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Johnny Warren


Categories: Media, Sports

jwarren.jpgAustralian soccer legend Johnny Warren died on Nov. 6 of lung cancer. He was 61.
Born in the Sydney suburb of Botany, Warren studied economics at the University of New South Wales. From 1966 to 1974, he played for the Socceroos in 42 competitions and was captain in 1974 when the team made its only appearance in the World Cup finals.
After his professional playing career ended, Warren coached St. George and Canberra City in the National Soccer League, and became a popular television commentator on the Special Broadcasting Service network. Opposite sportscaster Les Murray, Warren offered forthright opinions and analysis of the game for nearly two decades. His passion for soccer was appreciable, but the world saw proof of it in 1997 when he cried on national television during the World Cup play-off match between Australia and Iran.
The unofficial ambassador of Australian soccer, Warren helped form the A-League (which will debut next year), and oversaw the launch of the Johnny Warren Soccer Academy, an elite soccer institute designed to help young players develop their skills. In 2002, he chronicled his affiliation with Australian soccer in the bestselling memoir “Sheilas, Wogs and Poofters.” Earlier this year, Warren and Murray were the subject of the book “Mr. and Mrs. Soccer” by Andy Harper.
Warren was the first Australian soccer player made a Member (of the Order of the) British Empire. In addition, he received a Medal of the Order of Australia and the Federation Internationale de Football Association’s Centennial Order of Merit. In 1988, he was inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame.


Theo van Gogh


Categories: Artists, Media

Theo van Gogh, a controversial Dutch filmmaker, was murdered on Nov. 2 in Amsterdam. He was 47.
Born in Holland, van Gogh was the great grandson of Theo van Gogh, the famous Paris art dealer and brother of painter Vincent van Gogh. Theo van Gogh was only 24 when he directed the award-winning black and white film “Luger” in 1982. Nearly two dozen movies followed, including “1-900,” which won the special jury prize and the critics’ prize at the 1994 Holland Film Festival, and “Cool!” which earned him a 2004 Golden Calf Award for directing. He also directed the TV miniseries, “Najib and Julia,” a retelling of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” featuring a Dutch girl hockey player and a Moroccan pizza delivery boy.
Van Gogh made headlines last summer for directing a short TV movie critical of some elements of the Islamic faith. When “Submission” aired on Dutch television in August, it caused a furor in the Muslim community in the Netherlands. The English-language film told the fictional story of four Muslim women who are forced into arranged marriages, then raped and beaten by their families. The screenplay was penned by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a member of the Dutch parliament and a former Muslim. She’s currently under police protection.
Van Gogh wrote columns about the Islamic faith which appeared on his Website and in the Dutch newspaper Metro, and published “Allah Knows Better,” a book that claims Muslim clerics hate women. He reportedly received death threats for airing his views, but refused to be silenced by his detractors. His next film, “06-05,” about the 2002 assassination of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn, was scheduled to debut on the Internet next month.
Van Gogh was shot and stabbed to death on Tuesday morning while cycling in Oosterpark. The killer left a note on his body, the contents of which were not disclosed. A short time later, authorities engaged in a shootout with a 26-year-old man suspected of the filmmaker’s slaying. Police then arrested the gunman, who suffered a minor injury in the firefight. His identity was not released.
On Tuesday evening, thousands of people gathered in the streets of Amsterdam to pay homage to van Gogh. Mourners banged pots and pans and blew horns and whistles in support of his right to exercise freedom of speech.
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[Update – July 26, 2005: Mohammed Bouyeri, a 27-year-old radical Islamist, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Bouyeri said he acted out of religious conviction, and vowed to do the same again if given the chance. The Dutch court ruled the slaying “a terrorist act.”]
[Update – March 26, 2007: Friends and fans of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh unveiled a memorial sculpture on March 18. The sculpture, created by Jeroen Henneman and titled “The Scream,” depicts Van Gogh screaming near the spot where he was murdered in 2004 by an Islamic extremist.]


