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Former Marlboro Man Eric Lawson Dies From Smoking-Related Disease

Lawson was still smoking in 2006 when he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He died of the disease at his home in San Luis Obispo on Jan. 10. He was 72.


WASHINGTON, :  Former press secretary Mike McCurry (R) laughs with other former press secretaries Pierre Salinger ( L), Larry Speakes (2nd R) and Jerald teHorst (2nd L) prior to US President Bill Clinton dedicating the White House press briefing room to former press secretary James Brady 11 February 2000. Brady served as US President Ronald Reagan's press secretary for just 84 day before he was struck my a bullet intended for the president. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Stephen JAFFE (Photo credit should read STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Larry Speakes Spent 6 Years As President Ronald Reagan’s Spokesman

Speakes became Reagan’s acting spokesman after Press Secretary James Brady was wounded during an assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981.


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Franklin McCain Sparked Nonviolent Sit-ins By Occupying Lunch Counter

Franklin McCain was one of four freshmen students from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro who sat down at the local “whites only” lunch counter on Feb. 1, 1960.


American poet Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones) wearing a hat and trenchcoat, 1970s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Poet-Playwright Amiri Baraka Extended Civil Rights Debate To Art World

The FBI feared him to the point of flattery, identifying Baraka as “the person who will probably emerge as the leader of the Pan-African movement in the United States.”


Nobel Economics laureate Dale Mortensen talks at the Nobel banquet in the Stockholm City Hall, on December 10, 2010. Dale Mortensen,  is a pioneer in the study of the labor market whose work has explained why people remain unemployed despite a large number of job openings..AFP PHOTO CLAUDIO BRESCIANI/ SCANPIX (Photo credit should read Claudio Bresciani/AFP/Getty Images)

Dale Mortensen Shared 2010 Nobel Economics Prize For Unemployment Work

Mortensen shared the Nobel economics prize with two other Americans in 2010 for their work explaining how unemployment can remain high despite a large number of job openings.


Actress Carmen Zapata and Nosotros President Jerry Velasco attend the Nosotros 31st Golden Eagle Awards July 27, 2001 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Alexander Sibaja/Getty Images)

Actress Carmen Zapata Started Foundation To Promote Hispanic Writers

Zapata started her career in 1945 in the Broadway musical “Oklahoma” and went on to perform in “Bells Are Ringing,” ”Guys and Dolls” and many plays.


San Diego Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman speaks as he's honored at Jerry Coleman Day before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and  the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park on September 15, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Jerry Coleman Was Hall Of Fame Padres Broadcaster, Marine Corps Pilot

While recounting his military career in an interview days before the statue was unveiled in September 2012, Coleman said: “Your country is bigger than baseball.”


Saul Zaentz and his date at the "Party in the Park", celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the newly re-named Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills, Ca. Wednesday, May 8, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.

Saul Zaentz Produced ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ ‘The English Patient’

Since moving into film at age 50 with 1972’s low-budget country-music drama “Payday,” Zaentz made just 10 movies, giving him a remarkable three-for-10 batting average on best-picture wins at the Oscars.



Larry Mann Was Voice Of Yukon Cornelius In ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’

Beginning in the 1950s, the Canadian-born Mann had small roles in movies, including “The Sting” and “In the Heat of the Night.”


Popular musical duo Phil and Don Everly recording at the Warner Brothers studio in Hollywood, 1963.   (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Phil Everly Was Half Of Pioneer Rock Duo The Everly Brothers

Phil and Don Everly helped draw the blueprint of rock ‘n’ roll in the late 1950s and 1960s with a high harmony that captured yearning and angst.


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George Goodman Hosted ‘Adam Smith’s Money World’ On PBS

“Adam Smith’s Money World” was a multiple Emmy winner1984-1996, with guests including Warren Buffett and Paul Volcker.


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Emily Dickerson Was Last Monolingual Speaker Of Chickasaw Language

Dickerson spoke only the Chickasaw language her entire life, and she was the last monolingual speaker of the Chickasaw language.