The Daily Goodbye
Robert Cameron, who three months ago was hanging out of plane to shoot aerial photography of San Francisco, has died at 98. He had a series of popular books, which sold 3 million copies: "Above New York," "Above London," "Above Washington, D.C.," "Above Paris," "Above Mexico City," and "Above Chicago." There are four volumes of "Above San Francisco." The book that allowed him to hang out in planes: His 1964 volume, "The Drinking Man's Diet" which sold 2.4 million copies.
Dr. Julius Ehik had survived the Nazis and World War II, so he wasn't much worried about the owner who of the psychiatric practice where he worked in St. Louis. When the owner was out of town, Dr. Ehik desegregated the facility.
I'm really amazed we colonials missed this obit of Ben Williams, elephant trainer, but delighted that the Times in London picked up on it. He played all the big circus shows, but in a bizarre episode in 1982, Williams and another trainer and charged with the murder of a friend who was found dead in Wisconsin Rapids of a "crushing-type injury." One of Williams' elephants had done the deed, with a blow from her trunk. The charges were dropped, although Williams had admitted hiding the body. His mother later said "He was afraid they were going to kill the elephant."
David Lloyd, an Emmy-winning television writer, has died. He penned one of the funniest TV segments many of us have ever seen: "Chuckles Bites the Dust" on the old Mary Tyler Moore Show. Read the script yourself. Finally, since this is an obit blog, you really should watch the whole thing: Check out these Youtube clips of the first third, the second third and the hilarious 8-minute ending of the funeral home segment...
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