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Bobby Spillane, 45, son of the gangster Mickey Spillane, died after falling from the sixth floor of his apartment building in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York.

In 2006, "All Dolled Up," a play he wrote about how the mob used cross-dressing muscle men to intimidate the owners of a Greenwich Village gay bar, opened at the Acorn Theatre in Hell's Kitchen.

He was home when his father was killed in a volley of bullets.

"I was a kid. We were living in Woodside (Queens). Someone buzzed on the door. It was Friday the 13th, 1977."

The Rev. Paul Sawyer, 75, a Unitarian Universalist minister once hosted an "Acid Test" for revelers of the Merry Pranksters at his church.

As Tom Wolfe wrote in his book, "The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test," there was "dancing in the most ecstatic way and getting so far into the thing, the straight multitudes even, that even they took microphones, and suddenly there was no longer any separation between the entertainers and the entertained at all, none of that well-look-at-you-startled-squares condescension of the ordinary happening."

"Hundreds were swept up in an experience, which built up like a dream typhoon, peace on the smooth liquid centrifugal whirling edge...."

The only hiccup of the evening occurred when one of the dinner dishes---a pineapple chili--- burned on "the church's hot plate, and they flushed it down the toilet, and it plugged up their whole plumbing works."

In 1969, Mr. Sawyer accompanied members of the Merry Pranksters, including "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," writer Ken Kesey, to the Woodstock music festival on their signature multi-color bus.

Walter Hawkins, 61, won a Grammy Award for his gospel hit, "The Lord's Prayer," in 1980.

His 1990 album, "Love Alive III" spent 34 weeks at the top on the Billboard gospel album sales chart. It sold more than one million records.

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  July 12, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro , The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, Grammy Award, Mickey Spilllane, Tom Wolfe  
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