingame in ``The Westerner″ in 1960 before assuming the role of Bill Davis in ``Family Affair.″

In the ’70s he starred in the comedy ``The Brian Keith Show″ and the dramas ``Archer″ and ``Centennial.″

Other film roles include ``The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!″ in 1966, ``The McKenzie Break″ in 1970 and ``Sharky’s Machine″ with Burt Reynolds in 1981.

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