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An advocate for the deaf, Marcella M. Meyer has died at age 84. She played a key role in establishing a California telephone service that relayed messages between the hearing and the hearing-impaired and led to the development of a nationwide system.

If you've ever stayed at the great old St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, you might recall a cheerful, courtly bellman, George Cross. He worked there for 55 years, and In 2001, the year he retired, The San Francisco Chronicle called him "an unofficial ambassador for the city."

Since we're on the West Coast today, here's another example of a person who achieved despite intimidating odds: Dr. Kenji Murase, who didn't let the U.S. incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II prevent him from attending college.

Remember that great garage-rock band, the Ventures? The fellow who founded the band, Bob Bogle, has died. Their first hit, a remake of Chet Akins' "Walk, Don't Run," "started a whole new movement in Rock 'n' Roll. The sound of it became 'surf music' and the audacity of it empowered guitarists everywhere," said Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty, as he inducted the Ventures into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year. "Every guitar player on this planet knows what I'm talking about." Here's the video from their induction, with lots of cuts. Six minutes long, but totally worth it.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 16, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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