Sluggers lead Espy noms


ESPN announced its Espy Award nominations in more than 20 categories, with home run champions Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa getting noms in two categories: baseball performer of the year and male…

Mary Phelan Baudendistel


Mary Phelan Baudendistel, former anchorwoman and reporter for KMOV-TV in St. Louis, died Saturday in a car accident. She was 37. Baudendistel, known as Mary Phelan, had been on St. Louis television…

Lewis George Kerner


Agent and producer Lewis George Kerner died Dec. 15 of natural causes in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 85. Kerner, who began his career as a vaudeville performer, moved into talent management working…

Richard C. Welsch


Richard C. Welsch, retired vice president of production and business affairs for NBC, died Dec. 10 in the Los Angeles area due to pneumonia following a lengthy illness. He was 83. Born in Santa…

Judith Arron


Judith Arron, artistic director of Carnegie Hall for nearly 13 years, died of cancer Friday in Denver. She was 56. Arron revitalized programming at the hall, overseeing its seven-month renovation in…

William Mayer


William Mayer, a longtime journalist who wrote for Daily Variety during the 1970s, died Dec. 12 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Fontana. He was 86. Mayer enjoyed a 20-year journalism career in the…

Flora Roberts


Agent Flora Roberts, who represented legit artists including Stephen Sondheim, died Dec. 12 from congestive heart failure at New York Hospital. She was 77. Roberts nurtured the careers of clients…

Buddy Feyne


Buddy Feyne, big band lyricist who wrote the words to “Tuxedo Junction” and “Jersey Bounce,” died Dec. 10 of Parkinson’s disease in Canoga Park. He was 86. Feyne, whose songs were performed and…

Veronica Johnson


Veronica Camille Johnson, a camera operator and first camera assistant on dozens of independent films and music videos, died Dec. 10 of lung cancer at her home in Los Angeles. She was 31. Johnson…

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