Fred Cogley was born on June 27, 1934 and died on June 14, 2017. He was an Irish sports commentator and TV presenter. Cogley worked for the Raidió Éireann and later Raidió Telefís Éireann for 49 years. Cogley covered eleven Summer Olympic Games from 1952 to 1996 and twelve football World Cups, however, Cogley was ..
Albert Ramsdell Gurney Jr. was born on November 1, 1930 and died on June 13, 2017. He was sometimes credited as Pete Gurney. He was an American playwright, novelist and academic. Gurney was known for works including The Dining Room (1982), Sweet Sue (1986/7), Love Letters (1988), and The Cocktail Hour (1988). Gurney’s series of ..
Stanley Weston was born on April 1, 1933, in New York City and died on May 1, 2017. He was an American inventor and licensing agent who created the G.I. Joe toy line in 1963, as well as the very concept of the action figure. He later sold the rights to his invention, which he ..
Andrew “Andy” Cunningham was born on May 13, 1950 and died on June 5, 2017. He was an English actor, puppeteer and writer. Cunningham was perhaps best known as the creator and main writer of the children’s BBC television series, Bodger & Badger, in which he acted as Simon Bodger and his pet, Badger. Cunningham ..
Viviane (or Vivianne) Gauthier was born on March 17, 1918, and died on June 1, 2017. She was a Haitian dancer and teacher of Haitian folkloric dance. Gauthier studied Haitian folklore with Katherine Dunham-trained Lavinia Williams of which she is considered the heir. Gauthier eventually opened the Viviane Gauthier School of Dance in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. ..
John Noakes was born John W. Bottomley on March 6, 1934, in Shelf near Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire and died on May 28, 2017. He was an English television presenter and personality, Noakes was best known for co-presenting the BBC children’s magazine programme Blue Peter in the 1960s and 1970s. Noakes was the show’s ..
Parvathamma Rajkumar was born on December 6, 1939, and died on May 31, 2017. She was an Indian film producer and distributor. Parvathamma was the wife of Veteran Kannada actor Rajkumar. Rajkumar produced successful films featuring Rajkumar and their sons Shiv Rajkumar, Puneeth Rajkumar and Raghavendra Rajkumar under the production house named “Poornima Enterprises”. Other ..
Ken Ackerman was born in 1922 and died on May 28, 2017. He was an American radio announcer, disc jockey, and news anchor. He grew up in Sacramento, began announcing as a student at Grant Union High School. Following a brief stint at KFBK Ken joined KCBS (then KQW) in 1942. His trademark introductions, includes ..
Zoran Madzirov was born on January 14, 1968, and died on May 9, 2017. He was a Macedonian percussionist, composer and the inventor of the Bottlephone. He performed with and was honored by stars such as Sting, Tito Puente, Tina Turner, Harry Belafonte, Scorpions, Tommy Emmanuel and others. He had founded the group Les Barons ..
Daniele Piombi was born on July 14, 1933, in San Pietro in Casale and died on May 18, 2017. He was a television and radio presenter and television writer. Throughout his career Piombi has hosted several musical events, including three editions of the Sanremo Music Festival, three editions of Cantagiro, one edition of Un disco ..