Nikita Bogoslovsky

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Categories: Musicians

nbogoslovsky.jpgNikita Bogoslovsky, a Soviet-era composer who wrote more than 300 scores, died on April 4. Cause of death was not released. He was 90.
Born in St. Petersburg, Bogoslovsky became one of the Soviet Union’s most beloved composers for writing ballads such as “Dark Night,” “I Dreamed of You for Three Years” and “Beloved City.” During World War II, he traveled to the front lines to give intimate concerts at military hospitals.
When he wasn’t composing music for 120 films and 80 shows, Bogoslovsky wrote nine humor books, including the popular “Notes on the Brims of a Hat.”
Bogoslovsky was memorialized by astronomers who named a small planet after him. In 1998, a plate was set on the Star Square in Moscow in his honor.


Joseph Zimmermann Jr.


Categories: Business, Military, Scientists

Joseph James Zimmermann Jr. was running his own air-conditioning and heating company in 1948. He couldn’t afford to hire a secretary to take calls when he was out of the office, so he invented the answering machine.
Patented in 1949, the Electronic Secretary Model R1 weighed 80 pounds. It featured a box containing a control panel with a 78 rpm record player inside. When the phone rang, the machine would lift the telephone receiver from its cradle and play a recorded greeting. A wire recorder on top of a second box would then tape messages for 30 seconds.
Zimmermann teamed up with George W. Danner to launch Electronic Secretary Industries. By 1957, they had sold more than 6,000 answering machines. General Telephone Corp., which later became GTE, purchased the company and its patent rights that year.
A Milwaukee native, Zimmerman earned an electrical engineering degree from Marquette University. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II, and was one of the first soldiers to land on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on D-Day.
When he returned to the states, Zimmerman spent many hours in his basement developing useful inventions. He created a “dial-a-lecture” system that allowed college students to hear prerecorded lessons by phone, a security device that automatically dialed a phone number in case of an emergency and a magnetic recorder used to monitor heart patients.
Zimmermann died on March 31. Cause of death was not released. He was 92.


Lawrence McGrew


Categories: Sports

Lawrence McGrew, the former NFL linebacker who was once the victim of identity theft, died on April 2. Cause of death was not released. He was 46.

The real Lawrence McGrew played football at Contra Costa College and the University of Southern California, and started in two Rose Bowls. During the second round of the 1980 draft, he was selected by the New England Patriots as an outside linebacker.

McGrew spent the next 11 years in the NFL, playing for the Patriots, the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants. He helped New England reach the Super Bowl in 1986 and earned a championship ring when New York beat Buffalo in the 1991 Super Bowl.

Last summer, a Colorado thief named Frederick William McGrew III illegally adopted Lawrence’s name and career statistics to get a job as an assistant football coach at Gavilan College in California. The impostor was fired five weeks later and arrested. He told police he was Lawrence’s nephew and repeated the claim at his initial court appearance, but it was all a lie.

In December, Frederick McGrew was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and 160 hours of community service for stealing Lawrence’s identity and for fraudulently using an Ohio woman’s Social Security number.


Marshall Frady


Categories: Hollywood, Media, Writers/Editors

Marshall Bolton Frady, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and biographer, died on March 9 from cancer. He was 64.
Frady attended Furman University and the University of Iowa. During the 1960s and 1970s, the Georgia native wrote for Newsweek, the Saturday Evening Post, Harper’s and Life Magazine. He covered the civil rights movement and interviewed several civil rights leaders, including the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Frady spent seven years as the host and chief correspondent for the ABC News documentary series, “Close Up.” In 1982, he won an Emmy for “Soldiers of the Twilight,


Marion Bertram

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Categories: Military

Marion Elizabeth O’Neal was working as a medical assistant in a South Florida hospital when she married Dr. A.J. Bertram. Her husband was also a pilot and he shared his love of aviation with her.
Bertram took flying lessons and became one of the first members of the Ninety-Nines, Amelia Earhart’s female flying club. During World War II, she enlisted in the Army Air Corps, flying cargo shipments and giving flight lessons to male pilots. At the time, women were not allowed to serve in battle.
Dr. Bertram also served in the war. When he returned home, the couple spent their remaining years together in the Florida Keys. He died in 1944.
Marion Bertram moved to Turkey in the 1960s. She befriended a Turkish dance teacher and became an expert ballroom dancer. She also did administrative work for the U.S. Air Force, a job that brought her many awards, including the Sustained Superior Performance Award.
Bertram died of pneumonia on March 4. She was 99.

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