Robert Manby

Robert Manby, 73, former president and chairman of RKO Pictures, died Aug. 6 of a heart attack.

In 1979, Manby and others formed RKO Home Video to distribute RKO film classics and produce stage plays and musicals for television.

Manby joined RKO Radio Pictures in 1957 and formed Show Corp. of America to distribute RKO’s old movies for overseas theaters and television.

In 1978, Manby and Shane O’Neil founded RKO Pictures.

Manby also served as senior vice president of the parent company, RKO General , until retiring in 1986.

James E. Dingman

VERGENNES, Vt. (AP) — James E. Dingman, 92, former American Telephone and Telegraph Co. executive who helped usher in the era of satellite telecommunications, died Aug. 8.

Dingman, who lived in Delray Beach, Fla., was named executive vice president of AT&T in 1961. He was vice chairman in 1965-66.

Dingman helped in the development of the Telstar satellite and oversaw its first telecast. The satellite, launched in 1962, was the first private venture in space and opened the modern era of telecommunications.

From 1964 to 1973, Dingman was a director of Comsat, the communications satellite corporation set up by Congress.

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