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John Cerutti


Categories: Media, Sports

jcerutti.jpgJohn Joseph Cerutti, a broadcaster and former pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, died on Oct. 3. Cause of death was not released. He was 44.
A native of Albany, N.Y., Cerutti was a star at Amherst College, leading the Jeffs to top rankings for Division 3 New England teams two years in a row. He was a first-round draft pick in 1981.
Cerutti made his major league debut with the Blue Jays in 1985. The left-hander was an 11-11 starter with a 3.07 ERA, and helped the team win division championships in 1985 and 1989. After six seasons with Toronto, Cerutti joined the Detroit Tigers as a free agent. He left after one season and signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox, but was cut from the team before the season opener. His professional baseball career ended with a 49-43 record and 3.94 ERA.
Cerutti made the switch to broadcasting as a baseball commentator for Time Warner Cable. He became a color commentator for the CBC in 1997 and spent several seasons calling Jays’ games for the network before becoming a lead analyst with Rogers Sportsnet. The day Cerutti was scheduled to broadcast the season finale against the New York Yankees, he was found inside his Toronto hotel room. Foul play is not suspected.
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Joyce Jillson


Categories: Actors, Hollywood, Media, Writers/Editors

jjillson.jpgJoyce Jillson, an astrologer who forecast the future for millions of people, died on Oct. 1 of kidney failure. She was 58.

Born on Dec. 26, 1946, the Rhode Island native and Capricorn was only 8 years old when she began studying the stars under astrologer Maude Williams. At 10, Jillson was constructing horoscopes for her dog and predicting the behavior of the stock market. But her main goal was to become a star, so she studied opera at Boston University then moved to New York to pursue a career in show business.

Jillson starred in the Broadway production of “The Roar of the Greasepaint — the Smell of the Crowd,” and won the 1965 Theatre World Award for her performance. She played the role of Jill Smith Rossi on the popular TV show “Peyton Place” until 1968 when she decided to make prognostication her claim to fame.

Jillson’s informative and entertaining predictions were syndicated in 230 newspapers nationwide and 84 international publications. She discussed astrology on her own syndicated TV program “The Joyce Jillson Show,” and penned the books: “Real Women Don’t Pump Gas,” “The Fine Art of Flirting” and “Joyce Jillson’s Lifesigns.” Her final manuscripts, “Dog Astrology” and “Astrology for Cats,” are scheduled for publication next spring.

Jillson also gave private readings to celebrities, corporate executives and political figures. The official astrologer for 20th Century Fox Studios, she determined the best days for new movies to open in theatres. Jillson aided the Los Angeles Dodgers by predicting whether the baseball team would win each game (she had an 89 percent accuracy rate). And when First Lady Nancy Reagan consulted with her in the 1980s, the media dubbed Jillson: “The Astrologer Who Runs the White House.”

Jillson’s final horoscope column will be published on Nov. 6.


Gardner Botsford

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Categories: Media, Military, Writers/Editors

During his 37 years as a senior editor at The New Yorker, Gardner Botsford blue-penciled nonfiction articles by some of the best writers in the country: Roger Angell, Janet Flanner, Wolcott Gibbs, A.J. Liebling, Joseph Mitchell, Mollie Panter-Downes and Janet Malcolm, who later became his wife.
The son of heiress Ruth Gardner and journalist Alfred Miller Botsford, Gardner was raised in Manhattan’s high society. When his parents divorced and his mother remarried, she wed yeast heir Raoul Fleishmann, whose family financed The New Yorker.
Botsford attended Yale University then landed a job at the magazine as a reporter. He was soon fired by editor Harold Ross and encouraged to obtain more journalism experience elsewhere. Botsford took this advice and acquired a reporting position with The Jacksonville Journal in Florida. He returned to The New Yorker in 1942 as a Talk of the Town reporter.
Later that same year, Botsford was drafted into the U.S. Army. He landed with the First Infantry Division at Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. During his service in the military, Botsford received two war wounds and the Croix de Guerre medal. He returned to The New Yorker after World War II ended and retired in 1982.
Botsford was married twice, first to Katharine Chittendon, who died in 1974, and then to author Janet Malcolm. During his later years, he collected books with unusual titles and penned his memoirs, “A Life of Privilege, Mostly.”
Botsford died on Sept. 27 of bone marrow disease. He was 87.


Eddie Adams


Categories: Artists, Hollywood, Media, Military

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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Derek Ali


Categories: Education, Media, Writers/Editors

dali.jpgDerek Ali, a veteran reporter for the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News and a part-time disc jockey, was murdered on Sept. 5. He was 47.
After DJ’ing for a private party at the Lakeridge Community Center, Ali unplugged his equipment and began to pack it into his car. At the same time, a group of teens who had been denied entry to the event became unruly. In anger, one opened fire on the building.
Ali heard the shooting and pushed a female bystander out of harm’s way. He was shot in the chest, however, and died at the scene. On Friday, a 16-year-old boy was charged with Ali’s murder.
The Philadelphia native graduated from Glassboro State College in New Jersey. He moved to Dayton, Ohio, in 1984 after landing a job as an Action Line Reporter with the Dayton Daily News. Ali later worked as a regional reporter and as an adjunct adviser to the Tiger Times, a student newspaper at the Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton.
A past president of the Dayton Association of Black Journalists, Ali was named a YMCA Black Achiever in 1999. At the time of his death, he was planning a trip for area youths to visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.
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[Update – Aug. 27, 2005: A judge denied a 17-year-old boy’s last-minute bid to withdraw a guilty plea and sentenced him to 20 years in prison for the fatal shooting of Dayton Daily News reporter Derek Ali. Elijah Griffin, who was 16 at the time of the incident, was among a group of youths turned away from a party at the Lakeridge Community Center, where Ali was moonlighting as a DJ. Griffin later returned with a gun and started shooting. The teen had previously pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter with a firearm and single counts of having a weapon under restriction from a previous juvenile case and shooting into a habitation, both charges also with firearm specifications.]

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