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Cartoonist Howard Post, 83, whose "The Dropouts" comic strip ran from 1968 to 1982, in more than 100 newspapers from 1968 to 1982, died May 21 in Hackensack, N.J.

"The Dropouts" was about two fellows stranded on a desert island. "I got the hottest start of any strip they had up there because I handled the promotion," Mr. Post said in an interview. "I put conk shells in every letter to every editor; I got tan-colored stock and had them burn the edges so it looked like something you got out of a bottle; I wrote some fancy copy and all the editors bought it. It got off to a great start."

Mr. Post also drew for the "Casper the Friendly Ghost" comic book series and he created "Anthro," a DC comic book series about the first Cro-Magnon boy.

Raymond V. Haysbert Sr., 90, former chief executive officer of the first black-owned company to go public in America, died May 24 at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.

Parks Sausage Co. went public in 1969.

Former NAACP president Kweisi Mfume said Haysbert was "synonymous with the struggle for entrepreneurship among African Americans at a time when it wasn't very popular."

Ray Alan, the most famous British ventriloquist in the 1960s and 70s, died May 24 at age 79. His alter ego was the snobbish Lord Charles, who had a penchant for all things alcoholic.

"The ability to give Lord Charles a convincing slur epitomised Alan's virtuosity," reads an obituary in the Daily Telegraph. "With totally static lips, he could make his puppet drunkenly drawl the words 'a big bottle of Polish slivovitz' - something many would struggle to say for themselves while sober."

By Emma Brown  |  May 25, 2010; 10:10 AM ET
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Raymond V. Haysbert Sr. dies, howard post cartoonist dies, howard post died, ray alan lord charles dies, ray alan ventriloquist died  
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