John Peel


Categories: Media

jpeel.jpgJohn Peel, a British radio broadcaster and disc jockey, died on Oct. 25 of a heart attack. He was 65.
Born John Robert Parker Ravenscroft in Heswall, Merseyside, England, he completed his required military service as a radar operator in the Royal Artillery, then moved to America. There he adopted the professional name John Peel and worked as a broadcaster at WRR radio in Dallas, KOMA in Oklahoma City and KMEN in San Bernadino, Calif.
Peel returned to Britain in 1967 and launched the show “The Perfumed Garden” on Radio London, a pirate radio station. Six months later, when the station closed down, he switched to the BBC’s brand new pop channel, Radio 1, and established himself as the late night DJ on the show “Top Gear.”
For the next four decades, Peel championed groundbreaking new music and helped expose listeners to punk, reggae and hip-hop artists. Bands from all over the world sent him their demo tapes in hopes of getting exposure on his popular radio program. The songs Peel selected were broadcast in full, without commercial interruption. He also brought bands into the studio to perform live and record exclusive tracks for his show. Known as “The John Peel Sessions,” these songs had a demo-like feel; many were later released on record with the Strange Fruit label.
In 1998, Peel premiered the show “Home Truths” on Radio 4. The eclectic magazine program about family life earned four Sony Radio awards. The British broadcasting legend also received an Order of the British Empire and the Sony Gold, the radio industry’s highest honor. He was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2003.
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Jean Ruth Hay


Categories: Hollywood, Media, Military

jhay.jpgJean Ruth Hay, the world’s first global disc jockey, died on Sept. 18 after suffering a stroke. She was 87.

At 24, the Philadelphia native offered to create a “painless reveille” for the troops stationed at Fort Logan in Colorado. Her daily wake-up call, which was aired on Denver radio station KFEL, led to publicity in Time Magazine and a job offer from KNX-AM in Hollywood.

During World War II, Hay’s radio program ”Reveille With Beverly,” roused American troops in 54 countries. Each day at 5:30 a.m., she opened a cold bottle of Coca-Cola, greeted an estimated 11 million servicemen with the signature line (”Hi there, boys of the U.S.A.”) and broadcast music by Benny Goodman, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and Artie Shaw on the Armed Forces Radio Service. She took requests and read notes from GIs on the air — a few of which turned out to be┬ácoded messages. In 1943, Columbia Pictures produced a movie about her radio program; the film starred Ann Miller and featured the vocal talents of an unknown singer named Frank Sinatra.

Hay remained in California after the war ended. She worked for a radio station in Santa Barbara and did charity work for Direct Relief International, a non-profit organization that provides health care and disaster relief. In later years, she hosted the TV show, “Beverly on 3,” and appeared in commercials for Carnation Milk, Wonder Bread and Kraft Cheese. Hay was also the spokeswoman for Pillsbury until 1965 when the company replaced her with the Pillsbury Doughboy.


Pierre Salinger

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Categories: Government, Media, Military, Writers/Editors

psalinger.jpgPierre Emil George Salinger, a veteran journalist and former White House spokesman, died on Oct. 16. Cause of death was not released. He was 79.
The California native spent a year at San Francisco State College before dropping out to enlist in the Navy. During World War II, he commanded a sub chaser in the Pacific theater and reached the rank of lieutenant. Salinger returned to the states in 1946, finished college and resumed his journalism career.
After writing for the San Francisco Chronicle and editing Collier’s Magazine, Salinger joined Robert F. Kennedy’s senatorial staff. He served as chief investigator for the Select Committee to Investigate Improper Activities in Labor-Management Relations, then rose to the press secretary position when John F. Kennedy won the presidential election.
Salinger ran the first live presidential press conference in 1961 and encouraged Kennedy to appear on television, then a new medium. Salinger stayed on to serve as President Lyndon B. Johnson’s press secretary when Kennedy was assassinated. He left the post in 1964 to complete the term of Sen. Clair Engle (D-Calif.), who died in office. Five months later, Salinger lost his bid to stay in the Senate to actor George Murphy.
Salinger attempted a few commercial ventures in the late 1960s before landing a job as a roving correspondent for the French news magazine L’Express. In 1977, he switched to broadcast journalism and joined ABC News. Over the next two decades, Salinger would serve as the network’s Paris bureau chief, chief foreign correspondent and senior editor in London.
One of his most memorable stories was the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island. Salinger said he possessed government documents that showed the Navy was testing missiles off the coast of New York that day, and claimed the plane was accidentally brought down by friendly fire. The National Transportation Safety Board found no evidence of a missile strike and concluded that a center fuel tank explosion destroyed the Paris-bound jumbo jet and killed its 230 passengers.
Salinger and his wife moved to France in 2000 to protest George W. Bush’s presidency and to run an inn. He received numerous honors during his lifetime, including the George Polk Award and the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian award. The author of more than a dozen books, Salinger published his autobiography, “P.S.: A Memoir,” in 2001.
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