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From Caddy To Pro: Golfer Charlie Sifford Dies At 92

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Charlie Sifford, the first black golfer to hold a PGA Tour card, has died at age 92. Decades after he started in golf as a caddy, he was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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All Things Considered

Prolific Songwriter Rose Marie McCoy Was Largely Unknown

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Rose Marie McCoy was one of the most prolific songwriters of last century, though her name is not well known. She died last month at the age of 92.

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Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.

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Remembering 'Thorn Birds' Author Colleen McCullough

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Australian writer Colleen McCullough has died at 77; she was best known for her doomed Outback romance saga The Thorn Birds, famously adapted for TV with Richard Chamberlain as a passionate priest.

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Songwriter, Poet Rod McKuen Dies At 81

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.

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Morning Edition

Baseball Hall Of Fame Legend Ernie Banks Dies At 83

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Chicago Cubs slugger was affectionately called "Mr. Cub" and "Mr. Sunshine." He spoke about his life in baseball with Steve Inskeep. (This piece initially aired Oct. 13, 2009 on Morning Edition).

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Let's Play Two! Remembering Chicago Cub Ernie Banks

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has died. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the two-time National League MVP as the nice guy who finished first and brought smiles to all his fans' faces.

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Saudi King Abdullah Leaves Behind A Complex Legacy

Friday, January 23, 2015

In the wake of the king's death, he is being remembered as a man who laid the foundation for reform, but also as someone who promised much but accomplished little.

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Morning Edition

Saudi Arabia's King Abullah Dies At 90

Friday, January 23, 2015

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia has died. He was born before Saudi Arabia was even a country. David Greene talks to journalist and author Thomas Lippman about the king's death.

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All Things Considered

Instant Replay Inventor Changed The Way We Watch Sports

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

In 1963, Tony Verna changed the way we watch sports forever when he created "instant replay." He died this week at the age of 81. Robert Siegel talks to freelance writer Anna Clark about his legacy.

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Morning Edition

He Invented Instant Replay, The TV Trick We Now Take For Granted

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

When Tony Verna was a young CBS News director, he created instant replay during the 1963 Army-Navy football game. His new visual effect changed the way we watch live sports. Verna died Sunday at 81.

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Remembering Al Bendich, Fierce Defender Of Free Speech

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The lawyer, who successfully defended Allen Ginsberg and Lenny Bruce in landmark free speech cases, died this month. Without of his wins, a lot of culture we enjoy might have been blocked as obscene.

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Kim Fowley, Producer And Rock Svengali, Dies

Friday, January 16, 2015

Checkered barely begins to describe Fowley's long, crazy career in music. He was the infamous first manager and producer of the all-girl band The Runaways.

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Fresh Air

Fresh Air Remembers National Book Award Winner Robert Stone

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Stone wrote eight novels, including Dog Soldiers, and a memoir. He died Saturday at the age of 77. In 1986 and 2007, Stone talked with Terry Gross about, among other things, writing and his childhood.

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Morning Edition

Author Robert Stone, Known For 'Dog Soldiers,' Dies At 77

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

National Book Award-winning author Robert Stone was on the fringes of the utopian counterculture of the 1960s — but he preferred to write about what happened when that dream went sour.

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All Things Considered

'La Dolce Vita' Star Dies At 83

Monday, January 12, 2015

Swedish-born actress Anita Ekberg, who was best known for her role as Sylvia in the 1960 film La Dolce Vita, died in Italy on Sunday at the age of 83.

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Anita Ekberg, '50s Screen Star And Sex Symbol, Dies At 83

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Swedish-born actress' most famous role was as Sylvia in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. She died outside Rome this morning.

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An Evangelist Who Spread The Gospel Of The Accordion

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Walter Kuehr made his own name by making a name for what he called "the hippest instrument on the planet": the accordion. He died earlier this month at age 59.

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All Things Considered

Andraé Crouch, Who Moved Gospel Into The 21st Century, Has Died

Friday, January 09, 2015

The singer and songwriter played a major role in creating a contemporary, conservative gospel sound.

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All Things Considered

Remembering 'Generation Mex' Writer And Proud Outsider Michele Serros

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Serros wrote about being a bicultural Chicana who was influenced by both her working-class, Mexican-American heritage and Southern California pop culture. She died Sunday at the age of 48.

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