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Bill Brundige


Categories: Business, Media, Military, Sports

bbrundige.jpgSouthern California sports fans may not recognize Bill Brundige’s face, but they certainly recall his voice.

For four decades, Brundige was a fixture on radio and television, hosting sports talk shows on several local channels. He called Southern California football and basketball games, and filled in for legendary announcer Chick Hearn to offer play-by-play coverage of L.A. Lakers games. Brundige also called games for the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators and the Detroit Lions.

The Tennessee native served as West Coast sports director for the Armed Forces Radio Network during World War II. He received the Helms Athletic Foundation award for his entertainment contributions to military personnel serving in the Pacific.

The owner and operator of a glass replacement shop in Brea, Calif., Brundige appeared in several episodes of “Dragnet,” “Perry Mason” and “The Donna Reed Show.” Twice honored with the Golden Mike award for radio broadcasters, he was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1994.

Brundige died on April 23 of heart failure. He was 89.


Anna Bradshaw

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Categories: Business, Government

Anna V. Bradshaw, the former correspondence supervisor at the White House, died on April 22 from a heart ailment. She was 88.
Bradshaw began her professional secretarial career as a stenographer and typist for Lansburgh’s Furniture Store and St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. In the 1930s, she was hired to work at the White House.
Beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bradshaw took dictation and replied to letters sent to the chief executive for seven presidential administrations. She worked in the White House correspondence section until her retirement in 1977.


Julie Rannazzisi

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Categories: Business, Media, Writers/Editors

Julie Rannazzisi, the New York bureau chief for CBS MarketWatch, died on April 10 of cancer. She was 35.
Rannazzisi studied technical analysis and investment strategy at New York University, and graduated with an economics degree from the University of Palermo in Italy. She worked as an assistant trader at The Bank of Yokohama in New York before launching her journalism career.
Rannazzisi spent two years as a markets reporter for Dow Jones & Co., then became a senior markets reporter for The Bond Buyer. In 1998, she joined CBS MarketWatch as one of its first New York-based financial journalists. Rannazzisi originally covered the bond and currencies markets, but was eventually tapped to head the New York bureau and write the news organization’s daily stock-market column. Under her guidance, the column became the most popular story on the Website.
“She had a job that required the utmost sense of accuracy. Make a mistake and you risk costing readers — investors — lots of money. Plus, the beat reporter has to be fast. It’s a tough job. She did it with a unique measure of grace and good humor,” said Jon Friedman, media editor for


Estée Lauder


Categories: Business

elauder.jpgJosephine Esther Mentzer started a small business making beauty products in her kitchen and turned it into an international cosmetics empire worth $10 billion.
The Queens, N.Y., native was always called “Esty” by her family. A school administrator once spelled it “Estee,” and the new name stuck. She wed businessman Joseph Lauter (later changed to Lauder) in 1930, and joined forces with her uncle John Schotz to create her first make-up products. Soon Estée began experimenting with her own blends of creams, ointments, perfumes and powders.
In 1939, Estée and Joseph divorced. They reconciled and remarried in 1942, then went into business together. Joseph handled the administration of the cosmetics company, and Estée worked as the product creator and saleswoman.
Estée Lauder gave free demonstrations at beauty salons for women waiting under hair dryers, and hawked her wares to women walking down Fifth Avenue in New York City. Then in 1948, she persuaded a buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue to place an order. She and her husband cooked up all the creams and delivered them to the department store. Within two days, Saks sold out.
Several department stores, including Bloomingdale’s, Marshall Field, Neiman-Marcus, Harrods in London and Galeries Lafayette in Paris, placed orders for Lauder’s cosmetics. Lauder traveled to each new store to design her counters and personally trained the saleswomen. Because she couldn’t afford an advertising campaign, she gave away a free gift with each cosmetic purchase and hoped word-of-mouth would spread.
By 1953, Estée Lauder was a household name. Over the next 50 years, Lauder created 2,000 new products, such as White Linen and Cinnabar perfumes, the Clinique line of allergy-tested products and the Aramis line of men’s toiletries.
The Lauders’ two sons joined the business as well. Leonard A. Lauder took over as CEO in 1982, just after his father died, and nearly quadrupled annual sales by 1995. Ronald S. Lauder left his position as chairman of Lauder International to serve in defense and ambassador posts during the Reagan administration. After a failed bid for New York City mayor, he returned to the family business. This year, Forbes magazine estimated the net worth of Lauder’s sons at $5.1 billion.
When the company went public in 1995, she was given the title of founding chairman. Last year, Estée Lauder sold its products in more than 130 countries and controlled 45 percent of the cosmetics market in U.S. department stores.
Lauder received France’s Legion of Honor in 1978. The astute businesswoman published her autobiography, “Estée: A Success Story,” in 1985, and spent her final years giving parties and contributing to various philanthropic causes. She was the only woman listed on Time Magazine’s 20 most influential business geniuses of the 20th century.
Lauder died on April 24 from cardiopulmonary arrest. She was 97.


Norris McWhirter

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Categories: Business, Extraordinary People, Military, Writers/Editors

nmcwhirter.jpgNorris Dewar McWhirter, the co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records, died on April 19 from a heart attack. He was 78.
The London native did minesweeping duty during World War II as a member of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, and earned a law degree from Oxford University in 1948. A former track star, McWhirter spent the next three years working as a sports correspondent for London’s Observer newspaper then joined the British Broadcasting Corp. as a sports commentator. From 1952 to 1972, he covered numerous athletic competitions for the BBC, including Olympic track and field events.
McWhirter and his twin brother, Ross, wrote and edited the first Guinness Book of Records in 1955. Published by the Guinness brewery as a way to officially end trivia disputes in pubs, the book became a worldwide success. The 2002 edition, which was published in 37 languages, spent 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, making Guinness World Records the highest-selling copyright book of all time. For 30 years, McWhirter edited the annual anthology of extraordinary feats; he remained on staff as the book’s advisory editor until 1996.
McWhirter also produced “The Guinness Book of Amazing Animals,” “Guinness: The Stories Behind the Records” and “Norris McWhirter’s Book of Millennium Records.” In his spare time, he contributed articles on athletics to the Encyclopedia Britannica and regularly appeared on the British television show, “Record Breakers.”
Ross McWhirter was murdered in 1975 after offering a reward of £50,000 for information leading to the arrest of Irish Republican Army bombers. A few months after his assassination, Norris published his memoir, “Ross, The Story of a Shared Life.”

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