Heading a pair of publishing companies dedicated to educational and reference materials, Fred Ruffner was guided by the idea that knowledge derives from the information one retains and learning where to find more.
New York — Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded 'Saturday Night Live.'
Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80.
His stand-up routine often was as spontaneous as it was hilarious, filled with putdowns of himself and anyone else he thought would be a good sport ('Don't give me that Birmingham stuff — you're from Berkley!') on an evening when humor was the one gift that could enhance an experience in fun and good food.
In a career as a journalist and an automotive company spokesman that spanned more than five decades, Bernard F. 'Moon' Mullins was widely respected and gained a reputation for being savvy.
Emanuel 'Emek' Tanay knew something about trauma. Before becoming one of the top psychiatric theorists on homicide, he hid from the Nazis during the Holocaust.
Lauren Bacall had one of those incredible lives. The wife and co-star of Humphrey Bogart. A Tony Award-winning actress. A National Book Award-winning author. A giant of fashion. A friend of the Kennedys. One of the last survivors of Hollywood's studio age.
Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.
Tel Aviv, Israel — Menahem Golan, a veteran Israeli filmmaker who built an empire on the back of brawny men beating others senseless across a host of 1980s action films, has died in Tel Aviv. He was 85.
Houston — Actress Marilyn Burns, perhaps best known as the heroine in the 1974 horror classic 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,' has died at her Houston-area home. She was 65.
Los Angeles — Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, who became the first surgeon general ever forced out of office by the president after he campaigned hard against the dangers of smoking during the Richard Nixon era, died Tuesday. He was 87.
Washington — James Brady, the affable, witty press secretary who survived a devastating head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and undertook a personal crusade for gun control, died Monday. He was 73.
Los Angeles — 'American Idol' contestant Michael Johns, who appeared in season 7 of the hit Fox singing competition and was voted off in an eighth-round stunner, has died. He was 35.
Dick Wagner, who made music history leading Detroit band the Frost in the '60s, and then in the '70s played with Billy Joel and the Alice Cooper Band, has died. He was 71.
Atlanta — The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima once said he thought the bombing was necessary because it shortened ...
Berlin — Karl Albrecht, co-founder of the Aldi grocery store empire and one of the world's richest people, has died in the western German city of Essen. He was ...
New York Witty and eclectic novelist Thomas Berger, who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn 'Little Big Man' and mastered genres ranging from detective ...
Los Angeles — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.
Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, who was born in Detroit and last year returned to live in Birmingham, has died at 89.
Geneva — Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, known for his lightning-fast blues guitar riffs, his striking long white hair and his collaborations with the likes ...
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