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Eddie Adams

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eadams.jpgThrough the lens of Edward Thomas Adams’ camera, the world existed in stark contrasts — black and white, young and old, life and death.
In a career spanning four decades, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist covered 13 wars and published his enduring images in newspapers and magazines around the world. Adams shot pictures of presidents, dictators, religious figures and soldiers, but he was best known for a photograph taken in Saigon on Feb. 1, 1968.
On the second day of the Tet Offensive, Adams and an NBC news crew heard gunfire. They followed the noise to a street corner where South Vietnamese soldiers were leading a handcuffed Viet Cong captive to Lt. Col. Nguyen Ngoc Loan, chief of the South Vietnamese National Police. Assuming the prisoner was about to be interrogated, Adams raised his camera to capture the moment. Instead, he took a picture of Lung shooting the prisoner in the head. (Adams later learned that the prisoner was a Viet Cong officer responsible for slaughtering an entire family.)
The Saigon execution picture earned Adams the 1969 Pulitzer Prize. He’d eventually receive more than 500 honors, including the Robert Capa Award and three George Polk Memorial Awards.
Born in New Kensington, Pa., Adams first worked as a photographer for his high school newspaper. After graduation, he served for three years as a Marine Corps combat photographer during the Korean War. Adams joined The Associated Press in 1962 and worked on and off at the wire service for 14 years. He also shot pictures for Time magazine and Parade. In the final chapter of his life, he took pictures of celebrities and launched Barnstorm: The Eddie Adams Photojournalism Workshop.
Adams died on Sept. 19 from complications of Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 71.
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Frank Thomas

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fthomas.jpgDuring his four decades with Walt Disney Studios, Franklin Rosborough Thomas helped create dozens of memorable animation moments. He drew the dancing penguins in “Mary Poppins,” Thumper’s ice skating lesson in “Bambi,” and the romantic scene of two dogs sharing a single strand of spaghetti in “Lady and the Tramp.”
Born in Santa Monica, Calif., Thomas attended Fresno State College and Stanford University. At Stanford, he met Ollie Johnston, a fellow artist who would become his life-long friend and collaborator. After graduation, they moved to Los Angeles to study with illustrator Pruett Carter at the Chouinard Art Institute.
Thomas and Johnston started working at Disney in 1934, and were part of the team that created “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the company’s first full-length animated feature. After taking a three-year break to serve in the U.S. Air Force during the World War II, Thomas returned to Disney to supervise and/or direct the animation of the title character in “Pinocchio,” the wicked stepmother in “Cinderella,” Ichabod Crane in “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad” and Captain Hook in “Peter Pan.”
Known within the company as members of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” Thomas and Johnston retired from the studio in 1978. They penned four books together, and were named Disney Legends in 1989. They were also the subject of the 1995 documentary, “Frank and Ollie,” which was written and directed by Thomas’s son, Theodore.
Thomas died on Sept. 8. Cause of death was not released. He was 92.

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Indian Larry

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indianlarry.jpgLarry Desmedt, a legendary custom motorcycle builder and stunt rider who went by the name Indian Larry, died on Aug. 30 of severe head injuries he sustained in an accident. He was 55.

Indian Larry was performing one of his signature stunts last Saturday during the Liquid Steel Classic and Custom Bike Series in Concord, N.C. He was standing on the seat when suddenly the motorcycle began to wobble. Unable to maintain his balance, Indian Larry fell off the bike before it crashed. He was not wearing a helmet.

Born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., Indian Larry was a teenager when he bought his first motorbike, a 1939 Harley Knucklehead, for $200. He took it apart and spent the next nine months learning how to put it back together again. He later moved to California and apprenticed under hot rod builder Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.

The tattoo-covered metal-sculptor and motorcycle mechanic launched the Brooklyn-based Gasoline Alley motorcycle workshop in 1991 and devoted the rest of his life to creating and riding “old school bikes.” Several of his custom-built motorcycles won awards, including the “Grease Monkey,” which was named Easy Rider magazine’s Chopper of the Year.

Indian Larry also performed stunts in movies (“Quiz Show,” “200 Cigarettes”) and on television. He was a featured artist on the Discovery Channel’s “Biker Build-Off” series, and once rode a motorcycle through a wall of fire on “The Late Show With David Letterman.”

A memorial will be held at Gasoline Alley on Sept. 19. His autobiography, “Grease Monkey, The Life and Times of Motorcycle Artist Indian Larry,” is scheduled for publication in 2006. Indian Larry is survived by his wife Bambi, the Mermaid of Coney Island.

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Leslie Revsin

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In the early 1970s, American women simply did not work in the field of fine cuisine. But Leslie Kim Revsin refused to allow tradition to keep her from breaking through the glass ceiling.
The Chicago native graduated from the hotel and restaurant program at New York Technical College in 1972, and landed a job as a “kitchen man” at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. Within a year, she became the first woman to work as a chef in that prestigious kitchen.
Revsin opened Restaurant Leslie, her own Greenwich Village bistro in 1977, and quickly earned a reputation for her scrumptious strawberry pasta and Roquefort beignets. After the establishment closed in 1981, Revsin spent the next two decades working in many of Manhattan’s best restaurants and appearing on the PBS show “Master Chefs of New York.”
A founding member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a society for women in the culinary arts, Revsin also attended the University of California, Berkeley, and Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. She published the cookbooks “Great Fish, Quick: Delicious Dinners From Fillets and Shellfish” and “Come for Dinner: Memorable Meals to Share With Friends.” Three more cookbooks bearing her byline are scheduled for publication in Sept. 2004 and March 2005.
Revsin died on Aug. 9 of ovarian cancer. She was 59.

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Julia Child

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jchild.jpgJulia Carolyn McWilliams Child, the unflappable “French Chef” and the first woman inducted into the Culinary Institute of America’s hall of fame, died in her sleep on Aug. 12. Cause of death was not released. She was 91.
Born in Pasadena, Calif., Julia graduated from Smith College and worked as a copywriter in New York. When World War II began, she signed up for intelligence work with the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency. While clerking in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Julia met her soulmate, Paul Cushing Child, the head of the OSS’s cartography division. They wed in 1946 and moved to Paris a year later. Paul Child died in 1994.
A late-blooming cook, Child was in her 30s when she studied culinary technique at the Cordon Bleu. She mastered the art of French cooking and co-founded L’Ecole de Trois Gourmandes, a cooking school in Paris, with her friends Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle.
After moving to Cambridge, Mass., in 1961, Child introduced American kitchens to French cuisine. Over the next four decades, she published 10 cookbooks, including “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and “Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home,” which she co-wrote with acclaimed chef Jacques Pépin.
In 1963, Child launched her television career on WGBH in Boston with “The French Chef.” Within five years, the popular cooking show turned her into a household name and earned her a spot on the cover of Time magazine. “The French Chef” eventually became the longest-running program in the history of public television. Child later starred in “Julia Child & Company,” “Baking With Julia” and “Dinner With Julia.” In the 1980s, she produced a regular segment for “Good Morning America.”
Child was the first public television personality to win an Emmy Award. She also received a George Foster Peabody Award, a National Book Award, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Legion of Honor from the French government. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. recreated Child’s kitchen for a popular exhibit on American culture. Her cookbook collection currently resides at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University.
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