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You may have heard his voice but will not recognize his face. Voice actor Dallas McKennon, who is best known for his extensive work as a voice for various animated movies such as "Sleeping Beauty," "Lady and the Tramp" and "101 Dalmations," among others, died at 89. A fun fact: He also voiced numerous voice tracks used in the Disney theme parks including one for the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, in which he exclaimed "Hold on to your hats and glasses... this here's the wildest ride in the wilderness!"

The LA Times has an interesting obituary on Robert Korda, a former L.A. Philharmonic violinist who mysteriously disappeared last week. While his family frantically searched for the musician, and utilized the conveniences of the Internet, Korda's body had been at the Los Angeles County coroner's office since July 8, the day he disappeared. While his death is still being investigated, the authorities suspect it was of natural causes.

If you're a fan of science fiction you may find the obituary on John Keel interesting. The American ufologist, an observer of UFO's (who knew?!), wrote several books including "The Mothman Prophecies," which was adapted into a movie in 2002 starring Richard Gere. He also is credited with coining the term "Men in Black," which are "sinister entities" that assume human form as well as a successful Hollywood movie starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

And here are some tidbits from around the web:
Former Pac-10 commissioner, Wiles Hallock, who ran the college football conference from 1971 to 1983 and expanded it from eight to 10 teams during his tenure, died at 91.

A former Lebanese Prime Minister Amin al-Hafez, who only served two months before being ousted from office, died on Monday. Here is an interesting editorial from Lebanon's The Daily Star.

Jane Weinberger, who was a writer and publisher of children's stories as well as the wife of the late Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, died at 91. She published nearly 100 books, most of which were children's stories.

And lastly this morning, Nikola Stanchev, a freestyle wrestler who became Bulgaria's first Olympic champion, died at 78. Turns out wrestling is one of the most popular sports in Bulgaria.

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 14, 2009; 10:56 PM ET
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