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Asa Baber

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Asa Baber, columnist for Playboy, died on Monday. Cause of death was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 66.
Baber’s “Men” column launched in 1982 and covered a variety of issues — divorce, sexuality and male-bashing — from a man’s perspective. A collection of Baber’s columns, “Naked at the Gender Gap: A Man’s View of the War Between the Sexes,” was published in 1992 by Birch Lane Press.
His last Playboy column ran in the June issue.

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George Axelrod

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George Axelrod, an author of successful plays and movies, died Saturday in Los Angeles. Cause of death was heart failure. He was 81.
Axelrod wrote the play and script for “The Seven Year Itch.” After three years on Broadway, the movie version starring Marilyn Monroe became a box office hit. Axelrod also penned the screenplays for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “The Manchurian Candidate.”

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Art Cooper

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Art Cooper, editor of GQ for 20 years, died on June 9. Cooper had a stroke while eating at the Four Seasons, several weeks after he retired from his post. He was 65.
Nearly 400 magazine publishers, editors and writers — including Helen Gurley Brown, Tina Brown, David Halberstam and Jeff Greenfield — appeared at Cooper’s memorial in Manhattan this week. Harry Connick Jr. performed several songs in his honor.

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